Amazing Bite of Thai Seattle

Here in my hometown of Seattle, Washington, we have an event every July called “The Bite of Seattle”. This festival is held at Seattle Center. Seattle Center is a large chunk of property right amidst the tall buildings of the largest city in the State of Washington, USA. It has carnival rides, games of chance, and large open areas, fairgrounds if you will, that surround a big fountain that spurts laser-colored water in time to the beat of classical music.
Everybody, all year long, looks forward to this festival; which the locals refer to as, “The Bite”. As in…

“Hey, Ray, you goin’ to The Bite this year?” (one friend to another in the line of the local Starbuck’s, which are on every corner) The reply, more likely than not will be, “Yes”.

A little background about “The Bite”. It started several years ago. Not “several years” in Thai time; which would be about 200 years ago. I’m talking about several years ago in United States time (that would be within the last 30 years).
This event hosts local-area restaurants. All of these restaurants set up little booths on the fairgrounds, which have small kitchens in the rear. They cook some of their signature dishes and serve them to the masses for about $4-$5 a pop. This gets the name of their respective restaurants on the tongue tips of the public; and it exposes otherwise-fastfood-going-locals to prepared fare other than Mr. Ronald McDonald’s.

Space Needle
A beautiful Seattle afternoon ‘neath the Space Needle.

>Fruit Carving
This lady carved miraculous things out of fruit!

Wow!
A final product!

Every year there is a specific theme to this particular festival. Well guess what, folks? This year’s theme was…drumroll please…”Amazing Thailand!” bum-ba-da-bum!! (my attempt at trumpets blaring). What this meant was that a lot of Seattle-area Thai restaurants (and there are a ton of them) got together in one corner of the fairgrounds. They had a large stage in the center of their respective booths. This stage was the scene of all sorts of Thai-oriented spectacles. There was a Muay Thai demonstration, a couple of authentic dance demonstrations, and a whole bunch of classical Thai music demonstrations.

Classical Dance
She must have been hot. It was 90 degrees F today!

Long story short folks….it was a gorgeously hot day in the Emerald City, and I ate a ton of delicious Thai food while being subjected to sights, sounds, and smells that were truly Thai. Pon and I felt truly at home today. I’ve included some pictures from our afternoon.

P.S.-Just as Wit has extended his hospitality to anyone visiting D.C., Pon & I do that same for any of our “blog” friends that may visit our fair city. The door is always open.

The Fountain
This is that fountain I told y’all about.

5 responses to “Amazing Bite of Thai Seattle

  1. Wow, great fountain and pics. Speaking of Thai festival, I’ve one to go to today, weather is wet but anyhow I always love the fruit carvings. Too delicious to eat as seen in the pics. What did ya have to eat? I always end up running around the same booth for more.

  2. Well, Jen (what happened to ThaiGerl? I liked it),

    I ate phad thai gai, satay gai, that deep-fried won-ton thingy with crab and sour cream, and some type of sweet & sour pork dish. It was all pretty good. I really, really would have liked a big plate of neau nam tok, which is my favorite dish of all time. Suprisingly offered very rarely in restaurants around here (oh, so good!).

  3. Waddee EJ and Pon!

    Great blog and pics looks like a nice day for all was had there. I like your writing too you and I share the same style a bit 😉

    We have an event like that too here in DC in the late summer/early fall called ‘A Day in Thailand’ where every year for a weekend the Thai community here sets up a block party for two days on Penn. Ave only a few blocks from the White House. I can’t wait for this years event so I can write about it and take loads of pics 🙂

    Thanks for the invite too I’d love to take a trip out to the west coast so don’t be surprised if I show up one day there in Seattle.

    Choke dee na krab,

    Wit

  4. EJ,

    Thaigerl is still around, but Jen is posting more, LOL

    Yum pad thai aroy dee mahk. I always have to buy moo yang (bbq pork on a stick). One of those will fill me up. How big or small do they sell the dishes for? In London, everything’s usually double the price and portion is really small. I miss the ‘super-size-it’ way.

  5. Jen,

    I should have taken a picture of a big ol’ moo yang (or moo ping) on a stick that I bought there. It was huge! Of course, being in the US, it was way more expensive than in Thailand (US $3).
    I remember going down to Lumpini Park in Bangkok and buying 5 moo ping and a bag of sticky rice and sliced cucumbers for around $1 US, or so. I wish it was like that here in Seattle.
    The dishes at ‘the bite’ were good-sized for the money that you paid. I regret not taking pictures of the plates. Next time, I promise! 🙂