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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 Artusi Ristorante e Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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Top 3 dishes during Ramzan

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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Food for a Healthy Life

Below food items you may add in your diet for a healthy life

Identify what choices of foods you need to plan for your weight loss/diet plan. Write out meals or diet options accordingly. This will help you to give more energy as well as reduce your weight. This will plan your weight loss program and adjust accordingly. Food plays an important role in reducing weight. Hence, it is important to choose the right kind of foods for this program. In order your weight loss plan to be effective, you have to start believing your body and giving it responsibility of keeping you fit and healthy. Following are the foods, which you should add to your daily diet plan:

  • Spinach- You should add spinach to your daily diet plan. It has rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which will help you to lose weight and again at the same time it reduces the risk of heart diseases. Spinach is packed with lutein compounds that fight macular degeneration. Make your salad with spinach and egg and maintain a healthy eating habit.
  • Yogurt- this will help to boost your immune system and excellent probiotic organisms. You should add this to your daily diet plan for a spectacular result. This is rich in calcium and protein. This is light and low in calories.
  • Tomatoes- a glass of tomato juice is very good for your diet plan. However, this will reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. By adding this food to your diet program, you will get a satisfactory result and a healthy body relevantly.
  • Carrots- this vegetables work optimal for reducing weight and it is low in calories. Adding these vegetables to your daily eating plan, it can reduce inflammatory conditions and it is good for asthma. It has a low caloric density.
  • Black beans- All beans are excellent for your heart, but black beans have the capacity to boost your brain and give you a healthy body and mind. It has full of anthocyanin, antioxidant compounds that have been shown to improve brain function. A daily 1/2-cup serving provides 8 grams of protein and 7.5 grams of fiber.

By choosing these diet plan foods, you can lose weight quickly and stay healthy and fit. You should eat healthy foods regularly and these foods are easily available and cost effective. A healthy diet can help you to prevent certain long-term chronic disease. This will help you to keep healthy as well. The suggestions may be different for every people, but including these foods to your diet program would help you to reduce weight in a certain manner.

You can trust on these foods and add it to your diet plan on a daily basis. You will see the immediate result. Your body needs energy and certain foods will give you energy and minimize your weight as well. It is essential to find the right kind of nutrient foods in your everyday diet. A balanced diet will help your body to stay healthy and fit.

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Honk Effects

World Health Organization terms noise pollution as the deadliest because of its health and social implications including hearing impairment, interference with spoken communication, cardiovascular disturbances, mental health problems, impaired cognition, negative social behaviour and sleep disturbances. “The largest portion of noise pollution in cities like Lucknow emanates from vehicles. Honking is the culprit as we zero down on further,” said Venketesh Maheshwari, an anti-noise activist.

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Honking is an epidemic in India. People do not think before honking that this action of theirs is causing great deal of noise pollution, affecting health of people around them in a negative way. In developed countries, honking is almost non-existent, except to warn for emergencies. In contrast, much of the honking in India is habitual and unnecessary.

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The amount of noise pollution from excessive horn use is on the rise in India, particularly in the metros. The problem is compounded by insufficient roads, rapidly rising automobile population and chaotic road conditions where impatient motorists compete for space with pedestrians, illegally parked vehicles and stray animals.

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Noise pollution has led to a fall in the age at which presbycusis, an age-related hearing loss, affects humans. About a decade ago, presbycusis affected people in their late 70s. But now, it can be usually seen in people in their 60’s. On being exposed to a sudden loud sound, like use of pressure horns, the bone goes far inside the internal ear. This stimulates the balance organ, causing vertigo. “If this happens with a pedestrian or a two-wheeler rider, he may fall on the road or meet with a fatal accident,” said Prof Ajai Singh, expert in orthopaedic trauma management at KGMU. “We get to see many such patients daily. In fact, every fourth victim of road accident coming to us is a pedestrian. They say they felt dizzy walking on the road,” he added.

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Personal Experience:

It’s a horrendous act! I have lived in the UK for about 4 years and there is literally no honking. Also I have seen some NRIs living there honking and it’s considered to be a very rude act in the UK. When I returned to India, I had headache for a week because of the noise level in New Delhi. Also in India people just use any kind of horns for their vehicle be it of ambulance alarm or anything loud. They feel the louder the better. I doubt if there is any kind of regulation to lower down or have a standard horn volume. When everyone on the road is blowing the horn, no one pays attention to it, I fail to understand the logic behind honking.

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Top 5 North Indian Dishes

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Top 5 North Indian Dishes to eat

  1. Butter Chicken – Butter chicken is a dish made with tomato sauce. It is loved by everyone as it is mildly spiced and has a creamy texture.

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  1. Samosa – A samosa is a fried or baked (rarely) dish with a savoury filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, or lentils. These days you will get different variants of Samosa like Pizza Samosa, Chowmein Samosa and even Brownie Samosa. Surely you will be spoilt for choices.

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  1. Tandoori Chicken – Tandoori chicken is a chicken dish prepared by roasting chicken marinated in yoghurt and spices in a tandoor, a cylindrical clay oven. It has smokey flavour and will leave you drooling for more.

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  1. Masala Chai – Masala chai is a flavoured tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic spices and herbs. In North India, Masala tea is enjoyed with milk.

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  1. Tandoori Momos – This one is an Indian cousin of dimsums or dumplings you enjoy. It is marinated with different spices and cooked in Tandoor. Tandoori Momos available are Malai Tandoori Momos (made with cream), Spicy Tandoori Momos, Gravy Tandoori Momos, etc.

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