As a resident of Brooklyn, were you affected much by Hurricane Sandy? A couple of media reports suggested that a recording studio you had been working at was destroyed?
We catch up with Dustin Payseur, front man of American surf-rock band Beach Fossils, for a quick chat ahead of their debut Bangkok gig tonight (Nov 16) at Moonstar Studio.
Here's one for female shopaholics: Local womenswear brand Milin is holding a Hard Sale, slashing prices by 40-80% on the brand's dresses, scarves and general garb from collections 1-8. So do have your credit card at the ready and brace yourself for a crowd. May 31-Jun 2 from 10am-9pm at Studio 61, Sukhumvit Soi 61, 02-381-4456.
British luxe furniture manufacturer Alexander Lamont, known for its classy European decor with oriental touches, is set to slash its prices as part of the upcoming The Great Clipper Sale. Like the 18th Century clipper trade ships, the store's Gaysorn branch will be home to a collection of goods like lamps, consoles, tables and decorative antiques, as well as pieces collected by owner and designer Alexander Lamont.
The fine folk behind popular café and hipster haunt Casa Lapin (Sukhumvit Soi 49 [opposite Samitivej Hospital], 081-257-7920. Open daily 7:30am-9:30pm) have expanded beyond the rabbit-hole original branch to now serve a good cup of joe in a larger, though equally lovely, venue. The brains behind this new hidden café’s Brooklyn-evoking light industrial décor is Be Grey (whose previous work includes Karmakamet and In the Mood for Love). The result is a place well worth of a visit: gorgeous and thoughtful from the chic daybed out front to the lofty ceiling inside.
Short Cuts (G/F, Crowne Plaza, 952 Rama 4 Rd., 02-632-9000) recently invited a chef from Belgian chocolate company Callebaut to create a new afternoon tea set. The set is B399 with choices of sweets like macaroons, milk chocolate and pecan nut cheesecake, and chocolate fudge tart. Available Mon-Fri throughout April only.
Wine lovers, here's your chance to enjoy selections from the prestigious vineyards of Beni di Bastasiolo in Northern Italy. On April 2, Signor Sassi (37/F, Anantara Bangkok Sathorn, Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Rd., 02-210-9011) will be serving Italian cuisine paired with fine wines prepared by Italian Chef Filipo Pagani of Signor Sassi.
The 10th anniversary celebrations at Hua Hin Hills Vineyard continue to gather pace with the announcement that Michelin-star Chef David Thompson, the master of Thai cuisine of Nahm fame, will pay a visit to The Sala (Hua Hin Hills Vineyard, 204 Moo9, Baan Khork Chang Patana, Hua Hin, 081-701-8874-5, 081-701-0222). The wine dinner on Mar 29 costs B1,800; otherwise, get in on his cooking class on Mar 30 at B1,200.
The Water Library (2/F, Chamchuri Square, Rama 4 Rd., 02-160-5188) will this month host three-Michelin-star chef Juan Amador, famed for his extraordinary techniques and Hispanic-inspired cuisine. From Mar 29-31, try the four-course lunch (B2,900, or an additional B1,200 for wine pairing) with a main of lamb with black mustard, roasted onion cream and pak choi, or the six-course dinner (B4,900, or an additional B1,600 for booze) featuring dishes like scallop with pork belly, parsley and spinach. Reservations are required.
We’re quite surprised and a little sad to learn that just after adding some life to the local music scene, through weekly gigs featuring rising bands like Casinotone, Noah’s Tape and lots of artists from Panda Records, The Woodstock Bar & Grill on Thonglor Soi 13 has shut its doors for good at super short notice. Although they’re saying it’s permanent, we still hold out some hope that the venue could be up and running again in the future.