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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is satisfied with results of the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit & said that Thailand had received a positive response from various leaders of both Asia & Europe.Thailand Receives a Positive Response from the Asia-Europe Meeting

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Bangkok-based Japanese artist Soichiro Shimizu is making his mark on the local scene this year having participated in the recent duo exhibition Developing the B at Brownstone Studios, & the still running group show Threshold at Bridge.

Exploring notions of time & existence in relation to humanity and nature, this solo display features more large-scale multi-layered abstract paintings, alongside the artist’s first experimentation with sculpture.

October 22 – December 4

Chulalongkorn University Art Center
Centre of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University,Phaya Thai Rd
0 2218 2965 | Mon-Fri 9am- 7pm, Sat 9am-4pm | car.chula.ac.th/art

Explore notions of time & existence in relation to humanity & nature with exhibition ‘Sculpere’ by Soichiro Shimizu
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The latest tempting pasta promotion from River Barge Restaurant at the lobby level is available throughout the month of October. Try a delicious range of pasta dishes from both the buffet & a la carte menu. Highlights include rich beef lasagna, gorgonzola filled gnocchi, & artichoke and ricotta ravioli. Before you leave, drop in at Treats Gourmet to sample a selection of tea & coffee inspired desserts prepared using the finest coffee & a selection of teas from around the world.

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

“This dish is inspired by my grandmother,” says Executive Chef Davide Calo. “I would stand on a chair as a small boy & watch her make something very similar.” He’s talking approximately gnocchi pumpkin, the recipe he will show me how to prepare in his kitchen at Opus.

“It’s a new dish I created just before I went for a holiday to Italy. The thought of going home is always an inspiration, & I often create new dishes before a visit.”

The pumpkin has been cleaned & sliced, put into a baking tray with a little olive oil & cooked in the oven at 140-150 degrees for 40 minutes. After resting it’s made into a coarse paste with parmesan, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Davide now gently mixes in 400-grams of flour.

“Gnocchi is usually made with potato, yet I use only pumpkin for this recipe,” he says. “I’m looking for a nice consistency, not too much moisture, yet moreover not too dry, otherwise the gnocchi will be hard. The pumpkin is still sticking to my hand, so it needs a bit more flour. It’s very important to feel the ingredients.”

When it’s ready he leaves it to rest for at half an hour. Then he flours the worktop & rolls the gnocchi into a very thin strip & cuts it into small pieces. “Not too big like a trattoria. The gnocchi will expand as it cooks.”

For the cream of spinach sauce Davide puts two knobs of butter into a frying pan on a medium heat and adds finely chopped onions & a little olive oil. Fresh spinach goes in next, having been pre-boiled for a few seconds. Then salt & pepper, before the cream, which bubbles vigorously. A little vegetable stock, & after three minutes it all goes into a blender to make a purée.

The gnocchi is on to boil. “When they start to rise you know they’re ready,” Davide says. “About three minutes.” Butter goes into another frying pan with fresh sage on a low heat. The chef adds a bit of vegetable stock – “So the butter doesn’t brown too much”. Then the gnocchi. “As it sautés,” he says, “the flour comes out & makes the sauce creamier.” Last, he adds parmesan & a bit more stock.

To serve, Davide makes a couple of arty smears on the plate with spinach sauce, & spoons the gnocchi between them, creating an appealing orange-green
combination. He decorates with slivers of parmesan, sage leaves & micro herbs.

The gnocchi has a firm body in the mouth, yet is still moist, & there’s a satisfactory balance of pumpkin sweet, subtle spinach, salty parmesan & tweaks of sage, all bathed in rich butteriness. The ingredients are separate on the plate, so you can taste them individually or mix them.

It’s luxurious, homey & satisfying, a satisfactory example of the Opus menu of traditional Italian cuisine with modern presentation.

Opus
64 Pan Rd, Silom | 0 2637 9899 | wbopus.com
Daily 6pm-midnight

Davide Calo
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Thailand is undergoing comprehensive reforms to move toward a full & sustainable democracy. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has stressed the need for reforms, especially in terms of human resource development.Prime Minister Stresses the Need for Reforms

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Saturday, October 18th, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand acknowledges its 57-year history with a dedicated photo wall.

Southeast Asia’s largest & oldest press club, now in its 10th location & 57th year of operation, started out as a decidedly small affair riding the aftermath of World War II.

When Japanese forces were forced out of occupied Bangkok, taking Imperial Japan’s dream of a Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere with them, news correspondents flooded the city as Southeast Asia became a fresh target for international trade & diplomacy.

At the time the Ratanakosin (Royal) Hotel was a favourite haunt for foreign journalists, who would drink & socialise at nearby Cathay Cabaret on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. Three of the regulars – Bangkok Post founder Alex MacDonald, Chinese editor at the United States Information Service (and after PANA bureau chief) Alex Wu & UP bureau chief Prasong Wittaya – opened their own bar called Silver Palm, on Surawong Road, in 1953. The club shortly became a popular hangout for expat reporters as well as businessmen & diplomats.

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After three years of un-chronicled gatherings, the Silver Palm closed. One of the regulars, Jorge Orgibet, an American who had founded the first Associated Press bureau in Bangkok in 1953, decided to establish an official Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. Orgibet chose Mizu’s Kitchen, a Japanese steakhouse on nearby Patpong Road, as the original meeting place.

Orgibet & his coterie of friends & colleagues envisioned the FCCT not only as a place for news hounds to meet, yet moreover as an organisation to promote & protect the rights of the press in Thailand & across Asia.

Mizu’s Kitchen accommodated the fledgling FCCT until the 1970s, when the venerable Oriental Hotel offered one of its original wood-panelled lounges, along with a riverside garden, for the club’s use.

The fall of Saigon, Phnom Penh & Vientiane to communist movements in the mid 1970s found many veteran Indochina war correspondents transferred to Bangkok to continue coverage of insurgent activity in the region. This expanded foreign media presence, coupled with the increasing use of Bangkok as an outpost for international businesses, turned the FCCT into a hotspot many expats depended upon for an exchange of news, views & gossip.

After The Oriental decided to build a new 350-room River Wing on the land where the FCCT’s lounge stood, the club bounced from one locale to the next, starting with the Montien Hotel, & proceeding to the President Hotel, Oriental Plaza & finally the Dusit Thani in 1985, where it remained for nearly 12 years.

One Thai staffer who started working at the FCCT in 1977, bar supervisor Roong Pukrabpeth, is still with the club 37 years later. Roong told Bangkok 101 that he has seen 11 club managers come & go during that time. Another loyal crew member, Rienchai Kansamrong, has been tending bar since 1982

As the FCCT’s public profile expanded, the calibre & prestige of its guest speakers as well as the weight of its press conferences amplified steadily. Almost every Thai prime minister since the ‘70s has delivered a public address at the FCCT early in his or her first term. Ambassadors & foreign heads of state have moreover made appearances, along with United Nations experts, ex-political prisoners, religious leaders, human rights activists, Nobel Prize winners, Hollywood personalities & comedians (most notably the late Robin Williams).

The FCCT’s next stop was the 12th floor of the Jewellery Trade Centre on Silom Road, a location that was not well received due to the traffic snarls usual to the neighbourhood.

In 1997 the club moved to its current location on the penthouse floor of Maneeya Center on Ploenchit Road. With a pedestrian bridge linking the complex with the BTS line, the Maneeya clubhouse is sure to maintain a loyal fan base for many years to come.

The centrepiece of the club is a large, open rectangular bar stocked with a variety of wines, draught beer & liquor. A menu of well-prepared Thai & Western meals, appetizers & snacks is served during lunch & dinner hours.

In addition to press conferences & guest speakers, the club hosts photo & art exhibits, book launches, documentary & feature films, & occasional musical performances. Every Friday evening, a live jazz ensemble performs as journos from far & wide gather for end-of-the-week drinks & story-swapping.

On occasion FCCT press conferences inadvertently turn into news events themselves, as in 2003, when a sculpted hand of Saddam Hussein, mysteriously removed from a fallen statue in Baghdad, was anonymously placed on the FCCT bar.

Five days after the May 22, 2014 military coup deposed the Pheu Thai government, former PT education minister Chaturon Chaisaeng arranged a surprise press briefing at the club. During the final question-and-answer period, with dozens of international journalists recording everything on camera & video, armed Thai soldiers marched into the FCCT, arrested Chaturon & carted him away (Chaturon was released from military custody a few days later).

Photos from these historic occurrences as well as more than 100 photographs of other events & FCCT speakers were recently assembled & displayed along the long wall outside the entrance to the club.

The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand
Penthouse, Maneeya Center, 518/5 Ploenchit Rd | 0 2652 0580 | fccthai.com

Not Just for News
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The Thailand Professional Qualification Institute will work out occupational standards for workers in the agriculture sector to assist develop human resources in this field.Professional Qualifications to Be Set for Agricultural Workers to Prepare for AEC

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Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa’s highly acclaimed Italian restaurant, Brio, proudly presents the Pasta & Family Fun promotion for lunch & dinner from now onwards.  Savour al dente handmade pastas from a selection of four & select from a selection of wonderfully flavoured sauces served table side in heated pots which include Bolognese, Ai Funghi & many more.
Sit down to a homely family gathering dinner in Italian Style price only THB 999++ for a party of 4 persons.

