{Beer & Ball : The Delhi Guide} 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP

Hey everyone! The four year wait is over and the 2014 FIFA World Cup has finally begun! With some really exciting matches already over, we still have 28 days of madness ahead of us. Since the matches are taking place in Brazil, sadly for us, the options of where to watch these games are rather limited.Most of the extremely awaited matches happen post midnight (IST) and I’m sure we all have that one question in mind ” WHAT DO WE DO?”. I must admit that I am not football crazy, but with all my close ones being absolute die hard fans, I do enjoy games every now and then! The Schedule. To begin with, here’s the schedule for all those who haven’t already taken a print out or saved it on their phones.

brazil

Time

Group

Match

Venue

FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014

01:30 IST

Group A

Brazil vs  Croatia

Arena Corinthians

21:30 IST

Group A

Mexico vs  Cameroon

Estadio das Dunas

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014

00:30 IST

Group B

Spain vs  Netherlands

Arena Fonte Nova

03:30 IST

Group B

Chile vs Australia

Arena Pantanal

21:30 IST

Group C

Colombia vs Greece

Estadio Mineirão

SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014

00:30 IST

Group D

Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Estadio Castelão

03: 30 IST

Group D

England vs Italy

Arena Amazonia

06:30 IST

Group C

Ivory Coast vs Japan

Arena Pernambuco

21: 30 IST

Group E

Switzerland vs Ecuador

Nacional

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

00:30 IST

Group E

France vs Honduras

Estadio Beira-Rio

03:30 IST

Group F

Argentina vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

Estadio do Maracanã

21:30 IST

Group G

Germany vs Portugal

Arena Fonte Nova

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

0:30 IST

Group F

Iran vs Nigeria

Arena da Baixada

03:30 IST

Group G

Ghana vs United States

Estadio das Dunas

21:30 IST

Group H

Belgium vs Algeria

Estadio Mineirão

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014

0:30 IST

Group A

Brazil vs Mexico

Estadio Castelão

03:30 IST

Group H

Russia vs South Korea

Arena Pantanal

21:30 IST

Group B

Australia vs Netherlands

Estadio Beira-Rio

THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014

0:30 IST

Group B

Spain vs Chile

Estadio do Maracanã

03:30 IST

Group A

Cameroon vs Croatia

Arena Amazonia

21:30 IST

Group C

Colombia vs Ivory Coast

Nacional

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

0:30 IST

Group D

Uruguay vs England

Arena Corinthi

3:30 IST

Group C

Japan vs Greece

Estadio das Dunas

21:30 IST

Group D

Italy vs Costa Rica

Arena Pernambuco

SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014

0:30 IST

Group E

Switzerland vs France

Arena Fonte Nova

3:30 IST

Group E

Honduras vs Ecuador

Arena da Baixada

21:30 IST

Group F

Argentina vs Iran

Estádio Mineirão

SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014

0:30 IST

Group G

Germany vs Ghana

Estádio Castelão

3:30 IST

Group F

Nigeria vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

Arena Pantanal

21:30 IST

Group H

Belgium vs Russia

Estádio Maracanã

MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014

0:30 IST

Group H

South Korea vs Algeria

Estádio Beira-Rio

3:30 IST

Group G

United States vs Portugal

Arena Amazônia

21:30 IST

Group B

Australia vs Spain

Arena da Baixada

21:30 IST

Group B

Netherlands vs Chile

Arena Corinthians

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

01:30 IST

Group A

Croatia vs Mexico

Arena Pernambuco

01:30 IST

Group A

Cameroon vs Brazil

Estádio Nacional de Brasilia

21:30 IST

Group D

Italy vs Uruguay

Estádio das Dunas

21:30 IST

Group D

Costa Rica vs England

Estádio Mineirão

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014

01:30 IST

Group C

Japan vs Colombia

Arena Pantanal

01:30 IST

Group C

Greece vs Ivory Coast

Estádio Castelão

21:30 IST

Group F

Nigeria vs Argentina

Estádio Beira-Rio

21:30 IST

Group F

Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Iran

Arena Fonte

THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014

01:30 IST

Group E

Honduras vs Switzerland

Arena Amazônia

01:30 IST

Group E

Ecuador vs France

Estádio Maracanã

21:30 IST

Group G

United States vs Germany

Arena Pernambuc

21:30 IST

Group G

Portugal vs Ghana

Estádio Nacional de Brasilia

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

01:30 IST

Group H

South Korea vs  Belgium

Arena Corinthians

01:30 IST

Group H

Algeria vs Russia

Arena da Baixada

ROUND OF 16

SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014

21:30 IST

1A vs 2B

Estadio Mineirão

SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014

01:30 IST

1C vs 2D

Estadio do Maracanã

21:30 IST

1B vs 2A

Estadio Castelão

MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014

01:30 IST

1D vs 2C

Arena Pernambuco

21:30 IST

1E vs 2F

Nacional

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014

01:30 IST

1G vs 2H

Estadio Beira-Rio

21:30 IST

1F vs 2E

Arena Corinthians

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014

01:30 IST

1H vs 2G

Arena Fonte Nova

QUARTER-FINALS

FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014

21:30 IST

Winner Match 51 vs Winner Match 52

Estadio do sMaracanã

SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014

01:30 IST

Winner Match 49 vs Winner Match 50

Estadio Castelão

21:30 IST

Winner Match vs Winner Match 56

Nacional

SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014

01:30 IST

Winner Match 53 vs Winner Match 54

Arena Fonte Nova

SEMI-FINALS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014

01:30 IST

Winner Match 57 vs Winner Match 58

Estadio Mineirão

THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014

01:30 IST

Winner Match 59 vs Winner Match 60

Arena Corinthians

THIRD PLACE

SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014

01:30 IST

Loser Match 61 vs Loser Match 62

Nacional

FINAL

MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

0:30 IST

Winner Match 61 vs Winner Match 62

Estadio do Maracanã

Now that we have our dates and timings in place, let move on to the where these matches can be watched other than the comforts of our homes of course.

