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Food Lifestyle

Kao Soy Nimman Restaurant Chiang Mai

Photo: Chomchanok Boonpradit

Kao Soy Nimman is an exceptionally busy restaurant, in particular at lunchtime, whereby a gaggle of people can be observed waiting in front of this celebrated eatery, scrolling through their fashionable phones while waiting for a table to become finally available. The singular reputation of this household stems from serving consistently good food, as well as, and emphasis on the latter, for being frequented by sojourning celebrities from Bangkok; evident from the many proud photographs decorating one of the obvious walls. The seating options are mostly outdoors, though there is a small air-conditioned room for those who are lucky or made the good judgement of reserving ahead.

The signature dish of this institution is of course the namesake “khao soi”; though the menu here offers an impressive array of variations and fusions of this historic yellow-noodle soup. To compare the texture and tastes of that which is served here to those prepared in other, more traditional kitchens, it could be said, at least by the mouth of this humble author and food appreciator, that both the stock and yellow noodles at Kao Soy Nimman feel and tastes a bit “lighter” than those places that implement floury noodles and stock rich enough to be on the verge of calorific. In other words, it’s a “lite” version of khao soi, but one in which honors all the good flavors ascribed to this esteemed bowl of noodle soup. And thus yes, this makes it worth the queuing time.

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Food Lifestyle

Nakara Jardin Bistro Restaurant Chiang Mai

Photo: Warathida Chaiyapa

Nakara Jardin is an outdoor bistro restaurant surrounded by a perfectly manicured garden, with a panoramic view of the Ping River flowing languidly by along the side. The picturesqueness combined, produces a verily serene dining spot for the sort of clientele whom appreciates and have lusty inclinations towards brunches, luncheons, and afternoon high teas; the latter coming in a classical English three-tier curate stand, with dainties worthy of gracing the lips of Madame la Marquise de Pompadour, and not unlike those that are served in silverware at the Dhara Dhevi Cake Shop also in Chiang Mai.

All that said and observed, one would assume that on such a momentous visitation to such a worthy restaurant, a better gourmet would have the epicurean ingenuity to request the most exotic or celebrated dish on the Nakara Jardin menu. Yet, the eyes and thoughts of this mundane, fell on the plate of club sandwiches; a rather pedestrian choice it could be loftily opined by a blasé connoisseur. However, in the defense of yours truly, something about the summery and relaxed milieu, decided that this selection was a serendipitous, delicious, appetizing and appropriate victual for the balmy weather and relaxed milieu.

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Culture Design

Cover Illustration for Article in Be:longing

As part of the article I wrote for be:longing titled “One Name. Two Worlds.” about the origins of my first and last names, I also designed the article’s featured image.

Illustration: Boripat Lebel
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Culture Design

Designed Brochure for USER Research Center

Designed an introductory, trifold brochure for the Unit for Social and Environmental Research (USER) at Chiang Mai University, where I am currently working as a Research Coordinator.

Illustration: Boripat Lebel
Illustration: Boripat Lebel
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Food Lifestyle

After You Dessert Café Central Festival

Photo: Chomchanok Boonpradit

After You Dessert Café is a household name founded in the gourmet city of Bangkok; now with multiple branches scattered across the country. Famed for its sugary offerings, in particular, the celebrated honey toasts, the cafe has become a must-try and long-queued venue; extremely popular with the sweet tooth persuasions and instafood photographers. As a dessert and beverage appreciator myself, yours truly decided to give the branch of the legendary After You Dessert Café in his provincial hometown of Chiang Mai a visitation; set up as a chic kiosk on the primary floor of the titanic shopping mall Central Festival.

As it was a late and languorous afternoon, a matcha latte seemed called for, and thus was ordered. Silky smooth and a wholesome creamy texture, the taste was an exemplary balance between the bitterness of evergreen leaves and the sweetness of added sugary refinement. A hint of grassy aroma wafted subtly from the steamy cup, evoking scenes of a picturesque expansive hilly landscape, carpeted immaculately with manicured green tea shrubs. The combined effect producing a pleasurable and contented moment of perfect bliss.