30 November, 2014

Gig Pix: Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Pune 2014

My favourite 10 pictures from the 2014 edition of Bacard NH7 Weekender in Pune

Monica Dogra

Monica Dogra

Songhoy Blues

Skyharbor

Motopony

Motopony

Motopony

Luke Sital Singh

Gaurav Vaaz from Raghu Dixit Project

She realy likes The Vaccines

28 November, 2014

Gibson Through The Lens, Vivanta by Taj

I was really stoked to be invited to check out this particular exhibition considering my passion for all things rock music. And for someone trying to hone their skills with a camera, Thanksgiving came early. As part of their 120th anniversary celebrations, Gibson guitars partnered with Vivanta by Taj to put together this unique music-related photo exhibition that displayed pictures of iconic music artists with their Gibson guitars. 




Aptly titled Gibson Through a Lens, the exhibition showcased sixty classic photos of guitar heroes like Jimmy Page, Slash, Tommy Iommi, Pete Townshend Angus Young and many more icons of rock music who have wielded Gibson guitars and have made the sound their signature.Put together by music photography archivist - Dave Brolan, Gibson Through the Lens showcases the work of thirty of the world’s most respected rock photographers including Ross Halfin, Neal Preston, Baron Wolman and the late Jim Marshall. 



On till the 2nd of December, I sincerely urge every rock music and photography enthusiast to go and check out the exhibition. The pictures that have been captured cover some iconic moments in rock history including Jimmy Page’s performance of Stairway to Heaven with the iconic double necked guitar, Slash’s early pictures from Guns’n’Roses, The Sex Pistols trying out a tune before their gig, Kurt Cobain jumping into the pool with his guitar after the famous Nevermind cover shoot and more. This is definitely something one should not miss. Every photo captures spectacular moments and says so much.


Also on display were some special guitars from Gibson. It took everything I had not to steal a beautiful red coloured Gibson SG that was designed specifically for the 120th anniversary of the brand. A big part of me secretly wished they would be giving it away, but alas. Besides pictures, the evening had Galeej Gurus perform a tight acoustic set.






Gibson Through the Lens is a rather unique exhibition that I have attended. Conveniently located at the Vivanta by Taj on MG Road, the exhibition is on till the 2nd of December. Don’t miss it.

27 November, 2014

Food Mood: Nando’s, Church Street, B’lore

I was invited to be a part of a special meal where bloggers would get to preview (or PERi-view in this case) the new Butterfly Chicken Breast meal at Nando’s. After being greeted by the delightful Shambhavi Mishra, our host for the evening, we started off on what was going to be a super few hours of Portuguese food from the kitchen of Nando’s. All the food is driven by their special PERi-PERi sauces that give it a distinct taste.


The appetizers for the evening kicked off with  Hummus, Spicy Mixed Olives, Roasted Veg dip and Pita bread. The Roasted veg dip gave me one of those ‘you had me at hello’ Jerry Maguire moments where I instantly fell in love. We were also served Chicken Liver with Portuguese rolls. Not being a liver fan, and seeing what was up next, I stayed away from this dish. But the folks who did eat it really enjoyed it. The final appetizer just made me fall in love with the place.

Hummus, Spicy mixed Olves, Roasted Veg Dip and Pita Bread


We were served Chicken Wings in a variety of PERi-PERi heats. The wings were done to perfection and the spice just lit up some fireworks in my mouth. Despite the fact that there was a main-course, I just lost it and sampled all the varieties and added extra hot sauces. Do NOT miss out on the wings when you go to Nando’s. Do be a bit cautious on the hot sauces though.

Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

PERi-PERi Hot Sauce

We were also offered salads that included Fresh Tomato, Nando’s PERi-olives, mixed peppers, cucumber, onions on a bed of crisp lettuce. It all sounded too healthy to me and I stayed away. Well, those chicken wings were not going to finish themselves were they? Somebody had to eat them.

Salad

For the main course, we started off with the Espetada Rustica. Don’t get intimidated by the name. The dish consists of tender marinated chicken thighs stuffed with sundried tomatoes, red onions, served on a skewer. Full marks for the presentation of the dish; and full marks for taste. This comes along with sides such as corn and coleslaw that make great additions to the very tender meat. Definitely a ‘must-have’ on the list when I go next.

Espetada Rustica

We were also served the Cataplana Algarve. This item is served in an authentic copper dish with PERi-PERi chicken thighs, grilled peppers and chick peas. The unique flavour of the dish comes from the special cataplana sauce served on a bed of spicy rice. Compared to the rest of the dishes, this was on the milder side when it came to taste. Again, I added more hot sauce. Clearly I was in love with the hot sauces alone. I dont recollect, but I think I poured some drops in the water as well.

Cataplana Algarve

Now for the grand crescendo of the meal – The Butterfly Chicken Breast meal. The chicken was trimmed off all the fat, marinated for twenty four hours, frame grilled and served in a PERi-PERi sauce of your choice. Nandos has their own standards and quality checks for the meats that come into the restaurant. These are done on a regular basis right through-out the supply chain. The high quality was evident from the double breasted chicken in this meal that not only tasted fantastic, but was a joy to easily cut through and eat. While the sauce is already mildly spicy, you may want to ask for something a little more ambitious if you’re up for it. This meal comes with a side of crispy potato wedges and a refreshing drink. This is meal is something I want to go back and try in isolation, without any interference from appetizers. Especially those awesome chicken wings.

Butterfly Chicken Breast Meal

Butterfly Chicken Breast Meal

Chocolate Cake
We closed the meal with a slice of chocolate cake with layers of home-made butter cream. I do believe my stomach was vigorously waving a white flag and refused to take in any more food. It was a fantastic evening of great food with great company. I’m definitely putting Nando’s on the list of places I would recommend to people for great chicken wings. 


20 November, 2014

Gig Pix: Bacard NH7 Weekender, Bengaluru - Day 2

Here are my favourite 10 pics from day 2 at  the Bacardi NH7 Weekender gig in Bengaluru

The Inspector Cluzo

The Inspector Cluzo

Thermal and a Quarter

Skrat

Soulmate

Soulmate

Soulmate


Mutemath

Mutemath

Mutemath

Gig Pix: Bacard NH7 Weekender, Bengaluru - Day 1

Here are my favourite 10 pictures from day 1 of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender gig in Bengaluru


Houdini Dax

Madboy Mink

Pangea
As Animals

Peepal Tree

Scribe ft. Siddarth Basrur

Scribe

Ankur and the Ghalat Family

Bhayanak Maut

Bhayanak Maut