10 Best Places To Visit In Bangalore – 10 Best Series

10 Best Places to Visit in Bangalore
10 Best Series – Feb 2016

Hello readers…this is my rendition of this wonderful city. My name is Akanksha Kamat a student from Garden City College and this is something I would like to share with all fun loving Bangalorean!! This city is unlike any other be it the people, food and even its places. It’s a blend of pure awesomeness which just brings this city to life any time and every time.

The city is known as the “Garden City of India”. Bangalore is one of the most important tourist centers of the Karnataka state. Cosmopolitan crowd, which makes the city cooler than the weather and no other metro city has a magical weather like Bangalore, there is always some-thing for everyone here. Bangalore is a brand the world identifies India with. It is also the single biggest reason why India has become such a hot investment destination. A write up of the 10 best places to visit in Bangalore for the likes of everyone.
For the young at heart by the young at heart.
Bangalore absorbs people into it. Some vouch for its weather, some love the greenery around and others need no reason to love the city.

10. The Oxford Bookstore – 1 MG Mall:
What’s interesting about a book store? If you interrogate a geek with glasses about it, you’re bound to get a blow in the gut. Ask a social bird and the reply you’d get is Oxford Bookstore. A beautifully designed concept, that not only caters to one’s grey matter but also satiates your hunger pangs with mouth watering delicacies served at the café, aptly sits inside the bookstore. So if you want to catch up with some grub and wisdom The Oxford Bookstore in 1MG Mall is totally the place for you!
What Readers Say?….
• Be part of the story
• Book lovers alike
• Lively interactive sessions in a book store
• “food for thought” at Cha Bar
• Books on a range of topics, and collection of music as well.
• Books, books and more…. Wait; it’s just not only books, there is a lot more.
• I loved this place. It is the perfect place to read and hangout.

9. Belgium Waffles – Phoenix –Whitefield:
Taste of Belgium
Sniff the aroma of freshly pressed waffles with a topping of a whole scoop of ice cream or whipped cream accompanied with a fruity flavour of your choice. Ain’t that heavenly? Well this one comes as a blessing for all those having a craving sweet tooth. The most amazing waffles that would fill your bellies as well as the price in your pockets are what Belgium Waffles has to offer you! If you ever find yourself in Whitefield, walk into phoenix and treat yourself with Go bananas and blush (P.S. They’d really make you go bananas).
Happy Customers….
• BelgYum! Super delicious desserts and interesting options in terms of toppings. My most favourite combo is waffle with Nutella topped with ice cream and Belgian chocolate sauce.
• Chocolate lovers delight!!!
• There is no doubt about the fact that you will fall in love with the super light and crisp waffles at Belgyum.
• I ordered a banana and caramel sauce waffle, topped with a scoop full of vanilla ice cream. It was delicious.
• Service was simply awesome, no complaints…!! Recommended especially for Sweets tooth’s!!!
• Chocolate lovers delight!!
• Waffle time!!

8. Feast – Sheraton Grand Hotel – Malleshwaram:
FOODIES’ ALERT: Bread and baguette, Omelette and bacon, salmon and sausages, doughnuts and¬¬¬¬— Enough with the menu! For a foodie who considers binging upon a brunch, oops! Scratch that. For a foodie who considers binging upon a 5-star brunch, Feast in Sheraton Grand Hotel is an impeccable choice. Be it Indian, European, Korean or Japanese, the buffet, spread in favour of every cuisine is a gorgeous mix of ingredients. With a typical British hue that the ambience displays, Feast, owing to its name is priced at 650 bucks per head for a never ending brunch. Truly a shrine, where gluttony isn’t considered a sin!

Feast….
• Amazing experience, I would surely like to go again and recommend people for to try (surely when there is an office party), although it might be a bit heavy on people’s pocket (but worth once trying).
• Whole experience turned out to be super great…A must visit place….
• (Picture comments) And the food was perfect…
• I have been here on multiple occasions for Breakfast and have had lunch here and have consistently had a great experience.

