Thursday, 25 October 2007

Will the happiness never end?

The waiter has some more recommendations. I do this out of love for you people. I'm still in a good mood after Tuesday night's wine course. Only 9 people bothered to show up giving me the opportunity to get my voice heard. I can still remember that fantastic moment,"sprouts, maybe damp cardboard?" To which the lecturer replied, "Yes I agree." Well you can imagine my delight. I regaled LMM with that story all night. She cried, I assume with a mixture of joy and pride. I'm hoping to get 2 whole sentences out next time. Maybe it was the fantastic German wine we finished with but I am starting to get into that class. It was a bottle of Riesling. Now I haven't had German wine in about 15 years. But my God was it good. If the weather holds up this weekend I say try a bottle and just pretend it's summer. Or get stoned and really pretend. What ever suits best....

Food: This is only for those of you blessed enough to live in Belfast. Thai Tanic on Eglantine Avenue has been around for a few years but I had never ventured further than it's window. This despite all my friends telling me it was great. It has a recommendation from John & Sally McKenna's Bridgestone Guide. Try the chilli and basil stir fry. It's freaking great as is the mixed entree which consists of spring roll, curry puff, money bag, and prawn crackers. LMM had the Thai Green Curry and of course I stuck my spoon/spade into it too, and it was beautiful. And the name is of course is great. My only problem was when I went to collect my order, they do delivery as well, was for some insane reason the person on the counter was the only one that didn't speak English. This lead to a whole load of confusion and frustration as I tried to explain what I was doing there. But try it, it's worth the hassle.

Music: St Vincent has been listed and reviewed on most of the good music websites/blogs. And with great justification. It's just such a beautiful album. Get it done. "Jesus saves, I spend" goosebumbily good....

Annie Clark
St. Vincent

Mobile phone: I got a new one this week. I've never really been interested in mobiles. I always got my sister's hand me downs. If it could make a call and send text messages that was good enough for me. But then LMM arrived round one day with the Nokia N95 and I went all weak at the knees and dribbled for a bit. LMM thought I had suffered a stroke. It's just so pretty and pointless too, like Katie Melua but at least my phone sounds better. It doesn't make your conversations any more meaningful. It doesn't correct your grammar and it doesn't make you taller, unless you stand on it and why would you do that? But it does look lovely sitting on it's own pillow on my bed, and that's fine by me. Take that iPhone. (I didn't mean that sorry Steve, just messing with you. I still love all your lovely things honest) And now I can blog from the toilets at work. So think about that the next time you go to comment......

Chocolate: Shouldn't this be in the food section? No, chocolate is different. I'm not a girl you know. But I do like good chocolate. Most shops don't sell good chocolate. The return of the WISPA was greeted like the hostages coming home for some unknown reason. "Oh isn't it wonderful. It looks smaller but it has been tied to a radiator in Beirut for 5 years......." Not for me, I admit I am a snob when it comes to chocolate. Green and Black's being my chocolate of choice. The Caramel and Maya Gold are just so good it's not right. They use Fairtrade and organic ingredients, which makes you feel good when your stuffing your face with snobby chocolate. I normally eat these bars at about 3 in the morning, in the dark, on my own, naked, honest. It's just so I don't have to share. Greedy fat man does what a greedy fat man does to stay that way.......If you like chocolate then get some...All that said I have NEVER refused a Snickers when offered.


Blogs: Anthony Bourdain eats the beating heart of a Cobra over at Food and Drink Ireland. Take that Mr Ramsay. Not in his wildest dreams will Gordon "Pantomime Baddie" Ramsay ever be as cool/hard as Mr Bourdain. And yes eating the beating heart of a Cobra is both cool and hard. There are more waiters getting upset about life, customers and chefs here, and here. But don't dare forsake me for another waiter, I couldn't stand the rejection. And not forgetting What the waiter knows, if you need good red wine for under £10 the waiter knows where to get it. Do you know which restaurant won Irish restaurant of the year? The Waiter does.

So to recap, eat Thai food and chocolate (naked if you wish), drink Riesling, listen to St. Vincent, read blogs, and call home on your new mobile. What would you do without me? (Stay thin and fully clothed?-LMM)

36 People trying to get Manuel's attention:

Medbh said...

I think Thai Tanic is one of the best restaurant names I've heard in ages, Manuel. I can't eat it though because of all the garlic used.

Oh, and well done on the wine quip! Spouts and damp cardboard, pass it on.
I saw an empty box for a winery at the liquor store for a label called (if I remember correctly) Mulberry Bush and Cat Pee.
Hee.

Medbh said...

(I meant sprouts) Oops.

Manuel said...

Medbh: It was so bad it was criminal. It was off, very badly off. I couldn't get it out of my mouth quick enough.....

bendersbetterbrother@googlemail.com said...
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Manuel said...

BBB@GMAIL.COM:(WHAT'S THAT ALL ABOUT?)Yup real deal...Ok I'm eating beans on toast at the mo and nearly hatched eggs is putting me right of......

bendersbetterbrother said...

Cock, need sleep. And some wine extracted from my circulation.

Didn't mean to type my email addy into that.

angela said...

my phone is acting like a tardmobile so if i have to get a new one maybe i'll take your suggestion.

Manuel said...

BBB:But now we all know how to get you if we need you....

Angela: It's freakn great honestly...

Upset Waitress said...

Most red wine tastes like bloody cardboard to me. Although, last week out for dinner my amigo ordered a bottle of red, kind of tasted like what a damp tree smells like. All wine should bare the flavor of chocolate.

