Weekends Like Easter

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Easter Eggs at Lavonne

I wouldn’t call myself religious even though I do believe in a greater force. But I love all festivals for the sole reason that it brings people together and there’s always a grand feast involved. The best part is that for each festival I get to indulge on some delectable dishes, learn about varied cultures, their food history and take home some precious recipes too.

Since it’s a long weekend, we have packed our schedule with names of patisseries and restaurants serving some exciting Easter treats, and even signed up for a fun baking class to learn some sinful recipes. In case you are in Bangalore and wondering what to do for Easter, try picking from the following: Continue reading

Lunching at Rasa India

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Pink is a colour that I find hard to ignore. So when we spotted the bright pink restaurant called Rasa at CMH Road, we had to pay a visit despite the fact that they serve pure vegetarian food. Yes, I still find it extremely difficult to sit through a meat-free meal. But the simple, flavoursome, homestyle food at the pretty restaurant was definitely a refreshing change on a hot afternoon. Continue reading

Devilled Eggs with Coriander Microgreens

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Nothing like some flavoursome indulgence on a lazy Sunday. And when it’s as easy a recipe as Devilled Eggs, all the more better. To add a little punch, we used kasundi and some coriander microgreens to the classic recipe.  Continue reading

Watermelon and Yellow Tomato Salad with Radish and Red Amaranthus Microgreens

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Photo credit: Nithin Sagi

M and I are not typical salad lovers. In fact, we stay as far away from greens as possible unless they are used as a mere bed to present meat in all its glory. However, we are suckers for refreshing flavours. Anything that tastes good, we’ll dig right in. Since this summer is driving us insane, we decided to give a break to our food expeditions and step into our kitchen instead to discover flavours. And nothing like salads for a simple afternoon meal. With a little help from N and his venture Growing Greens, which nurtures a range of microgreens, we spent our weekend cooking, mixing and matching flavours and tossing up salads.

Here’s the first recipe from our very own kitchen: watermelon and yellow tomato salad in classic vinaigrette dressing with radish and red amaranthus microgreens. Continue reading

Lunching at Hanging Gardens Restaurant

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As much as I hate to admit this but my food expeditions in Bangalore most often centres around Koramangala, Indiranagar and MG Road. Whitefield and other places happen once in a while when we gear up for a long drive though that requires much planning. However, one fine Sunday, we did manage to make our way towards Banaswadi to meet some old friends and also explore lunch options, and discovered this pretty rooftop place called Hanging Gardens Restaurant in Kasturinagar. Continue reading

What It Takes To Start A Wine Brand!

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Ajay Shetty of Myra Vineyards

There was a time when wine was considered to be a snob’s drink in India with far too many nuances to appreciating it – the twirling, the sniffing, and then the sipping. Over the years, this belief has changed and luckily now we see a whole lot of Indians preferring wine to other drinks, being able to differentiate between the many varietals, shaking up bubbly cocktails at home, pairing them with food, and so on and so forth. I think amongst many helpful factors, the credit also goes to those Indian winemakers who dared to produce wine in the country in an attempt to popularise the drink. And one such man is Ajay Shetty, CEO of Myra Vineyards.

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Building Memories with Paper Boat

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There are certain F&B products you find yourself purchasing again and again because of the quality. Then there are those that go beyond quality and manage to strike a chord on a more personal level. For me, Paper Boat is one such brand that evokes fond childhood memories every time I pick up products from their tempting range of beverages. I have grown up loving aam (mango), imli (tamarind) and jamun (Indian blackberry), and I remember those days back in boarding school when I would eagerly wait for summer vacations to start to head back home to relish these fruits. So when I came across drinks by Paper Boat with flavours such as aamras, jamun kala khatta, imli ka amlana, and the like, it was an absolute delight and now I am hooked! Continue reading

A Quick Lunch At Bungalow 9, Mumbai

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The serene ambience at Bungalow 9; Pan Seared Crab Cakes

Change is the only constant they say. So yes, Mumbai seemed much different this time to what I had remembered of it from my visit six years ago. What I love about the city is the vibe. Everything seems to be bustling with life. And when it comes to food, people are ever so ready to experience different cuisines and new concepts. With the extensive culinary landscape in Mumbai, I had much to catch up during my weekend trip and so my itinerary was soon packed with the must-visits.

Amongst the highly recommended list of restaurants, one was Bungalow 9. Located at Bandra, this bungalow-style restaurant with various seating arrangements – a lounge bar, the courtyard, a terrace and private dining rooms – seemed liked the perfect option for grabbing a quick bite and a few drinks before heading to the blues festival. We chose a table at the outdoor section right below the ancient clock. Continue reading

Unlimited Dim Sums at Szechwan Court, The Oberoi

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An assortment of chicken dumplings; Chicken and Lotus Root Dumpling

Before you jump the gun and assume that this post is about an exorbitant meal at The Oberoi, let me assure you that you are in for a big surprise! When we heard about the unlimited dim sum lunch at Szechwan Court, we were excited to learn all about the tempting inclusions in the menu but at the same time were quite certain that an experience like this would definitely burn a huge hole in the pocket. Surprisingly, we discovered that you could have a relaxing afternoon in one of the best Chinese restaurants in town, cosy in their plush setting, relish a range of authentic Chinese short eats created by Chef Liang Cheng, and all for just about 1500 INR. Continue reading

Naga Food Festival at Cafe Thulp

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Traditional Naga Red Rice; Pork Bastenga

Say Naga food and I am always up and ready for a fiery feast. So when we heard about the ongoing Naga food festival at Cafe Thulp, Bangalore, it seemed like the perfect excuse to kickstart the weekend food fiesta. Naga cuisine, though notoriously popular for its exorbitant spice level, is also known for some simple, flavoursome dishes prepared by boiling ingredients in a meat stock or steaming veggies with basic seasoning. I find their cooking techniques quite fascinating too and indulging in some home-style Naga food always brings back fond memories. Continue reading

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