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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow.. I never realised that this thread turned "Tasty" so quick. Since I keep moving around, I will post some of my favorite hang out places which comes to top of my mind along with the dishes which I love:

1. Bangalore - Nandini (Chain of rest) - Hyderabadi Biryani. I just love this dish and never miss out whenever I am in BLR specially the Nandini located at New BEL Rd.

2. Mumbai - Crepe Station - Their Pasta Arabiata and Butter chicken is mind boggling. Also I think this is the only place in Mumbai where you would find Punjabi tasting Butter chicken.

-Chickoo flavoured ice cream at Naturals
- Keema pav at local shop at Matunga.
- kababs at Md Ali road.
- Alferados at Juhu

3. Delhi - Shwarma at New friends Colony. My absolute favourite.
- Bercos for Chinese. Both at CP and Noida.
- Kathi rolls at Nizams (Defence Colony)

4. Guwahati - Chung Fa at Narangi. Great Chinese
- Dynasty (Hotel owned by Marwaris so you will get authentic Rajasthani food there)

These are the places that have come at top of my head. I will post as soon as some others come into my mind.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Goat wrote:
'Pav' or 'Pao' is Portugeese for 'bread
Thank you, I did not know this. The story I had hinted at was the following: my Bong friends often referred to bread as `Pau(n) ruti' (`ruti' for `roti'). I used to think that the first term must have as a corruption of `pav', whose history I did not know before this post. I was told that this might have been a parallel possibility: earlier, bread in India came in one pound packs in butter paper, right from the Empire days more so, in Calcutta, where the British had their centre of power for quite a while. The `pound ruti' changed to `pau(n) ruti', according to that point of view. It is only towards the 1970s that the `double bread', or two pound bread (the bigger packs) came into prominence. I wonder how true this story is!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shivendrashukla wrote:
-Chickoo flavoured ice cream at Naturals
Having been a Mumbaikar for quite some time, I'll vouch for that! The Shettys behind `Naturals' have quite a fan following, not just for their innovative and delicious flavours, the concept of creating ice cream without the two chemicals (which give it the `ice cream' texture) CMC and GMC, this has appealed to many. Thanks for the large list - now I'll be busier if I get time on my next visit to these places!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and Sambar/Sambhar. What one might take as an absolute kosher South Indian delicacy (which has a very large number of variants, including one without the pulses, the Tamilian `kuzhambu'), has a Maharashtrian angle to its origin, from the ruler of Thanjavur, who given an absence of a key ingredient in his favourite dish, `did as the locals do', by replacing a cricual component with tamarind, and named it in honour of his guest, Sambhaji Rao. I did not believe this story when I first heard this a few months back, from a senior Tamilian colleague, who referred me to an article in the Hindu, for reference. There are slight variations to the story in the Wikipedia entry, such as the crucial spice being star anise and not kokum, but the general version was quite similar.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what I had at Cashmere,

Hindi Rogan Josh.



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shivendrashukla wrote:
2. Mumbai -
-Chickoo flavoured ice cream at Naturals


Naturals have many branches in BLR now - lovely - my kid's favorite ice cream brand.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This is what I had at Cashmere, Hindi Rogan Josh.
The fantastic colour of the Kashmiri/Deghi mirch: intense red without making it otherwise hot! A similar recipe with the non-veg part replaced with marinated cottage cheese also tastes wonderful. With cottage cheese, one is tempted to add tomatoes, but these give a completely different taste here, quite different from what the original Kashmiri recipe warrants.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nimish wrote:
Naturals have many branches in BLR now - lovely - my kid's favorite ice cream brand.
Why your son's alone? Smile I'd say...forget the calories...just succumb to temptation! I can hear The Wife shouting at me, in a similar situation. By the way, I seem to remember a joint in Nagpur, of all places. I wonder if it is related to the same Shetty family.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
Nimish wrote:
Naturals have many branches in BLR now - lovely - my kid's favorite ice cream brand.
Why your son's alone? Smile I'd say...forget the calories...just succumb to temptation!


I prefer my calories in a "liquid" form Smile...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shivendrashukla wrote:
2. Mumbai - Crepe Station - Their Pasta Arabiata and Butter chicken is mind boggling. Also I think this is the only place in Mumbai where you would find Punjabi tasting Butter chicken.

-Chickoo flavoured ice cream at Naturals
- Keema pav at local shop at Matunga.
- kababs at Md Ali road.
- Alferados at Juhu


Add:

Dosa - Fort Market
Kebabs - Minara Masjid
Pani Puri - Juhu
Bhajiya-Pao - Worli Sea Face
Bhel - Juhu Beach
Gola- Juhu Beach
Berry Pulao - Britannia
Shendwees - Jet Airways Wink


Oooh... Nearly time for my daily bhel!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@jasepl

you like Behl?

