Guru's Weekly Buzz: March 1-7

Guru's Weekly Buzz: March 1-7

So many things to enjoy, so little time

SOCIAL & LIFESTYLE
Guru's Weekly Buzz: March 1-7

Guru By Bangkok Post's pick of the most exciting products, food and travel to indulge in.

EAT

Isan flavours / Samuay & Sons x Avani Sukhumvit / March 8-9

Chef Weerawat “Num” Triyasenawat will be cooking up a storm at the "Taste The Magic" by Samuay & Sons, Udon Thani. The two-day, five-course dinner takes place on March 8-9 at Avani Sukhumvit’s Greenhouse Restaurant. Renowned for his "new Isan cuisine”, at Samuay & Sons chef Num blends traditional and modern techniques using locally-sourced ingredients to craft a menu that evolves with the changing seasons. The dinner begins with bite-sized Papaya salad with Grilled Betong chicken raised by Khon Kaen farmers. Choose between Bamboo shoot soup, a regional favourite with ant eggs and caviar from Hua Hin, or Fish and local chicken sausage with spicy pig trotter reduction. The soup course is titled “The Red Lotus Lake” and is inspired by the famous lake in Udon Thani, featuring Tom yum with tiger prawn and watermelon. It’s followed by a Steamed herbal khong river fish with mixed local vegetables and Isan consommé. For mains, Rice-field crab sauce and sticky rice are served with Grilled Phu Meng pork, a pig breed developed by Isan farmers. End the night with a Mango sticky rice tacos with mango sauce and mango ice cream. Visit the hotel’s website. 

Easter afternoon tea / Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park / Until March 31

This month, hop into the joy of springtime with the Easter Afternoon Tea. Presented in The Lobby Lounge, the tea includes savoury treats can tuck into a special Easter ham sandwich, cage-free egg, avocado and almond roll, smoked salmon with cucumber and tarragon cream, and charred scallop with asparagus and avocado. Enjoy passionfruit meringue tart, pistachio cake, strawberry vanilla tart, carrot cake, vanilla panna cotta with mango jelly, Easter chocolates, white chocolate and red berry mousse “egg” and homemade hot cross buns with clotted cream and strawberry jam. These sweet and savory treats will be accompanied by a choice of freshly-brewed coffee or premium teas. Visit the hotel’s website.

Essence of luxury / Cru Champagne Bar

Cru Champagne Bar on the 59th floor of the Centara Grand at CentralWorldis offering Champagne, caviar and oyster set against the backdrop of Bangkok's skyline and a 360-degree panoramic view. The special set, designed for the discerning palate, includes six oysters, 15g of Imperial Oscietra caviar, and two glasses of Champagne. For oyster aficionados, Cru presents a premium selection that includes Lambert Pousse en Claire, Red Label Marennes Oléron No. 3, Lambert Spéciale de Claire, Marennes Oléron No. 3, and Cadoret Spéciale de Claire, Riec sur Bélon No. 2. Enjoy these delicacies accompanied by condiments to enhance your tasting experience. Visit the hotel’s website.

Champagne brunch / Uno Mas / March 3 and April 7

The Champagne Brunch is back at Uno Mas, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, on March 3 and April 7. The monthly brunch pays homage to the vibrant flavours of Spain and the Mediterranean, offering a lavish spread of gourmet tapas, paellas and an abundance of fresh seafood, all paired with the endless effervescence of Champagne Pommery Brut Royal N.V.  The menu also features a selection of tapas, premium imported meats and the freshest catch from the sea. Highlights include an array of oysters, snow crab, Maine lobster and tiger prawns. The jamon Iberico, classic paella, lobster sashimi and A5 Kobe beef sashimi are not to be missed. Visit the hotel’s website. 

