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Thu, May 11 2006

Ron Howard and The Da Vinci Code

I enjoy Ron Howard's work and have great respect for his directorial choices in film work. So I really enjoyed reading the interview with him from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. I love his choice of not insulting the intelligence of the audience with his films and of presenting a story in such a way that those who view the upcoming "The Da Vinci Code" might question their own biases and prior feelings in the face of any evidence and folklore that the story's characters also bump up against.

God's working in nature and history sometimes soothes us, but His divine creativity is just as likely to make us squirm in our skin. And He does it all while maintaining a sense of our royal place in His kingdom. The ideal result is that we never become complacent or lazy in our approach to life and all that it has to offer. Wise human artists, including storytellers, will seek to emulate this model, not to be destructive in the product, but to be inspirational in the process.

posted at: 09:49 | category: /Arts and Entertainment | link to this entry

Pad Thai and a whole lot more

We've been to Thai restaurant Sawasdee in nearby Soquel twice in recent weeks. We've been pleased both times and we plan to go back and try more of their dishes. The ingredients are so fresh that you find yourself nibbling the garnishes off the serving platter and using the sides of rice to soak up the last drops of curry and other sauces. The spring rolls are tender and light. Sometimes sweet and sour sauces are too vinegar-centric for me, but the sauce that comes with the spring rolls is so subtle and interesting that I kept spooning it onto the plate and tasting it again and again to try to figure out what they did to balance it so well.

They are generous with fresh herbs and colorful vegetables. My spouse wanted to try the Pineapple Fried Rice without the prawns and he got no protest, which enforced my notion that things are very freshly prepared. Most dishes, by default, are mild to warm in the spicy department, but if you crave an inferno of a serving they will certainly accommodate you. If you lean to the carnivore side of dining they have plenty of dishes with meat and seafood, but if you prefer vegetarian plates you won't go away hungry at all. My Green Curry was delicious and I plan to try the Pumpkin Red Curry next time.

If you try to be timid by ordering a safe-sounding Pad Thai you should be ready to defend your decision. The staff loves to entice you into trying new flavors. Let them.

Did I mention the Deep-fried Coconut Ice Cream? Save room for it, if you can.

Sawasdee is a keeper on my list of favorite local restaurants. If you want to give them a try they're located at 5050 Soquel Drive in Soquel, California. For all of you reading this from other locations, I do apologize for making you salivate, but do plan to enjoy the tastes of Sawasdee if you ever make it to Santa Cruz County.

posted at: 09:03 | category: /Food | link to this entry

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