When we think of Vietnam we always have that reference to the Vietnam War which occurred many years ago between the communist backed Northern Vietnam and Southern Vietnam. Now the city of Ho Chi Minh also known as Saigon is bustling with life as motorcyclist crowd up the streets. As a kid I had always grown up eating the traditional noodle dish known as Pho. Now I had the opportunity to sample the authentic dish in the country which it was born and samples other exotic flavors from the region.
Known as ‘Lanna’ which translates to ‘A Million Rice Fields’, the Northern regions in the Kingdom of Thailand have always captured my fascination. From the beautiful dialect known as ‘kham mueang to the rich flavors of culinary dishes distinguishable from Central and North Eastern Thailand. The mountainous regions allows travelers to capture a glimpse of heaven on earth. This is my personal travels to escape the hustling city life while witnessing historical destinations of Thailand’s rural North and admiring its beautiful scenery.
Every year it is a tradition to get together and provide offerings to our family members of our past. It is our belief that on a specific day the souls of our deceased ancestors are able to leave the spirit world and enter the realm of the living. Within their time in the living world they are able to spend a day enjoying food offered by living relatives. It is a moment to remember our past and create a bonding experience amongst our family.
As my fill of typical rice dishes from the culinary flavors of Thai cooking gets monotonous, an unbearable craving for a good stir fry begins to engulf me. Don’t get me wrong, rice is great, but a noodle dish once in a while would be even better. I envision a metal wok being laid upon red flames brightly dancing over a stove as a consistently thick, dark sauce is being poured onto silky threads of golden noodles. My tummy begins to grumble, yes, now I am hungry.
There is always that sense of appreciation I get for street vendors who truly put their heart into the food they make. From the selection of quality ingredients to the robust flavors of condiments used, the difference can definitely be distinguished between their counterparts at department stores. This shop in particular, has been associated with the joys of sharing a meal and spending time with my father.
From the beautiful beaches to the luxurious buildings of Thailand’s coastal cities, seafood has always been one of the main attractions for visitors. Known for its vast selection of seafood, Thailand is a popular destination for travelers looking to satisfy those cravings. Our journey into the culinary world of Thai cooking will review how ingredients are combined together to create perfect harmony with a balance of flavors.
Feel uncomfortable entering areas with a big crowd? Is eye contact typically avoided with strangers in an odd setting? Well, this little ramen shop enables the comforts to enjoy ramen in perfect peace and solitude. The best part is, it is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
At times the fast pace of life, responsibilities, and everyday work leaves us preoccupied from enjoying the simple things in life. For this, I was fortunate enough to slow down, unwind and have the honor of being invited to a personal friend’s home, whom I had known for more than a decade, and enjoy a truly traditional Persian meal. Nothing compares to having a home cooked meal roasting over an open flame, in the good company of long lasting friends.
As the sun slowly begins its descent towards the horizon, the calm ocean breeze gives a sense of peace. The calls of the seagulls can be heard in the distance as passerbys on the boardwalk offer them biscuits. This magnificent view can be observed from the comfort of the dining room table as the selection of fresh seafood is fetched nearby and prepared at this local venue.
Imagine a shop where diners experience the comforting purrs of cats while enjoying a refreshing cup of coffee. The main attraction here is not the food unfortunately, but the joy of sharing a meal with a feline companion. The various breeds available at this little cafe’ are the British Shorthair, Persian Cat, and my personal favorite, the Sphinx Cat. If have soft spot for adorable kittens, then this shop is worth a visit.