Thursday Q&A with Par Chiturai
Par Chiturai was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. She has a BA from Bradford University (England) and moved to Ottawa with her family in 2001. Having grown up in a restaurant environment, she opened Khao Thai Restaurant in 2004 and, in 2012, opened Thaipas, Tapas and Cocktail Lounge.
OCS: Who are your style icons?
PC: They would be Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts.
OCS: What’s on your bedside table?
PC: Besides extra-strength Tylenol? I usually have my MacBook Pro, iPhone and the latest recipe from LCBO Food & Drink Magazine.
OCS: Best home accessory?
PC: (Replica of the) statue of David (by Michelangelo) which I brought from Florence when I traveled through Italy by train two summers ago.
OCS: Best recent fashion find?
PC: My new red boots — first red boots ever! — which I bought in Spain
OCS: Whom would you invite for dinner if you could choose anyone in the world?
PC: The hottest guy on earth: George Clooney
OCS: You can see the debut of any piece of music in history. What would it be?
PC: The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
OCS: What’s your earliest memory?
PC: It’s a sad one. When I was six years old, my dad passed away.
OCS: Your biggest faux-pas, when, where and how?
PC: When I went on my first date (1993) with an Italian guy in Bangkok. We went to a very nice Italian restaurant and I wasn’t that hungry so I ordered mussels in marina sauce. I was very shy and nervous. When my dish arrived, I was having a hard time trying to yank the mussels out of the shell without using my bare hands. Believe it or not, a mussel went flying across the table and landed on his lap! It was pretty embarrassing so I said “I guess it’s still alive.”
OCS: Proudest moments?
PC: Giving birth to my three beautiful and healthy children. And starting my restaurant from scratch.
OCS: Favourite piece of furniture?
PC: It has to be my big comfortable bed.
OCS: Qualities you most admire in a person?
PC: I always admire a person who has a positive attitude, is giving and caring and has a good sense of humour.
OCS: For whom would you most like to cook?
PC: I love to cook, and the person I would really like to cook for is our King of Thailand.
OCS: Describe a perfect day off (it can be anywhere in the world).
PC: My perfect day off would be waking up to the sound of the Mediterranean sea with a nice warm breeze kissing my skin and a smell of delicious Italian coffee and then strolling down to the beach in Positano (on the Amalfi Coast.)
OCS: Favourite visual artist, living or dead?
PC: Salvador Dali.
OCS: Favourite local artist (if different from above, and doesn’t have to be a visual artist)?
PC: Nathalie Khoriaty: She is a terrific pianist and has a regular gig at Zoe’s at the Chateau Laurier.
OCS: Best book you read in the past year?
PC: Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag
OCS: Favourite food?
PC: It has to be Thai but Italian comes close.
OCS: Most-oft-played song on your iPod or MP3 player?
PC: Need You Now by Lady Antebellum. I even have it (as my ringtone!)
OCS: Wine, beer or both?
PC: Definitely wine
OCS: Mac or PC?
PC: I have always been in love with Mac.
OCS: Fine dining or plain old diners?
PC: Fine dining
OCS: Best restaurant in Ottawa?
PC: We now have a lot of good restaurants in Ottawa, but the best one I think is Atelier.
OCS: Person, place or thing that makes you proudest/happiest that you live in Ottawa?
PC: Gatineau Park.
OCS: Fave blog or website?
OCS: Twitter, Facebook or both?
PC: Facebook is my addiction.
OCS: What’s your guilty pleasure?
PC: My guilty pleasure is having a glass or two of my favorite Amarone wine for no special reason.
OCS: Favourite place to spend time?
PC: In my home country, Thailand
OCS: How would you like the world to remember you? What would your eulogist ideally say?
PC: That I was a loving and giving person.