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Eating snake every which way in Hanoi, Vietnam | Travel Feature

Eating snake every which way in Hanoi, Vietnam | Travel Feature


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If you want to try eating snake in Vietnam, there's one place to head – Le Mat snake village near Hanoi. The restaurants here specialise in the art of...

Will These Biodegradable Bags Make It To The Mainstream?

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

To every hopeful tote-bag-carrying environmentalist, plastic bags’ days are numbered. Bans on bags are slowly sweeping nations and companies alike. And Indonesian-based Avani Eco is dedicated to making biodegradable bags out of yuca root. Avani Eco’s bags solve the problem of plastic harming animals when found in the seas because of its water-soluble properties. Since they’re made entirely of […]

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Epic food tour in Old Delhi, India

Epic food tour in Old Delhi, India

by billylaw @ A Table For Two

In India, you can eat to your Delhi Belly's content (in a good way).

Dining on a dime: Find out the cost of food in Vietnam

Dining on a dime: Find out the cost of food in Vietnam


InsideVietnam Blog

Vietnamese food is delicious and scandalously cheap, but just how much should you expect to spend? Violet investigates the cost of food in Vietnam.

The Stuff in the Market

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

The wet markets in South East Asia are shrines to food culture. Food is built up into displays, towers and installations to admire, catch the eye and tempt. It's colourful. Limes, chilies, dragon fruits, persimmons and hibiscus flowers project a...

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

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

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

Discovering Sapa: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Vietnam’s Northern Hill Station

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes full of verdant rice paddies, rolling hills, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and hidden trails in overgrown valleys. While the idea of coming here for a trek far off from the noise and pollution of the big cities inspires wanderlust, organizing it all can be a bit daunting, especially for […]

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

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

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

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Where to Eat in Syros, Greece

by Nathan @ Foodie Flashpacker

After getting an overview of Greek food during my walking food tour of Athens, I was excited to try more of what the country had to offer. After nearly three weeks on the island, I’ve done the hard work for you determining where to eat on Syros. Here, in no particular order, are the best […]

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Spicy Tahini Chicken Stir-Fry

by Tori Cooper @ Honest Cooking

This spicy tahini chicken stir-fry is served with ramen noodles and topped with peanuts and pomegranate arils for great crunch. A quick meal that will satisfy.

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What to Wear in Morocco: The Sahara

by Amanda Mouttaki @ MarocMama

MarocMama - A Fearless Guide to Food and Travel

A Walking Food Tour of Girona with Girona Food Tours

by Nathan @ Foodie Flashpacker

While in Costa Brava, I was based out of the city of Girona. One of the highlights of my time in the city was the walking food tour of Girona I attended with Girona Food Tours. I met up with my tour guide Marc at his centrally located office, and together we set off to […]

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Seoul Dining 3: Kalguksu Noodles

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

On our travels, we can meekly sit down at an uncrowded table and eat mediocre food. In fact, to us it might register as good food. How would we know? One principle that we espouse on our street food tours...

Socially Responsible Travel in Hanoi (Travel and Give Back to the Community)

by Sue Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

The phrase “socially responsible travel” is a new trend followed by travelers all over the world, in the context that traveling and experiencing new cultures is popular nowadays. Hanoi, renown for the chaotic Old Quarter, many little temples, Dong Xuan Market that sells household goods and street food, already has so much to offer. However, […]

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Avocado, Cream and Caviar by Amelia Restaurant in San Sebastián.

by Natalia Bohórquez Rodríguez @ Honest Cooking

Amelia’s gastronomic proposal is based on quality and seasonal products cooked with fine technique. Paulo Airaudo presents one of his original creations. After 14 years of cooking his way through the world Argentinean chef Paulo Airaudo last year settled down in the Basque Country, where he from scratch created an ambitious dining project, Amelia, and…

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Best restaurants in Hanoi: Wander in the map of tastes

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Hanoi has complex layers of culture to distinguish itself from others big cities in Vietnam. The border between the ancient Hanoi and the Hanoi of modernity and luxury one is not chaotic but unusually remarkable: With a walk down the same street, one can admire an antique Buddhist temple and soon after, the French architecture […]

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

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

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

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Cheap eats in Hanoi, Vietnam

Cheap eats in Hanoi, Vietnam


A Table For Two

Eat like a local. Slanting short tables, flimsy plastic stools, empty noodle soup bowls and lipstick stained tissue papers – these are a few signs that you should be looking out for at every …

The Best Comedy Nights In Sydney

The Best Comedy Nights In Sydney

by Jessica Best @ The A List | The Urban List

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

Here are the best comedy nights in Sydney!

Powerbomb

Glebe

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

Giant Dwarf

Redfern

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

Wolf Comedy

Chippendale

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

Crown Comedy

Lewisham

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

The Comedy Store

Fox Studios

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

Cafe Lounge

Surry Hills

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

Coogee Bay Hotel

Coogee

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

Enmore Theatre

Enmore

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

Molotov Comedy

Chippendale

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

Eveleigh Hotel

Eveleigh

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

Newtown Hotel

Newtown

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

The Harold Park Hotel

Glebe

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

Brass Monkey

Cronulla

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

Chippendale Hotel

Chippendale

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

The Friend In Hand

Glebe

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

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

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

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

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

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Ho Chi Minh vs Hanoi: 6 highlights and you’ll get your perfect choice

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Finding reasons to love Vietnam is not a difficult task, especially when you look at the charming landscapes, sprawling beaches, mesmerizing mountains and unique scenery only found in Vietnam. With all this, it is easy to forget the big cities of Vietnam, such as Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. We are going to compare and […]

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Seoul Dining 3: Kalguksu Noodles

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

On our travels, we can meekly sit down at an uncrowded table and eat mediocre food. In fact, to us it might register as good food. How would we know? One principle that we espouse on our street food tours...

A guide on choosing a hotel around Hanoi Old Quarter

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Choosing a hotel for your holidays always takes time. Especially when you have a long list of places to visit, you have to book a hotel that is easy for you to commute. When in Hanoi, due to its complicated traffic system and the position of famous tourist attractions, you should book a hotel around […]

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Where To Go Out On A Sunday Night In Sydney

Where To Go Out On A Sunday Night In Sydney

by Sophia Richardson @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

To Drink

Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice 

Wynyard

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

The Dolphin Hotel

Surry Hills

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

Hotel Palisade

Millers Point

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

To Eat 

The Tilbury

Woolloomooloo 

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

Hotel William

CBD

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

To Sunday Sesh 

The Newport

Newport

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

Cork & Chroma

Surry Hills

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

Coogee Pavilion

Coogee

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

To Dance 

LazyBones Lounge

Marrickville

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

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

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Muriel’s Wedding The Musical Is Returning For Another Season

Muriel’s Wedding The Musical Is Returning For Another Season

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

Image credit: Muriel's Wedding

Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi| Opening Hours – Schedule – Address

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi | Historical Information | Tourist Information An Neo-Gothic Cathedral located in the heart of Hanoi Capital, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture. Familiarly called by the local as “The Big Church”, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in the country. Another place that also represents the evidence of French colonies is Hỏa Lò Prison (also known as Maison Centrale). Click here to read more about Hỏa Lò Prison. A. History of St. Joseph Cathedral Hanoi A.1. The […]

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The Best Date Ideas In Sydney For Under $50

The Best Date Ideas In Sydney For Under $50

by Sophia Richardson @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

Here are the best budget date ideas in Sydney.

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

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

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Tokyo Bucket List: 44 Top Things To Do in Japan’s Coolest City

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Tokyo is known for its unique experiences, such as a medical themed restaurant where you can eat beef, shaped like a brain, inside a private jail cell. Or the cat cafes where petting felines and drinking coffee go hand in hand.

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Top 8 Reasons to Visit Syros Greece

by Nathan @ Foodie Flashpacker

Located 78 nautical miles from Athens in the Aegean Sea, Syros is poised to become the next “it” place to visit in Greece. I recently spent three weeks exploring the island and came up with the top reasons you should start planning your own visit! History The island is only 84 square kilometers and about 20,000 people living […]

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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

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

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


The Culinary Travel Guide

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

6 TV Revivals To Look Forward To In 2018

6 TV Revivals To Look Forward To In 2018

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

1.   Arrested Development

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

2. Charmed

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

3. Downton Abbey

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

4. The L Word

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

5. Magnum, P.I.

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

6. Queer Eye For The Straight Guy

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

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

Image credit: Warner Brothers

Sauces

by quantri @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

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

Best of 2017 – Our Food and Travel Favorites

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

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

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

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

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

Israel-Palestine Food Tours Promote Culinary Diplomacy

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Diplomacy comes in many forms — preventative, soft power, Machiavellian coercion — so many kinds you might not even be able to narrow down your favorite means to an end. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman would have you believe that regular basketball games between the U.S. and North Korea would completely mend relations, for example. […]

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

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


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

Vietnam: The Tribute Video

by Katie @ Postcards from Yonder

February 14, 2016 // Video by Katie We fell in love in Vietnam. More specifically, we fell in love with Vietnamese food. Even more specifically, we fell in love with Vietnamese Pho. So naturally, we made a video about it.  

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Aboriginal Cooks on Bush Tucker

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

Aboriginal cooks and chefs weigh in on the native ingredients made popular by famous restaurants in Australia. Written for Fine Dining Lovers, 1 June 2017.   Rayleen Brown A Café Up North At Kungas Can Cook, a café in Alice Springs serving food like burgers, salads, ice teas, pies and brownies, Aboriginal owner [...]

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Custom made? Yes Please! A Guide to Custom Tailoring in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

If you haven’t already heard, Vietnam is a superstar manufacturing country.  In the last several years, many multinational companies have created manufacturing facilities in Vietnam, solidifying the country’s superstar status.  The direct consequence of this is a huge reservoir of skilled and knowledgeable workers who can do everything from shoemaking, jewelry making, dress tailoring, suit…

We got the best service blue butterfly restaurant

by jenny @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

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

Hanoi Coffee | About The Best Coffee in Vietnam

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Coffee Culture I, Hanoi Coffee Culture I.1 Overview of Coffee in Hanoi The coffee was first imported to Hanoi by French during their first colonial exploitation here. With the formation of the French Quarter where the French immigrated, they brought their favorite drink, and Hanoi coffee began to take its first steps on the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake. Following the French invasion at the 1800s, coffee was introduced in Vietnam, but the source of coffee back then was limited therefore it was considered as a luxury good, only the French colonists along with Nguyễn dynasty’s nobles could have […]

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Alentejo Portugal

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

Featured in the SAA Sawubona inflight magazine Across an enchanting landscape of mountains, plains, rivers and ancient ruins, Ishay Govender-Ypma feasted on the flavours of the Alentejo, the breadbasket and wine barrel of Portugal. Written for SAA Sawubona inflight magazine, 21 July 2017   Acorns and Pastries “At one time we only fed [...]

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Listen to James Taylor Cover The Beatles in 1971

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Listen to James Taylor Cover The Beatles in 1971

Philadelphia cheesesteak wars: 12 hours, 4 cheesesteaks

by Anna @ slightly astray

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



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Vegan Khao Pad (Thai Fried Rice)

Vegan Khao Pad (Thai Fried Rice)

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Our Vegan Khao Pad and Vegan Nam Pla Prik are really simple recipes inspired by our travels to Thailand and our passion for Thai cuisine. This straightforward vegan Thai fried rice (Vegan Khao Pad) can easily be adapted to suit your tastes and is ultimately a satisfying dish to prepare and eat. When served with Vegan Nam Pla Prik, some slices of fresh cucumber and wedges of lime, there’s a simplicity and balance that makes this one of our favorite meals. Khao Pad is a classic dish from the Chinese Thai community and has become a staple in the restaurants […]

5 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Week

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

All Week

Karaoke Carousel

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

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

Monday 22 January

NIGELLA LAWSON ON WHY FOOD MATTERS

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

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

Tuesday 23 January

PIPILOTTI RIST: SIP MY OCEAN [UNPLUGGED]

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

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

Wednesday 24 January

Culture Up Late 

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

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

Wonder At SUNSET CINEMA

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

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

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

Image credit: Supplied by Sydney Festival

Perth Tasting Guide

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

Perth, in Australia’s southwest is said to be the most isolated city in the country.  It’s calm and laid back with a young but growing food scene. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) for Fine Dining Lovers, 7 June 2017.   Central Bites,  “What makes Perth so interesting is the access to produce,” says Max Brearly of Offshoot Creative, [...]

