Dil hua Mexicana – Taco Bell , Delhi

 Location : Ground Floor Epicuria Food Court , Nehru Place Metro Station , Delhi .

Good food is a sure shot way to have a good life .. and i believe in this mantra 🙂 .

And this place shares the same vibes ..  Conveniently located below  metro station , this place is part of the gigantic food court ” EPICURIA ” , yet they have seperate portion carved out for themselves .

They serves authentic Mexican food ( Minus Tequilla & cigar ) and had introduced  interesting combos to suit as per  Indian food buds flavor .

We ordered multiple dishes including Pinto Beans Chalupa , Chocodilla , Loaded Nachoes and all of them delivered delight right till the last bite .

Sports bar type look with comfortable sitting and cool music playing in background , make it ideal to visit this place any time of the day .

Overall My thumps up for this place for good food and quick snacks .


Ratings :

Ambiance : 4/5 
Food Quality : 4.5/5
Serving size : 3.5/5
Value for Money : 3.5/5 ( May be the location justifies premium ) 
Serves : MEXICAN FOOD only 
kids special menu : Not available 
Overall : 4/5

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And it’s no more a legal tender.

The moment when entire nation felt the earthquake tremors at once. It was 8 PM on 8th Nov 2016, when PM decide to be the epicenter of this Man made earthquake “ #Demonetisation .

Probably this Dialogue from Heath Ledger from “The Dark Knight “suits the situation:

 “Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair!

It took a while for people to understand, how this announcement has pulleddemonetisation the rug under their feet. While Deciding the fate of 500 /1000 Currency note ,
Modi ji has modified the destiny of 1.3 billion citizens  for good or for bad.  Suddenly Crisis in Samajwadi party , Pak actor in Bollywood , Firing incident at Border , Fleeing of Vijay Mallya and even India cricket series with England became last page topics .

16 days has passed since then and world is still wondering what will be the real impact of this decision going to be. Although Majority agrees that idea is bang on and it can meet the purpose, which was to eradicate black money and remove fake currency from the market. But, mode of implementation remains questionable. The way it created panic for common people and made them stand in queue for their own money shows lack of planning and overestimating capacity of Indian banking system.

May be metro cities are coming back on tracks pretty soon , but Real scenario can be observed in far flung areas where penetration of financial institution is minimal and downloadpeople are struggling to deposit /withdraw their own money.
With daily new notification coming up from Central Authorities, there is a chaos even among Bankers and Govt .officials that are responsible for implementation.  It takes almost 3-4 days for the communication to pass on to the lowest level.  Overall, the waiting time is increasing and the patience is gradually running low.

As our Honorable PM has said, he needs 50 of support days to show benefits of this idea. We know, Global media is closely observing this event and no matters what happen, it’s going down in history as biggest gamble ever played.

We really pray, the benefits starts showing soon and this Mahabharat has a happy ending. Else, it will take years for economy to recover and may result in millions lose their livelihood and life. In the process, NDA may even lose their credentials,  impacting  results of key elections in upcoming years  .or establish Mr. Modi  , as the magician which can turn any issue  into political gold .

On a lighter note ,  Shri Shri Rishi Kapoor has already predicted the Tsunami and warned the world way back in 1980 . You don’t believe me ??? Then listen to this on :

Thai Delight in GK 1 – BERCO’s

Situated right in middle of M Block market , GK 1 , This place is any time dine in for Chinese /Thai food lovers .

Located on first floor , they have sitting capacity of around 50-60 people . There is bit of space crunch if you have kids /infant with you . Staff is well trained and courteous , but the serving time is high .

We ordered following dishes :

1.) Virgin mojito – Served chilled and well prepared
2.) Honey chilli Baby corn
3.) Spring rolls
4.) Fried rice and Hakka noodles
5.) Thai green curry and planner chilli

Presentation was simple . Serving portion was appropriate .

Overall we liked the aroma of the food and they tasted very balanced in flavors .