I thought you were a French desi stuck in BOM and your culinary preferences was only European?

Do you like Maharashtra's national food ... Vada Pav?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
Nimish wrote:
Naturals have many branches in BLR now - lovely - my kid's favorite ice cream brand.
Why your son's alone? Smile I'd say...forget the calories...just succumb to temptation! I can hear The Wife shouting at me, in a similar situation. By the way, I seem to remember a joint in Nagpur, of all places. I wonder if it is related to the same Shetty family.
Cheers, Sumantra.


I make it point to have Naturals Ice Cream every day when I am visiting my parents in Mumbai. My favorite is tender coconut followed by sitaphal.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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@jasepl

you like Behl?

I thought you were a French desi stuck in BOM and your culinary preferences was only European?

Do you like Maharashtra's national food ... Vada Pav?


I miss that. No decent Vada Pao in Delhi. Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I miss that too ... though in the last year I was fortunate enough to travel to India a lot!!!

BTW Naturals Ice Cream rocks!!! my favourite is Anjeer.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Do you like Maharashtra's national food ... Vada Pav?




Here is another fan. The Goli Vada Pav or Jumbo Vada Pav are no match for the original stuff!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nimish wrote:
sumantra wrote:
Nimish wrote:
Naturals have many branches in BLR now - lovely - my kid's favorite ice cream brand.
Why your son's alone? Smile I'd say...forget the calories...just succumb to temptation!
I prefer my calories in a "liquid" form Smile...
Cheerssss...hic! to that from me, too! -Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

himmat01 wrote:
I make it point to have Naturals Ice Cream every day when I am visiting my parents in Mumbai. My favorite is tender coconut followed by sitaphal.
avbuff wrote:
...anjeer
Himmat and Ojas, you make me yearn for those quick dashes to the joint in Hiranandani Gardens in Powai! I remember another close to Yogi Hotel in Chembur where I shocked The Wife in taking multiple helpings as we waited for our bus to Bengaluru.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

himmat01 wrote:
avbuff wrote:

Do you like Maharashtra's national food ... Vada Pav?


I miss that. No decent Vada Pao in Delhi. Sad


I had an incredible Vada Pav in Bangalore the other day - in a street called "Thindi Beedi" - translated to English that means "Food Street". This is a 100m stretch of a lane in VV Puram which is a humungous food street every evening after 6 pm. Outstanding South Indian Veg snacks - and not a place to stand or move on that street at "peak hours" - it's so popular. Anyway - the Vada Pav was an amazing discovery in the middle of traditional Kannadiga cuisine.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Do you like Maharashtra's national food ... Vada Pav?




Here is another fan. The Goli Vada Pav or Jumbo Vada Pav are no match for the original stuff!!!


Jumbo Vada Pav for sure Smile. My fav one was the one on Andheri Station, on the east side.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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@jasepl

you like Behl?

I thought you were a French desi stuck in BOM and your culinary preferences was only European?

Do you like Maharashtra's national food ... Vada Pav?


Haah! Hardly French and hardly stuck!

Whatever made you think that? I'm totally Bombay born and raised and have happily lived here more or less all my life - though I do enjoy grumbling about everything that's gone wrong with Bombay over the years. Besides, having one French grandparent doesn't make me a frog (just like the occassional competent JetChild doesn't make the lot of them excellent service providers Wink )

However, I absolutely refuse to eat Indian food when travelling out of the country. What's the point of going 10,000 km away only to eat what you can get at home, and better?


And yes, I love bhel and I eat it almost every day. It's my fixed evening nasta: Tikkha, sooka bhel, with extra kanda and extra limboo!

Vada Pao too, of course - I'm just as Maharashtrian as you are (except that I'm not a manoos) - but the bhaji must be made properly and the spices spread evenly, because I don't like the taste of potatoes themselves - too starchy. And the same place in Worli does great vada pao, in addition to bhajiya pao and kanda bhajiya.


Then there is a long list of things I absolutely can't stand, including : milk, ghee, paneer, kairi, okra, chickoo etc - and almost any food that has those things in it.

In general though, I like food from the west and south. I don't really like north Indian food very much at all (too much overcooking and heavy gravies and masalas in my opinion). And I have no idea what eastern food is.


If I were on death row, my last supper would be : bhel, pizza, beer, xacutti, sabudana, steak tartare and khandvi!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If I were on death row, my last supper would be : bhel, pizza, beer, xacutti, sabudana, steak tartare and khandvi!


