Habanero | A Mexican Delight in Goa

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Yet another hunt for an exquisite eatery in Goa and this time I hooped into Habanero Goa’s first Tex-Mex restaurant. This place offers all three classic, Mexican food, Tex-mex creation and Taxas Influenced American dishes.

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Habanero is a dream project of a couple Griffith David, a native Indian and Elizabeth Bowden David, a US citizen. Spending several years in the southwest of U.S. they have naturally inherited the fun culture and the flavours of the Mexican boarder cuisine. Now, residing in Bangalore from past 6 years, they are well versed with the high energy, fun culture and authentic tastes travellers and residents are looking for.

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Habanero Goa is the successful franchise led by the dynamic brother sister duo, Pooja & Rohan Ghotage. Over the years Taxan and Mexican cuisines have evolved & commingled into what now called Tex-Mex. At Habanero you get the perfect blend of this cuisine. Right from Nachoes, burritos, quesadillas and burgers. Classic drinks like margaritas and sangria go perfectly with this cuisines. They also have a in-house micro brewery from where you can select your own pitcher or small samplers of IPA etc. Live music, dance floor and live sports, all this you can get under the same roof. A family get together or chilling out friends, Habanero is the perfect place. This restaurant has won many coveted awards including ‘Restaurant India 2017’ and ‘The Goan Foodie Awards’

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Few of our favourites were –
*Summer Time Cooler

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*Sesame Lime Shrimp Tostada

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*Grilled Chicken Skewers

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Address

The Milky Way Road, Khobra Vaddo, Baga, Goa

Phone number

022 30151192

Table reservation required

Cuisines

Mexican | American

Average Cost 

₹1,800 for two people (approx.) with alcohol 

Opening hours

 Today  12Noon to 12Midnight

More Info

 

Full Bar Available                        Live Sports Screening

 

Wifi                                                 Dance Floor

 

Live Entertainment                     Serves Cocktails

 

Live Music.                                    Valet Parking Available

 

Table reservation required       Kid Friendly

 

Smoking Area

Habanero Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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STUDIO XO BAR

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My life is all about travelling and I am literally living out of a suitcase these days. Which I really enjoy. After a long gap of two and a half month I was back in Delhi. So, staying in Delhi without exploring new food joints is such a waste. So decided to check out few new cool places recently launched.

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Studio Xo Bar  is the one I visited and instantly fell in love. As the name suggests its actually looks like a luxury studio, huge space with stunning interior. The bar area has superb space and I couldn’t resist but get few clicks for myself.

They have a live performance area which is also huge and very attractive. Enough space for everybody, no matter you are in the bar or sitting area or near the live performance area.

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Lets talk about food

Few of my favourites are ——
Starters –
Pins colada – Average
Veg Seekh – I liked it!
Amritsary Fish – Damm Good!

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Mains –
Pindi Chhole – Excellent.
Dal Makhani – Excellent.

Dessert –
Blueberry Cheese Cake – It was Yummy!

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Overall, I had a great time……. met old friends……
Great place
Good food
Excellent service 

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Studio Xo Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Farzi Cafe @My Dubai Dairy

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My best experience till now with Farzi. I have visited many of their outlets in India. But was pleasantly surprised that Indian food was equally tempting and overwhelming in abroad too. The quality was equally good and food was perfectly Farzified  as always. 

To add on it was a beautiful afternoon and me and my friend took a table outside. Beautiful interior and equally the exterior too

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The service was at its best. We were hosted so well and these guys made us feel so special and royal. We were served a complimentary Indian Masala Tea at the end of our meal and it simply added that extra charm to the beautiful weather that day.

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FARZI CAFÉ aims to bring India cuisine back “In Vogue”. It can have many connotations. But at Farzi Cafe, it has just ome. “Creating An Illusion” with its cuisine. Best described as a gourmet experience, it amalgamates traditional global and Indian classics, with Indian influences, contemporary presentations, culinary styles and ambiance. It is a quirky, chic, modern Indian cafe, where one can enjoy amazing experience through finest modern Indian cuisine along with high energy ambiance.

Here I mention few of my favourite dishes –  

Drinks

Bootlegger –  It is such a well presented drink. It comes in a beautiful and sexy boot shaped glass. The drink was extremely refreshing. 

Tropical cooler –  Oh!! it was quite a cooler. My friend loved it.

 

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Starters

Butter chicken slider  – Light chicken curry prepared with butter and light spices.

Prawns  – ahh!! it was so delicious and mouthwatering. My favourite amongst all.

Chole kulche  – its not the typical chole kulcha preparation. the presentation is jaw dropping and tastes sooo good.

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Dal chawal arancini  – bored of traditional & old fashioned dal chawal?? Here you go.. this dish will

Fresh burrata salad  – One of the best salads I ever tasted. The yogurt was so yummy and refreshing. And the kale dried in liquid nitrogen was so full of taste.

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 Mains –

Chicken tikka masala –  loved it 🙂

Lamb nehari –  We both we so full. Still we couldn’t resist ourselves from having the Nihari. 

Shawarma biryani –  loved it 🙂

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 Deserts –

Gulab Jamun –  Yes! this one was such a beautiful dish. we actually did not feel like having it. You will keep steering at it.  