Serenity tea / Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok / Until April 30

The “Scented Serenity Afternoon Teatime” is in collaboration with Kirinatu, a French perfume house born in France and raised in Asia. Crafted to provide a moment of pure relaxation and five sensory delights, the experience redefines traditional afternoon rituals at 1897 Lounge, where executive pastry chef Franck Istel presents an array of 14 meticulously crafted French savouries and sweets. Each bite is designed to complement the exclusive scent of “Lotus Bleu” by Kirinatu. Five delicate savouries highlighting Saffron (saffron aioli and charred shrimp tartlet, chilli rose petals), Ginger (tuna brioche, lemon soy gel and crispy ginger, Nashi pear (lardons and onion cream cheese éclair, rosemary Nashi pears), Caramel (smoked salmon croissant, fish sauce caramel, perilla) and Dark rum (dark rum-marinated duck, black pepper cherry gel) are on offer. Classic vanilla, bergamot and saffron scones are served with house-made strawberry-vanilla jam, signature lemon cured and traditional Devonshire clotted cream. The five pastries and sweets feature Cherry (little black forest baba), Apple (caramelised apple tart on speculoos), Apricot (apricot and lemon opera slice), Fig (crepe roll with house-made fig jam) and Forest berry (forest berry compote, smoked vanilla cream in white chocolate cup). The afternoon tea comes with a Cherry crème brûlée written in French cerise set on the side. Noble tea master Ging Nipaporn Hanwichai will also offer a tea pairing, while harpist Tong-Juan Wang will serenade from Tuesday to Sunday. Each tea set is inclusive of a 30ml Kirinatu “Lotus Bleu” eau de toilette. Visit the hotel’s website.

Sunday brunch / Espresso

Step into a world of culinary splendour at InterContinental Bangkok's Espresso, where the weekly Sunday Brunch unfolds with the velvety smooth vocal stylings of Coco LaShaun. Begin with Iberico ham, premium imported cold cuts and artisanal cheeses before moving on to the flavours of Asia with the signature Thai noodle soup featuring braised Wagyu beef or Kurobuta pork. Explore further with a sophisticated selection of Japanese sushi, sashimi, and delectable Cantonese dim sum. Live stations offer hot carvings of roast prime rib, Australian leg of lamb and salmon. The heart of the experience lies at Espresso's grill, where salmon, snow fish, rack of lamb, grilled chicken, and Wagyu beef steak are amongst the choices presented. Visit the hotel’s website. 

16th Raan Dung Ross Ded / Salathip / March 2

The Shangri-La Bangkok will hold the 17th “Raan Dung Ross Ded: RDRD Gourmet ‘Street Food’ Buffet Under the Stars @Salathip”. Bangkok’s first and only riverfront outdoor market features an all-you-can-eat buffet from stalls listed in the Michelin Guide Bangkok, along with Shangri-La Bangkok food stations and desserts, with live music entertainment and fun activities for family and friends. The event will be on March 2. Visit the hotel’s website. 

Enchanting evenings / The Crystal Grill House / March 3-April 15

The Crystal Grill House on the banks of the Chao Phraya river is offering two new promotions. Seafood lovers can indulge in “Boston Lobster Bliss”, which includes Boston lobster (800g) cooked in a choice of styles, either poached in herb-infused buttermilk or Thermidor. the lobster is being offered from March 3 to April 15. The “Happy Fizzy Hour” offers a 30% discount on all sparkling drinks, such as beer, sparkling wine, bubbly cocktails and spirits with fizzy mixers. Available every weekday evening until Dec 30. Visit the restaurant’s website. 

International Woman's Month / Explorar Koh Samui / March 8-9

Explorar Koh Samui will celebrate International Women's Month with a five-course dinner by chef Vanessa Huang from Ephernite in Taipei, Taiwan on March 8. The festivities continue on March 9, highlighting Dutch Ora, the pioneering spirit behind the Bootleggers' Trading team. Experience culinary excellence and inspirational stories in honour of women's achievements. Visit the resort's website. 


JOIN

Sound baths / V Villas Phuket 

The resort invites guests to embark on their wellness journey with one of six custom, transformative sound bath experiences. The in-house expert, Jose, a specialist in the Himalayan art of sound and healing, provides a holistic approach to health and well-being by promoting relaxation and calming the heart rate. Relax and recentre with one of the curated services: Chakra awareness meditation with mantra, mudra and yantra; Sound bath meditation with singing bowls; Chakra sound healing and therapy; Tibetan singing bowls water sound healing by the pool; Brainwave entrainment; and Sound and vibration massage. The spa also offers services such as tai chi, Thai boxing classes, yoga sessions, massage treatments and more. Visit the resort’s website.  

