Went to the Accord Metropolitan for dinner- Maamis cooking festival. When I called for reservations , here is how the conversation went:
Me: Hi Could I have a table for 3 for tonight 7.30pm for Mami's samayal ?
Them: Yes madam. The festival focuses on pure Iyengar food. Pure vegetarian.
Me: How come the newspaper ad shows an Iyer maami?
Them: That is what madam, Iyer and Iyengar menu - I mean Brahmin Menu- pure vegetarian madam.
Me: That sounds good. Thank you then. ...
The food, infact the menu, was a let down- no keerai, no paruppu ususli, no akkarai vadisal. Bajjis & vadais were flat, veggies rather uncooked.To be fair , the desserts & the service were great though. And they gave us a takeway tamboolam of kai murukku- simply superb.
A keyboard performer in the lobby played" Mr Postman" on my request and Anush sat in rapt attention and did the thaalam ( karnatic style) to that song with her head bobbing like a Music Rasikaa at the November Fest. ( The Hindu's music festival- an eclectic mix of musicians)
Before I forget, we saw Parthipan and his daughter - Kirthana is it? My mom met him up at the buffet and appreciated his Azhagi. He seemed happy and responded chirpily. We got discussing whether "stars" feel good when recognized & spoken to in public or would they rather be left alone and go inconspicuous. What do you think?