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Frozen Treats in January

We’re hitting ice cream season early this year (global warming at work again, do you think?) with the newly opened American ice cream chain – Cold Stone Creamery in both the Ambiences in Delhi and Gurgaon. I think there is a special charm in eating ice cream in the winters. First, it doesn’t melt. Second, you feel like a warrior, fighting the odds.

Cold Stone has been around in the US for about 3 decades now and has been rapidly expanding into other countries over the last few years, including our flavourful neighbours Pakistan and Bangladesh. The Creamery boasts of the famous frozen stone slab (on which ice cream is folded), often found in its natural habitat – Instagram stories.

You can add your preferred toppings to the parent flavours and shuffle between waffle cone sizes, choosing from a list of ice creams already curated for you or freestyle and go crazy with your own combinations. Go on, no one is judging. For the lactose intolerant, there are a couple of tangy sorbets on display including Passion Fruit and Pomegranate. Those who are delusional enough to want to be healthy while in an ice cream shop, can fool themselves with smoothies or carry some ice cream home for a cheat day. There is something for everyone. Ice cream is very inclusive.

When I walked into the Creamery, the employees simultaneously burst into a chorus of 90s pop music and kids songs. Though startled at first, I found myself humming along soon after. Now I do not know if I had the special privilege of being serenaded by ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’, but I sure have a new found admiration for live music with my cup of ice-cream.

 

Price: About Rs. 160 for one ice cream
Location: 1st floor, Ambience Mall, Gurugram (the one I went to)

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An Afternoon with MAGNUM

 

An Afternoon with MAGNUM

By Shreya Chowdhury

magnum barsOn 28th February, 2015 “Delhi got a taste of the Royal Treatment”, when one of the world’s premium ice cream brand Magnum launched its three flavours of ice-cream made of pure Belgian chocolate in Delhi. They were the Classic magnum made of vanilla ice-cream and dark chocolate, the Magnum Truffle made of milk and dark chocolate and Magnum Almond made of vanilla ice-cream, milk chocolate and almonds.

Magnum held a Master class which was hosted by celebrity chef Kunal Kapur who took the audience on a journey of Chocolate and created some amazing desserts using the Magnum bar.

The master class began with the tasting of dark, milk and white Belgian chocolate, while Chef Kunal explained the difference between the three and how Belgian chocolate contained a minimum of 35% cocoa, which made it rich and indulgent.  After enlightening the audience about Belgian chocolate, the Magnum bars were brought out for all to try. The first bite had a distinctive ‘crack’ and when the ice cream melted in the mouth; it was a sinfully divine experience! It was pure unadulterated pleasure.

magum on fire After everyone had licked their ice-cream sticks clean, the Master class began where Chef Kunal created two wonderful desserts using the Magnum bar. The first was the ‘Magnum Falooda’, where he used falooda, rose water, kewra water, rabri, sugar syrup and saffron to recreate Delhi’s famous Kulfi Falooda with a Magnum twist. The second recipe was ‘Magnum on Fire’ which was Magnum bar covered with meringue which was torched slightly to caramelize it.  Both the recipes were really simple, using ingredients readily available in the kitchen.

The last segment was the fun bit where the audience was given Magnum bars and some other ingredients such as strawberries, edible gold and silver pearls, etc. and they had to create their own Magnum Dessert and also name it. It was like living the Masterchef Innovation Test. The audience created some really interesting desserts, living up to the brand’s tagline- Enjoy the Royal Treatment!

“Ice cream is about sharing, and sharing it with special ones.” Said Chef Kunal, when we asked him why he was associated with a brand like Magnum.  Magnum is not just an ice cream. It is a premium ice cream which titillates the taste buds, making the experience an absolute indulgence, giving one a royal treatment.

Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.
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Pabrai’s Fresh and Naturelle

                                             May 16, 2014

 Pabrai’s Fresh and Naturelle

                        By Anubhav Sapra

 

After a long stressful day at work, coming back home and switching on the TV to see the same old rhetoric by political parties can make life despairing. However, a visit to an ice-cream parlor can rejuvenate the senses beyond measure. I realized this when I was invited to review different varieties of ice-cream at Pabrai’s Fresh and Naturelle at Connaught Place. The outlet is opposite to Haldiram’s in outer circle, near Bhape da Hotel. The franchise is owned by Mr. Harsh ( Cell no. . 9582812144) There is another outlet of Pabrai’s in East Patel Nagar, run by Mr. Harsh’s son-in-law, Anujeet Singh.

Bubblegum 2This Kolkata-based ice-cream parlor was founded in 2008 and has 28 outlets across India.The brand claims to deliver natural ice-creams without any artificial essence or added colours. The ice-cream is procured from Kolkata by Rajdhani Express twice a week. In fresh fruit flavors, I tasted Watermelon, Musk Melon, Chikoo fruit, Tender Coconut, Anjeer and Alphonso mango. They also have the kind of flavors that, regardless of our age, can make our heart pine for- Bubblegum and Banana Toffee.  But the ones I liked the most were Pabrai’s Nolen Gur, Chandan, South Indian Coffee and Toasted Almond. The scoops are priced between Rs. 39 and Rs. 129 (excluding taxes), and tubs (500 ml) between Rs. 222.220 and Rs. 417.780.

NGPicPabrai’s Nolen Gur ice-cream is served with real nolengur (a variety of molasses) and has chunks of jaggery in it. It is a treat to the taste buds. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The South Indian Coffee has the taste of strong filter coffee, popular in South India. The owner informed us that this flavor has seen an increase in demand since the time it was introduced.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this parlor. It certainly is worth a visit. After all they do have an impressive clientele -The Park, Sheraton, Taj and many others.

 

Anubhav Sapra
Anubhav Sapra is an avid foodie! He is a Founder but proudly calls himself a Foodie-in-chief at Delhi Food Walks. He is also a street-food and Indian regional cuisine connoisseur and loves to write about street-food.