Sunday, October 30, 2016

Backyard Barbecue - Friday Foodie Getaway!

#BackYardBBQ @ Hyatt Regency, Mumbai - A Foodiesta Experience!

Reads: Good Food This way!
When it comes to places very few connect us or have a calling for us. For me personally its this place. Why someone would ask me? & How? Well i have a connection which goes back 10 yrs+ to this Hotel. That time I wasn't the foodie i am now, was a apprentice learning my trade working on the other side of the things. Things have stayed as classy as it was back then the Hyatt way.
Pic Courtesy: Hyatt Regency
Being in centre of everything be it transit to city center almost the property Hyatt Regency has always innovated during and after the times i have been associated with it. Knowing how the work functions on the other side it was a surprise for me when i had received a call for a Friday Evening Experience. Knowing that getting to the property would be itself an issue knowing mumbai traffic i couldn't miss it as i was sure the entire experience would be truly worth it.
Backyard Barbecue - Every Friday!
Once at Hotel you may expect it to be at some restaurant with an open area area (Where barbeque may be present) you are in for a surprise this Barbeque is Pool side amidst the green lawn where you are guided by courteous staff (One of the best!) to the poolside.
                                            
                                         Selfie counter pe selfie banta hai!
When you enter the poolside area after a tiring week and tiring journey a cool breeze is what you need with a soothing music!! You feel transported to Caribbean or some exotic island just by stepping into a area..That too right in Mumbai's most busiest Business Hotel right next to Airport. Imagine that!
Pool + Barbeque + Ambience = Perfection!
The next thing my eye caught is the bar (A weclome relief for my parched throat!)
Pool Side Bar - Who would't want their Mojitos next to a pool!
The Pool has a full bar with a array of fantastic refreshing drinks which can just make even a zombie do a salsa. Perfect for a city bred like me after a taxing week!
Refreshing Kiwi Drink with White Rum - Makes one go Yaay!
 The Refreshing White Rum based drink which i asked for was refreshing with Kiwi Kick! Something a tired officer goer like me wanted. The Next counter next to the pool was a assorted breads, spreads (Yum) & salads! This was perfect to go with a drink and the Sizzling Barbeque which was enticing me towards it! 
Chef's In Action: My Meats and Veggies getting ready!
So here i was hungry and all set to eat the fab meats and veggies on offer! The Barbeque was on full go with Lamb, Chicken, Pork (Sausages) being grilled on one side and veggis on the other (Yes this barbeque had loads of veggie options right from usual potatoes to brinjal, corn, paneer and other assorted vegetables). Me being an omnivore wanted to try a mix of everything with my drink!
Meat and Veggies ready to be devoured!
I asked the Chef to give me a spice infused lamb steak, few sausages and chicken with assorted balsamic marinated vegetable skewers and little paneer. It was spot on selection (I later agreed!). With fellow foodies (Read: Super Carnivores and Herbivores #FBAILetsEat ) i took a comfortable seat next to the pool with my drink and started enjoying the evening!
Meats & sausages being Grilled to Perfection
Chicken Barbequed directly over hot coal!
The Coal cooking had made the meats smoked and tender and well done. Sausages were well cooked and yummy! Meats were succulent enough to be enjoyed. Whereas the veggies were cooked good! 
                  I took another drink this time more potent than before while i got into the entire ambiance of relaxing music, cool pool side breeze, super food with drinks and company of friends. What more is needed?

I almost felt taken to some exotic island till then. The food kept on coming making my Friday FriYaaY!

And the Backyard Barbeque had a one last surprise for us! The Dessert Counter..Now this was a guilty indulgence after such a hearty meal.
My View  along the poolside with Bar and at a distance the barbeque..After a few drinks my camera too got into the mood!
But before i could go on the guilty roads there was a game to be played Roulette - My fav (With Drinks)
Now whose ready to Spin it to Drink it!
My Luck as it goes with drinks turned out to be super..Got a strong shot of Drink (One that shakes you!). The Backyard Barbeque did add fun and enjoyment for a foodie like me!

Add to your Guilty Pleasures!
An Array of fresh Fruits (Kiwi, Pineapple, Watermelon), Brownie, Phirni and a decadent cake made it difficult for me to select! (And trust me i wasn't disappointed). I took a combo of fruits, and cake (Blissful)
Menu for the Evening!
The Backyard Barbecue experience which took me to a relaxing ride was coming to an end although i would have liked to continue (But sadly i had to come back to city's chaos). Such a barbecue is open for foodies and all alike every Friday till the year end. I would recommend this for the fact that its a complete package for relaxation, unwinding and lastly but not least the awesome food it offers!

