19 Jul 2016

Sand Under My Feet



When I walked down the beach and inhaled the fresh salty air,
When I listened to the whispers of the endless sea,
When the wet grainy sand slipped beneath my toes,
There I stood in the shore transfixed,
Waiting for the waves to caress my feet.

Beautiful sunrise and the early morning walk with my friend made my whole day active and fresh. Well, I almost forgot when was the last time I visited the beach in my native. I think, it is more than 2 years and so, I ended up taking million pictures of it. I'll share more pics in the coming weeks. :)

16 Jul 2016

DIY - Bird Feeder With Ice Cream Sticks


My darling budgies need entertainment everyday. They are active and social birds and so I have to make their day as lively as possible with new toys and interesting activities. From paper clips to dried flower basket and rope swing, budgies love to play with them.


Last week, I decided to present my little birds, a bird feeder. While doing it, I realized this will make a wonderful DIY project for kids. It’s quite easy and fun. This simple project will also keep them occupied during their holidays.

And here’s how I did.

Material

Ice Cream Sticks
Fevicol
Sisal Rope
Bird seeds


Method

* Line up 10-12 ice cream sticks neatly. Glue 2 sticks across them and turn it over.
* Do a second row with sticks in opposite direction to strengthen the base.
* Glue sticks on each side alternatively and start making the frame.
* Continue building like a wall on four sides, until it has 6 rows.
* Glue each sticks with a little fevicol and only in the corners.
* Set aside to dry.
* Cut 4 pieces of sisal rope in same length and thread through the bottom row and bring it out. It's ready to
hang now.


Let the kids enjoy doing this and the birds enjoy their food from this lovely little bird feeder. And it costs not more than 20 Rs.


Fill with bird seeds, hang in your garden and treat your little guests. :)

11 Jul 2016

It's Only Us


The worst summer has finally come to a halt in Bangalore. The monsoon started it showers and the breeze brings a lot of happiness in us. The school kids are happy about the surprise holidays, the college goers are happy about the rain drives, the professionals are happy about the granted work from homes and the elders are happy with evening hot teas & snacks. And I think, it is the perfect time to kick start my food journey after a little break in an exceptional manner. I was waiting for the right experience and my wait proved worthwhile.


Us Restaurants was the first one I chose to visit this season. The moment I heard about them, I was so impressed with their concept. It is a new startup restaurant by two aspiring college students. Located at the rooftop of Splendid Plaza, 100ft Road, Koramangala, this restaurant is beginning to gain the limelight.

Us Restaurants has a vast array of cuisine ranging from American to Mexican. To more flavorful food like Moroccan, Italian and French cuisine. It is based on the concept of private dining and the reservations are made 24 hrs in advance. You call them for a reservation and after understanding the occasion, they offer you a menu & setup that would best suit you and you are all set to have a unique experience. My reservation was done for 7-9 PM on a Friday night.


I reached there on time amidst the traffic and soft drizzles. Jessica, the hostess for the evening welcomed me with a pleasant greeting and I was so happy to see 'Welcome Rat' sign at the entrance. That itself made me feel so special.

The place was so cozy to sit out and enjoy the weather while feasting their menu. There was a private dine-in for a couple decorated inside the room. It was really inspiring to see young college grads innovating in the area of dining to provide such a unique service to food lovers.



The lights and décor was very simple and pleasing. My seat was made of piled up tyres with a cushion top. The table lamps, pickle jar, artificial flowers, wind chimes and other pretty little things accentuated the interior. This is what I call, ‘Simplify and Innovate’.



Cranberry Mocktail

That said, I got my Cranberry Mocktail which was served in a jar. The starters, Kofta Wraps was served on pita bread with Tatziki sauce and Tahini. The wrap was simply delicious. While munching, I peeped into the private dine-in arrangement that was decorated for a couple and honestly, it was lovely. I was sure that the couple are gonna love it.

Kofta Wraps

The low seating, the candles, the hammock, the soft rugs and the music, everything was directed towards having a romantic evening. They have some interesting packages which includes, Live Ambiance, Just Another Date, Anniversary, The First Date, Birthday. Their packages range from INR 1500 to INR 6000 and it’s worth the money for having such a heartfelt experience.


I chose Moroccan cuisine. For the main course, a traditional Moroccan Semolina dish - Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Couscous was served. It was so fresh and steaming. The drizzling sky kick started my hunger, and I was all set to eat.

Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Couscous

The Lemon Chicken was well cooked, baked and basted with Moroccan spices. It was the first time I was having Couscous with Chicken and it was super tasty. I relished the dish along with the rain. It was more like eating food and relaxing in my balcony on a raining evening.

Then came the time for dessert, er.. desserts! Yes, not one, not two but three mouth watering desserts. The White Chocolate served in the signature fondue pot, was accompanied by the 3-tier Uspecial dessert platter.

Chocolate Crinkles

On top were the handmade Chocolate Crinkles, below that an Orange Polenta Cake and at the lower stand, cut fruits were served. I took generously a spoonful of white chocolate and nibbled the cookie, yumm., it was heavenly. Then I tasted the sponge cake with the fondue and at times there a fruit plus chocolate combo tasted. It was like I was having three different desserts at the same time.

The 3-tier dessert platter

The very look of this was so inviting. I felt yummy and full when I finished. These are the kind of the experiences that makes the dining at Us stand out from the regular restaurants.

I wrapped up my evening with a satisfied stomach and a happy heart. I thanked the Chef Kirtana personally and the Hostess Jessica for presenting me a delightful eve. While leaving, I was offered a complimentary take away, which added an extra feather on the hat of this satisfying experience.

They arrange flower bouquet of your choice and cake crafting especially for the couples who celebrate their anniversary. They even accompany you for any assistance for selecting a gift to your partner. Get ready to design a perfect date with Us.

Us understands and adds our preferences within their selection and create a marvelous experience for us. And, only us. Private Dining is a new concept to Bangaloreans. So don't miss visiting this restaurant especially if you have an occasion to celebrate. And hey, did I tell you I have booked this private dining experience for my brother and my sis-in-law, who are celebrating their wedding anniversary this week? Ssh.. It's gonna be a surprise gift for them. :-)


There are very few restaurants out there when you walk out of them you feel that you should definitely suggest this place to family and friends. Us is one such restaurant and I would happily recommend this experience to you all.

Location - Splendid Plaza, 100ft Road, 5th Block, Koramangala
Facebook - Us Restaurants.


My Food Journey Continues...

Us Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

10 Jul 2016

Square Feet Subbu In Tuxedo


Read ---> Square Feet Subbu

Style is the way to say who you are without having to speak. ~ This quote will make sense when you finish reading this post.

I’m basically a Tee shirt person. I always like to wear tees and jeans, even for occasions. She thinks that it’s a grungy outlook and calls it 'Goday', which means uncool in her slang. But I keep myself cool on her comments and stay comfortable in my casuals irrespective of any occasion. We, men, never take such comments on our style from our better-halves seriously until our wardrobe goes for a toss.

Her brother’s marriage reception was approaching and she had made up her mind to dress me up in a Tuxedo.

Do I have a choice?
   
And, I had to take that with a slice of lemon and a pinch of salt.

I just did not want to loose my tee shirt collections from my wardrobe in the process of denying a tuxedo. Now, you must have got the gist.

I was preparing my mind and body to fit inside the tuxedo. Meanwhile, my plan of buying our dream home was in good progress. A lot of tips from Square Feet Subbu's 'Real Estate Tips Straight From My Lips' and my self-awareness were steering me in the right direction. Amidst my hunt for the perfect house and keeping up with her fashion quotient, Open Secrets Season 2 launched their final video. It cheered me up by giving me a new perspective about style and home buying.


When Square Feet Subbu calls himself and his mirror image Mr. Same to Same, 'Mambalam Types' and was hoping to look like 'Manhattan Boy' after wearing the tuxedo, well, I was able to relate myself. I loved the idea of using Starbucks as the scale to rate an area as upmarket locality. After all, we all are striving to upgrade our lifestyle, isn't it? Be it the choice of cafes we visit or a perfect house we own.

Earlier that evening of the Wedding reception, I took her on a site visit to the DRA Groups - Tuxedo Apartments at Velachery and it was a delightful surprise for her.


Tuxedo - luxury apartments in Chennai

Well, on the other hand I did agree to wear the tuxedo. That evening, I shined like a new penny and the first comment she gave was, 'Semma Peter Po!'.


Happy Wife! Happy Life! Happy Home Buying!

12 Jun 2016

Blow The Hookah

When you think of casual dining or chilling out on a Saturday evening with friends in Bangalore, a bar or a cafe is the first thing pops out of your head. But for a change, how about a Hookah Cafe? Sounds fun, right? Blow is one such place located at the heart of the city. When they called me on a special invite, there's no reason I could say no.


Situated among a variety of dining and bar at MG Road, Blow stands out by calling itself a Resto Cafe. I walked in and a waiter was there to take me to the table reserved. But I decided to scout the place before settling. The wall painting at the entrance gave me slightly an Arabian feel. The white wall decorated with frames that talk about good food complemented the overall look.





The lighting was good and the spacious sofas were accentuated with comfortable cushions. The mosaic tiles in the table was lovely and that set the mood of the room. But the interior was more of a fusion than one particular style.


I spotted a hookah which looked like Aladdin's lamp. It was rich and decorative. I struck a conversation with the Cafe Manager while munching the starter and learnt that their Hookahs were imported from Amsterdam. The customers get an exclusive experience of these vacuum flavored hookahs with designer LED lighting up at the bottom. At a nominal price one can experience these Hookahs with a decent dining. The starter, Garlic Bread served with Cheese and Basil Tomato salsa dip was quite appetizing.

Garlic Bread

He suggested me to try their Cranberry Sparkle. It was so vibrant, tangy and sweet. I enjoyed every sip of it.

Cranberry Sparkle

I was hungry for more appetizers. If there is any dish which is prefixed with Prawns, I won’t hesitate to try it. Chermoula Prawns - Prawns marinated with Moroccan spice and grilled with Olive oil served with bed of corn petals and Basil Mint mayo. The mayo was delectable on the perfectly grilled prawns. The taste was unique and with no second thoughts, I'd say this is a must try at Blow.

Chermoula Prawns

Time for the main course. We all know, time will fly just like that when we spend with friends and so we need some good food to kill the hunger and also to keep the spirit of conversation and fun. For the main course, I felt like having a burger. Even though they had a wide range of pasta, sandwiches and chef’s grill, Greek Burger was my choice. The patty of ground lamb minced with onion fresh oregano and grilled top with Feta cheese and olives was too good. Accompanied with French fries, it was delightfully full to call off my dinner.

Greek Burger

I went to Blow expecting average food with some fancy Hookahs to attract the crowd, but I did have a good time to brag about and certainly looking forward to visit again with my friends. I left Blow with a happy face and would recommend it to anyone who fancies a decent meal or just a smoke. It costs approximately INR 1000-1500 for two.

There are interesting range of Hookahs available to try, like Double Apple, Kiwi, Lemon and more.


Blow is a nice Hookah Lounge to hangout with friends on a weekend. Not to miss the good food they offer and colored & flavored Hookahs to smoke.

Location - 42. Church Street, Bangalore.

My Food Journey Continues...

BLOW Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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