Summer gets sweeter at Baris 

If you have a sweet tooth or you love everything sweet. Or may be you are like me who loves to hog on to desserts first before I move to main food, then Baris awaits your visit to indulge your taste buds into a sweet temptation.

A menu that is curated by their chef Mr. Sahib Ibis, the entire range of summer dessert is loaded with summer cool ingredients, that represents the perfect blend of hand picked summer fussion  dishes. And the portion sizes are so indulging that you won’t mind those extra calories.

Best part of the food at Baris is that it marinated the food much longer to achieve the perfect blend of spices and taste unlike the over cooking that we generally do while making food, that you end up getting the taste of spices only.

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And even I felt the extension of this in their summertime sweetness Dessert menu as well.Let me take you to the sweetest culinary trip to the dessert on offer this summer at Baris

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1.) Aam Lava ( Rs. 325) : in case you could follow my last blog on Baris or have been to this Mediterranean dining then you need no introduction to the best item on their dessert menu,  yes it’s Baklava. And Aam Lava is a mango infused traditional Baklava that is served with mango cinnamon syrup.  And a presentation to die for. Don’t  believe check this out. And a mango flavored muse over it, garnished with dry fruits.

And Nothing gets better when the MasterChef  Chef Sahib Ibis from Turkey  serves it to you.  It’s ought to be extra sweet. Got lucky second time to be served by the curator himself, with his million dollar Turkish smile,

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2.) Figamisu ( Rs. 325) : Well this is a version of Tiramisu with a blend of figs,  savoiardi cookies layered with mascarpone cream. And look at the presentation isn’t it difficult to control. This is devilish for sure.

3.) Twisty Turkish Delight ( Rs. 275)  : So as the name goes it’s a Turkish dessert made with carrots, Coconut, walnuts and Cinnamon. And this is one dish you will definitely want to order again.

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4.) Kazan dibi Muhallebi ( Rs. 275) : Yaa that’s the name probably the most exotic  and is the lightest dessert on the menu on sweet quotient and taste too. It’s caramalised milk pudding with mastic & seasonal fruit salad. It had mango so for me it was the perfect pick. Chilled fruit salad on such a creamy and light base tasted simply yum.

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5.) Shambali (Rs. 275)  : Last one on the list but not any less. Yes wheat semolina orange pound cake with cinnamon salted caramel & Vanilla ice cream on the top. This is pure Bliss. An ultimate dessert to dig into.

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So what are you waiting for,  visit this inspired Mediterranean dining place for these incredibly irresistible dessert option for a completely satiating meal.

where you Ask ?

Baris Restaurant

Building 3, Local Shopping Complex, Mazjid Moth, Greater Kailash (GK) 3, New Delhi

011 49045330

011 49045331

( Pre booking recommended )

Baris Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Un-Boxing Japan at The Bento Cafe 

The Bento Cafe at Dlf Mall of India is a good enough place for anyone who loves Japanese food or would like to have something quickly.
So what is in a Bento 

To answer this we need to go back in history of a Bento.” Bento (弁当 bentō?) is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. ” thats what you will find on Wikipedia. 

The interesting part is that Bento box had been used  in Japan for over 1000 years. The Bento is believed to have originated way back during Kamakura period (1185-1333) in Japan. And the preparations were made with rice which was tried to eat as it is can be boiled in hot water to consume. In just 400 years of its origin Bento boxes have evolved as Waist Bento amoung sightseers and traveller’s. And in 1912-26 these boxes became luxury for many with a style statement  with designer aluminum a thing to flaunt not just carry your food around. And this became a convenient way to carry food to school by student,  but eventually it become a big issue because of kids carrying luxury Bento with rich food and few kids carrying the normal food in a not so good looking box. Thus after World War II the schools started providing same Bento to all kids and teachers. Isn’t  it surprising how food and how food is carried creates a social inequality. 

Bentos regained popularity in the 1980s, credit goes to  microwave oven and the proliferation of convenience stores. And now you get a Bento across all airports, markets,  Offices,  home deliveries. While I visited Japan sometime back I did noticed the meal boxes with rice & meat or noodles & meat / vegetables almost everywhere from a convenience store to metro stations . Today only I realised these meal boxes are a thing of Past and called #Bento

So coming back to what I had at The Bento Cafe, well by now you have a context that it’s going to be a meal box. You can create your own in just 3 steps at a price starting at 275/- for a Veg Bento to  395/- for Gourmet Bento 

So I picked a veg Bento and the process is aa under with my pick

Step 1: Choose your Rice /Noodles : I choose Wheat Noodle ( healthy On my mind)

Step 2: Choose your mains : I choose Veg Kung Pao( this has nothing to do with Akka Pao from Mumbai).

Step 3: Get a Free salad. Well this is not a step it’s complimentary food. Here it is Thai Som Tum Salad.

And that’s how your order comes if you are having it there and these boxes are take away if you are not able to consume the food completely. Just tell them they will lid the remaining portion.

Best part about your order is your box has got your name and how much time it took to make it. Isn’t it insightful , not that this actually matters but it gives you a sense of time and off course speak a lot for their time management.

While I saw the salad I was quite disappointed with the portion size but then it clicked it’s free. But as I started having it I realized it looked less but it was more filling and very delicious and when I said the same thing to the staff who gave me my next order of Sushi , he was so sweet to ask if I want more of it. How Sweet. And the Salad is also slightly sweet as it comes in a salad syrup thin strands of raw pappaya almost like noodles.

So if you are eating at a Japanese cuisine and don’t have Sushi then in my books its a crime. Ordered for my all time favorite sushi- Rock Corn Tempura. 

This was served with some molecular twist with fumes of liquid nitrogen in the box.

Why  is it called Tempura? 

Well , Tempura is a Japanese version of India Pakoda. So literally Tempura is a Japanese dish that can be  veg or non veg  as fish or vegetables that are battered and deep fried. Yes so it’s akka Bhajiya.

So this Sushi was topped with really good looking sauces and topped with  Christy corn Tempura.

And the sauces are really strong with a pungent garlic taste so be careful. And I had this with #Watermelon 🍉 Kafir lime slush.

And there dimsum display was so tempting that I ordered for 1 Veg dimsums that had 5 peices

And after having so fungerlicking good high on spices food,  came time for something sweet yeah! Dessert time. 

Melting choco Dumplings

Hmmmmm Yuuummm that’s what I can say about this coconut loaded dessert, melting choco in a thing film of dumpling rolled over grated fresh coconut. Simply yum yum and truly a drool worth foodgasm.

Okay if you are feeling that I had too much,  not really as I got my Bento packed after having to my appetite. So loved this concept of taking away in the boxes.

Overall a great place and lively counter. This is now my favorite place for my love for coconut and Melting choco dumplings that has it loaded with the right kind of chocolate which is not over sweet and not to strong either mild and light sweet chocolate just as I like it.

The Bento Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Naturally No Place is as Original as Mom’s Kitchen

 

Well that’s not what the title is, that’s a line from my favorite ice cream parlor, Yes! it non other than Naturals Ice Cream. Imagine I have always carried kilos of this Ice cream from Mumbai ever since 2011 when i first got introduced to this during one of my visit to this city – Mumbai.

As far as history of Natural ice cream  goes this was established in 1984 in Mumbai, they are pioneers in making artisan ice creams using only fruits, dry fruits, chocolates, milk and sugar with  no preservatives or stabilizers in their product. This Ice cream point is the brain child of  by Mr. R S Kamath, CMD of Kamaths Ourtimes ice creams Pvt. Ltd.

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So why am i writing a blog on this, well i was amazed to see the size of this place , everyday on by way to office i passed this place for a month at 9:30 and felt bad as it was not open. So finally when i was late for office i was the happiest that this place would be open by now. and stopped by at 11 to checkout my favorite ice cream before starting a day at office.

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Various size of cups , waffles and cones

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shakes and ice creams

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colorful elements on the wall 

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Sitting space 

Never expected such big a natural ice creams  parlor just around the Lajpat nagar Metro station. for that matter a place as huge as this with visibility from 2 sides and such nicely done interiors selling ice creams and shakes. In Mumbai people step out till 12 in the night just to have ice creams and these places are open till that late.

So whats my pick, I have always adored their 2 evergreen flavors -Tender coconut & Alfonso Mango. though my favorite is Sitafal ( Custard apple ) but unfortunately that’s a seasonal fruit and thus only available in sep – nov i think.

