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Surprise "Indian" Dessert

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Schmitt Jun 15, 2007 03:43 AM

Went out last night to Ganesha in Düsseldorf for an Indian dinner. We settled on one of the specials for two people (about €50) & in due course received our soup, appetizer, & main course. It wasn't the best Indian food I've ever had but it was adequate & we're going to try a spicy spinach curry at home soon, because yum.

They clear our plates and we're leaning back with full stomachs relaxing and waiting for dessert. Our charming waiter comes over with two plates, smiles and says, "My ladies" graciously as he sets down in front of us...

two Neopolitan ice cream sandwiches. With spoons.

We proceeded in fits of giggles to clean our plates and ask for the bill.

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  1. rworange Jun 15, 2007 09:15 PM

    What a charming story. Do you live in Germany or are you visiting?

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      Schmitt Jun 16, 2007 04:19 PM

      I live here & have for about five years now. I love the various ethnic foods I'd never gotten to try before, having come from small-town Indiana. I even eat sauerkraut....

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        rworange Jun 16, 2007 05:19 PM

        Cool. I hope you do more reports. Is there much Indian food in Germany? What other ethnic foods are available?

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          PBSF Jun 16, 2007 08:27 PM

          Of all the different ethnic foods, Turkish is the best, especially in Berlin where there is a large Turkish population.

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            Schmitt Jun 20, 2007 11:50 AM

            I happen to live right in the Turkish section of our city. It's awesome! Two doors down is a Turkish bakery where we get flat bread for 50 cents a loaf, great döner (yesterday's dinner), and occasionally we treat ourselves to baklava (an assortment!)

            There's also a Turkish restaurant here in town where I had delicious eggplant something a couple of years ago (too many restaurants, not enough time, MUST go back). A Persian place was up the street (I had something with lots of bones) but it closed; there are lots of Greek places, mostly cut from the same cloth and named the Acropolis, though there's a more authentic one here where we had lovely baked feta & free dessert (mmm). The best Chinese takeout ever is a few blocks away & are willing to call us when they deliver since our doorbell's been broken for months. Thai is also pretty prevalent although our town doesn't have its own; we have to go a little further afield for that & decent Indian. The Italian population here runs ice cream parlors & pizza places with delicious results. I've also seen a Russian place and a few Japanese restaurants in the area though haven't been.

            And about half a block up the street is a traditional German brewery/restaurant. I do have it made!

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              PBSF Jun 21, 2007 12:27 AM

              The turkish eggplant dish might be Iman Bayildi, baked small eggplants stuffed with a mixture of tomatoes, garlic and parsley.

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