{RECIPE} Easy and Delicious Oreo Milkshake

When I am dieting, all I dream about is Oreo cookies. Well … I hope that explains my love for these yummilicious cookies that have found a die-hard fan not only in me but in my husband and even my almost 2 years old toddler.
 
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And so in my home, weekends aka cheat days, are all about an indulgent Oreo milkshake that we all love and since sharing is caring, I thought of sharing the delightful recipe here on the blog today with all you wonderful people.
 
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And all you mommies out there, the great thing about this recipe is that it is just gonna take 2 minutes out of your precious weekend morning and tada … your indulgent weekend treat will be all ready to set the weekend moods right. (smiles)
 
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Coming to the recipe now –
 
Ingredients:
4 tbsp powdered sugar
2 cups milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder
4 – 5 oreo cookies
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:
– Add sugar, cocoa powder, oreo cookies, vanilla essence in a milk jug
– Blend everything well using a blender
– Pour the chilled mixture in a glass
– Crush some oreo cookies, garnish it on top and serve it chilled

– To make it more indulgent, you can add a scoop of vanilla icecream or Hershey’s chocolate syrup to it.
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Easy peasy! Isn’t it?
So, I hope you liked tis recipe and if you want to see more of such easy recipe posts on the blog, let me know in the comment section below.
And most importantly, if you end up trying this recipe, I would so love to hear how you liked it.
Until I see you next, Keep creating! Keep smiling! 🙂
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{FOOD} Spice & Ice – A Review

When it comes to food, the Sheikhland ensures you have a zillion options to explore. But what is amazing is that there are some hidden gems in the city, which are always a delight to discover.
Spice and Ice in JLT is one such restaurant that I happened to explore recently and was impressed with their creative take on the Indian food with regards to some dishes that I tried.
The ambience is not amazingly lavish but pleasant. I tried their mocktail called – ‘Sundown’ with passion fruit and quite liked it. Was refreshing but not overloaded with sugar.
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The dishes I tried were:
* Cocktail paneer (AED 36) – Loved the presentation of this dish in a martini glass. I had never had the combination of paneer, curry leaves and raddish. Tasted delicious!
 
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* Parmesan Broccolli (AED 40) – I wish this dish tasted as good as it looked. It was too cheesy for my liking.
 
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*Bhatti Paneer (AED 62) – This dish was pretty yum and rich with cashew nut gravy.
 
* Crispy Vegetable Envelope (AED 62) – This was just their star dish according to me. It looks amazing with so many different colours on your plate. It is pickled veggies wrapped in filo pastry served with couscous and mango moilee. It just tasted ahhhmazing. I have never had something like that before and so full marks for creativity here.
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* Dal Makhani (AED 30) – Loved the dal – was light, not too oily or creamy and very yummy.
I was vegetarian for the day but the chicken kebabs looked pretty tempting.
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So, the good thing about this place is that whether you are a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian, there are loads of options for either.
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Now for the desserts, I absolutely loved the Mango shrikhand (AED 48). The Gulkand Kulfi was quite nice with the rose after taste.
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So, all in all, Spice and ice is totally worth a try They are running a lot of promotions too at the minute. You can also make use of Entertainer vouchers here.
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Until I see you with yet another post,
 
Toodles

{EVENT} Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar Now Open In Palm Jumeirah

Great news for all chocolate lovers in the Sheikhland!

We have a new dessert café called Chocolate Bar now open in the Galleria Mall, Palm Jumeirah.

 

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And trust me, as yummy as the name sounds, as ahhhmazing are the desserts being served in this very cosy joint, which looks very promising.

 

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I was more than happy to give my diet a well deserved break and went on the launch event of the Chocolate bar which is a few minutes walk from my place.

 

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And I absolutely loved my hot chocolate fudge with vanilla ice cream.

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They also do pastas, pizzas and sandwiches.

 

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Commenting at the launch event, Alison Nelson, Founder – Chocolate Bar said “We have had a remarkable journey so far for Chocolate bar in the UAE. We have been growing tremendously in the country, and we are committed to creating a memorable culinary experience for all our guests.”

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So, do check this place out when you are craving for some mouth-watering desserts. And don’t forget to share your experience with me either here in the comments below or you can find me on Instgram/Twitter/Snapchat at @ChandniLahoti.

Until I see you next,

 

 

{Chandni Reviews} The new Italian menu @Cavalli Club

4 years back, when I came to Dubai as a tourist from London, me and hubby were pretty sure that during this trip we got to enjoy three things to the fullest – the sun, the food and the glittering nightlife this city is so famous for. And so, with a checklist of top 10 things we must tick off during our trip, we were most excited to check out the Cavalli Club which proudly reckoned itself as the hottest nightlife spot in the Sheikhland in all google searches. I remember feeling all stunned as soon as I stepped into the Club and its glamorous ambience with those giant chandeliers took me off my feet. Well, you cannot expect anything less than a place that has the name of someone like Roberto Cavalli associated with it. I absolutely fell in love with Cavalli Club and always recommended it to friends visiting Dubai.