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Everybody Loves Skyr

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

skyr breakfast bowl This cultured dairy just might be Iceland’s most adored export.Written for Culture Cheese Magazine, for the Wheys Less Traveled column, July 2017. (This article is written in American English) With its coal-black volcanic rock beaches, bright blue glaciers, steaming hot springs, and thundering waterfalls, Iceland is stunning. Most of its 325,000 [...]

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Why You Should Learn German in the City | Germany

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

This post is in partnership with the Speakeasy Berlin. I received complimentary lessons in exchange for an honest review, but all opinions are my own. German is tough to learn. After one month of living in Berlin, I was still fumbling through the most basic interactions. I spent time with more international people than Germans, and the Germans I did know switched to flawless English the minute they saw me sweat. My accent was complete scheiße. Without grammar, I was nervous to speak. I’d managed to learn a few phrases on accident, but if I wasn’t ordering beer or catching a train, my German was next to useless. Even still, it seems learning German in Berlin is going to be a lot harder than learning Spanish in Ecuador. I realized if I ever hoped to tackle this feisty, lawless, not-so-romantic language, I was going to need German classes in Berlin, and lots of them. Thinking about learning German in Berlin? Here’s everything you need to know about learning German with Speakeasy Berlin. Where to Learn German Abroad Are you moving to Germany to learn German OR learning German because you moved to Germany? If your focus is on studying German, you should make […]

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One Night Out in Hanoi, Vietnam

One Night Out in Hanoi, Vietnam


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From street noodles and egg coffee to fine dining and cocktails, here's your map to a night out in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Sydney’s Best Waterside Running Spots

Sydney’s Best Waterside Running Spots

by Sophia Richardson @ The A List | The Urban List

Running. You either love it or you hate it. If you’re firming hanging out in the hate camp, that’s all about to change because we’re about to introduce you to Sydney’s top five waterside running spots.  Whether you’re easing into it with a cheeky 5km or you're after a sweat-you-ass-off 10km, well, we have that too. Now really is the time to put your obscene activewear collection to good use—here are the best waterside running tracks in Sydney. 

The Bay Run

Inner West, NSW

Unsurprisingly, this 7km run covers the running through alllll of the parks. Think Rodd Point, Montague Park, Brett Park, King George Park, Callan Park, Leichardt Park and Robson Park—yeah, we weren’t kidding. You can jump in and out of this one at any point depending on your endurance or take on the whole track for a moderate run. Thanks to a flat path, you can bring along a pram and a doggo (some skilled runners would do both), but we’ll leave that challenge up to you.  Distance: 7km Grade: Easy

Manly To North Head

NSW

When you know there a swim waiting for you at the end of a run, it really makes the whole thing a lot easier. Trust us. That’s why the Manly to North Head run should be high on your run bucket list right now. You’ll start at Manly Beach, take a cruise jog through Shelly beach before taking on the hill run to North Head (your buns of steel will thank you for this one).  Distance: 10km Grade: Easy/Moderate

North Sydney Pool To Boy Charlton Pool

NSW

When the hot (read: sweltering) summer heat sets in, this is the run you need to do. You’ll be pool hopping from North Sydney Pool to Boy Charlton Pool with a chill run through Bradfield park and allllllll the way to a little Sydney icon called the Harbour Bridge. From here it’s past the Opera House through the Botanic Gardens and straight on to Woolloomooloo. FYI there’s wine waiting for you at the end at one of the many local restaurants and pubs. You’re sold, aren’t you? Distance: 7km Grade: Easy/Moderate

Collaroy To Long Reef Headland 

NSW

The northern beaches are filled with breathtaking waterside views and this run from Collaroy to Long Reef is no different. As you leave Collaroy you’ll end up on Long Reef Headland and just quietly, the views here are 10/10 and this is your officially warning to take a cheeky snap along the way. The run is basically a clean loop so you’ll finish where you started. AKA finish with a dip at Collaroy beach and avoid the battle of getting back to the car post-run. Distance: 6km Grade: Easy/Moderate

Blackwattle Bay Loop

NSW

This moderate run will have you running across the Anzac bridge and down through Blackwattle Bay where you will be running right on the waters edge. Despite being a bit loud over the Anzac bridge, the view is totally worth it. The run isn’t too difficult, just 5km in total, and the course is mostly flat—making this an ideal spot for a casual run.  Distance: 5km Grade: Easy 

Here's a great way to recover from muscle pain and reach a state of functional zen. 

Image credit: Dev Dodia

7 of the Best Yoga Travel Destinations for Your 2018 Adventures

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

My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.
My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga. - Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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

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Two Days in Hanoi – How to Make the Most of It

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Small alleys crammed with food stalls, delicious smells filling the air of the quaint Old Town streets and imposing monuments honoring Vietnam’s rich and turbulent history— all that and more is Hanoi. If you are planning a short trip here and want to see all the main attractions, this two-day itinerary of the capital is […]

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

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

by Catherine Blake @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

Fark.

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

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

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

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

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

VIETNAMESE COFFEE FILTER

by Hanoifreelocaltours @ food in Hanoi – Hanoi Free Local Tours

You are addicted to coffee and it is a dispensable part of your life? You are too familiar with instant coffee and you think it is your the most favorite coffee? One day, you visit Viet Nam and want to enjoy a cup of coffee. You ask a cup of coffee like you did in your country. Don’t be surprised if the waiter serves you a strange cup of coffee. It has a metal filter above a glass cup. It is our pride – filter coffee. Don’t be shame to try it because you may want to buy it immediately […]

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When the Jungle Burned Me

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  (Read Part One: A Return to the Wild)   My first two days back in the jungle were blissfully easy.   While I felt trepidation as I left Seattle, uncertain how Puerto Viejo may have changed or how I might see it through my new eyes, it actually felt so much better than when […]

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Varanasi is Straight Up Nasty

by Kevin @ Postcards from Yonder

November, 2016 / Photos & Words by Kevin Varanasi is straight up nasty. It’s absolutely filthy. The streets are lined with trash. To help you picture this, imagine your city dump back home just exploded all over town. A trash explosion basically. Then, cows eat the trash and shit all over the place. And not […]

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

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

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

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

The details

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

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

Image credit: Brinkoff/Mögenbu

Judging the 2017 World Food Championships

by Nathan @ Foodie Flashpacker

When I heard that the World Food Championships was accepting applications for judges, I immediately jumped on it. Unfortunately, when I began sending in my information, I was told applications had closed. “Please keep my information on file for next year…” I replied. But several days later, I received a follow-up email informing me the […]

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Top 5 Foods I Ate in NYC

by Anna @ slightly astray

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



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Slave Labor Persists In Thai Seafood Chain. Avoid Buying It.

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch reports that despite repeated investigations into Thailand’s billion-dollar seafood industry, which supplies countries all over the world, its slave labor practices remain rampant. Along with Thai officials, activists, United Nations representatives and local residents of fishing ports, Human Rights Watch documented the cases of hundreds of migrant fishermen from Burma and […]

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TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT HO CHI MINH CITY DURING TET

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Lunar New Year, or more commonly known as Tet, is a wondrous and prosperous time in Vietnam, and is an event that is anticipated throughout the year!  It marks the arrival of spring, a brand new start for many of life’s endeavours, and is a time to appreciate and spend time with family.  If you…

Why bún chả was the perfect dish for Obama and Bourdain to eat in Hanoi

Why bún chả was the perfect dish for Obama and Bourdain to eat in Hanoi


Public Radio International

By now you've seen the photo: President Obama and Anthony Bourdain at a little Hanoi diner sharing beers and supper. Here's more on what was in their bowls.

Eat your heart out: A 48h foodie dream in Hanoi, Vietnam

Eat your heart out: A 48h foodie dream in Hanoi, Vietnam


Traveller

“The best way to know a city is to eat it” - especially if you're short of time.

How Rome Fell in Love with Chinese Food

How Rome Fell in Love with Chinese Food

by Giancarlo Buonomo @ Munchies

Sonia, the one-name-only grande dame of Rome's Chinese restaurant scene, had a lot to do with it.

Ho Chi Minh City Walking Tour – You’ll find it’s more than a modern city

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Ho Chi Minh City – also known as Saigon – is no longer a strange destination for travellers visiting Vietnam. Arriving at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you are free to venture and explore a number of destinations in Vietnam, but believe me, don’t mistake Ho Chi Minh as another sprawling modern city without personality. With […]

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Planning a Perfect Girlfriend Getaway in London

by Amanda Mouttaki @ MarocMama

MarocMama - A Fearless Guide to Food and Travel

Who wouldn’t love to take a girlfriend getaway in London? This city wasn’t on my radar for a long time, I was never drawn to the famous cities of the world, and instead I longed to visit far flung corners that no one could pronounce. While many Americans dream of visiting London someday it was ... Read More about Planning a Perfect Girlfriend Getaway in London

Ultimate Comfort Food: Mac and Cheese Pizza

by Valentina Celant @ Honest Cooking

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

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Nomsly Meal Delivery For Kids Opens Up A World Of Flavor

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Boston-based Nomsly is redefining meal delivery for kids. While many grocery and meal kit delivery services include options for kids’ meals, Nomsly is the first focused entirely on childhood nutrition from start to finish. Business has been great for the community, too: Ingredients are sourced in part from the urban farm at reVision House family shelter, […]

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Top 5 Weird Foods to Try in Hanoi, Vietnam!

Top 5 Weird Foods to Try in Hanoi, Vietnam!


MarocMama

Visiting Hanoi and looking to try some of the more "weird" food offerings? Get started with these 5!

Savannah Bucket List: 44 Fun Things To Georgia’s Historic City

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Fun things to do in Savannah, Ga—What to see, places to eat and things to check off your bucket list in Georgia's top city.

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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Marrakech 2017

by Amanda Mouttaki @ MarocMama

MarocMama - A Fearless Guide to Food and Travel

You might not know it but New Year’s Eve is party time in Marrakech! There are events, dinners and parties across the city and at all different price levels and experiences to be experienced. I’ve put together this list of events quickly in case you’re visiting Marrakech this time of year and looking for something ... Read More about Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Marrakech 2017

Only Happy When It Rains (ft. Florence) | Italy

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

When it rains in Florence, Botticelli Angel umbrellas create an impenetrable fortress between human and sky. Lines to enter the Il Duomo di Firenze are almost as impressive as the cathedral itself, and you can forget about seeing The Birth of Venus without an iPad hovering in the foreground. Happy couples get caricature sketches while those that argued over getting lost all day slug back carafes of Sangiovese wine and binge eat pizza instead. It’s no secret there’s a dense collection of Renaissance art and architecture in Florence, and apparently, people are into it.  Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage city (population 370,000) welcomes 16 million tourists, and you can really, really feel it. It’s fair to say that pretty little Florence has a tourist problem. If you imagine Florence to be like a quaint photo, you might not like the city much at all. But if you don’t mind getting off the main streets and watching the crowds from afar, you’ll find garish window displays at high-fashion retailers, quirky cocktail bars, and local markets selling plenty of divine Italian food that isn’t even pasta. Want to get beyond the top 10 and see the secrets of Florence? Here’s some street photography […]

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Hot Snail Quest

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

Hanoi is baking in hot summer sun and there hasn't been much rain about this year to take the edge off the heat. A savage storm or two but long periods with not a drop. The city population seeks respite...

We Know Where To Catch Ryan Gosling This Valentine’s Day

We Know Where To Catch Ryan Gosling This Valentine’s Day

by Chloe Sputore @ The A List | The Urban List

Whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it there’s one thing we can all agree on, and that’s that Ryan Gosling is an absolute babe. So this Valentine’s Day the legends from American Express Openair Cinemas in Bondi are bringing his charm, wit and washboard abs to the big screen for your viewing pleasure at a screening of Crazy Stupid Love (AKA the best romcom of all time).

