Sunday, June 6, 2010


Last week Matt took a vacation from work ... to work on his car. I don't get it. Who would want to spend a week of vacation time to work on a car?

It's really ok that I don't get it, because Matt doesn't get why I would want to take a vacation to sew, or scrapbook -- which I do. I take vacations with my girlfriends and we hole up at a house, or a hotel and spend the entire time working on projects. My friends scrapbook and I make jewelry. It's parallel play at it's best.

Matt says he would rather chew his own leg off that do something like that. I feel the same way about working on cars, racing cars, or attending a car race. Good thing we both have friends who share our passions.

One thing I love when Matt is on his "car vacation", is meeting for lunch. He works a hour away from home so car vacations are one of the few times that we get to do this. I look forward to it.

Last week, we rendevoued at our new favorite Thai restaurant. (Our old one went out of business which was devastating -- we loved it that much.)

If I could only have one type of food for the rest of my life, this would be it. Thai food is a party in your mouth. You taste so many things at once -- sweet, hot, sour, savory, salty .... it's so good. If you've never tried it, you have to muster up some courage and check it out. It will surprise you. Really, it will!

If you do, here are some tips:

  • When they ask you how spicy you want your dish say "1". Thai is pretty spicy and if you can tolerate "1" you can always move up the scale of hotness the next time you visit. I'm not a huge spicy fan, but I can tolerate #2. Matt likes #4, which is SPICY!
  • Visit for lunch. Thai restaurants always have a great selection of lunch specials and with the special you can try several things in one sitting for a very low price.
  • Definitely try one of the currys. My favorites are massaman curry with shrimp, green curry with chicken, and yellow curry with pork. You can't go wrong with any of them -- but massaman is my favorite. By the way, you can choose the meat you want in any of these dishes.
  • Definitely try the Tom Kha soup. It's one of my all time favorite dishes. I've tried and tried to make this at home, but it never tastes the same. The owners of our Thai restaurant love me because I come in for a cup of this at least 2 times a week.
Here's what I had for lunch today -- Special #5 which included: tom kha soup, green curry over brown rice, egg roll, and a crab wonton. You might be looking at that green curry thinking "yuck." Don't let the look deceive you -- it's heavenly. It has a mild curry taste, with a hint of basil, honey and coconut milk.

After our delicious lunch, Matt and I went our separate ways. He went to Ace Hardware, and I went across the street to browse at Home Goods.

Love having days like these.

Post Script: If you live in Temecula, visit the Thai restaurant in the Target shopping center off Rancho California Road. It has a great selection and the owners are really nice.


Eve said...

Love that last picture. Pretty!

We love the Thai place over by White Lime by the mall. I could eat their yellow curry for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

Crystal - I didn't want to add another entry to your giveaway and I can't find an e-mail for you (cause I didn't look all that hard), but I wanted to tell you that I also hate coconut, so you can keep yours, but if your beets are pickled, I'll take em. :)

And I didn't know I had a cherry tree until last year. I hope that's just because there wasn't any fruit on them until then. Otherwise I'd feel like an idiot!

Now I'm going to go try harder to find an e-mail for you. If not then I suppose I will have to stop harassing you. :)

AMCutler said...

I have to add that Thai is my favorite too! Panang curry is our favorite and we make it at home a lot since there aren't too many good restaurants around here...I'd much rather make something good at home than go out to Olive Garden.