Food is the Reason I Travel

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Mangoes and Sticky Rice

I love eating when I visit other countries.  I took my first trip to Thailand in 2006 and prior to that I’d never had Thai food in my life.  I had heard that Thai food was amazing, but didn’t yet know how good it really is.  One of the best desserts that I’ve ever had is Mangoes and Sticky Rice.  It is a chilled mango served on a bed of sticky rice with warm coconut milk poured on top.  They sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over the top in most cases.

Let’s be honest.  I dream about this stuff.  It costs you 50 Baht in Thailand and $7 here in the US if it is on sale.  It isn’t cheap, but the dessert is definitely worth indulging.

Laab Moo

It’s not only the desserts in Thailand that are amazing.  The meals are so delicious.  I totally recommend the Laab Moo.  I’ve never tried making this recipe, but the result in Thailand and at Thai restaurants is phenomenal.  Moo means pork, but you could ask for Laab Kai, which would be chicken at your local Thai restaurant.  Don’t get this meal if you are afraid of purple onions.  Sometimes the chef gets carried away and puts in quite a few.

Fruits

Durians (my hands) & Mangosteens (Shae's hands)

I love traveling to other countries and eating the fruits that they have.  I realize that you

Dragonfruit

have to have some cautions when eating in other countries, but you can have some delicious fruits too.  I’ve tried all kinds of fruits all around the world.  In the picture on the left you can see the mangosteens in my wife’s hands.  They are purple on the outside, and when you open them in the middle the fruit is white and looks like a clove of garlic.  It does pack a wonderful flavor though.

The durian is another story.  Those things are NASTY.  When you go to a shopping mall you can smell a durian from anywhere.  In hotels they usually have signs that say “NO DURIAN.”  The reasons for this is because they are really nasty.  I dare you to try one.  If someone reading the blog likes them, please let me know how you don’t vomit eating them.

The next picture is of a dragonfruit.  It tastes a lot like a kiwi (in my opinion) and is really delicious.  I would recommend it to anyone.

I know that I’ve talked a lot about Thailand.  Keep in mind that you can use the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express points at hotels in Bangkok (not much to see there in my opinion), Koh Samui, Krabi, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and more.  I’ve never stayed at these places, but they sure look like paradise to me.

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