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    We find the top spots for egg hunting or traditional Easter Sunday brunching and lunching across town as top chefs turn out old favourites and their special creations. By Aakanksha Devi

    Marriott Whitefield2
    At M Cafe, apart from kidsa�� activities such as egg-painting, balloon sculpting, jumping castle and tattooing, therea��s plenty of culinary fun to be had as well. From Thai beef with broccoli and bamboo shoot stir fry, Awadhi mutton biryani , maple syrup-glazed pork leg, almond-crusted fish, snail sausages and butterball turkey no less, the menu goes off-beat this year. Plus, dessert in the form of nutty bread and chocolate eggs. Rs.2000+ for food. At Whitefield. Details: 49435000


    JW Marriott
    Bengaluru Baking Company offers everything from chocolate bunnies to simnel bread until Sunday, while JW Kitchen lays out a brunch with Easter specials like devilled eggs, orange-glazed ham and pashka (Russian custard cheesecake). Over at Alba, chef Antonello Cancedda serves up an elaborate Italian buffet. For the little ones, the Bengaluru Baking Company has an exciting Egg Hunt planned out too. Rs.2500upwards. At Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 67189999

    Chef Vikas Seth at Sanchos serves up
    a traditional Mexican festival brunch. Think huveros rancharos a�� sunny side up eggs over tortillas with roasted tomato salsa, taco salad and more. Mains include chilaquiles, Mexican lasagne with tortilla chips, chicken enmoladas and enchiladas. Classic tres leches will see churros and chocolate nachos filling in for dessert. Also enjoy Easter eggs with a mini Mexican cookie in it. Rs.1,500 for two. At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 41755266

    The Oberoi
    At The Oberoi, choose to sit inside at Le Jardin or at charming Rim Naam. Then tuck into charcuterie, antipasti, fresh sea food and sample the interactive counters from grills, tandoor, Oriental stir fries, satays and pasta. Classics from India and Europe make up the buffet with special attention to traditional treats like ham and turkey. Dessert includes a live pan cake station, chocolate eggs and themed cupcakes. `1,950++ without alcohol and `2,950 upwards for alcohol options. At MG Road. Details: 25585858

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    Making it a real family affair, Crowne Plaza has designed a special brunch which makes sure the little ones have a grand time too. An egg hunt, bouncing castle and face painting sessions will keep the young and young at heart amused, before the whole family tucks into the traditional favourites including hot cross buns, glazed ham, chocolate eggs and more. Rs.1200+ At Electronics City. Details: 30030303

    Sheraton Bangalore
    If you have a sweet tooth, then Feast is the place to gorge first on honey glazed ham, meat loaf, roast chicken, pasta, pizza and even a spot of Indian and Chinese food before you indulge in over 25 dessert options including hot cross buns, fruit pavlova, creme brulee, coconut-key lime pie, truffle cake, eclairs and lemon squares. Keep the kids entertained with bunny hop race, egg hop race, egg painting, kida��s mocktail competition and golden egg hunt. Rs.1,695++ without alcohol and Rs.2,195++ inclusive of alcohol. At Dr Rajkumar Road. Details: 42521000

    ITC Windsor and Gardenia
    Be it at Raj Pavilion in Windsor or Cubbon Pavilion at Gardenia, the ITC Hotels make it a grand affair. Their Easter Bunny has been hard at work to keep the eggs hidden, but across the two hotels, if you find any, you keep them! Traditional favourites like roast chicken and lamb are on offer in addition to Indian and international delicacies. Plus, Peking duck and tenderloin Wellington as day specials. From the Dessert Studio, you can expect raspberry Swiss rolls and pistachio caren, Chelsea and hot cross buns, and prune basque. Rs.2,250++ without alcohol and Rs.2,750++ upwards with alcohol. Details: 22119898 (ITC Gardenia) and 41401205 (ITC Windsor).

    The Leela Palace
    Treat the family to a decadent soiree at The Leela, known for their lavishEaster Sunday brunch over the years. Leave room for the edible Easter Bunnies and let the kids decorate their own chocolate eggs to take home. The grand finale is the ceremonious egg hunt for the little ones in The Leela Gardens. The lucky one wins a stay at theA�hotel. Rs.1,700++ for kids and Rs.3,500++
    for adults. At HAL Airport Road. Details: 25211234

    Smoke House Deli
    Smoke House Deli hosts a lavish brunchA�with a live salad bar, pasta counter and BBQ station. Mains will include chilli-crusted cobbler and turmeric risotto, bangers a�?na�� mash with fried onions, chicken schnitzel with caper sauce and more while desserts featured are chocolate
    hazelnut babka, raspberry frangipani tart, Missisippi mud pie, blueberry cheesecake and choco cranberry tart. Rs.1,500++. At
    Lavelle Road (41276272) and 100 ft A�Road, Indiranagar (25200899).

