It’s been a very long time since I’ve updated this blog so sorry about that! I’ve been meaning to update, but I’m just now getting to it really. And Happy Halloween, by the way! Not that Halloween is really celebrated here, except by the expat community!
Anyway, I went back to the United States for about a week this month and I’m just starting to recover from a number of things. But my friend Lum got married and I was a bridesmaid! :)
First stop was NYC to see Rae. It was fun, except it was sad that it rained all three days. Lamesauce. But I ate at Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant Red Rooster and it was so yummy. Biscuits and gravy have never tasted so good. Also, I went to Blue Smoke (BBQ joint) on my birthday and I wish the meal never ended. For real. Also, I cooked some really tasty jambalaya. Oh, if I only had all of the ingredients here and a big pot...
|Jambalaya - jealous?|
|Biscuits and gravy (half-eaten) from Red Rooster|
Bachelorette party was after my birthday in New Orleans! Rehearsal for the wedding, rehearsal dinner and then the wedding. I wasn’t even getting married, but I felt pressure having to walk down the isle first. Haha. Congratulations Lum and Godwin!
And after the wedding madness, a day of rest / chilling. I loved chilling New Orleans, way too much. I’m still not over it, despite being back in Hyderabad… Oops.
Anyway, my dad gave me a banana that made it successful on the flight from New Orleans, layover in Chicago, stop in Delhi and to Hyderabad. I hadn’t even made an attempt to eat it until at least a day of being in Hyderabad once I remembered it was in my carry-on. Get this – this Chichiquita banana still looked brand new – perfectly yellow with not bruises or soft spots. However, the taste wasn’t very good. I’m assuming it’s due to all of the pesticides. The bananas I get here on the street that literally look like shit actually tasted way better.
Also, I brought back some pralines for my roommates and they agree with a back-entry that yes, kaju katli and pralines do in fact taste exactly the same. Just in case there are any New Orleanians in India missing pralines! If only there was something that tasted like gumbo over here…
The first week I was back, I wasn’t really ready to get back into the India way of life just yet – food wise. I ate a ton of Lindor truffles purchased duty-free instead of real food. I did have Subway a couple of times when I needed real food. At the end of my first week avoiding Indian food (Saturday), I had a spectacular day of non-Indian foods with another IDEX fellow, Jin! After waking up super late (2pm), I met up w/ Jin at a place called Delhi 9 for some much appreciated coffee, crème puffs, chocolate croissants, and chicken quiche. So yummy!
And then we went to Ruci and Idoni for dinner. So good. I had a dish called Chicken Piri Piri- grilled chicken, served with mashed potatoes and bell peppers in this South African red sauce. It was surprisingly spicy, in a good way. And the chicken was perfectly cooked. I could go on about it for days. Or rather, I’ll eat there again this weekend…
Other random things to share: On Gandhi’s birthday, it was a holiday (obviously!) And since Gandhi was a vegetarian, couldn’t buy any meat- WTF! (Really wanted to eat meat that day!) Also, I can’t find cheese that looks appealing for anything! Except -- processed cheese is everywhere. Like, where’s the unprocessed cheese? I like to refer to processed cheese as creamy plastic in my head.
I think this post might have only been about food… But I am now adjusting back to life as it is in Hyderabad. I’m eating Indian food again! Looking forward to some dal or something equally Indian for lunch and everything!
Happy Halloween! (I’m sad that I can’t find any huge bags of fun-sized chocolates here though.)
Til next time.