Five Star Chicken – world class quality at very affordable prices!

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews,Uncategorized — posted by dhempe on 12 February, 2015 @ 9:28 pm

Five Star Chicken was just launched less than 3 years back in India but already has more than 240 outlets across Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi, and in smaller towns such as Mangaluru, Mysuru, Chikamagaluru, Mandya, and Chintamani in Karnataka. It also operates outlets in Salem, Coimbatore, and Erode in Tamil Nadu. They are planning to expand soon in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

One of their most hot selling products and my favorite too are the signature products which are fried chicken in 2 varieties – “Original Thai Crispy” and the more suited to Indian spice standards “Crunchy Masala”. I feel the Original Thai Crispy has a very good flavor but if you want a bite for your tongue, you should check out the spicy Crunchy Masala!


Slice of Rajasthan if you are in a hurry – Pushkar Resorts

Filed under:Rajasthan,Travel — posted by dhempe on 10 February, 2015 @ 10:38 pm

Recently on my trip to Jaipur, I was looking for nearby visits which are not more than 150-200kms around that area so that we don’t get stressed with the travel and still enjoy the vacation. I realized that Ajmer and Pushkar can be done within a day’s time where you visit the World famous Ajmer Sharif dargah which is flocked by people from all faiths and also the Brahma temple and Pushkar Sarovar in Pushkar. But then I was thinking it would be too stressful a journey so was looking forward to some good accommodation around Pushkar when I found out about Pushkar Resorts on social media!

The beautiful cottages at Pushkar Resorts which are adorned with flowering plants and creepers definitely interested me as I’m a nature lover. The serenity of the location along with wonderful weather during the winter months made me choose Pushkar Resorts as Sewara Hospitality is known for it’s world class service. The rooms were tastefully anointed with colorful paints and Rajasthani embroidery.

All the latest amenities are available in these cottages like air conditioning and even heater which is very much required in the winter months. Room service is quite efficient but as it is quite far away from civilization, it’s better to have emergency medicines available with you in case you require any. The mood of the lighting in the room is quite subdued and it is quite warm too.

If you feel hungry from your jaunts across the property, swim in the vast swimming pool or from playing outdoor/indoor games, you can head to the restaurant which is in a villa of it’s own. There is the best of North Indian food available to suit your taste buds and in case you request for it, you would even get some Rajasthani specialty dishes like Dal Bhati Choorma!


Airtel 4G – blazing fast on Redmi Note 4G

Filed under:Reviews,Technology — posted by dhempe on 2 February, 2015 @ 11:00 am

Folks around the world have been mesmerized by the Mi mobiles from China which always have cutting edge Technology embedded in them. One of their latest offerings is Redmi Note 4G which is a budget phone under Rs.10,000 which is now readily available at any Airtel stores instead of booking it online, which is mostly luck based.

The booking process is very easy! You have to just visit Airtel Redmi Note 4G booking page online and click on “Book Now” which takes you to the following page.

Here you just need to mention whether you are a Prepaid or Post Paid User, your name, your mobile number, Email ID and City. That’s just about it! You will also get more information about the entire process on the right hand side.


Luxury in the middle of nowhere – Pushkar Resorts, Rajasthan

Filed under:Rajasthan,Travel — posted by dhempe on 30 January, 2015 @ 7:58 am

Whenever you hear of Pushkar, your mind automatically thinks about the famous Pushkar Camel Fair which happens in the months of October or November every year. Few people inclined towards mythology may also know that Pushkar has the only Brahma temple in the world. Other than that, Pushkar doesn’t seem to entice much interest in people. But did you know that it’s a wonderful hideaway from Jaipur and even Delhi?

Pushkar Resorts in Pushkar is just about 150 kms from Jaipur which is a short 2.5 hours drive on the 6 lane highway connecting Jaipur and Ajmer. This is National Highway 8 upon which you can cruise easily at over 120 KMPH and there are plethora of culinary options on the Highway where you can stop to try out some amazing Rajasthani & North Indian Cuisine. Kuber Resorts and Hotel Highway King are some of the more popular names.

When you plan to come to Pushkar Resorts, get a taxi from Jaipur which can take you on a sight-seeing trip of Ajmer specially the world famous Ajmer Sharif Dargah and the brahma temple/ sarovar in Pushkar. After a hectic half day trip of sight-seeing, you can retire at Pushkar Resorts just 5 kms off Pushkar as we did. What we instantly liked as we walked in was the massive swimming pool and the sprawling lawns in the property.


Bangalore New Year Eve 2015 party at Fairfield by Marriott

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by dhempe on 27 December, 2014 @ 3:36 pm

If you are looking for the right place to enjoy New Year Eve 2015 in Bangalore, look no further than Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru. They are having a grand gala New Year Eve event called ‘Glitterazzi 2015′ on 31st December 2014. Come, ring in this glitzy new 2015 with your folks and friends. With all things glittering, you can make a shining beginning to a brand new year. Giving you a choice of your favourite music from EDM, easy, happy to Bollywood to shake a leg or two, Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru has the best of DJs playing for you. They also have made it a point to entertain everyone you are coming with, including your folks and kids with their exclusive kids’ corner to let your kids bring in 2015 with a bang too!

Conveniently located almost near the heart of Bangalore at Rajajinagar, Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru has some amazing entertainment lined up for New Year Eve 2015 celebrations. With some scrumptious delicacies paired with the best of beverages, they offer you an array of choices to enjoy until early hours of 2015! You don’t have to worry about heading back home after celebrations too. You can go for the room deal which gives you a comfortable nap in cozy rooms. You can continue the celebrations on 1st of January 2015 by waking up to Fairfield Marriott’s New Year brunch, and a dip in their rooftop pool!


Xiaomi phone patent issues – Is Huawei Honor a way to go?

