Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand...what an interesting, unique and ridiculously delicious place!  Now, there are things I love about Chiang Mai and some that I found extremely disappointing if I'm being honest.  I tend to get very high expectations based on what other people say...one of the reasons I never go to the movies to see blockbusters that everyone is raving about, I'm always disappointed! I think the same thing happened with Chiang Mai...at first. Everyone I knew told me how amazing it was and kept describing it as a "town" with a medieval-like wall around it, amazing markets and lots of historical and beautiful temples.  Now, technically that is all true...but to me those words conjured up an image of a small town that I would ramble through at leisure as I wistfully fingered silk at the markets.  Enter the reality of Chiang Mai.  This "town" may be up North nestled in the hills of Thailand, but town it is not...it is a big, crazy bustling city!  Horns honking, tuk tuks two-wheeling around corners, air thick with smog and dirt and oh so many people!  Of course, it's not Bangkok...but you expect Bangkok out of Bangkok and this is not what I was expecting out of Chiang Mai.  Yes there is a wall around the city (which is beautiful...especially at sunset), more beautiful temples than you could ever imagine and even an amazing and huge Sunday market (the normal nightly market, not so interesting!) where you can wistfully finger fine silk scarves...there will just be a lot of noise and commotion around you as you enjoy all of these things.  But if you set your expectations correctly, as I did after a day of adjustment, Chiang Mai is a fantastic place.  Particularly because of the food! So onto the food we go!  
SG Video: Trying Crickets in Thailand
 

Here’s a fun video that I’ve been a bit slow uploading...me trying my first ever insect!  We tried thai-spiced crickets while in Chiang Mai, Thailand and here you get to watch my actual reaction as I take my first bite.  It was super hot and sweaty there and we had been walking around all day so while it’s not my best looking video it’s still pretty fun!

Link to the video here or with the rest of my videos on the videos tab of this site.

And of course, as always, I’ll caveat that until I get my own TV Show (anyone?  anyone?) my videos are definitely amateur but for me it’s really all about sharing the experience with you not creating a perfect video.  I hope you enjoy it!  
Thai Food & Photo Party!

Traditional Thai Condiments (along with fish sauce and palm sugar of course!)

 

Before vacation slipped too far from our memory, we decided to put our newfound Thai cooking skills to the test and throw a Thai party for our friends.  With of course, the “cost” to our friends of having to sit through a slideshow of 300 of our favorite pictures from Thailand and Cambodia...he he.  If I do say so myself though, we earned their viewership...the food we made was GOOD!
SavoryGirl’s First Ever Video – Cambodian Fruit

Welcome, to my first ever SavoryGirl video!  The content is fun and I think you’ll enjoy it...a quick tour through some of the exotic Cambodian fruit.  Milk fruit was my favorite, but there really wasn’t a bad one in the bunch.  The others featured are Jackfruit, longans, rambutans and sapodilla.

Link to the video is here...you can also see other SavoryGirl videos on my videos tab.

So while I definitely think the content is fun, the videography and energy may not be quite perfect, but hey it was my first try!  I am certainly not a professional at this (yet anyway!) and Christian is not a professional videographer, just a super kind and supportive hubby...but we did the best we could!  So I’ve gone with a bit of the cheesy imovie effects this first time around...help jazz it up a bit. I also had originally planned on including some of the video I shot at the markets getting the fruit and talking to the locals, but because I’m always worried about intruding and making people uncomfortable that footage ended up a bit underwhelming.  I guess I’ll have to work on not caring what people think and just going for it in public!

So if there are any videographers/on-camera personalities out there that have some advice, I’m all ears!  Otherwise, thanks for taking the time to check it out!  
Cambodian Foodie Photos

I’ve been painfully slow getting all of my photos and videos out from our recent travels...sorry abou that!  The post-vacation doldrums (it’s painful re-entering the real world!) are slowing me down a bit.  But, I’ve just uploaded my Cambodia Foodie photos and my exploration of some of the exotic fruits we tried in Cambodia is on deck and should be posted in the next day or so. Click here to see the newly uploaded Cambodia Foodie photos!

 

Kuy Teau Pork Noodle Soup & Cambodian Coffee for Breakfast!