Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ode to the Banana Pancake

Dedicated to my dear friend Leah who is about to have her first child any day now (and for obvious reasons can't be here) and my little bro who is a slack ass and spent all his money on a car instead of a trip to Thailand!

This is not the first time I've looked and acted like a complete tourist and I'm certain it won't be the last. I just want to make it clear to you all, the sacrifice I make to show you my gloatos (that, and I'm a sucker for a good shot!). It's tough being a photographer and a traveler because I truly want to photograph every single thing I see that I find beautiful but I also don't want to be so busy taking photographs that I miss the moment for what it is. This is and always will be a dilemma for me.

You can't come to Thailand and not have a banana pancake (or Thai roti). These are very similar to the martabak we drooled over in Bali. You can choose any filling combo you like from a list of tasty choices including coconut, banana, chocolate, peanuts etc. For this particular pancake we chose coconut, chocolate and peanuts... "Yum!", or as the Thai say "Aroi mak maa!", which means really delicious. I still think the banana and chocolate is my favourite.

The guy making our pancake was a real show man. I should have actually filmed him as he was making it with the same vigour that a bar man would a fancy cocktail. Classic.

Just down the beach a bit further I couldn't resist taking a shot of this 'Armani' store which was sitting right on the sand, sandwiched between fancy restaurants. Awesome.

I've discovered that one of my favourite fruits here is the pomelo. It's very similar to a grapefruit but much sweeter (and much bigger). Some of them are as big as a bowling ball and you lite

rally have to wrestle with it to get to the scrumptious, juicy pieces inside. I reckon that much like a coconut, there must be a special technique. Still, that didn't deter me and about half an hour after beginning to peel it, I finally had my first piece. Sweet and sour at the same time. Loaded with juicy wee pods of goodness that pop in your mouth as you eat.

One of my other favourites is the dragon fruit. The reason I like it is more to do with the way it looks, it's so pretty. There are two different types, one with a white centre and the other with a pink. We had our first pink one the other day and I still can't get over how ridiculously pink it was. I did my best with the photograph but I simply couldn't capture it's true luminescence.


Mattj said...

We are verging on Nigella like food porn Miss Same².
I do miss the piping hot banana nutella roti tho

Littlebro said...

making me out the bad brother ay?
If i win lotto i'm there...
dam those pancakes look just as good as i remember

samesame said...

Just checkin' to see that your still with me bro :) you passed xx