Vegetarian Food Review of Maplai Restaurant, Neelangarai, Chennai

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Maplai restaurant is quite popular for their virundhu (feast) and their curated selection of dishes from the Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka region centric cuisine.  Right now, Maplai is celebrating Andhra Pradesh food festival during the month of July 2017.  The Neelangarai unit is new but we could see a good footfall on the Friday we were there.  We arrived early and was well received by Mr. Vinu Shankar, Marketing Manager of the establishment. It was interesting insight onto the process and the honesty in claiming their approach to being near to the authenticity of the dishes to the traditional way of making it.  We arrived early and hence could not participate in the virundhu (feast) but did partake various items in the menu.

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Heart of Gold and Head of Diamonds

Going through the turbulence of watching the “IP” he was from the day Anu knew him as her dad, was not only emotionally draining but also brought in the sense of insecurity in her as she grew up. For those, who are not aware of the term “IP”, it means Insured person. Anu’s dad worked in a company which had a contract for maintaining sewage lines in the city. Lack of education and commitment towards his family had made him stick to his job for years. Anu got used to seeing her dad changing over from work clothes after a hygiene routine every evening.  He would seat her and her brother in his lap and feed them dinner and take them out on a round in his cycle most of the days except those when he was too tired. Anu would smell the anti-germicidal soap that he had liberally used while bathing to make sure he was smelling fine.

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Book Best Flight Deals with Skyscanner, Global Travel Search Engine

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Travel has now become a part of our regular routine. More often if you are a traveler of air-conditioned coaches in trains, it makes it easy to travel by flights instead. It saves time and efforts. This can be possible only when we know when to book our flights unlike the train system where the tickets price remains stable and the earliest booking gets a confirmed seat though we cannot commit on the seating comfort. Flights have a different algorithm and so prices vary and the rules of railways just do not apply here. How do we get the best deal in air tickets? Travel search engines such as Skyscanner are a great help in helping us in this effort.  A recent survey of Indian travelers revealed 72% do not know when is the best time to book flights. A survey by Skyscanner unveiled 69% of travellers incorrectly estimate that the best air fares can be found less than 12 weeks before departure, when in fact the best deals are snapped up by travellers who plan in advance.

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Punjab Grill Introduces Heirloom Recipes in Phoenix Mall’s Culinary Quest 2017

23301bd9-178f-49a0-88e7-06a3069ecd85Phoenix Market City (Phoenix mall), Chennai is celebrating its 2017 edition of Culinary Quest through the month of July. The specialty of this food festival is the introduction of new items in the menu by participating restaurants and a 15% discount on the bill, a bonus at the time we are facing the brunt of GST in our food bills. We visited the Punjab Grill, a participating restaurant to check out the offering for the culinary quest.

Punjab Grill has always been specializing on Punjabi food and justifies its contribution to the food lovers with its quality and service. It was something to look forward to when we came to know that Punjab Grill is working on bringing heirloom recipes for the Culinary Quest this time. We love such food festivals happening occasionally because it makes the restaurant expand its menu and embark on identifying food that lies hidden in our age old culinary treasure. As a foodie, it gives me immense pleasure to see new items being offered to beat that familiarity with the food in their menu but it is no ordinary task to go in search of heirloom recipes and bring it onto our table with the perfection to make sure we enjoy it. Thanks to Punjab Grill Chef team, it was a job well done and we enjoyed the food at its best.

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Home Canvas Aims to Redefine Home Décor Shopping Online

homecanvasHome Décor is the most challenging aspect of making the space we live ours.  With many shops and online sites offering products, it is a nightmare to locate the ones we want without losing the bigger picture. Many times, during my purchase spree, we have landed with items which we never want to use as it does not fit into the idea we have in our mind. On contemplation, we understood the mismatch between the sellers and buyer’s mindset. We arrive at a theme and look around to buy things that match but the sellers are only selling products. This makes a big difference, be it furniture, furnishing or other household items, either offline or online. It has been overwhelming at times since it involves substantial investment of money, time and effort. This is when I stumbled across an online site, Home Canvas, a platform that curates furniture and home decor products from stores, suppliers and artisans from all over the country.

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Dialogue in the Dark – An Eye Opening Experience

BLACKDark! The word has been associated with color, absence of light and with thing eerie. But to many, it is the way they see the world. Do we really know what it is to be in dark? Not the dark we think of when we do not have sufficient information about a subject, the REAL Darkness. It will be an interesting question to answer since darkness in real is never experienced by many of us, not even in the night. Pitch darkness has literally existed only in thrillers for me. This realization dawned on me when I visited “Dialogue in the Dark” in Express Avenue Mall, Royapettah, Chennai. It is located on the other end of Food Court.  Wondering what is “Dialogue in the Dark”?

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Tata Motors offers Affordable Fuel Efficient Cars in Sri Lanka

Tata Motors, the leading vehicle manufacturer in Sri Lanka has come out with a range of brand new cars in the personal and commercial segments.  Highlight of today’s vehicle buying lies in affordability without much compromise on safety and facilities. Tata Motors offers petrol and diesel cars in both manual and automatic variants.  The wide range of vehicles from Tata motors,  GenX Nano, Tata Bolt, Tata Zest and Indigo eCS, caters to the various expectations of the customers. Take for example, GenX Nano, the most affordable fuel efficient car. It has taken the automobile segment to a different level being the most significant choice for city driving with its compact size and good performance. Sri Lanka can now buy Tata Indigo eCS, a car which marries price, size and features to offer best affordable fuel efficient car in its range.

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California Walnuts Redefines Healthy Eats into Lip smacking snacks

We all know healthy food can be unappealing. Especially, we Indians have grown up DSC_3284with moms feeding us healthy food and those protein shots in the form of nuts, almonds and the most dreaded, walnuts were enough to send us to untraceable hideouts. For any layman, walnuts feel dry, drab and tasteless with a after taste of oily bitterness.  Though I never enjoyed having them, the nuts provide many health benefits and it is essential to make it part of our diet for balanced nutrition. Acceptance is essentially how we package it.  So, taking this as a cue, an US company has proved that with the right ingredients, walnuts can be made into snacks that excite children and adults alike.

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Welcome to Era of Easy Communication and Misleading Information

The title says it all, we are living in an exalted era of communication and being fed with information sometimes authentic but many unverified and unproven. To add to this, we have the power to pass it on and it goes undeterred and unquestioned to gullible people who never question the authenticity of the information given to them. The reach is even more when it touches the life of a common man. One such case doing the rounds is “Plastic Rice”.

We also got a video in WhatsApp about Chinese plastic rice entering the market and how it is manufactured. Smartly, there was no audio to it. We could see raw material (glue) kind made into plastic sheets and then being shaped like rice and collected in bags. My first thought process was shock but then a bit prudence set in as I remembered the process of making thermocol where sago like bubbles are manufactured and made into blocks. It may be the “plastic rice” is a raw material for some industrial product. Where is the proof that it is being sold as rice? Sadly, Basmati rice, nature’s gift to India with its aroma and flavor has come under question putting so many farmer lives and produce under threat. Being an ardent Basmati rice fan, I set about checking various trustworthy news about it.

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Review of House of Cards Season 5 Episode 1

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House of Cards show focuses on the life of the Underwood, Frank and Claire as they foray into politics. From being a senator from North Carolina to getting promoted to Vice President and there to President. Frank, an unconventional man uses his unorthodox ways to get the better of them and steps his way up and kills any man or woman who gets in the way of his uprising. This show elucidates and gives the viewers an insight to American Politics from the perspective of a very strong man, Frank. This show does focus on other people such as Claire, Frank’s wife on how she helps her husband rise to power. “The power couple” is what they are known to be as they use politics and business hand in hand to rise in power, to prove power is worthier than money in this world.

Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café!

This season starts on a strong note with Frank becoming President but we should wait and see if the power in the show is retained, specifically the anti-climax plot that creates the much needed excitement. This season will hopefully be better than last season as Season 4 became a bit dull after Frank becomes President. However, since this series starts off with Frank being his own self, it sends a strong note and the fans have even more to rejoice that Frank Underwood continues to rise to penultimate power and authority and does what he does best even though he is the most powerful man in the free world.

This first episode posts a satirical note on the Government and how it can get awry and complicated and if justice is done, there will be a positive note left by the people to the President and support is just a matter of belief. This episode gives a ravaging lift off to Season 5 as all fans know, Frank Underwood cannot be changed and everyone should know it (according to Frank).

The first episode brings up a positive note to fans and gives a shining example of how Mr. Underwood retains his glamour in a more older style. If you could not care more for political drama in this world, this episode fits right in.

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Mango Madness at The Forum Vijaya Mall

Summer time, the king of fruits makes its grand entry in many forms. Needless to say about the varieties of mangoes we are familiar with, dishes that celebrate mangoes find a place in the menu of every restaurant in the city during this season.  With the advent of the concept of food courts, people of varied taste find it easy to get together to taste the food of their choice under one shelter. Forum Vijaya Mall boasts of multi cuisine food joints in the food court and many of them have curated special items to bring the best of the seasonal fruit.  We were invited for a tasting session at the Forum Mall Food Court to taste the #MangoMadness currently on which extends till June 18.  We had the pleasure of tasting vegetarian dishes and it was interesting to see the array of innovative dishes from the participating outlets such as Kailash Parbat, Amaravathi, Kobe sizzlers,  Dashing Dhaba, Quiznows–

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Copper Chimney’s The Great Indian Kabab Festival – Dig into Authentic Traditional Food

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Authentic! Traditional! That 90s touch! Old street taste, inviting aroma – Few phrases we use to locate that specific food that will take us back to those golden days when each dish with that one common main ingredient tasted so different and unique. Those days, the chef signature was imbibed in everything and whatever we try at home, we will go back to him for that specific flavor.  These days, most of the times when we eat out, we end up feeling better making the dish at home and let me tell you, at times it is much better. Take for example, tomato soups at restaurants taste almost like Maggi soups we make at home. Where is that signature that makes us drool and walk in to the restaurant for that experience? We happily had one such experience with Copper Chimney at The Great Indian Kabab Festival happening now till April 14th 2017.

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