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2018-07-20

White Oven SO Sofitel Hua Hin - Locally Inspired Thai Cuisine

Since cooking has become more “lively” as what Thai Chef Puwasa aka Chef Liew, the Head of Culinary Designer believes in, with the live cooking stations in an open kitchen in White Oven, SO Sofitel Hua Hin allows her to interact more with the diners from locally inspired Thai cuisine. mylifestylenews writes.


White Oven serves authentic Thai cuisine from its succulent seafood dishes and creative snacks relished just steps from the ocean with a design centered around the eponymous white oven. This All Day Dining venue has playful decorative touches, such as seashell chandeliers, fishing net designer lighting and lots of wood to create a vibe that is beach chic from its inspiration by the scenery of an underwater world.


The seating is quite varied from high tables with stools, to freestanding tables with upholstered chairs and banquette seating down each side of the dining room and well spaced out so you are never too close to anyone.


By using the finest and freshest ingredients from the garden and from the sea, this kitchen is putting on a fabulous buffet breakfast every morning and creating all your favorite local dishes for lunch and dinner from her crafted Thai a-la-carte menu.



The menu has all your Thai favourites from street eats, to soups and salads, rice dishes and classic Thai dishes. White Oven serves authentic Thai Cuisine – always with an innovative twist and lead by local Thai Chef Liew who had brought the local knowledge to enhance the local ingredients and produce to create a new Thai culinary experience.


We thought the easy road would be to sample a good cross section with a couple of Chef Liew’s innovative dishes over lunch. First up was Yum Ta Krai Hoi Shell – seared Hokkaido scallops with spicy and sour lemongrass salad. The scallops were seared to perfection, the spicy and sour lemongrass salad added a very complimentary dimension on the palate to whet the appetite.


Soft Shell Crab followed – this stir-fried soft shell crab with ginger root and black pepper was quite delectable and delicately done with lots of fresh peppercorns to crank up the spice factor. Aromatics and the pungent flavours from the peppercorns, ginger and lemongrass are the soul of this dish and complimented each other making this dish a highlight at all times.


Tom Kha Gai – galangal spiced coconut soup with chicken  was a breather from the spices, but in a way was delicately spiced as well, but the coconut and unctuousness of the soup consistency created a memorable flavor and a delicate sweetness. Extremely tasty soup.


Khao Pad Moo – wok fried rice with pork, egg and spring onion. This classic Thai fried rice with pork suits all age and the rice was fried to eliminate the moistness while the grains separated. Such a simple dish done right at its best!



The Pad Thai Goong elevated by Chef Liew in White Oven is one of the most popular dishes. Not only from its eye-catching presentation but also its taste that is delicious and you can’t wait to dig in at once. The noodles were carefully wrapped over by a netted plain egg omelet and garnished with shredded red chili and parsley. The grounded peanuts and chili flakes were spread around at one side of the dish while the bean sprouts were perfectly tied in a bundle along with halves of lime and banana flower petals. These condiments can’t go without each other to make a good Pad Thai dish. Chef Liew deep fried the two small size prawns instead of being stir-fried together with the noodles in a generous serving. 


Young Coconut Cake – this coconut cake, with fresh coconut, pandanus crumble and sticky coconut sauce, would put many famous pattiserie names to shame as it was absolutely stunning in presentation and flavor. Finishing off a Thai meal with something sweet helps to cool down the palate should the preceding dishes be spicy. This dessert invention also puts a smile on our face with such a twist in presentation that one could only describe as ‘WOW’. The sponge component was dense and moist, the pandanus crumble is a touch of brilliance and the slices of strawberry adding a splash of colour and subtle flavor balance to the richness of the coconut. This is simply SO stunninig.


Another dessert from Chef Liew’s menu that strikes our eyes is the Thaptim Krop – a classic Thai dessert with ruby chestnut, sweet potato in coconut milk. Chef Liew version of this most admired dessert by the locals separate all ingredients while being brought to the table with a small serving dish filled with all the condiments and a small bucket of ice cubes in the middle to be poured in and stirred well before consumption. It tastes as good as it looks.



Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 4.5/5
Service: 4/5
Food & Beverages: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4.5/5

Highlights:
Young Coconut Cake

115 Moo 7 Tambol Bangkao
Phetchaburi 
Hua Hin, Thailand
Tel: +66 32 709 555

Reviews are based on actual day of visit and experience. mylifestylenews reserves the right of final decision in case of any disputes. All images are photographed by mylifestylenews team without any photoshop enhancement and are the property owned by mylifestylenews unless otherwise stated. 



Marimekko SS2018 Highlights

Marimekko design team drew inspiration from personal growth stories and created a dialogue between iconic archive prints in the 50’s to 70’s and contemporary prints developed by younger generation designers for Spring Summer 2018 collection. The rich heritage of Marimekko serves as a seedbed for its designs of today and to grow further into the future.
  

 Bold prints of the new season are seen in crisp primary colours of yellow, red and blue as well as botanical green. The materials range from silk, poplin to woven cotton and linen, all printed in Marimekko’s in-house printing factory in Helsinki, which is also the innovation hub of the brand’s creatives. The collection fully showcases Marimekko’s art of print making.


Throughout the year 2018 Marimekko will celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of its most beloved stripe patternsTasaraita (evenly striped).


Designer Annika Rimala created this new symbol for the era of unisex in 1968, a time of reformist and brave ideas and actions, where passionate battles for equality also extended to fashion. This iconic stripe has been part of Marimekko cotton jersey line ever since, our symbol of equality regardless of gender, age or race; and during 50th anniversary the print grows into woven cotton line for the first time.


2018-07-19

PIROM Thai Cuisine InterContinental Hua Hin - Dine with Happiness

Undeniably, Thai cuisine has its magical touch of senses and palates that make everyone fall for its delectable tastes and flavors. Spicy or not is another gambit but the authenticity that is truth to its tradition and retains the quality which is distinctively Thai at heart, dining in PIROM Thai Cuisine at the InterContinental Hua Hin is all about happiness. mylifestylenews writes.


There is always something that caters for every palate with the fantastic range of salivating dishes in Thai Cuisine. From salad, soup, stir-fried, deep-fried, curries, hot and cold savories to the irresistible Thai desserts and most importantly, the gastronomy doesn’t stray far from its traditional recipes and there is always something that excites your senses and appetite from its alluring presentation to its opulent taste. This almost all-day dining PIROM Thai Cuisine at the InterContinental Hua Hin serves international and local breakfast to its hotel guests. When the sun goes down, the restaurant will turn into a homey and casual Thai restaurant that serves Thai cuisine throughout the evening with its traditional Thai menu.


As you enter PIROM, the Banana palm leaves are illuminated from its neon board with tinted glass sliding doors open to welcome you to the restaurant. An open kitchen is the first sight that emerged in your eyes after you stepped in. The chef and his culinary team were busy preparing the orders while the sizzling sound from the wok was clearly heard. We were offered the alfresco sittings and even one of those sunken lounge pavilions that deemed to be more romantic for couples but we preferred to stay indoors especially in a tropical climate to get away from the humidity as well as dining with potential uninvited guests – the mosquito.


Crafted white tiles in different patterns and motifs grace the walls of the indoor dining ambience, with traditional Thai fruit painting and facemask illustrations adding more life and colors to the dim and cozy room. We love the black leaves print table cloth that was very well placed on every dining table contrasting the contemporary cushioned chairs and gives a lively update in contrast to the traditional Thai heritage. The name PIROM reflects the meaning of happiness in Thai and PIROM specializes in authentic cooking without needing a twist but to present their diners with the most genuine Thai flavor that is both wholesome and flavorsome.


Our first dish that came to the table was the Kang Khao Phuek – Crispy taro dumplings served in large pieces and deep fried to its light fluffiness with minced prawn pork fillings mixed with Thai spices. It was nicely presented and arranged in a star shaped pattern accompanied by a small bowl of pickles in the middle to ease the grease from the filling of the taro dumpling. After the heavy starter, we needed something fresh and stimulating. The Som Tum Gai Yang was the next best compliment. Green papaya salad tossed with hot chili, dried shrimps, fish sauce and other condiments, served with grilled chicken skewers was definitely an appetite opener.


