Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pizza Hut ‘All You Can Eat Challenge’ experience

By now we’re sure all foodies already know that Pizza Hut’s started an ‘Unlimited Pizza Party’ offer where you can eat unlimited pizzas for Rs199/- only! To be more precise, in an offer running from 16th September to 20th October, consumers at Pizza Hut can have unlimited veg pizzas for Rs199 per person and non-veg pizzas for Rs299 per person. The offer is available across all 7 days of the week, during lunch and dinner, at all their outlets across the country.

And obviously like every brand would and should promote their offers, Pizza Hut’s also doing the same. They’ve rolled out TVC’s, sent direct mailers and even did a tweet-a-thon contest on Twitter.

But one stand out thing we’re reporting via this post is the ‘All You Can Eat Challenge’ that Pizza Hut hosted on 5th October. It was a showdown between 2 teams, with ample food enthusiasts in it. One was the team from Chef At Large, and the other team FOODATHON! Both teams, comprising of 4 members each, were given 30mins to eat as many slices of pizzas possible.

One by one, we managed to gulp 38 slices in 30mins, but were still defeated by team Chef At Large, who ate 41slices! Hats off to everyone on both the teams! I mean seriously! We eat fresh and hot pizzas, straight from the oven, with oodles of cheese on it and how! If you do the math, both teams respectively ate little more than 1 pizza slice every minute! That has to some record - if not a world or India record; maybe a south Delhi record!

More seriously, it was a fun event. It reintroduced Pizza Hut to most people on our team, as we mostly get cozy either with lounges or coffee shops! Personally, I had visited this same Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, Pizza Hut outlet, around 2-3years back and had a good experience. But I still never returned until now.

The pizzas too were great. They’ve always have been. The crust for me personally is a winner against Dominos, but still whenever you think of ordering pizzas, Dominos is the name that first comes to your mind.

Look forward to more such events from Pizza Hut!

- Karan Bhujbal, Contributing Author

P.S. Sadly, we couldn't take any pictures while we were eating, as we were too busy eating. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

What does drinking wine mean in different countries?

The topic of my blog does not indicate my addiction to drinking J but just a thought that meandered in my mind after I got the privilege of attending a bureaucrat party yesterday with my close relative.  Men in neatly ironed suits, expensive watches around their wrists and women clad in cocktail dresses with their shining diamond earring walked past me but what caught my attention is the beautiful sleek glass with red and golden colored liquid that depicted India’s growing cosmopolitan culture. The curious cat in me could not rest, so I wondered Is drinking wine just a formality or there’s more to it which led to me researching on the wine culture across the globe and what I learnt is a much wider perspective on my subject.

History of wine spans thousands of years and is closely intertwined with the history of agriculture, cuisine, civilization and humanity itself.Archaeological evidence suggests that the earliest known wine production occurred in what is now known as  the country of   Iran around 7000 BC and today every nation has its own concept of wine drinking.

A symbol of wealth and being cultured in CHINA
In China, drinking wine has become a sign of being cultured and of wealth. Red and white wine is often served chilled in small quantities and in a Chinese banquet, it’s not unusual for someone to propose a toast in the traditional form of gan bei where a whole glass could be finished at once. 

Completes the meal in FRANCE
France is the biggest wine producers in the world and therefore it is regarded customary to drink wine in France. Wine is considered to be healthy for the heart in addition to being a great way to accompany a meal! French take sweet white wine with white meats and dry red wine with red meat.

Nourishment for the ITALIANS
Wine drinking is an important aspect of the Italian culture. Considered as nourishment to the Italians, it was used often as a supplement to the diet of the lower classes that needed additional calories, which were provided by the wine. Among youth in Italy, males drink more often than females, and wine is most often drunk at home with the family.

Social Affair in Spain
In Spain, many consider meals to be incomplete without wine. Spain believes in “proper drinking” wherein a person knows when and how to drink. The country is known for its bar culture and therefore drinking too becomes a social affair.

Country of women winers-Germany
Due to the northerly location of the German vineyards, the country has produced outstanding quality wines. Wine is the second most popular drink in the country after beer. In Germany, women drink more wine as compared to men who prefer beer over wine.

Whether it’s a family or a social affair, the importance of wine has evolved over time and across the globe it has different importance, changing from an important source of nutrition to a cultural complement to food and a healthy lifestyle. 

-Preeti Nair, Contributing author