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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai – Viangbua Mansion – CHEAP EATS!

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The meals, regardless of whether it’s breakfast or lunch, are uniformly inexpensive.

However, my current favorite is the ‘Omelette Set’, which includes:

– coffee or tea

– fresh fruit (watermelon and/or pineapple)

– orange juice (NOT orange drink!)

– two pieces of toast

and the,

– omelette (not huge, but big enough, and absoulely filled with ham and vegetables!)

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PRICE:

59 baht ($1.82 USD)

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$1.82 for Gawd Sakes!

SUGGESTION:

Please don’t be a CHEAP CHARLIE – leave a tip for Moi (See Photo), and the other waitress, Ann.

khup khun krup

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‘Chiang Mai – Viangbua Mansion – Review’

https://seattle99.wordpress.com/2009/07/03/chiang-mai-%e2%80%93-viangbua-mansion-review/

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March 19, 2014 Posted by | cost of living, restaurants | , , , , | 1 Comment

Chiang Mai – Art Cafe

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Art Cafe at Taepae Gate, for me, has all the ambiance and charm of a 70’s/80’s U.S. roadside diner.

I believe Breaakfast is the ‘main event’, but they also serve lunch and dinner. HUGE MENU!

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MY FAVORITE is the ‘American Breakfast’; where I select:

– scrambled eggs

– three pieces of bacon

– two pieces of whole wheat toast

– mango jam

– mango juice

mango coffee

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Keeping in line with the 70’s/80’s, the TOTAL COST is 150baht, $4.62.

That’s right, $4.62 USD!

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March 17, 2014 Posted by | education, restaurants | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai – Nu’s Place Restaurant

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Nu’s is a small open air restaurant in the North End of Chiang Mai, serving both lunch and dinner.

Nu is fluent in English, and has menus in Thai AND English.

Note: If you don’t want the food ‘too spicy’ he will understand.

The vast majority of dishes are Thai, although he does have several western items, such as club sanwhiches.

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ONE of my favorite meals:

A very well made, and large, Chicken Pad Thai, and (3) three chicken satays (skewers) with peanut sauce.

TOTAL COST = 65baht @ 32.5 = $2.00. That’s right, $2.00USD!

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LOCATION:

It’s about 100-feet from the BEST Seviced Apartment in  Chiang Mai, the Viangbua Mansion.

https://seattle99.wordpress.com/2009/07/03/chiang-mai-%e2%80%93-viangbua-mansion-review/

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I tell ya what: ‘Everyday in Everyway, it’s getting Better, and Better, and Better’!

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March 12, 2014 Posted by | accomodation, cost of living, restaurants | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai – Cafe Din Dee (Mudhouse Cafe)

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Via: Where to Eat in Chiang Mai

Nestled in a little mud house in the carpark of Chiang Mai University Art Centre on the quiet end of Nimmanhaemin Rd, this Japanese runned cafe offers lovely healthy vegetarian meals, fantastic looking drinks (especially on a hot day!) and desserts.

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After much deliberation on the type of curry I want, I settle for the DinDee Original Curry, which contains chickpeas, kidney beans, vegetables and gram masala. If you can’t eat spicy food, you’d be relieved to know that this curry is only very mildly spicy, and it’s very lovely with the brown rice – a very nice, light, gentle and comforting meal. White rice is also available if you don’t like brown rice. The soup that comes with the curry is great too.
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109 baht  ($3.63 USD – OUTRAGEOUS!) for the set or 90 baht ($3.00 – hey, that’s much better!) for curry only.
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http://cm-eat.blogspot.com/2013/06/cafe-din-dee-mudhouse-cafe.html
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note:
Normally I find veggie food ‘way too healthy’; but when I want to tempt fate, hey why not?
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June 23, 2013 Posted by | restaurants | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai – (7) Seven Veggie Restaurants

