Hawaiian Summer Brunch with WelcomHotel, Dwarka

“Say Aloha to the Hawaiian Summer Brunch with WelcomHotel, Dwarka”

The hotel holds a themed brunch every Sunday and this summer the theme is Hawaiian. Recently a jugalbandi of Michelin Mother Ekta Kapur and Executive Chef Akshay Malhotra rolled out an exhaustive spread.

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Delhi: For the well themed Hawaiian Summer Brunch every Sunday, Chef Akshay Malhotra at WelcomHotel Dwarka decided to take things up another level on the 2nd of July. They invited one of their amazing Michelin Mother contestants – Ekta Kapur to prepare a delicious Hawaiian infused spread for the guests. Ekta is a mother, chef and a self-confessed food enthusiast, and cooked behind a live station. Sharing their experiences both Chef Akshay and Michelin Mother Ekta worked on 26 kind of desserts starting right from A to Z to surprise your sweet tooth.

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Crowning the unsung hero of our kitchens,s the Potato was transformed into A.L.U. a live counter depicting the “Idaho Potato” grown in our backyard and supplied exclusively to Welcomhotel Dwarka. The Brunch was held at the Pavillion 75, and began at 12:20 pm to go on through the lazy Sunday afternoon till 4 pm. Talking about the event, the General Manager for WelcomHotel, Mr. Rishiraj Singh said “It was amazing to carry forward our collaboration with Ekta after the very successful Michelin Mother contest, and have her get Hawaii to India through her lip smacking dishes for our themed Summer Brunch! As a hotel, we always strive to do something different and quirky for our guests, we look forward to making these Sunday Brunches a tradition”

AboutWelcomHotel, Dwarka: ITC Hotels is India’s second largest hotel chain with over 100 hotels. A part of the ITC hotel group, the WelcomHotel is strategically located close to the city’s business, tourism and shopping districts and offers premium luxury experience to the discerning traveller. It offers a range of accommodation across its 322 elegant, well equipped rooms and suites along with 3 varied restaurants:K & K – a specialty Indian restaurant, Pavilion 75 – all day dining restaurant and Shanghai – serving Chinese cuisine.

Ekta is an English Honours Graduate and a qualified English teacher. She has been an educationist at some of the best schools in Delhi and then recently at renowned The Heritage School, Gurgaon.She is a food enthusiast and confesses how she loves to cook for her son. She is an avid traveller and has travelled to some of the best culinary destinations of the world. To name a few are Seychelles, Switzerland, New Zealand, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Bhutan,Kashmir, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jaipur etc and of course at her birth place Delhi where she grew up. 

She learnt about world cuisines on her culinary travels. She loves to explore the world of food with a discerning eye. She recently took on to cook on Mother’s day at ITC Welcome Hotel, Dwarka and on Father’s day at the Crown Plaza, Gurgaon. On both of these fabulous events her cooking and food plating was well appreciated by the judging panel. She was announced as a winner of Michelin Mother’s Day Contest with her Veg Galauti Kebabs. The Prawn Keralite Prawn curry cooked by her was applauded by Sourish Bhattacharya, the famous food writer and blogger.

She is a budding writer who wants to make a positive difference and spread smiles in the world. 

P.S. – Press Release

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BARIS – THE COMPLETE MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE

“BARIS” which means peace in Turkish is another charm added to the GK 3 market. Probably the best by far. I use to visit this market for my ice cream cravings. But now I guess I have a more tempting reason to visit this place.

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“Baris” is all about giving you a complete Mediterranean  experience, right from its interior to service, food to music. Its a complete package of food, culture and customs. Lovely meeting the owner of the Place Arjun Toor, who shared his story behind this great place. His love for Mediterranean grew while his stay in that part of the world and feel in love with their cuisine and culture.
Wanted to bring back the same taste and flavour back to his country, he started the project Baris. This place is not just about food, these guys will give you a whole  experience 

BUT OMG!! Im in love with their terrace place. Such a beauty
You won’t regret siting outside while in this weather in Delhi due to their awesome cooling technology. And in winters I’m sure it will be so attractive to sit there and dine.
Once you are inside the place you will be mesmerised by the decor and music. Its like a journey to the East. And finally the food over here speaks everything. This place is a compete package.
Loved all the items

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This is a Mediterranean theme restaurant. Although they are also specialist in cuisines from Turkey and Middle East.

Mediterranean food is incredibly popular: sausages, wine, kebab, falafel,pasta and pizza, can be found just about everywhere. Food experts and cookbook authors adore Mediterranean cuisine. Mediterranean cuisine is defined by the presence of fundamental elements which are said to play a more important role than others, reflecting a community of beliefs and practices which transcend religions, languages and even societies.

