Master Chef Ajay Chopra Unveils Kshir & Canelé: A Fusion of Indian Sweets and Pastries

Master Chef Ajay Chopra Unveils Kshir & Canelé: A Fusion of Indian Sweets and Pastries

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Published on September 7, 2023

Prepare your taste buds for a delightful journey as Master Chef Ajay Chopra introduces Kshir & Canelé, a culinary revolution that combines Indian mithai and pastries with a modern twist. This innovative concept aims to become India's ultimate destination for contemporary gourmet mithais and pastries.

The inaugural Kshir & Canelé store is set to open its doors at M3M 65th Avenue Mall in Sector 65, Gurgaon, with plans for expansion and the launch of additional outlets nationwide. Kshir & Canelé reimagines the world of mithais by infusing global flavors, offering a diverse range of indulgent treats for all.

This brand represents a fusion of purity and innovation, a reflection of Chef Chopra's vision to transform the perception of Indian sweets and patisserie by infusing them with international flavors that will captivate taste buds worldwide. These culinary creations harmonize nostalgia with novelty, presenting groundbreaking flavors inspired by a multicultural heritage.

In the name "Kshir & Canelé," we find the essence of this delightful fusion. "Kshir" is derived from Sanskrit, meaning milk, a symbol of abundance and purity frequently found in popular Indian desserts. On the other hand, "Canelé" is a French term for a petite pastry infused with vanilla and featuring a soft custard center and a caramelized crust. Thus, Kshir & Canelé symbolizes the perfect marriage of Indian and French flavors, expertly presented on an artistic platter.

Chef Ajay Chopra, Co-Founder of Kshir & Canelé, shares his vision, saying, “Six years ago, I envisioned a brand that would bring to life a melange of my love for Indian mithai and delightful western confections, and in 2022, I saw light to the same with Kshir & Canelé. I have re-imagined the traditional Indian Mithai in A French inspired Avatar and we bring to you this newness of thoughtful flavours in a luxe box affordable for everyone. The box can be customised and comes in different sizes for every occasion and every palate”

Prepare to treat yourself and tantalize your taste buds with these delectable delicacies, thoughtfully curated to bring sweetness to all your special moments.

Image Source: Kshir & Canelé Social Media


McDonald’s India – North and East Celebrates Milestone with 50th McCafé Opening

McDonald’s India – North and East Celebrates Milestone with 50th McCafé Opening

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 29, 2024

McDonald’s India - North and East has expanded its coffee offerings with the inauguration of its 50th McCafé in the region, a significant step in their growth strategy. This expansion underscores McDonald’s commitment to making great-tasting coffee accessible to a wider audience.

McCafé, the in-restaurant coffee brand of McDonald’s, is known for its freshly brewed, barista-crafted coffee made with 100% Arabica beans. These beans are sustainably sourced and certified by the Rainforest Alliance, ensuring high standards of biodiversity conservation and preventing deforestation. Skilled baristas, extensively trained in the art of coffee making, prepare each cup to perfection. McCafé’s menu includes a variety of hot and cold beverages like Mocha, Hot Chocolate, Americano, Frappé, coolers, shakes, and a selection of delectable food items. Notably, the classic McCafé cappuccino starts at an affordable price of Rs. 99.

Rajeev Ranjan, Managing Director of McDonald’s India - North and East, expressed his excitement about the new opening, stating, “We are thrilled to launch our 50th McCafé, offering barista-crafted, great-tasting coffee in a warm and welcoming environment at a very affordable price. The rapidly increasing acceptance and preference for our McCafé offerings among our esteemed customers is truly gratifying. We plan to expand our McCafé footprint further and continue providing feel-good, delicious moments to our customers.”

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McCafé’s presence within McDonald’s restaurants adds a layer of convenience for customers. Located strategically within the restaurants, customers can enjoy multiple ordering options, including drive-thru services, especially along highways, digital self-ordering kiosks inside the premises, and home delivery.

The sustainability efforts of McCafé extend beyond just great coffee. The collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance ensures that the Arabica beans are sourced sustainably, helping coffee farmers improve productivity through sustainable farming methods and better farm management. This certification aligns with McDonald’s broader commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable practices.

Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. operates McDonald’s outlets in the North and East of India, including the 50th McCafé in Noida, Sector-132. The company runs more than 190 restaurants across the region, serving millions of customers annually and providing direct employment to over 5,500 people. McDonald’s continues to enhance customer convenience through diverse formats such as standalone restaurants, drive-thrus, 24/7 locations, and McDelivery services.

With the opening of the 50th McCafé, McDonald’s India - North and East marks a significant milestone in its mission to offer high-quality coffee experiences. The continued expansion aims to cater to the growing demand and preferences of coffee lovers, ensuring they enjoy every sip in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.


