Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MY ODE TO BUKHARA....

Nearly four decades of Bukhara is a Celebration of Choice;
The food is as amazing as ever, hence it is a reason to Rejoice!


Intense flavours, rustic ambience, flawless service will have you floored,
Trust me with the amazing crisp concept your palate would never get bored!

For the celebrations that begin from the 2nd until the 11th of August,
There are lots of offers that to check it out, go there, you must!

A complementary glass of champagne between 8:30 pm until 10:30 pm so a great idea to go with your friends, family or maybe just spouse,
You could also be lucky to be a part of the chef’s winning table and get your dinner on the house!’


Executive Chef JP Singh also gives you the legendary Dal Bukhara with his compliments,
It is said, a deep whiff of the Dal Bukhara is sure to take you to the rugged foothills of the North West Frontier, which sure is a big accomplishment!

For those who do not know, Bukhara has sold 2.5 Millions of this Dal since 1978, which was its inception,
I have never ever loved a Dal so much too, so this one is really an exception!

A surprise give-away and memorabilia for the host of the table also awaits,
This is of course after you have licked your plates!

Thankfully for the large green (veg) and red (Non-veg) Aprons,
You can enjoy this North West frontier cuisine as it is meant to be, without any limitations!


Did you know the famous artist M.F. Hussain, when he came here for a meal?
Put his paint brush to it, painted his famous horses, and as a memento to his favourite Bukhara gave them such a good deal!

This celebration is an ode to the faith of each and every Bukhara diner.

So go one , go all , whether you are an adult or an above 10 year old minor!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

CALCIUM KHAO SEHAT BANAO

The best five sources of calcium are food, food, food, fortified food and supplements. In that order hence I strongly recommend getting much of your calcium through food since these foods contain other nutrients the body needs. A body with a low calcium intake is a body that’s low on other nutrients, as well. So here are a few interesting calcium enriched recipes using my KitchenAid cordless hand blender and the KitchenAid stand mixer … Happy Eating!!

CHOCO MOCHA SHAKE


Serves: 2
Ingredients                          Quantity      
Full cream milk                     ¾ cup            
Skimmed milk powder           ¾ cup
Instant coffee                        ½ teaspoon
Cocoa powder                       2 teaspoons
Sugar                                     1 tablespoon
Salt                                         one pinch
Ice cubes                               5 no
Method
Blend the full cream milk and skimmed milk powder in the KitchenAid cordless hand blender.  Add coffee, cocoa, sugar and salt and blend until smooth.  Add ice cubes, and blend on low speed until smooth.  Blend on high for 30 seconds, until thick and frothy. Serve.

Calories per serving: 163
Calcium per serving: 391 mg
CALCIUM FACT
Milk is the best source of calcium, not only for children but also for adults. Moreover, the calcium is in a form that can be easily digested and absorbed by your body.

BROCCOLI YOGURT SALAD

Serves 4
Ingredients                          Quantity
Broccoli                                 400 gms
Yogurt                                    400 gms
Olive oil                                 40 ml
Sugar                                      5 Gms
Lemon juice                           40 ml
Salt                                         to taste
Freshly ground pepper           to taste
Sprigs of fresh mint               for the dressing
Method
Cut Broccoli into florets and blanch in salted water. Quickly cool them in chilled water and drain well, hold in the refrigerator.
Quickly blend the curd, sugar, olive oil, black pepper, lemon juice, mint leaves and salt together in the KitchenAid cordless Hand blender. Check seasoning.
Toss the blanched drained broccoli in yogurt dressing and serve.
Calories per serving: 142
Calcium per serving: 300 mg
CALCIUM FACT
High in protein and containing healthy bacteria for your gut, yogurt is said to offer 400 mg of calcium in a single serving. Choose non-fattening flavored yogurt for a satisfying and healthy snack. Besides milk and yogurt but dairy products like cheese is also a good dose of calcium.
Two cups of boiled broccoli have 124 mg of calcium.

