Baan Kalim

November 21, 2011

A very small recommendation for you. Purely on the fact that we ate some amazing squid here.

We spotted this place from the beach, it looked like it had shade and a nice view so we stomped up the hill.

Watermelon Juice, of course. There are worse things to be addicted to.

I ate a pad Thai, which was strange, not sure if it’s a regional thing or if everything makes their Pad Thai differently but it had a reddish colour. Still tasty though! The Husband would not allow this to be called Pad Thai so would be interested to know more about the different versions. Are you a purist?

And the reason I am sharing this. A big massive delicious squid.

I love how every drink and every plate of food is so pretty here.

Baan Kalim – Patong, Phuket, Thailand

3 Spices – Patong

November 20, 2011

So along with eating at very cheap restaurants, we have been treating ourselves as well. This is the honeymoon after all!

So on a ‘date night’ (difficult to distguinish when eating out every night) we got a little dressed up and went to 3 Spices.

It is a great spot for watching the chaos of Patong at night.

We had a great table high from the street so we didn’t get bothered with people selling all kinds if everything but we could see everything.

We once again ordered more than we could eat.

First we shared some squid, we are trying to order just right its just not working.

The squid in Thailand so far has been standardly amazing, and this was no exception, but very light cut into tiny pieces perfect for a light starter.

Then we shared a red curry with duck. This was beautiful. I couldn’t get enough. Best curry I have had so far.

And another favourite of ours, chilli basil prawns. This was hot, not quite hot enough for the Husband but enough for me!

The whole time we ate these trucks were parading Muai Thai boxers around advertising a fight.

Then another favourite of The Husbands, sticky rice and mango, and my first try of this dish. I can see why he loves it so.

The tuk tuk’s here are pimped out. It’s amazing. Their music however is not.

3 Spices is on the main strip 1 street over from the beach, you can’t miss it.

The Nap

November 19, 2011

I have already talked about this Hotel on Swoon, The Nap, but I wanted to write a separate post here because the restaurant here is also great and a very glam place to spend an evening.

Just 1 piece of advice, the chairs are low so don’t wear anything too short ladies!

Our fruit platter when we arrived, too pretty not to show you.

So our first lunch here I ordered seafood noodles. It was delicious, with a good portion of the thick yellow noodles with vegetables, squid, fish and a huge mussel with a poached egg.
It was also served with a small clear soup, spring onions and what we thick were some pork stratchings. It was great and I was gutted we had agreed to share dishes!

We also ordered the fried rice, which came with some clear soup, prawns and a salt egg. I tried this and it was not good. I didn’t like that at all. Anyone tried this and liked it?

Below is a very pretty port salad, very spicy. My husband enjoyed this.

All the food we ate here was beautiful, this was from their healthy menu, feared towards eating well and giving nutitional information, this was supposed to help me sleep.

I swear I kicked my jet lag that night.

They also had a great bar, with a couple of long happy hours every day.

I tried cocktails of many colours.

So many hotel restaurants are blah, was great to have somewhere with such lovely food.

The Nap – Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Wai Beach Restaurant

November 18, 2011

The Thailand blogs begin here… Look away now if you cannot handle it! ;)

After two weeks of being very lazy and enjoying our Thai honeymoon I have finally managed to write up a few blogs.

We went looking for this place after reading trip advisor for ages, we hadn’t yet got our bearings in Patong and the sheer choice of restaurants was defeating us. Wai was recommended.

We hit the jackpot here, this place was hard to find because the signs above the restaurant say one thing, and trip advisor and the menus say Wai, but we found it.

Could you get a better setting?

Right on the sand with the waves crashing a few feet away.

Watermelon juice. I live on this stuff when I am in Asia.

We ordered the classics.

Chicken satay, okay not strictly Thai but one of my favourite snacks.

Heart shaped rice, cute!

Beef Masaman, this was delicious. Perfect with nice small pieces of beef.

The Husband ordered a Pad Thai…

And a papaya salad, his favourite meal of all time. He is a very happy man in Thailand.

After we had eaten they brought our western mouths some fruit to calm our mouths and help us to move. We had eaten a lot of food.

The best thing about Wai? Theur beer glasses. I seriously want one.

Wai, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

You can find it at the end of the beach strip furthest away from the big hotels, right near The Nap.

Lahloo Tea – The Pantry

November 17, 2011

If you have read this blog for any length of time you have probably read about Lahloo Tea. This small company that want to re-educate people about the joys of proper tea and how wonderful it can be.

I always drank loose tea when I went to places that serve it but never beyond that. But now? Yes I am a convert. The flavour will always beat a tea bag every time.

Lahloo Tea have now gone one step further and have opened a place of their own, The Pantry in Clifton Village. I was desperate to visit before I left on my trip and just managed to do it, with my Mum visiting I needed no better reason, so we went.

You enter this cute cafe to a counter filled with all kinds of treats both savoury and sweet.

The cakes and biscuits are so pretty and perfectly formed.

And of course all the different kinds of Lahloo tea. The reason you visit!

We both picked the tart for lunch, Mum having the smoked haddock and me the three cheese, which both came with a beautiful celeriac salad and a refreshing cucumber and chilli salad.

They also have a wonderful breakfast menu (anywhere that does egg and solders is alright by me)

And we both of course ordered tea.

I ordered Jasmine Pearls, having heard lots about these, but never tried them. The tea is made from the little pearls you see below, is a very fragrant but delicate tea, and so refreshing.

My Mum went for a much darker tea, and picked Smokey. Another one I need to try.

As well as staying here to eat and drink everything is available for takeaway and there is a fully stocked tea shop for you, with all the Lahloo teas. Also lots of accessories. I so want a Matcha tea set!

So I was always going to be biased here but The Pantry really is lovely, so lovely I am jealous! Jealous that I don’t live near, and jealous that it’s not my cafe!

The whole place is lovely and as always the details are what make me love somewhere and they really have taken care with everything here, right down to lovely soap in the bathroom, which for me is a detail often forgotten but when a bathroom is nice I am always impressed.

And so then we left, but not before taking more treats with us!

Just a little post and a nudge to go visit!

Lahloo Tea – Clifton Village