Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Enjoy the season sipping the amazing taste of Beanstalk & Leaves Coffee

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By Tarry

Hola people

Even as I am writing this post, I am craving heavily for coffee. Although the coffeeholic me can savour this magical elixir all the year through, winters are a time when I badly crave for it. For me, nothings better than holding a cup full of coffee in my hands to warm me up from the outside, and as I sip it, from the inside…. Phew! Such is life dearies.
Anyways, today I am reviewing an amazing coffee blend, which has become a favourite for me off late. As you all know, I am on a constant search for amazing coffee blends and recently, came across this brand called ‘Beanstalk & Leaves’. Now I must say that the name was the first thing that impressed me. Since they were offering pure grounded coffee blends (not the instant coffee ones), I decided to try them out.
And having tasted their three different blends,
 I am ready to churn out my brew J

Presenting my deeds on the first blend,

The amazing taste of Beanstalk & Leaves Smooth Operator Coffee

What the brand claims 
A blend that instantly translates you into a smooth smokin killer type fellow which in turn makes you feel invincibly smooth
Contents: Coffee Powder & Chicory
Type: Brewing Coffee

INR 295 for 250 gms.

The coffee is available at their official website and also on Amazon.

On the Outside
The Smooth Operator blend comes in a deep coffee brown coloured zipper pouch. It has the logo printed, with a pasted blend name and details on the back. The powder is well grounded powder, which can be used in a coffee press machine or a filter coffee maker to make this coffee. The packaging is very basic, which looks fine. But I would have loved some more details like price and date of manufacturing etc on the back label.

On the Inside
This is a blend which is for people who want to move an inch above the instant coffees. The lightest blend amongst the lot, it has the right mix of coffee and chicory that makes it a really smooth blend. The light brew has a nice sweet aroma to it which is awesome. The blend tastes perfect to have with your breakfast or in the evenings when you just want a sip. Overall, I would call it an awesome blend. It is a favourite with my mom too, who likes this in cold way. 

The Beanstalk & Leaves Smooth Operator Coffee blend is perfect for those who want to up their game from the instant coffees. The blend is perfect and gives a light taste and aroma which is really tasty. Go for it if you feel you are too bored of the instant versions and want to really smell the coffee J

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Makeover stories : Awesome Haircut thanks to Hair & Care and Naturals Salon

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By Tarry                                                                                
Hi lovelies .... 
I can feel the festive chill in the season. Since yesterday, it really feels like Autumn is finally here and winter just right the corner. Love love love such weather although it means lot of layering ... ;-)

So it's the pre-Diwali week and guess what? As a special gift, we (team PEL) will be doing one post everyday from Monday to Friday... Yes, against the usual three or two post, we will have five different posts for you to enjoy all this week. And we will have some Diwali specials too.. So stay tuned and spread the word around... 

I recently had a very bad haircut experience.... And so bad that i don't even want to share it here. I love my hair a lot and a bad haircut means a bad mood for a really long time. But then, miracle happened.

Hair & Care, one of the leading Hair care brands in India, launched their Hair & Care Makeover Offer. I already love Hair & Care as a oil as it is non-sticky and leaves the hair very manageable. The offer entails you to buy a 300 ml bottle of the oil (it is less that INR 200) and get a hair makeover (cut and blowdry) worth INR 500 at any of their partner salons. Now this was a real deal. Because it is not a lucky draw and anyone getting a bottle gets a cut... WOW. 

Read on to know more about my #MakeoverStories 

Awesome haircut with
 Hair & Care and Naturals Salon

I chose Naturals Salon in Gomti Nagar in Lucknow. Although I was really skeptical because of my last experience (it was a well known chain), I had heard good reviews about them. I registered at the promotion redemption website (all details are mentioned very easily on the box) and booked my appointment. The owner of Naturals Salon Gomti Nagar in Lucknow, Jyoti Dixitis really amazing. Although she wasn't well, she made sure that my experience was an amazing one. 