ALMOND TEA CAKE
Serves 10
Ingredients                          Quantity
Sugar                                     1 cup
Butter, softened                    1/3 cup
Eggs                                       3 no
Vanilla essence                     1 ½ teaspoons
Almond powder                    325 Gms
Flour, whole-wheat              3 cups
Baking powder                     2 teaspoons
Skimmed milk powder         ½ cup
Baking powder                    1 ½ teaspoons
Salt                                       ½ teaspoon
Yogurt plain                         1 ½ cup
Method
Grease a cake tin and dust it with flour and keep aside.  Beat sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in the KitchenAid stand mixer.
Combine flour, baking powder, skimmed milk powder, baking powder and salt; blend into egg mixture alternately with yogurt. Pour batter into the greased tin and bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees centigrade about 1 hour, until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.  Cool in the tin for about 15 minutes, and then remove and keep. Slice and serve

Calories per serving: 315
Calcium per serving: 141 mg
CALCIUM FACT
The amount of calcium in a cup of whole almonds, 378 milligrams, is slightly more than in a cup of milk, about 300 milligrams.


CULINARY ILLUSION..... And we get #Farzified!!


‘For Example we will be doing a ‘Chilli Duck Samosa’, which is North Indian; the whole plate is Indian to me. The customer is comfortable because he recognises the Samosa, yet there is a wow factor. All this confidence will be reflected in the pricing too.’ That’s what my friend and the dynamic restaurateur Zorawar Kalra said to me with gleaming eyes when he first spoke of his baby ‘Farzi Café’.

So naturally when he invited us over for family dinner ( yeah hubby Chef Bakshish Dean and Zorawar are friends too)for a sneak peek just before the launch there was no way I could say No! We started with a tour of the Bistro …yes that’s the feel it gives on entry…a Modern Indian Bistro. The outdoor within the indoor replete with glass doors that open , the cast iron railing…you could be in a Bistro in Europe! We took seats at the bar where there was a better view of the cocktails being brewed and the fancy preparation, with the kitchen visible through a window. We started with a Smoked ‘GJK’ each which came in with all the drama and the Jasmine tea infused superbly with the Vodka.



Chef Himanshu used various equipment and science to give us a ‘wow’ feeling in taste and evoked our sixth sense. It was a scientific discipline involving the study of physical and chemical processes that occur in cooking. Mixologist Aman’s unique cocktails complement the Chef's food.What they have attempted to do is give its food and Beverages an element of both delicious and fun by introducing the Capital to Indian delicacies with a twist at unbelievable pricing. ‘Gurgaon is the best places to start a restaurant, but you have to be creative, and original, it is extremely competitive, and trust me there is enough diversity in Indian food. There are so many regions to explore yet in Indian cuisine and we are trying to push the boundaries’, says Zorawar as we get #Farzified. 


Their tasting menu offers some unusual dishes including ‘sarson ki gilawat, corn and cheese tostadas’. I especially loved the ‘Vegetable and coconut khao suey, steamed rice’ …mind blowing. The Service –efficient and professional, yet witty and engaging-is clearly some of the best you’ll find in Saadi Dilli.
And yes Zorawar Kalra has certainly created a place where even the youth of today can hang out at an Indian restaurant and still feel ‘Cool’ agrees my teenage daughter Akanksha who would probably never touch palak paneer at home or even look at a Raj Kachori at a chaat place, but gobbled up the whole portion when it was served to her! And each time she asked for the price of the dish ..her face lit up ! 
P.S- I don't want to talk much in detail about the dishes right now as the place is yet to launch...All I can say is Thumbs up Zorawar Kalra ...you are man with a vision on a mission and you will succeed for sure!! 


FARZI CAFÉ OPENS AT CYBERHUB, GURGAON ON THE 20TH OF JULY DINNER ONWARDS



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

OLIVE BISTRO, GURGAON


RUSTIC CHARM BLENDS WITH THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF MODERNISM



Cosy and relaxing and the rough white walls and flowered alleyways of cobblestones transport you to some Island in Greece. Once inside its all stonework with a blend of interesting furnishings and crisp lines sure is inviting, truly the Al fresco bar, candles are restored bar make it an unmatched ambience. Coming to the food, this doesn’t fail with its intriguing mix of traditional traveller’s fare and new –age cooking. Chef de cuisine, Mayank Tiwari shares his unique take on modern day bistro comfort food. The vegetarians would love the ‘Roasted Beetroot, Ricotta, Arugula and Candied Walnut Salad’ and ‘Roast Almond and Creamed Spinach Ravioli’. Recommendations go all out for the homemade crusty granary breads. Wholesome sandwiches, juicy burgers, delicate broths, Wood-fired pizzas ‘The Carnivore on a Thin Crust Pizza’ being a must try and delicious desserts like the ‘Vanilla Panacotta served with Pink Peppercorn and Orange sauce’, ‘OB Insanity Cake Slice’…decadent to the core. The experience at the bistro embodies the spirit of Olive in an entirely new space is a great combination of its creative interiors by Sabina Singh the architect Vivek Popley and refreshing themes along with all the unique interactivity built in. Just the place for lunching ladies and those looking for a relaxed evening as one can wash away one’s fatigue with a tall glass of fresh fruit julep or just stroll across in the evening in a pair of shorts for a glass of exquisite French wine.

