Monday, December 2, 2019

Spice Venue, Hartford Review

      The weather has been tremendously cold and this restricts us from enjoying outdoor fun but brings friends and family close while eating out together or cookout together. Just a few days back, I and my family visited Spice Venue in Hartford. We didn't have many speculations on what to expect. However, from the last couple of years, the food scene in the Hartford area has changed. There are so many new restaurants and new shopping options available.

      The Spice Venue, Hartford with a sports bar is a blend of South and North Indian food and American food. Which is a little rare when it comes to Indian restaurant. As I mentioned earlier, we didn't have any preconceived notions about Spice Venue. When we entered with kids it was a bit awkward with a Sports bar and high volume music, otherwise ideal for happy hours. A modern two-story clean cut with a rustic vibe we were greeted promptly and seated in our table. Located in the heart of Hartford off of Asylum street, Spice Venue has an extended multi-cuisine menu that is impressive and creatively created.

      For our starter, we had stuffed chilly which is crispy outside chilly fritter soaked in thicken gram flour batter. Crispy outside and melt in the mouth inside with chopped tomatoes and a few nuts garnished gives a good crunch and a great twist. It was one of my favorites from the night. Even though stuffed chilly sounds hot but it was moderately spicy and one shouldn't miss it.

      And then we ordered Chilly Chicken. Fried chicken chunks marinated with soy sauce and eggs and seasoned with green chilies. It could be a bit creative but it was just another entry.

      Then we had grilled fish cooked to perfection, oozes a fine flavor of spice and seamless blend of lemon, a succulent dish to savor. Here goes to my 2nd favorite.

      Then we had vegetable Biryani brewed in flavorful fierce spices, the flaky and grainy rice will tantalize your taste buds. Surely for one who dares to spice up.

      Then we had masala dosa or lentil crepes that come with a hot bowl of lentil and two chutneys, one is coconut and the other is tomatoes. A decent entry to try in Spice Venue.
As Spice Venue portions are generous we reserved the dessert for the next time.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Mashed Potato or Aloo pitika

      This whole week I have been thinking about food. And I can't wait for the Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. Also, I have been wondering about the similarities of food between one culture and another. How the resembles favorite entry's to one another. Where in our thanksgiving dinner I relish mashed potatoes, my assamese taste bud adore aloo pitika, aloo means potatoes and pitika means mashed. How the main ingredients of the entry are the same but the difference is the spices or secondary ingredients. Today I wanted to share the Assamese aloo pitika recipe.

      Humble and simple aloo pitika is a quintessential side in assamese cuisine. Like Fish curry, aloo pitika is also an essential entry. Most of the time, even though considered as a side, the place of aloo pitika is nothing less than the main course. In western countries, butter is popularly used for mash potatoes. But, like many other recipes in Assam, mustard oil is widely used for aloo pitika as well. It gives the recipe a more distinctive and unique flavor.

  1. 2/3 medium-size potatoes
  2. 1 tablespoon mustard oil
  3. 1 green chili
  4. a few strands of cilantro or coriander leaves
  5. one small onion finely chopped 
  6. some fenugreek seeds about 1/2 teaspoon
  7. salt to taste 

      First, boil the potatoes. Make sure that potatoes are cooked very well yet not too watery or mashy. Now peel the skin of the potatoes and place it in a wide plate and mash it either with hand or a fork. Then add the finely chopped onions, slit green chilies and coriander leaves. In the meantime put a pan and heat the oil, once the oil comes to the smoking point, add fenugreek seeds and let it crackle then turn off the heat. Add the oil to the mashed potato and mix it well. 

      Fenugreek seeds give a mildly bitter taste if you don't like you can skip it but it adds the quintessential assamese flavor. Now serve it with plain rice and yellow lentils. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Colors to add to your holiday wardrobe

      As the temperature is dropping to zero where I live on the east coast in America, yet I'm all psyched up for welcoming the holiday season. Though the better part of the holidays is occupied by fun, family and, food how can I ignore the holiday wardrobe! Every time wearing those same old colors can be boring and uninspiring. Adding up some unique and unexpected color can amp up your whole holiday dressing game. Not just a holiday wardrobe, but it will perk up your everyday winter wear. 

  1. Camel and Burnt Orange - This year one of the most trending colors yet is a classic camel and has spark on its own. On any skin tone, camel work wonders. Team up with the right accessories and brave the world and it is all yours.

  2. Either Pistachio or Powder Blue - Once these colors were only reserved for spring, but pick your right shade and with a bit glam glitters you can never go wrong.

