Sunday, 26 March 2017

Smell & feel beautiful with Aroma Essentials Cinnamon and Orange Body Butter

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By Tarry
Hello pretty people
All ready and geared up for summers? The temperature has started rising, although it is still March. God only knows what will happen in the peak summer months….
 My skin behaves quite weird in summers. While my face becomes a study for those who want to understand combination and permutation J, my body becomes dry. Hence, I have to get different set of products for face and body.
You know I love Aroma Essentials. I have reviewed so many products so far. And trust me, I like all of them. The likeness levels may be higher in case of some products, but it is there. And whenever I am planning my vanity, this is the brand which comes to my mind first. Their products are not just completely natural, but also customized according to your needs.

Presenting my deets on
Aroma Essentials Cinnamon and Orange Body Butter


Price
INR 350 for 50 gms


Availability
Online through their FB page Aroma Essentials. Do connect there because the brand’s creator, Madhurima, makes it a point to customize products according skin type and need.


On the Outside
The Aroma Essentials Cinnamon and Orange Body Butter comes in a cute plastic jar. It has a firm screw lid. The packaging has the signature Aroma Essentials label with all basic details on it. Even the label on the jar has the product name handwritten which adds to its natural value. I would have loved some colourful labels but this is also fine. Overall it’s a nice and cute packaging and quite travel-friendly too.


On the Inside
OMG! Should I say I love it from the word ‘Go’. The butter smells more of cinnamon and less of orange, which is so calming and awesome. It is a thick butter which is light brownish in colour. The butter is quite smooth when applied on the skin and a very little quantity is required. I usually apply it at night. While the fragrance calms me, the skin becomes really smooth. SIMPLY LOVE IT!!

PEL Rating
4.9/5

PEL SHOUT OUT
This is one of the best body butters I have tried. While the fragrance is really calming and exotic, the feel is really nice. It makes the skin smooth (not greasy) and soft and regular use results in even toned skin. This is a great product for all seasons.
One of the best products from Aroma Essentials for sure. MUST TRY.



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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Get the best of Pan Asian Cuisine at Eos Bar & Bistro Food Fest

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By Tarry

Hola my dearies,
I am sure most of the working people must be really busy since this is the month of March. After all, it’s time for financial closure… righto! However, this doesn’t stop us from enjoying some good things in life...  does it?

As most of you know, I love good food. And this means I don’t shy away from trying out new cuisines and experimenting. And Lucknow is really buzzing when activity when it comes to cuisine. Eos Bar and Bistro, rooftop eating option at Hotel Levana, has organized a Pan Asian Cuisine Food Festival and your’s truly hopped in there to grab a bit or two. However, this time I was sans my bestie but had my little niece and sister for company.

Presenting to you for your taste buds only
Pan Asian Food Festival at Hotel Levana


Levana has one of the best locations in the city. Situated in the heart of Lucknow in Hazratganj area, it also has valet parking so you can go with your family too. Eos Bar and Bistro is its rooftop restaurant that has interior and exterior seating. We were greeted warmly by Executive Sous Chef Khemchand Godiyal (who was sweet enough to come even on his off day) and F&B Manager Sudhakar. The entire area has been decked up beautiful in Oriental Style with lamps and lights, apart from Laughing Buddhas and Bamboo Plants.
                                              



The festival’s menu has a heady mix of dishes from cuisines like Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian and Taiwanese. From Appetisizers to Soups to Main Course and even desserts and cocktails, everything spells Pan Asian.  Chef Khemchand and his deputy Chef Vinod Karki told us that some of the spices and herbs have specially been imported for the fest to give authentic taste. We started with Jasmine Tea, which is one of the most popular appetizers in both Japanese and Chinese cuisine. A warm, sugarless concoction, it is great to start off an awesome meal.


Next was Zushi from Japanese Cuisine and Dimsums from Cantonese Cuisine. We started with Chicken Celery Dimsums. The dimsums were soft and well steamed on the outside, and the inside filling of minced chicken mixed with celery was perfectly juicy and flavourful. Must try if you are a momo lover.


Next was Black Pepper Chicken Sumai in Wanton. A different variant of the dimsum, the chicken filling had a strong black pepper flavor which made it spicy, yet amazing. Another must try for sure.



For veggies, you can always start with a veg Zushi. We tried the Rice Zushi which was loads of herbs rolled in cooked rice, served with two amazing dips. One of the dips has a taste from the hills as Chef Khemchand wanted to add some Hilly flavours too. This is a must have for veg lovers.


 Another dish that veg lovers will surely enjoy is Edamame. Young Soyabeans tossed in three types of peppers, this one is a box full of proteins. Yummy and quite crunchy too. Although I don’t like Soya much, but loved this.


We moved to Curries. For veg, we tried the Rice with Japanese Curry. An absolute delight, the rice was well steamed and the curry…. Outstanding. The curry had nice veggies cooked in tangy gravy which was a heady mix of tomato, honey and veggies. Truly appetizing….


For the non veg, we tried the Thai Curry with rice. The curry has juicy chicken pieces cooked in a gravy that has a strong turmeric flavor. Quite desi in the feel, yet very oriental in the taste. Loved it.


Next on our table as Devil Chicken and this I must say, I loved the most. Super juicy and soft pieces of chicken marinated in soft spices and herbs… Much against the name, it was more saintly J Loved how each and every piece had flavours oozing out of it.



 For desserts too, we tried something authentically Pan Asian, Darsan with Vanilla.  Darsaan is a popular Chinese Dessert made with fried wonton noodles. The noodles are drizzled with Honey and Sesame seeds and accompanied with a scoop of Vanilla Icecream. The crunchy darsan found its perfect match in Vanilla ice cream and the result…. Ah-mazing.  Definitely try this out.



We washed it all with an awesome cocktail of Vodka with Litchi (Lychee) Juice and Lemongrass. Incidentally, Litchi Juice happens to be my favourite addition for Vodka and the Lemongrass just added a zing to the cocktail.


The festival is on till March 27 and is open for both lunch and dinner time. A meal for two with cocktails can come to INR 2000 which is quite affordable.



PEL Food-O-Meter
Ambience: 5 (Love the Live Kitchen concept)
Food: 4.9 (The variety and flavours are awesome)
Service: 4.9 (The staff is very warm and friendly)
Value for Money: 5 (The food is really affordable).

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Friday, 17 March 2017

A Palace that always welcomes…. Jehangirabad Palace


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By Tarry

Hi Lovelies,
Sorry for such long breaks in posting. I have been keeping really busy. Btw, two months have already passed in 2017… and did we notice? Isn’t this year really passing by so fast?
One of my resolutions this year and for all the years coming ahead is to explore and discover my beautiful country. With so many different cultures and so many different styles of architecture, India certainly offers something or the other for everyone. And the wanderer in me seems to be happy. So I decided to start off with the city I live in, Lucknow. Now, the city of nawabs is always looked up as a place with monuments like the Imambaras and Residency. But there is a lot more to this beautiful city than just these… And I started my journey with one such gem, The Jehangirabad Palace.
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A Palace that always welcomes, Jehangirabad Palace



Situated in the heart of the city in Hazratganj, the Jehangirabad Palace is something which cannot be missed. A brief about the palace and the Jehangirabad estate, spread in Lucknow and Barabanki districts - The estate was awarded by Emperor Jehangir to Raja Farzand Ali hence came the name Jehangirabad. The Jehangirabad palace at Lucknow was made to entertain rather than live permanently, as the Raja was happy to host parties and dinners for various guests, including the British. Post independence, the family decided to use it as a residence.

Interestingly, the palace has a strong connection with Australia. The architecture of the palace was inspired by Sir Walter Burley Griffin in the 1930's. He is the man and architect responsible for the city of Canberra in Australia. The architecture of the palace is Indian on the fa├žade, but the internal dimensions are mostly European with Fibonacci principles. Presently the palace is primarily used as the residence of Raja Mohammed Jamal Rasaul Khan and his heir, Dr Yogendra Sameer Yadav and their families. As per its tradition, it still welcomes guests and hold receptions for tourist groups and dignitaries. The property would soon turn into a heritage hotel, opening its doors for the masses to have a glimpse of this beautiful heritage.


Visiting this beautiful palace is indeed an experience in itself. The old world charm is still intact with wood being exquisitely used in its architecture. Dr Yogendra Sameer Yadav, the heir, is a practicing lawyer, who also did a course in Preservation of Heritage to protect and enrich his family’s precious legacy. “This is one of the most beautiful palaces in the Oudh region and the family is committed to protect it. But without proper understanding, this wasn’t possible as the upkeep of such buildings is a technical thing,” says Dr Yadav.
The palace majorly has halls. Of course, since it was built to welcome guests and hold parties, these halls are an integral part of its design. On the ground floor, there are three halls which have beautiful architecture and designs on the walls and the floor too. The family has made it a point to keep the real design intact. Interestingly, one can find a bump right in the middle of one of the halls, which is visible but doesn’t affect in any way. “This came while the palace was being constructed. And no one has any clue how this happened and how the land shifted. Nothing could repair it but it has never affected in any way,” Dr Yadav tells us.







On the first floor there are halls too, with wooden flooring that are perfect for those ballroom dance parties or buffet dinners. Interestingly, the architecture is such that even if you are dancing hard, there isn’t much noise going outside the hall.




Eminent city tours planners have been exploring Jehangirabad Palace as a tourist attraction. Ajay Jain, director of Waltz India, who is an eminent Lucknowphile and also one of the best tour planners for Oudh region, calls this one of the most beautiful palaces in the heart of the city. “What makes Jehangirabad Palace interesting is not just its architecture, but also the fact that it is a place which always welcomes. And even amidst such hustle bustle, there is peace in here.” Waltz can be suitably contacted if one is planning to visit and explore the palace.


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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Food lovers new destination in Lucknow, Martini Lounge & Fine Dine





By Tarry

Hello Lovelies….

Can you smell ‘Holi’ in the air? The weather is so ‘Holi’ types na…. slightly dry, cooler in mornings and evening and hot during the day. With the festival just round the corner, everyone must have surely become super busy in the preparations. And since the festival is giving an extended, time for loads of gatherings with friends and family.
And amidst these gatherings, there would be times when you would like to go out and have a nice dinner or lunch, right! By now, you all must be aware of the fact that I love food… and I love experimenting and trying out new stuff. So recently, when a food destination opened up in Lucknow, how could your dear friend leave it out?
Martini Lounge & Fine Dine, the new food lover’s address, is situated in Aliganj area of Lucknow. And finding it isn’t too much of a pain, since it is situated right above Kareems. The Lounge is situated on two floors, with the terrace floor providing open seating, and for those who love dim lights and cosy seating, there is the second floor. Me and bestie, with our equipment (paper, pen, camera and ofcourse, overactive taste buds  ) decided to decode the place.

Presenting my deets on
Martini Lounge and Fine Dine



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The location is definitely a plus for this place. Although parking may be a little tough, but since it is well on a commutable road, you can always opt for a cab to reach here too. The ambience is beautiful, with the terrace being a good option for winters and monsoons, while the indoor area good for all seasons. Dim lights, typical of a lounge, are characteristics of Martini. 

Coming to the food now. The menu boasts of a heady mix of North Indian, Mughlai, Chinese and Continental. Since it is a lounge, Martini also offers a host of cocktails and mocktails. Since we were on a day when an internal function was on, we could not check out much variety. 




Nonetheless, our chosen platter was good enough. We started off with Rasberry Mojito and Blue Hawain, two mocktails. While the Mojito was tangy and refreshing, I loved the Blue Hawain which is a heady mix of Pina Colada, Coconut Milk and Blue Curacao Syrup. Must try. 



Our food choice was quite basic. We started with Veg Momos (Dimshums). Must say that Momos have become a new age food for Lucknowites. And these one were perfect. Crispy veggies in steamed momos… cooked to perfection. 




Next was Chicken Tikka Punjabi. The portions were quite big, but the chicken was well cooked, juicy and a perfect accompaniment for both cocktails and mocktails. 






For main course, we chose Dal Tadka with Butter Naan and Veg Biryani. The Dal Tadka was good and the naan, soft. The Veg Biryani was indeed cooked like a biryani, and not pulao. Spicy, tasty and flavourful. 



The meal ended with Fried Ice Cream. I am a little partial towards this dessert as it is one of my favorites. However, this isn’t the best one you can have in the city. Yet, a good dessert. 
Meal for two would cost around INR 1000 plus taxes. 

