Jimmy called and invited Jim and me to lunch with him, Monica and Juliana. He was very enthusiastic about a Thai Restaurant he had recently discovered and wanted to share it.
Benjarong - Thai Restaurant - Wintergreen Plaza on Rockville Pike.
The attractive dining room was almost deserted on a rainy Saturday afternoon so we had plenty of room and lots of time to talk. Jim ordered a Salmon dish. Monica and Juliana each picked a curry. Jimmy ordered something I could not describe that he later said was delicious. I ordered Phad Thai with Shrimp. Then Jimmy added two appetizers, Spring Rolls and Fried Dumplings. Talk about delicious!!!!! Wonderful Spring Rolls, nicely crisp and the fillings were sliced very thin. The dumplings, crisp and a lovely brown, were the star. I did not even ask for the ingredients of the filling - I just gobbled mine up.
All the entrees seemed to suit. But, I was not overly thrilled with my Phad Thai. Too much egg for my taste and the shrimp were a bit dried out. But I enjoyed the noodles. Would we go back - in a minute - and next time I plan to feast on the Spring Rolls and Dumplings.
But sometimes the best things are unexpected.
While we were eating and talking I was watching a fascinating SHOW. In my sight line a young man was decorating the restaurant for Halloween. As I watched he suspended fat strings from the ceiling and then wove a huge spider web across a corner in the back of the room.
I could not resist taking a few photos of his creation.
I kept thinking of Anansi!
I may forget the food but I know I will remember the quiet, determined way the young man carefully wove his web.
Calls for a story, don't you think?