Taj Palace New Delhi Presents the Royal Diaoyutai State Cuisine Festival | Press Release

Diaoyutai State cuisine represents the essence of Chinese fine dining which has been renowned worldwide for many years.

Taj Palace, New Delhi, brings to you the ‘Chinese Diaoyutai Cuisine Festival’ in association with Embassy of China and Diaoyutai State Guest House. The 10-day-long food promotion will be held at Spicy Duck – the Chinese restaurant at Taj Palace, New Delhi. Diaoyutai cuisine represents the culmination of 800 years of innovation and development, beginning in the days of the ancient imperial court and leading up to today’s Diaoyutai cuisine.

Chinese Food Fest at Taj Palace New DelhiThis festival is a small step towards changing the perception of Chinese food in India by presenting the authentic version of it. Six of the best Chinese chefs have travelled from China to curate delicacies that represent the essence of Chinese fine dining.

Chef Song Jun from China has efficiently crafted the menu for the festival. Explaining the festival, he says “We have organized this food festival as it represents the Chinese modern culture. The embassy of China and The Diaoyutai Guest house wish to continuously renew the traditional Chinese cuisine, add modern elements to it and improvise it.” The menu includes signature delicacies like Dragon Whisker noodles, Steamed Jiaozi and shrimps, Fresh pea paste cake, Braised assorted mushrooms and many more.

Executive Chef, Taj Palace, New Delhi, Rajesh Wadhwa says, “The Diaoyutai cuisine is the ninth major cuisine in China and it integrates merits of all other cuisines, adopting essential food ingredients. This 10-day food festival gives people access to the exclusively crafted dishes by the Chinese Guest Chefs.”

Date: 14th April to 19th April

Venue: Spicy Duck at Taj Palace, New Delhi

Price: Ala Carte

Date: 14th to 22nd April

Venue:  Capital Kitchen at Taj Palace, New Delhi

Price: Buffet lunch

For reservations, please call 011- 66503731, or write to tphspicyduck.del@tajhotels.com

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia’s largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 96 hotels in 61 locations across the globe, including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bhutan. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury.  For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house.

— The Press Release was published as it was received.

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Kolkata Don’t Miss This Chance! Cookery Workshop by Chef Shobha Indani | Press Release

Develop your culinary skills with a variety of mouth-watering and delicious dishes from around the world in a 2-day Cookery Workshop by Mrs. Shobha Indani (renowned chef from Pune). The event is organized by Media Connect.

2-Day Cookery Workshop by MRS. SHOBHA INDANI (renowned Chef from Pune) foodeezjunction.com
2-Day Cookery Workshop by MRS. SHOBHA INDANI (renowned Chef from Pune)

Shobha Indani is one of India’s renowned chef and has also been the winner of Golden Book of World Records for achieving the World Record of Largest Cooking Lesson. Many of her students have been her pride on Indian Cooking TV show “Master Chef India”. She has trained more than 75,000 students since past 35 years by teaching her unique style in varied cuisines. Now it’s time to give your cooking dream a flight.!!!Kolkata don’t miss this chance…

Be there to learn and witness practical demo & Live Cooking of “More than 100+ items” in this 2-day cookery workshop that will also include tastings and lots of tips and tricks to improve your everyday cooking.

Learn to Create magic in Cooking from this “Pure Veg” ALL-IN-ONE class where you will learn: Mocktails & Shakes, Soups, Salads, Sabzi – Pulao, Snacks & Starters, Mithais, Cakes & Cookies, Desserts & Puddings, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Continental, Mongolian, Sizzlers & Dips, Chocolates, Salad Carving & Presentations, Cake Icing & much more….

About Shobha Indani

Having completed her Diploma in Hotel Management, she always had a penchant for developing various vegetarian recipes from all around the world. These recipes were then further refined by her time & again over a period to make them absolutely perfect. From the last 30 years, she has been regularly conducting cookery classes in various cities all over India & abroad.

The Cookery Classes of one month duration conducted by her in Pune are supposedly the most famous & only one of its kind in India. Thousands of young girls & housewives across the country have immensely benefited from these classes and are successfully managing their careers as the perfect home-makers.

The overwhelming response to her cookery classes and books signify the success and hardwork which has gone into making Shobha Indani a brand, which she is today. A tremendous response to the hindi version of her best-seller cookbook Swad Sugandh & the demand for the same in English has encouraged her to bring out the English version in an all new format.

Mrs. Shobha Indani also won the Golden Book of World Records for achieving the World Record of Largest Cooking Lesson on June 26th, 2015 for conducting a workshop where more than 3900 participants were taught how to make more than 100 dishes at Indore.

Kolkata Cookery Workshop Details

Venue: Sapphire Banquet, 3A, Raikva, Near Mani Karn Building & Brand Factory(Opp. Salt Lake Stadium & Hyatt), Beliaghata, Kolkata – 700010

Date: 7th & 8th April, 2017

Time: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Registration Charges:

  • GOLD: Rs. 3500: (Fee includes- Complimentary Breakfast & Lunch, Premium seats, Certificate, Recipe Booklet & much more)
  • SILVER: Rs. 2500: (Fee includes- Complimentary Lunch, Certificate, Recipe Booklet & much more)

You can log on to Facebook for the Kolkata Cookery Workshop Event Page: CLICK HERE

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Chicken Bean Soup Recipe Made with Ray Cooking Spray | Product Review

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Thank you Ray cooking spray (LB Industries PVT Ltd) team to send the product for review. All opinion is 100% mine.