They fall in mid price range and we 4 got a bill of overall 2.2k  .

Suggested prior reservation on weekends as the place is usually sold out during peak hours .


Ratings :
Location :3/5
Ambiance :3/5
Service :3/5
Taste :4/5
Hygiene :4/5
Kid friendly :2/5
Value for money :4/5

Overall 3.5/5

PS: Do try their peach apple ice tea and Thai green curry .

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The Curious Case of Super popularity of “ HAIKU”

Everyone have feelings and its magical when they  express it in any form and share with the world to feel the vibes . It can be pictures or words or videos or GIF or combination of few or all of them .

HAIKU is  such a beautiful form of reciting poem in form of giving words to images.

It’s technical definition goes as “A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. “

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Or “”Haiku” is a traditional form of Japanese poetry which consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllable & the best part is that the lines rarely rhyme.”

 

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Recently, I have seen a surge across blogs coming up with “HAIKU “as many as 4-5 per day . In the world , where to keep blog “ ALIVE “ and  fight for “ ALEXA “ & “MOZ RANK “ people have found a shortcut in Haiku . So  4 lines, not even complete and one Random picture (like click any bird flying from your window) makes a  quick fix post to be published.

So people who were busy posting “PRODUCT reviews “ of Lipstick or hair gel or  “Sabji masala ” have learnt the art of “ HAIKU “ overnight and their blog readers are all expert Critics of this art which gets reflected in the form of comments   like “ Amazing “ “ Beautiful “ ,” Magical “ “ Lively “ and 40-50 more such adjectives . They are in real fits in definition of  “Friends with benefits “ , which goes like “you stretch my back and I sketch yours “ … So in Blogging terms it goes like … “ You comment and like on my post and I Reciprocate “ .

I know it will sound rude to some and cruel to many, but that’s the reality. Without working on basics and getting the format right   , everything is named under “HAIKU “because no one is going to object to it and real critics rarely go and read such post.

I know this post is going to change nothing, still felt to share with hope .  Hope, that fellow bloggers genuinely go back to basic where “Blogging “ means ” Expressing “ .  Expressing how you feel , think and wish things should be .. Rather than mad chase of pushing on number of post / day and doing anything for sake of it.

 

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In short  “Stop Faking & Be Original.”

And yes, even though most of them are not Haiku “Technically “, few of them are beautifully written POEM’s. Like a well defined caption to a random image.

Waiting for fellow bloggers and readers to share opinions on the same

Strengthen the Roots – Kids development at early stage !

Me and my  kid was walking across road , coming back to home when suddenly he pointed towards a tree and started talking :  


That tree is so so big , dad ”  while making gestures .

 

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Yes , Kid ” 
See , how high its branches has gone , almost 50 feet tall ” .. ” If planted in our backyard, it would have covered our entire house with it’s shade ” ” It seems to be super strong , Just like WWE Superstar KHALI  .  It can easily  force of at least 100 elephants like BAHUBALI ” 
Yes , my son yes . You are completely right   ” 
Few days after —-
It’s impossible … DAD , its impossible ” ..
” What happened ” 
Just come with me  , while coming back from school I saw a unbelievable thing ” 
” Ok , Ok … Let’s go “ 
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See , this is I was talking about … This tree has fallen HEAD-ON with his entire roots “” Can’t understand , How such a giant structure fallen overnight  . ” Although there was a small hurricane last evening  , but  even much smaller saplings in our backyard survived them easily ” 
Let’s see !!And we curisoly started looking around the fallen giant  ... ” If you carefully observe the roots , they are all dry and thin .” ” This shows , although the tree grew in age , but due to lack of nourishment at the roots may be  during early years , it’s base  never grew to being capable to support the growth  ” . ” And with growing years, branches keep on spreading out  but there was never enough internal strength to support it. Probably , this caused the fall of this tree. ” 
Now I understand DAD , why we take extra care of saplings and keep an eye till it set its roots strongly to grow organically . Those pest control treatment, extra fertilizer,  adding good worms is all for early years care which rips fruit forever ” .

