Friday, August 8, 2014

Indian Food and Documentaries

This morning (Friday), I headed the opposite direction on Reseda Blvd towards Tarzana in search of Indian food. Pretty easy quest as there were five places on Google within about a five mile radius of the hotel. This is a photo of the Los Angeles River looking "up river" towards the west. During heavy rainfall, this concrete channel actually fills up with water from all of the storm drains in the area. The somewhat outdated goal is to get rid of the rainwater as quickly and efficiently as you can. Don't worry about the drought as the drinking water comes from somewhere else.

I was headed for Asha Indian Restaurant on Ventura Blvd. It had pretty good ratings on Yelp (four stars). As you can see in the picture, it is a very modern place with white tablecloths and surprisingly modest prices for lunch. You can also see that I was the only customer which made me wonder about the quality of the food. But I was not disappointed.

I had the saag paneer, naan bread and rice. And three glasses of water to try and re-hydrate from the walk. The food was fabulous and it was a real treat. It was about 86°F during the 3½ mile walk back to the hotel but I stopped at a couple of places along the way. A hiking/backpacking shop, a bicycle shop and a motorcycle accessory shop. All were nicely air conditioned and the bicycle shop had complimentary bottles of water. 18,754 steps today. Another good day!

On a completely unrelated topic, I just finished watching a movie on Netflix called Particle Fever. It documents the final construction effort of the LHC in Geneva Switzerland. It talks more about the personalities of the theoretical and experimental physicists involved and ends with the announcement of finding the Higgs particle at a mass of 125 times the mass of a proton. That's what's being referred to in this screen capture from the movie. Very interesting and a very entertaining documentary.

Yesterday, I had watched Maidentrip, a documentary of a two year, around the world solo sailing trip by a teenage girl from Holland setting a record for youngest solo sailor. Equally interesting and entertaining though the subtitles took marginally more effort to watch.

8 comments:

VStar Lady said...

There seems to be no moss growing on your feet during this vacation. Glad you enjoyed your lunch, finding a good spot while on vacation can be challenging.

RichardM said...

Yep, getting at least a little bit of exercise in while on vacation (a bit rare?) but probably not enough to compensate for all of the delicious treats.

SonjaM said...

I love spinach, alas I can't have the cheese. It was one of my most favourite Eastern Indian dishes.

Thanks for the unrelated topic of Particle Fever... we don't know this one, and since we have actually been there we are going to watch it tonight.

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

Richard, thanks for your walk along the 'river'. Peg and I used to bicycle to the coast from our apartment along the L.A. rivers....good times.

Particle Fever sounds interesting, I'll see if I can squeeze in a viewing around here.

RichardM said...

It is one of my favorite dishes and I am still wondering what kind of cheese it is. It seems incredibly mild. I had heard about Particle Fever being available on Netflix and I enjoyed it. An understanding of the "Standard Model" or "Supersymmetry" not required.

RichardM said...

I used to ride down to the beach along the "rivers" since you were able to avoid most of the traffic. And it a nice downhill run in the morning and you wait for the afternoon winds to help you back up the gradual slope.

Trobairitz said...

So glad you found some yummy Indian food. And a nice walk too, even if it was a little roast toasty.

RichardM said...

There were so many places listed that I figured I couldn't go wrong. If it wasn't any good it probably wouldn't stay open.