If some of the 30 or so rotating flavors seem distinctly American—strawberry and old-fashioned apple, for instance—that's because they are. The pies are the creation of proprietor Charin Singkarat, who moved from Bangkok, Thailand, to Los Angeles in the 1970s and lived there for 18 years. An avid home baker, this petite, determined woman took a pastry course and experimented with recipes from American cookbooks while working full-time as a medical records clerk. Eventually, she saved enough money to invest in land near Chiang Rai. Her plan was to open a bakery there, a dream she fulfilled in 1992 when she retired from her hospital job and moved back to her home country.