Thai Weekend

Guinness, Jameson, Bailey’s; were those the staples of this past weekend for you? Did you wear a green American Apparel dress downtown in the rain and spend most of Monday in sunglasses and on advil? I may have done the prior had I not had I a) not been obligated to be at work by 6:30 am on Sunday morning and b) Owned a green American Apparel dress

I fully admit that I am terrible at celebrating mainstream holidays and particularly ones that revolve around drinking and dressing in outfits that would typically regarded as off-kilter any other time of the year. For one thing, Portland is almost ALWAYS raining and I am not one who enjoys worrying about finding parking, having to walk long distances in non-durable footwear due to lack of parking, or wait/fight for cabs. Who knows, maybe if I was blessed with the kind of hair that stays in place with a few raindrops then I would be less inclined to be such a Debbie downer.

The farthest I got into celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day was scarfing down a gluten free Bailey’s cupcake made by Anne at 2am on Saturday morning…and that was because I was famished and too exhausted to make an excursion to the west side for some Luc Lac…though I did go in on it the night before after a long day at work:

Bo Tai Chanh, chicken skewers for days, and coconut prawns

Bo Tai Chanh, chicken skewers for days, and coconut prawns

As opposed to corned briskets, potatoes, and cabbagey dishes (this is my perception of Irish food brought to you by my only point of contact: The Whole Foods hot bar), the inadvertent dining trend of my weekend was Southeast Asian and with the exception of Luc Lac, thai.

Come Saturday morning (at the point in which the sun was up); I headed home for a brief meeting and a face mask before returning to Northeast for our brunch spot of choice, Pok Pok Noi; a mere five block walk from Anne’s house.

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We were the only visitors to the restaurant at the time and sat in the heated patio in the back while it rained outside and we sulked at home damp the walk back to the house would be (we were in flipflops).

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Anne ordered a delicious Vietnamese coffee while Erica chose her usual- the bloody mary. It was rather sad; she was pushing it towards me to take a photo when the glass hit a hidden split in the tables and…you know bled mary all over the Pok Pok table cloth. Luckily our darling server witnessed the whole fiasco and promptly swept that mess up and brought Erica a replacement:

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She set it in front of me for photography purposes this time

As for our main courses; if there is one thing Erica, Anne, and I can all agree on it’s that nothing cures an exhausting night quite like several birds

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IMG_2858Nothing like half a hen, some dipping sauces, and papaya salad. Also worth advertising: If anyone would like to go to Thailand or any other similar locale in the near future please let me know as I am in desperate need of restoring my natural skin tone and overcoming my seasonal affective disorder.

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Several hours later after yet another meeting, several errands, and a massive closet colour coding operation, Yurop asked me if I wanted to go out for dinner. He initially selected Dang’s, our Lake Oswego favourite, but I insisted on trying something new as it was a Saturday and since it was apparent that he was in the mood for some Thai, I decided on PaaDee at the corner of SE 28th and Burnside:

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I love how short this menu is; if there is one thing that drives me crazy about most Thai restaurants it is how enormous their menu is. Why is this a problem? Because I am not picky enough of a eater and therefore will take a ridiculous amount of time negotiating with my dining partners which dishes we absolutely must order. Also, the cocktails here are incredible- Yurop and I had some sort of a tamarind variation of a whiskey sour which was exquisite.

Prawn Salad: lemongrass, scallions, tomatoes, shallots, ground rice, spicy lime dressing

Prawn Salad: lemongrass, scallions, tomatoes, shallots, ground rice, spicy lime dressing

A rather basic starter but nevertheless delightful; the prawns were succulent and large and the dressing tangy and spicy. I was trying to be healthy here and I think I succeeded at it…until the other dishes came obviously.

Kanom jeen gang keaw*: Green curry with rice vermicelli noodles, chicken, Thai eggplants, bamboo shoots, basils, gra chai and red peppers

Kanom jeen gang keaw*: Green curry with rice vermicelli noodles, chicken, Thai eggplants, bamboo shoots, basils, gra chai and red peppers

A soupier noodle dish than I am used to; but boy does PaaDee get the flavours right in this; I’m also interested in coming back and trying some of the other noodles highlighted on the menu

Gai grop sam yan*- Saute crispy chicken (“Sam Yan market” inspired), cashews, scallions, dry chilis

Gai grop sam yan*- Saute crispy chicken (“Sam Yan market” inspired), cashews, scallions, dry chilis

Yurop was looking for a doppelganger of the chili chicken we normally get at Dang’s and if I may so myself, this wins hands down. For one thing, this crispy chicken is nowhere near as greasy and crisp-thick (meaning the layer of batter that surrounds the actual meat) and for another it was full of chilies which as I’m sure you know insofar was the main criteria for everything consumed that weekend.

In all, I was thoroughly impressed with PaaDee which truly says something due to the high number of impeccable Thai restaurants in the Portland area. Besides the food and cocktails, the atmosphere is fabulous, the wait staff knowledgeable and friendly, and it seems like the kind of place where you can go on a non-platonic or platonic date to. I just wish they stayed open between 3-5 PM on Sundays so that I can stop there on the way home from work to get takeout.

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