Our second day at the Four Seasons Koh Samui has been nothing short of relaxing…well…with the exception of one little incident.
Started the day with exactly what I do back home – Habit #1…Yes, I even brought my own bottle of cayenne pepper with me!
We are now in Koh Samui, Thailand…It took 4 flights and over 24 hours of travel to get here and boy was it worth it! I still can’t believe how well I ate on the journey considering we were such a captive audience and didn’t have many food choices other than what the airplane gave us and the snacks I brought (I’m compiling a list to post for those who asked!). Here’s a look at a few of my plane meals on Singapore Air -
2 different salads, a fruit cup, and random side of bread and crackers (Please note – I never eat bread on a plane because I have seen how they warm them up. They put the bread in a big plastic bag and put it in the microwave. Eeeek! Not to mention, the bread is usually always highly processed)
This meal had to be my favorite – I love the inclusion of broccoli!
My husband always gets the hindu vegetarian meal – he’s not a raw fanatic like me. I usually end up stealing some bites of his food. This time I took his spicy chickpeas and added them to my raw salad. It was delicious!
For dessert on the plane – Singapore Air has habit of passing out ice cream, which is AMAZING if you love ice cream, NOT amazing if you are trying to avoid additives. This time they gave us a chocolate ice cream bar that had all sorts of codes for additives and colorings … not a fan!
When we finally got to Koh Samui – our hotel car was waiting for us to take us to the resort, ready with refreshing cold towels and water.
We are incredibly lucky to be staying at the Four Seasons here in Koh Samui. Words cannot describe how beautiful and exotic this place is. When we checked in, we were presented with dragon fruit lychee cocktails. I was in heaven! I could have drank 10 of these little cups – especially after feeling dehydrated after our long journey.
Our villa for the week is so perfect. spacious, private and secluded. And a little scary I later found out at night.
We have our own private pool…Five seconds and counting after the bellman left, we were in it!
After enjoying the dip, we took a long deserved nap to combat some of the jet lag. When we woke up, it was time to meet up with the person we flew across the globe to see, my best friend Nicole. She is getting her yoga certification here in Koh Samui (check out her blog). We went down to the beach bar to grab a drink while we waited for her… The ambience was spectacular. I need to work on my night time photos to capture the moment better.
At the beach bar, I had the “clean sweep” on the juice menu. Nicole shortly arrived after we ordered. I think we hugged for over a minute… so happy to see her. She had the “honey watermelon tonic”, which I also tasted. I am definitely going to be ordering that sometime during our stay.
I feel so happy and grateful to be here in Thailand with my best friend and my husband – two of my favorite people in the whole world.
Later we went for a Thai dinner at Lan Tania – the main restaurant at the Four Seasons Koh Samui. We started with a spicy dip and these crudités. Does anyone have any idea what this is?
Followed by a few appetizers of rice paper rolls and spring rolls…
And my favorite – green papaya salad (so spicy!) with grilled prawns. I haven’t had shrimp in a long time. I actually try to limit it in my diet, because of the levels of toxins that can be found in shrimp. These were very tasty and I’m glad I tried them.
For dinner, Nicole and I shared a very comforting and light wok style vegetables with fresh brown rice.
The meal was not complete without dessert. We ordered the chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream. We shared it, but I think I ate most of it
After dinner, the trip back to our villa was a little frightening. Because the resort is built right in the middle of a jungle – you can’t help but see (and hear!) the crazy size bugs, critters, frogs, lizards, bats (yes bats!) everywhere on the property. One huge bug the size of a lemon flew right into Nicole after dinner. Poor thing, we both screamed and then saw a bat fly out from underneath our deck into the jungle. This was after a frog jumped on Nicole while she was attempting to use the beautiful designed but scary outdoor restroom at the restaurant. My family and friends who know me best, know this – I have a irrational fear of frogs…meaning I hyperventilate and run as fast as I can in the opposite direction, screaming at the top of my lungs if I see one. Needless to say, I won’t be using that outdoor restroom EVER again.
Our trip has only just begun, lots of more eats and adventures to come – hope you enjoy the ride!
Sa yan sa wa. (Good Night)
Before I head to the airport today to go to a land far far away…I wanted to share three things with you.
1. My latest food investigation on 100 days of Real Food is a doozy. Have you read it yet? It’s gone kinda viral. I spent most of my Saturday last weekend at Chick-fil-A, interviewing people for this post. It was an eye opening experiment and one that I hope you enjoy reading and commenting on. If more people spread this information and comment about this – who knows it might cause Chick-fil-A to react in the same fashion that Yoforia did when I wrote about them. Could you imagine how impactful it would be if Chick-fil-A decided to eliminate the questionable ingredients from their food?! Maybe other fast food restaurants would listen up too and follow suit.
Long before I became the Food Babe I used to be addicted to Chick-fil-A. I remember the first time I tasted it – it was at the mall when I was very little and they used to have the free samples. There was a lady walking around outside of the store with hot, fresh pieces of newly fried chicken on little toothpicks. It was free so of course my parents let me try it. The smell alone was intoxicating, not to mention the taste. What continued for many years was countless meals of Chick-fil-A during my childhood followed by almost daily consumption in college. Thinking about it now, even though I haven’t had it in what seems like a decade…I still know what a Chick-fil-A sandwich smells and tastes like.
This is why I chose the mall to begin my latest food investigation. A lot of people who generally don’t eat fast food still eat Chick-fil-A. A lot of people say “I only take my kids to Chick-fil-A once in a while.” Countless moms and dads take their kids to Chick-fil-A, thinking it’s better than other fast food places. When I first wrote the post Chick-Fil-A or Chemical-Fil-A? last summer, so many of my closest friends and family members were downright shocked at the list and type of ingredients Chick-fil-A uses – which are similar to big chains like McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s. Back in the day, restaurants were not required to list ingredients, there was no google, and we were all pretty much kept in the dark about what was in our food. Now that times are different, and most of the information is readily available at our fingertips and in most stores themselves, I wanted to know how many parents have actually looked at the ingredients in Chick-fil-A. So I asked.
I started off the questioning with “Why did you bring your family to Chick-fil-A today?” I interviewed 30 families in total between a mall based Chick-fil-A and a popular standalone store.
These were the top three (food related) answers.
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Happy Earth Day!
I am celebrating today by not eating meat and recuperating from a busy week of educational speaking events. Last week, Johnson & Wales University invited me and Elle Palmer to speak at their Art & Sciences events about sustainability and the environment. Our talk was entitled “The Very Inconvenient Truth,” where we shared information about why meat and dairy consumption is the number one polluter of the environment.
Before the event, we passed out coconut based ice cream sandwiches that Earth Fare was generous to donate. We wanted the students to realize that it’s possible to reduce dairy consumption – even with ice cream! And of course we wanted the students jacked up on sugar ready to listen to what we had to say!