I have been having an exciting week so far. I attended the first #foodie meet in Pune. I had a scrumptious lunch hosted by Courtyard by Marriott, Pune City Centre. I met like minded people.
And last but definitely not the least my first interview was published by an up and coming online magazine. It’s ok to write myself and make my own presence felt through social media. But now I have someone else writing about me. To say the least I was ecstatic. So here’s to many more to come.
You can read the detailed interview here – http://www.smartindianwomen.com/blog/an-interview-with-deepali-founder-of-lemon-in-ginger/
Coming back to the meet – Food bloggers, food enthusiasts, influencers and pure simple foodies meet up over what else? BUT food – to eat, to discuss, to enjoy and to promote.
For me the event started by a tweet from Bhakti & Sneha calling out to me and fellow bloggers if we would like to attend the meet. I immediately said yes. A What’s App group was formed, a sassy name – BrunchUp, hashtag created and voila we foodies started anticipating and promoting the meet.
Honestly speaking for me this virtual networking was a little uncomfortable to begin with. I love networking – rather I thrive on it but it’s more personal, one-on-one connect. First time I was seeing up close and being part of a virtual network.
With a bit of hesitation and some reservation I walked into Marriott’s lobby carrying my daughter and boy was I glad! All my apprehensions went out to the swimming pool
I received a warm welcome and clicked instantly with the #foodies. I realized the powerful medium Twitter is and how most of them have not met each other but the palpable love for food, networking and enthusiasm made up for the lack of physical history together.
Let me now talk about how wonderful and gracious host Courtyard by Marriott, Pune City Centre is! I don’t have enough words to appreciate the hospitality shown by them. They are in true sense a commendable 5 star.
They are not only welcoming their patrons but #foodies like us and going to the extent of hosting the entire meal for a group 15 and more! Wow!!!
The food as expected was great and ambiance perfect. The Sunday Brunch at Marriott is a non-ending spread with umpteen choices in vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. Salads, breads, curries, pizzas, Thai, Indian flatbread, etc! The dishes which left their mark on my palate and I would like to go back for them – Baingan-Mirch ka Saalan, Vegetarian Pizza, Sachertorte and Rasmalai.
There was a lot to keep the mood going – live music, tattoo artist, balloons, meal by the poolside. The staff was courteous and attentive.
I am sure I have not been able to explore even half on the offering as my daughter decided to play clingy and refused to leave my lap. I had sore arms for 2 days afterwards from holding her!
Though there were a few dishes which I felt were not upto mark – the offering for Indian flatbread was very limited and not really worth. Naan was dry and tasteless. Mousse looks very tempting but leave a lot to be desired. I have given an earlier review as well about Mousse in my last outing there.
But these small dishes didn’t take away from a wonderful afternoon spent with great people who might become a close part of my life in the coming time!
And the brunch ended with Hungry Table holding impromptu & fun games. They even had a chart-paper asking all foodies to write about the meet and the gracious host.
I would like to once again commend Marriott team in recognising how big a part social media influencers/ bloggers/ foodies play in building and promoting their brand. And they are welcoming us with open arms. I was fortunate enough to be invited for the Churro making workshop held in early October.
Three cheers to the rocking team from Marriott – Hanisha, Anuja & Manasi
Read what other #foodies are saying about the #BrunchUp -
Rohan Lilani @rohanlilani
Rishab Oswal @rishaboswal
Priyanka Sirohi @RecipeFollows
Akash Khandelwal @dexterous_akash
Sahil Khan @sahilk
Satinder S. Panesar @satinderp
Bhakti Sharma @Bhakti_Lfstylr
The brunch is over, everyone’s gone home but we are together through the What’s App group – now named – Pune Foodies Bakar (bakar means gibberish)