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A Quick Trip to Agra, Without Leaving Home

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

Recently my father-in-law was in town on a mission to single-handedly rescue the central Texas economy doing a little window-shopping and foraging. Since he’s retired now he can do pretty much as he pleases so long as it’s at the explicit direction of his wife. He’s been […]

Get Your Indian Food Fix the Easy Way: Tärkă Indian Kitchen

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

This week was very eventful, with trips to the Ranch to collect the remnants of our belongings, the ongoing heat storm (I can’t think of it any other way these days), and daughterperson’s last visit before heading off to college again. I know I didn’t live […]

Chola Indian Restaurant: A Good Indian Eatery Gets Better

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

I enjoy good Indian food. Like many Americans who appreciate this great ethnic cuisine, I only had experience with the food here in the States. Authenticity is tough to judge without visiting the motherland, of course, and I have been fortunate to go “over there” to […]

Tomatoes, Tomatoes Everywhere; What to Do? East India Sauce!

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Our small patch of a dozen tomato plants has gone into overdrive this week. Especially the alien cherry tomatoes that have grown to over eight feet tall. There’s only two of them in the garden, but they’re producing a quart of tasty red spheres each day. […]

Restaurant Review: Chola Indian Restaurant

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I’ve been home from India for a few weeks now, and although I’ve cooked some nice curries since, I don’t have the time (or the appetite) to make several entrées and all the trimmings for a simple lunch.

So I’m lucky that I have a great Indian buffet […]

Port Outbound, Starboard Home: Goodbye, India (For Now)

Home beckons, and my bags are packed. I’ll miss India, this land of mystery, so full of contrasts and surprises. Immense cultural wealth in such crushing poverty. An overriding drive to be better, with so many barriers to improvement. So many spices and flavors in their food, and so little food to share.

Good thing I […]

Gandhi’s Birthday Feast

Today is Gandhi’s Birthday, a major holiday in India. He is revered as the father of modern India, now 60+ years ago. A man of strong will and gentle ways, he led the (mostly) nonviolent ejection of the British from their largest colony, and was featured on the cover of Time magazine three times. He […]

Working Hard for You: Buffet Grazing in Hyderabad

There are so many good things to eat in India that I’m glad my hotel serves several buffets each day. It doesn’t matter to me that they feel obliged to serve Western and Far Eastern style dishes to accommodate the range of their visitors. I wave hi as I go by the maitre d’hotel (who […]