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There is this Thai restaurant in Williamsburg called SEA (it’s actually part of a smallish chain made up of those extremely overcrowded I-feel-like-I-might-be-in-outer-space Thai restaurants) and it is dirt cheap for lunch.  They have a special menu and you can get an appetizer and an entree for like $7.  And one of the options on that menu is my favorite thing EVER, Rama the King.

I think this is kind of a standard Thai thing, although they don’t have it everywhere.  I Googled it and found a few chicken dishes.  In other words, it’s no pad Thai. Because it’s better.  It’s like a mix of peanut sauce and red coconut curry sauce, with vegetables.  I also like to treat myself to some shrimp, because you know.  I work so hard.

Anyway, the other day I purchased this product at Williams-Sonoma:


I used it in this soup, but I had a ton left over so I decided to try my hand at a little Rama action.  The mix:

3/4 can light coconut milk

1/4 cup peanut butter

3 T of this red curry base

1 tsp red curry paste

That’s it!  Seriously.  I think the red curry base is kind of a very important, extremely necessary ingredient though, so I hope you can find it. Otherwise, I believe A Taste of Thai has something that is similar.   If you want to make it on your own, ask someone who isn’t me.

I used it to marinate some tempeh and then put the rest over the baked tempeh and some sauteed vegetables:


I was going to make rice, too, but I got locked out of my apartment building and had to wait outside for  forty-five minutes and then Jack tried to jump over the gate that separates my building from the sidewalk and I had to tackle him and then he had a total meltdown because he saw some guy and thought he was Chris.  Which he wasn’t.  He just had a short haircut and a grey coat on.  Similar to Chris’s tan coat, apparently.

So, I used Trader Joe’s frozen naan instead.  I know.  Thai and Indian.  I bring cultures together.


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I always feel like I should shout that word for some reason, possibly because it is so tasty.  Especially if you marinate it the way Heidi Swanson tells you to:

This is her maple grilled tempeh.  Except it’s not grilled because I’m not allowed to use my grill pan.

On the side, we had Trader Joe’s brown rice medley, with broccoli, mushrooms, spinach and green beans.  I could not eat all of this.  I wanted to, and I tried really hard, but it was not happening.  I think the grain factor was a little out of control.

Luckily, I got a second wind a bit later because we have these guys:

I’ll tell you a little something about these.  When you get down to the last inch or so of the cone, it is FULL OF SOLID CHOCOLATE.

Yes.  This requires all caps.  It is that good.  In fact, I always give Chris a sad face and a couple of elbows so he gives me his final inch, too.

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I am so tired!  I really don’t mind having guests, but they are exhausting.  It means even more walking than normal (and we walk a lot on the regular), and constant entertaining.  My feet are actually sore.

Anyway, if I learned one thing this weekend, it’s that peanut butter rice crispy treats are the most amazing thing ever invented.  Yes, it’s true.  Forget about the phone, Internet, cars, all that nonsense.  They are nothing compared to these rice crispy treats that Chris’s mom made:


She melts peanut butter together with a bag of butterscotch chips and then mixes it with the rice crispies and chills it. So simple, yet so good.  I don’t even like butterscotch, but I could eat these all day.  Actually,  yesterday I basically did.  It was a huge eating disaster, but well worth it.

For breakfast, I made pancakes with Trader Joe’s multi-grain mix, which is really easy to use and much better than the gross white mixes with all the scary and weird ingredients.  I had three with maple syrup and butter – sorry, no picture.  They looked like pancakes, though.  Use your imagination.

Then we went walking around Chinatown, where Chris and I almost lost our minds because it is probably the worst place in the entire city and I really hate it.  It’s packed to the max with tourists trying to score fake Rolex watches and Prada bags so they can try and fool people into thinking they are rich.  Super annoying, but they wanted to go and we were trying to be good hosts.  After battling the crowd for like an hour, we walked up to SoHo and went to one of my favorite restaurants for lunch, Spring Street Natural.  As you can see, they have tons of super healthy options, so of course I went with fries.  In my defense, they came with a Tempeh burger, which tasted and probably was extremely healthy and good for me.  I didn’t take a picture of this, either, but here’s one of a chicken sandwich that I lifted from their website:


My meal looked just like that, minus the chicken.  And the flowers, actually.  I wonder where our flowers were.

Anyway, then we walked back through Chinatown because we wanted to torture ourselves some more, I guess, and came back to the apartment to hang out for a while and have dinner.  Chris’s mom made us spaghetti and garlic bread, and it was really good.  I had two pieces of garlic bread.  I haven’t had garlic bread in ages.  I forgot how good it is…all crusty on the outside and soft and buttery on the inside.  Oh man.

In between lunch and dinner we watched a movie (The Wicker Man…possibly the worst movie ever made. Nicolas Cage plays…what else?  A cop.  Surprise.  I hate him.) and I had some pretzels:


Then we took Chris’s brother out to a bar for a while.  I drank lots of beer and had a shot of Patron, all of which led to a grilled cheese with Sun Chips at the end of the night.  Oops.

Today, however, is looking better.  I did start the day with a whole wheat bagel with scallion cream cheese, but you have to take visitors to get bagels.  It’s basically impossible not to – when people are in New York, they want a bagel.  Then we dropped them off at the train, went grocery shopping, and I had toad in a hole and broccoli for lunch:


Kind of a weird combination, but I wanted to use up the broccoli because it was about to go bad.  I also had a chocolate covered pretzel rod after:


Did I mention these? Chris’s mom brought us the best chocolate covered pretzels in the world.  I know I’ve talked about Sarris Candies before.  Check out our stash:


Because the rice crispy treats won’t make us fat enough, I guess.

Okay, I’m going to hang out on the couch for a while because I’m baby-sitting for a friend’s little boy tonight and I’m sure that will require a lot of energy that I just don’t have at the moment.  I need to rest up.  Hope everyone had a fun weekend!

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