Wednesday, November 28, 2007

VeganMoFo 24: The Search For the Elusive Dosa Man

Again we went in search of Dosa Man for lunch. Again he was gone. The hot dog vendor nearby said "I told you to come on Monday" (not what we heard), so we left him alone, wondering where Dosa Man had gone. Was he okay? Had he gone out of town? Was he coming back before we left?

We called up the Indian Bread Company and headed there. They had several vegetarian options, and a couple of them could be made vegan. I had the aloo gobi (potato-cauliflower) naanini, a really tasty panini made with naan and with spiced veggies inside. Course two was bhel puri, made with puffed rice and a spicy-sweet sauce. It wasn't too spicy, but it was still good.

And a confession - I had several sips of my sister's diet coke. It was kind of flat, but carbonated drinks were indeed involved. She was considering moving within delivery distance. Overall, highly recommended.

For dinner, we had reservations at Hangawi, where the ambience alone bowled us over. We removed our shoes at the entrance and made our way to sunken seats with lovely silken pillows. The table was set with woven mats and wooden chopsticks and spoons. We ordered drinks with flowers in them, spicy carrot-ginger juice, plum juice, and hot tea. We ordered pumpkin porridge and vegetable pancakes, hot pots with tofu and veggies, multigrain rice bowls with kimchee, and a sauteed mushroom dish. Another very satisfying experience.

Afterward, we went to 235th, an upscale rooftop bar for drinks, had entirely too much, shouted ourselves hoarse singing to old songs and chatting, and stumbled home at nearly 4 am. Ahh, blissful sleep.

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