Delicious Indian food can be found at Metropolis Curry and Kabob on Riverside

If you are looking for good Indian or Mediterranean food at a great price, Metropolis Curry and Kabob may be the place for you. I have been a patron of the restaurant since before it moved to its current location and changed its name and have always been satisfied by the quality as well as the friendliness of the owner and staff.

Metropolis Curry and Kabob Buffet
The buffet has a modest selection of entrees as well as a similar sized “salad” bar with cold items. Photo by Doug Deal.

My usual meal is an “Indian hot” mixed grill, which is a selection of peppers, onions, chicken, lamb and shrimp cooked in their charcoal fired tandoori with Indian spices and served on a cast iron skillet. It pairs extremely well with rice and naan bread and can be ordered mild if you prefer. It is definitely too much for one person to eat, but it is so good that you will probably try your best.

The menu also has the usual Indian favorites like saag panirr, channa masala, chicken vindalo and others. The channa masala is simply the best I have ever had and is a favorite of my wife’s. But the menu does not stop at Indian, as they also offer a wide selection of Mediterranean favorites, like kabobs, gyros, hummus, souvlaki and dolmades.  There are enough options, that it becomes easy for anyone to find something they would like and is an ideal place to introduce someone to the pleasures of Indian or Mediterranean food.

Metropolis Curry Chicken and gulab jamun
Metropolis Curry Chicken and gulab jamun from the buffet. Photo by Doug Deal.

On this occasion, I happened to stop by during lunch and tried the $7.99 lunch buffet. The selection is not huge, but is varied enough to get a good sampling of what they have to offer. They always seem to have a tandoori chicken, a curried chicken, a couple of vegetarian options, and a few that are swapped out from day to day.  This time, those two options were meatball vindaloo (not too spicy) and a chili chicken gyro. I tried a little of everything.

The chicken curry was excellent. Since I was getting chunks of the tandoori chicken, I just poured the sauce over rice and ate it with naan. As with buffets, it had a more mild heat, but the flavor was not sacrificed in the least. I got seconds.

I am a fan of a regular beef and lamb gyro, but the chicken chili version was interesting and delicious. You could really taste the spice, but it wasn’t overpowering.

The meatball dish was unique, because you do not generally find such meat pairings with a vindaloo curry. It was good, but I give the edge to the chicken curry.

Metropolis Wine Selection
Metropolis also offers a large selections of wines. Photo by Doug Deal.

The vegetable dish I tried was the navritan korma which is a mixture of various vegetables in a tomato cream sauce, seasoned with the usual Indian spices of coriander, turmeric and garam masala.  Also delicious with naan and rice.

The highlight of the experience is the desert, gulab jumin, which are spongy milky balls soaked in a sweet syrup. My kids crave them and their eyes light up when you bring them back to the table.

Metropolis Curry and Kabob is a nice place to grab some Indian, Mediterranean or a combo of the two. I normally order off the menu, but the buffet is of good quality as well, but served mild, so if you are looking for spicier entrees, order off the menu. The price is extremely reasonable and the staff will do their best to make you happy.

Macon’s Stubby’s Heroes reaching out to dog owners for September 25th walk

Stubby’s Heroes is a dedicated group of volunteers and advocates who are working to change the negative stigma attached to pit bulls through education and outreach.

Stubby's Heroes encourages participants in the Bully Breed Family Pack Walk to dress up their dogs. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Worthy.
Stubby’s Heroes encourages participants in the Bully Breed Family Pack Walk to dress up their dogs. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Worthy.

Jones County resident Elizabeth Worthy was one of the earliest members of Stubby’s Heroes, joining in metro Atlanta in 2012, and she has brought her passion for pit bull activism with her to Middle Georgia. Stubby’s Heroes was started by founder Johanna Falber.

“We educate through spay and neuter clinics,” explains Worthy, “and we hold monthly outreach outings for the homeless, Stubby’s Day of Compassion.”

When she joined Stubby’s Heroes, Worthy’s specialty was handling insurance breed discrimination: “We offer to review leases and [insurance] policies for people to be sure that they are allowed to have the dogs, as well as that they have coverage for the dogs. We also refer people to insurance agents and companies that sell pit bull-friendly policies,” Worthy explains.

Since 2014, she has been a director of the organization in Macon-Bibb County. Worthy organizes monthly walks for pit bull owners, foster families, and rescuers; she oversees the walks state-wide as well. Walks are held in public, dog-friendly spaces, with the goal of socializing dogs with each other, bully breed lovers, and the general public.

During the walks, safe spaces are kept between dogs for the safety of all. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Worthy.
During the walks, safe spaces are kept between dogs for the safety of all. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Worthy.
After walking in Tattnall Square Park, the dogs walk over to Washington Park to play in the water. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Worthy.
After walking in Tattnall Square Park, the dogs walk over to Washington Park to play in the water. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Worthy.

Macon’s bully pride walks begin at Tattnall Square Park, where the dogs and their humans have the chance to walk, run, and mingle with others. On their website, Stubby’s Heroes set out several rules for the safety of dogs and humans during the walks. For example, owners of “reactive” dogs are requested to dress them in red or yellow bandanas so that other participants know these animals need extra space.

“After the walks, we take the dogs over to Washington Park in the summer months so that they can enjoy some water play,” says Worthy, “and in Macon-Bibb, we have gone to Just Tap’d, they are dog-friendly.”

The next Stubby’s Heroes walk for Macon-Bibb will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2016, at Tattnall Square Park, beginning at 1 p.m. Interested members of the community, including owners of all breeds of dogs, should check the details on the Macon-Bibb Stubby’s Heroes Facebook page for important information about the walks: https://www.facebook.com/events/1672792133004359/

For more general information about Stubby’s Heroes Macon-Bibb County, go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Stubbys-Heroes-Macon-Bibb-County-Bully-Breed-Family-Pack-Walk-865226526833689/

To learn more about the history of Stubby’s Heroes, and to find chapters in other areas in Georgia, go to their website at http://www.stubbysheroes.org/.

*An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Elizabeth Worthy was a founding member of Stubby’s Heroes; this was incorrect, as Johanna Falber started the organization and Elizabeth joined in 2012.

Online security holes put your money at risk

Recently, my bank accounts were hit by an identity thief who used access to my online bank information to create fraudulent checks drawn against my account. Anyone who knows how checks work know that they are just about the least secure method of payment after cash. Since I never really trusted checks, I set my bank accounts up so that I had one checking account to store my cash that would receive all of my deposits and a second account from which I made payments. I never ordered checks for the deposit account.

I thought this would mostly keep me safe, but identity thieves are clever and found a way around this limitation.

You are probably thinking that no teller would cash such a check. You would be correct, except they didn’t cash it through a teller, they deposited it through a bank’s mobile app on a internet only account from an online bank. A fake check printed out on paper looks exactly the same as a real check in a photo.

The first step was to gain access to my online banking information. This was accomplished any of a number of ways. One way is through a Trojan horse virus that captures your account credentials and sends them to the crooks. Another method is to either hack into public wi-fi or to set up fake free wi-fi servers and catch people using their mobile devices. The third way is probably the most common, and that is to simply hack into one website, get their username and passwords and then try those combinations at websites for major banks, email providers and other services.

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