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Buddhist Cuisine: Features and Facts

An authentic Buddhist spread P.C.: https://goo.gl/y9EsWQ

An authentic Buddhist spread
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Standing very parallel to Hindu beliefs and customs, Buddhism is an absolutely independent religion that has its own set of rituals and regulations followed by 300 million people of this world. While standing out from the rest, the Buddhists even sketched their style of diet, popularly known as Buddhist cuisine.

BYT lists 8 highlights of the Buddhist cuisine that you may try with a fellow Buddhist and have idea about a completely new kind of culinary spread:

Meat – Yes or No?

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Consumption of meat in Buddhism
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Buddhists are predominantly meat lovers except the priests, monks, nuns or those abiding the Bodhisattva path. So, when in Buddhism, it depends on your wish whether you will be a meat eater or not. However, Buddha himself is believed to have died for over consumption of tainted pork.

Vegetarian Buddhists use gluten, tofu, agar and other plant products instead of meat in their meals.

Redefining the Food Habits

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A Buddhist meal
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Buddhists do not prefer much of poultry products. Those who are strictly vegetarians prefer lentils, beans, soups, salads, and vegetable dishes in menu. In case of meat, a broth or stew based preparation is preferred. A sect of Buddhists is known for abstaining from meat and yet keeping fish as a major constituent of their meals.

Limitation in Snacks

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Fruit bowl, the preferable snack
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Buddhists are not very fond of snacks. Between meals, they drink a lot of tea or opt for fresh bowls of fruits as snacks. This is mainly to aim for a healthy living and abstaining from junk food.

Dessert is Special

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Dessert among Buddhists
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For Buddhists, dessert is indeed a special affair that can be consumed only during happy occasions and feasts. Rice pudding and oatsbar are common Buddhist desserts that are seen on table only during festivals. This is mainly to balance the carbohydrate consumption of the body.

Post Meditation Dining

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Meditation is important
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Buddhists emphasize on meditation to a great extent. This is mainly to keep the body and lifestyle at calm and composed state. Thus they prefer taking each meal after a short span of meditation so that the calm body helps for faster metabolism and digestion.

Breakfast Menu

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Porridge, the healthy breakfast
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In case of breakfast, the Buddhists do not have much variety and prefer hot bowls of porridge usually topped with cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, raisins, muesli. Though this may sound a subtle start for a day, but it’s definitely healthy!

6 Foods To Start the Chinese New Year

If scrumptious sweets unveil a New Year in India, China too has a rich culture that boasts eating some particular food during New Year. These foods that the Chinese try to keep in the menu during the beginning of the year are believed to bestow luck and prosperity. If wine is in case of the West, for China its good food that denotes the beginning of a new year.

This year, the Chinese New year dates on 8th February. Head to any luxury Chinese eatery like Yauatcha or Ginseng around you and the charm and color of their celebration to welcome the New Year will surely touch you.

When participating in the Chinese New Year, here are the food items that will make it an improved beginning.

Tangerines & Oranges

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Oranges
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The Chinese terms for orange and gold are rhythmic. Thus, during New Year celebrations consumption of oranges is considered a symbol of prospective year ahead. Many also eat tangerine during this time as it’s the Chinese work for good luck. So start the Chinese New Year with these fruits for an eventful year ahead.

Tray of Togetherness

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Tray of togetherness, a gift in Chinese custom
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Relatives and friends exchange this tray full of candies, dry fruits, sweetmeats and tucks during Chinese New Year. This is a way of showing love for the dear ones and sharing the goodies of the tray adds warmth to relationships. Usually Chinese trays have eight compartments i.e., eight kinds of tucks are added mainly because eight symbolizes good luck in Chinese custom.

Long Noodles

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Long noodles in display
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No Chinese meal is complete without a portion of delicious noodles. During New Year, long noodles are served in the meal as it signifies long life for the person. Recipes of preparing these noodles differ from one another.

Nian Gao

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Nian Gao in making
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The Chinese term ‘Nian Gao’ literally means higher year. It’s a New Year sweet dessert that marks the promise of a good year. This is offered in religious ceremonies and is now an important item in the Chinese Spring Festival food.

Jai

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Jai, the Chinese veg preparation
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Jai is a vegetarian main course that Chinese usually include in their New Year feast. The belief according to Buddhist culture is, Jai cleanses your body for a new start. The ingredients used to prepare Jai have individual significances like sea moss for prosperity, lotus seeds for birth of sons in the dynasty, noodles for longevity and so on.

Whole Fish

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Whole fish in serve
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On the occasion of New Year, Chinese also keep a whole fish as part of their meal. The fish is served with the head and tail in one piece and this marks abundance in life. The Chinese word for fish sounds like abundance in their language.

Indo-Western Fusion Food to Relish This Diwali

Fusion cuisine is the new flavour of the season. Nothing tastes better when you can blend your preferences from two different cuisines. The amalgamation can be done with any dish be it two regional or international. We always look for food that offers variety and that’s what makes fusion food more delighting. Food choices in India have developed over time and thus making it more open to fusion of cuisines. This combination of food is apt for foodies who love to try out nre things and relish the taste of diversity.

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Fusion Food
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Take a look at the some very interesting and exciting fusion dishes one must definitely try.

Masala Quesadilla

Masala Quesadilla:  Mexican delight with Indian touch.  P.C:http://goo.gl/WkTBTi

Masala Quesadilla: Mexican delight with Indian touch.
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The toasted tortilla, a speciality from Mexico, is usually served stuffed with cheese inside. However, to add a taste of Indian food to it one might customize the stuffing as per their preferences. Masala Quesadilla comprises of a filling of sautéed vegetables to which Indian spices are added like garam masala, garlic, ginger and scrambled egg. This Indo-Western fusion is sure to take your taste buds to a yummy ride.

Spinach Pizza

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Healthy Food: Spinach Pizza
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There are people who hate spinach as much as they love having pizza. But the fusion of these two is undoubtedly an irresistible combo. Spinach Pizza is nothing but spinach leaves added to a normal pizza. This dish not only tastes different but also serves as very healthy one.

Sweet Potato Veggie Burger

A perfect fusion: Sweet Potato Veggie Burger P.C.:http://goo.gl/USQcUs

A perfect fusion: Sweet Potato Veggie Burger
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I am sure you must have tried a variety of burgers before but this one is far more different and tastes deliciously wonderful. The ingredients of this mystery fusion preparation includeblack pepper sprinkled on slices of sweet potato that are added to the layers of the burger. The dish tastes sweet and tangy. A delicious combination!

Chilli Jam Brinjal

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Chilli Jam Brinjal
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Sweet and chilli is different combo that doesn’t appeal to many. But there is a certain proportion which is to be maintained while adding both of these ingredients for the magic to work. The recipe comprises of cooking aubergines in Hot and sweet sauce which makes it spicy as well as sweet at the same time.

Herbal Pasta

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Herbal Pasta
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Indian spices change the flavour in a very delightful way. Be it a Spanish pasta or Mexican Quesadilla. If you are a vegetarian you would definitely love this fusion of pasta and lot of green and colourful vegetables. All you need to do is cook the mixed vegetables in Indian spices followed by tossing it in the pre-boiled pasta and add some ketchup to make it taste more Indian.

4 Bangalore Restaurants to Have a Royal Diwali

The IT powerhouse, also known as the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is also one of the most happening cities in the nation. The city has plunged deep into urbanization yet it is attached to traditional roots. The very friendly city is also a foodie’s paradise where one can tantalize his taste buds with variety of all cuisines available here.

The culinary revolution in India has brought forward luxury and exotic hotels where you can scour the cuisines of the world.  On the occasion of Diwali, these restaurants are all set to present their best and create cherishing memories for their customers.

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Diwali is synonymous to delicious food
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Here’s a list of 4 restaurants in Bangalore to visit this Diwali that caters to luxurious and fine dining lovers.

