Monday, 17 June 2013
history of Indian Restaurants in Dublin, whence I lifted the photo and this great vignette: "Larry Gogan’s ‘Just a minute’ quiz on RTE Radio 2. When asked ‘Where’s the Taj Mahal?’, a contestant famously replied ‘opposite the Dental Hospital’ ". There's also lots of good stuff on early growth of the Indian community in Dublin and I've written about the exponential increase in Ireland's muslim community.
At about the same time that The Beloved was studying French and Arabic at The Other University, we went out for dinner at the (Dublin) Taj Mahal with a mutual friend who'd been born in Middlesborough but grown up in Ballinasloe - twas a long way from Indian restaurants she was r'ared. This was long and long before chicken tikka marsala became the most popular meal in Britain, and the Taj put helpful notes in brackets (mild, medium, hot, very hot) after the dishes on the menu so as not to surprise the clientelle too much.
flaming hot. How does that work? Is it nature or nurture? Can you train yourself up to tolerate chilis that create physical blisters in the naive?
Penguin photo credit.