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Once you visit Croatia, nothing will ever be the same for you because no other place will ever be as pristine and as breathtaking as this country. Beyond a point, the beauty becomes pretty overwhelming and you start to question every other place on the planet! Eventually you just accept that this country keeps getting better and better and just learn to live with the painstakingly pure beauty around you. You can experience the best of both worlds: a fast-paced city atmosphere with the ambiance of a relaxed coastal town here.
1. Croatia is cheap
Yes, thank God that beauty doesn’t come with a price because this country is obnoxiously gorgeous, I mean it only gets better and better and the best part is, travelling here is a great value for your buck. Good value hotels are ubiquitous, as are cheap holiday apartments.
2. Food is an exciting affair
Croatian food is a delectable combination of classic Mediterranean and Italian with a new-world twist. There’s sinful amount of ridiculously brilliant gelato everywhere. Pizza is the next Croatian fad and you’d get just about every kind of gooey pizza here. If you prefer the finer cuisines, you’re in for a happy surprise because there are endless restaurants with priceless views that serve up excellent seafood and fine delicacies. Eat you full as you sip on sombre wine and watch the sun set into a gorgeous hue. Also these guys love their bakeries and the bakeries are just worth every buck. Buttery whiffs will drive you inside bakeries and you will be spoilt for choice.
3. Game of Thrones Charm
Croatia is rapidly becoming a favourite tarvel destination due to its relation to Game of Thrones and the fact that a huge part of the show is built around the cities of Croatia, Dubrovnik to be more specific is hard to resist. You will literally be walking through the sets of the show, amidst history and it’s magnificent. The high walls,
4. Breathtaking beaches
Croatia boasts of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so well just accept that your eye balls will keep falling out. Don’t expect your usual sandy beaches. Croatia is covered in rock beaches with are more stoney, and obviously more adventurous in the lap of picturesque beauty, it’s almost inexplicable. Remember to carry water shoes at all times. There are several nude beaches around too, keep a look out if that’s your thing, and if it’s not, check em out.
5. National Parks and Waterfalls
This is not something you want to miss. Croatia offers the most enriching experience to travellers who like to explore and wander endlessly into the unknown. Plitvice National Park is most popular and humongous. It’s literally the place where all screen savers came from. Krka National Park is relatively smaller with criss cross boardwalks across the river, crystal waters and infinite natural beauty.
6. Hidden spots and coves
Croatia is still largely unexplored, and there are plenty of secluded beaches, Islands and hidden coves untouched by commercialisation. As there’s no massive tourism, you’ll have too much personal space on the beach, sometimes even the whole island to yourself. Yes!
7. Party Haven
Croatia is among the most liberal and relaxed party destinations. There are several music festivals all over the country throughout the year. Islands like Hvar are known for their divine parties and beautiful beach resorts that host most enchanting parties.
8. Experience Wilderness and Adventure like never before.
Croatia is still not very commercial as compared to other European countries due to which the sites here are rustic, untouched and pristine. You can go snorkelling, scuba diving, go cliff jumping at several spots and make your own little adventure trip. The beaches are ingenious, rocky, unlike any you would have seen. They are just as nature intended them to be, there are not many safety instructions around and everything seems doused in a beautiful untouched oblivion.
If these aren’t reasons enough for you, nothing else will be. A summer in Croatia is all it will take to change your outlook about life and travel. Book your tickets before this gorgeous country gets tainted with commercialisation!
Dilli Haus is fast becoming my ultimate good grub saviour and here’s why….
With much happiness and relief I can safely say, I have found the perfect little Indian food delivery outlet in south delhi that delivers great quality Indian food which is way more than grease and overrated butter chicken & Dal Makhni.
Yes, it’s all Indian yet indigenously exciting and loaded with all elements that ensure your food experience is as stellar as it gets.
Dilli Haus has become my latest favourite with the delicious diversity of Indian treats that are super well prepared and taste warm and fresh even after hours of being delivered, yeah I had the food delivered at 12 and consumed it at 3 and it tasted fabulous.
Psst… they deliver till late hours and they deliver well on every front.
The starters menu is absolutely spot on if you’re having a party and you wish you order a bunch of Indian finger foods.
Butter Chicken Samosa is the highlight from here with crispy puffs of chicken served with butter gravy, oh so wonderfully rich and addictively yummy.
Keema Pav is another favourite for just being chunky, spiced well and super satiating. You’d be transported straight to a busy street of Mumbai with a bite of that keema Pav.
On days I am watching my weight, the Olive Oil Chicken Tikka fares well with succulent tandoor cooked chicken, flavoured well and cooked to perfection.
Mushroom Galouti and Mutton Galouti melt in the mouth with delicate flavours and bite, served with ulte tawe ka Parantha (coin paranthas) super well put dishes.
Overall the Haus brand is known for its consistent quality and food, Dilli Haus is no different.
The food is not only delicious and fulfilling, it’s also a great deal of freshness which comes at a very nominal price.
Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella got to sleep in castles and now you can turn those fairy tales into your own reality by staying in ITC Savoy facades and powerful towers, humoungous grounds dotted with beautiful flowers and the views of the valley’s rolling hills and the quaint city below, add to its historic beauty making it a must visit.It doesn’t get better than this!
There are several categories of rooms but they are all thoroughly grand and luxurious, spacious and beautiful rooms with gorgeous views, feature en suite bathroom,a private balcony/ sit-out area for reading or enjoying a cozy meal!
The Dining area is humongous, made in historic grandeur and the perfect spot to enjoy lavish meals. The breakfast buffet is rather elaborate and exciting with a huge spread and delicious delicacies to gorge on.
The spa is situated in a separate wing on the grounds, it’s the best way to unwind when you have travelled for hours to finally arrive to the hills.Spa offers a variety of massages, body scrubs and packages and the most divine sauna to relax your body and mind alike. The prices are a bit steep and sadly they offer no discount for the in house guests but the massage is worth it with some highly adept and qualified masseuses. The cost for a basic body massage comes down to Rs 3300!
In addition to a the spa, there is a recreation room right above it with a few games. The hotel also organises gun group activities in the evening like magic shows, bonfire, group badminton etc.
This property offers history and fantasy, memories and inspiration. You’ll feel like royalty when you snuggle into an antique four-poster bed, glide down a sweeping, elegant staircase, or feast on a sumptuous dinner in a tapestry-hung dining room that was first used decades ago.
•Tariff of the rooms is anywhere between Rs 12000- 20,000/-
WelcomHotel The Savoy by ITC
Library Bazar, Gandhi Chowk, P.O. Savoy – 248179
Whenever I’m asked, as I was the other day, “for a good sushi place, not too anal, and not bank-busting,” I direct people to this snug, refreshingly unpretentious Sumo Sushi that has got eyeballs rolling with the quality, consistency and bangin flavours. Packaging is ergonomically done up, simple, to the point ensuring that the sushi remains intact and isn’t a mess of dripping sauces and raw fish in a box.
Neat compact sections ensure that the sushi remains in place, looks fresh and inviting with small containers of Gari and Kikkoman
Traditions are held dear,however, a bit of experimentation is also at play in the menu that offers a wide range of this delicately rolled artsy food.
The better news? These guys serve up a sushi storm even post midnight which is awesome for people like me who don’t most often realise the time and place of erratic sushi cravings.
I’d put my buck on the not so healthy but oh so wonderful Las Vegas Roll, huge in size, crunchy, spicy and creamy made with juicy tuna, what a medley of flavours!
Dynamite Roll is my most standard addiction and these guys delivered well in terms of the fresh cure of salmon, crispy prawn Tempura in creamy spring Mayo. Yum.
Amaya is delicate and interesting, salmon in the centre with soft cream cheese, wasabi peas and avocado bringing out a stellar flavour, much different than anything you have tasted before thanks to those nutty peas.
Vegetarians will equally go bonkers over the indulgent sushi offerings.
Crunchy Asparagus Tempura
– The former is gooey in the centre with bold Shroom flavours, spiced, with a bit of heat and the latter is nicely crunchy in the centre, bags of flavour there, exorbitantly assembled, both are straight winners even for a carnivore like myself.
Verdict: The sushi is fresh, humungous, the menu is exciting and any sushi lover falls in love with a celebrated creative sushi menu. The prices will not leave you in regret because the food defined complete value for money!
I am lazy, I love good food, I like cheese, I like fresh produce! All this brought me closer to my “Cheat’s Cheesey One Pot Fettuccine” which was an impromptu quick fix to a dinner last week.
I love creamy dishes and of course, cheese is an essential element for all things delicious and godly.
I used some gorgeous plump cherry tomatoes to jazz up my pasta and they really did brighten up the dish and upped it by a notch with a juicy sweet tangy flavour.
You need just 30 mins to whip this restaurant quality dish!
