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Festive foods: lamb vindaloo

Ha. I bet you thought I was going to feature candy canes or sugar plums.

But today's food of the season is lamb vindaloo because last night my family and our closest friends in Baltimore had our traditional Indian Christmas dinner at the Ambassador Dining Room.

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We don't go to the Ambassador year after year because we crave Indian food, but because it has the most beautifully decorated-for-the-holidays room we've found, with white fairy lights, greens, ribbons, and two fireplaces.

Prices are high for an Indian restaurant, almost putting it in the special occasion category -- but then this was a special occasion. (Many entrees are priced in the 20s.)

On the other hand, the service is suave, there is champagne on the wine list, and dishes like bengan khas, eggplant layered with fresh tomato and topped with yogurt and mint, and salmon cooked in the tandoor oven are hard to beat.

I wasn't trying to be arty when I took this photo, by the way. I just didn't want to use the flash and disturb other diners.

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