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This week I have had the great pleasure of hanging out in Sukhumvit, Bangkok with vivacious yogini girl, Shazia Kikia and her friends, practicing yoga and sampling the fine cuisine that the city has to offer. On Saturday Shazia directed a fantastic yoga class under the cool shade of the trees in beautiful Benjasiri Park in Phrom Pong.  Afterwards we grabbed a fresh coconut off the street to rehydrate and then headed over to the BK Restaurant in Phra Khanong where they serve up traditional Indian and Burmese dishes. This simple but amazing restaurant rewarded us with some hard earned refreshment. The main event being the Burmese tea leaf salad; a crunchy, crispy delight of a dish. So aromatic and flavoursome.

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The tea leaves are pickled and fermented then fried with garlic, cabbage, tomatoes, peanuts and beans. The garlic somewhat overpowers the dish but works excellently with the other tasty morsels that we garnished our Parantha bread with; the Indian staples of Alloo Gobi, chickpea dahl and refreshingly smooth and crunchy raita. This was all washed down with sweet and fragrant masala chai tea. I was super satisfied after this banquet but we still had dessert on the way! I wasn’t quite sure what to make of sweet scrambled cheese at first, but you really have to try it to believe it! Also, fried cheese balls with a cooling mint dip – yummers!

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After a mani pedi and then a scenic route on the boat bus (oops went the wrong way!)  we had some incredible vegetarian food at the legendary Ethos, just off Khao San Road. Everything here is guaranteed to be fresh and wholesome. I went for a green salad and then apple crumble with coconut custard. I was very happy to see this advice on the menu about ‘the real thing’:

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Despite the super healthy start to the day, we just couldn’t resist a few vodka buckets amongst the hustle and bustle of the famous backpacker epicentre and the next day was hangover central. But I got that ailment cured by some local sushi; California rolls and miso soup. Then it was back to the yoga mat atop the 34th floor of the Waterford diamond condo building to a special class taken by the very talented Tara Eden. The air up there was breezy and perfect as we perfected our poses whilst the sunset over the twinkling city landscape.

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The weekend was ended with a meal at The Wine Connection in Rain Hill where we ate some rich and delicious Western food. I had the salmon fillet and it was heavenly! Thanks for an epic weekend Shaz!

If you would like to practice yoga in Bangkok with Shazia, you can contact her at shaz.kikia@gmail.com and follow her @yogishaz on instagram.

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