‘Three servings of Somtam with fermented crab, extra spicy’. When I heard the couple next to me order spicy papaya salad with their ice coffees, I knew I had to stick around. ‘Maybe you could try one portion first?’. The friendly waiter really wanted to ease them into Isan cuisine, but there was no stopping these weekend warriors out for an authentic adventure. Last Saturday, I paid a visit to Siam Senses in Antwerp.
The most suitable description of my attitude towards technology would be selective technophile. Yes, I do like digital gear, but I am not obsessed with new devices. When my trusty Macbook started having issues and neither Apple nor Switch offered viable solutions for repair, I was gutted. Until I discovered Dr. Macbook in Bangkok.
‘The best pizza of Vilvoorde and surrounding area’. Felix Pizza in Vilvoorde has chosen quite the audacious tag line. I do like the implied confidence, but it does sound like a challenge. With a growing number of pizza parlors in my hometown, there are a lot of contenders for the title. Off the top of my head, there’s Testa Rossi, Barino, Pizza Vera, Pizza Talia, Domino’s and Pizza Hut. Main rival in the region is Il Casale in Grimbergen, in my opinion. Does Felix Pizza measure up? Let’s have a look.
Our guide to buying wine in Thailand, has had its first succes. Applying the guide to the selection of wines at the local Tesco Lotus supermarket resulted in an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon by the supermarket’s private label ‘Vineyards – World Wines’. The red wine is above acceptable, with just a little bit too much sweetness in the after-tast and a lack of body. Priced at 349 baht, it is just 50 baht more expensive than the local fruit wines and far superior. Shiraz and Merlot variants are available as well. Affordable, enjoyable and widely available in Thailand. Result.
Seafood aficionados staying in the Pattaya (Chon Buri) area should definitely skip the usual tourist traps and head straight over to Pu Pen right on Jomtien beach, where quality and quantity rival each other. We make a point of it to have at least one meal there, whenever we’re in the neighborhood. I’ll tell you why.
My girlfriend and I’ll gladly admit that we love Japanese food, especially sushi/sashimi. When we are in Thailand we head to a Fuji franchise about twice a month. No matter the location, quality is always top notch, service swift and freshness guaranteed by the rate of turnover: every single branch seems to be booming. Last week, we decided to check out the competition. Maybe we could find an even better restaurant?
In the larger Thai cities, some movie theaters are still the cinema palaces they used to be in the West. They also offer more viewing experiences than I am used to in the Belgium: regular, VIP, 3D, IMAX, IMAX 3D and 4DX. As my girlfriend and I are quite fond of going to the movies, we’ve regularly used all options, except for one: 4DX. Time to strike the last one from the list.
We’ve just checked into Siam Tarapalace Hotel in Maha Sarakham (Thailand) for the third time. As once again, service is consistently spotless, this little gem of a hotel warrants a rave review. Continue reading and I will tell you why I consider this the best value hotel in Isaan (to my personal experience, so far).
Tjoung Tjoung in Antwerp is one of those rare restaurants that serves authentic Thai food in Belgium. It is situated slightly out of the way at Breydelstraat 16, close to the central train station and mere minutes by foot from the De Keyserlei. Coming from the train station, just take a right at the Australian Ice Cream parlor and keep walking until it appears on your left. With the popular Isaan Café and a Thai massage parlor in the direct vicinity, there seems to be a cluster of Thai businesses in the making.