Monday, 31 August 2015

10 Things You Didn’t Know Your Microwave Could Do For You

Today microwave is a regular domiciliary device—as common it has become, so is the under-utilization of this little genie in a box. The purpose many of us buy a microwave is to expedite the
re-heating process, or pop the corns. If we go a step further, it may include defrosting peas or baking a pizza maybe!

Though ironically, the invention of this machine is associated with popping of the corn and melting of candy, it’s sad to state that its use is now limited to the same. Did you know how a microwave functions? Well here’s some gyan on this—It agitates the moisture and molecular network of the food and this further instigates heat to spread in it, resulting in cooking!!

Well, don’t worry, we won’t bore you with Science. Let’s keep that at bay and forget about the electromagnetic fields and discover “things you didn’t know microwaving could do for you”.

Image Courtesy - Electrolux

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Review: Urban Tadka, a Dhaba Style Restobar in Mumbai

What you see-
Housed on the third floor of R City Mall at Ghatkopar, Urban Tadka is a Dhaba styled family restobar. The walls are adorned with country side scenes. Colorful glass bangles and scarves add character, and musical instruments gel with the décor. The seating consists of rustic wooden benches and tables. Pickles, chutneys and flavored yoghurt are kept on the table and Hindi and Punjabi music play in the background. The menu card is in the form of a slate.

What you get-
Urban Tadka serves North Indian and Punjabi cuisine with an urban twist. The bar serves various Indian and international beers, whiskey, vodka, wine and other liquors. The cocktails and mocktails have unique Indian names. Here, Long Island Iced Tea becomes ‘Lambi Chai’ and Margarita becomes well, ‘Sita, Geeta aur Margarita’. Guests can also try various sherbets like ‘Lemon pudina’, ‘Pineapple peru’ and more.

The Urban Tadka Entrance

Friday, 28 August 2015

5 Kitchen Secrets for Beautiful Skin

Imagine this – its party night, you’ve got the perfect food, a sexy LBD, but no time to rejuvenate your tired skin.

Now, we are not saying that you should run out and buy your favorite perk-me-up products and neither are we talking about spending time and money at your local spa.  We are just talking about heading to your kitchen!!! What? Yes, the secret to great skin can be unearthed in your humble kitchen!  Wicked Spoon Confessions brings you 5 easy homemade facial masks made from simple ingredients in your kitchen to pamper yourself.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

10 Reasons to Consume Lemon Juice

We all love lemonade but how many of us have realized the enormous benefits of drinking lemon juice.
Lemon is one of the most widely used citrus fruit in daily cooking, refreshing drinks and ayurveda. The best part is it is cheap and easily available and has a long list of benefits.

Wicked Spoon Confessions lists 10 reasons to consume the humble lemon juice which has finally found its way to its much deserved stardom.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

10 Kitchen Must Haves

Kitchen is the heart of every household. Scrumptious food served hot from this heart is what makes house a home. It may be a playground for some and war zone for many. Whatever it may be, the fact remains, we women (men—don’t twitch your brows, you still are at an insignificant number to qualify) spend a considerable time of our day in the kitchen.

Generally, kitchen is a place for cooking, storing food items, washing utensils etc. Especially, our Indian kitchens are stocked with grains, pulses, condiments, spices along with an array of useful and plentiful useless gadgets, contraptions, utensils etc.

Indian kitchens are an amalgamation of cultural diversity and modernity. Keeping that in mind we have come up with ten items that every Indian kitchen must have.

Top 10 Reasons To Stay at Trident, Udaipur

Trident, Udaipur, magnificently situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, is the perfect base from which to explore the rich and charming history of Udaipur that is formed by a tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples and gardens that reflect the varied influences of centuries past. Known as the “City of Lakes”, Udaipur is a perfect destination to explore the splendor of Rajasthan. From its magnificent palaces to its vibrant bazaars, the city is the apogee of romantic and alluring Rajasthan.

Inspired by the architectural and cultural heritage of Udaipur, the hotels boasts of classy elegant rooms and lavish restaurants. Wicked Spoon Confessions Lists Top 10 reasons to stay at Trident, Udaipur.

Trident, Udaipur-Patio

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Review: Sunday Brunch at The Oberoi, Gurgaon

The Oberoi is a name that speaks of luxury and opulence. Having heard a lot about the acclaimed Sunday brunch at threesixtyone, located at The Oberoi, Gurgaon added fuel to our never-ending quest of good food. So off went Wicked Spoon Confessions, one breezy Sunday to not only discover “Lost Recipes" but also try 10 different Champagnes on offer. The thought of trying choicest champagnes was alluring and the special showcase of “Lost Recipes” had us tingling in foodie anticipation.

We stepped into threesixtyone, located at level 1 & were promptly escorted to our table by the hostess. The simple & luxurious interiors added character to a beautifully laid table that offered a good view of the restaurant. The Oberoi, Gurgaon is the only hotel in Delhi NCR to be serving unlimited refills of 10 types of champagnes and sparkling wines in the brunch menu! The menu included brands like Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Moet & Chandon, Louis Roederer and the Beachhouse Sparkling—nothing short of Premium!

The most sought after Champagne trolley

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Recipe: Rasgulle Ki Chaat

We Gujaratis love our desert. So much so that we can have it for breakfast (fafda jalebi) , main course (meethi Gujarati dal & subzis) and our 4 o clock binge sessions (meetha shakarpara). And the day, we came across a wonderful way to relish rasgullas at the beginning of our meals, our gujju soul pirouetted to a garba tune in the middle of August!! Yes, these sweet & spongy Chenna dumplings that make our mouths water & then play on our taste buds for the rest of the day can be made into a delectable chaat!!

Wicked Spoon Confessions in association with Executive Chef Sandeep, Renaissance curated a special meal for Independence Day that started with Rasgulle ki Chaat, from Agra. We present the step by step recipe to make this wonderful dish that reminds you of a beautiful vision- The Taj on a foggy morning.

Rasgulle ki chaat - image for representation only

10 Interesting Facts about Wine

Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know. – John Keats

This above quote by John Keats summarizes the effect of wine. What better way to relax and unwind after a long day than opening a bottle of your favorite wine and putting on your favorite music. Add a long hot bath and a book, we couldn’t ask for anything more. Just taking a sip of wine and savoring its flavors can relax us immediately.

It is common knowledge that wine is an incredible and complex drink made by fermenting grapes. But there is much more to wine, the drink we all love. Wicked Spoon Confessions lists some of the lesser known yet interesting facts about wine.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Top 10 Things To Do In Dubai

“All That Glitters is not Gold” said the wise one. But the wise one may have never visited Dubai. Because everything that glitters here is either gold or diamonds. Home to the World’s tallest building, biggest mall, biggest fireworks display in 2014, biggest graffiti scroll, largest indoor snow park- Ski Dubai and world’s tallest hotel – J W Marquis Hotel, Dubai is one of our favorite destination. With unlimited Luxury shopping options, modern infrastructure, mélange of global cuisines and throbbing nightlife, Dubai is great for a quick stopover, family holiday or a shopping spree with girlfriend during shopping festivals. Wicked Spoon Confessions lists the Top 10 things to do in Dubai, an emirate that welcomes diverse cultures with an abandon that shall leave you fascinated.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

5 Alcoholic Beverages that Pair with Parsi Cuisine Favourites

The Parsi New Year that originated in Persia is celebrated with much fanfare in India too. So when Sofitel announced a 12 day “Parsi Culture to Cuisine Festival” with the Ripon Club starting the 7th of August, off we headed one evening. The Pondichéry Café adorned a festive look with installations made of glass and wood, a library of books and traditional Gara Saris (traditional embroidered silk saris)

We stepped into Pondichery Café and noticed quirky wall arts, traditional Parsi drinks in various flavours- raspberry, ice cream, slice and tables laden with the banana leaf to denote a Parsi wedding. Funny and jovial bawa tips placed on the tables made us smile and the live music lifted our mood. The buffet boasted of delicious and mouth-watering favourites like Lagan nu Stew, Patrani Machi, Tittori, Chicken Farcha, Patra Paneer and desserts like Lagan nu custard. The busy servers played their part to the fullest with the traditional Parsi attire- the Dugli.

But this time Wicked Spoon Confessions wanted more. Not only we wanted to relish the sumptuous Parsi cuisine, which is an amalgamation of Iranian and Gujrati flavours, we also yearned for the perfect alcoholic beverage that would compliment these delicacies. So here are the 5 Alcoholic Beverages that pair with Parsi Cuisine Favourites:

Lagan nu Stew

Review: Award winning North West Frontier Cuisine at Peshawri, ITC Maratha

What you see - Recognized as one of the finest Indian restaurants, Peshawri at ITC Maratha, Mumbai enthralls by serving the robust flavors of the North West Frontier cuisine. One early evening, we landed at the already buzzing restaurant. Subtle ambiance lighting played on walls and floor made of stone, lending an edge of sophistication to Peshawri. Ethnic Bukhara carpets adorned the walls and an open kitchen was active with Chef’s preparing delicacies for the guests. Wooden stools and benches were strewn with colorful cushions.  Ochre color crockery was invitingly arranged on the tables and copper pots and urns were suspended from the ceiling. Our host handed over the menu which was painted on a block of wood.  Chequered aprons were placed at each table as Peshawri invites you to eat with your hands to thoroughly enjoy the food in an authentic Indian manner. A few larger tables were separated by colorful bead strings to provide privacy, if desired.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

10 All-time Popular Cocktails

Singer and song writer Tom Waits once famously said – “I don’t have a drinking problem, except when I can’t get a drink.”

