Not an actual restaurant but the U.S. offices for Haldiram?s, an Indian snack food concern whose sweet-and-spicy chatpatas (snacks) show you what a 3,000-year head start has given Indian cuisine over Frito-Lay. They offer 32 types of namkeens, which are dry snacks that have vegetables and grains like spinach, rice and potato. Ask owner Supriya Bharadwaj for a free sample. As she says, Once [people] eat it, they?ll be our customers for life.
Supriya Bharadwaj, distribution manager for the La Palma offices of Indian snack food maestros Haldiram's, recently sent me some Bollywood films with the promise of more if I wrote about her employers. While I accepted the bribe—screw ethics:... More »