I love it when bugs show up conveniently.
One could argue that Thailand’s coffee culture started in Chiang Rai with the original Doi Chaang Coffee shop and restaurant opening here. It certainly helps that coffee is grown locally. Lee’s Akha Ama Coffee is grown nearby, as is his apprentice’s – Tu’s from Nangnon Coffee.
So it’s little wonder that interesting coffee shops have gained popularity and have cropped up in Thailand, specifically in a town as small as Chiang Rai. Now, I certainly have not gone to all of them here, but I feel lucky to have found one of the cutest ones. Located just off of Honglee and Rathotya, I’ve enjoyed my time hanging out there in the very cold air conditioned rooms with a lovely treat and coffee.
I am gumdrop toys, tin robots, a movie reel and a glass table top.
I am tricycles climbing up a house, hot coffee and Saturday morning cartoons.
I am dessert on a swing.
There’s actually a site called Pictures of Asians Taking Pictures of Food and surprisingly I am not on there – yet. Most of my friends humor me when I take out my draconian Lumix, as I’m not cool enough to have one of those cameras with the big lens or a smart phone. I scream amateur. But, at least, I don’t eat like one…
Thailand has become a coffee culture, and there is certainly no shortage of coffee shops here, but Nangnon Coffee is special. What I like about it is it’s run and owned by a sweet and lovely Akha hill tribe woman, and the coffee is locally grown and roasted.
Her nickname is Tu, and she was fortunate enough to intern with Lee from Akha Ama Coffee (just after his sister to be exact). I knew Lee before he became famous for his coffee. In fact, I interviewed him for his website. And yes, he’s a nice guy!
So, it is fitting that I interviewed one of his interns who opened up her own coffee shop here in Chiang Rai.
If you are perchance wondering where the Japanese hippies hang out, you’ve stumbled upon the right place. DinDee Cafe is the only mudhouse cafe in Chiang Mai (as of this date), and is a lovely place to eat before heading over to the CMU art center gallery (free!) to check out the latest exhibition, or before Saturday rooftop movie nights (free!).
I have my friend JP to thank for organizing both events (farm & fork) because I don’t think there are many folks who have had the opportunity to see where a restaurant’s food originates from. (Except maybe the people at the Food Network) Admittedly, I don’t know much about hydroponic farming, but I knew Salad Terrace‘s owner Khun Lek was going to give us a little tour of his farm. I was looking forward to it as I like “behind the scenes” stuff/books/stories.
On the lookout for new places to nosh? (Do people still use the word nosh?) Okay, I asked some friends just for you.
Janice, American foodie
I like the Salad Terrace for the huge fresh salads and good meat. I also like the Mexican-style popsicles made from fresh fruit juices.
It’s off Chang Puak near the big Burmese temple. They moved, so check out their FB page for the new place. (Generally a good idea in Thailand anyway.) It’s one of the few restaurants open on Sundays and Mondays, but closed on Wednesdays.