We leave today for our 10 day road trip. Frank and Diego just left for Chiang Mai Station to pick up our house sitters. Here is a list of the cities/towns where we will be staying:
Tham Lot (actually a huge cave)
Mae Hong Son
Mae Sariang - driving along the Myanmar border to
Mae Sot - named Thailand’s most diverse city
Back to Mae Rim
I’ve added a Google+ page where I’ll be dumping photos. Look for the link on the 2girls2dogs2cats.com homepage, click on the google+ icon. That will take you to my new google+ homepage. On the left, under the Home menu, click on photos. They will be largely unedited; I’ll pick some highlights later for the blog. I'm also dumping more pics we've been taking since we arrived.
Here are a few explanations that may help understand my last post:
Key for #thankyouandyricker
Andy Ricker is the owner of Pok Pok in Portland, Oregon, Pok Pok NY in Brooklyn, and Pok Pok LA. Check out Tony Bourdain’s show about Chiang Mai. Andy Ricker tuk tuk’s him around to some of the places I mentioned in my post. Andy’s Instagram feed is a guide to some of the best food in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, with some great food in LA, Brooklyn, Portland, and the list of cities goes on. If your looking for some Guilin mi fun (signature noodles in Guilin, in Guanxi Province in southern China, very distinctive, sold everywhere in Guilin), look on Andy’s Instagram feed. These are mifun carts lining up on the platform of the Guilin Train Station, ready to meet the morning comute.
Also on his Instagram feed are pics of Jamuk and Yindee
natto - fermented soy beans, usually eaten for breakfast in Japan with a raw egg, mustard and soy sauce, then poured over rice, pickles and seaweed on the side. For first timers, it looks and smells like something that should be double bagged and thrown in the trash. It is now a staple in our freezer.
karashi - Japanese mustard
shoyu - soy sauce
salaryman - the ubiquitous Japanese businessman, when seen after 7pm in the streets of Japan, is often drunk
izakaya - usually translated as a Japanese “pub”. A great place for some great sake, and where they’ve been serving small plates since way before small plates were cool.
Dewazakarua - one of my favorite dry sakes, served cold, is perfect with izakaya food.
salary-uman - business woman, (woman pronounced with a Japanese accent is uman). I used to work for a small Japanese company in Tokyo. When vendors would ask my boss what my job was, he would struggle with the wording and say in Japanese, literally translated “Carrie is not a girl”, meaning “Carrie is not a secretary”.
Takahiro Kitchen Table - When I lived in Japan the first time in the 1980’s, I lived my last 4 months there at the Takahiro home, in Shinsaibashi, Osaka. They had a business that closed at 1 am. After they closed the shop, Shoko, Eichi and I would sit around the kitchen table, eat yudofu (tofu stew) and tuna sashimi, and drink beer, sometimes until dawn. These were my first and most valuable Japanese lessons, not to mention, my fondest memories of Japan.
Rikimaru - a ramen shop in our neighborhood, Shimokitazawa, in Tokyo, where Frank and I used to go every Friday night. Their higo ramen was our absolute favorite. Rieko, the owner and super friend, and I were recently reunited, after about 10 years, on Facebook!
kanom jeen - rice noodles served with a variety of toppings, like curries, spicy and not spicy, some with peanut sauce, just about anything. The noodles are cold, the toppings are hot and served in big earthenware pots.
ne muu kaai - is sour pork (I don’t know how it gets sour, but it’s really good) with egg, cooked over a fire in a banana leaf
kai jiao - Thai omelette, almost deep fried, so it comes out light and crispy, served with plain rice. Very simple, but usually topped with some chili paste. I like mine with the chili’s and fish sauce condiment
dalaad siriwattana - our favorite market, on the 107, which is on our way home from Chiang Mai, so it’s super convenient to stop for some take out for dinner. They have an amazing meat section, but the prepared food in the night market is the best.
neen - a novice monk. Their robes are new, so they are very bright orange.