It is that time of the year when the world gets into the festive mood; its time to celebrate Christmas and bring in the New Year. The Imperial, New Delhi celebrated Christmas Banter on 16th December and I was invited to the event. This was my second Christmas Banter celebration with them and I love the event.
The Imperial’s lobby has a festive look with a beautiful red and white Christmas theme. Throughout the public areas Christmas spirit is visible in the decorations!
The high tea had traditional Christmas goodies ranging from Christmas Pudding with Brandy sauce, Strawberry and Passion fruit jelly; Pandoro bread with Mascarpone cheese; scones filled with clotted cream, lemon curd and strawberry jam; dipped chocolate strawberry; minced pie and more with Mulled wine. I loved the pudding and the dipped chocolate strawberry!
Chef Prem K Pogakula – Executive Sous Chef The Imperial New Delhi interacted with the bloggers and they shared the recipe of making of Lemon Posset, Flambéed Christmas pizza and 5 ingredient chocolate brownie with us. Last year they shared a simple recipe of making a mug cake which even I was able to do! I quite enjoy their recipe sharing session.
Then Chef Rakesh Rana weaved his magic, he made his special Flambéed Christmas Pizza in the outdoor wood fired oven at San Gimignano.
I was skeptical about a pizza which had chocolate, raisins and other such stuff. I was anyway so full by then. I took a slice to share with others. But in the end, I ate the whole slice, it was delicious! ho knew Pizza can be a dessert too!
The event closed with Santa joining the festive cheer and giving us Christmas goodies! It was a beautiful event which I loved being part of both this year and the last!
The Imperial, New Delhi is offering a variety of festive dining treats on 24th and 25th December and then on 31st December and 1st January. Do check out their website or call them for more details.
When I was young, Mother’s Day was not much of a concept in India. But now in Chhavi’s school they certainly talk about it. She has been busy making cards for me! Then I got a call from The Imperial, Delhi, they invited me to enjoy the Mother’s Day celebrations at their salon. I decided to have a facial as it has been ages since I had one! So this Friday, I was part of the Mother’s Day Special Celebrations at the Imperial Salon, Delhi.
The salon at the Imperial Hotel is open to the day guests but the spa is for the residents only. I was greeted by Diana at the Salon and she told me my facial would start as soon as I was ready!
She gave me a form to fill which had a few basic questions about the skin type, when did I had my last facial etc! I had to admit I don’t remember when I had my last facial!
I went inside the salon after a having a refreshing watermelon juice. Tashi was doing the facial for me. It was there signature Sufi Facial which would last an hour. For me it was one hour of bliss. More than anything else I loved the hot towels she would use from time to time. I was almost lulled to sleep. Tashi started with the cleanser, moved on to the scrub and then put on the face pack. All the products for the Sufi Facial have been developed in-house. After an hour, it was a radiant me, that walked out of the Imperial Salon.
The pampering continued over at lunch. I was dining again at the Spice Route. I am totally partial to Thai Food. The meal started with coconut water and ended with water chestnuts in coconut milk! There was glass noodle soup, noodle salad, jasmine rice, tofu and silkbean curd in between. I am forgetting the rice crackers, which I totally hogged on! By the end of lunch everyone was in a mood for a nap!
And that was not all, I got to carry two goody bags home, one from the Salon and the other from the bakery La Baguette! It was a super Friday for me, getting thoroughly pampered at the Imperial Salon followed by the lunch! I am going to remember the Mother’s Day Celebrations with the Imperial for a long time!
PS. I was invited by the Imperial, Delhi for the event.
I was recently invited to try Vegan Food at the Spice Route, Imperial Delhi. The Spice Route is the South East Asian Restaurant at the Imperial. This was my first visit to the Spice Route even though I have been to the Imperial before.
Being a vegetarian, vegan food is equally interesting for me. I didn’t expect the mock meat though. The mock meat is made of konjac (a vegetable from Korea) and Tapioca. I asked Chef Veena as to why should a vegan lunch be of mock meat when as a vegetarian I do not crave meat at all! She said a lot of people go vegan after being non-vegetarian and they would appreciate it. I decided to go for the lunch with an open mind. I quite liked the food. I also discovered that Chef Veena is Thai and we had a lot to talk about Thailand through our meal!
The first starter was Thai spring rolls with mock crab meat. I am not sure what crab meat tastes like but the mock one was delicate in taste. I quite liked the spring rolls.
I have tasted fish on a few occasions. I have tried hard to experiment with non-vegetarian food. I have not had much success though. The most I can eat is a bite of fish and that is where I stop. At least I know what fish tastes like! The dumplings were quite close to the original taste. It is amazing how the same texture can be achieved with vegan fillings!
