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    Good food and wine, Golden Retrievers, tube audio equipment, music, travel, spirituality, reading.......
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  1. A brief update...it's been four years since I posted here. --Here's one for Tweaked. There's a good Peruvian chicken place in Calabash. Mmm...Que Rico is excellent. The flavor reminds me of El Pollo Rico in metro DC--the owner is from Peru and knows the El Pollo Rico people well. His wife makes very good empanadas and the sides are pretty standard for a Peruvian chicken joint. My wife likes it so much that she insists we make the 30-milw round trip at least once a week. ---There is finally a very good pho place. The Saigon Cafe in Myrtle Beach has the best pho in town, as well
  2. Fig and Rodney Scott win 2018 James Beard awards....Fig for best wine program, Rodney Scott for best chef, Southeast region.
  3. Rodney Scott just received the James Beard award for the best chef in the Southeast: "This SC Barbecue Chef Was Just Named the Southeast's Best" by Susan Ardis on thestate.com
  4. Thanks for the link, JimCo! I haven't had Rodney Scott's barbecue in over a year, so a trip to Charleston is definitely in order. And Lewis Barbecue sounds wonderful.
  5. One of the things I missed the most when we moved was Jim Vance...so natural and unpretentious, he always felt like a friend. Geri and I were so sad to hear of his passing.
  6. Thanks for your posts on your trip! India is indeed a fascinating, confounding, but ultimately rewarding place. I haven't spent much time in northern India, but other than my beloved buffets at the Leela Mumbai, I eat at out of the way places that serve wonderful food at ridiculously low prices. The catch is that you have to do some research, asking westerners who are familiar with the restaurants about the safety of eating the food. I stay at a pilgrim retreat that charges 300 rupees--$4.50--for three vegetarian meals p/day, but a few times a week I need more protein, so it's off to vario
  7. Here's something fun...my friend Meherwan Irani, who owns Chai Pani restaurants in Asheville and Decatur, made a six-part series called "Cutting Chai", named after one way that chai is served in India, when the order is split into two smaller cups so it can be shared. Meherwan took his two chefs and a camera man on a whirlwind tour of (mostly) street food destinations in India... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t3abfVBxfU&sns=fb
  8. Thanks, Laura! As the article you linked noted, people are really suffering, especially those who have never had bank accounts and who have only dealt in cash--farmers, small merchants, produce sellers, etc. Then there are those who, living in very remote areas, didn't even know about Modi's edict. I have friends who spend six months out of the year in India who have managed by going to local ATM's and getting their 2000+ rupees out on a daily basis, but the lines are long and the people are losing patience. You are right about the Indian people. They are, as a whole, as hospitable and wo
  9. Thanks for a really nice summary of your trip! I love India, having visited many times over the past 45 years. The traffic has gotten much worse, but like you said, after a few days you just fall into the new frame of reference. If people drove like this in the states, we'd go nuts...but in India, it somehow works. As for the horns, didn't you love the Indian "truck art", including "Horn Please" on the back of almost all trucks? We blow horns out of impatience and sometimes anger, but Indian drivers do it to let you know they're there. There's never a need to be offended by a horn in Ind
  10. My understanding is that Modi wanted demonetization to be a complete surprise. The rationale being that had the Indian government printed enough new rupee notes to replace the old ones, the word would have leaked out, thus defeating the purpose of flushing out/demonetizing "black" money. I've also wondered the same thing...why destroy so many small vendors, farmers, etc? But what do I know? Much of my attitude is a selfish one, knowing that my upcoming stay in India is going to be inconvenienced, to say the least. I would love to hear from some of the Indians on the board and how th
  11. I'm leaving for India for a month. I called my hotel (Leela Mumbai) and was told that I could get $80 worth of rupees at the airport exchange, but not to count on anything from the hotel. After a couple of nights at the Leela, I'll be leaving for my ultimate destination about 200 miles away...I've been told that my driver will take dollars in lieu of rupees, but I have no idea how I'll fare otherwise for the remaining two months of my visit. I'm taking a lot of small dollar denomination instead of the more convenient hundreds and fifties. Friends who lived where I'm going assure me that'll
  12. For the last few years, I've taken Cipro and a good painkiller...so far, no need. But it's always good to be ready!
  13. Lion, that's really good advice. The sickest I've gotten in India was after eating street food just hours before my flight home. This was 45 years ago and I've never forgotten the plane ride to Copenhagen...I'll spare the details, but it was horrible. In Mumbai, I always stay at the Leela and eat the buffets...the quality the past couple of years has been superb, some of the best Indian I've had. I always book directly with the Leela and have been quite fortunate to get excellent rates for very nice accommodations. After leaving Mumbai, I consult with Western friends about safe eats. The
  14. Just returned from a few weeks in India. I stayed at the Leela Mumbai upon arrival and at the Hyatt Regency on the way out. The Leela continues to have a fabulous dinner buffet, well worth the $40 price tag. Unfortunately, the formerly 24-hour coffee shop--Citrus--now closes at 11 PM, a huge inconvenience for travelers who arrive in the wee hours and are wanting something decent to eat. The Leela must have a new Indian chef, because the Indian dishes were some of the best I've ever had...it was impossible not to go back for seconds and thirds. After leaving Mumbai, I didn't eat anywhere o
  15. Funny stuff! I used to lose 10 pounds or so every time I spent a few weeks in India, but lately it's been the opposite...last year I gained 10 pounds from all the ghee and oil used in their cooking! I'm now doing low carbs to lose the weight I gained from the last trip, before i go back next month. Weight loss in India depends on how sick you get...Delhi Belly is not for the faint-hearted or the weak. Given the miseries of severe Delhi belly, I'll take the weight gain!
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