I lived on the west coast for years where Vietnamese and Thai restaurants were cheap, plentiful, and authentic. It's rare to find the same level of tastiness here. I wish I could remember the name of the shrimp and noodle dish I ordered...it was by far the best Vietnamese food (or any Asian food for that matter) I've had in Charleston. Perfectly flavored and spiced. The noodles were a perfect texture and the portion was enough to get full and take some home. My husband had a rice dish with several different types of meat that was good, too. And I'm glad they have Westbrook White Thai on the menu! There was a really friendly hostess and the server was nice enough-just very busy. My only complaint is that it was too loud in the restaurant. They were playing club music loud enough to make conversation difficult (we sat upstairs).
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Derek Cohen: that's exactly what I am saying....an audience going freaking nuts is far better than a quiet audience.
Can we drop the whole Local/Southern people are raised to have manners/Go back home Yankee shit, please? It is an overused, inaccurate, and lazy argument. There are assholes from everywhere. There are people that grew up in Charleston that are assholes, too. And there are great people from all over the place living here. I live in Charleston, and I grew up here, but I have lived in other cities, too. And I don't care at all about a person's place of origin, nor do I see a consistent link between behavior and "local" status.
Regarding the article, I have seen hundreds of shows at bars and at least 50 or 60 stadium/amphitheater concerts in Charleston and around the country, and I have trouble imaging a band playing so quietly throughout their set that you can't hear them because of people talking loudly. It might be because I see bands that tend to be loud. But, I understand that it is frustrating to see a band you're excited about and not be able to enjoy it because of those around you.
It it isn't the talking or drunk behavior that I find problematic. It is the lack of audience participation or engagement. When I see a band that is rocking out or getting funky and I look around to see people just standing or sitting there staring forward, it baffles me. I see that behavior far more often than rude loud talking.
I don't think you can compare the audiences at plays and concerts. It is a different set of rules. Plays definitely demand behavior that doesn't disturb the actors or other attendees. But shows at bars, clubs, arenas, etc. are fair game for talking and dancing and drinking.
The article doesn't explain how permaculture is different than having a mindful home garden or farm. It would be nice to see a paragraph detailing some of the principals of permaculture that set it apart from organic gardening/farming. Isn't there quite a bit of spiritual (in the mother earth sense) and ritual based practice involved?
*sweet not sweat...ha!
I second a nomination for Heart. Their food is great, and I can afford to eat there. Go for brunch...it's fabulous.
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