For fat cats, it’s always lasagna

Alice really likes ‘em animated cats. Garfield, her favourite cat and provider of life’s guiding philosophies, strongly believes in one kind of food.

LASAGNA

If you’re wondering where you can get some, I have the answer. In fact, you can take inspiration from Garfield and eat lasagna for fifteen days, starting today. I know your mouth is already watering. So feast!

I can’t wait. Let me know if you go. I’d love to hear.

A fat cat’s birthday at a cafe

So, in this case, the fat cat is still me. *cheshire smile* You see, I have this strange affection for the feline monsters. Maybe it began with an admiration for Garfield. But over the years, the cat and I have found a comfortable sweet spot.

On my birthday, a month and a week ago, I was sulking like a cat. I demanded to be taken to a fancy place for grub. For the record, I DON’T like Indian Chinese food. There weren’t too many options and not too much time. My patient friend resorted to the good women at Brown Paper Bag for a recommendation. (Of course, you have checked out their website here?)

Therefore… as is always appropriate in the universe where everything is about me, we were directed to the Fat Cat Cafe. :P

Photograph: Aniruddha Guha

Earrings – Thrift store, China | Shirt – H & M, Hong Kong | Bag – Cath Kidston

So, anyway, once we were at the restaurant, we left it up to the chef to delight us.

For starters, we were offered wine soaked mushrooms. They were delicious.

Let me say this upfront, I don’t like alcohol. I can’t digest it. I like my drink to taste good. As pretty much anyone would tell you, the solution to that is a wine cocktail. So, there were two on our table. An orange mimosa and a sangria. Both were yummy!

As for the mains, the vegetarian offering was a slightly dry pasta with a garnish of cheese. It had the word tangerine in its description, something that always wins my heart. Aniruddha, my accomplice claims the prawns were the best he had eaten in a while. The presentation of both dishes was really interesting.

It was only their first week and they weren’t serving desserts. But I made cat face and they whipped up a brownie in honour of the birthday girl. Well, they were also offering them to all the other customers on the house. :P

Photographs: Dhruvi Shah, Aniruddha Guha

So, yeah, we had a great time on our first visit there. Although it was heavy on our pockets. The second glass of wine might have something to add to that. :S

Having recommended it to all our friends and family, we went back in three weeks. The absolute contrasting experience we had left us dumbfounded. The wine soaked mushrooms to begin with were a hit. The wine cocktails were lacking in wine content. Everything we ordered after that was a downhill ride. The starters were strictly mediocre tasting. The homemade pasta served with green apple butter was far from pleasing. It was rather indigestible for its odd colour and smell. We had to resort to potato wedges to save us.

Anyway, take a chance if you may. Their adorable name is very inviting. Visit their site for details here or like their facebook page here.

Case of Monday Blues?

While I write this post, I have finished with my day’s work.
And I am wearing a sketched cat with paws that follow on the bottoms.

I read up on the role Monday has to play in popular culture.
There are way too many negative connotations attached to it.

It looks like Monday needs a bad case of hope.

Of course, the cat I turn to for most philosophies had quite an input to offer.

Garfield | Monday

Well, Garfield has an instrumental role to play in our lives.
Besides, providing the motivational quote for this blog,
he has contributed to tweaking an image of Monday in world cultures.

And having started the day listening to this song:
the Bangles’ Manic Monday here.

Monday could have gone down the route of Mondatory blues
(as a colleague likes to put it)

So, i decided to travel back in memory,
and stop on the tracks of one of my favourite films (hey, what did you expect?)

Elizabethtown | Station

& I wanted to share the quote that always cheers me up:

Claire Colburn: So you failed. Alright you really failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You think I care about that? I do understand. You wanna be really great? Then have the courage to fail big and stick around. Make them wonder why you’re still smiling.
I don’t really think I’ve ever felt like I’ve failed. Life is too short and the road ahead is long and winding. & I’m trying to be less mysterious (flutters eyelashes).
So yeah, I’m still smiling. *big and wide*

Elizabethtown | Soundtrack

What was your Monday like? What do you associate with Monday?
Share your story. The comments section is waiting to hear.
Hope you felt the Monday morning sunshine. :*