Sunday, November 22, 2009

Food and Fun at Beach! :)



I had fun :)

BEACH!!! the word makes all of us really excited isn't it?! Yeah Chennai is blessed with three major beaches, the Marina beach, the Elliot's beach and the Covelong beach.

Okay all of you get set go to walk with me into the Elliot's beach.

Elliot's Beach is spread along the coast down south from Marina. It is also the right beach for Chennai youth. This beach is comparatively quieter and an ideal place to go sea bathing. It is located near Besant Nagar. At the end of this beach are the Velankanni church and the Ashtalakshmi temple. Good roads, pavements, illuminated sands, makes a visit to this beach a real pleasure. :)

I am going to show you all the street food and all the fun you can have at this beach :)


Kadala

This little girl sells peanuts at the beach. Blame whom for the child labor :( But the kid was extremely happy and excited about her work and was ready to pose for a photograph just as I asked her. Loved the innocent smile on her face. :)

Whats next??!!!!

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Tapioca Chips!!! The vendor was an expert in making it, in less than a min the tapioca changed into golden brown crispy chips. :)


Corn

The ever famous roasted corn comes next. Perfectly chosen corn is roasted dark and a rub of chilly powder and salt, sometimes along with lemon makes it yummm.. When your teeth meets the end of the corn, I am sure your ears would be steaming ;)


Masala poori

Masala poori :) The color and the presentation makes it really attractive. I wonder for how long this hill has been standing this way. ;)


Peanuts

Boiled peanuts. This is my first choice always. Order for a pack of it, they would add chopped tomato, cucumber, onion, cabbage, lemon juice, salt and chilly powder and give it to us. This delight is 15 rs only :)

Manga

Raw mango(Maanga) is one other interesting beach food. A little of salt and chilly powder makes it drool worthy. :)

Is there more??? YES!!! lots more..

Milagai bajji

Milaga bajji. This is really really famous here in this beach. Hot, tangy and spicy bajjis are made on order and there is a big crowd in this stall in the late evenings. :)

Cool drinks

A lot of cooldrinks to quinch your thirst after a good long walk in the beach :)

Tender coconut

This is for people who think natural is better than artificial. :) Tender coconut is my choice of drink too :)

Ice cream stall

Ice cream... I heard such screams here and there by little kids and I joined the team too.. I love ice creams and there are loads of such branded stalls there in the beach. Choose your flavor, sit on the kutty seviru(Wall) and its your day.. have fun!!


Paani poori

Paani poori as I have said in my earlier post, is the No.1 Street food in India. Quinch your thirst and hunger here. I was just wondering how the vendor has arranged a rock on top of the delicate pooris. :) I would never dare to do that.

Panju mittai

Cotton candy.. :) The bright pink, yellow and orage is the attraction factor. If you take your kids along, you really cant escape from getting one of these for your kid. :)


Soan papadi

Soan papdi is the elder sister of the cotton candy!! :) This is something that I like too. Yumm.. it melts in your mouth in seconds.

Manga sundal

Thenga Maanga Pattani Sundal is the little boy's shout along the coast of the beach.


Masala tea stall

Masala tea stall is right in front of the waves.. Can have a hot cup of it after a good swim. :) But would be the last one to run if tsunami comes as a customer. ;p


Fish

Hello hello.. This blog is still a total vegetarian blog.. But this pic is here because I really dint want to miss out anything at the beach. :) Fish varuval says the board. :)

Is there anything beyond street food???!!! Yeah right question.. there are lots more..

Restaurants

You have the ever famous Barista, Emilio's (my favorite) and Planet yum. You can make your choice to these places too.

Upssss I missed to click the pic of the famous south Indian restaurant the Murugan Idly kadai which is right next to the beach too.


Emilios ice cream

This is what I had yesterday after the photo session on the beach. Mango i Pesca the blend of mango and peach in a lovey waffle cup from Emilio's :)


Why to end the post with just food.. Lets have some fun too :)

Fun at beach

The beach has a lot to excite the kids and us too. :) The baloon shooting, merry go round, mini gaint wheel, Paper fans, toys and masks etc.. That was a really colorful site.

I was looking for the cute colorful kites.. But I could not find even one.. :( Felt really bad after dad told me that kites have been banned by the law. The glass coated strings are dangerous it seems. :(

What else do we find at beach???

