''Hey, Macklemore! Can we go thrift shopping?What, what, what, what...Bada, badada, badada, bada...'’
Looks like putting in song lyrics always seems to work when you're somehow out of opening lines… ah well. So let's take a hypothetical situation here. You arrive at college one morning and all your classes have been cancelled (again, as said before a completely hypothetical scenario). Having an entire day to completely while away your time definitely sounds fun, the only matter of concern being your pocket money or as us Economics kids would call it, the 'budget constraint'. You've got a whole day ahead of you, close to 2500 rupees and an empty stomach. Not in the mood for the usual canteen grub? Head out on a gastronomical escapade! 9.15 am- Breakfast at l'Opéra, Nehru Place/Khan Market: I'm thinking croissants, milk bread ham sandwiches, some fresh Baguette Paysanne and a black coffee please. Add a pain au chocolat (chocolate bread) or maybe a meringue tart and you've got yourself a fat fancy breakfast.It's French, it's fresh and it's absolutely delicious. absolutely delicious.
12pm – Kathi Rolls – That big breakfast will probably keep you going for a couple of hours. However, when you do get that sudden bout of hunger, grab a bite of some Kathi Kebab Rolls. The options available are- Nizam's at Defence Colony Market, Khan Chacha at Khan Market and Kathi Corner at Amar Colony Market. My pick would definitely be Khan Chacha. The rolls are bigger and the kebabs are better cooked, flavoured and chunkier (Let's face it- the bigger kebab always wins!). Though these rolls are relatively more expensive they, unlike those of the other joints, don't leave you with a heavy, brimful feeling.
#kaching: 200/- 2pm- Luncheon – As a former fat kid, I'd always COULD go the traditional way (food first, then dessert); either way head to BIG CHILL at Khan Market. The ambience is great with ol' school movie posters and other such paraphernalia and you definitely seem to enjoy it more if tell you to eat your dessert first and there isn't a better place than BIG CHILL Café to do that. You you've waited a long time for a place to sit. While I'm not too fond of the pizzas (exceeding amounts of sauce and quite often, bland and lack seasoning), the pastas are fabulous. However, order smartly so that you can ultimately gorge on the divine Mississippi Mud pie (Oreo Base + Coffee Ice cream+ Peanut butter and Chocolate sauce) or the Banoffee (banana + toffee) cheesecake. While you'd probably require 5 pilates workout sessions to burn these out, it's definitely worth it.
6pm- Snacky Supper – Walk over to South Extension Market and go to Bengali Sweets.Since you've had your fill with desserts for the day, keep it light with some simple (and clean) street delicacies-golguppas, bhelpuri and chaat. These will certainly balance out the savoury and sweet with their delicate blend of flavours.
#Kaching: 250/-After a day like that, I think your wallet will probably be the only light thing you'll be going home with. (The author advises that all participants use the remaining 50 rupees for the purchase of Pudin Hara stomach medicine)