Esplanade and Movies
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This weekend, I discovered a new shopping/entertainment center located only a couple of stops from my apartment on the metro. It's called Esplanade and apparently opened fairly recently. This was convenient since I didn't want to have to travel all the way down town to get to a mall, so I pretty much hung out at Esplanade the past two days.
I have two good reasons for doing staying at the mall this weekend so don't condemn me for playing mall rat instead of going out and living it up in the city of Angels (yes, apparently Los Angeles doesn't have sole claim to the title, though Bangkok's full name means so many things, it doesn't really seem fair for them to get to use all of them. For a more detailed explanation of
Now that I mentioned the movie theater, I would like to take a minute to once again express my love for
Aside from seeing movies, I also tried a couple of the restaurants in Esplanade. To stick with my "live like the locals" idea, I decided to eat at the most popular restaurant in the food court. Figuring out which was the most popular wasn't hard as only one had a line, and the line was about 15 people deep when I joined the line. The place was called Gindaco and I had no idea what they served when I got in line (always a somewhat risky venture in a foreign country as there are some rather exotic food choices out there). As the line moved I was able to see the preparation area. This was actually rather interesting as Gindaco serves something called Takoyaki. Takoyaki are little fried dumplings prepared in a special fryer which allows the chefs to continuously rotate the dumpling in their individual frying cups using small skewers. I took some photos with my phone and will post them as soon as I can. At this point I was feeling pretty ok about my dining choice. Then I saw them fill one of the frying trays and discovered what the main ingredient in Takoyaki is, for those of you who are curious you can find out here. Well, I believe in trying anything once, so I stayed in line, ordered my six-piece Takoyaki and sat down to dinner. It was actually pretty good; a little chewy at times, but overall enjoyable. I would probably eat it again.
Other than that not much happened this weekend. Now for the explanation of