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Neighborly welcome

An incipient Indian restaurant in our neighborhood has had a "Coming Soon" sign on it for the entire time we've lived in the area. It was a mystery to us: when would "soon" arrive? For the past few months, finally, there've been workmen making changes to the boarded up site. And today, at long last, "soon" arrived.

Veranda celebrated its finally-arrived existence with a launch party this evening, welcoming in the neighborhood in style. Kir royales, garnished with a strawberry, and a lovely mango liquor mixed with a milder sparkling wine, greeted visitors arriving to check it out. The menu looks promising - all the usual Indian staples, plus plenty of other dishes which aren't all-the-usual-things.

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sollersuk
Aug. 17th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
Kir royales, garnished with a strawberry

DEFINITELY in style!
owlfish
Aug. 17th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Garnishes do often make the dish!
forthright
Aug. 17th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
On a completely unrelated topic, have you read Alfred Crosby's The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society, 1250-1600, and if so, what do you think of it?
owlfish
Aug. 17th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
I read it for a graduate-level history of tech survey course years ago. I'll have a look at my notes. I thought I had a copy, but I don't feel as if I've seen it for years. Perhaps I carelessly loaned it out?
owlfish
Aug. 17th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
I have all the chapter summaries and critiques from the class, but no book. I really need to reread it regardless, since I'd forgotten it existed and it ties in nicely with a book I'm reviewing currently. My memory is that it was very accessible writing, i.e. good and easy reading by academic standards. Based on the critiques from my fellow students, the book often errs on the superficial side as the price for easy reading. I can't say I remember this one way or the other, but since they all say it one way or another, I suspect they're right.
forthright
Aug. 17th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm reading it right now (it has a few sections on numerals, as you might imagine). I'd agree with the analysis that it is pretty superficial (especially for a Cambridge book) but I haven't spotted anything ridiculously incorrect yet. It reminded me of you because it has material on clocks, windmills, and spectacles, and because it begins with a discussion of the connection between Temperance and depictions of new inventions.
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