Today I was quite saddened to learn of Darawan Charoenrat’s passing, especially since I’m only now hearing about it (three months after the fact). His legendary Thai restaurant Kanomwan on Telephone Road was my second home in college and for many years after. S3, the Tom Ka Gai soup was magic. I could have lived on it. Yes, he was gruff and unfriendly on the surface, but as I got to know him I discovered that he was actually a sweet, generous, and very funny man. He even helped me create my own (horrible) imitation S3 once!