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Lovely day, today was.  It started at the farm in Savannah where Clark Kent and I fed, watered and showered the six Cayman parrots currently in recovery.  From there it was brunch at Cracked Conch where we ate ourselves into food coma land.  After that…cartoons.  Pretty much the best Easter ever.

In a totally unrelated Easter topic, when you live in Cayman you will come across this Jamaican holy day tradition of Easter bun and cheese.  That’s canned cheese.  What’s more Eastery than canned cheese, you ask?  Well that’s easy.  Thai food.

Continuing on with the utter randomness of today’s post, a few months ago I gave away a $50 gift certificate to Thai Orchid.  My friend Koro managed to snag the swag and as a way of saying thanks he offered to review the restaurant (with minimal prodding.)  While Koro may not have a food blog of his own, we’ve certainly spent many hours discussing and/or eating food, which qualifies him for ‘expert’ status as far as I’m concerned. Big, big thanks to the Vaka’uta’s for taking some time to hit up a local restaurant for The Deep Dish.

Now it’s with slight trepidation and a tiny bit of gas (spicy BBQ for dinner comes with its own rewards), that i embark on this task to blog about my recent dinner at Thai Orchid.  I use the word “recent” loosely as I’m a renowned procrastinator.  Anyway to dinner, which came about thanks to a $50 gift voucher courtesy of this very site for a Sweet Potato soup recipe I posted back in February.  (Told you I procrastinate!)

I’d like to tell you it was a quiet dinner with my wife, but two and a half years ago this (see above photo) happened and put paid to any plans for romance.

Nonetheless, it was good quality family time.  Upon arriving at the restaurant and exchanging pleasantries on how big our daughter was (after living on a small island for five years this is a regular occurrence), we dove right in.  We ordered two appetizers to share.  First up was Mee Krob.  Crispy fried noodles tossed with chicken, fried tofu and shrimp in sweet and sour sauce.

I have to admit the noodles ended up tasting a little like rice krispie treats.  Thankfully, I like rice krispie treats so I wasn’t too perturbed.  And while not normally a fan of tofu, I do live by the adage that anything fried is good and this dish didn’t let me down.  The chicken also tasted like chicken, which is always a positive.

Being female, my wife ordered the appetizer that didn’t involve fried food or – shock/horror – any meat at all.

This “anti-sushi” roll consisted of avocado, cream cheese and asparagus.  Once again I was pleasantly surprised that such a green combination could be tasty.

To my main course where I ordered Phad Kra Pow.  Stir fried chicken and vegetables with sweet basil, minced garlic and chilli.  I was a little hesitant at first because the plate arrived and reminded me of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

That would be my only complaint because the oily dish also contained crisp red and green peppers. I loathe overcooked peppers and it had the perfect balance of flavours.  Just enough kick to know you were eating exotic, but not too much that you didn’t enjoy your meal.  Truth be told, the rice did a good job of soaking up the excess oil as well.  (There’s a tip BP!)

Well to dessert.  I know, some may be surprised that I still had room, but as Parsley Sage has insinuated I am a man of pleasantly plump proportions so it was not a problem. 
I had heard a number of people recommend the Sticky Toffee Pudding at Thai Orchid so that was what I persuaded my wife to order, while I went for a white chocolate mousse cake.

After tasting the pudding, I was reminded of going to the movies to watch a much-hyped and talked about feature, only for it to fall flat.  Like the movies I suspect the experience was all about expectations and perhaps having these overinflated and unmet.  The pudding was nice enough, but not enough to rave about (even though I have probably reached my word limit because of it!)

I actually preferred my mousse cake.

The raspberry coulis was a perfect accompaniment along with the vanilla custard.  The surprise indie film of the night for sure.  All in all it was a great meal, especially because more than half of it was paid for by Parsley Sage’s voucher! (Including drinks)

So hooray to Mrs. Sage and hooray to me for finally sending this in!

Mee Krob – $8.50
Phad Kra Pow – $20.95
Sticky Toffee Pudding – $7
Mousse Cake – $7

All prices in CI.  $1 CI = $1.25 USParsley Sage, here. One more thing before I go.  Cooking Galleryhit me with the Easter tag today requesting that I put together a little Easter menu.  I love games.  I never win.  But I like to play.

Chilled Spicy Coconut Soup, Fried Barracuda, Curried Chicken Salad and for dessert some of Norma’s world famous Irish Coffee.

Randomness complete.

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  1. I can't say I've heard of canned cheese, but it sounds interesting for sure. What a darling little girl she is!


  2. I have friends that don't blog and don't cook or bake…and yet they're always with food on the brain. They still can't believe that I've taken food blogging as my passionate hobby. I'm still hoping for them to cook for me one day. LOL

    Canned cheese…nothing new to me since Hubby (works for a large cheese co.) brought me home a canned French soft cheese import which has all kinds of sales here in Quebec…it's quite tasty indeed.

    Charming post as usual ;0)

    Flavourful wishes,

  3. Wonderful post! But I have never heard of canned cheese… are you joking?
    She is adorable!
    I still am jealous that you live is Paradise.


  5. Great restau review and loved the guest post. Love the coconut soup (over the canned cheese, thanks) and mousse dessert yum. I LOVE your comment about eating yourselves into a food coma. Lovely!

  6. awesome guest post love the food!

  7. I've come to visit from Lizzie's blog, Food and Thrift Finds…what a wonderful spot you have here! The restaurant food photos have me wanting to jump a plane to the Caymans pronto! I've become a follower, so I'll be back 🙂

  8. haha loved your post… a few years ago .. this happened..

    she is adorable! canned cheese, not so much but to each his own!

  9. Never heard of canned cheese? Great post!!! That precious smile made my day!

  10. canned cheese ? How strange !

    What a beautiful little girl you have. She's a cutie 🙂

  11. Canned cheese? I didn't know it exists…Love Thai food too.

  12. Whoa, canned cheese? I'm intrigued – by that fruit-filled bread too. Glad you had a lovely Easter!

  13. Canned cheese? It is totally new to me…always learning something 🙂 The food look awesome, wish could taste them all…nice review. Hope you have a great week ahead 🙂

  14. okay caneed cheese, how would anyone not love this? great review,


  15. What a great guest post!! And a wonderful menu!
    Canned cheese eh?? 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with us!

  16. Never heard of canned cheese without it being cheez whiz! But I love cheese so much I wouldn't mind trying it.

  17. Great review from Koro – will he be a regular contributor having whet his appetite for blogging here?

    Parsley Sage, liking your 'randomness' menu.

    Still wrestling with the words 'canned' and 'cheese' in one sentance. Is it good?

  18. Very good restaurant review! I love Thai Food but it does not do me well if I pass my spice limit of number 2. That is how they label here. We order by numbers:)

  19. very interesting menu!! 🙂 sounds great.

  20. I love your random post! Interesting that canned cheese is the tradition…who knew?
    Your easter menu sounds delicious…I would love to try fried barracuda!

  21. Nice Easter MENU…

  22. After I got over the shock of the cheese in a can (really I've never heard of that). The rest of the meal looked like a treat, I would have went with that roll myself, only I do like a little fish with my sushi. Nice Easter menu. Hope you have a great week. I will snap tons of photos for everyone.

  23. First time heard of canned cheese! Quite a nice Easter menu you put up there. 🙂

  24. What a fabulous meal. Canned cheese? While Thai sounds wonderful I'm dubious about the cheese. I hope you had a great holiday. Blessings…Mary

  25. Love your choice for the Easter menu :)! And wow, never heard of canned cheese before, it does look tasty though!

  26. Looks like you've a feast :-).
    By the way, from the comments here it sounds like if you open a small canned cheese export business you can become an instant millionaire 🙂

  27. Canned cheese? I am not so sure about that.

    The Thai food all looks tasty, especially the toffee pudding.

  28. What?? Canned cheese?

  29. Canned cheese huh? I'm sure it's tasty … but I'd be a bit nervous… that chilled coconut soup on the other hand? Definite YUM!!!

  30. Oh man, I love thai food! There's a lot of great Thai restaurants here in LA, thank goodness! That Jamaican canned cheese sounds incredibly intriguing, too. I will have to see if I can find some around here 🙂

  31. canned cheese interesting

  32. Great guest post!

  33. Way to go Koro, what a wonderful review. One might almost think that you and Parsley Sage are journalists with you gifts of words. Your dessert was absolutely gorgeous. Wish they delivered.
    'Twas fun! Mrs. Herb Garden

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