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Old 21st July 2013, 02:29   #466
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Haleem'istic Meet 2013
1) Pista House (near Charminar)
2) Shah Ghouse (Shah Ali Banda, near Charminar)
3) Shadab (Madina) [Dinner was at this location]


Date : Saturday, 20/07/2013
Assembled :
7:40pm onwards
Departed from Assembly Point : 8:30pm SHARP
Assembly Point Location : Opposite Ohri's Food Court at Basheerbagh (http://goo.gl/maps/O4Ma8)

What was got : World Famous Hyderabad Haleem, Dinner, Sweetmeats, Ice Cream, Pan and to top it all, lots of fun with fellow BHPians.

Attendees :
01. Traveloholic
02. Vihari
03. Mobike008
04. Hyd_Traveller
05. Vnabhi
06. AutoTranny
07. DieselDon
08. Jayded
09. Shamanth
10. Rajesh_Rawal
11. Arcot_Srinivas
12. DownSouth
13. CtrlAltDel
14. FleetMaster
15. Ravveendrra + 1
16. Deepv
17. Absynthguzzler
18. Octane78
19. FordManchau
20. Farukh

More to follow.
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Old 21st July 2013, 12:06   #467
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[b]Haleem'istic Meet 2013
Attendees :......More to follow.
This meet was one of the most successful meet in recent times. It shows foodie meets are a big hit with Hydeez than driving meets

We all met promptly at the time decided and 3 different groups converged from three different sides and we embarked on a haleemistic journey at 8:30pm and visited the following outlets in order

1. Pista House
2. Shah Ghouse
3. Shadaab ( Dinner was at this place)

Its always a wonderful experience soaking in the festive atmosphere of old city and when we finished our dinner at 1am the road outside shadaab looked as if it was 7pm

Not to mention the 30 minutes waiting at midnight in Shadaab. Overall, it was a superb meet and iam keen to do this one more time before Ramzaan is over. Aye's from you all?

Iam posting some pictures from my camera. Please note, not a single picture was taken with flash as was experimenting with low light photography, sorry if they havent come out well.

Will be posting the pictures in 3 installment based on following themes :-

People & Moods

Food

Ambience


Here is the first installment. ENJOY !!!
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Excellent shots. Captured the full essence of the meet. Waiting for remaining.
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Coo pics Avi. 35mm magic shows up
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Uploading photos of food at Shadab taken in my mobile, which includes Haleem, Paaya, Pankistani Chicken. Had a great time at Haleem Meet. All 3 Haleem we tasted were different and of great taste, so could not decide which one was best.
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Excellent shots. Captured the full essence of the meet. Waiting for remaining.
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Here you for the 2nd installment of the meet which is food

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Uploading photos of food at Shadab taken in my mobile, which includes Haleem, Paaya, Pankistani Chicken. Had a great time at Haleem Meet. )
Glad you enjoyed the meet. All 3 haleems were good but, not the best. For me till now Cafe 555 is the best
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This was an awesome meet and I think this is the first time that all people who confirmed on the thread and a few more turned up.

I have never gone this deep into the old city during the festive season and oh my, it was an experience. At 1:30 AM, the roads were buzzing with traffic. If it was not for his Automatic i10, poor Autotranny would have had a sore left leg for sure. Thanks for the ride man, and was great traveling along with Shamanth & Don..DieselDon.

As always, Nikhil who took charge of the food department, was impeccable. Awesome work man! Bajaj sir pitched in with some roadside refreshments while we all were having a good chat and soaking up the atmosphere. Let me add that only 7 of us had the Pista House haleem since the others were already at ShahGhouse by that time. It was utter chaos on road around old city, but the food made up for all the hassles. All the haleems were awesome and my favorite was ShahGhouse closely followed by Shadab. The dinner at Shadab was really tasty as well.

And yes, I am game for another meet before the season ends, and nice pictures there guys, keep them coming. I think Sai will have few with him :-)

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So that's what we call a T-Bhp meet!

