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    Exotic eats, and where to find them

    Guru, Chris Raufeisen, Published on 28/07/2017

    » At the heart of every culture is food. The smells, tastes and textures are deeply rooted in the chronology of our heritage. Living in Bangkok, we are fortunate to be a home for countless cultures, cuisines and kitchens. How far off the grid can you go to satisfy your culinary curiosities? This week, Guru took a look at some pretty far out places. Here are some exotic eats, and where to find them!

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    Doorway to Gourmet

    Guru, Chris Raufeisen, Published on 21/07/2017

    » The Setting: Surrounded by a jungle of business towers and high rise condos is Chunky. From the outside it looks upscale yet modest in comparison to its neighbours. A step inside will reveal a cosy loft space with high ceilings and generous amounts of sunlight, creating an open ambience. The modest yet sophisticated interior makes it feel like you're stepping into someone's high-rise loft. There's plenty of seating and a prep kitchen ready to whip up drinks on the ground floor while a pleasant little loft for more intimate seating can be found up the staircase at the back of the restaurant.

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    Bangkok psycho's on our sofa

    Guru, Chris Raufeisen, Published on 02/06/2017

    » This week Guru chatted with the local artist and photographer Dop Ameen. Originally from France, he began his artistic pursuits here seven years ago during a solo motorcycle/ photography trip around Southeast Asia. He fell in love with what he captured and he's been pushing artistic boundaries in this hemisphere ever since. He has developed a series called Bangkok Psycho, a deviant art concept that focuses on the paradoxical tendencies of Bangkok and its dwellers. You can observe his latest works, "Bangkok Psycho — The Bride Edition" (goo.gl/PXuJyn) from Jun 8-15 at Maggie Choo's.

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    Rites of passage, Bangkok-style

    Guru, Chris Raufeisen, Published on 14/07/2017

    » Teetering on the line that differentiates a tourist or long-term visitor from an expat is a wealth of knowledge, information and experiences. Being a foreigner who lives and works in Bangkok may make you an expat, but by literary definition only! There are many boxes to tick if you want to become a bona fide Bangkok expat. Here are 25 things you can do or see to earn your legit expat stripes.

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    On the right track

    Guru, Chris Raufeisen, Published on 02/06/2017

    » <b>The setting:</b> A stone throw away from Makkasan Airport Link and Petchaburi MRT and nestled high above the hustle and bustle of midtown Bangkok is The Station, Mercure Bangkok Makkasan's answer to luxury, all-day dining. Towering eight floors above a cacophony of car horns and motorcycle engines is an escape into solitude and a gateway to culinary satisfaction. With high ceilings and wall-to-wall glass windows, it offers an open and sophisticated ambience along with picturesque views of midtown and beyond. You'll see snapshots of commuter life, from the airport rail, to the train and the fast-moving Kamphaeng Phet Road which make The Station aptly named. It is also aptly decorated with a theme that pushes its namesake. Tasteful yet subtle designs reflect the atmosphere of a grand central station, with vertical bars on booths that emulate the cattle catcher. The plush seats are reminiscent of the interior in a luxury carriage. Above is a giant sky window with a neat graphic of what looks like the dome of a grandiose train station, really pulling the look of the room together.

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