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New Year's Eve!

New Year's Eve!

What are you going to be doing on NYE!?! Yeah, that is apparently some hashtag for a number of hotels that are going gaga again for New Year's eve! I don't have it all, but the details from 4 hotels in Chennai. Will update if I get more details. Till then, here it is. Mostly, I will be gobbling Turkey Roast again (again because I did that for Christmas) from Blue Diamond and then spending a quiet night! I guess the party days are behind me!

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Elai Saapadu at Chennai Music Festival

Elai Saapadu at Chennai Music Festival

What's common to all music or theatre festivals? Good art. Good music. Good crowd. Pathetic food! At the largest open air theatre fest in America, that happens at The Muny , St. Louis, I was hungry. My aunt was appalled. Appalled that I actually bought something at a festival. Bad would be an understatement for the food. Great would be an understatement for the performance on stage! Things are no different in most such festivals! Why? I guess, for the caterers, these are one time guests who they have no interest in impressing. Make a quick buck! I believe Chennai holds the record for hosting the longest music festival in the world. The Marghazhi month is one that has all the music houses buzzing with activity. Carnatic music lovers' dream month. What is so different about the food here? Why is food so different here!?! Why is food so good here? Young crowd singing and performing. Parents of young crowd watching. Watching the performance. Watching sidewards. C

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Christmas Celebrations at Taj

Christmas Celebrations at Taj

In keeping with the Christmas celebrations around the city, I now have the info from the Taj group. Here it is.....                             ‘Tis the season to be jolly at the Taj Group of Hotels, Chennai! It’s time to spread the joy! Taj Hotels – Chennai present lavish Christmas Dinners and Brunches to add to the Christmas celebrations. At Taj Coromandel, PREGO offers the perfect ambience to welcome Christmas on December 24, with an authentic Italian five course meal with turkey and a select bar. This is priced at INR 4500 all-inclusive per person and INR 7000 all-inclusive per person. Usher in the Christmas spirit at vibrant ANISE with our specially extended Christmas Eve dinner buffet, with a live band, inclusive of select bar (served till 12.00am), priced at INR 2500 all-inclusive per person and INR 2200 all-inclusive per person without alcohol (after 12.00am). You can also indulge in a lavish Christmas spread on December 25 including live band and select bar at

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Maplai

Maplai

Chennai should have a lot more of two types of restaurants - seafood and south Indian. It is a shame that every time someone asks me where to go for seafood, I have had to direct them to Moonrakers, about 40 km away. Marina has partially solved that problem. But for good South Indian, the options are very few and far! On top of the list is Southern Spice, an outstanding restaurant but at 5 star prices. Jakob's kitchen started well, but after Jakob, I am not sure how the restaurant is doing now. OK, Saravana Bhavan serves a very very small part of what South Indian is and is essentially a South Indian breakfast place and is not a representative of true South Indian. Enter Maplai. The name is perfect. Maplai. Though it literal meaning is son-in-law, maplai is a word used to address anybody fondly. Anytime you have to wait for 15 minutes to get a table is a very good sign for the restaurant, I guess. It means they are doing well. Or they have very little seating. Eit

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Great Chicken Festival

Great Chicken Festival

He he. Yes. Chicken Festival. Going by what I saw in the press release, this seems to be like a variety of flavours of fried chicken. This festival is on till Jan 15th, so if end up going, I will update, but this is what I have as of now!                                               The Great Marrybrown Chicken Festival             A carnival blast to celebrate the 15th anniversary with fun, games and exciting prizes Chennai, 10th December 2014: Marrybrown, the restaurant synonymous to lip-smacking food and all round family entertainment is all set to celebrate its 15th anniversary by hosting ‘The Great Marrybrown Chicken Festival’ from the 15th of November till the 15th of January, 2015. The neighborhood, friendly restaurant which was the first to introduce burgers and fried chicken to the south-Indian palette, has now rolled out a special International Festive menu introducing 40 new products along with five global flavors of seasoning and sauces. Subtle Manhattan, fusion M

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Food Festival at Forum Mall!

Food Festival at Forum Mall!

