Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Sambar, Idli, And Deep-Fried, Old Bay Wings -- Comfort Food Just Like Grandma Used To Make
I drove all the way to Rte 40 in a cold-induced fog last night in search of dinner. I had food in the house, but I'd been trapped inside for two days -- one without phone, Internet or television. (A Verizon tech apparently unplugged us yesterday because he or she found us plugged into the wrong port in the company's hub. Thanks Verizon!)
But somewhere around St. Johns Road, I decided that I couldn't face eating alone in a bright restaurant.
That's how I ended up at a cafe table outside Kloby's Smokehouse's takeout counter. Warm night. Weird fog. And a weird pairing of food that just felt right: lentil soup with rice dumplings and chicken wings.
That's health food on Johns Hopkins Road: Sambar and idli from Tandoor Grill and "dirty and old" wings from Kloby's. A slightly spicy soup. Some mild steamed rice dumplings. The crunchy chicken wings. At the time, I passed on the chili naan as too much for my stomach, but now I wonder if that heat would have killed off my viruses.