Sunday Brunch in the Winter Sun with a glass of Chandon- is absolutely my type of a Sunday.
Being a user of Sensodyne products for many years, I was rather excited when I found out that the toothpaste giant in partnership with So Delhi entered into an exciting food walk concept, an experience which involved bloggers, social media influencers and sensodyne users. The main intent of the food walk was to highlight the issue of tooth sensitivity and helping people eat and enjoy their favourite dishes.
Being a food blogger myself, I can relate to the motive and needless to say that I was intrigued.
The idea for the food walk was get actual tooth sensitivity sufferers on board, who had been using the product for a while to go out with us on this incredible food walk and try out their favourite dishes without the fear of teeth sensitivity. The venue for the food walk being the boho chic and foodie hub Hauz Khas Village. Our mission was checking into some amazing eateries that are serving delicious drinks and lip smacking dishes.
There can be no better time or place to write about Chaayos – Winters, Delhi and Chaayos! Can there be a more perfect match?
We started out with HKV’s chai haunt at Chaayos, a place that makes me proud. To think how tall they stand in the face of a Starbucks, and how they have revolutionized and liberated our humble “desi” chai up against the foreign-returned lattes. Appreciation poured forth over the soothing and steaming cup of Kulhad Chai and the best part was that the tooth sensitivity sufferers did not bat an eyelid and happily enjoyed their piping hot tea.
After paying a visit to this quintessential cafe that is serving India’s favorite beverage. We moved towards the second stop of the food walk.
OTB – Out of The Box
Apart from the beautiful Mughal Era Fort and the lake, if Hauz Khas Village is famous for something else then, it is undoubtedly the famous Hauz khas Village market. One of the key players in this market is Cafe Out of the Box. Brainchild of Mr. Priyank Sukhija and Mr. Umang Tewari, this place wears a very lively look and also gives an energetic vibe. The café can accommodate a fairly good gathering and also has an alluring outdoor dining area which gives a picturesque view of the Hauz Khas Lake.
We decided to sink our teeth into the most crumbly of brownies when scooped up with creamy vanilla ice cream made for a thoroughly satisfying mid-morning indulgence. Dipping their spoons into the creamy, chilled ice cream, the happy users of Sensodyne dug into the frigid ice cream immediately, without a worry in their head about any tooth sensitivity. After satisfying our sweet tooth we head to our final destination for the day.
Our last stop for the day was the chic and quirky Imperfecto in Hauz Khas Village. Slowly but steadily we climbed the stairs and exposed ourselves to an awesome bar and an equally beautiful terrace. We were served tall glassfuls of Imperfecto’s Aam Panna mocktail. Blessedly refreshing, this drink was served ice-cold with fresh mint leaves and soda.
What would otherwise have caused a lot of anxiety for tooth sensitivity users, here, they glugged down their Aam Pannas within seconds without the fear of any sensitivity in their teeth.
At last, it was the time to draw the curtains and wrap on our delightful food walk. We had all praises for this unique food walk and the dishes we tried out during this venture.
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A bunch of crazy bloggers decided to give Inox Muchos a try, while watching Dear Zindagi at Inox Jangpura. Obviously we are foodies, so we tried all the flavors (yes!! we take our reviews very seriously :p).
What I loved about their nachos product range was that few flavors had a cheesy dip with them in the packaging. Only eating nachos could be quiet a boring affair (at least for me), if there is a dip, it always makes the experience more delightful. I even loved the price range of the products. All the products were quiet reasonably priced and considering the fact that they come with a dip, I found them quiet pocket friendly. The nachos and popcorn range is not just limited to INOX movie halls, you could find their product range at nearby supermarkets (yes INOX is making sure we have a beautiful movie viewing experience at home too 🙂 ).
My favorites among the INOX muchos range
Coming to the flavors, I quiet enjoyed the toffee caramel popcorn. Smooth, deep & rich caramel combined with creamy English toffee taste in every bite. There are very limited options of sweet popcorn in the market which are priced reasonably, this product definitely shows a lot of promise. In nachos, I quiet enjoyed Cheese and Jalapenos flavor. It is a double mix flavor with a mix of Cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese and jalapeno spiked with aroma of green chilli. It is an indulgent treat for a cheese lover and comes with a cheesy dip. It is made of corn and is a healthier option as compared to a lot of other brands available in the market. It is gluten free and is one of their premium flavor.