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Fruit ice cream 

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Mango Ice Cream 

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Mulberry ice cream with  Strawberry 

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Pack it and take it or have it 

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Mulberry  – new introduction 

This time for the first time i tried adding fresh fruits to my Natural ice cream and it was good for change.

Tender coconut has coconut pulp / fresh pieces of coconut in the ice cream and most of their fresh fruit ice cream flavors has loads of fruit chunks of the fruits adding the fruity flavor of the ice cream.

So easiest way to pick your ice cream is going by your favorite fruit and trust me you will not be disappointed. I had made a lot of people taste these ice creams and the best part about their ice cream was when i carried them from Mumbai was their dry ice take away box that helps you take the ice cream from one place to another and is packed well to let it last for 12- 24 hours in the box. Had been having their ice creams across cities have had it in Bangalore, Ahmedabad and still don’t mind going all the way to CP to try when i crave for it.

And i always plan to try their shakes but every time i end up having Ice creams only.

Natural Ice Cream Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Taco Bell – for the love for Mexican food

When I visit a restaurant  somewhere the marketer in me is always looking for the details beyond just the food, menu  and store layout. And for the first time i realized these guys have got it better than most others in this league.

Sometimes the simplicity in details and thought of putting all of it out there makes more difference than the fancy jagrans.

We entered the store with the idea of picking our lunch and quickly moving out, We knew we are not going to have it in the store but there speed to deliver made us sit and have it and thats when i got engaged with the interesting stuff  in the  store communication.

You will get to see a lot of mention of this phrase  “Live Mas ”  where mas is a spanish word meaning “more” and this was introduced for taco bell in 2012 when they replaced their existing tag line “Yo Quiero Taco Bell.” that meant ” think outside of bun.” This is engraved across the store and even on the tissue papers (check the first pic ). And even the earlier tag line was so apt, but lets have more for now.

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Making pronunciation easy 

Most of us might have felt  difficult when we have come across this word “”Quesadilla”, well to be frank I could not pronounce it right in the first go years back when I first came across this word and look how they have placed it in hindi loud and clear , when you ll look at this wall you ll definitely pronounce this at least once as i did in your head. And hindi made it sound  more interesting. They have done the same with Taco, Nacho & Buritto.

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Order made easy 

If you are on the counter placing the order , here is the complete guide for you on how to make your order. if its your first time to the store  this is going to be a great help to you. Check the pic under for steps and you are sorted

  1. Pick your product – Taco/ Burrito / Quesadilla /Chalupa (read it in hind or english as your prefer)
  2. Choose your filling : from vegetarian to non veg 3  options in each.
  3. Choose your sauce : just 3 options so that you are less confused.
  4. Select a side : from 4 options

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Menu right up there on the wall, though i felt it was on a height but then its okay.

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Offer board 

There was this place where the paper rolled down from a pulley and it made me curious what is it, when I checked with the staff it’s actually a notice board on which they flash the offer of the day whenever there is one. (Marketing people will understand that gives the store so much independence to write stuff and make it interesting, may be a spot to let the store employees show off their creative writing ) . But indeed a good placement just right to the counter and minimising printing cost as well.

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Follow us 

Right on the wall , all four social handles sign with the handle name – @tacobellIndia

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Wall of History 

The walls speak of the history of the store and another wall marks the location as Nehru place and not misses to highlight the current India Locations. Smart.

1954 – Glen Bell started Bell’s Drive in and Taco Tia in San Bernardino.

1962 – First Taco bell Restaurant opened in Downey,  CA

2010 – Taco bell opens in Delhi, Mumbai & Bangalore

2016 – Taco Bell opens at Nehru place. (we checked it out after a year of launch )

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Right sitting with perfect foot rest

thats exactly what you need for your happy feet while you indulge in delicious food.just perfect height for both the and right placement

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Hard Drink Menu guide 

A dedicated counter with the options of Hard drinks up there to help you decide in a quick pick.

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Lets get to food we had on this visit

  • Bell Rice Bowl – Mexican Paneer 

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  • A Taco Slidder – Bean, paneer & Fajita Veggies

Perfectly crisp outside and juicy loaded with veggies on inside. Taco slider for me is what comes to my mind when i think of Taco.

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  • A Soft Chocolate shake – to treat the sweet-tooth in me

Perfectly sweet and thick with just the right balance of chocolate ice cream, dont go for it if you dont have a sweet tooth.

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  • Loaded Nachos- Veg 

when the toppings on nachos does not kill the crisp thats when you just love it as you crack it out in your mouth, and this was just perfect.

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And now the most important thing, we were done with our lunch in just 20 minutes that included our clicking pictures and bothering the attendant multiple times to seek clarity on a lot of things. Isn’t its seriously fast food luncheon.

If you love mexican fast food then this is definitely the place which you should check out , good food , nice ambience and great pricing with just the right quantities to stuff you up.

TACO Bell – Rings the mexican food bells for your taste buds. so go Explore.

Taco Bell Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Christmas 2016 is JUST a MALL Away

So after overwhelming response to my Diwali special features , here I am again taking you around the best malls in the city over Christmas, As the best way to celebrate #Christmas2016 is to visit a mall near you and indulge in Santalicious celebrations. Selfies, chocolates, cakes, Santa, Christmas tree and amazing decors are calling you for an amazing christmas outing and malls are definitely the festive destinations and everything seems brighter, more cheerful, more magical and happier than ever with everything under one roof.

So here’s my pick of the malls to visit in Delhi NCR this christmas and trust me you are in for an unmatched experience as Christmas gets bigger and better at each of these Malls

Pacific Mall – Christmas in Paris 

If you think Christmas is a festival from west then this mall is ready to make you believe that and all set to take you on a trip to Paris, Yes they are offering a ticket to Paris. Its time to go international this Christmas.

The Live size Eiffel Tower is a treat to eyes, all decked in  a christmas decor this is better than any Christmas tree in town and it is driving people crazy.

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Eiffel Christmas 

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Eiffel Tower comes to Delhi 

Yes !The entire Europe is in an affair with Pacific Mall this Christmas, don’t miss to visit the mall for fabulous European street acts over the weekends by International artists.

So ,you don’t need a passport to visit Eiffel Tower this christmas , all you need is a visit to Pacific Mall before 1st Jan

To Know more Just call -096500 97011

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DLF Saket – Trip to Finland 

Celebrating North East is a holistic celebration of the region’s Fashion,Food and Culture at one platform where stake holders interact to innovate. Indulge in 2 day affair with North east Handloom, Handicrafts, Fashion, Tourism,Cultural Folk Music, Dance and lots more.
So ,Go get your dose of the beautiful North East, without having to leave the city!

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Mall Atrium 

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Santa Factory by Hamleys 

The Christmas Cantata, a show-stopping musical experience is making it’s way to DLF Place, Saket this festive weekend.
Through 4 beautiful music-filled stages, and two eternal message of hope and happiness.
The Cantata is sure to infuse your heart with the true meaning of Christmas.

This christmas Mall is committed to take you to Finland , Shop and win and get lucky to be the one flying to Finland. They have also made the largest Santa with around 5000 Fairy lights when everyone else is making bigger christmas tree.

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Checkout the Largest Santa in town with 5000 lights 

Mark your dates and get your family to DLF Place saket and enjoy a lovely festive weekend.

 

To Know more Just call -011 4606 4444

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Garden Galleria Mall -The Great India Place 

The best gets better this christmas with World’s Largest Interactive Christmas tree that gets to life this Christmas from 21st Dec 2016 till 1st January, Now does that ring bells , Yes it does! so be there to be part of this lively experience.

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That’s not all ,the Mall is also showcasing the first ever gigantic 25 by 25ft Christmas greeting card that comes live with highend digital projection mapping technology. Of course ‘we are in a digital era and The Garden galleria has gone a step beyond to woo its customers and you can experience this by creating personalized Jpegs and gifs with world’s largest greeting cards so be there and make your Christmas greetings special, I am sure you would love to share it with your friends on social media or whatsapp.

