Saturday, November 3, 2018

Bangalore's uber luxury hotel The Ritz-Carlton turns five!

I fondly remember walking into this property 2 months after it opened in 2013. I was in awe. I loved every piece of it and it only spoke of class. 5 years later, I still can't help but be wowed with how far they have come. The Ritz Carlton in Bengaluru still remains class apart despite having stiff competition.

Recently, they celebrated 5 years of exceptional service in India. To celebrate the milestone, select guests were invited for an evening of fine indulgence and rich taste over an exclusive chef’s table dinner by the newly appointed Executive Chef, Bruno Cerdan. The gorgeous décor of the table setting by the exotic poolside on Level 5, set the stage for a visually spectacular culinary feast dished out by the Chef.

The Ritz-Carlton’s unrivalled gourmet moments were brought alive through a uniquely curated menu with signature dishes, prepared for a fine dining experience for select guests. The evening witnessed unexpected and delectable combinations of global cuisine including succulent lobster salad, morrel risotto, rack of baby lamb and homemade desserts paired with the finest vintage wines. The signature dishes such as the Pan Fried Foie Gras highlighted the grandeur of the celebratory affair.

Speaking on the occasion, Amitabh Rai, General Manager - The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore said, “The journey thus far has been a celebration of luxury hospitality at its finest. The exclusive menu has been designed to showcase the hotel’s global culinary pedigree complemented with the richness of local flavours paired with vintage aromas.”

L to R:
Aslam Gafoor, Amitabh Rai, Saurabh Bharara, Tusch Daroga

Chef Cerdan owned the evening with his new techniques and innovative presentations. He comes with a legacy of culinary expertise and enviable body of experience earned across legendary luxury hospitality brands across continents. He has also designed and created dinners for celebrated names like Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Jacques Chirac, among others.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Stonehill's IFF brings together a culinary delight

Schools today are no longer just learning centres. They are centres for the holistic development of a child. At schools today, a child learns to empathise, experience and grow with experiences around them.

Recently, Stonehill International at Bengaluru organised the IFF (International Food Fair), a PTA event featuring the culinary tastes and cultural talents of the many nationalities represented at Stonehill International School. Participating countries sell various food items that are native to their homeland. They are also encouraged to display some of their home-grown talents during the cultural performance. Proceeds generated by IFF are donated to these organisations: Stonehill Government School, Morningstar Ashram and IKSHA Foundation. Gone are those days and PTAs now mean feedback sessions and learning sessions where the parents and teachers try and understand the psyche of the child to aid overall development. 

This International Food Fair saw delicacies from many regions of the world being savored by children and parents alike. The novelty of IFF lies in the diverse portfolio of students from across the world. One can look forward to relishing mouthfuls of home-grown goodness from countries such as Japan, South Korea, Denmark, USA, France, UK, Iran, Brazil, Sweden, India, Germany, Poland and Italy to name a few. So foodies got to experience not just international flavours but also authentic regional flavours from these countries. As with Indian food, the flavour and ingredients of international food vary from region to region. Stonehill International School's PTA event brought the most indigenous food preparations on a single platter at the pop-up cafes by parents of students belonging to varied nationalities. The food fair was open to all and the proceeds generated from the event are donated to charities.

Spread over 34 acres, nestled 20 minutes away from the Bangalore airport, the Stonehill campus is spacious, purpose-built, safe and highly conducive to learning. The international school is fully accredited by CIS/NEASC and the Australian Boarding Schools Association. Students from age three through secondary school, reside on the 
state-of-the art campus that features extensive sports fields and facilities, two swimming pools, an equestrian centre, three boarding houses, two libraries, and a cafeteria. Stonehill offers education in a warm and friendly small school environment, where each student’s quest for individual excellence is a priority. The students and teachers at Stonehill come from India as well as over 35 different countries spanning the globe. 

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bangalore's first truly 5 star property opens its doors

Located in the heart of the IT hub, The Den launched its first ever property in the country. Standing by its name, the group calls itself so owing to the luxury that it offers, which is sure to put you in hibernation mode like the bears!

The property provides the right blend of service, luxury and quiet efficiency for business travelers as well as fulfills the requirements of the destination connoisseurs. With 226 rooms, suites, state-of-the-art facilities and a delectable array of delicious dining options, The Den is positioned as a state-of-the-art luxury hotel for the millennials and globetrotters around the context of “Eat. Work. Sleep. Play’. The hotel’s proximity to all the IT parks and business districts of the city makes The Den Bengaluru, the smartest choice for a luxury destination.

The Den Bengaluru’s contemporary design reflects the innovative and progressive elements that make modern-day Bengaluru come alive. The hotel exuberates luxury with spacious rooms, sophisticated meeting spaces and an array of delicious dining options. With workspace, high-speed Internet access and a spectacular view of the bustling city, the guest rooms are perfect for working and relaxing. The proximity to all the IT parks and business districts of the city, makes The Den Bengaluru, the smartest choice for luxury business travelers and is equidistant from the city center and the airport. The philosophy of embracing the modern culture and traditions is further reflected in the names of the hotel’s exclusive restaurants, meeting rooms and banqueting facilities.

Inspired by global rich culinary legacy, guests can feast on an extensive selection of cuisines at the hotel.  The Creek, a casual and high-energy round the clock dining restaurant that serves authentic Indian and world cuisines; The Nest, is a trendy lounge bar that serves exciting drinks and exclusive bar nibbles. The Layla, the signature rooftop restaurant which is yet to be opened, brings the exotic Mediterranean Cuisine to your table under the night sky. The Cold Press is a quick, convenient place for healthy juices. Cold Press offers an essential dose of nutrition with revitalizing drinks and superfoods. The Deli is a full-service bakery for the decadent gourmet experience. The freshly bakes brings home the class of the best European patisseries.

WORK highlights the banqueting space spread over 10,000 sq. ft, that can be used for conventions, banquets, meetings, conferences, symposiums, exhibitions and performances. All the meeting rooms are equipped with the latest technology versatile in nature to meet all requirements.

SLEEP highlight’s the various rooms that we have. We have 226 meticulously designed rooms, 4 different room categories of tastefully done suites to cater to the needs of the discerning millennial travelers.

PLAY translates to the opportunity that we provide our guests to stimulate their senses and refresh their mind with options galore like The Cave, which is a 15-seater large cinema hall that offers a curated selection of movies, The Play House offers the choicest range of electronic interactive games, vintage video games, snooker – just to name a few. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre equipped with the latest equipment and Sanctuary, a spa to rejuvenate the mind and body.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The return of the Sizzler!

Sizzling across the streets of the city, lies one land, far far away (well for me) that brings to the table something that we crave for. A tasty retreat hidden away, revived after a short hiatus. Coupled with the golden liquid of fun, priced to fit your pockets, Double Tree Suites by Hilton is to be your next destination!

While I am done with word play, all I am trying to say is that the Sizzlers and Beer festival called the Sizzlers and Beer 2.0 is back at the Double Tree Suites By Hilton. Last seen in February, this festival is back on public demand and I see no reason for it to remain as regular here.

There are few places in the city that serve the perfect sizzler platters. It is very easy to mess up one. The meat could be burnt or over cooked, the sauce too less, or just too much of mashed potato! Over the years, we have seen many come and go, but the likes of Millers, Indijoe’s rule the roost and stay put.