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Kittichai

Morning! How are you all today? I hope your weeks are off to a great start!

My day started bright and early yesterday at 6:45. The days when I have class (Monday- Thursday) are so long! I have Pre-Calculus from 8-9:30, then I either go to work from 10:30-5:30, or I have the day off. Yesterday I was off, but I had so many things to do that I hardly had a second to sit down!

Before class, I had a yogurt bowl.

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  • Goat milk yogurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • Trader Joe’s cinnamon swirls
  • Nature’s Path Hemp Plus granola
  • dried cherries
  • peanut butter

It’s tough to know how to schedule my eating on days like this… especially on days when I do to work after class (like today). At the restaurant, we usually eat breakfast around 11, which is ideal because I don’t eat lunch until 4 or so. Last week I just ate a little snack before school and waited until 11 to eat. I’m going to do a little experimenting to figure out what works best.

After class, my stomach was already growling, so I had a big Crispin apple before I went to the gym for an upper body workout.

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Jenna’s Green Bowls really appealed to me, so that’s just what I had for lunch! It’s just the sort of thing I make when I pack a big, involved lunch: layers of grains, fresh vegetables, and a protein. This one had quinoa, steamed and sautéed broccoli rabe, bok choy, spinach, and peppers. Like Jenna, I added a healthy portion of Sriracha and Goddess dressing. Unfortunately I accidentally picked up Annie’s “Lite” Goddess, which has almost no flavor. Not worth it!

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After lunch, I spent the afternoon with my friend Ryan. He showed me the superhidden, supersecret cooking store he knows about (we saw the tiniest pans, sharpest knives), and then we went shopping for shorts. The day wasn’t brutally hot, so it was fun to just walk around and enjoy the city.

When I got home, I worked in hyperspeed mode on a baking project. I had a few strawberries left over, so I munched on them while my product as in the oven. It’s a secret right now, but I’ll tell you about it tomorrow!

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At 7:30, Leslie, Danielle, Megan and I met for dinner at Kittichai. It’s an upscale Thai restaurant that I’d been meaning for a while, and we had a 30% off coupon from Village Vines so we decided to try it out.

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The lighting was dim, and the layout was very intimate. There were bamboo partitions separating tables, and a lot of mirrors used to manipulate the space and make it seem bigger. (I actually got confused a few times by the mirrors… I saw our table and thought it was someone else!)

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Our server informed us that their menu is set up for family-style eating; however, we decided to order our own dishes. He was a little pushy and made it clear this was sort of a pain for him, which was a little surprising to see. From the start to the finish of the meal, we felt like we were “that annoying table.” Still, we had fun!

I ordered two small plates: green papaya and mango salad with cashew-chili dressing…

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… and the Kittichai fish cakes, which seem to be a specialty at the restaurant. Both were good, but I wasn’t blown away. I think I was so put off by the server’s attitude that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have!

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After dinner, we made our way to Victory Garden, a brand-new shop that serves up soft serve goat’s milk ice cream. It’s been getting so much press lately… I’ve heard about it from three different forums in the last couple days!

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In addition to ice cream, they sell a lot of “country-style” products, like tea towels, goat’s milk soap, caramel, and honeycomb candy.

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After tasting all of the flavors of the day, I ordered a small cup of chocolate, topped with crushed pistachios. We all agreed that the ice cream was “icier” than we’d thought, and a little watery. I really wanted it to be delicious, but I wasn’t quite blown away.

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Well, I’m off to school. Have a great day!

Have you had an unsatisfying restaurant experience lately?

18 comments to Kittichai

  • Busy lady! Sounds like you had a fun day though. Those little cinnamon swirls in your breakfast bowl are so cute. And the green papaya and mango salad looks tasty. Bummer the server was such a jerk. goats milk ice cream? They’re coming up with goats milk everything these days!!

  • That’s strange– I mean, you still would have been ORDERING dishes. I hate it when servers act like you’re really putting them out when you aren’t doing anything all that difficult!

  • Katie, remember when we first met at Candle 79 at that huge blogger meet-up, and the waiter was a douche? I seriously think that’s the last bad experience at a restaurant I’ve had, haha :D

  • I wish more [bad] servers realized how their approach can give customers a really awful experience. And you’re right – the food never tastes as good when a server is demanding or rude. Service is number one.

    Now I have to add Victory Garden to my list of places to check out in the city! There’s a place in Northampton, MA that uses local milk and yogurt for their amazing frozen yogurt, but I’d love to try goat’s milk ice cream. Mmm.

  • breadandwithit

    My worst restaurant experience was about a dozen years ago at a VERY UPSCALE restaurant, where our group of 5 spent a LOT of $$. We were being treated, which made the rude, condescending service even more unpleasant. It was “Daniel”, and others had the same bad experience, according to accounts in the papers. I hope the owner learned his lesson.

  • Your yoghurt and veggie bowls look so good! Shame the ice cream didn’t live up to expectations. I think I tend to have low expectations when eating out due to my vegan preferences so usually I end up being happy as long as I’m not served a soggy salad!

  • Can’t wait to see what you made with those strawberries! They’re so good right now–and cheap! I hate it when restaurant experiences aren’t pleasant; it makes me feel like I wasted my money and valuable meal time.

  • yeah, that server was weird! it seemed like he was trying to pressure us into the more expensive tasting menus. oh well…i really enjoyed the presentation of our papaya & mango salads – i’d like to re-create at home!

  • We’ve been receiving so many strawberries in our CSA produce box as of late – I’m loving summer berries! :)

  • Goat’s milk fro-yo? How interesting! I wonder if the other flavors would be better?

  • I could’ve done without the dining stress but seeing you ladies was so necessary and wonderful. Can’t wait to do it again soon!

  • wow that thai place looks pretty swank! that’s my absolute fave ethnic food style. so many bold, fresh and inspiring flavors!

  • I don’t eat out a lot, but I come from a line of amazing cooks, so I have a hard palate to please ;)

    Random question: what does green papaya taste like? I always wanted to try it, but didn’t want to go blindly on a limb!

  • Haha, I think I almost always consider myself the “annoying table” in any restaurant. But funny thing is I don’t seem to care. I’m sure I’ve endured my fair share of spit but it’s all well earned. I don’t think its wrong to want specific things when it comes to ordering food. :) Glad you had a great time regardless. That chocolate fro-yo looks awesome!

  • oh! i read about victory garden yesterday and was super interested because of the goat’s milk ice cream. hmm now i’m thinking i can skip out haha

    i wanted to tell you! if you’re ever out east on the island on the weekends give me a shout. i’m out there so much we can meet up for lunch or a wine tasting or a hang or a dinner :) let me know girly!

  • I agree-the lite Annie’s is totally not as rich and delicious as the original!

  • ugh, hate when waiters give such a hard time about things…I mean they are there to serve, right?

    sorry about the goat yogurt, sounded to be good to be true. maybe they will work on the recipe

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