Sunday, 19 February 2017

Food Demonstration of Royal Recipes With Waltz India Tours 

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By Tarry
HOLA LOVELIES…
I’VE BEEN REALLY BUSY OFF LATE… LOADS OF PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL THINGS HAPPENING WHICH ARE ACTUALLY EATING UP A LOT.
But this is no excuse for being a little lazy on the blog. So here I am… back in action. And I promise, I won’t go MIA for long intervals this time J
Lucknow is a city which is famous for food, especially non-vegetarian. It is actually a non-vegetarians delight… (even veg lovers will find loads here). Since the nawabi era, food has played an integral role in the growth of the city. And one cannot miss enjoying some amazing delicacies while you are in the city, as a local or as a explorer.
While exploring the city through its food, how about trying a few dishes that have been handed down to a royal family through generations? And not just trying them, but even seeing how they are made to make this experience even more beautiful?
With this experience in mind, Waltz India Tours, one of the best tour promoters and organizers of Lucknow, organize Food Demonstrations of Royal recipes in the city. I was lucky to witness one such demonstration, organized for a group of women travelling from the US to this beautiful city. The demonstration, organized at Alishma Foods in Chowk area, was simply ecstatic. Now before I go on and on,
  
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Food Demonstration of Royal Recipes
With Waltz India Tours 



Waltz India Tours is one of the best tour operators in the city, promoting the beautiful heritage of Lucknow in different and unique ways. The food demonstration is one such way, where one can not only enjoy some royal recipes, but even see how they are made. This food tour is organized at Alishma Foods.
Situated right behind Jama Masjid in Old City area, Alishma is an open air restaurant which has a good parking area and beautiful view, especially in the evening. The owner, Yasir Abbas, is a descendent of Nawab Asafudaulah, one of the eminent nawabs of Oudh. Here’s a click of what Alishma looks like.


The food demonstration offer two dishes – Murg Dara Nawab, named after Yaseer’s Grandfather, and Lahori Fried Chicken, recipes that have been handed down by generations. Murg Dara Nawab is a rich chicken dish where a whole chicken is marinated in spices and curd for a few hours. After marination, it is filled with keema (minced meat) of beef or mutton, a paste of dry fruits including cashew, almonds and more, a paste of ginger and garlic with some special spices, apart from herbs. It is slow cooked for a few hours so that the spices and pastes get mixed with the juices of chicken to give it a unique, smoked kind of a flavour. Here are some clicks of the demonstration of Murg Dara Nawab and the final dish.











The second dish is Lahori Fried Chicken. Yaseer proudly tells that this has been patented by Alishma. This dish was prepared specially for the nawabs by chefs who came from Lahore in undivided India. After partition, some of them moved to Pakistan. The dish has been named to recognize the efforts and service of the original chefs. A deep fried dish, this is more like chicken fritters but the recipe is such that it is not too oily and the flavour and juiciness of chicken stays intact despite the deep frying. Here are some clicks of the Lahori Fried Chicken, popularly called LFC.



And here are two photos of me with Yaseer and a group of ladies who were travelling all the way from America for a royal experience to Lucknow with Waltz.




PEL SHOUT OUT
If you are visiting Lucknow and food is on top of your list, do connect to Waltz India Tours for this awesome activity. Not only you get to enjoy some royal dishes, but also see how they are made to get a different experience altogether. You can connect to Waltz India through their FB page here or through Ajay Jain here.




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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Enjoy the best of veg and non-veg platter at The Spice Factory

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By Tarry

HOLA LOVELIES…
SO IS SPRING HERE? I CAN FEEL IT, SENSE IT BUT DUNNO WHY, I CAN'T SEE IT...

By now, I am sure most of you what a big foodie I am. Well people, you see I love good food. And if that good food is coupled with good ambience and amazing company, Wallah! what a deal...
Lucknow is really growing as a city in terms of offering an array of choices for food lovers, tourists and business visitors too. I remember when we shifted here some 17 years ago, there were hardly any options. But now, almost every month a new joint is either opening or relaunching to give some new zing to the taste buds.
The Spice Factory is one such name which recently relaunched its menu. The name itself is awesome enough to invite the food lovers. Your's truly, alongwith a few more bloggers from the city, was invited to taste the new, relaunched menu with a promise to make people love each and every dish.
Now, not making this intro too long,
Presenting my deets on
Relaunch menu at The Spice Factory




Location is the first good thing about this place. Located at the fourth floor of City Mall in Gomti Nagar, TSF ensures that parking your vehicle isn't an issue. So be it a group of friends or family, you can always get everyone in here. The restaurant has a simplistic, minimalistic kind of design with d├ęcor majorly including some beautiful paintings. Since it does not speak too loudly, one can enjoy a peaceful meal for sure.

Coming to the food now. I taste some veg and non veg dishes from their new menu. While the veg dishes were full of flavour, the non veg dishes too were cooked to perfection. Read on what I felt about each and every dish.

Starters


Bhutte Pyaaz ke khaas kebab - Very light on spices, these kebabs are a good options for starters, specially for the vegetarians.



Dahi ke sunhare kebab - Another good options for the vegetarians. The outer is quite crisp, while the inside too was nice. Again, light on spices but good with flavour.


Raan-e-Mirza - This is a mutton lovers delight. The raan, or the thigh portion, cooked to juicy perfection with spices. A must try.


Dhuan Boti Kebab - Another one for the mutton lovers. Cooked on slow smoke, this one is quite juicy too and has a smoked flavour which makes it stand out. Another must have.


Aata chicken : Now before you start searching for the chicken in the photo above, lemme tell you... it's inside this dough. Cooked with mild spices in a dum like manner inside this dough, this chicken is a must try for chicken lovers. I loved the flavours.

Main Course dishes


Bharwan Murg Palak Ke Kofte : A heady mix of spinach and chicken, this one has a tangy kind of a taste which is more spinach and less chicken. You will surely love it if you love a little experimentation with chicken.


Baghare Baigan - Traditionally a Hyderabadi dish, this one is nice but not too spicy like its Hyderabadi counterparts. Still, a good option.




Hyderabadi Dum Biryani - For those whose taste buds are used to the Lakhnawi or Awadhi style of Biryani, this would be a welcome change. However, if you are searching for the famous Paradise Biryani, this isn't the same. The flavours are rich and spicy, but not as spicy as its original. Yet, a must try for biryani lovers.

Desserts


Phaldari Phirni - A nice, light rice pudding with fresh fruits. Not too high on sweet, nice and tasty.


Beetroot halwa - This one can turn you into Iron man for sure :-) The finely chopped beetroot cooked well in sugar syrup for a nice flavour. I super loved it.

PEL SHOUT OUT
The Spice Factory is a good destination for both vegetarians and non vegetarians. The starters and main course offer a good variety, with good flavours indeed. A must try place and I am sure you would go back.

PEL FOOD-O-METER
Ambience: 5
Hospitality: 4.9
Variety: 4.9
Food: 5 (Love the flavours)
Value for Money: 4.9 (the portions are big enough)

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Bye Bye Winters ft. Blinglane.com 


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By Tarry

“While I relish our warm months,

Winter forms our character and brings out our best…”

– Tom Allen



HOLA LOVELIES…

GOD! IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF FEBRUARY… IS 2017 FASTER THAN 2016? JUST A FEW DAYS BACK WE WERE CELEBRATING THE NEW YEAR….

ANYWAYS, getting back here… So it is February now and spring is going to come just any moment. I decided to bid goodbye to winters (although you still need some woollens in some parts of Northern India) in a really special way…Wearing all my favourite stuff for winters before they all go back into hibernation till the next season.

I recently got these amazing pair of earrings from Blinglane.com. Now I must tell you that I wasn’t too sure how the jewellery pieces from Blinglane would look. After all, what may look good on the website under those amazing studio lights and photoshopped pictures may not be as fabulous in real. I have had some mixed experiences earlier.

But Blinglane.com proved me totally wrong. The earrings look beautiful on the site, but in reality, they look fabulous. Everything from the finish, the design, the material to the hook and packaging, it’s all so perfect. The earrings are just perfect to add that classiness to any basic outfit, be it ethnic or western. It is indeed the best Indian ecommerce site to buy jewellery.

Presenting my final #winterspecial #OOTD


Bye Bye Winters

ft. Blinglane.com 



Blinglane.com is a Delhi based e-store that sells some beautiful and trendy pieces of jewellery. Neckpieces, sets, earrings, anklets, bracelets…. They have an amazing collection in all. And the styles are amazing enough to suit all tastes. Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, Bling… everything!

I got the earrings ‘INIMITABLE BOLD GOLD’ (p.s. they are currently on sale). Now I am someone who loves big earrings since I am majorly an earrings person (leaving aside my boho moods). These ones really caught my eye. The oval shaped earrings have a beautiful cut-out jaali design in the middle which looks amazing. Here are some clicks of the earrings.




These earrings are a complete accessory in itself. You can wear it with a basic outfit to add oomph to the look or with a dressy outfit to add to the style quotient. I styled them with a basic woollen dress (Shoppers Stop), woollen leggings (Limeroad), boots and long coat (Shoppers Stop). While the outfit was kind of sticking to basic colours, even my makeup was neutral. The earrings, which stand out on my round face, were the highlight of the entire look.

Not writing much now, would just leave to you all to enjoy these pictures where all the attention is being grabbed by the earrings….













PEL SHOUT OUT

This was my first product from Blinglane.com and I must say, I am really impressed by the earrings. Not only is the design and the finish amazing, the product quality is good enough to not irritate or hurt my sensitive ear skin. Do check the site out for some awesome collections from dainty to bold. And since they have some sales too, you may find great deals as well…



Photography by : Mohammad Naeem Chishti





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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Enjoy Sizzling delights at Get Sizzling Food Fest @ Kava by Fairfield

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By Tarry

HOLA LOVELIES…
EVEN AS WE THOUGHT WINTERS ARE GONE AND IT WAS GETTING HOTTER, ONE GOOD DAMN RAINFALL AND EVERYTHING IS BACK AGAIN… HOWEVER THIS TIME, A LITTLE PLEASANT. J
I am a foodie and this is one fact which people who know me well are well acquainted with. Even when I am travelling, I prefer enjoying some local food than dining in the best hotels. In terms of high end eating options however my taste buds are quite particular. I know hotels, especially chains, hire some of the best chefs in the country but somehow, not every place appeals to my taste buds. And in Lucknow, Marriott’s budget property FAIRFIELD BY MARRIOTT is a place I can keep going back.
Their chefs do have a knack of presenting food in the most authentic way, but with a little twist. J
The hotel’s dining facility, KAVA, is currently organizing a food festival, GET SIZZLING. And as you guessed it, this is a festival dedicated to some awesome sizzlers. Me and bestie went to check out their fare and here’s what we feel about it.

Presenting my deets on
‘Get Sizzling’ Sizzlers fest at Kava 


 
We always love how the staff of Kava is very friendly and courteous the moment you reach there. We went on a very busy day and the restaurant was bustling with people. Vishal Chawan, the Food and Beverage Manager of the property, was our man to talk about the fest. “Since winters are the best time to enjoy some sizzling delicacies, we decided to gift the best of vegetarian and non-vegetarian delights to food loving Lucknowites,” he told us.
Chef Prashant Suryavanshi, the man whose spoons rule the kitchen, and Chef Sher Bahadur were the guys who have decided on the sizzler palate. In the vegetable platter, one can choose from Shashlik Paneer, Mexicana Paneer, Vegetable Schezwan Cutlet, Paneer Chili with Jamaican Exotic Vegetables, Corn Cheese Cutlet and Vegetable Sizzler. Chicken lovers can choose from Chicken Sausages, Julienne Chicken with Honey Ginger, Chilli Chicken, Schezwan Chicken, Chicken Tikke, Malaysian Grilled Chicken, Mexican Chicken and Jamaican Sizzling Chicken. And for hard core lamb lovers, Lamb Chops, Malaysian Lamb Fillet, Coriander Stewed Lamb Shashlik and Jamaican Lamb chops are up for grabs.
 The sizzlers are accompanied by a host of sauces like Jamaican Jerk Sauce, Hot Garlic, Sweet and Sour, Peri Peri and Coriander Sauce. For starch, add French fries, potato wedges, roast potato, sweet potato or masala French fries. Top this all with Veg fried rice, veg hakka noodles, veg schezwan rice, herb pilaf or steam rice.
 For starters, you can select from an array of chaat items which Chef Prashant and team have beautifully put up. We tried the papdi chaat and found it to our perfection. We were also served an amazing Jamaican Watermelon Drink. The drink had watermelon as its main flavour, fused beautifully with fruit tingle syrup which is a mix of cranberry and passionfruit. Refreshing, yet not too cooling to fit into winter menu.