This is the perfect time to review Ray cooking spray! I, recently, underwent gall bladder surgery and, thus, was advised to have less spicy and less oily food. Post surgery, I had to take just 2-3 teaspoons of oil in a day. Meanwhile, I got the Ray cooking spray Sunflower oil to be reviewed. Isn’t it the perfect time?

Why do I recommend this Cooking Spray?

I would suggest you to have a cooking spray on your kitchen shelf because this would be your important step towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Whatever you cook, whatever you make can require very less amount of oil, without compromising the taste. Thus, you can say bye-bye to those greasy foods, you’ve been eating till now. Ray cooking spray by LB Industries Pvt. Ltd. serves the purpose plus it retains the taste of the food.

Ray cooking spray is, currently, available only in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore and Nagpur.

What Did I Make from Ray Cooking Spray?

How to Make Healthy Chicken Bean Soup

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I’d been using this spray regularly to cook food these days. One of my favorites is Chicken Bean Soup. Here’s the recipe for Chicken Bean Soup.

Ingredients

  • 1 small sized onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Boneless Chicken pieces, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup green beans, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup oats, soaked in 1/2 cup water
  • 2 glass water
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp Chat Masala
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Green chilli, as per your taste/requirement (I didn’t used it in this Chicken Bean soup)
  • 1/2 tsp oil (I used Ray cooking oil and sprayed just once)


Directions

  1. In a pressure cooker add/spray cooking oil. Heat it.
  2. Add onion and garlic cloves.
  3. Sauté till onions turn tender.
  4. Now add green beans, chicken and spring onion. Sauté for a minute.
  5. Add black pepper powder, chat masala, salt and water, and pressure cook for 3 whistles on medium flame.
  6. After three whistles, open the lid of the pressure cooker and add soaked oats. The flame of gas stove should be medium.
  7. Stir. If needed add more water. Let it cook for 4-5 minutes.
  8. The Chicken Bean Soup is ready!


Note: You can add 1 tsp tomato ketchup in the prepared soup. It tastes yum.

In all, I would recommend this product. If you have used Ray cooking spray or you made the soup from the given recipe, write to me in the comments below. And, don’t forget to like and follow Foodeez Junction on Facebook

— Shared by Sara Khan

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Get Ready for Three-Day Carnival at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj | Press Release

Ambience Carnival

Live performances by renowned musical artists like Guru Randhawa, Fazil Puria, Tatava K, Nina Shah & Malika Haydon and many more.

Mall will organize several entertainment activities in association with The Grub Fest

Ambience Mall is organizing first of its kind three-day ‘Ambience Carnival’ at Vasant Kunj aimed at entertaining people with food platter organized by The Grub Fest  to indulge in along with the live grooving music performances from leading musical bands. The three-day Carnival will be starting from 24th February and will go on till 26th February, 2017. On this occasion, Ambience Mall will organize various entertainment activities like live music performances, RJs’ performances, recreational activities like Clown and artist entertainment, Flea Market and India’s biggest food festival where restaurants display their signature delicacies over good music and hearty performances in association with The Grub Fest.

The Carnival will witness host of starry performances by renowned musical artist like Guru Randhawa, Fazil Puria, Tatava K, Nina Shah & Malika Haydon, Hari & Sukhmani and others who will sweep the audience off the ground with their alluring performances. Apart from this, there will be live music performances by Resident DJs, clown and artist entertainment activities and flea market to keep the audience engaged and entertained. As part of the carnival, Ambience Mall will also organize a “Food Zone” where restaurants such as {Niche} Café 2.0 Cafe & Bar, Al Yousuf, Bunta Bar, CJ’s Fresh, Doggy Style, Dunkin Donuts, Fluffles, Fork ‘N’ Spoon, Iqbal’s, Koyla Kebab, Oh So Stoned!, Waffle Factory, Twigly and many more would be displaying their signature delicacies and giving customers a chance to enjoy variety of scrumptious food under one roof.

Talking about the Carnival, Mr. Arjun Gehlot, Director, Ambience Mall, said, “We are extremely delighted to host this carnival which will set an entertaining environment for our audience. Today a mall is not just a shopping destination but has emerged to be a vibrant entertainment destination and that is what we would like to showcase as a part of the carnival. The carnival will combine shopping, food, entertainment and live music performances epitomizing the best Ambience mall have to offer to its visitors”.

About Ambience Mall

Ambience Pvt. Ltd. is a real estate development company focused on premium developments. Ambience has proven track record of executing large, premium and innovative projects. The Group has successfully completed Ambience Mall – Gurgaon (the largest operational retail shopping mall in India (Source: Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj) popular all over India for one km of shopping experience on each floor, the Lagoon residential complex, an eight-floor corporate office tower, which are all part of the premium Ambience Island township at Gurgaon and Ambience Mall – Vasant Kunj. In addition, Ambience constructed Leela Kempinski (a hotel with 322 rooms and 90 service apartments) owned by a Group Entity as part of “Ambience Island”. Apart from above, Ambience has also developed various residential/commercial properties in posh colonies of South Delhi.  Ambience started its journey with the development of high quality residential apartments in South Delhi. Later on, diversified into larger development and commenced acquiring land in the prime location of Gurgaon on Delhi Border, NH-8 for the development of our signature integrated township namely ‘Ambience Island’, with Residential, Commercial, Retail, Hotel, 9 hole pitch & putt golf greens and community facilities.

— The Press Release was published as received.

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Search to Quality Meat Ends… Because Meatigo is Here | Product Review

Meatigo Product Review Foodeezjunction.com

Thank you FBCI (Food Bloggers Council, India) and Meatigo to send the products for review. All opinion is 100% mine.

Online Shopping has become a necessity these days. I, remember, when I preferred to shop online, my friends would say how do you recognize which product is good for buying. Well, then I followed my instincts. Till now I am a happy online shopping consumer be it grocery or other home products. I have been always skeptical buying meat online, until now.

Since I have a set parameters and conditions that need to be met, I had many times confirmed with the FBCI team and the Meatigo team if they serve halal and requested for the same. Thankfully they serve Prasuma meat which is halal; my prime concern is solved.

As a non-vegetarian, I’m always on a lookout for the best and here I got it from Meatigo.

The products I had received were:

  1. Chicken Seekh Kabab
  2. Chicken Sausages
  3. Mutton Curry Cut

Why I Recommend?

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First Reason: I, earlier, had the ‘fresh’ meat from a nearby shop. It seemed like they had used certain preservative to maintain the ‘freshness’, lookwise. It really tasted bad. When I received the protein packet, I immediately opened to check whether Meatigo also uses the same preservative. I had this misconception like many of you. But NO, I was proved wrong. The meat was fresh and smelled the same. Even I tasted a bit of raw mutton and chicken, they were equally good.

Second Reason: The packaging of the meat products were carefully done. The products were in an insulated bag which also consisted of 2 ice packets to maintain the temperature of the proteins.

Third Reason: It saves a lot of time from the hassles of washing and cutting out those extra fats from the mutton pieces. You just need to wash once and that’s it. Only those people who wash the meat pieces would know 😛 .

Though I like preparing everything from scratch, there are times when I want to save my time and yet have delicious Kebabs. For this, chicken sausages and seekh kababs are best. You need not put an extra effort to mince, prepare the mix for kababs. You just need to fry them in oil or roast in oven or grill; it depends on you.

Fourth Reason: They come at a reasonable price. If you are getting chicken seekh kababs (300gm i.e., 4 pieces) at Rs. 160, isn’t it a fair deal? I had 2 piece-seekh kabab at Rs. 150 plus taxes at a restaurant. Leaving on you to decide. Keep reading to know why I’m convinced to buy the chicken seekhs from this online meat ordering shop.

Reasons could be more when I order from Meatigo next time. If you have more reasons, do not forget to share your experiences in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you.

What did I make from the products?

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  1. Chicken Seekh Kabab – I’d just brushed olive oil on the kebabs and pan fried them while adjusting the flames from low to medium; served with lemon and green chilli sauce. To give the Kababs an earthy flavour, I had smoked them with a mix of dried spices. They were juicy and full of aroma. The best thing was, they were not chewy. You can roast them in oven too.
  2. Chicken Sausages – I had cut the sausages in 6-7 equal parts. This is how I made – Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil, add 3-4 garlic cloves and saute. Now, add sausages and let them fry on high to medium heat. Sprinkle salt and oregano. Have the sausages with salad, pasta or in hot dogs, whichever way you like.
  3. Mutton curry cuts – I made a pilaf from mutton pieces. I liked the pieces with bone, they were more juicy and tasty.

Coming back to the details, you will find expiry for each meat products on their respective packets. For delivery and how much time they take to deliver the products, I have to order myself, and then I’ll surely update my experience here.

You can order Prasuma meat directly from Meatigo’s website. It’s easy to navigate. The only restriction is — they only serve in Delhi and Gurgaon.

— Images and Review by Sara Khan

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How About an Oil-Free Chicken this Weekend? | Kenny Rogers Roasters Review

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The Indian Blogger Awards 2017Thank you Kenny Rogers Roasters to invite Foodeez Junction team for the review session. All opinions are 100% mine.

Till now we had heard of healthy eating with olive oil, salad, and there are countless things to add on. But what if I say healthy eating with Chicken without oil. Before you start searching a let-me-think emoticon, I suggest you to head towards Kenny Rogers Roasters in Noida! Yes KRR is now in India too!

Kenny Rogers Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato I’d, recently, visited Kenny Rogers Roasters (popularly called KRR) at Galleria Mall in Noida. This first flagship restaurant was opened formally on October 21, 2016. For those who do not know about Galleria Mall’s location, it is just behind The Great India Palace (TGIP) shopping mall, exact location is Gate no. 11. KRR is located on the ground floor of Galleria mall and has an ample parking space.

