Tuesday, 23 August 2016
We Indians love our food hearty, a bunch of textures and flavors, replete with spices and oil, something that forms memories to be relished for a long time. Ethnic Kitchen aims to encourage this by providing lip-smacking Indian & Chinese dishes to hungry foodies everyday.
Thanks to the fact that I am spending a considerable amount of time in Andheri nowadays due to work commitments, it was possible for me to try out some of Ethnic Kitchen's offerings for lunch.
Delivered piping hot, dot on time, in spill proof packaging. Extra points to everyone at Ethnic Kitchen for taking extra initiative to ensure food reached me in time since I had an important meeting, my lunch time was reduced and I conveyed the same to them about half an hour before food was supposed to reach me! Long story short,they made it possible. Thank you :)
Very value for money since quantity is enough to be shared among 2 people, making it just about Rs. 200-300 per head (for a hungry hippo), very veryyy reasonable for the quality.
Mushroom Cheese Stuffed is fast becoming my favorite starter. Mushroom lovers do not miss this creamy,cheesy fiesta. Paneer Malai Tikka was good, quite soft and juicy, it could just be marinated a bit more & given a stronger smokey flavor. Otherwise it was good :)
The star dish of the afternoon -MOMOS! My sister says she would love to order these everyday. Even though I am not a Momo fanatic, have to agree that these are pretty spectacular, especially with their special Momo sauce. The flavors hit all the right spots and that too with their authentic taste.
Veg Fried Rice & Veg Manchurian Gravy made up our main course options, both tasting just as they should. Fried Rice had fragrant rice,crunchy veggies, light smokey flavor, with dense and mildly spicy Manchurian Gravy complimenting it nicely. Fresh and Flavorful, with that comforting Indian-Chinese touch of taste :D
Crunchy Kachumbar Salad with its vinegar soaked pickle-y haze has never been my favorite,but apparently everyone else loves it, so there you go :P
My meals are complete only with the appearance of a dessert and here it was the luscious pair of Gulab Jamuns that made me happy,with a distinct Vanilla essence, reminding me of the ones my mom makes at home. Love love love!
Ethnic Kitchen very successfully has lured me into wanting to try other dishes from its menu and for that,I would dub it a certified success, recommended to all foodies in the area :)
Sunday, 21 August 2016
Pizza has to be a synonym for happiness. And when pizzas are this good, super duper happiness! A mildly rainy day when my sister and I finished our work earlier than usual and decided to make it a early dinner date at 1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen at Matunga followed by a movie. Good life :D
Situated opposite Sahakari Bhandar in Matunga, it is a very small pizza place, primarily a delivery kitchen, with a cute outdoor seating for just about 15-20 people. There is ample provision for safety from rains, so don't worry about getting drenched even during monsoon. Warm reception by the staff and we were set for a gala time.
Started off with a very subtle and refreshing Raspberry Iced Tea, neither watery not artificially sweet. Cheese Stuffed Garlic Dinner Rolls was our next choice and it was scrumptious, filling, cheesy, nom nom :D Among pizzas, my sister and I zeroed down on Blowing Fire & Farmer's Market respectively. Thank goodness they have the option of making a half & half, so we got 4 slices of each.
Farmer's Market with Capsicum, Onions, Mushroom & Corn was just the way I like my pizza - wholesome, while Blowing Fire was elevated to a different level due to presence of soft Tandoori Paneer, it was fiery, just the way my sister likes. The proportions of cheese and toppings was good and 1 pizza is enough for 2 light eaters :)
The pizzas are handmade and come in 2 crusts options -Artisan which is what we had, it is thicker (plump and soft), we liked it because it felt like comfort food in the cold rainy season. Next time we will try the Italian crust which is thin and crispier. In any case, we will be back and not only for pizzas but for the pasta too which in my opinion was the star dish!
I love white sauce pasta more, so does my sister. But this evening since we were already having so much cheese, we decided to go for red sauce and hence chose Penne Arrabita. Now usually Arrabita is this really spicy tomato sauce, but here they make a very unique one with a tangy,sweet-ish tinge, it really gives a whole new dimension to the dish! Imagine a Pasta with every mouthful leaving behind a hint of honey-mustard kind of aftertaste. I am perhaps not explaining it well, I suggest have it and judge it for yourself :) We in fact ended up asking the staff how do they make this sauce so flavorful since we felt like taking it home in buckets :D
So there, a cute little pizza place, excellent service, an unexpected surprise and a delicious dinner where 2 people get bursting stuffed in less than Rs.1000, good value for money. Memories that make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 1Tablespoon Pizza Kitchen ticks all the right boxes...and then some!
Saturday, 20 August 2016
After my fantastic experience with Forest Essentials Tejasvi Ubtan and Narangi & Nagkesar Ubtan,both of which were instrumental in flaming my love for Forest Essentials brand and products, I had to try out the only left Ubtan in the range -Soundarya. So how could I leave it out? Here goes a review of the same :D
Available in Forest Essentials stores as well as website and also on Flipkart, Amazon, Jabong etc. at Rs. 775 for 50 gram.
Claims to provide soft & smooth skin with Ingredients such as Orange Peel Extract, Rose Flower Powder, Jasmine Flower Powder, Neem Leaf Powder, Sandalwood Oil, Saffron Flower Extract, Turmeric Extract, Lemon Peel Powder and so on. Packaging is typically elegant,classy,beautiful and sturdy like all Forest Essentials products with enough Quantity to last almost 1 and half months even when used every 3rd day :)
Now in my experience Tejasvi Ubtan is the best for dry skin (thus I loved it the most when I used it during monsoons and winter on my skin when) while Narangi & Nagkesar is best for oily or combination-oily skin (thus my savior in summers!) but this Soundarya is actually a confusing product. I am not sure if it is better for dry or oily skin!
When I mix it with curd,it suits my skin but when I mix it with aloe vera or rose water it leaves my skin absolutely dry! When compared to the other 2 Ubtans that I used, this one didn't really provide any noticeable effects. It cleans,gives a little glow but that's it. Also, its texture is not as thick or coarse as the other 2 and it becomes quite watery in consistency which is not really my favorite. It does not have a particularly pleasing smell also which is weird since it has ingredients like Sandalwaood & Saffron. No lightening or even-toning was noticed either. After using Tejasvi & Narangi Ubtans I am not sure I would be coming back to Soundarya. Possibly it is suited to normal skin types and not on ultra weird like mine.
- Trust & Purity of Forest Essentials Brand
- No allergies or breakouts even on ultra sensitive skin
- Sturdy & Travel friendly packaging
- Lasts a long time
- Cleans very well and gives little glow
- Very watery consistency on mixing with curd/rosewater
- Leaves my skin horribly dry if I mix it with anything other than curd/yogurt
- Does nothing special other than imparting faint glow
- Does not smell good as Tejasvi or Narangi Ubtans
- Very expensive proposition as even a basic Sandalwood powder paste performs better on my skin