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Dalad Vietnamese restaurant for vegetarians in Bangkok

Finding a good place to dine in a city swarmed with restaurants might be a little challenging especially if you are a vegetarian, organizing a get-together that includes vegetarians or simply finding an affordable restaurant with a taste of Asian dish, not crowded and has a cozy ambiance. If you find yourself in this dilemma, fret not for Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant offers you more than these.

Last week I organized a get-together dinner for a former colleague visiting Bangkok. It was my first time to organize a dinner for our group and aside from that, there are two vegetarians and many are health-conscious. And since Sharmila was living in Jordan for over 2 years, I was thinking of having the dinner in a restaurant with Asian cuisine. Finally, I decided to just call and ask her if there is any place she would like to eat before leaving to Jakarta where she will be based in the next couple of years. She chose Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant, and I couldn’t be more happy.

Dalad is a small restaurant in Soi Ari. I recommend you make a booking few days before going to ensure that you get a space. You can call them at (66)2 271 2109 or email at daladvietnamese@hotmail.com.

Since the restaurant is a bit small, it is ideal for a group dinner. This way, your group will be occupying most of the space and it will give you a sense of privacy even if there are a few other customers around.

Dalad exudes a comfy and relaxing ambiance. Their menu offers a wide array of choices and the food are not only super delicious, they are also very affordable. For our group of 12, we only paid 160 Baht each and that includes both food and drinks!

1980s party theme, it’s flashy not classy

With the myriads of fancy ideas for a party concept available, perhaps a 1980s theme will rarely cross our or our host’s mind when selecting one. So when I got invited for a party last Friday in celebration for the August birthday celebrants born in the 80s I was so thrilled, more so with the Facebook event description as follows:

6 bodacious babes born in August invite you to ‘party hardy’ with them, following in the grand tradition initiated by Dame Speakeasy (2011). The Golden Decade of 1975 – 1985 brought the world many wonderous things – from Star Wars and Indiana Jones to Pacman and the rubix cube. The Cold War was on, and the Berlin Wall was up. It was the advent of MTV, and while Micheal Jackson still had his nose, Madonna … well, was she ever like a virgin? These fantabulous gals say let’s rock out and celebrate that primo golden decade that heralded their arrival to this wild, wicked world.

So, ready to get Hot-oh-rama? Grab those acid wash jeans, fluorescent gear and get ready to back-comb your locks — or slip on that white leisure suit you’ve been secretly stashing in your closet since Saturday Night Fever – or punk out like the Sex Pistols. It’s definitely on, whatever garb you grab from that golden decade.

I wasn’t really a good guest as I didn’t dress up but I made sure I keep the memories of the party alive through photos.

The event venue was a pub with vintage decorations, old photos — some are of the Beatles — and old looking paintings all over which added to the 80s kind of ambiance. And of course, what else can give the party more life than the 80s  music!

If I had to live my life over

I read this from my friend Ate Mary‘s Facebook note and thought it’s worth sharing in my blog so others will be inspired too! Happy Tuesday 🙂

 

If I had to live my life over by Erma Bombeck

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the “good” living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather rambling about his youth.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have burned the pink candle sculped like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television, and more while watching life.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick, instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

There would have been more “I love you’s” and more “I’m sorry’s”…

but mostly, given another shot at life,

I would seize every minute … look at it and really see it … and never give it back.”-