March 1-6, 2011
Only reader Jeff Finder of Fort Lauderdale was able to correctly identify the location of the Bangkok restaurant that I have been 'fronting' for the past 3 days. It is the restaurant in Bangkok's Bumrungrad Hospital's new wing. American hospital restaurants (if they have them) are so 3rd world ... and, if they are tied in with a church ... well, forget it.
As a bonus there is a bookshop and a Starbucks just down the escalator on another mezzanine floor.
How much would it take for you to take on this outside window cleaning job?
"Food By Phone" is a Bangkok company that delivers food to your home from more than a hundred Bangkok restaurants. One telephone call delivers anything you want within 45 minutes. The dispatcher sends one of their dedicated motorcycles to the restaurant which has already received and packaged the order. The motorcycle driver then delivers everything to your door. It really works!
Tonight: From Chesa, a Bangkok Swiss restaurant: Asparagus soup, salmon tartar and an assortment of cold meats.
Apparently I am on a food roll.*
Today's offering is from "Tartane", an in-building (actually in-garage) restaurant that once was named "Bread". The French Onion soup and the very non-vegetarian main dishes were delivered by elevator ("lift"**, locally).
* Yes, I know my few readers would prefer that I took a roll (or, even a role) down to soi Nana, soi Cowboy1 or Patpong; but, my Thai wife would then probably make it my last roll (or, role).
** Thai English is British English ... not American English. Hey, here in Thailand we even drive on the left and our letter boxes are red.
1 Maybe I could convince her to go to Soi Cowboy with me to visit and photograph the legendary "Old China Hand", now named "Sam's 2000". The OCH was owned by a former expat who now lives in the US with his Thai wife.
Every neighborhood has its juicy parts. Here in Pathumwan* we have the under-the-expressway former home of Mr. Ben**1 ... which was also Soi Zero (a Nana wannabe), pay phones for the phone-less and lots of wires that I am sure no one knows where they go.
* Our district in Bangkok.
** A lawyer who offered a very broad range of services.
1 I also have a cache here: "Red Meets White".
In anticipation of Watcharee's birthday I checked out the Rain Tree Cafe which is located in our sister building: Plaza Athenee Hotel. Though the offerings were presentable and tasty I wanted something special for this birthday. So, we ate somewhere else today.
Next: Part II