Nine Thirty pm

This time slot suits the Indian time zone well for it’s not too late, since most bars/pubs shut down by 1. I have personally talked to each one of these places and they are screening all the 9:30 pm matches.

1. Soi 7 Pub & Brewery – Soi  7, since it opened up in Gurgaon has been one of the most popular joints in the city. I’d recommend sticking to the alcohol here since food is definitely not their forte. This lounge is known for it’s self-brewed beer, lovely cocktails, good music and occasional boxing matches which are really fun to watch! They do take reservations so it’s best to book your self a table especially during peak hours. Thursday: Ladies Night (Alcohol is on the house for women) & Tuesdays : Corporate Night (20% discount for corporate professionals)

Location: Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

Open till: 1 am

For reservations – 01133036518

2. Downtown – Located in Sector 29, Gurgaon, Downtown has got to be one of the most fun places, especially on a friday night. The place is huge since it rests on 4 levels. Oh, dont say no their wheat beer.

Open till: 12 am

Location: Leisure Valley Road, Sector 29

For reservations: +9195822622545

3. Underdoggs – Monday Nights!Underdoggs is known for it’s Monday nights for its All you can eat and drink Mondays at Rs.799 + taxes (which includes unlimited Chicken wings, unlimited pizzas, unlimited beer, unlimited cauliflower bites and unlimited soft beverages).

Location: Ambience Mall – Vasant Kunj and Ambience Mall- Gurgaon

Open till: 12 am

For reservations: 01133036180

4. Moonshine Cafe & Bar – Divided into two sections, offering two completely different experiences, Moonshine in no time has made it as one of the most fun places to party in the city. A plus point- its really big and airy along with the food which deserves a special mention!

Location: Hauz Khas Village

Open till: 1 am

For inquiries: 01133036849

5. Vapour Pub & Brewery– With its highlight being a beautiful terrace, Vapour as one of numerous microbreweries in Gurgaon is a fun and relaxed bar lounge to watch the matches on it’s numerous TV screens.

Location – MGF Mega City Mall, Gurgaon

Open till: 1 am

For Reservations – 011 33036097

6. Imperfecto – To relish the aroma from the Mediterranean, Imperfecto is showing matches on giant screens, with deals such as a bucket of six pints of beer for Rs 1,300 with free tapas.

Location: Cyber Hub, Gurgaon and Hauz Khas Village

Open till: 1 am

For reservations: 011 41090093

7. Soy – Restaurants like Soy in Khan Market have a deal where guests predicting the correct match result will get a set of five vodkas/five any Indian liquor (standard servings). Also, all registered users will get a free round of drinks whenever a goal is scored. That sounds like fun!

Location: Khan Market

Open till: 12 am

For reservations: 011 33036223

8. Caffe 9 : This multi cuisine restaurant & lounge has come up with a concept called ‘Get Set Goal’. Patrons can catch the action of Football World Cup 2014 Live on big screens. It will also be running an offer wherein the patrons can predict the winner before the first goal and get a round of beer for free. These is definitely a fun way to enjoy a game night!

Location: Cannaught Place

Open till: 1 am

For reservations: 011 33036178

9. Striker Pub & Brewery:  Striker, being one of the older breweries in town has managed to maintain is cliental pretty well. It has a fun and energetic vibe throughout the week. On tuesday nights, drinks are free for the ladies! There are two huge screens for the match screenings, so definitely no complains.

Open till: 1 am

Location: Global Foyer Mall, Golf Course Road, Gurgaon

For Reservations: 011 33036121

10. Mia Bella: Mia Bella has an international flags décor theme to celebrate this year’s football fever. They have two giant screens, one on its rooftop and one inside. They also have a promotional offer called  ‘beer bonanza’  that includes imported beer at discounted prices. Along with that, they are hosting games and contests during half-time and give away freebies (drinks/shots on the house) for guessing the correct names of players.

Location: Hauz Khas Village

Open till: 1 am

For reservations: 011 33036327

11. 100% Rock: The place is huge and makes for a fun place to watch the matches. Their happy hours last till 10 pm so ordering all the drinks as soon as the match starts would be a smart thing to do.

Location: Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

Open till: 1 am

For reservations: +91 9818009286

12. Etc.. Cafe Pan Asian –  Throughout the World Cup, they have a special cocktail menu featuring deals like Free Kick (a pitcher of Long Island iced tea), Red Card (11 Indian beers), Golden Goal (20 Kamikaze shots) along with many more drinks. Who can say no to such a spirited menu?

Location: Ambawatta Complex, Mehrauli

Open till: 12 am

For reservations: 011 33036342

13. The Beer Cafe: Completely immersed  in the world cup spirit, Beer Café outlets across the city are screening the matches on high-definition LCD screens. They are are also offering complimentary tattoos and wristbands during the match hours.

