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Restaurants serving Japanese cuisine and also info about Japanese dishes.

Shojin Ryori: A Food Style by Zen Buddhists of Japan

Culinary experts across the globe are quite enthusiastic when it comes to “Shojin Ryori”.

Shijon Ryori, a typical meal P.C.: https://goo.gl/B1cV1N

Shojin Ryori, a typical meal
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Shojin Ryori, mostly implies their vegetarian cooking style. It’s the abundant availability of both wild and cultivated vegetables in Japan that led to the emergence of such a culinary style. It started during the 13th century, when Zen Buddhism, a kind of Buddhist practice started in Japan.

Zen Buddhist nuns P.C.: https://goo.gl/uDSUX5

Zen Buddhist nuns
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A typical Shojin Ryori meal consists of a soup, and three dishes, together called as ichi ju san sai. Soy, tofu, kozu – are common ingredients in a Shojin Ryori meal, usually complimented with pickles of various kinds.

Ichi Ju San Sai, the soup P.C.: https://goo.gl/a1jpR6

Ichi Ju San Sai, the soup
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During the training span of a Buddhist monk in Japan, experting in Shojin Ryori culinary form is important. Some of its dishes require elaborate preparation time with dedicated efforts. One example would be sesame paste, a popular dish that needs long hours of grinding in a pestle and mortar.

Seasame paste P.C.: https://goo.gl/gd8hvz

Seasame paste
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Speciality of Shojin Ryori cuisine includes, there happens to be no waste during production of this food. Every spread necessarily has a balance of five flavours and colours that completes its composition.  Use of garlic, onion, meat, fish, insects and other pungent flavours is completely abstained in Shojin Ryori.

Shojin Ryori menu is also very much based on nature. Buddhists consider seasonal agricultural products as flow of nature and thus, incorporate them in their plates. During spring, emphasis is led on new sprouts that come up; in summer it’s the green leaves that are preferable; during autumn, it’s more of fruits and nuts while in winter, root veggies and fruits are the main ingredients.

Before the consumption of a Shojin Ryori spread in a Zen Temple, five principles or prayers are chanted which includes:  Reflect on the effort that brings us this food; Reflect on our imperfections as we receive the meal; Reflect on mindfulness to be free from attachment, anger and ignorance; Reflect on taking this food as a medicine to sustain good health and Reflect on the fulfilment of our practice as we accept the offerings.

Buddhists monks during feast P.C.: https://goo.gl/lEN6Qw

Buddhists monks during feast
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book P.C.: https://goo.gl/uMvnUh

Shojin Ryori: The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine
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Authors and bloggers have already made ample research on this culinary style and produced elaborate thesis on it. Among them, “Shojin Ryori: The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cuisine” by Danny Chu is one of the best work to know more about this special culinary style developed by Zen Buddhist monks of Japan.

Highlights of Goa Carnival 2016

If you still haven’t booked the tickets, then you may miss it. The much awaited Goa Carnival of this year is almost knocking the door and the official date ranges between 14th Feb to 17th Feb.

Goa Carnival P.C.: http://goo.gl/aWHSBU

A snapshot of the carnival
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Goa reaches the peak of fun, frolic, color and charisma during the carnival with people across the globe attending it. Breaking all communal barriers, it’s time to step in the delight with drinks, dance, dress and more.

Children participate in the carnival P.C.: http://goo.gl/p1oQ4F

Children participate in the carnival
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This year, the carnival will officially commence with King Momo’s colossal procession flocked with men and women in colorful costumes, musicians, dancers and even tourists participating in it.

Parades at Panaji P.C.: http://goo.gl/p1oQ4F

Parade at Panaji
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In recent times, some use colorful masks to add to the cosmos of Goa Carnival. You can also participate in the competitions, contests, parades and performances that will happen in Goa around these three days.

