Nine & Nine Thai Kitchen Review $ 738 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101 Sitting on the geranium-curtained patio that fronts Colorado Boulevard (the legendary Route 66 – how cool is that?) on a warm summer evening or even a chilly one in fall or winter conjures up fantasies of the ultra-famous Tournament of Roses Parade going by. You can almost smell the spectacular flower adorned floats (how do they get the all those flowers to bloom at the same time?), the unwavering excitement of the thunderous perfectly synchronized marching bands and the gorgeous equestrian units. As you come back to Earth, you will discover that this casual family-owned neighborhood Thai gem has delicious food with service that is quick, efficient and friendly. The menu has lots of traditional Thai favorites that we all love, with an energetic and ample take out menu in case you’re on the run or prefer to eat at home so you can watch re-runs of The Golden Girls. Either way, you do not want to miss the Green Curry Sole Fillet, with its luscious green curry sauce complete with coconut milk, bamboo shoots, bell pepper and basil leaves. This wonderfully delectable dish is the cozy color of split pea soup, warm and inviting. The sole was tender and enhanced by the spectacular taste of the sauce which is a velvety smooth combination of sweet and tangy with just the right amount of heat. (You can have it mild if you can’t take the heat.) It was served with a delightful heart shaped mound of rice (white or brown) and came out of the kitchen piping hot along with an Asian soup spoon so you can savor every last drop of the savory broth. It’s the perfect dish to energize you before the Spanish conversation Meetup group that gathers nearby for a truly international evening. With Target (Tarshzay) conveniently located across the street, you can take care of any shopping or impulse buying. The Laemmle Playhouse 7 movie theater is just down the street to take in a good flick. Even more importantly and essential, Vroman’s Bookstore, our all-time favorite bookstore (in a possible tie with The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, Utah) is also down the street. If you’re like us, you will not be able to resist the temptation to find a new favorite book either before or after your authentic Thai meal. (Check out “Treading Water in the Nile on News From the Pollywog Cafe’s website.) News From The Pollywog Cafe dot calm strongly supports independent bookstores and urges you to do the same rather than buy books from those big chain bookstores or even Amazon. By the way, as for Nine & Nine’s seemingly unusual name, we’re told by one of the pleasant waitresses that the number nine in Thailand means good luck and good fortune. So it seems that the name Nine & Nine means something like “luck squared” or lucky and luckier. We were certainly lucky to find it! And interestingly (going off on a bit of a tangent), 9 plus 9 equals 18 and in Judaism, 18 is a spiritual number known as Chai which means life or being alive. And you know how much Jews love Asian food! So, Our rating: A- for food (A+ for the Green Curry Sole Fillet); A for value; A for service; B for atmosphere (it’s cute but a little plain). So try your luck and check this one out and let us know what you think.