3 June 2017

'Little Chefs Workshop' with Amrita Kaur at Godrej Nature's Basket!!!

I have been associated with Godrej group for quite sometime. And Godrej Nature's Basket has been one of my favorite Food stores, for their variety and quality of food offered. Recently I was invited  to cover their Kids Workshop by Amrita Kaur at their Koregaon Park Store here in Pune. Being on her summer vacation kiddo didn't wanted to miss the workshop and were we both at their store last weekend. 
The recipes included Rainbow noodles Salad with Peanut butter dressing, Rainbow Nice Cream topped with nutty sprinkles and delicious Mango No-Bake Cheesecake Tart, easy, no flame colourful recipes which the kids really enjoyed whipping. Amrita wore Rainbow shades as well to go with the theme, and she made the workshop more interactive and interesting by giving kids nutrition, health and food vocab gyan.

No Bake Cheese Cake

  • 1 Packet digestive biscuits, crushed coarsely.
  • Toasted nuts of your choice(almonds/pistachio/walnuts)
  • 2-3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 pinch cardamom powder
  • Pinch of Salt
For the cheesecake
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • Fresh mango pulp + sliced for garnish
  • 2 table spoos caster sugar
  • Juice/zest of half a lemon
  • Pinch of cardamom powder
  • Combine the crushed biscuits with the nuts, melted butter, cardamom powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Take a spoonful and press tightly on bottom tightly on bottom of a tart shell.
  • Blend cream cheese, whipped cream mango puree, lemon juice & zest and cardamom powder and sugar using an electrical mix or a whisk until well combined. Top this cheesecake filling over the prepared tart crust and refrigerate.

Rainbow Noodles Salad(with peanut butter dressing)

  • 50g soba noodles, boiled as per package instruction.
  • 1/2 cup mixed veggies, julienned(carrot, purple cabbage, spring onions, red & yellow bell peppers, raw mango)
  • Few springs of fresh coriander.
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame tp sprinkle on top.
For Peanut Dressing
  • 1 table spoon peanut butter
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce.
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/2 inch ginger grated
  • Few tablespoons water(to thin the dressing)
  • Toss all the Salad elements together veggies and noodles. Pour the prepared dressing over it and give it a good mix. Serve in a salad bowl with sesame and coriander on top.
Peanut Butter Dressing
Whisk all the ingredient together(Peanut butter, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, soy, honey, garlic, ginger and water as required)

Chef's Gyan: prepare dressing in glass jar, if excess can be stored and refrigerated for next use.

Rainbow Nice Cream

  • 2 Bananas, sliced and frozen
For Variations
  • 1 tablespoon fresh strawberries/raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon Blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mango slices
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cardamom powder
  • Toasted nuts to top(almonds, pistachio & cranberries) finely chopped
  • Make sure that banana are ripe. Slice and freeze. When the bananas are fully frozen, toss them into a food processor or high speed blender and blend until you achieve a consistency that resembles soft serve ice cream
  • Divide into 5 portions. Set one aside
  • Add strawberries/raspberries to one & blend
  • Add cocoa powder + vanilla to second & blend
  • Add blueberries to the third & blend
  • Finally mango slice & cardamom powder to the fourth and blend
  • Transfer all the blended flavours in one big bowl. Cream swirl using a spoon. Make sure to not mix completely.
Note: If your blender is having trouble processing, you can add 1-2 tablespoons milk/nut milk/soy milk to make it easier.
All smiles with their Rainbow Nice cream

Armita's Veggie, Fruit Vocab Gyan

Avacado in Hindi - Makhan Phal
Jamun in English - Black Plum
Fruit with 1000 seeds - Strawberry

These are only ones I could recall ;)

The store also had a photo booth where kids got their framed photographs in chef look. All in all the day was well spent whipping some yummy colorful dishes with lovely chef.

29 May 2017

Havells New Range of Personal Grooming Products!!!

The brand Havells reminds most of us with the switches, cables and ceiling fans, the ads of which we have been watching on TV. But Havells brand has entered most of the electrical consumer products today, including Havells Future Smart Kitchen appliance range.

The brand recently launched personal grooming range, which includes male grooming range, female grooming range and pretty baby hair clipper. I got to experience few of their female grooming ranges few days back and here is something about their products and my views,

The female range includes,
Silent Hair dryer
Compact Hair dryer
Hair Straightener
Bikini Trimmer(wet/dry use) Price Rs. 2,195/-

Silent Hair Dryer:

This 1500W dryer comes with double protection against over heating, other features are

  • Ionic care for frizz free hair
  • Concentrator with fixed nozzle
  • 3 temperature settings
  • Foldable handle

Price: Rs. 1,795/-

My view: With my wavy hairs the ionic care would be really helpful, to get a frizz free soft hair. I always wonder why can't we get the salon blow-dry effect with our regular hair dryers, the concentrator would help this a bit, in getting the blow-dry effect to my hair. Foldable handle makes it more handy and less space consuming. And the most important pro of this is its silent feature.

Compact Hair Dryer

This 1200W powerful dryer comes with,

  • Detachable concentrator for focused airflow
  • Honeycomb inlet
  • 3 temperature setting
  • Foldable handle

Price: Rs. 1,195/-

My view: This is more compact when compared to the Silent Hair Dryer and has almost same features with concentrator and foldable handle. Since it is compact model, the concentrator also can be detached, which makes it more handy. 

Hair Straightener

This comes with,

  • Titanium Coated floating plates for superior performance
  • Instant Heating in 30 seconds
  • LED Digital display with temperature control

Price: Rs. 2,695/-

My view: I have been using straighteners with ceramic coated plates, but this Titanium coated plates felt more easy and smooth on my hair. Though most of the hair straightener come with temperature control, this comes with the digital display which displays exact temperature, which helps you decide on the heat requirement better. I got my hair straightened at their promotional event, the hair stayed straightened for almost an hour, and the smoothness of the hair stayed till next hair wash. I rather prefer the smooth settled hair after straightening rather than its immediate effect.

Baby Hair Clipper

One of the prettiest grooming accessory I found in their range was baby hair clipper. This comes with,

  • Super silent feature
  • IPX5 Washable system
  • Skin Friendly hypoallergenic blades
  • LED Indicator

Price: Rs. 2,695/-

My review: I feel its silent feature is what makes it unique, especially when it comes to baby's comfort. To add to its silent feature, hypoallergenic blades and IPX5 washable system adds to the safety of the baby's soft and tender skin. IPX5 is the water resistant property of the blade metal, which prevents it from rusting. The look of the clipper is also pretty, white body with toon print and a small blue LED indicator at the bottom.

The Male Grooming range includes,
Electric Shaver - 4D Floating blades with active contour
Electric Shaver - Floating Dual Track 3 Blade Shave
Beard Trimmers
Go Styler(4-in-1 Grooming kit)
Teen Shaver
Nose and ear Trimmer

If you have tried any of their products, do share with us your experience. 

15 April 2017

Skywatch - Emirates Group Building!!!

Hubby was placed at Emirates Airlines Dubai from 2005 to 2010 and was lucky enough to work at the Emirates Airlines Headquarters, one of the best corporate buildings of the world and got to be part of many air shows and witness them so close.
Emirates Airlines Head Quarter Building opened in 2007 is just in front of Dubai Airport and the building in itself is worth a visit. The Airline has its own dedicated terminal in Dubai International Airport and has a tunnel connecting the terminal and Head quarter Building for its staff. They have their Metro station too, which connects the station directly to building.
Headquarter building and Metro station connected by pass way

The Metro train in between Airport Station and Emirates Headquarter station.
Yet another advantage of working at this building for hubby was the view of aircraft's during air shows at office comfort. Below is the pic of Airbus A380 the world's largest passenger aircraft at one of the airshows. Behind it is Emirates airship hangar, the place to park and service the aircraft.
Yet another view of the mega flight clicked at one of the airshows.
Happy Skywatching!!!

