Monday, 30 May 2016

Brands and Bloggers Meet at Ardor, Cp



Team Lamhe, in association with Neuz Saloon, hosted the Brands and Bloggers Meet on Thursday 26th May at Ardor lounge, Connaught place. The best of both the worlds- Fashion and Lifestyle graced the event with 17 brands participating in the presence of Delhi’s top 30 fashion & lifestyle bloggers!
Powered by Perch and sponsored by QuirkyBytes, this event was a great opportunity for bloggers to gain some valuable insights, listen to some honest reviews, get a low-down on current trends as well as solve all their queries. To add to the icing on the cake was the hospitality partner, Ardor, Connaught Place which ensured sumptuous food of the culinary excellence which it provides.








From spotting the latest trends, to understanding the intricacies of the industry, the event gave many choices to the bloggers. With so many blogs constantly filling up the digital world, it can be a bit difficult for bloggers to make their mark. This event not only helped them in finding the right direction, but also gave them a chance to interact with other bloggers and brands across various categories which proved to be a useful medium for creating valuable and engaging content.
Talking about the event, Amrapali Singh, Founder, BirdWalk, one of the participating brand, said, “These kind of events are required to bridge the gap between the brands and the bloggers of the respective place. Now, a days word of mouth is best source to generate sales and revenue for your business and such events are one step closer to that.”


Brands that made their mark in the event include Perch by Akriti – their nightwear makes lounging around fun and comfortable, Studio Tishya –  their Home Linen collection captures the brilliance of various Indian fabrics, weaves and crafts, bringing them to life with elegant design sensibilities, Ministry of Designs – known for creating ethnic silhouettes in a modern avatar, Nandeetas – handcrafted shoulder bags, sling bags, and leather bags, Daisy Behl – a contemporary fashion brand that integrates rich fabrics with ethnic elements, Krasns Couture – whether you’re in search of a classic black dress or that stunning evening gown, Krasns Couture has something for every occasion, BirdWalk – the answer to every fashion connoisseur’s dream, Secret Dresser – an affordable online portal that brings together the best designers from around the world, Rekinza – India’s first social marketplace that allows users to shop, sell and share pre-owned fashion items, Kamaali Couture – focused primarily on cocktail couture, their designs are perfectly tailored, with just the right amount of colours and comfortable fabrics.



Hathi – the classic shapes and elementary designs of their clothes are super versatile, Adaah by Ankita – a jewellery brand, is known for creating pieces that look stunning, edgy, dramatic, and very classy, Jaipur Rugs – a brand that is god sent for an handloom addict,  Mod Squad – for cool footwear pieces that very few people can walk away from, QuirkyByte – an online platform that is giving many budding writers an opportunity to fulfil their dreams, Neu Salonz – with a range of international beauty products and in-house treatments, Neu Salonz is one of the most reputed salons in the city and Ardor – a popular haunt among many people for their amazing dishes and impeccable services. PHEW!


With so many credible brands and bloggers taking part, there was something for everyone here.







OUR EXPERIENCE WITH DIMSUM & Co.


 
Dimsums and co. Has impressed me alot. Their food was delivered fresh and the packaging was clean and neat. And the service was quick. The quality and quantity was perfect. And the authenticity was commendable. 


Coming to all that I had 



Crystal veg and mushroom dimsums were oh so heavenly. They looked so cute and had such deliciousness in them. Perfectly balanced spices and flavors. Perfect option for the vegetarians. Highly recommended.






Chicken sui mai Dimsums and Old school dumpling were just amazing. They tasted so good and had some really brilliant flavors. The dimsums were juicy and gooey and very yum. I will definitely recommend both these dimsums. Still cant stop drooling. 




Prawn har go dimsums were really good. I enjoyed the texture it had. And it tasted nice too. To all the prawn lovers, this one is a must try. 








Filipino box and Bento Box 

Both the meal boxes were ultimate. I especially loved the bento box because of its yummy taste. The noodles were so flavorful and light. And the gravy had so many fresh vegetables and had a really really nice taste. 

The other box was good too. 










These guys serve great pocket friendly food at your doorstep but the quality is as good as a high end restaurant. 


Sunday, 29 May 2016

Cha Bar's Fruitomania- NEW MENU LAUNCH

Cha Bar, the capital’s most loved cafĂ© presents Fruitomania


An all new refreshing summer menu




Cha Bar is the first of its kind urban contemporary space that created a rage in Kolkata in year 2000, turning tea from a dry page in history to a lifestyle drink! Ms Priti Paul’s brainchild backed by generations of Apeejay Surrendra Group’s experience in tea plantation business, Cha Bar was created as an integral part of more than 90 years old iconic Oxford Bookstore in city centre Park Street. The concept was expanded pan India integrated into Oxford Bookstores and customers loved the experience of being able to browse at leisure, leafing through the books of their choice, over a cup of tea from the wide selection available at the Cha Bar or simply unwinding with friends sipping the rejuvenating beverage, iced or piping hot!
Whether one prefers a rich, full-bodied, strong flavor, or a light fragrant taste, the Cha Bar offers a wide and enviable choice. 


