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4 Reasons Why Beer Garden at Anya, Gurgaon Is Perfect to Enjoy Delhi’s Stunning Winter!

The Beer Garden at Anya, Gurgaon had been shut for a while and the good news is that it is now open with a revamped menu and team and is all set to serve regulars and newbies alike.

Beautiful Alfresco Setting

Delhi’s weather is rarely conducive for dining at outdoor restaurants. This is perhaps the only time of the year when the Delhi folks are allowed to indulge, thanks to the weather Gods being kind to us. Surprisingly, there is a sudden slew in restaurants with open air bars in Gurgaon, but the manic crowd slightly puts me off each time. Good thing about Beer Garden,is perhaps you don’t have to immerse yourself in the chaos that G town is. This place has a fun picnic table seating that is apt to bookmark for a relaxed and laid-back brunch with your family or friends. The lights lift up the mood and swiftly turn the place into a romantic setup by dawn.

Refreshed Food Menu

Chef Ankit Malik has spearheaded the culinary team at Beer Garden and brought some interesting twists to the food menu. The beer connoisseurs have hand-picked from vast selection of beers and paired them with the choicest of ingredients from the pan or the grill that best compliment the taste. From BBQ Chicken Sliders to a Mexican twist to the good old Bruschetta, there are ample options to tantalize your taste buds!

Array Of Domestic And International Brews

True to the name, Beer Garden boasts of a rather fancy collection of domestic and international brews housed in the bar. In addition to this, you can also enjoy wines and spirits as per your mood and taste! However, nothing like a chilled pint while basking in the winter sun on a lazy Sunday, isn’t it?

Friendly & Efficient Service

Big ups to the management for the fantastic hospitality. The experience goes up a notch higher each time a customer is both well fed and well taken care of, and folks at Anya, Gurgaon must be lauded for the friendly service.

So, a meal under the stars (or the sun) is on the cards this weekend?

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Food on Train Can Be Delicious, Authentic & Hygienic: Busting Myths with RailYatri

Travelling on trains can be both fun and tedious. While you might love the joy of enjoying scenic views on the go, what might be a spoiler here is the food. There are many hiccups associated with the food, specifically with the hygiene and pricing. Safe to say, RailYatri is one perfect solution to have in your Smartphone the next time you board a train to a new destination. For those of you who are new to this, RailYatri is a mobile app that furnishes an expanse of data-based travel discovery at your disposal.  I happen to try it on my recent trip to the hills this NYE, and here’s a lowdown of how the experience went by:

Easy Download

Rail travel has never been so simplified. A quick download of this application gives you access to a pool of accessibilities – Right from PNR & live train status, live trip sharing, various trivia about Indian Railways or ordering homely food on your seat – This App has got it all.

Enjoy The Best Of Food From Various Cities

RailYatri gives you the privilege of enjoying the finest of food from cities like Agra, Lucknow to Ludhiana at the ease of a button. Get your bucketlist handy, and save the hassle of getting down at a station each time those hunger pangs strike in a train!

Regional Dishes at Your Disposal

Bored of having the same boring meals on Train? I honestly cannot recall eating anything beyond Butter Chicken, Vegetable Thali  or cold food packed from home each time I travel. RaiYatri lets you enjoy some fantastic regional dishes right from Misal Pav of Maharasthra to Malabari Chicken Biryani of Kerala. Tempted much? Yes please!

Real Time Order Tracking & On Seat Delivery

After choosing a suitable station to get your food delivered, you can also track your order real time at the touch of a button sitting at your berth. Save the hassle of waiting, and enjoy yummy food delivered right on your seat at the exact time. This option is such a saviour on days when your train is delayed due to unforeseen circumstances and you are clueless about the delivery of your food! Isn’t it?

Great Packaging & Fresh Food

Before you even begin to devour the food, the neat and clean packaging leaves you impressed. Brownie points for this, since it is one major factor in keeping the food fresh and piping hot when it reached me when I ordered it during my recent train journey! Glance over the photos to get a hang of this and nod in agreement.

