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

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

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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.

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

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

Laat Saab – Food from across India 

I think the name in itself is a statement on what an experience you are up-to at this nawabi setting.


A very well designed open air sitting overlooking the Mall entry with a fountain right in front , have a look how it looks in the evening, colorful and calm with sound of water from the fountain in front.

The Auto rickshaw sitting outside is really cool,  adding to a lot of Indian flavor in the decor with the colors.

As you enter the restaurant the nukkad wali madhusala greets you. Though what I had here were amazing Indian mocktails.

The entire restaurant is done in a way that it gives you a little bit of India in everything inside. 

The train from 20th century across one side of stores gives you quite a platform feel. And you can literally count the people sitting inside.

Each and every table has got a lot India in it,  showcasing the work of our articians probably a good way to connect back to roots. 



All chairs have something unique about them 

The wheels of the famous Konark Temple. 

Even the AV AhU are converted into art pieces,  this one shows Taj Mahal in background with an Indian dance perform in performance.

Another AC unit depicting dance form from north east. 

Even the walls are to display things from all over India 

Well well let’s get to food at that’s what we are here for Right!. 

In a place named   “Laat Saab ” you can expect royal twist with the regular stuff.

 Starting with mocktails

Sherbet Safed Gulab 


 A clear lemonade with the flavor of rose. Tastes completely homemade. The twist of rose water made it taste really nice.but probably your eyes might not like it as much,  what matters is the taste.

Khus And Chilli


Well if you like your drinks to be spicy and healthy then try this. A sweet, tangy with a spicy after taste this one is must have for people who love green chilies. 

Watermelon Cooler 


Regular watermelon Mocktail was really nice. And it came to my friends relief after the khus and chilli Mocktail.

Mojito


When you are confused what to have this one is always my favorite pick and it always turns up as expected,  barring a few places where they made it either very sweet or without a fizz.

Let’s get to some Food and start with Starters

Chowpatty Paneer Tikka 


just like Mojhito this is my regular pick and I was happy to see the preparation. Made to perfection with just the right flavor and well marinated. 

Dahi ke Kebab


If a place gets this right,  then that restaurant has my complete family. And here I could relish a dahi ke kebab with a twist. While placing the order , we got the description as they make it with 100% fresh hung curd and do not add anything to it. And the preparation is so fresh that you can feel the cold curd inside.coated with roasted papad added to the crunch and spice to the mild flavored kebab. It’s different so you can try.

Hazratganj Subz Galouti Kebab


While ordering starters very rarely order a full plate of kebab, so far had it while it’s in the platter due to the appearance of the veg kebabs similar to non vegetarian kebabs. But this one was really outstanding on taste.and deserved to be ordered in full portion.

Let’s get to the main course,  but frankly speaking we were scared to go for main course since we really liked the starters. So started picking up with our regular stuff

Paneer Lababdaaar 


Good on taste,  the gravy was very nicely done.

Subz Punjrattani


This was a little different than the regular mix veg as the vegetables used but still visible and you could segregate what you don’t want to have.

Soyabean Roghanjosh 


What’s in name,  well at Last Saab everything is in the name,  so this has a similar gravy preparation as of RoganJosh but in place of Non veg they had added the vegetarians meat – Soyabean.  On taste it was not very spicy as I expected it to be. So if you please mention that while placing the order that you want it spicy. And to my mind roganJosh has got its name due to the fat that melts from the meat and adds to the taste so not sure why they have named a veg dish like that. But soya being my favorite still made my evening.

Dal Makhani 


Regular on taste and good on presentation.

Dal Tadka

This is my husband’s favorite and it tasted great with the Darjeeling Chutneywale Rice.

Darjeeling Chutneywale Rice


So most of the food here is typical from Indian kitchens therefore lot of food gives you a flavor of homemade food. This was also one of them,  but tasted great. Try it in place of briyani to try something beyond routine food.

Desserts

Shikora Phirni


Served chilled in the earthen pot this was the cherry on the cake after a great Dinner at Laat Saab, the Laat saab way.


Ohhh Ohhh yes!  They also have a lovely sitting for the romantic couple. And call them to reserve the swing seats for you and enjoy a great time together.