We tried one veg and one chicken sizzler and here is what we felt about it, alongwith my bestie’s clicks.


For veg, we tried the Paneer Chilli with Jamaican Exotic Vegetables. It had Jamaican Jerk sauce with French fries and Hakka Noodles. The sizzler is just perfect to ignite your senses. Your sense of sight, smell and taste are all ignited with this amazing preparation. Veggies like Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Tomatoes and Zuccini not only add to the colour, but even enhance the taste. Here is one more photo of this amazing sizzler.

In non veg, we tried the Jamaican Sizzling Chicken with coriander sauce, accompanied with potato wedges and fried rice. This one too is a treat for the senses. In the taste department, this scores an ace. The chicken was well cooked and juicy enough to be eaten with rice. The veggies and sauce add an exotic flavour to the chicken. The sauce was good with the rice as well.



We were quite filled since the portions are really filling. But who wants to miss out on Kava’s delightful desserts. From desi to cakes and pies, there is something for everyone. We tried the Banana cake and Man! It was out of this world.



The fest is on at dinner time till January 29, 2017. The veg platter is priced at INR 550 plus taxes and the Non-veg platter at INR 600 plus taxes.
Here are some more clicks and a surprise.....

That's me in a fun mood....


Chef Prashant with his awesome creation, ready to be served on our table.

The awesome twosome, Chef Prashant and Chef Sher Bahadur.
And here's the surprise....the final moments of the sizzler... Hear the sizzling sound...
video

PEL SHOUT OUT
The Sizzler food fest at Kava at Fairfield by Marriott is a must visit for every food lover. If you love sizzlers, this is the perfect place for you to enjoy one. And if you want to try out for the first time, this is just the place for you. Because not only the team helps you make a perfect choice, but also let you understand what each ingredient does. Must visit for sure.

All clicks by : Mohammad Naeem Chishti

PEL FOOD-O-METER
Ambience: 5 (The restaurant has a lovely view and ample lights)
Hospitality: 4.9
Variety: 4.9
Food: 5 (Love the flavours)
Value for Money: 4.9 (the portions are big enough)

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Cocoalicious smooth hair with Areev Cocoa Cream Shampoo


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By Tarry



HOLA LOVELIES…

WINTERS SEEM TO HAVE BECOME A LONG TERM AFFAIR THIS YEAR. FEBRURARY IS JUST ROUND THE CORNER BUT THE CHILL REFUSES TO GO.
I have been on a constant search for brands which make amazing products sans much chemicals and are not very expensive too. And this search takes me to some amazing options which give me amazing experiences. One such experience was checking out a cocoa fragranced shampoo. Now you all know my love for chocolates and coffee. So this had to be on my testing table. 


Presenting my deets on

Areev Cocoa Cream Shampoo



Price

INR 255 for 75 ml (it is slightly on the higher side)


Availability
I got this from an amazing ecommerce site called Qtrove.com.


 On the Outside

The Areev Cocoa Cream Shampoo comes in a squarish bottle which is transparent and has a very cute cap too. It has a deep brown coloured label which has only basic details. I really miss details like ingredients etc on the label. The bottle is quite sturdy and fits well anywhere. Functional and travel friendly.



On the Inside

The Areev Cocoa Cream Shampoo is a transparent gel like shampoo which is quite thick. I have to mix it with water before applying it on my hair. It smells really strong of cocoa and the smell stays for atleast a day, something which I love. The shampoo, despite being sulfate free, lathers well and does not leave the hair too dry. It doesn't make the hair very smooth like chemical laden shampoos, but yes, they become soft and have lesser tangles.



PEL SHOUT OUT

The Areev Cocoa Cream Shampoo is a good option for someone looking for sulfate-free low chemical shampoos which are gentle enough for daily use. It smells really awesome and the fragrance stays for a really long time. The shampoo also decently moisturises the hair and leaves them soft. If you are a cocoa lover and need a gentle shampoo, this is the one for you. 

PEL Rating
I would love to rate it a 4.5 on 5.
 



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