Spicy-Ass Thai Food

Do you have a favorite “sick food” — the thing you want to eat when you have a cold? Chicken soup is a popular one, but what about when you don’t eat chicken and, truth be told, aren’t the world’s biggest soup eater (and anyway, who in the hell wants to feed a toddler soup1)?

Without fail, right around day 2 of a cold, I want spicy-ass Thai food. It clears up your sinuses and it kind of soothes your throat or, if it doesn’t really soothe your throat, it makes your mouth feel like it’s on fire, which at least distracts you from how much your throat hurts for a while. I love that!

Being sick and pathetic also helps me convince Ben to get Thai food. It’s not that he doesn’t like Thai food — he does — but as a general rule, he prefers food that involves cheese (he could survive on nothing but pizza and burritos until the end of time). He’s not the world’s biggest Asian food eater, which is too bad because I love it. I think we have Chinese food maybe once a year, tops, which is tragic (although I can’t get too upset about it because I haven’t found the world’s awesomest Chinese food in Denver).

Anyway, our new go-to Thai place is Tommy’s. Our default pick-up order is:

  • fried tofu
  • pad kea mow (drunken noodles) with tofu, medium (Soren likes the tofu in this)
  • panang (red) curry with tofu, hot

Ben and I share everything and Soren eats the tofu from the non-hot stuff (he actually might enjoy the hot stuff but we haven’t given him any; he does like reasonably spicy green chili and when I was pregnant I often craved big fat jalapenos). You can order your food mild, medium, hot, or Thai hot. I like to think I’m pretty bad ass, but I haven’t even attempted Thai hot. “Hot” is plenty hot enough to make your nose run and your lips catch fire.

Mmmmm, spicy-ass Thai food. It’s good for what ails you.
1. Every day he goes to daycare, Soren comes home with a sheet that tells us about his day, including activities, diaper changes, nap, and food. Some days it says he had soup. I do not understand how this is possible, nor can I even imagine feeding soup to a room full of toddlers.

Good Pizza in Denver

Song: Hold the Line by Toto (Sorry, this was played during the Jets/Colts game tonight and I can’t get it out of my head and holy crap I listened to this shit as a kid — rock on, 70s.)

Here are my favorite pizza places in Denver:

  • Nicolo’s Chicago Style Pizza (Consistently awesome.)
  • The Walnut Room (Delicious and conveniently located for us. They used to have awesome pesto breadsticks but now have pesto bread, which isn’t nearly as good. There’s also a decent bar and they have live music.)
  • Pasquini’s Pizzeria (Not always consistent but usually good with nice garlicky flavor; great breadsticks.)
  • Carl’s (Yelp link because they’re so bad ass they don’t need a website. Old school deliciousness. The garlic bread is very good and includes paprika, which holy crap why was I not putting paprika on garlic bread before?)
  • Belemonti’s Pizzeria (We call this Lithuanian pizza because the owner is Lithuanian and from Chicago. The pizza is heavily spiced, possibly with a secret Lithuanian ingredient.

Outside the city:

  • Rosati’s (Cracker-thin crust but way out in Westminster.)
  • Beau Jo’s Colorado Style Pizza (Fun, lots of options. Location in Denver but not near us; we’ve only been to the Idaho Springs location.)
  • Oskar Blues (Come for the beer. Get drunk. Stay for the pizza. It’s fun to go crazy with this one and get toppings like spinach, onions, roasted garlic, and feta.)

There are a few more places that are on the radar but I’m not ready to include them yet. I’d also like to take a moment to pour a little out for our homies who are gone. First, Beniamino’s, which was without question the best pizza that ever existed in Colorado before it mysteriously closed one day. Aurelio’s used to have a location way on the south side but closed a while ago.

I’m still waiting for a Giordano’s in Colorado. It’s a travesty that there isn’t one.

Please let me know if I’ve missed anything!

Saturday breakfast

I’ve been getting my hair done at the Aveda Academy on Market Street for years (it’s the best place in the world, seriously). Whenever I go there, I think about how I should check out the cute little breakfast place next door, someday. Today, B met me after my 8:30 (!) hair appointment and we got our butts over to the Delectable Egg.

It’s adorable inside, with exposed brick, lots of art, and high wood ceilings. It was crowded, but not too crowded — there was no wait, so this is a good alternative to trendy spots like Snooze, where the masses congregate every weekend morning and wait and wait (although Snooze is awesome, sometimes you just want to get in and eat). I ordered the Tex-Mex omelette, which has diced green chiles, refried beans, avocado, a flour tortilla, cheese, and sour cream (well done). It comes with pork green chili, but I got salsa instead. It was yummy, and I’ve never thought of putting a tortilla in an omelette but duh, it totally makes sense. I want to try making something like this, maybe with black beans (although B insists black beans will be too messy). Their coffee was good, too (and I’m a total snob about coffee).

Next on the agenda, now that we’re well-fed and up at at ‘em at a reasonable hour: a trip to Target (fire pit); Home Depot (plants, dirt, pots, maybe paint for the living room if I get my way); and Paulino Gardens (plants).