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Friday, 30 September 2016

Navratra Special at Pride Plaza Aerocity

The exclusive Indian Hospitality brand, Pride Plaza has successfully marked its footprints amongst the International Hotels in the country. Retaining the true essence of Indian Hospitality Pride Plaza provides international quality services with a warm Indian touch. The hospitable staff, chivalrous service, the food & presentation along with the alluring Architecture & interiors truly reflects the Indian cultural opulence to its core.

With the onset of festive season, the hotel offers an exclusive deal for all its guests who dine at Cafe Pride between 1st October 2016 to 1oth October 2016.

Where - Cafe Pride
Date - 1st October 2016 - 10th October 2016
Offer - Badam Milk along with Fruit Platter along with Navratra Thali @ rs 999/-

Quote - Pankaj Mathur , GM, Pride Plaza Hotel, Aerocity

" With the festive season enthralling the entire nation, Pride Plaza being  truly Indian and  a traditionally luxurious hotel is celebrating the spirit of this navratra season with great enthusiasm and fervour. Pride Plaza is offering the guests a special, extravagantly made navratra thali at exclusive prices."

Foodhall Brings You The Essential Italy This Month




Think Italian cuisine and you possible only think pizza and pasta. But Italian cuisine has so much more depth and variety than these popular exports. Foodhall is here to bring you the best of Italian regional cuisine starting from 6th September till 6th October, 2016 and you’re sure to be asking for more.

Begin with a bite of the grilled verdure panini. A rustic ciabatta straight out of an Italian grandmother's oven, it is stuffed with grilled vegetables and ricotta and flavoured with pesto and onion jam. For those who like their paninis to have some meat, try the chicken and turkey versions. Love the idea of dips to dip your bread into? Pick up the delicious aubergine and sundried tomato caponata or the Italian spicy sausage dip and dig in.




The bakery at Foodhallalso offers a selection of the best Italian breads. From the Italian pull-apart bread to traditional thin crust pizza base from Rome and a 3-cheese Italian swirl slice bread, you could easily make a meal of it along with the delicious dips on offer. Olive tapenade, anyone?

The ready-to-eat pizzas are a great option for those who have been dreaming of hosting a pizza night at home but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. The pizzas from Rome, Naples, and a Lazio-style thin crust pizza, with delicious toppings are guaranteed to turn your dinner guests into instant fans. Pizza al taglio has sundried tomato, onion, black olives, sweet peppers, capsicum, mozzarella.



Are you more of a pasta aficionado? Then head straight to the racks of fresh homemade, eggless pasta. From the broad and flat paprika pappardelle from Tuscany, to the spinach and ricotta stuffed tortellini from Bologna and the black rice risotto with roasted pumpkin and sage from Lombardy, you are going to want to take home each one. The homemade pasta sauces are a godsend! The creamy and cheesy Funghi e pisseli with wild mushrooms and herbs from Piedmont is a specially decadent choice. If you prefer being health-conscious, the arrabiata sauce or the classic chicken bolognese is a no-brainer.

For those who price risotto above every other Italian dish, Foodhallhas got you covered too. Try the fragrant Risotto alla Milanese— saffron risotto made from Carnaroli rice from Lombardy. The mushroom version— Risotto aiFunghi and the black rice version— RisottaallaZucca are heavenly options too. If counting calories is your thing, then pick up the mouthwatering Lemon & Asparagus Quinoa Risotto.



Shopping can be hard work so why not begin your Italian culinary vacation right at Foodhall? Take a bite from the Polenta Bowl and you’re sure to be transported right to Piedmont. There are also Spaghetti bowls made in the Campania tradition and Risotto bowls on offer. For those who are gluten-free, try the Baked Zucchini Rollatini— grilled zucchini roll-ups stuffed with tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella and baked with arrabiata sauce.

For the perfect sweet end to your meal, there is the delectable salted caramel panna cotta, a classic Italian dessert made with thickened cream. Making indulging an easy choice are the mascarpone chocolate cups, Nutellazippoles and gluten-free Italian lemon and almond tea cake. For those who aren’t ready to end their Italian dreams, a packet of Almond Walnut Biscotti is sure to keep them going. Buonappetito!

