Dining Out Group – DK Kitchen

DK David’s Kitchen

Last night the Dining Out Group ate at DK David’s Kitchen. The restaurant is quite a way out of town and is located at 90/9 Moo 3, Sanpisuea Road, Sanpisuea, Chiang Mai. It is situated in beautiful grounds close to the Ping river.

The place is not cheap but David made a lower cost set menu available.

We were full of expectations. Although only open a few months, it has received rave reviews. It is already No. 2 on Trip Advisor restaurants for Chiang Mai!

David and his Wife

Our Set Menu

Well we weren’t let down! We were greeted at the front door by David and his wife Prom. David had prepared a set menu at 500 baht, including 7% VAT and 10% service charge. Excellent value for a restaurant of that standard.

Toy ordered the tomato soup, duck, and coconut ice cream, while I ordered pumpkin soup, park chop, and mango ice cream.

Both were delicious! The food was everything you would expect from a fine dining restaurant.The service was attentive and friendly. We were certainly made to feel comfortable. The chef, and partner of the business, has worked at Farang Ses restaurant at the Dhara Dhevi Hotel and also at Le Crystal.. pretty impressive credentials.

Another delghtful Dining Out experience in Chiang Mai.

I recieved the following email this morning. Great PR!

Greetings from David’s Kitchen restaurant at 909.
 
Thank you  very much for coming to eat in our restaurant yesterday .
 
We very much hope you enjoyed your visit.
 
If you have any suggestion or any special request for next time please just let us know and we will be happy to provide.
 
Thank you and best regards.
 
Kobpong Wannahouy ( James )
 
Restaurant manager
 
053 110732 
0863367991
Best regards.
James
 
           

Pork Chop

Duck

Barman

 

 

 

 

 

Mango Icecream

 

Our Table with the Chef, David & his Wife

 

The Thai Guys Clowning Around

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piano Recital – Katarzyna Wieczorek

Katarzyna Wieczorek

Last night at the AUA Auditorium, in Ratchadamnern Road, D & M Music Studio presented  a Piano Recital by  Katarzyna Wieczorek.

The programme consisted of

Fr Chopin

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Fr. Chopin

– 4 Mazurkas op.17
– Etudes no.8 op.10 and no 12 op.10 the “Revolutionary”
– Nocturne C sharp minor op.posthume
– Scherzo in b minor

W.A. Mozart- Rondo in D major

S. Rachmaninow – 1st mv from the 2nd Piano Sonata

G. Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

She played the same concert at the Goethe Institute in Bangkok on March 15 and at the British International School Phuket on 10 March.

Katarzyna During the Performance

The well constructed programme was played with much flair and ranged from the gentle Mozart rondo to the more boisterous Rachmaninow and a rousing version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Katarzyna’s bright personality shows through and she has a great stage presence.

The small but enthusiastic audience was rewarded with two encores!

Out of Germany, but Polish born, “pianist Katarzyna Wieczorek studied with Professor Matti Raekallio (of the Juilliard School in New York) at the University of Music and Drama in Hanover,  wherefrom she graduated with honours.

She has won many national and international competitions and participated in numerous master classes.
As a pianist she has performed at many festivals including the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Rheingau Festival, Braunschweig Classix Festival, Spanish Brass Festival and Bebersee Festival and given concerts in Europe, America, Asia and Antarctica.
She has worked with notable professors such as Ana Chumachenko, Wolfgang Boettcher and Krzysztof Wegrzyn and played chamber music with Janusz Wawrowski, Agata Szymczewska and Claudio Bohorquez.
Katarzyna Wieczorek is the official accompanist for such international competitions as the ARD Wettbewerb München, Aeolus Wettbewerb Düsseldorf, Buenos Aires International Violin Competition and Jeju Festival in South Korea She is the collaborative pianist at the University of Music and Drama in Hanover (since 2005) and Folwang School of Music in Essen (since 2009).

Paul Presents Flowers Katarzyna to after the Performance

Apart from classical works, Ms. Wieczorek also plays jazz and improvised music.”

 

 

 

 

Smoke in Chiang Mai

 

Smoke in Chiang Mai

Most parts of Chiang Mai have been covered by smoke haze for the four consecutive days and the problem is affecting both locals and tourists.

A survey of the air quality at the provincial hall shows the amount of airborne dust particles at 125 microgramme/one cubic metre and 120 mocrogramme/one cubic metre in the centre of the town.

The smoke haze was caused by forest fires which, until Friday, were reported at 70 points in MaeChaem, Om Koi, Hod, Doi Tao and Mae Wang districts to the south of the province and in Chaiprakarn, Mae Taeng, Prao and Chiang Dao districts to the north.

It was reported that over 1,000 people had already been treated with respiratory problem.

My eyes are hurting from the smoke. Oh well, it’s been worse!

