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The Spice of Life — Sagar Indian Cusine & Raj’s Indian Kitchen

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The Spice of Life — Sagar Indian Cusine & Raj’s Indian Kitchen

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Appetizer at Sagar Indian Cuisine– 156 Bridge Street, Carleton Place

Steve and I might not be experts on fine dining, but what we are good at, having lived in the Oakland, California area, is analyzing Breakfast and Indian Food. Every few weeks we used to hit Vik’s Chaat in Berkeley that is known for amazing Indian Cuisine and you have to be patient in the long line ups. It’s serious business getting in to enjoy their food. But, it’s worth it!

 

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Raj’s Indian Kitchen- Carleton Place Farmer’s Market- Saturdays

 

We love the fabulous food and Mango Lassi’s at Raj’s Indian Cuisine at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market, but this year I have been so sick I have not been able to get over there. But, this family of cooks under the leadership of Mama knows their Indian Cuisine and it’s so worth making an effort to get there on Saturdays. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

So, tonight Steve and I took a walk on the wild side and went for dinner at Sagar’s Indian Cuisine at 156 Bridge street, in Carleton Place. Steve is pretty honest about his food and he was very impressed with what we ate. I had to agree that it  was as fresh as they come.

 

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Mango Lassi at Sagar Indian Cuisine– 156 Bridge Street, Carleton Place

 

If you are looking for luxurious decor– this is not your restaurant– but I don’t go to a restaurant for decor– I go to eat. I loved the fact that the food is absolutely authentic and healthy (not submerged in loads and loads of oil like other places). The samosas were the real deal and huge and they were delicious paired with the Mango Lassi.

 

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Samosa and they give you a small side of Channa Masala- Sagar Indian Cuisine– 156 Bridge Street, Carleton Place

 

I had Aloo Gobi and fresh Naan and Steve had Mateer Paneer which he found a bit too “tomatoey” for his tastes– but, still delicious with his side of Raita. After smelling his Garlic Naan from the other side of the table– I would definitely trade my plain for garlic next time. Not that there was anything wrong with the plain.

 

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Sagar Indian Cuisine– 156 Bridge Street, Carleton Place

 

Sagar’s has a menu full of intriguing entrees, spot on for authenticity, and the service was very attentive. As for value, entrees are about $12, but in my opinion well worth it, as we left full and very satisfied and have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

 

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Aloo Gobi  Sagar Indian Cuisine– 156 Bridge Street, Carleton Place

 

What makes Linda happy?

The food in both spots is delicious, and I can say we finally have Indian food in Carleton Place– both at the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, and at Sagar on Bridge Street full time. But, what made me smile from ear to ear was that they were very busy and had a lot of folks coming in for take out. I love seeing life on Bridge Street– Just LOVE it..

So don’t forget both places have take out and Sagar has a lunch combo.

What more can you ask for?

Pardon me while I run around the block a few times now….

 

Sagar’s Indian Cuisine156 Bridge Street, Carleton Place

Raj’s Indian Kitchen- Carleton Place Farmer’s Market- Saturdays

 

 

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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?

 

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Jai Ho! Two Reasons to Eat Indian Food–Indian Food Day —Tomorrow at the Ginger Cafe

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The Ginger Cafe serves up a vegetarian Indian Buffet on the first Friday of every month! It’s tomorrow Baby!!
Get your curry on from 11:30am-7:30pm. Our pay-per-weight buffet offers lots gluten free & vegan options. Take out is available too.

 

 

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Why Should You Eat Indian Food?

1. Indian food tastes great. Even if you don’t like spicy food.

2. Indian cuisine is generally healthy. There is a big emphasis on plant based ingredients, which makes this heaven for vegans and vegetarians. For example, have a red lentil dal instead of a veggie burger. The use of spices drastically reduces the need for salt; many of the spices have additional health benefits.

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Enjoy a delicious pay-per-weight vegetarian feast from 11:30am-7:30pm.

Load your plate with veggie korma, gingered chick peas, eggplant burtha, red lentil dahl, saag paneer, basmati rice, samosas, naan bread & lots of salads!

