The bowl of cream you see in the photograph is no ordinary cream, it’s the stuff dreams are made of. It’s velvety, it’s silky, its Chantilly. It takes it’s name from the region or domaine of Chantilly and everything about this region is like a fabulous fairy tale. First of all (hold your breath) not only is Chantilly is located twenty minutes away from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, but it’s also within one of the largest most beautiful forests of the Paris region. Im just about getting over these pleasant surprises, when like in a fairy tale, the Chantilly castle seems to rise out of the tranquil lake. I zip through it’s finest French collection of ancient masterpieces, (second only to the Louvre) and head for the crème Chantilly (made famous here, in the royal banquets centuries ago by Vatel.) Laure now makes Crème Chantilly here, in the picturesque cottage-like Restaurant du Hameau (in the grounds of the castle). Along with Olivier and Lucie not only do we eat up the creme Chantilly (with strawberries) but I also go back In a horse carriage (this is the equestrian capital of France) and in the luxurious yet cozy Auberge du jeu de Paume hotel’s spa, actually have a chantilly cream massage. This is what I call, “having my cream and eating it too” . it sure is the world’s crème de la crème!
Ballard Estate’s intriguingly named, inexpensively priced, takeaway-friendly “Kaboom” has made it impossible for me to follow my own rules of reviewing.
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It’s not just the highest gourmet restaurant of the world ( perched 0ver 3000 meters above sea level ) its also the hottest one. The Ice Q peak restaurant, where james Bond’s Spectre was shot has been making global waves. It’s a spectacular architectural glassed in marvel, almost suspended in the air. It’s here that I attend the finale of the “weinamberg” “wine on the mountains”. We not only taste wine on the snow clad ski slopes ( and savor the difference) but our taste buds are pampered with wines from 15 countries. The first dinner is hosted by the gracious Angelika Falkner, in the most magnificent Das central, in the Ötztal valley, an Eldorado of winter sports and summer activities. Chef Gottfried Prantl and Chefs from all over the world conjure culinary magic and the wine cellar houses more than 30,000 bottles of the finest. The finale of the Mountain goutmet safari with music and wines at different heights is truly spectacular. This is when we zip up in the ski lifts to the Ice Q peak restaurant. Ann Scott (ranked as Londons 1000 influential individuals and arguably the UKs numero uno luxury hotel and spa PR) and the ever gallant Michael Waschl (who helms Das Central) very sportingly raise a toast with the finest champagne in the freezing, snowy outdoors. It’s the height of gourmet luxury. It’s getting redefined here!
I’m about to sing praises about a restaurant located in Bandra-Kurla’s shopping mall. It’s Chinese, it’s moderately priced and the food is tasty and reliable, just the way we like it.
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#Homebakers & #HomeCaterers, I am thrilled with the response! Here’s where you can taste the creations of some talented Home Bakers and Caterers in Mumbai. Do share your experience in the comments below and I will try your favourites and recommendations soon. Should you want to be listed here, write to me on firstname.lastname@example.org along with your menu, contact details, pictures & social media handles.
- The Hungry Bunny
Company Name: The Hungry Bunny
Phone: 098200 28092
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/THBMumbai
2. Mad Batter
Company Name: Mad Batter
Phone: 099209 21601
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Mad-batter-804375029613585/
3. Baked with Love by Annie
Company Name: Baked with Love by Annie
Phone: +91 9819363304
Facebook : https://m.facebook.com/bakedwithlovebyannie/
4. Breakfast n Bites
Company Name: Breakfast n Bites
Phone: +91 9819766445
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/breakfastnbites
5. The Green Snack Co.
Company Name: The Green Snack Co.
Phone: 074980 22022
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenSnackCo#
Company Name: Asheys
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/AsheysIN/
7. Bliss Over Bite
Company Name: Bliss Over Bite
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/blissoverbite/?fref=ts
8. La Petit chef
Company Name: La Petit Chef
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/Spicesnme
9. Rainbow Rasoi
Company Name: Rainbow Rasoi
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/rainbowrasoi/
10. The Hungry Momma
Company Name: The Hungry Momma
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/thehungrymommma
11. Simple Bakes
Company Name: Simple Bakes
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/SimpleBakesMumbai/
12. Love and Flour
Company Name: Love and Flour
Phone: 099301 52303
Company Name: Cup-a-luscious
Phone: 098330 42828
14. Green Appetite
Company Name: Green Appetite
Phone: 98202 15188
Company Name: Indikitchen
Phone: 070453 13491
Company Name: Janice’s Kitchen
Company Name: The Chocolate Factory
Company Name: Lets Eat
Company Name: Bhuke Plate
Time is standing still here. I’m in Norcia (This charming walled city is 600 years older than Rome) dining with it’s most distinguished aristocratic 160 year old family Bianconi here. It’s their once a year Medieval day celebration and I’m also wearing a heavy, embroidered gown for this special occasion. I dine in their 160 year old historic restaurant with as much gusto as I do in Vespasia (Umbria region’s only Michelin restaurant) where chef Emanuele Mazzela conjures the most amazing masterpieces. Comfort meets hi-tech in the 16thcentury Palazzo Seneca, with it’s magnificent stone walls, art, library and fireplaces. I feast on Norcineria (sausages and hams,) drive to Casteluccia for tasting the freshest of Pecorino cheese and lentils. And then go hunting (with dogs) for the famous black truffles. It’s a feast to beat all feasts.
