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Lona is from a “hill tribe” area the Chinese call Xishuangbanna, and the Thai call Sipsongpanna. The area is famous for delicious fresh food, tea, orchids, and abundant natural beauty. The region could be considered a fusion of authentic southern Chinese food and northern Thai food, but that would be a simplification. Chinese food implies simply stir-fry while Thai food implies sweat-fish sauce flavors. The people of this region utilize fresh flavors from their lush sub-tropical environment to create all forms of cuisine from kebabs, BBQ, salads, stews, soups, stir-fry, and so on with a spicy flare.