24 July 2017

5 Best Places To Eat At In Bir, Himachal Pradesh

Bir is a place that hasn’t been even closely touched by tourism like its surrounding hill stations have. The place has a certain purity about it, a certain calm, that only comes from a place not being polluted or with excessive civilisation taken over. Because tourism isn’t the focus point of the people of Bir yet, the restaurant scene here is very uneven. Cafes will open at their own sweet time, shut when they want to, and a lot of times don’t even open if they don’t feel like. Hence, there were a lot of restaurants I saw during my 3 days of stay here, but most of them were shut.

I consciously stayed away from North Indian food in Bir, because that’s not the speciality, and North Indian is what we eat back home too. Having Tibetan food in Bir is how it should be, because the locals are mostly Tibetan and they, of course, do a fabulous job at the food they cook everyday.

I used to do all my dinners and breakfasts at my resort. You can read all about the resort here. So the only time I got the chance to eat out was either for lunch or evening. Tried a couple of places- listing them down below. In addition to these I tried a restaurant inside a monastery too, which was really bad, and I didn’t try Four Tables in Upper Bir because the place was shut all 3 days when I was there. I’ve heard great things about Four Tables from several people, so if you go to Bir, you should definitely give it a try. The trek to Upper Bir is beautiful! We got to know it was shut when we reached Upper Bir, but we loved loved loved the trek so we didn’t mind going there at all.

1. Garden Café

Hands down the best place to eat in Bir if you’re not looking for Tibetan food.

23 July 2017

A Supremely Delicious Breakfast Buffet at Tamra, Shangri-La's Eros Hotel

Shangri-la after its revamp almost three years ago has created quite a name for itself in the food and nightlife space. The hotel houses several restaurants, and each is doing brilliantly well. They arguably have the best restaurants in Delhi for Indian, buffet and Chinese for me, while the other ones are bloody good too. The food is par excellence here, and the hotel keeps doing promotions and food festivals at their restaurants all round the year. Now imagine coming to a hotel for promotions so often and when you get a chance to go out at leisure with friends and spend your own money, you still choose the same hotel. That is where all their efforts and marketing, all their promotions and great food and service, comes into effect for a customer.

The Gorgeous Summer Menu at Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli

When I think of restaurants that have consistently brought out seasonal menus and done a fabulous job at them, Olive is one of them. Olive Qutub has come out with a new summer menu and synonyms of amazing are all that comes to my mind. Chef Dhruv Oberoi, the man behind leading the menu and kitchen operations now, has done a fantastic job at playing with such interesting ingredients and presenting such good flavours with them.

The new summer menu consists of all the courses and several dishes under each. I started my meal with a Green Gazpacho- a cold soup with cucumber gel and pickled cucumber, and crème fraiche sorbet crushed into pieces and sprinkled on top. The pickled cucumber was my favourite part about it! Tart and so well-balanced! Sprinkle some black pepper on the gazpacho and you’re all set.

5 July 2017

Hendrick's Gin Celebrates World Cucumber Day with ATM Bistro

When I look back at all the events attended in 2017 at the end of this year, particularly the ones that were about spirits, wines and alcohol in general, Hendrick’s is going to top the list (at least it is till now) . Hendrick's Gin and A Ta Maison in Sunder Nagar, or ATM Bistro as many would know, hosted an evening by Hendrick’s Gin on the occasion of World Cucumber Day on 14th June, and what Hendrick’s presented was pure magic. Pure simple magic.

24 June 2017

Where To Stay In Bir, Himachal Pradesh: Don't Look Beyond Colonel's Resort!

A heaven amidst hills, a heaven in a place not heard of by many- that is Colonel’s Resort in Bir, Himachal Pradesh for me. When words fall short to describe a place, when you’re missing the place to an unimaginable extent after being back for more than a month, when a resort tells you how your stay at a place is all about how it makes you ‘feel’.

A resort in the main town of Bir, Colonel’s Resort is run by Colonel and his wife. They have two dogs, Dash and Frisky, and these are the four beings that will take your experience here to a whole new level. The credit of course also goes to their sweetest and most humble staff, who are always there to take care of your needs and ever-so-smilingly.

