10 Popular food phrases and what they mean 1

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Rashmi Ganesh

Let’s go bananas…bananas…bananas…

Bananas…bananas… bananas…bananas.


Wondering why I am singing this song? That’s because I’m really hungry and my mind is thinking ‘bananas’. Ok, jokes apart. While you may enjoy this song from the film ‘Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’, most of us don’t realise how important food is in our lives. We so often use food phrases in our conversations. Yes! It’s cool to talk food phrase slang! It’s the ‘yo’ thing or in thing.

So let’s check out what these food phrases actually mean. (By the way, the thing about me being hungry is no joke at all :P )

1.  He’s a good egg or He’s a bad egg

Meaning: He is an angel at heart, or He only looks good, but is up to no good


We all love eggs, but can we tell if it will turn out to be a good, nice smelling omelette? So that’s what this phrase means. You can never tell how a person is from inside.

You may know a lot of people whose head is egg shaped and if you don’t like that person for some reason, a devilish thought may pop in your head, “Now that’s a badly shaped egg head”. :0

2.  Chew the fat

Meaning: To engage in light-hearted conversation.

This phrase goes back to a tradition that Eskimos followed. They used to chew whale blubber like bubble. (Now that’s gross!) Since it took a long time to chew, it is believed that it was a great way to pass time.

So when you have loads of work, and you tend to have meaningless conversations with your colleague, that’s when you are actually indulging in pure time pass, or in other words – “chewing the fat” or in some cases chewing someone’s brain.

3. Cool as a cucumber

Meaning: Someone who is totally cool


This expression has been derived from the cool temperature of the cucumber. Yes, the insides are 20 degrees cooler than the outside.

So when you hear someone being referred to as ‘cool as a cucumber’, it actually means he is a totally chilled person, a cool dude. (If you want to confirm whether he is cool or not, you can use the thermometer, and check if the mercury actually dips below zero. ;) )

4. That’s the way the cookie crumbles

Meaning: It’s meant to be


Imagine you see your favourite cookie; the last cookie in the jar, and grab to munch on it before anyone else sees you. But it breaks apart and falls on the ground. Now you can’t feel despair and cry over it right? It was meant to be. The cookie was meant to hit the floor and get covered in dust. So that’s what this phrase means. If something is meant to be, it’s just meant to be. But if the five second food rule doesn’t apply to you, you can always pick it up, dust it and enjoy it.

5. Piece of cake

Meaning: Something that requires little or no effort


This phrase dates back to 1800s. In America, cakes were given out as prizes during competitions in which slaves were made to circle around a cake. The one who walked in the most graceful way, won the prize.

Now you may think that cleaning your lady’s purse would be a ‘piece of cake’, but only when you dig in that purse; will you realise that your lady’s purse is actually a treasure trove of old bills, cards, scribbled papers, credit card statements (Phew!)  You may be left wondering why she has all these old bills. But you’ll never get an answer to that. Maybe you could do jiggle around a cake, and hope for a miracle to happen!

6. Butter someone up

Meaning: Flatter someone


The origin of this phrase dates back to ancient Indian customs. The locals would throw little balls of butter at statues of Gods, to seek favours from Higher Powers.

So we all know that when someone praises his boss for no reason whatsoever, and follows him like his shadow, he is only trying to butter him up. All the while hoping that his boss slips on that imaginary butter, hits his head and gives him that big promotion. :P

7. Spill the beans

Meaning: Give away a secret


This phrase is believed to have originated in ancient Greece. Back then, when they needed to decide on an issue, a vote was held. White beans meant a ‘yes’ and black beans were a ‘no’. If the vote collector dropped the jar and a black bean spilled out, the vote was ruined.

So when your friend tells you about an embarrassing situation he/she has faced and swears you to secrecy, but the BBC news that you are; you still go ahead and tell people, that’s when you have spilled the beans.

8. Use your noodle

Meaning: Telling someone to use his brains

Wondering how does a noodle compare to one’s head? Well if you look closely, noodles do look like brains. Grossed at that thought? Now that’s not the intention. The phrase just means making use of one’s brains.  Another closer look at the noodles and you will fall in love with these long strings of joy again. After all, it’s the best food for any hour of the day, and the quickest to whip up.