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Turkish cuisines largely the continuation of Ottoman Cuisine ( It is the cuisine of the Ottoman Empire and its continuation in the cuisines of Turkey, Greece, the Balkans and parts of the Caucasus and the Middle East, which in turn borrowed many elements from Circassian, Central Asian, Middle Eastern, Balkan and Greek cuisines

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Middle-Eastern cuisine comprises of the various countries and peoples of the Middle East. There cuisine is very diverse. It includes Arab cuisine, Iranian and Persian cuisine, Israeli cuisine, Jewish, Cyproit, Kurdish cuisine and few more. Some commonly used ingredients include olives and olive oil, pitas, honey, sesame seeds, chickpeas, parsley and dates etc. Some popular dishes include Kebabs, Dolma, Baklava and Doner Kebab.

Items I tried and loved.

# Zuppa de Mare

# Shefin Salatsi

# Hummus bin dujaj

# Karides Give

# Mant

# Balik kebab

# Karisdes Shish

# Kuzu Incik

# Tarid Al Kadra

# Iftar chicken biriyani (Special Ramzan menu)

# Baklava (I always love)

 

Cuisines

Turkish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern 

Cost

AVERAGE

₹2,000 for two people (approx.)

Opening hours

12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 6 PM to 12:30 AM

Address

Building 3, Local Shopping Complex, Mazjid Moth, Greater Kailash (GK) 3, New Delhi

Highlights

 

Wheelchair Accessible

Outdoor Seating

Smoking Area

 Rooftop

COMFORT ZONE – AN ITALIAN BEAUTY RANGE

“Comfort Zone” is an Italian Beauty Brand which doesn’t need much introduction. The quality of the products speaks for its own. You would find their products in major Salons like “Tony & Guy” – “Affinity” etc

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“Comfort Zone” was conceived in Parma, Italy, in 1996 as the skincare division of Davines Group, a family-owned company still in the caring hands of the Bollati Family. What began as a research laboratory and manufacturing site for the development of high-quality formulas has grown into an internationally awarded and distributed professional range of spa treatments and home care. The evolution of comfort zone rests in the vision and scientific background of the President Dr. Davide Bollati, pharmacist and cosmetic chemist, who has always valued extensive and constant research to support his commitment to excellence.

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AN INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION FOR OUR CONSTANT COMMITMENT TOWARDS PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Comfort Zone became a part of a global network of people that use business as a force for good. This certification shows high standards of environmental and social performance. An uphill path, an important result they want to improve day after day. 
They work daily to make sure this assemblage of common values is “echoed” in the quality of “Comfort Zone” products and services, and as well they hope this echo permeates the lives of our partners and customers.

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Comfort Zone –  vision to combine their business success with the most positive impact possible on the environment, on the community and the overall society, has moved a new important step forward.

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Treatments –

Face                                                                                                                        

** ALGAE PEEL-OFF MASK

Body cosmetic treatment with algae remodelling mask

DURATION: 60 MINUTES

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** THERMOGENIC ATTACK

Thermogenic remodelling cosmetic treatment

DURATION: 60 MINUTES

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Body

** AROMATHERAPY WRAP

Remodelling aromatherapy wraps
DURATION: 60 MINUTES

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Face & Body

** BAGNI DI PISA MUD

Thermal mud remodelling cosmetic treatment

DURATION: 60 MINUTES

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BODY REBIRTH

** AROMASOUL RITUAL SCRUB

Aromatherapy exfoliating cosmetic treatment

DURATION: 45 MINUTES

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BODY STRATEGIST FIRMING

Firming and for a more elastic skin

DURATION: 60 MINUTES

 

GLOW-FACIAL FOCUS

** HYDRAMEMORY

Hydration 24h intensive moisturizer

DURATION: 60 MINUTES

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** SUBLIME SKIN DOUBLE PEEL

Resurfacing illuminating double scrub
DURATION: 45 MINUTES
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REJUVENATE

** SKIN REGIMEN LONGEVITY BODY

Remodelling aging cosmetic body treatment

DURATION: 30 MINUTES

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** SKIN REGIMEN LONGEVITY FACE

Aging revitalizing

DURATION: 30 MINUTES

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** SKIN REGIMEN LONGEVITY FACE AND BODY

Cosmetic aging effect for the face and remodelling action for the body

DURATION: 60 MINUTES

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** SUBLIME SKIN DELUXE LIFT

Aging illuminating firming

DURATION: 75 MINUTES

 

P.S. – Here is the link for there website through which you also locate a spa near you.

