Friday, May 1, 2020

12 smart hacks to help you lose weight at home during lockdown

When people ask me, "How did you lose weight?" "What are you doing to maintain it?" "Tell me about your diet." I only tell them one thing. 'Find your trigger.'

The reason why I am hell-bent on maintaining my current weight is all because of a trigger. A trigger that changed the way I look at food and look at how it affects me. 
What was it? I'll come to it... read on.

I see so many Indian women, at home and in my neighbourhood, putting in a lot of effort for their families but not for their health and well-being. Even now they keep their health on the backburner and compromise a lot for the sake of their loved ones. 

Looking at the ageing women in my family and their ongoing health issues, I made up my mind that I didn't want to undergo the same in my prime years. I know I can't guarantee a clean bill of health when I'm old and grey, but what I know is that I will try to reduce my risk as much as I can. 

Indian women are susceptible to osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, backaches, joint pains and related such complaints as they age. These issues are usually lifestyle-related and can be reversed or managed effectively with the right diet, exercise, and rest. Sadly, many working women and home-makers think housework and chores are their cardio - a myth I used to believe until November 2018, when my cholesterol levels had turned borderline high. I was flabbergasted and I knew I couldn't carry on like this. THAT was my trigger.

Me in Aug 2018

From that day on I made a commitment to myself, I need to become fit. I made quite a few changes in my life from that day on. And after that day, there was no looking back. No, I didn't go on a crash diet or hit the gym like a maniac. My mantra was to take each day as it comes and go one step closer to my weight loss goal.

I made changes to my diet, and along with that swore to exercise EVERY DAY, at least 30 mins NO MATTER WHAT.

On my journey to losing 17 kgs of weight, I realised some tiny but significant hacks could turn the weight loss game in one's favour. 

Now as we are all locked in because of the COVID-19 scare, the least we can do is put a speed breaker on our binging and eat sensibly.
Take action right now!

Me in Feb 2020

I have listed 12 tried-and-tested diet hacks for you all:

1. Only ONE piece of your weakness 

I L-O-V-E-D to binge on junk food. Chips, farsan, samosas, pizza, french fries, you name it! They were my Achilles heel. For the first few months, I had gone cold turkey on junk food, oily snacks, and sweets. If the craving for a portion of particular junk food was intense, I used to have ONE piece, only one. But that too if it was homemade. Remember, the sacrifice will be WORTH IT.

2. Tracking my intake

I track my calories on the HealthifyMe app. You can also use MyFitnessPal. As you need to eat lesser than 2000 calories in a day (for women) to lose weight, it is really helpful in tracking every portion you eat. You can set a daily reminder on the app for tracking your intake until it turns into a habit.

3. Early Dinner

I am usually dinner by 7.30, max by 8. I know this is going to be tough initially as your body is not used to it, but make a habit of eating dinner early, at least 3 hours before bed. Also, it is important to make it a light meal as our bodies are unable to effectively digest heavy meals post-sunset.

4. Homemade is happiness

Have homemade and unrefined meals as much as you can. Substitute maida for whole wheat, white rice for single polished rice, etc. Make sure you don’t cook out of a ready-to-eat packet.

5. Small, frequent meals

I have 3-4, sometimes 5 small meals a day. I do this so that I don't overeat during any mealtime and avoid long gaps between meals. There will be a particular time that you might tend to overeat and have intense cravings to snack on something unhealthy. For me, it was between 4 pm and 6 pm. So if I'm having lunch at 1-1.30 pm then I make sure I eat some fruit or roasted chana at 4 pm to keep myself from starving till dinner and loading up my plate then. This avoids a long gap between meals.

7. Don’t confuse thirst signals for hunger

I drink lukewarm water once I get up in the morning, and also before and after meals. I count my glasses (at least 8) so that I don't confuse my body's signal of thirst by mindlessly munching.

8. Don’t plan 'cheat days', they will happen naturally

I do indulge in cheat meals, but still, in the back of my mind, I stop once I'm full. The secret to cheat days is to NOT plan it. Circumstances will arise from nowhere and you may have to cheat. In fact, make it a CHEAT MEAL instead of a cheat day.

9. Use a small plate for meals

I have all my meals in a smaller than usual plate. I feel this is a great way to trick your mind into eating smaller portions. I had watched a YouTube video that said that we 'eat with our eyes' and have a tendency to clean our plates or a particular food container. This makes us feel more satiated. (Some psychology behind it).

