World Gastronomy Destination at OneSiam, Bangkok

Above: The Costardi Brothers at the dessert mise en plate at Amici Restaurant, G Floor, Siam Paragon as part of the Cross-Concept Pop-Up Series presented by OneSiam World Gastronomy Destination.   From now until November 30, 2018, visitors to Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery (collectively called OneSiam) will have a chance to indulge in new and exciting gastronomic experiences during their ‘OneSiam World Gastronomy...

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Sunday Brunch at Next 2 Cafe, Shangri-La Bangkok

Above: Fresh oysters are being shucked at Next 2 Cafe’s Sunday Brunch.  Sunday Brunching at Next 2 Cafe at the Shangri-La Bangkok means you get a glimpse of the now rapidly-changing Bangkok riverside and unlimited Canadian lobsters. At the price of Bt2,888++ per adult and Bt1,444++ per child, the feast includes a room filled with food of eclectic nationalities and non-alcoholic drinks, coffees and teas. So, the best plan is to skip...

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A Long Weekend Guide to Hat Yai + Songkhla, Thailand

Hat Yai – the largest district of Songkhla – is the trading capital of the deep south. The municipality is about 920 kilometres south of Bangkok, and like many southern provinces along the historic commercial routes, Hat Yai is a multi-cultural city with local Southern, Thai-Chinese and Thai-Muslim coexisting in a large and diverse community. Chances are you will hear about Hat Yai because of their famous deliciousness. But in...

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Staying at the Centara Hotel Hat Yai, Thailand

Above: Centara Hat Yai Studio Apartment with a living room, a kitchenette and a partitioned bedroom. Even more awesome with their online promotion (pay 2 stay 3 nights) perfect for a long weekend.  We stayed at the Centara during our recent trip to Hat Yai and had a fabulous time with this trusted brand and their well-operated facilities. Hat Yai, despite being the trading hub of Thailand’s deep south, is not too expensive a...

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Pa Yang Restaurant, Hat Yai | ร้านป่ายาง หาดใหญ่

Above: Tom Kati Goong Mae Nam or river prawns in coconut milk soup and assorted vegetables. Live river prawns are delivered each evening and they are delicious simply grilled or lightly poached (with their head butter still nicely oozing) in the coconut milk soup with mixed vegetables (Tom Kati). The river prawns are sold per weight, Bt90 for 100 grams (Bt900 per kilo). The above bowl with four good-sized prawns is Bt400.  In retrospect, I...

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Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok

Above: Man Ho Executive Chinese Chef Peter Li was serving up Peking duck Beijing style (with the skin + the meat in one piece rather than only just the skin as others). A Peking duck here (at Bt1,490++) comes with a ‘fiery’ presentation. The already crispy skin was ladled and set on fire with Chinese whisky for an extra aroma. The leftover meat can be cooked further into another tasty dish (black pepper, Gang Pao-style or even...

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Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

Above: A bright day in Pranburi. Our pool villa is glowing under the morning sun. We started our recent road trip to the south by making a two-night, do-nothing stop in Pranburi. For those who are looking for a serious vacation, the one that would make you think of nothing, even the guilty feeling caused by some lingering, unfinished works, Pranburi would be the place I’d recommend. The place is about an hour south from Hua Hin, but...

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Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Relocation is Scheduled for January 2019

Above: Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School is celebrating its 11th anniversary in Bangkok with an announcement to relocate in January 2019.  With the last day at the current location at Dusit Thani Bangkok on 14 December 2018, Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School will begin the brand new academic year at the Zen Tower, Central World Shopping Centre, Ratchadamri Road, where it will occupy the 17th to 19th floors. Above: the new LCBD...

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Urbani Truffle Bar & Restaurant Bangkok

Above: The bar area at the Urbani truffle Bar & Restaurant Bangkok Truffles with a view! For those who are into the world of Italian truffles, the name Urbani might already sound very familiar. After all, this is the Italian family that has been sourcing, purveying and trading Italian truffles, black and white, since the year 1852 and now they have about 70% market share around the world. So, it is an exciting news that despite being...

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