FAST FACTS
Olive Bistro, Cyber Hub, Shop No 101, DLF Cyber City, Phase 2, Near Building no 8, Gurgaon 122002
For Reservations: 0124 6518803
Timings- 12 Noon to 12 midnight
Cost- Meal for two would be approx. INR 850 depending on what you order and without alcohol.





Tuesday, July 15, 2014

48 HOURS IN KATHMANDU

The capital of Nepal in the heart of a mountainous and snow-capped country, famed for its ancestry, magic and mysticism. 


CHARMING KATHMANDU
Weaving down the road between speeding cars and beeping motorbikes as you squeeze through the narrow streets, you will be greeted by keen street hawkers and the humming throng of people on every nook and corner, while your senses go into overdrive and the dust gathers pace around you… don’t be too quick to give up on Kathmandu – you will grow into this magical mayhem as you spend a few days uncovering the city’s charms. There’s more to it than meets the intimidated eye, and a whole adventure awaits you beyond the backpacking area of Thamel.

DAY 1

7: 30 AM: BREAKFAST AT THE COFFEE SHOP
You will need a hearty breakfast before you start your day for sure. Tucked away outside the touristy track, this delectable coffee shop at Hotel Annapurna is none too traditional in its décor and has a very upbeat contemporary feel to it. The place aims to attract the well-travelled and those looking for variety, set in elegantly cosy surroundings; it offers tasty treats with distinction. Eggs remain breakfast mainstays; a cappuccino bar churns out special coffee. You can even ask for a special Nepali breakfast if you wish to go a la carte.



8:45 AM:  SWAYAMBHU MAHA CHAITYA
Arriving at the temple I saw quite a few monkeys playing around, souvenir vendors, snack wagons, and wide stairs (read 367 steps) that went straight up seemingly to heaven. As you climb the guide explains that this monastery is about 2,500 years old. One does get breathless on the way, but you can stop for a refreshment or rest. When you reach the top you are rewarded with stunning bird’s eye view of Kathmandu below and a whole village of old buildings, temples, holy stupas, and souvenir shops at the top. Housing Buddhist and Hindu relics, typically the ashes of deceased, this temple is used as a place of meditation. Souvenir vendors have stalls side by side all around the village. A lot of them have the usual tourist items, but several had things I actually considered purchasing like the prayer wheels and well-done acrylic paintings of the Himalayas. I explored around the whole monastery taking in the wafts of incense, hypnotic chants of prayers and surreal sounds of ringing bells for about an hour before heading back down. A good is to stop over for some tea and momo’s before you head to the next stop.



11: 30 AM: HANUMAN DHOKA DURBAR SQUARE
This holds the structure that gave the city its name; Durbar Square, has been alive and in use by locals for over a thousand years. Entering the square, right in front is a huge pagoda style temple sitting on top of a series of large stone steps. All around the temple people sit on these steps watching the fruit sellers, singers, touts and tourists going about their business. Given the number of tourists in the square it comes as no surprise that there were people trying to sell little trinkets everywhere. You can also witness a living goddess here who is a pre-pubescent girl considered to be the earthly manifestation of divine female energy, and an incarnation of the goddess known as Taleju, the Nepalese name for Durga. There are specific timings she comes out, so make sure you visit the square around that time. The kneeling figure of Hanuman, sits on a tall stone pedestal. To the right is the golden main door of the HD Palace, guarded by a pair of stone lions. This museum is worth exploring, unfortunately, no photos are allowed while inside.

