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Unleash the Elixir of Love: Hops Haus Bangalore’s Valentine’s Day Specials

This Valentine’s Day ignite the spark of romance with a culinary adventure at Hops Haus Bangalore. From February 12 -18, let your taste buds dance to a specially curated menu by Chef Vikas Seth that celebrates love in every bite.

Sharing the Love, One Plate at a Time: Start your journey with the Ruby Fettuccini. Imagine crimson pasta twirling in a creamy beetroot sauce, ready for your choice of topping: juicy grilled chicken or tender roasted veggies too. The Beet Risotto is a warm hug of Arborio rice simmered in red wine and beetroot, and you can add your favorite topping for a personalized touch. This can be served with grilled fish or sliced burrata. Both dishes come with warm, shareable garlic bread – perfect for soaking up every flavorful bite and sharing stories with your sweetheart.

A Sweet Ending to a Perfect Evening: Save room for sweetness with Hops Haus’s special Valentine’s treat! Introducing the Strawberry Toffee Tart, a delightful combination of textures and flavors you won’t soon forget. Imagine a golden, crumbly crust filled with smooth homemade toffee. Fresh strawberries add a burst of sweetness and tartness, while a delicately spun sugar web and a generous drizzle of berry glaze complete this stunning dessert. Make your Valentine’s Day unforgettable at Hops Haus Bangalore! We’ll guide you through a delicious journey of love and laughter, from first bite to last crumb. Reserve your table now and create memories that will last long after the celebration ends.

Continuing the celebration of love at Hops Haus Bangalore, the Valentine’s cocktail menu specially curated by Mixologist Harry Simon Peter is set to tantalize your taste buds and elevate your romantic experience. Delight in the decadent Chocolate Martini, where the smooth blend of vodka, chocolate cordial, and creamy half & half creates a luscious symphony. For a playful and intoxicating twist, share the Love Potion No.6, a rum-kissed concoction featuring lime, tart grenadine, and a touch of apple. Embrace the sultry notes of the Lady in Red, a gin-based delight infused with raspberry cordial, lime, and a hint of egg white, creating a sensory journey for you and your beloved. Raise a toast to everlasting romance with the French Rose 75, a sparkling symphony of gin, lime, sugar, and effervescent rosé that will leave your senses tingling. At Hops Haus Bangalore, this Valentine’s, every sip is not just a drink; it’s a love letter penned in flavors, ensuring that your evening is as memorable as the love you share.

•             Address: Hops Haus Brewery + Kitchen, White Field

•             Timings: 12 pm-11:30 pm

Maverick and Farmer brews love stories with its Valentine’s Day menu

This Valentine’s Day, artisanal coffee brand Maverick & Farmer invites patrons to share a love story brewed to perfection. From February 1st to 16th, their cafés transform into enchanting havens, offering a limited-edition menu that celebrates romance in every sip.

Indulge in “An Ode to Strawberry,” a cold brew serenade where chocolate, and sweet notes of strawberry, topped with creamy vanilla ice cream and fresh berries. For a playful twist, dive into “Love-ffogato,” a classic affogato with a starring role for juicy strawberries, all served in an edible cup – a delicious secret to share.

For those seeking a more floral expression, “A Bouquet of Roses” awaits. Hot espresso with the delicate fragrance of rose, nutmeg’s warm embrace, and the delightful crunch of almond brittle – a love letter in a cup.

Whether stealing a stolen glance over an ice cream-crowned “Ode to Strawberry” or whispering sweet nothings over a “Love-ffogato,” Maverick & Farmer’s Valentine’s Day menu promises a memorable coffee. Escape the ordinary this February and let Maverick & Farmer’s love-brewed creations steal your hearts.

•             When: 1st February to 16th February 2024

•             Where: Maverick and Farmer Cafes

•             Timings:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

•             Price: Rs. 300+ Tax

•             Contact: +91 99166 33556

Sanchez infuses romance into flavour with Valentine’s Day menu in Bangalore

This Valentine’s Day, let your taste buds embark on a romantic escapade as Sanchez, Bangalore’s renowned modern Mexican restaurant, unveils a specially curated menu by Chef Vikas Seth expertly designed to spark romance and delight your taste buds..

