Lipa Land App Experience.

“ If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada.

 

In today’s world, a chunk of our time goes into trying to mould our children into the cast of genius children. While, it definitely isn’t wrong to expect your child to excel and help him/her in this intellectual journey, it definitely is wrong in persuading them to take up things that their heart isn’t into. What this does is produce children with low self esteem and a sense of low self worth, children who have shorter attention spans and children who immediately are unsure about how to face their peers and friends. Irrespective of how cliché it might sound, the fact remains that a home is the sanctuary where a child can be himself and explore their potential with the help of  their caregivers.

As a mother, my concern is always about trying to get my children engrossed in an academically rich fruitful activity that can benefit my children in more than one way. I want them to love what they learn and implement it in the real world. To make this happen, I’m often browsing the web for an answer. Maybe some downloadable sheets will do the trick or maybe some D.I.Y. Project? Maybe, an educational app will let them learn the fun way or maybe some child learning based website?

The options are many but solutions are quite complex. Sometimes, I’m using 2 websites, 1 educational app and some DIY project to help my children understand a certain concept, which gets the job done  but undoubtedly scatters my work and frustrates me, as I’m working too hard to get the best experience for my children.. And, in that pursuit of a fun filled fulfilling  educational experience, I chanced upon “ Lipa Land”.

What Is Lipa Land ?

Lipa Land, is a fun learning app for kids aged 3-6 that turns screen time into real life adventures.

I, have two young boys aged 2.5 and 6. We downloaded this app just a few weeks ago and decided to figure out what it was all about. Lipa Land, from the first look completely had my children excited to use it. Usually, my boys are super picky with their apps and within the first 2 days, the results are out about whether they like it or not. Surprisingly, a few weeks down the lane, my boys are still using it. Here are the app features we just loved :

• Extremely High Quality User Interface For Children.

• Soothing Colour Scheme That Runs Across The App.

• Easy To Navigate For Little Fingers.

• Cartoon Based Characters With High Cuteness Quotient.

• Happy Background Scores In Games & While On Standby As Well.

• Cheerful Motivation Given While Conquering A Milestone.

• Rewards.

• An Exhaustive List of Soothing Lullabies & Calming Sounds Like Pink Noise, Brown Noise, etc., To Help Children Relax.

• Unique Stories Which Parents Can Be A Part Of By Reading It Out Loud For Young Children Or Supervise Older Children While Doing So.

• Popular Activity Ideas Which Encourage Children And Parents To Spend Time Together Doing The Same.

Since my kids were so much into Lipa Land, I wanted to learn more about the benefits it brings to my kids. I found out that the app helps children develop in several key areas:

• Physical Wellness

• Social Skills like language

• Academic Goals

• Healthy Lifestyle

• Environmental Sensitivity

• Autonomic Capabilities

• Logical Reasoning

Lipa Land, helps your child to establish the following skills while playing on it and as quoted by team Lipa Land it helps you “use the device to get out of the device” and explore the world around us.

Unlike other apps, Lipa Land has a range of useful content with:

1. Games

2. Stories

3. Relaxing Sounds

4. DIY Project Ideas

Games : One of the biggest USPs of the games in Lipa Land is that they are adaptive, which means that the difficulty level adapts to the child’s ability. Along with that, the games are innovative and have the essence of social skill building and logical reasoning. These games are targeted to accentuate the intellectual capabilities of a child, thereby helping them in grasping concepts easily. These games also help in eye hand coordination and develop gross motor skills in a child. These games are one of the best ways to make sure that you are headed in the right direction with early learning and making your child preschool ready. They have 3 levels in them, i.e., Easy, Medium & Hard.

Stories : Now you don’t need another individual app to read stories as it comes along with Lipa Land. These stories are very enjoyable and ignite the imagination of young ones with their pictorial descriptions. So, now you and your little one can bond over Story time with Lipa Land.

