My friend Nancy and I did an ethnic grocery run in Milwaukee Sunday. It was predicted to be the hottest day of the summer so far; we hoped to benefit from the "cooler by the lake" conventional wisdom, but it didn't seem to be ANY cooler by the lake at all.
We hit a Thai grocery, a Filipino grocery, an Italian grocery, and a spice shop.
After years of surrogate parenting foreign students at Marquette University, Nancy has become an expert Asian cook. I usually follow in her wake and she's taught me a lot. Then I lead the way at the Italian grocery. I'm not Italian but my hometown was predominantly so, and I grew up immersed in Italian food at the homes of many friends. Oh yes...
After the shopping, we met my city boy Will for a buffet lunch at our favorite Indian restaurant, Maharajah.
We pigged out, as usual. Total curry immersion--I love it.
The Thai grocery had beauteous mangoes, which found their way to our table tonight.