My favorite Youtube Channels {Beauty, Food, Fitness, Decor, Fashion & Vlogging}

Hey guys!

Having been struck my the flu, I have been in bed binge watching television shows and youtube channels so I decided to share so some of my favorite YouTube Channels currently {Food, Fashion, Fitness, Vloggers}. I have been watching YouTubers (religiously) for a couple of years now and in fact they have played a huge part to inspire me to start my very own blog. The YouTubers I have mentioned here are the only ones I enjoy but instead are the ones that I have been watching way more than the others for over a year. If you all like this list, I could go ahead and write another one! Trust me, there are over hundred channels that I really love watching.

Beauty

  • When it comes to Beauty, I really watching channels that aren’t too technical. Instead, I do prefer channels that go beyond the tutorials and instead do fun tags as well. My favorite beauty channel that I have been watching for about 2 years now is  Essiebutton. Estée is a canadian youtuber who lives in London with her boyfriend (Aslan) and dog (Reggie). Though her channel primarily is a beauty channels and she claims to know nothing about fashion, I absolutely love her chic style. She also has a really great sense of humor which comes out in her beauty videos too, adding a fun element. If you have ever watched her channel, you’ll know about #DACLIP. Other than her beauty channel,  Estée also have a blog and a Vlog channel. If you’re new into YouTube or want to start watching channels, you should definitely go ahead and start watching her Vlog channel! She updates this channel pretty often with her usual day trips to a Sunday Market or simply her spending time with Reggie (#reggieCam).  She tops my list for one of my favorite vloggers as well.

First video to watch: Weekend Morning Routine

Channels: https://www.youtube.com/user/essiebutton (Beauty)

https://www.youtube.com/user/essiebuttonvlogs (Vlogs)

Blog: www.essiebutton.com

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(image source: www.essiebutton.com)

  •  Sweet, bubbly and down to earth are some of the words that describe the YouTuber Tanya Burr. Through her videos she comes across as a lovely person! Having reached a point where she as her own lipgloss and nailpolish collection, her videos haven’t dropped down in quality one bit. If you like watching makeup tutorials (celebrity inspired) but don’t want the videos to be too technical and she’s one YouTuber who you must start watching! Burr also uploads some fun recipes once in a while which are really fun to watch too! Finally, if beauty videos are not your deal then watch Tanya Burr for her vlogs where she takes you around a day in her life. Oh, and her fiance Jim Champan does some love vlogs as well!

First Video to watch: My Night Out Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/pixi2woo

Blog: http://www.tanyaburr.co.uk/?blog=

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 Fashion

Handsdown, my favorite Fashion youtuber has got to be EvelinaFrom perfect styling, shooting and Editing, though Evelina’s videos are mainly about fashion, she has a lot to offer a youtuber! Her short fashion films are such an inspiration for anyone who wants aspires to enter the world of Fashion. She also does a series called Evelina’s Fashion Cafe where she simply sits in front of the camera with a cup of coffee and talks to her viewers about a specific topic whether it may be body image or styling tips.

First video to watch: Getting Ready:: Evelina Style

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Evelinicutza (Fashion)

Second Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/EvelinaBarry (Life with Evelina)

Blog: http://evelinasfashioncafe.com/ 

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 image source: evelinasfashioncafe.com

Décor and DIY

  • Though I discovered the channel LaurDIY only recently, I can confidently say that each of the videos are worth trying out. From Kimonos, unique halloween costumes (Loofa, for example), Lauren proves her self in each project! The instructions are really crisp and for some videos and she even draws the DIY for you for clarification!

First Video to watch: DIY: Easy Kimono

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/LaurDIY

Blog: http://desireandinspire.com/

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  •  Though Andrea from AndreasChoice does all sorts of videos which range from Beauty,Haircare to fashion, my favorite has got to be her DIY videos. Her DIY hair masks, lip scrubs and basically all her videos where she teaches simple tricks related to all things beauty are worth checking out! The frequency of her uploads isnt too high, but each of her videos is worth the wait!

First video to watch: Pinker lips: 10 different ways 

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AndreasChoice

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  • Okay, so if you’re like me, you probably browse through boards and pins related to decor and interior design on Pinterest. Leah and Mary are two individuals who make all this fun decor come to life! With the most fabulous room makeovers to simple tips on how to amp up any space, A fab Life is one channel that you need to watch if you’re obsessed with Design. They also have tons of organization tricks for all of those working with smaller spaces.

