Well guys, it's February. We're not entirely sure about statistics and all of those fancy numbers, but we can just about guarantee that Netflix viewing and extended naps are pretty much the only activities on everybody's agenda for this month.
And while it may seem painful to get out from under your covers (especially if you're curled up in a Snuggie, those babies are static magnets) and take those first few steps outside, we can assure you that this is one trip you will not regret making -- a trip to Sen Yai Sen Lek for a soul-nourishing noodle dish that will turn your dull gray February life into the Campbell's Soup commercial.
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Sen Yai Sen Lek is an unassuming little gem of a restaurant on Central Avenue with a charming red awning and (in the winter) very steamy windows.
Once inside, you'll be greeted by a friendly staff and offered a list of delectable Thai options, all of which are created using products from local growers and producers, thus offering some seriously tasty cuisine with a side of social consciousness. Our favorite is the Khao Soi, a dish that you will learn to dream of during these cold, unforgivingly chilly months.
Khao Soi, available year round for $12.95 a bowl, is a Curried Chiang Mai egg noodle dish with beef, cilantro, pickled mustard greens, and shallots -- vegetarian options are also available. The large bowl arrives steaming, with crunchy egg noodles on top that add a playful texture to a complex hybrid of a soup and noodle dish.
Sen Yai Sen Lek leaves the spicing up to you, but we suggest you don't go too far with the peppers and spices that swim in little jars of hot oil -- one false move and you'll be dealing with a five alarm fire in your mouth. Perhaps that's a welcome heat for some of you, but for us, not so much.
You may find that you get so full by the end that you have leftover sauce/broth. Take it from us: SAVE IT. Bring it home. Pour it on rice. Then go back again next week because God knows it won't get warm until June, and if it can't be warm outside, it might as well be toasty inside our bellies.
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