With Entire Buffet priced at Rs.1499/- its a great bargain including Spirits/Beer (International)/Cocktails (All inclusive). And Rs.1299/- for Indian Wines/Beer (All Inclusive), For Non Drinkers Rs.499/- for Soft Drinks/mocktails (All Inclusive).

For more Refer: https://mumbai.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/news-and-events/events/backyard-barbecue.html

For Reservations: Call on 022-66961624 or log on to www.hyattrestaurants.com

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

#StreeFoodFestival - The Lalit, Mumbai

#StreetFoodFestival - The Lalit, Mumbai
Image courtsey: thelalit.com
"One Cannot Think well, Love well, Sleep Well, If one has not Dines well" - Virginia Woolf
Brochure: Courtesy The Lalit, Mumbai
This was the thought in my mind ever since i had seen the brochure of The Lalit. Food always excites me and when i read its street food i was looking up to it!! The rain gods were in different mood though..
Gif courtesy Tumblr
And the pouring didn't stop! But no struggle with Torrential Rains and Mumbai Traffic couls keep me away from the meal i wanted to try!!
Gif courtesy idiva.com
Wondering all soaking wet and Hungry Chef Aunshuman Chakraborty with a big smile welcomed me in Restaurant 24/7 even though i was late (But not full!!) 
Chef Aunshuman
At entrance, i was greeted with a pan counter on the left and Cotton candy counter to the right. Man i was in for a total street food experience. A row of Cakes (Beautiful to say the least) in a display cabinet were present tempting me even more!
Pan Waale with an Antique Radio with nostalgic cassettes (All of them playing nostalgic songs)
Buddhi ke Baal - Cotton Candy - Fresh made and served street style!
The first counter I saw was my favourite Chat!! (Who in their right mind wouldn't love to have chat after coming in wet from rains. I wasn't gonna leave this chance).
Attractive bottles with various chutney names written on them!
The Props were mostly from vendors!
I had a plate full of dahi chat and panipuris (Yum!!) just to start with they gave me the street experience but in a hygienic and comfortable place. 
Papdi chaat served in eco friendly plates!
They served this Shot which was unique and untried by me - Paan Shot. Just perfect palate cleanser (Wish they would bring more of these after every tasting).
Paan Shot!!

Chef Aunshuman had then taken us for a Foodie Tour explaining various counters (Which change every day except chat, paan, cotton candy counter) the street food festival is just not about just some street food but street food from various parts of India as i came to know as we moved across the restaurant.
Sweet Counter!!
The Next counter was the Indian Sweet counter which was filled with super stuff (This is highly recommended by me to even people who don't eat a lot of sweet). 
Kullad waali Garam Kadai Doodh made fresh piping hot in front of us!!
The Malai sandwich was the best sweet (i can got out on a limb saying this!!) not too sweet just perfectly succulent with a superbly crisp not too oily or sweet Jalebi with a perfect rabdi and petha - What more do you want from life!!
Next i moved to the Rajasthani fare!! Of Fried stuff. This too was less oily but super yummy.

The Props and theme were in perfect calling me out on Rainy day!
Til & Lehsun Chutney are some super stuff

The Pakodes and Chutneys (4 of them) were just yummy and chef just read my mind what i wanted in the rains!
The next counter brought us back to Mumbai with Aamchi Mumbai's Pav Bhaaji and Kheema Pav!
                  
Mumbai Pav bhaaji and Kheema Counter

                       

The Kheema Pav was perfectly al dente and tasted like one which you would have on streets!

The next type of street food i had never tried but heard a lot. Lot of friends and foodies had recommended that chowmein from Kolkata's Streets should be tried and voila here i got the opportunity.
Chowmein Kolkata Style
The chowmein was nothing spicy gravy induced one we get it mumbai this was sublime in taste and wok fried chicken chowmein was to perfect to have with rains (Which were increasing outside). The Momos were also served to us out of which i preferred the veg one (mix veggies) for a rainy day over the more yummier Non veg one (I was full by then to be honest). After having a break and socializing a bit asking chefs loads of questions i was hungry. And this time it was time to try the Buffet (Yes entire buffet was open for us apart from these counters). So we had the Food festival counters + Buffet (Yipeee!!)
Attractive Buffet Props a visual treat for Hungry Eyes!!
Food for eyes!!
 This buffet will make the hungriest of foodies full in minutes i settled for sweets (Rasogulla and Caramel custard) both perfect as i would have liked them.