Mumbai’s first authentic Peruvian restaurant, with grills from Brazil and street cuisine from Mexico. It’s the Peruvian cuisine which shines through.
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I’m in the midst of Chef Enrico Figliuolo’s cooking-class, but cant resist asking this question…
Question: What do Mona Lisa, global luxury icon Ferragamo, golf legend Tom Weiskopf, our very own hotelier extraordinaire Radha Arora and Brilliant chef Enrico Figliuolo have in common?
Ans: They are all connected to this secluded serene “castle in the woods” ( Castioglon del Bosco) two hours drive from Florence. Coddled in Italy’s magnificent Tuscan countryside, this 800 year old. 2000 hectare Rosewood Castiglon del Bosco (translates to castle in the woods) not only has it’s own golf course ( designed by golf maestro Tom Weiskopf, it is also Italy’s only private golf course), vineyard, herb garden but also make it’s own olive oil, honey and grows its own (hold your breath) truffles.
ICONIC LUXURY & MONA LISA
Time stands still. I’m coddled in true luxury here…be it the luxurious flavors and textures of food, the restrained elegance of the décor (of the private villas and suites) and the lush green of the private sprawling golf course. Swimming in the infinity pool overlooking the magnificent Tuscan countryside is an experience I will cherish forever. As also meeting the dapper dynamo Massimo Ferragamo, the founder of Castioglone and (son of the legendary Salvatore Ferragamo). Castiglion del Bosco’s Castle was built in classic medieval style in 1100.
It was 200 years later, in 1318 that Castiglion del Bosco was taken over by the Gallerani family – prosperous merchants who held public offices in Siena. Interestingly, it has been claimed that Cecilia Gallerani, was the subject of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Lady with an Ermine” and a muse for the “Mona Lisa”Now you see the Mona lisa connection?
WINE TASTING, TRUFFLE HUNTING AND MORE…
It’s a luxury to have a tutored wine tasting in the midst of the sun-drenched vineyards. And then to pair the local cheeses with the local wines is yet another dimension of learning and joy. All this in the resort’s very own vineyards (there are only a handful of Brunello di Montalcino wine producers.) The quality of Brunello (grape) production is controlled and monitored and Brunello is among the first Italian wines to be granted the titles DOC (Controlled Denomination of Origin) and DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin).And all this in the valley (Val d’Orcia) a site of ‘outstanding universal value’ declared to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
And our very own Radha Arora, the discerning farsighted President of the Rosewood group is the driving force of this unique experience resort. And its in the resorts own Church (with frescos dating to 1345) where I just prayed in gratitude for being in Paradise.
FROM THE DIVINE TO THE SUBLIME
For me, prayer and gratitude for the food we are blessed with, are equally important. And I’m thrilled to find that this must be the worlds only hotel with it’s own church (where mass is held on holy days). Here, the well known artist Pietro Lorenzetti has painted the fresco “Annunciazione dei Santi” in the Church of San Michele. And it is right next to it, that Chef Enrico holds his hands on cooking classes. First he took us to the herb garden( we picked plump artichokes, smelt the intensely fragrant mint and other herbs) and then proceeded to the first floored cooking session area. Here, each of us students chopped vegetables and cooked ourselves as we followed Chef Enrico’s explanations. From useful tips to authentic recipes, Chef Enrico shared them all with us ( I share with you his panzanella recipe)
This is one of the simple but delightfully tasty, authentic dishes that the chef taught us in the hands on cooking class. This Italian bread salad is typical of this region.
ROSEWOOD CASTIGLION DEL BOSCO
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Ingredients for 4 people
Bread 200 g.
Onion 100 g.
Celery 100 g.
Tomatoes 100 g.
Vinegar 20 g.
Salt to taste
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Cut the bread into cubes and toast in a hot pan
or oven using extra virgin olive oil.
When the bread is cool, season with vinegar and
bit of water, allowing the bread to soak for one hour.
Chop the onion, celery and tomatoes, then season
with salt and oil.
Add the bread to the vegetables to make a salad.
Garnish with basil leaves.
Paradise found. I’m feasting on magically simple Tuscan cooking, truffle hunting and taking lessons in Tuscan cooking.swimming amid nature and golfing.Coddled in Italy’s magnificent Tuscan countryside, this 800 year old. 2000 hectare Rosewood Castiglon del Bosco (translates to castle in the woods) not only has it’s own golf course (Italy’s only private golf course), vineyard, herb garden but also make it’s own olive oil, honey and grows its own (hold your breath) truffles. And it is these heady truffles that perfume the wood fired oven pizza that the owner of the estate Massimo Ferragamo (son of the legendary Salvatore Ferragamo) loves. Oh and did I tell you that the President of this group is our very own dynamo, Radha Arora? And this amazing estate with it’s villas also has it’s own Church (with frescos dating to 1345) This is where I just prayed in gratitude for being in Paradise. Amen!