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    Teak Door Chefs Pattaya Cook-off idea

    Here's a seed of an idea.

    Just an idea mind you, but here goes.

    I know an older American gent (Howie) that owns a restaurant/bar on Soi 8/6 Jomtien Beach Road (Soi Howie).

    There is no Soi there though, just an unpaved turn in a large vacant lot behind his bar = lots of room for 10 or 20 BBQ grills.

    I just thought of this idea and have not discussed it with Howie, but I'm sure he'd go for it just because it would generate some traffic for his bar (he maintains a pathetically small menu for food there).

    What's in it for us? I guess we'd get to make some new friends (in person) and try each other's fine dining.

    I've often thought about getting some of my finer foods vacuum packed & distributed for a profit, so that's an angle to consider as well........do a bit of networking on the business end if that strikes your fancy.

    My mouth is watering at the thought of 10 BBQ's with 10 killer cooks, and everything will be slightly different.

    Howie is American, as am I, so maybe we could set this up for next Thanksgiving weekend? That'll give us 7 weeks or so to prepare.

    AGAIN.......Just an embryonic idea at this point. I stand wide open to suggestions as to place and time/date, but I think it would be fun.

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    Great idea mate and there are a few budding chefs on the eastern seaboard who I am sure would participate.

    Not sure if Thanksgiving would be a good time though as most Americans spend that day with their families at home.

    Does Howie's Bar have ladies for sale as that may not be not a good idea if one wishes to bring their wife.

    Anyway all the best with this and if I am around at the time you can count me in.

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    Hey Loy Toy,

    Good point. No ladies for sale. It's a place I stop into with my 5 year old daughter from time to time. She likes to have me spin her in circles on the bar stool. Definitely family friendly.

    Yeah, am open to ideas & suggestions for dates. Thanksgiving always falls on the last Thursday of November, so mayhaps we could do it on the following Saturday (Nov 27th).

    Jay

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    Saturday (afternoon/evening) sounds good mate and lets see what the other guys think when they wake up tomorrow morning.

    What's the parking like down that neck of the woods as Saturdays on Jomtien Beach Road is a nightmare?

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    There's roughly 3-4 rai of vacant land behind Howie's Bar for parking.......End of November.....getting eerily close to Loy Krathong date though (good thing we're planning this now, as that thought just occurred to me).

    I'm not sure of the exact dates on that one, but most assuredly it will be gridlock in Jomtien for Loy Krathong......May have to push it out by 7 days to 4th of December.

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    Or you could have it on Loy Krathong day and the kids could just walk across the street and to float their Krathongs.

    Big family day, barbeques raging, cold beers and the wives and kids are happy.

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    Yep,

    Great idea there as well.

    Not sure what the deal is with parking behind Howie's. I know they charge for parking back there on holidays, but leave me alone when they see me going into Howie's.

    If no holiday then no parking fee & I never see a soul back there. Am sure Howie could get us all a waiver for parking & block off some space for us if we decide to do this.

    If was slammed with cars back there last Songkran & some low-life emerged to charge parking fees for that time period only.

    I normally cook enough to feed 6-8 people whether I need to or not, so if 10 of us cooked enough to feed 60-80 people I'm sure we'd get a few concessions.

    What the hell, even if we have to pay 40 baht to park then no biggie & would probably earn us all big brownie points with the wives & kids if we did it to celebrate Loy Krathong instead of some American holiday.

    I'm a slow-smoker, so takes 4 hours for my food to get just right......Maybe kick things off around 1:00 or 2:00 PM on whatever day we decide to do it??
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    Sunday, 21 Nov is Loy Krathong!

    No harm in calling it "The Great EXPAT Bar BQ" is there? Anyway, sounds like it could be made into an event. Family environment is preferred and would be nice. Might be nice if we could note and publish in advance what it is we would consider throwing on the Bar BQ so that there is some variety. Other considerations might be plates, eating utensils, cups. Do we purchase the bevs direct from Howie's bar on a pay as you go basis or would we be able to bring our own? I would surely consider this for a days outing and recreation. Good Idea Jaywalk! U going to throw out some suggested "Game Plan Details"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaywalker
    I know an older American gent (Howie)
    Does he work for a oil company ?

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    Sounds good.
    In Spain they have a festival, can't recall the name let's call it "Diego Day".
    The council sets up barbies all round the town and you bring your own food and wine.
    They have bands and other ents.
    Great fun.
    They also have one when all the girls strip bollock naked and run into the sea.
    Muchas shagging.
    But yeah, sodding great BBQ sounds good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jaywalker
    I know an older American gent (Howie)
    Does he work for a oil company ?
    He might have in a previous life. I'd guess Howie is approaching 80 these days so he doesn't do much besides play golf and drink beer.

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    Beer.........Hmmmm........my idea would be to patronize Howie a bit. I know his Tiger beer in the bottle is 65 baht, so if 10 guys showed up and all bought at least a couple beers from the bar then he'd be happy. I'm sure I'll have a stash of much cheaper supermarket bought beer in a cooler discretely kept in the back of my little king-cab Nissan though.

    Probably the main attraction (why Howie would go for it) would be if we all cooked enough for 6-8 people and made the food available to his customers for free.

