Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Vacation Day

I closed my kitchen yesterday and the three of us headed out for the day. Our first stop was the Brown Mansion in Chesterton to view the new exhibit of "Hidden Gems of the Dunes". There was also a tour of the house for Adam who was making his first visit.

Next up was the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University. We had a leisurely viewing of "In Quest of Beauty" which showcased 19th century America as seen in the art and life of Junius R. Sloan, 1827-1900.

A visit home would not be complete without dinner at Five Star Thai. The owners and the food are favorites of ours.


We started out with green papaya salad.


Next we shared sweet, sour, salty and spicy dishes of pad Thai, lard nar and catfish prepared Thai style. And while we dined we were joined by Tana, the owner, who wanted to catch up with what Adam had been doing. It's like being welcomed into the kitchen of a friend and was just what we needed.


Andrew and I came home happily sated. Adam went off to meet friends for a slice of American pie.

25 comments:

  1. It sounds like a wonderful day, and that food! The restaraunt looks so clean, fresh, and full of wonderful things! Is that kind of food very spicy? I love your picture of the decor!

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  2. Sounds like a great day! The food looks wonderful...

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  3. Sometimes it is nice to just leave the kitchen! Sounds like a great day!

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  4. A satisfying way to spend the day:D

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  5. what fun. great photos of your dinner. this reminded me of a sign that used to hang on my kitchen wall, no idea what happened to it. it said, Kicthen Closed and I meant it.

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  6. What a lovely day! I have been hearing a lot lately about green papaya salad. Was it was great as all they say?

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  7. A note here about green papaya salad: It is delicious. The papaya used is different from the smooth-skinned yellowish-green one we are used to. In fact, it is quite ugly--knobby and truly something one would pass by in the market. It's used before it ripens so it isn't sweet. The restaurant juliennes the papaya by hand. The dressing is delicious. The "heat" depends on the number of bird chilis that are added. I'm a three chili person!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  8. Such a wonderful time you must have had, Bonnie! The food looks amazing!

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  9. Hi Bonnie! Oh, I'm so glad you've had such a wonderful day and the food looks so delicious! I was pulled in by the cute little decorations! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  10. I'm starving, and that looks sooo good!
    Brenda

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  11. Sounds great! Glad you had a good day. Carla

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  12. What a lovely thai restaurant. I just adore papaya salads...they are perfect during these summer months. It sounds like a lovely day trip!

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  13. Wow, I can't believe it was Adam's first time to the museum! Hope you all had a great time.

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  14. You are making me hungry for some Thai tastes!

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  15. Sounds like a wonderful day, Bonnie... I'm sure you are thrilled to have Adam there --and I'm also sure he is glad to be there... Makes me yearn to have a nice visit with any or all of my 3 sons...

    Have fun---I know you will.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  16. That sounds like you had a fun day- Thai food is so good!

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  17. God, that food looks good and makes my mouth water!

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  18. Missed some of your pics not sure which end it was on--those that came through looked freat.

    Melinda

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  19. My stomach growled as I perused the photos. I guess it is time for me to get up and cook supper.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  20. Moments out of the house...especially out of the kitchen (no dirty dishes)...are to be cherished and never taken for granted. I see that you certainly make sure you get the very best. That thai meal looks superb.

    I'm glad you got to enjoyy such a lovely day.

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  21. I guess I didn't realize that your dog is also an Oliver -- what a coincidence!

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  22. it sounds like you had a great day out!! It's nice to get out to just relax and enjoy a good meal!
    hope the rest of your weekend is good!

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  23. Your day sounds much better than mine! I've been on the couch all day with bronchitis. I'll just have to live vicariously through your pics :-)

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  24. I'm double dipping here Bonnie and just returned and pushed "follower" so that I don't lose your blog in the shuffle of daily inundation.

    Yes, New England! Hurrah. You must come to Maine again. I am looking forward to the gorgeous fall and to suppers of waffles drizzled with our pure Maine maple syrup. Old fashioned and wonderful.

    Joys!

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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