Red, White and …Thai?

Sawasdee Krab!

Has anyone missed me? It has been a few weeks since my last literary opus (ha!) it seems there was always something getting in the way, including my own procrastination sometimes I admit, to sitting down and hammering out a new blog for the cyber masses. We’ve got so many new and excellent writers on here now for compettition, don’t think that since I haven’t been writing I’ve not been reading I need to hustle and get back in the swing of blogging or I could lose my place!

This time I want to share with you some of this past weekends adventures with my friends in the North Virginia Thai Langauge Group. Our core members are me, Vut, Oop, Dew, Tiffany and Tim and we had a great couple of get togethers this weekend in Virginia at the Lao temple there on Sunday Wat Lao Buddhavong and then back in DC to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday on Monday. At Wat Lao we went to see a true national icon of Thailand in concert, Carabao! I’m going to write more on them tomorrow when I get all the pics we took from the concert ready.

Instead today I want to talk about our other get together the next day to celebrate the Fourth and also one of my favorite subjects…thai food! As our dear Oakmonster would say you don’t entertain guests without offering food (it’s a Thai thing) and the same is true for many Americans you don’t celebrate our nations Independence day without eating but at least you don’t have to dress up like for Thanksgiving unless you decide to wear all red, white and blue for America or the same great colors for Thailand! :p

What would our countries birthday celebration be without hotdogs, hamburgers and BBQ on the grill? Well actually I wouldn’t know since, yep, we went all out and did things Thai Style! I don’t cook unless it’s Thai food (it’s a Wit thing 😉 ) as you can tell in my pic here แกงคั่วสับปะรด anyone?

We had planned to have a potluck get together for awhile now as a group probably at my place since I wanted to cook for the everyone but I have this strange phobia about cooking in someone elses kitchen (lol) I like to know where everything is otherwise I am even more of a wreck when trying to put on a big meal for folks.

Since the Fourth of July was this month I had the brillant idea to combine the two and we could have an outdoor potluck. I would fix everything at home and then finally get to use my nifty Tiffin that I bought at the Thai market last year. Everyone would bring something and we’d have a nice eat out until time for the fireworks to start at least that was the intention.

However what is that expression? The road to hell is paved with good intentions? Well it certainly wasn’t that bad but we did have a few misfires that almost sunk everything! It started Sunday ….

8 responses to “Red, White and …Thai?

  1. Hi Thaiphile:

    Sure, a lot of folks here, were definitely wodering where you had disappeared too.

    I’ve been to see Carabao twice here in Carabao’s home province of Suphanburi and on both occasions there were big fights. On one occasion at the Don Chedi festival here last january the fighting got so bad that the police had to ‘stop’ the concert!!

    Ad Carabao is in fact an ex-student of our school here in the provincial town. (Dan D2B too) And his elder brother used to be the director of the Tech College down the road.

    Anyway, hope there wasn’t any fighting at the Carabao concert over there!!

  2. Steve –

    Yes I was talking to a friend online about the Carabao concert the morning before I left for the show and he warned me about the fights but I told him ‘this is Washington, not Bangkok’ but you’ll have to read my blog tonight to find out what happened 😉


  3. Fighting at Carabao concerts? Strewth !! I saw him and his band in Chiang Mai in January at a “fundraiser”, and the only fight was for the guitars he was auctioning. I can’t understand why his concerts should attract violence – he is hardly Johnny Rotten !

  4. Don:

    Here in Suphanburi all the Thais told me beofre about the fights at Carabao concerts!!

    I can only guess that that’s because this is their home province and as you could imagine a lot of the young folks get real excited and drink too much at being able to see their hometown idols in concert!!

    The Northern folk of Chiang Mai say, are much more conservative and laid-back to the folks in this part of the country!!

    Look forward to the next blog thaiphile.

  5. I learnt something new about Dan, thx Steve. Anyway nice blog Thaiphile. Looks like a lot of fun.

  6. Steve -Must admit the gig I attended was a benefit for the suited and booted good and great of Chiang Mai, as it was a fundraiser for the hilltribe organisations – this was extended to include Tsunami relief -1 signed guitar was auctioned for each. I was staying at the hotel, heard the music, went out the rear entrance and stumbled into the dinner and concert which was taking place in the grounds – nobody seemed to mind -other hotel guests were drinking at the bar next to the stage.
    However, as there were no young people hanging around outside the hotel or watching the gig over the low hedge, I drew the conclusion that Carabao was not considered “hip” among teenagers-hence my surprise at the reports of trouble.

  7. Great Blog!!! Your spread on the 4th made me so hungry, and I just ate. This past fourth was my first time where I made thai food for my in-laws. Gai satay was their introduction, which was a hit. The cucumber salad was not. Oh well, 1 out of 2 ain’t bad. I really enjoyed read your blog.

  8. Hello, well I am new to all of this, I just joined today! Wow, that sounds amazing! I have been to Bangkok one time, and I really miss it there. I loved the Thai people, culture, and as you said the food. I have two friends who were born there and they help me when they can, but we are all in college. I wonder what other groups are out there.