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Chocolates, Twice Over

This has been a sweet week. Well, quite literally. Chocolates galore for me. No,  unfortunately relatives did not come visiting and bring me chocolates. It was work that took me closer to chocolates and am not complaining.

Mondelez  India Foods Pvt Limited, launched  Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations just ahead of the festive season. The entire launch event was in tandem with the spirit of this product- fun and playful.

Available in two flavours, Jelly Popping Candy and Cookie Nut Crunch, kids are going to love it, as are adults like me. It is every chocolate lover’s delight. The packaging is so alluring that it compels you to pick up one. Irresistible.

Mondelez India introduces Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations. Prashant Peres - Director - Marketing (Chocolates) Mondelez India launching the product (2)

It is quite different from the previous Cadbury Dairy Milk range, I assure you. With a quirky looking block and curiously shaped pieces of varying sizes made specifically for sharing, this chocolate spells a lot of fun for families and friends. The rounded pieces roll off the roof of your mouth, the chocolate melting away to leave the key ingredients to explode, as the contrasting sensations play off. The jelly beanies, gems and popping candy all infused in delightfully shaped bar, is what sets it apart.


Prashant Peres, Director – Marketing (Chocolates), Mondelez India,  told me “We are delighted to introduce global innovation like Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations in India. Indian consumers now demand unique formats and eat experiences and given our global leadership in chocolate, we are well positioned to identify and bring some of our world leading brands to India. Our objective is to bring fun and excitement into the way Indians enjoy their favorite chocolate. The product combines exciting inclusions like gems, jelly and popping candy in an indulgent bar of milk chocolate that literally explodes in your mouth with every unpredictably delicious bite.”

As if I had not gorged enough on the Marvellous Creations, that Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high quality chocolate and cocoa products,  decided to indulge me further.

It was the opening of their new, relocated Callebaut CHOCOLATE ACADEMY Center office in  Andheri East, Mumbai.

Barry Callebaut celebrates the opening of its new relocated Callleabut Chocolate Academy center in Mumbai  (4)

Oh what a sight to behold it was. State of the art equipment for chefs and culinary professionals to experiment, create and innovate with the most comprehensive and diverse selection of high-quality global gourmet chocolate products. The CALLEBAUT CHOCOLATE ACADEMY center in Mumbai is one of the company’s 19th chocolate training centers in the world and one of four in Asia Pacific.
“Callebaut is proud to have been a part of the chef’s community for over 10 years and we owe our customers in India for helping us build our business. We want to provide locals and visitors with the best chocolate making experience we can and we look forward to serving them even better in this state-of-the-art CHOCOLATE ACADEMY center and sales office,” said Dhruv Bhatia, Barry Callebaut’s Managing Director, India.
Barry Callebaut celebrates the opening of its new relocated Callleabut Chocolate Academy center in Mumbai  (1)
Chef Mane and Chef Ghosh demonstrated choux pastry and a white chocolate mousse using the Callebaut range. One can sure do wonders with this superior quality chocolate. They made it look so simple and effortless.
Barry Callebaut celebrates the opening of its new relocated Callleabut Chocolate Academy center in Mumbai  (6)
Amidst hot chocolate shots and a variety of decadent Callebaut chocolates, which simply melt in the mouth, the afternoon just flew.
The center’s offerings include a wide range of workshops, courses and demonstrations for professional customers in all sectors: chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers and other chocolate experts as well as culinary professionals working in hotels, restaurants and the catering business.
Barry Callebaut celebrates the opening of its new relocated Callleabut Chocolate Academy center in Mumbai  (21)
With budding chefs being able to learn more from the experts and experienced chefs being able to experiment with new creations using Callebaut’s wide inventory of high quality gourmet chocolate and cocoa products, this center is certainly going to be a sought-after haven for  professionals and enthusiasts working with chocolate.
Cheers! to chocolate and innovation.

Table for two or cosy home-cooked meal?

I am all for love and romance, but feel, one does not need just one day to celebrate it. Love needs to be celebrated everyday. Yet, Hotels and restaurants go all out to woo lovers and us too – the food lovers. To enjoy food, I need no special occasion, as I am an incorrigible foodie. So shall make the most of the special menus on Valentine’s Day. Trust me there are options galore.

Saptami, the multi-cuisine all day dining restaurant at Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport is one of my favourite eating places in Mumbai. Executive chef Sudhir Pai has prepared a special menu which consists of soups, starters, main course and desserts. What’s more, the names of the dishes are pretty cute. The soup which is called warmth of love, is a cantonese vegetable hot pot. Pehala Nasha are nothign but Hariyali Seekh, Lovely Pair-Mushroom and potato Croquette, Ishq Mohabbat -Murgh Multani Tikka, Mermaid -Sichuan fried Fish. Exciting and appetizing enough.

For main course you can have Pyar ke Khatir -Murgh Dahiwala or made for each other -Miloni Tarkari, Romance of ricotta and apricot in baked potato skin,  The first touch –honey glazed carrots, Only for you & me -Mediterranean vegetable bake, The Bond of love-Tofu and Water Chestnuts Hunan Style and ofcourse Meri Pyari-Dal makhani.The desserts are even more romantic. Cozy cuddle -Prunes and apricot cheese cake slice, Mio Amore -Pineapple compote with mascarpone cheese in glass, Heart to Heart -Maple honey nut pie, Single ready to mingle-Frangipani apple tart. Am certain the dishes are going to be as flavourful as the names themselves.

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Westin Mumbai Gardencity, too has a great line up for diners. An array of flavours. The Bouquet of Love at Seasonal Tastes, Aap ke liye at Kangan and so on. Each of the restaurants at Westin Mumbai are such a treat that it is difficult to choose one.

Must make a trip to Sofitel Mumbai BKC as have never been there.  The restaurants there seem to be offering a unique gastronomic experience. There are a variety of options to choose from. Designed to make your evening truly memorable, the contemporary styled restaurant, Jyran, will offer a glass of Moet et Chandon Rose Champagne on arrival complete with an extensive array of Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian delicacies. Else settle for the sumptuous spread at Pondichery Café.

Courtyard by Marriott, MumbaiInternationalAirport promises a memorable evening for couples. The “Strawberries and Cream” theme sounds like fun. The hotel plans to create a spectacular ambience with a red and white themed décor, balloons and candle lights. One can experience a sumptuous meal at MoMo Café with a tempting choice of fresh salads, piping hot soups, a smoked and marinated seafood bar, exotic main dishes, a live station kebab corner, 2 bars and more, or Red Zen if Oriental cuisine is what you prefer. This award-winning Pan-Asian restaurant will offer a special 5 course Valentine’s set menu handcrafted by Chef Phongthorn Hinracha with a delicious selection of Thai specialties.

And if you are not in the mood to go out for dinner, enjoy a home cooked meal by your loved one. Start with a Belvedere’s cocktail of the Love – the Cupid’s Bow. A deliciously seductive cocktail that uses Belvedere vodka and Raspberries to create a the perfectly apt red tinted drink to celebrate the season of love. I am seriously tempted to settle for this last option. What about you?

Belvedere Cupid's Bow copy