Riwaz- The Ritz Carlton

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Royal dining Affair at Riwaz-The Ritz Carlton
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Embrace the experience of luxury dining at Riwaz-The Ritz Carlton this Diwali. The place offers the perfect aura of the city’s history along with its culinary glees. The restaurant finds its origin in North West of India and thus serves their specialty of smoky, rich flavors, juicy grilled preparation of meats and an array of breads to choose from. One can also experience their open kitchen where dishes are prepared in traditional methods.

JW Kitchen –JW Mariott

Famous for its authentic cuisines-JW Kitchen –JW Mariott P.C.:http://goo.gl/z1tmgk

Famous for its authentic cuisines-JW Kitchen –JW Mariott
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Diwali can be celebrated with a twist with the concept driven food and beverages offered here. The multi-cuisine restaurant serves authentic cuisines from around the globe. The classic décor and novel gourmet experience here makes your dining experience a memorable one. Diwali is sure to get filled with exuberance here.

Grasshopper

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A Romantic Rendezvous at Grasshopper
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Grasshopper is an exceptional blend of savoury food, tranquil location and cordial service. The awesome and romantic surrounding and ambiance makes their delicious seven course meal an eventful experience of your life. This Diwali even the Goddess of wealth wouldn’t mind splurging for food here.

Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs – ITC Windsor

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Embrace culinary delight at Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs
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The array of aromatic dishes is a culinary delight here. The food is flavored with handpicked rich spices to convey a subtle blend of flavours and smooth textures of the slowly cooked food. The place has earned many accolades for it high end service and luxury dining experience it delivers.

So, dine like a king this Diwali.

To know more about these restaurants and to reserve – please click on link below
http://www.bytplus.com/bangalore/restaurants-to-have-a-royal-diwali

Top 3 Brunch Restaurants in Bangalore

Bangalore is a place for foodies with the amount of variety and options available at every nook and corner. Bt what are the top places to visit when you want to enjoy a proper, wide range brunch on a lazy Sunday?

Here’s where you can go:

High Ultra Lounge, Bangalore

High Ultra Lounge, Bangalore

1. High Ultra Lounge – Dr. Rajkumar Road, World Trade Centre, Brigade Gateway Campus, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.

The High Ultra Lounge is a venue of pride and awe. It is located at a height of 430 feet from the ground and thrilling and magnificent view of the city. The night lights shimmer like diamonds in obscurity and makes you feel mysterious and all excited! The restaurant is a classy, elegant, fine dining venue that serves Japanese, Thai, Chinese and Korean cuisines, alongside the choice of your favourite alcohol or soft beverage. The Sunday Brunch also has live counters where you can enjoy watching your food being prepared! Spicy Jumbo Prawns and The Banoffee Pie are worth all your bucks among a couple of other such enticing dishes that High Ultra Lounge serves.

Shiro, Bangalore

Shiro, Bangalore

2. Shiro - UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, Off Lavelle Road, Bangalore

Shiro is one of the prime places where you can go to if you wish to taste authentic Japanese and Asian food. The restaurant is mostly known for the great Japanese food that they dish out. The interior decor of the establishment is very impressive with larger than life motifs of Buddha and temple maids pouring water into running pools from their ‘matka’ and dewdrop-shaped mirrors hang in clusters, suspended from the ceiling, adding a different level of animation to the setting with their soft movements in the air. You will love the ambiance. The Sunda Brunch is lavish, festive and diverse!

My Place - Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore P.C.: https://goo.gl/Ryaco7

My Place – Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore
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3. My Place - Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore, Gokula Extension, HMT Road (near BEL circle), New BEL Road, Bangalore

My Place is a 24 Hours Open All-Day Diner in the grand Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore and is known for the ambiance and food, the right combination of two most important aspects of a successful restaurant! My Place serves Continental, North Indian, South Indian and Asian cuisines and you are always welcomed with a lot of options to eat from on a bright and happy Sunday Brunch. A plate of fresh, steaming Stir-fried Prawns is something you shouldn’t miss!

