Exquisite lunch experience at HoJo Bangalore

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews,Uncategorized — posted by dhempe on 23 April, 2015 @ 4:51 pm

Bangalore is slowly becoming the top hospitality hub of India if not Asia. Some of the top international hotel chains are opening their branches out here to cater to Indians who have traveled abroad and of course expats and foreigners who come here for long stretches of stay. One such hotel chain which has recently opened in Bangalore is the Howard Johnson hotel which has opened near Hebbal very close to the popular Manyata Tech Park.

On one lazy Sunday afternoon, we were invited to the carefuly curated set Lunch prepared by Chef Dev Bose and hosted by Food & Beverages Manager Mahinder Rawat. It was an amazing menu which showcased the best of the cuisines available at HoJo Bangalore. We started with White Wine as we were waiting for Amuse bouche to be served.

The Amuse bouche was traditional yet contemporary. It was dry panipuri served with sour curd and mint. It provided the right start to a gastronomical feast that we are going to indulge ourselves in!


Bengali Food Festival at The Eatery, Four Points by Sheraton Bengaluru

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews — posted by dhempe on 30 March, 2015 @ 9:17 am

Recently I was invited to the “Too Maach!” Bengali Food Festival at the hub of great food in Whitefield, Bangalore – Four Points by Sheraton Bengaluru. As I’m a lover of Bengali food, I grabbed this opportunity to be one of the select few to try out the delicacies!

The decor was excellent and reminded me of the hospitality of the East Indian folks specially Bengalis and Oriyas. The hospitality of Four Points by Sheraton Whitefield Bengaluru is also very good which adds to the flavor of the entire event!

We started with a Panipuri (or Puchka in Bengali) making and eating competition which was a huge hit with all the bloggers. Everyone loved making their own Puchkas and then having it at one go! It was a welcome break for bloggers who generally are bored at sit down reviews!


Shiro meets Saigon

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews — posted by dhempe on 27 March, 2015 @ 5:21 pm

One of my favorite restaurants of all time, Shiro had a Vietnamese pop-up kitchen from 23rd March on wards. Some of Vietnam’s most renowned culinary offerings were on offer there.

I started with a refreshing Vietnamese cocktail called “Pearl of the orient” which is a luxurious concoction of blood orange, fresh giner, campari, sake and basil. It was perfect for a sunny afternoon. I enjoyed this drink very much.

One of the most interesting appetizers was the Summer Rolls which are rice paper rolled with chicken & prawn or vegetables. This was served with tangy peanut sauce which was a perfect accompaniment.


Celebration of Ugadi at 100 Feet BBQ Lounge Koramangala

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews,Uncategorized — posted by dhempe on 25 March, 2015 @ 2:57 pm

On the eve of Ugadi on 21st March, the 100 Feet BBQ Lounge in De-Oriell Hotel at Koramangala ushered in Ugadi, the Karnataka New Year in a delightfully unique way on 20th March 2015. Possibly the first restaurant to celebrate the festival with the concept of fusion and cross-cultural entertainment, patrons had some unique offerings in store for them at the 100 Feet BBQ Lounge.

Beginning with the décor of the restaurant, traditional torans of mango leaves were set up around the seating and buffet areas to bring in the feel of the festive day. One of the highlights of the entertainment for the evening was a fusion of two dance forms – Salsa and Yakshagana. This was performed by a two artistes, one for each dance style / two-dancer groups for each dance style. The idea behind showcasing these two dance forms on a single platform was to show how each form, with its heavy make-up and costumes can still hold its own on an international cultural platform. This was followed by live song performance by noted Kannada playback singer Inchara Rao and Prajwal Pai. The songs were a mix of classic Kannada and Hindi classics.


Bangalore mesmerized by Magnum Choco Cappuccino

Filed under:Food,Reviews — posted by dhempe on 9 March, 2015 @ 10:29 am

Magnum ice creams recently launched its fourth variant, Magnum Choco Cappuccino. Made from a divine combination of coffee & chocolate, Magnum Choco-Cappuccino is made up of creamy vanilla ice cream, infused with swirls of smooth cappuccino sauce covered in thick cracking Belgian chocolate coated with sweet crunchy pieces that deliver a distinctive ‘crack’ with every bite. We were privileged to be a part of the Bloggers table recently at the launch at JW Marriott Bengaluru.

For the launch party, Magnum brought together the World Masters – Janice Wong, Asia’s best pastry chef & the culinary expert on all things sweet with Fritz Storm, World Barista Champion & a well-known authority on coffee, to create a decadent experience for dessert aficionados. The Masters helped enthusiasts discover different interesting pairings with Coffee & Chocolate, while explaining what makes these pairings work. Magnum Choco-Cappuccino was introduced while the masters spoke about the ultimate pairing of Chocolate & Coffee.


Pride of Hyderabad, Paradise Biryani now in Bangalore!

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews — posted by dhempe on 21 February, 2015 @ 8:51 pm

Whenever you hear the word Paradise Biryani, you think of Hyderabad only. Many travelers there have been pleaded by their friends to get Paradise Biryani via flight or AC train! Now we don’t need to take all this trouble as the world’s favorite biryani Paradise Biryani is now in Bangalore! Right in the heart of the Central Business District of Indiranagar too!

