Why Programs like the Dell Campassadors Matter

Filed under:Technology — posted by dhempe on 30 October, 2014 @ 9:03 pm

Earlier this month, Dell launched a Campassadors program and entered into a partnership with INKTalks. The program aims at creating a deeper engagement with the Indian youth through college campus ambassadors. The program will take root in over 50 colleges that specialize in engineering/management/science and humanities across 9 cities.

Dell Campassadors offers a platform for the creative, intelligent and energetic youth to work towards further developing their skills while giving them an opportunity to prepare as leaders. As Dell Campassadors, they will be representatives of the brand Dell on their campus. They will also have the opportunity to organize and participate in various fun activities and events and will get a chance to earn incentives and rewards based on their performance, as well as participate in various engagements with Dell and INKtalks throughout the year. The program gives students across the country the stimulating opportunity to interact with and participate in activities like INK Stream – a live stream of the complete INK Conference 2014.


Project Aloft Star India Regional finals in Bengaluru

Filed under:Reviews,Travel — posted by dhempe on 25 October, 2014 @ 10:52 am

I was privileged to be invited to be a part of the Project Aloft Star India Regional Finals at Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park towards end of September 2014. Unsigned bands and artists in Asia were invited to be a part of the contest by uploading their original videos to MTV Asia website. After uploading, they had to get votes from fans and friends so that they could be in the finals. 40% of public voting plus 60% of decision by MTV decided who would be the 5 finalists who would take part in India Regional Finals at the brand new Aloft Bengaluru Cesnna Business Park in Bangalore.

5 finalists in Bangalore for the Project Aloft Star India Regional finals were Boby Techi, Keith Castelino, Natania Lalwani, Rahul Jain and Stebin Ben. The idea was to promote local up-and-coming music talents and give them a global platform to perform their music on! Before the regional finals, we got an opportunity to interact with the bands on an Unplugged level where we could hear their stories and also understand their music in a much better way.

Regional finals happened at W Xyz bar at Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park. The lighting was perfectly done and the drinks were very well organized by Diageo. All the finalists created some wonderful original music and also enthralled the audience with their musical repertoire. The crowd favorites were Rahul Jain, Natania Lalwani and Boby Techi.


Silver Jubilee of The Gateway Hotel Residency Road Bangalore

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews — posted by dhempe on 18 October, 2014 @ 7:56 am

I have been staying in Bangalore since 13 years and one of the icons of Bangalore city for me always has been The Gateway Hotel on Residency Road near MG road. I used to always admire the quaint little hotel with amazing restaurants and would wonder how many years it has served Bangalore and it’s patrons. I was pleasantly surprised to know recently that it’s been in Bangalore for 25 years now! I was invited along with family and friends for a sit-down Chef’s Special dinner on 10th October 2014.

Our evening started at the lounge bar at The Gateway hotel which is called Sphyre. We were served some amazing starters along with delectable cocktails. My favorite was the Northern Gate Kakori Kebab which was rich, succulent lamb mince which is named after a hamlet near Lucknow. This would just melt in mouth as we were having it!

Another favorite was crunchy fried prawn nest. It had the right amount of bite and kick to it which is required for starters to go along with great drinks. One more interesting starter was the maddur vade which was served which had a unique Bangalore touch to it. This was deep fried flat patties made of rice flour, semolina, maida, sliced onion, curry leaves, grated coconut and asafoetida and named after a sleepy town between Bangalore and Mysore.


Oktoberfest and Beer Challenge at The United Sports Bar & Grill

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews — posted by dhempe on 17 October, 2014 @ 11:26 am

The United Sports Bar & Grill celebrated Oktoberfest with a difference by introducing fun filled Oktoberfest Games, special German inspired menu, themed décor and much more. In food, we could indulge in tarts, sauerbraten, Bavarian meat balls among others. The Oktoberfest menu gave us the German kick adding to the celebrations!

Oktoberfest Menu at The United Sports Bar and Grill

My partner-in-crime Nivedith Gajapathy and I did the video review of the Oktoberfest menu at The United Sports Bar & Grill thanks to towntrendz.com team. Here is the video.. if you want to just read more details, you can read the blog post below!

