Monday, October 22, 2007

Mario's Annual Curry and Ice Cream Social

Mario told me it was inspired by a movie called "Bubble Boy," a 2001 remake of John Travolta's 1976 "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble." One of the characters in the movie is Pushpop, an Indian ice cream man. As Mario tells it, Pushpop has an ice cream truck that sells both ice cream and curry because "everybody loves ice cream. And curry!" To commemorate the bringing together of ... well, of foods that everyone likes, Mario created the Curry and Ice Cream Social!

The spread
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Mozza balls, olive tapenade, tiny tomatoes, and basil
@ Mario's curry and ice cream social

Roast chicken in curry spices, the only non-vegan dish here aside from the mozzarella balls in tapenade
@ Mario's curry and ice cream social

Cucumber salad
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Cantaloupe salad
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Seaweed salad
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White tofu, with fried curry
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Mario is such an amazing baker--here's his pumpkin bread
@ Mario's curry and ice cream social

My plate, also showing Mario's mom's amazing handmade tortillas, and some pumpkin curry toward the back
@ Mario's curry and ice cream social

Mario had me buy some rambutans from Trader Joe's on the way in
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And he used them and other fruits to decorate his trademark vegan chocolate cake, which was better than ever
@ Mario's curry and ice cream social

2 comments:

Princess of the kitchen said...

That's funny! In Autralia those are called Lychees not Rambutans. Isn't strange how differetn english speaking countries call things differently. Like peppers are called Capsicums in Australia amd n owhere else, except maybe NZ.

Julie said...

Ah, rambutans and lychees, at least as I know them and as we have them here in the U.S., are related, but not quite the same. You're right, though--it is interesting how many English words there are for the same thing. One of my favorite pairs is eggplant and aubergine. =)