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

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

To Sangria With Love...An Informal Indulgence

What could be the most perfect thing in a winter afternoon rather than sipping your favorite wine 'Sangria' at a place close to your heart.For an ardent foodie like me, this was the best experience ever.And as i write my experience my taste buds are still indulged in those wine glasses and those sumptuous bites of Dahi Kebab and Cheesy Porks.Gosh! What an amazing afternoon it was!

Food, Friends, Fun over a sip of Sangria... 

Welcome to the land of Gastronomical Delights : INFORMAL
Let us have a look at the MENU...

The Amazing Ambiance Inside...

The Bar...
The Sangria Experience...
'S' for Sangria...

Those Sizzling Cocktails...
The Sumptuous Dahi Kebabs...
Cheesy Pork Dishes...

The place is lovely with a greenery around.What i loved the most is the amazing behavior of the staffs.You have both the choice to seat inside or outside in the rooftop.With some amazing music playing around you can feel the good vibes.The food tastes just awesome.Especially when you are in Informal, you must try the cocktails and chessy porks along with the Dahi Kebabs.I stayed there for 2 hours and fell in love with the place.And, this is not the end folks.Christmas is coming and there's loads more happening at Informal.So, if you wanna give a treat to your taste buds? Visit Informal and make your christmas, a 'Merry Christmas'.See you there!

PS :  Thanks to team Informal for the invites.Wish to visit again and again.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The Starry Date with BBQ at ITC Sonar Kolkata

What can be the most perfect way to celebrate this winter under the starry sky amidst the lily water bodies, soulful music and the aroma of freshly barbequed delicacies? Well, I think the ‘Barbeque under the stars’ at ITC Sonar, Eden Pavilion left my heart and soul with some everlasting memories to cherish forever. I was invited for a special preview last Saturday and fell in love with the concept. 

The Starry Date with BBQ!

We arrived at about 7:30 p.m. with the cool breeze of air mixed with the smell of freshly grilled barbeques; the weather was absolutely perfect for the evening. As we were waiting for the fellow bloggers to arrive in the meantime we decided to take a walk along the pavilion to witness the eternal beauty of the venue. The hotel pays tribute to the beauty of Bengal through its landscaped fish-filled water gardens full of exotic lilies. Bathed in the moonlight under the starlit sky with the smoke covering the serene surroundings amidst the lily water bodies, the beauty of the mesmerizing ambiance was something which made us totally engrossed. 

Eden Pavilion Lawn : Venue for the lovely date!

As the clock struck 8 and all the fellow bloggers arrived finally, we began our journey to the delicious land of barbeques. The guests were greeted by the neatly laid out buffet line which forms part of the Barbeque. We were accompanied by Arundhati, our wonderful hostess for the evening and the Chef who gave us a brief about the various cuisines, their specialties and how they were prepared. There were salad station, soup station, dessert station and even a curry station. With such a great variety of Indian, Iranian and Continental dishes available, we were spoiled for choice. 
The Salad Station : Our first stoppage!
Next Station : Sea Food!
The Alcohol Station : Wanna take a sip?

The Kebab Station : Loved the Tangri Kebab!

Final Station for the evening : Desserts!

I decided for some chicken Sausage platter and Chicken Shawarma along with a sip of Champagne while my friend tried Sunshine Snapper fish with lime juice and cilantro. I have tasted Chicken Shawarma before, but this time it was really a different experience. I am sure there must be some magic in the hands of the chef. The chef told us that out of all the dishes, Tangri Kebab and Tandoor Pomphret are something one should must try and indeed we fell in love with both the platters. Apart from these, I also felt that the among the non-veg dishes Arbi Ghosht-ka-salan, Silver Promphet, Mutton Seekh, Prawn marinated with garlic and tahina, mutton seekh and among the Veg Subz Biryani, smashed sweet potato and makkai di roti accompanied by paneer tikka are some dishes which pampered by taste buds in true sense. The food was so well grilled and delicious!
The Enticing Buffet Spread!
Your personal BBQ Chef!
The buffet spread was enticing too, especially since I spied some of my favourite dishes on the line. Meanwhile, the BBQ Chefs were working on the some of the orders for early dinners. The aroma interspersed with the cool breeze amidst the lily ponds was absolutely delightful. Makes me feel like I was in some beach resort. 
Kudos to the chefs for making such delicious dishes!

It was getting pretty chilly by then. As the night descended, the place took on an almost magical, surreal hue. For a while, I couldn’t stop to question myself "Really we are in Kolkata?" 
The Mesmerizing ambiance : Really we are in Kolkata?

I remember there runs a popular adage ‘All’s well that ends well’ and as I tasted those mouth watering desserts I understood how true those lines were. Whether it’s the chocolaty cakes or the baked sandesh, nolengurer rosogolla or mango pudding, kesari rabri or lengcha, sandesh or the yummy-flavoured ice-creams served with hot chocolate, the desserts made me go crazy. Oh God! I can still feel that hot chocolaty mud pie melting in my mouth. It was indeed a chocolaty affair! 
Assortment of Desserts! (Loved the Mango Pudding)
You have diabetes? Don't worry here is a option for you!

It could be the relaxed vibe of Eden Pavilion or the unhurried Saturday laid back pace, It could be the exquisite taste of the delicacies or the warm hospitality offered by all the ITC staffs especially Arundhati, It could be the heavenly ambiance or the soulful music. I find myself enjoying the Barbeque under the stars more than expected and I wish we had lingered longer. It was a fantastic idea by ITC Sonar to reinvent itself this winter by giving opportunities to friends and family to spend some good time together ‘Under the Stars’.
Hey still thinking? Book your reservations now.We are waiting for you!

ITC Sonar, Kolkata will be hosting Barbeque under the stars at Eden Pavilion lawns from 13 th December till 12 th January 2015. There’s a lots of good food from a buffet spread salad of starters and salads to a wide variety of Barbecued mains and free flow deserts to sweeten the entire experience. Walk in every evening 7:30 pm onwards to savour culinary masterpieces from the grill including shawarma, harleem, roast leg of Lamb, kebabs, grilled seafood and vegetables, to name a few paired with a selection of wines, whiskies and cocktails. 

BBQ under the Stars: - 
Date : 13th Dec – 12th Jan 2015  
Time : Everyday 7.30 pm onwards
Venue : Eden Pavilion lawns, Its Sonar Kolkata
Price : INR 2250 plus applicable taxes.
It does not matter whether you are a veggie or non veg, at ‘BBQ under the Stars’ we have arrangements for all. So, what are you waiting for?  

Come and enjoy. Trust me, it’s a lifetime opportunity!

Signing off for now.Catch you next year. :)
I would like to express my heartfelt sincere gratitude to Arundhati Ghosh of ITC Hotels for her wonderful company throughout the event, all other ITC Staffs for the lovely hospitality, my friend Sammyabrata and last but not the least to Sam for clicking the photos.