SARATH N. CHOCOLATIER

Coffee specialist have been popping up like crazy in Bangkok. As a Choco Devil, I have been waiting for a Cocoa specialist place for some time and my wish seems to becoming real recently. Sarath have been opening since last year and I have been visiting to check their development which seems rewarding every time.

The place is quite small with less than 10 seats for a cafe. Still, it makes staff and customers closer and easier to learn more about origin of their cocoa which is originated from southern part of Thailand. Giving stories and origins of cocoa for better experience.

Orange infused drinking water

I have visited around Easter season and they have some special menu of egg shaped chocolate that I found amusing with Bon Bons and other cocoa products.

Their special menu at that moment are Bird’s nest [185 THB] which is Hot chocolate served with egg shaped chocolate embedded with caramel and orange sauce with bird nest shaped chocolate. Starting by crack open the egg then mix the caramel with your hot chocolate. In case the intensity is not quite enough, add bird shaped chocolate to your liking.

The taste of chocolate are just insanely good, Balance cocoa blend and not too bitter flavor with a touch of orange to spice up your experience. I would personally say that this one could be compared to hot chocolate drink I have had in Zurich which is amazingly good already.

PARADAi

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Bangkok Phra Nakorn area consists of numerous hidden gems of interesting places. As above photos suggest, I’ve just visited National museum next to Thammasat University. I would personally recommend 2-3 hours for a visit for an enjoyable strolling.

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Then my group went to a recently opened chocolate specialist place called “Paradai”. The name are originated from a supplier of Cocoa in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province in southern part of Thailand. The word means family and harmony in Thai language and it also rhyme with Paradise in English as the staff informed me.

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Paradai open from 9:00-18:00 and close on Tuesday. Three months old as the day I visited. Some system are still balancing however, I’m certain that the quality of Cocoa is worth waiting.

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Variety of Bon bons, chocolate truffles pricing from 35 THB – 50 THB. Chocolate bar with 58% Milk Chocolate and 75% Dark chocolate with 250 THB price.

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I have ordered nearly all Bon Bons they could provide that day with a cup of Marshmallow Hot Chocolate and a guest star “Jin-Kun” from Hokkaido >_< Hot chocolate with generous amount of cocoa is one of the best way to start my exciting day. The taste are not too bitter or too sweet.

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Sainumpueng orange cream cheese – Sweet & Sour Sainumpueng orange with creamy cheese flavor just to kick start my appetite.

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Chompooparn (Raspberry & Roselle) – Moderate amount of acidity and sourness with decent amount of cocoa.

(Nilratt) Matcha & Sencha – Not insanely sweet like majority of matcha products in Thailand with decent of of Tea aroma.

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Surakarni (Thai milk tea) – Perfect combination of Thai milk tea with balance sweetness and aroma of milk tea with enjoyable cocoa.

Wiroon Hok (Galangal & Yuzu) – My friends clearly doesn’t like this one since Yuzu and Galagal are not a familiar choice for sweet in Thailand. I personally like Yuzu in sweet recipe since it could brings out insane amount of goodness from boring sweet aspect by adding fresh acidic aroma. Personally recommend this for more adventurous flavor. Galangal also have some warm aspect and I would love to see more of these colorful flavor in the future.

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Hanuman (Hazelnut & Malibu) – Alcohol aroma with bitterness from cocoa and crunchy texture from Hazelnut.

Sahassadejd (Salted caramel) – Sweet and salty with melty chocolate texture. This one does rise as one of my friends favorite.

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Nowhere BKK

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Nowhere [n.] /ˈnoʊwər/ or /ˈnaʊhɪə/

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Every once in a while, I discover new place with lots of exotic view and fresh inspiration. For this week, Nowhere is the place that I fell in love at first glance. The decoration are spot on with infinite stairs that defines “journey” as a fundamental part of life.

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I arrived around 5 pm. Natural light at that moment gave out some warm and tranquility feeling. On contrary to the location in Ekkamai which is one of the most busiest area in Bangkok, the place are perfect for hanging out after a long day.

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Outdoor tables with rooftop views on Ekkamai area.

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Let’s get started with some amazing cuisine Nowhere has to offer.

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Watermelon Salad – Inspired by Thai traditional “Tang Mo Pla Haeng” Tossed watermelons served with fresh baby spinach, topped with Feta cheese and Bonito flakes, and seasoned with Sumac vinaigrette to convey Umami flavor.  

Watermelon packs a fresh and cool punch with crunchy texture supported with mild Feta cheese flavor and distinct flavored bonito flakes. Fresh baby spinach and Sumac vinaigrette also packs balanced flavor and brings harmony to the dish.

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Tumeric chicken – Marinated chicken wings served with deep-fried tumeric, & herbs and spicy apple salad (Twisted from famous fried chicken at pattaya beach)

At first I thought that the chicken would be dry & crispy like most of Tumeric chicken in Thailand. The texture seems to be more like buffalo wings. Seasoning are so well-developed with sweet, mild spicy and a little bit of sour. One of the best Tumeric chicken I ever had.

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Fried Sardinella – Served with Yuzu Togarashi, horseradish mayo and lemon. 

First time trying fried Sardinella. The fish could be eaten whole without and small bones at all. Texture are kind of crispy with a twist of lemon and mayo defines as most suitable for drinking snack.

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Japanese Carnitas Pizza – Japanese pork Canitas, asparagus, miso tomato sauce, leek, garlic, mozzarella and parmesan. Carnitas: Mexican braised pork in hot water until tender

Twist of Mexican and Japanese food, now that’s one exciting choice. Pizza texture located on thick and soft area. Carnitas texture are just melt in my mouth with mildly sweetness flavor. Added with creamy cheesy texture. It’s one of the pizza I couldn’t have enough.

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A mess of Nowhere – Meringue with dark chocolate and rum sauce served with yogurt cream and fresh strawberries. (Inspired by Eton Mess, a classic English dessert invented around 1920s at Eton College,UK)

I would say this is a “Hot mess” in positive way. Dark chocolate are partly bitter and sweet in the perfect harmony. Meringue are not too dry and compliments with melty chocolate and distinct kick from rum with sour & sweetness from strawberries.

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ASSEMBLAGES KAKIMOTO

Restaurant: ASSEMBLAGES KAKIMOTO (アサンブラージュ カキモト)
Menu: The vert
Address: Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City 582-5 Matsumoto cho Nishiiru Le Teruyamachi Nakagyo-ku Kyoto Ward
Business hours: 12: 00 ~ 17: 30 (LO)
Regular holiday: Tuesday, the 2nd and 4th Wednesday (irregular holiday)

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Satisfied with recent Soba lunch, I went for a sweet treat journey around Sanjo area. Luckily, there are recently opened dessert bar with a very high promising feedback and I rush to the place with strong excitement.

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The place is rather modern with cake showcase at the front and dessert bar inside which seems to be luxurious and comfortable. I ordered one cake and their recommend menu which contain Matcha since Kyoto are famous for and then take the seat as they prepare my dessert.

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The vert [Matcha + Pistachio + Tonka beans + Chocolate + Citrus junos]
Matcha glass dessert. Pour with chocolate sauce.
At first, the staff prepare a small bowl with impressive decoration of sweet which seems like a carefully decorated little garden. Then they pour warm chocolate sauce in top of the bowl as the chocolate starts melting and create another view of harmony between chocolate sauce and lower Matcha garden.

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As I glance through every detail, I realized that this dessert has been carefully refined and executed to the perfection. Personally, I do not classify any dessert as perfect however, this one clearly deserved that title. Starting with a tender kick of Yuzu to start your appetite. Then sweetness of Matcha and strong flavor of chocolate blend in with crispy Pistachio and Tonka beans. Then *Poof* everything just finished just like your favorite song when you hear it the first time.

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I also ordered a cake. The texture was pretty good however, The Vert was just insanely amazing. Not your day today little cake.

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That’s all for my review. Personally, I would strongly recommend this place for dessert lover. I am seriously planning to subscribe myself as a Matcha lover after I tasted the Vert. See you next later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊

 

Sweets in Zurich

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Here’s my short reviews about street sweets that could be easily found on the street of Zurich. One of my favorite aspect in Zurich is the availability of public chairs which I could get any awesome Gelato and conveniently hop on the chair and start enjoying yummy Gelato.

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Luxemburgerli from Confiserie Sprüngli

Cripsy and melt in your mouth.

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Starting with Gelato from the famous Movenpick. I selected Swiss chocolate flavor and the texture were delicate with choc chips to make things more interesting.

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Chocolate gelato from Max chocolate (Globus HB)

The texture of Gelato are more thick compared to Movenpick. It also provide fresh and strong flavor of chocolate.