20 June 2017

8 Delicious Places In Amritsar You Cannot Miss Eating At!

I have been to the Golden City a total of three times in my life, and the last two times were over a span of 25 days. A visit to the Golden Temple took me to Amritsar but my love for food took me to 10-11 places in the first visit itself (which was for about 20 hours in Amritsar).

A problem that I faced was to narrow down on 3-4 meals from the best places in Amritsar. I researched a lot, read so many blogs, spoke to so many people, and made a list of 12 places that I aimed at going to and making the most of my trip. I could do 11, but missed out on a chaat place sadly. 

When I visit a new city/town, I make it a point to be thorough with my research, but a research on Amritsar is of no use if you don't spend at least a week eating your way through the city. It's only then that you can maybe come close to doing justice to the food.

I have still attempted to make a list of places that you should blindly go to when in Amritsar. And considering how most people only go for the Golden Temple visit and have a thing for going to Wagah Border too, they're not left with much time to explore the city. So for that short span of stay where they go out to eat, they have a hard time in deciding where it should be. Hopefully, this list should help you with that.

I went to each one of these places and tried their food over 2 different occasions, so I'm very sure the consistency is great too and the food will be just as awesome every single time. So here are the best places in Amritsar to eat at, in no particular order.

1. Kanha Sweets

The shop that’s famous for its crisp and light pooris, served with chhole and kalonji. Kalonji is an aloo ki subji that’s sweet and tangy, and this was the first time I had kalonji somewhere. Try having all three things together or have separate bites with chhole and kalonji respectively. 

You’re not allowed to share your plate of poori here because the subji is served endlessly. 

School kids, locals, tourists- I saw everyone at Kanha Sweets. And it really should be your first stop in Amritsar!! The pooris are so thin and light, and the chhole nothing like you get in the cities. It's almost unreal.

18 June 2017

Dineout Cocktail Festival: Cocktails for 200 bucks!

What comes to your mind when you think of a lovely meal out, a night out with your girls, a chiller weekend scene at a bar, molecular gastronomy, happy hours, and so on. I’m sure at least on one of these, specially the last one, the word ‘drinks’ would definitely come to your mind. For us Delhiites, no evening, no outing, no celebration is complete without drinks, and for a lot of us that would mean cocktails. Now imagine these fancy cocktails coming to you at a price like never before. Crazy right? Crazy is what Dineout is doing. Dineout brings to us Dineout Cocktail Festival's South Delhi chapter!

To celebrate the cocktail drinking and partying culture of our city, Dineout is organising this very interesting festival that is spread across 8 days. 11 hand-picked bars and pubs in South Delhi will have exclusive cocktails available priced at only 200 bucks. This deal is only available via the Dineout app, and that should be reason enough for you to download the app right away and tick bars off your bucket list now!!

All we see these days is restaurants, bars and pubs coming up with quirky, attractive, delicious cocktails. Some will have ingredients you will have never heard of in a cocktail, and some will stick to the basics yet surprise you. Indian spices, aromatic herbs, a popsicle becoming a cocktail, a kickass balance of different flavour profiles- the list of possibilities for a cocktail are endless now, and Delhi has quite simply becoming raging as a city when it comes to cocktails now. Make the most of this festival and go try all the yummy cocktails!

Festival dates: 14th-21st June
List of participating restaurants and pubs: https://bnc.lt/6ZXm/Zaz2uPzuQD

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13 June 2017

Travel: Experience Paragliding in Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh

Experienced paragliding for the first time in my life two weeks back in Bir Billing, in the Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh. Paragliding is an experience like no other, it’s a feeling that cannot be described in words, that overwhelms you, that stuns you, that leaves you awestruck and you almost choke with tears (I went all the way and shed multiple of them). It’s thrilling, it’s adventurous, it’s beautiful, it’s uplifting (both literally and as a person), it opens your mind to newer ways of travel, it is definitely one of those things that need to be on your bucket list, and then ticked off it ASAP!!

Mamagoto's super impressive Hawker's menu!

Mamagoto has recently come out with a Hawker’s menu. The name is expressive enough to tell you what the menu will consist of and what the rationale behind keeping this name is- street food that you get across Thailand, which is essentially sold at hawker carts.

