Sunday, 16 August 2009

Thai food and a napkin folding competition

Oh i nearly forgot, we had a fabulous meal out on Thursday night after the bus tour of Stratford. It was at a restaurant called Thai Kingdom, and I thought it was going to be a bit special because it has got really good reviews.

Pic. No. 1 Thai Kingdom, Warwick Road, Stratford

The outside was pretty ordinary, but the inside was superb, opening out onto a Bamboo Garden which had an oriental design.

Pic. No. 1 The chaps inside Thai Kingdom

After a first rate meal and impeccable service, Rob turned to me and challenged me to a competition.

"What kind of competition?" I asked warily.

"A napkin-folding competition," he said, "you in?"

"Yeh, of course I am," I replied, "how hard can it be?" were my fatal last words.

Pic. No. 3 Rob challenged me to a napkin-off

Clutching our weapons of choice (linen napkins), a neutral third party (Gary) selected the first 'thing' we were to create using only napkins.

"A swan!" he declared, throwing down the guantlett, "let the competition begin!"

We folded, tweaked, teased and ruffled our napkins until Gary finally shouted, "time's up."

Pic. No. 4 Napkin swans

The results of round 1 are shown in the picture above, with Rob's effort on the left hand side and mine on the right. The votes were cast, and shockingly, 8 out of 9 voted Rob's swan the winner (I voted for myself, obviously). "Hang on a minute, what's wrong with my swan?" I asked defensively. The general consensus was that it was a bit flaccid.

"I refuse to be beaten," I shouted, let's have round 2.

"Ding, Ding, let the folding commence," Gary announced, "and this time I want a lotus flower." Phew, this was a tough ask, especially as I didn't know what they looked like. After another ten minutes of bending, rolling, and folding our time was up, and then came the 'big reveal'.

Pic. No. 5 Napkin Lotus flowers

My lotus flower is on the left, and this time I thought I had clinched it...... until I saw Rob's offering.

"Where on earth did you learn to do that?" I asked as I looked at the many intricate petals. He just laughed at me and I conceded defeat, bottom lip out.


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