I haven't ordered take-out at all this week. Not that I should get a medal for that or anything, but I've been on as much of a health kick as people like me can ever possibly be on without losing our minds. Bye bye take-out, hello cookbooks.
Anyway, last night I went to one of my old standbys: Astoria Thai food. From Red Basil, I ordered a spicy grilled chicken salad, festooned with julienned carrots and red onions, thick chunks of red pepper, and Thai chili. The chicken was still warm when it arrived. I ordered a cucumber salad, slices of cucumber, red pepper, carrot, red onion, and hot pepper in a salty-sweet fish sauce. Also very spicy. And I ordered grilled eggplant, which had been basted with--you guessed it--something spicy.
For dessert, they sent a giant orange, one of the few fruits that doesn't threaten to send me into anaphylactic shock when I eat it raw. Looks like leftovers for lunch.
3247 Steinway Street
Astoria, NY 11102