I kid you not! I’ve met quite a few people with interesting names but this guy was something else!

A young man who is a chef at the Marriott in Kochi, specializing in salads. And he totally knocked out of the park a lovely fresh raw papaya and mango salad!

I was unfortunate to have eaten a sad, sad version of a Thai papaya salad at an eatery a while back. It made me all blah. Stuff you like to eat getting tweaked till it no longer has the essence of what it’s supposed to be like; is just messed up.

But the salad I had for lunch after a mini-swim was really the right note to strike on the first day of the Christmas break. Palate cleanser 101 and full of flavor.

I am joyous.