My First Zomato Meet At The Parthenon,Chicago


Indian Bloggers

I was writing reviews on Zomato for more than two years in Delhi/NCR and then I continued my foodie journey in Chicago suburbs too.

Last year in October, unexpectedly I got a invite from Zomato for meetup as I was topping the charts on Chicago’s foodie leader-board. At first I was astonished as attending Zomato meet in Chicago was beyond my imagination.

As I reached the event at The Parthenon, both my excitement and nervousness were at the top, but within couple of minutes it was just we foodies and bloggers sharing our thoughts and experiences. I was filled with wonder that most of them were Indian food admirer.

Why The Parthenon?

Located on S Halsted St,Chicago this place is highly acclaimed for authentic Greek food. In 1968 Parthenon introduced the exclusive dish Saganaki, a flaming cheese appetizer served on a small frying pan. Apart from this, Parthenon made Gyros popular among Chicagoans.

 

Let’s talk food:  As they say, In Parthenon you Dine Like Gods and yes we did, a five course meal !

Appetizers

We got Spanakopitas(mini spinach and feta cheese pies), Broiled Octopus, Skordalia(thick puree of potatoes with garlic) and my favorite Saganaki(flaming cheese) in appetizers. Spanakopitas were very rich & tasteful, broiled octopus was fully flavoured with herbs and lemon, on the other hand Skordalia had the strong flavour of garlic but the star of the night was Saganaki with the shout of “Opa”Check out the video here.o (5)o (6)o (4)o (7)

Soup

For soup I chose Egg and Lemon soup, as it didn’t sounded familiar among those which I have tasted. It was a classic treat, with rice and lemon essence. I am not at all a soup lover but I can go for it again. o (8)

Salad

After the heavenly appetizers and soup I was almost full and there were three course still waiting for me. The salad I opted for was Greek, full of freshness & seasonings topped with olives & feta cheese, it was sure a hit.o (9)

Main Course

From the day I attended this meet, I am a Gyro lover. Gyro is made of lamb or beef on vertical rotisserie, served as shaved meat on pita bread with Tzatziki sauce, a Greek dip made of thick or strained yogurt, cucumber, garlic, salt & olive oil. It was my very first experience with Gyro and indeed it was appetizing. o (11)

Dessert

No meal is complete without a dessert and we wrapped up the meet with Baklava, a layered filo pastry filled with nuts and held together with honey. The Baklava was outstanding, aromatic & fully flavored. It tasted equally well as it looks.o (12)

Overall, my first Zomato meet was overwhelming, more than what I expected out of it. Thanks to all fellow foodies and The Parthenon who made this event unforgettable.

The Liebster Award…


Indian Bloggers

Hey everyone,

Unexpectedly, couple of  days ago we got our first nomination for  “The Liebster Award”. It feels great that people read our blog, like and comment, but nothing beats the acknowledgement and recognition of being nominated for award.

Thanks to the Life360degrees for giving us this opportunity.Congratulations on getting the award for your inspiring blog. Liebster-Award-Large

Liebster Award : An award for a blogger by a blogger, Liebster is given to newbies with a less number of followers (below 200). It’s a great way to highlight the efforts put together by the contributor in blogging world.

Rules

  • Write a blog post to thank the nominator.
  • Answer the questions asked by the nominator
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and let them know by sharing the link.
  • Ask 11 questions to the nominees.

Life360degrees Questions:

1) One dream location that you would love to travel to? Well, I would love to visit Istanbul, Turkey for its historic area.

2) What is your favorite accessory?  I never step out without my Sunglasses. I love to collect them.

3) Who would you like to be reborn as?  Don’t really want to be reborn.

4) One brand that you swear by? Maybelline …for sure !!

5) What is your favorite TV show? Actually there are two: Friends & Sex and the City.

6) One person, you idolize? Undoubtedly.. Maharani Gayatri Devi.

7) What is your favorite sport? Badminton.

8) One city /country that you recently visited? St.Louis, Missouri.

9) Who is your favorite celebrity? If I have to choose one, I will go for Sushmita Sen.

10) What was the last book you read? Maharanis by Lucy Moore.

11) What is your favorite cuisine? As a foodie, this is a puzzle for me but these days I am in love with Thai .

Here I am nominating the 11 bloggers. I am not really sure if they fall under 200 followers category, but I believe they all deserve it.

Steps TogetherEnticingfoodcruiseChasing MilesThe Nomadic GuyWeekend NotesEverything CandidSoul Searching JourneysTravel by KarmaRashminotesEuroatheartThe Small Town Blogger

My questions for the nominated bloggers:

  1. Which trip is always fresh in your memories?
  2. Which is your favorite post you have written?
  3. What are your upcoming travel destinations?
  4. What is your favorite destination and why?
  5. Where was your first trip?
  6. Snow or Sand?
  7. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  8. Any place or city you would love to visit again and again?
  9. Which food you love the most?
  10. What is the one lesson you have learned from your trips?
  11. Which movie/book inspires you?

I would love to read the answers, so once you are done,post the link in comments.