One Night in Bangkok

Took my birthday honey to Mon Jin Lau in Troy for his birthday.  We wanted a nice outdoor patio but the weather was so hot. This summer was unusually hot!! We were both feeling like Asian food so we headed to Mon Jin Lau.  This post is entitled “One Night in Bangkok” because that was the name of the two dangerous martini’s I had that night.  Just two, but boy was my head pounding the next day.

We started going to Mon Jin Lau recently. It had been years since I had been there. We found the food a step up from the carryout places around us.  My go to chinese take out, Ho Wah is just ok.  I wish we had more options near to us.  The manager at Ho Wah can be, well lets say, abrasive. Funny thing about Mon Jin Lau, no matter what day, what time we go, when they ask if we have a reservation, and we say no, the answer is ALWAYS the same, “ok, we have table, but only if you can be out by 7” or 8 or 9, depends on what time we get there.  They seem to always give us an hour, hour and a half.

For dinner, we split a few dishes. Egg rolls, chicken fried rice, Marco Polo lo mein and Mongolian beef, spicy.  The egg rolls were hot and crispy, with just the right amount of filling.  The chicken fried rice flavorful.  The Marco Polo lo mein is a bit of a disappointment.  With lobster, Chicken, Bean Sprouts, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, Bamboo Shoots, Water Chestnuts, Pan Fried Noodles you would think it would be bursting with flavor but it was underwhelming.  The Mongolian beef was tasty, but did not come with rice, presumably due to the crispy noodles in it.  I was happy to have the chicken fried rice.

As it was Omar’s birthday, Mon Jin Lau celebrates by making you wear a super creepy, probably cootie filled mask, and gives you a free sundae.  No singing, just the odd “out this mask on and we will take your picture” as you can see by our creepy mask pictures.

Wednesday night they also have this club called “Shanghai Wednesdays”. They have some techno dj come in and the most unusual people start arriving.  Girls in tiny dresses and spiked heels and guys in open collared shirts, unbuttoned for their hair and chains to show.  I have not experienced this portion of the evening, but looking at the crowd, I don’t have the wardrobe for it.

We will go back, and we recommend you try it.  The food is decent. Price not too outrageous.  We give it 6 spoons up out of 10.


An Engaging Evening at Deer Lake Inn

Omar and I decided to re-enact one of our first dates so we jumped in the car and headed out to the Clarkston/Waterford area. We decided we would eat at the restaurant from our first date, Heroes BBQ and Brews on Huron in Waterford. Our first date was fun, we started here, ordered some crab cakes and had a few cocktails and we were looking forward to returning.

What we did not take into consideration is that it was July 3, and never considered that the restaurant would be closed due to the fourth of July! We didn’t find out this little tidbit of information until we pulled into the empty parking lot.

Going with the flow and determined to not have our night messed up, we headed to the second stop on our walk down memory lane, the Overtyme Bar and Grill on Dixie. We loved the Overtyme. Food was always great, and we enjoyed sitting at the bar playing Buzztime trivia sipping on a Ice Tea vodka and lemonade. I was happy to make the spontaneous change as the chicken nachos at Overtyme just can’t be beat and Omar loves their burgers. My mouth was watering! Imagine our surprise when we pulled into a second empty parking lot and found this place closed for the holiday as well. Now what do we do? We remembered that we visited another local restaurant, the Deer Lake Inn, also on Dixie Hwy, but a wee bit more North. We once again headed out, hoping and praying that this place was open. To our relief, their were cars in the parking lot, not many but enough to know we were going to be fed.
Deer lake Inn, a Kruse and Muer Company, never disappoints. Once the bartender offered me a challenge saying they had the best Calamari around, and I assured her I hate Calamari, so the bet was, if I hated it, she would buy it. I tried it, and surprisingly it was delicious. Even with a “free” appetizer on the line, I had to admit that this Calamari was really good. Nothing like the deep fried ringlets or tiny disgusting octopi I am used to, but tender Calamari, sauteed in garlic, banana and cherry peppers. It was really good.

Tonight however, after loading up on their amazing bread, I ordered the filet (I know you are all shocked) and Omar ordered the ribs. We sat outside on the wrap around patio, with a beautiful view of the field and parking lot and enjoyed a warm summers night. Our food was cooked really well, the ribs being very flavorful and sticky sweet, but perhaps a bit overdone. The filet was cooked perfectly, sides delicious, and did I mention the bread? UMMM the bread!!

After a delicious dinner we decided to head over to a special place we stumbled upon one day. The “Garden of Healing and Renewal” at McClaren Medical Center on Sashabaw. It is a beautiful strolling garden, with dragonfly and butterfly scuptures, fountains and a “labyrinth” that winds to a center point that has a acoustical anomaly that makes everything really quiet, the world washes away and it sounds like you are in a tin can. Very odd.

Omar and I were alone that day in the gardens, and I was standing in the center of the labyrinth being silly when he called me over to the bench to sit by him. It was here that he completely surprised me, got down on one knee and proposed! He was so romantic and said such beautiful things. It was such a perfect day, and looking back I am surprised that Omar never got flustered that all his carefully laid plans kept getting goofed up, but as it turns out the day was exactly was it was supposed to be. I said yes of course, but were you even questioning it?