Month: November 2019
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Philippine Sports Commission President Butch Ramirez led the ceremonies held at the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions in Pasay.“You athletes are the heart and souls of this country,” said Ramirez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When you go there, don’t just go there for yourselves. Every single Filipino is cheering for you. The Filipinos are the pearls of the orient.”Representatives of each sport for the SEA Games come up on stage. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRERThe country is sending a 493-strong team to Kuala Lumpur in the hopes of fairing better this year than in the previous editions of the games. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ The Philippine delegation bound for 2017 Southeast Asian Games got a fitting send-off on Thursday night with 10 days to go before the opening of the regional games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ramirez also reminisced on past Philippine athletes who won medals in the Olympics like Teofilo Yldefonso, Jose Villanueva, Roel Velasco, Mansueto Velasco, and Hidilyn Diaz.The top sports official also prayed for the fast recovery of Olympian Ian Lariba, who is battling leukemia.Philippine Olympic Committee President Peping Cojuangco also told the athletes to always embody the Filipino fighting spirit.“Remember you’re always representing the Filipino people,” said Cojuangco. “The fighting heart and the fighting spirit is always there and the Filipino will never stop fighting. You are Filipinos, you are sportsmen, and you are full of guts.”ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cignal sinks Marinerong Pilipino for 1-0 lead in D-League semis
Read Next “The club is trying to do the best,” Conte said. “I am not worried, I am ready to fight with these players. I repeat: It is important for us to concentrate on our work, to be focused every day in training, and to try to work in our best way. No excuses.”Burnley was expected to struggle this season after losing arguably its best two players in the offseason, defender Michael Keane and striker Andre Gray.“A lot was made of our away form last season,” Vokes said. “So that result is huge.” View comments LONDON — Chelsea had two players sent off and lost to Burnley 3-2 in the first match of its English Premier League title defense on Saturday, intensifying the concerns surrounding the champions after their frustrating offseason in the transfer market.Captain Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card for a studs-first lunge in the 13th minute, then the champions conceded three goals in a 20-minute period before halftime.ADVERTISEMENT K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Neymar braced for PSG debut and French culture shock Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Striker Sam Vokes scored two of them by converting crosses, either side of a stunning volleyed goal by left back Stephen Ward.Chelsea improved after halftime. Alvaro Morata, on as a second-half substitute, reduced the deficit in his first league start since a club-record move from Real Madrid for 58 million pounds ($75 million).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAny hope of an unlikely comeback looked to have disappeared when midfielder Cesc Fabregas was red-carded in the 81st after receiving his second booking. However, David Luiz ensured a tense finish when he volleyed home in the 88th after being teed up by the influential Morata.The result will not improve the mood of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who hasn’t hidden his frustration at failing to significantly bolster his squad in the offseason. With Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Pedro Rodriguez injured and Victor Moses suspended, Chelsea had a threadbare match-day 18. MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Jeremie Boga, a 20-year-old French forward, was even given a debut. It lasted only 18 minutes, when he was sacrificed as Conte reorganized following Cahill’s sending off.“It was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good,” Conte said. “But our first half, we kept losing our heads. After the red card we lost our heads, conceded two goals and then it’s very difficult to change the final result.”Chelsea, which won 17 of its 19 home games last season, became the second straight team to begin its league title defense with a loss, after Leicester last season.Fabregas and Cahill will be suspended for Chelsea’s tough second match of the season, away to Tottenham at Wembley Stadium next weekend.Conte is desperate for reinforcements in the final three weeks of the transfer window.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES
BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq “Even if we are facing a powerhouse, this is the game where we hope to bounce back,” NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said over the phone after getting his Road Warriors ready for their 7 p.m. clash with the Beermen at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay on Friday. “We corrected our mistakes in the past practices, and I think my players responded.”The Beermen are the only unbeaten team left in the field, but coach Leo Austria is wary of the enemy’s capabilities in their search for win No. 4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We know that NLEX will come out hard, coming off two straight losses,” Austria explained also after practice, where he emphasized the need to stay focused. “We prepare hard for every team, because we know every team out there wants to take us down.”Both coaches agreed on one thing, though: NLEX rookie Kiefer Ravena will come into the contest fresh from upping the yardstick that all tyros will be measured with this season. Guiao, however, is asking something different from his team.“They (Road Warriors) cannot just watch him,” Guiao said after Ravena carried NLEX on his shoulders on the way to 31 points even if Magnolia’s defenses were trained on him all game last week. “The kid’s really good but you don’t want your entire campaign hinging on a rookie.“We simply cannot be over-reliant on Kiefer and cannot depend on one player to carry us through, that’s not our style.”Austria said he was in awe seeing Ravena do damage on the star-studded Hotshots. His entire team also saw all of this, and it brings him some sort of confidence.“They feel challenged,” Austria said, when asked on whom he will throw at Ravena. “They all feel that he is not a rookie. Ravena is playing like a superstar veteran at this point and that has challenged my players.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Guiao, meanwhile, is particularly concerned on stopping one man at San Miguel and correcting a worrying statistic.“We have been outrebounded in our last two games. This game is urgent because of June Mar (Fajardo) and I emphasized that to the team,” Guiao said. “We practiced hard to reestablish our boxing-out instincts, our rebounding instincts. We hope to bring that back.”“Yes, June Mar will be their problem,” Austria conceded, with no one man in the league able to stop his 6-foot-10 cornerstone. “But the entire team is always ready to step up, that’s the beauty of [this] San Miguel [team].” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ababa, Salvador joint leaders at Eagle Ridge Kiefer Ravena’s current run of superb form is serving as a challenge to San Miguel Beer’s guards. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer is flaunting the kind of game fitting for a pretournament favorite seeking to rewrite PBA history by winning a fourth straight Philippine Cup crown.In contrast, another fancied side, NLEX, is having all sorts of problems—the Road Warriors just don’t have time to dwell on them.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ
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Sri Sathya Sai BabaApart from a devotee list that boasts of the who’s who of the world of politics, sports and entertainment, Sri Sathya Sai Baba has managed to create a gargantuan empire that is spread across 165 countries.He has to his credit 13,000 institutions that run on the financial steam of a collective membership of about 37 million followers.The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Puttaparthi is a 220-bed facility that provides free medical care.Puttaparthi, where Sathya Sai Baba was born and still lives, has a university complex, a speciality hospital, airport, railway station and indoor and outdoor stadia.Sathya Sai Baba’s empire also boasts of free educational institutions, hospitals and other charitable works in over 166 countries.The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust runs several general and speciality hospitals and mobile dispensaries.Apart from educational facilities, the Trust funds drinking water projects, one of which supplies water to 1.2 million people in about 750 villages in Andhra Pradesh.Sathya Sai Baba also has a sprawling ashram called Brindavan, in Kadugodi, Whitefield, on the outskirts of Bangalore.His organization has three spiritual centres in India.Sathya Sai Baba’s Educare programme has founded schools in 33 countries.Sai Baba’s empire also has a digital radio network called Radio Sai Global Harmony.
Food and Punjabis have always made a perfect twosome. Like the Yin and Yang, the Alpha and Omega, the Patiala peg loving Punjabi and his plateful of food form a perfect pairing. What’s more, the gourmet romance between the robust community and its food extends beyond satiating its equally robust,Food and Punjabis have always made a perfect twosome. Like the Yin and Yang, the Alpha and Omega, the Patiala peg loving Punjabi and his plateful of food form a perfect pairing. What’s more, the gourmet romance between the robust community and its food extends beyond satiating its equally robust appetite.Which is why, in the hands of a true-blue Punjabi, fiery flavours and masterfully spun masalas translate into luxuriously textured dishes. And we aren’t referring to Punjab’s rich, creamy (butter chicken and dal) variety meant for unadventurous diners. It’s rather about delicacies, prepared with exotic, rare and expensive ingredients, to tempt the sternest critics into a mouthful.Initiating the not-particularly-experimental Punjabi foodies on an exciting, gastronomic journey are the region’s new-age chefs. United in their passion for food, these debonair pros have boldly gone against Punjab’s cardinal commandment of food – ‘Thou shall not experiment.’With fine dining restaurants expanding at a breathless pace, standards are being pushed higher. The level of service and quality of food on our plates are improving; the design and decor are getting more inventive. Chefs are not just cooks, but artists, weighing down tables with visually pleasing sit-down feasts. Add fine dinner ware, stylish decor and creative presentation and Punjabis are getting a multisensorial fine dining experience like never before.Riding high on this trend, our panel of four experts pick the restaurants, which have become their favourites for a fine-dining experience. We journey through