In House Burger | Restaurant Review | Kalyan Nagar |

Eat Clean. Stay Fit. And have a burger to stay sane”- Gigi Hadid

Well, that girl is just so right about the basic priorities in life. You do need a burger to stay sane.

Burgers have been infamous for being the bad boys in the hood. What if, I told you that these bad boys, had changed? Well, not all of them.. just a few of them, who you could certainly introduce to your Mama? Would you place your bets on my word? Read on, this just gets better.

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About In House Burger :

The folks at “In House”, believe in making your go to comfort food, much healthier as opposed to the standard burger. Oh! And let’s not get into the nitty gritty of the poor burger. Like, ” It Still has hidden sugars”.. Well, so does a Paratha.

The USP here, is not in eliminating the calories & the “oh ooo’s” that come with a burger rather it’s in eliminating the unnecessary ones that come along, without compromising on the taste. And let’s get real, who eats ” Burger” everyday?

So, this place is specially for those people, who wanna indulge in a burger, that’s not gonna take you on a major guilt trip. The place, is quick eat diner with little bric-a-brac places all across, replete with some board games and books.

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The Grub Story : Perhaps, i thought i’d be very skeptical of a “Healthy Burger” place and that’s why maybe I didn’t go in with a lot of expectations but “Hello!”

  • Milkshakes aka Oatshakes (₹120/-) : The milkshakes are just extremely gorgeous. They come sans the icecream and all that jazz. Made up of Oats and the main ingredient. My favourite was the mixed berries, with a melange of smooth flavours binding it all.

  • Cold Pressed Juices : Loved the melange of colours, when they found themselves on our table and they did look like they would be the sugary delicious, but “Hear ye, hear ye” they were the healthy kinda delicious. My pick was the Lush Green. Perfect for my palate.

  • Tabasco Mushroom Salad (₹120/-) : A little kick of Tabasco on anything makes everything better and this salad proves it.

  • Classic Red in Tandoori Paneer (₹150/-) : The Red Bun, is such a delight to all senses. The visual just pushes the right buttons and you already decide to love it before the big bite. Coloured with some good ole beetroot, this is something that’s instagram & Pinterest worthy.

  • Bourbon Black in Hot Chilli (₹150/-) : Another one of those drool worthy burgers, infused with edible charcoal. Tried it with their Hot Chilli Patty, which was baked and not fried.

  • In-house all veg hoagie (₹160/-) : The multigrain bread, generously stuffed with veggies and some sauces makes this one of those satisfy my hunger things to eat.

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Verdict : The place certainly lives up to expectations with a great VFM value, gives you instagram worthy pics (because that’s what we are all about today..meh!) , focuses on eliminating unnecessary calories by cutting down on the servings of the sauce in the burgers, making the patties baked instead of fried, no sugar drinks except the natural sugars, adding more crunchy veggies, making milkshakes as oat shakes and last but not the least makes it taste good.

Average Price for 2 : ₹400/-

Rating : 5/5

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Burma Burma | Restaurant Review | Indiranagar |

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.”~ Alan D. Wolfelt

The ingress of the restaurant, prepossess you with its charm. I’m pleasantly mesmerised by the welcoming ritual, at the doorstep. The lady smiles and prompts me to put my hand forward and once I do it, she dips a leaf in water and lightly swishes it across the palm. Quotes she, ” This is the traditional Burmese welcome, done to the guest who visits any home in Burma”.

About Burma Burma :

Burma Burma boasts of the nouvelle cuisine from the regions of Myanmar, North East India, Thailand & China. The synchronised harmony of these varied cuisines, is at display whilst you playfully rotate the chopsticks in your hand. Reviving and creating awareness about the Myanmar aka Burma, the place takes you on a journey across regions.

As, it’s also a teahouse ; expect yourself to be pampered and huddled with the tea warmth as you choose your pick. The place brings to you teas that a connoisseur would love to immerse herself in.

Decor & Ambiance :

Provided by team Burma Burma

While Anodos found his portal to the fairy world in MacDonald’s “Phantastes”, i found mine when i passed the threshold of the doorstep. Immediately, a whiff of warmth engulfs you & you are surrounded by artifacts. Some holding a deep spiritual value, such as the Burmese Prayer Lacquerware and some as trivial as the Burmese storage containers.

Immense amount of dedication has gone into making this decor a slice of Burma. The hand painted wall mural is almost alive, if she just slightly opens her eyes.

