I never consider myself lucky in winning any lucky draw contest or lottery, but I was extremely fortunate this summer to become the winner for a free weekend brunch prize draw to Lava Dining as part of the Taste of Calgary event!! Kev and I had been eyeing this newly opened restaurant for weeks and this was a perfect opportunity for us to taste it for ourselves 😀 Click to read more!
I am a fan of Thai food for its strong, aromatic fragrance and spicy edge. One of my favorite dishes is Thai green papaya salad, which I have to order whenever we go to a Thai restaurant. At home, I always keep a few packages of Mama tom yum flavour instant noodles in the cabinet. It seemed to me that we have had Thai food quite a few times since we moved to Calgary, but in fact we haven’t dined in many thai restaurants in Calgary. Click to read more!
Having traveled to so many places in my life, I’ve learned that the best restaurants are sometimes hidden in local neighborhoods. Personally, I like spending a day or two outside the downtown area . Just to get away from the touristy area and see what the city has to offer. By taking the buses, walking in the local neighborhoods and interacting with the locals, you get to see a different side of the city. Exploring like a local really makes your experience unique and memorable. Also, it may save you some money 😛
In Vegas, Kev and I visited a few local restaurants. Here are some Asian places we went. Maybe on your next trip to Vegas, you might consider paying a visit! Click to read more!
Famoso is where Kev and I religiously go to whenever we crave authentic pizza. Dedicated in bringing the taste of Naples to its customers, Famoso makes their Neapolitan pizzas with authentic ingredients (campania tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, caputo ’00’ flour) in a bell oven. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and dome-shaped roof, you felt as though you were in Italy.
Last Friday, I was craving for spicy food so Kev and I decided to try out some Thai food at the Thai Sa-on Restaurant located on 10th Ave S.W in downtown Calgary.
The restaurant is fully decorated with Thai Buddha statues and portraits, which give it an elegant, traditional atmosphere. The fact that there is no window inside the restaurant makes the place secluded. With the dim lighting, you really feel that you can forget everything and enjoy the meal.
It was quite busy at noon. On that day, there were at least 6 tables of customers. Usually I have no faith in trying authentic Asian food outside Asia, but the busi-ness of this place is a good sign.
The menu is mainly in English, with the name and description of each dish. For each dish, it also has a chili denotation that marks how spicy the dish is. It is quite helpful for people who don’t know Thai or haven’t tried much Thai food before. However, I was really overwhelmed by the amount of different dishes it serves, from soups, salads, beef, chicken, curry, noodles to rice. For someone who is not familiar with Thai cuisine, you really don’t know where to start and what you might like to try.
After giving it some thoughts, we decided to order Som Tam (green papaya salad), Larb Nua (Jackie Chan’s favorite beef dish), and Pra Ram Long Song Kai (Swimming Rama).
Despite the busi-ness at lunch time, the food was served quite fast. Green papaya salad is my favorite Thai dish which I always order whenever I visit a Thai restaurant. The green papaya salad that is served at Thai Sa-on isn’t the best I have tried in my life. The green papaya is crisp and firm. Also, it is very spicy (watch out if you can’t handle spiciness!). However, besides the spicy taste and the lime, it is lacking other ingredients that will bring out the savory flavor of this dish. For example, there is no peanuts, dried shrimps, and yardlong shrimps that are usually found in green papaya salad. I was quite disappointed and moved on to the next dish we ordered.
Swimming Rama is a milder dish for people who have low tolerance for spiciness. The chicken is tender which goes quite well with the mixed vegetables in the sweet peanut sauce.
Larb Nua is spicy Thai ground beef, served at room temperature. The beef is a bit dry, with the texture similar to beef jerky. It has a peppery taste to it, but nothing else stood out that made it unforgettable.
My review: To me, Thai Sa-on is like a pot of gold assorted chocolate. It is an elegant place with good service where you can bring friends and family to. It offers a variety of choices which can fulfill different people’s preferences.