What does it take for a neighbourhood bakery to expand throughout the city and remain successful despite the stiff competition it faces? A menu that has universal appeal yet is unique, an appealing design aesthetic, a welcoming ambience that is also distinctive, and most importantly, a reasonable price range. Honey & Dough, the chain that is often described as Delhi’s favourite coffeehouse and bakery, ticks all these boxes and more.
Started by an enterprising couple—Utsav and Aavika Chhawccharia—just four years ago, the brand already has eight standalone outlets across Delhi-NCR and offers a titillating menu with over 200 products. The founders of Honey & Dough met while studying at Hansraj College, University of Delhi. Thereafter, they pursued their Master’s degrees from Cass Business School in London, got married and began their business venture together. Between the two of them, they have prior work experience in the petrochemicals and polymers business, as well as in home furnishings.
Opening Honey & Dough was a sound business decision, born of their avid belief that there was a dearth of good bakeries and coffeehouses in the capital. Their travels around the globe were the clear inspiration behind building this brand, as they sought to re-create the epicurean delights they had personally experienced in far-flung countries. Honey & Dough seeks to provide an authentic international menu to its clientele with exquisitely crafted baked goods made by the brand›s in-house chefs.
Named after the two most-used ingredients in every bakery—honey and dough—this chain promises high-quality items at reasonable prices, making the bakery accessible to everyone. They are best known for their artisan loaves of hearty bread, buttery pastries, custom made chocolate bars, and classic desserts. Along with the baked selection, staple European dishes are popular items on the menu. Their most sought-after dishes include yummy choco chip muffins, deliciously velvety Belgian chocolate shakes, rich chocolate truffle pastries, wholesome paneer tikka sandwiches, creamy pastas, a vast variety of pizzas, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, and aromatic cappuccinos.
From sweet delicacies to savoury delights, Honey & Dough offers numerous delectable and scrumptious goodies. The international appeal of this brand is not restricted to the menu, extending further to the interior aesthetic of the coffee house as well. The delicious aroma of beans being brewed into fresh coffee and the warmth of flour being baked into a cake greets every patron that walks in. In fact, the beautifully laid-out dessert counter at the entrance, is a welcome assault for all the senses. The serene blue-toned interiors, coupled with casual laid-back vibes ensure a relaxing and approachable space for people of all ages. Even the choice of music adds value to the café’s universal appeal.
Though the dine-in café is the touchstone of this brand, it is by no means its only offering. One can order from a variety of beautifully decorated, customisable cakes, with fillings ranging from chocolate truffle to Belgian trio mousse, Nutella tarts to strawberry compotes. Honey & Dough is also making a name for itself in the occasion gifting market. Every major occasion on the calendar is marked by a specialised gifting option through combo packs filled with seasonal and festive offerings. Cheese straws, blueberry tea cakes, French hearts and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a few of the many things included in these limited-edition gift hampers.
As one of the fastest growing brands in the capital, Honey & Dough is certainly a favourite amongst food aficionados. After running seven successful outlets in Defence Colony, Malviya Nagar, Pacific Mall Tagore Garden, Two Horizon Centre Golf Course Road, Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj, Hargobind Enclave and Dwarka, the team behind Honey & Dough is all set to launch their eighth outlet in Cyber Park, Gurugram—continuing to grow despite the pandemic and the challenges they have faced along the way.
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ARJUN MATHUR TO ADARSH GOURAV: HERE’S LOOKING AT THE TOP THREE OTT NEWSMAKERS
MUMBAI: The past few years have been a revelation for Indian cinema with the influx of OTT content. From handling an out-of-box idea to bringing forth a crucial issue in the limelight – our actors are going all out with their digital ventures!
While we saw some of the finest performances on the streaming platforms last year, there are a few names that define the space with their path-breaking performances, unconventional takes, and impeccable cinema sense. So, here’s rounding up the top four OTT newsmakers.
ARJUN MATHUR: You cannot have a list of the ground-breaking stars without Arjun Mathur. The international Emmy Award-nominated actor has pushed the boundaries with his non-conformist choices, like playing a gay wedding planner in Made In Heaven or shooting a show in a lockdown with The Gone Game. Now, he has Made In Heaven S2, Gone Game 2, Lord Curzon Ki Haveli, and Lionsgate Play’s next series.