For a comfortable experience, kindly make a reservation online (by clicking on the links already given) or calling on 076767 76767!!

Most Popular Cocktails – Part 3

In the third episode of this series, we will be talking about two amazing cocktails that have claimed their fame through their immense popularity!

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail

Classic Daiquiri Cocktail

The first one in this segment is Daiquiri. Yes, Daiquiri is rather famous among the pretty women, isn’t it? The name has a Caribbean (Taino) origin linguistically but it is actually named after a beach near Santiago in Cuba. The main ingredients of a classic Daiquiri are rum, some typical citrus juice (commonly lime juice) and sugar or any other sweetner. It is one of most refreshing drinks in its group but there seems to have had a medicinal reason behind the invention as per the Cuban history suggests!

Obviously there are variants of Daiquiri but here is a simple, classic Daiquiri recipe for you.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 ounces light rum
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup

PREPARATION:  Mix together the rum, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (Recipe Courtesy: http://goo.gl/o1kchw)

Simple Bacon Bloody Mary P.C.: http://goo.gl/cQvlbL

Simple Bacon Bloody Mary
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The next is one of the world’s most complex cocktails… Yup, you guessed it right! It is Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary’s existence dates back to the early years of the twentieth century, into the times when personalities like Earnest Hemingway and his contemporaries would visit the bars at length! Bloody Mary is revered to be a ‘Hair of the Dog‘ drink and has numerous variations. It is a popular cocktail that contains Vodka as the main alcohol base and tomato juice. These are the two constant ingredients and the rest that is added is largely variable, from beef consommé to celery, black pepper, lemon juice and what not!

Here is a close adaptation of a Jamie Oliver recipe for a spicy Bloody Mary version. You’ll need: 16 ounces (1/2 quart) of tomato juice, 2 oz vodka, 2 tbsp barbeque sauce, pinch of paprika, salt, juice and pulps of 1/4 lemon, long chopped stalk of celery and a piece of thick-cut cooked bacon. Then, in a cocktail shaker, mix together the tomato juice, vodka, paprika, salt and lemon. Mix well. Fill a bucket or rocks glass, or a stemless snifter with ice. Now pour the mixture and garnish it with a cut of celery and a piece of thick cut, cooked bacon! (You can find the original recipe in: http://goo.gl/nonlzB )

Here are the world’s two of the best cocktails… One is extremely simple and one is quite complex! But you know what? Sometimes, partying out is an easier option! Find out the best pubs, lounges, bars and nightclubs in our BYT website and call 076767 76767 for reservation!

Dining Restaurants @ Phoenix Market City Mall, Bangalore

Phoenix Market City Mall, Whitefield, Bangalore P.C.: http://goo.gl/pBPdtU

Phoenix Market City Mall, Whitefield, Bangalore
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One of the most impressive, largest malls in Bangalore is the Phoenix Market City Mall, in Whitefield. There are almost 30 options to choose from when it comes to food… Quite a few fine dining stand alone brands are here as well – perfect options to celebrate your reason! This BYT blogs will highlight some of the most prominent restaurants here.

Some of the most outstanding restaurants in the Phoenix Market City Mall, Bangalore are as follows:

Pho Ga P.C.: http://goo.gl/674ISz

Pho Ga
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Hanoi – Vietnamese Cuisine

After the amazing Blue Ginger restaurant, in The Taj West End hotel, that specialises in Vietnamese cuisine, the beautiful restaurant of Hanoi, tops the charts. The interiors is chic and is pretty impressive. Although it is done in a more or less minimalistic look, the overall outcome is quite eyecatching. Food is cooked and served following very traditional Vietnamese ingredients, recipes and styles. It is a pleasure dining here and tasting the wonders of Vietnam. It is named after Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, that is on the banks of the great Red River (Hồng Hà – Mother River). The Pho and My Xao are must haves!

