Coconut Lime Cupcake

I came across this yummy recipe, would like to share with you

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 heaping teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

For the frosting:

  • 140 grams (approx. 10 1 oz. squares) white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups icing (confectioner’s) sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • coconut flakes for garnish (optional)
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To make the cupcakes:

Grease or line muffin tins and set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F.

Make buttermilk by stirring the lemon juice into the skim milk. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar in the large bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed (3-4 minutes). Reduce mixer speed to low, and beat in the eggs one at a time. Add in the lime zest, lime juice and vanilla paste (or extract), and mix well.

Add the 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixure, mixing to combine. Then add 1/2 of the buttermilk, mixing until well combined. Then add another 1/3 of the flour mixture, the remaining half of the buttermilk, and then the final 1/3 of the flour mixture – mixing well after each addition.

Fold in the coconut.

Scoop the cupcake mix into the prepared muffin tins, filling each well about 2/3 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the centre of the cupcakes comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the frosting:

Carefully melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Remove from the heat and cool until just warm.

Whip the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes). Add in 2 cups of the icing sugar, mixing on low until the mixture starts to come together. Add in the remaining icing sugar, lime juice and sour cream, mixing until smooth. Gently fold in the white chocolate.

Frost the cupcakes when they are cool, and garnish with coconut flakes if desired.


Recipe courtesy- Dilnaz Kain

10 Rooftop bars in Bangkok

Bangkok is famous for its rich history, breathtaking temples, colorful nightlife, and unique markets. Along with these Bangkok boasts the fascinating rooftop bars in Bangkok, offering unique cocktails and breathtaking views.

Listed below are the 10 best rooftop bars to visit in Bangkok:

1. Vertigo

2. Octave Rooftop Bar

3. Hi-So Rooftop Bar

4. Sky Bar

5. CRU Rooftop Champagne Bar

6. Three Sixty

7. Above Eleven

8. Red Sky

9. 342 Bar

10. Cielo Rooftop Sky Bar

1. Vertigo

Vertigo Rooftop Restaurant is located at the Banyan Tree Bangkok. The amazing restaurant is settled 61st floor of the luxurious hotel on South Sathorn Road. From the sky-high location, you can witness the bird’s-eye view of the city.

The hotel opens at 6 pm, the scenery from the Vertigo will blow your mind along with its luscious food. The top cocktails served here are Vertigo Sunset, Moon Romance. Talking about the food here, from starters to desserts each category has the best to treat your taste buds.

Vertigo is one of the best places to make your night more memorable.

2. Octave Rooftop Bar

Octave Rooftop Bar is located on the 45th floor of the Marriott Hotel, Sukhumvit Road. It is one of the first rooftop bars here. It is the only bar in the city to have a 360-degree view. The bar has three floors of space where you can chill, lounge, or party and includes the highest spots in the city to have a party on. The menu offered here includes food and drinks, popular cocktails are Bangkok 57 and Bloom over the Roof. The food served here is mostly snacks and light meals such as chicken wings, peppered calamari, and foie gras terrine on toast.

3. Hi-So Rooftop Bar

Hi-So Rooftop Bar found on the 29th and 30th floor of SO Sofitel Bangkok, near Lumpini Park. The breathtaking views from Hi-So make it one of the most popular bars in the town. The recommended cocktails at the bar include butterfly bellini, gin blossom, and frozen coconut mojito. The bar also serves a variety of snacks and order mains like Black Angus burgers, steaks, fish with chips, and non-alcoholic drinks as well.

4. Sky Bar

Sky Bar is located at Lebua Bangkok in Silom. It sits almost 250 meters above sea level and offers breathtaking views of Bangkok. The sky got more popular after it was featured in the Hollywood movie, The Hangover Part II.

The recommended cocktail to try here is Sky bar’s Hangovertini. The bar remains crowded especially on weekends so make sure to be prepared to face the crowd.

5. CRU Rooftop Champagne Bar

CRU Champagne Bar is located above the Centara Grand at Central World. It is one of the highest and expensive restaurants in Bangkok. It boasts a 360-degree view of the city which can be enjoyed with the amazing appetizing food served here. The ambiance of the bar is private and sophisticated. The huge circular bar in the center and a huge arch with changeable lights possess perfect opportunities for photos.

The place has a diversity of champagnes served which are the best in Bangkok.

6. Three Sixty Bar

The Three Sixty Bar is situated on the top of the Millennium Hilton Bangkok Hotel. The bar has 2 distinctive areas, a large rectangular and open air space. The Cupola here has a different atmosphere with dark tones, dim lighting, and elegant carpets. The bar boasts a breathtaking view of the Chao Phraya River. The food here is delicious and could be accompanied by wine or cocktails.

7. Above Eleven

Above Eleven is a rooftop bar at Fraser Suites Hotel, Sukhumvit.  It is a three-storey bar that offers a 180-degrees view of Bangkok. The Bar serves Peruvian cuisine, a modern party vibe along with music, and excellent deal cocktails. Each day of the week has different genres of music to groove on like, on Wednesday it is Salsa nights, Thursdays have 3-piece jazz performances and weekends are for DJs to play funky house. Above Eleven has a funky vibe to it and would be a great option for music lovers.

8. Red Sky

Red Sky Rooftop Bar is situated in the Centara Grand at Central World, Bangkok. It is a fancy bar that offers incredible views from its 56th floor. It has a relaxed jazz ambiance with an affectionate staff. Signature cocktails to have here are the Imperial Mojito and Martini-infused cocktails. The Red Sky Rooftop Bar is one of the best places in the town for dinner and drinks.

9. 342 Bar

342 Bar is situated on the 5th floor of the Bann Wanglang Hotel in Siriraj Bankoknoi. The bar boasts spectacular views of the Chao Phraya River. On the opposite side, you can witness the Grand Palace, fully lighted at night. The signature cocktails of the 342 bar include ‘342 of Paradise’ and, ‘342 upside down’. The food offered here is mainly snacks like burgers, french fries, onion rings, and platters.

10. Cielo Rooftop Sky Bar

Cielo Sky Bar is located on the 46th floor of the Sku=y Walk Condominium in Sukhumvit. With great vista, budget-friendly prices, and enough seats for witnessing the Sukhumvit sunsets, Cielo is a complete package. It has rare glass walkways that provide you the view to look through 46 floors. Cielo bar sticks to the classic cocktails like pina colada, mojito and mai tai. The menu of the bar has a range of international dishes to serve. Overall it is a great affordable place to spend your evening at.

Make your trip to Bangkok more euphoric and unforgettable. Whether it is your solo trip, family trip, honeymoon, or even bestiemoon. Every moment will be splendid and joyful with amazing Buddha temples, colorful markets, insane nightlife, floating markets, and much more to discover. Moreover, check Bangkok Packages as a helping hand in planning out your trip to the glittery capital of Thailand.

8 Best Summer Tourist Destinations in India

India is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. You can find travel destinations for every season such as summer, rainy season winter. Summer season is already here and people have started planning for their vacations. Coolest places/ destinations for the summer holiday in India are the famous choices of all.

Here are 8 great vacation spot in India that you can select from to make your vacation unforgettable. Most of these places are popular and most famous for summer tourists.

1. Sikkim

Sikkim, situated in the lap of the world’s third highest mountain, Khangchendzonga is one of the most beautiful and green states of India. Exceptional natural resources, green lustre, beautiful waterfalls, trimmed trees, wonderful landscapes, scenic beauty, Hilltop monasteries peep from the rugged terrains and multicolored prayer flags wave in the mountain breeze all these defines this  state.

Sikkim

Located in the Eastern India, it is wedged between the Kingdoms of Nepal in the west and Bhutan in the east. Due to variance in the topography, the climatic conditions also vary from tropical to the alpine. Mid June to September is generally considered as summer/monsoon, the winter extends from December to February, October and November is mainly the time of the autumn season with clear blue skies and lush green hillsides after a long monsoon.

2. Kanatal

Kanatal is a small village located in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, it’s a great summer vacation spot for tourists in India. The lush green environment, snow-covered mountains, rivers and forests are best point for tourist attractions. Surkanda Devi temple located here is the main attraction. This place is also known by the name of Shakti Peeth, some believe that when Lord Shiva were carrying Sati’s body on Mount Kailas, the head of the Goddess was dropped at this place.

3. Wayanad

Wayanad

Fondly known as “Green heaven”, Wayanad is an extremely serene and quiet hill town in Kerala. The foggy Kerala hills add to its attraction and it makes for a peaceful summer vacation destination. The Wayanad bird sanctuary is a major attraction here and it is one of the most famous bird watching places.