A typical Goan dance P.C.: https://goo.gl/0Z3x7R

A typical Goan dance
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Though the entire state of Goa attains a joyful status yet to re-live Goa Carnival to the fullest, your destinations must be Panjim, Mapusa, Margoa and Vasco da Gama.

The city of Panaji P.C.: http://goo.gl/y6gMtj

The city of Panaji
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An important note that many miss out before heading for the Goa Carnival is, consumption of meat in this span is an absolute no-no across Goa. This is because the Latin word for ‘Carnival’ is ‘to throw away meat’. Do not worry your hunger pangs have too much local Goan food to pick from, other than the meat.

A pure veg Goan thali P.C.: http://goo.gl/MCi8LZ

A pure veg Goan thali
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When you arrive in Goa, your booze consumption is sure to excel. In the re-treat do add a lot of Feni, counted as a top alcohol which homes in Goa. Feni is pocket friendly, organic, healthy and most important, leads to no hangover.

Feni, the drink P.C.: https://goo.gl/qzEXpL

Feni, the drink
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Celebrations extend till midnight during Goa Carnival. At night, do not miss the brass bands, clowns, dancers, fire eaters, jesters performing in public areas to amuse you.

Performance P.C.: http://goo.gl/ri3GvM

Performance
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Goa, during the carnival is like fairy tale where a kingdom wraps in the woo of joy and happiness. The Goan music, the Spanish guitar, the Portugese touch is indeed a break from the mundane life.

To book your accommodation, dining experiences for Goa Carnival 2016, do browse through Bookyourtable.com.

 

Theme Restaurants In Pune

Pune, the modern and the mega metropolis of Maharashtra is presently the ninth most populated city in India. As the city becomes a hub for globalization since the 1990s, there has been significant alteration in the panoramic and cultural attitude of the city.

City life, Pune P.C.: http://goo.gl/Nnre8g

City life, Pune
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As cultural outlook altered, so did change the culinary choices offered to its people and tourists. In this span of renaissance that the food sector of Pune experienced, theme restaurants emerged as a successful trend. It was a new attempt yet the people responded positive to it. Resultantly the present number of theme restaurants is on a rising trend under various categories.

BYT lists four themes that gained immense response and recognition from the people of Pune.

Bollywood
The proximity to the B-town definitely left an impact on the people of Pune. Keeping a note on this, eateries like ‘Sholay’ and ‘Eatmore 70mm’ came up where once you step in, its Bollywood showcased at the minimal. In fact, to keep it simpler, Sholay limits its décor to the popular Big Bachchan film of 1975. Though both the eateries limit to authentic Indian food, yet their difference in approach to Indian cinema has made both popular among the people of Pune.

Eatmore 70mm P.C.: https://goo.gl/IQyKEo

Eatmore 70mm
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Railway
The idea of eating inside an artificial train always excites keeping the limit of space yet joy of sharing that happens when we travel. Now you can experience the same without planning a trip. If in Pune, head to ‘Sahib Sindh Sultan’ or ‘Silver Metro’, and you will feel like hogging in the railway compartments. Even if built on the same idea, the two differ from each other as one is the regular mainstream train you can think of and the other is fluffed with lots of luxury and class giving new idea to public about royal commute.

Interiors of Silver Metro P.C.: http://goo.gl/Vf8d3x

Interiors of Silver Metro
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Rural India
Ask the people who have been in Pune for long. Many miss the tranquility and calm environment that the city had far distant from today’s humdrum. To not let people the old Pune, restaurants like ‘Village’ have come up. These two are based on interiors and sculptures inspired from rural India aiming to put a break to the monotony of city life among the people of Pune. Once here, along with beauty you also get an addition of the simple food that Indians prefer at times.

Village, Pune P.C.: https://goo.gl/fqvqrr

Village, Pune
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Forest
Ask a kid or a senior citizen, the idea of eating in the forest is always interesting and amusing. To not let the people of Pune miss it in their busy schedule, forest themed restos are all set in the city. Named as ‘Serengeti’ and ‘Gufaa’, they have the forest set up at the core yet very different in composition. While one is a rain forest, the other is a main stream jungle- very dense and dark. To know which one has either of the two, you got to check in here soon!

