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Fah Thai Magazine Nov-Dec 2018

HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND CHIANG MAI THAILAND KOH CHANG SPOTLIGHT In-Depth Culinary Experience Three Trees embraces Thai culinary traditions of past and present. Drawing on historical recipes and 15 years of extensive research, founder and prominent food scholar, Hanuman Aspler offers a bespoke and intimate approach to learning the art of Thai cooking. From Royal Thai cuisine to regional cooking, minority dishes and even Laotian cuisine – given enough notice, a unique experience can be carefully crafted to suit your interest. All classes are private for 1-3 students at a time, and the setting is pure magic. Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the school is nestled on a 15-rai, luscious farm at the foothills of Doi Saket. Hanuman dedicated years to revitalising the area’s swampland, managing water systems and creating a food forest that is reminiscent of ancient Siam. A definite foodie haven for those seeking out an in-depth appreciation of Thai cuisine. thaifoodmaster.com TASTE OF THE MEXICAN SPIRIT Take a break from Thai seafood and indulge in a fun Mexican dining experience on Barrio Bonito on Koh Chang. Located in the heart of Kai Bae village on the island, the restaurant is known for its authentic Mexican fare. Founded by a Mexican chef and a Frenchman who felt the only way to not miss home is to bring the mood of the barrio, or neighbourhood in Spanish, over to the island. Originally from Mexico City and Oaxaca, the owner brought with her the local culture and gastronomy with imported spices and ingredients. Chipotle chilli, ancho chillies, and achiote paste add an authentic touch to the scrumptious dishes. Spice up your day with a wide array of Mexican delights such as alambre, taquitos, cochinita pibil, along with their signature cocktails. 98/14-15 Moo 4 Kai Bae, Koh Chang, Trat, barriobonito.com ART MEETS NATURE Toot Yung (that’s “mosquito butt” in Thai) abandoned the bustle of the Bangkok art scene earlier this year in favour of an unlikely and rather remote enclave in Mae Rim district. Some 30km north of Chiang Mai city, the compound was designed by owner and art enthusiast Udom Dansakchai with a vision of creating a peaceful space that blends art and nature. The haven features a world-class art gallery, a design gallery and a workshop for artists-in-residence, all nestled in lush tropical gardens. Curator and director Myrtille Tibayrenc has a penchant for the provocative and believes that destiny brought this centre into being. This December showcases respected Thai sculptor, Haritorn Akarapat. tootyunggallery.com, +66 (0) 84 914 5499 HANDMADE, FROM START TO FINISH A passion project of founder and designer Boontavee “Boon” Charoenpoonsiri, Torboon, embraces every stage of the bag-making process – from weaving the base fabric, to selecting the finest leather details and above all, for a carefully crafted and enduring design. After deciding on a career change, Boon spent two years learning the art of bag-making in Florence and Milan. Returning home with new skills in tow, she found further inspiration in the local culture of textile weaving, thereby creating a marriage of Thai heritage and Italian craftsmanship. Her contemporary range has expanded to include women’s shoes, unisex hats and a men’s bag line. One Nimman, 1 Nimmanhaemin Road, torboonchiangmai.com A NOT-SO-SECRET CAFÉ My Secret Café’s (not-so-secret, really) In Town branch echoes the vibrant mood and cosy feel of their flagship location on the outskirts of town (minus the lamyai or longan farm and friendly horses). Nestled in a nook just behind popular Akha Ama coffee, their discreet yet central location is steps away from Sunday walking street and the revered Phra Singh temple. On offer is a combination of Thai and Western comfort food with an array of mouth-watering, fresh-baked goodies. The otherwise tranquil café comes alive with Tuesday Music Nights, expect an impressive line-up of jazz, blues, samba and more – featuring up-and-coming musical talents – all carefully curated by respected local sax player “Ek.” 175/12 Rachadamnoen Road, facebook.com/mysecretcafeintown 114