Sweets for all
We traveled to the local sweet shops Nagrik and Krishna Sweets today to get my brother an edible souvenir. That also meant buying a whole basket of other sweets and snacks that we'll need to eat before they spoil in the heat. What?! The samples we tried were just so good.
Matt has been diligently sampling all manner of sugar and milk since our arrival. There are so many sweet shops in Bombay to choose from, but many of them don't go through their products fast enough to keep them fresh. Knowing where to go can be the difference between a melt-in-you-mouth milk treat and a hard, gritty piece of something that tastes like old butter.
In such a social culture, people are always stopping by each other's homes for chai, snacks, dinners, celebrations, etc and bringing little gifts. And - arguably more importantly - people also need the freshest possible offering to bring to their local temples. So it's doubly important to know how to find the best pedas around. No one wants to be the one who comes along with an offering of a little pink box of rancid butter.