9. Go bananas

Meaning: You crazy, I’m crazy, let’s all go crazy


This one originated when zoologists tried feeding monkeys’ bananas, and the apes got all excited with taste.

So the next time you see your friend acting like an ape, going all crazy over a dress or a cheese burst pizza; dancing with excitement, you know for sure she’s gone bananas.

10. Wake up and smell the coffee

Meaning: A reality check


This phrase originated in a Nescafe ad campaign and was popularized by the late advice columnist Ann Landers.

So when someone tells you to wake up and smell the coffee- No, they are not telling you to actually wake up to sweet smelling filter coffee, but they are only trying to give you an indication that maybe your pant are on fire, so watch out!

(Pssst! Most of these food items are part of some mouth watering dishes available on JustEat.in. So order them anytime you want)

That’s our list of food phrases and their actual meaning, if you know of any food phrases; do let us know in the comments below.



The Flame – Ghaziabad 0

Posted on April 03, 2014 by Rashmi Ganesh

I want to tell you a little secret.


Wondering why I’m talking gibberish? It’s the mouth watering Chilli Paneer, Chilli Chicken, Chicken Noodles, Chicken Seekh Kabab, Tandoori Chicken cooked in all its spices that will leave your tongue lingering with taste for hours.

Now, the secret of where you can find it. Come closer; let me whisper in your ear. It’s available only at ‘The Flame’ in Indirapuram.

True to its name, the food here is so scrumptious that it will douse the hunger flame in your stomach the moment you take a bite (I would like to have such hunger pangs, if the food is so great :) ).

Now you can’t tell anyone, because you just can’t get enough of their food. And if more and more people find out, what will happen to your tummy? (I don’t even want to think about it)

If you are a foodie like we are, you will just love the flavour of the Chinese cuisine here. They have a variety of Hakka noodles; Fried rice; Manchurian gravy, starters, the list is just endless. One bite into the food and the only word that will escape your mouth is “Yum”.

Set in the heart of Indirapuram, the restaurant also has contemporary Indian, Barbeque and Mughlai dishes cooked at the hands of experienced chefs. You can try complimenting these chefs on the awesome food they cook, but no such compliment will make them tell you the magical ingredients that they add to these dishes.

What is also special about this restaurant is that they are very particular about where they get their produce from. Nothing, but the best seasonal local produce from some of the finest growers in our country will do. Which is why, food cooked here is so fresh, and every bite is delectable.

But if you are not able to visit this restaurant for any reason, would you miss out on the food? That’s an absolute ‘No’. So for people who can’t make it to the restaurant, you can opt for home delivery. Even people living in Noida can order-in from this restaurant, and get hot and fresh food in just a few clicks or by phone. (Now there will be more and more people rushing to this place. Sigh! Our stomachs!)

Students, look nowhere else. They have an exclusive menu for students- the ‘Student special’. The menu includes veg and non burgers, chicken, veg and mutton rolls that will fit the budget of these youngsters. You can get the veg burger for as low as 40 rupees and the mutton roll for just 60 rupees. All within 100 rupees! Isn’t that great pricing?

So foodies if you are crazy about Chinese food and want a bite of lip smacking kebabs, naans, and rolls, you just have to visit ‘The Flame’. (Or you could order in from The Flame Ghaziabad on JustEat, and enjoy it from the comfort of your home. Now that’s a perfect idea for a lazy weekend!)


Top 10 Snacks for T20 World Cup 1

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Rashmi Ganesh

Howzaat??? Awesome catch! Oh! What a shot!!

No, no don’t worry, I haven’t lost it!

But if you are a cricket fan, I’m sure this is the scene in your house too these days.

Yes! It’s the ICC T20 World Cup and people are rushing home every evening to watch the match. And I’m sure most of you will be calling your friends over for a cricket get together.

At some point your stomach may start grumbling, and you and your friends may even feel a little hungry. But with every over keeping you at the edge, I’m sure you don’t have the time to whisk a quick recipe, or waste your time in the kitchen. Remember every ball counts, and any over can change the fate of the match.

So what do you do? Leave that stomach grumbling?

