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Restaurants in Ahmedabad

Luxury Dining at Hyatt, Ahmedabad

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City of Ahmedabad
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If you count Ahmedabad from the long history it beholds, then you must also make a note of its fabulous night life it offers composed of colourful markets, crowded streets and of course, luxury eateries for a memorable dinner and also rejuvenation after a tiring day or before your night walk.

When it’s about luxury hospitality across India, Hyatt Regency is a sound name and so it resonates at Ahmedabad as well. Contemporary additions are attributed in the hotel’s services throughout the year to keep it an interesting affair for their clients. The city along the Sabarmati River might seem to be belonging to the historical era, but the Hyatt outlets has wrapped a robe of modern lifestyle that you can start exploring once in Ahmedabad.

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Hyatt, Ahmedabad
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If a resident of the city and you still haven’t checked into Hyatt, then that is one of the first to-do in your priority list, for a memorable experience.

Nonya

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Nonya, Hyatt
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Hyatt, the American International Company has captured the hospitality industry of all leading Indian cities and no far does it stand when it comes to Ahmedabad. Nonya, is their Asian food galore where from quick grab to food spreads they have it all in queue for you. You need to pick from their long menu or opt for the buffet to have an awesome food voyage. The place is ideal for dinner dates, business meets and even solo foodies can hangout here for a culinary delight.

Collage

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Collage, Ahmedabad
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Another Hyatt initiative, Collage serves Mughlai, North Indian and Continental food. Their hall of fame are the buffets they spread for foodies, that allows one to relish sweet, sour or spice – all in a go. Check in for a Sunday brunch and this place is sure to be one of your best experience in the city of Ahmedabad.

Tinello

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Tinello, Hyatt
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Since still bound amidst the archetypal Indian culture, you may worry if you get any foreign delicacies in the city of Ahmedabad. Well, of course you do get when in this restaurant of Hyatt regency who specialize in tantalizing your buds with intense Italian flavours. From pasta to pizza, you just name it and they get it for you on the table.

5-Star Hotels in Ahmedabad for Your Luxury Stay

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The city of Ahmedabad
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It might be for your loved one, a business tour or for a trip- your reason to be in Ahmedabad can be any of these or more. But being here, you have simply too much to experience starting from the museums, fine dining restaurants and fabulous night markets. Featuring as one of the major city for the state of Gujarat, it is also a rapidly growing metropolitan at the heart of India.

So when you are here you should plan a luxury stay in order to witness the economic and cultural growth of Ahmedabad, presently at the peak of its rise under PM Modi’s Smart City Project. A comfortable stay will allow you rejuvenation at the end of the hectic tours and trips you make.

BYT lists three of the top notch hotels of Ahmedabad that is sure to add to your experience when you are in the city to explore.

Novotel

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Inside Novotel Ahmedabad
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Opt for their rooms or for the suits, the high end luxury Novotel offers sets competition for other five star outlets in the city. While for food they serve you options, for special occasions you can also opt for their Crystal Ball Room. Their high end service will take care of your every requirement during your stay in Ahmedabad. Check in to experience the lavish affair.

Radisson Blu

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Interiors of Radisson Blu, Ahmedabad
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You might be a business traveler or a leisure explorer, your stay at Radisson will surely contribute to your experience in Ahmedabad. Located close to the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (IIM) and Gujarat University Exhibition & Convention Centre, they have sixteen rooms and suits where you got to make prior bookings in order to plan your stay. From local street food to global platters, you can get everything right on the table once you opt for the Radisson restaurants.

The Pride

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A snapshot of Hotel Pride, Ahmedabad
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This luxury business hotel can be your choice when out for a trip, short stay or even if your honeymoon is in Ahmedabad. From rustic traditional experiences to modern urban offerings, they cater your every need. From spa to food to stay, the hotel is itself a tourist destination than a mere place to lodge in.

8 Trends Indian Foodies Will Embrace In 2016

2016 is here finally. The year 2015 saw a hell lot of openings of restaurants and without a shadow of doubt the year was remarkably great for the food industry. While we ate excellent food and sipped amazing drinks last year, we look forward to a brighter new year in the same perspective.

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What’s Trending in Food space
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The year gave us plenty of memorable eating experiences and as the year wrapped up many made resolutions and follow the latest healthy trends in food and drinks. This also brings to our notice that 2015 had also been a personal-health conscious year where many healthy foods were in vogue and are likely to continue in 2016 as well.

Here take a look at what the New Year has in store for the Indian foodies.

Keeping up a Simple Menu

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Simplicity in Food
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Sophistication can be best defined in terms of simplicity as they say. The year 2015 saw cooking reverting to simple basics and the trend seems to continue this year too. As molecular gastronomy is increasingly becoming popular in India, foodies are also turning towards preparation with the simplest recipes and less of ingredients.

Food is Going Local

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Hyer-local services trending
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The emergence of hyper-local food startups in India has changed the way people here order food and groceries. The local souring has become the new trend amongst the foodies where they prefer consuming locally produced vegetable and much more.

Wholesome Food is in

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Wholesome food
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Unprocessed for is no more the cup of tea for Indian foodies. There is also an increasing aversion for the sugar and people look forward to a healthier lifestyle. People are happy to pay more for wholesome food that is fresh and unprocessed.

Go Green

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Turn Vegan
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Although there isn’t a significant change, many meat eaters turned vegetarian in the last year and the trend seems to see a new high in 2016. In the view to avoid diet-driven health crisis, people are following the west to accept herbivorism. Yet regardless, chicken, meat and fish is what drives most of the food culture in India. Match or the green tea powder is expected to the show stealer this year.

Going Global

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Indian Street Food reaching Big Restaurants
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When a section of the population is turning to a healthy lifestyle, meanwhile the chaats and the irresistible street food of India is going global. These mouth-watering delights have made way to the fine dining restaurants considering that an Indian foodie possibly cannot resist the street food. Thus the New Year would see a lot of fusion food in the restaurants.

Pop-Up Party

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Pop-Up Party Food Stall
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2015 didnt see enough of this and thus it would make way to the New Year. Food stalls set up in big hotels presenting the guests with specialized cuisines is what getting hotter in the food space. They are bringing up lesser known preparations from various parts of the nation taking them back to the roots.

Welcome More Global Food

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2016 would see more from the world cuisine
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Food curious people are sure to experience an even better year as new trends and world cuisines would reflect everywhere in the food space. More specialized cuisines will enter the Indian food market. Along with home delivery trend reaching its peak in 2016, European and Japanese food will also uptrend. Presentations and international ingredients will also take the foodies by storm.

Theme Based Restaurants

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Theme based restaurants is the next big thing
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India would embrace more of concept based restaurant this year. Foodies will focus on getting access to concept-driven experiences. Theme based restaurants will bring in a better repertoire of international and national cuisine, thereby elevating the tastes and comforts.

6 Sweets for A Scrumptious Sankranti

It’s Sakranti in Bengal, Bihu in Assam, Lohri in Punjab, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Makar Sakranti in Maharashtra or Pongal for Tamil Nadu.

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Sankranti Celebration in India
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Sankranti, the harvest festival marks an adieu to the chilly winter and welcoming spring to every Indian home. The agricultural and climatic change is closely associated with a scrumptious menu that is mostly comprised of sweets and desserts.

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Types of Sankranti sweets
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The dominance of sweet meats is mainly because its during this time that Indian farmers bring home special harvests of sesame (til), jaggery (gudd), black gram (urad dal) and more. These are seasonal crops and are only available at this point of the year.

If that gives you the idea of preparing some special sweet delicacies this Sankranti, then here sharing the top choices you have.

Pathishapta

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Pathishaptha, with coconut filling
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Pathishapta is a sweet roll that emerged from the kitchens of Bengal. It usually has a coconut or sweet cottage cheese filling. Addition of nolen gur or khoya, available only during winter makes Pathishapta more irresistible. It can be consumed as a snack as well.

 Til Laddoos

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Til Laddoos
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Sesame (til) is available in India only during winter. Thus all Indian households tend to make most of use of it and they commonly make laddoos out of it. The small sweet round balls of til are crunchy and quick grabs at any point of the day. A popular Maharshtrian local saying “til gud ghya, aani godh godh bola” implies, these laddoos will bring in sweet words to your oratory.

Puli Pitha

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Puli Pitha in creamy sweet milk
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This one also roots from Bengal and are sweet dumplings dipped in sweet milk. The milk is usually creamy in texture and the dumplings have a filling of coconut or cottage cheese. The preparation is time consuming yet it’s indeed an awesome treat for the buds. The sweet tastes delicious if served cold.

Til Chikki

Prepared with sesame, this one is fast to eat and easy to prepare as well. The same dish is referred to by various names like Til Chakki, Sesame Brittle, Tilgul, Til Patti or Gajak. This can be made and kept in the fridge for long time use. This tastes sweet initially and ends with a bitter twist. Together, it creates a sweet sensation over your buds. The same can be made with peanuts also.

Gulachi Poli or Jaggery roti

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Gulachi Roti
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Indians use different kinds of fillings inside parathas or rotis all through the year to add variety on the dining table. Thus, at the end of winter as jaggery comes in their kitchen, they use it prepare filling for paranthas or rotis. The jaggery makes the Indian bread taste sweet and is usually consumed at the end of any meal. Some also consider the same as popular option for winter breakfast.

Nolen Gur’er Payesh

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Kheer, made with jaggery
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Payesh, is kheer that Indians prepare in almost all happy occasions and especially birthday. If you have your birthday during the winter, then you are the lucky one. During winter,jaggery is added to the kheer which makes it an irresistal dish. This kheer looks little brownish in color but  the aroma and texture is simply awesome.

Traditional Garba Dance
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Best Dandiya Events You Can Head To This Navaratri

The much awaited Navaratri festival brings the zeal of nine nights and ten days where one cannot resist swaying to the beats of the traditional Garba and Dandiya. These nine days the entire nation is caught on by the fever of Dandiya. The authentic Dandiya night and the rhythmic beats of Garba ushers you to the colourful euphoria of nine extravagant nights.

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Traditional Garba Dance
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However, you need to be at the right events to witness the best celebrations across the country.

Here’s a list of places you should be at to enjoy this Navaratri season and take pleasure in the festive delicacies.

Loveshack, Bangalore

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Loveshack, Bangalore
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Dandiya event is organised in the plush interiors of the Loveshack where visitors can groove to the beats of the music along with digging in a huge variety of delicious food. The Bollywood music played at the venue is the main highlight which attracts everyone to hit the dance floor.

Vivantaby Taj, Chennai

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Vivanta By Taj
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DandiyaGarbaRass is organised by Vivanta that is full of fun, dancing, enchanting food and much more. This event is one of the most awaited festive events in the city. One can witness the traditional Gujarati way of celebrating Navaratri by performing the authentic Garba and Dandiya.

Sofitel Hotel, Mumbai

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Most of the crowd in Mumbai heads to Sofitel Hotel for the best Dandiya experience during Navaratri. Mumbai has always earned the distinction of organising the best of events. Dandiya is no exception. The event is more of a classic party where you can experience much more than just Garba and music. The large spread of food can well excite your taste buds here.

Naramada, The Gate Way, Ahmedabad

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Naramada-The Gate Way
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The vivid regional food delicacies at the Gate Way makes your Dandiya night even more enticing and euphoric. Ahmedabad is the best destination to experience the vibrant colour and festivity of Navaratri. The authentic Gujarati cuisine and culture defines this festival like no other.

Animal vs Plant Protein

Before even beginning to talk about which protein is better suited for the human body, let us re-run the old concepts about Protein, just once more…

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Proteins!
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What is ‘protein’?

The term ‘Protein’ refers to a molecular constitution in the food that we consume that can be broken down to form amino acids. The human body requires about twenty different types of amino acids, out of which only 9 the body is incapable of producing and needs to extract from the food eaten.

Hair to Nails... P.C.: http://goo.gl/1UY3xB

Hair to Nails…
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But why is ‘protein’ important?

Proteins are the body’s basic building blocks and everything in our body are made up of proteins, right from our hair, skin to our nails. Thus the body requires a basic amount of daily protein intake to meet up the maintainance of the body. But the production of amino acids are require the influence of other elements like vitamins and mineral salts. Together, they pump up our system to function to the best of the physical abilities.

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Plant protein – Legumes and Cereals
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Now comes the question on food and how to maintain the intake of protein and which one is better, animal protein (non-vegetarian food) or plant protein (vegan food)?

It is a proven fact that animal protein comes with additions like saturated fat and cholesterol that contribute relentlessly to heart-diseases where as in plants, almost all plants have proteins which come with the gifts of antioxidants, fibers, mineral salts, vitamins and ‘photochemicals’. Needless to say, there are absolutely no side-effects for not consuming animal protein but for every ounce of animal protein you’d eat, there have to be a variety of vegetables to ‘balance’ out the effects!

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Quinoa Summer Salad
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Foods like lentils, quinoa, buckwheat, kale, peans, beans, all sorts of nuts, soy, chick peas and many such foods are more than sufficient for the human body to thrive and live healthy. Plant protein is known and acknowledged to have almost no side-effects at all!

For some healthy lavish fine dining plan, check out BYT and enjoy your time!

Chocolate Ganache Cake

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Chocolate Ganache Cake
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Yummm! A Chocolate Ganache Cake is the ultimate favourite of all chocolate lovers! This blog will explore what it takes to make it and a little bit about this awesome dessert. Not only a dessert, actually, a Chocolate Ganache Cake is very good for birthdays, anniversaries or any occasions.

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Chocolate Ganache
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‘Ganache’ is a French word for a glaze, icing, filling or sauce for any confectionery dishes such as pastries, cakes, croissants and other such food items. Ganache is a generic term and the texture, ingredients and taste of the ganache is modified, changed and reinvented according to the requirements of the dish to be made! Sometimes, ganache may contain liquor or sometimes any liqueur. It may also be made with fruit extracts. Depending on the type of chcoclate used and what the dish demands, the ganache is prepared. It is always the final step of the dish.

A dark chocolate cake with a thick ganache frosting sounds just heart melting, doesn’t it? Well, here’s how you can make it! You’ll need:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa (spooned and leveled), plus more for pans
2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup low-fat buttermilk

Preheat your oven to 176-180C. Rub butter into two 8-inch round cake pans and dust with cocoa, tapping out the excess. Line each pan at the bottom with a round of parchment/ tracing paper and set aside.

In a bowl, whisk together sifted flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and keep aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in chocolate and vanilla. With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture in three parts and buttermilk in two, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Divide the batter between prepared pans and smoothen out the tops. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out clean which can take upto 40-45 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for about 15-20mins and with a knife, separate cake from the edge of each pan. Invert cakes onto a wire rack and wait till cooled completely.

Set a rimmed baking sheet upside down on a work surface. Place one cake on sheet, and spread top with 1/3 of ganache. Place second cake on top, and spread remaining ganache over top and sides of cake. Using two wide metal spatulas, carefully transfer frosted cake to a serving platter.

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Now for the special ‘dark chocolate ganache’, you’ll need:

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pound bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped

The procedure is rather simple: In a large saucepan, you need to bring 2 cups heavy cream, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt to a boil. Remove it from heat. Now add 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped, and let the mixture stand, without stirring, for about 1 minute. Whisk just until well combined. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until spreadable! Time you’d require for the whole this will be about 1 hour.

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Chocolate Ganache Cake
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And then when you generously coat the cake with the ganache and freeze it, your magnificent chocolate ganache cake is ready!

However, to enjoy even more delicious treats from trained patesserie chefs, why not try the fabulous delicatessens and brunch restaurants listed in our website?

Comb through www.bookyourtable.com and call 076767 76767 for reservation or more information! Enjoy yourself because you are beautiful!

Thinking about “Momo” ?

Momo is such a dish that can be found in almost every nook and corner of India and also popular in many countries around the world. The exact origin of this food has not been successful as of now but history mentions its dominant existence is many countries. You too, love them, don’t you?

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The word ‘momo’ stems from a Chinese word momo (馍馍) which refers to ‘steamed bread’. How did ‘momo’ originate in Nepal is uncertain but in the present scenario world-wise, momos are a hot favourite! Usually momos pre prepared by making stuffed pockets of rolled dough and then steamed. Often minced lamb or chicken substitute other preferred meats and serve as the main ingredient of the filling. Finely chopped onions, garlic and ginger, some cilantro and cumin powder add to the taste of the filling. The spicy sauce to go along with it is made with schezwan peppers, tomatoes and some other minor ingredients that bring out the taste. These days, there are vegetarian momos as well, made with paneer, cheeses, and vegetables.

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Momos are mostly done in three ways: steamed (which is the most common and prevalent method), fried (which is also well known but not so popular) and boiled (as put in soups).

This dish is a distinct Tibetan delicacy but now has spread all across India and other countries. There have been a lot of experiments with the recipes and a lot of new versions have come into being. Specially the mountaineous regions eat momos which spreads beyond the geographical boundaries and cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai which are far from the realms of the Himalayas also have numerous momo corners!

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If you love momo and wish to try the authentic taste in your city, comb through our website, www.bookyourtable.com , and enjoy the original taste of these dumplings at revered Pan-Asian cuisine restaurants. Call 076767 76767 for reservation.

Versatility of Chocolate

Chocolate, since long, as been a thing of love and fancy for us. It is widely consumed across the world by people of all ages, ethnicity and culture. Chocolate has been one of the most successful discoveries till date. The below image briefly shows the discovery, spread and commercialisation of chocolate, from the ancient era to modern-day.

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Chocolate timeline…
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The history of Chocolate begins in the over 7000 BC old civilizations of Mesoamerica which refers a broad area, roughly from Central Mexico to El Salvador, Nicaragua and northern parts of Costa Rica. In here, the Mayan civilization is the most dominant. Cocoa extracts were infused with spices and other ingredients and taken as a drink. It was believed to be a great aphrodisiac. Spain mixed sugar into it and the sweetened form gained popularity among the Europeans.

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Melted Chocolate
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The term ‘chocolate’ originates from the word ‘chocolātl‘ its roots in the Aztec acculturation that spoke ‘Classical Nahuatl’. Then the gradual mix of cultures developed it into cho-co-late!

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Chocolat-yyy Romance!
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Chocolate has been an energy booster, an aphrodisiac and a breakfast preference for centuries. It has been a favourite morning drink, a ‘fighting food’ for US-armed forces on the front line for its energy boosting properties, an essential part of the royal and elite parties and more.

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Dark Chocolates!!
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Modern science has discovered many benefits of chocolate, but hey, it revolves around ‘dark chocolate’. The other forms, like, milk or white chocolate and the like do not share the same beneficial properties of dark chocolate. It is brimming with antioxidants, very nutritious (replete with fiber, magnesium, potassium and other important elements), improves blood flow and controls blood pressure, increases HDL (good cholesterol), lowers the risk of cardio vascular diseases, improves brain functions and also protects the skin against the sun!

Tuxedo Cake with loads and loads of Chocolate!! P.C.: http://goo.gl/KuXU9e

Tuxedo Cake with loads and loads of Chocolate!!
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Chocolate comes in all shapes and forms these days. Hot or cold drinks, cakes, shakes, icing, ice creams, bars, with added flavours and much more. It has become an integral part of our celebrations and precious moments.

Enjoy your bit of chocolate-y pleasures in the cafe or delicatessen in your city!! Call 076767 76767 for reservation via BYT.

Five Salt & Pepper Food Combinations – Part 1

Like salt and pepper, there are a number of fantastic food combinations that are very popular and yummy, found all around the world. In this blog, some of there combinations will be explored!!

Beer & A Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza!! P.C.: http://goo.gl/9PkHYP

Beer & A Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza!!
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In parts of America & Europe, Pizza and Beer tops the charts for being one of the most common pairing. Pizza, although of Italian origin, has found a new identity in America. There is a much sorted version of it, called ‘American pizza’ which are baked in deep-bottom pans, oozing with fillings! The cheese, meat and veggies remain the same but the measurements and the whole appearance of it has changed. But, be it Italian or American, the taste and delectable factors are uncompromised and is enjoyed across both continents of America and Europe! In India, you can try it in Pizza Hut, if you wish!!

Mac N Cheese & Tabasco!! P.C.: http://goo.gl/DZfzfx

Mac N Cheese & Tabasco!!
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One of the very common food combination loved by almost any Tom, Dick and Harry, is Mac and Cheese with Tabasco sauce! Tabasco sauce is a vinegar, salt and the hot tabasco peppers. The pioneer in the production of this sauce is the US-based McIlhenny Company. The sauce is fiery and absolutely jump starts the natural drooling for a good treat!

Vanilla Ice Cream and French Fries, anyone? P.C.: http://goo.gl/m2FT0d

Vanilla Ice Cream and French Fries, anyone?
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Surprisingly, extreme sweet goes too good with extreme salt! Know how? Try the unique favoured combination of vanilla ice cream and warm, salted french fries!! You can use the fat, spicy fingers in Cheetos as well… Amazed? Well, this food combination might sound strange and seem even stranger, but trying it will surely blow your mind!

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Spaghetti and Meatballs
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Spaghetti is quite a common choice when dining Italian… The sauces come in various types, textures and tastes. But the best compliment for a bowl of spaghetti is meatballs sauce. When those succulent meatballs break and crumble in your mouth alng with the spices and flavours of the gravy and spaghetti, it is a walk through heaven!

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Popcorns with Maple Syrup and Bacon
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Here’s something to watch your movies with… You’re obviously familiar with food combos like butter and popcorns, cheese and popcorns, cheese-chilly popcorns and caramel popcorns… But have you tried plain popcorns with a good quality maple syrup and bacon, yet? No? You missed a real deal!

These are different, experimental and fun food combinations! Some are found in restaurants as well! Explore www.bookyourtable.com to find a suitable restaurant and call 076767 76767 to make a reservation, soon!

