What's trending and happening this week
1. Those who frequent Siam Paragon may have seen the new and enticing smoothie booth on the ground floor. Jamba Juice, the Californian smoothie chain that claims to be "the world leader in made-to-order smoothies and freshly squeezed juices" has made it to Bangkok. The first of its 30 planned stores in Thailand, Jamba Juice offers a similar smoothie menu to the original chains in the US, including special smoothies with local ingredients like mango, watermelon and pineapple. Classic smoothies like Strawberry Dream (strawberry and banana) and Banana Berry (banana, blueberry, apple and strawberry) costs 110 baht, while protein and fibre filled shakes like Green Getaway (spinach,mango, passion fruit, chia seed, yoghurt) costs 130 baht.
2. Nespresso is pleasing coffee lovers with the release of two limited edition capsules specifically to make iced coffee. "Intenso On Ice" features cereal and cocoa notes with an intensely roasted finish. It can be prepared as a macchiato as well, which then reveals its creamy texture with biscuit notes. "Leggero On Ice" is the exact opposite, featuring a fruity and lemony note, and if made into a macchiato, it develops a toasted and sweet flavour. Retailing at 260 baht for 10 capsules, the two flavours will be available from June 6 to Aug 1 at the Nespresso boutique in Siam Paragon.
3. With Thailand's temperamental weather causing a lot of unwanted skin problems, aromatherapy brand Thann has introduced two new products. The Nano Shisho Revitalising Face Mask (1,090 baht) is an immediate skin reviving product, made from natural extracts such as grapefruit, mulberry root, ougon, trehalose and nano shisho to enhance skin luminosity, fade dark spots and dullness, moisturise the skin and balance and reduce inflammation and irritation. The Nano Shisho Age Inversion Face Cream (1,500 baht) is a light textured cream rich in nutrients from shisho leaves, black tea, soy and rice proteins to reduce wrinkles, activate collagen production, moisturise and relieve skin irritation. The face mask and cream can be found in selected Thann stores throughout Thailand.
4. Launching tonight at Gallery Ver on Chong Nonsi Road is photographer Harit Srikhao's latest solo exhibition, Whitewash. A retrospective in dealing with the guilt and shame the 22 year-old photographer felt when he ignorantly cheered on as the Red Shirt protesters were arrested in 2010, "Whitewash" is an investigation of his memories and the public's memories of that tense and confusing period in Thai politics. Switching between digital and analogue techniques and cutting and pasting photos on top of one another, has resulted in stunning and haunting images, criticising the "chilling darkness of nationalism", the whitewashing of feeling any guilt towards those deemed different and much more. Whitewash will launch at 6.30 pm at Gallery Ver tonight.
5. Panda Record's annual Noise Market is back until tomorrow at Museum Siam -- this time much more environmentally conscious. Like every year, the event promises good vibes, with arts, crafts and design booths organising family-friendly activities amid rockin' live music acts. The event will also be hosting the Bangkok Underground Film Festival -- a free open air screening of 10 short films from all over the world. With sustainability and reducing carbon footprint being a key theme in this year's event, Thai Harvest SOS has joined hands with Noise Market to encourage vendors to donate excess food to charities and groups in need. Noise Market at Museum Siam from 3pm.