Hello everyone! Introducing Kris, the chef/owner of Talesai and the still new-ish Night + Market. Go there to get your Thai street food on. For real. Kris is one talented young dude who has a healthy appetite for hip hop, the Loire Valley, bourbon and Arianna Occhipinti. I knew we were meant to be friends.
Name: Kris Yenbamroong Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Current location: Los Angeles
Favorite summertime beverage: Budweiser in a can, cold water or either of the following slightly chilled: Jean-Paul Brun Beaujolais, Puzelat Telquel. Also anything pink from the south of France.
Favorite cocktail or spirit: Blantons neat. But if I’m at a dance party and feeling slutty, then vodka with anything will do (that’s right, I said it!). I’m not really into crazy drinks, bow ties or waist coats.
Favorite place to grab a drink: My restaurant–at least that’s where i can most frequently be found with glass in hand. I don’t like going out, and I hate people. But if I’m forced to go anywhere: Lou‘s never let me down and if I’m not feeling so high brow, I’ll take my butt to the Mandrake and drink some tequila shots with college girls. If we’re talking Paris, Le Verre Volé is the only way to go. I’d recommend it over Le Baratin and Les Racines– just my take.
Favorite post-dinner quaff: Montenegro Amaro (before, after or sometimes in place of dinner), Borges 10 yr Malmsey.
Favorite food & beverage pairing: chieng rai grilled sausage and fried chicken (both my own) with Pierre & Catherine Breton Nuits d’Ivresse.
If you could travel to one region of the world right now for its food and/or drink where would you go?
Pouillé / Touraine / Loire for the notorious Laurent Saillard
‘s boudin noir, no question!
What’s for sipper? When i finish prep for dinner service, I’ll probably hit some Beckman grenache rosé then a glass of Muhlenhof portugieser. A few hours into service and I’ll switch to Singha. For the finale, I’ll polish off a half-drunk bottle of SP68 while watching episodes of something, naturally.
It appears, Kris, that you also like Budweiser in a bottle. And that your friend REALLY likes it. A LOT.