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Travel musings – Alchauna

 

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So the next time you forget me, remember these flowers
Remember their purity
And then reminisce my heart
As pure as a white blossom

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Zizo, DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

Fattoush Salad: It is always considered “healthy” to begin a meal with a light sweet and savoury salad. My holiday lunch began with this light salad consisting of diced zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, crispy pita chips and pomegranate seeds in a slightly tangy sauce. RECOMMENDED.

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Hummus Rasasfour: This is a special type of hummus served with pomegranate, molasses and diced chicken. The chicken pieces are extra juicy and have well imbibed the flavours of the molasses.

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Mixed Grill Platter: A refreshing break from the regular spiced laden Tandoori platter. The Turkish Adana and lamb kebabs were very juicy, firm, tender and resembled our very own Seekh kebab, albeit subtler but hot. Shish Touk was ohh-so-luscious with the goodness of mint  and smoked to perfection with butter. Iranian Urfa chicken kebab was slightly hotter, drier and saltier. RECOMMENDED.

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Yamini Chicken Manfi Rice: I shall call this Yemenese biryani. Two humongous pieces of chicken leg and breast on a bed of spiced rice is surely my dream meal. The rice was cooked in Yemenese spices as well as our coarse ones – black cardomam, cloves and black pepper and topped with caramelised onions. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Cheese Gunafa: I though desserts fashioned out of cheese were only the expertise of Europeans. But no, hell no, Middle Eastern cuisine also uses cheese to prepare delectable sugary bites. The cheese gunafa is warm and moderately sweet with fried vermicelli dipped in sugar syrup on top. Not to forget the finely chopped pistachios. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Dolce Tonino, M.G. Road, New Delhi

Not many bakeries can boast of producing gluten free desserts and home made cheese. But Dolce Tonino, situated at the Tonino café does. And it does that with Italian elan.

Carrot cake: The mellowness of this spongy cake is unparalleled! The sweet flavour of the grated carrots along with the subtlety of grated coconut transforms you into heaven! Add to this the light icing – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Coffee caramel cake: Never knew that the combination of bitter coffee and smoky caramel could blend in so seamlessly! And let us not forget the sponginess of the gluten free beauty! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Cheese platter: You know you are in for a roll when a variety of in house made cheese is being served to you. The pungent cheddar, the milky provolone, the smoked gouda cheese and cheddar fermented to a higher degree.

Grilled vegetables and cheese Panini: The Panini breads are freshly baked, crunchy and airy and I bet that you would not find such lovely texture in the ones from the usual delivery outlets. And the filling of grilled juicy vegetables – aubergine, bell peppers, mushrooms and zuchhini in a rich layer of fine textured cheese is scintillating. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Grilled mushroom and cheese baguette sandwich: The sole presence of mushroom with cheese is not very impressive. The baguette breads are slighty chewy.

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Grilled vegetable croissant sandwich: Vegetables and cheese are in a good shape but the croissant could have been more flaky and light instead of clightly chewy. RECOMMENDED.

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Lemon Meringue Tart: Whenever and wherever I have this dessert in Delhi, I am utterly disappointed. But Dolce Tonino surprised me with this light sweet ensemble. The meringue is subtle, airy and lemony on a brittle tart bed which is easier to dig into. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Sushi Junction, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi

Sushi Junction continues to be my favourite when it comes to relishing authentic Japanese cuisine. Their food quality is superiors, packaging is clean and attractive and they always deliver on time. (Unlike other “Sushi specialising places”).

They recently opened an outlet in Vasant Vihar and have introduced a new range of pokebowls, so as expected, I could not be far behind in exploring dishes.

Red Curry Chicken Dumpling: I have a thing for simplicity and unadorned items, so these dimsums are definitely “my” thing. The fine chicken mince with salt and subtle condiments is densely packed in a sticky starchy skin which is crystal clear. Please do not expect any extra spiciness or hotness though you have an option to dip these beauties in the creamy Thai red curry sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Rainbow Sushi Roll: The goodness or rather the “meatiness” of the whole non-vegetarian sushi kingdom – tuna, salmon, prawns and crabs packed into these vibrant rolls is something which often comes in the dreams of many sushi lovers. Add to it, the creaminess of avocado, the subtlety and slight sournessof sticky rice doused in vinegar – we have a volcano of flavours. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Prawn Pokebowl: The term “explosion of flavours” is more pronounced here with no subtlety at all. The tempura fried prawn is chewy and fresh and along with the freshly chopped mangoes, daikon (Japanese raddish), cucumber, papaya, tomatoes and onions presented a lovely bowl meal. Not to forget the spicy mango puree and the cool mint dip. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Travel musings – Alchauna

We often become so engrossed in our worldly and comfortable pleasures that we forget the boons a simple life brings.
While on a digital detox retreat organized by @transformingtravels , I was able to re-connect with mother nature sans my cellphone. We were also given a tour of the organic farms and were invited to taste the fresh fruits and vegetables right from their source. Needless to say, I had never tasted peas which was so fresh and sweet.

These are the organic greenhouses that grow cabbage and spinach in the Silent Valley, Alchauna.

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