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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie.. Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... I Am crazy about music,books,friends and my doggie... :)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Breakfast - From a box..

I love a good breakfast and during the years when I lived alone, it was the my cherished time in the kitchen. I would stare into the fridge for a few minutes [ even though I could recite what was there, in which shelf and how much was left of what].. And then there would be these voices in my head going - pancake, sandwich, french toast, cornflakes,etc... Depending on the mood, I would finally get around to cooking up the breakfast. I have also done breakfast in a jar- where I pack a jar/bottle with oats, fruits, honey, chia seeds, nuts and a small spoonful of milk or curd.. In the morning, just before eating it, I add more of milk/curd and allow it to get soaked up before diving in.. Quite yumm. I cant be bothered to do those fancy breakfast bowls or smoothies you see online, esp Instagram... 

Even if it was pancakes, there would be days when it would have apples, other days for chocolate and then some days just dry fruits.  But ever since I moved back to grandparents house, breakfast though remains an important meal, has become blah. On most days it is Ragi porridge with some fruits, or cornflakes with fruits. Last week when I had gone to visit my folks, mom gave me this box that my sis had brought from Amsterdam. Mom's idea of breakfast is cornflakes or a 2nd cup of coffee/tea. Mom gave this to me saying "She said you can eat it as it is for breakfast but I am kicked about trying it, why dont you?". 

Upon inspecting the box, I came to know it was a Granola mix made with kelp, Spirulina, coconut and few other ingredients, including various nuts & oats. It did not have any sugar and was Vegan.  The first day, I took out my bowl, filled it with milk, cornflakes, fruits and topped with a few pieces of this granola and ate it. I  realised it did not have any specific flavour on its own and was alright... 2nd day, I had this as it is in a small bowl, but I do prefer it with something warm/hot. And so this week I have had it with my ragi porridge - I add maybe a tsp of this on top . 

Some of the Product benefits listed on the product are, 
  • A non-cereal breakfast cereal.
  • Flavoured using coconut and spirulina.
  • One portion of Green Granola Coconut & Spirulina contains 0.23 mg of iodine, which is 150% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA).
  • The nuts in this granola have been pre-soaked.
  • Wholesome, certified organic, vegan and raw.
  • Dried and processed at low temperatures.
  • Totally pure and free from fillers and other additives.
  • Contains no gluten, soy, dairy products, artificial additives, refined sugars or genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.
  • Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and rawfood fans.
Well, since I love experimenting with food, I am always game to try new things. Plus lets be honest, who in Chennai has seen Kelp and these kinda granulas [some of them are available now in stores, but quite sweet]  Next up, am gonna try my hand at making granola at home, quite easy from what I see on other blogs..

What is your go to breakfast? 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Benjarong- Meal in a Tiffin box...

The new trend is to have set menu, the corporate/executive lunches... And so jumping on this wagon, but doing it in style, Benjarong has launched tiffin box meals.. It is probably the only restaurant I go to for Thai food and so this concept is a cool addition to their hat. 

So, if two of you[ friends/ family/colleagues/etc] are heading out for lunch, all you need to do is order yourself one of these and voila, your meal arrives piping hot, packing in a traditional yet contemporary tiffin box and you dig in...  

It contains a starter, a Salad, Rice, Noodles, a side dish and the dessert is served separately. The portions are good enough for two, and it comes fresh off the stove. Reminding us of the days when we used to get hot lunches at school, this tiffin box has a dash of nostalgia element to it as well. The only catch/point to be noted is both of you need to be either Veg or non veg.. You cannot get a mixed box, kinda complicated to put together, right? 

All this is priced at Rs899 plus tax.. Quite a steal for amazing food..

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Fatty Bao - Asian Gastro Bar

Over the past few months, i knew several new restaurants had come up in Chennai , most of which am yet to visit. But wait, I was in Bangalore, a city that had far too many restaurants/pubs if you ask me and I have been to just a handful of em. 

Via Malaysia Ramen

Thai Green curry with rice

Salt & Pepper shakers.. how cute, :O

Japanese Cheesecake

So this visit, a meeting was fixed, but then after a bit of deliberation, we zeroed in on a venue- The Fatty Bao. I had heard about this place, but had no idea what to expect. The minute I looked up the address, I gave out a huge sigh [ not of relief, but Oh gosh, not again], cos it said "12th Main road, Indira Nagar". That street is packed tight with eateries, pubs, and stores and I kinda sorta wasnt a big fan of the area. But oh, well, never pass up an opportunity to try a new place and ofcourse meet someone sweet & dear.

Made my way from Ulsoor towards this part of town and well, nothing seemed familiar. I spotted the Sony store, but then the map asked me to go across from it. Oh well, looks like this was the other side of 12th Main road. I thought to myself "Maybe the other stretch is so full, restaurants are spilling over to this side".. lolz

Found the restaurant on the left, and noticed a sign saying it was on the 3rd floor. Got out of the elevator, and lo behold, it felt like I had been transported to somewhere in the South east. Dark lights, kitsch colours on the walls, panda, cute faces and what not, and then there was the eclectic furniture, and light fittings. There was also a Christmas tree of sorts right in the middle with colourful ornaments hanging from them. We chose the table just beyond it and thus began what was a fun rendezvous.  

Since both of us were vegetarians, I thought "well, this should be a breeze", but oh boy was I wrong. They had quite a lot of options, and after going to & fro, we went with the Spicy Mushroom Bao, Thai green curry with steamed rice, and Via Malaysia Ramen bowl. 