6:00 PM: THAMEL
Thamel has been referred to as the ‘ghetto’ by some; that said most low-budget travellers consider it a tourist haven. The narrow streets are choked with rickshaws, taxis, motorbikes and humanity. All the shopping alleys with countless shops selling the famous local Pashmina, Yak, Jacquard and Cashmere shawls, are interlinked and I could never guess what is coming out at the next turn. Little temples and stupas are well hidden too at the back streets. It is more of a backpacker area wall to wall with cafes, restaurants, pubs, travel agents, foreign money exchange booths and budget hotels with tons of camping and mountaineering gear shops including pirated North Face products. A good idea is to end your day with a local meal at one of the cafes out here.

DAY 2



9: 00 AM: BOUDHANATH STUPA
As I stepped in, I saw throngs of pilgrims walking around the stupa in a clockwise direction. Apart from its sheer size and magnificence, this vast stupa is the epicentre of so much devotion - one can't help but be overwhelmed by it I too got swept up with the crowds and joined them in this religious procession of some sort. Some locals come here to hang out as well. I settled for Breakfast at the Roadhouse Cafe and enjoyed the Stupa from a higher vantage point.



11: 30 AM: BHAKTAPUR
The town itself is an old imperial city full of interesting sights, and Durbar Square is situated just outside the town (Nepal has 3 Durbar Squares, the other two being in Kathmandu and Patan).  Many buildings out here date from the 12-15th century. Carved wood lattices and struts under the roofs are very intricate. One can get into the royal palace, through an ornate golden gate, which houses beautiful wood windows. The big royal bath in the back, where two cobra shaped statues stand is stunning. A Hindu temple inside the palace which is gorgeous is only open to Hindus. Back at the square, you can walk around and look at more temples and even shop for curios.



1: 30 PM: LUNCH AT ARNIKO
Dining at the Annapurna Hotel’s Chinese restaurant is a wonderful, wholistic experience not to be missed. First the Chinese, soup lovers, don’t miss the Traditional hot and sour chicken soup with bamboo shoots, a wholesome and tangy delight. The Cigar roll with a yak cheese filling and the Dim Sums here are a must try, they are a good representation of the quality that the kitchen upkeeps and you would love the Nepalese twist in the taste. Other recommendations including ‘Stir –fry greens’, ‘spicy pork’, ‘crispy duck with orange sauce’ etc. For a typical Oriental refreshing sweet ending go for the ‘Date rolls with ice-cream’, decadent to the core!



3:00 PM: SHOPPING ON DURBAR MARG
Just outside Hotel Annapurna is Kathmandu’s High street, aka Durbar Marg. Combining glamour with style and elegance, the place practically dignifies an entire world of high fashion. If you have the money and you don’t mind spending, this area is for you. From Zara to some spectacular local collection, this street features the extreme definition of haute couture.




4:30 PM: PATAN
Situated on a plateau across the Bagmati River Patan is eight kilometres south of Central Kathmandu, it is also known as Lalitpur aka the city of fine arts. Designated UNESCO World Heritage Site it is indeed rich in very old temples, shrines, pagodas and stupas.  It is perhaps the most picturesque collection of buildings that have been set up in such a small area. This lovely little city with its well preserved glorious heritage and the history of finest craftsmanship is a must visit.

8: 00 PM: GO LOCAL AT BHUMI
If you want to experience tranquillity, relaxation and consume local delights amidst a quaint courtyard ‘Bhumi’ is the place to have your last meal in the city! The Nepali gastronomy is characterized by its variety; as a cuisine Newari which is on offer here is designed to be shared and therefore, is very much conducive with family style service. With lungs, bone marrow as well as great sekuwa, and chwoela on offer, Bhumi goes the whole buff. The momo’s are snack size, and the presentation is great. Do try ‘Kathmandu blues’, their signature drink and yes for the less carnivorous, there is plenty on offer too like the Bara and Chatamari.
 
FAST FACTS
·       The discovery of a life size statue of King Java Verma in 1992 at the Maligaon in Kathmandu, with an inscription dated 185, is the earliest recorded evidence about Nepal’s history.
·       Nepal’s population represents more than a hundred ethnic groups. Each Nepalese ethnic group carries its own identity and cultural heritage.
·       Hinduism is the main religion of Nepalese people. The trinity of Hinduism- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva- and the pantheon of numerous other gods and goddesses are devotedly worshipped in Nepal.
·       To the Hindus, the most famous and venerated is the temple of Lord Pashupatinath, situated on the banks of the Bagmati.
·       The Kathmandu Valley is a treasure trove of Nepalese culture, and an important side of that culture is its architectural heritage.
·       The Durbar Square of Kathmandu is located in the old city and has heritage buildings representing four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, and Kirtipur), built over centuries, the earliest being the Licchavi dynasty.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
You can visit the Nepal Tourism Board which helps plan itineraries for the travellers at no cost.
P.O. Box: 11018, Bhrikutimandap
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 -4256909


