A Happy Weekend

This weekend was one of the most beautiful we’ve had in Philly so far this year.  It was sunny and warm – but not sweltering.  And lovely to be out in the city.  On Saturday, my friend Emily Stabile put up her art at the shop and I have to say her pieces look amazing in our space…

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We had a little reception for her at the shop…

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It was a really fun night and a big thank you to all who stopped by!  And look what we have in the shop right now…

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They’re so beautiful they almost don’t look real.  I love peonies so much.  I also love Cambodian food and there’s finally a pretty good one close to us in South Philly called Khmer Kitchen.  Eric and I tried to go last night with some friends but they were so busy they couldn’t take any more seatings:(  We ended checking out Ratchada – which used to be Café de Laos.  And honestly, besides very slight changes to their interior, everything is pretty much the same (menu included).  I loved Café de Laos, so I didn’t mind!  It’s a byob and is a mix of Thai and Laotian cuisine.  We started out with a few different orders of papaya salad – spicy Thai style, spicy Laos style, mild Laos style.  We all thought the Thai style was best – the Laos style was overwhelmingly fishy, even for me!

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thai papaya salad

For my main dish, I ordered Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles) with shrimp.  They were rice noodles stir fried with a delicious sauce of basil, tomatoes, onions, red peppers and green beans…

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I love the combination of sweet, salty and spicy and this dish had all three – perfect.  I had a taste of my friend’s dish of duck curry and it was amazing.  I will definitely be ordering that next time!  We ended the meal with some dessert (try the Thai tea ice cream!) and Chandon sparkling rose…

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This might be my new favorite sparkling wine.  Besides being very tasty, it’s pink, bubbly and at $18/bottle, very affordable!  It was a great way to end a wonderful weekend.

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