Breakfast, Brunch & Baked Goods in Bangkok

One of the biggest perks (and my favorite part) of visiting any foreign country is tasting the local cuisine. It’s the best way to experience the most authentic dishes. I rarely eat food that’s not native to the country I’m traveling in. However, on my last day of a recent trip to Bangkok, I broke from tradition and stopped for brunch at a French patisserie. I chose it for two reasons: it was right next door to the hotel I was staying at (we were running low on time) and I found the storefront really inviting. So we decided to try it, and Eden’s did not disappoint.

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The first thing that caught my eye upon entering the bakery is the beautiful, rustic aesthetic of the place. The walls appear unfinished and there is a portion of exposed brick. The floors are bare concrete, and the furniture is worn and has a farmhouse-meets-french-country style to it. The most eye-catching part of Eden’s is the beautiful buffet of cakes, pastries, pies, and sweets on delicate stands. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in, and all the confections look insanely enticing. And they smell even better.

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Eden’s menu isn’t very big, but it does offer an appetizing selection of breakfast and brunch items. It includes a hearty English breakfast plate, an assortment of toast choices, and a selection of homemade cakes and pies to satisfy any sweet tooth. Like all French patisseries, Eden’s also serves coffees, teas, and juices. I ordered the beef sandwich and Milky Blue tea. The sandwich is served open. The bread is crusty and topped with flavorful, tender beef, caramelized onions, and a duck egg. Homemade sriracha came on the side. The sandwich, while a little hard to eat (because you can’t just pick it up), was heavenly. I loved that the bread had a nice crunch and that the egg gave the whole thing an amazing, velvety texture. The tea was good as well.

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The service at Eden’s is also quite good (at least it was the day I went 😊). The food came out fairly quickly and arrived hot. The waiters were friendly, attentive, and spoke English, which, for me, is always a plus. And, our table was right in front of the window. The cafe is very small (it only seats about 15) and has a cozy and very intimate vibe, making my experience at Eden’s very pleasant. I only have one tiny complaint: they forgot my iced latte, and I had to remind them to bring it out. But otherwise, everything was excellent.

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Eden’s is located in the area referred to as Old Town (Rattanakosin). It’s pretty close to Khao San Road and in walking distance from the Golden Mount (5-7 minutes depending on your pace). There are several attractions nearby as well.

The prices, while a little expensive for Thailand, are very reasonable compared to what I’m used to. My total meal was about ten American dollars. Oddly enough, drinks cost about as much as the food. Eden’s is open Tuesday through Sunday from 0900 to 1700.

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French Toast By Bondi Beach

Breakfast is my favorite meal. It’s the only one that offers both sweet or savory fare as the main dish. You can have steak, pastry, or both, and not only is it perfectly acceptable, it’s the standard (well… depending on the country you’re in). I tend to eat dessert first at dinner because I like to make sure I have room for the sugary goodness that is cake. Or ice cream. Or mousse. Or custard. You get my drift. Breakfast makes it easy for me.

This morning I woke up in the mood for something sweet and filling. The last few days I’ve tried to eat a little cleaner and have stuck to eggs and veggies. But today… Today I needed to satisfy my sweet tooth. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted, but I was on the hunt.

It’s my first time in Sydney and I’m not familiar with what’s what, so I decided to wander the streets near where I’m staying until I found a place that looked good. It didn’t take me long to find The Nine. It’s a small, inviting cafe with only a few tables and stools. But it’s not your standard cafe. Sure, they serve a variety of coffee and tea beverages and a few baked goods as well, but they also have a seasonal menu that offers several all-day breakfast options, fresh juices, and healthy food bowls.

I was feeling something sweet, so I chose the brioche french toast and a cappuccino (I don’t function well without coffee). It was phenomenal. The french toast was cooked perfectly; it was soft and crispy at the same time. The toast topped with mounds of fresh ricotta cheese and sprinklings of toasted hazelnuts and tiny pieces of candied salted caramel. There was a smear of what tasted like warm, creamy hazelnut butter and wedges of juicy, lightly spiced pears on the plate as well. The finishing touch was the light honey drizzle. It looked beautiful and tasted even better. The combination of ingredients goes together splendidly. While each one tasted great on its own, putting them all on the fork truly created an incredible bite. The cappuccino was excellent as well. I loved the sprinkle of chocolate, and the milk, foam, coffee ratio was just right (all equal parts 😉).

The one regret I have about going to The Nine is that I went alone. There were other offerings I really wanted to try and would have if I’d had someone else to split them with. Most, if not all, the food is organic. There are also quite a few healthy options on the menu, AND they offer to modify items if you have food allergies. If you’re in The Bondi Beach area of Sydney and are looking for a good breakfast, definitely give The Nine a try. They are only open for breakfast and lunch with service starting at 7 am on weekdays and 8 am on weekends.

The Best Doughnuts in Tokyo

I won’t call myself a doughnut connoisseur, but I’m definitely an enthusiast. I LOVE doughnuts. All confections really. But there’s just something so comforting and satisfying about a perfectly made, fluffy, sweet-but-not-too-sweet doughnut. Continue reading The Best Doughnuts in Tokyo

Bibimbap Bliss in Korea

The best place to get the best of anything is at the source. You want the best pasta? Go to Italy! You’re looking for the best pad thai? Visit Thailand! The best sushi? Duh, Japan! So it’s no surprise that the best bibimbap I’ve ever eaten, I had in Korea. Continue reading Bibimbap Bliss in Korea

Korean Street Food in Seoul

I never would’ve imagined that I’d find all the street food my heart desires in Seoul, South Korea. I took this photograph during one of my many visits to the Myeong-dong, a super-busy district known primarily for shopping. But around five o’clock (1700) a bunch of little carts and stands roll in out of nowhere, and the streets start to smell like delicious-ness (yes, that is a word). Every few feet the aroma changes from sweet to salty to spicy to pungent. Even if you aren’t hungry, you will be after walking through the crowded lanes.

I especially loved the cheesy, grilled lobster tail and honey hand-spun candy (dragon’s beard). This street feast is everything (and has everything).

Full Belly in Thailand 

Today, I was craving Thai. And no, I don’t mean pad thai from the bowling alley or the box stuff from the supermarket. I was craving the bold, spicy flavors of the authentic Thai cuisine I devoured on my last trip to Bangkok. I bought this meal from a makeshift kitchen in front of a convenience store near our hotel. Three petite ladies were running it. There were about a dozen plastic tables with milk crates and tiny stools for chairs set up on the sidewalk. Every seat was taken. So I knew when I walked up to the counter to order that the food was going to be fantastic. And it was. After stumbling through the language barrier, she made us two bowls. They were filled with fresh vegetables, herbs, pork, and beef. It was topped with a very hot, slightly vinegary and de-freaking-licious sauce. What I wouldn’t give for a bite right now.

For me, food is one of the best parts of traveling. I love to eat. I love experiencing a different part of the world through my taste buds. ❤ The food is just as important as the sights, beaches, culture or any other reason to visit a place.