December 9th, 2010

One Bowerman

Funky running

The Vomero+ 5 - jazzed up

I chanced this upon the employee store on my last trip and it was way too cute. I would have bought it if not for the fact that I need to run in stability shoes and this is a neutral running shoe. But, isn't it cute?? Check out the animal hair swoosh and that checkered print! Dawng I wished I was able to run in it!

It's currently available on the Nike online store.

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Laem Cha Reon

Vermicelli in a claypot

The spread

Some of my favorite Thai dishes include phad thai, phad see yew, sticky rice with mango, vermicelli in a claypot and the steamed fish that is cooked in a metal tray and basted with lemon and herb juice. I didn't get to taste of it it during the last trip but was quite contented when we had the vermicelli at this restarant.

I love it best when the vermicelli is soft and flavored with soy sauce - or is the coloring from something else? I don't really fancy the ingredients that come with it, for example, the prawns and meat and I'll usually just focus on the vermicelli. Aroy Thai in Singapore does it quite well but the food at Aroy Thai is pricey. Other dishes that turned out well was the fresh crab meat, the tofu and even basic dishes like the stir-fried vegetables.

For those that are wondering where Laem Cha Reon is situated at, it's in a mall called Paradise Park. It's at the outskirts of Bangkok but it's a really nice mall with numerous local brand shops and it's spacious and clean. I wouldn't mind re-visiting that mall on my next trip but I'm not sure how accessible is it from central Bangkok.

Laem Cha Reon Seafood
Paradise Park (I copied the URL from the card in the restaurant but it's strangely not working)

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Famed Michelin-starred David Thompson created a stir (and some displeasure) when he opened Nahm in Bangkok. I was told by a colleague, who read a newspaper article, that he claimed that he will revitalize Thai cuisine here in Bangkok and I guess coming from an Australian born caucasian, that might not be agreeable by local Thais.

Thompson first opened Nahm in London about 8 years ago and it has a popular following. Here in Bangkok, we were advised to make advanced reservations (we didn't and still got a seat for 7) and most patrons are foreigners. Since we were already guests at The Met, we decided to try it out.

I wouldn't call the food typical local Thai food. There is a fair amount of variations of the traditional dishes. Since it is a Michelin star restaurant, we expected it to be top notch. The food was good but I wouldn't say that it was phenomenal or something.

Portion sizes contrary to what some reviews state, are very modest or small. It isn't the cheapest especially if you compare to what you can get elsewhere. Presentation is good just like in any major restaurant and I did enjoy some of the dishes for example the green curry which wasn't spicy, or the curried fish and a couple others. All of us felt that it wasn't worth what we paid for and not exactly up to the Michelin standards, or perhaps, we ordered the 'wrong' stuff but even if it did, I'm expecting all if not most to be of some standard. Like I've said, it is good, but having tasted food from non-Michelin star restaurants that wowed me, this one sorta paled in comparison.

If there is anything really outstanding about Nahm, is the decor. The dim warm lighting, high ceilings and monochromatic furnishing exudes a cozy and relaxing ambience. If it is a cool evening, sitting outside would be better. However, lighting is poor so we were struggling to read what was on the menu and couldn't quite figure out what we were actually eating :P

G/F, Metropolitan (Inside the Metropolitan Hotel)
Sathorn Tai
+66 2625 3388

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Crate and Barrel


Festive reindeer candle holders

Table setting for a Christmas dinner

Adorable ornaments

Even before the renovation plans were even thought of a year back, I've always been intrigued and attracted to furniture stores especially the ones in State side for example, Pottery Barn (fab stuff for kids by the way), Crate and Barrel, Bed Bath and Beyond and shops like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters that create a homey environment in store.

The seasonal sales were out in full force during my recent Portland trip and I couldn't help but to wander into Crate & Barrel and spent some time inside browsing and admiring and leaving with a paper bag of house stuff.

I got non of the above, unfortunately, saw some great pillows but it was too bulky for this trip so it'll be the next trip, and just got a serving platter for a mere USD$9.99 and tealight holders for just USD$0.99-1.40 each! Prices here are still relatively cheap. We got a decent trade discount whilst buying from Siah Huat and ToTT but this was still cheaper - almost the exact same quality crockery ware.

Trust me. I would have shipped back more if I wasn't maxed out on 3 luggages filled with Christmas gifts, my travel stuff and items that family and friends asked me to bring back.

A side note, that's one thing I LOVE about United - for Gold and 1L status, you are allowed to bring on (for free) three luggages each 32kg or 70lbs in weight. SQ provides way less - last I remembered it was 25 kg per luggage times two.

Anyway, Crate & B was decked out in Christmas decor which was lovely to admire and the ornaments were so cute! Since we won't be in our house during Xmas, I figured I'll do it next year.

Oh. I think I went a little candle crazy too :p Bath and bodyworks and Target are offering great deals so I got a couple more -_- Almost lugged back a USD$9.99 lava lamp and candle stands but restrained myself.

Hope everyone has their tree up and is in the festive mood already because I certainly am!

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End of the week randoms

1) I've found the perfect Christmas tree for our small space - A Charlie Brown tree! Now where can I get this in Singapore?

2) These security blankets are such a neat idea! I saw this first on Heather Armstrong's site. I used to have a bolsty when I was a baby and a blanket that I slept with. I think every kid had a security blanket of sorts?

3) I thought The Studio was tiny. But this 30sqm apartment in Tokyo looks even more insane!! 30 sqm??! The space is the size of a standard American walk-in closet -_- Check out the video here.

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Repeat minis

You'll probably get sick of seeing this but I need to constantly remind myself about cupcakes :p The obligatory cupcake visit to Saints Cupcakes and the picture.

Red velvet was sold out so I settled for chocolate chocolate, vanilla vanilla and carrot cake.

P.S I'm not done with my Chicago entries! Will get to it soon and Bangkok is almost done :p And as you can tell, I also did a trip to Portland recently. But since I visit Portland regularly, I'll just post about new places and as promised, at least two new food places!

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