New Burger Hut @ Ravipuram

Last night after work, I wanted to go to Dominos in Ravipuram but they were already closed (it was just after 10pm) and I was starving. I happened to see that there was a new, barely one month old, Burger Hut on the opposite side of the road. Alright, I’ll go in for their cheap and simple burgers. While I placed my order I also asked them what the deal was with this whole Burger Hut vs Burger Hutz thing. The guy there said that they were one franchise originally and then later they split up though their menu, logo and overall look was quite similar. Those Hutz do not seem to have fried chicken and wings while Hut does not have momos. Weird!


Anyways, I had the double cheesy burger with a mango shake and medium french fries. The shake was a very generic almost vanilla shake with mango syrup squeezed in. Tasted very bland. It was just about ok. The fries were fresh and hot and I liked them. It comes with a little mayo. Burger was ok, decent and not something you’d tolerate in one of the bigger places like TBJ or Cocoa Tree but still satisfying in a way. I hate that they add lots of ketchup in their burgers – I don’t like ketchup with burgers! Odd since I normally add ketchup with anything and everything. Fried rice, noodles, sandwiches, heck once I even added ketchup to a biryani (I know, kill me).


Light on the wallet and a good choice when you stuck to get something to eat late at night. They have delivery too!

Shopping For Shirts

Well it’s was long overdue. I finally went to Men’s Studio in Seemati and bought two shirts for myself. I am down to just a handful of shirts and one of the ones I like as it is very comfortable to wear tore when I caught a part of it on a sharp edge of a metal thing sticking out of a staircase at work. It’s not a big hole but I notices rips around the collar and well I needed to buy new shirts anyway. I always only keep 7-8 shirts with me which is crazy I know but being a big fat guy means less choice in the ready made shirt department.

Anyways, I always leave buying new clothes till the last moment and so I just needed to go and buy a couple of shirts. I had a coffee and a sandwich for a late breakfast and then headed to Men’s Studio and checked out some shirts. I selected the only three that I liked outta the small selection for my size but there was a plain blue one which once I wore it looked rather tacky. So I selected these two and paid for them and then headed back home.


I was in the clothing store for just 15 minutes. 15 minutes to select three shirts, try them on and then pay for them and leave! Hahaha try that one out ladies! Seriously I have spent hours waiting for my sister and girl cousins while they shopping for clothes. Watch a 3 hour movie, eat lunch and get a few beers in that time.

Movie, KFC & Ice Creams At Lulu Mall

Yesterday I finally went back to Lulu Mall again and my first movie in a theatre in well over 2 months. The last one was Justice League in November! That just won’t do. So anyway, back on Feb 1st we knew that Black Panther would be releasing in Lulu PVR theatres on the 16th. My cousin Sujith, who is my usual movie going companion, and I had agreed to go and watch the film together if he had Saturday off (his work, though in the same company, gives him rotating days off while mine is Sat/Sun fixed).

So after leaving from the office at almost 5am on Saturday morning I came home and watched tv for a bit and then slept till 11pm. I woke up and had a bit to eat and then downed some coffee to wake me up. I ironed my shirt by 1:30 pm, shaved and took a shower and left home by 2:30 pm. I reached Lulu Mall by 3pm just in time to have a quick small chicken kebab wrap for lunch and a Sprite at McDonalds in Lulu Mall. Sujith joined me at a quarter past 3 and he drank a coke and we waited till 20 minutes to 4pm.


After that we quickly ensured that we don’t get bothered during the movie by visiting the loo and then went to the theatre, showed the booked tickets on my phone and talked till 5 minutes before 4pm where we ordered some popcorn and 7ups and went inside to relax on the big recliners. We got our drinks and snacks brought to us post the playing of the national anthem and then settled in to enjoy the movie.

Post the movie we walked around the large top floor and settled on KFC for an early dinner. Sujith said it’s been ages since he had been to one and the last time we tried going to the KFC restaurant in Lulu Mall there was a huge crowd there. This time it was a decent size crowd and we managed to get to the counter in 10 minutes. We ordered a 6 piece bucket that also comes with French fries and we got Pepsis. We chatted and ate our fries and chicken and drank the cola as we chatted about the movie. After that we had ice creams from Baskin n Robbins and then left for our homes.

Saturday Evening Out

I woke up yesterday feeling under the weather, the effect of a slight chest infection that refuses to clear out. Therefore I decided to stay in for the day and see if I felt good enough to go out in the evening. The phlegm was making me cough every few minutes or so and it was not conducive for wanting to go out. So I spent the day at my laptop drinking a couple of cups of hot coffee and a light lunch later I watched Back To The Future and relaxed in bed.

By 5pm I decided to shower and shave and go out. I couldn’t any friends who were able to join me so I was on my own. By 6pm I left the house and went to an Idea Cellular showroom to get a new prepaid connection and SIM. I had to also go and get some money from an ATM machine halfway down the street perpendicular to the store as they couldn’t accept cash for the first recharge. Once I selected a number and handed over the cash for the recharge they gave me the new SIM. Which I haven’t tested out yet for some reason.

