Travels

New York: Bodhi Tree

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Located in Central Village Noho is a petite restaurant called Bodhi Tree.. I thought the food here was Thailicious! I have a weakness for the combination of Asian food & pretty places.  Affordable and tasty, take a look at the pictures (and menu) to decide if this is something for you:

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New York: Luke’s Lobster

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When you’re in New York, you can’t miss out on the Lobster Roll! Luke’s Lobster is located at Amsterdam Avenue and is known for their good lobster rolls. They also sell shrimp rolls if you’re not in to the lobster thing.

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You can order only a lobster roll for 15 dollars. You can also choose the meal for 18 dollars which includes a lobster roll, pickle, drinks and chips:

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New York: Kittichai

Kittichai Restaurant South Village New York Brunch Pad Thai Lights Brunches during the weekend is what New Yorkers like to do. Especially the All You Can Drink (AYCD) Brunches are very popular. One of the places I adore (beautiful interior!) is Kittichai, a Thai restaurant located in South Village, Manhattan. This place is wonderful and exciting to go with friends and just enjoy the weekend… At the lounge & bar: Kittichai Restaurant South Village New York Brunch Bird Cage Aquarium Kittichai Restaurant South Village New York Brunch Bar Inside the restaurant: Kittichai Restaurant South Village New York Brunch USKittichai Restaurant South Village New York Brunch Weekend A menu for brunch is 25 dollars. That’s including one meal and unlimited alcoholic drinks like lychee bellinis, blood orange mimosas and kittichai bloody mary’s! If you’re not into drinking (anymore..like me), you can order an entree instead of the brunch menu with non alcoholic drinks instead. I choose the Thai Ice Tea, which came with four glasses! One glass with ice tea, coconut juice and liquid sugar. This looked so cute! Kittichai Restaurant South Village New York Brunch Thai Ice Tea Ofcourse the bloody mary’s and drinks from the brunch seemed very good also: Kittichai Restaurant South Village New York Brunch Bloody Mary Then the food: The Five Spice French Toast, which comes with Thai Basil and Fruit Compete: Kittichai Restaurant South Village New York Brunch Asian Five Spice French Toast The chicken Kittichai Pad Thai with garlic chives and roasted peanuts: Kittichai Restaurant South Village New York Brunch Pad Thai Chicken The 3 eggs omelette with yellow curry roasted potatoes: Kittichai Restaurant South Village New York Brunch Three Egg Omelette And Pad Thai can be ordered with shrimps instead of chicken: Kittichai Restaurant South Village New York Brunch Pad Thai Overall this was a place I could definitely recommend to anyone who loves Asian food and enjoys a great ambiance and beautiful interior! A good place when it’s pouring outside and you would like to experience a more exotic ambiance for the afternoon. 25 dollars for a brunch with unlimited alcoholic drinks is nuts and for the non alcoholic lovers, the Thai Ice Tea was amazing! Kittichai Restaurant South Village New York

New York: Madison Sq. Eats

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Madison Sq. Eats is a food festival at the Madison Square Park. The most popular chefs and well know restaurants in New York are bringing their dishes to this market. There are so many different cuisines like Italian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Mexican and Portugese food. Also the most delicious pretzels, macaroons and ice cream sandwiches are available. This is definitely something you shouldn’t miss out on when you’re near the neighborhood! Also a good idea for lunch during work. Check below when this market is open and more pics of the amazing food stalls!

When: MAY 2 – MAY 30 & SEPTEMBER 5 – OCTOBER 3, 2014
11AM – 9PM DAILY

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Fresh Coconut Juice!

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Shrimp tacos

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Summer rolls! One includes goat cheese, lentils and beets. The other one has corn, coconut and curry!

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Famous Roberta’s pizza! Roberta’s was openened in Brooklyn in 2008. This is one of the most well known restaurants in Brooklyn. In 2012, the couple behind Roberta’s opened their now Michelin-starred 12-seat tasting restaurant Blanca.

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New York: The Mermaid Inn

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My friend took me to the Mermaid Inn last Tuesday and I was already excited because of the name! Between 5 PM and 7 PM, it’s happy hour which means the oysters will be sold for 1 dollar each! Look at the pictures and stop by there whenever you’re near!

 

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New York: Chelsea Market

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If you’d like to try a lot of different kinds of food at one place, the Chelsea Market is definitely a great idea. This indoor food hall is located in the Meatpacking district. The building used to be a biscuit factory. That’s why the market has an underground vibe with lots of nice food, drinks and more.

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The market is open every day. From Monday till Saturday starting from 7 AM to 9 PM. Only on Sundy the market starts at 8 AM t0 8 PM.

The nice thing about the market is that you can get a preview of all the things inside. Check out the pictures below of the variety of food and spices:

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The cookies from Eleni’s inside the market are playful and unique. They’re nice as a gift, also sold as a set in boxes. The cookies are shaped and colored as rainbows, taxi’s and other sweet things. Not only does she sell the cutest cookies but also the coffee is worth a try!

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 There is a nice Morrocan store inside as well with magical lamps and carpets. I liked the art work on the walls a lot. If they were sold as postcards, I would grab a few to enlist them at home 🙂

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Enjoying Eleni’s New York coffee on the way back!

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Bangkok, City of Angels

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Bangkok, one of the most amazing cities I’ve been to. Whenever  I’m staying in Singapore, we like to travel for a few days to other close South Asian countries like Thailand. Bangkok has almost been a favorite destination, even while it’s a place where lots and lots of tourist come too. I like their mix of colorfulness, spicy food, culture and chaos!

Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is spectacular and nowadays a spiritual place. Inside the walls of the complex is also the temple of The Emerald Buddha. The kings and his families used to live there and the palace has been built in 1782.

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Wat Prakeaw (The Emerald Buddha)
The Emerald Boeddha is made of jade and the most important symbol for the national religion in Thailand

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Chao Phraya River
Cross the river by ferry or try the Bangkok Thonburi Khlongs (boats). Using the ferry is the easiest way to get to the Grand Palace and Wat Arun. The network of canals (klongs) branching out from the main Chao Phraya river has floating markets. 

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Street vendors and their icecream
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Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
Wat Arun is really impressive. These towering spires are beautiful and definitely a must-see

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Wat Saket
The Golden Mount is a sacred pilgrimage site during an annual temple fair in November. There are 300 steps to get above. Before the climb is a cemetery covered in overgrown trees. I actually didn’t know about this when I was walking through this cemetery. At the top of the hill is a wall of bells, you will see a lot of monks and the view at the top of Bangkok is amazing. You’ll see a much more historic image of Bangkok.

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Pattaya Beach
A beach resort with many tourists. So if you’re not into that, you should really avoid this place. I like beaches, crowded or not 🙂

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Soi Arab
Enjoy shisha and arabic food! This area is full of contradictions and very interesting.

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Chinatown
Markets where you can buy the cheapest fashion and gadgets but also many food stalls

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Also don’t forget to check out Siam Square. There is a popular nightmarket for the teens of Bangkok. And ofcourse the rooftop bar at the Lebua at State Tower Hotel!