Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Le Creuset – The Iconic French cookware brand hosts a Gastronomical Affair with Chef Ranveer Brar

Le Creuset, world’s leading cookware brand famous for its cast-iron products, hosted a live gastronomical session with renowned celebrity Chef Ranveer Brar, who curated recipes that were beautifully prepared in Le Creuset cookware at Select Citywalk, New Delhi recently.

Chef Ranveer Brar created delectable dishes that he prepared in beautiful Le Creuset cookware featuring the Hawaiian Chicken drumsticks, Lemony Chicken Stir Fry, One pan Mexican Quinoa, Pakistani Balti Gosht and the Spanish Stir fried Rice. These tantalizing and scrumptious dishes were cooked live in the Central Atrium of Select City Walk Mall where guests were able to interact with the chef throughout the session to recreate the magic at home.

Speaking on the event, Chef Ranveer Brar said, “Le Creuset is an international leader in luxury cookware and I am absolutely pleased to be associated with this reputed brand. Cooking with Le Creuset cookware is an experience in its own and it’s a great opportunity to be able to share that with people who share the same interest”.

Established in 1925, Le Creuset, the iconic French cookware brand, is among the top three-cookware brands of the world. The brand that has glamourized and redefined the contemporary kitchen all over the world for almost a 100 years is now changing the way India cooks with its 5 stores nationwide.

On the occasion Ankur Damani, Country Head - India and SAARC, Le Creuset said “We are thrilled to have associated with Chef Ranveer Brar. Le Creuset is most particular about quality and innovation that is why we feel that the talented Chef Ranveer Brar is perfect to demonstrate the difference that comes in cooking with Le Creuset cookware and to help the audience make it a part of their lifestyle”. 

While Le Creuset produces world’s best cookware and accessories for a quintessential kitchen, it stands out in its design, vibrant and distinct colors as well as versatility, meant for preparing, cooking and serving, in Le Creuset style. Le Creuset aims at not just being a cookware brand but a lifestyle.

Le Creuset is recognized the world over for market-leading, premium quality ranges of enameled cast iron cookware, multi-ply stainless steel, toughened non-stick, stoneware and ceramics, along with its outstanding range of wine accessories. Established in 1925, Le Creuset has been making world-class cookware for almost 100 years, innovation remains at the forefront of Le Creuset’s success. Used by leading chefs and keen cooks around the globe, Le Creuset cookware offers outstanding performance time after time.

Ranveer Brar is one of the most sought after chefs of the country. He is popularly known for his television shows which include Breakfast Xpress, Snack Attack, Homemade, The Great Indian Rasoi, Health Bhi Taste Bhi, Ranveer's Cafe, Food Tripping and Thank God It's Fryday. He also recently appeared on Masterchef India as a judge.

The evening was indeed a culmination of a great talent with spectacular equipment to match it.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Vivanta by Taj – Gurgaon celebrates ‘Pub Foods of the World’ at Tease

With good food on your salver and good friends by your side, who cares what the weather is like outside? This is the season when the most cheerful food and brightest conversations are at your table. Adding to the glee, Tease, the high energy bar at the Vivanta by Taj – Gurgaon, brings to you Pub Foods of the World’.

Hot Buffalo Wings

Irish Meat Pie

Taking cue from pub grub savored across different geographies, Executive Chef Subrata Debnath brings the world on a plate with an eclectic menu of finger-licking favourites from England, Austria, Spain, Ireland, USA, France and India.
Bangers and Mash
From easy-to-share munchies to fuller plates, the menu includes something for everyone to indulge in. Bite into profound goodness as you devour Austrian Pork Wiener SchnitzelsEnglish Bangers and Mash and American Hot Buffalo Wings or celebrate desi-ness with Charcoal-Smoked Chicken Tikkas with sinful Blue Cheese Naan. Dig into the decadent Irish Lamb Pie or recreate the energy of Spanish Tapas bars with some delicious Baked Potato Skin and Platonic Mozzarella. 

Embark upon a gastronomical quest and pair your grub with signature elixirs to end your culinary journey on a happy high!
·         Dates: 2nd to 12th September  2016
·         Venue: Tease, 1st Floor, Vivanta by Taj – Gurgaon, NCR
·         Timings: 13:00 hrs to 01:00 hrs
·         Pricing: A la carte

For reservations call 0124 6671234 or write to

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Magnificent Zangoora Completes a Stunning 2000 Shows!

The world’s biggest and longest running Bollywood musical on
stage completes a dream run of 2000 non-stop shows!~

Zangoora the one and only and iconic Bollywood musical on stage that completed a magnificent run of 2000 shows at Kingdom of Dreams recently. The supremely popular and longest running Bollywood musical on stage has continued to weave its magic and enthral the viewers since its glittering launch in 2010. The endearing story of the royal prince lost in childhood and brought up amongst gypsies to grow up into a handsome heartbreaker, favoured by the beautiful belles of the community, continues its magical hold on the visitors to Kingdom of Dreams, India’s uber leisure and live entertainment destination.  

The enthralling musical, the world’s biggest and longest running Bollywood show on stage, has established itself as the piece-de-resistance in the world of live entertainment, for a viewer looking to experience the magic and sheer energy of Bollywood, live on stage, in a cinematic format. The music is captivating, the story charming and the vitality of the dancers unbelievable. The actors charm and the dancers stun with their gravity defying leaps and sheer joi-de-vivre. Great music, opulent costumes and mesmerising special effects elevate the extravagantly styled, snazzy theatrical, leaving the breathless audience applauding and asking for more.   