The menu has a few Korean dishes as well as dishes typically Oriental and closer to what the Indian palate is used to eating. They’ve gone a little experimental in this menu too, with options like Thai Betel Puchka and a Chicken Curry which is served with rice noodle nests. Looks so attractive on the menu!

The New Chinese Menu at Setz, DLF Emporio

A restaurant that has been synonymous with DLF Emporio, Setz has built a great name for itself, considering how it has stood the test of time and remained its patrons’ frequented place all throughout. I remember when they first opened some 8 years ago, I celebrated a lot of my special occasions there, and it still holds true for a lot of important events my friends celebrate. They have recently launched a new Chinese menu which is quite vast, doesn’t restrict itself to only appetizers or gravies, but goes the whole nine yards and does everything new from soups, dimsums, stir-fry starters, fried starters, noodles, rice, curries and gravies, and ends with so many brilliant desserts! They’ve also brought about a couple of cocktails in this menu, and the cocktails are damn yum!

7 June 2017

Travel to Palampur and stay at RS Sarovar Portico

Palampur- The City Beautiful, that’s how Palampur is named when you geotag it. Completely justified by the geotag is such for this city and not for any other. I had been planning this trip for 3 months, but I never thought I would stay in Palampur for more than 1 night. By the end of my Palampur trip (which was 2 nights and 3 days at RS Sarovar Portico), I felt I should have stayed here for 2 extra nights.

Within the first 24 hours of reaching Palampur, I witnessed all seasons here- summers, monsoons and winters. Thankfully, no autumn. Palampur is very unpredictable when it comes to rainfall. It can rain anytime, so don’t go as per the forecast. Carry an umbrella with you at all times here. And this makes the sky for a very stunning view. With of course the hills to fill your heart with joy because they’re there everywhere you look.

How to reach Palampur:

Bus: I took this option. There is an overnight bus that leaves from ISBT Bus Stand operated by Himachal Tourism. There are 4 Himachal Tourism buses that leave in a day for Palampur, starting from 6 45PM to 10 55PM. I took the one that leaves at 10 45. You can book the tickets online on hrctc.gov.in. The journey from Delhi to Palampur by bus is for around 10 hours, and the buses are very comfortable. The cost of the ticket is 1300 for one way. Going by bus is the best option because it’s not tiresome and you don’t have to change modes of transportation if you take a direct bus.
Train: The train leaves you till Pathankot and from there you can take a private taxi or bus
Air: Flights to and fro Dharamsala also operate. From there, you either take a private taxi or a bus

Being done with how to reach brings me to ‘where to stay’. I researched a lot for a place to stay at in Palampur. There were normal 3 star hotels which were decent, there were homestays, lavish guest houses, and 2-3 good hotels with a star rating above 3. So there’s something for eveyr kind of traveller in Palampur when it comes to stay, but the options under each of these categories aren’t as many. Palampur is a very small city anyway, so of course the accommodation choices cannot be as widespread as Delhi or Mumbai. Also because it hasn’t been commercialised like other hill stations yet.

Where to stay: 

After a lot of research, I narrowed down to RS Sarovar Portico Palampur. In the heart of the city, with everything within walking distance, or even if you take an auto rickshaw nothing is beyond 10 minutes away. The hotel is a 4-star property with such luxurious plush comfortable rooms, and a view to kill for! It is I think the best hotel to stay at in Palampur if you’re looking for both luxury and comfort. 


The rooms are fully equipped with all the amenities. A king-sized bed with fluffy pillows, a TV, a study table, 2 chairs on the side with a table, a big cupboard to store all your stuff, and great lighting in the room! Lighting is one of those things that not many hotels get right- sometimes it’s too less, sometimes not in the right places, etc. but the lighting in the room was too good. Our room was done up in a deep shade of red with nudes to complement it. There was a huge glass window, about the size of the wall, which served as our favourite place to chill and look at the stunning view. The view is that of the Dhauladhar mountain range. We could see the Dhauladhar range, the city, the roads, everything from our room. The day it rained like crazy, I can never forget that moment of my trip. Sitting next to the window, looking at clouds all filled with water, the entire sky black, the downpour of water mixed with a hailstorm, it was all just too too beautiful to explain in words. The washroom too was very nice, with marbled flooring and walls, and a nice separate area for bath with all the toiletries.

