Monday, August 08, 2005

Of brownies, hot chocolate and nut crunch! :)

And add some Kurkure to it, to spice up a perfect weekend delight! I ain't a food connoisseur but

- Isn't it a pleasure when you have a slab of brownie with walnuts generously strewn all over it and when you sink your teeth into it, a stream of thick chocolate flows like nectar out of nowhere. And before you realise, the slab has melted almost magically in your mouth..

- Isn't it a joy when you have steaming hot chocolate sitting inside a Barista outlet to beat the dampness outside..And you get to smell the unbeatable aroma of roasted coffee seeds ( Yeah, I hate coffee but not the aroma!)..

- Isn't it a delight when you have a single scoop of Baskin and Robbin's "Nut Crunch" icecream in absolute silence, sitting at Marine Drive when the cool evening breeze just ruffles your hair reminding you of dad's rare yet most treasured display of affection, as though he watched his young girl merrily finish her icecream off and ruffled her hair to give her that warmth of love..

- Isn't it priceless contentment when you lie down on your bed munching Kurkure and closing your eyes, listening to Sudha Ragunathan's brilliant rendering of "Thaye Yashodha", Kalyani Menon's Thodi Alaap and Rajesh Vaidhya's one minute Veena Performance..

Bliss, in a 'nut' shell. Simple Pleasures, for which I would pay anything..:)

23 comments:

Sriram C S said...

I agree with every one of your questions!! And would like to add a full kalyAna sAppAdu with vadai pAl pAyasam and thAmbUlam while looking at pretty girls clad in pAvAdai sattai!!! :)

Sriram C S said...

And yeah, coffee, even if it is just aroma, spares nobody!!! :)

Aravind said...

hi!
Saw ur profile Engg-->Journalist in some blog and landed here.
I have a close friend of mine whos done the same .Infact u had mentioned that u did not like the idea of getting into software.Well he did enter into software and shifted to journalism.So there are people who are doing this.Its just a mention.

Vinesh said...

Nice feelgood post :-)
I would add every other food item available to that list :-D

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Agnibarathi..Hmm..Kalyana Sappadu..It's been ages since I have attended a wedding!

Aravind, Hi! Well, I am really sorry but I don't know what you are arriving at and why you are giving me an example of your friend..Well, even I was in software before coming into journalism, if that justifies what you are trying to say!! Thanks for dropping by!

Hi Vinesh, yup!! I was really kicked this weekend, after all this! :)

RS said...

Yumm...this time for my India trip, I have made up my mind to visit Barista...and then I will write a post too (and thank you and Rathish for the inspiration to go there!) :))

Desi@Heart said...

awwwwwwwwww... why do i have to read all this when i am wolf-hungry??? anyway, all in good time.. i'll go grab some nutrition right away!

Sriram C S said...

Ok, here's where I turn wicked...I'm off next week to have proper kalyAna sAppAdu for three whole days!! Perhaps I'll put a post after I come back and kottify all your vayiRRerichchal!! >:)

saranyan said...

last month when I was in Madras I had coffee at barista. it was ok. not that great. and coffee day was terrible. they serve some muddy liquid and call it cafe mocha :)

my take -- I would like to have my mom's thattai and watch a captain movie :) :)

MrGonSings said...

Simple pleasures can sometimes turn into life's greatest moments; so make sure you never lose contact with all these precious everyday gifts...
Well, just by reading and catching up with your last posts, I'm sure you won't.
Gosh, Anu, how I hate it when I'm short of time to stop regularly by your blog... I'll have to find a way to fix this situation...

Hope everything is going great!
:)

Anupama Viswanathan said...

desi@heart,
Hope you got to grab some nutrition!! :)
Saranyan, you and your captain movie!!! I would rather prefer to sit by the sea side than see his face!!!:))
Mrgonsings, so good to see you back...:) and yes, everything is fine!! :)

Anupama Viswanathan said...

