The first weekend of the year has been action-packed and beyond hectic. My weekends are anyway usually full with horse-riding classes for Piglet and art classes for Snubnose. And now I have added an activity for Coco as well.
This year, Piglet has been really hung up on Christmas trees. To be precise, really large brightly decorated Christmas trees.
This fascination started last year during our Christmas trip to Malaysia and Singapore – which was festivity galore. Christmas trees, and lights every which way you turn, until Piglet was quite dazzled, and his expectations from Christmas are now sky-high. Unfortunately Bangalore is just not able to live up to his expectations.
Sancha Tea House in Bangalore is a bright and airy space tucked away in a corner of Lavelle Road, so small from the outside, you can barely see it. A friend and fellow blogger Soumya was invited for a tea tasting session here, and she kindly invited me to tag along with her, so one extremely hot Saturday afternoon, we went up and down Lavelle Road trying to find a parking spot, and trying to find this place, amongst all the teeny tiny boutiques over there.
I was on a photography trip a couple of weeks back. Only instead of taking candid shots of the kids or the pup, or lovely stuff, or verdant Cubbon Park that I like to do (and share on Instagram), I have been taking ugly photos of Bangalore, of the havoc that the heavy rains caused on our roads.
I guess I was bored stuck in traffic jams (sometimes for a record 3 hours), just to travel a 5-km wide stretch of Outer Ring Road to get to my office.
One extremely rainy day, I traversed a very small section of a heavily traffic-logged part of Bangalore in order to make my date with some delicious wine and brandy offerings by Sula Vineyards.
When I was younger, brandy was very much seen as a drink of the older generation – something to be had with hot water when you are down with a cold or flu, but over the last ten years or so I think there is a shift in perception. Noting this, Sula Vineyards smartly decided to experiment with a new variety of brandy – Janus Brandy.
Having a pup around the house (yes, we have a pup, and a formal intro will come along later), has spurred us on to become a wee bit more active in our daily lives.
All of us have been spending more time outdoors playing with little Coco (our cutie lab), and last week, we kind of overreached ourselves and decided that we would take Coco with us on a hike up to Gudibanda fort.
This weekend has been fabulous, exciting, and nerve-wracking all in one go. I am going to break down all the weekend goings-on over a couple of posts, because yes, that much happened.
First up, and in this post, I am going to blather on about Piglet’s excitement over starting horse-riding classes this weekend.
If you live or work in the Outer Ring Road section of Bangalore (particularly in the IT hub from KR Puram to Sarjapur), you would know and lament the lack of decent dining options available.
For quite some time, it seemed that for office gatherings, you were confined to the Park Plaza hotel (a good option but gets tired if you go there every time), or Absolute Barbecue (which is impossible if you are trying to book a place on short notice). If you opted out of these, well, there was pretty much nothing decent on offer close by.
All that’s changed now with the fine dining options at Courtyard Marriott / Fairfield hotel near Kadubeesanahalli. We tried out MoMo Cafe and Kava, and absolutely enjoyed our experience there.
Last weekend, Burger King unveiled a new limited-edition whopper called appropriately enough Angriest Whopper. It has been available in other countries
It comes with an extremely angry looking red bun (red because it is baked with hot spices, and not because of any food coloring).
Snubnose and her friends will be having an exhibition of some of the work they have done in the past couple of years. I've just come back from setting up all the paintings at the gallery, and though we are not fully done arranging everything just yet, I already can see it is going to be ...