On the decided day, I went to the salon. Their hairstylist, Vicky was assigned to me for the service. The salon is really spacious, clean and hygienic, which was a big thumbs up for me. I was offered a welcome drink (coffee in my case, and they made it just the way I wanted... with a little sugar), followed by which Vicky checked my hair type and asked me a few questions. Apart from a bad haircut, I have also been facing a bit of extra dryness in my hair. He suggested I should try a shampoo and hair mask system from Wella which will not only moisturise my hair from the outside, it will also make my scalp buildup free. I was given a shampoo using the same system, and man! I could feel some change instantly.

Post the shampoo, Vicky asked me what kind of a cut I was looking for. My hair is quite voluminous, but the bad hair cut had left the volume only at the ends, while the crown and mid-lengths had fallen flat. Vicky suggested a multi layer cut with a fringe, where the volume would be on the top and the bottom, leaving the mid length, to give a nice framing bounce. 

Post the cut, he gave me a simple blow dry sans curling or styling as he wanted to show how low maintenance my style is and does not require any special tools. Here are the before and after clicks. 


I really loved the hair cut as it is super easy to maintain and brings the bounce back in my hair. I was also given some basic tips by Vicky which are really helpful. Naturals salon certainly has one of the best teams in the city and with Hair & Care partnering with them, they are indeed a must visit place. 

And here are some photos of the salon. 

And here is the master stylist who gave me this awesome look. Must say Team Naturals Gomti Nagar is not just well trained, but also very friendly and courteous. 

Me with Stylist Vicky... He is superb. 

Team Naturals Salon Gomti Nagar

The Hair & Care promotional activity lets you get a chance to an awesome hair cut. And if your salon is Naturals Salon Gomti Nagar, you are bound to come out looking like a diva with a big smile on your face. Highly recommended. 

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

#BreakfastTrails Breakfast at Mocha

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By Tarry                                                                                
"People who love to eat are always the best people...."
-- Julia Child 

Hello my lovelies.....
Its weekend ... and the best time to hangout with friends over some good food... Right! 
Thanks to your overwhelming response to the first edition of #BreakfastTrails series. As you all know, this series specifically focuses on breakfast options which you can enjoy not just as a foodie tourist, but even as a food lover local in a city. 

For me, good food outing always means not just well cooked food, but also great ambiance of the place. Now don't get me wrong, a roadside dhaba with lush green fields in the background is equally good for me as a terrace restaurant in a five star property.... This edition of #BreakfastTrails brings a food joint that fits well in both the criteria and even though it hails to one of the most popular food chains in India, the franchisee owners have added their bit of Lakhnawi touch to the menu which is amazing, keeping the originals alive. 

Presenting the latest edition of Breakfast Trails 

Breakfast at Mocha


Most of the foodies across India are familiar with the name of Mocha. One of the best known cafe and dining restaurant chains in the country, Mocha belongs to Impresario Entertainment and Hospitality Pvt Ltd. They have 12 locations across India, Lucknow being the latest one. Mocha Lucknow is located at a very strategic location... barely a few metres from the all day buzzing Patrakarpuram Crossing at Gomti Nagar. It is on the top floor of a newly constructed complex, hence despite being on a busy road it does offer some peace. 

The restaurant has two sitting options - Indoors and outdoors. While indoors can be a perfect option in those sultry summer days, the outdoor area offers an amazing option during rains or winters... when you just want some warmth. Beautifully decked up interiors with blue as a main theme colour gives it a Greek look. 

Now over to the food since the blog is about food.... right! :-) 

I was accompanied by my photographer bestie who is a big egg lover. For him, if an eating joint serves well made eggs, it is good :-) So ofcourse from the plentiful menu (18 pages of it), we decided to order things which are filling for a breakfast but not too filling to enjoy a lunch later. 

And here is what we chose, with our views on it... 

Masala Chai cutting : Every tea lovers delight, this was my bestie's kick start drink. Masala tea with froth on the top, aka latte, served in a beautiful blue Chheeka (tea holder) to give it a desi feel. The cup is full, but is beautifully called cutting. Bestie loved it and said that the froth was really light. 

