Hilton Embassy Golflinks Hotel Review

This hidden pearl in the heart of Bangalore affords quiet, spacious studio-style rooms with kitchenettes for long-stay guests. Facilities include a spa, swimming pool, badminton court and restaurants.

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Fine Fast Food for Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie

FINE FAST FOOD I feature at 00:32 for a snippet and later at 17:18 minutes.  You can watch it here.   Who says fast food can’t be superb? Join us as we visit chefs around the world who are redefining the very concept of fast food. Chef David Chang of Momofuku Ssäm Bar in New…

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Bread for Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie

BREAD: THE FOUNDATION OF A MEAL The part where I feature begins at 8:00 minutes here We talk about malabar paratha, appam, ragi mudde, rotis, dosas and everything flat and fermented. EPISODE 23   Bread: a simple staple at the center of almost any meal, on every table, across the globe. We’ll travel through the…

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Our Native Village for Gourmet magazine

  SHOBA NARAYAN KEY NOTES: OUR NATIVE VILLAGE, INDIA 11.16.07 To bed at the village This 20-room rustic hideaway bills itself as India’s “only 100 percent eco-friendly back-to-basics lifestyle resort.” In plain English, that means solar power, windmills, composting, bio-gas plant (no, it doesn’t smell), organic gardens, and a “zero-waste” policy that recycles everything including water from…

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Shangrila Hotel, Bangalore

With 397 rooms, this hotel in central Bangalore — a favourite for glittering Indian weddings — ably represents the Shangri-La global chain with an outstanding spa; Chinese, Italian, Indian and Japanese restaurants; and a rooftop bar that offers sprawling views of the city. 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

With over 1,200 art works displayed all over, this jewel-like hotel in the heart of Bangalore has arguably the loveliest spa in the city, highly-rated Indian, Chinese and Continental restaurants, a Mercedes-Benz chauffeur pickup, and a wonderful design motif of painstakingly-carved extensive latticework.

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ITC Gardenia, Bangalore

This extremely environmentally friendly hotel adroitly mixes guilt-free luxury with sustainable practices, making it a great choice for eco-conscious travelers through its use of renewable wind energy, eco-friendly fittings, and recycles all water and waste.

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Taj West End, Bangalore

Telegraph Review  Shoba Narayan, travel writer  The Taj West End Bangalore, Karnataka, India View on a map 8 out of10Telegraph expert rating With 150-year old raintrees, gulmohars, and banyans, this leafy 20-acre property successfully drowns out traffic noise and offers a significantly higher oxygen level, both luxuries without a price-tag. Quite simply, this is the most verdant…

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Orange County, Hampi

Telegraph Review  Shoba Narayan, travel writer  Orange County, Hampi Hampi, Karnataka, India View on a map 8 out of10Telegraph expert rating Six hours from Bangalore, this modern-day palace attempts to recreate the grandeur of the Vijayanagara Empire that ruled South India and Sri Lanka in the 14th century. Its pink façade and Indo-Islamic architecture take design cues…

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JW Marriott, Bangalore

With its running trails, tennis courts, birding and photography groups that convene on weekends, Cubbon Park is an oasis amid the bustle of Bangalore, and right across the street from JW Marriott. As well as great access for the town centre, there are the pubs, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries that are nearby on Lavelle Road – a two-minute walk from the hotel.

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