Sunday, July 20, 2008

Annapurna

When life's been really hectic, I crave the calm atmosphere and yummy veggie cuisine at the Annapurna Vegetarian restaurant. Lucky me, I got to go this weekend. Here's what it looks like inside. Yes, that is a trickling fountain in the foreground.



The restaurant is run by people who follow the spiritual teachings of Sri Chinmoy . All the servers are adherents of his philosophy. I don't know if it qualifies as a religion, because I'm too busy sucking back delicious soya milk smoothies (soy milk, banana, dates, cinnamon, and honey - woo!) to do in-depth research while I'm there. I do know that they teach meditation classes and sell books by the cash register.

Sri Chinmoy's sayings are posted on the sugar packets, and also on the walls under interpretive paintings. They are inspirational and soothing. Here's one:



"Peace is the indomitable response to life's every challenge." I can buy that! Then there are some that are less accessible to the uninitiated...



"The sex of peace is just inside your mind's silence-sky." Err... That one goes over my head, but it sounds promising. I might have spent some time thinking about it, if I weren't so preoccupied with my enjoyment of the fabulous curry lunch special plate (chick-pea and spinach curry, veggie curry stew, and rice with cashew nuts - mmmm! Fabulous.)

On the walk back to the car, I saw some flowers. I'm not so good with flower names. This one is a tiger lily perhaps?



And these unusual flowers - I don't believe I've ever seen them before. What do you suppose they're called?



Phallus Blossoms, maybe?

12 comments:

Maxie said...

That restaurant looks really cool. My favorite restaurant in my town is the vegetarian one even though I'm not one. The food is just so freakin good though!

Karen said...

I don't vegetarian food enough of a chance. I don't even eat that much meat, but going to a place that is vegetarian makes me nervous. LOL I am insane.

unsigned said...

Phallus flower power!

Warped Mind of Ron said...

Mmmm the smoothie sounds really good! Now when the meal came out I would have to try to sneak some sort of animal on top of it for me to eat it :)

Keera Ann Fox said...

If it had said "the Orgasm of peace" I might be able to wrap my western brain around it. I wish there was a restaurant like that around here. Also because of the food.

Claire said...

Phallus blossoms? Awesome. That smoothis sounds delicious!

Cxx

Tink said...

Those flowers look, um, cheerful. LOL. I'm tempted to send Hoop some (to work) on April Fools Day. Think he'd be mad? Hehe.

whatigotsofar said...

"Hey baby, wanna pollinate?"

Forget the birds and the bees. I learned everything I need to know about sex from those wang flowers.

Sparkling Red said...

Maxie: I used to work near one veggie cafeteria that offered a butternut squash ravioli I would have died for. I still miss it!

Karen: Well, to be fair, some veggie food is kind of weird. But usually very tasty! You're the only person I know who can claim ownership of a bulk-sized bag of spinach - you have every right to feel perfectly at home in a vegetarian environment. ;-)

Unsigned: I'd like to see those flower children...

Ron: I wonder if the restaurant people would react with indomitable peace if you pulled out a KFC drumstick to eat with your tofu and brown rice.

Keera: "Orgasm of Peace" is a more western-friendly way of putting it. :-)

Claire: I could live on those smoothies. I wish I could have one every day for breakfast. Made by someone else, of course, with no blender to wash.

Tink: That would be some bouquet! Who said roses were the most seductive flower?

WIGSF: Like Stiffler says, they're gonna hang out with their wangs out. Wooooo! Par-tay!

jameil1922 said...

soya milk smoothies?? sound yummy!! of course i'm intrigued by the food! meat eater or not! mmmmm!

Jenski said...

I am getting hungry reading about the food! And I'll go with your naming of that flower.

Sparkling Red said...

Jameil: You'd better believe it! These people do otherworldly things with their blender.

Jenski: Thank you! It's good to have a scientist backing me up on my botany. ;-)