Travel abroad, shop at home

World Tourism Day (WTD) is held annually on 27 September.

Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.

Its almost the end of summer in Europe while we in India break annually for the festival of Dasara/Dusherra. If you taking a break with the family this month, you can enjoy the last few days of summer in Europe. Watch the seasons change from summer to fall. Soak in the sights and sounds and food and culture. Do not waste time shopping.

Because when you head back home, in Bengaluru you can shop at our store at the airport for the finest of Europe – Swiss and Belgian chocolates, French and Italian wines, Italian and French perfumes, the best of Scotch from UK. There is so much more. Enough to please the whole family.

You can pre order everything, before you go on vacation to ensure that you are not disappointed on your arrival back home.

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Christmas Cocktail Recipes 2016

Christmas is around the corner! Chances are, you will be spending the day with friends and/or family. Here are a few classic, must-know-recipes of delicious cocktails for your Christmas celebrations!

Classic Eggnog

The perfect blend of beaten egg yolks, sugar, cream,  , Rum, and Cognac. Refrigerate up to a day. Pour the egg-yolk mixture over fluffy egg whites and stir until blended. Serve immediately, while the whites are fluffiest. Add nutmeg to finish it off.

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Citrus-Irish Whisky Punch        

Combine  , tea, clementine juice, lemon juice, Oleo-Saccharum, Angostura bitters, and 1½ tsp. nutmeg in a large bowl or pitcher; cover and chill 3–8 hours. Strain into a punch bowl and add several lemon and orange wheels and 4 cups ice. Serve punch in cups over ice garnished with nutmeg.

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Classic Martini

Pour a little dry Vermouth in a chilled Martini glass and swirl to coat the inside of the glass. Dispose of excess Vermouth. Gently swirl or stir the   before straining into glass. Garnish with olives, lemon twist or cocktail onion and add rocks if you like.

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Cranberry Cocktail

Pour cranberry juice and Gin over ice in a tall glass. Top off with tonic water, and then add a splash of lime juice. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a few fresh cranberries.

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Christmas Punch

Mix pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, Vodka, Cointreau, club soda, lemon juice, and simple sugar syrup in a punch bowl. Fill glasses with cranberries frozen in ice cubes, and serve. Garnish with lemon slices if desired.

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Kir Royales

Pour Creme de Cassis into a champagne flute. Gently pour into 5 to 9 parts dry Champagne (depending on taste), being careful not to let it foam up too much.

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Pina Colada

Fill blender halfway with ice cubes. Add Rum, coconut cream, coconut milk and pineapple chunks. Puree and serve garnished with a slice of pineapple and maraschino cherry, if desired.

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Blood Orange Champagne Cocktails

Add 1 1/2 teaspoons each of Crème de Cassis into 8 Champagne flutes or other glasses. Add three tablespoons orange juice to each glass. Fill each glass with Champagne, stir gently. Garnish cocktails with slices of blood orange, if desired.

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Have a Merry Christmas!

 

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

Places to visit this Winter Vacation

Is Winter that time of the year where you dread getting out of the house because of the bone-chilling temperature? Is it also that time where you get into a monotonous routine of curling up in your blanket, sipping on tea and binging on comfort food while trying to warm the dampness of your bed? If your answer to all these questions was yes, fret not, we have just the solution for you. You need not spend your Winter vacation in bed, you can travel to any of these exciting destinations that will most certainly warm you up this Winter:

  1. Relaxing at a beach in South Africa

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For some strange reason, during the colder months, most of us fantasize about hitting a beach somewhere in a remote land. Guess what, you can convert these dreams into reality this Winter by sunbathing at one of the clean, white sand beaches in Cape Town, South Africa. There are quite a few spots in South Africa that will take you back to the Summers and have you escape the dreaded cold weather.

