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Food Food: Childhood Food

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Food Food: Childhood Food

A few days ago, a friend post one of those posts about 90s songs that will instantly make you nostalgic. That, coupled with the fact that I am currently at my mom’s place and have the luxury of asking her to make some of my favorite dishes, prompted me to do a post on some of my favorite food items that immediately take me back to my childhood. Now, if I sit and think about it there are probably countless dishes that can make this list, but I will limit it to the ones that immediately popped into my head while writing this.

So let’s make it a quick 5 countdown…..drum roll…..

5) Dal Bati….this Rajastani delicacy may seem like a very peculiar choice but I loved eating this while growing up. My friend’s mother made the best dal bati and I loved the fact that she always called me over when her mom cooked this up. Till date, my friend messages me when she or her mother makes dal bati. Furthermore, in our neighbourhood, all the moms would cook delicious Dal Bati and have a “Dal Bati” party 🙂

4) Paprika Chips: These Thai potatoes chips epitomized my childhood. One of my first and favorite memories of my childhood consists of my parents driving my sister and I to a small Thai restaurant, while listening to some Beatles’ melodies, and there we would get to have a bottle of coke and Paprika chips. On my recent trip to Bangkok I absolutely devoured this chips in loads.

Paprika Chips

Paprika Chips

3) Ka pao kai and Kao Phat Kai: Thai food, obviously, makes this list again. Ka pao kai is Basil Chicken and Kao Phat Kai is simply chicken fried rice. These two dishes were basically my lunch staples. Luckily our school canteen would prepare these meals fresh upon request and trust me when I say it was total bliss!

Chole Bature

Chole Bature

2) Chole Bature. This Punjabi dish is probably one of my most craved Indian food. Similar to Dal Bati, my friends’ moms would always cook this when they knew I was coming over or would call me if they had prepared it. The fluffy, flour made, bature with spicy and tangy chole (garbanzo beans) was a match made in heaven. Back in the day I could gulp down at least 6-7 batures 😉

1) Wrap It Chicken Wraps & Criss Cross Fries: This is another school lunch related story, So the Wrap It Kebabs/Wraps were probably the MOST expensive thing in our school canteen. Back in the day the wraps were 85 Baht, which for a school student was quite steep. My weekly allowance was 200 Baht and me being me, I would “plan”  the day I would splurge on the Wrap and then figure out how to get through lunch/free blocks the next 4 days. Unfortunately, I was not able to have a fix of these during my last trip to Bangkok….but there are days I dream about them.

Aww, I almost forgot….I can’t complete this post without having this item: Pizza Company Bread Sticks & Cocktail sauce. Now what can be so special about breadsticks and a cocktail sauce? These breadsticks and more importantly the cocktail sauce, was like crack (not that I know how that tastes…but I can’t think of another way to describe it). I grew up in a boarding school/hostel with 60 other kids. On days we didn’t like the food prepared by the canteen, a few of us would form a group to order just these breadsticks from Pizza Company and this would be our dinner. Each kid could finish 12 breadsticks, usually even more, by themselves. And on special Thursdays when the boarding school itself would have a pizza night….ALL OF US, would be ready for dinner and waiting in line by 6 (an entire before dinner time) just so we could make sure we had our plate full of these wonderful and addictive breadsticks and sauce.images

Now I am just craving all of these items….but I hope you enjoyed this post and may be some of them reminded you of your childhood.

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Amazing Thailand!!!!

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Hello! Hello! I know it’s been a while for us writing…like my blogging partner said, the last 6 months of 2014 went by in a whirlwind. Honestly, a lot of times I did sit down in front of my laptop and thought about writing a post, but I then I was like “I have nothing to share.” So back again, I would switch off the laptop, and go on with the daily routine. My husband constantly asked why I wasn’t blogging and I kept saying I have nothing to write about; in all honesty, I was getting a bit lazy. But as they say, absence makes the heart go fonder and I am back!

Bangkok Traffic

Bangkok Traffic

A lot happened in 2014….probably the biggest is the fact that we are expecting a baby in May!!!! A million emotions are constantly running through me, feelings of excitement an d nervousness. I think I might write a separate post on all that I keep constantly thinking about.

Let me get back to what this blog is supposed to be about, as the title suggests, I just came from a quick 4 day trip to Bangkok. It’s the city I grew up in and even though most of my friends and family have moved on….the city still holds a super special place in my heart. The last time I visited Bangkok was almost 6/7 years ago and while a lot has changed, a lot hasn’t.

Strolling around Lumpini Park

Strolling around Lumpini Park

So what did I do in Bangkok? I ate, shopped, slept, ate, shopped, slept….on repeat. I guess that is what a good vacation is about. I constantly complain that the Thai food in India doesn’t quite make the cut. Some places (ex: Baan Tao or Polka Dots in Pune have good curries), but they don’t get that 100% authentic taste. Also they say, street food in Thailand is the best, so I was pretty much on a mission to make my husband try all the food that I grew up eating…from the krapao kai…to Swensens ice-cream to Paprika chips.

Mama Tom Yum

Mama Tom Yum

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Sticky Chewy Fantasy at Swensens….still my favorite ice cream flavor!