After that I went nearby for an early meal; Double Roti was the tempting place nearby and I had a delicious Ginger Hoisin Sauce cooked pork patty burger with bacon and a chocolate shake. Though with the phlegm, choosing a shake was probably not a great idea. After that I hired an Uber to get me to Center Mall and did some shopping at Big Bazaar. I bought a few things like shampoo, soap, deodorant, apples, a few snacks for the upcoming week including popcorn, coffee and sugar. While at the checkout counter I had to wait for the longest time because this one lady, with a small kid in tow, had the largest ever purchase I have ever seen in a supermarket.

She has three large shopping carts filled to the brim with lots of items. Including the most I have ever seen of biscuits/cookies (Unibic is having a sale), towels, kitchen utensils, vegetables and a whole plethora of other stuff. She needed a couple of guys from the store to help her get the bags down to the ground floor. After my shopping was done, I was feeling a bit tire and before came home, I took some rest for a little while and enjoyed a Lipton Ice Tea at Subway. Then I was watching Superman (1978 with the late Christopher Reeve) while munching on M&M peanuts.

Happy Yule To You

Well, happy 25th of December to everyone wherever you are. Just another Monday but I get the day off so I am happy about it. Today I was planning on just staying at home and enjoying myself with some movies and buy dinner via home delivery and drink a couple of beers. Well my folks ended up going to a relative’s house along with my sister and niece for lunch so I thought I’d buy some chicken for meself.


I thought maybe pizza from Dominos or Pizza Hut for a while, since they go really well with beer but I was really in the mood for fried chicken. So I ordered a three piece from Chick King with French fries, some mayo and garlic sauce in these small containers. It was yum! I drank my beer and ate my chicken and enjoyed a quite afternoon at home.

I fell asleep at 3pm and took a long nap so I will be up for a while after I go to bed so I will watch a movie or two. Hope you all have had a good day.

Odd To An Iconic Beverage Legend

Beer in a dark brown bottle

I was going through some old photos that I had uploaded in one of my Flickr accounts. My first Flickr account actually. I had uploaded pics from my Motorola Razor and then my Blackberry Curves and Blackberry Bold in it. I spent a good hour going through those pics and they brought a smile to my face. I’ve decided to showcase some of those pics here (though I may have posted them in my old Blogspot blog).

First up is an odd to an iconic beer – the Kingfisher. Granted that they are no longer my first choice when it comes to beer (or second or third or ….6th even) but they are still an icon. I spent many years drinking these beers until we started getting the Carlsbergs, Tuborgs, Millers and Heinekens. Nowadays I only drink Kingfisher if there are no other options left but still, I do value them. Here are two pics I took back in 2006.

B&W Mouse


Been taking a few black & white photos using an app for a 7 day photo challenge on Facebook. I usually get the time to remember about it only at night when I am back in my bedroom and will be too tired to look for something interesting to snap. This mouse looked like a good enough subject.

McDonald’s India Has Some Dumb Menu Items

Went into McDonald’s (Vennala) this evening on the way back from work and saw that they had new stuff on the menu. Sweet! thought I. But nay….I was disappointed soon.


The Cheesy Italiano Chicken – it is enough for Italy to declare war on India. A dry chicken patty with some melted mozzarella and what looks like Italian dry powdered herbs. Or McD’s stole some oregano and chilli flake packets from Dominos and powered them even further and put it on this patty with a couple of small pieces of onions. Voila – instant Italian classic…NOT!


It was kinda bland and disappointing. Bun was multigrain or multiseasame or something stolen from Subway. It totally felt like something from Subway without all the options for toppings and sauces. This is part of McDonald’s India’s new “Flavours without Borders” menu – More like Borders without Flavours!! They describe the burger as – “juicy chicken patty, sprinkled with aromatic Italian herbs, layered with a rich and creamy onion-cheese sauce and shredded onions in a square toasted bun.” Seriously??? The preparation looks more like some guy in Bombay who was smoking some fine weed and coming up what he thought was “Italian”.


They also had a new McFlurry – Phirni McFlurry a rice pudding dessert prepared to perfection with delicate flavours of rich condensed milk along with rice bits. It was ok but not as good as the others that they have!

Lunch & Golden Dragon With Anil

After a long time I was meeting up with Anil for lunch this afternoon. He came up from Thrissur and we settled down in Golden Dragon for some beers and food.


We had the honey glazed sesame pork and Dragon chicken among many others. Food was delicious as usual.


We personal loans for people with poor credit finished our meal by sharing soup and then went to get some gelato at Milanos.


It’s been way too long since we last met and hopefully the gap will not be this long next time.


Two old geezers taking a selfie outside the restaurant building.

Fort Kochi Beach Visit Pics – 2

It had been several years – more than 18 I think – since I had visited Fort iron bridge lending Kochi beach. I haven’t been to Fort Kochi since 2003 when I worked near the beach at a company called Aspin Wall. Having been a frequent visitor for most of my childhood and teenage years, a gap so large just cannot do. I decided to go to Fort Kochi with a cousin and we spent sometime at the beach and went for a little walk. Here are the second set of five pics!






Fort Kochi Beach Visit Pics – 1

It had been several years – more than 18 I think – since I had visited Fort Kochi beach. I haven’t been to Fort Kochi since 2003 when I worked near the beach at a company called Aspin Wall. Having been a frequent visitor for most of my childhood and teenage years, a gap so large just cannot do. I decided to go to Fort Kochi with a cousin and we spent sometime at the beach and went for a little walk. Here are the first five pics!