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Post Event: Washington Apples Meet & Greet courtesy FBAI

Last week, we attended the Washington Apples Meet & Greet organized by FBAI (food blogger association of India) at St. Regis Hotel, Mumbai.

The event comprised of a wonderful workshop conducted by Chef Himanshu Taneja, Director of culinary, St. Regis hotel, Mumbai & his team where they demonstrated a few recipes created with the Washington Red Delicious apples & Granny smith apples. Followed by an interactive session with Washington Apple Commission representative Keith Sunderlal & International marketing director of Washington Apple Commission Rebecca lyons and from USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Adam Branson.

Here are the recipes that Chef Himanshu demonstrated with Washington Apples:

Recipe 1: Puebla Avocado Tartare with Apple Chutney

Ingredients:-

Puebla Avocado- 2no

Onion (chopped)-30gm

Tomato (chopped)-30gm

Green chili (chopped)-8gm

Coriander leaves (chopped)- pinch

Lettuce Lollo Rosso- 4 leaf randomly torn

Fresh lemon juice-15ml

Sliced & toasted French baguette- 4 nos sliced

For Apple chutney:-

Washington red delicious apple-4nos

Sugar-100gm

Water-150ml

Paprika powder-5gm

Zanthan-1gm

Tartare Recipe:

Cut the Avocado into half,  scoop out the fruit & chop it into fine brunoises

Mix all the ingredients, except the lettuce & the baguette, into a thick paste.

Keep it aside.

Apple chutney recipe

In a pan, heat water, sugar, apples & paprika.

Cook till it turns into a jam like consistency.

Keep it aside to cool.

Plating: Get the baguette out and top it up with the lettuce followed by Puebla Avocado Tartare and finally the Apple chutney. Your tartare is ready to serve!

Recipe 2Seb ka chenna payesh

Ingredients:

Reduced milk- 237ml

Washington Red delicious apple (grated)-2no

Angoori Chenna- 10-12 pcs

Almond slivers-15gm

Pistachio slivers-15gm

Recipe:-

In a martini glass, add sweetened reduced milk.

Grate the apple & add the chenna to it. Stir it well and add it in the glass.

Top it up with almond slivers & pistachio slivers. Serve it and watch your guests relish it!


Post the event, was a high tea session, where we were treated with a delicious spread celebrating apples!

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Apple & Raisin Scones, Apple & Mustard Quiche, Apple & Smoked Chicken Quiche, Appy Fizz Paani Puri, Apple Jam Bakewell Tart, Apple Jalebi and many more dishes were on the spread. Well, if apples can be so delicious, they are definitely going to keep the doctors away!

 

 

Review: Oktoberfest at Q-Bar, VITS Hotel

Oktoberfest is much awaited every year as beers from around the world are available at the bars in the city and celebrated with much anticipation.

This year, we were excited to try the special Oktoberfest menu at Q-Bar, VITS Hotel. A limited menu with about 6 dishes and 2 desserts was crafted for the festival alongwith domestic and international beers and beer cocktails.

The decor was nice and vibrant with beer quotes and a complete festive feel to it. The music was a bit too loud for our liking, but then again, it’s a matter of perspective.

Without wasting too much time, we ordered for the Chicken Roll – Flattened Chicken Breast stuffed with chicken mince and spinach. Unfortunately, we were extremely disappointed with the dish as the Chicken was undercooked and inedible. The next, we tried the Chicken Schnitzel which was served with garlic lemon caper sauce and potatoes. The potatoes were delicious and the sauce was flavourful but the Chicken, again, was bland and unimpressive. Disappointed with the food, we thought we should move on to the beers.

A special mention to the bartender who was well informed and attended to us happily. He offered us a spicy beer cocktail which was really good! We loved the flavour and the fruity aftertaste was the cherry on the cake. Next, we tried a British Bourbon Flavoured Craft Beer called Brody’s Beer. This was again our server-bartender’s recommendation. With a hint of honey, this one is a must try for all you craft beer lovers!Overall, Q-Bar, needs to definitely work on the food as it failed to impress us but the drinks were fab and we might just give it another chance for that!

Venue: Q-Bar

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VITS Hotel, Marol, Andheri East

Landmark: International Airport Zone

Phone: 022 6151 7555

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VITS at @vitsmumbai on Instagram

Chandni at @chandnitolani and Mumbai Candid at @mumbaicandid on Instagram

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

Review: Thai Food Festival at Asian Kitchen, Four Points by Sheraton

The Thai Food Festival at Asian Kitchen, Four Points by Sheraton showcased an extensive buffet of Thai delicacies by award-winning Bangkok-based Chef Jarunun. When we arrived at the restaurant, the ambience was decorated in accordance with the theme of the festival. 

