Most people don't bring a camera along when they go out to eat, unless they have special guests and want to capture the moment, or unless they are a VT addict and want to add to their pages. In this case, both reasons apply. Almost everyone at our table had a camera ready to capture the moment and the food.
The food arrived and soon after, dramatic music introduced the Belly Dancer.
Belly Dancers at a restaurant is not really a local custom. It is the fact that neighborhood eateries often times are creative in keeping the people coming and Rachada seemed to be especially interested in drawing in new customers and turning them into regulars.
Wrapping a red scarf around the head of the "host" is not a local custom.
However, cartering to the host, making sure he/she is pleased with the service and attention is a local custom. Here, Keith is shown the proper way to wrap and tie the headdress. His big smile shows he is pleased with the attention.
The Belly Dancer's talent amazed us all. Her gracious and elegant movements captivated us and there were a few exceptionally impressive moments in her dance, one included a huge sword being balanced on her hips.
Contrary to the image of American Movies, age is not really as limiting as one might think. Obviously beyond the age of 18, this woman's performance was so enchanting that her age did not hamper the success of the show she offered nor did it even come to mind.
Though we were a small and unimportant group of people, this dancer gave us her best effort and that was most impressive of all.
Now it's Supun's turn to be honored and teased. Not only was he happy, you can see that Nancy appreciated the attention given to the other male in our party.
The local custom that comes to play here is that each establishment will not only cater to the host, but also to the guests of the host.
The teasing and attention given to the men was wholesome, in good taste and good humor thereby contriving an entertaining experience for the women in our group too.
This Belly Dancer did a wonderful job.
Most tourists stay in the nicer areas of a town, looking for the best options. Sure, many people say they want to go where the locals are--out of the path of a tourist area--but it seems that few tourists actually find a real Local Hangout.
This is exactly the type of establishment that appeals to the residents of a city. Forget where it is located, forget what it looks like on the outside. What we, "locals," want is a great meal at an affordable price. We want good service and a friendly accommodating atmosphere.
Probably if you drove past Rachada you'd bearly notice it's existence, you'd keep driving until you found an area that attracted your attention and appealed to your sense of style.
That is the safest thing to do, unless you've read this and would take my word that you would feel as welcomed as I did as soon as I walked through the door.