PROJECT ALOFT STAR MTV – Finale at Aloft Cessna Business Park

ALOFT Hotel, a quintessence of modern architecture and vibrant ambiance hosted the finale for the aloft star in collaboration with MTV. I got a chance to witness some breath-taking live music performance by budding artists from across India.

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The contest has been running for a while and the top 5 finalist got the opportunity of a lifetime to perform live at the venue on 18th of September at Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park. The winner was crowned Project Aloft Star and won US$10,000!

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The finalist

Bachpan – Sylvio Olvin – India

Tujhko Dekhe Toh– Divya Venugopal –India

Main Hoon Tera Radio – Rohan negi – India

Veda*-TheBand – India

Inertia Kills – Run Pussy Run- India

The judges for the event were-

Clinton Cerejo the award winning composer, producer and singer. He made an memorable impact on Coke Studio with Sufi Pop.

Aditya Swami the EVP, Viacom18 Media and Business Head of MTV & MTV Indies

Hazel Ooi the Manager, Brand Management Asia-Pacific of Aloft Hotel.

The night went better than I imagined, beautiful ambiance, wonderful artist and to add to it lip-smacking food and drink. Couldn’t have asked for more. 🙂

Here, are some sneak peek from the event.

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And The winner!

And The winner!

A evening well spent 🙂

Cheers!

Starbucks Summer Adventure

Summers! I used to like summers but as the years are passing by its not so much of my favorite anymore. Though I still can’t deny the few perks that it brings along and mangoes tops my list. Precise reason why I was excited to be a part of the Starbucks  summer adventure and took the #sipface challenge.

#sipface

#sipface

#starbuckfunventure

#starbuckfunventure

Starbucks has introduced Mango flavored menu to cater the summer cravings of us all, the menu brings together Alphonso Mango Frappuccino, the Baked Mango Yogurt and the Alphonso Mango Frappuccino with Java chip.

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Alphonso Mango Frappuccino

A rich blend of Alphonso mango and milk with ice and dollops of whipped cream. You can personalize this beverage by adding Java Chip to bring out the best. Special blend to suit the Indian taste pallet, this is perfect for the summer season, not too sweet, not overdosed on the flavor, just perfect craftsmanship.

Alphonso Mango Frappuccino

Alphonso Mango Frappuccino

Baked Mango Yogurt

Ah! I can’t talk enough about it. What beautiful flavors. A rich blend of Mango puree, yogurt and cream. Truth is, by the look of it I anticipated it to be too sweet for my taste but I was wrong, and how. This is nothing less than heavenly. So fresh and delicious I scrapped the bottom of the cup for more.

Picture courtesy - http://www.sindhujp.com/

Picture courtesy – http://www.sindhujp.com/

 

Don’t miss out on these mango delights. Do grab one till it is still available, it’s the part of Starbucks summer menu.

Thanks again to Starbucks for the delightful and fun evening full of flavors.

Cheers!

Amrut Whiskey Tasting at TGH

Truth be told I have always been in love with whiskey and an evening in a mesmerizing ambiance, in good company, lip smacking food and one of the best whiskey to savor is an evening well spent. The Glass House is breathtakingly beautiful, the unique blend of glass and steel make the place look so chic and elegant, the lighting with the beautiful ceiling adds to the magic.

The Glass House

The Glass House

The whiskey tasting event hosted by the pioneers of Amrut Distillery at The Glass House, Bangalore was an event I am glad I could be a part of. I discovered the most beautiful Indian whiskey I had ever laid my hand on. Amrut Single Malt.

Blind Tasting

Blind Tasting

The day unfolded with Mr Ashok Chokalingam , introducing us to a blind tasting of whiskey’s from around the world. Mr. Ashok is a renowned whiskey expert voted whiskey Ambassador for the year 2012, by the Icons of whiskey. Ashok guided us trough the samples of whiskeys explaining how to appreciate your whiskey and walked us trough different ways to understand it right.Discovering the smokiness of oak barrel, the sweetness of caramel, the punch of citrus or the spiciness of anise just by nosing the drink and then by letting our taste buds dance with the glittering golden whiskey.

Amrut Single Malt

Amrut Single Malt

The blind tasting ended with evaluation of the score cards here the most popular choice was Jim Beam followed by- The Amrut Fusion and the Amrut Peated Single Malt then on the list was Johnnie Walker Black Label and Glenmoraingie.

