Wine is something that had fascinated the both of us. But before I became a food blogger, I was as ignorant about wines as one could get. But after I passed my WSET level 1, my interest in wines took off. Accompanied by Snigdha, I tried out quite a few wines in the plethora of food reviews that I do. Wine paired dinners were followed by winery visits as we both explored the nooks and crannies for the wine world. But we reserved our best for the Napa Valley Wine Train where we combined Terra’s exotic chips with their famous wines.
What is the Napa Valley wine train?
The Napa Valley is a premier wine growing region in the western coast of United States of America. One of the famous wine regions in the world, the Napa Valley is known for production of Cabarnet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Zifandel. The Napa Valley wine train was first built in the mid 19th century by Samuel Brannan. The rail line have since been restored as a tourist destination. But it’s the train that you will fall in love with. The coaches of the train are from early 20th century when they were made by Pullman Standard Company for the Northern Pacific Limited. These have been restored with mahogany paneling and velvet upholstered chairs. It transports you to a time when rail travel was in it’s infancy.
How to get there?
Staying in San Francisco with our friends meant that it was a ferry ride away. We took the Ferry Connection which transports us to the Napa Valley very easily for $50 per person. The Ferry Connection starts at San Francisco harbour in the morning before docking in Vallejo. From Vallejo, a bus transports you to the Wine Train station which is about an hour’s drive away.
The Castle Winery Tour
If you have been reading our blog, you will have realised how much I love medieval European castles. We couldn’t find anything similar in America so the Castle Winery Tour was perfect for us. Boarding of the train starts with orders for meals. In the gourmet compartment, we were seated by an Australian couple on their honeymoon, Phil and Susan. The salad and the seared Tenderloin makes for a perfect meal along with a Cabarnet Sauvignon that we tried. The train rustled past lush fields of grapevines as the Napa Valley sped by in our windows. You can also have your meals in the Vista Dome which is a domed coach with a personalised dining space. This is where I took out my packet of Terra chips and tried it out with the Napa Valley wines.
Why Terra Chips?
Now if you’re having friends over for a movie or a gathering at your home, you’d love to present your guests with some high quality stuff. Not only does Terra Chips give you a high quality packaging but also some new flavours that will make you the best of hosts. They have two types of products: Exotic Vegetable chips in the flavours of Original (Sea Salt), Mediterranean (Lemon and Herbs) and Blues (Blue Potato chips) and Sweet Potato chips.
The vegetable chips are made with root vegetables of every kind. From the sweet potato of our country to the Yuca of the African countries, from Batata of Cuba to Parsnip each packet of Terra Chips packs a load of flavour and health. Their huge 140 grams’ packs ensure that the chips do not finish up after a few minutes and last the whole length of your movie. The high-quality packaging ensures the chips stay crispy for long without becoming a soggy mess in between.
As a food blogger, I have tried out a plethora of foodstuffs over my career. But finding new flavours is something that I truly enjoy. Introducing these flavours to my friends is also something that I truly enjoy. The vegetable chips are available in two flavours, Lemon and Herbs and Sea Salt. They say every meal starts with visualizing it. Terra Chips have so much colour in them that you will be spellbound. Mind you all these are the natural colours of the root vegetables. The beetroot dipped potato looks a lovely ruby red.
A lot of the root vegetables like the sweet potato and Batata have a sweet tinge to them and this is what interests me. The sweetness combines with the flavours of Lemon and Herbs or the Sea Salt to create an explosion of flavours upon your palate. But one of the most eccentric flavours I tasted with them was the Blue potato. A totally earthy flavour with a hint of bitterness which if very refreshing. The chips have been fried with very low quantity of oil as is reflected from it not being greasy on either the palate or the hand.
Back to San Francisco
Our sommelier Rafael made us taste the best of Napa valley’s produce which includes the complex flavours of Cabarnet Sauvignon and buttery texture of Oaked Chardonnay. The Blue Potato Chips combined like a dream with the butteriness of the Chardonnay. The Mediterranean flavours were a rage with the Cabarnet Sauvignon among the friends I had made on the train, Phil and Susan. Even our sommelier managed a smile as he tasted the Indian chips for the first time. I had a blissful smile on my face on our way back to the train followed by a bus back to our ferry. With rosy cheeks and a content belly combined with the alcohol, I moved onto a peaceful sleep. Snigdha couldn’t help but plant a big kiss on my angelic smile 😉
Why I chose to combine Terra chips with wine?
The chips are differently shaped and are super crunchy on the palate. They retain their crunch even after keeping them outside for more than 24 hours. So next time you’re planning on munching, do try out a packet of Terra Chips. Each of these 140gms pack is charged at INR 395. You can find Terra Chips here and on Facebook.
Pictures are courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train.
Four months of winters are far too long to go without an ice cream, even though the last thing we want is death by one. We Indians love our winters, love our sweet tooth and we love gorging on peanuts. So Creambell introduces CHOCKERZ – India’s first ever stick-less ice cream bar to celebrate this New Years.
Chockerz It Is!
Yes! You heard it right, it doesn’t come in a cup and it definitely doesn’t come on a stick. Chockerz is a stick-less ice-cream bar. It is a rich creamy peanut butter flavor bar layered with caramel sauce. It has a good handful of delicious crispy nuts sprinkled over the sticky caramel. On the outside, this tempting piece of bar has a coating with rich chocolate. With the first bite, you’ll taste a bomb of distinctive peanut flavour and crispy nuts bursting in your mouth. The chocolate coating just overwhelms all your taste buds and romances you, with the creamy goodness of ice-cream. All the ingredients strike a right balance and perfectly complements the flavours.
This unusual ice cream is a perfect union of chocolate and ice cream. You no longer need to choose between the two. It is a complete treat for all the senses and it all chocolate and ice cream – no stick! With the winters setting and festivities around the New Year’s Chockerz is the perfect contrast to a best friend which will get you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
Don’t wait, go get and feast on India’s first stick-less bar with Creambell’s CHOCKERZ. Creambell Chockerz is priced at INR 40 per unit and is available in stores across India.
Dining out had become very popular in today’s life. And we, at Salt and Sandals have been leading the charge by eating out and recommending you the best places to do so. But in this eating out, what suffers the most is our health. I recently discovered an app which although allows me to eat out at my regular joints, but still balances my meal in such a way that my calories aren’t going overboard. bon happetee is an app that let’s you eat what you want without putting on weight.
A healthy lifestyle has become imperative in today’s world. With the sedentary lifestyle of today leading to a plethora of diseases, lifestyle modifications are very important. This is due to the sedentary lifestyle leading to diseases like Obesity, Sleep Apnea and Diabetes. The technological revolution of today has given us a lot of apps, but an app which helps with the lifestyle changes comes as a godsend. The new health app bon happetee is perfect for choosing your meals correctly. The correct meals help in decreasing the side effects of this burgeoning unhealthy lifestyle.
Why bon happetee?
They say that all bodies are made in the kitchen. Eating a right meal leads to 80%of the weight loss. bon happetee integrates your lifestyle along with your metabolic profile to arrive at a final meal plan. Now many of you will have had the same experience with a dietician. But where this app stands out is that it incorporates your personal choices and tastes into it. This creates a personal nutrition guide, only more tasteful.
The app combines mathematics with biology to achieve the best weight loss plan. Various permutations and combinations are used which match up with the biology of your body. A very endearing thing that this app asks is your food habits. I select Bengali and the next step asks me to select my favourite dishes. The app does take into account your location too. Even with me selecting Bengali as my primary cuisine, it still gives a lot of North Indian options.
How to use bon happetee?
bon happetee makes a conscious effort to incorporate your weight loss goals by asking the speed at which you want to lose your weight. Do you want to zoom your way to a hot bod or take it slow and steady. The next phase of the app takes you through your lifestyle and exercise habits. With most of us having a sedentary lifestyle and moderate amounts of exercise, these options work to adjust your calorific needs. Although this sounds like a very complicated way to set up an app but most of these can be changed later on to suit your needs.
Now sit back and let the app suggest you the meals you should have. Along with ones prescribed to you, you can also make a plethora of changes to suit your taste buds. The app’s GPS tracker locks onto your position and searches through the restaurants. The menu of these restaurants is then matched to your calorific needs. This allows you to order your choice from the restaurant nearby.
