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Antwerp’s Awesomest Indian Eatery: Aahaar

When I am travelling, I am not a very picky eater. Veg/Non Veg all become game and depending on what is available, start gorging

And with all things in this world, there are exceptions

Aahaar, when I am in Antwerp, is that

Aahaar is a non assuming sort of place where everything else takes backseat to the food on offer. At 10 euros all you can eat meal being offered, the expectation is somewhat of a not good enough food on offer but that is where Aahaar gets it right. It not only offers a hearty sumptuous menu for its buffet but also very tasty, enough to satisfy hunger and taste cravings at the same time.

Aahaar also offers a wholesome South Indian and North Indian menu to go with the Buffet. The street food such as Sev Puri, Bhel Puri etc is very authentic and delicious. The Buttermilk and Lassis are perfect heat-beaters. The staff is courteous and good.

Overall, too say, Aahaar is highly recommended for lunch and dinner. Just make sure, you are aware of the Opening Time

Nik

 

Futility of everyday decisions

I have always wondered why do we make so many decisions all the time. I mean like really, people take too many decisions and some even enjoy making decisions. I have massive problems against decisions especially the inconsequential ones. Those are the ones I consider mundane, soul sucking and beyond a point absurd, unwarranted. The decisions that are inconsequential are one off, short lived and with very small payout. If you want to out a lot of thought in making a decision, make sure it is for something good, new or experiential

To just give an example, all the jeans I buy are wrangler jeans, shoes that I use everyday are puma. I know the fit n feel for the jeans and the shoes are perfect for the size I order in. Now trying to go for a new brand in either category means a whole lot of trying out new stuff, expecting a good fit and still when there is an issue trying to sort through solutions. Imagine the amount of time wasted!!! Criminal and pointless. The time which could have been used to do other interesting stuff. I could have put a lot of thought into buying shoes, but then I am not usain bolt and having the right kind of shoes is not going to help me shave a hundredth of a second. Putting that much thought in buying shoes will only be considered pointless by me.

I am not like Steve Jobs or Zuckerberg or even Obama, who wear same or similar clothes everyday of their life but for the Joneses and Janes who lead a pretty ordinary life like mine, I have the same question. Don’t we have enough indecisions and decisions regarding so many other aspects of life, that we add a decision point for everything in life and in doing so complicating an already complicated life

Nik

Beer 16: Ringnes Pilsener

Ringnes Pilsener was the true Oslo/Norwegian beer i had during my Oslo trip. Oslo is very expensive for enjoying a good beer as it can cost up to 120 NOK (13 Euros) for a beer.

Beer: Ringnes Pils is Norway’s leading pilsener beer. It gets its golden colour from the use of pilsener malt. The taste is clean with a light and dry malt sweetness, a slight note of fruit and well balanced amount of hops.

Brewery: Ringnes AS is the largest brewery in Norway, employing 1600 workers. The brewery was founded in 1876 by the brothers Amund and Ellef Ringnes.

Strength: 4.5%

Review: Nice and Clean pilsener

More Info: Ringnes

Nik

 

Beer 15: Kingswood Cider

I had Kingswood Cider when on a train from Budapest to Bratislava which is about 3 hours and passes through scenic countryside

Beer: Kingswood is a dry cider brewed in the Czech Republic

Brewery: Plzensky Prazdroj

Strength: 4.5%

Review: Pretty much a very average cider and very refreshing

Nik

 

Unexpected Budapest Culinary awesomeness- Haveli

We, me, swapna, Ankit and pragya, had been on a trip to Budapest and Bratislava during March 2016. Bratislava was essentially a check box to be checked during the trip.

Budapest offers a wide variety of experience ranging from Prague-esque Castle on the hill to Turkish bath-esque Thermal pools but the most awesomest of them all was Haveli. Haveli was the best Indian restaurant I have ever been to in all of restaurants we have been to thus far and  discounting the Italians in their trattorias or Spanish in their Iberian hams.

Haveli is essentially an Indian restaurant in Budapest in its own bubble where everything is Indian about the food like in India. The waiter gets surprised in a wrong way if you tell him to hold back the spice in dal tadka or says it is par to make the biryani a little spicier than normal. Where the pungent spice would make your eyes water because it has no way out and goes into your eyes making you squeamish but also exhilarated about the food to follow. Where the food is so much like in India you start bickering which dish was the best. Where after a tiring day or travel to another country, you only worry about whether you will be awake to eat in Haveli.

Haveli was a pleasant revelation and an unexpected delightful addition to out itinerary in Budapest and would recommend making it part of anyone who is visiting Budapest

Nik

Beer 14: Pilsner Urquell

Beer:Plzeňský Prazdroj (IPA: [ˈpl̩.zɛɲskiː ˈprazdroj], Original Source of Pilsner), better known by its German name Pilsner Urquell (IPA: [ˈpɪlznɐ ˈʔuːɐ̯ˌkvɛl]), is a lagerbrewed in Plzeň, now in the Czech Republic, since 1842. Pilsner Urquell, the world’s first pilsner beer, is now produced by global brewer SABMiller.

Urquell was also the first blond beer which means it was made with coal there by leading to less dark beers than available at that time.

Strength: 5%

Review: Urquell tastes like Kingfisher beer of India of which I am a big fan owing to its light flavour. Goes well with all occasions and food

More info : Pilsner Urquell

Nik

 

Project 52: Learning’s so far

It has been a little more than 3 months since I started writing about beers and Project 52 as part of my new years resolution and can proudly state that among my 2 resolutions that have survived so far, this is one of them.

What I have learnt so far is that there are so many bers out there that it is practically impossible to taste all of them without killing yourself or ending up with serious problems related to liver or heart. However, just trying to start of something simple such as project 52 means I can choose what I want to try next in terms of type of beer or locale of beer. Initially, my thought was that I would solely be putting on belgian beersbut as time has progressed, I have tried out beers from Germany/Berlin, Hungary/Budapest. I now explore beers as part of the trips we, me and swapna, embark on. It also gives me more things to look forward to and take in during the trip other than just the landmarks, sights, events, cuisines.

Even though I have only posted 12 beers so far, I have sampled more than 20 of them but have been lazy to keep typing all in.

Till next post

Nik

Beer 12: Berliner Pils

Beer: Berliner Pils is a beer of the DDR (GDR for the Non-Germans/East Germany for the totally non WW2 folks) and it tastes as such. It is reminiscent of the post WW2 cold war days when the only things you could get in East Germany was obsolete, cheap or unusable. Berliner Pils does feel like one of the workman-like beers

Brewery: The Berliner Pilsener Brewery was constituted as the VolksBier( Folks Beer) in 1960s and has continued to retain the pride of brewing beer with a “Made in Berlin” tag

Strength: 5%

Review: Good but not great

Nik

Beer 11: Gulpener Neubourg

Beer: Gulpener Neubourg is a brand new beer from the Brewer Gulpener. It is bottled in an elegantly chic blue bottle. This beer has won awards such as Dutch Beer Challenge and European Beer Star Award

Brewery: Gulpener Brewery

Strength: 5.5% ABV

Review: Not the best i have tried so far

More info: Gulpener Neubourg

Nik

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