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Monday, 19 February 2018

CAFE STAYWOKE - Gourmet Casual at its best





Cafe StayWoke, a word that promotes the spirit of being aware and inquisitive about our environment, is a place which serves gourmet food in a peppy and high vibe environment. 

Located in South point Mall, Golf Course Road, it is the brainchild of two young talented individuals- Manali and Abhinav, who are amazing hosts and fun loving people. 

 
Their hospitable nature makes this place a go to one for me along with the mouth watering food and drinks, of course.

From amongst the various dishes we tried, the highlight was the ‘Zaatar Chicken’, served on a bed of freshly made in-house hummus and pumpkin relish. The chicken was succulent and flavourful. For the health conscious people out there, StayWoke offers some lip smacking ‘Ragi Upma with Thai chilly and peanut sauce’, a hot selling item. You can also try the Turmeric and Elaichi milk, yes you read it right - Haldi wala Doodh. 

Sumc and Zaatar Chicken

Mushroom Vol-au-Vent
Ragi Upma

Fish and Chips

With the colourful and articulate plating, each dish has a story to tell. The sweet tooth’s have some amazing option to choose from. ‘Semifredo’, a bitter chocolate desert served with vanilla ice cream was moist and had a mouth melting texture with the citrus peels adding the right amount of zest to the dish. The shakes and smoothies were great too. A must try dessert is the Chai Kulfi, yes subtle flavours of our ever so popular masala chai topped up with a Parle-G biscuit.

Semifredo (Eggless)
 
Chai Kulfi with Parle-G

All in all, Staywoke is a great concept with a dedicated and innovative team actively seeking to serve quality food.




Cafe Staywoke, 
1st Floor, South Point Mall,
Golf Course Road, Gurgaon




Reviewed By : Vickrham (vicky) & Sonakshi Grover
Compiled By : Foodmaniacs


 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Wow...Cheers to Delhi as it gets MOB as its 1st Microbrewery in CP soon

Finally, after almost 10 years of Haryana( read it as Gurgaon) microbrewery  culture, Delhi government has allowed Ministry of Beer - MOB. to open up a microbrewery in CP.

No more running and driving for long to Gurugram for a freshly brewed beer. Delhiites are getting lucky soon.

Many other pubs and bars will follow suit and more and more breweries will be opening up in the capital soon.

Till then keep chugging and cheering...

Friday, 2 February 2018

SulaFest sets a new tune for Fest-Goers!


Brookside by Hershey’s, Tinder, Jal and Panzani come on-board as Associate Sponsors as the world culture festival preps up with brimming enthusiasm!
 Hear hear! Ardent travelers, music enthusiasts and foodies – there’s a lot brewing at the plush green vineyards of Sula this February! SulaFest, the first world class culture event of the year, is all set to send its fest-goers on an adventure-coaster with a two-day bonanza of world music, gourmet food, and wine and spirits from across the globe.
Nestled amid scenic mountainsides in the gorgeous setting of the Sula vineyards, the contemporary Indian music festival is ready to chisel this year’s festivities, in a bid to make way for bigger and better engagement on-ground.
Not only will SulaFest be presenting more than 100 artists from different and distinctive parts of the world, but the specially curated food menus and a large, ambrosial wine and spirit menu is sure to make a global fair out of the Indian music festival! Some of the celebrated artistes who will be seen sending the crowd into a tizzy include Gypsy Hill, Crystal Fighters, Parov Stellar, and Amit Trivedi. From oriental and Mughlai food to burgers, Indian, Italian cuisines and more, popular gourmet houses such as Mainland China, Hungry Monks, Burger Barn, Makaloo, Konkani Rassa, Maroosh and Urban Spice to name a few, will take fest-goers on a delectable journey at SulaFest. Moreover, wine and spirit brands from countries far and wide such as Beluga, Hardys, Mud House, Kumala, Asahi, Pittu Cachacha and more will be available to fuel the excitement further!
Now in its 11th edition, the mega music festival has also roped in some of its biggest partners to provide fest-goers with an experience like no other! Tinder, the world’s leading app for meeting new people will add an extra dose of coolness to SulaFest 2018 with a bunch of exclusive activities including grape-stomping and fun games. In addition, “Camp Tinder” at SulaFest Tent City will feature an exclusive series of intimate after-hours acoustic sessions with some amazing artists, all taking place next to a cozy bonfire. SulaFest’18 also welcomes back Brookside by Hershey’s with their stores at the festival, they will be seen sampling and retailing their pomegranate, Blueberry and Raspberry chocolates. Jal- the hydration partner - will set up its stores as well as Panzani pastas which will be paired with Sula Wines at the tasting room. The associate sponsors will create unique experiences on-ground for all consumers!
Fest-goers can look forward to some entertaining, interesting and interactive activities that include exclusive opportunities to meet and hang with your favorite artists performing at the SulaFest tent city, a distinctive grape stomping event at the vineyard, after-hours acoustic guitar and bonfire, treasure hunts, exquisite wine and food pairing sessions among so many others!
So if you’re the kind of person who enjoys basking under the Sula sun with some good music, food and fine wines, head to Sula Vineyards this February 3rd and 4th to witness a one-of-a-kind weekend getaway with SulaFest 2018!
So, how do you book the tickets for one of the most fun weekends of the year?
Head to Book My Show here!

About Sula Vineyards
Sula Vineyards is by far India’s first choice in wine. Their award-winning wines are available nationwide at the finest hotels and restaurants, and are also exported throughout the world. Sula is on track to sell a million cases of wine in 2018.
Sula is also a pioneer in India’s wine tourism opening the country’s first winery Tasting Room in 2005 and first vineyard resort, Beyond by Sula, in 2007. In March 2017, the company opened India’s first heritage winery resort, The Source at Sula. Their annual music festival SulaFest taking place yearly in the first weekend of February is one of the country's most awaited festivals.
With over 250,000 visitors last year, Sula is one of the most visited wineries in the world and the #1 spot where Indians first taste wine.
Sula Vineyards recently won the prestigious Drinks Business Award 2016 for the ‘Best Contribution to Wine and Spirits Tourism’! This is the first time an Indian company has won a Drinks Business Award.
Firmly committed to remaining at the forefront of Indian wines, Sula continues to experiment with new varietals, engage in sustainable agriculture and support the local rural economy. Sula is well on its way to becoming one of the world’s most sustainable wine producers.
In addition, the company is also a leading wine and spirits importer, with Sula Selections, a portfolio of prestigious brands like Rémy Martin Cognac Fine Champagne, Cointreau, Hardys, Cono Sur and Asahi.
For information on the entire Sula brand portfolio, visit www.sulavineyards.com    

GOURMET GETAWAY - International Food Festival, 2nd Season





The pink city of Jaipur as its populary known as is the largest city of the royal state of Rajasthan. Though we are all well aware of, the royalty and grandeur of this city. Its evident in almost everything, be it buildings, culture and obviously Food. Jaipur is emerging to be one of the most upcoming food destination of our country after the metro cities. The advantage is in its location, just a few hours away from Delhi. 

Food scene is at its best in the city with so many events being curated in and around food over the last few years. But to top it all and take gastronomy to a new level altogether, Gourmet Geatway has been curated  by Dushyant Singh who is also a proud owner of a popular café OTH in Jaipur. This international food festival  in its 2nd season was conducted in January this year. 

On 17th August 2017, Mr. Dushyant founder Gourmet Getaway, organized a pre-event brunch at On The House He confidently declared that in the upcoming Gala Food Festival, there’ll be a wide range of cuisines and emphasis will be paid on those dishes that are not easily available in town. He proved it in the best way possible by showcasing and curating an event which was world class.


 
The event was scheduled for 20th and 21st January, 2018. The first day kicked off with a cycling session around the Pink City. It attracted a lot of cycling enthusiasts and they rode through the city. Later in the day, Chef Antonio Scirocco conducted a LIVE wood fire pizza making class which left the audience awestruck. 

 
Chef Barbara conducted a very informative class on wine and chocolate tasting at one of most picturesque restaurants of Jaipur , Meraaki Kitchen. This vegetarian Pan Asian food place is the mastermind of Shivika Kothari and her cousin Neha Deepak Shah a passionate cook and a proud participant of Masterchef India Season 4. People of Jaipur learned the peculiar characteristics of wine and the perfect chocolate to combine with at this beautifully curated session.



 


The Sundowner; the much awaited part of the festival saw chefs cooking cuisines native to different parts of the world. The warm and green ambience of Nand Mahal which was once a hunting lodge hundreds of years ago perfectly complemented the theme of the festival. The one-of-its-kind night also witnessed live performance by Shadow and Light band from Delhi. 





We were specially invited for this 2 days long extravaganza alongwith other eminent personalities from the Food and Hospitality industry. The second edition of Gourmet Getaway successfully concluded with a panel discussion on the “Importance of Our Culinary History in Modern Times” at Fairmont Hotel, Jaipur. This 2-day event saw a galaxy of food experts and chefs from all around the world and showcased their talent.



The panel discussion took place among Dr. Ashish Chopra; culinary historian, Chef Manjit Singh Gill, Chef Sudhir Sibal, Chef Rakesh Sethi, Chef Prasad Metrani (Fairmont Hotel) and Mr. Sourish Bhattacharya. They talked about the vast history of Indian food and its evolution with time. They also discussed the importance of officially documenting the Indian recipes in order to let the world know the variety of food that India has. Chef Manjit Gill highlighted the importance of 5 elements of our existence and Ayurveda in our food.

The unmatched grandeur of the festival gave the Jaipurites memories to cherish, until next year. Talking about the next edition, Mr. Dushyant Singh said, “Our only motive is to make it bigger and better with each passing year. We work hard the whole year to curate a two-day event for our lovely attendees in a hope that they will experience something that rarely happens in any festival in India. We look forward to many such years and expect that the festival would attract more people from around the world next time.”

Gourmet Getaway gave a chance to the common people to know the food they eat and how it can be improvised in many different ways. The scrumptious dishes, live music and great company of friends made this festival a successful project.
 
The aim of Gourmet Gateaway is to usher a revolution in the food industry by bringing the best and the most professional chefs to showcase the best culinary talent possible.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

All Things Peaceful/Comforting...Cha Cha Cha @ Amar Colony

                                             
With cafes popping up in every nook and corner of the city, the concept is fast becoming a favourite. Each café has something unique to it, be it the menu, décor, music or setup – every factor adds a character to the place. If your idea of a café is a cosy setup with some soft music, books, coffee, tea n cakes, then you need to read further.

Located in a very quiet neighbourhood at the Amar Colony is Cha Cha Cha. As you walk by the lane you will come across a small structure that is all glass and dressed in bright colours like yellow and blue. With a giant tree as its umbrella, the place looks extremely inviting. The door opens to a beautifully designed two-floored café with wooden interiors and warm lights. Take my word when I say this, you will be pulled in by this place. With soft jazz music playing, it makes for such a quaint place.

Now, let’s talk about the menu. If you have a sweet tooth and cannot resist cakes, then let me tell you that this place will spoil you for choice. They have about 15 cakes in their menu and each on is unique in its appearance and flavour. Take the usual Carrot Cake, they have given it an artisan spin with icing some beautiful mini carrots on top. Their Fig and Honey Cake is a must, it was moist and had such perfect balanced sweetness to it. For people who believe that anything sweet means chocolate – you absolutely have to lay your hands on their Double Chocolate Cake and Nutella Brownies. Just a bite of these and you will be transformed to a place of utter bliss. Also they have the classic eats like Banoffee Pie and Blueberry Cheesecake. When it comes to the quality of their produce – you can trust them blindly.
A quintessential café goes all out with their research about teas and coffee and the case is no different with Cha Cha Cha. From Kullad Chai to Masala, Kadak, Green, Darjeeling and Earl Grey, they have everything good on their menu. What took us by surprise was their Long Sock Tea - a completely differently made, strong and full bodied tea! Their coffees are blended, locally roasted and some made exclusively for the café. Also they have a reasonable range of shakes, smoothies and juices too.

