Flavours of Thailand in Mumbai:Thai Food Fest at JW Marriot Sahar

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Food is an important part of our culture. It plays a big role in our day to day life as well as in festivals. Food is not just eating, but it is also a way of socializing with your friends, family. I am big time foodie and I like experimenting new dishes and flavours.

Selected bloggers were invited to Thai food festival  by Blogadda at JW Marriot Sahar, luckily I was one of them. I received a gentle and warm welcome and was escorted to the JW Café. The Café was full packed as  it was Sunday thou we had a reserved table specially for bloggers :-)

Chef Rungtiwa Sorlae, had  came  all the way from Thailand, to tantalize the  tastebuds by creating Authentic Thai recipes. Thai cuisine has made its mark all over the world, with its Aroma, Spices and amazing Chilies, it has become one of the popular cuisines for food lovers all over the world. Like any other cuisine Thai food also has many  base dishes which are hard to find in their authentic avatar

JW Marriott Sahar’s JW Café  is a modern art deco. It is exceptionally rich and tranquil spot to dine.I was  amazed by Thai Decor which included bamboo, umbrellas and staff dressed in thai costumes. The fragrance of food, the freshness of fruits and chilli spread all across.

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Thai decor umbrella

We started our Thai Food Journey by having a variety of freshly cut fruits such as Mangosteen, Rambutan, Dragon fruit, Pomelo, Lychee longan

 

exotic thai fruits

Exotic thai fruits

 

Then I was captivated to the making of  Som Tam (salad), It’s a blend of crisp fixings which included crude papaya, lime squeeze, and bunches of red chilies in wooden mortar and gave it a decent beating, now topping it with cherry tomatoes and nuts and Voila Som Tam is prepared. It was new and extremely invigorating. I exceptionally enjoyed the sweet and bean stew flavors making a stunning combo for Salad

 

Chef Rungtiwa Sorlae

Chef Rungtiwa Sorlae

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Som tam salad

 

Try not to miss the Khao Soi. Its one-dish feast includes noodles and coconut milk presented with a variety of garnishes that gives burst of stunning flavors

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Khao Soi

Live satay counter

Live satay counter- Pineapple satay, Tofu satay

 

Lastly, I tried Thai Pancakes made from rice flour and topped with coconut cream. There are many variations to this crispy pancake.I am still drooling over it.

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Thai pancakes

For the Main Course (vegetarians) – Stir Fry vegetables, Thai curry with Jasmine rice and Thai fried rice  were good options to try.

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Thai Curry

Thai Curry

JW Sahar brings Thai street food to Mumbai with an array of authentic and sumptuous Thai cuisine.I liked the delicious Khao Soi, crispy thai pancakes, Spicy Thai fried rice.

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Selfie with bloggers- Ekta (www.hautekutir.com), Prerna (www.maaofallblogs.com)

So friends tantalize your taste buds with Thai extravaganza which is exotic and distinct with a perfect balance of strong aroma and varied flavours.

SAB se Anokha Umbrella: World’s Largest Umbrella by SAB TV

In a city like Mumbai, particularly amid monsoon, you don’t anticipate that everything will be hunky-dory. When I saw an old lady looking bewildered standing in the street trying to catch a cab, I decided to help her out. She gave me her blessing and left. That’s when I thought to myself , does an umbrella imply togetherness . At the end of my article, you will think about it.

SAB TV World's largest umbrella

SAB se Anokha Umbrella

I came here to uncover  the world’s biggest Umbrella with 60ft in breadth. 2000 laborers smoldered the midnight oil and made this Iconic  Umbrella.  It is 30 ft tall Umbrella that can shelter  1000 individuals. Gentlemen do look at it this #SABseAnokhaUmbrella   which is at promenade zone, Carter street, Bandra.It connotes the soul of fellowship and elevates individuals to tag along under one rooftop where society is separated by class, races, religions and so forth. The zinger of SAB TV  finishes it exceptionally well – “Asli Mazaa sab ke saath aata hai”.

SAB TV World's largest umbrella Sabse Anokha Umbrella

SAB se Anokha Umbrella: World's Largest Umbrella BY SAB TV

SABseAnokhaUmbrella  was unveiled by Television actor, Manav Gohil  who plays the role of Yamraj in Yam Hain Hum on SAB TV. Sudeepa Singh, Playing Rani pari in Baalveer, Punit Talreja, who plays Hemant Ghotala in Badi Dooooor Se Aaye and Shruti Rawat, who plays Bhairavi in Badi Dooooor Se Aaye unveiled the SABseAnokhaUmbrella. The entire climate was jolting and fans were occupied with clicking photos of their most loved actors. I could see the energy and eager fans thundering to get a look of “Yamraj”. What’s more, Yam was excited to see Anokha Umbrella and told अद्भुत (heavenly).

