October Expats Meeting – Bangkok Hospital


Dr. Pavitra Waikasetkorn

The speaker at the Chiang Mai Expats Club meeting on Saturday at Le Méridien Hotel., was Dr. Pavitra Waikasetkorn, from the Dental Department of the Bangkok Hospital in Chiang Mai Her topic was  “Restorative Dentistry”. Bangkok Hospital is one of the sponsors of the Expats Club.


Pavitra with President Nancy and other Heavies

Her specialties are dental veneers, crowns, bridges (Fixed Prosthesis), and implant restorations. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Chulalongkorn University in 2003 and went on to receive her Master of Restorative Dentistry from University of Michigan in 2009. Pavitra is my dentist and she does fine work.

While the topic was somewhat interesting it was also fairly boring. Restorative Dentistry is hardly a riveting topic.

Norden – Swedish Crayfish Party



A crayfish party is a traditional summertime eating and drinking celebration in Sweden and many Nordic countries.

In Sweden a crayfish party is called a kräftskiva.The Swedish proprietor of Norden, Phil, decided he would like to carry on the tradition here.

He prepared a menu which included 1 kg of crayfish (sourced locally) and cooked in the traditional Swedish way, with garden salad,bread, butter,cheese pie and assorted drippings.

A great evening. The crayfish were a little bit hard to peel. but were delicious! We also completed the meal with a schnapps




Crayfish Platter




Yum again


Dining Out Group – “My Backyard” or “Suan Krua”


Entrance to the Restaurant

mbLast night the Dining Out Group ate at My Backyard or it’s Thai name, Suan Krua Organic Cafe. It is a long way out-of-town so there were only six of us. It was a wonderful evening.

Suan Krua Organic is a new, organic, fresh and delicious cafe and restaurant located out in Mae Rim just off the Mae Rim – Mae Jo connecting road. Owned by Pattida, the mother of the household , the restaurant prides itself on using only fresh hydroponic salad and organic vegetables grown on their farm. Salad, broccoli, zucchini, and bell peppers are just a few of their offerings, and with a wide range of western and Thai influenced dishes, their menu is vast and delicious. Some favourites include bacon roti, rib steak with a rich sauce and their highly popular fruit salad, served inside a musk melon. Prices are very reasonable. Service was friendly and attentive.

I ordered spaghetti with prawns (one) and fruit. Delicious! Toy ordered ribs which he declared to be the best in Chiang Mai. For dessert we shared fruit salad served in a half cantaloupe. A fitting finale to a great meal.

As usual thankyou to Toy and Nop for photos.

A great Dining Out venue. It’s a pity it is so far from home.


Washed Down with a Chilean Red


Our Table – 2 USA, 2 Thai, 2 Oz


Spaghetti with Prawns and Fruit




Wine Tasting Rimping


B & G Wine For Sale


Happy Customers


Fresh Oysters




Cabernet Sauvignon



Last night there was another wine tasting in the on-going series at Rimping, Promenada This function featured the B & G French wine company. This was a huge event. The attendance was too large for the usual tasting room so the restaurant was taken over. Even then it was fairly crowded and seating was at a premium. In all 27 wines were offered for tasting. Yes 27. I wonder if anyone got through them all. We got about half way. As well as the usual canapes, three fresh oysters per person were offered. Great value for 500 Baht!

Future promotions will feature wines from  Chile and Italy. In December there will be a Single Malt Scotch Dinner.

Dining Out Group – Little Italy Pizza Garden


Restaurant Front Door


A Pre-Dinner Drink

Last night the dining Out Group ate at the Little Italy Pizza Garden restaurant in Hang Dong. A small group of 6 of us enjoyed the evening. The restaurant is owned by an Italian (blond hair and blue eyes) and his Thai wife. The wife seemed to do most of the cooking while the husband was the front person


Frittaur Mista

Both Toy and I ordered  Frittaur Mista which the menu described as ” deep fried shrimps and calamari topped with lemon juice and accompanied with fresh mayonnaise and garlic sauce”. It was good without being wonderful. Paul’s antipasto looked appetising and I wish that I had ordered it! Service was friendly enough but a little indifferent.

As usual thank you Nop and Toy for the pics.