About Foodhall:
Foodhall, A premium lifestyle food superstore, Future Group’s ambitious venture, is a pure gastronomical delight. Latching on to the love for global cuisines, Foodhall is an answer to every foodie’s inner epicure. Launched in May 2011, Foodhall is a one-stop destination for a well-travelled urban consumer who understands the nuances of gourmet cooking. An eye-appealing exotic store captures the novel concepts from around the world on one platter. With an aesthetic mix of Indian flavours with the west, this specialty store is a den of discovery - of the finest global foods and ingredients. Foodhall appeals to every food connoisseur with its custom-made gift hampers, monthly thematic festivals, beautiful display of fruits and vegetables, a spice station, live demo kitchen and fresh sampling of ingredients in the best possible combinations. These make shopping at Foodhall an enriching experience. A perfect blend of culinary presentation and ingredients in Foodhall is at par with any international gourmet food store. It has an extensive global variety in every category – the offerings range from Tomatillo (Green Tomatoes of Mexico) to gluten-free breads such as pizza dough, bagels, to range of super-food options such as Greek Yoghurts, fat-free organic milk, Tofu, gourmet chocolates, oils and vinegars, smoked salmon, mock meats, specialty cold cuts, teas, fresh truffles and various food delights including a variety of Indian foods. Currently Foodhall is present in Mumbai, Bengaluru, New Delhi, and Gurgaon.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

EKTA SAISON - A BEER SPECIALLY CRAFTED IN INDIA






Craft brewing has been booming in the US over the past 10 years. But its relatively very new in India. Craft beer is expected to see sales surge in many major cities in the coming times such as Bangalore, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Delhi. Following the success of Cerana Beverages, that almost sold out of its Bira 91 range following its launch in 2015. The cult around microbreweries and craft beer is growing.

Witlinger is yet another example of a craft beer which has been taken into stride with both arms by the people due to its easy and refreshing taste and crispy notes. Once you have had this, you will never have that yellow fizzy industrial stuff we call beer.

To get India on the Beer map of the world, Ishan Grover, Master Brewer (RJ Brewing Solutions) and John Eapen, Beer Evangelist (Tales Of Froth) came up with the idea of a collaboration Craft Beer between Bangalore and Gurgaon – two of the nation’s biggest Beer drinking cities.

Ishan and John took the help of Craft Beer enthusiasts Karthik Singh and Vivek Maru from the Bangalore Brew Crew to come up with the recipes for these special brews. The Bangalore Brew Crew are no stranger to collaboration brews or Indian ingredients. In April 2016, they brewed a beer with Lemongrass and Betel Leaves for Arbor Brewing Company, Bangalore, which was received very well.



Ekta Saison

For decades now, there have been differences that have divided the North and the South ranging from physical distance to cultural diversity.  There is no better time for unity than now as Craft Beer rises in the nation and what if a Beer could bridge cultural divides in India?

Ekta is the Sanskrit for unity and these collaboration brews that bridge the geographical & cultural divide between the Deccan Plateau and the fields of Gurgaon, which is truly a symbol of unity between the North and South.  Saisons are traditional farmhouse ales that our spicy, fruity, funky and refreshing.

Ekta Hibiscus Saison – brewed with Hibisucus flowers will be on tap at Quaff.
Ekta Masala Saison – brewed with cloves and pepper will be on tap at Lagom.

Hibiscus grows all over India and is used as a religious offering whilst clove and black pepper are commonly used spices in North and South Indian cooking. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

GLENFIDDICH WORLD’S MOST EXPERIMENTAL BARTENDER


Prateeksh Mehra and Brijesh Vyas duo win the GLENFIDDICH WORLD’S MOST EXPERIMENTAL BARTENDER competition

Global competition champions co-creation and collaboration to ignite creativity



Glenfiddich the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, has announced the India winner of the unique competition-the world’s most experimental bartender. From among 10 collaborating participants from across India, Prateeksh Mehra and Brijesh Vyas pair stand out as the India participants of Glenfiddich’s world’s most experimental whisky bartender.

The jury of the competition consisted of Struan Grant Ralph, Rohit Bal Fashion Designer and Arijit Bose mixologist. Commenting on the concept of the winner Prateeksh Mehra and Brijesh Vyas,  Arijit Bose said that “this collaboration was a true reflection of uniqueness and innovation and they came across as most creative craftsmen with whisky.”



Rohit Bal, renowned fashion designer said “true spirit of mavericks came alive in the collaboration of Prateeksh Mehra and Brijesh Vyas.”

