Community Happenings – Friday 18 – 24 March 2011

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Events

The Pattaya Dog Show Festival 2011 will take place from March 18-21 at the Eastern National Sports Indoor Athletic Center on Soi Chaiyapruek 2 in South Pattaya.  There will be a variety of dog contests taking place such as best talent, beauty, and a dog fashion show and it is estimated that more than 900 dogs of many different breeds will participate in the event.  There will also be many dog related activities plus services and product booths on site to keep all pet lovers happy.  For more information go to www.bangkok.dog.com.

The Pattaya International Music Festival 2011 will take place from March 18-20.  Well-known Thai and Asian pop artists including Potato, Da Endofin, Rain, Ice Saranyu and Aof Pongsak will headline the concert, which plays out on stages at Bali Hai Pier, Walking Street, the Hard Rock Hotel and at Beach Road Soi 4.  In addition to the tunes, the festival will feature booths selling food and other knick-knacks, music lessons and chances for fans to meet their idols.  A full schedule of the 3 day event is on page 28 of this week’s Pattaya Mail.

New Age musician and internationally renowned Grammy award winning artist Kitaro will be entertaining fans at the Silverlake Vineyard in Pattaya in a one off concert on March 26, beginning at 4.30 p.m.  Support acts include Bruce Gaston and the FongNam Band, Hucky Eichelmann, and World Guitar.  Tickets cost 2,500 baht for all seats and are available at www.thaiticketmajor.com or by calling 02 262 3456.

Clubs and Associations

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be on Sunday, March 20.  Everyone is warmly welcome.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Ganyanan Punturat M.D., an Opthamologist from Phayathai Sriracha Hospital.  He will be discussing cataracts and their treatment. There will also be a nurse from the hospital available giving free blood pressure checks.  The Club meets every Sunday morning at the Tavern by the Sea Restaurant located on the north end of Beach Road (part of the Amari Orchid Resort).  The program starts as usual at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9 to 11 a.m.  Each week the PCEC usually has an interesting speaker to talk on various subjects of interest in an informal setting.  The program is followed by the ever lively and often humorous Open Forum where questions are asked and answers given about living in Pattaya as well as an update on events in and around Pattaya.  A full report appears each week in Pattaya Mail.  For more information about the Sunday meeting and the numerous other weekday activities of the PCEC, see the Club’s website at www.pattayacityexpatsclub.com and learn more about the many and varied activities of the Club.

The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) organizes regular lunches and coffee mornings on the first and third Tuesday of every month.  For more information email pilc262 @yahoo.com, or go to the website at www.pattaya-pilc.com

The Pattaya Irish Society meets every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Moonrakers in Pong.  Call John on 086 112 0988 for details.

Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya welcomes you to their Wednesday meetings in the Rotary room Royal Cliff Grand Hotel: Time 18.30 for 19.00. Contact Lloyd Jones (Membership) 0878043943.

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Pattaya:  The Pattaya Group meets Wednesday and Thursday at noon (open); Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 5 p.m. (closed) and Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (closed) at the Satree Pattana Center, Soi Skaw Beach (2nd Rd): contact Carl on 084 563 1671.  The Good Morning Pattaya Group meets 9 a.m. every morning at the Highlander Guest House, Soi Skaw Beach.  All meetings are ‘open’: contact Mike 086 009 6276.  The Jomtien Group meets every day at noon at Jomtien Long Stay Hotel: contact: Bill 086 156 8102, Mark 087 096 6069, Bob 087 085 3356, Thai contact: Somchai 081 445 3302.  The Scandinavian Group meets on Tuesdays and Fridays 6 p.m. at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church, Thappraya Road Soi 7: contact Hans 085 135 7755 or Rune (Rayong) 089 754 9515.

For the past 28 years the Samaritans of Thailand have been providing confidential crisis intervention services over the telephone.  The English-speaking unit, Samaritans English Help Line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support to the expatriate community.  English-speaking staff, trained in crisis intervention will provide active, non-judgmental and empathetic listening services on the phone.  All calls will be handled on an anonymous basis and are free of charge.  Please call (02) 713-6791 (24hrs a day, 7 days a week).

The Rotary Club Pattaya Marina meets every Friday at 7.00 p.m. at the Pullman Aisawan, Wongamat Beach, between Soi 16 and 18 in Naklua.  The evening meetings include a sumptuous international buffet.  For more information contact Club President Eric Larbouillat at [email protected]

The Dutch Expats Club meets the last Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.  Feel free to see our website for the location address: http://nvtpattaya.org. New members are always welcome.

DACH-Club – Meetings of German speaking residents for dining, discussions, films and gemutlichkeit. Pat’s Leckerle, Soi 33 Naklua.  Check website http://www.dach-th.org/location.html

The RLC (Rayong Ladies Circle), which operates mainly in the Ban Chang and Rayong areas, is a friendly and social group of international women.  They hold a monthly coffee morning, amongst many other activities, on each second Tuesday of every month in the home of one of their members.  Everyone most welcome to join!  For more information contact [email protected] or visit www.rayongladiescircle.com

The Optimist Club of Pattaya, which supports activities and projects for poor underprivileged children in Thailand, welcomes potential new members to visit them at their bi-monthly meetings.  For further information contact Nathan Russo 085 275 6724 or [email protected]

Fred J. Estes Post 9876 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America is a social group in Pattaya that helps American Veterans and their dependants with benefit assistance related to the Veterans Administration, Social Security and service related agencies.  There is no charge for our assistance.  Post meetings are every second Tuesday at 1300 hrs. at the Hogsbreath Saloon at 148 78/79 Sukhumvit Rd. on Soi 46-3 (formerly Soi Batman).  There are informal social gatherings every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:30 until 14:00.  For more information contact Eric Larsen, Post Commander, tel. 038-423462, email: [email protected] com or visit the website at vfwpost9876.org

Dining

The Beach Club Restaurant of the Pullman Pattaya Aisawan introduces their “Trilogy” promotion every Monday night.  Enjoy 3 delectable menus in one by selecting one delicious meat or fish item from beef, lamb, chicken, snapper or prawn.  Your choice will then be cooked in three styles and served together on one plate.  A vegetarian alternative is also available.  “Trilogy” also comes with a wide variety of starters, salads and desserts.  Take advantage of this new adventurous experience for only 799 baht – or include a bottle of assorted wine at 999 baht net.  Open from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  On Thursday’s enjoy the diversity of a Japanese buffet starting with salads and assorted sushi and sashimi, spiced up with fiery, nose tingling Wasabi.  Discover Japan’s hot dishes with garlic fried rice, grilled beef rolls with mushroom, steamed tofu with soy sauce and more.  Move on to the timeless taste of Japan with assorted Shabu Shabu, Tempura and Yakisoba.  Later savor an almost endless line of surprising desserts.  Every Thursday 6.30-10.00 p.m., for only 799 baht per person.  For more information or reservation, please call 038-411940-8.

Mantra Restaurant and Bar at the Amari Orchid Pattaya is hosting its first ever gourmet festival from 19-27 March.  The event will showcase the talents of 3 visiting chefs: Werner Snoek from Johannesburg, Hirokazu Tomisawa Japan, and Giorgio Stephanosian from France, as well as resident Mantra chef Jens Heier.  Each master chef will have his very own evening, extravaganza brunch, cooking classes and afternoon tea.  In addition, guests will experience Italian tutored wine tastings, a wine competition and will match some of the world’s finest wines to each of the dinners being created by the team of master chefs.  All guests are invited to join the Opening Night of the culinary extravaganza with a cocktail at Mantra, followed by a stunning 7+ course set menu consisting of two courses created by all four chefs on March 19.  For more information call 038 429 591 or go to www.mantra-pattaya.com

The next Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dinner will be held at Mantra Restaurant on Sunday March 20.  This special dinner will be prepared by four culinary master chefs and the cost of this great evening is priced at 3,500 baht net for members and 4,500 baht net for non-members.  Price includes pre-dinner cocktails, multi-course menu, all the wines, after dinner cognacs/malt whiskies, service charge and VAT.  Please note that only a limited number of seats are offered for this event, so make your reservation early and directly to Ranjith Chandrasiri at [email protected], call 038 250 421.

Flare Restaurant at the Hilton Pattaya Hotel offers a sophisticated, contemporary and truly memorable dining experience.  Enjoy fine-culinary delights in opulent surroundings and savor the views across the sparkling Pattaya Bay as you sip a bottle of fine wine, specially selected to complement your meal perfectly.  For this month Friday nights feature roasted, aged Australian rib selected from 150 day prime Australian beef complimented by a wide selection of sauces: Ladies cut (340gm) THB 999 net, Gents cut (450gm) THB 1,111 net.  Saturdays meanwhile offer a 4-course set menu featuring a seafood starter followed by a porterhouse or tomahawk steak or seafood trolley main meal and a 2 out of 4 ‘pick your own desert’ specialty. Price for 6 guests – 15,000 baht net.  The Flare Restaurant is open from 6.30 p.m. – 11-30 p.m. every day.  For more information or reservations call 038 253 000.

The Terrazo Bar at the Holiday Inn Pattaya offers modern style Italian cuisine featuring antipasti, salads, pizza, pasta and roasted meats, in addition to extensive wine and dessert selections, all served in a relaxed outdoor setting. Watch your favorite sports on the big screen TV while enjoying the breeze from Pattaya Bay.  Some of the unique touches at this remarkable outlet include an authentic wood-burning pizza oven, and an open-kitchen island.  The Havana Bar meanwhile provides live band entertainment in the evenings and features a menu of burgers, pizzas, pastas, Thai snacks and fresh salads plus a broad range of draught and bottled beers, spirits and wines.  The Holiday Inn Pattaya is situated on Beach Road in North Pattaya. For more information call 038 725 555.

Throughout March The Peak Restaurant features some Chinese culinary delights including braised sea bass with savoury stuffing flavoured with pork & shrimp stuffing, black mushrooms & piquant seasoning (THB 650); banana prawns with pumpkin filling with carrot, leeks, sweet jujube & young garlic (THB 650); grilled duck breast in Szechuan sauce with stir-fried kale, black mushrooms, bell peppers, young garlic, Szechuan chillies & spring onion (THB 690); and stewed pork tendon broth with Chinese spices (THB 650).  Daily dim sum lunch is also available.  The Peak provides seating for 80 people overlooking the bay of Pattaya and is located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya in north Pattaya, next to the Dolphin roundabout.  Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For reservations and more information please call (0) 3842-5611 to 7, ext. 2276.

Manhattans Restaurant & Bar: Open Monday to Saturday for dinner with fine dining in a great atmosphere.  Offering Pattaya’s best steaks, seafood and an exciting a la carte menu.  Set 3-course gourmet menu at THB 995- excl. VAT.  Resident pianist in the restaurant every night.  Call 038 259 790 for reservations and more information.

The Paulanergarten beer garden offers all your favourite German and Thai cuisines accompanied by imported beer from Munich.  The menu boasts a wide range of foods for your dining pleasure including mouth watering desserts and a special selection of fine wines.  Soak up the amazing sunset views from the 3rd floor location of the Royal Garden Plaza Pattaya (Beach Road side) as you dine and enjoy the ‘Live’ German music from the ‘Bavarian Duo’ band who perform nightly from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.  Call 081 866 7547, 082 790 1782 or go to www.paulaner-thailand.com

Theme Buffet Evenings at the Montien Hotel, Pattaya: Wednesday at La Mer Restaurant – Mediterranean Buffet Dinner 6.30p.m. – 10.00 p.m.  Savour original culinary delights from the sunny Mediterranean.  A rich array of southern European favorites available: Adults Baht 850-net, Children Baht 550-net. Friday at the Verandah (Coffee Shop) – BBQ & Seafood Buffet Dinner 6.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m., “Irresistible Seafood” with a net-full of fresh seafood and tender sizzling meats: Adults Baht 950- net, Children Baht 550-net. Saturday at Verandah (Coffee Shop) – Buffet Dinner 6.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Pamper yourself with the exceptional variety of all-you-eat favorites, dazzlingly laid out for an evening of leisurely dining: Adults Baht 750-net, Children Baht 550-net.  For reservations please call 038-428155, 038- 361340 ext 1620, 1621, E-mail; [email protected]

In March at The Bay Italian Restaurant, indulge in savoury flavours from the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian seas of the Mediterranean that will come to you in a fascinating fusion wrapped in sublime panache and style!  Must-sample cuisine includes escalope of red snapper, seasoned with fresh sage, wrapped in Parma ham and pan-fried garnished with a skewer of sea scallops, prawn bisque, aromatic couscous at THB 950 or grilled swordfish with Sicilian caponata for THB 700, plus many more.  Located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya in north Pattaya, The Bay also hosts a fabulous BBQ buffet dinner every Saturday evening.  Seating is available for 200 in both interior and terrace settings.  Opening hours are Monday to Sunday – 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For more information and reservations, please call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2270.

Restaurant Casa Pascal has re-launched its popular Sunday Brunch Buffet.  The first and longest Sunday Brunch Buffet in town offers an overwhelming choice of food items and comes to you for just 899 baht + V.A.T. including a glass of Prosecco (children under 8 years 450 baht).  Don’t miss this unique chance and book your table right now!  First come, first served.  Note that as of Tuesday, March 15, the popular Breakfast & Lunch Buffet will be served daily from 08:00~14:00 at the old price 165 baht.  There will also be the new Sandwich – Cake & Coffee Buffet daily from 14:00~17:00 only at 135 baht.  For reservations please call (038) 723-660 or 081-983-4182.

Restaurant Poseidon offers a daily Breakfast and Lunch Buffet menu from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. featuring a host of favorites including freshly baked breads, delicacies, fruit, salads, hot dishes and the cooking station that offers bacon, ham, sausages, eggs of your choice, potatoes, fried rice, noodles and much more.  The whole menu is available for only 165 baht per person.  Also don’t forget the weekend BBQ dinner menu (every Sat & Sun night) which includes a whole smorgasbord of delicious food offerings for only 444 baht per person.  For more information and reservations call (038) 303-300 or 081-983-4182 (Kim) or go to www.restaurant-pattaya.com

New and only at Moon River Pub! The After Work Club, Sunday through Thursday, 7 p.m. to midnight, offers guests a Western or Thai evening menu.  Groups of 30 people may choose from the European and Thai all you can eat buffet (booking 1 day in advance).  The all you can drink (wine, beer, juice, soft drinks, whiskey, tequila, etc.) counts for both offers.  Price per person: 1,000 baht each.  The Moon River Pub is located in front of the Thai Garden Resort, North Pattaya Road.

Jameson’s the Irish Pub has a weekly set menu, served from midday to midnight, 3 courses for 255 baht / 2 courses 230 baht / 1 course 195 baht. Starters include potted ham with thick toast & English mustard or homemade turkey broth or hot prawns in cognac.  The main courses offer spaghetti with your choice of Bolognaise, vegetarian tomato sauce or Carbonara, or pork burger or grilled king mackerel steak (caught by manager Wanchai) served with boiled potato, peas & butter/lemon/chili sauce.  Dessert includes a choice of chocolate brownie cake with cream or strawberry sundae or pineapple crumble with custard.  This menu can be served within 45 minutes if you’re in a hurry.  Tel. (038) 361 874, e-mail: info @jamesons-pattaya.com, : www.jamesons-pattaya.com

Entertainment

The Green Bottle Pub at the Diana Inn on Pattaya 2nd Road will be celebrating its 23rd anniversary on Friday March 25.  Join the Elvis and Tom Jones impersonators for a great evening of fun, music and laughter at one of Pattaya’s foremost entertainment landmarks.  For more information call 038 421 623 or go to www.dianapattaya.co.th.

The New Garden in Pratamnak Soi 4 has Charity Music Jam Sessions every Sunday at 6.30 p.m.  Welcome!  Phone 038-250971.  See earlier videos at www.jomtienpeople.com

Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes at the North Star Library every Saturday at 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Contact John 083 005 3006 or North Star Library 038 716 755, www.thaisahajayoga.com

Come and enjoy the live music at the Jazz Pit Pub from 8 p.m. to midnight every day (except Tuesdays & Wednesdays).  Listen to great music by Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitar players.  If you play an instrument, you are welcome to come along and join in the jam sessions.  The Jazz Pit is located on Soi 5 off Pattaya Beach and 2nd Road. Tel: 038 428 374.