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‘Betrayal’ or ‘How I Surrendered to A Fast Food Chain’

7 Dec

I am not one for multinational corporations and fast-food chains. I don’t go to McDonalds or KFC every week, or every month or every two months. I can’t stand the notion of making food/drinks on a mass scale, with no personal touch or feeling, serving the same number of variants, one customer after the next. And most of all, I hate the word “fast”.

But here I am. A so-called anti-establishment foodie, on my knees going gaga over their junk as they lure me in. And the only reason that is, is Starbucks Christmas Coffee. The first time I heard my friend going on about the “amazing flavours” and “christmas cups”, I was very doubtful. It’s very hard to convert me. And so I took it with a pinch of salt. How can that coffee compete with a precious little cafe with a mamma spooning her love into the blend as she pours me a mug?

But I went. And I tried it. And now I’m hooked. I dream about it every day (much to my shame, I have to admit.) Even as I write this, the thought that my post is going to add to their internet hits is kind of killing me. But I thought it was time to come out of the closet.

I love Starbucks Christmas Coffee – Gingerbread Latte and Peppermint Mocha with whipped cream being my favourite. There. I said it.

The devil's own coffee.

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Chew, Chow and Chomp at Spittalfields Market

9 Nov

My friends Shuli, Anjuli and I made a trip to Spittalfields Market and then Oxford Street yesterday. Here are some of the culinary page breakers:

We began with breakfast at Coventry station: scone, clotted cream, strawberry jam and tea. How cool is that? And for just 1.99!

scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam

A note on clotted cream: For those who haven’t tried it before (the word ‘clotted’ might be off putting too), let me vouch that it is quite wonderful. To start with, its tasteless. Second, its a nice cross between cream and butter and lastly, it gets all silky and yummy with strawberry jam on top of a warm scone. Yum.

Anjuli treats herself to a generous bite of scone

Cut to Spittalfield. Irritated with the exorbitant prices of the market, we checked into this tiny little restaurant there called ‘The Crepe Affair’. Yes, I have had crepes before, but never one with Ham, Cheese, Tomato, Olive Oil and Oregano! To drink, I had a Pure Mango Smoothie.

Shuli ordered a Ham and Cheese with Extra Veg (mushrooms) and Anjuli got a Londoner (eggs, bacon and cheese)

the cool buzzer thingie

The Buzzer Thingie: They had this really cool buzzer thingie there that I think people in India should adopt soon because its so convenient and cool. So here’s how it works: you give an order and they give you a buzzer. When you order is ready, it bursts into buzzes with cool red and green flashlights, at which point you go to the counter, collect your order and return the buzzer. How cool is that?

my pizza crepe (special) with salad

cup cakes at the crepe place

There were a lot of other food attractions at the market, though unfortunately we found them only after we’d had lunch.

ooooh butternut

all kinds of olives

doh nuts

Exhausted from all the shopping (yes, we did manage to do some, finally) we made our way to Oxford Street, where we shopped some more. By then, we were more than deserving of a delicious yummy creamy awesome treat, and so we went into Starbucks to have their special Christmas Coffee – Toffee Nut and Gingerbread Latte (can’t wait to try the Peppermint Mocha). And though I hate being all Big-Chain-Restaurant type, I have to admit that it was good. And it was comforting.

After that, I refused to acknowledge my friends because they had dinner at McDonald’s, and I won’t elaborate on that because that is crossing the line.