‘Aahar India – 2009′ – A quick run

On a Sunday afternoon, if you have nothing else to do then probably you pick up anything. Its not that bad and probably I am glamorizing it more, as all times. Today’s HT edition had this little government kind of b/w advt which said that ‘Aahar – 2009’ (Aahar means food) is on at Pragati Maidan. So we decided to check it out. It came out to be pretty nice and I thought I would write a small note with few pics which I shot.

As per susta.org (Southern United States Trade Association), AAHAR, a premier exhibition for food, food processing, hotel and restaurant equipment and supplies, has been recognized as one of the leading events of its kind in Asia. SUSTA invites southern U.S. suppliers to participate in a trade mission to exhibit at AAHAR and meet with important industry players at the show. Pre-arranged one-on-one meetings, a guided tour of major retailers/food service organizations, and a market briefing are included in the mission, as well as free shipping for up to 100 lbs of product samples…..

Pragati Maidan is this vast unlimited exapanse of exhibition ground which has large (rather huge) halls and a good number of them, a cinema hall, few open-air theatres, few good large big restaurants and n number of food kiosks, fountains, lawns and what not. No wonder that during ‘IITF’ (India International Trade Fair), this place is easily able to manage a 1L+ crowd every day.

So after having our share of parking wows, we went it. The exhibition is spread in Halls 7-11 and in Hall 18. Hall 7-11 is more aimed for serious, professional folks. We could see machines which would sharpen knifes, pasteurize eggs, make cofee, juicers which could give gallons of juice and what not. Look at this pic, the machine was called ‘Fire Coffee’ maker or something like that.

Apart from equipment makers, there were folks like Sula Wine, probably they just bought space for good-recall factor since big names from hospitality sector must be visiting.

There were a lot of kiosks who were just displaying a specialized stuff, though a lot of them were showcasing fine and eye-catching crockery stuff. These were not for sale but to get leads or to invite potential buyers for a discussions.


Eager to say something


Polka Dots

We also noticed few cake-makers kind of kiosks, where they were making cakes right there using a mix of machine-n-man. Check this pic, its a cream-flower, notice the yellow lines (kinda stamen/pollen heads)


Yummy

Hall 7-10 are in continuation so you do not need to step out. We kept going. Apart from food folks, there were folks who give furniture, mattresses, other hospitality related stuff as well but mostly it was about food.


Waiting..

There was this interesting thing. Check it out.

Then we moved out of 7-10 and headed towards Hall no – 18 which was more popular among touristy types like us since it had ice-cream places, masalas, frozen foods and with some of them allowing you to have a taste as well.


Perils of a Digi-cam. This I shot while on the way, its the place which has food-kiosks. During bigger fairs, this place is full to brim but today we could pass through it.

As we entered, my little one was very excited to see these large sized fruits (of course, fake).

There were many stalls who were giving you a little cheese or a tea-spoon-scoop of ice-cream or chips and so on. Of course, good enough reason for ‘gelato ice-cream’ to gather a good crowd. We had our bit as well.

Hall 18 was spread over two levels. We looked around, did a bit of shopping, bought some frozen stuff and came out. It was close to 6 when we were out but Delhi Summer has started to set in so days are getting long. The light was pretty good to take a shot at our tri-color.

Thanks for reading this far. Its time to have a couple of KF pints.

Moets, Defence Colony, Delhi – Review

Couple of weeks back I was at Moets, Defence Colony and I thought that I would write a small note on what we experienced there. Moets is one of those old, very popular hang-out zones which are still doing very good in terms of overall business. On any evening, though its not very hard to find a place but usually the place is full.

We were a large group and we did a long lunch there at the basement of main Moets, which serves Mughlai line of food along with drinks. There is another Moet, just across the road, called ‘Moet Sizzlers’. Most of us had a drink there, all sorts, some snacks and the regular lunch.

Location – Very well located, in a plush neighborhood market. Well connected since it can be access from the ring road. The address is “50, Main Market, Defence Colony, Delhi”
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What is ‘Cask Strength’ or ‘Barrel Proof’ of a Whiskey ?

‘Cask strength’ or ‘barrel proof’ is the strength of whisky while its maturing in the cask. As we all know that when Whisky is taken out of Cask, its diluted with Water, typically spring water. The dilution is not necessarily done to decrease the strength but also to bring out the flavor.

Bottled Whiskey is usually at 40% Alcohol-By-Volume so you can imagine that the strength of Alcohol while its in the Cask is more than that. Its not very common to find bottles which are directly from Cask but sometime you do get one, for a very niche segment. But this is not very common, for variety of reasons. Probably one of the reasons is around the laws where you would need to mention the exact % of Alcohol and you would not want to print a new set of labels for every cask.

Also as the Whiskey ages in a Cask, its strength decreases and it may make more sense to not dilute it further if the strength has already gone down.

I could find this link – http://www.maltwhiskydistilleries.com/Distilleries/CaskStrengthEditions/tabid/99/Default.aspx, which has a mention of some of the popular ‘Cask Strength’ Whiskeys which have been released in market. By the way, I do not how much aged the above link is.

Enjoy your drink and have a good day.

“Kabab Kings” in Shoprix Mall – Sector 61 is GOOD

We had lunch at Food Court in Shoprix Mall, which is located in Sector – 61, Noida. Its right on the road which connects the GIP with NTPC and goes all the way till Flex. I never too much admired the ‘Food Court’ of Shoprix because its very noisy and overall ambiance is more like a open food street. I like that ambiance but it has to come at a cost which suits it, at Shoprix the prices are still of that of a restaurant. So anyway, it was a large group and some of us chose to have Indian Mughlai.

We ordered food from Kabab King and it was awesome. These days they are giving a deal where 3rd dish is free. We order a chicken-based platter, a mutton-based platter and we got a ghost-biryani free. For each platter, we got 2 rotis/naan , a bowl of Dal Makhani, a small potion of Kabab (Burra or Kathi) and a small potion of Tandoori chicken/mutton. We ordered more Rotis since we were a group of four and we had a full meal. The total damage was Rs 420 including tip. Not only it came with a reasonable price, the food quality was super, it was served in clean plates and it was very fresh. Interestingly, it was funny to see that people who have ordered thing like Pizza from other counters had to wait more.

I am going to go there again soon.

What is Chopin ?

Chopin is a new bloke in the world of Vodka. Named after Frédéric Chopin, the famous Polish Romantic composer, Chopin was introduced in North America in 1997. Unlike most of the other Vodka where typically multilple grains are used, here a single ingredient is used and that is potato.

I have written before on how Vodka is made. In case of Chopin, its said that potatoes are sourced from Podlasie, a region in Poland and then its distilled as many as 4 times. It is produced by Siedlce-based Podlaska Wytwórnia Wódek Polmos company.

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