A Visit to Kanchipuram: History culture and tradition

Chennai to Kanchipuram Travelogue

There are very few places in Tamil Nadu that I have visited. Kanchipuram is one of them. I always tend to associate this ancient town with the most exotic silk sarees and exclusive idlis. It was only when I visited the town, that I discovered its real treasures. It was a weekend family trip and we booked a licensed and verified Chennai to Kanchipuram cab. It was only 80 Km from Chennai and was perfect for a day trip. We took NH48 and reached in less than two hours.

One could call this a temple town, with its apparent appearance. As we neared Kanchipuram, the city welcomed us with ancient stone temples, each with the finest carvings and sculptures.

I learned that the establishment of the city dates back to the 6th century when the rulers of the Pallava Dynasty made it into their kingdom capital and ruled from here for two centuries. They created great stone monuments in the neighboring town of Mamallapuram and magnificent temples in Kanchipuram. Some of the temples were later added by the Chola and Vijayanagar kings. As such, the temples of Kanchipuram were not only religious sites but also had historical significance. Most of these places of worship are dedicated to Shiva, Shakti, and Vishnu. There were nearly 50 temples in and around Kanchipuram but we had time to visit only a few. So we went to these three most popular and sacred temples in the city –

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Raining Offers in Dineout app – Do not Miss it

Chennaifocus is a Dineout member and has benefitted quite a lot by using the app. The app offers 20% cashback when we pay through the Dineout Pay option. The process is not extensive and cumbersome. Having been a regular user of Dineout, we were thrilled to see exciting offers, guess it is running only for a few days. Knowing Dineout, we can expect good campaigns and offers from time to time. This is certainly our own personal review of Dineout as a user, and we have always been true to our experience.

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Summer Fest at the Piano Restaurant at the Savera Hotel, Chennai

Indulge in Offers from the Savera on their Summer Fest at the Piano Restaurant

The Piano restaurant is celebrating  this season with a SummerFest with specialized food and beverage counters and irresistible offers. It is a buffet and as usual, we reviewed the vegetarian section and the food covers South Indian, North Indian, Continental, Oriental and American dishes and there are more than 15 items for vegetarian alone. The offer is

Come as 3 and pay for 2 and Come as 5 and Pay for 3 only, irresistible indeed. Details of price at the end of the post.

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Can A You-tuber Be YOUR Fitness Trainer…?

From the beginning of the 21st century, Media and entertainment entities have been constantly metamorphosing in tune with evolving mediums, with availability of video cameras and CD drives earlier, independent content creators started emerging on various topics including fitness. Now almost two decades down the line with YouTube and rabid availability of smartphones anybody is free to create their own content and go online with fitness not being sparred. Unfortunately, social media audience are being entertained through certain YouTube fitness channels, but unfortunately fitness is no mere entertainment. So here is the one crore rupee question (“Million Dollar is too old school”)

Can a youtuber be your fitness trainer…?

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Café Central – The Place where Food makes Heart Do the Talking

This is a review of a place we have been addicted to in recent times. The restaurant, Café Central located in T.Nagar has enamored us in more than one way. The big plus is the restaurant has given us an option to dine in a hangout trending  place as a family with varied tastes. Just a bit of elaboration here, a trendy college going girl with latest taste, a typical south Indian palate and a moderation of both is our family taste. It is certainly a tough call satisfying all of us under one roof and saying that this place has become a favorite place is no exaggeration. Now to the food we had, we already have been there twice, but we just managed to try out just a wee bit of the menu.

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Kokkarakko – A must try place for Veg and Non-Veg lovers

Karukku Murukku Vendakai

Kokkarakko, a new restaurant with no frills was a surprise package for us. The homely ambience and the service confirmed that we will be having a great experience. These days quality food alone does not suffice, we look for service and ambience has taken a new form, we look for a place  which is not noisy that we cannot hear our own voice. Kokkarakko gives us a homely feel and the food that we tasted also gave us the same. No preservatives, no stored vegetables ( all are procured fresh), and traditional spices made our dinner a good experience.

Given the list of items available, it is a haven for non-veg eaters with Khadaknath chicken – we were told,  it is a specific exotic variety of black chicken procured from Madhya Pradesh, and many other items. Vegetarian food was no less, we had a good range of starters, main course and desserts and yes, the pricing is another big plus. Quite affordable, Kokkarakko has unlimited vegetarian meals of 24 items for Rs.149.

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A Roadtrip to Pulicat and Sriharikota

Have you ever thought of replacing the traditional New Year celebrations with something different and more exciting? After a night of partying, drinking and eating our hearts out, we needed to do something refreshing on the first day of the year. That was when I landed on a documentary video of the Pulicat Lake. And something told me that this is what we should be doing instead of huddling into a room full of loud music and free-flowing beer. Luckily, some people in our clique are wildlife enthusiasts and absolute nature lovers. The immediate next thing was to book a decent cab from Chennai to Pulicat the next morning. And there we were, on our way to an unusual bringing-in of the New Year!

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Sumeru Launches Desi Gourmet Dishes Curated by Indian Michelin Star Chef Alfred Prasad





Sumeru Launches Desi Gourmet Dishes Curated by Indian Michelin Star Chef Alfred Prasad

Sumeru is a household name in Frozen foods and we have always found them a good alternative to present those French fries, cheese balls, vegetable nuggets that my daughter so loved, at home. Sumeru in the quest for healthy alternatives have brought in 14 times Indian Michelin Star Chef Alfred Prasad to curate gourmet dishes that is mouth watering and lip smacking. The products were launched in a grand event at Crowne Plaza with Peepul Capital, Sumeru Team and Chef Alfred Prasad. It was a well-planned event and we had the opportunity to taste the dishes and true to all the efforts, the vegetarian dishes – Super millet kichadi and Coromandel Shahi Paneer (based on Andhra chili chicken, chicken replaced with Paneer) were awesome. The other non-vegetarian dishes include Coromandel Roast chicken and Signature pepper chicken.

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Chianti Authentic Italian Restaurant Opens in Phoenix Mall Chennai – Vegetarian Food Review




Chianti Italian Restaurant Vegetarian Food Review

On our usual stroll in Phoenix mall, we came across Chianti and decided to try it out. Chianti is the new Italian restaurant and if you are a Masterchef aficionado, you will be glad that we can try out those lovely Italian dishes in real out here at Chianti.  The food was absolutely yummy and the service impeccable. Be ready to see a menu which has Italian names of the dishes and a supportive staff who is ready to assist you.  Here is the list of dishes we had –  Zucca De Pomodoro, Piatto Di Vegetariani, Ravioli De Spinachi E Ricotta and Pannacotta with Berry Compote.

We begin with a Complimentary Chianti Bruschetta which we prepare given the ingredients. Every table has a simple instruction on the table and it was fun preparing our own Bruschetta with Baguettes, garlic, cherry tomatoes, basil and olive oil. We were so busy preparing and eating it as our Zucca (soup) was getting ready.

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Dakshinapuram Vegetarian Restaurant Food Review





Dakshinapuram Vegetarian Restaurant Food Review

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Dakshinapuram, vegetarian fine dining restaurant located in Teynampet, Chennai celebrates South Indian specialties with an affordable pricing, good quality and justifiable quantity of dishes. We, at ChennaiFocus, were thrilled to try out the dishes at this restaurant which boasts of traditional dishes with a perfect South Indian touch.  Before we list out the dishes we had, kudos to the team, who churned us lip smacking dishes, the only drawback being our stomach which filled in fast. 😊

Drumstick soup
Crispy corn

The dishes we had include Tomato Dhaniya Soup and Murungakkai (Drumstick) soup,Crispy corn, Tapioca Crispy fries, Vazhaipoo 65, chilli gobi,  Apollo paneer, Avakkai Rice, Baby PotatoBiryani, Thenkasi Chilly Parotta, Malapoondu Kuzhambu, Kuzhi Paniyaram,  Benne dosai, Mushroom masala dosai, and indesserts, Falooda and a classic way to finish a South Indian meal – FilterCoffee.

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Tuk Tuk Asia Vegetarian Food Review

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5440cf62-0a0e-42d6-ac0a-fe73578684d1Craving for authentic Asian food especially vegetarian food, head to Tuk Tuk Asia located next to Fat Boy Pizza, Alwarpet, Chennai. It is q difficult task to serve Asian Vegetarian food without the hint of the sea food smell but Tuk Tuk Asia made us forget the thought of it by its well-seasoned adapted versions of lip-smacking Asian Food.  Understanding the role of sauces in Chinese food, we have been keen to test it out in every Asian food outlet we go. Here too, the sauces ruled with some beautiful in-home preparations that made every dish spectacular. The menu has soups, salads, dimsums, stir fries, small plates – Fried and sauce tossed, Big plates, curries and a total Non-veg only tuk tuk asia special. Many dishes have the Veg and Non-veg option and ours, as always is the Vegetarian food review. We had soup, dimsum, small plates – fried, sauce tossed, big plates, curries and dessert.  We also had watermelon juice and pineapple juice.

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So Bar Away – Vegetarian Food Review

73f9569a-d8a4-4717-8769-7e93498e286c.jpgThis is the food review of So Bar Away, a RestoBar located in Citadines, Shollinganallur, OMR. It is obvious it is a bar with a restaurant and here we are reviewing the vast options of vegetarian dishes we had, surprisingly quite a good menu to have a tummy fill with satisfaction. So friends accompanying in the “not so booze” mood can have a sumptuous food time here.  A cozy friendly ambience coupled with abundant parking, a DJ playing peppy numbers and an easy access is a big plus. The menu we had covers starters, main course, desserts and mocktails.

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