* 8 garlic cloves, minced
* 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
* 4tbsp Garlic Cheese spread
* 2 tbsp Amul Butter
* 2-3 cups full fat milk
* salt/pepper to taste
* 1tbsp basil powder
* 1 tbsp garlic powder
* 2 tbsp mixed Italian herbs
* 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
* fettuccine pasta
* 1 bowl cherry tomatoes
* On medium heat, add garlic, butter, oil, and a sprinkle of salt to a large skillet or pan big enough to fit the fettuccine pasta for a few minutes to get the garlic juices flowing and the butter melted. About 5 minutes.
* Pour in water, milk, and all seasonings. Bring to a boil then bring heat down to low-medium heat.
* Place in fettuccine pasta. Press it down gently with tongs to submerge in the liquid. The pasta will absorb the liquid as it cooks making the Alfredo sauce thicker.
* Let the pasta cook for 15 minutes.Stir occasionally so it’s not sticking together. You can also lower the heat so nothing burns.
* At this point you can add in more milk if you feel the pasta is absorbing too much. All it does it make it creamier so don’t worry about adding too much.
* Adjust the seasonings to your liking. Always taste as you go. You may feel it needs more salt, or a little more garlic.
* Add the cheese spread and mix gently.
* While that’s cooking preheat your oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place cherry tomatoes on the pan and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook for the same duration as the pasta, about 10-15 minutes.
* Once the cherry tomatoes are done add to the pot with fettuccine and mix well. Add blob of butter for extra glaze and flavour. Serve with garlic toast or a side salad.
Here’s a chance for you all to have a taste of authentic regional cuisine of Indian because let’s admit it, we often get bored with mainstream monopoly of Indian food and sometimes it’s good to indulge in something that’s essentially Indian but different from our familiar palate preferences.
Latest Recipe in Le Meridien Gurgaon has the perfect clean break for you all, where you can indulge in extravagant regional cuisine along with a host of other global dishes which is a part of their regular buffer menu.
Coming down to the regional highlight, the Uttarakhand Food Festival brings to you the real traditional food of the Garhwali and Kumaoni gastronomic affair and you will be transported to the state on just the mere sight of the grub.
Uttarakhand offers a culinary treasure of deliciousness which is well delivered by the Sous Chef Manoj Rawat here in its most glorified manner.
The food is richly prepared, yet you will be happy to know that it’s most flavourful yet devoid of grease which is what stood out for me.
The aromas of the fresh chutneys ready to be dunked on by assorted Pakodas will leave your palate not only satiated but wanting for more!
Hold your breath till you move over to the next courses, or don’t, sit back and immerse yourself in redolence of idiosyncratic spices and flavours.
Signature dishes include Shikar (Mutton Curry) Phaanu (Mixed Lentil Curry), Deep fried Catfish dabbed in spices, Mandua Roti (Buckwheat flour roti), Bal Mithai (Khoya fudge coated with sugar ball) and much more. Check out the feast for yourself.
Venue : Latest Recipe, Le Meridien Gurgaon
Time: 1900 hours until midnight
Date: 19th April,2017-30th April,2017
Cost: Rs 1999++
Ps- If you are a foodie like me then I bet you must have tempted your jaded palates with most of these dishes.
When it comes to the Pan Asian food, Chinese and Japanese food have surely made inroads into convincing the Indian taste buds. However, Malaysian cuisine is yet to find its feet in a country that already offers varied cuisines, so Jom Jom Malay is quite breath of fresh air, of a spanking new cuisine that Delhi is yet to get used to.
As you walk into the restaurant, you get consumed by the cheerful playful interiors and bright colours that fill the walls of this happy little place. It’s small, adeptly planned space with quirky elements and authentic tones of Malaysian aesthetics. The menu reads like an exciting chapter of Asian cuisine, expansive yet strictly Malay.
We started off with a DIY spice tray of Make Your Own Sambal, where the server brings over a cane tray of tinny bowls of condiments out of which we are are expected to make our own sambal, it’s a fun activity, and also gives the diners something to do while the food gets ready! Quite smart there.
The Satay Platter next reveals the potential for sophistication in Malaysia’s food culture. An array of chicken, lamb, fish and prawn satay sticks looking as juicy and succulent as possible, served with a coarse peanut sauce and curry with fresh salad. Extremely well cooked, the meat was beautifully marinated and cooked to an utter decadence with rich spices.
Assorted Malay Baos were the piece de resistance for me. For someone who has tasted the best Baos in the country, these came very close to the top.
Lamb Bao, Chicken Bao and Duck Bao most juicy, stupendously flavoured and soft as cotton on the palate, these were melting in the mouth.
The seasoning was spot on and I loved the balance of texture and flavours. The Duck Bao was pleasantly sweet not a honey stickler which is usually the case with these but just on point. These were the highlight of my much luxurious meal.
