Foodie Reviews: 2 Brand New Places To Check Out This Weekend!

Mumbai, a paradise for food lovers offers something for every palate. But if you’re a foodie like me, selecting a restaurant is even more difficult than choosing a career….especially since there are so many new places opening up week after week. Sigh! So I decided to make life easier for you by sharing my experience at two lovely places, opening this weekend. While one is perfectly located at the bustling High Street Phoenix, the other is set right in the heart of Linking Road, Bandra. Both are great options to consider this weekend so if you land up going to either/both, let me know what you think 🙂

1) Jamie’s Pizzeria by Jamie Oliver:
We all know who Jamie Oliver is, don’t we? One of the world’s best-loved celebrity chefs who has not only made cooking fun for people like me but has also inspired thousands to understand and enjoy better food with his popular shows and YouTube channel. His belief in good food is what his restaurants, Jamie’s Pizzeria and Jamie’s Italian are built on. Since the former has finally come to Mumbai (after opening two branches in NCR), I’m pretty sure everyone is excited to know what’s in store.

Unlike Jamie’s Italian, the pizzeria has a more laid back atmosphere where anyone can come, grab a bite, have a drink, and just relax. Rustic, simple dishes are made from the best seasonal ingredients and are fresh and flavorful. Their dough is also prepared in the store every day and is complemented with the best toppings. The menu is a blend of traditional best‐selling Italian and contemporary dishes with a Jamie Oliver twist. However, don’t miss out on their ‘Today’s Special’ – a dish/dessert prepared with seasonal ingredients that changes everyday.

What I tried:
– Fritto Misto
– Chicken & mushroom lasagne
– Chilli Freak Pizza
– The Tuscan Pizza
– Homemade ginger beer
– Raspberry sorbet
– Proper Tiramisu with orange zest
– Affogato

What impressed me:
– As you enter, you can’t miss the panoramic cityscape featuring Mumbai’s iconic tourist spots like the Bandra-Worli sea-link, Gateway of India and The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Not just that, it also includes the city’s famous dabbawallas, cutting chai stalls, modes of transport (kaali – peeli, local train & rickshaw), among other things. The creative art work highlighting a day in the life of Mumbai surely gives the space a true essence of the city.
– It’s pocket-friendly…Surprisingly! Everything on the menu is below Rs. 600 which is really awesome, considering how crazy expensive dining out is these days.
– Coming to the food, the Fritto Misto consisting of melt-in-the-mouth fish, prawns and squid, served with a chunky Italian tartare sauce with pickled olives is battered and fried to perfection.
– The Chilli Freak Pizza made with their secret chilli sauce, jalapenos, vegetarian Parmesan, fresh chilli and mint is their signature pizza introduced specially for Indian outlets. Unbearably spicy with an equally hot after-taste; worth trying only if you’re a spice lover. Trust me when I say this, your mouth will be on fire for atleast 3-4 mins, if not more.
– The Tuscan is a nice, feel-good pizza with dry-cured pork ham, crushed tomatoes, mature Cheddar, mozzarella and rocket – amazing textures and flavors. How can anything with ham not taste good! Creamy mozzarella perfectly balances the sharp hints of matured cheddar along with the saltiness of the dry-cured ham leaving you with a burst of beautiful flavors in your mouth.
– Homemade ginger beer is cool, refreshing and light. #FYI – Ginger Beer is a naturally sweetened and carbonated non-alcoholic beverage produced by the natural fermentation of ginger spice, yeast and sugar.
– Desserts are simple yet flavorful. The sorbet is fresh and fruity while the tiramisu has an interesting tinge of orange which actually makes it quite different from the regular version. The Affogato – vanilla ice cream ‘drowned’ (as they describe it on the menu) in hot espresso ticks all the right notes. Hot espresso adds a beautiful punch while simultaneously complimenting the sweetness of the ice cream.

Overall, had an enjoyable experience. The only thing missing was Jamie Oliver himself 🙂

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2) Poetry by Love & Cheesecake:

If you’re walking at the bustling by lanes of Bandra, don’t miss out on this cutesy, all-day cafe from the founders of popular dessert brand, Love & Cheesecake.

Nestled in the heart of the suburbs, Poetry by Love & Cheesecake offers an extensive breakfast, dining and dessert menu that can be enjoyed in the comfort of a cosy and relaxed ambiance. The interiors are simple yet elegant and the space is warm and welcoming. Whether you’re seated at the top section or down, they provide good service and their servers are extremely kind and helpful too. Chef Amit Sharma and his team promise to offer delicate yet wholesome food made with the freshest ingredients and packed with flavors.

What I tried:
– Dark Knight
– Chopped Black Kale
– Ceaser Salad with Grilled Chicken
– Poached Eggs & Avocado on a Croissant
– Warm Roasted Vegetables
– BBQ Smothered Chicken
– The Diplomat Mousse
– Devil’s Desire
Crème Brûlée

What impressed me:
– The Dark Knight smoothie made with cacao, walnut, oats, yogurt, honey and banana though heavy is a flavorful early-morning pick-me-up
– Chopped Black Kale made with kale, almond slivers, aged gouda cheese, grated Parmesan and anchovy dressing is a perfect mid-day salad. The distinctive flavor of aged gouda blends in beautifully with the crunchiness of the kale and the anchovy dressing subtly lifts up all the flavors.
– Silky-smooth, pillowy soft poached egg, zingy avocado salsa and flaky croissant…Need I say more? This one is a sure shot winner!
– Eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms and Mozarella delicately placed on warm Focaccia with a delicious pesto spread make this a hearty sandwich that can be enjoyed at any time.
– BBQ Smothered Chicken with home made creamy bbq sauce, grilled chicken and Cheddar makes this panini a wholesome meal by itself.
Crème brûlée is perfectly done: creamy, crunchy, not too sweet – all in one bite. From the other two desserts, I can’t decide if I like the smooth textured Diplomat Mousse (caramel mousse and toffee) more or the dark and dense Devil’s Desire (dark chocolate and brownie) served on a stick. All three desserts have different textures and flavors that make them stand out on their own.

Overall, had a great experience and will surely go back to sample the other items on their extensive menu.

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Address:
Jamie’s Pizzeria by Jamie Oliver:
High Street Phoenix, Opposite PVR, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

Poetry by Love & Cheesecake:
Shop No. 6, Pali Darshan, Junction of 16th & 33rd Road, Opposite Mini Punjab, Bandra, Mumbai.

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3 Refreshing Fruit Infused Monsoon Recipes

Monsoon is the perfect season to enjoy cold, tangy beverages that quench your thirst and hydrate you at the same time. And if those drinks are healthy and super yummy, what more can you ask for? Over the past few months, I’ve heard people talk about fruit infusions. If you’re wondering what that is…they’re basically a combination of several fruits, best enjoyed when immersed in hot/cold water. So I obviously decided to experiment with them and see what the fuss is about.

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Ty.phoo – the Indian arm of a 100+ year old British brand known for its delectable tea flavors has recently introduced a refreshing range of fruit infusions that can be savored as a hot or cold beverage. Their luxurious brews are caffeine free and available in three exotic flavors – Orange Spicer: A blend of fruity orange with cinnamon, ginger and clove, Blackcurrant Bracer: Made from blackcurrant berries, hibiscus and rosehips and Lemon & Lime Zest: Made from lemon and lemon zest.

Infusions

I decided to check them out and discovered some really cool things in the bargain:
1) If you ever get bored of water, infused water brings variety to the palate and is a fun,  simple yet delicious option that keeps you hydrated through the day.
2) Ty.phoo’s fruit infusions are natural sources of antioxidants and are a great alternative against artificially flavored drinks. So good-bye fizzy sodas and (so-called) diet drinks!
3) Aromatic and refreshing, these thirst-quenchers boost your energy levels and prevent you from feeling lethargic.
4) They are packed with freshness that help calm you down after a long and tiring day at work or post an intense work-out.
5) Each pack contains 25 tea bags and is packaged in a heat sealed envelope that helps retain their flavors…which means you can experiment and come up with atleast 10 different recipes. Isn’t that awesome!

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In short, Ty.phoo’s fruit infusions make the perfect monsoon coolers that can be relished at any given time of the day. Wondering how to use them? Try out these quick, easy and stimulating recipes at home. I promise, you’ll thank me later 🙂

1) Orange Spicer:
Ingredients:
– Water
– Ty.phoo’s Orange Spicer Infusion
– Orange juice
– Clove
– Bay leaves

Method:
– Add two bags of the infusion to a cup of hot water and infuse for 2-3 minutes.
– Boil a cup of water and add in 9 cloves and 3 bay leaves. Keep on flame until the water is reduced to half. Strain and keep aside.
– In a glass, pour 1/2 the infused concentrate along with the strained water.
– Add orange juice, as per taste.
– Stir well and serve. Can also be refrigerated for 2-3 hours prior.