Filed under:Technology — posted by dhempe on 17 December, 2014 @ 11:07 am

Why buy Xiaomi [Mi Phones] with a bundle of issues from patent to after sale services and no clear long-term plans for India market – Is Huawei Honor a way to go ?

Over past couple of years we’ve seen that Samsung and Apple are getting replaced by users as their preferred choice of Smartphones. We have been getting some really good companies entering the Indian market providing best of features at competitive prices. Some of these companies are Huawei, Xiaomi, One Plus, etc.

But the latest issue that has sent shivers down our spine is the ban on Xiaomi phones. Ericsson has sued Xiaomi for infringement of Standard Essential Patents (SEP) and Delhi High Court has upheld this by banning sale of Xiaomi phones in India which the company has duly complied by. Some of the patents that were infringed by Xiaomi relate to 3G, EDGE and AMR technologies.

Today Xiaomi Gets Temporary Relief, but is this what an Indian customer wants? Shouldn’t Indian customers look for long term companies for their personal devices such as Smart phones?

I did a bit of research regarding this and realised that similar situations were prevalent in China too where Xiaomi had infringed various patents of Huawei on 4G but Huawei didn’t take any legal action against them. Huawei is the no. 1 telecom company in the world & they have cross-patent licensing with various businesses across the globe.

Huawei being Top 3 Global Smartphone player after Samsung and Apple ensured that they didn’t infringe any patents from any players and now they are in a good position in India with Honor range of smartphones like Honor 6 and Honor Holly available on Flipkart.

I think Xiaomi should take a leaf from Huawei’s book and fix their patent issues quickly and smartly and not just provide Temporary Relief for Indian customers. With so many great phones coming into India, we can only wish that Xiaomi can compete with Huawei Honor smartphones.

If the ASUS Zenfone was my best friend, here’s how he would be handy!

Filed under:Technology — posted by dhempe on 12 December, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

Who wouldn’t have heard of ASUS? It is one of the top-three consumer notebook vendors worldwide and makers of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. It has designed and manufactured products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio. ASUS has won over 4000 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. The company revenue for 2013 itself was approximately USD 14 billion. This shows the kind of commitment and dedication they have towards researching for and creating world-class high tech products.

ASUS India recently launched the Zenfone series, the smartphone mastering technological innovation and design perfection in July of 2014. They have received a thunderous response from the market. Since its release, they have even been awarded the “Budget Smart Phone of The Year – 2014” at Exhibit Tech Awards 2014 for ASUS Zenfone 5. The Zenfone Series has received path breaking response from the Indian Market. Its sales surpassed 2.8 lakhs figure by end of September which is within just a quarter. The company has also been engaging with fans across cities by hosting #ZenMeetUp to celebrate the support received from the fans. The series has received an overall substantial response online and offline. Flipkart has been the flagship site where they have been selling Zenfones which are almost always out of stock due to the huge demand!


Amazing brews and amazing food at Big Pitcher Bangalore

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews — posted by dhempe on 10 December, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

For those who love Breweries, Big Pitcher has opened up on Old Airport Road in Bangalore. This is the biggest craft brewery in Bangalore with more than 6 floors of awesome fun! Though the place opened more than 6 months back, it’s only recently that they got the brewing license which has made them come out with some exemplary brews!

The brews on tap were Adjust Maadi (Hop Twisted Dry Hefeweizen), Czech that pilsner (Wild Cat Slav Lager), Sarava! (suspiciously Brazilian Witbier), Kingslayer (Medieval Dark Wheat Ale) and Hop Witch (Single-Hop mutating ale).

Brewmaster Luiz Fernando Pizzani was there to present to us all the beers and he explained the process behind naming each beer and the entire process of brewing. It was really wonderful to listen to his experiences across the world which made him brew some of the best beers with innovative twists!


Whitefield Streat Kitchen Wednesdays at Marriott

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews — posted by dhempe on 9 December, 2014 @ 5:50 pm

Recently went to Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield for Whitefield Streat Kitchen festival which is there every Wednesday for Dinner. It was wonderful to see street food being celebrated by such a big five star hotel. I was sure that we could enjoy to our heart’s content without worrying about the food quality or taste!

Started with Nasheele rasagulle which is Rasagolla in Vodka flavored Strawberry syrup! It provided the perfect start to an amazing event of food with a twist! I had Vodka panipuris before, this tasted as good if not better!

Loved the way the Alcohol menu for the evening was designed in two sections – Daru Desi for Alcholics and Bina Daru Ki Shaam for Non-Alcoholics. Daru Desi had Meri Lassi (raspberry syrup yogurt vanilla ice cream with vodka), Jaani add some rum paani (shikanjivi with white rum) along with Nasheele rasagulle. In Bina Daru Ki Shaam, there were Desi Kala Cola, Shikanivi and Jal Ki Raani (jaljeera with soda).


Rasovara – The Royal Kitchen by Rajdhani

Filed under:Food,Restaurant Reviews,Reviews — posted by dhempe on 19 November, 2014 @ 7:24 am

The ever popular Rajdhani restaurants have come with a great new concept of Rasovara which means the Royal Kitchen. They are trying to recreate the magic of kitchens from the bygone era where Royal cooks called Khansamas used to create amazing culinary experience for all!

The culinary experience is broken into three courses – the appetizers, the royal thali and the sweet ending. The appetizers started with the most popular Gujarati dish of all time – Dhokla! I loved the way it was presented like Momos in a wooden basket. They were soft and fluffy and were very colourful too!

In the appetizers, there were lot of interesting things to work up our appetite. In the starters platter that was served to us, I liked the Paneer Palak Kabab and Khasta Mutter Roll. The portions were just perfect to get your appetite working to await a Royal feast!


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image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace