Safety first! Specially when traveling abroad.

Safety is of utmost importance when traveling abroad. I whisked my face away just in time to save my cheek from a deep scar which could have been caused by this wild Lemur's territorial gesture! I almost fell to the ground in a protective step to save my self but gathered enough pride to lookup to watch the Lemur walk away and climb back atop the Baboa tree...Yes I was in Madagscar, Dense natural habitat of the Lemurs. Trying to get a good picture for back home "with the Lemurs". Let me tell…continue reading →

‘Sandoitchi’ is a haven for vegetarians in Powai Mumbai.

  1. ‘Sandoitchi’ is a haven for vegetarians in Powai Mumbai.
IMG_20171221_215850 IMG_20171227_192929 Elsie Gabriel Believe me, there are a lot of great things to eat between two slices of bread in Mumbai! And the best vegetarian sandwich you will find in the latest addition of restaurants to join the vegetarian gourmet affair, ‘Sandoitchi’, at Heera Panna, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai. IMG_20171227_193002 Not only in the city but all over the world, unfortunately for the vegetarian crowd, many sandwiches if not most, of them contain meat. That said, a city this diverse has many top notch places to get your vegetarian sandwich fix. But here's why you should come to Sandoitchi! IMG_20171221_215852 Lunchtimes can become a serious ordeal. While your office folks in Powai could skip off to the numerous non vegetarian restaurants and meal deals, from a choice of seemingly hundreds of extravagant gourmet offerings and crisp options, you could breeze in this relaxed green aisle called Sandoitchi. Fresh and quick is what it is. Sandoitchi bakes it's own breads. Piping fresh hotilicious!  Hearty and delicious vegetarian sandwiches that will fuel you all morning, afternoon and evening. Enjoy fresh and healthy fillings and vegetables on whole grain bread, toasty panini, roasted breads, and lots more. IMG_20171221_231600 (Miss Earth Shaan and Shri. Abhijeet Chavan graced the restaurant along with Tanya Satish ) Layer cheese, tomatoes, and fresh parsley on breads made in house and weigh the sandwich down with heavy bottomless glasses of various juices and soft drinks to meld the flavors. Masala Premix's like Lemon Tea,Iced Lemon Tea, Cola, Orange,Ice Tea,   Berry berry and Passion Fruit.

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(Col. Suri and Socialite Sapna Bajaj endorsed the vegetarian Gourmet Hub) I read through half a book while munching on loaded Nachos, Loaded Fries, Dough balls, Crunchy Onion Rings,Alapino Joy and my favourite Yummy Yams! IMG_20171225_173526 (Christmas saw underprivileged kids gifted at Sandoitchi as part of their CSR) They do offer Teppanyaki noodles and rice dishes for heavier options, along with cheese and macs on the menu. The ambience is welcoming, staff are warm, so you could sit and sip your coffee and continue chatting, or you could grab a quick ‘Sandoitchi’ and run back to work! You could quickly choose from Indian, Mediterrain, Mexicano, Asian,   Italiano or Jain, I of course sat drooling over the Pizzawich! Add a rich desert cheesecake and  bread pudding if you are abundantly blessed with time and savour  add ons, and you have a vegetarian food meal fit for a king. You can have a salad tomorrow, for sure!
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(Upstairs venue for parties/workshops /events is ideal at Sandoitchi ) For me, the Vegetarian Sandoitchi would do me good for my waste line! And yes, (more…)

What it means to win the Holiday IQ #gokerala @keralatourismofficial @HolidayIQ contest!

 Thankyou for your Hospitality KeralaTourism! #gokerala #HolidayIQ @keralatourismofficial @keralatourism @HolidayIQ One of the five couples to win all India. @elsie_gabriel @vic_ferns HolidayIQ in Association With Kerala Tourism Presents - #GoKerala @keralatourismofficial HolidayIQ, India's largest travel community and Kerala Tourism have joined hands to promote tourism in God's Own Country through a unique marketing campaign- #GoKerala The experiential campaign, unlike traditional marketing campaigns, is completely powered by the holiday experiences and reviews of authentic travellers across the country. Led by HolidayIQ, #GoKerala is a content led, multiple-platform campaign with a dedicated microsite, integrated touchpoints and…continue reading →

Baptized in the same river as Jesus, is the biggest milestone in a Christian believers life!