Relish & Rewind at United Coffee House Rewind

United Coffee House Rewind – UCHRewind at Dlf Mall of India , Noida is unique in a lot of ways.


From  the cool blue color exterior, a colored version of the original place at Connought Place (CP) to this really cool sitting space which is very well utilized to offer maximum sitting, the elaborate menu that seriously spoils you with choices and off course a see through kitchen.


Normally Sunday’s are like those lazy days when you have already stepped into Monday blues. And after a heavy breakfast you are not able to decide whether to go out for Lunch or have a light one at home. Same happened with us and we thought of stepping out to Dlf Mall India for lunch.

This Mall really spoils you with a lot of dine-in choices.We finally settled down for UCHRewind as I wanted to have my coffee and my husband wanted something less heavy for lunch.

We had a waiting of 10-15 minutes at 3 in the afternoon, so we booked our table for 2 & went to take a round of the mall. When we came at 3:15 we grabbed our seat , we were handed 2 menus -the food and the drinks menu,  but after flipping through the pages we were completely confused with the range of choices  and therefore asked for help from the serving staff on what to have on a pretext that we had a heavy breakfast at 11. The recommendation came to go  for their signature sizzler – Vegetable Cordon Bleu , their signature mocktail JamunRita and he said that please have this if you feel you want to order for more I will help you with more options. I added my cold coffee and we were happy to go.


Cold Coffee

Being a die hard coffee person I can start my lunch also with coffee , you might find it weird but I just love it. So the coffee was just perfect on consistency and mild taste apt with the description on the menu as “a united coffee house special made from south Indian roasted coffee beans”. Served with thin flakes of chocolate. Since you can’t sip the chocolate flakes with straws however hard you may try, simply pick a spoon and have it from the top that’s what I do


JamunRita

This is a mocktails version of margarita with Jamun flavor, I am sure that’s where it drives it’s name “Jamunrita” though I am not sure.


This is one of the best picks if you love jamun flavor and like your mocktails a little strong on flavor and spices. jamunrita is spiked with red chilli and foggy clove smoke  in liquid nitrogen loaded with loads and loads of crushed ice and serving is very interesting too. Loved it truly. We were updated that this drink was launched in Aug when this restaurant opened up at Dlf Mall and since then this has been there most ordered mocktail and I can truly believe that but also this is not preferred much in CP restaurant. Thank god I tried it here and keep coming back to have this.

The entire table was


Vegetable  Cordon Bleu

This is their vegetarian special sizzler from the house of sizzlers. Vegetable Cordon Bleu is a European dish that has exotic vegetable Patty sauted in French white wine topped with morney cheese sauce served with veggies and fries on a sizzler. And I can vouch this is more than sufficient for two.( provided you both are not very very hungry).


So overall a great experience , good on serving and the staff is very cordial they ll keep checking with you on how you liked the dish if they can get you something,  how are you liking the food. Etc etc…

United Coffee House Rewind Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Some Earth from Native Roots

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Few of us have experiences from our childhood where we have seen earthen cookwares from handi , matki to tawa and few more. I loved  my tea in kullad just like the smell of earth after the first rain in monsoon- soundi soundi mitti ki kushboo. Milk boiled in earthen pots that had s different taste, Curd made in earthen pot the consistency was out of this world.

“In Ayurveda, Pancha Mahabhuta theory states that everything in the physical creation is composed of these 5 elements, Akaash (Ether), Vaayu (Air), Agni (Fire), Jala (Water) & Prithvi (Earth). We at Native Roots have dream to make available products that are rationally inspired by Pancha Mahabhuta and bring about a healthy world through active Natural and Organic intervention.” – Thats what the about us section of Native Roots reads at http://nativerootsindia.com/

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Auto fiesta 2017 – New Delhi Edition

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What is Luxury for Auto Lovers (Read Cars & Bikes)?

My answer would be “Auto Fiesta 2017” in its first edition hosted at the luxury destination of the capital – DLF Emporio Mall & another premium mall of the city – DLF Promenade Mall , Vasant kunj New Delhi.The entire concept of this auto extravaganza is created and executed  by Excel Experimental Marketing. This is first time ever a  AUTO FIESTA is being hosted in Vasant Kunj displaying 28 cars and bikes at DLF Promenade & Emporio Mall.

