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Sunday started with a heavy breakfast and briefing about the 24km Tata Zest drive that we were going to take in Goa with 2 pit stops. We were a group of 3 bloggers who were going to drive 8kms each and then each interchange. My group consisted of Nivedith G and Christine who are famous bloggers from Bangalore and Delhi respectively. We started with a Diesel car and it was wonderful to drive through some of the most scenic locations in Goa.

We had a comfortable drive in it but we missed the touch screen dashboard which is present in the Diesel version. The Harman speaker system in the car was wonderful, we had a great time connecting the Bluetooth to the speaker and then talk to our friends on it while driving. The AC was perfect and provided great relief for us.

Next we tried the Petrol version which had touch screen dashboard and also 3 modes – Eco, Sport and City which can be used in multiple situations.

It all started with a mail from Harish Krishnan of BlogAdda. He asked me to keep the weekend of 26th and 27th July free for an unforgettable experience. I was wondering what it will be as I know BlogAdda arranges some exciting events for its star bloggers like car drives, events, books, prizes, etc. Immediately I blocked my time as I was sure I was never going to miss it for anything! Slowly the details started trickling in that it was the beautiful state of Goa which is going to host us.

As a part Goan (I grew up there) and someone who loves the sunshine state, I was really excited to go there albeit for a weekend. And then the most exciting news came up – I was going to be a part of 50 top bloggers from across India who are going to be flown down to Goa to experience something which many Indians haven’t experienced yet – the smashing new Tata Zest sedan car! Though the car is going to be officially launched only in August, we got an amazing opportunity to experience it much beforehand!

We landed in Goa from different parts of the countries and met at the airport which was wonderful as we could put faces to names of bloggers we have following and interacting for a long time. We drove down to beautiful Zuri sands resort where luxury was at it’s best. We were welcomed by Harish, Anant and Ankita of BlogAdda who made us comfortable and ensured that we were fed well so that we could exercise our brain cells in a better way.

As anticipation was growing across the globe for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazilâ„¢, Budweiser proudly revealed Rise as One, their global creative campaign on behalf of their sponsorship of the global tournament. As the official beer sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazilâ„¢, Budweiser had designed a holistic creative platform under the Rise As One thematic, which served to celebrate the moments that united and inspired fans of the beautiful game around the world.

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“While football brings out regional pride and fierce rivalries, it also brings fans across the globe together once every four years through shared passion,” said Andrew Sneyd, Global Vice President, Budweiser. “With the Rise As One campaign, Budweiser celebrates the world’s favorite game and its role in inspiring fans to celebrate the moments that unite us as a global community.”

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Budweiser is present in over 80 countries around the world, and Rise As One had truly global reach as markets around the world bought it to life through a unified platform including new television and out-of-home advertising, as well as customized local market activations and initiatives to engage fans in-store, online and across social channels. Additionally, Budweiser developed and distributed global broadcast and digital FIFA World Cupâ„¢ related content through strategic media partnerships.

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Here is a video review done by me:

Teppan on Ulsoor road in Bangalore has been on my hit list of restaurants since a long long time. So recently I was very excited to be invited to Teppan to check out their specialties. I’m a big fan of Sushi and I loved some of their Sushi like Tamago also known as Japanese omelette, Ebi also known as Prawn, Suzuki also known as sea bass and Shake Maki which is spiced fresh salmon rolled with sushi vinegared rice, nori and cucumber.

One of my other favorite Sushi items were Kani Kama Maki which is soft shell crab tempura, rolled with sushi vinegared rice, tempura crunch and sesame seeds. I was happy to try this special Sushi which was so yummy that it filled my senses with great joy!

Then the highlight of the evening started. Chef June from Vietnam introduced himself and said about how he learnt Japanese cooking from the masters themselves when they came down for knowledge transition. June explained that the wide spread of menu includes starters like Sakana Furai (Crumbed salmon, tuna and mushroom stuffed with sautéed vegetables skewered fried and served with homemade tongatsu mayo), Sake chizu Furai (Thinly sliced salmon layered with nori and rolled inside with blanched carrot, asparagus and cheese crumb fried and served with homemade tongatsu mayo and teriyaki sauce).

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