Best Italian Restaurant in Delhi

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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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Ramzan Delicacies

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Biryani by Kilo is one of my favourite outlets for ordering kebabs and biryanis.
Delivery was on time and food was packed properly.

Haleem – Mutton is slow cooked with pounded wheat along with the perfection of traditional spices. Texture of curry was thick as expected and went well with roomali roti.

Chicken Biryani – Had chicken biryani which was aromatic and tasted fresh and yum.

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Mutton Pepper Fry – Mutton was succulent and melted in mouth. It was spiced well and cooked to perfection. This went well with Ulte tawa ka paratha. This is a must with all my BBK orders. MUST TRY!!

Phirni – BBK serves best phirni!! Consistency is thick and topped with nuts.

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Foods to avoid to prevent weight gain

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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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New Asian Restaurant in Town

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The Asian Tuk Tuk located in Eros Corporate Tower, Nehru Place serves authentic and delectable Chinese cuisine.

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Started with some mocktails: Indane and Bunta Masala, they go literally by the name and the Indane drink was served in a miniature indane cylinder. Both drinks were refreshing.

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Avocado Carpaccio – Thin sliced avocado topped with ponzu caviar and jalapeno, dashed in yuzu soya. This was super delicious and left me craving for more. MUST MUST TRY!!

Pla Samrot Gung: Spicy, Sweet and Sour Thai Prawns. This one was crispy and bursting with flavours. If you love prawns, this dish is for you!

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Assorted Dimsum Basket: The basket contains 8 pieces, 2 pieces each of Prawn Har Gao, Spicy Chicken Coriander, Charcoal Lamb and Nepalese Kothey. Spicy Chicken Coriander and Prawn Har Gao are yum.

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Pink Sake Sushi – Cream Cheese and Atlantic Salmon dashed with apple and gherkin tarter. The presentation is awesome.

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Duo Jiao Yu – Hunan salted steamed fish with soy sauce and loads of red chillli but this is not so spicy and the fish melts in your mouth. Also you could eat the dish on its own or have it with steam rice. MUST TRY!

Tuk Tuk Krob – One of the most amazing desserts I have ever had. This was the deconstructed version with red ruby chestnuts, crackling sugar, mango duet, whipped cream and mother dairy mango milk ice candy. This was an absolute delight! MUST TRY!!

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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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Best Cafe in Sultanpur, Delhi

Café We is a plush café in South Delhi. As soon as you enter the place, the interior takes your heart away. Also the servers are polite and knowledgeable.

The menu is very impressive. Love the fact they have a) The Fruity Blast which had Apple, Kiwi, Pineapple, Orange and Chia Seeds and b) The Veggie Delight containing Carrot, Celery, Lettuce, Broccoli, Cabbage and Pumpkin Seeds. The two drinks were made from fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Soup of the Day – Tried their Tomato and Beet Consommé. This also had veggies and was a very healthy soup. (Video uploaded on Instagram)

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Cobb Salad – Salad had a mix of Veggies, Bacon, Chicken and Cheese with Honey Mustard dressing. This was filling yet yum! And nothing can go wrong when it has Bacon in it 😉

Classic Chicken Chorizo & Cheese Bruschetta – I have had bruschetta many times in India and UK. But this one was unusual and the best one I had till date. Bruschetta was soft and chorizo was delectable. It was all bursting with flavours!! An absolute MUST TRY!!

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Grilled Sole Fish – This was a huge European meal with Potato Wedges, Grilled Veggies, Onion Pilaf, Lettuce Salad Mix and Sole Fish grilled to perfection. Still craving for the onion pilaf!

Vanilla Crème Pie – Best way to end a meal is to order desserts and this one was too yum :p Vanilla and Mascarpone Cheese Pie topped with mixed Berry Compote. This dessert was beautifully presented with caramelized web ring.

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There are many other dishes which I wish to try from their menu specially Pizza and Pasta.

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Tappa, Aerocity

Tappa is an amazing restaurant which makes us revisit our past/childhood days i.e. the world of Campa bottles, the tring tring of the bicycle bell, lattoo’s, hopscotch, gully cricket, the old board games, etc. They have several games like ludo, cards which will keep you entertained while having your meal.

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Guava Masala – This drink was thoroughly refreshing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Chicken Salad – Filled with scrumptious Guacamole greens, red onions, jhalmuri crisps, tomatoes, arugula, chicken.

Tawa Tiger Prawns with pickled yuzu glaze were cooked perfectly.

Chicken Wings – These were succulent and cooked with gongura leaves and had tamarind glaze. An absolute MUST TRY!!

Five Spice Chicken Dimsum – Thin coating of dimsum stuffed with mince chicken, spinach and Shanghai Chilli.

Cream Cheese Dimsum – I must say these are the best vegetarian dimsums I ever had. Loaded with cream cheese, water chestnut and laid on a bed of chilli oil. This was such a delight! MUST TRY!!

Pulled Lamb Pide Pizza – This pide pizza was a cheesy and had a meaty goodness with mozzarella, parmesan, cilantro juicy pulled lamb and hatch green chilli.

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Kerala Fish – Tender sole fish with tomato thoran and served with appam. This was delectable and left me wanting to have more.

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Avocado Cheesecake – This is something unique I had, it was soft and melted in mouth. You may also opt for their homemade ice-creams, I had their Fig ice-cream.

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Moti Mahal Delux

Moti Mahal is one of the most popular outlets for North Indian and Mughlai cuisine. Now they have started their fine dine restaurants as well and their menu includes Chinese and continental food as well. I visited the South Extension outlet for brunch and the ambiance is spectacular. Service is fast and fabulous.

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Masala Lemonade – You will really need this if you want to consume all the delicious kebabs and curries here. Very refreshing!

Palak Patta Chaat – You need to ask them for their Continental menu. This one is absolutely delicious and refreshing. All chaat chutneys/sauces laid one a bed of crispy spinach topped with pomegranate. MUST TRY!!

Afghani Chicken – Though I took only half plate but it had 4 huge pieces of Chicken, well marinated in cream and this came on a sizzler. Chicken was succulent and simply amazing. Best Afghani Chicken I have ever had. MUST TRY!!

Fish Tikka – There were big chunks of fish cooked in tandoor. Fish tasted fresh and yum.

Boneless Butter Chicken – I have not experienced any restaurant serving “Boneless” Butter Chicken. Though I am not a fan of butter chicken but this one was different and was not on the sweeter side.

Punjabi Gosht Masala – Mutton was spiced well and cooked to perfection until juicy and tender. This went well with their huge Naan. I do not remember the name but ask for their big naans which are crispier and are topped with dry fruits.

Gajar Halwa – Just a perfect dish to end this lovely meal.

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Fusion Food in Gurgaon

Went to Saints & Sinners with family for the first time. It is easy to located on the Golf Course Road in Global Foyer Mall. The staff is welcoming and they also have live music band on the weekends.

Chef Pramod Singh offers a variety of fusion food which he has perfected over the years with his international experience. The delicious food served to us showed how much love and passion he has for his work. His focus is to provide an amazing experience to the customers through his food. Tried some chef recommended dishes and some on my own.

Touch Me Not – Mix Fruit Juice with Strawberry crush and colada mix was refreshing.

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Bacon wrapped Chicken Tikka – Such a unique dish. Tikka made with thigh chicken, stuffed with brandy soaked prunes and wrapped with bacon. This was succulent and delicious. MUST TRY!!

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Fish Vepudu – Tender fish marinated well with a mix of both South Indian and North Indian spices.

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Khumb Galouti Crostini – Galouti kebab laid on crostini with diced mushrooms. It had a smoky flavour and melted in mouth.

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Kung Pao Chicken Skewers – I love everything which has thigh chicken in it. Thigh chicken cooked in tandoor with Chinese sauces topped with cashew nuts. MUST TRY!!

Fish & Chips – Well crusted fried fish served with potato wedges and mash peas. Peas also had bits of ham in it.

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Grilled Seafood and Burnt Lemon – Lemon is something which I avoid in my food, not really a fan of it. But this was recommended by the Chef and when I tried, it blew my mind. Fish had smoky flavour and lemon added a perfect touch. MUST TRY!!

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Betsy’s Chocolate Jar – An ultimate Chocolate overdose! Jar filled with liquid dark chocolate with a hint of run and loads of chocolate brownie.

The quality, taste and quantity is everything top notch. Love the fact that the Chef takes into consideration of customer’s preferences towards food and their liking.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED place!!

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