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Mumbai's popular band Groove will play foot-stomping retro classics today from 8 pm to 10.30 pm at Tiger Trails,Hotel Royal Orchid,...

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published:February 28, 2009 3:43 am

The Band-its
Mumbai’s popular band Groove will play foot-stomping retro classics today from 8 pm to 10.30 pm at Tiger Trails,Hotel Royal Orchid,Kalyani Nagar,providing a wonderful ambiance for a great dinner. The band,featuring Wilburn on guitar and vocals,Keith Donald on bass guitar,Keith on electronic drums,and Joe on lead vocals,will play a selection of favourites from the 60s to 80s. They have regaled audiences at well known venues in Mumbai and across the country,and look forward to a rousing evening in Pune. At Rs 350 per head inclusive of dinner and two beers,it sure is a great way to spend a Saturday evening.

Street food rediscovered
If you’re someone who finds street food more appealing than five-star dinners,then Street-o-Mania,the annual food festival of the Maharashtra State Institute Of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (MSIHMCT) is the place to head to. To be held on March 6 and 7,Street-o-Mania,will have international street food from across the globe,including South East Asia,India,Middle East,Europe,U S and Mexico. “The menu incorporates popular street food from these regions,which is all prepared and presented by students of the college. We also have a mocktail bar named No Entry,which will serve drinks picked from the streets as well,” informs Anita Moodaliar,senior lecturer and academic coordinator,MSIHMCT.

“The decoration would portray the different streets in their true form and also incorporate the traditions and culture of the various countries. The entertainment includes traditional dances,a fire flair show at the bar and students dressed as tour guides escorting guests to the different streets and guiding them through. Spread over two days,this gourmet extravaganza would include families,hoteliers and alumni,” she adds.

Break the fast,in style
Le Méridien’s newly launched breakfast is all set to unveil a novel point of view on cuisine. Rolling out recently at La Brasserie,the new signature breakfast has been created in partnership with three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. It features unconventional combinations of fruits such as oranges,carrots and raspberries,and herbs and spices such as chilies,cloves and pepper. Breakfast entrees are new interpretations of classic breakfast items such as Croque Madame,Smoked Salmon Silken Tofu Crunchy Bagel,Espresso Steamed Eggs,Buckwheat Crepe with Spinach Herbs and Gruyere Cheese,Spiced Oatmeal Soufle with Fresh Berries and lastly Goat Cheese Gruyere Custard Black Olive and Dill. The breakfast buffet includes a huge selection of universal favourites along with local delicacies,priced at Rs 450. One Signature Breakfast dish is on offer each day and the breakfast selection includes fresh fruit juices,chopped fresh fruits,bircher-muesli and an interactive egg station which serves you eggs to order and favourites like waffles and pancakes.

A slice of Lebanon
Lebanon brings to mind beautiful landscapes of sun and cedar,aromas of olives and orange trees,a spell of magic! The gastronome in you can now have a real taste of Lebanon at the Lebanese Food Festival at Le Meridien.

Full of robust and earthy flavors and the goodness and hospitality of the Lebanese people,Lebanese gastronomy is a rich mixture of various products and ingredients coming from diverse Lebanese regions. Olive oil,herbs,spices,fresh fruits and vegetables are commonly used,as well as dairy products,cereals,fishes and meat.

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