Diwali is a festival of love and warmth that gets even more sparkling with the magic of diyas that light up the horizon. Diwali also brings together family and friends for celebration, cards parties and dinner. So this Diwali indulge yourself further by turning your diwali into a special decor moment.
For colours we recommend you either stick to traditional hues of sindoor red, haldi yellow and rani pink but in a complete modern avatar, keeping the prints simple and classy. Reflect the festive spirit on your dinner table as well. Go in for dinner ware that reflects the oriental sensibility, blend the two traditional hues of gold and silver to add panache to the celebratory meal…..Like making the tone on tone flower setting in a precious silver vase, a treat for the eye. Also set a colour coded card table infused with the sheen of silver. Strew an array of rich, colourful cushions to sink in and enjoy the gambling. Serve smartly in crystal and silver bowls.
Food Indian mithais are so integral to the Diwali experience. Set the spread well. Cover the table with a rich textile that you fetch from your treasure trove…A brocade silk throw will work as well. Spread small, silver foiled pieces of mithais made of dry fruits—they look the prettiest on a precious silver platter or brass platters. Add marigolds, the most auspicious flowers to lend a sense of vibrancy to this yummy setting.
DIY Not all the décor changes need to be expensive. As much as we discourage bursting of fire-crackers, we love using them in décor. Stack a bunch of silver ‘phooljaris’ in flower vases along with actual flowers. Use old Diwali cards for a collage and place them on cards tables with lamination on top. This looks festive and is cheaper than more expensive table cloths. Don’t just use fairy lights for windows, use them is vases to create inexpensive lamps, use them along the table runner to give a Diwali effect. Be careful though, they get hot so use the ones with fabric coverings.
Mostly be safe and have fun. A very Happy and Prosperous Diwali to you!
Ever since I visited BBQ nation last year, this name always gets my mouth salivated. So when I heard about their Sun n Sand festival, I decided to visit their Lokhandwala outlet with a friend to try out their dishes from various beaches of the world. As we entered the restaurant, we were greeted by their friendly staff and escorted to our tables. Here I noticed that going with the mood of this festival they had a Goan singer to perform live. And from here began our culinary journey which took us all over the world from Maldives to the Bahamas to Goa and Malaysia.
We decided to order mainly non-vegetarian starters as none of us are fans of veg food. Within 5 mins the waiter came with our drinks, Lemon Iced tea for me and Jack Daniels for my friend and started the live grill on our table. We started with Malaysian Shrimp, Fihunu Mas Badhige and stuff spicy cheese(veg). He then served us Tandoori Crab, Dohra seekh Kebab and aloo Koliwada. We liked the shrimps and fish so much that we kept on asking for repeats. Then came the dish which we liked the most : Exotic Red snapper with hosin sauce. The big fish came in a moving serving cabinet and as soon as we feasted on it, the only word that came to our lips was WOW! The presentation of the fish was absolutely fantastic. At this point, we decided to have a Mexican tequila shot which was also a part of the fest.
Finally we decided to let go off these delicious starters and move onto the main course.Here again, there was a vast variety of dishes for us to choose from. We tried small portions of Mexican chicken, chicken dum biryani, Malabar fish curry and Paneer makhana(veg). The right mix of different flavours and a good variety literally left us smacking our lips and licking our fingers.Then came my favourite part of eating out– Dessert. Following the suit of the starter and main course menu, we had 9 different desserts in front of us. Obviously as we were already full, we were in a dilemma which one to go for. Finally we decided to share Baked Blueberry cheese cake, Mud sacher. Both of them were cooked to perfection. But temptation of gulab jamun was too much for me to avoid. So we had one of those as well and went home completely satiated. All in all I would suggest you definitely try out this fest if you get the chance, you wont regret.
Barbeque Nation presents SUN n SAND a journey through the exquisite beaches of the world for the first time in Mumbai from the 10 October – 21stOctober 2012, at Khar, Thane, Lokhandawala, Andheri and Nerul outlet.