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Fried Food

Posted by eemilla on April 22, 2010

I ate enough fried food growing up that I don’t generally cook it at home or crave it, but I’ve been on a bit of roll lately.  I fried up some latkes for two dinners within a week, and I continued the theme with everything I ate at Chai Pani last weekend.

Both my honey and I started with samosas; I had the samosas cholle because I love me some garbanzos.  I loved the tamarind  chutney and the minty raita over the samosas as well as the samosas themselves.  With some lightly dressed greens on the side, this appetizer would have made a nice summer main course (as one might expect for the most expensive appetizer on the menu).  I continued the fried theme for my main course with the vada pav sandwich (spiced potatoes and peas fried in a chickpea batter) served with a huge stack of shoe string potatoes and green chutney.  My husband had the vegetarian Thali plate featuring saag paneer; he loved the featured saag, and I favored the masoor dal.  Our service was friendly and fast, but the restaurant was steady, not busy, for a Saturday night.  I’m looking forward to visiting again when my taste buds aren’t screaming for chickpeas and potatoes, preferably fried.

Last weekend was generally awesome, thanks in part to dinner at Chai Pani, but it also started festival season.  We caught some of The Afromotive, plenty of hoopers, and Acoustic Syndicate at Asheville’s Earth Day festival and shared a few pitchers at Jack of the Wood before heading over to the Sky Bar to catch the sunset before dinner at Chai Pani.  While this weekend doesn’t hold any live music, Sierra’s mom is going to use Asheville Transit for the very first time if I buy a round the LAB.  Next weekend is the French Broad River Festival in which we’ll soak in the hot tub, eat pesto mozzadillas and $1 grilled cheese, drink lots of beer, and enjoy copious amounts of good music.  Even with the pollen, what’s not to love about spring in WNC?


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Two Spoons Returns

Posted by eemilla on April 7, 2010

Last Saturday we hit Two Spoons to enjoy our first ice cream of the season.  I heard a rumor that they were no longer serving Ultimate Ice Cream so I was slightly concerned, but I knew even if I didn’t love their new ice cream the homemade waffle cone would make it all good.  While my favorite KMA (Kaluha, mocha, and almond) was absent and the Black Mocha Stout had been replaced with Wedge Porter Cream, my second favorite, Ginger remained.  Although the menu bills it as Double Ginger, I feel like it isn’t as strongly ginger flavored as it was last year, and I know the chocolate-coffee combination I sampled was not as potent as the aforementioned KMA.  However, the waffle cone was awesome, and the ice cream was still creamy and delicious.  I combined the Wedge Porter Cream with Ginger while my lovely husband had Dulche de Leche and Butter Pecan.  Even if the flavors aren’t as over the top as I want them to be, Two Spoon serves superior ice cream in a really cute shop with an awesome staff.  Along with the supplier changes, they’ve added a website and created a menu that lists their entire stable of flavors; the menu boasts the availability of ice cream cakes and pies as well as being able to rent the space for birthday parties.

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