Gufaa P.C: https://goo.gl/6LGvO0

Gufaa
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Top 3 Brunch Restaurants in Bangalore

Bangalore is a place for foodies with the amount of variety and options available at every nook and corner. Bt what are the top places to visit when you want to enjoy a proper, wide range brunch on a lazy Sunday?

Here’s where you can go:

High Ultra Lounge, Bangalore

High Ultra Lounge, Bangalore

1. High Ultra Lounge – Dr. Rajkumar Road, World Trade Centre, Brigade Gateway Campus, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.

The High Ultra Lounge is a venue of pride and awe. It is located at a height of 430 feet from the ground and thrilling and magnificent view of the city. The night lights shimmer like diamonds in obscurity and makes you feel mysterious and all excited! The restaurant is a classy, elegant, fine dining venue that serves Japanese, Thai, Chinese and Korean cuisines, alongside the choice of your favourite alcohol or soft beverage. The Sunday Brunch also has live counters where you can enjoy watching your food being prepared! Spicy Jumbo Prawns and The Banoffee Pie are worth all your bucks among a couple of other such enticing dishes that High Ultra Lounge serves.

Shiro, Bangalore

Shiro, Bangalore

2. Shiro - UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, Off Lavelle Road, Bangalore

Shiro is one of the prime places where you can go to if you wish to taste authentic Japanese and Asian food. The restaurant is mostly known for the great Japanese food that they dish out. The interior decor of the establishment is very impressive with larger than life motifs of Buddha and temple maids pouring water into running pools from their ‘matka’ and dewdrop-shaped mirrors hang in clusters, suspended from the ceiling, adding a different level of animation to the setting with their soft movements in the air. You will love the ambiance. The Sunda Brunch is lavish, festive and diverse!

My Place - Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore P.C.: https://goo.gl/Ryaco7

My Place – Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore
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3. My Place - Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore, Gokula Extension, HMT Road (near BEL circle), New BEL Road, Bangalore

My Place is a 24 Hours Open All-Day Diner in the grand Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore and is known for the ambiance and food, the right combination of two most important aspects of a successful restaurant! My Place serves Continental, North Indian, South Indian and Asian cuisines and you are always welcomed with a lot of options to eat from on a bright and happy Sunday Brunch. A plate of fresh, steaming Stir-fried Prawns is something you shouldn’t miss!

For a comfortable experience, kindly make a reservation online (by clicking on the links already given) or calling on 076767 76767!!

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?

Momo P.C.: http://goo.gl/BdhsOT

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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.

Dumplings / Momo P.C.:http://goo.gl/0qLaaf

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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!

Dumplings / Momos with condiments P.C.: http://goo.gl/CzrWYg

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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.

3 Rooftop Restaurants in Bangalore – Part 1

Rooftops always have a spot o’ romance in them, irrespective of who you visit it with. There is something in the air that fills the heart and mind when you take a sip of your drink and a little bite of your starter. Specially in Bangalore, where the weather is rather magical, it feels heavenly to settle at a table on a good rooftop restaurant and enjoy a nice, filling meal. This blog lists out three amazing rooftop restaurants that you can go to and spend one of your weekend evenings with your loved one, family and friends.

Fried Pomfret in Coringa, Bangalore

Fried Pomfret in Coringa, Bangalore

Coringa, in Yelahanka, is a fantastic Andhra cuisine based restaurant that has brought with it, a fresh fragrance of delicious foods, in the north Bangalore scene. There is no bar available but the restaurant will remind you of high-end beach shacks that serve amazing seafood and their simple get-up encapsulates a rustic charm. Some notable dishes are Crab Cheese Balls, Pomfret Fry and Ghee Roast Chicken among many other preparations!!

