Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Say No To Concentrate with B Natural Juices

ITC entered the Fruit-based juices and beverages market with B Natural Fruit beverages. B Natural is the only brand in India to launch packaged fruit beverages made directly from fruit & not from concentrate. The proposition "Made from fruit & not from concentrate" is promoted by Mrs. Shilpa Shetty Kundra, the brand ambassador who is a well known movie star celebrity with established credentials as a Fitness and Yoga enthusiast.
B Natural has a range of exciting variants for every mood - Be it Mango, Apple, Guava, Litchi, 100% Pomegranate, Mixed Fruit, Orange, Pineapple, Jamun and Punjab Da Kinnow. These juices have the goodness of fruits and are luscious, thick and taste closest to the natural taste of fruits.
Most packaged fruit juices available in the market are made from 'fruit concentrates', unlike B Natural juices which is made from fruit. The 100% Pomegranate juice has no added sugar, color, preservatives or flavor so it might taste bitter but very healthy. Mango, Guava and Litchi juice were thick and tasted close to the fruit.
Adding a glass of juice in everyday diet is a must and if fresh juice is not available around then adding B Natural juices to your diet would be better than most other juices. So time to say no to concentrate and sip B Natural juices. ITC is helping people make a choice towards a healthy lifestyle.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

RMZ Ecoworld welcomes Bombay Brasserie

RMZ Ecoworld on Outer ring road is the next tech park where restaurants are opening their outlets. The latest entrant at The Bay is Bombay Brasserie. I have visited their Indiranagar outlet for mostly evening snacks, so this time it was would for a lunch meal. The interiors are very elegant and very nicely done, I am in love with their table with swings, picturesque place for sure.
Bombay Brasserie is famous for their pauwa cocktails and food so I was excited to try the same. Let me talk about the best drink which has impressed me the most, Calcutta Kick cocktail which has fresh betel leaves, gulkand and saunf blended with vodka, this spiked Calcutta saada paan is worth trying. The cocktail was praised so much that I wanted to try the mocktail version of it which is Not-So-Saada with additions of ice-cream and additional gulkand, surely a smoothie on another level.
For those who wanna enjoy a fresh cooler then Melon Magic is for you which has musk melon and fresh orange juice with coconut extract for a refreshing taste buds. If you enjoy raw mango then Kairi Sherbet is the drink, a tangy cooler for accompany your meals.
I went with the recommendation of the server to try Naga Ghost Pepper Wings, these roasted and smoked chicken wings and flavored with 'Bhoot Jolokia', the famous Naga chilli which is 400 times hotter than tobasco sauce. You will want to eat more of this with every bite. The next dish which I tried was Kashmiri Naan Kebab, minced mutton seekh with flavors of Kebab chini served on saffron-brushed naan, accompanied by doon chetin, the best dip one could taste, a Kashmiri-based creamy yogurt dip. I could just eat the dip with the naan endlessly. Culcatta Club Fish Fry was the next dish, Fish fry with Bengal's famous Kashundi mustard dip and grilled ananas-alphonso salsa. While I loved the fish fry with kashundi, my friend preferred it with ananas-alphonso salsa.
While my taste buds were asking for more, but my tummy couldn't take much, so decided to try one main course and it happened to be Bombay Dabba Gosht, this baked Bombay Bohri style dish with melt in the mouth mutton masala topped with fried egg is a must try with Bombay Brasserie specialty Chur Chur Paratha which is crispy, flaky and hand-crushed.
With a heavy tummy, it was time to relish some desserts before ending the meal. I chose Amritsari Kulfa, a must try dessert which has Kulfi and creamy rabdi on a bed of badami phirni, topped with falooda and rose syrup. This dessert can fill you up completely. The next dessert which I tried was Ras-e-Aam with Rosgulla in rabdi topped with aamras. with this dessert, east is meeting the west.
 The restaurant is open to public and people living near RMZ Ecoworld, Sarjapur, Outer ring road and Indiranagar should give Bombay Brasserie a try and try my favorites or share your favorites with me. This place will not disappoint you.

