This post originally took place on April 16, 2010.

Friday started with the loving relative bringing home food. She must have read my mind, I was craving some ho fun with soy sauce chicken. I wonder if it’s from my favorite place?

Home - Hoi Fun with Soy Sauce Chicken

Ho Fun with Soy Sauce Chicken

J. just arrived back in the city, so we decided to hang out. I already had plans for dinner with W. that night, so we went out for a 4 pm dinner. Looking through my multitude of restaurant vouchers, we settled on Thailand Cafe.

We started off with our favorite drink, which was a tad sweet this time around.

Thailand Cafe - Thai Iced Tea

Thai Iced Tea

We tried out some appetizers.

Thailand Cafe - Thai Wings

Thai Wings

The thai wings were like upgraded take-out chicken wings. Crispy skin. I liked them without the sauce.

Thailand Cafe - Crispy Calamari

Crispy Calamari

One of my favorite dishes ever. Thailand Cafe got this down pat. Their batter is perfect, and the calamari is soft. Goes well with and without the sauce.

The waitresses kind of screwed up the timing of our dishes. Our dishes were somewhat room temperature by the time they go to us.

J. got her usual.

Thailand Cafe - Pad Thai

Pad Thai

So did I.

Thailand Cafe - Massamun Curry

Massamun Curry

After shopping around a bit in SoHo and parting ways with J., I headed to the upper west side to meet W. With no goals in mind, we went to Columbia Cottage to eat. We heard there was free wine, but we didn’t get any. Apparently, you had to ask.

I didn’t take photos, but I ordered rice cake with sliced pork and cabbage. W. ordered some sort of crispy shrimp. We shared both dishes, and both were delicious.

The best part was the gruff waiter that brought our dishes. I left my cell phone on the table, and he tapped the table roughly in typical Asian-man fashion to tell me to move it. He spoke to me in Mandarin, but I felt like I disappointed him when I replied in English. I didn’t tell him I spoke Cantonese.

He automatically placed two pairs of disposable chopsticks on our plates. I felt redeemed.

I rounded out the day with a soda I picked up from Dean & Deluca. I like to visit their refrigerated section and pick-up a new soda to try once in awhile.

Home - Vignette Wine Country Soda Rose

Vignette: Wine Country Soda

Home - Vignette Wine Country Soda Rose

Rose

The Rose is faintly reminiscent of it’s alcoholic counterpart with its slight tartness. I somewhat prefer Vignette’s smoother Chardonnay.

I am disheartened when I realize my foodie week is approaching an end.

ADDRESSES

Thailand Cafe
95 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-1872

Columbia Cottage
1034 Amsterdam Ave. (btwn. 111th Street & Cathedral Parkway)
New York, NY 10025
(212) 662-1800

Dean & Deluca – SoHo
560 Broadway (btwn. Spring Street & Prince Street)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-6800

 

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