Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

Photographs by Georgi Djalev

So Oktoberfest is definitely on my Bucketlist. I am sure there are lots of others who agree with me on this, so while I don’t know when I will get my own personal experience but my younger brother who is currently studying in Barcelona did manage to go with his class-mates this year during the last weekend of the fest. So I ofcourse asked him for pictures. As you can imagine the first week after they got back was a no-show. Then when I finally did get pictures they sent me 500 to choose from and the little write-up I asked for about the fest came like this
http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest
Now let’s be honest I did go through the photos and selected 10 but it is inhumane to ask me to go through all the history to come up with 5 lines. And frankly most of us just love to party so we hardly need an occasion. So here are a few pictures with story from my younger brother Sushant. Enjoy them and hopefully we all get to visit on our own next year!

The evening sky over the Oktoberfest tents.
As insane as it seems, that huge ride is quite a dangerous contraption when one is sober, let alone after 6 litres of beer. So the big slope actually has a rather fast conveyor belt on which you stand (everyone fails and falls flat), you get to the top and then slide down a whirlwind from two storeys high. Try doing this after a day of beer – I did, I fell and I came down happier, ready for more beers.
 
(Left)Blake Larson, my classmate and friend from the States. He reached Munich a day before us and as is evident was considerably drunk in every photo.(Right) My German friend sorted out bookings and this was the first day. The tent was rather small but had great food and amazing beer.
This ferris wheel was humongous. The photo is not giving the size of the ride its due.
  
In the streets of Munich, during Oktoberfest one sees this carriage of beer kegs. It’s a symbol to show how beer was transported back in the day and during Oktoberfest they try to showcase some of that history throughout the city. Ze zermans love their beer, clearly.
Our tent on Saturday, the day before Oktoberfest comes to an end. An insane tent with approximately 5000 people packed in. There is something rather energizing seeing 5000 people sing, dance, drink and move to music in unison. This tent was playing a lot of German tunes but even crowd pleaser’s from the 80’s and early 90’s. One of the best nights ever.
Aahh, the group towards the end of the night. After all the jumping, eating, drinking, singing – this was the moment caught on camera where everyone seems to be taking a breather. Maybe the DJ was changing his discs. It was a well needed break! (Thats my brother in the middle. Aww!)

Review: Club Czar

During my college days in Delhi, we did not have a lot of night clubs. Well that is a lie, we did have a decent number of night clubs but most of them were in hotels which meant too expensive and a very strict age limit, also the fact that back then it was really difficult to convince parents to let us go out at night. So at that time arose the era of going to clubs in the day. These were mostly stand alone clubs that had come up in the usual teenage hangout spots, mostly popular markets and movie hall venues and offered great deals on everything from food to alcohol and ofcourse the major trend back then “hookahs”. So when I walked into Club Czar one Tuesday afternoon a few weeks back that is exactly where I was transported in time i.e my college days.

Club Czar in Saket district of New Delhi really reminded me of my college days, firstly cause it was an actual club, not a pub or lounge with dark interiors and funky lighting fixtures, complete with LED lighting and automated bar and a projector screen and ofcourse a dance floor. The club has been given an industrial look with a separate VIP room, there was a pink room with graphics all over the walls and a mezzanine VIP area in the middle of the club. Even during the day, there was a DJ playing and the club was absolutely full. Yup! all the tables were full and people came and went throughout the time that I sat at the club. The club does an equal amount of business at night I am told by the manager and weekends you need to be on the guest list if you don’t want to pay entry(WOW!).
The first thing I noticed was that every table had atleast one Hookah on the table, which surprised me as Hookahs are no longer allowed in public places, but I was assured by the manager that these were herbal hookahs, so my friend and I went ahead and called for one. Now I don’t know the difference between an herbal and non-herbal hookah but the Paan flavoured Hookah we called for was quite good. The other thing we saw on almost all tables were Beer Towers, for those of you who don’t know what that is its like a tall tower which contains two-three litres of beer. This we skipped cause after all it was a weekday afternoon and we were there to do a review not get drunk, so we called in for a cocktail each. The cocktails had the usual list of LIIT, Blue Lagoon, Margarita’s, Martini’s etc. Obviously more importance was given to the Beer and Hard Liquor which is what my friend shifted to after he had one LIIT.

From here we moved on to food because honestly in a club with loud music it does get a little difficult to have conversation and since I could not really get drunk at 2 in the afternoon, as much as I would have loved to, but perils of writing reviews I need to remember exactly what went down, food seemed like the next best thing. So we ordered a variety of starters like the Melange of mushrooms, Czar Mezze platter, Pickled chicken Bruchetta and Harissa chicken skewers. The best out of these were the Melange of mushrooms which we finished till the last morsel. By now the music, the hookah and alcohol had given both me and my friends quite a buzz and we were really enjoying the place and had begun to forget it was actually middle of the afternoon and not night. After a bit we got a bit hungry so we decided to call for the main course, which was brilliant. The starters were alright but the Main course was amazing especially since I did not expect that from a night club or day club. Each table I could see had a pizza so I decided to call in for a Pepperoni Pizza, A chicken Shawarma and Caribbean Barbeque chicken. All in all, it is a night club so would mostly recommend you check it out at night, they have different music on different nights, apparently they do an Arabian Sufi night on wednesdays and definitely do try the Hookah and eat atleast a pizza if you can’t get down for dinner. Besides that if you happen to be around during lunch stop by to revisit college days, unless you are in college then well have a blast!

Club Czar: G-9, Salcon Rasvillas, D-1, District Center, Saket, New Delhi, Tel:8527880303
Average Cost of Meal for 2: Rs. 1100 ++ (with beer)/Rs.700 without

MELANGE OF MUSHROOM

Preparation time: 12-15 min (Serves 2)


INGREDIENTS:

·        200g Button Mushroom

·        30g Shiitake Mushroom

·        15g Porcini Mushroom

·        15g Garlic (chopped)

·        15g Onion (chopped)

·        150g Spinach (blanched and finely chopped)

·        10g Olive black

·        10g Dried Tomato

·        2g Basil

·        10ml White Wine

·        A pinch of Chilli Flakes

·        Seasoning  to taste

METHOD:

·         Cut button mushrooms one into four.

·         Pour olive oil in frying pan and add garlic, onion and mushroom.

·         Now add white wine and chilli flakes and cook it for 4-5 minutes.

·         Add shiitake and porcini mushroom and cook in high flame.

·         Sauté the spinach properly.

·         Keep separate and use mold for presentation.

·         Garnish with black olive, sundried tomato and parsley springs.

Carribean Barbeque Chicken:
PREPARATION TIME: 45 MIN
COOKING TME: 15 MIN
SERVING FOR- 2


INGREDIENTS:

·         220g Chicken Breast

·         60g Pineapple slice

·         30g American corn

·         80g Exotic vegetables

·         60g Brown sugar

·         25g BBQ sauce

·        Seasoning according to taste

·         15g Garlic

·         10ml Red Wine

·         20ml Olive oil

·         10g Dijon mustard

·         10 g Butter

Method:

·         Marinate chicken breast with Dijon mustard garlic paste, BBQ sauce, olive oil, salt and pepper for 30 minutes.

·         Cut vegetables in baton shape and marinate in BBQ sauce with sliced pineapple.

·         Grill the marinated chicken breast for 5-8 minutes along with marinated sliced pineapple.

·         Heat oil in a heavy based frying pan and sauté vegetables 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat. Add some sauté American corn and seasoning. All above preparation arrange in plate according for sauce.

·         Heat pan and make Carribean BBQ sauce by pouring brown sauce, red wine and BBQ sauce cooked on medium heat sauce. Finish it with butter; pour BBQ sauce on chicken breast.