18 October 2015

Asian Hawkers Market at SELECT Citywalk, Saket (23-25 Oct): A GourmetFood Festival

A three day festival that brings to us Asian flavours from restaurants spread across Delhi NCR, at Asian Hawkers Market we will be experiencing culinary excellence by some of the best chefs and restaurants, all under one roof at SELECT Citywalk. With flavours from the Far East and South-East Asia, the festival brings to us not only the stand-alone restaurants, but also five star restaurants. Cuisines of Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia will be showcased, and 'spoilt for choice' will be given a new meaning altogether!

Asian Hawkers Market is an initiative taken by four eminent personalities from the food circuit- Sourish Bhattacharya (acclaimed Restaurant Critic and Food Blogger (Indian Restaurant Spy) and food columnist of Mail Today, Atul Sikand (the creator of one of the biggest and busiest recipe-sharing groups on Facebook- Sikandulous Cuisine), Tanveer Kwatra (Executive Chef, Le Meridien Gurgaon) and Sid Mathur (Director and Head of Food of the incredibly famous 'Social' and 'Smoke House Deli', and consultant for MySquare, the food court in SELECT Citywalk).

The focus of the event is on small plates, where people will be able to try more food. And with 25 restaurants participating in this festival (all providing a hawker experience), it is going to be 'gourmet food served street style' at its best! Restaurants will have their popular crowd favourite dishes on the menu, but in addition to this they will have some out-of-the-menu dishes as well. 

This is one festival that I am really looking forward to since a long time! A festival with the theme being Asian is like a dream come true for an Asian food lover like yours truly. There's a certain kind of excitement that food festivals hold. It is just indescribable. At least for me it is, I look forward to food festivals like they're a big event in my life! So much food, so much to choose from, so many new things to try, so many foodies you bump into- it's the perfect state of mind! The Asian Hawkers Market is just that to me! So let's get ready to eat our way through Asian food next weekend!

Venue: SELECT Citywalk, Saket
Date: 23rd, 24th and 25th October, 2015
Entry: Free Website: http://www.asianhawkersmarket.com/

Highlights of the event:
-12 genres of music to ensure you have a gala time while you indulge
-Selfie booths by HP to capture your moments
-A Ta Maison and PCO for running the bar 
-At least 20% of the food served at the festival will be gluten-free
-A stall by Wai Wai where they will show innovative ways of making these noodles
-Dishes will be priced between 100-500.

Participating Restaurants:
1. Asia 7
2. Asian Haus and Sushi Haus
3. Bercos
4. Chaayos 
5. Chi Asian Cookhouse
6. Chi Ni
7. Dimsum Bros
8. En 
9. Fatty Bao 
10. Guppy by ai 
11. Jade, The Claridges
12. Latest Recipe, Le Meridien Gurgaon
13. Mamagoto
14. Neung Roi, Radisson Blu Plaza, NH8
15. Pan Asian, Sheraton New Delhi
16. Rred Hot Cafe
17. Piccolicko
18. Royal China
19. SelectED
20. Social
21. The Artful Baker
22. The Pho Kart
23. Wai Wai (presenting sponsor)
24. Wow Momos
25. Yum Yum Cha

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15 October 2015

Mumbai: Mohammad Ali Road Food Festival at Barbeque Nation, Worli

Barbeque Nation introduced its most smacking festival till date- Mohammad Ali Road Food Festival. I’ve been frequenting BBQ since the time it opened and have been their very loyal customer. I’ve tried all the festivals they’ve come out with till date, and though they’ve all been good, they’re nothing like this one!!

The thing that differentiates the usual menu and usual festivals from this one is the spread. The menu had a lot of additions! A live counter for kebabs, a live counter for kulfis, one for biryani and gravies, and the starters menu as well.

5 October 2015

Mumbai: 'Unique Tastes' of Maharashtra at The Peshwa Pavilion, ITC Maratha

The Peshwa Pavilion at ITC Maratha introduced 'Unique Tastes' of Maharashtra in association with Kitchens of India. The festival saw Konkan, Malvani, Vidarbha and Kolhapuri flavours being played with in the food by Chef Dipti, and the outcome was nothing short of a delicious fare in front of us.

Tasted a few of the dishes in the form of a thali. The thali consisted of Dal, Kuppyacha Kalvan (Tuna in a thin kokum and red chilli curry), Kolhapuri Pandhra Rassa (Chicken cooked in a thin coconut, onion and green chilli curry), Batatyache Kalvan (Aloo cooked in a thick tomato and red chilli gravy), Kuppa Biryani (Biryani with Salmon and coriander), and Bhakri (jowar bread) and Kombdi Vada Poori (besan and lentils poori) in breads. For dessert, the thali had Dudhi Cha Halwa that was made of bottle gourd, and Chandrakala (something of a gujiya to give a sense of the taste). The welcome drink served was a Kokum sherbet, and there were five kinds of pickles and masalas on the table to be enjoyed with the food. The bitter gourd and garlic chutney were my favourites!

Healthy Snacking With Nutty Gritties!

I recently tried a few products from Nutty Gritties - a brand that has come out with healthy snacking options. They focus on making products high on nutrition and less on fat, and oh boy, are their products delicious!

The first time I tried something from Nutty Gritties was in the goodie bag given by So Delhi in one of their events, and I had promised myself I would order from them soon. And then I got to try some of their products only 2 months later. Tried their Sour Cream and Onion Cashews and Peppery Almonds. The cashews were to die for!! They tasted super super smacking, just like Pringles in the same flavour taste. Exceptional stuff and too addictive! The Peppery Almonds were super delicious too! The first time I tried Nutty Gritties, I had their Honey Sesame Almonds and they were just as droolworthy as the cashews. The packaging for almonds and cashews is in an airtight container with a tin opener to seal the snack.

The other snacks that I tried were Bombay Mix and Natural Eats. Bombay Mix consisted of pumpkin seeds, chana, sunflower seeds and other such stuff that is super high on health and nutrition, and the Natural Eats had dried apple, mango, pineapple, cashews, pistachios, etc. As bizarre as it may sound, the Natural Eats pack is the most addictive 'dry fruit' based snack I've ever laid my hands on. I cannot describe how good it is- it's just sensational (with the dried mango, apple and pineapple being my favourite components)! The packaging for these is done in an airtight zip pouch kind of packet that once opened, can be closed again with the zip. 

The expiry of their products is usually 6 months and the pricing is too good for the products they offer. Their delivery is prompt and the entire transaction goes through beautifully. They say their snacks can be had when you're hungry at midnight, want to munch on something in office, in between the meals, etc., but for me their snacks are nothing but mouthwatering good that are had when I crave them (and that happens too often!!). They're a must must try! For someone like me who liked to stay away from dry fruit, my mother is really happy I'm craving the same thing I hated some time ago.

Website: www.nuttygritties.com

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