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Hail Caesars Palace. Dining in Rococo style overlooking Patong.

Tim Newton

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The new ‘Caesars Palace’ is now open in Patong, three floors of kitch Italian plush with, arguably, the best view over Patong. We met up with the General Manager Michael who says they wanted to create a nice, relaxing environment with a warm and homely atmosphere. 
 
“This is a place where you can come to eat and drink or just have a drink in our Lounge bar. The choice is yours. Caesars Palace has three floors with different style and you could easily spend the whole evening here”, according to Michael.
 
You arrive at the ornate entrance and it only gets more elaborate from there with generous dabs of gold, black and white, marble and velvet reminding you you’re probably in for a good night.
 
The three floors are separated into the restaurant with it’s plush gold seating, a lounge above and a rooftop terrace atop the building, all overlooking the full vista of Patong from the northern hill, looking south. It’s a stunning view you can just enjoy all night (get there around 6.30pm for the sunset).
 
“Quality is one of our cornerstones and therefore we have chosen to have a smaller but still quite varied menu. We have a little bit of everything, steaks, seafood and fish. The idea is that the menu should be alive and replaced every now and then. Always with fresh ingredients, there are no shortcuts to good food”, Michael added.
 
Formerly Versace, and now rebranded with new management, Caesars Palace would be one of those special places visitors wouldn’t be expecting in Phuket. It’s over-the-top rococo gold and white theme would be much more comfortable in 18th century Italy rather than in Phuket’s party town.
 
But there it is, resplendent, stylish and very tasty.
 
The food is certainly high-end but the prices reasonable when you measure the quality of the service, the atmosphere and THAT view.
 
Best to book ahead, get ready for a steep drive up the hill off Prabaramee Road and car parking is limited.
 
Julius Caesar would be proud of his 21st century ‘palace’ in Patong – boutique fine dining with an astonishing view and lashes of gold. Check their Facebook page here…

- Tim Newton

Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for nearly 40 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented 3,200 radio news bulletins in Thailand alone, hosted 360 daily TV news programs, produced 1,800 videos, TV commercials and documentaries and now produces digital media for The Thaiger - Website, Radio, TV, Instagram and Facebook.

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‘Miami Vice’ comes to Kata Rocks – Collective Series 13

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Kata Rocks’ Collective Series 13 – ‘Miami Vice’ – brought the heat to Phuket, retro-1980s South Beach style, with another classic event that captured the imagination of the attending guests and loyal patrons. 

The evening featured exceptional pan-Latin American cuisine featuring ceviche, tacos, mini burgers and other mouth-watering canapés, plus live DJ entertainment. DJ Shane OB got the party started with the epic sounds of Phil Collins ‘In the Air Tonight’, Michael McDonald’s ‘Keep Forgetting’, Bill Withers ‘Just the Two of Us’, The Spinners ‘I’ll Be Around’ and Will Smith’s ‘Miami’, creating a whole new group of Miami Vice aficionados in Phuket.

Infinite Luxury Marketing Director, Michael Nurbatlian, said, “set by our iconic infinity pool and deck area, it was a phenomenal evening with a great time had by all. The apparel was the perfect complement to our glow stick bracelets, neon light décor and of course flamingos floating in the pool,” Michael added.

Kata Rocks’ CS13 ‘Miami Vice’ showed once again why the Collective Series remains Phuket’s most innovative, fun and intimate party, having created its own fresh identity that celebrates outstanding food and handcrafted cocktails. CS13 also produced four of the most fun and memorable cocktails to date, including ‘Gloria E’, ‘Miami Vice’, ‘Top Gun’ and ‘Pornstar Martini’.

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How to Trust – Annie’s story

Darren Scherbain

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by Darren Scherbain

Putting yourself out there in the uncertainty, and exposing your raw vulnerability is downright scary. Who said charging after your dreams with courage and conviction was going to be EASY?

Starting your own business and making a vision become a reality requires an enormous amount of patience, persistence and perseverance. It’s so easy to double down on fear and what’s happened to you in the past. It’s so much easier to just be a dreamer and not a DOER.

Courage is the great equaliser that doesn’t hold you hostage to your past.

Annie  shared with me her 3 secrets of starting Coffee Tribe Phuket and how we can all add a little more courage and conviction into our lives:

• Why? You need to be brutally honest with yourself and ask this very important question: Why are you DOING this?  This is where honesty and self awareness will build an absolute rock solid foundation.

• Passion trumps money for chasing after success. Success isn’t something you get; its something you bring. It’s time we start reevaluating success and failure.

• Are You Ready? There will be an enormous amount of disappointment and an overwhelming sense that you can’t trust yourself. You have to be willing for the brick walls. The brick walls are not meant to keep us out but to challenge us… “How bad do you want this?”

There is only one person who can answer this question.

Making your dreams a reality requires an enormous leap of faith. You are going to run into the brick walls and acquire a few new shiny blisters. Annie also pointed out that in the first few years of starting Coffee Tribe she had countless nights of no sleep, an incredible amount of stress and lost sight of her ‘Why’. Annie ran out of fingers on her hands with all the times she wanted to quit and cash in her chips.

The dots are never going to connect and make perfect sense.

Let’s look at your track record up to this point in your life. Have you been able to handle everything that has come your way? What makes you so certain that you will not be able to handle the brick walls?

Head to Coffee Tribe in Rawai to experience Annie’s dream.

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World’s Top 50 Restaurants – Thailand scores in the top ten

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PHOTO: Robb Report

European eating establishments have dominated this year’s Top 50 Restaurant list. The leading fine dining venues of 2018 were revealed at a ceremony in Bilbao, Spain.

This year, culinary masterminds from five continents gathered in the Spanish port city of Bilbao for an award ceremony to name the 50 best fine dining joints for 2018 and, most importantly, crown a champion.

For 2018, the top prize went to Italy’s Osteria Francescana and head chef Massimo Bottura, whose dazzling and sometimes surreal reworkings of classic Italian recipes saw him return to the top spot he first held in 2016.

While European eateries continued to dominate the awards, known as the Oscars of the fine dining world, all five continents were represented, with Bangkok’s Gaggan at five on the list and Lima’s Central at six.

According to organisers, the results were compiled from an “independent” voting panel of 1,000 judges that were subject to adjudication.
Anthony Bourdain, the CNN presenter, writer and chef who often railed against the kind of fine dining establishments celebrated by the awards, was also remembered.
“His honesty, his determination and his stubborn truth telling changed our industry for the better,” said William Drew, group editor of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Here is the Top Ten restaurants in the list…

1. Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy) *best restaurant in Europe*

2. El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)

3. Mirazur (Menton, France)

4. Eleven Madison Park (New York City) *best restaurant in North America*

5. Gaggan (Bangkok) *best restaurant in Asia*

6. Central (Lima, Peru) *best restaurant in South America*

7. Maido (Lima, Peru)

8. Arpege (Paris, France)

9. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)

10. Asador Etxebarri (Axpe, Spain)

Read the rest of the story from CNN HERE.

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