Punjab’s high-end culinary scene, dine at and dish out opinions on the best stand alone and five-star establishments. So what’s left to say but visit these restaurants, pull up a chair, tuck in a napkin and let’s eat?advertisementSenior Chef de Partie Satinder VijMaharaja platterRating: 8/10Because Punjab Grill is the region’s first entrant from the staple of renowned food consultant and restaurateur Jiggs Kalra. Having debuted at Chandigarh’s much-frequented Sector 17 complex in 2010, it translates the region’s rich, regal recipes into haute cuisine. The menu here is more of an epic tome, featuring specials from pre-partition Punjab’s gourmet metropolis-Lahore, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Kabul, Amritsar, Patiala and Multan. The real show stealers, however, are the barbeque dishes. Using four types of kebab making techniques-tandoor, sighri, tawa and kadhai, these delicacies use traditional recipes, revived by Kalra. A meal here is always rewarding. After cracking curled papads into fresh mint dips you could tackle kurkuri, six Indian-style spring rolls served in shot glasses. Other starters include bhutteyan de kebab and chicken salad in curd dressing. For the main course, try lahori aaloo, pindi chana and mutton rogan josh with gucchhee pulao and mirchi paranthas.Where: SCO 120 – 122, Sector 17, ChandigarhAmbience: The twin-level restaurant is a true reflection of Punjab’s vibrant culture. Done up in bright colours, the interiors predominantly use reds, golds and cremes.Service: Great service, go here if you want to feel like royalty. From the hostess who ushers you to your table, to the sweet steward who serves, everybody is well groomed and very hospitable.Waiting time: 20 minutes at least. It’s not your fast food joint. When you come here you should expect to spend the whole evening here.Taste: Loads of ghee, butter, cream and dry fruits but thank God, it’s just the taste that tells. No floating oil, so that’s great.Authenticity: As good as it gets. Even the Gucchhee (a jumbo morel and a kind of Mushroom) is flown from Kashmir for Rs 33000 per kg.Innovation: Set up by Jiggs Kalra, India’s topnotch food consultant, Punjab Grill is high on style and innovation. A meal here begins interestingly, as the staff places a coin-sized peppermint in a dish before you.Bar-o-meter: Not operational as of now but coming up shortly. Meal for two: Rs 1,100 plus taxes.Spot them: Daler Mehndi, Yash Chopra, Tushar and Ekta Kapoor, Rakesh Roshan, Jitendra, Shaan, Boman Irani, Anushka Manchanda, and Sunidhi Chauhan.Our picks: Punjab Grill’s traditional Indian desserts with a little bit of innovation are to die for. They serve the most amazing bhugga, phirnee, dry seviyan and chocolate gulab jamun and paanshot-liquefied sweet paan served in a shot glass.Chef Dhan SinghAn ode to the kebabRating: 8/10Because Kebab Khan is the region’s best specialty kebab restaurant, mapping the journey of Khans (and their most loved kebabs), all the way from Middle East through Persia, to the Deccan Plateau. Launched in July 2010 by KD Singh under Alchemist Food & Beverage Services Limited (AFBL), the eatery serves Mughlai Cuisine, drawing the diners to its luscious array of authentic Kebabs, including 25-30 different types of Kebabs from Persia, Afghanistan, North West Frontier, Pakistan, Awadh and Hyderabad. Done up in rich colours, the 90-cover restaurant has a regal, warm feel. The warm interiors with glowing portals, tented seats and an exclusive private dining room, take you back in time to the royal life of the Nawabs and the Khans. With an open kitchen, food lovers can enjoy the sight of their favourite dishes being cooked. The pieces de resistance here, of course, are the melt-in-the-mouth kebabs and biryanis that are a gourmet’s delight.Where: Page – 3, Huda Restaurant Complex Opposite City Fountain, Sector – 5, PanchkulaAmbience: Rich, artistic. Just ideal for a romantic soiree with your sweetheart.Service: Efficient service with a minimum of fuss. Especially good for regulars.Waiting time: 20 minutes, sometimes less. The guests are offered a lounge seating with their drinks and appetizers served immediately until the staff gets them their table in the restaurant in case of no reservations.Taste: Probably the most consistent Kebabs in Chandigarh and Panchkula. That inevitable mediocre dish is a rarity.Authenticity: A genre bender. In a class of its own.Innovation: The food and style are subtle and refined. They’ve also organize innovative fests such as the Awadhi food festival, seafood focused food promotion, baisakhi jashn and sufiana safar.Bar-o-meter: An extensive wine list and rare liqueurs.Meal for two: Rs 1400 plus taxes.Spot them: Roshni Chopra, Karan Oberoi, Mandira Bedi.advertisementManish Goyal, Owner, Mainland ChinaChinese checkersRating: 8/10Because ever since Mainland China opened in Chandigarh in January 2010, it has become the region’s best Chinese hub. A part of India’s biggest chain of standalone restaurants, the eatery is responsible for bringing in authentic Chinese flavours. Started in the city by Ranjan Basu, Manish Goyal and Gagan Choudhary, it follows the philosophy of propagating cuisines from major Chinese provinces-Hubei or Yunan, Cantonese or Sichuan. Mainland China began its journey six years back. “We launched our first outlet at Mumbai in 1995 and today, we have 52 restaurants in India and overseas,” says Anjan Chatterjee, the man behind the chain. Waiting for a table is a regular feature at this 155 cover restaurant, so advance booking is highly recommended. Though it scores high on ambience, and hospitality, food remains the USP, “Our idea is to combine contrasting flavours, colours and textures of ingredients for exotic delicacies,” shares Dubey. The chef has travelled extensively across China for authentic Oriental recipes.Where: S.C.O. 40, Sector-26, ChandigarhAmbience: Dim lighting complements the bright decor of this family restaurant. This is a family place, hence noisy, and thus not recommended for a quiet, cozy dinner date.Service: Generally good but can be a tad slow in peak hours. Once seated, the waiters promptly serve you salad and Jasmine tea. This ensures you don’t starve till your order finally arrives.Waiting time: They do not take more than 10-15 minutes to serve your order.Taste: Authentic food and each dish has a unique character, something which is uncommon in Indian Chinese Restaurants. The portions are generous and it is advisable to order conservatively.Authenticity: The flavours aren’t Indianized and the chefs at Mainland China ensure that you experience the real Chinese aroma and taste.Innovation: Festivals like the ‘Sea Food Festival’, and ‘Chinese New Year Festival’ are regular features at Mainland China.Bar-o-meter: Offers everything from hard liquor, juices, mocktails, coffee/tea, wine, beer, cocktails and sodas. Among non-alcoholic drinks, their Jasmine tea is particularly good.Meal for two: Rs 1,500- 2000Spot them: Sachin Tendulkar, M S Dhoni, Monika Bedi, Poonam Dhillon – just to name a few.Our picks: Almost everything on the menu is great to taste but the specialties include vegetable basil flavoured dumpling, exotic vegetables in chilli basil sauce, hunan prawns, and their all time favourite crackling spinach.advertisementAkshay Verma, owner, CabaachaEthnic flavoursRating: 8/10Because it is a premier league contender among Chandigarh’s signature fine dining hotspots, the opulent Cabaacha promises an exciting culinary voyage. Situated at the first floor of Toy-a highend boutique fashion hotel in Sector 34, it carries forth our country’s centuries-old, distinctive cooking styles and dining legacy. Brainchild of entrepreneur Akshay Verma of the VTC Group, Cabaacha fired up its hearth on 15th November 2010 when the city’s culinary circuit was abuzz with foreign cuisines. “Every month, there were a few hip, new additions to Chandigarh’s set of upscale culinary hubs. These offered everything from Italian and Thai to Mexican and Vietnamese but not Indian. So with Cabaacha, I’ve attempted an upscale, fine dining experience with authentic Indian food. And by Indian, I don’t just mean North Indian,” elaborates Verma. Agrees Cookie Marwaha, “Unlike most other Indian restaurants in this part of the country, the menu at Cabaacha is not homogenously Punjabi. It encompasses cuisines from across the country.” The restaurant serves delicacies from Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Punjab to the South, East and West India. A large part of Cabaacha’s fine dining experience is about ambience. Named after Cabaacha Kebabs, an exotic delicacy during Mughal rule, the restaurant gets away with calling itself a palace. Done up in contrasting hues of black and white, the eatery has liberal flourishes of gold thrown in for some drama. Resplendent in handcrafted, palatial crystal chandeliers cascading from its black ceiling, golden high-back quilted couches, mammoth mirror panels and mother-of pearl inlayed flooring, the restaurant flaunts regal, yet elegant (and not ostentatious) look.The mammoth menu has been creatively put together by Executive Chef Ranvir and his team of 15 chefs from all over the country. Armed with 16 years of experience with the Taj and Maurya groups, the chef offers a delectable pairing of unlikely tastes. The well-lit restaurant’s extremely prompt waiters, hastily walking around to be at your beck and call, ensure that the portions keep coming. And with the size of these portions being just right, you still have space for desserts!Where: Sco 165-167, Sector 34, ChandigarhAmbience: Designed by Parag Singal of PS Architects, Cabaacha makes quite a statement with its regal, yet neo-classical, retro interiors. Done up in black and white, it has liberal flourishes of gold thrown in for some drama.Service: The service is impeccable, attentive and complemented by plenty of personality and knowledge about the dishes.Waiting time: 10 minutes or more depending on what you’ve orderedTaste: Unbeatable. Make sure you order both starters and mains, as the food is too good to just indulge in one course!Authenticity: Their kebabs and tikkas, particulary putli kebab, nashila jhinga, dahi ke kebab and pili mirch kaajwani tikka, are melt-in-the mouth succulent yet crisp.Innovation: They’ve hired a special chef from Hyatt, Delhi for the presentation of food. The cutlery is all handpicked and designed as per the gold black theme and glass ware is French.Bar-o-meter: They are yet to launch a bar but will soon have both Indian and international brand of wines and liquers. Currently, Cabaacha only serves variety of coffee, mocktails, smoothies and health drinks.Meal for two: Rs 1600 plus taxes.Spot them: Jimmy Shergil, Prem Chopra, RanVijay, Dolly Bindra, Rahul Dev, Saroj Khan.Our picks: Cheese kurkuri-spicy cottage cheese served in a roomali roti roll and naduru ke shammi-lotus stem and chana dal mix kebab stuffed with dry fruits.Executive chef Praveen K SharmaDesi bitesRating: 9/10Because kebabs have become synonymous to the Radisson hotels after they introduced The Great Kabab Factory with branches across Asia. Following the same concept is the outlet in Jalandhar. The city, which has always been