7. New Tibetan Mall – Brigade:
Trends set fashion and fashion never grows old. For all the non brand conscious fashionistas, good news awaits you in brigade! Imagine losing yourself in a building brimming with, the trendiest apparels and accessories all for less than half the price that we usually spend in any mall. Well, you can stop imagining because New Tibetan Mall tenders to everyone’s tingling fashion sense in a 3 storey building. The usual hustle bustle instigates the general crowd to renew their wardrobes at a rate that won’t hurt one’s financial statement.
DISCLAIMER: We are not responsible for creating shopaholics!
At the Mall…
• Tibet Plaza is the perfect place to shop for funky and trendy clothes.
• Shopping Bonanza!!!!The market is quite reasonable which houses almost everything a girl can wish for.
• So, girls it is a No.1 go to place for your next splurge.
• “good budget place” ……. “For clothes shopping”

6. The Chocolate Room – Brigade:
If names can be alluring, then this one comes by no surprise! The Chocolate Room in Brigade is a perfect bakery that can entice you right from the time that you push open the door of the patisserie with its breath-taking savouries and aromatic tit bits. Be it a hangout place for teenagers or a tete-a-tete, the bakery moulds its ambience to be just perfect for any occasion. A must try on a visit to the Chocolate room is the whopper burger that can make you drool over it!
Chocolate Pudding….
• For all the chocolate lovers out there this place is a must! Easily affordable! Cakes here are really yummy!
• Will definitely opt this place for satisfying my chocolate cravings and will also recommend everyone to give it a try.
• Chocolate Avalanche and sizzling brownie with ice cream are must try here!!
• Food – 4.7/5
• Service – 4/5
• Ambience – 4.3/5

5. Madiwala Lake / BTM Lake:
For all those who have an atlas on their mind and a venturesome spirit, boating is what the picturesque Madiwala Lake proffers. Motor, pedal and rowboats are the varieties that fulfil one’s urge of becoming one with the nature. The lake is also a surreal mix of fact and fantasy that connects your conscience to the nature. The location is also a sight of migratory birds that adorn the lake’s beauty. The lakeside also extends a picnic spot to trekkers and the perfect shot for a photographer. An advice to offer: Be sure to have enough memory on your phone for the selfie session!
By the lake…
• A nice peaceful evening walk along the lake is really worth it.
• Garden is pretty well maintained and continuous development ensures it to be getting better all the time.
• You can enjoy a pleasant and relaxing walk there … :-)
• City lights shimmering in the dark night looked mesmerizing.

4. Stoners – Indiranagar:
Many get misled by the brand name of this international style desert parlour but one wouldn’t mind getting high on the funky menu that it has to present before your taste buds. Located in the hub of Indiranagar, Stoners is popularly known for its deserts; especially the ice cream which is thawed with a mixture of toppings with a stone, hence the name. Lookout for the chocolate brownie ice cream in particular, it can really mess you off. So, hey! Don’t you want to be a stoner? (P.S. you know what I mean right?)
I scream for ice cream!!!
• Small but very well managed place. Visited this place on a Sunday for Dinner, the plan was to have lots of Desserts;)
• Tried three different varieties of veg pizzas too. Very unique taste. Surely a must visit place!
• Had the crunchy ferrero rocher ice cream, has a crushed ferrero rocher with chocolate and chocolate sauce. It tasted really good.
• More than just ice creams!!

3. National Paintball League – Indiranagar:
If there’s something bizarre as a plan of action on your wish list, the National Paintball league can fulfil your quirky thirst for adventure. A perfect combination of throwing up your frustration in a creative manner calls for a paintball match! No weekend getaway could get better in a hangout with some old buddies and a friendly fight of colours. For all the “dramatically” worried folks, good news is that the National Paintball League utilizes organic water soluble dyes as the pellet load in the gun. So waddle around and paint the town red!
Paintball any one…
• NPL organizes more than 10 tournaments through the year with teams competing from various cities. Each tournament has a point based system and the top team in the country is declared the NPL Champion. NPL also organizes Corporate, College and School Paintball leagues as feeder Leagues which feed into the main league – NPL.
• Shoot at site!!!
• Paint the town red, yellow and green…

2. IAmGame – Koramangala:
Up for some sport in Bangalore? Giving due respect to your addiction, the Prime spot for avid gamers to express their integrity towards the screen speaks in short about IAmGame located in the suburbs of Koramangala. The groovy atmosphere that the gaming machines exhibit and the constant battle of the consoles intensifies the environment. If you ever hang around this gaming parlor do not forget to battle on with laser tag and FIFA. So, are you game?
Game time….
• Very good arena, friendly staff. It was a very nice experience with friends… In the meantime, while waiting, one can also play other games which are available.
• “Awesome experience”
• Game time every time!!!