All photographs by : Mohammad Naeem Chishti

PEL FOOD-O-METER
Ambience : 4 out of 5
Food variety : 4 out 5
Taste : 4 out of 5
Service : 3.5 out of 5




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Home Remedies for Chemically Treated Hair

Home remedies for chemically treated hair, guest post, Dr Naresh Arora, Chase Aromatherapy, Expert of Hair care, Indian Beauty Blog



When it comes to hair, the attitude of the people varies differently from one person to another depending on the viewer’s cultural and historical perspective. Sometimes it’s the texture and style, or the colour of the hair that matters, and sometimes it is used for indicating the personal beliefs or social position of the person. But, whatever be the hair type or colour every single human being needs to take a good care of their hair in all the seasons as hair sometimes is taken as “prized possession”.

Use of Chemicals in Hair

Beautifying the hair has become almost a day to day habit or rather an obsession for both males and females mainly for the teens. Starting from colouring their hair as in applying streaks or shades or highlights to straightening and curling, everything brings a new look in the fashion or style of an individual. But are they concerned about the all-time present danger? Chemicals are nowadays the best friend for all the cosmetics that might affect the scalp or skin.

According to the hair expert Dr Naresh Arora of Chase Aromatherapy, there are certain chemicals that can cause headaches, nausea or fatigue. Some can even cause cancer.
Isopropyl alcohol, found in the rinses of some hair colour and lotions is a solvent chemical, inhaling which might lead to headaches, dizziness and nausea. Propylene glycol is a wetting agent, which is used in the shampoos and conditioners as a base. It easily penetrates the skin, and takes away the protein causing it to sag. A petroleum product that is used in a number of personal care and cleaning products is polyethylene glycol. Regular use of these kind products that contain this chemical may lead to premature ageing. Chemicals like these are really harmful for the growth of hair and sometimes it also lead to hair fall and whitening of hair.

Home Remedies for Chemically Treated Hair




Inappropriate diets or irregularity in taking good care of the hair or over exposing the hair to the sun can sometimes lead to hair damage and mainly due to the mistreatment of the hair with harmful chemicals. Whatever the reason might be, damaged hair becomes a sorrowful matter for a person and one can be perhaps be ready to take any possible action to cure and revitalize them! Salon treatments, medications and potions are always expensive. So, isn’t it better just to carry out some simple home remedies that are inexpensive and often quite beneficial? Below are some of the home remedies that can help in the growth of hair by providing proper nutrition and care to the hair.

1.       Olive Oil

Apply warm olive oil on scalp and massage gently for a few minutes. Cover the hair with a warm towel and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Finally, shampoo and condition your hair. Follow the process once in a week.

2.       Avocado

Add 1 egg yolk and enough coconut milk to 1 mashed ripe avocado. Mix it to a thin paste. Apply it both on your scalp and hair and massage it in for 5-10 minutes in circular motions. Cover your hair for an hour and rinse it off with lukewarm water. Then shampoo as usual. Follow this method on alternate weeks.

3.       Egg

Apply whisked egg on your scalp and hair and massage it. Keep it covered with a shower cap and let it stay for 20 minutes. Rinse your hair with cool water and shampoo as usual. Follow this method once in every two weeks.



4.       Aloe Vera

Apply few drops of aloe vera juice directly on the damaged parts of your hair. Leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water or mix the aloe vera juice with warm coconut oil and apply it all over your head and scalp. Let it set for half an hour and wash it off with shampoo.

5.       Coconut Oil

Mix 3 tablespoons of warm coconut oil in 1/4 cup of honey alternatively. Blend thoroughly and apply it on wet hair. Let it sit for 30 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Repeat this once or twice a week.

6.       Banana

Blend two overripe bananas together with 1 tbsp coconut oil along with the same amount of honey and olive oil. Prepare a hair mask. Apply the paste on your hair. Leave it to set for at least 30 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. Shampoo the following day with conditioner.



These home remedies will help you say good bye to dull and damaged hair and help your hair to get much more volume thereby restoring the lost shine.


By Dr. Naresh Arora

Founder of Chase Aromatherapy Cosmetics and Skincare Institute