More food (from Gujarat)

Trip Start Feb 04, 2008
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Hi all,

Short one here. I'm currently in Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat, India's so-called "foodie" state. You knew it had to happen!

I've only had a couple of meals but they've both been really quite good. Food here appears to be pretty expensive - up to four dollars for a meal! - but they've really got the art of the thali down to a science here. For lunch I ate in a place where they constantly, and I mean CONSTANTLY, pass to refresh your plate. Each person has a different one of the 12 or so things on there so it's pretty constant. But so good!

As the Lonely Planet says, there really are a lot more sweet curries here. That makes up for the fact that there are very few sweet shops, more quasi-Western-style bakeries, with cookies and cakes. I tried to find some barfi last night and walked forEVER.

I've attached some pics - if anyone can name the fruit in there with the custard apple, I owe you one. I heard someone call them "raspberries" but they're nothing of the sort. They're more like cherry tomatoes in texture and size but sweet. I can't get enough of them! Plus, discovering that custard apples are in season was a minor epiphany! I bought three very ripe ones and ate them all in a 16-hour period. That's a lot of custard apple!
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Bob Loblaw
I've never heard of either apple custard fruit or yellow raspberry/tomato fruit. You're not in the Dominion supermarket now.

Missruckus asked if you were meeting people. I'm wondering if the Travelpod links to other travellers is bringing you in contact with other bloggers.

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Mystery fruit.
This is apparently the mystery fruit, also called gooseberry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physalis

Credit to Charl Nagel of London, who wins this week's prize, a collection of fine collections.

These are not to be confused with the 'gooseberries' you get in Newfoundland - those ones are small like grapes and sour, right? These are a couple of cm in diameter and sweeeeet!

Custard apples, called sometimes soursop, though those are a bit different, is an import item in Montreal. Something like 3-4 dollars per individual fruit, coming from Brazil. They're REALLY fragile, I can see why they're pricey. Fantastically delicious though.

Travelpod's been an untapped resource so far. With the relatively small amount of time I spend online - less than 5 hours/week!! - it would be hard to coordinate a meetup. Also, you know, people you first meet online are weird.

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