Food - the universal leveler! Other than Sabudana and the Steak (not too fond of the chewy stuff), the rest sounds like a winning combination to me Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And I have no idea what eastern food is

...though the East certainly gives you food for thought Wink
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Goli Vadapav had a small franchisee outlet at Banaswadi, juzt before the Fire Station on the opposte side (Maruti School bus stop). Not bad value . This outlet has been getting fair patronage as soon as it opened in an area with no shortage of restaurants and in an immediate neighbourhood whch has a high number of residents from the "masala dosa republic" ( copy right for the words in quotes duly credited to one of the mods here Wink !!!)
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There is a Maharashtrian jointn in Jayanagar 9th block market. Great Vada Paos and Sabu Dana Vadas. The name if I recall correctly is Rajvardhan.
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The best south Indian that I had in Mumbai was in Sharda Bhavan, near Matunga (CR) railway station. Good food at reasonable prices.

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shivendrashukla wrote:
The best south Indian that I had in Mumbai was in Sharda Bhavan, near Matunga (CR) railway station. Good food at reasonable prices.
what a coincidence that my favourite joint during my Mumbaikar days was also close-by: this was A. Rama Nayak Udupi, Matunga East. This can be easily spotted from the train itself. The owner is a Konkani (possibly from close to the Mangalore area), but the cuisine is the South Karnataka Udupi style. In 2001 or so, the fixed thali costed Rs.19, whereas the eat-all-you-can was a royal Rs.50/-. No guesses for which one I went in for Razz
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jasepl wrote:
And I have no idea what eastern food is

...though the East certainly gives you food for thought Wink

Hehehe!

Nimish wrote:
jasepl wrote:
If I were on death row, my last supper would be : bhel, pizza, beer, xacutti, sabudana, steak tartare and khandvi!


Food - the universal leveler! Other than Sabudana and the Steak (not too fond of the chewy stuff), the rest sounds like a winning combination to me Smile

Go to a Cuban restaurant if you ever get a chance and try the flank steak... The cut is thin and long and I don't find it to be nearly as chewy as the other more popular cuts. Plus, when made Cuban style, it means it's will have a very desi-style onion/lemon/mirchi seasoning... yummy!

Why don't you like sabudana? Blasphemy!

Sabudana khichdi with bits of crunchy fried bacon.... heaven!

That reminds me, bacon is a must on my last supper menu!
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Why don't you like sabudana? Blasphemy!Sabudana khichdi with bits of crunchy fried bacon.... heaven!
Sabu-dana in itself is something quite interesting. It is not a natural product, it is simply arrowroot or starch, made into small spherical shapes.
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And I have no idea what eastern food is
...though the East certainly gives you food for thought Wink

I am not sure what you refer to as `eastern' food, since there are just far too many cuisines, including traditional Assamese cuisine, which was voted by the WHO as one of the most healthy traditional cuisines. the North eastern states have many items, though I cannot recall off-hand some prominent/street food joints in Mumbai.
If it is Bong food you are talking about, a simple search results from:
http://www.justdial.com/Mumbai/bengali-restaurants
Howrah in the Fort area was one which my Bong friends spoke highly about, though it may not be too pocket-friendly. Ditto for `Oh Calcutta', which has a joint in Delhi as well. I have been there a few times (never on any occasion have I been the paying party - I guess the reader will get a hint about the prices), but the food there is simply amazing. This place has a loyal followers, and the crowds there speak volumes about the food. I got some idea about Bong speciality dishes from this place - dishes I had merely heard about. The vegetarian options are much more than the common Delhi'ite like me would have thought.
Bijoli Grill are a famous catering company from Calcutta, and there are many outlets in Delhi. they do not go in for traditional bong dishes - they are mostly the Bong-style fast food type, but often too oily for my tastes. They did the catering for a few events I have attended (a senior colleague heavily patronises them, and gets some great deals), and on one occasion, a simple `khichdi' (`khichuri' to the Bong) was just out of the world.
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I am not sure what you refer to as `eastern' food, since there are just far too many cuisines

Exactly that - I have no idea what it includes and don't think I've ever eaten any of it. And even if I have, I didn't know it.

For example, varan, sorpotel, dhokla and shendwees are all from the west. Dosa and curd rice from the south. Butter chicken and rajma from the north. Halwa and Manchurian are from phoren.

But when it comes to any food from eastern India, I draw a blank. Except for the mithai, which I can't stand anyway.
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But when it comes to any food from eastern India, I draw a blank. Except for the mithai, which I can't stand anyway.


