Monday, June 27, 2011

Thai Temple

Thai Temple, actually named Wat Mongkolratanaram, is a Buddhist temple located in South Berkeley. On Sunday mornings/afternoons it hosts a fund-raising Thai brunch. When we visited Berkeley 6 years ago Alex and I went there and we loved it so much that we couldn't wait to go back.

Yesterday morning we headed out the door ASAP (read: after Noelle's morning nap) to get some yummy Thai food. Earlier that morning I had done my long run (I'm doing the San Francisco marathon in 5 weeks!) and was definitely ready to refuel.

Welcome

The temple is located on a regular residential block. So, the facade is a bit of a surprise the first time you see it.

Pretty Facade

Ordering your food is organized chaos. The process is extremely streamlined, as long as you know what to do. First, you pay for tokens in a line to the left (each token = $1). The monks won't handle money directly, so, you purchase these tokens from volunteers and then use the tokens to purchase food from the monks. Tokens in hand, you then enter either the vegetarian or non-vegetarian lines to get your yummy food!

Food Lines

Finally, you help yourself to either a seat at the tables or a seat on the lawn outside and dig in.

Yeah, that's what I look like after a long run =)

We had a great time and even Noelle didn't seem to mind too much. I think this will become a Berkeley tradition for us!

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