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Popular Sandwich Spot Worldwide: SUBWAY
March 25, 2017

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Did you know there are 44,830* Subway locations around the entire world? *According to Google when I searched: How many locations does Subway have, that is where I got the answer.

Subway used to be one of my favorite spots for sandwiches especially because it is very affordable and a healthier alternative meal. You could easily purchase a footlong sandwich for $5 to $7 bucks. A footlong could be eaten entirely by someone extremely hungry, shared among two people or one could eat half for lunch and the other half for dinner.

One of my favorite sandwiches I typically bought at Subway is called, Italian BMT. When you walk into a Subway you are asked what kind of bread you would like and the sandwich type you would like to order.

The available bread types:

  • 9 Grain Wheat
  • 9 Grain Honey Oat
  • Italian
  • Parmesan Oregano
  • Sesame
  • Flat Bread

I would usually request a footlong with Italian or if I want to be healthy, I would get the 9 Grain Wheat. I always get my sandwich toasted before stuffing the sandwich with vegetables.

As for the Italian BMT, what’s inside?

  • Genoa Salami
  • Spicy Pepperoni
  • Black Forest Ham
  • Your choice of cheese: Provolone, American, Swiss. For the most part, I would request provolone cheese, sometimes American.
    Optional: You could add avocado or bacon for extra if you would like.

Then, you have unlimited choice of your vegetables at no additional charge.

  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Red Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Banana Peppers
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Jalapeños
  • And so forth (depending on your location)

I usually just order my sandwich with lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, red onions, green bell peppers and regular mayonnaise. You have your choice of dressing/finishing touches at no additional charge also!

A tip back in the day was you could request the vegetables on the side to make a salad if you like the sandwich separate without the vegetables (which is how I prefer it) and so your sandwich would not be soggy, but now if you request this option, it will cost you extra.

Now, I prefer other sandwich spots – but the deals at Subway is still around and now they even have soups available!

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Eating out became inevitable today’s mechanical world. After a stressful work of 6 days which includes getting up early in the morning, washing, preparing breakfast according to partner’s choice and children’s choice, sliding something in the tiffins for lunch in the office, getting ready for the office, catching a bus, running to the attendance register and then again running with your official work etc., will eat away almost half of your body energy.

Sunday, which is meant for rest will give you some opportunity to concentrate on your family and move with children and your spouse.  Even on that day also, cooking food means it becomes practically a hell.

Dining out and Eating out is the only way to spend the day leisurely with your family and to build up healthier family relations.

When I talk about eating out, we generally visualize a small hut type building with a beautiful garden and having everything placed in their perfect order, though not very expensive. The location will be quite pleasant. Eating out in such places when the dishes are very tasty is really a boon. This will be like a heaven to enjoy such location, particularly in winter seasons in Hyderabad.

During winter the temperature comes down to 9 deg. celsius and is quite bearable. People will be enjoying the climate eating Rotis, flatbread, Chapatis, Non, Butter on, Kulcha, Masala Kulcha, etc., with spicy curries in the Dhabas of Hyderabad.

These DHABAS will be found mostly on the outskirts of the city. There are varieties of Dhabas. Some are meant for poor, some are decorated richly giving special services for drinking (though they are not Bars) etc. The ambiance will be quite enjoyable. There are some exclusively for all types of family members rich or poor.

After eating in such Dhabas there will be a PAN SHOP which prepares BEEDAS for the interested persons who like them. They will be quite terrific. They are preferred by older generations nowadays mostly. The younger generation is not preferring them.

The specialty of Beeda or PAN is that it contains all spicy stuff, Elaichi, Pudina, Lawang, Peppermint, Betelnut powder, Rose petals (Gulkand) dipped in honey and much more. These PANs are prepared generally with Betel leaves which will be available in two varieties. One is Kolkatta type and another one is a general leaf.

The Kolkata type of leaf will be quite strong and will be giving a strong smell when it is split.

Here, near every Dhaba these shops can be found very easily as most of them will be richly decorated and will have at least 5 customers near them even in the odd season.

So, after heavy lunch or Dinner, people prefer those PANS. Sometimes, the Dhabas provide them along with the menu and they won’t charge separately for this.

