Wednesday, July 30, 2008

COSTA COFFEE!!

The big coffee fan that I am, I am bound to start with a post on coffee :D

Well delhi in the last few years has seen a surge of coffee brands come up and open caf├ęs all around the city. There isn’t a respectable street/corner without a coffee shop to its credit. All major metro stations and even petrol pumps have small coffee counters by any of the big chains.

Ranging from biggies like Barista, CCD, Coffee Day, Coffee Beans and Tea Leaves, Craze Coffee, Costa Coffee, Chokola, Mocha, to the smaller ones like Madras coffee house and Starbeans to name a few.

But my favourite of all these, apart from Mocha which I really don’t think falls under the “coffee shop” category anymore thanks to the kind of crowds it attracts, the elaborate menu more popular for its Hookahs and thick shakes and its ambience in general; COSTA COFFEE totally steals the show when it comes to real coffee!

It is a UK based company who stepped in India only a couple of years ago (where were you guys before that???i missed you! :P ) and don’t have too many stores. All their shops are beautifully done in maroon and wooden brown, just the perfect coffee shop ambience with no loud music and generally a crowd of genuine coffee lovers.



The blend served is known as "Mocha Italia" and contains six parts Arabica beans and one part Robusta beans. My all time favorite on their menu is hot mocha coffee: Espresso with chocolate, topped with steamed, frothed milk and a sprinkling of chocolate:yummm!



For the cold coffee/shake lovers they have excellent light cold coffee and a good variety of chocolate shakes and fruity blends called Frescatos. Gunj_Ambrosia vote goes to “English toffee shake” and “mint chocolate shake”



From the bakery they have the best muffins in town in three awesome flavors: chocolate chip, lemon and banana! All three of them a must try!

Also their croissants available in plain and almond flavor are just perfect when it comes to softness and taste! Their chocolate pastries are as good as any other coffee shop’s if not better but in other flavors like blueberry, Costa wins hands down.

And this time they had me all happy and satisfied with the seasonal “mango cheese cake“ with a dash of chocolate on offer! It was the best cheese cake I have had in my life thanks to the fresh mango topping and chilled crusty base and amazingly dark chocolate all packed in each and every bite! Heaven! :D



From the food bar, again they have good sandwiches, focaccias, wraps and salads both in vegetarian and non vegetarian and chips and juices for the kids as well!



And the best part is the huge portions. Coffee available in primo (small), medio (medium) and Massimo (large) cups are all good value for money. You can choose yours depending on how greedy you are!



So next time you crave for coffee, you know where to go for some real coffee shop experience!
-LOTS OF LOVE: GUNJ

Monday, July 28, 2008

Ambrosia welcomes you :)

Ok guys finally after bludging all these days I get my act together and start the food blog. BTW all thanks to Ceedy, cos he was the one who suggested the idea to me of having a food blog in the first place. N secondly thanks to Anindita cos she actually suggested the name of the blog Ambrosia which means food of Gods. Beautiful meaning inne? By now most of you already know I am quite a foodie, foods one thing thats always on my mind. So I start this blog cos of my love for food. BTW I'd like to share that this food blogs a unique one cos there are various authors from different parts of the world coming from different cultures, so u will not only get an insight on food but also on the eating habits of different regions. Besides we also take orders for alcohol n food n dessert supply when our fellow bloggers r hosting a party on their blog. We specialise in preparing customized menus for such events. We also take requests for virtual meals if one wants to surprise their partner or their loved ones by actually preparing a virtual meal for em (cos may be you dont know to cook or r running short of time). We also take requests from ppl if they looking for a special recipe. If you have planned a party over the weekend and are confused about what menu should you have, pls feel free to drop in a line n Ambrosia team will be there to assist you. So guys hope to see you guys around and pls feel free to drop in comments and let us know how we can help you.
BTW to give u a gist of what Ambrosia is, in Indian style...below is a picture of Chappan bhog (chappan = 56 bhog = food offerings to Gods) at the ISCKON temple at Juhu. The offerings contain 56 different varieties of eatables, from fruits, juices, curries, breads, rice and desserts.
The food is placed in front of the idols



Then everybody sings the bhajans (carols)

After the ceremony is finished the food is distributed amongst thousands of devotees at the temple.

-Princess Mia