10. Load up on veggies

Divide your plate into two parts. On one part, add the veggie preparation. It could be a stir fry, a sabzi with tadka or just a curry with vegetables. Divide the other half into two parts, where in one part add a source of protein like egg, piece of lean meat like chicken or fish, while the other part, add your carbs: roti, rice, bread, etc. 
The key is to put more portions of vegetables, protein, or pulses vs carbs like chapati or rice. Nutritionists say the carbs on your plate should not be more than the size of your fist.

11. Chew your food mindfully

When I say chew it mindfully, I mean that you should savour your bites slowly, taking in all the flavours and textures. Practise mindful eating. Sit in a quiet place away from any type of screens (yes, no TV either) 

12. Never eat directly from a packet

Always put your food on your plate and lay it out. So that you know what you're eating and don't mindlessly gobble down food. 

You can start incorporating these tips from the word go. It will take time for it to become a habit. So be patient and persevere.

Do let me know in the comments if any of the above weight loss tips have helped you in your journey to become fit.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

How I Lost 17 kgs Without Going To The Gym

You might be shocked by the title, but it’s the truth. It is not some click-bait to some slimming tea rubbish, but a real-life experience that I would like to share. I have been repeatedly asked by many of my friends and acquaintances as to how I achieved this feat. So, for the benefit of everyone, I’m sharing my personal story and along with that my weight loss success story.

My Journey

I’ve always been an overweight kid. Tall and chubby, but it wasn’t in-your-face obvious. As I grew up, in my teens, I’ve always been at the receiving end of comments like: “You don’t look fat because of your height. “
“OMG, you’re 90 kgs???? Ohhhhh….Because you’re ‘heighted’, your weight doesn’t show! Lucky!”
Frankly, I never felt “lucky”. What am I supposed to feel? Happy – that my weight doesn’t show? Or sad – that I was using my height as a crutch to hide my excess, unhealthy weight?

I never really cared for my weight till my dad pointed it out that I had excess and it could be detrimental to my health. He himself was overweight and borderline obese therefore he made matters right by gymming regularly and going on a strict diet. He told me about his own experience. Then again, I was in my teens, I didn’t take him seriously. Though I went to the gym during college on his insistence,  I used to eat junk all the time. Though I did lose some weight over a period of time, it all came back and some more when I stopped gymming.

Then a few years of work, then marriage happened and then during the last month of my pregnancy, I was at my highest ever – 113 kgs!!!! (Cue gasp)

At that point in time, I was so wound up having a baby that little else mattered. Being a new mom, after all, isn’t a piece of cake. But thanks to regular breastfeeding and looking after my kiddo round-the-clock, I lost some weight again. My weight was in the 80s.

This yo-yo happened until I joined a new workplace in 2016. For a year, all was good. Only in 2017 did my weight increase steadily thanks to the stresses of being a working mom and unhealthy eating habits. Eventually, my bad habits caught up with me. In 2018 when I contracted dengue was when I realized that my health had taken a beating. Sitting on the hospital bed, I was feeling that I had really hit rock-bottom, even though dengue is not really a serious disease, but it had made me feel worse. Even after 2 days in the hospital, I felt weak and drained out. After recovering completely, I still felt uneasy and not completely myself.

I knew that something was amiss. My weight was a whopping 92 kgs! My BMI was in the OBESE category! I checked my cholesterol charts – it was BORDERLINE HIGH.

Now I was a woman who had recently turned thirty – in the prime of her life – I just couldn’t digest this fact. I realize my future was bleak if I had to start popping cholesterol pills from such a young age. Now I truly realized the gravity of what my dad had said to me years ago – “Health is something that you cannot buy.”

Staring at the results, I made a silent promise to myself – I will do something about this every single day, no matter how busy I am.

And till date, I have kept that promise to myself.

It is during the course of this, not weight-loss, but I would like to call it ‘wellness’ journey that I’ve learned that it is a lifestyle change and NOT JUST A DIET.

From November 2018 to Mid-March 2019, it was a tough few months for me as I had to fight the urge to say F this s#!t and go back to my old ways again, but then I didn’t. I didn’t because I just couldn’t break that promise to myself. I just couldn’t. And the results started showing in just a few weeks!

What Led to My Weight Gain

Sedentary lifestyle – I was sitting for more than 8 hours a day in my office. Although I used to walk to work (about 1.5 km to and fro), my work involved sitting at my desk for long hours. I barely used to cross 2500- 3000 steps in a day.

Little or no exercise – Like most women who work in the kitchen, I was under the impression that housework is my cardio. And I was so wrong. I was piling up the pounds!

