Flavors of Mexico Food Festival

Flavors of Mexico food Mexican cuisine is one of the most lively and entrenched traditions in the world. Chillies and Avocado are most often used  ingredients in Mexican food.  Why Mexico has  rich culinary tradition?  Not only it is made of fresh ingredients but also Mexican spices produces authentic flavors. Chef Guillermo Favela came all the way from Dubai Creek to savour the Mexican cuisine. He brings the variety of Mexican gastronomy  and wealth of indigenous ingredients  of Mexican cuisine.  I really wanted to try  tacos, tamales, nachos, salads, and freshly made salsa.

Definitely #Vivamexicana is an extravaganza spread with exquisite dishes of Mexican haute cuisine.

Mexican Food cuisine

I just loved the quesadilla which is a wheat tortilla or a corn tortilla filled with a savoury mixture with exotic vegetables, cooked on a griddle, then folded in half to form a half-moon shape. It really tastes amazing with the smoked sausage. Basically Quesadillas in Mexico are made using only one folded Tortilla. If the Tortilla is a flour tortilla and is not folded then it is called a “Gringa”. If you use two no folded Tortillas then it is called Sincronizadas.If you use one crisp corn tortilla then it is called Tostada.

Mexican Food cuisine

Chef always made us feel comfy and explained the dishes in details like the ingredients used, preparation time etc We had wide options in Burritos, Tostadas, Enchiladas and Quesidilla….All the dishes were luscious.

Mexican Food cuisine

I love the Taco fillings which is unique in taste and leave you craving for more. The Indian love the Mexican food very much. Both cuisines have got striking similarities. The Mexican rice  was the absolute delicious with combination of cumin, chilli and oregano. It was my favorite Mexican dish.

Mexican Food cuisine

Chef Guillermo Favela, Mexican food, festival

                                        Chef Guillermo Favela

My Verdict : Enjoy all the Mexican fare has to offer with traditional dishes during the ongoing festival #VivaMexican at Hyatt Regency Mumbai

Food- 4/5

Décor- 3.5/5

Service- 4/5

Dastan-E-Dum Pukht : Awadhi Cuisine @ ITC Maratha

Awadhi Cuisine Last week I had an amazing experience to savour the  flavors of Awadhi cuisine. I was invited to be a part of  Awadhi food festival hosted by ITC Maratha  in all splendor to celebrate the traditional cuisine of Lucknow – You feel like a royalty  when you enter Dum Pukht . The décor recreates the era of Nawabs and kings of Mughal emperor  that gives you  a royal  feel of  warmth , richness and leisure to augment your dining experience. The ceremonial dining spread laden with the finest repertoire of exquisiteness to savour in a Mughal ambience. The interiors  are reminiscent of a period stamped by rich conventions of craftsmanship . Sparkling gold patina of fish-scale reflected “chinikhanas” decorated the walls while glass “Shamadans” stand sentinel on the floor.

Awadhi Cuisine  Menu

Cuisine from Awadh comes with a legacy from the Nawabs and the kings. With heavy influences from the Mughal cooking techniques such as Dum, Awadh cuisine bears striking resemblances to those of Persia, Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad. It’s essence lies in its richness with liberal use of exotic spices.While Awadhi cuisine is predominantly known for its non-vegetarian delicacies, I wanted to explore the vegetarian delicacies of this region.

Awadhi Cuisine  Menu

It’s a 5-course meal.We started with Kabab (veggie ones) First one was Kham Khatai– Its delicate aromatic patties of green moong lentils , spiced with brown cardamom seeds, blades of mace and saffron.  Another one Seekh Nilofari  –  Its mix of puffed lotus seeds and otus stem, flavoured with fresh herbs and grilled on a skewer and sprinkled with aromatic kebab masala. I really liked this one not just for its flavor but for its preparation and it was very soft and delicious.

Awadhi Cuisine  MenuShorba Timater– I never used to like tomato soup but this one just blew my mind. A delicious soup of tomatoes,cumin and fresh green coriander with crackling wheat crisps

Now it’s was time for Main course Qorma, Qaliya & Salan

Awadhi Cuisine  Menu

Awadhi Cuisine  Menu

Four different subz that will make you drool over it. Starting with Qasr-e pukhtan -which is made of Paneer cubes simmered in silky fresh tomato gravy, flavoured with royal cumin seeds and dried fenugreek leaves.  Subz Miloni  –  A mélange of seasonal vegetables cooked in a smoth green puree of spinach flavoured with white cumin seeds and garam masala.  Dum Pukht Badin Jaan –  It looks like  cup cake shape but I never used to eat brinjals at home let me tell you friends this one was literally awesome it’s slices of round brinjals marinated,shallow friend and topped with tomato concase and garlic flavoured spiced yoghurt. The preparation is what makes every dish unique. The richness,color , texture is beyond the satisfaction.  Last one was Mash Qaliya – Sounds filmy!! Isn’t it?  Well its split gren moong lentils, slowly cooked with spinach and fresh ginger and green chillies.