Facts to Know About Kenny Rogers Roasters
It has No-Flame Kitchen
– Patented Rotisserie and slow-cooking method is used; no fried food.
– Only fresh meat and salad are used.
– The Kenny Rogers Roasters’ roaster concept was first introduced in 1991 by John Y. Brown, Governor of the state of Kentucky who was also one of the original developers of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Brown teamed up with his musician friend Kenny Rogers to serve home-style family foods.
– The Kenny Rogers Roasters has entered into a master Franchisee agreement with Troika Hospitality India LLP for entering into Indian Food Loving Market.

As soon as you enter, you will receive a warm welcome and will be guided towards the table. There is enough seating space for a pack of friends. You can go there with family too. The ambience is good. The restaurant has a unique modern design that compliments the ambience.

I had Chicken meal and mango passion fruit blend in mocktail. The KRR Chicken Meal had a good portion of the protein to keep your tummy full. It consist of three side dishes – a pasta salad, green veg salad with mustard sauce topping, fresh fruit salad, and a muffin. The chicken piece with black pepper sauce was heavenly. I would strongly recommend the mango passion fruit blend as it was perfectly done, no strong flavours were added.

Coming back to the Meal, here’ my take:

Garden Salad — It was fresh. I enjoyed it with the topping of secret sweet-and-sour mustard sauce.

Pasta – it was another good food from the meal.

Fruit Salad – The cold fruits were like a zing.

The Rotisserie-roasted Chicken – This no-oil chicken is the star of the meal. Cooked to perfection, the chicken was juicy and had flavours in each bite, specially when you accompany it with the ghost black pepper sauce, it’s heavenly. The sauce, itself, was addictive.

Muffin – As we say, every meal should have a dessert, muffin is the one for this KRR meal. It was served hot. Since I was busy in enjoying the other cuisines from the platter, the muffin turned to normal temperature. It formed a crust and I was glad I didn’t had it hot, as I really liked the way I developed a thin crust, that made it crunchy from outside and soft from inside.

I was told that the chicken takes at least 45 minutes to get cooked for the meal. So, next time when you visit Kenny Rogers Roasters be prepared but the chicken is worth the wait.

Summary

Yes For –

  • Chicken Meal
  • The Mango and Passion fruit blend
  • Ambience
  • Location

No For –

  • Not this time, I’ll visit later and will let you know.

Overall Rating 4/5

If you are visiting or already have been to Kenny Rogers Rosters, I would love to hear from you.

— Images and Review Shared by Sara Khan

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Drunken Meats and Seafood fest at Le Dupleix Pondicherry | Press Release

Drunken Meats and Seafood fest at Le Dupleix Pondicherry

If you are a food lover and a connoisseur of alcohol, have you wondered what it would be like to combine the two? Your curiosity’s answer is the ‘Drunken Meats and Seafood’ fest from the 21st to 31st October at the Le Dupleix Pondicherry.

Known for its fantastic European and Creole Cuisine, Le Dupleix along with Chef Satish has created this exciting food festival with tantalizing flavors.

The new Al a Carte menu at Le Dupleix, Pondicherry will bring in some great flavors of European and Indian delicacies to the city by laying out a spread of meats and seafood that have been marinated and cooked in beer, wine and spirits.

The options are in plenty and meat lovers can start Drunken Chicken with lemon soaked in Tequila or choose the Tenderloin Steak that has been soaked in red wine on beer. With the Vermouth infused tiger prawns and the Pan fried snapper with white wine caper cream, seafood lovers will be in food heaven. The best of the lot is India’s favorite ‘Beer’-yani. As the name suggests, the aromatic rice is cooked with chicken or seafood that has been soaked in beer overnight and presented in the best way possible. Don’t just stop there; one must definitely keep some space for the beer or red wine ice cream and some top of the league champagne sorbet.

Chef Sathish Rajasekaran, the man behind these unique creations, comes with a culinary experience of 13 years in creating wonders with seafood and meat. He personally visits the Pondicherry harbor to buy the stocks. He says, “We have tried to include the commonly eaten meats in our festival, with a twist that will surprise the customers palette. We marinate our meats for at least overnight before we cook it”

Enjoy these intoxicating flavours for lunch and dinner from 21st October 2016 till the 31st October 2016 only at the Le Dupleix, Pondicherry.  For further details and reservations contact: 0413 2226003.

About Le Dupleix

Le Dupleix, Pondicherry’s best known luxury heritage property, situated in the heart of the old “Ville Blanche” (white town) of French Pondicherry, at 5 Rue de la Caserne, is one of India’s most striking designer hotels. Constructed in the 18th century as the residence of the Mayor of Pondicherry, the building stands white and majestic on an important corner of the French town. It is located just a few blocks from the shimmering waters of Bay of Bengal and Pondicherry’s famous leafy park. The central shopping district is just around the corner, too, as are a number of restaurants and coffee shops.

What – Drunken Meats and Seafood Fest

When – 21st to 31st October, 2016

Where – Le Dupleix Pondicherry

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Are You Ready for a Foodilicious Ride at Raftaar? | Delhi Restaurant Press Release

Raftaar Lounge and Bar

Raftaar – a newly opened high speed lounge & bar at Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi, is making its speedy entry in the world of food and beverage industry. Located at the Club Road, the place surely has the advantage to attract footfall at the lounge. The whole concept of the lounge and bar relies on speed so named Raftaar.

With action and power-packed ambience, the place is a complete gear of fine dining and clubbing with family and friends. The place is meant to indulge you into delicious food and drinks and makes you party all night with electronic dance music.