The other popular flavors among the bloggers were Salsa Mexcicana and Piri Piri nachos. Quiet enjoyed my movie viewing experience with INOX muchos, overall an evening spent well!
The minute I got an invite from US Cranberries and read that Chef Saby would be cooking, I was really excited about the event. I have attended few cookouts by Chef Saby and each one has been marvelous till date, so I was really looking forward to this one. As expected he stood up to his reputation and cooked in front of us, a beautiful 3 course meal.
The afternoon began with a discussion on health benefits of Cranberries. The few that I remember are:-
- Serving of fresh cranberries is a great source of Vitamin C & fiber; provides antioxidants polyphenols and is low in sodium.
- Cranberry products may reduce the incidence of Stomach Ulcers. The same way cranberries promote urinary tract health and oral health.
While we were discussing this and nibbling on cranberries, Chef Saby prepared the first course. He even sent out the Brie cheese and cranberries to make us understand how beautifully they pair together. I absolutely loved how the tanginess of cranberries was able to cut the heaviness of the cheese. The pairing actually worked well.
For first course we had Cranberry Glazed Pear & Brie grilled cheese with Cranberry mustard. Imagine cranberry with mustard, sounds disgusting but Chef Saby made it work so well. The melted cheese on the baguette, in the winter chill, was a perfect starter to the beautiful meal. Cranberry added chewiness to the dish which I quiet enjoyed with the melted cheese texture.
For the second course, we had warm Cranberry Curd Rice with Cranberry Coconut Chicken Curry. Again the sound of coconut with curd sounds disgusting but somehow Chef Saby was able to make the dish work so beautifully. The hero of the dish was definitely the “tadka” in the curd rice which flavored the rice gorgeously. The curry texture was not too heavy and worked perfectly well with the curd rice.
For the third and our last course, we were served Pancakes with Orange sauce, Cranberry and Marshmallow. I personally prefer waffles over pancakes, so I wasn’t expecting much from the dish but yet again Chef Saby worked his magic. All the components of the dishes added different textures to the dish, making it a complex layered plate. I personally found the dish a little too sweet but that can be always adjusted by pouring a little less dressing over the pancakes.
Overall Chef Saby stood to his reputation and was able to use cranberries in unique and exciting ways. Absolutely loved my afternoon session with him. After the 3 course meal we had tea which was served with cranberry biscuits and tarts. It was a lovely meal and I absolutely used the innovative use of cranberries in all the dishes.
The year is whizzing by and November is about to end already. The winter is almost here. As the month of December gets underway, The Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort, Greater Noida has been getting ready for the Cake Mixing ceremony to spread the warmth of the festive season. In order to make the preparations come alive the humongous Jaypee Greens Resort invited us to join in the fun and exciting annual ceremony along with in house guests from different walks of life. This is a ritual religiously followed over years and is said to be a harbinger of good tidings and happiness.
Speaking on the history of the cake mixing, it actually dates back to 17th century in Europe. The ceremony marked the arrival of the harvest season. During this time lots of fruits and nuts were harvested and used in making of traditional plum cake.
The stirring ceremony quickly set off to an intimate congregation. We were handed over chef caps, aprons and gloves by Mr Piyush Tyagi, General Manager at Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort. All the fruits and liquor were put together and mixing table was set up. An interesting array of black currants, raisins, prunes, apricots, cashews, pistachios, almonds, candied cherries and tutti fruity were laid out. We all along with resident Chefs and Sr. Executive Chef Shivanand Kain came to put all the mix together. Then comes the best part that is pouring in the liquor.
Large quantities of liquor are generously added to soak all the mixtures. The guests loved getting their hands sticky with all the mixtures and alcohol together by hand. Once all the fruits were laid out, freshly ground spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg were sprinkled into the mix. The colour and aroma that started to surface was fantastic. This is stored in large containers for 30 to 45 days to ensure the nuts soak till they are swollen. These will then be made into cakes which will be available by Christmas.
A load of fun and a load of work amidst great cheer and fervour. It was indeed a great beginning a preface to Christmas.