There’s an amazing, international South Indian restaurant chain named Saravana Bhavan which I discovered during my first visit to Chennai. By some sort of angelic coconut chutney miracle, when I arrived home after my trip, a Saravana Bhavan had opened in Vancouver! My farm friends and I have since renamed it the “Indian Banana”.
Two weeks ago we piled into an ambassador taxi for a day trip to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is an hour and a half inland from where we’re staying and it was the seat of the Pallava dynasty during the 7th century. It is said to be the second holiest Indian city — next to Varanasi — and houses over 1,000 temples. We visited six of them and made our own little pilgrimage to Saravana Bhavan for a special lunch thali. It sure was special!