Category Archives: Food

Cakes n Celebrations

Cakes!!! An important part of any celebration!

I always wonder why the cakes for the 1st birthday celebration are of the same size as the kid! 

One question you should never ask a lady – What’s your age? But, can I disclose it if I knew :-P


Now, how often does this happen? The grandmother and the grandchild’s birthday on the same day!


This one looks yumm!! More so because it from the Carlo’s Bakery!

This one’s really special – Our First Anniversary! And the little one is for my wife and my sister-in-law’s birthday! All are not on the same day but very close. So we thought of celebrating all together. After all, occasions are meant to be celebrated together, aren’t they?


Misal Pav at Balgandharva Ahaar Cafeteria

As mentioned in my earlier post, फडतरे मिसळ सेंटर, कोल्हापूर – जमलं न्हाय राव!, Misal Pav is my favorite breakfast item and Balgandharva Ahaar Cafeteria is one of my preferred places to enjoy it. The Balgandharva Ahaar Cafeteria is located behind the Balgandharva Theatre and is open to all, not just the theatre audience.

Well, if you are looking for a luxurious ambience, this is certainly not the place. However, I like the place because it is so open.It’s amazing how quiet the place is even after being so close to the J.M. Road.

I place an order for a misal pav and within a few minutes, the dish is here. As soon as the waiter places the dish on the table, I ask him for extra onion & lemon, no matter how much is already on the plate :-) And yes, an extra pair of bread please.

Doesn’t it look tempting? There goes the first bite in the mouth and it gives the same pleasure every time! I enjoy the Misal Pav along with all the extras that I has asked for and follow it up with a cup of tea.

I would love to spend another hour here. However, I noticed a ‘puneri paati’ hung right in front of me asking me to leave.

The waiter brings the bill and the total cost is Rs. 43/-

Misal Pav: Rs. 30

Extra Pav: Rs. 6

Tea: Rs. 10

The Misal Pav here is a must try for all Misal and spicy food lovers. I’m sure there would be other places in Pune serving equally good or even better Misal. Let me know if you know of any. I’ll be happy to try it.

फडतरे मिसळ सेंटर, कोल्हापूर – जमलं न्हाय राव!

कोल्हापुरी मिसळ म्हंटल कि कानातून धूर अन नाकातून पाणी यायलाच हवं, नाही का? पण फडतरेंची मिसळ खाल्ल्यावर आला तो फक्त घाम, ते देखील रांगेत उभे राहिल्यामुळे व एवढ्याशा जागेत बसावे लागल्यामुळे!

मागे एका मैत्रिणीच्या लग्नानिमित्त कोल्हापूरला जायचा योग आला. आता कोल्हापूरला जायचे म्हणजे देवीचे दर्शन, कोल्हापुरी चप्पल, कोल्हापुरी मटण (with पांढरा व तांबडा रस्सा) आणि कोल्हापुरी मिसळ आलंच! सर्वप्रथम देवीचे दर्शन घेतले आणि मग वळलो नाश्त्यातील माझ्या आवडत्या पदार्थाकडे – मिसळ पाव. एका मित्राने फडतरे मिसळ सेंटरचे   नाव  सुचविले. तेथे  पोहोचल्यावर  पाहतो  तर काय, लोकांची एक  भलीमोठी  रांगच  लागली  होती!  ते  पाहून  आमच्या  अपेक्षा  आणखीनच  वाढल्या.  बराच वेळ रांगेत उभे राहिल्यानंतर एका बाकावर बसण्यासाठी जागा मिळाली. मिळालेल्या थोड्याशा जागेत kindly adjust  करून  बसलो.

लगेचच आमची मिसळ व त्यासोबत ब्रेडचे स्लाईस आले. मोठ्या आशेने पहिला घास घेतला अन   पहिले उदगार बाहेर पडले ते – जमलं न्हाय राव! मिसळ  तशी  चविष्ट  होती  पण  त्यात  कोल्हापुरीपण  नव्हते.  मग  फडतरे  मिसळ सेंटर व श्री. फडतरे  यांचा  एक  फोटो   घेऊन  बाहेर  पडलो. तेव्हा मला आठवली ती माझी आवडती बालगंधर्वच्या  कॅन्टीन  मधील  मिसळ  (Misal Pav at Balgandharva Ahaar Cafeteria).                                                              तुमची  सर्वात  आवडती  मिसळ  कोणती?