Between sips: the good old days are back; life returns to normal, even with masks
The last fortnight has been overloaded with travel and social commitments, almost like we’re back in 2019, but with our masks on. I’m happy to report that wine dinners, not only delivery space reviews and even tasting events are all becoming a reality. Since I have a lot to cover, let me dive in pronto.
Azuki is a great delivery service in the nation’s capital for Asian food and I highly recommend it. Their fare manages to straddle the subtle edge between too tailored and too authentic and, more importantly, their vegetarian options are well organized and prepared. Mushroom bao and curry dim sum are winners.
Klap, the largest restaurant in the nation’s Khan Market, also has a big name behind it, Chef Gurmehar Sethi. He’s a young boy who has established prowess with Thai cuisine and now serves a worldwide compilation that manages to hit all the right notes. I can’t wait to try their cocktail menu which promises to be just as wonderful. All of this is further accentuated by careful decor and good service. It’s a must try.
I’m not sure what their proprietary technique is for freezing fruit pulp (no preserves or added chemicals, not even sugar), but LQI makes sure their smoothie packs don’t lose any of their flavor or flavor. health value. I can assure you it’s as good as shaking fresh fruit in a smoothie, but much faster. I’m addicted and as of this writing, a dozen more have already been ordered.
I’ve never liked protein powders – I prefer my old fashioned nutrition, not powdered – so I have friends who are on the scene to try I Am Love protein packs. They all reported more glowing skin within weeks. Unfortunately, they’re still ugly, but that’s okay, I’m still friends with them. Just in case you want a nutraceutical solution to your acne problems, it might be worth a try.
But, unless you also have some gym buddies willing to give it a try, consult a skin care specialist first.
Another for the amino clan, straight from Dubai, Protein Bakeshop truffles are at least disguised as delicious gooey chocolates (there’s a whole range of flavors there). I tried the truffles, and they never tasted like the sawdust that most protein bars taste like. So, I continued to devour the whole pack in two sessions. Some may think I’ve overdone it, but there haven’t been any Hulk-like symptoms yet.
Then you have Hands of Gold, a unique proposition that brings the best of Kashmir and brings it to you. Since Kahwa and Saffron prices can vary, this standardization of value for money is a great way to preserve the sanctity of these precious ingredients with a strong sense of provenance.
I have used both (along with their honey) and can assure you that while others may tell you that there is better stuff, this is more than satisfactory for what it is.
Recently, Terroir: The Madras Wine Club invited me to host a French wine dinner with ITC Grand Chola’s Chef Ajit Bangera doing the menu. For me, being paired with him has been the greatest honor. Kudos to Club President Minnie Menon and her committee who put on a classic formal evening with all the right props, even Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose” choir for gently anointing the evening.
This city seriously needs to be better explored as I think the level of gastronomy it hides in is easily overlooked. Maybe three of my ten best places to eat in India are in Chennai. There’s Avartana, the only contemporary fine dining restaurant in South India that is miles ahead of many that are on India’s top global lists.
Pumpkin Tales deserves a mention for their laid-back, yet food-focused F&B brand that offers great Asian (and continental) food every time at a very affordable price (shout out for their new dim sum menu and style pizzas). sour paste à la Chef Chindi).
And finally there is Bread and Chocolate which makes the best almond croissants India has ever tasted and I will take on anyone who disputes that.
The writer is a sommelier