Choco-coffee shake

I can happily trade a candlelight dinner for a glass of chilled cafe frappe and an hour of chit-chat with friends in my favourite coffee joint. In absence of company,  I do not mind sitting alone, grabbing my frappe and flipping though my novel.
The aroma of coffee is such a mood-booster. And combination of coffee and vanilla icecream in the frappe makes me go weak in my knees.
I am not a great fan of chocolate milk shake, although I’m known to serve my guests with it wholeheartedly.
So this is how I came up with an idea of this choco-coffee fusion and my Choco-coffee Shake was born…
chcoccoffee shakeIngredients:
1 big glass of chilled milk
2 scoops vanilla icecream
1 tbsp coffee ( a bit more, if u are a coffee fan)
3 tbsps Cadburrys hot chocolate powder
Chocolate pieces for garnishing
Sugar (if u need it sweeter)

Method:
1. Blend it all together in the blender and pour it into one large glass
2. Place a dollop of whipped cream / vanilla or chocolate icecream
3. Garnish with chocolate pieces or chocolate powder

P.S. – Wanna avoid adding inches to your waist, skip Step 2

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Warm welcome to BitesandPlaces!
My humble little blog has its own story to tell… my story… I’m gregarious being, vagabond at heart and have a monstrous appetite for food. I used to be a Human Resource professional until few years ago. To be among, with and for people was the reason I’d chosen this field.
Being in HR, I could only accomplish the ‘people’ part. I still yearned to be in those places I saw on TV and travel magazines and craved to eat all kinds of food that lulls you into coma. I didn’t want to be just a spectator anymore. I wanted to be in those pictures.
Luck smiled at me and I fell sick with an awful heart, lungs and liver disorder. Family said stay home. Rest.
Rest? Were they crazy? I grabbed this opportunity and quit my job; to pursue my passion – people, places and food.

Being on my own gave me lot of spare time for all the three.
I’m not a professional cook, but I’m mighty passionate about cooking. Although Indian, BitesandPlaces does not restrict itself to just the dishes of my country, which are toothsome beyond doubt. I’ve also tried to put together a bunch of mouth-watering and eye-pleasing recipes scattered from all parts the world. A lot of them are a tribute to my mum’s kitchen, the ones I grew up with. Few of them are a result of my experimentation and few others, borrowed from my generous friends 🙂

I religiously follow Andrew Zimmern’s favorite quote – what looks good to your eyes, EAT IT!! After all food is something that follows no boundaries, isn’t it.

Travel, I believe, is about exploring new places, meeting new people, building new relations, soaking in their culture, gorging on their cuisines, discovering their stories and of course, capturing all of these in my teeny-tiny camera.

After having been there and done that, I was inspired to share my travelogues with you, encourage you to travel and in some way find a bit of your happiness through me.
Thus BitesandPlaces was born!

Life’s a journey and people, places and food are all a part of it. So, come along with me and eat your way through this journey called Life…

I like staying connected. And it’ll be a frosting on my cake if you drop a line or two at natasha@bitesandplaces.com.

Celebrate Life!!!
Natasha Gracious

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