I was almost done for the day when I got to know Biranj is still left. Guchhi Pulao  just made my day.The smell of saffron seasoned basmati rice and flavor of morels stuffed with herbed cheese and finished in a sealed handi with cardamom.

Awadhi Cuisine  Menu

Kuch Meetha ho Jaye! We come to the end before we leave let us have the sweet taste in mouth.  Shahi tukda – An exotic dessert of sabbron rabri, spread on a sliceof syrup soaked homemadebread and garnished with silver leaf, pista and almond.  What can you expect when you have three desserts in a row. Gulab ki Kheer– the name itself make it intrigued I definitely gonna have a taste. Basically it’s rice delicately cooked on low heat with milk and rose petals.

Awadhi Cuisine  Menu

Awadhi Cuisine  Menu

My Verdict – The combination of luxury and leisure makes it a unique experience to savour the Awadhi Cuisine. Don’t miss it if you are in Mumbai .

Food- 4/5

Décor- 4/5

Service- 4/5

Cost – Rs 5000/-  for two people (  VAT & service charges extra )


7 cool things you didn’t know about your smartphone

Smartphones are getting updated with the latest technology every day. The days are gone when we were dependent  CD’s DVD’s etc Most of the technologies  that we have used in the past are no more in use.  #Technocrats With smartphones, you can do a lot of stuff  that you might not be knowing about your phone.Did you know u can work at 1 % battery life ? or You can hide your personal stuff from your friends?  Read my article to know more about it

  1. Create a Guest user profileGuest profile

This is the best option where you can hide your personal stuff  from your friends or someone who wants to check your new smartphone but doesn’t want to show your personal photos or app. It’s pretty simple. Just create profiles and select what they can have access to.  Get started, pull down your notification shade and tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner. There’s a Guest profile there by default, which is great if you’re passing your phone to someone and you want to make sure they don’t stumble on anything they shouldn’t. For more customization options, you can create new profiles via Add user. Just remember to set up a Lock patternPIN, or Password for any profile you don’t want others accessing.
2.  Phone works at 1% charge Screenshot_2015-11-20-09-28-45

Almost every smartphone user is complaining their battery gets drained very quickly.

You can check out where all that juice is going in Settings > Battery, but thankfully, you also have a Battery saver option now.

On the Battery screen, simply tap the three vertical dots in the top right and then choose Battery saver and toggle it on.

You can set it to automatically turn on at 5 or 15 percent if you want. It kills unnecessary vibrations, limits performance, and stops background data. That means you may need to open apps like email to sync them. Moreover, the feature will automatically turn itself off when you plug your phone into a charger.

3. Volume button to take selfies

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Let’s Jazz up with Decohome

My Lil sis woke me up early morning and suddenly told me let’s jazz up our  home. It took me by surprise I told her “Sis, let me sleep now, we will chat during breakfast”. Being optimistic she wanted me to hear “listen, bro, there’s beauty everywhere. There are amazing things happening everywhere, you just have to be able to open your eyes and witness it.  “Yes, but not at 5.45 am ” I went back hiding into my bedsheet

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A new home is a blank canvas; you get the chance  to change every single room into an identity filled space that you’ll adore. Whether you’re tired of your old home or you’re moving into a new one, decorating is adding comfort and appeal.Have a go at transforming up your home alongside consolidating little subtle elements, for the best results.

It is a big headache when you are trying to get all ingredients of the perfect home to be in place. Be it color, fabric, cushion, furniture or design. You need to accommodate everything as per your needs. My friend Rahul came to know I am  designing my home. He suggested few online websites.Amongst all, I really liked Decohome

The very first impression of Decohome website filled me with  “Wow” moment

Decohome understands and gives you a perfect choice in terms of Quality, Price, and Design.  The creative mastermind behind Decohome  has designed the segments very well where you can easily check in and order

When you look at its Cushion category, you get ample of choice ranging from Rs99- Rs 499/- with detailing such as size, cover, price, color, material, type, trimming  etc

Also, there is a product of the week where you get items at a special price which is close to 50% discount. That’s great isn’t it?  Well there is so much to explore here.



Decohome Cushion Cover broad trim ruffel red Price 399

I have done my shopping for my home design here. If you are looking out for old or new home designing then don’t forget to light up with Decohome




Liquid Nitrogen filled Caramel Popcorn – Series 1

hey guys last friday I was invited at IFBA2015 awards ie India Food Bloggers Awards and let me tell you guys i had scintillating experience and met renowned chef’s like Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Chef Ranveer Brar Chef Vicky Ratnani and experts from food industry.

The best part I liked it was Livingfoodz Live session of making Liquid Nitrogen filled Caramel Popcorn

The Popcorns cooked with liquid nitrogen including this Caramel Popcorn. The temperature of liquid nitrogen is -196C (-321F). If you put your hand in it, you almost feel as though it’snot touching you. This is due to the Leidenfrost Effect. When you pour it onto the popcorn it makes it extremely cold without actually soaking in.It was an amazing experience and I just loved it.

