Wednesday, November 4, 2015

From Ayyoo to Aahaa - South Indian Cuisine

South Indian cuisine doesn't really limit to Soft Idli's or Crispy Dosa's but there is so much more to it. This cuisine includes the food from five southern states of IndiaAndhra PradeshKarnatakaKeralaTamil Nadu and Telangana, Rice being their staple food. 

Did that sound interesting to you? I am sure if not that the south indian yum dishes will. In the time of Food Apps and home delivery business growing in India, we have one of the leading and very well known app called " FoodPanda " which works like genie in the bottle. Now just wish-click-pay and tadaa to calm your cravings. 


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With the festive season hitting off this month we get to see and taste all kinda cuisines. From Mughlai to Chettinad and from Paratha's to Curries, just a click away with on-going cuisine festival from Food Panda. Now taste the mouth watering Mutton Chettinad Curry or the famous Andhra Meals sitting at home. Veg curry or the set masala dosa's with non veg curry is something you must give it a try. For Vegetarians they also have a lot of options from Parota Kurma to Kara Kozhlumbu. 


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If you are new to food apps then let me make it easier for you. All you would need to do it for Android phones - you would need to open Google Play store and look for food panda application click on install and for iPad, iPhones you can search for the app from App Store on your device. Once the App is installed, sign up with your location and personal information. The app will look for the restaurants nearby your location and you can look at their menu and just CLICK-PAY-ENJOY your cravings sitting right on your couch. 


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Don't Forget and don't keep calm when you have craving for these hot hot steamy Idli's or Paniyaram's just open the app and enjoy it.



"Healthy Bhi Tasty Bhi" - The Baking Company


Hello, Yes I'm back!

After a gap of few months being away from good food and fun, I received an email from TBC to experience their #BakingGoodness with few other food lovers.

What is that one thing we all forget in our busy life? Thinking ?
FOOD.. Well Healthy Food isn't it? Every mom has serious of thoughts while packing tiffin box for kids, husband or herself. Sometimes healthy food seems a little too boring and we get attracted towards the not so tasty food .. don't you?
Between all these questions here comes the answer to it  "The Baking Company" tasty bhi aur healthy bhi. Located in a busy area it has a open terrace sit out which is just something we all look for in #bangalore. Serving from salads to lip smacking desserts now you can enjoy these delicacies at Orion Mall. 
Evening starts off with the famous "Red Velvet Cupcake" of TBC and if you look closer the logo is actually the swirl which was inspired by the swirl on the cupcake. I must say you got to try these out, these small cuties are just to resist. 


This was just the start as we were served some amazing products from "The Baking Company" which is made of something that you will be happy to know - Jowar, Bajra, Carrots etc. Have you ever tasted Jowar Muffin? Oh they are just tasty and would fit in as a tasty snack to go with a cup of hot tea/coffee. 
 "Morning Glory Muffin" is the best and has been my fav between all these yummies. Filled with nutrition and just an answer to all those mother's and people like me who have to run from home just to get on time for their work or school. Pick these beauties and just pack up and relish it on your way its that simple. 

Teacakes who doesn't like them? 
I just love them as i normally take the slice and sit with hot masala chai while working or on a lazy sunday evening. TBC has come up with a health twist of adding carrots in them and keeping the taste as always. "Carrot Teacakes" I am sure even kids will love them as it taste as good as it look as well. 

Must say they just spoilt us with all these goodies and yummy muffins. But that was not all TBC also has a wide range of Wholesome Savouries like pack of tea sandwiches. The varieties from chicken to spinach corn sandwiches.


Not only me and but everyone on the table wanted but couldn't stop relishing these items. It was time for a break but break with a cup of Hot #Cappuccino, Mocha #Frappe, and Strawberry Smoothie.


Oh Wait! we still have savouries left to discover :-)
Minced Chicken Puff , Potato veg Puff, Checken and Paneer Wraps.  The filling in the Potato Veg Puff was just hmmm... no words as it was just tasty and the picture will tell you how crisp the flakes were. 
Chicken Wrap
Chicken Puff


Potato Veg Puff
Paneer Wrap
Celebrate this festive season with TBC not only the savouries but also the desserts. Brownie Blast, Kiwi Cake and for all the coffee lovers here they also serve Coffee Mousse Cake. 


The Evening filled with delicious, lip smacking and healthy baked products. Head out to orion mall and do not forget to pick those yummlicious Red Velvet Cupcakes. Thank you Team TBC for inviting us over for the little sneak peek from the world of TBC - The Baking Company.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Christmas Cake Mixing at The Park Plaza, Bangalore


Ho Ho Ho !!!  Christmas is around the corner :-)
An absolutely amazing experience provided by "The Park Plaza", Bangalore during their alcoholic Christmas Cake Mix event. The first of its kind in Bangalore and I can now proudly say - "Been there, Done That". What an innovative team of chefs.
Coming to the Cake mix -  The preparation usually starts few months before Christmas. It involves soaking fruits/dry fruits in spirits of your choice. Was fun to watch the heaps of dry fruits, cherries, dates etc mixed with some of the best found spirits in the world.


 It made us all "High" even without drinking. We all were consuming the fumes of these finest spirits while mixing all the ingredients. To make it more interesting for the guests, the team decided to put in some gummy bears and gave a task to us to dig in and find them. 

Experience was taken to another level with the delicious tea time snacks and wine. The litchi blossom mocktail was the drink of the day for me and the chocolate layer cake and coconut dome were the highlights of the evening. 




Overall it was a good and fun experience for me and i am sure our youngest guest also enjoyed the mix, as much as we did. 
Thanks to Siddharth for inviting me over and the team for courteous service and my fellow bloggers for making the evening more memorable. 




Thursday, October 22, 2015

Apps For Food Orders Online In India

Current world is the digital world where everything is possible with a help of a magic box called computer and usage of fingertips relish solutions for every possible thing. The restaurant business has grown up at a fair clip. On the top of that, restaurants have knotted up with smart technology such as online food ordering apps. There is a massive influx of online apps where you can order food online. I have listed top apps that are reviewed and shortlisted as the best apps for food order. 

Swiggy:

Swiggy is a hub of all the top-notch restaurants in India. Regardless of the cuisine that you are craving for, it will be easy for you to reach it with the help of Swiggy. The app of this website helps you in making quick orders as it saves all the pre-saved information. While you have created the shortcuts at the website, you can simply click at the order that is stored formerly and enjoy food by following simple steps. 

Tinyowl:

Tinyowl is always ready with the most scrumptious preparation of food for all their customers. Feeling hungry? Reach your mobile and place an order with Tinyowl. The noteworthy features of the app are: 
You location can be easily detected.
Various types of options are given for making payment. You can also pay cash on receiving the order or you can use your cards
Your favorite orders are saved with the website so that you don’t have to start with a fresh order every time you login. 
They offer perfect customer service and keep you informed about the delivery of order.

Foodpanda:

Foodpanda is the first name to come to your mind when it is related to online food order. By far, it is the most popular app available at iTunes, Playstore and all other app markets. They have got a quick selection of restaurants nearby your residing area. There are several perks associated with this website such as, on creating an account you can save addresses of work and home, save your payment details and save your favorite restaurants where you make orders. Also you can enjoy regular discounts and coupons that are only available for the loyal club members of the website. 

Dominos:

Undoubtedly, Dominos app is the most used food app among the working folks and the ones that stay at home. There is no denying to the fact that the app has lessened the standard of the brand as it is sometimes highly exhausting to use the app for food orders. If you are a pizza fan and place order quite frequent then this app can save you from the efforts of making calls and explaining orders in voice. 

Faasos:

Faasos, as we all know is a renowned fast food chain running a successful business in Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmadabad and Pune. They have a pretty amazing online food order app that makes a gateway between customer and the joint. Unlike other apps, you can use Faasos app only for ordering food from this very joint. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

" Festa Della Sensa "- Italian Food Festival @Bene, Sheraton

" Festa Della Sensa " the name itself is a festival which celebrates the relationship between Venice and the Sea. A Special Crafted menu which broke the stereotypes of Italian food only finishing and ending with Pizza n Pasta's.

