Parmigiano-Reggiano Festival at Sorrento

Sorrento located at Shangri-La, known for being one of the finest restaurants in Delhi to serve Italian cuisine is cooking up another storm in the culinary world by paying tribute to the king of cheese- Parmigiano-Reggiano or commonly known as Parmesan Cheese with a specially crafted menu by the master duo -Chef Luigi Ferraro from Italy and Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi.

I had an opportunity to try out their menu and before I move on to anything, there is just one word to describe the meal and that would be-exquisite. The meal had perfect flavours which were mixed with authentic Italian tastes leading to a wonderful afternoon. The menu features Parmesan Cheese as the main hero which has been aged over 12, 24 and 36 months.

The top picks of my meal were:

1. Chicken and Mushroom Bruschetta

The bruschetta topped with diced chicken and mushroom with balsamic vinegar was delicious. The crunchiness of the grilled garlic bread and the softness of the toppings went very well together. The bruschetta had interesting flavours of the parmesan cheese which gave it a creamy texture. It was indeed, a wonderful treat.

2. Season salad with semi dried cuore di bue tomatoes

The salad was served with a dash of extra virgin olive oil with rashes of Parmesan cheese which gave it an interesting twist. The star of the dish for me was the core di bue tomatoes which had a juicy and a dense flesh making it a perfect fit for the salad.

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3. Ravioli stuffed with 24 months aged Parmesan

This one was exquisite- an amalgamation of flavours, taste and texture. The stuffing of the  Parmesan cheese was made into a custard and had been glazed with butter which gave it a creamy texture. The ravioli was garnished with morel mushroom, balsamic caviar and micro greens which added a wonderful balance to the preparation.

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4. Parmesan Cheesecake

The cheesecake at Sorrento is probably the best cheesecake I have had till date. The cake was soft and had a delicious taste of the 24 month aged Parmesan cheese in it. It was served with a scoop of 24 month aged Parmesan gelato which was nutty and had a satisfying salty flavour which went brilliantly well with the cheesecake. The drizzle of the spicy chocolate sauce over the cheese cake gave it an exceptional flavor, making it a wonderful end to a perfect meal.

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Sorrento certainly does a fine job in celebrating Parmesan Cheese and that too, with such amazing line up of dishes. The Parmigiano Reggiano Festival is on till the September 26, and you cannot miss it especially if you’re a fan of Italian cuisine.

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Oat It Out

When was the last time someone mentioned Oats and you made a face? Seems like yesterday right where you had a friend or your mom talking about trying oats and you running away from it. I used to find myself doing that too. However, all of it deliciously changed with the first taste from a bowl of oats. They did taste good and one couldn’t really ignore the health benefits that add on with it. It turned out to be a win-win situation- Oats found a fan in me and I enjoyed the health benefits with the taste. Ever since, I have been on a trip of experimenting with dishes that incorporate Oats and make it the main hero of the dish.

Oats are considered as a food for the boring, but with some ingredients they turn out to be great dishes. They are rich in protein and are a great add on to your staple diet. The friend of mine who introduced me to the wonderful world of oats challenged me to take up the Quaker Oats challenge where I had to show my creative side and come up with interesting recipes.

Desserts have always caught my fancy and I decided to take up this challenge in full force and come up with dishes that are a perfect way to end the meal yet are healthy and low on the sugar level. Quaker Oats are known to be the perfect energy source and are rich in protein. With the ongoing holy festival of Ramadan going on, I thought that incorporating Quaker Oats in desserts would be a perfect way to be a part of the festivities while keeping the guilt of the calories at bay. This challenge particularly interested me since most associate desserts with add on calories, and it was a perfect way to show that they can be healthy too.

