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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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.