Click  Here –  SPA LOCATOR

FATHER’S DAY COOK OFF @CROWNE PLAZA

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On the occasion of Father’s Day this year two great minds ‘Vickrham Vicky’ founder of  “Foodmaniacs” and ‘Aditi’ founder of “Ikreate” collaborates together for an amazing cook off in association with Crown Plaza, Gurgaon. Their small idea turns out to be a successful event and I was one among many bloggers who happens to be a part of it.

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‘Crown plaza’ helped set up an amazing individual cooking sections for each participants along with wide variety in the pantry. Everything was available for the cook off along with specific sections for Grill, sauté and deep frying. I was amazed to see the enthusiasm and turn over of good cooks for this event. Everybody was talented and ready to create their unique dishes.

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The panel of judges includes MasterChef Season 5 Star “Siddharth Talwar” who along with Executive Chef “Nilesh Dey” who were present to guide the participants as well as kept an sharp eye on the way they were cooking. There main focus was on reducing the waste we normally do while cooking. The lesser the waste, higher the points. Few more important judging criterias were the innovation, technique and most of all the taste of a particular dish. At the beginning 5mnts were given to select their required items from the pantry and later extra 1mnt in the pantry between cook off . Overall 1hrs was given to create their final dish.

I had a ball of a time witnessing the whole event. It was great to see the energy and enthusiasm the participants showed all along. I was surprised to see the each and every idea people had for their dish. Not a single dish was average. Everybody showed unique cooking skills and innovation. The main attraction was to watch two kids “future chefs” participating along with the elders. 

Speaking at the event, Chef Siddharth said,

“The Fathers day special cook off event hosted by Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon, Media Event Partnered by Vickrham(vicky) of Foodmaniacs and organised by Aditi of Ikreate was one of the best cook off events judged by me. A very meticulously arranged and coordinated event went off very smoothly and without a doubt had the best chosen contestants. Best of ingredients, equipments and contestants will always make a contest a memorable one. Kudos to all”.

Many thanks to “Foodmaniacs” and “Ikreate” for totally believing in this concept as cooking for your loved ones never fails, and hence what better than showing some love to your father by cooking for him on Father’s Day and tried making it more interesting by adding the competition layer to it. Looking forward to see many such events by this amazing duo.

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“The Winner”

Yeti – The Himalayan Kitchen

My quest for authentic flavours took me to this place which offers different cuisine from the Himalayas. Himalayan cuisine is diverse and unique as it covers all ends of the Himalayan borders. In the local staple you will find dishes from China, like chow-mein and spring rolls, or of India, with Curries and Samosas. Himalayan food is a unique food culture which is like a drooling mix of Chinese, Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan favourites.

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Himalayan food is much more then just yak meat butter tea and here at “Yeti” its a celebration of different cuisine found there.

“Yeti – The Himalayan Kitchen” is another gem in the Haus Khas market commonly known as “HKV”. Although this place is all about night life and pubs and designer outlets. “Yeti” is a breath of fresh air to me. I love to visit this place due to the fact it gives you a homely feeling and comfort. The ambiance both inside and outside is absolutely perfect for its theme. Good himalayan food with beautiful greenery outside of the place. One can relish a good quality meal with a feel of the nature.

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It has the authentic flavour and taste of a home cooked dish. Very rustic. To maintain the flavour these guys even source spices from the Himalayas. The have chefs from the same origin. Nevertheless, this place and its flavours speaks of its own.

This place has become my second home if ever I wanna come over for some comfort food and a relaxed time.Visited the place with some friends and totally fell in love with it. By the time I’m writing this review I have visited the place twice.
And I’m sure I’m coming back for more.

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Few of my favourites are –

## Piro Aloo – Darjeeling style cumin, garlic, turmeric spicy potatoes.

## Macha Tareko – My favourite. Fish marinated in spices and batter, fired in mustard oil

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## Mushroom with Black Bean Sauce.

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## Chicken Dry Fry –  Chicken pieces fried with peanut and pepper.

## Sha Datchi – A Bhutanese meal. Cheese curry. Can be veg or non veg.

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## Crispy Pork and Honey.

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## Doh Nai – Pork Cooked in black sesame gravy, a delicacy of the Khasi- Jainitias of Meghalayas.

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## Yamari – Sweet Newari steamed rice dumplings with Nutella Chocolate. 

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Cuisines

Tibetan, Nepalese 

Cost

AVERAGE

₹1,300 for two people (approx.) 

