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September 17, 2004 - Image 71

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-09-17

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serving the same Thai food ... but with
different hours.
The original Orchid Café on
Rochester Road, two blocks north of
Big Beaver in the Troy Point Plaza, is
open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. -9:30
p.m.; Saturday, 4-9:30 ... Orchid Cafe
II is on Square Lake Road at Livernois
in the Troy Corner Plaza, open
Monday-Friday, 11-9, Saturday, 5-9.
Both are owned by Maria Nguyen ...
the second Orchid Café also with part-
ners Nivanh Savanh, cousin/chef, and
cousin Sengmaly Bouthavpmgso, her
manager and formerly Maria's waitress
at the original restaurant.
Its royal crispy rolls appetizer is a
standout, with ground chicken and
shrimp, mixed with bean threads,
onions, mushrooms and water chest-
nuts, wrapped in thin rice paper.
Three of the favored entrees are
Orchid Café's own creations ... royal
chicken sauteed with Thai barbecue •
sauce, carrots, onions, red peppers and
green peppers ... Bangkok chicken is
sauteed with ginger, tomato sauce, gar-
lic, onions, peppers, peapods and car-
rots ... Gulf of Siam has shrimp and
scallops sauteed with a smooth peanut
curry sauce, snow peas, carrots, baby
corn and bamboo shoots.
In Thailand, many of the natives
grow their own chili peppers to bite on
after putting food first into the mouth
... They are grown fresh at the Orchid
Cafes as well ... along with home-made
curry sauce and Thai ice cream of
coconut, mango and Jack fruit.
CONGRATS ... To Iris Goldstrom
on her 70th birthday ... To Dorothy
and Ed Blum, living in Boca Raton,
Fla., on their 58th anniversary ... To
Sandy and Loralie Levine on their 31st
anniversary Sept. 22.
THANKS ... to Howard Camden ...
For the 1950 menu of Adolph's Asti
Restaurant on East 12th Street in New
York's Greenwich Village ... it was a ter-
rific place to go for opera and classics.
NEWS THAT THE 11th annual
Partners Summer Ball to benefit the
Karmanos Cancer Institute would be
held at Detroit's Comerica Park might
have had some folks wondering how
they could dance while sliding into the
baseball bases.
But all turned out much better than
expected, with the event held in the
private Tiger Club at Comerica Park ...
Excellent silent auction, strolling din-
ner stations, dancing, live entertain-
ment and fireworks, made for a fine
Co-chairs Bob Stone and Christina
Balian Mehren witnessed another rea-
son why this has become one of the



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major events in town.

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer
Institute was a wonderful opportunity
for folks to see Matt Prentice's new
Coach Insignia steakhouse on the 71st
and 72nd floors of the GM Global
RenCen (former revolving Summit
Restaurant)in downtown Detroit ...
250 attendance, with each of the past
five years a different theme making
things so interesting ... This year's
chairpersons, Sydrena Epstein and
Deanna Weisman, have been involved
with the event since its beginning 11
years ago ... All the five "theme" affairs
have been in partnership with Matt
and his Unique Restaurant Corpora-
Memories ... From Russi Arden in Lake
Suzy, Fla. ... "As a graduate of Detroit's
Mumford High School (August '58) I
remember stopping in Cupid's Bow for
a cigarette and coffee before and after
school (I have quit both,) burgers at
Greene's, bowling at Y-7, fries at Robin
Hood Grill.
"My father was a projectionist at the
Royal Theater for over 30 years (Seven
Mile and Meyers), a job that is now
obsolete. I got in free and so did my
dates, which made me ever so popular
on weekends.
"Mother was a partner in the Joey
Harris Dance Studio, three blocks from
the Royal Theater. Many future
Mumfordites were budding ballerinas.
"It always was great to be seen with a
hot date at Darbys or Billy's.
'As I got older, my entertainment
moved downtown. Cliff Bell's, Wonder
Bar, Blue Note, Famous Door where
Maxie Silk was a bartender and always
so gracious.
"I was a bunny at the Playboy Club
when it opened on Jefferson in
December 1963. Myra Wolfgang of the
waitresses union and her group were
picketing outside on the bitter coldest
day of the year.
"After hours in the back room of the
Grecian Gardens, drinking whiskey out
of coffee mugs while being entertained
by Billy Rose, was a blast. All the
celebrities appearing in Detroit or
Windsor found their way to the
Gardens. More often than not, the sun
would be on the horizon when we left.
"A lot of great memories. Just don't
ask me what I did last week!" ... (Russi
Arden was the first Jewish Playboy
bunny in Detroit and is now in the
midst of writing a book.) LI


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