Food · Reviews

Cafe Mangii: authentic taste of the Mediterranean and Europe

If you are craving for a truly flavorsome and delicious continental meal, Cafe Mangii is the place to head.  With a presence in two premier malls in Bangalore, UB city and Orion Mall, Cafe Mangii has some delectable offerings predominantly in Italian cuisine. I recently visited the outlet in Orion Mall where in I thoroughly enjoyed… Continue reading Cafe Mangii: authentic taste of the Mediterranean and Europe

Travel · United States

Corning museum of glass: a display of sheer excellence, beauty and grace

While glass is an essential commodity that we use almost daily in our lives, it is something we take for granted and not much importance is attributed to the material though its utility is so high.  So, when you hear about a museum that is dedicated completely to the history, science and art of this… Continue reading Corning museum of glass: a display of sheer excellence, beauty and grace

Travel · United States

Solvang: a slice of Denmark in California

Danish windmills, statues of Hans Christian Andersen, Danish bakeries, wooden storks and elf houses atop Danish style buildings.  For a moment, you could think this is straight out of a quaint town in Denmark, but this is Solvang in California for you! History Translating into “sunny field” in Danish, Solvang was founded by three Danish… Continue reading Solvang: a slice of Denmark in California

Travel · United States

Alcatraz, San Francisco: an enigmatic trip down history

  One of the most popular attractions in fog city aka ‘San Francisco” is the Alcatraz island.  Located just under two kilometres from Fisherman’s wharf, the island is also called the “rock” owing to the fact that it was a barren, irregular mass of land jutting out of the bay.  Covering an area of about… Continue reading Alcatraz, San Francisco: an enigmatic trip down history

Tamil Nadu · Travel

The essence and spirit of Madurai with GRT Regency

It is often said that while Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu, Madurai is its soul.   Also called the “Athens of the East“, Madurai is a vibrant city, bustling with energy.  It lies on the banks of the Vaigai River of the state.  Intrinsically associated with the quintessential Tamil culture, Madurai is an eclectic… Continue reading The essence and spirit of Madurai with GRT Regency

Tamil Nadu · Travel

Five ‘not so touristy’ things to do in while in GReat Trails, Kodaikanal

Also known as the “Gift of the Forest”, Kodaikanal is situated on a plateau between the Parappar and Gundar Valleys.  Blessed with rich flora, Kodaikanal is bestowed with meadows and grasslands in abundance along with Eucalyptus trees and shola forests in the valleys.  With the lake being central to the hill stations’ attractions, Kodai has some… Continue reading Five ‘not so touristy’ things to do in while in GReat Trails, Kodaikanal

Reviews · Tamil Nadu · Travel

GReat Trails, Kodaikanal: Ideal break amidst nature

Having experienced the best of GRT’s hospitality at GRT Grand on a personal visit to Chennai a couple of years back, an invitation for a bloggers’ meet by GRT, Kodaikanal had me all excited.  I am happy to say that brand GRT not only lived up to my expectations but pleasantly surpassed them, making my… Continue reading GReat Trails, Kodaikanal: Ideal break amidst nature

Karnataka · Travel

Pattadakal and Badami: Evolution of Chalukyan temple architecture

The exquisite temples of Pattadakal and Badami in the southern state of Karnataka are yet another illustration of the rich and unique heritage of India.  Located less than 500 km from Bangalore, the temples at Pattadakal and Badami demonstrate excellence of the Chalukyan School of Architecture and date between the fifth and eighth century AD.… Continue reading Pattadakal and Badami: Evolution of Chalukyan temple architecture

Food

Healthy Broken Wheat Payasam/Kheer with Pecans and Banoffee

Payasam or kheer is a commonly prepared dish typically served as dessert in Indian cuisine.  While there are umpteen ways to prepare payasam with numerous variations, the basic recipe calls for the use of either rice, wheat, or pulses along with milk and sugar and is generally flavoured with cardamom, saffron, cashews and raisins. This dessert is customarily… Continue reading Healthy Broken Wheat Payasam/Kheer with Pecans and Banoffee