First Video to watch: How to Create an Easy Gallery Wall

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/FabulousonaBudget

Blog: http://afablife.com/

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Image source : http://afablife.com/

 Food

  • Four British men, mouth watering food and an entertaining videos ; is there anything else you can ask for? Sorted Food is an extremely fun channel where the boys teach you the easiest way to make the most fabulous looking dishes. Whether you’re a beginner or a master chef, this channel will get you hooked. A little warning: If you intend to watch their #EyeCandy playlist, make sure you’re not sitting on an empty stomach! All the recipes with exact quantities and ingredients are posted on their blog which is accessible by simply clicking a link in any video you’re watching.

First Video to watch: Best Cooking Show Ever: SORTED

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/sortedfood

Blog: http://sortedfood.com/

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Lifestyle

  • These channels over a wide range and sicne they can’t be grouped into only beauty or fashion, I have simply categorized them under the broad spectrum of Lifestyle. One YouTuber  that covers all ground ranging food, fashion to beauty is  missglamorazzi by Ingrid Nilson. Ingrid, just like Estee displays a variety of videos other than technical tutorials (which to be truthful really bore me). Her videos too are beautifully shot and edited extremely well! I love watching monthly favorites which are extremely helpful to those who are on the lookout for trying out new products! Oh, and she’s obsessed with donuts.

First Video to watch: TMI tag

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/missglamorazzi

Vlog Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGridMonster

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  • If you’re a hard hard Aeropostale fan, then you’ve most likely heard of Bethany Mota. ‘Beth’ is one of the most popular youtubers with a whopping 6.8 million subscribers. With some of the cutest outfit ideas {back to school/summer/halloween} Bethany’s talent is clearly visible through her videos. If you also happen to invest some time recreating tumblr-ish room decor, I highly recommend you watching her Roomspiration playlist!

First Video to watch: Summer Girls Night Party

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Macbarbie07

Vlog Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BethanysLife

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  •  Zoella j A,K.A Zoe Sugg from the U.K, just like Bethany is not far behind with 5.4 million subscribers on YouTube. Her videos range from fun YouTube Channels to Chatty videos about anything and everything! Her monthly favorites are really worth watching along with her vlogs which are always fun! Oh, and she’s writing her own book too.

First Video to Watch: Cotten Wool Ball Challenge 

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390

Vlog Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MoreZoella

Blog: http://www.zoella.co.uk/

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Fitness 

  • If you’re new to working out and don’t know where to begin: you should start watching Blogilates. With tons or various pliates routines, dance workouts (these are lots of fun) and super healthy recipes, this channel has you covered to get fit! You can do Pop Cardio workouts or body focused ones while it all being fun. I have used tons of the workout routines my self and guarantee you that they really, really work!

First Video to watch: 5 minute Fat Burner

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/blogilates

Blog (For all recipes, meal plans, videos) : http://www.blogilates.com/

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 Vlogging Family

There are tons of families that daily vlog on YouTube and watching them is exactly like watching a daily soap opera! If you’re a reality TV buff then watching Vlog Channels would be right up your alley!  The Sacconne Jolys is handsdown my favorite Vlogging Channel. Based in London (recently shifted from Ireland), the family consists of Jonathan Joly, his wife Anna Sacconne Joly, their daughter Emilia, son Eduardo (not in the picture) and SIX maltese doggies! They upload an episode everyday at 6 pm GMT.

If you love watching the family- Anna and Jonathan have their own channels too, which are worth checking out.

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/LeFloofTV

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 Other channels that I absolutely LOVE watching;

Fleur DeForce

Gabreilla

Meghan Reinks

My life as Eva

Scherezade Shroff 

It’s Grace

Jim Chapman

Tess Christine

Thats Heart

TheFineBros

||Superwoman||

Byron Talbott

It’s Judy’s Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer: Favorites of the season {Food, Drink, Fashion & Beauty}

Summer, though awaited at the other ends of the world is absolutely dreaded here, in Delhi. With temperatures rising to a 47 degrees (c),the thought of getting out of the comfort of a cool room makes us sweat. There are however some things that in spite of the scotching heat, I’m loving this season. In fact, these are precisely the things that have kept me me going and I just cant do without in these hot months. So, without blabbing any further, here’s what I’m loving this summer.

