A City Getaway: ITC Gardenia πŸŽ‹

The newspapers claim this to be the wettest October in Bangalore so farβ˜”οΈ. The rains seem to be unpredictable, many areas in Bangalore have become waterlogged and IMD declared yellow alert in the city and it’s outskirts for a few days. But this is in the midst of the annual Puja holidays; we were really…

Nando’s @ Bangalore 🌢

Nando’s flame grilled peri-peri chicken πŸ—…πŸ˜‹ Weekend is a time we try to venture out of the house and this weekend some shopping was also on cards. A visit to the mall sounded perfect and Phoenix Market City is one of our favourites. The mall this weekend was teeming with shoppers, schools are closed and…

October bliss β˜”οΈ

Puja holidays have started in Bangalore, schools are closed for the next 10 days and people are mulling travel πŸ˜€. The intermittent rains and the cloudy days give a kind of holiday feel to Bangalore. Bliss !! The gardeners had cropped the rain lilies in September; but now they have grown back and are beginning…

Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore

Located in the heart of the city and surrounded by the flowing stream of non-stop Bangalore traffic; but once you step inside this charming edifice, you get transported to another world ! What hits you first is the live & loud music courtesy the band called the Wicked Mixture; they were fabulous 🎸🎹🎢🎡 !! The…

POTD: Raindrops β˜”οΈ

Drops and droplets on the glass window; very pretty ! An unusual rainy evening in Bangalore β›ˆ, rains and roaring thunder ! Till next post, take care !!

POTD: Blessed 🌺

The hibiscus is so common that it doesn’t get a second look (from me !). They are planted and shaped as hedges around our apartment complex. They seem to have no complaints; they just grow back after being trimmed. The leaves are always glossy and green and the flowers are in pretty colours – red,…

Jasmine tree ❀❀

Life got busy and days began to run with the same routine. And then after a gap of maybe a week or more, it rained yesterday evening in Bangalore. After the rain, it felt so cool and nice; it was an open invitation to step out of the house. It resulted in an impromptu evening…

September, so far…πŸ—“

The month is almost half done and this Monday, we are recovering from the lethargy of a long weekend. Friday was a festival holiday, Ganesh Chaturthi, followed by the weekend. This weekend we ventured to a new restaurant housed inside the 1MG Mall; more on that in a separate post. September was the due date…

Sambar secrets πŸ…

It’s the end of the week and one of the unpleasant tasks in the To Do list of food prep for the next week is grating coconuts πŸ₯₯. Laborious process, but inescapable as we use coconut in practically all the dishes.Β  And this is where Sambar scores, it’s a gravy dish that does not require…

Royal Challengers Bar & Cafe: More than a hat trick πŸ₯‚

Live music, fabulous food, relaxing ambience – that’s a hat trick for this sports themed restaurant and combine it with prompt and friendly service, edgy drinks, this restaurant is superb !! Sunday afternoon and we were at Church Street trying to zero in on a place to eat. The two major attractions of Church Street…

POTD: Glorious sea of magenta πŸ’– (guest post)

The magenta water lillies are in full bloom as far as eyes can see. They have covered the paddy fields and are a spectacular sight to behold !! And where is this? @Kottayam, Kerala. Early morning is the best time to visit this lovely scene and you can go amidst this bloom in a vallam…

A bespoke Onam Sadya 🌺 Part 𝟚

7: 00 am, Saturday morning, Thiruvonam Day 2021 🏡; no hurry to rush to the kitchen and start with the cooking 😊….I had it under control or at least I believed so… The To Do list for the cooking spree on Saturday morning ran like this πŸ‘‡ Extract the thick and thin coconut milk for…

A bespoke Onam Sadya 🌺 Part πŸ™

I can’t call it a traditional Onam sadya; we had 10 dishes with 8 veg and 2 non-veg, plus 3 payasams. It was a potluck sadya too, our guests were gracious enough to bring 2 dishes and 2 payasams. Hubs was skeptical, “Have you ever seen a Onam sadya spread with non-veg dishes !?” He…

Onam nostalgia 🏡

It’s that time of the year again, closer that I thought; Thiruvonam is on 21 August, Saturday. All are in a festive spirit with the schools closed on Friday, a holiday on account of Muharram and Sunday is Raksha Bandhan. The Onam sadya (feast) has more than 20 items (vegetarian) served on a banana leaf…

Bangalore Palace tour 🏰: Glimpse into the Wodeyars story – Part 𝟚

To continue with the historical timeline, the mighty Vijayanagar empire which ruled almost the whole of the south India, met its ruin in 1565 at the battle of Talikota πŸ‘‰ Hampi chronicles: Beginning with the end πŸŒ„ (Starting the Hampi trailπŸšΆπŸ»β€β™€οΈ) After the disintegration of the Vijayanagara empire, the land was divided among the feudal…

POTD: August blooms 🧑

While father and son were parking the car and figuring out the online pay and park mechanism at the Museum Cross Road in Bangalore; I was drawn to these downward drooping pastel orange coloured flowers on the boundary wall of a nearby building. Why are they facing down and the colour is so pretty 🧑….

A Bangalore staycation @Hyatt Centric 🌴

Bangalore weather is gorgeous and one perfect way to enjoy it is by the poolside at the Hyatt Centric; flanked by champa (frangipani) trees with its dark green foliage and speckles of pretty white fragrant flowers ❀and palm trees swaying in the cool breeze. With the pandemic still not over, the pool is closed for…

Itinerary for a weekend in downtown Bangalore πŸ™

There is no dearth of activities that you can partake in Bangalore and a weekend is hardly enough time for all indulgences. But given a weekend we managed to cram in a staycation, a walking trail, shopping, a fantastic restaurant and even tour a palace ! It was a welcome break from the homebound weekends…