The food menu is set as per the tastes and preferences of the Delhiites. With wide varieties serving the customers with their vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian menu is no exception but the dishes included are. They have worked a lot on the selection of delicacies they may serve. As the name suggests, the order placed will be on plates in a way quick than other bistro bars. To start with they have Caesar Cardin Salad, Hawaiian Boat, and Oia Greek Salad with Feta en-routing with Dahi ke Kebabs, Malai Soya Chaap, Murg Tikka and Amritsari fish with Prawn Recheado and Finding Nemo.

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On your way to final destination with NH – 1 burger get fuelled up with energizing appetizers and drinks. Paneer Bemisaal, Dil Khush Malai Kofta, Pindi Chana, Murg Lahori with Amritsari Kulcha and Pesto Naan will be greeting you at the table. Special appearances of Parmesan Chicken, Kerala Prawn Curry and Grilled Chimichurri Fish will make the journey more lip smacking. Highway Glory and Alive by Brownie Sundae will be waiting for you at the finishing line before you get indulged into a sweet affair.

A luxury lounge and bar at Punjabi Bagh, designed for an evolved nightlife experience. From the very boulevard it looks like an edifice of energy. Eerie from the first step and it gets a whole lot interesting as you walk up the stairway of the Raftaar, a nightclub/lounge that’s not just on the fringe, it’s completely detached from the real world, bringing back the treasured world of dance and entertainment with lifestyle experience.

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A luxury-theme-based lounge with three levels each with different experience of its own like Sophisticated car lounge, Rustic bikers place and first ever private pool dining at Open Terrace.

Raftaar has exactly what you need for a bull blown party and it comes bigger, bolder and stronger with its state of the art sound walls, fantastic lighting and sound system reverberating with gut – busting music ranging from national and international top charts, house, electronic and percussion. The staple entertainment also boasts of Live Acts – concerts and live bands that are edgy, raw and play with bone – jarring enthusiasm promising a night that’s erotic and high profile.

Address – 15C, Club Road, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi

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Did You Check Out Hard Rock’s New Menu for Veggie Lovers?

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Thank you Hard Rock Cafe, Saket, to invite FJ team for the review session. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hard Rock Cafe (HRC) knows how to leave its fans in awe! This time HRC has come up with an all-new vegetarian menu. This is the first time ever that such a menu is launched only for vegetarians.

Now, you need not worry when you go to Hard Rock Cafe along with your friends, and say ‘hmmm, what should I order?’

Last time, I had updated you with a menu for non-veg lovers. Now this time, I, sincerely, commit this is one of the best and tastiest offerings. Believe me, they never compromise when it comes to taste. The menu is full of classic American flavours but is on a healthier side.

Hard Rock Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato It is October, and, so, Hard Rock is celebrating the Vegetarian Awareness Month. This month is designed to create awareness on the benefits of being a vegetarian. What began as a Vegetarian Day, has now turned in to a month-long celebration.

According to Jay Singh, Founder and Executive Director, JSM Corporation, “We are introducing this menu especially for food enthusiasts who relish vegetarian food and usually miss out on options in most meat-centric restaurants. An all green menu can also have a plethora of variety which is exactly what we are keen to portray on our plates. We have a long delectable slate with scrumptious flavours that will leave our vegetarian patrons wanting more. This will also be a great opportunity for people looking to switch to greens this season. My favourites are the perfectly crafted cocktails and we at Hard Rock Cafe are extremely excited to be presenting the #BeEdgyGoVeggie festival to our guests.”

The only sad news is this amazing menu will be only till October 31, 2016.

This time I’d visited the HRC in DLF, Saket, Delhi. I liked the ambience of Hard Rock Cafe. Many of you would have been to Select City Walk. Just walk a li’l more till DLF mall and there you go for the Cafe. Ambience, music and staff, all were awesome. May be I would find a better word to replace awesome — more than awesome 🙂

From the Menu

From the menu, I’d tried almost everything except cocktails.

Starting with what I liked the most – Mexican Quesadilla Veg Burger. This one burger is just enough to fill your stomach. It has many ingredients and when I took a full bite of the burger, it felt so heavenly. It tastes something like… you won’t forget. But do NOT try taking small bites. You won’t do justice to this heavenly burger.

The next is Goats Cheese and Cauliflower Burger. The name Cauliflower Burger was a surprise to me. Surprises, as I say, are the best. Same turned out with this burger. If you want to try something different at HRC, this Burger is the must.

La Confidential – The name suggests there is a secret sauce hidden. It has the concept of aloo (potato) patty but the this burger has two different patties with a tangy, spiced chipotle mayo, this makes La Confidential burger one of the best aloo patty burgers I had till now.

Pear Salad – This one has a mix of taste. Pear Salad, the name might not interest you but try it on my recommendation. If you love fruits, you will love this one too. This Salad is a mix of sweet, sour and slightly bitter taste. When I took the first bite, which almost had a mix of everything, I instantly loved it. I prefer it more than Pico De Quinoa Salad. This Quinoa Salad was good enough. You will like it, if you like quinoa. And then this salad has nutty flavours too.

Try it out and let me know which one you liked.

