Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Launch of #OrganicHarvestJuhu

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Alohawaii : Organic Harvest - 11th exclusive outlet at Juhu, Mumbai

 The vibrant tropical decor featuring fluorescent umbrellas, dewy Daisies, fresh pineapples , tender coconuts , green foliage, beaded necklaces, sunflower shades, fresh juices, dainty cupcakes and pretty hostesses greeted the Mumbai Lifestyle bloggers at the very entrance of Organic Harvest's Juhu outlet.


In this great age of turning towards nature, back to basics, many of us prefer organic products. We crave for the basic necessities like Food, Clothing and farm houses all to be satiated Organically. Looking & feeling beautiful through Organic products is  most sought after. Resulting, we the lucky Mumbaikars have a place to call our own as Organic Harvest's latest exclusive brand outlet at Juhu, near Sea Princes Hotel.

The Organic Harvest , Juhu stocks the high quality , pure organic and aesthetically packed , complete range of the authentic organic products including more than 60 hair care, skin care and body care products along with 26 varieties of essential oils. The product range starts from Rs. 149 and goes up to Rs. 1995. The Organic Harvest store has been aesthetically designed with an earthy look and feel. The store is spread over 300 square feet area with its signature green grass wall, which is in keeping with the brand’s organic product philosophy.
                                

Organic Harvest product range carries EcoCert, OneCert & Natrue certifications. The raw materials are derived from plants, which are grown completely sans chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Hence, the Organic Harvest products, true to its name, are an ode to nature in its purest form. 
                                Commenting on the brand’s milestone, Mr. Rahul Agarwal, CEO, Organic Harvest said, “Our products cater to the needs of women who want to look their natural best. Consumers now days are very well informed. We want to cater to these discerning who want to use purely organic products replete with all the goodness of nature. We are very happy to open our 4th exclusive store in Mumbai and planning to open 10 more stores across the country including cities like Jalandhar, Ludhiana and many more. We hope to make a positive difference in the lives of all our patrons.”                                  
    Organic Harvest is India’s only brand that offers a complete range of organic personal care and beauty products. With its unmatched quality and competitive pricing of products in the beauty industry, Organic Harvest is growing rapidly with repeat and referral customers since its launch in June 2013. Presently Organic Harvest is available in more than 600 retail outlets across India, including cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Surat, Bareilly and Dehradun.
                                             
Some of the best-selling products of Organic Harvest include 3-in-1 Face Wash, Exfoliating Face Scrub, Sunscreen SPF 60 and Anti Pigmentation Cream. The brand has a vast range of Cleansers, Sunscreens, Toners, Shower Gels, Shampoos, Conditioners, Treatment Creams and serums, Lip Balms etc.


            Store Location: Shop No -3, Juhu Tara Road, Santa Road West, Mumbai. 
                    For more information, please visit - www.organicharvest.in 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

CONTIKI in INDIA

                                                                                       
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CONTIKI, the leading Global Youth Travel Brand invited the travel bloggers to be part of their official launch in India on 8th June at Shiro.

It is always so exhilarating  to meet your blogger-buddies at the very entrance of the party venue and exchange all that's happening and how!

Travelling makes us Smart as we explore places and make friendships with foreigners. We learn much more from the new surrounding and numerous perspectives. Gaining knowledge through moving around and getting introduced to various cultures is jolly entertaining.

Starting young has its own charm and advantage as our mindsets are clear, not yet demoralized through pessimism.

That's where CONTIKI travelling with #NOREGRETS comes into picture and the picture becomes all Glossy Glamorous.

Let's know a bit more about  CONTIKI
  • CONTIKI is the No.1 Youth Holiday Company in the world, with a presence in over 60 countries. Travelers get to choose from an exciting and extensive range of trips.
CONTIKI is operating since 1962. It prides itself in always delivering outstanding value and investing in the best people. Contiki offers great accommodation : at the end of a long day exploring ,travelers do get exhausted. Centrally located , comfortable three and four star accommodation is most welcome for enjoying the trip. 


