New menu at Chili’s Grill & Bar Bangalore

Chili’s Grill & Bar, is the leading American casual dining restaurant chain present in over 1500 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide including Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Egypt, Kuwait, Russia, UAE, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea among several others. With a pan-India proliferation, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Bangalore are the cities that constitute the Southern & Western markets for Chili’s in the country.

The signature Chili’s restaurant in Bangalore is at No: 1135, HAL stage-2, 100 ft road, Opposite Axis Bank in Indiranagar. There are 2 other restaurants in Bangalore at Ground Floor, Phoenix Market City, Whitefield Road, Singayyanapalya, Mahadevapura post and at Brigade Orion Mall, Industrial Suburb, Subramanya nagar, Municipal ward no. 9A, Rajajinagar, Extension, Malleshwaram West.

The revised menu has additions in every category, be it in the appetizers section with Ultimate Dipper or the Guacamole Burger as a Big Mouth® Burger and also the Tortilla Crusted Chicken in the Mains. These are the favorites from all the quarterly special menus that Chili’s introduces throughout the year. From the international favorites, Chili’s has selected the Santa Fe Chicken/ Shrimp Tacos in the Quesadilla and Taco section, Santa Fe Chicken/ Paneer Saladin the salads section and an American favorite- Philadelphia Melting Cheese Steak.

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Rayalseema Cuisine arrives in Bangalore with a bang!

Rocky and Mayur have ventured out to explore food from all parts of India and curate videos on Askme.com. I’m contributing my part by relishing my favorite dishes at Rayalaseema Ruchulu and sharing my views with you all! You can also upload your video review on AskMe and stand a chance to meet Rocky and Mayur.

I had visited Rayalaseema Ruchulu in Hyderabad in 2009 and was bowled over by their delicacies though I was a little taken aback by their spiciness. I visited them again in 2012 and was able to enjoy the flavors in a much better way as I realized that you could customize your meal by asking for the level of spiciness. I was proud of my Telugu lineage as they introduced a lot of household recipes which you don’t get in a commercial atmosphere of a restaurant.

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Phicomm Passion 660 hands-on review

2015 can really be considered as the best year for gadget lovers in India as many brands are entering the market and offering really cool devices for very competitive prices. But what has stood out in the crowd is Phicomm Passion 660 launched by Phicomm India which has Research & Development bases in Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Munich and San Francisco with India as their next target.

One of the first things that you notice about Phicomm Passion 660 is that it is super slim at just 7.3mm with a premium finish. It has also a larger screen at around 5″ which is 10% larger than iPhone 6. It also has a 6% higher Screen-to-body ratio too! Who wouldn’t want a bigger display for a much lesser price!

For all those folks who might think that dropping the phone may injure it, worry not! It has got 3rd generation Corning glass for LCD and the touch panel is made of LG glass. The painting on the phone is also anti scratch and quite durable. So you need not worry about any kind of sudden injury which might happen to the phone as it will be almost indestructible!

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Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park – ‘Hotel in a Garden’ in green Singapura!

On my recent trip to Singapore to celebrate the golden jubilee of ‘The Red Dot’ (Singapore’s nickname, for the uninitiated), I was looking for a stay somewhere close to the city yet be far from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. So after doing research online, I found Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park as the perfect fit both for a comfortable and an affordable stay for just around 180 Singapore dollars per night or so. I also liked the fact that the hotel is quite new, just about a couple of years old and already won awards from the industry!

Walking into the rooms, I found them to be compact and cozy. They were well aesthetically designed with floral prints on the pillows and bedding. The walls were decorated with paintings reminding us of erstwhile colonial rule in Singapore. The large glass windows provided perfect view to the city and if you are lucky, you could get a view of the amazing greenery all around which makes Singapore a city in a garden rather than the other way round.

I was lucky to be in a corner room on the 15th floor of Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park. I had wonderful views of the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (many Chinese immigrants used to gather here to discuss Chinese politics) , Goh Chor Tua Pek Kong Temple (Chinese temple) and pre-world-war-2 conservation buildings. The greenery bang in the middle of the city and the suburbs reminds us of the environmental  richness that the city has to offer. You are never too far from the city too as Ramada Singapore offers regularly shuttle services to nearest MRT station which is Novena MRT (5 minutes away) and to the most popular shopping district of Orchard Road (15 minutes away). Don’t forget to plan in advance though as shuttles can get booked out early. But don’t worry as Taxis are not very expensive too and the doormen help in getting you a taxi at any time of the day or night.

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Singapore – Vegetarian Paradise of South East Asia!

As a traveler, I explored quite a lot of Asia including Hong Kong, Bangkok, Colombo and Macau and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the local culture there. But I have predominantly seen that Non-vegetarian cuisine is the norm here and vegetarians face a lot of trouble in getting decent food apart from maybe few salads. Of course there are few Indian restaurants but they are few and far in between and quite expensive too. In my recent trip to Singapore on formal invitation from Singapore Tourism Board & Tigerair, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Singapore has a vast variety of vegetarian options (not just Indian!) which probably makes it the Vegetarian Paradise of South East Asia!

One of the torch bearers of the vegetarianism in Singapore is probably Real Food – which calls itself as a grocer and cafe with books. It also has an amazing restaurant which serves healthy, organic vegetarian food which many Singaporeans and tourists alike are warming up to. The address is 110 Killiney Rd but they also have 2 other branches across Singapore at Eu Tong Sen St and Sinaran Drive.

I tried the Grilled Veg Sandwich which costs around 9.8 Singapore dollars. Though a Sandwich, it was served like a burger which had inside it assorted grilled organic vegetables, mozzarella, cheddar and homemade tomato sauce. It was served with a side of fresh herb salad and boiled sweet potatoes. All the vegetables were really fresh and I enjoyed the healthy combination though the bun was a bit hard to bite into.

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