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Hummus-Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

by Elaine Gordon @ Honest Cooking

These hummus-stuffed mini sweet peppers are bite-sized game day snacks that pops right in your mouth. They are bursting with flavor and work for everyone .

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Quiz: What Kind of Food Traveler Are You?

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Is Headed For Sydney

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Is Headed For Sydney

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Sydney might be a little slow on the uptake here, but we’re fiiiiiiinally scoring a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. And if you’re unsure, yes you absolutely need to book tickets. This one absolutely killed it when the Melbourne Theatre Company had its season (just quietly, it was a total sell-out), and it was a similar story on the West End. 

In the words of our Auckland Editor (who loved the show), it is based on the novel of the same name, and tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who has Asperger’s Syndrome. The performance starts with a dog killed with a garden fork plunged through its body and Christopher standing above it—cue assumptions that he is the killer. Christopher then takes on the role of detective to get to the bottom of the crime. 

His search leads him to discover far more than he ever anticipated and, as his world is thrown upside down, the audience is with him every step of the way as he documents the experience in his own unique way. 

To nab yourself a ticket, you’ll need to head here

The details

What: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time When: Wednesday 4 July – Sunday 15 July Where: Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Cost: $99 – $150

Meanwhile, Monet's Water Lillies are coming to Sydney. See!

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8 Aussie True Crime Novels To Binge Read This Summer

8 Aussie True Crime Novels To Binge Read This Summer

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

Put down that damn Jodi Picoult novel because we’ve dug up the best Aussie true crime books on the market just in time for Christmas, and Jodi’s latest heartbreaking courtroom drama is going to have to wait. Hours of bookshop research have told us that Australia is home to some pretty insane, real-life murder mysteries, and paired with a hot cup of tea and a few choccie bikkies, they make for a delicious night in this festive season.

Here are the best Aussie true crime novels to binge read these holidays.

1.   Tall Man: The Death Of Doomadgee

This little number is based on the suspicious death of an imprisoned indigenous man in 2004. Set in the deep north of Australia, on Palm Island, middle-aged man Cameron Doomadgee is arrested for being a potty mouth in front of a white police officer. Less than an hour later, he turns up dead in the jailhouse as a result of ‘tripping over’, except according to the autopsy - that makes no sense. Commissioned by the pro bono lawyer who represented Doomadgee’s family, this is an unforgettable read about power struggles, revenge and justice.

2. Huckstepp: A Dangerous Life

This Australian story is a true crime classic and a must-read for anyone interested in real-life Aussie murder mysteries. In it, Huckstepp investigates the murder of a sprightly young lady who caught the country’s attention from the first moment she appeared on television, accusing New South Wales detectives of murdering her boyfriend. This is a fantastically written true story of a gutsy gal who paid the ultimate price on her quest for justice. Bum-bum-boooooow.

3. Joe Cinque’s Consolation

The description of this page-turning puzzler makes about as much sense as pineapple on pizza, but for that reason it’ll take you only half an afternoon to demolish. In 1997, a young ANU law student apparently makes a plan to slaughter her beloved boyfriend upon the conclusion of a dinner party she’s hosting at her house. Disturbingly, several of the dinner guests are aware of it, however none of them thought to warn old mate Joe who dies in his own bed of a massive dose of Rohypnol and heroin. I dare you NOT to go and buy this book now.

4. Snowtown: The Bodies In Barrels Murders

Some call the Snowtown murders Australia’s most notorious criminal case, and for good reason. In 1999, bodies were discovered in barrels inside at bank vault in the South Australian destination of Snowtown. One of the first reporters on the scene was former police reporter, Jeremy Pudney, who pieces all the bits of the puzzle together in order to get to the bottom of the Snowtown murders. The book covers not only the lives of the victims, but of those convicted and the strange circumstances that led them to get away with such violent crimes for so long. It’s tantalisingly spooky and equally horrifying.

5. Tamam Shud: The Somerton Man Mystery

The Somerton Man case remains one of Australia’s most well-known mysteries. In 1948, a body is discovered on a beach in Adelaide, well-dressed and unscathed, and with only a half-smoked cigarette by his side. Due to the fact that he had no identification with him, we still don’t know who he was or how he died these six decades later, what we do know is it was turned into a bloody good book that explores the ins and outs of how the mystery man could have turned up dead on the beach, and why the crime was never solved.

6. The Killing Of Caroline Byrne: A Journey To Justice

One night, during the mid-nineties, stunning Sydney model Caroline Byrne dies after she lands head-first into a crevice at the bottom of The Gap in the Sydney Harbour entrance (fecking ouch!). Was it suicide? Was it murder? All we know is it’s the story of Tony Byrne’s determination to find out the truth of his daughter’s death that hooks us in and leaves us wanting more. More well written crime fic, not unjust murder that is.

7. Gun Alley

Gun Alley is an enthralling story of how botched police work, trial by media and lynch-law hysteria led to the conviction and subsequent hanging of an innocent Australian man. The pages in this cracking book delve into the reasons why this confronting conspiracy was targeted towards an innocent person, and reveals vital and never-before-seen clues that, after eighty years, point to the real killer. Phwoar.

8. Searching For The Beaumont Children

Probably don’t pick this one up if you’re a parent yourself because the Beaumont Children mystery is one of the saddest and devastating of its kind in Australia. On January 26 1966, three siblings left their Adelaide home and set off for the beach. By the end of the day, none of the children had returned home and the ‘Beaumont Children Case’ remains Australia’s most famous (and gut-wrenching) unsolved mysteries. This book will have you burrowing down conspiracy rabbit holes all over the internet for days.

Prefer to listen over reading? Here are the best true crime podcasts you should be throwing into your ears.

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A Latin Festival Is Coming To Sydney

A Latin Festival Is Coming To Sydney

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

There is literally nothing we love more that day drinking, street eats, and a side of culture. So when we heard the Inner West Fiesta – A Latin Cultural Festival was coming back to Sydney, we were well prepped for a day in the sun, with mates and aaaaaaall of the South American, Brazilian food and even some Central American food thrown in for added deliciousness. 

Expect everything from dance and music performances on the stage, to markets and cultural demonstrations. We’re talking tacos, empanadas, arepas, burritos and more. Our recommendation is that you head down, grab yourself some seriously delicious (and authentic AF) snacks, settle in on the grass to watch the show, and then (obviously) make your way over to the market stalls. Sounds fab, no?

For all the deets and to book, head here

The Details 

What: Inner West Fiesta – A Latin Cultural Festival When: 28 January Where: Sydney Portugal Community Club, 100 Marrickville Road, Marrickville Cost: $11.20 (children $6.20)

Here are even more things to do this month.

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7 of the Best Yoga Travel Destinations for Your 2018 Adventures

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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If you think India is the ultimate yoga travel destination, think again! These 7 places (plus 7 great alternatives) are our picks for the very best yoga adventures in 2018! A couple of years ago, we made our first trip to India. Having heard from all our yogi friends what a mind-blowing spiritual experience it […]

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The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Seoul, South Korea

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

South Korea is booming. Over 17 million tourists visited the country in 2016, a number that will only grow as Korean pop culture continues to find its way into the global mainstream. Whether you're into K-pop, K-dramas, cosmetics, or kimchi, there is so much to be excited about in this burgeoning megacity called Seoul.

The New Trailer For The Handmaid’s Tale Just Dropped

The New Trailer For The Handmaid’s Tale Just Dropped

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

If you couldn’t get enough of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 1 (guilty) your time has come.

Let’s just say it appears things will be getting even more messed up in season two, and we wouldn’t be signing up for a stint in Gilead any time soon.

We’ll avoid spoilers in case you have a few eps still to go (you might want to reconsider your life choices), but what we will say, is that your favourites are back with Elizabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel leading the charge. Watch the trailer for yourself and prepare to get excited/impatient/and low key terrified.

The Handmaid’s Tale will be on Aussie screens late April (so don’t make any plans). 

Blessed be.

Here is everything else you should have binged by now.

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Pizza Poetry: Action Bronson’s New York Slice Map

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

If you haven’t already, prepare to fall in love with Action Bronson’s singularly wonderful food prose and recipes. His new book, F*ck, That’s Delicious, is everything you’ve ever wanted from the food-obsessed rapper, chef and TV host (and much more). Pull up a stool and enjoy Bronson’s ode to the New York slice.  Reprinted with permission […]

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Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi

Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi


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Many of the popular Vietnamese dishes are from Hanoi. Here is the top 10 local Vietnamese food you must eat in Hanoi including Pho, Bun Cha, and more!

Trade Is Your Next Doco-Series Binge

Trade Is Your Next Doco-Series Binge

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

Did you hear something? That whooshing sound? It’s all our New Year’s resolutions going out the window and back to whatever land of hopes and dreams from which they came. 2018 is here and there’s only one thing we’ll be doing (read: achieving)—bingeing all of the TV, all of the time.

Enter Trade, the latest doco-series from Oscar nominated director Matthew Heineman of Cartel Land (so you’re all but guaranteed that it’s going to be hella good). Prepare to dive head first over five eps into the opioid epidemic. You’ll travel from Colombus, Ohio to Guerrero, Mexico and errrrrrywhere in between to see how this crisis affects communities on both sides of the border.

The goal of this new series is to highlight the human side of the epidemic and after checking the trailer out for ourselves, let’s just say they’ve nailed it.

Trade drops on Stan February 3.

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How to Eat (and Cook) Like a Local in Rome

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

It’s not enough to know WHERE and WHAT to eat when you travel. You also need to learn a little about the HOW of it. Following the local food customs can significantly reduce friction between visitors and locals while increasing the overall enjoyment of your stay. When it comes to food and drink, every culture has […]

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Moonlight Cinema Is Hosting A Spice Girls Sing-A-Long Sesh

Moonlight Cinema Is Hosting A Spice Girls Sing-A-Long Sesh

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Get ready to ‘zig-a-zig-ah’, people. Moonlight Cinemas has just announced possibly the greatest sing-a-long of all time.

It’s all to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Spice World (aka Richard E. Grant at his bloody finest). Moonlight will be screening Spice World on Friday 9 February, and audience members are encouraged to sing-a-long as much as possible, regardless of actual musical talent.

Dressing up is optional. But if you have a spare Union Jack bodycon dress lying around, feel free to go nuts.

As always with Moonlight, make sure to pack snacks, blankets and pillows. Because even a 90-minute movie can seem really long when you’re sitting on your elbows. If you’re feeling super extra, Gold Grass is always a good call.

Say you’ll be there.

The Details

Where: Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park When: Friday 9 February For tix, book here.  

All that girl power really works up an appetite. Good thing Neil Perry just created a Vegemite burger

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6 TV Revivals To Look Forward To In 2018

6 TV Revivals To Look Forward To In 2018

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

As we wave goodbye to another year in television, we look ahead to 2018 and all the Sundays we’ll spend in bed on Netflix, eating packets of Clinkers with the curtains drawn. Some of the most notable revivals of 2017 were Will & Grace, Prison Break, Twin Peaks and That’s So Raven (look it up, that shit happened), and in 2018 we welcome some even juicier revivals on our screens.

Here are 6 TV revivals to look forward to in 2018.

1.   Arrested Development

It’s time to tidy up the Banana Stand because our favourite dysfunctional American family id returning to our tellies in 2018 for a much anticipated fifth season. It’s already been confirmed that the entire main cast will be returning to reprise their signature roles, including Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat. The series is set to premiere on Netflix around May next year.

2. Charmed

There have been whispers of a ‘70s-set reboot of our second favourite witchcraft reboot (three words: The Worst Witch) during the last twelve months and it has been confirmed that an initial plot script was submitted. Unfortunately, the network (The CW) didn’t lurv it, so the Charmed reboot is still officially in the redevelopment phase, however, everyone’s praying for a 2018 release.

3. Downton Abbey

With the latest season of Crowns currently consuming our eyeballs outside of work hours, it’ll come as a relief to know that another one of our favourite hoighty-toighty British fams will be gracing our screens in the near future. A Downton Abbey movie is currently in the works. Folks are currently hoping and praying that it’ll reunite the original cast and give us an update on the Crawleys. The NBC Universal president earlier this year revealed that they’re working on getting the script right at the moment and will hopefully have something to send to cinemas by late-2018. As tempting as it is though, we probably shouldn’t hold our breath…

4. The L Word

Joining the list of long-awaited TV revivals is early 2000s classic, The L Word. The long-running Showtime series originally aired from 2004 to 2009 and followed the lives of a Los Angeles-based girl gang of queer ladies whose lives were nothing short of dramatic, heartbreaking and hilarious. The revival is currently in development, as of mid-2017, and is expected to feature all three main leading ladies - Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey. Exact air date is yet to be confirmed, anticipation for said revival is very much confirmed.

5. Magnum, P.I.

Our favourite moustached Navy SEAL-turned-private eye is making a very likely return to our screens in the next twelve months. The ‘80s action drama, starring Tom Selleck (the other greatest love of Monica Geller’s life), flaunted ol’ Magnum’s ability to use military expertise to solve the hardest of cases. The reboot is currently in development with CBS, and the air date is yet to be confirmed.

6. Queer Eye For The Straight Guy

The Block can officially stick it up their pipe and smoke it because early 2000s cult classic, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, is officially coming back to screens in 2018. The Bravo reality series, which originally aired between 2003 and 2007, is set to feature a brand new Fab Five who promise to “move from the Big Apple to turn the Red States pink - one makeover at a time.” Eight episodes have been commissioned by Netflix and the series has a soft premiere date of February 2018.

Podcasts more your thing? Here are all of the podcasts you need to be listening to this year.

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2016 champion Angelique Kerber advances to Australian Open semifinals

2016 champion Angelique Kerber advances to Australian Open semifinals

by The Associated Press @ Orange County Register

For anyone who doubted, this was Angelique Kerber in 2016 vintage form.

Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

After the storm comes the sun. Wait, what are we saying? We've been spoilt with hot and sunny weather all weekend. The stars must be over their grudge from last week. Whoop whoop!

Take the opportunity to go out with someone you've been crushing on, or use your savings to buy something totally unnecessary. Whatever it is, make it count. Because you never know when the stars will change their mind and bring down the hammer of Thor. Here's what's in store for you this week. 

Aries

Recently you've been feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders. Take a chill pill, Aries. You’re only human. Your never-ending to-do list will get done. All you gotta do is put your head down and focus. We’re seeing a big reward for your hard work in the future.

Taurus

Your ambition is making you antsy, Taurus. Hold your horses! Don’t make any rash moves like buying an indoor plant that you're sure to kill. Think hard about what you want, talk to your supportive squad and make a game plan.

Gemini

Gem, you might be feeling like no one is paying attention to you lately. Wahh, don't be a baby about it. Do something about it. Offer up a nice gesture to a friend, like taking them out for a juicy burger. (Wanna take us?!) Don’t get this confused with buying their love...it's all about the giving. 

Cancer

Cancer, have you been feeling like your life is perfect lately? Coz it has been. And we’re sorry to break it to you, but life’s gonna start to get a little harder now. The only way to get through this? Stick to your daily routine and eat lots of cake. Don’t get distracted by things that will only waste your time (like eating anything other than cake).

Leo

What has gotten into you lately, Leo?! Stop being so lazy. Put a plan into action and get your shit together. It’s the bloody end of January. Sheesh. Once you start knocking things off your to-do list, you’ll feel like your old, energetic self.

Virgo

You’ve been working hard lately, Virgo. Take a breather, because big things are about to fall into place, either at work or with family. And once it does, we give you full permission to ENJOY IT. That’s why you work so hard in the first place, to enjoy stuff like tiramisu afterwards. DUH.

Libra

Alright, Libra, stop makin’ it rain. You won’t have any cash left the way you’ve been spending money. Challenge yourself to budget this week—ever heard of that? Try making dinner at home and check out some of these TV revivals from the comfort of your couch. Your wallet will thank you.

Scorpio

Good onya, Scorpio! You’ve been keeping all your finances in order and now you’re ready to make some moves. Whether it’s with dating, work or family now's the time to take the bull by the horns and go for what you want 100%. So if you’ve been crushing hard on someone, why don’t you, like, ask them out?

Sagittarius

You’ve got a lot of energy boiling up this week, Sag, so why don’t you use it to be proactive about your goals, or ticking off that lengthy to-do list. But don’t use that energy to pick a fight with a friend or a partner. That will just get you nowhere and you ain’t got time for that.   

Capricorn

Lucky you, Cap, you’re being rewarded for keeping on-track with your priorities. We’re gonna go ahead and say that what you’ve been wishing for is gonna come true. (Not that we’re a Genie or anything.) So if you’ve been dreaming of buying a new car or wishing for a boozy Harry Potter brunch, then you might get it. Use your wishes wisely.

Aquarius

Feeling a little cheeky, are we Aquarius? We must say you’re looking quite attractive this week. Use this confidence to get shit done. If you’re single as a Pringle, now’s the time to strut your stuff. Werk. It. 

Pisces

Damn, you’re a mess Pisces. Why don’t you stop multitasking and get it together, mate? Go to a yoga class to reel in your focus or maybe let off a little steam at your local gym. Damn, we’ve never seen you like this before…

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Home - Cai Mam Restaurant - Restaurant in Hanoi

Home - Cai Mam Restaurant - Restaurant in Hanoi


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Cai Mam Restaurant offers authentic traditional Vietnamese and Vegetarian food made with fresh, local ingredients, and prepared in a clean kitchen

5 Best Beaches in Cebu

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

Unknown to most, Cebu is a province consisting of 167 island and islets with Cebu being the main island with Cebu City as its capital....Read More

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Tim Tam Margaritas Are Now A Delicious Thing That Exists

Tim Tam Margaritas Are Now A Delicious Thing That Exists

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

We know we’re not the only ones pumped for a short week, so to get you guys gearing up for the long weekend ASAP—listen up. The legends over at El Camino Cantina have just invented a Tim Tam margarita and we are done. Honestly, we just feel like fools for not realising this was something we absolutely needed in our lives until it, well, came into our lives. 

There isn’t much else we can tell you about this one team, other than the fact it’s frozen and you’ll want to pair it with their limited edition BBQ chorizo fajitas. El Camino is also serving up BBQ Kangaroo fajitas, buffalo wings and 1kg chilli smoked BBQ beef ribs. Seriously, you’ll be very well looked after this long weekend. 

The Tim Tam margs will be available from Thursday 25 January, kicking off a four-day fiesta. Think happy hour on Thursday (5pm - 7pm), the Australian Open all day long on Friday, the Triple J Hottest 100 on Saturday and boozy Sunday brunch. 

For more details, head here

Here are even more things happening in Sydney this week. 

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We Found A Luxe Champagne Bar Serving Frozen Popsicle Cocktails

We Found A Luxe Champagne Bar Serving Frozen Popsicle Cocktails

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI the brand spankin’ new Sofitel Darling Harbour is luxe AF and as if they weren’t already delivering every single thing we want and need in a hotel—Frozen god damn popsicle cocktails are happening. 

Yep. If you haven’t visited this bar yet, picture yourself sitting back in a marble-clad bar overlooking the epic Sydney skyline and iconic Darling Harbour. Sounds pretty great, no? Now add in frozen popsicle cocktails and just try to contain your excitement, we dare you. 

The Sofitel’s mixologist team have been working day and night (that’s how we imagine it anyway) to make all of our dreams come true and they’ve bloody done it. You’ll want to wrap your laughing gear around every single flavour—think frosé and Aperol spritz in frozen form. Just quietly, we’ll be working our way through the lot, but a good place to start is the Cannes; a blend of rum and pineapple juice with coconut cream, the Saint Tropez; white rum with lychee and fresh mint, or the Marseille; Aperol and frosé, blended with strawberry puree, orange and garnished with a berry-blended ice pole and coconut cream. We know, it’s juuuuust enough fabulous in one drink and we want three. 

For all the details and to scope out the menu, head here

Meanwhile, you can now eat a Vegemite burger. 

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The Best Date Ideas In Sydney For Under $50

The Best Date Ideas In Sydney For Under $50

by Sophia Richardson @ The A List | The Urban List

We won’t lie—a five-course meal complete with roses, vino and chocolate dipped strawberries sounds damn delightful, but let’s be real, we’re all living that budget baller life.

If you’re wanting your tinder date to fall head over heels in love with you, then stick with us kids because the following date ideas will not only have them wishing the swiped right long ago, but will also cost you peanuts. You’re sooooo welcome.  

Here are the best budget date ideas in Sydney.

Unleash your mini golf skills (slightly drunk, we might add) at Newtown’s Holey Moley. With espresso martinis and pork belly bao, you’re pretty much set for a tipsy, delicious date night.  Impress your date with harbour views, cobbled laneways and food stalls that won’t disappoint at The Rocks Foodie Friday Market. You know what they say, heart + stomach = a solid date night option. Check out Highfield Caringbah, the newbies in Sydney’s pub scene. With rooftop terraces, cocktail bars and a living garden, these guys sure know how to have a damn good time.  Tell your date to dress comfy, elastic pants preferred, and bounce off the walls at Sky Zone.  Give theatre a go this date night at the Griffin Theatre company in Kings Cross, where you can score tickets from less than $50 to comedies, dramas and everything in between. (Your date will think you’re cultured AF, #welcome).  If you and your potential soulmate both love fluffy, adorable fur balls head to Catmosphere Cat Café.  This summer is the perfect op to flaunt that bikini bod of yours at Wylie’s Baths in Coogee. A date with ocean views, sunshine and swimming would totally win our hearts, TBH.   Luna Park has been around for yonks and what’s the bet you haven’t been since you were a wee kiddo. With tickets at $48, you and your date can share a romantic lil’ kiss at the top of the Ferris wheel overlooking Sydney harbour—cute or cute, amirite?  It’s oh-so-important to find out if you and your date share the same kind of humour, so heading to the Comedy Lounge will sort that right out.  The concept of Boomerang Bikes is bloody genius and we’re cheering at the hundreds of bikes popping up all over Sydney. Grab your date and get peddling through Sydney’s gorgeous shores, parks and picnic spots—oh and don’t be that person who dumps them in gutters or lakes when you’re done (like c’mon guys, really?).  If your date is a tad on the sporty side, and you’re more into binge eating and Netflix, now’s your chance to lie and impress them with your kayaking skills at Manly Kayak Centre. For just $45 an hour you can hit the harbour and go on your own adventure.  Whip out the big guns (you’re potentially hanging with your soulmate IRL remember?), and head down to Rollerfit. Part fitness, part dance and one hell of a par-tay, this one is fun (tick), cheap (double tick) and bound to bring the LOLs #sold.  It’s undeniable that scenic views = romantic AF, so we reckon taking your date to Sydney Tower Eye is a winning date idea.  The picturesque Bare Island Fort in La Perouse isn’t your typical date spot—meaning your date is going to think you’re original, creative and in touch with nature (aw yeah). Pack some brie, crackers and vino and you’re in for a good time.  Located in Surry Hills (brunch capital of Syd), grab your date a coffee and croissant and head on down to the Prince Alfred Park Pool to soak up some rays.   The Standard Bowl is ten pin bowling done right (forget the kiddies parties). With a boozy bar, pool and pinball machines, you and your date are promised a chilled-out date with live bands, hot tip: check their gig guide before you go.  Penguins are adorable and if you’re wanting to impress your date with just how cute you can be, heading on down to SEA LIFE Sydney is your best option. Online tickets will only set you back $33.60, meaning you can buy your date a soft plush penguin toy at the gift shop (game, set and match)—their heart has officially been won.  Madame Tussauds should be on everyone’s Sydney to-do list, it isn’t every day you get to visit a spooky yet freaking awesome wax figure museum. The best part is, if your date gets boring, you can always go hang out with Ryan Gosling or Michael Jackson—winning.  Literally everyone loves animals. Take your date on a casual yet cute outing to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo right in Darling Harbour. For just $50, you can score tickets to see WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and any of its neighbouring attractions like Sydney Tower Eye, Madame Tussauds Sydney or SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.  Lunch dates are always a winner in our books, especially when Long Chim is offering a feed me menu at $45 per person. If your date (like us) is a foodie, a lunch date at Long Chim will totally impress.  Dancing on a first date is always a risky and frightening concept, but fear no more, No Lights No Lycra is a totally dark, totally daggy yet cool dance party for all dancers (novices, pros and even the dance intolerant).  Carriageworks Farmers Market is the perfect daytime activity that isn’t too fancy or formal for your date. For an ideal meetup with a cutie, stroll through the fresh produce, taste all of the samples and sip on some top quality coffee—easy, cheap and bound to be a cracker of a date.

Looking for more cheap things to do in Sydney? Read this.

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Cooked It: How To Make A Kickass Cheese And Bacon Cob Loaf At Home

Cooked It: How To Make A Kickass Cheese And Bacon Cob Loaf At Home

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s time to give the old lamb roast the flick because the days of backyard banter over meat and three veg have been and gone and the time for cheese and bacon-filled bread loafs is RIGHT EFFING NOW. You can start sending your letters of appreciation to The Urban List head office because we’ve officially put pen to paper to publish what can only be described as an insane addition to any social gathering, food-related or otherwise.

Here’s how to make a kickass cob loaf at home.

Ingredients

1 cob loaf 250g tub of Philadelphia 300mL of sour cream 250g of tasty cheese 210g of creamed corn 4 rashers of bacon, diced 6 spring onions, sliced and diced

Method

Grab your Woolies tote bags and hit the supermarket. You can get a mean round cob from almost any bakery, as well as any major supermarket. The same goes for cheese and bacon buns, they have nothing to do with this recipe, but leaving a bakery without them is a sin. Head home and preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius, then use a serrated bread knife to slice the top off the cob and tear out the inside of the loaf in pieces. Pop those juicy bread bits in a container and set aside for the mo. Try not to eat them all. Line an oven tray with baking paper, pop the cob loaf skeleton on there and then fry the bacon in a pan to the desired level of ~sizzle~. Combine all of the remaining ingredients in a bowl (bacon included) and pour the mixture into the cob loaf husk and pop it in the oven. Bake that bad boy for ninety minutes, and then remove it from the oven, add the torn away bread to the tray and bake for a further ten minutes. Pull that delicious b*stard from the oven, grab a piece of bread, dive into that cheesy cob and Instagram a pic of carby cob loaf with the hashtag #cobloafoftheday.

 Image credit: taste.com.au

A Boozy Harry Potter Brunch Is Coming To A Hidden Sydney Location

A Boozy Harry Potter Brunch Is Coming To A Hidden Sydney Location

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

2018 needs to take a nap. Quite frankly there’s way too much excitement and nearly three weeks in, we’re struggling to keep up! The latest OTT event news to drop on our fair city is nothing short of magical—a bottomless Harry Potter brunch is headed our way!

Oh yes. It’ll be tipples and butter beer all ‘round folks. Coming to a hidden (AKA top secret) location in Sydney’s CBD, we’re told it will be the brunch of the year. You’ll eat, drink and make merry with a few of your favourite Hogwarts crew. Trust us when we say, you’ll want to dress up for this one.

There’ll even be Quidditch, sorting ceremonies and a couple of cheeky wand lessons. We know, deep breaths.

Sign up here for more details.

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August 2017 travel re-cap: first time in East Malaysia

by Anna @ slightly astray

Oops, I took an unintentional blogging break again… because I guess I’ve just been having too much fun. :P Now that I’m just bumming at my grandma’s again, hopefully I’ll have more time to post. Unto August’s travel re-cap! August 1 – 24: Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia I started the month with a red-eye flight to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. I debated for a long time where to go after Chengdu. I eventually settled on KK because I’ve never been...



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How to Spend Valentine’s Day in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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The 10 best family-friendly destinations in Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Travelers often ask us for recommendations for the best family-friendly holiday in Asia. We’re firm believers that Asia is great for family trips, but we know it’s difficult figuring out what the best destinations are in this vast region for your specific family needs. To help you plan the most amazing family trip in Asia,

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25 Fun and Interesting Facts about Borneo that will inspire you to go

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Borneo. You probably know it for its rainforests, orangutans and world-class scuba diving. But there’s a lot more to this lush tropical island. Did you know that its jungles provide a rich habitat for rare creatures? It’s also home to the world’s largest (and most pungent) flower, its richest monarch and the highest peak in

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Enjoy Vietnamese Traditional Music

by trangnv91 @ Cai Mam Restaurant

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2018 Has Gifted Us With Gin And Tonic Teabags

2018 Has Gifted Us With Gin And Tonic Teabags

by Catherine Blake @ The A List | The Urban List

Starting your day with a G&T used to be the sign of a troubled drama queen living beyond her means, but now it means exactly the same thing except after she’s run out of ice cubes. London's famed Fortnum & Mason, a spendthrift’s haven of tchotchkes, picnic baskets and artisanal chocolates, have released their own range of gin and tonic teabags for the man or woman who has (quite literally) everything.

Startlingly, this fancy tisane contains absolutely no alcohol whatsoever. ‘What’s the point?’ I hear you cry and to that I say pipe the goddamn hell down because some of us drove here. With a lack of alcoholic compounds, the brew crew at F&M got crafty; taking juniper and coriander and fennel and all the other herbaceous flavours that go into making gin, then mixed them into a base of top quality green tea. The infusion is then finished off with a wee bit of lemon balm and some dried cucumber and lime for a refreshing finish. Does your morning cuppa have a garnish? Didn’t think so.

As for packaging, do you think they come in the same old porous paper bags as your ordinary breakroom tea? Heavens no! Just when this luxurious brew couldn’t get any fancier Fortnum & Mason have decided to tuck the individual portions into the tea cabinet’s equivalent of a silken negligee.

Choice Fortnum & Mason products can be found at DJ's, but if they’re fresh out of gin and tonic you can pick up a box of 15 via Fortnum and Mason.

Image credit: Fortnum & Mason

Finally! It’s The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Essential Oils

Finally! It’s The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Essential Oils

by Mikaela Burnett @ The A List | The Urban List

Essential Oils are fast becoming THE most talked about subject, but why the heck is this you ask? What is so special about these delicious smelling oils? Well, we’re glad you asked. It turns out there’s a reason they’re more popular than Kylie Jenner’s lips. We live in quite the chemical shiz-storm nowadays people.

Essential oils are not only 100% natural, BUT they are 100% awesome. There are loads of them and they have more uses than Kim K has Twitter followers. And you can use them to replace almost everything you’re currently using. Which is amaze! Because being healthy is WAY more fun than being not healthy, right? Plus, if you have kiddies you'll feel way more chilled knowing that there’s nothing toxic around. As we said there are a ridiculous amount of oils available, but because ain’t nobody got the time to read about all of them right now we just picked our top five for you...

Lavender

This baby is so much more than just an old people smell, it’s actually human catnip. And I’m sure we could all do with some catnip (wine only does SO much). You can use it to help you have the best sleep of your life! Pop a few drops in a diffuser with some Frankincense on your bedside table. Or if you don’t have a diffuser try putting a couple of drops on the underside of your pillow.

Lavender is awesome for bites, burns and pimples! For bites, try mixing a few drops with tea tree oil and peppermint oil. And if you’re somebody who burns themselves often leave a bottle in the fridge to apply as ASAP as possible to the part of your skin that’s melting. If you’re stressing the eff out or your anxiety is going through the bloody roof try using lavender as a way to calm yourself down. You can take it internally or just rub a few drops into your temples and the back of your neck. Or try mixing it with a carrier oil and blackmailing your significant other into giving you a full body massage.

Lavender oil is an absolute life hack if you have a small teething terrorist. Mix a few drops of Lavender and Frankincense with a carrier oil in a glass roller bottle and roll the blend along their jawline. You can also roll this blend on the bottom of their feet when they go full Toad Mode (also try rolling it over your whole entire body when TM is happening... because what a perfect moment to be comatose).  

Frankincense 

Ahh Franky, the King of oils. This guy is good for pretty much every problem in the world. Anxiety? Franky. Bad skin? Franky. That annoying guy that just WON’T get the hint? We’re not sure, but Frankincense could be the answer. Frankincense is really bloody cool! It has the power to enter a cell and decide whether or not it’s worth saving. If it is, it will renovate that cell until it’s good as new. And if it isn’t, it will just get rid of it. Imagine all of the nice shiny cells you could have! If it’s good enough for Baby Jesus then it’s good enough for us.

It works wonders for troubled skin! Especially if you have any scarring left over from being an awkward 15-year-old. Just mix a couple of drops with a carrier oil (we recommend either fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil) and massage into a freshly cleansed face twice a day. You will usually notice a dramatic difference within a day! Which is always a fun time. You can also try applying a drop to your thumb and pressing it to the roof of your mouth. Why? Because the roof of your mouth acts as a direct route to your Pituitary Gland which (long story short) controls most of our hormone functions. And Franky loves to do nice things to your hormones.

Massage into sore joints, limbs and appendages for incredible pain relief and repair. Frank is renowned for his inflammatory properties and is often used to support the symptoms of Arthritis. Frankincense can be used to help relieve anxiety, depression and mood swings. So just get that bottle and sniff the heck outta it. 

Lemon

When life gives you lemon oil you say, “Hey thanks life, that’s a really nice thing you did. I can do heaps with this! You da best man”. And then you can try these things with it...cleaning! Not often is that word used with such enthusiasm! But lemon oil is the bomb-diggity to clean with. In a glass spray bottle add a 15 drops of lemon oil, half a cup of white vinegar and fill the rest with distilled water. Replacing your chemical-filled cleaning products with homemade essential oil ones is not only cheaper but it’s better for your health (like, HEAPS better). You can also add a few drops to your water every day (in a glass water bottle only because the essential oils like to eat plastic because it’s full of nasty stuff). Lemon oil naturally cleanses the body and aids with digestion.

Lemon oil is an excellent air cleaner and purifier. So try adding some drops to your bin, in your diffuser or just on the kitchen bench to get rid of any smells. We LURVE the way this smells! LURVE. If you accidentally leave your washing in the machine for ten days without putting it on the line (don’t act like you haven’t done this before/every week), adding a few drops to the end of the wash cycle will completely get rid of that smell of neglect and laziness. If you are love the flavour of lemon try adding a few drops when whipping up a smoothie, bliss balls, cakes, sautéed veggies, cakes or cakes. We prefer cakessss. 

Peppermint

The smell of Christmas and mouthwash! Need we say more?! Good for a lot of things but not so great for putting near eyeballs and other balls...or lady flowers. Here’s some places you CAN put it and ways to use it say “See ya never” to those headaches!

Rub some of the oil onto your temples (which BTW are probably further back from your eyes then you think...we recommend Googling where your temples live) and even a little bit behind your ears and the back of your neck. Peppermint oil is pretty much the opposite to Lavender. Instead of being human catnip it’s like having a cup of coffee injected into your bloodstream. So, if you’re needing a little pick-me-up rub some on yourself topically, sniff straight from the bottle, put in a diffuser or try adding a few drops to the bottom of your shower to realllllllly open those eyeballs up of a morning. 

If you or your child is suffering from a fever try rubbing some peppermint oil (diluted with a carrier oil for children) into the soles of your/their feet. You’ll be amazed at how quickly that fever drops! If you’re into oil pulling (which you should be because it’s fab) try adding a few drops of peppermint to your coconut oil! Your mouth will feel super minty fresh without all of the yucky harsh chemicals. Suffer from sinus issues or have a cold/flu? Peppermint has amazing natural antiviral properties. Put some in a diffuser or massage a few drops onto your chest with a carrier oil. 

Orange 

Orange you glad we didn't miss this one? Orange you wishing you didn’t read this far? *crickets* Rough crowd. Anyway let’s just get straight into it! With just one sniff of this oil and you’ll be THAT guy who is super positive and happy and ugh... THAT Guy. Orange is an incredibly uplifting and motivating smell. If you couple it with peppermint you’ll be able to clean the whole damn world you’ll be so motivated! 

Obviously orange is a delicious flavour (duh, obviously) so why not try adding it to water, soda water, treats or smoothies? Sticky surfaces shake in their boots when they know orange oil is coming their way. And we all know how fond sticky surfaces are of their boots (and how good orange oil is at making them disappear). 

There are hundreds of amazing oils with incredible qualities! These are literally just the tip of the iceberg (it’s a really bloody big iceberg). You can thank us laters! 

Where to try the best Vietnamese food in Hanoi - The i newspaper online iNews

Where to try the best Vietnamese food in Hanoi - The i newspaper online iNews


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By David Lloyd Thailand may be known as the land of smiles, but Vietnamese people also tend to smile plenty – probably because they too are constantly betw

A Super Blue-Blood Moon Is Coming—But WTF Does It Even Mean?

A Super Blue-Blood Moon Is Coming—But WTF Does It Even Mean?

by Catherine Blake @ The A List | The Urban List

The interweb’s been buzzing as the stars align this week to bring us a very special series of moon-related cosmic treats. In fact, there are three very rare and important things you need to know about the full moon on January 31:

There will be a super moon There will be a blue moon; and There will be an eclipse.

It’s worth noting that it’s been 150 years since a moon was packing this much heat at the one time.

Fark.

But what does all this mean? Well, during the evening of January 31 you’ll notice a big shiny moon in the sky, 15% bigger and 30% brighter than a normal full moon. This is the ‘supermoon’, and means higher tides for coastal regions as the moon is the closest to Earth it ever gets. Pretty impressive, right? 

This moon is also the second full moon of the month, technically known as a ‘blue moon’. Fun fact: Blue moons are actually more common than you probably think, rolling around once every 2.7ish years. The odds of a blue moon coinciding with a supermoon, however, is exceptionally rare. But wait, there's more.

Finally, this super/blue phenomenon’s lightshow is going to be interrupted as Earth travels between sun and moon, resulting in a lunar eclipse. Look out for the moon turning a reddy-brown colour as it reflects back the light bouncing off Earth, which photos of previous eclipses tell me make it look like an old Jaffa. 

So there you have it; a super blue-blood moon is coming our way. If you can, cast your peepers skyward on Jan 31, as it's a fair old wait until this astronomical phenomenon happens again...

Meanwhile back on earth, here are the biggest wellness trends you'll be seeing plenty of in 2018.

What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide

What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide


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Wondering what to eat in Hanoi Vietnam? Our Hanoi food guide has the best spots to eat and drink in the wonderfully chaotic Vietnamese city.

Budapest Weekend Guide – January 19-21

by @ WeLoveBudapest EN

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Budapest Weekend Guide – January 19-21

Our regular roundup for the upcoming weekend offers plenty of suggestions for where to go, what to do, and who should not be missed during the next three days. There are always so many happenings to choose from in Budapest – exhibitions, parties, live music, festivals and more – but here is our pick of the bunch:

Budapest Weekend Guide – January 19-21

USC basketball team’s mid-season surge boosted by bench play

USC basketball team’s mid-season surge boosted by bench play

by Joey Kaufman @ Orange County Register

Jordan Usher, Jonah Mathews and Nick Rakocevic have helped the Trojans win six of seven games to move into second place in the Pac-12 Conference going into a rematch with Stanford, which beat them on a half-court buzzer-beater earlier this month.

10 Must-Try Vietnamese Foods

10 Must-Try Vietnamese Foods


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If you're traveling to Hanoi, here are the ten Vietnamese foods you must try while you are there.

Happy birthday BKV! Budapest’s public-transit company turns 50

by @ WeLoveBudapest EN

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Happy birthday BKV! Budapest’s public-transit company turns 50

One of Budapest’s best features is its outstanding public-transport network, carrying countless passengers around the city and to its furthest outskirts in every direction with buses, trams, subways, boats, a funicular, a chairlift, and other cool conveyances. All of this urban motion has continually rolled along for the last half-century thanks to the city’s BKV transit agency, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month by highlighting its diverse fleet of modern and vintage vehicles. Plans also call for a series of events for the public to enjoy this moving heritage.

Happy birthday BKV! Budapest’s public-transit company turns 50

Charlie Papazian Is Retiring From the Brewers Association After 40 Years

by @ Paste - Recently Added

Charlie Papazian Is Retiring From the Brewers Association After 40 Years

3 of the Best Cities in Spain for Food-Focused Travel

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Find out which destinations were endorsed by over 118 million real reviews from global travelers on Booking.com as the best food cities in Spain.

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The weird and wonderful of China

by Anna @ slightly astray

Every time I go to China, I make more interesting observations about the culture there. I absolutely love some of the traditions and customs, and some completely baffle me. About 1.5 years ago, I wrote a heartfelt piece about Lessons From Time Spent in China. This time, I thought I would put together a fun little list of the weird and wonderful things I’ve discovered about China, accompanied with some of my favorite photos from the past 1+ year. If...



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5 Best restaurants in Siem Reap

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

To serve the millions that flock to see the Angkor Wat, culinary prowess in Siem Reap has taken to new heights. Just as you will...Read More

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Seven Racist Myths about DACA That You'll Hear for the Next Few Weeks

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Seven Racist Myths about DACA That You'll Hear for the Next Few Weeks

Catholic bishop leads service for DACA immigrants

Catholic bishop leads service for DACA immigrants

by Roxana Kopetman @ Orange County Register

The Most Rev. Thanh Thai Nguyen, auxiliary bishop of Orange, led an evening prayer service for about 1,000 in attendance outside the district office of Rep. Ed Royce.

Icewine: 6 Things You Need to Know About Canada’s National Treasure

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Icewine 101 Icewine is a world-renowned style of wine that can only be crafted under specific conditions. Temperatures have to be a precise -8 to -10 Celsius.  Even one degree warmer or cooler, and it’s not icewine. Although it’s made in Canada’s Niagara and Okanagan wine regions, icewine remains a bit of a mystery to […]

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Do you know what “Cai Mam” is??

by trangnv91 @ Cai Mam Restaurant

Undergo thousands of years of history, Vietnamese culture already exists and distill the essence of many different cultures, to create a unique culture imbued with national identity. In particular, food culture also becomes a very specific trait of Vietnam. When it comes to food culture in Vietnam, we can't fail to mention "Cai Mam". "Cai Mam" is not only a Continue Reading

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Indulge in Guilt-Free Luxury at 7 of the World’s Best Green Retreats

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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These luxury green retreats may not be totally affordable but they are FABULOUS and guilt-free. Even if you travel on the cheap, these 7 eco retreats are all you need to fire up your 2018 travel dreams. Who doesn’t love to look at pictures of exotic retreats around the world? It’s even better when they […]

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Budapest’s great hidden gems: Rock Museum

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Budapest’s great hidden gems: Rock Museum

The Rock Museum is a little-known labor of love tucked away in a wing of the RaM Colosseum hall in deepest Újlipótváros. Conceived by fans of rock’s golden age, it clings to an era when Hungarian music lovers got their kicks from clandestine radio shows of Western bands. Arcane equipment, groovy posters, portraits of Hungary’s rock greats, they’re all here. As well as the permanent collection, which runs up to the cut-off point of 1989, regular temporary shows have featured the Beatles, Zep and Elvis – with Kiss now the focus. The museum operates on Friday evenings and weekend afternoons.

Budapest’s great hidden gems: Rock Museum

Guacamole-Hummus Flatbread

by Honest Cooking @ Honest Cooking

An easy flatbread recipe topped with protein-packed hummus, creamy guacamole and chili flakes. We've been devouring it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with or without the fried egg.

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Things to do in Turin Italy in One Day: Pizza, Gelato & Must-See Sights

by Stephen @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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Here’s your guide to things to do in Turin Italy in one day, including the best pizza and gelato as recommended by our local friends! It includes a self-guided walking tour map, too. Though it’s not a huge city like Rome or a capital of fashion like Milan, Turin Italy (also known as Torino) is […]

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Hanoi Cafe

Hanoi Cafe


Hanoi Cafe

Vietnamese cafe on Kingsland Road, Shoreditch. Serving homestyle and street-food inspired Vietnamese food since 2000.

Muriel’s Wedding The Musical Is Returning For Another Season

Muriel’s Wedding The Musical Is Returning For Another Season

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

If you’ve found yourself sans ticket to the smash-hit musical, Muriel’s Wedding, you’re in luck. The cast and crew of Muriel’s Wedding are gearing up to do it all again in July 2019, and it’s definitely no coincidence.

Fans have been raving about this one since its Sydney opening back in November, which means anyone late to the party (*raises hands*) has struggled to get their mits on tickets this season.

2019 will see the show take to the stage at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, so you can bring all your mates, and tickets go on sale next month. 

Image credit: Muriel's Wedding

Washingtonian Bride & Groom Unveiled 2018 is Almost Here

by Amy Moeller @ Washingtonian

Washingtonian Bride & Groom’s annual wedding showcase, Unveiled 2018, is just days away and tickets are on sale now. The event is the perfect opportunity for brides and grooms-to-be to sip champagne while mixing and mingling with dozens of the area’s top weddings vendors. Small bites will be provided by the host venue—the stunning Mandarin […]

Allergy-Free Restaurants in Barcelona

by Rachel G @ ShBarcelona

Barcelona is home to just about every type of food you could think of, both Spanish and international. But what about food for those who have dietary restrictions due to food allergies? The great news is that Barcelona has even got quite a few restaurants for them too. With gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free options on the […]

Cypress holds off Pacifica rally to stay unbeaten in league

Cypress holds off Pacifica rally to stay unbeaten in league

by Michael Huntley @ Orange County Register

CYPRESS – The Cypress boys basketball team tightened its grip on the Empire League, beating second-place Pacifica 68-53 Tuesday at Cypress High. The Centurions (17-4, 5-0) have won six consecutive games and have won their five league games by an average margin of 23 points. “The coaches in our league are very good, so I’m […]

24 Reasons To Workout With Your Partner

24 Reasons To Workout With Your Partner

by Grace Noles @ The A List | The Urban List

Some days you just lack motivation at the gym. Nothing’s going right, you’re tired AF and your usual gym playlist just isn’t cutting it today—this is where you need a gym partner. Someone to pull you out of your slump and get your A into G!

And, who better to join you on the rack than your partner? You’re beyond comfortable around each other, you’re already working out together at home (wink wink), they instantly put you in a better mood, and let’s be real—who doesn’t want to gawk at their beau lifting some weights?

Here are some ways and reasons to workout with your number one!

They can spot you. Everyone needs a spot now and then, no one wants to ask a random at the gym—thank-you but no thank-you. This is where your partner comes in. They make workouts fun: doing anything with your partner is fun—whether it’s riding a rollercoaster or sitting on the couch watching a re-run of The Bachelor. Having your partner at the gym may just help you finally enjoy it! You can take selfies together: you CAN be couple goals! Snapping a post-gym pic with your bae will motivate both of you and fill everyone else with a pang of jealousy that they’re not quite as cute as you two. They won't judge you: they’ve seen you at your best and they’ve seen you at your worst. Seeing you mid squat, dripping with sweat will probably make them love you even a little bit more. They’ll push you to your hardest: no one wants the best for you more than your SO. There’s no way they’re letting you skip that last set of reps, and trust us you’ll thank them for it later. They will see the hard work you’re putting in: one of the greatest things about working hard in the gym is showing off your new bod to your partner. It’s even better when they actually see you putting in that effort! No lame excuses: nope, no skipping the gym today because you CBF. They’re dragging you there and making sure you do at least a half-assed workout today. Train together, stay together: that’s the motto. Working out increases positivity and affection towards one another! Cheat meals together: working hard = cheat meals. Make your favourite thing to do together not make you feel so guilt-ridden. You’ve both been working hard, time to reap the rewards! Arguments about dinner are non-existent: no more bickering when one of you wants a salad and the other neeeeds pizza. You’re both going to be feeling healthy AF and wanting to eat chicken and broccoli for every meal! You’ll be able to try new things: trying a new exercise at the gym is possibly the most frightening thing ever. What if you do it wrong, what if you look DUMB? Your confidence to try new things will skyrocket with your beau there and, if it doesn’t work out quite right, at least you can both laugh it off! There’s strength in numbers: having a gym buddy is such a confidence booster. You’re more likely to smash out personal bests and record reps with someone there to cheer you on the whole way. You can hold each other accountable: “I'll be up in the gym just working on my fitness, he’s my witness”, Fergie has a point—your partner will keep you in check with your workouts!  Personal trainers may be cheaper: some personal trainers offer special couple deals, which means saving big bucks when it comes to those expensive training sessions. Cheaper supplements too: Protein, pre-workout, post-workout—it’s all expensive. Split the bill with ya partner and you’ll both be saving some moolah for the next date night.  You can get a bit more intimate: having your regular gym buddy spotting you during a squat is just plain awkward, your partner will be a-okay with those up close and personal spots. Memes: you can tag each other in all those hilarious gym memes clogging your timeline. Sure, it may annoy your entire Facebook friend list but at least it makes you two happy. You’re going to be so proud of them: seeing gains on yourself is one thing, but when you notice how much fitter and stronger your partner is looking, you’ll be beaming with pride over how hard they’ve been working! Your libidos will be through the roof: it’s a fact, you’re welcome. You’re spending time together: you won’t have to spend two hours apart while you workout, it’s great bonding time! There’s nothing wrong with a date night at the gym. You’ll have more appreciation for each other: seeing the person you love work so hard will definitely make you respect them so much more. Presents will be a piece of cake: New gym gear, a fresh tub of protein, latest FitBit. Eassssssy! Massages! You have your own personal massage therapist waiting on hand and foot after a tough session. You’ll both be happier, healthier, stronger, and more in love than ever. And isn’t that what it’s all about?

Want more? Here are 5 podcasts to listen to for health and wellbeing?

This is How You Protect Yourself From Getting Bumped From a Flight

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Tips from top travel advisors to help reduce your chances of being bumped from a flight.

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A Huge Spice Girls Singalong Party Is Coming To Sydney (Again)

A Huge Spice Girls Singalong Party Is Coming To Sydney (Again)

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Stop right now, thank you very much! Boy, do we have news for you! Get ready to embrace your 13-year-old self, because Spice World is coming to Sydney this weekend. That’s right, this will be your chance to sing along loudly and unabashedly to all of your fave songs. This huge Spice Girls singalong party is happening at New Newsagency, and girl power will be at an all-time high as Libby Wood, Steph Kerby, Alison Avron, Ben Kiehne and Sepora perform every single song on the Spice Girls’ first album, Spice. ICYMI, this went OFF last year (seriously, we were there and it was the highlight of 2017),  but it also sold out so you'll want to jump on this ASAP.

The singalong is basically going to be one big night of puns and singing at the top of your lungs to the best girl band songs of our time—big call, but 100% justified IMO. 

Wannabe there? Of course you do. You can book tickets for you and every single person you know here

The details:

What: SPICE! A Singalong When: Friday 19 & Saturday 20 January, 8.30pm  Where: New Newsagency, 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale Cost: $27.50

Meanwhile, this is everything that's happening in Sydney this month.

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Even a £150m cash injection would see NI’s hospital crisis continue to deepen

by Sam McBride @ iNews

Spiralling hospital waiting lists in Northern Ireland will continue to deteriorate even if a huge cash injection of £150m can be found for the next financial year, health service sources have warned. Setting out a grim future for health unless urgent steps are taken to implement long delayed radical reform of the entire NHS system […]

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Best budget eats in Hanoi

Best budget eats in Hanoi


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In honour of Hanoi's 1000th birthday this week, Rosie Birkett savours the flavours in the Vietnamese capital's best canteens and street kitchens

Fun Pairings: Odd Foods and Cavit Wines that are the Perfect Match

by Honest Cooking @ Honest Cooking

Let’s broaden our wine pairing horizons. We thought of a few of our favorite foods that we don’t usually enjoy with a glass of wine and paired them up with the perfect match.

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10 reasons to visit Vietnam during Tet Festival

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Mid-February marks Vietnam’s most important date – Tet, the New Year’s period. It can be hard getting accurate insider information about Tet celebrations and what happens across the nation during its most festive period. It can be hard figuring out if Tet is a good time to visit Vietnam. Knowing what we know about Tet,

Read 10 reasons to visit Vietnam during Tet Festival on Backyard Travel.

Move Over Darts, Axe Bars Are Coming To Boston

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

It may sound like a popular pastime in the world of Game of Thrones or an attraction at your local Renaissance Faire, but nevertheless, throwing axes is looking to be a bit of a trend. Case in point? Two axe bars are coming to the Boston area this year. They’re exactly what they sound like: a space where beer […]

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10 Vietnamese foods you need to try | Travel Feature

10 Vietnamese foods you need to try | Travel Feature


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Vietnamese food is very distinct, and can be the highlight of a visit. These are 10 essential Vietnamese foods everyone should try.

Inside No 9 review: sad relationship drama hides skin-crawling horror

by Mark Butler @ iNews

You have to hand it to the creators of Inside No 9. Four series in, their stories still have the power to surprise and shock. To Have And To Hold is an episode that starts off as an engaging and poignant portrait of a couple in crisis, and ends in terror and unease. Rarely does […]

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The Backstreet Guide to the 5 best bars in Yogyakarta (jogja)

by admin @ Backstreet Academy

Yogyakarta, for all its deep cultural links to Javanese traditions, its close ties to the Sultanate and a large Muslim population has somewhat of a controlled bar scene....Read More

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Laguna Beach settles with FAA over planes, flight noise, but some residents not happy

Laguna Beach settles with FAA over planes, flight noise, but some residents not happy

by Erika I. Ritchie @ Orange County Register

LAGUNA BEACH — City officials said Tuesday, Jan. 23, that they have reached an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration that should keep low-altitude planes and their noise away from town. “This is the first time we’ve formalized an agreement to keep planes on a prescribed flight path,” City Manager John Pietig said. “In the past, […]

How to Appreciate Durian Taste in Southeast Asia

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Seoul Food Guide: 22 Must-Eat Restaurants in Seoul, South Korea

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

This list of 22 must-eat restaurants in Seoul includes some of the best places to try popular dishes like bibimbap, kalguksu, and Korean bbq. It also included four of the oldest restaurants in Seoul. If you're looking for solid restaurant recommendations, then these are 22 you should seriously consider.

New pop-up spot Paradicsom offers classic Magyar lecsó stew

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New pop-up spot Paradicsom offers classic Magyar lecsó stew

Budapest’s street-food revolution has come to District VIII. As you ascend the sleek escalators of Rákóczi tér M4 metro station, you’re within reach of one its pioneers, opened in January 2018: Paradicsom. Referring to both its key ingredient, the humble tomato, and idyllic nature of the venue, Paradicsom forms part of the Somewhereatthebottomoftheriver outlet, between an eSports bar and a design lamp workshop on Német Street. While the main offering at Paradicsom is age-old favorite, lecsó stew, as a pop-up venue it feels as contemporary as its neighbors.

New pop-up spot Paradicsom offers classic Magyar lecsó stew

Eating Around Hanoi | Hilton Mom Voyage

Eating Around Hanoi | Hilton Mom Voyage


Hilton Mom Voyage

Discover classic North Vietnamese food with your family using our guide to the best Hanoi food, including Cha Ca La, Bun Cha, Bánh Cuốn and Egg Coffee.

China Airlines to launch Ontario service with daily flights — up from the earlier planned 4 per week

China Airlines to launch Ontario service with daily flights — up from the earlier planned 4 per week

by Liset Marquez @ Orange County Register

China Airlines will offer daily nonstop flights from Ontario International Airport to Taiwan when service begins March 25.

Sony Announces God of War 's April Release Date, Shares New Story Trailer

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Sony Announces God of War 's April Release Date, Shares New Story Trailer

Live Music Is Happening On The MCA Terrace For Summer

Live Music Is Happening On The MCA Terrace For Summer

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

There’s no doubt the MCA terrace is a prime vantage point in Sydney (so it’s already a major winner in our books) but add live tunes by Baldwins and Sayah and you’ve got yourselves one heck of a double whammy. 

That’s exactly what you can expect from Sounds on the Terrace, who’ve collaborated with Young Henrys to ensure an endless supply of flowing local beer. Yeah, they’re good guys like that. 

If chilling out on the Sculpture Terrace sounds like an ideal summer situation to you, head here for more details but don’t bother trying to book tickets, this one is free and drop-ins are welcomed. 

The Details

What: Sounds on the Terrace When: Wednesday 7 February, 6:30-8:30pm Where: Sculpture Terrace, Museum of Contemporary Art Cost: Free

Meanwhile, wine tinnies are now a thing. 

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12 Great Bars for Day Drinking Around DC

by Anna Spiegel @ Washingtonian

These bars pour morning through midnight, whether you’re craving a cocktail on a Tuesday or weekend afternoon. Royal 501 Florida Ave., NW Shaw’s neighborhood cafe runs morning through late-night, with tasty drinks at all hours. The bar pours classic cocktails, spiked hot libations, and house creations with interesting spirits (mezcal, barley sochu). An added bonus: […]

Punch Up Your Steak With Homemade Korean Ssamjang

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

We know, we know. You were about to say, “Good steak doesn’t need sauce.” But you’d be missing out on an extra tasty, spicy, funky sauce if you didn’t marinate and dress your beef with homemade Korean ssamjang. Our friends at ChefSteps partnered with Portland, Oregon chef Gregory Gourdet on this recipe for sauced-up steak to […]

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Top 10 Barcelona Restaurants for First-Time Visitors

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Barcelona expert Alex Sexton shares his Top 10 restaurant picks for anyone who wants to have a great meal in his favorite European city.

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Snowy adventure awaits in Utah’s Park City

Snowy adventure awaits in Utah’s Park City

by Jordan Riefe @ Orange County Register

When it comes to winter sports, bigger is better – big air, big snow. after the 2015 merger with neighboring Canyons Resort, it doesn’t get any bigger than Utah’s Park City Mountain, offering 348 trails on over 7,300 acres of the Wasatch back. A powder dump last weekend left them with 14 inches of the […]

Londoners ‘will get nearly three times more transport cash than Northerners’

by Dean Kirby @ iNews

Londoners are set to get nearly three times the cash spent on transport in Northern England, according to research that claims to drive a hole through Chris Grayling’s promise that the Conservatives are closing the North-South infrastructure spending divide. Analysis by the IPPR North think-thank of Government figures for projected spending suggests London is set […]

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Yeasty Boy | Neil Perry Just Launched A Vegemite Burger

Yeasty Boy | Neil Perry Just Launched A Vegemite Burger

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Ever tucked into a meaty cheeseburger and thought, ‘This thing could use more yeast’?

Well, Neil Perry and the crew from Vegemite are here to answer your prayers. They’ve just collab’d to produce Australia’s first ever Vegemite burger.

Let’s break this thing down. It’s a top-quality Burger Project beef burger, which means Cape Grim patties, gooey cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce and mayo, sandwiched between a pillowy soft Bread Top milk bun. The final touch? A schmear of black, salty, yeasty Vegemite.

“Vegemite is synonymous with our Australian way of life,” Neil Perry says. “Its unique taste, smeared on a soft milk bun, alongside our premium beef patty, has resulted in an intense depth of flavour we think burger aficionados will love.”

Want to get your mitts on these bad boys? They’re launching at Perry’s Australian Open pop-up today, followed by all Burger Project stores in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The promo lasts until 28 January.

Is it just us or are Vegemite getting seriously creative with their collabs? This is the latest in a long line of weird, spin-off creations. Who can forget the questionable Vegemite Cadbury experiment, or last year’s nightmare Vegemite ice-creams...

The Details

What: Vegemite Burger Where: Burger Project stores in Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney When: Available till 28 January For more info, click here

Image credit: Burger Project 

Vietnam eats, Part 1: 10 dishes to try in Hanoi

Vietnam eats, Part 1: 10 dishes to try in Hanoi


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Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done a food post, huh. Which is really weird considering that our travels are so food-centric. Looking back through my archives, I’ve only writte…

Listen To Food Republic Today: Fabio Trabocchi

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Be sure to subscribe to Food Republic Today on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. And please rate the podcast and leave comments! Subscribe: Apple | Stitcher | Spotify | TuneIn Washington D.C, chef Fabio Trabocchi has become one of the most successful restaurateurs in one of the country’s most increasingly hot food scenes. His Fiola brought elegance and an Italian flair largely missing from […]

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Sister photoshoot in Kuala Lumpur

by Anna @ slightly astray

When my sister came to visit me in Malaysia back in June, I wanted to plan something special that will make her visit memorable. Like I’ve said before, photos are the best souvenirs, so I asked a local photographer in Kuala Lumpur (meet James in this post!) to take some shots of us. I had also planned on leaving Malaysia shortly after my sister’s visit. KL has been a very special place to me for the past year. I had...



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Things to do in Luang Prabang

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

With the entire old town of Luang Prabang designated as a UNESCO site, lots of beautiful old colonial French architecture has been immaculately preserved and...Read More

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Hanoi Is World's Best City For Food | Wendy Wu Tours Blog

Hanoi Is World's Best City For Food | Wendy Wu Tours Blog


Wendy Wu Tours Blog

Hanoi has topped The Telegraph's "World's Greatest Cities For Food" list. And it's easy to see why the Vietnamese capital city has made it to number one.

The best Vietnamese restaurants in Barcelona

The best Vietnamese restaurants in Barcelona


ShBarcelona

It is well known that Barcelona is a city that mixes cultures, ethnicities, religions and gastronomies in a single urban space and on the best possible way, with respect and curiosity about the foreigners. The Vietnamese cuisine is one that has been highlighted in recent years within Barcelona becau

The 5 best multi-country holidays in Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Asia is without doubt one of the best regions of the world for an exciting multi-country holiday. With so many countries relatively close together, it seems almost like a wasted opportunity to see only one. The problem is – as always – which countries should you see? As Asia experts, we have years of experience

Read The 5 best multi-country holidays in Asia on Backyard Travel.

How to plan a family vacation – a step-by-step guide, with tips and checklist

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Traveling with kids – it’s hard, but it’s worth it. Depending on the age of your offspring, the challenges vary, but as parents and travel experts, we have some insights on how to streamline a family vacation. To share the things we’ve learned through years of experience planning – and taking – family trips in

Read How to plan a family vacation – a step-by-step guide, with tips and checklist on Backyard Travel.

Sriracha and Soy Sauce Beef Lettuce Wraps

by Linda Warren @ Honest Cooking

These Sriracha and Soy Sauce Beef Lettuce Wraps are loaded with Asian flavors, easy and ready to eat in just thirty minutes.

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Another Period Is Timelier Than Ever in Trump's America

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Another Period Is Timelier Than Ever in Trump's America

Atlanta Monster Is The Latest True Crime Podcast To Fill The Void In Your Ears

Atlanta Monster Is The Latest True Crime Podcast To Fill The Void In Your Ears

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

If you’re anything like us you’ve no doubt worked your way through every true crime podcast there is. You’re also no doubt on an endless search to fill the void left by Serial, S-Town, and Dirty John.

Well, good news, because that podcast has arrived.

Atlanta Monster—made by the team behind How Stuff Works—is just two episodes in, but it is ticking all the boxes for a rock solid commute-listen.

Atlanta Monster tells the story of The Atlanta Child Murders which terrorised the Atlanta community between 1979 and 1981. 25 African American children and young adults when missing in the Atlanta area over that period and the podcast aims to answer questions that still remain, find the truth, and provide some closure by re-examining the cases.

Episodes come out every Friday so there’s no chance to binge at this point, but it’s definitely a podcast you’re going to want to get into asap.

To fill the gaps Friday to Friday, here's every other true crime podcast you should be listening to.

Image credit: Atlanta Monster

Funny Or Die Has Laid Off Its Entire Editorial Team

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Funny Or Die Has Laid Off Its Entire Editorial Team

3 Reasons You’ll Love ‘Eat Local in Barcelona: A Guide to Catalan Cuisine’

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Eat Local in Barcelona: A Guide to Catalan Cuisine Have you ever arrived at your dream destination super-excited to dive into the local cuisine only to realize you have no idea where to start? That was me in Venice in 2013, a city notorious for its tourist traps. I arrived without a plan then spent the […]

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Kimye Have Had Their Third Child And Is This The Biggest News Of 2018?

Kimye Have Had Their Third Child And Is This The Biggest News Of 2018?

by Catherine Blake @ The A List | The Urban List

Yes, the second most highly anticipated child of the year has been born (here's looking at you Middleton!), and once again the internet's on fire. Earlier this morning, Kim herself posted a message on her website following her daughter’s birth. As expected, most of the tantalising details are being withheld, but here’s what we know about the latest member of America’s royal family:

Sex: Female Star sign: Capricorn Weight: 7 lb 6 oz Name: TBD Surrogate: Kylie Jenner (also TBD)

This last detail, or lack thereof, is driving us wild with speculation right now—not least because we've seen hide nor hair of her in months. As we wait for news of a naming, more than a few theories are brewing amongst the painfully curious.

Having gone a bit left of field to name their first two kids (for anyone not familiar with the Kardashian West children, their names are North and Saint. Because of course they are), will Kimye follow suit and stay within the realms of dictionary words? Will they push the envelope further and gift us with a moniker defying phonetic logic? Or will they pull a total 180 and name her Karen?

Anything could happen at this point so place your bets now as to what direction you think they’ll go in. Correct guesses win bragging rights. 

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3 weeks in New York by the numbers

by Anna @ slightly astray

Despite the fact that I grew up in the States (with several years of it on the East Coast – did you know I lived in Pittsburgh as a kid?), I’ve never been to NYC. I know… I can’t believe it! It’s such an iconic city and everyone raves about how amazing it is, so it’s been high on my list of dream destinations. So when Ray and Carmela invited me to visit, how can I pass that up?! Technically, I stayed...



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APT Travel – The Reliable Companion

by quantri @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

Vietnam Travel Agent, Vietnam Tour Operator – APT Travel is proud to be one of most prestigious travel companies in Vietnam.  APT Travel – The Reliable Companion APT Group, the former Asia – Pacific International Travel Company was established in 2004, of which MR Nguyen Hong Dai is the Chairman of Board, the Directors and […]

9 Unique Ilocos Food to Delight on in the Philippines

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Asian Chicken Nachos

by Cheyanne Holzworth @ Honest Cooking

These Asian chicken nachos sit on a bed of crispy baked wonton chips and are layered with Asian spiced chicken, red onions, jalapeños, cheese and finished with a spicy peanut sauce. They're nachos that are packed with flavor in a whole new way!

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Sweet and Salty: Favorite Desserts with a Touch of Sea Salt

by Honest Cooking @ Honest Cooking

What's the perfect thing to complete a sweet bite? A touch of sea salt. There are few things that can beat a sweet and salty dessert. Check out these favorite recipes.

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How Those Projections on the Trump Hotel Get Made

by Courtney Vinopal @ Washingtonian

It’s a unseasonably breezy Monday evening in January, and a handful of volunteers from Population Connection Action Fund have boarded the blue line at Foggy Bottom toward Largo Town Center. On the crowded Metro car, they wear t-shirts that say, “OUR FIGHT, OUR RIGHT, OUR FUTURE” and carry posters criticizing President Trump‘s reinstatement of the […]

Veteran Antoine Vermette, 35, working hard to stay in ‘younger’ league

Veteran Antoine Vermette, 35, working hard to stay in ‘younger’ league

by Eric Stephens @ Orange County Register

The versatile forward has been a solid performer for his teams over 14 seasons, but now it is about continuing to stay viable and desirable by becoming what his coach calls “somewhat of a chameleon.”

11 of the Most Romantic Cities in Europe to Inspire Your Wandering Heart

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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We love all the continents equally, but when it comes to romance, Europe always wins. Our picks of the most romantic cities in Europe are guaranteed to make your heart pound, whether you’re looking for love or want to treat your sweetie to an intimate city break. We write a lot about the ways that […]

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10 Wellness Trends You’ll Be Seeing In 2018

10 Wellness Trends You’ll Be Seeing In 2018

by Rosie Gregory @ The A List | The Urban List

Wellness—no longer a term reserved for the alternative health crew or fitness fanatics. In 2018 wellness is all about accessibility, longevity, future proofing your health and taking genuine care of yourself, holistically. As much for the high-powered CEO as the time pushed mum, these trends indicate a shift towards choosing to nourish the mind, body and spirit to increase energy, revitalise stressed out bodies, hack productivity and move towards a more effective society.

Here are 10 of the wellness trends that will be bringing you to all new levels of healthy and well in the year ahead. 

High Tech Plant Food

As plant-based diets become increasingly mainstream, the tech world is responding by bringing their scientific swagger to upgrade, manipulate and advance our veggie ingredients. Whether you're vegan, plant-based or just trying to lift your leafy green intake, this tech isn’t just changing the game, it's creating a whole new frontier, with production techniques set to revolutionise our fresh produce.

From new varieties of nut mylks and non-dairy indulgences (move over smashed avo on toast, avocado ice-cream is coming), to sashimi grade “not tuna” made from tomatoes and “bleeding” vegan burgers. Eating your 2&5 has never been more exciting.

Super Powders And The Rise Of Collagen

The convenience backed trend that began to emerge in 2017 will be fully flourishing in 2018, with super powders making holistic health more accessible than ever before. The real MVP (that’s Most Valuable Powder) will be collagen—one of the cleanest sources of protein, that not only fights back against wrinkles and boosts skin and hair health, but also assists in gut healing.

From collagen peptide to gelatin and bone broths, collagen products are sweeping the popularity ranks.  For Australian made and owned brand, Nutra Organics, the expanding knowledge of the health benefits of collagen and gelatin supplements has seen sales triple just within the past five months.

Closely following are adaptogens, helping to boost mental stamina, soothe stress and balance hormones, these ancient herbs will be gaining widespread acceptance making them the new pantry staples. From energy boosting maca, to adaptogenic ashwagandha and antioxidant loaded cacao, there’s no shortage of use for them—whizz them into your smoothies, add to your pancake mix, sprinkle on your porridge, but expect to see super powders everywhere!  

Moringa

If you were a big fan of the turmeric and anti-inflammation trend of 2017, then you will be obsessed with Moringa. This natural leaf powder supplement, derived from a small tree found in India, Pakistan and Nepal, has been used for generations in eastern cultures as a traditional remedy and is set to become the biggest superfood of 2018 thanks to its highly powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and tissue protective properties.

The bright green powder is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with protein, iron, Vitamin A, E, C and calcium, which is touted to help fight free-radicals, lower inflammation and protect the liver. 

Digital Detox

Taking time to unplug and disconnect from the technological world will rise in priority in 2018. With smartphone addiction becoming a reality and IRL connections shifting up the popularity ranks, expect to see a move in trends to get you to put down the tech and disconnect from the Wi-Fi.

Ironically created to help connect us, technology obsession is now leading to increased stress, anxiety and isolation from constantly being powered up and attached. Digi-detox weekends, switching on the OOO and heading offline for timed periods will become a new norm. A welcome sigh of relief is expected from insta-boyfriends everywhere who can finally eat their food while it's hot. 

Self-Care Everyday

It’s time to upgrade from #SelfCareSunday—2018 is all about embracing self-care rituals every day, as we begin to understand that through actively taking care of ourselves, we are better equipped to support our families, friends, colleagues and community. Despite its rep to be all about face masks, this marks a shift to understand that “me-time” isn’t selfish, or a luxury, but a necessity.

Self-care will evolve this year to incorporate healthy everyday rituals that help to keep our minds and body’s balanced, energised and revitalized. First step? Get clearing that schedule and unapologetically unplug.

Digital Fitness

Not satisfied with just taking over our schedules and wardrobes (praise the #athleisure trend), fitness will now be taking over your home with the digital fitness scene and streaming services set to explode in 2018 and beyond. With better technology, access to world-class trainers, and the digital capture of that feeling of being in your fave workout class, all without leaving the comfort of your living room, the fitness business is now globally scaling to reach more people than ever before.

From top international studios offering their own individual streaming services of classes and sessions, to streaming platforms offering an array of workout formats and even live sessions you can tune into, excuses of “you can’t get there” soon fly out the window. 

Biohacking

No longer just reserved for the tech crew, we are taking to hacking to a whole new level—to our health. To counteract our, at times, less than optimal healthy lifestyles, biohacking is the way forward to provoke better health.

From the standards of bulletproof coffee spiked with MCT oil, intermittent fasting, ketogenic and paleo diets, expect to see new waves of biohacking with cycle syncing (tracking and hacking your menstrual cycle) and nootropics (supplements that reduce brain fog and stress levels) emerging onto the hacker scene. It’s all about adapting and optimising biology to work better, not harder, for you. 

Infra-Red Saunas

While not a new invention, one gaining serious cache in 2018 will be the rise of infra-red saunas. Unlike a traditional sauna, the infra-red variety use infra-red wavelengths to heat the body on a cellular level, rather than blasting warm or steamy air into the space around you.

From athletic recovery, relief of muscular aches and reduced joint pain, to detoxification and relaxation, the holistic, wellness benefits of infrared saunas are bringing in the trend seekers and performance seeking fitness fiends to sweat it out, as they chill out. 

Embrace The Spiritual Side

If you think being spiritual is just checking out your horoscope in the weekly mag, expect 2018 to bring a shift to the woo-woo side with a greater exploration of spirituality in modern life. As meditation and mindfulness integrate fully into the mainstream, there will be greater conversation into syncing to lunar cycles, shifts to a higher consciousness and vibrational energy.

The trend doesn’t stop at the expansion of mindful movement centres and turning inwards. Expect to see crystals everywhere, chakra yoga classes, a growth in alternative healing modalities such as Reiki, salt lamps and faux sheepskin rugs in the home décor aisle and sage burning rituals to cleanse energy. It’s all about dialling into the higher realms to manifest and power the year ahead. 

Natural Beauty

Not only are we learning what we put inside our body affects our health, but so too does what we put on our body. Natural beauty and skincare will propel forward in 2018 as it climbs towards becoming an industry sector worth $20 million by 2020. The clean, organic products—that you could literally eat—are making their way into our beauty aisles, led by home grown brands Sukin, Mokosh and MooGoo.

All passionately share the message that the skin, our largest organ, absorbs a portion of all we put onto it, which, if packed full on hidden chemicals or “fragrance” can cause havoc on our systems. From natural deodorants (that actually work!) to moisturisers, make up and skincare, no longer will natural beauty have a lingering odd smell, it will be all about non-toxic, high quality and safe ingredients that deliver maximum results.

Want more? Check out the lazy person's guide to mindfulness.

Image credit: Marion Michele on Unsplash

Let’s Narrow Down The New Amazon HQ City By Food

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Amazon recently announced that they’ve narrowed the list of cities for their new headquarters down to 20 from 238. Inspired by the potential a powerhouse like Amazon would provide its future digs, we did some further refining of our own. Here’s who’s out: giant metropolitan areas that are already doing fine, with apologies to New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Chicago […]

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The Saturday Gig: Intim Torna Illegál at Akvárium Klub

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The Saturday Gig: Intim Torna Illegál at Akvárium Klub

In our weekly series “The Saturday Gig”, we highlight one special performance happening on Saturday night in Budapest – if you have no plans, you do now!

The Saturday Gig: Intim Torna Illegál at Akvárium Klub

5 Offbeat Experiences in Cebu

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

The island of Cebu and the cities and towns that lie within it are mostly known for their pristine beaches and diving spots, and for...Read More

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Baby kicks during pregnancy ‘critical for normal development’

by Paul Gallagher @ iNews

Foetal movements during pregnancy are critical for normal development of bones and joints, according to new research. The first foetal movement is a bending of the head and neck at 10 weeks, followed by a full range of movements, such as limb movements, breathing and stretching, that occur regularly from 15 weeks. Although mums-to-be start […]

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Kate Hudson Is Hosting A Kick Arse Women’s Lunch

Kate Hudson Is Hosting A Kick Arse Women’s Lunch

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

There are a few perks that come with living in one of Australia’s main cities. And one of those perks is when people like Kate freaking Hudson decide to skip over to Oz (and specifically, your home town) for a handful of kick arse women’s lunches. Well team, that’s exactly what’s happening this February. 

Yep, this mother of two, best-selling author, Golden Globe-winner and fiercely inspiring woman is headed for our shores and you know you want to be there. You can thank Business Chicks for bringing her over and that means she’ll be sitting down with Business Chicks’ Founder and Global CEO, Emma Isaacs. AKA, fellow inspiring woman. 

They’ll be heading to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and your ticket will include lunch, a pretty gift bag, conversations with hundreds of other like-minded women and Kate’s new book, Pretty Fun. Head here to book. 

The Details

What: Business Chicks Lunch With Kate Hudson When: Tuesday 20 February (Sydney), Wednesday 21 February (Melbourne) & Thursday 22 February (Brisbane), 12.15pm – 2.30pm Cost: $239 for premium members, $269 for non-members

Meanwhile, Tim Tam margaritas now exist. 

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BREAKING: The Farm At Byron Bay Is Opening A Second Venue!

BREAKING: The Farm At Byron Bay Is Opening A Second Venue!

by Jessica Pridmore @ The A List | The Urban List

Now, we cover a lot of new openings—it’s our job to sniff out the new places—but not all newbies are created equal.

The Farm At Byron Bay; home to the incredible Three Blue Ducks restaurant, Bread Social, and Flowers At The Farm, is easily one of the most stunning spots in the country.

Early adopters of impeccable local produce and having created a unique venue that warms your very essence (not least because they do an incredible Sunday roast and have baby animals running around the joint) means they easily fall into our ‘best in Australia’ category for style and substance. So the fact they’ve announced that they will be opening a sister venue understandably sets our hearts aflutter!

Say hi to The Beach House. Set to open in Ballina, northern NSW in July 2018, The Beach House (as the name suggests) will sit pride of place totally beachfront at Black Head. Opening its doors for weddings, as retreat and also as an event space for up to 250 people, The Beach House is set to be one of 2018’s hottest new openings.

The details surrounding the retreat are all very hush hush for now, but expect the same incredible food and attention to detail as The Farm.

All we can do is wait (not so) patiently for The Beach House to open…

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What: The Beach House Where: Ballina, NSW When: July 2018

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National Popcorn Day, Free Dumplings, Cochon555: This Week In Food Events

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Happy National Popcorn Day! Find out which movie theater in Brooklyn is celebrating with a fancy bowl. Heading out to the Women’s March tomorrow? There’s a bar is hosting a charity happy hour! Looking to celebrate the Grammy’s return to New York City? Chef JJ Johnson knows exactly the place. All that and more in this […]

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October & November 2017 travel re-cap: back in the U.S.A.

by Anna @ slightly astray

At the beginning of October, I said bye to my family in Beijing and flew back to Los Angeles. It had been exactly two years since I’ve set foot on home soil, so I was feeling equal parts nervous and excited. What would it be like? Would I feel at home or would I feel like an outsider who no longer belonged? Would I pick up with my friends or would I be like a stranger now? I said bye...



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Feel like a complete local in Cebu – things to do in Cebu

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

If you’ve searched for things to do in Cebu, chances are that any other lists you would have come across would leave you wanting more...Read More

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5 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Week

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Another week in Sydney has just jumped up, and it’s slapping us in the face with all the fun. If you’re into movies, culture and listening to Queen Nigella speak, then you’ll agree: this one’s set to be damn good. 

Here are all the best things happening in Sydney this week. 

All Week

Karaoke Carousel

Thanks to the all-time legends at Sydney Festival, a Karaoke Carousel is currently sitting in Hyde Park. For only a few more days, you’ll be able to ride a pogoing unicorn (their words, not ours) around and around while you sing Let It Go and Bohemian Rhapsody at the top of your lungs. Tickets are limited and the cheap tickets can only be purchased on the day (online is more but you get more goodies FYI), so you’ll want to get in earrrrllly, or as soon as the metaphorical doors open at 4.30pm, 6 days per week. Details here

When: 5 - 28 January, from 4.30pm till late (closed Mondays) Where: Hyde Park North, entry via Central Avenue Walkway Cost: $5 at the venue, $20 with the Village Sideshow Priority Pass, available online

Monday 22 January

NIGELLA LAWSON ON WHY FOOD MATTERS

If you’re still not over the fact that Christmas specials are all over, this one’s for you. Nigella is coming to Sydney thanks to The School of Life, and if you want to hear this woman speak about all things food and specifically its connection to pleasure, belonging and creativity, you’ll want to be here. She’ll be sitting down with psychologist, Hugh Mackay, and obviously, we’re all over this one. Book here.

When: Monday 22 January, 7pm Where: Enmore Theatre Cost: $35 (concession), $45 (general admission)

Tuesday 23 January

PIPILOTTI RIST: SIP MY OCEAN [UNPLUGGED]

If you’re yet to hit up the epic exhibition, Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean at the MCA, then this might just convince you. For one night only, the MCA will host an exclusive [unplugged] viewing of the exhibition, so you’ll have the chance to trade in the crowds for a (shall we say) quieter gallery experience. Switch off your devices and enjoy it guys. Buy tickets here

When: Tuesday 23 January, 6pm – 8pm (booking required) Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Cost: Tickets $22 for adults, $17 for members and concession 

Wednesday 24 January

Culture Up Late 

The Australian Museum is staying open every Wednesday night, so you can pop in for a spot of culture, science, entertainment and general good times after work. There’ll be dozens of performers, artists and scientists getting in on the fun. A couple of our picks are the ‘Turning the Tide” performance, which explores the threats to our oceans, “Another View” which is part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and “We Stand Strong” which has been curated by the AM’s First Nations staff in celebration of Indigenous protest and resilience. Book your ticket here

When: Every Wednesday from 24 January to 14 March, 5pm – 9pm Where: Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney Cost: $20 for adults, $18 for concession and $16 for AM members.

Wonder At SUNSET CINEMA

If an outdoor cinema is not on your summer bucket list, you need to re-evaluate your life plans. This Wednesday, the Sunset Cinema in North Sydney is where you need to head to check out Wonder—a new release featuring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. We legit can’t say no to an outdoor picnic and movie under the stars. Head here to get booking guys.

When: Wednesday 24 January, 7pm Where: North Sydney Oval, North Sydney Cost: Concession $15 and adults $19

If you're looking for more things to do this month, head here

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33 fun and interesting facts about Thailand that will surprise and delight you

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

There’s no denying the myriad attractions of Thailand. Beaches, jungles, cities, spices – this kingdom of intrigue offers endless explorations into culture, nature and history. To help you get to know Thailand a little better, we’ve drawn upon our extensive knowledge of the country to share some of our favorite things about it. You’ll notice

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20 Things You Must Eat In Hanoi - Food Republic

20 Things You Must Eat In Hanoi - Food Republic


Food Republic

Food-loving globetrotters, here’s a bit of sound advice: If you’re headed to Vietnam’s northern city of Hanoi, we’d recommend you pack a pair of elastic-banded pants. The city is a wonderland of cheap eats and drinks, offering an endless variety of soups, noodles, buns, rolls and sandwiches paired with plenty of fresh herbs — and fresh beer, too.

Explore Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Baan Dam Museum (Black House), and Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple) in Chiang Rai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Wat Rong Khun may the most popular but it isn't Chiang Rai's only draw. There are two other attractions close to the city that are worthy of your itinerary – Baan Dam Museum, aka Black House, and Wat Rong Suea Ten, otherwise known as the Blue Temple. You can visit all three in half a day.

How to Best Prepare for Your First Silent Retreat

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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First acts just announced for Sziget 2018

by @ WeLoveBudapest EN

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First acts just announced for Sziget 2018

The first names have just been announced for the 2018 Sziget Festival, Budapest’s week-long outdoor music extravaganza. Liam Gallagher, Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Bastille and Lykke Li are among the performers confirmed for this multi-stage jamboree due to take place between August 8th and 15th on Óbuda Island. More names can be expected to follow next week. The 2018 festivities will promote the festival’s new Love Revolution initiative and will invite revelers to stand up for a specific cause, such as peace, a green planet or anti-racism.

First acts just announced for Sziget 2018

Luke Walton tells Lakers center Brook Lopez his minutes against Knicks were ‘unfortunate’

Luke Walton tells Lakers center Brook Lopez his minutes against Knicks were ‘unfortunate’

by Bill Oram @ Orange County Register

Veteran scored 11 points in the first quarter on Sunday, but after that flurry was limited to just five more minutes on the court as the Lakers cruised to a 127-107 victory.

Hanoi Street Food - Best Vietnamese Eats!

Hanoi Street Food - Best Vietnamese Eats!


Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

Pictures of a week of eating street food in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sample things like Vietnamese sticky rice, papaya salad, and famous noodle soups.

The 12 best hikes in Southeast Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Southeast Asia may not be famous for its hikes, but the region has its fair share of spectacular trails. It’s not that it’s difficult finding good hikes in Southeast Asia, it’s more if they’re worth exploring, given the proximity of Nepal, China and Japan. As adventure travel and hiking specialists in Asia, we say yes,

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Plans for Parliament Square Margaret Thatcher statue rejected

by Benjamin Butterworth @ iNews

Proposals for a Margaret Thatcher statue in Parliament Square have been formally rejected. Westminster City councilors vetoed the idea Tuesday due to concerns over its design and lack of approval from the her family. A 1.5-times life-size bronze statue of Margaret Thatcher had been proposed for the site. The square already contains several statues of […]

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Jacksons On George Is Having A HUGE Makeover

Jacksons On George Is Having A HUGE Makeover

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s time to say CYA to Jacksons on George and those hazy memories. Your old haunt is about to be replaced with a three-story pub and rooftop bar that looks pretty damn sweet. 

We’ll be honest though team, while our adult selves are pretty damn happy about the three-storey bar that’s set to take its place, our inner 18-year-old is already mourning the loss of a damn institution. 

Seriously, if you haven’t started a night-long pub crawl from this place once or twice (okay, it’s an annual tradition) can you even call yourself a true Sydney local? 

Now onto the specifics. After closing quietly on Sunday, we now know the Jacksons site has been bought by commercial developers, Lendlease, and just you wait until you hear what they have planned for this spot. The current building will be demolished to make way for their gastropub beauty, designed by local architecture firm Stewart Hollensteid.

The new pub will also have an epic rooftop bar sitting pretty above the pub because if there’s one thing we all know about Sydney siders, it’s that we love a rooftop bar. The development is planned to wrap up in 2021, and is part of a larger development in the area that will include a 55-storey tower featuring retail, office spaces and dining. 

This is yet another feather in George Street’s cap and we just can’t wait to check it out (you know, in 2021). 

And we can't forget about this big redevelopment either. 

Image credit: Lendlease

Getting Around Barcelona with Cabify App

by Walter Cullinan @ ShBarcelona

If you’re looking for a quick, affordable, and reliable way to get around Barcelona without using public transportation, Cabify could be the perfect option for you. Here’s everything you need to know about Cabify and how to get around Barcelona using the app. Related Article: Getting Around Barcelona by Bus What is Cabify? Cabify is a […]

Discover These Great 5 Hotels in Barcelona

by Rachel G @ ShBarcelona

If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Barcelona, you’re in luck. The city is full of one-of-a-kind hotels and hostels offering a wide range of services and excellent customer service to meet all your needs while visiting Barcelona. Although the city is home to a number of five-star hotels that tend to get […]

10 Best Hanoi Dishes - Top Must-Try Foods in Hanoi

10 Best Hanoi Dishes - Top Must-Try Foods in Hanoi


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The best Hanoi dishes are inexpensive yet tasty treats that can be found within Hanoi Old Quarter’s narrow alleyways and bustling street markets. Compared to other cities in Vietnam, Hanoi food tends to be on the sweeter side and utilises freshwater ingredients such as prawns, squids, shrimps

The Best Unique Food Gifts for Food Travelers

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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The 10 Best Budos Band Songs

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Best of 2017 – Our Food and Travel Favorites

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

2017 was a busy year for the 2foodtrippers. We traveled to three continents, 13 countries and too many cities to count. Check out the food and travel experiences that were our best of 2017. We began the year 2017 without definite plans. Perhaps we could plan our calendar way in advance as some ‘type A’ people probably do, but what’s the fun in that? Sometimes, we’re just hanging around our Naples, Italy apartment and, all of a sudden, the spark of travel shoots across our brains and, on a whim, we ...

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When I Was Growing Up in Poland, We Didn’t Have “Dynasty” or Donna Summer, But We Did Have Health Insurance

by Danuta Hinc @ Washingtonian

I grew up in communist Poland, and I knew few people who didn’t dream of leaving. I was one of them, and I emigrated as soon as the ban on traveling to the West was lifted. The place we all wanted to live was the United States of America, the greatest country in the world. […]

3 Different Ways To Make Pasta Carbonara

by Food Republic @ Food Republic

We love it, you love it, the whole world loves pasta carbonara. Rather than whip up a pot of good old-fashioned Roman-style spaghetti alla carbonara, try these three fun spins on the classic. That’s right, Japan makes a version of spaghetti carbonara so good you’ll forget all about guanciale. Well, maybe not forget-forget. Now beat some […]

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Visit Nami Island, Gangchon Rail Park, and Petite France on a Day Tour from Seoul

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Nami Island is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Seoul. Aside from being storybook beautiful, it's a curious place that's unlike anything we've ever visited. There's a child-like quality to the island reminiscent of faeries, elves, and other playful spirits. We relegate them to fantasy as adults but here, they may still exist.

The Best Waterfalls Near Sydney

The Best Waterfalls Near Sydney

by Jessica Best @ The A List | The Urban List

I’m not sure what TLC sprinkled on their cereal every morning, but deciding not to chase waterfalls is a stupid and ridiculous idea.

We mean, who bloody wouldn’t want to visit spectacularly high gorges with cascading water falling hundreds of metres into a prehistoric rockpool? What about exploring secretive waterfalls hidden away in lush rainforests where you can recreate a scene from Blue Lagoon without anyone inadvertently photo-bombing you?

Strap your walking shoes on and brace yourself for some serious ‘Gram N Spam’, here are the best waterfalls you can actually visit in and around Sydney.

Drive West of Sydney

Wentworth Falls

Head towards the Blue Mountains for your dose of one of the most scenic waterfalls in Oz. Yeah, this bad boy is boasting some serious Lord Of The Rings vibes and a vista that’s nothing short of jaw-dropping.

Katoomba Falls

This one forms part of the Kedumba River and the best way to get here is to park up at Scenic World and following the Round Walk Trail. And P.S. You’ll want to stop at Juliet’s Balcony—that’s your first chance to check out the falls and a swift panoramic view to match.

 

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Minnehaha Falls

For something a lot more private, Minnehaha Falls is your go to. It’s a dreamy little place with a swimming hole so beautiful no ludicrous Hollywood set could ever rival it. To get there, drive through Katoomba to Yosemite and walk 15 minutes down from the car park. Be brave, breathe deep and take the plunge—this is one of Sydney’s best waterfalls and you won’t regret it!

Drive South of Sydney

Wattamolla Falls

Nearby, you’ll also be able to set your sights on Curracurrong Falls because when it comes to the Royal National Park, the falls are endless (well, kind of). You’ll also be within reach of Winifred Falls, which you’ll find if you take the mildly challenging 4km walk from Audley.

Paddy’s River Falls

Even further is Paddy’s River Falls, which has carved itself into the landscape to the west of the Australian Alps and therefore benefits from the melting snow. Time this one right and you’ll be onto a winner (this is one you can stand behind the water and feel like you’re the Last of the Mohicans).

 

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Fitzroy Falls

If you’ve still got a bit of time up your sleeve, there are couple of magnificent falls a little further south in the Southern Highlands—shout out to Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park. Basically, this is nature’s version of dropping it reaaaaal low. You’ll also find the Fairy Bower Falls around here which is just a mossy rainforest dream.

Carrington Falls

Located in Budderoo National Park, Carrington is the real deal when it comes to cascades, waterholes and rockpools. Yep the Kangaroo River plunges over 50 metres and you can watch this epic shower at Thomas Place, the resident picnic area. Honourable mention must go to Nellies Glen as well (which lies just a touch upstream from Carrington) for being one of Sydney’s most glorious swimming holes and a pretty lil’ waterfall.

Drive North of Sydney 

Waterfalls Way

Finally, Waterfalls Way should well and truly be on your adventure bucket list. Cue a 191km drive that weaves through the lush varying landscape of the New England Region. The tumbling waterfalls you’ll witness along this almighty road trip include Apsley, Ebor, Tia and Wollomombi Falls. 

 

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Collins Beach

If following lane dividers at your local swimming pool is getting more than a little bit tedious, then it’s probably time you headed north on a waterfall chasing road trip. FYI this one really takes the biscuit. If you’re feeling lazier than a hungover sloth, or you don’t trust your car’s ability to do the kilometres, then a dip under Collins Beach waterfall near Manly may be just the ticket to paradise. Let’s be real—it’s an easy win which we’re all about.

Gledhill Falls

Head up a little further to Ku-ring-gai National Park where the elusive Gledhill Falls hides. Brace yourself, this one is one of Sydney’s best waterfalls and it’ll blow your budgie smugglers right off. This beauty is home to a swimmable 10-metre pool beneath one charming as hell waterfall and you’ll also find a small sandy strip too on one side.

Meanwhile, these are all the best hidden beaches in Sydney.

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The Best Gardeners for Your Home in Barcelona

by Rachel G @ ShBarcelona

If you want to add a little green to your home but don’t have much of a green thumb, hiring one of Barcelona’s excellent in-home gardeners is the perfect option. Offering garden landscape, planting, and maintenance services, they’ll have your beautiful garden ready for the spring in no time. We’ve rounded up a list of some of […]

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Michelle Obama Checks Out a New DC Dining Hotspot: Maydan

by Anna Spiegel @ Washingtonian

Maydan has been one of DC’s hottest restaurants since opening in November, but the live fire-fueled spot was at its peak Tuesday night. Michelle Obama, casually dressed in a black t-shirt, and former White House chef/nutrition policy advisor Sam Kass shared dinner in the second-story dining room. My party was seated in the first-floor bar area. Word spread quickly […]

Coming To Netflix: David Chang Gets Ugly Delicious

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

David Chang, the man behind Momofuku and subject of the first season of Food Republic parent company Zero Point Zero’s Mind of a Chef, is back on screens. Ready for his new show, Ugly Delicious? Premiering on February 23, the eight-episode series follows Chang as he travels, eats and hangs out with notable food personalities like Jessica Koslow, […]

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Finally, A Home Biogas Converter That Won’t Break The Bank

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

When it comes to gas for heating your home and cooking, you’re pretty much tied to the utility company. HomeBiogas is a new home biogas converter and digester Kickstarted by 677 backers who pledged nearly half a million dollars to bring the idea of a waste-reducing independent fuel supply into fruition. What’s more, perks included donations to areas in need of steady […]

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FYI Sydney’s About To Cop A Monster 5-Day Heatwave

FYI Sydney’s About To Cop A Monster 5-Day Heatwave

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Take a seat, fan yourselves down and settle in with a cold drink team. A five-day heatwave is about to hit Sydney and if you think you’re hot today, you’re about to become A LOT more shweaty. Take another sip of the ice-cold water (or, you know, beer) because it’s all about to get a teeny bit worse. 

According to the psychic weather people at the BOM (that’s the Bureau of Meteorology to those firmly not in the know) it’s going to get so damn hot that the good people of Penrith will be schvitzing their way through five days of 40-degree heat. We’re talking about a peak temp of 43 for THREE DAYS STRAIGHT

Now, onto the solution portion of this conversation. It’s definitely time to start playing nice with anyone who has a pool, air conditioning or a giant freezer filled with ice blocks. You got this team—see you on the other side and as always, please look after the more vulnerable people in your community. Seriously. 

Remember that monster super cell storm that happened last week? 