Stepping away from the ordinary, Sanchez elevates the authenticity of Mexican cuisine to new heights, weaving magic with every bite. Indulge in the Exclusive Valentine’s Week Burrito, a warm embrace of flavors featuring savory fried beans, fluffy Mexican rice, a zesty burst of sour cream, A luxurious crown of pink mole and queso sauce adds a touch of Valentine’s whimsy, while charming tortilla hearts, succulent corn on the cob, and a delightful house salad sprinkled with pomegranate jewels complete the fiesta of love. Vegetarians will fall in love with the Sauteed Vegetables or Epazote Mushrooms and Jalapenos filling whereas non-vegetarians can opt for a pulled Morita chicken or Bierra lamb and bell pepper stuffing.

No celebration is complete without a sweet ending. Sanchez presents the Rose Cookie Duo, a masterpiece that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate. Delicately fried Mexican Bunuelo batter transforms into charming rose cookies, dusted with cinnamon sugar and adorned with a decadent selection of toppings. Luscious berry compote, velvety chocolate mousse, and fresh strawberry mousse mingle with a chocolate drizzle, charming red chocolate hearts, and more, creating a symphony of textures and flavors that will leave you and your loved one yearning for more.

Let Sanchez set your love story ablaze with their four must-try cocktails, each crafted with fiery passion by the mixologist Harry Simon Peter. Indulge in pure decadence with the Chocolate Martini, a timeless classic. Feel the sparks fly with Love Potion No. 6, a forbidden concoction that’s as intoxicating as its name. Spiced rum mingles with tangy lime and apple chunks. Command the room with the Lady in Red, a captivating blend of gin, raspberry, a touch of lime, and airy egg white foam. Sparkling love deserves a sparkling toast, and the French Rose 75 is the perfect way to do it. This symphony of gin, delicate lime, and sparkling rosé is light, effervescent, and undeniably romantic.

This Valentine’s Day, forget the ordinary and let Sanchez whisk you away on a culinary journey of passion and flavor. Experience the magic of modern Mexican cuisine infused with romance, and create memories that will linger long after the last bite.

•             Address: UB City, 204, Vittal Mallya Rd, KG Halli, D’ Souza Layout, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

•             Phone: 9606054210 / 7022422473

•             Time: 11:30 am- 10:30 pm

•             Cost: Rs. 2500/- for 2 people

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Transporting the taste buds of continents

Eat delicious Dimsums or Mexican tacos, dip Churros in hot chocolate like the Spanish do or experience American hot dog culture, roll over Turkish Shawarmas or sing Mamma Mia over flatbread Piadina-the 15-day ‘Around The Globe’ food festival offers more than 100 different delicacies…reports Asian Lite News

Edesia, a restaurant serving worldwide cuisine at Crowne Plaza New Delhi, will transport your taste buds to all seven continents of the world. The ‘Around the Globe’ cuisine festival will be held in Okhla from December 3 through December 18, 2022.

The theme of the first edition of ‘Around The Globe Food Festival’ is ‘Food Carnival’ with interactive stations such as- Swirling Soup (Opening Act), Fire Show (Live Street Food Stations), Whistling Starters (Mime Show), The Great Indian Main Course (Circus), Salad Jugglers (Filler Act), Rice Pyramids, Drinks Pit stop (Break Time), The Dancing Ice Cream (Show Stopper), The Bread Carpet (VVIP Zone), The Wheel Of Desserts (Grand Finale) from across continents with and our chefs and mixologists as the ringmasters.

An a-la-carte weekend brunch in Delhi.(photo:IANSLIFE)

Eat delicious Dimsums or Mexican tacos, dip Churros in hot chocolate like the Spanish do or experience American hot dog culture, roll over Turkish Shawarmas or sing Mamma Mia over flatbread Piadina-the 15-day ‘Around The Globe’ food festival offers more than 100 different delicacies.

Few of the menu highlights include Prawn Bisque, French Onion Soup, Falafel, Pita Breads, Burritos, Crepes, Burgers, Ratatouille, Sandwiches, Harissa Chicken Wings, Paella, Rice Pilaf, Lebanese Kibbeh, Popcorn Chicken, Tiramisu, Greek Mousakka, Burgers, Tiramisu, Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas, Espinacas con Garbanzos and many more.

