Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Crowne Plaza® Gurugram dishes out delectable festive treats with a modern twist

The much awaited Diwali season is almost here! Keeping with the spirit of the festivities, Crowne Plaza® Gurugram, organized a creative workshop to bake and decorate ‘Diwali inspired novelty cupcakes’ and bring a modern twist to the festive celebrations, this year.

Hosted by Café G, the multi-cuisine restaurant at Crowne Plaza Today, Gurugram, and the workshop was conducted by Nilesh Dey, Executive Chef at Crowne Plaza Today, Gurugram. Chef Dey, who is known as an expert at combining traditional flavours with modern culinary techniques inspired the creation of fusion Diwali treats such as Mawa MewaMotichoor and Pataka cupcakes.

Commenting on the occasion Nalin Mandiratta, General Manager, Crowne Plaza, Gurugram said: At Crowne Plaza Today, Gurugram, we continually aim to create exceptional culinary experiences and bring innovative dining concepts to our guests. The festival of Diwali is all about spending time with the family, decorating homes with lights and colours and indulging in delectable sweets. To bring an innovative twist to the festive treats, our expert chefs infused traditional flavours into cupcakes and created an interesting ‘fusion’ option of Diwali sweets.”

Festival inspired cupcakes and other Diwali treats are available at Crowne Plaza Today, Gurugram for guests to savour and share with their loved ones.

Nilesh Dey, Executive Chef, Crowne Plaza Today, Gurugram said: “Diwali is the time for indulgence and people are always looking to try something different, to add to the festive cheer. ‘Diwali themed fusion cupcakes’ are a great option to go beyond traditional sweets, while staying true to the flavours that are essential to Diwali. These are easy to prepare, makes for a great gifting option and are guaranteed to impress at get-togethers with family and friends.”

Crown Plaza Gurugram offers a variety of dining options through its various F&B outlets. These include Café G, a multi-cuisine restaurant, Wildfire, the only Brazilian churascaria in India with unlimited skewered meats, seafood and other vegetarian delicacies, and ConneXions which is chic bar and lounge suited for casual meetings and cocktails.

Part of the IHG®’s (InterContinental Hotels Group) global portfolio, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts is a dynamic upscale hotel brand located in over 60 countries around the world. The brand caters to modern travellers looking for a blend of business and leisure (or today known as bleisure). IHG now operates 11 Crowne Plaza Todayhotels in India, which are located across Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Pune, Ahmadabad, Kochi, Jaipur and Chennai. 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

PVR CINEMAS, INDIA’S LARGEST CINEMA CHAIN, LAUNCHES INDIA’S FIRST FULLY DIGITAL LOYALTY PROGRAM

PVR Cinemas, India’s largest and most premium film exhibition company marks its 20th year in business by introducing PVR PRIVILEGE, a class-leading loyalty program for its ever growing patron base (currently at 75 million). The loyalty program offers members an enriched array of first class redemption opportunities and enhanced benefits. To support the launch of PVR Privilege, PVR is offering Food & Beverage vouchers of the same value as the activation fee, so that the membership is at zero cost to new members at its 131 properties nationwide comprising of 600 screens.

The event also witnessed the presence of special guest of honor, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan & Zaira Wasim. 




“We are pleased to debut PVR Privilege, our loyalty program, which is designed to be one of the most rewarding programs in cinemas.It will enable members to enjoy a remarkably simple and a fast way to free tickets or F&B offerings at PVR cinemas. By being an early mover in offering a loyalty program, PVR continues to enhance the movie going experience for PVR's valued guests” said Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Ltd

The PVR Privilege program is India’s first fully digital cinema loyalty program and offers the following consumer privileges and benefits:

· Reward points on each purchase of tickets or food and beverages
· Automated conversion of Reward points into vouchers that can be used to pay for tickets and F&B
· Personalized offers, and services at cinemas
· Bonus points during special occasions
· Easy to use, with a QR-code based virtual card in App, Website and at Cinemas


For information about PVR Privilege and to sign up, guests can inquire at their local PVR Cinema, at pvrcinemas.com or can download the PVR mobile app. It’s pertinent to share that PVR Privilege would be best experienced when used on the PVR mobile app.

“PVR privilege card is a strategic move to delight, create and retain loyal customers. We are targeting a brisk growth for the PVR Privilege program over the next 2 years. The growth of the PVR Privilege data base will allow us to reach more movie goers than ever before, with greater efficiency and precision.” said Kamal Gianchandani, Chief of Strategy, PVR Limited.

