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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Kamin treats the nose and bites the tongue with spicy Thai food

GOOD STUFF: The fried rice is a meal unto itself. / Photo by Kandice Crompton

By Michelle Butler

February 5, 2009 | Nestled just off of Main Street at 51 West and 200 South lies a small and discreet building not unlike many in town. Its white wooden exterior, complete with the green carpet porch, is a deceiving façade to the wonders that lie within. For those with a weak stomach, turn back now, because only the strong of heart and even stronger of tongue can truly enjoy the wonders within.

Welcome to the Kamin Thai Cuisine restaurant.

PEACHES AND STICKY RICE: Tastes like a day at a tropical beach. / Photo by Kandice Crompton

After crossing the threshold, the wonderful flavors of rice, beef and curry assault your nostrils and your stomach will soon agree that this is the place. The interior is starkly opposite of the exterior. The walls are painted in deep oranges and contrasting white. Effort has gone into transforming the building into a serene destination with bamboo and traditional Thai music playing.

Although you haven’t left Logan, for a meal your senses will be gone, carried away with the flavors that are authentic to Thai cuisine. All authentic Thai cuisine has a balance of five fundamental flavors in each dish: hot (spicy), sour, sweet, salty, and bitter (optional). A truly great meal would start with an order of spring rolls. These are similar to the traditional egg roll, but oh so much better. Customers have the option of fresh or fried, although I would recommend the fried.

The menu is filled with a variety of dishes from rice to noodles, and of course curries. Although the menu is in Thai, don’t be discouraged for there are English subtitles. Many dishes sound mystical and foreign, such as the Crystal Noodles, Bangkok Basil or “Drunken Noodles,” but give it a try and you’re sure to be delighted.

For those who are less adventurous, the Thai Fried Rice is an excellent beginner’s meal. This is not your typical fried rice served so often as a side dish, often discarded. This is a meal all of its own. The brown rice is served with a medley of veggies: tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, carrots and peas.

Or you could try the Thai Sweet and Sour, a dish full of flavor and color. The wonderful thing about Thai food is that the dishes are exotic colors with lots of orange and yellow and green.

But, you cannot leave the Kamin without first experiencing the most amazing wonder yet: Sweet Sticky Rice with Peaches. The genius that paired these two together deserves our most humble of thanks and utmost respect. The sticky rice is drizzled in a coconut milk that is sweet and seductive. Pared with peaches, it instantly takes you to a warm sandy beach with palm frauds swaying in the breeze, if only for a moment.

None can leave the Kamin without a full and thankful belly. But be warned, because your taste buds are not quick to forget and you’ll be craving Thai until the next time you can visit the Kamin.


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