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Day 72: Curry

Day 72: Curry

Growing up in the Midwest of the USA, I guess I was more in a bubble than I ever knew. My diet consisted of meat and potatoes to the max, topped off with Italian and Mexican when we needed to switch it up; I never had a dish that had “curry” in the name until I was 16 and met my Indian friend, Rishika. I also never had a real Thai meal until I was 18, and our version of Chinese was what you picked up at the totally American-Asian buffet full of fried wontons and sweet and sour pork.

I remember discovering the joy of falafel at a hole-in-the-wall Lebanese restaurant in Peoria and making my mom join me for a kebab and it being a big deal. When I was at college, bubble tea blew my mind, and again, I remember making my mom stop off for some when she came to visit. When I look back, I wonder how we survived on such a limited range of food when the world is full of so much variation.

I also wonder how I managed to go so long without curry — flavorful, delicious curry.

Australia is a country that understands curry. It’s a dish on just about every menu, a flavor of instant pasta mixes and made on cooking shows through the country. Australians love curry, and I do, too. I eat a curry dish at least once a week!

I may still be a bit upset about the quality of Mexican food in this country (they’re making improvements), but I can totally respect the curry love.

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6 Responses to Day 72: One Thing That Surprised Me About Australia

  1. Sabina March 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I grew up in Missouri and no, we certainly didn’t have curry. Or falafel. I’m not crazy about curry, but it was love at first bite with falafel. I haven’t found decent – or even edible – Mexican outside of the US and Mexico, most unfortunately. Other countries’ interpretations of simple Mexican dishes such as nachos are hilarious or pathetic, depending on how you look at it. I’ve never been to South or Central America, though. I’m sure they do just fine in the Mexican food department.

    • Brooke March 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

      I’m going to eat SO much Mexican food back in the States, it’s not even funny 😀

  2. Sarah Von March 15, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    I’m an American living in Wellington, NZ and I could just weep over the lack of good/reasonably priced Mexican food. I am not willing to pay $18 for a burrito, Flying Burrito Brothers!

    • Brooke March 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

      Haha, damn that’s expensive! We need to open up a taco cart chain in this part of the world!

  3. Candice March 15, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Haha, I had the same problem growing up! My parents still think I’m being a snob when I say I made something like fettuccine alfredo for supper. But I couldn’t live without good Mexican!

    • Brooke March 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      I love how you say supper. 🙂 I rarely hear people say that anymore and it makes me think of home!

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