04.07.14

Brasil Reveal at Puma Social Club Bangalore – a slice of brasil!

Posted in Fashion at 12:30 pm by dhempe

#BrasilReveal @ PUMA Social Club - A slice of brasil in Bangalore

Everyone is talking about Brasil. Everyone is thinking it. PUMA brought a little slice of Brasil to Bangalore at the PUMA Social Club!

PUMA’s brand new Brasil collection has only just hit the stores, but before it did, they gave a handful of very creative people a sneak preview of the collection.

PUMA invited a few special folks across the industries of music, fashion, design and photography and revealed the Brasil collection to them.

They then asked them to use the next 3 hours to interpret the collection through their art or through a collaboration with a fellow creative person present there.

Among those present were:

Shyma Shetty & Pranav Misra (HUEMN)
Sounak Sen Bharat (House of Three)
Elton Fernandez (Make up and hair stylist)
Akshai Sarin (Producer)
Premik Jolly (Musician)
Raka Ashok (Illustrater/Music producer)
VJ Kaycee (Visual Jockey)
Ashish Parmar (Photographer)
Richaa Agarwal (Photographer/Film Maker)

They came, they saw, they got inspired and the result of their inspiration was stunning!

03.20.14

Steaming Sensations makes a comeback at Shiro!

Posted in Food, Restaurant Reviews, Reviews at 11:54 am by dhempe

Shiro brings to its food connoisseurs ‘Steaming Sensations’

Shiro – the flagship restaurant of JSM Corporation has opened its door to food lovers with ‘Steaming Sensations’ yet again after last year’s sterling success! The restaurant is offering an enviable variety of dim sums specially created by their expert chefs. From February 24 – March 23, guests can choose from a varied range of 13 ‘new & freshly created’ dim sums that are exclusive to Shiro’s guests!

Patrons can choose from a wide array of vegetarian dim sums such as Vegetable Crystal Dumplings, Spicy Broccoli & Water Chestnut Dumpling, Cabbage & Iceberg Lettuce Gyoza amongst many others. These small yet explosive bundles of flavour make for a perfect healthy meal.

Non-vegetarians can now savour on Steamed Chicken with Glutinous Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf, Chicken & Sichuan Peppercorn Dumpling, Steamed Fish with Ginger Lemon Sauce; not missing on the culinary masterpieces that include Aromatic Fish in Banana Leaf and the Classic prawn dumpling that is filled with a twist of chillies and fish sauce known as Phoenix Eye Dumpling. Keeping it steaming and juicy in bamboo baskets, the dim sums are accompanied with a tongue-tickling dip that is made in-house by the chef; called the XO sauce.

Staying true to the Oriental tradition, Shiro ensures a complete experience as it offers detoxifying Green Long Ding, aromatic Jasmine Mandarin and cooling Rose in Bloom from SUBLIME’s tea that can be paired well with these ‘delicate’ dumplings. These dim sum delicacies are available in a la carte as well as in baskets of 3 and 5, and this new menu is accompanied with unlimited tea, priced between Rs. 650 – 950++ taxes.

Shiro continues to ‘touch hearts’ with their exotic spread and amazing offers with Steaming Sensations!

03.17.14

Forum Value Mall celebrates the festival of colours Holi

Posted in Reviews at 12:17 pm by dhempe

Forum Value Mall had decided to make this festive season bright and jolly by celebrating Holi in all its glory. This year the mall planned to spread joy and colour through a very exciting “Holi-Guns Flea Street”. The mall exterior was lined with colourful tents for two straight days, on the 15th and 16th of March. The flea street was theme based, sure to bring out the bright and playful side in everyone.

Holi, being the festival of colours is widely celebrated and usually comprises of a variety of fun activities, keeping this in mind, the market was be split into four zones, each catering to something “Holi Specific”.

One zone catered to all Holi related products, such as Pichkari’s and water balloons. The area was also littered with stalls selling colourful powders and bangles. Moreover, this zone also included an ethnic stall that was selling colourful dupattas as well as traditional and brightly patterned colourful chappals.