Gates open at 6pm on Wednesday 14 February and you’ll want to get your tickets quick smart because they include a free glass of Giesen Wines bubbly on arrival for the first happy few and Byron Bay Cookie Co’s delicious lemon and macadamia nut heart-shaped shortbread.

The Salt Meats Cheese gang will be churning out delicious Italian eats, so be sure to wear those stretchy pants, and the bar will be serving all of the summer classics, like Aperol Spritz, craft beers from 4Pines, Giesen Wines and fruity frosé.

If your Valentine this year is your dog, you can bring them along while treating them to a pawfect picnic platter and a canine couch while you’re there, too.

Plus, those lucky ducks out there with an American Express credit card are welcome to enjoy the VIP experience in the American Express Invites Lounge. You’ll get your own lounger, a cushion, blanket and tasty bites, not to mention 15% off your ticket when you pay with your AMEX card.

Sounds like the perfect date night to us! Click here to book.

Image credit: Raffi Asdourian

Editor’s note: This article is proudly sponsored by American Express Openair Cinemas and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

24 Reasons To Workout With Your Partner

24 Reasons To Workout With Your Partner

by Grace Noles @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

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

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Jalus Vegan Kitchen, Hanoi, Vietnam

Jalus Vegan Kitchen, Hanoi, Vietnam

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Jalus Vegan Kitchen & Cafe is a curious little vegan restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam. Located in the Hanoi Old Quarter on the second floor of a building with a narrow entrance; their menu typically consists of raw foods, western dishes, smoothies and fashionable desserts (avocado chocolate mousse, raw balls) we normally wouldn’t get too excited about. But as luck would have it, we were visiting Vietnam over National Day – the celebration of Vietnam’s independence from France, marked on September 2nd each year. And for this celebration Jalus Vegan Kitchen & Cafe had a special National Day Vietnamese menu featuring […]

Following the Bourdain Trail: Hanoi, Vietnam

by Katie @ Postcards from Yonder

December 2016 / Words by Katie, Photos by Katie and Kevin Whenever Kevin and I land in a new city, we immediately check two sources for relevant information — the New York Times 36 Hours series, which offers jam-packed and solid itineraries for cities all over the world; and Anthony Bourdain, who never fails to […]

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Bun Cha – The Vietnamese Dish President Obama Fell In Love With - The Christina's Blog

Bun Cha – The Vietnamese Dish President Obama Fell In Love With - The Christina's Blog


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President Obama fell in love with Bun Cha when he tried it in Vietnam. Will you? Here's an all you need to know about this dish and where to find it!

TOP 13 FASCINATING MUSEUMS IN HANOI FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT MISS

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

TOP 13 FASCINATING MUSEUMS IN HANOI FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT MISS Hanoi is an active city. There are countless places to see, from the classics to the new sites. But here Hanoi Local Experience would like to recommend some places for some quality quiet time, with 13 must-visit museums in Hanoi. If you are wondering what to see in Hanoi‘s museums, we have some suggestions for you down here. FOR CULTURE, ART AND DESIGN ENTHUSIASTS  Vietnam Museum of Ethnology As known the city’s best informative and resourceful museum, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology offers visitors offers an insight into 54 ethnic groups of […]

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Bowl of Funk: A Little Memoir on Texture

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

The range of foods I can process has widened after so long in Vietnam. As a child, I had fairly typical aversions to certain vegetables, none of which have continued into my adult life. For no apparent reason that I...

In Defense of All-Inclusive Vacations: Secrets, Los Cabos

by Katie @ Postcards from Yonder

2016 will forever be the year we traveled the globe, visiting exotic locales, soaking up different cultures, basking in so many of the world’s greatest treasures.  2017, by contrast, was a year of re-assimilating and settling in — we moved back to San Francisco, renovated our apartment, started new jobs, established a routine, and in […]

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How to Make a Bucket List: 5 Easy Steps to Create a Great One

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Don’t wait for that “perfect time” to make your bucket list, create it not because you are dying but because you want to live! With these easy how-to steps, you'll be living the your dream in no time!

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2018| VIETNAM MUSEUM of ETHNOLOGY| Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

ALL ABOUT VIETNAM MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY (Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map) As Vietnam is a multi-ethnics nation composed of 54 ethnic groups, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology plays an important role in preserving and presenting the cultural heritage of various ethnic groups. This place is a must-see for people who want to have more knowledge about Vietnamese histories and culture. Another place that also contributes a lot in preserving the cultural heritage of Vietnam is Temple of Literature. Please click here to read A. Introduction A.1. Cultural value: The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a convergence of cultures and […]

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Bottoms Up – Budapest Ruin Bars and Beyond

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

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

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8 Best Cafes and Coffee in Chiang Mai

by Jamon @ Backstreet Academy

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

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Hanoi Street Food: Into Capital’s Cuisine with a food connoisseur

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Google Maps can easily show you top tier restaurants with a few strokes on a smartphone, but it still struggles to pinpoint the location of Hanoi street food vendors. Hanoi’s small stands rarely have a specific address or really, any desgination at all. They are located in unsuspecting alleys, hidden within unpopular parks, or spotted […]

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Best of 2017 in travels (and plans for 2018)

by Anna @ slightly astray

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



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11 foodies must-dos in Venice, Italy

11 foodies must-dos in Venice, Italy

by billylaw @ A Table For Two

The city is a maze itself, most tourists will get lost within the first few days, let alone trying to hunt down all the eateries. Here is a list of must-dos to guide you.

Jeni’s Splendid Idea: Buy Ice Cream, Support “She Should Run”

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

On February 3rd, head into any one of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams scoop shops across the country nice and early, and place your breakfast order. That’s right, it’s National Ice Cream For Breakfast Day, and Jeni’s is donating 50% of the morning’s sales to She Should Run. The Washington, D.C. not-for-profit organization seeks to encourage a quarter of a million women to run for public […]

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Cost of Living in Beijing, China

by Alice Chen | Wherever I Want @

One of the reasons I like living in Beijing is the difference between my income and my cost of living. The great thing about teaching English here is that it doesn’t require a whole lot of effort or experience, but you can still make a pretty good salary. What you make after taxes is anywhere

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A review of our “Foodie” tour by a renown New York Chef

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Here is an excerpt from the food diary of Mario Tolentino, a New York Chef and winner of The Food Network’s “Chopped” in 2010.  Mr. Tolentino, a street food fanatic, decided to take part in our “Foodie” tour on August 6th, 2011.  He was kind enough to send his review of “The Lunch Lady” and…

Bowl of Funk: A Little Memoir on Texture

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

The range of foods I can process has widened after so long in Vietnam. As a child, I had fairly typical aversions to certain vegetables, none of which have continued into my adult life. For no apparent reason that I...

Offbeat Trekking in Kyrgyzstan: Jyrgalan Boz Uchuk Lakes Trek, A Beginner’s Guide

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

By Audrey Scott

With over 90% of its territory covered in mountains, Kyrgyzstan has no shortage of treks filled with stunning landscapes, alpine lakes, shepherds, yurts and a feeling of being very far out, immersed in nature. It's why we often recommend Kyrgyzstan to travelers interested in trekking with a taste of the offbeat. Our recent trek of […]

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Crispy & cheesy beef meatball poppers

Crispy & cheesy beef meatball poppers

by billylaw @ A Table For Two

Don't be a party pooper, and make these amazing beef meatball poppers!

Weather and how to explore Hanoi in January

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and is home to around eight million people, which is over 8 percent of Vietnam’s overall population. This area of Asia has a tropical climate with hot, humid weather in Summer but it is completely different in Winter, the temperature sometimes goes down to 8°C. The best weather […]

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Hanoi Noodle is more than Pho Hanoi| Restaurants Recommendation

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

“Hanoi: What to eat” The Series Vietnamese Noodles Is More Than Phở (Pho Hanoi) Pho Hanoi seems to be familiar with most of people, who have interest about Hanoi. It is regarded as a spirit of Hanoi. Let’s take a Hanoi Tour to know more about Things to do in Hanoi and has a chance to taste Pho Hanoi But there is much more than Phở. You might be suprise with different type of noodle in Hanoi. You might fall in love with the Hanoi’s Cuisine. A. Phở – Rice noodle A.1. What is phở? Phở is a kind of […]

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A Review of the Lucky Bansko Spa Hotel

by Nathan @ Foodie Flashpacker

I recently attended the first ever Bloggers on Top Conference in Bansko, Bulgaria. While there, I was invited to stay at the Lucky Bansko Spa Hotel, one of Bulgaria’s premier luxury properties . I was first impressed by the location of the hotel- a short walk to the center of town, and the hotel even […]

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How WWI Helped Create France’s Most Notorious Serial Killer

by Paul Feinstein @ Fodors Travel Guide

Marcel Petiot was the worst serial killer in France’s history.

5.5 foods in Hanoi that will give you the chills

5.5 foods in Hanoi that will give you the chills


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Summon the culinary adventurist in you and try these foods in Hanoi that will give you the chills.

Maui Bucket List: 43 Best Things To Do on the Coolest Hawaiian Island

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

What are the best things to do on the Hawaiian island of Maui? Fun activities, cool attractions, nature, tasty restaurants and traditional luaus.

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Buffalo Shrimp and Blue Cheese Grits

by Emily Clifton @ Honest Cooking

Shrimp and grits is a Southern favorite which has been adapted in this recipe to feature the Northeast favorite, buffalo sauce and blue cheese. It's crispy shrimp tossed with spicy, buttery buffalo sauce, and corn grits with plenty of salty, crumbly blue cheese.

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Visit Benten When You Are Tired Of Vietnamese Food In Hanoi

Visit Benten When You Are Tired Of Vietnamese Food In Hanoi


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Benten is a Japanese restaurant found in Hanoi, which is popular among Japanese locals in in the city. At around lunchtime, the restaurant is filled with local Japanese business people who are working in Hanoi. By looking at the guests, you can tell that this is a good Japanese restaurant that provides authentic Japanese food. The restaurant has private rooms for those who enjoy privacy as well as semi-private seating that give some degree of privacy. The cooks are Japanese at Benten and the local staff who work at the restaurant speak pretty good Japanese as well making it feel like as if you are in little Tokyo. If you get tired of Vietnamese food during your visit in Hanoi, you can visit this Japanese restaurant, which is highly recommended by Japanese locals who reside there.

A Vietnamese Language Guide ‘Cause You Probably Suck at Vietnamese

by Kevin @ Postcards from Yonder

December 2016 / words by Kevin, artwork by the Clare Lawrence. Pssst, you may have noticed that we are starting to feature talented friends & fellow travelers’ work! It’s been inspiring to meet other artists as we go, and want to collaborate more on the blog. We met Clare in China, shared lots of laughter and spicy […]

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Bookless in Tangier: Reading Morocco

by Amanda Mouttaki @ MarocMama

MarocMama - A Fearless Guide to Food and Travel

I’m a reader. I have always been a reader and make it a point to read all books about Morocco that I can get my hands on. When Zac of Visa Vis Travel suggested this guest post to me, I accepted immediately. Finding other readers is truly wonderful! I hope you’ll enjoy this tale of being ... Read More about Bookless in Tangier: Reading Morocco

11 Stories That Will Inspire Your Next Culinary Trip To LA

by Food Republic @ Food Republic

Los Angeles is hot hot hot, both in temperature, attractiveness and food scene. Add phenomenal hiking, buzzing concert venues, outstanding hotel and accommodation options — we’re looking at you, Airbnb — and recreational pot (there, we said it) and you’re set for the kind of good time that keeps you coming back again and again. […]

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Jacksons On George Is Having A HUGE Makeover

Jacksons On George Is Having A HUGE Makeover

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image credit: Lendlease

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

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

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

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The Best Places to Eat in Seattle Washington

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

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

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50 Desserts You Must Try If You Live In Sydney

50 Desserts You Must Try If You Live In Sydney

by Mollie Maloney. @ The A List | The Urban List

Whether you’re a hot dessert person, a cold dessert person, an iced dessert person or a room temperature dessert person (there are more than you think), we have literally taken every temperature into consideration to round up everything your sweet tooth desires. 

Is it just us or has Sydney gotten sweeter? Our city is committed to making sure that dessert truly is the best meal of your day… or your month, or even your year. It seems like salted caramel is here to stay, and the motto of the minute is that if it’s not deconstructed, it's reconstructed. And we sure ain’t complaining because however you want to serve it, it’s always delicious.

Without further ado, here are 50 desserts you must try in Sydney. We think we’ve hit the sweet spot. How many can you tick off?      1.    The gelato burger at Cremeria De Luca.     2.    Nutella balls from Tella Balls Dessert Bar.     3.    The infamous strawberry watermelon cake from Black Star Pastry.     4.    Belgian waffles with mixed berry compote and, of course, maple syrup from Ironwood Coffee.      5.    The ritzy four-course set dessert menu from Koi Dessert Bar.     6.    Double fudge chocolate cookies from Kurtosh (drool-worthy).      7.    Stoner’s delight part three (doughnut ice cream, peanut dulce de leche, peanut & pretzel brittle, crispy bacon, mars bar brownie, passionfruit curd, potato chips and deep fried Nutella) at Ms. G’s.     8.    Sea salt soft serve from Aqua S.     9.    Baked ricotta cake from Papa Pasticceria.     10.    One Penny Red’s banana and salted caramel beignets with chocolate sauce.     11.    The salted caramel gelato at Messina. It isn’t exactly original, but would it be a Sydney dessert article without it? No, it wouldn’t.     12.     The most Instagram-able cakes ever from Andy Bowdy.     13.    Pistachio macaron, toasted oats, goats chevre sorbet, raspberry jam and pistachio chantilly Kensington St Social.     14.    The Pana pop at Pana Chocolate.     15.    Otto’s Coconut panna cotta, pineapple and passionfruit sorbet.     16.    Chocolate warm couverture ganache, hazelnut mousse, amarena, cherry sorbet BLACK Bar & Grill.     17.    Failed fig cheesecake made with burnt butter crumbs, strawberry wine, grape molasses from Thievery.     18.    Strawberry and champagne at Owl House. AKA spiced mascarpone cheese with cacao, pistachio, and strawberry sorbet.     19.    Coconut sago at The Morrison.     20.    Raw cacao mousse cake at Orchard Street Dispensary     21.    Popcorn flavoured macaron by Adriano Zumbo (trust us).     22.    Apple tart at Bar Machiavelli (okay, two).     23.    Hotcakes with caramelized banana, Earl Grey custard and maple popcorn at Left of Field.     24.    A brewnut from Brewtown Newtown because it’s a damn classic.     25.    Milky Lane’s red velvet churros bowl. ‘Nuff said.     26.    Knafeh Bakery’s signature dish, the sweet cheese semolina cake. Just try not to dance while waiting for your order, we dare you.     27.    Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese cheesecake has hopped to Sydney and you need it.      28.    ANY cake from Bourke Street Bakery, but particularly the flourless Belgian chocolate cake (oldie but a goodie).     29.    We only need the white chocolate sandwich with dulche de leche from 4Fourteen and you do too.     30.    Flower shaped gelato at i-creamy is everything your insta-feed needs.     31.    Dessert bao at Belly Bao, but especially the Golden Gaytime Bao.     32.    The crème brulee gelato from Ciccone and Sons is as authentic as creme brulee gelato can be TBH.     33.    The words ‘keep it simple stupid’ come to mind when eating the chocolate pot at Dead Ringer. Because it’s freaking good, okay.     34.    The matcha soft serve from Cho Cho San is juuuuust extra enough.     35.    The best snickers slider with chocolate, caramel and peanut nougat at Riley St Garage.     36.    A big jiggly stack of matcha hotcakes at LABLD.     37.    Ricotta e fiche by the Italian stallions at Rivareno.     38.    A fried chocolate doughnut at Smoke in Barangaroo #yas.     39.    Lamington waffles stacked with cream and fruit compote is a go at Paperboy because dessert for brunch is always a win.     40.    A big ol’ scoop of deep-fried ice cream from Sydney’s freshest food truck, Duo Duo Ice Cream.     41.    A Homer Simpson-looking doughnut from Donut Papi.     42.    The phattest Lindt chocolate brownie by our favourite Italians at Fourth Village in Mosman.     43.    Apple Crumble Gyoza with apple compote, vanilla custard, blackberry puree and crumble from the newbies at Sunset Sabi.     44.    Muffins, doughnuts and cookies the size of your head by Butter Boy Bakery; track his locations on his Instagram page.     45.    Salted caramel Danish from Mrs Jones the Baker at Freshy beach.     46.    The sweeter-than-sweet bagel from Smoking Gun (hint: it’s topped with honeycomb and Nutella).     47.    Banoffee Pie packed with banana, toffee, biscuit, cream and chocolate by the fabulous 3 Weeds in Rozelle.     48.    Violet cake from Cirrus in Barangaroo with blueberry and buckwheat.     49.    White peach dessert with yuzu, mandarin, passionfruit and meringue by the babes at North Bondi Fish.     50.    Mercado’s doughnuts and coffee. We’re talking Spanish doughnuts with coffee granita and custard (it’s fancier than you think).

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

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

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

Ingredients

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

Method

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

 Image credit: taste.com.au

Watch Justin Timberlake’s “Say Something” Video, Featuring Chris Stapleton

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Watch Justin Timberlake’s “Say Something” Video, Featuring Chris Stapleton

Giant cheesy beef meatball & spaghetti

Giant cheesy beef meatball & spaghetti

by billylaw @ A Table For Two

Not just another beef meatball and spaghetti. BEHOLD! I present to you the giant beef meatball stuffed with a cheesy centre, served on a bed of spaghetti in marinara sauce. Because size DOES matter!

Staying Healthy in Vietnam - How to Not Get Sick During Your Vacation | XO Tours Blog

Staying Healthy in Vietnam - How to Not Get Sick During Your Vacation | XO Tours Blog


XO Tours Blog

One of the fastest ways to ruin a vacation is by falling sick! Here are some great tips on how to stay healthy during your time in Vietnam.

French Quarter Hanoi | Map and Guide for First Time Visitors

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

French Quarter In the past, under the domination of the French colonialist, Hanoi was separated into three regions which are French area, Vietnamese area and concession area. Up till now, the French area has been known as the French Quarter. Compared to the Old Quarter, French Quarter might be not as bustling as its neighbor but it would take you to another part of Hanoi soul – the charming and elegant one. Let us help you to grasp some must-know things about the area. 1. History: French Quarter in Hanoi mainly formed and developed during the French colonial period, from […]

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What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide

What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide


2foodtrippers

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

Owner of Queer, Black-Owned Brewery Says 'White Supremacy' Led to Its Closure

Owner of Queer, Black-Owned Brewery Says 'White Supremacy' Led to Its Closure

by Beth Demmon @ Munchies

During its six-month tenure, Black Star Line Brewery faced death threats, numerous break-ins, and complicated financial woes.

The Stuff in the Market

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

The wet markets in South East Asia are shrines to food culture. Food is built up into displays, towers and installations to admire, catch the eye and tempt. It's colourful. Limes, chilies, dragon fruits, persimmons and hibiscus flowers project a...

A Latin Festival Is Coming To Sydney

A Latin Festival Is Coming To Sydney

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

For all the deets and to book, head here

The Details 

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

Here are even more things to do this month.

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Places to eat in Hanoi, Vietnam. Travelfish.org

Places to eat in Hanoi, Vietnam. Travelfish.org


Travelfish

An opinionated restaurant, entertainment and eating out travel guide for Hanoi, Vietnam.

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

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

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

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Best of Kyrgyzstan in Photos (Part 1): You Have to See It to Believe It

by Juno Kim @ Runaway Juno

The beauty of Kyrgyzstan, you just have to see it to believe it. Kyrgyzstan, country of nomads and snow leopards is such a picturesque destination. The land, people, wildlife, mountains, and lakes, together they create a unique and memorable scenery. […]

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Sex, Lies, and Cobblestones: The Debaucherous Story Behind Malta’s Most Notorious Street

by Priscilla Totiyapungprasert @ Fodors Travel Guide

While the revelry may have quieted down, its reputation lives on. Valletta, the capital of Malta, has plenty to offer visitors in art, history, and high-brow entertainment. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and 2018 European Capital of Culture boasts theater performances, Baroque architecture, and relics from its military past. The fortified city is also home … Continued

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

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

by Phoebe McRae @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

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

THE DETAILS

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

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

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I’ve Moved to Mexico!

by Nathan @ Foodie Flashpacker

For anyone that isn’t following me on social media (and why aren’t you, btw?) — I’ve moved to Mexico! Specifically, I’ve moved to Merida, a city in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. I only came with the intention of staying a few weeks to catch up with some good friends and get caught up on work. I […]

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We Found A Luxe Champagne Bar Serving Frozen Popsicle Cocktails

We Found A Luxe Champagne Bar Serving Frozen Popsicle Cocktails

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile, you can now eat a Vegemite burger. 

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Stocks

by quantri @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

Stocks  – Nuoc dung Rinse chicken well under running water. Put in a stockpot and add cold water to just cover chicken, about 4-6 cups (1-1.5 L), bring to the boil uncovered over medium heat. Skim to remove foam, then add ginger and leeks. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 11/2 -3hour, […]

On an Island in the Sun (Lake Titicaca Remix) | Bolivia

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

You’ll leave Isla del Sol, an island on Lake Titicaca, claiming to have day tripped on “the world’s highest commercially navigable lake”. I bet you’ve just been waiting your whole life to say that, huh? But having seen many of the world’s relatively oldest, biggest, unnecessarily tallest, and arbitrarily best attractions, I can safely say that Lake Titicaca is absolutely worth a visit. It might be the world’s highest, and South America’s second largest, but grandeur aside, it is a lovely place exploding with Bolivian culture. Stretching some 190 km, Lake Titicaca stands besides the Great Lakes in size with a delightfully Bolivian twist. On a quick jaunt from Peru, you’ll find the shores of Copacabana speckled with hardworking women in bowler hats, wearing braids that would take finer haired women a lifetime to grow. You can order trout fished straight from the water, cooked at least thirty different ways, for $3 a plate. The balsa boats call to pre-Colombian times, and no one really mentions the swan-shaped boats and XORBS in the harbor. Lake Titicaca is surprisingly kitschy (as evidenced by the very weird hillside hotel) but these are the things that bring Lake Titicaca from slightly overrun natural wonder to delightfully […]

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Why You NEED To Do A Street Food Tour in Hanoi

Why You NEED To Do A Street Food Tour in Hanoi


Journalist On The Run

Travelling to Vietnam's capital? There's no better way to get to know the city and its people than signing up to a street food tour in Hanoi!

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

Havana – Dining on Nostalgia

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

Nostalgia, for a homeland long departed, lies at the core of the Cuban diaspora’s quest for cultural identity. Dishing out memories at the kitchen table is one way that the legacy is passed on. Written for Financial Mail Travel Magazine, May 2017

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

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

My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.
My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga. - Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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

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LVX Spring Summer 2017 Review & Giveaway (2 Winners)

LVX Spring Summer 2017 Review & Giveaway (2 Winners)

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Over Easter we traveled to Italy and featured one of our favorite cities in our Vegan Eats in Turin 2017. During this time, we also brought along the lovely new LVX Spring Summer 2017 collection. The LVX Spring Summer 2017 collection taps this season’s hottest color with three unique shades of pink. The Spring Summer collection is balanced out with complementing shades in pastel, earthy and rich tones. From the LVX Spring Summer 2017 collection, it’s the timeless and utilitarian Argonne, a vivid military green, that matched the mood of the Spring produce at the markets that became a firm […]

3 reasons you should not book with XO Tours

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

Although we are very proud of the acclaim our tours have received over the years, we realize that they are not suitable for everyone. These are the 3 main reasons we think some guests should not book our tours: If you are looking for a typical food tour – All the dishes and stops on the “Foodie” tour are carefully curated to…

Helen Mirren to Play Catherine The Great in HBO Miniseries

by @ Paste - Recently Added

Helen Mirren to Play Catherine The Great in HBO Miniseries

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

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

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

Remember that monster super cell storm that happened last week? 