We also took the Beer Bong Challenge and had a chat with the Manager and Chef of The United Sports Bar & Grill about the Oktoberfest celebrations. Please see the video here.


Preview of 1st Indian Chili’s cookoff in Bangalore

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews — posted by dhempe on 16 October, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

Chili’s American Grill and Bar, which is one of the institutions of American food in India has announced India’s 1st Chili cook-off at their 2 existing restaurants in Bangalore which are in Phoenix Market City, Whitefield and Orion Mall, Rajajinagar. The culimnation of the semi finals at these 2 locations would be at the grand finale which would be conducted at Chili’s 3rd and till now largest restaurant in India which has recently opened on Indiranagar 100 feet road.

The registrations for India’s 1st Chili Cook-off happened offline at Chili’s restaurants in Bangalore and there was also a Master Class which happened where Chef Abhijeet Gomare explained the process of cooking Chili to many enthusiasts. There were participants who were interested in both vegetarian version and beef version of the Chili. Chef Abhijeet gave a live demonstration of both types of Chili using world class Kitchen Aid equipments.

There was interest by both young and old at the Chili’s masterclass which happened on consecutive days at the flagship restaurants at both Phoenix Market City and Orion Mall. Participants who registered got Chili’s branded cap and apron and also got some amazing vouchers from sponsors like Jean-Claude Biguine Paris Salon & Spa and KitchenAid.


burrp! brewery tour for Oktoberfest at 3 Monkeys Brew Pub

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews — posted by dhempe on 15 October, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

Thanks to burrp! Bangalore team, recently visited the 3 Monkeys Brew Pub in Gopalan Signature Mall on Old Madras Road which is arguably the biggest brewery in town with a huge island bar inside which the brewing also happens! We visited just in time for the Oktoberfest celebrations where they had on tap 7 handcrafted beers with amazing menu which transported us back to Germany itself!

3 Monkeys Brew Pub

Initially we were explained the process of beer making or the Brewing with malted Barley, Hops and Yeast. It was informative session where we got hands on experience of how Bangalore’s biggest brewery makes its beers in full view of it’s patrons!

Beer Brewing Process

Brew-master Martin explained to us the entire process of making beer at the brewery and how they have 7 different handcrafted beers on tap all the time! For Oktoberfest at 3 Monkeys Brew pub, the official beer was the Doppelbock which is one of Germany’s most popular beers. It is high on alcohol content as much as permissible by Indian government regulations and is loaded with the goodness of malt. Many Germans consider Doppelbock beer as a meal in itself!

Martin explaining brewing process


Gastronomical delight at Banjara Melting Pot Bangalore

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews — posted by dhempe on 21 September, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

Banjara Melting Pot is the fusion of two cordon bleu brands belonging to two equally vibrant cities – Mumbai and Bengaluru (Melting Pot and Banjara respectively). The delectable “Jugal-Bandi” of two Culinary Stalwarts from Bangalore and Mumbai (Mr.Prakash Shetty andZ Mr.Dhananjay Shetty) resulted in the birth of Banjara Melting Pot on Cunningham Road in Bangalore. Recently I was invited to a review there just before the re-launch event and Page 3 party. I must say I was really impressed by the decor and ambiance which reminded me of an oriental treasure trove!

We tried the best of the Coastal Cuisine in line with the authenticity and nutrition of regional cooking. Pan-aromatic Asian menu which has now become an essential ingredient in all sections of the culinary world and the exotic Thai and the mystic Oriental dishes were also available but we decided to save it for a later date. I liked the presentation of the menu on the iPads as it gives clear understanding of how each dish looks so that guests can make an informed decision before placing their orders. You could place the order directly from the iPads and this would be communicated wirelessly to the kitchen after your server confirms the same with you. This ensures that there is no ambiguity in the order!

