New Favourite Ice Cream Flavour

This Saturday I was alone at home for the evening – from 5pm onwards – and post a coffee I knew that I would be ordering some food for dinner. Plus I had bought a few beers as well. I had a pizza and two beers and like usual after I have had a meaty pizza and beers, I feel like having something sweet like a chocolate or an ice cream.

I checked up Swiggy, an app for delivering food to your door step, and saw that they even had a discount for Baskin Robbins. Now, I can count on my fingers how many times that I have indulged in this brand of ice cream. I remember the first time I ever had BR, it was in Bangalore and me & a friend had a taste of a few flavours before settling on a small scoop of what we each liked the best. Since then I have probably had some BR ice cream 4 or 5 more times and ordered a family pack a few weeks ago.

So this night I ordered a small pack of a flavour called the Three Cheers Chocolate ice cream. They describe it as a heavenly combination of chocolate and vanilla married together with chocolate chips and ribbon (contains milk & soy). And Oh….My……Sweet Satan! This was amazing and on a hot evening after pizza and a couple of cold beers, this was perfection. Amazing taste and texture. I have a new favourite flavour!

Me Time

This is is me for the evening. Except I do not have a cat. Though I want one. I want 2 cats. Yes I want 2 cats and 2 dogs. I want my cats and 2 dogs back.

This morning after breakfast and coffee I quickly dressed, booked an Uber and went to Supply Co in Gandhinagar to check out what was in stock there in terms of alcohol. A little disappointed in what they had so I went to the BevCo self service that is right next door to them, the one I usually go to. I bought 6 beers – 2 Kingfisher Blue 650 ml botles, 2 Hunter 500 ml cans and 2 650 ml bottles of a new beer which is called Woodpecker, a wheat beer, that I had never seen before.

I’ve watched a movie (Replicas), did a video review of the film, been watching Youtube videos since 5pm and I have ordered some food for dinner. Chicken wings and a pizza which will be coming over to me via UberEats. After a couple of beers and dinner, I will watch the series finale of The Big Bang Theory and then another movie before I go to bed.

The New Mash Is Not An Improvement

Today was not a fun day to go out. My main interest was to go get some shopping done for groceries and toiletries but before that I wanted to get some lunch. The problem was my choice of place. I picked Mash RestoCafe as I hadn’t been to this particular place in 2 years. The thing was they had closed that particular outlet in Pallimukku and opened one in Edapally and had another one in Panampilly Nagar.

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From that rather big sized venue to this tiny cafe with just a few uncomfortable chairs & tables (4 in total) and built in benches. Neither the chair not the desk looked comfortable but I picked the chair at one end. Looked at the menu and picked a very refreshing banana & strawberry shake (which I have had before) and their meat lovers sandwich which is a double decker sandwich with a chicken ham, beef chunks, a fried egg, tomatoes & fried onions). I had a started of very thin fish fingers. The shake was awesome and very refreshing on a hot day. I couldn’t finish the fries having only made a slight dent and I couldn’t finish the sandwich either and feel it would have been better without the middle slice of bread.

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I had had enough of the place – food is good but I don’t appreciate the close quarters with the counter being just right behind me and having to hear the staff talking so loudly near me and also some guy who came in and perhaps knows these guys and him talking so loudly in Hindi. From that big setting in Pallimukku to this cramped space where you wouldn’t be able to have a conversation in peace. Chairs are uncomfortable and the bench – no thank you. I do like their food so will mostly order via UberEats.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : List Of Best Wings In Town

Chicken wings were always something that I saw American and to a lesser extant Canadians eat at bars or restaurants while sipping on beers. It was something that I saw on the tv shows, cooking & food related shows or travel and living shows or in movies. Wings were never a big thing over here in India or atleast my part of India until a few years ago.

