Dec 29, 2015

‘SuperMenu’, A Super Awesome Twist to Café Coffee Day’s Menu

Café Coffee Day (CCD), one of the largest coffee retail chains in India, has brought another delicious twist for customers’ by introducing ‘SuperMenu’.

SuperMenu’ is collection of new and delicious varieties of cupcakes, soups, sandwiches and burgers that CCD’s offer for prestigious customers.

The super flavorsome fun begins with two slurp-y soup variants served with a side portion of garlic bread– the hot and creamy ‘Mushroom Marvel Soup’ packed with the awesomeness of milled black pepper and dairy foam. Another super soup in the menu is the ‘Tangy Tomatina’, a fusion of juicy tomatoes and sweet bell pepper giving it a mouthwatering twist. Personally I love the texture of thick and creamy tomato soup which served in glass jar with buttery garlic bread, a great starting meal for ongoing winter season.

Mushroom Marvel Soup

Tangy Tomatina

The indulgence continues with cupcakes - ‘Berry Bite Cupcake’ and ‘Cocoa Cupcake’. With the sweet zest of strawberry and chocolate enhanced with a frosting swirled to a creamy lush, these cupcakes are created to charm the sweet spots. Adding to the fun is an irresistible range of cakes and pastries as well – ‘Hazelnut Carrot Celebration Cake’, ‘Pure Indulgence Celebration Cake’ and ‘Cocoa Fantasy Slice Cake’.

Hazelnut Carrot Celebration Cake

CCD also introduced three new Big Crunch Burgers in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.  Options are veg classic, veg spicy and veg cheese burgers with flavorful and soft oatmeal buns.  One is chicken version burger with grilled chicken patty and second is veg version which filled with baked potato patties. Patties was crisp angood in taste, I tried veg one.

CCD has also unveiled a fiery range of sandwiches to this special menu. The ‘Chunky Chicken Roast Sandwich’ packs together perfectly roasted herbed chicken, onion rings and a cheese slice wrapped in a crisp chipotle bread. Vegetarians can feast on the ‘Couch Potato Sandwich’ made from potatoes smothered in gram flour and fried to perfection meeting onion rings under freshly baked chipotle bread that tingles the taste buds like nothing else. The ‘Tandoor Chicken Sandwich’ and ‘Tandoori Paneer Sandwich’ are an added delight to this delicious and scrumptious range of sandwiches that are sure to leave the food lovers asking for more.

Chicken Sandwich

Couch Potato Sandwich

The SuperMenu is meant to wow and bewitch those who look for fun time spent over tasty treats. Starting at Rs.39/- the SuperMenu treats are sure to be a hit with one and all. The special menu is available in CCD outlets across Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Pune and Kolkata.

“Café Coffee Day thrives on the love and loyalty we garner from the coffee lovers who consider our outlets their preferred meet-up places. SuperMenu is our gift of the season to all the food lovers, especially the youth, to ensure they have some super awesome time treating themselves over a delectable range of options. The menu is meticulously planned to balance the sweetness of cupcakes, tanginess of soups and the savory appeal of sandwiches and burgers to create a wholesome experience,” shared Sanjiv Mediratta, Group Advisor F&B Solutions, Coffee Day Global Limited.
Sanjiv Mediratta

About CCD:
CCD is India's largest café chain in terms of number of café outlets as of December 31, 2014 (source: Indian Coffee Industry Overview, March 2015, Technopak (“Technopak, March 2015”)) and operates through Coffee Day Global Limited (“CDGL”), a subsidiary of Coffee Day Enterprises Limited. CCD has pioneered the coffee culture in the chained café segment in India (source: Technopak, March 2015) and opened its first café in Bengaluru in 1996. CCD’s menu ranges from a mix of hot and cold coffees and include several food options, desserts and pastries. In addition, CCD brand merchandise and accessories such as coffee mugs, coffee machines, travel mugs, etc. are available at the cafés.

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Dec 22, 2015

Portuguese Flame-Grilled Peri Peri Chicken @ Barcelos

Barcelos is named after a quaint Portuguese town that is famous for an ancient legend of the Barcelos rooster.  Barcelos Flame Grilled Chicken has written a singularly modern story of its own. As with any journey that starts out with one small step, Barcelos opened its first store in Pretoria, South Africa in 1993. Using recipes mastered by the Portuguese hundreds of years ago, our flame grilled flavors became so popular that we franchised the business in 1998.