The Grub Story : The Food as we know, is from the shores of Burma. Burmese cuisine on its own has been influenced by a few regions. Here’s what i savoured & relished :

  • Samuza Hincho : A tangy soup, which I have to inform you is a bit on the spicier side has a hidden samosa. The samosa melts and you are supposed to enjoy it with the broth.

  • Tayat ti thoke : Raw mango salad, which makes you reminisce of the Som Tam Mamuang. The flavours are similar, but a little more on the sweet sour spicy side. Extremely enjoyable.

  • Mandalay Laphet Thoke : A fermented tea leaf salad, which proved to be my favourite. Replete with garlic nuts, sesame seeds, tomato & lettuce.

  • Crunchy Tofu Sliders : These mini sliders had the most softest tofu encased within them. Perfect for a quick fix.

  • Burma Burma Oh No Khow suey: The khowsuey was curated to please your taste buds. The delicious bowl of coconut milk with lemongrass, tamarind flavours & soft noodles brimming in the broth ; just made this one of the best, I’ve had in the city. Accompanied by a tray of fried onion, chilli, garlic & peanuts.

  • Avocado Icecream with Honey Caviar: The soft smoothness of the avocado, could be sensed when you took the first mouthful, along with the bursts of sweetness from the Honey caviar. The presentation takes the cake, with the smoke effect a la dry ice. Check this little video out 👇🏻

  • Tagu Pi Yan : A beautiful concentric circle of coconut custard engulfing the firm yet soft to burst pearls of Sago in palm jaggery. The humble dessert, had all the flavours that make it feel authentic & true to taste.

  • Teas : I, tried an assortment of the peach & passion fruit flavoured Shangrila tea & Yuzu Bubble Tea. While, the Yuzu bubble teawas a different ball game altogether with a fresh & cooling punch. The Shangrila tea, was subtle and calming down with the flavours.

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Verdict : The place is purely vegetarian and non alcoholic. This is like a dream restaurant for me. For anyone who has a soft corner for South East Asian food, this restaurant serves as a great place to escape and find yourself happy.

Rating : 4.5/5

P.S: The pic of the wall decor has been provided by team Burma Burma for representational purpose.

Big Pitcher | Old Airport Road | Bangalore |

You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food” –Kurt Vonnegut

Ergo, here i am ready to throw in some talk about my experience at Big Pitcher. When you have a plateful of food you like to eat, things just get better. The ambiance, the temperament & the person you’re with start looking better than before.

About Big Pitcher :

Big Pitcher, is spread across 6 floors in the Old Airport Road locale. Being neighbours to The Leela Palace & Mathan, Big Pitcher boasts of its own charm with the eye catching geometrics, welcoming you with purple lights et al. Big Pitcher, spoils you for choice with each floor dedicated to pull in a certain kind of crowd. They are:

  • Club Kahuna : Just the place for the millennials or for people who are young at heart. The live pizza kitchen keeps you mesmerised as they dish pizzas out.

  • Splitwood : Cowboy, Texas themed restaurant with a Weekend buffet going on. Has hookah as well.
  • Sizzling Street : For all your BBQ buffet needs, equipped with an on the table grills.

  • Studio 4121: Get your party shoes on, they have a floor dedicated to the jumping bean within you. All while playing the latest tunes.

  • Star Lounge : Their rooftop restaurant, replete with candlelight dinner and flowers as accessories to making a great evening.

Ambiance & Decor : As, each floor has a certain theme to it, the decor disparities are seen across floors. While some floors are perfect for a great family meal, some are just the proper ones to get you grooving.

Hospitality : It doesn’t fail to disappoint you with well equipped staff who keep a constant check on you sans the interference.

The Grub Story : I, was here to try out their new menu launch and was pleasantly surprised to see some winners. Here were my favourites:

  • Minestrone Soup : Enjoyed the light tanginess of the Soup and the mouthful of macaroni. Just the right way to start a meal.
  • Paneer Stir fry : Replete with a juicy sauce, the chunks of Paneer were done well and engulfed with the umami taste.
  • Margherita Pizza : Made from the pizza oven, across our table ; the pizza was simple with basil & tomatoes, yet left an impression behind.
  • Artichoke & Corn Crepes : The thin crepes has enveloped the corn & the sauce complemented it well. Must try for sure.

Quick look from the Non vegetarian table :

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Verdict : The place has something or the other for a every kind of a palate. You are given a choice and you just need to take your pick. Go ahead and get exploring, it’s a magnanimous place to begin with.

Rating : 4.5/5

Tijori | Radisson Blu Atria| Bangalore |

“Enjoy your food, enjoy your life”- Victoria Moran

As you wanderlust for that perfect moment, you find it sometimes right in your plate. Man, has been made in such a way, that he connects a lot of his feeling with food. Think about it…if he’s happy, he celebrates with food; if he’s sad, he binges on it.

