Portuguese Cocktail Bar & Dessert Tasting @Barcelos

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Barcelos brings the rich wine culture of Portugal here through their newly introduced Portuguese Cocktail Bar. They have already won people’s heart through their exotic bar menu which includes Molecular drinks, Sangria, boozy shakes and now taking it to another level, they have introduced an exclusive Portuguese Cocktail Bar.

With today’s emerging global trend of fast pace living, there is little time available for good and traditional food. Therefore, Barcelos strive continually to find a perfect balance between the traditional, healthy home-style cuisine and the fast lane demands of the modern world. Barcelos is an Afro-Portuguese restaurant specializing in Peri Peri best Flamed Grilled Chicken. With a single operation founded in Pretoria, South Africa in 1993, Barcelos has grown exponentially which led it to start franchising in 1998. Ever since this gourmet of burger chain opened in Khan Market it has been a hit amongst the people.

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The ambiance is bewitching. Spread over two floors, this place has a warm inviting feel with well laid out massive space & comfortable seating. The interiors have been done tastefully with a lot of wall paintings reflecting the theme of Portugal.

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So after creating a huge buzz by introducing colored burgers, Barcelos is back with another interesting concept for those who love their drinks and for all the sweet-toothed people like myself. It brings the rich wine culture of Portugal here through their newly introduced Portuguese Cocktail menu. First up, i was greeted by the delightful DIRTY ROSE, a small-sized glass containing wine, rose essence and tropical fruit- all topped with dried rose petals. The fruitalicious blend somehow left me with the pleasant aftertaste.

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Next was the Indian classic cocktail KHATTI MEETHI MARGARITA, infused with tequila, fresh lime, mint leaves, tamarind and watermelon. It was refreshing and is definitely a popular choice amongst the ladies.

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Although I’m not a wine person but still i was in love with DOCE. A blend of red port wine, a spoon of vanilla ice cream to give a creamy texture to it, cinnamon, raspberry syrup  with sprinkled chocolate powder. This drink was a pure bliss.

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As for food, FRIES AND WEDGES PLATTER was served with 3 dips- mayo, peri mayo and cheesy jalapeño mayo which was my favourite.

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Up next was ARABIC MEZZE PLATTER, it comes with the fresh hummus, baba ghanoush, tzatziki, pesto hummus and tabbouleh with the crispy falafel and spongy pita.

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Now comes the sweet part of this review, dessert that is, GOLDEN CHOCOLATE CAKE serve with meringue and BLACK FOREST ICE CREAM was luscious. Ice cream was vanilla based with chocolate flakes and cherries.

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Though TRADITIONAL CHEESECAKE with gulab jamun base didn’t have the perfect consistency but small sized gulab jamun that were served separately with it was on point. The best part about ice cream here is that it is not procured from outside but made in Barcelos, so fancy some PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM? Go for it as it tastes great and gives a flavorful after taste.

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Overall I enjoyed this experience and all credit goes to the staff and prowess of the chef. Presentation and hospitality was remarkable. Barcelos strives to serve something different in a market that is already full of restaurants serving everything and they manage to hold their ground well. Hence, their new cocktail and dessert menu is worth a try.

Happy reading & Happy eating!!!

By Nistha Singh

Associate Blogger

 

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High Spirits Festival at Hard Rock cafe

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If ever there were a month to indulge, it would definitely be December. There’s a lot of festivities around, and that often requires a little holiday spirits! But that’s not all December has to offer. If going-out is your flavour of choice, you’ll be doing some serious celebrating this month. Hard Rock Cafe launches its signature LIIT festival with a fresh-new twist! With over 50,000 LIITs sold each year, you can taste an exclusive range of 10 new variants of this hot seller.

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Featuring an action-packed event calendar, there are more reasons than one to visit a Hard Rock Café nearest you; Christmas celebrations, Temptation Gold: New Year Eve Party, live bands every Thursday apart from the famous Rock to Retro nights every Friday at Saket and every Saturday at Gurgaon outlet.