1. Stone – Koramangala:
Highlights, hairstyles, spas! What more could one ask for when it comes to beautifying yourself, especially with professional stylists at your disposal. With amazing discounts made available in the morning hours, stone exhibits wonderful hospitality with even better service. Whether it’s a trim or a full blown makeover, Stone is the apt choice to make that would even fit in your pockets pretty comfortably.
Beautiful minds….
• Best place to pamper yourself and can all relax.
• Spa is really good and it always relaxes me.
• It is so relaxing and feels super good.
• Had a great time.
• Relax and calm your mind…

Bangalore is a paradise. Undoubtedly the absolute best thing about it is the weather and its people with the sights and sounds of a very big country packaged into one small little city, that is what Bangalore offers to people from different likes and minds. This is just a start, first of its kind. Much more of the 10 best series to come and a lot more fun places and things yet not known, that you wouldn’t be aware of which might just evoke that explorer in you, maybe even in your own city.

Well you have to wait and see…… 10 best series people!!

Presented by
Ms. Akanksha Kamat
Student of Garden City College of Science & Management Studies

The Food Fight Against Cancer

The Department of Hotel Management, Garden City College organized a Stone Age cooking competition for staff and students on World Cancer Awareness Day, directed at enlightening the women on preparing a healthy dish by using anti-cancer ingredients.

 

The goal of the competition was to create awareness among women on healthy selection of food for their family members and to understand the kind of food which may lead to/precipitate cancer, and also understand the food which help in combating cancer. The participants were a team of maximum two, prepared a drink, main course and dessert by using the ingredients available in “Ingredients Pool” or from their own list of ingredients. The medium of cooking was fireless, and all the dishes were completely vegetarian. The time span to prepare all the three courses was 45 minutes. This time included preparation and presentation of the dish present them with innovative menu card. A panel of two judges, Chef Clive Fernandes, Oakwood Suites and Dr. Thomson Thomas from GCC evaluated the competition based on the set of rules & regulations.  The scores given by the judges were aggregated to identify the winners and runners-up of the competition. The judges rated the dishes based on hygiene, presentation, taste, usage of anti-cancer ingredients, traditional method followed and the ability to communicate the speciality of the dish. The winners were awarded with special prizes.

Speaking about the event, Dr. D.P.Sudhagar, Head of the Department of Hotel Management mentioned that, “ Food plays a vital role in determing the general health and well-being of the mankind. As there is popular philosophy saying Good Food is Good Medicine.The food we intake has a tendency to attract and develop certain types of cancer. The junk food which possess high energy and fat leads to obesity and the obesity, in-turn, results in risk of developing cancer.  A person who enjoys a balanced meal which is prepared nutritionally will confer the advantage of bringing down the chance of  cancer attack. This balanced meal can be ensured only by the home makers who are decision-makers for the selection, purchase and cooking of the food at the home. Hence, a competition themed The Food Fight Against Cancer was conducted to create an awareness about dangerous food vs healthy food.”

 

The participants of the competition indicated that this was a shock to know about the dangerous food which they followed in the meal choice  at home and it was an eye-opener for them to know about the healthy way of preparing the food to lead a healthy life and to avoid the risk of cancer. They also requested to conduct many such competition in future, which are beneficial to them and to their family members.

Dept. of Hotel Management conducted a training programme for the street food vendors on Food Safety and Hygiene.

Every year, several thousand people die and many are hospitalized due to the food borne diseases and illness occurring as a result of consumption of contaminated food. The food borne illness is prone not only for the adults but also for the kids. The consequence of the food borne illness in the kids is considered as very severe and life threatening. The root cause for the food contamination ranges from food prepared in unhygienic environment, lack of knowledge and training on food safety for the food handlers. General unsafe practices in the food business include usage of unclean water, inadequate storage space, lack of cleaning activities, usage of expired raw materials, improper storage temperature, mixing of cleaning chemicals with food, unhygienic serving methods. The training for food handlers has shown an improvement in food safety knowledge and hygiene awareness and resulted in improved food safety practices.
Garden City College of Science and Management Studies (GCCSMS), while educating the hotel management students on food safety has recognized the importance of providing this vital education to the street food vendors located in the community as part of its ISR responsibility. The Department of Hotel Management at Garden City College organized a training session on Food Safety and Hygiene for street food vendors located in the vicinity of the college on 19th December 2015.
The training programme took place in GCC campus. The participants of the training programme included vendors who are involved in the street food business. The business of the vendors ranged from running a bakery shop, Chinese fast food, a chaat shop and mobile trolley meal supply. The training programme started with an opening speech by the Principal of Garden City College of Science and Management Studies, Dr. Siddaramaiah Pujar. He mentioned that “Street food is the most preferred food for the people of any country and it is growing steadily with wider choices in the market. To sustain in the market, the street food vendors must ensure Safe & Hygienic food. GCC would continue to take several efforts which will uplift the society by imparting knowledge not only for the students in the college but also for the community as a whole which emphasizes on life skills.”
The training programme developed by the faculty of the Department of Hotel Management, witnessed active participation from the street food vendors. The panel consisted of Prof. Sheeba Samuel, Prof. Smritee Raghubalan, Prof. Shreedhar R and Prof. Andrew Thoppil. This panel was lead by Dr. Sudhagar D P, the Head of the Department. The methodology followed for the training included videos, demonstration and role-play. This methodology was designed in such a way that even the vendors who did not hold any elementary schooling could actively participate in the training. The training components included Grooming & Personal Hygiene, Vegetables, Meat, Products and Equipment Handling/ Cooking/ Serving procedure, cost effective food safety techniques and also how to increase more customers and gain more profit. The training was taken in local Kannada and Hindi language for the participants to understand the training effectively. The participants of the training programme indicated that the training programme was “an eye-opener for them to correct the inappropriate methods followed in their business and also to improve the business to the next level by ensuring safe food for every consumer” They also requested to conduct many such training programme, which are practical and beneficial to them.

Department of Hotel Management conducts Road Safety for the Student & Faculty in the Campus.

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways had announced the Road Safety Week from 11th January 2016 throughout the country to create awareness among general public to improve the safety on road and to give an opportunity to all stakeholders to contribute to the cause of road safety. On this account, the Department of Hotel Management had conducted “Road Safety” activity as part of the ‘Learn, Think & Do Different’ approach. The activity was held on 18th January 2016 from 3:30- 4:30 pm at GCC- auditorium. The topic of the activity was “Road Safety Awareness”. The activity comprised of display of videos on road accidents, short skit on selected road safety themes which included topics like consequence of Drunk & Drive, Mobile Phone usage while driving, over speeding, pedestrian crossing, traffic signal & violation and helmet, followed by Road Safety Pledge by the faculty members & students. Also, there was a box kept in the time office for Road Safety Slogan contest. Students & faculty members had written a slogan and dropped in the box. The best slogan was suitably recognized. The programme was well designed to ensure importance of Road safety was cultivated in everyone at GCC family.

Department of Hotel Management conducts Training programme for Mothers, Home Makers and Cooks at Home on Home Hygiene.

Good home hygiene is all about following hygienic procedures and practices at critical points, at right times, to cut the chain of contamination i.e. to eliminate germs before they can spread further. Home hygiene aims to prevent or minimize the disease spreading at home.
Hygiene in home and daily life setting plays an important role in preventing spread of infectious diseases. The main hygienic activities at home includes following proper hand washing, food and water hygiene, general home hygiene, cooking and storage hygiene. Due to the lack of awareness and knowledge pertaining to hygienic practices at home, the family members are prone to infectious diseases. This occurs due to improper and unsafe practices followed by mothers which lead to severe ill- health.
The unsafe practices at home includes using unclean water, improper storage conditions, lack of cleaning of home, mixing of chemicals with foodstuffs etc. The risk of unhygienic practices is high for the kids and senior citizens at home. To overcome the above issue, training on home hygiene would play an important role in bridging the knowledge and skill gap of the mothers about hygiene.
Training the mothers has shown to improve safety knowledge and hygiene awareness and may result in improved safe practices at home. The ‘hygienic cleaning’ procedures can eliminate pathogens from critical surfaces. This training on ‘Home Hygiene of Mothers’ is based on identifying the routes of spreading of pathogens at home, and how to apply hygiene procedures, practices at critical points and at right times to break the chain of infection. “GCC, while educating the Hotel Management students on hygiene has recognized the importance of providing vital education to the mothers as part of the ISR responsibility. To implement this noble cause, mothers located in the GCC vicinity were called for a session on Home Hygiene training for Mothers to enlighten their knowledge on hygienic practices.”

The Department of Hotel Management at Garden City College organized a training session on Home Hygiene for Mothers & Home Makers located in the vicinity of the college on 16th January 2016, Saturday from 11:00- 12:30 am.
The training programme took place in GCC campus. The participants of the training programme included mothers, home makers and cooks. The training programme started with an opening speech by the Principal of Garden City College of Science and Management Studies, Dr. Siddaramaiah Pujar. He mentioned that “Home Hygiene is vital for today’s modern life. This is mainly due to increasing health disorders originally arising from home. A good home determines not only a good family but also healthy and happy family. For the mothers to stay healthy and to keep her family healthy, good home hygiene practice is an essential part of the daily life. GCC would continue to take several efforts which will uplift the society by imparting knowledge not only for the students in the college but also for the community as a whole which emphasizes on life skills.”
The training programme developed by the faculty of the Department of Hotel Management, witnessed active participation from the mothers & home makers. The panel consisted of Prof. Sheeba Samuel, Prof. Smritee Raghubalan, Prof. Shreedhar R and Prof. Andrew Thoppil and Ms. Sheeba student of BHM. This panel was lead by Dr. Sudhagar D P, the Head of the Department. The methodology followed for the training included videos, demonstration and role-play. This methodology was designed in such a way that even the mothers who did not hold any elementary schooling could actively participate in the training. The training components included Personal Hygiene, Vegetables, Meat, Products and Equipment Handling/ Cooking procedure, Storage procedure of food, chemicals and cleaning equipments, cleaning activity required for home and cost effective home hygiene techniques. The training was taken in local Kannada and Tamil language for the participants to understand the training effectively. The participants of the training programme indicated that the training was “an eye-opener for them to correct the inappropriate methods followed in their business and also to improve their home hygiene practice to the next level by ensuring safe and healthy life for their family members”. They also requested to conduct many such training programme, which are practical and beneficial to them.

La Paire Parfaite – A two day “International workshop on Wine & Gueridon Service Skills- Learn & Earn”

Garden City College of Science and Management Studies conducted La Paire Parfaite a two day “International workshop on Wine & Gueridon Service Skills- Learn & Earn” on 28th & 29th of January 2016.
This Workshop is Unique in its Concept of pairing Wine with the Gueridon Food. The two day workshop was targeted to wider participants which includes Hospitality students, Hospitality Professionals, Food and Wine Enthusiasts.
The first day of the workshop provided basic knowledge about the wine. The session covered introduction to the wine, grape cultivation and harvesting, wine production methods, classification and types of wine, famous wine producing countries of the world, wine storage, choosing the right glassware, wine selection and food pairing, service styles of the wine, wine tasting- experience & discovery and wine Entrepreneurship. The participants tasted selection of finest wines from Sula Vineyards. The workshop was designed with perfect blend of knowledge, videos, demonstration and wine experience to provide a right balance of fun and learning.
The second day of the workshop enabled the participants to learn the art of cooking and serving simple food in an exotic way. The workshop enlightened the participants on how to prepare, carve, portion and present the food in front of the guest. As there is famous saying” No one is Born Cook, one learns by doing it”. The interesting demonstrations in the workshop included churning out Caribbean pineapple, cherries jubilee, Crepes Suzette, Garden City Salad, peach flambé, peppered steak, strawberries romanoff, monkey gland steak and banana flambé. “A meal without a wine is incomplete”, the gueridon presentations were perfectly paired with the wines. Coffee is not a beverage!! It’s a moment of pleasure. The participants also witnessed the demonstration on how to make specialty coffee like Irish and café royale.
The art of gueridon service was delivered by Mr. Shreedhar, F&B Service faculty of the Department of Hotel Management. This elegant event was organized by the faculty members and the students of the Hotel Management.
Speaking about the event, Dr. D.P.Sudhagar, Head of the Department of Hotel Management mentioned that “Bangalore is the third largest wine consumer in India. To enable the wine consumer market to enjoy the wine better, it is essential for the wine service personnel to have thorough knowledge and serving skills of the wine. Also, it is vital to understand how the wine pairs with different types of food”. The workshop not only helps the student to enhance the knowledge and skills, but it also provides enlightenment to start wine entrepreneurship after the graduation.
The workshop witnessed active participation from the hospitality students and professionals. The participants of the training programme indicated that the training was “an eye-opener for them to know about the complexity involved in the entire process of wine and it was learnt in the simplest way. The opportunity of learning how the wines pair with food was perfect, just as the name of the event, La paire parfait, in English which means the perfect match (Food & Wine)”. They also requested to conduct many such workshops in the future, which are practical and beneficial to them.