Cafe Leopold

I had some work to do with friends in CST on a Saturday morning. And what better excuse than this to check out the unexplored spots of the city. Imromptu plans were made and soon we were on our way to this quaint but very popular hotel.

Cafe Leopold:

This place is one of the oldest and most well known cafes in Mumbai. Leopold too was set up by an entrepreneurial and (I am guessing) foodie Irani gentlemen in 1871. This restaurant was one of the unfortunate targets of the dastardly terrorists who attacked Mumbai in 2008. Wounds of that fateful evening still remain on the cafe walls. But that perhaps is a symbolism for the spirit of Mumbai. No matter how badly she has been hit in the past, she just refuses to give up.

“It doesn’t matter how hard you get hit, but it is about how hard you can get hit and still keep moving forward”

Seen here is one of the bullet holes

This interesting contraption is something they call a ‘beer tower’ This 5 feet tall cylinder is filled with.. wait for it.. yes, BEER !! 😀 Fill your pints according to your pace. We curiously stared at the tables hosting this mammoth, quite a few of them got drained before we expected. Leopoldians surely love their beer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psst.. I am a teetotaller, so I had to settle for this little Mocha Frappe, which was absolutely yummy.

 

 

My friends ordered a Club Sandwich which had huge portions of chicken sausage. They claim it was the best club sandwich ever. The restaurant has a very lively feel to it and is a great hit among foreigners, the menu too is very international but caters to Indian tastes also. We finished with the ‘Leopold Special Cheesecake’ for dessert which was definitely the kind of dish you would want to go to Leo again and again for.

Leopold is one of those restaurants in Mumbai that have retained a distinctive character and aura. Everything that you see here right from the glasses, plates, beer mugs have a history of their own and speak volumes about Mumbai and her cosmopolitan and welcoming character. Definitely a must visit place.

Foodie haunts at Matunga – I (Classic)

Name : Classic

Place : very close to Don Bosco School, Matunga

This place is very close to my college and I was rather surprised that I hadn’t eaten here even once, my friends were much more surprised than I was and decided to drag me to Classic then and there without any further delay.

Classic greeted me with a heavy aroma of spices and strong flavors generally used in dishes that Indians like to call ‘Chinese’. It is definitely one of the better fastfood joints in Matunga and I was told by my friends that their Pav Bhaji was to die for. I went through the menu (which offered plenty of choices), nevertheless I decided to take my friends’ suggestion. I wasn’t disappointed at all as the Pav Bhaji indeed turned out to be quite something. Mumbaikars I feel absolutely love their Pav Bhaji and being the thorough Mumbaikar that I am have eaten this quintessential Bambaiyya dish at many places. Restaurants that manage to pull off this delightful dish with finesse automatically win my respect. Classic got very very close to that, if not bang on. The Bhaji was very tasty and well prepared. It came with a dollop of butter, (like Bhaji always has, and always should 😉 ). The Pavs too were generously buttered and fresh. My friend ordered the Jain version of the dish (Jains don’t eat onions, an extremely important ingredient of Pav Bhaji or any tasty Vegetable dish for that matter). I tried some of his Bhaji and believe me, it was equally delicious as the normal one, if not more. #FoodieDelight knew no bounds.

On the bad side, the restaurant was a little congested, the waiters could have been a little more affable and the service surely wasn’t the best I had seen.

So here goes the report card:

Taste : 8

Ambience : 7

Service : 6

Value for money : 8

Link

while(Coursera) { Learning = Fun !!; }

Coursera is a place where magic happens ! It is an OpenCourseware platform where tens of thousands of students from thousands of places take hundreds of courses from the best schools of the world. The availability of Open Courseware has indeed ushered in an era of democratization of education, with quite a few universities offering online courses parallel to the real courses(taking place on the university campus) and having almost the same course content. Such virtual campuses are available to just anyone who has a computer and a stable internet connection. This is indeed ‘knowledge without boundaries of space and time’, not to forget the courses are absolutely free of charge. You don’t need hundreds of dollars anymore, just the will to learn, ( and ofcourse the internet connection we talked about too 😉 )

As an Electronics Engg student, who is also interested in CS a lot, online courseware is particularly useful for students like me. In college we don’t have much of a choice in choosing courses that we like besides the electives. On the contrary, at Coursera(and other such platforms) there is absolute freedom about joining a class. There is this lovely green colored ‘Go to Class’ button that allows you to drop into a class whenever, wherever (even from in between of a course), once you have signed up for a course. Listen to lectures, answer the interactive quizzes, solve assignments and if you are sincere enough, you get a letter of accomplishment from the course instructors. Coming to the course instructors, they are the most chilled out professors I have encountered. Each one of them is one of the very best in his or her field and each one meticulously and painstakingly designs the contents of courses. But wait, that’s not all, there are also live forums and meetups, where nerds, backbenchers, star performers alike shoot questions at the profs and amongst themselves.

A special mention for the variety of courses at Coursera. There are courses ranging right from Game Theory, through Algebra, through Neuroethics, through Cosmology(Galaxies and cosmology), to something as different as Poetry Writing, and Music. The Course Catalog is an absolute pleasure to go through.

#Coursera #fun