Sunday Dinner date Plans… Need help?? ;)

Hello Girlies …

Thinking of planning a sunday dinner date with your loved ones? Then you’re at the right place.

From gourmet ingredients, street style eateries to all night deliveries, Mumbai is a home to dozens of exquisite dining options catering to almost every product or service demanded by the discerning diner or self described “foodies”. One such place is “Masala Library”. After Punjab Grill, its a new venture by Jiggs Kalra and its one of his finest creations. And you gotto read below as I was literally sitting at the edge of my seat waiting to see what’s coming next. 🙂Masala Library

So, I visited this place for my 1st experience of Molecular Gastronomy dining or Modern Cuisine (Its a style of cuisine in which chefs explore culinary possibilities by using liquid nitrogen. Is it safe? 😉 Oh, yes it is completely safe and healthy).

It was a special evening for my sister as we were celebrating her Karvachouth (Indian tradition fast). Since, we wanted it to be a special one, we secured a table 8-10 days in advance. So, as we entered, the ambience and hospitality was usual and basic. But the dining experience started with two complimentary appetizers – a Thandai shot (refer the image below) and a Maska Bun. Must admit, the shot was exquisite which went down smoothly with a burst of Indian flavors.

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This was followed by our order from the menu- the mushroom chai (actually a soup :)), dabolical papad platter with 8 chutneys, its a papad lovers delight 😉 and Quesadillas with a south indian twist which was YUMM..

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After the appetizers, I was really intrigued by another round of complimentary dish which (as they explained) was to cleanse our system before the main course. It was a frozen Mishti doi Lolly (more like an ice-cream Lollipop) and I had two, have to admit, it was Yumm ummm.. girlies…

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For the maincourse, we ordered Aloo Bukhara Korma (Signature dish – Potato with curry), Veg Ratatouille along with white wine kneaded naan (bread), cheese margherita and mushroom kulcha (bread). Again, it was exquisite with diversity of traditional Indian fare but didn’t eat much as I wanted to keep some space for desserts in my already bloated stomach. 🙂

Now this is the best part! For sweet endings, we ordered Jalebi caviar, which is a sinful dessert you must try along with a Biscuit ice-cream. Yummy yumm.. it was…

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I’m still not done, Girlies!! We were again served with their compliments, a paan flavored Cotton Candy, which was a Perfect way to end the special night reviving the old lost childhood memories. 😉

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Not only did I enjoy the food but I also appreciated the servers’ knowledge about each dish and the origin of its ingredients as well as the well-lit simple décor of the restaurant. Overall,I give it a 9/10 to this ultramodern culinary tradition as #Masalalibrary by #Jiggskalra (1 point to be deducted because of not readily available reservations).

So, Girlies, go and have this exquisite fine dining experience with your lovelies. And don’t forget to share your experience with me by posting the picture on instagram (tagging @nikeeta13 with #girlydiaries) and I will feature you on my next blog 🙂 

Stay Tuned!! 🙂

Shine away to Glory – 7 Skincare Tips that you should never compromise on!!

Hi everyone!
Here is my first post dedicated to the most common trouble makers for girls “Skincare”. A regular Skincare regime is as vital for skin as it is food for body. There are some of the tips that dermatologists across the world vouch upon:

1. Keep your skin hydrated-Golden rule: Whether you want glowing skin, shinier hair, healthier body or all three, drink as much as you can! I mean water! It’s the world’s best beauty elixir. Water is needed for all your bodily functions to go on smoothly. Dehydration can show on your skin in the form of dry, flaky skin and numerous other skin problems. You must’ve heard this innumerable times, but mentioning it once again, drink at least 10 glasses of water a day.

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2. Disdain from Junk food: Dermatologists proclaim that refraining from unhealthy junk / fried food can help your skin a lot. Instead include green tea in your diet regularly, post meals as a great antioxidant. They reduce the effects of free radicals, which are harmful for skin cells. Though you can have cheat days, like me, on Saturday or Sunday once in a while, but a healthy and balanced diet can show amazing results on your skin.

3. Daub the sunscreen: Always wear a good SPF sunscreen with broad spectrum protection even if you’re not stepping out, or even if it’s night or cloudy. Nothing damages the skin more than harmful rays of sun. A good quality sunscreen is your only saviour.

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4. Replace harsh soap with mild cleansers / face wash: Beauty bars are high on pH levels that can damage your skin by ruining its texture and cause dryness, allergic reactions, etc. So, it’s better to switch to mild cleansers which have an ideal pH level of 7. However, my suggestion is to use Cetaphil. I can vouch upon it. Try it!

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5. Swap towels with Tissues: it’s really important to use soft and clean towels for your face. Do not share your towels with anyone. Also, rubbing a towel can be harsh on your face skin, so, my mantra is to use dry tissues for your face. Clean, hygienic and soft!

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6. Do not squeeze your pimples: If you have pimples on your skin, never squeeze them out. As that can lead to scars, zits, hyper pigmentation and further spread of bacteria. Trust me, personal experience, don’t ever compromise on this one.

7. Beauty sleep: Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, skin, heart, weight, mind and more. Sleep deprivation can increase our stress levels. Your body and skin cells repair themselves when you are sleeping. Dermatologists recommend 7 hours of sleep in a day, I say 8. So, Girls go ahead and have a beauty sleep!

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That’s all for today!

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xoxo