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Good Everything – restaurant review

cute silverware holder

Since Udon Thani is the biggest Thai city close to Vientiane, we find ourselves there pretty often. Sometimes we go to Udon for its airport and sometimes for it’s hospital. Whenever we’re there, we love to eat at Good Everything. It’s a cute little restaurant across the street from Nong Prajak Park where everything really is good (everything we’ve tried at least). The atmosphere is airy, fresh, quiet, and quaint. It reminds me of an old flower shop and it’s surrounded by a small, carefully maintained garden.

The menu includes both Thai and foreign dishes. It can be hard to find good western food in Southeast Asia. Sometimes it’s too bland, too ketchup-y, or not very healthy. I don’t know how, but Good Everything has figured out what western food should actually taste like!

The last time we ate there, I got the corn cream soup and a mango shake:

corn cream soup with garlic bread

Mango Shake - so pretty!

James ordered a Vietnamese style wrap set (sorry for the out of focus lettuce):

In the past we’ve had the salad nicoise, bread basket with spreads (one of our favorites), Thai latna, and many of the fruit drinks. All the fruit drinks are presently beautifully and made of real fruit. They also have a good selection of teas and desserts.

Some pictures from our trip home

near Redstone, Colorado

We had a great trip to visit family in July. We think we saw more than 100 relatives total at 3 reunions. Here are some pictures from the trip:

Lake Michigan, Wisconsin side

sign at the beach in Spanish and Hmong!

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Shanghai Photos – layover on the way to the US

We stopped in Shanghai for a layover and saw the World Expo while we were there.

rode the Shanghai Maglev Train which reaches 268 mph - felt like flying on the ground

ate Nanxiang dumplings at the World Expo

delicious bubble tea

3 Family Reunions!

I’m going to be away for a little while visiting family and friends in the United States. We get to attend 1 wedding and 3 family reunions! It’ll be great to see our extended families especially since we don’t get to see them often.

We also get to visit the World Expo in Shanghai. Since we are flying through Shanghai anyway, we decided to make it an extended (24 hour) layover so that we could see the Expo. A “World Expo” is the same thing that used to be called a “World’s Fair” and I’ve wanted to attend one ever since I learned about the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.

I still plan to update this blog while I’m away, but it will be less often since I won’t be able to cook as much while I’m traveling.


Just wanted to let you know – I’m traveling a lot these days.  Last week I was in Luang Prabang and tomorrow we’re leaving for Phongsali.  I’ll put up pictures of both when I get back :-).  Phongsali is a remote province and the part we’re going to has no running water and electricity for only 3 hours a day, so I’m a little nervous, but also excited.  It’s for James’ work, not the kind of vacation we would choose, but interesting anyway.