Naphalai's Diary: December 17-23
Dinners 1, 2, 3, 4
I'm suffering from too much eating. It all started during my trip to Hong Kong the week earlier where we over-ordered at every meal. Then back in Bangkok, last week I had four dinner and three lunch events. Added together they made for a lot of eating which has left me feeling stuffed and several kilos heavier. I'm closer to 150cm than 160cm tall, so let me tell you that for a short person, every additional kilo shows. And at my age shedding each kilo is as difficult as not having dessert after a meal!
So which dinners did I attend? The first one was a Christmas party by the host with the most, ML Poomchai Chumbala. Held at his renowned Thai house, it was for a group of close friends who go by the name of NewsMakers, known for organising the annual Clutter Sale. A dinner by Poomchai is a feast for the tummy as well as the eyes—the table setting was decorated in a blue and green theme. After the dinner the host led his guests in a singing session accompanied by live music.
Another dinner was our staff party held at Radisson Blu's Twenty-Seven Bites restaurant, where I had my third turkey fare. It was a buffet--very dangerous when you are trying to reduce your food intake. I started off quite well but ended up over-eating again. Although I must say I didn't do too badly compared to some of my colleagues—I lost count of the number of grilled prawns some of them had after they required several plates each to accommodate the discarded shells.
Dinner number three was at the RADO party held at TAAN, the "hyper-local" Thai restaurant at Siam@Siam Design Hotel. The last time I was at this hotel was several years ago, but I have a feeling the new, innovative ingredient-driven cuisine here will bring me back. The Swatch Group's general manager, Tipanat Lenbury, was our host and we feasted on an eight-course menu which highlights the source of the ingredients (including how far away the source is from Bangkok).
Finally, a dinner to celebrate 69 years of Thaiyarnyon, distributor of Volkswagen vans. CEO Vithit Leenutaphong is organising two dinners and a lunch catered by L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon every weekend for three months until February at the company showroom to celebrate the occasion. Held on the top floor of the building where Tadu art gallery is located, guests first view an exhibition on the company's automobile heritage and the restyled Volkswagen Caravelle T6. The highlight is a van decorated in a design created by HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana that is being auctioned off with proceeds to go to royal charities.
And now the lunches, all buffets.
There was a birthday celebration for Paul Vasavat Wattanasirisombat at Sala Rim Nam of Mandarin Oriental. The birthday boy has a successful jewellery business but is now thinking of starting a beauty line after he took classes on making lipstick. After lunch his guests went home with his lipsticks produced under the Paul de Paris brand.
The next lunch was also a buffet, held at the quaint Sara's boutique hotel and hosted by the owner, Sarachand Vipatapong. She is a wonderful cook and had prepared both Thai and Western food (where I had my second turkey this season) that I just could not stop eating. Among the desserts I enjoyed was durian and sticky rice, a guilt-laden sweet if ever there was one. I feel my waist expanding a few inches just thinking of the delight. Led by Dr Somsak Chalachol, many singers among the guests took turns on the microphone.
The last buffet was at Le Meridien Bangkok. Again this is a hotel I had not been to in a long while. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the hotel has launched the LMBKKJourneyTo10 showcasing three art projects in the lobby. This was followed by lunch with a La Dolce Vita theme at Latest Recipe. I ran into Chokdee Wisansing, who used to be the CEO at Post Publishing but has now joined the Thai Beverage Group in charge of hotel development, with Le Meridien Bangkok among the properties.
Other than that I also stopped by the AIS Design Centre, which used to be the TCDC for those not in the know, for the unveiling of the Huawei Matebook X Pro. It's the Chinese brand's new notebook for those who like to work outside the house or office. Then I also checked out Sretsis' new collection inspired by weddings at the Waldorf Astoria's suite. Designs included outfits for before, during and after the wedding for guests.
Finally I went to say hello to Apinya Dolan of Tiffany & Co who presented the brand's first pop-up store at Siam Paragon for its Believe in Dreams holiday season gifts.
(Previously: Naphalai's Diary: December 10-16)