Anil Philip

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‘Gusto D’ Italia’ at Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum from June 21-30

Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum has announced a new Italian food promotion at their Garden Grille restaurant from June 21 to 30, 2018, setting the stage for a memorable dining experience with family and friends to enjoy some authentic Italian cuisine....
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Fiery kebabs and spicy curries at Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum

The ‘Fire & Spice’ food fest that is currently going on at the Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum is a perfect occasion to check out a variety of special fiery kebabs and spicy curries. The timing of this food promotion at their Garden Grille restaurant is just right during this season of wet and cold weather...
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My tryst with the jilebi continues, this time at South Park

My tryst with my favourite North Indian sweet, the Jilebi continues, this time at the South Park hotel in Trivandrum. Enjoy the video. ...
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The making of the Jilebi @ HGI, Trivandrum

Indian sweets especially Jilebi is my weakness. So when Shankar, the Executive Chef at the Hil told me that they are making different varieties of jilebies for their weekend offerings, I just couldn’t resist myself and rushed to their Garden Grille restaurant for a bite. The jilebies, freshly prepared by Chef Sonjay and topped with...
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A relaxing Sunday brunch at Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum

What do we do when we have a free Sunday afternoon? Head out to the Garden Grille Restaurant at the Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum to check out their recently relaunched brunch. It was the third Sunday after the revamp and Shine Paul, the Marketing Manager had made the arrangements for us....
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Mascot Hotel, Trivandrum to host ‘Puttopia’ puttu fest from April 21 to 29

Trivandrum: Mascot Hotel, the premium heritage property of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) in the capital city, is organising ‘Puttopia, a puttu festival at their Sayahna Garden Restaurant from April 21, 2018....
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Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum hosts Seafood fest, to relaunch weekend offerings

Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum is hosting its latest promotion, the ‘Seafood Indulgence’ at their fine dine Garden Grille restaurant. The ten-day seafood fest will conclude on April 22, 2018. The premium hotel is also set to relaunch its weekend offerings, the Saturday Night dinner buffet with DJ party and the Sunday Brunch....
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UDS makes it into Asia Book of Records with max heart-shaped desserts

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Nawabi Khana (Rajasthani food) fest at Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum

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Russian Food Festival at Uday Samudra, Kovalam

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Uday Suites relaunches Southern Express with new offerings

When Uday Suites, the Airport Hotel at Shankumugham in Trivandrum, relaunched the a la carte menu of their Southern Express multi-cuisine restaurant after three years, it was an occasion to celebrate their culinary delights. I was part of a select few who were invited to taste some of their signature dishes....
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An experience called Sunday Brunch, at Vivanta by Taj Trivandrum

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Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum Kebab, Biryani & Grills fest

Four cards on the table – the first card lets you feast on Kebabs like a Nawab, the second gives you the taste of live grill, the third opens up the world of Biriyanis from the royal kitchens and the last card unlocks the key to the imperial desserts – a perfect four-course dinner. This...
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Cake Mixing Ceremonies, a tradition heralding Christmas

Cake Mixing Ceremony is a tradition that heralds in Christmas. Even though I have covered cake mixing ceremonies before, this was the first time I was actually invited to participate in one at the Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum and I did not miss the opportunity. I was in full uniform, with the apron, chef hat...
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No Standard Veg Meals for dinner on Trivandrum – Korba – Trivandrum SF Express

An open letter to the authorities concerned regarding: 1. Non-availability of Standard Veg Meals for dinner on 22647 & 22648 2. Poor quality of food Dear Sir, I recently travelled with my parents and family (Total six passengers) from Trivandrum & Chengennur on August 31 to Durg by 22648 TVC – Korba SF Exp and...
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Travancore Tavern food fest at Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum

Trivandrum: Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum is all set to host a food promotion featuring the typical Kerala cuisine from Thiruvananthapuram to Kochi. The ‘Travancore Tavern’ food festival will be held at their Garden Grille Restaurant from September 01 to 09, 2017 and would feature some of the best and authentic Kerala cuisine....
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Chemmeen food fest at Uday Suites, Trivandrum to honour film’s 52nd anniversary

Trivandrum: To commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the iconic Malayalam film, Chemmeen; Uday Suites, an upmarket hotel part of the Uday Samudra group, is hosting a week-long Chemmeen food fest from today. The hotel is located just a few minutes walking distance from the Shangumugham beach in Thiruvananthapuram....
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Taste of Freedom @ Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum

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Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum hosts Frontier flavours food fest (Aug 11-20)

Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum is hosting a ten-day Frontier Flavours food festival at their world cuisine restaurant, Garden Grille from August 11, 2017. This is a good opportunity for the foodies to experience the quintessential taste and untold traditions of ‘North-West Frontier’ region....
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Italian food fest @ Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum

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Exploring the Jack of all Fruits

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An Iftar at Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum

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‘Ceylon Tales’ Sri Lankan food fest at Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum

The name Ceylon brings back a lot of memories – Ceylon Tea, Ceylon Parotta and Radio Ceylon (Binaca Geethmala), to name a few. These came to my mind when I got the invitation for the ‘Ceylon Tales’ Sri Lankan food festival currently going on at the Garden Grill restaurant at Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum and...
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When PR Agencies become a pain

About two weeks back, a mail from a local Public Relations (PR) Agency read – ‘Please find attached press release and photograph of a launch…’ but as the attached picture was missing, I mailed them back asking for the picture. “Sorry, there’s no photo, it was a mistake”, was the reply. Yesterday, they (the same...
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‘Flavours from the Clay Pot’ at Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum

The term ‘Tandoor’ refers to a variety of ovens but the most commonly known used is a cylindrical oven made of clay meant for cooking and baking. According to Dehkhoda Persian Dictionary, the word Tandoor originates from Akkadian ‘Tinûru’ where the ‘tin’ means mud and ‘nuro/nura’ means fire. So it was very apt when the Hilton...
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Bread Fort, a baker’s paradise in the capital city

Dad, can we go for a long drive? My kids ask this question quite often. That ‘long drive’ is just an indication to visit Bread Fort, their favourite bakery to have some donuts and muffins, fresh out of the oven. And surprisingly, the ‘long drive’ is only about 10 kms long....
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‘Slice of Italy’ at Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum

“Give us this day our daily bread and … Lead us not into temptation…”, so we say every time we recite the Lord’s Prayer. Well, an international food festival during the Lent season is indeed a temptation one can’t resist. After the Konkan food fest last month, the Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum is currently hosting an...
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Wine worth Rs. 12 lakhs seized from a wedding house in Kerala

Trivandrum: About 600 litres of good quality wine, worth over Rs. 12 lakhs in the open market, has been seized from a house on the outskirts of the city. The unaccounted wine was kept for serving the guests at a wedding reception. The raid, based on an anonymous tip, was conducted by the Excise Commissioner,...
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Route to Konkan Taste at Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum

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A northie sweet paradise at Kochi

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A taste of amazing food from our neighbouring island nation

After the Italian food fest at the Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum in August 2016 and the Chinese food fest at the Hilton GardenInn, Trivandrum later in November, I think the timing was perfect for the next international food fest in our capital city when the Leela Raviz, Kovalam decided to host a Sri Lankan food...
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The Fab4 Sunday Brunch buffet at Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum

Continuing with our exploration of Sunday brunch buffets in our capital city, last Sunday we went to the Garden Grille restaurant at the Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum to experience their Sunday brunch which was recently relaunched as part of their ‘31 Days of Happiness’ promotion....
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An accidental discovery of a northie snack shop in Trivandrum

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31 Days of Happiness @ Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum

Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum has rolled out a month long festival promotion – 31 Days of Happiness, exclusively for foodies and party lovers in the capital city. The main attractions of this promotion includes 31 different offers spread across 31 days, daily DJ nights at the VBar, Saturday Street food promotions, Sunday brunches and elevated buffets...
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Sunday brunch at Vivanta by Taj Trivandrum

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‘Steam in the Wok’ @ Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum

Last weekend I got an invite for a media preview at the Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum; for their Chinese food festival, ‘Steam in the Wok’. The week long fest at their Garden Grille Restaurant is being led by their international chef, Chef Yap Hock Yin from Hilton Kuala Lumpur and features a wide range of...
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A journey through mainland Chinese cuisine at Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum

I firmly believe that attending the launch or for that matter, even the relaunch of a five star restaurant is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. So, despite a hectic schedule, I made it for the select media preview at Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum, for the relaunch of their signature Chinese restaurant, Chinapolis....
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The great Dhaba festival at Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum

Start with the Lassi and finish with the Masala Chai, suggested Hari Krishnan, the Sous Chef at Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum; a premium luxury hotel in the capital city. That’s exactly what I did at the Dhaba fest currently going on there. And in between I had Chole Batture, Aloo Tikki & Pankhuri Fry for...
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A slice of Italy @ Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum

I am not a full time blogger but I do blog once in a while. Last week when I got an invite from the Vivanta by Taj – Trivandrum, a premium luxury hotel in the capital city, for their Italino Food Promo, apart from doing my usual news report, thought would do a blog post...
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Samsung launches first Tizen powered 4G smartphone Z2

Bangalore: Samsung India has launched its first 4G enabled Tizen-powered smartphone, Samsung Z2. Built on the Tizen platform, Samsung Z2 caters to the requirements of new smartphone users transitioning from a feature phone....
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LG launches X Screen smartphone with a second screen

New Delhi: LG Electronics India announced the launch of its latest 4G LTE smartphone, LG X Screen in India. The smartphone will be exclusively available on Snapdeal from July 20, 2016. This is for the first time that LG has decided to sell a smartphone exclusively via the ecommerce route. LG X Screen also features...
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LG launches Stylus 2 Plus with upgraded features

New Delhi: LG Electronics India is all set to launch its latest smartphone Stylus 2 Plus in India. This smartphone started rolling out globally last month and is now ready to hit the Indian shores. While the design remains consistent with the original LG Stylus 2, the smartphone now comes with upgraded features that give...
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LG launches its latest smartphone Stylus 2

New Delhi: LG Electronics India today announced the launch of its latest Smartphone, the LG Stylus2 in India. The exceptionally-priced 5.7-inch handset shares many of the premium features available on LG’s flagship models and also includes a pen with a nano-coated tip for more accuracy compared to the previous rubber-tipped pen....
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Samsung expands J series portfolio with Galaxy J7 & J5 2016 editions

Bangalore: Samsung India today announced the launch of the 2016 editions of its popular Galaxy J7 and J5 smartphones, offering consumers more choices in the J series. A new design language with a stylish metal frame and an upgraded display with an ergonomic height-to-width ratio are key changes from the predecessors. The smartphones’ performances have...
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Google rolls out free high-speed public Wi-Fi at Ernakulam Junction

Kochi: Google India has announced the roll out of free high-speed public Wi-Fi at nine railway stations across India including Ernakulam Junction (South) in Kerala, in association with RailTel. The other stations are Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Kacheguda, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Vijayawada and Vishakhapatnam. Google had introduced the free high-speed Wi-Fi at Mumbai Central earlier in January...
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LG bets big on Indian smartphone market with K7 & K10

New Delhi: LG Electronics India Limited (LGEIL) has announced the launch of K7 and K10, the first smartphones the company will be making in India. The move reiterates the company’s long term commitment to India and its customers in the country....
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Videocon launches Krypton V50DA & V50DC at affordable price range

New Delhi: Catering to the demand of new-age smartphone consumers, Videocon Mobile Phones has introduced two new affordable smartphones – Krypton V50DA and V50DC packed with latest Android features and vibrant design. The new models have been launched in line up to the brand’s mission of reaching out to the emerging smartphone users of the...
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How to renew SAIL Mediclaim Insurance Premium

It is that time of the year when ex-employees of Steel Authority of India (SAIL) and its steel plants like Bhilai (BSP), Rourkela (RSP), Bokaro, Durgapur, Salem, etc; run around to renew their medical insurance premiums under the SAIL Mediclaim Scheme. Ex-employees are usually under stress to get the mediclaim renewed for themselves and their...
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Samsung launches new mobile innovation: S bike mode

Bangalore: Samsung India Electronics today announced the launch of the Samsung Galaxy J3 featuring the S bike mode, an industry-first dedicated feature for two-wheeler riders that is designed to enable responsible and tension free riding....
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iBall launches Cobalt 5.5 Youva 4G in Kerala

Kochi: iBall has launched its latest gizmo, the iBall Cobalt 5.5 Youva 4G phone targeting youngsters, in Kerala. The phone designed keeping in mind young customers is equipped with 4G in line with the connectivity improvements of the day....
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