I don’t actually remember where I had my first wings but I guess it was at 360 Degree pizzeria which is in Panampilly Nagar. They focus on pizzas and some Italian pasta dishes but they also has wings in their starters menu. Then it was The Burger Junction and suddenly the fast food franchises like Pizza Hut, Dominos, Burger King & McDonald’s followed suit as did local franchises like ChicKing & MarryBrowns. It has become my starter dish of choice and I would love to get 6-12 of them while I enjoy beers at home. Pizza Hut makes my favourite ones; they are just so succulent and juicy. I can never get enough of them. Here are my rankings:

  1. Pizza Hut
  2. 360 Degree Pizzeria
  3. The Burger Junction
  4. Double Roti
  5. Galitos
  6. Burger King
  7. KFC
  8. ChicKing
  9. Dominos
  10. McDonald’s
  11. MarryBrown

Cream Cheese Omelette

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Pea, feta & summer herb frittata

Put the potatoes in a pan of salted water, bring to the boil, then simmer for 12-15 mins or until tender. Drain, leave to cool, then thinly slice. Whisk the eggs and egg whites with the milk, garlic, mustard and herbs, and season generously. Add the cream cheese and fold through just a little so that some lumps remain. Heat the grill to medium-high.

Heat the oil over a medium heat in a 23cm non-stick frying pan. Add the potatoes and fry for about 5 mins, until they start to turn golden. Add the courgette and chilli flakes, and continue to fry for a couple mins more. Stir through the petit pois.

Tip the egg mixture into the pan and scatter with the feta and tomatoes. Cook over a gentle heat for 10-12 mins until almost set. Pop the pan under the grill and cook for 3-5 mins until puffed, golden and cooked through. Cut into wedges and serve with a crisp green salad.

From BBC Good Food

Prompt from 30 Days of April Writing Prompts at The SitsGirls

Pizza, Cranberry Juice, Ice Water & GOT

Final day of the first 3 day weekend of April. I love it when we have these kinda weeks. Anyways, I go back to work on Tuesday at 7:30 pm and then I work for 3 days and get the next Friday to Sunday off. I do not know what shift I will be working the next week but I hope it’s 6:30 or 7:30. It’s so hot outside. Anyways, I had planned to go out today and do some shopping but I woke up with a slightly runny nose and combined with not having had a good sleep at night and the heat + humidity, it made me very tired and cranky. I kept putting it off for an hour but by 12 I knew I was staying in.

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I decided to order in lunch as my parents were going out for lunch with my sister, nephews and niece. I waited till almost 1:45 pm by which time I was starving since I had only had a little bowl of cornflakes and a coffee. I needed food. So I ordered a pizza from Chai Kofi via Uber Eats and it only took 25 minutes to get here. It was a grilled chicken pizza with peppers and some odd tasting sauce. It’s not bad just a little weird.

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Why the cold? That’s because of the heat I have been drinking a lot of water with ice and ofcourse had a couple of vodka+crankberry juice with ice and then just cranberry juice with ice. But I think the late night drinking of ice water is what has given me this cold. It’s not too bad though I feel asleep after watching the season premier of Game Of Thrones this afternoon.

9 Ways to Make Your Yard More Awesome

If you’re going to go through the process of becoming a homeowner, then you may as well ensure that it’s as fun and awesome as possible. Your house is more than just a place to lay your head at night; it can function to make your life even more entertaining. Nice! One of the best areas of the home to do this is the yard. It has so much potential, yet most people don’t make the most of it. Below, we take a look at a few ideas that’ll ensure your yard is a place you’ll want to hang out in all summer long.

Clean it Up

Before you’re able to get to work on making your yard more enjoyable, you’ll need to first make sure it looks presentable. So get tidying! If you’ve been generally neglecting your yard in recent times, then it’s likely filled with junk, old debris, and other unsightly aspects. You’ll also need to get it to a base level of presentability. That could mean cutting the grass, or even feeding the grass some fertilizer if it’s not looking as healthy as it could do.

Paving and Decking

To up the comfort levels of your yard, look at having paving or decking installed. This will provide the hangout area for your outdoor space, and also make it more likely that you’ll spend more time in your yard, too. Decking in particular can provide an attractive addition to any outdoor space. If you’ve been looking for a project that’ll increase the appearance of your property’s exterior, then that could be it. Get in installed now, and you’ll be able to enjoy the decking all summer long.