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Where To Go Out On A Sunday Night In Sydney

Where To Go Out On A Sunday Night In Sydney

by Sophia Richardson @ The A List | The Urban List

Sundays used to be a night of pain, agony and despair, as you mentally prepare for the coming week of work. But hold the phone team, because this is no longer the case. From cheap drinks to live music—Sunday nights are officially the new Saturday (as voted by us, duh). 

We’ve found a bunch of drinking holes, restaurants, pubs and venues that will have you wishing Sunday night was every night.

To Drink

Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice 

Wynyard

With a lengthy and on point beer and pizza menu, Sunday’s are sorted at Frankie’s with live music from 4pm every Sunday. We can all agree pizza = life, but if you fancy yourself a bit of a beer wizard (yes, this exists), then Frankie’s has got to be your go-to joint for a cheeky beer (or 7) this Sunday arvo. 

The Dolphin Hotel

Surry Hills

From 5pm to 7pm each Sunday, The Dolphin Hotel sports their famous Aperitivo Hour with spirits, wine, beer and snacks at just $5 to $7 bucks, prices that work oh-so-well for us. BTW If you love cheap drinks, become a regular because The Dolphin’s Aperitivo Hour runs Sunday to Thursday (and we’re obsessed). 

Hotel Palisade

Millers Point

Sunday sessions only have one real mandatory in our eyes. Okay, two. Drinks (duh) and a damn good view. Be it the beach or, in this case, The Bridge, as is the case with Hotel Palisade. Head straight up to Henry Deane (it’s open until 10pm) because this plush bar serves great cocktails and share plates to match. 

To Eat 

The Tilbury

Woolloomooloo 

If you accidentally got #rekt this weekend and are in need of a hearty meal to fix your broken self, look no further than The Tilbury for a home-cooked (yet fancy AF) roast this Sunday night. The menu changes from month to month, with pork loin, leg of lamb and striploin all up for grabs with sides that will fix you up in no time—crispy crackling, cauliflower cheese, roasted pumpkin, Yorkshire pudding and a whole lotta potatoes. Hangover officially cured. 

Hotel William

CBD

Every Sunday you’ll find $10 burgers at Hotel William, which may just be what your body needs at the end of the weekend. At $10 for a burger, you might as well get yourself 2 or 3—think of it as a pre-winter bulk, amirite? 

To Sunday Sesh 

The Newport

Newport

The Newport may just be one of the most Instagramable venues ever, so spending your Sunday arvo here with live tunes is advised. 

Cork & Chroma

Surry Hills

We’ll go ahead and say this isn’t technically a Sunday sesh, but it does involve wine, painting and more wine on a Sunday night (our kind of thing). Bring a bottle of vino and enjoy a night of painting in a group of fellow wine lovers and amateur artists. Booking ahead at Cork & Chroma is a must to ensure a spot.

Coogee Pavilion

Coogee

Don’t be stuck on your couch this Sunday arvo when you could be sippin’ cider on Coogee Pavilion’s rooftop with DJs like Linda Marigliano and Client Liaison. There is literally no time more perfect to get your boogie on in the Sydney sunshine, and what makes life even sweeter is the fact these Sunday sessions are totally free—well those 4 espresso martinis aren’t exactly… But entry is. 

To Dance 

LazyBones Lounge

Marrickville

Every fourth Sunday of the month, Lazybones in Marrickville is where you can get your jazzy side in touch with a free musical soiree. Sip on a cocktail and enjoy Judy Bailey’s Jazz Connection, a collection of young jazz musicians performing for free, you heard us, FREE. Start whipping out those jazz hands, friends. 

Or just keep it chill with Sydney's best food trucks

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Obama eats out in Hanoi: 6 must-try Vietnamese street food and where to get them in Singapore

Obama eats out in Hanoi: 6 must-try Vietnamese street food and where to get them in Singapore


The Straits Times

It was a rare sight - US President Barack Obama sitting on a flimsy plastic stool, having a simple Vietnamese meal in a Hanoi restaurant with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Le Hanoi London Vietnamese restaurants near me, places to eat

Le Hanoi London Vietnamese restaurants near me, places to eat


Le Hanoi London Vietnamese restaurants near me, places to eat

Le Hanoi Recently opened vietnamese grill and pho restaurant in the heart of london chinatown. restaurants near me, places to eat near me, london

Pancake Day: Iceland giving away free pancake ingredients before Shrove Tuesday

by Benjamin Butterworth @ iNews

It might seem like only two minutes since Christmas and New Year, but there are more holidays already set to crêpe up on you. Shrove Tuesday falls on February 13, just before Valentine’s Day. It might seem like it’s not worth thinking about just yet, but savvy shoppers have already begun getting deals on their […]

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Government to set up ‘fake news’ unit to ‘combat disinformation’

by Nigel Morris @ iNews

A rapid response unit is being set up by the Government to counter the spread of online “fake news” by foreign powers such as Russia. Downing Street announced that a “dedicated national security communications unit” would be charged with “combating disinformation by state actors and others”. Theresa May accused the Kremlin last year of “seeking […]

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Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand: On Temples, a Golden Clock Tower, and Dancing Shrimp at the Night Bazaar

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Major attractions like Wat Rong Khun and Baan Dam Museum are located outside of the city, but there are a few lesser known temples you can visit within the city's limits. They aren't as spectacular as the White Temple but they do make for a pleasant few hours of temple hopping without the distraction of crowds.

We Have A Ton Of Chinese Recipes!

by Food Republic @ Food Republic

Did you know that we have a ton of awesome Chinese recipes that need a new home in your kitchen? And we’ve got even more for our dumpling, noodle and rice enthusiast friends: handy explainers, crucial techniques and in-depth guides about our favorite dishes from the mainland and take-out menu alike Take a deep dive into our colorful Chinese food section for dishes from award-winning chefs […]

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September 2017 travel re-cap: family time in China

by Anna @ slightly astray

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but October has seriously been a whirlwind so far. And now I can’t believe it’s already the end of the month. So let’s hurry and re-cap September! August 25 – September 12: Shanghai, China September started on the happiest note with a trip to the new Shanghai Disneyland with my cousin!! September 1 is the first day of school in China. And so it’s also the first day of reduced Disneyland ticket prices....



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Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi


My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

Finding Hanoi vegetarian food is tough when you're new in the city. Here's your guide to street food stalls and restaurants for vegetarians in Hanoi!

Things To Do This Long Weekend That Involve An Epic View

Things To Do This Long Weekend That Involve An Epic View

by Phoebe McRae @ The A List | The Urban List

The first long weekend of the year has finally arrived, and if you’re anything like us, you won’t have organised a thing. Luckily for you, we’ve teamed up with the legends at The Star Sydney to work out what the hell you can do this weekend that involves an epic view. Because who doesn’t love a view?! Let the Instas begin…

#1 Drink Your Weight In Frosé

One of our absolute fave rooftop bars has reopened with giant Jenga and frosé just in time for summer. We’re talking about Sky Terrace at The Star, of course. Every Friday (hint: this Australia Day!) from 5pm to 7pm, you can wrap your lips around Frosé Rose cocktails while overlooking the oh-so-famous Sydney skyline, for only $10 a pop. There’ll be Jenga, croquet, dominoes and Connect Four so you don’t get bored, and a classic Aussie BBQ for when you get hungry.

#2 Book A Staycay & Never Leave

If you are completely disorganised, now is your chance to book a staycay at one of the best hotels in town, and not leave it for the whole weekend. Why would you when The Darling in Pyrmont has a rooftop pool and stunning views from almost every room. Bring on the bathrobes and room service!

#3 Eat Every Australian Food Ever Created

We’re talking pies, lamb shanks, barramundi, lamingtons, pavlova (we’re claiming it!) and every other delicious Australian thing you can think of. It’s called The Great Australian Bite and it’s happening at Harvest Buffet. Eat one of everything and slip into the biggest food coma of your entire life. The view’s the food, people.

#4 Strut Your Stuff Around Sydney

TBH, the easiest way to spend your long weekend (and enjoy it) is to just stay in Sydney. Take on some of Sydney’s best coastal walks, go to that secret beach that’s been on your bucket list for at least three years, or go chasing waterfalls. But let’s get one thing straight—by strut, we obviously mean walk at a leisurely pace, potentially with a coffee or ice cold smoothie (because #health) in hand.

#5 Frock (Or Suit Up) For No Damn Reason

Sometimes you just need to dress up like royalty for no real reason and treat yo’self to anything and everything you’ve ever wanted. In Sydney, the best way to do this is book yourself a seat at one of the fanciest restaurants in Sydney (hint: Black Bar & Grill or Balla) and Instagram the night away. Front row harbour view = mandatory. Word on the street is that Balla is dishing up a special seafood pie and Black Bar & Grill are selling some of the best steaks in the state. Just sayin’…

#6 Catch Tim Omaji IRL

Soooo, this might not be your traditional ‘epic view’, but you’ll be looking at Tim Omaji (AKA TIMOMATIC!!) live on stage at Rock Lily. Yes, really. Your old mate from So You Think You Can Dance is coming to town for one night only (aka 26 January) and FYI tickets are FREE. You'll be too busy cutting a rug to even realise there's no view. Plus, you'll have allllll of Sunday to recover.

Editor's Note: This article was produced in partnership with The Star Sydney. To find out more about who we work with (and why!), read our editorial policy here

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The Internet Reckons This Cheap AF Cream Will Cure Your Insomnia

The Internet Reckons This Cheap AF Cream Will Cure Your Insomnia

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

Welcome to reality guys—2018 is here. 

Let’s get one thing straight, we’re not talking about those ‘new year, let’s make a jug of margaritas’ type feels, because newsflash team—we’re half-way through January. Read: when your body clock is so messed up because you’ve been bingeing Netflix till 1am, and now you have to be up (and functioning) by 7am. We. Feel. You. 

So, we thought we’d share some wisdom we found on the ol’ internet. There is a budget AF body cream that’s all but guaranteed to put you straight to sleep.

Introducing Sleepy Body Lotion by Lush. It sent beauty bloggers and media the world over a little cray late last year, with its calming lavender flower and oatmeal infusion super powers. And because it’s by Lush, you’re guaranteed that it is animal friendly and organic (they’re legends like that), as well as being super affordable (another win for the ol’ 2018 budget) with a little pot of magic retailing for under $20. 

Sweet dreams.

Image credit: Lush

27 fun and interesting facts about Bangkok that will make you want to go

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Bangkok is the most visited city in the world, and in our opinion it’s one of the region’s most exciting capitals. It’s a bustling, vibrant, cosmopolitan metropolis where countless adventures await. There’s so much to experience in Bangkok it can be hard to know where to start. There are temples to visit, markets to shop,

Read 27 fun and interesting facts about Bangkok that will make you want to go on Backyard Travel.

Vietnamese food delivery London | Vietnamese Catering | Asian Canapes

Vietnamese food delivery London | Vietnamese Catering | Asian Canapes


Oi Hanoi

OI HANOI is a best Vietnamese food restaurant in London. We offer Vietnamese catering, Vietnamese food delivery, pho, Asian canapés in a friendly environment.

Hungary’s celebrated snowdrop sprouts early in Budapest

by @ WeLoveBudapest EN

WeLoveBudapest EN
Hungary’s celebrated snowdrop sprouts early in Budapest

With drooping white petals draped from bold green stalks audaciously popping up amid frigid landscapes, the local snowdrop or "hóvirág” is a cherished wintertime sight among Magyars who regard this early-blooming Central European plant as a harbinger of springtime. Usually these seemingly sleepy florets first awaken in late February or March, but Budapest Zoo reports that a hóvirág spontaneously sprouted there in early January, many weeks before its ordinary arrival time – is this a sign that spring is coming soon, or a symptom of weird winter weather?

Hungary’s celebrated snowdrop sprouts early in Budapest

7 Short Luxury Cruises in Asia that will make you want to set Sail

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

Luxury cruises in Asia are an undisputed treat. ‘Throw off the bowlines’ as the Mark Twain quote urges – cast away your ties to ordinary travel and embrace the timeless enchantment of the overwater journey. Cruising is one of our favorite ways to see a country – all the more when it’s aboard an elegant

Read 7 Short Luxury Cruises in Asia that will make you want to set Sail on Backyard Travel.

8 Best Cafes and Coffee in Chiang Mai

by Jamon @ Backstreet Academy

Chiang Mai is a chill-out jewel of the North, with a manageable population, enough space to go around and a great many interesting things to...Read More

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Fall in Love with the Best Authentic Khao Soi in Chiang Mai

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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La Central: Artisan Hamburgers in Barcelona

by Rachel G @ ShBarcelona

While the Spanish food in Barcelona is some of the best you’ll find in the whole country, the city’s gastronomic culture isn’t limited to traditional Spanish and Catalan dishes. In fact, you can find just about any type of food you’re looking for in Barcelona, including hamburgers. The city is home to a number of artisan hamburger […]

This Phnom Penh Boutique Hotel is a Unique Retreat in the City Centre

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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This Phnom Penh boutique hotel is perfect for couples or families who want comfort, style, and a peaceful place to retreat after exploring the bustling city. There’s a special magic that happens when a hotel finds the right balance between comfort, design, and a welcoming atmosphere. TeaHouse Asian Urban Hotel, a welcoming boutique hotel in […]

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Bottoms Up – Budapest Ruin Bars and Beyond

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Feeling thirsty in Hungary? Check out our favorite places to drink including hip Budapest ruin bars plus cool spots for beer, cocktails and wine. Finding a bar in Budapest is like finding hay in a haystack. The Hungarian capital has a lot of drinking establishments, many filled with young professionals and visiting tourists. Though infamous for its funky ruin bars, the river split city also has traditional pubs, classy wine lounges and even spa bars. Yes, you can imbibe at Budapest bars while getting your soak on. We visited our first (but ...

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Garlic and Rosemary Chicken

by monicaaddonkitchen @ Honest Cooking

Not sure what to make for dinner? Well, don’t stress your mind too much because we have a very special chicken recipe, which will make your family run towards the dining table. I will be using a young mid-sized chicken, also referred to as a ‘Poussin’. I’m going to infuse lemon and rosemary to make…

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SINGAPORE: 5 Best Places to Eat Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore

by Lionel Lee @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Hainanese chicken rice is one of the most popular Singaporean dishes and often considered by locals and foreigners as one of our National Dishes. In this post, I will share with you the top 5 Chicken Rice places you should check out when you visit Singapore.

7 Iconic Foods That Will Make You Want to Be a New Yorker

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

You haven’t fully explored New York City until you’ve toured its unique multi-cultural cuisine. Every borough offers up its own gastronomic delights. And just when you think you’ve seen and tasted it all, a new food obsession explodes onto the scene. That’s what makes the Big Apple’s cuisine so exciting! But for every hot new trend, […]

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Dining Guide to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam

Dining Guide to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam


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Where to eat in the Old Quarter if you are looking for the best restaurants in Hanoi Vietnam

Korean Food Guide: 44 Things to Eat in Seoul, South Korea and Where to Try Them

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

As delicious and universally appealing as Korean barbecue is, I've learned that there's so much more to the cuisine than just bulgogi and galbi. Things like ganjang gejang, jokbal, and naengmyeonaren't as well known outside of Korea but they are dishes well worth flying for.

Tide Pod Challenge, Movies, Super Bowl: 10 Hot Topics On Food Republic

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Film and television award season is upon us, which got us thinking about all the movies we saw in 2017. We also got excited for the documentaries and television coming in the near future. We’re also getting on some winter travel: New York wasn’t cold enough for us so we checked out some of the […]

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Things to do in Yogyakarta

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

Borobudur Sunrise Photo Credit : satunusanews.com  Take a look at the greatness of the 9th century Mahayana Buddhist temple, see the beautiful sunrise from the...Read More

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Sauces

by quantri @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

In a small saucepan, combine vinegar and shallots, bring to the boil and cook until liquid is almost reduced, add coconut cream and bring to the boil, then add bean sauce and cook, stiring constantly (for about 1 minute). Add chillies, sugar, and cook stiring  until sugar is dissolved, (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat […]

cooling fans and great little restaurant

by john @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

On a cool 38 degrees we went here for lunch, cooling fans and great little restaurant. Set menu, chicken and rice, delicious chicken and corn soup 65000 dong, about $4 Au. There was also some tasty fish, about 95000 dong. $6 Au. There seemed to be a cheap deal and then also a range in […]

This is Where to Stay in Kampot for Comfort, Free Bikes, and a Peaceful Pool

by Jane @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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If you’re wondering where to stay in Kampot, this modern hotel is right in the city centre. You’ll be a short walk from the best local cafes, bars, and restaurants, or a simple stroll along the river. Many Kampot hotels are a few kilometres outside the city, with gorgeous river views, but it’s a bit […]

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Hungarian film “On Body and Soul” nominated for an Oscar

by @ WeLoveBudapest EN

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Hungarian film “On Body and Soul” nominated for an Oscar

Hungary will be competing at the 90th Academy Awards – with the gala ceremony to be held on March 4, 2018. Ildikó Enyedi’s extraordinary “On Body and Soul” was announced today as a nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The announcement was made in a live broadcast from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy’s headquarters in Beverley Hills. “On Body and Soul”, a peculiar love story exploring the relationship between men and women, will also be the first ever Hungarian feature to be released on Netflix, to be screened next month.

Hungarian film “On Body and Soul” nominated for an Oscar

Forget Tinnies, Wine In A Can Has Arrived In Australia

Forget Tinnies, Wine In A Can Has Arrived In Australia

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

Is it just us, or does nothing say ‘Straya quite like these four words: wine in a can? Well team, listen up because wine in a can is finally here and your next beach party-picnic-BBQ just went up a level.

Finally, Aussie boozers (read: wine drinkers) have been given what they damn deserve. No more cup holders with stakes jabbed into uneven ground, no more awkwardly placing your wine bottle in the esky to cool your chardy in the sun, no more corks and all of the convenience.

BWS are the ones to thank, with tipples like pinot gris, savvy b and chardy from Crafters Union, and even a French rosè (!!) by Le Chat M Pierre sitting pretty in a freaking can. We should mention, there’s even a legit Italian prosecco. Trust us, we’re as excited as you are.

Wine in a can (and prosecco, champagne, okay we will calm down now) are available from, well, this weekend.

Speaking of 'Straya, how's your slang?

Image credit: BWS

The Best Places to Eat in Seattle Washington

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Seattle is known around the world for its coffee culture, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. But what about Seattle restaurants? We’ve asked a local expert to share her picks for the best places to eat in Seattle Washington. Read on to find out how to eat like a local in this wonderful Pacific Northwestern city. Seattle is famous for its cutting-edge coffee culture. But coffee is just one aspect of Seattle’s culinary landscape. Locals dine at the best restaurants in Seattle, shop at Pike Place Market for some of the ...

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The Best Eco Yoga Mat to Energize Your Practice in 2018

by Stephen @ My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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If you’re looking for an eco yoga mat that is durable, comfortable, and non slip, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve tried all of these yoga mats and my reviews will help you choose the right mat for you body and your practice. Students are always asking me what yoga mat I use. Because […]

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5 of the Best Places to Eat Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

5 of the Best Places to Eat Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam


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Hanoi's food scene can be overwhelming with it's mix of smells and tastes, but it's well worth exploring since it's one of the freshest, healthiest and most flavorful cuisines in the world.

