Friday, May 22, 2015

" Festa Della Sensa "- Italian Food Festival @Bene, Sheraton

" Festa Della Sensa " the name itself is a festival which celebrates the relationship between Venice and the Sea. A Special Crafted menu which broke the stereotypes of Italian food only finishing and ending with Pizza n Pasta's.

I am lover of Italian food from any kinda pasta to any kinda sauce prepared to go with it. Experimenting at home with the same ingredients to make something different. So this festival was at my top most priority and couldn't miss even a bit of it. Menu which was set by the most amazing chef and a foodie by himself I have met - Chef Giuseppe Lioce

Chef Giuseppe Lioce,  all the way from Bari is now with Westin, Pune as their Italian Chef.  He believes in simplicity and keeping few of the dishes authentic with their taste and presentation.  Giuseppe took us through a journey with food from the dishes that he enjoyed from his childhood to the ones he loved creating and presenting them on plates with a twist. 

So I started of with my all time favourite Long Island Ice Tea and few others on the table had a choice of Red\White Wine. First on the table was this amazing " Pettole Pugliese " which is something you wouldn't guess it also.. its made up of Pizza dough which is deep fried and served along with red bell pepper sauce. Coming to the presentation part the best was the bell pepper sauce in the syringe and having it from that was super fun. The Fried Pizza balls were flavoured with rosemary, olives and sun dried tomatoes.

" Carpaccio di Funghi " Its the thinly sliced wild mushrooms which is marinated with Lavender Vinaigrette and mint which is garnished with green pea leaves and shave of Parmesan cheese. the distinct flavour of lavender mixed with the tangy lemon would just take you through a different level.

Another Appetizer was " Frittele di Broccoli Calabresi " Broccoli another favourite vegetable of mine. Giuseppe has served the Broccoli Fritter with Olive Tapenade and Romesco sauce which again took me by surprise. Giuseppe presented this on the table and spoke about his good old days with his friends spending time drinking and munching on these and yeah it does go prefect with a glass of red wine.

The Hero of the night was " Capesante Mare e Monti "  prefect grilled scallops with truffles served on bed of pumpkin purée with sautéed wild mushrooms and truffle honey. I had tasted scallops for the very first time and can say that I totally loved it nicely glazed and cooked perfectly. Just as it was served on the table I couldn't wait and diged in and tasted heaven. 

" Carpaccio di Tonno " Tuna Carpaccio with a light Italian dressing, rock salt infused with orange and a rocket salad. Again this has my very first time of tasting tuna and must say the chef had put in a lot of thoughts and its actually his signature dish.

That's is not all .. we then started off with the soup followed with the main course. 

" Zuppa di Fagioli " Soup made up from Cannelloni Beans and flavoured with some chilli, parmesan cheese and served with a Foccacio Pugliese. I would rather go with the Non-Veg Soup which was " Zuppa di Pesce " which had flavours bursting in your mouth with every sip. With the tomato base was the Calamari and prawns was also the fresh catch of the day. 

" Orecchiette Alla Barese " Not a typical paste but home made pasta with cherry tomato confit with garlic, broccoli and the zesty pecorino cheese. 

" Paccheri Mare e Monti " Something similar to cannelloni, single pasta cooked al-dente and stuffed with calamari and prawns in a white wine sauce sautéed with pistachio pesto.  this goes in the must try list.

" Branzino Livornese " Baked Sea Bass which was served on a bed of fried polenta with olives, anchovies, capers in a tomato sauce and spinach. 

As the chef noticed that me being a vegetarian didn't enjoy the non-veg main course he quickly made me amazing Aubergine with cheese in tomato sauce. Man that was a total hit for me. Tasted so good that I could leave qa single bite in the plate and cleaned it all. Trust me when I say you would have also done the same. This was out of the menu and was specially prepared for me and that brought a big smile on my face.

" Millefoglie  " Ahh mind blowing dessert with crisp layers filled with custard and topped off with berry compote served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This also add to the must try list. 

And the last dessert to end the night was " Pasticciotto " shortbread pastry filled with custard, nutella and served with a side of vanilla ice cream.

The festival is on till the 24th May and must try are the desserts, soup, Orecchiette Alla Barese, Capesante Mare e Monti 

Pricing: Rs 3000 plus taxes.

