Before you go onto reading this article, let me clarify a few points. Travelling is a partially subjective and I believe each country has its own charms and is unique to travellers in terms of experiences &Continue Reading
Before you go onto reading this article, let me clarify a few points.
Travelling is a partially subjective and I believe each country has its own charms and is unique to travellers in terms of experiences & culture.
While writing this piece I had several discussions with many travellers who had mixed reviews to give on their travel to Vietnam. The country is beautiful with some great experiences to offer but if you’re a seasoned traveller, you may find yourself in lack of appreciation.
I write this article to help fellow travellers have an insight into the country as Vietnam is and to make an informed choice of Travel as I personally feel if someone wants to take time off and travel in order to explore and rejuvenate, there are many other better options than Vietnam.
I am not making swooping generalisations about Vietnam but expressing my personal disdain with my experience which didn’t quite live up to what I was expecting.
Here are a few reasons why I’d advise travellers against visiting Vietnam.
1. Rude locals
The first thing to know about Vietnam is that the locals are preposterously rude. I know it’s wrong to label them all, but as far as my dealings went, I found them to be very unpleasant & unhelpful. There is lack of basic etiquette & very often you will notice the locals laughing at you & making a mockery of the fact that you can’t understand their language. Yes language is a major barrier in the country. It’s extremely difficult to communicate due to lack of a common language, English isn’t easily understood.
2. Scams galore
The locals charge three to four times the actual rate of things to foreign travellers.
The currency can be confusing and can take some time to get a hang of, until then you should be prepared to be ripped off! It’s not before 2-3 days you realise you have been over charged for almost everything! On top of that, the locals will be laughing on your face while they cheat you, yes the atmosphere is uncomfortable.
3. There’s not much to see or do in the country
Vietnam is beautiful alright but it doesn’t offer anything that made me go, “wow”!
There’s nothing in the country that would make me want to go back.
I did visit the popular sights in Ho Chi Minh City, and well they were quite over rated. War Remenents Museum was drab and very dull, because considering the rich history, I expected more. Chu Chi Tunnels weren’t that exciting either. I thoroughly felt that I wanted more from every experience & my thirst for adventure wasn’t quite quenched.
I was told Hoi An was exceptionally beautiful. Well, after a point I realised it’s a city made of lamps and that alone, there’s nothing more there.
The famous lake center in Hanoi is average, kind of unpreserved. The shopping complex is nice, bustling streets but again, the night market is okay too but there’s nothing memorable or worthwhile there. All I remember is being ripped off at the Night Market after which I lost all interest in shopping.
Halong Bay, is majestic but sadly the cruise we booked which promised a great deal, was horrendous, probably the worst night of my life where they served unhygienic dirty food and not much of an experience.
The beaches are such a let down! I mean, c’mom I expected some beauty there, but they’re mostly dirty and unkept.
4. Food is disappointing
Ordering food at a restaurant in Vietnam is like disarming a bomb. You have to be extremely careful and every move must be precise and forget about explaining any specifications of your order. Further on I love street food and I understand what cooking conditions are like in less privileged countries – by that I mean I didn’t expect Michelin star dining, I mean I am an indian, and I can make do with the simplest kind of street food and appreciate it.
However, in Vietnam, hygiene is quite unheard of. Local cuisine is prepared in tiny shops which are almost on the road, where the plates are rinsed next to a pile of garbage. I couldn’t satisfy my stomach due to lack of cleanliness. Local food is prepared in dirty spots. Only once in Ho Chi Mohan City, I visited a great night Food Market which was bustling with variety and hygiene wise, it was decent. I expected street food to be like that throughout but it sadly wasn’t!
Coming to the flavours, the food in Vietnam is just sad. Barring a select few dishes I had in the city (which were reasonably delicious) the food was bland, mostly drowned in flavourless broths and scrawny seafood or meat. I enjoyed some Pho and Bahn Mi but eventually I wanted more and all I used to get was over fried greasy meat or lumpy sad noodles.
So yeah, more or less my trip to Vietnam was disappointing because of several factors. I was certainly warned against a few matters but being a traveller I wanted to experience the country on my own. As evident, I didn’t like it as much I thought I would.
The Asian country is cheap, infact very cheap, which attracts a lot of tourists but being cheap, I still felt I didn’t get my buck’s worth.
