When I prepare to go into a new culture I try to learn some things before the trip. Not too much because I want the majority of my experiences of the culture to happen during the trip. Some things like phrases and cuisine are great to study because they will only help your experience become more fulfilling. Natalie and I tested our hand with the Thailand cuisine the other night by making Tom Yum Gai soup. It’s Natalie’s favorite so we wanted to see what goes into a soup with this kind of flavor. It is a pretty simple soup to make, only takes about 10-15 minutes including prep time. We made ours pretty spicy but both thoroughly enjoyed it. Even Brant (My Brother) came in and gave us a positive review from the smells to the taste. We had it with some home brewed Pale Ale beer that had just finished the bottling process as well.