Fun, Fast Food Break at Bombay Blues

I did like the decor and the interiors. The blue and white illustrations of famous landmarks of the city I call home now for the past two years. I was invited to blog about Bombay Blues at Phoenix Mills. I decided to take mom and dad along with me as we wanted to celebrate mom's new job.

The restaurant manager and chef were very sweet and made sure we tried a variety things on the menu. Bombay Blues serves a variety of cuisines- Indian, chaats, Lebanese, Mexican, Sizzlers etc. If you have grown up in Mumbai as Cream Center and New Yorkers as your childhood haunt- this place seems like a bit more modern version of those classics. As a kid though- the Mexican and Middle Eastern food held so much appeal.  I did enjoy the nachos and cheese (home made crisps). Mom loved the alu tikki stuffed with hung curd. That was pretty unique- the creaminess of the curd with the potatoes. Of the non- veg appetizer platter I liked the jerk chicken quite a bit. The flavours were authentic something I have not had in India yet- a Jerk chicken done right. The other two on the platter was a Andhra style lamb done in a deep fried spring roll (a bit much) and the other was a spicy fried chicken.

I think the rest of the food - the pasta and the sizzler were alright. The sauce of the pasta was a bit too sweet. To be fair I was too full to eat the sizzler and the large pieces of sausage just looked a bit intimidating. I am very fond of sausages off the grill and these were missing those char grilled marks.

We finished the meal with a sizzling brownie. Even though I have had this combination many times before I still enjoy the whole show of pouring hot chocolate sauce on a hot iron platter and watch the whole thing sizzle. My parents thoroughly enjoyed their dessert. I am a bit of brownie Nazi and love a gooey super chocolatey brownie. I have yet to come across brownies in Mumbai that make the mark for me. I did take a bite and as I said before- it was alright. 

I have to thank Bombay Blues though - my parents and I did enjoy our meal and the overall ambiance of the place. We relaxed and let the chef pamper us. Would I recommend it. Definitely for the snacks and appetizers and if you still have space for more experiment off the main courses.

This is not a food post.. Maine Pyar Kiya dissected

My Younger sister Ms. Cultured Purl's rant about a Bollywood film- Maine Pyar Kiya that we loved to watch as kids. If you grew up in the 90's you would know exactly why she is now traumatized by this blockbuster starring Salman Khan.

"You know- this movie Maine Pyer Kiya when dissected down is quite obnoxious - firstly, the kabootar (pigeon) is better trained than any dog I know. Secondly, I can't remember the last time it was cool to actually wear a cap labeled 'boy' 'girl'. Thirdly, Manohar Bhaiya and his chamakchalo (girlfriend) are quite unnecessary and very annoying- not to mention Bhagyashree- jee auntijee. ... Finally, that scene on the terrace, where they are celebrating her birthday with that song, in the end when he gives her the shiny golden thing to try on and she shows up in that golden sheet covering herself- and then reveals herself so dramatically- I was traumatized by that scene. I couldn't figure out firstly what she was revealing. I figured she must have been naked underneath- but that confused me even further coz why did she show up naked when he gave her a dress to try on? And finally if she was actually wearing that dress then why couldn't we see what she looked like in it!!!???
I'm telling you-Khoon Bhari Maang is better- there is crocodile, plastic surgery, dance showdown between Rekha and Sonu Walia, there is a ghungha (dumb) and an aaya (nanny) that take care of 2 traumatized stereotypical kids (one girl one boy), a wafadar (faithful) dog and horse- all on the scene of a farm house! It just cannot get better! Oh yah and an evil mama (uncle) as well! Those are hard to come by nowadays!!!!
Oh and sorry back to Maine Pyer Kiya- when Prem leaves the house to prove he can earn his own money and support Miss Bhagyashree - why does he become a construction worker in the gav (village)? I mean he is apparently America return with at least a bachelor's degree- hello??? WTF? Can't he get a proper job? He could even become a personal trainer if he wanted to flex those muscles.... Major flaws in the story I'm telling you...."

I particularly like these posters. The styling, the typography, the colors are very Bollywood Kitsch. These posters were probably hand painted on to billboards, a craft that was practiced till recently, where the hand-painting technique of making movie billboard posters has been replaced with large digital prints on huge sheets of vinyl.
The two films for me represent the transition from the angry young man (in this case woman) revenge drama of the 80's to a softer romantic love story of the 90's.

Ok Coming soon: back to food talk- my week with wine.

So if I am going to be food blogging....

Yes yes... I thought about it. Why does this world need another amateur food blogger. And I thought this would be a good daily exercise.
So if I am going to be food blogging... things to keep in mind:
  1. Take fantastic, sumptuous, delectable pictures. Some of these food blogs have beautiful pictures.. its like food porn. I mean look at this blog-
  2. Cooking and eating to me is more about the experience of hanging out with my friends, talking, chatting, listening to music, drinking... I will definitely attempt to document it. 
  3. I am always excited to eat at new place, a strange place, a hole in the wall place. So if anyone does follow this blog do send me recommendations.
  4. Yes I eat insects- I know I know. But seriously try a fried caterpillar next time. A handful of caterpillar has as much if not more protein than T-bone steak. (check this video out, I'm not joking). Oh! And by the way I have cooked caterpillar and it is really delicious.
  5. It will be a good exercise to write. Make notes and be conscious of what I am eating and where I am eating.
  6. Make videos. 
  7. Eating healthy is important to me. Making food at home is the start of eating healthy. 
  8. It looks like a meat fest right now but there will be vegetarian options. 
  9. I will not abandon this blog. I will not abandon this blog. I will not abandon this blog. I will not abandon this blog. I will not abandon this blog.....
So for future inspirations:
Try some fried finkubala (caterpillar in Zambian)!