Barcelos is the high-street restaurant chain is the ‘the home of the legendary Portuguese flame-grilled peri-peri chicken’. The restaurant has bright and cheerful; pale stucco walls, rustic wooden tables, and colorful ethnic art. It was almost full: a group of young men engaged in animated conversation at one table; a lugubrious middle-aged couple saying very little to another; a smattering of families with older children; bed-sit singletons; four girls looking at their phones. 

Grilled Watermelon and Orange  
Peri-peri – Swahili for 'pepper-pepper’ – is a hot chilli that comes originally from Mozambique, where it was adopted by Portuguese settlers. One can have a quarter chicken, a half chicken, chicken breast, chicken wings, and chicken livers, chicken burger, chicken in pitta… you get the idea. They also serve vegetarian options as well as fresh grilled Himalayan Trout.

From soup to fried and roasted preparation, chicken is now popular food in India that is cooked in multi ways. Chicken is one of the most valued and nutritious item for all ages people and delicious in taste. Here are some healthy benefits of eating grilled chicken in routine life.

# Relieves stress.
# Keeps your bones healthy and strong.
# Reduces Premenstrual syndrome.
# Boosts Immunity.
# Good for heart health. 

Except Chicken, we tried Berry Cucumber Mocktail, Grilled Watermelon and orange Salad, Stuffed mushrooms and potatoes and more.  All were good in taste and so fresh.  

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Nov 9, 2015

The Full Moon Festival by Vamos Eventertain

Vamos Eventertain hosted “The Full Moon Fest” on 28th and 29th of October 2015. It was a first of its kind event that marked the beginning of celebrations for Karva Chauth and the long festive season ahead. The Event went on in full swing for both the days at the Mahavir Mandir in Greater Kailash-1. It was sponsored by Affinity Salon which was the official beauty partner; Champalal Jewellers and Hiranyam M. Rajsons, the official jewellery partners; AMS was their official matrimony partners and the evening was powered by Armaan Building Solutions, Pzone and Microfilter.


The Event attracted a lot of crowd from all over Delhi, including popular bloggers, social butterflies and influencers. This glitzy affair was comprised of many fun-filled activities that catered to Women, Men and kids alike. Since every event in India is incomplete without a vast array of food, it was well taken care of. There were mouth-watering multi-cuisine food stalls by Dominos Pizza, Food Craft, Tea Time Tale, Khomcha, and ZI-FU in addition to several others that served delicious Food & Beverage options at the event. Crush Fitness engaged everyone and pumped energy into them at the event with their Zumba moves. Cook Gourmet, which is a gourmet ingredient delivery e-commerce, conducted a very interesting live-cooking workshop at the event where they demonstrated the ease of cooking fine dining recipes at home.

To add a touch of glamour to Karva Chauth, which was on the very next day, the Festival event had a spectrum of services for the ladies. The offers and services included special Mehendi sessions on both days with artistic mehendiwalas from Jaipur, along with exclusive bangles & bindis by Vamos and complimentary makeovers at the walk-in salons by Glam Ivy and Bottega di LungaVita. Designer jewellery, accessories, nail art, cosmetics, handicrafts, and a wide range of elegant ethnic apparels were all available at the event to delight every lady present there. All these were taken care of by the likes of Make-up house, Accessory Galore, Design Hub, Zaara Creations, Cardelicious, Pehnav et cetera. 

The Full Moon Event catered to everyone drifting in, alike. There was a play arena for children, an assortment of gifting items for the upcoming festivities, in addition to groovy music to swoon at. A fun session of Tambola was organised and there were multiple quests that continued on both days, to win many exciting bumper prizes and lucky draws. The event provided valet parking services. People who attended the fest had a great time and were more than happy about it. They did not only go back with just happy memories but also with plenty of goodies. 

The Full Moon Fest will be back next year with much more excitement and activities. If you missed it this time around, make sure to attend it next year for sure.

For this event, I was invited by Kleos Consultancy on behalf of Cook Gourmet. Whole event organized very beautifully and love the food. Thanks for wonderful evening and lovely goodie bag, which includes discount vouchers, accessories and more things.

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Oct 18, 2015

Cheese Cigars

Cheese cigars are so cheesy and creamy from the inside and crisp from the outer side. You can serve this instant cheese snack with any dip, personally I prefer tomato based spicy sauce so I choose pizza sauce.  For better result, use fresh white bread which gives nice texture and color to these cigars.