known for its sports goods has now also become known for the succulent kebabs served in this restaurant. The ambience is charming with instrumental classical music adding to the old world charm. The aroma of the charcoal-grilled food welcomes you as you step into the eatery. The interiors are done up in earthy colours blending a modern and rustic ambience. There is a live kebab station and the menu changes everyday under the guidance of the hotel’s executive chef Praveen K.Sharma. The fixed menu includes four varieties of kebabs, two dals, biryani, raita, vegetable curries, Indian breads and a dessert for the day. A kebab tasting session here is a treat to your palate. Each kebab melts into your mouth in a mini explosion of Indian spices. The food is served fresh and steaming hot. The curries have a rich texture and are cooked to suit your palate. There is nothing synthetic in the curries served here and they taste totally authentic. A traditional dessert served at the end finishes the meal perfectly. A meal at The Great Kabab Factory gives you gastronomic satisfaction and leaves you asking for more.Where: Radisson Hotel BMC Chowk, GT RoadAmbience: The ambience is welcoming with earthy and rustic interios trying to recreate the feel of a village. regal feel.Service: A thumbs-up for the service with excellent, well trained staff and cheerful chefs.Waiting time: The kabab factory follows a buffet system, so there is not waiting time. There is a live kebab station and the kababs usually take anything between 15-30 minutes.Taste: Perfect blend of spices cooked to perfection. The food is sumptuous. The Indian curries served here are deliciously blended with herbs and spices.Authenticity: Though the kebabs are delicious, an extra amount of spices have been infused to make them suit the local palate.Innovation: The impressive list of kababs are an innovation in itself. Since the concept is the same across at the restaurants there is not much flexibility.Bar-o-meter: You really don’t want to be boozed up when at The Great Kabab Factory. The restaurant serves chilled beer if someone asks for otherwise there is no bar inside.Meal for two: Rs 1400 inclusive of taxes.Spot them: The restaurant has witnessed many small and big personalities from Bollywood. The recent visit was by Dharmender with sons Sunny and Bobby Deol. Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann is a regular visitor.Our picks: Apart from the melt-in-the-mouth kebabs, the dal makhani and rogan josh are delish.Executive Chef Sudhanshu RajhansLook eastRating: 7/10Because despite being located in the lower basement of a hotel, this restaurant lifts your mood the moment you step in. With soothing music and wonderful decor, Orient Blade, located in Park Plaza hotel gives a warm welcome. The elevator opens its doors to the swanky entrance of this restaurant, which opened a decade back and has been serving authentic oriental cuisine ever since. The place is done up in shades of dark gold and black which lifts your spirits. The dcor is simplistic but the colour combination used on the walls and upholstery is quite appealing. This modest-sized restaurant has a rather extravagant menu. The main person behind the venture is Sudhanshu Rajhans, executive chef. To break the monotony from Chinese and Thai food, he has included quite a few dishes from other oriental countries such as Korea, Vietnam and Singapore. The menu card is rather interesting since an image is placed in front of every food item along with a description of the ingredients used in the dish. The waitresses are dressed in traditional Kimonos to be in sync with the oriental theme. If you want a little privacy when you plan to dine here with family, friends or work colleagues you might as well opt for the private dining area. The two private dining areas are beautifully done and recreates a Chinese feel.Where: Park Plaza Hotel, Ferozepur road, LudhianaAmbience: Simplistic interiors with bright walls give the place a warm feeling and make you feel at ease.Service: North Indians are usually known for their hospitality and this restaurant completely lives up to the reputation. Though the cuisine served here is Oriental but the hospitality is full on Punjabi.Waiting time: It is rather surprising that the time you take to gobble down one dish is the exact time this restaurant takes to prepare another.Taste: The taste is not very oriental and has been played around with to suit the Indian palate.Authenticity: Chef Rajhans, makes sure to introduce exotic oriental dishes every now and then because he wants people to taste food, which is not easily available at other food joints.Innovation: The menu has been interestingly designed with pictorial representation of every dish including side orders and drinks. This is the only restaurant in Ludhiana that serves fortune cookies after the meal.Bar-o-meter: The bar comprises of a variety of alcohol from across the globe.Meal for two: Between Rs. 2,500-3,000.Spot them: The Mittals and Munjals are their regular clients. Many bollywood stars such as Amir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Prem Chopra also frequent.Atul GargHigh spiritsRating: 9/10Because it revolutinised the night life of Chandigarh. This is one place where people head to indulge in good food, music and drinks. Hardly a year old, Kava offers fine dining, lounge area and bar all under one roof. The baby of Atul Garg, this one-of-a-kind hip new lounge-cum-restaurant in the Tri City has got the city moving. No more do people look forward to barbeques in their backyards, instead they head to this huge restrolounge. Kava’s door opens into the fine dining area and a bar where a plethora of spirit bottles from all across the globe are nicely displayed. The gushing sound of water from the two floor high waterfall and the aroma of lemon grass rejuvenates your senses. . There is another bar-bigger and better with bartenders showcasing their art of juggling. A few steps above this section leads you to an open sitting space from where you can see the entire restaurant. Right across is the DJ station where a live music performance takes place everyday. There is another level in this joint that also has a bar. The restro-bar caters to all kind of cuisines and each cuisine has its own native chef. Chef Eraldo Colazzofrom Rome is the in-house chef for Italian cuisines, Chef Liu, has been specially brought in from China and adds a dash of authenticity in his cooking. Garg disclosed that his wife and he are very fond of eating out and since there weren’t many good places around so they thought of opening their very own restaurant.”We wanted people to enjoy the food along with the ambience and music,” said Garg. The word Kava literally means an intoxicating herb. And the name was Garg’s suggestion. ” “Just like the herb, the food will intoxicate people,” he said.Where: SCO-14, Sector 26, ChandigarhAmbience: Absolutely top-notch and ostentatious with a perfect combination of music and decor.Service: The service is a tad lax. One can perhaps blame the enormity of the place for it.Waiting time: Anything from 10-20 minutes.Taste: The Italian and continental food is sumptuous while the Indian food is not great.Authenticity: Thanks to chef Colazzo, the Italian and Continental fare is quite authentic. However, Indian food lacks the flavour.Innovation: A lot of green elements have been infused in the decor to create a calm and relaxed environment. There are special themed nights on every day of the week.Bar-o-meter: The bar is very well stocked.Meal for two: Rs 2,000 to 3,000 plus taxesSpot them: Arbaaz Khan, Ness Wadia, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Raghu and Rajiv and VJ Ranvijay.Our picks: The strawberry blush mocktail is the perfect drink to beat the heat. With a zing of lime and moderately sweet it is a must try. Chicken alakava and the San Daniel pizza are good options for meat eaters.Executive Chef Kamleshwar PrasadSpice routeRating: 9/10Because Zirakpur town on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway was never known for fine-dining till Spice Cafe arrived. Located inside The Chandigarh Ashok, the hotel and restaurant have managed to win over the taste buds of the people living in the areas nearby. Famous for its Mughlai food, Spice Cafe has a vast range of cuisines to offer its customers. Notwithstanding the fact that the hotel is not easy to locate, people drive down to it just for its food. The restaurant is done up in the most simplistic manner. The walls are in pure white and there is a glass wall on one side to allow natural light. The furnishings are typically old styled. There are simple wooden table and chairs with spotless white table covers and napkins. Uniquely designed lights hang across the ceiling add to the desired zing. What adds spice to this place is the aroma of herbs and spices from the live kebab station. Dinesh Jha, general manager of the restaurant tells us that the USP of this joint is the personal attention given to customers. “We take special care of our guests. Before placing their order, every customer is asked if they are allergic to any food item or dislike any particular flavour,” says chef Kamleshwar Prasad. The delicious food makes up for the minimalistic interiors. A dining experience here is memorable.Where: The Chandigarh Ashok, NH-21, Near Chandigarh Airport, ZirakpurAmbience: Simplistic and standard interiors.Service: Excellent service with a cheerful and friendly staff.Waiting time: It is rather surprising that every meal will be on your table in less than 10 minutes. That is even applicable to grilled food.Taste: The food is absolutely scrumptuous. It leaves you asking for more. Your tummy might say that’s all but your tongue will still drool for more.Authenticity: The Mughlai food served here has authentic Indian flavours and is made to perfection. The aroma of the food is to die for and the presentation is very unique.Innovation: The presentation of the food is very innovative. For instance the biryani is served with a candle lit tomato shaped as a flower.Bar-o-meter: The bar menu comprises of the common alcoholic beverages along with standard cocktails.Meal for two: Between Rs. 1,000-2,000.Spot them: The place has recently opened but because of its proximity to the airport many television stars stop here to take a break from their shoot. Vj Andy is a frequent visitor along with Singer Bally Sagoo.Our picks: The bharwan karele, arbor ke kebab, kukad de tikke di biryani and amritsari kulchas are a must try.Executive Chef Kamleshwar Duddi Reny ManohaThai wondersRating: 9/10Because they have been in business for just three weeks and are already wooing the Punjabi palate and that is why Zen Garden has made it to this list. Located on the sixth floor of Hotel Bella Vista in Panchkula, this roof-top restaurant not only offers authentic cuisine from the land of White Elephants but also offers a picturesque view of the Shivaliks. The only exclusive Thai cuisine restaurant in the tri-city is divided into two separate dining areas, both equally beautiful and serene. One side is done in pure white and gives a scenic view of the city. Tones of maroon, burgundy and gold dominate