Relaxing Sounds & Lullabies  : This is something that has me hooked as both my children are used to White Noise playing in the background while they sleep and trust me, I still sleep only to the erratic notes of White Noise. My joy knew no bounds, when I saw a section dedicated to relaxing sounds  and I honestly think that this is the most thoughtful thing to do. Not always can I carry my White Noise CD with me and not every time do I want to switch on YouTube and waste my time trying to find the perfect quality of Relaxing Sounds. Lipa Land, now helps me carry this treasure everywhere and the quality is par excellence.

DIY Project Ideas : What a wonderful way to have all DIY projects under your fingertips, without having to key in search words and waste your time figuring out if you like it or not. Lipa Land, comes with a wide variety of DIY Project Ideas, that you and your little one will definitely enjoy.

Lastly, they have a reward system for the children as well, which helps the little ones to try and unlock them by piquing their curiosity and requiring them to finish their tasks. The Rewards are free books & games that the children may unlock to enhance their experience and thereby never getting bored.

Lipa Land, also has a unique pictorial representation of skills that a child will be learning while playing a certain activity and this can be monitored by their progress chart. This feature also helps you as a parent decide what skills you would like the little one to work on.

Along with all of these features, Lipa Land also doesn’t fail to astonish you by being completely Ad-free and kidSAFE certified. This means that your child is really safe and unharmed by the dangers of the internet even if you aren’t around to supervise.

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Verdict : Lipa Land, comes across as one of the most sensitive and technologically advanced applications for children and is aimed at early learning which makes children, preschool ready. If your child is a preschooler, then Lipa Land will aid him/her in understanding concepts the fun way simultaneously with what is being taught at school.

Lipa Land, is definitely a learning aid for all young children and will help them get a head start academically and emotionally as well.

I, would suggest you to try out their no conditions 14 Days Free Trial here and give it a go. You really have nothing to lose albeit this free trial might just change the way you look at early education apps.

Click here for more details.

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Village | Restaurant Review |

The Village, instantly prepares you to experience an atmosphere and dishes that are rustic or are crowd pleasers. Village is one of the those theme restaurants that have stood the test of time. I’ve been visiting it for quite sometime now and i can tell you that, it’s been consistent with its offerings.

Ambiance & Decor : Village, displays a scenic representation of a marketplace in a typical village. With makeshift thelas, gaming shop, a jail & a signature banyan tree, its a good attempt. A few years ago it was even more colourful & as I’ve heard from the staff they plan to make it more exciting in the coming months & we can see more upgrades.

Hospitality:

The hospitality is definitely one of their USP’s with a wonderful staff who have a keen eye for their customers. What i loved the most, is their entertainment factor. I, can tell you with assurance that very rarely will you find a restaurant with so much of character. Every one who arrives here will have a good time, dancing to the tunes & watching the amazing tricks.

The Grub Story :

The food is simple & basic. You will find classics like dal makhani, navratan kurma, malpua, Chaats, delectable naans etc,. The food has very basic flavours & what will interest you is the whole experience. A dedicated section to Salads, main courses, starters, breads & drinks is made.

Verdict : A good place to enjoy with the family when you are on a budget but do not wanna compromise with experience.

Dupont Bloggers Event | Probiotics & it’s role |

” Today, more than 95% of all the chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies & lack of physical exercise”- Mike Adams

I, found this quote be extremely true when i had the pleasure to attend the bloggers meet held by ” Dupont, which was focused on creating awareness about the incorporation of probiotics in our diets.

What are Probiotics & why are they necessary?

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your digestive system. Your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. The amount of good bacteria present in your body is almost the size of your fist.

You can find probiotics in supplements and some foods, like yogurt, Kefir, miso soup etc.

What should I look for on the labels of probiotic foods?

The first thing you want to look for is the full probiotic name, which includes the genus, species, and then the strain. Many products containing probiotics list only the genus and species on the package, such as “bifidobacterium lactis”.

But you must look out for these factors as well :

  • The strain used in the product.
  • How much of the probiotic each serving of the product contains.
  • The research that suggested a health benefit from the probiotic in question, and the amount of probiotic that was used in the research.

Can you name some probiotic products manufactured by Dupont?

