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"WE TRAVEL NOT TO ESCAPE LIFE....BUT FOR LIFE NOT TO ESCAPE US" Welcome to "My Savvy Travel"! Join me on my adventures while I share all the details on the best transportation, accommodations, and restaurants...both in the Washington DC area and Internationally!

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“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”

“Adventure is worthwhile”

Punjab Grill – Abu Dhabi

Sometimes, making spontaneous plans works out to be incredible.  Such is the experience I had when I stumbled on this place in Abu Dhabi called Punjab Grill.  I was touring the Grand Mosque, which by the way I should also write a review on as it was amazing…and after soaking in the breathtaking mosque and taking hundreds of photos…I was hungry!  I was with a few friends and we all agreed that Indian food would hit the spot after the long drive to Abu Dhabi from Dubai and after the long tour of the Grand Mosque.

As many tourists do, we used Google to find Indian Restaurants close to The Grand Mosque.  The closest we found was Punjab Grill, only 5 minutes away.  Sometimes the closest isn’t always the best, so I read a few reviews and the comments were incredible “Great ambiance”, “Creative dishes”, “Excellent service”.  So as most would do, I looked at a few photos of the place and was totally sold to the idea of trying it out.  Here is how the entrance appeared:

As we entered, I noticed the ambiance was indeed in line with the reviews….warm and very inviting with beautiful lighting, spacious, elegant table settings, and a classy feel.

Now, the company I was with had unique and varied dietary preference,  with one being strictly vegetarian and gluten-free.  The staff was so incredibly kind and helpful, in fact, the waiter asked the chef to visit our table so get a sense of what we would like.  Before the meal, bread was brought for us to munch on…it included naan and focaccia bread, which I thought was a nice and unique touch.  Then, to our surprise, the waiter said that chef prepared some gluten-free bread for us as well.  Now this was really a treat since no other restaurant has been so accommodating.

Let me now show you a flavor of what we experienced next:

  

 

Check out these appetizers!  Pani Puri, Naan served with a great selection of chutney and a Watermelon Slider…not just were they tasty, but the presentation was so creative.  I was a bit skeptical after seeing how good the food looked, but was not disappointed at all after tasting it.

Now on to the main course…

This was, by far my favorite dish.  This is Malai Kofta (“Malai” means cream and “Kofta” means deep fried dumpling balls, usually made with vegetables, potatoes and sometimes with cheese added) Punjab Grill did something very unique with this dish, they served it with two different sauces so that we can experience different flavors…

The Daal Makhani was another treat…(pronounced daal makh-nee, “buttery lentils”) is a popular dish from the Punjab region of the India.  You could tell that the preparation of this tasty dish took a while as it tasted simmered and seasoned to perfection.

Bhindi, Okra is one of my favorite Indian dishes…so just had to try it here.  I was not disappointed at all.  It was coated and fried.  I know some don’t like the idea of deep frying, but trust me, this is worth it as there is very little oil and a lot of good taste to this dish.  Don’t miss this one:

 

After all this delicious food, we were planning to skip dessert…that was until they brought it out!

The Indian Jalebi (think bright orange funnel cake-like rounds that are deep fried and then doused in a sticky sugar syrup) and Spanish churros have been named as some of the most fattening foods in the world, so it goes without question that the next logical step was to combine the two. Served with a generous lashing of cream and chocolate, this is indulgent dessert is available at Punjab Grill at the Venetian Village.

We were so very impressed with Punjab Grill, such courteous staff, perfect ambiance, excellent food, good service. When we were leaving, I felt as if I would never have an amazing experience…so I suggested to the manager that they should open one in Washington, DC…to my surprise, he said its in the works and will open soon right in the Nation’s Capital…Washington, DC!!

Stay tuned for a review on that…from yours truly, My Savvy Travels!

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American Tandoor

I don’t know about you…but when I shop,  I tend to get hungry.  I need energy to continue with the shopping or sometimes, I like to end my shopping experience with a nice meal.   Wouldn’t it be great to have something really tasty, I thought to myself.  NO, I don’t want to quick slice of pizza from the food court, or the greasy fast food….  There are many restaurants in Tysons that I enjoy…but I feel like trying something different, something satisfying.  As I wander around, I see a table of samples, rice and butter chicken, in the mall.  Hmmm, this is unique marketing I thought.  When I looked, I saw this sign on the table:

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Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways – The World’s 5 Star airline!

I had the privilege of flying Qatar Airways during this last trip to India from Washington DC.  Join me as I review my travel experience..

 

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ITC Grand Chola Hotel – Chennai

The ITC Grand Chola Hotel does not look like your average hotel…it has the look and the feel of an actual palace.  The hotel is so big that there are several main entrances…and they use specific ones based on the location of events in the hotel.  Let me share some of my personal experiences with you:

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