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For the locals, really [May. 27th, 2007|10:17 pm]
Zoethe
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Worked all day yesterday and all afternoon today, and actually got all the emergencies off my desk and don't have to work tomorrow!

So of course I think I'm getting a sore throat. Gah!

By the time I finished working today, it was closing in on 8pm. As neither of us had eaten more than a bit of leftovers all day, we decided to venture forth and find food. For whatever serendipitous reason. I suggested we drive down Madison in Lakewood, just to see if anything looked interesting.

And we stumbled across Thai Hut, a hole-in-the-wall (7 tables) that we'd never noticed before. It's been there about a couple years, apparently, but it is tiny and we don't often go that way. Being big Thai fans, we stopped to try it out. The menu had a number of good sounding items, but our first venture into a Thai restaurant always gets the acid test: how is the curry?

Quite tasty, as it turned out. It was not the rich and amazing curry of Ty-Fun, but it was good. I'd never before considered that there could be a "diner food" version of Thai cuisine, but Thai Hut definitely qualified, and in the very best sense of the phrase: straightforward, unpretentious, tasty and satisfying. And at under $8 a dish, definitely inviting a return visit.

After that, Ferrett wanted to finally stop by East Coast Custard, a custard shop a few blocks from our house that he'd never managed to try. It was closing in on 9pm, and he suggested we go through the drive-through line.

I will never make that mistake again. Once we were hemmed in, every car in front of us seemed to be filled with pathologically indecisive illiterates. We had the window open, so we could hear them asking question after question of the clerks, hemming and hawing over whether to have a sundae or a concrete (the custard shop equivalent of a DQ Blizzard). There were four cars of these knuckle-draggers in front of us.

We were in the drive-through line for over half an hour. To get ice cream.

It was tasty. But, duuude.

And now my throat is hurting more. Double gah!
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[User Picture]From: gypsydove
2007-05-28 02:42 am (UTC)
mmm Thai food.... no such luck here.. have to have hubbie make it or I have to look up recipes... sigh...

MMMMM custard..... now I want some.... and after all the work I did today... I think I deserve it... hmmm wonder if I could keep it to a small.... hell wonder if they even make a small.... damn.... :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-28 02:46 am (UTC)
I was really happy because they had an 85 cent cone that was about a quarter cup of custard - a perfect amount for just a taste, which is all I ever really want.
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[User Picture]From: gypsydove
2007-05-28 03:09 am (UTC)
ah i decided against it...only cause i know that my tummy will hate me for it...and it is not good conductive to clearing out congestion.....

sigh so I will have to settle for a cuppa Earl Grey...grin...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-28 12:53 pm (UTC)
Not that a cuppa is anything to sniff at!
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[User Picture]From: gypsydove
2007-05-28 01:58 pm (UTC)
true true....

and then followed closely by a Shiner... yeap yeap yeap...

nice and relaxed last night I was.... grin
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[User Picture]From: dakiwiboid
2007-05-28 02:59 am (UTC)

Back before I discovered my peanut sensitivity

Tom Yum (hot and sour soup with shrimp and meat) and Pad Thai (the all-time classic Thai stir-fried noodle dish) used to be my touchstones for Thai food. Now I let my husband tell me if those dishes are good, and I judge a Thai place by its Pad Prik (the beef stir-fried with chilies or chili paste and veggies), gai yang (grilled or roasted chicken), and larb (yummy sour/hot salads). I prefer to get my curries at Indian places, myself. Oh, and if there's room for dessert, I like to get a sticky rice pudding thingus, too, if they have one without bananas. Mmmm....Thai!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-28 12:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Back before I discovered my peanut sensitivity

I can't eat shrimp, so I understand about the sensitivity thing. I love Indian curry as well, but Thai curry is my favorite curry.
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[User Picture]From: tevriel
2007-05-28 03:16 am (UTC)
Just in case you haven't come across this one: When I started working in a call centre, talking for eight hours solid a day, my throat packed in completely for a while. The way I found to fix it was surprisingly simple, healthy, and effective: lemon and honey. Hot water, lemon juice (the fresher the lemon the better, bottled lemon juice is better than nothing but not nearly as effective of juice from an actual lemon), honey to taste.

Seriously, it works, both for sore throats caused by overuse and sore throats caused by infection. Way, way better than any throat drops I've ever tried. It medicates and soothes. And it's also delicious. (If you hate the taste of honey-lemon, think of it as medicine and skull it, but sipping it is very effective if you can stand to.)

I proselytise the benefits of fresh honey-lemon drinks, I admit it, but it works!
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[User Picture]From: rintheamazing
2007-05-28 05:23 am (UTC)
I like the same combo, but in tea.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-28 12:56 pm (UTC)
I'll have to try that. It's a bit better today, so maybe it was just exhaustion and a bit of allergy - I so hope!!!
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2007-05-28 04:53 am (UTC)
Thai Hut has been there a couple of years? Are they sure? I distinctly remember seeing it for the first time last summer.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2007-05-28 12:11 pm (UTC)
Depends on your definition. They opened in December of 2005.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-28 01:23 pm (UTC)
The article on the wall said since sometime in 2005. So maybe a year and a half.

...

Looking it up online, it looks like it opened October 2005.
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[User Picture]From: jenk
2007-05-28 05:08 am (UTC)
Sore throats are why God invented Ben & Jerry's Berried Treasure, in my opinion - raspberry & lemon sorbet ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-28 01:25 pm (UTC)
That would certainly feel good on a sore throat!
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[User Picture]From: cathubodva
2007-05-28 07:45 am (UTC)
I don't know if Thai diner food is actually common, but there's definitely a Thai diner in Syracuse, NY. There's also a Vietnamese diner in Utica, NY.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-28 01:27 pm (UTC)
There was great Thai in Anchorage, Alaska, of all places, and when we first got down here we were heartily disappointed by the offerings. It has improved dramatically in the last year and change with the opening of three good Thai restaurants.
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From: notesfromme
2007-05-28 10:30 am (UTC)
I hope you wake today feeling much better so you two can have a wonderful time together!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-28 01:30 pm (UTC)
I slept in today in the hopes that some extra rest would help, and when I first got up it seemed like it might be getting better. But now I'm not so sure.

And it's a lovely day out. [sigh]
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2007-05-28 10:33 am (UTC)
Remind your throat that it's too early - I won't be there for nearly another month!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-28 01:30 pm (UTC)
LOL!
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2007-05-28 11:49 pm (UTC)
I don't quite get the "East-Coast Style Frozen Custard!" idea... I'm from the east coast and had never heard of frozen custard until I moved to Cleveland.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-29 11:28 am (UTC)
I'd never heard of it before I came here, either. Frankly, it just tastes like ice cream to me.
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[User Picture]From: gieves
2007-05-30 01:45 am (UTC)
Actually, East-Coast Custard is the result of a long-standing local love affair with Euclid Beach Park. Around Cleveland you can find traces of it everywhere, carefully preserved or revived. The recipe for East Coast Custard is supposedly based on the custard they used to serve at Euclid Beach Park, but it's apparently named in tribute of Coney Island (I'm not sure why?)

Around Cleveland, you can find all sorts of reminders of the park, including popcorn balls, frozen custard, and the rocket car. (My mother rented the rocket car for my college graduation party, and it was awesome.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-30 02:52 am (UTC)
I have seen the rocket car in action. It is, in fact, quite awesome!
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[User Picture]From: idic_writer
2007-05-29 01:15 am (UTC)

Aw...

Feel better!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-05-29 11:30 am (UTC)

Re: Aw...

Thanks. I am beginning to think it's allergies because I don't feel any better, but I don't feel any worse.
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