Access(Axis) the Gourmet Fest

Gourmet fest by Axis Bank Dining Delights spanning across the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata is a gala moment for food lovers. What a hungry and greedy foodie needs? Loads of food, lot of variety with a very small hole in pocket. This culinary celebration serves it all. With more than 70 restaurants participating, it is impossible to have it all in 10 days.  A person gets to enjoy a fixed three-course meal, which is served at a nominal price of INR 799 excluding taxes. The festival is on from 11 to 20 November.

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I have my own reasons of liking this fest. For a person like me who can eat anything and everything at anytime. The biggest struggle at any eatery is what to eat and what not to, as I love it all. The menu at Gourmet fest is specially curated menu from the main menu of the restaurant. So it is like, best from the rest is already clean and just pop your finger at any from this special list. One can make advance bookings at any of the participating hotel with just by paying a miniscule amount of INR 49 online. Here, I felt extra special as the booking is to done through your Axis bank card, which makes me feel special from my friend having non-Axis bank card.

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With so much at ease and infused laziness and I chose for the nearest participating restaurant. Hotmess, located at Connaught Place, M Block, Inner Circle was finalized for Friday evening. What better way to start the weekend in the wake of demonetization, where one can go to the place cashless as well queue less and clueless. Queue less as we had the reservation and Clueless as all the choice of dishes has been done and just have to pick from the best.

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Punjabi heart may travel the world but will settle only for Dal makhani and chicken tikka. Actually, it was not settling rather rising in Dal makhani. After a very long time savoured such a dal. As the name, it has only two flavours, Dal and Makhan. Very mildly spiced and so well cooked that even writing this I am drooling.

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China Chicken Tikka and London Tikka were the international confusion for me. Former was a starter and the latter main course. The reason behind ordering this to answer the curious mind that how a London and China are going to make difference to our very own chicken Tikka. Yes, the question was very well answered both were way different and good. No comparison in the taste and yes both had Chicken tikka. A good play and presentation of flavours.

Serving portions are good. A hungry soul like me will never complain saying that “Bas itna hi”. Our tums were filled, hearts hungry, which anyways always are, and the serving bowl still had something to eat. The meal was value for money in terms of both quantity and quality.

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The dining options are available for both lunch and dinner. Therefore, do not miss out this food celebration and exploit the opportunity with your friend, your loved one or …hope you got the pun… :).

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Nevertheless, you have to be with someone, as a booking has to be minimum for two diners and maximum of eight. If you are planning to throw a party, or there are any pending on you from long time make use of the opportunity. Your friends will love so much variety, and some may envy for making it such big gala.

 

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Food Delivery Service Review: POHA Xpress

I recently happened to receive some delicious and importantly healthy breakfast from POHA Xpress. POHA Xpress is based out of Gurgaon and does different kinds of breakfast meals like poha, daliya and other healthy meals made of oats.

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They also do many drinks and I especially loved the range of lassis they do – in particular, the ghamandi lassi. With a hint of cardamom, rose water and saffron it is refreshing, flavourful and healthy.

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Come and try this new breakfast place , it is a fantastic alternative to regular old breakfast at home or the unhealthy, greasy breakfast one is served everywhere else.

POHA Xpress Phone Numbers: +91 9999447742, +91 9999447752

Diabetic? A special menu for you now!

The prevalence of diabetes is increasing menacingly. And as of now, India is one of the top 3 countries with a high diabetic population. Surprisingly, as treated earlier as a hereditary disease, diabetes has now turned more into a lifestyle disease. As prevention is always better than cure, people are getting health conscious and turning into maintaining a normal body weight, engaging in physical activities and looking for healthier options in their consumption of food.

Taking this into attention, Seema Pinto and her husband Manoj Pinto, have conceived the ‘Diabetic Food trail’. The food trail also concentrates on food that the diabetes and the health conscious usually dread off – ‘the Desserts’, other than the varied choices (read healthy) at several popular restaurants.

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The first one to be held in Delhi-NCR, kick started on 12th Nov’16 and is scheduled to be on for the next three weeks, till 30th of Nov’16. Seema, who is a diabetic herself said, she got conscious about what she was eating just 2-3 years ago and found that not many options that are available were diabetic friendly especially when it comes to desserts. So, along with Britannia Nutri Choice essentials and in association with Biocon, they have come up with a ‘Healthy Food Trail’. There are multiple participating restaurants and all of them will feature complete diabetic friendly menus.

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sugar free lemon cheesecake and sugar free caramel custard at Berco’s GK1

We got an opportunity to be a part of the ‘Healthy Dessert Trail’ that was conducted by Seema and team on 19th Nov’16. Wherein we hobnobbed to dig into delicious desserts without worrying about the calorie intake. The dessert trail consisted of a plan to visit 4 well known restaurants – Bercos, Getafix, Bohemia and G’s Patisserie and tried out the healthy desserts on serve over there.

