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From Secret Wars to Spinosaurs

A few weeks ago, Little Laos on the Prairie co-editor, Bryan Thao Worra presented in Minneapolis at Rev. Matt’s Monster Science on the dinosaurs of Laos. Here are some highlights! Strangely enough, dinosaurs aren’t the first animals you think of when it comes to the land once known as the Realm of a Million Elephants. However, as we draw nearer to the release of the new Jurassic Park movie, it’s as good a time as any to think about the Terrible Lizards of Southeast Asia! For our Minnesota readers, a little bit of context, we have almost 13,000 Lao and 60,000 Hmong who came to this state after the Secret War in Laos, which took place concurrently to the Vietnam War. Many of you may not realize that Laos is about the same size as Minnesota or Utah and nearly 70% of our homeland is covered in dense forest and mountains, as well as vast limestone caves and swamplands that would easily rival any episode of Land of the Lost. However, dinosaur research in Laos was understandably slow considering that …

Cocktails for Pii Mai Khon Khao 2017

It’s almost New Year’s Eve and that means it’s a good time to stock up on a variety of refreshments for your guests. As we get ready for the Year of the Dog, later in April, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll see some funny dog-themed cocktails in the future; but for now, we’re sharing a few that are relatively easy to make. Unless, of course, you’re going with plain, old usuals of Hennessy, Heineken, and BeerLao. Of course, there’s our classic Som Num Na cocktail from 2015. Our next door neighbors in Cambodia marked the 50th anniversary of Jacqueline Kennedy’s visit with their own invention. Back in the day, according to the Guardian, the Hotel Le Royal commemorated the occasion by creating a cocktail in her name: the Femme Fatale. It’s a mix of “crème de fraise des bois, cognac and champagne, topped with a tropical flower.” No proportions were given, so you’ll have to experiment until you find one that works for you. Our advice is 3:1 alcohol to flavor. Hey, it’s how we’ll create …