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Simple Travels: 5 Things We Did in Thailand

Thailand has always been a happy place for me. Good and affordable food. Nice tourist spots. Great shopping areas. There are lots to do in Thailand. 3 days is never enough but you make do with whatever vacation time you have. These are 5 things my mom and I did in Thailand –

  1. EAT. EAT. EAT. We had a late lunch at Kuppa. Enjoyed their Truffle, Mascarpone and Onion Pizza. I can still smell the truffles. Savored their crispy pork leg over red cabbage and creamy mashed potatos and finished it off with their freshly brewed Kuppa coffee. We tried out a few never been tried restaurant – Lemongrass. Too expensive for the type of food they serve. Not recommended. We satisfied our seafood cravings at Somboon, fried curry crab meat, steamed seabass in chili oil and spicy vegetables. We also enjoyed the food at the Platinum food court – Mango with Sticky rice and Water Chestnut in Coconut. Before we left Bangkok, we also had a scrumptuous breakfast buffet at Intercontinental Hotel. Their home-made strawberry and blueberry jams are just divine. 🙂
  2. Massage. We got our massage fix at Ruen Nuad. A 2 hour Thai massage of stretching and twisting made our body ready for the next day’s walk.
  3. SHOP. SHOP. SHOP. Bangkok is filled with rows and rows of malls, from high end ones to whole-sale malls. We visited only 2 this trip – MBK and Platinum Mall. Again, saw some great finds. Bought a lot for Warren. Was also able to buy a few pasalubongs for H and my mom-in-law.
  4. Temple Visits. We asked for blessings from the Erawan Shrine and visited the buddhas at the Wat Po area.
  5. Ride a Tuktuk, the BTS and a Taxi. So, our hotel provides a shuttle in the form of a tuktuk out of the hotel to the nearest BTS station – Nana Station, We took the BTS a few times this trip but our foremost mode of transportation is the Taxi. Flagdown rate is not too bad at B25. Most of our trips cost us roughly B60 so it would have cost the same had we taken the BTS. Traffic also wasn’t too bad this time around.

So, that’s what we did in our recent 4-day visit to Thailand! 🙂

 

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Simple Eats: Kuppa cafe and Restaurant

This is Simple Eats’ first post about a restaurant abroad. I’m glad that it will be about Kuppa. Every time I frequent Thailand, I’d really go out of my way to go to this restaurant -Kuppa. I cant say it’s a small one as the restaurant can sit around a hundred or so but this stay restaurant is tucked in Sukhumvit Soi 16. Now, Soi 16 is street for upscale residential apartments. And it’s one of those side streets.

Since we were booked at Grand Centrepoint Sukhumvit Terminal 21 which was in Soi 19, we decided it would be a short walk. The flight was at 135AM so there was more than enough time to spare. We decided to leave the hotel at 530AM. It would have just been a 20minute leisure walk if we didn’t go the other way. We ended up walking for a little less than 1 hour.

Kuppa is known to be once a hideout of the CIA. 8years back, when very few Thais know how to speak English, the service staff in this restaurant can easily converse in English already. Owned by an Australian, it’s simple yet elegant decor hasn’t changed since I started dining here.

We were seated in front of their coffee roasting machine. This was my first time dining for dinner. Usually, I’d come here for brunch or lunch. The restaurant opens at 10AM to 11PM.

While hubby was browsing through the menu, I knew what I wanted to order. My usuals – the duck liver parfait with french baguette for appetizers and a roasted pork leg on a bed of cabbage and a side dish of mash potato for entrees.

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Hubby decided to order a dish I haven’t tried before – mascarpone, truffle and caramelized onion pizza.

ON THe TABLE

Duck Liver Parfait with Orange Marmalade and Baguette
This one’s yummy! They even got us extra baguettes and orange marmalade.

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Mascarpone, Truffle and Caramelized Onion Pizza
This was a surprise winner! I couldn’t even take my mind off eating his pizza. Look at one truffle shavings! Huge! This was my first time eating this much truffles. The smell emanates the moment the pizza was served. The combination with the tomato sauce was at first weird but it balances everything out after a few bites. Love love love this!

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Pork Leg
Now, this dish I order every time I’m here. This is our equivalent of Crispy Pata. For some reason, I just find that theirs is healthier. It might be because of the apple chutney sauce or that the dish doesn’t come out oily.

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It was a lovely pre-valentine’s dinner! Here’s to more adventures and good eats! 🙂

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