anticipated, stunning multi-use epicurean showplace, The Farmhouse at Ojai
Valley Inn, is finally now open for cooking classes and events. Famed architect Howard Backen with Backen
Gillam Kroeger in Napa Valley designed the expansive 20,000 square foot
culinary and event center to connect world-class food culture with
at Ojai Valley Inn is a wood and glass barn-inspired structure feature a natural
palette of forest browns and greys, redwood siding, 25-foot ceilings, and
exposed wooden trusses. The Kitchen is designed for open demo format, allowing
up to 80 guests a front row seat to the chefs in action, while the adjacent
Library and garden courtyard, each seating up to 20, will serve as private
dining and meeting areas. Additionally, 11’-6” foot high sliding doors will
open dramatically to The Lawn with expanded outdoor seating, a landscaped
garden of native olive trees and lavender, an organic vegetable and herb
garden, and a majestic 100-year-old Oak tree anchoring the center focal point.
author, and James Beard Foundation Award winner Nancy Silverton will serve
as The Farmhouse’s premier Culinary Ambassador, curating a series of
experiential, culinary-driven events slated throughout 2019. In her role as
debut Culinary Ambassador of The Farmhouse at Ojai Valley Inn,
Silverton will cultivate select bucket list-worthy epicurean events, bringing
together the crème de la crème of the culinary world, and giving guests the
opportunity to experience master classes, book signings, talks, and workshops.
already taken place, but hopefully Phil will return- sorry I missed it!
Phil Rosenthal and Nancy Silverton’s Friends Behind The Flame (April 17-18,
A unique opportunity to “Eat
Like Phil” with television writer and producer Phil Rosenthal, host of
Netflix’s popular Somebody Feed Phil series during a multi-course lunch
menu of items that highlight his travels and finds. Later, a multi-course
dinner with wine pairings will feature friends behind the flame and at the
table, such as Suzanne Tracht, Mary Sue Milliken, Lissa Doumani, and Hiro Sone.
Silverton and Evan Funke in a Celebration of Pasta (June 15-16, 2019)
Includes a duo of epic pasta
proportions—Nancy Silverton and acclaimed chef, pasta master, and culinary
storyteller Evan Funke with his team from Felix—for a pasta-focused
multi-course dining and wine pairing experience; pasta making master class, and
Books and Bites With the Legendary Ruth Reichl (September 21-22, 2019)
A rare conversation with a
legend—Ruth Reichl, former New York Times restaurant critic, final
editor-in-chief of Gourmet, co-producer of PBS’ Gourmet Diary of a Foodie,
and enduring leading voice in food. Includes a signed copy of her new book and
a family-style lunch inspired by her recipes.
Silverton With Dario Cecchini on the Art of Butchering (November 23-24, 2019)
butcher Dario Cecchini will be on hand for back-to-back events ranging from an
exclusive master class to a meat-centric dinner accompanied by wines from famed
Chianti producer, Fontodi Winery. The weekend will also include a grill
demonstration with Eric Gephart of Kamado Joe Grills, and a live-fire cooking
demonstration and Middle Eastern dinner with Debbie Michail.
For more details on classes, dinners and events, please
take a look at the website: www.farmhouseojai.com.
Kids in the Kitchen
Artisan Pizza & Mozzarella
French & Italian Demonstrations
Fresh Pasta Making
Eclairs & Cream Puffs
The Art of Macarons
Winemaker Tastings & Dinners
Ojai Valley Inn spreads across a gentle rolling hillside into a deep green
valley punctuated by massive Oak trees; the rambling flow of Spanish Revival
style buildings resemble a picturesque village of red tile roofs sheltering
white stucco walls, typical of what you might view in remote Spanish or Tuscan
villages. My favorite suites have a cozy corner adobe like fireplace and a
verandah with views of the hillsides. For the ultimate in privacy and luxury,
there are two Penthouse Suites. Two-bedroom suites offering over 1500 square
feet of privacy and endless views from your private terrace. The 1900 square
foot Hacienda Penthouse is one of my favorite spaces, it will be completely
refurbished this fall, but it is a terrific family gathering space. A
collection of suite spaces is nestled into mini-villa clusters with expansive
fragrant courtyards, ideal for a group or extended family. Off property, Casa
Elar, is a private oasis, resembling a Tuscan Villa it features over 10,000
feet of luxurious living space. Fully staffed and accessible to the resort by
golf cart. Private pool and spa, entertainment features inside and out, a
fabulous retreat if you crave absolute privacy.
to the Ojai Valley Inn to camp out at the pool, play golf, hike, walk, and now cook
– innumerable activities.
