I’m a little sneaky.
As most of you know, I’ve dedicated the last two months of The Deep Dish to a Taste of Cayman series
that showcased some of this year’s participants. However, some of you might have noticed my radio silence towards the end of the series. It’s not because I didn’t want to hand out some comment-love…it is because I was IN THAILAND!!!
Truer words have never been spoken, my friends. We very quickly learned that the best food in Thailand comes from a cart. Jill
will be happy to learn they even had macarons!
Armed with that knowledge, we started our trip in Bangkok with a visit to the Grand Palace.
From there we headed to Wat Pho to see the massive Reclining Buddha, making sure to grab some spring rolls from a street vendor on the way 🙂
Our day was spent doing a walking tour of Bangkok and we ended up resting our feet and filling our tummies at expat-favorite, Happy House
I was thrilled to find that many dishes in Thailand are packed with pineapple and cashews! That’s a brilliant idea and I fully intend to start tossing them into my meals at home.
As far as I’m concerned, dinner isn’t complete without dessert and by using the default ‘street cart’ rule I discovered one of the best meals of the trip: Banana Nutella Roti.
There are street markets all over Bangkok and we started our second day off by heading to Bo Bae market to score some souvenirs on the cheap. And of course, grab an early lunch!
That picture of Alisha’s slurpage tells you just how good this food was. The rest of the day was spent sight-seeing before we hopped on a sleeper train for the 13 hour ride north to Chiang Mai.
Chaing Mai is beautiful! It’s full of gorgeous temples and incredibly kind people. It was our favorite stop on the trip. It also plays hosts to two fabulous restaurants.
When you’re in Chiang Mai, you have to swing by the Night Bazaar where they have just about everything ever made on sale with a ‘special price for you!’
When we went to China in 2008, we lavished eating Chinese food. Admittedly, if you didn’t want McDonalds, Pizza Hut or KFC that was pretty much your only option. This is not the case in Thailand! We had a fantastic German meal while stocking up on our Thailand trinkets.
While in Chiang Mai, there was much animal-snuggling.
The ‘Motherload of Yum’ was found in Chiang Mai with this traditional northern Thai dish, Khao Soi.
I’ve already made it twice since coming home. SO GOOD! After our tour guide rolled us out of the restaurant we walked our gluttony off at a few temples including Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
From Chiang Mai, we hopped on a domestic flight to Phuket and Patong Beach for some fun in the sun and good eats!
And if you’re in Patong, you simply cannot neglect to visit the Phi Phi Islands.
We had an amazing time in Thailand. The food, the people, the sights, the animals…nothing in our wildest dreams could have prepared us for the experience!