We ended up going to our favorite Indian restaurant for take-out tonight. We’ve been going there for about 9 years now, and the owner knows us well, particularly by what we order – BECAUSE IT’S ALWAYS THE SAME! :)
I love Indian food and really got a great education in the Indian food and culture by our old neighbors. They’re Indian and every time they’d have family over (pretty much weekly), they’d give us their leftovers and explain what everything was. Because of that, we really learned to love Indian food. I detest when people say “I don’t like Indian food because I don’t like curry.” Very stereotypical. Indian food is so much more than that.
The Husband’s favorite dish is Chicken Makhani (also called Butter Chicken). If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know I’m on an endless quest to recreate the restaurant’s version of this, and I’m still very patiently (!) waiting for the owner to cough up the recipe he keeps promising me. I always order Pani Puri, Bhel Puri and Assorted Snacks (which consists of Aloo Tikki, a Vegetable Samosa and Vegetable Fritters). Onion Naan bread on the side and Kheer for dessert round out our feast nicely. A perfect meal.
Like when I order Chinese, I always have more fun getting a bunch of different appetizers, instead of a main course; Mom’s the same way. And better still, I have about half of everything left over, so I can have it for lunch again tomorrow. I love how healthy Indian food is … so much about the vegetables and grains. You can’t go wrong there.
We have decided to renovate our house, instead of selling it, and there are some major projects planned for the summer. One of them will include enlarging our dining room considerably, which I’m really excited about. I love to entertain, so the more space I have to do it, the better. Recently I’ve been perusing paint colors, trying to decide what color to use in the dining room, as I’m going to take this opportunity to change everything. I bought a Peter Lik print from here a few weeks ago. A New Zealand photographer I found on a tip from a friend (Thanks, Julie!). I really love his stuff. I bought the Rainforest one and decided the dining room would be a great place for it. Very soothing and calming. To that end, the new color scheme in the dining room will be seaglass and sand, taking cues from light to dark wet sand, seafoam, aquamarine, offwhite, etc. A couple of reasons I landed on this color scheme: We live in a lake community and can see the water from our house, so I thought it would be a perfect cue from that. It’s also a very tranquil color palate, and in our crazy-hectic life, we need all the tranquil we can get. And lastly, the colors will be a lot easier to mix and match than my current color: red. So that said, I’m getting rid of all my red stuff: platters, bowls, dishes, etc., and replacing them with my new colors. Pretty excited about it myself — it’s the little things, you know?
I recently discovered Z Gallerie, and found some things from there that will work nicely as well. Also, a friend reminded me about Fishs Eddy, in NYC, and I picked up a great platter there. And lastly, I made another platter purchase at Crate & Barrel. Planning a trip to Marshalls and TJ Maxx this weekend to see what else I can find, and also plan to check out Pottery Barn. They have the dining room table and chairs that I want. Next week’s mission will be to see if I can find something similar elsewhere that’s a bit cheaper. I love the look of Pottery Barn, but they tend to be a little pricey.
What are your favorite online places to buy dining room and entertaining stuff? What is your color scheme? In the meantime, if you know anyone who wants to buy red dinnerware, glasses and assorted pieces, e-mail me.
All for now … tune in tomorrow to find out what we’re up to for the weekend.
P.S. If you haven’t set your Tivo yet, don’t forget Gordon Ramsey’s new show, Hell’s Kitchen premieres Monday, May 30, on the Fox Network. I’m looking forward to this one, given Gordon’s hellion reputation. Get more info here.