PRATIK GANDHI: Pratik Gandhi became a household name with his blockbuster series, Scam 1992. The actor earned massive acclaim for his apt and flamboyant performance of Harshad Mehta. Later, he stunned the audience with his brave selections – Bhavai and Shimmy. Coming up next for the actor are Atithi Bhooto Bhava, Woh Ladki Hai Kahaan?, and Six Suspects.
ADARSH GOURAV: With his solid performance in The White Tiger, Adarsh Gourav has made it into everyone’s watchlist. The new-age actor bagged the BAFTA nomination for his performance and is all set to step into Hollywood with his next venture, Extrapolations, starring Meryl Streep.
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NEW DELHI: Behind every successful person, there are unfailing efforts of teachers. Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj played the role of that guru in actor Madhuri Dixit Nene’s life.
After learning about the demise of Pandit Birju Maharaj, Madhuri, on Monday, took to Twitter and opened up about her relationship with him. “He was a legend but had a child like innocence. He was my guru but also my friend. He taught me the intricacies of dance and Abhinay but never failed to make me laugh at his funny anecdotes,” she wrote.
“He has left behind grieving fans and students but also left a legacy we will all carry forward. Thank you Maharajji for everything you taught me in dance along with humility, elegance and grace. Koti koti pranam,” she added.
Alongside the note, Madhuri posted a throwback picture of her doing mukhdas with Pandit Birju Maharaj. For the unversed, Pandit Birju Maharaj, who breathed his last on Monday, had worked with Madhuri in films like ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’, ‘Devdas’ and ‘Dedh Ishqiya’.
Bollywood in awe of Pushpa & Allu Arjun
Mumbai: Pushpa star Allu Arjun, the talk of the town, has absolutely impressed
his fans,audiences, actors in the South and also many bigwigs in Bollywood. The
stylish star with his emphatic performance has won the hearts of many in the Hindi
speaking regions. Now, Bollywood is all praise for Pushpa Raj aka Allu Arjun and
the movie, reiterate what the stylish star has said in the film, ‘Pushpa is not flower,
it is fire’. Completely entranced by Allu Arjun’s splendid work in “Pushpa”,
and also as the Hindi version in the North belt alone grossed Rs 100 crore
in box office collections in 25 days of its run, actors and big producers
in Bollywood have taken notice, and are now speaking about the
stylish star’s ability to charm viewers.
At a time when Allu Arjun has amassed a big fan following in
Hindi-speaking regions, there are reports of Bollywood producers lining up to cast him in their next Hindi films. Also, many
Hindi actors are showing interest to act in his upcoming pan-India movies. It is also reportedly said that producers are looking
to get Hindi dubbing or remake rights of the icon star’s upcoming films as they feel he will dominate the cinema space now.
The passion Allu Arjun put into his Pushpa Raj character is
so evident that people are just captivated by him.
LATA MANGESHKAR TO REMAIN UNDER SUPERVISION FOR A FEW MORE DAYS
MUMBAI : Giving a health update regarding legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, her doctor on Sunday shared that the megastar will still remain in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), under the supervision of doctors for a few more days.
The Bharat Ratna recipient was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai last week and her treatment is still going on. The 92-year-old star is suffering from corona as well as pneumonia. Dr Pratit Samdani who is treating the veteran singer said that “Lata ji is still in the ICU, she still that is why she is kept under the supervision of the doctor in the ICU.” “Lata ji will remain under the supervision of the doctor for a few more days, it is difficult to say how many days it will last. No one is allowed to meet.” The doctor also said that there is a need for people to pray for her recovery.
MOUNI ROY TO RETURN TO SMALL SCREEN AS A JUDGE ON REALITY SHOW
MUMBAI : After working in films like ‘Gold’, ‘Made in China’, and the yet-to-be-released ‘Brahmastra’, actor Mouni Roy is back to the small screen — the place where she first made her acting debut. Mouni is all set to appear as a judge on ‘Dance India Dance Li’l Masters Season 5’. Talking about the same, she said, “For me, dance is an expression. It is an amalgamation of various art forms. I am incredibly excited to be a part of Dance India Dance Little Masters as a judge. I can’t wait to watch the young kids showcasing their talent on such a huge platform.”
Mouni started her acting journey with TV shows and rose to fame with supernatural ‘Naagin’.
KURUKKU VAZHI IS A CRIME THRILLER: SHIRA GAARG
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