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    Five-star wanted level

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 18/12/2015

    » They pick me up at the airport in a brand-new hotel van. There is Wi-Fi, somehow, in the van. By the time we arrive at the Akyra Manor Chiang Mai, I am hooked. They attempt to drag me from the vehicle as I frantically Google “ways to stay in the van”. In the end, they are successful, and I am ever-grateful. Each floor of the 30-room property is represented by a black-and-white photograph of a celebrity. Brad Pitt is in the lobby. My 100m² Deluxe Suite on the fourth floor is watched over by eyes that peer from the genial crags of Michael Caine’s face. Dim, curtained hallways evoke the backstage atmosphere of a theatre.


    By fits and starts 

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 27/11/2015

    » My breakfast this morning has consisted of the following: pancakes with fruit and honey (3); a small flank steak (1) and an onsen (Japanese, I think, for "disgusting") egg; the contents of a three-tiered tray piled with various fruits, cold cuts and cheeses (all); a rose-coloured health drink (1 bottle, possibly beetroot); a croissant (1); bacon (strips, 3); and hot coffee (1 cup).


    One fancy feast

    Life, Adam Kohut, Published on 03/12/2015

    » I love food, and I live in Bangkok, and I am young and hip. And my daddy is rich. So I'm going to open a hip restaurant in Bangkok for young people with my rich daddy's money. Now, you must possess passion. Luckily, passion I have in droves! If I were a plant, my friends tell me, I'd be a passion fruit tree. Imagine that! That's how much I love food! I might even venture as far as to call myself a highfalutin gourmandiser.


    A brush with artistic greatness

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 13/11/2015

    » It is Saturday afternoon and, as can be expected, I am riding about a six (out of 10) on the grouchy scale. My girlfriend, Tessa, also her usual self, is happy enough to blanch the gloom from much of the Northern hemisphere. We have signed up to take an art class offered by our hotel, a sleek little outfit in Chiang Mai called the Akyra Manor.


    Playing for team farang?

    Life, Adam Kohut, Published on 03/11/2015

    » One summer when I was young, my mother, my younger brother Clay and I piled into the family Chevrolet Blazer -- a tan-coloured vehicle we had inexplicably named Sparky -- to make the eight-hour trip south, from Fort Worth to Kingsville, Texas, where my grandparents lived (and still do) in a stately white house that as far as I can tell has stood there since the dawn of time.


    Beast mode

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 06/11/2015

    » For the last year, visitors to and citizens of Chiang Mai have been drawn toward the canary-yellow paint of Beast Burger's food truck, eager to order from a simple three-item menu that delivers exactly what is promised: forces of nature.


    Meat love you long time

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 06/11/2015

    » A converted shipping container on Charoen Rat Road marks the kerbside location of Butcher Beef & Beer, an approximately one-month-old cook-it-yourself restaurant focusing on, you got it, beef and beer. Diners, who at the time of our visit were predominantly young and good-looking, sit on wooden stools and tables, which can be moved in- or outdoors, depending on the weather. At each table is a portable gas cooker, on which various cuts of beef, chicken, pork and seafood are prepared. The atmosphere is intimate, but not formal, a locale perfect for a start -- or an end -- to a night out. An indie-rock soundtrack will back your meal here, further adding to the hipster vibe.


    Italics straightens up

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 13/11/2015

    » A few months ago Guru reviewed Italics, a kind-of Italian restaurant built upon the foundation of an odd-yet-fun menu that focused as heavily on concept as food. We believed it then (and still do) to be a hidden gem, obfuscated only by an ever-so-slightly out of the way location (i.e. not directly in line with the flow of Sukhumvit traffic).


    A house of meat, a carnivore's palace

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 16/10/2015

    » You won’t find much in terms of setting at El Toro House of Meat. Situated on the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 29, the glass-fronted restaurant-butcher is a small place, looking out onto the lurching creep of heavy traffic, with enough seating room for only a handful of diners. Standing guard at the entrance is a display counter of fresh cuts of beef, pork and lamb for sale, some imported from countries such as Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, others from Grand Beef Farm near Phitsanulok, where the restaurants’ co-owners, Jacob Schenhav and Jair Da Rosa (who serves as El Toro’s chef), raise Wagyu cattle.


    The fads of tomorrow

    Guru, Adam Kohut, Published on 25/09/2015

    » Alas, Bike for Mom has passed us by. But does that mean Bangkok's cycling craze is over? Heavens and mercy, no! Cycling, somehow, has wriggled into a place of semi-permanence in the heart of urban Thailand. Despite Bangkok being the world's most ill-suited place for cycling (besides the bombed-out husk of Aleppo and the lost city of Atlantis), it is nonetheless rolling on two-wheels toward eco-friendly glory, aided by unrelenting media coverage and a crazed public support that is both impressive and frightening.

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