Friday, December 29, 2006

A Taste of Thai in T-Town

Bangkok Kitchen
582 Dussel Dr. Maumee, OH

One of my favorite evenings in Toledo involves a large table at Bangkok Kitchen and an ecclectic group of people sharing dishes, passing hot tea and laughing together.

Our host is a glass artist and metalsmith with an international reputation both for her work and vivacious personality ( Among her friends, she is known for being a great chef and an exceptional hostess. Thai night is always full of surprises...

Last night, she brought the "Stump" family. We toasted their reunion and the coming new year with a chilled bottle of blanc de blancs champagne. I was delighted to recognize one of the Stumps as my favorite, former yoga instructor. I was so sad when she and her family moved out of town. Her husband is an accomplished painter ( . Her brother, a talented chef based in Jackson Hole. I was in heaven. This is my idea of perfect dining companions. In one conversation I was learning about using coffee grounds as part of a seasoning rub for seared the next we were talking about the permanent collection at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY. I was totally blissed out!

The assorted dishes flew fast and furious around the table. Laab, drunken noodles, curries, spring rolls, more spicy cold salads, steamed fish, roasted duck and more. 15 people, at least a dozen dishes, and it ended up costing $14.00/person with tip. This is just another joy of Thai night.

Get a nice group of friends and head over to Bangkok Kitchen for sensory overload. If your only experience of Thai food is a plate of greasy, tasteless Pad Thai noodles - ask for help. The waitstaff knows the menu well and will be able to help you broaden your horizons with more interesting and authentically Thai flavors...thai basil, lemon grass, cilantro, red chili pepper, and curry.

“Glass City Gourmet” is a chronicle of one woman's attempt to cook, eat, diet and entertain with both flair and whimsy while based in Toledo, Ohio. I encourage you to read on as the "Glass City Gourmet" attempts grand recipes, samples locally owned restaurants, visits indigenous markets and humbly pursues her quest to be formally recognized as the official "Glass City Gourmet".

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