Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Kottayam's town center is a rather ugly mess of concrete buildings and
traffic and there is little reason to come here unless you arrive too
late for onward transport.
I mention all this, to let you know that I will probably only be doing some sporadic blogging until I get back to Cal. I definitely have some stories about Jharkhand already.
Friday, January 27, 2006
I don't know if the developers have ever visited a Latin American country, if this is just India's interpretation of what Hispanic food tastes like. However, as a born and bred Latino who has sampled the cuisine of various countries I can tell you that those chips did not taste Latino in the least bit.
And on the topic of deceptive Latin things...Amazon, Kolkata's first Latin/Bengali fusion restaurant finally opened and in our quest to explore new restaurants my friend Neela and I venture forth.
And oh how we were disappointed. Let's start with the ambiance. Apparently they were going for some sort of tree trunk look that could have been cute if they had gone all the way, but apparently they ran out of money half way or got bored with it. Second apparently the Amazon was in North America because the walls had carvings of American Indians (the feather kind). The music playing was some sort of 80's elevator music greatest hits compilation. And the menu consisted of North Indian dishes and Indian Chinese selections. We were hard pressed to find a Bengali item on the menu let a lone a Latin one.
So much like my Bangalore Taco experience, I just need to learn that it takes a spic to make real Latin food, and what am I thinking believing that I will be able to get good Hispanic food in Asia.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Many hugs and kisses go to:
Juan Melendez (my old man! who now is really old!)
Pavel Melendez (my jock bro)
Ricardo Salgado (my granfather, and the only grand parent I have left)
Monday, January 23, 2006
Friday, January 20, 2006
After 4-5 months of roughing it on the so called third world (my water heater conked out on me so until it gets fixed I am definitely roughing it) I have come to realize that Latino culture is a major influencer of Indian trends. Go Spics!
From Ricky Martin to Shakira Latin music can be found everywhere, with a very captive audience. Latin influenced musicians abound (you have not lived until you have heard Bengali salsa!) and Latin fusion restaurants are popping up through out the country (granted they still cannot seem to get Mexican food quite right). Just around the corner from my house they are opening “Amazon: A Latin/Bengali Restaurant.”
Not to mention that Spanish is fastly becoming a popular language to learn. Cannot tell you the number of times I have been introduced as “This is Andy, he speaks Spanish!” followed by copious oohs and aahs and requests for teaching. I could probably make quite a living if I charged for being the token spic (who knew that would get me somewhere!?).
I found this interesting because
As proud of my Hispanic heritage as I may be, it gives me no greater pleasure than to know that we are crossing are making our own contributions to globalization. :-)
Thursday, January 19, 2006
A fabulous time was had, and I could noto have asked for a better way or better company to celebrate with.