    For a Goan celebration, head straight to Opus which has specials like honey-glazed ham, barbecued pork ribs and the iconic crab dosa, grilled tenderloin and even Vietnamese pho on the side a�� a mix of indulgent and comfort food. Plus, free-flowing liquor, beer and soft drinks (select brands) only for Rs.1,500 inclusive of taxes. Their all-day breakfast and endless music are also on offer. At Palace Cross Road. Details: 9844030198

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      FOR last minute holiday planners or even those with indecisive bosses who schedule work meetings overnight, RoomsTonite is your dream come true. A hotel booking app launched only a few months ago, it will work on any smart phone or tablet, allowing you to book a room from over 1,000 hotels. And the best part? The direct connectivity with hotels ensures a guaranteedA�roomA�booking no matter how late you try. a�?We want this to be the default app for those who book last-minute. Users just need to choose their day of travel for a city and choose their stay details,a�? explains Suresh John, founder and CEO. While the bookings are non-cancellable, non-amendable and non-refundable, they also limit reservations to a maximum of three rooms for as many nights.
      Mobile concierge
      Picking the RoomsTonite Assist, Hotel Classification and PayAsGuest as his top features, John says the first was launched only last week. A 24X7 virtual concierge service, it helps travellers before, during and post hotel stay. a�?Through this service, we enable customers to customise travel plans, and facilitate the service at a cost effective price,a�? says John. So be it booking cinema tickets and sending a courier to inquiring about late night autorickshaws prices in a particular city, this service will bring in the human touch which some technology-driven apps lack. Hotel classification segregates hotels into comfort, premium and luxury so you can easily pick, while Pay As Guest allows customers to proceed to check out without registering.
      Aiming to reach one lakh downloads by June, you can also expect services in Colombo and Kathmandu, with over 2,500 hotels under their umbrella.
      Details: roomstonite.com
      a�� Aakanksha Devi

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      Fresh fruits, citrus notes and light spirits come into their own, as city mixologists help beat the heat creatively.
      Drinks on MG
      Head bartender Alfonso del Portillo ValdA�s swears by his Elderflower Cooler, which combines gin, elderflower, cucumber and club soda, pointing out that when the base spirit is un-aged, you experience a dryer, more refreshing taste. The same goes for the Kalimotxo, which has a base of un-aged red white, along with blackberry, lime and Coca Cola. At MG Road. Details: 49652950
      High Ultra Lounge1

      At 420 feet up, opt for the Cell Your Soul cocktail. This one is great for whiskey lovers, as it combines Jim Beam Bourbon from Kentucky with ginger ale, and uses fresh lime, pink grapefruit juice and celery leaves to round off that summery taste. At WTC, Malleswaram. Details: 49653540
      Sky Brew
      Head to the Movenpick hotela��s rooftop bar for the Classic Pink Gingerale, with capitalises on gingera��s refreshing properties, against a base of Bacardi white rum. For pure brain freeze, go for the Frozen Kiwi Daiquiri, which blends Bacardi blanco, triple sec, kiwi puree, lime juice and sugar syrup with crushed ice. At BEL Circle. Details: 43001000
      Blue Bar
      Saji Thachery, F&B manager at The Taj West End recommends cocktails with fresh, seasonal fruits paired with lighter liquors. Try the Ice Berg, a sprightly amalgamation of frozen lemon, lime juice, sugar syrup, blue curacao and sparkling water. Wea��d also put a word in for the Blue View, which pairs fresh litchi and mango juice with lime, blue curacao and sprite. At The Taj West End, Race Course Road. Details: 66605660

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        Light up
        Her music may not always be edgy, but Jennifer Lopeza��s sense of fashion is always spot on. She took to the American Idol stage last week to perform Feel The Light, and not only with her voice but with her dress she really drove the point home. Wearing a stunning white floor-length dress, and skirt combo by Mariel Haenn, the custom-made off-the-shoulder gown had special effects, making it a light show. Watch her light it up on Jennifer Lopez: a�?Feel the Lighta�? a�� AMERICAN IDOL XIV.
        Ita��s possible
        With the release of the trailer for the July 31 launch Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, all those feelings of the first film come rushing back. Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and of course, Tom Cruise all reprise their roles from Ghost Protocol, as Alec Baldwin steps in as CIA chief. The trailer comes with promise of high-octane bike chases, car crashes in the desert and even shows us a glimpse of Cruise, as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, hanging off a plane. Plus, a sexy lass thrown into the mix, as always.
        Being Hanks
        Just when you thought two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks could not get any better, he proves you wrong. This time he does it as a guest on the Late Late Show, alongside debut host James Corden by playing out all his film roles in a six-minutes act. Hanks starts off as Forrest Gump, weaves in Sleepless in Seattle, Road To Perdition, The Green Mile and the recent Saving Mr Banks, among literally all the others, before ending with the Toy Story series in which he played Woody.
        a�� Aakanksha Devi

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