Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thailand: Day 5

Our first full day in Chiang Mai ... We learned yummy breakfast was the perfect start to vacation in general.  It happens to be Gabe's absolute favorite meal of the day, and neither of us actually have breakfast during the week at home.  We know we should, but often a cup of coffee or two does the trick for us.  

So, we enjoyed every bite at our darling boutique hotel, Baan U Sabai

Deciding how to spend the day as it was our "free day"
AKA one of the few days I didn't pack it full of activities ...

Our done-up selves *before* stepping out into the humidity

Truck-ride through Chiang Mai

AND, we took another recommendation from TripAdvisor (shocking, ha!) to do one of the most popular activities, Thai cooking class.  We chose the Siam Rice Thai Cookery School as it was the #1 rated cooking school and #3 of #171 activities in Chiang Mai.  We couldn't have been more thrilled with our choice.  

This was something I was pushing and Gabe agreed to do for me ... and he ended up enjoying it just as much, YAY!  It really was SUCH a highlight.


I would have never imagined cooking a Thai meal completely on our own just with verbal direction from the owner himself.  For each meal, we had four choices to pick from, and Gabe and I went with different ones so we could try a variety of menu items.  We had read to come hungry!!


The fixings for Cashew Nut Chicken

Making magic happen!

Gabe's lighting things on fire :)

Enjoying every bite of our first (of THREE) meal

His face says it all ...

Taking a quick break with our friends before curry time,
and who knew we would need it as making curry paste was exhausting.

Sculpting carrots




Prepping us with our ingredients for our different curry meals

The fixings to make the curry paste for Penang Curry

Following his verbal direction

I have a new appreciation for curry paste as it was seriously the hardest thing ever to make.  It is normally made fresh daily at Thai restaurants and my goodness using the pestle and mortar almost wiped me out.  I still couldn't get it fine enough to Thai standards (oopsies), so Siam had to help me a little as his hands could just go go go!


Everything is officially prepped for my meal, now off to cook it!

Such an amazing day together

Nom nom nom!!!!

My scrumptious Penang Curry

and Gabe's Massaman Curry

What fun, I forgot to document our dessert.  Just trust me, it was amazing.

And then we were off back to the Old City 
with our friends from London, Belgium, and Cayman Islands

*Did you love the video, I rarely post them but have a ton!

26 comments:

Meredith said...

Looks like two yummy meals.

Frances said...

your trip has looked so amazing! this day looks like it would have been one of my favs :)

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Oh wow, what an amazing idea to take cooking classes while abroad. Best thing ever. :) And yes, now you really appreciate food more, especially the oh-so-favorite curry paste!

xoxo

Jody said...

Okay, this post has made me hungry for Thai food now. I am looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip!

josephinechoo said...

Wow,cooking class!! Amazing!! I knew about Penang Curry.I guess the originally from Malaysia,right?Love your photos so much!

Bobbi said...

How fun! Sounds like y'all had an amazing time and your pictures are great!

Tanya said...

The cooking lesson looks amazing! I'm so jealous you got to do that and if I'm ever in Thailand, I'm definitely going to do one too! Sooooo cool! And I loved your video - supercute :)

Neha said...

All those look yumm!

Sarah said...

I bet that was so yummy!

J and A said...

That looks so fun! What a great time!

Jesica said...

What a fun and unusual thing to do on vacation! Love it!

Christine said...

I love the idea of taking a cooking class together! I bet the food was amazing.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

What a FUN idea!! Have you tried recreating anything you made there? And curry paste - yummmm!!!

Sarah @Newlywed and Decorating said...

Your recaps always make me SO hungry - ha! :)

Elizabeth and Kyle @ Love Is the Adventure said...

Wow, that looks like a ton of work but delicious!! I've always wanted to visit Thailand...maybe I'll make that my next vacation goal. :)

Mrs. Pedersen said...

Oh wow! The thai cooking class sounds amazing. I'd love to do something like that.

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Natalie said...

Your trip looks amazing so far- looking the updates!

Tracy said...

Love your pictures! We have always wanted to go to Thailand. Looks like you are having a blast 8-)

Ocean Dreams said...

Wow looks like you are having such a wonderful time! Sculpting carrots I bet took a lot of time but well worth the activity! :)

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

oohhhh i loved the carrot carving!!!! the meal looked amazing!!!

Liesl said...

LOVE all your pictures and you look adorable "making magic!" Great carrot sculpting skills too!

Liesl :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

That cooking class looks like it was a great choice!

Stephanie Doyle said...

Looks like an amazing trip!! Thailand is def on our bucket list! Mmmm curry!

agroeper said...

Found your blog through A Complete Waste of Makeup! Those carrots came out awesome! So cool!

Screen Door Prep said...

Looks so yummy! =p

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