We started our meal with a welcome drink, which was a delicious blend of pineapple juice and coconut. For the appetizers, in the vegetarian section, we tried the Kao Phod Thod, a corn cake served with sweet chilli dipping sauce, which tasted more like your normal corn fritters. The second appetizer we had was the Thod Mun Phak, a vegetable cake served with plum sauce. While the plum sauce was really good, the vegetable cake did not do too well. In the non-vegetarian appetizers, we tried the Gai Nga – chicken marinated with sesame and garlic which had a sweet tinge to it alongwith a mild flavour of garlic.

For the main course we tried the Massaman Moo, which was pork with peanut, shallot in massamun curry. The pork pieces were incredibly well cooked and the curry had the perfect amount of spice. We paired the Massaman Moo with the Khao Pad Jea – veg fried rice with cherry tomato and spring onion, and couldn’t ask for a better combination. The seafood based Talay Prik Tai Dum – Seafood with bell peppers in black pepper sauce, was the one dish that tingled our tastebuds the most. 

The buffet had a live station that served Tow Hu Sate – Tofu on skewers with peanut sauce. The chef would prepare the tofu right as you need it, with a dollop of peanut sauce over it.

Moving onto the desserts, we tried the Maphraw Sangkaya, a coconut custard, a tad bit bland for our liking. The Coconut Pudding was the star among the desserts with a smooth and creamy texture and the sweetness being balanced out with the taste of the coconut. 

Overall, the food was delicious prepared with fresh ingredients and a great experience. For every Thai food lover, this one is a must try. 

Venue: Asian Kitchen

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Four Points By Sheraton, Vashi

Landmark: Near Inorbit Mall

Phone: 022 61587777

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Four Points by Sheraton at @fourpointsindia on Twitter

Anoushka at @anoushka.nazareth on Instagram

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid on Twitter

 

Holi Special: Haagen Dazs introduces Falooda Sorbets

Falooda with sorbets, what do you think? Hard to imagine?

Falooda Sorbets

Haagen Dazs has introduced Falooda Sorbets for the Holi week.

The international chain has tried to offer the Indian taste buds, a local flavour, but they have replaced the traditional kulfis with sorbet and rabdi with milkmaid.

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We tried a couple of options but our favourite was the tangy Orange Falooda Sorbet topped with dried nuts. The appearance, just like the setting sun, this one was an absolutely delight and extremely flavourful!

IMG_1501At Haagen Dazs, you can choose your sorbet from their range and the chef will make it for you with their inhouse prepared flavoured falooda.

PS: We did miss our traditional kulfi though! 🙂
(at Haagen Dazs)

Venue: Haagen Dazs (all outlets)

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Haagen Dazs at @haagendazsindia

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

 

Review: #CoastToCoast Festival at O22, Trident

salad counter buffetSea food lovers, this one is for you! Trident, Bandra Kurla is hosting a Coastal Food Festival called Coast To Coast at their restaurant O22. An extensive buffet spread with an array of delicacies from various coastal regions across India.

We started our meal with the welcome drink, a refreshing blend of Ginger, Lemon and Honey served in a mini matka. The buffet had a live counter where you could choose your fish and the chef would prepare it for you right then. We tried an assortment of seared fish wrapped in a leaf and prawns. Perfectly cooked and delicately spiced, we were already impressed with the food!

Next we moved on to the buffet spread, there was a Farsan Counter, a Pickle and salad counter with some great variations like the Nilgiri Jhinga Salad, Chicken Pakora Salad, Chettinad Paneer Salad and more. The Amrood ki Chutney and the South Indian Pickle were also worth a try.

In the mains, we absolutely loved the Malabar Lamb Biryani – succulent lamb pieces in a flavourful biryani and the Crab Xacuti – crab cooked in a spicy gravy. There were plenty of choices for vegetarians as well like the Badi Choora – a staple Oriya meal with dried lentils mixed with garlic and chopped veggies.

Coming to the desserts, there was Payesh, Kala Jamun, Ras Malai, Macarons, Panna Cotta and some cakes. The Ras Malai and Macarons with a Truffle were on top of our list followed by the rest.

The Coast To Coast Festival is priced at 1975+Tax per person and the menu is rotational. The same menu gets repeated every 6 days.

Overall, this one is a must try for all the coastal food fans!

Venue: O22, Trident

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Bandra Kurla Complex

Landmark: Next to Sofitel Hotel

Phone: 6672 7777

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Trident at @TridentBKC

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

Review: Kitchens of Kangan Fest at Kangan

Kangan, located on the 18th floor of The Westin Mumbai Garden City, is a specialty Indian cuisine or modern Indian cuisine restaurant. The restaurant is hosting a festival called the Kitchens of Kangans at its three properties in Mumbai from the 27 October to 9 November 2014, in Pune from 14 to 28 November 2014 and in Hyderabad from 16 January to 1 February 2015. Chef Shamsher Ahmed (Mumbai), Chef Rakesh Kumar (Hyderabad) and Chef Narayan Salunke (Pune) have put together a menu of their specialities for this festival.

main courseWe were invited by the The Westin team to dine at the restaurant. The magnificent view from the restaurant was indeed a good start to the meal. We started with ordering the kebab platter out of which the Sayadri Murg – succulent Chicken Tikkas, Tarkash Seekh Kebab – Vegetable Seekh Kebabs stuffed with Cheese and the melt-in-the-mouth Dora Kebab – rose petal-flavored lamb botis encased with lamb mince were delish!

Shahi Tukda and Rose Kheer
Shahi Tukda and Rose Kheer

Chef Shamsher Ahmed, from Kangan Mumbai and Chef Rakesh Kumar from Kangan Hyderabad, gave us a good insight to the menu that was being served. In the mains, we thoroughly enjoyed the Kali Daal and the Lamb Biryani. We ended our meal with the desserts. Although the Shahi Tukda was too sweet for our liking, the Gulab Patte Ki Kheer made up for its oversweetness.

A special mention to the service, that was prompt and extremely warm.

The Kitchens of Kangan Festival is on till the 9th of November in Mumbai. They have a set meal as well as a la carte. A meal for two would approximately cost about Rs.5,000.

Venue: Kangan, The Westin Mumbai Garden City

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Goregaon East

Landmark: Next to Oberoi Mall

Phone:  6147 0000

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The Westin Mumbai Garden City at @TheWestinMumbai

Mumbai Candid at @ChandniT @MumbaiCandid

All Things Nice Wine Week Begins

The Wine Week is back and this time the preview dinner was held at Sofitel’s Jyran.

Hosted by Nikhil Agarwal, founder of All Things Nice, the preview dinner showcased a selection of wines paired with a five course meal. The wines that we tried included Grover Vineyards Art Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013, India, Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough, New Zealand, Charosa Vineyards Viognier 2013 Charosa, India,  Vina Edmara Chardonnay 2013 Central Valley, Chile, Vallonné Vineyards Rose 2013 Nasik, India, Myra Vineyards Reserve Shiraz 2013, India,  Ets Thunevin Bad Boy 2011, Bordeaux, France, Reveilo Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2013 Nasik, India.

Our favourites from these were the Charosa Viognier 2013, Vallonné Rose 2013 and the Myra Reserve Shiraz 2013. It’s amazing how the quality and taste of Indian wines is taking over and getting better than some of the popular international wines. Go try them out at the Wine Week partner restaurants.

The Wine Week will go on from 25th August to 31st August.

Participating Restaurants include: Four Season-Café Prato, Four Season-San Qui, Sofitel Hotel-Jyran, Sofitel Hotel-pondicherry café, Trident BKC-Maya, Trident BKC-Botticino, Intercontinental Marine Drive- long & short, Intercontinental Marine Drive- kabab corner, Novotel – Olio, Serafina, Pizza Metro pizza, O-Cha, Le Mangii, Café Mangi, Viccinia, Di Napoli, Busaba Colaba, The Tasting Room, Bungalow 9, Nico Bombay, Two one Two, LPQ (BKC +Colaba), Olive Bandra,  Smoke house Delhi ( BKC+ Lower parel + Bandra), Salt Water Café (Bandra + Churchgate), Cheval, Taj President, Grand Hyatt and Taj Lands End and more.

Visitors can pick from over 1300 International and Indian wines at any of the partner restaurants at 30%* less than the regular list price. This discount can be availed per glass as well as on the whole bottle.

Once you have made your bookings for Wine Week, you will receive Credit of Rs 1000 in 2 codes of Rs. 500 each from Uber. You can redeem these credits during the Wine Week by availing the service from Uber.