Author: Vidya Deshpande

Rain, Slides and Biryani

On a rainy afternoon if you are looking to get wet, what better way than sliding down into pools from heart-thumping heights. Yes, I’m talking about the water park at Appu Ghar in Gurgaon. Last Friday as it poured buckets, I fished out an umbrella and headed for Appu Ghar. I thought I was the one with the smart idea, but it turns out that a lot many in Gurgaon had the same idea too. But I didn’t dunk myself in the ‘Lazy River’ or  “Monsoon Mania’ (the rain was already doing that for me), instead, I opted to...

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Coffee, éclairs and an evening of creativity – Le Meridien Gurgaon

Le Meridien Gurgaon showcased éclairs and coffee with funky flavours to GurgaonMoms. What’s in a éclair? Chocolate and more chocolate, you say. But try telling that to the chefs at le Meridien Gurgaon and the answers you get will be simply amazing: masala tea, saunf , cheese, Old Monk rum… It started with Le Meridien’s Pastry Chef Johnny Luzzini’s who visited India and after experimenting with local flavours created an éclair using Darjeeling Tea, saunf, coconut flakes to create a uniquely flavoured éclair. [huge_it_slider id=”3″]   Le Meridien Gurgaon hosted a week-long coffee and éclair festival at the Longitudinal...

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Daawat E Biryani

Recipe Download (Click here ->) : Daawat Brown Rice Recipes Looking for the perfect biryani recipe? Thirty lucky GurgaonMoms got the best recipe in town from a chef, who cooks more with his instincts than a set recipe. And that’s what makes the difference. It’s not all in the ‘dum’, but it also how much heart and soul you put into its making!  And Chef Basant Kishor, Executive Chef, Ramada Central Gurgaon, did just that. His simplistic style of cooking, chatting with his audience and using his intuitive skills for portions instead of measuring cups, won the hearts of Gurgaon Moms. His simplistic manner...

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Musings of a Wannabe Gourmet GurgaonMom

Ah! So tomato prices are down to Rs 8 a kg! But why would I care? After all I am a resident of the uber, millennium city, which has grown from jaggery village (Gud–gaon) to Gurgaon and more popularly known as The Gaon, as the glitterati and chatterati say. I would rather go for the best and they cost ?2400/kg. Yes siree, I shop at the mecca for gourmets (not gourmands), FoodHall! It is a fantasy land created by the owners of the very middleclass Big Bazaar (where bargain hunters look for cheap deals on subse sasta Wednesdays).  And why would they cost so much? These are special Red Pear Tomatoes that only gourmets will know how to use! Or Belgian red tomatoes that also cost the same! And now I am scouring the Net looking for epicurean recipes that use these ingredients. After all, like most things in Gurgaon, I’m a wannabe too. [img source: corecommunique.com] The hedonistic FoodHall opened to a select audience in Gurgaon two weeks ago. It’s the fifth such outlet in the country and second in NCR. So it must have sounded impudent for Kishore Biyani, when wannabe me asked him if I could compare the renovated Spencer’s Hypermart to Foodhall. “ No, don’t even think of it. I sell tomatoes for Rs 2400 a kilo,’ he said proudly, during the gala inauguration ceremony. In...

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The Dhaba – GurgaonMoms at the Launch

It’s popular in its five star avatar. So the owners decided to try mass appeal and take it to the aam admi. The Dabha, a restaurant synonymous with the Claridge’s Hotel in Delhi, is now a  standalone and two editions have opened in quick succession: One in DLF Place Saket and the other in Gurgaon’s most happening place, Cyber Hub.  The Gurgaon outlet officially opened on January 16 with a big party (unofficially it started on January 4). So what’s special about Dabha? The décor is kitschy, with lines like ‘Don’t worry, Eat Curry’ painted on the walls and brightly coloured chandeliers made from coloured drinking glasses. The bar corner is dedicated to being a theka, Dilli-ishtyle, complete with a caged look and pauva (quters) bottles instead of serving glasses. So when you order a drink, it will be served in a pauva. like the interesting Basanti tarrah (vodka with finely diced cucumber) I checked out.   They added a bit off fun to the launch party, with guests being offered a chance to get a Punjabi –style turban or a parandi for the ladies. And the star attraction was a cut out of a truck, in which one could pose and get a Poloroid for keeps. The restaurant plays Punjabi Bollywood numbers and the waiters and managers break into song and dance to pep up the mood every now and then. Looks less odd than it sounds. A...

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