Saturday, June 25, 2011

Bombay Chopsticks

I don't remember having laughed till my sides ached in the recent past. Last week there have been a couple of hilarious situations but today when SN got a fortune cookie that said " You need to enhance your feminine side" I was in splits. Everyone ROFL'ed for a while. What kind of a fortune is that!

And hey , I was quite good with the chopsticks. It isn't that difficult after all. But I couldn't pull out the ice cube from my lime soda as SM challenged.

That lime soda was another fun part. As with all things in US , simple lime soda also has complicated options. There is lime soda and there is this lemon soda. The two taste quite different. Lime soda was what we ordered and we got a very bland carbonated lime juice. Lemon soda was more like it.

As the name Bombay Chopsticks indicates, cuisine was a mixture of Indian and Chinese. Starters were very good. But the gravy accompanying the main course wasn't that great. Didn't matter though. The starters made us quite full.The dessert was also great. Lychee Toffee was yum. So was the banana toffee that SN ordered.

There was so much of main course left uneaten at the end that I am sure I ll see it on our office lunch table on Monday.

Friday, June 17, 2011

America America

In Chicago USA.
Somehow Amrika feeling hasn't sunk in yet. My friend says that its because I haven't gone out much .
I had always felt that US would spring up many surprises right from the beginning .But somehow things seem familiar. Maybe because we have been told about US and its ways over and over again in those ILI sessions.Maybe because I ve so many of my friends around here. Anyways here are the first look observations
- There are no pedestrians here. Everyone owns a car. No one walks. And apparently if you walk where there is no pavement , you get fined.I miss taking strolls.
- When people have accumulated considerable number of things they have run out of use for , they put up a sale in their back yard. Its called garage sale and even used clothes and shoes are included.
- Vehicles on highways are super fast.
- You can use debit/credit cards for any amount of money. Even if you buy something worth a single dollar.
- Indian locality is Indian locality. There are chocolate wrappers strewn around, pan stains on pavements and even potholes on roads. I guess that's why Indians throng there - To feel at home.
- Its summer here and I haven't experienced such a chill during winter months in Mangalore .Me and my friend go about wearing jackets and full trousers while the rest wander about in shorts and Tee's. There is daylight till about 8 30 PM in summer. But seems darkness sets in at 4 PM during winter. Now daylight savings makes sense.
- Everyone says Thank You at every single opportunity. And strangers wish you Good Morning/Evening.

Here are some pics of Briarwood Terrace , My Apartment and the surrounding area