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Fairfax, VA - BOMBAY CAFE

Bombay CafeFairfax, VA11213 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030(703) 352-8282www.aaoji.comJuly 12th, 2014 was the South Asian queer group's (KhushDC) 20th anniversary Gala event in Washington, DC. I was participating in this event selling my books and the food at this even was catered by Bombay Cafe, Fairfax, VA.For appetizers we had green cilantro chutney and tamarind chutney, both of them were good. We had tandoori chicken tikkas, skewered chicken kebabs, fish fry, and chaat. I liked the chutneys, they were fresh and not spicy. The appetizers were all amazing, loved the smokiness in chicken tikkas and the saltiness in skewered chicken kebabs. The fish fry was perhaps the best dish of the night, perfectly seasoned, the fish pieces were melting in...

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Pittsburgh, PA - ALL INDIA

Recently, I was in Pittsburgh, PA for a friend's wedding. We after the festivities, we decided to order in some Indian food from All India Restaurant.We ordered a vegetarian meal (usually in Hindu weddings, meal is entirely vegetarian) consisting of samosas and chutneys for appetizers. The Samosas were good, flakey and not very greasy. The potato stuffing inside was flavorful and not too spicy, which was good. The tamarind chutney was just average; however, their green chutney was fresh, and I really liked it. It had cilantro and mango, as well, for a bit of flavor. The mango flavor was quite unique.For the main course, we ordered Chickpeas curry, Okra with onions and bell peppers, Matar Paneer (Green Peas and...

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TRADER JOES - Less is More

A couple of months back, a new Trader Joes opened on U street in Washington, DC. As an ardent fan of Whole Foods, when I saw the sign that TraderJoes has on that store 'Your neighborhood grocery store', I smirked. I thought it would be a good place to shop every once in a while, but Whole Foods will always be my go-to store.   Then I got a new assignment near Union Station, and I started working on my next book, and on my YouTube videos, trying out recipes almost every single day. I started frequenting Trader Joes to do my groceries, about a couple of times each week, after work.    I could buy just enough that I could carry home that day (since I mostly...

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Manhattan, NY - SARVANNA BHAVAN

Sarvanna Bhavan, New York, New York 81, Lexington Avenue Manhattan New York - 10016 http://www.saravanabhavan.com/   Lexington Avenue in Manhattan boasts of several Indian restaurants; it’s also known as 'Little India'. To survive on this street, one must serve delicious and authentic Indian food. Sarvanna Bhavan does exactly that by serving savory South Indian vegetarian dishes.  My friend and I visited this restaurant this past weekend. It has a simple and charming environment, very clean, not smelly at all, and all the customers are given a warm welcome. When we walked in, the restaurant was packed! It is always good to see that there are many Indians enjoying a meal at a South Indian restaurant. Kids, parents, families, friends, couples-...

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Richmond, VA - FAROUK'S HOUSE OF INDIA

Farouk's House of India 3033 West Carry Street, Richmond, VA - 23221 http://www.faroukshouseofindia.com/   On my recent trip to Virginia, I happened to stop by Farouk's House of India, a popular restaurant in Richmond. The restaurant has a simple ambience; owned by Punjabis on a busy street, it has been around for more than 30 years. Talk about being a popular eatery! My friends and I ordered the vegetarian appetizer platter. The Samosa was double fried, therefore greasy and darker than usual. This is my most common complaint from Indian restaurants in the US. The best part of the platter was the pakoras and the onion bhajis. They seemed to have added a tiny bit of sugar in the batter,...

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