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Friday, 30 October 2015

Cake Mixing Ceremony - The Suryaa, New Delhi

~Experience so Memorable~

Is it Christmas? Not Yet, though, but the intoxicating aroma of the cake mixing ceremony at The Suryaa Hotel, New Delhi organized recently, brought alive the rich tradition, heralding in the spirit of the festival. Armed with gloves and decked in aprons in house guests, media and hotel staff took part in the annual ceremony.

The Suryaa, New Delhi hosted the Cake-mixing ceremony to mark the beginning of warmth and cheer of Christmas. The festivity started with the cake-mixing ceremony followed by interactions with the General Manager, Mr. Pankaj Mathur and F&B Director Chef Sanjay Thomas over wine and cheese as well as a gourmet high tea.

Left - GM Mr. Pankaj Mathur, Right - Mr. Osama Jalali and F & B Dir. Sanjay Thomas

This age-old ceremony of cake mixing was hosted at the Atrium Lounge at The Suryaa, to usher in good tidings and happiness. The guests were invited to be a part of this traditional celebration and were presented aprons with their names embossed on it as a surprise gift. 

The event was celebrated with great companionship as the participants rolled up their sleeves and mixed the huge piles of raisins, glazed  cherries, cashews, walnuts, black currants, dates, dried apricots, figs, and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, and cloves used in the cake.

As the continuation of the process, The Suryaa will be hosting a Christmas cake baking ceremony by mid December, where the guests who were present could bake cakes with our Master Baker.

The guests enjoyed the mixing ceremony while the fragrance of different spirits that continued to linger on. Filled with camaraderie and cheer, this cake mixing ceremony not only infused fruits and wines, but also reaped in early Christmas cheer.

Coverage By : Vickrham (vicky)
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Thursday, 29 October 2015


Cake Mixing Activities Collage

Keeping alive the century’s old tradition of cake mixing in preparation for Christmas, WelcomHotelDwarka, New Delhi organized a fun evening in their signature restaurant Shanghai Club to herald the festival.

The entire group of cheerful Chefs in their stiff white aprons and tall toques, along with the General Manager, Sanjay Sharma and his team, invited media friends, corporate guests, in-house guests, gathered around the table mixing pit and had some fun getting their hands into the business of mixing. The mixing ingredients included cherries, plums, raisins, sweet ginger, black currant, orange peel, cashews etc. The spirits used to mix along were brandy, red wine and rum, vodka, whiskeys and unusual but yes Beer. Then came a whole lot of spice powders like the cinnamon, cloves and all spice mix.

Vickrham (Moi) , GM ,Mr.Sanjay Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and other guests (L to R)

It was a spectacle to watch and savour for the lifetime. All, glove clad hands rose up and came down to muddle up things in the most luscious mixture of sinfully addictive nuts and spirits. This ceremony is an opportunity to cherish the memories and harness love and relations. Expressing his views, General Manager, Sanjay Sharma, WelcomHotel Dwarka said, “Hosting Cake Mixing Ceremony is always an incredible experience and we are overwhelmed with all the love and excitement that everyone added to make this occasion even more joyful and special”.

BAKERY CHEF and the Team

After the ceremony was over, the delicious mixture was stored in air tight containers until around Christmas, when it will be blended with the cake batter and baked. Around a tonne (1000kg) of cake will be made out of this concoction at Christmas.
The evening saw unlimited excitement, laughter, warmth and chit-chat among the guests and was made even more special with the surprising treat of eclectic cocktail and snacks put up by Executive Chef Akshay Malhotra and his team.

                                           The History of cake mixing

The Christmas cake traces its roots to an old English tradition that began as plum porridge. People ate the porridge on Christmas Eve, using it to fill their stomachs after a day of fasting. Soon dried fruit, spices and honey were added to the porridge mixture, and eventually it turned into Christmas pudding.
In the 16th century, oatmeal was removed from the original recipe, and butter, wheat, flour and eggs were added. These ingredients helped hold the mixture together in what resulted in a boiled plum cake. Richer families that had ovens began making fruit cakes with marzipan, an almond sugar paste, for Easter.
For Christmas, they made similar cake using seasonal dried fruit and spices. The spices represented the exotic eastern spices brought by the wise men. This cake was known as “Christmas cake”.
Christmas cakes are usually made in advance keeping the cake upside down in an airtight container after baking. A small amount of brandy, sherry or whisky is then poured into holes of the cake every week until Christmas. This is called “feeding the cake”.
Making Christmas cakes is a tradition which involves the whole family and as the early ‘inns’ were family run establishments the tradition spread to involving travelers or guests who were staying in the inn at that time, looking to them as an extension of the family.


Conveniently located in Asia's largest sub-city Dwarka, right behind the Indira Gandhi International Airport, WelcomHotel Dwarka, New Delhi let's you discover one of the world's most vibrant cities filled with a distinct culture and a fascinating history. WelcomHotel Dwarka, a Delhi airport location offering from the stable of ITC hotels, is an upper upscale proposition that is an   inclusive blend of contemporary design and international service standards, offering a unique experience to the discerning traveler. 

