I have nothing but sideeye for people celebrating the arrival of summer on social media. I suspect my angst is a combination of fraying nerves from the endless summer in Bangkok and the impending doom of having to cope with everyone’s BBQ updates. Luckily the rest of the city is not as grinchy and there are a series of events that have come along to help us greet this beloved/bemoaned season.
Midsummer with Mammas Kök
None of my Swedish connects could get me into a coveted seat at a Midsummer’s party in Bangkok, but that may mostly be because they’re celebrating elsewhere, namely Hua Hin and Pattaya. Never fear though, because you can still order from Mammas Kök who’ll deliver through rain, shine, and the dark loneliness that drives one to eat 500 grams of Swedish lox (or what they call gravlax) in the first place.
We visited Mammas Kok earlier this year for Swedish semla here’s a look back:
Canada Day at Seven Spoons
— Nianne Hendricks (@niannelynn) June 25, 2016
We’re so pissed about Brexit we’re hoping photos at this year’s Canada Day party can help us make our asylum case for citizenship (or shit, at least some medical care) when we swim to Nova Scotia after Trump is elected. Never fear Seven Spoons has us covered (mostly in gravy and curdled cheese) with their special Canada Day menu.
Ceviche Day at Bangkok’s Peruvian Restaurants
One day to celebrate ceviche is not enough says people who have been trying to convince you Peruvian food is the next greatest thing since 2013. And nothing says Peruvian pride like cheap, abundant ceviche. Well, it’s becoming more abundant in Bangkok, but we’ve yet to conquer the cheap part. Get your fill at the newly opened Blu 36 or old favorite Above Eleven.
4th of July at Smoking Pug or Fatty’s
Nothing makes me feel more American than avoiding my countrymen and sitting in a dark corner with a plate of ribs and a good beer. Sometimes you just wanna lick my fingers without a diarrhea of free speech, or falling victim to an absurd gun rights rant over dinner. But you wanna talk about how those sides at Smokin’ Pug come loaded? Or how those diabolical chicken wings at Fatty’s Bar & Diner are packing heat? OK, lets chat.
Free Flowing Thai Craft Beer at Err
Merica’s Donald Drumpf?
– Donald who?!
Great Britain’s Brexit?
– Great Fuckit?!
Hell, you’ve got your own laundry list of things to complain about without thinking of these far off places. Take for instance how it’s illegal to brew your own beer, but perfectly legal to shove these piss-for-beer mega brands in your face ad nauseam. Exercise your cultural sensativity by making a Thai wai with your middle fingers and rocking out with all you can drink craft beer and Err’s perfect plates of naem.
Yes, summer is that floozy friend who’s always inviting you to disingenuous farewell parties— only to show up again a few days later having never really departed. So as long as he’s sticking around awhile, you might as well greet him on a full stomach, with beer in hand!