Open till: 12 am

Location: Cyber Hub, Ambience Mall (Gurgaon), Cannought Place (+ 7 more locations)

For reservations: 0124 4949624

14. 7 degrees Brauhaus–  They have a community of The Beer Enthusiasts which meets every wednesdays. 7 degrees showcases 1 new beer from across the world as a part of our Members Tasting which is complimentary. Members can avail Open Tap offer (unlimited beer @750rs all inclusive) every wednesdays. For this membership,  charge a fee of 1000rs. (Please contact the bar for more details). As a member, you have an access to the Open Tap nights, 20% off every time.

Location: DLF South Point Mall, Gurgaon

Open till: 12 am

For reservations: 011 33036728

15. Monkey Bar– Though a little tough to find if you don’t know Vasant  Kunj well, it’s definitely worth it! Serving yummy food, interesting cocktails at decent prices and a huge screen, you can’t say no to Monkey bar. In spite of it’s size, (whcih is huge) getting a table during peak hours on the weekends can be really tough.

Location: Pocket C 6 & 7, Vasant Kunj,

Open till: 12:30 am

For reservations: 011 33036531

16. Harry’sHarry’s review 

Location: Khan Market & Select City Walk Mall

Open till: 1: 30 am

For reservations: 011 33036834

Post Midnight

If you’re on the lookout for a place to watch the 12:30/1:30 am match then these bars or clubs, all located in Hotels do fit the bill! However, make sure that the match will may not be the highlight of the night for a couple of these places.There are TV screens where the match is being played but along side the DJ will continue to play for the night.

1. RSVP– With entry at Rs.1000 for a couple, choosing RSVP as your go to club would be a smart thing to do. Do keep in mind that it’s a weekend club only! (Fridays, Saturdays). Also, the music may overshadow the match screening and hence it’s not the place to be if you want to watch the match without the ‘clubbing’ experience.

Location: Jaype Vasant Continental, Vasant Vihar

Open till: 3:30 am approx

For inquiries: +91 9999617787

2. The Blue Bar– The Blue Bar is a personal favorite for its cocktails, ambience and fun music. On fridays and Saturdays, the last order will be taken at 2:30 am for alcohol and 1:00 for food. The bar would shut by 4 am! Kafe Fontana located in the same hotel, will also be screening all the matches and has some deals on the food too!

Location: The Taj Palace Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave

For inquiries: 011 66503665

3. Kitty Su– Being one of the most popular clubs in the city, Kitty Su is as commercial as it can get. It does offer a promising fun night if you’re with a large group of friends. The drinks are expensive so preg-aming sounds like a better plan here!

Location: The Lalit Hotel, Cannought Place

Open till: 3:30 am approx

For inquiries: 011 44447666

4. Howzzat– As the name indicates, this place is a sports bar from beginning to end. With beer being it’s forte, its a fun place to watch matches at reasonable prices in spite of being located in a hotel.’Bouncers’ and ‘Googly’ are their most ordered drinks, for sure!

Location: Galaxy Hotel, Gurgaon

Open till: Approx. 3 am

0124 4032222

5. Ricks – For the world cup, they are offering two beers for the price of one to all soccer fans (during the live telecast) and appetizers such as traditional nachos with charred tomato salsa and ranch dressing, jalapeno poppers.

Location: The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mansingh Road

Open till: 3 am approx

For inquiries: 011 23026162

The unexpected

There are a few of places that we all assume will most likely screen the matches but having called them up and talked to them, I was wrong! They, in fact are not screening the World Cup matches & I thought listing them down might help those who may consider these bars for watching the games specifically.

1. Route 04

2. Fork You

3. Shiros

4. PCO

5. Hard Rock Cafe

To be on the safer side, you should call them up before negating these options completely!

Party all night

Tika Taka time : https://www.facebook.com/tikitakatime

Screening matches open air in Asola farms, Chattarpur, this event seems to have it all. Giant screens, TV and football games!  

Grubbin’ away

Post watching the match, if you’re not in the mood to order in there are a couple of places that you rush to in order to satiate your taste buds. I’ve personally tried out all of these and really vouch for them! Oh, and these options don’t pinch the pocket at all. Ofcourse to top of the list is Paranthas. My favorites are the ones at Moolchand in Delhi ( thanks to the good old college days) and outside the E&Y building (Golf Course Road) in Gurgaon. If you want even more options, the keema maggi,chilly chicken and  chowmien are to die for at the Convergys ‘Dhaba’ in Gurgaon. We also have the classic Pandara Road (Have More- I can swear by the Butter Chicken *slurps*) which now shuts by 2 am. If you don’t have the time to wait, then a quick stop at 24*7 would be a good idea post the match!

For the best deals on food during this FIFA season  you must try out Johnny Rockets, Fat Lulus, Baci and Mcdonalds! They have some really interesting offers such as Fat Lulu’s ‘Italy day’ food deal that includes one portion of chicken wings, two 14-inch pizzas and one plate of pasta for Rs 1,499 or their  ‘England’ meal which includes eight beers and Fish n Chips and Argentina – Pitcher of Long Island Iced Tea and Minute Steaks – both for Rs.1,499.

