High Tea with Giaa Manek

Giaa Manek is an Indian television actress. She played the role of Jeannie in Sab TV’s Jeannie Aur Juju and Gopi in Saath Nibhaana Saathiya. She is of Gujarati heritage.

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Travel Coffee Vogue spent their evening over tea and snacks with Giaa. Have a look at what Giaa has to say to all of us.

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  • Something about me- Well besides being in the glamour industry and being an actress ,I m an extremely simple, girl next door who isn’t affected with the glamour.
  • Current projects – At the moment I have been reading scripts and waiting to sign something as special as my 1st two shows .
  • Sayings I live by- Honest people are always rewarded /In life surround yourself with those who light your path/if people are trying to bring u down ,it’s becoz they can’t be where ur so be proud of yourself .
  • After a hectic day where do u simply go to have a good time – Long drive ,listen to my favourite music.
  • Favourite cuisine- Anything that made with chicken.
  • First fun in the sun vacation with friends – Esselworld.
  • Favourite place in India – Yet have to explore india to choose my favourite.
  • Most differing word you have heard someone use to describe you- Well whatever it is ,it has always been behind my back. People generally are very kind on my face.
  • How I like to spend my weekends –I start by sleeping well , eating well, watching a good movie on my dvd with my loved ones around and lastly going out with my true friends and in between have a chat session with my fans.
  • What I like best about Mumbai- Vada Pav.
  • Fashion trend u swear by- Summer dresses.
  • What makes my day – When I m complimented for my work.
  • What ruins it – Liars ,hypocrites ,unprofessionals.
  • Favourite street food- Vada Pav .
  • Fashion trend I can’t stand- When ppl wear clothes that just don’t suit thier body type.
  • 3 people I would love to invite for dinner -Three of my fans.
  • A tune I can’t get out of my hear – Currently aashique 2 songs.
  • A recent movie I would have liked to be in – Jab We Met
  • One lie that I have got away with – That I m 20 year old.
  • A movie that makes me cry – most of them. (some with happiness and some with sorrow )
  • A movie that brings smile to my face – All salman khan movies.
  • 1 thing I can’t stand – Bad body odour.
  • Yoga or Gym- Yoga
  • Few words for Travel Coffee Vogue- Have read your articles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram really interesting,unique and refreshing to read. 🙂

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Indian Fusion – Fancy & Flavoursome!

Try the North Indian delicacies here and we bet you will be craving to come back for more!

I love the way the love of food knows no bounds and so here in Pennant hills, our dinner kick-started with Tropical Orgasm and Shiela ki Jawaani and ended also with a dessert that seduces. Hold on to your thoughts! We are talking about their signature cocktail drinks which we thought were just right for those Friday night kicks.

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It is not like many other Indian eateries that like to keep it basic and simple, Indian Fusion is more for fancy dining. With plush lighting and decor, what attracted us most was their Bollywoodish bar board which read the famous Bollywood item numbers and northie dialogues like ‘O tereeee’, ‘galaan hor’ and ‘kukad rocks’.

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Now coming to their finest starters, which for us as the best part of the meal. Soya Chap ($ 13) and Tandoori Murgh ($15) are their popular starters. We absolutely loved their soya chap.

That is a must try here. I am still craving for those crispy chaps while writing this now.

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Young and energetic owner Sumeet Sarna had a chat with us and mentioned that he has studied hospitality management and has been in the industry for more than a decade now. I must say, he presents his experience rightly in both -food and restaurant management. They offer a fully stocked bar and do banqueting for small private parties.

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Zesty and flavoursome, their Paneer Butter Tarka ($18) melts in the mouth. We tried it with soft and just right Garlic Butter Naan ($4) which reminded me of my Amritsari food experiences in India. To add more flavour to the mains was Bhindi chatpati ($18), crispy okra with dry tomato gravy. All the fusion flavour ended with soft, subtle and not so sweet dessert – Pista Kulfi with roasted almonds ($8). We liked Indian Fusion and give this one full thumbs up!

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Cost of average meal for two: Approx $45
Address: 114 Yarrara Road, Pennant Hills NSW 2120.
Contact: Indian Fusion – (02) 9484 4662 / www.indianfusion.com.au

Crafted With Style- Krafftwork Accessories!!

Travel Coffee Vogue got lucky this weekend and happened to receive wonderful goodies from Krafftwork. Every woman desires a collection of accessories at a very budget friendly cost; krafftwork aims at fulfilling that desire of every girl.

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Krafftwork is started by a very strong headed girl named Kavisha Doshi who is just 19 and at her age runs her own line of jewelry. She is an inspiring woman and takes you by awe every time you interact with her. Her aim is to take Krafftwork to a level where no can ever imagine at that age, I admire her dedication and believe that is what makes her unique and very different from others.

