Review: Radio Bar

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I love Bandra bar bar (sorry for that cheap pun). And, happily leading this recent new spate of bar openings is Radio bar. I had been wanting to go there ever since it opened but then one night

( clearly my lucky night, not only did I meet Shahrukh Khan at Rana kapoor’s dinner) but also Manasi Scott (who was anchoring that event). This gorgeous hippie-heart diva, singer, songwriter, actor with  music in her veins and an international hit on the world charts accepted my impromptu invite. She  made for the perfect guest to check out Radio Bar.

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Recipe: Chicken Crunchies

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Chef: Vimla Philips

Cuisine: Continental

Category: Starter I Main Course

Serves: 5

Cooking Times: 10 minutes Prepn/Marin 1 hour

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Recipe: Murgh Shami Kebab

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Chef: P.P. Chakrabarthi

Cuisine: Indian

Category: Starter

Serves: 4-6

Cooking Time: 2 hours Prepn/Marin Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

250gms. Boneless chicken cut into small cubes

2 Onions, finely chopped

50 gms. Bengal gram (channa dal)

1tsp. Garam masala

4-6 Green chillies

1 piece Fresh Ginger, 1-2 ” long, crushed

As required Salf

3\4 cup Water

A few Coriander and mint /eaves, chopped

1 Lime (juice)

1 tbsp. Gram flour

2 Eggs, beaten

For shallow frying Vegetable oil

Method

Put the first 8 ingredients and the water into a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer, covered untilthe

chicken and the dal are cooked.

Cook uncovered to reduce the excess liquid. Cool and grind to a paste.

Place the mixture in a mixing bowl and add the coriander and mint leaves, lemon juice and gram

flour.

Knead well, divide into 10-12 portions and roll each into a ball then flatten slightly. Chill for 1 hour.

Dip the kebabs in the beaten egg and shallow fry each side until golden brown. Serve hot with mint

and coriander chutney.

Review: Grandmama’s Cafe

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It’s a happy coincidence. Im writing from Italy where family recipes, granma s cooking, traditional dishes are given pride of place. And Im reviewing Dadar s new cafe dedicated to the very same values. No prizes for guessing why it’s called “Grandmama s cafe”.

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FOOD & HEALTH: Recipe – BW SPA Wrap

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Whoa! What a stellar role food plays, here in the land of beauty, glamor and eternal youth. I report from a charmed frontier (Hollywood, where else?) where every square inch bristles  with style and star power. Here fantasy is blending into reality and luxury is dripping in every practical detail in  the legendary Beverly Wilshire (Pretty Woman) hotel  on Los Angele’s  stunning sun-drenched, Rodeo drive designer boulevard to the world  Here, two of my passions come together in a sacred union, cutting edge food and plenty of vibrantly healthy fare too. Not only does Americas leading chef Wolfgang Puck have a restaurant here but the French genius Thomas Bellec along with his spectacular fare serves up  equally spectacular healthy fare.

CHEF BELLEC WITH AUDREY SLADE AND THE YUMMY SPA WRAP
CHEF BELLEC WITH AUDREY SLADE AND THE YUMMY SPA WRAP

And so by the deep blue of the pool (it’s the shape of Sophia Loren’s pool in her villa ) I taste Chef Bellec’s healthy Spa menu.  Here, fragrant lemons hang from trees, flowers bloom and the vibrant sun shine warms the cool air.

The sunbronzed Greek gods with their six packabs and la-di-da babes with endless legs swim and lounge around the pool. It is here that I can feel  eight decades of  Beverly Wilshire’s elegant history tangoing with youthful energy. The grace of stately centuries melds with high octane new age gusto. Elvis Presley, Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen have all lived in the Hotel. And then ofcourse the  Hotel shot into global fame when 25 years ago it was the the movie Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere was shot here. I have dined here with Anil kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Gulshan Grover and many others in the BeverlyWilshire. Both Hollywood and Bollywood lives and dines here.

Today I sample Chef Bellec’s amazing energizing dishes and chat with the lovely  Audrey Slade, globetrotting communication dynamo. The patissseur extraordinaire Chris Ford’s unique chocolate Christmas tree ornaments (a  mallet is with the ornament so guests can have some fun breaking it and sharing it) delight. I love his cool modern versions the bûche de Noël – there’s a Caramel Fruits log with vanilla genoise, caramelized berries, and vanilla cremeux, and a Chocolate Peppermint version with salted caramel mousse.
And to balance the sheer chocoholic indulgence I trip out on the healthy and delicious wrap…Chef bellec shares the recipe with us \

Interestingly, Chef Bellec’s simple yet sophisticated dishes are marked by fresh ingredients and seasonal producS

EGG WHITES DELIGHT

We are know that eggs are very rich in protein  but did you know that egg whites contain more than half (four of the six grams) of an egg’s protein?  And that is because of the the biological function of the egg white is to  keep the yolk in place, and to provide water, protein and other nutrients to the developing embryo. Other than protein,

Riboflavin, selenium. Potassium and sodium. Sodium too. Theres more good news, whites are a low-calorie food, with just 17 calories — opposed to 71 per whole egg.  The news gets better cause egg whites, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol. So if you’re on a diet or watching your ccholesterol  or have diabetes or heart disease.  Then the choice of egg white is the right one for you. To have a healthy and delicious recipe for egg whites, please try Chef Bellec’s BW Spa wrap/

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Review: Mirch and Mime

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The Good Lord be praised. A winner is born. It pampers the palate (with remarkable Indian cuisine) takes care of the wallet (moderately priced) and warms the heart ( hearing-speech impaired staff).

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Recipe: Farmhouse Chicken Croquettes

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Chef: Hubert Fernandes

Cuisine: Continental

Category: Starter

Serves: 6

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Recipe: Steamed Chicken Pate with Red Wine Onion Sauce

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Chef: Tarun Chadha

Cuisine: Continental

Category: Salad I Main Course

Serves: 6

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Review: Cafe Haqq Se

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Tucked into Kamala Mills (remember to drive in through gate 4) it’s a dramatically done up café (Bollywood set designer Vinod Guruji’s touch is evident).

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