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Via: City Life

1. Brown Rice Organic Bistro
Now in a new open-air space in the middle of the Old City, Brown Rice Organic Bistro is a lovely place to linger over healthy juices (G.O.D. – featuring chlorophyll, honey and coconut water – is the perfect refresher on a steamy day), homemade baked goods and a variety of delicious Thai fusion dishes made from scratch by award-winning Chef Duang. Don’t miss the Thai herbal salad, and arrive on a bicycle for a 10% discount! (cool!)
www.facebook.com/BrownRiceOrganicBistro
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2. Anchan Vegetarian
In existence for less than a year, Anchan Vegetarian is already rated number one out of 979 restaurants in Chiang Mai on TripAdvisor. An impressive feat, but as soon as you enter this lovingly decorated little second floor establishment off Nimman, you’ll understand the charm. Friendly staff serve up delicious Thai curries, fresh homemade butterfly pea juice and a killer deep fried banana flower salad, all made from organic, locally sourced ingredients.
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www.facebook.com/AnchanVegetarianRestaurant
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3. Free Bird Café
As part of one of Chiang Mai’s most beloved non-profits, Thai Freedom House, Free Bird Cafe is the place to be when you’re looking to feel good inside and out. Their meat-free Burmese food is of the extra healthy variety – no deep-fried veggies here – but still manages to taste absolutely delicious, from the Burmese green tea leaf salad to the veggie-loaded khao soy. Used items and crafts made by refugee students are also for sale in the back, so give it a browse and support a great cause! Their new location is easy to find, just across the moat from the north gate.
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www.facebook.com/FreeBirdCafe
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The other (4) four, HERE:
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http://www.chiangmainews.com/ecmn/viewfa.php?id=3802
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June 4, 2013 Posted by | restaurants | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai – Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi

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Via: City News – Chiang Mai

For a special night out in Chiang Mai, it doesn’t get more luxurious than Le Grand Lanna at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi.
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In a beautifully decorated open-air Lanna teak house, you can dine in style while taking in traditional dance and music performances from a troupe of talented artistes. And now, a completely revamped menu has been unveiled, courtesy of the restaurant’s two brand new chefs from Central Thailand – twin sisters Virat and Vilai Kanjan. Experts in both taste and presentation and specially trained in the art of fruit and vegetable carving, the Kanjan sisters learned to cook from their parents and have been doing so professionally since 19 at luxury hotels throughout Asia, and even at His Majesty the King’s palace.
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Their dishes are healthy and delicious, using fresh produce from the Royal Project Foundation and conveying a deep knowledge of the intricacies of traditional Thai cooking as well as a flair for creative fusion. Opt for one of their sumptuous set menus or go a la carte. Appetisers are conveniently served in a variety of portion sizes to share, from deep-fried crab spring rolls served with plum sauce to spicy papaya salad with soft shell crab to roasted coconut with dried shrimps, lime and ginger in a crispy cup. We swooned over the rich and slightly spicy tom kha soup, served in a coconut with succulent seafood and straw mushrooms, but saved room for the stunning mains, which included falling-off-the-bone southern style braised lamb shank with lotus seeds and pickled vegetable, a delightfully flavourful and perfectly textured deep-fried snow fish with organic Thai herbs and a dazzlingly presented stir-fried Canadian lobster cooked Thai-style with yellow curry and egg. For dessert, the taro dumplings in warm coconut milk with salted egg yolk and seasonal fruits was a perfect finale to a meal fit for a king.
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Want to learn to cook from the masters? Chef Virat is now overseeing Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi’s Oriental Culinary Academy, which offers daily cooking classes with market tours and hands-on practice starting at 2,800 baht per person.
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Open Daily for Lunch, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Dinner, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
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51/4 Chiang Mai – Sankampaeng Road, Moo 1 T. Tasala
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Chiang Mai, Thailand – Mandarin Oriental – Dhara Dhevi – PRICELESS!
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May 14, 2013 Posted by | accomodation, restaurants | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai – ‘Pickles’ restaurant

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Via: City News – Chiang Mai

Pickles serves up traditional American corn beef sandwiches (see photo) which are becoming legendary.

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Pickles is owned by an American who lives in Thailand, loves a Thai lady and is permanently settled here. The food is pure Americana. Gary, the owner said that when he first moved here ten years ago he couldn’t find corned beef (well, fresh corned beef anyway, you can buy the canned stuff), so one day he made some, and pastrami as well, and let his friends try them. They liked them so much they started buying them off him.

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Anyway, so the restaurant itself is tiny, only four tables. When we walked in there were already farang sitting on two tables, they greeted each other as though they were Thai people, speaking fluently.

The menu was truly appetising:

– hot juicy corned beef

– Romanian pastrami

– hot brisket of beef tongue

– all sorts of barbecues like ribs (the farang on the table next to me had this and it looked soooooooo good! – next time!), beef short ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, pork chop, spaghettis and even pizzas.

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Of course I will return to try the other items on the menu, but on that day, we couldn’t possibly eat any more. The value for money was amazing, with huge portions, the sandwiches cost no more than 200 baht each ($6.45 USD). The pork ribs (advertised as best in town) are also 200 baht as is the pork chop. With these prices, this tiny little venue doesn’t need to do much boasting, it is a no brainer.

