The Scottish Curry Awards 2012: If We Had A Starting Gun It Would Say, Simply ... "Bang".

Due to the sheer goddamn professionalism of TATTGOC, many people assume that each week's post is locked down well in advance, just the latest salvo in an ordered procession of informative yet witty broadsides racked up like clay pigeons in a flywheel trap. But that's not entirely true. Right up until each fateful Thursday – unless it's the week after an official Curry Club outing – the Tramps rigorously debate what to write about, often drawing from their faithful (actually, let's say "beloved") roster of regular items but also allowing enough wriggle-room for the odd curveball.

This week, after passing Sibbo's Delhi Dhabba and noting it was both closed for refurbishment and under new management, the initial idea was to look back at the restaurants featured in TATTGOC's spicy archive and make a sombre toast, and perhaps pour out a bit of lassi on the pavement for those establishments no longer with us ("this one's for our Dennistoun homie, Cafe Spice, east side fo' life!"). But after a bit of thought, we decided that might actually be a little depressing. And anyway ... of the 35 or so curryhouses the TATTGOC gang have officially visited en masse in the past three and a half years, only three are closed or have reopened in different guises. So instead, we want to celebrate the future. So it seems appropriate to relate that nominations for the Scottish Curry Awards 2012 are now open.

The Curry Lover nominees 2011
Of course, in January this year Trampy and The Tramp announced their retirement from the Curry Lover category of this particular competition, but the awards are still a chance to shine a light on both restaurants and takeaways that can be sometimes overlooked, especially with the relatively new regional approach, so we would recommend voting to celebrate your local curryhouse. And let's see what happens! The awards take place on June 11, and you can put forward your nominations by downloading the form here.

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