Image credit: Adam Krowitz

Blue Lime Phnom Penh – A Tranquil Retreat in the Heart of the City

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

My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.
My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga. - Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

This boutique hotel in Phnom Penh is the perfect retreat from the buzz and hum of the city. For people who want to stay in the city centre but also enjoy a spot of quiet relaxation, Blue Lime Phnom Penh is ideal. As with most cities, many of the hotels in Phnom Penh city centre […]

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Vegan Eats in Turin (Torino) 2017

Vegan Eats in Turin (Torino) 2017

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

When we first visited Turin in 2014 we instantly adored the culture and cuisine; and featured Five Vegan Eats in Turin along with a post on Vegan-Friendly Gelaterias in Turin. Upon our return in April 2017 we renewed our love for this city. While some of the restaurants and shops we previously frequented have closed, overall there are more vegan options in the city now. Turin remains a favorite of ours; it’s authentic, progressive, unpretentious and the people have a genuine passion for their food. Highlights from our trip to Turin include artisanal vegan pastries at Ratatouille and a deftly […]

10 Must-Try Vietnamese Foods

10 Must-Try Vietnamese Foods


Honest Cooking

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

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

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


vietnam-guide.com

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

Listen To Food Republic Today: Alex Raij

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Be sure to subscribe to Food Republic Today on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. And please rate the podcast and leave comments! Subscribe: Apple | Stitcher | Spotify | TuneIn Chef Alex Raij is a boss. She runs three restaurants and a café in New York, co-wrote a cookbook with her husband and chef/partner Ener Montero, and raises her little ones. Raij and Montero’s La […]

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must eat: Northern Vietnamese Street Food + Urban Adventures

must eat: Northern Vietnamese Street Food + Urban Adventures


Travel Outlandish

Exploring the Vietnamese night market + must eat Vietnamese street food + the Urban Adventures street food tour you won't want to miss!

My 2017 In Review: A Look Back and What’s Next

by Nathan @ Foodie Flashpacker

2017 was an incredible year for me, both personally and professionally. It felt like a year of constant travel, but when I sat down to do the math, I realized I probably traveled less this year than I have since starting my trip almost four years ago. I wish I were organized enough to give […]

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A Luxury Cruise Thru Vietnam’s Halong Bay

by Kevin @ Postcards from Yonder

December 2016 / words and photos by Kevin In November, Katie turned 30. I know… she’s old now. Gross. Just kidding 🙂 She’s like a fine wine, only better with age. And this month (in 5 days to be precise) I will turn 31. Even older. Even grosser. The unfortunate thing is that I still […]

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How to Eat in Vietnam - This American Girl

How to Eat in Vietnam - This American Girl


This American Girl

Next Previous Read More:A Woman in Hanoi Eat . Pray . Love How I Fell For Hoi An Love it? Share it!

8 Aussie True Crime Novels To Binge Read This Summer

8 Aussie True Crime Novels To Binge Read This Summer

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

1.   Tall Man: The Death Of Doomadgee

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

2. Huckstepp: A Dangerous Life

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

3. Joe Cinque’s Consolation

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

4. Snowtown: The Bodies In Barrels Murders

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

5. Tamam Shud: The Somerton Man Mystery

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

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

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

7. Gun Alley

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

8. Searching For The Beaumont Children

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

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

Image: Snowtown culprits 

Around the World in 10 Cultured Dairy Products

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

A selection of popular and lesser-known cultured dairy for Fine Dining Lovers, 21 March 2016. Icelandic Skyr There’s renewed enthusiasm about the cultured dairy products of our forefathers. Food historian Anne Mendelson (Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages) thinks the interest in ancient milkways may stem from the “growing “know [...]

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When Shit Hits the Fan, Move to Berlin | Germany

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

Living in Europe had crossed my mind plenty of times before, but I always struck it down as soon as it did. Without a Master of Engineering or a Swedish husband, I assumed that the paperwork would make moving to Berlin impossible. But, I have to say, there’s nothing like shit hitting the fan to make a girl chase down her wildest dreams. Moving to Germany isn’t the same for all passports or professions, but as a [US] American in a creative field, I found the process quite easy. Ready to pack your bags, get your German Freelance Visa, and relocate to the very wurst country on earth? I promise you you’re in for the time of your life. Here are practicalities you should know when moving to Berlin. The First Steps of Moving to Berlin Step 1 | Make Your Appointments (… way ahead of time) Some nationalities need a visa before travel, while other nationalities can convert their permit in-country. If you’re eligible to apply upon arrival, here are a few things to consider before even moving to Berlin. Book your Appointments at the Buergeramt and Ausländerbehörde: Within 14 days of arrival, you’re supposed to register your place of […]

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Hue Egg Breakfast

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

When I came to Vietnam, I overcame my aversion to breakfast. These days there would be a dietary intolerance or a term to describe the kind of antipathy I felt when I was younger. All those tedious mornings as a...

A Tour of the United Kingdom in Cakes and Biscuits

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

No journey to the UK is complete without a slice of cake or a nibble on a biscuit. We take you from Scotland to the south of England, listing their well-known and less commonly known tea-time treats.

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10 reasons to visit Vietnam during Tet Festival

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

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

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

5 Best restaurants in Siem Reap

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

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

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Hanoi Noodle is more than Pho Hanoi| Restaurants Recommendation

by Lê Hoàng @ food in Hanoi – Hanoi Free Local Tours

“Hanoi: What to eat” The Series Vietnamese Noodles Is More Than Phở (Pho Hanoi) Pho Hanoi seems to be familiar with most of people, who have interest about Hanoi. It is regarded as a spirit of Hanoi. Let’s take a Hanoi Tour to know more about Things to do in Hanoi and has a chance to taste Pho Hanoi But there is much more than Phở. You might be suprise with different type of noodle in Hanoi. You might fall in love with the Hanoi’s Cuisine. A. Phở – Rice noodle A.1. What is phở? Phở is a kind of […]

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Bacardi Buys Patrón Tequila For $5.1 Billion

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Bacardi, known to be sipped on as if celebrating one’s birthday, purchased Patrón tequila, Lil Jon’s choice of drink, in a $5.1 billion deal this week. Forbes reports that Bacardi Limited will be adding Patrón Spirits International AG to its family of spirits that include Grey Goose vodka, Bombay Sapphire gin, Dewar’s Scotch whiskey, Martini […]

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Hanoi Food Guide - a taste of North Vietnam | Food and the Fabulous

Hanoi Food Guide - a taste of North Vietnam | Food and the Fabulous


Food and the Fabulous

The food in Hanoi, a food guide and what to try on a first visit. My selection of the best street food meals I enjoyed.

Things to do in Yogyakarta

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

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

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

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

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

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Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

A Menu of Must-Try Dishes in Hanoi, Vietnam

A Menu of Must-Try Dishes in Hanoi, Vietnam


TripSavvy

The food scene in Hanoi, Vietnam is one of the capital city's highlights; don't leave without trying one or all of the dishes depicted here.

7 Best Banh mi Hanoi – TripAdvisor highly recommended

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

One of 41 things to do in Hanoi is to taste banh mi Hanoi – a symbol of Vietnamese street food and a signal of modern Vietnam lifestyle. It promises to turn your Hanoi Local Experience into the TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY Vietnamese taste adventure.  I. What is BANH MI? Banh mi has been recognized as TOP 10 most delicious sandwiches in the world by Traveller. Not only Vietnamese, a lot of celebrities could not resist the mouthful taste of banh mi. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or famous Chef Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain all highly recommend banh mi as must-try […]

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Top 5 exciting shopping experiences in Hanoi

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Besides visiting famous places or trying authentic cuisine, shopping is one of the activities everyone should have on their list while traveling. Hanoi offers so many shopping options for any kind of interests. Find out more what you buy and where to shop in Hanoi. Hanoi Shopping Malls Keangnam Hanoi  Shopping malls are the best […]

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Following the Bourdain Trail: Hanoi, Vietnam » Postcards from Yonder

Following the Bourdain Trail: Hanoi, Vietnam » Postcards from Yonder


Postcards from Yonder

Follow Anthony Bourdain's street food tour in Hanoi, as featured on Parts Unknown, in the episode where President Obama visits Vietnam for the first time

Cici: 5 Vegan Eats in Hanoi | Vegan Miam

Cici: 5 Vegan Eats in Hanoi | Vegan Miam


Vegan Miam

Cici is taking us to her hometown to share Five Vegan Eats in Hanoi, Vietnam! Cici was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam and has been vegan

A Thrilling Hai Van Pass Adventure With Onetrip

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Vietnam is a fabulous country that sings harmonies of the wild jungle and the people that venture through it. That is a destination that you must visit at least once in your life if you seek adventure. One of the most desired places to stay in Vietnam for both foreigners and locals alike is Da […]

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It’s Burger King’s Turn To Modernize

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Restaurant Brands International Inc., owner of Burger King, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Tim Hortons, is throwing its hat into the digital rat race. The company created a chief technology and development officer position and hired Josh Kobza to fill it, according to Bloomberg. Kobza has served as Restaurant Brands’ chief financial officer for the past […]

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This Camera Is Taking Your Travel Pics 360

This Camera Is Taking Your Travel Pics 360

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

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

Go on. Your followers deserve this.

Still struggling to picture it? Check it out below.

Image credit: Sam Evans for GoPro

29 Keto-Friendly Moroccan Recipes

by Amanda Mouttaki @ MarocMama

MarocMama - A Fearless Guide to Food and Travel

If you are following a keto diet, you need to check out these keto-friendly Moroccan recipes. While it is true that many Moroccan recipes include fruit, root vegetables, and bread, there are also many others that fit in quite well with the ketogenic way of life. What Is a Keto Diet Plan? When you eat ... Read More about 29 Keto-Friendly Moroccan Recipes

WHAT TO EAT IN HA NOI, VIETNAM

by Hanoifreelocaltours @ food in Hanoi – Hanoi Free Local Tours

If you are in Ha Noi and want to have a different experience to explore the Viet Nam’s capital, I think our Ha Noi Street Food Tour online is very useful for you.  I think you may know that Ha Noi has many delicious dishes and each dish has many kinds of it. However, you have only a limited amount of time; can you enjoy all best dishes?  Don’t worry because we have a list of top 10 dishes to try in Ha Noi. The top 10 street foods will make you become a real Hanoians.  The only one question […]

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Food in Vietnam Hanoi: Bun Cha - Travel.Snap.Stories

Food in Vietnam Hanoi: Bun Cha - Travel.Snap.Stories


Travel.Snap.Stories

Tasting the local food is one of our interests while travelling. Read about where we ate a popular Vietnamese dish - Bun Cha, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Beijing’s Friends Cafe: A Visit to Central Perk!

by Alice Chen | Wherever I Want @

Friends might be from the ’90s, but fervor for the show is still alive and well in China! It’s great for locals who want to be entertained and practice their English, so you can find fans everywhere. It got to the point that fans made a Central Perk-inspired Friends Cafe in Beijing! I always knew of the

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Kylie Kwong – Australia-on-a-plate

by Admin @ Food and the Fabulous

Kylie Kwong, seasoned chef and TV celebrity is loved for her Australian-Chinese food and her Australia-on-a-plate approach. We caught up with her recently. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for Fine Dining Lover, 15 June 2017. Sydney-based chef and restaurateur, Kylie Kwong, opened her famed Billy Kwong restaurant in 2000. Since then, she’s appeared regularly on Australian [...]

