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Sizzler festival at Cafe Mangii

The best time to have crackling hot sizzlers is when the monsoon is at its peak, there’s a slight nip in the air and mood is all dreamy and blue. Café Mangii celebrates the August and September months with its annual Sizzler Festival. I got an exclusive peek into the exciting menu. Here's a photo tour...


Here are some of the Sizzlers I sampled from an array of nine delicious sizzlers that are handcrafted pieces of delight by Café Mangii’s expert chefs.
I started off with Grilled Cottage Cheese and Pepper Steak with roasted pimento coulis which is a nice option for vegetarians. I liked how they combined the nutritious pearl barley pilaf into the dish. I would eat this again, if I decide to turn vegetarian... 


Strawberry Guava Cooler...


Chicken Sausages and caramelized onion in barbeque sauce...


Herbed Risotto and the mildly flavored soft sausages served with a medley of vegetables was very delish...


Prawn Skewers...


The prawn was succulent...


Sambal Oelek gave this dish the much needed spice...


Mojito...




Charcoal grilled New Zealand lamb chops...


The lamb was juicy and cooked for just the right amount of time. The pairing was set out perfectly by the rosemary jus which combined everything together...



Sizzling brownie with ice cream!



Loved it...


The pretty host...


Head to your closest Café Mangii (Khar, Powai, Orion & UB City) and indulge in some delectable gluttony! 
The Sizzler festival will continue till end of September.

Holy Cows of Bangalore

Cattle are venerated within the Hindu religion of India. According to Vedic scriptures they are to be treated with the same respect 'as one's mother'. 

In Hinduism, the cow is a symbol of wealth, strength, abundance, selfless giving and a full Earthly life. 




In Bangalore, we can see very often men and women who take along with them decorated cows and bulls and visit homes where believers touch the cattle for good luck.














Tasting session with MasterChef Judge George Calombaris

I was invited to an exclusive tasting session with MasterChef celebrity judge George Calombaris in a one-of-its-kind event hosted by Zomato and Gold Rush Entertainment at JW Marriot, Bangalore.

The session started with the unveiling of  "The GC Collection" on Zomato, an enviable list of restaurants across 12 cities globally, with a mix of favorites and those that George can't wait to dine at...



After a small entertaining chit chat with the audience, George headed to the open kitchen to create some of his signature dishes...


His talk was insightful and laced with humor as he took the questions from audience who looked like his ardent fans...




George and his team pampered the audience with a luscious spread. Ouzo cured Indian seabass was the first...

Miso Eggplant, Celery and herbs with the fish was a fantastic combination...



For vegetarians he created the dish with rice stuffed pepper replacing the fish...






The dish of the day for me was the Soft Shell Crab Souvlaki. A wrap with deep fried soft shell crab with greens and drizzle of Honey lime...


It was so delicious that I could not help taking a second helping....



Yes George, I am really loving this meal...


For dessert, George's team created the Salted Caramel Rice Pudding with Almond biscuit and Rice Icecream. Again, it was a great combination...

The GC Collections are available on the Zomato app and website in major global cities that boast great dining experiences - Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Auckland, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, London, Dubai and New York.

Leaving you with the lovely smile of one of my co-diners, AK...



Cocktail Masterclass at Drinks on MG

I was invited to Drinks on MG for an exclusive cocktail masterclass hosted by Nicholas Ord and Alphonso Del Portillo, from Drinks on MG, winner of the India Bartender of the Year at Diageo Reserve World Class 2015...



Last month, Portillo edged his competitors and swayed the judges with his speed, meticulous execution and balanced cocktails in Mumbai at the India finals to emerge as the 'India Bartender of the Year'...


Diageo Reserve World Class hosted an exclusive evening to celebrate the India champion Alfonso Del Portillo’s journey at the competition...



Nicholas Ord, Reserve Brand Ambassador India curated an interactive session with Alfonso Del Portillo and took the guests on a pleasant flavor trail with delectable signature cocktails, paired with a delicious menu...


The syrups...



The tools...




The boys are ready for the action...


Alfonso set the mood for the evening with Atlantic Martini made with the Talisker, Tanqueray No Ten, orange, grapefruit powder and served in an elegant coupette.
Here's the recipe...




And here's how he made it...





Next was the unique CIROC vodka cocktail; Botanical Heritage which was presented in a Chai tea clay pot. It was infused with green apples, tomatoes, basil, chardonnay syrup and a dash of Licorice syrup...
Here's the recipe...
 


Now see it being made...


















Nicholas surprised the guests by presenting a classic Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve cocktail which was showcased at the Diageo Reserve World Class 2013 finale. He prepared the Golden Flip which is a delectably creamy and sweet creation. The Golden Flip is a rich mixture of Greek wildflower honey and tahini infused Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, dash of apricot brandy and a spritz of orange zest...
Here's the recipe...


Alfonso magically executing it...

During the session, Alfonso shared special insights into the rigorous World Class programme, training under World Class experts and provided key tips on the artistry of cocktail-making along with latest industry trends. The interactive and engaging session allowed everyone to appreciate a fine-drinking experience.


Alfonso will now represent India and compete with the world’s best bartenders at the Diageo Reserve World Class Global Finals, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, in September, 2015.



I wish him good luck for a bigger trophy!!
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