Treglyn Cottage Cornwall – An experience with Air BnB

Location

A quaint cottage ideally located near Minack Theatre and gorgeous Porthcurno Beach located just a few minutes’ drive away.

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About The Cottage

The first thing that struck us, while arriving to the cottage on how calm and quiet it was though it was surrounded by cottages, everything was just still  surrounded by canopy of trees.

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We were welcomed by our host Charles a Fine Art Photographer who lives stones throwaway from the property. The entry leads to the garden which is equipped with barbeque for outdoor cooking.

The whole cottage is divided into two wings on one side, the main door leads to open plan kitchen with dining area. The kitchen is well equipped and stocked with basic necessities. Tesco  is short drive away if you need anything else and an honesty box is located just outside the cottage which was stocked with spuds during our stay.

Above the kitchen an airy and bright en-suite bedroom, a reading nook overlooking the garden was massive bonus and waking up to birds chirping .

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On the other side of the cottage a large but cosy lounge with exposed beams and wood fire burner. A further two bed rooms upstairs with a bathroom. This wing of the cottage is perfect for family with small kids you have separate spaces at the same time you can keep an eye on the kids.

The cottage has Wi-Fi which was very handy as you don’t have mobile connectivity in this area for emergencies you have land phone connection. This cottage contains everything at the same time so cosy and airy made a good choice for me and my husband for a short break over summer.

If you are looking to for a British experience of living in cottage with open fire places, aga cooker, and reading nooks this is place for you for any season in the year.

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Viento | The Coffee Whisperer – Watford | Review

Viento, An Artisan Coffee Roaster and café located a short walk from Watford Junction. It is perfect for commuters just to grab and go; a hangout to meet people, a quaint little spot to do some writing.

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The café is laid back and the space has been carefully decorated with different kind of seating, outdoor seating is also available when the weather is good. You are also surrounded by everything related to coffee. When I walked up to the till to place the order I was not only welcomed by barista but a micro –roaster now you know why this little place is special. It is such a rare sight where a cosy café has a onsite micro-roaster. While you have your coffee you can even buy some coffee beans roasted onsite to take it home with you.

The coffee beans are carefully sourced from around the world. Being a tea drinker I was feeling bit confused with so many varieties of coffee beans and brew techniques. The barista was very helpful in sorting out the brew after a quick chat.

 

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They not only have great coffee but equally amazing avocado toast and toasties.

It is fair to say that I loved the service here that I returned so many times not just to drink coffee but to enjoy the equally delicious avocado toast. I know what you are thinking yes I cheated on my cuppa can you blame me. But fear not it always my beloved tea everywhere else and always coffee at Viento.

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If you don’t live near Watford and would like to try the coffee at home you can order the coffee via Viento Coffee Company’s website . The coffee beans are seasonal which changes through  the year.

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Kricket – Soho| London

Oh the joy when finally Kricket opens its door in Soho. So one fine evening I decided to go for dinner with my partner in crime aka husband.

The location was ideal just a stone’s throw away from Piccadilly tube station. Reservations are available for 4 people and above, so we got there early to avoid waiting in the queue. The restaurant is very inviting with booths for small group and bar stool if you are on your own or there as a couple. What I really liked about Kricket is the open plan; you can watch your food being prepared right in front of you.

The concept is small plates and some of the dishes are seasonal so the menu changes depending on the season and availability.  I quite enjoy small plate dishes as I get to taste as many dishes as possible.

If you are looking for traditional Indian food this is not the place for you. I went with an open mind and thoroughly enjoyed how the Indian flavours and textures were brought together.

Coming on to the food we started with fresh lime soda with mint which was quite refreshing. This was followed by two variety of kulchas one with bone marrow and the other was masala.  The bone marrow kulcha was flavoured beautifully with the melted marrow and surprisingly light on the tummy. Though I am a big fan of marrow, the masala kulcha was the best with the raw onions, herbs and seasoned butter.

Scallops were served next with puffed rice. I would have never thought of marrying puffed rice with scallops but it worked beautifully.

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The lamb haleem normally served with an overloaded of ghee, here at Kricket the dish was rich at the same time not heavy which works great when you want to try other dishes. The Haleem still retained the texture yet smooth, the addition of puffed wheat for the crunch effect was a nice touch.

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Keralan Chicken with sweet pickled mooli (daikon radish), crunchy curry leaf and creamy mayo was the star of the meal. The best way to describe this chicken would be where KFC meets Chicken 65 which had a perfect balance of salt, sweet, crunch and creamy goodness.  I would highly recommend you to order this dish if you plan to visit Kricket.

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Coming on to the Bhel Puri so glad they used raw green mangoes, I would have preferred less yoghurt or none in the bhel and bit spicier. The Indian in me needs chillies that extra kick but the texture was amazing not soggy but a very crunchy one.

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We finished off the meal with Jaggery treacle tart milk ice cream himalayan sea salt. I am not massive fan of desserts so we just ordered one to share. The milk ice cream was really good and tart a bit too sweet to my liking but if you have sweet tooth you would really enjoy this dessert. While we were finishing of the meal at the counter I was eying the mishti doi (yoghurt based dessert) delicately topped with pistachio crumbs and rose petal and made a mental note to try it next time. A special mention about the staff at the kricket who made sure we enjoyed the meal.

