Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The #Zestful Journey of my SENSEory Organs...

LifeMillions of people comesmillions of people go..some we forget and some leave our heart with impressions to carry forever with either knowingly or unknowingly. Whatever it is, I would sum it up as a beautiful journey where thousands of wonderful souls meet for a single cause, journey towards betterment. Like other ones, I also had dreams where I always wanted to see myself but somehow I was gradually loosing myself in this rat race of life. As days were passing on, my identity was gradually getting washed away.. Finally, it took me a long span of almost 3 years to come to a solution and realizing the eternal truth of life and to #ZestUpmyLife.

The life Mid-way...

 Writing about five things which has added a #Zest into my life is my five Sense Organs Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell and Touch. Looks like I am kidding. Isnt it? Everyone have it. So, what specialty they brought to me while making the one, a #Zest ? Lets start the journey

The journey towards  #Zestupyourlife : Starts...

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.  Helen Keller

How true are these lines I understood some months earlier? We all have eyes but does that complete our sight? Mostly we all think of our short term goals and ignore the long term ones. Even if we can see some things we ignore them. It was a rainy day and i was returning from my college when i saw a guy who was lying on one side of the road and everybody was just looking at him once and passing by him. When i asked someone what  the matter was, someone said that guy must be excessively drunk so its better to avoid him. For a time, i was convinced by their thoughts, until one similar incident occurred in front of my eyes which happened with a closed one of mine and took him to the hospital immediately for treatment. One small incident helped in opening up my sight and allowed me to see the world through the eyes of compassion and love for others. 

Rendezvous with the Sea...Indeed a #Zest for my eyes

The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain.   F. Scott Fitzgerald

Yes! From listening to the tress swaying away in the wind to the exhilarating ripple of her voice in the rain, from the leaves telling secret stories of the creation of nature to the scared morning chants coming from the nearby temple, from the barks singing the songs of my golden days of childhood to my small sister calling me Bhaiya in her half words, hearing is something which has added a celestial bliss into my life. Some moments which are definitely not worth inspiring and mind freezer but also they have the capability to give birth to another thousands inspirations inside.

Our city Getting ready for the #ZestfulRain :) 

A perfect #Zestupyourlife moment :) 

I'm hungry for a juicy life. I lean out my window at night and I can taste it out there, just waiting for me.  Brigid Lowry 

I have been always hungry for a juicy life rather a life full of adventure, where nothing would be pre planned at least. Anything happening all of sudden has a different excitement and fun for me. Now, how taste for adventure added some zest to my life. We have a group of four friends who love to go for night rides and especially on highways or hilly areas. Its a perfect way to spend my Saturday nights. And with some Pink Floyd and a sip of Vodka on the Go, the fun just got doubled. Far from the noise, tensions and pollutions of the city, a place where I can feel and enjoy the silence. Some lovely times to spend closely with the Nature under the starry sky with friends are definitely a booster for me to start a new week with fresh ideas and new energies.

The #IreeZestible Adventures...

Each day has a color, a smell.   Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

And the smell just got deeper and deeper as it rained heavily that day. I just smelled it. The feeling is inexplicably beautiful. From noticing the little child dancing in the rain to feel the soothing wind passing over my faces, from smelling the aroma coming from the kitchen (mother was cooking  kichdi and omlete) to smelling the drenched roses on my verandah  and finally keeping all the past disturbing memories and fears aside, getting drenched in the rain of eternal happiness. Some moments which I am living every moment till date from then.

The Droplets of Happiness...

The #Zestalicious Moment....

Splashes of joy...

Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.  Vera Nazarian

Undoubtedly one of the most important things in my life that has turned my life into a much meaningful journey today. I still remember the gentle touch of my mother when I was pretty small and was suffering from a terrible disease and was admitted at hospital for one long week ,and its her regular touch which gradually cured me from that disease and brought me back to life. Though as times have passed, I can feel different touches convey  different messages to me. While some are painful, some left me with happy expressions or sometimes make me feel loved. From touching the blooming buds in my balcony to the banana leaf filled with droplets of rain water, from touching the new born baby to cuddle my pet dog Bruno, they inspires me to live each and every moment of life and welcome anything always with a Smile

From land to sky...#Zestupyourlife is Everywhere...

Enjoying Monsoon...The #Zestful Snap 

To conclude the write up, our life is the most precious gift we have ever got. So, let us utilize each and every moment fully and make it rich with the all new Tata Zest. Book your test drive today :) 

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Dine Like a Maharaja - Hyderabadi cuisine at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi

The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi is celebrating the deliciously exotic taste of authentic Hyderabadi cuisine in it’s festival, “Dine like a Maharaja”. The reason why Hyderabadi cuisine is so famous is because it is a perfect blend of the best of Turkish, Arabic and Mughal taste sensibilities. Some dishes from the Hyderabadi cuisine retain the taste of native Telugu and Marathwada.

Dine Like a Maharaja

Dine Like a Maharaja - Hyderabadi cuisine at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi

Dine Like a Maharaja
The delicacies have been curated  by the expert chef’s at the Leela ambience to allow you a visual as well as culinary treat. This is the season 2 of “Dine like a Maharaja” series. This culinary retreat has been designed for the food lovers who relish the ultimate taste of dishes from the state of Nawabs and Pearls.
Dine Like a Maharaja
Chef De Cuisine Ashwini Kumar Singh, personally visited the city of Hyderabad. Every little detail has been taken care of to recreate the hidden culinary jewels that reside in the lanes of the city by communicating with the localities and tasting the dishes, first hand!
Dine Like a Maharaja
The grand menu of this food fest offers a grand variety of dishes such as: Tootak, Arbi ki shami, Varqui Luqmi and lots more. There is good news for those with a sweet tooth too as a lots of desserts, such as: Khajoor ka halwa, sheer khurma, shahi tukda will be available too. So, you can totally satisfy your sweet cravings.
Food I Tried

Food I Tried
The ambience of the place too, has been recreated to feel similar to a royal durbars so that the diners can feel nothing short of a Maharaja while enjoying their meals. Striking decor such as use of Royal colours like deep Maroon, Bottle Green and luxurious fabrics along with paintings that look like they are right out of the Mughal era and silverware make the fest look aristocrat in every sense of the world!! 
Food I Tried

The seating arrangement is spread across a spacious lawn so that you can visit the fest and enjoy a sumptuous meal with your family.
Food I Tried

The buffet prices:

Adults: INR 1591 plus 18 percent GST
Kids between 5 to 12 years of age: INR 800 plus 18 percent GST
Food I Tried

Food I Tried

Having a first hand experience of tasting this cuisine, I surely recommend everyone to give it a shot. The gravies smell amazing and have a lively flavour of balanced notes of spicy, sweet and tangy. The sweet dishes are next level!! The live grill counter serve marinated non veg snacks with authentic hyderabadi touch.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Destination Kolkata : The Grand Trunk Culinary Journey

'Phuchka na Jhalmuri konta khabe babu?' boyfriend to girlfriend...

'Ma, aj raate luchi r kosha mangsho koro toh' son to mother...

'Ogo suncho! Parshee Macher jhol e ektu jomiye jhal diyo toh' husband to wife...

Kolkata is famous for its rich culture and street food delicacies with a variety..for its people and their big hearts. I miss Kolkata a lot these days. Since last couple of months i was missing those Phuckas and Jhalmuri. One of my friend told me that day about The Grand Trunk Culinary Journey hosted by The Leela Ambience Delhi Convention Hotel. I heard about this hotel many times but was waiting for the right opportunity to visit. The Journey started with Amritsar, made stops at Old Delhi and Beneras and now it ends with the final destination Kolkata. I boarded the train and got down at the last station 'Kolkata' popularly known as 'The City of Joy'. 