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Turning it up by a notch, the excellent Bar Rocker team has created an exclusive range of 10 new LIITs. Fresh fruit, unique flavours, subtle spices and wild colours are only a few highlights from this delicious, refreshing and dangerous menu. All adding to the lights and colours of the festive season. Some of these bad boys have up to six kinds of spirits so don’t say we didn’t warn you. Visit your nearest Hard Rock Cafe and find out!

Happy eating & Happy reading!!!

Kylis- an Experience

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Hindware, one of the leading brands in sanitary ware has recently launched a new product, Kylis. I got to know about kylis when I went out searching for a perfect product for my newly furnished bathroom. I was looking for something classy and edgy and that’s when I found this new fitting. I and my parents have always been a Hindware loyalist; they have been in the market from over 55 years and unlike many other brands, have proved their mark.

The all new Kylis, together with an illustrious look and outstanding quality is here to take a lead in bathroom solutions products. The exquisite design and chrome finish of Kylis compels you to take a second look that leaves a lingering impression.

The sharp and gripping features give Kylis an edge over other contemporary designs.  Minimalistic in approach, Kylis elegantly compliments the environment they are placed in and create a perfect harmony.

We often spend a lot of time and effort in designing our house but often miss out on bathrooms and their equipment. This is where we go wrong, bathrooms are as important as any other part of the house.

Before telling more about kylis, let me tell you a little more about Hindware and its background.

HSIL Limited, vastly recognized by its brand Hindware, a leading name in the Indian market is a company driven by innovation. Its complete focus on crafting unforgettable bathing experiences, developing contemporary bathroom solutions for over five decades with products that make life better has set new trends each year.

A company that has such a vast background can hardly go wrong with their products and their quality. While choosing a bathroom solution I blindly vouch for Hindware and I can assure everyone out there that they can never go wrong.

Inspired by finest of styles and convenience, Kylis is here to make a stark entry and steal the show. The sharp and gripping features give Kylis an edge over other contemporary designs. The lustrous shine and elegant cut together with everlasting quality of Kylis offer optimum convenience without compromising on style and value. With a very enticing feel and extremely stylish looks, Kylis defies the odds and ticks every box to fit in the day-to-day a la mode lifestyle.

Kylis, with a combination of style and geometric design fits perfectly into your personal space allowing ample flexibility and movement in terms of space. Minimalistic in approach, they elegantly compliment the environment they are placed in and create a perfect harmony.

 

 

 

Hangout With Honda

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Last weekend was spend with a little bit of “Jazz”. I got the chance to get the first look of all new Honda Jazz, all the way at the Buddh international Circuit. It was the pre launch of #AllNewJazz and Honda had invited me along with fellow bloggers to experience the car before its official launch. Each one of us got a special chance to drive the car on the famous F1 tracks of the circuit. I drove an automatic Honda Jazz along wearing a helmet, yes a helmet in a car just like how you see in those races. I’ve been here once for the Grand Prix in India but obviously never on THE TRACKS!!!

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It was nothing less than a lifetime experience to drive on the tracks meant for professionals and it was us driving on the same tracks with an amazing car. The roar of engine was enough to excite us with enthusiasm. As for the day, it was started at the Radisson Blu, Greater Noida with breakfast along with fellow bloggers and registration process, later we were moved to the Buddh Circuit, where we were introduced to the officials and a brief was given on Do’s & Don’ts and Guidelines which were to be followed while driving and when on the tracks.

After the drive, the day ended with dinner and an after party where I met the VP and CEO of Honda. It was an exceptionally wonderful day which cannot be forgotten easily!

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3 Reasons Why ASUS Zenfone 2 is my Favourite!