Prawns Wrapped In Bacon P.C.: http://goo.gl/sy6jWV

Prawns Wrapped In Bacon
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Cafe Noir – French Cuisine

Elegantly dressed, the Cafe Noir is a signature eatery for French food lovers. Cafe Noir caters to its guests with the most perfected tastes of French cuisine specials. It is known for the amazing breakfast palate and desserts. No French meal is complete without a sweet bite! Dishes like Crepe with Maple Syrup, Crepe with Nutella and Banana, Crumb Fried Mushrooms, Prawns Wrapped in Bacon, Caesar and Atlantic Smoked Salmon Salads, Quiche Lorraine, Le Moulin Rouge (Grilled Bacon), Beef T-Bone, BBQ Spicy lamb sizzler, Cafe Viennois, Cafe Creme Brulee, Sangria, Choco Mousse Verrine and Creme Brulee are among the popular orders.

Noodle Bar!! P.C.: http://goo.gl/9hq9Ue

Noodle Bar!!
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Noodle Bar – Pan Asian Cuisine

Noodle Bar is a rather classic restaurant that serves aunthentic Pan Asian food. Be it Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian or tastes from other countries of Oriental Asia, Noodle Bar features at least one, if not more, of its native recipes for your plate. The rich red and black interiors, doted by hanging lanterns and dimmed spot lights create quite a romantic ambiance. Though sometimes, when the restaurant is full, you may feel a bit crammed up, but that is rare. The food served is wonderfully fresh and aromatic. The deft chefs replicate the traditional recipes as closely as possible, leaving you no chance for a frown!

Italian Chicken Sliders P.C.: http://goo.gl/iOy500

Italian Chicken Sliders
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The Big Kahuna – American, Italian, Continental and Asian Cuisine

The Big Kahuna is a classy restauant that sports native American (Red Indian) obelisks at the entrance and the red-black interiors are adored with many tribal masks. The spot lights highlight them perfectly. Bamboo crafted tables with glass tops court bamboo woven chairs. Dishes like Italian Chicken Sliders, Spaghetti Meatballs with Spicy Bolognaise, Big Kahuna Burger are quite popular. Spicy Chilly Fish is also another of the top favourite dishes here.

BluO P.C.: http://goo.gl/5MCMcp

BluO
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BluO – Continental & North Indian Cuisines

Bowling seems fun and spicy when you’re in BluO. This is a cafe- restaurant with wide and jazzy bowling alleys! Caesar Salad, BluO Special Nachos, Chicken Peri-Peri and Fish and Chips are quite well known here. The ambiance is jolly and playful. It is one of the best places to go with your group of friends.

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant P.C.: http://goo.gl/6Ln24P

Rajdhani Thali Restaurant
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Rajdhani Thali Restaurant – North Indian (Veg) Cuisine

Rajdhani is a famous restaurant chain, known for their amazing vegetarian fare and variety. This restaurant is an eye-opener for those hardcore meat lovers who do not believe that a meal can be complete without non-vegetarian items! On an average, each thali has over 10 options of curries and sides, along with over 6 options of staples like rice, puri, fulkas! A sweet bite in the end and seasonal fruits are always there. This is actually a very enjoyable treat!

California Pizza Kitchen's Pesto Pizza P.C.: http://goo.gl/URHPzf

California Pizza Kitchen’s Pesto Pizza
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There are many more eateries in the Phoenix Market City Mall, including California Pizza Kitchen, Chili’s, United Sports Bar & Grill, Ibaco, KFC, Mad Over Donuts, L’inoui and more! Kids go crazy over the choices and so do adults!

To make a reservation through BYT, please call 076767 76767 in any of the restaurants mentioned!

Romantic Rendezvous in The Leela Palace, Bangalore

The Leela Palace, Bangalore, is a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. It epitomises the qualities that best describe exquisite, amazing and perfection. The palace is undoubtedly magnanimous, has over 357 rooms that are carefully crafted with elegance and beauty. The hotel is complete with other amenities like luxurious spa and salon, fitness centre, elite shopping area, banquet halls and conference venues and four, exclusive fine dining restaurants, namely ZEN, JAMAVARLE CIRQUE SIGNATURE and THE LIBRARY BAR. There is a grand cake shop as well, for the sweet toothed guests!