  • Howaru premium probiotics
  • Florafit probiotics

Howaru Premium Probiotics again have a few products which are concern specific like ;

. Howaru Balance Probiotics for healthy digestive system and immune health

. Howaru Bifido Probiotics used in ice creams and confectionaries to give added benefits

. Howaru Early Life probiotics for children

. Howaru Shape for getting fit & boosting metabolism.

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Topic of discussion in the Meet :

The topic of discussion in the meet was categorised into 3 parts :

  • Availability of the probiotics & where can we get them.
  • The necessity of incorporating probiotics in your diet.
  • The health & emotional and mental benefits of probiotics.

What do you mean by Emotional & Mental Benefits of Probiotics?

We all are very well versed with the health benefits of probiotics like better immune system, better digestive health, clearing up of allergies, etc., but do we know that probiotics have proven to be a great way to improve your emotional & mental health as well?

Here is an excerpt to throw some light on this :

An increasing number of studies link gut health to mood and mental health (14).

Both animal and human studies find that probiotic supplements can improve some mental health disorders (15). 

A review of 15 human studies found supplementing with Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus strains for 1–2 months can improve anxiety, depression, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and memory (15).

One study followed 70 chemical workers for 6 weeks. Those who consumed 100 grams of probiotic yogurt per day or took a daily probiotic capsule experienced benefits for general health, depression, anxiety and stress (16).

Benefits were also seen in a study of 40 patients with depression

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Panel discussion with the experts :

Prateek Nag, Regional Product Manager introduced the concept of the “good bacteria” & answered a few questions on how probiotics can be introduced.

Dr. Anders Henriksson from Dupont Nutrition and Probiotics in Food spoke about the Science of Probiotics & mental health benefits of probiotics.

Whereas, Dr. Priyanka Rohatgi spoke about the role of probiotics in medicines.

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The meet ended on a very positive note about trying to be a part of the journey to get healthy with probiotics.

Thank you team #dupont #ebixadamindia for having me over.

* References :

WebMD

Wikipedia

Mediatek’s Technology Diaries | Bangalore |

Bengaluru, India –Nov 26, 2018 :

Mediatek, organised its third chapter of its Technology Diaries series in Bangalore. The third chapter in the series was hosted by Bengaluru’s voice & much loved RJ, Sriram Sullia of Fever 104FM.

Co-hosting the series was the “Tech Guru”  Rajiv Makhni , managing editor at NDTV and host of a show Tech Makhni on Radio Mirchi, along with Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India and Anuj Sidharth, Sr. Manager, Marketing and Communications, MediaTek India.

About the Mediatek Technology Diaries, Bangalore :

We, saw the evening unfold as RJ Sriram Sullia talk about how technology has progressed by the leaps and bounds and how it has established itself in our daily lives. One of the most important & eye opening questions posed to the audience was, ” Name one smart device or a thing that we use at home which doesn’t use a chip?” And that question caught all of us off guard, as we just couldn’t name one.

The Tech Guru aka Rajiv Makhni then went ahead to demystify the usage and the implementation of nanotechnology in our day to day lives and how it has become an intrinsic part of our environment. What was the most surprising snippet of the conversation was the fact that majority of the times, the devices that we use are Mediatek enabled. From mobile to health industry, Mediatek is prevalent amongst a majority of the devices that rely on the chip.

Rajiv Makhni, touched the topic of Artificial Intelligence in Self Driven Cars. Personally, i’m a tad bit too unsure of relying on self driven cars but with the exponential rise in the development of AI that day isn’t too far when i’m going to be open to this technology.

Examples of MediaTek enabled devices :

The Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company that provides chips :

1. Wireless Communications.

2. HD Televisions.

3. Handheld mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers.

4. Navigation system.

5. MultiMedia products.

6. Digital Subscriber services.

New Launch By MediaTek :

MediaTek recently launched its Helio P70 chipset with an enhanced AI engine, upgraded imaging and camera support, a gaming performance boost and advanced connectivity features.

This system will increase speed for face recognition in both the security system and the camera. We are also on the lookout for their Helio P90 which is scheduled to be out soon.

About Mediatek :

MediaTek is the world’s 4th largest global fabless semiconductor company and powers more than 1.5 billion devices a year. It is a market leader in power-efficient systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, smart home solutions, and automotive.

Conclusion:

We are progressing towards a world that’s going to be held with the strings of technology even more tightly & firmly than what we are subjected to today. MediaTek, has already heralded that & has made the whole concept of A I much more understandable & lucrative.

Flavours of Awadh | JW Kitchen | JW Marriott |

” I have an enormous fondness for delicious food. It’s very comforting”- Teri Garr

And, if you chime in along with Teri Garr then the Royal feast that JW Marriott has put across for you, is a must visit. There are very few times that i’m dumbfounded and sit there gawking at how delectable the food is. Let me assure you that this was one of those times.

Flavours of Awadh by JW Kitchen in Association with MasterChef Rehman Mujeebur:

MasterChef Rehman, is no newbie and has put himself out there on the culinary map by being a well known Chef & restaurateur who has always focused on reviving and bringing forward the flavours of North West Frontier cuisine.

I, was delighted to be a part of the exclusive chef table, where he spoke about the intricacies of the cuisine and how he believes in using pure and minimal ingredients to allow each of the ingredients to be the heroes of the dish. His food has subtle yet clean flavours and you can very well feel the notes of the ingredients come across. He believes in banishing the use of artificial colours and hence his food is devoid of the gimmicky colours and are of the natural colour that particular dish.

For instance, the “Kale Channe Ki Ashrafi” was such a delight to bite into where you could feel the texture of chickpeas and also of some floral notes.

Chef Rehman, also manages to break the stereotype of NW Frontier cuisine being exclusively Non vegetarian based. The plethora of vegetarian food was just perfect from Ittar ki Dal to Lehsuni bhindi, each and every dish was par excellence. Another interesting aspect was the bread ; not only were they magnificent but they also were packed with so much flavour. The sheermal & the Lucknowi kulcha paired like a dream with the gravies & there was no way you could feel satisfied after one.

We even saw some regal dishes like the Lagan ka Murgh, which is cooked in a lagan ; a Lagan is a copper vessel that’s shaped like a huge oval tray and is used to cook meat based dishes primarily.

Apart from the main course, we even relished some meetha in the form of “Chakundar-e-Afroz & Sheer Qorma”.

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Verdict : The festival is just brilliant and will be on till the 4th of November. They have an exquisite selection of sizzling Kebabs, rich gravies, unique flatbreads & delectable desserts.

I, urge you to not miss this feast and go try Chef Rehman’s Royal treat to your tastebuds.

Rating :

5/5

Tim Tai | Poke Bowls |

The Poke Bowl trend has taken all over the internet and has gripped a lot of people in it’s clutches. While there are literally 100’s of recipes flooding your screen on how to make the perfect poke bowl, i acquainted myself with one a few days back at “Tim Tai”. Poke bowl, traces its origins back to the Polynesian culture and more specifically Hawaii and comes replete with a slew of bases & vibrant colours that tickle your appetite.

About Tim Tai :

Tim Tai, is a Pan Asian restaurant and believes in proffering you with dishes that are unique and palate pleasers. We were invited to experience the preview of the new menu Launch and the results were very satisfying.

What did i devour?

We started with the delectable amuse bouche which was ” crunchy crackle cup with crunchy veggies”, the perfect mouthful.

I, chose the “Pan fried Noodles in Hunan Sauce” was a delectable mix veggies in a light & dark soya based sauce. The umami flavour was prevalent and i thoroughly enjoyed the poke bowl. The poke bowls comprise of a protein component which usually is fish & tuna in particular but they can be customised as per your fancy.

These bowls have been customised under the keen eye of Chef Nimish Bhatia and were quite a wonderful bowl full of goodness. The portion is quite satisfying and really fills you up. The poke bowls are a meal in itself and trust me are one of the most easy on your health & time kinda meals.

Some of the well loved poke bowls were :

1. Steamed noodles with Kai Ka Prao in Hot Basil Sauce

2. St. Shanghai Noodles with Mapo Tofu in Black Bean Sauce

3. Kao Mali with Kung Nam Prik Pow in Thai Roasted Chilli paste

4. Steamed Rice with Pla Ra in Sweet & Spicy Sauce.

We then finished the meal with the darsan of crispy fried wanton sheets & vanilla icecream.