I plan to make the FruOaty Bowl which is a perfect dessert bowl and has all the flavors intact:

Ingredients:

  1. Quaker Oats
  2. Hung Curd
  3. Museli
  4. Nuts
  5. Honey
  6. Choco Chips
  7. Fruits
Recipe:
  1. Take a bowl and add 4 teaspoon of hung curd .
  2. Add 3-4 tbsp of Quaker Oats
  3. Add 2 tbsp of Museli with nuts
  4.  Add pomegranate and apples to give it the right amount of freshness.
  5. Mix 1 tbsp of honey
  6. For the final touch, add choco chips to give it the sweet touch.
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For the second recipe, I opted to make Chia Almond Chocolate Oats
Ingredients
1. Quaker Oats
2. Cocoa powder
3. Chia seeds
4. Salt
5. Hung curd
6. Milk
7. Honey
8. Vanilla Extract
Recipe:
1. Mix Quaker Oats and cocoa powder in a bowl
2.Add chia seeds and a pinch of salt in the dish to give it a crunchy texture
3. Once mixed, add hung curd and milk to the bowl.
4. To give it a sweet twist, add honey and vanilla extract to the mixture.
5. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 2 hours or even overnight.
6. Sprinkle almond slivers on top of the dessert and serve it.
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Rangla Punjab By Punjab Grill

Punjab Grill has been a go to place if you want to indulge in North Indian flavours and the restaurant has always lived up to it’s reputation of being one of the best restaurants in the country to serve some delectable preparations.
The restaurant recently celebrated it’s Rangla Punjab food festival where the restaurant brought the authentic flavours of rural Punjab to our tables. Punjab Grill recently went to Punjab to discover these interesting flavours so that their loyalists could savour the true colours of the rich city.
The festival was organised at their Select CITYWALK outlet where they went all out in terms of the décor, ambience, uniforms and of course, the food to give their customers a true feel of real Punjab.The traditional Punjabi and Sufi music that was being played in the background added to the whole vibe of the restaurant which set the mood right.

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The menu of the festival had dishes that were picked straight from the interiors of Punjab and presented to us. The line up was interesting which included the traditional drink-Kanji , Atta Chicken, Makki ki Roti and Sarson Ka Saag, Kunna Meat and Hare Chholiya Da Pulao amongst others.

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My top picks from their amazing menu were:

1. Kaali Gajar Di Kanji
While growing up, Kanji was one of my favourite drinks on during this particular season. I have fond memories of sipping on this tangy drinks in my grandmother’s kitchen while wishing that another glass is in store for me. The Rangla Punjab festival brought those memories rushing back when I had it. Same tangy taste with delicious flavours made the drink even more special.

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2. Machhi De Pakore
I am not much of a fish eater, hence I was a little sceptical while trying this out. However, the dish surprised me as I found myself actually enjoying it. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, the Machhi De Pakore earned itself a fan in me. Delicious is the right word to describe these amazing treats.

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3. Kotkapure Da Atta Chicken
Everyone knows that Atta Chicken is a well known delicacy and it’s origin lies in Kotkapura town of Faridkot district in Punjab. The recipe includes marinating the chicken with secret spices and dry fruits which is wrapped in a muslin cloth. The chicken is then covered in a kneaded flour or atta and roasted in a tandoor.

Watching the chef break open the roasted flour to get out the perfectly cooked chicken was a treat for the eyes. The chicken was soft and the flavours of the spices with the dry fruits was a unique combination. For all foodies, you have got to experience this delicacy to understand the jewels that are prepared in the unknown towns that truly define the rich culture that Punjab has to offer.

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4. Kunna Meat
This dish stole the show and definitely won my heart. The dish had amazing flavours with the meat being so soft that it came off easily from the bone. Another traditional dish, Kunna Meat is cooked in a clay pot below ground level. With every bite of the dish, I could taste the variety of spices that were used in it. The mutton had a distinct aroma which came from the method in which it was cooked. The meat had some earthy flavours and aroma which made it a unique dish in itself.

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5. Makhane Di Kheer
A gorgeous dessert to end a royal meal. Makhane Di Kheer was a perfect dessert and I loved how the softness of Makhane merged well with the sweetness of kheer. Perfect for the palate, the kheer was not too sweet which made it a perfect dish to savour the meal.

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Punjab Grill has done a wonderful job in getting the best of rural Punjab to their tables. Rangla Punjab was a great way to acknowledge the dishes that represent the forgotten delicacies. From servers to the cooks, everyone went an extra mile to make the guests feel connected with roots of Punjab.
P.S. According to inside news, they are soon taking the Rangla Punjab food festival to Mumbai. So Mumbai foodies have now a reason to celebrate.

 

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Asian Hawkers Market

Delhi is often termed as a foodie’s heaven and every month a food festival is organised to celebrate this passion of food. After the roaring success of the first edition of The Asian Hawkers Market, Select CITYWALK presented the city with the second edition. Sponsored by Veeba, the food festival saw different Pan Asian restaurants flaunting their best dishes and customized menus.

Being a die hard fan of Pan Asian cuisine, I knew that I couldn’t miss this one. The line up of restaurants that were a part of the festival was impressive which included Pa Pa Ya , The Bento Cafe and Asia7 amongst the other popular ones. Select CITYWALK made sure that the second edition of the Asian Hawkers was larger and better than the first edition. About 32 restaurants participated in the festival and dished out around 125 dishes which included signature dishes from popular Asian joints.

Asia7 , a prominent player in the Pan Asian cuisine served some fantastic sushi. Loved how brilliantly well the Salmon Maki roll was prepared. It had an intriguing flavour which tasted well along with the dip it was served with. This one won the vote of my taste buds.

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Le Meridien’s Latest Recipe again impressed me with it’s popular Okonomiyaki Pancakes which are savoury. A Japanese preparation, the dish has been made popular by Chef Tanveer Kwatra, the Head Chef of Le Meridien. ‘Okonomi’, a Japanese term for ‘what you want’ or ‘what you like’, holds the essence of the preparation. With a variety of ingredients used this one was a delicious pick. The stall saw some authentic dishes being served with the chef’s showing their skills through their master cooking.

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The Live Teppanyaki Grill at Benihana was a sight to watch. The Japanese chefs tossed and hacked iron grills to create magic with shrimps, steak and other meats. The counter was buzzing with excitement and some interesting flavours which had everyone drawn to it. The chefs looked like masters of the game and amazed everyone not only with their dishes but also with their skills.

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The second edition of the Asian Hawkers Market was indeed a cultural extravaganza. From the best of Asian food, great music and street dances, the festival turned out to be a gala event. Select CITYWALK played the perfect host and made sure the shoppers got a good dose of some lip smacking food. The restaurants made sure that the guests got a taste of their popular dishes and put their best food out there. A grand event for foodies deserves all the love and attention that caters to their interest. Can’t wait to visit the next edition of this amazing festival.

Handpicked Market

Nowadays with crazy work schedules and no time to have proper healthy meals, we are constantly fighting a war to lead a healthy lifestyle in this crazy never stopping world. There are multiple stores cropping up in the city which cater to healthy meals but one finds it difficult to go around the city picking them up and assembling them together. Fortunately, Select CITYWALK has been organising the Handpicked Market every Sunday and the market is my first pit stop to get my dose of healthy and organic food.

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The Handpicked Market is called to be a one stop solution to the finest high quality organic products and when one looks at the products that are offer, every word stands true. There is an array of live food counters which includes the popular Anna Perenna Pizza and The French Farm Gourmet meats and cold cuts. There were plenty of options to munch on while exploring the market.

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One stall that really impressed me was the AllNut‘s Cold Pressed Artisan Milk. Being a fan of cold pressed juices, these milk bottles caught my fancy. The variety of flavors left me confused about which ones to try. There was Cocoa, Basil and Cinnamon Almond Milk to choose from. The Chocolate flavor was delicious and hearty. The nutrients of milk and the flavor of chocolate had my tastebuds rolling.

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Another attraction are the vegetables being sold at the market. The display is beautiful and the fruits and vegetables look so beautiful that everytime I go there, I am seen leaving with two bags full of them. The luscious colors of these lovelies reflect that they have been handpicked. I recommend all your weekly vegetable shopping should be done from here so that you guys get your dose of healthy food.

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Sue’s Homemade Preserve is also showcasing at the market. They have a beautiful collection of pickles and jams which will remind you of those summer vacations spent enjoying those tangy pickles made by your grandmother. I personally loved the Rajasthani Narangi Pickle which was delicious and well prepared. Who knew pickles could be healthy too!

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Select CITYWALK has definitely hit a home run with the Handpicked Market. It’s an ideal platform for those trying to introduce healthy lifestyle and for those who are on the lookout for healthier options to include in their meals. Do drop by at the market every Sunday and you’ll fall in love with it.