The bao was simply divine. It was literally melting in our mouths and was polished off in a jiffy. My friend has never had a bao, not even heard of one plus she had just come back after a medical check up, was quite ravenous... 

The Via Malaysia Ramen bowl was beautiful. Loved the subtle flavours in the broth that went well with the noodles, tofu and veggies. We did add a bit of Sriracha to take it up a notch. 

The Thai curry and rice was yummilicious. If I was dying and you had to feed me a spoonful of my favorite dish, this would be it.. Am not a fan of the red or yellow curry, remember that, alright? Here it came in a tray accompanied by some rice crisps, golden fried onions and few other condiments.. Loved it.. 

And what meal is complete without a dessert... After a few second deliberation, we both opted for the Japanese Cheesecake that was served with a sweet crumb and tart berry compote. Looked beautiful and tasted even better. My friend mentioned that most of the cheesecakes she has had have been sweet, which was quite surprising!! 

This is a fun place to hang out in, catch up with friends or just tuck into the Pan asian dishes on the menu. Fairly quiet, so you can hear yourself/have conversations and simple in terms of decor and ambiance. We spotted only two staff members who ran around attending to the tables, but they were efficient and prompt... 

This meal for 2 worked out to Rs1675/- [incl GST and Service charge]

610,3rd Floor,
12th A Main Road, off 80 feet Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar, 
Bengaluru  560008

Disclaimer: The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember these were just my views!! Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit :-)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Wharf 2.0, Radisson BLU Temple Bay, Mahabalipuram

As we drove into the large gates, I was filled with memories from the earlier visit. That was a day trip with friends, we had just decided to get on the road, ending up here at GRT Radisson Blu, Temple Bay in Mahabalipuram.. Walked around for a while, had a lazy fun lunch at the Wharf and drove back to the city.

This time, I was here to do something similar, except it would be visiting the newly revamped Wharf, aptly titled Wharf 2.0, a refreshing new version of something familiar...  The restaurant is situated right next to the ocean, with open views all around. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, I chose the outdoor especially since the weather was fabulous, it had been drizzling that morning.  The lovely canopy provides just the right amount of shelter , the new metal chairs were quite comfy and the green was a colour that stood out against the brown sand and blue waters.

We got to interact with the team at the restaurant, who spoke with such pride and drive, it was endearing.. The chef told us the menu was based on the elements of the planet- earth, wind, fire, water and air, which extended to how their menu was laid out as well. You won't find "starters", "soups" but instead you find "earth", "air" etc..  Now, since it is situated along the ocean, a big chunk of the menu is seafood/non veg based, but they do have a good selection of food for us veggies [which is such a relief to see and it is not all about paneer] :)

The afternoon was lazy, relaxed and packed with some yumm food, starting with the interesting cocktails, moving on to starters, main and the show stopper desserts.. Come join me on this journey, 

The view from our table..

 The two drinks to kick off lunch - Above Sea Level [berry based with a thin sugar sheet on top] and Sunkissed [ gin, tender coconut water and vettiver] 

Amuse bouche.. while we waited for the soup..

 Thai matcha soup - the broth had thai flavours fused with pumpkin puree and it was sinful.. esp since I love thai cuisine!

Aloo shakkarkand aur chilgoza ki tikki [Inspired by earth]- it was melt in the mouth delish and that dip was perfect..

 Crumbed olives  with Blue cheese &paprika dip [Inspired by Earth]- it was heaven, every bite was sinful.. the olives were super fresh and that blue cheese dip, well i would be happy with just that.. 

Paneer Ghee Roast [Inspired by Earth]- paneer slices packed with a milagai podi of sorts and cooked in ghee- it was surprisingly light and well, quite yumm.. Chef recommended we try this with plain rice and it was a good combination indeed.  

Dastaan-e-kumbh [Inspired by Fire]- Stuffed mushrooms served with green chutney and peanut sauce. It had pomogranate seeds inside two mushrooms...  WOW!

Makkai ki tikki- cooked on the tandoor, these were also good , simple sweet and light.. 

The main dishes - There was the bread basket with an assortment of naans, Mushrooms cooked in chettinad style, Dal makhani and Paneer sabzi. Apparently the cutlery used to serve dishes has also changed, gone are the ceramic pots and in came the traditional vessels, which I think is quite a neat touch... The starters were wow, and the mains were the usual line up of dishes... 

Eggplant Zucchini layered baked Casserole [almost like a diff version of the ratatouille]


Hard surprise- the ultimate show stopper of a dessert , you should watch the drama before it becomes what it is on the plate... It had a thin outer chocolate bowl, filled with everything from mousse, cake, fruits, compote, and more... 

Gulab Jamun Cheesecake topped with sugar candy- again it involves some amount of drama.. Loved this dessert as there was the perfect balance between sweetness of the Gulab jamun with the cheese cake & the berry compote sitting on top 

It had been a good 4-5 hours by the time we had polished of f the desserts and my oh my, was it one hellova afternoon or what. It is the perfect setting for a group to come chill, have a few drinks, nibble on the various dishes and have a good weekend afternoon at.  So, next time you are looking for an option for a relaxed weekend lunch, head out to the Temple Bay property and you are in for a treat.. We told ourselves that we needed to walk for a while before heading back to the city, and so the walk from the restaurant to the main lobby was what we did... :D

The cottages we passed by looked so inviting.. Maybe next time should combine a weekend stay and lunch..

Disclaimer: The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember these were just my views!! Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit :-)