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Nepalese Hot Sauce

World geography was one of the fun subjects in grade school, learning about other places and countries. I fancy I did quite well in that class, and the neat things I learned there drove my interest in travel and world cultures (not to mention food).

Ask somebody to point out Nepal on a globe, however, […]

Friday Follies: Really Hot Pizza, and a Sinful Feast (For Your Eyes)

Like many Americans, I love pizza. I like to make my own, which is maybe not the norm these days. I also like to go to good pizzerias and get a fresh pie now and again.

However, I’m not a pizza snob. I don’t know the real difference between Chicago style pizza and New York […]

Breakfast Buffet in Bengaluru

I made it fine into Bengaluru, although it was 2 AM before I got to the hotel and got settled. A few hours of refreshing sleep and I was ready to go!

Breakfast buffet is included in my room fee, and since it was dinnertime (according to my tummy) I was ready to try out a […]

660 Curries: Two Great Dipping Sauces

Sauces abound in Indian cooking. Sauces for dipping, sauces for main courses, even sauces for dessert. What else could you expect from the culture that invented chutnies?

Raghavan Iyer’s “660 Curries” presents LOTS of tasty sauces in the Spice Blends and Pastes section.

Iyer’s selections run from very mild, chile-free assemblies of sweet and tart fruits to […]

Book Review: Raghavan Iyer’s “660 Curries: The Gateway to Indian Cooking”

Any fan of the Chile Underground knows I love curry. I use Neelam Batra’s 1,000 Indian Recipes and Nancy McDermott’s The Curry Book as resources, as well as whatever I find in my travels to Asia. I was psyched when I saw that Ragha Iyer, IACP Teacher of the Year, would be releasing a book […]

The Gourmet Chile Pepper and Salsa Festival: Heat, Eats and Margarit-Ahs

After the trek and detours mentioned in my previous post, we finally arrived at the Festival. I knew this wouldn’t be a big event (like maybe ZestFest ’08), so I wasn’t worred about getting there early and leaving late; we reversed that, actually. With the beauteous & clever Paula Jo out on point (so I […]

Traveling to The Gourmet Chili Pepper and Salsa Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas

I attended the Gourmet Chili Pepper and Salsa Festival on Saturday, at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. This is a small, mostly-vendor gathering, and it was hot! I mean the weather; it was 106 degrees F at two in the afternoon, with intense sun and no clouds.

Oh, the food, you ask? Lots of samples; more […]

Chutneys Add Flavor to Whatever You’re Eating

India is the spice basket of the world, and they invented chutneys. (Hindi: chatni.) Needless to say, these delectable relishes can add flavor to almost any entrĂ©e you can imagine. From completely savory to sweet, chutneys almost always have a tongue-pleasing tingle. When they’re not downright hot, of course. They’re served with almost every meal […]