I, was extremely happy to have found maybe; pardon my ignorance, the perfect plate of vegetarian grub at “Tijori”.

About Tijori :

Tijori, is a fine dining restaurant at Radisson Blu Atria. Very true to its name, it holds the treasures of ambrosia within it. The cuisine is mainly North Indian and there are inclusions of some South Indian elements as well.

Ambiance & Decor :

The decor is a beautiful backdrop for a perfect romantic date. The music, the candles & the touches of bling make this just about right. You must visit this, for dinners as the real beauty of the blossoms then. The lighting is done in soft purple pink hues, a faux pebbled path takes you to the dining section.

Ambiance is just so relaxing, that you literally need to walk yourself out unwillingly.

Hospitality:

The staff are well trained to handle your queries about what’s on your plate and are pleasing in their demeanour. They are nimble on their feet & try to help you enjoy your meal, with whatever they can help you with.

The Grub Story :

  • Ananas & Mirchi Tini Mocktail : I, must say this was one of those mind blowing mocktails, ever. The spicing up of the pineapple based drink with green chillies was just bang on.

  • Hare Matar Ki Tikki : A melange of green peas mash stuffed with dry fruits & cheese, made into rounds and cooked on a griddle. This was accompanied with a tangy mango & mustard chutney, which reinvented tikkis & their pairings.
  • Masala Paniyaram : Rice dumplings with South Indian tempering, served with tomato chutney.

  • Tadka Wali Dahi : Another one of their specialities, which had me salivating at the unique flavour profile of sweet n spicy by the onion, tomato, garlic & curry leaf tempering.

  • Bhindi Palak Bhurjee : The marrying of okra with spinach, was just out of the world. The creaminess of spinach and flavour bursts of okra, had me hooked. This is something that You mustn’t miss!

  • Boondi Paan Baked Yoghurt : What I loved about this dessert was the infusion of Paan aka betel leaf without the Paan being overwhelming. Paan, over here was adding another dimension to the flavour. Very well executed.

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Verdict : I, must say as a vegetarian who is always on a lookout for the perfect heart warming meal, I have found the place. The flavours at “Tijori”, are subtle and very harmonious.

Recommends : Bhindi Palak Ki bhurjee, Hare Matar Ki Tikki & Tadka Wala Dahi.

Parsi Bhonu| Navroze |SodaBottleOpenerwala|

” I get way too much happiness from good food”- Elizabeth Olsen

Now who wouldn’t agree to that? Good food, is like i say, always the precursor to a good time. I, found myself in the same situation last Sunday ; when I was invited to sample the ongoing ” Navroze Food Festival” at Soda Bottle Opener Wala.

The Navroze, the most auspicious day for Parsis is celebrated on 21st March around the world. ‘Nav’ means New and ‘Roz’ means day, and this day corresponds with the equinox. It is marked as the first day in Zorastrian new year.

This March, SodaBottleOpenerWala announces “Less Talking, More Eating” as the motto for Navroze, with its extravagant Bhonu offering.

What I sampled :

I, had the vegetarian bhonu, which was a perfect melange of delicious components of the Parsi Bhonu. The presentation was spot on, with brassware plates fit for a royal treat as our serveware.

Vegetarian Parsi Bhonu had :

  • Saria
  • Gajar Mewa nu Achar
  • Russian Salad
  • Cheese Pattice
  • Patra Ni Paneer
  • Masala Ni daal
  • Vegetable Masala Pulav
  • Tarela Bheeda
  • Rotli
  • Malido
  • Falooda

The Bhonu, is just so filling and has the perfect flavours that are needed to lick your plate clean and not feel too heavy on the tummy as well.

All this for ₹600/- +taxes

Non vegetarian Parsi Bhonu:

  • Saria
  • Gajar Mewa nu Achar
  • Russian Salad
  • Chicken Pattice
  • Fried Mackerel
  • Masala Ni daal
  • Mutton Masala Pulav
  • Jardaloo ma Marghi
  • Rotli
  • Falooda

All this for ₹700/-+taxes

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Verdict : The Parsi Bhonu will be on from 18th March to 1st April and is certainly something that you must try. The flavours are as authentic as possible and the food is kept devoid of unnecessary inclusions of spices.

Also, do not forget to partake some of their authentic cold coffee & shikanji .

