Last week was all about food—crowned by some of the most stunning jewellery ever. Let's start with what warms the heart of any foodie: wine.
A vintage champagne pairing dinner is an invitation you can't say no to, especially when it's Dom Perignon being poured. The dinner at 137 Pillars’ Nimitr restaurant, featured the Dom Perignon Blanc 2006, Dom Perignon Rose 2005 and the Dom Perignon Blanc P2 1998, of which there are fewer than 50 bottles available in Thailand. This suited me fine as my favourite tipple is champagne, preferably accompanying food. Brand ambassador Charles-Antoine Picart was there to educate the diners on good bubblies. Kudos to chef Anchalee Ponrungsit of 137 Pillars whose creations enhanced the champagnes—or was it the other way around? Either way, it was a great start to the week.
The next day Krungsri Signature credit card unveiled the second edition of its Up Taste book featuring 50 signature tastes from around the country as selected by food expert ML Parson Svasti. It was launched with a lunch at Sri Trat, a restaurant I had not been to before but which left me wondering why as the southeastern cuisine there is really delicious.
Complementing good food and good champagne is good coffee and that evening Nespresso held a funky party to introduce its holiday season blends presented in colourful packaging designed by the artist duo Craig & Karl, or Craig Redman and Karl Meier. Inspired by traditional candy flavours, the limited edition variations with their bright patterns served to remind us that the year-end is just around the corner.
Then it was a flight to Singapore—business class, thank you—courtesy of Van Cleef and Arpels for the presentation of its Le Secret collection. These spectacular pieces have hidden mechanisms which allow a bracelet to open to reveal a watch, or a fish to swim around a pendant, or a wing on a bird to move, as well as detachable sections so as to turn a pendant into a brooch or a sautoir into a shorter necklace, hence the secret in the collection's name. Also on display were pieces from VC&A's museum archive which served as inspirations for the Le Secret creations. In town to present the collection first launched in Kyoto, followed by Paris and now Singapore was VC&A's president for Asia Pacific Catherine Renier and managing director Elise Gonnet-Pon.
It wasn't all about the jewellery though, as food was also a big component of the trip. On our first night we supped on delectable Alaskan king crab, beggar's chicken, lobster and more at VLV at the dining and entertainment district of Clarke Quay. Then we had lunch prepared by MasterChef Asia celebrity chef Bruno Menard during the fashion show showing off the Le Secret collection at a private location at Mount Pleasant, with all four courses sharing a common ingredient: pepper. We couldn't come to Singapore without having its crab dishes and at The Dancing Crab, we enjoyed the speciality as well as the novelty of eating everything off the table—no cutlery and no plates provided. Some of the island state's street food comes close to that of Bangkok so of course we had to try its Chinese, Indian, Malay and Peranakan offerings. All yummy and finger-licking good.
I'm surprised I wasn't kicked off the return flight for being overweight—not my bags but me, after all the food consumed within the course of a few short days. The things I do for my job! It's back to a strict exercise regime after this. Life is hard: too much good food, tiring trips, ogling at beautiful jewellery most people are never able to get up close to, endless partying and meeting people after people and more people. Why would anyone want to be an editor?!
I want to leave you with this little souvenir from Singapore. Lipsticks are meant to beautify the lips but artist Chng Seok Tin decided to enrich the senses by developing them into an installation as part of Raffles City’s "Arts in the City" project. Never thought lipsticks could be turned into art.
(Can't get enough? Revisit Naphalai's Diary: November 6-12)