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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Travel Diary – Travel to Madhya Pradesh Jyotir Lingams – Ujjain

We had a long pending visit to Ujjain and Omkareshwar and since young when I studied history, Ujjain has always enamored me.  So finally, we decided to make it and our travel began with train tickets to Bhopal and travel in car from there on a round trip to Ujjain and Omkareshwar. One hard lesson we learnt is never trust cab services of Ola or Uber on a weekend. It took 45 minutes for us to get a vehicle to Madras Central and thankfully for clear roads and green signals, we would not have made it to our train on time.

We have been hearing so much about better services in long distance trains and to utter disappointment, Tamilnadu Express food remained the same as we have seen few years back. The only solace was cleaner toilets. We reached Bhopal at 8.30 PM the next day and stayed overnight at our friend’s place who won us over with their hospitality.  Our friend suggested that we visit Kharjana Ganesh Temple in Indore on the way to Ujjain. The temple is maintained by volunteers and is a very famous temple in the area.

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Following Tea Trails in Chennai – Let us Eat and Drink Tea

9449a512-9fb5-4a97-862f-2a2e5a226fa3Chennai known more for its affinity to Coffee or kaapi is now getting its share of tea tasting experience with exclusive outlets for getting that Tea experience. Tea is no more limited to the hot beverage you get in roadside shops with a huge bag like filter and served in glasses. Tea Trails located in Ashok Nagar near the police station serves 80 different types of tea categorized as black, white, green, Oolong and herbal teas. Known as Chai, it is served without milk and there are 12 types of tea with milk.

The most interesting part of having the tea is the setup placed on the table along with instructions on brewing the specific tea.  The tea we had was Kashmiri Kahwa. Expecting a glass of dark brown tea (we had without milk), we were surprised to see an apparatus placed on the table with an instruction card specifying 1 to 2 minutes to brew the tea. So we waited for 2 minutes and pressed the button and lo!, we had 150 ml of  filtered brewed tea.  We were told we can brew the tea 4 times with the same ingredients making for 4 cups of tea when you buy one. Certainly an interesting concept and we were surprised at the cup of aromatic yellow tea. It is not over yet; we were served with Almond bits which we were told is sprinkled as an add on to the Kashmiri Kahwa tea.

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10 Moments Epilators make it Super Fun

Hair problems do not end with crowning glory and extends beyond. Hair is wanted and unwanted and it all depends on its location. Imagine a quick call from a friend in the last minute to have fun; it can be an invite from friends, a fun party, and a smoothie with your crush. The first thing that comes to a mind is the time we went for our last shave and the possibility of stubble.  All the enthusiasm wanes away and the invitations are no more inviting. Epilators have come a long way and the leader is Braun epilators, researching and specializing on getting silky smooth skin at a moment’s notice!

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From Apartments to Villas – Convenience takes Precedence

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This post is about my dream home, a subject that keeps changing its color and style with every passing year. Obviously as new avenues come up, the concept of my dream home takes on a new hue and my plan gets on to works again. So for sure this subject is a living document till I get to the one that meets my requirement with a futuristic vision. It will be quite interesting to know how my concept has changed over the years and what is it that has taken priority today.

Having lived in apartments, my interest is now with villas with all the features an apartment would offer. My option for villas is my love for greenery around. Time is such a costly commodity and so maintaining a green cover around has been a challenge. So the project that I would go for should provide 4 or 5 bedroom villas with landscaped garden. I would love to pitch in with maintenance now and then for those hands-on times with children.

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Godrej Aer Car Fresheners in Six Design Fragrances

Cars are no more a luxury in India now.  The challenge in maintaining a car lies in regular service and interiors. After all, we spend a lot of time travelling in a closed air conditioned car.  And if you are the kind of person with motion sickness, the smell of diesel can be quite a challenge to manage. To add to it, we have leather seats and what not.  Just getting into an ill maintained car is enough to spoil the day for us. With the cabs service picking up big away in Chennai, maintenance has become one of the key factors to get those star ratings from the customers. Car perfumes have a great role to play in keeping the vehicle drive worthy. Though many car fresheners have come into the market, many simply adopt the room freshener style which lasts for an hour and we are back to square one. What we need is a car freshener that keeps the fragrance constant.

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Flower Drum brings Vegetarian Chinese Thai Food to Adyar

Flower drum has been in our hit list for quite some time for its Vegetarian Chinese Thai Food.  Located in Egmore, it was just not forthcoming rather getting distracted to other restaurants once we hit heart of Chennai. Flower Drum opened their other restaurant at Namma Adyar near Aavin circle (above ICICI Bank).  We are thankful to Flower Drum and the Chennai food bloggers community to have made it possible to have a firsthand tasting session at this new establishment. First thing we noticed is the ambiance. Few tables were arranged to have a circular seating accommodating 6 people and more. This has always been an issue when we go as a family for get-togethers.

The menu was exhaustive with good varieties highlighting Paneer, Corn, baby corn and Mushroom.  For Tofu lovers, we had few items for you too. Now to the food we had –

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Going Natural: Good Knight Offers Mosquito Repellent Solutions with Citronella and Eucalyptus Oils

Winter is in and this spells onset of mosquitoes. It is a known fact that mosquitoes are vectors responsible for many diseases. As always prevention is better than cure and it is important for us to take necessary steps to secure us from potential mosquito bites. Immunity is a major factor in keeping away seasonal diseases communicated by various medium. When we talk about immunity, babies and children are the most susceptible and as a parent every one of us know how difficult it is to control them and keep them away from places where mosquitoes breed. The next aspect of immunity is allergic reactions. Today, allergies are the cause of many respiratory associated infections and so we hear ‘natural’ being chanted everywhere and in each item we purchase. It is not that everyone is allergic to chemicals but we can say that there is a formidable population in that area too.

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