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The Mango Girls – A Tale of Alphonso Mango | Product Review

I live in UK and it is middle of winter, summer a distant memory along with the mango season. But one fine day while social media surfing I came across The Mango Girls twitter handle and saw the word alphonso yes alphonso on their page, my heart sang “Hallelujah”.

Now why does alphonso make me sing?

  • It is known as the king of mangoes in India
  • This is one variety of mango which is really sweet, plump with a creamy flesh
  • I can’t stop eating with just one as you can see here and here

So who is The Mango Girls and why did I decide to try their products

Fiona Thorne and Fleur Kentish, aka The Mango Girls, runs the Roderick C. Thorne Produce Ltd based in Kent, UK. They have a range of products like Alphonso Mango, Blood Orange, Rose Petal, Passion Fruit to name a few and source their fruits from around the world.

The alphonso mangoes are sourced from Ratnagiri a Konkan region in Maharashtra, India. The puree is made from fruit and not from concentrate without any added sugar. The 275ml bottle is perfect to use and store. The packaging is clean, crisp and the puree is thick but at the same time pours easily. The Mango Girls sorted the order so quickly and it was a pleasure to shop with them.

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I served the alphonso puree with Skyr as a mid-afternoon snack. The list of dishes that can be made using the puree is endless. While I wait for summer and mango season to arrive, the alphonso puree from The Mango Girls is just the thing I needed to fill that gap. For the tropical feeling in the middle of dreary British weather, a little bit of sunshine to fill my heart.

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Zaiqa The Spice Store | Product Review

Zaiqa is based in my hometown Chennai, Tamil Nadu – India and it is owned by Anisa Arif. Spices blended with natural ingredients with no preservatives or MSG “Pure and Natural”

The first thing that hit me when I opened the packet of Curry Powder is the freshness and the aroma of spices reminds me of spice powder that was just roasted and powdered. The packaging is resealable and light weight. It is quiet handy when you need it don’t have to call the search party when you are in a hurry to cook something.

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The curry powder is a versatile powder like garam masala a little bit of it lifts the whole dish. I used it to make a quick side dish to be served with dal (lentils) and rice.

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In a hot pan add few drops of coconut oil, followed by thinly sliced onions. Once the onions soften add few springs of curry leaves, a heap of curry powder, salt to taste cook for a minute or two. Add sliced hard-boiled egg. Serve it warm with rice and lentils (dal).

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If you are like me and live in a faraway land fear not Zaiqa ships international.
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Night Photography Workshop with Nige Levanterman

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I have been following Nige Levanterman on Instagram for a while now and one fine day I came across insta story about night photography instameet by Canon UK #selfieless for Red Cross.

Nige was also raising funds for BIBS supports babies and their families at the special care baby unit (Buscot Ward) Royal Berkshire Hospital. The monies raised goes towards funding facilities on the ward.

Due to overwhelming response the meet was conducted over three nights. I joined the photo meet on the last night.  We were divided into small groups from  beginner to advanced photographer group.Each group had an instructor and we got to learn different aspects of night photography and long exposure.  Canon UK provided few DSLRs and powershots for people to try and people who already have cameras got to learn more about their equipment.

Here are some photos from the meet at Pall Mall, London. I used Fuji X-T10 with 16-50 mm lens

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A special thanks to Ben, Jose and Femi for sharing their knowledge at this meet. I got to meet some like minded people at this event which was an added bonus.

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DUM  Biryani House

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So here is my first blog post I thought why not start with biryani as the saying goes  “Biryani is happiness “

Though London is flooded with Indian restaurants, believe me it is difficult to find one serving a good biryani. So when I heard Dum Biryani House that focuses serving one dish and that is biryani I made a mental note of trying this place as it reminded me of India where these tiny places just serve amazing biryani and few starters or sides.

The location is perfect just off the main oxford street and the restaurant is in the basement which makes it cosy.

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Dum Biryani House | London

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Dum Biryani House | London

So my husband and I headed out for lunch over the weekend. We were seated immediately and ordered Chaas (Spiced Buttermilk) and sweet lassi as drinks.  The buttermilk was refreshing with hint of the herbs.

We asked the wait staff for the specials.We were informed about keema (minced lamb meat with spices) and paratha (flat bread). The keema was spiced well and went so good with freshly made flat bread.

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Keema with Paratha | Minced Lamb Meat with Flat Bread

For the mains we went for one lamb biryani and one chicken biryani the specials from the board. Each biryani was cooked in separate handi (pot) covered with dough and it was served along with egg and chilli salan, aubergine raita , salad and  two types of poppadums one of which was roasted and not fried in oil. This biryani and these sides a perfect marriage. Though we tried both chicken and lamb biryani my favourite was the lamb biryani and so glad the biryani was made with meat along with bones which just takes the flavour to another level. A special mention about the spices used just like how it made back home pakka.

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Dum Biryani

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For pudding we had Rabdi I am not a massive fan of puddings in general so the size was perfect after a heavy meal with subtle flavour of rose petal jam that tickles your palate making it perfect end to the meal.

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Rabdi

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