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Bombay Olive in West Hartford

When the focus has recently been on businesses springing up in the center, we cannot forget the Elmwood area.  Last night we went to Bombay Olive for the first time.  We had a great time dining there.  We were a anxious to see what the decor would look like in a former IHOP building — and once you get inside, it is so lovely! I loved the detail work — especially the pressed tin ceiling. The paintings of Everest or various Himalayan scenes are also lovely.

We began with samosa, which were light and fluffy — really good.  After reading that they cook with olive oil (hence the name of the restaurant), I can see why they tasted a little different than I was used to.  It was a nice change.  Sujal and I had the black dahl and the paneer tawa masala with roti and paratha.  It was all very good.  The dahl was creamy and perfectly spiced.  The paneer was a new dish for us.  The veggies in the dish still had some crunch to them — perfectly cooked.  After dinner, I ordered the masala tea.  It was not quite like the masala tea (chai) I’ve had in the past.  It did not contain cream, but it was still good, even though I am partial to an authentic masala chai.

The service was friendly, yet they seemed to be forgetful of our tea and dessert order (our friends had dessert).  This was fine because we were with good company, but that could be an area for improvement.  On the way out, I grabbed a bit of mukwas — it was an interesting mukwas.  I can’t say I loved it — I’m partial to green mukwas — but it was decent.

Finally, I’d have one suggestion for the  menu.  Sujal and I recently ate at the great Indian restaurant in NYC (though they threw away our leftovers, a crime for which I shall never forgive them), and they had tandoori paneer tikka.  It was so tandoorilicious!

I recommend Bombay Olive.  They have a mix of indian, american (western), nepalese, and persian food.  They even have breakfast — which I’d love to try someday.

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Voting — Democracy in Action in West Hartford

Yesterday the citizens of West Hartford voted on accepting the proposed budget, and they voted a resounding, “No.”

I have not yet read any reaction to last night’s election, but I wanted to share my immediate thoughts.  They may change as I later reflect (I’m a commit-ophobe), but right now I am pretty pleased with the fact that I live in a place that has referendums decent voter turnout in the middle of June.  I guess when you come down to it, almost 30% isn’t great voter turnout, but considering what turnouts are often like, it’s not too bad. I cannot say I am pleased with the outcome of the vote, as I believe the West Hartford Taxpayers Association has been less than up front — though more importantly — they have vilified teachers and unions, as well as anyone who opposes them.  I am happy, however, that the town of West Hartford had the opportunity to raise a voice. While I may not always be completely caught up on what is happening in my town, (my country, or my world, for that matter) I believe it is important to read up and know what you are voting for or against.  I’d like to think that many people who voted no were wooed by the idea of lower taxes — a skewing of the actual WHTA’s issue with the budget.  I’d like to think that — not because I want us to all be blind voters, but because I do not want to believe that people can think so harshly of teachers, unions, and education.   Of course I don’t want to believe that people vote without a good understanding of an issue, but for some reason it seems worse to believe that citizens think teachers are greedy and self-serving.

The West hartford Blog has provided an invaluable place to discuss the issue, though I wish there had been a public debate forum.

All in all, while I may not agree with the outcome, I am glad that we had the election.  I’m getting satisfaction out of being linked in to local politics — having a firm understanding of what is going on in my town.  West Hartford does have a lot of great services, and I hope that those services don’t get cut. 

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