From Our Foreign Curryspondent: Tikka MaBaws Picks A Fight With "The World's Most Dangerous Vindaloo"

(The TATTGOC brotherhood extends around the globe, and we welcome reports of curry expeditions beyond Glasgow – in this bulletin, chief Foreign Curryspondent Tikka MaBaws files yet another spicy dispatch from his globetrotting journey with the adorable Phall From Grace, as he takes on the world's highest and hottest curry in La Paz. Follow their ongoing adventures at the life-enriching travel/photo blog I Done A Holiday)

"The World's Most Dangerous Vindaloo" – La Paz, Bolivia

Greetings, TATTGOC faithful.

Tikka MaBaws here ...

Physics, or geography, or maybe even the weather, dictates that the higher you climb, the colder the climate becomes. Therefore, despite its relatively tropical latitude, at almost 4000m above sea level, La Paz (which as any semi-competent pub-quizzer will tell you is the world's highest capital) is pretty nippy all year round. It's particularly chanking at night time and Bolivians, or at least spendthrift hostel owners, don't seem to have cottoned-on to the benefits of central heating. And so, on our first night in the city, Phall From Grace and I spent most of the evening in our pre-matrimonial bed in a loveless tug of war to avoid hypothermia.

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Tastin' With The Tramps: Anita's Chips!


The distinguished members of TATTGOC sure do love their curry, as evidenced by their current title of Curry Lovers Of The Year. But their ongoing quest for spicy satisfaction isn't merely limited to TATTGOC's regular excursions to some of Glasgow's hidden-gem curryhouses. If they happen across almost any curry-related foodstuff or product, Trampy and The Tramp feel compelled to take it for a spin – and thus was born the irregular feature Tastin' With The Tramps, where TATTGOC's burly founders crack open the Kingfisher and get their laughing gear round something fiery. What curry-related foodstuff or product is in the hot seat this time? It's only a gander at the entire product line of Anita's Chips, a new range of curry-inspired crisps with enviable production values. What's that you say? "Crispy business?" Very good ...


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STOP PRESS! Scottish Curry Awards 2011 Nominations Close Today


Okay, so we didn't really have to stop the presses. And it's not really a "newsflash" because we've known this day was coming for a long time but TATTGOC is old-school like that. Today, of course, is the closing date for nominations in the Scottish Curry Awards 2011. If you've been following TATTGOC on Twitter, you'll know we've been banging on and on about it. But this really is it – if you want your favourite curryhouse, curry chef or curry lover to have a chance of making the shortlist in the nation's spiciest awards, this is your last chance to do it.

So head on over to the Scottish Curry Awards 2011 website (recently revamped to reflect their new sponsor www.hungryhouse.co.uk), and download that nomination form (the form link lurks within the black bar). These awards changed the lives of The Tramps for the better in 2010 – now let's do the same for some other awesome folk ...

Spotify, Spotify ... Spotify Done To Deserve This (Slight Return)?


Their bloodstreams might run thick with fire and spice, but the Tramps always have a song in their hearts. Usually, it manifests itself within The Tramp's voracious appetite for mindbending beats and wigged-out esoterica (as tabulated in his regular The Tramp's Jukebox Puri column). Or in Trampy's ironic/unironic/platonic/unplatonic love of Bob Seger (not so much the poor man's Bruce Springsteen as the poor-man's-Bruce-Springsteen's stunt double).

But reading about Mister Singh's plans for a new curry and karaoke night later this month reminded TATTGOC's stocky chieftains of a special time, very long ago (October 2009) when they assembled a curry-flavoured Spotify playlist entitled This Charming Naan: The Many Moods Of TATTGOC Vol 1.

Try and imagine what things were like back then ... Rio had just been awarded the Olympics 2016. Zombieland hadn't even been released in cinemas. Cheryl Cole had yet to chart with Fight For This Love. So much has happened since then! We've all grown as individuals! So will these changes be reflected in the much-anticipated follow-up, Bridge Over Double Pakora: The Many Moods Of TATTGOC Vol 2? Most likely!

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The Monday Side Dish: April 11


Can a curry blog – even a highly-respected, award-winning curry blog – truly stay on top of the world's spicy news when it only updates once a week? Probably not, which is why Trampy and The Tramp's Glasgow of Curry occasionally orders up The Monday Side Dish: a platter of grilled titbits to tide you over until Thursday. Pass the raita ...


Somewhere in TATTGOC's original Mission Statement there's a directive that states the brotherhood is dedicated to truffling out the hidden gems of the Glasgow curry scene – that, of course, means no visits to the Shish Mahal, no Mother India, no Balbir's and definitely no Harlequin outlets. Those places have already earned their reputations and require no affirmation from the Tramps. That said, we are happy to bend the rules on occasion – notably for a fantastic first birthday visit to the venerable Koh-i-Noor. And due to a remarkable confluence of events, it recently came to pass that Trampy, The Tramp and saffrongette Mumbai Me A Pony found themselves rocking up at the Green Chilli Cafe on a Wednesday night. It's just the latest tapas venture on the old Spice Of Life site from the Harlequin group ... but never mind that: here's a picture of Harlequin MD Sanjay Majhu getting threatened with a frying pan by his ma.


Tastin' With The Tramps: The Pot Noodle GTi!


The distinguished members of TATTGOC sure do love their curry, as evidenced by their current title of Curry Lovers Of The Year. But their ongoing quest for spicy satisfaction isn't merely limited to TATTGOC's regular excursions to some of Glasgow's hidden-gem curryhouses. If they happen across almost any curry-related foodstuff or product, Trampy and The Tramp feel compelled to take it for a spin – and thus was born the irregular feature Tastin' With The Tramps, where TATTGOC's burly founders crack open the Kingfisher and get their laughing gear round something fiery. What curry-related foodstuff or product is in the hot seat this time? It's the latest incarnation/mutation of a national treasure/guilty pleasure. But are the Tramps really qualified to take the Pot Noodle GTi for a ... wait for it ... taste drive?


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