Dinner Bell Indian Fine Cuisine is a great new place for Indian food

Hidden away from Eisenhower near Sam’s Club in the Shoppes at Bloomfield strip mall next to Serena Wholesale is a one of the best Indian restaurants in Middle Georgia, Dinner Bell Indian Fine Cuisine. The decor is humble and the atmosphere is what you bring with you, but the cleanliness and the food are top notch as well as the service.

Dinner Bell Chicken Seekh Kabab
Chicken seekh kabab is a poultry twist on the normally lamb dish. Photo by Doug Deal.

Since it opened a couple of months ago, I have had the chance to eat there twice, once for the lunch buffet and once for dinner off the menu. The experience for both meals was outstanding. Although I recommend the buffet, which is about $8, this article will focus on the dinner.

Dinner Bell Mango Lassi
A young lassie enjoys a mango lassi at Dinner Bell Fine Indian Cuisine. Photo by Doug Deal.

My wife, my kids and I pretty much always eat dinner together, and this was no exception. Although my children do not like food that is too spicy, we ordered them some mild chicken seekh kebabs with naan bread. My daughter thought the kebabs were too spicy so we had to get her something else, but my son gobbled up two before we knew it. Both absolutely loved the soft freshly baked flatbread. My daughter also wanted her favorite Indian drink, a mango lassi. Of all the lassis I have tried, this one has a stronger mango flavor and was one of the best I’ve had.

Dinner Bell Aloo Tikki
Aloo Tikki is an appetizer of spicy fried potato patties served with chana masala. Photo by Doug Deal.

For my wife and I, we took a break from our usual appetizer of samosas and instead tried the aloo tikki, which is a plate of spiced potato and cauliflower cakes with a bit of chana masala on the side. I prefer samosas, but the potato cakes were a nice change of pace and the chana masala was incredibly tender and perfectly spiced. We ordered the dish medium, so it was not too spicy for me, but Indian food is in general more spicy than most people in Middle Georgia normally eat.

For my wife’s entree, she ordered chichen sag. Anyone familiar with Indian food probably knows sag paneer, which is spinach and cheese, chicken sag simply substitutes chicken for the cheese. I am not a cooked spinach persons, but my wife loved it. She ordered her dish medium and to me it was not what I would consider hot, but to most it is probably where they would want it unless they like hot food.

Dinner Bell Chicken Saag
Chicken sag is similar to sag paneer only it has chicken instead of cheese. Photo by Doug Deal.

My entree was my long time Indian favorite, chicken vindaloo, which I ordered extra-hot. The waitress confirmed my order twice and when it arrived I was delighted at the flavor, spiciness, appearance and quantity. The heat at extra-hot was right at my limit of what I like, just enough to kick of a euphoria of endorphins, but not so hot to be unpleasant. Each bite was as enjoyable as the first and combined with the excellent garlic naan and basmati rice filled me up with half the dish left.

Dinner Bell Chicken Vindaloo
Dinner Bell chicken vindaloo is extremely flavorful, cooked in hot spices and vinegar with potatoes. Photo by Doug Deal.

There are a number of good Indian restaurants in Middle Georgia and we have been regulars at most, but as it stands today, this is my new favorite. I expect to make it to lunch and dinner as often as I can.

Dinner Bell Garlic Naan
Dinner Bell offers a selection of naans and other side items. Pictured is garlic naan which is a great accompaniment to spicy dishes. Photo by Doug Deal.

The  menu is full and has all sorts of options for different tastes. Some of the interesting dishes I would like to try in the future include the mixed grill, the large selection of tandoori items as well as some of the Indian-China fusion dishes. In price, expect to pay about $9-$15 for an entree with an average of about $11 with portions big enough to share. Appetizers run about $4-$7.

Give Dinner Bell Indian Fine Cuisine a try, if you like Indian you should not be disappointed and if you have never tried it before, this is a good place to go as a first timer. The lunch buffet is an excellent opportunity to try an assortment of items to see what you like. Although some Indian food might be daunting to picky eaters, tandoori is pretty much just grilled meat prepared in a brick oven. It is a good introductory dish.

