Uber Eats Fiasco

Uber Eats is an app and service that I have been using quite a bit off since they started in Kochi a couple of months ago. It is really an awesome app along with Zomato and Swiggy. I haven’t used Zomatao yet but the other two I have used it quite a bit. I’ve been able to get lunch and dinners served to me from several places I love to eat from and several I hadn’t yet been to and liked. It also helps me to give good dinners for dad & mom and also since it’s been raining quite a lot this monsoon season, it’s an excuse not to go out and yet enjoy good food from the comfort of my own home and watch a movie while doing so.

Yesterday Uber Eats ruined my birthday dinner. I ordered food from Aangan restaurant via the app for 5 people for my birthday dinner. I was in the washroom when the delivery guy came to my place and mom took the packets from him. The guy gave us the wrong order but you can’t contact him over the phone since once the order is closed on the app, you don’t get the rider’s contact number. I tried the app and submitted a help option which said “You’re issue will be resolved in 24 hours!” Fuck that, we are having a dinner.

I contacted UberEats and one guy told me wait for 30 minutes he is placing a new order for me. One hour later, no food and another agent told me technical issues and he will refund my money and that they cannot reorder the service. Over 90 minutes now and my order is still pending. I asked for a supervisor. He basically told me that the first agent lied; they can only contact the driver to come and collect the wrong food but since he was then in another part of the city, he couldn’t come that night. So the other people got my order and enjoyed the food. I had to reorder and wait, a total of 2 hrs and 15 minutes for my 30 minute delivery.

Then I had to hassle them quite a bit for my refund and initially they gave a part refund and then today after two more enquiries, I got the full amount. I told them that they could collect the wrong food the gave me but they can’t do that. The supervisor promised me a Rs.100 credit and that was not done too! I am gonna think twice before reordering again.

Eggsactly

If you could only eat one thing for breakfast for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Hmmm only one thing for breakfast and that too for the rest of my life? I guess it would have to be eggs.

Eggs can be made in different enough ways that it makes for some variety. My current favourite breakfast is a sandwich of these large triangle shaped bread slices, cucumber slices and this delicious garlic & jalapeno mayo that I liberally spread on the bread. Delicious!

I can make eggs in scrambled, poached, fried, sunny side up, hard boiled, soft boiled and omelet style. That’s a lot of variations and I’m pretty sure there’s more but I don’t know how to do it. Eggs have plenty of variety in the way that you can make them.

And that’s my choice.

Prompt from 31 DAYS OF WRITING PROMPTS FOR AUGUST at The SitsGirls

I L<3VE Popcorn

The perfect snack for watching a movie at the theatres with a large cola (Coke or Pepsi, take your pick). Or if you at home and drinking a coffee in the late afternoon and watching Youtube videos or scrolling past Facebook posts. Or if you want to watch a movie or a football match at home and drinking a beer.

Though I usually buy Act II popcorn that you can put into a large pot or pressure cooker and make it in jiffy, once in a while I also look out the pre-popped ones you can get in packets or in cans. I have bought a few and loved them. 4700 BC makes these awesome flavoured one with cheese or avacado & lime or chocolate and walnut. Man those are so addictive. But most of the time, I buy the ACT II simpler ones with butter or just plan because, well they are so much more cheaper and give you a lot more.

Drinking a coffee on a cold day and munching popcorn right now.

I Get It McDonald’s

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I get it McDonald’s. I finally get it as to why you are so popular and why you probably sell more burgers, fries and wraps than any other fast food joints around the world. It’s because you have a consistent standard, taste and a very familiar feeling when we eat your food. This feeling is why people like me crave a burger from you once a month or so (atleast in my case, for some it is more for some it is less) even if I can get better tasting and juicer beef or chicken burgers from stand alone or smaller level restaurants. This is why I go to one of your outlets.

Food Review #241

Bacon & Egg Sandwich & The Pulled Beef Sandwich With Ice Coffees @ Kashi Art Cafe – late breakfast or brunch at Fort Kochi’s Kashi Art Cafe. Really good food for a cafe that converted the little bit of land between some really old houses into a cafe.

Food Review #240

The All Day Breakfast Pizza at David Hall in Fort Kochi – Lamb/mutton pepperoni, chicken sausage, mushrooms and eggs on a pizza with cheese ofcourse. The base wasn’t cooked enough for me and it felt a bit under-cooked. David Hall is an art gallery with a cafe/restaurant attached to it.

Food Review #239

The Aloha is Chicking’s answer to a Hawaiian pizza without the pork ham. It’s chicken salami, Tandoori chicken bites, pineapple and corn with the pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. Its good but would have been even better if they had cut the pineapple pieces really small.

Blue Rock Resto Bar

It’s been a very long time since I’ve been to a bar. Last year in consolidated loan calculator July infact. Why? The reason is money. After the two year alcohol ban in bars and hotels in the state that are not 5 star (a fucking stupid decision by the stupid old corrupt asshole who formed the government in Kerala bowing down to pressure from equally corrupt and hypocritical asshole organizations) the hotels and bars have jacked up the prices of alcohol and beer once the current government allowed the ban to be curbed.

