United Coffee House Rewind

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United Coffee House is an amazing fine dine in Nehru Place. They specialize mostly in European and Asian cuisine.

Chocolate Shake – A tall glass, full of chocolatey goodness!

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Wholesome Arugula – Arugula mixed with fresh beets, cranberries, candid walnuts and super seeds. This was refreshing and delicious.

Korean Style Chicken Wings – Onion and tomato relish, with black sesame seeds, peanuts and charred pokchoy topped with Fried Chicken Wings. This was a delight :p

Daryaganj Giant Samosa – This samosa was stuffed with potatoes, green peas, cashews, raisins and served with mint and tamarind dips.

Chilli Chicken – This was served as a sizzler. Chicken was succulent and just melted in mouth.

Broadway Baked Cheese Cake This needs no introduction! An absolute favourite!!

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Delicious Afghani Food in Delhi NCR

Ordered dinner from Pashtoon. They specialize in serving Afghani, Mughlai and North Indian food.

Kastoori Kebab – Succulent pieces of chicken thigh marinated well with cream and cooked with fluffy beaten egg. This was absolutely delicious. This was something unique and is a MUST TRY!!

Kundan Kaliya – Morsels of lamb braised on dum with turmeric and light spices. The curry was light.

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Paranth ka Gosht – Chunks of lamb on bone, slow cooked along with ginger, garlic, whole garam masala, onion and deseeded plum tomatoes, coriander stems and a composite grounded masala.

Murgh Mussalam – This was chicken on bone cooked with onion, coriander seeds, poppy seeds, green cardamom, saffron, ghee and keora. Very delicious! MUST TRY!! This went well with both rice and roti.

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Must place for kebabs

Walking Street serves Bar Nibbles, North-Indian and Asian food. The ambiance of this place is amazing.

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Clay Oven Non-Vegetarian Platter – This was a huge platter and consisted of tandoori chicken, seekh kebab, malai tikka, chicken tikka and chicken tangri. It was prepared fresh and tasted amazing. MUST TRY!!

Hyderabadi Haleem – The type of Haleem they serve is not the usual authentic one. It’s more of fusion with big pieces of mutton on bone. This comes in a tiffin box with naan and salad with mint chutney. The curry was delicious and mutton was succulent.

Grilled Fish with Lemon Butter – Big fillet of fish grilled to perfection served with lemon butter sauce, grilled vegetables and yum mash potato. If you love fish, this one is for you!! MUST TRY!!

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Freak Shakes in North Delhi

Went for lunch at The Vintage Venue in GTB Nagar. They serve shakes, burgers, Chinese and Indian food.

Red Velvet and Strawberry Freak Shake – I am not a fan of shakes but this was absolutely delicious. It had red velvet cake, whipped cream and strawberry syrup.

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Chicken Tikka Salad – Ice-berg lettuce with loads of chicken tikka and cucumber.

Non-veg Platter – This had pizza slices, chicken wings, chicken tikka, honey potato, spring rolls. They did not have dimsums available.

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Grilled Fish with Lemon Butter Sauce – Creamy grilled fish with mash potato and sautéed vegetables. This was so yum. MUST TRY!!

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Awesome Cafe at Golf Course Road

Brick N Bean Café Kitchen located at the Golf Course Road in Gurgaon serves amazing European food. We tried few things including the below:

Mango Smoothie and KitKat Shake – These two looked absolutely amazing. Kitkat shake was lip-smacking :p

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Wall Street Salad – Rocket leaves mixed with parmesan, honey mustard vinaigrette, cranberries, green apple and walnuts. This was full of healthy goodness and really delicious.

Eggs Benedict – This has 3 choices i.e. mushroom and spinach, chicken ham and Smoked Salmon. I chose to have mushroom and spinach which was laid on toasted buns with poached eggs and topped with hollandaise sauce. One of the best eggs benedict I have had till date. MUST TRY!!

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Grilled Vegetables and Peri – Peri Chicken Pizza – Request the server for a half and half pizza. Love both pizzas and was full of toppings and gooey cheese.

Chocolate Brownie – Soft and warm chocolate brownie was served with vanilla ice-cream.

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Best Italian Restaurant in Delhi

One of the most authentic Italian restaurant in Gurgaon, Artusi Ristorante is a fine dine located in GK-II and One Horizon Center at the Golf Course Road.

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The best thing about their menu is that it is vast and also offers fresh juices including watermelon, pineapple and orange. Also they make their pastas fresh by hand and not to forget the wide range of wine and spirits they offer.

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Came here to celebrate Mother’s Day during lunch hours. They generously served a mocktail specially made complementary for Mother’s Day and also gave a rose to my Mum.

We started our lunch with Verdure Salad, a good creamy mix of fresh vegetables finely chopped into small cubes.