Food

1. Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

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watermelon salad

Come summer and watermelon forms a major part of my diet. Simply having it as a fruit can be boring, so this salad is perfect for a light yet filling summer lunch/dinner. What I love the most about this salad is how the saltiness of the cheese compliments perfectly with the sweetness of the watermelon.

Ingredients- (One Bowl)

  • 1/4th of a medium Watermelon cut into cubes
  • 1/14th cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Pepper to taste

Simply combine all the ingredients. If you want to cut the sweetness further, add a little bit of freshly ground red chilies.

2. Mango, Ginger & Honey Salad

Just like the watermelon salad, I try to make the best out of seasonal fruits and this salad is hands down my favorite! Though it’s extremely simple to make, the complexity of flavours just makes me want to devour it every single day.

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Ingredients- (1 bowl)

  • 1 mango cut in cubes
  • 1 tablespoons ginger juice
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1 table spoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 chopped green chily
  • Salt to taste

Add the chilled mango cubes and chopped onions in a bowl. For the dressing, mix the ginger, lime juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper. Add it to the mangos and garnish with mint leaves.

Drink

It’s really important to keep hydrated during the summer and what could be better than drinking tons of fluid which are not packed with unnatural sugars and coloring. Other than drinking water, I love making this flavored water drink at home that ensures that I’ve completed the H2O quota of the day.

Chilled Flavored Water 

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water 2Ingredients

  • A big glass/jar/bottle of water
  • 5/6 slices of cucumber
  • A couple of mint leaves
  • 2 table spoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey (If needed)
  • Ice (If needed)

Take a chilled glass of water and mix all the ingredients. I love how simple this drink is and can be customized according to one’s preference. Since this version of drink is pretty much a lemonade, at most times, I simply take chilled water, add some mint and thin cucumber slices for a while. It’s just like drinking normal water but with a some freshness to it!

Fashion

Summer fashion in Delhi can be pretty tricky since even though shorts and a short leaves tee may be ideal, most of us are rather careless when it comes to applying any sort of sunscreen protection product. For me, summer is all about light weight clothing which I can wear for hours comfortably and at the same time not come back home with a bad rash or sunburn.

1. Kimono tops are a staple clothing item for this season. They are extremely light weight, loose and comfortable, yet mostly 3/4 in sleeve length.Kimonos are available in tons of patterns, prints and colors which automatically adds vibrancy to any outfit without trying too hard. Forever 21 (outfits below) has tons of fun options available in stores which are definitely worth buying! I am currently obsessed with the maxi length maxi’s but a shorter one’s can look really cute too. I may do an outfit post styling a Kimono so do stay tuned for that!kimono

2. Another clothing item that may or may not be ‘fashionable’ but are a staple for me are the Rebook Workout Pants (Skinny). These tights are too comfortable for me to able to put down in words. I must admit that even though I use them all year round, they work best in the summer since during the winter I try sticking to a heavier material which may keep me warmer. These tights contours to the body and it really does help to bring out my best performance while working out since they’re not at all flimsy. We often ignore out working out gear and hence investing in a couple of good quality clothing items that will last for a while is extremely important. I highly recommend checking out the Nike & Reebok stores since they have some great stuff in stock currently.

Beauty

There’s just one word that sums up makeup for me during this summer and that’s Maybelline. I cannot even begin to describe how lovely the Maybelline products are. They are lightweight, gorgeous and yet do a really good job. Three of my favorites are-1. Blush Studio- Cheeky Glow (Peachy Sweetie) – Summer is all about keeping the makeup as minimal and non-cakey as possible. This is possible by using a cheek tint or a cream blush. Though Benefit’s Benetint is extremely loved by some, Maybelline’s Cheeky Glow collection is a forerunner as well! I am loving the shade Peachy Sweetie that’s perfect for my skin tone. The blush has a cream consistency and is easy to apply with a brush or simply using a clean ringer finger. Once applied it’s extremely lightweight and I absolutely love the natural glow.. A plus point is that it’s only Rs.250 versus Benefit’s Benetint which is Rs.2000.

2. Lip Polish by COLORsensationational (Glam 9) – Gone are the days where it was all about Matt Lipsticks. Though using a gloss is something that I was a little vary of before since it reminded me of my teenage years but nonetheless, I gave Lip Polish collection a shot & boy am I glad! The lip gloss is absolutely gorgeous and the shade I have is a light pink colour which works well for a no-makeup makeup look. I try my best to not go towards a darker lip shade over the summer, and hence the shade Glam 9 is perfect for me. The lipgloss is extremely moisturizing but luckily, not at all sticky (So goodbye to hair sticking to the lips).

I have swatched the Blush and Lip Gloss in the image below. Top – Lip Gloss , Bottom – Blush

3. Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealor- I guess my efforts to go in for a natural look over the summer is pretty evident by now and hence using a full coverage foundation is out of question. Though, I love using BB/CC creams, sometimes I can find that a bit too much to handle in the heat as well. So, the perfect solution is using a highlighting concealor and then covering up with a loose mattifying powder (if needed). I highly recommend the Maybelline Dream —–The dream lumi concealor does wonders to conceal and highlight while being so easy to apply. It definitely surpassed my expectations.

4. Lakme 9 to 5 nailpaint in Peach Promotion- Though this is not a Maybelline product, I am in love with the 9 to 5 range by Lakme. Their lipsticks genuinely do what they claim and I have been a fan for a while. I decided to try out the 9 to 5 nailpaint collection and came across this peachy pink colour which I fell in love with at first sight. I was surprised at my self since I do think that darker colours suit my skin tone better but I just couldn’t say no to this one.  The nailpaint works really well with 2 coats applied ( along with an additional top coat). I can see this one being a summer staple now!

5. Another Product that has been doing wonders for me os the Pantene Pro V Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo. Come summer and taking multiple showers in a day almost becomes a ritual but washing hair daily can be hugely problematic. This is where my holy grail, the dry shampoo comes into play. This dry shampoo is handsdown the best I have ever used. Unlike most others, it does not leave a white powdery residue and is infact transparent (almost like a deodrant for the hair). It smells just fine but works extremely well! Not only does it keep my hair clean for an extra day but also works like a texturing hair spray to add volume (especially while tying a side braid or making a pony tail.)

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swatches

dry shampooI hope you enjoyed going through some of my summer favorites. All the products and recipes listed are tried out by me personally and I swear by them! If you end up using any of the products or try out the salads/drinks, please do upload a picture with the hashtag #melangeofmusings

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{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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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#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.

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– 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}

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

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– 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.

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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 🙂

DIY: Momos and Thukpa at home

Hello Everyone!

My exams are around the corner and going out and eating out has drastically reduced for me.  I decided to indulge in a home cooked meal of Thukpa and Momos recently and thought it would be fun to write about the recipe of how we make the meal at home. Thukpa and Momos are definitely two dishes that I just can’t get enough of and can have them anytime of the year. For me, they clearly under the category of comfort food and making them at home is ideal as they are cooked exactly to my taste and preferences.

The recipes that I have listed below are how Thukpa and Momos are made at my home. There are tons and tons of variations of these recipes and there’s no one fixed formula. These are the flavors that my family and I enjoy the most (after having tried and tested a few different recipes) and hence we stick to these ingredients and cooking style.

The recipes listed below are for approximately 27-30 Momos and Thukpa for 4 people. The Momos had a Chicken filling and the Thukpa too used a Chicken Stock. If you are vegetarian, a mixed vegetable stuffing can be for the Momos and Vegetable Stock for the Thukpa. Traditionally however, Beef stock is popularly used in the Tibetan style of Cooking Thukpa. The Momos on the other hand can also be made out of a Meat (lamb/pork/beef) mince.

Momos – མོག་མོག

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Ingredients For 30 Large sized Momos
500 grams Chicken Mince (Keema)
3 medium sized Onions
50 grams Ginger
1 pod of Garlic
3-4 Green Chillies (depends on how spicy you like the stuffing)
100 grams of Maida Flour
100 grams of Wheat Flour
Salt (Depends on taste)
Mustard Oil
Light Soya Sauce (Depends on taste)
A bunch of Coriander Leaves
1. Mix the Maida and the Wheat Flour to make a dough just like you would to prepare Puris. Make sure your dough is prepared one hour before you start making your Momos. Cover the dough with a cling film and let it rest so that the gluten releases.
2. Peal and dice the onions, ginger and garlic pod into very small pieces and mix them into a bowl.
3. Take the bunch of coriander leaves, chop it up into small pieces.
4. Mix all the above ingredients with the chicken mince in the bowl.
6. Add a little salt and soya sauce to the mixture. (This depends on your taste)
7. Take 2 full table spoons mustard oil in a small pan and heat it to the smoking point.
8. Let it cool down a bit (it should not become cold) and pour it onto the chicken mixture.
9. Fill up the last container of the Momo Maker with water. Grease the other  2-3 containers of the Momo Maker with oil.
10. Take the dough out of the cling film. Pat it with some Maida and make small balls to roll out small puri like circles.
The circle should be very thin and it’s circumference should be as much as a regular sized bowl (katori). Roll out at least 5-10 at once for conveniences’ sake.
11. Take one circle of dough and put it in your palm. Take 2 spoons of the mince and place it in the middle of the circle.Pinch and seal the sides. (There are numerous ways this can be done. Click here for one tutorial).Place it on one of the trays that have been brushed with oil.
12. Repeat the process for all the other Momos and place them on the different trays/containers.
13. Drizzle mustard oil on all the Momos they’re all placed and ready to be cooked.
Imp Momos. All the containers with these uncooked Momos should be placed on top of the bottom container only when the water is boiling. The first container shouldn’t take more than 7-8 minutes.There after the preceding containers take 2-3 minutes more.
17. Once the Momo trays are ready one by one, serve the home made Momos with a home made fiery red chilly chutney.
The Red Chili Chutney 
Take 15 red chillies and keep them in hot water for 30 minutes till they swell up. Take 7-8 garlic flakes, 2 tomatoes , 1 teaspoon of sugar , salt to taste and vinegar, sesame oil (worth on bowl).In a blender put all the above ingredients with a little bit of the water that was used to soak the chilies. You can add more sugar if it’s too fiery. Peanuts can also be added to this recipe while blending the chutney. This is like a variation of the Indonesian Sambal.

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Thupka ཐུག་པ

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For the Stock (Chicken/ lamb/beef)
Take 500 grams of chicken (wings, neck)/lamb (shank)
1) In a cauldron , pour 3 litters of water,  the chicken , salt to taste , 1 stock of celery, 2 carrots, 3 bay leaves , 5-7 pepper cons, 1 full onion pealed and bruised , 20 grams of ginger (bruised in the middle).
2) Let this mixture boil for at least 1.5 hours. Keep on removing the foam that may form as a layer on top.
3) After 1.5 hours, strain this mixture in a Muslin cloth/ strainer and the stock is ready which would be used while preparing the soup.
Note: In Tibet, rather than a chicken stock, beef stock would be used traditionally. If you are vegetarian then you can follow all the steps minus the Meat.
Ingredients for the Thukpa
3 carrots (Shredded into thin long pieces)
50 grams ginger (Shredded into thin long pieces)
250 grams cabbage (Shredded into thin long pieces)
 50 grams of garlic (Minced)
1 big Onion (Chopped)
250 grams Mushrooms (Sliced)
Boil and keep some One packed of fresh Noodles. Once the water drains out, add a little bit of sesame oil and mix the noodles.
2-3 Green chillies (depends on your taste preference)
Coriander (for garnishing)
2 Tomatoes (Chopped)
500 grams of Shredded Boiled Chicken (Brest/Thigh).
1) In a Wok, take Oil (2 tablespoons). When hot, put in the ginger and green chilies- sautée them of them.
2) Then, put in the onions and let them turn translucent.
3) Next, put in the garlic and sautée.
4) Before the garlic turns brown, put in the tomatoes and carrots and sautee.
5)Then put in the mushrooms and cabbage.
6) Keep sauteeing the mixture and add a little bit of Soya Sauce and salt to taste. Make sure you taste this dish as it keeps proceeding.
7) Finally put in the stock into the wok of the sorted vegetables and let it come to a boil.
8) In a bowl, put in the noodles, shredded chicken pieces  and pour this soup.
9) Add coriander for garnishing.
PLEASE AVOID  Ajinamoto.It’s extremely harmful for health. Even though it does taste really, really good, it’s a banned ingredient.

