It is finally getting hot here in Vancouver!
Summer is always a great time for trips, and soon my cousin and I will head to Los Angeles to visit my brother, and I'm really excited to be trying some restaurants there. If you have recommendations for places to eat or things to do, please let me know!
I told my brother I want to go to a good Thai restaurant in L.A., and he asked me why I'd want to do that since there are Thai restaurants everywhere...why not just try the kind of food that I can't find in Vancouver?
The reason why I always want to try Thai restaurants in other cities is so that I have an idea of the state of Thai food outside of Thailand. There was a time when Thai food in N. America was generally underwhelming, but I think the situation is beginning to improve, definitely in big cities, and there are places that are serving up something really exciting and interesting.
Most of my friends say I have a very high standard for Thai restaurants, but actually, my "bar" is not set very high at all, it's just set on a different scale. I am usually not looking for a place that serves tasty food—there are plenty of those around. But what I'm looking for is a place that serves food that tastes indistinguishable from one I would get in Thailand. It doesn't have to be blow-me-away-fantastic, in fact, I don't even need regular-fantastic, I just want it to taste like Thailand. And for whatever reason, THAT is much harder to find.
But I have faith that things are changing in a positive way. In fact, I see them changing, so I really look forward to seeing Thai food evolve in the next several years. In the meantime, I'm happy to be able to help you guys make delicious tastes-like-Thailand Thai food at home!