I mentioned before that I was traveling. As you read this, I'll either be getting ready or already on my way back to the States (hint, hint...this is the reason for lack of responses).
One of the things I love best about traveling is trying the local food. Especially so if it is distinctive from the stuff I usually partake in other than once in a while...say Mediterranean, Spanish, African, or pretty much anything in Asia. Well, the last two weeks it's this last that I've been in, specifically Thailand, one of my favorite places on the planet, in large part because of the food!
On this trip I've made it a point to stay away from Western food as much as possible. You could actually eat decent Western food here everyday as there's a large foreign population and many (MANY) tourist. But I've gone the native route, eating Thai food for nearly every meal. The good thing for me is that I love Thai food and am particularly found of the very spicy dishes (which surprises most Thai restaurant workers as they expect farang—foreigners—to want everything tamed down.)
Not going to write a lot as I'm putting this together while I'm still traveling, but thought I'd share some of the dishes I've had, and throwing in a few shots from street vendors, too! Please excuse the fact that I can't remember all the names.