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The Rural Juror… OK, Just Media

I was called for jury duty again. I find it to be extremely frustrating. Not because I have anything against my civic duty. I’ve actually served on a jury. I was even the foreperson. I found it actually quite interesting. I just find the process of jury selection so terribly time-consuming and inefficient. It should be quick. But instead, you spend most of your time just sitting. Then you sit some more. And then a bit more. Ok, enough yammering. Eventually, after my belly started eating itself, they excused us for lunch. So I walked myself down to Nooddi. It turns out to be a little local chain, with 6 locations in total in the delaware valley. They have a nice lunch special deal so that’s what I went with. For my soup I got the ravioli soup, which included two shrimp and chicken dumplings, mixed veggies, and a light broth. This was pretty decent. The dumplings were tasty and the veggies were nice and fresh. The broth was very light, not greasy, like typical wonton style soups.

For my appetizer, I got the thai salad (som tam), which was supposed to be shredded cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, and peanut tossed with Thai seasoning lime juice. There was definitely cabbage and carrots, but I had one small piece of tomato and no peanuts. And the thai seasoning lime juice was pretty much just fish sauce slightly watered down a bit. I think they could have done a lot better. And that could have started with giving me a bit more tomato and you know, actually having peanuts. And I tasted no lime. But I’m pretty much a big sucker for any type of cabbage salad, so I still enjoyed it.

For my entree, I went with the Pad Se Ew. Chicken, wide jumbo rice noodles, veggies, and egg, in a sweet soy seasoning. This type of noodle dish is my crack. I just love it so. It’s so easy and simple, with such few ingredients, but they just work so well together. I love the soft earthiness of the noodles and the slight crunch of the lightly stir fried veggies. Although, I’m not a big fan of baby corn. They could have totally left that out! Service was ok. It was a little later than typical lunch time so it wasn’t very crowded. And my food came out pretty quick. It’s a nice option for the downtown Media crowd.
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Eating With The NYPD – Lantern

Ok, so I technically wasn’t eating with the NYPD, but I was eating with people that were working with the NYPD, so by the associative property, I was practically eating lunch with the NYPD. We took a short walk from the NYPD police academy to Lantern, a thai joint.
It’s a cool and sleek place. Modern and shiny, with living trees on the inside!
They have a kick ass $8 lunch special. Who knew you could find such bargains in NYC for lunch? And it’s not from a truck, it’s a proper sit-down joint. The special comes with your choice of appetizer. J and L got these dumplings. Man, these look… toothsome.

I got the spring rolls, because I’m drawn to fried appetizers in thai restaurants. It’s like a sickness. These little babies were hot and tasty.

Everyone ended up getting a noodle dish of some kind. Three of us got drunken noodles. L got chicken, J got shrimp, and I got calimari. M got the pad se-ew, which is pretty much just like drunken noodles, except not spicy, so not drunken. I love me some drunken noodles. I love thick rice noodles and I love the kick of spice in this dish. It’s never too much, it’s just enough spice to go with the sweet. And when given the option, I love squid in pretty much any form. A lovely thai meal for lovely little prices!

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Lunch In Olympia – Lemon Grass Restaurant

After flying into Seattle, I drove down to Portland, because well, I love Portland. Not being able to wait until Portland to eat, especially because my flight was awfully late, we stopped in Olympia for a bite to eat. I had done some research and that’s how we ended up at Lemon Grass. It’s an adorable and attractive place in a really nice area of Olympia. There was lots of hustle and bustle and restaurants and it was just plain adorable.

We got some tea, which came in this heavy cast iron pot. The place was tastefully decorated and had two main dining areas. One was almost full when we got there and we pretty much snagged the last booth before a rush came on. Once we left, they had opened up the other dining area.

The Hot and Spicy Noodles, with wide rice noodles, prawns, eggs, broccoli, onions, bell peppers, cabbage, green beans, water chestnuts, baby corn, bamboo shoots, and carrots in a special sweet sauce. You can add spice to any dish and you can decide on your own level of spice. This was like drunken noodles, except not as hot, but just as tasty. Really, every bit of this was perfect.

But really, this Mee Quang was even more perfect. Lemon Grass is a thai restaurant, but they had two vietnamese dishes at the end of the menu. The absolute last thing on the menu was this mee quang. I had no idea what this was, I had never heard of it before, but it sounded amazing. And am I damn glad that I ordered it, because it was amazing! It is a central vietnamese style noodle salad, with thinly sliced pork, chicken, and prawns served over a bed of wide and thick yellow rice noodles with lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, and fresh herbs. It was like a vermicelli bowl, only with thicker and heartier noodles, with a variety of meats, served warm, and with even more flavor than you could ever imagine. It was one of the best things I’ve eaten in awhile. My experience in vietnamese food is actually quite narrow… I’ve always focused on pho, vermicelli bowls, and rice plates. I think this mee quang shows just how little I’ve tasted of a cuisine with such depth and breadth. This place was great! And portion sizes are large, the prices are reasonable, and the service was good. Highly recommended if you are in the area!

Lemon Grass Restaurant
212 4th Ave W
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 705-1832

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