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Chase away your blues with Bohemian Brew

I am always on the look out for new eateries in and around my vicinity. Not wanting to repeat any of the places we had visited before, made me readily accept the invitation to review the newly opened Bohemian Brew at Khar.

A little about Bohemian Brew

Bohemian Brew is an all new Tea cum Sheesha destination in Khar, which promises to serve the best variety of tea with sheesha along with a menu that has Mediterranean and Continental dishes to savour. The place looks fresh and inviting with artistic, pretty decor that will definitely get you to smile. The Co owner/Chef Rahul Desai passionately showed us around the restaurant which covered the dining area, sheesha, tea lounge and an exclusive cosy corner. I was very impressed with his tea collection and his colour coded test tubes of teas across the Tea bar. The cosy corner was more private for diners who wish to read, play board games or want to work over a cuppa tea. But the best part was outdoors, the music, the lighting and the overall vibe has to be experienced.

The Menu

We were all set to savour some of the best dishes on the menu.

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1. Watermelon & Feta Salad – The might of freshness was proven again, with the watermelon and feta salad standing out as the clear winner. Loved the zing of Thai chilli and infused vodka in the dish took it to another level.

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2. Tea Leaf Salad – This salad was a colourful treat with a bunch fermented edible tea leaves, topped with roasted peanuts, fried garlic and tomatoes, a true mark of a good salad.

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3. Zahtar Spiced Chicken – Beautifully marinated and grilled chunks of chicken served with a delectable lemon corriander dip. Tempting enough to be wiped off completely.

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4. Falafel with Hummus – So smooth and refreshing, this hummus is one of the best I have had till date. Take a bow, Chef Rahul Desai.

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5. Chicken Meatballs in Gouda Cheese Sauce – Tender moist Chicken meatballs were engulfed with a sauce made with buttery Gouda cheese along with fresh baked baguette.

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6. Wild Mushroom Risotto with Truffle Oil – Perfectly creamy Risotto was topped with mushrooms, garnished with chive sticks and truffle oil. Not my favourite dish of the day nonetheless very enjoyable.

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7. Tagine Chicken – Got the taste of Morocco on a pretty, ethnic designed plate while digging into Tagine Chicken. It was a magical dish with apricots and topped with preserved lemon. This dish had complexity of flavours, sweet and spicy with the sourness from the lemon.

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8. Herbal Hibuscus Infusion  – The grand finale to our dining experience at the Bohemian Brew was the outstanding, stunning Herbal Hibuscus Infusion. The taste of  rich red cup of aromatic flavours left us refreshed and invigorated.

Final Verdict

Will I visit Bohemian Brew again?? Oh yes!! Definitely with my friends. Its worth a visit to chase away your blues. 🙂

Open daily, from 9am to 1am.
Bohemian Brew,
Shop No.1,
Mahesh Apartment,
5th Road, off S. V. Road,
Next to Noble Chemist,
Khar. Tel: 96999 58582.

Five New restaurants in Bandra you must try.

Before I start this post a small warning that some food pictures may make you drool profusely. Being a passionate foodie I  love discovering new food places in Bandra. In the past I stumbled upon some cool , swanky and interesting places. And that’s not all, they offer you a food experience more than just food on a platter….
Will take you through a food tour of each place, an  easier ways to get acquainted with these Bandra eateries . 


1.The English Department 

Have you ever dined in a place that made you feel like you have traveled out of the country? I felt like I had traveled to good old England to see the Queen when I visited The English department.

Location:
The place is located just off linking Road, Level 2, Kenilworth Shopping Arcade. Perfect for a meal break after some heavy duty shopping.

Ambience:
The interiors are done up in the same colour; hues of red and brown  and dim lighting. Comfortable cushioned circular sofas to dine over conversations. A model replica of the London bridge could be easily spotted over the bar counter that stands tall at the end of the restaurant. You will hear a mix of Hindi/English music that can be  enjoyed while digging into some delectable bar food.

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Off the England to see the Queen

Menu:
A blend of different cuisines on the food menu, some of dishes are typical English.

Recommendation:
Veg/Non veg Pizzas, Thai curry rice,  Shepherd’s pie, Jacket baked potatoes, Welsh rarebit, fish n chips.

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Loaded with capsicum, chicken and cheese, the pizza is delicious here

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Crispy and cheesy Bruschetta

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Loved the taste of these Jacket Baked potatoes

2.Bombay Biryani

I’ve eaten a lot of Biryani. And I can safely say that no two Biryanis that you’ll eat from different homes or different restaurants will be the same. Each Biryani comes with its own set of ingredients and spices, that have been mastered over a course of time, after careful trial and error in the kitchen.
Bandra  just got blessed with Bombay  Biryani paradise in simple word.