The second zone comprised a choice of enjoyable workshops. You could get your hands delightfully decorated at the mehendi stall or sign up for some unadulterated fun at the pottery stall, set up only to make your day more memorable. There was something for everyone at Forum Value Mall during the Holi weekend, there was a zone dedicated to stalls exclusive to bags, jewelry, furnishings, artifacts, portraits and T-shirts. These stalls also gave a resplendent look in light of the festival heightening your joyous mood.

Any festival isn’t complete without food, to satiate your appetite a zone was exclusively dedicated to mouthwatering delights from Rajdhani. Start at the finger licking chaat counter and make your way to the delicious samosa and kachori stalls. Indulge in the Holi drink Thandai or the infamous Masala Chai and wind up the festivities with some sweet treats such as hot jalebis and delectably dripping Mal Pua’s.

Furthermore, get your groove on with the Zumba and Bollywood dance sessions that will be held inside the atrium and conducted by Zealers Dance Studio, the sessions will be held twice between, 10 am-12:30 pm and 5 pm-7 pm. Forum Value Mall is certain to put the ‘fest’ into festival this weekend.

03.15.14

FASHION PARTY COLLECTION forays Bangalore’s party circuit

Posted in Fashion, Reviews at 12:36 pm by dhempe

Kristal Spirits in collaboration with F BEVERAGES LTD, an affiliated company of Fashion TV launched the globally celebrated FASHION VODKA in Bangalore at the capital’s most fashionable party destination, Icebar at Vivanta by TAJ. Globally renowned DJ Helen Swan and a live performance by MC Ms. Ania J, the voice of Fashion TV, got the crowd to dance the night away till the wee hours of the morning; while the guests enjoyed cocktails perfected by FASHION VODKA.

The rocking Fashion Party was immaculately planned to host the city’s elite socialites and renowned personalities from many walks of life. The party animals walked the red carpet while the photographers snapped away their pictures with the paparazzi inspired backdrop at Icebar. Performances by exotic LED dancers and an exclusive Fashion show by Michelle Salins featuring sensuous and exquisite cocktail and evening dresses inspired by the style and confidence FASHION VODKA embodies set the evening high on fashion, glee and glamour.

Adding to the glam quotient was a live performance by Ania J, the voice of FTV, who amused the crowd with her chartbusting song “What’s app Man” and her latest song for Fashion TV “Trillionaire” among others. It turned the heat up among the city’s crème-de-la-crème at the rocking Fashion Party.

Speaking at the launch party, Mr. Arun Aditya Singla, Managing Director, Kristal Spirits, commented, “Youth in India today is fashionable, stylish and confident and all these characteristics epitomize the FASHION VODKA Party Collection. Our main aim is to deliver world class premium products to the Indian consumers. FTV has a great fan following and the beverages by FTV have got an overwhelming response across the globe. We are getting closer to our audience by bringing in innovative concepts like F Parties and premium global products to the Indian market and we are confident of its success.”

Commenting on FASHION` VODKA’s launch, Mr. Rahul Kashyap, CEO, Kristal Spirits, said, “FASHION VODKA Party Collection is meant for those who seek a fashionable lifestyle, are stylish, sociable and enjoy partying. Fashion Vodka is all about style, elegance and celebrating success. It is a brand that represents style and confidence and it perfectly complements the urban lifestyles of Bangalore’s jet-setters where fashion is a key influencer.”

FASHION VODKA was brought to the world by Michel Adam Lisowski, Founder of FTV under the concept of fashionable drinks. Termed as the “Essence of Fashion”, the vodka is designed to mirror the signature features of the FASHION VODKA family. FASHION VODKA Party Collection follows the principles of purity, clarity and simplicity with a design that successfully represents style and confidence. The extended use of gold color in the overall product presentation makes the design more unified, conveys an extravagant mood and a reflection of high quality, as the spirit within.

