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Bloggers Meet @ Junkyard Cafe, Saket, New Delhi

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I start this review with these pics to evidentialise the fact that the whole experience was more than just outstanding or even to quote extraordinary.

Located @ Ground Floor, Unit 12, Southern Park Mall, Saket, New Delhi,  this place is definitely amongs’t the top contenders of this arena as this particular proximity is filled with these joints and to also mention that this is the 3rd outlet of  this branch named Junkyard Cafe, which to my experience are really good at Gastronomical cooking and amazing productive stuff out of that cooking.

This was a bloggers lunch organised to portray the newly established outlet of this brand and it had a lot to offer to it’s patrons. From presentation to taste and from quality to quantity, even the staff and there services were remarkable and appreciable to all extent.

Going by the pics it is pretty much clear that it was multi cuisine lunch but on a exemplifying mode it was Italian, Lebanese, North Indian and few more. The dishes served were, Kebabs, Palak Papri Chaat, Pizza – Margarita and  Veg exotic also the non veg pizza which included chicken pizza. Then came the chicken tikka of various types, marinated with various condiments. Gradually it came to Masala Corns, chicken Kulcha, Mezze Platter, Spring rolls, Fresh juices were also part of the entire meal and finally the Tiramisu as the dessert which completed the entire palate.

The meal was unconditionally delicious and unquestionably very appetizing merely by seeing also. It was a delightful experience to visit this venue and taste the amazing food in here by socializing with other bloggers as well.

XOXO

Shivangi

Review Credit:  SAGAR

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Bella Italia, Holiday Inn, New Delhi

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Holiday Inn, Aerocity recently opened a wonderful new Italian restaurant called Bella Italia. Bella Italia is a branch of the UK based Bella Italia chain of restaurants and brings in the same liveliness and verve to Delhi, where frankly not too many good Italian restaurants are present.

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As the photographs will show you it is a bright and happy place with two tiers and plenty of seating and a great open, casual feel. The upstairs also has a smoking section and arrangement for a buffet (which I believe is yet to begin).

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Our meal began with a sharing board, Piatto di Carne, that had a number of cold cuts like Speck Ham and Mortadella along with some great accompaniments like olives, sun dried tomatoes and bocconcini and a big piece of ciabatta.  The meats are mostly imported from Italy and each has a different taste and texture and balances the entire plate perfectly.

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The menu at Bella Italia is comprehensive and even vegetarians should have nothing to complain about here. In fact the next two starters we had were vegetarian, a classic bruschetta and a beautiful ciabatta with roasted peppers and feta on top.  Both wee superb but the roaster pepper ciabatta was my favourite and easily a signature dish for Bella Italia.

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The next two starters were Polpette (chicken meatballs in a tomato sauce) and Gamberi (prawns in garlic and chilli butter) . The chicken meatballs were decent though a little dry from the inside but the prawns were a grand success.  Beautifully cooked in a rich, tangy, herby butter sauce was worthy of repeat servings.

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For all worrying why there is no mention of pizza till now, good news! Bella Italia does a wide variety of pizzas and they are all the way they are supposed to be, thin, crisp and delicious. My pick is the Pepperoni Picante, a delicious, meaty pizza with roasted onions, juicy pepperoni and fiery chillies.  A combination to really satiate your taste buds.

Another great tasting pizza is Pollo Pesto pizza that a different basil pesto base with roast chicken and mushrooms on top. To be honest you can pick any pizza and will not be disappointed.

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Bella Italia also does a healthier whole-wheat base version of the regular pizza called Pizza Vita and it tastes just as great.

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In the pasta section I tried the superb pollo pesto gnocchi here. Fresh home made pillowy gnocchi was drenched in a basil pesto sauce and had all the favourtie Italian flavors like roasted peppers, roasted chicken, Padano cheese and sun dried tomatoes.   If ever there was a dish I am willing to come back for it was this.  A good pasta looks deceptively simple when it comes together so beautifully but the balance on this was spot on.

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There are a plethora of desserts at Bella Italia but my pick would be the Limoncello Meringue Pie and the classic Tiramisu.

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The Limoncello really makes a difference here as it sings in your mouth and cuts through the very sweet pie otherwise.

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The tiramisu is a ubiquitous dessert at every Italian restaurant but Bella Italia does it better than most and the secret for me is their much superior Zabaglione which is rich and flavourful.

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Go to Bella Italia as it has great food, lively ambience and experience a new star in the Italian restaurant space in Delhi.

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Dubai is just as SPECTACULAR as they tell you!

Being a travel and food blogger is the best thing that can happen to a person. You get to travel widely and enjoy the most delicious treats money can buy. My most recent trip to Dubai is what I can’t forget for years.

We see pictures online about the “extravagance” that is Dubai. The things to do, the places to see, the cars and the monumental structures. It is a dream. International flights from Delhi to Dubai are so inexpensive these days and if you plan in advance and pick certain flight routes then you don’t even have to stopover anywhere. Delhi to Dubai flights can be obtained at unimaginable prices these days, you just have to find the right websites.

I reached around Christmas and New Year and it sure was festive. There are a million things to do in Dubai and I started by visiting Sky Dive Dubai. To sky dive like Hrithik Roshan you will have to pay around 2000 AED and that’s exactly what I did. It was a mind-blowing, once in a lifetime experience. If you are in Dubai and you miss Sky Dive Dubai then you will have to fly back to give it another try.

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Then came the beautiful Jebel Ali Resort where we celebrated Christmas. It was a very expensive affair, we did not see any “desi” people around, only “phirungs”.

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There was pony writing, singing, meeting santa, cocktails and lovely celebrations – ideal for kids and adults alike. We danced all afternoon.

New Year was something like I hadn’t ever imagined or experienced.

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It was at Burj al Arab. The only 7 star hotel in the world. You can’t even begin to imagine how grand that place is. JBH is where the winter wonderland was. We celebrated with a lot of popular singers from the UK as the Arabs made it snow in this desert.

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I could never imagine in a million years that I will ever be able to watch the new year 2016 countdown on Burj al Arab, followed by fireworks that lasted almost 30 minutes. Being in Dubai is no less than a miracle. What these Arabs do always amazes us mere mortals. The grandeur, the scale and the magnanimity of the projects they take over is absolutely astonishing.

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My whole team and I were watching in amazement as the fireworks ended after thirty minutes.

Don’t even get me started on the food. What do they not have? They have everything. They kinds of things I tasted that day I had only seen on TV. The most amazing sea food and the freshest produce made my new year even more special. The amount of champagne we had that day I can’t even recall but all I remember is that it was a fun night.

The best time to visit Dubai is certainly between October to February, anytime after that it is just too hot. However, there are so many indoor activities in Dubai, especially at the Dubai Mall that whenever you go, you will never be bored. Since my first visit I have been to Dubai three times already and everytime I visit, it is like going to a whole new place. There is so much development happening in Dubai that with every visit you will be surprised with something new.

My next visit, I’ll have to check out the Miracle Garden that I missed last time!

 

Stop My Starvation – like literally!

Stop My Starvation is a small breakfast joint in the Malviya Nagar Market. With a name as quirky as ’Stop My Starvation’ this place aims to satiate your small time immediate hunger. We all have those moments when we know dinner is ready at home but we need to grab a quick bite to satisfy the tummy, telling it to believe that more is coming just in a while. So, this is the place you would want to head to the next time you have your quick bite moments.

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Their menu has crepes, waffles, sandwiches and shakes. This is one of the few places that serves crepes in Delhi and that too with both sweet and savoury fillings. Similarly, it was the first time that I had a waffle with vegetable/chicken toppings instead of the usual maple syrup and ice cream to go with it. Their waffles’ dough is simply melt in the mouth. They are preparing it with Malted Barley which is being imported from US and that makes their snack options even more delicious and healthy. And, on top of that, all of their sweet waffles by default come with a scoop of ice cream. Also, they have add on options for toppings in case you want to customize.

Some of the things that I ordered here were:

Magic Mushroom: It was a savoury waffle with mushroom, cream and cheese topping, sprinkled with herbs. Great to taste. As mentioned above, super soft dough of waffles and the gooey mushroom with cheese and cream was making it all the more tempting.

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Archie’s Favourite: This was a savoury crepe with chicken keema filling. The chicken keema was cooked to perfection in delectable chipotle sauce. It was a light dish and the flavours were coming out really well.

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Nutella Factory: Heavenly is the word for this dessert. Waffles laid with Nutella spread along with ice cream scoop and chocolate sauce- simply yummy! After having the above two dishes, I still can’t remember how fast I finished this one and still wanted some more. It was the hero dish for me.

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After trying out a couple of dishes at Stop My Starvation, I  would recommend this as the pit stop while you’re shopping, coming back from a class or even on your way to home from office. It is a super pocket friendly destination. Nowhere would you find a Nutella waffle along with ice cream priced at 120/- bucks. They are also delivering till a radius of 3 km in their vicinity. What more can one ask for!

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Review “The Nest”

Before mentioning anything about this place, I would really love to take the liberty and very much press on the very fact that this is most certainly a place that no foodie or a gourmand should miss as it is a fusion of impeccable ambiance with variance infused with flavors of the night on the palate.

It’s located at Qutub Gold Course @ Lado Sarai, New Delhi near Saket and the commute is pretty ergonomical even if the admirer is coming from Gurgaon. Primarily the factor to be kept into consideration was the venue is ample parking space and no reason to bother for safety, secondly the entrance might look subtle and sweetly simply but the reality steps into the scenario as and when we stepped inside the restaurant.

The place is divided or  rather I should prefer saying compartmentalized into 3 different sections, which are the outdoor sitting, water front section and the glass house section and its even more adorable to adjudge that lest it is already taken into 3 different seating accommodation, the venue also offers more space for the customers to actually grab their leisure on the 1st floor or even juxtapose to the Glass House section which inculcates a huge range of spacious accommodation for an ample amount of client-age in one go.

Every section has its own beautification with sublime touch of perfection, regardless of mentioning that the place has been refurbished almost thrice or four times in its past credentials this is the latest and most sophisticated avatar of this venue after renovation. The glass house comes with an outer view with greenery and nature while  having very comfortable seating couches, turning to the water front it is open sitting arena where the customer sits within/between the nature and enjoys the artificial and marvelously done sprinklers in-built table which are not only innovative but appealing to  almost every eye that catches the view of it and lastly the outdoor or the 1st floor sitting is resembling the ground floor but if one opts to sit outside in the lounge then one can enjoy the top view of the greenish texture and the artificial beauty of the place. Adjacent to the glass house is a small counter which is meant to serve Sheesha (Bong-tails) and that to most exotic flavors with most eccentric and interesting designs.

When mostly the entire place is depicting luxury from every corner the Live Bar on both floors and the DJ console corner on ground floor grooves in a little zing to the ambiance and sparkles up the invigorating effect to an all new level, lively as it sounds, rambunctious as it gets.

The waterfront also has the live Pasta and pizzeria section and the ground floor has the live sushi counter which completely flames up the venue inside out in most bedazzled manner possible. The 1st floor sitting got an extra flavor of sitting while reaching out to customers and giving them an extra space to grab and enjoy every second spent there.

A little sneak into this maverick establishment;

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After capturing some very lively glimpse of this venue it was time to duel the real deal, food tasting session began and it was ineffable in every manner as it was so beautifully done that I actually ran out of words whilst sitting there itself and relishing the delectable gourmet, while we ordered Chocolate shake, The Nest special mocktail, Zingy orange mocktail, Hunan Salt & Pepper broccoli, Bangkok Spring Rolls, Rigatoni with Parmesan cheese pasta & Aglio olio Pepperenchino Spaghetti pasta, Cherry tomato with mozzarella basil and Parmesan pizza and also asparagus artichoke goat cheese and Parmesan truffle pizza. Also the delicious Mediterranean sandwich, Veg assorted bakchoy, Noodles with black hot garlic sauce and veggies and finally the desserts came as an utmost surprise as we were treated with Red Velvet and chocolate truffle pastry. Here is a little glimpse of our food tasting session, it was unbelievable;

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Loved it.

Review Credit : Sagar

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Restaurant Review-IC’s Hotel, Jamia

“Never Judge A Book By Its Cover” a very famous saying that sometimes really holds true in practical aspects of life. I recently went to this eatery called IC’s Hotel and no other phrase can describe this place better. It’s a small hotel situated in the hustling bustling street of Jamia Nagar and may be just because of the location and the surroundings you will end up giving it a skip, but I assure you, once you open the door and enter the property, you will be very pleasantly surprised. Its chic, classy and very appropriate to take the entire family out for relishing a authentic mughlai cuisine. There is no dirth of outlets/restaurants serving authentic Mughlai Cuisine in Jamia, but there are not many places where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the meals with entire family, most other restaurants don’t have appropriate sitting space and environment, but this place is definitely different.

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Father's Day - Guppy by ai

Guppy goes Pop – Celebrate Father’S Day at Guppy by ai


Enjoy a Father’s Day table brunch with a man-sized feast and a gift from Soltee at Guppy by ai. You could also win a set lunch for two – Just click a selfie with dad, hashtag #hesmydaddy and tag Guppy by ai on facebook and Instagram.

Happy Father’s Day!

Fact Sheet:

Address: 28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi
Timeline: 19 June 2016
Timings: 12 to 3.30pm
Meal for two: Rs 1800++
For Reservation: 01124690005 / 6, +919650185005
Website: guppybyai.com

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Review: Bong Appetite

Being a Bengali and staying in Delhi, it’s rare that I get to eat quality authentic Bengali food when dining out. So it was a wonderful surprise for us when we dined at Bong Appetite at Qutub Institutional Area, Delhi.

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The décor of the restaurant is pretty good and has a very café like feel to it. The owner himself manages the kitchen and runs the place with great passion and enthusiasm.

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Coming onto the food, we went by the owner’s recommendation and were simply wowed by the delectable food present in front of us. The Bengali cuisine is a little on the sweeter side, and perhaps the reason of our sweet voice:)

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First was Crab Malai Curry paired with steamed rice, superb in presentation and wonderful in taste. The crab was wonderfully cooked, and the feeling of cracking open the shell to be able to eat the tender flesh was amazing. The steamed rice went well with the malai curry.

