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Pizza Corner has always been about innovations and providing best quality pizza at value for money. So when recently they organized Pizza Corner Party contest on Twitter and invited tweeple to take part in it, we jumped at the opportunity and ensured we refreshed our knowledge of how Pizza originated and how it is prepared over a period of time. All the famous Bangalore tweeps and food bloggers were invited to be there for a surprise Pizza party and we were pleasantly surprised when we were told we would get to make our own pizzas too!

We made both Veg and Non-Veg pizzas with lots of topping and were guided very well by chefs from Pizza Corner. We were told how hygienically they maintain the kitchen, how to ensure we spread the sauce evenly, ensure toppings are spread out evenly and then how to load them onto the oven. It was a fun learning experience for all of our tweeps who were really excited to try out something like this for the first time! We made both Thin Crust and Cheese Burst pizzas according to everyone’s liking.

I made a Lamb Pepperoni Pizza with additional topping of Chicken pieces and loads and loads of cheese! It came out brilliantly well and I must say I was proud of myself for creating such a masterpiece! Now that Pizza Corner has come out with an Android app where ordering Pizza is just a click away, I think I will order my free pizza with that coupon code and ensure it is as good if not better than the pizza I made!

There is also another promotion going on. Pizza Corner has come out with a brand new dessert called the classic Apple Pie. All you have to do is walk into your nearest outlet, order the delicious new Apple Pie, and fill out a simple form expressing your love for Pizza Corner. The most creative response just might win you that romantic Club Mahindra holiday for two! Isn’t that exciting??!!

We created some mouth watering pizzas and devoured them with family and friends. Lot of customers who were not part of the Pizza Corner Party were curious to see this and made inquiries so that they can also enjoy this kind of experience. Pizza Corner mentioned they have lot of other interesting activities and contests for their fans coming up on their Facebook and Twitter pages!

The Bangalore Social Foodies including food and lifestyle bloggers like Nivedith, Aravind, Prateek, Nirav, Suman, Skanda, Rumana, Uma Kanth, Arjun, Deepa and me had a great time at Pizza Corner and we thank Media Moments for arranging this blogger meetup. Looking forward to enjoying more slices of life with delicious food at Pizza Corner!

To celebrate the return of the iconic Stan Smith shoes, Adidas Originals rolled out an innovative activation- a museum cum pop-up store in DLF Promenade, Delhi; housed in a giant shoe box.

The Stan Smith pop-up shop offered the all new classic white Stan Smiths and its colorful new avatars. The museum included customized versions of the shoe designed by prominent Delhi based designers- Namrata Joshipura, Ratnesh Rastogi  (January Rose) and Himanshu Dogra (The Play Clan). It also featured interactive experiences, such as a ‘Stan Yourself’ booth that enabled visitors to create their own image, similar to the style of the Stan Smith logo and add it to a ‘Wall of Fame’.

The pop-up was a scale replica of an Adidas Stan Smith shoebox. Aside from selling limited edition shoes, the store featured “an interactive floor, a digital ‘Stan Yourself’ station, and a 3D printing post” that allows consumers to be able to take part in an interactive experience and customize their lace locks using 3D printing. 3D Systems Cube printers lined the walls and were operating live in the store. The printers worked away making personalized lace locks for the customers to put the finishing touch on their shoes.

The re-launch coincided with the 50th anniversary of the shoe, which is Adidas’ top-selling shoe. The strategy here is simple, retro fashion is huge so bringing back an iconic style, with a campaign celebrating its heritage is bound to pay off for this global fashion brand.

The pop-up store and limited edition shoes are a great way to drum up excitement and awareness. A wonderful job by Adidas Originals.

Recently I was invited to try out the Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna’s ‘Twist of Taste’ menu at Shiro, Bangalore. This was in collaboration with Fox Traveller where Vikas has a show, where he presents Asian recipes with a twist which adds amazing flavours to the well known dishes. I was really excited to be part of it so when Avian Media extended the invitation to me, I grabbed the opportunity immediately.  As usual, Shiro was resplendent on a Wednesday evening and I was surprised to see some amazingly named dishes as part of ‘Twist of Taste’ menu.

Started with one of my favorites on the menu – Cripsy tofu with tamarind chutney in paper basket. This was Tofu cubes dusted with tempura flour, crisp fried, mixed with tamarind sauce and served inside paper basket. The tamarind touch was very innovative and provided just the right amount of zest in the food.

Next item on the menu which we tasted was Panko crusted prawn rawa fry style. This was Prawn marinated with ginger, garlic, black pepper and lime juice which was then dusted with tempura flour before being dipped in batter crumbed with panko. It was fried till golden brown and served with coconut chutney. This was definitely one of the highlights of the menu and I asked for more portions to enjoy this amazing fusion of cuisines!

We also tried out Xacuti masala grilled rice paper roll chicken. This was Chicken breast marinated with Goan xacuti masala. It was grilled and wrapped in rice paper with cucumber, lettuce, tomato and served with tamarind and jaggery reduction. I didn’t really enjoy this starter as I felt it was too dry and maybe lacked a bit of zing in the spice department!

It was time for main course and I was really impressed by the Kerala style prawn curry with Thai red curry paste. The ingredients were Onion, ginger, garlic, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coconut milk, red curry paste and kaffir lime leaves. It was a gastronomical marriage of Kerala cuisine with Thai cuisine which I must admit was a big hit! I enjoyed having this curry with lemon fried rice which had a generous helping of Madras Curry Powder!

As always we enjoyed the Long Island Ice Tea, Kiwi Mojito and Classic Mojito along with these amazingly innovative fusion dishes at our favorite Oriental restaurant Shiro along with other food bloggers and tweeps from Bangalore!

Don’t miss the “Twist of Taste” menu which is affordable as it’s priced in the range of just Rs.250 to Rs.700 per dish. It’s curated by Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna and perfected by JSM corporation head chef Priyank Singh Chouhan.

 

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