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EAST COAST at MADRAS SQUARE ~ Review

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First of all wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. I hope you had a kick ass start to the year with all those resolutions which we never fulfill , yet make them every year in the hope of achieving them. But then hope is what we believe in right? While the entire world was pledging to diet, I on the other hand went to enjoy an extravagant lunch with fellow foodees to a very stylish place called the EAST COAST AT MADRAS SQUARE at neelangarai. Read what I had (and get jealous) and my review for the same.

 

potato & leek soup

potato & leek soup

We began with potato leak soup. The soup was creamy yet light. The caramalised onion and leak enhanced the taste of the soup.

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creole spiced fries

The creole spiced fries were crispy and balanced. The spice was a nice touch. It was served with  mint mayo which was a perfect companion for the fries.

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tomato & basil bruschetta

I am a lover of bruschetta and this tomato and basil bruschetta was nothing short of tasty. The basil was not very strong and well balanced with the tomatoes.

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mushroom & feta bruschetta

Mushroom and feta bruschetta was my favourite among all the things we had. The mushroom was so light and flavourful. The feta was not very salty hence the exact taste of cheese could be felt. It was just perfect . It was so good that we asked for a second serving!

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chickpea slider

Chichpea sliders were made like cute little buns and served along with fries. They tasted scrumptious. I never thought chole without the typical indian spicy masala could taste this good.

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vegetable & cheese sauce bake

A casarole typically a vegetable in cream and cheese sauce bake with herbed rice. If you are a cheese lover the this is a must-have. It was filling too. It was also baked perfectly.

 

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margheritta

Now this was the king of all the dishes, the favourite of the masses, the much coveted PIZZA! It was a not-so-basic margherita . Why no-so-basic? Well first of all the dough is prepared in advance and left for fermentation for enhancement. Then the cheese that was used was buffalo mozzarella. And then it is cooked in a terracota oven to add flavour at a very high temparature. And then we get this beautiful and absolutely yummy pizza. I now regret for not eating more. Regrets . Regrets .

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Aglio E Olio

It is basically a pasta tossed in olive oil with pressed garlic, minced chillies, parsley and topped with parmesan. If you are not a very big fan of tomato sauce and watching your weight and avoiding anything very cheesy and creamy, then this is the best pasta to have.

 

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puttanesca

Puttanesca was cooked in slow spicy tomato sauce and tossed with veggies topped with basil and pepper. How I love puttanesca. It has the right balance of tangy and spicy.

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banofee pie

Finally the favourite part of the entire lunch had arrived. It was time for dessert! First we had the banofee pie which was served with ice-cream . It was crispy from the outside and had a banana filling below the whipped cream. The whipped cream was light and enhanced the whole experience. The ice cream had a tinge of cinnamon which added a different flavour to it.

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theobrama

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Ok doesn’t that looks yummy? It tasted even yummier. This theobrama is a six layered chocolate cake which has milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate sponge, ganache, white chocolate. I individually tasted each layer and couldn’t pick a favourite. All of it was yummy. This is also a must-have and I shall definitely order it in my next visit.

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The decor is simple and sophisticated. They took the minimalistic route and nailed it. What I loved the most were the stone sculptures which spoke about the history of our state. I am a lover of such things and was highly impressed.

They also have a cafe, a flower shop, a shop natural beauty products, a furniture store and a few more things. It is a stylish place and for someone like me, I was just mesmerised. It was green and silent and beautiful. A perfect place for a date or a fun time with your family, everything will be perfect here. I am going to take my dad here for he loves good food and a sucker of great ambiance .

POINT METER :

Food – 4.5/5

Ambiance – 4.75/5

Variety – 4/5

Value for money – 5/5

Will I visit again? – Yes

Over all it was a great experience dining at East Cost at Madras Square. Special mention for Mathangi who personally took care of us and made sure we taste the best things. The staff was courteous and made our experience even more delightful. I wish it was close to my home so I could visit often. Well some things are worth the pain. Hope to visit the place soon.

Thank you foodeebuddee for inviting us to giving us a yummy dining experience. Please download their awesome app to know about restaurants and read reviews and recipes. Use my referral code MXIKSD2O to sign in and gain points .

Love,Sindhu

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Shine on

IMG_1759The festive season is here. Diwali, engagements and shaadis. Which means loads of sweets, savories and let’s not forget the best part, DRESSING UP! I mean don’t we want attention from everybody, ranging from aunties to boys to our peers? Lot of you have card parties and other such parties to attend. What do I wear? The FAQ. So let me try helping you a bit.

What and how to wear:
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  • First and foremost, do not go overboard . Choose something that is festive, but not like something that says you’re the sister of the bride.
  • Wear a piece of jewelry or accessory that stands out. My personal favourites are big earrings and cocktail rings. They look very classy and complete an outfit.
  • Choose a color that works best for your complexion. Festive season is about being bright and happy. So choose the correct color as it sets tone to the look.
  • Experiment with your hair. May be try a new hairdo?
  • My personal favourite outfit for the festive season would be jacket kurti(like the one I am wearing), pakistani suits, silk kurtis and crop top with full skirts.
  • Wear make-up with a touch of gold. A golden eye-shadow or a bronzed look , looks great considering the occasion.
  • And no matter what you wear, wear it with oodles of confidence and a big smile.

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PHOTO COURTESY : ABHIJITH CHANDRADAS PHOTOGRAPHY

Outfit Deatils:

Jacket kurti : Man Mandir (Chennai)

Pallazo : Bengaluru

Shoes : Paver’s England

Earrings : Chennai

Ring : Mumbai

 

Wish you a very HAPPY DIWALI. May you succeed in all endeavors of life. Stay happy and blessed.