We were also treated to an eggless sizzling brownie, which again was quite a delight.

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Verdict : I, would definitely urge you to try these poke bowls at Tim Tai when the release and relish the melange of flavours on your palate.

Rangeelo Rajasthan | My Place | Gokulam Grand Hotel & Spa|

Rajasthan, the land of the kings, the land of colour and the land of heritage. Rajasthan, depicts the picture of India in the most beautiful way possible, with its soaring winds, breathtaking views and delectable food.

I, experienced the “Rangeelo Rajasthan” food festival, a few days ago and i still can not get over, how well the whole meal went. It had robust flavours, it had a hearty spread and it had the pure authenticity of Rajasthan.

About the Rangeelo Rajasthan Food Festival:

The minute you entered, you were greeted by a lavish set up which mimicked the forts or garhs of Rajasthan. We were welcomed with the traditional welcome Aarti by a beautiful young lady & the place spilled with colour all over.

The staff was dressed immaculately in the Rajasthani finery and this caught our attention immediately along with the folk singers singing. “My Place”, was converted into a beautiful set up, that instantly took you to the land of the kings.

After being stimulated by the eye, it was time to look after those longing tastebuds as well. We, started with a refreshing chaas & then while the soothing music pleased our ears we were served “Paneer Methi Tikka” & ” Hara Bhara Kabab” for the vegetarians and “Murgh Angara” & “Macchi ke Sooley” for the non vegetarians.

Being a vegetarian, trust me the starters were just done to perfection. The Paneer filled with the flavours of Methi & the Kabab, so soft and melt in the mouth. Shown here are the Paneer Tikka & Murgh Angara.

After the starters, i had seen a beautiful array of chaats and had to turn my way towards it. In, the chaat section we saw a melange of “Kachoris, Chutneys, Bajjis & Dahi Gujiyas”

The main course was immense with ample amount of options for both the vegetarians & non vegetarians. And, over here i would like to reiterate a very important point which i got to know through the Chefs.

The Chefs were flown down specifically for this occasion all the way from Rajasthan and they got along with them, the special ingredients and the masalas from Rajasthan & in a true essence gave you a flavour profile, which was unforgettable. They really put in a lot of effort to make this a learning as well as a discovering episode for all the patrons of “My Place”.

Coming back to the main course, we feasted upon some famous & some unsung heroes of the Rajasthani cuisine. We had “Laal Maas” , “Ker Sangri”, “Aloo Mangodi ki Subzi”, “Haldi Ki Subzi”, etc..,

Some of these were dishes that i, was devouring for the first time & it was a delight. My ultimate favourite was the unique “Daal Bati Churma” with 4 different kinds of “Churma”, like the rose petal “Gulab churma”, pineapple churma, Bajra churma & normal churma.

And, then the desserts. The desserts, were classified as “Continental desserts, Pan India desserts & Rajasthani desserts”. The Rajasthani desserts had the delicious “Pantua, Malpua & Lapsi” .

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Verdict : Rangeelo Rajasthan, was an astonishing success with me as it explored the Rajasthani cuisine in depth and spoke volumes about the culture. The food was like no other as even the ingredients were imported from Rajasthan.

Rating :

4.5/5

Masterclass at Academy of Pastry Arts | Bangalore |

I, had the pleasure to experience a baking Masterclass, by Chef Kimberley Rozario at Academy of Pastry Arts, where we were taught how to create a delightful modern French inspired pastry, “The Berries Vanilla Gateau”. A lot of us dream to bake cakes and pastries but take a step back when you’re faced with the challenge, APAI will make you realise that though it’s a tough job, it’s all about discipline & if you manage to get disciplined about baking, there’s nothing stopping you.

About Academy of Pastry Arts :

The Academy of Pastry, India, has its well established centres in Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Bangalore, run for and by the people who are passionate about Baking and Culinary. Academy of Pastry Arts Malaysia” has the finest Pastry chefs team in entire Asia & Middle East. The Academy is one of the top 10 Pastry schools in the world.

