Winter is here.. and so is The Ice and Fire Festival at The Irish House! 

It doesn’t matter if you value honour highly like the House of Starks or have “madness” in your veins like the Targaryens, if you are rich and ambitious like the Lannisters or stubborn like a Baratheon; The Irish House will cater to every taste…

…with a cocktail menu that would tingle even the Imp’s taste buds!

The carefully crafted GoT cocktails menu include The Iron Throne, Flame & Shadow, Whitewalker, Wildfire, Dragon’s Breath, Cersei’s Sangria and Seven Kingdoms, to pay ode to all seven seasons.

The Iron Throne (below): Whisky, peach, orange Juice, tobacco, orange zest. This throne is yours, by right.

Whitewalker: Rum, kahlua, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup. Brings the dead back to life.

Flame & Shadow: Rum, triple sec, sambuca, strawberry crush, ginger ale. For the night is dark and full of terrors!

Dragon’s Breath: Tequila, sambuca, and a hint of tobasco. You’ll definitely breathe out fire with this shot.

Wildfire (below): Rum, midori, malibu and pineapple juice. This secret recipe by the Alchemist will light a fire inside you!

Seven Kingdoms: A pour from each kingdom – vodka, whisky, rum, gin, red wine, triple sec, sambuca, topped with Red Bull.

Cersei’s Sangria: Rum, red wine, orange juice, pineapple juice, topped with fresh chopped pineapples. A drink as sinful as the Queen herself.

Sip on these goblets from 12th July to 31st August!

What else, what else!?

While you sip on a glass of Wildfire, get a chance to dare the other fans in a brainy warfare. Participate in the GoT Trivia Night on Wednesday 23rd August 2017, just when the seasons is about to end, at their Whitefield outpost and stand a chance to prove that you are the biggest fan to win official GoT merchandise from Red Wolf. And when you win, you know what to say – “I drink and I know things”.

So back your house and let the banner fly high, while you Irish up your GoT craze and hum the tunes of Ice and Fire! xx

The Deets

Where: The Irish House, VR Bengaluru, Whitefield Main Road, Mahadevpura
GOT Night: 23rd August, 7.30pm
Ice And Fire Festival (limited time menu): 1st till 31st August
Contact: +91 77603 87275⁠

Sound Garden Bangalore: Know everything about India’s first ever interactive music museum!

‘Music is a piece of art that goes in the ear and straight to the heart.’

Bangalore never fails to disappoint when it comes to churning out an exciting list of ‘things-to-do’! And, the brand-new addition to this list is an innovative concept that caters to the sentiments of music & nature lovers, alike, brought to us by the The Indian Music Experience Trust. Judging from how things are shaping up, you can anticipate a musical harmony like no other! Termed as the first interactive musical museum, the garden synchronises its space among a museum area, an interactive installations area and a garden cafe. Though the main museum structure is yet to open, the outdoor area itself, offers an immersive experience already.

Let the music play…

Unlock your self-expression, intelligence and creativity with the various installations at the Sound Garden that will put your mind to the test and echo your passion for music. The curators behind the model were keen to provide an experiential zone that not only serves as entertainment, but also outlines the basics of music as a combination of various sounds & vibrations.

#IHBSays: Be sure to explore the Humming Stone which resonates your own little tune in the form of frequencies & vibrations. On the other hand, the Xylophone makes for a great group activity and team building exercise. The mechanism is designed such that it appeals to the senses of touch, sight and hearing, creating a melody of sensation.

A tapestry of tunes…

The museum that is expected to open in a few months is prepping up for providing an experience of its own. With as many as eight thematic galleries that are being planned, the exhibition will include a display of progression of all Indian music (including classical, folk & Bollywood) and the rich culture that it unfolds. Got your preview into the science of sound & vibration at the installation area? Put your learning into practice by composing your very own jingle at the mini studios and mixing consoles at the museum!

Learn the (universal) language…

A learning centre is also on offer at the venue – a perfect place to channelize all the inspiration invoked during the visit. With a calendar that is said to include workshops, performances and ongoing lessons in music, it is definitely a space to watch out for. You can even get a diploma in music, under the guidance of the expert teachers from The Centre for Indian Music Experience!

The Deets…

Where: J.P. Nagar, 7th Phase
Opening from: 29th July, 2017 11.00am onwards
Free entry to all.

All images courtesy Architecture Paradigm Pvt Ltd.

Bangalore brace yourself, the Irish are coming…again!

What and where?

Yes, you heard right! The much loved restobar, The Irish House, opens doors to its second outpost in Bengaluru at RMZ Eco World, Sarjapur.

When is this.. and what’s happening?

They are officially open on Friday, 21st July.. and here’s why you can’t miss the launch. They have an ALL-DAY (yes you read that right)  HAPPY HOURS on the entire bar menu! This is followed by a smashing two hour set by the super popular Hyderabad based rock band Threeory.

Tell me more about Threeory!

Threeory is a multiple award winning 5-piece band from Hyderabad playing “Pop Rock Covers” from past 3 years across the country. At the launch, they will be performing the best of Linkin Park, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Eagles, U2, Pink Floyd, and more.

#IHBLoves

What we heart is, The Irish House always has something in store for everyone – the sports fanatics, the party goers, the rock music listeners, the food lovers and the beer enthusiasts.

So all you Sarjapur peeps, make way for the perfect high spirited Irish experience in your area. The Irish are coming to your awesome neighbourhood. Sláinte! xx

The Deets

Address: The Irish House, Campus 8/A, International Bay, RMZ Eco World, Sarjapura, Bellandur.
Doors open: 12 noon
Threeory: 7pm to 9pm
Contact: +91 80 46834400

Follow them on Instagram here and FB here.

Bangalore get ready for some B-Boying: The Red Bull BC One is coming to town!

What is this?

Red Bull BC One India Cypher 2017 is the most important one-on-one B-Boy (breakdance to you 80’s babies) competition in the world. Every year, thousands of dancers across the globe vie for a chance to represent at the World Finals. Sixteen B-Boys earn the right to enter into in an all-out battle on stage, but only one will be crowned the champ in Amsterdam!

So where does Bangalore come in?

Well Red Bull BC One is returning to India for its third edition in the country on May 20 and while the first two editions of the championship were held in Mumbai, this year, it’s our very own Bengaluru!

Okay awesome, who else do we get to watch?

Luru-based rapper and producer Brodha V, who made a name for himself with his blend of rap, rooted in Indian classical music, will be a showcase act on the night. Apart from that, our fav DJ Uri (one of the foremost hip hop DJs), will return to the console whilst MC, DJ and rapper Bob Omulo, aka Bobkat, will host for the third year running.

The Deets

When – 20th May, 6pm onwards
Where – St John’s Auditorium, Koramangala
FB Event – Click here.
Psst – Free entry if you RSVP here.

Calling All Mommies & Daddies: Bangalore’s First Pop-Up For Kids Is Here!

What, when and where?

Hosted by Esha Bagla from Esha Inc and co-hosted by Minka Sikka from Mommy’s Health Kitchen, comes the 1st Pop up for Kids “The Nangu Pangu Pop Up” which showcases on how  to be summer ready for the little ones, from designers across the country! Hosted at Esha Inc, 13 Museum Road Bangalore from 11th to 17th March, timings weekends 10 AM – 10 PM and weekdays 11 AM – 7 PM.

#IHBPicks

Mommy’s Health Kitchen – We absolutely heart the organic kiddie goodies they have to offer! In addition to being freshly baked and certified by a nutritionist, they have absolutely no refined flours/sugars or any added colours/preservatives/flavours. Now which mommy wouldn’t want to give their little tot a taste of these yummy treats (can you say biscuits, muffins and brownies)?
The Baby Atelier – We’re drooling over this cutesy home stuff fit for a little royal’s nursery or room. Their bedding is completely eco-friendly bedding made from organic fabric and chemical free!

List of All Participating Designers

  • Masilo
  • The Baby Atelier
  • ME
  • Krishna Mehta
  • Pluie
  • Love the World Today
  • Milkteeth
  • Chotto Golpo
 For more deets follow their event here on Facebook. Happy shopping!! xx

A Fashion Soirèe: With Love, From Chennai!

What, when and where?

A carefully curated exhibit of the latest fashion from designers across the country. With love from Chennai will be held at Fervour, Lavelle Road on the 21st of February between 11AM to 8PM. 

Who is doing this?
The peeps at FunkyFish! They entered Bangalore with a bang last November, and they’re now set to redefine the fashion scene by making it more accessible in its second edition. We reckon this gig will attract a niche clientele, bloggers, stylists and the who’s who of the city.

#IHBLoves

Sougat Paul and Farah Sanjana are the designers to watch out for! Plus, we love the adorable stuff sold by labels Closet Chic and Mint Closet. Definite must-visits!
List of All Participating Designers
  • Kapraha
  • Farah Sanjana
  • Ritu Jain Singh
  • Crazy heart
  • Sougat Paul
  • Closet Chic
  • Richa Goenka
  • Aneehkha
  • Maison Blu
  • Mandira Bansal
  • Vedika M
  • Aarti Vijay Gupta
  • Mint Closet
  • Shoulder lab
  • N&S Gaia
  • Clothing Palette
  • Bobo Calcutta
  • Bennch
 For more deets follow them here on Instagram and here on Facebook. Happy shopping!! xx

Doggies Day Out: The Happy Dog Carnival 2017 is here!

What, where and when?

A first of its kind unique canine festival conceptualised by Embassy Group, dedicated to man’s best friend! Get ready for a dog centered and fun-filled community gathering on February 19th 2017. 2017 at 9.00 AM onwards at the premises of Embassy Springs, Devanahalli. This carnival is all set to become the destination to socialize, for fun and entertainment for all pets and owners alike!

What’s happening there?

Apart from the two main activities – the 2.5K walk/run where the owners and pets will run together and the Fashion Show for Dogs & Owners, the carnival will have tons of fun filled activities that include games, photo booths, acoustic live music, food trucks, flea market, cocktail lounge, stalls for dog grooming, training, necessities and accessories among others. Prizes & Medals will be awarded to the winners in the 2 events (Walk/Run & Fashion Show) and all other finishers of the run will be given Finisher Medals.

