B and I have finally adjusted to the time difference here. We spend Saturday and Sunday sleeping on and off. Sunday night we didn't sleep at all and crashed by the time we arrived back at the hotel.
I've been meaning to keep track of all the food I've eaten while I am here. So here goes from Sunday:
Breakfasts: The hotel provides a breakfast buffet every morning that B and I take advantage of. It has almost the same items everyday so I won't go through that. I eat a lot of fruit and try all the different lassis that they provide.
Sunday Dinner - I ordered Pasta Primavera for room service and liked it. I was hoping that this would be smaller than the Thali from Saturday night, but I still couldn't finish it.
Monday Lunch - Our company has a "cafe" on the roof of the building. We went up there and for 40 rupees ($1) you can get a Thali for lunch. Everyday the offerrings are slightly different, but it was awesome. And you cannot beat that price. Everything offered there is vegetarian to accomodate most of the workers.
Monday Dinner - The hotel has a buffet that I took advantage of. Everything I tried was really good. I recently discovered that the buffet is different every night, so I need to make a point of looking at it before ordering. I also ordered a mango lassi.
Tuesday Lunch - A co-worker asked if we would like to order out and B jumped at the chance for Pizza Hut (she is not as adventurous as I am when it comes to food). I ordered a Veggie Supreme Personal Pan Pizza and it was very tasty. We also ordered some cheese garlic bread to with it.
Tuesday Dinner - I decided to order off the menu and I had Ma Po Dau Fu, which is tofu cooked in a spicy sauce. I ordered some rice and a mango lassi to go with it. It was ok...better than some Ma Po Dau Fu's that I've had. The sauce was really spicy, so I ended up blotting the sauce off the tofu and eating it with the rice.
Wednesday Lunch - A co-worker took us to a little restaurant (can't remember the name) and I ordered Vegetable Curry with Naan. It was perfect! Slightly spicy with a lot of complex flavors. B ordered Chicken Tandoori and it was the most moist Chicken Tandoori I've ever had. We tried our co-worker's Portugese Fish and it was awesome (from someone who doesn't like a lot of fish).
Wednesday Dinner - I ordered Chicken Satay and Rice with a Diet Coke (I had a craving). The chicken was good, with a slight charcoal flavor. But the Peanut sauce was not peanut-y enough for me and just a little too spicy. I couldn't taste a lot of flavor. After dinner B and I had pistachio ice cream which was different than what we get in the US. It almost tasted like there was cherry flavor in it.
Everyday we have fruit in out room, and some days they bring little sweets for us to eat. Monday night I had a little chocolate torte and some brownies waiting for me. Tonight I had a sugar cookie (which was very good). We also have bottled water placed in our room, which is the only thing we drink except canned drinks.
It's very interesting to watch how our Indian co-workers eat at lunch. First, utensils are not necessary and often not wanted. Eating with your fingers in the norm here. I do a little bit of it when I have naan or roti breads. The second thing I notice is that they usually don't drink water with their meals. I guess they have grown up with some of the spices and can eat the meal without a drink.
On Monday when we were eating I noticed that there were two bottles on the table with clear liquid in them. My first guess was that they were something to keep bugs away. Then on Tuesday when we ate there I saw Y drink out of it, but she didn't touch her lips. Apparently they are communal bottles where it's understood that you don't touch your lips to it. The bottles are filled with filtered water and re-filled as needed.
Y and S allowed us to try their food and it was awesome! This is the kind of Indian food that I want to eat all the time. I need to find a cookbook that has more than Tikka Masala in it.
I have noticed as well that beef and pork are more prevalent here that I thought. All the info I read said don't expect to see beef or pork, but our hotel has had both. We believe that it's because the hotel is predominently foreigners. I made a point of eating a hamburger before I left the state to make sure that I would have a small beef fix, but it was not necessary.