My Trip To Chennai, India (Part 1)

India luggage

This post is a long time coming.  My trip to India was actually back in July/August 2016 but due to many different circumstances, I am only just now getting around to writing about it.

This trip was planned one month in advance unlike my trip to Dubai that was planned within 24 hours—so I’m getting better at giving myself more time to travel these days.  But, who am I kidding?  It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t live life so spontaneously.

I traveled alone again.  It took me about 32 hours to get to Chennai, India with three different planes and the super long layovers (5 hours, 9 hours, 3 hours)—but I stayed in India almost three weeks.  And with those kinds of layovers, I had to keep myself entertained somehow—and usually it was with food.  No surprise there!

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Stylish Weekend Dressing

Street Style - Women

ELAINE
Retired
(At a restaurant)

Love the button detailing on the jacket here and how it matches with the shirt underneath.  The shoes look totally comfortable, too, for walking, standing, or just plain being cute.  Who says you can’t go to weekend brunch looking magnificent?!

When Children Dress Themselves for Brunch

Street Style - Children

ANGELINA
(At a restaurant)

Cutest little girl ever wearing her animal print sweater styled with blue jeans.  I love how she tied it in the back rather than the front.  She’s a fashionista already!

 

Moving My Blog & Why I’ve Been MIA

Me in an airport

Hi, everybodyyyyy!  I hope each and every one of you are doing fabulous as always.  You all still look beautiful from what I’ve seen!

Anyway, I decided to self-host my blog a while back—and if all goes well, all of you who have subscribed to follow me via the WordPress reader should move over seamlessly.  (I’m keeping my fingers crossed anyway.)  Any of you who have subscribed to this blog via email should not be affected whatsoever (let’s hope).

The entire process of converting over has been a little technical and time-consuming for me to say the least (hence, a big part of the reason for my absence).  But all the hard work I put into it was totally worth it.  I’m still trying to make this blog look the way I want it to in the easiest way possible on my own without any hired help.  (Always try the least expensive way first, I always say.)  But that involves a lot of researching, reading books, and Googling on my own during what little free time I can find.  This will be a constant work in progress as I’m always finding new ways to tweak it.

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Floating In Donut Dreamland

Krispy Kreme Donuts

Chocolate Iced Glazed, Chocolate Iced Cake, Chocolate Iced with Kreme Filling, Chocolate Iced Custard Filled, Apple Fritters, and Original Glazed

Have you ever seen a herd of 2,000 or so donuts pass before your very eyes before?  Not in a dream—but in real life?!  Well, I’m here to tell you—it’s a real vision.

As I stood and watched the production of these Krispy Kreme donuts, my eyes couldn’t help but get bigger and bigger.  I suddenly had visions of a massive swimming pool being filled to the rim with donuts specifically so I could dive right into the dead center of it.  I wouldn’t even have minded the stickiness of it all if I could surround myself with love like that.

At the front counter, I studied the many different types of donut choices I had to choose from.  Do you have any idea how many different kinds of donuts they were selling?  I mean, talk about the important decisions one needs to make in life!  But you would be right in asking, “How does one actually choose from amongst the masses?”

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An Intimate Dinner For One

Chicken Fried Rice & Spring Rolls

Vegetable Spring Rolls with julienned carrots, cabbage, celery, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and  sweet & sour sauce; Chicken Fried Rice tossed in soy sauce with egg, carrots, bean sprouts, and scallions.

This place is one of my favorite China Bistro’s.  Every time I happen to go to PF Chang’s, I manage to order the same thing over and over again—but it’s what I love.

The spring rolls are delish dipped in the sweet & sour sauce—every single time!  I did try a sweet chili sauce they gave me but I didn’t like it as well as my regular sweet & sour sauce that’s grown on me.  The chicken fried rice I could eat for days on end—they give you so much of it.

But on three separate occasions, I always asked for an order of two spring rolls but they always came back with four.  I only paid for two but ended up with four each time.  Not sure where the disconnect was—but I’m not complaining since I’m not being charged for their mistake, and more importantly, I get to keep all four to myself!

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Home Cookin’ From Your Neighbor’s Home

Meatloaf dinner

Meatloaf dinner with garlic bread, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, and collard greens.

Here’s a place I wanted to try because I saw it on an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives” on the Food Network.  Amazingly, I had never heard of it before I saw that episode on TV.

So away I went in search of YJ’s Snackbar.  It was definitely in an area I could have easily missed and drove right past had I not been paying attention.  This is definitely a place you know the local neighbors go to eat when they don’t feel like cooking for themselves at home.

I had perused the menu ahead of time before I even went to this place—and thank goodness I did!  I noticed that you can’t really choose much from the menu because they only serve what they choose to serve that particular day of the week you happen to be there.  So I decided to choose the Soul Food Tuesday dinner for my outing.

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