Syracuse is known as the "City of Festivals." Each summer and fall, we enjoy the multitude of festivals - celebrating different foods and drinks, nationalities and ethnic groups, and holidays- that go on downtown every weekend. A couple of weekends ago, Daiku and I, along with our friends Heather and Eric, got to go to Irish fest.
As we walked to the square, we saw that some people had gotten a unique and early start to the celebrations.
What festival is complete without food? Here I'm munching on fish and chips, sans fish, of course. I love dousing my fries in malt vinegar.
And here I am trying on some of the fashions on display.
Here are Eric, Heather, and Daiku listening to music. There was one band we all liked who reminded us of the Pogues. (Don't worry, they are all just teasing me with those looks- they actually love being constantly photographed, honest!)
We got to enjoy the live music as the sun was setting on a perfect summer day.
And then, it was time for dinner. Festival food is fun and all, but after all that grease, we wanted something light and refreshing, so we walked a block to Lao Village. This is probably my favorite restaurant in Syracuse, serving up really outstanding Laotian and Thai food, with plenty of vegan options. The super-friendly service and reasonable prices don't hurt either.
(Click here for my previous review of Lao Village).
Here is some of the food we shared. (left to right:) seitan pad prik pow, pineapple fried rice, and curry puffs. Daiku asked for his dish extra spicy, and as usual, they delivered.
We also noticed that they decorated his dish to look like a fish- isn't that adorable? The orange tail and the pepper lips and the scallion eye and the basil fins... or maybe it was a figment of our imaginations...
At Lao Village, I also got to meet someone who recognized me from this blog- how cool! Hi, Chrissie!
All in all, a nice night of music, food, fun, and friends. Perfect. And this weekend, we have our neighborhood street fair- I'm really looking forward to that!
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One year ago today (almost): On 20 September 2006, I was blogging about, what else, the Walk for Farm Animals.