Little Stories

Hi everyone,

During my time here at the New School, we have had to engage with numerous innovative and experimental concepts while doing our assignments and projects. Today, I wanted to share with you one such series of photographs that I did for my Media Design class. When it comes to street photography, photographing close ups of faces of people on the streets with snippets of their stories has become a huge trend now (Especially with the huge success of Humans of New York). I decided to take a twist on that concept and as a series photographed the mundanity of everyday life through hands. Even though all these photographs were taken within a few hours in one day at one location, I thought it was interesting to weave out a story of intersecting narratives and themes just by focusing on one body part: the hand.

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Brunchin’ at Tamra | Review

Hey guys,

If you have been followig me on social media, you would have seen that I visited Tamra at Shangri-La Hotel, Delhi a few months ago. I was extremely keen to do a review then itself  but I got diagnosed with Gasteritis and hence couldn’t go ahead with it! Now that I am back to blogging, lets jump right into it!

The lovely people at the hotel invited as for the Sunday brunch (with Champagne and Cocktails) to simply enjoy the meal and give our feedback. Of course we couldn’t say no to one of the most sought after meals in the city and decided to try it out!

Disclaimer: I have NOT been paid to write this review but the meal was on the house.


Champagne Brunch

Tamra, located in Shangri La Hotel, Delhi is a gastronomical bouquet, offering authentic South East Asian cuisine as well as Japanese, Indian and European fare from its five interactive cooking theatres. The cooking theaters at Tamra each featuring a different culinary style showcase the restaurant’s ‘world on a platter’ concept as well as stages for our talented Chefs’ engaging performances! The experience is not only a treat for the stomach but for the eyes as well. From comfort Italian food , shawarma grill,, Indian, Golgappa Station, Biryani Counter,, Japanese Sushi Station and Teriyaki Grills.,Live Seafood counter to a Dessert Bar; the options seem endless.

Though you could visit the restaurant on any day you like and go ahead for the usual buffet of even an a la carte meal, I would highly recommend the Sunday Brunch. Winter might be over, but that shouldn’t stop us from our ritual Sunday brunches, right? Especially if it looks like this! An advice I have for you if you plan to go with the Sunday brunch is to come into the restaurant with a completely empty stomach. If you’re like me, I know it’s really hard to not eat anything all morning, especially if breakfast is your favorite meal. However, the brunch is definitely not cheap and you would not be able to do it justice if you don’t try out at least 4-5 counters out of the 9 counters to choose from!

I won’t go into detail about every single dish we tried out and every single counter on display since that would make the post never ending, but are some of the highlights from one of the best brunches in the city.

1The Golgappa Counter

I love me some chaat and till now I was a firm believer of the fact that if you truly want to enjoy golgappas- go local. I would look down upon hotels serving “authentic” chaat and very honestly didn’t even try them out half of them. From prior experiences, chaats in hotels didn’t end up having that perfect zing and balance of flavour that is absolutely crucial. However, the lady guiding us through the buffet really recommended the golgappa counter and so we politely decided to give it a shot. Oh my god, I was definitely in for a huge shock and I can say this confidently: THEY MAY JUST BE THE BEST GOLGAPPAS I HAVE EVER HAD (OR ATLEAST ON MY TOP 3 LIST). The golgappas were absolutely perfect- crispy with a lovely fresh filling, a really well flavoured saunth and paani.

2The Asian Counter

From the Asian Counter, we ordered a custom made Khau Suey and it was absolutely delicious. What I loved the most was the use of fresh ingredients along with the customizations that the buffet offers. The chef stood there preparing your dish right in front of you as you could direct him with all the different vegetables, noodles options , condiments you want.

3The Strip Loin Roast & Italian Counter

I can’t talk much about this section since I didn’t end up trying the strip lion roast or a pasta. However, just look at how beautiful it looks. I didn’t face a single disappointment in the whole buffet so I am pretty sure this was perfect as well. Right next to this section, there was a shawarma counter as well, and you must, must try that out. The shawarma was seasoned so well and melted in my mouth. It was cooked to perfection and honestly, I could see my self having multiple servings of just that!

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Seafood BarThe Japanese Station with the live Seafood Counter

Live seafood stations are definitely my go-to in any buffet and I absolutely loved the freshdisplay of seafood and sushi that looked so appetising. If seafood is something you enjoy, you must head to this counter and you’ll be in love. You can simply tell the chef what you’d like to have and he’ll prepare soemthing for you there and then. We decided to go in for teriyaki prawns and pork chops straight from the grill!

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A part of the Dessert Bar & showstopper: The Chocolate Fountain

The dessert is a part of a buffet that one is never full for. Wit one of the largest selections of desserts, we were in absolute awe. We decided to try out their classic Tamra Chocolate and take my advice and try it out! You will not regret it at all.  If you like nutties, you would enjoy this dessert. PS: who doesnt love a bit of theatrics with their meal, right?
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The famous Tamra Chocolate

Overall Verdict: I was really happy with the meal and in complete honesty couldnt pick a single flaw. To be honest, I was a bit overwhelmed with the number of options and even though we really tried our best, we just couldn’t do justice to it. Next time I go, I would definetly want to try the Biryanis and Pastas as well! I would suggest going to Tamra with a group of 4 people (minimum) since you all would be able to enjoy more number of dishes and can taste from each other’s plates! We went as a couple and so we tried to do justice to the meal as much as we could!

Price:

Rs. 2750 plus applicable taxes (includes free flowing cocktails, beer and mocktails)
Rs. 3500 plus applicable taxes (includes free flowing Moet & Chandon Champagne)
Rs. 1500 plus applicable taxes for kids buffet
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Until next time,
Happy Eating 🙂

A Spring Brunch at Fio Cookhouse // Review

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Today, I wanted to share with you one of the nicest meals I’ve ever had in Delhi after a really long time. I started my fitness journey fairly recently and one could say that this was one of my last few meals outside! Delhi ,during winter is absolutely perfect for a nice sunny brunch and I do see my self going out during the day way more often. (AKA piling up the fat) Now that winter has bid us goodbye, the thought of sitting outdoors is scary  but at the same time, letting go of those long fiesta afternoons also seems really hard! This is where a charming place like Fio Cookhouse and Bar enters the game. I have gone to Fio (at Nehru Place) numerous times but quite ironically only on a Friday/Saturday night when this cute little restaurant transforms itself into one of the most happening nightlight spots in the city. This time, I decided to take the leap and visit Fio during the day on a spring afternoon for a classic brunch. I didn’t know what to expect since the only thing I had ever tried before were their cocktails. MANY COCKTAILS! Food here however, was new to me.

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As we (my boyfriend and I) arrived, I was very surprised to see how stunning the place is! Having been there only at night, with the dim lighting I could never really appreciate the intricate details of the place itself. A wall for for books (that spells heaven there), wooden panels and lots of greenery, this place transports you into a different world all together. There’s so much thought put into every little corner, which is extremely pleasant to see. We sat indoors since it was too hot to to be seated outdoors  but the large window by our side made up for the ample light brighting things up!

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For the sake of convenience,  I thought writing down everything we were served would help! I will not deny that the both of us finished everything listed her and I’m definitely not proud of that! If you do happen to visit this restaurant, I highly recommend you ordering these dishes and you just wouldn’t go wrong! If I start talking about every single dish, this post could work as my Masters’ thesis, so lets keep it short here, yeah?

The Salads:

Duet of Smoked Salmon Salad {White onions, capers, baby green, cherry tomatoes, ricotta herb dressing)

Fio Cookhouse Salad {Goat Cheese, tomato quenells, snow peas, corn, green apple, baby greens, fig dressing)

If you know me, you’d know that I am a huge salad fan. I am the kind of person that orders salad out of choice! I love the freshness and the burst of flavours, especially during summer. These salads defined perfect for me.  As one can see with the ingredients itself, both these salads are so different from each other with such unique flavours offering the perfect balance of sweet and savory!

Appetizers: 

Spit Fired Grilled Chicken {Chicken with stone ground sun dried tomato pesto)

Grilled Fish Chilli Lime

Both these small plates were perfectly sized with pieces of chicken and fish anchored on toothpicks {a brilliant idea if you order these with your drinks}. The fish absolutely stole the show! I absolutely love the Lime and Chilli combination and this dish did complete justice to it!

Pizza: (Half and Half)

Smoked Chicken, Zucchini,Red Onion, Cilantro Pizza

Basil Pesto Cream, Bell Pepper, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Olive

Now that we were already two courses down, it was time for some Pizza! We knew we really wanted to try out their mains so decided to go in for a 50/50 pizza. We were recommended that we try out the smoked chicken and zuccini pizza and I am so glad we did! The chicken was smoked perfectly and the vegetables were fresh! The pizza base was nice and thin while having a lovely flavor of it’s own too! Every now and then, I love my “green” pizzas and hence couldnt resist ordering the basil pesto cream pizza! This one has no tomato sauce base which is the most popular sauce for pizzas! Instead, the sauce is a pesto sauce and if you’re a fan of that, ORDER THIS! Though Im a sucker for non vegetarian items, I must admit that this pizza was one of the best I’ve ever tried. The sundried tomatoes added that perfect sweet and sourness along with the olives to cut through the creaminess of the pesto!

Mains:

Cappelletti stuffed and twisted, turkey ham and cheese

Olive Crusted Sea Bass

Phew. We are almost here! If you love your ham and cheese, the cappelletti stuffed with turkey is your best bet! it’s extremely rich and creamy so be prepared! I am not a white sauce person but I think this dish may have just converted me! The Olive crusted sea bass on the other hand was definitely my cup of tea! After all the food we had, this was the perfect main! The sea bass was cut perfectly the jalapenos couscous added the burst of flavour to the fish! If you’re looking at something really healthy to order, this dish is perfect for you

Dessert:

Tiramisu Jar

What’s a good meal if it doesn’t end well? And it our case it really did! I really thought we would have no space left in our stomachs at all but once we saw Tiramisu on the menu, there was no running away! I am a tiramisu junkie and this dessert was to the tee! With the perfect amount of alcohol and richnes,  one couldnt have asked for a better ending! Oh, and it was served in a jar! Cookie points for that

Drinks:

Bellini Martini

El gringo jito

The drinks at fio need no introduction and we found our selves having two drinks each! Since it was a warm spring day, we decided to stick to refreshing cocktails were El gingro jito stole the show for me. It’s basically silver tequilla with fresh oranges and mint! YUM.

