Sunday Brunch at Teddyboy – Reviewed

Brunch is such an odd thing. It was created by fat, lazy people who were too lazy to wake up at a reasonable hour and too fat to wait until the next proper time for dining.

– Brian South

This sums up the Brunch definition.

Celebrated MasterChef Doyel Sarangi herself calls up and invites #TheBTeam over for a tasting we could resist.

The place has it’s own charm with breath taking view from the rooftop and rain drizzling over feels like it’s a perfect way to spend Sunday with yummylious food and fun loving family and friends.

Coming to the buffet spread, it had delicious starters served on the table with live pasta counter to choose from. Soups and the mains had a good options as well.

Starters included Corn Tikki, Veg. Seekh Kebab, Chicken Dumplings, Fish Koliwada and Chicken Tikka along with assorted Dips and Salads. You should not miss the dips, they were so good, went well with all the starters.

The mains had vegetarian,and Nonveg along with sea food. Khara Veg, Butter Paneer, Massaman Fish Curry and Murgh Dhoba were the options to choose from. To end the mains the Yellow Dal Tadka and Steamed Rice.

Desserts: Strawberry Cheesecake and Cream Strawberry Boulabaise and Churros with Chocolate Sauce. The churros dissappointed us, hard and chewy.

The Sunday Brunch is on from 12:00 noon to 3:30 PM and has the following packages: Rs. 599++ for Food & Mocktails.

Big Shout out to Chef Doyel for invitation and team Teddyboy for hosting us.

Wonderchef Launches its first outlet in Pune.

Wonderchef Inaugurates its 1st Exclusive Brand Outlet in Pune.

 

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  • Pune outlet is the 6th exclusive brand outlet of Wonderchef in India
  • Company to open 25 more retail outlets in India by FY 17-18

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Pune, 30th July 2017: India’s prestigious brand for innovative and healthy Cookware & Appliances – Wonderchef, promoted by Ravi Saxena and Celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, has launched its First Exclusive Brand Outlet (EBO) in Pune. The Outlet is located at Pune’s most premium Mall, Phoenix Marketcity, Viman Nagar.  With this addition, now Wonderchef has 6 outlets in the country besides its omni-channel presence across 5000 retail outlets.  The store launch was graced by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Mr. Ravi Saxena (MD, Wonderchef) and Ms. Mukti (Marketing Head) and other prominent personalities of the city. 

Wonderchef, a 200 Crore company, offers a wide range of premium cookware and appliances across the country through its multi-channel sales (E-commerce, Modern Trade, EBO, Teleshopping, General Trade outlets) and Direct to Home network (which engages more than 50,000 women). Wonderchef promises you to enjoy the world class easy-to-use healthy kitchenware, specially crafted by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

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 On the launch occasion, Mr. Ravi Saxena, Managing Director, Wonderchef Home Appliances (P) Ltd said, “Wonderchef has grown into a trusted & the most loved brand of non-stick cookware and healthy appliances in the country. Our clear focus is to strengthen this positioning. Everything we would do over the next three years would be in this direction till such time we are one of the top 3 players in kitchenware industry in India. As of now we have total 6 EBOs and we plan to open 2 more stores in Delhi and 1 in Bangalore by next month. Soon we are going to be present across Metros with partners who are passionate about cooking and want to be a part of the growing Wonderchef family”, he added.

 Chef Sanjeev Kapoor launched the Outlet amongst a huge gathering and a Live Cooking Competition was the highlight of the launch. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor judged the recipes and gave away prizes. He said I am very happy and overwhelmed to see the enthusiasm and zeal in the people of Pune. It gives me immense pleasure to see an evolving cooking culture with such innovative recipes. Wonderchef is committed to empowering women by enabling them to cook better. “

Wonderchef stores in Mumbai are located at Linking Road (Khar), Infiniti Mall (Andheri West), Viviana Mall (Thane), R-City Mall (Ghatkopar), Seawoods Mall (Vashi) and now at Phoenix Marketcity (Pune).

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 About Wonderchef Home Appliances (P) Ltd

 Wonderchef Kitchenware as a company was born out of the ‘love of cooking’. Driven by passion of making Kitchen the Centre of wellness and goodness in homes, Wonderchef was created by two enthusiasts, Mr. Ravi Saxena and Chef Sanjeev Kapoor in 2009. They believed in kitchen being the ‘heart of our home’, as it inspires us every day to create lasting memories with the food we cook for our loved ones. This is why the entire range of Wonderchef Cookware and Appliances is a perfect blend of health, taste and convenience that inspires us to ‘cook with pride’. Wonderchef products are used in millions of homes in India where healthy and convenient cooking is a part of lifestyle. 

 These premium cookware and appliances are a pleasure to use, are innovative, have attractive colors and designs, and adhere to uncompromising standards of quality. Wonderchef constantly endeavors to create modern solutions for today’s woman, making it the ‘most loved Kitchenware Company’ in India.

 

Thank you Abhishek for the invite of the Launch. It was a dream come true to meet the Chef personally.

 

 

The Taste of South India Food Festival at Courtyard by Marriott Chakan – Festival Review 

Attending any food festival is a journey which take you on the journey of culture and especially when it’s a cuisine specific. 

On the recent invite of Courtyard Marriott Chakan for their ongoing Food Festival “The Taste of South India”. 


Chef Satish Reddy has huge experience stored back in his kitchen and he has traveled the globe for his passion of food and profession. He briefed us with the food festival and how it is close to his heart. He also informed that how well in advance the preparation for this festival had began right from choosing and procuring the spices from southern part of the country.

Some of Chef Sathish signature dishes like Mutton Chops Masala, Nandu Chettinadu, Malabar Paratha with Korma, Vazhaipoo Vada, Chepala Pulusu, Semiya Payasam and much more. 

The buffet spread was huge, some out of which are #MustHave like Vegetable Poriyal: Finely chopped vegatables are then stir-fried until it is cooked and tossed with a generous amount of fresh grated coconut. 

Podi Idlis: Again rich in aroma of mix of freshly grounded spices on soft Idlis makes this dish a good appetizer. 

Podi Idli salad: This was something nice and unique. It was cold salad but tangy and bit spicy in taste and tempered with loads of mustard seeds. 


Yogurt marinated chick pea salad: Mild marination of yogurt and garnished with freshly grated coconut and tempering of curry leaves mustard seeds. 

In Mains:

Kai Nilgiri Korma: Nice fresh green in colour gravy with assorted vegetables roughly the chopped. The gravy was thick enough and goes well with Malabar Paratha. 

Vegetable Stew or Avial with Appam: Avial was good in taste with enough of vegetables, but if the consistency can be rectified then this will be great combo. Appam was soft and feather thin. 

Rasam: As Chef rightly mentioned that Rasam has very different recipes from every South Indian kitchen. Still he has tried to improvise and come to final recipe. Rasam was strong in flavour Tamarind and freshly grounded spices. I like to rasam with Bisi Bele Bath. 

Bisi bele bath: It’s  rice-based dish with origins in the state of Karnataka, India. Bisi bele bhaath translates to ‘hot lentil rice’ in the Kannada language. Richful flavours along with a hint of tamarind, not too tangy not too spicy. Perfect in taste. 

Desserts: They had good variety of dessert to choose from. I tried their Semolina Halwa: It was prepared in Ghee along with some dry fruits. Not too sweet perfect for my palate. 

Mysore Pak: Most of the South Indian desserts are prepared in Ghee, even this one was made with ghee and it was porous enough. 






These myriad range of dishes will surely tantalize your taste buds and give you an authentic taste of #SouthIndia.

The South Indian food festival will be there till 16th June. And it will cost 1000++ taxes. 
For reservations, call: +91-21-3566 6651
#CourtyardMarriottChakan 

BARAZA BARS & BITES- Food and Drinks Tasting.

Introduction:

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, Pune gets a perfect getaway spot to unwind after a long day or to relax on a weekend, a unique one of a kind island-themed bar and lounge experience, Baraza Bars & Bites.

This concept is the third brand by Rachel Goenka and Chef Irfan Pabaney, the owners and founders of The Sassy Spoon and Sassy Teaspoon, which recently opened its doors to Pune. 

Pune is the first location for Baraza and is located in Ishanya Mall at Yerwada.

The concept of Baraza embodies an island or beach like feel to it coupled with a homely taverna like atmosphere. The idea and thought behind the design of Baraza was to create a ‘destination’ that immediately transports you to another placeThe place channels in the relaxed and laid-back vibe of Goan shacks, Spanish tavernas and Portuguese botecos. Influences from these places can be seen in the interiors as well as the al fresco area with the tall trees and palm foliage to give an island-like feel.

The bright and colourful external wall frescos are inspired from the tiled facades of houses in Portugal and are reminiscent of the colourful houses dotting the streets in Fontainhas, Panjim. Elements like the country-tiled ceiling, eaves board, the wrought iron grills and beautifully patterned tiles or the azulejos, have been incorporated in the design and the walls serve as displays for collectibles and curios.

The 224 seater space, sprawling across 5,670 sq. ft. is divided seamlessly across the indoor and outdoor area with the azulejos running across the length of the indoor area. The outdoor area has a verandah that overlooks a beautiful tropical garden, picnic benches, a canoe that functions as a table and a Volkswagen Bar, under streamers of carnival lights, serve up a happy ambience. The vintage furniture and light elements add to the overall mood of the space.

 The cuisine at Baraza is a creative mix of Indian, Asian and Bar Snacks, with food that compliments the drinks and comprises of comfort food and bar bites which one can nibble whilst drinking. Some unique appetizers include Boneless chicken lollipop with sambal sauce, Stir Fried Pepper Lamb in noodle basket, Pull apart bread with pesto, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Some of the delish sliders would include BBQ Pulled Pork with raw mango, Mushroom done two ways topped with cheese, Goan Style Roast Tenderloin and kimchi. Baraza will also serve veg & non-veg rolls, Asian bowls, biryanis and desserts.

The bar menu at Baraza is an interesting mix of its signature drinks such as The Baraza Mule, Punch Buggy, the flavoured beers especially Lemongrass, Juicy Fruit, Soul Kadi , Brew Baraza and the Big Daddy cocktails, like Big Daddy LIIT, Fire Island, Big Baraza Bang  which are half litre drinks with 150 ml of spirits. Some of the unique shooters include Nutty Professor & Caribbean Sunrise. Moreover, Baraza will be offering the highest number of draught & craft beers on tap for the first time in Pune and 8 different craft beers of which 4 beers are from Independence Brewing Co & 4 beers are from Effingut.

Baraza will have interesting properties each day of the week, with live performances, renowned DJs playing at the venue once a month and an in-house DJ spinning the console to different genres of music, to cater to everyone.
Baraza will focus on The B Life Non Stop, which is Eat, Drink, Party, Repeat, to keep up with the energetic, buzzing yet relaxed vibe of the place, for anyone who wants to unwind, catch up with friends, party or just have a good time.

I was Invited for the Food and Drink Tasting event along with fellow foodies. We were introduced to Chef Irfan Pabaney, owner and head chef Baraza and Pranav Mody,  Mixologist at Baraza.

Cocktails 

Willy Wonka- Willy Wonka was a fictional character in Roald Dahl‘s 1964 children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, its sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. They had a fictional Chocolate bar by the name Wonka Bar where the Willy had secretly stored the Golden Tickets. This was just a co-relation with the drink. 

Although this was an excellent combo of Whisky and Milk Chocolate Martini and its a treat for the Whisky lovers but with a twist. It was Smooth yet hard to taste. I bet this will take you to the next level of the Cocktails. 

Citrus Bomber- Rum Fresh Citrus Fruits: It was a refreshing drink overall with the strong presence of citrus fruits and Rum’s warmth added the illusion effect to the drink. I would call it as slow poison as it gave the effects little later after the drinking. 

Double Trouble- This is the pure version of Hard Coffee with some twirl of Vanilla Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, Cream, Espresso Shot. Perfect Drink to order after a long day. 

Flavoured Beers: (All are Must have) 

Kingfisher Khatta- Kala Khatta was so strong that Beer’s taste was was almost untraceable. Felt like having a Full glass of Kala Khatta with crushed ice. 

Kingfisher Passion Fruit- This was another refreshing drink, nice lemony yellow in colour, Taste wise: it had good presence to beer taste to it. It had Passion fruit puree and infused with beer. Excellent cooler in the summers. 

Further some Mocktails were served: 

Paan Banarasi Wala- Very ingeniously served, Paan Flavour juice with a dash of lime and loaded with crushed Ice, and nice spoonful of Gulkand on top of it. Beetle leaf added the contrast to the overall appearance of the drink.

Cosmic Bubble- This was the most talked about drink… Candy floss was placed on the edges of the Glass and then the Citrus mix was poured on to the Floss and which later got dissolved into the glass. This was just apart from all the drinks which were served. 

Cilantro & Ginger Mojito and Mandarin & Mint– Both these drinks are perfect for the summer thirst quenchers. fresh ingredients used like Ginger Malta orange, Mint & Lime. 

Pink Apple Lemonade- This was the most unique combination of Apple, Mint, Lemon, Fizz very close to girl thing!! 

Coffee Cooler- This is one more drink from the menu offered for the coffee lovers. Basic ingredient is Cold Brew Coffee, Citrus Flavour. 

Virgin Berry Khata Slush: One of the signature Drink from the team Baraza. It will give a mix feeling of brain freeze and khatta tingling taste in your first sip. 

Sides and Mains:

Pull apart bread with pesto, mozzarella & cheddar cheese: Big Block of bread loaf with 2 types of cheese with pesto flavour, although the Cheese could have been more. Pesto flavouring can also be increased.

Rava paniyarram with Keral chutney, ghee & curry leaf tadka: Freshly ground spices in the Keral Chutney made this dish more aromatic and tasty. Rava Paniyaram were well cooked and the South indian dishes can’t be completed without the Curry Leaf Tadka. #MustHave 

Three cheese & chutney naan with chat masala: The main ingredient was Cheese was very less which was informed to the chef as well. So can’t really comment on this. 

American corn tempura with chilli, spinach & Sriracha mayo: Very similar to the corn fitters just to the addition of Spinach and Sriracha Mayo which changed the taste to next level. I personally found this dish bit oily which can always be reduced. With a first bit it had nice crunchy and tempting to have more taste. It is good to go with Beers. 

SLIDER- Mushroom dine two ways topped with cheese: One bite sliders were well cooked and taste wise it was good. The crunchiness was intact and this is good to go with the any cocktails. 

Desserts:

Boozy brownie with homemade vanilla ice-cream: This is one of the amazing dessert I have had. On a hot pan the Brownie top with Ice-Cream and drizzled with some Chocolate sauce, now the fun part comes lit alcohol is poured over the Ice-Cream and brownie which creates flammable pan and it gives subtle flavour of both the brownie and the alcohol mixed chocolate sauce. #MustHave 

Nutella creme brûlée with pistacho and almond biscotti: Mouth melting Creme Brûlée, Crème brûlée is usually served in individual ramekins. Discs of caramel may be prepared separately and put on top just before serving, or the caramel may be formed directly on top of the custard, immediately before serving. To do this, sugar is sprinkled onto the custard, then caramelized under a salamander broiler or with a butane torch. Perfect in Taste. Being little extra sweet tooth more sweet could have been good. #Musthave

Classic banoffee pie with baileys ice-cream (Eggless): Not much fanboy of Banofee so I gave it a skip. 

Churros with chocolate sauce and snicker chunk ice-cream: Nice big chunky pieces of Churros served with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream. Generally Churros are thin and long but these were big fat and soft churros. #MustHave

Flourless chocolate cake with basil pine nut ice-cream and salted caramel: It was Soft not too sweet, I like the Basil Pine nut Ice cream more then anything. It was just super tasty. 

Overall, Baraza is an eclectic space that offers diverse experiences under one roof. It is a fresh take on the old-world charm, that is bound to induce nostalgia, yet is modern at the same time.

I personally thank you Chef Irfan and Mixologist Pranav and the rest of the Team Baraza for hosting us.

A big Shout out to Svetlana from Carpe Diem for the invitation.

 

 

Cream Stone- Ice-Cream review. 

This is not just an Ice cream joint it’s the heaven for the ice cream lovers. No matter which ever the season may be having an ice cream here is pure bliss…. This was on my to do list for quite some time last week got an opportunity to drop in…. It was almost 10:30pm and the temperature was around 17 degrees but the place was jam pack.
As you enter the place on your right hand side there’s the preparation table. Where the ice cream is made right in front of you. 
As they say “Freeze your Imagination” very true when you see your ice cream is chopped, while adding some fresh and exotic fruits of your choice, with some pure Belgium chocolate, chopped right in front of you without melting and it is served in a freshly made waffle cup…. Only one word can describe it “Heaven”
They also have exotic flavours like Ferro Choco, Oreo cookies, Choco Roco, Fruit Exotica and many more till your imagination can work. They have taken care of Diabetics and Calorie conscious ice cream lovers by offering sugar free and low calorie ice creams. This chain has its branches in Hyderabad and Mumbai. 
The order for today was : (Taxes extra) 

Initially we were trying to get hold of Fresh Strawberry but unfortunately due to weekend rush Strawberries were out of stock. So we settled for this:  

1. Creamy red velvet ₹99/-: This was pure red velvet cake mixed or rather chopped with the ice cream served within the freshly made waffle Cup Cone.  

   
2. Brownie break ₹130/-: Nice,soft, mouth melting, total blissful, especially for those who love chocolate.  

   
3. Lichee Berry ₹99/- (Take Away): This thing was kept out of my reach, never got the hands on it. Promised myself next visit will try this first and the strawberry. 
Overall…. 

Ice-Creams: Wow that’s the one word when you see your ice cream is made right in front of you and Hmmmmm this is what you do when you have the first spoonful of bliss. 
Service: Amazingly super fast no matter how busy is the counter is. 
Staff: Clean, nice, helping, happy to serve you. 
Ambience: This outlet is divided into three sections. Ground floor enclosed, upper floor with lazy bean bags, and the outer section open to sky. 
Value for money: Now a days the definition of ice cream have changed, this type of ice cream comes under the luxury ice cream joints. But it’s worth spending.