Bierre Republic P.C.: http://goo.gl/tqDYaH

Bierre Republic
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Bierre Republic on Church Street, in Pavilion Mall, is yet another happening restaurant that is decked up and lively with lights, music, sound of beer bottles popping and cocktails shakers’ rhythms! The ambiance is quite animated since it attracts large, young crowds. The restaurant has various seating arrangements made with quite some innovatipn, like swing benches at tables, wooden pavilions, small, hut-like tents, apart from the regular set up. The food is celebrated here. You should try the Shrimp Republic Platter.

The Tao terraces, Bangalore P.C.: http://goo.gl/FwMg5M

The Tao terraces, Bangalore
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Lastly, The Tao Terraces is a wonderful, romantic rooftop restaurant on 1 MG road that dishes out amazing Pan-Asian cuisine. They serve from the wonders of Japanese, Thai, Korean, Burmese and Chinese food. The decor is pretty unique and showcases some buddhist pagoda architecture. Golden lights, coupled with brown and black, do make the appearance chic and fit for a love-filled time of togetherness.

Call 076767 76767 for reservation or visit www.bookyourtable.com.

Dining Restaurants @ Phoenix Market City Mall, Bangalore

Phoenix Market City Mall, Whitefield, Bangalore P.C.: http://goo.gl/pBPdtU

Phoenix Market City Mall, Whitefield, Bangalore
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One of the most impressive, largest malls in Bangalore is the Phoenix Market City Mall, in Whitefield. There are almost 30 options to choose from when it comes to food… Quite a few fine dining stand alone brands are here as well – perfect options to celebrate your reason! This BYT blogs will highlight some of the most prominent restaurants here.

Some of the most outstanding restaurants in the Phoenix Market City Mall, Bangalore are as follows:

Pho Ga P.C.: http://goo.gl/674ISz

Pho Ga
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Hanoi – Vietnamese Cuisine

After the amazing Blue Ginger restaurant, in The Taj West End hotel, that specialises in Vietnamese cuisine, the beautiful restaurant of Hanoi, tops the charts. The interiors is chic and is pretty impressive. Although it is done in a more or less minimalistic look, the overall outcome is quite eyecatching. Food is cooked and served following very traditional Vietnamese ingredients, recipes and styles. It is a pleasure dining here and tasting the wonders of Vietnam. It is named after Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, that is on the banks of the great Red River (Hồng Hà – Mother River). The Pho and My Xao are must haves!

Prawns Wrapped In Bacon P.C.: http://goo.gl/sy6jWV

Prawns Wrapped In Bacon
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Cafe Noir – French Cuisine

Elegantly dressed, the Cafe Noir is a signature eatery for French food lovers. Cafe Noir caters to its guests with the most perfected tastes of French cuisine specials. It is known for the amazing breakfast palate and desserts. No French meal is complete without a sweet bite! Dishes like Crepe with Maple Syrup, Crepe with Nutella and Banana, Crumb Fried Mushrooms, Prawns Wrapped in Bacon, Caesar and Atlantic Smoked Salmon Salads, Quiche Lorraine, Le Moulin Rouge (Grilled Bacon), Beef T-Bone, BBQ Spicy lamb sizzler, Cafe Viennois, Cafe Creme Brulee, Sangria, Choco Mousse Verrine and Creme Brulee are among the popular orders.

Noodle Bar!! P.C.: http://goo.gl/9hq9Ue

Noodle Bar!!
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Noodle Bar – Pan Asian Cuisine

Noodle Bar is a rather classic restaurant that serves aunthentic Pan Asian food. Be it Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian or tastes from other countries of Oriental Asia, Noodle Bar features at least one, if not more, of its native recipes for your plate. The rich red and black interiors, doted by hanging lanterns and dimmed spot lights create quite a romantic ambiance. Though sometimes, when the restaurant is full, you may feel a bit crammed up, but that is rare. The food served is wonderfully fresh and aromatic. The deft chefs replicate the traditional recipes as closely as possible, leaving you no chance for a frown!

