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I forgot to post my exciting news! I was asked to be on the Board of Directors for the AZ Professional Photographers Association. I feel very honored to be a part of this organization and since I’m chairing the Education programs for 2012, I’ll work hard to continue to bring in great speakers that are relevant to the industry. If you are a local photographer, you should really check us out!
I guess I should have changed my blog clock while I was in a different time zone, it makes it look like I skipped a blog day since I blogged at the end of the night. SPA was amazing, I’ll spend this weekend going over my notes and assessing all the info and what I need to implement.
My wonderful 11 year old asks me ever night “did you blog today?” It usually is the reminder I need before she goes to bed. Last night she spent the night out….and I forgot!! I even had a topic! My favorite Thai restaurant in the west valley, and what to order!
My mom is Thai and lives in northern Thailand. So we always gauge how good a Thai restaurant is by how close it is to what we get when we visit my mom. We don’t vary our dishes much, occasionally we’ll try something new, but when we want Thai food, if we don’t get our standards, we feel like we were missing something!
Last night we had a hankering, and even though Sarah spent the night out, we ordered her favorites also! Here’s the list, you can print and take it with you the next time you order Thai!!
BANGKOK THAI BBQ
on 51st Ave and Thunderbird, NW corner. We’ve tried a bunch, it’s just our fav!
Chicken Satay -this is for Sarah, yummy peanut sauce, not spicy. It has a curry, coconut marinade
Wonton Soup-this is for Katie, pork wontons, sliced BBQ pork, bok choy…mmmmmm, we usually add some rice to the broth to make it more filling for her.
Laab-this is our favorite dish. It’s a northern Thai dish. It’s ground meat (pork or chicken, pork is our first choice, they usually have even if not on menu), lime juice, a little salty, cilantro, sometimes mint, onions and chilis (now Thai chilies are HOT, hotter than jalapenos) we get medium spicy and it puts just a hint of sweat on our lip! We like to eat w/Sticky Rice, which you can break off and eat w/your hands. No, it’s not white rice just cooked sticky, it’s a special rice, you can mop up juices on your plate w/it. Sometimes they don’t have…you have to ask!
Yellow Curry-medium spice- with chicken. Yellow curry is a mild curry, but we kick it up a notch. We like because it has potatoes. Occasionally we’ll get crazy and order Panang Curry, which is red…it’s great too, but no potatoes.
Pad See Ew – w/chicken or beef. This is a noodle dish. Now most people go to Thai restaurants and order Pad Thai. It’s good here too, but if you want to try something different, something my Aunt used to make us every time we’d visit, try Pad See Ew. It’s even on their lunch menu. No spice at all…Katie has discovered it and eats half the order now…
For dessert in the spring, get the Sticky Rice w/Mango. They warm the rice and put coconut milk on it and top w/sweet mango. It’s to DIE for! The coconut ice cream is always good too!
The thing about Thai restaurants, is the amount of spice varies depending on who’s cooking. If you food isn’t spicy enough, you can ask for the spices, and they will bring you chili powder, chilies in vinegar (yummy on Pad See Ew or in the soup, adds a little hot and sour). and I think chilies in soy and don’t remember what else, we just use the chili powder and chilies in vinegar.
Now we order ALL this, every time we go. It’s WAY too much food for 2 adults and 2 children. We can usually feed 4 adults and 2 kids, though we might order extra chicken satay because that’s all Sarah will eat and if we have to share…The food w/out desserts will run you $49 plus tip. They also have a nice lunch special.
I hope you go out and try something new!!!! If you do, come back and post a comment!! Or add your favorite dish!
Edit: Oh, my sister just pointed out another of our favorites, Tom Yum Gai soup. It’s a spicy coconut based soup w/lemon grass and chicken. Too spicy for the girls, so we don’t get it as much as we’d like. Hint: The lemon grass (looks like an asparagus stalk) and ginger (like thin, round sliver w/dark edge, usually size of nickel to quarter) are tough, you’re not supposed to eat, just put aside, like a bay leaf!