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#GetUpAndBoogie with My Envy Box January 2017

Howdy!

Hope the New Year 2017 is treating you good thus far. Let's make it merrier. Leave that morose feeling out there. It is time to get up and Boogie!

Yes, for beauty and makeup aficionados like us, the party never ends. It only gets deeper and fancier by the day. And with Beauty subscription boxes like My Envy Box, there is no dearth of pampering for your makeup kitty.

#GetUPAndBoogie

My Envy Box | Review & Unboxing | Jan 2017


Blockbuster Barbeques at Barbeque Nation

What: Blockbuster Barbeques Food festival
Where: Barbeque Nation
What is it famous for: DIY Barbeque, Sumptuous meals
Cost: Rs 1600 for two



This New Year, Barbeque Nation brought some lights, camera & action to the dining with its themed festival- ‘Blockbuster Barbeques’. As the name suggests, it is a celebration of some of the favourite Bollywood flicks. The theme was incorporated thoroughly into the d├ęcor and the menu.

Here's a dekko-

Happy New Year 2017



Taking a moment of time to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

May this year be a beautiful year, fashioning your most desired lifestyle and laden with great food!

Sending you a plethora of good wishes from the blog.

Year 2016 was interesting indeed and am sure 2017 will be bigger and better.

Stay tuned and keep reading- haute kutir. com

Love


Eat Play Love with Maruti Suzuki Indo-Japanese Braking Point, Mumbai

Love is...
Good food and Great Music
.... and that long drive to sunset 

Last Saturday, there was some love in the air. I craved for some good music and a cuisine delight. Notwithstanding, my recent recuperation from fever and cold, I could not resist the temptation to break the city life monotony and indulge in some good food, great music and a little adventure.

My adventure took me to Eat, Play, Love AKA EPL 2016. It was a music and food festival spread over the weekend at the serene locales of Mahalakshmi Racecourse, Mumbai.

I had a loaded day but I decided to take a break and brake into something different, chaotic yet chilling, adventurous yet fun, Indian yet Exotic.



Hit the brakes to take a break
I reached the venue a little too early. It was a warm noon, my throat was quenching in thirst and I started looking for a place to sit. A cool, youthful looking cafe intrigued me and I stepped inside to check out the quirky decor. The cafe was designed in a cool, upmarket kind of garage, with tables resembling a neatly coloured automobile engine and chairs in form of wheel axis. 

I saw the name Maruti Suzuki and began to wonder if I have stepped at the right place. I was about to take a reverse gear and then I saw Chef Vicky Ratnani serving a neat platter. A senior staff from the place invited me to take a seat and experience the "Cafe Braking Point" with an exclusively curated Indo-Japanese cuisine.

Braking Point by Maruti Suzuki
Maruti Suzuki is a name that needs no introduction in India. Being a 80s kid, for me, the name is synonymous with automobiles in India. This Indo-Japanese automobile major celebrates a name that has kept India living its "wheeling" dream. 

Apparently, Maruti Suzuki never ceases to surprise and with this, first of its kind- Automobile Cafe, it has turned a new page in the chapter of lifestyle. If Maruti 800 was a breaking point in Indian Automobile Milestone, circa 2000 would not be different. 

The exteriors of the cafe look like metal containers that transport cars across the country. The interiors are built with vintage Maruti Suzuki car parts and posters

Here's a dekko at the Cafe's Unique Decor

Giveaway & Review of Winter Essentials by Himalaya Herbals

Hello Everyone

I am running an amazing giveaway on my +YouTube India account, where you can participate by following simple rules and could stand a chance to win winter goodies by Himalaya Herbals.




Himalaya Herbals: Himalaya is one of the popular Indian Beauty brand, that needs no introduction. They have some nice range of products for hair, lips and skin care. I have reviewed few of them in my video recently. You can check it here- YouTube Review

Here are the simple rules of the giveaway-

1) Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
2) Like my video and share it
3) Comment telling your favourite product from the video and why is it your favourite
4) Tag your friends




It is a simple, easy-peasy giveaway and I am sure you will love participating in it.

