Yup, I am still looking back at 2016. January is not yet done, so I am allowed, I think. Anyway, recently, I posted my favorite books that I read in 2016, and now I want to talk about other memorable experiences last year. Brace yourselves, this is going to be a long one.
Last week of December was the Winter break, and now after a week of sleeping, and eating when I please, my circadian rhythms are all over the place, and I am feeling enormously tired and jet lagged although I went no further than Chennai (about 300 km east of where I live) to my parents’ place.
As you might have guessed from my blog title and first sentence, I spent the break alternating between being a couch potato, and being a lazy hippo wallowing in the water, and felt thoroughly relaxed in the process.
All my RSI-related aches and pains, and Vitamin D deficiency-related pains all faded away taking me to a mellow state. And yes, the multiple bottles of beer helped too 🙂 .
On Monday, Snubnose and I did our regular stop at Barbeque Nation to sample some of their special edition Southern Heat food festival that focuses on South Indian foods.
Barbeque Nation always does these events in a big way – so when you go, you can expect a humongous variety of dosas, idlis served table side, live counters serving food prepared to your taste, and tons more food in the main buffet. You never leave hungry from a Barbeque Nation.
There was heavy traffic (so what’s new about that in Bangalore) all the way to the restaurant, and Snubnose and I entered ravenous and ready to do justice to all the food on offer.
Three Quarter Chinese is an old and reputed restaurant located bang in the middle of the Central Business District and shopping hub in Bangalore – in Church Street. It’s also literally a hop, skip, and jump away from the M.G.Road Metro station. Perfect in terms of location. It also used to be one of our haunts for K and I back in the good old days when we worked together in the same office and would often stop by for after work dinner.
Once our offices moved out of the city though, we stopped the regular lunches and dinners there too.
So, it was lovely to visit it one weekend with Snubnose when we were invited to sample their lunch buffet options. We clubbed the lunch with a little shopping at Blossoms just down the road, and then leisurely walked into the restaurant. Seriously, the Metro is such a boon when visiting MG Road and surrounding areas – no stressful hunting for parking spots, and most shops and restaurants just a short stroll away.
Anyway back to the topic ie. lunch at Three Quarter Chinese.
The kids always expect something big for our wedding anniversary celebrations, and it’s usually pretty easy to deliver as our anniversary is just one day prior to Children’s Day in India. So, there’s always something to do.
This year, we opted to do the Sunday brunch at Limelight in Royal Orchid Hotel off Airport Road.
Last weekend, I was down with a very bad cough and cold. As I prepared to reach for my trusty Benadryl for some relief, K suggested that brandy would make a better alternative.
I have had a bottle of Janus Brandy in my pantry for quite some time lying unopened – ever since the Janus Brandy event, and it was definitely more tempting to have a glass of brandy than a thimbleful of cough medicine.