Bobby Flay, Francois Payard, Lotus, and MJWednesday, January 06, 2016
I love America. Sometimes all the pieces-parts come together. And they're always together, it's just that certain times it's so obvious how easy it is to love.
Love Bobby Flay's story -- he dropped out of high school at 10th grade and, well, his success is incredible.
We made friends with the people at the table next to ours, and they were so impressed with Leslie's quesadilla that they ordered -- and loved it -- too.
On our next trip, we'll skip this one, but we were very satisfied with how good it all was. No dessert, but we figured that we'd find something tiny and sweet elsewhere. We walked around the shops at Caesar's (finally went to a Henri Bendel -- and speaking of stories, could go on forever about how much I love his, starting out in the Jewish community in Lafayette, Louisiana and going on to NY, the monument he built his parents, and the way in which he lovingly treated his employees and partner...).
We also made our way to Francois Payard's Patisserie and Bistro.
We made our way back to the hotel to change again for supper, and took a cab. When the driver realized that we were a little bit early for our reservation (we made it for 5:30p, the time they open each night, so we wouldn't have to rush to our show later that evening) and the restaurant was closed, he actually offered to stay with us, as the shopping center it's in doesn't look that great.
He was so sweet, not wanting to leave us out alone. Leslie spotted a -- not sure what it's called, really -- a foot accupressure place just a door or two down from the restaurant, and we explained to them we had 15 minutes. After walking all over the Strip, we were in need of some foot/leg attention and it was just the thing.
So 5:30p, we are ready for our reservation and seated. As the restaurant stays booked, within ten minutes almost all the tables are taken.
So here we are, at Lotus of Siam, supposed to be one of the best Thai restaurants in the US.
I started with Tom Kah. Leslie and I joke that "Tom Kah" is a boyfriend. We talk about Tom Kah, we want to bring home Tom Kah, we want everyone to meet Tom Kah. Tom Kah is a rockstar.
We ordered a few things for the table. Not amazing, but good.
But I want to tell you about one of the best things ever.
This. Crispy duck in red curry with noodles, khao soi, I think. The duck was so perfectly cooked. So moist and the skin crispy/crunchy even with all this curry around. The noodles we could have eaten forever. Every single time from now on, this is getting ordered at Lotus. Yesssssss.
Rather than a cab, we ordered an Uber for the drive back to Mandalay after we were in total food-bliss. This is where the whole day, it all crystallized: the app asked if I wanted to choose what to play in our driver's car during our ride. I didn't want to specify as we were going to give the deference to the driver, as it's his car. We got in, are talking about music, and he asks if it's okay if we listen to Christmas music, that it's what he's in the mood for. Of course!! He tells us that he's an Iranian Christian and some of his story. So here we are, two Jewish girls in the car blasting "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin with a man who came here to enjoy his own freedom with big plans for the future and we're all enjoying each other and just happy as little clams.
Lastly, we changed and went back downstairs for the Cirque du Soliel: Michael Jackson ONE show. Before the show, the 'paparazzi' came over and picked me out to 'take pictures' which was funny and sweet and the show itself was pretty great too with lots less 'story' but more acrobatics. We saw the CdS Beatles show the night before and I really liked that one better. Still, though, this was pretty great. xoxo!