rashmi uday singh
Hallelujah! A star is born. It has risen in Kala Ghoda. It sparkles with flavour, authenticity and nostalgia and recreates the Levant. What is the Levant? A place? a flavour? a region which serves up tastes of all cultures in the southeast corner of the Mediterranean? All this and more. And the three month old Rue du Liban not only serves up these authentic flavours but does so in a refined, gracious fine dine ambiance. Read my detailed review on whatshot.in.
LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD FLAVORS
He’s a living legend. Not only does he have his own star of fame…in Hollywoods walk of fame, but for over three decades has had all of Hollywood eating out of his hands (literally too). Over a hundred restaurants in five continents cookbook author celebrity chef and official caterer for the Academy Awards blazed the trend for its gourmet pizzas topped with caviar and smoked salmon. He’s starred in movies (as himself) and yet the revered legend Chef Wolfgang Puck remains down to earth and charming. To spend time with the legend in the Belair, Los Angeles, the world’s most famous Hollywood hideaway is amazing. To watch him feed the long necked swans that glide in the swan lake and then to lunch on his masterpieces in his renowned restaurant is to get a true taste of legend. This serene 12 acre lush paradise ( the serene, gleaming swan lake et al) is actually at the heart of cacophonic, bustling Los Angeles. It is in these stunningly beautiful serene surroundings styled
as private residences, an amazing Californian oasis of relaxation and indulgence which is the
secret Paradise of superstars
It nestles in the canyons of Los Angeles. And how I love that Swan Lake.Four beautiful white swans call the lake home, and together they embody the romance, grace and elegance of Hotel Bel-Air.
The glamorous charm reminiscent of Hollywood’s Golden Age is palpable here. It is here that Hollywood’s history lives and breathes. Any wonder that it has been Hollywoods most beloved hideaway? Legends like Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor stayed and dined here regularly.
It is this very exclusivity and tranquility that continues to magnetise the likes of Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and many other Hollywood notables. As the lovely. Denise Flanders points out “The emotional attachment that so many have for Hotel Bel-Air is so very special.” I love the way it is steeped in cultural history, defines historical moments and highlights the Dorchester group’s stylish heritage, not just with fascinating historical anecdotes but exceptional service and food. Memorable!
MARILYN MONROE TOMATO SALAD
Here’s the refreshingly beautiful taste of the tomato salad, so beloved of the beautiful legendary Marilyn Monroe, who lived and dined here.
2 each Red Beef ( big) Tomatoes
4 each Figs
3 each Cherry Tomatoes (variety colors)
3 Tbsp Olive Oil ( Marilyn liked her olive oil)
1 Tbsp Basil Oil
1 Tbsp 18 year aged balsamic vinegar
4 oz of Italian Rich Fresh Buratta cheese
6 each flowers of Micro Basil
To taste Salt Large Flake
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
Method: This dish looks like a mosaic or painting in the summer .The colors are beautiful just like its celebrity inspiration. Thick cut tomatoes just like Marilyn preferred, figs, buratta all un marinated and carefully layed out to fit like a perfectly aligned painting on the plate. Dress the salad with the 2 olive oils, balsamic vinegar. Lastly season the tomatoes with the salt and black pepper and finish with the micro basil over the top. By dressing everything on the plate you lose no flavor from a separate seasoning and the tomatoes will release there delicious juices from the salt directly onto your plate.
That’s the explanation of his creation given by WolfGang Puck’s brilliant Executive chef Hugo Bolanos.
As a veteran team member of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group (having worked at Michelin starred CUT, world-renowned Michelin starred flagship Spago including Wolfgang Puck catering) Hugo Bolanos delivers masterpieces in taste and textures. He has worked with the worlds greatest chefs (from Ducasse in Paris to Daniel in NYC).and today he continues to weave drama in Puck’s award winning restaurant in Belair.