Outdoor Furniture

You’re not going to just stand in your yard; you’ll want to get comfortable, feel relaxed, and spend the day soaking up the rays with your friends and loved ones. For that, you’ll need furniture. So look at adding some high-quality furniture that fits in with the overall look of your decking or patio. It’s a good idea to get a range of furniture types, too. Traditional outdoor tables and chairs will be a good start, as it’ll allow you to sink into all the joys of breakfast and dinners outside. From there, you’ll want to look at furniture that’ll make you more horizontal. There’s nothing like spending a warm summer’s day lounging around in your own yard.

Decorations

People often don’t think to put decorations in the outdoor part of their property, but they should — they can add a lot. By this, we don’t mean placing items around the grass and plants (though these can sometimes look good); we mean more like putting small decorations around your decking, especially towards the bridge between the interior and exterior of your home. It helps connect your indoor and outdoor spaces. There’s no need to go overboard or over think things — just small decorations, things you’ve picked up on your travels, and so on will look good.

For the Kids

If you’ve got children, then you’ll need to think about their needs when it comes to designing your yard, too. This will benefit you too — they’re going to be home all throughout the summer, and you’ll find it much easier to keep them entertained if there’s fun to be had in the yard. So what does this look like? It all depends on their age, but could include a swingset (this can also be a fun woodworking project if you have the right tools), slides, or just a designated area where they can play without being told off for destroying the grass.

Added Fun

It doesn’t take much to enjoy your yard. If the sun’s shining and you’ve got a comfortable chair to unwind in, then you’ll have a good time. But that doesn’t mean you should always settle for just doing the bare minimum. When it comes to your yard, the sky’s the limit! There are two main additions that’ll really bring your yard to life, especially during the summer. The first is a swimming pool. Visit https://cypresscustompools.com, and take a look at having one installed on your property. There’s much to love about having your own swimming spot, especially on a hot day! The second is an outdoor cinema. These are actually easier to have on your property than you might imagine. Once you’ve got one set up, you’ll be able to enjoy all the pleasure of watching a movie as you lie on the grass, with your loved ones all around, and with the stars shining overhead. Lovely.

Summer Nights

Not that you need to do anything quite as grand as setting up an outdoor cinema in order to enjoy a summer night. The classic versions of fun are just as good! And by classic version of fun, we mean a BBQ. There’s nothing better than setting up your BBQ, throwing down some lovely recipes, and enjoying a beer together as it cooks. To make it even more enjoyable, make sure you have some sort of sound system, so that you can create the right ambiance. You could host a BBQ every week, and it wouldn’t get old!

Deep Relaxation

Those summer nights will be fun. But the days? That’s all about relaxing. You can ensure you can enjoy many hours of deep comfort by adding a hammock to your property. These are affordable, easy to set up, and oh so comfortable — indeed, it’s a wonder why more people don’t have them.

Make it Beautiful

Finally, make sure you’re taking some time to make the yard look beautiful. Trim the hedge, cut the grass, and get some plants in the ground. It’ll feel like your own little oasis.

Conclusion

So there we have it. Don’t settle for a substandard yard area, when there’s so much potential. Get to work now, and you’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor space all summer long. No-one ever regrets taking the time bringing it up to speed, and especially so when the sun is shining down.

Kerala & The Beef Burger

Well, it’s been a debate that has been going on for many years and will continue to be debated and argued for a long, long time. “Indians do not eat beef” – is what most foreigners think about our dietary habits. Not true! Heck, a lot of Indians also think the same thing. Not true! And when they see us Keralites or some others in India or maybe a few metro cities or the 7 North Eastern states, some of them – the normal ones – shrug it off as a cultural difference and never have a problem with it but some others – the fanatic assholes – start abusing us verbally and shout at us for not being real Indians.

