The Chocolate Buffet Sukhothai Hotel

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


My girls know me well – I was born in the wrong century.  With a taste for the finer things in life, Id be very content to live the “Downton” existence with afternoon tea time and garden parties and evening wear and dance cards.  And with that in mind, they treated me for my birthday to an indulgent afternoon with all the pomp & circumstance you’d imagine royalty enjoyed on a daily basis in the Victorian era.  Teatime at The Chocolate Buffet Sukhothai Hotel!!








Here my girls and I (and our dapper little escort) partook of afternoon high tea in style.  Two adjacent rooms with parallel buffets, one sweet and one savory, are laden with the the choicest of culinary delights.  Delicate tea sandwiches, crispy spring rolls, salmon croissants, seared tuna bites, fresh sushi, giant prawns, seasonal fruits, exotic olives and nuts are amongst the savory selections and kept our palate balanced so we could frequent the other table; an extensive selection of all things seductively sweet!  The name says it all, “The Chocolate Buffet” does not disappoint with every conceivable truffle and trifle.  Eclairs, cakes, pastries, fondue, macaroons,  creme brûlée, fruit tarts and even an assortment or sherbets and ice creams tantalize the insatiable craving for just a bite more of something sweet.   And it just wouldn’t be high tea without scones and clotted cream, of which we partook more than our share!










But the real highlight of the whole experience is the trolly manned by Swiss pastry chef Laurent who hand crafts custom hot chocolates for guests from a wide assortment of cocoas from around the world.  He will educate you in the varying flavors of chocolate from the robust to mild, acidic to earthy, bitter to sweet and then concoct according to your preferred taste, a demitasse cup of the richest hot chocolate you’ve ever experienced.  Top with cream or a dollop of hazelnut or swirl of caramel or sprinkle of chili or dusting of sea salt for a blend unique specifically to you.  (Swiss Miss will forever be ruined in your list of guilty pleasures!)




And as our afternoon drew to a close and we felt that we could not bear to look at one more chocolate chip (for our lack of self control,) the courteous staff, knowing it was my birthday, presented me with a lovely chocolate cake in celebration of the occasion.  We blew out the candles and boxed it up to take home to the littles who were feeling very left out that we’d spend the entire afternoon in the likes of “Willy Wonkas Chocolate Factory” without them.



I do feel I should have been born in a century where afternoon high tea was a daily pleasure, but how in the world did those ladies live in corsets?  We were grateful for the “breathing room” of our loose fitting dresses as we made our departure after 3 hours of chocolate indulgence!  Ill be coming back for special occasions, but my figure would suffer greatly if I had this little luxury every day!  Recommending this at the top of my list of “things to do in Bangkok”!

Gigi’s Sweet Shop

Saturday, July 16, 2016

This post is just a tad late, but I seem to do a better job keeping up on Instagram.  Follow us over there for your “daily dose of vitamin E”.  Lots of Eden updates and snapshots into our crazy little life!

What to do when its 110 degrees outside every day for over a month straight?
Host an Ice Cream Social of course!!


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Gigi served up a sweet shop party for her friends to celebrate her 5th birthday.
(Well ok, her fairy-Grandmother brought all the party-fixin’s in her suitcase from the US and corralled half a dozen sugar-crazed kids.)  Me with a brand-new-nursing baby did little more than “pin” some ideas and let Abi and Britain help Grandmoni execute all the implementation.



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As is the tradition in our family, Gigi got to invite 5 friends since she was turning 5.  In addition to 5 cutie pies who donned their party apparel, we had one very dapper little gentleman who was also on the invite list because Gigi insisted that Peter had to come too!!  He’s 1 and quite the little ladies-man!

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Table lavishly laden with sugar sprinkles, sweet syrups, cookie crumbs, frothy whipped cream and a cherry for the top, we handed each child a bowl and let them create their masterpiece.  (I did apologize to the parents for the excessive amount of sugar – especially Anya’s mom who told me this is the first time she has had sugar – ever.  (gulp!!)   Im so sorry!  …… it could be worse I assured them…Ive been known to host parties and send home live animals!)

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Oh these sweet days of pink and sugar sprinkles and pigtails and chapstick!  My sweet baby girl.  Always a bandaid stuck somewhere.  Chewing gum connoisseur.  Future negotiator for the UN, present persuader of everyone in our house.  Loves nail polish and dresses that twirl.  Eats rice like a proper Asian.  Has been known to request an “omelet with no egg”  and “spaghetti with no sauce”.  High maintenance diva but willingly relinquished her position as baby-of-the-family to a little brother she adores!  Loves naptime with books and M&M’s every afternoon.  Eats hummus with a spoon and drinks lime juice from the bottle.  Contagious giggler and affectionate snuggler.  Can you please just stop growing now?!!

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Hope your day was as sweet as you are little monkey!!

A Different December

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Our Christmas holiday has been a bit nomadic and untraditional.  I spent the first half of December in China with my best friend helping to support her in adopting their precious baby from China.  Such a special thing to be apart of and beautiful reminder of God adopting us as sons and daughters and His unconditional love for us!!  So blessed to get some heart-momma/soul-sister time as well with this gem!



Fortunately, I got the tree up before I left, but we had to forgo a lot of our advent traditions and I feel Ive been playing “catch up” ever since arriving home to kids getting off school and 4 clients I was on-call for over the holidays.  Thanking God that no one went into labor ON Christmas…..and for a fake tree which I intend to leave up until mid-January because it isn’t shedding needles and I haven’t gotten my fill of it yet!  We savored a few uneventful days as a family between Christmas and New Years before welcoming a stream of houseguests which we’ll have with us for the next 2 weeks.


For someone who comes from a long line of “Tradition” (picture Fiddler on the Roof devotion to the concept here!) Ive had to go back to my post from last year as a reminder to myself.  We didnt get the candy cane cookies baked this year and we used a kit gingerbread house instead of creating a customized Whoville gingerbread village.  We’ve taken shortcuts and streamlined a lot this year….and Im learning to be “ok” with that.

After the Christmas-Eve tradition of all the children building a tent in one room and camping together, the kids were allowed to come into wake mom & dad up and watch The Grinch in our room early on Christmas morning (because we are lame and this was the only way to stall them and get a cup of coffee and wake up slowly before the Christmas morning craziness)  🙂


C’s sister was visiting from Shanghai and his parents joined us for the day.  So grateful to have family around this year when we’re so far from home!  Stockings, brunch and a morning in pj’s reading the Christmas story and opening gifts…..and the obligatory Christmas morning picture with puffy morning eyes and no one wanting to smile!!









Tristan begged for a puppy for Christmas!!






We got him a gerbil which we said he could name “puppy” 🙂

Sorry buddy, but this definitely isn’t the year to add a canine to our tribe!!  But, this cool kid is pretty easily pacified with anything living and loves his new charges!  (his second choice to a dog would’ve been a python…..which will probably happen sometime……
….when he’s grown and out of the house!!)
Tristan and Evie are the proud new owners of “Snowball” and “Oreo” which we sincerely hope are the same gender and that we are not going to be breeding dozens of baby rats!!  In the event that we do have a surplus of gerbils, I have a plan.  Anyone remember the birthday when we passed out goldfish to guests?  Kids loved me….moms, not so much!!
So…..who wants to come to Evie’s January birthday?  Ive got a great favor idea!



May the awe and wonder of the season be not lost on the fleeting joys of this world.  Because of Him, we celebrate and anticipate!! With love this Christmas from our family to yours!
~ The Smith’s