Friday, September 21, 2007

from Ireland to Laos and back

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!

Restaurant Info:
Lao Village

208 West Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 435-8151

One year ago today (almost): On 20 September 2006, I was blogging about, what else, the Walk for Farm Animals.



Celine said...

fries? malt vinegar? count me in! I love your tee too, cutie. say that 3 times fast!

Veg*Triathlete said...


I love your Herbivore shirt!!! And Daiku's shirt, too. Way to get the message out :-)

runswithdog said...

Lao is the abso best! It is my fave too.

Did they have any green beer at the Irish fest? LOL

potato said...

I, too, think your shirt is awesome. I love festivals. Ok, I'm mostly just there for the kettle corn, but I love some of the small-town festivals with cheesy themes.

maybepigscanfly said...

Sounds like a fun festival. And those photos of the evening sky are amazing.

Dinner looks yummy! That fish is super cool.

laura jesser said...

I love festivals, and this one reminds me of St. Patty's Day in Savannah... The photos of the sunset are so gorgeous. I think I would love Syracuse! I'm glad you went and had a good time!

urban vegan said...

Top o' the morning' to you, McBazu.

I can see my its understated minimalism that the beer can sculpture took amazing amounts of creativity and innovation [she said, facetiously].

You look adorable in your leprechaun chapeau. That Laotian restuarant looks like a real treasure!

Great photos of your city.

Anonymous said...

love the photos! the food looks great.

have a great weekend!

Kittee said...

one of my best friends in NOLA is Laotian, and I can't wait to tell her about this restaurant. i wouldn't be surprised if she schedules a caravan to get up to syracuse just to go...


Monika K said...

Sounds like a terrific evening! My family goes all out when celebrating St. Patty's Day (including the year my mom dyed our white dog's tail green - so he wouldn't feel left out!). It's so advantageous to live near big cities where these celebrations often take place - thanks for sharing your adventure!

dreamy said...

I love the hat! It reminds me of the graduation gown a PhD candidate wears :) I wish my country has as many festivals as yours! Really an eye-opener for me :)

scottishvegan said...

Chips and vinegar...yummy! Your photos at sunset are beautiful. I love that your blog is so famous that your fans are spotting you out and about!!

aTxVegn said...

What a beautiful day for a festival. The spicy foods from Lao look yummy. No wonder you love it.

You're getting famous, being recognized and all!

Anonymous said...

Don't you love visiting another country without actually leaving the country to do it?! Thanks for sharing your festival and your meal.

Theresa said...

What a beautiful sunset over those buildings! And chippies with vinegar is the only way to go, I think. Looks like lots of fun!

Veganista said...

Syracuse looks pretty...I live in a young city; it doesn't have these attractive-looking older buildings! Love your ensemble--from green hat to t-shirt. And how good does this Laotian food look?

Anonymous said...

what an adorable post! i'm uncontrollable when it comes to fries... they look *so* good! i love your and daiku's t-shits, like everyone says!

Chrissie said...


Thanks for the shout-out. I'm glad your cool dinner photos made it into the blog. The "fishie" is cute. I'll have to look at my Lao Village dinners more carefully from now on. I usually dive in head-first.

Mihl said...

One day I would love to visit your town! And I love your shirt. (I think my heroes have files too) Can that shirt be ordered online?

Jackie said...

Love the T-shirt.

Festivals are always great especially the music. I love Irish music as it is very jolly.

Talking about your seitan meal, I tried to make it for the first time seeing we can't buy it ready made here...what a disaster. I couldn't eat it as it looked like offal so chucked it out. Next time will make a little amount and try and make small flat pieces and won't add tomato paste to it as the pink color was what really put me off.

bazu said...

Hi Everyone,

Thank you so much for the comments!
Chrissie, I corrected the spelling of your name- sorry about that!

For everyone who liked my shirt and Daiku's shirt, they are Herbivore shirts and yes, it can be ordered on line:

Ours were gifts from Kris (of Squirrel's Vegan Kitchen fame)- thanks so much, Kris!!

The Little Vegan said...

Cute hat ;o)

Judy said...

Sounds like you had a great time. And I agree with you on dousing fries in malt vinegar.

I love the pic with the hat too!

Kittee said...

Hey Bazu!
Will you please send me your email address? Mine's kittee68 at yahoo dot com.


Susan said...

Wow, if there is such a thing should use your pics, Bazu. They make me want to come for a visit! Looks like so much fun!