Champagne recommendations for Valentine’s Day

February is here and we all know what that means: ‘tis the season of love! It’s time to pull out all the stops and plan a great date night. Our duty free store has plenty of awesome wines and fine spirits that will make for a truly remarkable celebration but nothing says it better than a bottle of Champagne.

Here’s what we recommend.

Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut

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Add some bubbly fun to your evening with the Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut. Available at an irresistible duty free price of $55, this exquisite Champagne has become one of the world’s most loved drinks because of its affordable rate and fantastic taste. With its perfect balance of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, the Imperial Brut is characterised by a bright fruitiness and elegant maturity. The subtle pear, citrus and brioche notes of this spirit will linger delightfully on your palate long after you’ve savoured it.

Pre-order this Valentine’s Day classic at http://bit.ly/1BnrrTW

Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004

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The Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 is a touch of class that is perfect when you have decided to splurge on Valentine’s dinner. Striking a fine balance between fresh violets and delicate peaches, this Champagne has a sparkling bouquet that tickles the senses. The Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 is available at http://bit.ly/1Cy3rBC for only $171.

Taittinger Brut Prestige Rose

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The Taittinger Brut Prestige Rose is elegant, sharp and extremely fine. It contains aromas of raspberry, candied rose and sweet butter, with a deeper cherry pit quality in the background.  It offers juicy red fruit and tangerine flavours that become toastier and spicier with aeration. It is available at http://bit.ly/1LgTQTO at the attractive price of only $90. This intense cherry pink Champagne is the ideal drink to set the mood for a romantic night.

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc

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Golden yellow in colour, this classic champagne comes alive on your palate with clean and rich notes of brioche. This champagne is produced from a blend of 100% premiers crus Chardonnay grapes from the best of recent vintages. This beauty is available at http://bit.ly/1z2cPN5 for only $85. For a special Valentine’s Day evening this champagne is top in its class and the perfect accompaniment to a candle lit romantic dinner.

Mumm Cordon Rouge

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An evening with your loved one is incomplete without the Mumm Cordon Rouge. Its longing aging ensures a delicious mix of flavours of vanilla, roasted nuts and toast. The lightness of Chardonnay, fruitiness of Pinot Noir and roundness of Pinot Meunier makes for a very well balanced drink. Available at http://bit.ly/1y4ICZm for only $52, this is one of the best Champagnes to celebrate with.

Tequila review: Jose Cuervo 1800 Anejo

CaptureImagine you’re at a party, looking for something more special than the usual Vodkas, Whiskies, Gins, etc., and you experience a shot of the richest and smoothest Tequila you’ve ever had, with a hint of spiciness. Well, don’t be surprised if this turns out to be the famed Jose Cuervo 1800 Anejo, a connoisseur’s Tequila made for those who appreciate the finest Tequila that money can buy.

1800 is a special year in the history of Tequila, as this year marked the first time that Tequila was successfully aged in wood. Containing one of the purest bases, a  100% extract from the blue agave plant native to Jalisco, Mexico, Launched first in 1975 as a premium sipping Tequila, the Tequila is a dark amber in colour with copper highlights and comes in a splendid Inca-esque bottle.

This spirit has a heady fragrance, combining the heady aromas of roasted nuts, dark toffee, toasty coconut, mocha and brown spices. This intense beginning gives way to a full-bodied palate of roasted nutds, chocolate covered dates and figs, perfumed spices and toasty oak notes. The finish comprises spicy, sweet toffee and oak spice. All in all, the taste is very balanced and luxurious.

This spirit has a heady fragrance, combining the heady aromas of roasted nuts, dark toffee, toasty coconut, mocha and brown spices. This intense beginning gives way to a full-bodied palate of roasted nutds, chocolate covered dates and figs, perfumed spices and toasty oak notes. The finish comprises spicy, sweet toffee and oak spice. All in all, the taste is very balanced and luxurious.

Here’s a superb Jose Cuervo 1800 Anejo-based cocktail recipe that will liven up your day. This stunning drink, called the Grand Gold Margarita, will ensure you and your friends have a great time.

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Ingredients

1 bottle Beer
88ml Cointreau
88ml Grand Marnier
177ml Jose Cuervo 1800 Anejo
2 ice cubes
Margarita mix

Directions

Pour the the margarita mix, tequila, cointreau, grand marnier, and beer into a blender. Chill with ice cubes and serve.

