Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Keson at Tambon Khlong Khone

We drove about 45 miles out to restaurant Keson for lunch. A good day trip with the family. Khlong Khone is famous for its grapi, or shrimp paste. Grapi is one of the things that separates Thai food in Thailand from Thai food abroad. It is difficult to find high quality grapi outside the Thai border. Also, the Thai palate has become accustomed to the pungency of grapi, whereas Western palates have not. This restaurant, Keson, in Khlong Khone features grapi in many of its dishes. Such as the fried fish coated in a grapi batter and nam prik grapi served with a variety of veggies and fresh river pla tu (mackeral).
During our meal, which overlooks the river and surroundings, a boat arrived at a neighbor's house loaded with tiny shrimp to make grapi. We were able to watch them salt and mix the shrimp while we were eating our lunch.
The owner-couple use to run a Kao Geng place which served one to two choices of curries on rice. Tour groups started to show up at their door steps so someone suggested that they should make it into a restaurant. They removed their daughter's bedroom from the house and converted their living space into a restaurant.
Its a family run place with two cooks at the kitchen. All their ingredients arrives fresh daily. Servers are cousins kids and any relatives who are willing to help out. They are at a crossroads of hiring more help but too scared to let other people cook for them. The taste will change and they do not want that.
While we were their other people from BKK also drove out to eat there.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

blood bath in Bangkok

18 dead including 14 civilians, 4 soldiers and 825 injured in bloody clashes. So far what the hell is going on? So sad.

this video show how fast things out of hand.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

just being cute

Kids being very cute.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Threading (Khite) – A Natural Hair Removal Alternative?

Our lunch was so good we decided to walk around the area a little bit more. I couldn't resist myself from trying this. Yes, we were in the middle of the sidewalk. My lady gave me a great treatment. Her training took longer then she wanted too. She was told it should take about 5 days to learn how to work the threads but it took her a little more then 10 days to finally get the hang of it. On a weekend she can work up to 15 people a day @ 100 baht a pop it's very good. I'm still amazed that I did this. Some people watched with curious eyes others watched with terror. A powder was put on my face to insure for an easy clean pull. Hard to believe one can get such a clean face with some powder and strings. Will I go back? not sure yet may have to ask me in about 3 weeks.

Friday, April 2, 2010

dancing in the rain

Adi loves to play in the rain. This was a down pour of about 15 minutes.

Ari Station N5 Soi Ari #2

PK's cousins Aye and Cherry suggested we check out this street for good foods. It is in the middle of a lot of government buildings, schools and businesses. When you see a cluster of workers like this, you are guaranteed finding a location full of higher quality food vendors, especially for lunch. We strategically arrived right before the lunch rush to scope it out.
Between Ari soi 1 and 2 there is a lot of the standard fare, but the food is fresh and there is more attention to detail.
Aside from buying a bunch of snacks to take home, we settled on this noodle restaurant that has been here for thirty years. I have discovered that longevity is another sign of quality. Noodle shops are everywhere, but these noodles and garnishes on top were made with care.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Delicious Seafood

menu was easy to read with very few choices.