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Gelato from 10′ dieci

This is one of the most packed chocolate Gelato I’ve ever tasted. Personally, I think it’s too thick. However, if you’re chocolate big fan I’m certain that this Gelato is a must when visit Zurich.

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That’s all for this review. Personally, I think Zurich contain variety of Gelato which suits different types of chocolate lover from soft and tender to hardcore Chocodevil. See you later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊.

Cafe Schober

Restaurant: Café Schober
Menu: Chocolate cake
Address: Napfgasse 4, Zurich 8001, Switzerland

Business hours:      Monday to Wednesday 8.00am – 7.00pm

Thursday to Saturday 8.00am – 11.00pm

Sunday 9.00am – 7.00pm

 

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Switzerland are well-known for artistic skills of chocolate crafting. That’s what I had in mind when strolling in Old Town (Altstadt) part in Zurich as my I venture through many cafes and vendors. Finally, I found café Schober as outside of café were packed with people at 3 PM. That is a good sign of a good café.

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I went into café and ask for the recommend menu of the café and ordered the chocolate cake with creamy chocolate fillings. Honestly, it is such a tough choice to choose between these yummy looking desserts T_T

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Then I headed to second floor of the café with a classic style decoration.

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The consistency of the cake is perfect. Not too dry and not too fragile. The level of sweetness and bitterness of cocoa is insanely good. Creamy filling also improves my satisfaction on cake. I enjoyed this cake till last piece of this amazing dessert.

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After I finished my dessert break, I went strolling in old town and visited Kunsthaus (The Museum for Modern Art in Zurich) for “The Gates of Hell” bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodi. The bronze sculpture is a vision of the afterlife inspired by Dante’s Inferno from the “Divina Commedia”. I did spend some time to enjoy the moment around the place. Quite an amazing sculpture in my opinion.

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That’s all for this review. Personally, I think the café and Kunsthaus in a good choice for Zurich old town strolling. See you later and hope you have a wonderful day 😊.

 

 

Bangkok Trading Post Bistro & Deli

ชื่อร้าน : Bangkok Trading Post Bistro & Deli
รายการอาหาร : Frutti di Mare pizza & Maya
เวลาเปิดบริการ : 7:00AM – 11:00PM
ที่ตั้งร้าน : 59/1 Sukhumvit 39 (Prompong), Sukhumvit Road, Klogngton-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand, กรุงเทพมหานคร คลองเตย Thailand
พิกัด GPS : 13° 44′ 15.21″ N 100° 34′ 19.09″ E

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สวัสดีคร๊าบ วันนี้ผมจะมารีวิวที่เหมาะกับการทาน Brunch สบายๆนะฮะ ร้านนี้อยู่ในซอยสุขุมวิท 39 ตกแต่งเป็นสไตล์ Colonial ฮะ เหมาะกับการมานั่งสบายๆในวันตื่นสายมากๆเลยทีเดียว

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เท่าที่สังเกตลูกค้าจะเป็นคนไทยกับชาวต่างชาติครึ่งๆได้เลยฮะ คนเยอะใช้ได้เหมือนกัน ดูเป็น International vibe ดีฮะ พนักงานในร้าน service ดีมากฮะ อันนี้ขอชื่นชมเลย

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มาเริ่มกันด้วยเครื่องดื่มเย็นๆสดชื่นละกันฮะ

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Strawberry Limade – Strawberry, Lime wedge, sparkling

Strawberry ผสมกับมะนาว เพิ่มความอยากอาหารได้ดีมากฮะ เปรี้ยวสะใจ

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Frutti di Mare – Tomato sauce, garlic prawn, mussels, tuna and squids

Pizza มาเป็นแนวแป้งบางกรอบฮะ ปรุงรสมาได้ดีเลย เครื่องก็ให้มาเยอะพอสมควร เพลินๆฮะจานนี้

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Maya Chocolate cake – Chocolate แน่นกำลังดีฮะ ไม่แห้งเกินไป แล้วก็ไม่ขมเกิน เพลินๆฮะ

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เรียบร้อยล่ะคร๊าบรีวิวนี้ ส่วนตัวผมว่าเป็นร้านที่เหมาะกับการมาทานอาหารสบายๆ แล้วก็คุยเล่นกับเพื่อนหรือครอบครัวในบรรยากาศดีๆฮะ ไว้พบกันใหม่รีวิวหน้าครับพ้ม