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The Super Bike & Food Weekend

It’s been a while since I wrote about the weekend that was; the weekend that just went by was pretty damn awesome & so I decided to write about the same. Friday evening started off with some general chilling at home didn’t do much just marathoned Supernatural season 7 with Rachita. Also the plan for next days lunch was being figured with Ritika. Before I forget, Friday evening we also started playing Sleeping Dogs on the Xbox360 which was awesome. The game has a brilliant feel and has hints of Yakuza & Shenmue, 2 of our all time favorite games!

Goo & Avenjer ignore the cycle 🙂 Lol!!!

Sleeping Dogs on the Xbox360

Astro!!!

Saturday, though, began with a bang as I had 2 bikes at my disposal – Ekta’s Royal Enfield & my Bajaj Avenger – Ekta was in Baroda for the weekend & had left her bike at my place. Gaurav & I took the bikes out for a ride which was totally awesome! We rode past Haji Ali & Worli Seaface braving the rains; when we started there wasn’t an iota of rain, but when we reached Peddar Road it started drizzling; Gaurav & I decided to continue as the drizzle wasn’t fazing us. On the way back from Haji Ali, though, there was a decent downpour which we managed & reached home safe. Post some general chilling, shower, etc. we played some more Sleeping Dogs on the Xbox360, exploring the open world finishing mini missions, etc. Come 9:30am we needed to take Astro to the vet for a general check up & then meet Ritika, Mihir & Yooti for lunch. We were done at the vet by about 11:00am & proceeded for lunch after dropping Ash home :-). So lunch was going to happen at Soul Fry Casa, a restaurant serving Goan food at Fountain / Kala Ghoda. Ritika, though, was not informed about the same, as whenever we have decided to go to this restaurant or discussed going there, something or the other has gone wrong. This time we decided to keep the POA a suprise. Ritzzzz met Mihir at Churchgate station on the pretext of going to some place around that area and once Mihir got her around the restaurant he whisked her in. She was pleaseantly surprised, if I may say so myself.

Love the Ambiance at Casa Soul Fry

Beer!!!

Pickle!!!

Moving onto the restaurant which has a brilliant old world charm with memoriabilia across the walls; also the furniture is from an era which you just dont see nowadays. The plates & glasses you get are of copper, menu has a good balance of Veg, Non Veg & Sea Food. We decided to start off with a few drinks – I was having beer, Mihir had ordered a brilliant sugarcane based cocktail, Ritika was having a watermelon Martini, Yooti ordered a Vodka based cocktail the name of which i cannot remember & Rachita who doesn’t drink alco was having a mocktail. Ritika & Mihir had already ordered some Prawns & Rawas, Rachita added to the same by ordering some chicken moelho. Please note here, Mihir & I haven’t had prawns in about 20 years as I have an allergy to the same. Though once the food was on the table, we decided to try the prawns which were exceptional and also eat the Rawas which was divine. Lunch ordered was some chicken in red gravy & because we ate shell fish everyone got super excited that there was no allergic reaction and ordered a crab sukha with some nans. The food was simply awesome! We went through everything & loved every moment of it. Special mention to the Naans which are the best I have ever had. If you are in the fountain area, then you must try Soul Fry Casa it is CUMPOLSORY!!!

Awesome Spread!!!

Then headed home, slept for a bit, while Ritika & Rachita went shopping. Evening dinner was Falafal which Rachita had made. The brilliance of the same cannot be explained. After dinner, watched some UFC on Sony Six, then moved to Supernatural and then passed out.

Sunday Bike Ride!!!

Yummy!!!!

Sunday morning started off with an early morning bike ride on Ekta’s Royal Enfield aka Goo, which was followed by another bike ride on my Bajaj Avenger, aka Avenjer. The weather was perfect, cloudy skies accompanied by some sensational winds…. Marine Drive, Nariman Point, Haji Ali & Worli Seaface were passed on both bikes one after the other…. rode for a good hour & half :-). Once home, finished Astro’s bath, then played Sleeping Dogs again for a bit, Also helped Mihir pack as he was heading for a week’s vacation. Lunch in true gujju style was sev tameta nu shak (fried gram dough noodles in tomato gravy); then it was nap time. Woke in the afternoon, watched some Supernatural again, had a few beers. For dinner, Rachita decided to make some super duper awesome boiled egg sandwiches with tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, onions, her blend of secret herbs & eggs marinated in mayo & mustard. Matlab mouth watering awesomeness it was! Again watched some more episodes of Supernatural and then passed out. All in all, a brilliant food & bike weekend 🙂

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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Helmets & More

 

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Bikers & Gamers

So when we aren’t on the bike & not at work, what we do is watch sitcoms, movies and pursue our passion – GAMING.

It’s been a while since we (when I say we, I mean Milind, Rachita, Amit and Aditi) have been playing games. It started with my Dad getting us an Atari console from Dubai; before that I had a pong machine but never respected it much – anyways we were hooked to the Atari; games like Berserk, Pitfall Harry, Snoopy and the Red Baron, Pacman, etc…. At the same time, my uncle used to buy us handheld Nintendo games – single screen, dual screen, multi screen, panorama screen….. you name it we had it – we were very spoiled kids, if anyone has a problem with that –  deal with it!

Anyway, the fascination with games kept getting stronger. One fine day we got a Samurai – this was the Nintendo entertainment system desi version, pretty much changed the way we played games – Mario, Puch- Out, Track & Field, Rad Racer, Excite Bike, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Basketball, Final Fantasy all became accessible and the only thing we spent money on was games. We would even get cartridges from the US, get them converted here so you could play NTSC games on Pal consoles; I remember my first converted game was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Parallel to this, we bought the Sega Genesis and that started an internal battle of budgeting; Nintendo games played awesome, while Sega games looked great some of them played also very well; Sonic, Duck Tales, Eternal Champions, Phantasy Star 2 and so on; by this time we were obsessed…. we use to call Nintendo America for tips on games, by every possible magazine out there…you get my drift :-)!

A few more years went buy, magazines started showcasing the Super Nintendo, games like Street Fighter became all the craze. As usual we had to own it, so we got our uncle to order it from Dubai with the Super Mario, Super Tennis and Super WWF game. The console was insane! It introduced us to multiple paralaxing,  mode7, 3D, polygons and many such innovations. I remember playing the newly released Street Fighter till our thumbs went numb and were bruised purple. By now, we were complete fanatics, buying multiple versions of a game was very normal – for example Mortal Kombat was ordered from a vendor but because another guy got it first, we would buy both, just to play the game first. The SNES took us to new levels of insanity, we would exchange old games for new; at a point we would buy a new game everyday…While all this was happening, we experimented with various other consoles also, namely the Sega Saturn, Amiga, Neo Geo just to name a few.

The next shift came with the launch of the Playstation – I remember Milind and I selling stuff to buy the machine – the first couple of games we got were NFL, NBA and Resident Evil. An interesting thing to note was this was our third CD-Rom based console but we battered it and how, the console would remain on for hours sometimes even days; the 4 of us: Milind, Ameet, Aditi and I, spent a good portion of our life putting the console through its paces. I don’t think consoles are even stress tested to the limit we pushed the one we had. Next was another big game changer the Playstation 2 – I remember we were the first to own it, it used to run with a Sbox mod which would let us use bootleg content on the machine. The PS2 actually took our obsession and channelized it into some line of business, it also exposed us to insane amount of content. Parallel to this, we bought the Xbox but due to limited titles available it just did not fly with us. This was the time Rachita also got very involved with gaming.

That’s a lot of writing and that’s just the tip of the iceberg – currently we own the PS3, Xbox360 and the Nintendo Wii – the dominant machine is the 360 its truly the next generation of gaming – you can’t tell real from virtual. GTA, LA Noire, Top Spin, NBA 2K and so on…an interesting thing here is right from our Nintendo days Basketball games have been a constant, consoles change but the Basketball games always remain. It’s funny… today we have the ability to buy whatever games we want, and we buy only original, but the fight for time has made our gaming sessions a weekly or an hourly activity. I am hoping the same will change for the better going forward…………

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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