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World Market, Life of Pi & dang easy Indian food

2012 December 5
by Emily Hill

For details on the Life of Pi Sweepstakes, scroll to the end of this post.

I have loved World Market since it was known as Cost Plus Imports and had a much smaller jewelry section. I would browse the bracelets and earrings for what seemed like hours (very pleasant hours) while my mom shopped the rest of the store.


World Market Life of Pi

When I heard World Market was helping promote the new film Life of Pi, the partnership made total sense. Their passion is to discover extraordinary finds from all over the world…and I couldn’t wait to see what they’d brought me from India.


World Market Life of Pi

Hello, gorgeous textiles…


World Market Life of Pi

…and stainless steel hammered karhai. (You can cook and serve in these babies.)


World Market Life of Pi stainless steel hammered karhai bowls

This stunning creature almost made its way into my basket but I haven’t yet figured out where to put it. I’m not sure I have a spot high enough to keep an Indian elephant bank safe from tiny hands.


World Market Life of Pi Indian elephant bank

Though I still adore World Market’s jewelry and accessories, I was there for the food (as usual). There’s nothing like discovering a new simmering sauce, imported dessert or unique beverage. Thanks to Life of Pi and World Market’s shelves of gourmet foods, I may have made off with more than enough items to create an Indian meal fit for a Nathan.


World Market Indian food & kitchenware

I didn’t use every World Market Life of Pi-inspired item when preparing yesterday’s meal, so here’s what I did use (just in case you need to rush to World Market and pick up similar goodies):

  • MTR Tasty Delights Pav Bhaji
  • Asian Passage Rajasthani Mixed Vegetables
  • Tasty Bite Garlic Brown Rice
  • Mayur Garlic & Coriander Naan
  • Stainless steel hammered karhai bowls
  • Khadi (tinsel printed) linen, green
  • Hemstitched linen, blue
  • Woven mat


I will say, those ready-to-eat meals were surprisingly delicious for going from package to microwave to bowl in 90 seconds. I may have polished off any garlic brown rice that didn’t fit into the bowl in between taking photos.


World Market Life of Pi Indian food

I adore the deep red color of the Pav Bhaji…


World Market Pav Bhaji

…and the just-right flavor of the garlic naan.


World Market garlic naan

Of course, packaged naan isn’t as good as naan hot from a tandoor, but Nathan so didn’t complain. (He is so dang lucky.)

Have you tried any of World Market’s gourmet food items? What are your favorites?

And now for the Life of Pi Sweepstakes!

The Life of Pi Sweepstakes Grand Prize package includes a dream trip for 2 to India and a $1,000 World Market gift card.

I know, right?

Three (3) runners up will each receive a $500 World Market gift card.

The Life of Pi Sweepstakes runs from November 17th through Demeber 28th.

If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional entries. (This is part of the registration process when entering.)

Enter online at http://worldmarketsweepstakes.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/worldmarket/app_105852732878918?ref=tsEnter daily for more chances to win.

You can find World Market doing the social media thing:


About Life of Pi
Life of Pi is the story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son, who survives a disaster at sea and is thrown into an epic journey. While adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with a fearsome Bengal tiger. The movie opened in theaters November 21st. You can watch the trailer for Life of Pi here: http://www.lifeofpimovie.com/#!/watch-trailer.

Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate MediaGroup™, but all my opinions are my own. http://cmp.ly/3/KqtZiE.


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  1. December 5, 2012

    Love your photography in this post. And I think you may have me convinced to try some packaged food for a meal. ~j

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    You are so sweet! Though from scratch is always the best way to go when it comes to Indian food, I thought these packaged meals were pretty good and a great quick lunch for Nathan to take to work. :)
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  2. December 5, 2012

    Lovely post! I think I could gorge myself on that naan! Delish!

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Naan is one of my most favorite Indian dishes…mmm…
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  3. December 5, 2012

    The last time I drove by the one in Sandy, I was like, “I HAVE GOT TO GO THERE!” But it was getting late and I was already late getting home. I must go in! I hear nothing but great things about it. And if I can get Indian food there….it’s meant to be. :)
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    It’s a very dangerous store, Lindsey. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
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  4. December 5, 2012

    I so wish there was a World Market closer to where I live. That post made me envious… and hungry.
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I was so glad we finally got one!
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  5. December 5, 2012

    I love World Market. I don’t make it there often enough. A perfect place to pick up props and gourmet food items. They have great prices on vanilla beans.
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I just picked up some vanilla beans from Amazon.com for about 50 cents a piece–so excited!
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  6. December 6, 2012

    Beautiful pictures Em!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Thank you, Vanessa!
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  7. December 6, 2012

    I love World Market! I almost stopped in yesterday, but I got stuck looking at everything at Target, too long. I LOVE their lighting and curtains.
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Between Target and World Market, I could pretty much be busy shopping for a solid 8 hours.
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  8. December 6, 2012

    So excited to see that movie! And I love that elephant your photographed!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    That elephant is my fave. I may have to return and buy it.
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  9. Mark permalink
    March 29, 2014

    I am a cook and I love WM- we were just there last night and I bought the Karahai bowls and actually found this site when I was googling recipes. When we were walking out last night my 11 year old daughter was like “Daddy, you are such a girl for this place”. :)

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    And that’s way okay! Love that my site popped up while googling recipes. That made my day. :)
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