But at the White House last night, at Obama's first state dinner, the menu was not exactly traditional. They were hosting the prime minister of India and his wife, and the food was meant to be a combination of American and Indian flavors.
They began with a potato and eggplant salad, which doesn't sound too tasty to me, even with the addition of White House arugula and onion seed vinaigrette. Then there was red lentil soup with cheese, again - yuch. Then there were roast potatoes with tomato chutney - still nothing whetting my appetite there. There were two selections for main course - a vegetarian dish of chick peas and okra (yikes!) or - and this is the first thing that sounded tasty - green curry prawns with smoked collard greens and aged coconut basmati rice. Dessert was pear tatin and pumpkin pie tarts.
I voted for Obama. I support the president. He faces daunting tasks with the two wars he didn't start, the economy that he didn't destroy, the health plan that he's trying to get through, etc. etc. But finally, he and I will have to agree to disagree. That menu? Nope. Just too weird.