Buy this fantastic spirit at http://bit.ly/1KUNtp1 for the fabulously low price of $40. You can also get the Liqueurs needed to make the fantastic Grand Gold Margarita at http://bit.ly/1Cri9Ip and http://bit.ly/1Gi05GM. Cheers!

Travel buddies you can’t do without!

Imagine this: for years, you have been planning that once in a lifetime trip to Norway to witness the supremely magnificent Aurora Borealis. You brave the Arctic wind chills for long hours and you are finally there, all excited to capture the long-anticipated Northern Lights, and just before you are able to get your best shot, your camera battery goes dead. Or imagine going to the US to attend your daughter’s graduation ceremony and instead of feeling fresh and energetic, you feel drained and jetlagged because you couldn’t sleep a wink during the flight.

Travel enthusiasts all around the world swear that it is the ‘little things’ that can go a long way in ruining your trip. These are lack of sleep, drained batteries, stomach bugs,  infections due to unhygienic restrooms, misplaced travel documents and luggage issues, to name a few.

Here are five simple travel hacks from Bengaluru Duty Free to make you a smart traveller.

Sleep set 

Sleep Set

A good peaceful sleep is without question the most important factor that can make or break a day. A good sleep keeps you fresh, energized and active. Only if you are well rested can you feel kicked about bungee jumping in New Zealand or skiing in Alaska or deep sea diving in Malaysia.

Bengaluru Duty Free offers you the complete sleep set – a comfortable neck pillow and a soft and cosy eye mask that will make you fall asleep as comfortably as if you were at home. Feel refreshed once you have reached your destination.

This highly useful accessory can be pre-ordered at http://bit.ly/1vzAs96 for just $14.

Toilet seat cover

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A good restroom session in the morning can make your day pleasant. You can be in Cherrapunji, the wettest place on earth or be somewhere in Egypt literally sweating your pants off, but nothing can disrupt your mood if you have managed to get done with your morning routine conveniently. However, when travelling, it is not always possible to get access to a luxurious, hygienic restroom with your favourite magazines on the side shelf.

So pre-order yourself a simple yet cool travel hack – Travel Blue’s portable toilet seat cover. Containing 10 easily disposable covers in a pocket-size pack, this travel accessory affords ideal hygiene protection.

Pre-order now at http://bit.ly/1vzAs96 for just $2.

Carry safe wallet

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When travelling, international passengers need to carry important travel documents like passports, visas, permits, foreign currency, travel cards, hotel reservation documents, identity proofs, you name it.  Our world is still not the way John Lennon or Jaden Smith imagined it to be, so until somebody invents digitized passports and travel documents, you need to constantly ensure their safety when carrying them around.

The Travel Blue carry safe wallet is compact, with multiple sections to hide away your important documents and an ideal foil for the sharpest thieves you may encounter. Travel safe!

Pre-order now at http://bit.ly/1vzAs96 for just $10.

Worldwide adaptor set

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While travelling, we need gadgets to capture, record and share our experiences, not to mention those we need for our personal comforts. So that you continue going about your routine without any interruption while travelling, you need to keep charging your gadgets. A common mistake travellers often make is assuming that their chargers can be plugged in everywhere.

Fear not, the worldwide adaptor set, with its multiple pin attachments, is your one-stop solution for all your gadget woes.

Pre-order this nifty accessory for just $12 at http://bit.ly/1vzAs96.

Combination strap

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A luggage bag is a reflection of your personality, a travel companion that tells stories of your travels. Many of us are emotionally attached to our carry bags. Despite this, identifying your bag from the tons of bags on the luggage belt can be a major task. Sometimes, the lock system of your bag may also get ripped while travelling. These are common situations many travellers find themselves in. If you don’t want that to happen to your luggage, order a Travel Blue Combination Strap today. It’s a unique solution that helps you to not just identify your bags but also to keep them safe.

Pre-order this handy accessory at http://bit.ly/1vzAs96 for just $6

These and more such useful travel accessories are available at the Bengaluru Duty Free and can be browsed and pre-ordered at http://bit.ly/1vzAs96. As always, their prices are reasonable and the products are durable and long-lasting. Travel hassle-free, travel happy!

