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I was invited to Foodhall for a live demonstration by chef showcasing the products offered by this amazing gourmet food store in DLF mall, Saket, Delhi. Not one to say no to gastronomic outings, I immediately said yes. What helped me was the fact that the location of the event was convenient.
Before we were treated to the chef special dishes, me and other bloggers were taken for a round of the store. I was amazed to see the variety of food available. The many variety of pita bread delighted me. Especially the one topped with zatar powder, a Middle East specialty. The store also stocked exotic spices from Gulf such as Baharat, Zatar, Sumac etc. Just back from a trip to Jordan, I was happy to know that you can get those exotic spices in India too.
ven stocked many varieties of dry chillies including the very hot Bhoot Zholakia from North East India. Parnashree, a fellow blogger was happy to see a condiment from her region. The tea section called House Of Tea was impressive. Stored in boxes, that looked like boxes of muscle building supplements, the tea were a winner and came in many flavors. I particularly liked the kettle with a strainer on sale there, very convenient for those who are green tea addict. Black tea, oolong tea, green tea, white tea, yellow tea, they stocked it all. Nearby was a tank which stocked flavored water. We were taught how we can have one installed at our home for a daily supply of flavored water. The one we tasted was carrot and herbs flavored.
The cheese section got me hooked. I could not help but take a second helping of the exotic cheeses on offer. I just couldn’t take my hands off green olive and chipotle cream cheese. The many dips accompanied with colorful nachos were fab too. I liked the flavored hummus and raw mango dip. They even had packed sushi which is great for those who like their sushi on the go. Being a vegetarian, I am impressed to see the veg sushi, not available commonly.
In the Pomme Frites section, I sampled the thick French fries. It tasted good and crispy even after minutes of being fried. Those were accompanied by many dips and sauces such as peri peri sour cream, sambal oelek, chipotle sour cream et al. However, I did not like the Chola Kulcha buns much. Some things I prefer the classic way. The way they are sold on streets. Paneer Makhni bun also left me craving for the real stuff. Carrot dumplings were tasteful and had a very thin layer of coat over it. Just the way I prefer it. Honey flavored apple pie was another favorite.
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The event was organized to showcase the monsoon special menu of the store. What I appreciated was that most of the items were healthy and low calorie without compromising on the taste. Great for weight watchers! Also, the staff was very friendly and upbeat to guide you through the store. You must go if you are looking for some exotic ingredients for that dish you learnt in Greece or closer home, Nagaland. You name it, they have it.
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