ABOVE: EK AND I SITTING AT SUNSET ON ONE OF HIGHEST PEAKS ON PHUKET….WOW WHAT A VIEW!!!
Wow…looking back at these photos is like going on my adventure all over again!!! I am fast forwarding to the last week in Phuket Thailand just because I happened to be working on these food photos and wanted you all to see what an incredible place Phuket and introduce you to my dear friend Ekarat who spoiled me rotten while I was there!!! Ek , for some reason I can’t convince my dogs to squeeze fresh limeade for me every day or catch fresh fish for dinner! Dang I miss that outrageously fresh and spicy Thai food!!!
This seafood restaurant we went to twice and was the same one I raved about last trip. I can honestly say I have never had such perfect homestyle food anywhere in the world!!!! It’s THAT good!!
One of the prawn dishes we had
The BEFORE version of the prawns……….incredibly fresh
Waiting for the sun to set on Phuket!
I ate my share and more of this fresh squid dish. Spicy and full of lime and Thai goodness
The mussels were also very well seasoned and mouthwatering….I’m drooling as I write
MY BOYS…our group on Phuket included Eks cousin, nephew and a visitor from Korea …all of them about the age of my son. They called me “mom” and I loved every minute of it!! I’m so disappointed I didn’t get a good photo of Eks cousin Pai this day….he does a good job of avoiding the camera but I have a few good ones I’ll post later. Pai was behind the camera in this shot
Yummers!! Dip these babies in the hot sauce and pop them in your mouth…Crunchy from head to tail like a Fish potato chip. I took the tail…Ek got the part that looks at you
BELOW..RUBBING IT IN LIZ…..WISH YOU WERE HERE!!
The view from our table on the beach during our lunch visit
Yadda Yadda Yadda………did I ever quit talking Ek????? I had a captive audience and I took advantage of it….LOL! I have a lot of photos of me talking with my hands since we had Korean, Thai and English trying to communicate. It was the most fun EVER !!
Are these beautiful or what?????
And tasted even better!!!!
Ek as we got ready to climb the long staircase to the Big Buddha which is still under construction on Phuket. I’ll be posting more photos of this soon
Check out what the sign says…….The construction has come a long way since last year when I visited
Another huge statue at the top of the hill by the Buddha
Here is my very favorite dish of the entire trip and I had it at least 4 different ways. The fish was filleted and the meat cut into large chunks. The dredged in some kind of seasoned flour and flash deepfried with herbs, basil, and delicioius bits I couldn’t identify. Then reassambled back onto the fish to make a beautiful presentation. No bones……..just perfect sweet and very spicy fish chunks to devour!!!!!
Here I am at the BURASARI HOTEL with my favorite drink…..fresh squeezed lime juice. This swing was in the restaurant. This lime juice went well with the spicy dishes and seemed to rehydrate much better than just water.
I would love a glass of this right now!!!
Another view from the seafood restaurant
Have to fit in a panda somewhere in Phuket!!
The seafood is THIS fresh
View from the hilltop where the Giant Buddha resides
I love the red accents in this image
A local temple . I got some wonderful video here as well which I’ll be posting soon
I have hundreds of photos yet to share of my time visiting Ek in Bangkok and Phuket. Next post you will get to see his puppies and some fun at the food market too!!! Oh and a visit to a dog show judge friend of Ek’s on Phuket . OMG her home was one of the most beautiful properties I had ever seen!!!!
Hope you are enjoying the “tour” after the trip. I am counting the days until I return to Thailand………the warm smiles, the exotic foods and the genuine hospitality that the Thai people extend is what makes this such a popular destination, yet comparatively few Americans venture that direction, I’m sure because it is so far and also quite mysterious at first glance…..which is all part of the allure for me personally. Thailand is so diverse and “user” friendly!!!!
A cute dog at sunset on Phuket
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH EK FOR THE INCREDIBLE MEMORIES OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY!!!!