After loading in the equipment, we decided to grab dinner at one of our favorite Union Square spots, Ronnarong, a tiny Thai place where you can get tapas-style small plates (called gup gla-em, Thai for 'drinking food') and/or full-sized entrees. The restaurant is named for the chef (Ronnarong, or Ronnie) whose attention to detail is noticeable even when it comes to the physical menu, a hefty but lovely piece of art with a three-dimensional elephant on the cover.
When deciding on a drink, I was initially conflicted: I was freezing and in the mood for hot tea, but Ronnarong's sake-based cocktails are extraordinary. Fortunately, I could have it both ways: I noticed something called 'Thai hot toddy' on the menu, a comforting concoction of black pu-erh tea, sake, and some other ingredients. Ginger was in there too, I think. Joel and I absolutely loved this drink, and I'd highly recommend trying it on a chilly winter night.
We each started with Spicy Thai soup, and I really appreciated that when I ordered mine without mushrooms, they came back to ask me if it was ok that there were mushrooms in one of the other dishes we had ordered.
|Spicy Thai Soup: hot and sour broth with shrimp, mushrooms, lemongrass, and lime leaf ($5)|
We always get the Asian broccoli, a perfect vegetable side dish to add a somewhat healthy touch to the meal.
|Stir-fried Asian Broccoli - sauteed with oyster sauce ($6)|
|Tasty Pork BBQ - roasted pork with spicy sauce, onions, and cucumber ($7)|
|Thai Rolls - crispy rolls (chicken OR vegetable) ($6)|
|Paradise Beef - ancient recipe, marinated then dried, deep fried upon order ($6.50)|
After dinner, we headed back to PA's Lounge for the show. Stroamata opened with a lovely set (think soundscapes somewhere between rock and techno with dreamy vocals floating on top), and Joel's band was up next. First, I shot some photos...
|Dave plays the "trumpbone"|
Mighty Tiny closed the show. We've seen them a bunch of times; they consistently put on a ridiculously fun, intense show that can best be described as "circus rock". Creepy masks, interesting instrumentation, little bits of marionette-like choreography - awesome.
- Explore Union Square.
- Get the Paradise Beef and Thai Hot Toddy at Ronnarong.
- Support local music: check out Stroamata, Somerville Symphony Orkestar, and Mighty Tiny.