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An Indian Feast

Me and the Head Chef

Remember how I told you that I’d joined Sangam, the Indian Cultural Club on campus? Well, we finally did something. And can I just say, this culture ROCKS, as does its culinary tradition. Per my request, we agreed to meet up and take a stab at cooking Indian food. What I didn’t realize is that there would be a professional.

The entire clan came to my humble abode, as well as the mother of one of our members. With her came pots, pans, and enough food to feed 10 people (with enough leftovers for a week). She brought a curry (the secrets of which I still must unlock), the makings of a chick-pea soup, rice and cilantro, and yogurt–I didn’t get this last one, but it worked.

The big finish came when she busted out dough and the equipment necessary to make bread. Which we did! (See picture below). We had a number of botched attempts, but also some great ones. Overall it was a fantastic experience, and one that I hope can be repeated in the future. Unfortunately, this won’t be possible on my own, what with my spice rack being in the state that it is…nonexistent.

S’more please!

College life: the ultimate balancing trick. Everyone feels like they’re on top of the world: they’re free of parents and the obligations of the working world. So much free time and so much to do! And then classes start, and clubs start having meetings, and suddenly you’re scrambling for a bit of free time.

That’s when the social opportunities offered by Greek life become a nice relief. Alpha Chi Omega, a resident sorority, hosted s’mores on their front lawn. A buck for two, it was a really nice opportunity to get out into the nice summer evening and chat.

Not to mention the s’mores were delicious. I opted for a double-mallow Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup s’more. It was divine. So I spent the evening relaxing, chatting with friends, and eventually going home to realize that I smelled quite a bit of camp-fire smoke.

Gettin’ Jazzed Up

When my girlfriend came in from out of town, I knew that something special had to be done. We put our heads together and came up with a few passions that we share: pancakes, jazz, and traveling the world. Since we had already eaten pancakes, and traveling didn’t make sense during her visit to Indy, we settled on jazz.

On a Saturday evening we went online to make reservations at The Jazz Kitchen. The system was incredibly easy, and one of the first online reservations I’ve ever made. Impressive. We saw that the group Jared Thompson and Premium Blend, a fantastic group that played a few tunes I was familiar with and opened my ears to a number of new songs.

Then we ordered food. My goodness. We got the house specialty, a giant pan of Spanish paella. This was a real surf and turf, teaming with chicken, calamari, clams, sausage, and so much more. It felt like I was eating an ecosystem. A delicious, rice-y ecosystem.

The night was relaxing, the music was exciting and beautiful, and the food left us gasping for breath. In a good way. I give this restaurant seven trombones.

The Jazz Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Note: must be 21 years to enter. Also there’s a cover charge. That’s where they get ya’.

Foodcourt Makeover

After years of an Atherton Union that never quite met the expectations of the students using it, finally the plans to improve it have been put into place. And my what a change it has turned out to be.

With this aesthetic makeover, the workers seem happier, the students seem more open to the dining hall and the food seems to taste better. This is all part of a big push by President Danko to improve the eating situation on campus. It already seems to be working.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to eat here for very long. Only my status as an SOG has enabled me to eat here for Welcome Week. After this, I’ll go back to my own cooking off campus *sigh.* But at least I’ve been able to have some fun with it. The first time I walked in I walked up to the counter where they swipe student ID’s and I apologized for not making a reservation, and put down my name for a party of five. The workers seemed good-natured over my tom-foolery.

See more improvements here.

Sushi: Indianapolis Style

Sushi Bar on UrbanspoonAfter expressing my love for sushi I couldn’t help but cry out with joy for the new Sushi Bar that recently opened up in the area.

Broad Ripple is constantly changing, welcoming the hip and new and exciting. This sushi bar went up in a building right on the main drag, between frozen yogurt, bagel sandwiches, and “burritos as big as your head.” The decor of the sushi bar is elegant in its oriental appeal. Bamboo panels the walls, swaying over dark cherry furniture. A golden swordfish hangs on the wall (that’s so boss, right?).

The food is fantastic in its range. Whether you want a few rolls of sushi (ranging from the more sophisticated styles at $11 to the simpler, more manageable $3-6 per roll) there are also plenty of dishes with noodles. From my limited experience, it seems authentic. At the very least it has avoided the run-of-the-mill chain sushi that Naked Chopsticks brings to the table.

I give this restaurant 1.8/2 chopsticks (equals 9/10).

If anyone has gone to this place and likes it, I hope you will go to this website and give them a positive review. I think this restaurant is a great enough addition to the Broad Ripple lineup that I would fight for it to stay. Check it out!

COOKIESSSSSS!!!

I was out at Broad Ripple the other night when I saw it. Insomnia Cookies. A faint recollection stirred from a past visit to Purdue. My friend had mentioned this amazing cookie place, and forever changed my perception of what a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cookie should be.

Now it’s in Broad Ripple. I hopped in with my friend, and it’s difficult to explain their expediency in delivering to me the exact cookie that I wanted. In retrospect, it seems that we entered and the servers turned to us with a smile and said, “What would you like–oh here it is. Enjoy!” And then I was back on the street munching on a S’mores cookie that was dripping all over my hands and face and then was gone and I still wasn’t quite sure what had happened but I was about three bucks lighter and two cookies fuller and a whole lot happier with myself.

Insomnia Cookies on Urbanspoon

For those seeking a moral from this blog, it’s that you need to spend less time looking for a moral and more time getting out to Insomnia Cookies to see what all the hubbub is about. I give this a rating of three and a half chocolate chips (take that as you will).

Summer Delights

I’ve talked about the hardships of summer, but why don’t I take a moment to explore the fantastic moments of summer? Without hesitation I’ll take us into the realm of cool snacks. From there I’ll go into iced goods. And finally, we’ll arrive at the Smoothie. Of the fruit variety.

After hours upon hours of making smoothies at the Zia Juice Bar, an on-campus job that has done wonders for both my resume, work experience and appreciation for blended iced drinks, I have internalized the secrets of smoothie creation. Now, upon occasion I will whip one up and enjoy it through every spoonful. Here’s a rough guideline of what I did to make the one pictured above.

Ingredients:

1 Banana (peeled)

1 Orange (peeled)

3/4 Cup Milk

6 oz. Yogurt (I chose Strawberry Banana flavor. Go with what you’re feeling)

Ice (Per your discretion. If you like juicy smoothies, add less. If you like chunkier smoothies, add more. Add a small amount, test, and repeat until you find the right consistency)

Throw all of this together, blend it, and then enjoy it like so: