is also about ambience, music and people than just food...
When you step into the eatery or heard reviews of an eatery and decide to go there, the first thing you register as soon as you enter the place is not always the food. It is the ambience, the responsive staff and how comfortable they make you feel. There are so many eateries that have a functional and basic ambience but the food is value for money and the service is excellent. You feel like being at home and eating food that you always come back for.
There are pubs and lounges in metro cities that are either too loud, too cramped and you have to elbow yourself to your table. And there are eateries that are great on music, ambience and food and service. What really attracts people is perhaps the service and music. When you find responsive waiters waiting to give you alternatives if you are not happy with a particular dish, when they can suggest dishes to you in a menu that speaks of real exotic fare and suits it to your taste, music is something that you can easily start moving yourself to and can identify with, and most importantly the food that comes to you as exactly ordered making you feel extremely special.
A restaurant does not have to be high end always when you go out, but cleanliness, ambience and responsive service do go a long way in making you feel good you had chosen the place. So many times, the waiters are inflexible, the staff does not smile at all, the menu is so exotic that simple people who are not aware of the modern day cuisines seem totally lost and end up spending a lot of money but never feel the satisfaction of having a good time. So the next time you head to an eatery, make sure you are looking forward to having a good time rather than ticking a must-see restaurant as it is high on a socialite or actor's list! Read more here: formal dresses melbourne
Spice up this Valentine's Day with these exotic and easyto-make recipes.
A feast from the land of Kama Sutra would be irresistible even for the most discerning ones on Valentine's Day. As the day approaches, internationally-renowned chef Vikas Khanna gives us recipes of a few aphrodisiac foods, to tickle our senses. Says Khanna, "The ingredients of passion vary from one culture to another. In the world of food, there are many ingredients that promote passion through aroma, scents, flavours and textures. I would suggest people to celebrate the tradition of sensuous eating." What's more, the recipes are easy to make. So, get ready to serve a few dishes that stir passion this February 14th.
Avocado soup with spicy salsa
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4)
1 vine-ripened red tomato, 1 large red onion, finely chopped, 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, 1 fresh Serrano or jalapeno chilli, seeded and chopped, Juice of 2 limes, 4 ripe Haas avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 3 cloves garlic, chopped, 1 quart vegetable stock; more, if required, Salt to taste
Quarter and seed the tomato. Dice and transfer it to a bowl. Stir in half of the chopped onions, cilantro, Serrano chilli, salt, and half the lime juice. Cover the bowl and put it into the refrigerator. In a large nonreactive mixing bowl, toss the avocados with the remaining lime juice until evenly coated. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium to high heat and add the remaining onions and garlic, and saute. Stir continuously for about 5 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add salt, avocados and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and puree in a blender, adding more stock if the mixture is too thick. Refrigerate and serve chilled, topped with tomato salsa.
Persimmon and pistachios with dried chillies
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 2)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil I 4 whole dried red chillies I 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root I ½ cup pistachios, shelled I ½ cup sugar I 2 tablespoons lemon juice I 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds I 4 soft Fuyu persimmons, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes I Salt to taste
In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and fry the chillies for a minute. Add the ginger, pistachios, sugar, lemon juice, ground coriander seeds, salt, persimmons, and ½ cup water. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer for 5 minutes. Cook until the persimmons are tender and the water has evaporated. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for up to a week.
Mint-chilli hot chocolate milk
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4)
4 cups milk, 3 sprigs fresh mint, 1 (1-inch) piece cinnamon stick, 280 gm semisweet or milk chocolate, cut into small pieces, 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
Combine milk, mint sprigs and cinnamon in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium to high heat. Remove from heat, and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes, covered.Strain to remove cinnamon and mint sprigs. Return milk to saucepan and place over medium heat. Add chocolate and whisk until chocolate is completely melted and milk is frothy. Serve immediately sprinkled with chilli flakes.
Chocolate roulade with mixed berry compote
INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE ROULADE (SERVES 10)
280 gm bittersweet chocolate, 56 gm unsalted butter, at room temperature, 6 egg yolks and 6 egg whites, 56 gm sugar, 2 teaspoons dried ancho chilli powder, ¼ cup sugar, 2 cups whipping cream, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, Good quality cocoa powder for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Melt the chocolate and butter and allow it to cool slightly. Whisk the yolks, slowly adding the sugar and beat to ribbon stage. Sprinkle in the chilli powder. Fold yolk mixture into the cooled chocolate and set aside. Whip the whites and sugar together until soft peaks form. Fold the whites into the chocolate-yolk mixture. Spread the mixture into a sheet pan evenly and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the roulade from the oven and cover with a damp cloth. While the roulade is cooling, whip cream with cinnamon and sugar until soft peaks form. Unmould the roulade and spread the cream evenly onto the cake, and roll to form a log. Finish by sprinkling with the cocoa powder. Serve cold.
INGREDIENTS FOR MIXED BERRY COMPOTE
1 cup assorted fresh berries (such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries), 3 tablespoons sugar, 4 tablespoons sweet white wine such as Moscato (optional)
Combine all the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Read more here:long formal dresses
Food in fine-dining restaurants might be high on taste, but what you get on the streets is comfort food. A walk down different food streets in the city is proof of this, but you don't need to visit a particular food street to sample the goodies. We list some of the best...
SHAWARMA: This Arabian delicacy is a popular snack in the city. Shredded, roasted chicken is mixed with mayonnaise and pickled vegetables, and served in pita bread. This is something that you can have at any time of the day.
BOILED PEANUTS: This is not only a healthy snack, but is tasty too. Boiled peanuts are sold by vendors on carts and are mostly found throughout the day across Bengaluru. The peanuts are boiled in saltwater and are quite the favourite with people across all age groups.
BOILED CORN: Like boiled peanuts, this has been around for years in the city and is quite in demand. It is liked by children and old people alike and is available mostly in the evenings. This is also sold by vendors in carts in different parts of the city.
CUCUMBER WITH CHILLI POWDER: While cut cucumbers might be sold in different cities, in Bengaluru, it is available throughout the year and is quite popular during summers. This is both healthy and filling.
MASALA PURI: You are missing out on something if you haven't tried Masala Puri. Available only in the evenings, one should eat this piping hot. Boiled and semi-smashed greens peas are served in a gravy that is garnished with onions, chilli and puri, which is usually eaten spicy.
VADA PAV: This might not be native to Bengaluru, but it is surely a favourite with people here. Vada Pav is available at quaint food stalls in the city and is another must-have evening snack. It is not only healthy, but tasty too. Make sure to try the fried chilly that it comes with as well.
CHURUMURI: This is almost like the Bhel Puri from the North, except that there area few different elements added that sets the Bengaluru Churumuri apart. Puffed rice with tomato, roasted peanuts, mixture, grated carrots, onions, raw mango, coriander leaves, lime juice and salt to taste makes this street fare a favourite.
CAPSICUM BAJJI: If you have visited the food street on VV Puram then you will be familiar with the Capsicum Bajji. The best version of this is available on VV Puram, but it is offered in other parts of the city as well. The entire capsicum is dipped in batter and fried and is then served with grated carrots, onion and masala that's stuffed inside. This makes for an interesting evening snack, especially if it is clubbed with a cup of tea or coffee.
MOMO: Momos are mostly sold by Nepalis and is available in the evening in stalls by the streets. Hot and freshly-steamed momos are all one needs when getting back home after a hard day's work.
TIKI PURI: This is a dry puri that is stuffed with grated carrot, onion, peanuts and tomato at times. You can even ask the vendor to add some tamarind chutney. This is served with a generous helping of puffed rice on top.
NIPPATTU BURGER: One of the favourites with tea and coffee found on the streets of Bengaluru is nippattu. Made from chana dal paste, this is a flat fried snack that is served with coconut chutney. Some of the stalls have give it a twist and have come up with the Nippattu Burger, which is equally delicious.
DOSA: This list will remain incomplete if the humble dosa is not included. Apart from the traditional plain and masala dosa, city's street vendors have their own version of the food item — with some even offering up to 99 varieties, which include Pav Bhaji and other stuffings.
FRUIT BOWL: Bengalureans are health conscious and like to have their daily intake of fruits in the form of fruits bowls. Several vendors in the city serve cut fruits sprinkled with chaat masala, which are a perfect snack. Read more here:cocktail dresses australia