Wednesday, March 25, 2009

THE MIGHTY THAI EMPIRE!

It's miércoles! That's español for Wednesday okay?

You know, I grew up with five major world cuisines: Salvadoran, American, Mexican, Italian, and Chinese. I suppose most of us grow up with most of these correct? Burgers and hot dogs =American! Tacos and burritos = Mexican! Spaghetti and lasagna = Italian! Chow mein and rice = Chinese! The Salvi food is due to my heritage, but it's not as international as the other f
our. In the last few years though, I've discovered this Thai cuisine, which is kick ass man! OMG! It's like Chinese food, but with an extra twist! I love that stuff, especially their iced tea which is just delicious! I used to order it with the funny gooey boba balls at the bottom (insert gay joke here ye gutter minds), but it gets a bit cumbersome sucking up those things and at times they just go up the thick straw and directly into and down my throat (one last gay joke just for you perverts!), causing a bit of a discomfort. L.A. is now loaded with Thai places, or maybe it's always been this way and I am now barely noticing these awesome establishments of culinary delight, due to my current recognition of such yummy food.

Speaking of yummy food, let's talk about England! LOL! I have the utmost respect for so much of their culture, as I'm sure many across the world do right? England has been at the forefront of technology, science, the arts, law, government,
etc. since the days of old, which all came together during their mighty rule over the Earth, better known in history as the British Empire! OH MIGHTY BRITAIN, THE 19th CENTURY BELONGED TO YE! I mean, what language am I now writing in for crying out loud? English! I know Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and many other former British colonies or current British regions hate England due to their greedy abusive ways, and I guess this is rightfully so, but history has spoken, and the past cannot be broken. What was it about this tiny somewhat isolated area in Europe that has spawned such international greatness? What was in their air or water that has made them so fiercely competitive and influential? The United States overtook the Brits as the most powerful nation in the 20th century, but who founded the original 13 colonies? And what language do Americans speak? English! And who are the best actors? Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Laurence Olivier. And the greatest writers: Shakespeare, James Joyce, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens! And even in the modern era, the English have given the world rock gods: The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who, etc. I dare say old chap, I do wanna visit this land some day. As much of a Hispanophile as I am, I can't deny I gots a bit of Anglophilia as well. That sounds nasty doesn't it? HA!

This American author however, has a different, more negative view of the "glorious" English, and is tired of anti-Americanism:


7 comments:

RG said...

Hermoso: The former British Empire may brag about a lot of things, but cuisine is not one of them. I'm Scottish on my father's side and if it's not boiled until it's gray, it's not considered food, mkay? One word: Haggis - blech. If you don't know what that is - google it. It's nasty and I had to eat it when I was a kid. Thank GOD for my mother's German side of the family - I would have never eaten!

I'm so with you on Thai cuisine - I'll chow down on some Thai - especially Thai curries. YUM. If you like spicy food try the Red Curry - it will make your eyeballs sweat. Don't forget the red chili paste.

Speaking of sweating from food - if you like Thai you'll like Vietnamese food as well - try the Vietnamese coffee and or their Pho (noodles). And don't forget the red chili paste here either.

Although I've had plenty of South/Central American inspired cuisine, I've never had Salvadoran food. Can you recommend a specific dish or perhaps a spicy sausage in a natural casing? :)

A Lewis said...

Balls at the bottom? Hehehehe. And, I must say, that England is one of my all-time favorite countries to visit. I love it. But the cuisine? Not quite so much. But if your'e looking for tea and pastries, it's definitely the bomb. Thai iced tea? Delicious!

M- Filer said...

I am with you, Thai food is fab-U-lous. Just ate Thai last night (insert gay joke here lol). My favorite dish currently is pad thai with shrimp and tofu.

alice said...

I have to confess that I've never had Thai food. It's not that I don't want to, but we don't eat in restaurants all that often.

My dream vacation is to go to England, Ireland and Scotland. Those are the homes of my descendants, so that is on my bucket list.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

outside of fish and chips and marmite I must agree with rg! (of course I do recognize that as far as marmite goes as a marmite lover I'm in the minority)....

what a wonderful tradition of food you come from!! okay, I missed dinner and now it's way after midnight, I best go to bed before I raid the fridge!

Conclave27 said...

As far as the British Empire post, that much is true. Early colonialism ruined much of the world. Yet England was not the only one raping and pillaging. Spain, France, Portugal, and even German had their little flags across the world. Matter of fact if it wasn't for the European problems in China, Japan may have never threatened the U.S. in WWII.

Heck the people of Scottland and Eire are none to happy with the Brits. However, they did bring us Dr. Who, Monty Python, Are You Being Served, Benny Hill, and a host of other comedies and Sci-Fi.

As for Thai food. Yes it is yummy, but if you want the real scoop you need a Thai buddy. Like most Asian cuisine, Americans are marketed certain dishes only. So if you wanna a true taste of Thai Men.. umm food... you need to find a Thai buddy.

Eddie said...

British food? Geez, you must've been smoking the ganj because I'd rather eat glass... lol.

Thai food is DELICIOUS with a capital D. There's a scrumptious Thai restaurant here in Brooklyn that I visited in the past and once I tried a few items on the menu, I didn't want to leave. Their curry (as RG mentions) is to die for.

Nothing like Latin cuisine though. You and I know this best don't we?

Come to my grandma's house and she'll show you what Puerto Rican cuisine is all about. Then maybe we can head on to my apartment and enjoy some DESsERT. SLURP.

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