Weekend Cooking

Hyderabadi / Nizami Food Festival at Marriott

Hyderabadi / Nizami Food Festival at Marriott

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The Marriott at Whitefield is currently hosting a culinary festival – The Lost Cuisine of Nizams from May 15 till May 25.

We were invited last week for a taste, and tried several items, and overall loved how the menu was curated to appeal to both hard-core non-vegetarians and vegetarians.

Here are some of the food items on offer.

Mother’s Day at Barbeque Nation

Mother’s Day at Barbeque Nation

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The sweetie pies at Barbeque Nation surprised me last weekend with an invite to a lunch. This was a part of a general event across all their outlets to celebrate and appreciate moms.

The PR person who sent me the invite didn’t mention any particular theme in the email. It was one of those standard PR invites with the date and time and request to be there, and blog about it later.

So, I was really taken by surprise by the very special welcome and the pampering that followed.

An Art and Alcohol Fueled Weekend

An Art and Alcohol Fueled Weekend

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Last weekend was one hectic action-packed one. I was booked in for a blog event, Snubnose was committed to take part in a mural painting event that was from dawn to dusk on both days of the event. Well, just kidding on the dawn to dusk part, but you get the idea, she was going to be occupied outdoors on two blisteringly hot days. I would need to be on hand to make sure she’s properly fed and hydrated, and be on hand to bring her back home if she gets too tired and hot (she’s prone to migraines in the heat).

Rather serendipitously, the blog event at Big Pitcher was a stone’s throw away from the park where she was painting. So, we all agreed that on Saturday, we could drop her off at the park, hang around with her till lunch time, and then K, Piglet, and I would spend a couple of hours at Big Pitcher and then join Snubnose at the park.

Weekend Lunch at Flechazo

Weekend Lunch at Flechazo

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Flechazo is a Spanish word. According to Google Translate, it means love. It can also mean revelation or love at first sight.

Whichever meaning you choose to take, it would be an apt description for our dining experience at Flechazo last weekend.

Drool-worthy Chocolates from Fantasie Chocolate at Phoenix Kessaku

Drool-worthy Chocolates from Fantasie Chocolate at Phoenix Kessaku

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Have you heard of Fantasie Chocolates? I confess I hadn’t until a wonderful invite landed in my inbox asking me would I like to come take part in a workshop about chocolate by the founder and creative head of Fantasie Chocolate – Zeba Kohli.

Would I? Of course! For a chocoholic like me, an opportunity to try out a new brand of chocolate is like an opportunity to try manna from heaven.

Zeba Kohli is an Indian chocolatier, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Swiss-trained in a Cordon Bleu confectionery school, this is a woman who knows her stuff. She worked for Lindt Chocolates for many years before deciding to create her own chocolate brand – Fantasie Chocolate.

A Toony Brunch with Nickelodeon and JW Marriott

A Toony Brunch with Nickelodeon and JW Marriott

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JW Marriott does a regular Sunday brunch at their property on Vittal Mallya Road in Bangalore, and it’s quite a nice brunch. However, last weekend, the brunch was a tad extra-special thanks to the intervention of Nickelodeon.

Nickelodeon India – the TV channel that has spawned the likes of Motu Patlu, Pakdam Pakdai, and Shiva organizes plenty of live events across India giving kids the opportunity to mingle with their favorite cartoon characters and generally have fun with Nickelodeon outside of the house as well.

Last weekend, Nickelodeon partnered with JW Marriott for their Sunday brunch, and we just couldn’t resist the opportunity to have a go-see. We have attended past Nick events with my daughter Snubnose, but this was Piglet’s first time, and he was super-excited when I mentioned all his favorite cartoon characters would be there to meet him.