Poor eating habits and binge eating due to stress – I confess, I am a foodie and I love to indulge in new cuisines and used to frequent restaurants. So my fondness for food can partly take the blame for this. I had poor eating habits and being a working mom, I was constantly stressed out how to manage taking care of the house, my kid, and work commitments. I used to gorge on fast food like burgers, greasy sandwiches, samosas, and brownies from the office canteen and mall food court. My main weakness was salt rather than sugar, so anything deep-fried and salty like French fries and KFC fried chicken was my Achilles heel.

Believing certain weight loss myths - I was constantly under the impression that you can eat whatever you want as long as you exercise hard. Long back when I used to go to the gym I believed in this wrong notion so much, that on some days I used to put my heart and soul working out for 30 mins, but then immediately after reaching home I would eat all the wrong foods with a vengeance.

Lack of will power – My diet made me sluggish and lazy, that I tend to put off any physical activity, forget exercise. I couldn’t believe that once an active teenager was now a sloth.

Just like I did, you too need to discover the reasons behind the weight gain and why you haven’t challenged yourself.

Key Reasons Why I chose to change my lifestyle

Borderline cholesterol – The moment I saw my report, it was like the earth beneath me shook. Learning that my cholesterol levels were borderline was a rude wake-up call, but a necessary eye-opener. Before this, I was under the impression that I can carry this way for the rest of my life but was in for a shock when I saw the report say otherwise. I certainly did not want to be a 30-year-old in the prime of her life popping cholesterol pills. No siree! This was the turning point when I knew I had to do something about this, and it was now or never.

Low energy levels – After getting home from work, I never felt like doing anything. I didn’t want to play with my kiddo either. That was a cause for concern.

Back pain – Being tall, I used to slouch a lot. And with the excess weight on my body, backaches were my constant companion, in my workplace, at home and everywhere I went.

My kid – The chief nudge that I pushed me to challenge myself was my kiddo, who adored me and looked up to me. If she saw me eating junk and being inactive, she would do the same. She too would grow up to lead an unhealthy lifestyle – I could not digest this fact. What kind of role model would I be to her?

Women’s Health – We Indian women do everything for our significant others, kids, and the entire family. But we neglect our health in turn and push it to the backburner. Looking at all the women in my life validated this point. But I knew that I was the only one who could take charge of my health and look after myself. Sure, your spouse will in case of emergencies, but avoiding a health scare is your responsibility. And I don’t want the burden of osteoarthritis, spondylosis, and osteoporosis – common illnesses that plague Indian women - with me in my old age.

So, now that I have mended my ways and have zapped people with my weight loss results, I would like to share the changes I made in terms of my diet and lifestyle to lose 17 kgs of weight in 6 odd months.

The Regimen I Followed To Lose 17 kgs in 6 months

Upon waking: (Usually between 6.30 am and 7.30 am)
1 glass of lukewarm water + juice of ½ a lemon
Breakfast: (Usually between 8.30 am and 9.15 am)
1 teacup of ginger tea with less sugar + Upma/ Poha (1 katori) OR 2 set dosa + 1 katori veggie sambhar OR 2.5 steamed idlis + 1 katori veggie sambhar.

Mid-morning snack: (Usually at 11.00 am)
2 seedless dates OR 1 banana OR 1 cup papaya

Lunch: (Usually between 12.30 pm and 1.00 pm)
1 katori steamed white rice + 0.5 katori dal/ kadi/ ambat/ coconut curry preparation + 1 katori green vegetable preparation (e.g. ladyfinger, tendli, beans, bottle gourd/ dudhi, snake gourd, etc.) + 1 roasted urad papad

Evening snack: (Usually between 4.30 pm and 5.00 pm)
1 cup Tulsi Green Tea + 2-3 tablespoon roasted black chana + 1 tablespoon roasted unsalted peanuts. If still feeling hungry, then 1 katori kurmura

Dinner: (Usually between 7.30 pm and 7.45 pm)
2 chapatis + ½ katori green vegetable preparation + 1 katori green salad OR carrot and beetroot koshimbir.

Approximate Total calorie intake: 1600 – 1700 Cal

Note 1: Yes, my diet looks a little low on protein, but there are days in a week when the veggies are accompanied by soya nuggets preparation OR eggs OR chicken preparation.
Note 2: You WILL feel hungry if your stick to this diet and start having a light and early dinner. DO NOT GIVE IN TO YOUR CRAVINGS. Just drink water. It is going to be a tough first 10 days, then your body will adjust to the diet.