The property:

The hotel has a very big entrance and a lobby with a front desk and a huge sitting area for guests who are waiting or visiting to get functions organised here. Royal sofas deep blue in colour, washrooms on the same level, and the rooms on all the levels above. The second floor has the hotel’s restaurant where the buffet is served. There’s also a play area or a gaming room right next to it. The floors above that and on the same floor as well have rooms of various categories. A fitness centre on the same floor to take care of the health and fitness aspect, fitted with all the machinery and gym equipments. The top floor of the hotel has a revolving restaurant called Cloud 7, where the lunch and dinner buffet is laid. This restaurant gives you a view of the entire city.


The hotel has two restaurants, one on the second floor, The Terrace, with both an outdoor and indoor seating, and one on the 7th floor called Cloud 7, which is a revolving restaurant and gives you a view of the entire city. The concept of Cloud 7 is that each side of the restaurant has something- the entrance with the lift, the main course counter, the salads and dips counter and the dessert counter, and the 4th side which is the kitchen. Only where the tables are laid is what revolves. You will actually be looking at one thing in the town when you start your meal, and by the time you reach dessert, you see that spot coming again. So much fun!

Dinner at Cloud 7 comprised of green salad, pickles, make your own papdi chaat counter, some more salads with different kinds of dips to mix the veggies with. These were the weak points of the meal, but the main course was phenomenal! Pakode with kadhi, Kashmiri aloo, Pahadi Chicken, a mushroom subji, a mutton dish, roasted potatoes, grilled veggies, Paneer Kadhai, and biryani. Every dish was finger-licking good. Food that will make you long for more, food that will fill your stomach but you will still ask for more to satiate your soul. The paneer and kadhi pakoda were to die for, and the Chicken Pahadi was just what a guest in the hotel needs to taste to know how the local food of Palampur tastes like. Dessert was another weak point, but the main course made up for everything so brilliantly!

Breakfast at RS Sarovar Portico can just not be missed! The breakfast spread at The Terrace consists of a variety of things- cereals, fresh juices and milk, Indian like poori bhaji, South Indian- idli, vada, utthapam, and dosa on order everyday, paranthe of different stuffing, fresh fruits, donuts, pastries, muffins, croissants, various breads, sausages, boiled eggs, eggs on order. A moment here to appreciate the sweet chef preparing eggs. Brilliant eggs! Scrambled eggs so soft and runny, just how I like it and just how they’re supposed to be too. A fluffy omelette which is very moist in the centre. Poori Bhaji that made me have 2 pooris. Sausages cooked so well- juicy like there’s nothing better than them! One day they were just pan seared and one day tossed in onions. Incredible sausages!

So a breakfast buffet basically means you can eat all you want, yes we know that, but you can also sample all you want. So of course, how will we leave the dosa counter behind. Fresh crisp dosas with a stuffing of aloo, uthappam on another day, idli too, and chutneys to go with. The sambhar could be better, but the other stuff was so good that this doesn’t stay in people’s memory for longer than a minute. Also, you get all this with a view that's breathtaking! Imagine checking in to the hotel at noon, and coming for breakfast the next morning, welcomed by a view of the Dhauladhar range that looks like a 3D picture, no exaggeration. Stunning!

They have a 24 hour in-room dining, and it is amazing if you stick to the safe options. On one of the nights I ordered a coffee and they said they can’t bring cappuccino because it will get cold, but can do the normal coffee. The coffee that came was really average. Asked the person taking my order what dessert would they have to go with the coffee and they said Chocolate Brownie. It tasted like cardboard. But on the day I missed the buffet breakfast, I ordered breakfast in the room. Chicken Club Sandwich, Chichen Sandwich and Cold Coffee. What delicious sandwiches! So so filling, stuffed with chicken, such good flavours, crisp bread of the club sandwich and grilled of the other one. Soul satisfying stuff! The cold coffee was made as per our specifications, and that too was superb! The perfect fix to start the day!