Rasmalai tres leches –  loved it 🙂

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Cuisines

Indian

Average Cost 

  AED 200 for two people (approx.)

Cash and Cards accepted

Opening hours

Today  10 AM to 12 Midnight

Address

CITY WALK, Al Safa & Al Wasl Road Intersection, Al Safa, Dubai

More Info

Breakfast    Wheelchair Accessible

No Alcohol Available    Wifi
Outdoor Seating

 Known For

Modernized presentation of dishes with an elegant décor

 

Farzi Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Raise The Bar Rooftop @Clarens Hotel

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This place has amazed me with its beauty and luxury. And to top it up, the mouth watering food and best of best cocktails. Best place to chill out with friends over few drinks at the beautiful rooftop. The rooftop terrace have been designed extremely well and thoughtfully which makes it even more appealing. In this beautiful winter evenings of Delhi, one must visit tis place and make the most of this amazing place along with their well crafted drinks and food.

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The story behind “Raise The Bar” is that they take you on a Cocktail Journey through different corners of the world and share untold stories of the land. They start from the glorious Gardens of England; the fruity drinks to the America in the 1920’s with its rich and flavourful gin-based cocktails.

The story doesn’t end there. these guys reached the Amazon Rainforest to create drinks that are exotic and infused with the bittersweet flavours of cocoa and bourbon. They also pay a homage to the Great Himalayas, the mystical land of magic and grandeur, resulting in cocktails soaked with zesty tastes.

My favourite items which I enjoyed to the core

Drinks –

# Hiss in the dark – Always a coffee lover and this drink made me super happy as it contains coffee liqueur, vodka, and shot of espresso. 

# Roaring Twenties – A rum based drink with orange and cinnamon.

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Appetisers –

# Smoked chicken and orange salad – my favourite 🙂

# Herb crusted sole fillet

# Pan fried Himalayan trout

# Philadelphia salad roll

# Chicken roll

# Spicy chicken wings – hot hot mess.. loved it to the core

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Desserts –

# Banoffee pie

# Boozy truffles

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Cuisines

EUROPEAN , CONTINENTAL , ITALIAN 

Opening hours

 6 PM to 1 AM

Address

Clarens Hotel, Plot 363, Sector 29, Gurgaon

 

Raise The Bar Rooftop-Clarens Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

JOM JOM MALAY – A MALAYSIAN DELIGHT IN DELHI

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The Five State Menu has been a great experience in Jom Jom. 

In for some authentic Malaysian food, is the the go to place guys! Been there with two of my close friends and had a ball of a time. Beautiful Malaysian influence interior and decor.

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Loved the fact that we had to create our own Sambal. All the ingredients are provided and you have mix them up with the help of a postal and mortar.Coming back to food…. they were serving a special menu from five different states of Malaysia.

Melaka (is a state in Malaysia located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula)

Johor (Johore is located in the southern portion of Peninsular Malaysia. It is one of the most developed states of Malaysia)

Sarawak – (Located in northwest “Borneo Island”, Sarawak is bordered by the Malaysian state of “Sarah” to the northeast, “Kalimantan”, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, to the south, and the independent country of Brunei in the north.)

Kelantan (Kelantan is a rural state in the northeast of Peninsular Malaysia. Kota Bharu, the riverside capital, is home to royal palaces)

Penang (Penang is a state in northwest Malaysia comprising mainland Seberang Perai and Penang Island.)

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– Dishes I loved – 

Appetizers  –

# Kombia – This dish is from the state of “Sarawak”. It is a Spicy Malaysian lamb sliders with wonderful flavours and juiciness. This appetiser was one of my favourite.

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# Sambal Udang Dengan Bola Beras – The was from the state of “Melaka”. A Spicy sambal prawns with steamed rice balls.

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Mains –

# Laksam Kelantan – As the name suggest the dish is from the state of “Kelantan”. Its a Coconut based white laksa (Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup) with seafood, fresh herbs & house rice noodles roll with homemade chilli paste. 

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# Ayam Pansuh – Belongs to the state of “Sarawak” , its a chicken dish cooked in its own juices with bamboo shoot and herbs.

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# Otak Otak – Belongs to the state of “Johor” its a Steamed Chilli lime flavoured fish cake wrapped in banana leaf with fried onion served with sticky rice cake.

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# Laksa Penang – We can recognise from the name that it belongs to the state of Penang and Laksa meaning spicy noodle soup. So it is a seafood base curry soup with zing of Tamarind. 

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Few More Dishes served were – 

# Tauhu Bakar – Crisp silken tofu with shredded cucumber, carrots, chives topped with rojak sauce

# Sarawak Popiah Rolls – Gluten wrappers with Yam, Carrot & curried potatoes.

# Acar Melayu – Sweet spicy Malaysian pickle with nutty sesame flavour served with sticky rice. 

# Nasi Kapur Kunyit – Turmeric & lime scented steamed rice. Best served with Ayam, Kambing, Campuran Sayur

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Cuisines

Malaysian, Asian

Average Cost 

₹1,800 for two people

Opening hours

 12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 11:30 PM

Address

BG 04, Ansal Plaza, Andrews Ganj, Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi

 

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

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”

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