|Paan street vendor|
Breakfast 1: Masala Dosa with Sambar
Breakfast 2: Masala Puri
Breakfast 3: Vada with Sambar
Breakfast 4: Akki Roti with Chutney
Breakfast 5: Upma
Dosa is very common here and i have seen it in a lot of places. They are simply rice pancakes most commonly with a spicy potato filling (making it a masala dosa). Vada is a deep fried rice flour kind of donut and akki roti is a rice flour roti. Upma i figure is the Indian version of Couscous made using semolina. After stuffing my face last night, i quite happily stuffed myself again. This is turning into my Singapore trip all over again.
Before setting off on the first leg of our trip we had a quick visit to to Bengaluru City to pimp the car up with a UV film on the windscreen and i took the opportunity to go get a shave. I didn't bother bringing a razor as i knew it was ridiculously cheap to get a nice clean straight razor shave on the street with a head and shoulder massage thrown in for an extra few rupees. Our first destination is Mysore (currently en route whilst writing this) and we have just stopped off for lunch at an all veg eat as much as you want (which translates to eat as much as you can...) restaurant where the meal was eaten the traditional way from a banana leaf. This kind of food makes me think that if i was forced to be a vegetarian then i would have to live in India. It really wouldn't be possible in any other country for me.
Jess is tall, white and ginger
Sunday, 17 April 2011
|All eyes on Jess|
We have boarded our house boat in Alleppey to meander through the backwaters of Kerala. I read a number of negative reviews on houseboats largely focusing on cleanliness so we chose through a friends recommendation. Done correctly, the backwaters of Kerala by houseboat can be one of the most beautiful things you can do in this lifetime. Luckily we did it correctly and so i can definitely recommend "rainbow cruises" for their clean and comfortable house boats (video below) and their excellent food. For about £60 each we had 24 hours on the boat with a captain, a butler and a cook to look after us. I would say that some of my best meals were eaten on this boat as the cook will make what you want exactly how you want it. I am not quite sure what the backwaters actually are. They seem to be a series of fresh water lakes that are connected by lots of palm tree lined canals. The cushioned open deck (above) is perfect to sit and write, read, bird watch, people watch, fish, chat, drink beer, play cards and do just about anything to experience real chilled out bliss.
|Yet another amazing sunset|