I think I was lucky to attend a meet within 3 days of getting membership.

What I expected when I came to the meet:

1) Get advice about the ICE set up that has to be done in my car;
2) Get advice about whether to buy TBTS for daily commuting - any used ones available - if bought - how to fix a backrest after market for the same to help in increasing comfort for relief from my back pain;
3) How to fix a OBD in my Ritz; etc etc.

What actually happened:

True to being a 'car-passionate' community, the meet was planned in such a manner so that the newbie was given wonderful lessons on:

1) driving a car - that too on an old city road - that too in ramzan season - that too at night and near the Haleem outlets - that too on a Saturday and many more that too's ;
2) 'reversing' a car from impossible positions with 'strict' instructions from Ravvs;
3) how, while taking photographs, not ignore some people and get admonished by them;
4) how to swap seats to accomplish certain life saving tasks;
5) how to order naans but not to ignore rotis;
6) how to order chiku ice cream and not to ignore mango ice cream;
7) how to convert an 'auto driver' into a vehicle attendant;
7) how to be generous and allow once car to become an entertainment zone .

and so on so forth.

I know, I know - the main culprit was the overpowering influence of HALEEM, so that people forgot that they are T-Bhpians and suddenly became food connoisseurs.

I have enjoyed the experience and in fact remembered my old college days - especially when ever I watched Traveloholic and arcot srinivas.

Since this is my first meet, could not keep up much conversation going on. May be next time, I will build up on that part.

Thanks one and all for the awesome meet.

- Sai
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Alright guys, here comes the final installment of the pictures which tries to capture the ambience in Old City during the festive season.
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Amazing pics, Avinash & Shamanth!!!

And surely ppl, this was a great outing/meet in the backdrop of Ramzan celebrations around Charminar area with all the markets (shops, bandis, roadside stalls, etc.) and traffics (autos, bikes - double, triple, four & even five seaters on a couple of instances, rickshaws, cars, buses, ...) buzzing around even past 1am while we came out of the place. To know what I mean, check back mobike008's final installment of pics above. Supposedly this would go on till 3am and beyond.

It was good that we didn't bring around all the cars and special thanks to those who drove others around, because this area (in this festive season) is one of most difficult places in Hyderabad to maneuver your vehicles and a lot of us (including me) were strolling past Charminar junction for first time.

On the biggest attraction of the evening, the food (including haleem) was good at all the joints we tried, however I especially liked Shadab haleem due to the tenderness of meat in it. I have never had such soft and nicely minced bowl earlier, may be its mostly been takeaways for me.

Keep 'Meet'ing !!!
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I think Sai will have few with him :-)

Cheers!
Well i did take few snaps, but first have to try and practice uploading them in a proper manner, Post all photos of the same size after resizing etc. So this is a trial.

This first picture reflects my own mindset since I was meeting everybody for the first time. Confused!!

shamanth, autotranny, Octane98 and Arcot
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A better one.
Absynthguzzler, shamanth, Octane98, DieselDon, Jayded, hyd-traveller and junior Ravvz.

will post some more.

-Sai
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The Haleem Meet was fun. Though wading through the Old City traffic in a car was a pain, but the company and food was awesome.

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Here is the last instalment of pics.
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Another fantastic hydeez meet ! The rain gods did spare us. Friday was drenching as well as Sunday.

Though this was primarily a Food meet, first the non food bits.
  • How to beat Google Maps with respect to routes within old city ?
    • In my view, Google Maps came a distant second compared to the old city experts on the team. I was a close third. Yay Yay Yay !
  • Did you know there 'is' Parking in Old City ?
    • Who knew the before 9pm & after 9pm old city norms ? Looks like I was among the few who did not.
  • How to park your car in a non-existent parking space ? & How to get it out when the exit is blocked ?
    • The drivers were brave (general opinion). Looks like some (from old city) were not even surprised. Some (from other places) should have been scared (I would have been).
    • End of day, Thanks to efficient directions from experts, all cars came out of Old City safe & sound. Not a nick, Not a scratch.
    • It was a different story that on the way back, Autotranny's i10 had a non-dangerous encounter with a stray dog that decided to jump in front at the last minute. No Man/Machine problem. Doggy Problems !. Anywayz, a portion of the bumper dis-formed on impact, but to get back into shape overnight. The fog lamp clips however were broken & hence the entire set had to be replaced.