I ended my meal with this lovely Gulkand wala paan..Wished the tape recorder hadnt malfunctioned that day or we would have heard songs from Pardes etc making the experience even more nostalgic!!
Gulkand wala Paan
With this our #StreeFoodFestival Journey came to an end but not before Chef Aunshuman and his team of food lovers gave me this hamper courtesy the Hotel Lalit  
Lovely Lalit Hamper!!


The hamper had a lovely cake and handmade Dark & Milk chocolates (which were gobbled up by me on the way :p)

Would love to thank Chef and the entire team for this lovely experience and would recommend a visit to experience the yummy food with the ambience of street like experience.
Bloggers with Team FBAI & Chef Aunshuman + Team
The Street Food Festival goes on from 15-30th of September 2016 and the entire dinning experience including the buffet + street food counters is Rs.1850/-.
Outlet: 24/7 Restaurant
Timings: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm (They have chai wala upto 8.30 serving cutting chai catch him if you reach between that time)
Validity: 15 to 30th September, 2016 
For reservations, please call: +91 84510 04250 / 98697 94976
For E Booking: https://zomatobook.com/Widget/makereservation03.aspx?id=B0242354V (use this)
For more: http://www.thelalit.com/hotels-in-mumbai/
P.S.: Thanks to and Sameer & Salloni for being so patient even though i was late due to rains and traffic (After so many calls) 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Its a U - Thing!!


Its a

Thing!!

When it comes to Youth they need something happening and something that can match their level of energy and spontaneity.

And India being the youth nation, boy the demands are huge and market is even bigger for youth oriented products & services. Here comes one of the leading service provider with a First of its kind lifestyle proposition  - The Vodafone 'U' - Aimed at the youth who are socially super active and want the best!!
Youth want to stay connected and also at the same time access loads of Music and have some fun while doing all this! Vodafone brought its global expertise and gave it a Indian twist to offer the Huge youth population a destination of choice.
Roping in Icons such as Kanan Gill, The Viral Fever (TVF), Raftaar to create an unique content is something worth looking out for!!
So Vodafone Launced the "U" with fan fare at Hard Rock Cafe on 6th May 2016 Sandeep Kataria, Director – Commercial, Vodafone India Spoke in Depth about the service of how it means providing a Holistic destination with Voice, Internet, Music, Digital Offers And Experiences!!
 
Content makers i.e. the Youth Icons Kanan Gill, Raftaar and TVF kept the youth on their toes with their creativity and fun.. if this what is expected i can expect a lot of good stuff  i.e. Total #FunWithU

The Key Aspects of this Service: Internet, Voice, Music and Digital Stuff. This is available for Prepaid users only as of now. Data allowance for Night and Day Separate, calling 2 spl friends at 20 p / min, Data loan of 60 mb given for two days, Music with free 2 months of download.
Since its currently on Prepaid only the services are based on Recharge with Data, Voice, Internet, Music, Deals & Experiences!! We got the experience live at the launch of the service and man it was superb!

Detailed Product Info as Below:
VODAFONE U - Pack A
VODAFONE U - Pack B
First Time Pack (for first time users of Vodafone)
Recharge Pack (for existing Users)

Large
Small

Large
Small
Price (Rs)
287-339
87-93
Price (Rs)
287-335
177-198
Data -3G/4G (MB)
800
100
Data -3G/4G (MB)
800
300
Night Data -3G/4G (MB)
200
75
Night Data -3G/4G (MB)
200
150
Talk Time (Rs)
15
10
Talk Time (Rs)
15
15
Validity (days)
28
14
Validity (days)
28
14
Special Benefits on both packs
Special Benefits on both packs
3 Buddy Lifelines
@ 20p/min
3 Buddy Lifelines
@ 20p/min
Data Loan -3G/4G
60MB
Data Loan -3G/4G
60MB
Vodafone Music
2 months Free subscription* from MyVodafone App
Vodafone Music
2 months Free subscription* from MyVodafone App

These facilities for youth with such options will be loved by the Youth who are on Go and live the whole experiences from their mobiles. Details about the product can also be seen here: