Last week I returned from Thailand, where I was traveling with Dan and Nicole of Upton’s Naturals for photography work surrounding their new jackfruit products. We visited a jackfruit farm and the factory where the jackfruit is cooked and packaged, then had a few days in the city of Bangkok for eating, shopping, and adventuring. There were a few completely vegan restaurants in Bangkok, and I believe we visited all of them. We’re still sorting through all of the photos, but I worked on a selection of food photos for this post. Here are a few of the restaurants we visited in Bangkok…
Broccoli Revolution – a vegan restaurant, bakery, and juice bar
The aesthetic was super modern and Americanized: concrete, white subway tile, reclaimed wood, Edison bulbs, and dozens of gorgeous plants hanging from the tall ceilings! We learned that the owner grew up in New York City, then moved to Thailand and opened Broccoli Revolution.
We made two trips to Broccoli Revolution during the trip, and tried dozens of small plates. The menu was several pages long, filled with dishes perfect for sharing.
I’d love a place like this in Chicago—part juice bar and part restaurant drawing inspiration from several cuisines (focused on Thai cuisine, of course).
A Vietnamese noodle and veggie bowl garnished with two spring rolls (those spring rolls!):
And the ice cream of Broccoli Revolution’s namesake: Broccoli Ice Cream! Now, the flavor wasn’t reminiscent of steamed broccoli (it’s as if the owner wanted to create a novelty item that tastes good too!), even with the broccoli floret garnish. Broccoli Ice Cream was made of one of BR’s juice blends that contains broccoli, so the flavor was subtle, with citrus overtones.
Another restaurant (of many!) we visited last week was May Kaidee near Bangkok’s Khaosan Road (which we quickly walked through)! She has three restaurants in Bangkok, one in Chiang Mai, and teaches cooking classes in both cities. You can learn skills like Thai Cooking, Fruit Carving, how to make Thai chili paste, and even take a class that’s part cooking and part Thai massage. Plans for next time?
Since cold weather* is unheard of in Bangkok, there are all kinds of plants and flowers blooming everywhere, with colorful walls and architecture to complement.
*You know, except when we are there from Chicago. Last week, Bangkok experienced its coldest weather in 30 years at 19°C/mid-60s°F! I’ll still take it over the freezing weather at home, without question.
I’m looking forward to sharing more photos, including the dozens of animals we saw wearing clothes in the cold, cold weather. 🙂