We couldn’t resist by not ordering the classic Tom Yam Goong. This hot & sour prawn soup cooks with lemongrass, mushrooms and other sharp and pungent ingredients used to create the complexity of this popular soup dish in Thai cuisine. If PIROM can add a little more kick to its spicy level as told when the order was placed, it would be a good stimulating start for the entire dining experience.


Curry dishes are another culinary Thai heritage tradition. Gaeng Phed Ped Yang is another signature dish in PIROM. This rich and creamy, hot and spicy grilled duck red curry cooked in coconut milk, grape, tomato cherry and sweet basil is divine. There is no other way to compliment this dish with a bowl or high quality steamy hot jasmine rice. PIROM has it all! We love the way how Thai people steam their fish. Pla Ka Pong Neung Manao will never go wrong to wow your palate. The whole sea bass was steamed with garlic, chili and lime sauce and some restaurants serve with flaming charcoal underneath to keep the heat of the fish and also enhance the salivating sauce, but here the tradition is not followed. Every mouthful of this dish is well celebrated with another small spoonful of fragrant jasmine rice. An all time favorite!


Thai dishes are usually placed on the table to be shared, creating a cozy home-like atmosphere. Our next dish that came to the table was the Khao Kraphrao Moo – Steamed rice with a choice of stir friend chicken, beef or pork with chili, hot basil and topped with a fried egg. Simplicity at its best when the right and fresh ingredients are used, this Thai style comfort food is second to none for any stir-fried dishes in Thai cuisine. Thai cuisine in PIROM does not use alcohol and is lactose free of any sort and the kitchens are entirely free of MSG. On the other hand, sugar is used in generally every dish, combining a basic ingredient in Asian culinary backgrounds.


We can’t leave PIROM without sampling their Phad Thai Lum Nam Khong. The stir fried Thai rice noodles with prawns, bean sprouts in sour tamarind sauce ends our meal of the evening with a big smile on our face. Three reasonably sized prawns topped the noodle dish that was quite flavorsome. The food is nothing short of a delicious encounter. Loving what they do and do it at its best, such joyous culinary is brought to life in this wonderful deluge of flavors. This is what PIROM stands for.


Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 4/5
Service: 5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4/5

Highlights:
Phad Thai Lum Nam Khong
Pla Ka Pong Neung Manao

33/33 Petchkasem Road
Tambon Hua Hin, Amphoe Hua Hin
Chang Wat Prachuap
Khiri Khan, Thailand
Tel: +66 3 2616 999

Reviews are based on actual day of visit and experience. mylifestylenews reserves the right of final decision in case of any disputes. All images are photographed by mylifestylenews team without any photoshop enhancement and are the property owned by mylifestylenews unless otherwise stated. 

EMPORIO ARMANI SS2018 freEAdom Women Collection

 Freedom as lightness of being and eclecticism of appearance. A collection frame, true to Emporio Armani’s principles: a mirror of contemporary reality, made of clothes designed in essential, rigorous Armani style, which is expressed through generous volumes and muted hues.


Key items – windbreakers, duster coats, T-shirts, dresses, suits, jackets, cargo pants and shorts to wear layered, mixed and matched as elements of a unique personal expression.


A celebration of feminine beauty in all its nuances, whether with high heels or sneakers: being yourself is what counts. A collection dedicated to free-spirited, dynamic women, unabashedly showing their legs with a sporty spring in their step.


They have fun with clothes, without losing their aplomb: from wearing a windbreaker over a business suit, to combining a sweatshirt with shorts, to tying a visor through their hair, to wearing belts and bags accented with fluorescent and postmodern details.


The accessories underscore the concept of freedom: handbags, geometric-style sandals and white sneakers.


Lightness of spirit is expressed through almost-intangible materials: technical cotton fabrics, and silk and voile with a soft, sheer handle, all enhanced by a muted palette of pastel hues. Design details accentuate the playful spirit of the collection. Playing with fashion, without forsaking beauty: this is the message of the collection.