Fresh food counter at Lulu Hypermarket : Review

Off late, my schedule has been outright maddening. There hasn’t been any time to cook or enjoy a meal in peace. But I am glad that I have plenty of takeaway and home delivery options in Bahrain, that make my life easy. One of the reliable options is the hot food counter at Lulu Hypermarket. It also helps that it is dot opposite my home. 

Any time I feel I am missing home and feel a deep craving for home style food, I head to Lulu Hypermarket to enjoy my favourite sweets, snacks like pakoras, samosas. 

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Lulu Hypermarket’s hot food section has a great selection to choose from as you can see from the pictures. 

When I was offered to the opportunity to review the hot food section, I preferred Indian food and this is what they packed for me as a takeaway.

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The menu consisted of – A spicy salad which we call “Kachumber”, my favourite kadai paneer, Lemon and spice chicken tikka, Kashmiri Pulao and a selection of Indian sweets. 

The Kashmiri Pulao was fragrant and delicious with long-grained basmati rice, vegetables, sweet red grapes flavoured in saffron and spices. Simply delicious!

The kadai Paneer was oily and very “dhaba” style – exactly how I like it. Indulging once in a while is good for the soul, I believe.

The salad was the right accompaniment as it served as a palette cleanser. 

The chicken was lemon-y and very appetizing but I preferred by vegetarian fare over the meat. 

The milk -based sweets hit the right note without being too sweet. 

All in all, the meal from Lulu Hypermarket’s hot counter was filling and scrumptious and comes recommended for that once in a while indulgence or every day meal ( where you should opt for the lighter dals and vegetable curries or grills for the meat eaters)

Giveaway Winners!

Thank you so much for participating in my Giveaway. It was fun and exciting to see so many of you are interested in winning a box of diabetes friendly goodies. This giveaway was sponsored by Sliceofmylyfe.com and Aster Medical Center ( Bahrain) for a special campaign called Aster Against Diabetes.

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After some deliberation, we have two winners here –

  1. Jason B
  2. Anita Das

Congrats! I will get in touch with you soon to let you know by when you will be receiving your box of diabetes -friendly sweets.

Thanks once again for participating! wishing everyone a happy week ahead.

Restaurant Review : Cafe Venissa at the Ritz Carlton, Bahrain

DSC_0019Do you want to enjoy a piece of Venice in the heart of Bahrain?

Here’s your chance to step into the elegant Venetian set up called Cafe Venissa at the Ritz Carlton. The inspiration for Cafe Venissa stems from the famous Italian coffee shop, Caffe Florian, which is the oldest coffee house in Europe. I had the opportunity to experience this last week, thanks to the invite from the Ritz Carlton. 

 

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The interiors and the decor are striking but then it is the Ritz Carlton that we are talking about. I wouldn’t expect anything less. The day we visited Cafe Venissa, it was particularly gloomy with overcast skies and a slight nip in the air. But it felt so perfect a time to enjoy some high tea type delights at Cafe Venissa.

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Upon entering the cafe, it felt like we stepped into a time and space far away from the one we were coming from. The walls of the cafe are flanked by renaissance -esque paintings, furniture is opulent and there is an atmosphere of elegance all around. We were carefully seated by the window which over looks the Ritz Carlton’s pool side.  Once seated, we were given the menu and a detailed explanation about the concept that was Cafe Venissa. The menu is not very extensive which I appreciate as it tends to get confusing. I expected the staff to help me choose which they did with great expertise. 

What you see here is the warm and inviting Cafe del Doge which is a delightful concoction of coffee, gianduja, cream and hazelnut. Just perfect for a chilly winter afternoon. I carried bits of chocolate in it which gave it an interesting bite. I could have done without the whipped cream but once in a while, I suppose it is fine.

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Someone was very happy with the hot chocolate and the marshmallows in it! 🙂 She even asked for extra helpings of marshmallows. Cafe Venissa has several menu options for children to explore and enjoy.

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It is not only the hot drinks that caught our interest. We were enthusiastic to try something cool as well. We opted for the Frozen Venissa. The frozen Venissa is a cold coffee cream with whipped cream. To me it felt like any other cold coffee with way too much whipped cream for my liking. 

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By this time, we were feeling quite ravenous and thought it was the right time to order for a few light bites.  As guided by the Marketing and communications coordinator, Carolina, we ordered for the Cafe Venissa’s signature salad – Insalata Venissa.  A refreshing bit-sized morsels of mozzarella, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, bresaola  ( air dried, salted beef) and very flavoursome, perfectly poached shrimps. The salad carries a light olive oil dressing and is a good sized portion for two. I can’t comment on the beef as I do not eat beef but my fellow diner was very happy sampling the bresaola. 

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The other recommended dish from the menu was the Salmon and spinach quiche. This was the highlight of our visit to Cafe Venissa. I know for a fact that so many fantastic restaurants get the simple and the basic quiche so wrong. Either it is too egg-y or too dough-y or quite heavy. There are very few places in Bahrain that know how to make the quiche taste really good. Cafe Venissa is definitely one of them! I am allergic salmon so I had to keep that aside and try the quiche which was absolutely delicious. We finished all the four quiche pieces in a jiffy!

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By the time we reached our final course, the  day light was gone and the pictures began to get really blurry 🙁 I am particularly sad because the dessert – the colours, the texture, the composition, the presentation and not to mention the taste- was fabulous and my pictures do not do justice to this perfection of a dessert duo – Lemon meringue tart and raspberry sorbet. The flavours were fresh, tingly on the tongue and oh-so light! Highly recommended!

By the time we finished our food and drinks, we thought it better to skip dinner. Completely sated and delighted by the service given to us, I resolved about returning to the cafe very soon with friends. 

From November 27 until December 8, the spotlight will be on the renowned band Caffe Concerto Strauss that will fill up the cafe with their enchanting, live music. Caffe Concerto Strauss is the original band of Caffe Florian and will be specially flying in to round up the unforgettable experience of the guests. Guests that would like to be part of this extravaganza can visit Cafe Venissa from November 3 to December 31, daily from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information, and for reservations at Cafe Venissa, please call +973 1758 6499 or email rc.bahrz.restaurant.reservations@ritzcarlton.com.

Enjoy the weather in Bahrain and a true Venetian experience, a specially crafted menu and Ritz Carlton’s elevated service at Cafe Venissa. You will be surprised at how much you will want to go back after experiencing it once. 

Giveaway Announcement

It has been great experience developing recipes, photographing and styling all the 7 diabetes-friendly recipes for Aster Medical Center’s campaign #AsterAgainstDiabetes. All the recipes are sugar-free or use natural sweeteners which make them low -calorie and very healthy for diabetics and non-diabetics alike. 

This final post for this campaign is about an exciting giveaway!

But before I announce, you can check out all the seven recipes here –11 (1)

Sugar free Shrikhand – a refreshing dessert that uses yogurt and nuts

Dates peda – Paneer and dates come together to make this peda delicious and guilt -free

Protein packed burfi – If you are a fitness buff and have protein powder around the house, you have to make this burfi

Baked Apple fries – tasty and oh-so addictive with apple, oats, coconut syrup

Raw date and almonds balls – for instant energy fix

Poached and stuffed peaches in warm orange sauce – delight your guests with this refined dessert that will leave your taste buds tantalizing

Rose sandesh – an understated and elegant dessert that is sure to wow your family and friends

Now for the giveaway!

Two lucky readers of my blog will get a box each of sugar-free/ naturally sweetened dessert from me! So just leave a comment saying that you are interested in winning and follow Aster Medical Center on social media – Facebook, Twitter , Instagram.

The winner will be announced on the 5th of December.

This giveaway is open only for the residents of Bahrain