What to Eat this Month!

With the mercury levels rising to new highs every day, we thought you might want a little advice on how to eat your fill, without feeling all bloated and blah. Make way for vibrant salads, fruity desserts and creamy froyos, best eaten al fresco!

Fruit it up!

Gorge on the beautiful fresh seasonal fruits and pump up on your vitamins and fibre! Try out recipes using fresh fruits that will keep you full while also satiating your craving for different flavours!

What you can make:

1. Fruit induced popsicles – A joy for kids and adults!

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2. Fresh fruit salads – Amp these up with exciting combinations!

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3. Tropical fruit frozen tart – Because they taste just as good as they look!

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4. Grilled fruit sandwiches- Relish these delish treats!

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Veggies for the win!

Summers are the best season to relish veggies and leafy greens that make for some sumptuous salads and starters to your meals, as well as super satisfying mains! Vegetables give you the vitamins that your body needs as well as keeps your energy levels high while making you feel full but light!

What you can make:

1. Salads of your choice – drizzle over your favourite dressings to make them taste even yummier!

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2. One-Pot dinners – Whip up finger- licking stews, soups and one- pot meals with the vegetables of your choice!

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3. Roast Dinners – These never go out of fashion, and summers are a good time to give your dinners a light roast!

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Dare to Diary!

People wonder whether it’s a good time to be lavish with diary products, but some of the things you must absolutely have during these scorching months are diary products! You’ll keep your calcium levels high and feel light and cool!

What you can make:

1. Bakes veggies and cheese – Your kids would not mind veggies when they come with a delicious dribble of cheese all over them!

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2. Cottage cheese salads or sandwiches – A two minute delicious snack for those small pangs of hunger!

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3. Frozen yogurt pops – Make a yogurt version of ice cream with fruit infusions of your choice! Or you could even melt your favourite brand of chocolate (we bet you can find it in the ‘chocolates’ section on our website!) and blend it in for some extra indulgence! YUM!

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So now that you’re all caught up, get going and attack your kitchen to get your plate full with some of these yummilicious delights.

For those of you who missed out last blog post – we did an article on some fabulous summer drinks to make that can help you beat the heat. If you’re traveling, don’t forget to visit Bengaluru Duty Free – we have a wide range of liquor at some great discounts that could help whip up some signature summer cocktails! Or you could even pre-order through our website!

Happy Summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What You should Drink This Month!

One of the most important things one must do during these scorching summer months is to keep oneself amply hydrated. Although water is an absolute must, a little variety for the tastebuds doesn’t hurt does it?

Whip up some fabulous drinks for yourself and your family this summer, so you can feel fresh, light and hydrated throughout!

Infuse, refresh, repeat!

Infusing the water that you drink on a regular basis can not only give your taste buds  pleasant surprise, but also amp up your nutrient intake. Infusing and chilling your water before you drink it, can make summers a lot more bearable (and tasty!).

What you can make:

Fruit infused water– Infuse water with your choice of fruits.

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Cucumber infused water- This combination is an instant relaxation potion!

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● Lemon and mint infused water- The tangy taste of lemon coupled with the fragrance of mint will lift your spirits in a jiffy!

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Rose petals infused water- Relish this fragrant and healthy combination!

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Smoothies and juices are back!

Fruits and vegetables can sometimes be a no-no when it comes to children (and even some adults)! But a foolproof way to make sure your family gets the required dose of vitamins and other nutrients, is to make a super tasty, irresistible smoothie!

What you can make:

Fruit smoothie with herbs- Make a whole fruit smoothie with your choice of fruit and add a dash of cilantro or mint to give it that kick! 5

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Fruit combo smoothie- Experiment with different fruits!

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Veggie and fruit smoothie– tuck in a little carrot or beetroot in your fruit smoothie for a healthy and tasty drink!

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Mocktails- experiment with different juices and some soda (if you like ‘em fizzy).

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Shake it up!

Shakes have always been a summer staple and for a good reason! Keep up the tradition and blend in some milk with goodies to make super yummy shakes in no time.

What you can make:

Iced cold coffee – This really requires no introduction. This. Is. A. Must.

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Chocolate shake – Because you do need a slice of heaven now and again.

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Cocktails all the way!

Do you really need an excuse for grabbing another cocktail? We’ll give you one anyway- its summer! Go ahead and calm your senses down with delish cocktails you can make yourself!

What you can make:

Margarita – enjoy the summer the classic way! Visit our ‘Tequilas’ section on our website for some of the world’s best tequilas to add to your Margarita!

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Sangria – a fruity punch to pack some more flavour to your drink. You can find some of your favourite red wines on our website to add to this summer cocktail!

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Mojito – the familiar favourite works wonders on a sizzling hot day! Check out some of the best international brand of rums here!

