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Friday, 22 September 2017

FOODHALL - Gifts That Make Your Occasions As Special As You Want Them To Be




There is nothing more exciting than unwrapping the perfect present. ­That is why at Foodhall makes sure that no matter what the occasion, any gift from you is the perfect gift to look forward to. Whether it is a personal occasion, a festive cheer or a way to appreciate your colleagues and partners, you will always find a luxury gift hamper that fits what you have in mind.


A gift of experience: Every year we bring you the very best in luxury and gifting that takes you on a journey of flavours, culture and gourmet surprises.
A gift of discovery: From well-kept secrets and hard-to-get delights to emerging trends, we ensure there is always something new for you to pick from.
A gift from the heart: Our bespoke service helps you create a luxurious, personalized hamper that is all your own.




FIND YOUR PERFECT GIFT HAMPER

Indulgence
Explore a range of hampers that are perfection in every way. Each carefully handpicked luxury hamper in this category comes with the assurance that no matter what the occasion, it will be hard not to fall in love with it.

HALL OF FAME - Perfect for celebratory moments - Price: Rs.11000
An assortment that’s perfect for the connoisseur with a roving taste, and sure to guarantee a unique dining experience with the finest of products.
Foodhall Specials - Pink Peppercorn & Chives Cream Cheese, Sicilian Sweet Olives, Red Ginger & Saffron Candle, Trio of Citrus Jam. Truffle Cheese, Castello Camembert, Truffle Mustard, Fresh Mixed Berries, Lindt Swiss Thins, Chandon Rose.


 EPIC - A perfect treat for a big fat Indian wedding - Price: Rs.6100
Opulent selection of chocolates, coffee, snacks and confectionery to round off a hamper that emanates perfection.
Foodhall Specials: Assorted Gummies, Bustaan - Blueberry Dragees.
Terra Original, Gruezi Swiss Matterhorn Chocolate, Villars Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts, Belgian Truffle Fantasy Filling, Pretzels, El Sabor Cheese Dip, Café Espresso, Bonne Maman Four Fruits Preserve, Walkers Butter Shortbread Cookies, Poof Coffee Hazelnut Wafflets.




NOOR - Great for festive gifting - Price: Rs.5150
A fresh collection of exotic Middle Eastern dried fruits and spices to invigorate your senses, all arranged in one spectacular hamper.

ARQA: Rose Petals, Mast O Khair, Iranian Lime Powder. Pink Pistachios, Pine Nuts, Turkish Apricots, Medjoul Dates.

Joy
Give a gift that crosses over to unfamiliar boundaries for the experimental epicure. Revel in the joy of creation with our DIY hampers, replete with the finest ingredients and recipe cards to push you towards creating a unique masterpiece.



VOYAGER NOURISH - Great for all home cooks
A hamper to satisfy your cravings while keeping your New Year’s resolution on track.
Traditions by Foodhall: Sprouted Amaranth Flour. ARQA - Himalayan Pink Salt. Bustaan – Sunflower Seeds. Organic Farm Semolina & Quinoa Pasta, Kohinoor Authentic Basmati Brown Rice, Rosemary & Olive Seasoning, Cold Pressed Coconut Oil, Kosh Premium Oats, Under the Mango Tree Himalayan Flora Honey.

Celebration
Bring the sweetest delights of the world right at your doorstep with Foodhall’s delightfully decadent range of chocolate and confectionery hampers. Find the choicest flavours in elegant packaging that are sure to delight everyone.





LEGACY OF INDIA - The classic Indian gift for all occasions - Price: Rs.1800 onwards
Assortment of items exclusively curated and created by Foodhall, catering to legacies with an Indian touch.
Choose any 4 items from the options listed below to curate your own hamper. Pista Motichoor Truffle, Coconut Paan Truffle, Badam Barfi Dark Chocolate Truffle, Kaju Katli Anjeer Truffle, Pista Kaju Roll, Motichoor Laddoo, Kesar Kaju Katli, Badam Barfi Besan Chakki.

Tranquil
Discover the ideal gift that captures warmth and positive energy in a world of deadlines and stress. Our exceptional range combines the finest of products that strike the right balance between wellness and flavours.

BREAK OF DAWN - Ideal for housewarming -Price: Rs.4650
Gift morning freshness and a delightful breakfast, all in one beautiful package. Foodhall Specials: Almond & Walnut Biscotti, Roasted Garlic & Parsley Cream Cheese. The Coffee Co-Morning Dew, Sprig Cinnamon Sugar, Coffee Press, Sustenance Pecan Coconut & Chocolate Granola, Mackays Scottish Blackcurrant Preserve, Sesame Bagels.