Service and staff:

RS Sarovar tells you why the best people and best staff you will meet is at the hidden gems of India like Palampur. People so pure at heart, people not sweet because it’s their job but genuinely sweet by nature. Always ready to help, always ready to assist in every way possible, and doing this ever-so-willingly. Apart from all the warmth the staff here emits all the time, they guide you very well with the things to do in Palampur too. They will insist and tell you to go elsewhere if you’re making a bad choice and choosing something else.

The front desk manager, Mr. Rohit, the General Manager of the hotel, Mr. Rohit Verma, the lady escorting us to our table at breakfast everyday, the lady at the front desk, a special mention to these four people. Forgetting the names of the two ladies, but they’re very very kind, very helpful people.

In a jist:

RS Sarovar Portico needs to be your ONLY choice when visiting Palampur because of its excellent location, the luxury and comfort of the hotel, affordable room rates, great great food at their restaurants, and the super sweet staff that makes your stay even more amazing.

Make your reservations on the hotel's website or any of the travel aggregator websites.
Contact: +91-8739055555 , +91-8542855555

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9 May 2017

The Shangtastic Dimsum Lunch at Shang Palace Cannot Be Missed!

Shang Palace, Shangri-La's Eros Hotel’s Chinese restaurant, is currently running a dimsum lunch food promotion called Shangtastic Dimsum Lunch. The lunch offers you unlimited dimsums of numerous varieties, followed by one portion of main course with a side and one scoop of ice cream. Before I get into the details and I tell you more about my experience, just know that you need to leave everything else and just run to Shang Palace for the Shangtastic Lunch NOW!

Chef Ye Hai Jun is the star behind this food promotion, and he deserves every praise possible for his stellar work! Plethora of dimsums, and so many kinds that you’re spoilt for choice. Steamed, pan fried, baked, fried, poached, baked buns, and believe me when I say this, I wish this dimsum lunch promotion wasn’t a promotion but a regular affair at Shang Palace.

I tried almost all the dimsums on the menu- a piece of each, but I made sure I tried every. The classic Prawn Har Gao was as great as you can imagine, the Steamed Chicken Shou Mai being very flavourful with a good amount of saltiness, the Steamed Pokchoy and Shitake Mushroom Dumpling with a beautiful delicate flavour of mushrooms, and the Spicy Edamame and pickled Mustard Leaves Dumpling a burst of flavours. 

Rangla Punjab Food Festival at Punjab Grill

Punjab Grill has come out with a month-long festival called Rangla Punjab, that’s on at all their outlets till the 15th of May. A festival like they’ve never done before, and I’m solely talking about the taste of the food and how different the dishes are. Different not in our tryst with them, but because of the roots of the dishes, how they have been replicated from there, how those dishes are hardly available in Delhi otherwise on the regular menus of restaurants. As the name suggests, Rangla Punjab tells you the story of the colourful state of Punjab through its food.

The menu ranges from starters to main course, and through till the desserts. And they also have thirst quenchers from the land of the five rivers and a variation of soup. There’s a decent variety in each of these heads, and I tried a couple of these based on the server’s recommendation. My friend tried the Kanji and said it was nice, but I moved straight to the appetizers. The Chargha Murgh and Mutton Champa were the two non vegetarian starters that were way better than what I imagined. Chargha Murgh had a thin crisp coating on it, and under the coating the chicken was layered with a thick masala. A very very flavourful chicken, with flavours and spices in each bite. Needed no chutney to accompany it- that good. The Mutton Champa was also a true delight. Very thin, beaten to get that texture of the mutton. It was like a semi-hard semi-soft kind of a dish that was breaking in pieces easily. A beautiful preparation, bang on in terms of the flavour!

5 May 2017

The Sensational New Menu at Honk, Pullman New Delhi Aerocity

Honk at the Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, has been a well-known Oriental restaurant in Delhi NCR since the time it opened. There have been no two ways about the fact that the food is great here, and I have heard from multiple people that the food here can give a run for its money to so many of the places we rave about for their Oriental fare in Delhi. They have recently come out with a new menu and I tried a couple of dishes from that.

I chose the Celebration Menu as per the chef’s recommendation. A set menu which consisted of soup, salad, dimsums, sushi, main course, accompaniments and desserts. So it was a full-fledged course wise meal and I didn’t have to rack my brains to decide what to order and what to spare. The menu has pre-decided choices for both vegetarians and nom vegetarians, and there’s nothing you have to do once you place your order. Just relax and wait for the food service to begin.

