Finding A Little Part of India in Orlando

LaurenAsh and I have to enjoy Indian cuisine at least once a week. Something about the spices creates an small addiction for our taste buds. So imagine how excited I was when LaurenAsh told me about the Living Social deal she found for Saffron Indian Cuisine. Now generally we use our trusty source Groupon, but this deal was a good one.

We arrived just in time as the lunch buffet was being set up. We sat comfortably in the front of the restaurant, to do what we do best…people watch. For some strange reason we enjoy watching the interaction between everyone in the restaurant, rather it be the customers, staff or people walking by.

Everyone at Saffron were extremely friendly and made sure they explained everything on their menu. We piled our plates with Chicken Tikki Marsala, Sofiyaki Chicken Biryani, Shahimutter Paneer, and Vegetable Samosa (starting from left).

For dessert we tried the Mughlai Kheer and another dish that I forgot to grab the name of…but it was like a fruit custard. I only tried a little…this was my first Indian dessert and I was unsure what I was eating :-). But it was delicious!! I would have went for seconds, but we were pressed for time.

If you are not familiar with Indian food, here is a little lesson on their cuisine:

Chicken Tikki Marsala- Tandoori chicken breast cubes cooked in zesty tomato gravy

Sofiyaki Chicken Biryani-Chicken breast marinated with yogurt, spices, herbs & baked w/saffron basmati rice

Shahimutter Paneer-Paneer cubes cooked with green peas in a rich tomato & herb gravy

Vegetable Samosa-Crispy pastry filled with potatoes, green peas & spices

Mughlai Kheer –Rice & milk pudding garnished w/nuts & raisins

We definitely got our fix for Indian Cuisine satisfied, we were stuffed and ready for the next adventure during our stay in Orlando. We were even more pleased with how they presented our Living Social deal, not to mention how much money we saved.

The lunch buffet is $12.95 a person including your drink, had we paid full price it would have been $27.95. The deal included $18 towards our total purchase, which we ended up only paying $9.60 for our both of our meals. Can you say a still?!

We definitely recommend this restaurant to any and everyone within the Orlando area and if you are visiting you must stop by during lunch time.

A big thanks to the team at Saffron for giving us a little piece of India, during our stay in Orlando! 

(Check out “Eat, Pray and Lovin Life at Karma Cafe” for our other  Indian Cuisine experiences)

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Food at BlogHer ’12: Part 1- Soy Sauce Ice Cream

If you don’t know what BlogHer is then you are not a real blogger or a real blogger “lover.” Every die-hard blogger was in New York City this past week for the annual BlogHer Conference, unless you were unable to find a sponsor or simply wasn’t a necessary expense. Believe me, I saved to get there myself, and I had a “one-night” only pass. That means I had a few hours to get as much out of the experience as I could before the clock stroked midnight.

I was so excited to be able to attend such a great event, can you believe there were over 4,000 registered bloggers there?! So of course my first stop was registration. Which was so simple, literally state your name, your blog, ID, 1-2-3, you had your badge and was ready to go. Ohhh snaps, we are official, no one can stop me now, I have a badge!

After sharing hugs and giggles with a few of my blogger friends, my journey began. Operation “Exhibition Hall 1” was in effect, the 1st stop Kikkoman.

Kikkoman is known for their delicious soy sauce. I did say soy sauce right? Well taste buds brace yourselves, we are about to go on a ride.The chefs at Kikkoman must have been hot in the kitchen one day and wanted to cool things off a bit when they came up with this one! Soy Sauce Ice Cream?! Really?! I read the sign several times before actually accepting the sample.

I listened to the rep tell me about the recipe and how it was her idea, where it came from and so on, I honestly couldn’t tell you what she was saying because my taste buds were having a round table discussion, trying to decide exactly what was going on. It was salty, but sweet, sweet but tangy, good but interesting. It was just way too much for everyone to handle. To be totally honest, we just have to put it in the record that we tried it and under vote “unknown”.

I must say this was an interesting one, stay tuned to see what else our taste buds experienced.

Occupy Wall Street and IHOP

After the end of every long day your body starts to sound the hunger alarm. It just so happened that mine sounded at exactly 6:00, the coincidence. Although we said we were going to travel to Mexico and make those delicious Chicken tacos, something tells me, well my stomach tells me that we aren’t going to make.

Hmm…what to do?! Check in with my trusty GPS (Groupon Promises Satisfaction) Sweet!!! I have (2) vouchers left, snap, expiring next week?! Choices, choices. A) Indian restaurant in Queens or B) the new International House of Pancakes in Union Square?

Tastebuds work your magic…give them a sec people they are the decision makers. Ok, we are headed for the train, drum roll please…snap, we are going International folks. The crowd in my mouth goes wild.

I must say this international journey sure comes with chaos. Stepping off the train, there were people everywhere I mean literally everywhere. Not knowing that we were walking directly into the heart of Occupy Wall Street’s new headquarters.

It was quite a sight, there were people playing chess, checkers, singing, playing drums, making signs, dancing, you name it people were doing. The alarm sounded angrily, my apologies got off course for a second.

The journey continues…we are IHOP bound. The wait? Only a few minutes, a  good sign. Table choice? ehh it was ok, but had to listen to a couple’s entire conversation that evidently they wanted the whole restaurant to hear. The food? Thought you would never ask, AMAZING! I had the Stuffed French Toast with Cinammon Apple Compote, eggs, hash browns and turkey sausage. Lauren had the Cinn-a-Stacks, eggs, hashbrowns, turkey sausage.

Seriously, either we were really hungry or they had a new cook. IHOP has not ever pleased my tastebuds that way before.

Fun fact: The original concept behind IHOP was to create a restaurant which featured various types of pancakes and similar foods such as crepes and blintzes from all over the world, offered at affordable prices until the 1980s when they expanded to standard lunch and dinner options.

Overall it was a good experience, although we only like to put our stamp on smaller franchises, it’s worth a  near-budded!