Although the bon happetee app takes you through to a healthy lifestyle, it also does it through some new tastes. Using new grains for filling the consumption of carbohydrates, this will be changing your palate for days to come. There are grains like ragi and millets which act as perfect substitutes for wheat, albeit healthier.
The app also tracks your development throughout the time. Your weight loss along with your changing dietary habits are recorded giving you the best solutions and patterns of weight loss.
Why we suggest bon happetee?
- It combines biology with mathematics in a way never seen before.
- It takes your local eating preferences into account.
- The GPS tracker helps you get the food you want from restaurants around you.
- It takes your lifestyle into account. Very important while taking into account that most of us lead a sedentary lifestyle.
- A team of dietitians ensures that you don’t lose track of your goals. This is done by incorporating newer flavours instead of traditional ones while consuming the carbohydrates.
- It allows you to share your meals and scores with your friends online.
bon happetee with its detailed features and an engine that continuously adjusts to your daily needs is perfect for your weight loss journey. For more information on how to use the app, you can visit here. You can download the app on iOS and Android.
LG recently introduced it’s flagship smartphone LG V20 and we are gushing over it. Its a premium smartphone which backs it’s quality with a sturdy body. The LG V20 has just launched and we tell you why you should be getting your hands on the phone. This smartphone is perfect for rough use of food and travel bloggers like us. Armed with a large screen, incredible audio from B&O Play along with an wide angle lens it is a perfect smart phone for creators. The aircraft quality aluminum which has undergone Millitary Standard USA Certified Durability Test makes it one of the most durable phones around.
LG V20 Specifications
The touchscreen smartphone has dual sim capacity. It is 2G/3G/4G enabled with GPRS and EDGE capability. The device has Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB v2.0. It has a 5.7 inch display screen with AMOLED display. The Corning Gorilla Glass 4 provides it an amazing durability. With internal memory of 64GB and additional 2TB expandable memory makes it a storage giant. The 4GB RAM makes the processing fast and user friendly.
With it’s latest flagship phone, LG introduces a 32 bit HiFi Quad DAC along with 3 Acoustic Overpoint microphones to record studio quality audio. It is one of the rare phones to have wide angle lens on both the cameras. The 16MP with 8MP dual camera has a wide angle view of 135 degrees in the back. The front camera is a 5 megapixel camera with a 120 degree wide angle view. This superb quality video and audio recording makes it one of the best phones around.
LG V20 v/s I Phone 6s
First Look: The LG V20 and I Phone 6s both have their main power buttons on the right and volume buttons on the left. Both also have the charging dock, audio jack, speaker grille and mike on the bottom while on the top rear, they have the camera and LED flash. Just the placements differ slightly in both.
Camera: The 16 mega pixel primary camera in LG V20 is more is more effective than the 12 mega pixel primary camera of IPhone. While the camera menu in the iPhone include the options to take Slo-Mo, Video, Photo, Square and Panorama, the camera menu in the V20 has Time Lapse, High Fi Video recording, Steady Record 2.0, HDR and Panorama. It also has Hybrid Autofocus which gives optimal picture sharpness and Auto Shot which takes selfies seamlessly.
Priced at INR 54990, the LG V20 has features to rival the best of high-end phones. Although made of weapons grade aluminum, it is also a powerhouse in terms of performance. I also love the fact that unlike the iPhone, you have the option of expandable memory. But best of all, I love the camera and it’s terrific audio recording. If you want a smartphone that looks like an iPhone, performs like an iPhone yet is powered by Android, takes amazing photographs and videos, then I highly recommend the LG V20. The exchange program offers an INR 20000 discount on exchanging you old smartphone.
Kingfisher launches a new age malt-based, flavoured alcoholic beverage and we are in love with it. Complementing the energetic and expressive youth of today, Kingfisher Buzz truly brings together the crazy mix of emotions and activities that life is.
The Buzz comes in a colourful and trendy packaging that makes it apt for party goers. Its sleek embossed bottles with a easy to open pull cap makes it a perfect go-to drink. It has less than 5% alcohol content and is a perfect alternative to beer.
It comes in 2 exciting flavours: Berry and Lychee. The two thoughtfully created flavours have a unique mass appeal, which can stir any party and create the Buzz that they stand for. They are available in Delhi for INR 95.