Had a very interesting lunch today. Interesting thing was not the food at all. I ordered falafels over a green salad with tahini dressing. Very simple, right? This is something I love eating when we are at a Middle Eastern restaurant. But where I had this lunch was a place famous with its burgers, Pinky in Charlotte area. Caught me off guard with their pretty good falafels!
What was more interesting actually was the reaction some of my coworkers showed. They could not identify the falafels (which is perfectly fine! not everyone has to be well-versed on chickpeas) but instead of asking in a normal, polite voice, they almost screamed “What is THAT??!! ” This was followed by “Why don’t you eat like us?” …and then “Why do you have to eat all this different stuff?” …then “When are you going to eat like a normal person?”
Well, I thought I was a normal person! But it seems like the chickpeas disqualified me from being one!
So throughout my lunch, I had to defend my lunch in between the bites. And I decided I will not do this again! Idon’t have to make my lunch choices “acceptable” to others. This is what I eat, and LOTS of people all around the world do not have burger, fries and hot dogs as their choice of food on the table!
Actually, after looking around the table, I had a funny observation: Nobody made any comment about the Taco salad somebody else ordered! In theory that is not supposed to be American, either. But somehow it is!
So, I wanted to go around the world and see what others are eating…you know, all of you weird people with weird tastes… I need inspiration to shock my coworkers for the next lunch dates :) So I wanted to share some of my favorite abnormalities in the food world!
My first obsession in the States: Indian food! When I grow up, I wanna be able to cook Indian food and make naans like my dear friend, Prerna, from Indian Simmer does! Have tried couple of her recipes and they were delicious. These naans are next on my list!
Who says Brits don’t have good food? I have been following All That I Am Eating for a while and I love what she is eating. I had no idea those little purple flowers were chive flowers!
I have to put another one like me here, a fellow Turkish food blogger Zerrin’s site Give Recipe! Not only she gives great recipes, she also fills her blog with so much useful information about the ingredients! This one is my latest favorite! Love red peppers!
My other obsession is sushi! But I would like to learn more about traditional Japanese dishes and I think Humble Bean will encourage me to do just that! I love and can eat loads of sushi at one sitting, but I would not mind trying some of the recipes here.
The last one but not the least! Imen’s blog, I Married An Irish Farmer. My new favorite. Beautiful pictures and recipes! Are you thinking “Really, Irish food?” …Again who comes up with these prejudgements of “bad cuisines”… I was delighted to see the similar cheese to what I made last week. I am telling you, food is universal ! And there is no bad cuisine…there are only not-so-passionate-cooks!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and do some thinking for next week’s lunch orders!
Thanks for not being normal, friends!