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OK, here are simple directions: From Chang Puek Gate, drive towards Kuang Singh Intersection past the Mecure Hotel (old Novotel), just past the hotel look to your right and you wil see the Standard Charter Bank. That is Chang Puek soi 7. Drive to the end of the soi there is a t-junction, turn left for a few metres and you will see the restaurant on your right hand side, there is parking for 3-4 cars.

http://www.chiangmaicitynews.com/blog.php?id=1128

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December 10, 2012 Posted by | restaurants | , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai – ‘Butter is Better’ Restaurant

Via: Dining Guide

This cutely named eating place opened in its new premises a few months ago on the Chang Klan Road, on the same side of the road and about three hundred meters before the huge Shangri La Hotel. There is a car park adjoining the spacious restaurant, which is open from 8a.m. until 5p.m. every day (closed on Tuesdays in ‘low season’).

It’s a difficult place to categorise, perhaps more of an all day café or what might be called a ‘diner’, than a restaurant. The menu is quite large and features breakfast ‘sets’ as well as many other dishes. It serves so many things that one would never go hungry, but it is not a dining out experience in the style of a fancy restaurant. It has plenty of space, comfortable tables, a huge selection of magazines and newspapers and makes for an idea place fro a ‘brunch’ or tea as well as breakfast.

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There are classics on the menu such as Eggs Benedict, Club Sandwiches, Shrimp Gumbo and such items as chili hot dogs and hamburgers. There are plenty of sweeter items, from English muffins to blueberry pancakes and  chocolate puddings , plus a full range of soft drinks, coffees and teas ( some of them rather special)

On a recent visit I enjoyed the home made bagel served with plenty of butter on the side, cream cheese and  Norwegian smoked salmon while by Thai friend went for the mildly spicy chili hot dog. We both had smoothies and they were absolutely delicious, a nice blend of different fruits.

This is a quiet place for a snack or a substantial day time meal.

(On the Night Bazaar Street, virtually caddy corner to Pantip Plaza, the giant high tech shopping center).

http://www.diningguidechiangmai.com/2010/11/butter-is-better-review.html

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NOTE: If you don’t wan to go out, they WILL deliver!

You can see the FULL menu, with prices, HERE:

http://www.mealsonwheels4u.com/food_shows.php?restaurant_id=077

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personal opinion:

Very Good American food, especially considering, it’s half way around the world!

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October 20, 2012 Posted by | restaurants | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai Miquel’s Restaurant – Real Mexican Food

Via: Miquel’s Cafe

EXAMPLE: #1 – “Dos Amigos” (160 baht / USD $5.16)

your choice:
– 1 taco (veggie, beef or chicken)
– 1 enchilada (bean, cheese, beef or chicken)

EXAMPLE: #2 – 3 “Amigos” (220baht /USD $7.10)
– cheese enchilada
– mini beef burrito
-chicken taco

EXAMPLE #3 – “El Rico” (250baht / USD $8.06)
– 1 mini super (sauce & cheese) beef burrito
– 1 mini chicken quesadilla,
– 1 steak taco

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personal thought:

If you get tired of pad thai, check out Miquel’s; seriously, it’s quite good.

their website (locations. full menu):

http://www.miguels-cafe.com/

And YES, they deliver!

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October 12, 2012 Posted by | restaurants | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chiang Mai – Le Spice Restaurant

Via: Epicurean

Of all the indian restaurants I’ve tried in Chiang Mai, Le Spice is my favourite.

This place identifies as an indian, thai, and seafood restaurant. My suggestion: go indian. The sets start at 99 baht (USD $3.19) and generally include two curries, a dahl, raita, papadum and rice. (see photo)

If you’re with a group of people, it’s always fun to order a number of dishes a la carte and share. Just think, the more people you’re with, the more dishes you can try.

The menu is extensive.

To aid the selection process, decide what kind of curry you’re in the mood for [vindaloo, masala, saag, etc.] and then choose the meat/vegetable [chicken, mutton, beef, fish, paneer, etc].

To get there, drive down the night bazaar road and about midway you’ll see the Kalare complex on your left.  Turn immediately left down the soi and you’ll see the brightly-lit Le Spice sign on the right.

notables | fish tikka. malai kofta [vegetable balls in a creamy curry]. vindaloo and/or masala [fish, chicken, mutton, you decide]. saag paneer [homemade indian cheese in spinach curry]. bengan bharta [eggplant curry]. any rice biriyani. lots of garlic naan. le spice naan [addition of dried fruit, coconut = funky].

sweet notables | kulfi [spiced rice ice cream]. kheer [indian rice pudding].

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note | definitely vegetarian-friendly.

personal note: It’s also  very ‘carnivore friendly’.

http://chiangmaiepicurean.blogspot.com/2008/10/le-spice.html

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October 10, 2012 Posted by | cost of living, restaurants | , , , , , | Leave a comment