Old City during Ramzan ! :-

- This is something that should never be missed. Just like the Cherry Blossom in DC, this happens in Hyd every year & lasts almost a month.
- Vendors everywhere, Customers everywhere, Onlookers here & there. This is no party gathering. Just another day in the life of Old City.
- Lights & Decorations around every shop. Each shop flouting special ware for Ramzan. Clothes, Ornaments, Food - Variety, Variety, Variety

The Food :-
  • Haleem
    • Pista House : we were passing by & could not ignore the lure, even though this was not in the plan
      • Usual consistency (read takeaways near Kondapur, Dubai).
      • However instantly the freshness & taste made it feel a LOT different.
    • Shah Ghouse
      • Had scoops from a couple of boxes. The first was heavenly & I felt this was better that Pista House.
      • The second - a little less heavenly. Consistency (in my opinion) was missing. (Or) was my stomach showing symptoms of overjoy, hence a halo effect.
      • Team had ordered sweets as well. So was munching away to glory. Haleem, Sweet, Haleem, Sweet, Stomach Full, Gap, Haleem, Sweet, Haleem....
    • Shadab
      • Was already full by the time we reached here. The waiting did help the stomach rearrange stuff & create some opening while we chatted away.
      • The quantity was lesser - I could care less after all that we had.
      • The haleem was a tad too oily to my taste. But I did complete the portion. Was surprised that I could do that.
  • Dinner @ Shadab
    • Mutton Rana
      • Knocked my senses off. Hands off to whoever found this dish.
      • I was leaving the mutton aside & savoring the gravy. Rightly Spicy !
      • I had my first 4th Naan slice in my life. Definitely not because of the Naan.
    • Chicken Pakistani
      • Pretty tasty, though it was not that spicy.
      • The Oil overdose did deter me from taking the second scoop.
      • The Mutton Rana overpowered everything else, & am not sure if I did justice to this section.
  • Famous Ice Cream
    • Have passed through this junction a hazaar times (literally 1000) atleast. Never noticed this nice place.
    • Have been a fan of hand churned ice creams from my childhood. All started with 'Michaels Ice Cream' in Trichy.
    • Pretty hard to find good quality ones. Am so happy that I made this meet & found one in Hyderabad too.
    • Had a morsel of all flavours ! Sapota topped my taste bud meter.
    • Is it just me ? I felt that the servings were denser that other usual outlets !
  • Miscellanea :-
    • Curd @ Bilal Ice Cream
      • Am a avid curd lover & I had one more like minded team member.
      • Bilal literally 'cut' the curd & served us. Pretty good.
    • Paan @ 2:00 am
      • It all started with 'How on earth can you get Pan at this time ?'
      • 'Rrrrr' the Vespomatic started with Arcot_Srinivas & Traveloholic. 5 mins, Pans arrived !

We had a long discussion on which was the best haleem. We all decided that, it is something that cannot be decided.

So we left home deciding that we need another meet to assess the other Haleems that we missed. '555' has been the talk of the town these days. What say guys ! ? Looking forward to another 'Haleemistic' experience !

Cheers,
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[*]Curd @ Bilal Ice Cream
[*]Am a avid curd lover & I had one more like minded team member.[*]Bilal literally 'cut' the curd & served us. Pretty good.
and I was that like minded member DD..
It was among the best curd I have ever tasted! I gonna go back to Bilal one day and get at least a kilo of the thick creamy goodness! Pity no one clicked a pic.
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