Andy Ricker has turned his never ending, OCD-like drive to bring an authentic Northern Thai dining experience to the United States into a James Beard award in 2011 for “Best Chef, Northwest” after opening Pok Pok Portland in 2005. Without a formal education in culinary arts, Ricker spent is formative years as a ski bum in Colorado while working as a line cook before moving to California, then Australia and New Zealand before finding himself in Thailand.
FARANG chronicles Ricker’s life during May of 2013 as he was getting ready to open his sixth restaurant, Sen Yai. This VICE Munchies documentary also highlights his unconventional path to culinary stardom that has taken him around the world many times over. While his Pok Pok empire has become a beacon for foodies from Portland to New York, Ricker insists that he is not a chef, but merely a person who is helping to curate Northern Thai cuisine in America. A blue collar line cook amongst a pantheon of celebrity chefs, Ricker’s taste for adventure has him constantly searching out the seasonal, regional flavors from every nook and cranny in the northern end of the Land of a Thousand Smiles.
Cheers to Mya Murphy and Veronica Fleury who have won the party of a lifetime in Ibiza, Spain courtesy of Singha! We’ll be flying them out to the White Island to enjoy 4 days and 3 nights in the Party Capital of the world! They’ll be greeted with a Singha welcome dinner before spending the rest of their time experiencing the Singha VIP treatment with a boat party to Formentera island, dancing the night away at Pacha, and enjoying the sun and sand at the Singha Big Beach Beer Party at Lipz Club.
Thanks again to everyone who entered. Keep drinking Singha and stay tuned for the next big Singha adventure!
The only thing better than saving wildlife is drinking beer while doing it. That’s why we’re raising our glass in support of Brew at the Zoo at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. on July 17th. We’ll be joining 60 other breweries and some furry friends to raise money for animal care and conservation at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. We’ll be located near Lion Hill, of course, during the event. Stop by, grab a Singha, and drink our gold lion goodness while checking out the real lions!
Get ready Canada! The Taste of Thailand is coming to Toronto on July 19th and 20th. The biggest Thai community event in Canada will feature authentic foods, Muay Thai kickboxing, cultural dancing, and many more traditions to immerse yourself in and get the full experience of Thai culture in the Great White North. Don’t miss out of the opening ceremony either! Admission is free!
Taste of Thailand
July 19 & 20 // Noon – 8pm
Nathan Philips Square, Toronto City Hall
It seems like beer award season around here. After taking Gold and Bronze at the Calgary International Beerfest we found out that Singha has also taken Silver at the Los Angeles International Beer Competition! With hundreds of beers featured in the competition, Singha stood out to take Silver for the American/International-Style Pilsner. Look for us during the LA County Fair in their Award Winning Beer Tavern where you can also try other beers that placed at the LAIBC.
Kingswell in Los Feliz is hosting the first American art show for U.K. based artist Fos on June 14th. A true original, Mark Foster (Fos to everyone except his mum), is the founder of U.K. brand Heroin Skateboards, which refers to his insane addiction to skateboarding. He has germinated into one of London’s finest exponents of low-fidelity illustration and stab-you-in-the-eye marketing. His artwork has been featured in numerous magazines, galleries and through the streets of major metropolitan cities such as London, Paris, Berlin and Japan. Currently, he’s the Art Director for Altamont Apparel.
Diamond and the Rough: Paints and Drawings by Fos
@ Kingswell Los Feliz
Saturday, June 14th
7 – 11pm
4651 Kingswell Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Singha’s still golden after all these years. We participate in a lot of beer festivals mostly because you demand it but also because we just love beer. We love fans dropping by at beer fests, asking for a pour, and sharing a good Singha story with us whether it’s about a party, at a beach, or while partying at a beach in Thailand. This year we hit up the Calgary International Beer Festival and showed that old lions are around for a reason. Since setting a gold standard for ourselves starting in 1933, we’ve been racking up gold medals ever since. At this past Calgary International Beer Festival we won again by taking home the gold for Best Pilsnar and took third place for best Light Lager! We couldn’t be more honored. We make Singha for our fans and and we’ve always known our fans have good taste! So cheers to the Singha drinker!
It’s the summer of suds in DC as the Summerfest DC Beer Festival rolls into the Nation’s Capitol this weekend. Besides Singha and the 125+ breweries on hand there will also be wine tastings, tasty bites from DC’s favorite restaurants, and live music. With two sessions to choose from, your favorite beers will be ready to pour all day long. So join us at the Half Street Fairgrounds on May 24th and get your tickets soon as they’re going fast! VIP passes are available for both sessions so you can get in 30 minutes earlier and access to the VIP section to make sure you enjoy Summerfest to the fullest.
Summerfest DC Beer Festival
Saturday, May 14
Session 1 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Session 2 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Half Street Fairgrounds
1199 Half Street SE, Washington DC
For ticket info, click here.
The Asia Heritage Foundation is bringing back the Fiesta Asian Street Fair to Washington D.C.! With five stages chock-full of live entertainment, arts and crafts at the Kiddiz Cool Lounge, and the Singha Garden Happy Hour there’s no better way to spend this weekend in D.C. So join us at the Nation’s Capital for a day full of cultural experiences and a cold glass of Singha!
Fiesta Asian Street Fair: 2014 National Asian Heritage Festival
May 17th // 10am – 7pm
Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 3rd St. & 6th St.
The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, blends international cuisine, art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods. Adjacent to Times Square, America’s number one tourist destination. The Festival is New York’s oldest and largest continuous Food Festival, drawing over 200,000 visitors over the course of the two day festival weekend. From open to close, visitors can browse the offerings of 15 City Blocks of gourmet food and beverages. Singha will be featured at booths throughout the festival so no matter where you find yourself on 9th ave. you’ll never be too far from a bottle of the good stuff.
9th Avenue International Food Festival
May 17th * 18th
9th Ave. 42nd-57th St. in New York City