For social gatherings, there's Baan Baan Bistro, a little, open-air bar/restaurant that's quickly become one of our favorite spots. It's the site of happy hours on Friday afternoons, Trivia Night, and Open Mic Night. Many teachers here play multiple instruments and write their own songs and music, and it's fun to watch them perform. It's nice to be able to arrange and attend impromptu gatherings, kick back with a drink or two, hang out with friends, and watch village life unfold around me.
|Baan Baan Bistro from the outside.|
|A scene from the last Trivia Night.|
Then there are the restaurants, ranging from the casual food stall to the upscale fine-dining establishment. There's a food stall that sells chicken, dubbed "crack chicken" by all who's had it because it is so good and addictive. Then there is the casual place where no one speaks English and there are no English menus, but the food is amazing and dirt cheap. Two of my favorites there are the fried chicken (served only at dinner) and spring rolls (served only at lunch). If you ask for a beer, the staff will run across the street or next door to buy it for you when they've run out. We've also found an Italian place that serves fresh buffalo cheese and a teeny, tiny hole-in-the-wall with inexpensive, but amazingly delicious, Neapolitan pizza, salads, and pasta with fresh sauce. There's also Little Savoey, another place with good, inexpensive food. We got one order of fried rice, and two orders of steamed rice, morning glory, chicken with garlic sauce, and Chinese sausage, for all of about $7.
|Murrah House, home of the fresh buffalo cheese.|
|Food from Little Savoey: Chicken with garlic sauce on rice, Chinese sausages, and morning glory.|
As if that's not enough, there's also a new shopping plaza that is one big sprawl of all kinds of restaurants: Italian, Japanese, Muslim, Indian, Thai, etc. Now that we've moved, the mall is actually only about a 15-minute walk away. One of the Japanese restaurants we tried there actually had sushi that's about as good as what we had back home. It was a bit pricey, but oh-so-satisfying.
|Paseo, the new shopping mall full of dining options.|
|Gyozas from the Japanese restaurant Zen.|
|A full meal of sushi, sashimi, pickled vegetables, and miso soup.|
|Danishes from the 24-hour bakery.|
|Lord of Coffee.|
|Beautiful and yummy treats from Sweetaholics.|