A Sunday in Surrey

Three weeks ago, as Raj, Rebecca and I drove down to Seattle for the International Food Bloggers Conference we came up with the idea of playing tourist in our town. A simple concept that just required a synching of schedules. We all live in different parts of the Lower Mainland, we are all at different stages in our lives but man, do we ever share a passion for good food, good company and good conversation. Post Seattle shenanigans, the idea of the three of us spending more time together was an easy sell. And should that time together come with a side of something delicious, so be it. Twist my Piggy arm!

For those of you that don’t know Raj and Rebecca, I highly encourage you to visit their blogs and to follow them on their social media adventures. These Ladies are talented, spirited and dedicated to their crafts. I have learned so much from them already and I am certain that at all future collaborations will only make me stronger and wiser. The fun blog posts that will coincide are just a bonus; a Fat Pig cherry on top.

Our first of three outings took place in Surrey, Raj’s family neighborhood. We spent the day traveling from shop to shop, restaurant to restaurant, and ending the outing with a grocery shopping excursion at Fruiticana. I sampled foods that I had never had before, purchased gorgeous accessories and kitchen staples and I came away with a grocery bag full of items that normally don’t live in my fridge. Raj was the ultimate host and Rebecca the perfect co-pilot. And considering the fact that we met on a Sunday in mid-October, the unexpected sunshine definitely deserves some praise as well.

I hope you enjoy looking through some of my photo highlights and I hope you get inspired to plan a similar day for you and your family or friends. Be sure to check out Rebecca and Raj’s blog posts as well. A Sunday spent in Surrey is best seen from all perspectives.

Until next time, Piggies …

1 - Chai & Bangles

Beautiful Raj made sure that our day started off right: homemade Masala chai for the road. One sip and I was hooked – this decadent mixture of aromatic spices is going to be my new best friend this winter. You can send over your secret recipe any time, Raj; you have my number!

While holding up our cups for the camera, we realised that our wrists were far too bare for our Surrey afternoon adventure. Thank goodness we were on route to a shop full of bangles. And I mean row upon row, shelf after shelf, of bangles. I selected a fun multicolour set that I’ve now worn with a ton of different outfits and don’t tell Rebecca, but I’ve got my eye on those new sparkling silver beauties of hers.

2 - Pakora

Vegetable Pakora from Navraj Sweets and Restaurant: a family run restaurant serving authentic Indian food. These bite-sized pieces of heaven arrived at our table perfectly fried and steaming hot. I’m not exactly sure what goes into it, but their batter is something special – this appetizer definitely lived up to Raj’s hype.

3 - Fruiticana

4- Fruiticana

Our shopping excursion at Fruiticana might have been my favourite part of the day; there is just something so fun about walking down aisles that you’ve never walked down before. And when most of them are stocked with unfamiliar specialty goods the experience is just that much more exciting. Indian carrots, naan, mint chutney, saffron. The list goes on and on.

5 - Golgappa

My first Golgappa experience was something I’ll never forget. The flavours, the texture, the temperature… I had never had anything like it before. Trying new foods like this is exactly what being a Piggy is all about! Great choice, Raj!

6 - Jalaibi

Jalebi is a popular Indian sweet, made by deep-frying wheat flour and then soaking the creative shapes in sugar syrup. Served warm or cold this treat will definitely have you going back for seconds. And licking your fingers for hours to follow! This item was another first for me and it was also the perfect way to end our first outing. I mean who doesn’t want to go out on a (sugar) high note?!

I hope you enjoy looking through some of my photo highlights and I hope you get inspired to plan a similar day for you and your family or friends. Be sure to check out Rebecca and Raj’s blog posts as well: here and here!. A Sunday spent in Surrey is best seen from all perspectives.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. marie
    November 10, 2014

    It seems you had a great day. I would have looooved to spend it with you!
    Were the meals spicy?
    🙂
    Marie

    Reply
    • emily
      November 23, 2014

      It was the perfect level of spicy, Marie. So delicious! Raj knew exactly where to take us! I wish you could have been there too, Lady. I’m telling ya, I’m going to book that flight to Switzerland one of these days! …

      Reply

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