Thursday, March 10, 2011
My friend El Chavo contributed a guest article! Here it is:
Huevos Rancheros Thai Style! -La Monitas Bangkok!
Its not often I get out of the L.A. area. Other parts of the world scare me. I feel comfortable in the pollution and heat of my wonderful City of Angels, but recently I had some business to attend to in the other City of Angels, Bangkok.
At first I was quite nervous, the long lines at the airport to get my visa stamped did not bode well for this cholo. Luckily they excepted my fake passport, us Latinos sure do know how to forge documents.
It wasn't long until I felt quite at home in the city. Its just as polluted and dirty as at home, and just as hot. It was like being in my garbage can back in the states but without as many awful gringos making my life a mess.
There's even quaint things about it that give it a little more appeal than my city, like the cockroaches that run along the street or the mass tangle of telephone wires that line the roads. These little items really give Bangkok an exotic appeal.
I went out to a meeting, I know, I know, what was I doing at a meeting at the Foreign Correspondent's Club where I was bored to death by some German guy who talked to fast about his new book. Luckily before I fainted my friend took me to La Monita's which is reputedly the best Mexican food in Thailand.
I got to the restaurant which is right near the sky train at Ploen Chit. We walked in and looked over the menu. Bam right there glaring at me was my favorite dish! Huevos Rancheros. How could I say no!?
My friends and I waited shortly for the waitress to come over. I was sorely disappointed that we had to pay for our chips and salsa but marked it up to cultural differences.
My exotic Thai friend asked me "How do you eat that?"
I replied, "Well with Mexican food you just dig in."
I did a little digging and saw that tortilla was one of those cheap ones you buy at the grocery store and it wasn't even fried! The eggs were pretty weird looking, like something you might see on a Denny's menu and then the artificial looking eggs were right in front of me. The beans were okay, and I was glad that it wasn't slathered in cheese. The red sauce wasn't really red but rather their take on it. It tasted more like a regular salsa. The rice wasn't as spicy as I like it but still quite good. The dish cost about 200 baht which is about $6 or $7. my friend got a torta sandwhich which since he has a vegan eating disorder was mainly rice and beans.
Oops looks like my friend took a bite before I could snap a picture, or maybe it was those Thai cockroaches.
Here I am in my new barrell that my Thai friends made for me! They're so hospitable!
Overall the dish was okay. It made me miss home and the good cheap Huevos Rancheros in Lincoln Heights. My friend did tell me about a place where you can get good burritos chimichanga style! Ay Carumba!
888/26 มหาทุนพลาซ่า เพลินจิต ปทุมวัน
888/26 Mahatun Plaza, Ploenchit Road, Patumwan Bangkok กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
"Nakano," I said, pulling on the lanky Japanese man's shirt. "Nakano."
"Wass," he replied. He kept his attention focused in front of him. The rottweiler mutt, Gleo trotted alongside of our small group of boxers.
"I don't want to go jogging anymore."
"I don't want to go jogging anymore," I said with a sigh. "I hate jogging."
"Me too," he replied with a laugh. "No more jogging!" He raised his fist against the enemies of our condition.
Apisat and Apisit, twin brothers at Sitmonchai began jogging down the Thamaka road. Nakano followed. I groaned and pursued.
We came back to the gym after our 12 kilometer run down the side streets of Thamaka in rural Kanchanaburi.
Upon returning to the Muay Thai camp we sat down on a bench.
"Nakano, Nakano," I said.
"Wass," he replied.
"I don't like Muay Thai anymore."
He laughed. "Me too."
My training here at Sitmonchai is coming to a close as my fight is on sunday. I am slated to fight a much smaller opponent as my original foe cut his finger somehow. Who knows the opponent might be changed last minute again. I'm excited about having training being over with because I am getting burned out on it. In lieu of training this afternoon I have opted to watch Rocky montage's. Until then myself and Muay Thai are having a bad romance.
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