Bangkok! Grand palace + wats + iced coffee in a box
Cambodia adventures! Siem Reap- Angkor Wat, Banyon, temples, temples, temples
Perfectly paved roads, ability to look up while walking down a sidewalk, street food that won’t make you sick! Oh, the wonders of Thailand! After 6 wonderful months of living in India, I jaunted to Thailand for a little R&R and adventuring. It was refreshing and admittedly, a little hard to leave. I love my dear India, but the honk-less Thai country stole my heart for a hot second.
Specifically, Chiang Mai. It was so good to see hipsters! Their coffee! Their skinny jeans! Their exposed brick and art galleries! Chiang Mai is the culture capital of the North. The second biggest city in Thailand, is quaint and charming, brimming with delicious food to try and coffee galore.
Eleanor and I found ourselves in search of the best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai, a popular dish of the area, sometimes called “Chiang Mai Curry Noodles”. Encouraged by our hipster surroundings, Eleanor found the best Khao Soi place in Chiang Mai, according to famed PDX Chef, Andy Ricker, of Pok-Pok . Next thing I new we were wandering aimlessly down a long, long road, in hopes of finding this elusive, ‘Best Khao Soi’.
We arrived at Khao Soi Lam Duan Fah Ham, a bustling hole-in-the-wall, ready to get our Soi on. I’m a pescatarian, but I’m all about experiencing a culture via food, and in Thailand, that means being a ‘flexitarian’. I had the Khao Soi chicken and we also had the chicken skewers, with maybe the most amazing chunky peanut sauce in the world. Worth it? Yes. See amazing deliciousness below…
If you find me living in Chiang Mai in 5 years, remember this blog post and think, she’s truly made it.
In my next post, I will discuss the best way to be rolled out of Thailand post-food coma.
I’ve been meaning to get my thoughts down on this subject for a while and now that I have one month left at work and two months left in India, it seems like it’s now or never.
One of my biggest take aways from my experience in India and working at Unitus Seed Fund is the fallacy of the ‘social enterprise’. Through my work I’ve had the chance to look at a lot of ventures and I’ve been able to understand which of these ventures are winners and why.
The ventures that are really going to make it, that will scale, make money, and also impact the Base of the Economic Pyramid, are those that have found a legitimate market opportunity. Their founder wants and intends on making money.
The problem today is that the concept of blending profit and purpose resonates with so many people that aspiring entrepreneurs are looking at social problems first and then trying to figure out how to make a for-profit business to solve said problem. I think this is inevitably going to build a crappy (read: unviable) business. If starting a for-profit venture is your objective, focus on the market opportunity (how you’re going to make money) first. If you want to start a business, figure out what your passionate about. What gets you excited. Be broad— education, technology, cleaning products.
For me, it’s food (literally everything about it). Are there a ton of social problems around food? Yes. Are there also a lot of market opportunities and ways to make money? Yes. I’m going to try to solve B before I solve for A. If you’re a person why gives a damn, I’m guessing the market opportunities you’re going to find, might just have some impact baked in. And those ventures are the most likely to actually make a profit and an impact.
Ina Garten is practically a social entrepreneur.
It’s like the old saying, “do what you love and the money will come”, except I’m changing it to “pursue your passion, look for market opportunities, and the impact will come”. Okay, that may not be written over an instagram’d picture anytime soon, but you catch my drift.
If you are impact first, don’t for get about the good old nonprofits. That will be a blog post for another time, titled: “Why everyone be hatin’ on nonprofits?”
Last but not least- we stayed in the backwaters and did an epic bike ride followed by another beautiful sunset
Next up: houseboating! We encountered a bbeeaaauutiful sunset, good seafood and lots of relaxation
Hayden Visit pt 2! Kerala— cooking classes with Maria, drinks in Fort Kochi and kayaking through the backwaters
Hayden’s Visit to India pt 1! We started off in Coorg with hikes and elephants!
Happy Diwali!! Fun weekend in Bangerz featuring Grover winery, Nandi Hills and crackers!
Quick trip to Gokak to film a video with milaap.org