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From Luxury Chocolate Cakes to Romantic Flower Bouquets, an Interview with Sofia Raj’s Founder

Luxury cake by master patissierWhether a loved one is celebrating his/her birthday, retirement, wedding anniversary or any other occasion, Sofia Raj is on of the best choices for “delivering your emotions”, as the site’s slogan nicely says. At SofiaRaj.com you can order chocolates, flowers, cakes and other favoured gifts and treats online to have them delivered as a gift with a recipient anywhere in India. From romantic red roses bouquets to truffle cake to arrangements that combine both flowers and sweets, this online gift store is bound to have a gift that’s just right for your budget and the occasion!

Inspired by art, design and fine chocolate in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe, MBA graduate Sofia decided to found Sofia Raj to introduce luxury chocolate gifts in India. In just a few years time, SofiaRaj.com has become synonymous for exclusive chocolate and gifts. Being huge chocolate fans ourselves, we wanted to learn more about this gift store’s chocolate presents and managed to arrange an interview with Sofia herself.

Can you introduce yourself and your online store Sofia Raj?

SofiaRaj.comThe blend of luxury combined with best ingredients, design, art and thought brought Sofia Raj to life. Born into a world of creativity and art, it was but natural for me to gain expertise in all kinds of arts from a young age. Whilst still in school, I gained expertise in different paint forms and art styles.

Sofia Raj store was born to offer chocolates, cakes and flowers packaged to the finest quality. In five years, Sofia Raj has made many memorable moments.

Are your flower bouquets created in your own warehouse, or by local florists?

Designs are made in house and packaging is done by local florists.

Where do you get the inspiration to create your gifts, and how do you decide which occasions they go best with?

A creative mind and a thorough research in each festival, the story itself converts what goes in the gifts and the color scheme.

Chocolate cake available at Sofia Raj Bouquet of roses, teddy and chocolates in a present

Can you tell us a bit more about your “Remind Me” service?

This is a complimentary service that reminds your loved ones birthdays, anniversaries etc. so you do not forget to take with you the perfect gift for the right occasion. An email or SMS is sent to the email address or number provided couple of days in advance.

How come you have few chocolate gifts currently on offer on your site?

Chocolates gifts are offered prominently from October to February, the rest of the months we do only standard chocolate hampers.

Are there plans to start selling (gourmet) gift hampers?

Not as of now.

What’s your personal favorite gift that you sell?

Chocolate cake, it is the best thing to gift to someone you love, no matter what the occasion. It changes your mood each time you taste a piece of the cake.

Can you tell us a bit more about your food service and corporate gift services?

Few corporates opt for our gift services throughout the year, where they call us and we deliver a gift hamper on their behalf to their clients. Where as the food service is the bulk supplying to near by bakeries of exclusive things such as cupcakes, fondant cakes etc.

Chocolate corporate gift by Sofia Raj

Why should people order gifts through your site, and not another gift site?

There is enough air to breathe and there are several gift sites, all of the sites have something special. We primarily work on 100% customer satisfaction, if you like what you see then experience it.

What sort of coupons or special promotions do you run at Sofia Raj?

Various offers are run throughout the year, this is sporadic. Keep an eye on the Sofia Raj coupons section on our site to make sure you don’t miss any deals or coupons.

Which other online stores do you like to shop at?

Yebhi.com, MakeMyTrip.com, Jabong.com, IRCTC.co.in and many others.

What are Sofia Raj’s plans for the near future?

We plan to extend our base of customers, who will spread the word of mouth about our service and with this pace we will expand business.

Thank you to Sofia and the rest of the SofiaRaj team for making this interview happen.

Book about history of tea

Time to Spice Up Your Tea Time!

Fond of a cup of nice tea? There are several ways to make your tea-sipping experience even more enjoyable. The quality of a flabbergasting tea moment is based on the quality of tea served and as well as how well it is presented. The quality of the tea actually depends on the type of tea leaves chosen, the quantity of tea, the water quality, the temperature of water, the time taken to brew the concoction, the appliances, utensils and crockery used to prepare and serve the tea, along with several other factors. This simply means that you should have some knowledge about the type of tealeaves or dust and how to prepare a good cup of tea using them.

Know Your Tea

Book about history of teaWith so many varieties of teas being available in the market, you should certainly know how to brew a good cup of tea using a chosen variety, including the exact proportions of tea, water, sugar and milk (if preferred) that go into the cup. To get familiar with the different varieties of tea, simply check out this book on tea.

Brew A Tasty Cup

It is common practice for most of us to simply toss in the tealeaves and some water in a kitchen utensil, and let it boil for a while before mixing in some milk or sugar, and strain the liquid to fill up our tea cups. Opting for a tea and coffee maker such as this handy two-in-one device by Havells is bound to make the process easier and faster, as it certainly allows you to spend more time with guests or with your family, automatically improving your tea experience. You no longer will have to worry about the water temperature or brewing time.

Rev up Tea Presentation

Colourful tea set at JabongYou may have noticed that presentation plays a vital role in gastronomy. It is therefore important to serve tea in clean delightful tea sets that draw your guest to sample the beverage with relish. A gorgeous tea set is what you need to enhance your tea experience.

Christmas hat on the beach

Christmas in July, The Latest Trend in Australia and The USA

Festivities have a tendency to lose or gain elements when transported from culture to culture, and this is particularly the case when the celebration is tied to a specific season. A prime example is Christmas. Across Europe and North America, Christmas is a quintessentially wintery occasion, with images of snow, sleighs and robins adorning decorations throughout these continents.

Snowman in the sandHowever, this does not translate well to countries such as Australia, when December occurs during the Summer: as a result, more and more people in the southern hemisphere are holding their Christmas festivities during July, so that they can take advantage of the wintery weather to place the celebration in its more fitting context. After all, Santa Claus clearly isn't dressed for a hot summer's day.

This does not result in a total transfer of Christmas from one month to another, of course, but rather in a double Christmas with two separate celebrations held on December and July. Many people use Christmas in July as a sort of mini-Christmas, with a smaller-scale celebration than the better-established December festivities. Many online stores hold special sales during this month, with big discounts on typical Christmas items and gifts making this a perfect time to stock up on treats for the real deal!

Although ultimately a by-product of the climate of the southern hemisphere, Christmas in July has begun to make inroads into other parts of the world - including countries such as the USA, when July is squarely in summer. Generally, this is to fill a gap left by a lack of holidays during this time of year.

Christmas hat on the beachSo, while July may still be the tail end of summer here in India, there is no reason why you cannot join in on the new trend of Christmas in July. It may not be the best time of year for cosying up indoors, but why not take part in a Christmas-themed street party? You will be able to work in the theme of cold weather and snow in one way, at least - it will be a great opportunity to indulge in cold foods such as ice cream.

Hopefully this article has given you some ideas for a Christmas celebration with all the fun and festivities that you can hold during July. The key thing is to get your friends together and enjoy yourself - if you can achieve that, then why should it matter what time of year it is?