August Expats Club Meeting – Andy Barrow

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Andy and his Wife are Welcomed to Le Meridan Hotel

The August Chiang Mai Expats meeting was held at the Le Meridan Hotel on Saturday mornng.

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Andrew Barrow in Action

Gold-metal rugby paralympic athlete Andy Barrow presened an inspirational program: “Take the Opportunity”. Andy drew. on his experience as a Triple Paralympian, three-time European gold medalist and former captain of the Great Britain wheelchair rugby team, to inspire and motivate the audience. He represented Great Britian at the Athens, Beijing and London Paraolympics  He spoke with pride about the games being held in his home city of London.

His presentation was topical with the Rio paralympics about to begin and was appreciated by the large audience.

Dining Out Group – Khum Viang Yong Restuarant

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Outside the Restaurant

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We Arrived Early

Last night 13 members of the Dining Out Group ate at the Khum Viang Yong restaurant This Northern Thai restaurant is located on the ground floor of a multi-level beautiful wooden Thai house, just off Canal Road, a little north of the Night Safari. It is situated next door to the former Oregano Italian restaurant.

I ordered  a sweet and sour tubtim fish (red talapia). It was delicious and so large that there was enough to bring home for lunch.

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Spicy Forrest Mushrooms

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Sweet and Sour TubTim

Toy ordered an appetiser of spicy forest mushrooms (his favourite when in season) , followed by chicken soup and vegetables. He enjoyed both.

An enjoyable evening of food and company!

On a sad note , we said goodbye to Bill and Ruth. Ruth has a brain tumor and is returning to the USA for treatment.

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Chicken and Vegetable Soup

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Ruth and Bill

Dining Out Group – Eden Bar & Restaurant

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Outside the Restaurant

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Our Table with a Few Missing

On Thursday night the Dining Out Group ate at the Eden Bar & Restaurant.This establishment is in a narrow soi, near the UN Irish Pub. It is operated by a Frenchman (the chef) and his Thai wife (the waitress). They serve both French and Thai food.

Well what can I say. The evening  was like a Thai version of Faulty Towers. Firstly the waitress seemed to be disinterested or incompetent in taking orders. Finally Nop did the rounds of the table taking orders.The chef would come out of the kitchen from time to time checking on translations!

I ordered Duck with mango with a side dish of chips. They forgot the chips which came later. Toy ordered Prawn fried rice and a Thai beef salad. Food was OK, without being wonderful. Fifteen of us had a frustrating evening.

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Duck with Mango

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Prawn Fried Rice

Despite ordering our meals well before 7 o’clock, they arrived between 8 ad 8:30. To top things off, I was sick about 2 o’clock in the morning, food poisoning……..who knows. We won’t hurry back!

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Thai Beef Salad