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  1. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    That's a shame, but there aren't any good Indian restaurants around here either. The only one I know of is called Jaipur Junction, and it's an all you can eat buffet, so it has to be terrible.

    India is a huge country, so why there aren't any restaurants that serve foods from other parts of India here in the US is odd.

    I watched a show with Anthony Bourdain, where he travelled to different parts of India, and the food looked delicious, and it was very different across the country.

    I'd really like to try Indian food, but not something from an all you can eat buffet! I'd prefer quality, not quantity.
    There are decent buffets but I would agree a good restaurant is far superior.

    Saying that, I'd personally recommend just cooking dishes yourself. As long as you have the main spices cooking is fairly easy. People go on about how 'difficult' Indian food is but it's no harder than anything else. It's just different.

    There's lots of YouTube videos and lots of online recipes. I also have a few (several books). I'm sure worldspy99 might be able to help as well. :)

    Honestly though, just cook it yourself. You can set the spice level to your own taste and when you get the chance, go to a good restaurant to see how they do things differently.

    If you ever make your way to Canada, Toronto has a lot of good India restaurants and there's areas I can direct you to a bit outside Toronto where you can find some great places. New York is good and I'm sure most large cities in the US (baring a few) will probably have something decent around.
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    03-05-2015 04:56 AM
  2. worldspy99's Avatar
    That's a shame, but there aren't any good Indian restaurants around here either. The only one I know of is called Jaipur Junction, and it's an all you can eat buffet, so it has to be terrible.

    India is a huge country, so why there aren't any restaurants that serve foods from other parts of India here in the US is odd.

    I watched a show with Anthony Bourdain, where he travelled to different parts of India, and the food looked delicious, and it was very different across the country.

    I'd really like to try Indian food, but not something from an all you can eat buffet! I'd prefer quality, not quantity.
    Most Indian restaurants serve "restaurant" food whether it is a North Indian or South Indian joint. Occasionally someone will start a regional/ethnic place and it will take off. But you also need a strong Indian community for such a restaurant to thrive. Plenty here in LA, Bay Area, Houston, Atlanta, NJ/Philly/NYC, Boston areas.

    To try something people would eat at home - read, not restaurant food
    1. Go to a Gurudwara - a Sikh community temple and eat at their Langar on the weekends. Home cooked and delicious!
    2. Go to a ISCKON tempe - and eat at a restaurant attached to it.
    3. Ask a friend if there is one in town or get invited or better yet ask someone before you travel. I can help if I have been to that city before and I have been around the block more than once:-)

    Some buffets are pretty awesome and I have eaten at quite a few good ones. The one in town is pretty good.
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    03-05-2015 10:57 AM
  3. worldspy99's Avatar
    There are decent buffets but I would agree a good restaurant is far superior.

    Saying that, I'd personally recommend just cooking dishes yourself. As long as you have the main spices cooking is fairly easy. People go on about how 'difficult' Indian food is but it's no harder than anything else. It's just different.

    There's lots of YouTube videos and lots of online recipes. I also have a few (several books). I'm sure worldspy99 might be able to help as well. :)

    Honestly though, just cook it yourself. You can set the spice level to your own taste and when you get the chance, go to a good restaurant to see how they do things differently.

    If you ever make your way to Canada, Toronto has a lot of good India restaurants and there's areas I can direct you to a bit outside Toronto where you can find some great places. New York is good and I'm sure most large cities in the US (baring a few) will probably have something decent around.

    Some tips:
    If you don't want to eat at a buffet then take at least 4 or 5 friends to dinner. Indian food is not one bread, rice and one curry. You want a smattering of flavors in your plate. The more people, the merrier, good company goes well with good food and you can try out quite a few dishes without breaking the bank.
    You will be surprised to know how many buffet places that have really bad food at lunch suddenly transform into making awesome dinner dishes. The secret is - my friend's family owns a place like this - they water the taste down for the locals at lunch. My friend's mom would always tell me to order off the dinner menu even at lunch time at their restaurant!
    If you are reading Yelp reviews, look for reviewers who are of Indian origin and read their reviews of the particular restaurant. Then you will know whether the food is any good or not:-)
    If you would like to learn how to cook, I agree with N_LaRUE, there are plenty of resources on the internet and the food is not that difficult to cook. I learnt it only after coming to the USA. And you can always adjust the spice level to your liking. If by mistake the food comes out to be a bit spicy then you can always use some yogurt to cool the taste down provided you are not allergic to dairy.

