Here's one of the quickest recipes with homemade ingredients. Since it's mango season, my kitchen has been overloaded with the fruit. They've come from all over; Ratnagiri, Goa, the local markets and even our door to door mango guy, and the aroma in the kitchen is always very strong. So strong that one evening when I was thinking of making a cocktail, the only fruit I could think of using was a mango. Now I'm not a huge fan of mangoes and you'll never catch me eating one, unless of course it's raw and backed with spices and vinegar. But this was too good of a drink to pass. Not to mention easy as well. It technically is a mango mojito, but with a spicy element as well (because that's how I prefer my mango). The contrasts of the sweet mango and a hint of spice make it perfect chilled drink during the hot "almost" done summer.
One of the other amazing cities we visited on my family road trip, which won over a another amazing city (Idukki) was Munnar. When I was 16, we visited Sri Lanka and while driving through the tea plantations, my parents mentioned Munnar then and claimed we needed to visit. Well here we are, a full decade later, driving through tea plantations, stopping to look at flowers, searching for places that served alcohol legally, while trying to get used to the long winding roads.
Why Jordan? This was a question that befuddled me, pre-trip, especially when I was subjected to it almost twice a day, from different people after I announced I was going to Jordan. I never truly had an answer. I just shrugged and said "Just, you know?" The follow up question was "Is it safe?" to which I honestly had no reply. Is anywhere safe for that matter? Cut to: landing in Jordan and meeting/getting introduced a group of bloggers, photographers and media experts, all sharing their past experiences while embarking on new experiences all while discovering Jordan.
Some time ago while we were as Asado, shooting this post, Sheehan and I were also invited to sample the menu and try out a few cocktails. Since Asado has some pretty amazing concoctions, I was very eager to do so as this place was on my "visit-list" for a while and I had heard positive reviews and great feedback from my foodie friends. To my pleasant surprise, the folks there were cool enough to share the recipe of one of their cocktails, straight off their menu just for us. So we got to observe and get tips from their bartender, as he made the Candy Cane cocktail for us.
Some time last year (or way before, I can't really remember), Sheehan and I were looking at an online list of creepy places in the country and while most were eye rollers, one stood out among everything else. A tiny little ghost town towards the south eastern tip of the country that's known as Danushkodi. The google search for this place looked mighty fine and very interesting and we both exclaimed "we have to go there", like we do for every single other fancy looking place we see, be it in China or Brasil. Little did we know that this trip would happen very soon!
A lot has happened in the past month. I grew a year older and finally completed 27 years and I'm kind of excited. I don't feel old at all! 27 has always been my "lucky" number whenever I've been asked to pick a number between 1 to 100, so I have a good feeling about this. Then of course I've slacked off and not posted anything. I'm kicking myself for that, but in my defense, the post that I wanted to share was all very meticulously planned out and was in my diary, which got misplaced for a while. So that might come up later or next month. Sheehan shifted back to Mumbai while Patrick moved the join the cruise line, so while I got one of my photographers back, I lost the other. Of course Patrick is going to be sailing in Hawaii and some other places and I'm just jealous. And finally I took a chance with shady online shopping. Shopping from Chinese clothing websites has been the talk of the town and everyone's been sharing their misfortunes and ill-fitted clothes. And here I picked two dresses from a very questionable sounding and looking website - DevilPlus, just to see what I would get. Since I'm such a handy DIYer, I was ready to modify my purchases to fit my liking (and size)