4. Nahan

Nahan

Shimla is the most favorite place of tourists; it is the reason why that the reason why it is always crowded may it is any season. This time you should go to Nahan instead of Shimla. Nahan is a small but captivating place located on the Shivalik Hills. The temples, gardens and Ranital are the most favorite places for tourists to hang out. Renuka Lake is 45 km from Nahan, which you must visit in the last days of your tour. Direct bus service is available from Ambala and Chandigarh.

5. Rishikesh

Rishikesh

This place is famous worldwide for yoga. People come here for meditation and yoga. It is a religious and adventure places & one of the best tourist place in North India. There are many temples for a visit, Rishikesh is also known as the Gateway to Chardham Yatra of Uttarakhand. The adventure activities are many such as forest trekking, mountain biking, water rafting, rock climbing and bungee jumping. Go here from Haridwar station, public transportation in the form of buses easily available.

6. Mount Abu

Mount Abu

The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a great vacation spot during the summer in India. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous attraction amongst tourists. Mount Abu is the most important holy places for Jains and Hindus owing to the many temples. The Jain temples at Dilwara are worth visiting for their beautiful carvings and architectural attractiveness.

7. Munnar

Munnar

Munnar is an exotic destination for tourists from all over the world and is breathtakingly admirable – a port of harmony and tranquility in God’s own country Kerala in South India. Munnar is the abode you would adulation to appointment afresh and afresh – it’s the abode you would ambition never to leave. Unending amplitude of tea plantations – indigenous valleys and mountains – alien breed of flora and fauna in its wildlife sanctuaries and forests – balm of aroma ambrosial air-conditioned air – Munnar absolutely is a paradise on earth.

8- Nainital

Nainital

 The hill station of Nainital seems brimming with magnificence once you arrive here. It was a well known summer retreat for the Britishers during the British raj period. It includes the tranquil, emerald-hued Naini Lake and The Mall which is the core site for all tourist activities, lined with eateries, shops, lodgings, and markets. The town is really comprised of two zones – Mallital and Tallital. These zones are on either end of the lake, encompassed by mountains and well accessible from The Mall.

Nainital is easily accessible from nearby areas and you can take a Kathgodam to Nainital taxi, a popular way to arrive in this hill station. Or you can book a cab from Delhi to Nainital, another place from where tourists flock to this place. Nainital is the ideal spot to come in and it is basically a place to appreciate nature and enjoy an uninterrupted time in recreation, which you would discover in plenitude there.

10 Best Places to shop in Paris

10 Best Places to shop in Paris

Every year, millions of visitors are drawn to the City of Light by its spectacular aura. Of course, the wonderful gastronomy and rich art collections must be credited as well. The Seine River meanders through the city, flanked by majestic museums, centuries-old churches, and blocks of Rococo and Neoclassical architecture, which is further accented by cascading trees and dazzling streetlamps.

Impossibly stylish Parisians can be found strolling along the Seine’s cobblestone walkways and exquisite bridges, most likely on their way to the market, cafe, or cinema. The views of Paris are worth seeing and the cuisine of the city makes you stay a bit longer. So, we have mentioned the 10 best places to shop in Paris for all those who travel to shop.

  • Rue Du Commerce
  • Le Marais
  • Canal Saint Martin
  • The Golden Triangle
  • Galeries Lafayette
  • Boulevard Saint Germain
  • Saint-Ouen Flea Market
  • Montmartre
  • Picasso Museum Gift Shop
  • Guerlain

  1. Rue Du Commerce

There is no shortage of places to shop in Paris, as you will notice the instant you stroll onto this lovely retail street. From major name stores to modest boutiques, this location boasts a diverse selection of stores for the greatest shopping in Paris 2022.

You can visit this place by choosing our Paris tour packages from India.

There are also a variety of cafes and bakeries where you may stop for a break from walking and a treat for your stomach. So, if you want to bring home the latest fashions from the city, don’t forget to swing by Rue du Commerce.

  1. Le Marais

Le Marais, located in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris, is a vibrant shopping district. Its modern boutiques, vintage stores, and particular eateries make it a prominent spot for both men and women. This place is included in our list of best places to shop in Paris.

While you can shop here on any day of the week, the best time to get what you want is on a Sunday morning because most other stores are closed on that day. You’ll also find fantastic bargains on New Year in Paris, which will make your shopping experience even more delightful.

