Chiang Mai. A pointless post.

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Chiang Mai. A pointless post.

We left Chiang Mai three days ago and I still can’t figure out what to say about it. Simply put, we don’t know what all the fuss is over. People love this place and we can’t figure out why. It’s not a bad place, we just felt like there were better cities in this part [...]

The Zoo? No, the morning market.

The night market in Luang Prabang is well traveled by every foreigner. Each night the main street closes to traffic and stalls fill the the space with handicrafts. Tiny alleyways fill with food vendors and a substantial meal can be had for pennies. But a lesser known market exists along these alleyways in the morning. [...]

Ants for Dinner

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Ants for Dinner

We have no way of fact checking, but are 95% sure that we just ate ant eggs, or possibly larvae… Maybe both. Don’t cringe. It was so good that even after we figured out what it was, we couldn’t stop ourselves from finishing the meal. Dare I say we will likely eat this again before [...]

Laos BBQ

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Laos BBQ

Some pics from our Laos BBQ from last week. Most importantly, the creativity of the table: the center tile pops out to reveal an inverted concrete cone, a bucket of glowing red mesquite is placed inside. A circular metal dish with a trough running it’s circumstance is inserted. Broth is poured around the exterior, pork [...]

Finding Breakfast

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Finding Breakfast

We must be getting good at this. On the morning of our first day here, we strolled down the street and found our regular breakfast place within minutes. Six days later, it remains our morning ritual. It’s the kind of place where the border between the restaurant and the family living room is indefinable. The [...]

Soup for Breakfast

I have been eating soup for breakfast since I was 5. I am happy to say that I am finally in a country who agrees with my philosophy that soup is a delicious and fulfilling morning meal. Even better, Dave temporarily has no grounds to tease me about my breakfast choices. Our morning cafe consists [...]

Inland and Land Locked

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Inland and Land Locked

We’ve rarely strayed from the loving arms of the ocean on this trip. Every time we find a cozy seaside town, somehow other plans get thrown out the window as time seems to freeze. The next few weeks will take a sharp turn as we head inland to Laos- clearly unchartered territory for us. Luckily, [...]

Green Papaya. A new allegiance.

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Green Papaya. A new allegiance.

In conversation with some friends I stupidly went off on a tangent about how I thought Thai food in Portland can compete quite well with the real stuff here. In my defense I had only been here for two days. I should have kept my ignorant opinions to myself. It’s a trait of mine I [...]