Workout: Between 3.30 pm and 4.00 pm – HIIT OR brisk walking in the park OR bodyweight exercises. Duration: 30 mins to 45 mins.

For HIIT exercises I followed on the Seven app (Android and iOS) and Bowflex workouts on YouTube. No equipment required, just some space and you. Best for rainy days and days when you don’t want to step out.

Brisk walking: 3 – 5 km

Bodyweight exercises: Squats, push-ups, lunges, burpees, etc. Check videos by BeerBiceps.

Total calories burned: 300- 400 Cal

A word of caution: 
The above diet and exercise that I’ve followed worked perfectly well for me. It may or may not have the desired effect on your body. Importantly, consult your doctor/ physical trainer whether you can follow such a regimen given your existing medical conditions/ history.

Over the months, I've learned through this journey is that a lifestyle change is the only way to maintain the lost weight. So following a daily diet that is sustainable in the long run is the key.

In the end, it is all about your determination, perseverance, and commitment to improving your health that shows. 

My next blog post will be about the weight loss hacks that I swear by.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Product Review: The Pink Box India - A Monthly Period Subscription Box

It's THAT time of the month.
Is it? Maybe? Not yet.
Regardless, periods are what women experience almost every month. Making your periods relaxing and stress-free is the newly launched service - The Pink Box.

Here's my lovely Pink Box from The Pink Box India.

My Pink Box - Adorable, isn't it?

What is The Pink Box?

The Pink Box is your one-stop shop to find your menstruation essentials. Basically, it is a monthly period subscription box, where once your subscribe, can get all your necessary essentials during your period. So, you can log onto their website and enter your details (date of period, when you want the box, etc) and customise your box as you wish. Whether you use tampons, pads or liners, you can get your sanitary essentials to use during your periods.

What was in my Pink Box?

To know what was in my box, check out the Unboxing Video of my Pink Box:

Take a peek into what all is in store!

All about what all I got:

  1. Sanitary Napkins of my choice (1 Pack each)
  2. Grannary Whole Grain Chips, Sweet Chilli with Lime & Herbs flavour (1 Pack)
  3. Snackible's Sea Salt Pita Chips with Chocolate Dip (1 Pack)
  4. Only Leaf Chamomile Green Tea (2 Packs)
  5. Organic India's Tulsi Green Tea (1 Pack)
  6. Karmic Green Tea, Lemon and Honey Flavour (1 Pack)
  7. Suma Detox Soap, Tea Tree (1 Unit)
  8. A motivational bookmark with Dr. Suess' quote 
  9. A monthly word search sheet
  10. A health tip

How much did I pay for the box?

To try out their services, I signed up for a single box and paid Rs. 400 for it, including shipping. Though they did not accept payment via credit card when I purchased the box, but do accept payments through money wallets like PayTM and using UPI.

My Verdict:

The delivery was on time, as per the date I selected. I loved the snacks, the choice was perfect for a snack lover like me. I am yet to use the soap, though it smells divine. 

I would've liked if they mentioned the benefits of the products/ ingredients (chamomile, tulsi, etc.) for women specifically during periods. I would also like to see menstrual cups, biodegradable napkins and other sustainable products on offer.
Indeed value for money and worth a try. I am thinking of opting for a longer subscription soon.

Have you bought this box yet? Have you tried a service similar to this? Let me know in the comments section!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Lesser-Known Restaurant Deals That You Are Missing Out On

We all know that time of the month. When we are desperately awaiting the paycheck and itching to read those three magical words: 'Salary is credited'. Also the times where all you can do its gobble down home-cooked food when you really want is a huge-ass burger with warm Apple Pie but you can't as there is just too much month left when you are at the end of your money.

But believe me, the seasoned foodie that I am, there is certainly a way to have your cake and eat it too. Come to think of it, the restaurant business has cut-throat competition, with each of the players vying to grab the eyeballs and the palates of the customers and in turn their share of pockets. Having said that, restaurants will also throw in some benefit towards the hungry food lovers by means of a good deal and try to lure them in.

