Weekend Getaway To Pearl Valley, Near Anekal

We are trying to make the most of the beautiful, beautiful weather in Bangalore lately. Of late, weekends see us on heading out on long drives, exploring places, seeing the city we live in with new eyes. One of my cousins has moved from the US of A, and we are – sort of – helping him get acquainted with Bangalore. Suits me just fine! So, that’s how we came to be checking out this place called Pearl Valley one gorgeous rainy weekend.

Read all about our experience at Pearl Valley, just in on the other blog!

Thotada Mane: A Food Stop You Must Make In Srirangapatna

All of us city dwellers, every once in a while, need the sort of detox where we sit down peacefully in the midst of natural surroundings and gorge on homely, good food. Thotada Mane in Srirangapatna is just the right place for that.

Located a little over 100 km away from Bangalore, Thotada Mane is ideal for a weekend breakfast or lunch drive. I’m sure the rustic look of the place and the simple food served here will win you over. We were definitely charmed, when we made a pit-stop at Thotada Mane recently, en route to Mysore.

Read all about our experience at Thotada Mane, just in on my other blog!

Bun Halwa| Easy Bread Halwa Without Milk

My first tryst with Bun Halwa was at the iconic Gopu Iyengar’s in Madurai, a couple of years ago. It was on the ‘Specials’ list the day we visited, I was intrigued enough to order it, and I fell in love with the piping-hot dessert when it arrived. The service staff was kind enough to tell me how to go about making it, too.

I present to you today the way I prepare Bun Halwa at home, largely the way I learnt at Madurai, with a few little flourishes of my own. Let me tell you that this is one super simple dessert to make, one you can blindly trust when you have unannounced guests over and need to make a sweet treat in a jiffy. It’s a delicious, delicious way to use up those last few bakery buns or bread that have been lying around the house, threatening to go stale! 🙂

Head to my other blog to check out the recipe!

Hilton Turns 100, Celebrates With A Big Bash

I had the pleasure of being part of a very special birthday bash, last weekend, and am here to tell you all about it!

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has always been known for its hospitality and excellent service. The chain completed 100 years this May, an event that was celebrated with a grand bash last weekend at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Sarjapur, Bangalore. I thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations, along with some other bloggers from the city.

Read all about my experience at the brunch, just in on my other blog!

Oki All Set To Tantalise Tastebuds With Its New Menu

One of these days, you must surely visit Kammanahalli and lunch at Oki. The long trek across the city, braving the heat and the traffic, will be totally worth it, I can tell you that. Now, you have all the more reason to trek across the city to this eatery (if you don’t live in that neck of the woods, that is) – Oki has come up with a fantastic new menu, which is all set to launch on May 20!

I had the privilege of sampling Oki’s new menu recently, expertly curated by Chef Surajit Ghara, along with a few other food bloggers from the city.

Read all about my experience trying out the new menu at Oki, just in on my photo blog!

Sattu Ka Ghol| Savoury Sattu Drink

My first brush with Sattu Ka Ghol was in Calcutta, a few years back, while on a holiday there. I was enchanted by the pale brown drink that a lot of locals seemed to be relishing, off street-side carts. It looked quite interesting, with finely chopped green chillies, onion and coriander in it.. it was only much later that I learnt that the drink was called Sattu Ka Ghol, a savoury sherbet made using roasted black chickpea flour aka sattu or chane ka sattu.

I tried making the Sattu Ka Ghol at home recently, and was super thrilled with the outcome. It turned out simply beautiful – delicious, very refreshing, just the thing you need on a hot summer’s day. And, it took me not more than 5 minutes to put together!

Sattu Ka Ghol is a supremely easy (not to forget delish!) way of getting in the several health benefits that sattu possesses. Check out the recipe, just in on my blog!

Experience Flavours From The Streets Of India, Now At Bombay Brasserie

The bustling 12th Main in Indiranagar is home to several restaurants, serving a variety of cuisines. Bombay Brasserie, one of the eateries on this road, has managed to create a loyal clientele for itself, in the two or so years of its inception. The place is almost always packed, especially so on the weekends. There is a Street Food Festival running at Bombay Brasserie now, and I was recently invited over to sample the special festival menu. I ended up having a lovely experience!
 
 
 

Anarosher Chaatni| Pineapple Chutney, Bengali Style

A Bengali meal is incomplete without a chutney, especially so on festive occasions. Quite different from the South Indian chutneys we are used to, a Bengali Chutney (rather, ‘Chaatni‘ in the local language) is a beautiful medley of flavours – sweet and sour with just a hint of spice to keep it intriguing. Panch phoron (Bengali five-spice mix) and raisins added in lend it a lovely texture.
 
Today, I present to you the recipe for Anarosher Chaatni, pineapple chutney Bengali-style, which I learnt on a holiday in Calcutta a few years ago. This is quite a simple thing to prepare but such a flavour bomb that it can jazz up a meal like no one’s business!
 
Check out the recipe for Anarosher Chaatni, just in on my photo blog!
 
 

Aamlicious: Rajdhani’s Mango Festival You Simply Must Not Miss

The moment summer sets in, most of us begin to dream of mangoes. The love of mangoes is what gets most Indians through the intense heat of summer. And who can blame us? Eating a mango is an unparalleled experience – be it the sweet and juicy, yellow-orange flesh of the ripe fruit or the lip-puckeringly sour raw mango. Using raw and ripe mangoes in various culinary confections is de rigueur in India in the months of summer. That’s what the Aamlicious festival at Rajdhani, Bangalore, is all about – the play of mangoes in various forms, dishes, textures, ingredients and flavours.
 
Read all about my experience at Rajdhani’s Aamlicious festival recently, just in on my other blog!
 

Stories From The Floating Market, Pattaya

Any destination we head to, the husband and I definitely make it a point to visit the local bazaars. A stop (or two, or three!) at the local markets is a great way of getting exposed to the culture and traditions of the place, at the very root level. And, of course, it teaches you a whole lot about the food of that region – the ingredients that the locals use, the ways in which they cook, their indigenous foods, et al. Thailand was no exception.
 
That was how, one bright and sunny day during our recent holiday in Thailand, the two of us headed to Pattaya Floating Market, with the bub in tow. And, hey, this is a floating market – a market actually on water – and how do we not check out that?!
 
Read all about our experience at the Pattaya Floating Market, in my latest blog post!