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Yes. It is expensive. There is no running away from the fact that Fio Cookhouse in spite of not being in a hotel and thus charging 5 star taxes is an expensive place to dine at. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a long afternoon at for a special meal such as a birthday or anniversary, this restro bar is absolutely perfect for you! On a normal day however, it may pinch the pocket. Though I have NO complaints with the food whatsoever and every single dish was delicious, I would admit that the prices weren’t extremely exciting. A “normal” meal for two would cost your around Rs.4000. They do have a Sunday brunch which is around 2300 + taxes per head but I’m not too sure so don’t quote me on it! Would i visit it again? DEFINITELY! I would save it for a birthday or any other special occasion but will visit it again for sure! When it comes to going to Fio for a weekend night, that would be more often!

Disclaimer: All photographs are taken by and hence belong to me. If you intend to use them, please email me at melangeofmusings@gmail.com for permission :)I did not pay for this meal and it was very kindly on the house. Each and every opinion is my own. My sole purpose is to share honest reviews with you that can really help you while you eat out!  My tummy doesn’t lie 😛

 

For the love of Old School

Hey guys,

If you know me by now, there’s one thing that I absolutely cannot forego and thats comfort. By comfort  I dont simply mean comfortable clothing, but also the little things that keep us in a happy place. Ever since I was a kid, I would go to the Delhi Gymkhana Club and Delhi Golf Club with my parents every weekend and sometimes more often. There’s something about these clubs that lets me eat my cup of tea, yummy chicken sandwiches or even the endless array of sumptuous food {Sunday buffets YUM} without feeling guilty. Both these clubs being a century or less old are quaint and magnificient at the same time. Whether it may be the formal winter lunches, the simple relaxed tea hour or the crazy thursday/saturday nights, I can see my self spending hours there and not keeping any track of time {#truegrannyatheart}

Recently, Madhavi and I decided to visit the Delhi Gymkhana Club {a good place to go when the pocket is a little light}. Though we couldn’t make it for the lunch hour, we decided to sit down in the lawns have some tea with ‘snacks’ {Ofcourse!}. We ordered two cups of tea, my favorite- chicken sandwiches and one portion of cheese balls. Now, we cant go wrong with the former too, but if you’ve had the cheese balls then you know they exemplify addiction+weirdness in a whole. Though they taste strange, you can’t just more than one. Maybe its only me, but I have always felt that way since I can remember.

On an ideal situation , especially if it was a Thursday, we would have stayed on and moved to the bar by 7 pm, but since time wasn’t really in our favour, we decided to stick to tea and conversations. However, we did manage to go to the bakery (within the club) and pack some bread! {granny moment again} Trust me when I tell you that it’s some of the yummiest bread, ever!

Moving on to the outfit, I kept it as classic as possible with a white midi dress and moccasins. What I loved about this look is it’s versatility.  With a couple of accessories and a bright lip, one could easily transform this look from day-to-night. Now that its getting a little chilly, I can also imagine my self adding a leather jacket {to make it a  little edgier} or adding a blazer to keep it formal! A midi dress such as this should definitely be on the list of top 10 must haves. The moccasins on the other hand need no introduction. Yet another classic pair, you just cannot go wrong with them. Though these particular pair arent everyone’s cup of tea cause of their androgynous element, I just cannot get enough of them.

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Details: Dress and Shoes- Zara, Rings- Forever 21, Bag- Found in mom’s closet.

Eidi {Photo diary}

We all have a bucket list and experiencing Eid at Jama Masjid was a part of mine. Though I have lived in Delhi all my life and have been to Jama Masjid multiple times, I just never managed to go there on Eid. This year however, I kept my commitment and headed to the Walled City with a friend of mine. Both of us were extremely excited (especially for the food) and couldn’t wait to try out all that the streets had to offer. We knew that we may not have time to go to Matia Mahal and hence our plan consisted of visiting the Mosque itself and devouring the Biryani, Haleem, Kebabs and ofcourse sevaiyaan. We visited this Masjid during the afternoon and though it was crowded and oozing of vibrance, there was still an overarching sense of serenity. One could see a sea of people wading their way through the streets leading to the Masjid. Others, just enjoyed the festivities outside while they shopped and ate to their hearts content. 

So here’s my Eidi; the very experience itself. It was truly a synesthesic moment, as we sat one of the balcony’s of the Mosque and saw time sweep by. 

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I really hope you liked the photographs. They’re more than simply photographs for me and are instead memories etched out on paper. Though these photographs may not do justice to the experience and I really recommend you too visit the Masjid during this time, if you havn’t already. I would love to do a part two of this post where I share with you some of my favorite places to eat around this part of the city. So stay tuned 🙂

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