If you rather be in your pajamas and watch the match with your close friends while devouring pizzas, then you’re just like me! For late night food delivery call,

1. Batman Delivers – Sector 14 and Sector 53, Gurgaon

+91 9910099925

See the menu on Zomato

2. Crave Busters- Hauz Khas Village, Rajouri Gardenm GK 1

011 33036715

See the menu on Zomato

3. Knight Riders Delivery- DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon

9910596785

See the menu on Zomato

4. Midnight Munchies – All across Delhi

8882223456

Their website 

Making life easy

For renting out the projectors: Who can say to not watching the match on a huge screen within the comforts of home? Here are a couple of safe options for renting a projector for a few days incase all fails! 

1. Spark VFS Productions

2. Projection Screens

For taking a cab back home: If you have your own car, then the Driver Bulao service is perfect for you. You can rent professional and reliable drivers for 4,8,10 hours. One of the most recognized global car services has got to be Uber and it’s finally in India! This is one of the easiest hazzle free ways to be driven in luxury. Other than that, you can also simply opt for Meru or Easy Cabs.

Now that you have everything in place, who are you supporting this year ? 😀 Have a fun FIFA month!

Image: fifa.com , Some deals: Outlook Traveller

vingt-deux {At Coast Cafe}

Hey everyone!

Firstly, thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes 🙂 It really means a lot. I had a wonderful day and felt so spoilt! I wanted to share some bits of day with you as I enjoyed one of the nicest meals in Delhi at Coast Cafe (HKV).Before I move on to the review, here are a couple of things that I got for my birthday and I’m really,really grateful for the same.

With baseball caps being a rage and me lovin’ the pineapple print, this cap fits the bill of being absolutely perfect for spring-summer. I’ve also been loving statement necklaces with faux crystals  paired with graphic tshirts which look casual yet chic. Next, who can say no to Polka dots? This pair of jeans has got to be my comfiest pair that I have in my closet right now. Another thing I am loving is the pink isntax mini that I’ve been wanting for a while. Absolutely love the picture quality as well. With all of us taking photographs digitally, I simply loved who you can print out a photograph on the spot and keep it with you for fun DIY projects.

Picture1

picture14

picture2
photo1 (4)

Moving on the the part I loved most – FOOD! No birthday is complete without the day comprising of yummy food and thats exactly what I got to enjoy (luckily!). Coast Cafe, which is fairly new in HKV is located above Ogaan on the 2nd and 3rd floor. Not only is the store easy to spot as it’s placed right as when one enters this urban village but it also has it has wall painted by the extremely talented Alina Vergnano. Coast Cafe stands out in in comparison with other numerous cafes in multiple ways. The decor is calming yet not dull.The cafe is extremely well lit cause of its glass window/door that acts as a well for one side of the cafe that leads to a balcony which can be used as a smoking area. Playing with greys and browns,the decor is chic and the little plants on each table add life along with the use of some really interesting art adds life to the dining experience.

Coast Cafe has a really interesting menu as it gives twists to the usual salads or pastas that may be provided anywhere else. The food has a touch of indigenous coastal flavors which is what makes it stand out. To begin, my boyfriend – Seehan and I ordered the Watermelon Cooler and the Classic Iced Tea- both of which were extremely refreshing and spot on (especially for the summer!) I loved how the ice tea was not too sweet consisting of packeted ingredients. Instead, one would actually taste the tea with lemon which made it absolutely worth it.

As a starter we ordered The Original Baja California Fish Tacos. Having seen this dish flooded on social media there was no way I could not try it out. I’m a sucker for tacos AND seafood, so this seemed like a match made in heaven. The fish was fried perfectly in beer batter, served with a cabbage salad and a piece of lemon for some zing to the dish. Along with the tacos, a salsa and a yogurt dip was served as well. As a whole even though the dish scores really high marks on the on the score card it could do with a whee bit more of flavors-maybe some more spice in the salsa? but we really enjoyed it none the less.

Next in our gastronomic adventure, we ordered ‘Our Garam Curry with Lamb, Malabar Paranthas and Appams’. This is hands down the best part of the meal. This Kerala Lamb curry cooked in garam masala did absolute justice to coastal food. Having been to Kerala in the past, I can positively say that is version is as good as the ones I’ve enjoyed there if not better. Packed with numerous flavors, there was a perfect balance of spices where the lamb melted in my mouth. The coconut was not at all overpowering and the the serving size was decent as well. The malabar paraanthas were divine along with the appams which bound all the flavours of the Lamb curry.

Finally, we decided to order the dessert and I went ahead with a classic- Tiramisu. It was really light though the rum content was a little towards the higher side (Oh, I have no complaints). Having finished this fabulous dessert in just a couple of minutes and being absolutely fulfilled, I was surprised with a little brownie and ice-cream which a friend of mine (Shirin) had pre-ordered as she knew I was planning to eat lunch here! The gooey wallnut brownie was served warm with vanilla iceream and a little candle. This was really a cherry on the cake (quite literally)! I did however wonder why the brownie was not served before the tiramisu as had I known that the brownie was going to be served, I wouldn’t have ordered the Tiramisu in the first place. Since we were already full, we couldn’t do justice to the brownie which deserved it’s share of appreciation.

Coast Cafe really did make me a happy girl on my birthday and I’m glad I decided to go there for lunch. Since it was just the two of us we didn’t get to order too many dishes so I highly recommend going in a larger group to enjoy even more items on their menu. From what I know, their salads and Prawn curry are really worth talking about as well.

