Offbeat eateries -- Cabbage and Condoms


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Some countries (yes, you, South Africa) bury their head in the sand when facing the AIDS epidemic, so it was gratifying to see the bold approach taken by Thailand's Population and Community Development Association. They operate several restaurants under the name, Cabbages and Condoms, including one at their romantic Birds & Bees Resort.

The Condoms part, the use of which is promoted for both AIDS prevention and birth control, is reflected in the décor, not the cuisine, thankfully. The walls are covered in gaily-colored condom wrappers, the carpet with condom-promoting cartoons, and condoms, rather than mints, are available at the register. The lounge is called the Vasectomy Bar, which may make it a great place to meet single women.

The fare is mainstream Thai, including generous use of the cabbage, a staple in the country.