Toy the Cook

Chris & Chan in my Apartment

One of Toy’s older sisters, Chan is in Chiang Mai. Normally she works in a massage shop in Hat Yai. She is here with her English boyfriend, Chris.

Chris is on a six month adventure. He flew to Kuala Lumpur where he bought a Kawasaki motor cycle. From there he has ridden all over Malaysia and then on to Thailand. He is now in northern Thailand, where he will spend some time with Chan and her family in the village. He hopes to do some local fishing.

He will then go on to Laos and Cambodia.

Tubtim Fish

Well yesterday they came to the apartment for lunch. Toy was the cook. The menu was to be sweet & sour fish and chicken & cashew nuts. We shopped at Rimping supermarket for he major ingredients yesterday, but Toy was away bright and early this morning to shop at the Chiang Mai Gate market for fresh tubtim and chicken filets.

Tubtim is a fresh water fish, related to the Nile Talapia, which is farmed in Thailand and is very popular with Thais.

Toy Creating

Well the meal was great and was of restaurant quality. Toy really is a good cook. Everybody enjoyed lunch. Today I am having left over sweet & sour!

We wish Chris and Chan chok dee, for the future!

A Great Lunch

 

Thailand Ice Cream

Thai Logo

Australian Logo

Thailand Ice Cream is delicious. The brand Walls uses the same logo as Streets Ice Cream in Australia, obviously both Unilever brands. Nestle’s is also a major brand. The multi nationals seem to have taken over the market. Maybe Thailand needed the technology!

Drumsticks and Cornettos are available here!

Ice Cream Sandwich

Durian Ice Cream

Ice cream sandwiches are popular, where an ice cream scoop is place between 2 slices of bread or on a bread roll. They are avalable from mobile ice cream vendors that wander the streets playing a distinctive tune!

Here is a recipe for Thai Ice Cream with Basil Seeds & Chocolate-Ginger Ganache and a coconut icecream video..

 

Travel Club – Hawaii & New England(USA)

Nop & Paul before the Presentation

Last night at the Travel Club meeting at the Sangdee Gallery, Paul Schoenkopf and  Annop (Nop) Wichai presented details of their trip to Hawaii and the New England area in the USA, last year.

It was a very slick presentation in the form of a slide show with captions. Nop made the slide show and Paul wrote the captions. The show was paused from time to time for questions.

Pride of America

While in Hawaii they took a five day cruise on the Pride of America a large passenger liner which visited all of the islands and included shore excursions and a helicopter tour of Kawai .

Maine Lobster

They then visited the New England area of the USA where they had a car. Unfortunalely the incredible fall colours were lost on Nop who is colour blind. He made up for that however by enjoying many lobster meals.

Dining Out Group – Pho Vieng Chane

Pho Soup

Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles, a few herbs, and meat. It is a popular street food in Vietnam and the specialty of a number of restaurant chains around the world. Pho  primarily contains with either beef or chicken

Mee from Laos

The  Pho Vieng Chane restaurant serves an array of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. The menu offers many classic Vietnamese favourites such as fresh spring rolls, sugarcane prawns, fermented sausages, noodle and rice dishes and other Vietnamese specialties. Theproprietor, Mee, is from Laos, but he has a love of Vietnamese food. The translation of the name of his restaurant is Vientenne Soup!

No Smoking

It is situated behind Wawee coffee in walking street, in a square containing other restaurants, including the popular Italian eatery, Girasole, and other boutique shops. It is in the heart of the tourist area. Food is served to outside tables in a common area for several restaurants..

Last night 16 of us from the Dining Out Group ate there. What a pleasant evening it was. The weather balmy and the food delicious. Ken ordered for all of us (Don, Ken, Toy, & me). We shared  a few set menus and ordered our wine from Girasole. The area was designated as No Smoking. The Thais were joking that the sign was in many languages, but not Thai.

Our Table

Don & Ken Sharing a Joke

 

Kitchen Staff

Desert from Girasole

 The last four pictures of the food were taken by Nop. Sorry, I can’t identify the dishes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch at Rimping

Pauline & Richard

Richard and Pauline live in Green Hill Place, Building 1. We used to live on the floor above them before we moved to Building 2.

They are from Seattle, USA, and come to Chiang Mai every winter. Pauline is originally from Israel. We haven’t seen them for some time so we decided to have lunch yesterday. We ate in the Rimping Supermarket restaurant at the new Maya Mall. The dishes were mainly Japanese and the portion sizes, especially for soups, were very small.

 

I odered an an egg cheese & bacon dish, Toy ordered some sort of mushroom soup, Pauline ordered another Jpanese soup, and Richard had a curry and rice. Meals were tasty but small and quite unlike the size portrayed on the menu. The prices however were  cheap! We had a good time gossiping about Green Hill Place!

My Meal

Toy's Soup (he had already eaten two mushrooms)