Cha Bar believes that there is indeed nothing quite like a good cup of tea so every cup of blend we serve has journeyed, be it from the dhabas in India or from across the Globe from other cultures. Today, Cha Bar offers this experience at Oxford Bookstores across multiple stores in Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi.


The stylish and relaxing ambience of Cha Bar can make hours go by browsing through our huge collection of books while one is spoilt for choice with an assortment of Teas blended and prepared with precision, and after exhaustive research, with personalized and informed service. The space dedicated to the Cha Bar adds to the experience.



Watermelons, Grapes, Cherries, Mangoes and many more of your favourite fruits make it to Cha Bar’s summer menu, beautifully combined with drinks, desserts, salads and main course dishes. The specially crafted menu will not only cool and refresh you but also treat your taste buds to a frutilicious experience.


The special menu will entice diners’ taste buds with desserts and dishes like Baked Grape Pie, Coconut Panacotta with fresh Mango Puree, Litchi Mousse, Mango Baked Cheese Cake, Honey and Lemon Parafait, Jamun Brule, Sattu Cooler, Jal Zeera, Aam Panna, Green Apple Soda, Pink Lemonade, Green Japanese Matcha Shake and many more. The foodies meet will witness Chef Namrata from The Park sharing tips on light foods and the best way to include summer fruits into your diet, alongside the tasting of the new summer menu at Cha Bar. 


Cha Bar’s new menu is designed to appeal to the evolving palettes and preferences of casual dining guests, while providing guests with more options to their meal experience at any time of the day. The new menu is in line with Cha Bar’s philosophy of offering yummy, wholesome and pocket friendly food with a twist.


The expansive menu has been brought out following months of culinary development, intensive research and consumer evaluation. The new menu poses for an excellent opportunity to be teamed with the array of exotic teas served at Cha Bar.






A unique feature of the environmental graphics across all Cha Bars is the Tea-Pot wall which displays the different traditional tea-pots from across the world. This not only creates awareness about the tradition of tea-serving across different continents but also adds an interesting design element adding to the ambience of the space. It also showcases how different teas in our menus are served and promotes the dying truck art of Pakistan and the Bollywood poster art of India, for which special artists are commissioned by, Ms Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group.


Cha Bar Menu is refreshed regularly with additional varieties of exotic Teas and delectable snacks with in-house experts at Apeejay Tea Group with experience of nurturing tea in our plantations dating back more than a 100 years and renowned Chefs of the Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels with nearly 5 decades of experience in fine hospitality and award winning Food & Beverage offerings.







-Tavishi Arora

GOING FILMY WITH BOLLYWOOD BISTRO


Located on the prime location of club road , bollywood biistro can be easily found . The place has a valet parking so we wasted no time in finding the parking space on this busy road. 

As we entered we saw that the place has bollywood charisma all over. All the walls of the biistro is covered with some or the other filmi posters and one liners from bollywood like , ''kitne aadmi they?'' , ''mogambo khush hua'' and many more. The seating is nicely done with variant options from comfortable sofas to large chairs , also they have a separate area for fine dine.  They have a gorgeous bar with UA fim certificate on the bar wall. 

The staff is very courteous and efficient and service is also quite well.

Coming to the drinks we ordered- 

Virgin mojito , dead pool mocktail , pineapple sunshine mocktail and snicker bar shake .- All the drinks were great , virgin mojito was perfect in taste , pineapple sunshine and deal pool , wonderfully presented  but a bit sweet and the snicker bar shake tasted amazing.






In food we had-

Honey Chilli potato- crispy enough and enormously good in taste. 

Crispy chicken in mayo- highly recommended ! This dish was fantastic, surely a perfect delight for our stomach, the chicken was perfectly cooked with amazing taste of mayo on top. 

Spring rolls - came in a bicycle toy were decent in taste , good part was it wasn't oily at all.

Mom's delight pizza- veryyy cheesylicious! Yum'! But they need to work upon the base and more veggies need to be added in toppings.







Chicken tikka and paneer tikka - both the dishes were presented in a different way , the moment we saw them we couldn't control ourselves to taste them , both were perfect in taste, had great flavours and perfectly marinated . Again both the things are must try!

Sizzler - great in portion , can serve 3 at a time , the sauces were very tasty and the whole dish was delectable in taste. 






We ended our meal on a sweet note with 2 sweet dishes -

Brownie with vanilla ice cream - classic combination with which we can never get bored of. The brownie was soft and moist . 

Rabri with gulab jamun- ok, this was really a nice dessert, the fusion created is a must try and you'll end up ordering it more.




All in all BB is different for those who those who wants to enjoy delicious food with the pleasure of unique ambience , the place will be loved by the bollywood crazies. I'm definitely hopping there again soon. 




-TAVISHI ARORA



REVIEW ON PHONEBOOTH CAFE *tring tring*

A new addition to our very own hudson lane is Phonebooth Cafe, a london styled cafe . The place is not that big however it packs a punch. The seating is nicely done covering the place completely. There are dial booths hung on the wall and also there is one private phonebooth area seating. The place has london street style aura all over. 