Cappuchino with hazelnut syrup : "When in Rome, do as Romans do... similarly, when at Mocha, do try their coffee..." my motto in life ;-) Anyways, so I went for a cappuchino with hazelnut syrup. I loved the coffee as it did not have added sugar and the hazelnut syrup did add the desired sweetness to it. 

Grilled Chicken Tikka Sandwich : This one was a winner for me for sure. The chicken tikka was really juicy with perfect spices, the bread was soft (it is freshly baked everyday in their in-house bakery) and the mint chutney was awesome add on. My favourite and a high recommendation. 

Sunny Side Up Eggs with hash browns and multigrain toast : See, I said na my bestie loves egg. And this one was good for him. Nicely cooked sunny side up egg with crisp hash browns and freshly baked Multigrain break is a complete meal in itself for one. He absolutely loved it (and didn't even allow me to taste :-(

Khow Suey : We were really filled because of the portions, so tasted just a bit of this Burmese dish. Served beautifully in a wooden try, it tasted nice. The soup was well made and had a calming taste. The accompaniments were good. 

Mumbai Kanda Bhajiya Pav : I can keep coming back to this place just for this dish. Fresh buns (the typical pav buns) with green chutney layering aka mumbai ishtyle Vada Pav. The middle is crisp onion pakodas which add crispness to this dish. Served with ketchup and chips (not fries to keep the desiness intact), it is amazing. I loved how the soft bun and crispy pakodas create a dhamaal in your mouth with the first bite... Super recommended....   

Lemonade : A light and refreshing drink served in a mason jar, this is a good accompaniment if you have allowed your tummy to enjoy loads of good dishes. 

Bahaut Berry Smoothie: Don't dare this one if you want something light. Because this smoothie is quite filling. Made from a good selection of berries in yogurt, it has the right amount of tangyness to make you enjoy it with all kinds of dishes.

And this is me with my Bahaut Berry. 

The franchisee is owned by young entreprenuer Ankit Sahni. Barely in his 20's, he has been skilfully managing the restaurant which has become a zooming hangout place for people of all ages. Ankit says that it is interesting to see Lucknow opening up to eating out ideas and Mocha aims at serving the best of all cuisines to the city. 

This is me with Ankit Sahni.... 

Food for two at Mocha would be around INR 1000 if you are looking for a full meal. The restaurant has live music evenings and mornings which are great for someone who wants to enjoy music with food. Here is a glimpse of it. 

All clicks by Naeem Chishti


Ambiance : 5 (the view is amazing and the interiors look uber cool)
Food : 4.9 (Taste is really good. I love how the freshly baked breads taste. )
Presentation : 5
Service : 4.8
Value for Money : 4.9 (The portions are quite filling)  

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Friday, 21 October 2016

Detox those tresses with Aroma Essentials Natural Hair Cleanser

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By Tarry                                                                                
Hello pretty people 
How have you all been? As Diwali is getting closer, days are getting really hectic. And amidst home and work, I also have to shoot a few festival and wedding special looks for all of you (thanks for those who have been dm-ing me on insta to ask why I haven't done any so far...) 

So as you all know, I have been trying out a few products from this brand, Aroma Essentials. And I always like to try out Natural shampoos and hair cleansers. After all, who doesn't like to use natural products when everything around us is loaded with chemicals. I was looking at their hair cleanser options available when I saw the hair growth shampoo cream. 
This was really intriguing as most of the natural handmade shampoos are in bar form. But this one was in a container in a cream form, like a hair mask. I spoke to Madhu, the lady behind Aroma Essentials and she told me that the hair shampoo cream was better as people felt that the shampoo bar often left the hair a bit dry. 
When I heard that onion was one of the main ingredients of this cleanser, I was sold. And now, after having used it for a month (occasionally and regularly as well), I can easily talk about it. 