23 March 2017

An Artist Playing Harp @Dubai Mall...

When I saw this artist playing Harp at Dubai Mall, I was just not mesmerized by the music, but introduced to a completely new instrument, which was even taller than the artist herself. A string instrument which was no where similar to common string instruments like guitar, violin, veena or sitar.
When I searched for Harp on net, it initially connected me to European string instruments, but further through, it showed evidence of Tamil Sangam literature and Samudragupta connecting it to Indian history. 
As per wikipedia,
It has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard, which are plucked with the fingers. They vary globally in many ways. In terms of size, many smaller harps can be played on the lap, whereas larger harps are quite heavy and rest on the floor. Different harps may use strings of catgut or nylon, or of metal, or some combination.
The show was at the indoor fountain of the Dubai Mall, which is one of the main attractions of the mall. Check out more on this instrument here.

17 March 2017

Citrus Hotels Lonavala - Review

I was at Citrus Hotels Lonavala for Corporate meet few months back for a two days stay. The hotel is very close to Lonavala station and easily accessible. It was corporate booking and the check-in was quite quick.
The room we stayed was very well done, while few of my colleagues had complaints on maintenance. Rooms have mini fridge, snack basket, tea/coffee maker, safe, flat screen TV, guest slippers. Bathroom is glass partitioned and well maintained with toiletry kit, hair dryer and bath gown. Since its amidst the city, view is no great, not to expect anything for a hill station. Most of the room windows open inside the hotel towards the restaurant which looses privacy. 

Food was good, in open space restaurant with Indian and Mediterranean spreads. Breakfast is complimentary. They also have 24 hours coffee shop and cocktail lounge at the restaurant area.
There is swimming pool and enough place for ball games towards the back of the hotel. Also carrom board and pool table at the restaurant area. There is a private mini theater, best thing when you are in group and looking for a night out, watching movie.
The business center is quite sufficient for a meet of around 30 people. On the first evening we had karaoke party arranged by our management, while second day the hotel had arranged for DJ night.
You can check out the price on their website here.

4 March 2017

Ahmedabad Chronicles IV - Stambh and Minar of Ahmedabad...

While the Mahastambh stands tall in front of Hutheesing Jain Temple, the Jhulta Minara showcases the great craftsmanship. 
Mahavir Stambh
Tall towers have been representing victory and pride since ages. A replica of the Victory tower of Chittorgarh, this 78ft Mahastambh stands tall in the courtyard of Hutheesing Jain temple in Ahmedabad. Having heard a lot about Chittrogarh victory tower, we did not wanted to miss a visit to Hutheesing ni Wadi when in Ahmedabad. The structure is intricately carved with motifs, gods and godddess.

The temple reminded me of the 72 Jinalaya of Mandvi. Dedicated to lord Dharmanath, the main shrine is surrounded by shrines dedicated to 24 thirthankaras and other gods and goddess. Photography is restricted inside the temple premises.
Jhulta Minara
Very close to Kalupur Railway station is Sidi Bashir Minars, well known as Jhulta(shaking) Minara. Built by Sidi Bashir who was famous architect in the reign of Sultan Mahmud Shah I(1458-1511 AD), these 100ft tall minars are famous for their shaking property. If you shake one minar at the top, the second minar vibrates too. Unfortunately, climbing the minar has been restricted recently, but you can enjoy the great craftsmanship on the walls of this three storeyed minar.

I got to know about the Jhulta Minara through Sanrachana a series on EPIC channel. Check out the trailer of the episode below.
Travel info: 
 Hutheesing Jain Temple
Timing: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 05:00 pm, Everyday.
Temple is at Bardolpura, Madhupura, 3.6 km from Ahmedabad Station.
Jultha Minara
Timing: 05:00 am to 08:00 pm, Everyday
Minaras are near Kalupur Railway Station Road, Sakar Bazzar, Kalupur, Ahmedabad

18 February 2017

Lake View Cafe - Renaissance, Mumbai

Renaissance Powai is one of the well known land marks of Mumbai. The view of this Marriot group luxury stay and din place is well known for any one traveling on JVLR. Powai lake view from its rooms and restaurants make the place unique and has been Bollywood hot spot. We had come across their coupons on Dinout app and planned for lunch on my birthday. When we checked at the reception about the coupon, they said they were no longer collaborated with Din out and agreed for a direct discount.
Pic Courtesy The Marriot

This Multi cuisine restaurant offers buffet service with variety of spreads including salads, Indian main course, rice, pastes, noodles. While the buffet includes Indian Gravies, surprisingly rotis(Indian breads) are not included in the buffet, you need to order separately. The Indian street food counter is one of the highlights of the restaurant. The dessert and salad counter at the entrance of the restaurant attracts most of the kids.
Pic Courtesy The Marriot
If you look for more luxurious dinning option, you can book a separate private dining section at Emperor's Court, or if you just want to experience the Mumbai Local snacks, desserts, brewed Cuppa coffee at the Five star luxury you can opt for Mumbai Express. 

For booking check their website here. Dinner for 2 people at Lake View Cafe - Rs. 3000(approx)

Note: Since it was my b'day I was busy clicking my own selfies and pics, and forgot to click pics of food and the cafe ;) So took courtesy of Marriot Page.

10 February 2017

Happy To Share - II

Few months back I had shared, I took up running since last year and had shared few of my Finishers Medals. Though I didn't get to be part of much of the marathons this year, one of me and hubby's last year's Walkathon(MaxBupa, Walk for health) pic was published in Times of India, Mumbai edition on 21st Jan, a big surprise on my birthday. Then after the pic was printed again on 28th Jan in Mumbai Times, then in Delhi and Bengaluru Times.
Pic courtesy The Times Group
Walkathon is lined up in Mumbai on 12th Feb, Delhi on 19th Feb and Bengaluru on 26th Feb. I will be walking in Mumbai on 12th Feb. Rangoon star Kangana Ranaut will be there to flag off this walkathon.  Join the fun walk with family and friends here.

31 January 2017

Lal Bagh Flower Show..

Few of the best occasions to visit Bengaluru is during Independence day and Replublic day to catch with the biannual flower shows at Lal Bagh or during Christmas and New year for Cake Show. While many touristy places and shows have come up in Bengaluru off late, the flower show which was started 2 centuries ago has become an historical event and attracts visitors equally.
We were in Bengaluru during  this Republic day for my niece's naming ceremony. We reached Bengaluru on 26th January and the whole route from Corporation to Jayanagar, via Lal Bagh was packed because of heavy traffic at Lal Bagh entrance for flower show. We planned for 27th morning, being a working day so that we could visit the show in ease. It was hubby and kiddo's first visit to flower show of Lal Bagh and both were eagerly waiting after seeing photographs of previous shows.
Replica of Gol Gumbaz
The main attraction of the show is the replica of monuments made from flowers at the Glass House. This year's monument was of Bijapur's Gol Gumbaz. Made of different colours of roses, the replica takes the center of the glass house with different plants and flowers arranged around. 
The whole park is laid with numerous colorful flowers. Its just not the colours but also medicinal plants, fruit plants, herbs, bonsais which add to the show. There are also stalls set up which sell organic, herbal, eco-friendly stuff encouraging visitors to go green. Saplings and flowers are spread through out the park apart from the Glass House.
Floral Carpets
Kiddo named this smiley flower, doesn't it look like a smiley?
Do check out my previous post on Lal Bagh and Glass House to own more about the park and plan a visit.

14 January 2017

Skywatch - Sheikh Zayed Mosque Ajman...

I was going through few of my old photographs and came across these pictures of Sheikh Zayed Mosque Ajman, which I had clicked almost a decade back, on our way back to Dubai from Flamingo Beach Resort.

I hardly explored Ajman much during my 2 years stay in Dubai, but came across Sheikh Zayed mosque every time on my drives to Northern Emirates. Its on the outskirts of the city towards Umm A Quwain.
Happy SkyWatching!!!