A Taste of Thai

  • Thai Trade Center, Los Angeles
  • Tasty. Easy. Healthy. with Chef Domenica Catelli on
  • August 22, 2011

Thai Trade Center (Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago) under the Department of Export Promotion (DEP), Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce had arranged the Hispanic & Institution Mission, and invited a group of professionals in the food industry to visit Thailand from July 29th – August 6th, 2011.

Chef Domenica Catelli, a national spokesperson, a food expert, an author of Mom-a-licious: Fresh, Fast, Family Food for the Hot Mama in You!, and an inspirational mom also joined this trip along with her beloved daughter. She has shared her experience in Thailand, her view and impression of Thai cuisine on her Tasty. Easy. Healthy. with Chef Domenica Catelli blog. Thanks Chef Domenica Catelli for such a great article!. Here is her blog post, A Taste of Thai, for Web MD.

A Taste of Thai by Chef Domenica Catelli

I just returned from a 10-day excursion to Thailand. What an eye-opening and amazing experience! I have been a fan of Thai food from the first time I had it almost 30 years ago. The fresh flavors of ginger and basil and spice, coupled with sweet and salty, always leave my taste buds tingling.

When I was invited by the Thai Trade Center, Los Angeles (under the supervision of the Department of Export Promotion (DEP), Ministry of Commerce of Thailand) to come to Bangkok to an organic food show I was honored and thrilled. After a 17 hour flight from LA to Thailand I arrived for my sensory adventure.

My daughter Chiara came along with me. She is also a lover of Thai food and was my tasting companion. We were marveled at the Sunday market with the vast array of street food. There were tanks of fresh shrimp and soft shell crabs cooked on small wood grills to order. There were also a variety of deep fried insects (as much as I’m up for food adventures, I didn’t brave that one). There were several booths selling fresh, young Thai coconuts split open and served with a straw — the easiest way to enjoy the juice and its fantastic health benefits and flavors. Fresh tropical fruits were abundant as well: mango, pineapple, guava, lychee, and all sorts of new fruits that I haven’t seen in the US.

We both noticed that we never saw any obese adults or children — something that has become tragically common here in the US. Just on observation, Thai people walked more, ate smaller portions of food, and ate more fresh foods than Americans. I think these habits are making a major difference in health between our cultures. Out of habit, I know I would have driven to many of the locations we walked to if given an option, but I’m glad I walked. Also, the accessibility of fresh fruit as a snack was far more prevalent than processed or sugary treats.

It was a really great reminder that it is possible to be busy, work hard and eat great food while being healthy and fit.
I’ll be back in a few days to share a few quick and easy Americanized Thai recipes.

Until next time, stay fresh and delicious!
~ Chef Domenica

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Posted by: Chef Domenica Catelli at 8:11 am

About Chef Domenica Catelli

Chef Domenica Catelli is a national spokesperson on healthy cooking and organic foods, recurring Iron Chef Judge, chef to celebrities, author of Mom-a-licious: Fresh, Fast, Family Food for the Hot Mama in You! and inspirational mom. Her claim to fame among parents is getting kids to eat vegetables, without hiding the ingredients! She is also the executive chef and co-owner of Catelli’s Restaurant in Geyserville, California, originally opened by her grandparents in 1936.

Source: Tasty. Easy. Healthy. with Chef Domenica Catelli on

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