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Top 7 Destinations you can travel to Escape Delhi Pollution this Week

Our guide of Best 7 Destinations offering the MOST for a Food Enthusiasts of Delhi, perfect for a weekend visit or longer stay, these destinations have a lot to offer for your spiritual, mental, physical as well as gourmet well being.

Delhi government has called for 3 days off for schools and I think this is the best time to escape town to give your lungs a breath of fresh air.

Here are 7 places that we have shortlisted for you to visit from Delhi and of-course, we have ensured that we have food recommendations already covered for you.

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Restaurant Bills Explained – 2016 Version

Service Charge, Service Tax, Value Added Taxes – We bet they have got you all confused. Here is a layman’s guide for understanding & making sense of our Eating out bills.

Menu prices may seem very deceptive once you get the final bill in hand. Suddenly there is a barrage of taxes and charges staring in your face which you cannot make any sense of, however still are supposed to pay. Here is a guide that we have put together, which may help you in making any semblance of your eating out bills.

Difference between Tax and Charge

Charge is not fixed by anyone and outlets are free to write whatever percentage they deem fit on the menu. You can protest against it sure – if you do it before eating, it would be like haggling for the price of food and if you do it after eating it’s similar to you refusing to pay the bill if you are not satisfied with it. Service Charge is the most common charge applied in India and ranges from 5 – 15% of the total bill, 10% being the most common number in industry. Charge is something which is part of the revenue of the restaurant – what they do with it is their prerogative.

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Winning Recipes using Mother Dairy Premium Milk

We recently conducted a week long recipe contest in association with Mother Dairy for our community members where in Amazon gift cards were up for grabs.

The members were encouraged to create innovative gluttonous dishes using milk while focusing on the #MalaiMarke aspect of it. The winners were selected on basic of popularity & uniqueness by our culinary jury.

3 winners of our recipe contest
3 winners of our recipe contest

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Best 30 Places to buy Traditional Sweets in Delhi this Diwali

We asked our community members about the most reliable, safe and delicious Mithai and Sweet options from Delhi and got some interesting responses. We have curated this list of 30 Mithaiwalas from Delhi – recommended by fellow Foodiye.

Diwali is not complete without truck loads of Mithai or sweets that are exchanged by families and businesses every year. Moderns times have seen the advent of chocolates & other international goodies making their own space in the gift zone, while companies like Frontier Biscuit Factory have always been popular with their range of Biscuits and Cookies that they sell from their 60 or so stores in town.

That said, the tradition Indian Mithai is always the backbone of festivities and I am sure even god herself would not know how many Tonnes of the same are bought, sold, gifted, exchanged and consumed during these days.

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Restaurant Review : The Pint Room, Vasant Vihar

The Pint Room is a nice cozy place with a varied selection of Beers along with delectable food on offer. We attended an exclusive evening hosted by the promoter of the chain – Mr. Pradeep Beer Gidwani – to learn more about beers.

The Pint Room is a nice cozy place surrounded by important looking embassies all around. Besides the embassies, equally important looking banks are scattered across the market this place is located in. The day I was invited, was a rainy one and as usual, Delhi got clogged. This proved to be a blessing in disguise as I could get up close and personal with the promoter of the chain- Mr. Pradeep Beer Gidwani. The others invited were all stuck in traffic so I spent time with one of the top authorities on the knowledge of beers and spirits in the country.

We started with him giving his own career snapshot over a few pints of Heineken. I asked him what he felt about the multitude of microbreweries in Gurugram, so he replied candidly that few of them were actually brewing beer. He says that this is a fad like many others that will come and go.

The others arrived eventually and by around 8 pm we started our beer tasting session. Mr. Gidwani introduced us to various types of beers and then we started with different kinds of beers. We started off with a bit of Foster’s and followed it up with Stella Artois. Mr. Gidwani feels that the latter must be entry point of beer drinking as the former or its prototypes such as Kingfisher are not good quality. He explained that Indian beers or even whiskies contain a lot of sugar molasses as India produces lots of sugarcane. This is much like American beers being dominated by corn by products and East Asian ones having lots of rice. And that is why European beers will always score over due to the balance between malt, hops, barley (usually not always) and water.