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Mango Ice Cream & Mango Custard at Mango Tango, Siam

 

We, also, did do a lot of shopping for the baby. Yes, you can find almost everything you need for a baby in India (thank you Amazon.in), but variety is an issue. I fell in love with almost all the baby things I saw and actually had to be told to stop shopping for the baby (the malls in Bangkok probably deserve a separate post as well).

It was a much needed trip. I am back feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and ready to take on the next 6 weeks of work. Bangkok….I am not sure when we will meet next, but till next time….see ya!

The trendy Terminal 21 mall, which is designed like an airport with each floor representing a different global city.

The trendy Terminal 21 mall, which is designed like an airport with each floor representing a different global city.

Bangkok Recap

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I meant to do this post almost two weeks back, but having a baby really takes up a whole lot of time. And I have had even less time since my husband, bro and sis in law were in Thailand for a few days before we flew back.

I was at home for a good five months, as I chose to have my delivery in Thailand. The last week was spent settling in back in India, unpacking (of which there is still a long way to go), and making sure my baby was adjusting well to a new place, people and climate. We came from hot and humid where you need air conditioning to survive to non-stop drizzling and a chill that requires you to put on a warm cardigan.

My time back home was spent eating a lot of Thai food, spending time with cousins who had flown down and taking them around, meeting old friends and simply enjoying such a long stay at home. I ended up going to all the places covered in my previous post, and some more.

The malls are decorated with sculptures and installations throughout the year so they make for great photo taking opportunity, of which we did quite a bit.

Here are just a few photos from my long summer in Bangkok. Oh how I miss it and my family already.

Us at Spring Summer

Us at Spring Summer

My brother and I at Terminal 21

My brother and I at Terminal 21

Ocean World at Paragon

Ocean World at Paragon

Siam Center

Siam Center

Some of the food along the way

Some of the food along the way

Asiatique

Asiatique

My dad and I-shopping time

My dad and I-shopping time

Mommy and I

Mommy and I

 

Baby Fair Weekend

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This past weekend I visited the bi-annually held Thailand Baby and Kids Best Buy fair held at the Queen Sirikit Convention Center (QNSCC). The center holds events throughout the year, and hosts everything from pet expos to travel fairs. This four day event is quite popular for both expectant parents as well as those with toddlers. In addition to discounted rates, it also provides the convenience of everything under one roof.

One could basically walk out with an entire nursery stocked for a new born. There was everything from cloth diapers and cots to baby carriers, sterilizers, play mats and even baby-safe nail paint.

One of the numerous aisles at the fair

One of the numerous aisles at the fair

Being a popular event, the venue was packed with expectant mothers as well as those parents with young children. I definitely made the right decision of leaving my baby at home. It would have been near impossible to hold him and go through the available stock, even though my mom was with me.

Discounts at Wacoal Baby

Discounts at Wacoal Baby

My brother had picked quite a bit of clothes and accessories during the earlier baby fair which was held in February, and comparatively the clothes were much better last time round. This time the clothes were first of all mostly for girls, and even then either really small sizes or then for toddlers. It was quite difficult to stock up on clothes for 9-12 and even 6-9 months for boys. Parents with baby girls must have had a blast. I saw the cutest shorts from Benetton in a whole range of candy colors, then there were dresses, skirts, ballet pumps and strappy sandals.

Tiny baby shoes

Tiny baby shoes

One of the many book stockists

One of the many book stockists

Nevertheless I picked a few t-shirts, shorts, a pair of jeans from Gap baby, night suit sets, caps, socks, and a few educational flip cards. On the way back, we stopped by at a baby store and picked up the very popular Sophie the Giraffe teething toy for later, as it is not available in India. In the evening we headed to H&M, which is also currently on sale, and picked the cutest cardigans for my boy.

All in all a successful shopping weekend for my baby, and surprisingly I did not make a single purchase. I definitely recommend checking the baby fair if you are traveling to Thailand at this time of the year and have little ones.

Home is Incomplete without Food

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So, I am in Thailand for a while and since I have landed have basically been eating like there is no tomorrow. Thai food is relatively easy and faster to cook when compared to Indian, but sometimes the lack of ingredients takes away that authentic taste.

Phat Thai

Phat Thai

My first dish was Phat Thai at the airport itself at 6 in the morning, and lunch was Kapao Kai, known in English as Basil Chicken, and it is one dish that I can possibly eat every single day. I do try making some of the simpler dishes back in Mumbai such as Tom Yum soup, Pasta Tom Yum, Som Tam, and Boonsen.

Macaroni Tom Yum

Macaroni Tom Yum

Som Tam or Papaya Salad

Som Tam or Papaya Salad

The streets of Bangkok are a foodies paradise, and here you will find everything from a meal for under a dollar to one that will set you back by a couple hundred. And both ends of the spectrum are an experience in itself. One place I would definitely recommend is Vertigo at Bnayan Tree. And since the city is also a shoppers paradise, the malls are packed with unlimited food options as well, from donuts to gourmet.

Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit

Being a tropical country, fruit here is quite abundant as well and most are available year round. In India that was mainly apples and pears. Here I have been eating rose apples, sweet raw mangoes, ripe yellow ones, yummy guavas, and longan.

Since I am going to be home for a while, my plan is to learn the dishes that I crave the most in India from my maid. And hopefully I can replicate them once I am back in Mumbai.

Kutiyo Naam

Kutiyo Naam

Learning today: Kutiyo Naam.