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My Favourites of 2019

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Another year has gone by, and as always, the days just seem to whiz past. Personally for me, 2019 wasn’t much different in the overall sense except for events towards the second half of the year.

In fact, just like the last such post I’d written 3-4 years ago, there weren’t enough experiences as I’d have liked to make a really comprehensive list, but here are some of them anyway. Referring to them as “favourites” instead of “best” :p

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A nice brunch at Level 5 Bistro and Bar

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The Kothrud area in Pune is happening and buzzing, and how :p

Usually the opening of a Starbucks outlet indicates the hipster quotient of a place and though this happened 2-3 years ago, the eateries were mostly the same. Barometer was a good “barometer” of changes to come. Pretty soon a whole bunch of other new restaurants opened up, serving craft beer as well as pork dishes – something completely unheard of in this part of Pune.

When a weekend plan for Level 5 Bistro and Bar was made last week, I wasn’t surprised, although I think was the only one who hadn’t been there previously. Given the non-stop rain hammering the city even in October, we agreed brunch was a better option than meeting up in the evening.

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The American Express Membership Rewards Credit Card

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Already have a charge card and a credit card from American Express, so was somewhat surprised to get an email from them the other day about lifetime complimentary membership to the American Express Membership Rewards Credit Card.

Turns out this would be linked to my existing American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card. I recall they had launched this card with much fanfare around 2017 and back then, they were offering this card as a companion card to the Gold Charge Card.

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