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 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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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
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 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
As promised to each other and you lovely readers, Sonal (of whenharrymetcelery) and I have been catching up for lunches and snacks, gossiping, laughing and reviewing the newest menus in town. Koh by Ian Kittichai at the Intercontinental, Marine Drive has introduced set lunches and we had to honour our long standing invitation to try them out. So we did and we’re filling you in.
Spa Lunch at Koh by Ian Kittichai
The chef is a dear friend of Sonal’s and we relied completely on his recommendations. He suggested we taste the appetizers he sends for us and then choose from one of the set lunches. I opted for the spa lunch while Sonal opted for the classic. Of course, we didn’t forget desserts.
Food tasting : Koh by Ian Kittichai
Sonal rates the experience 3/5. Here’s what she has to say:
Lemon Grass Cooler
Lemon grass cooler
There is no better way to take revenge from this scorching heat than with a glass of this lemon grass cooler. Hinted with ample lemon grass, this mildly-frizzy nectar is served as a pre-meal drink to stir the appetite for courses to come. Continue reading