Some may appreciate this: I was in Cambodia the other month, talking with the lovely Thai family who ran my hotel. Turns out they were from Isaan, and I went on about how while I've never been there, I love Isaan food. "Oh, there is good Isaan food in the US!," she said. "Go to a place called Renu Nakorn. It is in California... do you live near there?" Nope: NYC. She sighed, "too bad. I hear it's good."