Rangeley’s gen-u-ine American hero

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Do yourself a favor next time you’re in Rangeley, and order a meal at Thai Blossom Express, smack downtown on Main Street. This li’l gem is owned by Sam Sriweawnetr, a gen-u-ine American hero. Way back in 1979, he was a chef at the American Embassy in Tehran. He was instrumental in helping lead five hostages to freedom. He paid dearly for his bravery, and spent three years in hiding, before managing to sneak out of the country. He opened an acclaimed restaurant in Boston, and after a few other stops, made his way to western Maine. There are copies of stories detailing his feats on the walls, but the best source is Sam himself. And the food? Fabulous.