After mesmerising customers in Mumbai and Bangalore, ROYCE’,the famed Japanese confectionary company launches in New Delhi at Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj.Founded in 1983 in Northern Japan, ROYCE’ prides itself on its wide and unique offering that follows one underlying theme- chocolate products that are rich in flavour, textures, complexity and creativity. One of the brand’s most hot selling products is the “Potatochip Chocolate” range of confectionary. The “Potatochip Chocolate” are salty potato chips coated with a layer of milk chocolate on one side. The company’s other signature product, the “Nama”, is a cocoa-dusted truffle-like chocolate so fine and delicate that it requires a specially designed spatula to lift and hold. Then my favourite,as I am not a cocoa person is the “Prafeuille Chocolat”. This three millimeter thin strawberry-scented chocolate is inspired by the delicate French desert “millefeuille” and is filled with a medley of sweet-tart raspberry and blueberry reduction. Also in-store will be the “Criollo Chocolate”, this complex and aromatic chocolate is made from Criollo beans, the world’s rarest and most expensive cacao beans, found only near Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela.
Even the ROYCE’ store at Ambience, Vasant Kunj has been designed to complement the brands intricate Japanese identity and culture. The front fascia of the store as well as the display counter, mimic the delicacy and geometry of contemporary Japanese architecture and interiors. Materials like hardwood maple are used to blend in with existing surroundings creating a warm and inviting retail as well as tasting experience. The space has been designed as a transformative Japanese chocolate bar, conducive to exploration and interaction.
Burgundy Hospitality, a first-of-its-kind fine foods and luxury gourmet curator is accredited for bringing this unique brand to India. ROYCE’ chocolates are priced at Rs. 1050/- for 125gms onwards.To celebrate the festive season, ROYCE’ introduces a very special “Limited Edition Assortment Gift Box”. The Limited Edition Gift Box for Diwali has five varieties of ROYCE’ chocolate and a total of 38 pieces, including Baton Cookies (6 pcs), Chocolate Wafers “Hazel Cream” (6 pcs), Criollo Chocolate (6 pcs) and Pure Chocolates (20 pcs).Priced at Rs. 2000, the luxurious “Limited Edition Diwali Box” is available at ROYCE’ Delhi, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj on a pre-order basis till the end of October.
And here it is, products inspired by Christmas to make this festive season even more Jolly! So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
1.Christmas Dish, Alessi
2.Angel Decoration, Poundland
3.At home by Ashley Thomas tree plate, Debenhams.
4.Great Christmas Tree,Lladro
5.Book Ends, House of Fraser.
6.Santa and helper Tea Pot, Marks and Spencer.
7.Knitted cracker christmas tree decoration, Marks and Spencer
8.Towel Set, Noel
9.Santa and Snowman Salt and Pepper shakers, British Heart Foundation
10.Rocking Christmas tree, Swarovski
Since Christmas is so close now I feel my upcoming posts should reflect a bit of the Christmas Spirit. Starting with, Christmas trees. These are larger than life and some very innovative Christmas trees seen around the streets of the world. Now I love the concept and idea behind all of these and would not mind something so different, but most traditionalists might have an issue. Well to each their own! and do remember my freedom of expression before sending me hate mail. Merry Christmas!
P.S-If you have any pictures of interesting christmas trees you spot do share will post them!
1. Jute Christmas tree, Commons Cafe, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2. Ginza Tanaka’s disney Christmas tree in Gold
3. Illuminated from the wall of Tokyo’s Akasaka Grand prince hotel
4. Ipswich Christmas tree in Corn hill
5. Patrick Rogers Chocolate Christmas tree in Paris
6. Porcelain Xmas tree (made from plates and saucers) by Mooz
7. Rock’s ‘Living’ Christmas tree by Brendan Moar
8. Mary Katrantzou tree outside the London design museum
9. Toronto Eaton centre Christmas tree
10. Fairy light tree in the Dutch hospital coutryard, Colombo, SriLanka
RITUAL: Kalari massage with Udvartina body scrub, 90 mins, Rs.4,000 approx LOCATION:NeoVeda Spa, Metropolitan Hotel, New Delhi
Festive and wedding season is often super taxing on the body and mentally stressful. I am referring to the constant late nights, the regular use of make-up, the eating out with a lot of sweet and oily food involved; all in all as much as we love the festive season this is what nightmares are made of for our beauty regimes and our bodies. Hence the perfect time to fix up that Spa appointment is during the festive season. A Spa session is a great mood up-lifter and just the refreshment your tired and aching body needs. In my case I fixed up an appointment with NeoVeda Spa at Metropolitan hotel, New Delhi.After making its presence felt at Craft House, luxury lifestyle store at The Met, with its mind and body healing and relaxing products, NeoVeda Spa begun as a new dimension in the world of health, well-being and fitness.Serene surrounding of plush 7000 sq. ft. area embraces modern and chic designs set in warm earthy and calming aqua tones.The Spa offers a luxurious collection of time-tested ancient and traditional healing remedies and treatments whilst incorporating the latest international wellness trends to provide the guest an authentic and holistic experience. The signature therapies like NeoVeda Experience, Energy Equalizer with Volcanic Hot Stone and Vedic Journey are a combination of beauty concepts of the ancient India and modern research.
I decided to go in for the Kalari massage, which is a traditional Ayurvedic massage for stimulating vital points. Using herb infused oils, the therapist first gave me a shoulder and head massage while I was seated on a chair. Then I was asked to lie on the floor and she massaged my body with her feet. Unlike what I had imagined the therapist does not walk on my back, but instead carefully presses my nerves with just one foot, changing sides according to which side of my body she wants to put pressure on, in a way that it completely relaxed my muscles. She also emphasises on my knots and instead of a kneading movement she rhythmically moves her foot up and over my nerves moving the knots to the absolute edge till they almost vanish. I can feel all my joint pain evaporate and with each stroke of her foot and my muscles felt soothed. Finally I am moved unto the bed for the last set of the treatment, this is a massage with her hands. The aim of this is to massage the areas less accessible by the feet, like neck and sides. Here the therapist uses kneading to remove all the remaining knots. Finally, my treatment ended with Udhvartina body scrub. This is a mixture of turmeric, sandalwood and whole green gram mixed in olive oil. The therapist carefully scrubs each part of the body with this mixture, which is supposed to be great to remove suntan and leave the skin feeling smooth, soft and saturated with antioxidants. The massage is done by natural and organic NeoVeda products, also available at The Met’s Craft House. NeoVeda Spa as the tag line suggests promises a SIMPLY DIVINE experience with the nurture and individual care provided leaving you feeling cleansed, fit and absolutely refreshed.
Come October begins the festive and wedding season. In India especially these months are huge with al of us either buying things to gift or for our own houses. Here is a shoot done by me for Casaviva in October 2010, Be inspired and stay Stylish