And there again, I guess I have given ideas to two people for some new posts - RS and Agnibarathi..!!:)

Vani Viswanathan said...

cha...i'm here eating biscuits coz i don't have anything else to eat for a snack...and here's someone talking about brownies and nut filled ice-creams! bah! ipdi ellarum saapadu item patthi ezhudhi en saabatha vangikareengala? :P

Eroteme said...

Was the music you were listening to from Morning Raga? I really love the compilation ...
YOU are eating? :-O Jesus!!

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Vani, don't feel so J..am sure you get brownies and ice cream there also..Poi saapdu, yaar vendam naa?? ;)

Eroteme, yes, I was referring to Morning Raga..I simply love that collection! and Please..I THINK i an make an effort to change for the better, can't I?? Yes,I am eating!!!

Vani Viswanathan said...

solluvadi, solluva!
i go ask the stall guys chappatis for dinner and it's over :(
here brownies look very similar to fish fry, by the way! i pointed to sth thinking it's brownies and it turned out to be the other! ;)

Leon said...

You really know how to appreciate the little things in life.. I would probably go for Cadburys Dairy milk instead of kukure.. ;-)

sumant said...

Just a couple of thoughts from a peregrine mind:

There's no coffee like filter coffee, even for those who don't like it.

Coffee shops in India are fundamentally a lost cause. They say it's the atmosphere they're selling, not the coffee. If that's the case, why do they have such trouble letting me read at the Barista/Coffee Day/Insertnamehere without buying any of their over-priced, low-quality fare?

The rain is better when you're in it to begin with, and then indoors watching it trace chaotic patterns over freshly-cleaned windowpanes, with said coffee in one hand and a book in the other.

Finally, the music. I just wish it was someone other than Rajesh Vaidhya playing veena. He's good, but I can't lose the vision of his stage shows (which are somewhat claustrophobic and not just a little unnerving to watch).

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Vani,
I can't help it if you can't distinguish between brownies and fish fry..These are certain things that you should learn in life!! ;)..:))

Leon, Granted!! Yep, a dairy milk would have made the experience more enjoyable..but, don't ya think there was already toooo much chocolate in the post? :)

Sumant, first and foremost, thank you for sparing the time to write such a long comment. Ok, let's go on to your points one by one..

--There's no coffee like filter coffee, even for those who don't like it.--
Well, may be, may be not. For those who don't like coffee, I wonder whether you can assert it so much! I think it depends on the person..

For your second, third and fourth points, I think it is your perception, your way of seeing things that matters..

Well, your fourth point makes me wonder...when I listen to music, I would rather conjure up other images in my mind than that of the performing artist..well again, it is how you see it!!

sumant said...

In general, perception is everything. In terms of coffee, it's simply a combination of native berries, blends and percolation technique that elevates filter coffee's taste and aroma well beyond every other type of coffee that I have tasted, which does span a rather wide range of sources. Continuing with the concept, I extend it to coffeehouses in India that offer nothing more than a posh place to buy overpriced coffee. I've already made the taste argument, and now I'll add cost to it. Thirty bucks and more for a cup of coffee (which one can get for a fraction of that price at any pottikadai) is atrocious. If they offered something more, I might be interested. A Barista outlet I went to had a guitar in very bad repair, but we did manage a singalong for a bit. But that was just one, a sad state for a form of retail establishment that has had a huge role to play in the development of Western culture. We're not Western, so should we expect that of our coffeeshops? Absolutely. This is still only my perception, as everything I say would be.

What I want my mind to conjure has little to do with what it actually does come up with. That is primarily instinctive reaction to stimulus. If you have seen Rajesh Vaidhya perform, you'll know what I'm talking about. This actually has less to do with perception than with stimulated reaction. If we could control how we reacted to things like music, taste and choice would be redundant concepts.

Eroteme said...

Wassup girl? Busy commenting and forgot about posting something new?! :-O

wookie said...

Hot Choco at Barista and Hot Choco Fudge from Corner House does it for me- BLISS :)

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Hey wookie!! soo good to see you! Yummm..corner house icecream..Looks like you are a choc freak like me too! :)..