The only delightful element of my trip was the cheap internet & data plans which worked superbly, other than quick connectivity and the data services on local sims, I didn’t find much to rave about.
If you you plan on visiting Vietnam, do your research first. Don’t believe everything you see on the internet .
I hope your experience will be much better than mine.
With all your favourite Indian dishes, a handful of modern techniques, a drizzle of excitement, garnished culinary excellence, behold a unique new entrant into the food market, Karma Kismet is a pleasant camouflage, a melting warren of surprising flavours and ingredients paired together to give you a memorable dining experience.
As you enter the restaurant, it’s hard to miss the celestial karmic vibe pervasive in every element of dark earthy tones that make up this minimally done up space.
The menu is inspired, tastes are familiar enough, but the textures, temperature and presentation have been turned on their head – the treatment is irreverent, but it’s also more refined.
We start off with fascinating starters which have me surrendered to subtleties of flavour.
Gucchi ka Shorba is a balmy winter soother in every sense. An intense broth flavoured with earthy mushroom, white truffle oil and Kashmiri morel with slow poached vegetables & Enoki. I would pay a million bucks for this Soup alone.
Murg Daal ka Shorba is just as delicate and silken with saffron rubbed chicken dumplings, perfumed & hearty.
The next to be sighted on our horizon is the Kala Murg Malai Tikka. Baited with buttermilk and various spices, cooked with activated charcoal, the bird bursts with masalas and is infused with a seemingly inherent smoky flavours with seeming creaminess of cheddar.
However it was a vegetarian dish, Galouti ki Kismet that stood out for me as the piece de resistance!
A piquant Mushroom Galouti with creamed mushroom mince impeccably flavoured, and irresistible on the palate!
Gulnar Paneer, with figs and walnut stuffing against soft Malai, charred and melt in the mouth, was beautiful, paired with a fresh raw mango & apple salad, I loved licking the last morsel off my plate.
Still behold my beating heart,
It’s the fish that swims away with the honours though — Kasundi Salmon Tikka, fresh & flakey shrouded in kasundi glaze, served with taftaan chips & pearl onions that lend a burst of freshness.
Kadak Seekh Kebab rolled with triple minced Lamb, bell pepper burnoise is paired with a smoked cheese filling which bursts tremendous flavour in every bite.
Still saving some space for mains, we went ahead with the ubiquitous Indian dishes where all those elements of an Indian meal were there but just in an avant-garde manner
Dal Makhni, Butter Chicken, Mutton Rogan Josh with crispy paranthas, tasted of what I would call a pious culinary haven. Rich, rooted in authenticity and every bit decadent.
Despite the law of diminishing marginal utility (in this case, the menu) we still find ourselves diving with great enthusiasm into dessert.
Evolution of Paan, a deconstructed version of Benarsi Paan, but once you place the contents of the dessert in your mouth together they transmute into the flavour of authentic nostalgia.
Caramel kattha, gulkand Macron, fennel sponge, Saffron Snow, strawberry semi Freddo on a dehydrated paan leaf.
Sous Vide Gajar Ka Halwa looked way more innocent than it tasted, a pleasant surprise of odd textures and gorgeous flavours, earthy and creamy, a straight winner for me. There were too many memorable flavours to jot down.
But then I am merely the Virgil to your Dante, dear reader.
The DNA and the flavour of the food will remain the same, but it will be in brand new creative packaging.
Visit karma Kismet and find out for yourself.
Location: M25, E Block Road,
M block, Greater Kailash ll, New Delhi
Phone: +91- 9810770807
Barcat is the new delightful kid on the block, it’s quirky, fun and glorious with all that jazz, if you know what I mean! A jazz bar and every bit ubiquitous, hanging lights, large windows shining all the sunny glory onto the tables and smartly dressed up waiters in waist coats welcome you to this warm den of sunshine and seductive food! A pastiche of largely European flavours, it is tempered by Modernist sensibilities; expect a certain amount of razzmatazz on your palate. The menu is a warren of melting pots and inspired dishes.The Five Spice Peanuts come first, most addictively spiced, tangy, spicy and sweet all at the same time, they will leave your palate tingling for a while. Then comes the piece de resistance, Chicken Leg Mousse which sets the tone for the rest of the afternoon. Slow roasted piquant chicken mousse is spread atop toasted crusty bread and covered in a creamy layer of Welsh Cheese, it’s firm at first but melts delicately on the tongue as we prod further. Brilliantly cooked. The Melon Melange Salad is delightfully fresh, juicy with an assortment of scooped melons and greens enrobed in a sweet balsamic dressing with goat cheese and sunflower seeds. I could eat bowls of this and not get tired! We delved into mains with a buttery Charter Pie, the toothsome fatty bits of creamy chicken get along with the sweet soft corn and onions inside the crusty flakey tart like a house on fire dotted with a red onion marmalade with a laugh salad adding a crunch to the textured dish— all making for a gorgeous mouthful.Next up is the Grilled Chicken with a Bacon Potato Terrine, it’s as seductive on the palate as it sounds. Buttery skinned chicken grilled to a celestial perfection which makes it melt in the mouth with a velvety aftertaste basking in tremendous flavours of the lemon thyme jus and that bacon potato terrine ends up being gratuitous, given the amount of flavour these babies are packing, crunchy meaty yet soft in the center. Resembling a DTC bus by this point, stuffed beyond capacity, we soldier on to dessert.I notice the Philadelphia cheesecake and obviously go ahead and order it, cuz well, how can I not? Served with a berry compote, crimson raspberry jelly & an almond crumble it’s pliant but substantial, without being saccharine sweet and just gooey in the right way. However it was the Chocolate Hazelnut Tart that had me swooning well beyond help and what a surprise it was.
Soft, chewy chocolate in a buttery tart, surrounded by cloud blob of airy chocolate vanilla mousse. The spoonable dessert comes enrobed in a shiny chocolate glaze, with a garnish of toasted hazelnuts and, yes, more chocolate. I like to think of it as the fancy, chocolate draped dessert of your dream, each bite is a bit of manna, all the elements coming together in a symphony of sweetness that Gives way to a glorious gluttonous dark mess We finished in gratitude with a warm cup of their freshly brewed in house coffee, a stunner hot cup there.
Bar Cat is flavour of the season and extremely exciting for those who understand Food and are always on a lookout for eccentric fun and decadent food. Trust me when I say this, those flavours are going to make you go weak in the knees more than once!
Sat Sri Akal!
Think sensational Punjabi food, think Amritsar, the holy city of religion and sacred food, yes sir!
Pack your bags and behold the most gluttonous journey that will take you to a rather spiritual culinary revelation of flavours and dishes that will leave you gobsmacked and pleasantly surprised, satiated yet moaning for more. Yes, that’s how magical the food is in this holy city, it’s the real deal, made with a hell lot of love and desi ghee in most happy cases.
Being my hometown, I have always been overwhelmed whenever I have sat down to pen my culinary favourites of the city, because well, there are too many of them and not enough pages to culminate the experience.
However, with much resilience, I have managed to curate a list of the absolutely charming food destinations of the city, some already popular and some less explored.
Go on and make sure you’re up for a visit to all of the following because my friend, a trip to Amristar isn’t quite complete if you haven’t famished your already overwhelmed tummy with these yummies.
1. Puri Chhole
Yes, Amritsar has a strong Puri game, light fluffy stupendously delicious Puris, which are way more appetising than heavy Bathuras served with absolutely rich Chhole aka chickpeas, a sweet potato curry and lots of tangy pickled onions.
* Kanha Sweets, Lawrence Road
* Munim Di Hatti, Lawrence Road
2. Amritsari Kulcha
Well, the hype is real! Amritsari Kulcha is fascinating in theory as it is scrumptious in reality. Stuffed flakey Kulcha with dollops of butter and unimaginable flavours, you will be in awe of the flavours on your palate and these cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. So well you’re basically going to be eating a legend!
* Monu Kulcha, Loharka
* Ashok Kulche Wala, Ranjit Avenue
* Kulchewala, Tanga Colony Market
3. Chaat and fried streetfood
Amritsar boasts of stellar streetfood that could put likes of mumbai to shame, yes, that’s true, the favours and zest will leave you wanting for more and wondering just how great the culinary landscape of the city can get. Tiki, bun tikki, Bhel Puri, Papdi chaat, Samosa, Paneer Pakoda, Spring Rolls, Gol Gappe, the list is too long and certainly worth indulging in.