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Exciting isn’t it. Hang on that’s not all! there is more to make this Christmas rocking

# Christmas Bazaar at #TGIP : 24th – 25th Dec – explore the christmas special Flea Market

#Kids Carnival at #Garden Galleria : 24th – 25th Dec

# Santa Parade – 24th – 25th Dec

# Meet & Greet Santa from 20th -25th Dec

# Carol Singing – 24th -25th Dec

To Know more Just call – 0120 – 4650300 / 4540992

Follow on social for more updates – Facebook or Twitter 

DLF Mall Of India – Chocolicious Christmas 

DLF Mall of India is all set to welcome you for a chocolicious christmas with lots of fun activities lined up across December. Visit this mall for a great christmas and new year celebration for the entire family.

 

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  • 16th to 18th December – Build Delhi’s biggest Lego Christmas tree.
  • 25th December: Breakfast with Santa, shop for 5000/- to participate in the lucky draw.
  • 20th December to 25th December: Get Santa to visit your home and surprise your child. Shop for 7000 and above to participate in the lucky draw
  • 25th December to 30th December: Watch India’s first ever musical show “Chocolate wonderland’ Grab your seats now!

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For once you will feel that you have landed into a chocolate factory, definitely of a toyland.

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To Know more Just call – 0120 259 5024

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DLF Promenade – Magical Christmas 

Prepare yourself for a jolly fun ride at Promenade Mall. The Christmas is merry-magical with Santa Parade , the Mizo carol choir & curated Christmas market by Elite. What’s in store apart from a sparkling red christmas tree is definitely a selfie point

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Sparking ring 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS 

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Mall Entry 

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Angels and Star all around 

# Super Sweepstakes : A Royal sojourn aboard the palace on wheels awaits 1 lucky couple with a gift card from Shingora, Steve madeen, Swarovski and much more.. So keep shopping

#The Christmas Canata – Now thats pre- christmas bash where you  get to sing and dance along with Christmas musical concert on 18th Dec 2016

#Kiddylicious Fun – Delight in Chef Masterclasses so while it’s for kids the activities are really going to be super fun with ketchup Art, Donut decoration , christmas art and much more for little masters.

To Know more Just call – 011 – 46104466

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Ambience Mall – Vasant Kunj 

Every Mall is poised with creating amazing christmas decors and dazzling lights

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Walk into the enchanted land spanning from the Ground Floor  with multiple elements of Christmas decor . Enjoy the mystical atmosphere with giant Christmas tree with cute little white windows , Now just one Christmas tree was not enough for the Ambience , so Ambience mall has 2 Christmas trees this time, the indoor one is with bright red colored elements arranged in  layers touching the ceiling decked in sparkles.

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So out to Ambience & Explore the christmas celebration, and if you have kids dont miss to check out the Hamleys Santa zone on ground floor

 

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DLF Emporio Mall 

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I am always keen on what these guys are upto and they are always up for a surprise.

There Christmas decor is a concept completely different than any other mall in town, after all they speak the language of Luxury, so is their golden centre piece – an element of christmas decor.

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But Shopholics they are no less than other Malls. YES ! A  Special Sale starts on 16th Dec at 6pm, with exclusive shopping hours all the way till 11 pm. Enjoy an evening of canapés, cocktails and live music as you shop limited-time offers on luxury labels, only on 16th December.

To Know more Just call -011 4611 6666

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Select CITYWALK Mall 

Last on list , but it’s actually first on mind.This mall can never disappoint you. What I always love about this mall is the fact that they are always number one to be up with their festive decor after all its the Numero Uno of Malls. This is probably the only mall that had its celebration starting  from 5th Dec marked with the presence of a Santa, where the Santa himself came all the way from Finland.

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Mall Parking 

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Star studded Christmas Tree 

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To bring in the Christmas mood, Select CITYWALK Mall  is adorned with a full on Santa-themed décor , Where Santa is  ridding hanging from the ceiling of the Mall  all around the Mall, so many that you do not even bother to count, and a live size Toy train that lits up the atrium and that’s an amazing site to catch hold of, nothing less than a fairy tale in motion loaded with lots of gift boxes.

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# Go dancing with Santa from 14-18th Dec

# Christmas market from 14-18th Dec

# Don’t miss to get on a #Santa Run contest from 17-24th dec

#Christmas choir from 19th – 24th Dec

# Meet and Greet Santa claus – 19th to 25th Dec

# Don’t miss to participate in shop & win, photo-booths and carry home christmas exclusive merchandise

To Know more Just call – 011 4211 4200

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From Santa’s appearances , Sparkling decors  and cookie-icing workshops to giant Christmas trees and shiny baubles, these quick trips to the malls will surely get you  in the mood for the festive season. So ,what are you waiting for Go out and Get Going.

 

Eat like a Japanese in the Heart of Delhi @ Guppy

When a Restaurant specializes in a particular cuisines the authenticity is always in question, and that is something that definitely hits you as you enter this space designed to unwind. A big board guides the way inside to the restaurant among the greens.

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Passage to the entry

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Open air sitting

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high raise tables

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colorful sitting

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Whenever it is about Japanese food the first thing that hits us is Sushi – undoubtedly the most famous Japanese dish outside of Japan as well as in Japan. Since traditional  Japanese cuisine is served on low rise  tables and cushions placed on floor over mats, so don’t expect the floor sitting ,here  they have a proper western yet comfortable & colorful  sitting.

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What is always most challenging for me is to find the Veg options in a cuisine other than Indian. But this place is completely sorted to offer the best vegetarian options along with a good non veg spread with lots of seafood.

So the easiest to pick is the Meal options whether it is sunday brunch or weekday  Guppy set lunch or dinner option, these pre designed meals comes really handy. Japanese style traditionally abhors different flavored dishes touching each other on a single plate, so different dishes are given their own individual plates as mentioned, or are partitioned using leaves, etc. So going by that they offer each and every dish directly in eating bowls and cutlery .And this place follows the course to the core, the next dish on the menu would only arrive on the table when you are done with the previous dish.

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I opted for Teppanyaki Stir fried vegetables priced at Rs. 900/- for a 5 course meal with 6 items.

1.Salad – Seasonal greens with wafu dressing 

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Green vegetables served in Wafu dressing

This is literally “Japanese-style dressing” is a vinaigrette-type salad dressing based on tosazu, popular in Japan. The best part of the Japanese salad is unlike western salad these salads dont have oil as base, this one was  tossed in vinegar, soy sauce and sesame seeds.

2. Meso Soup : fermented soya bean paste soup in a dish base with tofu , wakame and spring onions.

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Miso soups are authentic japanese soup,but if being a vegetarian you are sensitive to smells, don’t go for this soup as the fermented soya bean paste is not that pleasant.If thats the case you can opt for clear mushroom soup. The other ingredient in this soup is the seaweed – Wakame which is a well cooked green leaf and plain tofu does add to the taste.

3. Sushi Roll –  Sushi of the day 

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So whats Sushi ?

In Japan there are over 4-5 varities of Sushi and outside of Japan most common is  Norimaki  Sushi rice and seafood, etc. rolled in dried seaweed sheets. There are countless varieties of sushi rolls differing in ingredients and thickness. Sushi rolls prepared “inside out” are very popular outside of Japan, but rarely found in Japan.

Here I opted for a Black rice california roll  that had avacardo, creame, asparagus, cucumber and takvan as the filling , and this was so good that I had ordered for complete portion and got it packed. (full portion had 9 pieces ) served with pickled ginger and avacardo chutney.

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Black rice california roll

4. Rice Or Noodles – Udon Noodles with exotic Mushrooms 

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Udon is a type of thick wheat flour noodle of Japanese cuisine. The bowl had loads of veggies , sesame seeds and the soup.

5.Teppanyaki Stir fried vegetables

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Perfectly stir fried vegetables sprinkled with finely diced onion stems and sesame seeds. And the sauce was great on taste with the perfect blend of vinegar.

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A combination of 4 deserts in mini portions had Fruits, chocolate, red velvet cake and Tart. Portions that were just perfect for giving taste of the desserts and leaving the craving on.

The best part of the entire experience was the timing of each and every dish being served just to ensure that you are completely in the dish that is on the table and the next one comes while the existing is cleared.

Along with the lunch , I also tried my hands on 2 of the mocktails

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Overall had a great experience and interesting part is the live sushi corner where you can watch the preparation of your choice of sushi while its being made – Check out the video here 

This place has something about the way they have used the space , a combination of well lit , open and closed space. the outside space is done so well that it becomes a preferred point to chill out with kids, and i am surely going to try this out.

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Small little but lots of such elements that gives this place a seem less theme of being a japanese restaurant.