03.14.14

Sensational Sliders from Mai Tai Lounge & Trader Vic’s

Posted in Food, Restaurant Reviews, Reviews at 12:49 pm by dhempe

Aloha! It’s sliders time at Mai Tai lounge & Trader Vic’s ~ ‘Sensational Sliders’ from February 24 – March 23, 2014~

Trader Vic’s & Mai Tai Lounge are known for the unique tropical environment around the world. The lounge offers a phenomenal range of world-inspired food with fresh ingredients that are seared to create deliciously prepared global cuisine. This spring season the Tiki-culture inspired lounge is all set to introduce an exquisite array of sliders called ‘Sensational Sliders’, which starts from February 24 and goes on till March 23, 2014. The lounge has inspired various palates globally & continues to do so during this month long activity where diners will relish flavorful sliders at Mai Tai Lounge and Trader Vic’s.

With the Chef’s expertise, Trader Vic’s & Mai Tai Lounge have come up with interesting renditions of this latest dish in the food trend. Vegetarians can choose from a refreshing Beetroot and Brown Rice slider to a Falafel Pita, or a wholesome Cottage Cheese & Olive Tepanade to a Mushroom Alfredo slider.

Non-vegetarians can indulge in varying fillings and flavors with a choice of Italian Herb & Chicken, Jalapeno & Olive Chicken or a seafood delight such as Thai Fish Cake, Chilli & Lime Fish, Black Bean Prawn Slider. These sliders are priced between Rs. 250 – 290++ taxes. The fantastic buns and toothsome patties make these sensational sliders a perfect accompaniment with Kingfisher beer, which is priced at an additional Rs. 99++ taxes which will be available only at Trader Vic’s & Mai Tai Lounge.

Embark on a culinary journey with exquisite sliders accompanied with Kingfisher beer- All only at Mai Tai Lounge & Trader Vic’s

03.13.14

5 amazing food destinations in Malaysia

Posted in Food, Travel at 3:54 pm by dhempe

I have traveled to many countries in the world like United States for official conferences, Hong Kong for video blogging, South Africa for Travel blogging/Cricket blogging and Sri Lanka for photo blogging. Each of them have been interesting in their own ways and one of the main differentiating factors have been the food destinations in each of these countries. Being a foodie, I love to explore amazing food that each destination has to offer and try out however unpleasant it may look like or smell like!

2014 being the year of “Visit Malaysia”, I would love to visit the wonderful country which embodies the soul of entire Asia in just 1 country! Following are the 5 amazing food destinations I would like to try out in Malaysia:

Jalan Alor market, Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Alor market in the heart of Kuala Lumpur has got a bustling nightlife scene with regards to hundreds of food trucks dishing out yummy fare to thousands of hungry locals and tourists who want to enjoy a slice of fusion of cuisines available in Malaysia. You can also get into the many “Kedai Mamak” (Curry Houses) or “Kedai Kopi” (Coffee Shops) to mingle with the locals who mostly know English and chat with them and ask them for suggestions before trying out some local fare. The food cost is very easy on the pocket too and thus you can do a food trail with very less investment from your side!

Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Cameron Highlands in Pahang is Malaysia’s largest hill resort. There is a British culture here of having scones with your afternoon tea while you enjoy the cool weather and taste some fine produce of strawberries and vegetables. I would love to see the picturesque view of flourishing tea plantations while I enjoy a refreshing cup of tea.

Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur

I would like to enjoy amazing views of World’s tallest twin towers – Petronas Twin Towers while enjoying a meal at a restaurant in Bukit Nanas tower. Having a glass of wine while eating a salmon while looking over the amazing skyline gives an exhilarating feeling of power and success!

Hawker food at George Town, Penang

George Town, the lively capital of Penang, has over 200 years of history and cultural heritage under its belt. It is renowned for its mouth-watering food, attracting steady streams of foodies from around the world to its warm shores. I would love to try out some amazing food from all over the world here with special emphasis on British and Malay food!

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Sabah

Popular among divers and ecotourists, Tunk Abdul Rahman park’s relatively shallow waters are filled with an abundance of corals and aquatic species – perfect for snorkelling and diving for beginners. It’s also an amazing place to have BBQ lunch or dinner overlooking the ocean where you can relax with family and friends.