  3. Lilac and Purple - The same holds for lilac. It is only considered as a spring color but mixes it with some warm tone and it could be as classic as black. For accessories, strands of pearl for a classic look or matt gold for the statement. Mix lilac with purple and do we need anything else? Purple is heavily used in fall yet choosing the right accessories and texture makes it completely holiday-friendly. Will fill up the page with more outfit posts. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Post Diwali look

I don't know about you but for me, the holiday's mindless eating did shower me with much love, yeah a bit of weight gain. Post-Diwali celebrations are going on and looking forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas and a New Year. Last week visited a friend for a small, casual post-Diwali celebration and the week of Halloween. Yup, Halloween was in my mind hence the black.

I chose a black a-line Black salwar with lots of plates and it easily hides my Diwali love earns (love handles). Added a pair of silver earrings and a black large bindi and neutral sandals. The rest of the look is simple with minimal makeup and easy natural hairdo. I hope you like the look.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

4 ways to enjoy fall in New Hampshire

When you are lucky enough to predict and reach New Hampshire during peak fall foliage, you probably will feel you landed on a dream of mosaic color. The crimson burnt orange purple peachy pink or mellow yellow nothing in the world beats the beauty of New Hampshire in fall. 
There are several ways you can enjoy the fall in New Hampshire. It's impossible to pick but will do our top four things. 

Mount Washington auto road: With endless views and vistas, America's 1st man-made attraction with 7.6 miles long is an experience on its own. Driving itself is a thrilling experience and you can stop around and see the amazing surrounding fall views. In the highest wind recorded summit, you will witness the enthralling yet stunning views of the valley and rugged mountain echos the beauty and pristine. 

Driving away in Kancamagus Highway: Breathtaking backdrops with whimsical fall color and hilly river, Kanamugas highways is the turn fairytale of fall in the fall season. Keeping in undulated and natural the destination through the road is magical. 

 Explore the lost river George and boulder caves Experience the fun and adventures together. Captivating views, waterfalls, caves, gorges one-mile loops with 1000 stairs welcome you with beauty and adventure and fall spell the beauty upon it. 

Covered Bridge: Not nature's wonder but man-made covered bridges are signatures of New Hampshire's beauty. Fall enhances the beauty of the cover bridge. Any seasons are wonderful but visiting those cover bridges in fall is breathtaking. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Happy Diwali to you all and a Diwali outfit

It was a lovely  Fall morning and contouring to that was the quintessential rain.  How gorgeous imagine. I was on my window having A cup of Assam tea alone beautiful, but if I had company it would have been sheer bliss. My husband and son were out for the day for a swim meet.

And Today is Diwali the festival of light. I feel a bit lazy, yes rain makes me lazy, tries to hold me back close to my window. There is no time to laze around when you have festivals. I quickly got up and made some Indian sweets, prepared for the Diwali special dinner and in between that did a quick lunch fix. By the time my husband and son were back, I was almost done with everything.

    Let's take you to today's Diwali outfit post. A red Banarasi saree with antique thread motifs all over it that makes the saree heavier than regular Baanarasi sarees. That also absolutely makes the saree perfect for a fall-winter soiree and keeps you warm throughout. As the saree is the hero of the whole look. I must say Banarasi is the one of the most esteem and resplendent weave of Indian Handloom  I added an antique dangle earing, a simple bangle, and a gold watch. A matte red lipstick, a bit of brown kohl filled my eyes and a natural open hair. A red bindi for finishing touches. I hope you like the look and happy Diwali to you all. Love, light, and peace.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Little love from the Littleton ,New Hemisphere

I love visiting small towns. There is something about a small town that always intrigues me, the spirit, the charm, or its own heart. Every small town owns a character far from the urban spin, offbeat food, alleys, by lanes. Small Towns always carry one of a kind character and signature whether it's smell, flavor, food or people. Whenever you visit a small town you always find something new and interesting.

         Last week during my fall visit to New  Hampshire white mountain region, I visited Littleton, a hidden gem indeed with a great river walk, covered bridge, first methodist church, shopping both local and global, great restaurants and cafes make a lovely town to visit and unwind. Whether you spend a day or two or take a walk on the riverwalk alongside the cover bridge or grab a cup of coffee or tea from the local cafe with a seasonal flavored muffin or bread or walk in the vibrant main street with the pretty shops, it will take away all the monotonous daily grind that has accumulated. Admire the nature and view while lunching or dining in the riverside cozy cafe or restaurant.  I captured a few moments through my camera in my last visit to this charming a quint town.

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