Yum is a cup of tea from the Nescafe automatic vending machines in India. In Cardamom and Ginger flavors. Especially the one inside a decrepit plaza on Cathedral road. Tired from following Lavanya around as she shopped for clothes, the yelakka tea that the young boy filled into a plastic cup, turning the tap off with a stylish flourish was, well, yum.

Yum is Haagen Dazs Mango. Surely, a product from paradise. Cold Stone Creamery, you pale in comparison. But don’t worry, not too pale.

Yum is the Sambar from Annapurna in Coimbatore. Matchless. Sorry Mom.

Yum is the Bhaingan Bhartha that Lavanya makes. Incomparable. Transcendent. And all this.

Yum is a Rahul Dravid on drive. Yummier was a wristy Azharuddin shot. But the match fixing left a bad taste in your mouth. Yummiest is a Sachin Tendulkar straight drive. And he knows it – watching him hold a pose after is a delight.

Yum is Mysore Pak by Mom. Krishna sweets can try all they want. Yum is also how she pronounces the letter M. I used to pronounce it Yum too, till Mrs. D’Souza told me otherwise in second grade. It was my mom’s money that sent me to that school so that I could be snooty and correct her.

4 thoughts on “Yum”

  1. Karthik/others, in case I happen to travel around in US, wanted to know what your take was on the best South Indian restaurants you have been to,rare as they are, in US?

  2. Vijay, I live in Florida, so I am not that familiar with restaurants on the West Coast. Here are the ones I like:

    Dakshin in Orlando is good, if a little overpriced. They have an eclectic mixture of dishes with a lot of seafood – not much help for a vegetarian.

    Woodland’s (again Orlando) is kind of like Saravana Bhavan in ambience, and the food is decent.

    India South in Fort Lauderdale is quite surprisingly the best South Indian in Florida. Surprising because it is close to home.

    Atlanta has awesome Indian restaurants. Krishna Vilas, a tiny family run take out place in Decatur has great food at unbelievable prices. I love their Pongal and Coffee. Madras Saravana Bhavan and Udupi are good, but not as good as Krishna Vilas.

    Washington DC has Amma’s Vegetarian Cuisine, and a better Udupi (at College Park) than the one in Atlanta.

    Chicago has quite a few – Andhra Bhavan, Udupi etc. all on the same street. Ditto Toronto – Gerard Street has more Indian restaurants than whole other cities.

    New York and New Jersey – Pongal, Dasprakash etc., but nothing earth shaking.

    I’ve been to a few in San Jose (Saravana Bhavan, I think), and have heard about others in Texas (Madras Pavilion) but haven’t been there.

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