Great liquor-based desserts

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Nothing quite adds the punch to a fine meal like a delicious dessert that shocks the taste buds and gives you a heady sensation. Yes, we’re referring to yummy after-meal goodies that contain a ‘healthy’ dose of liquor! Liquor can be effectively used as an ingredient in a variety of desserts, including cakes, biscotti, brownies, fudges, ice creams, mousses, crème brûlées, pies and more. Ready for an amazing mouth-watering experience? Try these simple but addictive desserts today and have your friends and loved ones begging for more in no time!

Rum cake

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Traditionally, this delicacy is made by soaking dry fruit in Rum for months and then mixing them in dough containing caramelized sugar. But worry not, here’s a fool-proof recipe for making Rum cake on the go.

Ingredients

For the cake:

1 cup chopped walnuts
1 pack of yellow cake mix
½ cup dark Rum
4 eggs
½ cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
1 pack of instant vanilla pudding mix

For the glaze:

½ cup butter
1/8th cup water
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup Rum

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 165 degrees Celsius, then grease and flour a cake pan. Sprinkle the walnuts over the bottom of the pan.
  2. Mix the cake mix, Rum, eggs, water, oil and vanilla pudding mix. Pour the batter into the pan.
  3. Bake for an hour. Cool and invert the cake on a serving plate. Prick the top of the cake to check its consistency.
  4. For the glaze, melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the water and sugar and stir constantly for 5 minutes as the mixture continues to boil. Now take off the pan from the stove, add the Rum and stir. Pour this mixture evenly over the top of the cake and spread and smoothen it across the top and sides.

And voilà, you have lip-smacking Rum cake, ready to serve hot!

Get superb dark Rums that can truly make this dessert fantastic, at Bengaluru Duty Free. Pre-order the Bacardi Black for just $21 at http://bit.ly/1yuOosd and the Captain Morgan Black Label for just $17 at http://bit.ly/1wh6fx9.

Irish Cream ice cream

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Who doesn’t love ice cream? There are few things in this world as pleasant and soothing as a cup of fresh and delicious vanilla ice cream. But wait, it can get better. All you need to heighten the already sublime experience of eating ice cream is to add some rich Bailey’s Irish Cream and you’re set for a truly magical experience. Try it out to see what we mean.

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
3/4th cup granulated sugar
2 shots Bailey’s Irish Cream

Method

  1. Freeze the ingredients in their suggested quantities for 20 – 25 minutes.
  2. Once everything is chilled adequately, mix it all together in a medium bowl and whisk/beat until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Now keep this mixture back in the freezer and chill well for an hour.

Ready to serve? Prepare for an ice cream experience like no other.

Drunken brownies

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Brownies are one of the most popular dessert choices, perfect for an afternoon bite with your tea or coffee or even post dinner to mellow out a rich spice-filled meal. So what better way to unwind than with a rich brownie that overflows not only with the essence of chocolate but also that of Vodka? Yes, you heard right: the potent combination of chocolate and Vodka makes for a tantalizing dessert dish that completely revitalizes your palate. Wish to experience this sinful delight? Follow this simple recipe!

Ingredients

½ cup dark chocolate
½ cup butter (extra for greasing the pan)
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup Vodka
2 large eggs
1 cup flour

Method

  1. Melt butter and chocolate. Whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Add sugar and whisk again.
  3. Add Vodka and allow the mixture to cool.
  4. Add the eggs to the cooled mixture and whisk.
  5. Add the flour in two batches and mix again each time to ensure the batter is uniformly smooth.
  6. Transfer this batter to a greased pan and bake at 180 degree Celsius for about 25 minutes. Prick the top of the baked brownie to ensure that it comes out almost, but not completely, clean. Unlike a cake, the centre should be a bit moist and gooey.
  7. Cool for about 15 minutes, then cut into rectangles and serve.

You’re now ready for the ultimate tea party!

Try these great desserts today and wow yourself and your friends and loved ones. Bon appetit!

Confessions of a chocoholic

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Everyone knows Tom Hanks’ famous observation from Forrest Gump: ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get’. Few things in this world can transport you to a place of sheer happiness as the sensation of delicious chocolate melting in your mouth. Chocolate is perfect for a hot day, a cold day, a rainy day, a boring day and any other day in between! People across all ages, genders, sexes, nationalities, ethnicities and other distinctions are united by their love for chocolate.

Being a chocoholic and an international traveller is an amazing combination. It means binging on chocolates of all flavours and textures from around the world. Around three months ago, I was waiting at the Departures lounge of the Kempegowda International Airport and decided to kill time by taking a stroll through the Bengaluru Duty Free store there. And was I in for a treat!

The Bengaluru Duty Free store has over 200 different varieties of chocolates from the most well known brands – under one roof! These scrumptious delicacies include Lindt, Guylian, Goldkenn. What more could a chocoholic like me ask for… I was in chocolate heaven! Since that time, I’ve made sure to visit Bengaluru Duty Free whenever I’m at the airport and try out chocolates I’d never get at retail stores, at ridiculously attractive prices.

Here are a few examples:

Frey

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A well-known ‘made 100% in Switzerland’ chocolate, Frey is a delicate and mouth-watering combination of milk, cocoa and fruit/nut combinations. I am a Swiss chocolate fan and the offers at Bengaluru Duty free are surely tantalizing, to say the least. So if you’re looking for a great Swiss chocolate, visit http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm and prepare yourself for the treat.

Goldkenn

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Experience pure gold in a chocolate with Goldkenn. The Goldkenn Goldbar is one of my favourites and I’m sure, that of many other chocolate connoisseurs as well. It is not called ‘the precious Swiss chocolate’ for nothing! You can pre-order this sweet beauty at fantastic rates online. Simply visit http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm and enjoy adding it to your cart.

Lindt

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Lindt are the true pioneers of Swiss chocolate, having invented the ‘conching’ technique and thus becoming one of the first producers of milk chocolate that instantly melts in the mouth. Whether you try their assorted Napolitains or their Lindor Truffles or their Thins, there’s no doubt that the taste of Lindt will linger on your palate and memory long after you’ve savoured these chocolates. Pre-order them at http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm

Guylian

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This is not just my favourite but the world’s favourite Belgian chocolates. Guylian is famous for making chocolates with a sea motif, such as sea shells, sea horses, conch shells, etc. These decadent beauties not only look like works of art but melt in your mouth in a profusion of flavours. You can pre-order them for mouth-watering prices here: http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm!

Godiva

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Can you imagine life without the sun? Life without Godiva chocolates is as unimaginable as that! Be it dark, white, milk or kosher chocolates, Godiva is the one of the most incredibly delicious chocolates that you can savour. From gourmet truffles to fabulous ballotins to their nuts and caramel confections, Godiva is simply the gold standard in Belgian chocolates. These dainty delights can be pre-ordered at http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm.

So, the next time you are at the Kempegowda International Airport don’t forget to visit the Bengaluru Duty Free Store and indulge in exquisite chocolates to your heart’s content. Trust me, it is worth the visit!

The power of Hello!

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Seasoned travellers would agree that if you try to speak just a few words with locals in their native language, you are sure to get special treatment! So, let’s start with the most basic conversation starter. Here’s how you say “Hello” in 50 different countries. Takes just five minutes to read and memorize and helps you be at ease around the world!

  1. Australia: Gi’day
  2. Albania: Tungjatjeta
  3. Armenia: Barev
  4. Belgium: Hallo
  5. Bosnia: Zdravo
  6. Brazil: Oi
  7. Bulgaria: Sdrawei
  8. Hong Kong: Néih hóu
  9. Cambodia:  Choum reap sor
  10. China: Ni hao
  11. Croatia: Bok
  12. Czech Republic: Ahoj
  13. Denmark: Hej
  14. France: Bonjour
  15. Finland: Hei
  16. Germany: Hallo
  17. Greece: Geia sas
  18. Hawaii: Aloha
  19. India: Namaste
  20. Indonesia: Halo juga
  21. Israel: Shalom
  22. Italy: Ciao
  23. Japan: Kon’nichiwa
  24. Jamaica: Wah gwaan
  25. Korea: Anyoung haseyo
  26. Lebanon: Marhaba
  27. Malaysia: Helo
  28. Mexico: Hola
  29. Nepal: Namaste
  30. New Zealand: Kia ora
  31. Norway: Hei
  32. Oman: Márhaba, ahlan
  33. Philippines: Kumusta
  34. Poland: Hej
  35. Portugal: Olá
  36. Qatar: Shlonik
  37. Russia: Zdravstvuyte
  38. Romania: Alo
  39. Spain: Hola
  40. Sri Lanka: Ayubuwan
  41. Sweden: Hallå
  42. Switzerland: Grertsi
  43. Tanzania: Jambo
  44. Thailand: Sawasdee
  45. Tibet: Tashi delek
  46. Turkey: Merhaba
  47. UAE: Asalam alaikum
  48. Ukraine: Zdrastuyte
  49. Vietnam: Xin chào
  50. Zimbabwe: Kanjan / Kanjani

