Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving in Dubai

The 5 key things you should do if you go there:

1) Dune Bashing: We went to Hatta dessert not far from the city. We rented 4 Runners and a crazy driver. Driving on the dunes is something to experience.

Best memory: The video of us in the 4 runner, free henna and belly dancers under a moonlit sky

2) Burj Al Arab I have blooged about this building before. This time we ate lunch at the restaurant. Probably the most expensive lunch I will ever eat but totally worth it for the experience. The food and wine was excellent too. Best memory: Ajay chugging wine in a 7 star hotel leading to Smita driving his Mercedes home.

3) Gold Sukh: I have never seen so much gold lining a single street. Everything you can imagine in gold.
Best memory: Cindy trying on several gold rings (like she was going to buy something?) and telling the shop owner how he should have used more expensive and precious stones or something like that.

4) Jumeriah Beach
Best memory: While we decided to lay out in our bathing suits, we noticed that most others were in full Arab gowns while people in the water were wearing regular underwear (and I mean cotton boxers, briefs and such. do they not sell bathing suits in Dubai?)

5) Bab-el-shams
If you can afford it, do it. This is a Dessert Retreat complete with luxury, dunes, pools, camel rides, spas, awesome food and so on. We just went there for dinner.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Diwali in Mumbai

We landed on Diwalin night. The city was awake with firecrackers, music, lights and people everywhere. Nameeta was leaving to go to a puja(prayer) at midnight so we decided to join her. Didn't go to bed until 4 am and even at this hour the city was alive! Diwali is the festival of lights.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Girls weekend in NYC

Hotspot #1: Dream Hotel 210 W 55th Street between Broadway and 7th; sexy and stylish lounge and rooms

Hotspot #2: Sky 360, Delta's new lounge on 55th and 7th

Hotspot #3: Eva lounge on the penthouse of Dream hotel; excellent DJ Friday nights

Hotspot #4: Bayleaf Indian buffet 49 W 56th Street between 5th and 6th; Lunch buffet was very good with lamb vindaloo, shrimp curry, methi malai mutter, pumkin and such dishes.

Halloween 2007

Counting Crows in Sky 360 (NYC)

Smita with Adam Duritz - lead singer of Couting Crows at Sky 360 (corner of 57th and 6th) in NYC on October 21, 2007. The Delta lounge is a cafe by day and a club by night. Stop by if you are ever in Manhattan -- we have free internet, coffee, wine tastings, ipod and phone charging stations, cool music and nightly events.