Today's my first day this week to have my meal at the office catered lunch. I was too busy to eat on Monday so I just hastily munched on some bananas and some buns before getting ready for my daily presentation. Tuesday I took a sick day and stayed at the hotel. When I went to the terrace during lunch time today, I was surprised to find a long table full of chafing dishes, each holding a different side dish. We had chana masala, dhal, a spicy potato dish, chicken in a dark gravy, fragrant bismati rice, roti, papadum with a good kick from black pepper, salad, raita, and jelebi for dessert. Not only that, our usual retangular sectional plates are now round and we have napkin holders holding stacks of napkin. It was fancy compared to what I've seen in the last four weeks! I looked around and asked my coworkers if today was some special occasion. Turned out we now have a new caterer. The food was defintely tastier than our previous caterer and this company appeared to be more aware of food safety (storing things in cooler and keeping warm food warm). Lots of my coworker helped themselves to second serving of chicken. I think that was a good sign.
I was absolutely looking forward to snack time today. With the big honcho in town, our refreshment of the day was extra special. I didn't get the name nor the picture for most of these snacks but they were delicious. First, we had a hollowed ball of fried pastry. The server poked a hole in the middle and filled it with yogurt, crunchy noodles, a green chutney, and pomegranate seeds. It was a great mix of sweet and creamy taste. Next, we had cubes of yellow steamed rice cakes. They were alright, just a little bland. We also had wraps made with toasted roti and a filling of paneer tikka and slivers of raw sweet onions. Last but definitely not least, we enjoyed a dessert of warm carrot halva. The halva was delicious. It was the first time that I had halva since arriving in India. Better late than never. I was really hoping to get a second helping but alas, I did not have a chance to. Wow, I now have a new favourite dessert!