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While it’s been a few months since my trip to London, I still fantasize about the food at Dishoom. I’ve never been a big fan of Indian food, as my experience has largely consisted of subpar chicken tikka masala and meh basmati rice. This dinner totally changed my mind. I didn’t expect London to be much of a “foodie” trip, but we tried many trendy spots and pubs, and above all, Dishoom was my favorite.
We ordered the murgh malai (a tasty chicken dish), calamari, spicy lamb chops, house black daal, basmati rice and naan. How can you eat Indian food and not have naan? Especially when it is so warm and fresh. The black daal was this really comforting lentil curry dish. My faves definitely had to be the lamb and calamari. I know really every restaurant does their own version of calamari – but I don’t think I’ve tried any other iteration that does the precious squids as much justice.
I nursed a “Thums Up” throughout the meal. It’s an Indian cola with an almost licorice after taste. I wanted the full Bombay cafe experience, but I’m not sure I’d order it again. I’m purely an American purist when it comes to my soft drinks.
Before leaving, I had to take a gander around the restaurant. I loved these Indian toilettries on display in the restroom next to the Bollywood posters. The design really transports you to the lost Bombay of old. Worth a visit just for the decor alone. They also have a location in Shoreditch and apparently an amazing brunch. They are a must-eat if you make it to London.
After wrapping up work last Friday, I scurried home, grabbed my bags, and settled into the car with my family for the drive to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. While the 6ish hour drive through the riveting wheat fields and truck stops of Illinois was mind numbing, what waited for us a short drive over the Wisconsin/Illinois border was worth it.
Giraffe Manor has just leaped straight out of my imagination and on to my bucket list. The boutique hotel just outside of Nairobi, Kenya looks like a place that only exists in movies. Modeled like a Scottish hunting lodge, the hotel alone is inspiring and exudes old world safari glamour. But this glamour is made even better when one of these not so little fellas can pop his head into your window….
The hotel serves as a home to some most distinguished guests, a herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes. These beautiful animals roam freely around the grounds, poke their heads into hotel rooms and eat food straight out of guests’ hands. Not just entertainment, the giraffes are part of a breeding program that works to save the subspecies and introduce them back into the wild. All hotel profits also go toward giraffe and wildlife conservation. So, while the hotel is a pretty penny, at least it’s going to a great cause.