Thursday, May 26, 2011

Review: Thai Aroy

There is something about study which makes me crave take away. I don't know why, but I suddenly find myself hankering for something spicy, salty and slightly bad for me. Tonight it was Thai food and tonight I made a new friend- Thai Aroy. 

I must have driven past this little restaurant hundreds of time but never really bothered to go in or take a look at their menu. My thai interests were previously loyal to another local. Sorry Bangkok Delight, you are now dumped, I have found someone better. 

Like a lot of these small family run joints it doesn't look like much. In fact it wasn't even very busy when my sister and I sauntered in to collect our takeaways. Don't let this discourage you. The food was excellent. 

We ordered:  Golden Shrimp cakes, Pad Thai, Basil leaves stir-fry, Chicken Cashew nut and some coconut rice. 

The golden shrimp cakes were a bit of a gamble, I am aways cautious of the word "shrimp", but they were actually quite nice. Minced prawn, crumbed and fried- greasy, fatty but some how satisfying. There was some dipping sauce but in our bind hunger and excitement my sister and I woofed the four of them down while driving, don't judge us, only later finding its mate the sauce.

The pad thai was just your basic pretty well done pad thai, the flavours slightly muted so not to give the australian palate too much of a shock. It was well cooked, fresh and not too greasy.

The Basil leaves stir fry was really good. My sister who has visited Thailand often and eaten at some of the best the kingdom has to offer was pleased with it. It had all the necessary spicy, sweet, sour components and the basil gave it a nice cleaned up finnish.

The same goes for my cashew chicken. While I know that it isn't traditionally Thai, they have done a pretty good job of "thaiafying it". Yes it was slightly sweet and mild, but that is what you expect in a cashew chicken. It is familiar and comforting and that is why it is still so popular.

 I noticed that they also have sticky rice with mango so that will have to be on the order for next time.

Thai Aroy is doing some tasty, easy thai which is pretty cheap for generous serving. It makes the perfect little treat for yourself during the hardest part of the semester. So look them up and make sure you order extra so that there is leftovers the next morning. They even deliver. How is that for the ultimate study treat.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sugar, spice and financial planners

I came across these amazing business cards designed by an Israeli marketing company. Each colour is a new section of the company.

On an even zanier note. If you don't just want to package the food inside the marketing, you could always have your details printed onto a piece of jerky.

If you are at UQ and can possibly stand being seen with a copy of semper, check it out. You might just find some recipes written by yours truly. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Product: Bicycle Wine Rack

No that is not a typo. There really exists a wine rack for bicycles. Just when you though your restored vintage "fixie" had everything, think again. How else were you going to carry that $6 bottle of George Duboeuf bourgelais to your next house party? In your hand? Don't be ridiculous.

If you now feel a strange urge to acquire one of these here is the link.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Julia Child: like the Meryl Streep version but a real person

Today I stumbled across some Julia Child comments. I should have been researching but, having somehow convinced myself I deserved a break, I was wandering the inter webs looking for interesting tit bits. Some of these came up and there were so great that they deserve sharing. It has also inspired me to track down an old copy of her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking, perhaps I will stick my Cordon Bleu certificate inside it. 

"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook." 

"If you're afraid of butter, use cream." 

"It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it." 

"I think every woman should have a blowtorch." 

Now I am not advocating for over indulgence or gluttony. That you have to do yourselves.