SAB TV World's largest umbrella Sabse Anokha Umbrella

SAB TV brand message – “Asli Mazaa sab ke saath aata hai”  Exactly it advances unity and  sends the solid message to everybody to meet up under one Umbrella. We might not have everything in perfect order, but rather together we have it all.

Have a great weekend with your companions and appreciate the Anokha Umbrella. Bear in mind to watch SAB ke Anokhe Awards to be telecast on SAB TV on 31st July 2015 @ 9 p.m

Exclusive : Mira Rajput’s Wedding Jewellery that added glitz and glimmer to our pretty new bollywood bride

There has been a lot of buzz about the Big fat Bollywood wedding of the year.Well, its Chocolate boy of Bollywood, Shahid Kapoor’s wedding. Fans are curious to know about the bride, pretty fair damsel, Mira Rajput, Delhi girl. It was low key wedding affair in Delhi with the selected guest list. The jewellery piece worn by Mira on her wedding day was a half century old majestic piece with gems like Navratna and Polki  designed by the 226-year-old Shri Hari DIAGEMS. The pre-wedding function jewellery was also designed by them. Mira Rajput’s heavy pink lehenga with golden stone embellishments was perfect for the D-day.

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The antique heritage artwork by Shri Hari DIAGEMS

Mira Rajput trying her wedding jewellery

Mira Rajput trying her wedding jewellery

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The Jhumar/Passa (Head Ornament) on the wedding day, was breathtaking, it is a Pakistani jewellery piece which was made by a special technique by Shri Hari DIAGEMS.

Couple getting ready on D-day

Mr & Mrs Kapoor getting ready on D-day

Mira Rajput looking graceful at her pre-wedding ceremony and on Wedding day

Mira Rajput looking graceful at her pre-wedding ceremony and on Wedding day

Mira Rajput with co-owner of Shri Ram DIAGEMS Mr. Vinay Gupta

Mira Rajput with co-owner of Shri Hari DIAGEMS Mr.Vinay Gupta

Food Review : Chili’s American Grill Bar

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Mumbai’s 2nd outlet of American casual dining restaurant chain Chili’s American Grill & Bar opened at Inorbit, Vashi. Known for its quintessential Southwest American cuisine, the restaurant was first opened in 1975 in the city of Dallas, Texas inspired by the legendary Terlingua Chili Cook-Off.

With its presence in over 32 countries, Chili’s American Grill & Bar forayed into the Indian market in mid-2009 with the launch of its first outlet in Mumbai. Now all set to bring their cuisine to Navi Mumbai.

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I came with my family to experience the American style. We were personally welcomed by Vinay, the Manager. After we settled down at one corner table. He  greeted us and asked for our likes and as we all are veggie.I told him bring on the best of vegans tonight!. He smiled and said “Sir, I will try and make your feast awesome tonight”

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Irresistible Savory Appetizers

Plenty of varieties  to choose from. It has options from cocktails,breezer, mocktails  and best of it says Approved for all Ages!. We ordered California (Its mix of watermelon and strawberry) Evolution (mix of passion fruit and pineapple)& Trade wings (Heavy mix of orange juice,pineapple, grenadine and spatter of soda with some lime) The combination just blown my mind takes you to the state of serenity. and its really awesome to start off!

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Electrical Starters

I was confused what to order in starters.I called Vinay to suggest few options. He told try out Ultimate dipper that’s  superlative one. It’s basically a combo of southwestern rolls, texas cheese poppers, and fried paneer quesadilla bites (smokey flavored and spicy)  served with carrot sticks and sauces for dipping.It looked colorful and yummilicious to  tickle your taste buds.

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Delicious Main Course

We ordered Veggie & Cheese Quesadillas (flour tortillas filled with spinach, fajita onion,) Served with sour cream,pico de gallo  and rice and beans  and we ordered Classic Paneer Fajita(Southwestern spice paneer grilled to perfection!Served with onion and bell pepper. It was fresh farm paneer, colorful and crispy sticks shape. I really loved the texture and was mild spicy and my tummy was about to burst But had little space for desserts ( It won’t end without my favorite sweet )

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Tempting Desserts

There were luscious varieties in desserts however we finally settled for the sizzling brownie sundae. It was warm, rich chocolate brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. The brownie just melted in the mouth.Its a rich and truly indulgent dessert.

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It was time to leave now. We had a fantastic feast and soon will be coming to try out new dishes with my cousins.

Finally Verdict: –

I would give 4/5-star rating for amazing food and great hospitality that made wonderful dining experience.