So what are you waiting for? Head to my Youtube channel, subscribe and play.

Do remember
1) The prizes will be dispatched by the brand to the winners directly
2) This contest is open for Pan India
3) Do share this giveaway on your social media channels [Not mandatory]

Look forward to your participation.

Best,
Haute

#LashesAndPouts Edition: My Envy Box December 2016

What: My Envy Box
Month: December 2016
Theme: Lashes and Pouts
MRP: Rs 850


Unboxing & Review of My Envy Box- December 2016

Holla Haute Courtiers,

We are back with the review of this month's My Envy Box. If you follow us on +YouTube India , you would have already seen our unboxing and review.

In case, if you are still not following +Ekta Khetan on #YouTube, Subscribe today! 

What's Inside My Envy Box?

The box has 5 products following the theme and all the products are the full size. Here are the contents of My Envy Box
  1. Soultree Cocoa Rich Lipstick 906 (Full Size, Rs 550 for 4.5gm)
  2. Bliscent Raspberry Lip Butter (Full size, Rs 150 for 5gms)
  3. Roots and Herbs, Under Eye Tailam Brightening Nutmeg ( Full Size, Rs 1190 for 50ml)
  4. Gubb Eyelash Curler (Full Size, Rs 299)
  5. Kronokare- The Frizz Kiss Lip Balm (Full size, Rs 95 for 10ml)

The Gastronomy Affair with ITC Grand Central #FoodByGanges

When you say ITC, a spectacular vision of hospitality, lifestyle, grandeur and gourmet surround your vision. 

ITC is a name that to reckon with heritage, festivity and good times indeed. Whether it was their beautifully located Sonar Bangla in Kolkata spoiling me with its Dum Pukht delicacies, or the Augustic ITC Grand Chola in Chennai where I have spent numerous afternoons feasting on the gourmand delights or the two ITC in Mumbai, playing my wonderful host in this city of dreams, I have some splendid food memories to cherish.

A Special Invitation that You Cannot Refuse
I love food but limited my food reviews these days due to sheer time and work pressures. Though I have not stopped adventuring out with food, trying new places. In fact, am eating out almost every day but the monotony of food reviews had failed to entice me from my lazy nest and comfortable couch. I am happy to pray, eat and tweet. Wonder what got me outside my cocoon? Well, it was an invite by one of the most celebrated and one of my most favourite brand [over the years and not just during my food blogging journey], that read- Food by Ganges!

#FoodByGanges with ITC
ITC Grand Central is hosting, a one of its kind #FoodByGanges Food Festival that has an intensively researched and specially curated menu, straight from the land of Uttar Pradesh. If you are a food traveller, you will know the distinctive variety, appetising nature of the well-grounded food that originated from the coasts of holy River Ganges. 

When you say Ganges, the spread could be too long to cover in one menu. Hence, ITC has taken a 2-3 of the prime areas- Haridwar, Kanpur and Benaras to create this gastronomy affair.

Yes, gastronomy is least travelled through alphabets but highly devoured through imagery. I totally accord the fact and so overwhelmed by your response and queries originating from the few pictures that I shared via my Snapchat and Instagram stories during the testing and one to one interactive session with Chef Sumit and Ms Goyla, the food magician behind this trail. 

What: Celebrating Riverside Glory
Where: Hornby Pavilion, ITC Grand Central
Cuisine: Vegetarian



So, let me take you on a picture journey of the said cuisine much to your salivating palates. Here we go.

Let's begin with Starters


When you talk about Kanpur or Benaras, the memories of scrumptious chat and savouries fills your taste buds with food that cannot be replicated elsewhere. Everything from the potatoes to the chillies to the chutneys has their own unique flavour.

Must try the small cocktail samosas filled with aloo [potatoes stuffing] with the saunth [a spicy, mildly flavoured tangy chutney made with dried mango powder, jaggery]. The potato chat which is nothing but deep fried small potato cubes are a piece de resistance and will delight you with their indefatigable taste, bite after bite. You simply cannot stop and ache for the recipe.

The third in the trio was a sheer brilliance. It is the brinjal fritter laden with, hold your hearts- wheat flour, spices and cooked in the bhaja style. If you like brinjal, you will love it to moon. Even if you do not like brinjal, this dish will make its place in your palate.



Main Course

You need to resist your temptation off the starters to save it for the main course. The main course menu may look like a day to day food but it is the taste that sets it apart.



Do not mistake the Aloo Kachri from Haridwar for your regular yoghurt potato dish. They are one of the best potato stew that I have eaten and absolutely loved the tangy rich flavour. Pair it with Methi Poori or eat them alone, they will be yum in every bite.



The crisp [khasta] methi [fenugreek] pooris that will go with aplomb with Aloo Kachri or Kachori Gali ke Chole from Kanpur [below].


For those who want to eat lite and less spicy, the Hara Moong for Benaras is an excellent choice. You can pair it with plain rice and salad.


If you have a sweet tooth, you must try this- Shakarkand Chaat [sweet potatoes] from Kanpur. It is mildly sweet, partially tangy and even a non sweet potato person like me could not resist trying a spoonful. Oh yes, it did entice me for another spoon but I needed to save space in my tummy for that gorgeous looking khichdi.


You cannot finish your meal without trying this simple, filling yet well-cooked Bajra Khichdi that I guess was slow cooked with a melange of vegetables. It is simple, soothing and very healthy dish curated with cues from Kanpur Kitchen.


You can pair it with the Aloo Kachri or this amazing Boondi Kadhi from Haridwar, like I did. Oh the buffet has papad [not from this cuisine but the usual buffet fare] that you can combine with some fried green chillies or pickle to savor your Kichdi [dish made of broken grain]







What is the Sweet Deal?
If you think you are done with the main course, you are not being fair to the two outstanding desserts from this menu.

Meet "Radhe ki thandi fruit cream" an assortment of fresh fruits like melon, papaya, plum etc in freshly churned cream. It was not strong but quite soothing. Another slurrp worthy dessert is the carrots cooked in milk, a la kheer style. It is not the quintessential gazar ka halwa [carrot pudding] but is liquid in form and very palatable. 



The dessert may look simple but will sweep you off your feet with their immense charm. 

Like they say, the proof of the pudding is in trying. So, what are you waiting for? Book yourself/friends/family a table today and step on this gastronomy fare that is specially curated from the land of Ganga, keeping the flavours intact, to straight in your plate and palate.

Bon Appetite
Ekta



Books, Lipstick and Whatever Love Means with Aditi Mathur

When was the last time we had some girl talk? Well, dunno about the last time, let us have some girls talk and bond over some fabulous lipstick and a wonderful book.

Talking about books, I am such a bibliophile but have become a meagre reader these days. Notwithstanding my regular reminders to self, I could barely read a book these days. My excuse is as usual- a book needs to be as tempting to make my lazy bum sit still on my couch and lust my eyes to turn pages post the first chapter.

So when my WhatsApp Blogger Friend, a gorgeous woman, a travel blogger and a published author [oh yes, that many and some more adjectives in one woman] asked me to read her second book, I almost said No. But then I saw the splendid cover and I could not resist the temptation to check it out. She turned a deaf ear to my usual excuse of being a meagre reader and decided to risk it with me.

Her patience paid off, and if you have seen my Instagram stories [needless to say, you should be fortunate enough to follow me on Instagram], you would have seen me hooked to this book since last 2 days. 

Aditi Kumar Mathur is a fellow blogger. Her first book was "Soldier and Spice", and if she is not travelling around the world, she stays at Dehradun- Delhi-Dehradun.

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