the other section, recreating the magic of Thailand. The view from the restaurant is simply divine and the music is completely in sync with the decor. The executive chef Duddi Reny Manohar doesn’t believe in boasting, the food speaks for itself. The food served here is cooked to perfection with an accurate blend of herb and spices. So if you are in a mood for some light food with a strong aromatic base, this is the place to be.Where: The Bella Vista Hotel, SM-8, City Centre, Sector 5, PanchkulaAmbience: Gorgeous interiors with a delightful view of hills create a calm and soothing atmosphere which makes you forget the hustle bustle of the city.Service: The service here is excellent since you will find that you are surrounded by cheerful faces waiting to take your call.Waiting time: One doesn’t really mind the wait at Zen Garden since the ambience puts you in a trance. However, it takes about 10-15 minutes for your order to get to your table.Taste: The taste is absolutely impeccable. You relish every bite that goes in, leaving your palate asking for more.Authenticity: Chef Manohar sticks to traditional Thai recipes. The Thai food served here has an excellent blend of flavours, which are unique but acceptable to the Indian palate.Innovation: Full marks on presentation of the food. Brilliantly done and topped with items which aren’t commonly used for garnishing.Bar-o-meter: They serve Malibu (coconut rum), which is not very common.Meal for two: Rs 1,500-2,000 (Exclusive of alcohol.)Spot them: Who’s who is yet to visit as it is just three weeks old.Our picks: Thai crispy rice noodle salad, tom kha het soup (coconut soup with mushroom), Thai red chicken curry-a must try and the pineapple mint martini.Chef Sanjeev SharmaA plateful of zenRating: 9/10Because this Pan-Asian Specialty restaurant inspires nirvana-like bliss. Named after Zazen, a method of meditation, that involves suspending all thought. Drawing inspiration from Buddhist meditation towards enlightenment, the ethos here is geared towards putting you at ease, calming any frazzled nerves. Launc-hed on 1st July 2010 by serial entrepreneur K.D. Singh, the 100-cover restaurant is housed on the top tier of Panchkula’s Huda Complex (with its other branch at NCR, Noida),” shares Executive Chef Swatantra Gautam, heading a team of the restaurant’s 12 chefs. Greeting guests with an unbeatably Zen setting that sees huge rotating praying wheels and Buddha’s visage at the entrance, Zazen nearly seduces with its lemon grass and jasmine flavours. Tastefully rendered with serene shades of grey, candle-lit spaces, an interactive kitchen, private dining areas (housing 8-10 people), an extensive bar and a vibrant lounge, it represents a far-eastern culinary adventure in a spectacular setting. The restaurant’s Al fresco seating, overlooking fountains and greenery, affords stunning views of the Tri-City’s sky. Being amid Zazen’s beautiful environs feels like a magical spell. Inspired by a desire to unite the cuisine, service and atmosphere into a complete far-eastern experience, Zazen integrates cuisines from the Orient. A unique feature here is the Teppanyaki kitchen, a chef’s table where the guests get customised orders served by the chef.Where: Page – 3, Huda Restaurant Complex, PanchkulaAmbience: Done up by the world famous architectural firm HBA, the restaurant blends bold ornate architectural design with exotic Asian accents The Buddhist praying wheel and the visage of Buddha at the entrance create a mystic feel. Flourishes of grey, black and gold are used extensively on the tables, floor and walls.Service: Excellent and unobtrusive. Quiet and efficient.Waiting time: 15 minutes while they rustle up an exotic meal.Taste: Probably the best this side of the region. Never has a tofu malay curry tasted this good.Authenticity: The effort is to be as authentic as possible while keeping pan-Asian palates in mind.Innovation: Well plated, the dishes are a sensory delight.Bar-o-meter: An eclectic, international wine list and rare liqueurs.Meal for two: Rs 1200 plus taxes.Spot them: Bally Sagoo, Jaspal Bhatti, Sudeepa Singh, Vindu Dara Singh, Jonita Doda.Our picks: Japanese Yakitori-grilled chicken and leeks skewers, glazed with soy ginger teriyaki sauce and Malaysian laksa-prawn & coconut soup with udon noodles. Another must-try is Singapore’s corn rolls– Golden fried spring rolls with sweet corn kernels and Cheddar cheese. You just can’t miss schezwan kung pao (spicy hot and sour chicken with cashewnuts & peanuts) or Korean bulgogi ( chicken supremes with mushroom and Gochujang paste). PanelistsCookie MarwahaFood critic and chefGeeta BectorFood entrepreneur and criticVibha PahwaDessert and chocolate chefKandla NijhowneMasterchef finalist and food columnist
If Delhi University’s first list sent out shock waves across the country, the second one is set to serve as a shock absorber.As there are vacant seats for most courses, several colleges, including the sought-after North Campus institutions, released a second cut-off list late on Monday.Cut-off marks have decreased in programmes such as BCom (honours), BA programme and registered a significant dip in many science courses.Though Shri Ram College of Commerce has managed to fill all its general category seats in BCom and economics courses even with its muchhyped first list, colleges such as Kirori Mal College, Sri Venkateswara College, SGTB Khalsa College, Gargi College, Kamla Nehru College and Lady Shri Ram College are still open for admission to the popular commerce programmes.Science students, who were disappointed by the sharp increase in cut- off