Sangria is the New Cool

Attention ladies!! Planning a get-together with your lovely girl gang? Bored of a normal day at work? Don’t worry we have a plan for you… IMG_1372 ITC Grand Central brings to our rescue a 5-course lunch menu with UNLIMITED SANGRIA, yes ladies you heard me right- unlimited sangria. As women I know for a matter of fact that we are a sucker for food, shopping and wineeeee…..

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We crave for days when we can chill and chat with our girlies escaping office and boredom at home, so here is a plan that will just make things right for you. I happened to attend the Sangria Festival last week with my best friend and had ball of a time with 5 types of different sangria rushing in on our table. IMG_1544

Cinnamon & Apple Sangria
Cinnamon & Apple Sangria

The first sangria that we were introduced to was cinnamon and apple sangria, which was made with white wine. I personally don’t like cinnamon in my drinks but this sangria had just the right blend of all the tree ingredients namely white wine, apple and cinnamon.

Cinnamon-Apple Sangria and Apple Sangria
Cinnamon-Apple Sangria and Apple Sangria

Second on the list was Apple Sangria in red wine, what was very different about this sangria was it had a hint of brandy and orange in it. The sangria also contained very little cinnamon, which added to the flavour and enriched it.

Verry Berry Sangria
Verry Berry Sangria

The third sangria that was served to us was the Very Berry Sangria. This was one of my favorites because with the very first sip I took, I had a burst of flavors in my mouth. The sangria contained all possible berries in it like strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, etc. It was made with red wine and had a vibrant colour.

Strawberry Sangria
Strawberry Sangria

Forth came the White Strawberry Sangria that was made with strawberries and white wine. One amazing fact about this sangria is that it does not contain Rose’ Wine, yes so the color comes singularly through the strawberries. This Sangria happened to be my best friends favorite in the list due to its strawberry content, which added, ample of flavor to the wine.

Pan & Melon Sangria
Pan & Melon Sangria

The last Sangria was the Pan & Melon Sangria, which was the most unique one in the lot. It is rightly ‘said save the best for the last’ and that’s what Shanghai Club did, it saved the best Sangria and served it last. The hint of pan in the sangria added a very unique flavor to the white wine and melons balanced the drink perfectly. This also made into my list of favourites due to its uniqueness and blend.

Chilly Butter Chicken Soup
Chilly Butter Chicken Soup

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Moving on to the food, we were first served with the chilly butter chicken soup, which was extraordinarily good and had just the right amount of spice. For the appetizers we had vegetable spring roll, stir fried veggies, Crispy Basa fish and chicken dumplings. I would give the basa fish in guiyang style thumbs up and recommend all the seafood lovers to try it once. For the mains we were served vegetable burnt garlic rice and vegetable hakka noodles with braised chicken in clay pot, which was cooked to its perfection. The main course was light and well balanced just as we needed it, after a very heavy round of entrees running in.

Honey Coated Noodles with Vanilla Ice cream
Honey Coated Noodles with Vanilla Ice cream

Inspite of being very full, we couldn’t resist ourselves from having the honey coated noodles with vanilla ice-cream which completed our meal perfectly.

The Sangria Master
The Sangria Master

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“I am expensive but I am worth it” says Biryani360

Travel Coffee Vogue received an invitation by Shayan Italia to taste a biryani going by the name “Biryani 360”, we were intrigued as to why 360 would have been postfixed to Biryani! On our way to meet him we were wondering is Biryani360 a restaurant? If yes then why is Shayan calling us to his residence!FullSizeRender (1)

As we reached Shyan’s residence we were greeted warmly by the man himself, he soon clarified that the reason he called us home was because Biryani360 is a Delivery and Pickup service. Shayan spoke about a very new concept in the food business which is- having a completely online ordering system through their website or the smartphone app. A point to be noted is that all payments are to be made online, eliminating the need for cash on delivery and the hassles that come with it in the process. Fullscreen capture 26012015 61309 PM.bmp

Biryani360’s menu is limited to two dishes or should we call it one dish in two types- a Veg and a Un-Veg. Personally, we found this to be very surprising as whichever menu we have seen till date floods us with a lot of dishes and sometimes even variety of cuisines are tried to fit in. This point clearly proves that Biryani360 is a master in what it offers. Moving on to the biryanis, in the  un-veg option they have only chicken biryani, so here’s a treat for chicken lovers.B360-15

We personally don’t prefer biryani, but when we tried the Un-veg Biryani360 our taste buds visited heaven, it had just the right flavour and aroma. As soon as we took the first bite all the wonderful flavours blew our mind away, the blend was awesome with perfectly cooked chicken. We would want to mention one thing that stood out in the biryani, the chicken biryani had just the right amount of vegetables making it much more healthier and flavoursome than its competitors. One of the reasons why biryani is not on top favourite list is, the amount of oil used to prepare it but Shyans magical recipe changed that completely, Biryani360 has very little oil saving you from the ‘guilt trip’. When you have the biryani you realize that it is much lighter and easily digestible with high quality ingredients used to prepare it.FullSizeRenderFullSizeRender (3)

The vegetarian version of the biryani has a variety of vegetables such as green peas, carrots and french beans cooked to its perfection.

