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Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails, A Fun Filled Event and A Few Clicks Through Food & Art

30 October 2012 20 Comments

“If more of us valued food and cheer above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien. 27th October 2012 Saturday, quite afternoon, beautiful place, passionate bloggers and a  perfect set up for a cheerful evening filled with good food and fun. The grand event was organized by Indi Blogger at ITC Grand Chola in Chennai, India.

Mom do you know about Chola dynasty?” My son asked me when I was getting ready for the meet. “The dynasty was one of the longest ruling dynasties in Southern India during 13th century and it has gifted India some of the best bronze and stone sculptures” he stated as a matter of fact. These are times I feel I had read my history lessons thoroughly :)  Anyways, these pointers were enough for me to appreciate the architect and designs of the property.

The meet started at 2 PM with a small preview session, blogger introduction, some games accompanied with good refreshments after which we were grouped into batches and taken for a virtual tour of the ITC Chola property. I soon found myself lost in the medieval period with the silence echoing from the intricately designed marbled walls and the colossal Atrium as I walked through.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

Magnificent pillar free banquet hall with beautiful table settings for all the bloggers and a cheerful me :)

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The whole bunch of bloggers standing tall.

After shooting most of my pictures in natural light with macro frames I was feeling lost trying to click large structures in artificial and very dim lights. I almost gave up hopes after I saw the first 20 pictures were nothing but just a few bright dots of light, till a friend asked me to change a few settings on my camera.

Moreover it was quite difficult to take pictures following my group which was moving quickly from one wing to another while listening to the appointed guide.

(This blog post is not a restaurant review or any kind of paid article).

I spent most of my time clicking around the food and the artifacts. Below are a few pictures I clicked as I perceived the structure through the eyes of art and food.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event
Its close to eight in night, I took almost 10 shots of this place with maximum ISO and found nothing in the frame but a few bright spots. Got upset, sat down trying to find out a way and finally clicked this shot from the steps.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

I like these huge flower pots at the entrance.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

These intricately carved marbled stones reminded me of the many temples and building I have seen in my hometown Rajasthan.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

Simple yet sophisticated structure.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

Like the sombre settings here.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

That bronze peacock handle took my breadth away.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

Like the twist and turn in this flower arrangement.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

Clicked the picture for those dried lemons and tall jars filled with nutmeg.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

This cute Olive bottle looked like a demure sitting pretty on a chair.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

Looks like a large family of big Daddy French loaf and small baby soup sticks.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

Freshly made multi grain Pastas hanging pretty.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

The contrasting colors of Bell peppers and the beautiful bowl is mesmerizing.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

Steamy hot kitchen and the chefs at work.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

A picture of kitchen from the eyes of food.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

Wish I have stock of all of these Olive oils and those lovely bottles.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

The cute barperson took no time to make two moctails for me in a jiffy.

1. Orange Punch

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

I could not resist myself and asked the cute barperson to make a quick moctail I could make at my home.  He asked my favorite flavors, shake-shake and two quick pineapple and orange mocktails were ready before I could set my camera to click.

Mocktails are a wonderful way to pep up a party or serve during any festive occasion. Mocktails are non-alcoholic beverages normally made with fizzy soda water and fresh or canned fruit juices. You can easily adapt these recipes to suit your palate by adding ingredients you like.

Orange Punch

Ingredients;
(3 servings)

  • 1 cups Orange juice
  • 1 cup Pineapple juice
  • 1 cup soda/Sprite
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • A dash of grenadine (optional)
  • Ice cubes as required

Method; Add all the ingredients except the soda water or any colorless fizzy drink (sprite/7 up) fizzy in a cocktail shaker or blender and   shake or blend for a few minutes.

Pour 3/4 of this fruity concoction in a chilled serving glass, fill the rest with the fizzy drink and add the grenadine (if using in the recipe, Grenadine is a syrup which gives reddish or pink color to the drink). Garnish with lemon wedge or orange segment and serve chilled.

2. Pineapple Punch

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

Pineapple Punch

Ingredients;

  • 1 cup Pineapple juice
  • 1 can ginger Ale (optional)
  • 1 cup soda water
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Ice cubes as required

Method; Add all the ingredients except the soda water or any colorless fizzy drink (sprite/7 up) fizzy in a cocktail shaker or blender and   shake or blend for a few minutes.

Pour 3/4 of this fruity concoction in a chilled serving glass, fill the rest with the fizzy drink. Garnish with a lemon wedge and serve chilled.

Recipes | Two Easy Mocktails and A Fun Filled Event

me framed…

I was enthralled by the extensive use of marble and bronze metal, large pillar free hall, majestic lobbies, gorgeous chandeliers,  subtle paintings and the architect most of which are  inspired from Chola period. True to its name the property is built to relive the grandeur of a golden era in Indian history.

An evening worth spent, meeting old friends, greeting new bloggers and I returned home with these golden words of Mahatma Gandhi echoing in my mind “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” 

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20 Comments »

  • swetha said:

    Amazing Photographyand ur looking georgeous sanjeeta…

  • Spandana said:

    Wow.. You all must have had a ball.
    I loved the peacock door handle and the pic of the hanging pasta, and ofcourse your self pic :)
    Refreshing mocktails.. Delicious!

  • dassana@veg recipes of india said:

    thats a beautiful visual tour of the chola property. i liked those olive oil bottles.

  • Uma Anandane said:

    ITC gala get-together is great.I did not attend this meeting with you guys from Chennai but I loved the pics you took.You sure got an eye for good pictures :)

  • Anamika | madcookingfusions said:

    Lovely clicks and post Sanjeeta, I like mocktails,shall try your version soon.Loved the framed U :)!

  • Lisa H. said:

    Awesome photos… :D
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  • Shoba Shrinivasan said:

    Lovely shots Sanjeeta…did u use a 100 mm? i loved hte reflection of light on the glasses in the bokeh of the picture where he is making your mocktail! How have you been? looks like yuou all had a blast!

    Shobha

  • Ram N said:

    Awesome collection of experience and images.

    Love the steam drifting at the Kitchen, Bell Peppers and the Garlic clicks more.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Shoba, am fine thanks. No, I don’t have 100mm, these clicks are from my Canon SLR kit lens (basic).

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Ram, Thanks for dropping by, have always been admiring your photography on FB.

  • Viswa said:

    What a treat to see these photos. Thank you so much
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  • mjskit said:

    Did you have fun or what?!?! Oh yes – I’ve been there trying to shoot something and get nothing. Thank goodness I’m married to a photography. He has taught me a lot about cameras, but our subject matter is different. He shoots wildlife and outdoor scenes and I shoot food. :) Once you figured out your settings you really got creative. Your photos are gorgeous and really create a mood. Love them! Love the last statement – words to live by.
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @MJ, Yes, I did enjoy the evening, just that my camera did not co-operate :) So lucky to have your better half as a photographer…would love to see some of his works through your blog.

  • kankana said:

    Bloggers meet are always so much fun! I bet you didn’t wanted the day to end :)
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  • Nami | Just One Cookbook said:

    What a fun event! I was excited to see Japanese tetsubin (the cast iron tea pot) as a cover photo! ;) Sounds like you had an awesome time with other bloggers. I’ve never attended any food blogger event but I can imagine how fun it must be. Thanks for sharing the experience with us! This place is beautiful!!
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  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb said:

    Sanjeeta looks like you enjoyed your time there. Who wouldn’t with all these beautifull arranged things. I love the picture with the nutmeg and lemons, thats such a nice idea as deco. And the pasta!

    do u have iso 3200 on your cam? Mine only goes to 1600, and I realized I would need much more if I want to click grain free clear pictures in the dark. I think you did a great job managing the darkness.
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  • Love2cook Malaysia said:

    WOW, you are a terrific photographer dear! Loved all those shots…:)

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  • Priti said:

    Worth winning Sanjeeta! Awesome clicks. Apart from being a food blogger your are a wonderful photographer indeed. :)

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Helene, Yes I have ISO 3200 in my basic kit Canon camera. Found it quite tough to shoot in the dark even after increasing the ISO to max. and realized how different and difficult shooting in modes other than macro is.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Priti, Thanks for your sweet words!

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