Friday, September 24, 2010

Galae Thai

Today for lunch, my coworkers and I took Ronette Collins out for her birthday. We headed for Galae Thai, a Thai food restaurant in Eisenhower Center by my favorite movie theater and ColdStone Creamery.



The ambiance suspiciously resembled Buddha Bar with a bunch of Buddha statues all over the place and other cultural artifacts. Overall, very pretty. They took us to Thailand.



Happy Birthday Ronette!

Ronette ordered some spicy crab rolls as an appetizer, and as a person who formerly hated sushi in all its forms, I like these. It must be the crab.

If you comment and tell me that this, after all, is not sushi, then I still hate sushi but love crab rolls.


Erica got Chicken Panang. It looked REALLY GOOD and is eaten on a bed of white rice. Peep the "bent" bowl. The cups were like that too.


Tia got the same thing, but with broccoli. Looked even better.


Melanie got a plate of raw food. That's the only way I know how to describe it.

So did Jason. Except at least his shrimp was cooked. I hear it's against the law to serve it any other way. He says that wasabi is routinely served with raw foods as an antibiotic to any bacteria in your raw food. True? False? Maybe?


Tia's co-worker got a spicy tuna tempura roll. She liked it so much, she got two!



The birthday girl, Ronette, got Seafood Fried Rice. It smelled soooo good. She likes it hot, hence all the red curry and chili flakes you see in the rice. There were scallops, shrimp, clams and calamari in the rice.


I got shrimp fried rice with pineapple chunks (added). Mine isn't nearly as hot as Ronette's, hence the absence of so much red curry and chili flakes. See my bent plate?



The verdict? I now very, very much like two Thai food restaurants: Old Siam on 8th Street Southeast on Capitol Hill, and Galae Thai. They season the rice so well and use the right amount of egg and onions that just plain old fried rice would probably be delicious there. I can't wait to eat my leftovers later. They are both the schnizz. Go there. You'll likey.

Insana

p.s.

I saved room for ColdStone though!

What's Old Is New Again

I went to ColdStone Creamery after lunch today in Alexandria, VA and was once again reminded by the employee that made my ice cream that what was old is new again.





Were the 90s THAT awesome?
Insana

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cookies N Cream Cupcakes

After trying the most delicious cupcake I've ever tasted at Hello Cupcake on Connecticut Avenut in Northwest DC, I tried to duplicate it but by making some of my own.


I crushed mini Oreos and mixed them into white cake batter and into white cream cheese icing.




They were very good because it is practically impossible for cream cheese icing to not be good, but it wasn't the same as Hello Cupcake. I think it needed more cookies. I'll keep trying though!
Insana

Cirque du Soleil: Ovo!

On Tuesday, September 14th, me and some of my homies went to the Cirque du Soleil show at the National Harbor, in town from September 9th through October 24th. This year's show was titled "Ovo!" which means egg, an insect inspired show.

Before the show, we all went to Outback in Rivertowne to eat up and carpool to the circus tent, in order to pay the $12 parking fee once.

Me and Shinavia.



My sister Soiyete and Ronette, my coworker at VSE. She's a Collins too so some people at work actually think she's my cousin, lol.



After parking in the dirt and walking across the gravel: the tents at Ovo.




Got my tix at Will Call!



Last year, for "Kooza!", we arrived so late that not only did we have to wait to enter the tent (for music to play, to avoid interrupting the show), we didn't have time to peruse Cirque merch. This year, we did it right. 20 minutes until showtime (8 pm), we entered the merch tent.


There was all kinds of cool stuff, Cirque t-shirts, Cirque umbrellas, Cirque keychains, and even costumes. They had the coolest Cirque masks. I assume some like these are worn in other shows.


Whoa, she's not only flexible, she's nekkid.
By the way, in case you're wondering--no search of any kind, not even metal detectors. I could have brought my entire camera bag if I wanted to and a 12-pack of beer if 12 actual cans of beer didn't take up a ton of space. Still, no pics are allowed within the Cirque performance tent. "No pics allowed" to me means pics are "discouraged".
At 7:55 pm, we took our seats, and waited for the show to start. Our seats were way to the right side of the stage. My shoddy photo includes just about everyone in the audience, so as you can see, there's really no such thing as a "bad seat" in the Cirque tent.
Everyone stared at the egg-like formation on the stage, and the audience was buzzing. After a minute or two, you realized that it wasn't just the audience buzzing, but insect sounds were playing all over the tent, under and over our seats. We felt like we were in a rainforest.

And the show began. Luckily, Cirque's website offers much cooler photos than are ever allowed by us audience members.



Much of the show focused on the fly and the ladybug's romance. I kept wondering, "Are they going to mate and produce an egg?"


The contortionists always blow our minds.

It was cool to see the acrobats as insects. Obviously, this one is a spider.

This one too. A black widow even!


This part of the show (with the floor opened and trampolines exposed) looked like so much fun that I bet most of the audience wanted to participate.


Not this part though, lol.


Everybody wants to know what's inside that giant indescribable suit in front of the stage. It danced and shook and boogied to the music and sometimes stretched 10 feet wide or collapsed like a giant slinky, it was incredibly entertaining to watch. We were like, "Are there two people inside that suit, or one?"



We already know we're coming next year, no matter what the show is!

Come out and enjoy it while it's still in town, a really marvelous show and worth every penny,
Insana