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Bloggers Meet For ITC Food products


Saturdays are always a fun day filled with weekend madness, but this Saturday was not something but extremely special due to Bloggers meet for ITC Food Products #QualityITCfoods. First of all here I should thank Mrs. Gopika Kaul to hand pick myself among the Bangalore Bloggers and giving me such a golden opportunity.

The meetup was arranged in ITC Gardenia, Bangalore from 11 a.m till 03 p.m, but the meetup extended for an hour. I was much excited and started sometime around 9.45 a.m, and reached there around 10.15 a.m. I was given a warm welcome by Mrs. Gopika Kaul and had good time with few of my fellow bloggers. The meetup started promptly by 11 a.m and prior to that we were served a quick breakfast and beverages.   #QualityITCFoods

We were given a warm welcome and briefed about the lined up agenda for the day. Mr. Rajesh V.L, C.E.O of ITC foods, who is associated with ITC for almost 35 years, took the stage and gave intro about the ITC foods, their startup, their innovation, package, delivery towards the products and brands, their social responsibility and also about their upcoming products.

The meetup was very good as we got to know many unknown facts about the company, products and they were transparent. A quick catch up on this as below

  • ITC products was started in the year 2000.
  • They have about 10 brands (Aashirvaad, Sunfeast, Dark Fantasy, Dream Cream, Delishus, Bounce, Bingo, B Natural, Candyman, mint-o, Yippee, Kitchens of India, GumOn).
  • They have the largest Research in Peenya, Bangalore, India with 395 scientists (only for food).
  • They have billion turn over.

Next came Ms. Kavitha Chaturvedi, the Head of Marketing. She was the one behind the Yippee Noodles and associated with ITC for almost 13 yrs. She shared us about the behind the scenes story of Yippee Noodles (2007-10) which includes their research, innovation, uniqueness, flavor, texture, the name and so on. So I would say that she had shared not something but everything about Yippee.

Next session was “You ask we Answer” section, Mr. Rajesh V.L, the C.E.O of ITC food products, answered the questions put forward by our fellow bloggers with patience. I would say the questions were more about the YIPPEE noodles, so Kavitha was also pulled along for some of the questions and she too answered clearly and patiently.

Next came, Master Chef Kamlesh Joshi, he demonstrated the preparation of Khow Suey using Yippee noodles.

Next came, the cooking section, we were divided into five teams and were given all the required ingredients and each team started with their cooking and were finally judged by three Chefs (Prashant Joseph, Yogesh and Kamlesh Joshi). Our team prepared Pizza Noodles which was delicious, will try it soon and share the recipe in my blog (madraasi.com).

Next came, the lunch section with a big spread right from starters, soup, main course and not to miss the dessert – most yummiest dessert (Gulab Jamun, Chocolate cake with Hazelnut creaming, Baked Yogurt with Berry Compote, Poached pears with Honey and Orange, Dark Fantasy Tiramisu and Custard).

Last but not least we all were given a return gift of ITC Food Products #QualityITCFood.

In summary this was a well enjoyed, an informative, and a chance to get in touch with many of the fellow bloggers. I thank Mrs. Gopika Kaul, ITC food products (#QualityITCFoods) and ITC Gardenia for giving me a great and wonderful opportunity.



Barbeque Factory – 7 th FBAB Meetup


This is my 7th Foodie meetup of FBAB (Food Bloggers Association of Bangalore) with our fellow foodies on Sunday 4th of October for a classy Dinner at Barbeque Factory, Indira Nagar, Bangalore. This dinner was very classy, as the Barbeque dinner perfectly blended with the heavy down pour all over the Bangalore. Actually this time we had a great fun and not only me each and every foodie enjoyed the meetup to the core. The most important thing with this meetup was the restaurant Owner – Chef. Ajay Alexander, who gave us a warm welcome, a little intro, brief description of each and every food they provided us with a high class of hospitality.

The ambiance of the place is too good, a best place for get-together with friends and family. The lightings and interior decors fits the place well. The road-side view from the restaurant was awesome. The service was too good, actually this was my long-time wait restaurant, since I had high appreciation from my hubby and my friend. As it was our Sunday Dinner, we just had limited time to spend but enjoyed a lot.

Do check out their Website @ http://www.barbequefactory.co.in/ and their Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/barbequefactory.

First of all we were served with their Honey Parotta which was spread with mutton kebab, smeared with 4 variety of sauces, finally made to a roll. Then after comes all the starters chicken kebabs, mutton shikkampuri, fish kebab – which was soft and melts in mouth, golden fried prawns, mutton sheekh kebab, mushroom kebab, paneer kabab, palak kebab, CUJAN POTATO – loved it among the vegetarian starters and DAHI KEBAB – my favorite, which I had very first time in my life, hung curd coated with rava and fired. No words for the taste and flavor of this DAHI KEBAB, a highly UNIQUE starter. Love the Pineapple Barbeque smoked with strawberry sauce.

Next comes the main course – chicken biryani, mutton biryani which was specially prepared for us from the hands of Chef. Ajay Alexander. Also there was a spread of Peas Pulav, Chicken Biryani, Curd rice, Butter Chicken, Fish Curry, Kadhai Paneer, Bhindi Do Pyazya, Dal Makhani with Butter Naan and Rotti Naan.

Followed by this now comes the dessert section with Rasgullas, Chocolate cake, Cotton candy, Apple Pie, Ice-creams and Chocolate Mousse.

Coming to the pricing it was reasonable, Rs. 729/- per person from Wednesday to Sunday and Rs. 629/- per person from Monday to Tuesday both for Dinner and Lunch.

Highly recommended as must visit restaurant in my list for everyone with your family and friends. Also they have branches at Koramangala, Bangalore and T.Nagar, Chennai.

Finally our meetup ended with few group selfies.

FBAB 5th meetup – Soho St


Here comes our 5th FBAB Meetup at Soho St, Bangalore. This time I got to meet many new people and few of the well-known faces. As usual the meetup went well, but I would say I loved the meetup this time compared with others, may be the feel of the restaurant.

Soho St resembles as though we sit and dine at London. As I have been in U.K and visited London, as they declare I could feel the energy of Trafalgar square, big ben, London Eye through their wonderful interiors (wood work) on the wall. 

Ambience: The restaurant was classy with rich woodwork, amazing interiors, open kitchen, live counter which takes you to London.

Location: It was located at the Ground Floor, Sona Tower, Hosur Main Road, Koramangala, Bengaluru.

Food: There was 7 Cuisines Indian, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Japanese, Mediterranean and Continental. We were there on Sunday and there was a huge spread on Buffet, one such wow moment not only for a foodie but for everyone.

First of all we were served with cocktails and mocktails, as a non-alcoholic, I went for Lychee mocktail. Also they served few mocktails – cranberry, orange, mint punch, strawberry punch and cocktails – Bourbon grape, Tequila Sunrise, Appletini and Soho special.

Next comes the platter, one by one about 5 to 6 varieties. I taste delicious, even now when start blogging about Soho St, I start drooling for their food.

Then moved on to the buffet, it was endless buffet which was spread from one corner to the other. Everything was good and delicious.

Dessert: There was also varieties of desserts like Moongdal halwa, Gulab jamun, Fruit truffle, Chocolate Mousse, Icecreams, Cotton candy, Phirni and few more in the list.

On the whole I would say it was Yummilicious.

Serving: Serving was too good.

As I was with FBAB, I miss my family but soon will be back to Soho St with my family as possible and as many times as possible. A heartful of thanks to FBAB for arranging such a wonderful event in a awesome restaurant.