 

Love, Sindhu

 

REVIEW : M.A.C Studio Fix

There is a certain level of expectation from the product when you hear its M.A.C . And for someone like me who is not a beauty junkie and not very concerned about all the things make-up, I certainly thought/think that M.A.C is the ultimate thing a normal girl wants. Before I begin with the review, let’s establish the fact that this brand is expensive. So how I landed up buying this is a short story. My friend who is a M.A.C hoarder introduced me to something called the studio tech . It is a tight mousse kind of a product which works as a foundation(medium coverage) as well as a compact. I loved when I used it and decided to buy it. When I went to the store and asked for the product, the sales assistant suggested me to opt for studio fix rather than studio tech, considering my skin is oily. And that’s how I got this magical product.

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PRODUCT REVIEW:

M.A.C – Studio Fix NC 45

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PRODUCT:

  • A foundation cum compact .
  • It is the best product for those who are lazy to apply foundation and primer and other such stuff on a regular basis.
  • For skin that has acne scars, it is best recommended to use with a concealer.
  • It looks like a compact powder, but works well as a foundation and gives medium coverage.

HOW TO USE :

  • Use a moisturizer before applying it. 
  • Although it comes with a sponge, I use a powder brush to apply it as it covers the entire face properly and spreads evenly without too much product on the face.
  • If you have acne scars or dark circles, you can use a concealer before applying it.
  • A few strokes from the brush is enough .

END RESULT – You end up having a smooth and matte finish . The skin looks bright and polished and isn’t over the top.

 

 

NC45 suits people who have a wheatish complexion and acne scars.

NC45 suits people who have a wheatish complexion and acne scars.

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POINT-METER :

Expectation vs Reality – 4.5/5

Quantity – 5/5

Pricing – 3.5/5

Availability – 4/5

Will I repurchase – Yes

The product is available at all M.A.C stores. This is not a drug-store product, hence it’s not very easily available. Since the day I have bought this product, I have been using this on a regular basis. It is the best money I have ever spent on make-up . I know it’s expensive, but it is definitely worth it and I highly recommend this product.

Love,

Sindhu

 

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10 Must – haves in your handbag

Hola chicas.weekend is here, and I can imagine the enthusiasm you guys are having about it. I have no weekend plans. Its boring here in my hometown. **snore**. I am trying not to take heavy dinners and concentrating on having veggies and soup.
Anywhoo, I was rearranging my handbag and thought of the amount of stuff I keep in my bag(which is a lot!). I realised all of it is important and I cannot do without them. No matter how much men criticise about our big bags, they eventually use most of the stuff we have.
I have listed the ten most important things that you ought to have in your handbag.
1. Hairbrush
Do I even need to say why you need a hairbrush in your bag?
2. kohl
Kohl brightens our eye and when you are going to be out for a long time, it could be your best friend and make you look fresh.
3. Lip balm
Lip balm is very important. You don’t want people to see you with chappy lips!
4. Lipstick/lipgloss
Haven’t we heard the thing about running into your worst enemy when you are badly dressed. Well this could be your saving grace. A lipstick just brightens the face and gives you the instant glam.
5. Compact
You need this for the same reasons above.
6. Grip/ rubber band
You leave your home looking like an actress with your locks hanging down and dancing around with bouncy hair. Then you face the reality, the wind doesn’t make you look like a heroine, it only messes up your hair. Also its so hot that you wish you were bald. Rubber band is your superman!
7. Spray rose water
Leaving from work and suddenly your bf/friend asks you to meet them. Wanna look fresh? Spray some rose water on your face and you ll look and feel fresh. You now see how important kohl,lippie and compact could be?
8. Tissue
I cannot list its immense importance. YOU NEED THIS BABY!
9. Sunglasses
I do not leave home without sunglasses. Its one thing that is super stylish and super essential at the same time.
10. Small diary and a pen
Phone to-do lists don’t work for me. Also being a blogger means anything could inspire you and you need to write it down.
I carry a few more stuff than I mentioned. But these are the most important ones. Please don’t say I did not mention mobile phone. Thats obvious and also the wallet or your keys.
What do you all generally have in your handbags? Anything different? Swiss knife? Pepper spray? 😛 Let me know if you carry something interesting like Swiss knife.
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Preconceived notions

Don’t we all have preconceived notions? I admit, I do. In fact all of us presume something or the other about a certain person or situation or a thing. It’s not that bad. It is human nature. But you know we need to draw a line. We need to stop assuming and make so many judgements even before knowing a certain thing. We see a person all smiling and cheerful and assume the person to be the happiest person alive. That’s completely fine. But moving a step forward and saying that the person who smiles a lot cannot have any pain, that’s preconceived notion! May be that person is just emotionally strong and deals with pain and pressure easily. That does not mean the person has a perfect life. Why do we assume these things.
When a girl dresses up really well, the girl is termed high maintenance. What if the things she is wearing is thrifted and not as expensive as you think. Just because a girl is wearing Western clothes, we assume that she is spoilt, bad and isn’t homely. This is just ridiculous! When will we think beyond this? When will we start accepting things the way they are and not assume things.
A recent incident in my life made me think this. I never knew facebook account could be used as your character certificate. This is just absurd and these things just irritate me. When will people mature and understand that its not always what you see. It may be the things you haven’t seen!

Be positive guys. There is already so much negativity in the world. Spread happiness and positive energy. Sayonara.