 

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4 years down, here I am, living in Dubai and once again absolutely love-struck with Cavalli Club. The only difference was that this time over, I had the pleasure of being invited to try out their new sumptuous Italian menu, handpicked by  Roberto Cavalli himself.

 

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And it was a delight to enjoy the lavish dinner whilst learning all about the dishes from none other than the Head Chef of Cavalli Club, Chef Francesco Stara, who describes his delicious creations as traditional, fresh, natural, seasonal, passionate and humble.

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The very talented Bar-tender of the club made the most amazing cocktails for me and hubby and shared the history behind them too.

So, wanna know the details of the lavish dinner? Well, here it is but prepared as the description of the dishes in the words of Chef Francesco (CF) himself is surely gonna make your taste-buds go samba. (smiles)

As starter

 

Burrata , pomodori canditi e melograno e quinoa

Fresh Italian Burrata with tomato confit, quinoa and pomegranate

CF- This is a combination of healthy ingredient put together with the amazing textures of the creamy burrata cheese.

 

 

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Melanzane alla Parmigiana

Crispy Eggplant parmigiana and pinzimonio salad

CF –This is a really traditional recipe just seen in a different way and combine with a more crunchy texture from the fillo pastry

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Capesante,topinambur e cicorie

Scallop saltimbocca, topinambur cream,and chicory puntarelle salad

CF – The scallop is super fresh and very sweet in flavor, we wrap it with goose speck to give it smoky flavor and we serve with topinambur cream and some chicory to balance the acidity and bitterness in the dish

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As middle course

 

Fregola ai funghi di bosco e tartufo nero

Fregola with wild mushroom and black winter truffle V

CF –The fregola is a pasta originally were I am from (SARDINIA) and usually is made with seafood but  this time we have an amazing seasonal mushroom that with the help of the winter black truffle  gives a sensation to be in the mountain forest with all the perfume and flavor.

 


Culurgiones al  formaggio di capra e melanzane alla Sassarese

CF – Handmade Culurgiones with goat ricotta , Sassarese eggplant cream  and Canonau wine reduction

This kind of ravioli is as well originally from my beautiful land and is very hard to make because of the shape. It’s 100 % handmade and filled with goat ricotta coming from the hearth Sardinia. We propose the dish with eggplant cream (sassarese style with garlic parsley and chili ) like in my original city is SASSARI and finish with some fresh cherry tomato and Canonau wine reduction also from Sardinia.

As main course

 

Salmone, consistenze di rape rosse e radicchio

Pan fried wild salmon, variation of bloody beetroot, and radicchio

CF – The salmon is a really simple dish in terms of ingredients but we try to make it more interesting by deconstructing the beetroot and serving in different consistence (cream, sous vide, raw,powder, gelly, and bubble) we finish with some radicchio tardive and shisso cress to stay on the same tone of colour.

 

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Pollo cotto a bassa temperatura, carote, funghi e salsa di pane

Slow cook chicken supreme, baby carrot, wild mix mushroom and bread sauce

CF – The chicken breast is cooked sous vide to preserve the softness and the nutrient characteristic. We serve it with some purple carrot puree and some seasonal heirloom baby carrot. It’s finish with some pioppini mushroom and chanterelle with touch of bread sauce

 

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As dessert

 

Semifreddo alla liquerizia e tartufo

Liquorice and truffle parfait

CF – This is frozen mousse with truffle and liquorice taste serve with chocolate crumble and a reproduction of stone made with white chocolate.


Sorpresa di cioccolato

Chocolate surprise

CF – The chocolate texture is a mix of 6 different consistencies and flavour of chocoolate that combine together to give this sensation of surprise in the mouth.

 


Delizzia al limone di sorrento

Sorrento Lemon delight

CF – The lemon is definatly our signature dessert because of the beauty and the goodness of the lemon that we reproduce in different variance with more  aggressive acidity and more fruity appeal .

Now, coming to my verdict –

The ambience of the place – This place has a stunning ambience and it reminds me of Vegas clubs.

 

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The feel of the place – Cavalli Club is one of those rare places where you can enjoy a fine dining experience along with some serious clubbing in a lavish setting. You would so want to book this place for your special occasions.

 

 

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The food – Undoubtedly one of the best food experiences I h.ave had in my life until now, hands down.

 

 

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The service – The staff of Cavalli Club is courteous, friendly and prompt.

 

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So peeps, Cavalli Club gave me yet another beautiful memory and it certainly is one of my most favourite places not only in Dubai but in the world. The new menu is amazing and totally worth it. Do give this place a try and trust me to fall in love with it, just like me. And if you do visit it after reading my review, I would absolutely love to hear it from you here or on my Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat at @ChandniLahoti.