The spicy Biryani was served with the creamy and fluffy raita also called ‘yogurt’ by shayan,which balances the spice well. The raita is prepared using the same masala as the biryani which makes it stand out.

Biryani360 has come up with a cute concept of delivering biryani meals in a box. The veg biryani box is green in color and the un-veg is red, avoiding any confusion before one opens the pack. The box has a very big section reserved for the biryani and two small sections; one for the raita which is complimentary with the biryani and the other one is left empty incase you fall in love with the yogurt and happen to buy an extra portion (available for Rs.30 extra). The Whole box costs Rs 360, hence the name Biryani360.FullSizeRender (4)FullSizeRender (2)

The only disappointment we had with biryani360 was that it only delivers within the boundaries of Khar and Bandra.

But we promise whenever we are in bandra,it will be top on our chart.

To order: Download their app on your phone or visit their website www.biryani360.com

Rating: 4.5/5

Put your best foot forward with BONJOUR socks

Rightly said, “He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter. In winter the starts seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalter simplicity”

Every year as the winters appear near, I suddenly start to crave for ample of food and friends to chat with. What is a night during winters without some hot coffee, food, friends, light music and a bonfire!! But hey, don’t forget to wear your SOCKS…….

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BONJOUR, the number one player in socks market, which has been keeping millions of feet happy with their exclusive range of socks. Bonjour is one of the most respected brands for its quality standards and the variety it has to offer. We are glad to receive some from their winter collection, they happened to send us this set of vibrant and colorful socks.

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As soon as we tried them, we fell in love with the very attractive and comfortable pair of socks. The sad thing about socks is, most of them are plain and boring but Bonjour provides us with great variety socks to choose from in different colors. They are extremely comforting and fit perfectly providing you with the right amount of warmth. Its versatility allows you to pair them up with almost everything, it is surprising how these cute little socks add up to your glam quotients and makes you look more stylish.

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BONJOUR offers you a wide range with variety of prints to choose from at a very affordable price. The socks are available in various shades of bright and vibrant colors like red, green, yellow, orange, purple, etc with its price ranging between Rs 230 to Rs 300 per pair.

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If you’re looking at where to buy them from they are available at all the leading hosiery and garment stores all over India. One can also buy them online at www.bonjourretail.com.

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A feast from the EAST

East Asian Spice Trail is the latest fine dining restaurant to open at the highly acclaimed five-star Hotel Sahara Star in Mumbai.

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EAST’s menu combines culinary delights from China, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand and takes diners on a mouth-watering and irresistible journey of East Asian cuisine.

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The restaurant’s interior setup is lavish and guests can easily succumb to the warmth and coziness created by the restaurant’s creative decor and soft music which plays in the background. The seating arrangement is also very spacious and the restaurant can easily accommodate up to 120 people at one time.

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The delightful staff at EAST greeted us with a Mojito – a punchy Cuban mocktail featuring mint, lime juice and sparkling water – as a welcoming drink to refresh our palettes before we dug into a series of scrumptious dishes picked for us by Sous Chef Vikas.

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Mojito

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We started off lunch with a heart warming traditional hot & sour chicken soup with deliciously crunchy bamboo shoots and bean sprouts – a perfect cure for the Mumbai winter! For starters we ate the mind blowing crispy chicken with coriander, pepper and onion and also mouth-melting mushrooms in black pepper sauce.

Hot & Sour Soup
Hot & Sour Soup

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Crispy Chicken with Coriander
Crispy Chicken
Salt and Pepper Prawns
Salt and Pepper Prawns
Black Pepper Mushroom
Black Pepper Mushroom

For those in the mood for seafood or something a bit lighter, the options include the Sui Mai: vegetarian and prawns; salt and pepper prawns and Vietnamese spring rolls.

Prawns Sui Mai
Prawns Sui Mai
Chicken Sui Mai
Chicken Sui Mai
Vegetable Sui Mai
Vegetable Sui Mai
Vietnamese Spring Roll
Vietnamese Spring Roll

Moving onto the (wickedly amazing) main course, we enjoyed the heavenly fresh salmon cooked in black bean sauce and decadent lobster in XO sauce accompanied with burnt garlic fried rice and vegetable hakka noodles.

Vegetable Hakka Noodles
Vegetable Hakka Noodles
Lobster in XO Sauce
Lobster in XO Sauce
Salmon in Black Bean Sauce
Salmon in Black Bean Sauce

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Burnt Garlic Fried Rice
Burnt Garlic Fried Rice

Last but not least, the dark chocolate cremeaux with sweet tamarind almond biscuit and the Thai custard tart with marinated fruits brought the perfect sweet end to our scrumptious lunch.

Dark Chocolate Cremeaux with Sweet Tamarind Almond Biscuit
Dark Chocolate Cremeaux with Sweet Tamarind Almond Biscuit
Thai Custard Tart
Thai Custard Tart

Not only was the food at EAST magnificent, the service is equally fantastic; the staff is affable and always have a smile on their lips and are ready to do whatever is required to make the dining experience majestic. We were lucky enough to receive a farewell gift hamper from the team!

EAST is one of the newest premium fine dining options in Mumbai. The food designed to appease those yearning for authentic Pan-Asian cuisine.

Travel Coffee Vogue gives a full thumbs up to EAST, Bon Appétit!

Food: 4.5/5.0 | Ambience: 4.0/5.0 | Service: 4.0/5.0 | Overall: 4.0/5.0

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Rustic Arts – Nature at its best for beauty

Travel Coffee Vogue gives full thumbs up to Rustic Arts, here is our take on their products.

We received this beautiful product hamper from Rustic Art this week. We were very excited to review these wonderful herbal products. 🙂 Hamper

Rustic Art specialize in providing fantastic organic and herbal skin and hair products. The product variety ranges from gels, lotions, face wash and oils.

As quoted by Rustic Art, the products surely do help us living a life, which is “ free of harmful toxins, chemicals and artificial elements.”

Our fabulous goodie bag contained 7 products namely:

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  • Organic wild rose body wash
  • Neem & Basil face wash
  • Organic facial glow lotion
  • Organic hair oil
  • Aloe Vera papaya gel
  • Aloe Vera lavender gel
  • Aloe shampoo
Rose body wash
Rose body wash

The Rose Body Wash, which contains the goodness of Cedar Wood, Aloe Vera and sunflower, goes well with all skin types and is surely worth the buy. Its aroma is something to die for.

Neem & Basil Face Wash
Neem & Basil Face Wash

Neem and Basil Face Wash has the goodness of Geranium, Juniper, Lavender & Chamomile and is a must have for all you lovely girls with acne problem. I had constantly been struggling with my acne for a decade now and this came to my rescue, Neem & Basil face wash by Rustic Art is definitely one of my favorites in the list.

Facial glow
Facial Glow Lotion

The Organic Facial Glow Lotion is also one of best they have, the product not only gives a glory glow to your skin but also moisturizes it well. All you lovely ladies out there this can be your 2-minute facial trick to make heads turn around and take a toll on other women while you glow.

Organic Hair Oil
Organic Hair Oil

Who doesn’t wish for lovely and well-nourished hair? This root-to-tip Organic Hair Oil has the goodness of Sesame, Hibiscus, Fenugreek, Heena & Bhringraja, which gives your hair the nourishment it needs. This hair oil also helps in curing dandruff and reduces hair fall. I strongly suggest trying this hair oil and maintaining you hair as you’ve always dreamt of.

Aloe-Vera Papaya Gel
Aloe-Vera Papaya Gel

The Aloe Vera Papaya Gel clears complexion and also helps in removing blemishes. It not only acts as a healing for cracked skin but also nourishes the skin to its fullest.

Aloe-Vera Lavender Gel
Aloe-Vera Lavender Gel

Aloe Vera Lavender Gel is a must have for people with dry skin and wrinkles. This gel totally helps in repairing skin and fading wrinkles.

Aloe Shampoo
Aloe Shampoo

The Aloe Shampoo helps in acquiring the always dreamt for bouncy hair, Aloe Vera content in the shampoo helps in repairing you hair and making it strong. The consistency of the shampoo is pretty thick and a small portion could be taken for medium length hair.

My Favs– Neem & Basil Face Wash and Facial Glow lotion.

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Overall, I personally loved the products by Rustic Art and this goes into one of my favourite skincare product list.

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I give Rustic Art 4.5/5.