Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Perfect Sunday - Barrio's Boozy Brunch

What's your idea of a perfect Sunday?

My "Perfect Sunday" can be many things... A rainy day spent curled up at home reading a book or watching my favorite TV show; a Sunday spent experimenting in the kitchen with some new dishes and then feeding family and friends; or a Sunday that starts with the perfect lazy brunch followed by a dip in the pool and a couple of hours at the beauty parlor getting a massage and a pedicure!

When the gorgeous and bubbly Amrita (The Bacon Jam Girl?) pinged me about Barrio's Boozy Brunch, I knew it was the perfect way to unwind on a Sunday with the husband and our friends G&A.

Barrio's is located inside the "Inch by Inch Body Temple" in Versova, Andheri. And honestly, I had no idea a place like this existed! Started just a couple of months ago, the Sunday Brunch is definitely a great pull.

We were told the Brunch would be on from 12 till 5pm and we reached the place around 12.30pm on really hungry stomachs! I think we were probably the first people to arrive. Though we were welcomed warmly by the PR team, everyone else looked a little lost. Most of the brunch dishes hadn't been set up and the cooks at the pizza and waffle counters looked a little baffled whether to start serving us or not! 

But thankfully, within 15 minutes, the place started buzzing and how! By 1.30pm there was live music, people were milling around the bar, the pizza counter had started serving warm pizzas to everyone and Barrio had transformed into one of the most chilled out yet fun Brunch places ever!

The Bar
The Seating Area

As soon as you enter, to your right is the bar and straight ahead the pool. Tucked behind the bar is an open-air but covered seating area with fans and in spite of the summer heat, it was pleasant for most part of the afternoon.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Just a little cuckoo...err... cookie!

I have too many passions in life. Some are temporary, some are permanent, and I tend to get obsessive about all of them. As the long silence on the blog indicates, my passion for blogging has now taken a slight back seat. Not the cooking obsession, that’s been diagnosed as permanent. But the reading up of food blogs till 3am, surfing and bookmarking websites and recipes, thinking up of funny posts to go with all my recipes - all of that has waned a bit... hopefully temporarily.

My latest obsessions are TV shows (have been for a while now), and this one film called Ram-Leela. That’s a story for another day, but suffice to say that all my free time in the past few months was spent planning my life around Ram-Leela (or "Goliyon ki Raas Leela - Ram Leela" as its now called). But this past Friday the movie released, and all of you who read this blog will go watch it and send best wishes our way (even though you may not know why, but hey, I believe in unconditional love and the power of positive thinking!).

So that leaves us with the TV shows. Which I think I have a handle on. I just need to watch “The Good Wife” every Sunday, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Scandal” and “Greys Anantomy” every Thursday, “The Originals” every Monday and oh, catch up on Downton Abbey, Homeland, White Collar and Masterchef Australia :) That’s do-able, right? I mean I haven’t even put Criminal Minds, Elementary and The Blacklist in the list... which I watch whenever I am bored. So those don’t really count, do they? Ok, don’t answer that :/

All I am trying to say is that I'm going cuckoo balancing too many things and so I deserve a cookie. And now that all of you stuck around to read my crazy rants, here is your cuckoo.. err... cookie reward.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Weird Diaries - Watermelon Curry

I like weird people. And weird things. And weird flavours. Like the time I decided to add Thums Up to my Gooseberry Jam :/ 

And if you really want to know, that jar of jam has been wiped clean. Ha. But before I scare you away, let me assure you that this particular dish may sound weird, but tastes wonderful! Now I see why you wouldn't want to trust me, but I got this recipe from a friend who claims to have got it from The Good Food Magazine, no less! 

So here you go... a wonderfully weird, sweet-spicy-crunchy Watermelon Curry!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Jodhpur Food Trail

I am one of those people who hates "sight-seeing" on a holiday. I find it tedious and predictable and utterly commercial. But a city or town with character, now give me that any day over a city where you have to go on a crowded sight-seeing tour.

A couple of years ago, we went on a trip to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer with our friends G&A. And it was one of the most fabulous holidays ever. Every place we stayed at, had so much character, so much history...  And the food! It was a culinary experience that we won't forget for a long time... 

Even though this trip happened many many moons ago, this post has been long overdue. So here's a quick glimpse at the Jodhpur food trail...

We stayed at the beautiful Haveli Inn Pal, a gorgeous yet affordable heritage hotel that had a distinctive old-world charm. I cannot urge you enough to stay at this hotel. The rooms, the view, the hospitality, the food, the entire colonial yet traditional Rajasthani feel...

It had a rooftop restaurant and our breakfast on arrival was just perfect - hot pooris, aloo subzi, and honey-filled banana crepes. Comforting, tasty and filling.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pasta in a Roasted Pepper-Tomato-Garlic Sauce for a Lazy, Rainy Day

The rains are lashing the city and all one wants to do is snuggle in bed, nurse a bowl of warm comforting food, read a book, and watch the raindrops pelt your windowpane harmlessly.

The reading of the book is an integral part of the rain experience for me.  And it needs to be a warm, snuggly book. Don't you agree that all books have a flavor, much like food, that would best describe them? Like Homey. Cloying. Bittersweet. Crackling. Tingling.

Books and food just seem to go so well together. When I was a child, Enid Blytons were my favorite and not having access to scones, jugs of cream, and homemade jams, I would make do with honeyed toast! You should try it some time... tastes just as good even today.

This Pasta dish is just another such homey, comforting dish perfect for the rains. I had made this a few months ago and it has been languishing in my drafts. But today seemed the perfect day to dust the cobwebs off this warm, easy, filling recipe.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Raw Mango Chicken Curry

Last year on my many trips to Chennai, a colleague and I went to Fisherman's Cove at the Taj Vivanta, Mahabalipuram for dinner. It was a lovely evening, the restaurant was right on the beach, and the food was fresh and delicious. Sitting by the sea, enjoying the balmy breeze and the interesting cocktails, we had one of our best meals in Chennai. And that's saying something because I love the food of that city - from Ponnusamy, to Zaras, to Benjarong! Chennai has some of the most diverse and amazing restaurants I have ever been to.

Though our entire meal at Fisherman's Cove was good, this one dish really stood out. I forget what exactly it was called, but it was a Chicken curry made with raw mangoes. The sauce was an earthy red in colour, thin and silky in consistency, sour but without being mouth-puckeringly so, extremely spicy yet creamy, and absolutely delicious.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Riddikulus-ly Pink Beetroot and Strawberry Smoothie

I am posting this just to get over my ridiculous need to blog about food only when I have something random, funny, introspective or nostalgic to go along with the recipe. For once, I don't. I mean, I don't have anything of any importance to say right now. And the lack of having anything of any consequence to write about, has been stopping me from posting about food. Which is ridiculous.

I know what you are thinking. How are they related? Just writing about a dish, its recipe, the cooking method; that should be enough, right? Yeah. It should be. But I am weird. That's the only explanation. I like my food to have a story. Any story. (Also I kinda like to think that all you guys come visit my blog as much for the crazy stories as the decent recipes). So I am now trying to post without a story. Or without anything really. Other than the food. And now I have successfully rambled on about nothing without a mention of the recipe! Riddikulus!

Oh, and if you think that I spelt 'ridiculous' wrong there, then clearly you haven't read Harry Potter and you cannot ever be my true best friend. Ok, yes, I know you may not want to be my true-best-friend, but its your loss, really. And since this post (which started with all good intentions) has now really fallen under the ridiculous category, let me enlighten you with the advantages of a 'Riddikulus' spell:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

How to get on my 'Rite' side and Product Review of RiteBite Max Protein Bars

It is very easy to flatter me. Really. All you need to do is read my blog and tell me how much you like it. And, for the rest of my life, I will keep telling everyone what a nice person you are. Promise! 

Ok maybe I am not entirely serious (I am serious.) But what I definitely appreciate is people actually reading my blog before sending me mails about product reviews, invites to events, etc. I have ranted about spam mails earlier on this blog, so I will not repeat myself. But I have to express how very gratifying it is when someone mails you regarding a product review after following your blog, reading the kind of posts you write, knowing their products and your blog are a match, and then contacting you. Truly. Its a pleasure that's almost as good as a midnight ice-cream snack!

So coming back to the review at hand, I was approached by Naturell India to review some of their Protein Bars. Now I must admit that the husband and I are actually huge fans of this other brand - Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars. These bars make for great healthy snacks. But I am always on the lookout for newer brands and flavours. So I jumped at the opportunity to try Naturell's Rite Bite Bars.

Now the ones I received were actually Protein bars. And from what I have read on their website, these bars are great after-exercise snacks. I was sent 3 different varieties. And just so that I could gauge the pulse of the public, the Junta ki Awaaz and all that, I took these bars along to office for the girls to taste and give their verdict!