Whats else do you see in beach

You can get fresh flowers, Colorful bangles and also people who predict your future :) I have never dared to try this out :)

So people.... how was your trip to the beach????

53 comments:

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Hey Nithya,this is not fair at all,you are making me so jealous! Sure so many friend's dress is going to get a hole(stomach burning)

Sigh......

Wonderful pictures anyways :)

shanthi said...

Lovely experience. Even I enjoyed these things while I was at Madras. Now after coming to CBE, this has become a rare one. Picturised well and a visual treat.

Aruna Manikandan said...

Lovely Photos with lovely information dear.
When I was in Chennai . I used to go regularly to beach and had a wonderful time with my friends.
Miss them all.........

Kanchan said...

Someone had a great fun @ beach ! Have been to chennai beach once but I can relate everything that you mentioned with Mumbai juhu beach :)

Padhu said...

Lovely pictures Nithya. I am also from Chennai only.

nima said...

Beautiful pictures Nithya....thank you for sharing

Swarna Prabhu said...

Awesome... I loved each and every snap of this post...Got the real feeling of visiting the place...Being a samayal blog, a little disappointed that I didnt see the sea :(..

Ms.Chitchat said...

Beautiful pics Nithya. These beaches are Chennaites' pride. One can enjoy any or all of these things regardless of their age. Thanx for making me relive thro ur pics. BTW, I am from Singara Chennai too.

Chitchat
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Parita said...

You reminded me of my old days when we used to hang out on juhu beach :-)

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

ohh...what a yummy and tempting pics..Missing those street foods..:(

Priya said...

Wat a lovely post and wonderful pictures, brings me loads of beautiful memories....

Latha said...

Lovely post with wonderful pics...

Rohini said...

Boo hoo...Not at all fair Nithi...How I miss the wonderful Elliots beach, thenga maanga patani sundal, molaga bajji (u forgot the spicy tomato chutney!!), solam, masala pori...Uff...!!!
Lovely post dear, thanks for bringing back those evergreen memories...You made me smile at the start of the day! :)

Sandhya said...

AWESOME!! :) You made a Besant Nagar resident very very proud of her area :P!
I think when you stay too close to the beach, you dont admire it as much!
Super Nithi!
next time you come to besi, do drop in :)

jeyashrisuresh said...

awesome nithya.Out of all beaches i personally like the besant nagar beach.A great entertainment place,where we can spend a whole evening and have fun.miss the bajji a lot.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey,
Guess what? I will be coming to Chennai pretty soon and I will hit all the spots you had photographed with my toddler. Maybe we should meet or something. No??

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

போட்டோஸ் சூப்பர்ர்ர் நித்யா!!

Jennifer said...

nalla photologue ;)
We went to this beach over the summer, but for sunrise and missed this activity!
Love your comparison of soan papadi to cotton candy!
See the photo my hubby took of the sunrise! It was one of our lucky moments- having had woke up early in many locals to see sunrise, we only saw it there!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kris_kumar/tags/besantnagar/

Pari said...

Hi Nithya, I have become nostalgic reading ur post, have stayed close to this beach about an year back, but the most I miss about this beach is the Murugan Idli just across the road. Used to visit this Barista a lot of times...thanks for bringing back old memories.

De Guide Travelouges said...

Well Nithya it is a blogspot you have created and cuisines round the world is a gr8 concept.

Pavithra said...

All my fav at one place... superb!!!! He he I accept what raks says.

Sanjana said...

Nithya this is a fantastic post! I love all the pictures of what you can find at the beach... beautiful! I love soan papdi and it the texture in the picture looks superb. The ice cream in the massive waffle cone looks so amazing- a kids dream! I would love to visit a beach like this it looks like a wonderful day out. I agree about the little girl selling peanuts- but she looks so content, it really is amazing how people all over the world live their lives. You would never get to visit a beach as enchanting as this in the UK... sadly it's all burger vans and tacky attractions. You are so lucky to have visited this beach! Soon I hope to visit too! Thank you so much for sharing your experience and pictures! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

You are so lucky having all the fun,really missing all this ......

kothiyavunu said...

Make me nostalgic with ur posting....beautiful click!!

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

What a lovey day at the beach with family!!! I'm really missing all this fun here:( struck with climate here...the photos are so lovely and thanks for sharing ur experience with us Nith :)

Abhilash Pillai said...

super Nithya. Seen all in one place.
This make me remember Mumbai beach..


We also have beaches in Kerala and it is really fun to be there

The girl in the photo looks cute and I can imagine how happy she would be to see you take her photo

Yasmeen said...

gr8 tour...now I feel like going the beach if only I could its almost like winter here :(

Usha said...

Nithya looks like you had a great time at the beach ! The pictures brought back memories, Besant Nagar beach used to be one of my favorite beaches and I haven't been back there for what seems like ages now...

Malar said...

lovely pictures..I need that Thenga manga pattani sundal :) I was 1 year in chennai..everyday i went to beach with my parents..i love that fresh air..

Ammu Madhu said...

:)good post

Mriganayani said...

Oh man..Nithya...this is a wonderful post. You have no idea how much we miss all this - I spent about 6 prime years of my life in madras and many many days on this beach! I think I even remember that lady who sells corn!! I have such a wide grin on my face now - its unbelievable! Thank you for the wonderful post and taking us all down memory lane!

Uma said...

nice pictures Nitya. felt like I visited the beach :)

Anupama said...

Great post Nithya. I miss those great beaches of Chennai which are filled with fun and food :-(. I had a quick recap of my days there too and when I go to India next time, I'll be sure to experience it all over :-)

Sh... said...

Nithya..this reminds me of the countless times that I spent in this very same beach. This is my favorite too when compared to the marina. Looks like there are lots of additions..:) Lovely post..:) Kind of a change from the usual recipes..:)

Dolly said...

I'm ready to go to the beach anytime !!!. Ur pictures remind me of Juhu Beach in Mumbai. I did visit Chennai once but could'nt go to the beach.I regret it now looking at all your wonderful pictures. I'm glad you had a good time at the beach.Beautiful pictures.

veggie belly said...

love all your pictures! you took me right back to chennai!

Rohini said...

Buddy please collect your award from my blog! :)

my kitchen said...

Wow nithya,beach poyitu vantha effect ennaku koduthutinga. I am remembering my previous chennai beach visit

Akal's Saappadu said...

oh wow, it was a wonderful trip for sure!!! you almost made me nostaligical, hummmmm, I miss my country cruelly!!! so many temptations there, how could you do that??? this is not fair!!!

I love everything there and I've tasted almost all and thank you for clicking the deliciously marinated fresh fish!!!that is a lovely post!!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice post dear..nice clicks

vineetha said...

Beutiful pictures....I have been to chennai 2 yrs back and had a grt time in beach :)What I loved most in chennai was Chennai food..

dhanya said...

Wow..Awesome clicks dear. Thank you for walking us through the Awesome Beach scenes :).

Valarmathi said...

Nice post, beautiful pictures and liked it very much.

Aps said...

The post was really Refeshing :)
Wonderful Pics

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Refreshing... n just wots out there..
I miss the peanuts masala..( tats my first choice too) .. and going to planet yumm .... then some corn on the cob.....
Gone are the days....
need to visit sometime...

Sharmilee! :) said...

Lovely post....being here for 4 yrs havent been to beach at all.....now ur post makes me to visit the beach sooner!

Shri said...

Oh My!You just took me to some of my golden memories..Loves every pic!!

radha said...

Just going through your older posts. Lovely presentation of dishes. And this particular post bowled me over. Should do something like this whenever I get a chance. You really took me on a walk on the beach!

viji said...

You are making me to go Chennai soon by presenting these pictures dear.
viji

Leena said...

Hey Nithya,

I was going through some website and found your blog and loved ur blog and pics that u have uploaded. I really loved ur recipes too....i mite pick up some recipes, try them and if it comes out really good mite put them in my blog as well. Hope that should be fine.

Leena said...

Hey Nithya,

I was going through some website and found your blog and loved ur blog and pics that u have uploaded. I really loved ur recipes too....i mite pick up some recipes, try them and if it comes out really good mite put them in my blog as well. Hope that should be fine.

Nithya said...

Thanks all.

@Lena - you are most welcome to try the recipes and post in your blog :) A mention of the source will be appreciated :)

deepikadaniel said...

never realised there are so many things to eat in the beach , Thanks Nithya .... This blog is so interesting & Keep checking it...

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