new car (woot backposting)

Sally has been declared dead by Amica, and they decided to pay me for a new car. Woot I guess... we took advantage of this and got a larger car that can actually accomodate a car seat.  We were mainly looking at the Ford Edge and the Ford Flex.  Both were very roomy, and had the same engine, but the Flex comes with a better interior and 2 extra seats for not much more.  After dealing with two awful dealerships in San Leandro and Livermore, we got the car we wanted at Sunnyvale Ford.  The Flex really is a nice car, but it does get lousy gas mileage (24/17, or 2 more than the Mustang), and sales apparently have been slow.  We were able to get this one for about $800 under invoice, and with all the incentives, we ended up getting it for about $7,000 below sticker, just slightly over $30,000, which was roughly our budget, taking into account the insurance settlement figures.

p.s. writing this 4/17 but will be back-dating this 3/21 (zomg we beat Cal today!), because i can!


Indian coke

Got "Thumbs Up" at Vik's Chaat, thinking it's a cola beverage made from real sugar (like the Mexican coke). Turns out it's still made from high fructose corn syrup... booo.


Chaat Challenge #2. Dahi Batata Puri

This was a little better - fried dough + yogurt + chutney.  I was a little disappointed that it wasn't really that much different from the dahi papdi chaat.  The later puri ones in the menu look a little better, maybe I should skip ahead to those first.


Chaat Challenge begins! (#1. Dahi Papdi Chaat)

Ok, not really a food challenge per se, but I wanted to try every item on the menu at Vik's Chaat Corner, located about 1/2 mile from work (no, not all at once).  I went with the #1 lunch special, which was Dahi Papdi Chaat.  Basically garbanzo beans + potatoes + spices, with yogurt + tamarind chutney + mint chutney from what I can tell.  I didn't particularly like it, but it wasn't bad either, especially for $5.xx.  I thought it was a little dry, only to realize that I was supposed to mix in the yogurt in the bowl.  Hoping tomorrow's dish is a little better.

P.S. Bonus points if someone can guess what book is under my keyboard.