When you walk into the restaurant, what immediately strikes you is the amazing photographs of the preparation of Biryani which adorn the walls. It is a far cry from the first ever Paradise Cafe which opened at the erstwhile Paradise Theatre in Secunderabad in 1953! 1980’s was the golden age of Paradise as it opened up its highly popular Takeaway business and the multi-cuisine Paradise Persis family restaurant came up.

Paradise has become such an integral part of Hyderabad’s culinary culture and history that a visit to Hyderabad is said to be incomplete without a visit to Paradise. Foodies swear by the taste of their signature Paradise Biryani and Bengaluru will now have it first authentic Biryani restaurant thanks to Paradise Biryani!

Paradise has a 60 year old history and is undoubtedly every Hyderabadi’s favourite restaurant. Mr. Ali Hemmati, Chairman & Managing Director of Paradise, is confident that this restaurant will achieve the same iconic status in Bengaluru as they will serve the legendary and authentic Hyderabadi cuisine to the discerning food lovers of this city. In addition to the world famous Biryanis, Paradise also serves delectable Chinese, Indian and Continental cuisine.


Five Star Chicken – world class quality at very affordable prices!

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews,Uncategorized — posted by dhempe on 12 February, 2015 @ 9:28 pm

Five Star Chicken was just launched less than 3 years back in India but already has more than 240 outlets across Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi, and in smaller towns such as Mangaluru, Mysuru, Chikamagaluru, Mandya, and Chintamani in Karnataka. It also operates outlets in Salem, Coimbatore, and Erode in Tamil Nadu. They are planning to expand soon in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

One of their most hot selling products and my favorite too are the signature products which are fried chicken in 2 varieties – “Original Thai Crispy” and the more suited to Indian spice standards “Crunchy Masala”. I feel the Original Thai Crispy has a very good flavor but if you want a bite for your tongue, you should check out the spicy Crunchy Masala!


Slice of Rajasthan if you are in a hurry – Pushkar Resorts

Filed under:Rajasthan,Travel — posted by dhempe on 10 February, 2015 @ 10:38 pm

Recently on my trip to Jaipur, I was looking for nearby visits which are not more than 150-200kms around that area so that we don’t get stressed with the travel and still enjoy the vacation. I realized that Ajmer and Pushkar can be done within a day’s time where you visit the World famous Ajmer Sharif dargah which is flocked by people from all faiths and also the Brahma temple and Pushkar Sarovar in Pushkar. But then I was thinking it would be too stressful a journey so was looking forward to some good accommodation around Pushkar when I found out about Pushkar Resorts on social media!

The beautiful cottages at Pushkar Resorts which are adorned with flowering plants and creepers definitely interested me as I’m a nature lover. The serenity of the location along with wonderful weather during the winter months made me choose Pushkar Resorts as Sewara Hospitality is known for it’s world class service. The rooms were tastefully anointed with colorful paints and Rajasthani embroidery.

All the latest amenities are available in these cottages like air conditioning and even heater which is very much required in the winter months. Room service is quite efficient but as it is quite far away from civilization, it’s better to have emergency medicines available with you in case you require any. The mood of the lighting in the room is quite subdued and it is quite warm too.

If you feel hungry from your jaunts across the property, swim in the vast swimming pool or from playing outdoor/indoor games, you can head to the restaurant which is in a villa of it’s own. There is the best of North Indian food available to suit your taste buds and in case you request for it, you would even get some Rajasthani specialty dishes like Dal Bhati Choorma!


Airtel 4G – blazing fast on Redmi Note 4G

Filed under:Reviews,Technology — posted by dhempe on 2 February, 2015 @ 11:00 am

Folks around the world have been mesmerized by the Mi mobiles from China which always have cutting edge Technology embedded in them. One of their latest offerings is Redmi Note 4G which is a budget phone under Rs.10,000 which is now readily available at any Airtel stores instead of booking it online, which is mostly luck based.

The booking process is very easy! You have to just visit Airtel Redmi Note 4G booking page online and click on “Book Now” which takes you to the following page.

Here you just need to mention whether you are a Prepaid or Post Paid User, your name, your mobile number, Email ID and City. That’s just about it! You will also get more information about the entire process on the right hand side.


Luxury in the middle of nowhere – Pushkar Resorts, Rajasthan

Filed under:Rajasthan,Travel — posted by dhempe on 30 January, 2015 @ 7:58 am

Whenever you hear of Pushkar, your mind automatically thinks about the famous Pushkar Camel Fair which happens in the months of October or November every year. Few people inclined towards mythology may also know that Pushkar has the only Brahma temple in the world. Other than that, Pushkar doesn’t seem to entice much interest in people. But did you know that it’s a wonderful hideaway from Jaipur and even Delhi?

Pushkar Resorts in Pushkar is just about 150 kms from Jaipur which is a short 2.5 hours drive on the 6 lane highway connecting Jaipur and Ajmer. This is National Highway 8 upon which you can cruise easily at over 120 KMPH and there are plethora of culinary options on the Highway where you can stop to try out some amazing Rajasthani & North Indian Cuisine. Kuber Resorts and Hotel Highway King are some of the more popular names.

When you plan to come to Pushkar Resorts, get a taxi from Jaipur which can take you on a sight-seeing trip of Ajmer specially the world famous Ajmer Sharif Dargah and the brahma temple/ sarovar in Pushkar. After a hectic half day trip of sight-seeing, you can retire at Pushkar Resorts just 5 kms off Pushkar as we did. What we instantly liked as we walked in was the massive swimming pool and the sprawling lawns in the property.


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image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace