I did not grow up in Lehigh Valley PA. Where I lived, pizza was considered ethnic food. With Dad being a "meat & potatoes" kinda guy and Mom not about to cook two meals every night, I didn't even try shrimp until I was 11 and clams at 16. My first Chinese restaurant experience was at a place that doesn't even exist anymore!

Now, of course, I'm making up for lost time and welcome the chance to try any new food. So when I heard a new Thai restaurant, Thai Thai II, had moved into the old Chamber of Commerce office in Bethlehem, I couldn't wait to try it!

With entree names such as Pad Tra Tiem Prik Thai and Goong Ob Woon Sen, my eyes glazed over as I looked over the menu. HUH???

Thankfully, Chamras aka "Charlie" (the owner) graciously visited our table and steered me toward the duck selections in the menu. Perfect!

Out of the six duck selections, three had little pepper icons next to them, indicating "spicy", so I knew they weren't for me. I finally chose the Honey Duck, which was wonderfully sweet and crispy. Don, however, ordered the Holy Basil Duck (spicy), requesting only medium heat. I'm a wimp when it comes to spice but fair warning, Thai Thai II's "hot" should probably come with a fire extinguisher!

When I do Thai Thai II again, I'd do two things different:

1. Stop at Main Street Commons to pick up some Franklin Hill wine since the restaurant is B.Y.O.B.

2. Try something more adventurous off the menu. I'm open for suggestions ... what Thai dish would you recommend?