Thursday, December 13, 2007

Two Finals, Four Beers, Three Soups, a Book, and a Movie

Today was a very busy day. I was up at 6:30 and cramming at school by 7 a.m. (after waiting in a calm, cold drizzle for the 54-C, which blessedly was on time!).

Two final exams later, I was on my way home again. The first two things I did when I got home were crack open a Dogfish Head 60-minute IPA and look up a Thai takeout menu: I was craving some Thai soup!

Karl and I ordered Chicken Tom Yum, Shrimp Tom Kar, and Shrimp Jurd Sari from Thai Gourmet for a grand total of $10.70. I just love cheap food. The soups were delicious. I didn't get to taste the Jurd Sari, which I had never had, because that was Karl's and he's fighting a bit of a cold, but it smelled delicious! It was a seaweed soup with spinach, onions and scallions. The Tom Yum was very interesting: it actually smelled like rigatoni with marinara sauce to me, but it was a broth soup with mushrooms, tomatoes, chicken, and lemon grass with chili flavoring. And of course, the Tom Kar was awesome. Any coconut milk based soup is going to be a winner in my book!

I was reminded, however, that shrimp in soup just doesn't work for takeout. Because shrimp has such delicate flesh it cooks up very quickly and can easily be overcooked and become rubbery. Because of the transit time when you get takeout, the shrimp in your hot soup will just keep cooking until you get you're almost never going to get that tender shrimp that is so tantalizing. I suppose I'll stick with vegetarian or chicken options next time!

After we ate our delicious soup, I had another beer and we watched Wine Library TV. Then Karl left to meet up with his study group, and I decided I wasn't studying tonight!

Instead I started J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan (or Peter and Wendy and Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens). So far, it is quite delightful! A few chapters in, I opened another beer.

Karl came home and we decided to watch Jackass 2. Too many snakes for me...but another beer helped calm my nerves.

A rather delightful day, except for the 6 hours of exam-taking!