Friday, January 24, 2014
Happy Friday from a very chilly Atlanta! We are used to January temps in the 30's - low 50's, and it was 12 degrees this morning. That means good weather for coffee and blogging.
My first favorite this week is Chat Patti. This is a little South Indian restaurant in Atlanta (near Target on North Druid Hills Road, a few blocks from I-85). You order at the counter, where you can see the food behind the counter (like a cafeteria) and also see photos of the food with names of dishes. There is no English menu, so this is a good place to go if you know South Indian food or if you are an adventurous diner! South Indian food is vegetarian, and does not include mushrooms, so I am happy with anything on the menu. I had basmati rice with chana masala (curried chickpeas) and an eggplant, okra, and potato masala (delicious but VERY spicy -- I had to order some yogurt to cut the spice). My friend and I split an order of samosas (fried potato appetizers - very yummy!). The samosas are served with chutney (sweet sauce) and green sauce (spicier). I have loved Indian food since college, and could easily eat it several times a week!
My second favorite is New England Coffee. I live in the deep South and only discovered this old (since 1916) coffee company recently. I absolutely love every blend I have tried -- from San Francisco (bold and dark) to Breakfast Blend (light and smooth). I highly recommend this coffee!
My third favorite is simple: flannel sheets. When it is 12 degrees on a cold night, flannel sheets are a wonderful invention.