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ASUS is a computer parts manufacturer founded in 1990 in Taiwan and makes products ranging from motherboards, laptops, net books, servers, cell phones, graphic cards, and other computer parts. This growing company not only makes consumer products, but also manufactures computer parts for other computer vending companies such as Hewlett Packard and IBM.
ASUS has taken rapid strides in the smartphone segment over last couple of years and today is a leading manufacturer. The Zenfone series of smartphones by ASUS has taken the Indian market by storm especially with the cool list of features that match any of the other top phones, but at a price that is reasonable and cool!
The ASUS Zenfone 2 is the latest from this manufacturers stable and has some amazing features that make it a must have. Here are the 3 reasons/features that make ASUS Zenfone 2 a must have in your hands.
1. Incredible 4GB RAM: ASUS claims the Zenfone 2 is the first smartphone to have a 4GB RAM. This makes the phone incredibly useful for multi taskers, with minimal lag time and high performance device. To put this in perspective most other phones still sport a 2GB RAM and only one other smartphone has 3GB RAM in the market.
2. Camera with PixelMaster tech: Camera is probably the biggest eye-catching feature of this phone. It boasts of a new “Pixel Master” technology which merges 4 pixels into one super Pixel to get better image. Thanks to this technology ASUS Zenfone 2 has world’s best low light camera, it can give you crystal clear picture even in dim light. It also has world number 1 backlight (Super HD Mode).
3. Zen Motion: Most impressive feature is the Zen Motion, where you can draw various alphabets on the screen to open various applications, like draw C to open camera, W to launch browser etc. Then there is an option to choose from a list of themes to color your user-experience. There is a double-tap to wake-up feature, where you can unlock the phone by just double-tapping in quick succession. There is very useful “Kids Mode” which allows you to easily manage applications for your kids!

With such competitive pricing and smart features, It’s a no-brainer that this will be one of the best-selling phones in the youth segment and also among people who are tech savy but refrain from spending a lot on phones in particular.

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Finest Chinese Treats in New Delhi

Chinese cuisine includes styles originating from the diverse regions of China, as well as from Chinese people in other parts of the world. The history of Chinese cuisine in China stretches back for thousands of years and has changed from period to period and in each region according to climate, imperial fashions, and local preferences. Over time, techniques and ingredients from the cuisines of other cultures were integrated into the cuisine of the Chinese people due both to imperial expansion and from the trade with nearby regions in pre-modern times, and from Europe and the New World in the modern period.
Styles and tastes also varied by class, region, and ethnic background. This led to an unparalleled range of ingredients, techniques, dishes and eating styles in what could be called Chinese food, leading Chinese to pride themselves on eating a wide variety of foods while remaining true to the spirit and traditions of Chinese food culture.

Image courtesy- Google

Image courtesy- Google

Now let’s see where in Delhi we get the best chinese treats:-
1. Mainland China
2. Side Wok
3. Pioneer Flavours of China
4. Zen
5. Chew- Pan Asian Cafe
6. Yauatcha
7. Mamagoto
8. Yum Yum Cha
9. Asian Haus
10. Tee Dee

Image courtesy- Tripadvisor

Image courtesy- Tripadvisor

These 10 restaurants are my personal favourite when it comes to Chinese cuisine in Delhi. Some of them are located Pan-India. If you’re a lover of chinese, be it the Indian take of chinese or the authentic flavour, you get every sort of chinese here. This cuisine is rich in flavours and is a treat for non vegetarians because use of sea food and all sort of meats are prepared very differently in this cuisine. Whereas for vegetarians there is a great scope for amazing sauces being merged with veggies and tofu. Chinese Restaurants in Delhi and across India vary from region to region. As soon as you move towards east, the cooking style and even dishes are different as compared to what you get in north side of India. The restaurants that excel in chinese food try to make their food as per international standards but of course keeping in mind about Indian taste palette as well. There is not one but many restaurants, hotels, brands and chef’s exploring this cuisine in India and across the globe. A very tasty and healthy cuisine, chinese happenes to be loved all around the world.

 

2014 in review

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