Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Bakasur - Pre Launch

I am not a last moment person at all, but there are a few things that you cannot help about. On an everyday basis I like going according to my schedule that is been pre - planned. But, like I said you don't have a choice but temptation at times. So, I received a call from Garima from Poshvine on Saturday asking me to attend and be a part of Bakasur - Pre Launch - Fine dining restaurant at Bellandur. Coming from the hospitality background I couldn't really afford to miss this opportunity. Also, my love for food and hospitality cannot be defined.
Bakasur in terms of space is quiet huge with great seating plan. Some of the restaurants just fail to give you a good experience off it's layout. Well Bakasur definitely will not disappoint you if you like to have your own space and comfort zone while dining. Also I quiet appreciated their thought and choice on furniture that has been bought in. Instead of those tiny little tables which are commonly seen, the sizes of table here are bit bigger. It's a little uncomfortable at the beginning to look at specially when it's a table for 2, but you soon realize how it's much more convenient and hassle free zone once the table cover is put up.
Coming to the most crucial part Food,  I started with Daab nimbu Shikanji. Trust me when I say it was one of the most refreshing, summer drinks I have ever had with the perfect blend of sweetness and hint of citrus. The drink was quiet flavorful and light, perfect for the weather and easy to go with North Indian food.
For the starters with the help of the service personnel I decided to go with Dahi ke Pakode. I have had a lot of pakode with dahi as an accompaniment but dahi ke pakode amazed me. I could feel the crispiness of the outer covering with moist and induced flavor of yogurt which just melt, spreading over it's magic all over my taste buds. It's definitely must and worth try dish on the menu.
For, the main course Dal Makhani along with Murgh Makhani and some breads were ordered. It's been four months I have shifted to Bangalore and ever since then, I have been looking  for perfect north Indian Murgh Makhani. I guess my quest for the same is over - Bakasur to rescue, Need I say more. Chicken was cooked to perfection and the gravy was finger licking good. This was the time when I was full of flavors and was left with no appetite, the service personnel coaxed me in having Jalebis and I can't stop thanking him for making me eat those luscious and toothsome delight.
The quantity of the portions are quiet huge and the quality being extremely good, I think the food and experience is worth every penny at Bakasur.
Are you all ready for some scrumptious food and gorgeous dining experience? Bakasur opens officially for public from 1st August 2012. All you food lovers out there the place is definitely worth visiting!!!
I would like to thank Poshvine for the Pre - Launch dinner Invitation to Bakasur.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Lazed OutLook!

The weather in Bangalore is wrapped up with Pleasant Breeze, mild showers and to top it up a little chilliness. All I can think of is my cup of Chai (Tea) and pakoda (snacks) while watching the gorgeous rain across my window. Weekday of course doesn’t allow me to do much therefore; I live my heart out on Sundays. Talking about that, another Sunday is just round the corner:)
Waking up to hangover followed by my my hot cup of tea and relaxed afternoon at Spa, this is how my off usually goes. Last Sunday was no different apart Brunch plans with friends. The day was lazy and so was I, so instead of going with the regular denims I chose to wear my pair of shorts and tank top. Also I think it's one of the best outfit for the current season at least here in Bangalore, it's been pouring day and night. I preffered the outfit to be minimal with no accessories giving it a complete lazed out look. I know flip flops are your best friends during rainy season but somehow I am not very comfortable in them. Hence, I teamed up my attire with ankle length shoes and carried along my Leather Jacket to avoid the chilliness.

I am wearing:

Tank Top: Only
Shorts: Gangtok Local Market
Shoes: Charles and Keith
Jacket: New Look

What do you think of this lazed out look?
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Have a lovely weekend!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Four Seasons - Wine Tasting Event.

After the enthusiastic and thrilling Wine and Grill event by Four Seasons, my excitement was over the top to attend their second event, which was exclusively for Blogger's at U.B City, Fava, Bangalore on Monday - 9th July 2012. The evening was quiet informal with Mr. Abhay Kewadkar being the Chief Guest for the evening. The evening was extravagant with gorgeous bloggers, Four Seasons Team around and beautiful lay out of glasses on table.

Mr. Abhay started to give us immense knowledge and detailed description on characteristic of each wine, and how each of them acts differently with the type of food you eat. Being a Hospitality Graduate, I have been hearing and learning how to pair food and wine. But, honesty I never went with books. Despite, people who kept teaching me the trick, I chose to have my white wine with every plate which came in front of me. And, I am in love with the glass of my wine even more after Mr. Kewadkar spoke about it and encouraged the same by saying, there is no harm if you like your white wine with red sauce or red wine with desserts, If you enjoy doing that you should. So, all you wine lovers don't stop yourself from getting  your favorite wine  because that's not right for the occasion. Make your own rules, and get driven in that glass of beauty.
As the evening began to go along, we were asked to pair our food with each type of wine served and decide for ourselves which family of characteristic do we belong to!
For the first course we were served Caesar Salad. Speaking into wine language the salad was quiet acidic thereby, wine that has an acidic content would be preferably paired with it. Therefore, Sauvignon Blanc should have been paired with it due to it's acidic and aromatic nature but, I personally liked Chenin Blanc with the salad.