 

Ambience – 4.5/5
Iced Tea – 5/5
Watermelon Cooler – 4/5
Fish Tacos – 4/5
Kerala Lamb Curry with Malabar Paraanthas and Appams – 5/5
Tiramasu- 4.5 /5
Brownie- 5/5

If you’ve eaten here, I would love to know what you ordered! 🙂 Hope you enjoy the photographs! (& a lovely meal ofcourse)

IMG_5016

picture3

picture4

picture5

picture6

picture7

picture8

picture9

picture10

picture11

picture12

picture13

Phantasmogoria

Phantasmagoria:  fantazməˈgɔːrɪə,-ˈgɒrɪə : a sequence of real or imaginary images like that seen in a dream. Shahpurjat offers numerous moments to experience the same with its splash of art in every nook and corner of the urban village. To compliment these colours I decided to go ahead with a monochromatic outfit and break the myth : Black is not for the summer. I wore printed pajama pants (absolutely love this style) to create a casual day look which works well in the Delhi heat.

The art behind me is by Mattia Lullini and its absolutely fabulous.

photo 3To add some colour to the outfit, I wore a  pastels statement necklace from Faballey that instantly lifted the look making the outfit easily wearable from day to night. Finally, I added the wedges to tie the look together and give me a little extra height.The outfit details: Top – M&S, Pants – Forever21, Wedges – Zara, Necklace- Faballey.comphoto 2

photo 1

photo 3

photo 4

photo 4

photo 1

photo 2One of the nicest stores in Shahpur Jat is definitely the The Wishing Chair which houses a little cafe called the Mad Teapot. I had heard so much about this store and FINALLY ended up going recently.This cafe cum store, tucked into the village is extremely charming and looks straight out of a fairy tale. I absolutely love everything that’s for sale, whether it may be the lights, stationary or simply the girly room decor. They also sell the items online which is extremely convenient if  you don’t want to step out in the heat. However, the little comfy cafe makes a perfect pitstop while shopping or walking through Shahpurjat exploring the art.

4

1

3My favorite element of Shahpurjat is hands down the street art which has added such dynamism to the urban village. Each painted wall tells us a story and takes us into the lives of the artist. All the work is a part of the festival St. Art Delhi that took place a couple of months ago. If you haven’t walked through the entire village and checked out the work, you really must! Here are some of my favorites:

By: Ranjit Dahiya
photo (30)

By: Foephoto1

By: PCOphoto3

By: Aliasphoto2

By: Sé Cordeiro2

All outfit photographs are taken by: Madhavi Singh

Delhi Haat: Quintessentially Indian

My relationship with Delhi Haat is a long one filled with childhood memories and everlasting charm.I used to visit Delhi Haat as a little girl every Sunday evening with mum and dad to enjoy some Momos and Thukpa from the ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ Stall. As I grew older, I found my self drifting apart from this space until I so happened to have pursue my Undergrad degree from LSR leading to myself coming here very, very often. Delhi Haat is a space where one can pass time for hours without really doing anything concretely.

IMG_4303

It opened as an aircraft bazaar and food plaza  run by Delhi tourism and transportation development corporation (DTTDC) in 1994. The idea was pretty simple and it was that this space should break even for government and provide a marketing platform and better incomes and livelihood for small craft producers. Crafts persons were to have the opportunity of engaging directly with customers, getting a fair price, acquiring the confidence to compete in a city.

Delhi Haat is definitely a place that screams out defining itself as quintessentially Indian. For having been established by the government, it does ensure that its antithetical to anything ‘Western’ or mall like. There are tons of stalls each show casing the ‘best out of the best’ of Pashmina Shawls from Kashmir, Chanderi Sarees from Madhya Pradesh or Phulkari Duppattas from Punjab. Other than going to the State Emporiums, Delhi Haat is one space in this city where you can find anything and everything Indian- handicrafts, rugs, fabrics, leather pieces, puppets. You name it and youll find it.

IMG_4300

IMG_4308

IMG_4309 IMG_4323

IMG_4314

Being a self proclaimed food, I love going back to Delhi Haat and trying out the different state food stalls that it has. My favorite food stall is hands down ‘Nagaland’. I used to love going to Arunchal Pradesh stall called ‘Momo Mia’ for its Momos and still do occasionally, but the Nagaland stall really does satiate my hunger pangs. The grilled fish at Bijoli Grill is almost a part of my guilt pleasure list. Last time I visited Delhi Haat, we ordered the Pork Ribs, Fried Chicken Momos, Steamed Veg Momos, Chicken Fried Rice, Chilly Chicken and their ever so famous Fruit Beer.The pork ribs are by far one the nicest I’ve had and even though Delhi Haat is not known for it’s consistency in food quality and flavour, these pork ribs are cooked to perfect each time I visit.  The other items were as good as it gets, filled with flavour and authencity. The food is not extremely cheap as one would imagine it to be but it is surely great value for money.

Delhi Haat is definitely something far beyond just a market place for it not only reinforces the bazaar culture but also satisfies that constant need for humans feeling connected to their soil. It’s that space where you will relive your culture, simply by eating the food that you have eaten all your childhood cooked by your grandmother or by buying that little puppet wall hanging for your room. It is surely a part of the State’s constant effort to in a way bind us into ‘one imagined community’ and creating a ‘Mini India’. There are no doubts that most of the  items are overly priced where one may be cheated if one doesn’t haggle,  but then I can’t deny that it does cheer me up for whenever I have visited and revisited it.