The curries in Dhabas will be richly delicious. One will not have satisfaction with a single order generally. Another interesting thing is that most of the food items will be prepared using high-quality ingredients. The Butter is generously provided. In some Dhabas the flatbread will cost just Rs.2/- or Rs.4/-. The curry will cost about Rs.140 to 150/-. Just two flatbreads are sufficient to keep you stomachful. Even Butter is used in almost all types of their dishes. Oil is used only when ordered for. But, for Punjabis, this may not be sufficient as they are very hard working people and never take anything from anybody even in their hardest times.

Another specialty of these Dhabas is that the provided will be very pure and this also will be available in pure quality without any addition of water. I have seen many tourists satisfying themselves just with a glass of milk.

The seating arrangement will be quite interesting. They use Cots having wooden plank over them. Sometimes, in place of wooden plank, they will have jute thread woven covering the entire wooden frame.

Some Dhabas will have dinner lights in place of candles. They will be highly decorative.

In total, eating out in a Dhaba of Hyderabad, especially in a Punjabi Dhaba will be a highly memorable experience for all categories of visitors particularly for Tourists.






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Delicious and Juicy Gourmet Burgers!
March 20, 2017


Over a decade ago, my sister introduced me to Red Robins, a gourmet burger spot and since then this burger spot has been one of my favorite burger spots to visit. The burgers are reasonably priced averagely $9 to 15 bucks depending which burger you select. Considering that the burgers here are based on quality not quantity, the meat is 100% beef and you get bottomless fries so the price is worth it. Compared to other burger places, it is already costing you $5 to 7 bucks for a meal and the food is not fresh. If you are unfamiliar with bottomless fries essentially that means you get unlimited fries to eat. I typically request garlic fries for an extra $1.49 and that is also bottomless.  I like the garlic and parmesan taste of garlic fries and as a tip, upon arrival – you can request the fries to come out to munch on like an appetizer.

My parents’ and everyone I have taken here also enjoys the food. They serve other sandwiches, wraps, soup on the menu as well, but they are known for their burgers. Sometimes when my mother and I go on a mother and daughter shopping date for lunch – we would spilt a burger between the both of us and it would fill us up until dinner. The burger spot is very accommodating and all you have to tell them is we are going to spilt a burger and they will cut the burger in half and give both plates a side of fries also bottomless.


One fun perk about Red Robins is that if you join their Red Royalty Program, every year during your birth month – you will receive a burger of your choice for free so that means twice a year in April and June, my fiancé and I definitely make a visit to Red Robins! Essentially it is like buy one, get one free during that month for us and I sure love their desserts too! By being apart of their Red Royalty Program, which is free to join – you will also receive on going coupons and discounts throughout the year! Another perk is that for every 9th burger you purchase, you get the 10th free.

My all time favorite burger from Red Robins (as pictured above) is their Bacon Cheeseburger from the gourmet line. It is a very simple burger with mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and your choice of cheese, which I typically request bleu cheese or cheddar depending on my preference. I add onion strings into my burger for extra. I sometimes get the Guacamole Bacon Burger which is essentially the same just with guacamole.  Side is onions rings for extra cost.

You can opt for other sides without an additional cost in lieu of fries:

  • Side Salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Southwest Black Beans

You can opt for other sides for an additional cost like:

  • Fruit Salad
  • Garlic Herb Fries
  • Cup of Soup
  • Onion Rings
  • Sweet Potatoe Fries
  • Mac n’ Cheese
  • Cup of Chili Soup
  • Chili Cheese Fries

Now, that Red Robin has a higher line than their gourmet line called Red Robin’s Finest – my fiancé likes to order from there which is the most expensive line of burgers. He typically gets the Smoke & Pepper, which is  a half pound of Black Angus meat, topped with black pepper bacon and extra sharp cheddar cheese on a toasted ciabatta bun with on the house smoke and pepper ketchup. I do have a photo of the burger somewhere but I am lazy to look.

Below is the Bruschetta Chicken Sandwich which is grilled chicken breast, with fresh bruschetta salsa, roasted garlic aioli, provolone cheese and romaine lettuce plus a splash of balsamic vinegar on ciabatta bun. Side is garlic fries for extra cost.