Stupidity aside, Kerala, West Bengal and North-eastern states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. In Manipur, a royal edict banned cow slaughter, but beef is consumed widely. Now, what I find funny is that international brands like McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell etc cannot have beef products in India and Kerala. Instead they have chicken and veggie options. But if you are in Kerala – well I can say for Cochin in particular since I live here – you can eat beef burgers in various places. The Burger Junction, Double Roti, The Grill Lab, Burger Spot, Burger Queen, Burger Hut & Burger Hutz, Chai Kofi, Mash 24, Westley’s (former known as Burgeria) among others all serve beef burgers and some even have pork. No problem in getting our fill of beef burgers over here!

In terms of the best I would say that The Burger Junction is the most awesome with Double Roti come in at second place. The Grill lab is a place that I have only visited once and I would love to try more of their food but I guess they would rank high.

Movie In Lulu Mall & Taco Bell Lunch

After 10 months I finally went to Lulu Mall again. I just haven’t wanted to go there in a long while and the main reason is the crowds. I hate crowds, I hate too many people walking around for no reason and blocking your way as they walk in a horizontal row and you can’t pass by. I hate the endless posing around for selfies and stupid, silly smiles and pouts (ugh, get a life). I hate the kids running around unsupervised and making a ruckus. But, I wanted to watch Captain Marvel and since my preferred theater is Lulu Gold PVR (since Cinepolis had to close down due to violating the local fire & safety laws) which is in the mall.

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I woke up by 7 am and got ready by 9 am and waited to catch an Uber which would take me to Edapally. I got there and started getting a bad coughing fit because of some phlegm that was caught in my chest. I cleared my throat and coughed a few times and then looked for a cafe. They have Cafe Coffee Day, Costa Coffee and McDonalds and as Costa Coffee was kinda crowded I went into McDonalds. I had only a little cornflakes for breakfast and a coffee but I was hungry and definitely needed a coffee after all that coughing. So I ordered a Sausage (chicken as there are no beef or pork products in Indian McDonalds) and Egg McMuffin and a medium cappuccino. Ok, McDonald’s now I get the hype. I really liked both.

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After that I went to the washroom and then walked around a bit before it was just 10:20 am and I went to the PVR section, showed them my e-ticket and went to wait for a few minutes. I then got an ice tea (at the counter I was in there had some problem with the soft drinks fountain and only the Lipton ice tea was available. Now, I actually like ice tea and so I got that and a bottle of water and went to sit in my seat. As usual I had the next seat empty (even though it was booked) and there were were a few seats empty. I watched the movie and it finished at 1:15 pm, perfect time for lunch.

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I had wanted to go to Taco Bell ever since I heard about the inauguration of the very first TB outlet in Kerala. I finally got my chance. I went through the menu, not knowing what to get so I finally selected a chicken fajita burrito with Mexican fries and a Pepsi. The burrito and fries were really good and now I have another fast food done. I can’t wait for more from them. I walked a bit in the mall and left by 2:30 pm and was home by 3pm!

Waffles Combo

Best waffle recipes and toppings – go!

Chocolate chips and whipped cream. Oh, I can just feel the sin! How about Nutella, Banana and Peanut Butter? Hmmm hmm!

I’ve always seen fried chicken and waffles combos. They look amazing. Seriously it’s kinda difficult to find someone who hates the combo and every version looks delish. Korean spicy chicken and waffles also looks amazing with the Korea spices and flavours mixing in with a fresh, hot waffles.

Waffles are perfect for breakfast but waffle tacos? This is a rare gem, friends. These bad boys are stuffed with cheesy scrambled eggs and topped with sausage, guacamole, salsa, grated cheese, cilantro, jalapeño pesto and pickled red onions.

Buffalo Hummus Chicken Waffle Bites – with all the deliciousness of buffalo chicken wings combined with spongy waffles and melted cheddar, these apps are superb for game day. And err…hummus is kinda healthy right?

Pepperoni Pizza Waffles – there should be a pizza version of everything and there should always be room for pepperoni — waffles included. When something is stuffed with stretchy mozzarella, salty parmesan and pepperoni, all is right in the world. A basic dough recipe spiced with basil and garlic replaces the usual waffle batter here.