 


This stands TRUE for us too , what we ignore at early stage comes back to haunt further in life and unfortunately there is no way to close this gap after certain years .
Being a father , I take keen interest and participate in ensuring my kids  meal plan contains all essential nutrients  .download.jpg I also request my fellow readers to ensure the same & avoid feeding them even bytes of  junk food . Because excuse like  ” Hey , they are strong and they can digest everything ” or ” It’s Ok , if he eats sometimes  ” is only going to putting toll on his body organs and impact the growth  .
Check with your doctor on what will work best for your kid and prepare food intakes accordingly .  We know all the neighbor ” Grand Ma’s ”  bombard  us with  plethora of food ideas but a double crosscheck will only going to help before making them part of kid’s meal .
So wake up and listen what your child’s health is saying about his diet  and ensure they became  fit and fine internally to survive any thunderstorm of life .
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Perception – a short story

Standing at the corner of the street, I was waiting for a cab to pick me up at 8 in  the morning. As the app reflected waiting time of 15 min , I started looking around to see if anything new was happening in my neighborhood ; which gave a  look of  framed picture since 50’s. Everything occurred in a fixed mechanical motion, as in someone starting the machines at 5 am in morning and let them do their pre – engineered program without any deviation.

While looking around , I saw a GENTLEMEN ( Yes , real one J ) coming towards me wearing a jogging suit with earplugs tugged ON and a sophisticating looking fitness band on wrist . The bright looking shoes and a winner smile reflected it was less than a week since he started his fitness regime..

Decking up in the initial days, craving their paths differently to grab attention wrt getting praised for their health consciousness. Just like fresher’s in first year of college can be spotted from 500 mts based on their shyness, curiosity and enthusiasm, all emotions mixed in one  . This was what instantly came to my mind on getting his first glance!

11954225561444388723johnny_automatic_jogging_boy.svg.hi.pngNo.. No.. No … the story is not about my perception of this health conscious GENTLEMEN ( You will know at end of story , why I am emphasizing on this adjective ) .. Although , I  am guilty of forming  one and making my readers draw a vivid image of this character , but as lawyers say in courtroom “ Statement withdraw “ 🙂  ..

I curiously watched his pace of jogging and as he was crossing the junction, he stopped. I thought maybe he rejoiced , on me staring at him & my mind already started making excuses and throwing out and same time filtering probably reasons to justify my staring.

But, the men turned around towards the other side of road and he took few steps and stopped near a mid-sized sedan. There another man with fairer color wearing loose T- shirt and half pants was cleaning dirt from a car.

In Delhi and probably in most of the metro cities, Cars are parked roadside due to scarcity of space and they gather dust overnight in bulk . So many have found an opportunity to clean up these cars in the morning and charge anywhere between INR 500 -1500 / month depending on size of car and locality .  For working people ,  it saves time in the morning and some take this as an opportunity to earn few bucks during morning shift of probably 5 am – 8 am .

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Now our GENTLEMEN started talking to this fairer guy –

Hey, you are really an expert in your trade. When I went for jogging 1 hour before this car was looking like an abandoned piece of junk covered with dirt and birds shit . And now its shinning as owner has just brought it from garage  .  Grt Job …

Thanks Sir – Other guy responded without looking back to him .

You see , I have  hired and fired 4-5 guys in last 2 months because  no one was dedicated and as efficient as you are. But you look pretty sincere, So I want to hire you for the job .

But sir  ….

No , listen to me .. I have a Alto 800 and a pulsar .. I used to give 300 bugs for cleaning of both vehicles.

But sir , I ..

Ok , Ok .. I will start with 300 with you and if I found you sincere I would increase it to 350 from next month.

