Although Thai food is one of the more popular Asian foods in the U.S., I am a relatively new lover of this particular gourmet. The first time I enjoyed Thai food was when I was 21, visiting my friend Jenn while she was in undergrad in Miami. She ordered an assortment of dishes, and I was instantly hooked on the savory-sweet combinations of curries, noodles, and finger foods. Since then, I have had a number of dishes in Thai restaurants — Las Vegas has quite a few excellent restaurants.

Thailand also has the distinction of being the first (and pretty much only, except for an eight-hour layover in Narita, Japan) non-North American country I have actually visited. In a way, in my first post on the blog, I am cheating by going with a dish from a country I have been to. After all, the point of this blog is to “travel” the world without leaving my own kitchen!

Feeding an elephant in Phuket, Thailand in 2014.

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