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Still reading? Go and get started on a super cool drink to ward off the heat! And in case you’d simply rather just go for one of your favourite original poisons instead – you can always visit the the ‘Spirits and Wines‘ section on www.bengalurudutyfree.in  – we’ve got some great offers going strong!

Wineries of Asia

Think Wine, think France, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Chile or the USA. We’re here to tell you that you can also look closer to home and find first class Wine, waiting to be tasted!
Asian Wine is very popular among Wine lovers for their variety in taste and method of fermentation. The most notable producers of Wine, in Asia are India, China, Japan and Thailand. Let’s take you on a tour to the finest wineries from these countries that are definitely worth a visit.

 

India

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    Sula Vineyards is India’s most popular winery. Founded in 1999, Sula Vineyards has now developed into a world class winery with a market share of over 70% in India. The winery is open to visitors, who can enjoy a tour, tastings, courses, and fun events including the immensely popular Sulafest that’s held in early February each year. Soliel by La Plage, Goa’s iconic French restaurant, is an added attraction. If you want to extend your stay at Sula, you can rent a room at the cottage called Beyond, to let the scenic beauty of the place calm your senses.

  • Chateau d’Ori
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    Chateau d’Ori had its first harvest in February 2007 and is the second largest winery in the Nashik region after Sula, with 400 acres of vineyards. The winery produces some top quality red Wines and has won a number of awards for them. The state of the art technology employed for the production of the Wines of Chateau d’Ori put it apart from some of the other, lesser known wineries of India.

China

  • Grace Vineyard
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    Grace Vineyard, based in Taiyuan, is one of the largest and best producers of Wine from northwestern China. Named ‘best winery’ 2012 by the Chinese edition of oenophile bible La Revue du Vin de France, the family-owned vineyard in Taigu has only been operational for 15 years. The Wines from the vineyard have won numerous accolades nationally and are expected to carve themselves a niche in the international Wine market soon.

  • Changyu Winery
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    The modern Wine industry in China owes its advent to the Changyu Winery, which was founded in 1892 and has since been awarded numerous awards, among which is the prestigious Grand Prize at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 — for a Brandy, a red Wine and a Vermouth. The winery with its age old Wines and other fermented drinks, has upgraded to more advanced techniques of fermentation and continues to be a haunt for the Wine lovers of China and the rest of the world.

Japan

  • Masuichi-Ichimura Sake Brewery
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    The Masuichi-Ichimura Sake Brewery was founded in 1755. This brewery has been instrumental in reviving traditional craft skills, preserving ancient buildings and forming beautification committees in Obuse. Visit the brewery to learn about the numerous methods of brewing Sake. You can also treat yourself to a tasting tour while you are there!
  • Yamanashi Meijo Brewery
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    The Yamanashi Meijo Brewery is located at the foot of the Japanese Alps, an area that is well known for the sweetness and freshness of its water. The brewery uses slow fermentation techniques, at a low temperature which give their Sakes their subtleness and freshness of spring water. Another reason to visit the brewery is the stunning scenic beauty surrounding its compounds. Head on for a trip to remember.

 

Thailand

  • Chateau de Loei Winery
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    The Chateau de Loei winery was founded in 1995 and is situated at the northern part of Bangkok. Chateau de Loei is one of the first entrepreneurs in the region that has succeeded in building its own brand based on solid, internationally-accepted quality.The winery provides a complete experience to its visitors, which includes Wine tasting, sampling grapes and fresh vegetables from its orchard and farm. Additional facilities include a restaurant, accommodations and a touring route in the vineyard that is open to the public! Take some time out to go visit this beautiful winery on your next trip to busy Bangkok.

  • Khao Yai Winery
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    Khao Yai Winery
    sits atop a hill, surrounded by picturesque valleys, which provides it the perfect climate for harvesting Wine quality grapes. The winery is very visitor friendly and visitors are taken on a guided tour of the vineyard and winery before getting a taste of the sweet and fruity vino. For those willing to stay overnight, the winery provides accommodation and has a restaurant that serves Thai and western cuisines. The best time to visit is around March, when the place is dry and cool.

 

Don’t forget to schedule some time to see these wineries for a memorable time on your next trip around the continent. Until then, take a look at our delectable selection of wines here and sate your cravings:)

Journey of Chocolate

That smooth finesse, the miraculous taste of delight, the perfect mood lifter… you could go on and on and never be able to praise chocolate enough.

But worshipers of chocolate, did you know the long journey that chocolate has to go through to finally make that blissful bite of divine deliciousness?

Once you’ve read this, you will appreciate chocolate a tad bit more.

