Smoothie Blues Chiang Mai – Best Breakfast in Nimmanhaemin!

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Looking for American-style breakfast on Nimmanhaemin Road in Chiang Mai, Thailand?  If so, you may want to check out Smoothie Blues.  While the name of the place sounds like they only sell smoothies, I found out in my recent stay at Nimmanhaemin area that Smoothie Blues sell a ton of other stuff like American style breakfast, Mexican breakfast, sandwiches, salads, and much more.

This is probably my 3rd year visiting Nimmanhaemin and I am so glad I found a great breakfast such as Smoothie Blues.   On my first day, I ordered a breakfast Panini, which was absolutely delicious with taste you wouldn’t believe you are in Thailand.

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I didn’t order the below breakfast burritos (will try next time I go) but it does look pretty delicious.

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They had pancake with scrambled egg inside which was very interesting, most dishes also serve with small salad.

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Don’t like heavy meal?  Then try their breakfast oatmeal with fruit which is definitely one of the best in Chiang Mai.

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Smoothie Blues is located in the center of Nimmanhaemin Road right next to 7-11 so it is really easy to find.  (Click Here for Google Maps)

Also, just another tip for travelers in Chiang Mai, a lot of restaurants with 5 stars on TripAdvisor are mainly filled with fake reviews or tourist traps so I would not rely on TripAdvisor to find good food.  Unlike my experience with Yelp back at home in SF Bay Area, TripAdvisor has been pretty much hit-and-miss every time as many restaurants I checked out were nowhere near what TripAdvisor indicated.

Best way to experience Chiang Mai is really to try different restaurants yourself.  And an easy way to tell if a restaurant is good is to see how many customers are eating there when you enter.  Just avoid any restaurants that are empty or you just have a bad feeling about it.   Some of these places are tourist traps and all they care about it making money.   But Smoothie Blues is definitely worth every penny and I highly recommend to check them out if your tastes buds are of a sensitive westerner like myself.

Paris Baguette Bakery in Daly City! [Canon EF-S 24mm F2.8]

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(Testing out my new Canon EF-S 24mm F2.8 Lens!)

This will be my first ever blog post on my new site at PhotoRavels.com.  Basically, I wanted to make a new personal website to put all my photos and travel thoughts.  I also have way too much stuff I want to post about cameras in general but my main site HighOnAndroid.com is really dedicated to Android stuff only.

With this site, hopefully I can do some camera reviews, howtos, and also post my personal photos in original high-resolution.  Anyways, this is just a new creation of mine, hopefully I will have some interesting posts to read.

If you have been following me on my YouTube channel or through my HighOnAndroid.com, think of it this way, this is my personal site where I post stuff that I do on a daily basis.

Anyways, onto the story of the day, I will be going to vacation in a few weeks to Thailand and South Korea.  I love my 18-35mm Sigma lens with my Panasonic GH4 and Speedbooster but since I will be traveling, it’s going to be a pain to carry around considering I will be walking a lot more in Asia.

Last time I was in South Korea, I carried all my DSLR camera gear and I ended up not using it at all!  It really bummed me out because when your camera gear is heavy, you tend to leave it at home and miss all those importants shots you could take with some high quality photo gear.

My Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 lens is just simply awesome but it does weigh a ton at around 2 pounds just for the lens itself.  It doesn’t sound like much but when you consider carrying around for travels, it does weigh you down plus the lens itself isn’t exactly small, it is a zoom lens and will need a bag that can fit it.

So I did some research and found that Canon just introduced their new pancake 24mm EF-S F2.8 lens, which only costs like $150.  I loved the wide-angle view of 18mm on my 18-35mm Sigma and wanted to get a wide-angle lens that could replace it.  Although 24mm is not as wide but I found it wide enough for most of my photos for portraits and landscape.  Also I already have a F1.8 50mm lens I can use for close-ups.

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Will my new 24mm F2.8 lens and 50mm F1.8 lens replace my Sigma 18-35mm for traveling?  Upon trying them, you betcha they do!  The 24mm is wide enough for most shots and I can always get closer/farther away if needed while the 50mm gives me nice zoom in certain situations.

Best of all, both of these lenses together weigh almost nothing.  I don’t have to worry about carrying my heavy DSLR gear/lens everywhere.   What I did also find very helpful is that these two lenses are probably the most affordable (both are under $150 each) and great lenses to get started with DSLRs.

Also, I was able to mod the 24mm EF-S lens to work with my Panasonic GH4 using the speedbooster.  The process is actually simple, you have to just pull out the extra plastic on the lens and then it works flawless with the GH4.

I haven’t decided yet but I may carry my GH4 or my Canon 60D.  But all is good as I will be able to keep making my YouTube videos without carrying too much gear.

Well, this is getting a bit long I know, but I wanted to post my first post on my new website from Paris Baguette Bakery in Daly City, CA.  (I actually made the whole site right from here using my Chromebook.)  Below are some photos I took with my new Canon 24mm F2.8 lens with 60D.  If you want to see how it looks like on video, most of the close-up shots in this video I used my new 24mm lens.

FYI, Paris Baguette Bakery is actually a Korean bakery franchise that recently opened up many locations in the U.S.  I was rather surprised to find that it was right here in Daly City, CA where I live.  You can find some excellent bread, coffee, sandwiches, and deserts like shown in below photos.   They actually have Paris Baguette everywhere in South Korea (like every block), and I would never have imagined this being introduced to Americans.

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(Peony loves this place, ordering cute deserts like this.)

 

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They also sell Pat Bing Soo or “Fruit Shaved Ice”, it’s actually a traditional Korean desert made with ice, fruit, and beans.  It’s great on a hot day and tastes somewhat like a fruit smoothie, highly recommend to try.

Sorry, this post is getting a bit longer than I initially planned and probably just me rambling but that’s exactly what I wanted to do on this new site, ramble about photos, cameras, and travel.  Anyways, I should have some interesting camera reviews and my travel experiences posted here.