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  1. Canal Saint-Martin

Another fashionable and bohemian Paris retail strip where locals may be spotted picking up unique products or sipping coffee at one of the many outside cafes. Its thriving restaurant and art scene is the talk of the town, attracting shopaholics, couples, art lovers, and photographers from all over Europe.

To satisfy your love and lust for shopping, you’ll find everything from local native brands to luxury retail establishments here. With one-of-a-kind homeware, clothing, accessories, purses, shoes, and furniture, as well as exquisite men’s shopping in Paris, this location is undoubtedly the city’s next great shopping destination. When you’re here, make sure to visit La Trésorerie, Artazart, and Centre Commercial.

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  1. The Golden Triangle

Are you wondering where to shop in Paris? The Golden Triangle is one of the most opulent shopping districts in Paris. The avenue is home to high-end brands like Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, and others.

You’ve probably fantasised about shopping at these expensive brands, and the greatest part is that they’re all in one spot, Voila! Galeries Lafayette Champs-Elysees is a new wonderful brand that has lately joined the avenue. The Golden Triangle is one of Paris’s top shopping districts.

  1. Galeries Lafayette

This is a family-owned merchant shop that has gained a reputation as a flagship store on the Champs-Elysees. The gallery, which spans four levels and covers an area of 70,000 square feet, sells everything from clothing to accessories for both men and women. If you’re wondering where to shop in Paris as a tourist, go no further than this location.

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  1. Boulevard Saint Germain

This acclaimed Boulevard Saint Germain is in the 7th arrondissement in the centre of St-Germain des Prés, is the spot to go for the best shopping in Paris. It begins at the Seine River and includes all of the best home decor stores, fashion boutiques, and gourmet food stores. This place is a part of our list of best places to shop in Paris.

And if you’re visiting during the summer, don’t worry because the sight of lush green trees and elegant Parisian architecture will enhance your experience. And, if you have time, don’t miss out on any of the fantastic Paris Seine cruises!

  1. Saint-Ouen Flea Market

The Saint-Ouen flea market, often known as Les Puces, is Paris’ largest and oldest shopping district. You may buy everything here, from antique furniture to vintage clothing, without having to glance at the price tags.

But don’t be concerned if this location is not close to your accommodation. There are other flea markets throughout the city that are also worth seeing. If you believe economical shopping in Paris is impossible, you should come here.

  1. Montmartre

Montmartre is Paris’s bohemian boulevard of the down-to-earth. It’s a well-known shopping boulevard in Paris, and it’s home to some of the top businesses for a variety of things. This market sells everything weird, vintage, and antique, far away from the city’s affluent world. This place is a part of the best places to shop in Paris.

It’s a terrific area to come to for those looking for cheap shopping in Paris because it’s where the creative and artists express their expertise in the streets of Paris with their handcrafted items and talents. When you’re here, don’t forget to check out De l’Autre Côté de la Butte (furniture), Tempolino (cheap clothes), By Flowers, and Flash Vintage (vintage coats).

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  1. Picasso Museum Gift Shop

The Picasso National Museum is a well-known Paris museum that houses the world’s biggest collection of Pablo Picasso’s artistic works. The museum is housed in a 17th-century Hotel Sale structure. The Picasso Museum Gift Shop is for everyone who wants to take a piece of Picasso’s art home with them. This is one of the best shopping areas in Paris.

  1. Guerlain

Perfumes? Get to Guerlain for the most recognisable scent selection near the Champs-Elysées. This establishment is impossible to miss because it is located on a glittering Paris shopping strip. This place is a part of our list of best places to shop in Paris.

The opulent interiors refurbished by architect Peter Marino are a significant draw here, reflecting the persona of the large perfume collection on the exhibit. The customer service is courteous, and they will make sure you leave with the best scents that completely define your individuality.

Check out these best places to shop in Paris and take home an unforgettable experience. With our small Paris shopping guide, you will undoubtedly have an unforgettable time in the city of love. However, to ensure that you do not miss out on any of the other essential experiences, personalise your Paris trip with Pickyourtrail!

Author Bio- Khushboo Mehta

I belong to a travel tech startup that helps travellers with crafting their own itineraries to travel across the globe. Basis customer feedback, experiences and destination learning we have created original content that can help fellow travellers and readers on their trip.

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