Once again I have tasted a mouthful of prawns previously. I have to say I would prefer the vegan ones any given day! However, people who were non-vegetarian on our table, thought they preferred it exactly the other way round!
Silky beancurd was also a starter that I tried. We had a big debate about why tofu has been experimented with so much, but not so the paneer (cottage cheese).
The mock chicken and mock Malabar curry along with rice were the main course. I have to admit that the texture of the mock chicken and gravy were excellent. The Malabar curry was good too.
We polished it off with Tofu ice cream with coconut cream. If I didn’t know it was tofu, I would have guessed it, it tasted just like the milk ice cream!
The Spice Route offers both indoor and the outdoor seating. The opening picture of this post is from the indoor seating, that is the ambiance I enjoyed! I walked around the outdoor area as well.
The indoor seating reminded me of South India whereas the outdoor reminded me of Thailand. If the weather is nice, outdoor seating is equally pleasant!
The outdoor area of the restaurant has beautiful murals on the wall. Sitting there you cannot feel you are right in the heart of CP!
Even though I have been to Imperial a few times, I wonder how I didn’t notice the beautiful roof. Ruchi, the lovely lady from Imperial, mentioned that they hold weekend high tea in this area!
Overall, I spent a wonderful afternoon at the Spice Route. I feel vegan food is a great idea and I am sure over the years the variety is going to increase! The outing also gave me the bonus of meeting Supriya Aggarwal of the Humming Notes.
PS. I was invited by the Imperial Delhi for the lunch.
If you happen to find yourself traveling then you need to pay attention to the logistics about the entire trip. If you don’t take the time to consider a few things about locations then your once mighty trip of relaxation and convenience to recharge your batteries will actually turn into the type when you need a vacation from your vacation when you’re all done. Rather than dealing with the problems that many people do, think about the convenience of your hotel ahead of time and save yourself from all of the headaches.
Plan Your Excitement Ahead of Time
Just because you want to be on vacation and have the time of your life (or you have to be there because of a work function), doesn’t mean that the world will stop for you. You still need to come up with all of the things that you want to do ahead of time, and you also need to be sure that you can book all of those things ahead of time.
Planning for your next vacation isn’t just about filling up the time with as many activities as you can until you head home. As Forbes says, you can’t ignore the planning that goes into a trip. You need to be sure that you are actually going to enjoy your trip, which means you need to figure out all of the specifics you can before you leave. Don’t leave anything to chance and make sure you make reservations, understand what days certain events start or finish, and be sure to get directions ahead of time as well. A simply misstep in one of these areas could mean you are missing out on some of the most fun and excitement that your destination has to offer.
Centralized Location Can Be Significant
If you happen to be traveling to a big city, a resort, or even a secluded destination, one thing is true. Just like in all real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. If you find yourself minutes away from the downtown and fun, then you can literally be able to get to the heart of the excitement in mere minutes and not be stuck in traffic for what seems like half of your trip. It is important to understand how much time some people actually spend in traffic or else you could find yourself in your taxi longer than you find yourself in your own hotel room.
That is exactly why when you are looking to travel to certain cities that have all of the fun and the nightlife, you also must be certain to check into the The Imperial, New Delhi so that you can literally be just a few minutes in any direction from all of the nightlife and the action when you want to be (not to mention only a few minutes from your room when the night is over). Some people don’t necessarily like the idea of paying for comfort, but when it comes down to convenience you might as well actually enjoy your trip. You only have so much time on a given trip, so why not stay with comfort and convenience.
Have the Professional Help You Need
Even if you have done everything you think you need to, vacation and travel can still sneak up on us out of nowhere. If you simply forget to make certain arrangements, it’s hard to try and have those arrangements adjusted when you are hundreds of miles away. Without even getting into time zones, international borders, or even different languages and dialects, you have to be prepared to be unprepared by having the expert staff around you that can help you to fix any gaps back home.
When you think about all of the simple things that anyone can forget to do before they leave home, you can already think about the nightmares and general stress that could come as a result. Rather than dealing with all of those shenanigans, make sure your hotel is equipped to deal with each and every need of theirs guests. If a problem ever does come up, you will be ready. And, even if one doesn’t, you will be more than happy to know you are surrounded by the people who will help to take care of you. Your trip is all about relaxing and enjoying time away from home. It’s not about worrying and forgetting what you still need to do when you get back.
When it is all said and done, you want to be able to actually enjoy your trip when you are on it. Don’t just wait until you get there. Take the time to enjoy exactly what you want and have the exact type of fun that you can while you are there. All this means is making sure you go over the few items you can while you are at home and still planning, and then work into the plan the things you can’t think of by making sure you stay at a place where help and customer service come first.