Trip Start Dec 31, 2004
71Trip End Apr 22, 2005
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When I didn't have a drill and a hacksaw in my mouth I was eating and drinking. I had breakfast on the Ambassador's terrace today and ate the most ridiculous piece of "cake" I've ever attempted to eat. I would have been happy to write that it was only insipid but that would undermine the great undertaking the "baker" spent on completely removing any semblance of moisture whatsoever seemingly defying its wedge-like shape to remain intact. They make a nice cup of joe but that's the last time I eat their so-called food. I had dinner at my hotel's open air restaurant (Gallery 99) where I am already a certified regular. The food there is seriously amazing, the atmosphere is so charming and comfortable and the service is friendly and warm if not remotely attentive. I'll be posting photos soon.
Thai Food Suggestions: Are you like me and usually order the same thing every time you have Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, etc.? I have two names of some amazing dishes and frankly I'm not even sure what's all them but they're both delicious and worth trying. CHU-CHEE PLAA: I've had this twice already and it's the best Thai dish I've ever had in my life. It contains little pieces of crispy red snapper cooked in a thick red coconut curry with tons of fresh hot basil and is of course served with rice. There'll be a photo of it soon on this page soon. The next dish is one that I had today at a very chic little place where I ate yesterday and it's called KAO PHAD PRIK KHING (sounds a bit suggestive but it's very good). I don't really know what's in this one but it comes with this very fine lightly crunchy stuff on the side that is almost like a ground bacon or something. The main part of the dish is rice and prawns and the tamarind sauce is very delicate and complex. Keep in mind that when transliterating languages you can come up with various spellings but if you print this out and put it in your purse or with your take out menus you'll hopefully be armed with more choices.
Tomorrow I plan on seeing some of the major players, i.e., the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha and the Reclining Buddha and need to get some sleep so it's back to Gallery 99 for a nightcap and then to bed. I just have to stay clear of beer nuts for a week and I should be fine.