A Gastronomic Experience…

It’s been a while since I posted something. Life’s been busy. Both work and play make life worth it. A few days back I had a chance to leave the peaceful simple small city life to venture into the hustle and bustle of New York City. The city that never sleeps – The glitz, the glam, the swarm of faces, the food and the jungle of skyscrapers rocketing high up. It wasn’t a first visit but this dynamic city offers you something new each time to you see it.

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My motivation was meeting a couple of old friends and to spend a good time but a chance of gobbling up loads of authentic Indian food was the driving force. You name it you get it. Small Mithai shops lining up streets of Jersey City take you back home. The aroma of those familiar spices brings back all the nostalgia that was kept tucked in somewhere. Kebabs, Bhature chane, Dal makhani, Naan, butter chicken and my typical Punjabi instincts wake up as if I had a splash of ice cold water in my face. Edison, New Jersey is a foodie’s heaven.

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It’s not only the Indian food that would take you on a gastronomic ride. Street food of New York City has its own charm. Walking through the city, cutting your way in the crowd, you might stop by a roadside food van for a hot dog, some Falafel, lamb gyro or the special Chicken over rice. We had this amazing dish at the Halal Guys.

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Walking at the Times Square in the middle of all the fun and flare, when the clock struck midnight, we knew our tired bodies needed to be refueled. It was a little walk from there to reach the 53rd street on 6th avenue. H( that’s my better half) had a chance to relish this feast on one of his trips to the city. He literally had dragged a party of 7 including kids to this spot just to get a spoonful of this delicacy. There was a queue long enough to be seen from far in front of this small cart. I could see how popular this was among the locals who are up till 1:30 at night. A few packed it and flew, a few took a refuge on the benches by the side of a fountain to enjoy it and then there were others who were desperately waiting for their turns. It was an empty stomach, fun attached to a midnight roadside meal or just the whole atmosphere, I truly enjoyed my portion. If you get a chance, don’t forget the fiery hot red chutney and the milder white sauce that accompanies this plateful.

I had started this post with something else in my mind about this visit but again the foodie overpowered the thinker. I’ll be spilling out those thoughts soon but for now let’s put them on hold.

Thanks for stopping by!