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide


Travel + Leisure

“An com chua?”If you’re going to understand Vietnam and the Vietnamese, this three-word phrase is key. A friendly greeting exchanged throughout the day, it poses a seemingly mundane question: “Have...

Best Vietnamese food in Little Saigon: The top 25 dishes to eat

Best Vietnamese food in Little Saigon: The top 25 dishes to eat


Orange County Register

The scent of Little Saigon hits me in the face. An intoxicating perfume of jackfruit and bananas and the vanilla-y scent of pandanus leaves wraps itself around me in a warm, tight embrace. It’s a s…

Unique film and exhibition bring Bhutan to Budapest

by @ WeLoveBudapest EN

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Unique film and exhibition bring Bhutan to Budapest

This week, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan comes to the Hungarian capital. On January 23rd, the Budapest International Documentary Festival introduces "The Next Guardian", presenting contrasting generations in the Land of Dragons caught in a time clash. The English-friendly film is the first-ever movie co-produced by Hungary and Bhutan, a country that is home to one of the world’s happiest communities. Meanwhile, the lesser-known but fascinating Flag Museum in District VIII is hosting an exhibition portraying diverse scenes of this exotic destination, with traditional artifacts and ritual relics. Local Bhutan expert Zoltán Valcsicsák is involved in both projects – we speak to him about life in this South Asian kingdom.

Unique film and exhibition bring Bhutan to Budapest

Check out the Mount Pleasant Restaurant, Bar, and Bakery That Everyone Will Be Talking About

by Jessica Sidman @ Washingtonian

The prominent sign for 80-year Mount Pleasant institution Heller’s Bakery will stay, but only four letters will remain illuminated at the restaurant/bakery/bar taking its place: “ELLE.” Ellē (pronounced ell-ee) is the latest venture from Bad Saint and Room 11 owner Nick Pimentel and Paisley Fig founder/pastry chef Lizzy Evelyn. The name is not just a tribute […]

Cabinet turns on Boris Johnson as he calls for extra cash for hospitals

by Nigel Morris @ iNews

Boris Johnson was left isolated as ministers queued up to rebuke him for allowing his call for more cash for the National Health Service ahead of Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting. The Foreign Secretary suffered a barrage of criticism with Home Secretary Amber Rudd leading complaints that he had breached Cabinet confidentiality. He angered ministers with an […]

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Sydney’s Monthly Vegan Market Is Back For 2018

Sydney’s Monthly Vegan Market Is Back For 2018

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Hold onto your kale, vegan friends, Sydney's monthly vegan market is back this Sunday for first market of 2018 and it’s got your animal-loving names allllllll over it. In case you weren’t already spoilt enough living in such a vegan-friendly city like Sydney, this monthly market is wall-to-wall cruelty-free goodies and TBH, it's just a damn good time.

Hosted by the legends at Vegan NSW (formerly The Vegan Society), this is a market with a difference. You better believe they're selling epic produce, beautiful home products and delish sweet treats, but everything is 100% vegan. Oh yes, finally you can go HAM without asking three thousand questions about the origin of your food. It’s exciting times people. 

Excited? Yeah, you should be. Head here for more details. 

The Details

What: Sydney Vegan Market When: Third Sunday of each month, 9am – 4pm.  Where: 100 Marrickville Road, Marrickville Cost: entry is a $5 donation

Here are all our other fave markets. 

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Budapest Cafes – A Budapest Coffee Guide for the 21st Century

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

The new breed of Budapest cafes are hip, happening and highly caffeinated. Read on to find out our favorite spots to drink third wave coffee in Hungary’s capital city. Budapest is a city known for a cafe culture that’s as rich as the cream that flows into its coffee. Back in the day, artists and poets would meet at Budapest coffee houses to share ideas and philosophies while sipping strong brews and eating a variety of Budapest cake specialties like strudel and flodni. Hundreds of cafes graced both sides of ...

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The Best Comedy Nights In Sydney

The Best Comedy Nights In Sydney

by Jessica Best @ The A List | The Urban List

If you’re anything like us, you’re constantly anywhere between a simple LOL to a full blown “HAHAHAHAAHA” (because everything in life is funny, obvs). So we’ve put together an epic list full of epic places to get your cackle on. Thank us later.

Here are the best comedy nights in Sydney!

Powerbomb

Glebe

You’ll never be stuck for a fun Friday antic again. You’ll find this super schmic, super fancy comedy lounge (kidding, there’s a white sheet for a backdrop) located inside Staves Brewery and good news, it’s only ten bucks to enter.

Giant Dwarf

Redfern

Making people laugh since 2013 and (as you probs already know) this gem of a place was created by the Chaser team. And you’ll be pleased to know this mecca is still gloriously shabby and throws up top comedy acts on the reg.

Wolf Comedy

Chippendale

Yep, the last Thursday of every month should well and truly be spent at this legendary joint. You’ll find this beauty inside Knox Street Bar and we recommend at least four pairs of underwear (word on the street is you’ll laugh so hard you’ll wet your pants) #bettertobesafethansorry.

Crown Comedy

Lewisham

And when it’s free comedy, everything is effing hilarious. Head to The Louis Hotel for a 7:30pm start and just so you know, Happy Hour is from 5-7pm (which is no coincidence).

The Comedy Store

Fox Studios

These guys have literally showcased more international names than a Victoria Secret Show (don’t fact check us on that), so we can guarantee this bad boy will be worth your while. Depending on who’s performing, The Comedy Store could be open any day of the week so probably best you stay tuned on their social.

Cafe Lounge

Surry Hills

Because comedy is always THAT much better when you’re boozed up and it’s a Monday, right? You’ll find constant laughs running from Saturday through to that glorious first day of the week and heads up, people love this place so much they want to get married and buried here.

Coogee Bay Hotel

Coogee

Yeah dudes, more free comedy (you’re welcome) for your Monday night. And we all know comedy by the beach is deffs an absolute cracker.

Enmore Theatre

Enmore

You can find comedy at this classic joint every night other than Sunday (which is fine because we all know this day is reserved for reflecting on why the hell we thought tequila was a good idea, again).

Molotov Comedy

Chippendale

Two words: open mic. Yep, and we all know that’s the best type of LOLs around. The Two Wolves Cantina is where you want to be for student-friendly eats (think half dollar wings and a fiver for a beer) and straight up hilarious performances every Wednesday.

Eveleigh Hotel

Eveleigh

The last Sunday of every month calls for free and funny AF comedy at The Eveleigh (plus you’ll want to jump onboard their Dungeness Crab pasta for dinner too). Relax, you’ll laugh off all the carbs later in the night anyway.

Newtown Hotel

Newtown

Work your way up to the top floor of the hotel which is where you’ll ‘stumble’ across the iconic open mic comedy (which is locked into every Monday night). There’ll be around 8-10 comics plus a couple of feature spots for the pros.

The Harold Park Hotel

Glebe

The Harold Park Hotel has been part of Sydney’s comedy scene since the 80s. Head down every Tuesday night to see why people have been coming since the dark ages to have a laugh and a chuckle at their live comedy show, ‘The Laugh Stand’. At the bargain price of $10 tickets on the door, together with two-for-one meal deals all night and $5 schooners, we know, you’re on your way.

Brass Monkey

Cronulla

Comedy hits the Brass Monkey around the first(ish) Wednesday of every month and we’ll have you know it’s curated and presented by the famous Sydney Comedy Store. We all know what that means, right? Hump Day antics are totally sorted.

Chippendale Hotel

Chippendale

Donned as one of the best places to watch comedy, The Chippo puts on quality stuff every Tuesday night without fail.

The Friend In Hand

Glebe

Schedule in The Friend In Hand every Thursday at 8pm because this will no doubt become your go-to for a dose of comedians on the rise. From time to time, you’ll also find some seasoned pros blaring out epic one-liners and skits including Arj Barker, Ross Noble and Wil Anderson.

Looking for a bargain feed? There are Sydney's best two for one pub nights. 

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How to Get to Barcelona by multiple options

by Rachel G @ ShBarcelona

If you’re thinking about visiting Barcelona, the next step is to arrange all your travel plans. Luckily, there are so many convenient ways of getting to Barcelona. Whether you’re coming from overseas or from continental Europe, there are plenty of good options when it comes to travel. From planes to trains, buses, and more, here’s […]

Bangkok Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants in Bangkok, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

If you ask people what their favorite thing about Bangkok is, then the most common answers will surely be the temples, the nightlife, the low prices, and our personal favorite – the food. In case you haven't heard, Bangkok is a food lover's paradise, so much so that CNN named it the very best street food city in the world.

There’s An Anti Valentine’s Day Party Happening In Sydney

There’s An Anti Valentine’s Day Party Happening In Sydney

by Phoebe McRae @ The A List | The Urban List

Find yourself in a bit of a love to hate relationship with romance? We hear you, and this International Singles Awareness Day we’ve got some bloody great news for you.

For one night only (aka Valentine’s Day night) the Australian Museum is hosting an anti-Valentine’s Day party so you can shake off any break-up, ignore any heartache and forget any unanswered text. 

Bring your mates along for an unconventional night at the museum—there’ll be live performances of love songs gone right (and oh-so-god-damn-wrong), speed dating sessions, Voodoo doll workshops, couples’ game shows and (we’re sorry in advance) a live dissection of a pig’s heart. We knowwwww, you can really go as extreme as you want with this one. Or not. 

Grab your crew or come on your lonesome and bond with your people. Details here

THE DETAILS

What: Culture Up Late  When: Wednesday 14 February, 5pm – 9pm Where: Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney Cost: $20 for adults, $18 for concession and $16 for AM members.

Rather drink your hate away on a rooftop? Check this out.

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5 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Week

by Mathew Trenear @ The A List | The Urban List

Welcome to your second week back into the real world (and for those of you who are only returning to work today—we don’t even want to look at you). To keep those summer vibes coming in realllll strong, there’s really only one thing to do: treat Mondays like the weekend. You know it’s true. 

This week is all about kicking your coffee habit to the curb (LOL jokes, just the coffee CUP habit), ladies’ nights at your local pub and setting yourself up for success in 2018. Sounds pretty damn good, no?

Here is everything worth doing in Sydney this week. 

Monday 15 January

Free Frank Green Coffee Cup

We won’t patronise you by urging you to cut the coffee addiction this year—it’s literally our favourite time of day. But this week, Westfield Sydney and Frank Green (aka the makers of cute and functional AF reusable coffee cups) have joined forces and they’re slinging the damn things for free. It’ll even be filled with sweet, delicious, and equally free coffee. In exchange, you’ll just have to make a pledge to change your coffee drinking habits for the better and help make a positive environmental switch. Basically, just pinky swear that you’ll bring your Frank Green cup to your local café errryday. More details here

When: Monday 15 – Friday 19 January, 7.30am – 10.30am Where: Westfield Sydney Cost: Free

Tuesday 16 January

Ice Cream, You Scream

As part of The Lady Hampshire’s women’s only ‘See You Next Tuesday’ (ahem) series, they’re teaming up with Gelato Messina for an ice-cream filled evening of fun. And the best part is, the ice-cream is FREE. Still not convinced? They’ll have bevs from Sparkke Change Beverage Company, a completely women-run operation, as well as the indie punk band Scabz to supply the beats for the night. So grab your girls and head down to the only place to be this Tuesday. Sorry gents, you’ll have to miss this one out. More details here

When: Tuesday 16 January, 6pm-10pm Where: The Lady Hampshire, Camperdown Cost: Free

Wednesday 17 January

Lunar Nights

New year, new you, right? Well, Jordanna Levin is here to help you cleanse yourself of everything 2017. Whether you’ve already set your new moon intentions or you don’t even know your own star sign, this class will help you rid yourself of all the stale energy and bad vibes in your life. It’s the only way to kick off your new year, trust us. Book your spot here

When: Wednesday 17 January, 7pm-9:30pm Where: Heart Space Manor, Bondi Junction Cost: $43.29 – $53.84

Refresh & Restart: Designing A Healthy Life

To help you with your New Year's resolution of living that health life, we’re here to tell you about a workshop that’s all about clean eating, exercise and balanced living. And it’s all brought to you by naturopath, Jennifer Ward. She takes a fresh look at how you can live your best life without the fear of facing your Instagram discover page’s #bodygoals pics. Seriously, that page is terrifying. Learn cooking tips, practical ways to remain sane, and generally how to kick off your new year right. More details here

When: Wednesday 17 January, 7pm-9pm Where: The Indigo Project, Surry Hills Cost: $40

CHISWICK Gin on the Grass

The incred team over at CHISWICK just made summer even better with their evening garden series. They’ve teamed up with Bombay Sapphire to create a pop-up gin bar on their lush lawn and it’ll be sticking around all summer. The eats are obviously going to be incredible, and canapes are complimentary, so you’ll have no problems sticking that new year budget. Our hot tip? Grab yourself a Summer Collins, made with Bombay Sapphire Gin (duh), lemon, passionfruit, kaffir lime and Fever-Tree soda. Gather the troops and set yourselves up for an evening of laughs, dranks and live acoustic tunes this hump day.

When: Wednesdays between 10 January - 7 February (excluding 14 February), 5:30pm-7:30pm Where: CHISWICK Woollahra Cost: Free entry

Meanwhile, there are pools in the middle of Hyde Park right now.

Gelato Messina | Image credit: Ariana Gillrie

Brownie Batter Bento Boxes Exist And They’re Dessert Goals

Brownie Batter Bento Boxes Exist And They’re Dessert Goals

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

Gone are the days when your stock standard bento box was what you craved on the weekend, those need to step aside for the moment because Melbourne baker extraordinaire Proof Is In The Pudding has just released a brownie batter version and we need it in our face ASAP.

These boxes of absolute goodness are designed to be shared with a friend and are ideal for a night on the couch in front of Netflix. The Brownie Batter Bento features a ton of Belgian couverture brownie batter as well as an array of add-ons and mix-ins such as Smarties, almonds, Mars, and more.

There are three versions of the bento available, the Chocoholic, Very Vegan, and Gluten Gone, so they’re catering for everyone. All Brownie Batter Bentos can be pre-ordered on the Proof Is In The Pudding website, you just need to pick your preferred date*.

*That Melbourne trip you were thinking about needs to happen sooner rather than later.

ICYMI, Tim Tam-stuffed doughnuts are now totally a thing, too. Read all about it here.

Image credit: Proof Is In The Pudding

Is This the Best Pho in Hanoi?

Is This the Best Pho in Hanoi?


SAVEUR

The search for Vietnam's best pho leads to one back-alley street bowl in Hanoi that promises noodle-soup nirvana.

Breakfast around the world, Vol. 2

by Anna @ slightly astray

Over 2 years since publishing Vol. 1, finally here comes the much highly anticipated (ha!) sequel. I’ve finally gathered up enough other places to make another post. So let’s take a look at how I’ve started my day in different places! Taipei, Taiwan Lu rou fan is my favorite, favorite, favorite Taiwanese breakfast! I look forward to a bowl every morning whenever I’m in Taipei (ha, I say it like it’s a common occurence, but I actually haven’t been there in...



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Customer Spits in the Face of a Barista and the Coffee Shop Captures It All on Video

by Jessica Sidman @ Washingtonian

The baristas at coffee shop Qualia were well-acquainted with one particular bearded customer. Assistant manager and barista Allie Viall says she’d warn new female employees about him and didn’t like to leave them one-on-one with him. Owner Joel Finkelstein says the verbally abusive guy “has never been my favorite customer.” In November, the man came in while […]

A Huge Outdoor Filipino BBQ Is Headed To Sydney

A Huge Outdoor Filipino BBQ Is Headed To Sydney

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Prepare your bodies, people. A great big Filipino BBQ is headed for Sydney and, oooooh yeah, we are more than ready for this one. It’s all thanks to our mates at Hoy Pinoy who have decided to stick around for an entire month and TBH, it’s about time they brought their goods back to Sydney. 

If you’re unaccustomed to the Hoy Pinoy offerings, expect to be munching on some of the best Filipino street food you’ll taste, outside of the Philippines, that is. No snags here friends, this event will see their smoky grill slathered with marinated meats so you can feast on their signature skewers—think pork skewers drenched in banana ketchup and chicken skewers with a soy glaze. For your vegan friends, there will be a token salad that actually looks damn good—hello grilled pineapple goodness.

They know you’re a thirsty bunch, so they’ve got that covered too with San Miguel beer, Pinoy coladas (get it?) and other rum cocktails. Oh and desserts from Black Star Pastry, N2 and Gelato Messina. These guys clearly do nothing by halves. 

The Details

What:  Hoy Pinoy’s Sydney Summer BBQ When: Wednesday 7 February – Sunday 11 March, 12pm till late (10am till late on market days) Where: Entertainment Quarter Moore Park

Meanwhile, a whopper of a heatwave is headed for Sydney RN.

Image credit: Hoy Pinoy

Pho vs. Pho at Hanoi House and Madame Vo in the East Village

Pho vs. Pho at Hanoi House and Madame Vo in the East Village


Eater NY

A comparison of style and flavor

Gaggan in Bangkok: A Chef’s Table Degustation at Asia’s Best Restaurant

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Gaggan is a restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand named after owner and executive chef, Gaggan Anand. It's currently ranked number seven on the list of The World's 50 Best Restaurants. In 2017, it received two stars with the recent release of the first ever Bangkok Michelin Guide.

We got the best service blue butterfly restaurant

by jenny @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

We got the best service and food during our stay in Hanoi here at this resturant. The food Was outstanding and i got My special order Done perfectly even better then i could except. I m Picky with food but here i tried My friends food and we all loved everything we had

Homemade Food Restaurants in Barcelona

by Brian S @ ShBarcelona

There are a ton of great restaurants, big and small, all over Barcelona. But if you’re looking for a place where the food is truly homemade and cooked to perfection, you might have to search a bit more to find the best place. To help you out in the process, we’ve rounded up a list […]

9 Best Vietnamese Street Food Experiences - Backstreet Academy

9 Best Vietnamese Street Food Experiences - Backstreet Academy


Backstreet Academy

Wherever in Vietnam you go, you should definitely try out these 9 Best Vietnamese street food experiences. We promise you won't regret it.

Best Spots To Watch A Sunset In Sydney

Best Spots To Watch A Sunset In Sydney

by Jessica Best @ The A List | The Urban List

No doubt Sydney can throw up an effing gorgeous sunset. If you haven’t at some point jumped off your home commute or Snapchatted a sneaky arvo cocktail drink against the orange hues of the sky, we’re pretty sure you haven’t even lived.

Yep, living in this beach-laden, leafy and harbour-esque city sure is tough but someone has to do it (and let’s be honest, we’d all volunteer as tribute for that errryday).

Guys, here are the best places to watch a sunset in Sydney #nofilterneeded. And while you might not catch an epic sunset over the beach (because we’re on the East coast, duh) these ones are pretty damn special.

Queens Avenue

Vaucluse

It’s the absolute mecca of a spot to watch the sunset in Sydney. Think a little lane tucked off the main street in Vaucluse that somehow spills into a west-facing 280-degree view of the city and Harbour Bridge. Yeah, at the end of the day, it’s one helluva spot to be at (geddit?).

Jeffrey Street or Milson’s Point

North Sydney

These places are situated on either side of the Harbour Bridge so you’re in for one insanely jaw-dropping sunset vista should you set yourself up at either of these at dusk. Thank us later.