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sugar free carrot cake and sugar free lime pie at Getafix

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sugar free tiramisu at Bohemia

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sugar free chocolate fudge with curd ice cream at Bohemia

The menu handed out to us had the kcals, fat, carbs and proteins mentioned against each of the desserts that we tried. Starting from cheesecakes to cobblers, from cakes to pies and from Tiramisu to caramel custards, who knew that diabetics or the health freaks can also have an arrays of options to choose from ? And that too, without compromising on the taste. It’s a general notion that sugar-free based desserts are overtly sweet, wherein in the ‘HDT’ we found out that there is hardly any difference in taste, with the usage of sugar free in the preparation.

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sugar free warm apple and cinnamon cobbler
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sugar free banana oats bar with nutri choice essentials oats cookies

Each of the desserts are carefully prepared considering the health and nutritional benefits, and the chefs assured that the calories consumed are almost half of what a non-sugar-free dessert offers. The food trail also includes events like Diabetic food masterclass and fitness camps. The aim behind such an initiative is to inform diabetic people that they have choices and they need to deprive, starve or have tasteless bland food for their major cravings. Making dietary changes and choosing good fats not only prevents diabetes but also helps in keeping your health parameters on check.

37 restaurants are participating in the Diabetic Food Trail this year –  to find out more about the participating restaurants, please visit – http://www.diabeticfoodtrail.com/

Bon Apetit!

Saket’s New Delight – Locale

locationLocated just around the corner of PVR Anupam, Locale is a perfect outing for a quick catch up with friends. A huge space with beautifully done rustic interiors, we found the staff to be extremely humble and welcoming.

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Food – It was mixture of various cuisines lined up to serve the best from their menu. Their Crispy Chimi Changa bites were the best of the lot with salsa served on the side.

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Falafel with pita and hummus were perfectly crisp and hummus tasted amazing (because that’s really important). The Green Stripe Pizza with a crisp and thin base was an excellent offering.

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Kerela Kozhi Chicken Roast, again a unique blend of roasted chicken with coconut sprinkling. However, Caesar salad without croutons and only lettuce was a disappointment. We highly recommend The Green Kiwi Mountain – an excellent Kiwi cooler! Murg Tikka Lababdar with Butter Naan & Subz Jalfregi is a recommendation from the main course. Nutshell – Excellent starters, their drinks catch you by surprise and a reasonable main course on the offering. Definitely, a place to visit if in Saket!

Papa Cream

Just across the street from Churchgate railway station, Papacream is located near Cafe Coffee Day in the iconic Eros theatre building. Colourful interiors and an open counter that shows the ice-cream makers operating their queer machines, breathe life into an area surrounded by take-out places.

The cosy ice-cream parlour has unicycle high stools on the ground floor and leather sofas around round tables on the first floor. Triangular mosaic tiles protrude from the walls to act like tables. Rice lights wrapped around wooden fixtures hanging from the ceiling give the place a very cafe like feel.

Quirky flavours, bright colours and puff of liquid nitrogen await you when you visit Papacream. Done up in bright colours with quirky touches through out such as the unicycle seats Papacream projects a fun ambience. Their mission to make ice cream fun extends to the quirky combinations they have taken the freshly prepared ice cream in both the savory and sweet sides of ones palate.

It serves 100% vegetarian ice creams prepared using natural ingredients, no artificial colours and flavours are used in the making.

Apart from ice creams, papacream also serves sorbets, milk shakes and coffees.
It’s amazing to see live ice creams getting prepared upfront using liquid nitrogen.

So here is what I had –

Tiramisu – Tiramisu flavoured ice cream on a bed of sponge cake, dusted with cocoa powder.  Nice flavour of mascarpone cheese and coffee liqueur was coming from the ice cream. The sponge cake base added to the drama. Loved it!!

Bubble Gum Candyfloss –   Honestly, this was one of the best bubblegum ice creams that i have had to date. Bubblegum flavoured ice cream topped with candy floss, this ice cream, not only combines your childhood fantasies into one, but also delivers. TOTALLY RECOMMENDED.

Ferrero Crunch – The menu itself said no description needed and after having its first bite i couldn’t agree more. Thick, creamy, luscious, chocolaty, sinful, divine and i am falling short of adjectives. MUST TRY!!!!!! The taste was so good and pure, i felt like i ate 10-12 ferrero rochers in a bite. My mouth is watering while i am writing about it. You are sure to fall in love with this ice cream

Cookiewich – It is the best cookie and ice-cream combination i have savoured. Delicious combination with a soft and crunchy essence.

Belgian Chocolate Sundae- The dish looked very promising when it came to our table and in fact has the potential to be a real stunner. But a few tweaks from the Chef are required. So what you have essentially is a large, thick waffle and a little scoop of Belgian chocolate ice-cream in the middle, topped with whipped cream, chocolate and caramel sauce and chocolate chips. Each component on its own tastes divine. But together, the waffle overpowers the ice-cream which in reality should have hogged the limelight. If you do order this, ask for the dish to be delivered on a tray or plate instead of a glass and emphasize that you’d like a larger scoop of the ice-cream and less of the waffle.

The new ice creams are a mix of some revolutionary sweet and savoury ice creams and  have been designed with with a lot of patience and care with a view to titillate those senses and amuse that palate.

Take my word, one will never be enough. God bless the people who run this place, I’m definitely coming back!

So go get your FREEZE at Papacream soon!