    And if you need a suggestion on a place ping me, if I have been to that city/country, I will be more than happy to help:-)
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    03-05-2015 11:02 AM
  4. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Some tips:
    If you don't want to eat at a buffet then take at least 4 or 5 friends to dinner. Indian food is not one bread, rice and one curry. You want a smattering of flavors in your plate. The more people, the merrier, good company goes well with good food and you can try out quite a few dishes without breaking the bank.
    That's a great idea! I know several friends who like varieties of foods from different nationalities, so I know they'd like that idea.
    You will be surprised to know how many buffet places that have really bad food at lunch suddenly transform into making awesome dinner dishes. The secret is - my friend's family owns a place like this - they water the taste down for the locals at lunch. My friend's mom would always tell me to order off the dinner menu even at lunch time at their restaurant!
    That makes sense. I'd prefer something not watered down, since I don't like bland food. Spicy is good!
    If you are reading Yelp reviews, look for reviewers who are of Indian origin and read their reviews of the particular restaurant. Then you will know whether the food is any good or not:-)
    If you would like to learn how to cook, I agree with N_LaRUE, there are plenty of resources on the internet and the food is not that difficult to cook. I learnt it only after coming to the USA. And you can always adjust the spice level to your liking. If by mistake the food comes out to be a bit spicy then you can always use some yogurt to cool the taste down provided you are not allergic to dairy.
    That makes sense too. I do like yogurt, and it's part of many Indian meals anyway.

    And if you need a suggestion on a place ping me, if I have been to that city/country, I will be more than happy to help:-)
    Thanks!
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    03-05-2015 10:27 PM
  5. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Go to a Gurudwara - a Sikh community temple and eat at their Langar on the weekends. Home cooked and delicious!
    That's a great idea! I know a Sikh family who own a store in my neighbourhood. I'll ask them the next time I stop at their store.
    03-05-2015 10:29 PM
  6. muneshyne21's Avatar
    I find it creepy (although easily explainable) that our conversation about Indian food has my browser filled will "Indian Restaurants in LA" Advertisments now...
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    03-06-2015 04:55 PM
  7. worldspy99's Avatar
    I find it creepy (although easily explainable) that our conversation about Indian food has my browser filled will "Indian Restaurants in LA" Advertisments now...
    I get all sorts of different ads because I just do random searches in the day to throw Google/Amazon analytics off....
    03-06-2015 10:56 PM
  8. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Menopausal killer whales are wise old birds, trick-cyclists claim http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.t...roup_movement/
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    03-07-2015 01:48 PM
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    03-08-2015 04:31 PM
  10. worldspy99's Avatar
    Less science and more technology but still this is pretty awesome...
    Solar Impulse 2 starts around-the-world flight | Ars Technica
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    03-09-2015 01:52 PM
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    03-09-2015 01:58 PM
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    With rampant use of antibiotics this is becoming a priority...especially in the age of the superbugs...
    Better testing desperately needed to fight antimicrobial resistance | Ars Technica
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    03-09-2015 02:00 PM
  13. muneshyne21's Avatar
    This one literally hit home pretty hard...
    California?s hot, dry winters tied to climate change | Ars Technica
    What's funny about this article is that there is a link to a previous article saying that the drought might be a natural occurrence...
    03-09-2015 08:31 PM
  14. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Sounds like "Inception"!
    Artificial memories: French scientists implant false memories in brains of sleeping mice http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci...10-1402wz.html
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    03-10-2015 04:05 PM
  15. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Sounds like "Inception"!
    Artificial memories: French scientists implant false memories in brains of sleeping mice Artificial memories: French scientists implant false memories in brains of sleeping mice
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    Both fascinating and scary at the same time.

    Memories are generally are not as concrete as we like to think they are. We even make up new memories and of course damper unpleasant memories. We can even overemphasise bad memories or good memories.

    The elasticity of the brain is rather fascinating.
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    03-10-2015 04:20 PM
  16. muneshyne21's Avatar
    I've experienced two levels of inception where I woke up twice in my dream. By the time I really woke up (...I think...) I was completely confused. I questioned whether or not I was still dreaming. The dreams within dreams were so vivid and real... I questioned my existence for a week. Actually I still do. Since I can't fly and don't have skis made of pizza I'm assuming this is the real world.
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    03-11-2015 01:07 AM
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    03-11-2015 11:09 PM
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    03-11-2015 11:11 PM
  19. horseybob's Avatar
    Menopausal killer whales are wise old birds, trick-cyclists claim MENOPAUSAL KILLER WHALES are wise old birds, trick-cyclists claim ? The Register
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    Menopausal killer whales? Whut? Uhhh. Being me, I then asked my lovely bride if that could be a contributory factor to global warming... Ohhh, the epic stink-eye! It was worth it. I think. Maybe.
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    03-11-2015 11:20 PM
  20. horseybob's Avatar
    Probably didn't help that I waxed eloquent about killer whales not being perky on the best of days, much less... Well, some days I'm just not trainable.
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    03-11-2015 11:37 PM
  21. muneshyne21's Avatar
    Probably didn't help that I waxed eloquent about killer whales not being perky on the best of days, much less... Well, some days I'm just not trainable.
    I'm surprised she didn't take it...whale...
    Hahah couldn't resist. #dadjokes
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    03-12-2015 03:06 PM
  22. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Happy Pi Day!

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    03-14-2015 01:26 PM
  23. horseybob's Avatar
    Merry Pi day! To celebrate l I didn't roll out of bed until 9:26AM. T'was lovely to celebrate to 10 digits!
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    03-14-2015 05:43 PM
  24. worldspy99's Avatar
    I am going to get a pie today since it is "pi" day 😊
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    03-14-2015 07:12 PM
  25. horseybob's Avatar
    Our daughter made lemon meringue pi. Very nice
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    03-14-2015 07:21 PM
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