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BALLANTYNE | fab fare footsteps. "We want to steer them the other way," says Rick, "to use their brains to make a living, rather than working every minute. We want them to have free time to spend with their kids and with us." Anna agrees. And so for this family who traveled thousands of miles to make the Carolinas their home, the journey will continue. THAI 1ST BISTRO Hours Monday-Friday Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday Rick and Anna Taing opened their Blakeney restaurant about three years ago. adapt a dish for customers with special dietary needs or preferences. In fact, Thai 1st offers a good selection of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Cooler weather means Thai soups are especially popular. Tom Kha Gai (chicken coconut) is hearty yet delicate with button mushrooms and scallions, while Tom Yum Kung (hot and sour shrimp) is a pungent and bracing contrast. Even in chilly weather there are plenty of sunny days in the Carolinas. Patrons can enjoy their meal outdoors on a comfortable patio that conveniently adjoins Blakeney's playground. There, rambunctious kids can have fun while the adults enjoy wine, Asian beers or seasonal drink specials. Finding menu items for children can be a challenge, but Chicken Satay served on little skewers with dipping sauces are a popular, fun solution. Thai 1st serves lunch and dinner, seven days a week. 62 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE People who operate restaurants don't get many days off, but on the treasured occasions when Rick and Anna dine out with their two children, they like to sample a variety of cuisines. "Except Thai," they quip. Thai 1st is successful, but the Taings don't wish for the next generation to follow in their Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday Noon to 9 p.m. 9824-B Rea Road The Shoppes at Blakeney 704-541-9099 The interesting flavors of Bangkok Shrimp Curry are not overwhelmed by hot spices. WINTER 2012-2013

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