September 14, 2006

You know what’s cheap in India?

Filed under: Not Tech — Chris @ 2:58 pm

Everything. You know what’s particularly, surprisingly cheap? CDs. New, popular, major label CDs cost Rs 149 (about $3). Right before I left, I went to Planet M and bought 3 CDs and a DVD* for about $15.

Yesterday, I went to Other Music and spent $50 on 4 CDs. (And 3 of them were on sale!) Boo!

* Are you curious? No? Well I don’t care. They were: Asian Flava Vol 2 (a compilation of Indian hip-hop, which I developed an inexplicable fondness for), the soundtrack to Omkara (because the main single off that (the name of which I do not know because I don’t understand Hindi) makes me want to shake my booty like I just don’t care), Himesh Reshaminiya (because I like his beard), and the DVD of The Killer (which H and I almost went to see in Shimla, before we decided to spend the evening frantically trying (and largely failing) to make train reservations).

[UPDATE 9/17/2006] The booty-shaking track from Omkara is “Beedi”. Go forth and get funky.


NYU Sandwiches

Filed under: Food, Not Tech — Chris @ 2:16 pm

After my cry for help last week, I’ve visited three new (to me) sandwich places in the NYU area.

  • bite is in that weird flattish building at Lafayette and Bleeker (the one that used to be a clothing store of some kind, I think, but I’m showing my age, because apparently it’s been bite for several years now). It is a good replacement for Pamela’s: it has the same kind of up-scale fancy cheese, fancy meat sandwiches, some of which are pressed and toasted. I had the fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and sun-dried tomato panini and I had no complaints. It’s a little pricey though: $7 for the sandwich and a lemonade, plus I went halvsies on a $2 brownie.
  • BB Sandwich Bar (W 3rd between MacDougal and 6th) serves exactly one thing: a cheese steak sandwich. It comes on a kaiser roll, with white American cheese, onions, and some kind of ketchup/chili sauce. It is $4.50 for regular people and $2.75 for NYU people. It is very yummy. (They also have cupcakes, which I didn’t try and which Ittai said he had never tried because he, “doesn’t like cupcakes.” Jackass.)
  • ‘wichcraft (8th Street between Mercer and Broadway) is Top Chef Tom Colicchio’s foray into “fast food.” I got turned onto this place by the NYU paper, which adorably thinks the “East Village” is between 5th Avenue and Broadway. I had the bacon, lettuce, and heirloom tomato sandwich, which cost an absurd $10 (it comes with aioli, not mayo, you cretins). Honestly, it was about as good as a BLT is going to get outside of a fine dining restaurant. But, even so, the tomato was a little mushy. Come on, guys, for ten bucks you can toss out a few mushy tomatoes! The “cheap” side of the menu is a $5 PB&J and grilled gruyere for $5.50. You can also get oatmeal, granola, or grits for $4.

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