3 day weekend, I

A three day weekend and neglected blog maintenance.  What happened?  Total exhaustion.  I know, it’s a poor excuse, but I really just needed a break.

Saturday morning was greeted with flax seed pancakes.  The flax seed doesn’t just add fiber and omega-3s, it also serves as the egg replacer in this vegan recipe.  I ran out of unbleached white flour, leaving me with the slightly less ideal option of whole wheat flour.  Normally when you use whole wheat flour, it helps to mix with white flour to reduce the often strong flavor and chewy texture.  Regardless, these were fantastic.  Mine were topped with soygurt and almond butter, of course.

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Looking for something to do, James and I randomly decided to rent a Zipcar for the day and drive up to the Woodbury Outlets.  I packed almond butter and jelly sandwiches in order to be less tempted by all the junk food that we would encounter for lunch.  Unfortunately, it did not keep me away from the dippin’ dots.  After an afternoon of shopping, we drove around the area some more, and found a very nice Indian restaurant for dinner.

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We were apprehensive at first.  The sign makes the place look like a barbecue joint, and the food is advertised as exotic.  Another blaring red flag was the old car show happening in the next parking lot.  Roaring engines, over-sized American flags, twangy music.  Despite the warning signs, Bukhara ended up being a terrific find.

The requisite dipping sauces:

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Copper cups:

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Spiral silverware:

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Bib napkins:

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And really good food:

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Samosas

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Nan, Aloo Gobhi Matar (fresh cut potatoes, cauliflower, and green peas in fresh herbs and spices), Dal Bukhara (black lentils cooked over slow fire, their signature dish), and rice.
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At the end of our meal, we were given small copper bowls filled with warm water and lemon slices to cleanse our hands in:

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Before we made it back to NYC, we made a pit stop at Trader Joe’s for lunchtime snacks for the week.  By the time we got home, it was late, I was tired, and no blogging was done.  But don’t worry, I still have a ton to recap.

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