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Monday, October 29, 2007

GOA!

From Goa_1

I finally did it. I took a trip down to Goa this weekend to hang with Zuko and the RZ2 guys. Even though my trip was shortened (due fully to my own procrastination and a missed flight) we still managed to cram a heck of a lot into 36 hours. I can’t wait to go back.

I was supposed to leave Friday night but due to unforeseen traffic and slipping work deadlines I left the office too late to make my flight. Following over an hour drive to the airport I arrived 15 minutes before the scheduled departure to find that my flight was set to leave on time. Imagine that. A flight on time in India. What bad luck! They put me on the next flight in the morning, but unfortunately that flight DID get delayed by 4 hours and I didn’t arrive in Goa until later Saturday afternoon.

It’s about a 40 minute ride north from the airport to Panjim (the capital of Goa and the city most densely populated with tourists). I was amazed by the views around me on the way there: lush tropical vegetation and rolling hills, set against a canvas of the Arabian Sea and inter-coastal rivers and waterways. There was no funk in the air, and everything was clean and green. I even stopped to take some reference photos of particularly interesting buildings and scenery along the way.

Video – Drive from the airport (~85 MB)

I met up with Zuko across from a nice school campus in Panjim and we waited for Pradeep to powerwalk his way to us from downtown. He showed up at a brisk pace with a pretty spiffy set of mid-shin-high socks and sneakers, and we hopped in the car to head for food.

The first thing that impressed me about Panjim is that it feels like a proper city… with a downtown area, parks, organized structure and facilities, and a pleasant overall disposition to the people and businesses. The second thing that impressed me about Panjim was the fact that I could get a damn good beef burger at the Marriott Hotel, which is the first thing we did!

It’s funny how some of the Indians want to always treat you like a foreigner, even if you have lived here for years. Zuko and I just wanted a quick snack but Pradeep insisted the only place we could go was the Marriott. I would have been fine with some street food or a small restaurant but apparently that wasn’t an option in his mind! It turns out Efford was hanging out at the Marriott pool bar anyway (as he usually does). All of that is really irrelevent, because the only thing that matters was the cheeseburger was AMAZING. Better than most burgers I have had in the States. I was blown away, and after eating it I had to talk myself out of ordering another one.

Video – Zuko, Pradeep and I at the Marriott (~7 MB)

Zuko and I were staying with the RZ2 guys that night so we headed over to their apartment after we spent some time at the Marriott Poolside Bar. We actually went out and had a great time that night, but the end of the Goa story involves me leaving my camera on top of Tony’s car before I left! I have a lot more stories left to tell, but I’m a firm believer in pictures to back up lots of boring writing. :) When I get my hands on the rest of the pics you’ll hear all about our night out to Mambo club, and our trip down to Palolem Beach the next day (where the beginning of Bourne Supremacy was shot). Stay tuned…

posted by Jesse at 7:43 am  

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Omelwhich

When it comes to cooking I’d rather not. Inspired by Zuko’s recent visit, though, I have taken it upon myself to do more cooking for… myself. Aaaaaaannnnd the occasional unsuspecting guest. However! On this fine night (and the weather is damned fine, now ain’t it?) I was not so fortunate to be accompanied by another brave soul on my culinary campaign. OH! and what a shame it was because I actually made something edible. Not only that, it was quite tasty. And I do mean “quite.”

Yes, I am going to elaborate.

The Omelwhich, as the bigger-brained of you may have caught on to, is a fancy linguistic blend of “omelet” and “sandwhich”, and includes all parts of both. The paradox of this… situation… is that the “omelet” is in fact the innards of the “sandwhich”. This creates a symbiotic dependency that begs the question: Can the omelet survive without the protective layer of sandwhich bread, and can the sandwhich as a whole survive without the omelet filling? I did not get to test these important questions tonight.

What I can say for sure is that the Omelwhich, at least in the form I encountered it, is one impressive meal. Here’s how it’s done:

2 eggs
1/2 small tomato, cut into cubes
~4-5 small pieces of garlic clove (more or less to taste), smashed
1 tbsp of coriander
More than a dash of pepper
2 slices of wholesome bread (your choice)
1 tbsp of mayonnaise
1 tsp of yellow mustard

Beat the eggs and then mix everything together in a bowl except the bread, mayo, and mustard (duh). Pour the mixture onto a metal cooking device. I used a big flat thing Zuko bought that’s sorta like a pan but not really. Cook the omelet by waiting for one side to complete, and then folding it over itself. Don’t burn it, or it will taste bad. I’m just trying to be thorough here.

This is clutch! When the omelet is almost done, pop the bread in the toaster. If you don’t have a toaster, ask yourself why. Everyone has a freakin’ toaster. Spread the mayo on both sides of the bread (or maybe only one side if you don’t like mayo). Use about half as much mustard as mayo or whatever. Put the omelet on the bread, and press it all together.

Voila, Omelwhich! Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch, snack, or dinner (not really recommended for dessert). Enjoy!

posted by Jesse at 10:49 am  

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