6 October 2016

A New Menu and a Singing Chef

I've had many wonderful meals at Prego - the fun dining Italian restaurant at The Westin Mumbai Garden City, but I knew this one was going to be different even before I walked in. Reason? Prego's all new Chef de Cuisine - Chef Antonello Cancedda, known for the mastery he exudes over his craft. May that be creating the most exquisite Italian dishes, highlighting the recipes from his hometown in Genoa, or his ability to serenade the diners with his guitar. No wonder why he's called 'The Singing Chef'. 

'Life is incomplete without good food, good music, and good wine. And every good meal should have all three key ingredients', chef exclaims. And it is this experience he tries to recreate every single time. I sat down with a glass of Riesling, to chat with an extremely affable Chef Antonello, and dined on an exquisite meal that was going to last four hours long.

Lobster Bisque
The new dishes on Prego's menu are reflective of Chef's signature cooking style - simple, rustic and letting the produce stand out. Which is how most Italian cooking should be, Chef says. He is a purist in my opinion, one who believes the simpler the recipe the stronger your dish. Chef scoffs when I ask him about the 'desification' of classic dishes to suit the Indian palate. Which may explain why there were no chilli flakes or oregano on my table as I dined.

28 September 2016

Five New Food Delivery Options in Bandra that You Should Try!

Has Netflix ruined your social life and all you want to do is lounge around in your PJs, chilling? Does the rain (or the sun) make it extremely difficult for you to step out and grab a bite? Do you conveniently forget your dabba at home so that you can order in at work? If just like me you belong to all three categories, or even one, read on! Here is a round up of a few delivery options that I've tried (and loved) in the past few weeks. There's something for everyone! 

1. If you're craving some Punjabi Khana Shaana -
If you're cheating in your diet, cheat with something unapologetically sinful like the food from Oye Panjabi kitchen. It is also the sort of food you crave after you're three patiala pegs down, looking for some serious grease to wash it all away. Oye Panjabi takes a detour from their spot on the Nashik highway and delivers out fare from their Khar kitchen. The menu covers all your Punjabi food staples - kebabs, kulchas, cream laden curries, and more. Major plus points to the packaging (not a drop of oil leaked), and the ginormous portion sizes.
The food here is exactly what you'd expect from a Punjabi delivery joint - smokey tikkas, gravies laden with cream, naans and parathas with a dollop of ghee on top. Though Oye Panjabi is a tad bit more expensive than the Punjabi food places we've grown up ordering from in Bandra, they make up for in their generosity.
Must Try: Their Kaali Daal - exactly like how they make it in the dhabhas, Sarson Da Saag with Makkai Roti - all year around, and their famous Chicken 'Peprika' (sic) Kebabs.
Contact: Call 70454 57071/72 for delivery between Bandra and Santacruz.
Available for online delivery on Zomato and Scootsy.

13 September 2016

Bombay Bygone: Colaba through the Looking Glass

'Little Alice fell down the hole, bumped her head and bruised her soul.' ~ Lewis Carroll

Have you ever had an Alice in Wonderland moment? Falling through the rabbit hole, without looking back, only to enter your very own whimsical, magical universe - one that takes you back in time, to a special place that remains embedded in memories. A few places in the city of 'Bombay' manage to evoke such a strong sense of nostalgia for me - Colaba being one of them.

A Colaba of my childhood - Peering out eagerly from the window of the BEST bus, because the journey was just as much fun as the destination. Clutching on to my father's hand with all my life for fear of being left behind in the crowd. Looking up in awe at the magnanimity of the Gateway of India, all through the eyes of a child. Looking down at the choppy waters with a sense of nervous exhilaration, wanting to get close but holding back still. The joy of being treated to a Mewad ice cream cone - synthetic and soggy - but it meant the world to a chubby child!

22 August 2016

Nagold Supermoms To The Rescue

Being a mother is no easy task! As if the task of raising your child isn't daunting enough, there's also the added onus of taking care of the house. Irrespective of whether the lady is a home maker, or a career woman the task of looking after the home is always a challenge. Being a mother is a full time job with no days off. But for your housework there's always help. Appliances and gadgets that help with cooking and cleaning are saviours of most moms out there. And Nagold's Build -In Appliances can be your knight in shining armour. 

I have a faint memory of my mother struggling with house work as well as office work during my younger years. There were always clothes that needed washing, vessels that needed to be rinsed, and food that needed to be cooked. Back then washing machines, dishwashers, microwaves and ovens were still a luxury. Luckily for us younger lot, times have changed and the advent of state-of-the-art appliances has made life easier for the newer mom. If you don't believe me, check out Nagold's range of premium kitchen and household appliances here

For me, my mother has been a Supermom. Having a baby at the tender age of twenty, to completing her graduation via correspondence while I was in school, to following her passion for her teaching career - she's done it all! She did all of this without her housework ever suffering. Every child out there has a story to tell, and believes that their mother is a Supermom! And that is why moms like mine and yours need to be cherished and recognized. 

19 August 2016

Himalaya Herbals Face Scrubs and the Power of Exfoliation

I am a strong believer in the power of exfoliation and the magic it has on your skin. I am someone whose face is a dermatologist's delight - blackheads, white heads, clogged pores and acne! And I found the answer to all my problems years ago when I started using face scrubs on a regular basis. Just a basic cleanse-tone-moisturize routine is not enough, one needs to scrub as well! Using a good face scrub once a week for normal skin, or twice a week if you have oily skin is a must to exfoliate and remove dead skin, which in the long run helps keep a lot of skin issues at bay.

Himalaya Herbals is a skin care brand I swear by - made in India for skin types world over. Very few skin care companies combine traditional Ayurveda with modern skin care to provide their customers the best. I've been using their Purifying Neem Pack since a while now, and I am immensely pleased at how it works on my acne prone skin, keeping blemishes at bay. I was on the lookout for a face scrub that would work on my acne prone skin, without being too harsh. I decided to try their Purifying Neem Scrub recently, and share my experience with you all.

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Scrub brings together the goodness of Neem, Apricot, and Turmeric - three ingredients that are known to work wonders on oily, acne prone skin. While neem's anti-bacterial properties work on attacking acne and keeping pimples at bay, the anti-septic properties of turmeric soothe the skin. Apricot granules act as the exfoliating agent here. The combined effect of all three primary ingredients make this an ideal scrub if your skin is oily and acne prone like mine.