Guru by Bangkok Post's pick of the most exciting products, activities, food and travel to indulge in.
Champagne brunch / Uno Mas, Centara Grand at CentralWorld / Nov 5
Uno Mas, the Spanish restaurant at Centara Grand at CentralWorld, will host its popular Champagne Brunch on Nov 5. The feast promises an exquisite array of Spanish and Mediterranean delicacies, paired with unlimited pours of G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne. The epicurean extravaganza curated by chef de cuisine Roberto Gonzalez Alonso includes tantalising tapas to the finest imported meats and the freshest seafood. Partake in Uno Mas’ signature dishes, meticulously prepared a la minute, which include four oyster varieties, snow crab, Maine lobsters, succulent tiger prawns, the legendary Jamon Iberico, traditional paella, exquisite lobster sashimi, premium A5 Kobe beef sashimi and much more. The brunch is priced at B4,555++ per person, including food, Champagne and select soft drinks. Call 02-100-6255 or email email@example.com.
Shafer wine dinner / Bull & Bear / Nov 9
Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok will host the Shafer Wine Dinner on Nov 9, where chef de cuisine Hathairat Urapanthamat will prepare a seven-course dinner paired with five wines from Shafer Vineyards. Highlights are Beef tartare tart, Baeri Royal caviar paired with single-vineyard Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2019; Wagyu consommé with black truffle espuma and mushroom ravioli paired with aromatic Shafer Relentless Syrah 2017; and Grilled wagyu striploin MBS9, pommes de feuille, buttered maitake and barolo jus paired with voluptuous Shafer Hillside Select Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. The dinner is priced at B6,800++ per person. Call 02-846-8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afternoon tea / The Lobby Lounge, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park / Until Nov 30
The Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park invites couples to come together and discover the mysteries of life with the enchanting afternoon tea at The Lobby Lounge. Until the end of the month, the tea will feature a selection of contrasting black and white, sweet and savoury treats, like Marinated salmon in a black garden, and Black pudding sausage rolls, along with deep, dark sweet treats, including liquorice macaroons, filled dark chocolate sable, raspberry tarts, and charcoal and vanilla scones with dark chocolate spread and clotted cream. White savoury snacks include Cured Hokkaido scallop and caviar, and Turkey ham pickles in a bao, plus light sweets including Vanilla cream cheese macaroons, filled white chocolate sable, and passion fruit tarts. The “Mystical Charm Black & White Afternoon Tea” is priced at B1,189++ per couple. Call 02-059-5999 or visit sevn.ly/xtU1lopa.
Culinary collab / Rosewood Bangkok / Nov 10-11
Rosewood Bangkok unveils a collaboration with Rosewood Beijing and Rosewood Guangzhou, where the focus will be on celebrating the culinary delights of northern and southern Chinese regional cuisine through a la carte lunch and six-course tasting menu on Nov 10–11. The event will be hosted at Nan Bei where chef Matthew Geng from Rosewood Bangkok will be joined by chefs Leo Chai from Country Kitchen and Bill Feng from Lingnan House. A Beijing native, chef Chai pays a modern tribute to northern Chinese cuisine at Rosewood Beijing through the revival of classic Chinese village cooking and lost recipes. His Cantonese counterpart chef Feng draws inspiration from the regional classics of Guangdong province, infusing them with innovation at Rosewood Guangzhou. A six-course set meal is available for lunch and dinner priced at B4,200++ per person, with the option of additional B2,300++ for wine pairing or B1,200++ for tea pairing. Call 02-080-0080 or email email@example.com.
Beats, burgs and live graffiti / 25 Degrees Bangkok / Nov 11
25 Degrees Bangkok will host the electrifying arrival of A G Thang, a sensational hip-hop themed event that promises to set the heart of Bangkok ablaze with rhythm, style and creativity on Nov 11 from 5.30pm. 25 Degrees Bangkok has teamed up with local premium acrylic spray paint supplier Hype Spray for a graffiti demonstration before sundown. After the sun sets, the music turns up with tunes by DJ Kade and Sonny Amerie. Throughout the night, guests can sink their teeth into signature mouthwatering bites such as a Classic or Double cheeseburger, Mini hot dogs, Chicken wings and various lip-smacking side dishes. Prices start from B120 nett for bites and from B200 nett for burgers and mains. Wash it all down with offerings of pints, sips by the glass, soft drinks and lemonade. An Aperol booth will also be set up at 25 Degrees’ terrace – with Aperol spritzers throughout the event to help guests cool off, refresh and keep the party going. The good times don’t stop at the end of the night — early bird ticket getters will also stand a chance to win a 2D1N stay at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G and a meal at 25 Degrees Bangkok. Tickets cost B500 nett and are inclusive of an entry pass and one complimentary drink. Tickets can be bought at megatix.in.th/events/a-g-thang or ticketmelon.com/25-degrees-bangkok/a-g-thang. Call 02-352-4192 or Line:@25degreesbkk.
Japanese collab / Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa / Nov 10-11
Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa will host a two-day Japanese culinary collaboration with The Okura Prestige Bangkok. The epicurean partnership will see master chef Shigeru Hagiwara, head chef of Yamazato at The Okura Prestige Bangkok, showcase his skills on the pure shores of Hua Hin. On Nov 10-11, diners can savour chef Hagiwara’s culinary creations in two distinct settings. On Nov 10, Big Fish & Bar will set the stage for an exclusive eight-course Japanese set dinner, priced at B3,500++ per person (with a minimum of two people per set). The dinner is limited to 40 people. On Nov 11, diners are invited to join a sensational seafood and grill buffet dinner at Amber Kitchen. Expect delights such as assorted nigiri sushi, shrimp tempura, udon noodle soup, and Australian Black Angus teppanyaki. The dinner is priced at B1,699++ per person. Call 032-904-666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanksgiving box / Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
The hotel is offering a Thanksgiving box, featuring a succulent whole turkey cooked to perfection, a juicy glazed ham with cornbread stuffing, roasted potatoes, vegetable casserole, cranberry and giblet sauces, sautéed French beans and bacon; and a traditional Thanksgiving pecan pie. The Thanksgiving boxes can be picked up at Mocha & Muffins until Nov 23. The glazed ham is priced at B1,605 for a 1kg that serves up to three people; the turkey is B8,025 for a 7/8-kilogramme bird that serves eight-10 people and the pecan pie is B910 (serves six persons). Call 02-126-8866 or email email@example.com.
A voyage through Italy / Viu, St. Regis Bangkok / Nov 8
The St. Regis Bangkok presents a one-off exclusive wine dinner showcasing wines from Talamonti paired with a five-course dinner, crafted by executive sous chef Brian Rodriguez at Viu on Nov 8. Nestled in the heart of Central Italy's Loreto Aprutino, the Talamonti Family Estates, founded in 2001, encapsulates the essence of Italian winemaking. With 75 hectares dedicated to sustainably produced vineyards and olive groves, the Talamonti, along with its sister estates Ilauri and Colle Corviano, are the proud labours of love of the Redmont-Di Tonno family. The selection of handpicked labels from the vineyard is presented alongside a five-course experience priced at B3,200 ++ per person. Call 02-207-7777, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit sevn.ly/x8O0wtil.
Thai collab / Mia / Nov 8
Mia unveils a collaboration between chefs Pongcharn ‘Top" Russell, Michelle Goh and Andrew Martin. Martin, a Canadian with a rich heritage combining French and Japanese roots, brings his diverse culinary background to this collaboration. Having explored the culinary landscapes from burgers to Japanese cuisine during his extensive travels, Chef Martin found his true culinary haven in the vibrant and diverse flavours of Thailand. The trio will craft a Thai fusion experience priced at B5,990++ per person for an eight-course tasting menu and wine pairing. The food only menu costs B3,950++. Call 098-862-9659 or email email@example.com.
My Emirates Winter Pass / Emirates
Emirates has announced the return of its popular My Emirates Winter Pass, which is valid until Mar 31, 2024. The pass enables customers to use their boarding pass to enjoy exclusive discounts at restaurants, luxury spas, big-name stores, private pools and beaches and more across Dubai and the UAE. Emirates customers flying to or through Dubai can simply show their boarding pass and a valid form of identification to unlock incredible offers to some of the biggest family attractions for less, including At The Top Burj Khalifa, Aquaventure waterparks at Atlantis The Palm, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai Parks & Resorts, City Sightseeing and much more. If you check in online and download your mobile boarding pass to the Emirates App or Wallet, remember to screenshot it to present at participating venues as it will disappear from your apps once you’ve landed. Visit emirates.com/english/experience/my-emirates-pass.
Magical Season – Stay for Breakfast / Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort / Until Dec 31
If you want to celebrate the festive season in the north of Thailand, you may want to consider the “Magical Season – Stay For Breakfast” offer from Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort. Explore Lanna culture along the Kok River with the special offer, which starts from B4,200 per night in a Deluxe Garden View room with breakfast for two. Book and stay until Dec 31 at bit.ly/StayForBreakfastCEIMD.
UK Highlights / Tops Food Hall / Until Nov 14
Tops Food Hall and the British Embassy are co-hosting the 'UK Highlights' event at all branches of Tops Food Hall until Nov 14. There are over 450 food, ingredients and other items from noted brands in the UK for shoppers to try. Stuff your pantry with the likes of Carr's crackers, McVitie's digestive biscuits, Essential Waitrose's frozen peas and cod and Tyrrells' chips. Visit tops.co.th.
Cynical Bear 놀이터 (Noliteo) / River City Bangkok / Nov 11-Dec 12
"Cynical Bear 놀이터 (Noliteo)" is a solo exhibition by Koo Yoeun Mo. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Cynical Bear’s arrival in Thailand. A decade ago, Cynical Bear arrived in an unfinished state. Over the course of 10 years, Cynical Bear gradually evolved through five solo exhibitions in Thailand until he transformed into the form we know today. Therefore, Thailand has become like a home/playground for the bear where he lives and plays. Join him for a childhood fun. The "Cynical Bear" exhibition runs at RCB Galleria 1 on the second floor of River City Bangkok, Charoen Krung 24.
Sansiri Community Event: Here Comes The Fun / Sansiri communities / Nov 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19
Sansiri will spruce up the festive season with three lifestyle events for families (pets included) and friends, starting off with a weekend of fun at the Rangsit-Bang Poon community from 4pm-8pm. At the Feel Free Market, you can find dog products and snacks for hoomans. Bring your pooches to the dog yard for zoomies while enjoying live music and performance. Join a sustainable workshop to bring home a souvenir that you made yourself. Admission is free and open to everyone. Two more similar events will take place at the Ratchapruek-346 community on Nov 11-12 and the Bangna-Lake 26 community on Nov 18-19. Visit siri.ly/xlPT8nA.
New fragrance / Le Labo
Le Labo has unveiled its latest fragrance, Lavande 31, a perfect addition to the Classic Collection. The scent breaks away from the common lavender fragrances everyone is accustomed to, offering a fresh and multidimensional aroma. Lavande 31 comes with the option of personalised name engraving and handmade labelling exclusively at Le Labo on the 1st floor of Siam Paragon. La Labo’s Classic Collection takes inspiration from an image of a grandmother’s wallpapered bathroom with purple soap sitting next to the sink, or an old-fashioned barbershop with whiffs of lavender mixed with oak-moss floating in the air. It provides a unique fragrance that breaks from the typical scent associated with lavender. The brand exclusively selects only lavender buds, creating an intensely aromatic dimension, and partners them with its bergamot and neroli essential oils. Lavande 31’s is available in 1.5ml travel size and 15ml portable size to 50ml and 100ml sizes. Visit lelabofragrances.com.
New drinks, snacks and drinkware / Starbucks
One thing you can count on Starbucks around the festive season every year is its Christmas drinks, snacks and drinkware collection. Sip the Chestnut Mont Blanc latte, a delightful fusion of espresso with steamed milk and chestnut syrup, or enjoy the return of two favourite Christmas drinks namely the Peppermint mocha, a mocha drink with peppermint syrup and an espresso shot, and the Toffee Nut Crunch Latte, an espresso shot mixed with milk and sweet toffee nut syrup. Customers can also enjoy Toffee Nut Cold Brew coffee and Nitro Cold Brew coffee. All three drinks can be ordered hot, cold, or blended. These seasonal beverages are available until Jan 3 at Starbucks stores nationwide. Get the festive mood with the Christmas food and dessert menu, which includes Parisian ham cream cheese cranberry bagel, Yuzu croissant and Christmas low-sugar carrot cake. Several holiday favourites also return, including Red velvet whoopie pie, Christmas log cake, Festive brownies, Xmas tree brownie and Éclair vanilla cream. Of course, Starbucks fans shouldn't miss the yearly Christmas blend and the “Blissful Homecoming” drinkware collection. The collection is available at Starbucks stores nationwide.
Swarovski X Skims / Swarovski / Nov 7
Swarovski and Skims have joined forces on a shimmering range of body jewellery, intimates, and ready-to-wear. Swarovski x Skims pairs the joyful extravagance that defines Swarovski with the ingenuity of Skims' signature fabrics in one collection that exudes glamorous self-empowerment. The collaboration is unveiled with a series of astonishing images featuring Kim Kardashian, which was shot by globally renowned photographer Mert Alas. Swarovski x Skims features crystal body jewellery that can be styled in multiple ways and ready-to-wear including crystallised intimates, bodysuits and dresses that shine with luxurious brilliance. The collab collection launches globally on Nov 7 on Skims.com, Swarovski stores and in select luxury stores worldwide.