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I hope you try out any of these recipes! If you have any doubts on how to go about with them or are confused with any of the steps, feel free to contact me! I’m no expert at all and the recipe is my mom’s. However, I can definitely help 🙂 Also, as I said before, this is the way we enjoy our Thukpa and Momo dinner but there are tons of variations and there’s always scope to experiment. We normally make our Momos out of Maida but this time, we decided to make them in a 50-50 ratio of Wheat and Maida so that they are much healthier! The good part was that there was no difference in terms of the taste and we found them as yummy.

Enjoy!

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.

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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.

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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!

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

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

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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.

Cooking with Cookfresh

Hello!

Recently, I had posted a short review about Cookfresh on my Facebook page when I ordered from them for the first time. I have been cooking quite a bit lately and hence I decided to call them again for another meal! (I just couldn’t resist). I was extremely content about my experience this time as well and decided to blog it 🙂

Before I move onto my experience, this is how it works – Go on to the Cookfresh Website and choose a recipe you’d like to get delivered to your doorstep! While choosing the recipe, you do get to see the Calorie count for the meal along with seeing how many people it will serve. Once you place your order you can pay using Cash on delivery or use their payment gateway. When I placed my order, I also received a phone call asking me for a confirmation of time of delivery making it really easy for all you working folks.

This time I ordered the Penang Fish Curry as opposed to the last time’s Pasta! Panang curry takes it name from the city island off the West coast of peninsular Malaysia, Penang, or Pulau Pinang in Malay. This type of curry is richer, and creamer than than a Thai Red Curry.

When I received my Cookfresh box, along with a really pretty recipe card I received box all ingredients measured, chopped, sliced or simply prepped up for me. The recipe was to the point and really easy to follow. Having tried the Penang Curry before, I did come to the conclusion that the recipe was upto the mark and pretty authentic! Though this this recipe didn’t have Peanuts which is usually a crucial element of the Penang Curry, I really didn’t miss them much. I was happy with the fact that along with the ingredients for the fish curry they also sent one cup of uncooked white rice as an accompaniment. The fish was really fresh and neatly packed in a clean box. The smallest of smallest ingredients were also put in little zip lock pouches and labelled well. Since, all I had to do was follow to the recipe to the T, I didn’t have to break my head over constantly ensuring the balance of flavors for the Penang curry paste and the brown sugar were already measured out to reach a desired optimum.

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Here’s the recipe that’s available on the Cookfresh Website as well!

  1. Place a large non-stick wok or wide frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the oil and stir-fry the sliced onions for a few minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
  2. Return the pan to a low heat, add the coconut cream and the curry paste and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Pour over the coconut milk and stir in 50 ml water. Bring to a gentle simmer.
  3. Put the lemongrass on a board and cut in half. Bash with a rolling pin to bruise and flatten the stalks – this will allow their flavour to escape more easily into your curry. Add the lemongrass, lime leaves, and sugar to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes more, or until the sugar dissolves, stirring.
  4. Add the green beans and simmer gently for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally until almost tender. Stir in the peppers and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring regularly. The coconut curry sauce needs to be bubbling gently but constantly to cook the vegetables.
  5. When the green beans are tender, taste the curry sauce and add more fish sauce if necessary. At this point you may turn the heat off and let the curry sauce stand until the fish is ready to be cooked.
  6. Season the fish with ground black pepper. Stir the fish into the curry and cook for a further 5 minutes. Turn the fish in the sauce every now and then, but stop as soon as you see it beginning to flake.
  7. Scatter the crisp onions, coriander leaves and roughly torn basil on the curry and serve.

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This is the box that I ordered last time – Penne Alla Vodka! I have written about this particular box here. I HIGHLY recommend this pasta.

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As I mentioned in my previous review, there are a couple things I would want to point out. Firstly, even though the website gives you a calorie count of the meal, I would love to see many more healthier quick meal options. Secondly, I did feel that it is a tad bit expensive for the simple reason that in the end of the day a person as to cook the meal on their own. The good part is rather than serving a single person, the the meal is  good enough to serve 2-3 people depending on how hungry they are! It also saves you the troubles of going to the grocery store and buying full packets of ingredients you may not ever use again.

If you live in Delhi or Gurgaon and want to try it out, here’s an  20% discount on Cookfresh, here’s a  coupon code that you can use from my side  – MMHEALTHY

Ill see you soon! Another post this week itself 🙂

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