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World Tapas Day the Spanish way

World Tapas Day was celebrated with much Spanish fan fair at the Claridges Hotel, New Delhi recently. The Spanish ambassador and his team were in attendance and gave a brief introduction of how Tapas weren't just starters but a way of life or a cultural thing in Spain. Which means that the eating Tapas is actually looking for an excuse to go and socialise with friends. The tourism office of Spain partnered with Sevilla restaurant to bring the World Tapas Day

Explore the serene side of Goa in monsoon

Nestled on the south-west coast of India, Goa is undoubtedly a hotspot with travellers all across the globe. Famous for its beaches and spice plantations, the state has a rich history as a Portuguese colony. One can see the traces in the architecture and food culture. While North Goa is famous for its vibrant culture, water sports and bustling markets; South Goa is known for its tranquillity and pristine coastline. When in Goa, you should book your stay at Holiday Inn

Phalsa, the eternal summer healer

'Kaale kale phalse, bade raseele phalse' - it was a routine cry every summer afternoon that made my brother and me scamper out of our rooms to get a handful of tart berries, phalsa, for a rupee from the vendor who carried a wicker basket atop his head. A rare sight in most cities now, an 'exotic' fruit in others, my grandfather would admonish us for eating what he said 'donkeys and mules eat in the villages'. Phalsa shrubs (about 10-15

From plot to plate with Chef Suriya

Before the sumptuous and decadent Thai curries go the Indianised-Chinese way (read loaded with masalas and artificial flavours), Chef Suriya Phusirimongkhonchai, the expat chef at The Lalit Chandigarh, seems to have decided to take matters into his own hands, or better still, garden. "What makes our Thai food stand apart is the authentic ingredients, which I have been growing in our herb garden,” he asserts, pointing out to a dozen herbs and vegetables growing in a patch within the premises

Luxuriously Rustic – The Lalit Mangar

One of the first things that I do right at the beginning of every year is to mark all the long weekends (with a work bunk added here and there) that the calendar has to offer. After all, why have one big holiday when you can have several through the year (travel addict traits!). Many friends often ask me, 'where do you go?'. My answer is always - "AWAY from the city!" One such recent escape was to The Lalit

Five places to visit in Lonavala

Located in the middle of the Sahyadri Hills, Lonavala makes for the perfect weekend getaway. This picturesque hill station is surrounded by magnificent views of peaks, lakes, caves and monuments. Lonavala is great for treks, adventure sport or even camping. When in Lonavala, you should book your stay at Aamby Valley and enjoy yourself with some adventure sports and at the 18 hole Golf course. With so much to offer, you may not have enough time to visit all the recreational places

Georgian food – a supra for Gods

It’s often called the alchemy of cultures and influences, but that is just one of the many facets that make Georgian food such an incurable fascination – especially its bread. Contemplate Georgia. It is this little sliver of a kingdom lying in the crossroads of Europe and Asia, and sandwiched between the Black and Caspian Seas with Russia on the north and Turkey and Iran to the south. And yet, when it comes to food, it’s a showcase of the multiple

THN Exclusive: Kitty Ko, brand new lounge at The Lalit, Chandigarh

A definite crowd-puller and a popular jaunt across metros in India, Kitty Su at The Lalit in Chandigarh is the most popular nightclub of the tricity. The brainchild of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group Executive Director Keshav Suri, has been voted Best Nightclub at the Times Food and Nightlife Awards two years in a row. And OKO, its award-winning Pan-Asian restaurant is a favourite with the crème de la crème. The best of both worlds have now combined to create

Turkey and its unbeatable hospitality

There are some destinations which you want to explore once in life, and there are some which you always want to go back to....and Turkey is certainly one of them! Turkey is a blend of vibrant Mediterranean cultures and the enchantment of the East; a combination of the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the international cities and the delighting simplicity of village life. A land of legendary wealth and generosity, the home of Midas - who turned everything he touched to gold, the birthplace

In Joyous Company at Alwar Bagh by Aamod

As the boundaries of our spaces in the world, in itself shrinking, become tighter, places of tranquillity are becoming rarer to find. In the one month where we celebrate love (perhaps with more fervour than we do through the year), it is always nice to escape to islands of 'escape' from cities - whether it is to pamper yourself, or your partner. A couple's holiday at a stone's throw from home offers the chance of a quick romantic getaway - to

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