Wok to Plate festival at Shizusan Shophouse & Bar

Asian food has been my latest favorite and the variety of food festivals and restaurants serving them is incredible. Shizusan is a Southeast Asian Shophouse & Bar located in Phoenix Market City, they are introducing a special menu in Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune, inspired by the wok culture that prevails across Southeast Asia.
12 types of rice and noodles dishes specially created by Chef Paul Kinny will transport you to the streets of Asia. For those who prefer noodles over rice like me, then start your meal with Yum Woom Sen which is Thai glass noodles with spicy sriracha rub, wood ear mushrooms, shredded snow peas and edamame beans. This salad will transport you to Thailand and is great to start your meal with.
The next best dish which I loved was E-Fu which is a Cantonese flat noodles with straw & enoki mushrooms, pea shoots, alfa sprouts and baby pok choy. The burst of flavors in every bite is something I will always remember.
In rice, Lo Mai Gai which is sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf with pickled cucumber, broccoli, carrot, bean sprouts and green peas. This dish was worth the wait and the best of the rice dishes. I also tried Khao Phad Kaprow which was another best rice dish, it is Thai basil scented fried rice with bird’s eye chili and caramelized scallions, I tried it with Chicken.
Shizusan is also serving classic Mee Sua which is salted buckwheat noodles with light soya, bird’s eye chili and winter vegetables. I am not fond of very salty dish so this did not make it to my favorite. They also have another classic, Pan Fried Noodles with street style crispy noodles with smoked duck, soy braised vegetables, Chinese cabbage and kalian leaves.
Ending the meal with some sweetness, Purple Rice which is a traditional sweet rice with sago pearls, mangosteen extract and grapefruit segments.
Noodles and rice can be topped with chicken, tenderloin or prawns. Rice is priced from Rs.525 and noodles from Rs. 495. This one food festival is not to be missed and I cannot wait to go back to try my favorites and the other dishes from the menu. The festival is on from 15th November in Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai.
PC: Shizusan

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Old Classic/Fashioned Menu at Cafe Felix

Cafe Felix is going retro in their style with a month long festival featuring comfort food from back in the day with Cafe Felix twist. Chef Ritwik Sarkar has created The Old Classic/Fashioned Menu which will take you on a trip down your memory lane filled with nostalgia. So let me tell show you some dishes that I tried and left me with nostalgic memories.

First came the Poached pear and Arugula Salad with Gorgonzola cheese and balamic dressing. I have always been a fan of Cafe Felix when they come up with twisted dishes with Arugula leaves so this worked for me. Next was my eternal favorite Prawn Cocktail. I expected it to come in a glass as I always had that memory, but this also had a Cafe Felix twist with a mix of avacado and green cucumber. There is also a Toasted Ham and Potato Salad which was enjoyed by other.
With the mention of Avacado, I had to sip on my favorite smoothie here which is the Avacado Chocolate Smoothie while my friend chose Date and Banana Smoothie.
Moving ahead with the meal, Steak Stroganoff was served which was my favorite dish from the menu. I highly recommend this. The meat was tender with fresh butter tossed fettuccine and the blend of spices was perfect for a good meal. For my veggie friends, Aubergine Parmigiana with melted bocconcini and eggplant wafers. I couldn't get my hands off this dish too.
For those who do not want to try the smoothie, they can opt for Slushie and we tried Green Apple and Cinnamon Slushie. But if you are in a mood for some sweetness then Birthday Cake Shake could be your drink. For all chocolate lovers, Chocolate Cake Shake is recommended for you.
Moving on, Classic Skillet Shepherd's Pie was next. Chef's has twisted this dish and did not layer it with mashed potatoes, instead layered it with cheese and mashed potatoes all around the meat. Spanish Paella was the last dish served, I tried the one with chicken and seafood alone and no chorizo. This rice dosh can fill you tummy completely.
No meal is complete without desserts. My favorite happens to be Baba-Au-Rhum. I always happen to enjoy warm desserts more at cafe Felix. Tiramisu happens to be served on a flat bowl. All time favorite Chocolate Brownie can also be enjoyed but you are going to miss the sizzles. Caramel Custard is a favorite of many and Cafe Felix doesn't go wrong with it.
This entire month, let Cafe Felix make you take a trip down the memory lane with some of your favorite dishes and by giving it a Cafe Felix twist. This November is for Nostalgia.



Sunday, 12 November 2017

Chicken Wings Festival at Bar Bar, Bangalore

Winters is just stepping in Bangalore with the evenings and night being cold, yes yes you may think it is not that cold but we Bangaloreans do find it chilling. So what do we all like to do most on such pre-winter days apart from lazing at home? Grab some drinks, some munchies to go along and catch up with friends. If this is your idea, even if it is not, head to Bar Bar in Phoenix Market City, Whitefield this November.
Bar Bar already shares the concept 'More of you, less of the bill' so people just love to visit the restaurant for more and more drinks while their food menu tantalises your taste buds too.
To bring new additions, this season Bar Bar has come up with Chicken Wings festival where they are serving 6 different types of chicken wings which can be enjoyed with your drinks. Mind you, these are not the regular sauces. My favorite among the 6 was Thai Curry Wings which a good mix of sweet chilli, spices and coconut gravy while my friend loved Boozy Wings with sea salt and tequila-lime.
The other unique wings are Cheesy Wings with parmesan, garlic and Italian dressing. Khatta Meetha Wings for those who enjoy sweet and sour taste of imli, aamchur and honey glaze.
There is also a Fiery Wings which is high on spice with peppers, garlic and peri peri glaze and a chicken wing with bacon for all bacon lovers - Maple Bacon which has ciger vinegar and bourbon.
Couple these wings their Bar Bar drinks. I enjoyed a Coco Nujito which has a mix of tender coconut water, cucumber, mint and lime while my friend sipped on Melon Mule which has ginger ale, watermelon chunks and mint.
To relish these chicken wings with your drinks, head to Bar Bar before 19th of November and let the wings take you higher than the alcohol will, afterall Together-ness together-less :)