Pork Chops, Prawns, Chicken & Beer

The previous weekend I was back with Alza at the Blue Rock Restobar in Olive Downtown. This has become my favourite place to hang out for a few drinks and some good food, as mentioned in my previous post about this place. Probably it is the company

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We ordered shrimp, fried in a tempura batter.

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And some chicken satay with that lovely peanut sauce.

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My fav is the grilled pork chops in bbq sauce. Though they were kinda huge.

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All in all a great afternoon spending it drinking beer and enjoying the good food and company.

A Wednesday Afternoon @ The Ava Lounge

This is from a couple of weeks ago. On a Wednesday in NOvember, I had taken a personal day to chill out at home. However, I also wanted to get some beer and Alza was also free. She asked me if I could meet her in the evening but I prefer to meet up during the afternoon hours so we decided to meet up at 1 pm at Radisson so we could chill at the Ava Lounge.

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We had beer – she moved to Coke after one beer, while I had three. We ordered some seekh kebab (not that good) lots of French Fries, some chicken and salad. And ofcourse we took a bunch of pictures.

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By 5pm I was tired and wanted to get home. BY 5:30 pm we left and I dropped her off at her place before going on home.

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Food Review #284

Grilled Chicken Pizza & Chicken Strips From Chai Kofi. Really, really good. Chicken Strips are KFC style tenders or chicken fingers. The pizza has plenty of chicken chunks on it. Slightly sweet from the peppers. A little spice may take it to the next level.

The Fate Of Southern Fried Chicken in Kerala

A few years ago I had written in length about the Malayalee’s love for Southern Fried Chicken which led to several KFC styled brands to open up shop in Kochi and other cities in Kerala. KFC & ChicKing, the main fast food chain that was established here in Kerala before KFC finally came to our green state, are thriving but the rest are fading fast. I do not see any Chicken Chicago, 3 outlets of Chickos & the 3 Chicknik outlets are long gone and part of history as is NFC.

We still have Krispy Chick’n, the one outlet in Oberon Mall, There’s something called Magj’s American Fried Chicken but there are no outlets near me, though they do have 2 outlets in the state. SFC Plus, which I love has now only 2 outlets, both of which I have never visited but I go to Lulu mall where one is. They had two other outlets which closed, including one of my favourite places to chill out. Yesterday, checking food for delivery dinner, I was sad to learn that the MarryBrown outlet near to me may also be closing down. I dunno, it’s kinda conflicting news. They do have another outlet a little ways away and I guess I can get them to deliver if needs be.

Now there are a couple of non-big name, single outlet, fried chicken places in the city but I have never tried anything from them. I will take a shot and see how they taste. Hope they are good too. I like a little competition.

Party At Mezzo

So as it my friend & now ex-colleague Yashila’s last day at work on Friday, she invited some of us for drinks and snacks at Mezzo, a lounge bar on MG Road. I had never been there before as I knew it was expensive and usually very crowded and they don’t have much room and tables. We met by 8:30 pm and has beers, cocktails, some spicy potato wedges and cornflakes fried chicken with a delicious spicy mayo.

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After the party ended at around midnite, 3 of us wanted more food so we went to the cafe in the same building and had chicken wings which were good.

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Early Meals

Skipping dinner is actually quite easier than I though it would be. As long as I go to bed at the relatively early hours of 11:30 pm and I have a nice evening glass or two of juice (litchi as it was for yesterday evening and today), a heavy lunch by 12:30 pm or 1pm and biscuits or something along with the juice at 7:30 at home and I can avoid a proper dinner.

What;s good is that I get the digestion done better and it is also makes me feel lighter, especially when I go to bed. I do not know how long I can keep this going and it is also only possible if I do a general shift (meaning starting at 8:30 am or 9:30 pm). The later I am at the office I will need solid food to keep me going. But I prefer this. I might try it again tomorrow night and anytime that I am doing a general shift.

Feels good, feels lighter and it’s not too bad as I do not feel hungry at all.

Thanksgiving Meals

Turkey. Dressing. Cranberry Sauce. Pumpkin Pie. What does Thanksgiving dinner look like at your house?

I have never had roast turkey with all the dressing and stuffing and cranberry sauce. I have never had a pumpkin pie. I live in India and we don’t have a Thanksgiving Day. Infact, isn’t it only Canada and the US who have Thanksgiving day? Late October for Canada and late November for the Americans.

The only turkey meat I have had is from Subway, the slices that they have in their subs. I like it a lot but I want turkey legs, turkey wings and some roast turkey. They look so awesome and delicious. But I think it’s very, very expensive here in India and atleast the place I checked with a few years ago, it was way outta my budget.

I like cranberry juice and cranberry as well. I like the juice with my vodka but I haven’t had any cranberry sauce yet. I wonder how it would taste like. I would love to try some. And finally the pie – I love pie but I haven’t had pumpkin pie yet. In fact I haven’t had pumpkin flavoured anything yet. I see a lot of pumpkin flavoured beer from the craft breweries in the US & Canada. Send us some.

Prompt from 30 Days Of November Writing Prompts at The SitsGirls

At The Blue Rock RestoCafe With Alza

Once again, this time unexpectedly, I had a lunch outing with Alza. She was still in town and we planned on Friday night to meet up this afternoon. We went to The Blue Rock RestoCafe which is the lounge bar for Olive Downtown. I like this place and we had some good food – honey chilli potato, dragon chicken and a pizza. We ordered 3 beers, of which she had one and then switched to Coke.

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Honey chilli potato

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Dragon chicken

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There is me with the lovely lass

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Chicken pepperoni pizza

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And Alza with the plates of food.

Family Lunch @ Mercy Estate

Today I took the family out for a nice lunch at Mercy Estate. It had been a long time, Dec 31st last year, when I had actually joined for a meal with dad, mom, sis & her kids outside of the apartment.

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With my new nephews coming home for a few days from Bangalore, it seemed like the perfect time. I spoke to my sister a couple of days ago and we actually wanted to have a dinner at the club on Saturday night but I had to work due to an emergency.

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We then thought we’d have a big lunch at the club but it was crowded due to a function happening there and it would be hard to find some peace. Instead we went to Mercy Estate by 1:30 pm for a late lunch.

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Dad, mom and I reached first and we found their rather nice dining hall. Plush carpeting in the lobby and a nice elevator. I have never been to this part of the hotel but I have been to their roof top garden many times.

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A few minutes later sis and her kids came in and we ordered some starters and I had an ice tea.

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Honey flavoured crispy pork  was good as was the fish fingers and we also had some salads.

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For the main course I had a double roasted pork – delightfully juicy and soft pork with cabbage – and a naan. Butter naan was so good.

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We ended the afternoon with ice cream double scoops. So good. And then I came home.

We Ended Up At The Grand Hotel

Saturday evening and looking for a place to get some beers and good food. Unfortunately due to the elections on Monday, from 5pm it is as dry as a desert. So, to quote veteran rock band Deep Purple “we ended up at the Grand Hotel” and settled for just a nice dinner.

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The welcome poppadoms that they serve as complimentary munchies kept us entertained until the starters of spicy chicken wings came out.

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Being thirsty we also ordered a couple of cold coffee with ice cream, which was good and delicious though a little too sweet.

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Our spicy chicken wings came after a few more minutes. It’s not really wings but we were hungry by then and couldn’t be bothered. We also had tempura prawns (not pictured) along with the wings.

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We spent some time deciding what our main courses would be. I was leaning towards pasta or some steak while Sujith was thinking biryani or fried rice with some chicken or beef. We finally settled for American Chopsuey which lacked in flavour. It needed more seasoning.

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Finally before the cheques arrived, we asked for New York Cheesecakes. It was a bit too hard but it was quite cheesy and sweet. A very crowded restaurant and a nice ambience with some good food still didn’t uplift our spirits on a “dry” day.

King Of Candy

M&M peanut – oh man, how things have changed for me and my choice of candy. Snickers was king for such a long time but it hasn’t been the reigning king for a while now. Unofficially M&M Peanuts has taken over as the reigning champion and overall king in my life as far as candy is concerned and overall movie watching snack.

Take a bow M&M peanuts and here is your crown. The kind is dead, Long live the new king. Snickers you too should take a bow and enjoy the applause and the adoration and admiration. But yes, long live the new king.

I now cannot even imagine a weekend at home watching movies without a couple of packets of the awesome chocolate covered peanuts that M&M to enjoy as I watch the film or films. Now that it is Thursday, I need to see if I can buy a couple of packets of the joy giving peanuts by Friday night or Saturday morning.