A medical team and ambulance from Columbia Asia Hospital has been organised as well as a team from Cessna Lifeline Veterinary Hospital will be on site to cater to any pet emergencies.

#IHBLoves

The Good Dog Stall – The cutest home-made dog cookies by 14 year old Dhruv Gulati! You can choose to bribe your furry pal with either peanut butter & banana cookies or veggie cookies.

Psst!

We hear the popular Danish Sait will be hosting the event and Kenishaa – A finalist on the show “The Stage” from Colors Infinity will perform an acoustic set (noise free and super dog friendly)!

The Deets

Visit their website here or follow them on Facebook here.

The Bangalore Mountain Festival 2016: For All You Adventure Junkies

Bangaloreans, brace yourselves for the most exciting experience to hit the city, this February! The Bangalore Mountain Festival 2017 (BMF) is all set to fuel the buccaneer spirit and get your adrenaline pumping with some trailblazing pursuits that require some serious nerve and muscle to compete.

A two day Trail running, XC and Downhill MTB event, that takes adventure battles to a whole new level. With prize money up to 2 lakhs, up for grabs, there are various categories in which one can prove their grit: 10km trail run, 21km trail run half marathon, 30km mountain terrain biking and 1km downhill mountain terrain biking, further divided into Open Men, Open Women, and Elite Championships. Aimed at celebrating the country’s finest athletes by giving them an arena to test, challenge and showcase their endurance levels, BMF aspires to create tracks of European standards for Indians to progress onto international competitions.

The entire track has been built by hand over a course of two months – a gruelling task by itself – kudos to the organisers! Said to be one of the most trying trajectories in the Indian terrain, it includes traversing across four hills and some stair climbs. The upside? You will be surrounded by the most scenic views all along with fresh air to energize and motivate you throughout the course.

Race Details

Date: 28th -29th Jan 2017
Event Type: MTB Cross Country, Downhill & Trail Running
Location: Avati , Devanahalli
Venue: Near Nandi hills
Entry on Day: Yes, if the event is not sold out.

Event Schedule

DAY 1
  • 7am to 1pm: Registration
  •  XC Race 35 Kms
  •  Downhill official Practice Run
DAY 2
  • 10k & Half Marathon trail run and 1km DH race

Also Included

  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • Feed Stops en-route
  • Free energy drink + energy snacks
  • Timing
  • Certificate and medal
  • Event photography

Get in Touch

E-mail: bangaloremountainfestival@gmail.com
Ph: +91 9845047689
Website: Click here.

Bangalore, take your pick: 7 kinds of Christmas Specials around the city!

A Night Market from the East

Where: Fatty Bao
What: A complete feast from the East awaits you at the “Night Market”– synonymous with the diverse street food grills and night market delicacies from across East Asia. These are available from December 16 to Jan 1, 2017.
#IHBPicks: The Grilled Quail Eggs and Korean Ddukkbokki, Thai Mu Ping and Malay Spicy Coconut Lamb and Firecracker Chicken Wings all spiced up with an extra dash of Sriracha!

A Feliz Feast

Where: Sancho’s
What: A Mexican feast lined up from Dec 24-26th, 2016. Feliz Navidad Muchachas!
#IHBPicks: Roasted Pumpkin Taco Salad dressed in orange vinaigrette sprinkled with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds, the Mexican Chile Rubbed Roast Turkey served with crunchy winter vegetables, spiced sweet potatoes and chipotle cranberry jus and the Christmas special dessert – Glazed Strawberries, Spiced & Brandied Christmas Cookies Stack made from delicious Strawberry Jam and Chocolate Custard Cream. YUM!

 The Christmas Carnival

Where: Phoenix Marketcity
What: Enticing activities for kids like – Workshops from professional, experiential zone & performances complete with a Wishing Castle, where your child can make a wish and the mall will make it come true. This is on till the 25th!
#IHBPicks: The Carnival Parade on the 24th and 25th from 5pm till 9pm. Watch out for the international samba dancers and Brazilian mask men! What we also love is the Christmas flea they have on till the 25th (11am to 9.30pm) full of holiday goodies. If that’s not what you’re looking for, head on over to the Goan Market (only on the 24th & 25th; same timings) which also features live music and a DJ!

The Eccentric X’Mas

Where: Social (Church Street & Whitefield)
What: A typical quirk filled special menu with all things that scream out Social. This menu will be served a la carte from 20th December until the 30th.
#IHBPicks: Berry pulao topped with vegetable skewers, the Roasted  chicken leg with farmer’s omelette. For the sugar lovers there’s the Apple pie with cinnamon ice cream and the Rum soaked pineapple with chocolate mousse. Accompany the grub with a range of drinks inspired by the season and designed to tingle your senses from head to mistletoe. Must try’s include the Pomegranate & Cherry Mojito, the Apple Old Fashioned with Cinnamon Smoke, the Espresso & Peppermint Martini, the Marshmallow Martini and the Chocolate & Chilli Margarita! Slurrrp.

