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Holi Falooda!

Grown out of Holi? Or just become environmentally conscious? This Holi, I found a way you can be like a kid and have responsible fun at the same time. In my opinion, relishing Häagen-Dazs’ Holi special collection comes close to that.

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Growing up in Mumbai, there is no escaping the ingenious Falooda. For the most part though, I managed to keep away from the slimy looking drink/dessert. But, the Holi special HD falooda was something else altogether- super refreshing and not icky at all. I was part of the preview at the Bandra outlet of HD and the deft chef, Anthony, demonstrated how they make it. Beginning with crushed ice, moving on to the flavoured vermicelli, coulis, sweet basil seeds, topping if off with HD ice cream, some chopped fresh fruit, more vermicelli and basil seeds, and adding another scoop of ice cream, the process was complete with some dried nuts as garnish. The strawberry falooda had milkmaid in it and personally, I found the milky flavour was great.

Strawberry sweetness

Strawberry sweetness

The mango falooda was made with a vegetarian sorbet, and was a mélange of colours. A fellow blogger aptly likened it to a sunset. The best part is that you can customise your HD falooda with any flavour you like. Kruti, the PR executive who was with us, called for a raspberry falooda and was beyond herself with delight, what with raspberry being her favourite flavour at HD.

Mango delight

Mango delight

I always love it when foreign chains try and localise their products. Some score, some miss. But HD definitely hits a goal with their Holi falooda.

Details:

Available at Häagen-Dazs outlets at Bandra, Powai and Lower Parel from 1st to 8th March, 2015. Priced at Rs 395 plus taxes.

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Store Review: Reliance Digital, Mumbai

Walking into the Mulund outlet of Reliance Digital, one would be surprised at how big the store actually is. I’m assuming the store was launched very recently, as the celebratory balloons were still around. Shiny gadgets surround you and the latest technology is on display. Reliance Digital offers everything from batteries for a remote to air conditioners to gaming consoles.

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I was quite impressed by the sheer variety of electronics out there. So they had cell phones right from iPhone to Nokia Asha to phones by Lenovo. They had ovens, coffee makers, induction stoves and cameras. And I swear, Philips has the cutest range of irons and hair styling appliances. They had irons, curling irons and straighteners in neon colours of pink, blue, red, etc. I must say, fridges come really huge these days! I have never been such gigantic, fancy fridges in any other store. Like they had some really nice technology on the front doors, where you can water, ice cubes, child-lock it, adjust the temperature, etc. I felt like sitting inside a few of them- I’m sure they would have easily accommodated someone of my frame. Then they had PS3, Xbox, video games, some movie DVDs, sleek speakers, tablets and laptops, of course.

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Cool coloured irons

 

One of the coolest things were the 3D enabled television sets. I mean, I was simply blown away by the superior picture quality where you could see the images right down to the last detail. The best part is, wearing the 3D glasses, you can move to the left or right, and the image will move with you! I was infinitely fascinated by how that could be. Also, the home theater systems were pretty cool.

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Unusual speakers

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Chota Bheem themed fan! Who would have thought!

The staff was adequately polite and well-informed. They also didn’t hover around you while you checked out things but were always somehow around when you needed them. The place was squeaky clean and everything was shining in a typical electronics store kind of way. All in all, I would feel comfortable visit and making a purchase here.

Note: My visit to Reliance Digital, Mulund, Mumbai was as part of IndiBlogger’s The Reliance Digital Experience.

Product Review: McCain’s Frozen French Fries

After my successful attempt at making French Fries at home, I was intrigued enough to give frozen ones a shot. I’ve read Vir Sanghvi (prominent journalist and noted food critic), whom I look up to, praising McCain’s line of frozen products often. I got a pack for Rs 60 from a Star Bazaar outlet and most departmental shops stock McCain’s these days.

Here’s my experience and the outcome:

The packet says fries don’t need thawing but in my experience, it turns out better if you let them thaw for a couple of minutes. It takes another couple of minutes to deep fry and you have firm, tasty, McDonald’s type French Fries ready.

Verdict: They’re definitely tasty but frozen and packaged meals do nothing for your health. Zero nutritional value. So what I’d say is that give McCain a shot if you entertain often or have frequent visitors at home since they make for a quick, no hassle snack. For daily or regular consumption, it’s a big no-no.

Caught in the act

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