CAN’T MAKE THE TREK TO MUNICH, HEAD OVER TO RADISSON NOIDA FOR AMAZING OKTOBERFEST FUN!!




The Oktoberfest is a 16 to 18 day beer festival started in 1810 in Munich, Germany, usually beginning in October and running through the entire month. It is referred to as the largest volksfest in the world. Best of all, the festival is free to visitors. And those millions of people are all there to do two things- eat and drink. Today’s Oktoberfest is all about the beer and the food.

For those who can’t make the trek to Munich for the original Oktoberfest, the good times, food, and drinking can be found at Ethyl, Radisson Noida.So come on over, there will be plenty to eat and plenty to drink. Join us for Oktoberfest bash at Radisson Noida where you can grab a special combo offer. You can foster from dishes like choice of sausage between chicken or pork bratwurst accompanied with spaetzle, caramelized fennel and onions, braised red cabbage and beetroot. Pair them with the options of Imported or Domestic Beer Bucket, starting from just Rs.999+taxes.



Ethyl, a leisure lounge baris bound to offer an array of international spirits along with an electric mix of the finest vintages and wines. 

Ethyl has a cozy and elegant ambiance with comfortable seating which makes it an ideal place for people who want to experience a recreational and lively evening without compromising on the quality of services with divine liquor along with moreish food and soothing music that will complete your evening.

So,thanks to those immigrants and their descendents, the festival is now celebrated all over the world. Come and celebrate Oktoberfest at Ethyl, Radisson Noida sector 55

Venue- Ethyl 
Timings- 12 noon- 01AM
Date- September16,2017 to October 3, 2017

About Radisson Noida, Sector 55
Radisson Noida Sector 55, lies within minutes of events at India Expo Centre and Mart and Noida’s largest shopping hub at Sector 18. A mere 45-minute drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport and a 10-minute away from the Noida city centre metro station. With a well-equipped inventory of 88 rooms, the hotel offers spacious rooms across five categories including Deluxe rooms, Premium rooms, Executive rooms, Business Class rooms and Suites. It has 4,360 square feet of flexible meeting space that can be split into four separate ballrooms for smaller events or combined into one large space for bigger gatherings like banquets. Featuring three on-site restaurants- The Creative Kitchen, The Great Kebab Factory and oriental cuisine restaurant Ni Hao as well as Ethyl bar and a pastry shop, the hotel offers an array of cuisines to satisfy the culinary cravings of the guests

About Radisson
Radisson has become one of the best-recognized hotel brands, offering an upscale hotel experience for business and leisure guests. The World of Radisson features solutions that are empathetic to the challenges of modern travel, including the 100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee. Radisson has more than 150 hotels located in major urban and suburban settings, leisure destinations, airports, and business districts throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean. Every staff member has a passion for Yes I Can!SM hospitality, the signature service philosophy of Radisson, which ensures the total wellbeing and satisfaction of each guest. Radisson is a part of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which also includes Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites ByCarlsonSM. For reservations and more information visit, www.radisson.com. Connect with Radisson on social media: @Radisson on Twitter and Facebook.com/Radisson.

AMEX CEO SERIES 2017 - Bowled Over by Aussie Chef George Calombaris


Indian CEO’s bowled over by Aussie Chef George Calombaris at this year’s 
American Express CEO Series 2017

George Calombaris and moi
 
Chef Anuj Wadhawan and Chef Mahesh (The Roseate House) and moi
  
The seven-course feast masterfully crafted by George was presented at gala dinners held over the weekend in New Delhi & Mumbai

New Delhi, September 21, 2017 – The most popular Australians in India used to be cricketers or actors. But this is a thing of the past; post the advent of MasterChef Australia. Now heading for the 10th season on television, Chef George Calombaris, one of the host judges, bowled the guests over with his food at the second edition of American Express CEO Series 2017 held over the weekend. Taking inspiration from his Greek heritage, Chef George curated an exclusive delectable menu based on Greece – the blessed land of the sun, the seas and the olive trees!

