Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Apple Salad - Go healthy with Washington apples!


Apples are Really Good For You! Eating fresh apples is always good for you, but to get the full nutritional benefits associated with eating apples you should eat at least one fresh apple every day.

I was sent some fresh Granny Smith apples by the SCS Group and Washington Apple Commission for me to taste and make something. What can be more refreshing than a salad. This is how I like my everyday salad.

Ingredients

Fresh Granny Smith Apples-2
handful of walnuts (slightly toasted)
Romaine Lettuce- 1 cup
handful of Mint leaves
Italian seasoning-1/2 tsp
lemon juice- 1/2 tsp
olive oil- 1tsp
any cheese (optional) - 1 tbsp for sour taste

Preparation

Wash and dry the apples, lettuce and mint leaves. chop them roughly into bite size and toss them in a bowl. Add toasted walnuts, Italian seasoning, olive oil, lemon juice and mix. I do not add salt.

Granny Smith apples are green, extremely tart, crisp, juicy and versatile. They are popular for making Pies.
Apples have lots of health benefits like cancer prevention, healthy lungs, heart disease and stroke prevention and weight loss!
For more information visit bestapples.com

Monday, June 23, 2014

Cafe Infinito - A Mediterranean experience !

Eat, Drink, Dance, Repeat is the concept of Cafe Infinito, a Mediterranean restaurant where I had been last week. I was impressed by the simple elegant decor and seating arrangements. There was a small bar and a live pizza counter.

We got to see how the the pizza was made, right from scratch which my son enjoyed a lot.The cuisine is primarily Cafe-ish with influences from Italy and Med but not limited to it. This forms the major inspiration to create an offering that exists from breakfast to desserts and drinks for a post dinner offering. One can hop in anytime of the day for a quick bite of a crostini or attend out-of-office meetings devouring varieties of small eats and salads; work on creative projects on work table or indulge in home preparations of pastas, wood-fired pizzas, healthy sandwiches, burgers and wraps.
We were served with assorted bread basket which was fresh from oven along with some condiments.
 Their Vegetarian Pizzas have signature smoked cherry tomato sauce & house salad
Greek pizza‐ crumbled feta, pitted olives, red onions, sun dried tomatoes & torn basil,
Garniture pizza ‐ seasoned potatoes , fresh thyme, sizzling brie & sour cream,
Margarita pizza ‐ mozzarella, plum tomato sauce with torn basil,
Been to Mexico pizza ‐ salsa , re fried beans, jalapeno, cilantro & sun dried tomato (this was served to us) are some of their specialty.

These days I am much into salads so loved the Arugula, goat cheese crumbs, red wine poached pear & balsamic fresh salad. to my surprise the menu had veg-pastas, Penne with smoked cherry tomato sauce & broccoli florets and Spinach & ricotta ravioli in porcini cream sauce kept me asking for more.
Oven cooked spinach & ricotta cannelloni with pine nuts was nice and creamy.
I loved the wide chioce for kids. There are huge burgers with Soya, barley & crack wheat, with onion tomato relish & harissa mayo and many variety of milk shakes.
We were so full but could not resist the desserts even veg options!
Bakewell tart, Classic crème brûlée and Tiramisu were some to pick from! You can see what a feast it was :)
Address:Cafe Infinito Level 1, Inorbit Mall, EPIP area, Whitefield, Bengaluru.

All were reasonably priced and it is a nice place for a simple weekend brunch with family or friends!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Chocolate Indulgence with Royce !

JW Marriott Bengaluru is Launching a premium chocolate and confectionery from Japan and I was invited for the tasting session.

ROYCE’ was founded in 1983 in Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island.
ROYCE' chocolate is made in a truly special place surrounded by the beauty and contrasts of
all four seasons.
ROYCE' has brought together the best ingredients from all over the world and developed cutting-edge production techniques to produce a truly unique range of high quality and exquisitely packaged chocolates.
Chef Jolly, Director, F&B started with an introduction to the chocolate tasting session.

 Avani  Raheja and Samir Gadhok, Directors, Burgundy Hospitality spoke about Royce, and the products they plan to launch shortly in Bengaluru on 20th June.

These are a range of NAMA CHOCOLATE-Velvety smooth chocolate that will melt in your mouth
Ghana Bitter-A liquor-free bitter Nama (means Pure) Chocolate with an excellent acid-bitter combination. This was true chocolate indulgence! Egg free, smooth and creamy, these come with a thermal bag to help retain the delicate texture during the journey from the store to your refrigerator. They are similar to truffles and have to be refrigerated. it has a limited shelf life. When I heard the name Nama I said " Nama chocolates in Namma bengaluru"!

Mild Cacao-The smooth flavor and fragrant aroma of cacao fill your mouth in this liquor-free Nama Chocolate.


CRIOLLO CHOCOLATE-Bitter Chocolate that fully conveys the intense flavor of the rare Criollo cacao bean.
CRIOLLO CHOCOLATE Sweet-Moderately sweet chocolate with the delicate flavor of the rare Criollo cacao bean.



PURE CHOCOLATE-The beautiful facade and shape of the Pure Chocolate was designed to enhance both the texture and the shape. This chocolate is available in six varieties, ranging in cacao percentages. Each box contains a set of two varieties - 20 pieces of each - a total of 40 individually


POTATOCHIP CHOCOLATE-The eye-opening combination of salty potato chips coated with chocolate. This was the first time I was tasting a combination of potato chips dunked in chocolate!

BATON COOKIES-Coconut Golden-baked coconut cookies coated with chocolate on one side.


BATON COOKIES-Hazel Cacao Finely crushed cacao nibs blended into a cocoa. These are made of eggs so could not taste them!



We were served with canapes and water in between so as to differentiate between the taste of chocolate.
On the whole I carried my sweet tooth with me :)
The Price ranges from 500 to 1000 and upward. Currently being retailed out of their outlets in Mumbai at JWM Mumbai and Palladium Mall, this range will be launched at JWM, Bengaluru on the 20th of this month.