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Food Friday: Fit/What? 
24th-Oct-2008 08:22 am
So, ybunny and I went down to Ayr for a belated anniversary thing. He'd been in Egypt during the actual day and needed to book of for the recent wedding. The two were too close to book off for both.

We stayed at a lovely place called the Savoy Park Hotel. Their dinner menu would surely be nice for carnivores, but didn't work out for two veggies, one of which loathes mushrooms.

On the second evening, we ate at a Indian restaurant on Wellington Square.1

We were starving, having tromped all over Dundonald Castle, Bothwell Castle, Uddingston2, Newark Castle, and Dumbarton Castle.

We ordered two curries, a rice, starters, two chapatis, and a cheese naan3.

Previously when eating chapatis, they have come out as thin, tortilla-like bread. In other words, not a big eat.

However, these came out looking like round versions of naan.

The bigger shock was that instead of being stuffed with paneer, as we'd imagined, the cheese naan was a naan bread with cheddar4 melted over top.

It was almost as though we were eating pizza along with curry. Which I must say is a new taste treat for me. One which I doubt I'll repeat.

What's a 'what?' moment you've had while eating out?

1- I didn't realize that Wellington was such a big deal in Ayr prior to our trip. I still can't figure out exactly what the connection is. My Google-fu fails. There are streets, the square, bars, pubs, and so forth named Wellington.
2- Where they make Tunnocks!
3- Which originated the quip by my sister when my father ordered 'cheese pakora, sag paneer, and a cheese naan'. My mother asked, 'what will you be having for dessert?' 'A heart attack', my sister answered.
4- Or, possibly not cheddar. Orange, at least.
24th-Oct-2008 07:59 am (UTC)
Wellington: the square, and much of 'new' or gentrified Ayr, was built over the period 1815-1835. In common with a LOT of places around the UK, they named it Wellington because Waterloo had only just happened and it was being commemorated everywhere in every conceivable way. [Scotland/France's longstanding affinity notwithstanding.]

The school, other street names, pubs, etc will all be taking their name from the new development, rather than the Duke.
24th-Oct-2008 08:27 am (UTC)

Where did you find this? I searched and searched...
24th-Oct-2008 08:41 am (UTC)
I'm familiar enough with British placenames and history to have made the original guess that it's Waterloo-related - Oxford has a Wellington Square too - and then I found Ayr proper, so late as the early part of the present century, presented a motley aspect, and could boast of little street improvement. It had just acquired the very fine extension of Wellington Square, but, with that exception, it consisted mainly of mean buildings, with fronts, gables, and corners projecting to the roadways as chance or caprice had directed. Its only thoroughfares were High Street, Carrick Vennel, Mill Vennel, Old Bridge Street, New Bridge Street, Sandgate Street, and Wellington Square; and these were wretchedly paved, very indifferently cleaned, ill-lighted, and destitute of side pavements for foot-passengers- The principal approach to it from the N, too, was then a squalid winding way through Wallacetown; and what is now the principal approach through Newton was then the water-way of a mill-lade, blocked by an old huge building, partly mill and partly dwelling-house. But the improvement which began in the erection of Wellington Square went rapidly forward; it accomplished more in the twenty years up to 1835, than had been accomplished during the previous hundred years; http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/towns/townhistory478.html [paragraph written in the 1880s, obviously, not the 21st century!].
24th-Oct-2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
I would've cried. There is little worse in this world than the desire for tasty Indian food and getting pooped on.
24th-Oct-2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
There is a Mexican place in town that is run by a couple of actual Mexican people so Gordon convinced me to try it. It was very good at nachos, it tasted right. But then the main came out and it was so close to what I get in Tennessee but not quite. It might be that I'm used to TexMex but I don't know.

It was still tasty.
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