Location:
Being a bandraite and a regular shopper at Bazaar road, I was thrilled to see the new signage of BOMBAY BIRYANI , situated in the Balaji lane that leads to bazaar road. 12-A, Bazaar Road, Hill Road, Bandra West

Ambience:
Looks small from the outside but it has comfortable seating, good vibe, music and lighting for food photography. No fancy dining here but value for money.

Menu:
The menu is a treat for non vegetarians however it is  loaded with  options for vegetarians.

Recomendation:
Everything on the menu can be enjoyed with a Pallonji Rasberry Soda. 🙂

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Juicy and succulent butter chicken kababs

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Amazingly cheesy Shezwan Cheese Burst Naan

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Finger licking Hyderabadi biryani

 

3.Taj Mahal Tea House

A colonial bungalow that is now converted into a tea house. I guarantee you’ll feel like you have been transported into another era.

Ambience:
The interiors are homely and comforting yet vintage and artistically done. The twinkling lights and Zakir Hussains Tabla display cannot be missed.  I couldn’t get enough of this place, I have to visit again real soon.

Location:
Located near the Mount Mary Steps bang opposite Good old Bungalow 9.
36-A, Ground Floor, Sanatan Pereira Bungalow, St. John Baptist Road, Reclamation.

Menu:
From Chocolatey teas to Lemon grass teas each and every kind is a superhit.

Recomendation:
I strongly recommend the Matcha Rose tea and Kulfi dessert Chai.

 

 

 

 

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4. Craftbar

The total package for a office lunch, cozy date or fun Friday night. Craftbar caters to all. Check out some more details below.

Location:
Just a hop, skip and jump from the main Bandra scene, prominent location in BKC .  Hallmark Business Plaza, Sant Dyaneshwar Marg, Near Chetna College, Kalanagar, Bandra East.

Ambience:
The ambience is cheerful, cool and fresh.  It has very simple and elegant decor with very good seating space available both outside and inside.

Menu:
The highlight of this place is the bar and food menu, its so interesting  and well presented. With some innovative dishes and quirky drinks to choose from.

Recommendation: 
Food: Glassy Classy Salad, tandoori Momos, Lord of the wings, The English Vinglish dessert.
Drinks: Clean Bold, Dum Maro Dum and a whole lot of interesting names on the menu.

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Yummy Lord of the wings

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A fusion dessert – Gajjar ka Halwa in brownie

 

5. Kettle and Keg

  This new place Kettle and Keg is owned by Mr. Dev Gill and his wife. It  is a great place to hangout with  family and friends. I was so happy to have stumbled on a gem like Kettle and Keg in my vicinity.

Location:
Kettle and keg is a minute walk from Dominoes, Khar at Shop 1, Celeste Building, Plot 470, Kinchin CHS, 14th Road, a minute walk from Dominoes, Khar.

Ambience:
A dainty looking café, loved the yellow lighting. Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating. The bar is very well decorated,  warm, vibrant, and inviting with colourful bottles, pop art, and quirky light fixtures.

Menu:
The fusion food and some of their signature dishes have to be tried at any cost.  A great variety of teas for the tea lovers( straight from the kettle)

Recommendation:
Food: The Misal Pau with a twist, cheese Lamb Burger, Chapli kababs and Peanut butter pie.

Drinks: Dont miss their Cinnamon Chai Latte, Green apple float and the whopping Freaky Ferraro Shake


 

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Let the picture do the talking

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I freaked out on this Sundae

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Eggless & Gluten free Peanut Butter pie

 

So add this to your restaurants to visit bucket list for 2017. Feast with all your senses and don’t count calories. 

Bon Appitite everyone!!

 

Exercising with Triaction

Most of us are aware of what happens to the body when we exercise. We build more muscle and more stamina. Moreover exercising just makes you feel so happy. But one feels awkward with that bouncy movements during vigorous exercises. Continuous and repetitive movements can result in soreness, pain and sagging. Therefore, every woman, no matter what size she is, should wear a sports bra while running or exercising.

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A Fitness session with Triumph and F2 Fitness.

Triumph is  one of the world’s largest intimate apparel companies. They announced the launch of its new Triaction Sports Bra collection on 30th June, 2016.  In collaboration with much reputed F2 Fitness, Bandra, they hosted an exhilarating fitness session where every participants got an exclusive preview and a chance to try out the new sports Bra.

 

Mrs. Jennifer Kapasi, Head of Operations, Triumph International introduced how to ‘Find the One’ sports bra that matches your body type and fitness goals.

 

 

Next, F2 Fitness co-founders Farah Vohra and Neville Almeida amped up the energy levels by giving the participants a glimpse into their internationally certified Les Mills classes. We got a few short sessions in Bodypump, Bodycombat and Bodyjam. Never felt so energized and pepped up after a workout. F2 Fitness ideally believes  “Getting Fit and Remaining Fit” helping each member to achieve their desired goals and fitness levels. WooH!!

