Tuesday, 20 June 2017

House of Nomad - Taj Land's End - Review

It was a rainy Tuesday in Mumbai as I landed in the morning for a client meeting in Borivali. I was on my way to Bandra to try out some street food and later I was scheduled to have a quick review of the newly launched gastro bar - House of Nomad in Taj Land's End before my flight back home at 7.

House of Nomad is a gastro bar which offers a selection of skillfully designed cocktails, delectable global Tapas inspirations and wines from different regions of the world. Complete with a bohemian chic design, House of Nomad exudes an energetic Deco-inspired ambience with a beautiful central island bar. The décor is casual with a touch of elegant warmth – an island bar, gentle light, and a wine cellar housing over 300 bottles from all over the world that’s built into the wall. It was probably the best bar area, I've seen in the country.

I tried their most popular cocktail Chanel No. 6. (Ketel One Vodka, lychee puree, coconut syrup, homemade bitters, shaken and served straight up with molecular lipstick with a 2 sprays Channel No.6 perfume) The drink was so soothing and flavours just melt in your mouth as soon as you take a sip. A perfect partner to beat the Mumbai heat! 

Chef Anirudhya Lal Roy was so kind to give me time from his busy schedule and come up and talk to me more about the bar. The chef interestingly told me about the dishes and offered me the same. He also told that it's been hardly 3-4 weeks since it has opened and celebrities like SRK, Gauri Khan & Priyanka Chopra has already marked their presence. 

Gastro bar’s food menu, designed by Chef Anirudhya Roy, the menu consists of dishes like marinated olives, Burrata croutons, Hand carved ham from Parma, Buttermilk Chicken and Sriracha Chilli Sandwich, Truffle arugula and shaved parmesan flatbread and more. House of Nomad has a stunning island bar where Bar Consultant Andrew Pearson and Resident Mixologist Jenna work their magic to craft innovative cocktails. Among the favourites are the which leave a lingering and enticing flavour. Wine lovers are in for a treat as the bar houses a floor to ceiling wine wall stocked with wines handpicked from around the world.

I ordered Homemade Vegetable Chips, kicking marinara, chive sour cream and Stuffed Zucchini Cheese Fries dusted with parmesan. The vegetable chips are thinly cut and flavourful, with the tangy marinara and sour cream contrasting gently. Stuffed Zucchini Cheese Fries were a playful twist on the indulgently covered fries served in the light, fresh vegetable.

The best thing which fascinated me the most is the price tags of every item be it food or drinks. Every dish or drink which I tried was less than 500 bucks. 500 bucks!! Yes, the prices are perfectly tagged to every item besides the fact that it's located in one of the most talked about hotels in the country. Here is price list of the dishes I tried. 

1. Homemade vegetable chips, kicking marinara, chive sour cream - Rs 250 
2. Stuffed zucchini cheese fries dusted with parmesan - Rs.325 
3. Truffle, arugula and shaved parmesan flatbread- Rs.495 
4. Bandra sheermal rolls, mint chutney (bhatti da paneer) - Rs.300 
5. Goat's cheese, pickled beets, orange, pear and arugula - Rs.250 
6. Sangria trifle - Rs.375

The bar showcases different genres of music from progressive to the house and high energy. An ideal setting for after-work drinks, informal meetings and relaxed gatherings, House of Nomad is a perfect setting to let your hair down and celebrate life.

House of Nomad - Taj Lands End Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 9 June 2017

CHULL : A quirky resto-bar that intends to cast away social stigmas

Daring to be bold and unconventional, the newly launched “CHULL” at the ever-burgeoning Sector 29, Gurgaon, is absolutely true to its name. Borrowed from the Delhi slang, the name of this unconventional resto -bar has been chosen to shun away the social taboos associated with sex in the society.
A unique avant-garde bar, CHULL aspires to create a destination where today’s youth can engage in conversation comfortably, sans judgmental looks and stares. CHULL is a trendsetter in the current crop of restaurants mushrooming in Delhi/NCR, introducing a bold shake-up concept away from the sector’s brewery infestation.
There are many hangout destinations in Delhi/NCR, but it is the owner, Shubham Gupta's 'CHULL’ which creates a social hang out spot that not only offers great food and ambience, but also an opportunity for people to indulge in open discussions and debates around concepts considered taboo by the society.An idea that sprang from a casual conversation at a neighbourhood pub has taken shape to potentially become extremely relevant in today's time.

The kitschy interiors exhibit a unique juxtaposition of a clandestine setting with a desi twist, perfectly resonating the notion of the bar. Space has been designed with an eccentric flair, complete with neon signs, luscious lip shaped couches and handcuffs dangling from the ceiling. With plenty of ‘read-between-the-lines’ and double meaning messaging, the purpose of this out-of-the-box concept is to dismiss the impediment associated with talking about social taboos in the open.
With such a bold concept, Chull extends to not only break the stigmas attached to sex but also works to create awareness about the importance of sex education and safe sex amongst the youth.
The nomenclature of the bar is the result of dedicated brain-storming sessions. With the name “CHULL”, the resto-bar not only becomes relatable with today’s youth but also syncs well with the fun, the crazy and intriguing theme of the resto-bar. The concept further gets a fillip with it's delicious and exhaustive menu that continues to deliver the perfect blend between quirkiness and comfort food.
While the food menu tantalises the taste buds, CHULL’s beverage menu isn’t far behind, with the potency to be treated as a course of its own. With innovations like ‘Ek Number’ (McDowells, jamun, egg white and sugar syrup), ‘Talab’ (an aamkaaachar frozen margarita) and‘Palang Todd’ (A special alcohol mix topped with kalakhatta and red bull), a greater emphasis has been given to natural alcoholic infusions, highlighting the unique flavours of natural ingredients.
Pioneering a new trend in the F&B industry with a space that departs from the city’s current pool of conventional bars, Chull is the perfect spot to satiate all your “chulls”. Right from the food and drinks to the décor, everything about Chull is far left of centre.
                                                      Chull Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, 27 February 2017

A day on the table for Delhi Daredevils - IPL Auctions 2017

The proceedings for the biggest carnival of Cricket began on 20th February in Banglore as the player auction for IPL 2017 took place.

Delhi Daredevils retained JP Duminy, Mohammed Shami, Quinton de Kock, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, CV Milind, Syed Ahmed & Pratyush Singh.

Adding the lights of Srilankan All-arounder Angelo Mathews for 2 CR and New Zealander Correy Anderson for 1 CR was a good buy for Delhi adding the balance to the team.

Kagiso Rabada, the right arm fast bowler from South Africa and Pat Cummins from Australia was bought by 5 CR & 4.5 CR respectively. Rabada who has been considered as one of the promising stars of cricket have picked 22 wickets in 16 T20's and Cummins is someone who can clock 153km/hr are the perfect pacers to lead the Delhi bowling attack with Jayant Yadav and Zaheer Khan.

Players like Ankit Bawne (INR 10 Lakhs), Aditya Tare (25 Lakhs), Murugan Ashwin (1 Cr), Navdeep Saini (10 lakh), Shashank Singh (10 Lakh) gives a touch of youth to the team to go all guns blazing in the upcoming season.

Go Delhi Go! #DilDilliHai

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Unparalleled Selfie Experience with V5Plus, India’s First 20 MP Dual Front Camera Smartphone

In its endeavour to continue to transform the selfie experience and capture the imagination of the smartphone users, the premium global smartphone brand Vivo, today launched its much-awaited flagship device, V5Plus with its first-ever 20MP dual front camera. V5Plus is a perfect amalgamation of cutting-edge technology, immaculate design and breakthrough innovation.

Vivo V5 Plus– Specifications
  • 20 MP Dual Front Camera and 16 MP Rear Camera
  • 13.87 cm (5.5) FHD Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core CPU
  • 4 GB RAM/64 GB ROM
  • Battery 3055 mAh
  • 4G LTE Network
Vivo V5Plus takes smartphone users on a seamless experiential journey with a better resolution display and a much powerful battery. V5Plus comes in gold colour and is priced at Rs. 27,980.
V5Plus is the first ever innovation from Vivo that offers dual front cameras for the Indian smartphone users. The perfect amalgamation of the two lenses i.e. 20 MP and 8 MP will ensure that a device captures the much-needed depth of field thus letting you capture your perfect selfie.
Speaking at the launch of this flagship device, Mr. Kent ChengCEO, Vivo India, said, “We are delighted to launch V5Plus in India. Vivo has revolutionised the selfie experience with its first-ever 20MP front camera. Our latest offering, the V5Plus is the outcome of our innovative pursuit to consistently raise the bar and create a transcendental experience for our customers. The dual front camera in the device makes pictures and videos more immersive with a wider colour gamut. With V5Plus, we are confident that Vivo’s new offering will be a defining moment in the much in-vogue selfie phenomenon that is here to stay.”

Crystal Clear and Bokeh Effect Perfect Selfies
The device is equipped with dual lenses i.e 20 MP, 8 MP to offer crystal clear selfies with a rear 16MP camera to capture landscape beautifully. The dual front camera creates a depth-of-field effect that keeps faces sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background which is enhanced by digital optical algorithms to generate an amazing Bokeh effect. Advanced camera technology gives users the power to add focus even after the picture has been clicked. Users can shoot first and then select the desired focus area, adding Bokeh effect wherever necessary. Enjoy exquisite clarity and vivid, natural colours in every shot with the all new Vivo V5 Plus.
Sleeker, Smarter and More Powerful
V5Plus runs on newly upgraded Funtouch OS 3.0 Operating System (based on Android 6.0) which provides a seamless top-of-the-line performance. Enjoy great power with a 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM and a robust Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core CPU. The remarkably sleek design of V5 Plus features a 13.87cm (5.5) FHD display, with curved edges and ultra-narrow bezels for a more comfortable touch. The fifth generation Corning® Gorilla® glass provides stronger screen protection.
V5 Plus’s slender body is packed with a 3055mAh battery, designed to power your device to last through a longer working day. The twin-engine charging technology offers a faster-charging speed and the charging protection system offers a safer, worry-free charging experience.
Custom Built Hi-Fi Audio Chip for the Discerning Audiophile
Audiophiles/Music lovers will now enjoy every beat played on V5 Plus with the custom-built AK4376 Hi-Fi audio chip that provides an unprecedented sound quality by giving a signal-to-noise ratio experience of up to 115dB.
Lightning Speed Fingerprint Unlocking
V5 Plus offers a technological breakthrough with its faster than faster fingerprint unlocking that unlocks the screen in just 0.2 seconds. The updated fingerprint recognition technology allows you to access your favourite apps by pressing the fingerprint sensor twice.
Multi-task with Smart Screen Split
The ‘Smart Screen-Split’ feature allows users to multi-task without having to switch back and forth every time a message pops up. Users can chat and watch videos simultaneously on one screen.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Top 3 Bluetooth Speakers of 2016

Now that almost everyone has a smartphone capable of playing almost any song ever recorded with the help of a music app like Google Play Music or Spotify, the challenge many of us face becomes: “how can I play this music in the best way possible?” The answer: by using one of the best Bluetooth speakers of 2016
It’s an essential item for anyone wanting to add music to their surroundings without having to bother with wires or electrical outlets. Luckily, there are dozens upon dozens of Bluetooth speakers on the market. But now that you’re spoiled for choice, your dilemma is, what do I choose?
Not to worry. Let this list be your guide to the best Bluetooth Speakers available. Whether you are going for value for the money, top of the line, or want something with a big style factor, you are sure to find your dream speaker here, in our list of the best Bluetooth speakers of 2016.

Logitech UE BOOM 2

UE Boom 2 is a masterpiece 360 degree and waterproof speaker It blasts out bass heavy tracks at full volume with minimal distortion.
Fans of Bluetooth speakers may remember the original UEBoom. While that one was quite fantastic, this sequel of sorts has a number of additional features. Most impressive of these, is its ability to be completely submerged in water and still be good as new. It can also act as a speakerphone . So if you do a lot of chilling in and around the pool, this is one of the best bluetooth speakers for that activity.

JBL Pulse 2

This speaker is for the impromptu partiers, the people who like to bring the night to another level, wherever they happen to be. Not only does it put out great sound, it’s contains dynamic LEDs upping the wow factor substantially. Naturally, the lights try to match the mood of the music being played, and can be set to a number of different pre-sets to set best contribute to whatever atmosphere you’re trying to cultivate. You can even customize the exact color of the lights by taking an object of the color you want to produce and holding it up to a sensor on the speaker. That’s pretty neat and makes the JBL Pulse one of the best Bluetooth speakers for parties.
Itss features even make it capable of helping people sleep. The app enables you to download various ambient sounds like rain and waves, and play it while filling your room with a calming blue glow. With its lightshow capabilities and customization, this speaker elevates itself above the rest as the ultimate mood setter. 

Logitech UE Roll 2

OK, this is the weirdest Bluetooth speaker I have ever seen. But don’t let that dissuade you from giving it a chance because it is actually pretty fantastic. It actually has a lot in common with the Polk Boom Swimmer Jr. It is shaped like a flat disc and can be controlled by giant plus and minus buttons on the face of the speaker itself. You can lay it down flat or hang it from wherever you want. This is another great pool companion that even comes with an inflatable platform to put it in the pool if you buy it directly from UE’s website.
The Bass and volume isn’t quite what you would get from a heavyweight on this list, but the UE Roll is a great background music generator to be played whole you lounge at the pool or bake on the beach.