Roastea Opens Flagship Lifestyle Cafe in Bengaluru

Roastea Opens Flagship Lifestyle Cafe in Bengaluru

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 29, 2024

Roastea, one of India’s fastest-growing beverage brands, is excited to announce the grand opening of its second café in Bengaluru. This new flagship lifestyle café is located at 80ft Road, Koramangala, a prime spot in the heart of the city’s vibrant IT hub.

The Koramangala outlet is a significant milestone for Roastea, marking its 14th location in India. Housed in a beautifully converted 37-year-old mansion, the café boasts stunning Dhone marble patterns from Dhronachalam, Andhra Pradesh, adding a unique charm to the ambiance. The spacious setting invites patrons to relax amidst the tranquillity and greenery synonymous with Bengaluru.

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Roastea’s new café offers a delightful fusion of specialty beverages and gourmet delicacies. Customers can indulge in an array of options, including specialty coffees, refreshing green tea beverages, curated cold brews, and traditional chai. The menu also features handmade pastas, sourdough brick oven pizzas, and artisanal bakery treats such as assorted breads, croissants, and cold-baked cheesecakes. Signature dishes like Handkerchief Pasta and Croissant Swirl are especially popular.

Started in 2019 by lawyers turned entrepreneurs Anurag and Chaitanya Bhamidipaty, Roastea began with a focus on fresh milk-based corporate coffee and tea vending machines. Their success in this vertical allowed them to expand into premium cafes and kiosks, providing a diverse range of beverages and food items. Today, Roastea operates around 2,500 vending machines in 35 Indian cities and has outlets in Ahmedabad, Mangaluru, and Bengaluru.

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The new Koramangala café is more than just a place to grab a coffee. It aims to create a lifestyle ecosystem where patrons can unwind and connect with the serene charm of Bengaluru. The café will also host various music events and workshops, fostering a vibrant community hub.

Chaitanya Bhamidipaty expressed his excitement about the new opening, highlighting the café’s commitment to superior hospitality and quality. “Our artisanal offerings, from handmade pastas to Italian-style coffee, are meticulously crafted using premium ingredients. Excellence is not just a goal; it’s a promise,” he shared. Anurag Bhamidipaty echoed this sentiment, inviting tea and coffee aficionados to experience the unique blend of relaxation and productivity that the café offers.

Roastea’s new flagship café promises an unforgettable dining experience, combining exceptional taste with a welcoming ambiance. Whether you’re looking for a cozy spot to enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee or a place to work and unwind, Roastea Koramangala is set to become a favorite destination for Bengaluru’s residents.

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Visit Roastea Koramangala:

Address: No 612/3, 80 ft Road, 4th Block, Koramangala, Next to Mercedes Benz Showroom, Bengaluru

Timings: 11 AM to 11 PM

Price for Two: Rs 1200

Reservation Number: +91 9904002700

Instagram: @roastea.outlets


The Lodhi Crowned Number One International Hotel for Food and Drinks

The Lodhi Crowned Number One International Hotel for Food and Drinks

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 27, 2024

The Lodhi New Delhi has garnered international acclaim, being named the Number One International Hotel for Food and Drinks by Food & Wine 2024 Global Tastemakers. This accolade underscores the hotel's commitment to culinary excellence and its position as a leader in the global luxury hospitality sector.

Abhimanyu Singh Lodha, General Manager at The Lodhi, expressed pride in the recognition, stating, "This prestigious accolade from Food & Wine is a testament to our team’s dedication and our continuous effort to set new standards in luxury hospitality. We are honored to receive this distinction which acknowledges our commitment to providing exceptional culinary experiences."

Food & Wine, known for its significant influence in the culinary world, recognized The Lodhi for its outstanding dining and bar experiences. The hotel's restaurants, including the acclaimed Indian Accent, offer a blend of global and local flavors that promise sensory surprises and innovative cuisine. The Safari Lounge and Perbacco are also highlighted for their unique offerings that complement the overall dining experience.

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Chef Dharmen Makwana, Corporate Chef at DLF Hospitality, and Chef Vijay Thapliyal, Executive Chef at The Lodhi, shared their enthusiasm for the recognition. They credited their innovative culinary strategies and the collaborative efforts of the culinary team for setting The Lodhi apart in the international dining scene.

The Lodhi boasts a variety of dining venues, from the global flavors of Élan to the contemporary Italian offerings at Perbacco, and the nature-inspired Safari Lounge. Each restaurant aims to create unique dining experiences that cater to the sophisticated palates of their global clientele.

With this recognition, The Lodhi reaffirms its commitment to excellence and innovation in the hospitality industry. The hotel continues to attract guests from around the world, eager to experience its top-rated culinary offerings in the heart of New Delhi.

About The Lodhi, New Delhi:

A Member of The Leading Hotels of The World, The Lodhi offers an urban oasis in the heart of New Delhi, near the historic Lodi Gardens. With a reputation for luxury and exemplary service, The Lodhi features spacious accommodations, world-class dining, and extensive leisure facilities. It remains a preferred choice for discerning travelers seeking a blend of luxury and comfort.

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit The Lodhi New Delhi.

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