What to do in Bangkok as recommended by The Siam Hotel ! I needed another week to wander the colorful vibrant streets and waterways of Bangkok!
As the only luxury resort to be located in the heart
of Bangkok’s rarely seen palace and historical district, you have the unique
opportunity to explore with us this unknown side of one of the world’s great
From the hotel, you can access either by foot, The
Siam Boat Cruise or a short Tuk-Tuk ride, to some of the Kingdom’s finest
temples, monuments, palaces, museums, restaurants, markets, galleries,
shopping, neighborhoods, and architecture.
Slow travel is the norm here, where the journey is
just as important as the destination.
May we suggest that you: Don’t overload your schedule;
busy schedules can make you miss a new adventure.
mornings and evenings for exploring the neighborhood. The rest of the day is
best spent in The Opium Spa, poolside or perhaps taking a Muay Thai lesson in
Stay out of taxis and avoid traffic; use The Siam Boat Cruise to access points of interest along the river. Our boat runs on a fixed schedule and can drop-off and pick-up anywhere along its route. Once you arrived at The Siam you never need to get into another car until you leave!
you must use a car, The Siam has hotel limousines available 24 hours, 2 hours
advance reservation is required.
Muay Thai Class. Over
the past few years Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) has become one of the most
popular forms of sport for wellness. The Siam has built the first luxury Thai
Kickboxing gym complete with ring and professional trainers. Sign up for a
“trainer” work out. This is truly an authentic Thai experience for the mind,
body and spirit.
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD by boat, Tuk-Tuk and/ or by foot. Private guide is available upon request. Night Flower Market (Pak Klong Talad) & Old Town. Bangkok comes alive by night. Take the night Siam Boat Cruise to Yodpiman Pier. The flower market is a feast for the senses, an experience unmatched anywhere else in the world, offering Bangkok at its best.
At the end of the market you can arrange Tuk-Tuk which
will take you around the gilded radiance, solitude and beauty of the Grand
Palace by night.
From the Grand Palace, make your way to Banglampoo for
a walk along Phra Athit Road and its many walking street tributaries.
Looking for a bit of a party? Take a stroll down the
festival like Khao San Road, the global epicentre of backpacker hedonism.
Klongs, Grand Palace,
Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun, Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) Get an early start for this classic
journey through the most famous of Bangkok’s historic sites. Your guide and
longtail boat can depart from The Siam Pier.
Marble Temple & lunch at
Krua Apsorn. Depart from The Siam by Tuk-Tuk to the spectacular
Marble Temple, Wat Benchamabophit. From there walk through the royal neighborhood
back to The Siam for lunch at Chon or to the legendary Krua Apsorn restaurant.
Rambuttri, Khao San &
Phra Athit Roads. Nightlife, markets, walking streets, shopping, cafes,
bars and restaurants. Busy day and night, this backpacker haven has shed its
down- and-dirty image, evolving into a bustling market and nightlife
destination for trendy Thai as well as travelers. By day, you’ll find it great
for all things backpacker such as cheap internet, books and travel deals.
Starting in the evening enjoy walking on Rambuttri
Road for cafes, street side cocktail bars, boutiques and shop for almost
anything imaginable including edible insects and trendy clothes.
The legendary Khao San Road will satisfy your
hedonistic party side with a great array of night clubs and street parties that
never seem to end. All of this just a 15-minute boat ride from the hotel and a
10-minute Tuk-Tuk to get home.
Tour Starting at The Royal Barge Museum and take the trip up Klong
Bangkok Noi and Bangkok Yai to experience the floating market in the heart of
this bustling city. Visit Baan Silapin – Artists’ House for cultural
exploration before stopping by the world-famous Temple of Dawn.
China Town by Night Starting from Ratchawongse Pier, adventure through the bright lights and frenetic action that is Bangkok’s China Town. China Town by Day For those wanting to explore deeper into this fascinating and vibrant neighbourhood, take a walk through the tightly packed alleyways of Sampeng Market.
& DRINKING in the neighborhood Krua
Apsorn – Thai, lunch, The Siam Boat Cruise, Tuk-Tuk or walking. This is
the original homey, award-winning, royally patronized, everyday-Thai-food
restaurant. Expect a clientele made up of fussy families and big-haired,
middle-aged ladies, and a cuisine revolving around full-flavored, largely
seafood and vegetable-heavy central Thai dishes. As one of the most famous
restaurants in Thailand, this is a must for every visitor to The Siam. At a
minimum you must order: Green Curry Fish Balls, Stir-fried Crab Meat with
Yellow Chili and String Beans, Crabmeat Omelette, Fried Giant River Prawns, and
We recommend taking our boat cruise (5 minutes) to Wat
Rachathiwat Pier and walking 5 minutes through a beautiful old Bangkok neighborhood.
Street Food –
Thai, walking. Bangkok is world renowned for its street food. The historical neighborhood
around The Siam is home to universities, medical schools, palaces, and all of
the people that come with such institutions. These students, doctors, palace
guards, teachers, nurses, and military come from all corners of the Kingdom and
they need to eat.
To accommodate this diverse group and their equally
diverse tastes, an army of street food vendors have come from all over the
country, some as far from Laos, to feed these people.
However, because they are in the palace district,
there is a need to maintain the serenity and order of the neighborhood, so all
of these street food chefs and their carts have been designated a single street
that has become the ultimate hub for street food in the district.
That street just happens to be right in front of The
Siam. It’s a real treat to go for a walk in the morning to see sights, hear the
sounds and experience the smells and tastes of cuisine from across the Kingdom.
Maggie Choo’s Maggie Choo’s is a
mix of sexiness, mystery, and intrigue and the latest and greatest nightlife
venue to hit Bangkok. This is a hidden gem of a place, situated in the lower
level of the Novotel Silom, once the East India Company underground vault,
where you can enjoy authentic Cantonese food and much, much more. There is a
small dance floor and great live music nightly. The crowd is a mix of upper
class Thais, expats, and tourists from the Silom area.
Sing Sing Theatre Maggie Choo’s
– This bar-cum-club is one of Bangkok’s most creative interior
design concept. Paying homage to far Eastern aesthetics, you can expect
intricate wrought iron patterns, hundreds of lanterns hanging from the ceiling
and plenty of dragon imagery to go with the ‘Muses’ (elegant girls dressed in
Chinese Qipao). There is a big push into concept parties at Sing Sing too, with
themes like Underwater or Carnival being completely immersive experiences and a
whole lot of fun. Much like Maggie Choo, the crowd is a mix of upper class
Thais, expats, and tourist.
THE MICHELIN GUIDE ELEGANT
Gaggan Innovative Indian Dining.
Le Normandie Contemporary
French Dining. 30 minutes by The Siam Boat.
Mezzaluna Innovative European Cuisine. 30 minutes by The
Saneh Jaan Traditional
RUSTIC Bo.Lan Modern
TRADITIONAL Chim by
Siam Wisdom Traditional Thai.
Ginza Sushi Ichi Traditional
& DESIGN Elements French Contemporary.
J’Aime by Jean-Michel Lorain
L’Atelier De Joël Robuchon French
Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin Thai
SIMPLE Upstairs at Mikkeller Innovative European
STREET Jay Fai Home-cooked
EATING & DRINKING via The Siam Boat Cruise Along The River Of Kings Bangkok’s
riverfront was once the domain of derelict shop houses and street-side noodle
joints (still delicious). These days though, cutting-edge restaurants are
swinging open their doors by the shores of the Chao Phraya River. Stay out of
Bangkok’s evening traffic and take The Siam Boat Cruise for an evening out.
Steve Café Thai,
dinner Very local and best to arrive by boat from The Siam
and organize a taxi or Tuk-Tuk with the hotel to return. Stunning views of Rama
8 bridge, this restaurant has local charm, a relaxed feel and great food. Best
enjoyed from sunset through dinner, avoid lunch as the restaurant faces the
western sun and can be hot.
Never Ending Summer Thai,
dinner Located at the Klong San Pier in a compound of
converted old warehouses belonging to celebrity Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag,
this rustic and airy dining room is a sophisticated space to enjoy
well-prepared and beautifully presented classic Thai food, with a new expansion
on the riverfront “Summer House” serving Western food on the same roof.
