Online food ordering services , one of the best I have found so far. I have been using online food ordering service for past several months in Mumbai. Of the many I have used the best one I found so far is swiggy , decent number of restaurants , a delivery representative with contact number assigned for each order, real time tracking , order replacement in case of unavailability , easy cancelation and refund policy , option of paying through wallets! ! !
Would definitely recommend giving it a try
Happy eating Mumbai 🙂
While the year 2016 has ended , I was reminded of an exercise I was assigned while serving at a restaurant in the US, share one thing that happened in last week which made you happy? While 2016 was ending lot many things happened in my life , in fact the year was full of changes , adjustments, shifts . If I were to pick one incident what would it be, and there was no doubt in my mind for the entire year of 2016, it was when I met Ms. Tomato – I do not know her real name but she was so adorable , so lovable and so red … just like a tomato..
Few days back I was out shoe shopping on a lazy sunday afternoon when this tiny little girl walks up to me with a pair of shoes in her hand and lifts them up high and says ” these are nice” , oh how I wish I could enact it while i write this. She was with her her mom and grandma who were watching her from a distance and extremely puzzled. I waited for a moment , thought she might pull away , she must have been looking for her mom but she stood there with shoes still held high , looking at me and all I could say was “yeah they are”. She took down the shoes , sat on the floor and started to put them on…. In the mean time her mom walked up to her and I moved away neither did I turn around nor did she call out, she became busy trying her shoes… Well, that was Ms. Tomato – the highlight of 2016 and one incident that I might choose as the moment when I have felt happiest in 2016!!!!!!!!!!!
Can you fall in love twice? I moved from Washington D.C. after having lived there for 11 years and like every other Indian, work brought me to Mumbai . Summer -hot and humid Mumbai and not able to find a place to stay was how I welcomed myself !
Kandivali, Bandra , Andheri, Goregoan, Malad , Santa Cruz , Kurla , Powai , Vikroli ,Ville Parle , you name it – the places I have searched for a decent living! Having found a place to stay – was a relief with Mumbai rains right around the corner. I thought what they show in bollywood was true – you come to Mumbai feel the heat of summer – see the mumbai rains and fall in love with the city and before you know you have spent the rest of your life in Mumbai! On the contrary I ended up visiting doctors getting treated for cold and cough!
When I was in my early 20’s I fell entrapped by the liveliness of New York but after about 8 years or so fell in love with calmness and serenity of D.C. Despite the weather, falling sick and not so happy work place I still haven’t given up on Mumbaikar’s “aamchi mumbai” I wonder as to what that is am I falling in love again ??!
I am not a big believer in following rituals of worship for the most part because they are inculcated in one either out of fear of punishment or the necessity to do so. I have been to various religious place like Hindu Temples, Jain Mandirs, Gurudwaras,Dargah , Church . The most peaceful place that I found so far was church, it takes very little effort on your side to search for inner peace because the place itself is so quiet. I had heard a lot about the Shirdi -Saibaba temple located in the Shirdi village in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. I took a cab to Shirdi from Bombay which is about 4 -41/2 hours drive. It took about 3 hours waiting in the queue to darshan or reach the place where Shri Saibaba idol is placed, meaning it was crowded. You spend about half a minute to a minute’s time for the darshan, strangely enough, though the ratio of wait time to darshan time is unimaginable, I was able to connect to myself within that one minute. I do not know whether its the doing of miracle stories that I have watched on television, or vibration of the land around that gives you the feeling of tranquility. I would recommend visiting once with lot many places for boarding and lodging, small shops around to shop and cab for ~Rs5000 if shared from Mumbai is not a bad deal and Ofcourse the temple management staff has put in ample efforts to keep things organized and made refreshments available while waiting in the queue.
Few years ago, I remember telling a friend that should you need anything, I am just a phone call away – connectivity seemed to exist or at least hypothetically!! I recently moved to India, and in my hometown where once “in-person” was an IN thing I got introduced by my cousin to the website “Just Dial” http://www.justdial.com/ Whatever you need is available starting from food, car rentals , daily grocery, housing, travel &ticketing, education information, other services. You name it and you got it!
Damn ! the technological advancement “a friend” got replaced by “Just Dial” 🙂
I have lived in the D.C. Metro area for about 10 years. There are many indian restaurants in the area that cater decent food. All these years I have searched ardently for a Gujarati Thali in the area without success until very recently. Opened in September 2015, located in Ashburn, Virginia about 30 miles from Rockville ( 495/VA267)or Washington D.C( George Washington Memorial Parkway/VA267). – Rupa Vira’s Signature restaurant serves gujarati thali on weekends.
Gujarati thali is little different than regular thalis that you would find in any Indian restaurant- it brings staple food from my home state – usually has two curries, lentils, sweet, farsan ( snack – which is usually steamed or fried), indian pickle, papad, buttermilk drink (Chas).
Menu for Signature’s gujarati thali included
Tindola nu shaak (ivy gourd curry)
Undhiyu ( medley of vegetable- typical in the winter season in India)
Vaal ( Lentil)
Kadhi( made of yogurt and chickpea flour)
Rice , Puri, Papad,Chaas
Sweets- Rasmalai, Ghughra (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gujia)
Farsan – khaman(made from chickpea flour), patra (battered and steamed colocasia leaves), lilva kachori (coconut and pigeon peas)
Indian salad (kachumber) and indian pickle
I would definitely recommend going to Rupa Vira’s Signature restaurant- absolutely worth the drive!