Dispatches from the Himalayas


Greetings fellow followers of Small Bites. I’m Sharon Pickett, a resident of Scarborough, N.Y. and South Kingstown, R.I. Some of you may know me as a guest blogger, mainly focusing on the great bounty that is Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.  This  year, however,  I decided to take my dining a bit more afield to Bhutan and Nepal, with a bit of a stop-off in Delhi.

What will follow are my observations, discoveries and encounters with many of the ranges of cooking styles and traditions of these still almost mystical mountainous regions.

I was fortunate to trek the lower regions of the Himalayan and Annapurna  mountains, fly over Mount Everest in a small plane (although the pilot refused to let me take the controls!), raft on the Seti river and ride an elephant through Chitwan National Park, all the time wondering what might be for dinner.

I’ll be posting a few of  my delectable encounters, so stay tuned!



About Author

I have been eating since the day I was born – born into the wrong family. Don’t get me wrong, they are lovely people (most of them anyway) but for many of my relatives, seafood came breaded in a box, succotash was considered a vegetable, garlic came granulated in a small glass jar with salt added and bagels came in a plastic sleeve in the frozen food section. I could go on, but I think you get the picture. I knew for sure that something was wrong when I asked my Mom if we had any olive oil and she said “Sure do. It’s that liquid in the jar with the olives.” I had to get out. Arriving in New York for college, I began to realize what I had known all along. Fish have heads and tails! Coffee can be freshly ground (not instant)! Garlic is a bulb – a member of the onion family and comes in several different varieties and pungencies! And Lender’s bagels are not bagels, but merely round bread. Don’t get me started with kim chee, ceviche and charcuterie. Revelation accomplished. Today I live in Scarborough N.Y.and South Kingstown, R.I.with my husband Paul Mazzilli and too many cats. We have two grown children who began their lives eating only "beige food" but have since evolved. We are proud of them.


  1. Very exciting adventures. Did you see my write up of Perry at Matunuk Oyster Bar? Can’t wait to visit RI again. Always looking for a water rental!

  2. Sharon- You are really rocking that Ramones shirt! My husband and I trekked through Nepal and Chitwan years ago and it will be delightful to have those happy memories rekindled by your posts. Cheers, Patty

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    I love the Matunuck Oyster Bar! Can you send me a link to your review? I live on Green Hill Beach – a bit frozen now, but I plan to open the house up in a week or two – and of course visit the MOB! Thanks for your interest!

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