Italian Chicken Sliders P.C.: http://goo.gl/iOy500

Italian Chicken Sliders
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The Big Kahuna – American, Italian, Continental and Asian Cuisine

The Big Kahuna is a classy restauant that sports native American (Red Indian) obelisks at the entrance and the red-black interiors are adored with many tribal masks. The spot lights highlight them perfectly. Bamboo crafted tables with glass tops court bamboo woven chairs. Dishes like Italian Chicken Sliders, Spaghetti Meatballs with Spicy Bolognaise, Big Kahuna Burger are quite popular. Spicy Chilly Fish is also another of the top favourite dishes here.

BluO P.C.: http://goo.gl/5MCMcp

BluO
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BluO – Continental & North Indian Cuisines

Bowling seems fun and spicy when you’re in BluO. This is a cafe- restaurant with wide and jazzy bowling alleys! Caesar Salad, BluO Special Nachos, Chicken Peri-Peri and Fish and Chips are quite well known here. The ambiance is jolly and playful. It is one of the best places to go with your group of friends.

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant P.C.: http://goo.gl/6Ln24P

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant
P.C.: http://goo.gl/6Ln24P

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant – North Indian (Veg) Cuisine

Rajdhani is a famous restaurant chain, known for their amazing vegetarian fare and variety. This restaurant is an eye-opener for those hardcore meat lovers who do not believe that a meal can be complete without non-vegetarian items! On an average, each thali has over 10 options of curries and sides, along with over 6 options of staples like rice, puri, fulkas! A sweet bite in the end and seasonal fruits are always there. This is actually a very enjoyable treat!

California Pizza Kitchen's Pesto Pizza P.C.: http://goo.gl/URHPzf

California Pizza Kitchen’s Pesto Pizza
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There are many more eateries in the Phoenix Market City Mall, including California Pizza Kitchen, Chili’s, United Sports Bar & Grill, Ibaco, KFC, Mad Over Donuts, L’inoui and more! Kids go crazy over the choices and so do adults!

To make a reservation through BYT, please call 076767 76767 in any of the restaurants mentioned!

Romantic Rendezvous in The Leela Palace, Bangalore

The Leela Palace, Bangalore, is a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. It epitomises the qualities that best describe exquisite, amazing and perfection. The palace is undoubtedly magnanimous, has over 357 rooms that are carefully crafted with elegance and beauty. The hotel is complete with other amenities like luxurious spa and salon, fitness centre, elite shopping area, banquet halls and conference venues and four, exclusive fine dining restaurants, namely ZEN, JAMAVARLE CIRQUE SIGNATURE and THE LIBRARY BAR. There is a grand cake shop as well, for the sweet toothed guests!

Zen - The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Zen – The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Zen, in The Leela Palace, Bangalore, is undoutedly one of the best places to dine. Be it a 75th birthday, an anniversary or a private date, the restaurant of Zen is fantastic and perfect. Zen offers Thai, Japanese and Chinese cuisines. The ingredients used are fresh and of top quality from the market. The dishes are cooked to perfection. The juxtaposition of a classical English interior looks and Asian cuisines do bring about a different kind of experience. Here comes an exclusive BYT offer that hones you to plan the most perfect date! This offer lets you enjoy a Four course meal for two guests (starter, soup, main course & dessert) along with a glass of house wine (red/white) complimentary to each person. The Restaurant Manager greets you with a bouquet of flowers on arrival and a cake comes at the end of the meal. This offer also includes the Chef’s visit to the table at just INR 11940 (AI)!! Guests can also enjoy additional comfort clubbed alongside such as BMW pick up and drop OR Over night stay in the hotel OR Body massage in the evening at their luxurious spa (at additional costs).

Jamavar - The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Jamavar – The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Jamavar is the next restaurant that is equally awesome and sports a completely different kind of ambiance. It replicates the typically beautiful Indo-Mughal royal architecture and feel within the walls. It specialises in North Indian and South Indian cuisines. The ambiance is well maintained. The food is a celebration by itself. In this fantastic restaurant, BYT offers you a grand ‘Romantic Rendezvous’ package. Click here to learn more.

Le Cirque Signature - The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Le Cirque Signature – The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Le Cirque Signature is the third of the four amazing restaurants that are there in The Leela Palace. It is a restaurant that serves specifically Italian and French cuisines – two of the most delicious cuisines in the world of food. The restaurant is chic and has a laid back ambiance where you are most welcome to relax over a drink and delectable dish! BYT brings to you one more amazing offer here. Click here to find out!

Call 076767 76767 if you want to make a reservation via call or click your choices on the website itself!

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.

Chinese New Year - year of the Dragon (2012) P.C.: http://goo.gl/Nt32Nm

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:

Ugadi P.C.: http://goo.gl/69OpFl

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.

Poela Baisakh Sweets! P.C.: http://goo.gl/Y2yiIm

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.

Sweet - Payasam / Thandai P.C.: http://goo.gl/8jhJOD

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.

New Year Fireworks!! P.C: http://goo.gl/8KOrzr

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!!

Celebrate Christmas & New Year with Japanese Cuisine, Delhi NCR

Christmas is the annual celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth, usually held on the 25th of December, 2014. From 24th December till 1st January, all educational institutes have holidays. Thus it is a really good time to celebrate with family and friends because on 25th December and on 1st January, the whole world has holidays! All kinds of offices are closed and people are in a mood to enjoy themselves.

This BYT blog talks about celebrating the family and friends timeout with Japanese food, while you are in Delhi. Japanese food for Indians is more of an aquired taste but the top three restaurants enlisted here will surely give you one of the best experiences you might wish for.

Konomi - Trident Gurgaon

Konomi – Trident Gurgaon

The first one that comes up is Konomi in Trident, Delhi NCR. Konomi is rather small in capacity but is pretty large in variety! With only 25 covers, Konomi flourishes in Trident gurgaon, adjacent to Cilantro, the all-day diner. It is very popular because of the food. the decor is rather simple but impressive. However, the food is worth your every buck. the sushi is really great. If you are a first-timer, then this is the restaurant where you should introduce yourself to Japanese food.

egu - The Leela Palace, Del; http://goo.gl/xq1f1zhi P.C.

Megu – The Leela Palace, Delhi P.C.: http://goo.gl/xq1f1zhi

Megu in The Leela Palace is yet another fine dining venue that you can opt for. It is an exclusive and beautiful restaurant. They have a menu for 3 course meals and a la carte. Crispy Kanzuri Prawns are one of the classic signature dishes of Megu. Chicken negima, Tuna akami, Megu Chef’s combination, Sushi, Shashimi and Yuzu Creme Brulee are must try-s.

En - Fine Japanese Cuisine, Delhi P.C.: http://goo.gl/fTTKKU

En – Fine Japanese Cuisine, Delhi
P.C.: http://goo.gl/fTTKKU

En – Fine Japanese Cuisine is the third restaurant in this blog. This is a fantastic romantic restaurant and actually awesome for a date. Tempura, Sushi Platter, Sushi Nigiri, Maki and more are available. The ambiance of the restaurant is capturing. The seating is beautiful and there are arrangements indoors and outdoors also. The soft yellow lights, off-white walls, comfortable seats and amazingly delicious food makes up the x-factor of En.

Call 076767 76767 for reservations via BYT.

Pan Asian – ITC Sonar, Science City Area, Kolkata

Japanese food is always associated with exotic items, unique presentation and exciting flavours and calls for a special occasion to go enjoy a Japanese cuisine meal for Indians! In Kolkata, the fine dine restaurant of Pan Asian, nestled in ITC Sonar, Science City Area, on JBS Haldane Avenue, is the most perfect venue for you to begin both—your first taste of Japanese food with your first date! Sounds like a great combo, really!

