Thursday, May 21, 2009

Quick Workouts That Will Keep You In Great Shape

Here are two different workouts -- one for your chest and shoulders and one for your back and biceps -- that will keep your upper body in great shape and don't take a lot of time. And they use equipment that you'll almost certainly be able to find at your fitness club.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mamacita's Brings Real Mexican Food To Bangkok

Mexican restaurants in Bangkok have always been few and far between and good Mexican restaurants have been pretty much non-existent. There have been, and are still, a couple that are OK and there are also a couple of American-themed restaurants that offer some Mexican items that are also OK but there hasn’t been a place in Bangkok that really understood what Mexican food is all about until the last six months or so.

That’s when Mamacita’s, a tiny place on Sukhumvit Soi 15, opened for business. Khun Bee, the owner and chef, lived in Mexico for six years while she was married to a Mexican national and immersed herself in the cuisine of the country, learning the intricacies of using the ingredients and spices that go into this interesting and vital cuisine.

On a very recent visit I sampled a number of her dishes and realized that she really does understand what Mexican food is all about. Since I lived in Los Angeles for six years I picked up a healthy appreciation of Mexican food and learned what’s real and what isn’t. I can still remember the taste of the margaritas at Gardens Of Taxco in West Hollywood, a taste I’ve never seen duplicated anywhere.

Anyway, Bee, from Singapore herself but a Bangkok resident for 21 years now, knows what she is doing and does a good job of recreating the tastes of Mexico. She cannot put all of the dishes she would like to on the menu because of problems with the supply of key ingredients but she can make these dishes for special events or parties. What she does make is very good, though, and as true to the cuisine as you’ll find in Bangkok.

I liked all of the dishes I tried as well as her sauces: albondigas (Mexican meatballs), tortillas soup, tacos, flautas, guacamole and cliaquiles verdes (tortillas immersed in a green chile sauce with sour cream and cheese). Her salsa ranchera and salsa verda sauces were as close to the real thing as she can get also, even though she has substituted some local ingredients. After talking to her, I don’t think there is anything on the menu that isn’t as authentic as she can make it. And if she can’t do it right then she doesn’t do it at all.

So the next time you have a taste for Mexican food, Mamacita’s is the best place for authenticity. It’s not real fancy and it’s not real big (call ahead if you have a big group, 02-253-2795) but it’s real and that alone is enough.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Easy Way To Find Apartment Rentals In Bangkok

Apartment rentals in Bangkok are plentiful and not expensive by world standards but it can be difficult, because of language barriers and other reasons, to find exactly what you want on your own. That's why a company like can help you find exactly the right type of Bangkok property that you want and save you a lot of time doing it. Whether it's an apartment rental in Bangkok or a Bangkok condo that you're looking to purchase, EasyHomes can help you avoid many of the pitfalls you can encounter in looking for any type of real estate in an unfamiliar market.

On the Easyhomes website you'll find over 1,000 different pieces of Bangkok property listed at any given time and there are new listings being added daily. And when you go on the EasyHomes website you'll find a number of different ways to search for apartment rentals, condos and houses for sale or rent. You can search by price, area, number of bedrooms and type of Bangkok property that you want. And you can even look for properties that are close to Bangkok's two mass transit systems, the BTS Skytrain and the MRT underground train, or properties that are close to universities or international schools. The EasyHomes website is simple to use and will help you find what you're looking for in no time.

But EasyHomes isn't just about finding a Bangkok condo or other type of Bangkok property to look at. The EasyHomes staff will help you negotiate leases and ensure that contracts are in order before you make any rental or sale commitments. And if you’re completely unfamiliar with the city then the staff will make recommendations to you as to what areas in the city might best suit your needs.

And one of the most important things to consider when choosing any company to help you find a place to live is the commitment to service that the company possesses. EasyHomes has been helping people for over three years now and has a great record of customer service and accountability. Neil McDonough, the Director of EasyHomes makes his company’s philosophy very clear: “We like to think of ourselves the same as we do our customers and treat everyone the way they deserve. We decided from the outset that all customers were equal regardless of budget. And although we do not specify and charge for an after-sales service, we still make every effort to help our customers whenever we can even after we have found them a great place to live.”

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Michele Chiarlo Wine Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok
The upcoming Michele Chiarlo wine dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok to be held in the Biscotti Italian restaurant on May 15.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Future Looks Good for Japanese Companies in Thailand
In the face of worldwide economic problems there are still pockets of positivity in some places and Thailand's Japanese business community seems to be one of them.