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Fine dining restro Sandys sure knows its way to food and cocktails

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By Ankit Sinha

Gurgaon: The Delhi-NCR region is witnessing a rise in awareness about pairing cocktails and food, thanks to the advent of several European-style fine-dining restaurants opening there. One such restro-bar is Sandys Cocktails and Kitchen, which is making a buzz for all the right reasons.

With an intelligent and eclectic mix of tequila, vodka and whisky, along with hearty lamb, chicken and pork flavours, Sandys Cocktails and Kitchen have an array of tastes to offer.

However delicious a cocktail may be, its taste gets a dozen times better when paired with an ideal dish containing the right flavours. At an especially curated dinner table meet at the restro-bar, the guests were served exclusively crafted non-vegetarian and vegetarian menus which encompassed an array of lip-smacking yet elegantly flavoured dishes.

Imagine savouring a Vesper cocktail (inspired by the James Bond movie “Casino Royale”) enhancing the citric flavour of a Bratwurst, a German pork sausage, in cosy environs with wooden interiors inspired by Bavarian architecture and blues and jazz playing in the background.

But that’s not all. As the taste buds begin to tickle and yearn for more, the next dish, a chicken Caesar salad, which includes Romaine hearts, garlic melba with grilled chicken and bacon bits, comes along with its accompaniment, a cocktail named Last Tango in Modena.

The cocktail comprised bell pepper infused tequila, slit green chilly, passion fruit pure muddled with basil and shaken with orange juice and lime juice. Garnished with rose petal ice cube. The green leaves and the grilled chicken flavour went well with the passion fruit and chilly flavours in the cocktail.

After that were served the Hungarian Goulash, which included a hearty lamb soup, with carrots, potatoes and onions, seasoned with paprika and served with the interestingly named Smok’d Celery Bloody Bitch cocktail. The cocktail had an interesting combination of vodka and tomato juice and a combination of other spices, with Sandys’ own twist – adding spiced juice with smoked sea salt, lime and celery juice foam.

In the main course, the braised lamb shanks were cooked in its own juices and served with globe artichokes, green pea and truffle risotto, sauteed spinach and shallot confit and was served with the simplest cocktail of the evening, the old fashioned whisky cocktail.

Lastly, guests were served with the new age Tiramisu, which included mascarpone, Kahlua, Savioardi and served with Espresso Martini with Hazelnut Foam.

Sandeep Verma, the owner of Sandys Cocktails and Kitchen, said the vision behind the restro-bar was “an instant concept, as I always wanted to open a cosy homely place with a soul and character of its own”.

“I wanted to create a place with a soul and character rather than building it. I always wanted to incorporate five elements- earth, air, water, fire, ether, and wood as the sixth element should be the umami effect of Sandys hospitality ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’,” Verma told reporters.

Besides, Verma also has a bar school running at his establishment.

“The place was designed in a manner where we could conduct professional bartenders coaching during the day, from Monday to Friday. Weekends are for our guests and customers to learn their favourite recipe or learn more about whisky tastings or wine appreciations. We take pride in creating good cocktails and we love sharing recipes with our patrons,” he added.(IANS)

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When You Engage in ‘Hedonic Consumption’? Read Here To Find Out

"Emotional consumption is usually food because it's easily accessible and available to most people,"

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Some research suggests "hedonic consumption" doesn't help because it could lead to a vicious cycle of eating unhealthily and its associated guilt factors. Pixabay

If you start binging on fast food, savour dark chocolates or can’t resist that ice cream, this may be because of an emotional event like a recent break-up as there is science behind this behaviour, says a study.

Reacting to emotional events like break-ups, tends to involve reaching for the nearest unhealthy snack which is called “hedonic consumption”, said Nitika Garg, Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) at Sydney Business School.

“When you engage in ‘hedonic consumption’, you always have some kind of emotion attached to it,” she added.

When you’re sad, you tend to go for overconsumption – hedonic consumption – as therapy.

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“We tend to focus on sadness and what it does to consumption but there’s also this unexpected good effect of happiness,” Garg suggested. Pixabay

“Be it ice cream or a luxury handbag, there are always emotions attached,” Garg said.

Research shows when people are made aware of emotion effects, they go away.

“One of the mechanisms to curbing hedonic consumption is making people aware of the behaviour by providing nutritional information,” Garg noted.

On the flip side, experiencing happiness actually curbs the consumption of unhealthy food products.

“Happiness is shown to increase the consumption of products people believe to be healthy,” said the professor.

In her research, the UNSW academic offered both M&M chocolates and sweet dried fruit sultanas to happy and sad people.

She found that happy people don’t eat M&Ms but they do eat sultanas a lot more.

“We tend to focus on sadness and what it does to consumption but there’s also this unexpected good effect of happiness,” Garg suggested.

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When you’re sad, you tend to go for overconsumption – hedonic consumption – as therapy. Pixabay

Some research suggests “hedonic consumption” doesn’t help because it could lead to a vicious cycle of eating unhealthily and its associated guilt factors.

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“Emotional consumption is usually food because it’s easily accessible and available to most people,” said Garg who received a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad.

“People go for what seems easiest to them in terms of familiarity and in terms of accessibility for ‘hedonic consumption’,” the professor added. (IANS)