Saturday, 28 May 2016

#LoveScotch campaign continues with Anushka Manchanda & Nakul Shenoy

As you would have read about the launch of #LoveScotch on World Whisky Day in Bengaluru, the campaign continued this week with Singer and musician Anushka Manchanda and the Mentalist, mind reader Nakul Shenoy. The evening had some candid conversations and precious moments around Scotch whisky which began at The Permit Room and ended at Arbor Brewing Company.

This evening too marked the celebration of Scotch Whisky as Anushka and Nakul shared their experiences about their favourite scotch. They got behind the bar and tried their hand at creating signature exotic cocktails with the help of United Spirits Reserve Brand Ambassador Andrew Qadri. Anushka went with the West Coast Julep made with the iconic Johnnie Walker Black Label while Nakul created Sunset Cinnamon infused with Black Dog Black Reserve. You can try your hands at the same too.

Black Dog Black Reserve: Sunset Cinnamon

45ml Black Dog Black Reserve, 10 ml Cinnamon syrup, 2 of Maraschino Cherries, 5 dashes Angostura bitters. Stir all the ingredients over ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Black Label: West Coast Julep

45ml Johnnie Walker Black Label, 20 ml ginger infused honey syrup, 30ml apple juice, 10 fresh mint leaves, 5 ml lime juice. Add all ingredients to shaker and shake hard. Then double strain into a rocks glass, add crushed ice and serve with a fresh mint sprig garnish.

Anushka Manchanda shred her love for Scotch Whisky saying that her father’s favourite Scotch Whisky is Johnnie Walker Black Label and hence hers too. It's the first whisky she knew, and the one she enjoy sipping the most. 

While Nakul Shenoy said that she enjoys his glass of Vat69 Scotch Whisky. Whether neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail, there is no right or wrong way to drink Scotch whisky, as long as you enjoy it.

The evening became interesting when Anushka broke into an impromptu gig while Nakul showcased his mind reading skills. This week's pub crawl got the crowd of Bengaluru share its love for Scotch Whisky and getting them more excited for further pub crawl's.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Launch of #LoveScotch on World Whisky Day

On the occasion of World Whisky Day, USL-Diageo, India’s leading Scotch-Whisky company introduced to Bangalore its biggest global campaign '#LoveScotch'. It was a splendid evening of candid conversations around Scotch whisky with Canadian Super Model Coco Rocha, and actors Randeep Hooda, Mandira Bedi and Dino Morea, alongside Rajiv Mehta (CEO, Arvind Fashion Brands & Arvind Sports Lifestyle) at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangalore.

#LoveScotch is about empowering people to express their passion, embolden existing ambassadors and inspire those who are new to whisky, creating a movement across the globe for people to share how they enjoy their dram.

The evening marked a celebration of everything that gives Scotch whisky its unique character, flavour and personality, as the celebrities shared their personal moments about their favourite Scotches. Randeep and Dino got behind the bar and tried their hand at making cocktails with World Class Brand Ambassadors Jamie Walker and Nicholas Ord.

This was followed by a Pub Crawl, the entourage visited two of the coolest hangouts in the city – Sanchos & Skyye at UB City and curated some more delicious concoctions with renowned United Sprits bartenders Ajay Nayar and Hemant Mundkur. Coco Rocha, Mandira Bedi and Rajiv Mehta joined them behind the bar for a spirited evening. Scotch continues to be the world’s favourite whisky, with 95 million cases sold across 256 countries.  No other spirit can offer the same range of tastes, textures and flavours.

Talking about her association with #LoveScotch, Coco Rocha, Global Brand Ambassador said that she is a whisky lover myself who enjoys Johnnie Walker Black Label. She usually enjoys her Scotch with ginger ale.

Adding to this, Actor Randeep Hooda, said, He enjoys Black Dog as it gives him memories of discussing his career over a glass of Black Dog with his dad. He usually enjoys his Scotch on the rocks.

Dino Morea, Bollywood actor and former model, said that he has always been a fan of the Black & White whisky, though he is always eager to experiment with exotic flavors, with Whisky Sour being an all-time favourite.

Designer, actor and TV presenter, Mandira Bedi mentioned, that her bottle of Singleton has been her priced possession that adorns her home bar till today. She has always been the son that her father did not have, in relation to sharing a glass of scotch.

Most of world’s best scotches are with Diageo including BLACK DOG, VAT 69, BLACK  & WHITE, JOHNNIE WALKER™, HAIG CLUB™, BUCHANAN’S™, SINGLETON, LAGAVULIN™ AND TALISKER™. 

Tip a glass and toast the world’s favourite whisky this World Whisky Day and share your memories with #LoveScotch.

Sattva - Honestly Vegetarian at Cubbon Pavilion, ITC Gardenia

Cubbon Pavilion, the 24-hour restaurant at the ITC Gardenia is presenting the exclusive Sattva - Honestly Vegetarian, celebrating Purity - showcasing a plethora of vegetarian and no-onion, no-garlic recipes, all cooked in a separate kitchen. Sattva – Honestly Vegetarian – Pure in tune with Nature.

Sattvik foods are foods that are abundant in Prana - the universal life-force that gives life to all sentient beings in both plant and animal kingdoms. A Sattvik diet means not only vegetarian food, but food rich in Prana 'life-force like organic fresh fruits and vegetables’. It also means properly prepared fresh food. Foods prepared with lots of love will add to their Sattvik quality.

It is the purest diet for a consciously spiritual and healthy life. It nourishes the body and maintains it in a peaceful state. According to Ayurveda, this is the best diet for physical strength, a good mind, good health and longevity and it calms and purifies the mind enabling it to function at its maximum potential. A Sattvik diet thus leads to true health: a peaceful mind in control of a fit body, with a balanced flow of energy between them.

Nature’s  Sattvik foods includes fruits, vegetables, sprouted whole grains, oils, spices, nut/seed, milk and cheese. Great taste now comes with touch of Purity – Sattva – Honestly Vegetarian at Cubbon Pavilion at ITC Gardenia.

You can avail Sattva from 28th May, 2016 onwards, every Saturday (Lunch only).

For Table Reservations Please Call 080 4345 5000.

Monday, 9 May 2016

The Spring Asparagus Sojour at Ottimo Cucina, ITC Gardenia

Ottimo is a pioneering Italian restaurant at ITC Gardenia captures the organic, vibrant spirit of Italy. The restaurant offers a signature Pan-Italian dining experience that celebrates quintessential Italian dishes prepared from the finest local and imported ingredients. It is headed by Chef Vittorio Greco, who has over 25 years of experience working across several regions of Italy, brings a slice of Italy to Bangalore.

This season, Ottimo pays homage to the King of Vegetables in the finest manner possible. “The Spring Asparagus Sojourn” - Royal artistic elegance, perfectly curated. A distinctive delicacy with extraordinary nutritive benefits.

Chef Sasha Maria Dominique Fernandes is ready to take you through across the mountains, valleys, farms and coasts of the Italian country from a specially compiled menu that is assisted by an impressive wine listing. Some of the delicacies from this thoughtfully composed menu are Thyme scented asparagus and scallops mille feuille and Asparagus salad with sesame seeds pinenuts and shaved parmesan in citrus dressing followed by Green asparagus, soft shell crab with truffle oil scented creamy polenta, Asparagus gratinated with saffron, parmesan coulis and white truffle oil. For those with a sweet tooth can indulge in the creamiest Creme caramel with white asparagus and berries and White asparagus and ricotta tarte with green asparagus foam.

With a well thought out section on carb-friendly Italian cuisine for the health conscious, the culinary choices at Ottimo are a rare fusion of traditional Italian with an emphasis on nutrition and fresh ingredients. A seamless blend of gourmet cuisine, spectacular interiors and the finest service make Ottimo the perfect place to unwind and indulge with friends and family.

Indulge and Savour this extraordinary Culinary Extravaganza. “The Spring Asparagus Sojourn” Royal Artistic Elegance Perfectly Curated at Ottimo – Cucina Italiana at ITC Gardenia from 10th May to 20th May 2016 – Dinner Only. For Table Reservations call 080 4345 5000.