Interior of Pan Asian P.C.: timescity (http://goo.gl/R40mky)

Interior of Pan Asian
P.C.: timescity (http://goo.gl/R40mky)

Since Pan Asian is a five star enterprise, everything about it is exclusive and extraordinary. It is known for the special dishes it plates out from Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Singaporean, Burmese, Malaysian, Thai and Asian cuisines. Pan Asian has a special Japanese – Yakitori & Teppan Grill which features yakitori and teppanyaki styles of preparing food. The variations available are yakimono (grilled and pan-fried dishes), nimono (stewed/boiled/steamed dishes), itamemono (stir-fried dishes), mushimono (steamed dishes), agemono (deep fried dishes), sashimi (sliced raw fish), suimono and shirumono (soups), tsukemono (pickled/salted vegetables), aemono (dishes dressed with various kinds of sauce) su-no-mono (vinegared dishes) and chinmi (delicacies, food of delicate flavour). Pan Asian also has a Sushi and Sashimi Bar which allows the customers witness the magical show of Chefs at work!

Shirumono P.C.: http://goo.gl/zEPc47

Shirumono
P.C.: http://goo.gl/zEPc47

The restaurant is absolutely beautiful, decked in the Asian influences, completed with Oriental colours, structured with suitable architecture on walls and pillars. The restaurant flashes with Chinese paper lamps, urns and bamboo structures. Pan Asian has an in-house wine cellar which has an impressive collection of famous labels from around the world. The place is perfect for a complete romantic or exclusive experience and a celebration of food!

Malaysian Prawn Mee P.C.: http://goo.gl/bNVbIp

Malaysian Prawn Mee
P.C.: http://goo.gl/bNVbIp

Call 076767 76767 at BYT for reservation and enhance your pleasure of being at Pan Asian, ITC Sonar, Kolkata.

Shiro —Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

Shiro is one of the most unique restaurants in India, found in the metropolises of Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru (Bangalore)… The one in New Delhi is located in Hotel Samrat, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri. Shiro, as I personally see it, is firstly about interiors, decoration and exuberance and then about everything else like food, service and so on. In this blog, I will try to elucidate on why I say so.

Shiro, Delhi P.C.: http://goo.gl/eAEj5I

Shiro, Delhi
P.C.: http://goo.gl/eAEj5I

Delhi has been the city where Shiro made its debut and has become one of the most exotic restaurants ever since. It can be said that Shiro is a theme-based eatery since it follows the Buddhist elements of Zen very closely. It is an altar of peace and prosperity. The larger than life Buddha motifs, huge sculpted busts and statues of Buddhist disciples and Buddha induce a sense of serenity right when you enter the restaurant. The lights are arranged in such a way that they reflect the right sense your mood and show you what you will definitely like to set your eyes on. The soft flowing water and the background music echo your senses to perfection. It offers one of the most desirable experiences of fine dining be it romantic or formal.

Amazing Japanese Food!! P.C.: http://goo.gl/iGd1ub

Amazing Japanese Food!!
P.C.: http://goo.gl/iGd1ub

Shiro has been able to combine the finest of all Oriental delights, fantabulous cocktails and other beverages and a juxtaposition of ancient and modern cultural taste in the ambiance most perfectly. Your experience here is bound to be one of the most exquisite and grand.

Shiro, Delhi P.C.: http://goo.gl/4RriKK

Shiro, Delhi
P.C.: http://goo.gl/4RriKK

Shiro Delhi sprawls over the length and breadth of 6.500 sq-ft-area carefully crafted into ancient palatial bass-reliefs and architecture. Your fine dining evening here will leave a mark of superiority and premium ecstasy forever in you.

Call 076767 76767 or click here for a reservation via www.bookyourtable.com in Shiro, New Delhi.