So the above 5 are my most favorite food destinations in Malaysia which I would like to explore this year! Hope my dream comes true and I can make all these dream experiences true!

I am participating in the MalaysiaJao Blogathon Contest in association with BlogAdda.com.

03.01.14

Karbonn Kochadaiiyaan Signature Phone Series – power of Rajinikanth in your mobile!

Posted in Technology at 7:48 am by dhempe

Popular legend goes that nothing is impossible for The Thalaiva. Making this legend come true is a first of its kind initiative by Karbonn Mobiles- India’s leading smart phone manufacturer, which brings alive the legendary actor himself on your mobile phone & smart devices. At the launch event on 28th February 2014, Karbonn introduced the ‘Karbonn Kochadaiiyaan Signature Phone Series’ in association with India’s first 3D motion capture computer-animated Tamil period film ‘Kochadaiiyaan The Legend’. Present at the occasion were Ms. Soundarya R. Ashwin, Director, ‘Kochadaiiyaan The Legend’ & Mr. Sudhir Hasija, Chairman, Karbonn Mobiles.

Making a dream come true for millions of Sri Rajnikanth fans across the globe, the ‘Karbonn Kochadaiiyaan Signature Phone Series’ includes the android based Karbonn A36, the Karbonn A6+ and the flagship Titanium S5i along with 2 feature phones – the Legend 2.4 and the Legend 2.8. The ‘Karbonn Kochadaiiyaan Signature Phone Series’ will bring the Thalaiva closer to his fans by offering exclusive Kochadaiiyaan movie content including Songs, Dialogues, Videos, Images, Screen-Savers and an Augmented Reality App.

The Karbonn Kochadiyaan Augmented Reality (AR) App allows fans to discover Kochadaiiyaan in the world around them. The app uses special themed AR images and scans them to experience exclusive 4D Kochadaiiyaan interactive animations, You can also take photos of Kochadaiiyaan in action; take photos of yourself or friends with Kochadaiiyaan, find the right moment to capture Kochadaiiyaan in mid-flight, in a winning pose, taking on villains from different angles or jumping right into your hand!

The Legend 2.4 and the Legend 2.8 handsets also feature a dynamic Kochadaiiyaan boot screen with a greeting by Sri Rajnikanth’s character from the movie. Karbonn is also releasing a 4GB SD card available for purchase separately. This SD card includes exclusive Kochadaiiyaan content and other popular movies, videos and dialogues of the Super Star.

Sudhir Hasija, Chairman, Karbonn Mobiles stated, “The launch of the Karbonn Kochadaiiyaan Series is an exciting revolution from Karbonn Smart. With this series we seek to satiate the consumer needs with the best-in-class technological innovations. We understand the emergent needs of consumers of smart phone devices which look brilliant and work effortlessly. Thus in this regard, our product innovation is geared towards creating an eco-system of mobile devices, which bring the best of smart phone experience to them. This association is a first of its kind initiative synergizing the legend of Rajnikanth with the mass appeal of Karbonn to offer a masterpiece collector’s series for all Thalaiva fans.”

Soundarya R. Ashwin, Director, ‘Kochadaiiyaan The Legend’ says, “Rajini Sir is reputed to pioneer things with style and this association with his biggest movie is nothing short of being magical. The partnership with Karbonn is a landmark step towards bringing Kochadaiiyaan nearer to his fans. Kochadaiiyaan was produced to redefine the cinema viewing experience in India and in the same way this collaboration with Karbonn will open up an entirely new vista of cinema-technology association in the country.”

Kochadaiiyaan is a landmark movie which stars Rajnikanth enacting & voicing the lead roles along with performances by Deepika Padukone, Jackie Shroff, R. Sarathkumar, Aadhi, Shobana, Rukmini Vijayakumar and Nassar in significant roles. The movie is a live action film which dramatizes the duel between good and evil.

To celebrate the association with Kochadaiiyaan, Karbonn will release a limited stock of ‘Kochadaiiyaan Signature Phone Series’ devices with a free 4GB memory card (on select models) loaded with exclusive Kochadaiiyaan content. Price of the ‘Kochadaiiyaan Signature Phone Series’ will be in the range of Rs. 1990 – Rs. 8000. So get ready to bring Thalaiva home with the exclusive ‘Kochadaiiyaan Signature Phone Series’, available at all leading mobile outlets.

Highlights of the Karbonn Kochadaiiyaan Phones:

  • The ‘Karbonn Kochadaiiyaan Signature Phone Series’ includes the android based Karbonn A36, the Karbonn A6+ and the flagship Titanium S5i along with 2 feature phones – the Legend 2.4 and the Legend 2.8.
  • All handsets in the series have an exclusive signature of ‘Kochadaiiyaan’, sighed by the Thalaiva himself, on the back cover.
  • Karbonn has also initiated a ‘Meet the Legend Slogan Contest’ across multiple media. Winners of the contest will be chosen by Ms Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin and will get a chance to meet The Legend Sir Rajinikanth.
  • Enjoy select Kochadaiiyaan content including Songs, Dialogues, Videos, Images and Screen-Savers of the legendary movie, exclusively available on the Kochadaiiyaan Signature Phone Series

 About Karbonn:

Karbonn has emerged as the 4th largest mobile phone brand in India (Source: IDC Report for Q4 2013) with an annual sales turnover of Rs. 2300 Crores in FY 2012-13. Karbonn has widespread distribution presence in India with over 60,000 retail partners and 600+ service centers across the country. Karbonn’s international footprint spans presence across the geographies of Africa, South & South East Asia and Middle East.

02.28.14

Pizza Corner Party – experience a slice of life!

Posted in Food, Restaurant Reviews at 6:54 am by dhempe

Pizza Corner has always been about innovations and providing best quality pizza at value for money. So when recently they organized Pizza Corner Party contest on Twitter and invited tweeple to take part in it, we jumped at the opportunity and ensured we refreshed our knowledge of how Pizza originated and how it is prepared over a period of time. All the famous Bangalore tweeps and food bloggers were invited to be there for a surprise Pizza party and we were pleasantly surprised when we were told we would get to make our own pizzas too!

We made both Veg and Non-Veg pizzas with lots of topping and were guided very well by chefs from Pizza Corner. We were told how hygienically they maintain the kitchen, how to ensure we spread the sauce evenly, ensure toppings are spread out evenly and then how to load them onto the oven. It was a fun learning experience for all of our tweeps who were really excited to try out something like this for the first time! We made both Thin Crust and Cheese Burst pizzas according to everyone’s liking.

I made a Lamb Pepperoni Pizza with additional topping of Chicken pieces and loads and loads of cheese! It came out brilliantly well and I must say I was proud of myself for creating such a masterpiece! Now that Pizza Corner has come out with an Android app where ordering Pizza is just a click away, I think I will order my free pizza with that coupon code and ensure it is as good if not better than the pizza I made!

There is also another promotion going on. Pizza Corner has come out with a brand new dessert called the classic Apple Pie. All you have to do is walk into your nearest outlet, order the delicious new Apple Pie, and fill out a simple form expressing your love for Pizza Corner. The most creative response just might win you that romantic Club Mahindra holiday for two! Isn’t that exciting??!!

We created some mouth watering pizzas and devoured them with family and friends. Lot of customers who were not part of the Pizza Corner Party were curious to see this and made inquiries so that they can also enjoy this kind of experience. Pizza Corner mentioned they have lot of other interesting activities and contests for their fans coming up on their Facebook and Twitter pages!

The Bangalore Social Foodies including food and lifestyle bloggers like Nivedith, Aravind, Prateek, Nirav, Suman, Skanda, Rumana, Uma Kanth, Arjun, Deepa and me had a great time at Pizza Corner and we thank Media Moments for arranging this blogger meetup. Looking forward to enjoying more slices of life with delicious food at Pizza Corner!

