Saturday, November 29, 2014

thai restuarants in seattle

the seattle times just published a couple of pieces about thai restaurants in seattle.

here are the links: Thai food more popular than pizza in Seattle

this above article is written as if this is something to celebrate: we won the prize yall! the most thai restaurants of any city in the usa! woo hooo!

Best Thai in Seattle?

this above article tries to sort through the confusion by naming the best thai restaurants in seattle... and it proceeds to name almost all of them.

this is my problem: thai restaurants are so much the same in seattle. there are very few that do anything original with their menus, and i tend to feel disappointed by my 4th or 5th bite of swimming rama. i can pretty much go into any thai restaurant and name off a dozen+ dishes, and they are guaranteed to serve them. (pad thai, pad see ew, pad khee mao, cashew chicken, tom kha kai, tom yum koung, papaya salad, larb... and then all the curries.) and then, the food tends to be too sweet and too bland. even when i ask for 5 stars, the food ends up being rather mild.

yes, you would think that thai people have only 20 or so dishes that they eat... ever. and it is frustrating because of how many thai restaurants there are here, and so it doesn't make sense that they would all be so similar in their offerings.

it's like one big giant chain. even fast food is more original - i mean, mcdoughs has the big mac and burger king has the whopper, and these sandwiches taste nothing alike. but a red curry from tup tim thai and a red curry from banh thai will be almost indistinguishable. i just wish we had one restaurant that attempted to do something original - like pok pok in portland.

this is why i mostly go to viengthong, the Lao restaurant in rainier valley. it's menu includes items you won't find anywhere else - except maybe at home. but i should probably check out the suggestions in the times article, and see what i might be missing. but for now i will continue to frequent viengthong.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

aladdin can sing in thai

Kind of embarrassing, but I just spent a significant part of my morning watching Thai Disney videos. Despite a couple weird notes, this is my favorite.


Monday, March 10, 2014

getting on... "Getting On" is based on a BBC show of the same name and is from the creators of "Big Love."  HBO aired it with little fanfare, and it was expected that it would play for one season and then disappear.  The first episode aired in December when absolutely no one is watching TV because we are all too busy eating something or buying ourselves presents.

Well, it unexpectedly has awarded it a second season.  (HBO seems to treat its dramas with a little more gentle hand; its comedies seem to get the axe with some frequency.  Both "Hello Ladies" and "Family Tree" were not given second seasons.  The highly-acclaimed show, "Enlightened," was cancelled after its second season, and only got that second season because HBO had a time gap to fill.  And by the way, "Enlightened" is amazing; Amy Jellicoe's eccentricities ring true, and she will undoubtedly remind you of at least one person in your life who you just don't want to be friends with.)

But back to "Getting On."  The show takes place in a geriatric ward of a hospital, and the pilot episode finds the lead characters trying to uncover the identity of a disoriented woman found wandering the streets of Long Beach CA.   (Hint: she is Southeast Asian.)  This scene alone makes the whole six episodes worth it. Take a look -

Also, check out this interview with the couple who created the show: