Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bermuda: A day food guide

Tranquil beaches, beautiful scenic views, the pristine roads Bermuda is a paradise in a real sense. Someone like me who has a great fascination with food Bermuda is a foodies paradise too. An array of food, if you are vacationing in Bermuda, do sure visit and eat well in Bermuda. Since our last visit in Bermuda, we visited with kids, we could not hop from one to another place, still relished a few restaurants where we stayed. As I mentioned, we visited with children our food was little kid-centric. My picks 3 top favorites

Breakfast: WINDOWS ON THE SOUND...Probably the name was good enough to hitch me entirely and then the food ah so extensive and exclusive. Their Sunday brunch is enormous and very popular...where starts neverending treats of sweets. Bermudian freshly made jam to be a precise, array of jams, denies, and little exclusive Bermudian food corner. Customize your omelet with the plethora of vegetable choices. And added to it all fresh island fruits. What more can you ask to kick-start a day?

Lunch: Jasmine ...just like it's fragmented flavor jasmine was flavorsome casual and chic with beautiful modern interior with the overlooking the azure pool.And excellent service chef coming to your table checking for food. We especially love their appetizer trio dip with pita bread was a delight flavor some dips were creamy and scrumptious with pita one side. Surely didn't go wrong ordering. If you are a sweet lover, surely you should not miss their banana spilt ice cream. And cheesecake with apple pie was heavenly.Besides, they have a lovely menu for little ones.Even though I mention Jasmine for lunch best part of it's, you can visit anytime for anything a cup of coffee for relaxation or a drink or meal or even dinner and genuinely worth for the price.

Dinner: Bucci ....offering Italian Bucci was inviting warm with fantastic food on the Turtle Hill Golf Course at the Fairmont Southampton. If you are like me on vacation, you don't mind piling calories even in pizza sure do taste their craft your own pizza. If you mind then option too healthier and more wholesome,  salmon it was succulent and cooked to perfection. And on a sweet note, we ended with terrific tiramisu. That was straight from the heaven itself. Should I stress it more for after the description?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ION, Middletown, CT review

      ION is so centrally located on Main Street in Middle town that you just can’t miss it. A quirky d├ęcor with offbeat oriental style and real plants inside graciously greeted entering into ion give me feel good moment. Dimly lit pink salt Himalayan pink salt lamp adds up even more to it. We were sited in a cozy corner, already won my heart with great service even before eating. 

      It was Friday and a cold February freezing winter day. We ordered southern fried tofu perfectly paired with lemon aioli. I already heard the buzz about it from quite a few and I tell you, it was sinfully signature. Kids wanted buffalo cauliflower which comes with cashew ranch dressing. It was crispy outside melt it mouth decadent. Probably give you more energy to beat the cold outside, paired with delicious creamy cashew dips.

      After little guilt trip of having fried food, I quickly move over to opt for something healthy. We opted for Seared marinated tofu with pineapple salsa fruit infused brown rice came with sesame ginger peas. It certainly screams for healthy hearty food with perfect punch of taste and fine flavor. The tofu was succulent and fruit infused rice gel with it heavenly. In spite of  the healthy tag it was fulfilling and satisfying.

        Next main was Yam quesadilla stuffed onion, olive cilantro, spicy tomatoes, cayenne cheese. Yam was tender inside and the crisp quesadilla binds it with vegetable goodness, unlike cheesy stuffed quesadilla. I was totally hooked and hitched with the taste for countless bites. ION is a vegan and vegetarian international inspired cuisine with raw food options. It offers plethora of organic cocktails, white and red wines choices and smoothies, tea to coffees.

      For ending it on a sweet note we opt for coconut cake with almond. It was soft and tasty enough to tantalize your taste buds. Someone like me, who does not really have a sweet tooth, could not stop in one bite.

      ION is ideal for a family outing or dinner date.  The menu is compact yet adventurous and innovative for vegan or vegetarian standards. Not only organic or natural food as well the lilting pink salt Himalayan lamp is raving part of ION.

I am looking forward to my next lunch trip.

My rating is 4.5.

Address606 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New York Botanical Garden.-.Perfect family trip with kids this spring or summer

        Entering into the month of March, I started harboring a hope of spring. Spring is all about wonderful weather and flower power.  Staying in New England, I always look forward to spring after a freezing winter and a few months of hibernation. I look forward going out for outdoor fun with my two kids. New York, the city has always offered best of everything. A few minutes away from New York City, Bronx botanical garden is a great day trip with kids, a beautiful nature escape from the daily urban grind. 

        The 250-acre land and 50 different garden and plant collection is a little paradise on earth where children can learn about plant science and ecology etc. A beautiful hike around the park itself is a great idea to experience the colorful flower blooms, daffodils, to tulips. cherry blossom and all different kinds of plant, natural water streams. Identify many different trees and flowers, explore wetland. If you have young kids like mine, they have trams, so you don’t have to take the trouble of walking with them. The tram provides a 30-minute tram tour. The tram picks up and drops off at all major attractions, including the Everett and the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, a prerecorded narration highlights fun facts, interesting plant varieties, historical buildings, and ancient plants and trees. Small activities like Puppet Theater could be a fine idea for kids. In Ruth Rea Howell family garden kids can experience taking care of plants through gardening kids program and can play in the dirt, digs for worms and learn about many different things about food grown around the world, nutrition, healthy lifestyle, etc.  My kids love climbing on the rocks, puppet shows, watching small ponds, playing music, etc. And they have few cafes with decent food for you to eat with kids, inside the park.

        It could be a great natural activity for your kids to connect with nature up close if you are visiting the city this spring or summer.

Address: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Truffle, Farmington, CT Review

Some weekends I just want to relax and be lazy. In fact, the term relaxation carries till the food I order, where I don’t want to give myself trouble on going through a long menu. There are no such restaurants nearby. Then my hometown restaurant, Truffles came to the rescue. I had the pleasure to enjoy Truffle. Casual, cute restaurant Truffle with options of vegetarian and glutton free food. Most sandwiches are less than 10 dollars except Lobster Panini. Good for quick, casual lunch bite. We ordered Hummus Wrap (Baby greens, cucumbers, tomato, feta and house-made hummus on spinach wrap) and Focaccia Mozzarella ((Fresh Mozzarella, tomato, green leaf lettuce and basil pesto on grilled herbed focaccia bread.). Both came with pasta on the side and a piece of cake, which was a fun factor for the kids. The food was nothing fancy yet tastes fresh and palatable, makes you choose truffle over any chain restaurant. They have a huge bakery section with cakes to cookies. Truffle has a very reasonable price menu with breakfast options and they use locally produced and organic eggs including grass fed steak burgers. Use of biodegradable is certainly a raving part of Truffle. Truffle is mostly popular for taking out and offers daily special breakfast, brunch, and lunch. They have a tiny seating area with a nice overlooking view upstairs and when the weather is good you have the option to sit outside and enjoy your meal. Truffle is a good experience for lazy weekends with prompt and friendly service with the comfort of home.
I will go for 2.75 out of 5

767 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032

(860) 409-0667

Hours & Directions
Monday 7am-6pm (grill open until 6pm)
Tuesday 7am-6pm (grill open until 6pm)
Wednesday 7am-6pm (grill open until 6pm)
Thursday 7am-6pm (grill open until 6pm)
Friday 7am-6pm (grill open until 6pm)
Saturday 7am-6pm (grill open until 6pm)
Sunday 8am-3pm (Brunch until noon)

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