Moroccan hammam treatment / Spa Cenvaree

Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand at CentralWorld has introduced the "Moroccan Hammam" treatment, an immersive spa experience. The 75-minute session begins with the application of a deeply cleansing and purifying black soap, followed by a traditional Kessa glove exfoliation and a skin moisturisation with Argan oil. Visit the hotel’s website. 

Wedding packages / Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit / March 2-3

The Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit will hold its first “Ultimate Wedding Experience” showcase on March 2-3. Attendees can enjoy exclusive offers and gifts available only at this event. Highlights include gifts from Jo Malone London and couples' rings adorned with diamonds from Best Ever Jewelry. Additionally, there is a 50% discount on the After Party package and a waiver of fees for bringing in decorations. Couples with a minimum spending of B600,000++ are entitled to a complimentary three-night stay voucher, inclusive of breakfast, at select Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide. Visit the hotel’s website. 

March rejuvenation / Quan Spa / Until March 31

Quan Spa at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park is launching a mesmerising massage this month, with a choice of soothing spa journeys that will revitalise the body, mind and soul. A choice of three special treatments are available, Foot, Head and Shoulder Massage; Office Syndrome Massage;a and Jasmine Rice Scrub + Aroma Fusion Massage. Visit the hotel’s website.

Wedding showcase / Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok / March 2-3

The “Making Memories For Life” Wedding Showcase will be held at Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok on March 2-3. To sweeten the deal, the hotel offers a range of exclusive promotions for those who book weddings during the showcase. Couples can also win prizes at the lucky draw each day, including vouchers for Ki Izakaya, Flourish restaurant, Afternoon Tea and the hotel’s luxury spa. The top spender at the wedding showcase will get a special prize from of one of Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok’s sister properties in Bali, Switzerland or Dubai. Visit the hotel’s website.

Wedding fair / Courtyard By Marriott Phuket Town / March 2-3

Courtyard By Marriott Phuket Town will hold its Wedding Fair 2024 in the hotel’s Metropole Grand Phuket Ballroom on March 2-3. The third annual wedding fair will have professional planners and partners, and extra benefits. Guests will be entertained by a wedding dress fashion show and live music. Brides and grooms who confirm their wedding package at fair will be rewarded with double Marriott Bonvoy points and much more. Visit the hotel’s website. 

Artist debut / SAC Gallery / March 2-May 4

Renowned painter and sculptor Giacomo de Pass, who rose to fame in 60s and 70s Paris, is making his Thailand debut at SAC Gallery from  March 2 to May 4. “The Visitors”, a groundbreaking event marking the first time in Thailand, exclusively at SAC Gallery will see de Pass explore Thailand, sparking new inspiration. Amidst the global pandemic, he created a new body of work reflecting his boundless energy and creativity, showcasing his unique style more than ever before. Thirty-one vibrant gouache and mixed media works will transform the exhibition into a world brimming with the artist's imagination and memories. Encounter mythical creatures, half-human and half-beast, neither wholly animal nor man, moving freely on the canvas. These fantastical beings embody Thai legends and mysterious beliefs, inviting you to delve deeper into their captivating narrative. Join the opening reception on March 2 at 5pm. Visit the gallery’s website. 

Charity tennis / The British Club / March 8

The British Club Bangkok on Silom 18 will be the venue for the “5th Annual Pink Ribbon Charity Tennis” on March 8 at 8am and 6pm. Commemorating International Women’s Day, this friendly doubles tournament will raise funds for the Queen Sirikit Centre For Breast Cancer Foundation’s outreach projects, including breast cancer research and supporting treatments for underprivileged patients. Following the matches, there will be a grand buffet and fund-raising auction providing participants with ample opportunities to engage, relish some great tennis, and contribute to a meaningful cause. Donation for the “5th Annual Pink Ribbon Charity Tennie” tournament is B1,000 and the dress code is pink. Registration should be made by March 6. For companies wishing to donate or seeking tax receipts, contact The British Club.

Guest shift / Aqua Bar / March 5

David Ong, co-founder of The Curator Coffee and Cocktails in the Philippines, will be taking over Aqua Bar at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel on March 5. Ong will be pouring crafted libations and delightful surprises. Visit the hotel’s website.

