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    Go global, eat local

    Life, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 01/12/2017

    » To call Jock Zonfrillo a locavore would not be an exaggeration. The chef and owner of Australia's No.1 restaurant, Orana -- as voted by Gourmet Traveller for 2017 -- was in Bangkok in September.

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    From seedling to bar

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 22/06/2018

    » MarkRin Chocolate was born out of the love for chocolate by Assoc Prof Dr Sanh and his wife Kanokked "Thip" La-Ongsri, who also created it as a long-term research project in Chiang Mai. Sanh found that the agricultural geography of Thailand qualified for planting cacao trees. The first cacao plant in Chiang Mai, Sanh crossed two cacao varieties and created his own hybrid called "I.M.1". He and Thip formed MarkRin Farms, to support and form a cooperative, so cacao farmers have a stable occupation since cacao is a monocrop and intercrop. Sanh and Thip also studied and researched cocoa beans fermentation together to develop chocolate from premium quality dried beans.

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    Turning art into cocktails

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 05/04/2019

    » Supawit "Palm" Muttarattana, group bar manager for Foodie Collection, won "Bartender of the Year 2019" at Sunday's Bar Awards 2019 held in Bangkok and has been on the local bar scene since 2009. His passion for cocktails earned him top prize at Diageo World Class Thailand 2012 and he soon became brand ambassador for Diageo Reserve Thailand. This year in Milan, Italy, Palm won "Campari Bartender Competition Asia 2019", where he competed against 350 bartenders from across Asia. Apart from overseeing Vesper, il Fumo, La Dotta Pasta Bar, La Dotta La Grassa, Via Maris Bistro & Natural Wine Bar and 80/20, he is a partner at Backstage Cocktail Bar. Palm talks to Guru about his "clean, classical style with a strong focus on techniques and ingredients. A twist on classic cocktails" mixology and more.

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    New media theatre

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 18/10/2019

    » The first bilingual podcast on the Bangkok performing arts scene, Bangkok Offstage Podcast is hosted by two Thai theatre critics: Amitha Amranand and Kaewta Ketbungkan. The podcast deals with discussions, reviews and interviews of local and foreign artists who perform on the Bangkok stage. Amitha is a writer, translator and language and writing teacher. She has been a theatre critic for the Bangkok Post since 2006 and teaches journalistic writing at Chulalongkorn University. She is on the artistic committee of the Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting. Kaewta Ketbungkan is a writer, translator and content creator with strong knowledge in Thai cinema, theatre and culture from her nine-year experience in broadcast journalism. She has been an active member of the International Association of Theatre Critics — Thailand Center since 2016. Currently, she is developing her website www.annkaewta.com. Guru discuss the need for such a podcast and Thailand's theatre scene with Amitha and Kaewta.

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