Highlighting the new Triaction Sports Collection.

1)It comes in superb fit and energizing colours
2) Specially designed for women who are on the move, the racer back style brings added stability and support. 
3) Its moisture-absorbent mesh fabric add -on feature is definitely the plus point,  providing a dry feel to the wearer!
4) The foam pads give you a flattering look.
5) Individual cups control bounce and give extra support.

 

 My take on Triaction

Working out with Triaction was like magic. I didn’t once adjust my straps or even feel a slightest bit of discomfort. It felt dry and is a definite ‘must have’ for me, a woman who enjoys fitness. Now  yoga, gym, cycling, kickboxing or whatever I want to do, I will do with Triaction.

 

Find the One that moves with you at Triumph! Available at select large format stores, multi brand outlets and leading online portals.

  • Colours: Black, Neon Green and Neon Orange
  • Size Range: M to XXL
  • MRP: Rs. 1,699/-

 

  • Website:

The ‘A to Z’ of Bandra Eateries.

The ‘Queen of the Suburbs’, that’s how Bandra is described, and rightly so! Bandra is thriving with life, cheer and the happy vibe! Everyone around loves this suburb just like me. It is the symbol of Mumbai’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. Home to amazing shopping, fabulous ancestral bungalows and good food- Bandra is beautiful. From the energetic pubs, the street food and gourmet fine dining restaurants, Bandra has lots to offer to food lovers.
So sit back as I Take  you through an ‘A to Z’ of Bandra’s best eateries in SweetAnnu ‘Istyle’.  🙂

 

 

Amrut Sagar  Situated on the busy shoppers paradise Hill Road, Amrut Sagar cannot be missed. Tired after shopping? Get inside and savour some delicious juices and Pav bhaji.  Yummy vegetarian Chinese and South Indian dishes are top on the list for me. This crispy delicious Paper Dosa covers the whole table, a must every time we visit.

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Bhaijaanz  Located diagonally opposite the Rizvi College,  Bhaijaanz is a Salman Khan themed restaurant. Pleasing, interesting interiors and a creatively crafted ambience around the theme. The menu has dishes named after Salman khan’s movies. Try chicken Barra roast for starters and soft rotis along with masaladar gravies. Drooling already?

 

Candies  I associate Candies with my school days, the mince roll was just for Rs 12/- back then. With three branches in Bandra, you must visit for the delicious chicken sandwiches that melt in your mouth. The fun young vibe and 20% discount after 8PM is the USP of this place. They celebrate their anniversary day by offering a 50% discount on that day. GOOD OLD CANDIES!!

 

Dunkin Donuts This is a good place to go chill over a coffee or a donut! Located on Linking Road at Khar, it’s a nice welcoming cafe for your sweet tooth indulgence. Visit for the Naughty Lucy and Original Tough Guy Chicken burgers. I go for the donuts coz Donut + Stirr’accino = Happy Me!

 

Elco Pani Puri  One of the best places to eat Chaat in Mumbai, without any fear. Generally very hygienic and can be enjoyed guilt free. It is a tad bit expensive but the crunchy puris and delicious chilled pani is totally worth it.

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Fat Man’s Cafe  A small cafe situated at Reclamation. The ambiance is clean and comfortable yet small. The cafe cooks up some delicious home style dishes. I recommend going for a breakfast. Choose a  fluffy  masala omelette, crispy hash browns, toast with butter with a cuppa tea. … Followed by sugar dusted waffles with maple syrup and Nutella if you still have stomach space and the urge to indulge.
Gondola Want to relish the scrumptious variety of steaks and sizzlers, then Gondola is the destination to head towards. Chicken Pepper Steak, Shashlik Sizzler along with Chinese cuisine can be tasted at the family styled restaurant. I am all set to dig in!

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Hearsch Bakery  A Bandraite needs no introduction to Hearsch Bakery, situated near Holy Family hospital on Hill road. Burgers, wraps, rolls, rum balls, chicken lollipops are the top selling items. It is a place that is crowded with youngsters at any given time. It is sure to give you your money’s worth during each visit. Total taste aur paisa vasool.

 

Irish House The Irish House for drinks, cocktails, and appetizers. I love The Irish House for opening its new branch in Bandra. Yaaay! Now weekend Party scenes just got more happening. It’s such a fun place to chill with friends. Just chill chill, just chill!

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Janata Lunch home  A small yet interesting place to visit is Janata lunch home. Drinks are cheap, and the aroma of fish will engulf you from other tables. However, you have to accommodate with people – sharing you table with others. Fabulous tava prawns, fish curry. I slurp it all up with hot steamed rice. Slurp Slurp!!

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Khar Social  The most happening place in Khar. Swings at tables, funky interiors, quirky cutlery and lots more here. A sprawling place with natural sunlight filtering in during the day. The drinks and food both are excellent and innovative. Abhi tog party shuru hui hai.

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Lucky Restaurant  People come to Lucky Restaurant only for the greasy masala-filled biryani. Though the décor is old fashioned, the dining experience will be a memorable one. Caramel Custard after food is a strong recommendation. Don’t miss this one even if you are bursting at your seams.

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Mamagoto  Quirky pop art and Oriental anime adorns the restaurant, and adds such colour and life to the industrial, bare walls. The best part of Mamagoto is the pan Asian cuisine and drinks. Delicious dimsums with thin outer coating served up with dips are a must while ordering here.

 

Noodle Play  A home delivery service, Noodle play serves some spicy and delicious chinese cuisine suited for the Indian palate. Chili Basil Stir Fry, Punjabi Tadka Noodles,Hunan Gravy are some of my all time fav.Food is packed in red cardboard box accompanied with chopsticks and plastic cutleries. 29 minutes to deliver or its free.

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Out of the blue  A rustic pleasurable wine & dine experience you can get. Most popular is the Wednesday Ladies Brunch. The menu consists of salads, soups, starters, main course, pastas, pizzas and desserts. But that’s not all women get surprise prizes and lovely pampering. Hmmm. I love it.

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Papa Pancho A small place but serves up some Dhabha style punjabi cuisine. Go all out and use your fingers to eat and don’t forget to drink up that tall glass of lassi. Balls balle!!

 

Quench  Another watering hole at Reclamation. Beer, wine and great sizzlers. The place plays some fabulous music and  overall is chirpy and full of happy people. The quirky innovative interior is what caught my eye. Don’t you love it too?

Photo Credits- Owner, Manav Chadha.

 

Rude Lounge A cozy outlet to be served in, this Rude Lounge in Bandra is built with FUN  in mind!  With the loudest, brattiest atmosphere, its gonna have you freaking out in no time! I had visited once with my friends and had the most crazy time of my life.

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Soul Fry  This restaurant is near Pali Market,also has good sea food and live band on Monday nights. You get that feeling of being in Goa. Fantastic fried pomfrets, prawns, bombils. And service with a smile.

 

Theobroma  Although this place is known for its delectable dessert and lip smacking  brownies, they serve some amazing breakfast, healthy sandwiches and juices. Proud it has a Parsi owner.

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Photo Credit- Zenia Irani

 

Udipi Bhuvan  One of the very old restaurants in the Bandra east vicinity, Udipi Bhuvan is a  simple south Indian restaurant. The flavourful sambhar will have you finsih it in one go. Try the Thali here too.

Vila Vandre Villa Vandre is the quintessential home-style restaurant in Kantwadi. A small and cosy place, it fits in barely 6 tables, they serve up fresh food with a personal touch. Some great Parsi dishes can be savoured here too. They open for breakfast too.

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Wok Express The new Bandra branch is worth a visit. Apart from their famous wok’s they also have accompaniments such as Dim Sum’s, Sushi, Bao’s and Bubble Tea’s. Food enthusiasts can watch their woks be stir-fried in front of their eyes with animation and flair, or opt for a speedy home delivery with the help of their  trained ninja.

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Yoga House  Situated in the by lane of Sherly Rajan Road, Yoga House is very close to my place. Go there not only for the Yoga classes that they organize, but for the pure, organic, vegan food they serve. And the crowd that comes there, mainly expats. It a wonderful relaxed, chilled vibe you get there. Om Shanti!!

 

Zaffran  Dont let the dim ambience put you off. Check out the succelent kababs and finger licking North Indian dishes on the menu. Cocktails and Hukka can be enjoyed here. So let down your hair and go ‘ Dum Maro Dum’ and forget your sorrows because Bandra eating joints all rock.

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Photo Credits- Buzzintown.com

 

I believe that Bandra is the cultural hub of the city offering you the best of eating and drinking  choices from the cuisines world over. I hope this post encourages you to create your own A-Z list.

Till then, its Au Revoir, from SweetAnnu.

Zomato zomato

 

Magnificient Mediterra

Happy to be a Bandraite and experience new dining places in Bandra. Yes, Mediterra is the new entrant in the fine dining restaurant category. Situated  opposite Marks & Spencer on Hill Road in Hotel Metro Plaza. Its a rooftop restaurant having outdoor and indoor seating space, offering Mediterranean cuisine. Dishes from the mix of Mediterranean world, Greece, Italy, France, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Spain,Turkey its all on the menu.

 

Ambience:
The ambience is lovely with it’s white washed walls, turquoise interior and mood lighting. It has neat tables and cushion back chairs. Looked like a  romantic place for couples and a good place to entertain friends/family. Some slow catchy music was playing that evening. I was excited and all set to savour some Mediterranean cuisine.

Bread basket with sauces:
We started with the  complementary bread basket that came with Grissini, toasted pita, focaccia, soft roll and pita bread and some tasty dips, hummus, herbed butter, olives and sundried tomatoes. Pita bread and focaccia were soft and made the start of out meal very enjoyable.

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 Crumbled Fish:
THis dish had Basa fish which was coated with an assorted of herbs and parmesan. This was oven baked, the fish had a medium spicy flavour, crispy exterior and flaky soft centre.

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Middle eastern chicken kebabs:
This Chargrilled chicken marinated with yoghurt, paprika, cumin, cinnamon,crushed pepper and chilli flakes. The chicken had that smoky flavour but a bit unseasoned for my liking. I liked the crumbled fish flavours better.

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The Palermo chicken pizza:
Topped with tomato, grilled chicken, broccoli, sun dried tomato and mozzarella on a thin crust base. This pizza was a treat visually as well as for the taste buds.

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Lebanese roast chicken with ooze rice:
For mains we had the best dish of the evening. It was wood fired half skin chicken served on bed of lamb minced rice with buttered sauted veggies. It looked stunning and tasted different and delicious. I enjoyed the lamb rice, seasoned and spiced to perfection. Only wish the chicken was served boneless.

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Hot Lava Lava: They always say save the best for last and indeed the Hot Lava lava cannot be missed. Infact its something I will come back for. A hot lava cake drenched in smooth chocolate sauce and topped with vanilla ice cream. A perfect way to end a lovely meal.

 

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The service was with a smile. Overall a great dining experience. SweetAnnu’s food card for Mediterra:
Food-3.5/5
Presentation -3.5/5
Service -3/5
Ambience -4/5

Contact: 022-69455554

Address: 355,Hotel Metro Palace, Opp.Globus Mall, Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050

Facebook: mediterra

Twitter: @mediterramumbai

Timings: Lunch 12:30pm – 3:30pm &  Dinner 7pm – 11:30pm

 

Creating Food trends with Godrej Nature’s Basket

What comes to your mind when you think of Hill Road located at Bandra ? For me its a complete shopping destination . 🙂
Street Shopping with bargaining
Bata for shoes
Globus for movies
Elco for pani puri
and Yes Godrej Nature’s Basket for my grocery shopping

Godrej Nature’s Basket

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If you’re searching for a western-style supermarket then stop here to  fulfill your needs . I was quite amazed when I went grocery shopping at the store – Wines, chocolates, tinned and bottled goods, pasta and cereals, western cheese, oils, fresh fruits & veggies etc. India’s finest gourmet & fine food retailer that offer unique foods under one roof.
In fact if there is a specific product you need for a recipe you should only try here. My recipe once needed Strawberry conserve, I was stress free as I knew I would get it here at Godrej Nature’s Basket. Guess what I did find it easily 🙂

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Cooking demonstrations, product launches, celebrity chef demos and loads of exciting events are also held at  the store from time to time.

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The best part is now Godrej Nature’s Basket has a Mobile app for easy shopping for your weekly needs.

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I even found the website interesting with the entire range of products . The search engine is easy, on the whole I had a pleasant shopping experience with an option to pay on home delivery.

Find them on  facebook  here-  https://www.facebook.com/NaturesBasket/?fref=ts
Follow them on twitter here- https://twitter.com/NaturesBasket

Branded Bawi Biography

Here is what Zenia Irani had to say on her recent twitter win in  the Nature’s Basket contest held on twitter recently.

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“It was such an overwhelming surprise to have Natures Basket announce my name as the winner. Even better than winning a gift for yourself, is the feeling of winning something for your loved one. The happiness and joy on my mom’s face when she received the Tea Hamper from Natures BASKET that i specially won for her, was unparalleled to anything else. I am so thrilled I could win this for her. Thank you Godrej Natures Basket!”

IMAG3752The best part of all, It was not one but two of these generous goodies laden hampers we won. Teas, cookies, chips and a whole more of exciting assortments packed professionally in a beautiful basket.

 

Basketful of Cheer! 

Picking the perfect gift to please those we love when each of our loved ones are unique with their individual preferences can be so difficult when picking out gifts for festivals. Well in case you have been worried about your festive gifting, worry no more! Especially themed chocolate, coffee, tea hampers  make the ideal gift to show you care.

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The Exquisite Tea hamper

Three Cheers for GODREJ NATURE’S BASKET  ” Hip Hip Hurray”

Art Workshop with GoodHomes Magazine & Asian Paints


 The Asian Paints store at Hill Road, Bandra hosted an unique and interesting event on Monday, 26th October. It was a workshop by The Good Homes Magazine  for hafele_india “#GoodHomesForArt2015”  powered by asianpaints in association with New India Assurance!

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At the event

There was a mix of interesting people present there, bloggers, artists, painters, and some members from the Good Homes Magazine and the Asian Paints team.

 

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Ms Shibani Jain from Baaya Designs talked about folk art at the start. She presented an Powerpoint explaining what Baya designs is all about and how they bring forth rural art into present architecture while embarking on interior projects. It was really fascinating to see all those traditional art forms being depicted and portrayed in murals, walls, doors, panels, paintings etc. Kudos to the team of Baya Designs where creativity rolled into interiors is not everyone’s cup of tea.

 

 

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Enter the Dragon – Trident BKC

Hail the Dragon because  Chinese Master Chef Zong Shou Chen from The Oberoi – Gurgaon  brings his fiery Asian cuisine to Mumbai. I recently got the opportunity to dine at “The 022 Restaurant” at the tridenthotels.com/mumbai_bandra_… that is offering a Pan Asian  food festival namely “ENTER THE DRAGON” for 10 days, they’re serving up some delicious, spectacular spread. Authentic Chinese  food is a lot more than hakka noodles and triple Shezwan with a lot of garlic and Soya sauce.

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The pretty reception of 022

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Ambience

Named after Mumbai’s telephone code, 022  is so spacious, beautiful, has monochromatic interiors which are classy and modern. There is an instant upliftment of mood and a sense of having a wonderful dining experience the moment you enter 022. The warm greetings of  the hostess was just a start to the grand fine dining experience. They also they have an open show-kitchen near the buffet area that that so that you can see the food getting prepared by the chefs on stations.

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Executive Chef Ashish Bhasin of Trident, BKC  is a very experienced Senior chef who managed the entire menu and functioning of the 022. He pleasantly visited our table introducing the concept of the ‘ Enter the Dragon food fest.’ Working on more than just soya, garlic, chilly and pepper was his aim, he wanted to bring out the true authentic flavours of Chinese, Cantonese, and Asian cooking. Aji no moto is a banned item in his kitchen.

I surveyed the food counters with Chef Ashish Bhasin before I began the serious business of eating. Sipping on a specially recommended Kaffir Lime soda was very refreshing that evening.

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Refreshing with the distinct flavour of Kaffir leaves.

Food
There were counters set up and each station was supervised by a chef.
We started with the live station.

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Live station for Veg Dimsums
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These were served at our table

Sushi Station-
Sushi could not be missed because  Chef Cecep was on board to put up some spectacular looking and tasting Sushi.

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Salad Counter-
For the diet conscious foodie but definitely not me.  I did try the Asian lamb salad and quite liked the unique blend of flavours.

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Chinese tofu , citrus fruits and ginger seasame dressing Gado Gado saladAsian lamb salad with snowpeas and spouts, Nonya chicken with cucumber and pokchoy Sichuan Paste, Soy sauce, Chili vinegar

 

Starter-

Starters came piping hot to the table. A special mention to the prawns in hot pot sauce and the Chicken tikkas went so well with the mint sauce.

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Crispy potato with hot pot sauce and Paneer tikka
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Prawn in hot pot sauce and Chicken Tikka

Main Course- 

The spread across the main course was pretty extensive, There was a specially planned Pan Asain menu along with the regular buffet, so I’m only talking about the significant dishes I tried. All were spiced and perfect in taste. I especially enjoyed the Yangzao fried rice with prawn Thai curry. It was creamy and flavoursome with well cooked tender fresh prawns and vegetables.

 

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Chicken in hot garlic sauce
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Citrus chicken, konbu and dry red chili soup

 

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udon noodle and potatoes braised in mirin and kikkoman sauce

 

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Stir fry of cabbage, snow peas and carrots with chinkyang vinegar


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Thai green curry with prawns

 

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Fish kung pao


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Yangzao fried rice

 

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Stir fried noodles with vegetables

If you visiting  022 you must keep stomach space for the soft Cheese Paratha and Masala Kulcha, they go well with any main course dish but for me I had it plain. Wow!! So yummy, so soft, so tasty that it  melted away in the mouth.

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Loved the buttery and soft texture

Along with the #Enterthedragon festival dishes, there were an equal number of dishes of International and Indian cuisine, which may appeal to every palate.

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Cheeses, cold cuts and dips

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Desserts-

Desserts were different too. I loved the Jasmine tea Tiramisu which was light, not too sweet and had that soothing jasmine tea flavour. Happy I choose this amongst all that lovely array of dessert display. The Date and walnut crisp was prepared in front of me at a live station was then served up with almond honey ice cream. It was for a total treat for a sweet toothed person like me.

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Jasmine tea Tiramisu
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Date Crispy with Ice cream

Loads of other droolworthy desserts that cant be missed.

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Budget Bites-

The buffet is priced at Rs. 2400/- plus taxes, and fares decently well in the Value For Money department among five star establishments. The buffet is not something I’d splurge on an everyday basis, but is worth a visit for celebrations and occasions. So visit The Trident- BKC for their Enter then Dragon festival which is ongoing till 31st July.
Contact
Trident, Bandra Kurla, Mumbai
C-56, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex,
Mumbai 400 051, India

Reservation –022 66727777
( SweetAnnu was invited by Trident – BKC and dined their by invitation)

Vinod Cookware : Gen Next Cooking

Making positive changes to eating and physical activity does not have to mean giving up eating well or tastefully. It means understanding how healthier foods can fit into your lifestyle rather than making your lifestyle fit into the demand for healthier foods. So this Sunday The Food Bloggers Association of India along with Vinod Cookware had organised an interesting informative and fun Bloggers Meet followed by lunch at Out of The Blue, Bandra, Mumbai.
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About Vinod Cookware-

 Established at a time when Indian kitchens were far away from influences of Western modernities, Vinod had modest beginnings in 1963. Being the pioneer of ‘Sandwich bottom’ in the cookware, Vinod has already set its trademark in this industry. More than 25 years in the industry and keeping quality of the products in control the team of Vinod Cookware decided to go out of the way ensure that all the invited bloggers expectations were met with its new range of products.

Product Range

1. Pressure Cookers-

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I can vouch for the Vinod Pressure cooker as I am using this product for the past three years at home. It is sturdy and the food doesn’t stick to the bottom while cooking. I learnt today that this is due to the heavy sandwich bottom material. The special sandwich bottom ensures even cooking, preventing food from getting burnt. Maximum safety with gasket release system and a fusible safety valve. Stainless steel ensures hygienic and contamination free cooking. It has a long design handle for better grip.

2. Zest Inducto Cookware

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I was very impressed by this range of utensils. This range comprises of extra deep robustly constructed cooking pots. They have a mirror finish that looks very classy when displayed with food on the dining table. It has seamless stainless Steel handles and knobs for heat resistance. The three-piece Zest Inducto set encompasses a Concave Tawa (26.5 cm), a Deep Fry Pan (24 cm) and a Deep Kadai (24 cm) that comes along with a common lid for frypan and kadai.
Price- You can own this International quality set starting from Rs. 1,100/ – to Rs.5,745/- along with a 12 month guarantee too.

3. Black Pearl Range –

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The Black pearl range of Vinod Cookware was beautiful just like the Black pearl. The cookware has been designed in black pearl style, ensuring that you don’t have to use much oil for preparing crispy and tasty food. The hard anodised cookware with its stylish look and features will definitely add zing to your kitchen. It includes variety of products namely saucepan, handi , deep fry pan , kadai, tawa, tadka pan, all-purpose pan, cook and serve pots with glass vent lids.
Price- The 3 piece combo set of ‘Black Pearl’ range priced affordably at Rs. 2,500/- with 5 Years of guarantee, is a perfect gifting companion to every Indian Home.

4. Vito Health Range –

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The best cooks of the world know the magic of low temperature cooking, and Vito Health’s Thermo Knob feature just enhances that. It controls the food preparation process keeping the food’s nutrient intact. With the convenience of never-heating, ergonomic handles, Vinod’s Vito Health range makes cooking a seamless experience. The thermal technology introduced first time in the cookware range ensure
the food does not stick to the bottom while you cooking.
Price- The complete range of intelligent, world-class companions for the urban kitchen range starts from Rs 3,407/- to Rs 5,145/- making it worth a steal

5. Tri-Ply range – Signature-

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The traditional Indian dining table demands for a complete course of meal at one time which definitely consumes a lot of time while cooking. Keeping this in mind Vinod presents you the Signature Cookware range that ensure quick cooking and serving letting you complete the chore in no time. The signature range is classically styled and polished with stainless steel exterior and as a tin finished interior including a variety of products for the smart Indian kitchens namely Saucepan, Saucepot, & Kadai.
Price- The stylishly crafted ‘Signature’ range is priced affordably at Rs.1, 880/- to Rs. 2,590/-, a complete must have for Indian Kitchens.

6. Vinod Induction Cook Top-

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Vinod Cookware has also introduced the cook top, its pure copper coiled cook top, hence maintenance free and having longer life than regular cook tops.

A full House at  “Out of the Blue”

I simply love going to Out of the Blue for the Wednesday Women’s Day luncheon. Its a fun meal  over good  food with friends. Out of the Blue lives up to its food quality and taste. This Sunday was different with a Bloggers meet savouring yummy set menu by the restaurant and checking out Vinod Cookware products.  Being a Sunday afternoon most of the bloggers could make it for the event. The menu for today was interesting and I wanted to try out every dish.

