Game Of Thrones – Season 7

Exclusive screen of GAME OF THRONES S7 Episode 1. The Great War is here!

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Titles of the Episodes:

The title of the first episode of S7 is “Dragonstone”!

The title of the second episode of S7 is “Stormborn”! Will Jon be able to save his home?

The title of the third episode of S7 is “The Queen’s Justice”! What does Cersei have planned?

 

 

Mother’s Food Corner

I bumped into my junior college friend Shruti the other day at the railway station. It’s been 10 years since our days together at College, but she had not changed a bit. She seemed like the same Gujarati soft spoken shy girl whom I had known and we had been really close those years until I had moved out of Mumbai. I specifically remember those days in the college canteen. Shruti was pure veg and I was pure non-veg. She couldn’t tolerate the smell of non-veg food, and could never eat in a place that served such food and so we used to go to veg joints together. It was a compromise I don’t regret one bit. We had fun together, hanging out after college, munching on veg pizzas and masala dosas, and spent hours together chatting. So meeting her brought back a lot of pleasant memories. Reminiscing about those days made me wonder whether it was the veg diet that I was on for those two years that helped me stay slim and fit.

Thus, it came as no surprise that when we decided to meet up for dinner, she decided on a veg place in Charkop. The place is called “Mothers food corner” and it is a small eating joint. I had to look for this restaurant, cause it is not an eye catching joint, the ambiance isnt greta at all and unless you have come here before, you will miss seeing it when passing through. Mothers food corner looks like any roadside restaurant that you may have come across in your college days. The outward appearance of the place will mislead you into thinking that the best thing that could come out of their kitchen would likely be some ussal pav or samosa. In fact it reminded me so much of our college canteen it took me back 10 years when I sat there with her. While we sat there exchanging stories here is what unfolded on our table.

First up were French fries and the 5000 rice. The french fries were a twist to the conventional taste and make the Mc Donald’s fries seem like a waste of money. Their freshly cut potato wedges were a crispy delight dusted with salt n pepper and make for a worthy hors d’oeuvre. I have no idea why the 5000 rice was called so, but if you love a good triple schezuan fried rice, this will take you a few notches higher. Three differently flavoured and coloured rice with an abundant Manchurian mushroom and baby corn gravy is definitely a unique concept. And this does not disappoint. Make sure you have help to finish off this dish cause the portion is huge and was more than enough for the two of us. This was followed by the Paneer Chilly Herb Toast. Here the toast was crisp and fresh, and the balanced mix of jalapenos & chillies vs the rather bland paneer is a win-win continental choice.

Next we ordered the Cheese corn pan pizza. This regular sized pizza was fluffy with a thin crisp base, loaded with corn on a bed of cheese. Overall a typical margherita pizza, but for half the price of what I’ve shelled out at pizzerias. Our host then suggested some unique drinks – a Mango Cooler and a Pink passion. The mango cooler was made of fresh mangoes while the contents of pink passion seemed a mystery, probably tomato juice or passion fruit or both mixed with guava, but these drinks were thankfully devoid of artificial sweetness adding healthy points to our meal.

The nostalgic evening culminated in a desert which was a first for me. Brownie Samosas are an off-the-menu specialty which we got an opportunity to try out. Small, compact samosas loaded with brownie cake and decorated with chocolate sauce is something I have not even heard of, let alone see. They were delicious, brownies being my favourite, and I am craving for more even as I write this. After 3 hours of feasting on this sumptuous feast and giggling over our good old college days we parted ways promising to keep in touch.

I also carried a parcel of chopper rice with gravy for my boys at home. I have two under five boys who shun exotic food and are the happiest with just a simple meal. These two children who can never be satisfied by anything less than egg fried rice gobbled down the veg fried rice equally fast. I had been really concerned about whether they would eat it, but they did it, and did it well. The gravy is a bit spicy so they didn’t have that but the combination with the rice was good!  Though I am not a fan of veg food, I now have a new favourite eating out place on my list.

A week later I ordered home some of Mother’s food corner specialties like dry Manchurian (was very spicy for me but yummy), garlic bread with cheese which was tasty, chilly garlic noodles- they were delicious, and exotic pizza.

So do try out this place and you will relish the dishes.

Here are some pics.

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Pa Pa Ya

Pa Pa Ya- MODERN – ASIAN – BISTRO!!!
It is a complete reinvention of Asian cuisine on a global scale. Leave your preconceived notions and perceptions out of the door, while enjoying a sensory experience at Pa Pa Ya. Here, eating is an experience unlike any, where your taken on a culinary journey through the landscape of Asia in a manner like never before.

