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Friday the 13th Trip

Last week on Friday the 13th, Rachita, Ekta & me were heading to work. 15 Minutes away from office we decided to take a detour and head to Panvel which is just off Vashi / New Bombay to have some awesome Vada Pav’s, Missal, etc. There is this quaint but extremely popular eatery called “Dutta Snacks”. Before we move forward, for people who dont know what Vada Pav is, check the image below and also the wikipedia description. Vada pav (Marathi: वड़ा पाव), sometimes spelled wada pav, is a popular vegetarian fast food dish native to the Indian state of Maharashtra. It consists of a batata vada sandwiched between 2 slices of a pav. The compound word batata vada refers in Marathi and Gujarati to a vada (fritter) made out of batata, the latter referring to a potato. Pav refers to unsweetened bread or bun. Vada pav was supposedly devised by snack vendor Ashok Vaidya outside Dadar station in 1971.

Best Vada Pav Ever!!!

Brilliant Open Roads

Doesn’t get any better!!!

Moving on, so post deciding we are going to be heading to Dutta Vada the excitment was immense and uncontrolabale 🙂 the weather was perfect – cloudy, raining and nice & cool! We started to go towards the express highway from vashi & took a turn just before the expressway bridge, the turn connects to the road to Panvel. The road leading to this place is simply amazing, super empty with scenic view of hills and in this season the greenery, etc. is simply brilliant!!! All through the journey we were listening to hardcore Bollywood music, also multiple discussions on random stuff was happening. Ekta, our in-house Google Maps expert, was helping navigate the route. After about 25 minutes of driving from Vashi, we finally reached our destination, parked our car, and then went in for the order…

Our Destination!!!

The Circle where the Dutta Vada is…

The Place is situated at a circle and in a quaint corner next to a garage. Though unassuming, this place draws in some serious crowds basis legacy, quality & taste of food served. Also considering it was a Friday, there was a decent crowd as you had people travelling to short destinations for a weekend getway. While the women went to freshen up, I ordered a couple of plates of Vada Pav, Missal & Sabudana Khichdi. Post getting the order & finding a quiet corner to eat, we devoured the food pretty damn fast as it was totally awesome! Vada Pav & Missal to die for though I didn’t like the Sabudana Khichdi as it was covered with Peanuts. Post the brunch we decided to pack some stuff for colleagues & head back to work… The drive back was absolutely unreal considering we are super excited about the fact that we had actually gone through with a random plan, ditched / postponed work gone had some awesome food, add to that we were listening to music from Rowdy Rathore. Point to note here Ekta believes the first 3 songs of Rathore sound alike… Hmmmm Pagli hai bhai pagli (slightly crazy is the literal translation).

What a View!!!

I have also taken some amazing pictures of our trip which I have posted in the gallery below, do take a moment to check the same out. Also a sincere suggestion post our experience to all of you who read this is do try something like this occasionally, the same just changes your perspective on the day and in turn the week seems so much better. You dont have to go to a eatery only, there might  be days when you feel like having a icecream at work or you feel like leaving on a half day or whatever, my suggestion go with the feeling and see how things turn out. Trust me you won’t be dissapointed… Also what made this trip super sweet is that it happened on a Friday post which Saturday & Sunday happen which is totally Ulti Bakka!!!

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The Piekers

After 8 Pie made by Rachita

Wikipedia Says – A pie is a baked dish which is usually made of a pastry dough casing that covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet or savory ingredients. Pies are defined by their crusts. A filled pie (also single-crust or bottom-crust), has pastry lining the baking dish, and the filling is placed on top of the pastry, but left open. A top-crust pie, which may also be called a cobbler, has the filling in the bottom of the dish and the filling covered with a pastry or other covering before baking. A two-crust pie has the filling completely enclosed in the pastry shell. Flaky pastry is a typical kind of pastry used for pie crusts, but many things can be used, including baking powder biscuits, mashed potatoes and crumbs. Pies can be a variety of sizes, ranging from bite-size to ones designed for multiple servings.Random use of a Pie – Cream filled or topped pies are favorite props for humor. Throwing a pie in a person’s face has been a staple of film comedy since Ben Turpin received one in Mr. Flip in 1909. More recently, pieing  has also become a political act.

The Avengers Inspiration!

