Food Review #265

McDonalds Big Spicy Chicken Wrap (With Wheat Tortilla) – they changed it from a flour tortilla, the rest is mostly the same. But – the veggies inside seem all fresh and healthy! What the hell McDonald’s? LOL, just kidding. Even with the change, this one is my fav from their menu.

Holiday Meals

So with the Christmas eve and now Christmas day behind us (almost as it’s 9:30 pm on the 25th as I type this), I though I’d share some of what I and my family ate & did during this holiday period. On Monday the 24th, I woke up early and had coffee by 7pm and later at 9am I had my breakfast of 4 dosas with sambar and more coffee. Lunch was light and simple, just some rice with veggies and a bit of fish curry.

I watched The Minions movie and then watched Star Trek First Contact on my tv – which was awesome by the way – and took a light nap. In the evening after coffee and light snacks, my sister came over with her three kids. So we ordered some food – I ordered a shawarma for my niece and two piece alfahm chicken for me with kuboos and mayo. My sister ordered butter chicken & chilli chicken with appams for my dad, mom, my two nephews and herself.

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I also had two beers with my meal, which was delicious by the way. I had two kuboos with the alfam chicken and drank a Sterran beer plus a Kingfisher. The alfaham was great though once it isn’t that hot you do need more mayo as it dries up while trying to eat it with kuboos. After the dinner, I was back in my bedroom on my computer. At night I watched Home Alone, a Christmas movie and one of my 3 ultimate Xmas movies (the other two being Gremlins and Die Hard) and then 2 episodes each of Z Nation and Angel and fell asleep by 4 am.

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This morning I woke up by 11 am and just had coffee. By 1pm my sister and her kids came over for lunch and my sister had made a simple egg fried rice while dad and mom made chicken curry. We ate our fried rice and chicken curry and at the end we had some mango & chocolate chip ice cream which my sister had bought from a store on their way here. Nicely filled I went back to lie down and watched Star Trek Insurrection. I even managed a short nap after the movie. More coffee and chips and then more internet until dinner time which was chappathi and the left over chicken curry.

Taco Bell Comes To Kochi

It’s finally here! Well not that I or anyone I know was waiting eagerly for it but Taco Bell is finally coming to Kochi. It’s the inauguration of the first Taco Bell outlet in Kerala and it’s in Lulu Mall, Edapally – which is a suburb of Kochi. Lulu Mall is largest mall in India (for now anyways as that title will soon be gone) and has KFC, Dominos, Pizza Hut, Burger King & McDonald’s.

Now they have a Taco Bell too. I have never been to a Taco Bell and never had anything from them. They have outlets in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad & Chandigarh – 11 in all and I guess Kochi makes 11. If it’s a success I guess they will have one each in the two Lulu Mall outlets that are being setup in Calicut & Thiruvananthapuram. But since India does not allow national/international food chains to have beef products (local joints in Kerala can have beef but not in most of India) what will they serve? Chicken ofcourse. Let’s look at the menu!

Mexican Paneer? What the fuck??? Tikka Masala Nachos Veg/Chicken? LOL, to be honest the rest of the menu looks interesting and I want to try a bunch of them. No beef ofcourse but lots of chicken option. I hope it’s good.

Budweisers & Food At Golden Dragon

After a long while, my cousin Sujith and I went to Golden Dragon on Saturday afternoon. Our meets have been lesser & lesser this year and with me preferring to stay in and relax at home over the weekend with the folks and order in it was inevitable that our outings will be sparse. We also planned a couple of meetings which fizzled out due to either he or me not feeling well or other things coming up.

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This time we just had to meet and despite the fact that I only woke up at 11 am and met him by 1pm. I also have to work at 3:30 am – because of some fuck up at work – but I still was gonna go to eat some good food and drink a couple of beers with my cousin. We met at Golden Dragon and ordered Budweisers and started with shredded pork and chicken lollipops, both of which were excellent.

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We then had some pepper lamb and more beef in oyster sauce, which was the only dish that wasn’t excellent because it was a bit too salty. One more beer each as we discussed a bit about work, music, movies and Star Trek. After that it was a short walk to Milanos to have banana splits which we didn’t know they had on their menu.

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And the banana splits were amazingly rich and sinfully delicious and full. Excellent sundaes!

The Best Sandwich?

Sandwich Day! Share your best sandwich recipe.

There’s a lot of sandwiches that are just awesome and I cannot pick one sandwich that is above everything else. Or can I? Yeah let’s look at this one.

A club sandwich! The king of all sandwiches. Let’s see ….three slices of toasted soft, delicious, fresh bakery bread. Spread mayo and not just the plain type but a slightly tangy, garlic or spicy payo. NO LETTUCE!! Sorry. A little onions, tomatoes and maybe pickles. Grilled chicken chunks and crispy bacon inside one section and in the other we keep egg salad and cucumber. Or even a nice omelet.

Can you beat that baby?

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Corn Crunk In My Sundae

Today’s breakfast is cornflakes. Just regular ole cornflakes with a little milk in the bowl and a dash of sugar. Nothing fancy like nuts or berries or other fruit in it. Plain ole, plain ole! I like this for breakfast 2-3 times in a week.

But what is this obsession that Malayalees have in adding cornflakes in ice cream sundaes? I dunno, I haven’t seen it anywhere else in India (not that I travel much) but in Kerala, they tend to add cornflakes at the bottom of the sundaes, along with nuts and dried raisins. While I understand nuts,  berries, fruits and dried raisins, what the hell is cornflakes doing in the bowl or glass? It does not belong there.

Did it start so to economize the amount of ice cream that they have put in the bowl so fill it partly with cheap stuff like cornflakes to make the bowl seem more filled when in reality you are being stingy with the ice cream. I guess so. Or do some people just really like crunchy stuff in their ice cream? But why not give it as an option rather than putting it in all the sundaes?

Food, Glorious Food

There was a plan to have a dinner outing from the office this evening. So we had a bigwig coming to India from the Philippines and he wanted to take our team out for dinner. That’s nice but I and two other from my team had 8:30 am shifts and so should we stay back till 11pm when the dinner was supposed to end?

Anyhow, since it’s your boss, your superboss and another bigwig you have to attend. They had picked Zaatar Arabian Restaurant for tonight’s dinner. Well, one of their three outlets. This is a nice place with lots of seating.

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The food was amazing and plentiful and it just kept coming one after the other. What you see in these two pics is just a small portion of the stuff. There was soup, juice, tea and plenty of starters. Mushroom, seasfood, mutton, beef and chicken starters. And then huge kuzhi mandhi and sizzlers and two large platters of chicken.

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We ended up having to parcel a bunch of the food and even cancelled two dishes. The chicken was amazing, the beef was amazing, the seafood was awesome and the mutton in the madhi was succulent beyond belief! Hmmm everything was so good.

This has become a must go to restaurant.

Afternoon In Couchyn

My only agenda for today was to go and pay the advance for the new dvd/bookshelf that I am having custom built at a furniture store nearby. After I did that I went to Coucyhn for some drink and good food.

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I hadn’t had any breakfast and having woken up at 9 am and the fact that it was almost 12:45 pm by then, I was starving. I ordered a half tandoori chicken and a Budweiser. That went down well indeed.

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A while later I moved onto vodka. My cousin turned me onto Smirnoff Espresso vodka mixed with Coke which makes it taste a lot like iced coffee. This is awesome.

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I also ordered a plated of grilled beef with veggies, which is a superb dish. They ought to market this dish a lot more.

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At around 3pm I left and came back home and watched a movie. Now I’m listening to some tunes and drinking a juice.