Thailand

A big morning at the bird club

There was a big competition at the bird club a couple blocks down my street this morning. I had walked out on a circuitous route to get some fried bananas, sticky rice, peppered pork, and planting pots.

Rethinking my training plan

I knew my preparations for the recent Krabi International Trail race were a little unconventional. But I had some hope that they would be effective. Naturally, when running at latitudes within 10° of the equator at elevations below 2,000 m, it is going to be hot.

Race report: slipping and sliding in Krabi

When I signed up for the Krabi International Trail 2020, I expected there might be a lot of running through palm groves. I knew there would be some mountain trails too.

Blindsided!

I never saw this one coming. This KFC Original Recipe surprised me. After the Chef’s Signature series and then the 25th anniversary flavor retrospective, I wasn’t expecting this KFC x Lays Thailand collaboration.

Tokay gecko makes an appearance

My spicy frog curry tasted especially good today as I reflected on the latest development in this tale. When I left off last time, I’d been wondering if spending a little more for the premium rat glue might be a good idea.

This all started with a mosquito

How was it that I came to be nearly 900 km away from home, at a grocery store near Bangkok, looking carefully at the rat glue? My view last week in a grocery store near Bangkok.

A flavor retrospective

Lays Thailand continues to celebrate the flavors of the past 25 years. I’d had both of these before, but I don’t believe I wrote about them. There was the nam phrik phao flavor—something like an open flame chili paste in the translation.

The Narrow Road to the Slightly North

I took a long train ride across 6 degrees of latitude. Bangkok is about 13 degrees north, so I’ll call this a narrow road to the slightly north. When I got to Bangkok, I went straight to the snack aisle.

Weekends and bar-b-q

On the Fourth of July weekend, I might normally have a barbeque. Perhaps some potato chips too. This year I decided to mix up the menu a bit, so I skipped the potato chips and went for snacks with a higher protein content.

Mango season

The fruit vendor at the market has five varieties of mango this time of year. Yesterday at the grocery store there were seven varieties on sale. My neighbor’s mango tree is an early one; it flowered in December, I’ve watched from the balcony as the the fruits grew, and I saw them all get picked over the past two weeks.