‘Tis the season! If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate Christmas and enjoy the holiday cheer with your family, The Daily Guardian is here to help. Here is a round-up of some amazing Christmas offers in Delhi-NCR to help you make the most of this holiday weekend.
Delhi’s favoured French Patisserie chain L’Opéra, has an impressive array of seasonal festive products on offer. Choose from a classic selection of products like their Bûches (yule logs), Chocolates, Pantone, Christmas Puddings, Biscuits, Plum Cake, Alpine Nut Cake, Galette des Rois and other festive specialities.
The Bûche is a traditional dessert served during pre-Christmas dinners and luncheons and on Christmas Eve in France, and their unique Alpine Nut Cake combines a crunchy biscuit with nuts and tasty, rich caramel. In addition to L’Opéra’s round the year line of biscuits, variations like Gingerbread, Shortbread and extra nutty Hazelnut Crunch have also been added as Christmas delicacies. Their Christmas Pudding and Plum Cakes are other popular goodies.
In the spirit of giving back, Kasen Samandari, Laurent’s father and Executive Chairman of L’Opéra, shares, “This year, once again we have decided to dedicate 5% of the revenue generated from our hamper sales to Main Tendue (www.maintenduedelhi.org), the charity which supports 10 Indian NGOs.”
L’Opéra’s festive delicacies are available in all its outlets and online.
2. BAKEHOUSE COMFORT BY CAFE DELHI HEIGHTS
Founder Gunjan Batra has planned a special menu for this season. Indulge in Bakehouse Comfort specials like Apple Tart, Carrot Yule Log, Chocolate Bombs, Gingerbread Men Biscuits and more. They are also offering specially curated Christmas Hamper trays with specials like Tarts, Cookies, Panettone, Plum Cake, Puddings, exotic breads and more. These hampers are available in different sizes and prices. Their special arty trays are made on order as great additions to festive house parties. They come in different varieties like chip and dip trays, Mexican trays, Chef’s special trays and more.
At Bakehouse Comfort by Café Delhi Heights in DLF Avenue, Saket.
3. HONEY & DOUGH
Founder Aavika Chhawchharia says, “Honey and Dough is bringing back its classic selection of products which includes Classic Plum cakes, our special Chocolate Balls, Christmas Puddings, Cookies, Plum Cakes, and other festive specialities. An exclusive offering this year is our Chocolate House, which is made with in-house chocolates like truffles and more.”
This season Honey and Dough has expanded its repertoire to include Gingerbread and Shortbread cookies, specially crafted for Christmas. Christmas Puddings and Plum Cakes are also on offer and one can gift exclusive Honey and Dough Christmas hampers which are the perfect mix of cakes, cookies, chocolates and more.
At Honey and Dough exclusive stores at Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj, Malviya Nagar, Pacific Mall, Janakpuri, Cyber Park and more.
4. CAFÉ DELHI HEIGHTS
The Chef at Café Delhi Heights has created a special Christmas Menu that will be on offer from 21 to 31 December. This consists of Broth with Chicken Dumplings, Rice Vermicelli Hearty Duck Soup, Asian Spring Salad, Pulled US Turkey Soft Tacos, US Roasted Duck, Four Cheese Fondue, Parmigiana and more. The special menu can be paired with your favourite drinks at the bar.
At all Café Delhi Heights outlets across Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Chandigarh.
5. OPHELIA, HOTEL ASHOKA
For Christmas, Ophelia at Ashoka Hotel offers a scrumptious buffet that includes seasonal specials like Marsala Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Grilled Camembert with Cranberry Glaze, Herbed Roasted Turkey, Classic Roast Chicken, Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, Prosciutto Crudo Ham, Maple Glazed Bacon, and Brussels Sprouts among other delicacies.
On Christmas Eve, a special a la carte menu is in place for Rs 6,000 per person and Rs 12,000 for couples with outdoor seating, along with special pricing for cabanas. Themed music and Christmas decor promises to make the occasion memorable.
At Ophelia – Hotel Ashok.
6. VIET: NOM, CYBER HUB
Viet:Nom Cyberhub is offering a lavish Christmas Brunch with special decor and a live performance of Christmas carols. An in-house Santa will cheer the guests as they enjoy the buffet. Guests can choose from a selection of salads, followed by delicacies from their live section. Starters include Grilled Chicken Skewers, Roasted Chicken Wings, and for mains one can enjoy Chicken in Lemon Grass Garlic Chili, Braised Fish in Tomato Ginger, Vietnamese Pickle Chili Eggplant, and other dishes. Desserts include Coconut and Passion Fruit Pudding, and Che Ba Ba.
At Viet:nom in DLF CyberHub.
7. CHRISTMAS BRUNCH AT THE KNOT
Newly opened The Knot in Eros Intercontinental Hotel in Nehru Place, is the brainchild of Priyakant Gautam, and has a lot to offer this Christmas. Enjoy a Chef’s special brunch with appetisers like Warm Chevre Salad, Baked Brie, The Knot Special Platters and more. Vegetarians can choose from hearty dishes like Grilled Artichoke, Zucchini Wrapped Quinoa, and non-vegetarians will appreciate the Parmesan Crusted Lamb Rack, and the Herb Roasted Whole Chicken. Desserts include Chocolate Mud Pot, Plum Cake, and Cheese Cake with Wild Berry Compote.
At The Knot Eros International Hotel, Nehru Place.
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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’.
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CHENNAI: What started as a surprising opportunity for actress Shira Gaarg to explore her passion became her career path once she started getting good reviews from reputed film critics for her role in her debut Tamil film Baby. Hailing from Bengaluru, Shira Gaarg was pursuing her college studies when a photoshoot caught the attention of director Balaji Sakthivel and his production team. They were looking for a fresh face for the movie Baby. She did not have any experience in acting then but after motivation from the director and support from her family she accepted the offer. Later after completion of her MBA she decided to take acting as her full time profession. Actress Shira Gaarg has recently completed the shoot for Tamil film titled Shot Boot Three directed by Arun Vaidyanathan and is currently shooting for her next movie Kurukku Vazhi directed by N.T. Nantha. In a candid conversation the actress avers, “Kurukku Vazhi is a crime thriller. It describes about what happens when people take short cut in life and how it would impact others. It is a very emotional role and the character has to go through mix of emotions. The story is about four people and what choices I make while dealing with them.” The film is produced by K Singh and A. Sharma. Apart from writing and directing the film, N.T. Nantha has also handled cinematography and composed the music. Apart from these projects, Shira Gaarg has also played the lead role in a Tamil web series Chewing Gum for Hotstar Network. She further added, “All my roles are unique and distinct. I am looking at playing meaty kind of roles. Fortunately the roles which I have played are all different and diverse.”
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