March is not my favorite month. Usually it’ll provide a little glimmer of hope that warmer weather is on its way, but I’ve read that the temperatures this March have been colder than they were in January. Don’t get me wrong; I’m sure that our 40 degree days would feel positively balmy to people in other parts of the country, but I live in Georgia, our winters are supposed to be short.
March sucked (at least weather-wise) but I have high hopes for April. More so because we have a lot of fun things planned. Something every weekend, in fact.
Weekend of the 6th: There’s this free concert in town and Dave Matthews Band is playing (amongst other artists). This might be a total cluster since it’s free, but they are one of my favorite bands, so I’m obviously going to go. Also, one of my cousins will be in town for a wedding and she’s staying with us. I don’t get to see her very often, so that’ll be fun.
(Okay, the power just randomly went out for a minute, while my coffee was brewing. Now what? It was my last K-cup!)
Weekend of the 13th: I think that Jason and I are going to run the Historic Roswell 5K. We’ve been looking for a relatively flat 5K to do this spring and this one, though not the closest to our house, fits the bill. I think we’ll probably celebrate my birthday (35, ack!!) that night but haven’t really figured that out yet. I can’t decide if I want to just go to dinner with Jason (I’m dying to try The Optimist) or do something with friends. Maybe both?
Weekend of the 20th: My good friend Joan is getting married! I need to figure out what I’m wearing. My actual birthday is on the 21st, which is that Sunday.
Weekend of the 27th: We’re going to DC. My sister is running her first half-marathon, the Nike Women’s Half, and I really want to be there on the sidelines supporting her. Unfortunately, I sort of assumed that the race was on a Saturday and figured out that it’s actually on Sunday. Puts kind of a dent in our plans because we’re leaving in the early afternoon on Sunday (so Jason can sleep before he has to go to work) but I think we can still make it to the race.
Whew! That’s a busy month. But for now, it’s still March, so I’m still taking it easy. Jason and I went to dinner last night at a new restaurant called Chai Pani. This is an Asheville restaurant that just opened here in Decatur and is very popular.
We wanted to try a lot of things, so we got four items off the chaat (street snacks) part of the menu. Sorry for the bad pictures. It was kind of dark and my lightening skills need work.
Bhel Puri – puffed rice, flour crisps, crunchy chickpea noodles, cilantro and onions tossed with tamarind and green chutneys.
Kale Pakoras – Indian style savory kale fritters made with curried chickpea batter and served with green chutney and sweet yogurt.
Aloo Tikki Cholle – Aloo tikkis (two) served on spicy garbanzo bean stew topped with sweet yogurt, tamarind and green chutneys. (Aloo tikkis are made of potatoes)
Sev Potato Dahi Puri (SVDP) – savory puffed flour crisps, stuffed with potatoes, onions, cilantro and crunchy chickpea noodles, with sweet yogurt, tamarind and green chutneys.
Now that I’m looking at it written down, a lot of what we chose had very similar ingredients, but the dishes didn’t taste similar. I really enjoyed all of them and if I had to pick my favorite, I think I’d choose the Bhel Puri, while Jason couldn’t decide whether or not the Aloo Tikki Cholle or the SVDP was his favorite. Though the kale pakoras were good, they were a little too fried for my liking. I sort of thought they’d be like a pancake, but they were more straight up fried kale.
The ambiance of the restaurant was perfect. The service was good and even though we had to wait a long time before we got seated, they come around with cups of an Indian snack mix for everyone while they’re waiting. It was a very welcome addition to Decatur. And added to my desire to live there on day.