SulaFest, panick attacks and food

Last week, I drove up to Nashik to watch one of my favourite bands play.
If you’ve been reading TBF for a while, you probably know about my favourite bands and one of them, is young the giant.

FUN NEWS. I GOT TO SEE THEM PLAY AND MET 2/5th of the band.

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Aaaaaaah.
I have no idea what I said to them.
Honestly.
The only thing I know I did for sure, is embarrass myself {which is typical, because that’s 50% of what I do every single day}, but I definitely said something vague and incredibly irrelevant, like how I had a math paper on Monday.
Speaking of papers, my HSC boards are 2 weeks away and I don’t know how I feel about that.
But that’s another post for another day.

So here’s what happened.
Turns out the band were staying at the same hotel we were.
I did not know this until much later.
Like, after I met them later.
Eh.
So.
I thought I saw Sameer {the lead} at the entrance of the hotel and freaked out a little but baaaaht, I wasn’t sure whether it was him so I just waited in my car, mentally preparing myself.
Eventually, I got out of the car and trudged into the hotel lobby but sobsob.
He was no where to be found. Dejected, I dragged myself back to my car, which my father now parked in front of this white van.
I got in and began to explain my dissapointment to him when my father said, “Uh. The van behind us says Young The Giant.”
I cried a little and with my heart in my throat, got out of the car.
Upon reaching the van, I stuck my head inside the open door, and made eye contact with Sameer { fun fact friends: eye contact = you are now best friends. Everyone knows that. Psh}
and I think I awkwardly said hi anf asked for a picture.
AFTER THAT I HAVE NO RECOLLECTION OF WHAT I SAID TO HIM OR TO JACOB WHO LATER JOINED US FOR A PHOTOGRAPH BECAUSE I WAS A LITTLE MORE THAN STARSTRUCK.
I apologise to anyone I’ve ever made fun of for fangirling.

And that’s how it happened.
I made it sound overly dramatic and like an extract from a very badly written book but friends, my hands are still shaking.

FOOD:

SulaFest had some fantastic food stalls!
There were stalls by Café Zoe, Woodside Inn and Maroosh amongst others.
We got lamb burgers from Woodside
and the most tender pulled pork sliders on brioche from the Zoe stall.
So so good.
There was the ubiquitous coupon system which personally, I think is annoying.
THE COUPONS BECOME CASH LATER ANYWAY SO WHY DON’T YOU JUST TAKE CASH IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Eh.

We also ate some delicious BBQ rub fries from Zoe which I LOVED. The served them with this incredible wasabi sauce. So good.

Apart from the incredible performance { yes, I drove all the way only to watch YTG play oh my god stop being so judgy} and the food, there were loads of pretty sunflowers and cool stalls.
I wanted to buy ALL the rock LPs but guess who doesn’t have a record player?
This gal.
Sob sob.

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Bring them baaaaaack.

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lately

Hi.

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Things have been crazy and I’ve had to get back to studying.
I’ve had basically no time to bake/cook, apart from a couple of odd weekends. It’s been a hectic couple of weeks and I’ve been eating OUT more than I’ve been cooking, so I’ve a looooot of food to share with you guys. So for everyone who’s been looking for new places to eat, I’ve made a list of places you’ll find me at most often. I’ll share the list in a few days, once I get a breather.
How’ve you guys been? I’ve been getting a few emails asking about the blog and no, I’m not “quitting”, I’ll be back to my three posts a week routine AFTER my exams, which end in March.
So
Here’s what my life has looked like.
I really like you guys. I’ll be back before you know it.

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Nananananaan
I’ll see y’all in a week.

heavy duty people

(Day One of the 30 day short story writing project)

It wasn’t the horrible rumbling that made her wince, it was what the doctor whispered to her. His breath felt warm on her neck, his breathing tickled her ear, making the little hair stand on end.

“Your fish have cancer.”

It was possibly the most ridiculous thing anyone had ever said to her. Cancerous fish? Had he completely lost his mind?
She lifted her head to look at him. His deep purple hair looked mortifying under the pale basement light and she shuddered. His eye patch seemed out of place, revealing puckered bits of orange-tinted skin.

“No.”

He took a backward step away from her. The light now fell to the right half of his face, highlighting his tall, chiselled cheekbone and a deep brown eye.
That’s when she realised how you sometimes forget how beautiful people are, once you get used their beauty. Then it hits you out of the blue, and you’re entranced by their beauty again.

He looked young and handsome, carefree, just another doctor working in an underground basement.

Oh wait.

“where is this blog going?” and other pointless things I thought of this week

About a year ago, I started writing butterfingered as a food blog.
In my mind, it was to be a place for me to share recipes and only recipes. I thought, back then, that I would have enough time to bake and cook and blog almost everyday.
But,noooo.

Life happened. I love this space and I love cooking and I love blogging, but I’ve realized that its not just food I want to write about.
Which is why, butterfingered is going to change. I want this to be, not only a place for me to write about food, but also life in general. Life, as I see it.
I am quite obviously not the same person I was a year ago, which is fine by me.
But that has meant that my focus has shifted from just talking about things to actually doing them.
This shift in the direction of my blog means two things:
1.I’ll write more often :5 days a week as opposed to my usual 1-2 times a week (let’s be honest, more like twice a month)
2.I’ll still post recipes and write about food but also about other things. Mostly, things off the top of my head.

That being said, I’m travelling to Dubai at the end of this week and hope to write about my trip when I get back. It’s also my bffffffffff’s birthday this week (ignore the enthusiasm and the abbreviation, I just had to) and I also have a killer salted chocolate chip cookie pie lined up for this week.

So here’s what my week has looked like so far:
(instagram: @butterfingeredblog )
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Eating The City: Mumbai

Eating The City: Mumbai
Eating with an appetite and a budget

No, I’m not literally going to eat the city (it was quite obviously metaphoric and impossible, obviously). But instead, in my first (!!) mini series, I’ll be writing about places I’ve eaten in Mumbai (and other cities if and when I visit them). This is a great way for me to get to see more of the city and eat different dishes which inspire me in my cooking at home. Today, though, I’ll be writing about the Town House café.
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Let me start of by saying that they have a VERY impressive menu. The food, which I’ll get to in a bit, was incredible.
Earlier this week, after our plan for a movie got canned, two of my friends and I, decided to get a late lunch. (it was 4 in the afternoon, if you must know).
We originally decided on Sky Café (which I hope to eat at later) but Andy (she insists on being mentioned) noticed a board hanging right opposite us which read Town House café.
We crossed the street and as we approached the white door, I felt much better looking at the décor, since it definitely looked a lot better that the previous café.
(nothing wrong with it! It’s just that sitting outside under the sweltering Mumbai sun isn’t an idea I’m so hot about).
The first thing we did was look at the dessert counter and we liked what we saw.
Upon being handed the menu, I knew that we’d made a smart decision. The flavour combinations looked incredible and I honestly wanted to eat every single thing on the menu.
It was just the three of us that afternoon so we decided to order two dishes and share.
After a good 10 minutes of struggling over the menu, we finally made a decision.
We ordered the Herbed Gnocchi Mac n Cheese and The Chicken Roulade.

Two very good decisions.

The thing was, that even after we’d placed our order, we refused to leave the menus leave our grasps and we basically spent the next fifteen minutes gushing over the menu. My friend (not Andy), infact said exactly what I was thinking, outloud.
“why haven’t we been here before?”

Why indeed.

It wasn’t long before we had food on the table and oh, it smelt amazing.
Add to that the fact that we were ravenous. That meal never stood a chance.
Back to the food though.
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Out of both the dishes that we’d ordered, I definitely loved the gnocchi more.
It was rich but not overly so. The gnocchi itself were fluffy little pillows from heaven and I loved how the arugula (my favourite green!) was not overwhelming.
The gnocchi was cooked with tomato confit,jalapeno and roasted garlic in a four cheese sauce with nutmeg and fresh sage.
In short, everything you want together in bowl.
The roulade was delicious and juicy and they were definitely generous with the cheese.
It was served with a brilliant peppery sauce and garlic roasted vegetables. (I’m definitely understating the sauce, it was excellent)
It also came with green pea mash, which frankly, none of us were a fan of.

This time, I didn’t get to sample as many dishes as I would’ve liked to, but I’m going back there for sure.
And so begins the voracious tasting.
Bring it on.
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