  1.    Mountain climbing in Australia

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There are more than just a couple of reasons why Australia is our favourite spot for the Winter. One – when the Winter is hitting the Northern hemisphere, things are heating up down under. Second – Australia is also home to dense forests, lush gardens and dozens of hiking trails. If you have adventure in your blood, then you must climb up to one of the many sandstone formations. If you’re not much of a hiker, don’t worry, there are also cable cars for the vertigo-stricken.

  1.   Sea-cruising through Greece

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Something absolutely mind-blowing about Greece are perhaps the tiny Greek isles that are breathtakingly alluring. You can hit the beach and have a mini picnic or you could cruise through the beauty of the multiple beaches and islands that are part of the Greek bounty and the Greek food will also leave you with a genuine Summer feeling.

  1.   Tango Dancing in Argentina

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You can immerse yourself in any of the various attractions in Argentina but our special recommendation is that you visit Argentina and learn the sensual Tango dance from one of the milongas (a centre for Tango learning and dancing) or you can just stroll through the sidewalk and find some enthusiastic dancers displaying their Tango skills.

  1.  Hiking in Costa Rica

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A place with true diversity when it comes to having a variety of terrains is without a doubt, Costa Rica!  From vibrant rainforests, diverse wildlife, clean beaches and an easy going culture. Everything about Costa Rica screams “Vacation” and if you visit this destination you’ll know why. If it is adventure you seek, hiking through these dense rain forests will give you a taste of it.

  1.   Exploring temples in Cambodia

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If you are fascinated by historical monuments and temples with an intriguing mythological background, then Cambodia is the place for you this Winter. You could pay a visit to the largest temple complex in the world, Angkor Wat or take a trip to the biosphere reserve that is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. There is a lot to do in Cambodia if you’re a real explorer.

On your way back to Bengaluru, don’t forget to drop by at our Duty Free store to end your vacation with some savings. You can also log on to www.bengalurudutyfree.in to pre order.

Five insane food festivals you have probably not heard of

The most fascinating part about food is the diversity with which it is relished all around the world – the various flavours, multiple eating techniques or even weird delicacies and beverages that is one man’s poison but another’s dinner. The only thing more intriguing than the diverse cuisines found worldwide is probably the food festivals that commemorate these delicious or even strange foods in the most bizarre of ways. Here are our picks of the most insane food festivals around the globe that celebrate food in even crazier ways:

  1. Vegetarian Festival,  Phuket, Thailand

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When: October 15 – 23, 2015

For those of you who are thinking – where is the crazy in vegetarian food – let us tell you that this festival tops our list of eccentric food festivals. And here’s why! As legend has it, a troupe of Chinese opera singers was on a tour in Phuket in the 19th Century. One of them had an epiphanic experience where they failed to honour the Nine Emperor Gods and returned to China to invite the Gods back to Phuket. In this moment of epiphany, with a display of piousness, the troupe resorted to full abstinence, no meat, no sex, no drinking, no swearing and with time their health improved and a festival was born. But this is not even the most intriguing part about the festival.

As myths morphed into reality, with time, the changes in the festival now accommodate a rather peculiar tradition. During the nine days of the festival, onlookers will notice the streets of Phuket filled with people pierced with long pins, knives, swords, bamboo sticks or similar sharp objects. This is their way of displaying the belief that the Gods will bring healing waters and their wounds will be healed.

What to try: Look out for the yellow signs with red letters in stalls to help you distinguish the special vegetarian dishes.

   2.  Alba International White Truffle Festival, Alba, Italy

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When: October 11 – November 15, 2015

Prized for their medicinal and aphrodisiac qualities, truffles are definitely one of the finest and most prized delicacies of the culinary world. This is the mother of truffle festivals and it doesn’t require you to shell out big bucks in order to enjoy the festivities. Apart from truffles, there are other things on the menu which Italy is famous for  – cheese. cured meats, Wine, olive oil, pastas and honey. This is a festival in its truest sense as it also has Wine tasting, donkey racing, a medieval parade, cooking worships and ample opportunities to savour the best of truffles. The cherry on the cake is indeed the live auction of the most expensive tuber in the world.

This festival is an-invite only event, attended by celebrities and top chefs. The proceeds are donated to national and international organizations. Throughout the fair, the center of attraction is the Alba White Truffle Market, where you can immerse yourself in an environment full of the good black stuff and if you can’t buy them by the pound you could devour by the plate!

What to try: Pasta, Risotto or anything with a truffles adorned on top

   3. Baconfest, Pennsylvania, United States

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When: November 7 – 8, 2015

This festival celebrates the most popular food item in the United States; you guessed it right, Bacon it is! It is much unlike any festival because it has a concurrent event running simultaneously known as the Easton Farmer’s market. Here, you can purchase fresh organic bread, cheese, meat and other sustainable dairy products. Most activities in the Baconfest are free, the bacon however, isn’t.

This celebration is so special because it has something for everyone; there’s an activity area with pig-related games to keep your kids entertained as you eat your heart out. And if you’re an adult that loves the combination of pork and beer, then this fest is your dream come true. You can also participate in outlandish games where the best oinks and grunts win a prize or you can bid on your favourite porcine art.

What to try: Bacon jam, Bacon Bloody Mary, Bacon pizza, Bacon wings, Bacon polenta, and anything with Bacon in it ( which is everything in the fest)

   4. Csabai Sausage Festival, Békéscsaba, Hungary

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When: October 19 – 22, 2015

The only way to enjoy a kingsize celebration is by making the most of it. There is a lot that this Hungarian festival offers for those who are not there just to sample the world-renowned sausages. Most great festivals strike the right balance between food and entertainment just like this festival which is much more than just what its name suggests. What really contributes to the positive environment is the folk and popular music entertainers who really bring the life into this gathering.

You will be greeted by evenings with Hungarian and international performers. And if for some reason, you’re not really into the entertainment bit then there is also a Wine festival that accompanies the sausage festival and is the perfect opportunity for the Wine regions to showcase their specialities. There is also a Food and Agriculture exhibition that promotes the region’s food and agricultural products.

Coming back to the crowd-pleaser, the reason behind the festival, the Csabai sausage is world-famous and all for good reason. You can purchase these from local sausage makers or enter a dozen other sausage making contests. There are a variety of sausage contests like dry sausages, pig-fest and a stuffed cabbage-making competition and where you don’t just get to make the food but also taste it.

What to try: The in-house speciality – Sausages from any of the local vendors.

  5. Honfleur: Shrimp Festival, Normandy, France

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When: October 4 – 5, 2015

     

An annually festival in one of the most gorgeous ports of Normandy, Honfleur Shrimp Festival attracts visitors from all over the world who come to town for the greatest shrimp-peeling competition. Apart from this, the festival also offers a hoard of other attractions such as concerts, an arts and crafts market and more. The whole theme is augmented with the sea shanties as old sea vessels in the charming port.

In addition to shrimps, crevettes and other seafood, the festival menu also offers cheeses, meats, pastries and bread as well as plenty of Calvados (apple brandy, a speciality of Normandy) and cider.

What to try: Fresh shrimps being served at any of the restaurants for just 1 Euro! You can enjoy a meal at the water’s edge.

Top 5 sunglasses for summer 2015. Look cool. Stay cool.

With the sun frying everything it can lay its scorching gaze on, there are only so many ways you can dodge the fireball with. We decided, that since you deserve it, we will bring to you some of the coolest shades in the business to protect your eyes from the mutilating heat and, while we are at it, in style.

