There is much to do in Vizag this New Year! From graveyard slot movie shows at 1 am to stand-up comedies to new dining and better shopping.
My friends and family usually hit me for places to eat, things to do and what and where to shop while in town. While the beach is a major attraction, we usually skip venturing in the cool waters this season. There is ‘new’ every season here.
Head over for a scrumptious lunch of hot soup and some winter comfort carb-rich food to the new diner in town- Pepperazzi. This glitzy new place is loud, not just in colour, but in din too. Attractively done up in bright red, it aims to create an American diner atmosphere. This diner is a good place to stop by when hunger pangs strike while you are out and about exploring the city.
The long meandering menu covers Italian, Lebanese, Indian and South East Asian cuisine, but skips American.
The bread bowl soups are my fav here. I have been craving for them since I last had them at the Fisherman’s Warf in San Francisco. So happy to find them now on the menu here. The bread bowl is very fresh and the soups are top-notch. I have had a few varieties here and they are all good. I enjoy the rice dishes the most here and when you are taking a day off, it doesn’t matter if it makes you long for a siesta later.
Their hawker menu includes the Korean fried rice and the Indonesian Nasi Goreng. While the Korean version tastes good, it reminds one of any local fried rice, nothing Korean about it- not even Kimchi. The pick of the dishes for me is Nasi Goreng. It comes served topped with a fried egg and chicken satay on the side. Really good!
The potato dumplings served with Mexican rice is also good, but a little heavy with all the cheese. A dessert of brownie with ice cream was delectable. The brownie was fresh and melted in our mouths.
I wish they served ‘diner’ food though- burgers, eggs, sausages…
Swap the sambar for some soup.
Put on your party shoes, err, sneakers to the newest place in town. Iron Hill is done up in the now common ‘garage look’ with lots of wrought iron furniture and fixtures interspersed with low and high wooden tables and stools. With a screen relaying sports channels, the interiors and the music give this place a comfortable neighbourhood feel.
It had a good mix of people from college crowd to working professionals. If you live in the city, be ready to say hello to friends and acquaintances you are most likely to bump into here. Even on a weeknight, the place was packed to the rafters and the amiable chatter of groups of friends added to the overall ‘fun’ atmosphere of the place.
They have an extensive food menu, but in my personal view stick to the finger food here. We tried the fish in coriander sauce and the Koli chips (chicken strips). The Bassa fish they served was nice, but both the dishes were a tad spicy for my palate. The chicken strips had much too much peri-peri powder. I was craving for a good burger, but I have eaten better.
Escape the crowded beach. Drive here.
‘Handmade soap is the new black’
Hydrate your dry and chapped winter skin for some ‘me time’ after a long day at being about and around with the chemical free soaps, scrubs, body lotions and balms made by soaper Nitya Mutyala at Amoda Handmades.
As they say, soap is to the body, what laughter is to the soul. What I love about her products is that unlike the commercially available ones, hers only use vegetable oils and butter, pure essentials oils and natural colour. I like how each of the soaps that she handcrafts with love and care retains glycerine which attracts moisture, and keeps my thirty winter skin hydrated. The same holds true for her moisturising body and lip balms as well.
My favourite soaps from the extensive range on offer are the coffee scrub and the lemongrass soaps. Her soap’y’ operas smell oh so fresh every time I use them. Her creative gift packs make for fantastic giveaways to take from the city.
‘Be in’. Stay stylish.
This season- ditch the old, do the new 🙂
Where to find these:
Pepperazzi – Waltair Uplands, Siripuram
Iron Hill– Siripuram
Amoda Handmades- Nitya Mutyala- 8897387344
-Tamanna S. Mehdi