02.16.14

Stan Smith by Adidas Originals

Posted in Reviews at 8:51 am by dhempe

To celebrate the return of the iconic Stan Smith shoes, Adidas Originals rolled out an innovative activation- a museum cum pop-up store in DLF Promenade, Delhi; housed in a giant shoe box.

The Stan Smith pop-up shop offered the all new classic white Stan Smiths and its colorful new avatars. The museum included customized versions of the shoe designed by prominent Delhi based designers- Namrata Joshipura, Ratnesh Rastogi  (January Rose) and Himanshu Dogra (The Play Clan). It also featured interactive experiences, such as a ‘Stan Yourself’ booth that enabled visitors to create their own image, similar to the style of the Stan Smith logo and add it to a ‘Wall of Fame’.

The pop-up was a scale replica of an Adidas Stan Smith shoebox. Aside from selling limited edition shoes, the store featured “an interactive floor, a digital ‘Stan Yourself’ station, and a 3D printing post” that allows consumers to be able to take part in an interactive experience and customize their lace locks using 3D printing. 3D Systems Cube printers lined the walls and were operating live in the store. The printers worked away making personalized lace locks for the customers to put the finishing touch on their shoes.

The re-launch coincided with the 50th anniversary of the shoe, which is Adidas’ top-selling shoe. The strategy here is simple, retro fashion is huge so bringing back an iconic style, with a campaign celebrating its heritage is bound to pay off for this global fashion brand.

The pop-up store and limited edition shoes are a great way to drum up excitement and awareness. A wonderful job by Adidas Originals.

02.05.14

Twist of Taste menu at Shiro

Posted in Food, Restaurant Reviews, Reviews at 3:00 pm by dhempe

Recently I was invited to try out the Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna’s ‘Twist of Taste’ menu at Shiro, Bangalore. This was in collaboration with Fox Traveller where Vikas has a show, where he presents Asian recipes with a twist which adds amazing flavours to the well known dishes. I was really excited to be part of it so when Avian Media extended the invitation to me, I grabbed the opportunity immediately.  As usual, Shiro was resplendent on a Wednesday evening and I was surprised to see some amazingly named dishes as part of ‘Twist of Taste’ menu.

Started with one of my favorites on the menu – Cripsy tofu with tamarind chutney in paper basket. This was Tofu cubes dusted with tempura flour, crisp fried, mixed with tamarind sauce and served inside paper basket. The tamarind touch was very innovative and provided just the right amount of zest in the food.

Next item on the menu which we tasted was Panko crusted prawn rawa fry style. This was Prawn marinated with ginger, garlic, black pepper and lime juice which was then dusted with tempura flour before being dipped in batter crumbed with panko. It was fried till golden brown and served with coconut chutney. This was definitely one of the highlights of the menu and I asked for more portions to enjoy this amazing fusion of cuisines!

We also tried out Xacuti masala grilled rice paper roll chicken. This was Chicken breast marinated with Goan xacuti masala. It was grilled and wrapped in rice paper with cucumber, lettuce, tomato and served with tamarind and jaggery reduction. I didn’t really enjoy this starter as I felt it was too dry and maybe lacked a bit of zing in the spice department!

It was time for main course and I was really impressed by the Kerala style prawn curry with Thai red curry paste. The ingredients were Onion, ginger, garlic, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coconut milk, red curry paste and kaffir lime leaves. It was a gastronomical marriage of Kerala cuisine with Thai cuisine which I must admit was a big hit! I enjoyed having this curry with lemon fried rice which had a generous helping of Madras Curry Powder!

As always we enjoyed the Long Island Ice Tea, Kiwi Mojito and Classic Mojito along with these amazingly innovative fusion dishes at our favorite Oriental restaurant Shiro along with other food bloggers and tweeps from Bangalore!

Don’t miss the “Twist of Taste” menu which is affordable as it’s priced in the range of just Rs.250 to Rs.700 per dish. It’s curated by Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna and perfected by JSM corporation head chef Priyank Singh Chouhan.

 

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