Thursday Q&A with Par Chiturai

 

Par Chiturai owns two Thai restaurants in Ottawa.

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?

PC: YouTube

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.

 

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