Since a year we have been hearing so much about this Urban Style, Indian restaurant, offering Bombay style food, but somehow never got the chance to try it out. So this weekend we finally landed at Urban Turban, located at the picturesque waterfront in Wynyard Quarters, Auckland. And on Saturday we regretted not going here before!

We were greeted by the friendly staff there, and we instantly knew we were in for a wonderful evening. The ambience, dim lighting and cozy warmth from the outdoor heaters made us super comfy. Their menu consists of only one laminated page, printed front and back. but honestly i prefer a short menu instead of the typical pages and pages of options which just leaves one confused as to what to order. Although they’ve got some great dishes on their menu, for a contemporary dining place, i think its a tad bit over priced. But i guess for once in a while, its worth the authentic street cuisine they serve.

IMG_5717Since i am still going through my ‘prawn phase’, i just had to order their classic Garlic Prawns for the entrées. Chef’s Special Roasted Chicken Tikka with Cumin Rice and Hot 6 Chicken with Indian Fried Rice were our mains. A special mention about Hot 6 Chicken – Its spicy! its has a rating of 3 chillis. but its worth a try for sure. Our dessert was Choc Samosa. 2 Warm choc filled samosas served with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with choc sauce! Yummy! sadly i was expecting a tad bit larger sized samosas than the cocktail sizes. But a very different dessert and glad we tried it.

IMG_5716On the whole, perfect blend and aroma of spices, portion sizes could increase, friendly and helpful staff, great ambience and great variety of dishes on the menu! A must try!

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This is one of my overdue posts sitting lazily in my drafts since 2 days. but i shall finish it and publish it today! yess! so here goes…

Sadly the long weekend has ended. And there is not another one in sight in the coming months. But what a lovely weekend it was! And the weather too was just perfect!

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We drove down to Long Bay Regional Park on Sunday. it was our first visit there and since B’s current love at playcentre is the sandpit, this was the perfect destination for him. and us! and thats where we had our crazy fun time. B used his own sand toys here for the first time. scooped sand into his little bucket, toys bag and then my bag! screamed and ran behind dogs! oh yes! dogs again! how can his outings be complete without any dog incident. but this time it was a little different. the dog sniffed his bum! hmmm… we also realized B does not like playing with girls. even if she is a cute Russian girl! 🙁 and that was M’s worry that day…

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On our return, we got a call from our friends asking if we were up for Mission Bay (another beach site)! so we headed to another beach for the evening. the amazing hot choc brownie and butterscotch pecan cake at Movenpick was the perfect way to end a long day!

Monday was just a relaxing day spent in the kitchen, experimenting out some new recipes. not all turned out the way i expected them to but a couple of them will reach my blog soon!

i know i haven’t posted since a week. its just that the last few days have been (and are going to be) crazy busy for me!

i am taking B to 2 different playgroups three times a week. of which one playgroup (2 days) requires me to drive there, which means i also have to go pick up M from work in the office. no complaints since i get to drive more (i love driving!), but that leaves me with a busy afternoon schedule of feeding a hungry and tired toddler after playgroup, getting him in bed and rushing in the kitchen to prepare dinner before leaving again for M’s office. but i am actually enjoying it. its been a while since i’ve been so occupied. today was his first day at the Plunket Playgroup in Sandringham. its a pretty busy playgroup compared to the others with a huge indoor and outdoor area. it was great fun. Looking forward to tomorrow! Need to remind myself to click more pics tomorrow!

Plunket Playgroup

Plunket Playgroup

i am also taking him to Manly Music sessions. thursday is his first day. lets see how that goes.

oh did you notice a change in my website? yes, this was taking most of my post-dinner time. and is still taking. you know at the start, it just seemed a simple change in theme and designing a header image. But its hard work convincing a designer’s mind and a geeky nerd. So don’t be surprised if you see some new changes now and then. btw, how does it look as of now?

and i am also working on adding some new topics. Kids’ product reviews, on-going kids activities around town, must-watch videos etc. SO a lot of new stuff going to happen here so do keep an eye out for that!

 

18th April 2014

Start of the long Easter break, and what a sweet as start! Butterfly Creek. if you haven’t yet taken your bud here, this should be your next destination over the weekend. B had a ball of a time here! even M and I enjoyed our day out.

Butterfly Creek Courtyard

Butterfly Creek Courtyard

They have various encounters (programmes/sessions) throughout the day starting 10.30am to 3.30pm. Dinosaur Kingdom, Butterfly House, Crocodiles, Farm, Greenfinger Bugs, Aquarium, Reptiles, Alligators, Monkeys and so much more! click here to check out more about them!

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Dinosaur Kingdom

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Dinosaur Kingdom

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Dinosaur Kingdom

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Butterfly

 

I am back to NZ, to my 3 year old home, to my routine, to my life. and as much as i enjoyed my long (and overdue) 4.5 month holiday, i must say it felt good to be back to my home. not that dubai and india is not my home, but this is my OWN home, you know. the home i set the way i want to live. but having said this, i must add (ironically) that the first initial days felt a bit alien-ish for me. for one, i actually had to think for a few secs where the kitchen or dining room light switches were. seriously! and to top it all, B’s jet lag! we slept at 5.30am the first morning, 4.30am the next, 2,30am the next, 12.30am the next and finally 10.30pm! and today 9.00pm. and due to these morning sleep sessions, i never really saw the sunny NZ mornings. nor the afternoons!

and now, 7 days post my arrival in NZ, life is busy with a super active toddler. oh and he turns 16 months today! his increased vocabulary, communication skills, affections, tantrums, mood swings..sometimes amusing, sometimes surprising. but all this for another post (one of the many posts sitting in my drafts).