Sunday, 21 February 2016

Authentic Italian Cuisine at FratelliFresh, Renaissance Hotel Powai

Italian food is something I just can’t resist and that’s what motivated me to go for this event at FratelliFresh, Renaissance Hotel Powai. When I heard that the chef Christain Puglisi (half Italian, half Norwegian, raised Danish chef) was Italian and was about to launch a revamped menu I knew this Italian cuisine was going to be extremely authentic!

The event, which began at 7PM sharp and went on till 10.30 had many bloggers attending the event so that they could do what their passion was and that, was blogging! Being a writer my profession and blogger as hobby, I knew I couldn't miss this opportunity! Distance didn't matter to me.

A journey, which lasted for roughly about an hour (train and auto), I reached Renaissance Hotel, Powai and quickly made my way toward FratelliFresh.

Overlooking the beautiful serene Powai Lake, FratelliFresh is quick to catch your attention with its countless number of bottles of Tuscan wine lined on the wall. As soon as you enter the restaurant you are immediately feel that you have stepped into a typical ristorante (generic word for restaurant in Italy). The restaurant, which also has an outdoor balcony and seating arrangement, is a beautiful spot that overlooks the pool. Having an open-air kitchen you can even watch as the chefs prepare food right in front of you!

While there were many appetizers that were being served, my favourite was the ‘Insalata’ salad, also known as Caprese Salad  (simple Italian salad) that was made of fresh sliced mozzarella, tomatoes and green basil; topped with olive oil and salt.

Of course while there were many other appetisers, I went on to my main dish; which of course had to be pasta! The pasta came in two different variants; one was in rich creamy pesto sauce and the other was a tomato based one with zucchini and capsicum pieces in it.  Having a rich, creamy base the pesto pasta was loaded with flavour in each and every bite!   It was definitely my favourite of the evening!

A creamy mushroom risotto was next up in line and was definitely worth the wait! Unlike other risottos I had tried, this one brought out a delicious flavour of mixed herbs and spices along with its creamy, Parmesan flavour.

Pizza, of course had to be there and their thin-based margarita was an absolutely fantastic version! Having thin, crisp crusts the pizza was extremely light was had a very different and unique authenticity to it.

The meal could not end of course without deserts  (also known as dolci in Italian)! While there were many sliced up fruits (strawberries, pitaya, blueberries) and sliced dried fruits (walnuts, cashews) there was also pastries (a lemon flavoured pastry, tiramusu and panna cotta as well. It is of course an absolutely wonderful idea to end your meal with fruits and that is exactly what I did!

Of course, if you want to try some authentic Italian cuisine, FratelliFresh should definitely be on your list!

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Everything has an Expiration Date

Everything has an expiry date

They say good things don't last forever, only memories do
But how long is FOREVER, doesn't that even have an expiration date?

Even in your darkest hour when you pull out that memory from its safety place and try to remember those people, those days, those times YOU CANNOT Bring it back!

Everything in life has an expiry date,
We have to realise that.

We live in this safety cocoon where we believe that NOTHING can happen to us,
But the reality is that we cannot protect ourselves from everything,
Everything that comes our way in life;

Because like sad times, happy times come with an expiration date
And only a memory is left behind
But, that memory too wont last forever, because thousands more are being made!

The only thing we can do is to live our lives with exuberance, filling it with joy.
Do what we love and make our own mistakes.

Because it is our life which we have to walk alone,
Our mistakes and realisation that will guide us towards wisdom

Everything has an expiration date and we can’t stop time at all.


A Cross Road in Life

Have you ever wondered what your doing with your life,?
Like really stopped for a moment and 
reflected about where you’re heading;
If all the efforts that your putting in,
Running from pillar to post; 
meeting this deadline and the next one
Is taking you anywhere?
I’m sure we all have held a similar feeling
 at some point of time in our lives.
Is this life that we are living truly making us happy, 
or are we just too busy chasing countless dreams 
to even reflect back on our own wellbeing, 
our own happiness?
Common questions that seem to float around these days are
 ‘So what are you doing with your life’ and ‘Have you been promoted’
 what we fail to pay attention to is how happy we are with ourselves.
It all boils down to the job that we have and how much money we make,
Because that's just the way it is, we are living in a rats race where the only thing that takes us forward is money!
And we will go to any extent to find that job which provides that to us.
However, we need balance in our lives. 
No matter how small our job may be, or how different it may seem from another person’s job we just have to do what’s right for ourselves!!

We have to fit our bill according to what we are CAPABLE of doing and not what another person is capable of.
Too often we compare ourselves with others and feel that we are not good enough,
When the reality is that, we all are unique and different
 playing a part in this journey of life what we are capable of!
So the next time you ever think back and ask yourself if you are good enough or doing enough
Don't compare yourself with another person, 
because that's futile and pointless. We aren’t the same
The only person who you should consider comparing yourself with is the person you were YESTERDAY.

Keep challenging yourself every day and your life will be far happier than a one where you’re constantly comparing yourself with others.