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The All New Honda Jazz Dream Ride Event

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Last Wednesday I was busy at the clinic for a regular checkup.I called my friends to catch up in the evening for a movie. In the meanwhile, I was busy reading my emails that shoot up (250 unread ). However, one email that made by day was “ You have been selected for Hangout with Honda ” I could not control my emotions. I was elated that I was the choose ones to drive the car at Buddh Internation Circuit.  It has been my childhood dream to drive at F1 race. And what could be better than when you are at driver’s seat! It was car launch of New Honda Jazz for selected bloggers across the cities

As soon I got the confirmation mail, I could not sleep that night, the inner Schumacher swung inside my soul, became fretful to drive. I packed my bags and  went straight away to find a cab.I became nervous when there’s was no cab in the vicinity. Suddenly my dream I could see being shattered.  There I saw one cab far way at the next stop. I ran as fast as I can (clocking at the speed of Usain Bolt, sorry not to break his record).Luckily the driver said I am free and drove me all the way to Mumbai Terminal 1D in flat 25 mins! (the real Schumacher style ) .I thanked him because he proved to be an angel for me. My flight was at 7.50 am Via GoIndigo6E. I met my friend Rohan Kachalia who was waiting at the airport. We landed at New Delhi IGI Airport at 10.15 AM. Our cab was ready for pickup. We reached at Radisson Blu Hotel little late due to the traffic jam at MG road. The event was about to started in 30 mins. The excitement got doubled when I saw enthusiastic bloggers at the registration desk.

Lets Jazz at Buddh International circuit

Lets Jazz at Buddh International circuit

At 2 o’clock we headed towards Buddh International Circuit for the test drive of New Honda Jazz.

The event started with New Honda Jazz presentation, talking about the features, design and technology of New Honda Jazz followed by the pep talk by President & CEO – Katsushi Inoue  of Honda Cars India.

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The Emcee of the event was VJ Yudi.

With VJ Yudi  @ BIC

With VJ Yudi @ BIC

He was as charming as ever and energetic to pump up the bloggers with his style. Everyone was excited to go to Pitstop to drive the car. Each blogger was given a car before that we were given safety instruction to be followed. Now the real fun begins.

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Engines getting heat up for the F1 drive at blistering speed Truly madness  you gonna witness now.

As soon I got the car. I accelerated it and my instructor smiled and said slow down or you will be brought to the pit stop. Well, I covered 3 laps, I didn’t even realize  when it got over. Whoaa!! It was an amazing experience.

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It was a dream now is the reality.  Let me tell you friends, New Honda Jazz is going to be best in class in this segment. Interior of the car is very spacious and gives you premium feel. It has got

  1. Advanced Multi-Information Combimeter with Eco Assist Ambient Rings.
  2. The best part about the Magic seats are It has got seating modes: Tall Mode, Utility Mode, Refresh Mode, Long Mode.

Exterior look when you see it has got

  1. Sporty sleek headlamps,
  2. LED High Mount Stop Lamp,
  3. Electric Adjustable & Foldable Outside Mirror with Turn Indicators. 

In technology:  It has  1.5L i-DTEC  diesel engine  with maximum power of 100 ps. It is an all aluminium engine  for better efficiency. Low friction technology to give you higher fuel economy. The engine comes with the 6-speed manual gearbox that helps to deliver best in class mileage of 27.3 kmpl.

1.2L i-VTEC petrol engine with maximum power of 90 ps. It delivers higher mileage than any other manual in its segment. The gearbox response is good. It is smooth and very quick acceleration.Its available in 5 Speed MT.

It has got everything perfect in terms of comfort, space, technology, power,mileage and innovation. Also, it has magic seats to satisfy all your needs and make you  content.  Truly nothing else like Jazz

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Met Mr. Katsushi Inoue- President & CEO of Honda Cars India

Mumbai bloogers taking selfie with VJ Yudi

Mumbai bloggers taking selfie with VJ Yudi

Bloggers haviing fun @ Hangout with honda event  PC - @rahulprabhakar

Bloggers having fun @ Hangout with honda event
PC – @rahulprabhakar

It  was truly a lifetime experience to  drive New  Honda Jazz at Buddh International Circuit. Big thank you to Honda Cars India  to organize the whole event and made it successful.

5 reasons why Asus Zenfone2 should be on your wishlist!

Technology changes every minute! It’s pretty hard to catch up with the trend. These days phones are smarter than ever. Smartphones have become ubiquitous. I wish to get  a smartphone that satisfies my needs and gets me going at least for a while. But as its saying human needs are never satisfied! There I found my Asus Zenfone2

Now you must  be thinking Why  ‘zenfone2″ should be on everyone’s wishlist. Well no hush-hush. You will get your answer at the end of my article. There are mainly 5 reasons that I believe one should go for  Zenfone2

  1. Superb specifications

The Asus Zenfone2 is the world’s first phone that offers 4GB RAM variant. Apart from the RAM, it comes with Intel’s new 64-bit quad-core processor that offers twice the speed. Apart from the processing power and memory bandwidth, the newer processor also comes with an upgraded graphics engine and multiple optimizations on the power front, ensuring a big potential performance boost along with longer battery life.

  1. Classic look

It has got fantastic look and feel is mindblowing. The looks is very well designed and The aluminum  touch  gives you a premium look.It’s a sheer beauty when you grip  in your hand you get the feel. The display size is 5.5 inches with FHD resolution that gives you wider screen experience  that no other smartphones have got.

  1. 3D Gaming Experience

Zenfone2 is powered with PowerVR –G6430 Graphics processing unit (GPU) that gives you ultimate gaming experience. You get immersed in the gaming and that’s incredible stuff

  1. Capture the moments

It has 13 MP rear –facing camera that takes beautiful images. It features f/2.0 large aperture with Pixel master technology to capture images even under low light conditions. It has got 5 MP front camera for selfie lovers with 85-degree wide angle lens, shoot sharp selfies.

  1. Zen User Interface

Zen UI has got special elements to offer the mobile users. It is the stylish new layout that gives information very clearly at the centre. It is user-friendly. It has got gesture  designed to open the app. Zenmotion is smart and a simply touch and gets things done

 

A wonderful phone that takes you to another level of experience. You can see how good Asus Zenfone2 is with those specs and killer looks is worth your money. What are you waiting for?  Get your hands on it.

Surfset Fitness :Unique Fitness Studio in Town

IMG_20150403_184759You have been told umpteen times that exercise is good for your health, Certainly it’s good not only for losing weight or building muscles but also de-stress yourself. Fitness plays a big role in my life. Being a fitness freak, I always make sure that I  do my workout  at least  4 days a week. For a night owl like me, getting up early is the big headache. I usually wake up at around 9.30 am, but I force myself to go for 6.30 am workout. But then now its routine for me. I try not to skip my workout. Now I have become a morning lark (smiles).  It’s also about feeling good.

I usually never try latest fitness trends but since I saw the Surfset video on Youtube, I was intrigued to their fitness regime. For those who  don’t know about Surfset . It uses a stationary surfboard to replicate the muscle-toning, calorie-burning workout of a real surf session without the water. I was elated when I got a call from Surfset Fitness India  for a trial session at their only studio in Mumbai.In fact in India I would say. It is owned by Surfset Fitness India, by husband-wife duo Kajal and Deepak Tejsinghani under YOLO Brands LLP. They have got Alish& Joshua, Surfest Certified fitness trainer. My trainer for the session was Joshua, very soft spoken  and highly energetic guy. Basically, Surfset  classes actually come in four different levels:

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  1. Burn,
  2. Balance,
  3. Build and
  4. Blend,

Which mainly  focuses  on cardio, instability, resistance training and the variety of the moves makes the session  really fun and interactive. My session was for about 45 minute Balance session. Now the session started, we had to step on the surfboards, Initially it was difficult to stand up. I thought how would I manage it for next 45 mins. Where the hell I am trapped? My body was shaky and  was trying to stabilize myself as I was moving left-right  direction.  But my trainer was good enough told no need to worry concentrate on your core you will be able to balance it rightly. Yes, that’s right I was able to balance it now after I found my core-centric. As I was able to balance it, the next exercise would start Few of the moves were recognizable like planks, lunges, squats  but rest all were challenging. I was sweating like someone trapped in a hot steam room with 80-degree temp. My legs were trembling, but the music was upbeat enough to motivate me .After 20 mins, I was able to catch the waves. Lastly the paddling through the water, jumping like a jack up and down, Warrior like pose made me cool surfer for a day.  My class ended with relaxation pose. I was very much happy that I  finished the class. Joshua told me it’s a beginner level what you did. My brain freeze, I was thinking what would be the next level then!

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From start to finish, SurfSET was a total body workout, I had enjoyed my session.  I definitely felt the burn in my legs and abs for next few days  after. If you’re interested in training for real surfing or just want to try a fun new fitness class out, I would definitely recommend SurfSET.It’s suitable for all ages, men, and women.The next time you’re feeling down, stressed or anxious, get off the couch and get some exercise instead.

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Check out their FB page – SurfSet Fitness India

For more information, you can check out the official Surfset India website.