We all know the blissful joy the happy hours bring as well as the generosity that a BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) offer from a Zomato Gold subscription throws our way, but there's more to take advantage of.
*rubs hands in glee*

Coming to the point of this post, which are the restaurant deals in Mumbai that you need to keep and eye out for? All of them are from the most popular restaurant and eatery chains having their presence across most major metropolitan cities like Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Let me list it down for you:

Theobroma Patisserie

Desserts first, please. This gorgeous patisserie run by Chef Kainaz Messman and her sister Tina is loved and cherished by all, whether you are eight or eighty. A high-end patisserie, but rightly serve quality fare made with the choicest ingredients, be it the cream cheese on the Red Velvet Cupcake or the chocolate chip chunks in their Chocolate Brownies. The brownies certain give most other bakeries a run for their money. My personal favourite its the Philly Cheesecake - one bite says it is fit as 'food for the Gods'.

What's the deal? 
BOGOF on one item every Monday. Certain a 'sweet' way to welcome the Moan-days.

More details please:
Every Friday/ Saturday Kainaz puts up a Facebook post on the Theobroma page informing the sweet-tooths of the country of the new item with the BOGOF offer. Like the page and choose to be notified first if you FOMO.
Valid only on dine-in/ take away.

Average cost for two: 
Rs. 500 plus taxes and charges.

What's better than one red velvet cupcake? Two two red velvet cupcakes, of course!

1441 Pizzeria

Unlike the myriad of pizza chains across the country, 1441 Pizzeria is all about savouring the Italian experience. Right from making your own pizza to taking a tour of their kitchen, you can enjoy a slice of Italy whilst being geographically in the country. With the complimenting ambience to boot, their unlimited toppings and cheeses are much talked about across the five outlets in Mumbai. 

1441 Pizzeria:
Gourmet Pizza with Unlimited Toppings before it goes in the oven

1441 Pizzeria:
Gourmet Pizza with Unlimited Toppings ready to eat!

What's the deal? 
This one's for the pizza lovers.
1441 celebrates Happy Hours where you can make most of these 2 deals:

Buy a 11'' Classic Pizza and get dough balls complimentary
Buy a 11'' Gourmet Pizza and get a Margarita Pizza complimentary

More details please:
Valid from Monday to Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm.
(Perfect for a late office lunch.)

Average Meal for two:
Rs. 1000 plus taxes

California Pizza Kitchen

Also fondly known as CPK, this chain brings the classy vibes of the sun-kissed Californian shores and showcases it in their food and drinks. You can also relish a lot of Tex-Mex specials but the piece-de-resistance is the Tiramisu. The indulgence might burn a gaping hole in your pocket, but read on the next part to know how to avoid it. 

What's the deal? 
There are two offers to point out:
1. Happy Hours all through the week from 4 pm to 8 pm

2. Women's Special on Thursdays - one specifically for the ladies dining in

More details please:
Specifically on Thursdays, women diners can enjoy flat 50% off on their bill (food only).

Average Meal for two:
Rs. 2000 plus taxes.
(Bear in mind, they do levy a 5% service charge)

Perfect venue to round up your girlies and have a good Californian indulgence.

This list does not end here, will be adding more good deals and updating the list.

Disclaimer: The above eateries have the deals as ongoing ones with no defined expiry date. Take full-on advantage of it, I know I have, so it is indeed tried and tested. Still, there is no harm in checking with the restaurant staff if they are still adhering to the offers or not.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

What does the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 say about Healthy Eating and Indian Super Foods?

The food, beverage and the hospitality industry are, in many ways, very interconnected. And these sectors are constantly evolving, so much so, it is hard to keep up. You often see trends in one industry overlapping the trends in another. And speaking of trends, there are several that have emerged over the years.

Many of these evolving trends are here to stay, while others are still finding ground. So what are these trends? Godrej, the consumer goods conglomerate, along with Vikhroli Cucina and A Perfect Bite Consulting has researched the myriad of interesting trends across industries and have composed the Godrej Food Trends Report #GFTR2018.


This report categorises a number of trends across the food, restaurant, beverage, home kitchen, and health and nutrition categories. You also get to read about revered chefs and food writers, the likes of Chef Ranveer Brar, Chef Rakhee Vaswani, Kunal Vijayakar, Chef Thomas Zacharia, Vir Sanghavi, Chef Kainaz Messman Harchandrai, Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal, Kalyan Karmarkar, and Dr. Nandita Iyer, talking about the trend of their choice.

One of the trends that is here to stay

Having skimmed through the entire report, the Health and Nutrition Trends section was one that caught my fancy. Given that most of us and others we know are grappling with various lifestyle diseases, with obesity, diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol being the usual suspects. Although these diseases have been prevalent in the country for a really long time, the rate at which citizens are being affected by these conditions is nothing but alarming.
Having said that, a good majority of them are understanding the need for adopting a healthier lifestyle with a balanced and nutritious diet, exercise and reducing stress. Health-conscious citizens are switching to healthier alternatives of the traditional foods eaten regularly at home. The Healthy Eating and Diets Trend makes a stark mention of this facet.