The Pie, an unassuming dish which a lot of people love to eat or make. To most people in India though, the introduction to this dish was the famous and awesome movie American Pie….. ha ha ha ha ha ha! Agreed that in the context of the movie and the use of the pie was totally skewed versus the one which people eat, but it still established interest and intrigue in this wonderful creation. Today’s article primary is with regards to our, actually more importantly, “The Mrs’” interest in baking & the lovely pies made by her.

Red Velvet Cup Cakes

The story starts off at about the same time we went and got our bike. Rachita, my wife, who is extremely fond of cooking, started to show renewed interest in baking the same was extremely evident when red velvet cupcakes which were absolutely awesome were made by her & were a super smash hit in terms of look, feel & taste. Post this she tried her hand at the Hulk cake (post us watching the Avengers and being in that zone for a long time). You can also check the details of the Red Velvet Cupcakes & the Hulk Cake in our previous posts :-).

Super Stuff!!!

Awesomeness!!!

Then there was the brilliant Baked Philadelphia Cheesecake, and then came in the Pies – starting off with the brilliant Peach Crumble which raised the bar to some crazy level. The crust was totally spectacular add to that the fresh peaches and stuff, absolutely unbelievable! The complete pie was devoured in about 20 minutes by all of us & some pieces which were sent to the in-laws had the same fate. Further to which discussions on the brilliance of the dish continued for multiple days… Next in line the absolutely sensational After 8 chocolate ganache pie! Yup, I know! Sounds mouth watering delicious! Trust me, it tasted even better……I mean this was hands down one of the most awesome desserts made by Rachita!!! Finally there was the breath taking Raspberry Pie which was just a sensational change from the regular taste of pies in your mind. The crust and the use of cheesecake to add just that little bit of pizzaz made this last pie a true slice of heaven!!!

Enough said…. take a moment to check the gallery which has the awesome creations made by Rachita and have a visual treat 🙂 Also below some crazy numbers & facts about the Pie.

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Super Duper!!!

Approx. $700 million in pies (approx. 186 million units) are sold in grocery stores every year. This does not include restaurants, food service or price clubs, only grocery stores. If you lined up the number of pies sold at U.S. grocery stores in one year, they would circle the globe and then some.

According to a 2008 survey by Crisco® and American Pie Council:
•Nearly one out of five (19%) Americans prefer apple pie, followed by pumpkin (13%), pecan (12%), banana cream (10%) and cherry (9%)
•Pie just isn’t for after-dinner dessert. Thirty-five percent of Americans say they’ve had pies for breakfast. Pies as lunch (66%) and midnight snacks (59%) also have a popular following.
•When asked what dessert Americans would prefer a friend or family member bring to their house for a holiday dinner, pie was the winner with 29%. Cake (17%) and cookies (15%) rounded out the top-three spots.

Pumpkin pie was first introduced to the holiday table at the pilgrim’s second Thanksgiving in 1623.

Pie was not always America’s favorite dessert – in the 19th Century, fruit pies were a common breakfast food eaten before the start of a long day.

Pie By the Numbers
•36 million number of Americans who identify apple pie as their favorite
•47% Americans for whom the word “comforting” comes to mind when they think of pie
•6 million Number of American men ages 35-54 who have eaten the last slice of pie and denied it
•27% Americans who believe chocolate pie is the most romantic to share with someone special
•1 in 5 Proportion of Americans who have eaten an entire pie by themselves
•113 million Number of Americans who have eaten pie for breakfast
•75 million Number of Americans who prefer to drink milk with their pie
•32% Americans who prefer no crust on top of their pie
•90% Americans who agree that a slice of pie represents one of the simple pleasures in life
•9% Americans who prefer to eat their pie crust-first
•7% Americans who have passed off a store-bought pie as homemade
•18% Men who say their wife makes the best homemade pie
•2% Women who say their husband makes the best homemade pie

Unbelievable!!!

Pie Personalities
If you love… You are likely to describe yourself as…
Apple Pie – Independent, realistic and compassionate
Pecan Pie – Thoughtful and analytical
Chocolate Pie – Loving
Pumpkin Pie – Funny and independent

Pie Preferences
•More than one-third of Americans have eaten pie in bed

•Nearly one in four women believe that they make the best pie – better than Mom or Grandma
•More than one-third of Americans have craved pie in the middle of the night
The first mention of a fruit pie in print is from Robert Green’s Arcadia (1590): “thy breath is like the steame of apple-pyes.”

 
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