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For the last two years or so, I have been blogging at My Open Vistas (http://myopenvistas.com). This is my old blog and has not been updated for some time now. So please check out My Open Vistas to read my latest blog posts. Happy reading !!

Thank you, Anil Philip

Sri Lankan food fest at The Leela Raviz, Kovalam

Sri Lankan food fest at The Leela Raviz, Kovalam

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 fest in the first week of the New Year itself.

Reaching early for the media launch of the ‘Island Nation’s Amazing Food’ Sri Lankan food fest at the Terrace restaurant, I spent some time exploring the Leela Raviz, Kovalam which is supposed to be India’s only cliff top beach resort.

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The Fab4 Sunday brunch at the 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 brunch which was recently relaunched as part of their ‘31 Days of Happiness’ promotion.

A large well decorated Christmas tree greeted us at the reception. The lobby and the restaurant area were decked up with lights and Christmas garnitures while a nicely done ginger bread house took up one end of the lobby.

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31 Days of Happiness at 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 at their Garden Grille restaurant.

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Chinese food fest @ 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 Chinese cuisines from the Sichuan, Hunan and Cantonese regions. Continue reading