Category Archives: Empty Nester Adventures

Hidden Gems: Nong’s Thai Cuisine

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The Sukiyaki Soup Bowl at Nong’s Thai Cuisine

John and I traveled to Thailand last summer and fell in love with the fascinating culture and the stunning food climate. Since that experience I have been craving Thai food regularly.  While I do plan to do a lengthy blog post on that trip, today I am writing about a hidden gem of a restaurant that I found tucked away in an unassuming strip mall in Golden Valley.  My oldest son and I try to meet for a meal when I am in his neck of the woods . Usually those outings take place in Golden Valley, close to his job.

The desire to try something new for lunch last week had us yelping nearby restaurants.  Nong’s Thai Cuisine popped up.  The restaurant was close in proximity to our location and the reviews were consistently above average so we gave it a try.  My impression: insanely good!  The incredible menu made it hard to choose just one dish. I’ve found that a long menu doesn’t always correlate with high quality, favorable food choices but at Nong’s I truly could not decide what to order because there were so many fantastic options. I ended up with the Sukiyaki Soup found on the noodle page.  Ingredients included: glass noodles, egg, Napa cabbage, onion, green onion, celery and special sukiyaki sauce.  The flavors were addicting.  The choices on the spice scale were mild, medium, hot and thai hot.  I am a spice girl so I opted for hot and loved it.  The portion was extremely generous which I appreciated as I had the remaining soup for lunch the next day.  I don’t refer to that as leftovers, I call it: same soup, different day….

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Destination: Pinot Noir Tasting in the Willamette Valley

Maya: “Why are you so in to Pinot?  I mean it’s a thing with you.”

Miles: “Uh I don’t know, I don’t know.  Um, it’s a hard grape to grow as you know.  It’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early.  It’s , you know, not a survivor like cabernet, which can grow anywhere and uh, thrive even when it’s neglected.  No, pinot needs constant care and attention.  You know?  In fact, it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, only the most patient and nurturing growers can do it, really.  Only somebody who really takes the time to understand pinots potential can then coax it into its full expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they are just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and…..ancient on the planet.”

~Quoted from Sideways, one of my all time favorite wine themed movies.

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Welcome to the Empty Nesters Kitchen Blog

Empty as defined by Merriam Webster:  containing nothing, not having any people, not occupied.  Having no real purpose or value.    For many, the idea of being an empty nester conjures up images of a quiet household, void of activity.   For us it means that even though our children are no longer living at home our culinary and social lives remain active.  Empty is not the word we would use to describe this stage of life.  We have transitioned to a new and different kind of busy.  While there are times when we are cooking for two of us, there are many days where we are creating meals for our children who return for a home-made dinner or for a group of family or friends.  Sometimes formal meals, most often casual.    We spend a lot of time traveling and exploring restaurants throughout Minnesota and beyond. The goal of the empty nesters kitchen blog is to post about unique recipes, wines, travel experiences, favorite restaurants, entertaining and home & garden tips.   I look forward to sharing our empty nester adventures with you.  Stay tuned for more, way more….