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mongo_jones

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thai in the twin cities south metro

10 October 2017 - 07:42 PM

we really like bangkok thai deli and on's kitchen on university avenue in st. paul. but that's an hour each way and so we're always on the lookout for plausible substitutes in the south metro which we can combine with trips to costco, ikea and so forth. so far we've tried:

1. taste of thai yai in apple valley. never gone back.

2. spice in savage. never going back.

3. thai curry house in burnsville. have been more than once.

 

this weekend we stopped in at joy's pattaya thai in richfield. a small menu, mostly by the numbers but done better than at most places of similar, low ambition and the food was not quite as diabetes-inducing as minnesota thai can be. would go back.


ethiopian restaurants in minnesota

21 September 2017 - 04:14 PM

when you think of african immigrants in minnesota you probably think of somalis; but there's a sizable ethiopian population too (relatively speaking) and quite a few ethiopian restaurants. of these, fasika in st. paul is probably the most established. here is a writeup of some recent meals there.

 

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twin cities vietnamese

14 September 2017 - 07:49 PM

as you may know, the twin cities metro area has a sizable vietnamese population---about 20,000 at the last census. as you might expect there are a number of vietnamese restaurants. all specialize primarily in pho and similar: this is food that is very friendly to the stereotypical upper midwestern palate and hot noodle soup is great during the 19 months of winter.

 

quang in minneapolis (on nicollet) is probably the most well-known of the lot but for my money the best pho is at trieu chau in st. paul (on university avenue); their bun bo hue is quite good too. i posted a review of trieu chau today. in the last year i've also reviewed pho hoa and pho 79 in minneapolis and cam ranh bay in burnsville. the menus at most of these places are mostly interchangeable and none go beyond the noodle soup and broken rice complex. that's a pity. colorado's vietnamese population isn't any larger than minnesota's but 10-12 years ago places like dalat and new saigon in denver had far more wide-ranging menus (the boulder/denver egullet crew did a very good dalat dinner back in the day). i guess this might say something about how the communities are doing in the two metros.

 

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Walter Becker

03 September 2017 - 06:16 PM

one half, effectively, of steely dan. at the age of 67.


shakespeare

21 July 2017 - 01:05 AM

completely overrated. people go on like he was so great, like he revolutionized english drama, that nothing would have been the same without him. nonsense. christopher marlowe had already written his major plays and without him shakespeare would not have been shakespeare. and ben jonson didn't need shakespeare to influence him; english drama would have been just fine without him--in fact, it probably would have been more interesting. also, there's nothing original about shakespeare--he plagiarized all his plots.