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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Casino Buffet Eating

Casino buffet plate

Fried chicken, cream corn, baked beans, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, and baked potato chips.

So here’s yet another buffet I love going to.  It’s at one of the riverboat casinos in my area.  All of the casinos have buffets and I’ve tried them all.  You know me!  But this one just happens to be my favorite—and it has a massive buffet, too!  There’s so much food you have to get one plate after another.

There are several food stations broken down into several different lovely areas:

  • Chinese food station
  • Barbecue food station
  • American food station
  • Italian food station
  • Salad, soup, & bread station
  • Dessert station

What’s a girl to do when confronted with all these options?  By jove, I’ll tell you!  Just get one of everything!  After all, that’s the fun of eating at buffets.

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Vegetable Pizza To Love

Vegetable Pizza

Made with organic whole wheat pizza crust, pizza sauce, mushrooms, green & red bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, 5-cheese Italian, sharp cheddar cheese, and pizza seasoning.

I just LOVE a homemade pizza.  There’s nothing like homemade.  BUT I had no patience to make my own pizza dough—so the dough is store-bought from Whole Foods.

I just layered and lumped all the ingredients together and called it a day.  Notice that it’s not even flat like most pizzas.  I had to make a HUGE MOUND of veggies and cheese.  It’s a mini-mountain.

There was nothing to making this and the reward was a lot of pizza cheesy gooey goodness all for me!  I just sliced it right down the middle both ways for 4 huge slices of love.  With slices that big you need two hands or a fork and knife.  All that matters is that it ends up in your mouth.

So, if you have nothing else to do today, try making your own homemade pizza.

Take-Away Life Lesson:  Always save yourself some time if you need to by buying store-bought pizza dough.  If you have the time and the patience, I’d highly suggest making your own dough from scratch though.

Costco Pizza Is Crazy Good

Cheese Pizza from Costco

Don’t ask me why, but Costco pizza is SOOOOOO freaking delish!  After I get out of the checkout lane, I have to pass the eating area where they serve all the good eatins before I can even get to the exit.  (Well, that’s a set-up if I ever saw one.)

Now, if there’s not a long line, I’ll grab myself a slice of pizza goodness on the way out.  I don’t know why I have to have one all the time.  But, let’s consider the fact that I’m always starving at the time that I’m shopping at a Costco.  I don’t know why—I just am.

And, as per usual, once I got inside the car—I set up the area next to me like a dining table for my pizza.  (I gotta be ready for drivin’.)  Clearly, I didn’t learn my lesson from the bread pudding dining.  But I tore that sucker UP!  It only made it 5 blocks.

So, if you have nothing else to do today, have a go at a Costco pizza.  But it’s not worth the $55 membership just for pizza—unless you plan to get one all day eryday!

Take-Away Life Lesson:  Don’t worry if you’re not a Costco member—just make like you’re ‘with’ the people walking in the front door that have a membership card.  As long as you’re ‘with’ somebody that has a card—you don’t need one.  Once you’re indoors, YOU’RE HOME FREE!  RUN TO THE PIZZA LINE!  You don’t need a Costco card to purchase pizza—thank the heavens!

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