Glimpse of New Delhi

India Gate

My very first “dining out” experience in India  -- Mainland China, Greater Kailash 1

Traffic at a red light… notice the cycles, motorcycles, auto rickshaws, cars, and bus all on the same road, seeing this stresses me out

Indian style pasta at my Aunt’s home which is specially made for me when I visit… I always feel so loved

india 2012 012Me hanging out with the neighbor’s 2 year old Chihuahua

Mild, frothy, and delicious cappuccino at Café Coffee Day

Hangout at Khan Market where you’ll encounter lots of expats and all my favorite American grocery items  -- Khan Market      

Tea time with my husband and niece; I adore this tea set  -- Elma’s Bakery, Hauz Khas Village

Out of the 3 best malls in New Delhi (all in Vasant Kunj), my favorite was DLF Promenade  -- Vasant Kunj

Hookah & Margaritas with my husband and niece  -- Amour, Hauz Khas Village

Typical shopping market in India  -- Lajpat Nagar

Red Velvet Cake in India, really?  Hello love!  -- Elma’s Bakery, Hauz Khas Village

Celebrating our 3rd anniversary dinner at a romantic South Indian Coastal Dining restaurant -- Zambar, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

india 2012 187Elegant and sexy styles at Meena Bazaar, my favorite store in Delhi, where I always manage to find something –- Meena Bazaar, DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj

Women outside the DLF Promenade mall waiting for their drivers to show up… gotta love India for these luxuries

Passing through a shady area of Mahipalpur Mata Chowk… an unfortunate reality

Cucpakes at Cinnabon, I love cupcakes!  -- DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj

Kingdom of Dreams  -- Gurgaon

Love Zara’s 2012 Spring collection, I treated myself a little early  -- DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj

india 2012 038More traffic in India

Window shopping at DLF Emporio, the most expensive mall in India featuring all luxury designers  -- DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj

india 2012 137French designer, Christian Louboutin, opens his "first" store in India in New Delhi on February 9  –- DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj

TELL ME: Have you been to India?  or lived/living there?  What are your thoughts on this mystifying country?


  1. Haha love that you mentioned red velvet cake in India! It seems to be the biggest thing in Mumbai lately, every bakery seems to offer it on their menu! Is this your first trip to India? I ask as you said you had your first ‘dining out’ experience!

    You know I love Mumbai and live here! I really want to visit Delhi- apparently it's very different...especially in terms of safety!

  2. Love this post! Now I want to get on a plane and fly straight to India!!! Glad you're having fun. :)

    And post more pics of YOU please!!!

  3. Wait...Zara? Cinnabon? Gucci? LV? I am so amazed...this is a very different India than I remember!

    Love that picture of you!

  4. I love indian food!! Looks delish!

    From Brooklyn with love,


  5. @Khushboo - I saw red velvet cake in just 1 bakery in New Delhi, I still don't think it has caught on. Mumbai is definitely a step ahead. Actually this was my 7th trip to India, but the whole dining out scene seems to be pretty popular in recent years. We never dined out in the past - I guess it depends on the family. I've been to Mumbai once, I found Delhi to be a lot cleaner, but that was also 10 years ago. Which was in more safe?

  6. @Parita - thanks!! I know I need to post more pics of me, I'm just paranoid, too many psychos. :)

  7. @Ameena - yup, all the brands are there, I know Zara came to India a year or 2 ago, but it was so fun to shop there at stores I actually knew. It's changed quite a bit, but the outside still remains the same, I'll be writing about my experience soon. Thanks for the compliment. :)

  8. I agree with Ameena too. I couldn't believe it either when I visited India last year with fam. It has certainly changed in the past few years...especially the Metro areas. We went shopping in Delhi, specifically in Lajpat Nagar and South Extension. We bought our ethnic wear and jewelry and dined at Subways and McDonald's. It was definitely a sight to see. We had so much fun.

  9. Ah, I visited Lajpat Nagar the last time we were in India.

    Beautiful photos. Significant changes in India after only a couple of years :)

  10. Amazing photos here! Happy third anniversary, that restaurant looks pretty cool. Also, no doubt you had some fun shopping! That red velvet cake looks like it would be delicious, definitely a little more rich than the standard around here.
    The mix of transportation vehicles is scary-I have not seen anyone on a bike on the road in ages! Have a wonderful day!

  11. It looks SO beautiful! I'm crazy-jealous.
    xo Josie

  12. Wow what a fun experience! I would love to visit India sometime...although I think I would have serious culture shock. Those cupcakes and margaritas look divine. I love reading about food in other countries!

    Kini Style & The Klury Report

  13. Ah, you're making me totally home-sick now! A lot of these were regular haunts for me since I was a little girl and I totally miss them now! And I used to drive in that madness too :P After driving in India, driving in the US was daunting at first, especially sticking to lanes, since you can sway any which way on Indian roads LOL Things have changed a lot over the past decade or so in India, a lot of western stores and huge malls are now commonplace. You gotta love the diversity in India though the lesser developed areas really make me sad. I can't wait to go back home again! Thanks for the pics, Honey, loved them!!

  14. @BeetleBuggy - I've never driven in India, I think I would pass out. I love the huge malls and the western culture that is now a part of India, it has a good blend of both the east and west. You're welcome! :)

  15. @Mandy - don't worry, you're not alone. I'm of Indian origin and I experience a culture shock there every time I visit. It's challenging and a lot to take in, but with family, love, and good food, you're able to handle it.

  16. @Tina - yeah, I know. It's not too often you get to see a bicycle on the road. Thanks so much for the anniversary wish.

    @Kiran - yup, major changes in India, for the better!

  17. @Jahnavi - wasn't McDonalds India so good? I think it's way better than the US. I haven't yet tried Subway, it's hard to eat at the fastfoods when there are so many other great places to choose from. Lajpat Nagar is okay, I think all the markets are kinda the same, the malls are so much nicer. :)

  18. beautiful photos!! I would love to visit New Delhi someday. All the food looks so good. & awesome blog :D


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