A bit slow on the service part but that's okay if you get freshly prepared and delicious food.



In drinks we had-

Watermelon mojito- a very refreshing drink to beat the summer heat.

Mint and ginger mojito- this was great too , had perfect balance of sweet n sour .

Blueberry pie shake and red velvet shake - ahhh ! Soo delicious and droolworthy, i loved both of them and i am definitely going back for the shakes.









Coming to the food we had-

Veg nachos chaat- don't mix it up with the classic nachos chaat with baked cheese , this dish was something different which was suggested by owner himself . Each nacho chip was topped with generous amount of mayo and i loved the tangy flavour added in it . A must try! 

Veg risotto- warm enough, perfectly cooked and was nonetheless amazing.

Spring roll- though were crispy enough and fine in taste but were lil oily for me.

Veg munchurian was decent in taste nothing spectacular.










Dragon kiss pizza- though their speciality , had different toppings but a lot of improvisation could be done .

Soya chaap- deliciously marinated , soo yummy , i savoured every bit of it. Highly recommended.





In desserts - we had this cake which was chocolicious and palatable in taste. Still Drooling over it!



So if you're looking for a place to catch up with friends to binge onto some droolworthy shakes and delicious food , phonebooth cafe is the place to go. 


-TAVISHI ARORA

JAL- INDIANNESS OF ITS OWN

Our first ever Mumbai Blog is here. Team Missfoodiediaries welcomes Mumbai to the blog and well, we hope Mumbai welcomes us too with open arms. 

We went to Jal, a brand new restaurant that has opened its gates in juhu. 

Our new member, Priyanka has written the blog and covered this place. Spread some love and keep reading our blogs... 




Newest fine dine restaurant is all ready to set fire in one of the plushest areas in the suburbs of Mumbai. Jal, a fine dine Awadhi cuisine restaurant, part of the Z luxury residencies in Juhu, has a soothing ambience with indoor seating as well as cozy outdoor seating, both AC, dim lighting with candles lit on tables and is perfectly set up with cushy chairs and couches.


There are hardly any restaurants in Mumbai which serve authentic Awadhi cuisine. But at Jal, they have a not-so-long menu consisting of some authentic Awadhi dishes.

Also, being in an area like Juhu, it is celebrity spotting. We came across many celebrities dining here.

The staff was very friendly and recommended their specialties to us.

We started with cocktails. We ordered a red wine sangria, which was oh-so-yummy! And a caramelized pineapple cocktail, which you will enjoy if you like really sweet drinks!






For starters we had –

Chandi Murg Tikka, which was boneless chicken breast pieces, marinated with cream, cheese and mild spices. It was not very spicy but looked delectable and tasted even better!

Galouti Kebabs were delightful. So soft they will melt in your mouth. It comes with a small base of roti topped with kebab. Delicious!

Kasundi Macchi Tikka was fresh Basa fish cooked in oven and marinated with honey and mustard! It was so heavenly and extremely soft. It is a must have if you are a fish fan!




Ajwaini Rataloo, which is a specialty at this place, is sweet potatoes marinated with spices and carom seeds. With a hint of ajwain and potatoes cooked to perfection, this dish was a total thumbs up!

Peshawari Paneer Tikka is authentic cottage cheese cooked in Peshawari spices. Highly recommended if you like paneer starters.






Soya bean and mutter ki shammi is soya, green peas and cottage cheese cooked on a  tawa. This was the best vegetarian started I had that night. Perfectly cooked with perfect blend of spices, it was so soft and totally delectable!



Their main course has a variety of Awadhi dishes which makes you wonder what should you order. Ask the staff for recommendations.


Burhani Pasliyan are slow cooked, ginger infused lamb chops, and these are juicy and luscious, elevated by thick and delicious gravy. The dish was rich in flavors and savory!
We ordered this with Bakarkhani, which is sour dough, made of whole-wheat flour. The bread was very soft and went well with the gravy.













We also ordered, Dum ka paneer which is cottage cheese in a pumpkin and tomato based gravy flavored with putli masala. We ordered this with Jeera rice and the combination was sheer delight!





We were so full after eating all this, because the quantity they give is quite good and filling.
But, as we all do, we obviously had that special place for desserts.
So we ordered their dessert of the day, which was a chocolate cake with butterscotch ice-cream. The cake was soft and gooey.

And we ordered their Zafrani Phirni. What do I say about this? Garnished with saffron and pistachios, this phirni was everything that I wanted. It was creamy, soft, and it would actually melt in your mouth. Not too sweet like they have it in most of the places. I would say, perfect!







We ended out meal with chocolate paan, which was served in the end with the bill.



A must visit if you are looking to spend a lavish time, fine-dining on authentic Awadhi and north Indian cuisine. The combination of a great ambience and amazing food makes Jal a truly unique experience. 

- PRIYANKA BAKSHI