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McCafe Bangalore in pictures


McCafé, an in-house-coffee style chain is one of McDonald’s successful global brand extensions which was created and launched in Melbourne, Australia in 1993. I was at one of the three newly opened McCafés in Bangalore.

Here's a picture tour...


I ordered a Cappuccino which came with a cute piece of chocolate marble cake. The coffee was strong and flavorful. I liked the artwork and wanted to see how it is made...

McCafé uses only Arabica coffee beans sourced locally from Chikmagalur the birth place of coffee in India where the seed was first sown about 350 years ago. 

Here's how a cup of cappuccino is made with that artwork...


The end product is the perfect balance of full-bodied taste and sweetness, combined with a rounded smooth aftertaste...



Here's a demo of the Mocha being made. Whole or non-fat steamed milk and chocolate syrup, topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup...


The Aroma of the espresso coffee is delicate and refined...


Iced lattes are available with syrup options of Caramel, Hazelnut and Vanilla. I tried the Caramel Coffee Latte...


There are some special cakes for the young ones that will make their eyes pop!



Chocolate express cake...

Banana Walnut cake...


Vanilla Chocolate-chip muffin... 


Blueberry cheese cake...


Chocolate-chip muffin...


We also got to make some customized shakes by choosing our own ingredients...

It is physically impossible to visit McDonalds and not have a burger. Here's my Spicy Chicken Burger...


And the spicy chicken wings...

So what's the verdict? Well, after tasting all the drinks, I would have to say that on the whole it was a tasty line-up of drinks. With decent pricing, McCafé is definitely worth trying.

Mango festival at Khandani Rajdhani

Mango has always been my favourite fruit. The current mango season has seen me eat lots of them... 



I was delighted to receive an invite to the Khandani Rajdhani's Aamlicious - Mango Festival. Khandani Rajdhani restaurant specializes in cuisines from Rajasthan and Gujarat. 
Here's a photo tour...


A person in Rajasthani attire welcomes you with flowers and traditional lamp...


The spacious interior...


Soothing traditional curios...


 Hand wash...


Keri Moong Dal Pakoda and Methi Tandliya Bhaji Muthiya...


The waiters serve in small helpings and keep on replenishing to ensure that the food is eaten hot... 



Dal Bati Churma, Paneer Maharani, Bikaneri Tomato...



The assorted Indian breads are served hot two at a time...



Phulka, Puri, Khoba Roti and Keri Methi Thepla...



Drinks included Keri Panna, Mango Lassi and Masala Chaas...

The mango based dishes in my Maharaja Thali, Mango Kadhi, Mango Dal Dhokali, Aam Ki Lunji were sweetened just enough to ensure a balance between sweet and sour. Dishes like Panchratan Dal, Aloo Mutter, Marwadi Gatta and Surti Dal were most delicious...


Mango Pulao and Khichdi

Desserts included Gulab Jamun...



And the very delicious Mango Jalebi with Rabdi...


The mango based dishes and a few other things were interesting in the menu. Check it out while the festival is still on...


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Mimicry by Danaid Eggfly Butterfly

Danaid Eggfly is well known for polymorphism and mimicry. In evolutionary biology, mimicry is a similarity of one species to another which protects one or both. Danaid Eggfly closely resembles the Blue Moon Butterfly found in New Zealand. Females are in multiple forms that include male like forms while others resemble toxic butterflies.

Here I present the male Mimic. The spots on the upper-side are bordered in iridescent blue that is visible only at certain angles...




The iridescent blue border is invisible at this angle...


The under-side...


The dinner fare at Skylit

I was invited to review the dinner fare at the recently launched rooftop restaurant, Skylit at Citrus Hotels, Bangalore. Skylit is located at the heart of the city with an open kitchen for evening dining pleasures only. 

Here's a photo tour...


The ambiance is best suited for a romantic candlelight dinner... 

16 Kebabs and grill specialties from all over the world are served from platter to plate. I decided to try each one of them...


BBQ chicken...


 Butter Garlic Squid...


 Chakundari Murgh...


Aloo pudina tikki...


As the starters were filling me up, I had to take a breather in between. I had some fun with the cocktail stirrers. 

Drinks giving high five...



Drowning in the drink!


Let's resume...


 Gilafi tandoori aloo...


Fajitas...


Veg polenta...


Jalapeno cheese fish...


Lal mirch ki tangdi...



Lamb chop in pepper sauce...


 Mexican grilled vegitables...


Sarson wali machchi...


Peshawari paneer...


Mutton sheekh...


Besides kebabs, the meal comprises of a buffet with rare gravy dishes, biriyanis, vegetables, Indian breads and salads. My plate for the maincourse...


Desserts...

My dessert filled plate...


 Some of the dishes were really great. You will surely overeat if you are not careful with the helpings.

Leaving you with the lovely smile of Swati...


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