The PVR Privilege program promises to make the movie-going experience hugely rewarding by earning points and auto-generated vouchers, all from first time visitation to subsequent transactions. Points start accruing on tickets, food and beverages, with quick redemption at both off-line and on-line channels. Exclusive privileges, combo upgrades, special days for customers, and personalized services will work across web, mobile app and in cinemas. The customer just needs to walk in with their virtual card on their phones.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Lager N Barrel Festival Headed To Gurugram This Month

Carling club glasses celebrates memories and friendship, marking the Oktoberfest

With the onset of Oktoberfest this year, Delhi NCR witnessed Gaana Lager N Barrel festival, North India’s first and one of its kind beer and music festivals. The third edition of the festival was co-presented by Carling Club Glasses and hosted at the Kingdom of Dreams, Gurugram on October 6 & 7, 2017 where it saw a footfall of more than 4000 people.

From performance by great lineup of music artists that included names like Mohammed Irfan, Divya Kumar, Shefali Alvares, Akhil Sachdeva, Parmish Verma, Millind Gaba, Gurnazar Live, DJ Sumit Sethi and more. Accompanied with scrumptious food and great brews, the event offered everything that would make the crowd tap their feet with fun and enjoyment.

Ashish Kapoor, President, Molson Coors India said, “Lager N Barrel Festival is one of the most awaited annual beer and music festival for a group of friends and families looking forward to a refreshingly perfect weekend full of action-packed fun. Carling believes that great stories are created with the circle of friends and there is nothing like witnessing live music performances by popular artists, scrumptious gourmet delights, artistic creations and interactive games, all together to celebrate friendship and memories. With great enjoyment comes great responsibility too. We advocate responsible drinking in all of our business practices and believe in educating and promoting moderate and responsible consumption. This year marks 2 years of our partnership with Carling Club Glasses with Lager N Barrel Festival and we look forward to a continued partnership in the years to come.”

Gaana Lager n Barrel, co-presented by Carling Club Glasses is an intellectual property of Speed Records and EYP Creations and aims at elevating the music festival culture in the region.

The entire festival was inspired by art in every form. The life-size interactive installations and activity areas placed in different areas throughout the festival were an awe-inspiring sight for all. The attendees re-lived their childhood moments with the fun-filled games like Beer Pong, Staipu, Limbo and much more. Another interesting takeaway for the crowd was that the festival has its customised official snapchat filters, a first of any festival in the country.

In all, the festival was an avant-garde celebration for all with a perfect weekend vibe that was soaked in the Oktoberfest vibe.

About Lager n Barrel Festival:
Lager n Barrel festival is a rock n roll festival to celebrate beer, music and the love of a good time. The North India's first beer festival ranging from late afternoon through the night, offering a diversity of beers available for tasting and purchase intends to ensure that the festival goers experience full flavor of life through enriching music acts, lovable activities, delicious food and endless beer. For what it is Lager n Barrel is poised to turn into a summer playground for beer lovers. 


Live Performances by artists, Beer Activities, games & a lot more at the venue is added.






Wednesday, 6 September 2017

EXPOSED : Sehwag & His Twitter Tail

It was a Sunday evening when I was returning to Delhi from Coimbatore on Indigo flight 6E 396 after covering one of the finest motorsports events in the country.

I boarded the flight and for the first time, I was sitting in the first row. The boarding was completed until one special guest with his manager Amritanshu boards the flight and sat in the same row as mine. Virender Sehwag was in Coimbatore for an event of “Sadguru” called #RallyOfRivers.

The passengers were pleasantly surprised to be in the company of the dashing opener. Before the flight took off his manager was continuously on Twitter scrolling through Twitter trends.

The flight took off and I was just staring at him, I wanted to take a cool selfie with him but decided not to bug him as he looked so tired and sleepy, Sehwag asked for Veg Biryani since Indigo doesn’t serve biryani’s he had two bowls of Dal Chawal. I was noticing minor details such as the phone Sehwag uses and which one did his manager had. Sehwag had an iPhone 7 and his manager was carrying Motorola X.

We landed around 9:45 pm in Delhi. As soon as we landed they both had their phones switched on immediately like every other passenger on the plane. I thought I’d take a photo with him in the bus and stood next to him and his manager but that went for a toss when I saw his manager standing right next to me tweeting from Sehwag’s account about Rajyavardhan Rathore becoming the new sports minister of India, after the tweet his manager goes onto Sachin Tendulkar’s profile and informed Sehwag that he didn't tweet about it! I was shocked as Sehwag always claimed that he does each and every tweet on his own. I had a few words with his manager and left for home.

Amritanshu (Sehwag's manager) was an ex RJ at Fever 104 FM. Tweeting funny stuff seems very easy for him and he keeps Sehwag's twitter handle going.  

The next day when I reached office I again tried to know if it was just one of the tweet done by his manager or all of the tweets are done by him. “Tweetdeck” a popular Twitter tool which helps you schedule tweets also gives you the information from which device has the user tweeted from. Here is what I found all of the tweets are done from Android (Which his manager has) and not iPhone (Which Sehwag has)



The tweet that was done by his manager in front of my eyes on the Indigo Bus.


Other recent tweets done by his manager.









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