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Talking about Krafftwork, they deal in range of accessories from rings to necklaces, anklets to head chains, ear cuffs to bracelets and we are in love with every bit of it. One thing I truly adore about Krafftwork is that they are up-to-date with the current fashion trends and styles and the variety it offers would cater to all women with different preferences and style. I personally loved their designs, as they are unique and best for today’s girl. They have a range of variety to choose from and one can never miss out on options, no matter what they are looking for. I tried their ear cuffs and bracelets and they are awesome to wear on every occasion. I am totally obsessed with the pearl chain I got from their collection, which is very elegant and beautiful.

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I also enjoyed wearing their metallic flash tattoo, which goes well with all outfits and adds a flashy edge to your look.

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We are pleased to inform you that krafftwork is soon launching their exclusive range of Jewelry, which will be having Kavisha’s personal touch to it and will make the brand stand out from others.

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So we would recommend all you lovely girls to head and log on to Jabong  (http://www.jabong.com/krafftwork/) and Paytm (https://paytm.com/shop/search/?q=krafftwork) to order your set of fashionable jewelry from Krafftwork.

We totally went gaga over the brand and we hope you find it as awesome as we did. 🙂

A Gastronomical Journey To Amritsar!

Travel Coffee Vogue is back at Jyran restaurant at Sofitel BKC to experience the flavours of Amritsar for the Baisakhi special Amritsari Food Festival.

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Jyran makes sure that your journey to Amritsar starts right at the entrance of the restaurant with the reception designed to look like a decked up Punjab Di Truck. As a cheerful hostess guides us to the restaurant we notice the colourful Firkis and the thatched roof held by the bamboos as we walk towards the restaurant doors. And once inside, right from the chhach-lassi counter to the traditionally dressed servers, everything reminds you of the rustic charm of Amritsar.

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We settle down and find ourselves the best seats right in the middle of the restaurant to witness all the action around us. We decided to beat the summer heat with Shikanji, recommended by the restaurant manager. This refreshing drink is a blend of fresh mint, lemon, black salt and rose water.

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The menu left us in a fix and tempted us, but after some contemplation we decided to toss our diet plans and order every special dish off the menu. We thought we’d explode if we consumed so much in a day and to our surprise and delight, this festival shook up our pre conceived notion that North Indian food or rather Punjabi Fare is a heavy affair. For the appetizers we tried Bhatti ka Murgh, Amritsari Boti, Tandoori Machchi, Jinga Patiala, Murgh Kasoori Kebab and Amritsari Machchi.

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As we were busy polishing off these distinctly flavoured meat delicacies we were joined by Jyran’s Master Chef Shauqat Ali Qureshi for a chat. He took us through his journey by recounting fascinating and captivating tales of his career as he reminisced about serving the Nawab royalties, international conglomerates, Sports and Bollywood celebrities alike. We were told; Chef Qureshi specially invited Master Chef India Contestant Chef Jyoti Arora to lend her culinary expertise to this festival. A hearty Amritsari herself, she is currently working on a book that features the forgotten recipes of the Punjab households to trace the Punjabi cuisines to its roots. You can catch her on her shows, The Rasoi Show(Fastway Punjab) and Zaika(DD Punjabi) where she showcases local talent.

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We then proceeded to the main course (YES! Even after gorging on all the yummy starters). We called for Maa Ki Daal, Amritsari Chhole, Gajar-Matar Ki Sabzi, Gobi-Matar Ki Sabzis, Naan Makhani and (the highlight of the main course)Rahra Gosht. Rahra Gosht, the minced meat dish had absolutely no layer of fat, meat so tender but perfectly cooked and soaked in all the minimal spices and juices was the winner of all the sabzis. Even the aroma was deceptive and left us wondering whether we were really consuming meat. This was washed down by Masaala Chaach.  We ended our elaborate meal with the super healthy Gud Halwa.

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Chef Jyoti Arora explained to us that contrary to popular belief a perfectly cooked meat dish is not one that has been prepared with too many ingredients or spices to bring in the right flavour and cancel the meat’s flavour. It is one that lets few, but the right spices that work in unison and let the meat retain its flavour which is what we noticed in every distinct dish. She broke another myth that the usually heavy affair that is served in the name of Punjabi Cuisine is a twisted and unhealthy version of the originally light and nourishing North Indian fare. So all in all, tummy happy, body happy! WIN-WIN!

Rating: 4/5

Summer Tales of Barbeque Nation.

It’s march! And we say hello to summer by experiencing Kulfi festival at Barbeque Nation where we were invited to try the “kulfi tasting session” along with the full course meal during the dinner time.