Come to BLR - there's good Assamese, Oriya and Bengali restaurants a block or two from where I work.
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But when it comes to any food from eastern India, I draw a blank. Except for the mithai, which I can't stand anyway.
Come to BLR - there's good Assamese, Oriya and Bengali restaurants a block or two from where I work.
There is an Utkaliya/Odishi joint near Kundalahalli Gate-is this the one you are referring to? Any recommendations for the Bong and the Assamese joints, and dishes? Jason may not like sweets, but come on - the city is Bengal-uru, and you have K. C. Das there!
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There is an Utkaliya/Odishi joint near Kundalahalli Gate-is this the one you are referring to? Any recommendations for the Bong and the Assamese joints, and dishes?


Nope - all the places I'm talking about are here in Koramangala. Assamese - a new restaurant called Axomi just opened up. Bengali food - at least 2-3 restaurants. Oriya - lovely food at a place called Dalma.
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Nope - all the places I'm talking about are here in Koramangala. Assamese - a new restaurant called Axomi just opened up. Bengali food - at least 2-3 restaurants. Oriya - lovely food at a place called Dalma.
Thanks, the number of TODOs for me when I am out of town- is increasing by the day Smile
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It has been years since I was in Bangalore, but can someone tell me if Casa Picola on Residency Road still exists?

They had great soups, pastas and desserts, for those inclined in that direction.
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It has been years since I was in Bangalore, but can someone tell me if Casa Picola on Residency Road still exists?

They had great soups, pastas and desserts, for those inclined in that direction.


Casa's is no more on Residency road - a victim of the sky high rentals in that part of town. They very publicly announced their reason for shutting down was the increased rental rates which they could not sustain.

I noticed last week that Casas was still open in Indiranagar, I know the one in Koramangala shut down long ago, not sure about the one in Cunningham Road.

Of course these days there are multiple places for soups, pastas and desserts, so though we miss Casas as the institution, it's not missed for the exclusive Euro-restaurant it used to be.
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Casa's is no more on Residency road - a victim of the sky high rentals in that part of town. They very publicly announced their reason for shutting down was the increased rental rates which they could not sustain.

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Sad to know that the Residency Road one has closed down. Have been there many a time.
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But when it comes to any food from eastern India, I draw a blank. Except for the mithai, which I can't stand anyway.


Come to BLR - there's good Assamese, Oriya and Bengali restaurants a block or two from where I work.

That just sounds funny... To go to Bangalore to eat Assamese food!

Not surprising in modern times though... Because the best (north) Indian food I have ever eaten was in Hong Kong and the best Thai food I have ever eaten was on a Jet flight from MAA to BOM!

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They had great soups, pastas and desserts, for those inclined in that direction.

Me me me!

Unfortunately, with the (increasing) number of food restrictions I have, I'll have to satisfy myself by eating vicariously via fantasy.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alright so I maybe breaking the trend here..

Anyways, how about a Sri Lankan diversion here?
I will post of few pictures of the Proper Serendib (along with, hopefully, 2 Wide Body flights on UL) in the TR.

Embedding pictures through the Apple Tablet is sadly impossible.

I can only name a few dishes and restaurants (if anyone wishes to visit this island! An advice - if possbile, before 2015 would be awesome!)

If Kolkata is rolls..
Mumbai is vada pav..
Then Colombo is Kotthu. Of course, road side food here is safe!

Its basically roti, spoilt horribly, but the result is something which I will miss once I leave Colombo for univ in 2 years. I do not know how they do it, but its awesome!

Next is hoppers and string hoppers, a very westernised way of saying appam in this country, with an egg or meat in the centre. String hopper is the same, but it takes the shape of a noodle cake.

Most preparations here are 'deviled'. Let it be beef, chicken, crab, hot dogs or Maggie Noodles. Its a very spocy prepation, something the people with extremely powerful taste buds would like.

Bakeries here are fighting for the second best bakery products. (Best is, and will always be, Kyani's!) Its all very fresh and warm.

Restaurants, there is a HUGE variety!
Rajabojun for Sri Lankan
Beach Wadiya for Sea Food
The Baverian for German food
Chesa Swiss for European
And etc...I will extend this list when I have the time!

Stay tuned people, the Delegate of Sri Lanka has lots to offer!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jbalonso777 wrote:
Alright so I maybe breaking the trend here..

`Nice to see you breaking bread here!

jbalonso777 wrote:
I will post of few pictures of the Proper Serendib (along with, hopefully, 2 Wide Body flights on UL) in the TR.

Nice starter, to whet up our appetites! Razz


jbalonso777 wrote:
String hopper is the same, but it takes the shape of a noodle cake
iddi-appam, as opposed to vela-appam! Complete yum-yum, goes well with the amazing potato stew that Mallus do so well.

jbalonso777 wrote:
All operations & services grounded until 8th June 2013; mandatory life changing 'Ordinary Level' checks!

Ha ha! You take the cake with this one!
Cheers, Sumantra.
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