Oh no! Instead, why not snack? Get food that will immediately douse that hunger fire in your stomach, yet not make you full. Now, we are not promising you that this food list will be healthy or unhealthy, but we can guarantee you one thing. It’s the perfect companion for you while watching a game of cricket.

So here’s a list of food that we think you can snack on while your game is playing.


Nachos and cheese

What could be better than a combination of crunchy nachos and cheese? Light on your pocket and on your weight too :) . You can eat them with one hand, while throwing the other hand up in excitement. Your hands will surely be cheesy and greasy by the time you finish, but then you can always choose the wipe it over some friend’s bald head (with all the good intention of hoping to see some hair on his head someday ;) ).


Hot, spicy succulent pieces of chicken (or paneer if you are a vegetarian) wrapped in parathas is the perfect snack for a game.  A delight for your taste buds, your hands can get greasy sometimes if there is excessive oil dripping out. But if you are the miser types, I know for sure you will squeeze out that excessive oil in the hope to use it for cooking purposes later. (Bad joke, I say!)


Who doesn’t love a pizza? Cheesy comfort for all ages, you can never have enough of this. You can choose to eat them with your hands or place it on your lap, while you clap your hands for every six or wicket that India takes.  In case the long strings of cheese fall off your lap during your game moment, you can always roll it in your fingers and eat it. Yes, it’s sometimes ok to pick up your favourite cheese from the floor and gorge on. After all, who can see cheese go waste!


These are the classic snack for any occasion. What can be better than a plate of pakoras and hot masala tea to sip on a rainy day! And for a cricket get together, it’s even better. These deep fried onion and chickpea flour delight can be eaten with tomato sauce or mint chutney. Since they are small rounded balls of treat, they get passed on quickly, and you maybe left searching the more for more. So, if you don’t want to be hungry, be sure to hide some in the kitchen or under your seat.


Wraps are a type of sandwich made of flatbread with a yummy filling of your choice. Each wrap will fill your tummy just enough to last the entire game. You can always add in a little extra mayonnaise and savour each bite. Make sure you hold them with both hands, because they can be quite messy to eat. But if you forget and scream out to give a high five to a friend, you can be sure of finding a little filling on the floor once the game ends.

Burger and coke

This is the ultimate game snack. Burger buns with scrumptious patty of your choice in between can leave you quite full. But you can always take the mini burgers or the normal sized burgers so that you can enjoy your game till the very end. You don’t want people finding you asleep after a heavy burger. Do you?


Momo is a top favourite for any occasion. You can eat them either deep fried or steamed. So those of you who are conscious about your weight can opt for the steamed ones. And the rest who just can’t resist fried stuff can opt for the fried momos. Of course, for foodies both are a good choice.

Fish fingers and chips

If you are looking at something crunchy yet juicy on the inside, then fish fingers are the best choice. What can be a better combination than having it with potato chips? With every crunch you take, you will find your taste buds tingling and asking for more. But make sure you don’t get so engrossed in the game that you don’t realise that you are picking up someone else’s finger, (who at the same time as you must have  reached out for these tasty treats). Now that would be a disaster! lol

Tandoori chicken 

Chilled beer, a plate of tandoori chicken with mint chutney is every cricket spectator’s ultimate food dream. You can eat it with one hand while gorging on the tender chicken. But pray that you don’t get the orange colour on your hands, as that is sure to remain for days. And by mistake if you drop that green chutney on your shirt, you will have some serious washing to do later.

French fries

This potato delight is everyone’s favourite. Slender potato sticks deep fried with just the right amount of salt, you need not worry about holding it in one hand or both hands, as you can pick up a bunch of this and munch on.

Now, howzaat for a list of snacks to gorge on, while you and your friends watch your favourite sport.

Also, don’t bother about cooking any of these dishes, because all of it is available on JustEat.in.

If you know of other snacks that would be a perfect match for a game of cricket, share your views in the comment box below.

Love chocolate? Love Chicken? How about both? 1

Posted on March 25, 2014 by Rashmi Ganesh

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Thick, dark, creamy comfort for all ages; it’s very rare that you will find someone saying ‘no’ to a chocolate.

And then you have people who looovvve fried chicken. Chicken fried in gram flour batter, chicken fried with sesame seeds, chicken deep fried with all spices (phew! that’s an endless list of frying chicken!)

