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My love of Thai food started about six years ago in Astoria, Queens at a place called Ubol's Kitchen. Ubol's was only a few blocks from my apartment and every week when Adam had band practice I would order Thai food and watch a movie. Not much has changed since those days, except the location of my apartment, the restaurant, and the band. We've lived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn now for about four years. Greenpoint, surprisingly enough for a Polish neighborhood, has five Thai restaurants all within eight blocks on the main drag called Manhattan Avenue. I've eaten at all five Thai restaurants, two of them are atrocious, two of them are acceptable depending on what you order, and one of them is my absolute favorite. Moon Shadow. Moon Shadow has a rather limited menu but the dishes that they do make are excellent. The best Pad Thai, the best Red Curry, the best Fried Rice, the best Spring Rolls, the best Coconut soup, the best Curry Puff, the best Thai Ice Tea. I have ordered delivery from Moon Shadow probably about 200 times in the past four years. I know the delivery man and I tip him well. The woman who answers the phone to take my order, her voice is so high pitch and almost cartoonish that it makes me smile every time I listen to her speak. The food is always great and it's always quick to arrive. Moon Shadow is my little food paradise when I have evenings to myself. It sits in the dark with me resting atop my coffee table while horror movies or action movies flicker across the television screen. Commodore comes and sits by my side waiting for the moment when I decide to share some peanutty chicken with him. And I always do. It's been a constant, it's been something to look forward to at the end of a long day or a long week. And it is no more. Last night I discovered that Moon Shadow closed its doors, unable to sustain itself in the midst of Thai Restaurant mania that is my neighborhood. I wish I could've done more to help, more than my measly $10 meals a week, but a girl can only eat so much pad Thai and curry before she fucking explodes.

Last night my Horror Movie Night companion was over to watch our weekly horror movie picks, and since he too is a big fan of the Thai food we ordered from a different Thai restaurant in the neighborhood. The place, called Erb, is usually decent but never remarkable and at times not even too enjoyable. But it's close and I hadn't had their Pad Thai in quite some time so I decided to give it a shot, hoping to be surprised. And surprised I was. The most bland Pad Thai I've ever tasted. It was like eating mildly flavored cooked noodles with no sauce and only a few pieces of chicken. I ate a bowl full, because I was starving, all the while trying to think of what I could add to it for flavor. Ketchup? Too disgusting. Salt? Sacrilegious. Soy Sauce? Oh god why! Why! After choking down enough of the meal to fight back the hunger, I threw the rest in the trash and drowned my sorrows with beer. Moon Shadow, you will be sorely missed, if only by me, you remain a great loss indeed.

Posted 6.30.2006 10:41:26 AM

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Bastid wrote:
Ubols is one block from my apartment. I walked the dogs over there last night to pick up some Basil Duck and Curry Balls. Ubols is much better than the more often visited Thai Angel.

I ate the duck while watching Night Watch. Your Thai horror movie?
Posted 6/30/2006 10:50:42 AM
Doll wrote:
Last night's double feature was, "Alice Sweet Alice" and "Black Christmas". Both pretty good 70's slasher who-done-it movies. We liked "Alice" a little more, it has a nice gothic catholic church theme going for it and the young girl who plays Alice is pretty creepy.
Posted 6/30/2006 11:14:06 AM
Doll wrote:
By the way, how's Night Watch? I was really interested in it before it was slammed by the critics but I know I'll eventually get around to seeing it.
Posted 6/30/2006 11:16:09 AM
Bastid wrote:
Best Russian movie I ever saw. (only Russian movie I ever saw)
I really did enjoy it, but I'm going to need some time to digest it, to see if it lives up to the "Russian Matrix" hype.

And i gotta check out Black Christmas - that's one of the greatest titles ever!
Posted 6/30/2006 2:32:55 PM
Mr. Space wrote:
I liked Moon Shadow's warm duck salad. Might be worth it to drive over to Ubol's once in a while.
Posted 7/2/2006 10:04:08 PM
Bastid wrote:
Okay, so I've been thinking about Night Watch. Really enjoyed the story and the special effects which although done cheaply looked awesome. My problem is that this movie seems to be strongly setting up more Night Watch films at the expense of this one.

and maybe it's just foreign cinema and my brain is wired to more conventional sci-fi, but the pacing of this film is just damn odd. (like a man thinking about baseball while smashing a hired hooker)

either way - give it a shot
Posted 7/5/2006 10:18:20 PM
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