Sunday, June 22, 2008

Bloggers M(eat)ing @ Sparky's Diner

Lemonade is a good organizer and you can take my word for it. Blame it on the fact that she has been twiddling her thumbs too long after having so much time on her hands and so little to do, she hit upon the idea of inviting us for a meeting over lunch. By now I guess you would have understood the headline: it was a meeting to eat and catch up on stories in between.

So the venue was Sparky's Diner, if you haven't visited this place, you should. It is not like any other you would have seen in Chennai. Personally it looks decked up as if one of MGR's or even Ramarajan's costumers had a say in the d├ęcor. Considering that both these heroes had a mad fan following it is not too much of a bad thing. And if you like red shirts, yellow trousers and red and white leather shoes on a mustachioed man you will fit into this place like a glove.

I have been to Sparky’s a couple of times before and I think the menu has been changed. Anyway as the resident expert Anju was in attendance we promptly left the honours of ordering to the expert. So we had the food with lemonade: no, we did not put a straw into the blogger, so please dispel the thoughts, I’m talking about freshly squeezed lemons that result in a lemon juice and for those who were a little choosy iced tea.

Sparky’s Diner has another claim to fame; it is the weekly meeting place of the Powerhouse church which many of you may have read in the Times of India recently. Sunday services are held there every week and some of the worshippers stay back for brunch, (Nifty sales technique if you ask me). Bungi joined us a little late and as always we made a lot of noise. Surprisingly the discussion started off with how quiet things are in Tokyo and Japan at large. It only took a few minutes for me to realize that we will never fit into the place.

Btw if you have heard this joke - why was the lazy man sitting on the beach with his pants pulled down? Answer – he was waiting for the waves to clean his butt. I was told that Tokyo will reduce this man’s endeavours considerably, you have a flush (costing 1 Lakh a piece here I’m told) that does quite a lot, washing, cleaning, deodorizing… Phew!!!! Now don’t ask me why we should talk about the output when we were just starting on the input, bloggers are not always rational. If they were you wouldn’t be reading this would you?

Anyway coming back to the food, I think it was safe to say that it was good and Chef Thom is a testimony to that. True to the tagline “Don’t trust a skinny chef” he lives the part to perfection. Sparky’s is the labour of his blood and sweat and he actually was bleeding as he spoke to us during his many visits to our table. And yes he will tell you what he will not recommend you to order in his place. He is a mean sales man too and managed to get us to buy two of his signature T-shirts. Hey! I thought brand ambassadors got paid. Just got reminded that my Indiblogger T-shirt is somewhere in transit.

All in all it was a good way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon and I think it will not be a one off affair.

PS: Photos can be added on request by those in the photograph


lemonade said...

Awesome post! i think you've done the work of spreading the sparky's word around the blogosphere enough for all of us!!

It was a good lunch! Definitely do it some other time again! :)

The Pseudonym said...

hey sparky's is awesome man. is it a closed group or an open group of bloggers? Lemme know...Cheers mate.

rantravereflect/ jane said...

heeeeeeeeeee:) i stay like ten mins away frm sparkyz n work five mins away from it, n i've never gone, inspite of hearing paople drool over all the sausages that are drowned in the oil,all the meat that's laid out on teh table,
n teh friday nyte buffet,.. next friday, i shall be there, cos this friday i'm bizzy!

n powerhouse church?? tat was info.. i mean religion and meat,, well poor sacrificial lambs ;)

soo keep them cumin in jollyroger.. n keep giving us all ya claims2fame n happpiness :)

JollyRoger said...

@ Pseudonym: U wld have to check with Lemonade if this is a closed group. We just hit off at the blogmeet and it happens that we stay close to each other. Personally I will invite you for the next meet or vice versa.

@ Jane: Nice of you to drop by, next time, I am planning to call everyone to Ponnusamy or Velu military, that is more up my street. So would you join?

Zee said...

so next time i'm in chennai, i can call u to guide me to sparky's right?

rantravereflect/ jane said...

:) heeeee.. i loveeee ponnuswamy.. mutton biriyani n egg parotta. yummmmmm :)

JollyRoger said...

@ Zee: Sure! But I can also take you to some other options.

@ Jane: I'm beginning to like u already, I dig the kothu parottas there!

Trinity said...

It was a good get together over lunch. The best was the brownie and vanilla icecream. But i'd rather Kabul's mutton biriyani for the next meet.

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Narain said...

Me too! Me too!
If it is open that is...
But I'm a veggie!