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I got to give it to the Thais for being creative when it comes to food.  While walking through Chiang Rai’s walking street, I am just amazed at all the different types of food I saw them selling along the street.  There is always a new twist to everything.  Here are some of the stuff I saw them selling.

chicken satay

chicken satay

Fried cricket with green onions.  I actually ate this...it's pretty tastey:)

Fried cricket with green onions. I actually ate this...it's pretty tastey:)

Tod yum pla muk...deep fried catfish salad with mango, peanuts and sweet/sour sauce...I can't wait to try this recipe at home!

yum pla duk foo...(thanks to Pi Khantipol for the correction...)deep fried catfish salad with mango, peanuts and sweet/sour sauce...I can't wait to try this recipe at home!

Squid and hotdog on sticks...the sauce is a sweet/sour sauce...eventually these will be grilled...I had the grilled squid, just not the hotdog for obvious reasons.

Squid and hotdog on sticks...the sauce is a sweet/sour sauce...eventually these will be grilled...I had the grilled squid, just not the hotdog for obvious reasons.

fried quail eggs...

fried quail eggs...

seafood fritter...they use this pot for alot of snacks...

seafood fritter...they use this pot for alot of snacks...

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I wasn’t sure if I wanted to blog about my daily routine when I travel, but because my friends and family gets worried, I thought I should have another blog about my life abroad besides the www.somphonh.squarespace. com blog.

After being here for two  weeks, I finally have a daily routine.  I am one of those that craves routine because I am a creature of habit afterall.  My day in Thailand starts out with me waking up with the roosters around 4:00/ 5:00 a.m. if it’s a hot morning or 7:00/8:00 a.m. if it was a hot morning the day before and I needed sleep.   I would go to the noodle stall by the market that’s about a 5-10 minute walk from Tipp Inn Hotel (the place I’m staying at) and have a bowl of Chiang Rai noodle.  My favorite is noodle with nam nieuw.  It tastes just like my mom’s noodles, but a bit different in that they garnish it with pickled mustard leaf.  After that I’d walk back and start my day my working on my computer.  The internet service here is really slow so everything takes three times as long to load up than in the U.S.  In the afternoon, if I’m really hungy then I would walk to the market or sometimes the young man that works at the hotel will drive me there with his motor bike and I’d pick up something from the market for lunch.  If Sue, AYUI’s director and I made plans in the afternoon, then we’d meet up with her other teacher friends for lunch or coffee.  Then back to work until 4:00 and I start walking to AYUI Youth Hostel to start my photography workshop with the kids.  After the workshop, I normally have dinner with the kids unless, Sue and I made plans to go out elsewhere.  At the end of the night a group of girls would volunteer to wak me back  to my hotel. It’s always so fun to walk with them because they are so sweet and so funny.

Anyhow, many of my friends know how much I love food so I’m going to start blogging about the amazing food that I’ve been tasting through my travels:)  Food is so dirt cheap in Thailand and if you’re in Bangkok, you can get food 24/7!  I spend 15 baht on my soup and it’s 34 baht for $1.00 u.s.d.  Bon appetit!

Here's noodle with nam nieuw topped with fried pork rinds, bean sprouts and green onions.

Here's noodle with nam nieuw topped with fried pork rinds, bean sprouts and green onions.

pickled mustard leaf to garnish my noodle soup with.

pickled mustard leaf to garnish my noodle soup with.

here's the pot where my soup comes from.  There's mainly chopped pork, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers, garlic and this blossom call "dok nieuw" in it.

here's the pot where my soup comes from. There's mainly chopped pork, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers, garlic and this blossom call "dok nieuw" in it.

sticky rice with steamed veggies (chinese brocoli in this case) and grilled catfish chili paste.  It's tastey!  I feel like I'm eating my sister Pat and other brother-in-law's cooking!

sticky rice with steamed veggies (chinese brocoli in this case) and grilled catfish chili paste. It's tastey! I feel like I'm eating my sister Pat and other brother-in-law's cooking!I love how they wrap them up in banana leaves...I'm conscientious of the things like that:) I got this from the market for lunch the other day.