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Cooking with Shef’s Kitchen at Patricia’s Table

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I’ve loved Indian food ever since I had my first taste of it in high school. The only Indian restaurant was a 45 minute drive away, and you can bet that I made that haul almost weekly, possibly more.

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When I was invited to an Indian street food cooking class by Shef’s Kitchen at Patricia’s Table, I was absolutely beside myself! And no, not just because the classes are BYO…

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First off, the space is gorgeous. It’s well-lit, well-stocked, and well-staffed. It’s so pristine, in fact, that a couple came in off the street wanting to to dine there thinking it was a restaurant. I learned that this is not uncommon.

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Shef herself was incredible. She was so at ease that it made it feel like we were family members learning how to cook in her own home, which I loved! The fact that she has a medical background, and focuses on healthy, flavorful eating were all bonuses. I’m a bit of a health fanatic, so for food to be good + taste good is very important to me.

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At the end, we all dined at a large communal table. I think I was the only one who smuggled in wine from my purse, but that’s to be expected from me (again, it was BYO!). I made some new friends, learned some new tricks, and feel a lot more comfortable with some ingredients I hadn’t been brave enough to work with before. If you’re looking for something new to try/do/learn then definitely take a class!

Eating East: Nasha Indian

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Finally! There’s Indian food on the east side! Nasha recently opened it’s very colorful doors, and I’ve already been twice.

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The first time I went, I was a little put off by the harsh lighting inside, but absolutely adored the outdoor patio (warning: acorns will fall on you). On my recent visit, I noticed that the indoor lighting may have been changed for the better. Hurray ambiance!

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Both time I had the Malvani curry, ordered desi hot, and absolutely loved it. It’s exotic, coconut-y, and bursting with flavor.

nasha-indian-austinMy friend grabbed the Millionaire curry, medium hot, and wasn’t quite as impressed, but still ate every single bite. (He can say he’s underwhelmed all he wants, but I saw him lick the plate.)

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The wine and beer are fairly priced, and overall it’s a great spot if you are craving Indian, but simply don’t want to endure the hassle of traveling to north Austin. Did I mention that they made Indian tacos? I’ll just leave you with that.