The Quaint Gathering

Where: Your nearest Smokehouse Deli
What: A carefully curated Xmas special menu (with the freshest ingredients) that’s available from now, till the 25th!
#IHBPicks: The Spice cranberry redux and caramelised figs, Half a BBQ Spatchcock, the Christmas Fruit Trifle. If it’s just desserts you’re after, there’s Yule log (pictured above), Chocolate Mud, Mushroom Meringue and the Christmas Fruit Trifle –  all best washed down with either a glass of Mulled Wine.

The Gastropub Christmas

Where: Monkey Bar
What: Small plates, large plates, desserts and cocktails available all day on December 24 & 25th, There’s an option of ala carte or you can grab a three course meal which is priced at Rs. 650++ (veg) and Rs. 750++ (non veg).
#IHBPicks: Small plates – do try the prawn cocktail tartlets and pigs in a blanket. The British pub-grub large plates include some of our favs such as Shepherd’s Pie, Roast Chicken with rosemary spuds and gravy, Lamb Hot Pot, Fish and Chips and Curried Vegetable Pot Pie. Get yourself a decadent MoBar Trifle or special holiday macarons (pictured above) to end your meal on a sweet note!

A Brunchy Affair

Where: Olive Beach
What: A beachy holiday brunch on Christmas Day (25th, Sunday) with Mediterranean vibes at Rs.3000 per head, 12 noon onwards. OH and the brunch offers you a sumptuous spread, unlimited cocktails including holiday specials like delicious Spiced Hot Chocolate, Mulled Wine, Hot Apple Cider, and Eggnog.
#IHBPicks: Our favs from their Mediterranean delicacies are  the Gorgonzola and Walnut Salad, Frittelle con Gamberi, Oysters’ au Natural with lemon and wine. Keeping up with the season’s spirit, you defo can’t miss the Honey Glazed Smoked Ham , Roast Turkey with wild berry and apple compote, turkey gravy and stuffing and the Smoked Lamb Leg Roulade. To soothe your sweet tooth, they’ve got an epic Mini X’Mas pudding with brandy butter and Pistachio Cranberry Bars.

A very Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating, and Happy Holidays to all! xx

 

 

Munch on these Bangalore: The Christmas goodies list is here!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas favours all the way, oh what fun it is to have a food coma for the next few days. Bet you sang that in your head, ha!

If you haven’t figured out your Christmas goodies this year, keep calm and read on. We assure you, you’ll be the centre of attention at your next holiday do. In addition, we’ve compiled DIY style home-made alternative for all the below since it’s all about keeping with the spirit of the season – spending time with loved ones and gorging on these once-a-year treats.

For a drool-worthy Christmas this year, the must-haves on your table should feature the following:

Plum Cake – Christmas ain’t Christmas without some good ol’ fashioned boozy plum cake. When you go cake-shopping look for a moist cake with the right amount of dry fruits – not the tutti-frutti doughy kind. Our recommendations for good last-minute plum cake this season are from Thoms, Santanam, Sugar ‘n’ Spice at Taj Vivanta, Bangalore Baking Company at JW Marriott and Desserted Cafe.

DIY: Make your own classic plum torte by following this easy recipe here.

Eggnog – Eggnog in Bangalore is a rarity. We’ve only spotted it on 2 menus so far – Cafe Cerisse & Sue’s Kitchen

DIY: We found this recipe here, to be particularly simple and indulgent.

Indian Xmas treats – One of our favourite childhood memories is sitting around the table with the entire family making rose cookies, murukus and kalkal. These traditional Indian Christmas specialties are always best home-made. But you can find quality (and tasty) readymade ones at Thoms, Santanam and Nilgiris too.

Christmas Cookies – We cannot get over how yummy and cute the sugar cookies from Munchies (Brigade Road) were. We ordered these for a Christmas party last year and they’ve been on our mind all year. They were a custom order, so make sure you order yours ASAP! Psst their number is 080 41126336.

DIY (below): Betty Crocker has an amazing alternative that looks incredibly gorge-worthy. Recipe here.

Wine/Mulled Wine – The perfect way to pull all these delicious goodies together is a good bottle of wine, and for those chilly winter nights there’s nothing better than a glass of piping hot mulled wine. If you can’t get your hands on home-made wine, Not Just Wine & Cheese and the Drops outlets have a great selection. As for mulled wine, we recommend Toscano and District 6 orrr…..

DIY – You could just look up at our very own recipe here!

#HolidayTip

All of the above make lovely thoughtful presents. You can even pack them off as party favours for your guests to take back home! Well, if that’s the case, don’t forget our invite please 🙂 xx

Happy Holidays!

Loooong Weekend Ahead: Our 5 day guide to happenings around Bangalore!

Friday, 28th Oct

Bollywood Night 

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What: Feat. DJ Vicky spinning bolly tunes all night long to get you into Diwali mode.
Where: Indigo Live Music Bar
When: 8 p.m. onwards

Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble (FB Event Page)

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What: Influenced by the Gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt, Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is a Winsconsin based instrumental acoustic jazz group. Their music takes influences from American jazz, European folk, traditional Latin, Parisian waltz, and other vintage-jazz sources, and hence, you can expect the originals and standards done in uniquely arranged styles.
Where: Windmill Craftworks
When: 9.30 p.m. onwards

Saturday, 29th Oct

 Parasailing (Event Page)

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Where: Vikings Aerospots, Jakkur Aerodrome
When:  Saturday October 29 at 6.00am to Sunday October 30 at 9.00am
Wait: Click here to book!

Big Punjabi Diwali Party feat. DJ Jasmeet (Event Page)

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What: Diwali celebration is incomplete without smashing Bollywood chartbusters and video tech sequences! And with DJ Jasmeet in Sanctum its sure going to be a starry Saturday night.
Where: Sanctum Club
When: 8 p.m onwards

Diwali (Sunday, 30th Oct)

Doggy Diwali Bash (Event Page)

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What: A cracker-free diwali just for your canine best friend!
Where: Dog Park at the Elephant Pond, Bangalore
When: 8.30 a.m. onwards

Festive Diwali Brunch (Event Page)

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What: Diwali celebrations combined with a proper Luru Sunday brunch! Think unlimited chaat, homey sabzis, jalebis and more, teamed with original cocktails that are sure to tingle your tastebuds.
Where: The Humming Tree, Indiranagar
When: 1 – 5 p.m.

Halloween Parties (Monday, 31st Oct)

Spooktacular Halloween Party (Kid-Friendly) (Event Page)

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Where: Divas & Dudes, Indiranagar
When: 6 p.m.
Wait: Costs Rs.800/Child and Rs.500/Adult

Wolf of Church Street – Halloween Edition (Event Page)

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Where & What: Start things off with a roarrr at Easy Tiger, Church Street with our pub quiz, then sink your teeth into our live act at RUSSH, and claw your way up to Thalassa – The Mediterranean Terrace Lounge for the pre party. Get pumped for an after party at the Hard Rock cafe that’ll leave you on all fours.
When: 7 – 1 a.m.

Rajyotsava Day (Tuesday, 1st Nov)

Rajyotsava Day Special Seminar (Event Page)

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What: A seminar, on the occasion of the 61st-year celebration of Kannada Rajyotsava.
Where: Any Sapna Book House
When: 7.30 p.m. onwards

Write Out Loud (Event Page)

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What: An evening of spoken word poetry
Where: Lahe Lahe, Np.2906-2907, HAL 2nd Stage, Kodihalli Layout
When: 7.30 p.m. onwards

Happy loooooooooong weekend Bangalore xx

Diwali Gifting Guide 2016 – What to buy and where to buy it?

Come October and it’s time for one of our favourite festivals of the year – Diwali! Besides the holidays, parties, sweets and fireworks, the festive season is incomplete without giving your loved ones the perfect gift. Tired of the same old options? Here’s a list of some fresh ideas to choose from:

Chumbak

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Our favourite dose of kitsch never fails to amuse us with their quirky gifting ideas. No surprise that they feature on our list of offbeat Diwali gifts. Light up your interiors with a colourful set of mini lanterns or a table lamp in bright and attractive shades that stand out in bold festive spirit. Their special ‘Gold Collection’ for Diwali offers some unique designs. Customised gifts and occasion specific gift boxes make for a one-stop-shop. Be sure to check out their ‘Diwali’ section on the website to help plan your shopping list in advance!

Website: Click here

Decoupage Art

Take your pick from the elegantly handcrafted coasters, magazine racks and wall plates or ask for your own customised keepsake. A delicate art demanding skill, precision and time, decoupage involves layering paper cut-outs with seams of lacquer for the perfect finish. The refined and graceful designs are sure to add a pop of colour to your interiors with their floral motifs and charming flair.

Where To Buy: Hand Crafted with Love, Wheeler Road Extn., Bangalore.

FB: Click here

Customised Chocolates from Rage

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The evergreen favourite that just evolves with time but never goes out of style! And, who has a celebration without chocolates, anyway?! Bangalore’s prominent chocoletier, Rage, offers an exclusive range to choose from, this Diwali. Gift with a twist by customising your chocolates with centre fills of choice and tastefully designed wrappers, gift boxes, and silver plated trays. A fitting personal or corporate gift, these chocolates in their fine attire are almost too good to eat!

Website: Click here

Universal Gift Cards

We all have those few people on our list that we just cannot please! So, give them what they want – a universal gift card that can be redeemed at a range of local & international stores or even for an experience of their choice. With many options to choose from for the fussy aunt or the little niece who is used to being spoilt for choice, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Website: Click here

Spread the Cheer

Festive seasons are reminders of how lucky we are to be able to celebrate live and love with our family and friends. Do remember to not only be thankful but also make a small effort to share our blessings. Buy gifts and greeting cards from your local NGOs and contribute to the underprivileged to spread the cheer!

These few have caught our fancy: Earthy GoodsCraft Roots and CRY.

India’s international street art festival comes to Bangalore!

The St+art India Foundation – a street art festival that has gotten extremely popular over the last couple of years, is now in Bangalore for the whole of this October. The aim is to fill the streets with murals, installations, performances, talks, and screenings. The line up includes 15 Indian and International street artists who are creating narratives at Cubbon Park, MG Road, Majestic Metro Stations, and surrounding areas.

But first, what is The St+art India Foundation?

The St+Art India foundation is a non-profit organisation that works on art projects in public spaces. The aim is to encourage a wider audience to have access to art instead of visiting a conventional gallery space. This is why they’ve picked popular spots in the city.

What this year’s festival includes:

This edition will be based around the work of 12 Indian urban artists  and 3  international artists. The objective for the artists is to interpret Bangalore by transforming and creating conversations based on local stories. Wondering what exactly we’re talking about? For a little teaser, take a look at this awesome artwork (below) by famous local street artist Guess Who, which features Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso in lungis.

guess who art workST+ART Bangalore is a collaboration between Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology and the ST+ART Foundation, where the faculty wants to promote the idea of “opening spaces to dialogues, conversations and culture creation through the lens of the city.”

Check out ST+ART Bangalore/India on Instagram or on Facebook!

Amateur Astronomer’s Guide: Stargazing in Bengaluru!

There is something about the infinity and mystery of celestial wonders that we just can’t deny! If you, like us, are ever-intrigued by the beauty of the cosmos, you can start by exploring your hobby, right here in Namma Bengaluru. Here is your handbook to becoming an amateur astronomer:

Start off by joining a group. Bangalore has two active unions related to astronomy as a hobby à

Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers (1976)

An independent, non-profit housed in the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium. The ABAA frequently conducts fun and interactive activities like telescope building, night sky observation and astro-photography. Giving beginners the perfect induction is the ‘Know Your Stars’ program conducted on the first Sunday of every month. Besides giving an insight into the stars, constellations and planets, you can also learn about the basics of using a telescope! Also, take home a star chart as a souvenir, provided to all visitors, with a lesson on how to use it.

Website: Click here

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The Bangalore Astronomical Society (2006)

The BAS is a non-profit organization working for the promotion of astronomy as a hobby as well as a science for the city folk. Join their Google Group and be a part of all the trending discussions about latest astronomical developments and exciting activities. You can post your questions and have them answered, on topics related to the universe, astronomy, telescopes, stargazing, observing and astrophotography. Download their specially designed log books for free from their website – a great tool to kick-start your hobby! They even have certification programs such as the upcoming ‘Messier Catalogue Visual Observer’ – their first certification program to appreciate amateur astronomers for interest in visual observations.

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The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

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Founded by the Bangalore City Corporation in 1989, it has become a landmark of the city and a fond memory of local school trips. With a 15 meter diameter dome, and seating capacity of 210, the planetarium also houses a Science Park and a Science Centre. The ‘Space Master’ projector showcases the night sky as seen with the naked eye to give a spectacular view. Attracting as many as 200,000 visitors a year, the’Sky- Theatre’ show blends science with art, literature and cultural aspects of many countries. With special visual effects, animation and videos, these shows are sure to provide an out-of-the-world experience, literally! Daily show timings (except on Mondays and second Tuesdays): 3 p.m. in Kannada and 4.30 p.m. in English.

Where to stargaze?

  • Hosahalli – about 20 km off Doddaballapur, approximatelely 70 km from Bangalore.
  • Shivanahalli – about 35 km from Bangalore. Here, the ABAA has a 12″ telescope for observations with many more activities for space lovers.
  • The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium – every Sunday at 6 pm, there are talks given by experienced amateurs on upcoming heavenly events as they await a clear night when the telescope is brought out for some serious stargazing.

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  • Do your research – The Lunar Calendar is your almanac. Ask around for the best vantage points hit Google and the local astronomy websites to get a heads up on what to look out for on any particular night. Be observant of the movement of comets and stars, learn names of constellations and try your skill at spotting them!
  • Make use of technology – Several Apps are now available to feed the appetite of astronomers. The Google Skymap App can help you locate stars, constellations and the pole star among other things, while The SkEye Planetarium App (on android) calibrates the section of the sky you are pointing at (almost) instantly, with a huge database of deep sky objects for reference. AccuWeather App on the other hand can help you plan your stargazing night out on a clear night for best viewing.

The M.G. Road Boulevard – A Bangalore Landmark That Transcends Time

The very thought of the M.G. Road Boulevard takes the Luru patriot down the road of nostalgia. And, such is the magic of this attraction that even the tourists who have witnessed the charisma of the landmark would vouch for it. I’m sure we are already running a mental showreel of the facelifts and refurbishments that the boulevard has gone through, right from the days that it served as a lush green walkway for an evening stroll to becoming a cultural hub in the city centre, today:

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The Rangoli Art Centre: The vivid Pink Bougainvillea that the avenue used to sport in its earlier days has given way to a brighter display of vines as the colours fall in place to synchronize with that of a rainbow. The thought of blending this parade of colour with the 7 musical notes imperative to Indian music, gave rise to the name of this urban public space.

Guide:

The Nagara Pete – A marketplace for fairs and bazaars that make for shopping with a twist. Specially committed to encouraging handmade artifacts sold by artisans who otherwise lack a platform.

Vismaya, Chaya & Belaku – The Three Art Galleries with an array of fine art on display.

Chilipili – An interactive play area where you can enjoy a game of snakes and ladders or use the space to play your favorite childhood game with your kids. The playground is also suited for children with special needs.

