Kolkata Callin’ hosts the much awaited ‘Kolkata Street Food Festival’ to mark Durga Pujo 2015

Kolkata Callin Street Food Festival 2015

Kolkata marks a poignant wisp of brilliance, pomp and gaiety during the Durga Pujo festival. It almost adorns the beauteous glow of a new bride during the festival. Kolkata Callin’ has brought to Mumbai – Kolkata’s rich culture by way of laying out a surfeit of delicious cuisines that are such an inextricable part of Kolkata’s heritage. KC’s food rings in the nostalgia of the fabric of this city in our customers’ hearts and minds through its delectable offerings. Now, Kolkata Callin’ is all set to celebrate Durga Pujo 2015 with most awaited Kolkata Street Food Festival from the 20th October to 31st October 2015.

The 10 days long celebration will feature the best in class ranging from the ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ show-stopper Phuchka to the heavenly likes of Papdi Chaat, Ghoogni, Doi Bora, Aloor Dom, Churmur, Rolls, Fish Finger, Chicken Chop and other street food that almost guard the bastions of Kolkata’s reputation of being the foodiest place in India. It’s not just a regular street food fest; this endeavour is going to be meticulously curated by experts like Mr.Subhash Das (fondly known as Benuda in Naktala, Kolkata where he has his renowned Phuchka hub which is about 25 years old and is frequented by the who’s who of the city). Connoisseurs like him have been around since time immemorial and are almost custodians to different kinds of cuisines.

Mr. Das, with his spectrum of experience,has pioneered a plethora of culinary events in Kolkata and Mumbai. He was instrumental in organising one of the most successful Street Food Festivals for the City Centre Kolkata in the year 2014 and early 2015. And now on the momentous occasion of Durga Pujo 2015, he will be with Kolkata Callin’ to cast his spell with the esteemed patrons of the enterprise.

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

Thai food

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.

thai decor umbrella

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

soum tham thai salad

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

Khao Soi

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.

thai pancakes

Thai pancakes

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

thai curry

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.

selfie time food bloggers

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.

Bappa Morya Re

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The arrival of Lord Ganesha is truly enlightening spirit with fun and fare amidst loud music and chants of the devotees still ringing in my ears.
Last evening was memorable day in my life.Had gone to take blessings of Lord Ganesha (GSB Seva Mandal) at King’s Circle where the whole atmosphere mesmerized me into a different world. On the other side of the road lane many devotees were taking ganesha to their home where one petite six year-old kid caught my attention doing an impromptu jig followed my MJ-style break dance (Pun intended) , thereby inside the pandal arrangements were near-so perfect you can say where thousands of devotees were going forward by skywalk lane ;all lanes leading to god’s place, & one side there I noticed a phrase written on a board “ The pain of discipline is always less than the pain of regret. Self-discipline is the biggest achievement of Success in life” well that’s the reality. In the meanwhile my lane moved at a brisk pace and finally reached there i was delighted to see the beauty and charm of lord ganesha  studded with gold ornaments that were glittering in yellow and that’s why is called Wealthiest Ganapati of Mumbai and I  felt joy as i worshiped to god in spirit as if Lord Ganesha is seeing me amongst all. I felt tranquil and peaceful. I told myself because of so many devotees have their faith in god they come here, nobody goes empty hand, and everyone’s wish is fulfilled. There is divine power or magical wand which is why his devotees ( bhakt) have belief and come in throngs to seek his blessing.  And while leaving the place everyone was chanting one line “ Ganapati Bappa Morya …”