Address: Bene, Hotel Sheraton, Brigade Gateway

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Taste Of Arabia - The Market, Ritz Carlton

Its always been a different kinda dinning experience with The Market, Ritz Carlton. Last night among few well known faces from the blogging world I was invited to experience the " Taste Of Arabia " by Mudra Kesawani.  I must admit this has been my very first time to see a lavish spread of Middle Eastern Food which was sponsored by Air Arabia with some of the signature dishes by Chef Rami Almaket. 

With all the trouble I went thru with the cabbies I finally managed to reach with just 20 mins of delay and the evening started off with the personalized menu for each of us on the bloggers table. The Personalized Menu gave a sense of how awesome the night would be with all the food, conversations and the experience. 

First on the table served was the " Syrian Spiced Tea with Walnut " and honestly was truly a refreshing drink. Rightly Spiced and the crunch of walnuts at the end was just prefect way to start the evening. 

Followed by which was the very light and hot bowl of " Lentil Soup " with the "Arabic Mezze Samplers " Soup was light and with every sip you could taste the pepper n other mild spices. The Mezze sampler consisted of Hummus, Babaghanosh, Beetroot and Green Olives was accompanied with warm Pita breads. The Beetroot dip is what I had finished my meal with. 

" Falafel and Chickpeas Fatta " served hot and the falafel were crispy outside and soft within. Just like the way I love it :-) 

Continuing with the main course i just loved the " Eggplant Moussaka "  which was mix of all the goodness starting with Eggplant and Bell Peppers and Just couldn't stop with one bite. Chef Rami also was excited to have us taste the Syrian Dal makhani  which was a bit tangy but would melt in your mouth. 

Below you will see the lavish spread a treat for all the non-vegetarians out there Shawarma, Lamb Chops etc. 

I had an amazing evening knowing all about zattar, sumac, olives and yes the dal Makhani by Chef Rami. 

I am sure you will love the spread and have a great experience so head out as this food festival is on till May 17th.

Pricing :
Breakfast : 1000 + taxes
Lunch 1500 + Taxes 
Dinner 1600 + Taxes

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Day Well Spent !!!

             Journey Towards Happiness and Joy !! 

Have you ever walked towards happiness? Felt joy in every little thing ? Well then I was lucky enough to spend a whole day of just pure happiness at Sri Sri Ayurveda PANCHAKARMA.

Between the woods and luscious greenery this place is located. The moment we reached we were given a warm welcome by the in-house doctor, nutritionist and few other sevaks. 
Away from the hosh-posh of the city life this is was blissful.

We started the day with the special menu which was designed just for us, it contained the fresh vegetables with different texture and taste to tickle your palate.

Starting with the Fruit  Passion which had 3 different layers  - Kiwi, Apple and Watermelon. 
Then was served the Minestrone Soup which was just yumm ... along with that was the vegetable satay with a nice dip which was made of avocado and it tasted heaven. We also discussed about the good and bad habits while eating, the programs they have for detox at panchakarma. 

The main course was " Zucchini Surprise "  which was the hero of the show. The presentation and the flavors were truly impressive.

And now my fav part of the meal - The Dessert : Mango and Coconut PanaCotta.. I still can feel the taste .. it was that yumm. A combination of coconut and mango was just mind blowing. 

Such simple ingredients and yet so tasty, the best was that they had no masala's added or anything to enhance the flavors and so it was divine. Here are some videos where we discussed about the chakras and few other with their in-house doctor. 

Food was not all that we enjoyed but there was so much more for the day left, We had an opportunity to go around the facility check their rooms, the kitchen and the massage center. Below is the sneak peak of the twin sharing room that they offer and for all the privacy lovers there are 2 options their you take the double delux room or the private villa for urself. 

Pamper yourself the panchkarma style, by this private villa which might be a little heavy on your wallets but its worth every bit of the money.

It has 2 master bedrooms attached to it is the amazing bathroom which is almost like a room in itself. they also has a private massage center within so that you don't have to step out and just relax within. 

End of the Walk I just didn't wanna go home :-) Had to push myself out of that place and yeah i would recommend if you thinking of detox or relaxing for a day away from the city this is the place to be. 

Below are the details from where you can get more info :

Sri Sri Ayurveda Pachakarma
Phone: +91 80 32721298 , 28432991
Twitter Handle : @sspanchakarma

Have a few more experiences with the cafe inside the campus which will be on my upcoming Post. 

Here are few more pics :
Sri Sri Ayurveda Panchakarma Pictures