Monday, December 1, 2014

Thai Tom

Its sometimes the unexpected that garners the greatest rewards, and as many foodies know, its sometimes the hole in the walls with the tastiest dishes. You wouldn't expect something good to come out of a Thai restaurant in freaking Seattle, even if it does remind me of Shattuck/Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley, and yet here we are, talking about it.

Supposedly a line and a wait prevent people from immediately enjoying the food here most reasonable hours of the day, but since we arrived just before the dinner rush at around 5, a pleasant table beckoned. Though that may be a generous statement about the table.

What do you order? I don't know, so the usual Thai favorites, a green curry and a pad see ew were ordered. The kitchen is immediately viewable from any seat in the house, the chef and his wok flaming, producing. Spicy level 3, please!

I'll note here that level 3 (of 5) was fairly spicy, and wouldn't recommend the average person to go beyond 1 or 2. For those who can handle it though, it adds a measurable taste to the dish, and I found 3 to be a great combination between spice and flavor. Unlike some Thai restaurants focusing on the spice, I wouldn't expect the food to come out completely bland unspiced, a very good thing.

This far into the review its fairly obvious what I thought of the food: if I lived in the area, I'd probably be a regular. It's flavorful, the short noodles have a great chewy texture, and they even make delicious midnight munchie leftovers. The curry combines great flavor with a healthy dollop of rice, its subtle yet kicking spices combining with its milk broth to smoothly satisfy. As far as restaurant-style Thai food goes, this might be my all time favorite; both dishes were ordered with chicken.

Reasonable prices, expect a line, and great food. Oh, and just to note, it's cash only. Drats.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


When someone dies, intentionally or not, the same comments seem to be seen made regarding the person.

I wish I had told you...

At this age we don't imagine friends and acquaintances in sudden death, the chances seeming rather slim at whatever age you may be. You don't imagine the last time you saw someone or interacted as possibly the very last, or that they may be contemplating their very own. That potential friendships may never be, and words, love left unspoken, simply because you didn't take the moment to say hello, to ask questions, to walk together. There's always another time, a better time.

I hope to prevent myself from saying that in the future. Courage and hope, for chance may never come again and fullness may be lost.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wedding: John and Cindy

If there were ever a wedding that could be considered the "peak" of my career, this would be it. Shot with the amazingly talented Melly Lee (and occasionally John Yao), the day was an absolute pleasure and a blast. Here's a small preview to the chaos; congratulations to my friends, John and Cindy!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


It may be difficult to believe at times, but a job does not define a person's worth or value in the slightest. Boredom may arise during unemployment, as well as feeling unsatisfied and undervalued as nobody hires you; the reality is binge watching Netflix and sleeping in do not create value either.

In employment though your soul can just as easily be demoralized, your mentality only helped by the fact that the meaningless work helps pass the day. But value is found when you achieve goals you want to pursue, make the world a better place, and are generally productive in some way, even if tiny. The time can be used to do what you want to do and explore yourself - take classes, talk to people, get out, volunteer, be human.

But it's a different world now where jobs aren't handed to us anymore, and it is now up to you to create value, even if that doesn't mean creating money. I just quit my job and find myself planning the below to get me through life rather than relying upon Netflix and dinners with working friends to get me through the days and weeks:

1. Apply to jobs I want. This knowledge came through a lot of after hours hustling, where I took the time to explore what I wanted without the restrictions of my parental guidance - night classes. The result: I found what I would love to do, have taken steps toward getting there, and am ready to give myself completely to pursuing it. It's a lot easier to apply yourself when you want what you're chasing.

2. Going out. When I graduated college I thought I should do everything from the comfort of my home due to financial concerns. This leads to depression for a number of reasons. This time around I plan to explore local coffee shops, an environment to meet people and actually be productive (I pretend in my head that other people are judging me if I am not). About that financial thing - long term depression takes a toll on your wallet, health, and job prospects.

3. Take on projects. Work. I have a few options to help people now due to connections I've made outside of work in the passions I've developed. They may not pay the bills but it is productive, and it is essential to keep building. Better yet, these projects or hobbies, when you finally do have a "job", might keep you sane; if they instead become your job, even better.

One truth though: if your life becomes sleep and moping around bugging your friends on how bored you are, job opportunities will be more limited, and likely shittier too on the scale of shit to good. Instead, why not build something during your downtime so to become someone people want too?

And hopefully I follow my own advice!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Pike Street Fish Fry

Located in a more cultural area of Seattle (as far as a tourist can tell), Pike Street Fish Fry is an interesting proposition. Located a distance away from the touristy Pike's Place, this restaurant doesn't even open until noon, though understandable as we were the only patrons for quite some time. On the other hand, it just might serve the best fish and chips in the city.

Perhaps its the club/bar/something next door (I didn't really get to peek in at 11am) I think owned by the same people, or just the general decor: black, cramped, close quarter single row tables: it really reminds me of a bar. I'm actually not even sure if there's alcohol available, so that is just what it is.

I came after reading an article listing the best French fries in the nation - a dubious claim obviously, infinitely difficult to compare, but worth a stop I thought considering, well, something on that list couldn't be abysmal.

In short, the food is extremely tasty, though for lunch fairly heavy. I delighted in the oysters, a freshness fried within, but found the fries to be though decent, yet surely not the best in the nation. The portion size is more than happy, and though I wouldn't have minded taking leftovers home, the grease makes it difficult to paper bag, especially walking back in the Seattle rain.

All things considered, this makes for not only some good fish-and-chips, but probably some superb post-drinking carbs, especially in the absence of San Diego Mexican. Though I didn't get to sample it in that sense, I have no reservations about recommending Pike Street Fish Fry, or giving that manner a try one day.