Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Devnaa Signature Chocolates come to Knightsbridge!

Preceding the launch of the Devnaa Signature Caramels and Limited Edition Valentines Rose Creams in Harvey Nichols this week, I took a trip down to Knightsbridge to check out the area.
Possibly the most luxurious shopping district in London, Knightsbridge is home to the flagship stores of many high end fashion brands like Prada, Jimmy Choo and Gucci. Everywhere you look you are surrounded by famous names and the most beautiful window displays of clothes, shoes, jewellery and food!
The most well-known parts of Knightsbridge are Brompton Road, where Harrods resides, and Sloane Street, boasting residents like Chanel and Armani. Harvey Nichols is in a prime location on the corner of Sloane Street and Brompton Road, and it is easily accessible from the Sloane Street exit at Knightsbridge Station.

On my visit to Knightsbridge I started by visiting the famous Harvey Nichols to explore and look around all the amazing departments. The main entrance on the ground floor opens out into an amazing beauty department filled with beautiful scents and colours. Downstairs on two lower ground floors you have an outstanding collection of menswear, ranging from the most formal suits to casual trainers.  Floors 1-4 contain an extremely comprehensive selection of ladies wear and on the 5th floor, the icing on the cake for me, you have the food market. With some of the most exclusive and elusive food products available, from strawberry pasta to marshmallow fluff, this has to be one of the most amazing food markets I have ever had the pleasure to visit! The selection is incredible, top quality produce, high end, gourmet brands and delicious displays – I could have spent hours just looking around and I am so excited and proud for Devnaa chocolates to be included alongside such brilliant products. There is also a restaurant, terrace café, and bar offering up lots of delicious goodies.
My next stop was Harrods – breath taking luxury and expense embodied! If you have never been to Harrods before make sure you spare an entire day for when you do plan a visit. 7 floors dedicated to the most beautiful, extravagant luxuries available to buy. I’ll keep my description short, to my favourite parts; otherwise this post may go on for days! Call me predictable but by far and away my favourite room in Harrods is The Chocolate Room. Located almost in the centre of the ground floor, it is a chocoholics dream.  Counters of the prettiest chocolate treats and shelves stacked with the most extravagant chocolate boxes, with a chocolate brown interior décor and a tea and coffee bar to boot it’s simply astonishing. My second favourite part – the Ice Cream Parlour. Located on the second floor, just opposite the pizzeria (where I enjoyed a delectable dinner) the ice cream parlour makes you feel like a child again. Towering sundaes made from luscious flavours of the creamiest ice cream served up in a traditional 60’s style parlour, it really is worth a visit to Harrods just for this!

These are just a tiny fraction of things to see in Knightsbridge and there are plenty more glamorous shops and plush hotels, fine dining restaurants and opulent bars to take in. I’m looking forward to spending a bit more time there as Devnaa launches in Harvey Nichols!
Devnaa Valentine's Rose and Ginger Creams.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Devnaa Sugar and Spice: Volume 1

Happy New Year all! I know it's a bit late but the Devnaa team started 2012 busily planning lots of new and exciting products that we'll be developing and introducing to you throughout the course of the year - we're so excited!

First up we have our new year's gift to to you all - Sugar and Spice Volume 1 - a collection of 6 Indian inspired dessert recipes that we have created and put together in this free booklet for everyone to enjoy. From recipes like Chocolate and Rose Cake with Cardamom Cream to Chocolate and Cardamom Mousse Pots these 6 unique desserts are easy to prepare and provide great new ideas for sweet recipes.

We had so much fun putting this booklet together that not only will we be releasing volume 2 very soon, we'll also be releasing the official Devnaa Recipe Book later this year so watch this space!

Here's a link to our first recipe booklet, if you try the recipes let us know how it goes! We'd love to hear from you.