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More to bread than butter or cream

Lord! Give us this day our daily bread! If that is your prayer, rest assured it will be granted. Just saunter across to Hot Breads in South Delhi. What you get there pampers your palate, answers your prayer. MADHUR TANKHA recounts every thing bite by bite... .

FOR A loaf of bread you won't like to go to the neighbourhood shop. But you may like to go to a shop specialising in desserts -- which is not only known for preparing mouth watering hot breads but also sports a name which tells you that it makes different types of soft baked stuff. Well, Hot Breads has more to bread than just butter or cream. You might like to eat anything if you are a genuine food lover but there must be a demarcation line beyond which you would not like to go. This South Delhi eatery sees to it that your religious sentiments aren't hurt as it serves no beef or pork. Therefore gammon - sausage, ham and baken are made up of chicken and beef is prohibited. What takes icing on the cake is that whatever isn't sold - that includes croissants, breads and other edibles — is transported every day at 10 p.m. to an NGO where dispossessed children, living in slum dwellings in Mangol Puri, get to eat.

It has just hosted a ten-daylong " Fun over Bun Food Festival" at its new outlet at Greater Kailash-I. The festival finished this Wednesday. During the festival children - between the eight and 12 years -- were given complimentary Micky Mouse cookies.

What started off as an eatery which specialised in French food like croissants has been transformed into an eating joint which serves Cowboy food -- steaming hot dogs and cookies -- which the young and the upwardly mobile simply love munching. Not that croissants and sizzling Italian pizzas are not on the menu card. They are very much there and continue to be relished.

One tries American style pizza and one gets small-sized pizza with extra loads of cheese, smoked chicken sausage with mushrooms. Priced at Rs. 105 its helpings may be not commensurate to what you get at some other laces across Delhi but the ingredients used are really of top quality. Sausage of smoked ham is really scrumptious and the cheese extra filling.

You might like to try something vegetarian after consuming that. One goes in for a crunchy-munchy vegetarian sandwich. It tastes just like what you prepare at home -- sandwich with cucumber and crispy, little spicy chura toppings.

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