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    A Parisian affair

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 10/10/2014

    » If you've seen the movie Hugo, there's really not much need to explain the concept and ideas behind the restaurant. But for those who haven't watched the touching adventure drama set in the 1930s about an orphaned boy who lives behind the walls of a train station in Paris, listen up. Upon entering, guests are greeted with the uplifting sound of jazz music and dim lighting that accentuates the careful detailing of the restaurant's industrial decor. The casual, funky vibe and sound of bartenders shaking away their fancy cocktail concoctions add to the restaurant's eclectic charm. You can almost feel the cool Parisian breeze if you sit in the right spot with the air-con blowing in your face and forget that you're in Ekamai for a little while.

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    Winter pop-ups winter

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 28/11/2014

    » Noticed something different about Bangkok? No, it’s not the traffic-free roads or that Thais have stopped taking photos of their meals before eating (ha! Don’t be ridiculous). We’ll give you a clue: it’s in the air and it’s making us a little less miserable. It’s the beginning of winter, or, as we know it — the extremely short period of the year when the whole country gets giddy over a two-to-four degree dip in temperature. Nevertheless, we’re going to take full advantage of this and guide you to this winter’s best seasonal pop-ups.

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    Simple sophistication

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 02/01/2015

    » Deep dish, thin and crispy, folded, oozing with cheese — so many options and so many pizzerias to choose from. Yet, everyone has their favourite — a sacred place if you will. And god forbid if somebody else comes along and tells you that their go-to place is better. Countless verbal wars have been sparked by this topic, much like the endless discussion of best burger and noodle bowl. We commend Sfizio's valour for being the brave new Italian kid on the block who, for once, isn't interested in brick walls, wood-fired ovens, candles and opera singers. Instead, they opted for a modern look with a laid-back atmosphere. The cosy 22-seater restaurant feels like a friend's house (if you have an impressive Italian chef as your friend, that is) and serves up authentic Italian salads, pizza, pasta and desserts. Slightly hidden from the bustling street of Asok, the diners here are office workers, expats who reside in the area and returning customers who can't get enough of Sfizio.

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    Tricks of the traits

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 27/03/2015

    » Bangkokians are a rare — and confusing — breed. When the economy looks grim, we build more shopping malls. When there is a protest or coup, we turn it into a music festival. When there’s too much pollution, we suck it in like it’s the smell of fresh laundry. To be called a Bangkokian is something that must be earned. Residing around Sukhumvit and spending a quarter of your time stuck in traffic may score you a few points, but believe us, it takes a lot more than that before you can really embrace the status. But fear not, dear readers — Guru has compiled an instruction manual of the basic Bangkokian traits you need to grasp (or at least know about) to blend in with the locals.

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    Sweet tooth siblings

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 22/05/2015

    » Nattakan “Kwang” Vichiankavee and her older brothers Nat and Vut have the sweetest set-up in Bangkok. They’ve opened chic gelato booth Deerato (fb.com/deerato, IG: @deerato), which currently is a hit among the city’s foodies. We catch up with the siblings to find out the secret behind their success, what it’s like working with family and where we can find them next.

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    The chilling beast of Thong Lor

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 07/08/2015

    » Ice cream will always be a big hit in a sweltering country like Thailand. So what happens when you represent an ice cream brand with a bright blue storefront and cutesy monsters?

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    Trick of the eye, treat for the lens

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 21/08/2015

    » As much as I love the outdoors, the rainy season has convinced me that staying inside is slightly better than finding myself at a hospital, diagnosed with influenza.

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    Winter Wonderlands

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 27/11/2015

    » Can you feel that? The winter breeze is finally passing through Thailand. Well, either that or you’ve just walked through 7-Eleven’s doors. Nevertheless, it’s nearly December, and what does this mean? Scouring Uniqlo for fleeces on discount, “sick” day planning, last-minute reports, fantasising about what to do with your year-end bonus and, of course, checking which parties are worth hitting up. To save you some time, Guru has compiled a guide to festivals and fairs that will take place before the new year arrives. Sobriety, of course, is not guaranteed.

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    The bread winner

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 27/11/2015

    » Desperate times call for desperate measures, and when you’re living in Bangkok, a city that seems to have everything — apart from a branch of Pret A Manger — to curb your sandwich cravings, you look to Google for a solution.

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    Carve 'em up

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 11/12/2015

    » Following in Dubai's footsteps, Thailand is now seeing some of the most incredible entertainment centres. It seems as if there's nothing this country can't do -- from snow towns and trampoline parks to surfing complexes, we've got it all. Or so it seems.

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