    If we can get a head-count on the number of young kids that might be there then I'm sure Howie would stock some ice cream/popsicles for them as well.

    SEA Traveler, Loy Krathong is 21 November eh? That's a Sunday so it works for me.

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    Definitely want to keep it a mellow family event.

    I can do the smoked, boneless, shredded (pulled) pork shoulder (Boston butt), plus a few smoked chicken quarters and some corn on the cob.

    SEA Traveler's recent ribs look quite delicious so maybe he could do them up for us.

    Up2U to anybody else that may want to join in.
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    Looks like we have myself, SEA Traveler and Loy Toy & The Dogcatcher showing some serious interest so far.

    If we can get at least 3 more participants then I'll go pitch the idea to Howie.
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    Sounds like a great day JW. Sorry I'm a bangkokian so can't make it but I love days like this. The 4th of July Chili cook off was great this year and my English ass really enjoyed schoolin you Americans in a decent chili. I came 6th.

    Enjoy your day and have a beer and a few ribs for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Or you could have it on Loy Krathong day and the kids could just walk across the street and to float their Krathongs.

    Big family day, barbeques raging, cold beers and the wives and kids are happy.
    Damn good idea.

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    mmmm free food and 65 baht a drink. Sounds good. I like the vacuum pack idea too. Keep us posted mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince
    I came 6th.
    You probably had points deducted for making it too spicy for them

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    You probably had points deducted for making it too spicy for them
    Funny you should say that, one of the judges didn't like spicy food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    You probably had points deducted for making it too spicy for them
    You probaly won't be allowed out again even though it is walking distance from your gaff.

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    The idea bubbles along.......anyone else care to join us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince View Post
    Sounds like a great day JW. Sorry I'm a bangkokian so can't make it but I love days like this. The 4th of July Chili cook off was great this year and my English ass really enjoyed schoolin you Americans in a decent chili. I came 6th.

    Enjoy your day and have a beer and a few ribs for me.

    Hey F. Prince.....yeah wish you could join us. A good chili is an art & congrat's on placing in the top 10!!!

    I f&cking LOVE chili.

    I saw Conan O'Brian (I think it was him) on a late night show once, speaking with an English guy about the Brits trying to find their way to India a couple hundred years ago by sailing the Northwest passage.

    Conan: "You guys wanted to go to India to get spices right?"

    Guest: " Well, yes, that was part of it."

    Conan: "Well, why don't you ever put any on your food?"

    I was rolling.

    Glad to hear you've figured it out my friend

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince
    I came 6th.
    You probably had points deducted for making it too spicy for them
    You're probably right Dirty Dog. Somebody, somewhere has drilled it into most Americans heads that spicy food "COULD, POSSIBLY present a risk of some convoluted sort".

    I left the US 12 years ago & was last back there 4 years ago. Seems to be a nation of hypochondriac sheep to an outsider like me.

    I'll shut up now, lest this become a political thread.

    Just glad I live where I live & thankful for the nice variety of food and choice I do have here.

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    Just got a PM from an interested party & he brings up some valid points about this (embryonic) idea.

    #1. He has an elderly mother-in-law & wonders how she'd fit in.

    Answer: The way I see this, is as a family event. Hopefully everybody that attends will be married and bring their kids. ABSOLUTELY the mother-in-law would be welcome, respected, and I'd be happy to see her attend. We'll all be old someday, and we'll all appreciate if the middle-aged amongst our respective clans take us to a cook-out like this on occasion once we get to where Grandma is now.

    #2. Not sure I want to go cook a bunch of food just to give away to strangers...

    This idea is fair enough.

    My fault for not explaining my further vision.

    We do this one for free. We do the next one & sell tickets to a buffet via the bar owner......he shoves 60 baht or so per buffet ticket to us.

    Maybe even bring in a charity & make it a fund-raiser.

    All subsequent events should/must cover our costs though.

    1 freebie just to make friends & see if we all get along, then make sure all future events cover our basic costs........All the while we have BBQ's raging, cold beer flowing.

    No need to stay anchored to one particular bar unless we just want to.

    Pattaya Hash House BBQ'ers we could be.....or something like that.

    For certain, we'd all make some great new friends, as would our families.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaywalker
    1 freebie just to make friends & see if we all get along
    Fooken ell mate.............If we openly advertise this do we would end up with all the farangs out of Soi Bukaow turning up with their bottle of Leo beer purchased from 7eleven, drinking through a straw, eating all our free food and not buying any piss from the bar.

    I reckon a 500 baht alcohol only coupon purcased behind the bar allowing them a set amount of beers plus all you can eat free barbeque is a great fair deal.

    The cooks provide and cook the food but drink a set amount of free beer,

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    Hey Loy Toy,

    You bring up an interesting point. Never having been any kind of free-loader and never having associated with any, well I guess that doesn't make them all not exist now does it?

    I got a PM from another guy that really likes the spirit behind the idea, but he raises the same points as you do.

    A forum such as this may not be the best place to advertise "free food" to the un-washed masses.

    Anyhow, the idea has been out there for a week or so & there are only a few hesitant folks showing slight interest, so most likely won't happen.

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    Hmm Could be a problem - was there yesterday and Howie's away in the states at the oent - not sure if he's back by then.

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