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Golda Chingri Paturi came in next, which was king prawns marinated with turmeric paste, wrapped in banana leaf and steamed. Too good, and made me nostalgic, reminding me of the wonderful food of Kolkata.

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These 2 amazing dishes were followed by vegetarian fare – Potoler Dolma with Chena Stuffing which was pointed gourd (parwal in hindi), Allor Dum and Chollar Dal. I personally would never think of ordering parwal when dining out, but this dish was just too good! You’ll be missing something in life if you haven’t had this dish. Allor Dum was a traditional Bengali Dum Aalu, with mildly sweet gravy and tasted perfect and Chollar Dal is Channa Dal. All these were presented with Luchi (Poori) & Kochuri (Grean Peas stuffed kachori) and I loved every bite of it.

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Mutton Rezala paired with Kolkata Laccha Paratha came in next and disappeared within minutes of coming onto the table. The paratha was crispy and flaky and the mutton – pure bliss!

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Completely filled with the amazing food spread presented in front of us, we couldn’t think of taking another bite, but when the chef presented his signature desserts – Mango Patishapta and Nolen Gur Ice-Cream, we couldn’t control ourselves. Bengalis are crazy after nolen gur, and we get it during a very limited time period. On asking with the chef, he told us that he had made a huge batch of nolen gur which would definitely last for some time – so my advice to you all, go ahead and grab a plate of this wonderful ice-cream before the stocks run out!

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All in all, it was a wonderful dining experience; the Bengali spread was wonderful and transported me to the by-lanes of Kolkata. The best part of the food was the hint of sweetness in all food items, but never overpowering it – which generally happens in many places. A place definitely not to be missed!

Factsheet

C-8, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi
Open 12 PM to 11 PM; Monday closed.

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Review “Audi Garage party”

Well, one of the most reputed and also one of the leading German automobile brand had a very eccentric thought of making the people be acquainted about their product and most promisingly about their services and hospitality.

And with due pleasure it was a delight to experience as to how this German marvel works as the machines manufactured and running on road are evidentially the live proof of their devoted dedication and excellence with pure perfection.

1st was a tiny glimpse of how exactly a car is bought into the garage for repair or services, then the new Audi A3, was explained by exemplifying different parts and different modes of techniques and renditions being executed onto every car and the level of time and energy given to every car as per the priority list substantiates so.

The machine was properly explained with every diminutive detail as, from firmness of break pads to the right amount of coolent and engine oil consistency, it was an imperative part to know that how productively and unbelievably the mechanics of Audi knows every car like their own body. the knowledge they possessed was unimaginable.

Further we were taken into the garage where all the repair work is done, and a tour  of the entire garage was given, by explaining the entirety of Audi’s Modus Operandi regarding there cars and the respective services.

Then came the 3 section part, where the break pads, suspension and alignment which is the balancing is tested, and each of  this test of thorough and without any discrepancies as taking measures of 100% safety and precautions at every step and for  future convenience for the customer and for the dealer as well.

All these factors are tested on a particular machine that explains the numerically tested values  and that what  does the car lacks at that preset moment. It was really amazing to adjudge all that in one go. Eventually we came  to the section of spare parts and then the legendary engine was seen, progressively I adjudged the process of painting the Audi machines and then finally the repair shop with all the body repair is done, it was not only great but an automobile enthusiast like me, it was divine  to  see all of this at one go all together and when all this was not enough the fun was doubled as they had a little Q&A trivia round which was pretty interesting.

In totality all I can say is that I enjoyed every second as it wasn’t really a party more like an acknowledging tour of the automobile giant, yet it was fruitful for  me to visit here and relish every second of it thoroughly.

Here are some of the pics for the mentioned tour:

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Bloggers Meet for the Launch of ‘Frostino’ Costa’s exciting new Summer Beverage range

Costa Coffee an international brand with an international reputation, successfully launched a new range of Summer beating chilled beverages known as “Frostino” which basically is a concoction of a natural flavor coupled with milk and other ingredients to conclude a mind bending and rejuvenating drink to beat the heat.

This particular beverage comes in 3 different flavors i.e. Belgium Chocolate, Red Velvet and Key Lime Pie, out of which I would definitely be voting for Key Lime Pie as my favorite, other flavors were also really refreshing but then something has to  top up the column and this particular flavor did so for  me.

The event took place at South Extension part 2 in New Delhi, the venue is located at the main market and is pretty decent with different prospects as spacious and as comfortable as any Costa venue shall pertain to.

Well organised and tasted every flavor in most precise manner possible, the staff also was very appreciable in serving the parched bloggers as it was some looming heat outside that day.

It was really delightful to be present here and witness the chilling beverage and enjoying the noon with new friends over rejuvenating “Frostino”.

Loved it.