Thai Embassy Luncheons, Ladies’s World Cup Video games and Jiu Jitsu UpgradesMr and Mrs Romance

It’s been an thrilling previous few days for us, with Christina advancing alongside her pathway to Jiu Jitsu mastery, us assembly the Thai Ambassador over lunch at her residence, going to the Ladies’s World Cup video games and a spherical of golf for everybody!

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Jim & Christina x

Christina sparring at Jiu Jitsu

We’re up early this morning to go to Christina’s dojo! She’s been going to Japanese Jiu Jitsu lessons for about 18 months now and at this time is a vital day. She’s grading for her subsequent belt!

I attempt to sit inconspicuously at one finish of the dojo (I don’t suppose I’ve managed that, however fortunately I do know fairly a number of of the folks within the room) and watch Christina give Invoice an excellent kicking!

That is the primary time I’ve been in a position to come and watch Christina and I need to say I’m very impressed. And a bit scared!

Christina's Jiu Jitsu class - blue belt ceremony

And he or she’s accomplished it! Now Christina’s a totally fledged blue belt Jiu Jitsu practitioner! Very proud.

Golf day with Jeanette, Christina and Jim at Muirfield Golf Club

At the moment, Christina and I are out together with her mum for a spherical of golf. Ordinarily, Chris and her mum exit on Tuesday mornings, however as a result of there’s been a giant competitors on earlier at this time that Jeanette didn’t participate in, we’ve been in a position to guide a common tee-off within the afternoon.

It’s the right day for it and it’s a whole lot of enjoyable – although the chilly beer on the nineteenth might be my favorite half!

Lunch at the Residence of Thai Consul General by Chef Bee of Paste Restaurant

This afternoon, we’ve travelled to Mosman to the Residence of the Consul-Normal of Thailand!

We’ve been right here a few instances earlier than, however the views from the gorgeous Sydney home by no means get outdated.

It’s not the vistas that we’re right here for although at this time.

Lunch at the Residence of Thai Consul General by Chef Bee of Paste Restaurant - Living Green Thai products

In a push to advertise how Thailand is transferring ahead to grow to be a extra sustainable vacation spot, we’re proven an enormous number of merchandise that put a giant tick within the inexperienced field.

Every thing right here is environmentally pleasant, from meals and drinks (there are some plant-based prawn crackers right here I actually wish to strive), to ornaments and kitchenware comprised of issues like recycled fishing nets, to biodegradable pores and skin, hair and sweetness merchandise. It’s fairly spectacular.

Lunch at the Residence of Thai Consul General by Chef Bee of Paste Restaurant - Living Green Thai products

A part of Thailand’s Nationwide Plan, this idea of sustainability is nice information for travellers acutely aware of the setting.

Thailand’s concentrate on an initiative in the direction of Bio-Round-Inexperienced Economic system, which focuses holistically on society, the economic system and the setting, is a good step ahead for the nation.

We hear from the Consul-Normal of Thailand, Mrs Hataya Khunsakul, the Director of Thai Buying and selling, Ms Wanasari Jotikabukkana, and naturally the Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mrs Busakorn Prommanot, as they clarify this new transfer and the way it’ll profit each guests and residents of Thailand alike.

Lunch at the Residence of Thai Consul General by Chef Bee of Paste Restaurant

Quickly, we transfer downstairs to the eating room, the place we discover stations of meals from throughout Thailand.

Our chef, the illustrious Chef Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun, who owns Paste Restaurant in Mittagong in addition to others in Thailand, has created a journey by way of the areas by way of her unimaginable Michelin Star cooking.

Beginning in Northern Thailand with kao soi tofu, a conventional noodle curry soup from Chiang Mai that happened from commerce caravans within the nineteenth Century, then a wealthy tender duck larb salad from the north-east of the nation.

From southern Thailand, well-known for its spicy meals, is a superb roast pork shoulder with Hokkaido scallops. It’s a dry curry referred to as ‘kua kling‘ – although this interprets merely as ‘extremely popular’ in English!

Lastly, from central Thailand, are two watermelon dishes.

The primary is a watermelon rind soup, which we’ve by no means seen earlier than. It combines the thick pores and skin of a white watermelon (not a inexperienced one) with fish roe soup and seabass in tofu-skin dumplings.

However my favorite and one that you may hopefully nonetheless get at Paste within the South Coast – Chef Bee says she was going to take it off the menu however I attempted to persuade her to maintain it – is the watermelon salad.

Lunch at the Residence of Thai Consul General by Chef Bee of Paste Restaurant in the middle

It doesn’t sound that spectacular, however the dish on the backside of this photograph (Chef Bee is within the center in between her employees) is an enchanting mixture of crunchy watermelon, minced salmon and crispy shallots, roasted galangal powder and Huon River trout caviar.

This dish actually exhibits off Chef Bee’s abilities and likewise the best way that Thai meals is at all times about stability of flavours. It comes from the outdated capital of Thailand, the river metropolis of Ayutthaya (take a look at our information to this stunning ruined metropolis right here) and was a snack normally served on the royal palace in the summertime.

No surprise I like this one essentially the most!

Women's World Cup 2023 at Sydney Football Stadium - England vs Denmark

This night, Christina and I are at Sydney Soccer Stadium, not removed from the place Christina used to reside after we first met.

However we’re not right here to reminisce; we’re right here to observe the Lionesses – England’s girls’s soccer workforce – play Denmark within the Fifa World Cup!

Jim and Christina Women's World Cup 2023 at Sydney Football Stadium - England vs Denmark

It’s an excellent sport, and never simply because England have gained 1-0. Let’s hope they maintain their successful streak going!

Jim & Christina xx

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