A Bit of San Francisco Right Here in Carleton Place – Thai Me Up!



Ted MacDonald is our food writer here on The Tales of Carleton Place– so I am just pinch hitting when I eat something I like. But, his words are gold, and read his latest What Ales You in Carleton Place this week! You will NEED this information for the Senators play off!

My benchmark Thai restaurant back in Berkeley, California was The Plearn on University Ave. I would often take BART up to Berkeley Main for a dish of Pad Thai with Steve on a whim. Pad Thai is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles some have thought to have been introduced to Ayutthaya during the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom by Viet traders, and subsequently altered to reflect Thai flavor profiles.

The noodle is suitable to be stir-fried in a pan, and thus the Thai noodle was called Pad Thai. The meats and vegetables in Pad Thai are similar to food prepared by the Cantonese and Tae Chiew (Chao Zhou in Mandarin) from Guangdong province of China. However, the flavors and textures are pure Thai. It is a fast, delicious and nutritious dish, and has become popular in many countries around the world. Pad Thai is listed at number 5 on World’s 50 most delicious foods readers’ poll compiled by CNN Go in 2011.

Okay this is probably more than you want to know, but I have been on a quest for good Pad Thai in Carleton Place for awhile now. I understand the Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Delight on Bridge Street carries it also but have yet to try it. If you have a review of theirs I would love to print it as I love pointing out ALL good food in Carleton Place.

I saw a review about Fisherman’s Palace and many good comments were posted on Facebook. I am going to be honest after being in the bay area (capital of Asian food) for years– I have become an Asian food snob. Again, the old KFC building was also not really screaming ‘chinese food’ to me, but I was totally wrong.

I have had Pad Thai from Fishman’s Palace a few times and I can tell you it Is as close to the Plearn that I will ever get. Believe me, there is plenty of bad Pad Thai out there – many versions are too sweet or ketchupy, but a true Pad Thai, however, is a thing of beauty.

I have yet to try other dishes from here but I hear their eggrolls and Thai soup are to die for. The owners used to have a restaurant on Somerset Street in Ottawa but made the move to share their good food in Carleton Place. Now you can eat well here and travel less!


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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