Theera – the original healthy bakery – is no stranger to health-conscious Bangkokians, and it has recently opened a new branch that also serves as a vocational training centre for young adults with special education needs.
Tucked away in the residential area of Ekamai Soi 10, Steps with eera is welcoming with its airy atmosphere and pleasing-to-the-eye décor. Healthy comfort food is what Theeta Hotrakitya – the owner – highlights and that includes all-day breakfast, with gluten-free and vegan options. Some of the most popular dishes from the original eera (on Sukhumvit 42) are also featured here, together with a good variety of dairy-free ice creams.
Who says tasty and healthy cannot be combined in a dish? Try Poached Egg on Toast with Roasted Beet Humus and Feta Cheese, and you will know what I think! Another must-try is Fish Pie with Sweet Potato Mash – they go so well together – and their Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and Feta Burger is an equally guilt-free yet delightful dish. To wrap up a lovely meal, indulge in the Sticky Date Pudding with Macadamia Ice-cream and Toasted Pecan – the delicate pudding and the not-too- sweet ice-cream are a match made in heaven and, I would say, deserve an encore!
During your meal, you’ll likely encounter a ‘special’ staff or two. These are young adults with special education needs who are part of the vocational training programme that Steps with Theera offers. As Max Simpson the co-owner explains: “We offer the opportunity to learn skills for employment in a hands-on environment for special-need students from age 12-plus. Sometimes their special needs mean it’s hard for them to read a text book, or follow theory. They need something more active, something more real.” Hence, Steps with Theera fits the bill by giving these young adults work experience in a bakery that they may take away and apply elsewhere, in their future.