News: Lure Switch

Years ago F-Bar opened in New Delhi for the first time. I distinctly remember when, where and what it looked like cause it was the place to be back in the day. It had glamorous interiors an equally amazing outdoor surrounded by a gorgeous garden and had the best crowd in town. This was back when I was in college. After which ofcourse the property changed hands and name a lot of times, came up as various hip night clubs over the years and I slowly lost track of the place.

Then recently it is up and about again re-christened as Lure Switch. I was visiting the property after nearly 5 years and even though structurally the space remains similar unlike its earlier avatars, this time this iconic property, set aside by the great outdoors offers a laid back café without the current conventions of high-strung café turned clubs. The first floor comprises of their vegetarian restaurant Vega,( look out for a review here soon)while the ground floor and outdoor makes up of Lure Switch.
Tucked away in Lado Sarai next to the luscious greens of the Qutab Golf Course, Lure Switch brings an excellent experience for all the foodies out there, with an authentic ambiance and scintillating F&B selection. You can choose between a charming courtyard with outdoor shacks for comfortable seating and a cosy dining area indoors. The space is more than ample to meet all party and festivity needs, in fact I would really recommend you check it out if you want to host a Diwali or Birthday party. Rich wooden flooring and softly lit surroundings make the environment conducive to unwinding and kicking back, and the interiors have been tastefully designed to optimize the down tempo aura of the café.

Get ready for some exciting times this winter, with a variety of outdoor entertainment planned – be it Sufi nights or nights celebrating the spirit and culture of India – this is just a glimpse of more to come. Lure Switch is a place where you can take your family or friends without thinking twice about blending in, and where you can never go wrong with your choice of food or drink.

Address: Tavern on Greens, Lado Sarai, Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-110017
Phone No: 9810125070 / 9818365864/ 9871770250
Meal for two: Rs. 2500 (approx.) incld. appetizer and dessert (excld. Taxes and alcohol)

Green Thumb

Our resident Garden expert is back to answer a few more queries for your gardening woes.Veena Nanda of Sunshine Gardens boutique  is back to answer a few of our queries. Sunshine’s Garden Boutique is not just a retail set up for all your gardening needs but also assists you in designing and landscaping your gardens. They offer awesome garden accessories from around the world, giving you the ability to conceptualize a picture perfect garden full of artefacts and accessories. They also conduct Bonsai workshops for those interested. So here are a few questions they answered for us. Do send me more queries and we can request Veena to answer those as well.

Q.I am a little against chemical fertilizers for my garden. Can you suggest any alternative?
Powdered Eggshell Fertilizer: Next time you use an egg, don’t throw away the shell. Eggshells provide a rich source of potassium and calcium, and eggshells are fantastic when used in homemade fertilizer. Making powdered eggshell fertilizer is simple. Dry out empty eggshells, and crush them into powder. Work approximately five crushed eggshells into the soil around every plant. Outdoor flowers, fruits, and vegetables will benefit greatly from this homemade fertilizer.
Liquid Eggshell Fertilizer: If you’d rather feed your plants with homemade liquid fertilizer, make a batch with empty eggshells. Simply boil twenty eggshells in a gallon of water for several minutes. Allow the eggshells to steep for eight hours before removing the shells. Store the homemade liquid fertilizer in a covered container, and apply an adequate amount to outdoor plants, fruits, and vegetables once each week. Milk fertilizer: Milk is said to do a body good, and milk is also good for plants. Milk contains the nitrogen-building protein that plants require. Give your plants a healthy dose of nutrient-rich milk by mixing one part milk and four parts water. Feed plants approximately one cup of this homemade fertilizer once a week for best results.

Q.Someone gifted me a few Bonsai’s can you tell me how to maintain them?
If they are in good shape and size just keep them pruned and maintain the same height. You may cut away some new branches which appear if they are spoiling the look of the bonsai. Make sure you get yourself a good liquid fertilizer and feed you bonsais every 15days with a mild dose, milder than what is instructed on the bottle. Water them daily, make sure they are not in too much of bright sun, especially western sun. Always water you plants during the early morning hours before the sun is out at its peak. If your Bonsai looks dull inspite of the right care, it might be time for repotting or changing the soil. Get it done from a Bonsai expert if you are not sure about how to go about it.