The bespoke dinners held on September 16th & 17th, 2017 in New Delhi at the Roseate House and at St. Regis Mumbai saw the presence of crème de la crème from the Indian business, finance, media and technology communities in attendance to relish a night of luxury combined with an extravagant culinary experience curated by Chef George. Some of the guests present were Gregoire Carde, Chief Financial Officer BMW Financial Services India, Abhiraj Bhal, CEO Urban Clap, Deep Kalra, CEO Makemytrip, K.S. Dhingra, Chairman Berger Paints, Rajat Luthra, CEO KFC, Arvind Uppal, Chairman Whirlpool, Suresh Narayanan, CEO Nestle India, Ajit Joshi, President and COO Urban Ladder, Harish Bhat, Chairman Tata Global Beverages, Nick Gliddon, Director Vodafone Business Services, Simran Hoon, EVP Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd., Sanjeev Kapur, Executive Vice President HDFC Standard Life Insurance, Shishir Baijal, Chairman & Managing Director Knight Frank India, Capt. Amarjeet Vidyarthi, MD Indus Consulting, Milee Ashwarya, Editorial Director Ebury India Random House, Nidhi Dua, Country Manager Marks and Spencer, Vivek Ramabhadran, Vice President Asia-South Swarovski, Akash Poddar, COO Yatra amongst others. The event also witnessed George having a fan moment when Sachin Tendulkar attended the Mumbai event. Their mutual admiration for their respective profession was admirable to watch.

When such powerful top executives come together to dine, the gastronomic spread can be nothing short of extravagant excellence. The guests were treated to a lavish menu ranging from beetroot Greek salad with papadum praline, delicious potato skordalia followed by slow-cooked egg with smoked yoghurt, almond butter naan and garlic roti. Poached chicken with hellenic grain salad in cauliflower cream followed suit. The fifth menu comprised of curry butter poached carrot, apple, malt tarama, horta with wild rice. The next course was “gr-indian street food” soft-shell crab naan souvlaki which was eaten with hands; no cutlery allowed. The final meal was the toothsome mastic, strawberry, vanilla loukomades. The menu truly was an exciting amalgamation of Greek and Indian cuisines and highlighted the fact that simple veggies can be turned into gourmet cuisine.

Speaking on this novel concept, Sapna M Vats, Director - Luxury Marketing & Special Events at Evolve says, “The second edition of CEO series was huge success and it is an impressive feat achieved by my team. George and his team were a true delight to associate with. The idea behind this annual series is to create opportunities of bringing so many impressive and creative top executives together to build peer relationships and explore opportunities manifold. It was my distinct pleasure to have curated these dinners where we witnessed the amalgamation of luxury and power under one roof, bonding over their common love for food.”

Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Manoj Adlakha, CEO, American Express Banking Corp, India says, “At American Express, we are passionate about delighting our customers and making their experiences memorable. Many of our Card members are food connoisseurs and we curate events for them to treat their culinary senses. It was a pleasure to be a part of this successful series for the second consecutive year and witness Chef George mesmerize the boardroom executives with his Greek inspired cuisine!”

Speaking on this occasion, Anuraag Bhatnagar, Multi Property Vice President, Luxury India, Marriott International & General Manager, The St. Regis Mumbai, said “The St. Regis Mumbai is delighted with the association with The American Express for the second edition of its CEO Series.  The evening was a spectacular success, a blend of exquisite cuisine curated to perfection for a stellar audience.  Renowned for its tradition of innovation and commitment to impeccable service, The St. Regis Mumbai continues to be the best address in the city of Mumbai”

“Delighted to have George conceptualize the exquisite menu for the guests in Delhi’’, said Kush Kapoor, Area General Manager - Roseate Hotels & Resorts, in a statement. “Our endeavor at Roseate House is to bring together a diverse array of culinary expertise and experience at our restaurants serving wide-ranging cuisines; it was a delight to host the event at the hotel."

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Say NI HAO to Flavours - Radisson Noida


The words Ni Hao mean 'Hello' or 'Hi' in Chinese, but for the people of Delhi-NCR this is the newest stop to stuff their bellies with the most authentic flavours. Earlier Park Plaza but now Radisson Noida at Sector 55, a week ago opened its doors to the most authentic oriental restaurant. An intriguing ambience, subtle table settings, an ideal atmosphere for fine dining, the most perfectly designed food and a team of courteous staff - this place fulfils the whole laundry list of being the best in class restaurant. 




As the bunch of bloggers, all decked up and excited entered the highest floor of the Radisson, the Manager, Head Chef Mr. Rishi with the PR team stood there to welcome us. The place was so warm and welcoming with the most precisely set tables with orchids. What got us the most excited was the live kitchen!  From the mise en place to the actual cooking process to cleaning everything is there in front of you. There is no back kitchen to this place and you can see your order being whipped up. 