Five Salt and Pepper Food Combinations – Part 2

Part 1 of this series enlisted some unique food combinations and this one will be no less! Read further to find out about some very peculiar combinations, popular among foodies around the world.

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Poutine
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Canadians seem to really love the unique combination of french fries, cheese curd and spicy beef gravy! Now, if you do not eat beef and cannot find the ingredients, paneer or cottage cheese may be used instead of cheese curd and mutton gravy or slow roasted pulled chicken gravy may do the trick! But the herbs and spices essential to a beef gravy needs to be maintained. Voila! It is definitely worth the try. It is called ‘Poutine’.

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Mac and Cheese with Tuna Fish!!
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Generally, Mac and Cheese is a hit by itself. Some spice up the dish with tabasco but some like it with a touch of the sea… Yes, how about Mac and Cheese with Tuna fish? No, no, do not think it is any less delicious than it would be with meat. But meat is regular, tuna is uncommon. Try the next mac and cheese dish with a can of tuna. Do bake them and follow a recipe. You’ll surely win compliments from your taste buds!

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Watermelon with Salt and Pepper
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Watermelon is healthy and one of the most agreeable fruits for people on diet, people suffering from low haemoglobin. It is generally sweet. People like to have it chilled! Watermelon also plays a key role in assembling a melon balls salad, sometimes made with a generous dressing of vodka. Interesting, right? Well, how about having watermelon pieces sprinkled with salt and freshly crushed pepper? It is going to be one of the most refreshing tastes for sure!

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Cracker and Cheese (and toppings)
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Cheese is, by and large, a favourite food of all gastronome. But biscuits depend on personal choices. However, the cracker biscuits or simple salty biscuits can prove to a rather yummilicious snack when paired with cheese and herbs, nuts, tomato ketchup, bacon, ham, salmon and other such toppings. It can be a very nice party food since it is inexpensive and superb to taste!

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Avocado & Egg Sandwich
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Lastly, here comes another food combination that can beguile you at breakfast or any snack time. It is filling, unique and tasty! Toasted bread, sandwiching avocado and soft-boiled egg. You can of course sprinkle salt and pepper. Garlic butter on the toasts shall add to the magnificence. Go ahead, experiment and enjoy!

But when you feel too tired, even for experimenting, restaurants begin to seem irresistible… Browse through www.bookyourtable.com to find and make a reservation in any restaurant of your choice, in your city, near to you… If you wish, call BYT on 076767 76767 for on-call reservation and further assistance.

Just some Pasta! (Italian Cuisine)

‘Pasta’ is a very common word these days. It is eaten in almost every household. Children and adults love it alike! There are big food manufaturing giants who keep replenishing the markets with ready-to-eat, easy-to-cook pasta products and yummilicious Italian sauces to go with the dish. But how far do we know about Pasta?

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Classic Italian Pasta
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Nascent to the Italian cuisine, pasta is one of the most regularly used staples and the first of its references in history dates back to the early 12th century, in the manuscripts of Sicily. In general, pasta is a kind of noodle that is made into various shapes and forms and prepared in a wide array of dishes.

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Pasta Shapes
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There are many different types of pasta. Some of th commong names and shapes that show up on our plates are Penne Rigate (medium length hollow tubes with ridges on the exterior and are cut diagonally at both ends), Fusili (medium length and twisted, spiral shaped), Lasagna (very wide, sheet pasta), Macaroni (C-shaped, hollow tubes), Tripolini (bow-tie pasta), Spaghetti (thick, round noodles), Ravioli (sqaurish shaped with filling inside), Pipe Rigate & Pipette Rigate (hollow, curved and ridged on the outside that resembles a snail & pipette is a smaller version of the same), Conchiglie (like conch shells) and Orecchiette (looks like little ears)!! But there are almost a hundred or more varieties of pasta that are used in various ways to cook up awesome dishes!

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Italian Lasagna
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Pasta is a pure Italian innovation and is a symbol of expertise and dedication of the Italians to developing their culinary art. Pasta is served with a variety of Italian sauces, like Bechamel sauce, Mushroom sauce, Pesto, Buffalo sauce, Hollandaise sauce, Meuniere sauce, Wine sauce, Salsa and many more. Pasta is a relatively easy ingredient to cook with and not just Italians but people all around the world enjoy its rich taste!

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Mushroom Sauce
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Visit www.bookyourtable.com and find out best Italian cuisine restaurants in your city to dine in. Call 076767 76767 for reservation!

Coffee Story

The importance of ‘Coffee’ dates back to almost the 13th century when, on the Ethiopian landscape of Kaffa, coffee plants flourished in abundance. It was discovered by a shepherd when by eating certain berries of a certain tree, his flock of sheep would not sleep and be very active even through the night. The shepherd informed the Abbot of the local monastery who endeavoured to make a drink with the berries that made him stay awake and alert for long hours!

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The shepherd Kaldi and his sheep!
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Gradually the word spread east and by the 15th century, the Arabian kingdoms were introduced to it through one of the greatest ports of the time, Mocha. Within a 100 years more, Egypt, Persia, Syria and Turkey were all in the habit of drinking coffee. Many public houses opened as coffee parlours and this became a trend. These public houses gained importance among the intellectuals and soon were regarded as centres for erudite interactions! The Dutch were proactive in cultivating coffee in the coasts of Malabar, India and some even reached Java, Indonesia.

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Coffee & Macarons
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By the 17th century, coffee reached the realms of Europe with the European explorers and got into the veins of the continent, regardless of the geographical or political boundaries. In Europe, the metropolitans of England, Netherlands, France, Germany and some other countries, already flourished in business and practice of consuming coffee. Many coffee houses were termed as ‘penny university’ because one could buy a cup of coffe for a penny!

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Coffee
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The revolt against the increased taxes levied on tea, by King George, with the growing popularity of tea led to the ‘Boston Tea Party’ that marked a milestone in the American history. Coffee reached Latin America when the Brazilian emperor commissioned a visit of a particular official to France, who, although unsuccessful in finding any trade on the same, found enough coffee beans hidden in the bouquet from his lover there, that he could start what is a billion dollar industry in the present day.

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Vanilla Raspberry Iced Coffee
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Coffee production is more dominant today in the southern parts of India and the tradition of its consumption has taken over new faces over time. The modern coffee parlours, bakeries and confectionery stores have made great innovations and alterations and now, it is a common thing all over the world.

Try the amazing cafes and delicatessens in India, enlisted in the amazing website, www.bookyourtable.com. Call 076767 76767 for reservation.

French Cuisine

Like all cuisines of the world, French cuisine dates back into ancient centuries and boasts of a long, eventful history of evoution. It is one of the prime, broad spectrum cuisines of Europe that has had considerable influence on many other cuisines across the world and within the European continent. The French culinary trends may be traced back to the dominant culinary culture of the Italians.

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Seafood Gazpacho
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French meal, like most other common European meals, consisted of meats, cooked in different sauces, vegetables and pastries, accompanied by alcoholic beverages like beer, more than wine. However, what were distinctly different were the style of eating and ingredients for cooking and that pretty much made the whole cuisine develop a unique identity of its own.

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French cuisine is one of the modern day Haute cuisines in the world
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French cuisine is one of the modern day ‘Haute’ cuisines which refers to those styles of gastronomic fares that demand a ‘high level’ or gourmet stanblishments to suffice the required presentability of the dishes in the cuisine. France is home to some of the world’s best fine dining, gourmet restaurants that are highy acclaimed for superiority in cuisine exploration and perfection.

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French crepes
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The French are known for innovation and utilising the best of seasonal harvests. There are many prominent French dishes that travel around the globe, enjoyed for their delicate flavour and presentation. Baguette, among breads, has made it big in the market today. A couple of desserts and pastries like Croissant, Souffle, Crepes, Creme Brulee, Macarons and Mousse glorify almost every confectionery store in town, almost anywhere in the world. Some dishes that are variants of tarts, potee, quiche, pate and certain preparations that have a main ingredient and ‘a la creme’ are found in any fine dining Continental cuisine restaurant.

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French Croissant for Breakfast
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The French cuisine has a lot many delicacies to showcase in just one blog. But there are amazing restaurants that will give you an authentic taste of some. If you’re in India and on the look out for French restaurants, check out BYT and make your reservations online or call 076767 76767 to make a reservation soon!

Bon Appetit!

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is usually celebrated on the 14th of February, every year, all around the world. It is commonly observed as a day of honouring one’s love for a special someone. But looking back into the pages of history, it was not so…

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St. Valentine’s remains & memory
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Common belief states that Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine came into existence to commemorate the chivalrious act of secretly performing weddings of soldiers who were forbidden to get married, by Saint Valentine of Rome for which he was imprisoned. The lore also tells that before his execution, the Saint wrote a letter to the jailer’s daughter, whom he healed during his prison sentence where he signed “Your Valentine”!! In the Anglican and Lutheran Churches, Valentine’s Day is an official feast day and there are different dates for the celebration of the same among the different schools of Christianity.

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Roses for your beloved!
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In the present world, Valentine’s Day is more of a dedication to lovers. It is not celebrated in just a day but the whole week has something special, each day.

  • Feb 7 – Rose Day
  • Feb 8 – Propose Day
  • Feb 9 – Chocolate Day
  • Feb 10 – Teddy Day
  • Feb 11 – Promise Day
  • Feb 12 – Hug Day
  • Feb 13 – Kiss Day
  • Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day

Lovers, all around the world, seem to follow this practice pretty closely, enjoying each moment with the love in their eyes! The girls are the luckier ones, generally on the receiving side, and are showered with chocolates, teddies, flowers, cards, love-letters, outings and romantic dinners! It is also taken as an apt oppurtunity by many to take their love to the next level where they propose marriage over a date. Some go to elaborate arrangements to surprise their partners and rejoice on the feeling of being accepted!

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Romantic Dinner on the Poolside
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Valentine’s Day is special and you can make it even more exceptional with BYT‘s special Romantic Experiences. There packages are made with more emphasis on the experience as a whole than zooming in on any one particular thing! They are ready-made paths to your transforming your boyfriend or girlfriend status to engaged!

Check them out and book now, in your city, according to your pocket!!

Call BYT on 076767 76767 and make your reservations.

The Day of New Year

1862 years ago, in the year 153, the beginning of a new year began to be observed from January 1. Before that, according to the Roman calendar, March 1st marked a new year. This is what the world follows today but regional, traditional and cultural calendars still hold their grounds in many countries.

Welcoming a new year... P.C.: http://goo.gl/bocSDU

Welcoming a new year…
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Modern custom of celebrating the end of one year on December 31st and beginning of another one on January 1st is in lines with the Gregorian calendar and often referred to as the Christian New Year. The Gregorian calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in 1582, also known as the Western calendar and the Christian calendar, is the most widely used civil calendar all over the world.

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Chinese New Year – year of the Dragon (2012)
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There are various traditional New Year days celebrated around the world, in accordance with dates of Chinese calendar, Korean lunar calendar, Nowruz Iranian calendar, Tibetan calendar, Thai calendar and more. But in India alone, even though the official national celebration is according to the Christian calendar and celebrated on January 1st, there are many other cultural new year days that come about in one Christian Year of 365 days! Some major ones are mentioned as follows:

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Ugadi
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Ugadi – Kannadiga & Telugu New Year : Ugadi is celebrated in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh some time in the month of March–April, depending on the Hindu calendar system.

Ugadi Gudi Padwa – Marathi New Year: Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of Chaitra month, depending on the Hindu calendar for all Maharashtrians and Konkanis. On this day a gudi is found hanging out on the right side of the main entrance of the houses which is a bright yellow cloth tied on the head of a long bamboo stick with an inverted and copper pot placed on it along with a garland made of sugar.

Gudhi Padwa Baisakhi – Punjabi New Year: The land of Five rivers, Punjab celebates the biggest harvest festival across the northern states on this day. Usually Baisakhi is on 13-14th April. It is celebrated as the day of the formation of the Sikh Khalsa. The main celebration takes place at the birth place of the Khalsa and at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Baisakhi Puthandu – Tamil New Year: The traditional Tamilian new year starts from either 13 or 14th April, or first day of Tamil month Chithirai. ‘Chitterai Thiruvizha’ is celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple Madurai. The main food of this festival is Mangai Pachadi.

Bohag Bihu – Assamese New Year: The spring festival “Bohag Bihu” celebrated in the middle of April as the beginning of agricultural bloom. The Assamese new year festival called ‘Bihu’ is the most important festival of Assam, celebrated by fun and abundance, faith and belief.

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Poela Baisakh Sweets!
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Poela Boishakh – Bengali New Year: The ‘Nabo Barsho‘ of Bengal is celebrated with great deal of enthusiasm and energy during the mid of April. This is the day of cultural programs, shopping, prayers and also considered as auspicious time for marriages. Poela Boishakh in Tripura is also celebrated on this day.

Bestu Varas – Gujarati New Year: Bestu Varas marks the harvest season in Gujrat and is celebrated with great enthusiasm on the day after Diwali. Marwaris of Rajasthan celebrate Diwali as a new year!

Vishu – Malayalam New Year: Vishu, as observed elsewhere in India, is usually on 13-14th April of the Gregorian calendar, belonging to Kerala. The most important event of the festival is “Vishukkani” which refers to the first object seen in the morning!

Losoong – Sikkimese New Year: Losoong, an ancient festival of Sikkim is celebrated on month of December, that marks the closing of harvest season and beginning of a new year. The traditional Chham dance is one of the major attractions.

Navreh – Kashmiri New Year: Kashmiir celebrates Navreh with great love, sanctity and involvement on the first day of Chaitra Navratri. It is considered a holy ritual.

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Sweet – Payasam / Thandai
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Hijri – Islamic New Year: The Islamic year begins with Muharram. The Islamic New Year or Muharram varies as per lunar calendar and is celebrated in great fervor.

Cheti Chand – Sindhi New Year: Cheti Chand the Sindhi new year is celebrated on the second day of the Chaitra month. It is an auspicious day since it is the festival to honour the birth of “Jhulelal”.

Salmon Yu Sheng - fine dining on New Year's Eve. P.C.: http://goo.gl/U3p97e

Salmon Yu Sheng – fine dining on New Year’s Eve.
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All over the world, the New Year celebrations begin on December 31st and January 1st is a holiday. People spend this time eating and partying, meeting up with family and friends and having a great time. The clock strikes 12 midnight and fire crackers light up the sky, welcoming the following year.

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New Year Fireworks!!
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This year’s new year is just round the corner… Find the appropriate experience packages, restaurants and places to visit in your city on www.bookyourtable.com and call 076767 76767 for reservations!!

About Spanish Cuisine

Reino de Espana or, officially, the Kingdom of Spain, is one of the most sought after European countries when it comes to the culinary culture. The history of Spain suggests that the present cuisine of Spain is a result of a few centuries of cultural influxes. Ancient Spain or Iberia was the land of primarily three clans – Iberians, Basques and Celts before coming under the dominion of Roman rule. Then followed Germanic rule, North African Moorish Muslim reigns, and gradually, after hundreds of years, the northern Christian kingdoms won back the land of Spain from foreign rulers. Christopher Columbus’s discovery of America also led in some effects in the food and eating scene. Hispania or modern Espana began emerging as one of the pioneers in world power with their diverse political, military, legal and religious reforms. Present day standard of living in Spain is one of the top 10 countries in the world.

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Spanish Food
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The geographical disposition of Spain also adds to the stem of culinary history apart from the political mix of enthnicity and cultures. The large coast line and the northeastern French connection has rendered some influences. Morocco, on the southern tip of the Mediterranean isn’t too far either and thus the gift of olives and its oil came to be key ingredients of Spanish gastronomy.

So many countless cultures, norms and people have passed through or settled in Spain over time. All of this put together along with native Spanish eating habits have conjured the present day Spanish cuisine. The most common Spanish dishes include

1. Croquettes – these are small, deep fried, oval mouthfulls, made with some phenomenal filling like creamy cheese or bechamel and ham and the like.

2. Tortilla Espaniola – this is a classic Spanish potato omelette what is thick and can enwrap some real fillings like ham and bacon.

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Gazpacho
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3. Gazpacho or Salmorejo – Gazpacho is usually an cold tomato soup but now it has adorned many variants all over the world… There are cold cucumber soup, smoked watermelon soup and more!! Salmorejo is a similar version of cold soup but is made with pureed bread, tomatoes, garlic and vinegar.

4. Pisto – Spanish Ratatouille – this is a vegetarian dish enjoyed as a starter, set as a side with non-veg items. It is usually made with vegetables like tomatoes, capsicums, onions, garlics, zucchini and olive oil.

4. Cured meats – pork is a widely consumed non-veg meat in Spain and amazing preparations like Chorizo (smoked and dried meat sausage), jamon (specially farmed meat slices) and salchichon (meat blended with chosen spices and dried) are found abundantly.

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Paella
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5. Paella –  this is a rice dish that has now travelled all over the world and has quite a few different recipes. But the traditional paella is cooked with meat (usually rabbit or chicken or both), lots of vegetables (bell peppers, beans, etc) and various seafood (prawns, fish, calamari, clams, mussels, etc.). It is usually a ceremonial dish and cooked in latge quantities over slow fire.

6. Fried Milk – among desserts, this is one of the most popular dishes. It is firm, cold milk pudding that is fried and served when hot, with a crust of flour and eggs. Thus it is crispy on the outside and smooth and melting inside. Fried Milk is a sort of Spanish version of a creme brulee.

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7. Red or White Sangria – Sangria or a wine cocktail is a devoted note to Spanish meals post breakfast. Breakfast is usually with coffee and whiskey or any combination of beer or wine (cava) and flavoured, nurtured glasses of sangria follow later through the day!

There are much more to Spanish food than what this blog documents. To try great Spanish cuisine in India, comb our website, at www.bookyourtable.com and find numerous options! Call 076767 76767 for reservation!

Healthy Fruits to add to your diet

If you are on a diet or not fruits can add a lot to your nutritional intake. They are natures sweet treat that also gives you plenty of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants among other benefits.  But which fruits are the best? Well we have listed a few healthy Fruits to add to your diet, these are a sure way to boost your energy and nutrition.

  1. The Acai Berry is said to be one of the most healthy fruits. It is very rich in antioxidant and is stronger than other Superfruit such as blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries. As it is found only in Brazil it is very hard to find fresh, in this case the powdered version will do but remember fruit is best for you when fresh.

    Acai Berries Picture Courtesy-wellnesspulse.com

    Acai Berries
    Picture Courtesy-wellnesspulse.com

  2. Apples- The phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar. Recent research has shown that apple polyphenols can help prevent spikes in blood sugar through a variety of mechanisms. Flavonoids like quercetin found in apples can inhibit enzymes like alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase. Look for evenly colorful apples, since the dark skin comes from exposure to the sun and denotes high nutrients. They are also a good source of fiber.
  3. Grapes are a great source of anthocyanin, a phytonutrient with anti-inflammatory benefits – so long as they’re dark varieties and seeded. A 100 grams of grapes have the following benefits - Omega 3’s — 11.0 mg, Antioxidants — 0.64 mmol12, Glycemic Load — 6, Vitamin A — 1%, B Vitamins – 15%, Vitamin C — 18%, Vitamin E — 1%, Vitamin K — 18%, Potassium – 5% and many more.
  4. Blueberries- are rich in antioxidants, which help fight cancer and prevent macular degeneration. Like cranberries, they contain compounds that can protect against urinary tract infections. Most commonly found in jam or canned but the nutrition found in a fresh one is unbeatable.
  5. Mango- there are so many varieties of this delicious fruit and it is one we take for granted, but we should really appreciate this one. It has 5times more Vitamin C than an Orange and plenty of Fiber as well.

There are many more fruits that are good for you but let us start by incorporating a few of them into our diet to begin with. To find restaurants that serve you fresh and delicious healthy food do visit us on www.bookyourtable.com or call 07676776767.

Christmas Table toppers

Christmas Lunches and Dinners with the family are times to be treasured, it is not only the meal that matters but also the details that go into the meals such as the table settings, the cutlery and the placing. But here we look at some simple table toppers or center pieces that can add some flair and charm to your Christmas meal.

One of the most simple tings to do is fill up large glass bowls or jars with fruit multiples of the same fruit or nuts. Monochromatic colours are the best for these as it will look neat.

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 Another take on the same idea is to put lots of christmas ornaments in a large bowl and then it will not only add colour but an element of fun to the table.

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Another great idea is home made decorations, a simple one to make is wire christmas trees. All you need is some steel or copper wire and a foam cone (or any cone) to wrap it around. The wire will hold its shape and the best part is you can always straighten it out to use it for something else once the season is over.

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Wire christmas trees
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If you have a cake stand then all you will need is a few christmas ornaments and a lovely candle of the same colour to go with the ornament colour. Layer each level with ornaments place the candle on the topmost level. If you do not want to use ornaments even pine cones or fruits should do the trick.

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Cake tray with ornaments
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If you would like to stick to just having food on the table then why not try a beautiful cookie tree? For this you need to make a Make a base of frosting (beat together six egg whites and 3¾ cups confectioners’ sugar). Spread a thin layer of frosting on a Styrofoam cone, then, working up from the bottom, overlap wafers (use straight pins to hold them in place until the frosting dries). Once this is done you can use a small sieve to dust each wafer with confectioners’ sugar. This not only looks great but tastes great as well.

Edible Tree Picture Courtesy- realsimple.com

Edible Tree
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If you want your house to smell Christmassy and yummy while you have something beautiful to put on the table do look this idea. Just place a beautiful saucer on the table with a plain candle and wrap some long sticks of cinnamon around the candle with a ribbon or twine. It will not only look great but as the cinnamon starts to heat up the aroma is amazing.

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Cinnamon sticks candle
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If you would rather skip the fuss and go out for a lovely meal just give us a call on 07676776767 or visit www.bookyourtable.com.