Boombox Brewstreet is back with a lot of Boom and Bang..!!

Boombox Brewstreet located in the hustling bustling market of sector 29, Gurgaon is definitely your next go to bar and casual dining space. Music is in the air, on the walls and everywhere here, because that is the central theme of this lively place. The place opened some 4-5 months back and then temporarily shut for renovation and now its back with a bang. I was recently invited by Mukul Verma, co-owner of the place for a wonderful food tasting session.

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My foodie experience began by a mind blowing gastronomic Amuse Bouche, which was melt in a mouth version of our traditional dahi bhallas, served like a dollop of curd on spoons emitting smoke, it was sheer delight to watch it.

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Something is Fishy and Yeh Reshmi Zulfein were served first. Something is Fishy was a tangy and lemony fish tikka and served with big chunks of aloo chaat, which gave it a real twist and a pleasant one indeed. I loved it. Yeh Reshmi Zulfien was a nicely done Reshmi Chicken Tikka marinated with creamy pesto sauce and tandoori mayo, I loved it.

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Up next were the Chemical Brothers, a trio of Jhalmuri, which had one original style, one fennel flavoured and one achari, well Jhalmuri has never been something that I am keen for and hence I did taste, but didn’t like it much. I find the flavours of oil too strong for my liking.

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Aye Mere Pyaare Mutton, Punjab Se Lekar Delhi Via Spain and Mr. Gulati Kebab were served next. Aye Mere Pyaare Mutton was a sure shot winner for me, tender and saucy meat balls served with cucumber and basil yogurt and tomato chutney. This is not to be missed. Mr. Gulati Kebab, served with chutney droppers and mini paranthas were delectable too, the kebabs were really soft and delicious. Punjab Se Lekar Delhi Via Spain was also an interesting dish, where Rajma Chawal were fried like a croquette in Amritsari Papad Crust.

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Teri Meri Kahani, Kool-Cha and Main Toh Raste Se Jaa Raha The found space on our tables next. Teri Mere Kahani was an interesting version of Caesar Salad with Vegetable Croquette, it was really nice. Kool-Cha was an amazing take on a stuffed kulcha with a tasteful filling of Chettinad mushrooms, I really loved the taste of it. Main Toh Rasta Se Jaa Raha Tha was Boombox way of presenting Dahi Puris, they were nice and tangy, but one should have them immediately because they tend to turn soggy sooner than you imagine.

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Hothon Pe Bas Tera Naam Hai, PB&J and Imly Ka Buta Berry Ka Pulao were the final dishes served, Chicken Tikka done the Chettinad way with some molecular gastronomy on display with coconut bubbles is what made Hothon Pe Bas Tera Naam Hai. A Parsi influenced dish, Imly Ka Buta Berry Ka Pulao was basically rice cakes with pulled khatu meethu chicken and tasted really well. PB&J was also an interesting concept of bread spheres with paneer filling, fried like pakodas  with salli crust and served with a berry jam, no.. the jam wasn’t sweet, it was salty and spicy and delicious.

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This brought our culinary journey to.. no not an end, but a break, which was followed by desserts to finally bring it to an end. There was I Love My India, Rabdi & Boondi Cheesecake with Kiwi and Blueberry, I really loved this one and got inspired to try making it at home(you know I am a baker and a cook who loves to experiment with food..isnt it). The other dessert was called Khaike Paan Italy Wala, a paan flavoured Tiramisu. I did taste it and it was nice, but I basically don’t enjoy paan flavoured desserts so didn’t have much of it.

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Overall I loved my experience at Boombox, the ambience, the food, the presentation of food and the molecular gastronomy was really commendable. Even the drinks were amazing, I tried the Orange Mojito and Slushy Margarita, my son tried the Oreo Shake and all the drinks were superlative.

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I highly recommend visiting this place where you can enjoy some great music, quirkiness and amazing food that looks equally interesting.


Boombox Brewstreet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Soda Bottle Opener Wala Launches New Menu…More Delectable Dishes to Relish..!!