IMG_4315

IMG_4316

IMG_4317

IMG_4318

IMG_4321

IMG_4325

IMG_4326

IMG_4335For me, more than the food or the overpriced goods, Delhi Haat is a space where I feel like a little girl tugging around my dad’s arms for my weekly momo treat. It’s about the little pink elephant wall hangings and the junk jewelry that I used when I became older. It’s about the retro boom box, the patang wala and  the potters that give it life ; a sense of continuity.IMG_4304

#FoodPorn: Di Ghent

Hello Everyone!

I was really craving for a hearty breakfast at Di Ghent and since a couple of  friends are in town, we thought what could be better than catching up while devouring some waffles and coffee.Di Ghent has been my favorite café ever since it opened up in Gurgaon. Co-owned by a Belgian Lady and an Indo-Australian gentleman and located on the second floor of Cross Point Building, right across Galleria Market in DLF Phase 4, this café exports you right to the middle of an a-historical European experience with it’s French windows and the clever use of wood, Di Ghent (From Ghent – a city in Belgium). This café offers quick bites like Bruschetta and Paninis as hors d’oeuvres with Koffie along with a decent fare of mains for a meal.

Café Di Ghent also has a Boulangerie and a Pâtisserie just is just a couple of steps outside the main cafe. The Boulangerie opens up a 8 am whereas the café  opens at 9 in the morning. The boulangerie is absolutely gorgeous with it’s vintage accents along with being really charming and pretty. I also love the fact that one can pick up freshly baked breads for home ( I do that really often). Their cakes, cupcakes and desserts too are divine. I highly recommend visiting this cafe if you want to have one of the BEST breakfasts in town. From Pancakes, Waffles , Smoothies to Poached Eggs; they have it all. If you’re not in the mood for breakfast which is served till 12:30 pm, you must try the Buck (Tomato, Basil and Mozrella Bruchetta), Claus (Parma Ham, parmesan cheese, rucola and mayonnaise Panini – with your choice of bread) and any of their freshly brewed coffees served with a biscotti. Di Ghent is hidden gem bursting with flavors that truly offers a #foodporn moment.

I won’t talk about it further but will let the pictures speak for themselves.

IMG_4370

IMG_4365

IMG_4369

IMG_4372

IMG_4373

photo 1 (3)

– Belgian Waffles with StrawberryChocolate Sauce, Maple Syrup, Whipped Cream. {It was ABSOLUTELY divine}photo 2 (4)

– Beer Poached Eggs on a muffin with Parmesan Cheese and Mushrooms. {The eggs were poached perfectly and the mushrooms stole the show}

photo 3 (1)

– Egg white Omelet filled with Parmesan Cheese, Parma Hama and Sun Dried tomatoes. Served with two slices of Brioche and some Marmalade.

photo 4 (1)

– A full egg Omelet with Bell peppers, Cheddar Cheese and Ham Shredding

Note If you opt for ‘The breakfast’ which gives you tea/coffee + Pancakes/Waffles/Eggs +Smoothie/Juice it would cost you about Rs.650 per head. However, you can also go ahead and order any of these items separately. If you’re planning to go for a lunch or dinner, then the cafe would cost you about Rs.850 for two.

photo (24)

You must go ahead and try out their Breakfast Menu incase you haven’t already. All of the dishes were simply perfect and were oozing with flavors.Can’t wait my exams to get over and indulge there again. Sigh 🙂

Fête de la photo Delhi: My visual diary

Hello Everyone,

Public art in Delhi has been at it’s peak, whether it may be with the Street Art Festival that happened a while back and colored the walls of Shahpur Jat and Hauz Khas Village or the Fête de la photo Delhi- photography exhibition across public spaces all across Delhi (Cannaught Place, Dilli Haat, IGI Airport, National Museum, Jantar Mantar). Fête de la photo as the name suggests is an  encourage initiatives in public spaces by drawing attention to the medium of photography. The idea is to take photography out of the gallery spaces and bring it on the street reclaiming the space it once had.  In an attempt to reach out to the audiences on the street, this festival will be held in public places. (Fête de la photo). This public exhibition is on till the 31st of March and I highly recommend you catching the last few glimpses of it tomorrow! The schedule is available here. Without talking about it too much here, I want to share some of the photographs I clicked while I walked around CP and witnessed this mesmerizing display of art that truly enraptured me.

IMG_4035

IMG_4040

IMG_4058

IMG_4085

IMG_4100

IMG_4117

IMG_4135

IMG_4148

IMG_4154

1

2

3.jpg

 

Exploring Delhi with National Geographic Channel India: A Photo Diary

Hello Everyone!

I was selected as one of the 20 people to be a part of National Geographic Channel’s (India) Insta-Walk 2014. The walk took place in Delhi’s Mehrauli’s Archeological Park – 200 acres of history and memory.

Mehrauli is the site of plethora of monuments, where the first legends, history and myths associate Mehrauli with the descendents of the Pandavas. Later it saw the building of Lal Kot, a bastion of the first real city of Delhi. Next,it became the dominion of legendary Rajput warrior prince Pritviraj Chauhan where the  Qila Rai Pithora was witness to the deafeat of his glory in the Second Battle of Tarain by Ghauri. Upon his death, his slave,  Qutubdin Aibak made Mehrauli his capital and the Sultans and emperors who followed him ruled from there.

The Qutub Minar was the crowning glory of Mamluks. Then Khiljis took over and build monuments such as Alai Darwaza, Madarsa and also laid foundation to the audacious Alai Minar which was supposed to be twice the size of Qutub Minar.

The Tughlaqs built their own capital in the vicinity and the Sayyids and Lodis also left behind their modest creations which are now nestled inside the sprawling Lodi Garden.

The Mughals too liked this place and built several monuments. They were great devotees of the saint Qutubdin Bakhtiar Kaki and build many structures to show their respect and reverence.

Finally, Mehrauli was also seen as a  picnic spot of the royal families residing in the Red Fort. Later with the arrival of British, things changed but the allure of Mehrauli remained strong and Metcalf’s Follies and Dil-Kusha are prime example of that British penchant with then scenic Mehrauli.

IMG_3865

bIMG_3853

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

IMG_3818

IMG_3823 Grave of Khan Shaheed

IMG_3825
IMG_3872Jamali Kamali Tomb Locked

IMG_3879

IMG_3909

IMG_3835

photo 1 (3)

photo 2 (4)Jamali Kamali Mosque

photo 4 (1)

photo 5 (2)

cRajao Ki Baoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

a1

photo 3 (1)View of the Qutub Minar

IMG_3900

 

Harry’s : An Impromptu Review

Hello everyone!

I had a very exciting day today. I went for the National Geographic Channel Insta Walk today morning after which I went to Harry’s (Khan Market) for lunch. I wanted to share my experience with you all so I decided to write this short impromptu review for the this popular pub from Singapore.

Harry’s has two outlets- One in Select City Walk, Saket and the other in Khan Market. Once we you enter this pub, you notice that even though it’s ambience and decor is simplistic, it is extremely inviting and comfortable. They have an outdoor seating section as well which is pretty till the whether is on our side.

Since we weren’t in the mood to drink we ordered a Piña Colada (without alcohol)and a Diet Coke along with the food. On the table lay a bowl of peanuts with their shells! This was a really interesting twist the usual bowl of peanuts given at bars while one sips on their drinks.

For starters we decided to go entirely by the server’s recommendation and that was such a good idea! We ordered a portion of the Singapore Chicken Lollipops, BBQ Jerk Chicken Bruschetta and finally the Chilly Chees Fries. We were absolutely pleased with all the dishes! The chicken lollipops definitely took the cake for their perfect balance of spices and flavours. I also loved the twist to the bruschetta with the diced pineapple pieces that added to an amazing pinch of sweetness to the chicken strips on the bruschetta.

By the time we finished the starters we realised we are too full to order a main dish each and decided to go on to try the famous Jazz Burger which basically consists of lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, egg, bacon, sautéed onions, mushrooms, a meat patty and bread. It was absolutely to die for! It was cooked to perfection! The meat was juicy, the bacon was crispy and the other items didn’t make the burger limpy or tough to eat at all.

The pricing is towards the steeper side where a meal for two will cost Rs.1600 without alcohol but the food is totally worth it. The service is very, very good and our server was extremely helpful and polite! The food came in really soon was served hot so that was a plus point as well. They also have television screens for all those who may want to enjoy a match while sipping on some beer or cocktails/mocktails. had a wonderful experience here and would definitely recommend it this pub to the dilliwalas. Harry’s has definitely lived up to its name!

For dessert we went on to Big Chill which definitely needs no introduction. We ordered a portion of Waffles, Bananas, Vanilla Ice cream, Chocolate sauce and Maple syrup and it was heaven on a plate. Couldn’t think of ending the meal in any other way.

photo 4Harry’s Jazz Burger

photo 2        BBQ Jerk Chicken Bruschetta

photo 3          Singapore Chicken Lollipops and Chilli Cheese Fries

photo 1

photo (16)

Waffles at The Big Chill Cafe

The photograph of the Jazz Burger is clicked by Seehan Parihar. The photographs at Harry’s are taken using an Iphone.

See you soon with an exciting post of my Nat Geo Insta Walk!

Kabul- Delhi

Lajpat Nagar has always been a favorite for fabric, jewelry, shoes and everything colorful and sequined. However, what’s interesting about this area is that a  few streets in the neighborhood are the epicenter of Afghan life in Delhi.Through the years made strangers feel at home whether it may be starting off as a refugee colony or turning to a  melting pot of Afghans, Turks, Italians, French, Swiss and Russians. For most expatriates, Lajpat Nagar’s attractions are the affordable rents whereas for others, its just a neighborhood where they feel the closest to home.

IMG_3687 Years of war and instability in Afghanistan have forced many of its citizens to migrate to other countries. In India, many Afghans live as refugees and are registered with the UNHCR (United Nation High Commission of Refugees). Since 2005, India offers special medical visas to Afghans for free and do not require applicants to provide financial statements or proof of medical insurance. Lajpat Nagar is  interspersed with numerous pharmacies, travel agents, barbershops and moneychangers and of course restaurants all advertising in Dari, Afghanistan’s lingua franca.

IMG_3684

IMG_3686

IMG_3680

Whenever I visit the Lajpat Nagar Central Market, I usually stick to Chaat , Momos or sometimes enjoy a quick meal at Beliram Degchiwala during the brief shopping breaks. This time, as I headed towards E block in Lajpat Nagar 2 to find these Afgani Restaurants that I had heard so much about-  Kabul Delhi and Aghan Darbar Restaurant.

photo 4We decided to eat at the Kabul Delhi Restaurant which rests on two levels (Ground floor and basement). The ground floor has a simple yet modern seating style where as the basement comprises of carpeted raised platforms with numerous cushions where the regular restaurant patrons enjoy the dastar-khwan. 

When we sat for the meal in the basement to truly enjoy the traditional meal and ordered Qabuli Uzbegi, Mutton Qorma and Ghost tikka kababs. Along with all of this, the restaurant also served unlimited portions of wheat naans– free of cost. The Qabuli Uzbeki is an extremely light pulao with minimal spices, raisins, and skewered lamb that is so soft and succulent that it melts away. Personally, my palate yearns for something more spicy and so the  Qabuli Uzbeki, being a little sweet was not on top of my ‘ will eat again’ list. However, I would recommend it for how the rice grains are so soft and perfectly  separated and for its signature sweetness cause of the raisins. The Kababs on the other hand were really well prepared and were very tender. The Mutton Qorma was a really good accompaniment for the rice. It had really understated spices and the mutton was well cooked and wasn’t chewy at all. The meal was also served with a portion of Rajma which was yummy and a cucumber and tomato salad.

My overall verdict would be that the food was extremely light as compared to other Mughlai food. It was not too oily and is low on spices. It’s definitely worth trying for the experience itself. Another interesting thing I noticed was that both the restaurants were entirely dominated by men whether it may be at the billing desk or the servers. The men were extremely polite and inspite of the language barrier were very helpful when it come to explaining us each of dishes.

Note: Majority of the dishes are non vegetarian and there are barely any options for vegetarians. Also, f you aren’t a fan of Aghani cuisine, then this place is not for you!

IMG_3694

Restaurant: Kabul Delhi   |  Price: Rs.300/head

E 104, Ground Floor, Near Central Market, Lajpat Nagar 2, New Delhi

IMG_3708

photo 1

photo 2

IMG_3712For me, more than the food, what I really enjoyed was how this little restaurant made me feel like I’m transported to Kabul itself. I felt like an outsider in my own city, and thats what added to the interesting experience. Parts of Lajpat Nagar, along with areas such as Jangpura Bhogal are truly dynamic spaces where students, businessmen, expats and patients from Afghanistan and all across the world  have found themselves homes away from home.

“Valentines Month” at Mehrauli Phool Mandi

Hello Everyone!

February, often called the “month of love ” has begun and keeping that in mind, I wanted to write about something different. I was really interested  to explore the roots from where the flowers are procured in Delhi by various florists. Valentines Day, over the past few years has been known for a tremendous boom in the floriculture industry of India where sale of flowers have multiplied by the year. It’s interesting to note that Valentines day sales increase not only during “Valentines Week” which begins on February 7th, but in fact from the beginning of the month itself.

IMG_0898

I decided to visit the The Mehurali Phool Mandi (“Phool” – Flower, “Mandi” – Market) , also known as the Chattarpur Phool Mandi (located very close to the Chhattarpur Temple ) a couple of days ago. This mandi is a smaller counter part of the Ghazipur Pool Mandi (close to Anand Vihar ISBT) which is the biggest whole sale flower market in the city. The Mehrauli Phool Mandi opens up by 5 am and for the next five hours or so  florists from all across the city are taking part in the ‘Boli’ or bidding process. This is when vendors buy flowers at whole sale prices. One does see some  enthusiasts and customers wading their way through but nothing before 9 am. The mandi, post 11 am changes it’s self as small non-farmer vendors start putting up their stalls opening up to a whole new cliental.

I reached  the Mandi at 6 am and it was really dark but that didn’t stop any one from getting to work and starting the sales of the day. Lit with numerous tungsten bulbs hanging in every nook and corner, the little market was bright and buzzing. On one side lay some bedding and sweaters kept away on a make shift shelf below which lay bed of flowers – red, yellow and white. The two walls on the side creating an enclosed space were rusty and yellow with numbers scribbled all over. The walls also had an eclectic display of a number of religious calendars which added to the dynamics of the place. 

As soon as one enters the Mandi, the first thing that strikes one’s eyes is the absolute lack of women anywhere in and around the area. It’s a completely male dominated market from beginning to end. Whether it may be the men weaving flower garlands or little boys weighing rose petals in huge sacks. What’s interesting to note is that the flowers come from not only across the Country (Himachal Pradesh, Nasik, Bangalore) but also from some South East Asian Countries  such as Thaliand and China. The mandi is an absolute visual delight with lilies, orchids, chrysanthemums, gerberas and endless other variety of flowers put up on display. When asked, I was told that February is one of the busiest months in the year! The prices in this mandi are a true bargain where Roses (gulaab) for example can be bought at Rs.5 per piece and lilies for just Rs. 25 a piece (versus Rs. 150/piece anywhere else). The sale of Marigolds (Gende ka phool) are always in demand all year round whether it may be people procuring them for temples, weddings or festivals, this flower is an all time favorite.

The Mandi also has it’s resident chai wala who’s masala chai with rusk and bread pakodas one just cant say no to while taking a break from the flower shopping. If you’re looking for extreme bargains for bulk orders  and a larger collection of flowers from all across the I’d suggest visiting the  Ghazipur Phool Mandi (opens up at 3 30 am). The Mehruali Phool Mandi, on the other hand, with its quirks  should be on your must visit list irrespective if you wanting to indulge in a flower shopping spree.

Hope you enjoy the pictures 🙂 

IMG_3600

IMG_3630

IMG_0882

IMG_3608

IMG_3602

IMG_3624

IMG_3639

IMG_3659

IMG_3676

IMG_3679

IMG_3674