USP Of Academy Of Pastry Arts, India :

•Academy of Pastry Arts follow European trend and the courses are designed on French pastries.  

● Best Pastry chefs of the world visit India regularly providing skilled workshops.

● Organized & structural training for Bakers, Pastry chefs, Chocolate, Cake designer and Ice Cream Makers.

● Bridging the gap of Hotel Industry expectations and students level of Expertise by providing a platform for all pastry chefs in the country to learn and share.

● The Academy presents the opportunities to their students to become a part of their professional community and brine the international brands of raw material and equipments to young chefs.

● Academy of Pastry Arts maintains a positive relationship with alumni throughout their career and provides continuing education courses for graduates, professionals and food enthusiasts.

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Masterclass with Chef Kimberley:

Chef Kimberley demonstrated the intense techniques & technicalities of baking. She spoke about the science behind the baking and how it is imperative to be alert at all times, when you’re baking.

She started with creating a delicious chocolate almond sponge from scratch, allowing us the liberty to ask questions. Little nuances like using a high quality cocoa powder like “Callebaut” was highlighted.

After the chocolate sponge was set to bake, she went onto create the simple yet complex “Vanilla Mousse”. One of her pro tips was using a strainer after having made the cream, milk & vanilla to reach a boil, as this would result in a homogeneous mixture that would result in better taste & texture.

She then went to make a beautiful berry jelly, where all the concentrates were ready made so that there is uniformity in flavour. She then layered it with the vanilla mousse & Chocolate sponge.

She also spoke about the kind of tools that you will need for baking.

Lastly, she assembled the cake & glazed it with a glaze she had made.

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The APAI, have a great team of dedicated professionals who will make sure that your culinary dreams can be achieved. Though, the name is quite upfront about it being a Pastry School, allow me to enlighten you that they also train people in culinary arts.

Please check the website for more details:

http://www.academyofpastryartsindia.com/

JW Kitchen | JW Marriott | Bangalore

“When you bond, you bond with your soul & the way one easily bonds with one another is through the victuals on the table”- Noorain.

The simple act of eating food, has so many facets to it. It not only satiates your hunger but it also satiates your soul. It’s over food, that the best of conversations happen & it is over food that I believe that you even carve bonds with each other.

For me a Sunday is a very special day, it’s the only day that we as a family get to spend time with each other. So, more often than not, i love spending my Sundays doing what i love the best sans the restraints of time or pending paperwork.

Last Sunday, i found myself savouring the “Monsoon Brunch Buffet ” at JW Kitchen curated by Chef Daniel.

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About JW Kitchen’s Monsoon Brunch Buffet :

The Monsoon Brunch Buffet , is a tongue tickling affair with a vast spread of delights for you. The buffet consists of a Salad & Cheese Counter, Indian Street Food Counter with Chaats, Bunny Chow & Pav Bhaji, Oriental Counter, Grill Meats Counter, Indian Cuisine Counter, a special Spice Terrace pop up by Chef Saddam, Dedicated live Sushi Counter, a dedicated section for the vegetarians with homely flavours, live Pasta Counter, a dessert counter with both Indian & Continental ones & of course a bar counter, to get your spirits high (pun intended) while, the there is a live music performance going on.

They also have a dedicated food counter for the kids, with live entertainment & play area replete with an Air castle, inflatable pool, games & go around.

The ingredients that go into the dishes are sourced with great care. Special mention to the in house pasta that is made fresh for some of the dishes, so that they can stay as authentic as possible. The desserts are done with utmost care and trust me, they are a delight to indulge in.

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What dishes i loved during my Monsoon Brunch Buffet sampling :

. The delicious array of Salads, specially the tomato & boconccini salad.

. The Sushi’s hit home with demure flavours.

. The Ravioli with Alfredo sauce. I opted for a vegetarian version.

. Thai Curry.

. Kothu Paratha.

. Bunny Chow & Pav Bhaji

. Valrohna Mousse ( took me to the moon & back)

Here are a few pics from around the buffet :

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Verdict : It’s a great way to unwind and enjoy a lazy Sunday with the family. Definitely, something to check out, if you’re on the lookout for great brunches.

Rating : 4.5/5