Tuesday, 3 March 2015

#foodporn

Although a tad late, a very warm and prosperous New Year to you all. Hope 2015 will bring you happiness and a brighter future. This time of the year is all about contemplating on resolutions and struggling to fulfill them. I wish everyone all the strength to achieve his/her own list.

First post of 2015; unfortunately I do not have much photographs as I am hibernating and pigging out on food in this freezing weather. I hope a lot of you can relate to this! That is why, for now, I hope you can also just indulge on some delicious food pornography! These are from the places I visit most often locally. Do apologise for the quality of the photos as they were taken from my iphone.



                                                  HANDMADE BURGER (Wembley outlet branch)

Who doesn't like burgers? Seriously! I am love them. In fact, I am interested in making my own top 10 burgers list in London. Occasionally I indulge myself on these Handmade burgers, the size of the burgers are to be commended. I think this is the first burger I have ever used cutleries on. Personally, the burger is okay but the Cajun fries and the onion rings together are what makes it soo good,

THAMEL BAR & GRILL (Nepalese Restaurant)  

C-Momo (Chilli Fried Momo)

Pork Chops

Chicken chilli



BUSABA EATHAI (Thai restaurant)
Green curry chicken with brown rice.

Paratha (thai style)

Char grilled chicken with sticky rice.

Chicken satay.


Done and dusted!!! 


CHAUTARI (Nepalese Cuisine - South Harrow)

Chilli Momo

Momo Thukpa (dumpling with noodles and soup)

Spiced peanuts and soybean

Chicken Fried Momo

Done and dusted!!!!



PING PONG (Dim Sum Restaurant)

 I had these a while back so I cannot recall the particular names for these dim sums.








Done and dusted!!



THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY (TGIF)

Most of you may know about their food.





O BAMBOO (Parisian Thai Restaurant)

The popularity of this place is to be commended as lots of people were queuing for tables. After waiting for half an hour, we finally got a table but then real struggle emerged. The whole menu was in French. Too embarrassed to ask, I just ordered something that sounded familiar and everything became clear to why people were lining. One of the best Thai foods I have ever tasted. My compliments to the chef!!!

Green curry with rice


Pad Thai 


And to top them all up with:

DESSERTS



Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Nepal again.

I have written about here before but I was fortunate enough to visit again so, let's all swift to Nepal for now.

Since one of the major festivals called Tihar (aka Diwali in India) was upcoming, my parents decided to celebrate with our relatives back home. Let’s be honest, life in the UK is hectic; everyone is busy pursuing their dreams and in these entire hubbubs, we seldom have the opportunity to spend time with family and relatives; there is rarely any excitement during Tihar here. So, this time we went to celebrate it in Nepal! After 9 years…. Woop!! Woop! Yes, it's that much fun there.

In the last post, I blabbered a lot but fear not, this post will not be mind numbingly boring. Before I headed to my village (Jhapa), I was in Kathmandu for 3 days. Whilst staying there, I had the opportunity to explore the good-old Kathmandu valley. To be honest, during all my years in Kathmandu, I had hardly been anywhere there. So this time around in Nepal, I was determined to at least visit Kathmandu in detail. During my stay there was when I realised that I am exceptionally bad with timing, scheduling and planning. Always trying to squeeze a list of places in my short duration. Although I did enjoy visiting these sites, I couldn't immerse myself into appreciating them as I wished to.

Nepal is a small but beautiful country with lots of natural resources and a lot of temples and shrines. Architectural designs of these temples are definitely to be commended. Within these temples reside many histories and tales. Plus, they act as superb subjects for my photography! 

In the three days, I was able to visit Bhaktapur, Patan, Hanuman Dhoka, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Baudha; thanks to my friend Kristy.  It was magnificent!  
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Streets of Thamel







Siddhi Pokhari, Bhaktapur

This man-made 15th century pond with many legends is a must visit place in Bhaktapur.  It’s a historic pond where fishing is not allowed except for a single day in a year. Hence the presence of massive obese fishes, as feeding them is permitted. In fact, locals sell fish food in every entrance of the pond. I came to know that nowadays, it has become a hot spot for dating, every corner of the rectangular pond were filled with couples laughing, giggling and feeding these already overweight fishes.







Pottery from the best.





Piggy banks! Piggy banks everywhere!!

Authentic Nepalese marionette.



Nyatapola Temple, Bhaktapur





The sun was at its brightest when this girl in a white dress and hat caught my eye. I thought hers would be a great shot in an ancient town such as this.




There is always room for momo in our stomachs… especially  sesame jhol momo.. and Kristy bullying a kid in front of his mum in momo pasal. 







Shambala Hotel, Chakrapath

After 2 nights of crashing in a relative's house and returning late at nights, I felt like I was being a nuisance. So Shambala Hotel in Chakrapath was the pick, since it opened recently and the reviews were pretty good. Upon enquiring, they quoted Rs. 7000 which is relatively manageable but next morning when I was checking out I was presented with the remaining balance of Rs 3000. WTF... so, the 7G was excluding tax and VAT. I was ripped off but at least the view was nice as I was assigned the top floor room, just under the rooftop swimming pool. The complementary breakfast was delicious too. 


Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu





Dhunge Dhara









Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square






Basantapur



Pote Bazzar (colourful glass beads)

Every corner of the Kathmandu has a hidden surprise. Just like this Pote bazzar I found in an alley way in Basantapur.

Evening stroll in Khichapokhari Kathmandu



Paddy field in Jhapa during sunrise


Infront of my folks' place in Prithivinagar, Jhapa. 

Finally, I would like to give my utmost thanks to Kristy for taking your precious time to give me a tour of Kathmandu valley. Although it was a short visit, it was an awesome one and I had loads of fun. But my only regret remains that we forgot to take pictures of us together. We were too much into our photography. Once again, thank you for this unforgettable time.