College days are all about dreaming about several things and wanting to make it big in the real world. “Let’s grow up and live together!” “Let’s grow up and start a company together” A lot of times, the best ideas tend to pop up at 3 am on a night of drinking. “Let’s grow up and open a bar together!” If you love alcohol, this idea has definitely crossed your mind at some point in time or the other. Our next set of #Forkers is a trio who actually made such an idea happen! Their teenage minds had this idea hovering in them since the time they were 18. And today, at the young age of 25, they have set up one of Pune’s most loved bars and have been running it successfully for the past six months. Yes, we are talking about none other than Elephant and Company and the boys who started it, Karan Khilnani, Anuj Solanki and Karan Kulkarni! Situated in the heart of Kalyani Nagar, Elephant and Company is essentially a cocktail-bar with some good food and music to go with. We got in touch with Karan Khilnani to get an insight into the journey so far.
Something about this place made me relate it to the boy next door. Modest, charming, not trying too hard but still very confident of what it wants to offer! A bar that has been around since a few months now but is quite hidden amidst so many other things happening in the middle of Lane 6 and Lane 7, The Bar and Eatery has the potential to instantly make it to your list of favourites in the city!
Surrounded by the city’s skyline, under a blanket of stars, along with whiffs of cool breeze for company, Lost The Plot, Pune’s only rooftop cinema offers an experience that is absolutely beautiful and overwhelming! And with their newly introduced menu, what they like to call ‘cine-grub’, there is no reason you shouldn’t stop by for a magical evening.
A perfect meal for friends and impromptu get-togethers, the pizza is an Italian delight that has found a large number of patrons across the globe. In fact, many non-European countries are so fond of it that they mark their love for the dish with a National Pizza Month dedicated to it. Originally prepared on the Italian lands of Napoli (now Naples) with Sardinian bread and Sicilian cheese, it is the coordinates of this place which gave name to this new ‘across the kitchen counter’ pizza place in town, called 1441 Pizzeria.
“Beer is proof that God loves us” – Benjamin Franklin
And after you visit Big Pitcher for their famous brews, these are the words you’ll stand by forever. Located on Old Airport Road, very close to The Leela Palace hotel, Big Pitcher is a microbrewery loaded with five floors of madness! We quietly wandered in on a Thursday afternoon for lunch, and boy, were we in for a treat.
We started off with beer sampler which consisted of six variants:
King Slayer – Their most popular brew and it isn’t hard to see why. A delicious dark beer which looks like a stout, but tastes just like wheat beer.
For most people, food is the best thing in the world. For a lot of others, beer is better than food. Or rather, beer IS their food! They’d even change the tongue-twister, ‘Betty bought some butter’ to ‘Betty bought some beer’. Or she bought both and made butter beer? And got an Express Entry into Hogwarts Gryffindor team! Okay, Non-Potter fans, don’t leave, we’ll stop.
All of you have considered traveling solo at some point of time or the other in life. The rising influence of social media channels bombards you with posts about traveling and ‘finding yourself’ every now and then and encourages you to leave your stable 9 to 5 job and take off. But it’s not as easy as it sounds! Travel involves money, a lot of it. It involves planning, you can’t make the best of your trip if you haven’t spent days doing R&D about the place. And it requires you to be brave! To be ready to take on whatever comes your way. The Instagram and Facebook pictures uploaded after a solo trip focus only on the good parts. But every trip has its ups and downs and is no less than a crazy roller coaster ride.
Who doesn’t love burgers? The experience of subjecting yourself to a mouthful of yummy patty (or patties) stuffed between a fresh bun along with occasional flavours of toppings and sauces is a preparation that only some can refuse. The best part about burgers is that you don’t exactly know what is coming in your next bite! There is an element of surprise; you know there is going to be a patty but it might come along with a big chunk of cheese, a super crispy patty outer covering, an jalapeno covered in mayonnaise or a chunk of fried onions with masala. Yes, I’m totally drooling while writing this! And you are going to too after reading about these 10 burgers in Bangalore which will take you to food paradise every time you have them:
Spending an afternoon by the beach or the poolside calls for some yummy drinks that will make you feel happy and refreshed, adding to the vibe of the beautiful time you are having. Yes, we’re talking about cocktails! While delicious concoctions of alcohol mixed together with fruity liquids are easy to find at any bar, wouldn’t it be amazing if you could make them at home? There would be so much scope for experimentation and you’d also end up saving a lot of money! And once you get good at it, you can invite your friends over for a cocktail party and show off your bar-tending skills to them. Here are five super easy recipes for cocktails which you can try at home:
Irrespective of how much you love food, when it comes to buying packaged food, there is always a checklist of doubts your mind needs to clear. Does this food item contain safe ingredients? Will it be tasty? Should I just stick to fresh food? While questions like these popping up in your head is absolutely normal, there are some packaged foods which are so yummy that your stomach takes over the authority of all thoughts and after that, all you can do is feed it! And, as a matter of fact, most packaged food items these days are super healthy and nutritious too! Here are some of the food items which you absolutely cannot stay away from and in fact, give strong competition to a lot of fresh food that may be available to you: