If you don’t know then I’ll say it, The Land of Kush is a masterpiece in all areas.
It took me over 3 1/2 years from discovering this gem, to actually walking and enjoying myself and my life. What took me so long? I have no answers, other than I wasn’t meant to go there until right around this past Christmas. I honestly don’t know after that, but the universe had other plans for me now, and now the universe has brought me here.
This wasn’t a meal I was ever going to write about or share with you necessarily across this blog or wherever else I may write about things. And it wasn’t for any negative reasons, it just did’t come across my radar. I was going to enjoy my meal, likely give a great review across multiple sites, then hopefully romanticize it enough to the point I’ll set myself up for a letdown the next time I came back. That last sentence was a joke by the way, but I think you know what I mean.
Your first impression is the lasting impression, and like I said, I didn’t think I was going to be able to share with you. But that was until…
I saw their Sorrel (or Sorrell) on the drink menu which is fresh brewed hibiscus leaves, and nothing else. And my favorite kind of drinks are the ones with the fewest ingredients. And this was joy to drink, and it’s best drank cold. You can see the pictures for yourselves and just picture how magnificent this is. And it’s exactly that and all the other good vibrations that comes with it.
And I’ll have more good vibes to talk about shortly.
I kept it simple with my order, which is something I’m guilty of when going somewhere new. I got the Curry Chickun, vegan mac and cheese, and rice and vegetable medley. And the meal is incredible. I can only say so much, the pictures say it all.
I so badly wanted to like this based on what friends of mine had shared with me, and the aura of prestige that I bestowed upon this place, just because the years started to pass by and I still had yet to set foot in the restaurant.
Damn this was good. I didn’t expect to finish it all right then and there. But I took my time and found myself in the most peaceful place I’ve been in some time. And with all the commotion of life, the holidays, and and everything else that comes in our direction, any kind of peace and tranquility is welcome. And I was so out at peace, I was so happy, and I was just so happy with everything.
This place felt so Baltimore, felt so local, but also felt unfamiliar, yet familiar all at once. The feelings of familiarity and doing this somewhere before in a previous life were there. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I was transported myself into a different universe and felt transformed all at once. And when I go to the next level; it’s not always about the food, and at many times it’s bigger than anything related to the restaurant itself. It’s something bigger than us, out of this body, and out of this world.
For about an hour, I felt like I was the only person on Earth. And that’s a feeling that isn’t narcissistic, self indulgent, or any other bells and whistles like that. It’s more of a feeling of calm, of zen, of what makes this life so great.
This food was so great, the simple service, the amazing staff, and that incredible music are all the perfect complement to one another. Everything was vibrating off the charts in a way I haven’t felt in some time.
And about the music.. I haven’t heard a quality sequence of songs anywhere in years. That includes going to bars, lounges, even live concerts, and the occasional pretentious club I’ve been to. The latter part is kind of a joke but somewhat serious, ha. But give me great beats, hip hop, neo soul, or whatever you want to call it, from the 90’s, and I’m a happy guy.
I was already done with my food but the hits just kept coming one after another. At this point I was afraid to leave. I was afraid I was going to miss a song I hadn’t heard in years. And truthfully, I didn’t have that big of plans later in the day that I had to leave. I was happy where I was, I was grateful where I was, and I was where my feet were. And it was a beautiful place.
This is a beautiful place.
It won’t be three plus years until the next time.
Thank you Land of Kush. This is a memory I’m so grateful for.
Happy New Year.