Monday, September 3, 2012

To The Moon On A Magic Carpet Ride

You can call it a boring Sunday afternoon.

Most may not find it so, but I found it boring. I was way too bored that I thought I had to go out and have fun. After all, it's a Sunday! I can enjoy my break every weekend after a week of stress at work. Hey, I love to write, but it does not mean that I will not experience a writer's block.

And a writer's block I did experience. For a boring Sunday afternoon, I need inspiration. I need to be out there.

I had been looking for salsa and anything that are Mexican, so I decided I want to eat tacos. And cruising at the mall to soothe my tongue was all I had in mind.

I decided to look for that kiosk that sold tacos and quesadillas, but I found out it was not there anymore. It was replaced by a kiosk selling crepes, and I was not craving for crepes.

Strolling around I did until my eyes landed upon the sign that says "Mooon Cafe." It is quite a knowledge already that Mooon Cafe serves Mexican-style food--just the way I like it.

I don't know, but I am fond of strolling alone, so by the time I got inside the restaurant, a waitress ushered me to a table which, by default, could accommodate four persons. I sat and took the menu and read. I am not that familiar with Mexican food, which was why I embarked on this odyssey. Salsa, salsa galore.

Actually, this is my second time to be in Mooon, the first time with my friends from Mindanao. One friend of mine had suggested that chimichanga is delicious, but since I forgot what it was, I ordered one this time. And I had to forgo with the tacos for now. Gotta have it later...

By the time my chimichanga arrived, my heart melted like mozarella cheese. Awww... that food is a darling! Finally, I took my fork and dismantled my food. I don't care how other people eat theirs, but I just ate mine the way I like it. Of course, I wanted to know what comprised my dear chimi.

Ah, the salsa rojo complemented well with the cheese that it was too perfect! Even the ground beef inside brought a whole lot of good. Did I just sense the taste of chilli pepper? It was not as hot as I thought it would be, the spiciness just moderate, but nevertheless, it was great.

And there you go! 

Chimichanga, with the salsa rojo, cheese,  ground beef and extra yumminess inside the crunchy dough

Before I went to Mooon, I had been strolling around looking for backpacks. I will not tell the reason as to why I am looking for those big bags. Anyway, I passed by another restaurant, this time, specialising on Indian and Middle Eastern food. After Mooon, I decided to hop in to Persian Palate.

I am not that all too familiar with Indian and Middle Eastern food, so I had to try. I HAD to try. I just got in and sat on the table for two.

The waiter handed out the menu, and I had to scan. The good thing about the food in Persian Palate is that they serve vegetarian food. That is a very good thing for those who are cutting out their source of meat from their diet. I can say that the food is a bit pricey, but what the heck, why not try?

I ordered aloo tikki and the beef kebab because I was too curious. And finally, when my order came, I dug into the aloo tikki first. When I took some to my lips, the flavor of chilli greeted me, the way it did with Mexican food. It was just so heavenly that I find it hard to describe in words. To balance off the spiciness of the dish, there's the sweet mango sauce provided for. If you want something pure vegetarian food, aloo tikki is one of the must-haves.

Aloo Tikki, with the mashed potato and green chilli peppers and sweet mango sauce

I had always been curious what kebab is all about. I had to know, right here, right now. The beef kebab wrap is all I tried because I wanted to, and if I want to try the chicken kebab, maybe that will fall under my next agenda. This kebab came with two kinds of sauces: the green chilli sauce and the cold garlic sauce. I could have eaten it like the way I do with shawarma, eating it wrapped and whole, but I chose to dissect my food as I ate it. No offense, and please do not be offended. I just chose to try eating my food like that, for the reason of getting to know every bit of ingredients, treating them like friends.

My verdict for the beef kebab wrap and aloo tikki: delicious!

Beef Kebab Wrap, with the green chilli hot sauce and cold garlic sauce

My odyssey for Mexican food ended up with eating Indian food as well, but it was totally worth it. By the time I got home, all I had were good memories and a refreshed mind.

There is no more room for word blocks, and no more excuses for grabbing my soft and luxurious hair using my slender fingers. When nothing else comes as inspiration, food can do the trick. Try it!

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