That’s not Bacon!!

What is this American obsession with bacon

ImageIf a commercial wants to say something just got better, – with more bacon. Or if it’s not really food related, and they want to say it can’t get better, – hmmnn, if only they could add bacon?

Bacon for breakfast, bacon for lunch, bacon for dinner..but candied bacon bits in your ice-cream?  

India Festival

There was a small sign posted on the side of the road, about an India festival being held not too far from home. We saw it on the way back home and decided it would be our dinner spot that night.

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I think I was expecting something different. Something like an Indian wedding reception. A ground covered with food stalls, selling every imaginable delicacy. Bright lights, loads of people in colourful ethnic wear, laughing and chattering. And, music blaring like it does in pandals and other social gatherings.

Indians and non-Indians sampling the festival

There were loads of people all right. All kinds of people were there, Indians and non-Indians. As a reminder of where we were, the light went off  a couple of times.

They had rides and activities like rock-wall climbing and zip-lining. I’m guessing there was a small film dance performance by some kids. We went quite late, so we missed the dance. I’m speculating based on the few children I saw dressed in  matching shiny costumes. 

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I was almost heart broken to find that the food was being catered by the Indian restaurants in the area. Each had set up a little stall. As a rule, I’m reluctant to go to *desi restaurants outside **des. Something in me says, the food has been altered to suit local tastes. Today I had no choice but to sample the wares that I do my best to avoid.

To tell the truth, not all the food was all that bad. The papdi chaat was unpalatable, but the sev puri was good. The dosa was average. The alu chop/batata vada had a tad too much of jeera. The kulfi falooda was as good as anything you get in India.

* desi – of or from the homeland, here Indian

** des – country, here India

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What’s for LUNCH?

Recently we tried two interesting food options, bento boxes and dimsums.

Running out of new lunch options in and around where we stay, we decided to try out a bento box place in Philly, and spend the rest of the day exploring the city. Finding Tampopo, was not difficult. Finding parking was!

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The Vegetarian Box

Tampopo is a tiny Japanese and Korean eatery. I picked this place on account of it being vegetarian friendly. No waiting, no crowds, yet not deserted. Good food, reasonably priced.  I  was certainly not disappointed. The Husband however, felt let down seeing the no sushi sticker on their sushi menu.

The other place we tried was Ping Pong dimsum.

The Vegetarian Power Lunch in the foreground and the Non-Vegetarian Power Lunch in the background

Dim Sum lunches

We entered quite by chance. We happened to be in the neighbourhood and walked in for the dim-sums.  I was pleasantly at the variety of vegetarian options they had. Though a little pricey, the food was good and the lunch was quite relaxing.

When I was working with the Taj group, in Colaba ( Mumbai, India), a place called All Stir Fry used to be one of our favourite lunch options. I am sure, if we were working around Ping Pong, it would have quickly become our lunch haunt.