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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Chocolate room, a cafe with zen-like ambiance at Kochi Lulu mall


I am a regular visitor at Chocolate room cafe on the second floor of Lulu mall at Kochi, Kerala. Situated in a very quiet spot this cafe, in my opinion, has a zen-like ambiance. Away from the hustles and bustles of the mall we can enjoy a variety of pastries and drinks leisurely. The menu has lot of variety and I think everyone can find something of their liking here.

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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Ladies' finger, organic cultivation at home

                

My 100th post...!

This is my second post about Okra / Bhindi / Vendakkai / Ladies finger cultivation at home organically.

This variety is different from what I have cultivated before. This is giant sized elephant tusk shaped ladies finger popularly known as 'Anakkomban venda', in malayalam, our local language.
I ate the ones plucked today raw ! Yummy !

Check my old post http://magicalpresent.blogspot.in/2015/03/organic-okra-ladys-finger-cultivation.html

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Happy Republic day, India


The Constitution of India came into effect on 26th January, 1950 and India celebrates Republic day on the 26th of January every year.

Today we celebrated the 67th Republic day ! 

The main celebration takes place at Rajpath, in New Delhi, the capital city of India before the President of India. Our Prime minister and all other dignitaries will be present and before them the Army, Navy, Air force wings, paramilitary, allied and related troops parade. There will be numerous tableau from different States and Ministries. Military hardware also will be on display.

The Chief guest this year was Mr. Francois Hollande, the President of France.

There was live telecast of the event by Doordarshan, our national TV. Their coverage was excellent ! Their camera layout was awesome ! They have uploaded the same on You tube as well.

What I liked most was the Motorcycle acrobatic display by Corps of Signals, the parade of the Camel contingent about which Google doodled today and the brilliant display of the Indian Air force flypast!

French troops participated in the parade. This is the first time a foreign country is allowed to participate in Republic day parade, a historic event !

Happy Republic day !

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Some videos that I have uploaded in My channel on Youtube


I posted about the boat ride at Marine drive, a popular hangout place in Kochi, the other day. This is a video of the same.



This is a video uploaded of the house boat cruise along the Kerala backwaters.



A humble magician at work ! Awesome video !



Magnificent view of the backwaters shot from a house boat !


Check the posts :
http://magnificentdewdrops.blogspot.in/2016/01/marine-drive-kochi.html
http://magnificentdewdrops.blogspot.in/2015/07/house-boat-cruise-backwaters-of-kerala.html



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Monday, 18 January 2016

Lavazza, Italy's favourite coffee


LAVAZZA, is Italy's favorite coffee.

Founded in Turin, Italy in the year 1895 by Luigi Lavazza, this brand has crossed continents to win the hearts and palates of millions of people around the world. This is now available on supermarket shelves in India too.

I am a fan of Nescafe and Starbucks. Now I feel Lavazza is also competing and in the near future I may have to include this too in the favorites. There is no Starbucks store in Kerala; hope they will start asap one here too, the potential is huge ! Nearest one is at Bangalore about which I have blogged sometime ago when we visited there. I have tried their blends ; they are wonderful !

I love Nescafe Gold by Nestle. The rich aroma, the unique flavor, the way it tickles the palate, the feeling it gives...thumbs up ! Nestle has provided unique coffee to us for years and I give 5 star rating to it because of the consistency of that brand in giving full satisfaction for such a very long time.

Now Lavazza...let us see how it will fare in the long run.

Coffee or tea ? 
I love both. In my case there are coffee days, tea days, coffee and tea weeks, that's it. I have a collection of exotic coffees and teas like these, green teas, white teas etc. all included.

Now let us look into the health benefits of drinking coffee.
  • Protection from Alzheimer's disease, related disorders and dementia.
Coffee drinkers have lower risk for developing this degenerative disease that affects brain. You all are familiar with the serious problems associated with this disease for which there is no known cure. When our loved elders do not recognize us or start talking nonsense it doesn't feel good.
  • Protection for the liver; prevents development of cirrhosis
Coffee drinkers are found to be less susceptible to the development of cirrhosis. Cirrhosis can develop in alcoholics, in hepatitis and also if the liver becomes fatty. Coffee may help in cases of fatty liver due to non-alcoholic causes. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a very common problem nowadays.
  • Coffee for weight loss; burns fat
This may be due to the increased metabolic rate induced by caffeine. This is a common ingredient in most of the fat loss supplements.
  • Some protection from developing Type - 2 Diabetes
This is a proven fact as depicted by many studies but reasons are unknown.
  • Better mental performance
No need to explain about this. As soon as we start sipping the black colored liquid the general well being improves; we tend to become alert.
  • Improved physical performance, reduces fatigue
A cup of coffee after a vigorous workout in Gym will reduce muscle soreness. Moderate caffeine intake before workout boosts energy levels.
  • Lowers risk of developing stroke
Some studies have shown that in regular coffee drinkers the incidence of stroke is less.
  • Lowers risk of developing Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder. Clumsiness of movement, tremors are some of the
features of this disease.
  • Antioxidants
Coffee is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body that produce diseases.
  • Antidepressant
No doubt, caffeine elevates mood and fights depression.
  • Anti-cancerous
Coffee might afford some protection against colorectal and liver cancers.


Heart disease and BP
In the olden times coffee has fallen into disrepute because of its stimulatory effects on the heart and circulatory system. If you have heart beat rhythm irregularity or high blood pressure be careful in consuming caffeine. Please note that tea also contains caffeine so anything that has caffeine in it may trigger some untoward effects.

Promote Organic ! If the main stream multinational companies give more importance to organic produce it will bring the price down, will increase availability and will improve health of everybody.

The focus about the health benefits until recently was on tea in general and green tea in particular. Statistics tells us that the numbers of coffee drinkers are huge and tea less. Caffeine is said to be the most popular, addictive drug, if we label it scientifically, and tea and coffee both contain it. But recent research have unveiled the above facts that have given coffee lovers huge relief. Nowadays, we can see many exotic tea blends in Coffee shops also and that is a welcome change. Some cafes offer health teas too like Camomile.

Green tea, Macha green tea, white tea, all have proven health benefits. Coffee too is a winner.
If you are a die-hard fan of green tea then enjoy this poem http://magicalpresent.blogspot.in/2013/07/green-tea.html

So tea, coffee or both ?
Enjoy all things good !


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