The Waffle House, St Albans

During half term, three of our friends who live in St Albans took my mum, Annabelle and me to the Waffle House. We had just been for a walk in the park opposite, to feed the ducks and Annabelle burnt off a lot of our lunch at the Thai Square, by jumping in the puddles of water that had seeped on to the path from the flooded lake.

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We had three waffles between the six of us. I shared a banoffee waffle with my mum. It came with banana, toffee sauce and flaked chocolate. The vanilla ice-cream was extra. We ordered it instead of whipped cream as we hoped Annabelle would have some, but as I mentioned in my New Year’s resolution post, Annabelle has very fussy eating habits and it was down to my mum and I to finish it. She doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth (the opposite of me!) and went off any kind of chocolate for several months. She only eats ice-cream in a cone and only if she’s in the mood for it.

WafflesOur friends shared a chocolate and a spiced fruit and nut waffle.

To drink we had elderflower and apple punch which I think was on the daily specials menu.

Have you been to the Waffle House in St Albans? What do you recommend?

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Thai Ladies, Thai Lunch: Thai Square, St Albans

During half term, my mum, Annabelle and I went to visit two close family friends in St Albans. Together we were five Thai ladies, three generations and two families at one place, Thai Square.

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The restaurant is a beautiful mix of Thai and English, modern and traditional. The owner, although not Thai, upholds and respects the Buddhas and Ganesha (Ganesh) on display by leaving offerings of milk, orange juice, banana and food.

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You may notice that Ganesh is a Hindu God. My mum, like some Thais pay their respects and pray to many religious deities from around the world. In addition to Ganesh my mum also prays to the Chinese goddess, Guanyin (Phra Mae Kuan Im in Thailand) and Luang Por Khong (a Chinese Monk who helps you find things that you have misplaced). Followers of Guanyin, like my mum do not eat beef. I’m told that this is because cows and buffalo used to work hard on the paddy fields in Asia and it would be unkind to slaughter them after their service for the people.

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We chose a selection of dishes from the lunch specials and à la carte menus. We ordered duck spring rolls, Thai ice tea, and Gai Yang (barbecued chicken) with Som Tum salad (papaya salad) and sticky rice.

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Below left is the Pad Thai prawn with an egg net placed on top. Pictured next to it is tapioca balls with a minced pork filling. It is similar to the Japanese Mochi I wrote about in a previous post, however this is a savoury dish. You don’t need cutlery to eat these, you take one of the little balls, place it in the middle of a lettuce leaf and pop into your mouth.

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The lunchtime set meal resembled a Japanese Bento Box with Tom Yum prawn soup, a spring roll, satay chicken, a vegetable ‘golden bag’, steamed rice, stir-fried mixed vegetables and a main dish. We had stir-fried mince pork with basil and chilli.

The service at Thai Square was first class. Friendly, welcoming and never too busy to assist. A great atmosphere to eat authentic Thai food. What’s your favourite Thai meal and have you tried the pork tapioca dish I mentioned?

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