Last Thursday we dined at Baan, a restaurant located on Bangkok’s Wireless road. When Laveena and I walked in with our mothers, we found the interiors to be rather small, yet modern and unpretentious with concrete floors and marble table tops. I was honestly expecting something a tad more traditional and Thai as I had read that Baan’s menu was a reflection of a local family’s precious recipes, handed down generations. Not any ordinary local Thai family though. The Michelin starred Chef ‘Ton’ Thitid, the immensely talented culinary genius behind Asia’s 20th best restaurant Le Du, is the co-owner of Baan which he runs with his charming and handsome young brother Tam.
On my return from London, I received an email from the fabulously networked, dynamic and effortlessly debonair CEO and Editor-in-Chief of BBC GoodFood India, Mr Shafquat Ali, offering me a role as ‘Consulting Editor of BBC GoodFood India and their soon-to-launch hospitality magazine.
After a nearly 5 and a half hour long drive from Newbridge On Usk, which included a lunch stop at a Michelin quality restaurant – ‘Dorrington’s Horseshoes’ run by the lovely Tanya Manolova, we arrived at Bodysgallen Hall and Spa. The wonderfully Welsh stone manor sits on Pydew Mountain and offers some of the finest views in this neck of North Wales.
If you like being fussed over in a 200 year old rustic yet chic, riverside hideaway, miles from anywhere, you have to drive over to Newbridge-on-Usk. We arrived here this afternoon and were enchanted by the tiny hamlet located in the village of Tredunnock, in Monmouthshire, south east Wales, in the United Kingdom.