Chocolate is a beautiful thing. When I feel down, a piece of chocolate is like Prozac. It's a great attitude adjustment. Actually, I'd rather eat chocolate than have sex. Unless of course it's with Tony. =)

Pari said...

Bourdain, such a poseur! I once ate a whole Arby's beef and cheddar!
Ha!

Anonymous Boxer said...

Quetion about Gordon Ramsay - he has a show in the States... just wondering.. is it in his contract that he must take his shirt off once per show? Just wondering.

Anyhoo... congrats on the new phone, young man.

Chocolates - Mother's Milk.

MJ said...

Just wondering what you're doing now as I type this comment.

Are you in the dark, on your own, naked, eating snobby chocolate?

No, I see by Irish time you must have finished off the box a few hours ago.

Or on the loo, perhaps?

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to "Upset Waitress" and tell her that Tony Bourdain is mine. No hard feelings, UW. I suppose we could work out a time-sharing agreement.

Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

The still-beating heart of a snake or nearly hatched eggs or any food that can actually wave at you from the plate are not delicacies, they are very surely indelicacies. And what's with all the tiger penises and rhino horns these Chinese men eat to get it up? What's wrong with a bit of a kiss and a cuddle to get things moving? Or a suggestive movie? Or a flippen little blue pill if that's what they need? Why leap straight for the tiger penis?

Dave said...

Wine: Damp cardboard? Was it a cheeky fruity little number?
Chocolate: don't be silly...just have a dark choc bounty (chilled at 6 degrees for 2 hours).

Upset Waitress ... Why not have some chocolate while having sex? Worth a try!

Dave (City of Lisburn)

bendersbetterbrother said...

Manuel, can you delete the entry with the email address in it as it'll get picked up by robots and spammed to fuck. More spammed to fuck.

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sheepworrier said...

"City of Lisburn" - hahahaha, I needed a good laugh, thanks Dave.

Yup Thai Tanic is great, havent found a better Thai place in Belfast yet. Where do you think the best Indian is Manuel?

Manuel said...

Upset Waitress: get the wine and chocolate together mmmmmmmm

Pari: Check you out! Hahahahahaha

boxer: Ramsay, you know I think you're right! Sad bastard....

Mj: Dressed and ready for work, eating toast. Oh what I wouldn't give to be eating chocolate, naked........

Sam: Hahahahahaha good point

Dave: Ah Dave and your provincial town ways.....Bounty indeed...

BBB: No......ok suppose I have to delete the other one as well.....No I don't just checked....

Manuel said...

Sheepo: I now check Dave out and his imaginary city! Crazy guy! Best Indian, Rajput on the Lisburn Road followed by Bithika also on the Lisburn Road. I live on the Lisburn Road......


Too many Lisburn mentions today....

Conan Drumm said...

Yes, I burn for a new mobile - it would be my third - but I'm thinking of holding out for the iphone... or at least waiting to see how exorbitant it will be before I settle for something less pricy. As for the chocolate I'm a 70% man meself, can't beat good strong cocoa.

Manuel said...

Conan: 70% is where it's at. I would wait for another year for the iPhone. Let them get it's bugs n stuff ironed out first. Plus it's a little lacking in some basic functions, for example picture messaging.

sheepworrier said...

Manuel: try Indie Spice on Stranmillis, I think its owned by the same people.

ellie said...

A man who is in touch with his chocolate side! I think I may be falling in lust.... can I recommend lindt 70% cocoa, it's a real delight, naked or fully clothed.

Conortje said...

St. Vincent is coming here in December can't wait. I saw her support (and tehn play with) Sufjan Stevens last year - she was waonderful.

fatmammycat said...

What the hell were you drinking that tasted of sprouts?

fatmammycat said...

OH and as the fates would have it, I was reading of Anthony's 'Nasty Bits' in bed last night, a collection of his magazine writings. Most amusing.

savannah said...

this is it! delish stuff, sugar!

Mudflapgypsy said...

Mr Bourdain rocks, And he's hungry for more.

Sprouts and damp cardboard...bleugh.

Manny, have you tried the G&B with almonds or sour cherries? Drool.

85% Lindt...OOoohhhh. I made chocolate truffles with it. Too chocolatey was the cry ( are they mad?). So it's all mine now, I ate half and froze the rest, I am learning self control. hahahahahahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Thai Tanic is really lovely. The Ormeau Rd also has a nice sit in / take away spot called GAZE, they do korean, japanese, chinese and other delicious asian dishes so worth checking out.

Deborah said...

Thai Tanic - classic!

G&B Chocolate - also classic, but have to agree with the others on Lindt... if I could make that noise Homer Simpson does I would.

I heart Anthony Bourdain, although I've heard newly born, still blind, steamed baby white rats are quite the delicacy! Seriously. Ugh.

Medbh said...

Bourdain is also a devoted smoker. Another reason to like him.

Medbh said...

Manuel, read this:

http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2007/10/29/071029ta_talk_ward

It's called "We are all Larry David."

That should also make you happy.

Niall said...

sell out lol! dude bet you regret the nokia idea by the time i get home at xmas, home soon actually, might visit u guys

Manuel said...

I'll be dealing with all your comments in the morning....

Juliet said...

Oh yes, yes, Green & Black's! Maya Gold is divine indeed, and have you tried the new one with whole cherries? (New, at least, in New Zealand)
Speaking of New Zealand, if you're ever down here stop by the 'modern Thai' restaurant Grasshopper in downtown Auckland. The chefs are from 5-star hotels in Thailand. I'm currently the only white girl, it's fun learning Thai phrases.

Manuel said...

Juliet: Welcome or Sawadeca or something like that! Cherries eh, I must have a look.....

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