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  1. Kuay Teow Reua
    First meal in Thailand--great way to start. "Boat noodles" because they were originally served off of boats, super meaty broth, blood, pork, egg, pork meatballs, rice noodles. Add chili flakes, vinegar, sugar, fish sauce as desired. Taken here in an earnest slurry of enthusiastic thai (which I didn't understand) by the uncle of a Thai student back in Denver. 35 bhat ($0.99 USD). Address: 270 ซอย จุฬาลงกรณ์ 50 Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
  2. Kanom buang
    Bangkok--tinny crepe (mung bean flour/rice flour) with coconut cream, persimmons, and shredded egg yolk (not cheese). Crunchy + chewy. Nat, my students' college-age cousin, got me one while waiting in line for what her aunt said was the best pad thai. Not sure about price, probably 5 bhat ($0.14 USD).
  3. Phat Thai Kung
    Bangkok--first plate was very good, second plate, regretful: freaking hot and suffocating humid. With Shrimp, add lime juice--I'm told is a must, and I can see why. Not sure what the price was--Thai hospitality didn't allow it (this will be a theme for the next many posts. Probably 60-70 bhat (around $1.50 USD).
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I'm obsessed with food. I also have food-related autoimmune issues that have resulted in some crazy surgeries. The culprits: grains, legumes, and dairy. That means I basically eat Paleo...against my will. If I had my way, my diet would consist of spicy noodles, cheese, cured meats, and the tastiest of breads. This is what I eat daily.
  1. Coconut Curry
    Recipe coming.
  2. Chicken Shawarma
    Recipe coming.
  3. Chili
    Recipe coming.
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  1. Him Tang
    CHIANG MAI-- 32 Moo 3, T. On-Klang, A. Mae-On, Chiang Mai 50130 --Blood soup, brain, grilled pig tail
  2. Laap Kao Cham Cha
    CHIANG MAI-- The corner under the Rain Tree, Behind Prince Royal College, Rattanakosin Road, T. Wat Gate, A. Muang Chiang Mai 50000 -Laap
  3. Khao Kha Muu - Cowboy Hat Lady
    CHIANG MAI-- Night Market, Chang Pueak Gate, T. Chang Pueak A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 -Khao Kha Muu (Stewed Pork Leg)
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  1. Album title suggestion for Vince Guaraldi: Vince Plays Your Kids Peanuts.
  2. On the Thai consulate's website.
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    HackSchool students at the Colorado School of Mines talking with students about making, tech, and life.
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    With two HackSchool student leaders meeting with senior staff at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Life changing.
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    Sleepy Tricia :) aww
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I'm obsessed with these places. In no particular order.
  1. Pok Pok
    PORTLAND--There might be no better food in the city. Everything is amazing, especially the Laap Meuang: an intense, spicy, earthy, aromatic salad of minced pork, organs, and fresh herbs. Family style, expect to spend around $25-30 per person. It's worth double that if you've only ever had mediocre Americanized Thai food. This is a whole different ballgame. Paleo: very friendly with modifications (skip soy sauce and rice powder).
  2. Sen Yai
    PORTLAND--Kuaytiaw Khua Kai + Naam Phrik = a heavenly hell hole of spicy, noodley, salty, hiccup-inducing, scalp-tingling obsession. National tragedy: Sen Yai closed its doors, but you can find these dishes a block away at Andy Ricker's life changing Pok Pok, or for lunch across the street at his Whiskey Soda Lounge. Expect $12-ish per meal and get the Thai basil drinking vinegar.
  3. Pambiche
    PORTLAND--Great Cuban food on the east side. Get the lengua en salsa and yuca frita (pork tongue and a side of fried yuca). Lengua is around $12. Don't forget about the insanely addictive hot sauce in unassuming bottles in the tables! Paleo: friendly.
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Sometimes I write, usually to think deeply about what matters. These are pieces I'm writing.
  1. My Best Friend is in Prison for Rape: A Coming of Age Story
    Thoughts on relationships, sadness, better days ahead and behind, race, comparison, the ambiguity of justice, and what freedom means.
  2. A Letter to White Educators
    What's missing in the education of our young people of color.