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How to Enjoy the Best Thai Cuisine in Phuket

Are you traveling to Phuket on a business trip or vacation? The one thing you will certainly want to do is try the local cuisine. There is no other food in the world quite as aromatic as Thai cuisine, and if you love spicy, aromatic dishes, you will be in paradise. One of the most alluring aspects of Phuket is that it is an island off the mainland located in the Andaman Sea. The total population as of 2015 was 386,305 residents, with many more people being on the island seasonally as it is a popular resort. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at how to enjoy the best Thai cuisine in Phuket.

Begin Your Culinary Excursion Before Leaving Home

One of the things which many people notice is that Thai cuisine is worlds apart from other Asian dishes. Thai cuisine is perhaps the most aromatic food in the entire world, and it can also be the spiciest. If you have never sampled native Thai cooking, take time to read up on what you will be enjoying before embarking on your trip. You will notice that Thai sauces are lighter than most other Asian sauces and not nearly as salty as Chinese or Japanese sauces, for example.

You will find that peanuts and coconuts are common ingredients in many dishes and few dishes are made without lemongrass and galangal. Many people mistakenly pick up galangal in a Thai marketplace thinking it is ginger and although it’s in the same family of rhizomes, it has an entirely different flavor. The point is, take time to learn about the most popular dishes before sampling them. They are truly delightful, but many may be a bit spicy for your taste.

Dining by Day in Patong

Most visitors to Phuket enjoy staying on the beach in full-service hotels. They are pampered guests but many also like to wander the streets of Patong, the world class resort town frequented by travelers from all over the globe. Typically guests like to sample street foods by day because they are already out and about, walking the beaches and strolling along the shops lining the streets.

A Pampered Dining Experience by Night

If you are staying in the resort area of Phuket, there is no reason to leave your hotel if you are looking for a 5-star restaurant in Patong. Hotel Indigo, for example, boasts several restaurants on site from tiki bars to their well-kept ‘No Name Bar’. The atmosphere of this particular bar is that of speakeasys of the past and another claim to fame is that the No Name Bar has Patong’s one and only cigar room. If you enjoy a smoke after your meal, talk to your hostess who will have a selection of fine cigars you can choose from.

In short, there isn’t another ethnic cuisine quite as surprisingly fragrant as Thai food, and as for seafood, you will find that Phuket is famed for that as well. It may be a small island, but it has huge culinary appeal. See for yourself on your next visit to the resort town of Patong.

Finding Uniforms for Hotel Staff That Are Dignified yet Unique

One of the biggest challenges that hotels face is providing appropriate uniforms for their staff. A staff’s uniform is important because outside of the hotel itself, the first thing that guests will see is the staff. They will make decisions about the quality of the hotel, its efficiency, and its cleanliness based on the appearance of the staff.

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Hotel uniforms not only serve as a way to identify the staff as hotel personnel, but it also identifies the job that they do. For example, a guest should be able to look at a hotel staff member and decide immediately if the staff member is part of the hotel’s administration, janitorial staff, kitchen staff, or hospitality crew.

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The goal should be to equip every staff member with a uniform that is in harmony with the hotel’s overall color scheme and style. However, the uniform should be unique enough to clearly identify which department the staff works in. Hotels want a uniform that is not so outlandish that it detracts from the dignity of the hotel. However, at the same time, they want their uniforms to be different enough from the clothing worn by their visitors to make it clear that a particular person is a staff member, and not a guest in the hotel.

Many hotels have worked with uniform designers such as those found at Sharper Uniforms for example to come up with a uniform scheme that meets their needs. In addition to providing uniforms, these designers work with hotels to tailor the uniforms to perfectly fit their employees.

All About Tex-Mex Food

Although slightly extraordinary, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed at all if you find yourself having dreams of dining with Zorro in a Dallas banquet restaurant with “La Bamba” songs playing in the background. In any given population, you’ll definitely find at least one avid fan of Mexican-American movies. Can you blame them for being fans of hunky, dark-skinned men and catchy Mexican music?

This undeniable appeal naturally spills over to Tex-Mex cuisine. Tex-Mex pertains to a type of cuisine which is influenced by Mexico and Mexican-Americans. This has its origins in the border states of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona- thus the name, Tex-Mex. Texans of Hispanic descent or Tejanos introduced this cuisine as a hybrid of Spanish and Mexican Indian foods when Texas used to be part of New Spain and, later, of Mexico.

Tex-Mex cooking is characterized by the use of a lot of meat, beans, cheese, sour cream and a plethora of spices. You’ll also find tortillas and nachos a staple in Tex-Mex cuisine. Cilantro and a variety of chili peppers are also commonly found in Tex-Mex cooking. Tacos, chili con carne, crispy chalupas, and fajitas are some of our favorite and well-known Tex-Mex foods.

From there, various restaurants offering Tex-Mex cuisine have sprung like mushrooms. This yummy cuisine which used to be found only in the Texas and New Mexico regions has now permeated all corners of the world. And we’re not complaining. Thanks to these establishments, we can now enjoy Tex-Mex food at its finest- at virtually any time of the day. You’ll now find combination platters complete with enchiladas and chimichangas. If you check out www.mattitos.com/, for instance, you’ll be pleased to know that they have a gamut of menu items which cater to both the not-so-hungry and the famished.

So, go ahead and beef up (pun intended) your Mexican-American experience by lounging in a chair, with a margarita in hand as you wolf down some heavenly tacos and chili con carne. Tex-Mex delights are not to be easily forgotten.