Gran Pâté – In-house made chicken liver paté served with caramelized onions and served on a toasted bread.

Tortino di Porri – Cheese and leeks quiche topped with creamy mild Gorgonzola sauce. This is the best quiche I have ever had. MUST TRY!!

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Reginette with Smoked Salmon – Broad Noodles in luxurious cream sauce topped with smoked salmon flakes. I had this broad pasta for the first time and it tasted delicious with smoked salmon.

Lamb Chops – New Zealand Lamb Chops grilled with pistachio lemon oil, served with baked potatoes, grilled eggplant and tomatoes. Lamb chops were succulent and just melted in mouth. MUST MUST TRY!!

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Crispy Fried Pastry Cream and Gelato – In simple words, these were fried custard pockets and were absolutely delectable. Also had Tiramisu which was tasty as well.

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Nothing on their menu has ever disappointed me and for some scrumptious Italian food, this is the place to be!

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Non-veg Dosa

I have tried non-veg dosas in many places abroad but this was the first time I tried it with Navarasam.

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Bhuna Chicken Dosa – Chicken cooked with spices and added while making dosa. This was good and was served with two chutneys i.e. coconut and spicy tomato.

Chicken Tikka Dosa – Delicious chicken tikka added and stuffed in dosa. Chicken was succulent and tasted well with their coconut cum peanut chutney.

Pineapple Sheera – Semoline dessert/halwa with loads of cashews and raisins. This was super delicious and just melted in mouth. MUST TRY!!

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Foods to avoid to prevent weight gain

Foods to avoid in summers in order to prevent weight gain

Healthy eating is the most common approach we all should adopt to at all times. But, at the same time there are some foods which are meant for particular time or season only and should be carefully considered while we include them in our daily diets. And there are some food which are always bad and do more harm than good and should always be omitted from our diet. Here in this article we would be looking at certain foods that we should seriously avoid in order to prevent weight gain in summers.

Summers are the months of rising temperatures and outdoor activities. It is also the holiday season and nature also blesses us with its bounty of delicious and fresh produces, but at the same time there are a lot of high-calorie foods available in this season that make us gain considerable amount of weight. Beverages that are refreshing and cold salads are some foods that we enjoy a lot in the hot weather but these foods have surprisingly high amount of calories and fats.

Let’s look at what we should avoid eating during the summer months so that we do not put on the extra weight on to ourselves.

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  • Frozen Yoghurt

Don’t get fooled this summer with this summer delight. It is a common misconception that yoghurt is yoghurt, and is meant to be healthy. Yes, it is true, but not the frozen ones. They are loaded with added sugars and calories, even higher than what you generally find in an ice cream. Though yoghurt has some bit of protein in it, the probiotic factors are missing as it is there in natural and active yoghurts. Avoid them strictly.

  • Packaged Fruit Juices

During the summers we tend to pick up everything that is a fluid and with the easy availability, attractive packaging and tastefully enticing packaged fruit juices, we all tend to pick them the first. Almost all packaged fruit juices are loaded with added sugar in the form of sugary sodas – the main culprit to a host of health issues including weight gain. Next time you want to stay hydrated and keep away from thirst, make a wiser choice with whole fruits or freshly squeezed juices out of them.

  • Summer Salads

Salads are great foods for the summers, perhaps for all the year around – low in calories and super healthy. But there are the ones like the creamy pasta salads and the sweetened fruit salads could be equally dangerous and harmful. Refined flour, calorie rich creamy dressings, sugary syrups, whipped cream and what all – you have all the ingredients at one place to make you fat and unhealthy. Dressings in particular are pure fat.

  • Lemonades and flavored sweetened teas

Water doesn’t seem to be appealing always, whereas a chilled glass of lemonade or a flavored cold ice tea seems to be the perfect solution. You are not alone, we all are with you. But these drinks are super high in calories and sweets – a perfect combination to make you fat and fatter.

  • Bar-be-cue meats and burgers

This is one thing that we all wait for the entire year and come summers we love to have evening bar-be-cue parties very often. Research say that meats cooked over open flame and at unregulated temperatures causes the protein of the meat to break down into a compound that is not at all good for health and causes unprecedented fat gain.

Opt for lean meats with thinner cuts and cook over the grill to ensure that the meats stay healthy, yet delicious. Moreover, adding cheese and creamy topping on them add up to the portion of unsaturated fats along with higher levels of sodium and calories. Use herb and olive oil marinades to make them super healthy.

Being cautious about what you eat in any season is in your hands and so is your health. Make smarter choices and watch what you eat. You will be safe form weight gain in summers.

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Source: Dietitian Ashu Gupta is the founder of Ashu Gupta’s Diet Clinic and an acclaimed dietician and nutritionist.