I am lover of Italian food from any kinda pasta to any kinda sauce prepared to go with it. Experimenting at home with the same ingredients to make something different. So this festival was at my top most priority and couldn't miss even a bit of it. Menu which was set by the most amazing chef and a foodie by himself I have met - Chef Giuseppe Lioce

Chef Giuseppe Lioce,  all the way from Bari is now with Westin, Pune as their Italian Chef.  He believes in simplicity and keeping few of the dishes authentic with their taste and presentation.  Giuseppe took us through a journey with food from the dishes that he enjoyed from his childhood to the ones he loved creating and presenting them on plates with a twist. 

So I started of with my all time favourite Long Island Ice Tea and few others on the table had a choice of Red\White Wine. First on the table was this amazing " Pettole Pugliese " which is something you wouldn't guess it also.. its made up of Pizza dough which is deep fried and served along with red bell pepper sauce. Coming to the presentation part the best was the bell pepper sauce in the syringe and having it from that was super fun. The Fried Pizza balls were flavoured with rosemary, olives and sun dried tomatoes.



" Carpaccio di Funghi " Its the thinly sliced wild mushrooms which is marinated with Lavender Vinaigrette and mint which is garnished with green pea leaves and shave of Parmesan cheese. the distinct flavour of lavender mixed with the tangy lemon would just take you through a different level.

Another Appetizer was " Frittele di Broccoli Calabresi " Broccoli another favourite vegetable of mine. Giuseppe has served the Broccoli Fritter with Olive Tapenade and Romesco sauce which again took me by surprise. Giuseppe presented this on the table and spoke about his good old days with his friends spending time drinking and munching on these and yeah it does go prefect with a glass of red wine.




The Hero of the night was " Capesante Mare e Monti "  prefect grilled scallops with truffles served on bed of pumpkin purée with sautéed wild mushrooms and truffle honey. I had tasted scallops for the very first time and can say that I totally loved it nicely glazed and cooked perfectly. Just as it was served on the table I couldn't wait and diged in and tasted heaven. 



" Carpaccio di Tonno " Tuna Carpaccio with a light Italian dressing, rock salt infused with orange and a rocket salad. Again this has my very first time of tasting tuna and must say the chef had put in a lot of thoughts and its actually his signature dish.



That's is not all .. we then started off with the soup followed with the main course. 



" Zuppa di Fagioli " Soup made up from Cannelloni Beans and flavoured with some chilli, parmesan cheese and served with a Foccacio Pugliese. I would rather go with the Non-Veg Soup which was " Zuppa di Pesce " which had flavours bursting in your mouth with every sip. With the tomato base was the Calamari and prawns was also the fresh catch of the day. 


" Orecchiette Alla Barese " Not a typical paste but home made pasta with cherry tomato confit with garlic, broccoli and the zesty pecorino cheese. 


" Paccheri Mare e Monti " Something similar to cannelloni, single pasta cooked al-dente and stuffed with calamari and prawns in a white wine sauce sautéed with pistachio pesto.  this goes in the must try list.


" Branzino Livornese " Baked Sea Bass which was served on a bed of fried polenta with olives, anchovies, capers in a tomato sauce and spinach. 


As the chef noticed that me being a vegetarian didn't enjoy the non-veg main course he quickly made me amazing Aubergine with cheese in tomato sauce. Man that was a total hit for me. Tasted so good that I could leave qa single bite in the plate and cleaned it all. Trust me when I say you would have also done the same. This was out of the menu and was specially prepared for me and that brought a big smile on my face.



" Millefoglie  " Ahh mind blowing dessert with crisp layers filled with custard and topped off with berry compote served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This also add to the must try list. 

And the last dessert to end the night was " Pasticciotto " shortbread pastry filled with custard, nutella and served with a side of vanilla ice cream.



The festival is on till the 24th May and must try are the desserts, soup, Orecchiette Alla Barese, Capesante Mare e Monti 

Pricing: Rs 3000 plus taxes.

Address: Bene, Hotel Sheraton, Brigade Gateway