The Kamla Show Highlights for 2014

2014 was an interesting year, where we got to meet and interview guests from the world of technology, films, culture and politics in Silicon Valley. You can watch all the interviews on our YouTube channel and subscribe to it. Every Thursday and Saturday mornings, you will find new videos on our YouTube channel.

2014 was also the year  we completed the second anniversary of our weekly TV show that airs in various channels in and around the San Francisco bay area. Here is a list of stations that air our TV show.

2014 was also the year that the TV  show started airing in other states on the East Coast. Burlington, VT started to air our show followed by Cambridge, MA. You can catch our show in Cambridge on Tuesday evenings at 9.30 pm and Wednesday mornings at 8 am.

Here is a quick highlight of some of the guests featured on this year’s show.

Christmas in Bangalore at Taj Vivanta

Chef Thomas at Cafe Mozaic, Taj Vivanta, Bangalore

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Bangalore has a long tradition of celebrating Christmas with Christmas cakes, plum puddings and other Christmas goodies. One of the places where you get to see Christmas celebration and goodies is at Taj Vivanta on MG Road in Bangalore. We … Continue reading

Video: Sycamore Creek Vineyards in Santa Clara Valley

When you think of wine in California then the two places that instantly come to mind are Napa and Sonoma located north of San Francisco. Instead, if you drove down south of San Francisco into Silicon Valley area and a little beyond into the towns of Gilroy and Morgan Hill you will discover a wonderful wine trail of family-owned wineries. Santa Clara Valley is considered as  one of the oldest wine growing regions of California.

Santa Clara Valley is best for its start-ups and hi-tech companies and many are pleasantly surprised to discover  the wineries in this area. Guglielmo Winery is is the oldest winery dating back to 1925. Apparently in the 18th and 19th the wine grown in this region was used during sacrament by the California Missions. In the 20th the region witnessed an increase in vineyards, which petered out in the 1970s. In the past fews there has been a resurgence in vineyards and wineries in this area. In 2014 Santa Clara county unveiled the Santa Clara Wine Trail initiative to help promote the wines of this region.

Earlier this year, we caught up with a couple of folks from Santa Clara Wineries at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. We spoke with Sommelier Alicia Cuadra-Cuter of  Sycamore Creek Vineyards in Morgan Hill. In this video interview she offers helpful suggestions on how to judge wines. She walks us through a couple of Sycamore Creek Vineyards wines and helps us understand and discover their flavor profiles.

Video: Timothy Spall on Mr. Turner, Music and Indian Food

Award winning actor Timothy Spall has a new film releasing later this year. “Mr. Turner” is directed by British filmmaker Mike Leigh and is about the legendary British artist JMW Turner. Spall won the best actor award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for essaying the role of Turner.

Spall was in San Francisco recently to talk about the film. Here is a highlight of the interview. We have a longer interview coming up with him about how he prepared for his role in “Mr. Turner,” and working with Leigh. While preparing to record the interview we got talking to Spall about San Francisco, India and Indian food. This was his second trip to San Francisco. He mentioned that he’d love to visit India someday. And naturally,we had to ask him if had a favorite Indian food since Indian cuisine is so popular in Britain.

 

Mr.Turner” releases on December 25, 2014 in San Francisco bay area. The film stars Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson and Marion Bailey. It is directed by Mike Leigh.

Video: Chef Tong William of Memories of China, Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore

Chinese food is very popular in Bangalore. There are 2 kinds of Chinese food – there is Indian-Chinese food and then there is authentic Chinese food. Chef Tong William has witnessed the growth and popularity of Chinese food in India and specifically in Banglaore. Originally from Hong Kong, Chef William first came to India to cook Chinese food in the 1980s for the Taj Group of Hotels. He eventually moved to Bangalore and took over running Memories of China at Taj Vivant on MG Road.

We have a 2-part video interview with Chef William where he talks about Chinese food in India, his work at Memories of China at Vivanta by Taj and his favorite Indian food. On his day off from work, he likes to explore local Indian restaurants in Bangalore.

Here is Part-1 of our interview with Chef Tong William where he talks about his initial trip to India and cooking authentic Chinese food and about his work at Memories of China.

 

I was a guest of Taj Vivanta at Memories of China.

Video: Laura Dern on “Wild”

Laura Dern was in San Francisco bay area to attend Mill Valley Film Festival, where “Wild” was the closing night film.Last year her father Bruce Dern was honored at the festival for his role in “Nebraska

“Wild” is based on a real life story by Cheryl Strayed, who trekked and successfully completed the 1,100 Pacific Crest Trail. Reese Weatherspoon played Strayed, while Dern played the role of Strayed’s mother in the film. “Wild” is directed by Jean-Marc Valle of “Dallas Buyers Club” fame.

In this video interview Dern talks about the making of “Wild,” working with Strayed and how she first came to the Mill Valley Film Festival for the promotion of her first film in the 1990s.

December Special: Food and Wine in Silicon Valley and Bangalore

December is the season to celebrate and we are doing just that with a series of interviews on food and wine in Silicon Valley and Bangalore. We are talking California wines and Chinese food in India. Now, that is a combination to think about.

Santa Clara county is home to many of Silicon Valley hi-tech companies. The area is also home to some of the oldest wine growing regions in California. Santa Clara Wineries are a hidden gem of this region and we spoke to 2 vineyards from the regions: Solis Winery and Sycamore Creek WineryBoth the wineries are located a few miles south of San Jose.

 

Solis WInery at Gilroy

Solis Winery, Santa Clara WInery

 

And from Silicon Valley wineries we zip across the Pacific Ocean to Bangalore, often known as “Silicon Valley of India,” to find out about the second most popular cuisine in the city. And what is the second most popular cuisine, whose influence has seeped into the local, traditional restaurants? Chinese. Yes, Chinese food is the second most popular cuisine in Bangalore. There is the Indian-Chinese cuisine and then there is the authentic Chinese cuisine. Chinese restaurants have been part of Bangalore from the 1960s. In the last 15  years Chinese restaurants have mushroomed all over the city, and Gobi Manchurian, an Indian-Chinese dish is now part of traditional restaurants that serve idli, dosa, vada and sambar.

What about authentic Chinese cuisine in Banglaore? For that we turned to Chef Tong Willaam of Memories of China at Taj Vivanta on MG Road in Bangalore. Chef William came from Hong Kong to India in the 1980s and has had a long association with the Taj Group of Hotels. We sat down to find out about his culinary journey into India, and also got a tour of his kitchen at  Memories of China. And after all that talking and touring we sat down to have an authentic Chinese meal courtesy of Chef Tong William.

So, stay tuned for our video interviews on wines and Chinese food.

 

Chef Tong William at Memories of China in Bangalore

Chef Tong William of Memories of China