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Foods you should avoid and start eating in summer season

Foods you should avoid and start eating in summer season

Summers are here and we all are bound to feel thirsty and tired. What do we do? We all like to eat and drink when we are tired and thirsty. Grabbing a piece of burger and a chilled cola is the first thing that most of us resort to. But, wait a minute – are the ones we feel that is going to quench our thirst and provide us with all the energy we need to put us back on track are the right choices we have made. It could be that our choices are going to do more harm than good.

Summers, apart from being hot, humid and reasonably troublesome, are also the months to relish some of nature’s bounty. It is also the time to entertain and get entertained. The evenings are long and what could be a perfect set up for a bar-be-cue parties. But, we need to careful as certain foods in summers are dangerous and can make us sick and especially in summers when we need to be extra cautious with what we eat and drink.

Do you actually know that summers are the months when we tend to gain weight faster than other seasons? Summers have lot of temptations – bar-be-cues, poolside food vendors and a lot more. Here are certain foods that you must avoid in summers and also listed are the foods that you must start having during the hot weather.

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Must Avoid:

  • Bar-be-cue charred meat, poultry and fish

Bar-be-cued animal protein cooked over raw fire and at higher temperatures produces certain chemicals in the food that could be detrimental to human health and can even cause cancers if taken regularly. Having them regularly is in no way doing good for your health.

  • Deep fried dough and other fried stuffs

Battered and fried foods are amongst the worst sources of food filled with unhealthy trans fats. The same is with unhealthy fried dough products. These might taste good, but have unhealthy cholesterols and increases body inflammation.

  • Hot Dogs and Meat Burgers

Again it’s the processed and salty option to be blamed. Salami and ham are another bad options that should be strictly avoided.

  • Ice cones

These might help cool down for the moment, but are nothing apart from syrups made up of high fructose corn syrups and sweetened with sugar. Moreover, you never know the quality of water been used to make the ice.

  • Corn Cobs

These are not only bad for your gums, but are also high on carbs and calories. These have no vitamins, irons or other vital minerals and nutrients.

  • Watermelon with seeds

Watermelon is must to have food in summer, but not with its seeds. There is nothing to worry as the seeds of watermelon are not toxic or dangerous, but still it can cause discomfort or bloating.

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Must Eat:

  • Bottle Gourd or Lauki

This super vegetable is loaded with goddesses of vitamins, folate, magnesium and calcium. It is great for weight loss and acts a super blood purifier.

  • All melons

One fruit variety that you can enjoy whole heartedly are the melons. Eat as much as you like. A good for stomach, helps in weight loss, keeps cool and the list is endless.

  • Lemon water with mint

It is natural cleanser. Just a few drops of lemon juice in minted water and you are light and summer ready as ever.

  • Cucumbers

This one fruit is must for summers. Eat them the way you like – as juice, in salads and even peeled and raw. It is loaded with fibers and will never let you have problems with constipation.

  • Curd

It is one food that can be converted to as many varieties as you can imagine – smoothies, butter milk, shakes, lassi, raita and even plain. The cooling effects are just what the body needs in summers.

  • Green Leafy Veggies

These are one food that stands good all year around. They are rich in water content and is a must for summers. Make sure that you don’t overcook them to retain the water contents.

  • Onions

Yes, you read it right. Onions too have immense cooling effects on the body. It is a great aid in protecting from sun-strokes during summers. Add them to salads or vegetables or just have them raw, enjoy it the way you like.

The most important things to consider in summer is to protect yourself and your family from food poisoning, getting dehydrated and getting hit by sun stroke. The list above mentions certain food groups that you must avoid and the ones that you must have to keep safe and enjoy your summers.

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Source: Ms. Sheela Seharwat, Dietitian. She is one of the youngest successful entrepreneur of India, and founder and head mentor of Diet Clinic Health Care Pvt. Ltd.

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What I share on Google Maps & how it has helped me!

What I love sharing and how Google Maps has helped me!

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It has been an amazing journey with Google Maps. I have been contributing for a long time as far as I do not remember when I started 😀 I love travelling to new places/countries, hotels and try new cuisines. I believe that photographs play a major role and along with my reviews, I post pictures of place, restaurant, food and everything around.5-e1554462663547.jpg

Also Google Maps has helped a lot in reaching desired destination. Also whenever I plan a vacation, I use Google Maps to check the distance from the hotel or from the Airport and see pictures to know which places are the best for sightseeing.

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I guess it will be difficult to jot down advantages we get by using Google Maps on daily basis as these are many. From finding your destination to searching for a best hamburger restaurant to searching for a public transport to searching public toilet nearby, the list of benefits is endless!

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You may also refer to my contributions by the name of Tripti Charan

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