Lest this day pass unnoticed

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Evening. May 16, 1763. James Boswell, an impressionable 22-year-old from Scotland, is about to meet Dr. Samuel Johnson for the first time. 

Boswell had tried to meet Johnson a number of times but something always went wrong at the last minute. Then, quite unexpectedly, while he was having tea with Mr. Davies, the bookseller and sometime actor, Johnson suddenly made an appearance.

By this time, Boswell, who liked to hobnob with the talented and famous, was highly agitated and nervous, wanting to insinuate himself to Johnson, yet frightened of saying the wrong thing.

Here’s how he remembered it in his biography of Johnson:

Mr. Thomas Davies, the actor, who then kept a bookseller’s shop in Russel Street, Covent Garden, told me that Johnson was very much his friend, and came frequently to his house, where he more than once invited me to meet him; but by some unlucky accident or another he was prevented from coming to us. At last, on Monday the 16th of May, when I was sitting in Mr. Davies’s back parlour, after having drunk tea with him and Mrs. Davies, Johnson unexpectedly came into the shop; and Mr. Davies having perceived him through the glass door in the room in which we were sitting, advancing towards us — he announced his awful approach to me, in somewhat the manner of an actor in the part of Horatio, when he addresses Hamlet on the appearance of his father’s ghost, “Look my Lord, it comes.” I found that I had a very perfect idea of Johnson’s figure from the portrait of him painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds soon after he had published his Dictionary, in the attitude of him sitting in his easy chair in deep meditation, which was the first picture his friend did for him, which Sir Joshua very kindly presented to me …

This passage still resonates, even after 250 years, as does this memorable account of Johnson’s meeting with David Garrick, a famous actor of the day and a former pupil from Johnson’s teaching days. They are standing backstage in Garrick’s theatre and Garrick had just asked Johnson how he liked it.

“I’ll come no more behind your scenes,” said Johnson, ”for the silk stockings and white bosoms of your actresses excite my amorous propensities.”

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The Crowning Touch returns to VIE Bangkok May 25-28

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2-Michelin Star Chef Stephane BuronTHE MASTER RETURNS to La VIE – Creative French Cuisine in VIE Hotel Bangkok – 2-Michelin Star Chef Stéphane Buron will be displaying his unique skills for four days – from May 25-28, 2016.

Stéphane Buron bears the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, the highest and most prestigious award amongst all professional craftsmen in France. Only those who have earned it are allowed to wear the red, white and blue collar, which is its respected symbol.

Chef Stéphane has also been named the Best French Professional and is well known as the “Crowning Touch” of acclaimed Le Chabichou, the oldest and most distinguished hotel in the village of Courchevel, one of the world’s most luxurious ski resorts, located high in the French Alps, an exclusive retreat of royalty, VIPs and celebrities.

Stéphane Buron’s cooking is inventive, refined and generous. He utilizes the fresh and natural, seasonal products throughout all four seasons in the Alps.

In his May appearance, he will be offering his newest 7-course dinner menu. Dinner is served at 7 p.m.

Cost of the 7-Course Set Dinner is priced at 6,000 THB per person and 7-Course Set Dinner with wine pairing, 8,000 THB.

For more details and reservations:call: 083-8204224 or E-mail: afbm@viehotelbangkok.com, or 081-910028 or E-mail: fb@viehotelbangkok.com

 

 

 

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH: Mandarin Oriental’s Vanilla chiffon

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This month’s recipe comes from the chefs at Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok. It has a great name — Vanilla chiffon cake with coconut mousse, mango sorbet and toasted hazelnuts – and serves six people

INGREDIENTS

For the Vanilla chiffon cake

285 gr                                   Sifted cake flour

300 gr                                  White sugar

15 gr                                       Baking powder

6 gr                                         Salt

120 ml                                   Vegetable oil

7 pieces                                 Egg yolks

180 ml                                   Cold water

2 pieces                                 Bourbon vanilla beans

5 ml                                        Lemon juice

7 ea                                         Egg whites

2 g                                          Cream of tartar

For the Coconut foam

400 gr                                    Coconut milk

100 gr                                    Sugar

3     gr                                     Xantana

For the Hazelnut powder

150 gr                                   Dark roasted hazelnut

For the Mango sorbet

400 gr                                    Peeled mango meat

100 gr                                    Sugar

20   gr                                     Lemon juice

For the Garnish

4 ea                                         Mint leaves

5 ea                                         Edible flowers

20 gr                                       Toasted coconut powder

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PREPARATION:

For the Vanilla chiffon cake

Place flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl. Mix well and add oil, egg yolks, water, vanilla seed and lemon juice and continue to mix. Beat cream and egg white until stiff and set aside.

Beat egg yolk until smooth and light and pour gradually over egg whites, folding in with rubber spatula.

Pour batter mix in rectangular pan.

Bake for 45 minutes at 175 degrees Celsius until done.

For the Coconut espuma foam

Bring coconut milk and sugar to a boil.

Take the blender and blend in the xantana.

Cool down completely.

Pure the mix into the bottle and close tight. Load bottle with one CO2 bomb. shake and set aside in refrigerator.

For the Hazelnut powder

Toast the hazelnut in a 180 c decree oven and set aside.

For Mango sorbet

Place fresh mango in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Add lemon juice and continue to blend

Remove from the blender put in a pot on medium heat and warm up the mixture.

When boiling add the sugar and continue to simmer for one more minute.

Set aside and cool.

When the Mango mixtures is cold put in to an ice cream machine and let it turn until frozen.

To assemble

Cut the vanilla chiffon in to rectangular cubes pieces and set aside.

Place chiffon cake on the side of deep bowl.

Place coconut espuma in the bowl with the espuma in and circular motion until the rim of the plate.

Place the toasted hazelnut power and make a liner going across the plate and over the plate rim.

Decorate on the line with the meringue stubs, edible flower, green mint leaves and small dices of the vanilla chiffon cake.

Make a nice quenelle of mango sorbet and place on top of the espuma.

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Ratilanna Spa’s exotic ancient bamboo massage

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RATILANNA SPA at Ratillanna Riverside Spa Resort at Chiang Mai is introducing a new treatment – ancient bamboo treatment, as it’s called, is the latest therapeutic and exotic bamboo massage technique ,based on the oriental belief in the benefits withheld in the bamboo, such as life energy, longevity, eternal youth, strength and peace.

The bamboo massage incorporates bamboo stalks to provide deep-tissue work combined with the technique of oil massage to promote circulation, sensory nerve perception and lymphatic drainage as well as providing a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.

Cost for a one-hour session is 2,500 THB and 3,200 THB for 90 minutes.

The spa’s award winning signature treatment “The best of Lanna Herbal Scrub Product” from “Lanna Expo 2014” is “a beautiful” two-hour treatment that begins with ta herbal foot bath, followed by the Roselle and rose scrub, rich of AHA, needed vitamins to brighten and moisturize the skin.

For more information, call  053 999 333 or email spa@ratilannachiangmai.com   www.ratilannachiangmai.com

 

 

 

 

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Six Senses Yao Noi opens new wellness pavilion, gymnasium, elevated yoga platform

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SIX SENSES YAO NOI’S new wellness pavilion, gymnasium and elevated yoga platform provides guests with perfect settings for exercise, relaxation and meditation.

The Wellness Pavilion is equipped with flying yoga hammocks that are used in conjunction with the resort’s yoga classes. Guests feel as though they are flying through the jungle, thanks to the 360-degree views from the open-air structure.

The Wellness Pavilion is also an inspirational spot for tai chi and pilates, which are led by the resort’s world class yoga guru.

Six Senses Spa team of wellness experts provides personalized integrative wellness programs, which can be prescribed using the guests’ physiological biomarkers during a wellness screening, so that they understand exactly what they can do in order to achieve the highest goals in physical health.

Six Senses Yao Noi Gymnasium_loresThere are several building blocks that form the foundations of this concept, including nutrition, sleep health, movement, alternative therapies, holistic treatments, yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

The ultimate goal is to offer guests real benefits and guidance by providing in-depth information about their health and personalizing every aspect of their stay at the resort to enhance their lives and well-being.

The new gymnasium focuses on functional training and includes leading cardiovascular and resistance equipment. With the equipment facing the jungle and pond, the 180-degree view creates a personal interaction with nature. Functional fitness training is a major feature with Technogym’s Omnia 8.

In addition, performance testing with Fusionetics, an evidence-based sports science platform helps guests understand, monitor and improve personal fitness levels.

Fusionetics is the compilation of over a decade of research and field-testing led by Dr. Michael A. Clark, scientists, sports medicine professionals, coaches, athletes and business leaders who have persistently pursued their passion for perfecting human movement.

The test involves conducting of six different movements and the execution of these is registered on the platform. The results help guests to optimize performance and reduce the risk of injury through a variety of training techniques.

The Elevated Yoga Platform is a new favorite with guests of the resort. A short three to five minute walk takes guests to the platform, which is located at the top of a small hill in a lush mangrove forest.

This open-air platform, surrounded by jungle, allows them to listen to the sound of the sea while they practise their postures in a private location. The panoramic view of the Phang-Nga Bay is even more spectacular at sunrise, when the resort offers complimentary yoga to all guests.

 

 

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Thai Revival at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok’s i.sawan spa

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THE TWO-HOUR THAI REVIVAL features a Jasmine Rice & Lemongrass Cream Polish and Traditional Thai Massage – “a soothing exfoliation suitable for all skin types that gently removes dull skin followed by Traditional Thai Massage using pressure point and stretching techniques to release tension while restoring health and vitality.

Traditional Thai Massage and Acupressure Lift & Sculpt Facial includes a Thai Massage, followed by an Acupressure Lift & Sculpt Facial that includes a warm sesame seed compress to gently release muscle tension, promoting oxygen flow and revealing glowing skin.

Thai Touch, which lasts 90 minutes, features a 60-minute Traditional Thai Massage, plus a 30-minute relaxing foot massage with lavender oil.

For further information and reservations, call i.sawan Residential Spa & Club at +66 2254 1234 or email: isawan.bangh@hyatt.com

 

 

 

 

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Cliff-side chapel settings at Anantara Layan Phuket

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AT ANANTARA PHUKET LAYAN RESORT, couples planning a paradise island wedding can say “I do” in a Thai or western ceremony, on a tropical beach or in an iconic cliff-side chapel

Each package features a host of convenient and romantic inclusions, starting with roundtrip airport transfers provide seamless journeys for the couple as well as guest seating and floral decorations at the chosen venue.

The bridegroom receives a boutonniere. In addition to a bouquet, the bride enjoys the beauty services of a hair and makeup artist, and an English-speaking master of ceremony conducts the symbolic vows as well as a wedding cake, music and sound system.

A professional photographer captures all the big moments. The package also includes a bottle of sparkling wine makes for the toast, and a one-night stay with breakfast.

The four distinctive wedding packages let each couple create a perfect day in their own unique way.

The Anantara Chapel Wedding package, priced from 89,000 to 109,000 THB, takes place at the private cliff-side chapel, featuring a spectacular coastal view and a uniquely intimate setting for up to 40 guests.

Filled with meaningful customs, the Thai Wedding Package includes a monk alms-giving ceremony, a water blessing ritual, and neck garlands for the bride and groom, priced from 149,000 THB.

The Layan Beach Wedding Package, held on a stretch of sand and framed by a captivating bay view, a wedding on Layan Beach can accommodate up to 150 relatives and friends, and is priced from 99,000 to 179,000 THB.

Married couples are invited to rekindle romance with the Honeymoon Renewal Package. Available on the beach or at the chapel, this special package includes a uniting lantern ceremony, and is priced from 89,000 to 109,000 THB.

Weddings at Anantara Phuket Layan Resort are purely symbolic in nature.

To find out more about Anantara Layan Phuket’s special wedding packages, contact the resort’s wedding consultant at 66 76 317 200 or email phuketlayan@anantara.com.

 

 

 

 

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