Earlier this year our friends moved from Brooklyn to Denver, Colorado. This fall we had the chance to visit Denver so we could see their new lives and explore the Mile-High City for our first time. In just a few short days we ate and drank a bunch (shocker!); here are some of the spots we really enjoyed.
Dontree (Miles), Namfon and Boy (Hippo the Dripper) bring wild yeast breads and great drip coffee (pourover and aeropress) to one place. When we visited, they operated as a pop-up during the day out of Minimeal. Now they have their own location on soi 17.
This year saw a lot of travel as we kicked off the year traveling around Southeast Asia for six weeks, visiting India, Singapore, southern Thailand and Vietnam. We ate a lot of incredible food on our inaugural visit to Vietnam, many of which made it here. There was always fish sauce on the table and, on occasion, a “grand cru” from Phu Quoc.
Not only is Chiang Mai close to the origins of much of the Arabica (and specialty) coffee grown in Thailand, it also embraces a culture of experimentation.
As soon as we arrived to Chiang Mai and started walking around our neighborhood of Nimmanhaemin, my well-trained eye noticed the abundance of ice cream shops. I made it my personal challenge to try as many of them as I could, in between bowls of khao soi and plates of mango sticky rice. Here are the ones I got to.
The first time I came across Bodega Chacra was when I had a 2013 Bodega Chacra Barda at dinner at The Modern when it was offered by the glass. It was a stunner.
After researching ethical options for hanging out with elephants in Thailand, we ended up at Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary for rescued elephants as well as water buffaloes and dogs. We highly recommend spending a day of your trip here; it’s well worth it. To prepare, here is how you can expect your day to go.
I spent a leisurely Saturday exploring the specialty coffee scene in Helsinki, concluding my evening with a delightful meal that let me vicariously explore Helsinki and its surrounding forests. Instead of indulging in the almost masochistic pleasure that can only arise from knowing the pain of separation that comes from familiarity, transit travel allows one to experience the beauty in fleetingness itself
I have written about a different "Les Saint-Georges" wine from a different wine-maker (Domaine Robert Chevillon) and a different vintage (2001) in the past. This one comes from Domaine Chevillon-Chezeaux. If you're wondering if there is a shared lineage between the two wine-makers, then you're right.
A handful of street food vendors dot the streets of Chiang Mai during the day, but once the sun goes down and the night markets are set up, the street food really comes alive. Most of these dishes won’t be on the menu at your local pad Thai take-out spot back home.
Despite being the largest city in Northern Thailand, Chiang feels manageable and laid back, in part due to far less traffic and a smaller city center than its southern counterpart, Bangkok. Here is the practical information we observed in our time there.
On the surface Bangkok is still a place for Thai iced teas and sweetened coffee drinks, but the specialty coffee scene here is growing rapidly. Unlike New York or London, Bangkok has an advantage neither of those cities have — Thailand is also an origin country.
Meet Aldur Soosalu, a sous chef at Restoran Ö, in Tallinn, Estonia.
While we primarily ate on the streets, Bangkok is also a cosmopolitan world city — you can eat Thai food at fancy places, spend the evening at a wine bar, or have a nightcap at one of the many cocktail bars.
Bangkok has a street food life that doesn’t sleep. You can find vendors pretty much everywhere and at all hours selling savory foods, sweet foods, drinks and fruits. There are also many shophouses and trendy restaurants serving up Thai food. Opinions are to be had about whether street food or shophouses are better, but either way you won’t go hungry.
On our second visit to Thailand we spent time in Bangkok, the country’s most populous city. Our first visit to Thailand was earlier this year to Koh Lanta, a small laid back island in the south, a far cry from the busy metropolis that is the country’s capital. Over our 6 nights in Bangkok, here’s the practical information we observed.