Cocktails were one of the strengths of the bar at Banjara Melting Pot Bangalore and I enjoyed a variety of cocktails there which were vodka based, rum based and of course Mojitos and Margaritas! I would require a complete evening of just tasting Cocktails to completely enjoy their taste at Banjara!


Best Brews and The Eatery at Four Points by Sheraton, Whitefield, Bengaluru

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews,Travel,Uncategorized — posted by dhempe on 19 September, 2014 @ 7:36 pm

2 of the best unwinding options in Whitefield area of Bengaluru are the Best Brews lounge and The Eatery restaurant at Four Points by Sheraton Whitefield Bengaluru. Best brews reminded me of Old Bangalore due to it’s decor which has been inspired by The Bangalore Club in the 1960s and 1970s. The recreation of how socialite parties used to happen then including a variety of section of people was well depicted on the walls of Best Brews lounge.

Each wall is dedicated to a special memory of Bengaluru like Transport in Bangalore in the 1970s or People in Bangalore in the 1970s. The team has painstakingly collected some wonderful memories of Bangalore or got them recreated them via talented artists to give feel of Bangalore of 1960s and 70s to visitors to the city or people who grew up here as well!

At the start of the Beer Master Class at the Signature Best Brews bar, Anjali Mehra, Assistant Director – Marketing & Communications, South Asia for Starwood Hotels and Resorts introduced us to the team behind the successful creation of Four Points by Sheraton Whitefield Bengaluru and of course Chef Michael Swamy and Karl the bartender.


Oasis in a concrete jungle – Four Points by Sheraton Bengaluru, Whitefield

Filed under:Reviews,Travel — posted by dhempe on 18 September, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide recently announced the debut of its rapidly expanding Four Points by Sheraton brand in Bengaluru, with the opening of the Four Points by Sheraton Bengaluru Whitefield. Re-branded after extensive renovation, the hotel is managed by Starwood Hotels and owned by Savannah Hotels Private Limited. Located on the main Whitefield road in the city’s technology hub, Four Points by Sheraton Bengaluru Whitefield is within easy reach from major IT companies as well as the commercial, shopping and entertainment center of this emerging and fast growing micro-market.

I loved the fact that the room is designed with decor which reminds you of South India especially the ruins of Hampi and Karnataka. The management team has commissioned a young artist from Bangalore who converted his pictures of the Karnataka heritage into wonderful wall scaping and posters which adorn all parts of the hotel.

Upon check-in to my room, was pleasantly surprised to see a personal note from Mr.Rajesh Malliya, the general manager of Four Points by Sheraton Whitefield, himself. It was great to know that Mr.Rajesh Malliya has over 19 years of experience in the hospitality industry with close to 10 years experience in Starwood hotels like Le Royal Meridien, The Westin and Sheraton. The note was warmly genuine and personalized which heralded the pleasant stay at the hotel.


Mahindra Reva presents Mahindra Racing in Formula E

Filed under:Reviews — posted by dhempe on 16 September, 2014 @ 11:20 pm

Recently I got an invite to a Mahindra Reva event where they were showcasing the live screening of Mahindra Racing’s debut in the first ever Formula E (Electronic Car) racing event in the world! This happened at the swanky new Indigo Live Music Bar in Koramangala in Bangalore. I was really curious about the event as I wondered how Electronic cars could take part in a adrenaline pumped racing like Formula championships.

When I went to the event, the cutouts of Indian racing driver Karun Chandhok and Brazilian racing driver Bruno Senna (nephew of legendary Ayrton Senna) were smiling at me as they were the flagship drivers of Mahindra Racing in the inaugural Formula E racing championship in Beijing, China. There was a selfie corner where people could imagine themselves as the 3rd Mahindra racing driver and pose with Karun and Bruno.

The screening organized by Mahindra Reva to support Mahindra Racing team in Formula E was a big success as there were Reva car owners from across Bangalore who were present with their families and shared their excitement about driving the future rather than worry about destroying fossil fuels. Everybody enjoyed the race with lip smacking food from Indigo Live Music bar which also dished out amazing drinks for a hot afternoon. The cool breeze on the terrace kept everyone going!


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image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace