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28 12, 2012

Chiang Mai, Thailand – Part II

By |December 28th, 2012|Cooking, Food, Thailand, Travel|7 Comments

one of the main reasons we chose to go to thailand was because we love thai food! naturally, we took a cooking class while we were in chiang mai.  we took a half day (morning 9am to 2pm) class at siam rice cooking class since it was highly rated on trip advisor.  for 700 baht (US$23) you get to choose a noodle dish, a soup and a curry paste/curry.

the food was amazing! (there is still hope for me as a cook) we hung out with nancy, our pretty awesome instructor.   if i could, i would hang out with her all day!  she taught us about the main base ingredients in thai cooking, the food, and thai culture/traditions.

a few awesome things we learned:

  • a lot of thai dishes use the same ingredients. the addition/subtraction of certain ingredients make a different dish/type of curry! 
  • thai cooking uses a lot of sugar and fish sauce! in every restaurant, you will find sugar (sweet obviously), fish sauce (salty), and chili at your table so that you can customize to your own preference.
  • it’s not that hard to make! just a lot of ingredients to get together!

before the cooking class, we were taken to the market!  i dont know if you know…kyle and i love going to local markets when we travel…its our way of immersing ourselves into the city’s culture.  (plus kyle used to work at a supermarket so he loves that stuff).

as you can tell, we took a bajillion photos…this is what happens when you have an awesome day (2nd favorite thing we did in thailand).

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what we cooked:

  • noodles – pad thai and drunken noodles
  • soup – spicy soup with sweet basil and hot and creamy soup
  • curry paste / curry – panang curry and kao soi

we highly recommend doing this when you go to thailand!  email nancy! we received a little booklet with all the recipes from the day.  we are hoping that we can cook some thai food at home soon!  fingers crossed.

28 12, 2012

Roti Buns @ Papparich | Pasadena, CA

By |December 28th, 2012|Dessert, Food, Restaurants|4 Comments

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we have been hearing about this craze around roti buns. trust us.  we didnt get it.  since (i) we heard that papparich had the best roti buns in los angeles, (ii) our friends have cravings sometimes, AND (iii) since jonathan gold thought it was pretty heavenly himself, we tried it! our verdict:  loved it!

i now understand why it was hard for people to describe what a roti bun was.  when people tried to explain it to me…my reaction was… so its just bread.  i’ll do my best but this is just something you have to have yourself. so its a bun… baked fresh with a buttery center and a mocha/maple crust surrounding it (the “original”).  simple concept, huh?  note that we tried the vanilla one…and liked the “original” the best.  nice combo of salty and sweet (probably more salty because of the butter).  it’s pretty freaking amazing…(says the girl who loves butter).

we also tried a milk tea.  definitely get something to drink.  you’ll be thirsty.  the milk tea goes nicely with the bun.  you just need to try it for yourself!

if you find other roti bun places, please let me know! i’m officially on the hunt!

Papparich
100 W Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105
Neighborhood: Pasadena

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27 12, 2012

Homemade Pho

By |December 27th, 2012|Family, Food|0 Comments

ah, homemade pho on a cold day.  thanks, mom! note to self, please learn how to make pho.

Homemade Pho

26 12, 2012

A Merry, Merry Christmas

By |December 26th, 2012|Family, Life|0 Comments

we love christmas.  family, food (tamales/pozole), christmas trees, ornaments, lights, holiday cards, decorations, and presents!  we love it all!  hope everyone had a good wonderful, wonderful christmas!

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this year kyle worked christmas eve…not too bad since we just went and celebrated at the fire station!  we have a pretty good tradition going for christmas day:  open presents in the morning in our house, head to in-laws to eat tamales and open more gifts (this year, the monkey is old enough to open her own gifts!), and then head to the fujitakis for more awesomeness.

 

20 12, 2012

Chiang Mai, Thailand – Part I – Adopt An Elephant

By |December 20th, 2012|Life, Thailand, Travel|8 Comments

i finally went through some of my thailand pictures! (i was battling a little bug all last week) we have been back for less than two weeks and already miss thai food! (obsessed much?)  our trip was amazing…all the things we saw, people we met, all the food we ate… amazing. best trip ever? i think so! our itinerary:

  • bangkok – 6 hours – our first stop was bangkok (just for 6 hours since our plan was to fly to chiang mai for the lantern festival).  flights from LAX to BKK were also cheaper than flying straight into chiang mai.
  • chiang mai – 5 days – adopt an elephant, cooking class, temple exploring, loi krathong festival of light & the lanna (northern thai) festival known as “yi peng”
  • bangkok – 2 days – back to bangkok for follow me bike tours!
  • phuket – 5 days – phi phi island by speedboat, phang nga bay kayak (james bond island)

so most amazing thing we did was adopt an elephant for the day!  actually, it was the best thing i have done in my life (bold, huh?) we found this through tripadvisor since it was ranked #1 thing to do in chiang mai!   thank you tripadvisor! at patara elephant farm, you spend the whole day with your elephant…feed it, play with it, check its health, learn how to get on it, trek with it through the forest, and wash it in the river…you really cant help but fall in love with these gentle, magnificent creatures.  this was a very, very special experience i will never forget!  please excuse the excessive pictures of our elephants…we just couldnt resist!

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meet peng! she’s 7 years old! she’s a cutie, huh?  she loves bananas, sugar cane, and dunking her head under water while you are trying to scrub her head! she stole my heart when she accepted by banana greeting.

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happy thursday!