Some of the famous collaborators to come on board for this competition were-

·         PRATEEK JAIN AND GAUTAM SETH, KLOVE: LIGHT INSTALLATION DESIGNER
·         AVINASH KUMAR, BLOT: VISUAL ARTIST AND DESIGN STRATEGIST
·         HANIF KURESHI: TYPOGRAPHER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AT ST+ART
·         MIA MORIKAWA: TEXTILE DESIGNER AND CO-FOUNDER AT KORRA JEANS-
·         MANISHA PRAKASH: INTERIOR DECORATOR AND FURNITURE MAKER
·         GAURI & NAINIKA: FASHION DESIGNER- GAURI AND NAINIKA
·         ZORAVAR KALRA: RESTAURANTEUR
·         SAMEER PATANGE: TATTOO ARTIST
·         PRATEEKSH MEHRA: MASTER BREWER-
·         ANEESH BHASIN: PHOTOGRAPHER AND FOUNDER OF HIPCASK

Struan Grant Ralph, Global Brand Ambassador Glenfiddich comments, “This is not your typical cocktail competition. Our award-winning whiskies are sold in the world’s finest bars, manned by exceptional bartenders – the drinks industry attracts inventive, expressive people and some of the most exciting developments we’re seeing today result from maverick collaborations. Great things happen when different minds, passions, viewpoints or crafts collide. We want to celebrate bartenders who are masters of their trade, yet continue to push beyond the expected by finding inspiration in the most unexpected of places.”

Glenfiddich has always been at the forefront of innovation in the whisky industry; recognised as both the world’s most awarded single malt and the brand that challenged the norm by taking single malt beyond Scotland’s borders to create the category as it is known today. With this global hunt it aims to establish itself as the ignition platform for a creative experience with co-creation from collaborator mavericks and participating bartenders.


About William Grant & Sons
William Grant & Sons, Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch Grant’s® as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry®, Milagro® Tequila and, most recently, Tullamore D.E.W Irish Whiskey.

About Glenfiddich, India
Glenfiddich is a single malt Whisky owned and produced by William Grant & Sons Distillers Limited. An independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and still controlled by the fifth generation of the family. The Company distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, the handcrafted range of The Balvenie® single malts and one of the world’s best loved blended Scotches, Grant’s®, as well as selected other spirits, including Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® and, most recently, Tullamore Dew Irish Whisky. Click on www.williamgrant.com for more information on the Company and i

Thursday, 15 September 2016

PERRIER - Hindustan Liquids to be the Official Distributor in India







The iconic and world’s #1 naturally carbonated water Perrier, will be available in India and be officially distributed exclusively by Hindustan Liquids PVT. Ltd. by late 2016. The brand will be available in the entire major Metropolis encompassing Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and the tourist state of Goa. The initial launch phase will be supported by brand ambassadors and channel activation teams working with Arijit Bose, accredited as the Top 25 Bartender in Drinks World Asia and founder of the Bar Back Collective.

Vikram Dhall, Managing Director of Hindustan Liquids commented “The addition of Perrier to the Hindustan Liquids portfolio of brands demonstrates the capability of the business to  help global brands secure license agreements in India and, more importantly, the strategic and operational infrastructure to grow such iconic brands with a sustainable and responsible footprint. We are delighted to be partnering with Nestle Waters and the team at Bar Back Collective to help grow the Perrier brand throughout India”.

  
The demand strategy is to focus on securing distribution in all the leading hotels, restaurants and cafés in the major Metropolis and communicating the ‘extraordinary’ values of Perrier. Dhall commented: “We have recently agreed several major Perrier listings with Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces with 100 hotels and 62 locations throughout India and New Delhi based hotel company Oberoi, which operates over 30 luxury hotels in India; this is in addition to already supplying Marriott, Hilton, Leela & ITC group of hotels.

Bharat Thakrar, Co-Founder of Hindustan Liquids added “Perrier is a global icon in the world of premium naturally carbonated water and innovation in the category is part of the Perrier DNA. The classic Perrier glass bottle is a core part of the Hindustan Liquids portfolio, in addition, we are delighted to be launching the new slim can variety towards the end of the year; this provides the on- trade and off-trade with endless possibilities to drive 24 hour consumption of Perrier”.

Planned for late 2016 is a major brand awareness campaign including outdoor, experiential and Perrier pop-up café’s all designed to engage consumers on how to enjoy Perrier throughout the day based on a range of signature serves, from healthy thirst quenching drinks that wake you up to more sophisticated non-alcoholic cocktails. Dhall comments, “Working with partners like Natures Basket, we are making Perrier more accessible to consumers who are looking for premium water brands.


ABOUT PERRIER

Perrier the World’s #1 naturally carbonated water, present in more than 140 countries, started its adventure in 1863 when Napoleon III published a decree granting the right to operate the natural spring. Recognized globally for the quality of its taste and the refreshing sensations that it provokes with the strength of its bubbles. Perrier has only one brand promise: ‘to be the ultimate refreshment and sensorial stimulation for intense pleasure moments’.

Perrier can be enjoyed by itself, however mixologists around the world have been using Perrier for more than 70 years due to its high quality composition; it has zero calories and naturally big intense bubbles, this along with its low mineral content preserves the original flavor of the drink.

                                                                                                                     
Throughout its history…its advertising campaigns, its innovations and its collaborations with people such as Andy Warhol, have made Perrier a global icon. It remains one of the most legendary brands of our time. A drink with an inimitable DNA and offbeat nature, always meant to travel worldwide.


ABOUT HINDUSTAN LIQUIDS

Hindustan Liquids is a strategic investment partnership that integrates unrivaled strategic capability in developing emerging markets throughout Asia. We have exclusive distribution agreements for premium brands in our core market, India, for brands such as Perrier. Our combined expertise in food & beverage, duty free, travel retail and premium off and on-trade makes Hindustan Liquids a leading business in these rapidly growing markets.

Monday, 12 September 2016

PENINSULAR KITCHEN - A Journey to the Peninsular flavours






Indian cuisines have always welcomed the best of varieties and multiple hues of tastes. If North boasts of the flavours of Dal Makhani and Paneer tikka, we have the entire South offering exquisite delicacies like Chicken Chettinad and Dosa, Vada or Idlis. But it is often a misconception that Southern India is only restricted to the aforementioned delicacies and Peninsular Kitchen is all set to prove it. Situated in Vasant Kunj  Ambience Mall, this joint is truly a foodie experience of the Peninsular flavours. Our foodie journey will surely make you believe that to the core.


 Welcome to Peninsular India right here in Delhi                                                          
If you are wondering Peninsular Kitchen is a similar representation of only Dosai and Idlis, it’s time to shake your notions. It is indeed an authentic platter of dishes covering the entire Peninsular. Beginning from the ambience that has paintings and arte-facts with the Peninsular flavours, you also have the extraordinary names of dishes and the variety of delicacies to offer you the best shot of Peninsular tastes. By claiming itself to be a Peninsular themed restaurant, it truly welcomes delicacies from the states of Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra. 

 


Mocktails that Sweep Your Heart
Our foodie journey started with some sizzling mock tails devised with the Punch of some super delicious Southern flavours. Our mock tail appetites were taken good care of by ‘The Coconut Mojito ‘and the’ Aam Panna Lassi’, both loyally imparting the superb polished aromas of the Peninsular lands. The later though was simple in presentation and ingredients, but it was enriched with the goodness of authentic in house Aam Panna with yoghurt and rock salt.
Coconut Mojito deserves an exclusive explanation since we loved it to the core. With fresh mint leaves, coconut syrup as well as some chunks of lime this mocktail redefines the flavours of the coast.


 
Peninsular Starters and Main Courses to Satiate the Foodie’s Heart
Peninsular Kitchen has to its treasure trove the best of appetizers to make you a true foodie and fall in love with the food. We started our experience with the “Tala Hua Gosht”, a pure Hyderabadi dish, oozing out with the authentic spices of Hyderabad from every bite. The mutton was soft and well-cooked making us fall in love with the peninsular chefs again and again.
For our Mangalorean appetites we found a starter companion in the menu, the Mangalorean Squids Fry. This was a spicy version of squids with some mix of mustard seeds, chillies with a tangy twist through some lemon juice.

Now coming to the main course, the list is long and indeed every dish deserves a separate token of appreciation. However to name a few, we had the Jhinge Ka Korma, an awesome delicacy from the Chef’s kitchen, a spicy gravy based on Prawns and some soft and mouth-melting Neer Dosais. One should also try The Kodi Pulao, a savoury Andhra themed Pulao or the Tahari , a minced mutton Pulao with a zingy taste. Our meal concluded with the super pampering Bibinca, a true Goan dessert.

 
Why Peninsular Kitchen Stands Out to Be the Best Shot among all Southern Cuisine joints in Delhi? The love for food has made us explore a huge number of delicacies. But Peninsular Kitchen stands to its promise.

All its Chefs being from the Southern Part of India know their jobs well and thus deliver absolute authenticity to the dishes. And when a brain and a dedicated heart like Mr. Gaurav Goel lies behind such a restaurant, the outcome is indeed stupendous like Peninsular Kitchen.





Peninsular Kitchen
3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi




Coverage By : Mou Sen for Foodmaniacs
Email : vickrham.m@gmail.com
Pics By : Peninsular Kitchen and Vickrham Vicky