Pa Pa Ya is a modern Asian bistro & tapas bar from the House of Massive Restaurants and best described as a chic, modern and radical reinterpretation of Asian cuisine. Revolutionarising the pan-Asian dining experience, Pa Pa Ya is an assimilation of various cooking techniques and cultures found across the Asian continent. It is as much about culinary art as it is about offering an exceptional gastronomic experience. It showcases super innovative presentations, the likes of which have never been seen before, integrated with cutting edge contemporary cooking techniques, including the use of the latest innovations & technology used in molecular gastronomy, with Massive Restaurants being credited for its introduction and popularisation in India through the critically acclaimed brands. The menu devised is completely original, developed over several months of research, with pain staking attention to detail, creating unique flavour profiles for each dish served. The Tapas style food presents a unique ability for the diners to enjoy a vast range of dishes in the right portion size, creating a true sensory dining experience. Using organic and fresh produce along with the finest ingredients sourced from the region of origin throughout Asia, in their most authentic form, in some cases even rare in variety and for them to reach in their freshest variety, ensuring that freshness of each ingredient used across the expansive menu is maintained at all times. The dessert section has been recreated, presenting some of the most iconic desserts from the Continent, having been completely twisted on their head and presented in a very fun, innovative and engaging way, making it an exciting experience for those with a sweet tooth and even those who are adventurous & love to tread into the unknown. Pa Pa Ya endeavours to offer a holistic dining experience and thus showcases a range of cocktails in its signature beverage section, which have been given the same tender, love and care as the cuisine, applying extensive use of molecular mixology with absolute cutting edge innovation never been seen before. The dishes on offer showcase some classics and all-time favourites, retaining their original essence, enhanced using elements of modern cooking techniques like elements of molecular gastronomy and presentation to add an element of surprise to the dining experience. Focusing on a modern sensory culinary experience with the cuisine served, ambiance and restrained elegance, Pa Pa Ya offers a befitting tribute to the refinement and extensive cultural legacy of the Asian Continent. Pa Pa Ya is not just redefining Asian cuisine, it’s Asian Cuisine – Revolutionised.

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Bastian, the swishest seafood restaurant!

This Mumbai restaurant is a purely a seafood lover’s delight! Every dish is enchanting! The place is filled with magical aquatic icons. An almost life-sized crocodile replica seems to float on the shimmering glass-tiled wall on which it’s mounted. The exposed brick walls; the soft bright lights and the exquisite wooden furniture give the place a warm and cozzzzzy feel.

Bastian is defintely on its way to becoming an award-winning restaurant. Though slightly expensive, the portions and the quality more than justify the price.

WHAT: Bastian 
RATING
: 4/5
WHERE
: B1, Opposite National College, New Kamal Building, Linking Road, Bandra (W) 
WHEN
: 7 pm – 1 am. Mondays closed
COST
: Rs 3,000 including a cocktail each
CALL
: 3312-6175

Items tried :

Turtle cheesecake
Animal Prawns
Jalapeno Salmon

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Worst Day Ever?

Worst Day Ever?

by Chanie Gorkin

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
Because
True happiness can be attained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
The reality
Creates
My attitude
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.

Smaaash – Play, Drink, Party Like Never Before!

Launched in 2012, SMAAASH is one of India’s acclaimed gaming and entertainment centers that marries sports, virtual reality, music and dining into an immersive, evolved, interactive and innovative social experience for family, friends and children alike.

SMAAASH renowned in the field of sports simulation technology and proprietary gamification technologies such as a unique twilight bowling zone, motor racing and bike racing simulators and the go-karting tracks (in Mumbai & Gurgaon) Being a virtual reality led entertainment gaming center – vastly credited to its in-house research and production capabilities, head mounted displays are used to produce games such as Walk the Plank, Finger Coaster, Cockpit 360 etc.

SMAAASH implores the child in you to joyously revel in an unmatched range of activities ranging from highly interactive sports simulators to many more thrilling and recreational attractions. With its current presence in Mumbai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Noida and Ludhiana, SMAAASH also touted as one of India’s entertainment powerhouse in foreign shores with its Mall of America launch. Redefining sports entertainment and customer engagement with ground-breaking entertainment ideas and novel dining concepts, SMAAASH has something for everyone anyone of any age making it a perfect destination for “kids” of all ages.

A glimpse of a few games:

Cricket

Game For: Adult &Kids

Brett Lee is looking you in the eye. You got to have that shaken not stirred attitude to face off. The fielders will sledge, the crowd will be on your side. Let your bat do the talking !SMAAASH-CRICKET-3

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Twilight Bowling

Game For: Adult

Take the perfect stride, let go of the ball, knock off pins in style at the twilight bowling arena. At the UV-lit bowling alley, the only thing you lose is track of time. In an amazing perennial twilight ambience, you get to let out your fury on the pins and opponents, alike.

Sky Karting

Game For: Adult &Kids

When it comes to racing our all new Sky Karting track, is sinfully exciting. India’s first multi-level Karting arena; this is a place where burning rubber is the norm. Brought to you by the renowned you by the renownedProtek Karting (Germany) and coupled with award winning safety technology; the best electric Go-Karts, will thrill you along every inch of the track. Minimum Height – 50 inches & above.

Race your way through a 430mtrs long multi-level track, burn your tyres as you drift, take steep turns and make your way to some speed racing!

 

Trampoline park

Game For: Kids

Let all that pent up energy of your kids erupt at the trampoline park in Smaaash. They’ll bounce, somersault and have some good high flying fun. They’ll love diving into our foam ball pit and shooting.

Super Keeper

Game For: Adult &Kids

Experience the drama, excitement and emotions of a real penalty shootout, as you go one-on-one against our supersonic goalkeeper. At Super Keeper, it takes a lot more than mere skills to strike the balance.

Finger Coaster

Game For: Adult &Kids

Wondered how designing a roller coaster by yourself would be? What if you could take a ride in one of those too? At Finger Coaster we let you do exactly that. Your heart will be in your mouth,when you ride on our physics-challenging, Oculus-based simulator. The better you design … be the first to know.

Cockpit 360

Game For: Adult &Kids

A kamikaze style attack has been launched on your city and your flying squad has been scrambled. Get into the cockpit of your fighter and take charge as the strike pilot of your fleet.

Walk The Plank

Game For: Adult &Kids

Experience Virtual Reality as it takes the thrill quotient several notches higher. A dizzying 50 feet fall on either side and villainous monsters in your way. The only thing between you and death is a narrow plank. You will make it to the other side only if you can fight fear and vertigo at the same time.

X2 Motor Racing Simu…

Game For: Adult &Kids

Bring out the F1 racer in you. At speeds of 200 mph you got to hold your nerve, as the torqued steering tests your driving mettle. Teamed with realistic racing simulation motions you’ll twist and turn in the 100% formula one car replica.

9D Xtreme Interactiv…

Game For: Adult &Kids

Get ready to have your mind blown away by our meanest interactive theatre ever! Experience goosebumps on a roller coaster, chills of a haunted house and the thrills of an interactive shooting gallery .

Smart Arcade

Game For: Adult &Kids

With vintage favourites like Pac Man, Air Hockey, Deal or No Deal and Simpson’s Soccer, you’ll never want to leave our time capsule. And if you enjoy more conventional games, there is Connect 4 and Fruit Ninja. With over 25 classic and new games, you’ll have a whale of a time here.

More pics below of our fun day at Smaaash!

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SMAAASH JUNIOR!

My older son has been harping on the same statement for the past two weeks. “Take me to the ball place” he repeatedly demands, wishing that I would take him to the play area down the street from where we live. He just loves the place. The maze of tunnels, the trampolines and the colorful plastic balls he loves diving into bring out squeals of excitement every single time.

But today I decided to surprise him. I took both my boys to what was a fantasy play area for kids – SMASH JUNIOR. It had everything that he loved, and even more. The excitement in their eyes is evident in the pics that follow.

After an exhausting day, these boys slept right through their journey back home. Only to wake up the next morning and say ” Take me to Smash Junior ball place”!

About Smaaash Junior :

Smaaash Junior has a  carpet space of 6300 sq.ft.
Located in the premises of Smaaash at Kamala Mills, this fun area can be accessed by tiny toddlers and teenagers as old as 15 years.
Smaaash Junior has a trampoline park, ball pools, creative slides, cannon shooting and lots more.
Let all that pent up energy of your kids erupt at the trampoline park in Smaaash. They’ll bounce, somersault and have some good high flying fun. They’ll love diving into our foam ball pit and shooting.
The children can also feast and relish on an exclusive children’s menu available at Smaaash Junior. The multi-purpose menu can be used not only for ordering delicious food items but the interesting and friendly menu can also be used for colouring, drawing and scribbling.
Smaaash Junior also has Smaaash Kids’ Club where the child can get access to the play area at cheaper rates on weekly/monthly pass basis. The more the play, the more they smile! #GoSmaaashIt

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Ball Pool Fun

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Lets have some fun on the slides

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Trampolines are super fun!

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Lets climb, crawl and hold on!

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Rolling down the rolling bars and fun time in the ball pool!

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Big big slides!

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A huge variety of toddler vehicles!

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Overview of the place!

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Maps of the interiors, LIVE CCTV, Cool kids food menu , waiting area..

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Check out the cool sit and swing rides like a carousel

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Rock and rides, Black boards, House play area for kids

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A view from top!

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Exploring the place!

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View from different angles

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A FUN PLACE FOR ALL KIDS!

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