What Came On My Plate from RailYatri

Knowing how I can’t do away with my love for Italian food, the first order was definitely a Pizza. The meal was not only confined to this, there was a special wow box which was a meal in itself. The portion size was good, decent to suffice two people easily as it’s filling and homelike. The food came in fresh, and the flavours were spot on. Quite surprising to have that taste sitting in a train.

Safe to say, my verdict is that every frequent traveller must have this app in their smartphone. Download it here and do share your experience with me in the comments below!

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Here’s What You Can Gift To A Gourmand This Christmas!

Christmas is synonymous of all the good things in life – food, family and gifts! But winters being predominantly a season making a lot of us multiple times more lazy than we really are, who would do the hassle of searching that perfect gift for your gourmand friend? Well, to make this easier for you, I did the job for all you folks and hunted down few things that could be the perfect gift this season!

Funky Eyewear from Lenskart

Lenskart is no new to the market, and has been a personal favorite since its inception. Apart from the amazing user experience, I would also recommending this courtesy their extensive collection which has some brilliant designs, both contemporary and quirky. I chose to ditch the boring, and tried rather something fun this time!

Christmas Special Donuts from Mad Over Donuts

Donut brands are known to stick to the classic flavours, and Mad over Donuts decide to take the route extraordinaire by rolling out some delicious seasonal specials in their menu. Who would ever say no to a Santa Hat shaped Donut filled with gooey Chocolate inside? Definitely NOT me! They have stores spread across the city, so you might keep it as an easy option for you.

Cakes & Cupcakes from The Dessert Studio

Aditi Ramdev, a talented 26 year old lady behind this amazing bakery won my heart with the first bite of those Chocolate Cookies. She has an assortment of interesting options in the menu to satiate the sweet tooth! From cupcakes, muffins to cake jars – there are enough options to get you drooling! Best thing- she delivers across Delhi.

Roar with Simba Beer

This new brand of beer to enter the Indian market is making news for quite a few reasons. And for those friends who prefer to raise to toast than share a cake, this makes for the perfect gift! They are not readily available across the city, but trust me one sip and you would realize that the effort was worth it!

Here’s hoping you’d love this curated list. Back with more, super soon xx

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Superfoods Quinoa Bowl, Baos and Sushi Boat: Kylin Experience in GK-1 Has It All

It’s no surprise that Delhi witnesses new restaurants opening every week, wherein some catch our eye and some fail to cast a spell on the gourmands of the city. While GK-1 has been a go to place for a majority of us for our share of retail therapy, its always a pleasure to see some new cafes and restaurants mushrooming here {for that much needed post shopping binge eating}. The most recent one making news for all the right reasons is the all new Kylin Experience. We all know the love affair of Delhiites with Dimsums & Sushi, hence this one was prepped up with the best of the two varieties to keep us going back for more. But surprisingly, the best part is how the restaurant has something for every mood, taste and appetite. Let me take you through my favorites!

  1. Super Foods Buddha Bowl: Sourcing fresh, organic and seasonal produce and bringing it together to put forth a fantastic dish like Buddha Bowls is indeed a great concept. The salads have all the fresh veggies you could ask, with addition of superfoods and healthy ingredients like Quinoa. Worth the price and taste!
  2. Tofu Bibibop Bowl: Perfectly cooked Korean mixed rice with exotic vegetables julienned perfectly, this dish could easily qualify as the top rated dishes in the menu. The Korean sauce blended all ingredients and gave it an amazing taste! Very moderately priced at INR 545.
  3. Schezwan Grilled Chicken Bao: While the sushi fare leaves you spoilt for choices, suggest you to skip that for these fluffy pillows of Bao filled with the juicy and moist Schezwan Grilled Chicken. Kid you not, but you shall most likely visit again for this dish.
  4. Spicy Chilly Chocolate Homemade Ice Cream: While we had our eyes on the Chocolate Coffee Mousse, we chose to save that for our next visit. Suggest you to save your appetite for that. Instead, we washed down the meal with a very interesting Chilly Chocolate Homemade Ice Cream, which had us wiping the plate clean within minutes! Packed with unique flavors that leaving you smiling.
  5. Sushi Boat: While the signature Sushi rolls {Asparagus Tempura Roll & Spicy Salmon Roll are favorites} make for a great way to start the meal here, definitely go for the Sushi Boat if you have company and choose to try variety of flavours in a decent price. Brownie points for nailing that presentation!