Over the years, since its stupendous launch in the year 2010, Zangoora, the Gypsy Prince has entertained Royalty, Corporate Czars, Entertainment Moguls, Bollywood Stars, Political bigwigs and various maestros from different walks of life.  Stephen Wynn, the luminary of the entertainment world, credited with building Las Vegas has said, “The energy, enthusiasm and gusto in Zangoora are so powerful. The live musical is great value for entertainment for the audience.” Shekhar Kapur, the internationally renowned Filmmaker and Director expressed “The live wire acts in Zangoora, the sets, the way the lighting is...this is something very new for the audience”. 

Bollywood Superstar Ranbir Kapoor was blown away by the sheer spectacle on stage and said, “Zangoora is very impactful and is so rich in culture and reminds me of shows in Vegas.”

Viraf Sarkari, Director Kingdom of Dreams expressed his emotions, “This occasion of Zangoora completing non-stop 2000 shows and 6 years is a dream come true for me. It is a magnificent day for us at KOD and I offer my deepest thanks and gratitude to all the actors, dancers, crew and the teams of Zangoora who have helped stage it every day. I wish to let them know that it is a victory for each one of them and their dedication and hard work in overcoming all odds and putting up the show each day tirelessly. I salute you all!!” 

Mr. Anumod Gagan Sharma, Managing Director of Kingdom of Dreams, said, “Zangoora, the Gypsy Prince was our cherished vision for creating an International Broadway style entertainment for the Indian viewers. We have now crossed non-stop 2000 shows and this spectacular achievement is a dream come true for us. Today I feel that we have been on the right path to entertain and delight our audiences and we hope to continue with its dream run.”  

As the curtains came down on this milestone show the audience erupted as in one with a standing ovation and loud cat calls! There was revelry in aisles with the viewers matching their steps with the dancers in their midst. Indeed a moment where euphoria ruled and every one of the viewers felt rejuvenated!

Written by the legendary Javed Akhtar and with music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Zangoora is an enchanting blend of song, music and creativity which has enthralled visitors from across the globe and made Indians proud. The sheer spectacle, ecstasy and beauty ofZangoora has won millions of hearts globally and continues to weave its web of magic amongst enthralled viewers!
The Core Team
Anumod Sharma, Viraf Sarkari, Andre Timmins and Sabbas Joseph
Executive Creative Producer & Director
Viraf Sarkari
Stage Director
Vikranth Pawar
Javed Akhtar
Creative Directors & Dialogues
Anindita Menon
Music Directors
Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy
Art Direction
Omung Kumar Bhandula
Production Designer
Vanita Omung Kumar
Choreography & Dance Directors
Costume Design 
Shiamak Davar & Glen D’Mello                                           Co Neeta Lulla

Monday, August 22, 2016

Indi Cheeni Bao Bhai

When you think of eating out habits of people in Delhi NCR, there are two cuisines that can never lose their charm- Indian and Chinese. We do flirt with the fajita and preen with the pizza but when we are truly famished and wanting heart-warming good food, nothing can beat the lure of a crisp tandoori roti or a well made stir-fry. Invariable the ladies of the group gravitate towards Chinese, but often men want their dal roti fix which makes selecting a restaurant difficult.

Now it is possible to have the best of both Indian and Chinese under one roof in Gurgaon. For the first time in Delhi NCR, this unique concept of "Confluence of two worlds - Indian & Chinese" has been introduced by the renowned restaurant chain "Veda". Veda, which is already a very popular brand for high quality Indian food in Delhi, have gone a step further and granted the wish of every food loving family or group of friends.

I recently attended the pre-launch Blogger's Meet hosted by Veda and Djingg's, Gurgaon and came back truly satiated. Apart from the well thought menus from both "Veda" & "Djinggs", right from the sumptuous authentic Pan-Indian cuisines to delectable Chinese dishes in Sichuan style, the restaurant has a lot to offer. The expert chefs of the two respective cuisines bring a perfect balance of traditional food with contemporary style cooking in their respective domains. Introduction of fresh and unique concepts like ‘clay pot’ cooking from China(for the first time in this region) with delectable herbs offer tenderness and richness to cooking, which is also healthy at the same time.

The ambiance and decor of the restaurant have been done keeping in mind the two varied cultures, cuisines, people, etc. The reflection of two different regions is most visible on the the ceiling and walls with trendy dim lights and beautiful sun-umbrellas on one side whilst preserving the classic look of Veda with chandeliers and mirrors on the other. The restaurant transports you to an intriguing world.


Speaking of food, we started with a very unique Radish Cake. I was happy to see my 12 year old daughter savour a vegetable like radish with relish! Next came the dimsum which were exquisite with a choice of sauces. I particularly liked the Pokchoy Spinach Cristal Dumplings. Another Chinese starter I liked was the French Beans Dry Chilli and Garlic. In Indian snacks there was a crunchy Palak Patta Chaat and Paneer Roomani, very subtly flavoured and different presentation of paneer, a relief from tasteless paneer tikkas in usual restaurants in which the marination almost never reaches the centre.

In the main course, the Chicken Claypot Rice definitely stood out with its delicate fragrance and flavor. For the hard core spice lovers, there was of course Rogan Lamb Shank and Gosht Biryani, with succulent pieces of lamb and perfectly cooked rice. Mathania Chilli Paneer Khurchan was a great dish for vegetarians and again such a relief from the usual Kadai Paneers that has actually made me hate paneer in restaurants. In Chinese the Stir Fried Green Beans were truly spectacular.

The dessert choices were the best of Indian and Chinese, tried and tested classics- Shahi Tukda and Darsaan with Vanilla Icecream. You cannot go wrong with these, if they are made to perfection. It was such a welcome relief to try food that was genuinely well cooked and well presented, retaining all the tastes and aromas, without any gimmicks of molecular gastronomy or some such, for a change. Veda and Djingg's is sure to be a popular place for some authentic food, tastefully served.