Lamb Murtabak will be loved by those of a more indianised Palate. It’s basically an eggy fried Parantha stuffed with juicy curry meat bits served with a rich curry sauce. Such a chunky orgasmic starter crunchy yet soft in the centre and oh so lovely.
The drinks menu is deliciously crafted with Asian flavours and spices. I absolutely fell in love with their green mango mocktail. Try their sweet potions. Complex and delicious.
The restaurant serves Malaysia classics in a refined manner, which nevertheless retains the punchiness of the typical Malay flavours.
•Lamb Rendang with Roti Canai: served in a smoke bowl, fancy yet seductively rich looking with most authentic Rendang creamy Curry with succulent pieces of lamb paired with a savoury Parantha like bread called roti Canai. Fabulous. Resembles Indian meals In a way yet very Malay.
•Nasi Lemak with Chicken and Prawns is a typical Malay dish with curried meaty rice flavoured impeccably with perfumed spices with curry and a runny fried egg on top. Bellisama!
Not expecting to be even more floored with dessert because well, c’mon I never walked out of an Asian restaurant with love tales of the dessert but Jom Jom Malay had me at my knees with the Coconut Cheesecake. A creamy slice of thick earthy am creamy slightly sweet cheesecake, so fresh and redolent with tropical flavour of coconut, it was a clever dessert, fluffy yet indulgent. Do not miss out on this!
Expect technicolour curries and soups which make your lips pucker, cloying heat of honey-chilli sauces and anonymous bits of meats stuck on to a skewer and sold as satay.
Full disclosure: we love all that fire, smoke and cheer in Jom Jom Malay but the food is the real revelation.
Gone are the days where exciting vegetarian offerings were slim-pickings. Root’d makes me believe that modern vegetarian cuisine is enjoying somewhat of a Golden Age, with plenty of veggie-centric restaurants cropping up in city, celebrating all-things-veggie. Showcasing imaginative flavor combinations, bold ingredients and all-around good food, Root’d is sure to delight all palates—from staunch vegans to fussy foodies to meat-and-potato fiends.
Root’d has a chic minimalist interior and whimsical pervasive greenery, much plastic, nevertheless it creates a sultry wholesome dining atmosphere. The cafe is tiny but there’s a certain warmth it exudes from the moment you step foot into the space. The menu is a very eccentric read where you can find a ton of delicious and inventive meat-free fillers that will tempt you to extensively with plenty of plant-forward eats as well as some bewildering combinations of food.
Several items on the menu are “deceptively vegetarian, meat-eaters and devout vegans alike will be wowed by the innovative menu, take the Pepperoni Pizza for instance, yes there’s vegetarian pepperoni on it with a “secret” ingredient which is best discovered at the restaurant and we aren’t giving out the spoilers but the pizzas is stupendously meaty and Cheesey and delicious.
While this one is a complete mystery, the Mushroom Pizza is what tickles my spot in every sense. Loaded with just pure Mushroom flavour and some garlic, the shiitake shines through every bite like a star, full of flavour and perfectly embedded in cheese. Bellisama!
Meatballs with Spaghetti showcases fresh, seasonal ingredients and progressive pairings—think chunky Meatballs of spiced beans draped in rich aromatic crimson marinara spooned over homemade olive oil tossed spaghetti rounded off with fresh herbs and greens.
The Pulled Pork Burger is next up and even more astounding. What could possibly be better than real rich pulled pork? Well these guys have come pretty close with a vegan option, where the pulled pork is substituted with stringy vegetables, slow cooked in a sweet sweet sauce and encased between a brioche bun.
Savoury Waffles were the Piece de resistance where the waffles are made with puff pastry, with bits of ricotta, pumpkin in the gooey centre and finished off with pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of sriracha. Now that’s innovative genius, such a complex dish that delivered multiple foodgasms in the first go!
We finished our rather stupendously brilliant meal with an indulgence overload that blew our minds further where we weren’t expecting any more fireworks, because c’mon these guys can’t ace every dish but I was pleasantly wrong.
Banana Bread with fruit and Caramel was a warm dream of sweet sticky happiness and extremely worthwhile calories. Dense and sweet and addictively so, I was in a trance!
Vegetarianism has achieved complete culinary parity with the traditional carnivore’s diet, and the new vegetarian cooking here is intersecting with the growth of an increasingly popular locavore food scene to create a unique, brilliant, Globally -accented cuisine.
In simple language, just visit these guys and experience their vegetarian ideology and pervasive Culinary positivity embed in your bones, err stomach!
They have a small sitting that can house about 10 people so well, it’s good to grab a quick bite or order take away! The staff is friendly and orders get delivered at thunder speed, no kidding. The chefs work magic with the time management of the food orders.
There are plenty of pizza variations here, each delicious and likely deserving of all sorts of saucy praise.
They specialize in ultra-thin crust and somehow manage not to overwhelm it, even when loading up tons of toppings.
We start off on a healthy (err, yeah) note with a Walnut Feta Apple Salad that’s a crunchy crispy embodiment of fresh ingredients wrapped up in a tart chunky sundried tomato dressing. Bloody good!
Then we decided to get our hands dirty with the chicken wings.The sauce is an in-house concoction of chilli and red marinade, smoky and with just a suggestion of sweetness; This one is a bomb of flavours.
We next fish for the Shrimp Pizza ,the tiny shrimp is bursting with sweet spicy flavours of the Mediterranean and all tempered by onion and garlic. Belissima. Highly recommended.
The Jamaican Jerk Pizza and Brooklyn Pizza would be a hit with the carnivores. They have the right doughy consistency, excellent cheese stretchiness, stellar chunky meaty topped with spicy marinara and fresh mozz.
Vegetarians will be spoilt for choice with a wide selection of exotic toppings, fresh ingredients and rather exciting pairings.
The Pizzas worked wonders for my palate. El Chalpoo and Brooklyn Veg Pizza are straight winners.
The chef is using too quality Feta, sundries tomatoes, basil pesto, ricotta, porcini and a variety of sharp cheeses as toppings which elevate these crunchy babies to another level.
We delve further into Bolognese, a bubbling muddling of spaghetti ,parmesan and rich red sauce textured with tender meat. Gently steaming, each melting mouthful is a swirl of flavours and dreams. More prosaically, the edge of the parmesan blunts the sharpness of the sauce, all the gamey meat rounding off said edges.
Enough eating and hogging aside, Fat Lulus delivered a par excellent experience for someone like me who doesn’t obsess over Pizzas but these guys have such delectable confections and dishes, you’re going to be spoilt for choice.
Italian aficionados, head here for some wow moments!
Darzi, the new gastronomical “tailored” experience in Cannought Place is everything fun, quirky and delicious.
Sprawled across two floors, a terrace and a rather funky ambience, Darzi offers a fun fusion menu rooted in Indian conventions and adapting to popular cuisines, hence formulating an exciting menu.
The interiors are ever enticing with murals of tailoring items on walls, hangers, sewing machines and several drawers popping out of animated walls, plenty of sewing paraphernalia!
Also these guys have tiny cabinets which are up for renting at the price of Rs5000 a year! You are free to use these cabinets (that come with personal locks) at your disposal, to store items, or just simply get parcels delivered or use it at a PO Box.
How cool is that?
The restaurant is mercifully free of any scientific cooking alias molecular gastronomy, relying instead on fun yet traditional menu and palatable food.
The starters deliver more in reality than you’d expect, they’re pretty well executed and incorporated.
Thai Tandoori tikkas are textbook — soft and well spiced but not spicy — best had with the zingy green chutney served alongside.
Cheesey Spinach mushrooms come golden fried, enrobing a mantle of gooey spinach filling, lending each crunchy mouthful a silken finish. Delicious.
Curried Calamari was the highlight of my meal, that’s coming from someone who doesn’t really prefer calamari because of its tough texture. However this variant was fried to a crunchy spiced perfection with bags of flavours just begging to be moped up and munched upon.
Aloo Khoobani ki tikki is a crispy chaat amalgamation of delicious spicy sweet flavours and soft tikki spiced on point of addictive eating. Really good.
The starters set a rather aspirational tone to the rest of the evening by being most surprisingly Indian yet adventurous in more ways than one.
The main course maintained the momentum by a close shot though.
Dal Makhni, Darzi Mutton and Desi Chicken Curry were made rich and indulgent with bags of balanced flavours, the right amount of spice and very little grease, which made me extremely happy! No layers of glistening crimson oil over any dish! Even the mutton curry was devoid of excessive oil which was a relief.
I’d avoid the Kolhapuri Vegetarian cannelloni. It’s confused and unpleasant on the palate. Probably the only item I didn’t quite like!
Still having room for some dessert, we gorged on the Gajrela Pie which was experimental indeed, however not too sure of the extreme richness of the Gajrela and the pastry. Well, that didn’t stop me from spooning out creamy gajrela and licking it clean from the pie! ^guilty
Give this guys a visit for a funky dining experience complete with culinary awe, familiar flavours and definite satiation!