I was recently forwarded this New York Times article about dining in Portland, Oregon (one of my three 'hometowns', along with Bangkok and Stockholm). Other than making me slightly homesick, I was surprised to learn that a Thai restaurant is among those currently creating a buzz back at home. I did a bit of research and found that Pok Pok, the restaurant mentioned, serves not just Thai, but ahaan isaan, northeastern-style Thai food. The self-proclaimed 'shack' was also voted the Oregonian's Restaurant of the Year. Two detailed and generally favourable blog reviews can be seen here and here (I particularly like this bit: "Fortunately the lighting is is much better than what you’d typically find in Thailand."). Sounds very interesting. Has anybody been?