* Brijwasi Chaat, Ranjeet Avenue
* Rajasthani Chaat Bhandar, Rani Ka Bagh
* Street Vendors, next to Green Avenue Market
Legendary, doused in pure desi ghee and essentially Punjabi in every bite, you need to have a taste of amritsari authentic thalis. The mere sight of them will suffice half your hunger.
* Bharawan da Dhaba, Town Hall
* Kesar da Dhaba, Near Telephone Exchange
5. Vegetarian Food Haven
If you’re a vegetarian, you’re going to flip in this city, the variety of food is brilliant. Paneer Bhurji and Nutri will be one of the best meals of your life. If you’re not a herbivore, still eat here, your taste buds will thank you.
* Taare di Hatti, Lawrence Road
6. Mutton and Brain from the Tawa
Amritsar is also famous for its unique carnivore grub made most indulgently on a huge iron Tawa, with outrageous ghee, exceptional flavours, a meal you will never eat anywhere else in the world. Brain curry, Mutton Tikke, Chaap all fried and cooked with desi ghee served with soft Kulchas
* Sunder Meat, Maqbool Road
* Adarsh Meat, Ranjit Avenue
* Bittu Meat Jahajgarh
7. Butter Chicken & Tandoori Chicken
Try the Indian food in Amritsar and be prepared to be wowed by the chicken items. More intense in flavours with exceptional marinades and curries, these will spoil your taste buds.
* Beera Chicken
* Sakhi’s Watz Kukin,Green Avenue
* Charming Chicken, Majitha Road
* Bukhara, Ranjit Avenue
Lip smacking, gluttonous and essentially Punjabi in most cases, Amristar also offers desserts like no other place, consistent in decadence and quality, Motichoor Ladoo, Gulab Jamun, Jalebi, Fruit Cream, Kulfi is exceptional here.
* Sharma Sweets, Lawrence Road (Gulab Jamun, Jalebi)
* Durga , Lawrence Road ( Fruit Cream)
* Bansal Sweets, Lawrence Road (Motichoor Ladoo)
* Goenka, Katra Ahluwalia Chowk (Ras Malai, Khoya Barfi)
* A-1 Kulfa, (Kulfi) Queens Road
9. Fine Dining is pretty fine too
Amritsar also has a host of sophisticated fine dining destinations which will certainly wow you when you re only expecting only one kind of cuisine from the holy city. There’s great Chinese, Italian and continental food here.
* The Chinese Room, Taj Swarna
* Oka, Ranjit Avenue
* Thai Chi, Hyatt
* Aura, Ranjit Avenue
* Giani Tea Stall, Cooper Road
– tea, butter overload toasts, omelettes etc
* Lubhaya Ram Aam Papad, Lawrence Road
This should cover just about everything that’s worth the million calories of consumption here in the holy city. Personally this is the food I have grown up eating and I swear by the quality and brilliant flavours of each of the dishes mentioned above.
Sat Sri Akal
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 travel 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!
Honk, Pullman, New Delhi
-Walk into Honk with a subtle promise of the dining spectacle to come. The restaurant is sumptuously massive but intimate, decked out in warm earthy tones, welcoming yet luxurious in every sense. Servers usher to you with quick service of the meal, which you come to realise is the star of the evening.
The food is a sort of culinary interpretation of Authentic Asian Cuisine with some tweaking here & there yet bold flavours that are rooted in absolute delicious traditions.
At Honk, across your plate, frolic all manner of ingredients, playing nicely, and paired impeccably to deliver the best possible fleetings of flavour.
Starting with a sharp Som Tum Salad, it’s hard to miss the boldness in every bite which is texturally and tastefully balanced.
In lieu of the Mango festival at Honk, the cocktails are refreshingly boozy, seasonally curated and exceptionally addictive with variants to suit your palate, some incorporated with spice and others with the right hit of fruity sweetness but all doused on point with a boozy aftermath.
As we dive into my real food obsession of Dimsums and sushi, I realise that Honk is the place where flavours turn into epiphanies.
Pig out on the delicately crafted Dimsum menu which had me specially floored with variety and decadence. I’d suggest the White Truffle, Crystal Duck and Prawn Hargao for being melt in the mouth delicate & exorbitantly perfumed and creamy with bold flavours.
The sushi is altogether a extravagant affair with top notch quality, freshness and flavours. I’d suggest the Crab Roll and Lobster Roll, most juicy and divine,each bite as fresh as spring mornings purport to be!
The Special Curry Menu is an amalgamation of diversity embedded in curries from all over the world and there’s something for everyone’s palate. I loved the Rendang Curry, full marks for authenticity and aromatics.
Thai Basil Singapore Chilli Shrimp is a fiery affair consisting of fat juicy babies doused in a rich schezuan sauce and served with a bao like bread. It is equally riveting and it’s with little embarrassment and more gusto that we mix it together with spunky noodles to create a kind of glorified Chinese khichdi. The results are expectedly palatable and toothsome.Nothing is as evocative as dessert.
Jasmine Creme Brûlée with ginger medallions and honey streusel will immerse you into its flavour and textures, involving all senses. It melts in the mouth and tastes of divinity I would say with a
a fragrant bouquet of lemongrass and galangal, an olfactory accompaniment to your dish.
The Caramel Chocolate & Peanut Parfait got its dramatic accentuation with a pour-over of hot chocolate sauce, which melted the tempered sphere, revealing a praline-peanut butter parfait with a caramel base. Sinful.
Honk isn’t just a restaurant but a dining experience involving all senses, a treat to the eyes and well as the tongue with flavours that stay with you much after, in terms of gastronomical excellence and authenticity.
Sakshi Chugh’s sweet sweet baby ” House of Pie” is sugar and spice and all things nice, quite literally! The cakes are edgy, exquisite and exactly the change you’re looking for, cuz honestly we’re all pretty bored of overstated decorated cakes that may look funky but taste like crap. Right?
She is whipping up some serious buttercream magic in the kitchen and we couldn’t be more delighted!
An 8 inch, two-layer vanilla pink cake with blue frosting and rainbow sprinkles, is the perfect sight to go completely “awwww”
What makes her cakes really stand out is their ornate appearance and she is happy to customise her fun cakes for your special occasion to exactly suit your preferences while keeping her special sparky touch intact in all her concoctions.
And, look, there’s no other way to say it: The cake is moist, miraculously so, and it stays that way even hours after you’ve cut the first slice, owing to an expert reduction in the amount of flour that’s used in the batter. The cake also happens to nail a perfect level of sweetness, giving you the sugar fix you’re looking for without making you immediately reach for a glass of water.
They’re an exception to the rule that cakes can only either look good or taste good.
Drooling already? Order now, thank me later.
You can book your bundle of cakey deliciousness at
House of Pie https://www.facebook.com/HouseOfPieDelhi/
Phone Number: +91 98995 41630
Chef Kunal Kapoor and Dietician Pooja Makhija gave us the first look at the Super Oil of the future that’s here to stay, at Smokehouse Deli, BKC earlier this month.
Marico launched their brand new health dose -Saffola Aura, a unique new blend of Olive Oil and Flaxseed Oil. Sounds excitingly healthy right?
This is the first ever Olive Oil with Flaxseed Oil. The best of Spanish Olive Oil and Flaxseed oil are combined to produce the joint benefits of powerpacked antioxidants and omega 3 in one single oil!
Just writing that made me feel so healthy, I can only imagine the good it will do to my body once I start consuming it! Well I already am, and the fact that the oil is packed with superfoods and so much nutrition, I feel am taking a step closer to improving the unhealthy lifestyle I found myself slumbering into!
From first hand experience I can say, the taste is rich and I love how it adds to the flavour in my food and did I mention that the oil has immense detoxifying elements which is much essential to the modernistic lifestyle where we often forget that our body needs to be taken care of!
The oil is available in two variants –
A blend of 80% extra virgin Olive oil with 20% extra virgin flaxseed oil .It is perfect for salad dressings , dips , spreads , garnishing’s, drizzling and I already loving the additional dose of health it’s adding to my daily diet!
A blend of 80% refined Olive oil with 20% refined flaxseed oil. It is perfect for everyday cooking like stir frying , sautéing, roasting and baking.
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
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.