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Stepping into the Dessert & Liqueur Library

Posted by: The Hummer on Wednesday February 19, 2014

IF THE WORD 'CHIBOUST' makes you think of star bursts and the smudgy Milky Way, you're not far off. It's a cream that rises above the ordinary and poufs upon your palate like fairy breath. To practical old me, it's enough that it's a foam – whether as beer hood or frothy milk head, it's a fluid / food effect that has frayed my nerves since kidhood. But we wouldn't be the human race if the inventive among us couldn't take the divine even further. How? By calling up the world's finest liqueurs to deliver the boost to launch these prim desserts and their fan leagues, into the outer space of experience.

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Valentine’s: Count Yourself In as the Countdown Begins

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Wednesday February 12, 2014

THE RED OF VALENTINE'S is also the universal colour of alarm. No coincidence. It's not just meek or headstrong singletons who find themselves in the red on V Day, it's the idea of V day itself. The usual mania of blinkered celebrations paints too many people, animals and things into a graceless corner. It’s a day that will see the usual contingent of nervy kinds signing off early from office citing general weakness, just to avoid being teased. There will also be the teasers themselves signing off early, pretending to have a 'date'. But wait. Why couldn't we all just drop the hang-ups and celebrate?

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Fraternity and Fratelli with Chef Francesco Costagli

Posted by: The Hummer on Saturday February 16, 2013

Miles apart, Italy and India bond in a deep appreciation of food and culture. 
ITC Hotels in collaboration with Fratelli wines, celebrates this with a wine-paired feast crafted by renowned Italian Chef Francesco Costagli. 

I first heard of this gastronomic genius, acknowledged as one of the best chefs in the world, in the first edition of The International Who's Who of Chefs, published in 2004.

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Heart of the Matter

Posted by: The Hummer on Friday February 8, 2013

Valentine's Day presents the perfect opportunity to honour love, the greatest love, in my book, being the love of food. 

I cannot recommend better ways to celebrate your affections in small and big ways than with aphrodisiacal confection – chocolates and cakes at the Gourmet Shop, ITC Sonar. Raise a toast to a profound sentiment with the finest Champagne, strawberries dipped in chocolate – part of an extravagant buffet at Jal Mahal, ITC Rajputana and ...

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To Fathers Around the World

Posted by: The Hummer on Saturday June 18, 2011

Being one myself, I must be excused the cynicism. But I think fathers of the earlier generations had it easier. How difficult could this time-honoured routine be: bring home the bread, tell off the tots, wolf down the grub and crash into bed?

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The Great Procession

Posted by: The Dreamcatcher on Tuesday March 10, 2009

It’s hard to miss. 

Wrapped in sandstone, ITC Maurya is one of the most distinguished hotels in the capital. While its architecture, interiors and even its name have been inspired by the ancient Mauryan dynasty, one the most remarkable features of this hotel is in fact tucked snugly in it lobby.

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