F***up Nights Bangkok Vol XII / Public House Hotel / March 16

Join the twelfth edition of the inspiring night, which aims to inspire and educate you with professional failures. The format of this global movement consists of three or four speakers telling a failure story using 10 images within seven minutes. Currently present in 300-plus cities across 90 countries, F***up Nights is one of the fastest-growing movements for innovators and creators. Four successful Bangkok-based professionals will share their personal f***ups to inspire you. The speakers are Yuthana Boonorm, senior vice-president showbiz at GMM Grammy and the brain behind Big Mountain Music Festival, Kanokkan Rinnachi, MD at Yell Advertising Bangkok, Prapavee Hematat, CEO of Group B Beer Thai Craft Beer Distributor and Sunny Sachdev, creative director of Pronto Denim Group. Tickets come with one free cocktail or craft beer and this edition will be primarily in Thai. Tickets are available at TicketMelon.

Now / La Lanta Fine Art / March 2  to April 12

La Lanta Fine Art will host a solo exhibition by Chayapong Charuvastr, an artist who creates landscapes reflecting human emotions through the lens of minimalism. The exhibition "Now" explores the human psyche through the artist’s experiences and identity, as humans confront various emotions, cope with them, and negotiate both positive and negative feelings. Chayapong's eight pieces reflect the beauty of silence and the profoundness of human emotions hidden within vast landscapes. Through his pastel colour palette, viewers gain an understanding of tranquillity and are invited to contemplate the quietude within their minds, starting to explore the depths of emotional feelings through art in the present moment.


TRAVEL

Anniversary Rooms Offer / Rosewood Bangkok / Until April 30 

Rosewood Bangkok will celebrate turning five next month with various offers and packages, ranging from wellness activities to special menus and room deals. Its anniversary Rooms Offer, which is available until April 30, includes accommodation in Sense Studios, unlimited complimentary treatments from a Personal Wellness Therapist, accompanied by a curated EviDenS de Beauté Welcome Gift and a replenishing wellness minibar. Visit Rosewood Bangkok's website.

Exclusive Escape Offers / Centara Hotels & Resorts / Until March 3

Visit Centara booths at the 69th Discovery Thailand Fair (Thai Teaw Thai) at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) Hall 5 - 6 until March 3 to get special perks and packages from the participating hotels and resorts. Alternatively, check out its online booking option via its website to browse through special perks and packages at 44 properties spanning Thailand, the Maldives, Japan, Vietnam, Qatar, Oman and Sri Lanka. This includes Cosi Vientiane Nam Phu, which is slated to open its doors in Laos on March 25. Book online until March 6 for stays through Oct 31.

Discovery Thailand deals / InterContinental Bangkok Sukhumvit / Until March 3

The newly-opened InterContinental Bangkok Sukhumvit is offering special deals at the 69 edition of the travel fair Discovery Thailand at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) Hall 5-6. A stay package in Classic Room comes with hotel credit redeemable at its F&B outlets or spa. Or buy F&B vouchers that gets you more value for what you pay for. Visit booths M05-06 and M53-54. 


STUFF

Summer collection / Bottega Veneta

Matthieu Blazy’s Summer 24 collection embraces the physical and personal journey. With influences drawn from all over the world, the collection expands from the Italian trilogy to a global sweep of references and inspirations — both natural and human-made. From commuter tailoring to knitted swimwear, from fringed coats to pom-pom dresses, the collection celebrates the pleasure of dressing up — of being whoever and whatever you would like to be – and of travelling in the imagination as much as in the world. Visit the brand’s website. 

International Women's Day / Hershey Thailand 

Hershey Thailand celebrates  International Women’s Day with limited edition packages featuring female changemakers in Southeast Asia. The celebration expands onto digital platforms through its website, inviting everyone to recognise and celebrate the "shero" within and around us. This year, Thailand joins the global celebration by bringing the award-winning #HerShe campaign to life. Hershey Thailand and other participating regions are also partnering with Girl Up, a nonprofit that advances girls' skills, rights, and opportunities to be leaders. 

Uniqlo U Spring/Summer Collection 2024 / Uniqlo / From Mach 8

Designed by artistic director Christophe Lemaire and Uniqlo's Research and Development Center in Paris, Uniqlo U Spring/Summer Collection 2024 introduces easy-on-the-eye colours with quality tailoring, resulting in timeless and versatile pieces. A few pieces are meant for both men and women and everyone in between, including hooded utility coats and boxy jackets. The collection consists of 20 items for women, 24 items for men and five accessories. But most items are unisex.

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