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Tips for Newcomers to U.S

Discussion in 'General Discussions - USA & Canada' started by knbg, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. knbg

    knbg Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear ILs of USA and Canada,

    Best regards.:)

    When a family is coming to USA to live here , for a short period or long term ,

    Lots of doubts, questions and queries would be in the mind of the ladies....:spin

    Like how life would be here,

    what to expect,

    availability of Indian food,

    climatic conditions and appropriate clothing,

    what cooking utensils and gadgets should be brought from India,

    what food items are allowed and what are not allowed to be brought,

    medicines and first-aid and what to expect here in terms of a visit to doctor,

    what are the formalities that should be done- like applying for SS number etc.,

    Please share your tips and experiences here so that it would be helpful to the ladies who would be coming here......:thumbsup
     
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    knbg Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Let us start with bringing of Kitchen gadgets and utensils .....
    I brought a good 110V mixie......to grind batter and powders......
    Idli cooker and idli plates......
    Pressure cooker.......
    Murukku kuzhal - or Sev sancha......

    Please add your inputs friends.......
     
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    ramyaramani Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dosa tava
    Kadai (iluppachetty)
    Karandis(big spoons)
    Sieve ( - optional
    Cooker set (vessels to keep inside cooker)
    Additional gaskets for cooker
     
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    assume not staying near indian community and no car for commute for initial 1-2 weeks below are needed
    2-3 plates, glass
    cooker (utensils inside)
    2-3 kadai, tava (chapati, dosa)
    1-2 utensils
    serving spoons
    for preparation of food
    rice, wheat flour,masala items, dal and so on...depending on our taste
    any US stores will have salt, potato, onion, chillies
     
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    knbg Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Thank you dear Ramya and Renu.....[​IMG]

    Your inputs would be helpful to our friends who would look for some idea while coming here.....:thumbsup

    Please do share more ......:)

    I am adding,

    Roti rolling pin and base......

    Hope to see our friends pitching in with their valuable inputs.......:)
     
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    sravanitenali IL Hall of Fame

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    First Stay in US may be in hotels with/with out kitchen...

    1) Small rice cooker with 110v
    2) instant powder mixes
    3) Pressure cooker
    4) 110v Mixie
    5) 1 or 2kgs rice for inital days
    6) Atta and rolling stick
     
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    knbg Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Sravani,
    Thanks dear for the inputs....
     
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    kkrish Finest Post Winner

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    -Atleast one packet each of Appalam, vadams, buttermilk chillies, one packet of sundakkai vatthal, one packet of manathakali vatthal.
    You may get all here ..but assumimg there is no access to Indian store; no car...for the first few weeks.
    -Two steel tumblers for coffee.
    -Coffee filter.
    -Coffee powder or instant coffee.
    -Children's favorite plates/cups
    - a small steel cup/ oil can for pouring oil for cooking use.
    - two or three stainless steel vessels to store/serve sambar, rasam, curry etc.
    - some lightweight melamine plastic plates - 2-4 will come in handy

    Should we confine only to kitchen items Bhargavi?
     
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    knbg Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Kamala ma'am,

    Thanks for sharing your valuable inputs for newcomers.......

    Ma'am, not just confined to kitchen items...thought of discussing one by one and then can summarize for the benefit of newcomers......

    Please share your valuable advice ma'am...it would be helpful to new comers.....
     
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    Kuthuvilakku or any lamp for God
    Pooja items - if keen on doing regular Pooja
     
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