The Hotel offers a range of accommodation across its 322 elegant, well-equipped rooms and suites along with pearls of ITC Hotels' brand of cuisine. The culinary offerings comprise of K&K - a specialty Indian restaurant that shines in radiance of a thousand candles, Pavilion 75 - the all day dining restaurant and Shanghai Club - a signature restaurant with a changing ambience to transport you to the orient -serving authentic Chinese cuisine.

 State-of-the-art conference facilities in excess of 15000 sq ft including two spacious banquet venues, two board rooms, nine breakaway rooms & two outdoor venues, provide specialized spaces to deliberate or celebrate any occasion.

The recreation, beauty and fitness facilities aptly branded as WelcomWellness Centres comprise of swimming pool, gymnasium, WelcomWellness Salon & WelcomWellness Spa to relax and rejuvenate.
The Hotel is a perfect expression of the locale and evokes both the warmth and the cosmopolitan panorama of the capital city.

Coverage By : Vickrham (vicky) 
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The Bikers Cafe - Gurgaon

Shots from the Launch Party

 After the success of the Bikers café Delhi, Vasant Kunj and Kolkata The Bikers Café brings a new joint from their group for Gurgaon food lovers

The grand launch of The Bikers Café, Gurgaon at Golf Course Road saw many enjoying in the ambience whipped in bikers theme. The party was hosted by owners Mr. Sanjay Yadav and Rakhi Yadav .

Sanjay Yadav and Rakhi Yadav
Delicious grub, variety of drinks, live rock and metal music and a décor which only bikers can dream of, defines this theme restaurant blending with the best of old world food techniques with global cuisine. Guests were trying out Kick starters such as Classic Margherita and Wild Wild West and Sphaghetti Meatballs from Pasta Rides.  At Bikers Café it’s always about good food, great roads and bikes.

The café gained a special attention for Harley Davidson team who were seen amused by the chilled out feel inside The Bikers Café. The food is delicious… love the place…etc. etc. These were some words heard murmuring among the guests. 

 We want guests to enjoy and unwind over their favorite beverages in a relaxed and pleasant environment.   It's going to be a beautiful day everyday for The Bikers Café goers, says Mr. Sanjay Yadav.

About The Bikers Café
The Biker’s Cafe captures the love for all things motorcycle, long drives on the Indian highways. Delicious grub, detoxifying juices, popular music and a décor which only bikers can dream of, defines this theme restaurant. Blending the best of old world food techniques with global cuisine. So, eat, indulge and enjoy at this fun place as you reminiscent about forgotten road trips or upcoming ones.

Coverage : Vickrham (vicky)
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Tuesday, 27 October 2015



Hard Rock Café is known for its unusual yet uber cool style. While everyone is going gala over Oktober fests, Hard Rock Café has added a twist even to this. Hard Rock Café presents its ROCKTOBER FEST!! With a rich and exquisite selection of German beers to enjoy with Rock n Roll music, Hard Rock Café has checked every arrangement to make you party real hard !! 
Kick start your evening with the JAGERBOMB SHOT, a concoction of Jagermeister and our favourite Red Bull – just drink one and keep it coming ! A refreshing drink that made my evening was the Apple Vodka Shandy which was a perfect blend of vodka, green apple syrup, green apple chunks and beer, mild in taste it was good complement to the food.


We started our evening with Carnival Fiesta Fries, tangy chilli garlic crusted fries topped with pulled chicken, chicken frank slices, dusted with Cajun spice and served with cheddar cheese sauce and traditional salsa – truly addictive. Once you dig in these fries you will forget even talking to anyone. You can never have enough of these juicy loaded fries. 

Next in line was a range of hot dogs or submarines. Char grilled chicken frank topped with Jamaican spiced stir fried mushrooms came together in the Jamaican Hotty Submarine, although packed with flavor this particular submarine did not turn out to be my favourite… will be surprised to hear which one topped my list….just wait !!


Next we were served an Italian Submarine, subroll with tangy arabiatta mayo, smoked chicken frank topped with spiced onions, peppers served with loadsss of fries. This was a bang on submarine to binge on. A hearty submarine oozing with rich flavours.


And now for the star of the night, a submarine that was without a doubt the best one- Mexican Mafia Submarine- a vegetarian classic that simply over shadowed the non vegetarian spread. Chickne frank replaced with crispy veggie fingers topped with cocktail mayo, Mexican beans and melted cheese…….enough said !! This submarine proved that we should not underestimate the vegetarian delicacies on the menu. Hats off to the chef, he totally took us by surprise with this one !

So gear up to Rock you October at the Hard Rock Café, the festival is on till the 8th of November,2015 at Hard Rock Café, Saket !!!! From beers to music and from food to fell, Hard Rock Café has it all in store for you, do not miss it for the world!! 

Coverage and Compiled By : Ritika Dhawan for Foodmaniacs
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