This year, it has not felt at all like a traditional Christmas. At all! We just discussed it yesterday: no decorations at home, no Christmas food, no carols. This has been very convenient, as we (M) do not really care that much for Christmas. We utilize the holiday period to spend some time somewhere warm, usually in South-East Asia. And this year again we traveled early to avoid the tourist rush. But it is quite uncommon that Christmas slips by almost unnoticed. Proof that we have been way too busy this fall. Continue reading “Wineweek 112: Christmas Eve – Thai Style”
We have become, somewhat, creatures of habit: lunch Issaya Siamese Club is what really starts the annual vacation. It has become a tradition that we do not want to miss, even if the menu is already more than familiar to us. The old Thai-villa, turned into a restaurant is a wonderful experience with modern Thai cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere, colorful decor and extremely friendly service. Issaya also features Chef’s garden where guests can see aromatic Thai herbs grown year-round. I have written about it several times (here and here), and cannot help myself writing about it again. The beautiful dishes contribute to great food-photography. Continue reading “The Issaya Tradition”
From minus five to plus twenty-five degrees overnight. The week I have raging about for months is here, our annual trip to Asia has begun. And as always, the first leg, is to Bangkok, to recover from the jetlag. Continue reading “Wineweek 111: Good Morning Bangkok”
Today Stockholm has been covered in white. Snow has come early in record breaking amounts. The whole city is in traffic chaos. I feel lucky I made it home from work. And so I started counting again, the days that are left before we leave for Asia. It has become a yearly tradition for us to fly southeast for Christmas. Thirty five days. It isn’t that long. Continue reading “This Time Last Year”
For those who are already sick of my post on Bangkok, this is the last one I swear. For this year at least. However, since this time around we found much better places for wine in the city, I don’t think it’s fair to keep them all to myself. Quince Eatery & Bar is a very typical expat hangout right inbetween Thong Lo and Phrom Pong sky train stations. The look is early hipster: modern bistro with some edgy industrial details – a look you have seen a thousand times in London and Scandinavia. But we did not come to Quince for the decor, we came for the wine list. Continue reading “Hanging out at Quince BKK”
“LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING. WE ARE ABOUT TO LAND IN HAVANA, CUBA. PLEASE TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK 12 HOURS….AND 75 YEARS!”
We have returned to Sweden and boy is it cold here. Seriously, its below -10C. My face freezes when I go out. The warmth of Asia is just a faint memory and now we have to patiently wait for summer. Its going to be a long wait…how have humans survived at these latitudes for this long?
It has taken four days to get rid of the Jetlag. I have been up at 5am every day and falling over by 9pm. Finally it seems that my body has adjusted and I slept until eight this morning. Starting a new job hasn’t helped, so it is completely natural that any posting has been postponed to the weekend. The first post I want to do and the place I want to reminisce is the Wine Pub – the salvation of any winecurious spending time in Bangkok. It is by far the best wine bar in town.
The bar is located at the Pullman King Power, close to the Victory Monument. The hotel as such is not that nice, and the huge King Power tax free makes the location slightly unpleasant. Too many buses and tourists loitering around next to the hotel. This would not be the block to come hang around at due to its charm. The ambiance of the bar is quite generic. The looks are no different from a normal hotel bar. It is the content of the wine list which makes the Wine Pub worth a visit. 48 different wines by the glass would tickle my fancy anytime, anywhere.
The list by the glass in divided into four sections: House Wines, Suggestions du Sommelier, Premium Wines and Grand Crus. Prices started at around five euros per glass up to 50. The Premium and Grand Cry wines could also be ordered in smaller sizes: three (3) and six (6) cl. This is a feature I always appreciate as it gives the opportunity to taste more expensive wines for a reasonable price. The wines were held in one of those air tight vending machines, so they were preserved nice and air tight. And the sommelier checked each bottle before serving. As they should do.
The list is nice and mixed with wines from France, Australia, NZ, Chile and South Africa. The Premium wines also have some old world vintages from Italy. France, as you can imagine, was most heavily represented. The list also features four bubblies by the glass: two Proseccos and two Champagnes. To my disappointment, the champagnes were quite boring (and I would not touch the Proseccos).
We tried altogether five wines: La Chapelle Viognier (Fr), Pegasus Sauvignon Black (NZ), Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc (NZ), Poiully Fuisse 2006 (Fr) and Clos Windsbuhl Pinot Gris 2004 (Fr). All whites due to the hot weather. All were actually really good for the price on the menu. How rare! The poiully Fuisse and Clos Windsbuhl were from the premium selection, so we took only 3cl tasters. That was definitely enough as they were quite intense, but delicious.
Service was also good. However I think there is a bit of a language barrier when the bartenders are local. Not that they don’t know their stuff, but some things that we asked about they just did not understand in the context we meant it. For example, we asked how often they rotate the wine list and they understood it how often do we open a new bottle (for wines by the glass). Not that far but still a completely different thing.
All in all I was really happy to find the Wine Pub. Regardless of its lame name and chain restaurant looks, it is by any standards a really great wine bar to visit.
The time this post publishes, the tropical scenery featured in the pictures is a faint memory. I have timed it to go around the same time as we land in freezing Sweden.
Lumpini park is one of the must-visit places in Bangkok. Its kind of an oriental (smaller) version of central park. A perfect place to relax in the middle of a buzzing city. This time we didn’t have any wine with us, but I could imagine myself having a nice sunset picnic with a chilled bottle of white Burgundy. I tried to find out if it is allowed to drink at public places. Looking at all the tourists going around with a beer in the hand, I would assume so. You can never know though, so perhaps good to bring along a brown paper bag (haha). This post will unfortunately not feature more wine (I promise the next one will), but a few pics from life in the park.
I am just such a big fan of Issya Siamese Club. There is no denying it fall into my top-10 favorite restaurant experiences in the world. The lush green garden and Thai villa, hidden in the middle of a buzzing city offers such a relaxing and delicious experience that words cannot describe it. I already reviewed it a year ago (link here), and I don’t have much more new to say. Food was great, staff friendly and the price for a set menu criminally low (1500 Bath for seven courses plus amuse bouche). Continue reading “Issaya Siamese Club Revisited”