Exploring New Cuisines in Texas

Moving to a new place is exhilarating for many reasons.
You leave everything familiar behind.
And, you start over.

You explore new things.
Like new food, for example.

Austin is multi-cultural and has many cuisinies.
I am vegetarian.
So, you would think my options are limited.
Far from it.

I have had so much fun exploring Texas Cuisine, Mexican Cuisine, Tex-Mex Cuisine and more.

I tried some tacos at Torchy’s. YUM!

Torchys Tacos - Ambal Balakrishnan

Happy Koodaravalli

Happy Koodaravalli!

Thanks to Appa and Amma for keeping track of all the little and big Indian festivals (too many of them!) and urging me to celebrate it with the boys.

It is a belief that each day of Marghazi month, Sri Andal Nachiar sang a verse of Thirupavai (totally 30 verses) in praise of Lord Narayana. While singing 27th verse “Koodaarai vellum seer Govinda…” Lord Narayana blessed Sri Andal with Thirukalyana Varam. Hence the 27th day of Margazhi month is celebrated as Koodaravalli.

On this day Lord Narayana blessed Sri Andal with marriage boon. Devotees go to temple, offer Ghee filled Akaravadisal to Lord Govinda and end Marghazhi Month Nonbu (fast).

I know. After reading all that I know what you are thinking.

“Ambal, let us cut to the chase. Where is my share of the akaravadisal?? Save some for me!”

Elbow Pasta Salad

Kumar made some awesome pasta salad for dinner today evening.

First, he boiled some twisted elbow pasta. He added lots of veggies from Costco Sweet Kale/Chou Frise Doux packet. Then, he added dates, apples, avocado, cucumber. Finally, he poured in some Thousand Island Dressing.

Super yummy pasta salad!