They have a very elaborate menu when it comes to food too. A long list of sandwiches and pastas await you there. I binged on their Chilli Cheese Toast, Ham & Cheese Sandwich and Penne Butter Chicken **drools** If you are one like me who is not that into beverages and enjoys their food more than anything then please do try their pasta. It is just the best of both the worlds i.e. butter chicken and pasta.

If your idea of an outing is sitting at a quiet place, eating or sipping on brews, talking to your friend or even reading a book then head to Cha Cha Cha now. You will keep coming back here and will be recommending it to everyone – I am doing the same. This places is an absolute yes and deserves a big thumbs up. Welcoming, pleasing, delightful, quaint, quiet, cosy – all the words that mean comforting and blissful are apt for this café.

Please your taste buds and senses, head to Cha Cha Cha!

PS: Light on the pocket too.


Coverage by : Ritika Dhawan for Foodmaniacs

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Top Food Joints for the Year 2017 at Pacific Mall, Delhi




Although, it is well known why December 25th a day of celebration is, there are several factors that may have influenced the choice like big feast; with breakfast rolling into a huge lunch is one of them which fascinate all of us in myriad ways. When it comes to the most magical place to visit for Christmas, Pacific Mall is one of them, a most popular destination in Delhi.

Not only on Christmas, Pacific Mall, Tagore Garden known to serve as one of the most delectable and enthrall cuisines to their customers at every occasion.  Some of the outlets serving some delectable festive food at the mall are as follows....

 Here's a closer look at all of them.



Café Delhi Heights: - It’s always a great feeling to be with family, especially for a Thanksgiving dinner. It is a challenge to build close, enduring family ties due to changing lifestyle. Café Delhi heights understands it very well i.e. It’s a place where you can hang out with your friends or just enjoy your alone time. The place is light spirited and friendly with good food like pepperoni pizza and shakes, BBQ chicken fingers which are amazing and ambiance is nice and it’s affordable.



 Chili’s:- Chili’s has just opened in Pacific Mall & nothing can be better than this, it is one of the most unique outlets who work on the motto,” Work hard. Play hard. Feel like a family. Act like friends. Love life and everything you do to make it more fun for others.”, and this Christmas chili’s has come to serve you better with amazing ambience and mouth watering dishes is been delectable for the patron’s. This is the place to have delicious food which you loved every sip and bite of it. 

Carl’s Jr.:- Carl's Jr. is a fast food restaurant chain and even known as the Pioneer of the Great American Burger. When, you stare down a Carl’s Jr. Burger, think of big and scary delectable burgers which will intimidate even the healthiest appetites, it is renowned for its menu innovation and premium quality of offerings, which make It’s  one of the most popular joints among those who want to experience the original taste of Legacy.


  Jamie’s Pizzeria by Jamie Oliver: - Jamie’s Pizzeria is one of the famed brands in Indian market which is well known for its fresh ingredients and bold flavors', served up in a buzzing, authentic and family-friendly environmentWhether you're looking for a quick and easy lunch or somewhere to relax with friends and family, Pizzerias are comfortable, convenient and affordable. Pop in today and enjoy one of the best pizzas in India. Chicken Peperonata, Classic Pepperoni, Chicken-Alla -Diavola, Kasundi Chicken are some of the non-veg stuff on offer whereas for the vegetarians Chili’s freak vegetable are some of the mouth watering dishes offered during this season.