It’s not possible for me …

Ok , I understand you are educated and doing such shitty jobs for extra money .. But it’s ok with me , I am a Sr. Manager in MNC and 4-5 of my sub-ordinates leave nearby  …  I will recommend you to them and can help you earn easily 2-3 K per month .. Don’t worry I am not going to ask for referral commission.I am a kind hearted person.

You have to listen to me sir ..

Ohh .. You are still in doubt???   That’s the problem with you guys.. Someone shows sympathy and you try to extract more money.. But remember, I am not going to pay more than INR 350 and if you bargain further, I will inform your current customers too how rude you are ..  I am very popular in this society.

While listening to all this conversion , I was wandering who this “ Mr. POPULAR “ is  ??  I never saw him in 4 years  .. At same time , I got curious to listen as to what other guy was trying to say … and decided to move and intervene in their conversation .. and suddenly

“ FOR GOD SAKE .. LISTEN TO ME FIRST , YOU ****** “ ..

the other guy finally had enough .. I stopped..  Climax has started …

He continued in loud voice looking towards our GENTLEMEN – “  I AM TRYING to say something for last 15 minutes and you don’t even bother to hear me  …  I am not a cleaner , this car is Mine … I am Sr. VP in Aboutme.com ,an Online MNC and have recently shifted to this society  ..  I personally take care of my car because cleaning helps in sketching muscles which is a good workout in morning. Just because for what I am wearing or what I am doing right now , you formed opinion that I am going to listen to you forever for some 2-3 k or whatever .

Gentlemen my advice is , don’t judge people by clothes or color else you might run someday into unavoidable trouble .  And learn to respect others not based on their income or looks but because they are human and they deserve to treated well.

Yes sir , sorry  I understand “ and our gentlemen swiftly tries to escape from the scene trying to avoid eyes which have started circling around him during this conversation .

The men continued cleaning his car and crowd dispersed and I was left with a smile and a noteworthy message to share with everyone ….

Now , you know , why I was calling him a GENTLEMEN  !!!!!!!

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Do share if you have noticed any incident of people forming perceptions based on own assumptions .

Restro Review – Turquoise Cottage , Saket

Sunday lunch time and we checked in to  this place for a buffet meal  . Fortunately , we were  looking for a place to relax & eat in peace and this place has less than 20% occupancy 🙂 .

Mainly serving continental food , their menu had some great  options for veg/ non veg dishes to choose from . What we picked was :

  • Virgin Mojito – Drinks ( Not part of Buffet )
  • Dimsum & Burmese Soup  – Starter
  • Pasta in white sauce – Appetizer
  • Veg Greens ,Thai curry and Vegetables in Black bean sauce – Mains
  •  Rice and noodles – Staples.
  •  Vanila Ice cream with honey crunch – Desert

Starters were served on table and mains were buffet .  Food was full of flavors , with Chef personally taking care of guest preferences  .

This place have a in – house stage for Band performance and Live Cricket screening . They have  seperate smoking room .

Overall a good experience , with place being regularly visited by youth to chill out over snacks and rounds of Booze .And yes  , My kid enjoyed roaming around the place on its own .

Families can skip this place for nearby located Barbeque nation or Rajdhani or even Gulati . For Bachelor’s and Party lovers , this name must be added to their list .


About Restro : This place is a part and parcel of Delhi’s Food history which is highlighted in their tagline ” TC Original 1997 ” .

Serves : Continental , American , Italian

Average Cost  : INR 2000 for two pax

Must try : Virgin Mojito  , Chilli cottage cheese

Kid’s / Infant Menu : Not Available

High Chair for Kids : Not Available

Shhhh : Lookout for their  #AllDayLongHappyHours deals which usually runs on Tuesday and Thursday 

Ratings : 

  • Ambiance : 4/5
  • Food : 3.5 / 5
  • Service : 4/5
  • Value for money : 4/5
  • Overall : PICK for Starters and Drink . Miss for Full Course Meals .