Destination Kolkata!

 A lady dressed in red and white saree which resembles traditional bengali festivity style welcomed us with a smile. The ambiance was perfect with Bengali folk songs playing live in front of you. The surroundings were decorated with a hand driven rickshaw, small yellox taxis and Howrah Bridge miniatures. The natural fragrance of 'Dhuno' was adding an extra essence to the environment. 

City of Joy :)

Kolkata ache Kolkata tei :)

Last Destination for The Grand Trunk Culinary Journey : Kolkata

                                                                          The chef Mr. Ashwani Kumar Singh took us for a walk to the food stalls and explained the uniqueness of the food served in brief. He personally went to Kolkata  to research about the food and specialities to make them. After the food walk we went back to the table and enjoyed the mouth-watering ‘Kolkata Phuckas’. And to surprise us, the taste of the phuchkas with the sweet and sour water took us back to the memories of streets of Kolkata. From jhalmuri to ghugni, singhara to fish fingers, kobiraji to illish mach bhaja, Chittal Peti to Bhetki Macher Paturi, the wide spread variety of starters and their taste grasped me with a bit of nostalgia remembering my mother’s handmade food. Among the main couse we had Biriyani, same old fragrance that you will find in the streets of Kolkata with Chicken Rezala. While there were plenty of choices, but Luchi and Kosha Manghsho is something that one should not miss to have. With rice we tried Parshe Macher Jhol and again it was something which every bong would crave for. Among the sweet dishes there were Langhcha, Rosomalai, Nalengurer phirni and Gujiya. And if someone gets a ‘Mishti Paan’ to end the journey, what more we could ask for.

Non veg starters : Fish Fingers :D

Maach Bhaja :)

Chital Peti :)

Kosha Mangsho :D

Kolkata Biriyani :)

Parshe Macher Jhol :)

Deserts Counter :)

Nolen Gurer Phirni :)

Sondesh, Rosogolla, Phirni and many more...

Mishti Paan...

The chef presented the menu with a variety of dishes for which Kolkata is popularly known. And he did a perfect job in choosing and making the dishes which will definitely give you a feeling that you are in Kolkata. The management and their hospitality  was very friendly  and helped us in choosing the best dishes.  With Poila Baisakh knocking at the doors, I think one irrespective of being a Bengali or not, if you are staying in Delhi or come here for some work or vacation, you must give your taste buds a try to these authentic Bengali cuisines available there. It will definitely give you the feeling that you are in Kolkata sitting next to your mom and having your dinner. 

All set to welcome you :)
Want to feel the essence of a wanderlust night that will take you to the streets of Kolkata and make you feel the enriched culture of Kolkata with ghazals, folk songs and stories to accompany with? Want to treat your taste buds with that taste of your mother’s hand that is lost somewhere in time? Want to save money to fly to Kolkata to enjoy the food? Grand Trunk Culinary Journey awaits your precious presence. Only 3 Days left to board ‘Destination Kolkata’, a train which will take you to the land of epic delights. The journey comes to an end on 16th April,2017. Enjoy! :)

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Celebrating Awesomeness : 100 Years of Singapore Sling

The journey started way back in 1917 at Raffles Singapore by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon.Following the turn of century in colonial Singapore, Raffles Singapore was the gathering place for the community and it was common to see the gentleman nursing glasses of gin or whisky.Unfortunately for the ladies, etiquette dictated they could not consume alcohol in public.The talented Ngiam Tong Boon thus saw a niche in the market and decided to create a cocktail that looked like a fruit juice.Masking it in pink he gave it a feminine flair and together with the use of clear alcohol, he cleverly led people into thinking it was a socially acceptable punch for the ladies.With that, the Singapore Sling was born.And today, as Singapore Tourism celebrates the 100 years of Singapore Sling, it was being an absolute honor to be a part of the celebrations at Shangri La's Eros Hotel,New Delhi.