Take The Siam boat 25 minutes to the Hilton Hotel pier
and walk 2 minutes to the restaurant. Bookings are a must for this hipster
haven on the river. The remaining warehouses make up the Jam Factory compound
complete with bookshops, coffee houses and concept stores. Your butler will
assist you with directions when walking to the restaurant.
Madame Musur Thai,
dinner and drinks Great cocktails and delicious
Northern Thai food are served at this thatched, I’m-in-the-jungle restaurant.
Try the house cocktail named “After the Place” a twist on a Mojito with Thai-
style liquor, lie back in your wicker chair surrounded by greenery and listen
to the gentle pedestrian hum of the street. Whether you are alone, in a pair or
even part of a group this bar and restaurant offers perfect respite from busy
Rambuttri walking street. Super local, the experience makes you reminiscent of
your post-college backpacking days. The proprietor once managed food &
beverage for Four Seasons, making this a great place to eat or drink before
exploring the nightlife of Rambuttri Road and Khao San Road.
Supanniga Eating Room x
Roots Thai, dinner “Supanniga” (Thonglor) is known for its casual
chic locations and reliable Thai food. But if there’s one thing missing from
the restaurants, it’s the view. Naturally making this the riverside Thai
restaurant we have been waiting for! PS They have an amazing selection of
dinner – With Err, you’re far enough from the mother branch’s Michelin- star
aspirations to relax a little but you’ll be getting the same meticulous
research and virtuoso execution as at Bo.lan. Probable the best of both worlds
and just a few piers down from us too.
The Rooftop at Sala
Rattanakosin Drinks The laidback ambiance is
perfect for a pre-dinner drink. You can’t order food up there, so there is also
less chance of your evening being ruined by young families. Our butler can
recommend restaurants nearby for you to continue the night. Be warn! There is
no elevator but it only 4 floors up.
80/ 20 Thai,
dinner Friendly and packed with character, 80/20 is far more creative than any
restaurant in a hostel has a right to be. The setting channels old-school
shop-house charm through retro signage, heavy wooden doors and iron grilles,
but the food is far more forward-thinking. Though the dishes are not typically
Thai, there is an emphasis on the big and bold flavors loved by locals.
Tep Bar Drinks,
dinner Tep Bar joins Chinatown’s new-wave bar scene some
years back. This restored shop-house has plenty of raw appeal, with mood
lighting and simple wooden tables. Here, you’ll find potent cocktails mixed
with Thai fruits, herbs and spices. There’s also a good line of home-infused ya
dong (Thai herbal whiskey) as well as a kitchen specializing in Thai tapas.
Enjoy your night with live traditional Thai music.
Teens of Thailand Drinks,
dinner The team behind ToT features the who’s who of the
local art and nightlife scene. Niks, mixologist and owner of Drink Academy,
changes his drink list daily! They also have a vast collection of gin, from
Hendrick’s and Tanqueray to Ashley Sutton’s Iron Balls and the must-try Hanami
TAILORS The Cotton House OP Place by The Siam Boat Cruise Located at Oriental Place, this is the go-to tailor for copying women’s clothes of the finest quality. Take the Siam Boat to the Oriental Public Pier and walk 5 minutes to Oriental Place Shopping center, first floor on the left, ask for Mrs Reed. Once you have your initial designs done the tailor will be happy to come do your fittings at The Siam.
World Group Tailor Oriental Public Pier by The Siam Boat Cruise Since
1969 their philosophy has been to excel in the art of tailoring to its
perfection. For more than 40 years, they have been serving world renowned
royalties, statesmen, dignitaries as well as their valued long-time patrons who
regard the art of dressing well as a vital part of modern living in style.
Located behind The Oriental Hotel, the shop is a quick
boat trip from The Siam to the Oriental Public Pier.
GALLARY Serindia Gallery by
The Siam Boat Cruise A gallery of fine arts and photography is located in a
60-year old post-colonial style home. Serindia means the silk road between
China and India – a term coined by past archaeologists to designate a vast
stretch of land west of China from Xinjiang all the way west to the Middle East
and down to the Himalayas and northern India. It is a place rich in the
confluence of culture, history and art, and Serindia’s books and arts reflect
these rich cultures and religions. The gallery represents international artists
from Europe, America, and Asia. Works include oil and watercolour paintings,
woodblock prints, and fine art photographs.
ATTA Gallery by
The Siam Boat Cruise The name, ATTA, means “self” in Pali – an
ancient Indian language that is also widely used in the Thai language. ATTA
Gallery works to emphasize the meaning of the Gallery’s name by promoting
self-expression of artists as well as wearers alike.
ATTA Gallery exhibits pieces of wearable art made by
jewelry artists/ designers – both established and new talents, local and
Chatuchak Weekend Market (JJ
Market) Originally a flea market started in the 1950’s by a
former prime minister who wanted to put a flea market into every town in
Thailand, Chatuchak, more affectionately known as JJ Market, is now the largest
market in Thailand. Only open on the
weekends, with over 5000 stalls, selling everything from clothing to pets,
antiques, plants, amulets, and plenty of food and drink. The market is now a
highly touristy affair, hot, crowded, and no longer dirt cheap, yet it is still
a great place to people watch, find something you don’t have to buy, and the
latest addition of impromptu cafes for sipping a cappuccino or having a cold
beer and watching the world go by make it worth an afternoon visit.
JJ Green Bangkok
up and coming night market. Think a yard sale that comes fully equipped with
local food stalls and hipster bars. If you are looking for genuine retro items
such as vinyl CDs, old car models, artwork, antiques and collectables this is
definitely a place for you. Accessories, hats, jeans are a few among the
fashionable items you can also find here.
CREATIVE SPACES Warehouse 30
by The Siam Boat Cruise The 4,000 sqm space of abandoned World War
II Era Warehouses got some love from Jam Factory’s owner, “starchitect”
Duangrit Bunnag. Warehouse 30 is a web of stores, restaurants, art spaces as
well as other creative endeavors. The indoor market showcases everything from
chairs to bags and accessories from local designers, and vintage WWII military
products. F&B options include quality salads, sandwiches, soups,
locally-sourced fruits, vegetables and superfoods.
Lhong 1919 By
The Siam Boat Cruise Lhong 1919 has
reclaimed a bunch of old warehouses and a Chinese shrine dating back to King
Rama IV (1851-1868) for its 6,800 sqm of co-working space, eateries and art and
design shops spotlighting the work of young artists. The riverfront mixed-used project is a new
destination for anoyone hankering for an outdoor venue at which to spend money
on design products from eight locally-owned shops.
Not in the mood to shop? There are quite a few dining
options available there as well; Rong Si serves up Thai standards, as does Thai
cafe and restaurant Ploenwan Panich. Karmakamet’s also has an eatery here.
City Shopping Centre by The Siam Boat Cruise River City
is a four story antique mall overlooking the Chao Phraya River. It specializes
in antiques, collectibles and a good range of fashion and jeweler shops. A
well-known landmark on the Chao Phraya riverbank, River City has been around
since 1984. Many antique shop owners here are pioneers of the trade and can
offer expert advice on their products, whether they’re genuine antiques or
The Mask: Ask for Khun May, located on the 3rd floor. They have the best SE
Asian collection of objects d’art. The Verandah and Beyond: Wood masks,
lacquer, silver and stone jewelry, wood figures and Buddhist decorative items
from Burma, Laos and Thailand (3rd floor). The
Old Time Antiques: Imagine what the estate sales of old aristocratic Thai
mansions would be like and this shop on the 4th floor is it. Ask for Khun
Vichai and give yourself a few hours. Be advised that it is
illegal to remove any image of the Buddha from Thailand without a permit from
the fine arts department. We recommend not trying to
export antique Buddha icons out of the country as it could be very difficult,
expensive and time consuming.
Thai Home Industries by The Siam Boat Cruise. On the street between The Oriental Hotel and OP Place is an old wooden warehouse. Dark and dusty and full of charm this is Thai Home Industries. For the best in rustic cutlery, bowls and hand-made metal work this is the place to go; shopping here is so much fun. The children of the owners are educated in California so communication is a breeze.
ANTIQUE HUNT Artisans at Silom Village Silom Road Ask for the owner Khun Kae. One of the best collections of SE Asian antiques and objects to be found anywhere. Located in the middle of the ground floor on the left side, it looks like an old cluttered curio shop.
House of Chao Soi
Decho between Silom & Surawong Roads This is where some of The Siam’s
collection of furniture has come from. The butlers will be happy to arrange a
private showing with the Madame of the House, Khun Chao.