As the long weekend comes to its inevitable end, the week ahead can seem more disheartening than usual. After all, with our holiday mood in full swing, how could we possibly switch back to our everyday grind without, well, dreading it? For those who haven’t quite shaken off the wanderlust from your long-weekend trips — us included! — we’ve put together a list of the most  exciting and out-of-the-box events to catch in Bangkok this week. After all, what better way to cure holiday withdrawal, than by reminding ourselves that the city is still dynamic and vibrant, and that it is possible to go about our daily schedules while having fun all the same. From two exciting whisky tastings, to a Japanese home cooking workshop, and a buffet and panel discussion on the future of edible bugs, scroll to see your plans for the week!

Malts & Jaews

WINE & DINE — Whisky lovers, here’s a pretty interesting one to eye. Funky Lam Kitchen is set to host a pretty exciting tasting dinner, where guests are invited to indulge in a flight of premium Speyside single malts from the distilleries of Aultmore and Craigellachie. Here’s the best part — the four-course sharing dinner will feature exquisite plates of elevated Lao cuisine from none other than chef Bank. Brush up on your whisky knowledge and explore the possibilities of pairing whisky cocktails with naam jim jaew infused dishes. Take note — seats are very limited and advanced booking is required!

THB2,000++ for a four-course sharing menu with cocktail pairing, and a tasting flight of four single malt whiskies. October 16, 2019. Funky Lam Kitchen. To reserve your seats or find out more, email [email protected], or visit the official Facebook event page

Buffet & Panel Discussion on Edible Bugs

WINE & DINE — Those who’ve been in Thailand long enough are no strangers to edible bugs, but are these crispy little critters the protein of the future? To truly delve into the world of so-called “bug cuisine” culture, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand is inviting guests to sample the very best of this unique culinary experience, by hosting a night of gourmet food and desserts made with — you guessed it — insects! From grasshoppers, to silkworms and even spiders, expect the unexpected with a fine-dining twist, as bruschetta is served with molt crickets and silkworms, while the tiramisu comes infused with blended silkworm cream. Dishes are, of course, courtesy of chef Kong from ‘Insects in the Backyard’, a Bangkok bistro known for serving insects of different varieties. The multi-course meal will be followed by a panel discussion among experts in the field, who will be discussing the future of insects in cuisine, as well as the opportunities and challenges that come with introducing the ingredient into our everyday lives. If you don’t think you can stomach the spiders, worry not — guests are more than welcome to just join the panel audience without tasting the food. Who knows, you might end up changing your mind!

THB550. 6:30-10pm, October 18, 2019. Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand. To reserve your seats or find out more, visit the official Facebook event page

Homemade Teriyaki Don Workshop

NEWS & EVENTS — The Commons is back with yet another fun Japanese home cooking workshop, where you can get the chance to learn how to make delicious teriyaki rice bowls with chef Kyoko. Fans of the classic Japanese staple can relish in learning how to make authentic chicken teriyaki don, as well as the tasty side dishes that complement it — including the likes of spinach dressed in sesame seeds, as well as a delectable miso soup with fried tofu, potato, onion, and cabbage. Not only that, but participants can also gain insight into the world of Japanese ingredients, as well as the best way to go about preparing them. Take note — the workshop will be conducted in English.

THB1,900 per person. 10:30am – 1:30pm, October 20, 2019. The Commons. To reserve your spot or find out more, click here.

The Legendary Whisky Tasting

WINE & DINE — Also offering an exciting whisky tasting this week is Cohiba Atmosphere Bangkok, which will be hosting ‘The Legendary Whisky Tasting’. Relish in sampling over 120 premium whiskies, along with other brown spirits from around the world — all of which will be nicely complemented by a selection of delectable plates. The whiskies are split into two “rooms” which guests can choose from — a ‘Standard’ room, and another for ‘Fine and Rare’ whiskies. 

THB1,800 per person for the Standard Room with a selection of food. THB3,800 per person for the Fine and Rare room and a selection of food. 4-9pm, October 18, 2019. Cohiba Atmosphere, Ruamrudee Grove. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 08 3988 5002, or visit the official Facebook Page.

The Amazing Thai-Land

ART & CULTURE — In a bout of cheeky political satire, Chalermpol Junrayab’s first solo art exhibition ‘The Amazing Thai-land’ explores the current socio-political scene in Thailand, through a unique approach inspired by American comic books. With clever pop-culture innuendos and the occasional referential nod to controversial political happenings, expect bold, daring prints that shine a light upon the truths of what exist today

Until October 25, 2019. Sathorn 11 Art Space. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page

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