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For about 3 months, we lived in Bangkok. Actually, my wife lived here for three months, I was only here for 6 weeks. Rather than create a separate entry for each of the places I want to remember, I compiled everything into this one article. If I stop being lazy at some point, I'll rate each one and create separate entries ... or I'll figure out how to review them on TripAdvisor and have a feed show up here. In the mean time ...
- Cafe Tartine. On Ruam Rudee, there is a great little cafe that we visited often. It's western food. The salads, sandwiches, lattes, and quiches are quite tasty. It closes around 8pm, so it's not a late-night place. It's a good brunch and lunch option. Mains cost about 250 - 450 baht. Lattes are around 100 baht.
- Bourbon Street. It's an American owned and operated restaurant that makes delicious Cajun food. The shrimp po boy, blackened fish, cole slaw, and potatoe salad are family favorites. It's between 250 and 450 baht for a main or sandwich.
- Tummy Yummy. Thai food in a nice little spot along Soi Ton Son, near the Chit Lom BTS stop. We've ordered delivery and eaten in. The
- Food Court by Centre Point on Wireless Road. I love to get grilled chicken, papaya salad, and sticky rice (90 - 120 baht) from the stall right at the end nearest Embassy Place. It's open during the week and closes by 1pm. It's really just a lunch-time spot service the folks who work in the surrounding office buildings. There are about 6 different vendors with buffet trays of prepared deliciousness. Rice and three dishes runs about 60 baht. You can't beat it.
- Hyde and Seek. It's the outdoor, classy bar in the same area as Cafe Tartine, just behind the Plaza Athenee. Ambience at night is nice. It's relatively quiet and Ruam Rudee is obscured from view by the bushes they've grown. I thoroughly enjoyed my Brandy Alexander, but drinks are around 300 baht.
- The Nest. It's an 8th floor rooftop bar crowning the Le Phenix Hotel on Soi 11, Sukhumvit. Although it's not 60 stories like some of the other bars, it has a nice, unobstructed view of the skyline. Drinks were around 300 baht.
- Beruit. Mediterranean. We ordered from there are few times, but have never been to the restaurant. The hummus is quite good. There was a great fish dish I ordered (I can't remember what it was). Prices are 300 - 600 baht a main. Not cheap.
- Dean & Deluca. I know it's lame, but the coffee is good. They've just got the espresso making down. Iced lattes run about 120 baht.
- The Peninsula. Sunday Lunch Buffet. We did Christmas Brunch here. It was US$100 a person. It was worth every penny. Desserts, meats, sushi and cheeses. All you can eat. And I ate a lot. The wild boar and the wagyu beef were out of this world.
- Coffee Beans by Dao. Dessert. Delicious. Delivers. Coffee Beans by Dao is a Bangkok (Thailand?) chain with delicious desserts. My favorite is the lemon cheesecake, though the espresso cake and the mocha toffee cake are equally delicious.
- Jitti Gym. While in Bangkok, I had the opportunity to train a little. One of my friends told me about Jitti Gym - they're friendly to foreigners and they're right off the MTS Ratchadapisek stop. So I went. Love it. There are two sessions - 8am and 3pm. I have never made the 8am class because morning are rough with an infant. However, the afternoon classes are pretty laid back. You can show up when you want (within reason), you warm up with some rope skipping and stretching. Then it's a few rounds of combos with the pads, then technique work on the pads, broken up by rounds on the heavy bag, and finishing up with super light sparring. Right now, each session is 400 baht, or 600 baht for morning and afternoon.
- Loy Nava Dinner Cruise on Chao Praya. For about $50 per person, four of us went on the 2 hour cruise. They've got two times, 6pm and 8pm. The cruise is on an old rice boat, it's open to the air, and tastefully done. The menu is set and comes out in courses. We saw the Chao Praya Princes boats from ours; they had horrible karaoke, massive buffet, and about 100 people. It did not have the intimate feel of the Loy Nava. The boat pilot did a little turn around at Wat Arun, letting both sides of the boat see the temple lit up in the night sky. Gorgeous! What's great is that the dinner fee includes pickup and dropoff from your hotel/residence.