July 10, 2012

Bliss Chocolates - Bangalore

Bliss Chocolates, India's first luxury chocolate brand has been around for some time now, 3 years to be precise. Well, it's not just your regular shop stuffed with all things chooclatey .. It is based around the concept of a lounge .. Yes, you heard it right, Its a Chocolate Lounge & the first of its kind in India. Which means, you can just drop in to their lounge & enjoy the goodness of all things Chocolate

A week ago, I happened to go to their Luxe Lounge in UB City. It's a small cozy place right in the center of UB city which can accomodate about 30 odd people.  We started our Chocolate journey with Belgian Dark Chocolate Pastry along with some rich chooclate sauce poured over the top. Then came an array of assorted chooclates right from Almond chocolates, Rum truffles to Plain Dark Chocolates. The also have various Indian Flavored chocolates like Jeera, Masala Chai  & cardamom But the highlight definitely was the Chilli Chocolate. It comes with just the right hint Spice from red chilli flakes.

And then came a cup of Hot Chocolate made with the finest belgian dark chocolate, so perfect for the Bangalore weather right now. After an overdose of sweetness, we ordered for some nice & crunchy Masala French fries along with a strong cup of Cappuccino. Much needed, I tell you .. They also have other fried goodies on the menu along with some sandwiches

Besides, this they also have gift hampers along with a few selected wines & you can even place an order online. They make great gifts during Diwali & New Years. The chocolates, pastries & other fried goodies are very good, no doubt .. But it is a tad expensive & will cost much more than your regular bar of chococlate .. They have the finest raw chocolates sourced from all around the world. No wonder, it's a luxury brand isn't it ??

Besides UB City, they have their outlets in Forum Mall, Koramangala, Mantri Square, Malleshwaram & Forum Value Mall, Whitefield. For anyone who loves chocolates, this place is worth checking out. You can also find more information or order online from their website http://www.blisschocolates.asia/index.php

Go Visit this chocolate Heaven & Have Fun !!

July 3, 2012

Veggie Noodle Soup

It's July already & there is no trace of Monsoon here in Bangalore. But it has been very cloudy & windy since a couple of weeks. I know a lot of people hate this kiond of lousy weather but it's totally my kind & I am loving it. Its also been very cold here since the past couple of days, The 'I want to be in bed all day' kinda weather & it was just a perfect excuse to make this hearty Veggie Noodle soup.

This soup can be made with any kind of noodles, Since I had a paclet of whole wheat Maggi, I made use of it. The kind of veggies & seasonings you want to add it totally upto you. I wanted something quick, so I added the tastemaker that comes alongwith noodles.

Next time, I might add a bit of Soy Sauce or even Sriracha Sauce for that kick & yes I will add some tofu too for that extra bit of nutrition

Veggie Noodle Soup 1

You Will Need:

  • 1 packet Maggi Noodles
  • A handful of sweet corn - fresh/frozen
  • 1 carrot - peeled & finely diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper - seeds removed & finely diced
  • A little bit of salt
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 cups of water/vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp corn starch mixed in some water

How To:

In a cooking pot, heat oil. Saute carrots, bell pepper & sweet corn until they are cooked yet crunchy. Meanwhile, in another pot, cook the noodles in water. Drain & set aside.
Add the taste maker & cook for a couple of mins more. Add the corn starch mixture along with 2 cups of water. Add some salt & birng it to a gentle boil.

Add the cooked noodles & simmer for a couple of minutes. Add some water if you find the mixture thick. Turn off the stove & garnish with finely chopped parsley. Serve Hot.