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Food Trends: What the UK will be eating in 2018

by OpenTable @ opentable.co.uk blog

Farewell 2017, a year where (if you believe Instagram) we mostly ate bubble waffles, poké, and unicorn freakshakes. So what’s on the menu for 2018? We’ve trawled the trend reports to find out what the UK’s food experts are predicting for the year ahead. From edible flowers to plant-based proteins, here’s what we could be eating […]

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Rose’s foodie adventures #3

by Rose @ Where Goes Rose?

Time for me to tell you about my latest gastronomic experiences and the (sugar) highs and lows. I haven’t written an update in a while, actually. That’s because I’ve been on a diet. A very big and very serious diet. #DietLife Kidding. Definitely kidding. Still your same old greedy friend, Rose, telling you about everything […]

Fiona Howden talks us through her labour of love; transforming The Pointer at Brill

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

My husband, David, and I moved from London to Ludgershall, a tiny village on the Bucks/Oxfordshire border, in 1999. We loved the area and David knew this part of the world well, having grown up nearby. I’d been working as a gemologist and David works in the City, but we decided to relocate with our young family to a house with a huge garden where we started to cultivate our own vegetables and keep chickens.

Santo Remedio London Bridge review – the best Mexican restaurant in London is back with a bigger menu

Santo Remedio London Bridge review – the best Mexican restaurant in London is back with a bigger menu

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Disclosure: I contributed to Santo Remedio’s crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter with a modest donation in the region of £75-200. Arrogant. Cocksure. Overconfident know-nothing. Snooty elitist. Those are just some of the epithets slung my way in the hatemail that I try to ignore (usually quite successfully). That doesn’t mean I don’t question my own judgment … Continue reading

Volunteering in Vietnam

by rosemunday @ Vietnamese food – Where Goes Rose?

A hectic metropolis that is less ‘hustle and bustle’ and more a rat race of screeching brakes and a smoky haze of abundant street food, Hanoi is unlike anywhere I’ve ever been before. Matched in its craziness perhaps only by Delhi, the city is infinitely more ‘liveable’ with enough English spoken and Western influences to […]

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Welcome to Shrewsbury's first and only authentic Vietnamese restaurant. If you're looking for a unique dining experience to send your taste buds on a far east escape, Pho Sure is the place for you....

Hoppers review – Sri Lankan restaurant sequel finally takes reservations in Marylebone

Hoppers review – Sri Lankan restaurant sequel finally takes reservations in Marylebone

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Oxford Street’s eating options get a kick in the pants The little patch of shops and restaurants adjacent to Selfridges known as St. Christopher’s Place used to be one of London’s dining out black spots. Full of tourist traps fronted by touts wielding laminated menus either the length of the Bible or full of badly … Continue reading

Yen review – the soba ‘specialists’ that also serve sushi, sashimi and donburi

Yen review – the soba ‘specialists’ that also serve sushi, sashimi and donburi

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

A head-scratching double take on The Strand Bringing an under-appreciated cuisine or dish to foreign shores is an effort fraught with all sorts of logistical, culinary and financial difficulties. Reviewing such an effort isn’t as arduous, but still has pitfalls of its own. Yen, a new restaurant on The Strand, is a purported specialist in … Continue reading

Where to eat near… Oxford Street

Where to eat near… Oxford Street


opentable.co.uk blog

Love it or loathe it, Oxford Street is one of the busiest and most famous streets in London. Stretching from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch, it’s home to over 300 shops and attracts around hal…

A home from home at pop-up restaurant Knife & Fork

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

When I first opened Knife & Fork, the idea was to run a very small home restaurant that would open occasionally. I had no idea whether people would like the idea or whether it would just seem a bit odd!

banh mi | Definition of banh mi in English by Oxford Dictionaries

banh mi | Definition of banh mi in English by Oxford Dictionaries


Oxford Dictionaries | English

Definition of banh mi - (in Vietnamese cuisine) a sandwich consisting of a baguette (traditionally baked with both rice and wheat flour) filled with a var

How to survive in the restaurant business by a chef who knows

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

Well, we’re four! Yep, I can barely believe it myself. It is four years since I left a comfortable, secure and stable job and decided that, with a baby on the way and ever increasing financial pressure, then was the time to take the massive risk of opening my own restaurant.

Banana Tree Wardour Street review – lots of plates all in one place

Banana Tree Wardour Street review – lots of plates all in one place

by pickyglutton @ Vietnamese – The Picky Glutton

Disclosure: The Picky Glutton was invited to review this restaurant and the second meal in this review was partially prepaid for by the restaurant in the form of an unsolicited £60 voucher. I paid for the first meal myself. Asia is a small word for a massive continent that technically stretches all the way from … Continue reading

David Holliday on his new country pub at The Bottle & Glass, Binfield Heath

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

After 18 long months of restoration, it’s a relief to finally say that The Bottle & Glass Inn has opened its doors. After a long search, Alex Sergeant and I found the perfect spot to pursue our vision of founding a quintessentially English pub, and we couldn’t be happier with our home in Binfield Heath, south Oxfordshire.

Yotam Ottolenghi talks children, travel and cake meetings with Katherine MacAlister

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

You might have bumped into Yotam Ottolenghi at west Oxfordshire’s Wilderness Festival this summer, complete with a flowery crown.

Cooking like a local around Asia!

by Rose @ Vietnamese food – Where Goes Rose?

I tried my hand at Laos, Vietnamese and Thai cooking courses… Southeast Asia is good for many things – beaches, parties and markets to name a few, and while I’m a fan of all three, there’s something I like even more. Eating. I tend to try anything and everything – the more unusual the cuisine, […]

Emily Watkins almost converts the inconvertible Katherine MacAlister

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

I don’t want to dazzle you with science,” Emily Watkins told us, “by demonstrating some of the more complicated vegetarian dishes on our menu, because I’d rather you learnt something you can actually go home and cook for yourself.”

Pre-theater menu

by Lan MOC @ MOC Kitchen in Charing Cross

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Special Tết Set menu

by admin @ MOC Kitchen in Charing Cross

Special Tết Set menu Our New Year starts on 28th January – and 2017 is the year of the Rooster. You’ll notice the dragon is a very popular symbol for New Year as it’s a symbol of strength and good luck. Join MOC celebrations with our unique and exclusive 3 course meal. New Year menu available from 16th to 28th January – with a […]

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Catch of the day: 3 new seafood restaurants in London

by OpenTable @ opentable.co.uk blog

Feeling stuffed after the holidays? Swap the festive leftovers for something lighter, like a seafood supper at one of these new openings. Wright Brothers, Battersea – Earlier this month, seafood specialists Wright Brothers opened their fifth restaurant, right beside the iconic Battersea Power Station. It’s a big, buzzy neighbourhood restaurant with an open kitchen, a […]

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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.

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Indochinese Dishes to Sneak into Your Christmas Dinner

by bplant @ bananatree

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School Holidays in Charing Cross

by admin @ MOC Kitchen in Charing Cross

School Holidays in Charing Cross School Holidays are a wonderful time to relax and spend time with family and friends. MOC Kitchen offers an excellent selection of Vietnamese dishes that everyone will love. Simply book your table and enjoy a nice catch up. Below you will find the full list of 2017 school holidays in Charing Cross Spring […]

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Central London's top 10 budget restaurants

Central London's top 10 budget restaurants


the Guardian

Visiting London can be an expensive business, but you needn't spend big money to eat well. In the first of a five-part series on budget eats in the capital, Tony Naylor chooses the 10 best restaurants and cafes in central London

Easter in Charing Cross

by admin @ MOC Kitchen in Charing Cross

Easter in Charing Cross Easter in Charing Cross is always a busy time as it’s the first long Bank Holiday of the year so meet up with your friends and family for a delicious meal at MOC Kitchen.  Our food is light, healthy and made fresh every minute, giving you plenty of time to catch up! Reserve your […]

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A Brill place for Sunday lunch

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

It’s like entering a forgotten world, driving into Brill, framed by its historic windmill, Oxfordshire stretching away as far as the eye can see, it’s quaint higgledy-piggledy houses huddled together, as if frozen in time.

Fresh flavours: 8 Vietnamese restaurants to try in London

by OpenTable @ opentable.co.uk blog

Like Thai food, Vietnamese cooking relies on the balance between hot, sour, sweet and salty. With fresh, healthy dishes that sing with the flavours of lemongrass, chilli, citrus and herbs, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular in London. If you’re craving a zingy noodle salad or a steaming bowl of pho, here are […]

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Vietnamese food at New World Manila Bay Hotel: Pho-nomenal!

Vietnamese food at New World Manila Bay Hotel: Pho-nomenal!


philstar.com

Think Vietnamese food and what instantly comes to mind is a bowl of nice and hot pho beef noodles. I get my fill of this pho-ntastic dish — and a lot more of not-to-be-missed Vietnamese food — at New World Manila Bay Hotel’s Market Cafe, where a Vietnamese food promo is ongoing until Sept. 13.

Our Top Picks At This Year’s Fringe World Festival

Our Top Picks At This Year’s Fringe World Festival

by Emma Pegrum @ The A List | The Urban List

There really is no better time to enjoy everything Perth has to offer than during Fringe, when our sunny Perth days turn into beautiful, balmy nights spent being wowed by entertainers from around the globe. Fringe World is back in 2018 to bring us one blissful month of buzzing bars and pop-up venues, dazzling shows, flowing drinks and good old belly laughs.

We know there’s a tonne of shows on offer at Fringe and, being the stand-up guys that we are (pun intended), we thought we’d put together a handy little list of our top picks so you can hone in on the best shows at Fringe World in 2018.

The Sell-Outs

Club Swizzle

Cabaret/Circus

This brand new show from cabaret extraordinaires La Soiree—who have sold out three Fringe seasons in a row with their sassy cabaret and acrobatics that defy the laws of physics—is coming to light up our new fave pop-up The Ice Cream Factory. You might even get a drink poured from someone who is literally suspended in the air. We think this one’s going to knock your absolute socks off!

Hot Brown Honey

Theatre/Cabaret

This one’s for the women. Hot Brown Honey, touted as one of the most exciting shows hitting this year’s festival, features a host of powerful and talented First Nations women from different international backgrounds who are smashing stereotypes and having a damn good time while doing it! From the producers behind Briefs, you know it’s going to be cheeky yet sophisticated, and include some mind-boggling theatrics.

Briefs: Close Encounters

Circus/Cabaret

If you see nothing else for the entire month of Fringe World, see this. The boys at Briefs blew us away last year with their night of mischief—think disco meets ‘boylesque’ meets circus—and we can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store with this brand new show, Close Encounters. Expect crazy aerials, incredible artistry and ‘warped speed strippers’—brace yourselves, people.

Djuki Mala

Dance

Hailing all the way from Arnhem Land, the Djuki Mala boys sure know how to put on a show. Incorporating moves from their traditional culture with contemporary renditions of disco faves, the show was a sell-out last year and we are pretty sure it will be again. Entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny and heartfelt at the same time, this is a must-see!

Club Briefs

Circus/Cabaret

This fast-paced show brings together a selection of guests from across Fringe World for a night of disco dancing, circus and incredible feats of physical theatre. These guys are blowing stereotypes to bits at Club Briefs with their stellar showmanship and we guarantee you’ll have a damn fun night hanging out with them.

Returning Favourites

Comedy Hypnotist Matt Hale: Mindfoolness

Cabaret/Comedy

If you want to seriously LOL at a family member or friend, take them to this show and get them up on stage. Alternatively, if you want to walk out of a show feeling like you just slept for a week, take yourself and volunteer to participate! Matt Hale’s ‘Mindfoolness’ is as tasteful as hypnotism shows come and will have you in stitches as well as in awe of the unreal things unfolding before you. Go and see it!

Cabaret Consultations

Cabaret/Comedy

If it’s been a while since you went for a checkup, make sure you go see Dr Ahmed in his follow up to last year’s sold out ’Doctor in the House’: Cabaret Consultations. Looking at the make-up of doctors and the human dilemmas they face, this show’s going to be musical, visceral, and pretty darn funny we assume. You know what they say—laughter is the best medicine, so you’d better book your appointment.

Divas: All Male Revue

Cabaret/Music

Ever wondered what it would be like if Adele, Liza Minelli, Madonna and Amy Winehouse were all alive at the same time? Well, if you go see this show, you won’t have to wonder anymore! Presented by Perth locals Proud Entertainment Group, the superstar divas will dazzle and impress as they impersonate and portray all your favourite celebs from throughout the ages. It’s a no-brainer.

TRIAGE! A Nursing Cabaret: Discharged

Cabaret/Comedy

Back after last year’s blockbuster tour, Triage! is back to translate the secret language that nurses have been speaking for years for our entertainment. Join the medical madness as this brand new show makes a world debut!

F**K Tinder

Comedy/Stand-Up

If you’re single and like to laugh, this show is for you. Let Chris Henry be your wingman with his hilarious jokes and bizarre banter, all in the name of getting single people ready to mingle. He’ll provide the conversation, you just have to take care of the good looks and charm.

(NOT) The Bachelor Live On Valentine’s Day Hosted By Luke Bolland

Comedy/Stand-Up

Fans of The Bachelor/Bachelorette, unite! Join local comic Luke Bolland for this beautifully unscripted hour of goodness where four singles enter and one couple leaves. For a cute date night with bae/current tinder date, or a fun night out with the squad, this is the place to go.

Secret Gems​

Kevin Quantum: And For My Next Trick

Cabaret/Magic/Illusion

Ever wondered about the science behind magic? With more mind-boggling tricks than you can poke a wand at, this show from Scottish magician-scientist hybrid Kevin Quantum will make you laugh and go ‘whaaaa?’ all at the same time. Since this guy’s now referring to quantum physics as his ‘hobby’, you can pretty much bet your life savings on that he’s pretty bloody good at magic. So go see it!

Plumbing The Death Star

Film & Multimedia/Comedy

What began as a podcast network between a group of mates (or, a group of ‘like-minded idiots’—their words, not ours) has turned into a comedy show with a cult following of people the world over.  Reportedly for the ‘geeks and nerds’, go here for a good dosage of pop-culture comedy.

Sediment

Circus/Contemporary

This show from small performing arts company ‘Company 2’ is a chance to see circus redefine itself. If you want to see some something on the deeper side that still includes feats of physical impossibility, this will be the show to catch.

Glittery Clittery: A Consensual Party

Cabaret/Comedy

We are loving the amount of glitter and sequins this show appears to feature, as well as the fact that it stars three female comedic powerhouses who are uniting to bring us a comedy-cabaret club night. Get the girls together, get glammed up and crack the champas, this one’s gonna’ be good.

Comedic Genius

Kosher Bacon

Comedy/Stand-Up

Oh, to write jokes for a living. Anyone who can crank out punchlines on request has got to be funny, right? Michael Shafar’s Kosher Bacon is dedicated, as the name suggests, to hilarious contradictions. If you are looking for a show that’s clever and quick-witted, as well as downright funny, this could be it!

Josh Glanc: 99 Schnitzels (Veal Ain’t One)

Comedy/Interactive

Well, this guy won Best Comedy Award at last year’s Fringe festival, so say no more. 99 Schnitzels (Veal Ain’t One) is reportedly ‘bizarre, provocative, random and clever’—again, say no more. It’ll be one of those show’s that leaves you uncontrollably laughing while shaking your head and looking around at your mates going ‘ohh-ma-gaaahd’. Get a ticket, period.

All The Rage

Comedy/Stand-Up

Visit the funny side of anger with Claire Hooper as she returns to Perth to deliver this comedy show inspired by the irrational and unjustified anger we all have in common—that which is directed at our mothers. Go and laugh along as you pretend you’ve never broken anything while raging with anger—that includes your mother's heart. Yeah, we thought so.

Luke Bolland: Name Dropper

Comedy/Stand-Up

Who doesn’t like a good name-drop? If you love celebrity gossip, or just love a good laugh, be sure to catch our very own Luke Bolland spinning uncensored yarns about his time spent among the A-listers at this unmissable stand-up show. We’re most looking forward to his stories about Will Smith, and anything that’s advertised with redacted information…

A Different Class

Comedy/Stand-Up

Ah, Perth people love a bit of good ol’ fashion class warfare—the humorous kind, of course. Catch this show to see it at it’s finest, as the world’s of Grant from rural Scotland and Nic from Leafy Leederville collide in what’s sure to be a spectacularly funny display of banter.

Lewis Garnham: The Smartest Idiot You’ll Ever Meet

Comedy/Stand-Up

If you love to see people cracking jokes about their parents, this is the show to catch. Watch as Lewis defames his vastly well read and articulate father who’s a qualified lawyer/geneticist in a comedy show that’ll stroke your funny bone.

Interactive Experiences And Free Events

The Showman’s Dinner

Cabaret/Interactive

Taking over the Urban Orchard this year is The Showman’s Fair, a wild Dutch mini-festival with all sorts of things going on—one of which is this long table dining experience which is happening literally every single night in February for a doable $20.

WTF Renaissance

Visual Arts & Design/Comedy

We were all thinking it, they’ve just said it. All those visits to grandiose museums in Europe are about to pay off when you get the humour behind these ‘old as f*ck paintings’ that are paired hilariously with ‘modern as f*ck captions’ by WTF Renaissance. We’re just sad they beat us to it. Obviously go check it out.

Noodle Palace

Free & Community Events/Events

The series of free events that need no introduction, Noodle Palace is back again and this year it's at Elizabeth Quay. There’s roaming entertainment, live music, DJ’s, drinks and food—and there’s also two Fringe venues with shows happening throughout the festival. You know what to do!

Chinese New Year Fair

Free & Community Events/Events

This cultural extravaganza is easily one of the best nights of Fringe, with a parade, food stalls, lion dragon dancing, games and rides all hitting Northbridge for a whole day of ringing in the Chinese New Year. Stuff your belly full of delicious Chinese delicacies while you’re at it.

The City of Perth Buskers Weekender

Free & Community Events/Events

The first weekend of February is going to see Perth City streets light up as street performers and entertainments from all over the world are given timed slots across seven pop-up stages. This weekender will see Guinness World Record attempts, flame juggling acrobats and a whole host of other feats of impossibility. Remember to take some cash to flip into these guys’ hats!

Blue Water Vaudeville

Cabaret/Burlesque

Guys, this is a literal after-dark underwater cabaret show where mermaids wow you with moves (as if mermaids needed to do more to wow us…) It’s the first time Fringe has seen a show like this, and it’s the perfect thing to catch between shows, on your way to a show, between drinks… you get the message. Just stop by and see it!

The Big Splash WA

Free & Community Events/Street Art

We’ve been waiting for this moment. The moment where we could announce to you that a pod of wildly colourful dolphins is coming to Perth streets and you can spend a whole day looking at them! The kicker is that this project is raising awareness for children's mental health, and when it’s all over you can even take one of the dolphins home via auction with all proceeds going toward the same cause!

Under The Sky Sessions

Free & Community Events/Music

If you’re anything like us, you probably always forget that Fringe also happens outside of Northbridge. Like, it happens everywhere. So branch out this year and hit up the Under the Sky Sessions at the Sunset Veranda (Brighton Reserve) right on the beach. Local and live acoustic music with drinks and eats on offer at sunset? Get us there now! 

Leedypalooza—Unfair Day

Free & Community Events

A place where everyone is ‘most unwelcome’ to ‘not enjoy’ this very ‘unfair day’ in Leederville. Featuring ‘unlucky dips’, ‘bad family portraits’ and ‘misfortune cookies’, this is a street party with a twist. Perfect for introducing the fam to Fringe or perusing the shops while enjoying the buzz of Fringe all around. 

Want more? Find more awesome things to do in Perth here.

Image credit: John Leonard

The Strangest Foods of Indochina

by bplant @ bananatree

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Gilly’s Fry Bar review – the chippy that wants to be a tempura restaurant

Gilly’s Fry Bar review – the chippy that wants to be a tempura restaurant

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Finsbury Park doesn’t need more battered fried food I have a confession to make. It’s a deeply unpopular, long-held opinion that will not endear me to many of you. It’ll be even more controversial than the time I disparaged chicken, dismissing it as a soulless meat fit only for children and invalids. I don’t like … Continue reading

Diwana Bhel Poori review – Euston vegetarian Indian group dining

Diwana Bhel Poori review – Euston vegetarian Indian group dining

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Cheap as chips and almost as good Trying to find a restaurant for a large group of people is a royal pain in the unmentionables. Cramming a baker’s dozen around a table can be a logistical feat akin to the Berlin Airlift, especially when everyone has competing, conflicting demands. My own unruly posse of dining … Continue reading

No way Jose! Katherine MacAlister talks to talks to legendary Spanish chef Jose Pizarro about food and laughter

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

‘It’s such a lovely day here in London and I’m sitting outside enjoying the sun before I start work.” Jose Pizarro, the famous Spanish chef, is a little ray of sunshine himself, remaining as committed and cheerful as ever, despite his burgeoning workload and fame.

There’s More to Vietnamese Food than Pho

There’s More to Vietnamese Food than Pho


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Vietnamese food is low calorie, low sodium, low fat. It’s very healthy, which is why a majority of the Vietnamese people are thin. Portions at restaurants or street markets are considerably smaller…

Bad Sports review – tacos so good, it’s unsportsmanlike

Bad Sports review – tacos so good, it’s unsportsmanlike

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Hoxton tacos worth travelling across town for The phrase ‘Hoxton restaurant’ has become a joke to many. Whatever it may once have meant, prosaically or otherwise, it has now become a byword for shallow, self-indulgent and self-absorbed trend-chasing. Although there may be an element of truth in this when looking only at the more obviously … Continue reading

Fancy Events and Going Out

Fancy Events and Going Out

by haejinhwang @ From Oxford with Love

While Oxford is a ton of work filled with essay crises every week and major stress, there’s also a lot …

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Aobaba review – Vietnamese street food comes to Wood Green

Aobaba review – Vietnamese street food comes to Wood Green

by pickyglutton @ Vietnamese – The Picky Glutton

It’s a fast food outlet! It’s a mini-mart! It’s both?! Update July 2013 – this restaurant has closed Wood Green is an unloved part of north London that isn’t exactly a dining destination, so it was the last place I expected to find a fast food-style eatery dishing up bánh mì or Vietnamese sandwiches. Aobaba … Continue reading

New head chef Paul Welburn promises to shake things up at The Oxford Kitchen in Summertown

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

I’ve always loved food and cooking, being a Yorkshire man is key.

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.

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Core by Clare Smyth review – fine dining where meat isn’t the main course

Core by Clare Smyth review – fine dining where meat isn’t the main course

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Not nearly as cliched as you might think at first glance Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A fine dining restaurant with a much-vaunted chef at the helm has opened in leafy, wealthy zone 1 West London and serves dishes based on seasonal British produce. If that sentence of postmodern London restaurant cliches … Continue reading

Review: Banbury Kitchen, at the Banbury House Hotel @ Banbury - 'A new start for elegant restaurant with everyone's favourite dishes'

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

There is a new chef, a new menu, a new décor and in so many ways a new beginning at the Banbury House Hotel.

Indochine Cuisine Comes To Milton Keynes

by bplant @ bananatree

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Celebrations: Trashing and my 21st

Celebrations: Trashing and my 21st

by haejinhwang @ From Oxford with Love

Most of my English Oxford friends are third years because I was lucky enough to be placed in the same …

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The ultimate Vietnam travel guide

by Rose @ Vietnamese food – Where Goes Rose?

It’s not surprising Vietnam is such a popular place to travel. It’s one of the cheapest destinations in Southeast Asia, it’s easily accessible for backpackers, the food is incredible and the people accommodating. Not to mention the sheer volume of things to see and do! A few of my friends have been asking for a Vietnam […]

Tom Nicolson talks about new Oxford distillery TOAD whose gin launches today

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

You could say that TOAD was born on a barge in Jericho. It’s where I’ve lived for 10 years. Five years ago, I was running a music business in London. I’d had exciting times and met some great people. I launched bands, did festivals, released records. It was a non-stop rock and roll life with lots of parties.

Kashmir, Putney review – menu handholding that doesn’t infantilise the diner

Kashmir, Putney review – menu handholding that doesn’t infantilise the diner

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Southwest London doesn’t know how lucky it really is Menus may look like an innocuous list of dishes and prices to most people. But, unless they’ve been written on the fly by a sleep-deprived proprietor teetering on the edge of alcoholism, they can be a far more calculated, insidious instrument designed to subtly serve the … Continue reading

Why The Bull in Fairford is the new place to go

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

My wife, Lana, and I took over the lease of The Bull in Fairford last October as the new tenants of the 15th century, Grade II listed coaching inn owned by Arkells Brewery. The Bull, our third restaurant with rooms venture, has 21 bedrooms and feels much more like a proper hotel than our country pubs, The Five Alls at Filkins, which we opened in 2012, and The Plough at Kelmscott, opened in 2015.

Maine Lakes Region Restaurants & Local Area Dining - Wolf Cove Inn

Maine Lakes Region Restaurants & Local Area Dining - Wolf Cove Inn


Wolf Cove Inn

Explore our favorite Maine Lakes Region restaurants and dining options near Poland, ME. From our lakeside pizzeria to romantic fine dining, we have it all!

The best dishes of 2017 – food that you need in your life

The best dishes of 2017 – food that you need in your life

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

2017 has been an incredibly hectic year for London restaurants, even by the frenetic standards of this city. Despite the closure of some much missed favourites, new restaurants have continued to open at a dizzying and surely unsustainable pace. Some of that has been driven by a modest influx of celebrity chefs from abroad – … Continue reading

15 Amazing Things To Do In Perth This Weekend

15 Amazing Things To Do In Perth This Weekend

by Fran Walker @ The A List | The Urban List

After a rough start to the week (has it ever rained that hard in January before?) things are looking up for the weekend. We’ve got the return of Noodle Palace, a gin masterclass, twilight markets, séances and more.

Here are 15 amazing things to do in Perth this weekend.

All Weekend

Noodle Palace Launch At Elizabeth Quay

That’s right ladies and gents, Noodle Palace is back again for another year. Think rooftop sky decks, a hanging lounge garden and city views—could it get any better? There will be heaps of events on each week and it all kicks off tomorrow night with Sydney musician Basenji. Doors are open from 4pm with free entry until 8pm so make sure you get in early. For more information click here.

Séance at Noodle Palace

As part of Fringe Festival, Noodle Palace is hosting a séance... kinda. It's more of a theatrical séance which is held in a 40ft shipping container in complete darkness—there's nothing like a bit of sensory deprivation to get your night started. Expect some pretty amazing audio trickery and a whole lot of fun. Grab your tickets here.

Giselle At The Quarry Amphitheatre

We can all agree that the story of Giselle is an all-time classic and now’s your chance to watch it under the stars. Perth City Ballet will be performing this masterpiece at The Quarry Amphitheatre in City Beach so bring your picnic blanket, a basket of food and relive the tale of Giselle. Tickets are almost sold out so get yours here now!

Thursday 18 January

Gin Blending Masterclass At Daddy Long Legs

Calling all gin lovers, Daddy Long Legs Bar has teamed up with the award-winning distillery Limeburners to bring you an evening all about gin, yep that’s right. The masterclass includes tasting samples of the range that Ginversity currently has on offer, along with the chance to create your own gin, say whaa?! Get your tickets here now.

Walking Cocktail Tours In The City

From the same guys that brought us the Fromage Tours, you can now get a bit of exercise while sipping delicious cocktails around the city. With venues including the new Market Grounds, COMO The Treasury and Bob's Bar, you'd be mad to miss this. If you can't make it tonight, the tour will be running each Thursday for the next six weeks. Get more info here.

Friday 19 January

Terrace Nights In Claremont

Terrace Nights is bringing twilight markets to Claremont’s Bay View Terrace tomorrow night from 6-9pm. The road will be closed as restaurants, cafes and bars spill out on to the streets so take a stroll down the main strip, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the atmosphere. You'll also have a chance to win three nights’ accommodation at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. Yes please. Find out more here.

BYO At The Fremantle Markets

No need to get your eyes checked, you read that correctly. Every Friday, The Yard Traders in Fremantle markets are inviting you to BYO while enjoying the best food that the markets have to offer. Live music, alcohol and food, what more could you want on a Friday night? Click here for more information.

Drift Tasting Series At Drift Kitchen

Drift Kitchen is teaming up with Nail Brewing to bring all you beer lovers together for their next instalment of their tasting series. Tickets are $30 and include three tasters of different Nail Brewing beer, accompanied with a tasting plate! Tickets are limited to grab yours here now.

Saturday 20 January

David Spencer 13th Solo Exhibition At Robert Oatley Winery

If you’re a sucker for abstract art, or just art in general, then you need to make your way down south this weekend. Formerly Laurence Winery, Robert Oatley Winery is showcasing David Spencer’s 13th solo exhibition, Long Days / Fast years. A collection of his curated artwork and new abstracts will be on display throughout summer, with the VIP opening this Saturday. And yes, David Spencer will be there as well. For more information click here.

Funk ‘N’ Cider Music Spectacular

That’s right, Funk Cider is hosting a music spectacular every Saturday night. Taking place outside on their green grass underneath the Perth sky, enjoy live music kicking off at 6pm while drinking refreshing cider and a delicious variety of meals. This event is dog-friendly and free so what’s stopping you?! Go here for more information.

Get Chunky Mount Lawley Grand Opening

This is not a drill. We repeat, this is not a drill. The grand opening of Get Chunky’s Mount Lawley store is finally here. Drooling already? Because same. Our fave  New York style cookie joint will be opening the doors of their second shop at 9am and are giving the first 100 customers a free chunky cookie. Make sure you get there early because well all know our fitness new years resolutions have already failed right? Click here for more information.

Rosè All Day At The Royal

Free flowing rosè. Have we got your attention yet? Thought so. The Royal on the Waterfront is hosting a luncheon with two hours of free flowing rosè! Um yes please! But wait, it gets better. While you’re getting your rosè on, all funds raised will go to The McGrath Foundation, which funds Breast Cancer Care Nurses. Tickets are $79 which includes two courses, rosè, soft drinks, tea and coffee, what are you waiting for?! Find out more here.

Foo Fighters At NIB Stadium

The moment has finally come. The Foo Fighters will be playing at NIB Stadium this weekend and we cannot contain our excitement. It's the first stop on their Australia and New Zealand leg of the tour, so it's sure to be a goodie. Get your tickets here now before they all sell out!

Sunday 21 January

Cider And Pork Summer Series At Carmel Cider Co

A drive to the hills is just what the doctor ordered and it will definitely be worth it for this! Think mouth-watering free-range pork, salads, bread rolls and a pint of apple cider on entry, so be sure to go on an empty stomach. After their success of their previous pork and cider event, we reckon this could sell out so grab your tickets here.

Noodle Sundays At Noodle Palace

If you can't make it to the Noodle Palace launch on Friday you're in luck. Noodle Sundays will be kicking off this weekend with Triple J legend Alex Dyson. Pair that with $8 tins from Feral Brewery and menu specials from Bao Wow and What The Cluck and you've got yourself a killer Sunday.

Want more things to do in Perth? Click here.

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What the Pho? Lowdown on Westgate's new Vietnamese restaurant

What the Pho? Lowdown on Westgate's new Vietnamese restaurant


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Juliette Wall the co-founder of Pho tells us about opening up at the new Westgate

10 Reasons Vietnam Should Be Next on Your Bucket List

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Celebrating Vegetarianism with Indochinese Cuisine

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Date Night Dining: 7 romantic restaurants to try in Liverpool

by OpenTable @ opentable.co.uk blog

For the perfect date night dinner, you need all the right ingredients. Slick service, a romantic vibe, and food that’s guaranteed to impress. In Liverpool, there are lots of great options for loved-up foodies. Here are seven of the best. Oktopus – If your ideal date night involves craft beer sipping and small plate grazing, this is […]

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The best London restaurant openings of 2017

by OpenTable @ opentable.co.uk blog

London has had scores of top restaurants open in the last 12 months. Not least the new branches of existing franchises: Hawksmoor’s new gaff round the back of Borough Market, Blacklock’s follow-up chop house in the City, Margot Henderson’s second Rochelle Canteen on The Mall, and Smoking Goat’s hot new outpost in Shoreditch. Looking over […]

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La Mint | French Vietnamese Restaurant | Sydney

La Mint | French Vietnamese Restaurant | Sydney


La Mint | French Vietnamese Restaurant | Sydney

Take a restaurant from France, add Saigon spice, mix it up with Sydney spunk and you have La Mint - Sydney's only French Vietnamese Fusion Restaurant

Live the luxe life: 8 ways to eat for less in Mayfair

by OpenTable @ opentable.co.uk blog

What with its highest concentration of fine dining restaurants in London (if not the UK), Mayfair’s an area that’s far from cheap. Not unheard of is to end up in this part of the West End, confronted with £18 starters, while rubbing elbows with those content to pay for them. All well and good, but […]

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Fresh juice offer

by admin @ MOC Kitchen in Charing Cross

Special offer When it comes to healthy eating, our fabulous Vietnamese food is fresh, full of flavour and packed with goodness, and so are our juices. To help you boost your fruit and vegetable intake AND quench your thirst, MOC Kitchen have a special limited offer available. 30% off any FRESH JUICE when you spend […]

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Why Indochinese Cuisine is a Guilt-Free Pleasure

by bplant @ bananatree

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Restaurant review: Portobello, Oxford - 'Seasonal delights in the heart of Summertown'

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

Like his father and mother before him, Jon Ellse has certainly made his mark on the catering scene in Oxford, for which all lovers of good food have cause to thank him.

Pho - Oxford Street

Pho - Oxford Street


Oxford Street

Pho on Oxford Street, London. Enjoy the extensive range of restaurants and places to relax and dine or just pick up something to go.

French Foodie Influences in Vietnam

by bplant @ bananatree

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Why the food hall at The Westgate needs visiting

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

While the hype surrounding the endless restaurant openings in The Westgate continues unabated, much of the acclaim remains sky high, literally.

Finishing the Oxford Bucketlist

Finishing the Oxford Bucketlist

by haejinhwang @ From Oxford with Love

Punting. Oxford is laced with several rivers, ponds, and streams where the activity called punting occurs. A punt is a …

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Bombay Bustle review – the casual Jamavar spin-off stuck at the platform

Bombay Bustle review – the casual Jamavar spin-off stuck at the platform

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

In this case ‘casual’ means ‘cheaper’. Sort of. It’s always fascinating to see what happens when a lauded, Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant launches a ‘casual’ spin-off. When Dabbous attempted it, the result was the very different and somewhat odd Barnyard. Both of those restaurants have now closed and, in retrospect, Barnyard felt a somewhat patronising, phoned-in … Continue reading

Thank you Oxford. Thank you JYA.

Thank you Oxford. Thank you JYA.

by haejinhwang @ From Oxford with Love

Now that I’ve been home for a few days, I’ve had plenty of time to reflect upon my JYA (junior …

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East Street review – full of Eastern promise or just full of it?

East Street review – full of Eastern promise or just full of it?

by pickyglutton @ Vietnamese – The Picky Glutton

Oxford Street’s East Asian street food smorgasbord With some restaurants, the reasons behind the choice of décor can be inscrutable but that isn’t the case with East Street. East Street is a casual eatery located just off the north edge of Oxford Street and serves up a broad menu of street food from a large … Continue reading

Caphe House review – noodle soups & sandwiches ahoy

Caphe House review – noodle soups & sandwiches ahoy

by pickyglutton @ Vietnamese – The Picky Glutton

Jack of all trades, but master of none? Although I may be a fussy eater, I’m not snobbish – I’ll eat in the most humble of establishments as long as the food is good. My search for good Vietnamese food in London lead me to a small breakfast and lunchtime-only café in the backstreets of … Continue reading

Jo Robinson tells us how she got The Kitchen in Farnborough up and running, inside and out

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

Previously known as The Inn at Farnborough, near Banbury, it was always a popular dining destination. Anthony and I had a vision, though, to make a different mark on the country eating scene – our vision of a village pub the way we felt it should be – a community foodie hub for the 21st century, with contemporary rustic cooking at its core.

Giffords is back with a new street food vibe

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

We wanted to create a unique food offering that supports local businesses around us and exploits the wonderful seasonal produce we have available to us on our travels.

Oxford Bucketlist: Garden Parties, Museums, and the Sheldonian

Oxford Bucketlist: Garden Parties, Museums, and the Sheldonian

by haejinhwang @ From Oxford with Love

Among the many bucketlist items were to attend a garden party, visit the Pitt Rivers and Ashmoleon Museums, and go …

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What is Khmer Cuisine?

by bplant @ bananatree

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Saigon Bay - Darlinghurst, Darlinghurst Take Away | Order Online from Menulog

Saigon Bay - Darlinghurst, Darlinghurst Take Away | Order Online from Menulog


Take Away Food & Home Delivery - Order Online - Menulog

View the full menu from Saigon Bay - Darlinghurst in Darlinghurst 2010 and place your order online. Order from a wide selection of Vietnamese food delivered to your door.

'I am like an Arabic grandmother: I never let go!' - Tony Kitous brings Eastern promise to Oxford with his Comptoir Libanais

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

TONY Kitous is a man on a mission, and nothing is going to stop him.

Food on a Crowded Island: Vietnam and the Philippines

Food on a Crowded Island: Vietnam and the Philippines


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Cultivate member and erstwhile West Oxford resident Joel Lazarus  is away on a year-long sojourn in Singapore with his family. So much is he missing the VegVan that he’s decided to stay in touch in…

Old Tree Daiwan Bee review – the other Taiwanese restaurant on Rupert Street

Old Tree Daiwan Bee review – the other Taiwanese restaurant on Rupert Street

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Xu’s cheaper and more homely neighbour By accident or design, the sumptuously superlative Xu isn’t the only Taiwanese restaurant on Rupert Street. The West End’s most unlikely restaurant side street is also home to Old Tree Daiwan Bee. This oddly-named Taiwanese restaurant originally started out on a site in Golder’s Green and must be one … Continue reading

Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes

by admin @ Viet Eat

The key is to buy specific cuts for specific dishes and be firm with your butcher. Opt for tender cuts from the inner haunch muscle if you fancy steak and use neck fillet or shanks if slow cooking. And deer mince makes for a very good gamekeeper’s sandwiches. Wild salmon is a real treat and..

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Hiddn Kitchn is the new Oxfordshire supper club everyone's talking about

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

Having recently had two babies within 17 months of each other, my wife Gemma and I decided to use our many waking hours to plan our third baby, our food baby, which we call Hiddn Kitchn. The idea comes from my passion for serving delicious food in unusual places. To create enchanted, memorable evenings, the setting is always crucial. We love places that are quirky and unexpected. Our current location, Dadbrook House, formerly the headquarters of the Dadbrook Gallery, is perfect for a series of fine dining evenings in a popup, al fresco restaurant. Thanks to our exceptionally warm summer we have been able to lay our tables outside, overlooking sprawling parkland where sheep contentedly graze, the air is soft and the trees barely move.

Raymond Blanc talks about Christmas and opening his first Oxfordshire pub

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

Raymond Blanc is constantly interrupted by well wishers, customers and staff who want to thank him, chat and catch up.

Chris Gray reviews No1 Ship Street, Oxford's swankiest restaurant

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

Just over a month has elapsed since the opening of No 1 Ship Street and discerning diners – to which add lunchers and breakfasters – are already celebrating a valuable addition to the Oxford restaurant scene.

House of Ho review – modern Vietnamese food shakes up Soho?

House of Ho review – modern Vietnamese food shakes up Soho?

by pickyglutton @ Vietnamese – The Picky Glutton

No sniggering in the back The vast majority of Vietnamese restaurants in London have very traditional menus and tend to be clustered together in Hoxton and Deptford, with smaller concentrations in other places such as Hammersmith. Soho’s House of Ho is a very different affair. The exposed brick walls, moody lighting and odd contemporary art … Continue reading

Raymond Blanc on why he loves Oxford after 21 years at Brasserie Blanc

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

Resplendent in a red, white and blue bow tie, Raymond Blanc strides into his restaurant in Jericho looking tanned, healthy and trim. He is excited, greeting his guests and charging around like Obelix on a wild boar hunt.

Cay Tre Hoxton review – better than its Soho sibling?

Cay Tre Hoxton review – better than its Soho sibling?

by pickyglutton @ Vietnamese – The Picky Glutton

Goodbye Vietnam? Following my unimpressive and disappointing experience at the new branch of Vietnamese restaurant Cay Tre on Dean Street in Soho, I received a few emails suggesting that I would have a better time at the original restaurant in Hoxton on Old Street. I decided to try it out one weekday lunchtime, but I … Continue reading

Date Night Dining: 8 romantic restaurants to try in Glasgow

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Glasgow is not only Scotland’s biggest, but also its coolest city, famed for its Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture and booming cultural life. It is home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland as well as a thriving music and art scene, attracting talent from all over the world. […]

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Duddell’s review – heavenly Chinese cooking in a London Bridge church

Duddell’s review – heavenly Chinese cooking in a London Bridge church

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Hong Kong jewel glistens in the shadow of the Shard It’s very easy to take things for granted and Cantonese food is one of those things. London has been fortunate enough to benefit from some respectable and credible Cantonese cooking for several years now. And yet this venerable style of cooking has fallen out of … Continue reading

Where To Find The Best Halal Food In Perth

Where To Find The Best Halal Food In Perth

by Kirsty Petrides @ The A List | The Urban List

Australia. The melting pot of cultures. The good news is that it means we have options a plenty when it comes to dining out. The sometimes tricky news is that we all have differing dietary backgrounds and beliefs. But fret not, because we have found some of the best eateries in Perth offering either full or partial halal menus.

Beiyrut Restaurant

Tuart Hill

If you want some seriously delicious and authentic Lebanese food you'll want to head straight to Beiyrut. We'd suggest taking a fairly large group because the menu is huge and everything is amazing—including the halal options.

Recipe Restaurant

East Perth

If you're after a taste of Persia, Recipe Restaurant in East Perth is all over it like white on rice. And in huge news, they offer halal menu items.

Istanbul Turkish Restaurant

Fremantle

Istanbul Turkish Restaurant, just off the Freo cafe strip, is another certified halal restaurant. The team here have been serving delicious and authentic Turkish cuisine for over 20 years, so they know a thing or two about making delicious food.

Elie’s Tent

Victoria Park

At Elie's Tent you get a halal dinner and a show. Two for one. Result. While you chow down on your delicious authentic Lebanese food, you’ll be entertained by traditional Middle-Eastern belly dancers.

Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant

Perth

If you want a bit of variety, then Sahara is your spot. They blend traditional cuisine from several countries across the Middle-East, giving you a very exotic experience indeed. Our hot tip is to order the mansaf—lamb slow cooked in hot yoghurt, and served with a fresh Arabian salad.

Cairo Cafe

Perth

We probably don't need to clarify that Cairo Cafe serves up authentic Egyptian cuisine. The clues were there, weren't they? What you might not know, however, is that this little suburban gem was founded by a group of classmates who all grew up together in Egypt before relocating to the land down under. We're pretty happy they chose to grace Perth with their fresh, authentic and fragrant Egyptian dishes.

PappaRich

Northbridge

PappaRich in Northbridge is one of Perth’s top Malaysian restaurants, and the place to go if you’re in Perth and looking for some authentic, delicious halal Malaysian cuisine.

Chee Tayeb Restaurant

Perth

Chee Tayeb Restaurant on Murray Street is a family owned eatery providing authentic modern Lebanese cuisine. You’ll get top notch service, a unique Lebanese experience and halal menu items.

Indonesia Indah Restaurant

Perth

This Perth eatery offers an authentic menu of Indonesian favourites, made from the freshest herbs, spices and ingredients. Their menu, which is designed for sharing, has a full halal option for lunch and dinner.

Metro Indian Restaurant

Subiaco

Metro, located in the heart of Subi, is a locally loved Indian restaurant with a wide range of authentic dishes and halal options.

Tamarind Cafe

Claremont

Tamarind is a certified halal eatery, and serves up Asian inspired cuisine specialising in traditional Javanese style satay, grilled to perfection over open hardwood charcoal. They also have unique Asian fusion dishes.

Saffron Fine Persian Cuisine

Middle Swan

The authentic Persian restaurant dishes up mouth-watering food like traditional Persian kebabs, with a side of live music and belly dancing on Friday nights.

The Ajrak

Fremantle

The Ajrak in Fremantle is an authentic Pakistani and Indian spot using traditional recipes - they even mill their spices by hand. That’s dedication. There is a huge selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, as well as a full halal menu.

Want more? Check out our fave Middle Eastern restaurants in Perth.

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What’s Open This Australia Day In Perth?

What’s Open This Australia Day In Perth?

by Pim Pattanasuk @ The A List | The Urban List

Is it just us, or is anyone else feeling a little lost and confused about what to do on Australia Day now that the hottest 100 has been moved? We figured, instead of getting up at 8am to crank Triple J and crack open that first drink, why not venture out and enjoy a bloody delish brekky, brunch, lunch or dinner instead?  

Here’s what’s open this Australia Day in Perth!

Central

Toast, East Perth, open 7am until 5pm serving all day breakfast

Whisk Creamery, Northbridge, open 11am until 9:30pm

Satchmo Cafe, North Perth, open 8am until 4pm

FOAM Coffee Bar, Leederville, open 7am until 10pm

Gusto Gelato, Leederville and Elizabeth Quay, 11am until 10pm

Chicho Gelato, Northbridge, open 12pm until 10pm

Pinchos, Leederville, open 8am until late

Cantina, Mount Lawley, open 7:30am until 3pm

Petition Kitchen, Perth CBD, open 8am until late

Post, Perth CBD, open 6:30am until late

Wildflower, Perth CBD, open 6pm until late and serving their five-course tasting menu for dinner on Australia Day

Heno & Rey, Perth CBD, open 11:30am until 9pm

No Mafia, Northbridge, open 12pm until late

Shadow Wine Bar, Northbridge, open 12pm until late

Bivouac, Northbridge, open 12pm until late

The Reveley, Elizabeth Quay, open 11am until late

Isle Of Voyage, Elizabeth Quay, open 12pm until late 

The Brisbane Hotel, Highgate, 11:30am until late

The Garden, Leederville, 11:30am until late

Market Grounds, Perth CBD, open 11am until late

The Globe, Perth CBD, open 11am until late

East

Howdy Coffee, Bayswater, open 7am until 12pm

Sage Cafe, Victoria Park, open 7am until 4pm

Sedap Place, East Victoria Park, open 11am until 2pm and 6pm until 10pm

Guildford Hotel, Guildford, open 11pm until late

Rose & Crown, Guildford, open 11am until late

North

Doric Street Cafe, Scarborough, open 6:30am until 4pm

Tropico, North Beach, open 6am until 4pm

Yelo, Trigg Beach, Mount Hawthorn and Subiaco, open 6:30am until 5pm

Island Market, Trigg, open 7am until 9:30pm

Canteen, Trigg, open 6:30am until 8pm

Voyage Kitchen, Sorrento, open 6:30am until 5pm

South

The Windsor, South Perth, open 12pm until late

Nic & Kolo, Applecross, open 8am until 3pm

Good Things, Mosman Park, open 7am to 1pm

Duck Duck Bruce, Fremantle, open 8am until 12pm

May Street Larder, East Fremantle, open 7am until 3pm

Bib & Tucker, Fremantle, open 7am until 4pm

Me Me Joans, East Fremantle, open 6am until 2pm

Bathers Beach House, Fremantle, open 11am until late

Benny's, Fremantle, open 8am until late

Little Creatures, Fremantle, open 11am until late

Creatures Next Door, Fremantle, open 12pm until late

Coast Port Beach, North Fremantle, open 10am until late

West

Typika, Claremont, open 6:30am until 3:30pm

Vans, Cottesloe, open 6:30am until 3pm

Il Lido, Cottesloe, open 7am until late

The Beach Club, Cottesloe, open 12pm until late

Odyssea, City Beach, open 7am until late

Canteen Pizza, Cottesloe, open 12pm until late

The Shorehouse, Swanbourne, open 7am until late

Want more? Check out all these fun things to do in Perth.

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Coal Rooms Peckham review – a train station restaurant that isn’t a dreary chain

Coal Rooms Peckham review – a train station restaurant that isn’t a dreary chain

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Plus a beast of a bacon sandwich Salvaging, reusing and repurposing old fittings and furnishings to adorn new restaurants is nothing new; it’s been an ongoing trend in the English-speaking world for at least a decade, if not more. Renovating old buildings, while judiciously paying homage to their original purpose, has received less attention but … Continue reading

Oxford Bucketlist: Visit all the Colleges!

Oxford Bucketlist: Visit all the Colleges!

by haejinhwang @ From Oxford with Love

So that was the dream. But I only managed to visit 20 or so of the 40+ colleges. The colleges I’ve …

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Kin review – Holborn’s Asian street food hideaway

Kin review – Holborn’s Asian street food hideaway

by pickyglutton @ Vietnamese – The Picky Glutton

Jack of all trades but master of none? Following my stiflingly average experience at Banana Tree, I wasn’t enthused about trying another budget pan-Asian eatery but the need for a cheap meal after a hard day’s slog at work prompted me to visit Kin. This new restaurant, located on a side road you probably wouldn’t stumble across, … Continue reading

Why Five Guys is a young person's game

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

Forewarned is forearmed my friend, and had I received a bit of gentle advice before my trip to the new Five Guys burger restaurant in Magdalen Street, I would be a less traumatised individual.

Vivek Singh, the founder of Cinnamon Kitchen, on opening in the Westgate Centre

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

As we prepare to launch our debut restaurant outside of London, I can’t help but reminisce on the journey that brought The Cinnamon Collection here to the beautiful city of Oxford.

Take away in Charing Cross | MOC Kitchen

by admin @ MOC Kitchen in Charing Cross

MOC Kitchen Take-Away option Did you know that MOC Kitchen have a separate take-away in Charing Cross? Located just across the arches from MOC Kitchen itself you can decide at the last minute whether you wish to eat in or take it away. Check out our take-away menu by clicking the link below: Take-away menu If you wish to order […]

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Banh Mi 11 review – Berwick Street’s Vietnamese baguettes

Banh Mi 11 review – Berwick Street’s Vietnamese baguettes

by pickyglutton @ Vietnamese – The Picky Glutton

London’s best Vietnamese sandwiches? I eat my way through almost the entire menu to find out. I have a few culinary obsessions and one them is banh mi or Vietnamese sandwiches. A few places in London do them and the simply named Banh Mi 11 may be the best of the lot. It’s not a … Continue reading

Plaquemine Lock review – Creole and Cajun pub food on the Regent’s Canal

Plaquemine Lock review – Creole and Cajun pub food on the Regent’s Canal

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

The gastropub cousin to Bocca di Lupo Most new restaurants launch in a blaze of publicity glory with press releases spamming inboxes, repetitively woolly social media chatter, oversubscribed launch parties, a Ryanair-style rush for reservations and fawning coverage from all the usual suspects. Plaquemine Lock, the new gastropub from one of the bods behind Soho’s … Continue reading

Beat the blues: 15 London restaurant deals to try this January

by OpenTable @ opentable.co.uk blog

If payday still feels a long way off, you’re going to love these wallet-friendly restaurant deals. With money off your meal at restaurants like Hawksmoor, Tredwell’s and Asia de Cuba, there’s no need to stay home this January. Gordon Ramsay restaurants – Enjoy two meals for the price of one at Ramsay-owned restaurants like Union Street […]

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Don't miss The Little Clarendon Street Food Festival this weekend

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

Being French Canadian I enjoy holding outdoors parties once the winter is over, and May is the perfect party time.

Plant Power: 10 meat-free dishes to try in London

by OpenTable @ opentable.co.uk blog

Whether you’re a committed vegetarian or just cutting back this month, there’s never been a better time to go meat-free. From pies and pizzas to tacos and tofu, here are ten plant-based dishes to try in London. Beetroot tagliatelle at Plateau Plateau are making it easy and affordable to go meat-free with a vegan set menu priced […]

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Banh Mi in London review – baguettes from Whaam Banh Mi, Moba and more

Banh Mi in London review – baguettes from Whaam Banh Mi, Moba and more

by pickyglutton @ Vietnamese – The Picky Glutton

Vietnamese sandwiches spread across the capital My 2014 group test of banh mi eateries proved to be one of my most popular Best and Worst round-ups – and also one of the most contentious, as some of the ill-tempered Comments attest. I’m quite thick-skinned though and I take such vehement, blinkered criticism as a sign … Continue reading

The perfect Barcelona itinerary

by Rose @ Where Goes Rose?

If there’s a city that has it all, it might just be Barcelona. Being Europe, you’ll be spoiled for history and architecture but there’s also a beach and plenty of food and nightlife options. Oh, and panoramic views from the mountain tops. My friend, Rosie (yes, Rose and Rosie, sorry if that’s confusing for you) […]

Champagne and oysters: No1 Ship Street opens its doors.

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

Having lived and worked around Oxford for the last 20 years, we were already familiar with The News Café when the lease became available. We came across it by chance on the Tuesday and had until the Friday to put together a proposal that could tempt the current owner of the lease to give Owen and I; two young..ish guys a chance to shine in the city centre instead of one of the many brands that were circling like vultures.

Bitten Street Market in Oxford

Bitten Street Market in Oxford


The Croissant Postcards

I love street food. There’s something so comforting about an on-the-spot hot dog which can definitely compete with any homemade casserole dish you grew up eating. The thing with street food, …

Little Duck The Picklery review – the height of summer in the depths of winter

Little Duck The Picklery review – the height of summer in the depths of winter

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Picklery not gimmickry. The sweet life. Keep it sweet. A sweet deal. Sweet as honey. Sweet as pie. Our understandable preoccupation with sweetness and sweet foods is so deeply ingrained that the word itself has become a synonym for all that is desirable and good in the English language. But this has also blinded us, … Continue reading

Review: Old Swan and Minster Mill, Minster Lovell - 'Timeless quality with honest food and cosy Coswold charm'

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

A picture perfect Cotswold stone hotel surrounded by prim gardens full of clipped topiary on the edge of the gurgling River Windrush, the Old Swan and Minster Mill looks almost too perfect to be true.

Miss P’s Barbecue review – proper BBQ comes to Croydon

Miss P’s Barbecue review – proper BBQ comes to Croydon

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Disclosure: I backed this restaurant’s crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter (in the range of £50-£100). Update 17/10/17 – corrected details about the pulled pork and fixed some typos. Unlike some other reviewers, I’m not obsessively critical of the famed Michelin Guide (not that either gives a fig about what I think). While it certainly has its … Continue reading

Foodie Events Worth Travelling For In WA

Foodie Events Worth Travelling For In WA

by Alexis Donkin @ The A List | The Urban List

Planning a weekend away? What about a weekend away filled with WA's best cheeses, fruits, freshly baked breads and wine, oh you can't forget the wine. But don't worry, we're not just trying to fill your tummies, the events come with plenty of entertainment and some great opportunities to get out on the dance floor and work off those delicious slow-cooked beef rolls and craft WA beers.

That's right, this is your reminder that you don't need to be in the big smoke to enjoy some of the best culinary delights our state has to offer. Make a weekend of it with the girls, a couple of mates, or surprise someone special.

Here are the best foodie events worth travelling for in WA this year.

Taste Great Southern

8—25 March 2018 

Spanning over 18 days and five sensational locations in the Great Southern including Albany, Denmark and Mt Barker, Taste Great Southern will see you enjoying local oysters and seafood, cereal crops, beef and lamb dishes and fresh local vegetables (stock up and take some home with you). There will be celebrity chefs—including Marco Pierre White—cooking up a storm and a huge range of amazing events and banquets to get involved in.

The Karijini Experience

17—22 April 2018

The Karijini Experience is much more than a food festival, but it did start with one exceptional dinner and considering the food on offer, we couldn't leave this celebration off this list! Get yourself tickets to the Fervor degustation or make your way to the bush tucker high tea. While you're there, you won't want to miss the opera in the gorge with the WASO string quartet, the astronomy night or the mountain bike ride from the airstrip to the eco-retreat!

Truffle Kerfuffle

22—24 June 2018

If you're not already excited about Truffle Kerfuffle then we probably can't be friends. Returning for its eighth year, Truffle Kerfuffle in Manjimup is one of the highlights of the year for any serious foodie. The line up is still to be announced for 2018, but last year saw the likes of River Cottage's Paul West, Fervor's Paul Iskov, Jesse Blake of Petition, Amy Hamilton of Liberte and so many more top chefs. Go truffle hunting and then sit back and relax while you enjoy one of the tastiest feasts you'll ever eat. 

Dirk Hartog Island Gourmet Escape

August 2018

Dirk Hartog Island is about 850km north of Perth and is, quite simply, one of the most stunning places you’ll ever visit. Last year they hosted their first ever Dirk Hartog Island Gourmet Escape as part of the Gascoyne Food Festival and it was such a success that it will be back this year. Russell Blaikie of Must Wine Bar fame will be back this year to cook up a seafood paella over the campfire and he'll also be whipping up some seafood delights for the long table lunch. 

Perth Hills Spring Festival

Every weekend in October

If you need to ease into the idea of travelling for food, this one's not too big of a drive. Taking place in the gorgeous hills region, the Perth Hills Pring Festival is the best way to get out of your winter rut! This event played host to an amazing cider festival last year and we are praying it returns for 2018, but there's plenty of other food and wine events to check out, just keep an eye on their website for this year's line up of events. 

Brew And The Moo | Pilbara Beef And Beer Festival 

TBC

Calling all lovers of the two great Bs—beer and beef. Is there a greater combo? Probably not, especially when you can find them combined in one dish. Brew And The Moo has taken place in the Pilbara for the past two years and we've got all our fingers and toes crossed that it will be back this year! There's obviously plenty to eat and drink, but there's also live music and stand up comedy, because everything is better with live comedy. 

Gourmet Escape

15—18 November

There's been a lot of chatter of about the Margaret River Gourmet Escape coming to an end, and while it's true that it won't be held in Margaret River next year, the Gourmet Escape will be back in 2018. After six amazing years in the south west, the Gourmet Escape will most likely be moving to the Swan Valley, which really just means all that foodie goodness is a little bit closer to Perth! 

Want more? Check out these dinners with a difference in Perth.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape | Image credit: Photo Elements

Award Winning Restaurant in Charing Cross – Certificate of Excellence 2017 Winner

by admin @ MOC Kitchen in Charing Cross

MOC Kitchen is more than happy to announce that we are an award winning restaurant after receiving the Certificate of Excellence! This certificate is only awarded to a small majority of the many hundreds of thousands of restaurants across the world, so we are very grateful to all the people who have left such positive […]

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A Taste of Vietnam - Vietnamese Street Food in Oxford - Restaurant menu and reviews

A Taste of Vietnam - Vietnamese Street Food in Oxford - Restaurant menu and reviews


Restaurant Guru

All info on A Taste of Vietnam - Vietnamese Street Food in Oxford - Call to book a table. View the menu, check prices, find on the map, see photos and ratings.

London Cheap Eats | Recommended Vietnamese | Banh Mi Bay

London Cheap Eats | Recommended Vietnamese | Banh Mi Bay


London Cheap Eats | Recommended Vietnamese | Banh Mi Bay

Highly popular, Banh Mi Bay is a family run, mini-chain of Vietnamese restaurants serving some of the best authentic Vietnamese food in Central London

Dom Chapman of Great British Menu fame has taken over at The Feathers. But is his food worth the hype? Katherine MacAlister investigates.

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

"Why would we want to go to The Feathers? Isn’t it full of old people; tourists who don’t know any better and fawning mini-breakers feeding each other asparagus and licking the butter of each other’s fingers before they run back upstairs to bed?”

Temper City review – meat temple sequel takes on curry and poultry

Temper City review – meat temple sequel takes on curry and poultry

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

It’s both different from the original Soho Temper and reassuringly similar too I try not to write too much about the industry goings-on in London’s restaurant scene. Such gossipy navel-gazing is often transient in its importance, at best, and really doesn’t serve the purpose of this site which is to help you find somewhere really good … Continue reading

Awareness of nutrition problems among Vietnamese health and education professionals | Health Promotion International | Oxford Academic

Awareness of nutrition problems among Vietnamese health and education professionals | Health Promotion International | Oxford Academic


OUP Academic

Professionals who provide nutrition education and consulting to the public are encouraged to take into account the health, environmental and social contexts that influence health-related attitudes and behaviours in the population. This paper examined the awareness of shifts in population health outcomes associated with the nutrition transition in Vietnam among university nutrition lecturers, health professionals and school education professionals. Most of these professionals held accurate views of the current population health issues in Vietnam. However, they differed in their awareness of the seriousness of overweight and obesity. Although the majority indicated that the prevalence of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) had increased, nearly half believed that the government should complete its attempts to control undernutrition before trying to control obesity. More health professionals believed that food marketing was responsible for the growing prevalence of children's obesity, and more of them disapproved of the marketing of less healthy food to children. In contrast, the university nutrition lecturers were least aware of food marketing and the seriousness of obesity. Of the three groups, the university nutrition lecturers held less accurate perceptions of nutrition transition problems and their likely drivers. There is an urgent need for greater provision of public nutrition education for all three groups of professionals.

Darjeeling Express review – Kingly Court Indian has inner beauty

Darjeeling Express review – Kingly Court Indian has inner beauty

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Judging a restaurant on more than how good it looks on Instagram Update 31/7/2017 – added remarks about the bone marrow to the details of the goat curry An opinion column published on the newly launched London version of Eater caused a small stir among the capital’s restaurant watchers. The piece railed against the pernicious effects … Continue reading

Pho & Bun | Viet Eat

Pho & Bun | Viet Eat


Viet Eat

Building on our experience at Viet Eat Holborn, Viet Eat Pho & Bun was created in October 2015, with a new concept that aims at revolutionising the offering of Vietnamese street food in London.

Late postcard from Copenhagen

Late postcard from Copenhagen

by thecroissantpostcards @ The Croissant Postcards

It’s nearly December, and everyone asks me if I’m feeling Christmasy yet. The answer this year is “no”. Partly because it’s been Christmas in London since September 30th, partly because I didn’t attend my college Christmas Oxmas dinner this time, partly because I’ve been brooding since I’ve gotten back from Vietnam. Instead, I already count … Continue reading Late postcard from Copenhagen

12 Health And Fitness Events You Need To Know About This Year

12 Health And Fitness Events You Need To Know About This Year

by Rosie Gregory @ The A List | The Urban List

Jumping on the health and fitness bandwagon this year? We’ve got you sorted with all the very best events to book into your calendar now so you can immerse yourself in the #Wellness and #Fitspo world. From the classic Perth races to philanthropic causes and the emergence of holistic festivals that will have you uplifted (instead hungover) the next day, we’ve rounded up the best of the best so you can pencil them in, start training and tick off some of those resolutions in 2018.

Here are the best perth health and fitness events you need to know about.

South West Yoga Festival

The first ever Yoga festival for the South West launches this weekend with a full day festival of conscious celebration going down on a private property overlooking Bunker Bay. Melding the mindful and spiritual, this inaugural festival will reset and refresh your mind, body and soul for the year ahead. From flow classes to drumming workshops, health talks and crystal meditation, even chakra dancing, expect to get downward dogging and syncing to high vibes, all in the name of yogic celebration! 

The Perth Wellness Festival

Bare & Wilde has teamed up with EcoLuxe Events to bring us the first Perth Wellness Festival on 4 Febraury this year. If you like the sound of a day full of yoga, Pilates, wellness workshops, fresh coconuts and nourishing noms then this is one for you. Speakers from Sodashi Skincare, Wellineux and The Modern Day Woman will lead the wellness workshops and will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. 

Melanoma March

When you think of Cottesloe beach, the first image that often springs to mind is tanned bodies baking on the white sand in high summer. Despite everyone knowing that we should fake not bake, melanoma is still on the rise and this year more than 14,000 Aussies will be diagnosed with it. While we’ve increased efforts to slip, slop, slap, we're still without a cure for the most common cancer in young Australians. On 8 April, our beloved Cottesloe beach will play host to the Melanoma March, with either a 5km walk or 10km run to support melanoma research, so you can skip the tanning and opt for fitness and charitable activism instead!

Wanderlust 108

Wanderlust, the world’s only mindful triathlon event, might not reward you with a medal as you cross the finish line, but the intentional activity series will reward you with a heightened sense of wellness (sahhh on trend for 2018). With a reputation for bringing in expert teachers, spiritual leaders and musical masterminds, this is a celebration of all things epic in the mindful movement world. The holistic upgrade on a traditional triathlon includes a 5km run, outdoor flow class and a guided meditation.

Mother’s Day Classic

The largest community fundraising event for breast cancer research will be back again in 2018 so you can walk, run or skip your way around the 4km or 8km course in aid of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Bring family and friends along to honour and celebrate at the Tribute Wall set up in the Supreme Court Gardens before cruising the picturesque route around Riverside Drive in your prettiest of pink outfits!

Bridges Night Ride

Cycling the Swan River may be a classic “middle aged man in lycra” activity, but the Bridges Night Ride is set to change that on 9 June this year. Lighting up the night for the MSWA charity, this night-time ride will have you decking yourself out with reflective gear, strips, glow sticks and even Christmas lights, to join in on a 40km or 70km scenic route of the city. Thankfully, it will be so dark you can almost miss the obscene amount of tight lycra shorts…

Step Up For MSWA

Tackled Jacobs Ladder once and now feel ready to level up? Then meet your next challenge—the towering 1,103 stairs of Perth’s tallest building, Central Park. If you can bear the vertigo, get ready to run, climb, or even crawl if you must, your way to the top in support of MSWA. Super-fitties can go it alone otherwise (us sane folk) can enter as part of a team and face the 53 flights to conquer the vertical challenge on 17 June.

Lorna Jane Active Nation Day

Active Nation Day is fast becoming a staple in the Aussie Workout Calendar. Founded by home-grown activewear label, Lorna Jane Active, with a simple mission of helping us to move more, these events draw in the big crowds for outdoor boot camp sessions and fitspo celebrations, all in the name of sweating, celebrating and supporting healthy, active bodies. Dates are yet to be confirmed for 2018 but we have our fingers crossed!

City To Surf

The city’s most iconic race is set to return on 26 August, leaving you approximately seven months to prepare for that 42km marathon. Not into the long-distance thing? Don’t despair, this community filled event offers varying lengths for all fitness levels, from 4km, 12km to 21km, so you can walk, jog or party with the crowd on your way from the CBD to coast. And all that huffing and puffing won’t just be for your own personal achievement, flex your philanthropic muscle by fundraising for Activ or your favourite charity and put that sweat to good work.

Spartan Race

After the success of the 2017 Spartan Race, we have our fingers crossed that Reebok and Spartan Australia will be bringing the world’s premier obstacle course back to the west. Far beyond your usual race, here you will face obstacles the whole way around the course to challenge your fitness, strength and mobility. From barbed wire crawls, to rope climbs and hoists, get yourself prepared now by not only conditioning your body (beware: burpees) but also your mind to tough it out! If you’re looking to sign up, get prepared with these handy hacks and survival tips and get into the Spartan state of mind!

Flow Festival

Flow Festival, WA’s annual three-day celebration of yoga, music and healing arts is back to unite the community amidst the gum trees of Serpentine. With interactive workshops and yoga sessions, healing meditations and storytelling, it’s a touch woo-woo and whole lot uplifting. The more holistic take on a classic summer festy will feature inspirational teachers, foodies, body workers and healers, so get ready to get flowing, aligned and soulful! Dates are yet to be confirmed, but generally, the event runs near the summer solstice in December.

F45 Playoffs

Are you a member of the F45 cult? Then start prepping now for the ultimate in functional fitness championships with the F45 Playoffs. Testing your agility, endurance and strength, these playoffs will pull out the fittest of the fit through the challenging trials and a chance to win state, national and even world titles. Think you’ve got what it takes to earn the title of fittest in the world? Better start hitting those sessions now…

Want more? Check out all the bucket list fitness events in WA.

Image credit: Spartan Race

Everywhere You Need To Eat In Adelaide

Everywhere You Need To Eat In Adelaide

by Chloe Sputore @ The A List | The Urban List

After spending two months of my life in Adelaide this year I’ve got a bone to pick with anyone who thinks Adelaide is not one of the coolest cities in Australia. Not only is it home to some stunning scenery, one of the best wine regions in the world and some extremely lovely people, the food scene is ridiculous.

In my time there I wasn’t even able to scratch the surface of what’s to offer, and I eat out a lot, believe me! But I was able to uncover the absolute must-visit restaurants, bars and cafes. And yes, you’ll need more than a week to experience all of the greatness served up in Australia’s most southern state, my friend!

Here is everywhere you need to eat in Adelaide.

Argo

In all my time in Adelaide I never met a person who didn’t like Argo and it’s no surprise because their menu is the epitome of variety. With two locations, one in the city and one in leafy Norwood, you’ll feel good about eating at Argo thanks to the quality meals they whip up on the daily—think smashed avo with nitrate free Barossa bacon, nut and gluten free vegan waffles and juices to cure any number of ailments. Allow yourself a decent amount of time because the menu will take you 15 minutes to read and then it’ll take you another 30 minutes to decide which of the 10 plus hot chocolates, smoothie bowls or burgers you’ll be enjoying. There is no way to visit Adelaide and go to Argo just once, trust me!

Africola

Hands down one of the best restaurants in Adelaide, Africola puts a modern spin on African cuisine and it’s so popular you’re going to need to make a booking in advance. Opt for the feed me menu and let the chef show you a good time with their cauliflower steak covered in tahini sauce and spiced butter, crispy eggplant served with chilli and shallot jam, peri peri chicken, and cool WA pipis in fermented chilli and garlic. Regardless of how stuffed you are, dessert is not optional—you’ll roll home, but you’ll roll home happy.

Gin Long Canteen

You haven’t been to Adelaide unless you’ve tried Gin Long’s salt and pepper eggplant. This super cool Asian bar in North Adelaide is oh so popular with the locals and we think it has a thing or two to do with their winning cocktail menu. We’re talking tamarind gin longs, Henricks, lychee and cucumber and lemongrass martinis. Food-wise, there’s no way to be disappointed, but the very exciting beef salad, vego yellow curry, netted spring rolls and really slow braised pork belly are bloody good.

Pizza E Mozzarella Bar

Adelaide does good pizza, and one of the best is Pizza e Mozzarella Bar in the CBD. Traditionalists when it comes to pizza making, the crew here hand stretch their dough and let it ferment for 48 hours resulting in extremely digestible, delicious pizza bases. Top menu picks include the calabrese with nduja hot salami and chilli and the napolitana buffalo mozzarella.

Nordburger

Adelaide’s version of Shake Shack, need I say more? I’m going to anyway. With four stores across town, Nordburger serves hamburgers, fried chicken, tater tots, and wait for it, FROZEN CUSTARD. Convinced? Thought so!

Orana

AKA Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant of the Year. So yes, a visit to Orana is a must! Meaning welcome in some Aboriginal dialects, the staff at Orana will make you feel extremely welcome in this intimate restaurant perched above the city’s east side. Serving a native Australian-inspired degustation with casual flair, opt for the longer dinner tasting menu and enjoy up to 20 courses, kicking off with some potato damper that you cook on coals at your table.

Sushi Planet

It’s not often that sushi joints are welcoming of vegetarians and vegans, but Sushi Planet serves up platters dedicated to plant eaters. Their mango nigiri is a must, whether you’re vegetarian or not. The menu is extensive, so order a few platters (and shochus) and get stuck in. Don’t be turned away by the location, Sushi Planet is definitely worth a trip to the city’s western side.

Singapore House

Ten minutes from the city in Frewville on your way to the Adelaide Hills, Singapore House had me weak at the knees. Their salt and vinegar eggplant, beef rendang, crispy soft shell crab and roti canai will likely produce the same reaction on you as well. Make a booking so you’re not disappointed.

Midnight Spaghetti

A newbie on the Adelaide Italian scene, Midnight Spaghetti brings with it a whole lot of laid-back charm and a flippin’ good value “spaghettaboutit” chef’s menu. They’ve got all the good South Australian wine on the drinks menu, as well as some regional Italian drops, negronis, spritz’ and bellinis. Plus, they’re open ‘til 3pm, so if you’re struggling with jet lag, they’ve got your food cravings covered.

Lantern By Nu

Nu Suandokmai, alumni of Gin Long and a number of other Adelaide top spots, heads up Asian sensation Lantern by Nu, tucked off Selby Street in the CBD. The betel leaves are a great starter, the top yum soup served in a boiling hot clay pot will soothe your soul and the pad Thai is legit. What more could you want?

Tony Tomatoes

A North Adelaide gem, Tony Tomatoes is cool, unfussy and bloody good. Select the base you prefer—they’ve got a white, thin base that’s been proved for 72 hours, a light and crispy wholemeal base, as well as a gluten free variety—and then choose between the 18 pizzas (plus specials) on offer. And if it’s all too hard, grab the banquet menu. Vegans: it’s your lucky day, Tony Tomatoes does vegan cheese!

Coffee Institute

Ten minutes out of the city in Walkerville, the Coffee Institute is a pleasure to wake up to. Get your phones out because the guys here serve gobsmackingly beautiful food that you’ve got to post on Instagram #sorrynotsorry. Get the pulled pork benedict, corn fritters, pannacotta and the pumpkin pie.

Spaghetti Western

Described as “where Clint Eastwood meets Jay Z” you know you’re in for a good time at Spaghetti Western. Their Italian American cuisine will impress anyone with a penchant for carbs and cheese. From the cheesy meatballs and the fried ravioli to the house made gnocchi and mac n cheese, your taste buds will be smiling the whole way home.

Golden Boy

There’s something about Adelaide and uber cool Asian restaurants. Golden Boy is everything you want on a night out with friends. Super cool interiors, a menu full of taste sensations and a dedication to making delicious cocktails. Oh and did I mention dessert? Roti with pandan custard and banana fritters with coconut ice cream anyone?

Shōbōsho

A modern Japanese gem in the heart of the city, Shōbōsho combines ancient traditions with modern finesse. Weekend bookings are essential if you want to get your hands on delicacies like their spiced prawn crackers with seaweed mayo, crumbed pork meatball sandwich and teriyaki chicken with smoked cauliflower, yuzu kosho cream and wood-baked shallot bread. 

Pizzateca

Take a weekend drive out to McLaren Vale and stop by our favourite Nonna in Adelaide’s restaurant, Pizzateca. Enjoy classic Italian starters, pizzas and contorni under the shade of some big shady trees. For dessert, there’s only one option, Nonna Anna’s homemade tiramisu which is molto bene!

Adelaide Central Market

Whether you’re hungry or not, a visit to the Adelaide Central Market is an absolute must. It gives the La Boqueria in Barcelona a run for its money! You’ll find fresh produce as far as the eye can see, cheese samples, cured meats and cute little cafes, including Jamface, Poh Ling Yeow’s latest claim to fame. You’ll come home with a bounty of goodies and that’s a-ok.

Ballaboosta

One visit to Mediterranean restaurant Ballaboosta and you’ll be wishing you could bring it home with you. Offering up relaxed vibes in spades, you’re going to want to grab a table outside and order some mezze dips with their signature wood fired pita while you decide on what to order. I can vouch for the fattoush, any of the wood fired pizzas and the falafel.

Hispanic Mechanic

Singapore House’s friendly neighbour, Hispanic Mechanic serves a Korean twist on traditional Mexican eats. The papas fritas (crinkle cut fries with gochujang mayo) are a must, as are master Kim’s five star wings. Definitely check out the drinks list for all of your margarita and cerveza goodness.

Sunny’s Pizza

A super cool pizza bar in the city, Sunny’s is best enjoyed in person (so don’t order takeaway you fool). Slide up to the bar, order a round of drinks and prepare yourself for cheese, dough and salami good times.

Poké Me

For those days when you need a healthy feed among your feasting, Poké Me is the solution. Their salmon, tuna, tofu, chicken and vego bowls are fully customisable, right down to the sauce you want on top.

Frewville Foodland

You might think I am a little crazy telling you to go and eat at a supermarket while you’re on holiday, but this place needs to be seen to be believed. Not only do they stock a phenomenal range of products, they’ve got a charcuterie bar, bakery and even serve cocktails. Plus, if you go on the weekend you’ll get to enjoy local musicians playing the piano in the fruit and veg section. It’s no surprise this place was named the world’s best supermarket.

Looking to get out of town? Here’s how to spend 48 Hours In The Barossa Valley.

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Make sure you visit this weekend's Oxford Wine Festival

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

September is always an exciting month in the world of wine, and for wine lovers around Oxford it signals the return of the city’s annual wine festival.

Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches review – Brooklyn Bánh mì

Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches review – Brooklyn Bánh mì

by pickyglutton @ Vietnamese – The Picky Glutton

This review of a New York restaurant is a break from The Picky Glutton’s usual London-based coverage. I have a great deal of fondness for Vietnamese baguette sandwiches, or bánh mì. Although not unknown in London, eateries serving them are few and far between. Sadly, one of the best, Viet Baguette on Charlotte Place, has … Continue reading

What the Pho? Lowdown on Westgate's new Vietnamese restaurant

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

Juliette Wall the co-founder of Pho tells us about opening up at the new Westgate

Ella Canta review – hotel restaurant brings modern Mexico to Mayfair

Ella Canta review – hotel restaurant brings modern Mexico to Mayfair

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Mexico City celeb chef opens outpost in the badlands of Park Lane If you’ve told me a few years ago that a Mexican restaurant, backed by famed chilango celeb chef Martha Ortiz, would open within the bowels of the InterContinental Hotel on Park Lane then I would not have believed you. It just seems so … Continue reading

The best and worst banh mi in London – Vietnamese sandwiches review

The best and worst banh mi in London – Vietnamese sandwiches review

by pickyglutton @ Vietnamese – The Picky Glutton

26 eateries, 66 sandwiches, one verdict Updated 26/2/14 – tweaked Bun Cha review, added a missing photo and added reviews of Chao Kitchen and Chao!Now Updated 05/3/14 – added review of Bep Haus, tweaked The Verdict slightly to reflect its inclusion Updated 12/3/14 – added review of Miss Chu Updated 13/7/14 – added reviews of … Continue reading

13 Amazing Things To Do This Australia Day Long Weekend

13 Amazing Things To Do This Australia Day Long Weekend

by Fran Walker @ The A List | The Urban List

On the one hand, we're freaking out about the fact that January is almost over, but on the other hand we're pretty stoked that Australia Day is here, because long weekends equal happiness. In case you still haven't got your plans sorted for the long weekend, stress no more, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 13 amazing things to do in Perth this weekend.

All Weekend

Long Weekend Bash At The Aviary

The guys at The Aviary are cooking up cheese and vegemite pizzas on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend, because Straya. But that’s not the only thing on offer—we’re talking Heineken buckets and Pimm’s jugs for just $25, yes please! There will also be a ping-pong tournament and live music from 3pm each day, and yes, it’s free entry. For more information click here.

Thursday 25 January

Australia Day Eve At The Left Bank

Start your Australia Day weekend the right way at The Left Bank with tasty eats, icy cold drinks and live music. The team here will be serving up T-bone steaks and pints for just $17 from 5pm, so you'd be silly not to go. Get all the deets here.

Friday 26 January

Fringe World Festival Opening Night

Fringeuary is finally here! Kicking off on Australia Day and running until 25 February, we've got one blissful month to make the most of the pop up bars, dazzling shows and belly laughs that Fringe brings with it. If you're overwhelmed by all the shows on offer this year, start with this handy list of all our must-see shows. For the full program, click here.

Australia Day Fireworks At Hawaiian’s Mezz Shopping Centre

Live music, pizza, gelato and a rooftop viewing of the fireworks—sounds like our kind of Australia Day! Join the team at Hawaiian’s Mezz for a good ol' Aussie BBQ and live music from 5pm before heading up to the rooftop for the fireworks. Click here for more information.

Australia Day At Embargo Bar

Australia Day at Embargo is basically Perth goals, but what are you meant to do when tickets sell out in 0.002 seconds? Well, luckily for you, there will be 250 tickets on the door from 11 am so make sure you get there early! For more information click here.

Australia Day At South Perth Foreshore

What better way to spend Australia Day than at one of the most iconic events at the South Perth foreshore, right? Starting at 8 am until 7:30 pm, get ready for a jam-packed day filled with an Aussie breakfast, activities, live music and more. You also get free public transport to and from the event because let’s be real, parking ain’t no option! Click here for more information.

Australia Day At The Windsor

Some things just go together. Like Aussie beers, Aussie BBQs and a... roaming samba band? Look, we're not sure why it's a samba band, but to be honest, we're digging it. Plus, it's free entry and The Windor's courtyard is looking fine these days, so any excuse to hang out there will do! Find out more here.

Saturday 27 January

Cottesloe Film Festival

The Cottesloe Film Festival is back this weekend so you can enjoy movies under the stars until Saturday 10 February. Launching with I Am Heath Ledger this Saturday, make sure you get there early for happy hour from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Live music will start at 6pm and there will be food available to purchase, or you can always pack your own picnic. Book your tickets here now.

Puppy Play Dates At Slate Cafe

This is not a drill guys, this is not a drill. Every Saturday until March 31, Slate Cafe is hosting doggy play dates at 9am and 11am. But why the different time sessions you ask? Because each playdate is for a specific dog breed of course! Are you dying yet? Because we definitely are. This Saturday, all of you guys with Schnauzers need to get there at 9am and anyone with puppies under six months, your time to shine is 11am. For more information click here.

Back To The Kool Korner

Haven’t sorted out plans for where to listen to Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown yet? Well, no need to stress as The Livid Skateboards Kool Korner is back at Scarborough Beach and will be playing the countdown on from start to finish! The Summer x Salt markets will also be running, not to mention the carpark skate jam, live music and DJ’s. Get more information here.

Hottest 100 At The Lookout Pop Up Bar

Imagine this—$10 bacon and egg breakfast, free entry and $6 pints until 6pm, all by the beach. Head to The Lookout Pop Up Bar in Scarborough for all these goodies and a nice, relaxing way to listen to the countdown. Click here for more information.

Sunday 28 January

One Day In Fremantle

Still alive after all your celebrations this weekend? Then you’ll definitely need to head to One Day in Fremantle. Taking over the Esplanade Reserve from 2pm until 8pm with a line-up of world class artists including Kevin Parker, Kate Miller-Heidke, Baker Boy and the Djuki Mala dance group, you'd be forgiven for not believing us when we tell you it's free! Don't miss this one. Get more information here.

Harbour Sundays At Maritime Museum

After a successful second season, Harbour Sundays is back again for the perfect Sunday night fix of local music, drinks and sunsets. This Sunday will be kicking off with Delilah Rose and the Gunslingers, Kat Wilson Trio and DJ Jas Huges. For more information click here.

Need more things to do in Perth? Click here.

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Cay Tre Dean Street Soho review – Proper Soho Vietnamese at last?

Cay Tre Dean Street Soho review – Proper Soho Vietnamese at last?

by pickyglutton @ Vietnamese – The Picky Glutton

Hoxton favourite makes its way to Soho – but forgot to bring superb quality food and service along with it. Despite the popularity of Vietnamese food in Paris, the US and other parts of the world, there are relatively few Vietnamese restaurants in London and most are located in out-of-the-way parts of the city like … Continue reading

Exclusive Theatre Menu at Banana Tree Watford!

by bplant @ bananatree

The post Exclusive Theatre Menu at Banana Tree Watford! appeared first on bananatree.

Tacos del 74 Dalston review – even worse than Tex-Mex food

Tacos del 74 Dalston review – even worse than Tex-Mex food

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

You couldn’t pay me to eat here again. People like to sneer at hipsterish restaurants and bars in Shoreditch and Dalston. They’re seen by many as faddy, shallow trend-chasing establishment serving up fare that’s incomprehensible and inedible to ‘normal’ folk. I have little time for such half-baked nonsense, preferring to judge each establishment on its … Continue reading

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Welcome to Thai One On! We’re located at 911 Noble Street in Anniston, Alabama, where we serve up delicious, authentic Thai cuisine and asian fusion dishes. Whatever you're looking for, Thai One On is the restaurant that has it.

New Menu Coming This Week!

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The Night Noodle Markets Are Back And They’re Dog Friendly This Year

The Night Noodle Markets Are Back And They’re Dog Friendly This Year

by Anna Franklyn @ The A List | The Urban List

We're about to embark on the most wonderful time of the year in Perth. Fringe starts on 26 January, the Perth International Arts Festival officially kicks off on 9 February, and just when all of that wraps up, the Night Noodle Markets begin!

The Night Noodle Markets will be back at Elizabeth Quay this year from 16 to 25 March and this year your pooch is welcome.

There will be over 20 food stalls dishing out Korean, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese eats—just to name a few—plus a couple of bars and live music.

You can expect to see a few of your fave restaurants popping up down there—The Modern Eatery and Miss Chow's to name just a couple—as well as some tried and true food trucks and stalls like Bangkok Jump Street, Gyoza Joint and Hoy Pinoy.

We're yet to hear if Messina Gelato will be back this year, but if they're not we'll happily wander on over to Gusto at Elizabeth Quay to get our gelato fix.

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Cheese Brie Sandwich

by admin @ Viet Eat

The key is to buy specific cuts for specific dishes and be firm with your butcher. Opt for tender cuts from the inner haunch muscle if you fancy steak and use neck fillet or shanks if slow cooking. And deer mince makes for a very good gamekeeper’s sandwiches. Wild salmon is a real treat and..

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Halal restaurants around Oxford Street

Halal restaurants around Oxford Street


Halal Gems

A foodie guide to Europe’s busiest shopping street

Laotian Larb: The Ultimate Comfort Food [Recipe]

by bplant @ bananatree

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El Muro review – Mexican food comes to Muswell Hill. Sort of.

El Muro review – Mexican food comes to Muswell Hill. Sort of.

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

It’s better than Tex-Mex. Just. Reviewing restaurants means I meander all over London, seeing firsthand the disparate boroughs, villages and neighbourhoods that make up this sprawling metropolis of ours. It’s tempting to think that once you venture outside of the capital’s core restaurant areas (Soho, Islington, Shoreditch and The City, or thereabouts), you would have … Continue reading

10 Places You Wish You Were Instead Of At Your Desk RN

10 Places You Wish You Were Instead Of At Your Desk RN

by Shannon Coward @ The A List | The Urban List

Welcome to 2018. We bet you're wondering why the hell you're sitting at your desk right now, as your other (some might say, smarter) colleagues took an extra week to lounge around eating the last of the leftovers, or to swan off overseas to top up their tan. We feel you. The real world has rolled back around—and it feels remarkably like work in 2017...

Instead of doing actual work, spend your precious brain space fantasising of the 10 places you wish you were instead at your desk RN. 

#1. Whitehaven Beach

Australia

If there’s anything that screams perfect daydream material, it’s sitting on 98% silica sand while the crystal clear ocean laps at your feet. The incredible Whitehaven Beach, located a short boat ride from Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays Queensland, has all your tropical island dreams covered and then some with its mind-boggling beauty and location on the edge of the Great  Barrier Reef. There’s a reason this stunning natural wonder is plastered across every Australian tourism campaign and it really needs to be seen to be believed. Plus, you could totally combine your trip to Whitehaven with a stay at luxe accommodation on nearby Hamilton Island for the ultimate island escape. Throw in a palm leaf and we’re sold.

#2. Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia

A hidden gem more than worthy of a shout out, Croatia’s Plitvice Lake National Park is a nature-lover’s dream come true. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes National Park marks the point where 16 crystal-esque lakes flow into each through a series of waterfalls and cascades. An 18km wooden footbridge meanders through the water and butterflies do their thing all over the heavily-forested area. The water is so turquoise you’ll find yourself questioning whether they secretly dyed it and if you visit in winter, you might just find an ice-covered wonderland that would make for one sick ‘gram picture. Plitvice Lakes might also be as close as you’ll get to steeping onto the set of a real life Disney movie. Talk about magical AF.

#3. Gion

Japan

Located in Kyoto, Japan’s cultural hub and former capital, Gion is a must-see on any Japanese adventure. Referred to informally as the geisha district, Gion is a gorgeous slice of the Japan of ages past, nestled smack bang in the middle of a bustling, thriving city that effortlessly blends modern and traditional. Think wooden buildings, winding alleyways, traditional gift shops and the chance to spot a geisha or maiko (a geisha’s apprentice) making their way between appointments at the myriad teahouses dotting the district. Gion is also home to a number of sights, including the famous Kiyomizu-dera temple which offers to-die-for views over Kyoto, if you can’t get your fill just by wandering the stone pathways. BRB, looking up when the next flight leaves for Japan.

#4. The Alhambra

Spain

Topping many a “things you have to see before you die” list, the Alhambra is, well, actually something you have to see before you die. Let’s just say, it makes sitting at your desk sound pretty dang boring. Drawing heavily on its Arabic ancestry, the Alhambra is a fortress complex located in Granada that manages to blend historical significance with stunning architectural brilliance in all the right ways. To start with, the Alhambra offers killer views over the city of Granada and the surrounding meadows. It was built primarily in the 13th century when the first king of the Nasrid dynasty decided to make the fortress the royal residence. It’s from this period that much of the architectural elements –including wooden filigree archways and that iconic central fountain – that make the Alhambra so gorgeous are from. Oh and did we mention that the aim of the architects designing the Alhambra was to cover every single space with decoration, no matter how big or small said space was. Leave work early, head to the airport, fly to Spain, go to the Alhambra, thank us later.

#5. Edinburgh

Scotland

Ah Scotland, we might just have a tiny crush on you after binge-watching Outlander on Netflix. Which is why we just had to put Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city and voted the most walkable city in the U.K. (take that, London), on this list. Edinburgh is home to many a cultural monument, including the perfectly medieval Edinburgh Castle and the Museum of Edinburgh - which just so happens to be located inside a 16th-century house. If you’re more the type to emerge after the sun has gone down, spend your time exploring the haunted alleyways of Mary King’s Close or hit up the local pub for the best whisky you’ll ever taste. Just don’t forget to head out of town and climb Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano that also offers gorgeous views over the city below. Ugh, why can’t we be working in Scotland right now.

#6. Skaftafell National Park

Iceland

And here we were thinking that the rock formations of Ireland’s Giants Causeway were impressive when Skaftafell National Park came onto the scene and blew us all away. Located in gorgeous Iceland, Skaftafell is the epicentre of the largest national park in Europe, Vatnajokull National Park, and lies on the southern edge of the breathtaking Vatnajokull Glacier. The park is a land of contrasts, promising you the chance to see everything from active volcanoes to glaciers to flat, sandy plains to glacier rivers – all in the same place. Skaftafell is also home to the Kristinartindar Peaks, a dramatic rock formation from which a waterfall plummets one metre into the lush park below. And that’s all before we get to the variety of hiking trails that wind through the 5000 square kilometres of natural beauty that the park claims as its own. Psh, who needs a job anyway, if you need us we’ll be adventuring in Iceland.

#7. Old Havana

Cuba

Okay, okay, so the pinnacle of chilly northern wandering isn’t really your thing. What about the colourful, bustling, tropical flair of Old Havana, in Cuba? Old Havana is the second most populated borough of modern Havana and is contained within the original Havana city walls. It is also the best placed to be completely immersed in the Havana of long ago. This is a Havana where rumba music floats through cobbled streets, where narrow lanes meander past Cuban-Baroque-meets-Art-Nouveau buildings and where the locals sip coffee and chat like they’ve been doing for many a-year. In other words, it’s pretty wanderlust inducing. Stay in a hotel that once played host to Winston Churchill, explore the brightly hued Plaza Vieja or spend the day exploring Havana’s revolutionary past at Museo de la Ciudad. Whatever you choose, it’s got to be better than staring gloomily out the window at all the not-Old Havana you’re surrounded by. Yes, you can thank us later.

#8. Banff National Park

Canada

Located in the iconic Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park and is home to some breathtaking examples of that alpine beauty we all know and love about Canada. Lake Louise, a turquoise pool of pure postcard perfect beauty, serves as the park’s main jumping off point before you move on to the too-pretty-to-be-real Sunshine Meadows (the name, guys, the name) or the jagged peaks of the Icefields Parkway. To help with painting the picture of how freaking incredible Banff National Park is, imagine that scene in The Sound of Music when Maria is singing her heart out to the rolling green hills around her. Banff makes that scenery look like your attempt at Pictionary after a few too many drinks. So, what are you waiting for?

#9. Chiang Mai

Thailand

Chiang Mai is a beacon when it comes to sought after travel destinations at the moment but the temple city of Thailand is attracting so much buzz for a very good reason. Serving as the hub of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is the perfect place to kick back and get some much needed R&R while remaining in close proximity to activities galore. Pick from one of the many temples peeking out from behind every corner, thanks to the city’s position as the former seat of the Lanna kingdom, or spend your time wandering the backstreets and sampling the many flavours of Thai cuisine. Did someone say authentic pad Thai and grilled pork in banana leaf? Drool. Uh yeah, you can totally get away with chucking a sickie for a whole week (or four). We’ll see you at the airport.

#10. Ggantija

Malta

An underappreciated hidden gem good for more than just filming locations for a bunch of hit TV shows (Game of Thrones, anyone?), Malta is well-worth an addition to any perpetual wander-lusting daydreams. Malta, an island located between Malta and the North African coast, is home to a number of historic sites that remain as evidence of its former rulers, including the Romans, Moors, French and British. The most famous of these has to be Ggantija, a temple complex on the Mediterranean Island of Gozo that is older than the pyramids of Egypt. They are also the world’s second oldest existing manmade religious structures, losing out only to Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. You can actually wander through the ruins of the complex, marvelling at the ingenuity of construction from before society was really a thing. Getting to explore the almost-oldest structure in the world AND having the chance to live your best life on a Mediterranean island? Sign us the heck up!

Ready to pack your bags and get exploring? Make sure to check out our travel page for all the destinations worth knowing about.

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Magpie review – Modernist food served ‘Dim Sum’-style in Mayfair

Magpie review – Modernist food served ‘Dim Sum’-style in Mayfair

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

The Pidgin sequel takes flight but doesn’t quite soar I once wrote that it’s rare for a restaurant to relocate inwards from the suburbs to the centre of town, rather than other way around. Recent events are proving me wrong, showing that such a move (or sprouting a second branch closer to the centre of … Continue reading

Breddos Tacos Soho review – brilliance served with a side of incompetence

Breddos Tacos Soho review – brilliance served with a side of incompetence

by pickyglutton @ The Picky Glutton

Raffish Clerkenwell Mexican sprouts second branch in Soho A great many things flow through my mind when I’m being ignored at a restaurant, once I become bored with my phone. Will I starve to death in this place, with lunching desk jockeys and freelance debutantes stepping over my desiccated remains? Are these walls supposed to … Continue reading

5 Awesome Things To Do In Perth This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Perth This Week

by Pim Pattanasuk @ The A List | The Urban List

As fun as it is settling right back into work *cough cough* we all need a bit of a mid-week escape every now and then. Whether you’re looking to improve your dance moves, enjoy a culinary cheese journey or have a boogie you can unwind any day of the week.

Here are 5 awesome things to do in Perth this week.

Monday 15 January

Free Dance Classes in Subiaco

Got moves? Put them to the test with Bachata or Tango! The talented team at Juan Rando Dance Academy is hosting free dance classes for y’all to get moving and shaking. Grab your dance partner for an evening of guilt-free fun. Bachata and Tango not your thing? You can sign up for other styles on another night or just try them all! Find out more here

Tuesday 16 January

American Summer Camp Masterclass At Fromage Artisans

Take your taste buds on a delightful journey as the awesome peeps at Fromage Artisans put together a masterclass for you. A night of gold rush cocktails, Applejacks, bourbon and gin, all paired with cheeses with cutesie names like lamb chop and snow white—we can’t even. Find out more here

World Spicy Food Day With Turban Chopsticks

It's world spicy food day tomorrow, so if you think you can handle the heat you might want to head to Kitchen Warehouse for a little cooking demo with Mei Yong from Turban Chopsticks. She will be cooking up some tasty meals and they're so simple that even the worst cooks out there will be able to recreate them at home! Get more info here.

Wednesday 17 January

KLP 5IN5 TOUR AT THE RAFFLES

There’s nothing like a boogie to get rid of those mid-week blues and ease yourself into the weekend shenanigans. Triple J House Party presenter and DJ, KLP is coming in hot with her national tour. Revellers can expect all the hottest hits as they party in one of our beloved riverside venues. Find out more here

JOEY BADA$$ IN NORTHBRIDGE

Yooo Perth, you’re in for a real treat because Brooklyn rap protégé Joey Bada$$ is hitting up our sweet city. With the release of his second studio album ‘ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$’ featuring the likes of ScHoolboy Q, Styles P and J.Cole, this hump day party is sure to be lit. Find out more here

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Great British Menu's Dom Chapman spills the beans

by @ The Oxford Times | Food

The sign saying Kitchen by Dominic Chapman has been over the door at The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock for the last few months, and it was flattering to be invited to run the restaurant.

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