A Weekend Getaway to The Westin Sohna Resort and Spa

Situated about an hour away from Gurgaon and 2 hours away from Delhi, The Westin Sohna Resort and Spa is one of the earliest weekend getaway options Delhiites got acquainted with. The oldest and the most famous, Westin Sohna is the most preferred choice when you want to go to get yourself pampered somewhere close to Delhi, sitting in the lap of nature and rejuvenating yourself to the maximum.

About the property:

Westin defined in one word would be greenery. There is so much of open space, so much of fresh air, so much of green land and trees, flowers and gardens- it’s literally like you’re sitting in the lap of nature. As close to nature and pure fresh air as you can’t even imagine getting in Delhi. The property has 97 well-equipped villas designed to suit families, couples, friends and people of all kinds of age group. With several recreational activities and sports options like Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, horse riding, cycling, it becomes a desirable option for people looking to relax and unwind with these. There is an animal farm with EMUs, rabbits, birds, ducks, guinea pigs, and so many animals! There are 8 EMUs that Westin Sohna has, and most of them are friendly and left loose, but as told to us, two are quite naughty and are mostly in their natural habitat where people aren’t allowed to go and play with them like they are with the others. They have a Buddha section too which has a huge statue of Buddha in grey.

25 April 2017

Taj Hotels launch in Amritsar with Taj Swarna

Taj Hotels are a benchmark in themselves when you talk about hospitality and luxury. With umpteen number of hotels spread across the world and in India, they have recently launched a property in Amritsar, called Taj Swarna. With about 20 minutes away from the Golden Temple, 20-25 minutes away from the airport and half an hour away from the railway station, the location of the hotel deserves a lot of praise. 

Vistara Airlines and Taj Swarna started off around the same time in Amritsar. Vistara started its daily flights to and fro Delhi and Mumbai, and the to and fro journey of mine was courtesy Vistara. A 1 hour 10 minute long flight from Delhi, and they also give you snacks in it (I always loved Vistara, and mostly for its food :D).

Day 1:

The hotel opens into a huge huge lobby with a ceiling about 3 floors high. On your left you see the reception and right next to it is a path that leads you to two of their restaurants. On the right of the entrance is the lift lobby and diagonally in front of you is their 24 hour restaurant. The moment you step inside the hotel, you see an outdoor area in front of you that’s very very inviting- so full of greenery. 

14 April 2017

Head to Nagaland's Kitchen NOW for a lovely Naga and Chinese meal!

Nagaland's Kitchen should be your one-stop solution for Nagaland and Chinese cuisine in Delhi. When you feel like having the former, this should be your first option. When you feel like having both, this should again be your first option. I understand if it isn’t your first option for only Chinese, but then again, they serve some delicious Chinese fare as well, so no reason why you wouldn’t want to choose Nagaland's Kitchen for those Chinese cravings. They also do a lavish spread of Thai cuisine, but I didn’t try that. Also, the restaurant is run by the same people as the Nagaland stall at Dilli Haat, INA.

12 April 2017

Recipe: How to make a healthy fruit smoothie!

For a food blogger it is very important to find balance in their food options and diet. Eating out extensively for sure takes a toll on you, and there’s no escaping an upset stomach, weakness, increasing weight and decreasing immunity. While a lot of us hate exercise, the only option we are left with is to mend our ways with respect to the food we eat. I recently started developing a lot of easy recipes for both food and drinks, that can keep my stomach happy and keep me healthy. A smoothie was one of those. And not just for food bloggers, but a smoothie is loved by everyone else too. For a healthy and balanced living, it’s a superb option for mid-day snacks, breakfasts and a small healthy meal (though for me it can never suffice as a proper meal). Here is how I make my smoothie:

Quantity: Serves 4

2 bananas
1 apple
1 mango
¼ pomegranate (if the seeds bother you then you can leave it out too)
1 Mother Dairy Yoghurt (any flavour you like. I prefer Mango)
1 big bowl of Mother Dairy Dahi
7-8 grapes (more grapes=sour smoothie, hence I use less)
2 small bowls of Kellogg’s Muesli No Sugar Added pack
Lots of ice