Safe to say you shall see us here soon again! Book your table here and don’t forget to share your experience with me in the comments below.

What: The Kylin Experience
Where: N 6, First Floor, N Block, Greater Kailash (GK) 1, New Delhi
Table for Two: INR 1000

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Nutella Pancakes, Scenic View and Solitude: The Ramgarh Retreat Has It All

If you are a sucker for hills and bored of the usual spots like Mcleodganj, Dharamshala and looking for solitude, then you are sold for this already. Suggest you to save up this monsoon and make the most of the long weekends coming your way by planning a visit at The Ramgarh Retreat, located about 150 km from Delhi.

Home Away From Home

The idea of a cute cottage nestled on the top of a hill, secluded from the hustle bustle of the city is enough to get majority of us pumped. The minute you lay your eyes at the entrance, you know you’re going to feel at home within minutes. A sprawling garden with blooming flowers, the view looks nothing short of a picture from a fairytale.

The Ramgarh Retreat has 7 rooms with 2 separate categories called Himalayan Room & Garden Room. I’d suggest you to opt for the room with a private balcony overlooking the hills solely coz of that breathtaking view it offers! What’s more? A movie library, a fancy collection of books to board games to keep the guests entertained. We hear about a glass house coming up this December with an open air cinema for movies coupled with barbeque! Enticing enough?

Kumaoni Food, Waffles & More

I’d strongly suggest waking up at 5 am and watching the sunrise at The Ramgarh Retreat. This accompanied with a cup of hot tea and Coke Studio on the playlist is pure solace.  Enjoy a hearty breakfast comprising of waffles, live egg station and several other dishes. The cook has a knack in local Kumaoni Cuisine and dishes out some fabulous food with a very warm smile. Right from home style food to those midnight greasy Chinese cravings, he can prepare it all.

Pro-Tip

A great time to visit this resort is during peak summers to escape the scorching heat. Catch a Shatabdi train till Kathgodam station and enjoy the drive till The Ramgarh Retreat. The gorgeous view plus light snacking on the way would be fun! Be rest assured to get your heart melted by the warm hospitality of the owners. Aditi Ramdev, a 25 year old from Delhi and her daddy won’t mind joining you if you have a rocking 90s playlist and a great sense of humor. In another news, she also bakes some fabulous desserts, and dons the chef’s hat at times to cook for the guests!

Outfit Courtesy: Koovs
Location: The Ramgarh Retreat
Phone: +91-9811668760
Email: aditisahdev@gmail.com

 

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Light Lunch Festival – Enjoy Free Bira 91 Light. Here’s How!

A Low-Calorie Beer? Yes, You Heard It Right!

Bira 91 is easily the most loved drink of millennials these days. Within a span of close to 2 years of launch in India, it has won for itself a zillion fans {including me}. And the latest news doing the rounds is India’s first low-calorie beer making a grand debut, courtesy the kind folks at Bira 91. At 90 calories – Bira 91 Light is the lowest calorie option for any alcoholic beverage in the bar. It is positioned as a light drink to pair with a light meal anytime across the day. So light lunch or early supper, you can count on this pleasant, and crisp tasting drink to give you good company.

Grab Your First Free Drink!

Bira 91 is hosting 10 days of ‘Light Lunch Festival’ starting 30th June across Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. A total of 50 restaurants in these cities have curated a special menu that is paired with the new Bira 91 Light. From salads, sliders to snacks, there are a host of dishes you can order from and enjoy a free Bira 91 Light paired with them and gleefully end the meal on a ‘light’ note!

