Monthly Archives: June 2014

‘Foodball’ Carnival at Monkey Bar

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Monkey Bar (Wood Street) hosts the “FoodBall Carnival”, with an exclusive menu of cocktails, awesome food and a relaxed environment.  View the biggest games on two large screens transmitting the action live.Try some innovative cocktails like Banana Kick (white rum base), Indica (Gin), Boho Martini(Gin), World Cup, and Coco-Nut Chanel.

Head over early to tuck into The Carne-Val Burger – a majestic burger comprising slices of beef tenderloin, jalapenos, caramelized onions, mozzarella, mustard, spicy salsa, avocado mayo and sour cream within a sesame bun! And for the first time in Bangalore – the Waffle Pizza a one of its kind waffle-iron pizza with house-made pizza sauce, mozzarella and a selection of toppings.  Grab a chilled beer and soak in the bustling match-day atmosphere with a plate of Tequila & Lime Wings – Jumbo wings brushed with a mixture of tequila, lime-juice, fresh coriander and red chilli flakes.

Of course lets not forget the Penalty Bombs including the mandatory Yellow Card (A shot of house whiskey dropped into Beer), Red Card (A shot of Jack Daniels dropped into Ginger Ale) and Shoot Out (3 consecutive shots of a secret concoction with Absinthe). Whether you like football or not, Monkey Bar is just the fun place for soaking up some real Brazilian vibes during the World Cup.


Do try this at home!
Banana Kick -White Rum, Pineapple Juice, Banana and Orange Juice;
Indica – Gin, Tamarind, Mango Juice, Amchur, Lime Juice and Sugar Syrup;
Boho Martini – Gin, Martini Rosso, Orange Juice, Grape Juice, Lime Juice,Cucumber, Cinnamon and Elderflower;
World Cup – White Rum, Cranberry Juice, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Cucumber, Cinnamon, Amaretto with an upturned pint of Kingfisher;
Coco-Nut Chanel – Malibu, White Rum, Lemon Fizz.


Football Frenzy

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Football fever is high as ever radiating out all the way from Brazil and hitting us even here in tech city Bangalore! So it doesn’t matter if you couldn’t make it to the host country for the tournament you can catch the action live in cafes and restaurants right here in Bangalore. Some of the […]

Summer Break at Coorg – II

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Coorg Trip Contd.

From Amanvana we  drove up to  Madikere where we stayed at the Taj Vivanta. It took us about an hour to get there from Kushalnagar and we passed the Mercara Golf Club downs on the way.

My first thought when I stepped into the resort was ‘stunning’,  and it truly is simply stunning. The lobby area opens out to a scenic view of hills and valleys on three sides. The whole property is spread across 180 acres. Our cottages were also large and spacious and again with a fantastic view of the surrounding hills.

There are plenty of  dining options at the resort – Fern Tree the multi-cuisine restaurant has quite an extensive menu. We had some great Thai food  and the kids enjoyed pizzas and pastas from the kids menu.  We also ate at Nellaki which serves traditional Coorgi cuisine. The Pandi Kari (pork curry) a signature dish with ‘neer dosa’ was absolutely delicious.

They have a poolside grill (by the same name) where they serve dishes like roasted wild mushroom, grilled vegetables grown on the property and mixed grills with local spices. Though some people may enjoy it I found the food a bit bland at the grill.  The poolside grill is closed during the monsoon months between June and Sept/Oct.

The Hive Bar offers some exotic cocktails and mixes like the Jappletini – Gin shaken with fresh lime juice and homemade strawberry puree or a Coorg Coffee Martini which takes vodka shaken with Coorg coffee and Kalhua to a new height.

Dew which they describe as ‘good eating and wellbeing on a plate‘ is quite a gem. The menu had a number of power juices and shakes, the freshest salads, whole wheat pastas, and no-cheese pizzas that were surprisingly flavourful.  Aptly located below the spa and health club this food joint had  some really wholesome, healthy and tasty grub and drinks.

The resort offers a number of leisure activities in case you are up to it. Plantation tours, coffee tasting experience, bird watching, nature trails within the property, pottery, clay modelling, cooking sessions, herb garden walks and a couple of other activities make up the long list. A point to note here – we felt that some of the activities were a bit expensive, could have definitely been priced more reasonably.

Room rates start at Rs.18000, so it is definitely a bit expensive but it is worth it. Its a great place to visit –  to relax and rejuvenate the body, mind and senses.