Pradipt Sinha, Director of Food & Beverage said, “We have been constantly striving to curate immersive dining experiences for our guests to mesmerize all their senses when they visit our restaurants. Our Around The Globe menu features the dishes which have gained cult status across continents and countries making the food festival an adventurous ride for the palate.”

Shuvendu Banerjee, General Manager said, “Edesia has recently bagged the number one spot in Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice Ranking which offers a great reason to celebrate our chefs who come with expertise on diverse cuisines across the globe and our patrons who have showered their unconditional support.”

The restaurant would be completely painted in the vivacious shades of red, white, blue, and yellow, as well as decorated with printed carnival flags, vivid bulbs, and eccentric pom poms. While bringing forth the world of imagination, fun, sparkle, and enchantment with food, the vintage carnival setup will transport guests to ‘La La Land’. The Around The World food festival would be a joy to your palate as well as your eyes. It would make for the ideal Instagram clip in our Toy Train themed photo zone or a private selfie with the Statue of Liberty or Eiffel Tower (while you’re still figuring out your world tour plans).

6 new restaurants to try out in Delhi.(Photo:IANSLIFE)

What: Around the Globe Food Festival

Where: Edesia at Crowne Plaza New Delhi Okhla

Timings: 7 pm to 11 pm

Buffet Prices (per person): INR 2399 + taxes

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Khanna: ‘Keep the sanctity of the cuisine as it is’

As I travelled I realised that the cuisine is changing. Dishes even ‘sambhar’ and ‘rasam change. Andhra-style ‘sambhar’ is very spicy in some places and a little sweet-ish in others…Chef Khanna speaks with Siddhi Jain.

Food is transcultural that has evolved and changed enough over these years. It is important to respect the sanctity of any cuisine, as it is deeply rooted in culture, says Chef Anurudh Khanna, Multi Property Executive Chef at Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi. Having curated a food festival that brings to town culinary treasures from the Tamil city of Tiruchirapalli, Chef Khanna highlights that there are many misconceptions relating to cuisine from Southern Indian states, which make for a rich culinary bouquet in themselves. Chef Khanna speaks on the side-lines of ‘Treasures of Trichy’ food festival which is going on at Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi till September 15. Excerpts:

Could you tell me about the inspiration behind ‘Treasures of Trichy’?

Khanna: While planning a food festival, we were just thinking which cuisine and Indian state to tap into. We looked at the resources in our culinary team at Westin – here someone is from Uttarakhand, from Nepal, southern states, Rajasthan, Bengal – so it’s quite varied. Our resident South Indian chef, Chef Vijaykumar is from Tiruchirapalli, who is with us from 2019. That’s where we thought of putting this cuisine in the front, and making him the main chef for food festival.

There are many variations in what is singularly thought of as ‘South Indian cuisine’. As a chef, what do you have to say about this?

Khanna: I also discovered this, during my last assignment in Bangalore where I traveled to Mangalore, Kerala, and to Andhra. As I travelled I realised that the cuisine is changing. Dishes even ‘sambhar’ and ‘rasam change. Andhra-style ‘sambhar’ is very spicy in some places and a little sweet-ish in others. Not just the palate changes from state to state, but breakfast ‘sambhar’ is different from all-day ‘sambhar’. The Spice level matters a lot. For example, Kannada cuisine is not that spicy, Mangalore cuisine is rich with spices, Andhra cuisine is heavy on chillies but Kerala cuisine is very fragrant.

About the stereotype, yes there are a lot of misconceptions about food among people who are not native to south Indian states or who haven’t travelled much. They think South Indian cuisine is mostly just ‘idli, sambhar, dosa, vada’, and there are a lot of varieties of dosa. But in reality, South Indian cuisine is immense.

Chefs are experimenting with fusion styles, for instance, something like a dosa-flavoured burger. Any opinions?

Khanna: As a chef, I’d say it should not be done. A little twist to the recipe is acceptable but changing the recipe upside-down is not. Food is an element very rooted in culture. You can be just a little bit around culture, adapt but complete 180-degree changes and fusions, are not my food philosophy. Let’s keep the sanctity of the cuisine as it is. It is different from doing multi-grain dosa or ragi dosa, even variations in stuffing is possible.

What’s next, when it comes to food festivals at the Westin?

Khanna: Next would be regional as well. I’d discover some more regional talent from my team first. Maybe I could do a travel flow within Uttar Pradesh, and bring out regional variations among UP dishes.”

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