Johnnie Walker’s ‘Art of Blending’ at Westin, Gurgaon

If I ask you what is one brand whose journey you actually follow. I mean c’mon we all accept that we have our favorite brands and we all know how they have evolved over time. Isn’t it? Well, if I talk about myself, I love and adore and follow and get inspired by the journey of Johnnie walker! It is one brand which has evolved to become one of the most iconic brand in the history of world and it was no less than a great pleasure when I was invited by Westin, Gurgaon for a whiskey walk with Johnnie walker and needless to mention, because it was Westin it added all the more stars and excitement to the whole thing..

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I reached Westin sharp on time and as expected it’s a beautiful artsy niche place aptly located in the concrete jungle of Gurgaon but having said that the moment you will enter Westin, you will cut yourself off from this concrete jungle and will be surrounded by good, happy, green, posh and positive vibes.

The evening started with interesting conversations with fellow invitees and ofcourse the marvelous cocktails of Johnnie walker, must give credits to the bartender, he did a real nice job there!

Soon enough, we reached to the part of night we all were waiting for, the Johnnie walker infused dinner! The chef enchanted the guests with a three-course menu coordinated with the Johnnie Walker and the best part was that he presented the right drink for every course.

We started off with JW black Label moved to JW Double Black label and then JW platinum Label 18 Y.O. Well, that’s not the end, we ended it with Gold Label Reserve, of course paired with the awesomest food complimenting every drop of iconic JW!

Special Mention: The man behind this luxuriously crafted evening- Ashwani Nayar, Westin’s new General Manager who ensured a perfect evening for all present. I can go  on and on about his warm and welcoming attitude towards all attendee and honestly it’s such gestures which makes your whole experience worth while. And once again, thank you Ashwani it was a pleasure meeting you!

Overall, it was great fun and I am going to remember this warm evening for a real long time! Or I think forever!

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Restaurant review, Cravity, Hauz Khas, Delhi

First thing First! I am glad, I mean I personally feel happy that these guys chose Hauz Khas and not Hauz khas village as the ideal location for their patisserie! Not that I have a problem with HKV but I feel I am happier off it! Moment i heard about the location, they earned brownie points from my end!

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Well I planned to visit this place on a Friday night and was little dubious about the fact that what if this place doesn’t turn out to be nice? What if my weekend starts on a bit rough side? What if I regret coming here? Filled with all these thoughts I parked my car right outside Cravity at around 07:30 p.m. and the moment I looked at this cozy place, all my dreads flushed down the drain and I knew this place is promising and will sure treat my senses well!

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Moment I entered I was received by this really humble and very well spoken guy who showed extreme signs of chivalry and guided me to my table. Later I got to know that he was the owner and he makes sure that he gives personal assistance to all the people who visits the café!

 

Let me take you through all the aspects of this café one by one! It will be easier that way for you guys to understand and for me to explain!

 

Décor: They have used my personal favorite color for the décor!! Off-White! I think I have some eternal love for this color, it’s so soothing, so classy, doesn’t kill you with brightness and does not shout for attention and yet noticeable! It’s right there to make you feel comfortable.. I noticed few paintings around, not that I am an aficionado of this field but looking at them I understood that those were some fine pieces of art! Décor pleased my eye and what’s pleasing, it’s always appealing!

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Ambience: Place wasn’t overcrowded, even though there was live kitchen but no action or smell made me uncomfortable, lighting was perfect, furniture was clean, staff was humble and considerate and everything seem to fall in place except for one thing! I did miss a light soothing music in the background, I mean music does help! It helps me for sure!

Food: Even though the café is small and cozy but they have pretty elaborated list of menu! I could find a lot of my favorite dishes on the menu but controlling my inner hunger monster I ordered for Mexican mushroom sandwich and 4 pastries from their super alluring list! I know 4 pastries are bit too much but I have been saving this cheat day for a while.  I had a hard time pronouncing this one, Beurre Sale Au Chocolat but I had the best time of my life relishing this one! It is one of the best I had in the longest time, no kidding given! This 4-layered pastry took me to another world for a while! Every layer had heaven imbibed in it! Inspite of it’s big size and 4 layers, I managed to finish it all!  All! By myself!

Next in the line was Blueberry cheese cake, after 8 brownie and a pastry made out of mango (Huff, can’t recall the name) but can still recall the taste! I remember drooling high on all of them! Well, this was my list but as I said they have an elaborate menu so I am sure you all will end up having your favorite dishes right there considering they are serving multi cuisine for everyone’s perusal.

What goes behind: I always make it a point to meet either the chef or a representative of the restaurant to know what went behind this whole idea! Luckily, I met Rachit who is the owner of the restaurant (Remember his chivalry mention in the first few lines of my review) and could have a candid chat with me! Well, you must speak to him too if he’s around.. I was so amazed by the fact that how he completed his studies abroad and didn’t fall prey for brain drain 😀 rather came back to country to start his own establishments.. But having said that his exposure of things across the world is pretty reflective in Cravity’s approach! I could see how he has carefully chosen each and everything and how he makes sure to give personal touch to everything around!

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Overall I had a great sweet time there and if you guys are also looking for same! This place is a must! Go ahead and have a good time!

Restaurant review, Cravity, Hauz Khas, Delhi

First thing First! I am glad, I mean I personally feel happy that these guys chose Hauz Khas and not Hauz khas village as the ideal location for their patisserie! Not that I have a problem with HKV but I feel I am happier off it! Moment i heard about the location, they earned brownie points from my end!

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Well I planned to visit this place on a Friday night and was little dubious about the fact that what if this place doesn’t turn out to be nice? What if my weekend starts on a bit rough side? What if I regret coming here? Filled with all these thoughts I parked my car right outside Cravity at around 07:30 p.m. and the moment I looked at this cozy place, all my dreads flushed down the drain and I knew this place is promising and will sure treat my senses well!

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Moment I entered I was received by this really humble and very well spoken guy who showed extreme signs of chivalry and guided me to my table. Later I got to know that he was the owner and he makes sure that he gives personal assistance to all the people who visits the café!

 

Let me take you through all the aspects of this café one by one! It will be easier that way for you guys to understand and for me to explain!

 

Décor: They have used my personal favorite color for the décor!! Off-White! I think I have some eternal love for this color, it’s so soothing, so classy, doesn’t kill you with brightness and does not shout for attention and yet noticeable! It’s right there to make you feel comfortable.. I noticed few paintings around, not that I am an aficionado of this field but looking at them I understood that those were some fine pieces of art! Décor pleased my eye and what’s pleasing, it’s always appealing!

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Ambience: Place wasn’t overcrowded, even though there was live kitchen but no action or smell made me uncomfortable, lighting was perfect, furniture was clean, staff was humble and considerate and everything seem to fall in place except for one thing! I did miss a light soothing music in the background, I mean music does help! It helps me for sure!

Food: Even though the café is small and cozy but they have pretty elaborated list of menu! I could find a lot of my favorite dishes on the menu but controlling my inner hunger monster I ordered for Mexican mushroom sandwich and 4 pastries from their super alluring list! I know 4 pastries are bit too much but I have been saving this cheat day for a while.  I had a hard time pronouncing this one, Beurre Sale Au Chocolat but I had the best time of my life relishing this one! It is one of the best I had in the longest time, no kidding given! This 4-layered pastry took me to another world for a while! Every layer had heaven imbibed in it! Inspite of it’s big size and 4 layers, I managed to finish it all!  All! By myself!

Next in the line was Blueberry cheese cake, after 8 brownie and a pastry made out of mango (Huff, can’t recall the name) but can still recall the taste! I remember drooling high on all of them! Well, this was my list but as I said they have an elaborate menu so I am sure you all will end up having your favorite dishes right there considering they are serving multi cuisine for everyone’s perusal.

What goes behind: I always make it a point to meet either the chef or a representative of the restaurant to know what went behind this whole idea! Luckily, I met Rachit who is the owner of the restaurant (Remember his chivalry mention in the first few lines of my review) and could have a candid chat with me! Well, you must speak to him too if he’s around.. I was so amazed by the fact that how he completed his studies abroad and didn’t fall prey for brain drain 😀 rather came back to country to start his own establishments.. But having said that his exposure of things across the world is pretty reflective in Cravity’s approach! I could see how he has carefully chosen each and everything and how he makes sure to give personal touch to everything around!

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Overall I had a great sweet time there and if you guys are also looking for same! This place is a must! Go ahead and have a good time!

Review Credit: Priyanka

Soiree with Australian Chef, Scott @ Hyatt Regency, Delhi

Cosmopolitan, Elegant and chic, Australia has a passionate soul and a welcoming heart that makes every thing truly memorable about that place! From thrilling world class events and renowned architecture, to cafe-lined streetscapes and verdant parklands, there’s always something new and exciting to discover in that country!!!! Well, Well, Enough Said! or rather having said that, it was my true pleasure to visit Hyatt regency when they bought Australia on Platter because after all it was #ScottPickettInIndia , Melbourne’s most celebrated chef and culinary personality.

Event started off with Avocado master class and effortlessly lead us to reconstruction of Local favorite Bombay from there. We all carefully watched Chef Scott and the way his hand moved like an undulating waves giving perfection to each and everything.

How do i express this.. Well, serving soul food and exclusive, Dinner was beautifully divided into a satiating 3 course meal with the options of both veg and non veg and not to forget with the love of both White and Red wine!

In between the meal, they premiered a small video talking about Australia tourism. From world famous wines to fabulously fresh food and breathtaking sceneries, magnificent forests with cascading waterfalls and quaint mountain villages, that video spoke about everything which allured me to plan my next big visit.

It was lovely to hear Chef Scott and his experience about both our country and his and it was awesome to come back home after an amazing experience of Auatralian culture and food that evening

 

 

 

REVIEW – SPICE IT (IBIS GURUGRAM)

Spice It at ibis Gurugram offers a 24 hour multi cuisine casual dining . It is located at Gurugram’s premium address- The Golf Course Road . It has tried to expand its reach to non residents by curating an innovative yet ultra reasonable menu . The interiors of the place are simple yet colorful and jocund . Lights are big and round and wall decor is very chic . It has an elaborate a-la-carte menu along with breakfast , lunch and dinner buffets as well . I can advocate that their buffets are nothing like the regular buffets we find at other places . Hawker house counters present during the buffet are the major highlight showcasing their entirely new concept . The restaurant combines authentic delicacies of several cuisines with impeccability . Influence of Tibet , Burma and Kolkata can be seen in the dishes . I started with an orange slush with feta and aubergine salad while my friend ordered crispy corns and veg momos . On one hand , orange slush and crispy corns had very desi falvors while momos and the salad , on the other hand catered more to international palate . We also ordered the traditional Burmese khao suey and Lebanese falafel with pita . They were surely a flavor bomb . We had the Kolkata rool which had crispy fried potato fingers and papri chhat . They both sure can take you on a crazy culinary journey . We ended our meal with Parle-G cheese cake , mango mousse , and a choco cake . Parle -G cheese cake gets a special mention and is a must try . It has the perfect balance of crispness and smooth texture of cream cheese . I am sure one can never have a lot of it . The staff is very educated and knowledgeable about the dishes and treated us with immense warmth . A major thumbs up to the staff . Also the manager is very friendly and welcoming . All in all , ibis promises modernity , culinary finesse and an amazing dining experience at best price !!!

The Hidden Indian Culinary Gems!

A regular Sunday afternoon in this overbearing summer heat, and you get a chance to visit an absolutely one of its kind cooking studio in Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi. More so, when your appetite’s already calling out for the menu on offer & interestingly, the protagonist of the meal being ‘Indian Super Food’. This is about Tastesutra – A Cook – Bond – Eat concept that involves bonding of cooking delicious Indian Meals.

This event was a pop up in order to enjoy a meal and get closer to the phenomena, the culture, the unity, the religion & the expression called “India” through the best medium called ‘food’.

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To begin with (and much required in this heat) we started off with Bael Sharbat with nolen gur & amaranth seeds to replenish ourselves and get set for the extravaganza to follow.

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The appetisers had a few choices – Phaalsa Pakoras, Chicken Ghee Roast, Kathal Kabab & Ghugni but our personal favorite was these amazing pakoras made out of a soulful recipe of fried phaalsas in a batter. This didn’t even require a chatni to be eaten with.

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Another interesting appetiser was this Kamal kakdi chaat- Crispy thin slices of lotus stem topped with yoghurt and assorted chutneys. It looked yum and the taste did more than justice to the appearance!

Coming onto the main course, we realised that the menu was curated to take you through the lost Indian food traditions, flavors and a soul satisfying meal. They had handpicked recipes which were taught by friends and family from various diversities.

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The maincourse had a vareity of foods from states across India. There was dal dhokli (Gujarat), Papad ki Sabzi (Rajasthan), Baghara Baingan (Hyderabad), Achari Tinda (Banaras) and the like. Well, then came to the party this amazing feast of Jungli Maas – A delicacy of Mewati cuisine from Rajasthan, succulently slow-cooked mutton in a thin gravy made with only 5 ingredients.

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Coming onto the dessert part, we had the amazing Beetroot Halwa & Badshahi falooda- famous dessert from the streets of Maharashtra.

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Summing it up, this meal was just a way to get together and enjoy the simplicity as well as complexity of the authentic recipes & to relish the power & nutritious value of simple Indian Super Foods without any compromise on taste & flavor.

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Yup! Happy Faces 🙂

Signing off
Until next time

Eat Healthy!

Rajdhani Thali @ Connaught Place

So this weekend we bumped into this amazing place called Rajdhani at Connaught Place to quench our authentic Indian food cravings. It’s old age ambiance and traditional tikka welcome gave the feeling of an Indian wedding household. The staff was very friendly and the service was quick. Within minutes, they will fill up your thali and it will look like this.

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And id this wasn’t enough, they are in the midst of their Mango festival and have delicacies made out of this yummy fruit!

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We were surprised at their creativity and skill that gave this one fruit so many different forms and tastes! Who knew Rajasthani culture was this diverse! So head out this season to have your share of this amazing ethnic festival, and tell us what you liked it there.

Hotel Review: JW Marriott Delhi Aerocity

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JW Marriott Delhi Aerocity is one of the newest luxury hotels in India’s capital. Located in the Aerocity, which hosts many airport hotels, the hotel is just a quick ride away from both, the international and the domestic airport. The ultra-modern rooms and the facilities of the hotel including an outdoor pool and a very nice lounge make JW Marriott Delhi Aerocity one of the properties you should definitely consider for staying in Delhi!

Check out our rating of JW Marriott Delhi Aerocity!

When it comes to hotel reviews I really like to write about hotels I had a very good time staying at.

  • Classification: Five Stars
  • Room Category: Executive Room
  • Month of Stay: February

JW Marriott Delhi Aerocity is one of those properties. After booking last minute and arriving two or three hours after midnight, the hotel was a true relief after a horrible day.

JW Marriott Delhi is just a…

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Hotel Review: JW Marriott Mussoorie

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JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove is a luxury resort located in the Himalaya. The hotel is not really easy to get to as there is neither an airport nor a train station nearby. Nevertheless, the long ride is totally worth the effort as the property is absolutely stunning. What makes this resort that amazing can be read in our extensive hotel review.

I’ve previewed JW Marriott Mussoorie more than a year ago. After seeing the pictures and the secluded location I was immediately intrigued by the property and had to book a stay while visiting India.

  • Classification: Five Stars
  • Room Category: Executive Suite
  • Month of Stay: February

The property might either be reached by flying to Dehradun Airport or by taking the Dehradun Shatabdi from Delhi to the train station. If you are arriving at the airport, you need to take a taxi or…

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Appetizing Indian Cuisine at Spice Rack

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On our recent visit to Bensalem, a small town near Philadelphia we came across Spice Rack after reading a lot of immensely positive reviews in Yelp. Located on Knights Road, this is a small restaurant with limited seating mainly dealing in take-out.

Let’s talk about “Food”

The menu is quite extensive so it took us a while to decide what to start with. This time we opted for only Vegetarian dishes and ordered Bhelpuri, Dahi Chaat and Papdi Chaat for appetizer.

After a bit long wait we got served with these delish snacks. From the first bite I got hooked on Bhelpuri, a tangy, garlicky and fully flavored one with authentic Indian spices. It was the most delicious chaat I ever had till now in USA.

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Dahi Chaat one of my all time favorites didn’t disappointed me as well. Crisp puri exotically garnished with sev and coriander were so…

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