Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Birthday and New food

by Meghann on January 25, 2009

My Uncle Tere turned 39 today.. err.. he is turning 39 on Thursday, but we celebrated today. Happy Birthday Tere!

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I was running late to the birthday party, so when I spoke with my Mom about the timing situation I asked her what the food was like.

Here is our conversation went:

Me – “Mom, what kind of food is there?”

Mom – ” They have a Mexican Spread.”

Me – “Are there vegetables?”

Mom – “There’s peppers and onions in the fajita mix.”

Me – “Peppers and onions do not equal vegetables…. should I bring my own food?”

Mom – “Ummm….I think that would be your best bet.”

I love my Mom, she knows me so well.

Thank god for the heads up! I hate going to parties where the food options aren’t the best so I set out to create my own healthy alternative. I made a a little salad of the left over sushi veggies and tuna.

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In my salad I had cucumber, zuchinni, green onion, carrot, tomato, asparagus and seared tuna.

With the salad I did have a couple of chips with dip and half of a chicken enchilada, which I ate mostly the filling and discarded the melted cheesy layer.

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All together a healthy compromise meal.

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I was really glad I had brought my own salad when I showed up to this spread.

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It was a yummy spread, but too much brown for my taste and not enough green. ๐Ÿ™‚

And of course you can’t have a birthday and not have cake!

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I had a sliver of the Carvel Ice Cream Cake and one of the Brownies Melissa and I made last night, which I had brought to share. It was the perfect sweet ending to the meal.

I had plans to meet a friend for dinner tonight. He is one of those friends I love going out to eat with because he is open to try anything new. He loves food just as much as I do and any suggestion I offer up he is always game. Tonight for instance he was willing to experiment with me.

As much as I love Indian food from the Whole Foods Bar and in boxed or frozen form, I have honestly never ate at an actual indian resteraunt. It was something I had been wanting to try for a while so tonight, we googled an Indian resteraunt in our area and discovered Gateway to India as a great middle ground for us.

The only Indian Dish I really know is Channa Masala so I decided to branch out and try all new things.

First up we ordered the Samosa Chaat to share as a starter. The Samosa Chaat is mashed samosa topped with a spicy blend of onions, chutney, garbanzo and yogurt.

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I really enjoyed the starter. It was very spicy and the mashed samosa added a nice crunch to the dish. Yum.

The starter came with an array of Chutneys: Mint, Tamarind, & Onion.

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My favorite was the Tamarind, it added a nice sweet element that mellowed out the spiciness of the dishes.

For the main course Mitch and I branched out and ordered two different delicious items to share.

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In the back Mitch ordered the Baigan Bhartabaked eggpland minced in a blend of authentic spices. Up front I ordered the Dal Makhamiblack lentil cooked with tomato, ginger, garlic, onion herbs & spices.

We also ordered the Whole Wheat Naan.

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And the meal came with Bastami RIce.

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My Plate ( I had a second plate almost identical to the first)

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I really enjoyed my first Indian experience. The food was very spicy and I downed a couple of liters of water all on my own, but it was worth it. I can’t wait to go back and try more indian dishes. My next step is to actually cook my own Indian meals!

When I got home I needed something sweet so I nibbled on two of Heather’s bite sized Ricotta Chocolate Chip Cookies. Yum!

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And now I am officially stuffed! What a great weekend of food. ๐Ÿ™‚

Muy GRACIAS to Sarah from Ghost World and Kath from KERF for their generous donations today!

There is still a couple of hours until the weekend is up to reach the $1000 mark tonight. What do you think? Can we do it?!?!?!

Either way we’re standing strong at $955.56 I think that’s pretty damn good for the first week of fund raising! ๐Ÿ™‚

I do have a mini announcement to make, I have had to push back the date of the Blogging Bake Sale from the first week in February to the second week. Don’t worry you’ll still get to purchase your favorite blogger’s goodies, some logistics are just being tweaked. Just think of the added anticipation this will bring!

If you have volunteered to bake I will be sending an e-mail your way tomorrow morning so be on the look out!

Mi – I have tried e-mailing you have you received them?!?! E-mail me at graduatemeghann@gmail.com and we’ll figure it out!

Ok I think I have filled you head with enough info for one night.

PEACE

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