Because we all knew that once the food comes out no one will be able to concentrate on anything else, everybody captured the essence of the ambience in their cameras and like one happy family we all sat down on this long table. If in one word I have to describe the food it would be – perfection. 



Each dish was served precisely to everyone by some supremely trained staff. First came the appetizers and the first one only stole the show and set the tone for the rest of the event. It was the Crispy Lotus Stem in Chilli Plum Sauce; if anyone needs a definition of the word balance on their plate, well then this is the dish to order. I am not lying when I say this for a whole of 15 mins only this dish was doing its rounds on the table. We simply could not stop eating it. Crunchy, sweet yet spicy- it was a hit. Then the Melted Cheese & Vegetable Spring Roll which was overflowing with gooey cheese, Pan-fried Slit Chili Chicken which was again a delight was binged on.
 
They also had a Fish Salt & Pepper which did not please me that much, maybe because the pepper was too sharp for me. Dimsums were obviously a must and what I loved that for the Broccoli & Water Chestnut ones, even the dough was bright green. Every ingredient’s organic taste was perfectly highlighted. Another appetizer that was kept a secret was the Pecking Duck with Pancake. I had something like this for the first time and I actually enjoyed it. 




We all were so stuffed when the main course was served that we tasted only a few dishes. I enjoyed my Stir Fried Minced Chicken with Basil and the Shandong Style Vegetable Fried Rice. They have an array of 130 dishes on their menu which is a hefty number to leave you spoilt for choice. As everyone was having a hearty chat at the table, the expression in unity changed to ‘ooooh’ when the dessert i.e. Fried Ice Cream was served. Coated with coconut and served on a basic crisp with a chocolate cigar oh my god I can happily go back to Ni Hao just to eat 2 plates of this. They also serve fortune cookies with the most interesting pieces to read. 




When you visit Ni Hao, from the moment you enter to the time you leave only one thought will keep ringing in your mind- that how detailed a planning and careful an execution would have gone into bringing this gem to us. Delightful, perfect, instagrammable, warm, pleasing, every positive adjective is for this place. Go make a reservation now!




NI HAO, Radisson Noida, 
C Block, Sector 55, Noida






Review By : Ritika Dhawan
Compiled By : Vickrham
Email : Vickrham.m@gmail.com

Thursday, 7 September 2017

TAJ EXOTICA GOA - LUXURIOUSLY EXQUISITE



 
With more than a 100 km of glorious golden coastline, exquisite cuisine and a rich Portuguese heritage, Goa has long been India’s most loved resort destination. Ever since the colonial times India’s smallest state has attracted tourists from all over the world. Thanks to the influx of tourism over the last 50 years however, it is among India’s richest states and undoubtedly boasts some of the best beaches in all of Asia. Goa is a place where there are no restrictions in enjoying your fullest regardless of whatever age one is at. It is quoted that in Goa one always feels young! 

 
This was my second visit to Goa, and this time I planned to stay for a few days both at North as well as South Goa. I was booked for my first 3 days at Taj Exotica, South Goa. Located along the white sands of Benaulim Beach, the Taj Exotica is spread over 56 acres, enjoying spacious grounds and ample facilities. Peace and tranquillity are easily found in its lush manicured gardens, while activities can be enjoyed in the shape of several sporting opportunities.



 
Atrium - Lobby Area

Golf and Sea View from the Atrium Balcony
 As you enter the gate of this property, you are directly transported to a green heaven. The elevated porch takes you up to the lobby and a traditional Goan style welcome awaits you with open arms. A Goan band (duo) sings a traditional Goan song while playing the guitar. A fresh tender coconut is offered while the check-in is done after you are in your designated room or villa. This whole process is so easy and you don’t even realize that it’s been done with already. 

Lush Greens
We were escorted in a buggy (golf cart) to our Presidential Villa which also had personal swimming pool in it. I was totally stunned by the sheer excellence and the ambience of the villa. Each and every element, be it the lamps, the dining table, loungers, beds and the upholstery were just stunning. Keeping the colonial essence intact everything was done in the most modern way. 

Presdidential Villa
 
Villa Main Door




More than living up to the reputation which comes with the Taj name, Taj Exotica is a luxurious, palatial hotel with something of a colonial style in terms of its architecture and design. Grand polished marble floors, beamed wooden ceilings and antiques all add to the hotel’s character and charm, flaunting a stylish and affluent appeal that adds to the memorable aspects of a stay at this luxury hotel.
 
