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Health fads have popularized vegetarian diets in the West, but some cultures---notably South India---have practiced vegetarianism as a lifestyle for centuries. Rather than picking atsad plates of boiled broccoli or celery sticks, the Indian vegetarian diet is varied and flavorful, where one barely notices the absence of meat. Sri Balaji Caffe is a small, cafeteria-style restaurant in the South Valley that specializes in South Indian vegetarian food. There's a rotating menu with various vegetarian dishes; you'll order at the counter, selecting the components of your dinner plate and carrying your food to one of the tables. Prices are ridiculously affordable; you'll easily feast to satiation and have a good chunk of a $20 bill to take home with you. This is a small restaurant, so we'll keep the group to 8. As such, no guests are permitted on this outing. There is ample parking in the adjoining parking lot. RSVPs to this event will open at 7:00pm on April 27th. Please finalize your reservation by 11:45pm on May 17th.
Let's enjoy some Puerto Rican food before the commonwealth descends into insolvency! Your stable American currency will be most eagerly accepted. Papito Moe's started out as a food truck and expanded their enterprise into a brick-and-mortar takeout restaurant. When that enterprise failed (are you seeing a common theme here?), they did catering work until re-emerging serving takeout food at the Spice Kitchen Incubator, a food-centered business incubator for recent immigrants and low income entrepreneurs. As far as I'm aware, Papito Moe's is the only Puerto Rican game in town. Puerto Rican food has been deeply influenced by Spanish, African and Caribbean cooking traditions. Criollo (Creole) cooking forms one of the cuisine's foundations. Thus, there is a predomination of rice, legumes, pork and seafood, fried foods and ubiquitous use of the plantain, a starchy vegetable that resembles a banana. We're hitting this take-out spot on a Friday evening for a delicious taste of the beloved Puerto Rican dish, mofongo! This rightly exalted national dish consists of a garlicky stew served atop green plantains which have been deep-fried, then mashed and seasoned with pork cracklings (chicharron). You might want to skip lunch in anticipation of this hearty delight! The full range of options on the menu is viewable here: https://squareup.com/store/papitomoespuertoricangrub We can consume our food outside the incubator or find a nearby green space if the weather's nice whilst we dream of island breezes and tropical rum cocktails. RSVPs for this event will open at 7:00pm on April 13th. Please do not make any changes to your reservations after 11:45pm on May 3rd.
The best lobster roll in the country?! So says. Even if there might be some debate as to Freshie's hold on the title, they make a damn fine lobster roll. A classic New England lobster roll is served upon a toasted bun and filled with succulent fresh steamed lobster meat drenched in butter and a simple herb dressing. It is truly one of life's unmissable pleasures! You can order a variety of salads and soups, but the lobster roll is the featured attraction. Freshie's flies out live lobsters and cooks them in Utah, so this all isn't cheap---a 5oz portion will run you about $25. Freshie's has a limited liquor license, so you can purchase wine and beer to enjoy with your food. The weather should be nice, so plan to eat outside on Freshie's lovely patio. There is a small private lot behind the restaurant and plenty of free, on-street parking along 900 S. RSVPs to this event will open at 7:00pm on May 17th. No changes to your reservation are permitted after 11:45pm on June 6th.