This is 1st part of the series. Hope you guys like it

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The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Launch


The launch of new single malt, The Glenlivet’s Founder reserve had everything needed to make a perfect evening of literature and music. The Founder’s Reserve is a new addition to the family of The Glenlivet single malts. Alex Robertson, Brand Ambassador of Glenlivet’s gave us brief introduction and history about the Glenlivet and led the tasting of Founder’s reserve.


alex robertson,Glenlivet Founder's reserveThe new whisky has been crafted by Alan Winchester, the Master Distiller at The Glenlivet, and is designed to pay homage to the style of whisky created by the distillery’s founder George Smith.  It has been matured predominantly in first-fill American oak ex-bourbon casks.

alex robertson,Glenlivet Founder's reserve
Let ‘s go back in time.The Glenlivet distillery is located in the Speyside region, close to the town of Ballindalloch in the scenic Livet Glen from which it takes its name. As mentioned the distillery was founded in 1824 by George Smith, whose signature still appears on the labels and packaging. It was the first distillery in the Speyside region granted a distilling license under the Parliamentary Excise Act, which was brought in one year earlier. Glenlivet is now one of Scotland’s largest distilleries with an annual production of 10 million litres and is currently owned by Pernod Ricard, who took control in 2001.

It is the most popular single malt in the USA, where it has been number one since the 1970s, and this market accounts for nearly 50% of all sales of The Glenlivet.

glenlivet founder reserve

The launch was preceded by book reading session by Vikram Sheth to epitomize the new product’s philosophy.

We were introduced to Glen Livet Founder’s Reserve,18 YO,12 YO. I liked the Glenlivet Founder’s reserve it is pale, golden yellow in color and the Nose is fresh, vibrant and delicate aromas of citrus fruits and lots of vanilla in the background.The palate is  fresh and vigorous with a hint of green apple and pear. It is well balanced. Finish is long, creamy and exceptionally smooth.

glenlivet founder reserve

Later on The Glenlivet Legacy tasting followed by Dinner that was carefully crafted by the Chef.

Salad of Red beet, chevre center with caramelized walnut, avocado, cress greens, ligurian walnut oil paired with Glenlivet

Salad of Red beet, chevre center with caramelized walnut, avocado, cress greens, Ligurian walnut oil paired with The Glenlivet 15YO

Spring vegetables in soy butter noisette, confit heirloom tomato

Spring vegetables in soy butter noisette, confit heirloom tomato

Trilogy of wild mushrooms, yellow foot chanterellas, mascarpone risotto, boletus foam paired with The Glenlivet 18YO

Trilogy of wild mushrooms, yellow foot chanterelles, mascarpone risotto, boletus foam paired with The Glenlivet 18YO

The Founder’s Reserve is a new age expression in the range of The Glenlivet single malt. It was wonderful soirée with Love, Laughter and lots of Whisky.

Master Class : Ricotta Spinach Stuffed Tortellini Pasta on a Bed of Mushrooms

Life is a combination of magic and pasta. I was lucky enough to reserve my seat for a special culinary experience with Executive Sous Chef Ravish Mishra and Chef Rajeev Kumar and understand the secrets of cooking Italian cuisines at home as they reveal some of their best kept cooking secrets.

Chef Rajeev gave us insights on various types of cheese and preparation time of Ricotta cheese, mozarella cheese etc also spoke about the principal herbs used in cooking  ie. rosemary, sage,chives,parsley,basil etc

Today’s Master Class session we are going to make – Ricotta Spinach filled Tortellini pasta on the bed of mushrooms.

Serving Portion – 1

Preparation time – 30 min


  1. 25 gm – Ricotta Cheese
  2. 50 gm – Baby Spinach
  3. 50 gm – Farina Flour
  4. 15 gms- Semolina
  5. 1 no – Eggs
  6. 5 ml- EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  7. 50 gm – Button Mushrooms
  8. 25 gm- Onion
  9. 25gm -Asparagus
  10. 5 gm – Sage butter
  11. 10gm- Sundried Tomato
  12. 10gm – Pine nuts
  13. 1 no – Cherry Tomato
  14. 2 gm – Cracked black peppers
  15. Chives for garnish
  16. Salt – to taste
Directions –
  • Make a mixture of ricotta cheese and spinach with seasoning for Pasta filling
  • Make dough for pasta with Farina flour whole eggs, salt, and olive oil keep for resting.Sheet the pasta and fill with the spinach filling.
  • Chop mushrooms and sauté with  chopped onion in EVOO. Place it as a base for the pasta
  • Blanch the pasta in salted water for 8 minutes
  • Make a sauce with sage butter, add  chopped onion,garlic cook it untill translucent, add chopped sundried tomato and chopped pine nuts. Add chopped parsley and fresh sage. Toss the blanched pasta in the sauce. Place the blanched pasta on the bed of mushroom
  • Garnish with butter poached asparagus and balsamic reduction and chop chives and sundried cherry tomato.

Ricotta Spinach

 Ricotta Spinach stuff tortellini is ready to serve. It is delicious and easy to make. Hope you guys like it.