Chop the apples and mango in small pieces, slice the bananas, and pop these into the blender. Leave the peel of the apple on, and make sure to put it in first, because it’s tougher for the apples to reach the blades if you throw them in last. Add the flavoured yoghurt. Put two if you want a sweeter smoothie, but for a healthier smoothie use only one flavoured yoghurt. Add the muesli, dahi and grapes (sliced) and close the lid of the blender. Let the blender be on for 15-20 seconds, open the lid then, and add ice. 7-8 cubes should be fine for 4 glasses. After adding the ice, if you want a thicker consistency to your smoothie, let the blender crush the ice only for 5 seconds. But if you want a thinner consistency, add 20-30ml of milk to it, and let the ice blend for longer. This makes the ice melt and turn into water, in turn thinning the consistency.

Pour the smoothie into glasses and garnish it with pomegranate seeds or chopped mangoes, whichever you prefer.

There is no fixed recipe you need to follow for making a smoothie. Just go with the fruits that you love and let the blender blend it all together for you. If you have berries easily available then do add them. Nothing tastes better in a smoothie than strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. The smoothie I make has everything that screams healthy, hence the use of muesli too. Also, bananas are great for protein, so never make a smoothie without them. You can even freeze your bananas for a more chilled smoothie.

A great drink for any time of the day. Has become such a hit at my place that I make it for everyone at home when I make it for myself. Do let me know how you liked it :)

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27 March 2017

Delhi has a gem of a place with Nariyal Cafe in Adchini

Located in the buzzing Adchini Market, Nariyal Café is a little hard to find because it isn’t on the main road, and there’s no board on the main road leading you to it. So just go and stand bang opposite the NCERT office, and enter through where you find a board for Waves. In the far end you will see a small board saying Nariyal Café- walk three floors up and you’ll see yourself in a beautiful setting of a restaurant, with boat rowers used in the ceiling for décor, sofa seating and tables lined up, white interiors with hints of blue to signify water, and waiters adorning uniforms completely in sync with the theme. Opened few weeks ago, Nariyal Café is yet to get their liquor license, but that in no way means you should postpone or delay your visit to this gem of a place!

26 March 2017

Breakfast Experience at Elan, The Lodhi

What comes to your mind when you think of five star and breakfast in one go? To me, the first vision I get is that of a lavish buffet spread. For me breakfasts have always been my favourite meal of the day, especially when I’m on a holiday. But the most common problem in a buffet is the quality of food and the freshness to be maintained. Elan at The Lodhi solves that for you, with its concept of unlimited dishes from the breakfast ala carte menu.

So this basically means that you choose whatever you feel like having from the menu, and you place your order for that. Your desired dish comes freshly prepared from the kitchen to your table. How do they give you the experience of a buffet but? By giving you unlimited portions of anything from the menu. Do repeat orders, make variant choices by ordering from the entire menu (but please don’t waste), and get all of it fresh on your table. It has all the plus points needed.

Tupperware comes out with its Time Savers Range

Tupperware recently introduced four new products as a part of its Time Savers Range. A company that has been synonymous for the Indian household with any kind of containers needed in the kitchen or in the everyday life for storage and carrying around, Tupperware has done brilliantly well for itself. People blindly trust their products now, and for them, Tupperware spells quality and durability.

13 March 2017

Dine With Royalty: Dine with royal families in luxury tents this October!

EatwithIndia, an initiative that was started to bring Indian regional food to people, give it its due importance, show people the various regional cuisines we have, is started by Sonal Saxena and Shantanu Mahanta. The focus on bringing authentic regional food to you but not in a restaurant space (like the food festivals we have taking place across hotels), and give a lot of importance to home chefs who carry the lineage forward of these rich cuisines and cultures, is what eatwithIndia is about. Under the umbrella of eatwithIndia, the founders bring to you 'Dine With Royalty', a three-day event taking place in October this year, where 20 royal families across India play host and bring to you their food, hospitality and culture.

Punjab Grill Tappa Dishing Out A Storm!

Opened in Cyber Hub a couple of months ago, Punjab Grill Tappa , as the name suggests, is by the team behind Punjab Grill. A place that's more energetic, more casual, has a more progressive kind of food in terms of the choices- healthier dishes with touches of fusion in them. The ambience along with the menu, music choices,  setting and the complete package, is aimed more at a chilled out time you spend at a restaurant. They also have great bottle deals on alcohol during evening hours for the office crowd to come and enjoy drinks (the bar is gorgeous!). Curated and executed by Chef Gurpreet Singh Gehdu, I would like to say this is one of my top 3 meals of 2017 till now, before I  get into the details.

23 February 2017

La Piazza, Hyatt Regency's New Menu: Going Back To The Roots

La Piazza, the Italian restaurant at Hyatt Regency New Delhi has come out with a new menu. A menu that focuses on going back to the roots and using simple ingredients that the chefs, Ivan Chieregatti and Alessandro Sandrolini, have been grown up eating back at home back in Italy, is doing a brilliant job with keeping the cooking genuine and not going fancy through the roof, and attaining what every restaurant should attain- excellent food that takes us back to our roots. The two chefs come from different parts of Italy- one from South and one from North, so both of them bring something very different from each other to the table, And as told by them, Italy is as diverse as India when it comes to the food. Something the people in the southern part of Italy may have as a staple will be completely different from what the northern part would eat. So the menu is a good mix of both North and South Italy.

Excellent food and then some more: Pa Pa Ya at Select Citywalk, Saket

The latest one from the Massive Restaurants bandwagon, Pa Pa Ya opened its first outlet in Mumbai, and came to Select Citywalk in Delhi in the end of 2016. Asian cuisine, crazy location, a huge restaurant, also boasts of having the highest ceiling of any restaurant in India, yet all this apart, some great great food that speaks for itself.

Pa Pa Ya houses an open kitchen where you can see chefs cooking up dishes for you. A huge bar in the centre of the restaurant, on an elevated level, and tables set around the bar. They also have a small outdoor area which is great for winter evenings.

17 February 2017

Travel: Pushkar, Rajasthan- A Trip I Will Cherish Forever

A trip I've been wanting to take for quite some time now! Pushkar is a destination for nature lovers, for someone looking for a relaxing time, for someone who is looking for great food and great vibe, for spiritual purposes, for experiencing boho lifestyle in India, for backpacking.. basically you get the idea- you can be any kind of traveller, any kind of tourist, Pushkar has something for each one of you. 

I wanted a backpacking sort of a trip, where I can be a 'traveller' and not a 'tourist'. I had planned a gazillion things for my Pushkar trip, and none of those involved lavishness. I wanted to live like the locals do, explore like the backpackers do, and I couldn't be more glad that my trip went EXACTLY the way I planned it. Even more glad that I took this trip with my mother who was such a sport!

Best time to visit:

October-February. I went in the last week of January and on my last day in Pushkar I was chilling at cafes with the fans on. Got a little chilly at night, but the pleasant chilly that you enjoy, not cold per se. The perfect weather I'd say. The minimum temperature here was 13 degrees and the maximum was 24. So got a little hot during the afternoon. 

10 February 2017

Koshur Saal by Mrs. Rajni Jinsi at Holiday Inn Mayur Vihar

Holiday Inn Mayur Vihar is hosting a Kashmiri Pandit food festival till the 12th of March, called Koshur Saal. The festival in a crux- Rajni Jinsi, a homecook who descends from a Kashmiri Pandit family and lives in Faridabad now, from where she operates and supplies food that she cooks herself, is the woman behind this festival. A culinary mentor of this festival, her recipes have been followed to the T and not one change or improvisation, however slight, has been made to her recipes by the hotel. She brings a lot of years of experience, a touch of love and passion,  an unparalleled fondness for the cuisine, brimming with knowledge and skill, and a lot of other great things to this festival. It's Mrs. Rajni's first tryst with a corporate kitchen, but she has blended herself in and presented her art in the form of food to Delhi like nobody has ever done before. For a homecook to come and manage a hotel kitchen overnight, and excel at it with such flair and finesse, keeping her humble loving infectious nature intact, is a big big big deal! I'm all praises for her and this festival, and you will be too, once you meet her and taste her food.