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The Horlicks #Immunity4Health Indiblogger Meet in Bengaluru

Date: 8 May 2016

Time for another blogger’s meet organized by the fine folks at Indiblogger! This time it was hosted by Horlicks, at Taj Vivanta, near Trinity Circle. The theme was #Immunity4Health, part of their marketing pitch for the new Horlicks, now with twice the content of micro-nutrients. Today being Mother’s Day, Horlicks were especially honouring the efforts mothers play in raising children. So needless to say, there were no shortage of ‘mommy bloggers’ who also made their presence felt at this event.
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Amrut Distilleries factory tour (with Vir Sanghvi)

Date: February 12, 2014

I was invited to visit the Amrut Distilleries factory on Mysore Road, just outside of Bangalore city. I was going to get to see the manufacturing process for making the famed Amrut whisky — with a special guest in tow. Noted journalist, writer and TV personality Vir Sanghvi was going to drop by the factory for a tour.

Amrut whisky display Bangalore
The award-winning Amrut whisky range
Barley peat for whisky
Barley to the left, peat to the right
Amrut distillery office awards display
We were waiting for Vir Sanghvi to arrive
Amrut awards Jagdale old photo
Gave me enough time to check out the awards and the history of the company Shri Radhakrishna Jagdale founded
Amrut distillery test lab Bangalore
This is the lab where they sample and test whiskies — Amrut’s own production batches and the competition
Jagdale gifting flowers to Vir Sanghvi
Vir Sanghvi had arrived, and so had the present chairman of Amrut Distilleries, Mr. Neelakanta Rao Jagdale. After a formal greeting, the Amrut team led us all to the factory.
Amrut factory tour with Vir Sanghvi
Senior VP Surrinder Kumar led the factory tour

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Feasting on Ramadan food treats at Mosque Road, Bangalore

Every year, during the holy month of Ramadan, Mosque Road in Frazer Town converts into a major hub for food lovers. Several stalls are set up selling a variety of Iftar treats by the road side, and every year, the number of stalls just keep getting bigger and bigger.

Now, you don’t have to go to Frazer Town for Iftar treats as stalls are set up outside every major mosque in Bangalore during the holy month of Ramadan. But Mosque Road being what it is attracts are a larger number of people. I have been Mosque Road with friends in previous years, but this year I wanted to capture some photos for my blog.

After meeting up with a friend, we rode down to Frazer Town, parked my bike near Savoury Restaurant and walked up to Mosque Road.

Ramzan food stall Frazer Town Bangalore
Stalls were set up away from Mosque Road too
Heritage hotel Ramadhan stall Bangalore
Heads up: a lot of meat in this blog post
Mutton kheema egg fry Ramadan food India
Mutton kheema and stir fried egg next to it
Free Quran distribution Bangalore India
This was an organization handing out free copies of the Quran (in English). I asked for a copy as I have always wanted to read for myself what was myth and what is actually quoted in the Holy Book.
Sheek kebabs Ramadan Frazer town
I moved to Mosque Road where sheek kebabs were being cooked over charcoal. Beef, chicken, and of course mutton were on offer.
Brazil beef kebabs Bangalore India
This stall was selling Brazilian beef. When I asked the guy why he wasn’t selling Indian beef, the owner just shrugged and said this “tastes better”. Oh well, I know why. None the less, I packed some.
Fried beef chicken kebabs Bangalore
Beef and colourful chicken kebabs beside it. Really put off by the use of food colour in meat.
Idiyappam Mosque Road Iftar Bangalore
Idiyappams and chicken kebabs?
Beef sukka Frazer town Banglaore
Beef sukka. Sampled some and it tasted okay.
Biriyani Palace Eid stall Bangalore
We then crossed over to the other side where much of the big stalls on Mosque Road were
Pathar gosht stone mutton Bangalore
That’s mutton being cooked on a huge slab or stone over a charcoal fire ๐Ÿ™‚ They call it pathar gosht (pathar = stone; gosht = mutton)
Ramazan tent Iftar Mosque Road Bangalore
There were many of these food tents set up beside Mosque Road
Ramadan food tent Bangalore India
It was crowded!
Mutton haleem Bangalore India
Mutton haleem. Haleem, for the uninitiated, is a thick gravy like dish made using wheat, barley, lentils and meat (plus spices).
Ramazan food tent Mosque road Bangalore
I don’t think I could have even stood here and ate something. Too stuffy and way too many people passing through.
Iftar sweets Bangalore India
Lots of sweets on offer!
Fish chicken kadi Eid food
There wasn’t a whole lot of sea food available and given the ‘Bangalore premium’ for seafood, whatever that was on offer was kinda expensive.
Mosque road Ramadan stalls Bangalore
There were many more stalls alongside Mosque Road
Ramzan tent Frazer town Bangalore
We went in here next
Chicken samosas Eid food Bangalore
Chicken samosas, chicken fry, chicken kebabs, chicken this, chicken that…
Pathar gosht beef Frazer town
More beef and mutton grilled on stone
Dry fruit firny Shahi tukda dessert
Packed up some firny (sweet)
Chocolate cupcakes Karachi haleem
And picked up some chocolate cupcakes
Pudding gulab jamun sweets Iftar
I had some pudding next, which was yum!
Mosque road Ramadan night Bangalore
Even though much of the activity was on the right side, I crossed the road to check out what was on offer on the other lane on Mosque Road
Muslims sheek kebabs Bangalore India
Much of the same, albeit far less glamourous that’s all
Iftar sweets Frazer town Bangalore
There weren’t too many different varieties of food on offer this side

After packing up some more food, I left Mosque Road. It’s obvious the annual Ramadan treats have grown into a big business opportunity for vendors over these past few years. It wasn’t this crowded when I visited 2 years ago. People of all faiths turn up to try out the food. Of course there were a few ignorant people. One guy was silly enough to ask if pork was available! ๐Ÿ˜›

Also, the prices this year weren’t low by any street food means. A plate of pathar gosht was sold for Rs. 200, and the quantity was only good enough for just one person. A stick of just three chicken-cheese balls cost Rs. 50. Don’t even ask about the sea food prices.

Still, if you have an opportunity to check out the fare on Mosque Road, do so if you have never visited the stretch during Ramzan before. And do it before Eid. Happy feasting!


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