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    Hotel Lakshmi Prakash, Salem

    I am in Salem this week, and a friend recommended I visit the famous vegetarian restaurant, the Hotel Lakshmi Prakash (லக்ஷ்மி பிரகாஷ், சேலம்) in Brindavan Rd, Fairlands, Salem. Today we went to the hotel for dinner, which is in the busy market area of Salem for dinner and it was buzzing with customers, so we got a parcel and left to avoid the crowd. The ghee roast (முறுகல் நெய் தோசை) and the Rawa dosa (ரவா தோசை) were yummy, well worth the trip and the wait. The price was reasonable. Remember, when coming from the bypass to take the road below the bridge and not get on the flyover that goes…

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    Tasty South Indian food I had near Tiruchengode area

    When you are travelling, you get tastiest food at unexpected places. Today we experienced that at two places on our travel to Salem (Tamil Nadu) and surrounding region. Outside the cities it is safe and wise to always eat the local cuisine and to avoid eateries where you don’t find any locals but only tourists. Breakfast in Tiruchengode town, Tamil Nadu Today early morning after our darshan at Namakkal temple, we were on our way to Tiruchengode temple when we were looking for a good enough restaurant for our breakfast. There were many bakeries along the Attur-Rasipuram-Erode highway (Tamil Nadu State Highway 76) but cakes, puff (stuffed spicy pastry) and…

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    Highway Vegetarian Restaurants from Chennai to Salem

    Today I travelled with a friend to Salem for a few days trip, we wanted to visit Gingee Fort ( செங்கிக் கோட்டை) on the way, so we opted for GST Road towards Ulundurpet, instead of the Bengaluru Highway via Krishnagiri. This post is about the few restaurants where we had food during the trip. Highway public facilities in India are better in recent years During my childhood days, travelling long distances by road meant preparing food in advance, packing them in banana leaves, and stopping under the shade of highway trees with mats spread out for the meal.  The food had to remain good for many hours even during the…

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    The treat for me during my school days

    During my school days (Thirty-Five years ago), a treat for me will the simple “Bun, Butter & Jam” that was sold in a nearby bakery. Those days when my mother was going out (a rarity) and won’t be able to give me lunch, she will give Rs.2, the price for the treat, and a permission letter to allow me out during lunchtime – my school didn’t have a canteen till I reached 11th Standard (Grade). I enjoyed watching the local baker picking a long blackened knife (not cleaned for years), slicing the bun in the stomach to leave a small bit at the end holding the two sides together, slapping…

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    Perambur Sri Srinivasa Sweets & Snacks, Tiruvallur

    Earlier in the day we had a nice darshan of Lord Balaji in Tirumala Tirupati and we were returning to Chennai.  Half-way to home, we were hungry and wanted to have a good vegetarian lunch, my co-brother recommended we go to PS4 Restaurant in Tiruvallur near the collector office. The place was crowded and we had to wait for over 25 minutes before we got a table. The wait was worth though, the food was yummy. If you don’t mind waiting, I will recommend the place. We had bought some snacks and sweets as well, they turned to be crispy and tasty. While our onward journey to Tirumala, we had…