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The journey starts with Harvesting.
Although the technique of harvesting cocoa pods in today’s time are all fairly technical, all of the magic of chocolate isn’t lost. The pods are carefully picked, making sure that the rest of the tree isn’t disturbed. They are then slit after which the beans and the pulp are both fermented.

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Once harvested, the beans are cleaned and Roasted.
The chocolatier roasts the beans, and they are crushed to retrieve the ‘nib’. These nibs are then processed, to bring them down to the two main components of the cocoa mass, the cocoa solid, or cocoa powder, and cocoa butter.

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The cocoa mass is then combined with sugar and milk and Conched.
Varied amounts of milk and sugar are combined with the chocolate liquor to give it its luscious depth. The mixture is then cooled down and conched. Conching is a process where chocolate liquor, milk and sugar are mixed in a large tank, to give the chocolate its smoothness.
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Once the chocolate is conched, it needs to be Tempered.
The tempering process usually involves controlled speeds of mixing the chocolate, so that it is thoroughly aired, consistent throughout and will dry hard and then cooling the chocolate under monitored temperatures.

So you know now that the bar of chocolate you so dearly hold, has a lot of work put into it. Worth the end result, don’t you think?

Check out our range of delish chocolates here to sate all your chocolate cravings!

Get ready to Fly Free with Us!

Planning exotic vacations, adventurous getaways or sophisticated escapades from the humdrum of life, is something we all indulge in. Sometimes, though, we don’t go through with our plans because travelling can burn real large holes in the pocket.
But worry no more, because Bengaluru Duty Free is bringing you a chance to realise your dreams and get a chance to Fly Free with Us!
Yes, that’s right!

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If your next destination is off shores, via Bengaluru, all you need to do is visit our store, at Terminal 2 at the Kempegowda International Airport, and make a purchase from the John Dewars & Sons Whisky Emporium, we’ve set up:)

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Once you make a purchase, you will have to fill up a ticket with your details and enter the lucky draw contest. *You could also begin keeping your fingers crossed.*
We will reimburse travel and lodging costs up to 1.25 lacs for our winner! Isn’t that something?

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But hurry, because we’re taking in entries only till April 30, 2016! The draw will be conducted after May 15, 2016 and our two lucky winners will be announced! *secretly hoping it is you, aren’t you?*

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So what are you waiting for? Shouldn’t let go of a win-win situation like this, like, ever. You get to get your hands on a beauty of a bottle, with a pick from the John Dewars & Sons Whisky Emporium aaaand maybe even win a trip, free of cost!

 

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So, plan an international trip through Bengaluru and drop by to our store real soon. Let’s see if Lady Luck is on your side!:)
Oh, also, doesn’t the store look absolutely gorgeous? Yeah, we love it too😀

That’s not all, we have a plethora of other amazing products you can bag once you are here. Or, you could even pre-order, and pick up your purchase once you are here. Take a look at our collection with a click at www.bengalurudutyfree.in

Best Chocolate Museums around the World

A good museum continues to thrill you even after you can’t officially be called a child. The same holds true for chocolate as well! So, lovers of chocolate and museums, unite! We’re bringing you the list you’ve never seen before but always needed – the world’s most stunning chocolate museums! Grab a bar and get nibbling… er… reading.

 

1. Cadbury World, Birmingham, England


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Cadbury World, South of Birmingham, tells the story of the Cadbury family and their chocolate business, from the first Easter egg to the construction of the Bournville garden village for factory workers – with free samples along the way.

Grab some Cadbury goodies, here.

  1. Maison Cailler, Broc, Switzerland

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With the highest per capita consumption of chocolate in the world, it’s no surprise that Switzerland is on our list. There are heaps of chocolate factories open to visitors, including Maison Cailler in Broc, Gruyère, where you can discover how the good stuff is made. They even offer courses for budding chocolatiers.

Indulge in fine Swiss favourites, here.

3. Choco-Story, Bruges, Belgium

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No visit to Bruges is complete without sampling a praline – or three – of finest Belgian chocolate. This museum caters to visitors in need of a bit of culture to accompany their daily fix of something chocolatey. It details the history of chocolate without overlooking the importance of tasting. It occupies a historic building on the corner of Sint-Jansplein.

Belgian goodies that will make you beg for more

  1. Museo del Chocolate, Havana, Cuba
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Really a cafe with displays related to chocolate making and consumption, this ‘museum’ serves cups of delicious, thick, pure chocolate. Lining up in temperatures of 35 degrees celsius to drink cups of hot chocolate in an air-conditioned interior may seem odd, but it’s worth it.

5. Cologne Chocolate Museum, Germany

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Cologne is home to the largest chocolate museum in the world, which sits in a enviable position on the Rhine’s left bank, near the city’s famous cathedral. Access to the museum is via a revolving bridge. A tour of this museum will take you through 3,000 years of chocolate history.