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As the tax is now higher the bars and hotels have (or rather not have to, they can reduce it quite a bit) chosen to charge you premium money for drinking in their establishments. So why go to bars and pay Rs.200 to Rs.300 for a can or a 650 bottle of Heineken, Carslberg, Touborg or Budweiser when you can go to the Bevco and buy them for Rs.90 to Rs.100 or Rs.130 (for Heineken) and drink it at home in the comfort of wearing you lungi or shorts? That’s what I have been doing for a while.

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I go once every two months with my cousin to a Chinese restaurant called Golden Dragon for beers and good food. But yesterday was the first time I have been to a bar in a while. The Blue Rock Resto Bar inside the Olive Downtown hotel is an awesome place that started in December of last year. This is an awesome bar where you can watch some football on their tvs and enjoy a few. But things are expensive.

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We had 4 Heinekens which were expensive at Rs.380 but we got one of them free as it was Happy Hours at the time. I am disgusted at the prices but it was the stupid old men in power who made this happen. They steal from the people and can afford to go to expensive bars and enjoy while we want to save money. Anyways, the bar gives you free potato sticks in a bowl that they filled after we finished the first one. We ordered a grilled chicken and veggie platter as the appetizer. It was good but I must admit that I enjoyed the grilled veggies and potato wedges more than the chicken. It came with a small bowl of their bbq sauce or gravy which was awesome.

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Later we ordered a fried pizza, which is more like a calzone and though it was not what we were expecting, it was tasty. We were there for almost 3.5 hours after which we were both sleepy and hence left. We also stopped for some donuts at the cafe beneath the bar and then went to our respective homes.

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RIP Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain, the TV celebrity and food writer who hosted CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” was found dead in his hotel room Friday. He was in France while working on his series on culinary traditions around the world. Bordain was 61. CNN confirmed the death, saying that Bourdain was found unresponsive Friday morning by friend and chef Eric Ripert near the French city of Strasbourg. It called his death a suicide. His first food and world-travel television show was A Cook’s Tour, which ran for 35 episodes on the Food Network from 2002 through 2003. In 2005 he began hosting the Travel Channel’s culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012) and The Layover (2011–2013). In 2013, he switched to CNN to host Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

A French prosecutor said Bourdain apparently hanged himself in a luxury hotel in the small town of Kayserberg. French media quoted Colmar prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel as saying that “at this stage” nothing suggests another person was involved. However, investigators were verifying the circumstances of Bourdain’s death. Bourdain was staying at Le Chambard, a five-star hotel. Bourdain’s girlfriend, actress Asia Argento, said in a statement to borrow money posted to Twitter that she was “beyond devastated.”

Bourdain achieved celebrity status after the publication in 2000 of his best-selling book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.” The book created a sensation by combining frank details of his life and career with behind-the-scenes observations on the culinary industry. It was a rare crossover – a book intended for professional cooks that had enormous mass appeal. Bourdain went on to achieve widespread fame thanks to his CNN series “Parts Unknown” – and was filming an upcoming segment for the program when he was found dead, according to CNN. Strasbourg police, emergency services and regional authorities did not immediately have information about the death. Bourdain’s assistant Laurie Woolever would not comment when reached by The Associated Press.

The American chef, author and television personality was born in New York City and was raised in Leonia, New Jersey. He had written that his love of food began as a youth while on a family vacation in France, when he ate his first oyster. Bourdain said his youth was punctuated by drug use and he dropped out of Vassar College after two years. Working in restaurants led him to the Culinary Institute of America, where he graduated in 1978, and began working in kitchens in New York City. He became executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in 1998.

Bourdain married his high school girlfriend, Nancy Putkoski, in 1985, and they remained together for two decades, divorcing in 2005. On April 20, 2007, he married Ottavia Busia, a mixed martial artist. The couple’s daughter, Ariane, was born in 2007. Bourdain noted that having to be away from his wife and child for about 250 days a year working on his television shows became a strain. The couple divorced amicably in 2016. In 2017, Bourdain began dating Italian actress Asia Argento, whom he met when she appeared on the Rome episode of Parts Unknown.

Pineapple On Pizza Is “Yum”

I don’t understand what’s wrong with people in general – who the fuck are you to tell others what to eat and what not to eat? If you don’t happen to like a certain dish, ingredient or type of food then don’t eat it. But creating a lot of hype over hating it and making others not want to eat them or mocking the dish and people who opt to eat it is just like a douchebag.

For example the whole Hawaiian pizza debacle. Ok – you don’t like pineapple pieces on your pizza. Great! Don’t eat it. Do not order it when you go to a pizzeria or any restaurant that has pizzas on their menu. But leave alone the dish and people who like and love the taste of something sweet to offset the saltiness of the rest of the pizza.

I have not had the real Hawaiian pizza – meaning ham and pineapple and cheese on pizza sauce – more than once. The other times I have had the chicken version. Grilled chicken or bbq chicken with pineapple and cheese on a pizza. Sometimes peppers and jalapenos as well. It is delicious. Now I will admit that I prefer smaller chunks to avoid the pizza getting too soggy as you don’t want that. Also it helps not to have pineapple juice drooling down your chin as you chomp into the pizza.

So smaller pieces, tiny quarter bite sizes even is fine. A bit of sweet along with the savoury. Yum!