I got many inquiries for a Thai language class for children in New York City. Here is the detail. My specialization is teaching Thai to adults, so I’m not confident that I’m the best person to teach children. I believe that children learn differently.
Shameless self-promotion =D
I guess it’s not as shameless when I’m promoting my husband’s event. If you’re into mighty good BBQ, all you can drink beer, live bluegrass music, and good old summer fun, PLEASE share this event with friends and family!
John Brown Smokehouse & Arrogant Swine Presents
An NYC Summer Celebration of Traditional North Carolina Whole Hog BBQ, Craft Beer Brewing & Heritage Pig Farming
Tamarack Hollow Farm Glocestershire Old Spot slow-smoked over hardwood embers
All the Proper Carolina Pig Pickin’ Garnishes AND Dessert
All You Can Drink Craft Beer
Live Bluegrass Band!!!
2 Sessions Per Event Noon (12pm – 4pm) & Evening Sessions (5pm – 9pm)
TICKET LINK: SATURDAY 21, 2013
Event review on Serious Eats
Event featured on Daily News
A portion of all proceed will go to Justfood
Building a Just and Sustainable Food System for NYC!
The Asia Society is having an event for Thai movies with a discussion by two prominent Thai directors: Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Pen-ek Ratanaruang. This event is not to be missed if you live in New York area and want an introduction to an array of Thai movies.
Thai film series at Asia society:
May 13-June 17, 2011
Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
For more info: http://asiasociety.org/arts-culture/film/film-series-blissfully-thai
My artist friend is working hard for the second exhibition of Thai Artists Alliance in NY. If you miss the one last year, this event is not to be missed. The event was very well received the first time around so I am expecting that the second one will be the same.
If you live in NY and are interested in what Thai artists have to offer, come check them out in July of 2011.
The funny thing is that I always learn about the Thai related events in NY and what is going on in Thailand from my Thai language students. And the showing of the movie is another time that my students have enlightened me.
Uncle Boonmee received the highest award, Winner of the Palme d’Or (2010 Cannes Film Festival), and was on the spotlight in Thailand for the comment that Apichartpong made during his acceptance speech. I have to admit that his movie is a little bit too complicated for my taste. Nevertheless, based on what several Thai students say about the movie, it is worth watching. After watching several movies by Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Apichatpong and I can honestly say that I am proud to be Thai. Both directors have successfully captured the sense of Thainess in their movies. I think Uncle Boonmee is on the borderline of magical realism, yet superstition blends so well into reality in Thailand to the point that the “reality” is somehow acceptable.
If you are curious about Uncle Boonmee, it is still showing at Film Forum.
Reigning as the most authentic Thai food in the New York City area is Sripraphai in Woodside, NY. However, many newcomers and old-timers are thriving in NY area as well.
Here is a list of noteworthy AUTHENTIC Thai restaurants in NYC.
New York, NY 10010
I have always liked food at Rhong Tiam since the first one opened near NYU library. Though my life does not allow me to venture to its several locations in the city before they open this location, food at Rhong Tiam ranks pretty high on my Thai standard. The Thai food there is cooked as a hotel-style in Bangkok as the name suggests the word Rhong Tiam means hotel. There is a certain nostalgia when you mention the word to a Thai person also; it is not just hotel where you go to stay, but it is a place where good food is served after you just come back from a long journey. I can almost picture myself as a well traveled Chinese warrior stopping by for a quick bite.
Though the new menu for this location adds several items that caters to the health-conscious crowd, they still have the Thai popular selections. The Pad Thai was brown and only slightly sweet as it should be. It seems that the place open late so I can’t wait to go back to check it out.
Check out New York Times Review of the restaurant
813 9th Ave
(between 53rd St & 54th St)
New York, NY 10019
First of all, it is difficult to come by any authentic Thai restaurant in Manhattan area. Not that I have anything against Thai/Asian fusion food with a beautiful decor , but hey I am Thai so I search for food that reminds me of the motherland. Wondee Siam II does a wonderful job in satisfying my craving when I am in the city. Ask for the secret Thai menu if you can read Thai and you should find items that are really authentic including some Northern and Northeastern Thai dishes that you don’t normally find in other places. If you feel adventurous, try asking the waitress to spice up your Thai food (the only way it should be eaten). I tried ground chicken stir fry with basil, topped with fried egg (Khao Pad Kra Phao Gai)and my childhood memories came flashing back. I think the majority of food I tried here has been cooked according to Bangkok standard and the service is prompt so I highly recommend this place.
Astoria, NY 11106
Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodle) here is beyond my fantasy. First of all, I live in the opposite side of Queens but I am willing to drive half an hour to go pick up the food from here. I normally ask them to cook it really spicy that my predicament will be that the food hurts so good but I cannot stop myself from eating it. The ambiance is serene that I just want to lounge there for hours. If you go during the day, the relaxing ambiance reminds me of being back working on my translating jobs while sipping a cup of coffee in Chiang Mai, Thaiand. The plus size of this restaurant is its generous portion. Of all my time living in the US, this restaurant gives me the most amount of food. It seems that typical Thai restaurants seem to charge you American price while giving you Thai portion. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and check this place out.
Photo Credit: mackarus on Flickr.com
To be continued…