We are all now aware of the authenticity of Parsi and Iranian Cafes that have been brought to Delhi by Soda Bottle Opener Wala and there would be hardly anyone who would have not tried their lip smacking food. But going forward, here people not just serve real tasty authentic food, but also keep experimenting with food and bring in new items to their menu to delight their customers even more.

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I recently went to attend a bloggers meet for this newly launched menu of theirs at the Cyber Hub Outlet and it was a very pleasant visit indeed.

My culinary experience started with Adu Tedhu Baby Corn Fry, these thin slices of baby corn fried in a crispy batter, these were a real treat. Mostly I have eaten fried baby corns where in the full baby corn is fried, but in this case they have further sliced the baby corns like chips and then fried and hence the crispiness is far better. The green chutney dip and mayo dip that its served along with, are perfect companions to the fried baby corns and trust me you can’t keep your hands off this one.

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I also had a warm chicken soup along with this, which too was perfect.

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Next I tried Carnovire’s Bhel which was a bhel loaded with chunks of chicken and ham, which made it extremely interesting. It comes with both green chutney and saints that you can add as per your taste, mix it well and you are ready for a delectable food experience. This too is a must try.

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Up next was Chicken Chilli Cheese Pav, which was scrumptious. I loved it, the pavs were so soft and buttery and the topping of chicken with loads of cheese was simply amazing. You cannot afford to miss this one.

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Followed by this were the Boiled Egg Sandwiches, prepared in true Bombaiya style, they were amazing.

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For the mains I tried Tarela Rainbow Trout and Bombaiya Chicken Biryani. The trout was out of this world, marinated with mixed spices, this was a real delight. This is definitely one of those things that will take me back to Soda Bottle Opener Wala, that too very soon. In contrast the biryani was mildly spiced but flavoursome.

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There were Jumbo Prawns too, which I didn’t try, but they looked inviting enough for me to try them the next time.

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For vegetarians, there was Paneer Sanju Baba with Malai Parantha and Khatu Meethu Pumpkin. They too looked delectable.

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For drinks I settled for the Raspberry Soda, because thats been a favourite ever since I tried Soda Bottle Opener Wala the first time.

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There was also a new soon to be launched cocktail that we got to try, BumSuckerWala which is mixed with vodka, frozen raspberry, and thyme and is an ode to this wonderful Parsi family from Karachi who made drinking Raspberry Soda popular there. It was refreshingly nice.

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Coming to my most favourite part of the meal, desserts, there were 3 wonderful things that I tried. The Caramel Custard, White Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheese Cake and I loved all three of them. The white chocolate brownie was the most surprising, because of the simple reason that we are used to the dark chocolate brownies, so both the colour and taste were very different for this one.

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To conclude, I had a wonderful experience at Soda Bottle Opener Wala as always, the new menu just made it worth while multi folds. So don’t waste time thinking, head straight to SBOW and I am sure you will have a great time. Bon Appetite !


SodaBottleOpenerWala Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

“Crust Crust Hot(a) Hai”-Pizza Hut Launches New Stuffed Crust Range of Pizzas

How many of you can honestly answer this question…Have you ever eaten a full pizza..? I am sure many of you would reply in a yes, not considering the fact that most of the times, we eat the full pizza with the topping, but somehow a piece of empty crust is left here and there. Sometimes its too think..sometimes to thin..and sometimes just because the topping didn’t reach till the end and no one enjoys eating a bland crust. But now if I tell you that Pizza Hut has made their crusts so interesting that you start eating it from the rear end and finish the crust first.

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Pizza Hut ,World’s leading affordable casual dining and delivery restaurant brand has introduced their new Stuffed Crust Pizza Range and organised a bloggers meet for us to review these yummylicious pizzas.
The new range offers 3 delectable crust-stuffing varities like Veg Kebab, Masala Chicken Sausage and Cheese Max.
The Masala Chicken Sausage Pizza was an absolute delight with chunks of succulent sausages stuffed in the crust.
For me their Cheese Max Veg was a runaway winner as was the Non-Veg one. Really a gourmet’s delight, simply mouth watering stuff.

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The other additions to keep you interested are the Veggie Surprise and Paneer Delight in the Veg Kebab Crust; the Chicken Hot n Spicy and Tikka Treat in Chicken Masala Sausage Crust with the exciting offer of having your pan crust pizzas upgraded to the third choice of Cheese Max.
All in all each of their Stuffed Crust Pizzas were really superlative to say the least.
Alongside these new entrants their range of thin crust pizzas are anyways a delicious option at all times.

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We had an amazing time enjoying these delectable pizzas, and especially my son who isn’t very fond of pizzas otherwise. But at Pizza Hut, he could not resist himself and binged on at the Cheese Max Pizza.

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Pizza Hut which first came to India in 1996 has certainly put its indelible mark in this category.
Strongly recommend , Rush to your nearest Pizza Hut outlet and savor these awesome new range of Stuffed Crust Pizzas.

Pizza Hut Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Junglee Billee Launches Sunday Brunch and Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss It..!!

Junglee Billee has been one of our most favorite places since its inception, we have always loved the food there and with Chef Pawan being a close friend, we can never really get enough of this place. We love the fact that they keep doing really interesting stuff at Junglee Billee, from Ladies Nights, to Special Movie Screenings, From Sundowners to Fusion Cooking Sessions, they are always up to something. And yet again, Junglee Billee comes up with the launch of their special Sunday Brunch and this is something we could not miss at all.

Specially curated by Chef Pawan, the brunch menu at Junglee Billee boasts of a delicious 6-course spread that includes Soup, Salads, Main Course, Live Pasta Station, Grill Section and Desserts.

 

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The vibrant ambience and great food at Junglee Billee always lifts up the mood and hence calls for a visit any time of the week, but here are top 5 reasons why you should not miss the Sunday Brunch at Junglee Billee:

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If you love seafood, you cannot afford to miss it, there is a wide variety of fish, prawns and other seafood dishes to choose from, all of them that look so tempting and are equally delectable. Fish Roulade, Shrimp Cocktail, Fish Terrine, Seafood Salad, were some of the highlights.

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The Cold Cut Platter and Cheese Platter will surely make your mouth water. Pepperonis, Ham, Bacon, Salami, and          Sausages with different varieties of cheese are completely drool worthy.

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The Mumbaiya Food that Junglee Billee is famous for is hard to ignore. You just can’t have enough of it. The Keema Pao,  The Kurmure Bhel and everything else on the menu are all worth your attention. I vouch for the authenticity of this Mumbai cuisine. Having lived in Mumbai for so many years, I haven’t found any place in Delhi been able to replicate the same essence, but Junglee Billee and Chef Pawan’s efforts have truly changed the scene. The live music playing some Bollywood numbers will definitely take you to the lanes of Mumbai and you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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The grill section at the terrace is perfect for the on setting winters. The aroma of meats and veggies on barbeque is surely a turn on. Chicken Breasts, Herb Sole, Cottage Cheese, Sausages, all spiced and grilled to perfection. Enjoy this scrumptious meal with a huge selection of cocktails and mocktails. Pan Martini and Sangria are my personal favourites.

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Have a sweet tooth..? Don’t worry you can satiate your cravings at this Sunday Brunch. Mava Cheese Cake, Crème Brulee, Baked Yogurt, Chocolate Cake, Raspberry Brownie Mousse, you name it and you have it. This section is pure sin and totally worth the indulgence.

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What: Sunday Brunch


Where: Junglee Billee, M Block Market, GK I


When: Every Sunday, 12PM- 4PM


Price: INR 900+ Taxes for Food, INR 1399+ Taxes for Food+IMFL, INR 1699+ Taxes for Food + Imported Liquor


 

Junglee Billee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Arabian Culinary Night – VITS Luxury Hotel, Mumbai

TAFATHALO was the word that resonated while I was welcomed at the VITS Luxury Hotel for the Arabic Food Festival. The word “Tafathalo” means “Do me the honor” in the Arabic dialect. It is an invitation to come to the table. And yes, once again the culinary wizards of VITS Luxury Hotel had crafted for its patrons the Arabian delights over the month. Aptly translating the tradition of hosting a guests for a meal, which is an old honored tradition in the Arabic World and an expression of hospitality, VITS this time served an array of Arabian delicacies.

