NOLA->Thailand->Cali->NOLA

The story begins in Chiang Mai, Thailand


 In 2012, I bought a one way ticket to Thailand, "The Land of Smiles" and set off for an epic adventure in Southeast Asia. I lived in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, for 1 year. I immediately fell in love with Thai food! (There is SO much to the cuisine that we don't see here in the USA.)  I immersed myself in Thai culture, even learning to speak and read Thai! I was ALL in! Not long after being in Thailand, I knew that I didn't want to live without the food or lifestyle!  Bua Thai Kitchen is my dream to have what I experienced everyday in Thailand back at home in New Orleans.  After living in Thailand, I moved to Southern California, known for its abundance of amazing Thai food, and learned even more about Thai cuisine. I do my best to travel to Thailand once a year to stay connected and to learn! 



Bua was my nickname in Thailand, which means 'lotus'. (Thai people go by their nicknames). Bua Thai Kitchen is a culmination of over a decade in the food and service industry, a lifetime of being a foodie & cook, travels, adventures, and PASSION for plant-based lifestyle, the PLANET, and food as medicine.  Bua Thai Kitchen is delicious, conscious, creative food for EVERYONE. Thai food is so diverse and vibrant and is perfect for a plant-based diet. I strive to source everything locally and organically, and most items are gluten-free! My wish is to show you how amazing plants are and that Thai food is one of the most delicious cuisines in the world! I also hope to inspire you to eat more vegetables, fruits, herbs, whole grains, nuts, and legumes!  It is my pleasure to serve you and share my love of Thailand. 


Kop Khun Kha (Thank you), 

Ashley บัว

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