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This exceptional Auto Show is something that cant be missed out this weekend. Catch a glimpse of the most amazing automobiles at the Auto Fiesta from 17th – 19th February, 2017.

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Fresh & Healthy – Culinate

A Sunday is always heavy on lunch as everyone at home is actually home.

But this Sunday was different as nothing was soaked a day before ( generally its Rajma / Chole ). So thought of exploring on something new and Culinate came handy with their wide range of menu. Literally for once I was like what to pick, though the home page gives you an easy pick of creating a combo box from a range of option to choose from  soup, salad, sandwiches, juices etc and a dedicated section for Breakfast too.

Dont be confused on what to pick as they are going to spoil you with choices which is unliely for a online delivery site. This had the widest menu of all the orders done so far epsecially online.

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Most of the food option are from Mediterarean , Mexican, Thai and japanese cuisines. But one thing is common across the entire menu – The promise of ingredients that are Fresh and Healthy. Most of the ingredients are rare and are sourced from certified vendors that is rigt there on their home page.

Even the range of soups seems sumptous so be particular on the quanties you choose.

Have opted for the following food. One thing that i always look for is the packaging. and here i was not dissapointed with it, since everthing came in food grade packaging and was 100% biodegradable , normally in Ghaziabad  (Indirapuram ) you dont get such packaging as most of the home deliveries are still delivering food in plastic boxes itself.

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100% Biodegradable & Food grade Packaging

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Food as it came

Here is my pick of juices

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Crimson Tide Juice : A Freshly squeezed juice made from water melon and musk melon comes in a glass bottle with a promise to keeps the colon clean and aids fat burn as well. To be frank i just love watermelon and therefore this was my obious pick.Though the site claimed it to be good for weight loss , hydration and is low on calories

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Crismson Tide

Detox Delight : No price for guessing since I planned for a healthy lunch , thought this needs to given a try and the description on the site was quite convincing too. A enzyme rich juice with phytonutrients and bromelin that helps fight inflamation. And this was undoubtedly one of my next pick too as it was too good on quantity and consistency not to mention the taste as well. Most of the time when you opt for health taste takes a back seat.You should try this for a feel good too.

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Detox Delight

 

Mediterranean Fruit and Crisp Salad(Veg) : Normally i always go by the ingredients and dressing of a salad. This one was an added one as I ordered a Fruit salad , though normally i don’t prefer having fruits before meals. The Dressing is yogurt with Honey again a low fat option where the honey that ads flavor is an imported acasia honey from France adds almost no sugar and also does not impart any color to the white yogurt. The Salad was loaded with 3 kinds of grapes, berries and lots of exotic fruits. Kale and letuce to add the crisp to the fruits.Most important ingredient of this salad was Kale leaves – which you dont see much as an ingredients in most of the salads in other restaurants & Kale is loaded with nutrients.

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Fruit and Crisp Salad

Chicken California Steak : So this was our choice of Chicken dish and the best part was again going on the healthy ruote the Chicken used here is sourced from a certified Halal vendor (My brother in law is always particular when we order chicken or non veg ) , further minced to reduce the calories per serving. rested on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes lightly spiced served with loads and loads of stir fried veggies is a perfect pick for a main course dish, comes with a culinate special  sauce that is made in red wine.This is quite a filling option.

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Chicken California Streak

Granola and Yogurt Parfait : The most important part of my food are the desserts and off course when we say desserts the calorie count goes for a toss, but not for this at least. A low calorie yogurt layered with granola that is garnished with  loaded with fruits,dry druits and nuts.It comes in a glass container is very nicely packed to keep the layers intact and perfectly crisp on taste as you finish it off.

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Prafait

So thats how my sunday went by with a choice of good on health food. undoubtedly Food2Go4.

 Culinate 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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*This photo is picked from Zomato 

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 

Quantity was bang on, too much for a meal so had it to get it packed.whatsapp-image-2017-01-25-at-9-26-15-am

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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.

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