 

Ginger Cafe

location
132 coleman street
carleton place, on, k7c 4m7

visit them
monday-wednesday 9am-4pm
thursday & friday 9am-8pm
saturday 10am-4pm
sunday closed

get in touch
613.492.1345
info@gingercafe.ca

Hamsa Yoga

Address: 132 Coleman Street, Carleton Place ON, K7C4M7

Call: (613) 451-3200
Email: info@hamsayogastudio.ca

 

Shake Your Bollywood Booty! It’s Indian Food Day— Friday at the Ginger Cafe!

It’s Always Springtime at the Ginger Cafe!

 

Shake Your Bollywood Booty! It’s Indian Food Day— Friday at the Ginger Cafe!

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TOMORROW… THIS FRIDAY…You can load your plate with: PLUS… SHE IS SERVING BUTTERSCOTCH PIE TOO TODAY.

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Where can you buy Indian food in Carleton Place? No where–EXCEPT the Ginger Cafe once a month.This Friday is Indian Buffet Day at Ginger Cafe!

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Enjoy a delicious pay-per-weight vegetarian feast from 11:30am-7:30pm. Load your plate with veggie korma, gingered chick peas, eggplant burtha, red lentil dahl, saag paneer, basmati rice, samosas, naan bread & lots of salads!

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Leave room for dessert! SHE IS SERVING BUTTERSCOTCH PIE TOO TODAY.

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Ginger Cafe

location
132 coleman street
carleton place, on, k7c 4m7

visit them
monday-wednesday 9am-4pm
thursday & friday 9am-8pm
saturday 10am-4pm
sunday closed

get in touch
613.492.1345
info@gingercafe.ca

Hamsa Yoga

Address: 132 Coleman Street, Carleton Place ON, K7C4M7

Call: (613) 451-3200
Email: info@hamsayogastudio.ca

Shake Your Bollywood Booty! It’s Indian Food Day— Friday at the Ginger Cafe!

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Indian food day is once a month.. call for more information.

With their intoxicating spices and complex flavours, Indian curries are enjoyed the world over. Now, in a study of more than 2,000 recipes, scientists have discovered the secret behind curry’s popularity on a molecular level. They claim that unlike Western dishes that tend to pair similar flavours together – such as beer and beef – Indian dishes use at least seven ingredients that do not contain overlapping flavours. Previous research has found curry could actually be good for you, easing arthritis and even protecting people from Alzheimer’s. Indian food is not just about the curry, or the chicken tikka masala or the naan. It’s the vibrant colours, rich aromas and complex flavours of Indian food means there are  many reasons to love this spice-laced cuisine.

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Where can you buy Indian food in Carleton Place? No where–EXCEPT the Ginger Cafe once a month.This Friday is Indian Buffet Day at Ginger Cafe! Enjoy a delicious pay-per-weight vegetarian feast from 11:30am-7:30pm. Load your plate with veggie korma, gingered chick peas, eggplant burtha, red lentil dahl, saag paneer, basmati rice, samosas, naan bread & lots of salads!

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Most importantly, don’t forget to leave room for desert. Have you ever tried their desserts? The Green Tea Chai Cookie/Moon Pie is to die for! Take out is available!!!! So don’t be shy!

See you Friday!

AND DON’T FORGET THEIR KNITTING GROUP..

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Join the Ginger Cafe Knitting Group for a stichin’ good time every second Thursday at 7pm.

Don’t know what a purl stitch or cast off is? No problem, newbies are welcome! Choose a knit kit from Something Wooly and get all the help you need with your first project.

Mark your calendar for: Sept 24, Oct 8/22, Nov 5/19, Dec 3/17
See you there!

Tiffany Nixon just confirmed-“We JUST confirmed that we will also be hosting the group every second Sunday from 1-3pm. This Sunday will be the first meet up. Hopefully you can make it to one… or both!”

Ginger Cafe

location
132 coleman street
carleton place, on, k7c 4m7

visit them
monday-wednesday 9am-4pm
thursday & friday 9am-8pm
saturday 10am-4pm
sunday closed

get in touch
613.492.1345
info@gingercafe.ca

Hamsa Yoga

Address: 132 Coleman Street, Carleton Place ON, K7C4M7

Call: (613) 451-3200
Email: info@hamsayogastudio.ca

Call the Fireman Pole Dancer- Joel Stein is in my Stomach

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Well, I was all set to do my first Foodie Tuesday post and then my stomach some  how got upset .