Caesar Salad
For the second course, there was Lamb Chop served with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
I quiet liked Shiraz with it, compared to Cabernet Sauvignon. Though there was a little discussion around the table about the same, but I and many of the Guests present liked it with Shiraz.

Left - Shiraz, Right - Cabernet Sauvignon
Lamb Chop

For the last course we were served Creme Brulee with peaches along with the gorgeous and my favorite Four Seasons Blush, with delicious fruity taste and lovely aroma.


Creme Brulee

With this there was an end to the gorgeous evening, followed with a few picture session.
A click with Mr. Abhay Kewadkar.

And another click with the Gorgeous Blogger's.

My favorite from the evening, my glass of Chenin Blanc.

After attending the second event in a row by  - Four Seasons, I am extremely delighted and thrilled by it's wines produced. If you haven't tried Four Seasons yet, you are definitely missing on it.

For more information on Four Seasons visit : http://www.fourseasonsvineyards.com/#

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Four Seasons!

A typical Indian mindset likes to enjoy a drink with a few munchies around the table, or in fact most of us here think having a glass of that fancy wine is only meant for special occasions and acquired by fancy places. Also, the strong and dry taste and tannin present in many wines stop us to get accustomed to it. To revoke this idea four seasons brought the perfect blend of wine and food to our taste buds. Today’s post is about an invitation I received from Four Seasons Wines - UB Group asking me to join the Food and Wine pairing awareness and promotion Programme.
Four Seasons, the wine range from the very reputed UB group joined hands with Lalit Ashok Bangalore to bring forward the food and wine accompaniments that turned the mere presence of wine on a table to a whole new level. The Four Seasons selection of light bodied low alcohol wines just blew me away. Four Seasons did the magic for me and I guess, it will do the trick for most of you. 

 Four Seasons: Starting the business now for 6 years, Four Seasons represents the best impression of Indian wine today. After all, it has received highest number of awards for Indian winery.
My Love for wine: I have been a wine lover, from the time I tasted Pinot Grigio while my stay in U.K. Since then wine has been incorporated in my lifestyle. I did try to acquire taste of other wines, but nothing fitted into my taste 
buds, unless Four Seasons happened to me. Perfect for every season  - Four Season.

The Man behind the magic - Mr. Abhay Kewadkar . business head and chief wine maker of UB Group, one of the most accomplished winemakers of the country, enlightened me about the same. It was an honor and an opportunity to meet him. 

Mr. Abhay kawedkar - Chief Head

Chef Nimish Bhatia – (Regional Executive Chef, South – Lalit Ashoka), who has spread the magic of food all across since 15 years.  A man whose favorite cuisine is “world cuisine” and says, for him food is a reason to celebrate. I consider myself fortunate enough to taste his delicacies. The Chef was kind enough to walk me through the basic knowledge on how to choose your wine depending on the food you are eating. He briefed me well, about the food and wine pairing and how every glass of wine with correct food can be an experience in its self. The man had immense knowledge and brought forward the most exclusive and scrumptious range of appetizers mains and desserts with the Four Seasons Blush, Barrique Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz present.

A few of the delicacies by Chef.

Whilst all of the above was happening, I was enjoying my glass of Blush in my Jumpsuit from next perfectly paired with a necklace from Pramod, Cuff from Mango and sandals which I happened to pick from a local boutique in Gangtok.

I was overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge I received, and was so impressed by the taste and aroma of each of their wines. I would now pair my food depending upon the “Four Seasons wine” I want to bring to my table rather than choosing my wine on the basis of the food I want to eat!

The location chosen for the event was gorgeous, Baluchi – The Lalit Ashoka. The open seating, with breezy weather, laughs and conversations, world class food and the gorgeous wine definitely made the evening a memorable one. 

In the end, I would like to Thank Four seasons team for letting me be a part of this prestigious event and experience the same. Also would like to thank Mr. Akshay Gopal for the invitation and the co – ordination. 

I would like to convey special Thanks to Mr. Adtnu Tiwari ( Brand Manager – Wines, UB group) and Mr. Paul for a lovely evening and truly an amazing company. And of course, the evening could not have been fun and better without these wonderful people and bloggers Mr, Prateek Thakker, Mr. Neerav Thakker, Ms. Krithi Marla and Ms. Shalini Chopra. Thank you all for a wonderful evening and experience to be remembered. It was an honor meeting all of you. 

Mr. Adtnu Tiwari, Krithi and me.

In near future, I would like to visit, Four Seasons winery in Baramati district for a rich and much advanced knowledge and experience.
And, remember every glass of wine has a story and an experience in its self. So, go now discover your’s with, your glass of Four Season wine!!!

For more details please visit: http://www.fourseasonsvineyards.com/