Out and About on the Cheap

So as part of my Quest to be More Interesting, I’ve been looking for free things to do around town. Most of these end up not being entirely free, as there is no free parking downtown, but they are cheap enough to make me happy. Plus, it’s always good to get out of the house and do something you’ve never done before.

A couple weeks ago UT hosted a Tuvan throat singing band, called Alash. The group comes from a small region that’s now part of Russia, and is wedged between Siberia and Mongolia. The music was beautiful, ranging from what I would consider ambient to some rowdy ones I wanted to sing along with. I loved it, and we only had to pay for parking. The UT website was really unclear, however, so we ended up getting there 2 hours early. And there was lots of “local color” (by which I mean “Stinky, new-age, yuppy hippies”), so the people watching was entertaining as well.

After the show, we walked a few blocks down to Madam Mam’s, a local Thai noodle house. The whole place smelled fantastic, and I ordered Noodle Lord, because it sounded good, and I liked the name. It was noodles (obviously, though not as much as the name implies), tofu chunks, giant delicious mushrooms, and a spicy-sweet soyish sauce. I want more now, just thinking about it.

Hubby had some kind of green curried beef, which he loved, but had me on my knees begging for milk. A friend of ours, who is a recent transplant to our area, ordered a five egg omelet, which I would never have ordered, but she’s much more adventurous than me (as demonstrated by her recent move literally across the country to a city she’d never seen before). The omelet was surprisingly good. It was more like what I would call a frittata, and it had pork and onions in it.

The food was also reasonably priced. There are some pricey dishes, but you can reasonably expect to eat well for under $10 a person. Fortunately for me, there is another Madam Mam’s on the North side, closer to where I live. I can’t wait to try more of their food in the name of being multicultural.

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September 13, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . My Quest to be more Interesting.

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