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The place has got amazing ambience with a well lit beautifully made interiors. Known for its ‘on your table barbeque concept’ where you have personalised grills for every table; you get to grill the veggies, chicken and prawns as per your preference with different marinades provided with a brush.

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The staff here is generous and are quite knowledgeable, they familiarise you with the various levels of flavouring and also assist you in the selection of dinner menu.

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We had sheek kebab,Cajun spice potato,sultani tangi,prawns,achaari mushroom and pepper chicken for starters. The kebabs were perfectly cooked with proper blend of spices. The prawns were unbelievably delicious, crispy from outside and soft and juicy from the inside. The tandoori cod fish was cooked to its perfection.

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Then after having a wholesome and heavy starters,we moved on to the main course starting with noodles which were light and bland, perfect after heavy kebabs and tandoor. It will not be wrong to say that the noodles were prepared keeping in mind how heavy the starters were. We tried ghost mutton,white sause pasta,kaali daal just to name a few. While having the ghost mutton, you could totally feel the burst of flavours in your mouth and when cut the mutton was pink which showed how well it was cooked.

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Finally moving on to desserts, we tried out the different varieties of kulfi’s we had been craving to taste for soo long. There were more than over a hundred varieties of kulfis that you could possibly have. But there were some 6 of them,which the chef recommended us to try on. Having tried all 6 of them we discovered that every type of kulfi tasted totally different form the other,each made with a totally unique concept and combination of ingredients.

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The paan kulfi and the strawberry kulfi were undoubtedly the best thing you can ever have and you just cant stop by having just one.

Overall, We really loved the starters which the right amount of flavouring and spices and sauces added to it. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable and so was their serving which was equally heart warming. The varieties of kulfis that we got offered here is something that you certainly won’t get easily anywhere else. This makes visiting BBQ nation a place which is hard to miss and something which is worth visiting over and over again.IMG_3209

Travel Coffee Vogue gives a full thumps up to Barbeque Nation for introducing Kulfi Nation.

Rating : 4/5

The luxurious get-a-way at Acron Waterfront Resort Goa.

Last week Travel Coffee Vogue was invited to Goa by Acron Waterfront, the newest member of the Fortune group of hotels and part of ITC’s Hotel chain. The resort is a beautiful boutique hotel with condo rooms alongside a river, which gets connected to the Baga Beach. One can see the baga beach from inside the hotel. The location is just perfect for anyone looking to experience North Goa and its hot spots and famous beaches.

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As we entered the resort we were offered wet towels with a delicious and much needed welcome drink. After we gulped in the drink we were escorted to our rooms, which look much like one room private villas. The rooms offer serene and stunning views of the river, the sea & the courtyard. The rooms were equipped with modern amenities and were elegant looking with an antique touch to it, for me that was added by the antique fan that was put up in the rooms. The room had a veranda where one can chill and have a beer at the night and probably star gaze.

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The resort also had a specially designed infinity pool, which has comfortable seabeds in it wherein people can have ball of a time just by sitting. The pool has an extension into the sea; if one is adventurous enough to swim into it at can do it at their own risk. The pool has a bar area attached to it for pool parties and drinks by the pool.

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One can also opt for fishing as an activity in the resort, and if you happen to catch the fish the chef will prepare them for you at the River Restaurant. We also tried our hand at fishing and moved to the river restaurant for dinner. The restaurant is spacious and has an outdoor and indoor seating area. We choose to sit outdoor by the riverside and have some happy times with delicious food.  We were first served the beetroot and coconut rasam, which was extremely yummy and forced us to ask them for an extra glass of it. Then we moved onto the appetizers wherein the chef suggested us to try dukkah-dusted prawns, fofos-fofos de arroz com queizo and ressois de camarao which were all amazing. I personally loved the dukkah-dusted prawns, which were huge jumbo prawns cooked traditionally in goan masala.  For the mains we tried Rahra Gosht, Murg tikka Makhani and Prawn Xacuti Masala; all the three were extremely well cooked with the right spices and flavour but if I had to suggest one I would say Prawn Xacuti Masala, which was again a traditional preparation in Xacuti Masala.  Then finally we moved to our dessert, one cannot leave a restaurant without having some very delicious and tempting desserts so we happened to try Chocolate mouse and the Coffee and toasted almond kulfi which was something I had never tried before so the concept of coffee kulfi took me by awe.

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The next day we tried some really good therapy and massage at the Sitara Spa, I took a Swedish Massage which helped me relax my body muscles and relaxed my mind and body and my colleague experienced their deep tissue spa. So the spa is one thing I would recommend all of you to experience at the Acron Waterfront Resort at Baga.

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We had a pleasant stay and enjoyed all the luxurious service at the resort. Travel Coffee Vogue gives full thumps up to Acron Waterfront Resort.