The importance of Indian Millets and Superfoods

Not only is the focus on replacing carbohydrate-rich ingredients like cauliflower, zucchini and millets being welcomed as a replacement for rice, wheat flour and whole wheat flour, but also being termed as a more healthier, low-glycemic alternatives to the staples.
Local millets and Indian superfoods will be all the rage in 2018. Importance is being given to the nutritive value of amaranth, jowar, bajra and ragi over wheat, maida and rice. In fact, they are also being widely used in global recipes in the form of salads, soups, appetizers and desserts as well. At the same time, with the popularization of the Golden Latte (the American version of Haldi ka Doodh), turmeric has been reinstated as an Indian superfood in a brand new avatar. Moringa leaves (drumstick) and wheatgrass must not be left behind from this list of Indian superfoods.

How to incorporate these foods into your daily diet?

Some of the best ways to feature millets like jowar, bajra, ragi and amaranth are to prepare items like idlis, dosas, paranthas and porridges. Instead of just having turmeric powder, incorporate the root in milk. With the help of a julienne peeler, zucchini can be made into zucchini noodles or ‘zoodles’ which will not only look colourful with other veggies like carrots and beetroots when made into a tossed salad. Keto dieters swear by cauliflower ‘rice’ by now, which is grated cauliflower tossed with spices.

In conclusion

Healthy eating is certainly here to stay, there is no doubt about that. The recipe or the ingredients may change, but being health-conscious won’t.

Do take a look at the Godrej Food Trends Report 2018 and tell me your favourite trend.

'This post is a part of Godrej Food Trends Blogging Contest hosted by Fashionable Foodz in association with Vikhroli Cucina and should not be re-purposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. Godrej Food Trends Blogging Contest, Fashionablefoodz or Godrej is not responsible for any kind of infringement.'

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Restaurant Review: Stacks and Racks, Malad West

If you're like me who goes bonkers over burgers, you'd love to visit this place in Malad West. I'm talking about Stacks and Racks, a local restaurant in Malad West serving mouth-watering American, Mexican and Continental fare at pretty pocket-friendly prices. 

This review is based on my multiple visits to this venue when I was craving some good ol' American comfort food. I kept going back there for more, because I truly love their food!

I'm just gonna put all the photographs of the food first so you get to know why Stacks and Racks is awesome!

Apple Pie A La Mode
Trust me when I say a visit to Stacks and Racks is incomplete without indulging in a perfectly crumbly warm Apple Pie with a scoop of Vanilla Ice-Cream on the side.

Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Poutine
Canada's favourite snack/ appetizer - the Poutine - is nothing but a fancy version of the humble French Fries topped with condiments and garnish. But, let me tell you that this one with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese in gravy sauce is truly delicious! I can make a meal out of this one. If you don't eat Bacon (but, why?) then you can check out the Vegetarian and Chicken versions.

Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Poutine with Chocolate Milkshake - The  Best Appetizer Combo

Another shot of the Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Poutine, I can't get enough of it

Louisiana Chicken Wings with Tartare Dip
On a friend's recommendation, I tried the Louisiana Chicken Wings. It was perfectly cooked with the right amount of spice but had a tangy after-taste. So, I personally don't recommend it but can be tried once.

A bottle of chilled Chocolate Milkshake
I could sing paens of this milkshake if I had to. They blend it perfectly to give you that chocolate-y goodness in every sip. I'm glad they don't put some cheap sugary crap masquerading as chocolate syrup in the milkshake.

Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Veggies
On one visit, I was feeling like indulging in something healthier than burgers and poutines, I opted for this delicious Main course. Perfectly cooked Chicken, goes wonderfully with the peppery sauce and mashed potatoes. Special mention for the lightly seasoned veggies that had the perfect crunch.

Cuban Chicken Sandwich

If you're in the mood of a quick, non-messy bite to eat, then this sandwich is a perfect choice. It's quite filling too!

Another shot of the wonderful Apple Pie Ala Mode. The guys at SnR tell me it is made with a lot of love by one of the owner's mother.

The Naughty Sheila Burger - Chicken

Nothing 'naughty' about it. It was a good bite, but the patty lacked a bit of seasoning in my opinion. The smokey sauce made up for it.

That's my experience.

Have you been to this restaurant?
What has been your experience like?
Lemme know in the comments.

Until then, happy eating!