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Love at First Sip: 6 Places to Enjoy Wine This Valentine’s Day

Don’t ever leave the Valentine’s Day planning for the last moment. Table reservations fly quicker than Cupid’s arrows as this day of love come closer. With Valentine’s Day falling on Sunday this year, the best options are likely to get reserved faster than you think. It is thus always suggested to act faster for planning this day for your loved one!

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Sip the Best Wine
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This year you can make the romantic dinner even more cherishing coupling it with some grape stuff. Yes, Wines! Known for establishing connections and expressions, wine is the best thing to celebrate your V-day with. However be sure to pair the wines with the exceptional meals and superb experience.

Here’s a list of the 6 most romantic restaurants to sip wine in India.

Toscano Restaurant, Bangalore

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Italian cuisine along with Italian wine!
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If Italian wines is what floats your boat then this is the place to be at in Bangalore. 32 varieties of wines from across the world along with robust dishes and tempting desserts, Toscano brings you the best of fine dining experiences. An eclectic menu from gourmet pizzas to selective yet extensive array of wines awaits you here.

Quench, Mumbai

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Quench the crave for exotic wines.
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This quirky place is sure to win your heart with its hip and unconventional décor. Sip the selective wine as the thumping music takes you to a new high. Known to serve the best of beer and wines, this place wouldn’t disappoint your love and if you are lucky enough you can also get to watch live cricket match on the big screen here.

Peter Cat, Kolkata

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Dimly Lit Red Lamp atmosphere
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This place takes pride for serving the food enthusiast in the city for over the years now. Very popular for its Iranian style chelo-kebabs, Peter Cat is the place to enjoy your love for food and great wine with your Valentine. The red lamps hanging over each table nestled in the warm woody interiors, this is the best place to indulge in romanticism.

Olive Beach, Bangalore

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One of the most romantic restaurants to dine at
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This place offers almost everything to transform your evening to a memorable date. Candles enlightening the place, white and blue décor, soft lounge music, exotic flowers decorating the place- all of this sets up mood and surprises your love with a dining and drinking experience that is worth remembering for long.

Indian Accent, The Manor, New Delhi

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When Love wins over luxury.
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One of the best and most romantic restaurants in India, this is what your date deserves! This restaurant enjoys new high of sophistication and royalty not just in the ambiance but also in the food and drinks served. A lush lawn and stunning veranda, aromatic flavors of India paired with delicious wines is what waits for your love here.

Exotica, Hyderbad

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Everything about this place is truly exotic.
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As the name suggests this place is truly exotic in every way. The candle-lit dinner at the rooftop setting is the ultimate thing you can imagine for a perfect dinner date on Valentine’s Day. To add more to your experience the place serves wide range of exquisite wines turning your evening more royal and drooling.

6 Foods To Start the Chinese New Year

If scrumptious sweets unveil a New Year in India, China too has a rich culture that boasts eating some particular food during New Year. These foods that the Chinese try to keep in the menu during the beginning of the year are believed to bestow luck and prosperity. If wine is in case of the West, for China its good food that denotes the beginning of a new year.

This year, the Chinese New year dates on 8th February. Head to any luxury Chinese eatery like Yauatcha or Ginseng around you and the charm and color of their celebration to welcome the New Year will surely touch you.

When participating in the Chinese New Year, here are the food items that will make it an improved beginning.

Tangerines & Oranges

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Oranges
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The Chinese terms for orange and gold are rhythmic. Thus, during New Year celebrations consumption of oranges is considered a symbol of prospective year ahead. Many also eat tangerine during this time as it’s the Chinese work for good luck. So start the Chinese New Year with these fruits for an eventful year ahead.

Tray of Togetherness

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Tray of togetherness, a gift in Chinese custom
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Relatives and friends exchange this tray full of candies, dry fruits, sweetmeats and tucks during Chinese New Year. This is a way of showing love for the dear ones and sharing the goodies of the tray adds warmth to relationships. Usually Chinese trays have eight compartments i.e., eight kinds of tucks are added mainly because eight symbolizes good luck in Chinese custom.

Long Noodles

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Long noodles in display
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No Chinese meal is complete without a portion of delicious noodles. During New Year, long noodles are served in the meal as it signifies long life for the person. Recipes of preparing these noodles differ from one another.

Nian Gao

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Nian Gao in making
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The Chinese term ‘Nian Gao’ literally means higher year. It’s a New Year sweet dessert that marks the promise of a good year. This is offered in religious ceremonies and is now an important item in the Chinese Spring Festival food.

Jai

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Jai, the Chinese veg preparation
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Jai is a vegetarian main course that Chinese usually include in their New Year feast. The belief according to Buddhist culture is, Jai cleanses your body for a new start. The ingredients used to prepare Jai have individual significances like sea moss for prosperity, lotus seeds for birth of sons in the dynasty, noodles for longevity and so on.

Whole Fish

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Whole fish in serve
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On the occasion of New Year, Chinese also keep a whole fish as part of their meal. The fish is served with the head and tail in one piece and this marks abundance in life. The Chinese word for fish sounds like abundance in their language.

7 Late Night Food Spots in Kolkata

The people of Kolkata have good food to tuck in at any point of the day. If ‘luchi’ makes a kind size breakfast, their ‘maacher jhol’ is a luscious lunch followed by ‘jhalmuri’ in snacks and may be some wholesome ‘biriyani’ for dinner. Rasogolla, payesh or sandesh are always there to offer a sweet tooth.

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The foodies of Kolkata
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Yet the foodies of Kolkata wanted more to this. Hunger pangs hit them in the middle of the night and thus, the city now hosts some eateries that are open late night to serve you food.

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Night life in Kolkata
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During your city hopping across Kolkata, do check-in these restaurants to tuck in some excellent dishes.

Someplace Else

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Inside Someplace Else
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One of the pioneer in the pub culture of Kolkata, Someplace Else has is a renowned choice among the nocturnal citizens of Kolkata. Other than unusual drinks and food, the live performances of top notch musicians drive crowds to the place. The British architecture and the European cuisine is sure to add memory to your gastronomic ventures in the city.

Alfresco – The Lalit Great Eastern

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Seating arrangement in Alfresco
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One of the best choices you can make when it comes to 24X7 restaurants in Kolkata. Availability of both Indian and international cuisine adds reason for you to be here. A sandwich, a plate of noodles or a chilled ice cream – they serve you every mood at any point of the day. Also, they have a wide range of drinks which adds zing the place.

Codfather

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Dishes at Codfather
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Kolkata and its affair with fish is an age old love story. Contributing to the duo, this new restaurant serves seafood in Italian and Continental style. If that’s a new dish for you, then the place has more.

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Entrance of Codfather
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Soup, burger, chicken, prawns – altogether awaits a versatile food fair you can’t afford to miss.

Nocturne

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Party at Nocturne
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As the name gives, this place is open till late night to stimulate your buds with scrumptious delicacies. To stir your senses, their chilled drinks are an added attraction. For an electrifying experience you can be at their dance floor or check-in the cosy café for a cosmic conversation. The place has ample in option for you. You got to make the right choice for an unforgettable venture.

Tantra

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Tantra, the biggest bar in Kolkata
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Better known as Kolkata’s largest bar, this pulsates with an irresistible magic created with food, booze, music and fun. Host a private party and groove with your favorite bunch of people. Or you can check-in late at night to rejuvenate your mind and soul, after a tiring day at work.

Azad Hind Dhaba

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Entrance of Azad Hind Dhaba
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Don’t let your insomnia waste at home. Drive to any of the nearest branch of this popular dhaba, and you are sure to be served great Punjabi food. From tadkas to tikkas, they are all set to serve you from noon to 2AM at night. The dhaba has been counted among top ten in the country many a times.

Don Giovanni’s
To pamper your food cravings, this 24X7 eatery is always an option. From Chinese to Indian, the menu is wide varied which leaves you with many choices to decide from. Their efficient delivery crew drops in your order at the earliest for you end with a happy experience.

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.

Friday Faves: 5 Restaurants to Enjoy Happy Hours

Who wouldn’t adore poring over the delicious looking Friday fine-dining places and tempting food on the web? Weekends are the times when we hardly can resist the urge to dine out and have a good deal as well. We make sure that the places offer something really great in the happy hours. Hence as soon as the weekend arrives our search for the happy hours special begins to avoid walloping our bank accounts.

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Friday Happy Hours
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Here take a look at the best happy hour restaurant in your city.

TGI Friday’s, Bangalore

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TGI Friday’s Bangalore
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Fun with family and friends over great food, drinks and music begins right here. The best place to kick-start a happening weekend involving an ambiance of American restaurant. The amazing happy hours here from 5-8.30 PM offer exciting Rs.77 Menu which includes Indian Straights, Beer Glass, Cocktails and even starters.

The Spare Kitchen, Mumbai

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The Spare Kitchen
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Happy hours here are from 4-7 PM & 11 PM-1 AM. The place leaves the taste buds titillating with its spicy combinations of street food for gourmets in Mumbai. One can also indulge in the continental, north Indian and Italian delicacies presented here. Methi Laccha Paratha, Cheese Garlic Bread and Kharkra Nachos are amongst the most popular preparations from the chefs here.

