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Plan to Stop at Joel’s on the Way to the Beach – Joel’s Asian Grill and Sushi

Photo from Joel's website

Susan says…

I have to thank Urbanspoon for this one.  We were headed to the Lake Norman, North Carolina area to spend the night with friends before continuing on to St. Augustine for a New Year’s vacation.  I checked the Urbanspoon app on my iPhone for Mooresville and Joel’s was the top rated restaurant.  The phone makes it very easy to obtain directions from my current location so we had no trouble finding it, just a few minutes off Interstate 77.

Previously, we have enjoyed several delicious meals at nearby Thai Lanna but I was up for exploring this evening.  There are a lot of eateries off the exits in the vacinity.  We have also frequented Monterrey Mexican Restaurant on previous trips – a favorite for my kids.  I could eat Asian food practically every day so when Joel’s popped up on my screen, I needn’t look any further.  My mind was made up. 

According to their menu, Joel was born and raised in the Lake Norman area.  The restaurant has been locally owned and operated since 2001.

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Thai Lanna

Susan says…

Our second visit to Thai Lanna was as satisfying as the first.  Ron has a friend living in the Mooresville/Lake Norman area of North Carolina and we have overnighted here many times.  He suggested Thai Lanna on a previous trip after learning that we like Thai food.  Driving around exit 36 off I-77, we spotted this gem of a strip mall tenant and knew our decision was made.

thai lanna inside

The interior is nicely adorned with Thai-themed statues, florals, artwork and music.  White linen tablecloths cover all the tables and red linen napkins are artfuly folded at each place setting.

The menu has something for everyone.  Well, unless you don’t like Thai food.  And if you don’t, you probably would have steered clear of a place with “Thai” in the name.  And you’d be a fool – Thai food rocks.  The creaminess of the curries, the tender, thinly sliced meats, the HEAT!  Yowza, it’s good.

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Thoughts About Eating on the Road

Susan says…

Over the weekend, Ron & I traveled to Charlotte with the little girls to see Pat White play his final game in blue & gold.


Final Score

I have to give props to my youngest, Hope – she has to be the Greatest Mountaineer Fan under 4 feet tall.  Evah.  She threw up all the way to Charlotte but was determined to go to the game. She said Pat White was “really special” and she didn’t want to miss the game.  I asked her what we would do if she felt sick but we couldn’t get out of our seats quickly. After a moment of reflection, she announced: “plastic bag”. And that was that.

Hope made a miraculous recovery, almost to the minute, 24-hours after the first signs of illness the day before.  A great time was had by all at the game and we lingered afterward to hear Country Roads and waller in the victory.

There are two aspects of a road trip that really make it worthwhile to sit in a car for what seems like forever. First, one of the greatest inventions of the modern age, the audiobook. This trip we would be enjoying Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs which I purchased on ebay for around five bucks. The coolest thing about this purchase – six CASSETTE tapes! Thank goodness my V Dub has a cassette deck.  I got hooked on Reichs during the trip to Connecticut where we listened to one of her more recent works.  The second thing I love about road trips is discovering new restaurants.

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