MUST SEE/MUST DO
Swayambhu Temple
BodhNath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple
Durbar Square
Thamel
Bhaktapur
A meal at Hotel Annapurna on Durbar Marg
Patan
Chill out at Garden of Dreams
Visit the Casino Royale
Private day hiking
Eat Thakali cuisine
Try the local momo’s
Eat Newari Cuisine


RETREAT
Pokhara is the country’s second city and is about a 25 minute flight or a 4 and a half hours drive from Kathmandu nestled amidst natural beauty. You can either just chill out there by staying at The Fish Tail lodge the best resort in the city where on a clear day you can get a good view of the towering Himalayan ranges or use it as a base to the incredible trekking routes in the central Annapurna region of the country.  

SPICEJET FLIES TO KATHMANDU FROM VARIOUS PORTS IN INDIA

published in spiceroute


DEHLAVI CUISINE KA MAUSAM AT SHERATON DELHI'S BAYWATCH

Experience an array of mouth-watering dishes reminiscent of the cuisines prevalent in the by lanes of Saadi Dilli 


If you have a head for heights, you’ll love Baywatch for its high ceiling. The restaurant brings Multi cuisine flair to the lobby level of the Hotel, with a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere overlooking the pool. The outlet is famed for hosting many food festivals and this time round it is Dehlavi, so I had to go as no other restaurant in Dilli can be credited with creating mass appeal for Dehlavi cuisine as Sheraton has.
Dehlavi cuisine, like its culture, has stood high and unmatched by any other state in India. Thanks to the capital’s chequered history and attractive Geographical location, Dilli’s culinary fabric comprises a smorgasbord of eclectic flavours and this is the cuisine where you discover what happens when artistic Communities like the Mughals, Punjabis, Marwaris and the Kayasthas, each imbue a work of art with their own unique touch.
Chef Vipul & Chef Mofid
Most of the dishes that I tried at the Buffet were outstanding owing to the use of special ingredients, carefully chosen and cooked to the right degree. The addition of certain herbs, spices, condiments or an amalgam of these rendered a unique taste and texture to each dish.

The star of the show however for me was the ‘Sarai Ki Biryani’; as I pushed open the dough ‘purdah’, a burst of fragrant steam rushed out. Inside the pot, the long-grained rice was cooked to perfection, and succulent meat simmered gently, suffusing the entire dish with its spice-smothered flavour.

Another stellar preparation was the ‘Nihari’ slow cooked mutton on a charcoal fire through the night. (Also a Ramadan speciality eaten in the morning before the fast begins). Served with warm khameeri roti, flaky leavened bread that is deep fried, and a pickle made of chopped ginger and green chillies. The rich, tender meat swam in spicy gravy laced with fat and melted in my mouth. …Majja Nu Life!! What say!!


FAST FACTS
Dehlavi Buffet
Baywatch is at, Sheraton New Delhi Hotel, District Centre, Saket, New Delhi

Tel: 011 42661122

Sunday, July 13, 2014

ARTUSI RISTORANTE E BAR, DELHI

VERITABLY ITALIAN

The food is elegant while retaining the robust flavours one would expect from an Italian meal. 

LOWDOWN
The decor, the ambience and the service all reflected the warmth and care that one would expect when dining in a warm and friendly Italian home that I felt at home at once. Italian food has been adulterated and generally syncretised to a significant degree. It is therefore gratifying to dine on good, authentic Italian food. The promoter Gurpinder Balcon, an Italian citizen born in India who has exceptional knowledge and passion for fine authentic Italian food (married to an Italian) from the Emilia-Romagna region, is ever ready to explain every dish on the menu with great gusto. All in all, Artusi is utterly charming, utterly homely, utterly comfortable and utterly delicious!

WHAT’S ON OFFER?
The experience at Artusi is truly Italian. We started with a Prosecco at the before with Bruschetta before moving on to dinner. The food is elegant while retaining the robust flavours one would expect from an Italian meal. In keeping with the spirit of Italian cooking, everything is fresh and the flavours are kept simple so they balance each other. Sometimes, simplicity can be the hardest thing. Chef Romina Lugaresi takes on an emotional approach to cooking. She almost takes it as a responsibility and enjoys watching people eat. The menu is grand and extensive with faultless final products. Go for the tasting menu if you want a bit of everything. If a la carte is your choice then to whet appetites, a platter of ‘Calamari Fritti’ deep fried, served with a tangy spicy red sauce, a mild and creamy white sauce and a slice of lemon set the right mood. Not to be missed also is the homemade ‘Piadina e Crescione’ a platter of selected cured meats that includes Prosciutto di Parma that has been aged for 24 months, as well as salame, mortadella, fine cheeses and herbs. The selection of risotto and soup is a must try. ‘Risotto Ortolano’ made with the highest quality Carnaroli rice and seasonal vegetables and authentic Grana Padana cheese is decadent to the core.
Pasta is made fresh every day to guarantee the best quality. Their egg less Strozzapeti (an artisanal and rustic pasta made with flour only), is best taken plain with just tomato sauce (pomodoro). Speciality dishes run a mile long and include the likes of ‘Grigliata Mista’, a platter of premium quality mixed meat cuts and sausages - served with rosemary potatoes and grilled vegetables is rich but not overwhelming. The tiramisu is the Pride and joy of the restaurant and another good bet would be the Panna Cotta. 
As more and more Italian restaurants mushroom all over the country , Artusi has set itself apart by going authentic in its cooking. It is obvious that nothing is compromised here, from carefully engineered dishes, to impeccable service, the ambience is extremely European, and it definitely is a cut above the rest. The experience doesn’t end with the food but spreads on to the service, wines and the service under the Italian speaking General Manager Aman Chaudhry.

ABOUT THE CHEF
Romina Lugaresi Is the Executive Chef of the restaurant. Romina has been at the helm of kitchens in the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and now in India. Throughout her twenty years her focus has been on the cuisine of her native land Emilia-Romagna. It does not hurt that Romina was born and grew up in the same village in Emilia-Romagna like the owners’ family! She appreciates that Artusi Ristorante e Bar does not have, nor plans to have, any other outlets. ‘I simply want to deliver the very best only, every day of the week, thus I trust my team but I also keep a close watch on every dish that leaves my kitchen’ says Romina smilingly.
Promoter Gurpinder Balcon with Executive Chef Romina Lugaresi
FAST FACTS
Address: 24, M-Block Market, Greater Kailash II, New Delhi
For Reservations: 011 4906 6666
Meal for two: INR 4,000 plus taxes.
Timings:
Lunch: 12:00pm – 3:00pm; Dinner: 6:30pm – 11:30pm
Bar: Café Bar: 8:00am – 4:00pm; Cocktail Bar: 4:00pm – 1:00am 

published in Tlf

WEEKEND GETAWAY IN STYLE @ THE JW MARRIOTT, CHANDIGARH


It is not just another place to stay, it is a differentiate offering to weave long lasting memories ...

The closest and most easily accessible place for Dilliwaalas to unwind is the clean and green city of Chandigarh and what can be better than doing it in style at the JW Marriott. It is a harmonious blend of luxury, impeccable service, age old traditions and contemporary sophistication. This unique property deserves every accolade it has received from its regular customers for its luxurious accommodation, creative cuisine and unmatched recreational facilities.

LOCATION
Exuding elegance and craftsmanship, the hotel is centrally located within close proximity to the airport and the railway station, in addition to the Business District - Sector 17 and the Information Technology Park.
ACCOMODATION
The hotel offers 164 elegantly designed rooms & suites midst fabulous landscaping and sylvan surroundings. The Interiors of my room echoed my need to lay back, rest so that I could later resume my business of the day in style and comfort. Adorned in warm creamy tones with plush, comfortable interiors, my room featured top class amenities and what I really loved the most was the iron and the ironing board and the Alarm clock with the I-pod docking station. I was equally impressed with automated ‘Do Not Disturb’ and ‘Make My Room’ signage
FOOD AND BEVERAGE

‘Café@JW’ the all-day dining venue and was my favourite spot for breakfast. 


‘Saffron’ offers a gastronomic experience unlike any other and offers authentic flavours of the Northwest frontier cuisine where herbs and spices are blended together to give a rich culinary experience alongside distinguished flavours from the tandoor and the charcoal grill. 

The culinary essence of ‘Oregano’ is authentic Italian cuisine with a strong creative element. The chef sure does a smart job in sending out delicately wrought, full flavoured offerings.

It is obvious that nothing is compromised here, from carefully engineered dishes, to impeccable service, the ambience is extremely Italian, and it definitely is a cut above the rest.




And if you are in a ‘Deli’ mood, ‘Chandigarh Baking Company’ is a place to indulge into some sinful cakes and pastries, chocolates, cookies or made to order sandwiches and burgers along with your cuppa any time of the day or night.
REJUVENATE AT THE QUAN SPA

The Spa provides a unique haven of tranquillity where dedicated therapists combine timeless wellness concepts with modern therapeutic wisdom, to set a new benchmark in holistic wellness and therapy. From the moment the word Spa came to my mind, I could only think of bliss and rejuvenation…and the Quan Spa did exactly that! The spa offers a spectrum of authentic and traditional wellness treatments, from oriental and western body therapies to specialized facials.
SERVICE
Wonderfully warm and gracious staff adds an edge to the utterly delightful property.
FAST FACTS
Best way to Reach: Drive in your own car or hop on a Shatabadi
What: Luxury at its Finest!
Where: JW Marriott Chandigarh, Plot no. 6; Sector 35 – B, Dakshin Marg,
Chandigarh – 1600 35, India
T: 91 172 395 5555 I F: 91 172 395 5588
Other Facilities: Pool, Whisky 111 – Bar & Lounge, Meeting facilities, Fitness club, to name a few.
 

 published in Statesman



Saturday, July 12, 2014

COMEDIAN VIR DAS IN STRESS

An invite to meet ‘ Vir Das’ the famed Comedian at ‘Kingdom Of Dreams’ awaited in my mailbox and I sure was excited…Just like some people have a fetish for a good steak , I have one for Good Humour and off I set with my daughter in tow with great gusto.
Being a local Gurgaonniwaasi, I feel rather proud that a dream destination like Kingdom of Dreams is right here in my neighbourhood…and more often than not I have watched both the shows ‘Zangoora’ and ‘Jhumroo’ sometimes to entertain some firang friends and sometimes to simply entertain myself with the family.
SMILE PLEASE
Anyways back to ‘Vir Das’, who was actually there to promote his upcoming film ‘Amit Sahni ki List’ at the glitzy ‘IIFA’ hall at KOD. His arrival was a wee bit late but he did manage to say something about his film to the press in the speculated time. He was then whisked off to ‘Nautanki Mahal’ (with a promise to come back in 30 minutes for a one on one with the media) just as ‘Zangoora’ was ending so as to surprise the guests with his presence and of course promote the film. Fortunately or unfortunately I got to sit next to him and as I tried to get friendly so as to interview him later…he introduced me to his PR who said, ‘we will connect’ post this. Anyways all Vir asked me was ‘Do you have time on you?’ At first I thought he was flirting but soon realised he was just asking to know what the time was. I said ‘5 Pm’ and he just nodded his head stressfully. A comedian in stress…hmmm, doesn’t sound right…haina?
ON STAGE AT THE NAUTANKI MAHAL
That said on stage at the Nautanki Mahal ‘Vir Das’  the ace stand-up comedian and now Bollywood star, mingled with adoring fans and visitors at Kingdom of Dreams, who could not get enough of him. The excited crowds responded with enthusiasm and kept asking for more. 
WHY THIS STRESSED LOOK???
And I rushed back to the IIFA hall so as to chit chat with him one on one! But where was ‘Vir Das’? He did not come back and left all the media stranded….We were told he had to rush to catch a flight to Singapore…Now I would call that being rather disorganised, if you have said you are available till 7:15 …didn’t you know you had a flight? Whatever!!! I sure was disappointed with Vir Das not even smiling properly when he was sitting next to me and then this disappearing act!! 
With nothing really left to do, we just had some yummy ‘ Vada Pao’ and ‘ Chai’ from the Mumbai counter at KOD and took some pics with the debutant heroine Anandita who was there for a very long time with her super excited family!
DEBUTANT ANANDITA AND AKANKSHA DEAN

As far as the film is concerned I really don’t know yet if I would be watching it …but would surely come back to Kingdom of Dreams for the Vada Pao and Jhumroo!