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#1 mongo_jones

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:41 PM

when you have a blog and when you start reviewing restaurants on that blog you eventually find yourself embarking on dubious ventures like surveying the state of indian restaurants in the twin cities.

 

my first report is of bawarchi in plymouth. specialists in south indian food, and surprisingly decent. there's also a long preamble about the state of indian food in the u.s that is sure to please many american foodies.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:08 PM

How many reviewable Indian restaurants are there in St Paul?  I'm surprised there are many, but doubtless I'm wrong to be.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:12 PM

if you would have read my opus with the care it deserves you would know that indians are now the second largest asian community in minnesota, just slightly behind the hmong. 


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current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:16 PM

Paragraph eight?  Haven't you heard about attention spans?

 

The demographic change seems to post-date the century I spent in St Paul some years ago.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:19 PM

my first outing was surprisingly decent. may well be a sharp decline from here. if so, i will bail before getting to the end of my list. mrs. jones is already dubious.


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current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

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#6 Wilfrid

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:20 PM

I once tried a broad, but not comprehensive, review of Italian dining in NYC.  Didn't last long.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:51 PM

if you would have read my opus with the care it deserves you would know that indians are now the second largest asian community in minnesota, just slightly behind the hmong. 

 

Things are more promising in NY.  Wikipedia -
 

 

The New York City Metropolitan Area is home to approximately 600,000 Indian Americans, representing the largest Asian Indian population in the Western Hemisphere.

 

I've noticed things getting markedly better over the last 10 years although there's still a long way to go.  I suspect the demographics are driving this.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 07:12 PM

 

if you would have read my opus with the care it deserves you would know that indians are now the second largest asian community in minnesota, just slightly behind the hmong. 

 

Things are more promising in NY.  Wikipedia -
 

 

The New York City Metropolitan Area is home to approximately 600,000 Indian Americans, representing the largest Asian Indian population in the Western Hemisphere.

 

I've noticed things getting markedly better over the last 10 years although there's still a long way to go.  I suspect the demographics are driving this.

 

 

does that include the desi corridor in new jersey? edison etc.?


my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

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#9 Lex

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 07:25 PM

Yes, it does.

 

I haven't eaten in Edison.  Part of the reason is that it's somewhat inconvenient to reach.  It's a 33 mile drive from my house, including 2 pricey bridge tolls and driving through the permanent road construction zone on Staten Island.

 

When the construction wraps up in about a year I think I'll check Edison out.


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"But this is blatant ultracrepidarianism on my part." - Taion

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#10 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 07:43 PM

 

 

if you would have read my opus with the care it deserves you would know that indians are now the second largest asian community in minnesota, just slightly behind the hmong. 

 

Things are more promising in NY.  Wikipedia -
 

 

The New York City Metropolitan Area is home to approximately 600,000 Indian Americans, representing the largest Asian Indian population in the Western Hemisphere.

 

I've noticed things getting markedly better over the last 10 years although there's still a long way to go.  I suspect the demographics are driving this.

 

 

does that include the desi corridor in new jersey? edison etc.?

 

do you have any leads there? I can convince my wife to do that trip - especially once the bad weather starts.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 09:04 PM

more than a decade old and probably gone. i can ask friends who live around there if you like. i remember being taken out to a crackerjack hyderabadi meal (in somerset, maybe?) back in 2006--it wasn't a hyderabadi restaurant, but they had a bunch of hyderabadi dishes.


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current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

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#12 mongo_jones

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 09:07 PM

actually, the place in somerset wasn't the hyderabadi place--that was masala in iselin and it seems to have closed.


my annoying opinions: whisky, food and occasional cultural commentary

 

current restaurant review: house of curry (sri lankan in rosemount, mn)

 

current whisky review: glen ord 28

 

current recipe: white bean curry with green peppers

 

 

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#13 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 09:08 PM

I mean if you happen to speak with them, yes. That'd be great.  But just looking at our weekend calendar it isn't going to happen until mid-october at the earliest.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 10:09 PM

has anyone eaten at dhoom?  (I know it's not in edison.)



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 05:22 AM

do you have any leads there? I can convince my wife to do that trip - especially once the bad weather starts.


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