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Red Lobster opens its first restaurant in Thailand

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  • Red Lobster has made its way to Bangkok for the first time in an effort to expand in Asia.
  • The branch has a capacity of 70 diners and is located at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.
  • The menu includes seafood bought from traceable and sustainable sources, such as Maine lobster, North American snow crab, wild-caught cod, shrimp, scallops, clams and Atlantic salmon.
  • The chain, which is partially owned by Bangkok-based seafood producer Thai Union, has been struggling financially since the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The company is also currently running without a CEO following Kelli Valade’s departure in April.

Red Lobster has made its way to the shores of Bangkok for the first time in an effort to expand in Asia.

The Bangkok branch of the popular U.S. seafood restaurant chain, its first in Thailand, has a capacity of 70 diners and is located at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.

Bangkok wants to become ‘Silicon Valley of food tech’ through anti-hunger project

  • Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana, executive director of Thailand’s National Innovation Agency, said the agency aims to make the country the “kitchen of the world” through its SPACE-F project.
  • “Not only that Thailand has sufficient raw material to serve growing demands, the country also has a top-notch logistics service,” Chairatana said in a press release on Thursday. “These attributes make the Thai food industry exceptional and position Thailand as the kitchen of the world.”
  • The SPACE-F project, an incubator and accelerator program founded in 2019 in partnership with the Thai Union, NIA and Mahidol University, was billed as the “first-ever food tech innovation program in Thailand.”
  • “The project brings together FoodTech startups and corporates through innovative mentorship, business connections, and a co-working program,” Chairatana explained.

Bangkok is aiming to become the Silicon Valley of food technology through its SPACE-F project, which aims to tackle the global food security crisis and make Bangkok the “kitchen of the world,” Thailand’s National Innovation Agency (NIA) said.

Citing the UN’s “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” 2022 report, Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana, executive director of the NIA, said in a press release on Thursday that around 800 million people — or 10 percent of the world’s population — are suffering from hunger brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis.

Golden retriever puppy in Bangkok gets mugshot and ‘charged’ for getting lost

  • An adorable golden retriever puppy in Bangkok was taken to the police station  and “charged” with getting lost after parting ways from home. 
  • On May 16, Bangkok police discovered the lost puppy at an apartment building near Wireless Road and took her to the Lumpini police station. 
  • At the station, police members took “mugshots” of the puppy with a board that read “Name: Golden Retriever” and “Charge: Getting lost.”
  • The puppy was given blankets and food while waiting for her owner to arrive.
  • On May 17, the owner contacted the police and picked up the puppy at the station.

After being found by Bangkok police, a lost golden retriever puppy was taken to the police station where she was photographed and “arrested” on charges of getting lost.

On the evening of May 16, police found the adorable puppy at an apartment building along Wireless Road in Bangkok and took her to Lumpini police station. 

Thai man cremates his wife’s body after keeping it in his home for 21 years

  • Chan Chanwatcharakarn, a 72-year-old retired military officer, had his wife’s body cremated on Saturday after having kept it in a coffin in his home since her death 21 years ago.
  • While he had intended to stay with his wife’s body until his death, he realized she might not receive a proper cremation and funeral if he were to pass away. 
  • Chan contacted the Petchkasem Krungthep Foundation, who helped him organize his wife’s funeral.   
  • The ashes of his wife were placed in an urn, which he intends to keep until he passes away.
  • “I still miss you every minute and my love for you has not changed,” Chan reportedly said.

A man from Bangkok just recently had his wife’s body cremated after having kept it in a coffin in his home in Thailand’s Bang Khen district since her death 21 years ago.

Chan Chanwatcharakarn, a 72-year-old retired military officer, said he had intended to stay with his wife’s body until his death because he couldn’t bear to be separated from his soulmate.

Condom-themed cafe in Thailand offers diners free condoms to promote safe sex

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  • Coffee & Condoms cafe and Cabbages & Condoms restaurant have gone viral for using condoms as decoration to raise awareness about family planning and promote safe sex.
  • The restaurant and cafe are located at 10 Sukhumvit Soi 12, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok.
  • Mechai Viravaidya, Chairman of Cabbages & Condoms, wants condoms to become accessible to everyone just as cabbages are readily available in any market in Thailand

A Thai food service company is turning heads online for using condoms as decoration to raise awareness about family planning and promote safe sex.

Travel content creator and social media influencer Mohnish Doultani recently shared a video of what customers can expect to see inside Coffee & Condoms cafe in Bangkok. The cafe, presumably a part of the Cabbages & Condoms restaurant with whom it shares an address, is located at 10 Sukhumvit Soi 12, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok.

Netflix releases trailer for docuseries ‘Midnight Asia: Eat. Dance. Dream.’

Midnight Asia Trailer
  • Netflix Philippines released a trailer for the streaming platform’s upcoming “Midnight Asia” docuseries, which explores the vibrant underground nightlife of six “megacities”.
  • The six-episode series features the intimate stories of various city dwellers who highlight the unique subcultures spanning across the continent.
  • ‘Midnight Asia’ is slated for a Jan. 20, 2022 release date.

The trailer for Netflix’s upcoming docuseries ‘Midnight Asia: Eat. Dance. Dream.’ was released on Dec. 23, giving audiences a sneak peek at the rich nightlife of six major Asian metropolises.

The series was previously announced by the streaming platform on Dec. 14 in a statement written by Original Documentary Programming Manager Aloke Devichand. It aims to feature the cities’ different food, drink and music scenes, as well as the “night owls who shine in the dark,” on the basis that nighttime highlights the cities’ most “playful” sides.

Visitors flock to ‘penis park’ in Thailand for selfies and to make wishes for well-endowed partners

Traitep Dream Forest

A park in Thailand, where visitors are encouraged to hug massive penis statues and pray to them to find a well-endowed partner, has gained much attention online.

Wish-granting penises: The park, called Traitep Dream Forest, is located in the city of Khon Kaen and features penis statues that supposedly grant wishes, according to Coconuts Bangkok.