  • Oakley GT Sunglasses Jupiter Squared Black/Grey

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From the maestros themselves, this product won’t fail to wow you in any way. Be it comfort, style, protection or even sturdiness, this one has it all. The first attraction is the beautiful and striking make of the product itself and the innovative three-point fit technique, whereby the frame sits snugly on the bridge of the nose touching only the sides of your head. The plutonite lens lend a brilliant high-definition vision with optical clarity, visual fidelity and impact resistance while also filtering out UV rays. All in all, this lightweight yet highly durable and extremely stylish product is a must feature on you ‘must have’ list. Pre order now at Bengaluru Duty Free store for $125 only! Head to http://goo.gl/C5grOZ

 

  • Oakley Polarized Frogskins Polished Black/Grey

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With this unique product, Oakley lets you own your own piece of history. Recreating the style of the one decade you could describe in two words: avant-garde! The ‘80s were anything but regular, with fashion and  politics both reaching new heights and that is when Oakley came out with the iconic Frogskin.  This resurrected version offers the wearer absolute protection from UV rays and brilliant optical clarity and impact resistance. These shades are also face friendly so they don’t hurt the back of your ears and fit on the ridge of your nose perfectly. The HD Polarised lenses also filter out over 99% of reflected glare without any optical distortion. All in all, this is a high comfort, durable and classic piece that will make you an elated owner. Don’t forget to pre-order at the Bengaluru Duty Free store for a great offer price of $113 only! Head to http://goo.gl/cYvi4b

  • Oakley GT Garage Rock Matte Black Dark Bronze

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A tribute to the smashing ‘60s, these shades are inspired by the pop,  rock and retro riff fever that took the world by storm.  An inspiration from the electric guitars and the era of high decibel solos, the Garage Rock is designed to bring you comfort in unparalleled style. Integrating some of the best technologies of the world of today, this gives you the bliss of high-definition optics with visual fidelity and optical clarity while also taking care that your eyes are protected from UV rays. They also ensure a perfect snug fit around the bridge of your nose. Impact Protection gives you unmatched durability and resistance against high velocity and high mass impact. This miracle is concocted with style, comfort and perfection. There seriously isn’t anything else you could ask for. Pre order at the Bengaluru Duty Free store for a stunning offer price of $103 only! Head to http://goo.gl/n6y1Xe

  • Ray-Ban GT Sunglasses Metal Titanium

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Think sunglasses, think Ray Ban Aviators. Designed originally for the US aviators in 1937, these timeless models combine the distinctive Aviator styling with exceptional quality, performance and comfort. The Titanium is literally the strongest addition to the family of aviators, providing unprecedented strength and durability with the lightest possible weight. These are resistant to corrosion by seawater and chlorine and are also hypoallergenic, giving them an enthusiastic nod from the sensitive-skin community. The classic that looks good on any face shape makes you drop your concerns about whether or not this one is for you. The unique style and shape of the lens gives you a superb vision coverage, unlike lenses that you can spot gaps in. So before you pre-order this… oh wait… really, there is nothing you have to do. Pre order now! Head to http://goo.gl/SC2ywC The Bengaluru Duty Free store and get one at an amazing offer price of $236.

 

  • Ray-Ban Sunglasses ORB3025 002/58

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Another member of the world-famous clan of sunglasses, these aviators are the embodiment of the combination of style and comfort with their classic make and iconic technological integrations over the years. With a classic metallic frame holding the magical lenses which provide incredible visual clarity, reduce reflection off surfaces and offer 100% protection against UV rays, this lightweight model uses extra comfy nose pads so that the fit is snug and doesn’t hurt at all. The pioneer of stylish sunglasses, Ray Ban makes this pair speak for itself with its high quality and detailed make to its durability and satisfaction in terms of usage on a regular basis in any light condition. Get your own pair at the Bengaluru Duty Free Store at an unbelievable offer price of $143. Head to http://goo.gl/44lgPf now.

Bring your holiday pictures to life with these sensational cameras

Be it an exotic holiday trip or just a lazy day in your backyard, summers are all about family, friends and fun. The one constant companion you absolutely need to have is a camera, to capture those magical moments and relive the fun times over and over again! So right at the start of the season, we bring you a range of stunning cameras that deserve to be tagging along with you, cause they get you addicted… the good kind of addicted.

1. Nikon Digital Camera D3100 KIT

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Key Features:

  • 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor
  • Image sensor cleaning
  • 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
  • HD movies (1080p, 720p or WVGA)
  • Image formats: JPEG and NEF (Nikon’s RAW, 12 bit compressed)

 

Storming the market with its brilliant features, this entry level DSLR maybe just be your dream come true. With a very attractive design, the D3100 is built around a 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and is the first Nikon DSLR offering film capture in 1920×1080. Capturing stunning images becomes a cakewalk with its user friendly guide mode. Absolutely anyone can use this DSLR efficiently, since it does more that half the work for you already. All you need to do is to find that Capture button and click! So don’t wait anymore, pre order your own kit at an offer price of $415, only at the Bengaluru Duty Free Store, at http://goo.gl/plh1sc

2. Nikon Digital Camera L820

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Key Features:

  • 16 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor
  • ISO 125 – 3200
  • HD movies (1080p with stereo sound)
  • 30x Optical Zoom

The extremely user friendly High Zoom digital compact camera, has a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor. It has a very good low light performance, meaning your pictures dazzle even without a good lighting. For those that are new to photography, there is the Auto mode that takes care of everything, including image stabilisation and mode selection. All this and so much more make this a perfect and handy solution to your photography fantasies. Pre order your very own at an amazing offer price of $225 at http://goo.gl/cQ3P6E, at the Bengaluru Duty Free Store.

3. Nikon Digital Camera D5200 KIT 18-55VR

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Key Features:

  • 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 3 processing engine
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor
  • ISO 100-6400
  • HD movies (1080p with stereo sound)
  • Image formats: JPEG and NEF (Nikon’s RAW)

Another marvel from Nikon, this beauty will take you to thrilling heights of stunning photography. With features like this in your hands, no shot can go wrong. It’s impeccable tracking and stabilizing lens makes it useful for those looking to try a hand at sports photography as well. You don’t even need to make sure there is proper lighting since the white balance and improved light metering take care of that as well. Basically, the Nikon D5200 in an all in one package that makes you an almost professional with the first capture itself. Don’t wait before you pre order one for yourself at a spectacular offer price of $594 from The Bengaluru Duty Free Store. Head to http://goo.gl/RZZJ8W.

4. Nikon Digital Camera S3600

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Key Features:

  • 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor
  • EXPEED C2 processing engine
  • 2.7” TFT LCD Display
  • ISO 80-1600 (ISO 3200 available when using Auto mode)
  • HD movies (720p)
  • Image formats: JPEG
  • 8x Optical Zoom

Some great things come in small packages and this is the perfect way to describe this little stunner. If you aren’t a big fan of carrying the hefty DSLRs but would prefer to have DSRL quality pictures all the same, you have come to the right place. The features include an all inclusive Auto mode, a fabulous Retouch option which allows you to remove blemishes and make your pictures more pretty on the camera itself, among many others. It is incredibly easy to use so you won’t have a tough time getting used to it. Pre order your piece at $103, from The Bengaluru Duty Free Store. Head to http://goo.gl/QA6gfu now.

5. Sony Camera DSC W810

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Key Features:

  • 20.1 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 2.7” TFT LCD Display
  • ISO 100-3200
  • HD movies (720p)
  • Image formats: JPEG
  • 6x Optical Zoom

 

This lightweight camera is a perfect partner for your business or pleasure trips as well as for those bouts of photography cravings that you suffer from. The intelligent Auto and brilliant Panoramic View modes let you experiment with your environment. There are other fabulous features like the White Balance modes and different Shooting modes. the best part about the camera is that you get amazing clicks with almost no effort, since it has image stabilization and motion capture features as well. The high resolution 20.1 megapixels paired with a versatile x6 zoom lens lets you have sharper images. Get this beauty for yourself at an incredible offer price of $113, at the Bengaluru Duty Free Store now. Head to http://goo.gl/z5vsLv.