Until I see you with another post,

 

 

{RAMADAN SPECIAL} Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Strawberries make my world go round … well, won’t be an exaggeration if I say that. If you follow me on Instagram, you already must be well acquainted with my mad love for strawberries or any berries for that matter. In fact, when my friends would ask me, what is it that you miss about London the most, my ‘honest’ answer would be the fresh air and the strawberries. sigh

Well, that’s how I am mad about strawberries and another thing that I am totally getting fascinated with and won’t mind getting obsessed about too is healthy eating. I have just started a healthy eating and an exercise regime to loose the post-natal weight (which truly is a b****, just doesn’t want to go). More on that, in my posts to come in the future.

But in this post I want to talk all about this wonderful recipe that actually I have created myself and quite honestly surprised myself with it as it turned out pretty awesome. It makes a yummy and healthy breakfast, a refreshing post-workout drink and also, it is amazing for those who want to have it during the Ramadan time to keep them energised whole day long during fasting.

Sharing with you all, Chandni@Sheikhland Ramadan Special Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

Prep time = 10 minutes

Total time = 10 minutes

Ingredients (2 servings)

7-8 ripe Strawberries

2 Ripe Bananas

1 Frozen Banana

1 tsp of Chia seeds soaked overnight

1 tsp Flaxseeds

5 almonds soaked overnight

4 Tbsp plain yogurt

Honey to taste

Just put in all these ingredients into your smoothie-maker or mixer and churn until it comes to a creamy texture and wala , your delicious yet healthy breakfast is ready.

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Easy peasy?

And let me tell y’all, how beneficial it is. Strawberries are rich in antioxidants (great for skin and hair), Banana to keep you energetic through out the day, Chia seeds to make you ageless, Flaxsseds to give you the dietary fibre, almonds for eyes, brain and skin, yogurt for calcium and to keep you cool and lastly honey which has moisturising qualities.

So, all in all this smoothie is power-packed and full of health benefits.

Do give it a try and let me know how you find it.

If you Instagram it, do add a hasttag #ChandniAtSheikhland so I can see and like it.

Until I see you next,

Stay healthy, stay smiling! 🙂

{EVENT} Lunch with the Legendary Asha Bhonsle

Both my parents are music-lovers and it won’t be an exaggeration if I say that I have brought up on a diet of old Hindi songs in a household where names like Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle are uttered with great respect.

And so when I was invited to sample the coastal menu at the legendary Asha Bhonsle’s namesake restaurant, Asha’s Original at the Wafi Mall, I was totally excited – well to be honest, the excitement was more to meet and lunch with one of the biggest singing stars in Bollywood, the legend herself whose melodies make for some of my precious childhood memories with my parents.

Needless to say my parents were much more excited to know that I would be meeting their favourite Ashaji. smiles

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When I entered the restaurant, there were Asha ji’s soft music numbers playing in the backdrop and a beautiful Orange colour-themed ambience. After a warm welcome by the staff, we were served some refreshing welcome-drinks.

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And then the wait began for the star and to my surprise it was not long. Asha ji was on time. Meeting her, sitting just next to her and listening to her childhood memories, her favourite food and Pancham Da’s favourites too – sigh, it was all surreal.

I seriously could not believe that here I was in such a close rendezvous with the legendary Asha Bhonsle. smiles

Well, all star-struck, I headed for some food and was quite looking forward to check out the new coastal menu.

So, came in the starters which were really delicious. I loved the Broccolli with cheese and the Calamari. The mocktails were good too.

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When it came to main course, the prawns were made really well but other than that, there was nothing creative nor coastal about the menu.

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It had the typical Indian dishes which were well made. Special mention to their Makhni dal, which was really yummy.

So, in case I am looking for a fine Indian-dining experience with a soothing ambience and good service, Asha’s would definitely be on the list.

Until I see you in the next blog post,

Toodles!

{EVENT} Icons Coffee Couture Launches Sugarless Sweet & Salty Ice-creams

When everyone around is becoming so aware of health and fitness, it was great to hear about the new concept of savoury ice-creams at Icons Coffee Couture in Souk Al Bahar, where I also got to taste these salty ice-creams.
ICONS Coffee Couture is a German coffee franchise and healthy coffee joint and it recently unveiled their new range of ‘Sweet & Salty’ ice creams including not only ice cream smoothies and frappes, but also three salty ice cream dressings for salads.

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Ice-cream enthusiast and innovator, Vasco Valenca De Sousa is the mind behind the Sweet & Salty range of Icons ice cream dreams which are only naturally sweetened with dates or agave to embrace healthy eating and face the summer heat with their cool ice creams.

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I loved the smoothies. It was hard to tell that they had no sugar.

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On being asked about his new innovation, Vasco Valenca De Sousa said, “I have always been passionate about ice creams, and so I am always looking for ways to surprise fellow ice cream enthusiasts with flavors, textures and tastes they have never experienced before. As the summer heat approaches us, I thought that an ice cream launch is definitely called for, and keeping in mind the organic and healthy theme of Icons itself I was inspired to create salad dressing ice creams to beat the heat with!”

Well, it is always great to see brands promoting healthy ways of life. Especially in a city like Dubai, which unfortunately reckoned as one of the obese cities in the world, I truly appreciate this effort to come out with a healthy yet delicious treat for the Sheikhlanders.

Until I see you next,

Toddles