Dinner Bell Sign
Dinner Bell has been open for a couple of months and is located near Sams and next to Serena Wholesale on Eisenhower. Photo by Doug Deal.

The restaurant is open every day except Monday from 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM and is located at 3892 Eisenhower Pkwy in Macon.

Convention fun comes to Middle Georgia February 18-19

Do you love comic books, costuming, or gaming? Well it’s time to get your geek on! Middle Georgia’s largest comic book convention is coming back to Macon on Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th!

MGA Con (Middle Georgia Convention) is set to have its annual event and for the very first time it will be held at the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway in Macon, GA. In previous years, the convention was held at the Macon Centreplex, so please make note of the location change if you are a returning attendee.

MGA Con Logo.
MGA Con will have vendors, games, comics collectibles and much more when it comes to the Anderson Convention Center February 18-19. Image by MGACon.

So “What exactly goes down at MGA Con?” you might ask. Well, you will find many of your favorite artists and media guests, a dealer’s room where you can buy all kinds of comic and gaming related merchandise, panels discussing a wide range of topics, an excellent costume contest, and plenty of tabletop games.

MGA Con has something for everyone. For gamers, there are several role playing, card, and board games available as well as tournaments for Magic the Gathering, Heroclix, Munchkin Steampunk, and X-Wing. If you want to meet some creators, Joseph Michael Linsner of “Dawn” fame will be on hand as well as artist Tracy Yardley and cosplayer “Lili” Lisa Keith among others. Or, if you just like collecting comics, you may be able to pick up that rare issue of Spider-Man you’ve been looking for from one of the vendors in the dealers room.

For full details and to register, visit http://www.mgacon.com, visit the Heroes & Villains comic shop at 117 Russell Parkway in Warner Robins or call 478-322-0004.

When:

  • Friday, February 17th 6pm – 11pm for early registration and badge pickup only
  • Saturday, February 18th 9am – 10pm
  • Sunday, February 19th 10am – 5pm

Where:

  • Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, GA 31206

Cost:

  • $15 for a 2 day pass
  • Up to 2 children under 10 free per paid adult membership
  • Active military and student discounts of $5 apply with valid ID for walk-in registrations
  • Parking is free

St. Joseph’s School receives donation for science and math programs

St. Joseph’s Catholic School recently received $1,000 from Walthall Oil Company and Exxon Mobil to be used in the school’s science and math programs. St. Josephs’s Catholic School is a parochial school affiliated with St. Joseph’s Church in Macon. The check was present to principal Dr. Kaye Hlavaty by Walthall Oil Company Vice-President Shawn Heacox.

The school enrolls students from 3K through 6th grade. The 3K program offers a half (morning) and full day schedule. For information contact the school at 478-742-0636.

Dr. Kaye Hlavaty and Shawn Heacox
Dr. Kaye Hlavaty, the principal at St. Joseph’s School receives a check for $1,000 from Walthall Oil Company Vice-President Shawn Heacox. The donation will go to help support St. Joseph’s math ans science programs.

Middle Georgia Coin Club coin show this weekend January 27-29

A Coin and Currency Show is coming to Middle Georgia this weekend. January 27 – 29, the Middle Georgia Coin Club is sponsoring their annual coin show at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. Over a hundred vendors will be in attendance with coins from around the world, as well as jewelry, fossils, postcards, stamps, and supplies.

Admission is free, parking is free, and there are even free appraisals. Not only is this a great opportunity to obtain a vintage and/or rare coin, but you could also bring the kids and make it an educational outing for the entire family.