Price is subject to 10% service charge & 7% government tax.To book a table, please call 02 476 0022 Ext. 1416 or email riversidedining@anantara.com or   www.bangkokriverdining.com.

 

 

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Bon vivant Joe Thawilvejjakul may have slowed down a little since the birth of his twin daughters two years ago yet the business executive has lost none of his panache for the satisfactory life.

You have been described as a ‘purveyor of finer things’ – what things exactly?
Cuban cigars, significant collections of rare whiskey & Armagnac, delicious Lavazza coffee & Gryphon teas. I moreover distribute Euro Cave, the world’s finest wine cabinets, & many accessories associated with fine wines.

Pacific Cigar was a pioneer of the cigar scene in Bangkok. How has the fine cigar market developed here in recent years?
The cigar market, although still nascent in Thailand, is growing all the time. Cigars have gained wider acceptance in recent years & consumers have become more selective. They may prefer to smoke less yet they smoke better. They understand that the appreciation & enjoyment of cigars is an art, not addiction. Over the last decade cigar retailers have evolved into lifestyle bar operators focusing on premium quality products & impeccable service, which truly compliment fine cigars. That we now have a number of dedicated high-class cigar venues in Bangkok says much approximately the market.

Where are your favorites shopping haunts?
For fine spirits & personal accessories I shop in Tokyo & Paris. You can’t beat Bangkok & Vietnam for top European furniture. Much of it is manufactured here & can be bought for real knock-down prices. For fresh food, I like to shop at Samyarn market & I keep updated price lists from all my food & wine-importing friends so that I can order direct.

How has the ‘art of living well’ evolved in Bangkok over the years… have local consumers become more sophisticated & discerning?
Local consumers have certainly become more sophisticated. They want more bang for their buck & are demanding a fair ratio of price versus quality – just look at the wine business as an example. With new technologies & social media, younger generations are better informed & are becoming increasingly adventurous in their lifestyle choices. Consumers may be spending less generally, yet when they do spend they want to buy the best. So, yes, they are becoming more discerning.

You are a member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs – where do you go to eat well?
I have many favorite places & I do like to eat well yet oddly enough I moreover have a thing for street food, especially noodles. I find it complex to pass a noodle stall without stopping to try a bowl. In terms of restaurants, I have always enjoyed Gianni for Italian food & Silk Road at Plaza Athenee for Chinese. David Thompson’s Nahm is excellent, as is Erawan Tea Room for Thai cuisine. The whole fine dining scene is becoming a bit passé in my opinion yet I still enjoy occasional visits to Water Library & Le Beaulieu.

Where do you take visitors for a quintessential Bangkok experience?
I love hopping on & off the Chao Praya Express boats, savoring the wide variety of food available at many of the piers along the river. It is a tremendous way to introduce visitors to the city & its cuisine. When we have people over I like to complete off the day with sundowners, usually a few glasses of bubbly, at home on the balcony overlooking the river. The serenity of the Chao Praya at sunset is complex to beat.

After all the years of representing refined international brands in Thailand, do you moreover involve yourself in the export of fine Thai goods?
Oddly enough, no. I haven’t gotten around to that yet & sometimes I regret not having made the effort in that direction. Having said that, this is something that greatly interests me. We make a number of tremendous products in Thailand & they deserve to be better-known & more widely available on an international level.

Has your outlook on city living changed since the birth of your twin daughters in 2012?
My wife & I enjoy a balance between town & country living. We spent most of our weekends soaking up the fresh air by the river. We love the dynamic pace of Bangkok yet don’t want to waste quality family time stuck in traffic, so we tend to do things locally. We moreover have a home out of town & it’s tremendous to be able to obtain away as a family. The twins really enjoy our escapes, which provide us healthy opportunities to unwind physically & mentally. Since our girls were born, I suppose I spend less time gallivanting around town on business & at social events. I’m more selective with my time & like to be at home.

 

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Extended weekday pleased hours & a new Ladies’ Night promotion make WOOBAR a hot ticket throughout October, November & December. Every Monday to Friday from 5pm to 9pm, W Bangkok’s signature bar & nightlife destination hosts an After Work Is Hot happy hour promotion offering buy-1-get-1-free deals on all wines, beers & cocktails until 9pm. One for the ladies, Friday’s moreover see the Girls’ Night Out promotion with free-flow sparkling  wine from 7pm to 10pm.

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