Along with these beers, we were served chicken wings cooked apparently with bhoot jolokia which is one of the hottest chili varieties of the world. The wings were well cooked with a dash of coriander on top. The bhoot jolokia was probably eased off as my tongue did not really burn as expected. We also had some meat tacos to go alongside. Next up, Mr. Gidwani served us some Australian craft beers. The first of these was brewed near an orange farm and thus had this distinct citrusy flavour. The next one was milder. Both these beers were smooth and flowed easily. The host also made us try an apple cider. Then we went on to discuss the differences between ales and lagers. We also discussed about the Pilsner variety.

During the beer sessions, we tried to keep the food to a minimum in order to feel the purity of the drinks. Now with the subtleties done, we were brought a meat bonanza pizza. More than the beers, I feel it is pizzas that The Pint Room does really well. A litmus test for evaluating pizzas is often whether they can be folded like any bread and that is what these pizzas were able to. The crust was thin yet crisp. The flavours of the different meats were quite easily distinguishable. This was a clear sign of flavoring not overwhelming the taste of the meat itself. We also ordered a prawn item with lemon and paprika. This item was a slight disappointment. The prawns seemed to be not fresh enough and the flavoring in this case overwhelmed the raw taste.

We ordered two more rounds of Hoegaarden to which The Pint Room added its own unique improvisation. A piece of lemon was added inside the glass on top of the drink. This added a new dimension to conventional Hoegaarden.

Mr. Gidwani was so hospitable that he felt almost disappointed at us having no capacity left to eat or drink anymore. So as a good night drink we had a Dunkel which is a dark German lager. Overall, a great evening spent. I personally learnt a lot about beers from our host, Pradeep Beer Gidwani, accompanied by good food and drink.

What to eat in Bhopal? Best Restaurants in Bhopal

Bhopal is a unique and extremely beautiful city at the heart of India. The city is straddled by two large lakes, one of them built by the legendary Raja Bhoj. Due to several different aspects to have affected the city, the cuisine too has been shaped by the movements.

Bhopal is a unique and extremely beautiful city at the heart of India. The city is straddled by two large lakes, one of them built by the legendary Raja Bhoj. Due to several different aspects to have affected the city, the cuisine too has been shaped by the movements. Raja Bhoj is considered the founder but subsequent rulers like the Begums during the Princely State era have added further colour. In recent times, the establishment of the BHEL factory and settlement as well as creation of Bhopal as the state capital has attracted people from all over the country. To add further to this Bhopal boasts of some of the finest educational institutes in the country such as IIFM, MANIT, NLIU and NIFT which have ensured the city has a youthful and vibrant look about it.

Following is a list of 7 of the city’s best restaurants which must not be missed if one is in Bhopal:

Rice Bowl
In spite of Bhopal not boasting of any Chinese / East Asian heritage worth the name, this gem surprises us all. This restaurant tops the charts in all the items prepared here. The lamb is sometimes a bit hard, but every other item is top class. Please try the coriander soup, laksa kai soup, American chopsuey, the prawn items and the Thai curries.

Spring rolls at Rice Bowl, Mansarovar Complex. PC: http://www.justdial.com/Bhopal/Rice-Bowl-Thai-Chinese-Restaurant-%3Cnear%3E-Near-Habibganj-Station-Habib-Ganj-Railway-Station/0755P755STD17416_BZDET
Spring rolls at Rice Bowl, Mansarovar Complex.
PC: http://www.justdial.com/Bhopal/Rice-Bowl-Thai-Chinese-Restaurant-%3Cnear%3E-Near-Habibganj-Station-Habib-Ganj-Railway-Station/0755P755STD17416_BZDET

Evening Point
This place serves excellent Mughlai food but also does a smattering of other dishes. The mutton dishes are especially full of flavour. Proportions are extremely generous. The chili chicken especially can literally feed an army.

Evening Point

Chatori Gali
Not strictly speaking a restaurant, instead this is an area in old Bhopal. It is part of the Muslim quarters and serves food typically associated traditionally with this city. The kebabs and paya soup are among the best tasted anywhere. The Bhopal biryani has its own unique flavour distinct to its Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi or Lucknow cousins. Best part however are the bun kebabs which are basically meat preparations stuffed inside sweet buns. The sweet and spicy combination goes together extremely well.

Authentic Old Bhopal Cuisine at Chatori Gali PC: https://www.tripigator.com/blog/bhopal-on-a-plate-street-food-in-bhopal-you-simply-cannot-miss/
Authentic Old Bhopal Cuisine at Chatori Gali
PC: https://www.tripigator.com/blog/bhopal-on-a-plate-street-food-in-bhopal-you-simply-cannot-miss/

Lake Princess
A relatively unknown restaurant, Lake Princess is part of a hotel located in one of the up-market areas of the town. Ambience and service are amongst the best in a city which otherwise does not care much for such frills. Best items here are the palak paneer and mutton korma.

Palak Paneer. PC: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/palak-paneer/
Palak Paneer.
PC: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/palak-paneer/

Ranjeet
More than the food, this restaurant tops the bill due to its sheer location. It gives customers a panoramic view of the beautiful Bada Talab or Bhopal Lake. Live background music is also played, usually comprising of Sufi music. The food is eclectic and quite good. Especially worth trying are the sizzlers which are of genuine quality.

Lavish spread at Ranjeet, Lakeview, Bhopal. PC: https://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g319726-d1899542-Reviews-Hotel_Ranjit_s_Lakeview-Bhopal_Madhya_Pradesh.html
Lavish spread at Ranjeet, Lakeview, Bhopal.
PC: https://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g319726-d1899542-Reviews-Hotel_Ranjit_s_Lakeview-Bhopal_Madhya_Pradesh.html

Noor-us-Sabah
One of the two top hotels of Bhopal, this has been created inside a palace. The food is eclectic and different cuisines of food can be ordered. Each item is cooked with finesse. The Hungarian Goulash for example is as good as the gajar ka halwa. Just do not go for the gulab jamun as it has been described as jamun-e-gul and the description can fool some ignorant customers like it did me. The interiors and service are possibly the best in Bhopal.

Hungarian Goulash. PC: http://www.slovakcooking.com/2010/recipes/hungarian-goulash/
Hungarian Goulash.
PC: http://www.slovakcooking.com/2010/recipes/hungarian-goulash/

Shahnama
This restaurant belongs to the most expensive hotel in the city, built inside the erstwhile royal palace. The interiors are equally gorgeous and the place reeks of genuine fine dining. Due to the Nawabi heritage, kebabs and biryanis are famous here. The sweets are also particularly well known. Best part however is the Haleem, which is a must try.

Delectable spread at Shahnama. PC: http://www.buzzintown.com/bhopal/events/special-brunches-shahnama/id--714693.html
Delectable spread at Shahnama.
PC: http://www.buzzintown.com/bhopal/events/special-brunches-shahnama/id–714693.html

This list includes the very best although numerous other outlets have opened up which will soon provide healthy competition to the established lot.

EAT, chill and pamper yourself silly at uber luxurious Fairmont Jaipur #FoodTrippin’

This tasteful contemporary-meets-classic hotel is a haven of tranquility and relaxation and if you want to just EAT, chill and pamper yourself silly then Fairmont Jaipur is great option to indulge & splurge!

A palatial hotel that combines the glorious past with the modern-day comforts in the lap of serene Aravalli Hills on the outskirts of Jaipur- a city I simply love.

The architecture, decor & food is the amalgamation of the Rajput & Mughal ascetics & sensibilities which is apparent in the showering of rose petals at the entry, intricate frescoes or be it the many artifacts in the hotel – every inch of the space is about royalty, refinement & luxury. 

Rakhi Special Packs & Hampers – By Frontier Biscuits

These special packs are ideal for gifting and are filled with their signature range of products. Lets not forget that all their goodies are eggless & hand made with finest ingredients.

Rakhsha Bandhan zing is back in the air and most of us are already searching for the gifts for our adorable siblings – those creatures who make our lives beautiful with their weirdness & unexpressed love.

So while you are scratching your head what to buy for your brother/sister, Frontier Biscuits has come up with their special packs for Rakhi. These special packs are ideal for gifting and are filled with their signature range of products. Lets not forget that all their goodies are eggless & hand-made with finest ingredients.

#Hamper2Pamper – And here is your chance to win {not for your self but your sibling} Rakhi Special Hampers which will be filled with decadent biscuits like Butter Kaju, Fruit Cake Rusk, Kaju Pista etc. A hamper is a brilliant way to pamper your sibling with assortment of biscuits that they have grown up eating.

Frontier has over 60 shopping zones, from where you can but these goodies. You can search for store nearest to you here.

Wondering how can you win some goodies for your sibling? just take part in our contest & tell us what is the funniest thing your sibling has ever gifted you in comments and 15 lucky winners will win special hampers!

To enter the #getFED giveaway, please complete the following steps :

  1. Share your name and email address in the section below.
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