While I’ve Been Away

Had a delicious dinner on Sunday night with my grandmother at the Jackson Diner. It isn’t really a diner, however. Instead, what you get is delicious Indian food. The Murg Tikka Palakwala (chicken mixed with tomato, spinach, ginger, and cumin seeds) was spectacular, and the lamb rogan josh wasn’t bad either. Well worth the minor hassle we faced in trying to find a parking spot near by. Note to self: take mass transit next time you visit Jackson Heights.

Aside from that, and the usual gym/sports/etc. routine, I am doing some work for a company in lower Manhattan on weekday afternoons. So far so good, and we’ll see what happens from there.

I’ll clean out the notebook a little more tomorrow. I promise.

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Maybe I Spoke Too Soon

That Syracuse-UConn game last night was pretty good, huh? Yeah, I did watch almost all of it at the expense of quite a bit of sleep. You wonder if Jonny Flynn could play himself out of college as a high draft-pick to be. Not only is he playing out of his mind, he’s getting almost absurd minutes too- I think one of ESPN’s analysts said Flynn’s had less than five minutes of game play off over the past two nights. Then North Carolina survived what was basically a classic against Virginia Tech, who have had so many opportunities to knock off the big boys and make the Dance but couldn’t seal the deal.

And we’ve still got two days worth of championships from the power conferences to come. Fun for us at home, not so much for the selection committee putting the bracket together, or the bubble teams who don’t have any more games left, just hoping that they made the cut.

Oh yeah, and the WBC’s second-round games start up. Plus Man U-Liverpool on Saturday morning.

And above all that, of course, it’s the weekend. Catch you later. I already started off nicely with a delicious sole oreganata from one of Ayhan’s ubiquitous restaurants on Long Island. Hopefully you all make it a pleasant one as well.

Couldn’t Resist Forever

My mother and sister were in Atlanta this weekend. They just came home tonight and brought with them cinnamon rolls from Mary Mac’s Tea Room. Delicious (and fortunately they weren’t jumbo-sized and I power-walked on the treadmill earlier tonight)!

The Soul of Southern Comfort Food

Southern Comfort Food, Defined

Both photos are from a review on Roadtrip.com. The second picture includes dishes that my mother and sister had- and loved.

Someday, I will make a trip down to Atlanta myself. There are plenty of other famous Atlanta attractions, like Stone Mountain, the Acquarium, World of Coke (which I saw as a little kid but has replaced by a new venue since then), and tons of sporting events. As long as Mary Mac’s is around, it will be a definite on my itinerary too.

That’s all for tonight. Let me know what you think of the new layout!

Temptations…

While getting lunch today at a take-out cafe, I saw a chocolate-covered cannoli, replete with chocolate chips on top of the filling. So big and packed with both chocolate and filling that I had to do a double-take, which I normally don’t when I see bakery items.

The above photo is from Ferrara’s. I was at a different store, and it was fresh, not frozen, but you get the idea. Yum!

The amount of willpower (not the racer) it took to not actually buy one was immense. I settled for low-fat (according to the menuboard) Italian Wedding Soup. It wasn’t bad, but it’s just not the same as a cannoli, especially one smothered in chocolate.

Underrated?

Indian food might just be in that category. Had it for dinner tonight with my grandmother in Queens (conveniently located down Union Turnpike from my gym). For starters, we shared a Masala Dosa (thin crepe with potatoes/onions/peas/nuts). Then a goat mixed with spinach and some herbs plus a Shahjahani Biryani (saffron rice dish of chicken, shrimp, and lamb mixed together with a few vegetables). Delicious (and plenty to bring home for leftovers). Plus, the side sauces were flavorful and none of the food was too spicy. We asked for everything to come mild, but even that is probably spicier than what you could get at lots of other restaurants. Dessert was a little unconventional, two balls of cottage cheese in condensed milk (and flavored with rose water). That might have been the weak link in the meal, but still worth trying.

All in all, an excellent meal. I will have to go again sometime down the road. Coincidentally, I saw Slumdog Millionaire the previous night in NYC, which was enjoyable and fully deserves the accolades it has received.

The other underrated of the day is Nate Robinson. How he dunks a basketball like he did tonight in the annual Slam Dunk Contest is beyond me and probably everyone else on the planet. I’m not a Knicks fan, but that was impressive. As noted in the link to his bio, we are talking about someone who is not even 5 feet 9 inches but has a vertical leap of about 43 inches. I wonder what Muggsy Bogues might be thinking right now.

I hope everyone had a terrific Valentine’s Day.