For more information, contact Chip Davis at 478-329-7850 or chdavis@bellsouth.net or you can visit the website at www.MiddleGeorgiaCoinClub.com

When: Friday, January 27th 10am – 6pm; Saturday, January 28th 10am – 6pm; Sunday, January 29th 10am – 3pm

Where: Miller, Murphy, Howard Building of the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, GA (Exit 134 or Exit 135 off of I-75)

Cost: Free

Commentary: Truth is often a matter of perspective

We are often very certain of some facts because we have observed something first hand or “seen it with our own eyes.” We thus disengage our critical thinking about those circumstance and when challenged by someone with a differing viewpoint we dig in and neglecting to acknowledge that our own point of view could be obscured by circumstances or clouded by our own biases.

The disk of the sun from space in infrared, colored to appear as you might expect it to look, even though infrared is invisible to the human eye. Photo by Nasa.
The disk of the sun from space in infrared, colored to appear as you might expect it to look, even though infrared is invisible to the human eye. Photo by NASA.

One literal example of this is our sun. If I asked “What color is the sun ?” nearly everyone would say “yellow.” It is true that the sun often appears yellow and is depicted as yellow in children’s drawings going back to the days when humans lived in caves. From a absolute “truth” standpoint, this is not correct.

Located in the deep atmospheric well of Earth’s surface, the sun appears yellow because the air molecules scatter the shorter wavelengths of light making the colors green, blue, indigo and violet disappear from the sun’s disk and appear instead in the sky which is also not actually blue. 

Seen from space, the sun is brilliantly and blindingly white, as it is composed of all the colors of the visible spectrum. If instead, you found the peak intensity of light, it would fall at the boundary between the wavelengths of blue and green, a turquoise sun. But the intensities of the other colors are close enough together that our eyes perceive it as white in space. Because of this issue, Astronomers will go so far as to color space images of the sun as yellow so laymen won’t be confused by the white disk at times even when taking pictures in the invisible colors of infrared and ultraviolet.

Within our atmosphere the sun isn’t a constant hue and displays many colors. High in the sky, where the trip through the atmosphere is the shortest and especially at high altitudes, the sun is much more white and much more blinding. As it first rises to start the new day, or as it sinks to the horizon before nightfall, our star becomes more and more yellow until eventually it will appear red as even the yellow light is stripped away by the longer pathway light must travel through our air.

Yet, even knowing this, if you were prompted to draw a sun or describe it to someone, you would say that it is yellow and the entire world would agree. But the sun is white.

Now take this analogy and apply it to every day circumstances. Juries will give eye witness testimony great weight over other evidence, especially if the witness proclaims how sure they are about what they saw. However, human memory is imperfect and one of the ways the brain makes up for this imperfection is to fill in the gaps with the expectations of that very same brain. Further, the more certain one is about something they remember, the more likely they reinforced the memory by pondering it and working through details, usually adding elements that were never seen in the first place until all that is remembered is the edited memory.

In addition, our definition of the truth could be a result of different assumptions. The question “What color is the sun?” asks not what color the sun appears under a many miles thick blanket of nitrogen and oxygen, yet when asked the question, people will assume those stipulations when answering the question. The same goes for question like “What is the largest state?” If you said “California”, you made the assumption that population is the basis of the question and if someone else replied “Alaska”, they made the assumption that area was the basis. Does this make a liar of the person who answered the other way? Does it make you or they wrong, or does it merely mean that the both of you are correct within their own perspective and assumptions.

Truth is a noble thing to pursue, but one must be cognoscente of the limitations of our ability to  the know the truth. Don’t get angry when someone disagrees with you, no matter how certain you are. Discuss it, learn why they believe what they do. Not only will you learn something about their point of view, you will learn more about your own.

Lastly, stop being so certain. Certainty is a killer of intellect. Inteligence is always questioning and rethinking, even that which is considered “settled.” The next time that you feel your limited experience is absolute truth, think about the color of the sun. This does not mean to stop fighting for and supporting what you believe is true, it only means to spend more time verifying the truth, and to question your own assumptions to ensure they are correct. If you expect others to do it, don;t you own them the same courtesy?