Gastronomy 2

Food is sustenance and therefore necessity. Happily we have enjoyed dining out about one meal a day. It’s hard to food shop without waste and get the same result you can ordering food from a street vendor or in most restaurants here. This post is a recap on the cream of the crop of our latest dining locations. I expect to provide one more gastronomy related post before we leave Thailand. We have a friend from our hometown in the states coming to join us as we wrap up our Snowbird Escape 2018 over the next two weeks here in Chiang Mai rounded off with a few days at the end in Bangkok. I’m super excited to have her company in the mix!

O’Malley’s in the Anusarn Market area called our name one late night as we wandered in the cooler air of the evening. A traditional Irish Pub with Thai influence and a heavy sports, antique and golf theme is what we found with live soccer on the TV’s to feed our sports fix need. The beer lover in me was ecstatic to find some variety over and above the traditional Thai selections of Leo, Chang and Singha. For my taste bud pleasure, I went with a “green bottle” Pilsner of Carlsberg. We started our late night “snack” with teriyaki and Louisiana wings. They were served with a watery ranch style dressing. The spicy Cajun seasoning was quite tasty but the teriyaki was a bit lean on flavor. Staying conscientious about late night eating effects, I went semi light with a Caesar salad which slammed my tastebuds with anchovy. The base of the salad was lined with a crispy chip which provided this flavor. The romaine leaves were fresh and plentiful, the shaved Parmesan pungent, the croutons minimal and the salad also included sliced red onion. I was quite satisfied. Chicken Cordon Bleu was the selection for my partner. It was a generous portion served with hand cut fries nice and golden brown and fresh mixed greens with a spicy thousand island style dressing. In the background classic rock ballads played as well. This stop served as a nice round out to our leisurely day. Please accept my apology now as you will see our hunger many times wins over my memory to snap a photo before we dig in!

The Secret Learning Restaurant in the Old City. Worth mentioning is a bit of “synchronicity”, the book I was rereading for the third year in a row, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, kind of matched up with this dining selection that led to the appreciation of the abundance created by the companionship we found with our new friends. The proprietor was just rolling up the doors on this quaint corner location as we arrived. A man from France and his Thai wife who were rushing in from “a day at a conference” were friendly and warm as they welcomed us and another party and explained it would take them a bit to prep for the dinner rush. We settled in and ordered a round of Chang beers, large for the table. We were happy for the time to relax, chat and get to know each other better. The chef (male) also acted as the server with his wife and a younger family member acting as assistants. Soon they were set to go and working in rhythm with a full house (4 tables in this open kitchen space). It was a well oiled, efficient machine. We enjoyed caprese salad and bruschetta shared by the table for starters, the men ordered lasagna (rich and tasty with the addition of Béchamel sauce). My new female friend and I both ordered the Rich and Tasty, a house specialty with pesto tossed with spaghetti and topped with fresh diced tomato and served with a side of fresh Parmesan. Crusty baguette slices were served with fresh creamery butter. The food was super fresh and tasty although my tastebuds called for more garlic. Serenading us as we enjoyed house-made limoncello was a young Japanese artist playing the hand-pan. After, we made our way to our regular hang out where we had originally met to enjoy the last bit of time we would have together for a night cap at My Place on Loi Kroh Road. This was an enjoyable evening filled with laughter.