Zen - The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Zen – The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Zen, in The Leela Palace, Bangalore, is undoutedly one of the best places to dine. Be it a 75th birthday, an anniversary or a private date, the restaurant of Zen is fantastic and perfect. Zen offers Thai, Japanese and Chinese cuisines. The ingredients used are fresh and of top quality from the market. The dishes are cooked to perfection. The juxtaposition of a classical English interior looks and Asian cuisines do bring about a different kind of experience. Here comes an exclusive BYT offer that hones you to plan the most perfect date! This offer lets you enjoy a Four course meal for two guests (starter, soup, main course & dessert) along with a glass of house wine (red/white) complimentary to each person. The Restaurant Manager greets you with a bouquet of flowers on arrival and a cake comes at the end of the meal. This offer also includes the Chef’s visit to the table at just INR 11940 (AI)!! Guests can also enjoy additional comfort clubbed alongside such as BMW pick up and drop OR Over night stay in the hotel OR Body massage in the evening at their luxurious spa (at additional costs).

Jamavar - The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Jamavar – The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Jamavar is the next restaurant that is equally awesome and sports a completely different kind of ambiance. It replicates the typically beautiful Indo-Mughal royal architecture and feel within the walls. It specialises in North Indian and South Indian cuisines. The ambiance is well maintained. The food is a celebration by itself. In this fantastic restaurant, BYT offers you a grand ‘Romantic Rendezvous’ package. Click here to learn more.

Le Cirque Signature - The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Le Cirque Signature – The Leela Palace, Bangalore

Le Cirque Signature is the third of the four amazing restaurants that are there in The Leela Palace. It is a restaurant that serves specifically Italian and French cuisines – two of the most delicious cuisines in the world of food. The restaurant is chic and has a laid back ambiance where you are most welcome to relax over a drink and delectable dish! BYT brings to you one more amazing offer here. Click here to find out!

Call 076767 76767 if you want to make a reservation via call or click your choices on the website itself!

The Day of New Year

1862 years ago, in the year 153, the beginning of a new year began to be observed from January 1. Before that, according to the Roman calendar, March 1st marked a new year. This is what the world follows today but regional, traditional and cultural calendars still hold their grounds in many countries.

Welcoming a new year... P.C.: http://goo.gl/bocSDU

Welcoming a new year…
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Modern custom of celebrating the end of one year on December 31st and beginning of another one on January 1st is in lines with the Gregorian calendar and often referred to as the Christian New Year. The Gregorian calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in 1582, also known as the Western calendar and the Christian calendar, is the most widely used civil calendar all over the world.

Chinese New Year - year of the Dragon (2012) P.C.: http://goo.gl/Nt32Nm

Chinese New Year – year of the Dragon (2012)
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There are various traditional New Year days celebrated around the world, in accordance with dates of Chinese calendar, Korean lunar calendar, Nowruz Iranian calendar, Tibetan calendar, Thai calendar and more. But in India alone, even though the official national celebration is according to the Christian calendar and celebrated on January 1st, there are many other cultural new year days that come about in one Christian Year of 365 days! Some major ones are mentioned as follows:

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Ugadi
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Ugadi – Kannadiga & Telugu New Year : Ugadi is celebrated in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh some time in the month of March–April, depending on the Hindu calendar system.

Ugadi Gudi Padwa – Marathi New Year: Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of Chaitra month, depending on the Hindu calendar for all Maharashtrians and Konkanis. On this day a gudi is found hanging out on the right side of the main entrance of the houses which is a bright yellow cloth tied on the head of a long bamboo stick with an inverted and copper pot placed on it along with a garland made of sugar.

Gudhi Padwa Baisakhi – Punjabi New Year: The land of Five rivers, Punjab celebates the biggest harvest festival across the northern states on this day. Usually Baisakhi is on 13-14th April. It is celebrated as the day of the formation of the Sikh Khalsa. The main celebration takes place at the birth place of the Khalsa and at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Baisakhi Puthandu – Tamil New Year: The traditional Tamilian new year starts from either 13 or 14th April, or first day of Tamil month Chithirai. ‘Chitterai Thiruvizha’ is celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple Madurai. The main food of this festival is Mangai Pachadi.

Bohag Bihu – Assamese New Year: The spring festival “Bohag Bihu” celebrated in the middle of April as the beginning of agricultural bloom. The Assamese new year festival called ‘Bihu’ is the most important festival of Assam, celebrated by fun and abundance, faith and belief.

Poela Baisakh Sweets! P.C.: http://goo.gl/Y2yiIm

Poela Baisakh Sweets!
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Poela Boishakh – Bengali New Year: The ‘Nabo Barsho‘ of Bengal is celebrated with great deal of enthusiasm and energy during the mid of April. This is the day of cultural programs, shopping, prayers and also considered as auspicious time for marriages. Poela Boishakh in Tripura is also celebrated on this day.

Bestu Varas – Gujarati New Year: Bestu Varas marks the harvest season in Gujrat and is celebrated with great enthusiasm on the day after Diwali. Marwaris of Rajasthan celebrate Diwali as a new year!

Vishu – Malayalam New Year: Vishu, as observed elsewhere in India, is usually on 13-14th April of the Gregorian calendar, belonging to Kerala. The most important event of the festival is “Vishukkani” which refers to the first object seen in the morning!

Losoong – Sikkimese New Year: Losoong, an ancient festival of Sikkim is celebrated on month of December, that marks the closing of harvest season and beginning of a new year. The traditional Chham dance is one of the major attractions.

Navreh – Kashmiri New Year: Kashmiir celebrates Navreh with great love, sanctity and involvement on the first day of Chaitra Navratri. It is considered a holy ritual.

Sweet - Payasam / Thandai P.C.: http://goo.gl/8jhJOD

Sweet – Payasam / Thandai
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Hijri – Islamic New Year: The Islamic year begins with Muharram. The Islamic New Year or Muharram varies as per lunar calendar and is celebrated in great fervor.

Cheti Chand – Sindhi New Year: Cheti Chand the Sindhi new year is celebrated on the second day of the Chaitra month. It is an auspicious day since it is the festival to honour the birth of “Jhulelal”.

Salmon Yu Sheng - fine dining on New Year's Eve. P.C.: http://goo.gl/U3p97e

Salmon Yu Sheng – fine dining on New Year’s Eve.
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All over the world, the New Year celebrations begin on December 31st and January 1st is a holiday. People spend this time eating and partying, meeting up with family and friends and having a great time. The clock strikes 12 midnight and fire crackers light up the sky, welcoming the following year.

New Year Fireworks!! P.C: http://goo.gl/8KOrzr

New Year Fireworks!!
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This year’s new year is just round the corner… Find the appropriate experience packages, restaurants and places to visit in your city on www.bookyourtable.com and call 076767 76767 for reservations!!

Christmas & New Year Celebrations in Ahmedabad

Merry Christmas and New Year... :) P.C>: http://goo.gl/fkBNGW

Merry Christmas and New Year… :)
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The year end is always a time of happiness and celebrations! Generally, the whole world has many consecutives holidays during this time, educational institutes remain close and parents can afford to spend some quality time with their kids, friends get some free time to catch up with each other and it proposes time to go out for dinners and have gettogethers!!

This BYT blog lists out three top notch restaurants where you can go for fine dining and enjoy fantastic bakery products / desserts… Afterall, it is a ‘sweet’ (pun intended) time!

