This will be my last blog of the year. I will post again in early February. For the month of January Pook and I will be traveling to Southeast Asia to finish some family business in Thailand where we will stay for several days.

After we are finished we will meet my old friend Trongjai in Bangkok and go to Singapore together. Trongjai is a great eater with a well defined palate that is focused and precise. He has a knack for finding the best food around even if we have to travel to what appears to be a hole in the wall dump! He has been sending me several links to the best food in Singapore. We will be eating our way through Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern's blogs. I can not wait to see what this "Best Food City" has to offer!

For years I have had people asking me to go to Bangkok with them so I can show them where to eat. So later this year we are planning another trip to Thailand and Southeast Asia. We would like to get a group of 8 to 10 people to go with us. The plans are still in the works. I will let everyone know more details later.

Before I finish up my last blog I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my fans and loyal customers that have supported us for all these years. Without all of you I would not be the "Max" I am today.

Also I would like to thank all of my employees. Especially the ones that have stuck with me for 10 plus years. We are getting old together now. They have taken heat from me every shift they worked and together we have built The Grass. Thank you to all the "Rookies" for stepping up and showing your strength.

To all of our customers we resolve to work harder to bring you great, innovative cuisine from Southeast Asia and beyond. Thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts!

Happy New Year!

Your Chefs,

Max & Pook