Saturday, April 27, 2019

Tamarind Tribeca NYC review

      Every time I visit NYC my expectation gets higher and higher whether people watching, exploring a new restaurant or new entertainment, the city amazed me with a new zeal and zest. Not a new restaurant in the city but for me exploring Tamarind Tribeca, NYC was a new experience. A fine Indian Dining, located in the most bustling location in the city with an understated yet elegant interior makes one of the best choices in the city when it comes to Indian fine dining.

      We opted for early dinner and entered around 5.30 pm and we were gladly greeted that made us instantly comfortable. As you might guess "Tamarind" has a huge influence in Indian culinary the tangy, sweet and flavorsome, we obviously expected the same character in the dishes too.
A great part of Tamarind is when it comes to cocktail menu you can choose anything you like and if you are sober they can omit the alcohol, this gives you more option to explore all the cocktails without compromising only because you are sober. While going through the cocktail, I stuck with the teekhi cocktail and let me tell you it was quite refreshing with the good kick of jalapeno and a bit of cucumber medley made it extra desirable.

    Now coming to the appetizer. I opted for Hara Kebab a spinach and potato patty stuffed with mild cream. The taste and flavor were perfect, but if you know Kabab you expect a crunchy outside and soft inside. Here the outside was not as firm as one expected.

Then my kids oped for malai kabab. The delicately cooked kabab with cream and Indian spice mix. A soft kabab was perfectly cooked and a hint of spices made it so delectable.

       My husband opted for Rajasthani lamb kabab. It was spicy and surely perfect for one who loves spicy and flavorful meat. Ah, it was succulent.

      We love the way our server knew the dishes not just by mouth by heart. His knowledge about food made us chose the right dishes.

      Now coming to the main course our server suggested us Tamarind signature dishes and we opted for Masaledar Chop - a spicy lamb chop coated with all flavorsome Indian spices. Perfectly coated spices infused a wonderful flavor.

      Then we opted for Bhagrey Baingan- Japanese eggplant coated and cooked with peanut and spicy sauce. A delectable eggplant with creamy peanut sauce just went great with Lemon Rice. We also opted for Tamarind chili chicken. We expected little more, unfortunately, the chili chicken tasted like chicken curry, not chili chicken.

      Tamarind portion sizes are great, price is a bit more expensive compared to any other fine Indian dining.  Its presentation will win your heart but I wish the chef showed innovation in the taste as much as the presentation.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Bihu Outfit of the day vibrant mekhela chadar

You know my love affair with mekhela chadar is never-ending. With the growing age it is growing even more and I am more at ease wearing it. Last weekend the Greater Boston Assamese community celebrated Bihu with prompt and enthusiasm. Like last year we attended this year as well and I got one more opportunity to wear mekhela chadar.

       I got this mekhela chadar at Assam Convention where one of the designers Jahnavi Swargiyari showcased her designs. A simple yet elegant mulberry silk mekhela chadar in bright yellow color, just great to celebrate Bihu and Spring. The mekhela chadar has both silver and gold design in it. The bright yellow reminded me of Assam, especially the dotted mustard fields of Majuli and dreamy daffodils in New England. I chose muted antique finish gold jewelry for earring, a stack of bangles and added a few turquoise enamel bangles with it, a turquoise bindi and turquoise potli bag for a splash of blue on yellow you can say. A red lipstick, call my make up a bit loud but can't help when it's a festival and loose curls on my hair. Colorful and vibrant just to keep up with the spirit of Bihu. Please share your thoughts and ideas.  Hopefully, I will continue with more spring outfits. Please stay tuned.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Top five Assamese bihu food or festive food

If I see my everyday life it is nothing sort of an army battle, two kids, home and my blogging. Sometimes I feel 24 hours are not just enough. I am sure every parent feel that way. However, special occasion festivities brings a smile to our faces to cherish, festive food, fun with family and friends. If you follow my blog you know during this time back home we celebrate the biggest festival of Assam Bohag Bihu also the Assamese New Year. A festivity always brings great food to the table.

The top five must-have Assamese food in Bihu

  1. Pitha:  You just name it, it can be sweet, savory or salty and from dry to oily. Yes, pitha will cover every taste bud. By the way, pitha is like a small pancake sometimes stuffed sometimes without. Pitha comes in different shape long oval to flat, in fact, some shapes are inspired from Assamese instruments, unlike Assamese motifs. You can't think of Assamese festivity without eating pitha.

  2. Laru or Sweet Ball: Sometimes Sesame balls, sometimes coconut or sometimes just with sugar and rice powder. Here is the absolute fix for your sweet tooth.

  3. Masor Tanga or Assamese Sour fish curry: Once you taste it, you will almost forget every kind of fish curry you have ever tasted. Light, Healthy and Hearty.
  4. Jolpan: A cereal but with an Assamese twist. Always served with thick velvety yogurt and sweetened jaggery. A must-have in your festive list for sure.

  5. Luchi bhaji:  Assamese fried dough served with vegetables, it can potatoes to eggs, beans to eggplants. No matter how much I swear of not eating anything unhealthy but a sight of it can be empowering enough to break my rule. One and only decadent and sinful luchi bhaji.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Raw mango saree and Manish Arora earring in lovely spring day

      After 4 months of brown winter when you finally see the spring bloom with wonderful weather, it almost feels like some Artist painted a blank canvas with color. It was exactly the same feeling when I discovered raw mango by Sanjay Garg creation. With all the bling designs in the market raw mango is a new kinda traditional take yet the feel is contemporary.

      I bought this parrot green chanderi saree long time back when raw mango sarees are not easily accessible as today. Every time I wear this saree, I fall in love with it all over again. This is the signature of Raw mango sarees. If I want I can go for more shuttle look, but opted for a more bright look, added Manish Arora colorful large earing and blue blouse and blue silk potli. Brown Smokey eyes, bright lips, and a loose bun. Do let me know how you like it.

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