And the Shop Tart is still in the running for Worst Mom Ever. She always, always gets cards and a treat for her children to find at the breakfast table. Last year, she even made them heart-shaped omelets for breakfast. This year, the week got away from her and she’ll have to celebrate with them this evening. (Normally, this would not qualify her for Worst Mom Ever, but she actually had a post published yesterday in which she claimed to make heart shaped omelets for her children on Valentine’s Day, which she has totally done. But did not do this morning. Perhaps an afternoon snack…) Anyhow, if you are in need of some last minute love, head to Rosewood Market this afternoon from 3 to 7 pm, Joseph Vernon will be there with his divine chocolates and famous inside-out chocolate stuffed strawberries. You can also find his delicious goods at Divine Massage Therapy (3030 Devine Street), Something Special Florist (1546 Main Street), 302 Senate, and Wine Down on Main (1520 Main Street). The packaging is beautiful, so you won’t look like a Last-Minute Larry or Lana. Those aren’t real people, by the way.
Now for a funny story. Well, it’s not that funny, but it ends with food. A hundred years ago, the Shop Tart and a friend made a date for dinner, on some random night of the week. They chose Thailand Restaurant. (Is it still on St. Andrews? That place was good!) They arrived at the normally casual restaurant to find each table festooned with red flowers and romantic candles. By chance, they had gone out the night before Valentine’s Day. Two married women, looking to get away from the children and dish about their husbands for a night, sitting at a romantic table for two. There may have even been a special menu. Anyhow, it was a delightful evening. The Shop Tart had not seen her friend, other than in passing, for a very long time, and when she ran into her a week ago, they decided to make a date. (You know that thing, when you see someone all the time, and you’re both like, “We should SO get together.” Well, you should whip out your calendars and set it up on the spot.) They picked a day. As it happens, they picked last night, the night before Valentine’s Day, and decided on another Thai restaurant, Mai Thai. But there were no decorations this time! And no awkward couples! So that was good.
The Shop Tart chose an Italian pinot grigio and it was just fine. It started with an “e.” There were two, and they both started with “e,” and this was the second one. To go with her wine, the Shop Tart ordered an appetizer plate for two. She swore there was just no way she could eat half of this delicious array of fried goodness. No, she’s far too delicate for that. Ha, ha. Just kidding.
Though the pad Thai was tempting, the appetizer was a little filling, so the ladies chose salad as their main course. The salads at Mai Thai are not exactly delicate. The Shop Tart’s crispy duck with cashews was crazy good. The duck was perfectly tender on the inside, and crispy as promised on the outside. As you may or may not know, the Shop Tart has a strong belief that there’s a time and a place for iceberg lettuce. Actually, more than one time, more than one place. This is definitely one of them. The crunchy, mild lettuce is the perfect vehicle for rich duck and cashews and the salty, spicy dressing that accompanies them.
Her friend went with the larb salad, also delicious.
So, don’t go nuts or anything, but Mai Thai wasn’t crowded last night, so there’s a chance you’ll be able to get in tonight. Maybe. And the atmosphere is lovely, so you can be all romantic and stuff, if that’s your thing. Speaking of romantic, this is kind of the most romantic song ever. Consent is sexy!
In today’s post…
- Rosewood Market, 2803 Rosewood Drive, 803-765-1083
- Mai Thai, 2249 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, 803-939-4795
Happy Valentine’s Day and don’t forget to tell them you heard it on the Shop Tart!