Getting in on the Food Review Action

Kenny has been posting restaurant reviews on his personal blog for years (often with photos taken by me), and he has continued that tradition over here as we’ve traveled around China, Nepal, and now India. Since this is a shared blog after all, I’ve decided to get out from behind the camera and start writing some reviews of my own (this will also help Kenny whittle away at the huge restaurant backlog that is piling up).

Kenny rates restaurants on a scale of 1-5 Kennys (using a South Park Kenny icon). I plan to use the same scale, described in detail here, but obviously a Kenny icon wouldn’t be appropriate for me. Since we’re in South Asia, I’m going to invoke my favorite Hindu god Ganesha for my restaurant critic avatar: . The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha is recognizable for his elephant head and is known as a connoisseur of food. More about him:

One of the many stories about Ganesha tells how, after a long day of dancing and stuffing himself with ladoos [sweets], Ganesha mounted his mouse and rode toward home (If you look carefully, you can see a small mouse at the sculpture’s lower left). Suddenly a large cobra appeared in the middle of the road, startling the mouse, who gave a great leap. Ganesha was unseated, fell heavily onto the road, and split his belly open. Sweet balls rolled in all directions!

Determined to regain the sweets, Ganesha used his trunk and all six arms to gather the ladoos, tucking each one carefully back into his open belly. In order to hold everything in place, he grabbed the cobra–the source of all this trouble–and tied it around his waist. Pleased with his solution to this unexpected mishap, Ganesha prepared to go on his way, when suddenly he was dismayed to hear laughter ringing out from overhead. He looked up and saw the moon laughing at him. Embarrassed and angry, Ganesha broke off one of his tusks and flung it at the moon, taking out some of its light. This explains why the moon sometimes has the shape of an elephant’s tusk–and why artists usually show Ganesha with only one tusk.

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