Though all the words mean “Hello”, the sheer number of variations in the languages and dialects show how different and unexplored our world still is. So go ahead, pack your bags, travel the world and broaden your horizons but do come back home to shop at Bengaluru Duty Free or shop online at your convenience at www.bengalurudutyfree.in

Happy travelling!

 

 

 

Featured gadget of the month: Nikon D7000

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As a photography buff, you look forward to making every photo stand out as a work of art. This depends on both your skill in identifying the best angles, light conditions, elevation, etc., as well as on your mastery of the features of your camera. Today’s DSLR cameras come with a variety of settings that enable you to take stunning pictures in almost any light and weather conditions and change the look, feel and tone of the photo using only the camera’s image editing features. The market today is flooded with many high quality DSLR cameras, making it difficult to choose a clear winner.

In this scenario, Bengaluru Duty Free brings to your attention the Nikon D7000.

A budding photographer’s camera, the D7000 packs the punch of a 16.2 megapixel sensor combined with an Expeed 2 processor, and capable of handling an ISO range of 100 – 25,600, churning out premium quality images under all light conditions at 6 frames per second. Let’s take closer look at this elegant gadget’s standout features.

Image quality

Whether you choose the standard, vivid, neutral or monochrome colour palette option, your photo will have a high colour fidelity. The 16.2 megapixel sensor products prints with dimensions of 16.43 inches by 10.88 inches at 300 dots per inch (dpi); in other words, even with aggressive cropping, picture quality doesn’t get noticeably affected. Another great factor is note is the quality consistency at increasing ISO values. Whether you’re snapping a photo at ISO 100 or 200 or 400 or 800, the increase in graininess is not very apparent. And a great feature of the D7000 is its double SD card slots, so the backup card automatically starts getting used when the primary card gets full. The camera even allows you to store photos in RAW format on one card and JPEG on the other by selecting the ‘RAW primary, JPEG secondary’ option.

Video quality

Whether you’re recording weddings or wildlife, the D7000 proves a handy video recorder. At 24 fps, you can record video in 1920 x 1080p in normal or high quality, at 24 or 30 fps, you can record video at 1280 x 720p, and even 640 x 424p video can be shot at 30 fps. A recommended setting for recorded video would be 120 x 720p at 30 fps, set to high quality. Any wind noise issue that can affect audio quality during recording can be combated by going for an external microphone instead of relying on the built-in one.

Performance

This is a camera that is ready to ‘point and shoot’. Just put on the power button, and the camera automatically focuses and takes the first shot as quickly as your finger presses down on the shutter release. Nikon claims a 0.13 second start-up time and 50 millisecond shutter response for the D7000. Single-shot times are very fast; the camera instantaneously reqcuires focus and is ready to shoot again, as quickly as within 0.45 seconds. Continuous shooting rates at 6 fps allows the camera to take up to 100 pictures once you keep the shutter button depressed. The battery is strong enough to last for up to 1,050 shots.

So, there it is, in a nutshell: the Nikon D7000 is a premium quality camera that fully justifies its price tag. At Bengaluru Duty Free, you can purchase this value-for-money gadget with AF-S 18-105mm VR Kit Lens at the incredibly attractive price of $965 (approx. Rs. 60,988), a neat 6% less than the official retail price of Rs. 64,950. So all you shutterbugs, don’t miss this opportunity to own a fantastic camera that can be your loyal companion in your photographic journey. Visit the Sound & Vision – Arrivals store of Bengaluru Duty Free to purchase the D7000 today. View other offers on electronics gadgets at http://www.bengalurudutyfree.in/Offers.aspx.