The Eatery - Four Points By Sheraton, Ahmedabad P.C: http://goo.gl/8DGiuR

The Eatery – Four Points By Sheraton, Ahmedabad
P.C: http://goo.gl/8DGiuR

The Eatery – Four Points by Sheraton comes first because of the amazing prices of the multi-cuisine buffets, the amazing menu selection and the five star experience this restaurant guarantees. It is very beautiful, undoubtedly. The Eatery serves Asian, Italian, Chinese, South Indian, North Indian cuisines and Desserts and there are live counters. There is quite some variety and loads of choices. It is a great choice for all – business meets, family time, friends gettogether and a date! Prior reservation recommended.

Ice Cream Pudding P.C.: http://goo.gl/aATDa6

Ice Cream Pudding
P.C.: http://goo.gl/aATDa6

Havmor Restaurant asks you to have more even when you pronunce the name! The restaurant is rather interesting and dishes out yummies from North Indian, Chinese, Continental and Fast Food cuisines. Ice Creams and Desserts are also available in plenty! How about a khatta meetha aam dolly or a bazinga or havmor’s ras mataz or pudding ice cream?? Hot fudge nut sundae is a must have… Toasties and jumbo sandwiches, ice cream cakes, multicuisine full fare, tummy filling choices await you! The ambiance is rather casual but full of happy customers!

Thai Chicken Pizza P.C.: http://goo.gl/Uv1vqC

Thai Chicken Pizza
P.C.: http://goo.gl/Uv1vqC

Dangee Dums restaurant has people to dance and beat drums in praise of the food and fantastic options they dish out…  Mexican, Italian, North Indian, and Desserts are featured with other regular cafe menu and lots of bakery products. You can’t miss either Chocolate Fondue or Tiramisu… Ohh, they’re so good. TexMex Nachos, Burger combo and Thai Pizza are also pretty unique items that you should try.

Call 076767 76767 and make reservations via BYT and enhance your experience!!

Pan Asian – ITC Sonar, Science City Area, Kolkata

Japanese food is always associated with exotic items, unique presentation and exciting flavours and calls for a special occasion to go enjoy a Japanese cuisine meal for Indians! In Kolkata, the fine dine restaurant of Pan Asian, nestled in ITC Sonar, Science City Area, on JBS Haldane Avenue, is the most perfect venue for you to begin both—your first taste of Japanese food with your first date! Sounds like a great combo, really!

Interior of Pan Asian P.C.: timescity (http://goo.gl/R40mky)

Interior of Pan Asian
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Since Pan Asian is a five star enterprise, everything about it is exclusive and extraordinary. It is known for the special dishes it plates out from Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Singaporean, Burmese, Malaysian, Thai and Asian cuisines. Pan Asian has a special Japanese – Yakitori & Teppan Grill which features yakitori and teppanyaki styles of preparing food. The variations available are yakimono (grilled and pan-fried dishes), nimono (stewed/boiled/steamed dishes), itamemono (stir-fried dishes), mushimono (steamed dishes), agemono (deep fried dishes), sashimi (sliced raw fish), suimono and shirumono (soups), tsukemono (pickled/salted vegetables), aemono (dishes dressed with various kinds of sauce) su-no-mono (vinegared dishes) and chinmi (delicacies, food of delicate flavour). Pan Asian also has a Sushi and Sashimi Bar which allows the customers witness the magical show of Chefs at work!

Shirumono P.C.: http://goo.gl/zEPc47

Shirumono
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The restaurant is absolutely beautiful, decked in the Asian influences, completed with Oriental colours, structured with suitable architecture on walls and pillars. The restaurant flashes with Chinese paper lamps, urns and bamboo structures. Pan Asian has an in-house wine cellar which has an impressive collection of famous labels from around the world. The place is perfect for a complete romantic or exclusive experience and a celebration of food!

Malaysian Prawn Mee P.C.: http://goo.gl/bNVbIp

Malaysian Prawn Mee
P.C.: http://goo.gl/bNVbIp

Call 076767 76767 at BYT for reservation and enhance your pleasure of being at Pan Asian, ITC Sonar, Kolkata.