The Carnival Vegetarian Platter is enough to lift up your mood. The red rod fries rom the platter was good. I expected it to be more spicy just like the name suggests. It is good to go and is lightly hot. From the platter Bruschetta is my favourites. The perfectly right toast and the mix of tangy and cheesy toppings will leave you wanting for more.

And lastly, the only options for non-alcoholics – Beet, Orange and Ginger Juice – will definitely woo you.

As I had said in my previous review, there are many options for cocktail lovers.

HRC has launched this new menu only for veggie lovers for the first time. Do not wait for another weekend, as they say, it’s a limited period offer, ending October 31, 2016.

Summary

YES FOR

Food – Everything I mentioned is a must try!

Ambience – Perfect for friends, rock music lovers and HRC fans.

Location – It has ample parking space.

Overall Rating 4.5/5

— Images and Review Shared by Sara Khan

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The Grub Fest is Back!

The Grub Fest 2016

The Grub Fest, India’s Biggest Food Festival Returns to the Capital.

India’s biggest and most awaited food festival is back to the capital with over 70 restaurants, a mini food truck festival and an amazing line-up of performers and artistes for live entertainment.

The third edition of The Grub Fest in Delhi will return to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where food enthusiasts can expect a number of newly-opened restaurants presenting their dishes to a large audience for the first time, along with some older ones. Come evening, The Grub Arena will boast live performances by some of the most prominent independent local artistes.
 Apart from enjoying some great food and music, visitors can explore The Grub Market where up and coming food start- ups will set up carts with their items.
 Furthermore, The Grub Theatre will host chef demos, chef talks, panel discussions with food entrepreneurs and also showcase food-related movies and documentaries.
 The Grub Fest has something for everyone.

The Highlights

Restaurant exhibitors include prominent names like Social, PCO, Niche, Circus, BantaBar, FatLulu’s and more. Exhibitors will showcase curated menus with distinctive ambiance for their space at the fest, including a larger than life skateboard restaurant and bar by Imperfecto.

Introducing a festival within a festival,The Grub Mile! Our very own food truck festival will debut at the upcoming edition of The Grub Fest, with over 15 food trucks including Being Truckers, Doggy Style, Burnout and more.

For the first time ever, The Grub Fest will host a pop-up nightclub with a renowned brand from Delhi NCR.

Sublime music by a hand-picked line-up of artistes to compliment the food and the beautiful onset of Delhi winters. Artists include Nikhil Chinapa, Hari & Sukhmani, Tatva K, Nasya and more.

Food enthusiasts will have an opportunity to learn recipes and techniques from prominent chefs as they recreate their favourite dishes at The Grub Theatre. Visitors can also attend panel discussions with prominent personalities in the food industry and entrepreneurs from the culinary space.

A range of organic and gourmet products at The Grub Market from brands like Raw Pressery, Odyssey India, Artisan Palate, Keventers, Nice Cream and more presenting products like gelato, ice-creams, homemade jams, dips and sauces, biscuits and cookies, cupcakes and a variety of delectable desserts.

A dedicated play area for children.

All day food indulgence and entertainment from 12 Noon to 10 pm.

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Barney Butter is Now Available in India

Barney Butter is Now in India

For the very first time in India.

Barney Butter, a leading California-based almond butter brand, is all set to get launched in India by Oswal Organics.

Founded in 2008 in Fresno, California, Barney Butter is one of America’s leading producers of almond butter, and one of the few specialty nut butter brands devoted exclusively to almond products. Barney’s obsessive focus on the quality of its all-natural almond butters has inspired a three-year growth rate of 553%, earning the company a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. Barney crafts its small batch, artisanal almond-butter with organic, fair-trade, non-GMO ingredients whenever possible to create the taste and promote the values rooted in its California home.

Barney Butter

Company President & CEO Dawn Kelley states, “We’ve always seen Barney Butter as the kind of dietary staple that deserves to be as good to your body as it is to your taste buds,” says Kelley. “That was the thinking that inspired us to develop an all-natural product in the first place. It also drove us to become one of the first specialty nut butters to earn the non-GMO Project Verified Seal, almost five years ago.”

They’re creamy and smooth, and they don’t need to be stirred or refrigerated. Why choose almond butter? Almond butter has less saturated fat/ more calcium, iron, vitamin E, fiber and magnesium than peanut butter. Launching in India with a bang of eight variants – Smooth, Crunchy, Raw & Chia, Honey & Flaxseed, Vanilla & Espresso, and Cocoa & Coconut.

Barney Butter

Natural nut butters in general are VERY good for you. That’s because they contain a lot of healthy, unsaturated fats that help to maintain good cholesterol levels, slow digestion, and can actually be used as a good fuel source by your body on ketogenic diets. Almonds themselves contain a lot of Omega-6 fatty acids, which when balanced properly with Omega-3 fatty acids, can ensure your body stays in top form and are resistant to excessive inflammation.

Finally, almonds may actually help you to lose weight, despite being a high calorie, high fat food. There have been all sorts of studies done on the consumption of raw nuts, including many tests on human subjects regarding diet and weight gain. People who eat nuts at least twice a week were drastically less likely to gain unwanted fat when keeping their diet in check. So what are you waiting for? Have some almond butter, and don’t you dare feel guilty.

Currently available on Amazon India and all the leading stores at 999 MRP for 284 grams.

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Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival at Yauatcha with Limited Edition Moon Cakes

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Yauatcha, the dim-sum teahouse from London, is celebrating the popular Mid-Autumn Festival of China with the introduction of limited edition moon cakes from September 1st to September 30th, 2016 at their restaurant. Like most Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival too has its dedicated delicacy, the moon cake, whose shape symbolises reunion and togetherness in the Chinese culture.

Yauatcha has created a modern interpretation of the classic Chinese moon cake, sweet with a thick, Chinese-style custard and infused with Asian ingredients. The outer filling is pastry decorated with delicate patterns to suit the discerning palate. Available in four unique flavour options such as the Jasmine tea moon cake, Salted caramel and Sesame moon cake, Coconut and mixed nuts moon cake and the zingy Lemon zest moon cake, Yauatcha will serve these delicious desserts alongside the green tea ice cream.

It is traditional to eat moon cakes and give them as gifts throughout the month; and these would be available at the retail counter to take away at INR 300 for a box of three.

What: Moon cakes at Yauatcha
 
Where: First Floor, Raheja Tower, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400051
 
When: From September 1st, 2016 to September 30th, 2016
 
Price: Rs 250 per moon cake served alongside green tea ice cream – served at the restaurant and Rs 300 for a box of three, as a take away from retail counter
 
Contact: 092222 22800

About Yauatcha

Yauatcha is a Chinese dim sum teahouse offering an all-day dining experience. Launched in 2004 in the heart of Soho in London, Yauatcha gained immediate critical acclaim and received its Michelin star within a year of opening which it continues to maintain. Yauatcha provides a unique dining experience, offering authentic dim sum with a contemporary influence as well as wok dishes and other small eats. The concept is a modern interpretation of the traditional Chinese teahouse featuring a wide range of Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Taiwanese teas. Yauatcha is also known for its handmade petitsgâteaux, macarons available both a la carte and retail.

 

Yauatcha is currently located in London, in Soho and in the City, as well as in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata, and will be launching in Houston and Honolulu in 2016.
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Eat More, Nourish Your Brain and Fight Depression with Kornelia Santoro’s Cooking for Happiness

Cooking For Happiness Cookbook Review
Cookbook: Cooking for Happiness
When you undergo depression, even the things you loved doesn’t make you feel good. What about food? Is it the same feeling for food? Oh, yes! It, absolutely, is! You don’t feel like eating anything but what if someone places in front a cheese or butter-filled rich food that you actually thought was unhealthy? Most of the times you cannot keep yourself away from such food. Isn’t it?
Cooking for Happiness CookBook
Cooking for Happiness CookBook
Cooking for Happiness CookBook by Kornelia Santoro
Cooking for Happiness CookBook by Kornelia Santoro

Cookbook Cooking for Happiness by Kornelia Santoro talks about her personal experience on how she went through the phases of depression and how she would feel then and binge to escape the sadness. Binging isn’t important, the significant part in the cookbook is how she overcame this low and dreadful feeling with the help of food! Yes, FOOD!

Click here to Read Kornelia Santoro’s Interview with FJ

Kornelia, in her book, discusses on how food can help overcome the nightmares like depression. The cookbook is full of scientific reasons and the connection between science and food with amazing facts; sometimes these facts will leave you in awe.

There’s so much to read and cook in this cookbook. Even if you are not into reading, the amazing facts like what kind of yeast you should have on your kitchen shelf, what are the vitamins, minerals and protein-rich foods you must include and then the recipes from these suggestion are just perfect to stop you from eating unhealthy food endlessly.

Cooking for Happiness has the food stories you can relate to if you have undergone depression at any point of time.

The cookbook is divided into three parts Nourish Your Brain, Comfort Food and Stress-Free Dinner Parties. When I say nourish your brain you might think that I’m going to talk about the boring set of healthy recipes. No! Well, healthy recipes are far more interesting these days and Kornelia has well put them in her cookbook. Nourish your brain, the first part, has recipes of Carrot cake, Indianised Fasolada, Tabbouleh, Apple Pie and Tuna Pate among others.

In the second part which is the Comfort Food zone, Kornelia tells how denying your favourite food affects your mind. What Kornelia mentioned as the difference between Comfort Food and Junk Food surprised me. From the recipe of Lasagna to Pizza, you can find all in this section. It’s very well mentioned in the Contents section of the book.

Cooking for Happiness by Kornelia Santoro
Cooking for Happiness by Kornelia Santoro

The third and my favorite part is Stress-free Dinner Parties. The author has beautifully mentioned on how to prepare for a big dinner party along with cuisines, recipe, shopping list, how and when to serve them.

The Recipes I Tried

Mashed Potato (Pg170)

I loved the texture of mashed potato; it turned out to be perfect. The creamy texture with the flavor of nutmeg is just a right thing to have when you want something different.

Handmade Pizza (Pg165)

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If you follow the recipe step by step without changing the quantity of the ingredients, your wheat-crust pizza will be crunchy and a healthy option. I’d made this pizza at home this weekend and it was a hit. It turned out to be perfectly crunchy. Important thing is not to miss on any of the steps mentioned in the recipe. And, certainly, you get to know the importance of ingredients used in pizzas.