But have you ever wondered how a chocolate dipped chicken would taste? (Foodies, I know you are wondering what an interesting combination that is!)

Yes! You heard that correct! And I’m sure, some of you might already be thinking, “How’s it going to taste?” “Is it a savoury or a sweet dish?” That’s exactly the reaction, Adam Fleischman, known for his scrumptious umami burgers, wants.

To have the best of both worlds, the chicken is coated with chocolate and fried. It’s dark on the outside because of the chocolate, so your mind may play the devil and say “that’s going to taste sweet”. But one bite into that succulent chicken and you know its savoury, having just the right amount of chocolate coating to give it that punch of flavour.

The concept of this dish came from an email pitch made by Keith Previte and Sean Robbins. Fleischman who had never met them was surprised with the whole choco-chicken combo suggestion. So he decided to call them, and asked them to make it for him. When he took the first bite, all he could feel was complete happiness, and a burst of flavours in his mouth. Fleischman went one step further and added a few key umami ingredients to give it that extra punch of flavour.

Wondering what this dish will be served with? Now that’s even a bigger surprise! The sides will include white-chocolate mashed potatoes, and bacon biscuits with ChocoKetchup sauce. (That’s an overdose of chocolate and chicken, some may say! But foodies I know won’t mind :) )

This odd concoction, yet exquisite dish will be available in a fast food outlet called ChocoChicken, in L.A in April this year! Fried chicken and chocolate lovers in India- it will be sometime before it’s available here (alas!)

But if you are really in the mood to experiment, you can always fry a batch of chicken, dipped in chocolate (until you realize you are only going to burn it :P ), or just wait till it comes to India.

But those of you who just can’t wait and have to have a bite of happiness, you know where to find it. ;)

If you know of any other unique combinations like this, do let us know. As foodies, we would love to know.

Why your couch loves you more than your kitchen? 0

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Rashmi Ganesh

Has the weekend mode already set in?

Hungry? Sleepy? Lazy?



Wait, wait…don’t go. Hear me out!

If you have any or all of these symptoms then you have the serious case of the ‘weekend syndrome’Don’t worry; being the experts that we are, we have the perfect cure for you.

Start by thinking what do you (actually most of us :P ) love on weekends? No, it’s not the long baths, shopping or outing….it’s the…wait for it…. (Drum rolls)… It’s our ‘couch’.

Yes, we all love our couch. And on weekends, you will find most of us rolling on it; eat on it; spill food on it; sit with our legs stretched out and watch TV, or play a game on our phone with one leg up on the couch. So many things! And not once will you find your couch complaining. :)

So we have the perfect recipe for your ‘weekend syndrome’:

2 cups of your favourite shows
3 tablespoons of laziness
7 cups of couch sleeping
And last, but not the least, ordering online for that extra garnish.



Yes, weekends are the time to stay away from your kitchen. It’s the time to take a break from any kind of cooking.

Think about it seriously. Do you think your kitchen loves you at all? No! Can it be trusted? The answer is a big ‘NO’ again. It’s like waiting for a chance to hurt you, or test your patience. You may burn your hand while frying a puri, or cut your finger while chopping vegetables. It even hides your utensils with a sheepish smile, only to make your anger meter go high, till you are exhausted. It expects you to give it a good scrub after you finish cooking. And if you ever forget, it’s gives you the stench (ewwww!) that you will not forget for a lifetime!

But on the other hand, have you ever got hurt on your couch? No, never. Except of course, if you fall of it while sleeping P). But that’s a remote possibility. Or have you felt the need to scrub it clean once you get up? Try never.

Your couch is always trying to make you feel comfortable and happy, lulling you off to a sound sleep.

So there you go! I’ve given you so many reasons why your couch loves you more.

At no point am I telling you that you shouldn’t cook in your kitchen. I’m just giving you a better option- like ordering in, being lazy after a hard week’s work, spending more time on your favourite couch, and doing things you have been pushing away because you were busy cooking.

So if you think you have the ‘weekend syndrome’, just order your favourites from JustEat.in, and savour it on your couch sitting or lying down.

I know for sure, your couch won’t be complaining! ;)