I attended my friend’s opening at the Traver Gallery tonight. The work was incredibly beautiful and the gallery was packed. Afterwards we went to Typhoon to celebrate. Typhoon is located in the old Wild Ginger building and, in my opinion, is about a million times better than the current Wild Ginger.

Typhoon always has great bartenders, so we asked for drink recommendations. I had my first Caipirinha and it was delicious—really light and flavored with lime, Cachaça 51, and just a touch of sugar. B had a Caipiroska, which is essentially the same drink but made with vodka instead of rum. These might turn out to be my new favorites for the summer.

There were four of us eating and we ordered plates to share:

Drunken Noodles ($11.95) – Wide rice noodles with beef and a really, really spicy sauce. Too spicy even for those who love spice.

Chicken in Green Curry ($11.95) – A light green curry sauce with chicken. A typical preparation, but very good.

Garlic Pork ($10.95) – Tender and slightly crisp bits of pork in a garlicky sauce. I loved this dish.

Five-Spice Crispy Duck ($19.95) – I order this every time I eat at Typhoon. The duck is perfectly spiced, crunchy and fatty. It comes with pillowy steamed buns and plum sauce, which makes the perfect sandwich. It’s expensive, but so so good.

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