Living Room - Villa

 When it comes to the rooms, you’ll enjoy spacious and comfortably decorated choices, harmoniously blending Goan and Portuguese influences. The recently renovated deluxe rooms are set in the main building, while the Garden villas and Pool villas are scattered within the gardens. You’ll enjoy a great range of features in the rooms, including air-conditioning, a minibar, a television in every room (of the villa) and tea/coffee-making facilities. 

Master Bedroom
 
2nd Bedroom

Pool inside the Villa

A special mention of the restrooms of our villa is mandatory, as it was beautifully done in golden hues. The walls, ceiling and the vanity area are done with opulence. A bath tub with Jacuzzi in both the bathrooms was also an added feature. Though, we didn’t really get a chance to use it, as the personal swimming pool was just four steps away inside the villa itself.

In Room - Butler at your service
In Room Dining - Taj Style
 As this want enough, we also had the luxury of a personal butler, whenever we needed his services, he would come over and serve us hot and fresh food onto our own dining table in the most pristine and hospitable manner onto a perfectly laid out table full of wine glasses and the silver cutlery. 

Personal Lawn - Inside the Villa


 Did I mention the lawn, Oh! How can I forget that? There was a personal lawn inside this villa too facing the manicured golf greens and the Arabian Sea; it was about 300-400 sq yds with coconut palms and the greenest grass I have ever seen. You have all the liberty of walking alongside the serene Benaulim beach just at the edge of the resort which will enrich you with priceless memories.

Exec.Chef Shyam Longanii (centre) and Masterchef Rego (right)
Taj Exotica, has a wide range of dining experiences for the food lovers to choose from. The hotel has 6 restaurants (some are being renovated) and bars, offering a variety of different culinary options from Mediterranean, Oriental or Goan. Round the clock in-Room Service is available while the resort serves buffet breakfast every morning in the Eugenia restaurant. Breakfast here is an amazing spread catering to every diners needs in one or the other way. You won’t be disappointed at all. 

We also tried the Mediterranean restaurant Miguel Arcanjo at dinner and the experience was truly superb. I recommend this place to everyone while you are staying or not at Taj Exotica. 



A Glimpse of some of the dishes we had at Taj Exotica

The hotel also offers a Jiva Spa offering Indian and holistic treatments. The Spa has a number of treatment rooms, steam rooms and a Jacuzzi. Jiva spa offers its guests an impeccable place to relax and detox themselves with exquisite pure Indian Wellness Treatments. The resort has 2 separate spa’s Jiva and Jiva Ayurveda, one of the only resorts to have 2 spas as well as a combination of Ayurveda & Yoga therapies. A dedicated 7000 sq ft area of Jiva Ayurveda has got therapy rooms along with a large Yoga pavilion in the plush greens.

SPA entry & YOGA PAvillion
JIVA AYURVEDA SPA

STEAM Session in the SPA
SPA ROOM

The sprawling lawns of around 20,000 sq ft not only add up the beauty of spa but also provide the fresh organic supply of raw materials required for the therapies. All of these make it unique form other spas.

The hotel has an extensive list of facilities that you would expect from a resort of this kind. This 5-star property also houses a business center and offers small meeting rooms and audio-visual equipment and takes care of  even the samllest of the things. Taj Exotica has event space as well consisting of ballroom, banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle which is available on request. Additional hotel amenities comprise a library, a coffee shop and a concierge desk. 

Swimming Pool
Children's Activity Area
Moreover, you can keep your kids busy in the activities which are specifically designed for them. These include cycling, swimming and a children's activity centre with sand pit, crafts and computer zone. Fun and innovative games are conducted daily for children.

Taj Exotica is a showcase for relaxation with tropical-inspired design touches, grand architecture, a sun-drenched atrium, wide shady corridors, and flower lined patios for a memorable stay. The ambience created all around this resort gives one a feeling of bliss in which nature as well as the architecture plays a great role.
My overall experience was just exceptionally fabulous. The property, its ambience, the location, the setup and most importantly the people who were impeccable in what they did. 

Atrium - Lobby area
The Tajness! as they call it is what I really experienced. Tajness can only be felt , it’s something more than perfect a feeling which is so royal and grand, I don’t have word to express my gratitude and joy. Each and every staff member will go to any extent just to make you (guests) happy and satisfied. 

With the TAJ Hotels Team at TAJ Exotica
 
Biraj Saikia (Left) - Most Hospitable and Always at your service

 I strongly recommend this heavenly property to each one of you, who wish to taste a piece of heaven in Goa. And I bet on it, you stay once at Taj Exotica and you will be here for your lifetime.