Monday, October 15, 2012

Choco Chip Muffin

Chocolate...who does not like it?? And if its the molten one I just love it. Choco cip muffins are one of the hot favorites among kids. And its my favorite I made it at home this time. I have eaten the one which are dark chocolate color but I always prefer to have white muffins with choco chips peeping out here and there. So I did not use cocoa powder in this recipe to make it brown in color. 

Ingredients :

1. All purpose flour (Maida)- 1 and 1/2 cup
2. Sugar- 3/4 cup
3. Cinnamon powder- 2/3 tsp
4. Salt- 1/2 tsp
5. Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
6. Baking powder- 1 tsp
7. Chocolate chip- 2/3 cup
8. Egg- 2
9. Milk- 1/2 cup
10. Canola oil- 1/2 cup
11. Vanilla essence- 1 tsp

Procedure :

In a pan mix all the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips. Keep it aside. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs with other liquid ingredients. After that add the dry mixture into the liquid mix slowly. Mix with a spoon lightly. Do not over mix it. Pre heat the oven at 350 degree F. Put the muffin papers in the pan and fill them up to 2/3 rd. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Check it with a sharp knife if its done. Take it out and place on rack.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Some of California's Best Beaches

 California is the land of World’s few best beaches, the white sand and the blue water. If you are planning a trip to the West Coast of USA, then a visit to this state is a must.There are many beaches in this state which are famous worldwide for various reasons but there is one common thing among all of them…..that is their natural beauty. If you go to any well-known cities of California like San Francisco, Los Angeles … will see some very popular crowded beaches.  Also if you drive through the famous California highway 1 then you will come across many beaches which are not that crowded yet they are very beautiful.  I have listed here some of the nice beaches :

Baker beach : If you want to enjoy a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge along with the beach, then go to this beach in San Francisco. It is pretty difficult to find the exact address of this beach. Follow the Bowley street and then enter the Battery chamberlin road. There you will see the sign for the beach and the parking lot. It is dog friendly. There is a nice trail which is accessible through wooden stairs.There is a picnic spot too which is good for family fun. Walk towards the north side of the beach and you will see the GG bridge behind the rocks. That part of the beach is too windy and the rocks are a little sharp.

Stinson beach : If you drive through GG bridge towards north, you will reach Muir wood and this beach is close to the wood. Follow Panaromic highway and look for the signs. The road is narrow and quite steep, hence, sometimes you will find slow moving traffic here. The views on the way are awesome.You can see the beach from the cliffs clearly. Since the beach entrance is through a small town, it’s a little tough to find a parking space in the parking lot. It is the best place for sun bathing, surfing. Dogs are allowed here.  

Maverick beach : Half moon bay is another famous place in California. Once you reach this place you will hardly miss the big golf ball sculpture (pillar point) which will guide you to the beach.  This beach is famous for surfing. There is a small parking lot which can accommodate only twenty cars.

Bonny doon beach : If you drive through highway one you will reach the Bonny Doon road where you will see the roadside parking lot on the right. Park the car there and climb the small rocky hill to reach the railway line. There are two different paths through which you can climb down to reach the beach. One path is steep, rocky and very difficult. If you walk along the railway track, you will find another slop of sand. It is an easy path to reach to the beach safely. The water here is crystal clear blue. It is a nude beach so be careful if you are going with your family.

Asilomar Beach : In Pacific Grove it is one of the most beautiful beaches. The beach is small and has rocky shore. There is a trail for pedestrian. A quite place. Park your car at the roadside parking spaces (easily available even on weekends) and enjoy the natural beauty sitting on one of the benches.

Pebble beach : It is a must place to visit if you are going for 17 mile drive. The drive itself is relaxing and calm. The views from the vista points are simply breath taking. To enter the drive you have to pay the entrance fee of $9.75 per car. If you eat somewhere in the restaurants and spend more than $25 (I am not sure about the amount), you will get the entrance fee back!! The Pebble beach golf link is very famous. 

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