Years ago, I fulfilled a dream in an unlikely place: while teaching photography in Cambodia, I landed a job as a radio DJ, at the English-language station LOVE FM in Siem Reap. Our direct competitors were the ABC morning show in Sydney. Needless to say, the Cambodian radio station didn't stay in business for too long.
For years I tossed a podcast into my bucket of ideas. And ignored it. Then I decided it was time to add another dimension to my work, and created Art for Travelers, a way to use my voice and platform to quiz fellow creatives about their work, and become a resource for artists and travelers alike.
For the first edition I interviewed the charismatic author and street-food expert Chow, who plied me with whiskey and a roast chicken for dinner. Afterwards a coffee digestif loosened our tongues (mine? perhaps too much) and we were ready to record the raw material for the first-ever Art for Travelers Podcast.
Art for Travelers #1: E and Chow. A conversation about Art and Street Food in Bangkok, with Elizabeth Briel and Chawadee Nualkhair
In Delicious Art in Bangkok, we cover:
** Why you have to be a street-food aficionado to live in Bangkok
** Foreign influences on Thai art & food
** How a Japanese/Portuguese royal slave revolutionized Thai cuisine
** How street food is the #1 ticket to the top for class mobility
** Ways Thai art and food are accessible to all
** The phenomenon of globalization on Thai art, culture and food
** Why some Thais now find a pillar of their cuisine "too fishy"
** Where to find the best food in Thailand (hint: it doesn't come from Bangkok)
Listen to the podcast here
or click here for a direct link to the podcast (where you can right-click and "Save As" to download)
Some links to places and foods mentioned in the podcast:
The Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci, a.k.a. "Father of Thai Modern Art"
Eat Me Restaurant: delicious food and well-curated art
Wai Art Gallery: New artspace showcasing emerging Thai artists
BACC: Bangkok Art & Culture Centre
Cool hangout WTF Cafe
Thai curry/charcoal artist Rirkrit Tiravanija
Zabb Elee, Isaan restaurant in NYC
Nam Prik, essential spicy condiment
Food writer & restaurant owner Jarret Wrisley on Smoke
Pumpkin with Coconut Fuk Thong Sangkaya
Kaeng Tai Pla – Southern Thai dish
Hor Mok Fish Curry
Comments, questions and more are welcome, and I'll post another Art for Travelers podcast in two weeks' time.