11 (Wed) March 2015
Grilled Babyback Ribs
at Thonglor Restaurant
Mission to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic + Personal Deviation to the Kingdom of Thailand, Day 2 (see previously 6.063 Fried Sun-Dried Venison Meat).
Starting today, I’ll be in Vientiane for work until Friday evening. The purpose of the trip is meet with various ministries, including Health, Justice, Planning & Investment, Foreign Affairs, Industry & Commerce, Finance, as well as the National Assembly, to discuss strategies for strengthening their tobacco control laws.
Lost Opportunity 1 : For lunch, the team walked down the street from the Ministry of Health to a small road-side diner offering simple noodle and rice plates. It was a rare privilege to eat local food at a local establishment with the locals, just as they would on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I neglected to get a photo of the restaurant exterior or interior.
Lost Opportunity 2 : Left to our own devices for dinner, MG* and I wandered around the neighborhood for awhile before settling on a random grill restaurant near the river. Whereas the food overall was kinda crappy, my bigger regret is that I failed to order anything interesting.
*MG is my intern/volunteer. First one that I recruited directly (by contrast, MK had been working in a different division when she asked to transfer to ours under my supervision (see generally 5.089 Calamares al Ajillo)). Italian, law background. Started Monday. Two days later, he’s in Lao on a mission with me–had to push some buttons to make it happen.