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Youth teens and cheap London escorts always make my life merry
March 8, 2017

One of my favorite places in this earth is London. London gives me all types of entertainments that I like. When I was in London, I met cheap escorts who are youth. These cheap escorts always entice me a lot with their wonderful talk and behavior. Lots of youth escorts gave me a nice shock when I visited first time in London. These escorts told me different things that are useful to my life and hence I took them to my heart. However, these teens are very submissive in their approach as dictated by their peers. Lots of youth teens and cheap escorts in London gave me surprise gifts when I visited their places many times. Exemplary shopping malls and other parks were visited with the youth teens when I was in London.

Tremendous amount of time was spent by me when I was with the cheap escorts in London. Lots of youth teens looked at us more zealously and hence we were stumbled. We continued for the day till night and after that we went directly to the restaurant for a nice dinner. The dinner was like by the cheap escorts in London. Also, I was surrounded by the youth teens in the restaurant and this was absolutely a fantastic and ever lingering in my mind. The youth teens took photos with me and cheap London escorts. These photos are hair raising and eye catching when I look at them. I also emailed those photos to those youth teens and they in turn sent me a watch as a gift. When I came to native place, the youth teens and cheap London escorts are pricking me heart often. So, I decided to meet them again in my life. However, my tight schedule did not permit me to go there and hence I decided to invite them to my place. The youth teens and cheap London escorts accepted my invitation and came to my place. This time I decided to spend half day with youth teens and cheap London escorts separately. I had seen these people in xLondonEscorts (xLondonEscorts.co.uk) site

Once they arrived, I took my car to pick them at the airport. They smiled at me and I could see enormous happiness at their faces, especially youth teens. This time only few cheap London escorts arrived at my place due to their personal commitments. The expectation among us grew longer and hence I gave my personal assistant for their guidance in the local city. Both youth teens and cheap London escorts had a lot of happiness till they were here. I also had a world class company on the whole due to the youth teens and cheap London escorts. This incident was admitted in a great way by my friends and they too asked the youth teens and cheap London escorts to accompany them for an outside event. They also accepted it without any hesitation thereby making whole trip too fantastic. The youth teens and cheap London escorts totally changed my life in this short period of time.

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Dining out at Boudin Bakery!
March 8, 2017

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This afternoon, my fiancé and I ate at Boudin SF, a bakery known for their sourdough bread and I absolutely love sourdough bread!

The menu here consist of: 

  • Salads
  • Soups
  • Pizzas
  • Sandwiches
  • Baguette Burgers
  • Breakfast
  • Pastries
  • Kids Meal

Our favorites for soup:

  • Clam Chowder
  • Rustic Tomato
  • Beef Chili

Our favorite sandwiches:

  • Italian Classic
  • The Great Grilled Cheese with Bacon
  • California Baguette Burger

Our favorite salad:

  • Spring Salad

Above shown is what I ordered for lunch featuring: The Great Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon, upgraded to spring salad for extra and cup of rustic tomato soup also for an extra cost. Not pictured, but my fiancé had the bowl of beef chili soup and shared some of my sandwich and salad.

We occasionally dine here because it is conveniently located near the mall, we are also a rewards member so we accumulate points to receive cool perks/discounts and the food is tasty!

What are examples of some of the perks if you are a rewards member of Boudin? And, it is completely free to join if you are interested!

  • Free birthday treat during your birthday month (it is usually a cookie of your choice, I like the white chocolate macadamia nut cookie)
  • You earn 1 reward point for every $1 spent. For every 50 reward points accumulated, you will receive a $3 off reward for your future purchase
  • Free loaf of bread per month which is a $4 value or you can use the $4 off toward any bread and just pay the difference
  • Occasional email offers for $3 off or 50% off your purchase
  • Occasional email offers for buy 1, get 1 free clam chowder deal
  • Occasionally receipt offers where you will receive a survey code on your receipt and if you answer a few questions from the survey (about 3 minutes or so) you will receive a $3 off your purchase of $5 or more that you will need to print out and present at the bakery
  • On going news or new food additions to the menu / limited offers and so forth!
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This Sunday shopping with kids
March 5, 2017

It is Sunday today,it is shiny and bright day here.Every one make plans in advance for weekend.

Usualy I also make plans before weekend.And i always asked to my kids about weekend plans.

Sometime i go with thier plan and sometime they agree with my plan.

Tonight we are going to a mall.It is very famouse and only mall in my city.

There is play zone for kids.once my kids enter in that zone they forget all things.They like to spend their whole time there.

In mall we want to buy summer clothes for kids.

Weather has been changed.It is feeling hot since last two days.So we will buy some clothes for them.

After shopping we will have dinner at mall.

My kids love pizza.They have already told me that they will eat pizza there.

Mostly people don’t take kids along with them for shopping.sometimes I also do shopping alone.

But this time they have promised me that they will listen to me.

And they will not fight.

Next month in April they will have their final exams.

So they have to start their revision after four to five days.So it will be thier last weekend to enjoy outside.

Next week they will start their studies.

And they will be busy for next one month.

They are good in their studies.I can not say that they are excellent.

That’s why they have to study before one month.

I am sure they will get good marks.But I never pressurised them.

We should not pressurised kids for studies.

It is make them more weak.

They have to understand importance of studies on thier own.

We should only help in their studies.

If we deal with kids with love they can understand things very fast.

We should not argue with them.Our Rude behaviour make them more irresponsible.

This is the tough time for both parents and kids to understand each other.

We make sure that they should not grow in negativity.

We should give them positive atmosphere.

Negative vibes makes them negative.

What’s your plan for this weekend?

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Save Money Dining Out During Happy Hour!
February 27, 2017

If you are unfamiliar with the term “happy hour”, it is a common phrase used here – it is a certain time of the day where most restaurants offers discounted drinks and appetizers or sometimes select entrees usually for 50% off. The time of happy hour is usually around the time one would get off work to right before dinner starts, like 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The time varies depending on restaurant and not all restaurants have happy hour.

Sometimes I like to take advantage of happy hour when I am not familiar with the restaurant so I could get an idea of the food they serve, how the food tastes and if I like the food enough to return in the future.

However, there are other times when I would go to happy hour and that is with co-workers like on a Friday evening or with friends. This is a great time to dine out because it fits everyones budget!

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Above are two happy hour appetizers I purchased to share with my boyfriend.

What are the food items we ordered?

  •  Pork Dumplings which consist of, silantro, green onion, tomatoes, and ponzu chili /soy sauce dipping sauce
  • Crab & Shrimp Dip which consist of, artichoke, romano, served with grilled herb flatbread

During regular business hours, the pork dumplings appetizer which is literally bite size is $7, but during happy hour it will be half off so $3.50 is more worth the price.

During regular business hours, the crab & shrimp dip appetizer which is a generous amount and we have ordered this regularly too, is $10.50, but during happy hour it is only $5.25.

Overall: As you can see, you can save a lot of money during happy hour time and the appetizers are the same size for the cost – no different between regular business hours and happy hour!

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Cedar Plank Salmon, Pizza, Mac n’ Cheese
February 27, 2017

This pizzeria / restaurant is known for their California style pizzas, but my boyfriend actually enjoys their salmon instead! As much as I love pizza, I am just not a fan of their pizza or food in general but when I do eat here I usually just get a small entree or sometimes just a kids meal. I have given their pizzas a try numerous of times, but I rather have my pizza elsewhere.

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Moving on, this is the cedar plank salmon where the salmon is actually cooked on the cedar plank in their oven. And, they give you the plank too. They use North Atlantic Salmon and the salmon is seasoned with smoked paprika and lime. The salmon is served with corn, spinach succotash and topped with feta cheese and side of lime. I must say the salmon is quite delicious too! I also eat from his entree too.

I would typically get a small entree like a chicken sandwich or a kids meal and in this case, I opt for the kids meal of pizza (which I do not love) but to save time from driving to other locations I just settle with it. Here is the Hawaiian Pizza featuring pineapple pieces and ham I believe Canadian Bacon, you also get a kid size drink with the meal. I always get strawberry lemonade with no ice so I could get more lemonade and because its an additional 50 cents or you could get soda if you would like.

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At the time when I ordered this, they had a promotional deal where you could get a free small plate, so we decided to try the crispy mac n’ cheese – lightly fried  mac n’ cheese bundle with panko. As much as I like mac n’ cheese, this was not tasty in our opinions. With each order, you can ask for complimentary bread and oil. I just ask for the bread and not the oil.

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Again like most restaurants, this one if you sign up for their free rewards program – every dollar you spend, will earn you points. Once you have a certain amount of points spend $75 = get 75 points, each $1 is 1 point, you will get $5 off your purchase. It does add up easily considering each visit is easily $30. Also a few times a year, they will mail promotional offers such as: $10 off $30 or more, gift card offers where you purchase a certain amount of a gift card for instances $100, you will receive a $20 gift card to use in the future on a certain starting date.

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This is what an American Restaurant meal may look like..
February 27, 2017

Since many of the bloggers here on Literacy Base are located in different countries – I thought it would be an interesting concept for me to write about how food is like in America, specifically where I live in California and of foods I have eaten. Plus, I have a ton of food pictures that I have taken over the course of the years so I thought I would share them with you all.

Typically when you dine at a restaurant when given the menu, you will be able to see available appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks. You can order anything from the menu that you would like.

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At this restaurant, if we order a more expensive entree for instances – steak or ribs, we would get the option to select two side options whereas if you buy a burger or sandwich for instances, you will get the set side item which would be french fries.

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Although the steak and ribs are the most expensive on the menu, ultimately I think it is a better value. Why? The soups already are $6 each if we had ordered them individually as an appetizer.

What we ordered to eat?

My boyfriend ordered a full rack of baby back ribs and two choice of sides. He selected his favorite soup which is calm chowder and a side of asparagus. I ordered the rib-eye steak and for my two side, I had my favorite soup which is the chicken tortilla and side of french fries which we both shared among each other. Since the portion size is quite large, we brought the left overs home for dinner.

And there are incentives to eating at this restaurant, because you earn points. Once you accumulate a certain amount of points, you can redeem for money off your check, free entree, free dessert and on going promotions in your email – sometimes for a free dessert, buy one get one free entree, half off deals.

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Overpriced Burgers & Employee Dropped my Onion Rings!
February 26, 2017

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As you can see in the photo, just 2 burgers and a side of french fries/onions rings plus lemonade (not pictured) was easily $35 bucks! Why? This is a higher end burger spot featuring grass-fed beef and supporting local produce.

However, we my boyfriend and I were not happy customers and the food does not look appealing what so ever! We actually tried this burger spot in the past at a different location that had superb food and service, but this was a much more newer construction so they are definitely lacking on their food and service.

What we ordered:


  • Half of Garlic Fries, Half of Onion Rings

For Him

  • “Grass Fed Bison” consist of: Pickled Onion, Gorgonzola, Garlic Aioli

For Her

  • “The Classic” – consist of: American Grass-Fed Beef, Lounge Bun, Organic American Cheese, Organic Ketchup, Mustard, Chopped Onion. I opt out the Pickles and added Applewood Smoked Bacon for extra cost

Drink to Share

  • Housemade Lemonade with Lavender Mint with unlimited refills if you dine there (which we refilled only once more)

The wait to get our food was a little longer than we expected but that gave us some time to chit chat and be hungry. As the guy delivered our food who was also our cashier, he dropped the onion rings on the table! Not only did he drop the onions rings accidentally he picked them up with his hands and put them on our plate and said “enjoy”.

Oh no no no….

I looked at my boyfriend, who told him we would like a new side of onion rings. The guy reassured us that the tables were clean. I do not care if the table is clean, regardless I paid a premium for the food and he touched his hands with the money we had just paid! I did follow him to get the our new batch of onion rings as I did not trust him.

Then, my complaint about the condiments. You have to “ask” for condiments, and when I asked for ketchup, it is served in this tiny container in which you cannot dip the onion rings freely in! Then, I had to stand back in line to get a refill because no one came to the table asking if we would like a refill for our drink.

Overall: A horrible experience and we definitely will not be back!

Have you ever come across overpriced restaurants, places that aren’t worth the food and customer service?

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