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.

5 February 2017

Dhaba Festival at Singh Sahib, Eros Hotel, Nehru Place

Singh Sahib at Eros Hotel Nehru Place has come out with an amazing festival, called the Dhaba Festival. As the name suggests, expect Dhaba food in this festival, and with that expect some great taste, great ambience, great music, and great presentation, keeping in mind the theme of the festival.

Everything You Need To Know About Delhi Cocktail Week

Here is everything you need to know about Delhi Cocktail Week, 2017:

1. The brainchild of Archit Singhal, this is Delhi Cocktail Week's second edition. 

2. As the name suggests, this is a week-long celebration of local bars and bartenders, and the initiative urges you to support these rockstars by indulging in their delicious cocktails over this week.

3. Delhi Cocktail Week, or DCW as it is fondly known, is giving selected cocktails at 40+ participating bars and restaurants (refer to the list below) at a flat rate of Rs. 300++. Bartenders from those restaurants and bars are showcasing some of their best drinks during this week.

4. #DCW17 is on between 4th-11th February and there are no particular timings where you get these cocktails at a discounted price, it's on all day long.

5. There are some amazing events happening during this one week, and these include a Pub Crawl in Connaught Place, a Pyjama Party at DefCol Social, a popup event at Zorba, a Bloggers Meet at Ek Bar,  various masterclass events at Farzi Cafe, Cocktails & Dreams Speakeasy, Olive, Public Affair, and many others, and the most exciting and awaited one- Most Innovative Bartender Competition at Qla. See the entire schedule of events on www.delhicocktailweek.com, and www.facebook.com/delhicocktailweek to see where you can sign up for these events

List of participating bars and restaurants:
1. Flying Saucer, Nehru Place
2. Flying Saucer, Connaught Place
3. Lodi- The Garden Restaurant
4. Warehouse Cafe
5. Openhouse Cafe
6. Teddy Boy
7. Farzi Cafe, Cyber Hub
8. Farzi Cafe, Connaught Place
9. South Hall Cafe
10. Lord Of The Drinks Chamber, Punjabi Bagh
11. Lord Of The Drinks Forum, Nehru Place
12. Lord Of The Drinks Meadow, HKV
13. Lord Of The Drinks, Connaught Place
14. The Darzi Bar & Kitchen
15. Molecule Air Bar
16. Indigo Delicatessen, Cyber Hub
17. Birdie Num Num
18. Parallel
19. Cyber Hub Social
20. Epicuria Social
21. Odeon Social
22. DefCol Social
23. Hauz Khas Social
24. Bunta Bar
25. Arriba
26. Tamasha
27. Fio- Cookhouse and Bar, Nehru Place
28. Fio- Country Kitchen and Bar, Saket
29. Sandy's Cocktails and Kitchen
30. Townhall
31. Public Affair
32. Qla
33. Hungry Monkey
34. Cocktails & Dreams Speakeasy
35. Olive Bar and Kitchen, Mehrauli
36. Olive Bistro, Cyber Hub
37. Niche
38. Ek Bar
39. PCO
40. Ping's Orient
41. Guppy 
42. ATM- A Ta Maison

As the official blog partner for #DCW17, we will bring to you every exciting thing you can witness during this week! Stay tuned and follow us on these channels for regular updates about Delhi Cocktail Week:

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3 February 2017

Bonjour Chocolates Opens A Gorgeous Cafe, Chez Papillons!

Punjabi Bagh gets a gorgeous new bakery, Delhi gets an excellent new addition to its dessert and cafe scene, and cafes in general get a place that sets the bar too high with its presentation, looks, quality and an overall package. Bonjour Chocolates, the famous home bakery sending sweet delights and comforting calorific brilliant gooey indulgences to the people of Delhi, has launched their first flagship store in Punjabi Bagh, called Chez Papillons.

2 February 2017

Asian Haus: Superb Pan Asian Home-Delivered

Asian Haus doesn't need an introduction. Anybody who loves Asian, Pan Asian and Chinese food would have tried food from here if they live in South Delhi. A delivery-only model, the food and packaging in no way is lesser than that of a fine dining restaurant. A menu that boasts of dimsums, salads, appetizers, gravies, noodles and rice, Bento boxes, Thai Curry boxes and what not, this is seriously a one-stop solution for your Pan Asian cravings. They now have two outlets in Delhi NCR- one in East of Kailasha and the latest one in DLF Phase 1, Gurgaon.

'The Picnic Table' at The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake

The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake has recently launched 'The Picnic Table', which is open to everyone and not restricted only to the guests staying with them. Adventure, picnic, food and a jolly time under the Sun is what they promise you at their Picnic Table.

Experienced the Picnic Table at Gateway Resort Damdama last week, courtesy the hotel, and what was put before me was an experience truly exhilarating! Imagine a setup with a huge lush green lawn, with innumerable activities you can indulge in and reminisce your childhood. A perfect family spot would come to everyone's mind, but I'd say you can even go here with your friends and have a gala time.