Wednesday, October 27, 2010

my hazelnut-buttercup babies

I am guilty of favouritism.

On my backpacking trip to Thailand & Laos, I went away for a month with 16 other people, but there was just something about Chelsea and Kelsi that always made me laugh. Not only do their names TOTALLY rhyme, but they are both such genuine and fun-loving girls. I love Chelsea because she doesn't take bullshit from anyone, and we had great times in the mountains of North Thailand climbing up ridiculously steep inclines, having a good bitch. As for Kelsi, she was the rock of our morning sing-a-long (think an entire month of waking up to Don't Stop Believin'), and she just made me laugh, 24/7.

Example: One night we were in Muang Ngoi, Laos, about half-way through our trip. As always, we had found a cheap restaurant for dinner with a budget of roughly 2 aussie dollars each (which meant we could all afford a good-sized main, a drink and dessert each!). The only problem was, with 16 of us always eating together, it wasn't unusual for us to wait 45 minutes for everyone to be served. So to kill the time, we decided to play 'Cheat'.

Kelsi, who had never played before, had a little trouble understanding the rules. First she put all the cards down facing-up, and I'm pretty sure at one point she insisted she had five aces of spades. And then she went to put down three cards and then said "CHEAT"... at herself.

I think we all laughed for about 20 minutes solid.

We hit the Moon Cafe on a weeknight during study break for a chill sesh. We almost didn't make it there alive, thanks to my driving. That's what you get when you give an asian kid a Nintendo-64 and a Mario Kart cartridge, folks. We had a great time tearin' up the streets of Northbridge, getting lost on the freeway and almost ending up in Joondalup, all the while blasting 'All The Single Ladies' on the stereo.

Chelsea's Wedges ($6.5) were damn good. With sweet chilli sauce and good quality sourcream, they were as all good wedges should be: soft on the inside and crunchily crisp on the outside. Kelsi's Nachos with Bolognese Sauce ($14.5) were similarly satisfying and also came in a ridiculously large bowl. I odered the 'small' Calamari ($16.5) which I would have called the 'ginormous' Calamari if I was in charge of the menu. I ate about a third and was already full. To be honest, I remember more about how big the servings were rather than how good the food actually was. But ah, to satiate one's hunger in the company of friends is a beautiful thing.

I left dessert to the girls. When it came time to order, Kelsi found herself torn between the Moon Chocolate Mudcake ($6.5) and the Chocolate Pizza ($13.5). But life is short.

Why choose?

Kelsi: So I want the chocolate mudcake and the chocolate pizza, right-
Waiter: Sure man, any drinks with that?
Kelsi: Nonono, I mean I want the mudcake AND the pizza, like, together.
Waiter: Yep?
Kelsi: Like actually together.
Waiter: ...
Kelsi: Can you cut up the mudcake, into little pieces, and bake it on top? But only on half, and on the other half, bake marshmallows onto it? Pink ones?
Waiter: ...
Kelsi: ... Pleeeeeeeaaaase?

The Moon Cafe, Northbridge: where all your dreams come true.

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