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    An oasis of calm

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 14/09/2018

    » Serene, calm, spiritual -- three words that one would rarely see in a description of Shanghai, but this is not your normal modern-day China. This is Amanyangyun, Aman group of hotels' fourth destination in China and the only one in Shanghai. Meaning "nourishing cloud" in Mandarin, "yangyun" is a reference to expanding the "cloud" of the mind with knowledge.


    Let them eat cake

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 07/09/2018

    » Everyone has heard of the saying, "Let them eat cake", made by a French royal on hearing that the peasants had no bread to eat. And dare I say, you will not be craving bread at this quaint café out in the sticks.


    Bangin' brunches

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 31/08/2018

    » The Urban Dictionary defines brunch as "A contraction of breakfast and lunch, usually occurring around the hour of 11am. Typically reserved for snobs." Well, if you're not a morning person, like to combine breakfast with lunch and are a snob (we are not judging), then brunch is for you. I do love a good brunch (hey, don't judge me either!) and so I ate my way through a few to bring you the ones that go around the world, while never having to leave the 'Kok!


    Warm, welcoming, rustic

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 24/08/2018

    » Mallard, a newish Mediterranean eatery is nestled half-way in the popular food soi that is Sukhumvit 49, attached to the Adelphi Forty-Nine Hotel. Named after the dabbling duck known for its adaptability, the restaurant's philosophy is "what we cook is who we are", with a focus on wild and exotic meats. The interior looks like a country farmhouse, with a patio and terrace seating, complete with potted plants, outdoor fans (to keep the hot summer days cool), animal trophies, antler chandeliers and wood and leather furniture. Warm lighting completes the look, which includes a bar in the centre of the restaurant. A very macho restaurant.


    The new black gold

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 24/08/2018

    » Canadian Blake Dinkin is the creator and owner of the world's rarest and most expensive coffee, refined naturally by elephants — Black Ivory Coffee. Partnering with Ban Taklang in Surin and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, Dinkin produces "elephant dung coffee". However, production of Black Ivory Coffee provides valuable income for elephant care-giving families, as well as students who are taught how to wash and dry the coffee. The mission of Black Ivory Coffee is to take a negative situation, namely human-elephant conflict and turn it into a positive one by creating a luxury product that helps not hurts elephants, as Dinkin tells Guru.


    Hungry for hummus

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 17/08/2018

    » One of the greatest foods to be put into a bowl is the almighty hummus. It makes a great snack or dip and sometimes, even a great meal. And no longer do the Bangkok hipsters have to be caught dead on Sukhumvit 3 for their hummus fix.


    Empowering through training

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 27/07/2018

    » The Pimali Foundation based on the practical training concept of "learning by doing". The foundation aims at providing hands-on hospitality training for the underprivileged youth and orphans in Thailand's impoverished Northeastern region, with the aim of ensuring them a professional future and financial independence. Founded by Stéphanie des Arts-Loup, and her husband Alexandre des Arts, Pimali operates like a learning and training centre with a school, an application restaurant with professional kitchen and a guesthouse and bungalows for guests. We spoke to Stéphanie des Arts-Loup about her fight to empower the youth in Isan.


    Welcome to the Philippines

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 20/07/2018

    » The Philippines is not known for its food. In fact, it is the one country in Southeast Asia whose cuisine is the least popular. And the only Filipino restaurant to have survived 15 years in the business in Bangkok is Mabuhay (which in Tagalog loosely translates as "welcome").


    Supperclub society

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 20/07/2018

    » Dining in unusual places with people you've never met is a new concept in Bangkok, and has still to catch on. So, here I am trying to promote the supperclub agenda. If you like good food and meeting new people, a supperclub is for you.


    Nothing bitter about this man

    Guru, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 06/07/2018

    » Bitterman, on Sala Daeng Soi 1, is a 40-year-old house complete with an atrium, full of plants. The restaurant also has leather chairs and tables inside. But since sitting outside in Bangkok is rare, the glass house is by far the most popular, especially during dinner and at weekends when brunch is served. It is also the best spot to be in the afternoon while the warm sun bathes you through the glass, which makes you forget you're in Bangkok for a wee bit. "Even though the concept of the restaurant is home cooking, I think it's a tad boring so I have changed the way we present the food. The best way to describe my menu is simple and sexy," laughs chef de la cuisine Enzo Dela Cruz.

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