kaprow strikes again - are you kidding me?
let's just be honest here. there is NOTHING in the world like thai food. in fact, d and i do a little dance of joy (no shoes) everytime a new place opens in our hood, with the hope that their phad thai will be "spot on." but now i must digress. it's not for the faint of heart. if you are a newcomer, this food will tear you up something fierce if you are unsupervised.
take this as my warning to all who may love thai. if a cuisine gives you "levels" from which to choose in degrees of spiciness, do not select level "thai hot." if the name of the cuisine is being used to represent the pinnacle of spiciness, you should take that as an indication that it might not be your best option.