The Baby Shower Where I Got My Tattoo: A Photo Essay

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Saturday afternoon, I went to a baby shower.

I’ve been to a lot of baby showers, but this one was different.

This baby shower was for my beautiful friend Faiqa, who is a Pakistani American with a butt load of middle eastern friends.  And while you might not think that this fact alone is significant, think for a minute about putting one very loud, very American white girl in the middle of a room full of practicing muslims of Pakistani and Indian descent.

My chances of offending someone inadvertenly were as high as I was that time I ordered one of everything off the Village Inn menu.

In an effort to deflect attention from my own offensiveness, I brought backup.

Everyone knows California is the most offensive state

OK, I didn’t technically bring her.  Faiqa invited Hilly because she likes her or something.  Whatever.  I threatened to put dog poop on her front door if she didn’t show up and insisted that she sit by me.

ANYway – me, Hilly, and a bunch of brown people.

OK – fine.  There were other white people there.

God it’s hard to write a post about my foray into a new culture when there is all of this cultural diversity and accpetance already going on.

no-blondes

Like most baby showers I’ve been to, there was a ton of food for the guests to gorge themselves on.  But instead of finger sandwiches and pasta salad, we were served authentic Indian food.  This was my first time eating Indian food and I was a little nervous about how it would taste and whether or not I would like it.

Which I said out loud to a room full of people because I am bursting with tact and class.

Luckily, Faiqa walked through the serving line with me and graciously explained the names and main ingredients of each dish.  I took pictures and careful notes so that I would be able to remember what I was eating long enough to share it with you later.

yogurt

Everything is better with tortilla chips.

Chick Peas does not sound like something I would like.  At all.

Indian people love chick peas.

Man I’m glad Faiqa took the time to graciously explain all of this to me.

sandwiches

OK, so you may have a hard time finding the recipe for these dishes on Google.  I’m sure you can ask Faiqa.  And you should.  Because despite my tactfully hidden conerns about eating Indian food – everything was delicious.  Well, the cold yogurt thing was OK – but everything else was delicious.  And I bet it would be even more delicious with tortilla chips.

I’m just saying.

After eating, it was time for the tattoo artist.

Yes, the tattoo artist.

I went to Faiqa’s baby shower and came home with a tattoo.

tattoo

Maybe I didn’t have to pin the neckline of my dress closed after all.

While I was getting my tattoo, the rest of the party goers were opening baby presents and talking about babies and babies babies babies blah blah blah.

But the important part is, I got a tattoo.

And it’s totally permanent for next 1-2 weeks.

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  1. josie says:

    love the henna tattoo almost as much as i love indian food! cute cute.

  2. avitable says:

    I’m just glad that you didn’t singlehandedly ruin brown people/white people relations for the foreseeable future.

  3. oooh, purdy!

    you’ve never had Indian food before? you were missing out, weren’t you? ;)

    • Miss Britt says:

      @ChurchPunkMom, I WAS!

      I’m from Iowa.

      I don’t think there has ever been Indian food consumed in Iowa.

      • @Miss Britt, LOL! there is now, honey. ;) I live in Iowa and there are a few decent Indian places here in Des Moines.

        Now Mexican food… there is definitely a lack of good Mexican food here. So we have to make our own.

        • Sarah says:

          @ChurchPunkMom, I would have to agree, there are some good Indian places in Des Moines and it helps when your big sister goes there all the time so she can tell you what you like to eat.

      • Bre says:

        @Miss Britt,
        Masala in Iowa City = delicious.

        Did you know that other states also have “Iowa City” too? Like Iowa City, FL. There’s a thought.

  4. Dave2 says:

    Ack! I am so totally jealous. I love, love, love Indian food, but can so rarely get it because there are no Indian restaurants where I live. Fortunately, I’m in Seattle just now, where I’ve eaten at Indian restaurants twice in two days. :-)

  5. Britt's mom says:

    Well I am jealous of the tattoo. I saw Hilly’s too. GGGRRRRRR!Where to find a henna tattoo artist in Iowa?!?!?!?!