  • 30 ml Gin
  • 15 ml Cherry Heering Liqueur
  • 120 ml Pineapple Juice
  • 15 ml Lime Juice
  • 7.5 ml Cointreau
  • 7.5 ml Dom Benedictine
  • 10 ml Grenadine
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters
  • Pineapple Slice and Cherry Garnish

The Singapore Sling :)
100 years of Singapore Sling (1915-2015)
Gardens by the Bay : World's Largest Glass Greenshouse Flower Dome

The Singapore Sling ( In The Middle)
The Colourful Paneer Tikkas :)
Fish Starters :)
The yummy chocolate cakes :D

The Pineapple Custard :)

Mixed Fruit Desserts :)

I would rather say, Singapore Sling is not a drink, it's a gateway to the heart of Singapore.The moments spent at the epic night celebrating the glory of 100 years of Singapore Sling, will be forever special to me.Thank you Singapore Tourism for the invites.

Many more years to come. :)

Cheers to Singapore Tourism. :D

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Bottoms Up Cafe...The Essence of Punjab

It was a wintry Saturday afternoon.We were looking for a place to had lunch.Suddenly one of my friend suggested 'Bottoms Up Cafe' located at Punjabi Bagh.Bottoms Up is an appealing neighbourhood Gastropub that fits humming Punjabi Bagh club road to the tee. Vintage whiskey barrels, Edison light bulbs and lots of rustic wood absorb a rock 'n' roll playlist and plenty of lively chatter. Cocktail Tasting flights vary from basic to esoteric and are highly recommended; also the handpicked menu with flamboyant service may surprise you with their reinvented takes on rustic British classics that often feature locally sourced ingredients.

Welcome to Bottom's Up Cafe
Try those Mocktails :)
Lite Bite Foods, one of the fastest growing and the most dynamic F&B retail company in the country today. Under its umbrella, comes Bottoms up. ‘Bottoms Up’ is a gastropub in Punjabi Bagh, Delhi. Living up to its premise of ‘Bite, Sip, Laugh’, Bottoms Up stands out for its appealing décor, groovy music, peppy drinks and an amazing spread of fusion/authentic Delhi food. Situated at Club Road Punjabi Bagh, Bottoms Up promises to liven up your spirits and gives you another reason to party. The décor is also young, raw and quirky. The place has been designed to spike curiosity that works well as a conversation starter. Bottoms Up lets one connect with friends and start conversation over good food and great drinks in a very relaxed and easy-going ambiance.
The Sumptuous Starters :)
Flavor of Punjab :)
The food menu at Bottoms Up includes some great value for money typical pub fare in the 99 Club Chakhna menu that includes Challi Masala wala, Chop corns, Channa jor garam which go down well with drinks. They also have Air Fryer dishes on offer such as Lettuce wrapped Vietnamese rolls, hand carved vegetable crispies and Country fries. Cocktails at the gastropub vary from basic to esoteric and are highly recommended, also the handpicked menu with flamboyant service may surprise one with their reinvented takes on rustic British classics, that often feature locally sourced. With a capacity to seat 150 people all at once, Bottoms Up is the place for for fun-loving booze lovers and foodaholics alike.

Re-freshness Unleashed :)
Food,Friends and Fun :)
Sweet Tooth :D
Whether it's the Long Island Iced tea or the delicious Amritisari Fish, the Paneer Lababdar or the mouth watering desserts like Bitter Chocolate Rum Raisin Mouse, we had an amazing evening at Bottom's Up Cafe.If you have a tooth for Punjabi cuisines along with some refreshing cocktails, this place is a must visit within a price that suits our pocket.So, what are you waiting for?Go ahead and book your reservations now.Gastronomical Delights are waiting for you. :D

For more details please visit  https://www.facebook.com/bottomsupgastropub/