You see, I read Joel Stein’s Time Magazine article about his neighbourhood. Joel  Stein thought he was being humourous with his supposed satire about his  immigrant  neighbours in Edison New Jersey. It was just not a bulk complaint  against all immigrants, it was sadly about Indians. But some how his undertones  in this article scared me.

He complained how the first immigrated Indians brought in their less smarter  merchant cousins and how his movie multiplex only shows Bollywood films now. That was just the beginning.

Saturday, I went to a great Indian food place in Berkeley called Viks Chaat  Corner that has been in operation for 18 years.  It started out as a small hole in the wall and progressed to become one of Berkeley’s finest .

Their food is so good  that is has been reviewed by the likes of the San Francisco Chronicle to the New York  Times. In none of the articles I read did I hear them being called “dot heads”  as  in Joel Stein’s article.

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Viks is a family run business just like the ones Joel Stein talks about.That is about one of three things he likes about the Indian population. Far better restaurants. Even though he did not eat in them.

Apparently, so do a lot of other people in the Bay area. The line up was out the door.

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I know nothing about Indian food except that Samosas are good. So I let Steve pick out a group of things that would have fed half the street. I was thrilled  to see  the mixed cultures harmonously kneeding breads, and stirring pots. Indian mothers, and grandmothers in saris sprinkled with Latinos worked silently in the  steamy open kitchen.

We got four different items that maybe anyone who does not live outside  of the box would  try.Yes, maybe some people like Joel Stein would never try this  delicious food.

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There was Bhel Puri which looked like a wet sea gree rice salad with a
questionalble crunchy topping. At first I hated it, but by the second spoonful I was hooked.

Wonderful huge Samosas and Aloo Tiki were the next things I tried. Aloo Tiki  is  made out of potatoes and declicious chickpeas. Ahh, a fibre content to die for.

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And, no where Joel Stein, did anyone  talk about: a sense of loss and anomie and  disbelief that anyone can eat food that spicy.

You see Joel Stein, I have always lived in a bubble. My family was a group of  immigrants that came over to Canada and the USA to find a better life.

One of  them even died on Ellis Island trying to be a songwriter in America.They did  menial jobs for years until they owned their own businesses.

I believe, and I am not afraid to say it , that everyone should have a chance  to have a better life.Yes, the educated, and the uneducated.

I picked all sorts of berries for a summer, and believe me none of my peers would do it. The job was not good enough and way too hard for them. How many people do you know that would  do a job like that now?

Would you Joel Stein stir a pot of steaming chickpeas for hours  on end?

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Joel, honestly, why did you not speak of all the jobs that were outsourced to India? That is where the real jobs went to, although, they too are feeling the pinch now. People should be reminded of this.

Why did you not speak to the workers that took these jobs that were named Cindy, and Gidget and Chip ?

Yes, they were given American names and taught slang and work for money no one would even consider here. Good thing they did not move to your neighbourhood. You might have not noticed the difference , except for their skin colour.

I have a hard time understanding this fear about immigration that is turning  into hysteria. To me, there is a bigger problem that should be dealt with first.

When I go into a McDonalds in Missouri, and hear an African American young man  working at  the counter being called “boy” , that to me is a problem.

When I sit next to someone in another state and hear someone  at an adjoining table say he would never vote for man that can’t control his woman that is problem number two.

When I see my friend Kevin get upset because he will never have equal partner rights that’s problem number three.

The fact that people of all colours, gays and women are still not equal in a lot of this country  is something  that should be dealt with first. How can a country work harmoniously together  when they are still at odds with themselves?

Joel Stein, I am glad that you had to apologize for that article you wrote. I am  glad you were stomach- sick that you hurt a lot of people. I would really like  to take you  out out for lunch at Viks and talk to you about your article.

I  would also like to ask you about your family’s history and see where they came  from. Are we all not born from families of immigrants?

Joel Stein says

” I am very much in favor of immigration everywhere in the U.S. except Edison,  N.J.”

Too bad you could not repeat that to your ancestors and see what they would have  had to say. Or have you segregated all of them too into proper race containers?

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So Joel, call me. Let’s do a cup of Chai.

So much for my Foodie Tuesday piece. Well you can tell by the pictures it was yummy.

Linda Seccaspina

words and images 2010

Joel Stein’s article

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1999416,00.html