Larkin Street Lookout

Waverton

This is no doubt the place to be taking any out-of-towner who has just touched down on Sydney turf. Plus, you’ll absolutely fall in love with the city skyline come sunset (because glowing harbour waters under toddling boats and hidden coves are always a yes).

Green Point

Oyster Bay

This bad boy gives you a sneaky view of the Como Marina and we all know what happens when you combine a badass sunset with the Como bridge, boats and the calm waters of the Georges River. One wicked AF sunset to match. 

Bradleys Head

Sydney Harbour National Park

You’ll score some of the best vantage points in Sydney to watch the sun go down along the Bradley’s Head to Chowder Bay walk. Think a heap of bush and various glimpses (read: major photo opps) of our damn pretty city.

La Perouse

Kamay Botany Bay National Park

It’s no secret that this gem of a spot should be your go-to when it comes to watching the colour-changing sky at dusk. You’re in for absolutely uninterrupted views of the sky and you’ll be able to spot planes on the depart and arrival. 

Twilight Bridge Climb

Darling Harbour

Case in point. There’s only one way to catch the sky looking its best when the sun goes down and that’s by climbing up that big ol’ bridge thing that connects the city to the northside. If you are lucky enough to score a clear AF day, you’ll be able to see all the way out to the Blue Mountains—yep, chuck it on the bucket list. 

More of an early bird? Here are the best spots to catch a sunrise. 

Image credit: Federica Portentoso

The Best Cheap Vietnamese Restaurants Around DC

The Best Cheap Vietnamese Restaurants Around DC


Washingtonian

Whether you're in the mood for Pho or spicy rice noodles, your tastebuds will be satisfied at these budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurants.

How to Make the Best Chilaquiles in the World

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Cinco de Mayo is just a few days away. Why not ditch the Old El Paso this year and upgrade your fiesta with these maximum flavor chilaquiles instead.

The post How to Make the Best Chilaquiles in the World appeared first on The Culinary Travel Guide.

Madam Yen Restaurant

Madam Yen Restaurant


Madam Yen Restaurant

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Top 5 Foods I Ate in NYC

by Anna @ slightly astray

I’ve thought long and hard about how I was going to write about all the food I ate in New York. Should I organize it by categories? By days? For now, before I overwhelm you with all the food talk, I’m going to start on a high note with my top 5 favorite things I ate in New York City. Oh New York – why is the food so good there?! Seriously, I ate some of the best food OF...



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Philadelphia cheesesteak wars: 12 hours, 4 cheesesteaks

by Anna @ slightly astray

“You can’t come to Philadelphia and not have a cheesesteak.” Given that the cheesesteak is practically Philly’s symbol, that statement is so true. But we’ll do one better. In fact… we’ll do three better. The best thing about hanging out with foodies is that everyone is enthusiastic about eating and hunting for good food. The best thing about visiting locals is that they know where all the best spots are. The perfect combination. And because everyone has a different opinion...



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Where to Eat in Budapest Hungary – The Best Budapest Restaurants, Cafes and Markets

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Wondering what and where to eat in Budapest Hungary? We spent a month eating our way through the sprawling Hungarian capital city. Check out our Budapest Food Guide with the best Budapest restaurants, cafes and markets. Four weeks of eating our way through Budapest was overwhelming. The Hungarian capital’s food scene, with its never-ending selection of restaurants, cafes and markets, kept us constantly on the go. But with the help of our and lots of third wave coffee, we survived a month of hearty eating without sacrificing our sanity or waistlines. ...

The post Where to Eat in Budapest Hungary – The Best Budapest Restaurants, Cafes and Markets appeared first on 2foodtrippers.

Ciudad Condal: Restaurant in Eixample

by Rachel G @ ShBarcelona

While it’s easy to find tapas and Spanish food restaurants all over Barcelona, there are a few great places that stand out from the rest. Ciudad Condal is one of them. One of the most popular and highly-rated restaurants for tapas in the city, here’s what makes Ciudad Condal so special. Related article: Going for Tapas […]

Christopher Plummer Becomes Oldest Actor to Receive Oscar Nomination

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Insider's Guide: 8 Best Restaurants in Hanoi - The Slow Road Travel Blog

Insider's Guide: 8 Best Restaurants in Hanoi - The Slow Road Travel Blog


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by quantri @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

The Blue Butterfly is located inside the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, occupying a 300-year-old two-storey wooden house that promises a highly atmospheric and enjoyable environment. Its antique architecture should be the most attractive feature of this restaurant with all the furniture made of wood, traditional antiquities and Hanoi’s scenes hanging along the wall… At […]

Wanderlust Wednesday: 5 Must-Try Dishes Hanoi, Vietnam | Root + Revel

Wanderlust Wednesday: 5 Must-Try Dishes Hanoi, Vietnam | Root + Revel


Root + Revel

Wanderlust Wednesday explores the top five must-try dishes in Hanoi, Vietnam with restaurant recommendations, food tours and delicious tips!

10 Best Authentic Food Travel Experiences in 2017

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

The post 10 Best Authentic Food Travel Experiences in 2017 appeared first on Authentic Food Quest.

Irvine to allow pot testing as it becomes 3rd Orange County city to OK marijuana businesses

Irvine to allow pot testing as it becomes 3rd Orange County city to OK marijuana businesses

by Tomoya Shimura @ Orange County Register

Santa Ana and Costa Mesa have marijuana laws. The Irvine measure would require the labs to be at least 600 feet from homes, schools, day cares or youth centers.

Ultimate Comfort Food: Mac and Cheese Pizza

by Valentina Celant @ Honest Cooking

This mac and cheese pizza sits on a garlic-loaded crust and will make all of your carb dreams come true.

The post Ultimate Comfort Food: Mac and Cheese Pizza appeared first on Honest Cooking.

17 surprising ways traveling Southeast Asia like an insider can change you

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

It’s a simple fact that travel is transformative. If you travel Southeast Asia with an open mind, there’s no doubt your journeys will affect you. If you grew up in a Western country, you feel the effects even more. The contrast to what you’re used to back home can come as a shock, but, as

Read 17 surprising ways traveling Southeast Asia like an insider can change you on Backyard Travel.

Best of 2017 in travels (and plans for 2018)

by Anna @ slightly astray

I’ll admit: I’m lazy and wasn’t gonna do a year-end recap post. But I was inspired by posts like Shikha’s and decided to write one of my own. I do think it’s nice to have these to look back on, when the memories start getting fuzzy and the years start to blend together. It’s also a good time to sit down, reflect, and think about the future. So let’s recap! Find out my overall best part of the year, best foodie destination, best...



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Green mango salad with seafood

by trangnv91 @ Cai Mam Restaurant

Hello Everyone! Today, Cai Mam Restaurant will guide you how to make Green mango salad with seafood It just takes you about 25 minutes to make an vegetarian dish. Why don't try it once? Ingredient: One green mango or sliced one. A half of a carrot. 2 cloves of garlic + 1 chili ( spicy one without seed) A half of lemon. 100 Continue Reading

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Visit Igualada from Barcelona

by Rachel G @ ShBarcelona

About an hour by car outside of Barcelona, the Catalan city of Igualada is home to a rich history and plenty of fascinating touristic sights for visitors to see. While it sometimes gets overshadowed by more famous cities nearby such as Girona, Igualada is worth seeing on its own and makes a great destination for a day […]

Bringing bubbles to Budapest – Proseccoshop opens downtown

by We Love Budapest @ WeLoveBudapest EN

WeLoveBudapest EN
Bringing bubbles to Budapest – Proseccoshop opens downtown

In the depths of snowy winter, the sunny climes of the Adriatic have been brought to Budapest thanks to the recent unveiling of Proseccoshop on Semmelweis Street. Specializing in the sparkling drink of the same name, this welcome arrival is another example of a successful niche online retail opening a walk-in outlet in town. Before Christmas, BeerSelection set up just ten minutes away, a digital business writ large. Here we’re talking bubbles not hops, prosecco an essential element of increasingly popular tipples such as Aperol spritz.

Bringing bubbles to Budapest – Proseccoshop opens downtown

The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Bangkok, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and its biggest city by far. It's a top tourist destination which is consistently ranked among the world's most visited cities. In fact, so popular and beloved is Bangkok that it was voted the "World's Best City" by Travel + Leisure magazine readers for four consecutive years. Spend a few days there and you'll get its appeal.

This Camera Is Taking Your Travel Pics 360

This Camera Is Taking Your Travel Pics 360

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

We hate to break it to you guys. But a selfie is no longer enough to guarantee that double tap. Why? Because 360-degree photography is officially a thing and everything you thought you knew about your feed has changed. Enter: the GoPro 360-degree Fusion camera.

So why is this latest camera so great? Let us tell you. Fusion will capture everything, we’re talking 360-spherical content, that your single-lens cam simply can’t.

It’s also nice and easy to edit with Mobile OverCapture editing for iOS so that even your mum can now make epic travel vids. You can even re-frame and save old school-style videos from the 360-degree vid, we know. It’s (almost) too much.

GoPro Fusion has dropped a limited release and support for Android devices will be coming soon.

Go on. Your followers deserve this.

Still struggling to picture it? Check it out below.

Image credit: Sam Evans for GoPro

You Can Now Pedal Boat Your Way Around The Harbour

You Can Now Pedal Boat Your Way Around The Harbour

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Summer is here guys. In fact, you’re cruising to the half way point (well, kind of) and you’re probably wondering what the hell you’ve even been doing with your sunshine hours. We’re right, aren’t we? Well listen in team. This is for anyone who dreams of boating around on the harbour every weekend but doesn’t quite have the budget. 

You can now pedal boat your way around Sydney harbour because #summer, #touristlyfe and #iconic. We kind of thought these bad boys had been left behind in the ‘90s but alas, they’re back and we’re damn excited about it. All you need to do is bring your crew to Cockle Bar Marina, book yo’self a boat then spend the next half hour frolicking on the water. Sounds pretty damn good, no?

To find out more, head here

The Details

When: Tuesday 2 – Sunday 28 January, 11am-7pm daily Where: Cockle Bay Marina, Darling Harbour Cost: $30 per session

Here are even more things to do this month in Sydney.

Image credit: Supplied by Darling Harbour

Best Places To Eat In Hanoi: 10 Restaurants You'll Love!

Best Places To Eat In Hanoi: 10 Restaurants You'll Love!


Trip101

Hanoi is one of the top culinary destinations in Vietnam, with a wide range of restaurants to pick from. Check out the 10 best places to eat in Hanoi.

Australia, Meet Your Next Bachelor

Australia, Meet Your Next Bachelor

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

Let’s just get one thing out in the open—we are hanging for some (any) Bachelor news. So, when the folks over at New Idea broke the news that Fireman Cam (we just love that so much) is the official unconfirmed next Bachelor, our group chat was suddenly lit.

According to those in the know, the lack of Cam’s abs on a certain deserted island looking for love was a dead giveaway. But then things get a little, well, weird. Apparently (according to an inside), his brother with also be giving out roses, in a kind of two-for-the-price-of-one type deal.

We’re confused/intrigued/excited and daaaaaaaaamn impatient, Channel 10 pleeeeeeeeeease put us out of our god damn misery.

Image credit: Channel 10

14 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

14 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

by Hannah Caldwell @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI, summer is here to stay (wellll, at least for a few more months anyway). This weekend is jam packed with all of Sydney’s summer feels. Think rooftop terraces (with all the drinks), pop-ups (with all the food), live music, and exhibitions to boot. Yep, there really is something for everyone. You can dance till the sun goes down, get cultured, and eat your weight in food in the meantime.

Fit as much in as you physically can team—you don’t want to miss anything. Here are the best things to do in Sydney this weekend.

All Weekend

Rembrandt Live

This weekend, you can travel back in time to the ‘Dutch Golden Age’ because it’s all about 17th Century Dutch masterpieces at the Art Gallery NSW, aka Rembrandt Live. There are still life works, impressive landscapes, and portraits galore on display and it’s all to the soothing sound of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Directed by John Bell and with music curated by Paul Dyer, this theatrical pairing has come straight from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and FYI, you’re going to love it. 

When: Throughout the month of January Where: Art Gallery of NSW Cost: $59 - $66

Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema

Calling all film buffs! It’s time to ditch the tired old movie night and head to The Hills Outdoor Cinema instead. Grab your crew and settle in for a night of feasting on pizza (FYI, they're giant pizzas from Epic Pizza) with a glass of Pimm’s in each hand. Bean bags are bringing the comfort but you can also upgrade to Cabana Class or a Bell Tent for VIP treatment. Returning for its 4th year with a killer line-up (helllooo Daddy’s Home 2) you’d better snag a ticket ASAP.

When: 11 January – 18 February, on Thursday through Sunday Where: Castle Hill Showgrounds Cost: Various Prices, GA $21.70

Frosé Rosé Happy Hour @ Sky Terrace

ICYMI one of our absolute fave rooftop bars has reopened with giant Jenga and frosé just in time for summer. We’re talking about Sky Terrace at The Star, of course. Every Friday from 5pm to 7pm, you can wrap your lips around Frosé Rose cocktails while overlooking the oh-so-famous Sydney skyline, for only $10 a pop. There’ll be Jenga, croquet, dominoes and Connect Four so you don’t get bored, and plenty of foodie options downstairs when you’re ready for a feed.

When: Every Friday, 5pm – 7pm Where: The Star Sydney Cost: Get all the deets here

Louis Vuitton Kombi Van Pop-Up

Listen up men, Louis Vuitton is releasing their new sporty spring-summer collection at a pop-up shop in Bondi Junction and it’s cute AF. This tropical-themed space will have exclusive (to Australia) leather goods along with ready-to-wear, accessories, watches and even surfboards. Because ‘Straya. Oh, and it’s all happening in a freaking Kombi van. 

When: 17 January – 4 February Where: Westfield Bondi Junction Cost: Free entry

Thursday 18 January 

TWILIGHT THURSDAYS

Warm summer evenings call for seafood and chilled wine—you know we’re right. Hit up the MCA café for just that this season because their menu has things like bouillabaisse made from white fish, crab, mussels, clams and prawns, served with a roasted chilli aioli and crisp sourdough. We know, we want it in our bellies riiiiiight now. It’s handy the MCA galleries, café, store and Colour Fields pop-up bar are all keeping their doors open every Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 9pm. More time to eat. 

When: 18 January  to 18 February  Where: MCA cafe Cost: varies

Friday 19 January

ARTBAR At The MCA

And because the MCA is the gift that keeps on giving this week, it’s stepped it up a notch with ARTBAR and we’re here for it. Activities include exploring the galleries after dark, discussing cultural identity, educating yourself about ethical fashion with The Social Outfit, and learning how to dancehall. Yes. Now take those new moves up to the rooftop and get lost in the rhythm. This event will also score you free access to the Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean exhibition which is open until 9.30pm. 

When: Friday 19 January  Where: MCA Cost: $24

Courtyard Sessions @ The Seymour Centre

Courtyard Sessions is kicking off the epic line up this weekend with electronic dream pop, folk, and soulful sounds along with LGBTQ artists. Because the Mardis Gras 40th Anniversary Festival is coming, people, and this is your first chance to get amongst it. As the sun sets over the Seymour Centre make the most of the bar, BBQ and vintage games whilst looking out for your new favourite band. Bring friends, family or your dog and support these up and coming artists, why don’t ya.  

When: 19 January - 13 March Where: Seymour Centre Cost: Free entry

Saturday 20 January

So Frenchy, So Chic

One of our favourite summer festivals is bringing the south of France to Sydney's Bicentennial Park in Glebe this weekend and we can smell the baguettes, and more importantly taste the champagne, from here. Otherwise known as the fairy-tale estate in Provence your instafeed needs, with wine barrels, hay bales and of course, you and your mates looking fab as you throw back a glass or two of French rosé. There will also be some seriously great beauty stalls happening too—think a Kérastase Braid Bar, Lancôme Parisienne Lip Suite and La Roche-Posay Croquet Club. So Frenchy, So Chic, why aren’t we as cool as you? For more details, head here

When: Saturday 20 January, from 12pm Where: Bicentennial Park, Glebe Cost: $45 - $89

Free Live Entertainment Hub at Gateway’s Summer Sessions

Each weekend in January you can be dazzled by musicians, acrobats, performers and jumbo games at Gateway’s Summer Sessions. Gateway has locked down talent like the professional street artist, Hendrick, and ‘Kids of Leo’, aka the World’s youngest sibling pop group from Australia’s Got Talent. Bring the kids, bring the adults, and most importantly, head here for more details. 

When: Every weekend in January 11am - 4pm Where: Jessie Street Gardens (next to Gateway) Cost: Free

The Love Brunch at Pelicano

The team from London’s Love Brunch are teaming up with Pelicano this weekend to bring their delish event to Sydney. After hitting London, Ibiza, Verbier, LA and New York (no biggie) in 2017, Sydney is the first cab off the rank for 2018. Expect loads of entertainment throughout the day, with a stellar brunch, cocktails, bubbles, music and even more. Grab your ticket here. 

When: Saturday 20 January, 12pm6pm Where: Pelicano, Double Bay Cost: $53.80 per person

Social Serve Australian Open Party

Calling all tennis players (beginners and pros), Social Serve is serving up (see what we did there?) gourmet eats, beats, and a free drink upon your arrival this weekend. Toss back some cocktails and bask in the sunlight on the sidelines or channel your competitive side and get yo’ game on. There’ll also be a raffle on the day and all profits will be donated to The Primary Club, just make sure you dress the part because the best dressed guy or gal will score a prize (or just bragging rights, either way). Head here for more info.

When: Saturday 20 January Where: Lyne Park Tennis Centre Cost: Varies

Sunday 21 January

Sunday Sundown At Coogee Pavilion

Sunday sessions are our favourite way to forget all about Monday and this weekend, you’ll be distracting yourself with great drinks and even better music on the Coogee Rooftop. This weekend, SWICK and Linda Marigliano will be bringing the tunes so you can say goodbye to your freedom in style. We know, we’re dramatic. Deets over here.

Where: Coogee Rooftop When: Sunday Cost: Free entry

Explore North Head at the Inaugural Discovery Day

This Sunday, there’ll be free talks, tours and workshops happening at the first every Discovery Day at North Head. This is one big collab between Manly Art Gallery and Museum, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Q-station, AND the Harbour Trust so you know it’ll have a little bit of everything. Be honest, when was the last time you set out to learn about your backyard. That’s what we thought—head here for more info. 

When: Sunday 21 January, 10am4pm Where: North Head Cost: Free

Don't Miss...

Australia Day @ The Star

Your fave long weekend of the year is already here and The Star Sydney wants to make sure you’re doing it right, by bringing Chingy (yes, really) to Rock Lily to celebrate. With free entry for everyone, you’re guaranteed good times–but if you’re not a fan of the hip-hop legend, stuff yourself silly with vegemite chicken wings at 24/7 Sports Bar, or take down the all-Australia-everything buffet at Harvest Buffet (we’re talking pies, barramundi and lamingtons, people!). Get all the deets here.

When: Friday 26 January – Sunday 28 January Where: The Star Sydney Cost: Get all the deets here

Editor's Note: The Star's events are proudly sponsored by The Star Sydney and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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