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Starters- Out of the Blue Bruschettas went very well with the Merlot white wine Sangria I had.  I especially liked the Tempura fried crispy Babycorn with spicy sauce, Red eye chicken and Spicy grilled Basa. The best starter of the day had to be the crispy baby corn as it was piping hot and flavoursome. The  one I really found least impressive was the  Chicken Chermoula, as I found it abit extra salty.

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Sangria and Starters

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Main Course- Pasta was creamy and very rich. The portion was huge and could be easily had by two people. The Sizzler portion size was enough for one. The basa fish sizzler I had grilled to perfection. The caramelized onions were done very well.

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Dessert- Sizzling brownie is a must have dessert at Out of the blue however the fondue that day  didn’t live up to my expectations.
The FBAI Meet- Ups never end without the group photograph, so here is the one we clicked that day.

Psst- Do try to spot me.
Psst- Do try to spot me.

I must thank Vinod Cookware for the generous Black Pearl 3 in one gift set we received when the event was over. I can look forward to loads of healthy, oil free cooking in these Gen Next utensils.

The beautiful 3 piece gift Set
The beautiful 3 piece gift Set

Know more about their other product range on website: www.vinodcookware.com
Follow them on –
twitter twitter.com/Vinod_Cookware
facebook https://www.facebook.com/vinodintelligentcookware

( The author was invited by FBAI and Vinod Cookware for a product launch event and dining experience at Out of the Blue- Bandra)

#kuchpaloffline with Ayushmann Khurrana & McDonalds

McDonald’s through its latest campaign aims to encourage people to go offline for some time with the tagline “KuchPalOffline McDonald’s aake share kar le” and invites them to reconnect in the real world with friends and families and share good times over good food. McDonald’s campaign invites customers to take a break from the online world and connect with friends and family in real time – and what better place to do so than at McDonald’s where they could catch up with friends and family over their favourite products.

According to Kedar Teny, Director- Marketing & Digital, McDonald’s India West & South, “Today we are a lot more distracted – physically present and mentally absent – accentuated by the smartphone in our hands. This summer, McDonalds is urging people to go offline for a while. All we are saying is go offline for some time; be present in the moment and share in the real world. Simply put we want to start a conversation and a movement amongst our customers with #KuchPalOffline.”

In its noble endeavour to get maximum people to participate, McDonalds India along with Hindustan Times collaborated an event held at St Catherine of Siena – Bandra. They organised a #kuchpaloffline day. The most exciting part was Celebrity Actor Ayushmann Khurrana decided to grace the occasion by  spending quality time with the children.
We all arrived inspite of it being a very hot and humid Friday noon.

The Hall was laid out  with the McDonalds food counter – Happy meals with toys and drinks which were served to the children later. The stage had a guitar ready for Ayushmann to entertain the kids. The balloon pool was filled with yellow and red balloons. There were mats and chairs for the comfort of the children and adults. Everyone was excited and were awaiting the arrival of the Bollywood guest of the day.

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Happiness begins with a Happy meal
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Balloon Pool filled with colourful balloons disappeared at the end.
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And the camera was all set to roll

Ronald McDonalds arrived first, being totally animated and spirited. He involves the children to talk, participate and dance with him. He made everyone laugh with his hindi – english translations. Onstage, he tried to copy the dance moves of a very talented girl from the St Catherine school. Not only the kids, we were all having a rollicking time, forgetting to peep into our mobile phones. Clicking pictures on your smart phone was an exception to the rule today. Okay!
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Ronald performing with the school girl

And then there was a flutter in the air. All eyes were set on the entrance. Guess who arrives!!
Walking in simple jeans and T-shirt  was Bollywood Celebrity Ayushmann Khurrana. Children could not be controlled at this point.They ran up on the stage, hugging and seeking all his attention.There was uncontrolled excitement in the hall.
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Ayushmann Khurrana sat down, took his guitar and strummed his favourite numbers. The children clapped along and sang  “Pani da rang”, “Sadi Galli”, and “Mitti di Khusboo.” The rhythm and the melodies made the environment and the moments most cherished and memorable for all around.
Time for sharing more Happiness with a #happymeal. Ronald and Ayushmann together asked  each child their preference of meal, Veg or Non-Veg. Ayushmann willingly posed for the shutterbugs telling them the importance of #NoTVDay, an initiative by The  Hindustan Times. And more so, how he enjoyed #kuchpaloffline with the children today.

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Now it was our time for some pictures and selfies. Ayushmann obliged each one of us by clicking selfies himself.

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Thank You Ekta- for this great Selfie

On the whole, a wonderful Friday, it was an experience of a lifetime. Each one of us smiling and beaming to have joined in #kuchpaloffline with the team of McDonalds and HT.  Kudos on your noble cause.

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Three Cheers to the Bloggers team for the day .