Cooking for HAppiness by Kornelia Santoro

As I flipped the pages of this cookbook, I could find very less recipes for vegetarians. Though I’m not a vegetarian but I’m allergic to eggs. Most of the recipes mentioned in Cooking for Happiness have egg as ingredient. I wished there was a substitute mentioned in the recipe and, also, wished there were more pictures of the recipes.

Overall, I loved this cookbook as it certainly has those amazing scientific facts, and an additional discussion on the main ingredient after each recipe makes it more interesting cookbook to read. Bring smile to your face with Cooking for Happiness, which is more than just a cookbook.

You can find the Cookbook on Amazon:

The views expressed in this cookbook review are personal views. This was not a sponsored review. However, the FJ team received this book from Harper Collins for testing and review purposes.

— Images and Review Shared by Sara Khan

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Global Ethnic Flavors are at Work at Hard Rock Cafe India

Non-Veg Platter at HRC

Thank you Hard Rock Cafe, Gurgaon, for inviting FJ team for the review session. All opinion is 100% mine.

It is the international flavors, this time, pepping up the atmosphere of Hard Rock Cafe India. Good news for all the foodies and for the HRC fans too! The Cafe is hosting an exclusive two-month-long Smoke, Fire and Spice Fest with a limited edition menu. It, specially, have global ethnic flavours and will last till September only.

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Hard Rock Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato I’d, recently, visited Hard Rock Cafe in Gurgaon where Smoke, Fire and Spice Fest is going on. I don’t know about other HRCs but I loved most of the things about the Gurgaon one. It is located at DLF Cyberhub. You just need to get down at the drop point and enter the cyber hub, walk 15-20 steps and you will definitely find Hard Rock Cafe.

Upon entering, you will find the Cafe is bigger with lots of seating space on ground and first floors. The ambience and music is something you have to see and feel yourself. I won’t mention it here because just saying good, great or nice won’t do the justice!

I started with the mocktail. If you are non-alcoholic, like me, you should go for Crushed Velvet or Mango Tango – the sweet-sour mango drink with the flavours of an energy drink and lime. This would keep you energized all day. The mocktails were from the usual menu. Apart from these two if you like smoothie, you can have Wild-Berry, it’s a mix of bananas, pina colada and orange with a fresh pineapple slice on it. Drink slowly to get every flavor of this drink.

Coming back to Crushed Velvet – I was told this drink is ladies’ favourite, and mine too! The heavenly combination of raspberry syrup, pomegranate, fresh lemon juice and lemon-lime soda will leave you in awe.

As HRC calls its new menu “a sizzling tour of global spices”, I totally agree to it. The international flavours imbibed in cottage cheese and chicken in the Veg and Non-veg platters respectively will leave you wanting for more. When I say it, I really mean it.

The Menu for Smoke, Fire and Spice Fest at Hard Rock Cafe
The Menu for Smoke, Fire and Spice Fest at Hard Rock Cafe

From the new menu of Smoke, Fire and Spice Festival, I would choose non-veg platter over veg as I’m a hardcore non-vegetarian and a chicken lover. The chicken pieces were perfectly done. The juiciness of the chicken mixed with the flavours of the sauces gave the best taste I’ve ever had anywhere else. All thanks to the chefs at work at HRC.

Non-Veg Platter at HRC
Non-Veg Platter at HRC

Though I had tasted chicken made from all the sauces – Satay, Charmoula, Chimichuri, Chipotle, PiriPiri and Harissa, my strong recommendations are for Harissa and Satay. And if you like the smoky flavor, you are definitely going to enjoy Chipotle too.

Satay was “Sweet and Savoury” as it was mentioned in the menu. If you want something different, don’t miss out on this sauce. Charmoula and Chimichuri are for the ones who like plain and less spicy food.

While having PiriPiri, I enjoyed the flavours of birds eye chilly and garlic.

Warning – Harissa is too hot, watch it out. Try only if you like hot food and sauces.

Veg Fajita HRC
Veg Fajita

The sauces are same for veg platters too. If you are a vegetarian, I would recommend you to have Veg Fajita. The cottage cheese is very nicely done with the sauces and to your surprise, there is naan bread. Though it looks like Indian naan but it is very different in taste and soft in texture, and isn’t at all prepared like the ones we usually have at other restaurants.

For cocktail lovers, there are many options in the new Smoke, Fire and Spice menu. The highly recommended one by HRC staff is Triple Threat. On Fridays, post 7 o’clock, HRC’s live station is open for all the alcohol lovers where they can mix and match and make their own cocktail.

HRC is hosting this Smoky fest for the first time. Do NOT miss on this. You never know when would be the next tour to the international flavours! And do visit Hard Rock Cafe before 30th September, 2016.

Summary

Yes For –

Food and Mocktails – Non-veg Platter and Fajita, Crushed Velvet and Mango Tango

Ambience – Perfect for friends and rock music lovers

Location – DLF Cyberhub, perfect to hangout with friends

No For –

May be some other time!

Overall rating 4.5/5

If you are visiting or already have tasted from the menu of Smoke, Fire and Spice Fest at Hard Rock Cafe, I would love to hear from you. Do visit HRC by September.

— Shared by Sara Khan