6. Hershey’s Chocolate World, Pennsylvania, USA

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You can’t escape Hershey’s chocolate in the USA and this giant attraction is sure to sate the appetite of the company’s biggest fans – particularly children. Tour the factory and meet the Hershey’s ‘characters’ on a day out to this entertaining Pennsylvania landmark.

7. Museu de la Xocolata, Barcelona, Spain

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If you like chocolate, Barcelona is the place for you. You can drink xocolata desfeta, chocolate thick enough to stand a spoon up in (great for dipping xurros into), see fantastic festive creations and eat unusual dishes such as chocolate with rabbit or squid. To find out how Barcelona’s love affair with chocolate began, visit the Museu de la Xocolata – which has some fantastically elaborate chocolate models on display.

8. Choco-Story Chocolate Museum, Prague, Czech Republic

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This pretty Czech museum explores Europe’s love of chocolate and explains the history of the cultivation of the cocoa bean and how the chocolate making process made its way to Europe. Of course, there are lots of delicious samples available as well.

Alright then! Is that you drooling over the list? Finish your bar of chocolate and start planning the trip of your life to these delicious museums! We’d suggest you share this list with some fellow chocolate lovers as well, they’d want to tag along with you.

Oh, also… you would need some chocolate for the journey, right? Why don’t you take a look at the marvelous chocolates we have at our store that you can pre order or pick up? Click here and feast your eyes!

 

Our favourite Indian Whiskeys

Of all the things a Whisky lover would do, one can never be as bold as to claim just a few favourites and assert them champions over the rest – it would be like picking your favourite child so to speak. At Bengaluru Duty Free, we understand that this could be quite tricky. Thus, we hope to help you assemble your own collection of the best Indian Whiskies in the world. These should definitely make it into your liquor cabinet for when you’re in the mood for some of that ‘desi daaru’.

We also proud to showcase two of the finest, award-winning Indian Single Malt Whiskies that are now renowned all over the world for their smooth and unrivalled taste.

Amrut

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The founders of the Amrut distillery aptly named it “Amrut” after the Elixir of Life as per Indian Mythology.

Single Malt Whisky by Amrut is a product of years of research that ensure that this Whisky matches world standards. Made from selected Indian barley, grown at the feet of the Himalayas, nurtured by the waters flowing there and cultivated using age old agricultural practices. It is distilled in small batches to preserve the natural aroma and matured in oak barrels in a unique tropical condition. It is hands down the best Whisky India has ever produced.

Paul John
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The many personalities of Goa are captured in each of Paul John’s creations. The warm temperatures certainly help mature the Whiskies faster, giving them their own, signature taste and flavour.

 

Paul John Single Malt or Brilliance is a Single Malt Whisky made in Goa which goes through the traditional whisky making process. Paul John Whiskies are considered delectable with a lot of character and intensity on the tasting notes. One of world’s most celebrated Whiskies, this one goes best with the traditional Goan dessert Bebinca.

 

McDowell’s No 1
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One of the top selling brands in India is the Mc Dowell’s No 1 Whisky. The brand was launched in 1968 by the United Spirits Limited and comes in variants like Reserve, Diet Mate and Platinum.

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A brand by Allied Blenders and Distillers (ABD), known as “OC” by the common man in India, is the second most selling Whisky brand in India, which is made by blending the best of Indian neutral spirits with Malt Spirits.

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This Whisky brand by Diageo-USL is the next on the list of the most selling Whiskies in India. This is also one of the top 100 brands in the world and is a sought after drink for most avid Whisky fans.

Royal Stag
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Seagram’s Royal Stag was released in the Indian market in 1995. The brand is owned by the second largest liquor company in the world – Pernod Ricard. It blends Indian grain based spirits with imported Scotch Malts. It is now available in the Barrel Select expression as well.

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This brand is owned by John Distilleries. This is another well known brand in the country and is one among the top 20 best selling Whiskies in the world.

Old Tavern
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Another popular choice among Whiskey brands in India is Old Tavern, which holds a considerable market share in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

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Hayward’s Fine is another brand owned by Diageo-USL, which has earned a place on this list. It is an economically priced brand, which is gaining increasing popularity not only in India, but also in the Middle East and Africa.

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Also known as Seagram’s Imperial Blue, this brand gives a fine blend of Scotch Malts with Indian grain spirits. The brand was launched by Seagrams in 1997. This is one of the favourite Whisky brands among the middle class. The “men will be men” campaign has really taken this brand to a different dimension and placed the brand well in the Indian alcohol market.

If Indian Whisky is not your first choice, then you’d love to explore our vast collection of imported Whiskies, here: http://goo.gl/bo0a4m