This is going to sound weird.  A food festival in a mall? Rather in a mall food court. OK, before we move on, let me announce that I am not a fan of food courts. I try and avoid them as much as possible. I hate having to pay in some place and take food someplace else and I hate.....well, lets keep it simple. I hate them! So when I was invited, my first inclination was to say no. But.....a food festival in a food court? What can it be? Curiosity got the better and I dragged along my cousin who offered to drive to eat in a food festival in a food court. Clearly curiosity got the better of him too! What else can explain the guy driving on a weekday, on a weekday traffic, to Vadapalani for food!?! The concept was simple. Every outlet had a special menu. Outlets had a one or two dishes that were being launched as part of the special menu, while their regular menu was available at a lower price and with various combos. Nothing interesting till now, but it gets better!

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Christmas with Park Hyatt

Christmas with Park Hyatt

This is the best festive season of the year! Everything from cakes to wild parties to sober evenings and special Sunday brunches are all here. I am starting off the list of Christmas events with the events at Park Hyatt. Watch this space for more from other places! If I go, I will update on how it was!!! There is something truly special about Christmas, when the world slows its speed, and, gets ready to celebrate with family and friends in the true spirit of the season. Gifts are exchanged and there is much to look forward to, with a certain festive air. At Park Hyatt Chennai, this year there will be a giant gift that we will be gifted to the city of Chennai. The Flying Elephant all wrapped up in a celebratory fashion, holding many promises in the spirit of Christmas, will be done up like a giant Christmas present, appearing as true testimony to the festivities that guests may look forward to. The Menu, especially during the festive brunches starting on the 30th Novembe

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Food Festival at Forum Vijaya Mall

Food Festival at Forum Vijaya Mall

We have so many events this month, eh? Forum Vijaya Mall is having a food festival that goes beyond a particular cuisine and looks like they also have a cooking demo and stuff. I might be going sometime and will update, but till then, here is a snapshot of what the event supposedly is. Chennai: Get ready to get a taste of a global palate only at The Forum Vijaya Mall. The Forum Chennai Food Festival will take one on a culinary journey under one roof, at Via South – Food Court. From Mozhaga Bajji, Chaat Platter, Rasa Paniyaram to Sizzlers and Subs, we have a range of delicacies starting from Rs. 30! The food festival also includes cooking workshops, demonstrations, comedy chef performances and fusion music. The outlets participating in the event include Arab Kitchen that specializes in middle eastern food, Dhishoom that serves authentic North Indian street food, ID that’s a delight to South Indian cuisine fanatics, Kailash Parbat that specializes in Chaat and North Indian Vege

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Biriyani Mountain, Green Bawarchi

Biriyani Mountain, Green Bawarchi

"Yemma" The same look that was on the guy who acted in the Tata Indica ad! If you are still gaping, you are forgiven! And yes, that was 1 plate! 5 minutes back, the same mountain that arrived in our neibour's table had us laughing! Why did they order a family pack for three people  was our thoughts! Till the same mountain landed on our table. There are some things in life that are not important. Cleanliness. Politeness. Etc. Green Bawarchi is a place that gives you only what is important in life - Biriyani! "1 plate chicken 65 and half plate mutton biriyani," was my order seating in a table for four and sharing it with my friend and two strangers. The place was packed! "No chicken 65," was the first part of the curt reply, followed by "half plate for two people. No. 1 plate. Chicken kebab, same taste. 1 plate," he wrote and walked off. Did I want chicken kebab? No. Did that matter? No. The chicken kebab came first. We

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Margazhi with Taj

Margazhi with Taj

Introducing the Happening Now section on my blog.  I realized that I am not able to write about EVERYTHING that happens in Chennai! So, that is why I am introducing the Happening Now section. This is about food related events that I DID NOT happen to visit and are pure cut copy paste from the PR posts and will show up only on the Happening Now section and not under my experiences as Chennai Foody!  As the city of Chennai gets together to celebrate the historic Margazhi Music and Dance Season in December,  Taj Coromandel  offers a special experience for its guests, including tickets to the concert with transfers, a lavish thali at the award-winning Southern Spice and an interaction with a notable artiste, during the course of the Festival. Margazhi with Taj Coromandel Experience the euphoria of a celebrated festival and the luxury of fine living December in Chennai has become synonymous with music and dance with the spectacular celebration famously known as the  Mar

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