Presenting my deets on  

Aroma Essentials Hair Cleanser with Onion 

INR 375  

Online through their FB page Aroma Essentials

On the Outside
The Aroma Essentials Hair Cleanser comes in a transparent plastic jar with a screw cap. The label has all the details including ingredients and how to use. I like how the label describes everything. Good work on that. The Jar may seem unhygienic for some people, but you can always use a spoon to get the product since it is too thick to be in a bottle or tube. The product closes well so you can easily travel with it. Overall, good on the outside. 

On the Inside 
This is a cream cleanser. And it has a thick consistency indeed, just like a hair mask. But the yellowish white colour product is totally magical. I take it in my palm and mix with a little normal water (not too cold) and it instantly melts and forms a good lather. The product really leaves the scalp clean (I can say this because the scalp feels squeeky on touching) and even helps in removing buildup. Initially, it does leave the hair a bit dry because of the lack of all artificial smootheners, but nothing which a good hydrating conditioner cannot handle. 
After a few washes, this dryness is also tackled. I have been using this one once a week now (I wash my hair thrice a week) when I want that detox kind of feeling. I condition my hair either with Apple Cider Vinegar post this or with conditioner and it leaves my hair really smooth. I have noticed that my scalp stays clean for three days when I use this, which means lesser shampooing (good in winters). And yes, it does not leave any residue and smells like essential oils.... Certainly one of the best natural hair cleansers in India.

In an era when everything is majorly chemicals and toxins, the Aroma Essentials Hair cleanser is just perfect for detoxifying the scalp and hair. It maintains the ph balance of the scalp with its all natural ingredients, removes buildup and actually aids hair growth. I love how it leaves my hair bouncy and with a natural shine. Ladies, and even men, if you are looking for a product that can detox the hair and scalp and reduce the effect of chemicals, do try this out. Must have. 

PEL Rating 
I would love to rate it a 5 on 5.  

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

#GetReady Prep your body for the festive and wedding season with these products

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By Tarry                                                                                
Hi lovelies .... 
It's been so damn hectic. And am so sorry I haven't been consistent in posting. There are some major changes happening on the blog which you will know soon.... and I'm sure you guys are gonna love it. 

Starting today, we are getting into the festive and wedding season mode. The #GetReady series will talk about products which we have used and strongly recommend, that can get you season ready. Most of the products have already been reviewed on PEL and some will be reviewed real soon. But trust us, all products are those which we have used and hence, we recommend. 

Presenting the first post in the #GetReady series... 

Prep your body for the festive and wedding season

Special time calls for special care. And skin care is really important. Starting off with the body, one needs to scrub off those dead cells and reveal a new glowing skin to ensure that the skin looks radiant and is also ready to enhance the goodness of moisturizer or body butter. 

Here is our pick of scrubs....

Junaili Apricot Body Scrub : Priced at INR 250 for 125 gms, this is the purest scrub I have tried so far. It is in powder form and needs to be mixed with water or raw milk. No chemicals no preservatives.... totally pure and awesomely amazing. Gives super smooth skin. Full review coming up super soon. 

Tatha Yummy Body Scrub : This is slightly expensive. But has the goodness of cocoa and vanilla, smells like chocolate and leaves the skin oh so soft. The fragrance lingers on for a while to leave you smelling skinfully sexy. Read the full review here.

Body Lotions

After scrubbing, it is important to moisturize your skin with body lotion or body butter. Using these recommendations twice a day will not only leave your skin looking awesome, but feeling awesome too. Here are our picks.

Parachute Advansed Body Lotion Deep Nourish : One of the best budget products I have tried. It leaves the skin super smooth, specially the legs and the elbows. Regular use makes the skin glow as well. Read the full review here

Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter : This is on the expensive side but a little goes a long way. Specially good for the feet and hands, it leaves them soft with a lovely fragrance that doesn't bother. The container is a tad bulky for travelling so you would need to transfer it. 

These scrubs and lotions are just a few picks from our kitty. Do follow me on Instagram for mini reviews and recommendations of many other such products which we will feature in our #GetReady series. Stay tuned for the next part because we will cover the whole of you.... :-)   

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