Exclusive of applicable taxes and

Opening hours

12 Noon to 11:30 PM

Address

30, 1st Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

Highlights

Home Delivery

Private Dining Area Available
Lunch Menu
Kid Friendly

Paid Parking

THE PASTA BOWL COMPANY

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Well!! This review might be a little long review as visiting this place was not just a casual late lunch but a whole new experience. For some moment I felt I was in some Italian restaurant in Italy itself. This place evoked my urge to make a travel plan.
These guys are super serious about their food and doesn’t deviate from the originality.
Right from fresh basil grown in the kitchen, to importing ingredients direct from Italy makes the whole dining experience a gala affair. They have even taken care of the cutleries and plates which gel perfectly with the food served.

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One can get a wide variety of good quality Italian Wine and also Indian Wine. They have their own bottles of spring water right from the Himalayas.

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The Pasta Bowl Company is an authentic Italian restaurant aiming to give you the best possible Italian Cuisine experience. 
Got the opportunity to sit with “Chef Om” who happens to be the Founder as well, shared amazing stories behind behind creating this place and also knowledge about the Italian food. Learned to pronounce few Italian words correctly. 😉 

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I had the privilege to taste their new menu – 
“Cucina Con Amore” (Cooked with Love) – A 3 course special menu for late lunchers @999 + tax
The menu is focused on corporates and late launchers.

Ambiance of this place speaks a lot. Simple sitting arrangement, homely decor, lots of natural light coming in, antique wall clock and the music. 

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Few of the items I’m in love with – 

Starters 

# Pomodoro – Freshly roasted crisp Tuscan Bread topped with roasted cherry tomatoes and pesto cream.

# Funghi e olio di Tartufo – Freshly roasted crisp Tuscan Bread topped with Portobello, truffle oil drizzle.

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Main Coure

# Spaghetti Pomodoro E Basilico – long pasta tossed with Italian tomatoes and fresh Basil sauce.

# Pollo Alla Griglia – Herb marinated chicken breast grilled and served with vegetables and Sicilian tomato sauce.

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Desserts 

# Cannoncini – Lemon cream filled brioche horns

# Panacotta della Stagione – pancetta of the season. I got the mango panacotta 😀

    LOOKING FOR SOME GREAT AND AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FOOD ?? U NEED TO BE HERE

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Cuisines

Italian 

Opening hours

Today  11 AM to 11:30 PM

Address

GL-201, 2nd Floor, Cross Point Mall, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon

Highlights

Wheelchair Accessible

Wine and Beer

 Smoking Area

 

CALIENTE – A SWEDISH CHILLI INFUSED DRINK

Caliente has launched in India and guess what! I got my hands on to try out two of their flavours. To my surprise I quite liked it. Its a Chilli infused drink with organic fruit concentrate. Its a Swedish award winning company which is now available in India.

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Caliente has been awarded with –

*** “The World’s Best New Adult Drink Concept” – World Beverage Innovation awards 2015
*** “Winner Best New Organic Drink” – Natural and Organic Awards Scandinavia 2015

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“Caliente” is a new away winning drink that has been spiked with chilli. Chilli adds character and great taste, without need to add a lots of sugar and it kick starts our endorphins. Its organic and made in Sweden from pure ingredients.

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The same stuff that makes chillis hot “Capsaicin” also floods your brain with endorphins, for a natural high. Caliente has come up with unique way of spiking chilli heat, making it one of its kind. For best results… enjoy Caliente slowly and ice cold on its own or pair up with food for an experience beyond comparison.

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# Caliente Ginger Lime Chili – 

I quite liked it even though it has a strong flavour of chilli and also the infusion of ginger kicks the spice note too.

Ingredients – 

Water | 15% Organic fruit juice from concentrated grape, lime | Organic raw sugar | Natural aromas | Sea salt 

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# Caliente Blueberry Lemongrass Chili –

This would be my favourite so far because I feel its has the perfect bend of chilli and berries. The ratio is quite enjoyable of those who are not into too much spicy drinks.

Ingredients –

Water | 18% organic fruit juice from concentrate apple, blueberry, black carrot, lemon | Organic raw sugar | Natural aromas | Sea salt

Crafted in Sweden from organic ingredients, it’s the ultimate choice for people who are after a complex non-alcoholic drink that’s low on sugar. All are bottled in Småland, Sweden, of 100% natural and certified organic ingredients.

Caliente’s full range now consist of – 

# Plum Rosemary Chili

# Blueberry Lemongrass Chili

# Ginger Lime Chili

# Cranberry Pomegranate Chili

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