The Arabic cuisine is of a rich diversity of  Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Asian food. But with the arrival of western business associates in the Arab land, their tastes and preferences also led to spice-up the Arab cooking. And this time the delicious diversity was served in a platter at the VITS Luxury Hotel during the Arabic Food Festival.

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While the menu comprised of Non-Veg & Veg recipes, it was chiefly based on starters. But yes, these scrumptiously flavorsome dishes were incredibly wholesome and pampered the taste buds with utmost care. Accompanied by Mr. Aloy Fernandes Manager (VITS, Luxury Hotel), I embarked on a gastronomic adventure that literally left me salivating for more.


The Arabian culinary night began with Falafel – Incredible Falafel Burger. This one was not just  conventional but the one that was incredibly presented. The taste was such that it would give a fried chicken run for its fame. It was crafted like a  miniature burger with deep fried blend of grounded chickpeas & spices in between the pieces of Peta Bread. This incredible invention was born in the kitchen of VITS. Trust my word, after savoring this palatable delicacy I learnt that it was a veg recipe!  Complemented with Lebanese Dip, Hummus & bowl of Fattoush which comprised of lettuces, pepper, pickle as well as parsley, this recipe graduated to be so astonishing that it lured a pure non-vegetarian like me to ask for more.

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After devouring the Falafel, the next Arabian recipe was Kibbeh. They are to die for! Kibbeh, kubbeh or kokeba all mean “the shape of a ball” in Arabic. These finely baked & deep fried crispy morsels of lamb meat were deliciously succulent. They tasted just too out of this planet! No Shami Kebab can even graduate as a substitute for this, a must try for every foodie.

 

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Casting a spell with its lip-smacking taste was Shish Taouk. Boneless chicken cubes marinated in garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and grilled on skewers with peppers, this innovation tasted fabulously appetizing. Every bite was truly wholesome with the grill flavor lingering in the mouth. Crispy on outside and tender within, the Shish Taouk was one of its kind.

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The essential concept in the Arabic cuisine is hospitality and with great warmth , chivalry, VITS served me with yet another saporous dish knows as Lebanese Sumac Prawns. Sumac is a tangy, lemony, berry-red spice that goes well with grilled fish and prawns. The prawns were luxuriously marinated with Sumac, special spices and slowly grilled to render the reviewer speechless. Yes! this recipe was another tantalizing treat for my taste buds. It was complemented with soft Peta bread & tempting Garlic Dip.

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The non-veg mezze offered each portion of all its non-veg recipes in a platter complemented with the accompaniments. While The Veg Mezze comprised of Falafel (Incredible Falafel Burger), Spinach Bell Pepper, Mushroom & Cheese Fatayer & Orfali Kebab.

Spinach Fatayer; a baked puff affluently infused with assorted bell pepper, spinach, mushroom & feta cheese was amazing. And the last but not the least Orfali Kebab was just an another fabulous crunchy veggie cousin replicating boneless fried chicken strips. This was yet another Arabic veggie delight which I savored and I believe that an ardent foodie must grab a bite of it.imageedit_3_5492179676

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Fattoush, Lebanese Dip & Hummus were the star accompaniments. Specifically crafted to augment the palatable taste of every appetizer that was brought over the table. Also, the entire cuisine was cooked in Olive oil which added to the flavor. The Hummus was olive-oil flavored, Lebanese dip was flavored with hung-curd & thyna paste, and the Fattoush Salad ingredients i.e. lettuce, pepper, olive & parsley were stir fried with Olive Oil.

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The idea of Arabic Food Festival was brewed in the kitchen of VITS where Chef Hemant & Chef Arnald charted out the flavorsome journey of Arabian cuisine for the guests. The courteous & friendly duo were present with me throughout the evening. Their passion to serve new cuisines & recipes every time makes VITS Luxury Hotel a hub to savor fabulous delicacies every time.

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The festival concludes by the end of this month. So, go ahead and relish the cuisine of Arabia specially crafted for the admirers of world cuisines. After all, VITS is the place to treat your taste buds with incredibly flavorsome signature delicacies that are dished out every time.


 

Poolside - VITS Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tasteful Thursdays.. Bagiche Ki Sabziyan recipe by Chef Sartaj from Pride Plaza, Aerocity

Bagiche ki sabziyan (2 portion recipe)

Shared by Chef Sartaj who is an expert in Indian and Mughlai Cuisine, I myself tasted this beautiful recipe by him during my visit to Pride Plaza Hotel, Aerocity. I can vouch for it, its simply yumm. You can read my entire review here and enjoy this wonderful recipe by Chef Sartaj.

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Ingredients


  • Brinjal: 100gm
  • Lady Finger: 100gm
  • Cauliflower: 100gm
  • Red Pepper: 100 gm
  • Green Capsicum: 100 gm
  • Yellow Pepper: 100 gm
  • Chopped Green Chilly: 10 gm
  • Chopped Ginger: 10gm
  • Chopped Garlic: 10gm
  • Chopped Coriander: 10gm
  • Dice tomato: 50gm
  • Brown onion paste: 100gm
  • Lemon Juice :10 ml
  • Boiled Cashew paste: 50 gm
  • Beaten   curd: 60gm
  • Cumin Seeds: 2gm
  • Vegetable Oil: 100ml
  • Turmeric Powder: 5gm
  • Red Chilli Powder: 10gm
  • Cumin Powder: 5gm
  • Coriander Powder: 10gm
  • Raw Mangoo Powder: 5gm
  • Salt: to taste
  • Julienne ginger/Coriander leaves : for the garnish

Method

  • Wash all the vegetables, and cut them in finger shape separately.
  • Fry Brinjal, Lady Finger and Cauliflower separately.
  • Take a pan, pour oil and heat it. Then put brown onion paste into the heated oil.
  • Thereafter put turmeric, coriander and red chilli powder.
  • Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Now add beated curd into the mixture.
  • Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add cashewnut paste.
  • Then cook on low heat until the oil comes on top and is visible.
  • The gravy is ready now.
  • Take a fry pan, pour a tablespoon of oil, and add garlic, ginger and chilly to it.
  • Add capsicum and bell peppers with diced tomato.
  • Toss it and put all the fried vegetables.
  • After that pour the gravy in same mixtures.
  • Then dry all vegetables together.
  • Lastly, put cumin powder, raw mangoo powder and lemon juice for taste.
  • Now the vegetable is ready to serve with hot chapatti.
  • Garnish the dish with ginger julienne and coriander leafs on top.

 

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Tasteful Thursdays- Bacon & Maple Syrup Ice-Cream Recipe by Chef Pawan Bisht

A dear friend and a great chef, when you find in one person, it makes for a lethal combination. Chef Pawan Bisht, Head chef at a very popular restaurant Junglee Billee is a dear friend and upon my request, he has shared one of his most favourite recipes. I am sure you all gonna love it, and watch out this space every Thursday for more recipes.

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Bacon and maple syrup ice cream

  • Time:-2.30 hrs
  • Prep:-2 hr 15 mins.
  • Cooking:-15 mins.
  • Yield:- 1 quart

 Ingredients:-

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 3-4 strips bacon
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup caramelized walnut

Procedure:-


  • Whisk the egg yolk and sugar in a bowl. Transfer it to a sauce pan and pour the milk. Whisk it well.
  • Cook this mixture on a low heat, stirring on a regular interval.
  • Once the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon add the maple syrup. Mix well.
  • Pour this mixture in a bowl and refrigerate till cold, approx 30 -45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile take a pan and put it over the medium gas range, once heated sear the bacon on it till crispy.
  • Once the bacon is cooled down cut it into small pieces leaving 1 or 2 strips for the garnish.
  • Take out the custard from the freeze and pour the cream in it.
  • Add the caramelized walnut, bacon pieces and churn the mixture.
  • Pour this mixture in an air tight container and freeze until firm at least 2 to 3 hours.
  • Serve garnishing with crispy bacon strips and caramelized nuts.
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For caramelized nuts:-


  •  Take a pan and put it on a low heat. Add sugar to it and melt it till golden brown colour.
  • Add nuts to this mixture. Mix well.
  • Pour this mixture on a baking sheet and let it cool.
  • Once cooled down break it nicely into small pieces.
  • Add it to the ice cream to get the crunch.

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