Baptized in the same river as Jesus, is the biggest milestone in a Christian believers life! My Spiritual Journey to Jordan! To be baptized in the same place where Jesus was baptized, is an everlasting spiritual experience for the people of the Christian faith. It is not only a celebration of one’s own baptism, renewal of vows but also a celebration of Jesus’s life. Jordan is very special to me. Jordan is part of the “Holy Land”, its religious sites include the Baptismal place of Jesus on the banks of the River Jordan.…continue reading →

Are your Travels leaving behind sustainable footprints? World Tourism Day celebrates Sustainable Tourism.

Are your Travels leaving behind sustainable footprints? If there’s one proactive way to appreciate Mother Earth it’s by exploring it. Which is why the tourism industry has begun to tap into the greater research of supporting environmental sustainability while offering tourists deeper ecological insightful adventures at the world’s most pristine destinations. As the popularity of Sustainable tourism and Ecotourism grows the aim is to educate more travelers,about environmental awareness and conservation involved in sustainable tourism. We as travelers must tread upon our planet very delicately . Although we contribute immensely through our travels,…continue reading →

Via Dolorosa with Paul Siqueira -The Man on a mission.

Via Dolorosa with Paul Siqueira -The Man on a mission. Elsie Gabriel The Via Dolorosa in Israel, is the path Jesus walked from the area of Pontius Pilate’s sentencing to Golgotha ,the actual location of the crucifixion and is the most reverend  Christian journey  in the whole world. I relived these steps of JESUS!                        Paul Siqueira, the lay missionary as I call him, is living the word of God with every trail to the Holy Land through Zion Tours and Travels. Paul is on his 45th call to the Holy Land. I strongly…continue reading →

Surge in voluntary commitments for ocean action as Conference to halt ocean degradation.

  Surge in voluntary commitments for ocean action as Ocean Conference to halt ocean degradation. Elsie Gabriel The UN Oceans Conference opened with the announcement that the United States would exit the Paris Agreement and closed with reaffirmations from the rest of the world to press ahead with their climate plans and a historic Call To Action on conserving marines systems for sustainable development. But climate and ocean are inextricably linked. Can climate change and the ocean crisis be addressed without the world’s largest economy? Leaders from small islands, places most vulnerable to climate…continue reading →

Anida adds her mesmerizing tunes to the Persian cuisines at Sodabottleopnerwala Powai Mumbai

 What better offering of authentic Persian gourmet to the SodaBottleOpenerWala by the Olive group at Powai Mumbai, than Anidas experience of her rich Iranian bonding with these cuisines. Have known Anida for the last 25 years and yes we girls aren't telling, we are one of those forever Young lot who keep evolving and creating one milestone after another. The singing sensational girl still looks anything between 21 to 35 and now that should keep you guessing. She played a perfect host to serving and ordering one dish after another for us all…continue reading →

Squirrel Monkeys of the Amazon Forests. Wilderness is where I belong…..Elsie Gabriel

Squirrel Monkeys of the Amazon Forests. Wilderness is where I belong.....Elsie Gabriel   Researching this Cebidae primate was over whelming. These common squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus) at the Rio Negro, Amazon near Manaus, Brazil; were the friendliest lot I had ever seen. May be they found something in common with me, after all. The Amazon forest in South America is the most fascinating store house of the worlds carbon kingdom, you could ever imagine. It is an intricate archipelago of narrow green ribbons of forest, punctuated by the Amazon river and its tributaries.If…continue reading →

Life is a Cachaca!! When in Rio Brazil don’t forget the Cachaca!

  Life is a Cachaca!! Elsie Gabriel   I kept staring at the ‘Cachaca’ in front of me....and guess what I kept thinking about?? Is sugarcane a fruit or a vegetable!! Hah, gottcha.... I was on my second glass now and guess what I was thinking about?? Why don’t they make this in India!! We have so much sugarcane in India and may be I could think of making Cachaca!! Well let me tell ya.. I was in the middle of the Amazon jungle tropical hotel, with beautiful soothing music around , all…continue reading →