What I Ate Wednesday: Seattle & Vashon

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Last week Wednesday this post went up prematurely; I’d scheduled it and forgotten to write anything! So apologies for the repeat, but here are the pictures again, this time with explanations:

Kiyo and I spent a couple of days in Seattle this month, staying with his brother and sister-in-law. Here’s what one of our days looked like:

Breakfast: tiny apple and black coffee, before an hour-long power yoga class at Urban Yoga Spa. I really disliked this teacher, but I ended up taking three classes over three days, and the third teacher was great.

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Snack: Right after my yoga class, Kiyo and I shared leftover Thai food from our dinner at Buddha Ruska: white rice with crispy garlic chicken, and chicken pad see ew with broccoli.

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Lunch: After running a few errands, Kiyo and I met up with his friend Lizzie (the co-founder of awesome vegan & fitness blog Photosynthesis206) for lunch at Lá Lốt – more Asian food! I ordered the sausage, which turned out to be meatballs, but were delicious nonetheless. The meat came with vermicelli, a sweet and sour dipping sauce, and a vegetable and herb salad.

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Snack: After lunch, Kiyo and I picked up iced coffees (mine with half a packet of stevia and just a drop of skim milk).

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Snack: On the ferry ride back to Vashon, where Kiyo’s dad, brother, sister-in-law and nephew live, we snacked on a Trader Joe’s dark chocolate / caramel / sea salt bar. These are so good! I had the full serving of four squares.

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Buddha Ruska, Seattle

Buddha Ruska Seattle

The other night Kiyo and I went out for Thai dinner at Buddha Ruska in West Seattle. It had good service and a nice ambiance, and reminded me of all the Thai restaurants in NYC that are each very good, but pretty interchangeable. I had a delicious, flavorful Thai iced tea, that I forgot to take a picture of.

We shared their signature crispy garlic chicken: fried chicken sautéed in a rich, slightly sweet garlic sauce, served with fried basil (and rice, not pictured). The sauce was delicious over the crispy fried chicken, and I absolutely love fried herbs, so that was a great addition.

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We also shared the pad see ew, rice noodles with chicken and broccoli. This was a perfectly fine pad see ew, but it was nothing special, just average and not terribly flavorful. I would have loved to have combined the two dishes, and had the crispy garlic chicken over the rice noodles.

Buddha Ruska Seattle menu

Buddha Ruska

Open: Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Location:3520 SW Genesee Street Seattle, Washington 98126 Phone: (206) 937-7676

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Pye Boat Noodle, Astoria

Pye Boat Noodle Astoria

My friend Caitlin and I had lunch, on a what feels like a recent hot June day, at Pye Boat Noodle, a new Thai restaurant in Astoria. We sat outside, which was lovely, and despite the heat, both ordered noodles in hot soup. This Thai food is so authentic; Caitlin and I have both been to Thailand (separately) and this brought us both back. In short, it was super fresh, flavorful, and delicious. I had a beef soup and she had a seafood version. To balance out our hot meals we both had a cold drink: Caitlin had a Thai iced tea and I had a lychee slushie, which was super sweet and refreshing.

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Kiyo didn’t think this picture was appetizing, and maybe I’m biased since I actually ate this, but I think this looks great! I sprinkled super hot chili flakes onto it. There were fresh herbs, meatballs, slices of beef, cracklins and noodles in the soup; so much, yet not too much, going on. I wish this place had opened sooner so that I could have had a chance to go back and try more from the menu!

Pye Boat Noodle

Location: 3513 Broadway New York, NY

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What I Ate Wednesday: Astoria

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Welcome to a weekend edition of What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Peas & Crayons. This is what my Sunday looked like:

Breakfast: my usual, a green smoothie! This one packed a whole lot of organic ingredients in:

  • .5 cup pure & unsweetened (not from concentrate) blueberry juice
  • .5 cup water
  • 1 celery rib
  • .5 banana
  • .3 cup frozen spinach
  • .25 cup frozen blackberries
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice (about half a lemon)
  • 1 scoop wheat grass powder
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds (sprinkled on top)

Estimated calories: 200 (serves 2)

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Snack #1: Since our smoothie was so low-cal, we were hungry again soon. We shared a small plate of Flathau’s Fine Foods chipotle cheese straws and Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Landjaeger Sausages, both of which came in Mary’s Secret Ingredients Spring 2014 box.

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I also had a cup of detox tea.

Socrates Sculpture Park Queens

It was really nice out, so Kiyo and I walked a mile down to Socrates’ Sculpture Park to see the new installations. All the new pieces are huge; in fact, there are only three, since they’re so large.

Leng Thai Brunch Astoria

Lunch: By 1 PM, we were starving again so we walked the mile back and decided to try the Thai brunch at Leng Thai. For $20, you get a brunch entrée and your choice of three beverages. I had a coffee and two pomegranate mimosa (I actually asked if I could order a brunch entrée without the drinks and they said yes, but it’d still be $20, which is ridiculous, so I just ordered all three beverages). It was nice being able to sit outside in a t-shirt and shorts! You can even see the blue sky and trees reflected in my coffee.

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Dinner at Ngam, New York

Ngam pad see ew

Ngam is a fun, high-energy restaurant in the East Village that serves “modern Thai comfort food”. They serve only hormone-free beef, chicken and pork as well as use organic and cage free eggs and dairy products; they are vegan and gluten-free friendly as well, and I love the way the menu really embraces a wide range of ingredients and some modern flair, while also offering traditional Thai fare.

Kiyo and I split two dishes; the first, and my favorite, was the “Pad See Ewe” – Smokey Wok Charred Noodles w/ Black Soy Sauce. A more vegetable-heavy version of the classic Thai flat-noodle dish, this had chicken, farm eggs, broccoli, kale and cauliflower. I absolutely loved this dish and didn’t want to share with Kiyo (but sadly I had to, since I’d already promised). My one complaint is that some items are a bit overpriced, especially when good Thai restaurants are a dime a dozen in NYC; this dish was $14 and the below burger was $16. However, we checked in (on Yelp, I believe) and each got one free drink, which made the total tab seem much more fair.

Ngam burger NYC

Our second split item was the “Sai Oor Farang” Thai Burger, a 7oz hormone-free beef patty with homemade “saioor” curry paste, cilantro lime mayo, green papaya kraut and Chiang Mai fries (kabocha pumpkin, sweet potato, homemade red curry mayo, sweet and sour peanut relish). The fries were almost like tempura and were amazing (I could have eaten even more than I did). The burger wasn’t much like regular beef burgers; the meat was more finely ground and tasted like lemongrass, which made it almost more like a gyro than a burger. It was good, and interesting, but it wouldn’t satisfy if you were in the mood for a real cheeseburger. And, I’d prefer my pad see ewe, which was just to die for.

A few items I’d love to go back and try:

  • “Prik King” Brussels Sprouts
  • Beet Dumplings – Farm fresh beet dumplings, homemade hand-rolled egg noodles, homemade kao soy curry, pickled mustard, shallot, cilantro
  • Pomelo Salad – Pomelo, tamarind & chili dressing, crispy shallot, toasted coconut, kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass, peanut
  • Lamb “Massaman” Roti Potpie – Locally raised lamb shoulder, cashews, sweet potatoes, homemade “massaman” curry, roti bread, cucumber “a-jard”
  • Papaya Pad Thai – Green papaya noodles, Ngam’s Pad Thai sauce, farm eggs, peanuts, garlic, chive, tofu. Choice of chicken, pork, beef, tofu, or vegetable


Location: 99 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003 Phone: (212) 777-8424

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