I am originally from Southern California and recently moved to the south to live near my mother who has lived in Macon, Ga. for about 10 years. Being from California I have had the luxury of trying many different types of foods from all cultures, ranging from authentic Mexican burritos to extremely expensive and tasty sushi rolls. One of the first things I looked for after moving to the south was the food. I asked myself what did the south have on the menu besides collard greens, cornbread, and chicken-fried steak, sweat tea and mashed potatoes. Now, I’m not knocking the south for their lip-smacking, heartwarming, home cooked southern dishes, because boy who doesn’t love southern cooking. However, I was in search of fulfilling my taste for a dish that could take me away from the south for a moment. I began by looking through the yellow pages for Indian restaurants. I found a few local Indian chains, however I wasn’t fully satisfied after trying them. The food was acceptable, but I was not able to get the full experience I was ready to achieve. After many failed attempts at finding a real authentic restaurant in Macon, Ga., I was actually tempted to drive one hour to Atlanta to explore their menus. However, one day cruising along, I saw that a new restaurant had opened up in my neighborhood. It was called the Metropolis: Mediterranean, Greek and Indian restaurant. I decided to give it a try and invited a friend out for dinner that night. Since then, I have been to this restaurant about 5 times and each time I personally feel like I have a new experience. The first time I went, I was surprised at how full and rich the menu was. There was so much variety; it took me about 15 minutes to order. Despite the jam packed menu, I went ahead and chose the extra spicy Lamb Vindaloo with a side order of parmesan naan. To top off my meal, I ordered two Taj Mahal beers and a small almond ice-cream dessert. When it was all said and done, I felt as though time stopped and I was walking through the streets of India for a short period. This draws me to the conclusion that, no matter where you live in the United States today, you may be able to find those real authentic restaurants that are just waiting to share their world with you through their eyes. Be it a hole-in-the-wall foreign joint, or even a foreign neighbor willing to share homemade meals with you, go for it, you might just get a glimpse of what life looks like through their eyes. I was offered the full experience at Metropolis and I loved every moment of it. To this day, Metropolis is by far the most authentic and satisfying Mediterranean, Greek and Indian restaurant I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing and it wasn’t even in California, it was right here in Macon, GA.