It is here too that I taste Wolfgang Puck’s delicious classics, from the Weiner Schnitzel to the vegetarian pumpkin baked in salt and his famous vegetable soup. Should you need the recipe please email email@example.com
Disco vibe, custom-made, taxi-shaped floor tiles, colourful pipes run across the ceiling, (we’re told it’s the tube map of the London Underground) backlit bar, a giant screen, suspended hoops of lights (picadilly circus we are told) There’s even a Sherlock Holmes PDR. Read my review of London Taxi on http://www.whatshot.in
THE MAHARAJA OF GERMANY
Q: What do the Maharaja of Patiala, Einstein, Berlin currywurst (curry sausage), Michelin starred meals and singing bowl healing, have in common? Ans: Berlin’s magnificent, over a century old legendary landmark Adlon. The world distils itself on my plate here amid outstanding culinary talent, luxury, old world graciousness and modern high-tech. Renowned as one of Germany’s finest hotels, since 1907, it truly has been the Maharaja of Germany. Under the same roof, I get a taste of the local Berlin signature Currywurst, an uber gourmet two Michelinstarred meal and also flavorpacked Pan Asian dishes. I not only taste but also request recipes of these. And how do I taste the Indian connection? By requesting Vijay Kumar Vyas to do a healing singing bowl meditation for me. Not only did the Maharaja of Patiala stay here regularly, ( as did and still do global royalty, heads of state, Hollywood and Bollywood superstars) but he also gifted Adlon a priceless elephant fountain (please see photograph) which occupies pride of place in the throbbing heart of the hotel. In front of this elephant fountain I catch up with the charming, knowledgable Sabina Held and the celebrated chef Hendrik Otto of the two Michelin starred restaurant, Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer and request their Vijay Kumar Vyas to do my favourite tree pose.
This is when I get to know of about Albert Einstein, Angelina Jolie, Charlie Chaplin to Barack Obama who stayed here.
BERLIN’S CURRY SAUSAGE
I remember shooting (several years ago) for my TV show in Berlin and tasting the Berlin currywurst. The history of this sausage dish dates back to 1949. Herta Heuwer prepared the very first currywurst in her snack stand in Berlin-Charlottenburg when mixing a sauce consisting of tomato paste, curry powder, Worcestershire sauce. Though this was not a favorite of mine, the Adlon version of currywurst delighted. I ate mit in their Restaurant Quarre while sitting outside on the terrace, within airkissing distance of the landmark Brandenburg gate, I tasted the “Adlon-Currywurst”. Here, the talented Chef Michéle Müller offers local specialties and
international classics with a modern twist.
Recipe „currywurst“ sauce
2 pieces onion
3 stems lemongrass
10 pieces lime leaves
4 pieces thumb-sized ginger
½ piece garlic
5 pieces star anise
2 grams cumin
10 pieces cloves
3 tbsp. curcuma
2 tbsp. curry powder
1 litre mango puree
1 litre Coca Cola
10 litre ketchup
Cut the onions into cubes and sauté together with the flavors and spices.
Douse with mango puree and Coca Cola and reduce them.
Fill it up with ketchup and bring to a simmer. Cover the sausages with it. Serve.
Delicious surprise! Tasting awesome Asia’s culinary diversity in Berlin. Right here in The Adlon’s restaurant “Sra bua by Tim Raue”. Here, the brilliant head chef Kai Weigand, serves up modern Pan-Asian cuisine executed with seasonal produce. I taste his creations, simple, light and intensely flavorsome, precise with a perfect balance between sweetness, acidity and spiciness. On my request, Chef Kai shares the recipe of the amazing Wasabi prawns, should you need it please email me firstname.lastname@example.org as it is too lengthy to reproduce here.
HIGH END GASTRONOMY
Dazzling mastery of the culinary arts “tradition eats modern”. Any wonder that Adlons restaurant Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer has been showered with two prestigious Michelin stars and a huge number of other awards? The European-inspired, imaginative and contemporary creations, it’s classic menu is reminiscent of the hotel’s illustrious past delights. ‘Adlon-style fillet of sole’ the famous ‘Canard a la presse’ are Chef Hendrik Otto s masterpeices.
Here, I have an amazing meal of vegetarian masterpieces too. This, since Im researching vegetarian dining in Berlin. Masterpieces of flavour and texture dazzle.
CHENNAI S CULINARY HOME-TALENT
Delicious talent! Ever since last fortnight when I wrote about our Whatshot Tasting session, Ive been flooded with reader- queries about details of the home-bakers and caterers who attended it. I flag off the series with the youngest, the talented and committed 18 year old Ranjani and Akhil’s superb HerbiStore. Absolutely loved their creations and was even more thrilled to know that theyre all vegan, sans white sugar too. Guiltfree feasting on intense chocolatey“Peanut butter cups”. Needless to add the protein rich peanut butter is homemade. Couldn’t stop eating the Fudge Brownie in a jar and the Cookie dough.You can order on
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Tracking global gastronomy is a fun job, but this one experience (in a 127 year old boiler room in the Srilankan mountains) takes the cake. It was here in this boiler room of the iconic Grand hotel Nuwaraeliya that the distinguished looking Boilerman provided an unending supply of hot water throughout the day to enable the aristocratic British guests to bathe. After almost nine decades of burning tree logs to keep the water hot, a diesel-fired boiler was introduced. It still keeps the water hot, but there is no dust or soot. It is here, that the celebrated Chef Priyantha serves up a unique dining experience: delicate carpaccio to luxuriously creamy cake. Gems of delicious wizardry parade with panache. “Unique dining experience” gets redefined. Kudos!
Perched opposite the Opera House, Botanica is a 65 seater modern, bright, cheery and tile-floored space. The interiors are a mix of classic and contemporary with floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Read my detailed review on whatshot.in
Deliciously exciting news! I’m getting definitive, scientific advice on what I should eat to lose weight, to detox, to be healthy. It’s based on hardcore scientific genetic research. Nutrigenomics cracks the connection between diet and health and ensures that everyone benefits from the genomic revolution. And all it takes is a saliva test. And that simply cracks the genetic code.
Spearheading this is renowned Biotechnologist Dr Vice Soljan of Nutrigenext Sàrl. He’s based in Switzerland but I’m fortunate to meet him in Dubai, after the Master Class given by him at Faarah Mehta’s amazing Maison Imperiale educational academy for adults.
And in the photograph, the food they are holding are what Faarah should eat to reach optimal health. Through that one simple saliva test for her genetic profile she has learnt what to eat and what exercises to do, simply superb and superbly simple.
In Mumbai. On a whirlwind three day trip. Internationally celebrated as the worlds finest, highly awarded, three Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura is in town. Not only is he the global leader of gastronomy but along with his vibrant wife is spearheading social change, with their NGO “food for soul” (where, in London, I was privileged to volunteer as a waitress). Forever etched in my taste bud memory is my five-hour, 15 course mind-blowing meal at Massimo’s Osteria Francescana in Italy where the genius’s thoughts became deliciously edible.
And now, it’s an exhilarating joy to give the lovable power couple a taste of Indian flavours and most of all to observe their responses and reactions. The sheer bliss on his face when the delicate fragrance of biryani at the finest Indian K and K seduced. Kerman Lalkaka, Chef Sunil Gadihoke had fittingly laid out a feast for an emperor. Lara tripped out on the sweet tangy spicy pani puri in Pinky Dixit’s Soam. Hay strewn cacophonic Crawford market to the serene, stylish Ensemble
to the iconic Taj where chef Amit Chaudhari served up regional flavors. Prateek Sadhu and Aditi Duggar’s cutting edge Masque, Floyd Cardoz and Chef Zachariah’s Bombay Canteen delighted them.
“Indian food is an encyclopedia of overlapping landscapes, cultures, religions and people” says Massimo. “our small sampling has opened our eyes to a world of flavors… strong and delicate, powerful and submissive, fun and serious… Eating is the best way to learn!”
P.S. And even as you read this we will have lunched in Shree Thakker Bhojnalay and they will have landed back home in Italy.