Sunday, May 9, 2010

Life is full of surprises

We're in Tampa, Florida for the weekend visiting our friends Tryg and Joanna. Joanna introduced Russ and me so she holds a special spot in our hearts.
We had lunch at a nearby Thai Buddhist temple called Wat Mongkolratanaram that sells food every Sunday as a fund raiser. Their temple is ornately beautiful and some people were inside chanting.
Even the decorative fruit is ornate.
There were lots of people there; the food is delicious and inexpensive. (The food is donated and prepared by volunteers.) Check out these huge woks of boiling oil to make fried bananas. These people are very cheerful considering how hot it was.
We had spring rolls, pad thai, fried veggies and some fried tilapia that reminded me of Lelo's in San Luis, Costa Rica. It was prepared the same way and tasted just as good as his.
Wat Mongkolratanaram is open Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m. 5306 Palm River Rd., Tampa, Florida. 813-621-1669

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