Gluten Free Bakery Bangkok

Being gluten free is relatively easy in Thailand if you stick to traditional food but every once in a while I crave something naughty which is why I squealed with delight when I found Veganerie. No eggs, milk, cholesterol, preservatives or gluten. This place is a haven for sensitive tummies like mine. They have a range of cookies, muffins and cakes and is easily located in the paragon food hall. Be sure to get in quick as this place is incredibly popular. I tried the strawberry shortcake which was delish considering such a limited range of ingredients they have to work with.

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Gluten Free Bakery Bangkok

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Being gluten free is relatively easy in Thailand if you stick to traditional food but every once in a while I crave something naughty which is why I squealed with delight when I found Veganerie. No eggs, milk, cholesterol, preservatives and most items are gluten free. This place is a haven for sensitive tummies like mine. They have a range of cookies, muffins and cakes and is easily located in the food hall Paragon shopping center. Be sure to get in quick as this place is incredibly popular. I tried the strawberry shortcake which was delish considering such a limited range of ingredients they have to work with.

Greetings from Bangkok

Sawatdee fellow bloggers and avid readers. I have been in bangkok for the last few weeks so my next couple of posts will be centered around my thoughts and experiences as well as a few amazing finds in this incredible city. Bangkok is the capital and largest city in Thailand. Most travelers only stop in Bangkok enroute to somewhere else and never experience all bangkok has to offer. Bangkok truly has it all. Its the beautiful mix of old meets new, rich meets poor which gives Bangkok its incredible depth that cities can lack. I have had the privilege of growing up here and returning always gives me a sense of coming home. I hope you enjoy the next couple of posts and if you have any suggestions on things I should see please let me know! Take care and as always stay fabulous!

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Toms The Ultimate Plane Shoe

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Gone are the days when I used to tote around from one terminal to the next in heels pretending I was someone important.  Airports are getting bigger and my feet are getting sensitive.  These days I’m wiser when it comes to what to wear on the plane.  After 13 hours I don’t care how fashionable I look, and well lets face it – no one looks fashionable after a long haul flight – it’s all about comfort.  I recently bought the TOMS Natural Crochet Women’s Slip-On W8 and I’m so excited to wear them on the plane!  I love the concept of Toms shoes, that for every pair of shoes purchased Toms will help a person in need.  I also love the comfortable squishy sole with built-in arch supports perfect for those of us with fallen arches! These shoes will also be wonderful hitting the night markets and sight-seeing as the lace allows your feet to breath while still giving some support.  So if you see me skipping around the airport it’s probably because I’ll be wearing my Toms!

A Beanbag For Every Style

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Who doesn’t love a beanbag?  They’re comfortable and cozy but unfortunately they’re not usually very stylish.  It’s hard to find a trendy beanbag that matches the rest of your decor but doesn’t blow your budget.  Fortunately I have stumbled across Blob Beanbags.  Made in New Zealand and shipped worldwide these wonderful beanbags come in a range of colors, materials and sizes.  I personally love the luxe velvet which would look amazing stacked up in an array of eye-catching colors.  The wonderful thing about these beanbags is that you can get removable liners which makes washing your beanbags much easier.  So now that I’ve found our new fabulous beanbag I just have to tell the pooch that we’ll be getting rid of his old one….. queue tears.

Bailey curled up on his favorite beanbag.
Bailey curled up on his favorite beanbag.

 

Etsy – Helping The Little Person

I adore Etsy and try to use it as much as I can.  I love the idea that I’m helping out the little person.  That someone somewhere decided to follow their dream and sell their wares online.  I also love the idea of getting something unique, that can’t be bought in the shop down the road.  There are so many unique and spectacular items out there just waiting to be discovered! Below are some of my favourite items.

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Who doesn’t love candles! These candles are amazing and have some wonderful unique scents. Eco friendly soy and 65 hours burn time. Whats not to love!

jacket

I bought this jacket for winter and I absolutely love it! it’s so comfy and warm with lovely thick fleece inside.  It’s a great jacket to throw on over jeans when you need to run some errands.  They also make it to your measurements so you know it’ll fit perfectly!

clock

This amazing paper origami clock is on my wish list! it’s so beautiful and unique.  They come in a variety of colors and styles.

gold necklace

This beautiful necklace was my very first Etsy purchase and it’s still one of my favourite items I own.  It’s very similar to Marco Bicego pieces but at only a fraction of the cost!

So next time your wanting something a little different why not give Etsy a go and help out a small business!

 

 

As with all my posts if you want to know where to get any of these amazing items just click on the picture.

 

Braised Beef Short Rib

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I always feel like comfort food when its cold and wet so I decided I’d share with you one of my new favorite recipes.  I cooked my beef in the oven but I’m sure it would work just as well in a slow cooker but just omit the water.  Short rib is such a beautiful cut of meat and when braised for a few hours it just melts in your mouth.  My vegetable mash is also a wonderful way to add more variety of vegetables to your plate.  This is not a quick recipe but it is easy.  Prep time is about 15 minutes while cooking time is 3 hours.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 large Beef short ribs cut individually
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic peeled and diced
  • 4 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups of red wine
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • A few small sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 medium kumara (sweet potato) peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 of a pumpkin peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 parsnip peeled and chopped
  • a knob of butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees celsius and line the bottom of your dish with the onions, garlic and carrots
  2. In a pan brown the short ribs on each side and then transfer to the dish
  3. with the pan still on the heat place the red wine, balsamic vinegar, thyme and tomato paste scraping the pan to release all the little tasty bits of collected beef. Stir for about a minute
  4. Add liquid to the dish and then enough water so that your dish is about 2/3 full
  5. Place tinfoil over the dish and pop into the oven for around 2 hours
  6. After 2 hours uncover the meat and cook for a further hour.
  7. In a pot combine the kumara, pumpkin and parsnip add water and boil until tender (around 30 mins)
  8. Once cooked, drain, add butter and then mash.

 

The meat should be tender enough that you can slice it with your fork and the vegetable mash is a nice change from mashed potatoes.  Hope you like this recipe as much as we do!