Bonne Bouche, Delhi

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Pretty and Plush Bonne Bouche
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The best part of this place is that they do take the customer feedbacks too seriously for improving themselves. The Happy hours from 3-8 PM here are an absolute delight for the foodies. The wide range of mouth-watering and exotic dishes from the French and Italian cuisine promises to make your weekend happier. BYT suggests trying their amazing and very tempting blueberry cheesecake and Chicken Breast morel mushroom sauce.

The Irish House, Kolkata

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The Irish House
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Begin your weekend with amazing music, martinis and mojitos as this place offers the best of offers of drinks during it happy hours from 4-7 PM. It is also one of the most happening and coolest pubs to hangout in Kolkata. From Irish Cans to Litts and Chicken Grande fries, both drinks and food is freaking awesome! Period.

Girl in The Café, Chandigarh

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Girl in the Cafe
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This place offers the best happy hours from 8-11:30 PM. The quirky set up and cool ambiance offer the right start to your weekend on Fridays and excites your platter with beef burgers, waffles, ham sandwiches, lasagne and pesto cottage cheese pizza are the best delicacies to try out here.

5 Restaurants for Exotic Christmas Celebrations

Ho! Ho! Ho! Time of the year is close when Christmas festivities are about to begin. The weather has started sending chills already sending us the message that Christmas is just around the corner. People with full fervor are geared up to usher the festival and celebrations. Even the top notch hotels are decked up for merry making offering their guest a bunch of happiness on this Christmas.

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Christmas Feast
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Let us have look at the 5 most happening places to enjoy a luxurious treatment at high end hotels this Christmas.

Goa Marriott Spa and Resort

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Wan Hao, Goa
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Indulge in the delightful Christmas buffet here to make your day a wee bit merrier. Dig into the extravagance of luxury dining with their lavish assortment of both veg and non-veg preparations. Wan Hao at Goa Marriott Spa and Resort is the best place to dine in on the special day if you are in Goa for the festival.

Threesixtydegree, The Oberoi, New Delhi

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The Oberoi New Delhi
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This place resonates the royalty and luxury in true sense. The culinary masters brings you an exotic array of dishes that promise to deliver a taste that would linger in your mind. Christmas cannot be celebrated in a better way than indulging in their interestingly crafted menu which is as opulent as its ambiance. The Oberoi invites the guests for a sheer royal feast this year on Christmas.

Hyatt Regency, Kolkata

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Hyatt Regency Kolkata
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Hyatt Regency is a graceful host that promises to offer lavish feast that can well satiate your hunger pangs. The season offer of exciting brunches, buffets and diners continue here for a month long till the New Year. The bakeries in the plush hotel can instantly turn you into small kid who could not resist the having sinfully delicious cakes, pastries, cookies, pies and much more.  So if you want to make you Christmas a memorable one, don’t forget to step in here.

The Lalit, Mumbai

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The Lalit, Mumbai
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Christmas refers to fun and frolic at The Lalit. The esteem hotel offers the selective luxurious and royal feast to their guest along with a interesting array of Christmas packages to choose from. Guests can enjoys exclusive and attractive discount offers on food and spa treatments on the festival. The talented line of chefs present their mastered signature preparations of world cuisine to titillate the taste buds of the visitors.

Syn, Hyderabad

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Syn, Hyderabad
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Syn Asian Grill Bar in Hotel Taj Deccan can be well defined as a fusion of fine service and luxury rendezvous. Enthralling the guests  with delightful culinary choices and exotic brunch, Syn promises to offer a cherishing Christmas experience. From Roast turkey to salmon with saffron risotto, the dishes can entice your taste buds for sure.

 

Food Guide: Where to Eat This Diwali

The festival of Diwali signifies the ‘triumph of good over evil’. If you are in India you can well understand the quintessence of the festival with celebrations around the nation. These celebrations are no more just a visual treat; the taste buds can equally indulge in the delight of the carnival. The food and restaurants are with displaying their creative sides catering the high expectations of the foodies in the different states. Tweaking menus and bringing in traditional touches to their dishes is the newest trend this festive season. Many restaurants also introduce their special Diwali cuisine to lure guests.

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Diwali: A foodie’s delight
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Well, I have cut down the clutter and have come up with the best places to eat at making a memorable Diwali experience.

