Pad Thai Dinner Party

Sarah and I love to cook and we love to have friends over for dinner, so it was starting to bug us that we hadn’t had any guest other than Grant since we moved to the Springs. Luckily we’ve both made friends with Jonathan and his wife Lindsay, who joined us for dinner on Thursday.

Devin with a mouth full of grean onion roots

Cthulu cometh.

That’s what it looks like when I channel Cthulhu using the green onion roots we’d been growing in the windowsill. Since we were having Pad Thai for dinner we needed to make our rounds to the grocery stores for items to make the evening a success.

Our first stop was to the farmers market where we scored all sorts of fresh fruit and veggies for $15. We also had a really great pretzel strudel thing from a small vendor but I can’t seem to find anything about them online. Anthony’s Pretzels maybe?

After that it was off to Lee Hing Inc. to pick up shrimp and tamarind.
Lee HIng Inc. always has the most interesting produce so I can’t help but stop to take photos.

Chinese eggplant at Lee Hing Inc

Delicious.

Chinese eggplant: much smaller than “regular” eggplant.

Thai eggplant at Lee Hing Inc

Thai eggplant looks really good with a filter on it. I want to paint a bowl of these.

Thai Eggplant: even smaller with a green color and white striping.

As usual we made it out of the Asian market for a shockingly low amount of money, which pleased us. We even had lunch at their little cafe. It was worth the $5.95 we paid I’d say.

After a quick trip to Safeway for other groceries we returned home where Sarah immediately got to work baking the crust for our pizza while I started the menu.

Brownie cookie on a stoneware pizza stone

It was a perfect brownie, which meant it was too wet for our fruit pizza. Lesson learned.

The pizza stone worked perfectly for this dish.

Devin's dinner menu wireframe

Quick sketches to get the layout organized

You may be wondering why I made a menu for our dinner? If you’re wondering that, you obviously don’t know me very well, but I will say that the original inspiration was the themed dinners that Laura over at cincinnatinomerati.blogspot.com makes for her husband when returns home after being away on what I can only assume is business(she may have mentioned business)).

Devin's dinner menu, top portion.

Here we see the Salad Detail and Logo I made for Sarah and I.

This was a really fun project since I had to complete it quickly and wouldn’t have time to fix any huge errors. See that tassel looking thing on the top left in red? That was me covering up an accident, but if you’re not a painter/designer you’d never have thought second about it. I also really enjoyed creating that letter mark for Sarah and I, I’ll probably continue to use and refine it on future dinner party menus.

Devin's Dinner menu, completed in the leather frame

Completed Menu.

Here’s the completed piece. You may notice that the Pad Thai bowl is excessively deep, that’s just how we roll around here though. Big Bowls, for big appetites. *Cut To Rick Ross Enjoying some Pad Thai*

He’s the bawse, you know?

Lindsay posing with a salad.

The dressing on the salad was light but tasty.

Here we see Lindsay showing off the delish salads that Jonathan helped prepare. I made us a really light dressing and the secret ingredient was ranch. Not a whole lot, mind you, but just enough.

Sarah's Fruit pizza

Look how awesome Sarah made the pizza!

The pad thai was devoured (Jonathan and I put away some solid helpings) before I could snap any photos, but the pizza was captured at least.

Devin's post dinner Thai Tea shots

A perfectly sweet after dinner treat.

I totally forgot about the Thai Tea I’d made until well after the meal was done. We’d been enjoying wine and beer so no one minded. It was late at this point (9:30-ish) so I suggested we just enjoy Thai Tea shots, and of course everyone loved them.

Avery

Avery came too!

After that the Cavner family loaded into their car and headed back home, and Sarah and I watched an episode of the Shield Season 6.

Now that I’m done here I’m going to go paint some sunflowers for a thank you card I’m sending out.

-Devin

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