Destiny Farmstay

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

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Tucked in lap of valleys is this scenic beauty, a heaven of a place – Destiny Farmstay. This was my second visit to the place, I have been longing to go there after the 1st visit a few years back. Destiny is situated in the faultless valley of Avalanchi, about 25 km past Ooty, Destiny The Farmstay hotel is a modern farm with revolutionary, eco-friendly cultivation methods. It offers a scenic view of the nearby lake and is guarded by mountains around.

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To reach there is another adventure all together. Once you reach the parking spot the final destination is a 2km drive from there in the Jungle van and it is a crazy bumpy right through the forest. Head-up if you have a back ache, I would suggest not to go for it.

 

Being said that, Destiny is not a regular farmstay, the rooms scream of luxury with wooden flooring, balcony opening to the valley and the lake which gives an ethereal view of the nature enveloping the place.

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The view at dusk and hours following is like therapy, the sheer numbers of stars on the clouded mountains is a sight you can’t take your eyes off.

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The food is good with variety on menu and with most ingredients which are grown right there! The property is stupendous, with lot if activities to keep you busy- trekking to the woods, volleyball court surrounded by mountains, indoor sports, born fire list goes on. If you are looking to have an moment alone with nature and just sit and enjoy the view and probably introspect a little, well, you will find lot of spots for that 😛

The weather in January is a blessing, not to cold but cloudy and breezy.  To add to the experience are the staff here who are extremely friendly and helping. They will always greet you with a smile on their faces and will make sure that your stay is comfortable and fun. My interaction with Mahalakshmi, Saurav and all other staff was a happy one.

I would recommend this place to all nature lovers, who want to leave the city buzz for sometime and have a peaceful getaway. So if you visit, do let me know how was your experience, would be great to hear.

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Cheers guys! Hope this year is treating all of you well 🙂

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Coorg and Crazy Beans Company

Hello Folks! Sorry for being absconding for this long, got caught up in the hustle of life 😛 Anyways, here is a fresh one and I believe its perfect to make up for the “disappearance”.

The end of 2017 was a crazy one, exhausting honestly. So to rejuvenate I planned a trip to  Coorg, I have heard so many good things about the place I had to see it by myself.

img-20161025-wa0005 Trust me it was one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had on a trip. The place is blessed with breathtaking landscapes and wildlife. The sun rises with the lush green view of the coffee plantation that goes on for stretches is mesmerising.

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Coorg is synonym to coffee and being a coffee lover I wanted to explore. Luckily enough I had a chance to meet Mr. Bharath who runs a coffee plantation there. He is certified by coffee board of India as a Roaster and Barista and also we are members of SCAA. A very passionate man who treats coffee as his treasure.

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As I went around with him exploring the coffee estates I witnessed how much love, passion and hard work goes into our early morning cuppa.

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To make the best coffee available to all of us as fresh as it can get Bharath has started an online portal http://www.crazybeancompany.com/ where Natural processed coffee is available. The best part of it all is that the order can be custom roasted and grounded as per your requirement. I had to share the details afterall we all deserve our good blissful cup of coffee.

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In his words –

Farmers by birth, roasters by choice and business people by accident. We love our food and drink and we enjoy making it for others as well. There’s an old saying- “if you’re good at something don’t do it for free” so we started The Crazy Bean Company.

img-20161025-wa0011We can tell you that our farm in the heartland of Kodagu is irrigated by a freshwater spring, fertilised by wild animals and birds, the fruits are serenaded by classical music and caressed of their stems on maturity. Well, the classical music part isn’t true everything else is. We also follow modern, scientific and sustainable methods of farming, which means absolutely no pesticides.“

 

So here you go guys! Hope I am helping out some of my travellers & coffee loving friends 🙂

Cheers!

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.

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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.

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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!

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!

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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!

 

 

Fine food with Black Dog

It was last evening that I thought of this post for the first time. It was then that it hit me, that whenever we’ve had an evening of drinks, we’ve always had the company some fine delicacies, ranging from regular snacks to assorted chocolates. That got me thinking, what goes the best with The Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve Scotch Whisky? The result is this post. 🙂

The list of food that pairs up the best with Scotch in my books is as follows,

1. Fish – Pairing up of seafood with Scotch was a recent discovery of surprising nature. Salmon, for me does it the best. But this one time, I had fried prawns with my Black Dog and it did not disappoint, it was on the other hand, better than anything that I’ve every tried before.

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2. Meat – Red meats does its work the best. Lamb chops tastes impeccable all by itself, however, the divine taste was taken to a whole new level when paired up with Black Dog Quintessence. The smoky undertone of the Scotch goes really well with steaks that has a simple flavor. Garlic is not a good mix though.

 

3. Chocolates – I am a fan of dark chocolate. I’m also a fan of Scotch. This pair I had to try and turns out they are very good companions to each other. Since, dark chocolate have variations, I have realized that the combinations gets better and better with increasing amount of cocoa.

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4. Desserts – The Triple Gold Reserve Black Dog Scotch is quite an important ingredient for many mouth-watering desserts. And the best kind of desserts that goes with Black Dog are those which are chocolate based.

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The next time you decide to have the best Scotch in India, have yourself these delicacies. I’d like to know your response.

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Classic Pancakes

Once in a while there are mornings when you want to eat something nice but you don’t really want to spend much time in the kitchen either. On those days Pancakes come to my rescue. I personally like making ’em from the scratch, its easy and fun!

Fluffy Pancakes

Fluffy Pancakes

What you need –

  • Flour (Maida) – 1.5 cup
  • Milk – 1 and 1/2 cup
  • Baking Powder – 3 and 1/2 Tsp
  • Sugar – 3 Tbsp
  • Egg – 1
  • Butter – 3 Tbsp
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Vanilla Essence – 1 Tbsp

How Do You Do It –

  1. Take Flour in a bowl, add baking powder, sugar, salt and keep aside.
  2. Put milk and butter in a pan and heat the milk warm enough to melt the butter. Do not boil it, just heat a little.
  3. After the milk is cooled down and the butter is ‘in-sync’ with the milk add the egg and mix it well. Also add 1 Tbsp of Vanilla essence.
  4. Now slowly add the milk batter to flour, beat it well and make it as smooth as you can. The chunks are hard to get rid of, but it’s important for a perfect blend.
  5. Heat a little butter in a flat pan and slowly pour the batter, make sure you start from the center as it will take the shape as you pour.
  6. Flip to the other side only when see bubbles forming on the surface.
  7. Put some butter on the other side and let it cook.
The Process

The Process

Your perfect breakfast is ready! Or you can have it for brunch like I do! 😀

Goes really well with Honey, Chocolate syrup or my all-time favorite, the Maple syrup.

Keep cooking. Cheers!