Try out this place if you like japanese cuisine and if you never had it before then also its a must try to get a hang of this cuisine in the most affordable way.Pre booking / reservation is recommended especially over the weekends.

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PetFed 2016 – Beyond just a Pet event

 

Few  organization are doing outstanding work around building communities. And this one is definitely striking a landmark for the Pet Lovers. In its 2016 edition this event is setting up stage beyond your imagination. From having Dino Morea as one of the Investor who is also going to walk the ramp for the show, to attempting a guinness book of world record  (Register here to attend ), housing over 100 stalls, pet fashion show, dog Art gallery ,kids and pet zone, award night , live shows and what not.

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So as we are still counting days to this event, Trust me its worth waiting for such a Pet extravaganza, the PetFed team is all out there hosting and organizing some really outstanding event to further strengthen the Pet community, bringing together the Pet owners and their pets in the environment where they not only can unwind but do really cool and fun stuff. Don’t believe me , check out their website that talks strongly of their monthly BYOD events where the Pet along with their humans are having amazing time.

Gracious Pool Party 

They recently did a Pool party for pets at Gracious Pool in Sohna Road, Gurgaon and the pics below speak the quanta of fun the pet owners had. while most of them really wanted to go out to a place that allows Pets in the pools, and this one came as one such big opportunity. Since most of them are associating for the first time with Petfed and thus are amazed to explore places like these which they have never heard of.

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Gracious Pool Party – Pic courtesy Petfed

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Puppy therapy 

Now this is another activity that is a part of the pre hype events hosted across various malls in Delhi NCR, so all you have to do is just located the nearest mall that is going to host the Puppy therapy and just take your Pup / pet there for a great outing with your baby.

Lots of engagement activities are planned to keep the human and the pet engaged so spread some canine love till you get to be at #PETFED

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While this journey of exploring new places to go to with your pet is on, #PetFed team came up with  Puppychino Day Out by Pet Fed , that was being hosted in Delhi’s only Dog cafe – #PuppyChino. and trust me being a part of this event was such a stress buster.

Puppychino Day Out by Pet Fed

So what is Puppychino – well its a Dog cafe right in Shahpur jat and its a must visit place for dog / pet lovers. Owned by Ms. Nayani Tandon and no prize for guessing that she is a dog lover herself and proud owner of 2 dogs who are found in the cafe most of the time.

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Nayani with BOBO & Simba (Mascots for PuppyChino )

Read everything about this cafe Here 

The core idea behind the event was to get the pet lovers together over brunch at PuppyChino and help them explore this place and its love for dogs. And the view of dogs all around having fun was breath taking.The dog owners few of them being regular guest here were happy to see so many new entrants in the group and almost all interacting like parents do in a parents teacher meet. And all the dogs introducing each other using their Olfactory glands.

when we say it’s a dog cafe how can we miss on the dog food, well this place is up with a gastronomic trip for its patrons with a complete menu for Dog food.Have a look at the Pizza and pastas they grooved on.

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Meet few regular guests at this Cafe 

The best part of these meet ups is they break the boundaries that Pets are just to be taken to parks not to cafes. and probably paves way for more such cafe across places to let the Pet owners spend some quality time without having to lock the pets back home.

Shruti & Duke 

So while this is her  5th Visit but Shruti was equally thrilled with so many more friends for Duke – her  labrador Dog who loves this place as much as Shruti does.

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Having her white sauce pasta she mentions – ” I just loves the food here and a brunch here is always on the cards for me and Duke at this place, clearly you don’t have much choices to take your pet to, so even while I comes all the way from Mayur Vihar ( East Delhi ) but the time spent here is worth the ride.And the Duke loves the company of both the owners dogs here”

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One more such visitor i came across was this cool gang who were here to just have food. While Abhishek  is in a business of pet nutrition and sells online at  – Dawgie Bowl  And his brand philosophy is “Good food is at the heart of everything ” and so thats what brings him at Puppychino , good food you see.

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Enjoying Good Food 

To make the event more fun and engaging the #PetFed team has organized a lot of fun games from musical chair for dogs to Selfie contest for dogs. And it was pure bliss to see the dogs perform like small kids.

Probably for the first time i saw so much love all around. Even animals communicate better than humans with the language of love. check out these clicks to live those puppylicious moments

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And here is one with the gang ( And trust me it was not easy to make the humans and pets in the camera in one go. But it was perfectly okay as they were not here to get clicked they were here just for Fun, and they had oodles of it for sure.

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So as most of us eagerly wait for the grand show on 17th Dec, dont miss out on smaller fun stuff happening day and day out by PETFED Team.

 

 

Hearken Cafe – Let your hands echo your words

 

“Passion is born deaf & dumb ” -Honore De Balzac

And Hearken Cafe is one such place where i felt the best & most beautiful moments in life cannot be spoken or written they are only experienced and cherished.You can place your order without speaking as well.

By far this place has touched more than just my taste buds, a place that truly is beyond the food on flatter, a visit that  you relish and cherish for the memories made.

As you enter the 119 building this place is right on the top ,as it ought to be with a rooftop.

Everything under the sun is beautiful and extra bright and this place says it loud out here with a lot of natural light that not only lifts up your day but also your heart. The owner of #HearkenCafe “Ms Smriti Nagpal “(a forbes awardee, Devi Awardee and an awardee at 100 Women )”-feeds on her passion for the deaf community and she has been working with the community ever since she was 16, with over a decade of working with the community this is her second business venture that goes to make a lot of noise by simplifying the sign language and making this place a point to hang out with the silent people who truly proves  ” If speech is Silver , silence is #Gold”. Along with her partner in crime “Virat Suneja is the other cofounder & brain behind this cafe , he graduated from Cyprus and then did his masters in hotel and tourism management. Virat had interned with LeMeridien before handling operations for  Solang valley resort .Smriti and Virat are first cousins and this proves when Sibblings work together they do miracles , Everything at Hearken cafe is straight from the heart of these 2.


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The Team Fantastic 4 of Hearken on left


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When the hands speak and the heart listens – and a order is taken

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Learn as you eat

So as I entered I was  given a warm welcome by the sun rays coming straight from the windows and litting up the entire place, a place that gives you a lot of space because of the sitting arrangement , and is a deaf-run cafe/ co-working space located in Shahpur Jat,an urban village of Delhi serving fusion food bringing together flavors of Europe. And was lucky enough to be attended by none other than the creators themselves – Ms Smriti & Virat.

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The people who commute in sign language are up with a smile to get you a seat of choice and food you wish to have all this while you can also pick up a bit of sign language. And they also promote that you come over and just have good time without having to speak too much, so a place to unwind out the noise and choas of the city. A place that has a Echo of its own, poised with so much peace.

So here is  a quick look at food that i could explored during this visit

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Nutella shake & Southern Mango twist (A must to have for mango lovers )

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Spaghetti meatballs with spicy tomato concasse

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Simply Veg Pizza

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Tex  Mex Bhel picco de gallo

Beyond food 

So while this is a socially responsible place , on this visit of mine i could explore the following

“#ATTARI “- connects beyond borders. Attari is a village in Punjab touching the borderline with Pakistan. It is where the founder’s family roots extend , making the woven wall hangings very personal . This is shown with the connection of threads, bringing out the art to adorn your homes .

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#Atulyakala is a lifestyle brand and a design house run by deaf artists which gives back. A large part of the proceeds from sales go towards the education of deaf and mute students at our training centre. Atulyakala aims to empower the 18 million deaf and mute people of India by providing employment, educating deaf students and spreading awareness about Indian Sign Language.

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The bags on display were a great collection a combination of fabric and leather priced at Rs. 500/- onwards is definitely a good pick.

Sugar Binge : everything sweet and sugar to binge on by Prerna Jain – a  Home baker North Delhi who deals into customised eggless cakes , cupcakes , desserts.The cute little display with sweet little samplers of cup cakes was a sweet attraction and  while we were talking the sampler serving kept adding sweetness all around.They bake with lot of love and take orders over calls with at least a week of lead time for customised cakes.

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Since this place is designed to create a co-working space so the entire set up has been done in that manner, and the food is really delicious, So a visit to this place is definitely recommended for a soulful experience. So explore your heart out at Hearken Cafe 

Hearken Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food to EAT to fight Pollution

 

While most of the Delhi residents are worried with the increasing and alarming pollution levels, the easiest cure can still be found in the food we have as our daily nutritional diet. As they say Prevention is better than cure but preventing all the pollutants to enter our system seems  difficult in the current scenario lets see what food we can include in our diet to flush out the pollutants / toxins or at least reduce their effect.

As per The World Health Organization (WHO), pollution is the 5th  leading cause of death in India, after high blood pressure and tobacco smoking. WHO says Delhi’s air quality is worse than Beijing – a city where rising levels of air pollution has brought about a new disease — Beijing cough lets not get there in Delhi.

Pollution damages our lungs and liver the most and these 2 needs the maximum care to neutralize free radical damage caused by air contamination.

So while there is very less we could do , least fixes are to follow a  Right diet ,go one Detox plan  and do Breathing exercises at least once a day.

Lets quickly review what are these foods

Broccoli :  Pollution or no pollution ,Winter or no winter, add broccoli to your daily diet. This wonder veggie, apart from being a great cancer combatant and lowering body weight, goes a long way in protecting you from air and vehicular pollution, according to a study at Johns Hopkins University. And if you don’t like the taste than here a quick recipe to help you gulp it ( Click here  )

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Lemon & Amla  : Vitamin C is single most potent antioxidant for our body.This water soluble vitamin is present throughout our body and it scavenges on free radicals and is also known to contribute into regeneration of vitamin E. Lemon and Amla are a great source of vitamin C, include both of them to level up at least 40 mg of this Vitamin requirement of our body. At least consume one Lemon a day.

Green leafy vegetables : Most of us hate this but little we could do to consume these, so include Spinach (Not so Palak Paneer ),amaranth ,Fenugreek , radish leaves and coriander to your diet daily. All these foods are good on Beta Carotene and are loaded with anti oxidants and known to control inflammation.Don’t miss to wash them well as most of the Delhi grown vegetables ought to be high on pollutants. and washing them with warm water at least helps reduce the surface pollutants.

Almonds and Nuts : Almonds, Walnuts  and Nuts are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids thus help the body to rejuvenate and fix the damage. even walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds are good in omega 3 fatty acids.

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Kale : Kale leafs / Leaf cabbage is one of the easy food. In a 100 gram serving, raw kale provides 49 calories and is a rich source (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV) of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, and manganese . Kale is a good source of thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin E and several dietary minerals, including iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. Kale looses most of its nutrients when cooked so it’s ideal to  consume it uncooked and one way to do this is just  pick up a handy  pack from The Green Snack Co ,they are available in 3 flavors of your choice to make munching easier – Thai sweet chilli, Onion& cheese  & Sea salt & Vinegar.

Fenugreek seeds & Mustard Seeds  : These are also rich in Omega 3 FATTY Acids thus are very helpful, while mustard seeds can be used in most of the food as a spice , or can be consumed in pickles, Soak fenugreek overnight and have it in the morning for detox.

Jaggery : Jaggery had been in use for long and most of the people working in fields use to consume jaggery to eliminate dust particles from the body which they inhaled while working. So this is the easiest food on your rescue during this pollution. include it daily in your diet. and it will also help you relieve from dry and cold cough, just mix onion juice in jaggery and consume.

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Tulsi Leaves : No wonders this plant is so important it is loaded with medicinal properties and is at your recuse in cold , cough, building body’s immunity and now from pollution. just eat 4-6 leaves in the morning or use it in tea or even curd.

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Ginger : This is the first thing that hits us as we get on winter tea, a cup of ginger tea is a great relief from cold and cough, and so it is from pollution.include it in your diet if you don’t like tea , drink it with hot water and honey.

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Turmeric : known for its healing properties Turmeric is one of the best thing we have in kitchen that is out for our rescue. Its antioxidant properties helps protect lungs from toxic effects of pollutants. Mix Turmeric with honey / Jaggery / butter / ghee and this helps most of the respiratory problems.

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Tomatoes : Your diet should also include lots of fresh tomatoes as they have lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against respiratory illnesses. A bowl of fresh , hot Tomato soup is a great way to consume them or have them in salad or just add few tomatoes to your daily juice routine with carrots.

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flaxseed :Flaxseed has high levels of phytoestrogens and omega 3 fatty acids. Phytoestrogens have anti-oxidant properties that help to reduce the symptoms of asthma and other allergic reactions. You can take flaxseed daily in smoothies, salads or add it to your baked foods.

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avocado : Studies shows that  avocado is extremely rich in vitamin E, and this property can help to counteract the effects of certain types of particulate pollution.

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Olive oil : Alpha-tocopherol, the vitamin E contained in olive oil, improves lung function. The fatty acids contained in olive oil are also helpful for reducing inflammation. The best way to ingest olive oil and get maximum benefits is through your salads as salad dressing.Cooking in olive oil kills most of the nutrients so consume olive oil and olives raw only.

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So while you still can wear mask to protect yourself , stay at home or work from home to avoid exposure to the pollutants, instal air purifier at home or plant more trees / green plants with  ability to purify air , Food still makes the easiest cure and what you eat defines how you respond to the undo the damage. So eat healthy and stay healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All for Tea at Tea festival at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf 

When you love coffee more in a cafe than tea, than you usually miss out checking  on tea options on offer at the Coffee cafe.So while I stepped in “The Coffee Bean & Tea leaf ” at the mall this morning to have my regular cappuccino, I spotted this board right at the entry.

These days along with good coffee I am also exploring tea collection , Tea menu and serving style in these kind of cafes and I am always in for a surprise and in this case it was the price too of the handcrafted Tea collection on offer.

A variety of 11 kinds of handcrafted tea on offer 

  • Chai
  • Vanilla Ceylon
  • English breakfast
  • Earl Grey
  • Tropical jasmine
  • Assam tea
  • Lemon cardamom
  • Moroccon Mint
  • African Savior
  • Swedish Berrie’s
  • Darjeeling estate

Available with an add on of 4 option at a price of 20/- each 

  • Lemon honey 
  • Tulsi honey 
  • Ginger honey
  • Cinnamon honey 

 Though I was alone still thought of opting for teaPot that has 2 cups and priced at Rs. 85/- inclusive of Taxes. Of course not for having 2 cup of tea early morning but more for having a look at the presentation. 

Since it was 11 am and the store has just opened so there wasn’t much rush here and therefore I asked the barista if I can record the process while he is preparing my tea, to which he agreed and I was delighted with the hygiene factor he was taking care of. Each and everything was sterilised with a flush of hot water and high pressure steam. 

He filled the filter of the kettle after cleaning up everything and poured hot water, left it to brew to a perfect taste while he prepared the milk.

And I went to wait for my black tea and  with milk tea. While he came with my tea it had a aroma so good with a perfect color. So one cup I made it with ginger and honey infusion and added milk to the other cup with sugar for milk wali chai. ( check out the video – https://www.instagram.com/p/BLvDjJMjutG/

And both the options were just perfect to my taste. The black tea with honey and ginger infusion  was light sweet and a strong tea flavor with a pinch of cinnamon. 

The milk was very thick that imparted a very good color to the tea almost similar to what we get in a homemade tea. And I had it with brown sugar. 

The quantity in the tea pot was sufficient for making  2 cups. And the tea remained to perfect temperature while I made it and had my tea.

And I had 2 cup tea at the price less than a coffee at The Coffee bean & tea leaf. 

So if you are a tea lover then  you simply need to go out and visit this outlet for your love for tea and drink it as per your choice black tea or with milk and don’t miss to take along ur friends as this is not going to cost you much either. Less than Rs. 50/- for a cup, Tea can’t get better than this. 

And this festival is around till December so winters are definitely going to be fun at The Coffee Bean & Leaf tea.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Too Indian : Too much to shop 

So while everyone is hitting on the Innovative food that this place is serving. I am dead sure this place must be serving great food undoubtedly coming from the  makers of imly,  its ought to happen. So giving food a miss,  food2go4 decided to look around at this shoppers paradise on the first visit after the launch of this place.

And this place truly had too much to offer and everything too Indian. Too Indian is planned with an eye to every single detail. No wonder this place was conceived almost 11 months ago and the makers Mr. Varun Puri & Mr. Hemant  had nurtured this place really well more than what a mother could.

I had been hunting for a place where I can take my kids & engage them in something constructive & this place will do the job  of engaging and entertaining the kids. A sitting that is so comfortable & a place that is designed with a lot of nature around. 

Natural light lits up the place with a green view off the window.dont miss the real plants on the table.

Even the tissue says #GoGreen 

So let’s explore what all one can shop from the curated shopping options that are too desi at too Indian.

Home decor : so this place is super high on the cute little things for home decor and the best part is all of this is on sale at the store.  From planters to photoframes,  flower vase to jars. 


Kitchen ware at Too Indian 

Undoubtedly if this place serves food with a cult cutlery with a touch of nature into, so obviously it ll have a cult kitchenware. A mug for every mood and every size of drink. Colors to simply die for, I just loved the blue jug

And don’t miss the shapes of the mugs and off course the one for the little one too.

Even the pet bottles and the sippers are super cool. 

And yes they have various size of beer 🍻 mugs as well.. So pick one that suits ur personality and capacity.

Desi Cow ghee :

So if you are looking for pure cow ghee for performing pooja rituals or for normal consumption, don’t think twice. In case you are thinking why cow ghee then let me tell you cow ghee is more healthy than the normal ghee available in the market. As cow ghee has essentially nutrients, antioxidants, anti bacterial , antiviral and anti fungal so right now is the time to hit The too Indian restaurant and pick up your healthy dose. The assortment of ghee is by Vikrant Pawa. 

 

Pickles

Oil free Pickles : Almost all of us had carried a tiffin to school with pickle oil literally giving a oil shower to our bag. Here’s a pickle that is oil free , well these are murabass.

Little farm pickle : so the options are Adarak Hari mirch,  jalapeno isn’t it interesting stuff.

Non veg Pickles  : yes I am serious, now a days there are a lot of restaurants who are already serving non veg pickles and here you have an option to pick a pack of your own. Rs. 200/ per jar and thats less than any non veg dish on a menu.

Namkeen,  Papads and more 

So you can pick up Nada Pakora,  ajwain Maddi, flavored Makanaswith Pudina , Curry leaves , Mullu murruku from food cloud.


Artisan Palate Sugar : I am sure you are wondering what a artisan Palate sugar is well so here’s your pick Cinnamon & Vanilla, Espresso dark chocolate, salted caramel. 

Artisan palate salt : just like sugar here you have salts again in lots of variants and all international like Italian herb & red wine vinegar, schezuvan pepper chilli.

Granola from  All Right: who doesn‘t know of the benefits of granola now pick a cute bottle loaded with nuts.Granola is a breakfast food and snack food consisting of rolled oats,honey nuts, honey or other sweeteners such as brown sugar and sometimes even puffed rice that is usually baked till crisp. So grab your  healthy breakfast now.

Spices (Masala)  If we are talking of Indian food and the thing that’s the most essential part of Indian cooking is the masala’s that are used in the kitchen. Sometimes I wonder probably ours are the only cuisine where if we have the widest range of spices. And no wonder there is movie with our miss world Aishwarya ” Mistress of spices “. So here are your cute masala packets fully Indian at Too Indian.

Kids space by Big Balloon : This is my sole reason to be in love with this place for my kids. The elephants are super cute available in 2 poses,  I had picked 2 on the day of inauguration and costed me 200 each while it is priced Rs. 250 each. The best part about these stuffies is that they can be colored by your little one. And they are washable removing all color and making it reusable. ( though I am yet to wash it since both of them don’t leave the 🐘s alone) 

Look at the colored version of my elephants 🐘 done by my little ones.

The other cute stuff for kids photoframes with pencils, minion Peggie bank, funky alarm clocks,  cute fans ,  just have a look.

Candies : well don’t go on the literal sense,  as of now it was the Amla candy. While you never know they start giving out candies as well. And these jars are little cuties ans reusable once you run out of the candies. 

Bakery & more : Munch it all from an assortment of cookies and baked madris , namakpara  from foodcloud, loads of assorted cookies in various colors and flavors from Mom Made and hey grain. These boxes are in the range of 200 to 300 and worth it for the quality may be not quantity. So for food thumbrule is go for quality.

And all these from Hey Grain has awesome variants for the oats lovers with peanut butter oats, Honey oatmeal, chocolate oatmeal and an almond options like almond biscuit.

Another option is from Home made and the variants are healthy. Gluten free and  mind blowing. They have rose fennel, ragi almond and pickle cookies and all this made with whole wheat.

The Gourmet Jar : if you love jams and preserves than you definitely have these wide jars to pick from “The Gourmet Jar ” and yet again there are multiple options to pick from like Mango Jalapeno for the Jalapeno lovers, Raspberry Strawberry preserve for the berry lovers. Priced at Rs. 275 /- these are natural,  pure,  handmade and with no chemicals.

So if you are going to Too Indian it’s a must to carry back a bit of Indianess with you back home. And most of the stuff is directly coming from the makers so pricing is something that they have already taken care of. “Khaane ka maaja khilane and Shopping ka maaja khaa K shopping Karke aane main.” So keep eating and keep shopping and you can do this at Too Indian. 

I have always loved the concept of Retail with food be it the jewellery section of Junglee Billi or the pop up shops at wok in clouds and other restaurants. But this one by far had the largest variety and everything getting equal Display space #NoDisparity 

Keep Shopping Stay Happy.

Quick & Easy butter toast with Maharaja Whiteline 

Being a working mom, I am always running  around and breakfast takes a backseat up in the morning. My little ones who are on summer break these days so now a days things are just other way around. It’s not me who is saying have breakfast first these days it’s them.

Just have a look what I had for breabreakfast today.
Butter Banana toast : two perfectly crisp toast done in Maharaja Whiteline auto toaster, Layered with pistachio butter on one toast, peanut butter on another toast, with a  layer of  honey  and banana cut in circles. Have a look.

Now let me tell you who did this yummy butter toast for me. 

Well this is done by my little 4 year old chipmunks twin daughters and how they did it is a simple step. They were watching me for so many days making the toasts and all they saw was I just switch this point on,  put the breads in it and lever it down and once the toast is done it pops out and I apply butter and give it to them. And they find it pretty simple to do. 
Have a quick look on how my little ones did it.

They are very carefull while placing the breads. They placed the breads before they switched on the toaster.

So that’s the toaster from Maharaja Whiteline with a Stainless Steel body from inside, that’s rust free and this is 2nd toaster I have. This one is placed right now on my breakfast table only. And the Auto timer is definitely at rescue for a lazy person like me.

Best part is it’s very easy to clean due to boarder bread cases.

So toasts and sandwiches are just any child’s play with Maharaja Whiteline.

Kids Food Festival at Pahmos

Ever since I started working in Gurgaon, I am constantly looking out for places where I can take my kids and have food too, so that I can have some good time with both of my favorite things – my kids and Food off course. And I reserve my weekend for pampering the lazy me so all this exploration happens during the weekdays.
On my way from office commuting from Gurgaon to Indirapuram, I have good 2+ hours to myself. So was just scrolling zomato where I came across this Food festival event update of Pahmos. And the creative looked exciting enough to plan a visit with the kiddos. As it is when we visited this place last time they did a lot of running around and playing with their tyre sitting which is really cool. So after Paprika & Readers cafe this place has become my another option to go for.

So here we are at Pahmos ‘ Kids Food Festival ‘ to have some good time and explore a menu that’s designed only for kids.

All my kids love here is so much colors and the cool sitting because they can get down easily on their own without having to ask mom to help them get down.

So moving on to food, the menu is quite elaborate with loads of options to pick from unlike other outlets serving only 2-3 options or just happy meals for kids.

Here there have created a lot of options. Have a look for yourself.IMAG5166

The kids menu has burgers, sandwiches, pizza’s, wraps, soft drinks , smoothies , shakes & off course desserts and there are multiple options in these to choose from. The entire food menu comes in veg & non veg options making it much easier to choose from as per your kids choice. The menu starts from Rs. 99/- goes up-to 199/- across veg & non veg options.

I picked up a Slider Box Burger. As this had a hash brown Patty in the kid burger served with French fries,  lettuce & coleslaw. Priced at Rs. 99/- it’s a good pick.

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So that’s all for kids, now let’s move on to what we had. Well this is my second visit to this place, so I am going to incorporate food that I had in this visit and what I had earlier.

Food from my first visit to Pahmos

Loved the ambience of this place. Sitting is designed keeping bigger family dine out or an outing point for bigger gangs. Red and golden color dominates the interior of this place.

So amoung the vibrant colored Ambience the welcome drink is also pretty colorful. Yes they do serve a welcome drink as you sat down to place your order.

# Thai Green Papaya Salad : I just loved Raw papaya in salads and the dressing of the salads also that enhances the taste,  and this one came with one of my favorite ingredients yes Peanuts. So for me it was the thing to have. Priced at Rs. 189/-

#Hummus Pita : Priced for Rs. 175/- homemade asparagus hummus is served with Pita breads.

# Mexican Taco : A taco with stuffing of  toast Mexican beans and veggies served with a dip. It’s tangy so be careful before ordering it you can’t handle tang. Priced Rs. 189/-

# Streamed Momos : I just loved the presentation of food here it definitely looked more appetizing. So here’s the Veg momos priced at Rs. 129/-.

# Briyani Sizzler :This is  Briyani served over a sizzler with a streak of saute Paneer and veggies. Sufficient for 2 for main course. Priced at Rs.249/-

# Pan seared fish satay sticks : Priced at Rs. 299/- ,minced  Fish Satay sticks are served with a  creamy butter lemon dip and veggies.

So overall liked the food ordered and even the pricing it’s value for money. Order is going to take time so keep patience or order at once to save on time.

From my Visit 2

# Watermelon Feta cheese salad : This is my all time favorite salad since I just love watermelons. This one is loaded with walnuts making it great on taste and health. that’s what salad should be right!

#Baked stuffed potato : Half cut potatoes stuffed and served in four peices with a dips is a good pick for Potato and cheese lovers. Priced for Rs. 199/-

# Indian papri chat taco:  yes you read it right,  our very own street food is done into a taco with papadi chaat filling. It’s tangy & crispy serving 4 of such mini taco.just a good snack to have as starters. price Rs. 189/-

# Pahmos Special Burger :

This is a burger with double Patty with home made sauces. Let me put a disclaimer here don’t order it if you can’t handle it. Rs. 249/-

# Brown base dimsums & Streamed dimsums :  brown base dimsums are normal dimsums only difference is after stream they are further heated in a pan to turn the base brown. Price Rs. 149/-

Well you must be wondering I visited this place twice and didn’t had a dessert,  so the reason is that we love the Pan shop at the ground floor therefore yet to explore the desserts at Pahmos.

Overall a good place to hang around and have fusion food. Great place for families, but do take care of time so if you in a hurry then go to a fast food joint. But if you want to spend time over good food then head to Pahmos without a thought.

Address
First Floor, Indirapuram Habitat Centre, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad
Call – 0120 6888949
Open Hours : 12 Noon to 11 PM
FB Page – https://www.facebook.com/Pahmos-Cafe-234850816945701/

Pahmos Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Midnight Food Delivery Sorted with Dudleys.in

If you are working late or hanging out with friends late in the night , you simply tend to loose track of time amoung work or giggles and then clock stucks  12 tunning into a new day and you suddenly start feeling hungry. Sadly there is no where to go and at this hour you don’t have heart to move your mom or wife to kitchen.So what you  do,you look into the  fridge and hog on to whatever you find and then you get on to biscuits, chips and Namkeen or whatever edible you get your hands on. Then Maggie comes to your rescue.

Not anymore, 

Yes Not anymore. 

So here is an exclusive night only service from http://www.dudleys.in , they saw this pain area and worked on it and is in the space of Night only food delivery. Isn’t it exciting.

Their kitchen starts at 7pm and goes on till 4am. And delivery starts at 8 pm onwards for the order that is placed at 7pm.

Let’s take a look at their menu,  not very elaborate but just perfect for you to pick up stuff to your craving. Probably this is first menu which makes it easier to choose. And for Non veg lovers it can’t get better than this – chicken, pork,fish, lamb, Duck etc etc 

While going through their site I came across the word gourmet right on the home page and I knew the menu is going to be superlatively outstanding. Dudleys has evidently kept these staples in mind while creating their menu. I have never seen such a menu for late night delivery and the way they have played with the ingredients is seriously amazing with lot of exotic cheese being used.

So what did I ordered. 

I was tempted by their shakes , especially the ingredients and colors.So health on my mind I ordered for a Avocado shake & a Celery & apple shake.

And trust me one was more than enough.as they were quite thick & fibrous.


Since I wanted  have a shake,  I ordered for a Burger box for my friend. And this was a jumbo burger with French fries and dips. We have ordered for a Veg Burger a barbeque potatoe wedges that are made in their kitchen done in a sauce that again made in house. And the size is really to watch out for.

And another meal in a bowl for the rice lover,  I picked Portuguese Tomato basil and it was also a big bowl. 

So overall a great food options and we thoroughly enjoyed our food. 

Now you can be calling your gang over to hang out at your place or stay till  late in office without being worried about where to order the food. Let dudleys do it for you. 

How to order 

Simply call +91 906914293

Or logon to http://www.dudleys.in 
Dudleys Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Time to clock in at The Clock Tower 

It’s very rare that you visit a property that is spread a across floors, well finding a restaurant that’s spread across floors is easy but finding one that is a huge stand alone restaurant , spread across 3.5 floors is really something outstanding.Not just the building it’s more exciting to see different themes being followed across the spaces created and this place has it all.wooden walls,  wooden flooring,  wooden furniture , it’s like as if you are sitting in the woods somewhere in Stockholm or Shimla or may be a hill station.

 Even the exterior of the building is Such that’s gives you an exotic feel. it has so much like 

#An Alumnus corner 

# A performance area for bands 

#A smoking zone

# a lawn with a tree right at the entry 

# a huge sitting on ground, first and second floor 

# Sitting space with a window view

#sitting space with direct Sun light

#A cozy corner for the lovie dovie

#Open Air sitting 

#Under the sky Rooftop

#Sitting with lots of green around. 

Don’t believe me ! have a look for yourself.

Let’s move to food. 

Mocktails

When you are out for long in a hot day,  all you need is something chilled. We had Mandarin sour and Smooch.

Starters 

#Dahi K Kabab : Any place that does Dahi Kebabs right,  always wins me over and this place served one of the best Dahi Kababs I had in Gurgaon. 

# Jalapeno poppers : Not a jalapeno fan but just loved the crispy poppers and their presentation. Good to have

#Vegetable Spring rolls :  This is something that if is crispy,  it’s good to have. The filling becomes secondary if crispiness is there. and presentation always appeals to our eyes.

#Spinach Pizza : just loved it. yes just loved it to the core. Looks healthy already when you see a perfectly crisp thin base Pizza with a healthy spinach layer. And tasted great too.

If you seriously ask me sometimes its about having  your favorite food done in the right way is an ultimate thing. I was seriously full but since we have ordered main course so dragged myself to have some more. 

Tried Green Thai curry with plain rice and noodles.

And Finally desserts we had chocolate cake slice with vanilla ice cream.

Overall this is a place to sit back,  relax absorb nature, bring your kids and let them run around and hear them giggle. Enjoy the mist fans on the terrace with ultimate Gurgaon view. 

Also their interior have few very interesting stuff , have a look

So explore all this and more in your kind of corner at The Clock Tower and travel in your own time space.

The Clock Tower Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Address
The Clock Tower
Opposite South Point Mall, Near Rapid Metro Pillar 140, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon
011 30806636
12:30 PM to 12 Midnight
Cuisine served :North Indian, Continental, Italian, Fast Food

Lotus Pond – A classy Chinese restaurant since 1992

Few places don’t change & that’s what there strength is. And that makes them stand out from the rest of the lot. 

The love for food & travel takes me places , and I love exploring places that had been there for a long time. Probably their longer stint and still going strong talks a lot about their core DNA of being in the business of wooing customers with great food & unmatched experience.Started in 1992, this place had been serving amazing Chinese food  since then at New defense colony just adjoining hotel Surya Plaza.

Lotus pond is going to be the first restaurant on my list where I would want to take my family out for lunch or dinner when they visit me in Delhi And want to saver Chinese cuisine. 

Why you ask?

Well the answer is in the below picture. Yes a place that can house us all on one table and we can still look at each other without having to twist our  body while talking to one another unlike when we sit on long tables and more than that  passing a dish is yet another weight lifting exercise that happens. Yes this is the perfect solution. I was really close to picking up a table like this for my place while getting our furniture done. 

Let’s have a look at the Food 

Soup : Tom Kha

A Thai delicacy for a perfect beginning of an oriental Chinese cuisines at Lotus pond.

Mocktails : Till recently they were serving alcohol but ever since the new ruling came for 500 mtr around highway they have stopped serving Alcohol.

Anyways I don’t take alcoholic drink some opted for the following 2 drinks , all for my love for Banana and coconut and pineapples. All Mocktails are priced at a fixed price of 295/- so pick any from

So here is Hawaiian sunrise  on right a mocktail with blend of juices on banana and strawberry crush while the one on left is Summer Passion a blend of coconut milk  and pineapple juice.

Starters 

Crispy Waterchestnuts in butter chilli garlic priced at 420/- 

    Cottage cheese fingers with Red chilli and Basil priced at 420/- is just the right starter to have for a moderately spicy palate.

    In Main course we opted for something light as we really had enough food already.So went for stir fried vegetable bokchoy , fried rice and noodles.

     
    Stir Fried Zucchini, Bokchoy, Beancurd & Exotic Mushrooms in Blackbean Sauce priced at  445/-

    And comes the most interesting section of food that is my heart yes the desserts. I have heard a lot about their Mocha rage. And everyone was like this is the best dessert to have. I thought of trying it and thus asked for Mocha Rage ( Rs. 395 /- ) and a fried ice cream (Rs. 345/-)

    And the Devilish mocha rage was served with 2 scoops of ice cream – a scoop of chocolate flavor and another coffee flavour with a huge peice of chocolate fantasy. This is pure Bliss,Loaded with chocolate truly foodgasmic. I could not imagine coffee and chocolate flavors will go so well to make such an outstanding dessert. And trust me the picture doesn’t do any justice to the taste here.

    Fried Ice cream was good too but actually we shouldnt have ordered anything else. As when you are having the best stay with it.

    Overall a good Ambience , great food and good service. Recommendation is to definitely try Mocha rage and keep some space to relish it in the end though you can try it in the beginning too. 

    Address
    Lotus Pond
    K-185, Surai Jullena, New Friends Colony, New Delhi
    Timings : 12:30 PM to 3:15 PM, 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM
    011 26849101
    011 26839526
    098189 99722

    Lotus Pond Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Let’s do Summers right with Kids

    While for working people there is nothing like summer vacation. But for kids it’s the much awaited break from the mundane routine of crazy school morning to a fun and frolic day every morning. No waking up early,  no rushing through the daily routine and no early morning of  have ur breakfast chick chick.

    So while kids are in there 7th heaven with all time in hand to play,  meet friends & visit places. This summer all the Malls in town has conspired to offer an amazing summer time to kids. All you have to do is just spot the mall that has something that your kid literally loves indulging into and head straight to that mall. 

    If you are confused here’s a quick guide to help you decide which one you need to head to.

    Pacific Mall,  Delhi 

    Pacific Mall is innovating a lot over few years and is always back with something really exciting. This time they are challenging the mighty ocean and has parked a submarine right in the atrium with all the sea life offering scuba diving to the little ones 

    Such cute faces to adore 

    Lots of photo props to engage the little minds before the scuba diving.

    So if you want to be a part of the  exciting summer activities for your kids this summer.  Register today as only limited seats are available. Link for the schedule: http://bit.ly/2qSeSnn 

     Pacific Mall  is specially​ creating a huge tank for this which will have fishes and corals.Apart from this daily they have workshops such as warli art , Mosaic art, block printing origami art, aero modelling etc for kids so it’s time for kids to brush up they art skills.The fun part is that all these workshops happen inside the submarine, isn’t it Supercool.

     Kids workshop dates 26th may to 11th june & Scuba diving dates 30th may to 18th june. Yes that’s when the Scuba diving actually starts. So making it India’s largest scuba diving Mall.

    All that you should know 

    • Required age for the participation: – 5 years to 12 years. 
    • Registrations can be done in the following way :
    • 1.On ground floor at the counter.
    • 2. Email at : marketing.ptg@pacificindia.in
    • 3.  Inbox us  details with Parents name, kids name , mobile no, age, activity date & time for registration.
    • Call 

    Don’t worry if ur kid is under 5 yrs like mine. All you need to do is take your kid to pacific Mall at 12 in the afternoon and 

      Great India Place Mall Noida 

      One of the most exciting place to be at, for over a decade in Noida.

      This place is all set to spoil your kid with an ocean of Lego and if your kids loves to create something fun and is a true Lego lover then just take them to this place and every time while they come and create their unique Lego they can also bag a cute chameleon from Lego,  check the pic under.

      So this is on till 28th of this month so you need to rush to let your kid dig into the Lego fun before its gone.

      DLF Mall of India

      Noida has become the place to go and with DLF mall of india it’s definitely gets better every month.

      Now this mall is becoming my favorite hangout place with my kids and trust me I just love the way they pamper us. Though all there kids event revolve around a shopping cart but then you don’t mind spending for some good times for your kids right. Yes that’s what happened last weekend,  a baking workshop by Theos our favorite bakery from noida.

      If you think that’s all a kid gets to do then check out the meet and greet schedule. Who all are coming? 

      Well almost everyone your kids love – Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, Ben10,  surely summers can’t get better than this.

      I just loved the gate.

      Select Citywalk, Saket 

      Being accredited as the best mall in the country numerous times ,  how can we not talk about this while we are talking of Summer Fun at Malls.

      The Select summer carnival is back  to show you what they’ve got in store. Here’s a sneak peak into the festivities of the last weekend. kids had a great time with Super Bheem and all the lovely kids. Stay tuned, there’s a lot more coming. 

      Find out more here: http://www.selectcitywalk.com

      And Select Citywalk is not just a kids play they have so much more for all,  another exciting art exhibition is on display by sizzling 
      Enter the magical world of The Drifting Canvas at Select CITYWALK. Be mesmerised by art from the masters in a never before seen format, check our a glimpse here at http://bit.ly/DriftingCanvas2017
      It was supposed to go live last week but got effected by rain so is getting fixed and shall be back soon,  so keep checking out.The Drifting Canvas at Select CITYWALK, Saket is going to be an audio visual experiece of 11 of world’s great artistists. The multimedia experience, books, souvenirs etc etc to take you back in time 

      Dlf promenade Mall 

      This is yet another property of Dlf that is truly a kids space this summer from amazing hanging out places to creative crafts and kids favorite cartoon making their way to this place with their amazing cartoon parade. 

      The dream to meet their favourite cartoons is coming true with the city’s biggest summer camp at DLF Promenade. The Cartoon Network Parade is making.

      Contact at +91 11 46104466 for more details.
      Ambience Mall Gurgaon  & Vasant Kunj

      This Summer, let your kids learn, laugh, play & go wild at Ambience mall. A summer Camp ‘We Love Summer’ is right here at Ambience Mall , so let your kids be part of something exciting & amazing. They will meet new friends, make new crafts and experience life in a whole new level!

      Basketball is a brisk sport that helps curbing the issue of dullness or weight issues in kids. We have brought the team of NBA coach Karan Baweja which makes the kids play and relish the game to their heart’s content. 

      Ambience Mall Summer Camp 2017, everyday is abundant with fun, entertainment & learning. Drop by the mall and watch the kids indulged in more than 17 amazing activities. 

      Not just that Transportation is not at all a worry as we are offering your little ones, special pick up and drop shuttle service.

      The AC shuttle is equipped with cosy seats and has a representative from Ambience Mall to take care of your kids, so you have nothing to worry about. 

      Enrol now & get an attractive discount. Click here to enrol – http://bit.ly/2qD34Uw or contact – 8860800800, 8130350002
      Dlf Place Saket 

      Global Summer Camp is in town at DLF Place Mall this summer from 13th May till 25th June 2017.

      Kids are up for a gala time this weekend with Puppet show, storytelling and many fun activities at the #MyWorldMyPlace summer camp. Many more fun sessions lined up all through summer. A puppet show happens every week.  And this entire week they have craft from Japan,  so kids can explore Japanese art and craft right in the heart of Delhi.

      Kids enjoying the Puppet show with story telling. 

      MGF Metropolitan Mall Gurgaon 

      So this mall is back with a trip to childhood memories with the Malgudi days. Where they have created smaller structure of Police station, village,  Railway Station with lots of fun activities all day long like pottery workshops,  magician,  musical chair & quiz contest etc etc.