2) Blackcurrant & Peach:
Ingredients:
– Soda
– Water
– Ty.phoo’s Blackcurrant Bracer Infusion
– Cinnamon
– Peach

Method:
– Add two bags of the infusion to a cup of water and infuse for 2-3 minutes.
– Cut 2 peaches into chunks.
– In a separate glass, pour 1/2 the infused concentrate. Add in the peaches and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
– Stir in the soda and refrigerate. Serve chilled.

3) Lemon & Lime Cooler:
Ingredients:
– Water
– Ty.phoo’s Lemon and Lime Zest Infusion
– Ginger
– Mint leaves
– Pineapple

Method:
– Add two bags of the infusion to a jug of water and infuse for a few minutes until the water changes color.
– Cut 1/4 pineapple into chunks, grate some ginger, finely chop a spring of mint leaves and add to the infused water.
– Refrigerate for about 2-3 hours and serve chilled.

*Ty.phoo fruit infusions are available at all leading MBO’s such as Nature’s Basket, Foodhall, Big Bazaar, Modern Bazaar etc. They also have a wide variety of black teas, green teas, flavored teas and organic infusions.

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7 Foods That Are Absolutely Necessary For A Healthy Lifestyle – MensXP

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We have all been victim to the ‘Foods You Must Not Eat’ list, haven’t we? For several years, we’ve heard people tell us not to eat this and not to cook that – the list is endless. We decided to make life easier by compiling a list of 7 power-packed super foods that must be a part of your lifestyle.

1) Nuts

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A constant on the health list, nuts are a great source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Walnuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts – they are all great healthy snacking options that satisfy hunger pangs and are easy to pop even when on the go.

Tip: Eat about 8-10 nuts in a day or sprinkle some on top of salads, eggs, yogurt and smoothies.

2) Vegetable Juice

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Most of us find it difficult to eat green vegetables on a daily basis. Hence, having a glass of freshly made vegetable juice is the best way to cleanse your system. It helps in infusing vitamins, minerals and enzymes and is an instant energy booster. Furthermore, it also helps in weight loss.

Tip: Experiment with different variations by blending any three vegetables of your choice at a time. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and must be consumed immediately. For ex, Spinach, Pumpkin and Carrot.

3) Yogurt

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A bowl of yogurt a day keeps all health problems away. It is the best source of calcium and is also rich in potassium, zinc, vitamin B12 and protein. Light and refreshing, it acts like a cooling agent for the system.

Tip: Enjoy a bowl of plain yogurt or a glass of thirst-quenching masala chaas. Yogurt topped with berries, nuts, granola, flaxseeds, and honey makes for a delicious breakfast option as well.

4) Eggs

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Eggs are one of the nutrient-densest foods. Eggs help boost health and prevent diseases. From avoiding heart illnesses to being good sources of antioxidants that protect the eyes – eggs have innumerable health benefits. They are excellent sources of vitamins and are also rich in iodine and phosphorus – essential for healthy bones and teeth. Not just that, they’re also easy to prepare and extremely delicious!

Tip: One can safely eat about two eggs a day. Whether boiled, half fried or scrambled, they can be eaten in any way – varieties are endless.

5) Pulses

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If you are vegetarian, pulses are your best bet to consume proteins. They are the main building blocks of the body and are incredibly important in every diet. Ever wondered why athletes and bodybuilders consume extra proteins? It helps them bulk up! Muscle and organ builders, proteins contribute to weight loss by reducing appetite and thus reducing calorie intake.

Tip: The best sources of proteins are meats, fish, eggs, dairy products, legumes and nuts.

6) Flaxseeds

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Known to keep conditions ranging from acne to anemia at bay, a tablespoon of flaxseeds is best enjoyed when ground well. Most fitness enthusiasts are aware of the benefits of proteins and fibre – both are equally important in bodybuilding. Since flaxseeds provide both, it should be consumed daily. It also provides Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and micronutrients and reduces the risk of cancer.

Tip: Sprinkle them over eggs, bhel, pancakes and yogurt or simply make a masala mix and use them in your regular food.

7) Prunes

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Prunes or dried plums contain vitamins and minerals including iron and potassium that help relieve constipation and prevent obesity. They are regular components of a weight-loss diet and can be eaten at any time of the day.

Tip: Eat them as is or add sliced prunes to oats and salads.

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