Lah de dah! – Lunch at Laduree

THE HISTORYOF LADURÉE HOUSE

This Parisian tea rooms’ history is intimately tied to the history of the Ladurée family. It all began in 1862, when
Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller from the southwest of France, founded a bakery in Paris at 16 rue Royale.

Today the Famous tea room is so much more We had 4 meals here and can’t wait to go back for more. Here’s a picture journey of many lazy, wine filled lunches spent there 🙂

Deepika Sahney Reddy, I hope you enjoy your meal …

For the menu, click here. Its worth a look!


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Ganden Monastery – Lhasa

I Spoke to a friend this evening and I am trying to convince her to do Tibet instead of Ladakh. So Sanjana, This one is for you 🙂

Ganden Monastery

Ganden is located outside Lhasa on a tall, grassy mountain at 12,467 feet. While much of Ganden was      DSC_0809 previously destroyed, much of it has now been rebuilt. Ganden has great hiking. For those interested in a short hike, walk the short circumambulation route around the monastery. On the backside of the mountain on which Ganden is located are fantastic views of the valley far below. As Ganden is a sky burial site, vultures and crows can sometimes be seen circling overhead. Continue reading

shamelessly good shakshoukah

Now, that is a different version of our Indian ‘Khageena’ How interesting!

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Serving this shakshoukah was my Sunday saving grace. Without this deliciously spicy baked egg number to provide me with the satisfaction of next level stay-at-home brunching, I’m afraid the latter half of my weekend would have been vastly less fulfilling (my attempts at napping twice were pathetic at best and I cleared my Gmail inbox out of over 4,000 messages dating back to 2005). I know something must taste good when I instantly want to share it with other people – so here you are, hastily snapped iPhone photo and all. I was far too busy demolishing my plate with a voracious appetite to grab my camera and haphazardly attempt to style the dish during the glorious eating process.

I’ve never made shakshoukah before – I think something about having to do two things and open a tin of tomatoes put me off, and now I’m seriously wondering why. With a…

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Granada

Granada, Gin and tonic, Iberian ham Padron peppers, the MOST beautiful women, lovely architecture, squares with dancing in the evening, tiny streets full of entries, happy people and of course Alhambra! Here’s how I remember Granada 😉

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IMG_6893Padron Peppers. My Favourite Vegetarian tapas. A very mild chilli fried with sea salt. For a great recipe try this one. Its from honest cooking.com
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Ice in Your Whisky is not a Sin

Ice in Your Whisky is not a Sin

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It’s time to come out of the closet. It’s time to get this off of my chest. It may shock some of you to hear what I have to say. It may even drive you away to other sources for your whisky reading pleasure and/or advice. I hope not, but hey, I need to be authentic, and above all, trustworthy.

Ok, so, here goes…

It’s okay to put ice in your whisky.
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Gin and Tonic anyone???

I woke up this morning to find some lovely pictures sent to me by a friend of a Gin Bar in Spain, I was craving for one before my coffee 😉

So this one is Thanks to you Balu Nayar 🙂

Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic

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1 cucumber
1 lime
3 sprigs rosemary
2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
4 oz. tonic water (preferably Q or Fever-Tree)
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Peel one half of a cucumber, and slice a lime into eight wedges. In a highball glass, add three slices of peeled cucumber, 1 sprig rosemary, juice from a lime wedge and 1 ounce gin. Muddle with the back of a spoon.

Strain through a mesh strainer into a second highball glass. Add several cubes of ice, and three slices of unpeeled cucumber. Top with remaining gin and tonic, and serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.                                    (Courtesy Thekitchn.com)
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Fishing with the Pharaohs – The Nile Perch

Lake Nasser, May 2003. We read about Tim Baily and African Angler in a book I had gifted my husband. One night, after many whisky, we decided  to pick up the phone and call him. Thus began a friendship that has spanned over a decade and many many wonderful memories…. We landed in Cairo and took a flight to Aswan where we were met by Tim Baily and his team. From there we were driven to Aswan High Dam to Lake Nasser  where our crew awaited us to take on a week long trip of fun, friendship, fishing!

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My 76 lb Nile Perch.

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Kebabs somewhere in Kazakhstan- But don’t know where…

We met a wonderful bunch of people in Almaty. Friends of friends… The hospitality we received from them was however, like we had been friends forever! They took us too this amazing restaurant, about a half hours drive out of Almaty. I don’t remember the name but if someone recognises it will they please do me a favour and fill in the blanks??? It was a cosy log cabin, lined with warm fur skins. Glass all around to you could admire the white wonderland that had developed overnight! This was October, we had landed in Almaty for a Trap shooting Championship. It was a warm and beautiful 28 Degrees C. The next morning we woke up to this!!

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