Japanese Tea Ceremony| Chanoyu|Radisson Blu Atria |

“The reputation of a thousand years maybe determined by the conduct of one hour”- Japanese Proverb

The rich culture of Japan roots from ideals, morals and love for all. The periodic customs from the bygone era have become the traditions that we see prevalent in Japan. From the way of their salutations to the way they drink their teas, Japan is a land of cotton puffed dreams.

I, was invited over to experience one of the most soul satisfying rituals in Japan. Their “Tea Ceremony”, which the hostess presents to you a beautifully light brewed matcha for your consumption.

We were given brief introduction & a tea ceremony performance by teachers of Yoshida Hikari, Ms. Nomura Yoko, Yoshida Teruyo, Mr. Murata Masashi.

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About Japanese Tea Ceremony :

It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called MATCHA together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea.

The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one’s heart. Even the placement of the tea utensils is considered from the guest’s viewpoint angle.

The manner in which the event is performed is called OTEMAE.  The tea ceremony is highly influenced by the principles of Zen Buddhism.

Seen here are “Yokan & kinako-ame”,which are traditional Japanese sweets

We were given a sense of Japan by their tea ceremony, the traditional Japanese sweets and the beautiful music courtesy of the Shakuhachi Japanese flute by Mr. Kees Kort, who is a renowned shakuhachi player from Holland.

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Chanoyu Etiquettes :

  • Guests usually arrive earlier than the appointed time and put on TABI or traditional Japanese socks.
  • The guests then proceed to a stone basin where they wash their hands and rinse their mouths with water, continuing to the teahouse.
  • The chaji starts with the laying of a charcoal fire to heat the water. Guests are then served each course of food.

  • The host performs the ritual of cleansing the utensils in front of the guests.

  • The host exchanges bows with each guest receiving tea. The guest rotates the bowl (to avoid drinking from the front), takes a sip, and compliments the host.

  • After a few sips, the guest then wipes clean the bowl’s rim and passes it to the next guest.

  • After all the guests finish their tea, the host cleans the chadogu and at the same time allows guests to take a look at them.

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Japan Travel Cafe Azuki :

Riemasala pvt ltd ( Masala Tours) was established as a services company in order to serve the Japanese traveler & expat coming to India.

In the process, they opened the Japan Travel Cafe so that we could catch a glimpse of Japan. This was also the first Japanese traditional sweet shop in India.

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The Going Blonde Guide

So, how many times have you seen yourself in the mirror and thought, if you could pull off something bold, whimsical & something that breaks you out of your comfort zone? Maybe, you must’ve sighed, pushed in a little “ooh aah hmmm” and then again defenestrated the thought, because you or rather we, are ruled by habits and monotony.

So, after 1.5 years of wait and letting my hair outgrow the previous highlight, i allowed myself the luxury to immerse my locks in some liquid gold.

Here’s how they do the highlighting :

  • Make sure your hair is prepped by having washed your hair with a shampoo that’s actually good for your hair. I, love Schwarzkopf’s bonacure Hairtherapy Smooth Shine.

  • The stylist/ hairdresser then, checks your scalp & then determines the strength, thickness & length of your hair.
  • You then discuss, the kind of blonde you want to be. Yes, there are lots of blondes; from cinnamon blonde to orange blonde & from hazelnut blonde to platinum blonde. Choose wisely!

  • They then perform a patch test (if you’ve never coloured before, but I skipped this test as i have coloured my hair before) to determine how your hair will react.
  • They then start by mixing the ingredients that are needed for the perfect blonde colour development, into a plastic bowl and add the most important secret that keeps your locks strong. The measured cup of SmartBond! Yes, that gives your hair so much of a life and minimises damage.

  • The stylist/hairdresser will then go ahead and part your hair into several partitions and slowly starts applying the mixture on your hair that’s encased by aluminium foils. The aluminium foils serve the purpose of warming the hair and opening up the hair cuticles, so that the colouring happens at a faster rate.
  • After the application, your hair is let to warm under the influence of an orbiting hair processor, for a better colour development.

  • Hair is then washed with a colour depositing shampoo, to give it a more uniform look.
  • Your hair is conditioned with a conditioner apt for your hair type or given a hair mask treatment.
  • Last but not the least, your hair is blow dried & styled accordingly.
  • I, chose a nice sun kissed caramel blonde and here is a close representation of what it looks like

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Tips before going blonde :

  1. Make sure your hair has been conditioned well, looked after properly and is in its best state.
  2. Make sure that you do not have any kind of product in your hair, before the session. Oil, hair creams or leave in conditioners are a no no.
  3. Make sure, you have done a through research on the kind of blonde you want and that you clearly make your stylist understand that. For all that you know, you might want a Honey blonde & you end up with orange blonde.

This intensive hair highlighting treatment happened at “Vurve Signature Salon”, for me.

That’s it peeps! Happy Blonding ❤️❤️

Vurve Signature Salon Launch |Indiranagar |

” Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”-Confucius

These words couldn’t ring any truer, as i see myself with a beautiful cascade of sun kissed caramel blonde hair. You really ought to know beauty to see beauty in everything.

About Vurve Signature Salon :

Vurve Signature Salon, has inaugurated their fourth salon in Indira Nagar, Bangalore. This is their first salon in Bangalore after having had an overwhelming response in Chennai. The launch saw, the who’s and who of the beauty community.

We were given a chance to have a one on one, with the team of Vurve. Vurve Signature Salon is co-owned by Rebecca Samuel, Sushil Thomas, Manoj Samuel, Sathya Marie with over seven years of experience in salon industry set-up and handling successful operations of 5 salons across Chennai, India. They are highly skilled professionals with a single goal of ‘Customer Service Excellence”.

The salon is spread across 2700 sq.ft on one floor & has been designed by by a renowned Architect Group – RSDA from Delhi who have deep knowledge and experience in building unique and customer friendly salons.

The inclusion of handmade tiles, cloud ceilings and exposed brick just revs up the ambiance by notches.

Services Provided by Vurve Signature Salon:

The comprehensive range of services include all hair services such as Haircut, Hair-Colour, Hair Rituals, Creative Makeover, Keratin, Bridal Makeup services and Spa using the brands of Kerastase, L’Oreal, Skeyndor and OPI nails .

They offer a wide range of Signature Facials and Kerastase Luxury Hair Rituals to choose from and a host of manicures and pedicures too.

L-R: Mr. Manoj, model, Ms. Rebecca, model.

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Verdict : I, completely loved the salon & it’s aesthetics. The main factor, that will make me visit them again is the staff. The staff have just so much expertise & are extremely efficient at their job. I, had my hair coloring done and I must say, I haven’t been happier.

Stay tuned for my next post, which will be describing the hair colouring experience.

Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Unisex Green Salon| HSR Layout |

“Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do”- Rumi

While we conglomerate with distinct ideas pertaining to beauty, we all do need to realise that not all of these ideas are holistic or devoid of disguised harm.

I, was invited over to be a part of the launch of Blossom K Aroma Magic Unisex Salon, at HSR Layout. This is one of a kind salon and the first green salon in Bangalore under the Blossom Kochhar brand. The Franchise Green Salons operate on the philosophy ‘responsible beauty solutions for consumers’ by Dr. Blossom Kochhar, pioneer Aromatherapist and an icon in the beauty industry.

About Dr. Blossom Kochhar :

Dr. Blossom Kochhar is the pioneer of aromatherapy in India and is globally recognised for her work. She has over 35 years of experience and a double doctorate in aromatherapy, she manufactures her own range of aromatherapy-based beauty products under the brand name ‘Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic’. It is the first aromatherapy product line of India.

About the Green Salon :

The Bangalore Franchise Green Salon is spread across 1600 sq. ft and has sections in manicure, pedicure, haircut, hair wash stations, beauty room (where facials and body massages are given), spa room, bridal room, nail art and hair colour bar.The newly launched Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Franchise Salon is owned by Mr. Prateek Vaishnav.

Salon USP:

Interiors – The salon has a rustic look with colours playing between white and wooden along with the natural Green Wall and flooring displaying a raw cement look. Energy efficient lighting is included.

Products – Products from Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic brand are used as all our products are 100% free of parabens, alcohol, harmful chemicals, artificial fragrance and colours and promote an organic way of lifestyle.

Training – Therapists are trained to control water wastage and usage of excess electricity while servicing their clients

Services provided: The services provided here are all aromatherapy based thus are very different from services provided at different salons. The facials, body massages, body wrap and body spas are created using products from the professional range of Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic which brings in the authentic touch of aromatherapy; this is because all our products are nature derived. Some of the services are specially curated for the Franchise Green Salons.

I, had a chance to get a one on one skin consultation with Dr. Blossom Kochhar, where she advised me, on how I could improve the quality of my skin.

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Verdict : After an in depth talk, with the dynamic mother-daughter duo “Dr. Blossoms Kochhar & Samantha Kochhar”, it was very clear about their vision and why they have this unique concept up and going. While the world, had just realised the boons of aromatherapy & their uses, Dr. blossom had been clearly ahead of her times to visualise this.

This salon, is all about loving yourself responsibly, by causing minimum damage to yourself and your surroundings.