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How to get the Real Deal - a suggestion

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How to get the Real Deal - a suggestion

Pitchaya | Sep 29, 2001 11:38 AM

I was at a Thai temple in Long Island this past month, not during any particular festival, but one of the many fundraising events they hold every once in a while. The food that was being served was cooked by the temple-goers---it was absolutely authentic and wonderful-in the sense that none of it had been "watered" down to suit Western tastes (I'm Thai; I know). I know that the temple does this kind of an event pretty often, so I am curious if there are any other religious or community-based ethnic organizations out there who do similar things, be it Russian, Greek, Ecuadorian, etc. From the experience, I can tell you that to capture something this good is like trying to capture some subatomic particle. It's there one moment, in all its splendor, and then is gone, only appear at some other unannounced future. I would like to see a list of these organizations' websites, with announcements perhaps posted on somekind of a chowhound watch list, so that we can know when and where to get that experience, because there is more to food than just restaurants. It's a lot of effort, but I think it's worth it if we can pool in our knowledge and use this forum as a dissemination point.

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