Raise your glass if you are nodding your head in agreement too. :) So, next time when you are having those drinking troubles, make sure you know what options you have, so you don’t have to wait for someone to get you a drink!

Wicked Spoon Confessions brings you a list of easy-to-make, most popular cocktails that you can get in your next door bar. In fact, with a little effort, you can make them in the comfort of your home—even before the bars open up or after they close down (depending on how severe your drinking problem is :D )

Image Courtesy

Sunday, 9 August 2015

The Ultimate Revolutionary Meal for Independence Day

“Bombs and Pistols do not make a revolution. The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting-stone of ideas” – Bhagat Singh.

Over this holiday weekend, we are proud to celebrate the glory of our great country. The experience of living here has shaped us as professionals, parents, and citizen of this world.

The words of Bhagat Singh continue to inspire us on many levels.  On every Independence Day, we all gather for Flag Hoisting in our societies usually followed by lunch. This time around, we would like to inspire you to celebrate with a pot lunch menu with dishes from around the country to bring out the unity in our cultural diversity which we Indians are very proud of.

So Folks for this 15th of August, Wicked Spoon Confessions in association with Sandeep Pande (Executive Chef, Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel) brings you the ultimate revolutionary meal from the East, West, North and South regions that inspired the freedom struggle.

Image Courtesy

Friday, 7 August 2015

10 Popular Rum Cocktails

Rumbullion, Rumbustion, Rumscullion, devils death, Nelson’s blood, Rhum, Ron Anejo, what’s in a name—they all refer to one of the world’s favourite drink, RUM.

We all know that Rum is an alcoholic intoxicating spirit made from sugar cane juice or its by-product molasses. However, few of us know about the origin of rum, which dates back to the colonial era of the 17th century!  This period saw the Caribbean colonial planters struggling with a sticky guck that was the residue of sugar production. This guck known as molasses was on a mass production of its own—for every two pounds of sugar a pound of molasses was left to be dumped.

One day the plantation workers in the island of Barbados found that the sticky guck can be fermented into a beverage that is intoxicating in nature. Later, in the years to come the distillation and the aging in oak barrels became an integral part of rum production and maturing.

With so many years since the chance discovery of rum, brings out a list of top ten Rum Cocktails for some serious beverage hunters.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

10 interesting facts about The Oberoi, New Delhi

The Oberoi, New Delhi opened its doors in the year 1965 and has enjoyed unwavering patronage ever since. A renowned icon of New Delhi and a pioneer in luxury hospitality, this multi award-winning hotel has hosted the world’s elite– from presidents, CEO’s and celebrities. Located in the heart of the Delhi, the iconic hotel overlooks the green environs of the 18 hole Golf course on one side and the awe inspiring World Heritage site- Humayun’s Tomb on the other. The Oberoi, New Delhi is celebrating its Golden Jubilee year and Wicked Spoon Confessions lists 10 interesting facts of this iconic luxury landmark:

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Top 10 things to do in Mauritius, God's own paradise!

“Should I watch Happy New Year,” he enquired? "Nah, waste of time", We replied. He thanked us as he stamped a 30-day entry visa on our passports. We couldn’t believe this colorful conversation was happening at Mauritius Immigration, more than 3000 miles away from my home in India. Known as “God’s Own Island” with endless white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters and coral reefs, Mauritius stunned us with its ethereal beauty. A honeymooner, nature lover, adventure sports enthusiast or a vacationer, Mauritius has something for everyone. We came back full of splendid memories, but here are our top 10 things to do in Mauritius

Saturday, 1 August 2015

5 Ways to have a Foodie Fun-filled Friendship Day

"Good friend are hard to find, harder to leave and impossible to forget". Friends are fundamental to our lives. Remember those days in school or college when you best friend did not turn up? it felt like all the fun element had been squeezed out of the world.

Well its that day of the year when you get the opportunity to tell your best friends you care, so seize the opportunity and have a very special Friendship Day celebration to make your friends realize how special they are.