Fly Cuisine: Simple Roasted Chicken dinner

Simplicity has become my learned cooking mantra since falling in love with a passionate foodie/oenophile Roman. Add my food/wine-obsessed self and you better understand that we are profoundly on the same page in our "pleasure principle" approach to life. Life is too short not to eat/drink beautifully...

My early experience with cuisine consisted of either home-cooked American favorites or haute cuisine as practiced in restaurants devoted to French gastronomic flights of fancy...truly at opposite ends of the spectrum. Both cooking techniques result in complicated, multi-layered recipes that take a whole lot of effort to produce...the French approach more refined, perhaps. lol

Restaurant/Bar & Lounge: Trisara Phuket

I was recently invited to a cocktail party for a "small yet special group of Phuket's most interesting people". Hmm, was this shameless bit of flattery the high-end version of spam?  But then my interest was piqued when I saw that it was from the ultra luxe, Trisara Phuket resort. I last visited the resort about 5 years ago, soon after its opening, for a celebratory dinner. Unfortunately the celebration was dampened, literally, by the monsoon season rain storm. This time I arrived just in time for a gorgeously-lit beach sunset, Phuket style!

Free Download: DJ Anthony Valadez LIVE FROM THE TEMPLE BAR

From Outkast's Andre 3000 and his slick falsetto to the pristine vocals of Kim Hill, DJ Anthony Valadez pays homage to the soulful heart of LA, Temple Bar. A one hour track list that includes Me'shell N'Degeocello, Bilal, Sy Smith, Van Hunt, Pharcyde's Tre Hardson is a sick mix of unsung and celebrated music troubadours - a true soul music love affair. Download this immediately - it only gets better every time you listen - TRUST.



*Meshell N'degeocello Intro Live at Templebar
Andre 3000 - Prototype
Portishead - It Could Be Sweet
Amel Larrieux - Sweet Misery
Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan
Dj Cam - Love Junkee
Manu Chao - Mi Gusta Tu
Sa-Ra - Untitled Beat
RES - Ice King
Donnie - Cloud 9 (Dj Spinna Remix)
Kim Hill - Can You Feel It?
Platinum Pied Pipers - I Got You
Sy Smith - Deep Sleep
Sidestepper - In Beats We Trust
Spacek - Time
Van Hunt - Character
Antibalas - Nesta
Mandrake - Berimbau
Ozomatli - Cut Chemist Suite
Sade - By Your Side (Cottonbelly Remix)
Tre Hardson - Cant Stop
* Bilal - Reminisce feat. Robert Glasper (Recorded Live at Temple Bar)
* Meshell N'degeocello - Point Of No Return (Recorded Live at Temple Bar)

Fly Cocktail: "Q" Royale

My riff on the classic Kir Royale. I don't like to use bottled syrups and/or flavored liqueurs in cocktails. I much prefer to create the fruit flavors using...wait for it...fruit. Oh yeah, and I also don't love blackberries, so wanted to switch it up.

"Q" Royale: Homemade cherry syrup, Prosecco (*or any decent sparkling wine), lemon twist

*you don't need to use Krug in champagne cocktails, that would be a waste. but you also shouldn't opt for the cheapest "**champale" you can buy. make sure to choose a drinkable sparkling wine - one that you wouldn't mind drinking on its own.

**who ever remembers drinking this, you should be ashamed lol

Fly tunes: Classic Black Eyed Peas feat. Kim Hill

Sometimes nostalgia can paralyze, other times energize...listening to my fave soul singer, Kim Hill, with the original Black Eyed Peas configuration was a perfect way to go back down memory lane.

Just to keep it 100 - I never thought they were the dopest MCs, but they had a unique spark and definitely knew how to get the party started right. Hot beats infused with jazz, funk & soul - with KimmyKim's textured vocals - was the sure shot back in the day...and the breakin' & lockin' kept it straight up hip hop, no chaser. Harkens back to hip hop's days of innocence - before the mercenaries, with no love for the genre, arrived.

SPIN CYCLE™ - Classic BEP Feat. Kim Hill

"Head Bobs"
"Fallin' Up"
"What It Is" feat. Kim Hill
"On My Own" feat. Les Nubians
"Bridging the Gaps"
"Cali to New York" feat. De La Soul
"Hot" feat. Kim Hill
"Leave It All Behind" feat. Kim Hill
"The way you make me feel" feat. Kim Hill
"Joints & Jam" feat. Kim Hill


Fly Cuisine: Cannolicchi

I had never seen or heard of a cannoliccho (razor clam) before my husband found them in the local (Phuket) market. He assured me that these straw-shaped oddities were a delicious delicacy in Italy, as he reminisced of his childhood days fishing for them at the bottom of the sea off the coast near Rome.

Restaurant: Salaloy, Rawai Beach, Phuket

Phuket is blessed with many seaside restaurants - but Salaloy on Rawai Beach gets kudos not only for the gorgeous view and sea breezes, but fresh, tasty seafood, prepared Thai-style! Steer clear of the pork, chicken etc on the menu - the only thing to eat & celebrate here is frutti di mare! It is a popular lunch spot for local residents, both Thai and Foreigner, so if you rock up on a Saturday or Sunday you may find it full during peak hours.

The wine list is not the focus at Salaloy, so take a page from the locals (who typically bring along a few soldiers of Johnny Walker Black) and BYOB to avoid disappointment...or just order a cool beer.