Postcards: Railay Beach, Thailand

This, was an amazing day.  We were nearing the end of our two week trip to Cambodia and Thailand, at our last Thai beach destination before heading to Bangkok and then home.  We had spent the previous 3 hours on a boat getting ferried from Koh Pi Pi island to Railay Beach in Krabi.  The ferry ride alone was spectacular...the turquoise blue sea streched out as far as the eye reached, dotted with craggily formations and clusters of islands.  This is what you see in the movies...and I sat like a child for 3 straight hours soaking it all in.  Legs hanging off the side of the top deck, face resting on the railing, and a huge grin plastered to my face.

Postcards: Christian Cooking in Chiang Mai

 

The time: 9am.

The place: Siam Rice Thai Cookery School in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The temperature: a sweaty 90°.

The mood: hungover, hungry and excited for this part of the trip we've been looking forward to but sad it's our last day in Chiang Mai.

Hence Christian getting a bit randy with the cleaver he is handed by our instructor.  There were a lot of emotions swirling around that morning.  We had been out a bit late with some new friends the night before and the Tuk Tuk for class arrived at our hotel bright and early at 7:30am.  Of course we were the first people to be picked up so we had the joy of jostling around the back of the oppressively hot Tuk Tuk for the next 45 minutes while slowly meeting those who would be our fellow classmates for the next 4 hours.

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!  
…and, I’m Back!

Hi there!  It’s been a while, but I am officially back in the US, over my severe jet lag, and able to update the site!  I can’t begin to explain how amazing Thailand and Cambodia were, but I will have a few dedicated posts to that very topic over the next week.  Stay tuned for a video of me exploring Cambodian exotic fruits and another of me enjoying my very first cricket in Thailand!  I’ll also post all of our food-related pictures from the trip and share some of the recipes we got after our Thai cooking class (which produced very authentic and delicious Thai food!).
SavoryGirl in Thailand & Cambodia…
 

We’re off to savor our way through Thailand and Cambodia for the next 2 ½ weeks, which unfortunately means that there won’t be any new menus or recipes during that time (stupid iWeb...working on changing this limitation of my site for the future!). I encourage you to go back through the archives to try out old menus and recipes. I promise to bring back lots of yummy authentic Thai recipes from my cooking class and of course many photos of my foodie travels.  I will also be tweeting as I travel so if you’re interested you can at least get small bites of our travels while we’re away. So where are we going?  Here’s our anticipated itinerary of places we’d like to go and thins we would like to do, but we’re always flexible so we’ll see how it changes:
Help us plan our next trip to Thailand & Cambodia!

Christian and I are heading to Thailand in less than 2 months...yippee!  We’re super excited and just starting to get into planning mode and we’re looking for foodie recommendations from all of you!  What were your favorite foods that we must try (besides everything from what I hear!), favorite restaurants in Bangkok, island shacks, picnic spots, cooking classes, etc...   As of right now we’re planning to go to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, lots of beaches/islands in Southern Thailand (tbd) and Siem Reap in Cambodia.  But we’re flexible, so let’s hear what you have to say and I promise to bring lots of photos back to share!