Where & How?

Simply check out https://www.keepitlight.in/ and book a table at your favourite restaurant from 12 noon to 3 pm from 30th June to 9th July. Pending treat or long due catch up with friends, just ditch the laziness, ignore the beer belly and indulge guilt free!

#JabDilBoleyDominos : Enjoy Domino’s Pizza Starting @199 ONLY!

Domino’s Pizza is known to be on speed dial of every Pizza fanatic, one being me for sure. Domino’s offers an array of crusts which are also priced at a very nominal price. Right from Cheese Burst, Classic Hand Tossed, Wheat Thin Crust, there is something on offer for everyone!

Common notion exists wherein we assume that pizza prices are expensive and hence they are to be savored on special occasions, but Domino’s Pizza prices make you take back your words. They have an extensive range of deals & offers that are quite a rage, the latest one being Domino’s Everyday Value. You can enjoy your favourite pizzas starts at Rs. 199 each. Everyday. 365 days.

Go ahead, binge guilt free and stop waiting for a weekend, a coupon or a special occasion to indulge in a cheesy affair. #JabDilBoleyDominos go listen to it and thank me later!

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My Coastal Odyssey: Nariyal Cafe with #CoolpadNote5Lite

Hop away from the rumble of Adchini, and you can spot this cute little cafe nestled at the top of a building called Nariyal Cafe. Enjoy a delicious ride of coastal flavors and drool at my favorites from the menu shot using my latest device – Coolpad Note 5 Lite. It’s tiny, power packed and has the best of camera quality in a shoe string budget!

Shotgun Murugan Tacos – You know there can’t be anything wrong with the dish when homemade cheese sauce, salsa, sour cream and a stuffing of spicy Chicken 69 come together. Wrap this in a crunchy taco shell, and voila! Here is the perfect starter of Nariyal Cafe.

Chicken Chettinad Pizza – The extensive use of freshly roasted spices is the sole reason why Chettinad cuisine is my favorite. This classic offering of Indian cuisine, is by far the best creation if you have a knack for spicy food. Now picture this on a pizza- Chunks of juicy and succulent chicken, marinated in Chettinad gravy, with a topping of roasted onions, garlic and red chillies – Well, Nariyal Cafe easily aces the fusion test with this dish.

Passion Fruit Coconut Water – While coconut water has always been my favorite due to its immense nutritive value, Nariyal Cafe has surpassed all levels of innovation by serving different flavors of this miracle water. From Strawberry, Peach, Passion Fruit to Mango – there is something for everyone and every mood. And wait till you hear the best part, they engrave your name to make you feel all the way special.

Murugan Chocolate Bomb –  Desserts like these deserve to be bookmarked for the cheat day. Piping hot Chocolate Sauce breaks open the shell with delicious Coconut Ice Cream inside. Though this concept of Tempered Chocolate Bomb is over done by a majority of restaurants, yet somehow the whole routine never ceases to be a visual treat for me.

Chicken Caferal  Slider– Some authentic Goan flavors right here, the minute you dig into this dish. The spices were well balanced, and the quantity is suffice for 1 person easily. The fine part about this cafe is the nominal pricing, and also how each dish is distinctive from the other in aspects of flavor and presentation.

What: Nariyal Cafe
Where: A-4, 3rd Foor, Adchini, New Delhi
Cost for two: INR 1200

Image Credits – Lakshay Sachdeva
Buy #CoolpadNote5Lite here: http://amzn.to/2o2v8zP

 

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Calling all Dimsum Lovers: Yum Cha Festival at Asia 7

Asia 7, a venture of Lite Bite Foods nestled in Ambience Mall; Gurgaon has rolled out a fabulous reason for every Asian food fanatic to make a visit this March 2017. Called as Yum Cha Festival, the restaurant has on offer an array of Dimsums with a very moderate pricing as well.  Here are my two cents!

What Not To Miss?

Yummy Cheese in Chilly {Priced at INR 259 per basket} – Shitake Mushroom & Water Chestnuts filled with Philly Chilli make for a fabulous combination & surprisingly emerge out as the hero from the entire menu. It would take some serious courage to resist yourself from a second serving.

Chicken Siew Mai {Priced at INR 279 per basket} – Finely chopped Chicken, Basil & a dash of fresh Red Chillis are a trio that you can never go wrong with. A classic combination that is done outstandingly well.

For the vegetarians, Spicy Asparagus in Thai Flavours {Priced at INR 229 per basket} – Initially I was pretty apprehensive on trying this variant, but the presentation for once bowls you over. This, and the amalgam of Asparagus with Thai herbs is outstanding. Top it with the the Peanut Sauce, and your taste buds are in for a treat!

What’s more?

Wash down the food with a fancy Chinese Green Tea or a dessert whichever suits your mood & appetite best.

What: Yum Cha Menu at Asia 7
Where: Third Floor, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
Cost for two: INR 559

Coolpad Cool 1 Dual: A Social Influencer’s Must Buy in 2017

Coolpad Cool 1 Dual recently launched in Delhi, and I made an announcement about it here. I tried my hands on the device for a decent 2 weeks, and putting it to good use to run my daily errands which involve a whole lot of hopping to events and meetings, followed by the need to tweet every 30 mins or Instagram every delicious dish I eat in a day. Well, to make sure this routine sails smoothly in the life of a social influencer and a part time digital junkie, a smartphone must be THE best in the league. After testing the device thoroughly, here are my two cents about how Coolpad Cool 1 Dual is going to be worth every penny you invest in 2017:


BATTERY

Coolpad Cool 1 Dual is inbuilt with a 4000 mAh non-removable battery. A considerable strong battery backup, the device easily last for a day with a moderate to heavy usage. From running multiple applications to heavy Internet usage, countless calls and messages – I was pretty impressed with the battery surviving the day. It also features Quick Charge 2.0, which lets you charge the device to 50% in nearly 30 minutes. A total win-win if your work requires substantial usage of a smartphone 24×7 in a day, like me.


DESIGN 

With a sleek look and metallic grey body, the device easily makes for a great first impression. The design is similar to the other Le Eco phones in the league, so it is nothing strikingly new. With a 5.5 inch display, chamfered edges and weighing nearly 170 grams, the device is very comfortable to hold. The fingerprint sensor houses below the rear camera, and works just right. The device offers USB Type-C port, in addition to a very fine and bright display which gives a wide viewing experience!

CAMERA 

Before I even get talking about the image quality, I think it is time we bust the myth of a budgeted smartphone to be used by average common man only. Coolpad Cool 1 Dual‘s camera is at par with veterans in the smartphone league without burning a big hole in your pocket. I had a great 2 weeks experimenting with the camera while doing my food reviews and the results were indeed mind blowing. The device offers a dual rear 13-megapixel camera with a dual-tone LED flash and an equally impressive 8-megapixel front camera. If you are a fan of selfies unlike me, you could totally rely on the device for some stellar shots. However, the best thing here is the camera’s ability to capture the tiniest of details, hence you can expect some great macro shots if not high end landscape shooting.

Having said that, this device captures detail, color, depth and brightness pretty well and is by far one of the most-affordable smartphones with a dual camera set-up on the rear.

PERFORMANCE

After close to 2 weeks of use, I haven’t yet witnessed any lags or unexpected crashes courtesy Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 64-bit octa-core processor that Coolpad Cool 1 Dual is powered with. The device offers dual SIM support and 4G VoLTE which might interest Reliance Jio users. A slight setback is no microSD card, which is preferred for someone like me who likes to click 100 pictures in a day. The phone heats up a little after prolonged usage, but considering how easily the phone handles social networking, video streaming and Internet browsing, there is not much for me to complain here.

PRICE

From a commendable camera, massive battery life, premium metal look and seamless performance, the Coolpad Cool 1 Dual makes for a great purchase for a social media influencer. At Rs. 13,999, it is easily a steal deal!

You can buy the device here.