marks as against last year’s, can still be hopeful for admission to zoology, botany and, in some colleges, even in physics and chemistry.At Daulat Ram College, for instance, the cut- off percentage for physics and chemistry has been slashed by as much as 5 per cent and 3 per cent, respectively.Kirori Mal College, on the other hand, has brought down the cut- off for botany and zoology by six and three per cent, respectively, in the second list.As the cut- offs are coming down, some colleges have even braced themselves for cancellation of admission in the first list. ” With other sought after colleges slashing their qualifying marks, some of our students might cancel their admission with us and move out. But we had seen this coming,” media Crunch- hit minelords adviser of a North Campus college, who did not wish to be identified, said.advertisementMeanwhile, like the last three years, admission to seats reserved under the OBC quota is turning out to be a tough task for DU colleges.Even SRCC, which has filled all its general category seats is open for admission in the second list for OBC quota. Hence, colleges in some courses have even gone to the extent of giving almost a 10 per cent relaxation in a bid to attract students.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
PASSIONS INFLAMED: The cricket protestHonourable Members of Parliament, if we may be so intemperate as to interrupt your nation building and proffer an observation. Your spirited protest after the cricket team’s miseries in South Africa has proved that India’s sporting future is secure and in caring hands.The impact of such,PASSIONS INFLAMED: The cricket protestHonourable Members of Parliament, if we may be so intemperate as to interrupt your nation building and proffer an observation. Your spirited protest after the cricket team’s miseries in South Africa has proved that India’s sporting future is secure and in caring hands.The impact of such passionate involvement was immediately felt: the nexus of the businessmen and er… politicians that runs the BCCI was humbled. The team was forced to buttress its defences (particularly around the gates of players’ homes). The fact that the coach masterminded an adjournment of Parliament means that formulating a World Cup master plan will be chicken feed. All introspection is healthy.Naturally, athletes from other disciplines now expect the MPs to be as vociferous and strident on other sporting issues where India’s pride is being muddied:Like how our men’s hockey team can have the 17 changes of coach in 12 years, and only one Asian Games gold and one Junior World Cup to show for it? Or how world-class centre half Viren Rasquinha was axed from the Asiad squad on grounds of fitness? In five fitness tests, he finished under the stipulated nine minutes in four out of five 2.4 km runs and was in the top three in the 40 m speed tests.Like how it is that after being a force in the women’s game, India is now a doping pariah in weightlifting? Banned for a year and forced to stay out of the Doha Asian Games, with the 2008 Olympics in doubt, because a $50,000 (Rs 22 lakh) fine must be paid before the team can compete again.advertisementAlso, how is it that coaches sacked after dope scandals were welcomed back, including the notorious Pal Singh Sandhu as “advisor”-this after he was “banned for life” after our first positive dope tests at an Olympics (Athens 2004). And those who have presided over escalating positive dope tests, remain in office expressing regret.Like why is it, by coach Laszlo Scuzak’s reckoning, that our shooters can only get in 70 days of training a year as opposed to their rivals’ 270 training days for want of ammunition? It is, they say, like asking a diver to pull out his best dive-into 10 cm of water.Like, why is it that 12 months after signing a Rs 270-crore-plus 10-year deal with Zee Sports, the All India Football Federation has no formal youth development programme up and running? And India’s ranking, 148 this month, is behind Grenada, Maldives and Swaziland, its under-20s unable to win a SAF Games title.MPs don’t have to go far to demand answers for our sport, just look across Parliament benchesLike how, after a six-month search, the country’s best woman pole vaulter V.S. Surekha couldn’t get the best fibre glass pole a week before the Asian Games. The import through the Government was taking too long so she paid for the Rs 30,000 pole herself. Indian vaulters use the same pole in training and in competition whereas their competitors use several.Like whether it is reasonable to spend around Rs 28 crore on an 11-minute function at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in Melbourne? Rs 28 crore could fund 10 hockey astro-turfs in India with enough left over to fund training sessions in the world’s best athletics facilities for four years. The loose change would buy a couple of pole vaults each for Surekha and friends.There’s enough here for Parliament to get shirty about, heads that can be demanded, prime candidates being K.P.S. Gill in hockey, Balbir Singh Bhatia in weightlifting. What’s even better the MPs don’t have to go as far as South Africa.All they have to do is look across the benches and demand answers: from Suresh Kalmadi of the Indian Olympic Association, also athletics boss, Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi and/or Praful Patel of the All India Football Federation, Vijay Kumar Malhotra in archery, the Chautala brothers, Ajay and Abhay in boxing and table tennis.Now they may not be as easy targets as the Indian cricketers, but they all deserve a cheap shot or two.