Morocco by way of India, via Pakistan, with a stop in NYC

India, Pakistan, NYC, Morocco. That’s quite a journey. But the journey doesn’t end there. It ends in Schenectady.
Humble Schenectady of all places. And how blessed the Electric City is because of it.
I find it interesting that the small North African nation of Morocco (with a population of just 34 million) is ingrained into American culture. After all, one of the greatest films made, arguably, is Casablanca, set in the eponymous Moroccan coastal city.
“Here’s looking at you kid.” What American over the age of 30 doesn’t know that line?
Then there’s the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young hit Marrakesh Express. Love that tune. And according to Wikipedia, the song is based on an actual train ride Graham Nash took to the city of Marrakesh while vacationing in Morocco.
I was surprised to learn that Tara Kitchen is run by a husband and wife team of Indian, and Pakistani descent. She lived for a time in NYC. He, a transplanted Pakistani living in Morocco. When she was vacationing there, they met, fell in love, and married. It’s a fascinating story, and I recommend you read it.

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Hot Tooth

I had the pleasure of joining nine other yelpers recently for an excursion to Troy to enjoy pizza, beer and wings at the Notty Pine Tavern. It was a great time. Ten food lovers sitting around a table talking about—and eating—food. There’s nothing quite like spending time with like minded souls. Those who ‘get’ what you ‘get’. Those who enjoy what you enjoy.

Daniel B. of FUSSYlittleBLOG fame and Otis M. of Burnt My Fingers were discussing (I think) foods they like. Daniel made the observation that he had a ‘fat tooth’ and Otis an ‘acid tooth’. Just as it’s said that someone who loves sweets has a sweet tooth, Otis is fond of foods that have an acidic component, and Daniel those that contain fat.

That got me thinking.

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