Two ways with one shoe

Alice says: This Celery is such a tease. In her introduction, we couldn’t see her face as she hid behind the camera. And now we’ll only see her feet. One day, we’ll get her to pose. One day. 😛

Even though I mainly jabber about food on this website, occasionally even fashion excites me. Especially if it comes in the form of new shoes neatly tucked up in a huge black box!

I recently got myself a pair of flat chappals from a brand called Sole’D. For those of you who haven’t heard of this wonderful brand, Sole’D is a facebook page-cum-online shopping experience that allows you to pick from a range of colourful and stylish shoes.

It is one store we love going back to for a dose of footwear every time monotony hits us. If you remember, Alice recently wore the cutesy pink, strappy pair of sandals at her garage sale with her gorgeous black dress. The look and the feel of her shoes excited me so much, I simply had to get myself a pair!

Even though my closet is brimming with all kinds of footwear, a new pair never hurts, does it?

New pair of shoes!
New pair!

The occasion for which I picked these sandals was a wedding in the family. Now most of us would opt for heeled shoes, especially to wear with Indian clothes. But I also had to make sure I was comfortable as there were thousands of errands to run that day. Therefore, I picked a flat silver-strappy number (similar to Alice’s) with a hint of gold.

To my surprise, the pair not only went flawlessly with an Indian lehenga, but I also wore it the day after with a comfy pair of yoga pants! The shoes have a classic-yet-boho feel that makes them gel with all kinds of outfits. On top of that, gold and silver are neutral shades that can be teamed with almost any hue. This is one multi-tasking purchase!

One way with two shoes
One way with two shoes. Picture courtesy- Tejit Sampat

If you too want to get yourself a pair of shoes from Sole’D too, visit their Facebook page.

Other must-lusts from Sole’D:

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Liquid gold and a giveaway!

Update: Sheetal Kode, you have won yourself the bottle of olive oil we promised. Please write to us at aliceandcelery(at)gmail(dot)com with your details and we’ll make sure it gets to you.

Our latest culinary fascination is olive oil. We have been drizzling it maddeningly over salads, gobbling it in its pure form with chunks of bread and cheese, toppling spoonfuls over pizzas, cooking mains and what not. The truth is that once you pop the cap open, there is no stopping with these golden oils.

olive oil
Picture scource: www.oliveoilexcellence.com

We recently laid our hands on a new brand we hadn’t tried earlier and came out pleasantly surprised. Available in extra virgin, regular and pomace category – Del Monte olive oils are superb in quality and easily available in Mumbai.

When it comes to olive oils, what baffles most of us is how to differentiate among various kinds. Here is a cheat sheet you can use for reference.

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Olive Oil Flyer A5 Final_Olive Flyer B a5 (2)

With our bottle, we made a dish that can go terribly kaput if lacking a dash of some REAL good quality olive oil. Look how it turned out!

Red bell pepper hummus
Red bell pepper hummus

Red bell pepper hummus

Ingredients: 1 cup chickpeas (boiled); ½ cup olive oil; 2 garlic cloves, minced; 1 red bell pepper (roasted and roughly chopped); 2 tbsp lemon juice; ¼ cup tahini and sea salt as per taste

Method: In a blender, grind all the ingredients to a smooth puree. Transfer into a serving bowl and drizzle with lots of olive oil. Serve fresh with chips or crackers.

And now for the GIVEAWAY

To celebrate good food, good quality ingredients and our newfound love for olive oils, we are giving away a bottle from Del Monte‘s collection. All you have to do is tell us about your favourite recipe that requires heaps and heaps of good quality olive oil. The best entry will win the bottle shown in the picture below. Contest closes on 17th June 2013. Hurry!

The giveaway
The giveaway!

Introducing Celery

Alice wanders with Celery
Alice wanders with Celery

You know you’re doing something right when a friend reads your blog, comments, encourages and even guest posts for you. You already know Celery but a formal introduction is in order as she partners with me on Alice Wandering… and we take this blog to the moon and you with us. 😀

Sonal Ved
Sonal Ved

Sonal Ved is a camera-shy writer, food critic, vegetarian baker and a blogger at When Harry Met Celery.  After a stint at a popular Mumbai-based tabloid, she is now consulting for bakeries. Buying exotic cheeses in the name of research, taming her kitchen garden, collecting cookie cutters and lunching during ‘work’ hours are her hobbies.

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Alice & Celery wander to Häagen Dazs for a tasting | Fun fun fun

There couldn’t be a better way to beat the heat than to head to the Häagen Dazs lounge at Phoenix Mills on a weekday. Of course, it can only get better if Alice (of Alice Wandering…) is meeting Celery (of When Harry met Celery) there.

Fondue at Haagen Dazs
Fondue at Haagen Dazs

After tasting literally every flavour (almost 20) at the counter, we settled on “summer berries and cream”, “Belgian chocolate” and “dulce de leche” as our favourites. We were in for a treat as the “fondue”, “summer blossom” and “paradise” creations landed on the table. Split among 6 of us, the fondue was finished in about 3 minutes and summer blossom and paradise in even lesser time.

The Häagen Dazs fondue is one of their signature creations. A pot of melting dark chocolate sauce is surrounded by mini ice cream scoops, fruits and patisserie. Priced at Rs 1300, every fondue comes with four mini scoops of Belgian Chocolate, Strawberry, Cookies & Cream and Vanilla each, eight cubes of sponge cake, three pieces of hard cookies, picola sticks, seasonal fruits and chocolate chip cookies. Sounds yum, doesn’t it? My mouth is watering at the sight and I want to go back for more.

Flower Blossom at Haagen Dazs
Flower Blossom at Haagen Dazs

Flower Blossom and Paradise are pretty much variations of the same concoction. While one is a crunchy waffle basket of vanilla, strawberry, coffee and chocolate ice-cream, raspberry and mango sorbet dressed with hot fudge and raspberry sauce, the other is a mountain of flat waffles dripping with chocolate sauce.

Paradise at Haagen Dazs
Paradise at Haagen Dazs

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