Tasting Session

Tasting Session

Score Cards

Score Cards

‘Amrut Distillery’ has won numerous awards worldwide and also won the third best whiskey in the world title. The fact that such fine whiskey is made in India makes me proud and the distinct taste has put it on my favourites list.

After the whiskey tasting we moved to the food, the cuisine in TGH is European inspired but with a twist. Let me tell you the chef has done a wonderful job with the oh-so-mouth-watering menu.
The menu for the evening was-

Veg-

1.Stuffed mini eggplant roulade: hummus

2.Goat’s cheese lollipops: spiced romesco, dates and jalapenos stuffing, chilly lavash triangle

3.Rosemary margarita: san marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, fresh rosemary

Stuffed mini eggplant roulade: hummus

Stuffed mini eggplant roulade: hummus

 

Goat’s cheese lollipops: spiced romesco, dates and jalapenos stuffing, chilly lavash triangle

Goat’s cheese lollipops: spiced romesco, dates and jalapenos stuffing, chilly lavash triangle

 

Non veg-

1.Chicken fire cracker: red dynasty cabbage slaw, scallions

2.Beef carpaccio: red wine cured, shaved ginger, togarashi spice

3.Lamb and jalapeño sliders: pickled cabbage, mini bun

4.Fish and chips inspiration: house tartar sauce, lavash crisp

Chicken fire cracker: red dynasty cabbage slaw, scallions

Chicken fire cracker: red dynasty cabbage slaw, scallions

Beef carpaccio: red wine cured, shaved ginger, togarashi spice

Beef carpaccio: red wine cured, shaved ginger, togarashi spice

Fish and chips inspiration: house tartar sauce, lavash crisp

Fish and chips inspiration: house tartar sauce, lavash crisp

Had a wonderful time at The Glass House and added Amrut to my mini bar already 🙂

Cheers!

 

The Tuck Shop

My hunt for good food at new places is always on. Then there are places which are so familiar and comfortable that I just I just get up and head out there. So, on this lazy Sunday I ended up at Tuck Shop, a cute little place in Koramangala with menu which will satisfies my breakfast craving like no other.  Interesting graffiti and paintings make this place even warmer.

The Tuck Shop

The Tuck Shop

I took my sister there for a brunch and how she loved it. They have recently refreshed their menu and I had to try it!

The New Menu!

The New Menu!

Heavenly

Heavenly

I tried the Waffle with bacon layered with cheese and more and it was ammmmaaaziinggg!!!! So heavenly, loved it.

Tikka Takka eggs

Tikka Takka eggs

This place is known for its burgers and all day breakfast menus. The chef definitely deserves applause for the new additions to the menu. I am glad I have even more reason to visit the place again 🙂

Here, is the link to their page. Check it out!

Cheers!

 

 

Delicious Swiss Chocolates

“Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: Deliciousness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good” – Mariska Hargita

Word for word, everything about this comment is true! Chocolates are irresistibly good! I was waiting for my connecting flight at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport and wanted to grab a bite. Also, if you’ve been waiting for over a couple of hours at an airport, you tend to roam around and explore, after all, after sometime it gets a little mundane.

I was travelling abroad for a work assignment and have just said goodbyes to the family. And yes, it got a little emotional outside the Departure. The pain of goodbyes, last moments are blended with the anticipation and excitement of the journey ahead. Right then, I happened to walk by the Delhi Duty Free Store, and spotted my mood-lift-ups, chocolates! I couldn’t have asked for a better timing on this. It was for me killing two birds with a stone, indulging in the guilty pleasures of some brilliant cocoa and saving money while at it. How? Delhi Duty Free is a shopping destination where people can buy a range of products including Fashion Accessories, Confectioneries, Liquor and Electronics if they are travelling through Terminal 3 at IGI Airport and holding a valid international flight boarding card and passport. The duty free shops are retail outlets or stores that are excused from certain taxes, which makes the goods a little light on the pocket. What more, well, at the DDFS, you can sample a product that’s not yet sold on the open market. You can find more about Delhi Duty Free Store, here.

Arrival Shop - Perfumes Area

Central Promo Area

There I was, mesmerized with the fine collections of world-class products and some of my favourite Swiss chocolates. Delhi Duty Free Store offers a lot of attractive deals and offers on their range of luxury products which are hard to turn a blind eye to. I bought a couple of bags full of the best Swiss chocolates, Guylian and Lindt at a surprisingly great price! You can’t get enough of anything DDFS has to offer.

Chocolate area at Departure main shop

Delhi Duty Free Store

I could hardly resist myself and finished off the whole lot throughout the course of my journey. The way the chocolates melts in your mouth has a way of taking you to that special place where everything seems just right! The Cocoa butter in the fine Swiss Chocolate is the main culprit for its divine taste. The Swiss chocolatiers are purists and do no compromise on their quality and that is why, on my way back, I got myself another lot for friends and family. The comforting feeling that I was finally back home, where I belonged was shared with my family and friends and yes, they loved the gift of the finest cocoa in the world that I brought along.

Till next time, Cheers!

Mediterranean food meets Four Seasons Wines- Best of both worlds

Four Seasons Wines have come up with this amazing concept of combining brilliant food and the finest wines together. They have collaborated with some outstanding placing all over the country to deliver the experience to as many wine lovers as possible. The menu is well defined combining a 3 course or a 5 course meal with an exquisite range of wines by Four Seasons which brings out the best in both the food and the blissful drink. The spread is carefully prepared by the chefs and the wines are cautiously paired by the experts.

Gourmet Indulgence at FAVA

Gourmet Indulgence at FAVA

I had the Gourmet Indulgence experience at Fava, UB City. The ambiance was breathtaking, and the fountain made the place look even more exquisite. The spread was of a delicious 3 course meal with fine wine.

We started the night with some Lavosh with spicy tomato dip.

Lavosh with Spicy Tomato Dip

Lavosh with Spicy Tomato Dip

Appetizer – Plated Crabmeat Hummus, with avocado, tomato, onion, chilly, roasted cumin, green coriander and lime. The delightful carbmeat over hummus gave it a tricky taste. Paired with Sauvignon Blanc. The combination was truly a treat.

Plated Crabmeat Hummus with Pitta Bread

Plated Crabmeat Hummus with Pitta Bread

Main Course- Moroccan Honey, Cumin & Lemon Chicken with couscous, baby carrot and saffron garlic dip. Paired with Viognier, I tried it with Blush too and I enjoyed both the combinations in a unique way.

Moroccan Honey, Cumin & Lemon Chicken with couscous, baby carrot and saffron garlic dip.

Moroccan Honey, Cumin & Lemon Chicken with couscous, baby carrot and saffron garlic dip.

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Scoop of Vanilla Ice-cream with Almond

Four Seasons Wine

Four Seasons Wine

All in all had a really good experience at Fava thanks to Four Seasons Wines. Do try their Gourmet Indulgence if you get a chance. Cheers!

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Four Seasons Gourmet Indulgence- Good Food and Fine Wine

Four Seasons Wines is one of the most satisfying yet classy wines that I have had the pleasure of having. The colour, the taste and the essence of this drink is what has made me an ardent follower of this beautifully crafted drink. Last weekend Four Seasons launched the curtain raiser for the event ‘Four Season Gourmet Indulgence’ and I was lucky enough to be a part of it. The event took place at the Tower Kitchen, UB City, a beautiful place in the heart of the city.

The event consisted of pairing some of the finest Gourmet with Four Seasons Wines for a three course dinner. The food was carefully prepared for this occasion by the chefs of the partnered outlets; it was a truly mesmerizing gourmet experience. It was quite a treat for the food connoisseurs and at the same time, a challenge for the chefs to prepare their meals in accordance with the wines and they did not disappoint. The way the food blended with the wine was truly mesmerizing.

Four Seasons Gourmet Indulgence

Four Seasons Gourmet Indulgence

Main Course- Lamb Shank

Main Course- Lamb Shank

Four Seasons Wine

Four Seasons Wine

The Four Season Gourmet Indulgence is happening across 7 cities in India. Bringing together brilliant food and the finest wine together. Do catch it in your city if you get a chance because it is certainly something that should not be missed.

Four Seasons Wines Gormet Indulgence

Four Seasons Wines Gormet Indulgence

I had an amazing evening with delicious food, fine wine and good company. Thanks to Four Seasons and Tower Kitchen.

Cheers!