CONTIKI are firm believers that life’s greatest experiences are made better by the people you share them with. Contiki has 7 ways to travel to suit all kind of personalities i.e. Discovery Plus , High Energy , In Depth , Easy Pace, Camping, Sailing & Cruise, Winter & Ski, Festivals & short Stays.


CONTIKI invented group travel for young people in 1962 and they have spent the past 54 years perfecting it. Travel is about exploration, so Contiki trips give ME time to travelers: the flexibility and freedom to eat, see and do all their heart desires.

  • You’ll explore amazing destinations with a group of 18-35 year olds from around the world who share your passion for adventure, good times and creating memories that define what it is to be young, wild and free.

With over 270 trips covering Europe, Australia, North America ,New Zealand, Asia and Latin America and plenty of departure dates to work into your schedule, you'll never be short of options on where to go for your next great adventure. 


CONTIKI takes care of all the boring logistics like booking hotels, finding the best spots for dinner in small towns where no one speaks English and getting you from place to place.


To know more about CONTIKI , please check www.contiki.com 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Delectable Desire Cafe Istaa

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'Alchemist' is my all time favorite book and the quote 'When you desire something with all your heart , all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it', has been my lodestar since then.


Come, join me to fulfill the Delectable Desire at cafe Istaa

Spicy Garlic Bread : Crispy  toasts topped with melted cheese, spicy red sauce, Oregano and chili flakes. #CafeIstaa
      


                                                         Paneer Tikka Sandwich : Bread slices stuffed and grilled with Paneer cubes, marinated in traditional tandoor sauce 

     
I had seen a few pics of Cafe Istaa , and was eager to check it out with my own eyes , I mean with my own camera. I did succeed in capturing the essence of Cafe Istaa ( 'Istaa' is an Italicized version of Sanskrit -Ishta meaning Desirable , Favored , Adored Excellence ) but alas! I can not boast of those eye-candy frames cause I lost my prized-camera , the same day , before I could upload those lovely pics on my laptop. How ? Where ? When ?.  I will write a detail blog-post about it some day, when I recover from the shock.
                                    

How to find Cafe Istaa in Sion ? Very easy. It's near Sion Station, very near the famed GuruKripa and bang opposite SIES college. Naturally the majority occupants are college-students having FUNtastic time. And No , they are not splurging their parents' money here. Surprisingly nobody splurges at Cafe Istaa cause it's impossible. I was bowled over by the Victorian Era prices of all preps ( Sweets as well as Savories ). Take for example,  above Mock tail : Oreo Treat. Just one sip, and you are transported to the heaven. I exclaimed, How sinful! must cost a BOMB ?. Can you believe? It's just for INR 100. I checked the prices of all mock tails. 

                                             
Mocha Frappicano , Choco-Loco , Virgin Pina colada , Fruit Punch , Twisty Tangy , Spicy Guava , Mojito, Kiwi Aid , Fizz Blue , Apple Mint Splash. All cost INR 100?. Mr. Alok Babu has simple enough explanation. " Word of Mouth Publicity, fetches quality crowd, which in itself evens out the cost. We are gaining much more than profit, that is Goodwill with customers' Happiness." If only all the businessmen cared for us like Mr. Alok of Cafe Istaa.

                

                                          

                       Cappuccino espresso with a smooth topping of milk foam #CafeIstaa 

          


  Salsa Rosa #cafeistaa combination of red sauce and white sauce to create lovely pink 

  

Pizza Fries : Combination of golden brown fries with herbs , pizza sauce , and melted cheese

                                              

Alfredo : Pasta in creamy cheese sauce with sprinkle of basil , tomato sauce flavored in roasted garlic and pepper.


Arabiatta : Pasta sauced in rich tomato and fresh basil sauce with Italian herbs and spices 



                                                                                     Risotto


                                                                              Chocolate truffle


                                                                             Red velvet cake


  Waffles with ice cream, garnished with chocolate syrup 


                                                                      Garlic bread with cheese


     Basil pasta 


                                                                             Broccoli soup



                              French Fries - golden on the outside , soft and fluffy inside, served with Mayo dip 



                                                                    Mack & Cheese Pizza



Picture Courtesy : Sarada Sridhar / Cafe Istaa                  

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cafe Mangii Once More

                                                                                           
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Some scenic-unique places, some time call for Encore, i.e. Once More. Cafe Mangii is one of those rare cafes, we craved for once more. It's situated on the picturesque Lake Boulevard road, Powai. This side-angle shot will give an idea, how spacious and plush Cafe Magii is!


We had been at Cafe Mangii ,three weeks ago and had to wrap up early as we had another appointment. Even in that short span of time , I managed to click lots of pics and tasted few preps, that whetted my appetite for some more of Cafe Mangii. How ?

 Please read the earlier blog-post here  ( I hope , you will love this visual treat ) 

       
" Dil Maange More ... of Cafe Mangii " cause, we had another lifestyle event to attend on the same day within half an hour. We hardly had any time left after clicking pics of Cafe Mangii ( Powai ) to taste the famous Continental , Italian cuisine.

And the splendidly hospitable staff especially the manager, Mr. Siarj Shaikh and the chef Mr. Ganesh Gaonkar of Cafe Mangii, would not allow us to leave without tasting a few preps. It was such an exciting fun clicking pics, chatting with the manager, all the while sipping the creamy Cappuccino alternating with munching on French Fries







Here's the Earthen hued, Natural-feel decor pics of Cafe Mangii







       

I will be writing a detail blog-post about Cafe Mangii ( Powai ) after reviewing it's perfect Pizza ( featured in Gourmet Pizza collection ) , Pasta and desserts ( much appreciated Chocolate fondue ) .


We started and finished off with freshly pressed Orange juice (without any preservatives, not even sugar ), frothy, foamy, milky Cappuccino in a mod-art mug. I loved the diluted Indian version. Crispy, juicy French fries and Potage Parmentier soup ( Creamy leek and potato soup  garnished with crispy, roasted Spinach ) 





We had clicked many many pretty pics of Cafe Mangii on our last visit, so this time we went easy on that front. We chatted with the chef Mr. Ganesh Gaonkar and manager Mr. Siraj Shaikh. Cafe Mangii's  hospitality was much friendly this time as we had acquainted ourselves well in the previous meeting.  We settled down and browsed the extensive menu leisurely. Look at those artistic menu-boards. We just could not get enough of them, like children toying with wooden slates.


We reviewed almost all mock tails and coolers on the Cafe Mangii menu and then zeroed in on Strawberry & Guava Cooler , Pina colada ( pineapple juice + coconut cream , garnished with caramelized pineapple wedge ) with ice cream. Believe me I was so enchanted with this pina colada , that I was sipping it through out the two hours we were there, simultaneously tasting other sweet , savory preps.




Last time , we had tasted and liked the Potage Parmentier soup, so the manager suggested that, this time we try "All New Mangiical Menu" , the fresh, summer inspired menu of Cafe Mangii. We were served the smoky flavored Roasted Red Pepper soup with garlic smeared Toast. 

                                                          

We requested the chef to serve us just the samples, the tiniest portions of food , so that we can just take a bite and need not waste the food. Accordingly we received the assorted platter of Appetizers : Baked Jalapeno Molten ( Sliced jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and salsa verde plus sweet paprika seasoning. Garlic dipping sauce added more flavor to it.  Gorged Mushrooms ( fritters of mushrooms stuffed with herbed-cream and parmesan, smudged with barbeque sauce ). Crostini Polenta ( Grilled polenta and Parmesan cakes topped with pepperonata and chive aioli )


Verdure Pizza ( Three Peppers, Caramelized Onions, Zucchini, Sun-Dried Tomatoes , eggplant )  Believe me, it was tough to click pics of this pizza, I was eager to eat it as soon as I saw my favorite toppings of crispy, steamy vegetables crowning this thin crust pizza. I wish I had not eaten anything for breakfast and could finish one more triangle. Ummm... yeah... that good!


Sweet Corn potato Rosti with spicy grilled tomato accompanied by garlic chips.
                                     

Velvet Brick Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream
The cheerful looking dessert,  very sweet red velvet Brownie served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and decorated with a tuile. The texture and taste was more like a waffle than a brownie, so I finished off the ice-cream while Geeta did justice to the brick brownie