Cheese Cigars

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 2
Category: Snacks

6 Bread Slices
6 Cheese Slices
Oregano & Chili Flakes
Pizza Sauce as Dip

Take fresh bread slice and flat it by using rolling pin and cut the brown edges. Do same with other bread slices.
Arrange the all bread slices in sequence and keep one cheese slice on each bread slice. Sprinkle little oregano and chili flakes, Roll it gently and keep aside.
Heat the butter in non-stick pan and shallow fry or toast the bread pieces in butter till to golden color appears. 
Serve hot cheese cigar with pizza sauce.

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Oct 14, 2015

Banana Cake Rusk/ Eggless Banana Biscotti

I’m big fan of cake rusk. Love the sweetness, crispness and flavor with a cup of tea. Few days before I made eggless banana bread at home, but this time I want to try cake rusk. For this recipe you have to first bake the cake as simple recipe. After that cut into slices and bake it again for few minutes till to crisp. It’s a great snack with tea or coffee. I love especially tutti fruiti flavor. You can store this cake rusk into airtight jar for few days.

Banana Cake Rusk/ Eggless Banana Biscotti

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Cakes

Parchment Paper

Preheat the oven @ 180 degree Celsius.

Cut the banana cake or any cake which available, into 1/2 Inch thick slices.
Arrange them on baking tray and bake them for 20 minutes or till to golden and crisp.
Keep aside to cool at room temperature and keep in air tight jar or box.

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Oct 8, 2015

Review for Grocery App : PepperTap

PepperTap is a grocery application on your smartphone, which delivers groceries and staples within two hours of placing the order, at your doorsteps. These days everyone is busy working, we don’t have enough time to go market and place an order for fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables and other household products.

These days everything is available on Internet. Just click on one button and you can get things on hand without any physical hangout or bargains. You have to visit multiple shops for different items, for example Fruit shop, kirana shop, vegetable shop, you have to simply place the order from your smartphone and enjoy the convenience.

PepperTap, which was launched in November 2014 in Gurgaon, today covers all of Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kolkata, and Pune, with plans to expand into smaller cities as well. It delivers goods in seven categories: fruits and vegetables, food and drinks, staples and spices, breakfast and dairy, bath and body, home and hygiene, and baby needs. It promises to deliver within two hours of placing the order (between 10AM and 10PM) or you can place the order in advance.

PepperTap offers free delivery over Rs. 250 or Rs 50 shipping charges below that. They offer COD facility plus accept the payment via cards. PepperTap app currently available on iOS and Android for free.

The product listing is easy and convenient to add in to shopping bag. You can increase or decrease the quantity with simple + or – sign. There is also a bar at the bottom which displays the total amount of the products you have picked so far. Most of them items had a great deals compare to local market prices. The vegetables and fruits looked fresh and hygiene wrapped in plastic bag. Overall I’m quite satisfied with PepperTap service. It’s completely user friendly application and easy to operate.

The developers of this app have very smartly divided all the grocery items into separate categories. This makes it very simple while browsing through the categories. Following categories are available at App…

Fruits and Vegetables
Food and Drink
Breakfasts and Dairy
Staples and Spices
Bath and Body
Home Hygiene
Baby Needs

Providing a great service to customer, with grocery app like PepperTap, you can order every day and get the groceries at doorsteps.

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Oct 5, 2015

How to Choose the Perfect Glassware for your Drink?

Some people think choice of glassware is pointless or unimportant, that’s the main reason you should know about glassware. Drinking is necessity of life to survive, and now it’s become fashion with different liquor or mocktails available in market or bars. Knowing the basics of wine, beer, and cocktail glasses can ensure that each and every beverage you serve can be enjoyed at the peak of its flavor. So if you want to boost your party, then drink well and use proper glassware according to beverages.

Selection of perfect glassware for drink is an art and enhances the appearance of your serving style. To impress your friend and colleagues, you need to know appropriate glassware. 
Here are some charts to show the use of glassware.

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Few Egg Substitutions in Baking

Many of people choose to eliminate eggs from their food; they prefer more vegetarian or vegan recipes, concerns with allergies, religious purposes, health problems or environmental reasons. Here I shared some substitutions below through which we can replace the egg in baking recipes to bake eggless baking goodies.

Ground Flax
1 Tbsp. Ground flax + 3 Tbsps. water = 1 Egg
(Mix and blend until to creamy and thick mixture)
Best for chocolate recipe, oatmeal cookies, granola bars

Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds + 1/3 Cup water = 1 Egg
(Mix and let sit for 15 minutes)

Soy Protein
1 Tbsp. Soy Protein Powder + 3 Tbsps. water = 1 Egg (Mix well)

Agar Agar
1 Tbsp. Agar agar + 1 Tbsp. Water = 1 Egg

Ripe Bananas
1/2 Mashed Banana = 1 egg (Cream with Sugar)
Fat free cookies, muffins, breads and pancakes

Apple Sauce
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce = 1 Egg (Add with wet Ingredients)
Best for Muffins, breads, cakes and cupcakes

Peanut Butter
3Tbsps Organic Peanut Butter =1 Egg

Corn Starch
2 Tbsps. Corn Starch + 3 Tbsps.  Water, Combined = 1 Egg

Silken Tofu
1/4 Cup Silken Tofu (Blend with Liquid)

Vegan Yogurt
1/4 Cup Vegan Yogurt (Blend with Liquid or wet ingredients)
Best for brownies.

Baking Powder
2 Tbsps. Water + 2 Tsps. Baking Powder+ 1 Tbsp. Oil = 1 Egg (Gluten free baking)

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Oct 4, 2015

Muesli (Swiss Oats and Fruit Breakfast)

Muesli is a breakfast cereal developed at the turn of 20th century by the Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Benner, a Swiss nutritionist. He introduced a dish of grains, nut, milk, cream and honey for the patients at his sanatorium. This recipe is widely popular in Europe and has since spread around the world. Variations on the basic theme are endless.

Muesli is a breakfast and brunch recipe based on raw rolled oats, fruits, and nuts and mixed with milk or juice. It’s a very easy and quick recipe, you can serve chilled or hot both variation of muesli. For chilled version, you have to soak the oats in juice or milk overnight and for hot version, you have to give quick stir in hot milk and served with other ingredients.

Muesli (Swiss Oats and Fruit Breakfast)

Preparation Time: 2 Hr.
Cooking Time: 0 Minutes
Servings: 2
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: Swiss

2 Cups Rolled Oats
2 Cups Milk or Fruit Juice
2 Apples, Diced
1 Oranges, Peeled and Sliced
1 Kiwi, Diced
1 Banana, Chopped
1/2 Cup Almonds, Raisins, Pistachios, Chopped
Honey to Taste
1/2 Cup Yogurt or Cream


Mix the Oats with milk or juice in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 2 hours.
Combine fruits, nuts, and honey to taste. Top with cream or yogurt and serve cold with fresh orange juice.

Notes:  Even you can serve muesli as a hot cereal. For this you have to just stir the oats or grain in hot milk or hot juice and compile with fresh fruits and nuts.

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Coconut Roti | Pol Roti – Sri Lankan Cuisine

Coconut roti or pol roti is eaten almost every day for breakfast in Sri Lanka. Pol roti is made with freshly grated coconut, flour and salt. It’s just like thick tortillas. For more variation, you can add onion, chilies and wheat flour instead of plain flour which makes this recipe healthier. 

This pol rotis are soft and full on flavor of coconut which adds the richness and natural sweetness. Even you can store the leftover rotis for another day.

Coconut Roti | Pol Roti – Sri Lankan Cuisine

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: Sri Lanka
Recipe Source:  My SriLankan Recipes 

2 Cups All Purpose Flour/ Maida
1 Cup Fresh Coconut, Grated
1 Onion, Chopped
2 Green Chilies, Finely Chopped
Salt to Taste
Water, as needed
1 Tbsp. Oil

Add flour, coconut, onion, chilies, salt and oil together in bowl.
Add water and knead smooth dough as chapatti type.
If your dough is still sticky then add extra flour for soft and smooth dough.
Now cover with damp cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes to rest.
Heat the tawa or griddle on medium flame.
Divide the dough into eight equal parts and roll them out into 5 inch circles.  
Cook the roti on the tawa from the both sides until to brown spots on the surface.
Continue the same procedure with other balls.
Serve warm pol roti with coconut sambol or any curries.

Notes: You can add 1:1 ratio of maida and wheat flour for healthy version.

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