The Moon Under Water – Finally Russian Food in Bangkok!

Borscht The Moon Under Water Bangkok

I first discovered my affinity for Russian cuisine in the unlikeliest of places, the country of Niger. While living in Niamey, Niger my friend’s Russian wife would return from Moscow with all kinds of goodies. I immediately fell in love with Russian food the second I bit into a slice of crusty bread slathered in a spread of blended pork fat and garlic and washed down with a shot of ice cold vodka.

I was really surprised that despite the large Russian community living in Bangkok there were no options for authentic Russian cuisine. A query to fellow Bangkok foodies directed me to one chef, Alesha Voronin. All agreed that he was a magician in the kitchen but unfortunately he was only doing pop-up dining experiences. Then something happened last month. Alesha opened a Russian restaurant called The Moon Under Water.

Excited, I immediately planned a visit. I was completely blown away by the food, its quality, flavor, and presentation. I was equally impressed with the extraordinary value. Here you can experience amazing Russian food in Bangkok without breaking the bank! Continue reading “The Moon Under Water – Finally Russian Food in Bangkok!”

Rakuu – Great Teppan Style Dining in Bangkok

Pork, squid, and cheese okonomiyaki at Rakuu Bangkok

Thailand is world renown for it’s amazing cuisine. But one thing I love about living in Bangkok is that if you’re craving food from another country it’s easy to find a restaurant that offers it. Mexican, Portuguese, Indian, Spanish, Ecuadorian, heck even Tibetan! Whatever your gut desires, Bangkok’s got a place for your craving.

One of the most culinarily represented countries in Bangkok’s food scene is Japan. Ramen shops, sushi bars, izakayas, and teppan style establishments litter the restaurant landscape. It is easy to seemingly transport yourself to Japan for a meal. Save yourself a plane ticket cost and visit one of these areas that cater to Japanese tourists and locals in Bangkok instead.

In this article I share one teppan style dining place in particular that I think is a real hidden gem. Though Rakuu is quite popular with local Thais and Japanese visitors for their deliciously affordable, truly authentic teppan dishes with omotenashi service it is little known by westerners.  Continue reading “Rakuu – Great Teppan Style Dining in Bangkok”

Edinburgh, Scotland – Great Places to Eat, Drink, and See

Calton Hill Views

As a food lover, Edinburgh is one of my favorite European city travel destinations. Scottish cuisine is amazing–delicious Aberdeen Angus steaks, incredibly fresh seafood (salmon heaven, I tell you), and a focus on fresh complimenting veggies that extend much further than “neeps and tatties”. Speaking of “neeps and tatties”, let’s not forget Scotland’s most famous culinary contribution haggis! Love it or hate (I love it!) you’ll find it on the menu in some form or another at just about every restaurant/pub in Edinburgh.

fun fact: did you know that Traditional scottish haggis has been banned in the usa since 1971?


During my 4 day/3 night trip to Edinburgh, I found tons of places to eat, drink, and see. But I only want to share the places that truly stood out. If you’re looking for recommendations for places to eat,  drink and see on or near the Royal Mile of Edinburgh THIS article is for you. Continue reading “Edinburgh, Scotland – Great Places to Eat, Drink, and See”

Pakse, Laos – Land of Waterfalls and Beauty

Tad Yuang Waterfall

Laos has always had a special place in my heart. Luang Prabang is one of my favorite getaway destinations from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. So when I was invited to participate in a sponsored trip to the Champasak District of Laos I was both honored and excited. This initiative by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office  was meant to inspire tourism to Southern Laos and places that are off the usual paths for tourists.

The inspiring 4-day itinerary was put together by the Southern Laos tourism organization. It captured the amazing sights of the city of Pakse and natural beauty of the Southern Laos destinations nearby in the Champasak District. If you’re looking for unspoiled landscapes, UNESCO World Heritage sites, all free from throngs of tourists, then put this destination on your radar.

Let me show you some of the things to do and places to eat that makes this place special… Continue reading “Pakse, Laos – Land of Waterfalls and Beauty”