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3 Monkeys is an initiative of three first generation entrepreneurs – Phani Rama Krishna Reddy Kothwali, Vamsi Krishna Reddy Kothwali and Sudhakar Reddy Yannam, who are also IT professionals. 3 Monkeys is an attempt by them to give Bangaloreans the best of what they have experienced themselves globally. 3 Monkeys is a 333 cover brewpub spread over 13,500 sq ft all at a single level in Gopalan Signature Mall on Old Madras Road, Bangalore close to Indiranagar. The main attraction of the brewpub is its Island Bar, the 140 ft long bar counter encompassing the brew house and its innovative, signature and seasonal brews crafted by the Canadian brew master.

3 Monkeys, a brewpub with a difference, is literally raising the bar in the microbrewery industry and in the process raised the bar of pub culture to a new high in Bangalore on March 22, 2014 when it opened taps for thirsty enthusiasts to taste freshly crafted beers.

Further the brewpub 3 Monkeys is all set to usher a new microbrewery culture in Bangalore with its Island Bar concept and Longest Bar Counter in the country. Probably for the first time in the country here is a microbrewery that is bang in the middle of the huge hall that provides beer enthusiasts a 360 degree view of the brewing process.

That is not all. The 140 feet long bar counter encompassing the microbrewery allows beer lovers to not only see the beer manufacturing process but also have a live chat with the Canadian Brew Master on nuances associated with beer. Another feature of 3 Monkeys is that the brewpub is spread over 13,500 sq ft at a single level with well appointed corners for corporate get-togethers, theme parties, formal / informal briefing sessions, etc.

3 Monkeys brews that will quench the thirst of Bangaloreans will include Weisen Beer from the US, Mexican Pale Lager, Irish Ale, Australian Pale Ale and many more popular & innovative seasonal beers. Further, signature beers that are exclusive and a rarity in this part of the globe are also going to be a regular feature at 3 Monkeys. The inaugural signature beer that will be launched is a secret recipe and a rare brew of the Brew Master at 3 Monkeys.

Besides offering beer, 3 Monkeys will offer fine dining experience for its guests who wish to experience food from across the world. On offer are, Continental, Mexican, Mediterranean, Chinese, Thai to exotic Indian cuisine. The fine dining area is well defined and exclusive within the pub on the same floor. A sumptuous lunch / buffet are offered during weekdays for the corporate crowd who happen to be in the vicinity.

According to Mr. Phani Rama Krishna Reddy Kothwali, Director, 3 Monkeys, “We believe in giving the finest craft brew experience with beer made with the best ingredients sourced from across the globe. We are also keen to update the beer offerings periodically and introduce newly-discovered brew flavours from across the globe.”

Commenting on the brew that will flow from its taps, Mr. Martin, the Canadian Brew Master at 3 Monkeys said, “In-addition to popular brews we will offer innovative, signature and seasonal beers round the year. While 3 Monkeys is fully geared to brew most exotic flavours, we still prefer to map taste buds of beer enthusiasts and innovate from there.”

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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