Masala Bay at The Taj Lands End, Mumbai

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Masala Bay
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Diwali feels complete with savouring their traditional cuisine prepared in authentic style. The rich food is flavoured with selective of spices leaving the guests with a feeling of experiencing the best of North Indian Cuisine. The place looks over the sea which makes it a visual treat to the eyes while dining.

Esplanade, Bangalore

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Kolkata’s flavours at The Esplanade
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If you looking for true flavours of Kolkata away from home, then this is the place to be at. With its authentic Bengali serving style, Esplanade looks forward to transforming a mere evening into a memorable experience that goes beyond ordinary. Be it Kasha mangsho, Aam Kashundi Begun, Chicken kabiraji or Prawn cutlet, I bet you couldn’t resist any of them.

Varq – The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi

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Exotic Dining at Varq
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Hailed for its innovative cuisine, Varq – The Taj Mahal Hotel is a luxurious ultra-contemporary place to dine-in this Diwali. The well crafted menu invites you to a unique culinary journey. Indian dishes with contemporary touch enthuse as well as gratify traditional palates. Nestled in the heart of the capital city, Varq is a blend of the bygone era and modernism.

Dialogue in the Dark, Hyderabad

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Experience dining in dark
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Eating spicy North Indian cuisine is an effective way to wake up your taste buds. The desi versions of international cuisines look simple yet tastes exotic. So try Indian cuisine with modern twist this Diwali. Dialogue in the Dark brings you to experience high-end dining with a pocket pleasing prices and yes, experience dining in the dark!

Peter Cat, Kolkata

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Chelo Kebab at Peter Cat
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The place has earned a name for itself offering refreshingly laid-back yet intensely exciting eating options for their guests.  Unplug and unwind yourself from the monotonous chores and indulge in the entertainment here to have a pleasantly relaxing evening. The love for food and fun begins here.

So, all you food aficionados try out these places for a flavoursome festive season!

10 Must Try Food Of Durga Puja

Not even a month left for Durga Puja, but the spree is on. Those who believe Bengal as the only state to celebrate this Goddess of Power are mistaking.

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Durga Puja Celebration
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Durga Puja is now a worldwide affair where communities of Bengalis or Hindus cluster to re-live the five days of happiness and joy. Though Bengal in India is known to be the best, others are also stepping forward to make their pujas grandeur and grace.

What are the attractions in a Durga Puja?

The goddess, the dhak(drum), the styling crowd, the dhunuchi(incense stick) – yes, these are severe attractions in this much awaited festival of the year.

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A glimpse Of Dhunuchi Naach
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But above everything stands the attraction of food.

Communities or families celebrating Durga Puja generally limit to vegetarian food choice during these five days. But the food they relish are symbols of luxury and ecstasy. They are scrumptious and superb. Non Bengalis or distant people take part in the puja considering food as a major appeal.

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Durga Puja Prasad
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So, if you are also in plan to participate in this religious conglomerate then do not miss the following culinary delights for an extensive gastronomic plunge. They are completely vegetarian and thus, any foodie can take the trial.

Luchi

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Hot Luchi
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Luchi, is a deep fried Indian bread known that can be consumed in breakfast, lunch or dinner that is, at any point of the day. Usually after fast for anjali or worshipping the Goddess, people break their fast with Luchi. A curry spicy or sweet is usually served with this to tantalize your buds. The same is offered to the Goddess as ‘prasad’.

Cholar Dal

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A bowl of Cholar Dal
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As told earlier, Luchi needs a curry with it. A yellow based curry is preferred and Cholar dal is the most common serving with it. It’s a kind of pulse that tastes sweet and dry fruits or coconuts are added to enhance its taste. Served hot, you can have bowls of it without any side dishes.

Labra

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Yumm LAbra Curry
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Labra is a vegetarian dry curry composed of different vegetables that is served in main course. Labra tastes spicy and necessarily needs a rice dish to accompany it. Culinary professionals or experts can only prepare this dish as it needs slow cooking and advanced culinary skills.

Khichudi

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A Plate OF Khichudi
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This is a rice combination completely yellow in color made of veggies and spices. It’s healthy and can be gulped by children and senior citizens too. It’s soft and delectable which is offered to almost all deities worshipped in the span of Durga Puja. Community puja or associations distribute this as prasad among large crowds.

Aam’er Chutney

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Aam’er Chutney
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Chutney is a kind of sauce served right before dessert in the course of an Indian meal. The specialty here is the use of ‘aam’ or mango. Green mangoes are used to make this giving it a tangy taste. It rejuvenates the tongue and sets it for the delicious desserts in queue.

Sandesh

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Different kinds of Sandesh
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nolengur-sondeshNo celebration in India is complete without sweets. Similarly, no Durga Puja can be over without ‘sandesh’. It’s a dry sweet that has a long history and originated from confectionaries of Bengal. The sweet has variety and is a popular choice on the last day of celebration, right after immersion of the idol.

Payesh

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Payesh, The Dessert
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The meals of Durga Puja usually end with ‘payesh’ on each of the five days. This milk based preparation is made varied by adding rice, carrots, gourd and different ingredients to it. Its sweet and soft and is directly offered as Prasad to the deity.

Polao

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Polao
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A sweet rice that is served usually in lunch. Cashews, raisins and more are added to the rice in order to make you crave for more. Lots of ghee and less of spices makes this everyone’s favorite. Addition of kesar makes this more out of the box from regular food.

Phulkopir Torkari

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Phoolkopir Torkari
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A simple cauliflower curry that will keep you drooling once you taste. You can have this with rice or any sort of Indian bread. It’s indeed spicy and at times potatoes are included to raise the taste of it. Its oily and rich, thus be careful about the portion.

Potoler Dorma

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Potoler Dorma
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Potol is a green vegetable that is called ‘parval’ in hindi and pointed gourd in English. On a daily basis when this veggie is prepared its dull and boring. When it’s in the ‘dorma’ form, with a filling inside it tastes flavorsome. Fillings of paneer or vegetables are added to the simple green gourd to make it an extra ordinary affair.

Hope that adds lots to your list and Happy Puja, in advance.

Restaurants For Fathers’ Day

Oh Yes! It is just the next Sunday when you will skip all weekend plans and spend it with the man of your life. Ladies or gentlemen, this man is common to all our lives. It’s our fathers.

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Fathers, The Man Of Our Life
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Fathers’ Day being just a week ahead, you must have started your web searches for the best of surprises. Along with the gift you, your schedule must include some special time with your father. A match, a movie or a no mamma day. Your ultimate aim is to bring the biggest smile on his face.

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Make Your Fathers Happy
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No wonderstick can fulfill your goal than grabbing a happy meal along with the other plans you make. Lunch or dinner or both, BookYourTable eases your one task of searching the place of eatery for the day. We bring to you, the top restaurants in the Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore where you and your creator, mentor and father for life can reach for the best of culinary experience.

Mumbai

The growth to a metropolitan from a fishing coast does not limit the restaurant count. Your top choices can be:
Indigo
How over whelmed will your father be when the menu offered has his name written on it. Yes, they do it at this splendid South Mumbai restaurant. On your entry, the deep red walls, decent décor, the minimal light, the sky lit Shiva blue pond will go along with his manly personality. If you want to vent out the happy mood under the open sky, then Indigo Black Lounge right on top is a matured option in hand. For food and dessert, the suggestion list includes Pepper crusted Norwegian Salmon,Cochin Crab Ravioli, Pork Chops, barbecue marinated tandoor roasted chicken with red wine jus; coriander seed rubbed roast duck breast with cauliflower mash and at the end baked honey yoghurt or chocolate marquise with peanut nougatine. You can also try their al-fresco menu.

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Interiors of Indigo
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Wasabi by Morimoto
If both of you are foodie in the sense, you like experimenting on your taste buds, then how about a complete Japanese cuisine? Your trip with him to Japan might be sooner, later or happened long back, but this choice of food can simply make your father’s day memorable. Voted among World’s Top 50 restuarnt, here the lead chef Hemant Oberoi will help you in deciding your sushis and odens for the experience. Whiskeys and wines of your father’s kind is also a part of the bar menu.

Delhi

The immigration of the entire country to the capital city has led to the availability of an array of flavors in Delhi. Check the hot spots.
Karim’s
Localites planning to be here on Fathers’ Day, might be going with daddyjis for the 100th time. Delhites are very fond of this 1913 establishment that pioneers in the making of Moghal food. Karim’s is usually known for its location around the Jama Masjid. However, now the city has several branches of this historic restaurant and thus, you can simply hop in to the nearest one. Suggestions for food here are Mutton Burra Kabab and Tandoori Chicken.
Dakshin
Just because you are in north India, does not mean you will miss the south. Hence, this Sheraton restaurant prepares and pampers you with all sorts of culinary possibilities from the southern states of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu. Many thinks that south Indians do not luxuries for the non veggies. Well, wrong thought! The suggestion list here includes Pan-Fried Sole, Deep-Fried Prawns, And Veinchina Mamsam – Lamb With Onions, Coriander, Chillies And Garam Masala.

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Pan-Fried Sole, Deep-Fried Prawns
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Kolkata

From road side dhabas to exotic fine dining restaurants, unlimited variants for restaurants restore in this east Indian city. We list only two of them:
Peter Cat
Park Street has been the hub for food joints in Kolkata over centuries. In the gostling restaurant area, one of the masterheads is Peter Cat known for its Chelo Kababs, Sizzlers and the big fat cat on the menu, tables and elsewhere. This traditional English ideated restaurant generally remains over crowded on weekends or special occasions. Thus an advance reservation can make it a comfortable experience for you and your baba.Around the restaurant, there are many Kolkata tourist highlights like New Market, The Ganges or the mother bakery of the city, Flurys. Your food might extend to these joints too.

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Chelo Kabab at Peter Cat
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Oh! Calcutta
The hard core Kolkatans generally prefers an authentic Bengali meal or thali in case of special occasions. They don’t mind making efforts to decide palates individually from an extensive bengali menu. Of course they can do the whole affair at home or in the roadside Bengali food joints. But when it comes to treat the man who introduced you to the gallore of food, it must be classy and composed. Moreover Bengali fathers are very much critical about the Bengali cuisine. This is because over the years they have great knowledge and idea about their own culinary highlights. So to add splendor to his thought of Bengali food, this is the best of choice you can make.

Bangalore

The population and restaurant hike in the IT capital is almost going hand in hand.

Skyee Lounge
Whether new or old, the panoramic enchanting view of the entire city over the green lawn of the Chinnaswamy Stadium has always flattered hearts. Experience the same with your anna or father, next Sunday. You might feel this UB City restaurant is only meant for the super splashing weekend parties. But than the booze and the bar, they have a lot in the menu. Culinary delicates like Prawn Mince On Sugarcane Stick, Chicken Or Beef Shawarma, Peri Peri Basted Chicken Saslik With Blue Cheese Dip are worth shots here.

154 Breakfast Club
The food plans of Father’s Day might start once you wake up, that is, right from breakfast. Give him a break from the usual roti, dosa or bread and venture into a summilicious breakfast experience. This Kormangala restaurant will definitely not test your hunger with a long menu. You can simply go for a Big Basket Combo or Meat Market Combo and then, explore on the menu.

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Breakfast Combo At 154 Breakfast Club
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To know more about these restaurants and to reserve – please click on link below:
http://www.bytplus.com/mumbai/restaurants-for-fathers-day

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.

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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!

Most Popular Cocktails – Part 3

In the third episode of this series, we will be talking about two amazing cocktails that have claimed their fame through their immense popularity!

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail

The first one in this segment is Daiquiri. Yes, Daiquiri is rather famous among the pretty women, isn’t it? The name has a Caribbean (Taino) origin linguistically but it is actually named after a beach near Santiago in Cuba. The main ingredients of a classic Daiquiri are rum, some typical citrus juice (commonly lime juice) and sugar or any other sweetner. It is one of most refreshing drinks in its group but there seems to have had a medicinal reason behind the invention as per the Cuban history suggests!

Obviously there are variants of Daiquiri but here is a simple, classic Daiquiri recipe for you.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 ounces light rum
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup

PREPARATION:  Mix together the rum, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (Recipe Courtesy: http://goo.gl/o1kchw)

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Simple Bacon Bloody Mary
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The next is one of the world’s most complex cocktails… Yup, you guessed it right! It is Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary’s existence dates back to the early years of the twentieth century, into the times when personalities like Earnest Hemingway and his contemporaries would visit the bars at length! Bloody Mary is revered to be a ‘Hair of the Dog‘ drink and has numerous variations. It is a popular cocktail that contains Vodka as the main alcohol base and tomato juice. These are the two constant ingredients and the rest that is added is largely variable, from beef consommé to celery, black pepper, lemon juice and what not!

Here is a close adaptation of a Jamie Oliver recipe for a spicy Bloody Mary version. You’ll need: 16 ounces (1/2 quart) of tomato juice, 2 oz vodka, 2 tbsp barbeque sauce, pinch of paprika, salt, juice and pulps of 1/4 lemon, long chopped stalk of celery and a piece of thick-cut cooked bacon. Then, in a cocktail shaker, mix together the tomato juice, vodka, paprika, salt and lemon. Mix well. Fill a bucket or rocks glass, or a stemless snifter with ice. Now pour the mixture and garnish it with a cut of celery and a piece of thick cut, cooked bacon! (You can find the original recipe in: http://goo.gl/nonlzB )

Here are the world’s two of the best cocktails… One is extremely simple and one is quite complex! But you know what? Sometimes, partying out is an easier option! Find out the best pubs, lounges, bars and nightclubs in our BYT website and call 076767 76767 for reservation!

Soul Food

Surprisingly, the history of Soul Food dates back to the late 15th century but not until the 1960s did it become known and sought after. ‘Soul Food’ is term used for a specific ethnic cuisine. It refers to the food prepared by the African-American people living in southern United States of America. This style of cooking and this cuisine evolved during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Most of the cultural things related to Africa are commonly referred to with the word ‘soul’, like African music is called ‘Soul Music’ as well.

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Soul Food – Fried Chicken
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Soul Food is a cuisine that has very simple recipes and simple, ordinary ingredients. However, even without much culinary embellishments, Soul Food is rather delicious and now has gained appeal almost all over the world. Traditionally prepared Soul Food used to be very high in fat, cholesterol, calories, sodium and starch. Although the hard-working people of that time could burn it out but these days, people who eat soul foods without caution, often end up with hight blood pressure, blood sugar, diabetes and cholesterol! But contemporary changes have made a significant impact on the acceptance of this cuisine internationally and made it more tasty and healthy.

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Soul Food – Fried Chicken and Waffles
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Today, however, Soul Food restaurants are making it quite big when people have become more aware, experimental and out-going. Pork is one of the prime ingredients in soul food dishes. There is a dish make with almost every part of a pig. Other than that, fish and chicken also form some of the important dishes on the dinner table. Changing perceptions on healthy eating and affordability of folks have substituted the use of cooking lard with vegetable oil or canola oil and lot of meaty preparations made with pork left overs to be made with turkey. Shrimps, oysters and crab are delightful as well!

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Soul Food – Fried Fish with Vegetables
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Individual ingredients of Soul Food cuisine do have a lot of nutritional value such as the use of a leafy vegetable call collard which is rich in vitamins and minerals. Peas, legumes and beans form excellent inexpensive sources of protein and fiber. Sweet potatoes help in reducing blood sugar and provide anti-cancer nutrients.

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Soul Food in Restaurants
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Among the African-Americans, all celebrations encourage the act of sharing with one another. There is a deeply embedded feeling of belonging. These days there are restaurants even in India that serve delights from this cuisine. Check out www.bookyourtable.com and choose a restaurant of your choice. Even if you are not exactly looking for Soul Food, find out what catches your fancy. Call 076767 76767 for reservation to have a smooth dining out experience.

Most Popular Cocktails – Part 1

A cocktail is a generic term used to mean an alcoholic mixed drink. It may consist of a number of different ingredients but one of them must be alcohol. Cocktails are a huge hit with party animals and also among soft-core drinkers who don’t mind a sip or two at times! Since it contains a low alcohol content, it is more agreeable to people who do not have much fervor for alcohol. However, on the contrary, some hard-core drinkers at times prefer cocktails too!

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Martini
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One of the most common names is Martini, to begin with. A traditional Martini cocktail is made with a mix of gin and vermouth (a kind of wine flavoured with various botanicals). It has a kind of tangy kick to it since it is served with olives and a twist of lemon! There is a special Martini glass in which this is served usually.

Here is a recipe of a Vodka Martini for you:

3 fluid ounces of Vodka, 1 fluid ounce of dry vermouth, 1 cup of crushed ice, 1 lemon wedge and 3 olives for garnish. Mix the Vodka, vermouth and ice is a cocktail shaker and pour into a glass. Squeeze a little of the lemon juice from the wedge and drop into the glass. In a thin stick, pierce the three olives and put into the glass. Serve chilled!

Recipe Courtesy: http://goo.gl/BvJ12h

Mojito Cocktail

Mojito Cocktail

The second most common name is a Mojito. A Mojito originated from the Cuban highball that traditionally contains five main ingredients – rum (white), sparkling water, sugar, lime juice and mint (leaves and sprigs). It is a very refreshing drink and holds a high appeal on the beach shacks and tropical countries.

Here is a Classic Mojito recipe for you:

Mix together 2 teaspoons of sugar, 6-8 mint leaves, Club Soda (sparkling water), juice of half a lemon, 2 fluid ounces of a light rum (usually white or silver in colour, very subtle in taste and with a hint of sweetness), 1 cup crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a mojito glass and garnish with a wedge of lime and a mint sprig. Serve chilled!