  6. Lynda says:

    I have seen Faiqa comment on some of the blogs I also read and I find her to be a quite interesting person, based on her comments. And so, it is of little surprise that she would have such a cool baby shower.

    And I love that tattoo.

  7. Sharon says:

    love the tattoo!

  8. Mr Lady says:

    We can make that permanent in July, you know. Just throwing that out there.

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  10. Maria says:

    HEY I KNOW THAT TATTOO.

    I love love love Indian food.

    • Miss Britt says:

      @Maria, did you know that the paste from that tattoo was scraped off onto your kitchen floor?

      • Maria says:

        @Miss Britt, Actually i learned when i got stains on my feet

        • Miss Britt says:

          @Maria, OMG – are you serious?!?!?! But I sweeped it all up AND washed it!!

          Oh my God I am SO sorry!!!!!!

          • Maria says:

            @Miss Britt, Hahah! It was like two TINY crumbs of it. They have have been from the hall or something. It was hilarious though because for like two days I was all WHAT ARE THESE ORANGE SPOTS ON MY FEET OMG I AM DYING. Then I remembered your tattoo and it was all good. And the dermatologist didn’t attempt to cut them off so that’s a bonus.

          • Miss Britt says:

            @Maria, *hangs head in shame*

            I am officially the worst house guest ever.

  11. I LOVE Indian food, so delicious. Its my favourite food.

  12. Kristin says:

    I love love love henna tatts. I have had a few of them. They are so super fun! Glad you got to try new things.

    • Miss Britt says:

      @Kristin, you have? You’ve been holding out on me all these years?

      Some friend you are.

      • Kristin says:

        @Miss Britt,
        My scrapbooking friends in Omaha and I would get them in the summer. You and scrapbooking don’t mix……..so sorry I left you out of that one. I’d like to get another REAL one…perhaps you should come visit for that, we were always heading for the tattoo/piercing shop when we were younger. It will bring back memories!

  13. Turnbaby says:

    I love Indian food. I use elements of that cuisine all the time.

    I had a henna tattoo done on my hand once–it was so lovely and it felt amazing when she was doing it.

  14. Dawn says:

    TOES!

  15. akeorlando says:

    Ugh, I’m sure they were different in person but those food dishes do not look good from here!

  16. Hilly says:

    The only part of your plan that got foiled? You bringing me for “back up”, not knowing that I’d clam up and say maybe three words all day!

    I’m sort of in love with that one chick-pea recipe and must tell Faiqa at once! You know, that sweet and spicy one.

  17. B.E. Earl says:

    That food looks delish!

    My brother in-law is a former chef from Syria who makes the most wonderful dishes. These kind of remind me of those. Yum!

  18. Love the tattoo! And, uh, I love your honesty about………….brown people. :) You make me laugh!

    I once said when I was about Emma’s age, to my mom in a store – super loud and obnoxiously… “How come all those people are a different color than us? They are BROWWWWWNN.” Haha!

    Glad you had fun and tried new foods! I am such a chicken when it comes to that stuff… I never try new things!

  19. Robina says:

    You crack me up!!! They looked so happy to have their picture taken, too! LOVE the tatoo! too bad it’s not permanent!

  20. Becca says:

    “One of everything off the menu at the Village Inn”, now how many people know that those resteraunts are in Iowa??? I do, only b/c my partner is from there and I llluuurrrve Village Inn breakfast and pie.They don’t have those in Florida do they?

    I love the Henna tattoo, it’s soooo pretty!

  21. Faiqa says:

    I’m glad you had a good time and it was obviously a pleasure to have you there. (Also, all the “brown people” there weren’t Muslim, there were two Roman Catholics, a Hindu and a Buddhist… it’s OK, I know we all look alike… heh.)

    • Miss Britt says:

      @Faiqa, DAMMIT! See, this is why I need to stick to categorizing you as “brown people”. Do you know how much I agonized over how to write this out?? You’re not from the same place, you don’t practice the same religion – IT’S LIKE YOU’RE TOTALLY DIFFERENT PEOPLE!

      Diversity is hard.

  22. Robin says:

    I hope the tattoo didn’t hurt too much =)

  23. I loved The Village Inn! The Inn’s Breakfast was my favorite. Everything was stacked up (eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, cheese, yum.)

    I was invited to a friend’s graduation from law school several years ago. She was from Nepal and all her Nepalese (?) friends and family were there. It was a total blast. Interesting Music and Food and Booze and Dancing! Her family was so friendly and happy. A really good memory.

  24. Finn says:

    Now I’m more sorry I couldn’t come! I love henna tattoos and I’ve never had Indian food either. And I adore Faiqa. And I so could have balanced out the white/brown ratio a little. And I could have added like four words to Hilly’s three.

  25. Lynette says:

    1. I LOVE love love henna tattoos.
    2. Of course there was no liquor in those cups, everyone knows you drink liquor from RED CUPS
    3. I understand your hesitation with the indian food. I’m slightly (okay, more than slightly) weirded out by new food.

  26. perpstu says:

    “ANYway – me, Hilly, and a bunch of brown people” BWAHAHAHA That is exactly something I would say. In fact, I may have at my Indian friend’s baby shower a few years ago. What? I was the only blonde, pasty chick in the room and feeling a little overwhelmed.

    The henna tattoo is awesome!

  27. TUWABVB says:

    The only thing – and I mean THE ONLY thing, I miss about a certain horrific ex-boyfriend was his talent when it came to homemade Indian cooking. I would seriously take him back for one more night if I could get one of his meals. I’d just have to lock up my husband for a bit.

  28. Sybil Law says:

    I LOVE the tattoo! It’s beautiful.
    And did the have Naan? The bread? I loves me some naan. I love Indian food in general. I am moving in with Faiqa.

  29. Robin says:

    I am very jealous that you and Hilly got tatoos. Very.

    Have fun in Kentucky!

  30. whall says:

    Maybe you should have been more vocal about Paris… who knows, maybe Faiqa has some rich relatives who would be willing to fly you and your charming husband on a great vacation, if for no other reason than to make you stop inquiring about the food so rudely.

    (Rich people do that sometimes)

  31. NYCWD says:

    I love photo essays.

    I love photo essays of yummy tasting food.

    However, I just want to point out that the woman you refer to as Hilly is actually from Florida.

    Her association with California ended back in April. Not that I’m checking facts or researching or anything.

    Just sayin’. ;)

  32. We love Pakistani food because it is HOT and we were turned on to goat which is exceptionally tasty and incredibly lean and Emo like the rose-flavored milk but it makes me fart…

  33. Robbin says:

    That is such a cool idea. I have to keep that one in mind for future reference.

  34. Chick peas are the things that are made into hummus.

  35. lizriz says:

    Wow, that baby shower actually looks fun! :)

    Beautiful henna.

  36. I am totally cracking up at your description of the food. I am married to an Indian man (born in Minnesota, so I’m not really sure that counts), and he has had to explain some dishes to me multiple times over the years we’ve known each other. I have my first Turkish breakfast this weekend with some friends, and I’m a little nervous about the food!

  37. Fantastagirl says:

    I love the tattoo – looks great!

  38. Anne says:

    Yum! That food makes my mouth water! What a fun baby shower! I want a Henna tattoo…

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  40. Al_Pal says:

    Awesome henna tattoo, and I LOVE Indian food! (and other foods from that region of the world!)

    Chickpeas are indeed the main ingredient in hummus. They are also known as garbanzo beans. ;D

  41. Wendy says:

    Your photo essays really crack me up. And those henna tattoos are awesome because they eventually go away. WOO! :) (I fear commitment.)

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