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curryCurry one time
I could not speak
Curry one time
Yeah, my knees got weak
But curry two times, girl
Last me all through the week

— stolen from The Doors Love Me Two Times written by Robby Krieger

I returned today to a place I’ve already written about, though I’d forgotten that I had.  And what’s more disappointing/predictable, I ate the same thing as last time:  the amazing Northern Thai Curry at Spicy BBQ Restaurant.  Not that I regret eating the same thing, it was AMAZING as always.  But it’s just not as interesting to write about.  You can always read my prior review of the curry, though it did have an added twist.  They are now putting peanuts in the curry, and it’s a delightful addition.

But I did have a very pleasant lunch and met a few nice people too.  The Spicy BBQ Restaurant is tiny, and the little table they sat me at had me facing another table, which was so close that I might as well have been sitting with them.  I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation about their favorite restaurants in LA.   They were two guys and a very pretty girl; I got the impression the girl was from out of town and they were showing her around.

The guys are clearly Very Serious Foodies.  Being that I was sitting by myself and looking straight at them, they started including me in on their conversation.   The guy who came across as the Most Serious Foodie of the two said to me, “It must be tough coming here by yourself.  How do you pick just one of the 10 things you want to eat?”  “That is indeed the only downside of eating here”, I said, or at least something like that..

Foodie Guys and Gal

I asked them if they’d ever been to Taqueria Los Anaya.  I really need to write about that place — it’s become one of my very favorite places on earth.  My wife and I go there every Saturday morning.

They asked me if I was a food writer, or just love food.  I replied that I just love food, but write a food blog that nobody reads.  They asked me for the URL and looked it up on their phone and noticed that the last post was 2 years ago.  Pathetic, that’s what it is. Pathetic.  So they said if I wrote something, they’d read it and maybe even comment.  So let’s see what happens.

We spent a fair amount of time talking about our favorite places in LA:  Western Doma Noodle, Ruen Pair, Sapp Coffee Shop, Pa Ord Noodle, Soot Bull Jeep, Jitlada, even discussing some of our favorite dishes at these places:  the mussels at Jitlada, the boat noodles at Sapp, etc.

So Serious Food Guys and Pretty Girl, if you ever want to meet up somewhere for a Thursday lunch, let me know!  I’d certainly be up for it.   Sorry the photo of you is a little blurry.  For some reason, I just couldn’t get the camera in my phone to behave itself today, even after trying three times.   But trying three times is a different song.  Robbie Krieger only got up to two.

Categories: My Thursday Lunch, Thai

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