Hoovina Haadi – The upper walkway decorated by Bougainvillea that also hosts a restaurant for a quick and delicious bite.

Bayalu – An open area for outdoor performances (arrive early to get your spot up front!)

Friendship Point – Based on an ancient folklore tale, this area is dedicated to making new friends and creating memories with existing ones.

Info Wall – Dating back to 2000 years of Bangalore’s history, an interesting insight into the city’s memoirs.

Green Initiation Area – Walk through and see how many of the exotic plants you’re able to recognize!

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Spaces for artistic activities and workshops also available throughout the 500m long and 30m wide hub.

Every weekend, the centre unfolds to showcase a variety of events, activities and exhibitions that encourages city folk to explore the culture, history and creativity through visual and performing arts. A must-visit for old and new Bangaloreans, as well as visitors to the city for an outing well spent. Each trip helps you learn a little bit more about our beloved city!

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Bangalore’s Famous Flea Markets: Our Top 5 for Budget Shopping, Food + Fun!

If there is one thing that our city loves, it’s a good bargain! Thankfully, there are many options to choose from as Luru plays host to a wild variety of flea markets that are a culmination of great shopping deals, interesting finds, music for the soul and food for a happy belly. Drop in at any one of these fleas for a fun-filled and memorable experience:

Sunday Soul Sante

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Our first mention goes to SSS for being the pioneer in kick starting the flea market culture in the city. The property that started off as a seasonal celebration featuring art, craft, music and food, quickly had the luru shopaholics and weekend revelers blocking their dates weeks in advance. SSS promises and delivers a brand new experience with every edition. No wonder their impressive list of admirers include celebrities like actors Diganth and Aindrita Ray, fashion guru Prasad Bidapa and the one and only Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, amongst others!

Upcoming edition: New dates TBA. Follow them here for updates.

Declutter Flea

This one is for all those clothes that we bought a size smaller, with the miraculous hope of shedding the extra kilos, only as they lie in our closet with tags intact. Or that closet full of gifts that just don’t catch our fancy but are too good to throw away. Time to Declutter – a flea market specially curated for pre-loved goods. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, this one is a win-win!

Upcoming edition: New dates TBA. Follow them here for updates.

Green Haat

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Instead of braving your way through the luru traffic, this flea market comes to you! Green Haat, is your friendly neighborhood flea market that brings together an exciting combination of fun, food and shopping. You may already have spotted them, as they make their rounds across various tech parks, adding energy to your boring work routine.

Upcoming editions: 22nd & 23rd Sept at Embassy Golf Links, Domlur | 29th & 30th Sept at Manyata Embassy Business Park, Nagawara

The Silver Bazaar

A flea market organized by The Silver Surfers Club, a union that believes in ‘Empowerment in Retirement’. With the high levels of energy and flowing creativity, they are out to prove that fun knows no age limit! With evolving themes for each market such as ‘The Swinging 60’s Silver Bazaar’, ‘The Silvers Summer Bazaar’ and the upcoming ‘Silver Bazaar Under the Stars’, the range of goodies on sale make coupled with delicious food and entertainment make for a wonderful experience.

Upcoming edition: 24th Sept at Royal Orchid Hotel, Domlur

Kitsch Mandi

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Kudos to this innovation of a flea market that has managed to turn itself into a community of sorts, with crowds of sheer worshippers flocking to each of their markets. Showcasing a self-proclaimed tag of being a ‘Festival of Emerging Indian Artists’, it stays true to its nature. Kitsch Mandi is a flamboyant display of art, culture and talent that echoes free spirited creativity as its characteristic theme.

Upcoming edition: New dates TBA. Follow them here for updates.

Pedal for the Planet 2016: Bangalore, get your cycling gear on!

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Say What?

Yup, Embassy Group’s Pedal for the Planet is back with its 3rd edition and this year it’s being hosted at Embassy Springs, Bengaluru’s largest integrated masterplanned city.

This initiative stands true to the brand’s values on sustainability and green living. This year, they aim to encourage cycling enthusiasts to interact following increasing awareness of the competitive aspect of sport and we are personally looking forward to witness increased participation this year from cycling enthusiasts all around Bangalore!

Sounds good, what are the deets?

The event will take place on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 5:30 am from Embassy Springs, Devanahalli, Bengaluru and will be open to all cycling and fitness enthusiasts, from various age groups.

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What are the races like?

‘Embassy Pedal for the Planet’ will include the different types of races below:

  • 40 km ProElite ride open to men and women aged above 16 to encourage participation from elite athletes.
  • 25 km Amateur ride open to men and women aged above 14.
  • 25 kms Team ride open to men and women aged above 14.
  • 15 km fun ride open to all aged above 18.
  • 6 km fun ride open for youth aged below 18.
  • 1 km fun ride open to kids aged below 9.

How do I register?

Registration for the event is now open here till 23rd Aug.

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We’re also happy to tell you, you can click here, to avail a 20% group discount. So sign up with your buddies today!

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We absolutely heart that the event supports a social cause that focuses on the education of children from Government schools in the city. All proceeds raised at the event will be donated to Colours of Life, a non-profit organization striving to uplift underprivileged children by transforming government schools into institutes of excellence.

 

Weekend Guide: Independence Day Edition – where to go and what to do!

For those of you who are staying in Bangalore for the long weekend and don’t have much planned, we’ve got a list of exciting things for you to do. From fun and interesting events around the city to Independence Day celebrations, we’ve got you covered!

13th August, Saturday

The Great American Beer Carnival

VH1 India and The Beer Dossier bring to you The Great American Beer Carnival, which aims to bring a little bit of the American summer to Bangalore. For example, the event states, “bringing down all that is Brooklyn to Bangalore, all that is Wisconsin to Whitefield and all that is Minnesota to Mahadevpura”

The carnival will feature a craft beer BBQ and beer games such as, beer pong, flip cup, beer chugging contests, bean bag toss, and plenty more!

Where: The Brew and Barbeque, Marathahalli
When: 7:30 pm onwards
How much: Rs. 300 onwards

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BFlat Presents River Man Band

River Man Band is a Bangalore based band that specialises in their own original music, which is inspired by old school pop from the 90s and 80s. Added to this, their style also includes groove and funk.

Where: BFlat, 100 ft Road, Indiranagar
When: 9 pm onwards
How much: Rs. 400

14th August, Sunday

Bangalore Food Truck + Music Festival

This famous festival is back with a bang for Independence Day, as it’s their Freedom Edition! Check out all the details here and below are the food trucks that will be serving up some grub:

  • The Bite Club
  • Le Casse Croute
  • Ice Cream Buggy
  • Smoke Signal BBQ
  • Go Waffles
  • S.W.A.T
  • The Lalit Food Truck Company
  • The Rolling Chef

Where: New Indian Express Building, Queens Road
When: 11 am – 11 pm

15th August, Monday

Independence Day Brunch at Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru

The hotel has planned a full day of awesome activities and celebrations that are perfect for the whole family. You probably don’t want to miss these features:

  • Tricoloured themed treats
  • Karaoke
  • Cooking classes
  • Games for the little ones
  • The hotel’s mixologists will be creating funky concoctions
  • For a one- of- a-kind initiative, The Lobby Lounge at the hotel will transform into a ginormous plate, which will display, wait for it – A 70 FT CAKE, made by the pastry tream. a 70 ft cake, guys!!!

Where: b Cafe, Shanri-La Hotel Bengaluru
When: 11 am – 11 pm
How much: Rs. 2299 ++ (Non-Alcoholic) & Rs. 3399 ++ (Alcoholic)

13th-15th August, Saturday-Monday

Spunk Your Creek – Dance and Beat Box Battles 

Wondering what on earth we’re talking about? Spunk Your Creek hosts the coolest and craziest battles amongst dancers and beat boxers. Their aim is to promote the hip-hop culture across India. The categories include Hip-Hop, Popping, Breaking, Bollywood and Beatboxing.

Saturday and Sunday will host the qualifiers, semifinals, and finals for all the categories, whereas Monday will host the ‘Krump Battles’ from qualifiers to finals.

Where: UB City, Vital Mallya Road
When: 1 pm onwards, all days
How much: Rs. 100 onwards

On that note, Happy Independence Day!

Bangalore Food Truck + Music Festival – Freedom Edition!

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Most of you know that the Bangalore FoodTruck and Music Festival has already had a handful of editions in the city, and this time the festival is back with a Freedom Edition! It’s taking place on the Independence Day weekend, which means you can eat your heart out while enjoying some of your favourite tunes, all in the name of India’s freedom.

Sounds like a pretty sweet Sunday, if you ask us! So let’s take a look at what’s going to go down:

  • 15 food trucks that are Bangalore’s best
  • 12 hours of awesome music from all genres
  • A music stage
  • Designated areas where you can sit back and relax
  • Art and dance performances

So if you’re not travelling for the long weekend, we definitely recommend checking out the Bangalore FoodTruck and Music Festival. If you are in fact planning a trip, may we suggest a resort in Kabini or Chikmagalur?

Time: 11am – 11pm

When: Sunday, 14th August

Where: New Indian Express Building, Queens Road

Psst: If you’re looking to have a stall, or if you want to be a part of the festival, contact them here

Watch this space for more details, coming soon!

From Manipal to Vegas – Blitzkrieg is headed to the World Hip-Hop Championship!

Who?

If you haven’t already heard, Blitzkrieg has been on fire! This dance crew from Karnataka is now set to represent India at the World Hip-Hop Championship in Las Vegas on 13th August, and we couldn’t be more proud.

Whoa, how did this happen?

So they managed to qualify for the Hip-Hop International Prelims held at NIT Suratkal. Fortunately, they had amazing support from their college and other authorities and went on to becoming India’s best Mega Crew.

That’s super impressive, where next?

Well it’s a dream for every crew to perform and represent its nation on such a platform. Crews like, Kings United – Fictitious Group, 13.13 Dance Crew have already marked their presence and are working professionally under the guidance of few among the best mentors such as Prabhu Deva and Remo D’souza. Fingers crossed they join the likes of these soon!

Okay, I’m sold where do I watch them?

You can follow them on Facebook here, Twitter here, and they have a YouTube channel here. Happy watching! xx