Recipe Courtesy: http://goo.gl/Dm5nKm

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Margarita
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The third most well known cocktail is Margarita. A Matgarita is made with four main ingredients – tequilla, tripe sec (orange flavoured liqueur like Cointreau and Combier), lemon juice, and salt on the rim of the glass. The perfect information on the origin or the inventor of Margarita is unknown but is generally accepted to have its roots in Mexico.

Here is a Simple Margarita Cocktail recipe for you:

Into a cocktail shaker, add 1.5 fluid ounces of Tequilla, 0.5 fluid ounce of Triple Sec (Cointreau is recommended), 1 fluid ounce of fresh lime juice, 1 cup of crushed ice and mix hard. Rub a wedge of lime aling the rim of the glass and then dip it into a salty or sweet rimming salt or plain salt or powdered sugar. Pour in the cocktail mix and add lemon wedges for garnish.

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Enjoy your cocktail party!
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Of course it is great to enjoy your own cocktails at home but there are renowned places in your city where there are superb bartenders who know how to whip up a perfect alcoholic twister in a glass for you. To try out the best pubs, lounges, nightclubs and restaurants in your city, visit our website at www.bookyourtable.com or call 076767 76767 for reservation to ensure a smooth experience!

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.

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A Typical Bengali Thali
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Bengali cuisine has received fantastic appreciation across the globe for its perfect blend of sweet and sour along with bitter and spice. It’s unpretencious flavours made out of, ‘panchforon’ adding aroma and ‘shorshey’ making it unforgettable. Even today, ladies in Bengal spend hours in the kitchen experimenting over food and fish.

It’s the location of Bengal in East India and by the shores that made fish be the staple food for them. A typical non vegetarian Bengali needs fish by the plate for a complete satisfactory meal.Bengal’s endless streams, lakes and ponds abound with multitudinous mixed bags of fishes. Hence, fish is regular, fish is celebration in Bengal. Fish forms their character and personality.

The fishy affair of the Bengalis is long, extensive and dates back to ages. From fry, gravy to bake, Bengalis have been making outstanding fish preparations since ages. Most Bengalis learn the art of cooking fish from their family that is, it’s in their genes. It’s the historic connect of fishes to centuries ago, that today some authentic fish preparations are a part of all Bengali households.

If a tourist visits a typical Bengali home, it’s natural that he will come across these authentic fishy preparations in a day or few. Undoubtedly, the taste of fishes makes you fall in love with them. Then, you also fall for fishes and the Bengalis try their best to serve you the maximum from their fishy palates.

One among these classic Bengali fish palates that takes the first position in the list is SHORSHEY ILISH.

Shorshe Ilish has all the trademarks of an authentic Bengali cuisine. Most Bengalis consider Shorshe Ilish to be a very difficult recipe. Also ilish or hilsa is getting expensive.  So, they usually reserve the dish for special occasions. This mustard based spicy fish preparation is loved for the strong aroma of the fish and it’s light weight.Shorshe_Ilish

Second in the row is BHETKI PATURI.

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Bhetki Paturi
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This banana leaf wrapped all time Bengali favorite is not a regular dish. It’s rich and spicy and mostly served in weddings and celebrations. This baked dish needs slow cooking and is made of Bhetki fillets. Hence, it is completely boneless. Many fish lovers relish this advantage of Bhetki Paturi.

Third in the fish list of East India comes CHITOL MACHER MUTHIYA.

This legendary dish originates from an unknown time in history but will definitely linger as a delicacy for all forth coming generations in Bengal. To sum it up, it is fish balls or chitol dumplings in ginger-garlic onion based gravy. The dish needs long preparation hours but less time to lick your fingers.

Now it cannot be that Bengalis actually wait for a distant wedding or anniversary celebration t relish these days. Modern Bengalis live a fast life where making up these dishes is time consuming.

So how to relieve your taste buds?

Bookyourtable definitely has  the solution. Venture in these recommended restaurants in Kolkata or outside and indulge in a fishy meal.

BHAJOHARI MANNA
Named after a popular Bengali song, this retaturant specializes in serving authentic Bengali food. Hence, signature fish preparations are a definite in the menu. To keep it fresh and new for the guests, everyday the menu is handwritten, for you to venture in the best. It has many branches in Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai and more.

http://www.bookyourtable.com/kolkata/restaurants?orgName=bhojohori+mANNA

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Bhajohari Manna, Kolkata
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6 BALLYGUNGE PLACE

Located in South Kolkata, this restaurant will arouse your gastronomic urges even when you pass by it. The huge banners of fish along with the orthodox Bengali house set up calls you with a promising experience. If you visit this 2003 establishment, do try their 6BP Thali. It’s awesome.

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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!

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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!!

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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!!

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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!

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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!