Normally we tend to drink cocktails & eat desserts, right? I am sure many of us do the same. The desserts industry is innovating a lot these days & why not, innovation is the key to some amazing creations. And its good to see some chefs are already holding the innovation key with them.
Recently I got to try the “Cocktail Desserts” menu at the Hotel Trident, BKC. This property is one of my favorite. Shimareet Bhasin, Communications Manager introduced me to Saima Masood, the Sous Chef who took me through the platter of Cocktail Desserts. The presentation of the platter was so attractive that it instantly caught my attention.
The platter included Macaroons (infused with Sangria, Mojito) which looked so beautifully handcrafted for perfection, Bellini Mousse (infused with Champagne & peach puree / chunks / jelly), Cupcakes (topped with infused Cosmopolitan & Pina Colada cream), Chocolates (infused with Bourbon Whiskey). The infusion of cocktails was not overpowering the desserts which was good. The cocktails & the desserts were complimenting each other. The winner of the platter was the Bellini Mousse & then Macarons/Chocolates. The chef also shared about how these cocktail desserts were freshly made with perfection & passion. The platter was the proof.
I also got the opportunity to meet Ashish Bhasin, the Executive Chef who was very generous & kind in sharing his food journey with me. He also shared how they came up with this “Cocktail Desserts” idea. Ashish Bhasin then introduced me to his Executive Sous Chef, Robin Batra who won a lot of brownie points in the form of his praises. They both were friendly in terms of sharing their experiences with me. It was a fabulous Tuesday evening with these people who had one thing in common, their passion for food.
If you love cocktails & desserts, you have to relish on these Cocktail Desserts & forget about the calories for few hours. Those can be burnt later :)
We all know about Instagram. There would be very less percentage of people around who might be not knowing about it. As of December 2014 Instagram had reach 300 million monthly active users, up from 200 million in March 2014. And now that Instagram has announced that they will now support portrait and landscape orientations & also they have got some improvements to the Instagram Direct Messages, things will be more interesting for Instagram users.
Well, if you are new to Instagram or have less or more followers, here are some of the tips which I religiously follow in making the most out of Instagram:
- Why to keep the profile inactive if you have created it? Make sure you are consistent in your posts. Having a huge gap between your two posts will not build interest among the people who wish to follow you or the ones who are already following you.
- Complete your profile by filling out all the details.
- Discover people from the Search tab. It will also show posts of people on the basis of people you follow. Liking & commenting on the photos will get your profile noticed.
- Make sure you capture interesting photos & give appropriate filters to enhance your posts. If you are designing posts suitable for Instagram for your brand, make sure you don’t clutter it with too much of text on the post.
- When writing down the copy for your post, make sure you keep it short & sweet. No one has that leisure time to read an essay.
- Hashtags rule on Instagram. Pick suitable hashtags related to your post and include them in the copy of your post. Including 4-6 hashtags per post works well. Do not clutter your post with too many hashtags.
- Avoid unnecessary tagging of profiles. Only tag the ones who you see in the post.
- Interacting with the people who comment on your post increases the genuineness of the profile.
- If you are a brand, holding an Instagram contest will help in building a good follower base & will increase traction.
- Cross promote your Instagram profile on other social platforms. This will help in gaining your follower base.
Hope these tips will be useful for you & will help in making the most out of Instagram. If you wish to connect with me on Instagram, feel free to follow me (@MrCoffeekhor).
My review on the UE BOOM Wireless Speaker
Frankly speaking I had never owned a wireless speaker until I came across UE (Ultimate Ears) BOOM speaker. I have many friends who own a JBL, Bose etc & how much they keep praising about the same because of the output. I have heard the output and I agree with them.
UE BOOM makes its presence in India
Few weeks back I got my hands on this UE BOOM gadget which is a 360-degree wireless speaker which produces insanely great sound in every direction. During my first test run I was in doubts if this gadget will blow my mind but yeah when I managed to pair my iPhone with this speaker & played some music, the output simply blew my mind after experiencing the sound. I also tried pairing my laptop to the speaker & managed to watch a movie. The experience was worth it. It actually gives a whole new level of experience.
An awesome movie experience with my UE BOOM
Equipped with dual performance drivers to pump out clear mids and vibrant highs and deliver so much sound for a small speaker, its hard to believe your ears. The bass is deep & peps up even the low frequencies. The most interesting quality about the speaker is that its water & stain resistant. To add that, UE BOOM has a 15-hour rechargeable battery that gives a non-stop music from dusk till dawn. It possesses a 50 feet wireless range which makes it more conveniently control the speaker from a decent distance.
The iOS & Android app also helps in pairing two UE BOOM speakers to pump up the sound. To suit one’s lifestyle, it comes with 12 colors. The UE BOOM is priced around Rs. 14,995/- & can be purchased from any of the mentioned stores.
During my weekends, I pair my UE BOOM to my laptop & watch series/movies & even listen to music by pairing it to my mobile phone.
If you get your hands on this gadget, do let me know your views.
When was the last time you snacked upon a healthy & tasty snack bar? There are many protein/snack bars in the market, no doubt about that. And many of them are not priced economically. A very few manage to stay within the healthy/tasty & economical bracket.
There is yet another snack bar in town, Its “Mojo Bar“, which is a “on-the-move” snack. Also its healthy & tasty. I happened to taste the same 2 weeks back & must say that I liked it. Priced at Rs. 40/- per bar which comes in 3 flavors (Choco Almond + Protein, Nutty Apricot + Fibre, Yoghurt Berry + Antioxidants) & includes 5 gm of protein – just the right amount needed for a snack. The bars are packed with various of natural ingredients like Cranberries, Raisins, Soy based cereal, Oats, Chocolate, Dates, Peanuts, Yoghurt, Apricots, Watermelon seeds, Black currants, Honey & Roasted almonds.
Being a chocolate fan, my personal favorite is “Choco Almond + Protein’ & also the “Nutty Apricot + Fibre” is tasty.
Mojo Bars are available in Mumbai. Have you grabbed your mojo yet?
Have you ever felt that urge to travel back to your childhood days? Ever thought how it will be if we were given a chance to revisit our childhood days? And when the reality hits us hard by making us realize that it wont be possible to relive those days, it makes us feel terrible. But thanks to the medium called cinema. And very few movies do the justice by letting us relive those memories.
Earlier I had seen Shwaas, Shala (which took us on a childhood ride), Duniyadaari (which took us on a ride of college life). Now once again its time to revisit the innocent phase called childhood. This time its with “Killa” (Click here to view the trailer) movie. Killa (The Fort) is a 2015 Indian Marathi drama film directed by Avinash Arun. The film was selected for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Crystal Bear by the Children’s Jury in the Generation KPlus Selection. At the 62nd National Film Awards, it was awarded the Best Feature Film in Marathi Award.
The plot revolves around the boy who along with his Mom comes to Guhaghar after his father’s death. Its all about his journey on how he manages to get acquainted with the new place, new school, new school friends & the people from that place. The plot might be looking simple & straightforward but the backdrop of the scenic beauty of Guhaghar, the treatment given to the story is what makes this movie a unique watching experience. The village roads, old houses, people with that typical local accent adds up to the plot. The bond between the boy & his mother, the bond of friendship is perfectly portrayed.
We all have played pranks in the school, written not-so-good words in the school toilet/benches, tried to help our school friends in every possible way we can. We have felt the anger when our own friends neglected us. We have felt jealousy when our school friends got something new in the school & they kept flaunting it. But we have always trusted our friends, come what may. How about re-living these memories? The movie has its own moments which makes us smile, laugh our lungs out, cry & by the time we are out of the movie hall, it makes us weep within because we start craving to go back to our childhood days at that very moment.
The cinematography is absolute masterpiece where in every frame is well crafted to perfection & yet it feels natural. The background score travels along the screenplay which is well placed with no forceful interference. All the cast including Amruta Subhash, Archit Deodhar, Parth Bhalerao have given their best performance. So are you ready to relive your childhood memories? Don’t miss this movie.
Director: Avinash Arun
Cast: Amruta Subhash, Archit Deodhar, Parth Bhalerao
Coffee shops are one of the places I am always fascinated about. After having visited few outlets of Starbucks, Cafe Coffee Day, Barista, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Love & Latte was on my list. So on a Saturday morning, finally I got to visit Love & Latte’s outlet in Mulund West.
Coffee shops are meant to be quiet place where in people can chill, chat and have a good time. Be it with friends, colleagues or just alone, trying to do some work. Trust me, the positive vibes of this coffee shop was felt as soon as I entered because the aroma of coffee hits your soul immediately.
The outlet is well planned, is spacious in terms of seating arrangements & the interiors adds up in giving the ambiance a whole new cosy approach. Whereas lots of coffee shops I have seen tend to become noisy & are not spacious in terms of seating arrangements where people tend to accidentally get bumped into each other while walking between the seats & then too many sorry’s take place.
I tried their Caramel Frappe loaded with cream, chocolate sauce & ice cream & Blueberry Cheesecake which was divine & got finished within no time (Yeah, that was the only sad part). They have various coffee preparations in Hot Coffee, Specialty Latte, Special Brews, Filter Coffee, Cold Brew, Chocolate Drinks, Teas, Milkshakes, Slush, Smoothies along with variety of snacks & desserts (Vegetarian). And yes they have WiFi & also follow the points system.
During weekdays this place is relatively empty but on weekends it tends to get somewhat occupied but if you want to have some me time alone, best time to visit is in the mornings. Now that this place is just few mins away from my place, it will be frequently visited.