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10 Wellness Trends You’ll Be Seeing In 2018

10 Wellness Trends You’ll Be Seeing In 2018

by Rosie Gregory @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

High Tech Plant Food

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

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

Super Powders And The Rise Of Collagen

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

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

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

Moringa

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

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

Digital Detox

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

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

Self-Care Everyday

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

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

Digital Fitness

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

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

Biohacking

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

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

Infra-Red Saunas

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

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

Embrace The Spiritual Side

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

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

Natural Beauty

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

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

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

Image credit: Marion Michele on Unsplash

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

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

by Jessica Pridmore @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Details

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

While you wait, listen to this gripping new true crime podcast.

Image credit: Grace Elizabeth Images for The Urban List

Vegan Eats in Guadalajara, Mexico

Vegan Eats in Guadalajara, Mexico

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

After a week in Mexico’s vibrant second city of Guadalajara, we found it difficult to leave behind the beautiful and bountiful Tapatío culture and cuisine. These vegan eats in Guadalajara were just a few of the highlights from our recent trip to a city that’s remarkably easy to see by foot and by Uber. Combine the rich local cuisine with a temperate climate, a weak currency and an overall dearth of tourists and you have one of our favorite destinations in North America. Consider skipping the coast and heading inland to Guadalajara for a truly local experience of Mexican cuisine […]

Hot woks and pho

Hot woks and pho


Traveller

Terry Durack and Jill Dupleix take a culinary journey to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Moroccan Spiced Tea – Khunjul

by Amanda Mouttaki @ MarocMama

MarocMama - A Fearless Guide to Food and Travel

5 best rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh City for a glamorous night with a view

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

If you want to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City night life at its best, don’t forget to visit a rooftop bar, overlooking the vibrant city. These are great places to meet friends to share the views with. Here are our 5 go to rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh City. The Social Club & Pool […]

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

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

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

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

Eating Out Alone: Tips for Dining Solo at a Restaurant

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

If dining solo scares you, you're not alone! These tips for eating out alone at a restaurant will have you enjoying a delicious meal by yourself in no time.

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Hue Egg Breakfast

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

When I came to Vietnam, I overcame my aversion to breakfast. These days there would be a dietary intolerance or a term to describe the kind of antipathy I felt when I was younger. All those tedious mornings as a...

10 Hanoi hidden specialities recommended by a local

10 Hanoi hidden specialities recommended by a local


Inspitrip Blog

From rice paper rolls to sweetened desserts, these hidden foods present a balance of different and contrasting dishes of what to eat in Hanoi.

Will The Amazon Go Store Take Food Stamps?

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Amazon’s latest venture into convenience and groceries has stirred up a lot of hubbub. The Amazon Go store promises an app-controlled, grab-and-go experience with no lines, no cashiers and no checkout counters. Despite these utopian claims, the store’s opening day saw enormous lines and even accidental theft. While the idea sounds like a breezy, anti-social-dream-come-true concept on paper, […]

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Hanoi

Hanoi


AFAR Media

As anyone who has fallen for its evocation of Indochinese charm or witnessed recent introductions such as top-end restaurants, designer boutiques, and even Bentleys will know, the Hanoi of today is not short on class. Nevertheless, this grand old dame of the Orient, which celebrated its millennium in 2010, is as thrilling as it is beguiling, its buzzing streets alive with colorful sights, pungent smells, and often deafening sounds. A fascinating blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, and French influences, Hanoi is changing quickly but maintains a strong identity. Timeless tableaus of Old Asia are easy to spot, although those looking to buy a period piece will leave disappointed. From grandfathers with wispy beards playing chess to youngsters sipping wine at art openings, Hanoi is a stew of many flavors that emerges tasting singularly Vietnamese.

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

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


The Straits Times

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

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

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

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

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HOA LO PRISON MUSEUM HANOI (2018)|Opening Hours–Entrance Fee

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

HOA LO PRISON | HISTORICAL INFORMATION | TOURIST INFORMATION (Hours  – Map – Ticket) Top.1 Things to do in House in Hanoi is Hoa Lo Prison. As a Local Tour Guide from Hanoi Free Local Tourrs, I will give you an article about Hoa Lo Prison, And give you some reasons why you should pay a visit to this tourist attraction.   Hỏa Lò Prison, also known as Maison Centrale, is a representative of the period of Vietnamese revolutionary struggle against the French colonists. This place might answer your question “Things to do in Hanoi ” in Hanoi. Located in the […]

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Hanoi Street Food - Best Vietnamese Eats!

Hanoi Street Food - Best Vietnamese Eats!


Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

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

Hot Snail Quest

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

Hanoi is baking in hot summer sun and there hasn't been much rain about this year to take the edge off the heat. A savage storm or two but long periods with not a drop. The city population seeks respite...

Best Greek Dishes: My Favorite Greek Foods

by Nathan @ Foodie Flashpacker

Typically when you think of Greek food, you think of gyros. But as I learned, there is huge variety in Greek food. The majority of Greek dishes I tried were simple and made use of what’s in season, but they were all done perfectly. The Greek diet is full of seafood, grilled meats, cheese, fresh […]

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14 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

14 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

by Hannah Caldwell @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

All Weekend

Rembrandt Live

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

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

Sydney Hills Outdoor Cinema

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

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

Frosé Rosé Happy Hour @ Sky Terrace

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

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

Louis Vuitton Kombi Van Pop-Up

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

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

Thursday 18 January 

TWILIGHT THURSDAYS

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

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

Friday 19 January

ARTBAR At The MCA

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

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

Courtyard Sessions @ The Seymour Centre

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

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

Saturday 20 January

So Frenchy, So Chic

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

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

Free Live Entertainment Hub at Gateway’s Summer Sessions

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

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

The Love Brunch at Pelicano

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

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

Social Serve Australian Open Party

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

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

Sunday 21 January

Sunday Sundown At Coogee Pavilion

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

Where: Coogee Rooftop When: Sunday Cost: Free entry

Explore North Head at the Inaugural Discovery Day

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

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

Don't Miss...

Australia Day @ The Star

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

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

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

Image credit: So Frenchy, So Chic

Kalsarikännit – A Foreigner’s Tale

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

Featured in SAA Sawubona Inflight Magazine   Pantless drinking at home – Ishay Govender-Ypma gets to grips with kalsarikännit in Finland. Written for  SAA Sawubona inflight magazine, July 2017.   You’ll remember this. Opening credits roll to Bridget Jones’s Diary. Renee Zellweger’s character sits on the couch in her Christmas PJs, glugging wine, [...]

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Sydney’s Monthly Vegan Market Is Back For 2018

Sydney’s Monthly Vegan Market Is Back For 2018

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

The Details

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

Here are all our other fave markets. 

Image credit: Unsplash

Costa Brava, Spain Roadtrip: A Foodie’s Guide to Exploring the Region

by Nathan @ Foodie Flashpacker

For this post, I’m excited to team up with the Costa Brava Tourism Board to bring you a foodie’s guide to the region. I spent a week road tripping my way through Costa Brava in search of the best in foodie experiences. First off, for those of you wondering, “what/where is Costa Brava?” — Costa […]

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Danang Seafood Barn

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

I like Danang. Whoever is in charge down there is making a nice city. Compared to Hanoi or Saigon it's a tad sterile, lacking that street-level frenzy and coating of old-world grime. But the traffic flows uncongested for the most...

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

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

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

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Top 10 Barcelona Restaurants for First-Time Visitors

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

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

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5 Offbeat Experiences in Cebu

by Backstreet Editorial Team @ Backstreet Academy

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

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The Best Homestays in Sapa (For An Authentic & Personal Experience)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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A perfect itinerary for your two-day Mekong Delta tour suggested by a local

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

The Mekong Delta, otherwise known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, is a colourful display of various shades of green. Here in this water world, boats float in the lazy rivers, buffalos wander in the rice fields and ripe fruits adorn the trees. It is also here that visitors will get a true taste of […]

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7 Best Banh mi Hanoi – TripAdvisor highly recommended

by Lê Hoàng @ food in Hanoi – Hanoi Free Local Tours

One of 41 things to do in Hanoi is to taste banh mi Hanoi – a symbol of Vietnamese street food and a signal of modern Vietnam lifestyle. It promises to turn your Hanoi Local Experience into the TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY Vietnamese taste adventure.  I. What is BANH MI? Banh mi has been recognized as TOP 10 most delicious sandwiches in the world by Traveller. Not only Vietnamese, a lot of celebrities could not resist the mouthful taste of banh mi. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or famous Chef Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain all highly recommend banh mi as must-try […]

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Vegan Green Grits

Vegan Green Grits

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

These Vegan Green Grits are inspired by the wonderfully vegan-friendly Sevananda Natural Foods Market Co-op in Atlanta, where they dub their spirulina hued grits ‘Martian Cheeze Grits’. With just a dash of spirulina you can give your grits a pleasant earthiness and a unique color. Spirulina can be nutritious and, in moderation, delicious. Get a bit heavy handed with the spirulina though and it can easily overpower a dish. At Sevananda we love pairing their green grits with freshly prepared biscuits and ‘soysage’. At home we often enjoy these Vegan Green Grits with home-fries, mushrooms, greens or any variety of […]

Hanoi Coffee | About The Best Coffee in Vietnam

by Lê Hoàng @ food in Hanoi – Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Coffee Culture I, Hanoi Coffee Culture I.1 Overview of Coffee in Hanoi The coffee was first imported to Hanoi by French during their first colonial exploitation here. With the formation of the French Quarter where the French immigrated, they brought their favorite drink, and Hanoi coffee began to take its first steps on the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake. Following the French invasion at the 1800s, coffee was introduced in Vietnam, but the source of coffee back then was limited therefore it was considered as a luxury good, only the French colonists along with Nguyễn dynasty’s nobles could have […]

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51 Unique + Fun Things to do in Chile | Chile

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

If you’re traveling down the Gringo Trail, Chile might feel unexpectedly familiar. There are no ramshackle busses or alpacas wandering the streets. Instead, there are arbitrary laws, expensive cups of coffee, and high speed internet connections. In some weird way, you might miss the chaos. I wondered whether I was making a mistake by blowing the rest of my travel budget on a place that looked so much like home (and cost as much, too). But there’s something special about Chile. After I really got to know it, Chile became one of my favorite countries. Perhaps it was because I finally started to speak Spanish or was traveling on my own for the first time in years, or perhaps it’s just because Chile is diverse,  dynamic, and completely fascinating. Want to experience Chile beneath the surface? I bet you’ll dig it to. From geodesic domes where you can spend the night to the otherworldly nature of Patagonia, here’s are some of the weird, wild, and totally fun things to do in Chile. Very Chilean Experiences 1. Start up north for the gentle surf & sun in Arica (Arica y Parinacota) 2. Head into Valle de Elqui for a pisco tasting tour by bicycle (Coquimbo) […]

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Annual Cheese Rolling Competition Cancelled Because It's 'No Longer Seen as Cool'

Annual Cheese Rolling Competition Cancelled Because It's 'No Longer Seen as Cool'

by Mayukh Sen @ Munchies

Do Millennials have no respect for the great athletic traditions of yesteryear?

How To Eat Like A Local In Vietnam

How To Eat Like A Local In Vietnam


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The freshest fare, from Hanoi to Hoi An.

20 Things You Must Eat In Hanoi - Food Republic

20 Things You Must Eat In Hanoi - Food Republic


Food Republic

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

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

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

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

Vegan Thai Desserts – Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Vegan Thai Desserts – Phuket Vegetarian Festival

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Having previously featured the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, we have decided to add a brief list of Vegan Thai Desserts from the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. • Phuket Vegetarian Festival: Vegan Street Food (Part II) • Phuket Vegetarian Festival: Vegan Street Food (Part I) • Phuket Vegetarian Festival: When Convenience Stores Go Vegan We’ve included a few of our favorite Khanoms alongside sweet drinks and some unique Hokkien (Chinese) inspired treats. For more details on some of these snacks, take a look at 40 Foods To Try At The Phuket Vegetarian Festival in 2017 from Kip at Messy Vegan Cook. The Phuket […]

15 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

15 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

by Mathew Trenear @ The A List | The Urban List

Everyone knows the secret to success for any epic weekend is the three B’s: bubbles, banter, and, most importantly, the beach. And guys, this weekend ticks all those boxes. You’ll have to sort yourself out with the last one (we figured it would be easy enough) and we’ll take care of the rest.

We’re talking three whole days of party vibes guys, because we know you haven’t forgotten it’s a long weekend. We’re ready.

Here are 15 awesome things to do in Sydney this weekend.

All Weekend

American Express Openair Cinemas

American Express Openair Cinemas launches their season with a bang tonight. Get ready for delicious Italian eats provided by Salt Meats Cheese, craft beers from 4Pines, Giesen Wines and, of course, some of the best flicks of the year. We've already bought our tickets for The Disaster Artist, Downsizing and I, Tonya, so get yours now before they sell out! For more information, click here

When: Until 4 March Where: Dolphin Lawn, Bondi Beach

Lamington Waffles At Paperboy

If you need a little bit of extra lovin’ in your life this Friday, then head to Paperboy in Concord because they’re only slinging lamington waffles errryday. These bad boys involve dark chocolate, coconut parfait, decimated coconut and fresh fruits and as a bonus, they aren’t an Australia Day special, so we think this will just be your new weekend ritual, no?

When: Ongoing Where: Paperboy, Concord Cost: $18

BLUNT and KeepCup Limited Edition Combo

This collaboration is all about sustainability and we’re all about it. NZ umbrella brand, BLUNT, and infamous re-usable coffee cup company, KeepCup, have joined forces to bring us an umbrella and cup combo that is literally built to last a lifetime. The combo includes one of BLUNT’s metro umbrellas, one of the strongest in the world which means you’ll never be caught half way up George Street in peak hour with a broken umbrella mid-storm (we’ve all been there). You’ll also score a small KeepCup and you can never have too many of those. Grab yours here

When: Available now Where: At the BLUNT website  Cost: $99

The Ultimate Mustang Road Trip

This Australia Day long weekend you have the chance to test drive the iconic Ford Mustang. Head down to the St Ives Showground and buckle up in the driver’s seat for a two-hour joy ride this weekend because adventure is mandatory on a long weekend. Spots are limited so head here to register. 

When: Thursday 25 January, from 8:30am Where: St Ives Showground Cost: Free, registration essential

Model Citizen By Circus Oz

At this point, we’ve all realised that Sydney Festival is the gift that keeps on giving and now it’s even brought a circus to Sydney. Circus Oz is performing Model Citizen and you can expect this one to be a combination of wow-worthy acrobatics and hilarious satire all rolled into one. It’s only sticking around until the end of the month, so you’ll want to jump on this one fast. Book here.

When: Various dates until 28 January Where: Prince Alfred Square, Circus Oz Big Top, Parramatta Cost: $35 - $90

Backstage Tour At The Sydney Opera House

Take a tour and see the other side to the iconic Opera House—this  all-access tour takes you behind the curtains to show you all the secret spots you never knew existed under those big white sails. You’ll start with brekky in the green room and peak into the rehearsal spaces not normally open to the public and if you’re anything like us (AKA nosy), you’ll want to do this one. Book your tour over here

When: Daily at 7am Where: Sydney Opera House Cost: From $165

Thursday 25 January

Australia Day Long Weekend at Level Seven

Rooftop views, $6 beers and meat pies—just try to name a better combo. No really, we’ll wait. The team at Level Seven is hosting an epic party this Australia Day long weekend, complete with all the classic Aussie eat. Think pork and fennel sausage rolls and enough bevs to fill up Darling Harbour; there will be no excuses for not having an absolute blast. Grab your swimmers and unwind with a rosé spritz this weekend, we dare you.

When: Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 January Where: Level Seven, Hotel Primus Sydney Cost: Free entry

SoCal Australia Day Eve

ICYMI, this Friday is a public holiday so you’d be crazy to not make the most of the bonus weekend night this Thursday. And lucky for you SoCal is putting on a serious shindig. Think DJs, a true blue Aussie BBQ, acoustic tunes and $5 drink specials throughout the night—it just can’t get any better. Oh wait. There’ll also be lamb tacos with pickled beetroot, pineapple salsa, slaw and BBQ sauce, plus sausage sangas with onion and chili tomato relish (because ‘Straya). Stop messing around and book you table here. And you’re welcome. 

When: Thursday 25 January Where: SoCal, Neutral Bay Cost: Free entry

Australia Day Eve At Darlo

Kick off the long weekend with a BBQ and boogie this Thursday at one of Sydney’s last-standing dance venues, Darlo Country Club. Your ticket will score you a BBQ-style feast plus beers and all that dancing we mentioned earlier. Head here to book. 

When: Thursday 25 January, 5pm till late Where: Barlo Country Club Cost: $40 for the set menu

Friday 26 January 

Southern Sounds @ Botany View Hotel

Teaming up with Southern Comfort, the Botany View Hotel is bringing you their Southern Sounds series this Oz Day. This Sydney edition will see local favorites like Palms following a performance from garage band Bloods as well as a rare DJ set from Shag. The whole shebang is inspired by New Orleans and their love of live music and to be fair, that’s something we don’t mind either. Grab all the deets here

When: Friday 26 January, from 8pm Where: The Botany View Hotel Cost: Free entry, first come first serve.

Australia Day @ Cruise Bar

Head to Cuise Bar for a 10/10 view of the brand new Circular Quay fireworks this Australia Day. It’s the first time The Quay has put on a musical fireworks display so where else would you want sit back and soak up the all Aussie vibes? The cricket will be on the big screen and there’ll be live entertainment from midday. On the food front, you can expect a BBQ and lamingtons, because it’s unacceptable to eat anything other than these on Australia Day #fact. Be sure to arrive early and park yourself in prime position.

When: 26 January from 11am Cost: Free Entry

Australia Day @ The Woollahra Hotel

Australia Day and house parties are pretty much a match made in celebration heaven—you know we’re right. Lucky for you The Woollahra Hotel is throwing one hell of a backyard BBQ this year so you don’t need to worry about the clean up at your place this year. This true blue backyard bash has all of the necessary things to make your day the best it possibly can be. We’re talking about lamb on the spit, Pimm’s and beer towers (!!), backyard cricket and DJs from 4pm. 

When: January 26th from midday Where: The Woollahra Hotel Cost: Entry is free

Saturday 27 January

Hottest 100 Countdown @ Newtown Hotel

A new day for the Hottest 100 calls for an all new tradition and we’re here to tell you that this is probably it. The Newtown Hotel is pulling out all the stops for this one with a pop-up beach, BBQ, beats and booze all weekend long. Yeah, you read correctly, there’ll be a beach inside the Newtown Hotel, right there on King Street. Sip beer with your mates for the  Triple J Hottest 100 then let DJs Astrix Little and PHDJ take over once the number one has dropped. Then just come back on Sunday for the 200-101 countdown which is set to be just as big. Grab all the info here

When: Saturday 27-Sunday 28 from midday Where: Newtown Hotel Cost: Free entry

Sunday 28 January

Sunday Sundown At Coogee Pavilion

Strap yourselves in for this one folks, because Coogee Pav is putting on the ultimate summer Sunday sesh this weekend. They’ve enlisted some of the best DJs to bring the beats and good vibes every Sunday until the end of summer, all evening long, as part of Merivale’s Sunday Sundown series. This week, DJ and presenter Linda Marigliano is teaming up with SWICK to supply the tunes. So fire up the group chat and sort yourself out STAT.

When: Every Sunday until 25 February, 5-7pm Where: Coogee Pavilion Cost: Free Entry

The ‘Flying Fijian’ Bar Pop-Up

This Sunday, Fiji Airways is bringing the men’s and women’s Fijian rugby teams to The Olympic Hotel and it’s going to be a damn good time. In addition to the three-day Fijian bar pop up (Friday 26 – Sunday 28 January) you’ll also be saying heyyyy to the teams and watching the game on the big screen, you’ll be ordering one of everything from their Fiji-inspired menu. 

When: Sunday 28 February, 10am – 10pm. Men’s team will be in the hotel between 11am and 12pm, and the women’s team from 4pm till 5pm. Where: The Olympic Hotel, Paddington Cost: Free entry

ICYMI you need wine tinnies in your life this weekend. 

Paperboy | Image credit: Caitlin Hicks

Conquering Mount Fansipan the Right Way (Tallest Mountain in Vietnam)

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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Zayaan Khan – Food Activist

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

  Featured in Kulula's inflight magazine, Khuluma.   Food activist, seed librarian and community-driven leader, Zayaan Khan is changing the foodscape from the ground up. Written for Kululu's inflight magazine, Khuluma, 21 June 2017   Food As Sustenance, Knowledge, Life “Try this,” Capetonian Zayaan Khan (32) says, a headscarf draped loosely bandana-style over [...]

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Danang Seafood Barn

by stickyrice @ Stickyrice

I like Danang. Whoever is in charge down there is making a nice city. Compared to Hanoi or Saigon it's a tad sterile, lacking that street-level frenzy and coating of old-world grime. But the traffic flows uncongested for the most...

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi


My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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

Best budget eats in Hanoi

Best budget eats in Hanoi


the Guardian

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

Cultural Spotlights of Hanoi (Experience Hanoi like a Local)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Hanoi is perfect for a trip of cultural exploration. Its culture is expressed in many of the remarkable attractions of the city. The culture, too, is in every activity that you see on the street. In this article, I will go through several casual cultural spotlights of Hanoi. A random cultural experience of the city, […]

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Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

Image credit: Gabrielle Stjernqvist

Vietnamese Theatre: A Traditional Water Puppet Show in Hanoi

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

The water puppet show in Hanoi is a representation of a traditional Vietnamese theatre show that dates back centuries.

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Vegan Eats in Cape Town, South Africa 2017

Vegan Eats in Cape Town, South Africa 2017

by vegan miam @ Vegan Miam

Cape Town remains a favorite destination of ours. The city attracts visitors for a variety of reasons, but for us it’s the abundance of fresh produce and the wide range of spice and flavor in the cuisine that tempted us back. We previously featured Vegan Eats in Cape Town, South Africa, and decided to offer up more from The Mother City with our Vegan Eats in Cape Town 2017. Previously we featured Addis in Cape, Food Lover’s Market (Newspaper House), Gold Restaurant, Honest Chocolate Cafe, Masala Dosa, The Hungry Herbivore, Orchard on Long, Plant Cafe, and Raw and Roxy. We […]

Vietnam Itinerary: How to Get the Most from 1–4 Weeks in Vietnam

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

My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.
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These one-week itineraries can be done on their own or combined to create the ultimate adventurous Vietnam itinerary. This is an amazing country, so grab our itinerary suggestions and get planning your trip! Unless you’ve got months and months to explore Vietnam, I suggest you plan your Vietnam travel route for a specific region. There’s […]

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

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

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

The 10 best family-friendly destinations in Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

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

Read The 10 best family-friendly destinations in Asia on Backyard Travel.

Itinerary: Hits and Misses of 2 Winter Days in Harbin, China

by Alice Chen | Wherever I Want @

Harbin in the Chinese province of Heilongjiang is known primarily for one thing: its world renowned Ice and Snow Festival. It’s a time when the bitter cold of the region is their greatest asset rather than a liability. Unlike most tourist destinations that come alive in the summer and go dead in the winter, Harbin

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How to Give Amazing Mindful Gifts Even if You’re Saving for Travel

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

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When you’re saving for travel, holiday season can make a huge dent in the travel budget. Here’s how to get through the season without going broke — while still giving amazing mindful gifts to your friends and family. People are always looking for great gift ideas for travellers. But how should we travellers give back? […]

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Things To Do This Long Weekend That Involve An Epic View

Things To Do This Long Weekend That Involve An Epic View

by Phoebe McRae @ The A List | The Urban List

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

#1 Drink Your Weight In Frosé

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

#2 Book A Staycay & Never Leave

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

#3 Eat Every Australian Food Ever Created

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

#4 Strut Your Stuff Around Sydney

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

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

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

#6 Catch Tim Omaji IRL

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

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

Image credit: The Star Sydney

Mendocino: A Few of My Favorite Things

by Kevin @ Postcards from Yonder

November 2017 / words & video by Kevin Mendocino, California. Giant trees. Stunning coastline. Just pure peace. This is one of my favorite places in all of the great land of Californ’ya. I get so excited every time Katie and I head up there, which happens about once a year. It’s just raw. The forests […]

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

by Honest Cooking @ Honest Cooking

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

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APT Travel – The Reliable Companion

by quantri @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

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

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide


Travel + Leisure

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

Stop answering emails and truly relax

by Juno Kim @ Runaway Juno

These days it’s hard to take more than a couple of days off work because we only create more work for ourselves! With a day or two away from emails they pile up, but it’s important to take time to […]

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The Best Day Trips from Hanoi

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Beware! XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi. If you book with a tour operator in Hanoi that claims to be XO Tours, you have been defrauded! Hanoi sits on a bend in the Red River. To the south and east lies the watery world of the Red River Delta, where farms and villages continue as…

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

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

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

HANOI NIGHTLIFE OLD QUARTER| HANOI NIGHTLIFE TIPS| BEST NIGHT CLUBS

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

NIGHTLIFE IN HANOI OLD QUARTER| HANOI NIGHTLIFE TIPS| BEST NIGHT CLUBS Beside being one of the most ancient capitals in the world, when it comes to nightlife, Hanoi certainly has a reputation. Hanoi Nightlife is definitely is the most boisterous, especially in the Old Quarter. When the sun goes down, there’s always something to do whether it is joining some street activities or partying in the best night clubs in Hanoi,… In this article, as the locals, we will provide you some Hanoi Night life tips you must know to make your trip in Hanoi fulfilled and perfect. The activities will be […]

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Simple Vodka Dedicates Its Profits to Feeding Hungry Americans

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

The spirits market is filled with big names, celebrity endorsements and artisan ingredients. But what about a vodka that’s dedicated to feeding food-insecure Americans and sustainable practices while still providing a quality product? Simple Vodka is that spirit — the company donates one meal for every drink poured. CEO and co-founder, Danny Lafuente, tells us Simple was built […]

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This Food Photographer Sees You Stealing Her Photographs

This Food Photographer Sees You Stealing Her Photographs

by Mayukh Sen @ Munchies

Brittany Wright is known for her mesmerizing photographs of fruit, vegetables, and bread. But she hasn't gotten the credit for her work.

Guide to Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait ben Haddou

by Amanda Mouttaki @ MarocMama

MarocMama - A Fearless Guide to Food and Travel

A Cheese Excursion Through Cape Town & Surrounds

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

South Africa’s food capital offers wheels, wedges, and wine aplenty. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for Culture Cheese Magazine , July 2017. A Cheese Excursion Through Cape Town. [Note this article is written in American English] Feature in the Culture Cheese Magazine For visitors and armchair travellers alike, Cape Town conjures visions of majestic Table Mountain, [...]

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

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

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

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

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


Root + Revel

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

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by quantri @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

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

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

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

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

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

Say you’ll be there.

The Details

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

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

Image credit: Spice World

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

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

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

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Where to Eat in Chiang Mai – the Best Chiang Mai Restaurants

by Nathan @ Foodie Flashpacker

After living in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai for more than a year, I can say with confidence I’ve discovered the best Chiang Mai restaurants. From local street food to brunch at high-end resorts, this guide will show you the best places to eat in Chiang Mai! You’ll probably notice that, with a few […]

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Vietnamese Restaurants and Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnamese Restaurants and Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam


Uncornered Market

How to safely and adventurously eat your way through Hanoi, Vietnam. A handy guide and video explains authentic street food, restaurants and local specialties.

A Foodie’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

by Sue Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Come to Hue and Eat like a Local Hue City is the old capital of Vietnam. Despite its location – next to Da Nang – the new economic center, Hue is calm and peaceful in a unique way. If you want to have a truly relaxing travel experience, Hue is definitely the city you must […]

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You Can Now Play Hide & Seek On A Huge Cruise Ship

You Can Now Play Hide & Seek On A Huge Cruise Ship

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Just quietly, Australia’s biggest game of hide and seek is about to go down on the harbour and yes, we are talking about you embracing your inner kidult on a huge cruise ship. We know your competitive side is itching to come out right now, so listen up team, here are all the juicy deets.

The cruise ship is the biggest in Australia and features things like bumper cars, a rock-climbing wall, an iFly sky-diving tunnel, and FlowRider surf simulator so it’s basically one big game in and of itself. On the day, there’ll be two games going down—one for adults over 15-years-old and another for kids between eight and 14 years old. You’ll have to track down the best ever hiding spot and the last person to be found could score $10,000. Yep, 10 big ones. 

So who’ll be looking for you? Well, the seekers are made of an elite team; specifically, Australia’s national Hide and Seek Team, The Nascondingos. They placed eighth in the 2017 annual Word Championships in Italy and why the hell didn’t we know this was a legit career choice?

To enter the draw (yeah it’s basically like a giant game of bingo as well) to play on the cruise ship, head here

The Details

What: Australia’s Biggest Game of Hide and Seek When: 18 February Where: Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas, Sydney Harbour Cost: Free entry, entries close at 11.59pm on Monday 5 February so get on it. 

Meanwhile, Sydney just scored a late-night dumpling spot

Image credit: Royal Caribbean

Top Things to do in Hanoi

by Hanoifreelocaltours @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

  Hi, I am Trang, 25 years old, a member of Hanoi Free Local Guides, a Volunteer organization providing travelers with free local guides (you only pay for the guide a drink, you will have a free local guide show you the best of Hanoi) Today, I would love to share with you the Top things to do in Hanoi, the city of culture, politic, and the city of warm-hearted people. where I and my friends offen take travelers around as volunteers. Best things to do in Hanoi are also in a this video for a better look   Hanoi Capital,  […]

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Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite

Top 10 foods that makes you fall in love with Ha Noi at the first bite


Justgola

Exploring a unique food background of one of the biggest cities in Viet nam is always an indispensable treat for most tourists. This Top 10 Must try food in Hanoi will give you an overview of What to eat in Ha Noi.

The Art of Bun Cha Hanoi: My Favorite Vietnamese Dish

The Art of Bun Cha Hanoi: My Favorite Vietnamese Dish


Runaway Juno

Bun cha was my favorite Vietnamese Dish. President Obama loved it too! It's a unique dish from Hanoi region. What is it, where to have it, and how to eat it

Eat Worm Cakes (& Other Vietnamese Street Food) in Hanoi

Eat Worm Cakes (& Other Vietnamese Street Food) in Hanoi


Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Hanoi was known for it's plethora of Vietnamese street food and I wanted to try it all. Everything from worm cakes to frog legs to delicious banh mi.

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

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


The Slow Road Travel Blog

As I sit here in another airport, my mind is singularly focused on the first bowl of pho I am going to consume upon my...

Yeasty Boy | Neil Perry Just Launched A Vegemite Burger

Yeasty Boy | Neil Perry Just Launched A Vegemite Burger

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Details

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

Image credit: Burger Project 

Where To Party In Sydney This Australia Day

Where To Party In Sydney This Australia Day

by Mathew Trenear @ The A List | The Urban List

Everyone knows there ain’t no party like an Australia Day party. And this year, it’s all about stepping away from the Barbie and letting someone else bring the long weekend vibes.

From demolishing the shrimp on the barbie at a waterside hotspot (#Sydney) to having more than a few frothies with your mates in a beer garden, we have got you covered. Here is everything happening in Sydney this Australia Day.

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Watsons Bay

Do yourself a favour and spend the day at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel this Australia Day—because if there’s one thing they know about, it’s how to throw a public holiday party. Not only will you have a seat by the water, but their infamous Beach Club will be in full party mode with DJ's spinning Aussie classics well into the evening. There’ll also be epic national eats flying out of the kitchen like lamb shank pie with chips plus prawn and lobster linguine. More details here

When: 26 January from 9am Cost: Entry is free

The Royal Paddington

Paddington

Paddington’s Royal Hotel is hosting an Australia Day bonanza that will carry you from dawn till dusk. Kick off the big day with an Aussiefied bottomless brunch on the Veranda Level, which will see damper, pavlova, lamingtons and vegemite scrolls magically appearing on your table. After the sun goes down, head up the rooftop to the open-air dancefloor where we can already see you busting a move. Cocktails are mandatory, especially when they are only $12 so grab the squad and head to The Royal for Australia Day this year.

When: 26 January from midday Cost: Bottomless Brunch: $75, Rooftop: Entry is free

The Glenmore Rooftop

The Rocks

Celebrating Australia Day on a rooftop pretty much guarantees you a good time and as far as rooftops go in Sydney, they don’t get much better than The Glenmore. Jugs of beer and Pimm’s will be on offer all day long so get there early to nab a front row seat and take in the sweeping views of your favourite harbour.

When: 26 January Cost: Entry is free

Australia Day @ The Farm

Bella Vista

If you want to go full ‘Straya it’s time to head for The Hills. Bella Vista Farm Park is hosting an Australia Day celebration like no other with sheep shearing, blacksmithing, whip cracking as well as working dog demonstrations and live entertainment. All your favourite food trucks will be stopping by but not before you hit the sausage sizzle.

When: 26 January from 10am Cost: Entry is free

The Woollahra

Woollahra

Australia Day and house parties are pretty much a match made in celebration heaven—you know we’re right. Lucky for you The Woollahra Hotel is throwing one hell of a backyard BBQ this year so you don’t need to worry about the clean up at your place this year. This true blue backyard bash has all of the necessary things to make your day the best it possibly can be. We’re talking about lamb on the spit, Pimm’s and beer towers (!!), backyard cricket and DJs from 4pm.

When: January 26th from midday Where: The Woollahra Hotel Cost: Entry is free

Level Seven

CBD

Rooftop views, $6 beers and meat pies—just try to name a better combo. No really, we’ll wait. The team at Level Seven is hosting an epic party this Australia Day long weekend, complete with all the classic Aussie eat. Think pork and fennel sausage rolls and enough bevs to fill up Darling Harbour; there will be no excuses for not having an absolute blast. Grab your swimmers and unwind with a rosé spritz this weekend, we dare you.

When: Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 January Where: Level Seven, Hotel Primus Sydney Cost: Free entry

Q Dining

Circular Quay

If you’re looking for a more sophisticated Australia Day, listen in. Q Dining is putting on an Aussie-inspired three-course meal, with a complimentary glass of wine or beer, because would it really be Australia Day without a little tipple? The answer is no. You’ll dig in to a Flinders Island lamb rack with lemon myrtle, fennel and baby carrots while looking out over our way-too-pretty harbour.

When: 26 January from 6pm Cost: $109 per person

The Star Sydney

Pyrmont

Your fave long weekend of the year is already here and The Star Sydney wants to make sure you’re doing it right, by bringing Tim Omaji. With free entry for everyone, you’re guaranteed good times–by that we mean you’ll stuff yourself silly with vegemite chicken wings at 24/7 Sports Bar, or take down the all-Australia-everything buffet at Harvest Buffet (we’re talking pies, barramundi and lamingtons, people!). Get all the deets here.

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

Cruise Bar

Darling Habour

Head to Cruise Bar for a 10/10 view of the brand new Circular Quay fireworks this Australia Day. It’s the first time The Quay has put on a musical fireworks display so where else would you want sit back and soak up the all Aussie vibes? The cricket will be on the big screen and there’ll be live entertainment from midday. On the food front, you can expect a BBQ and lamingtons, because it’s unacceptable to eat anything other than these on Australia Day #fact. Be sure to arrive early and park yourself in prime position.

When: 26 January from 11am Cost: Free Entry

Endeavour Tap Rooms

The Rocks

Rise and shine this Australia Day team. Endeavour Tap Rooms is throwing an epic Oz Day feast—starting with the Aussie burger which is piled high with all the classic. Yeah, we’re talking about a runny fried egg, beetroot, sweet, sweet bacon, melted cheese, tomato, crispy lettuce, pickled onion, tomato relish, mustard and mayonnaise. It’s condiment city and we’re loving it. Wash it all down with their Australian Brew which is made with lemon myrtle, Davidson's Plum and zingy finger lime. Just get there.

When: 26 January, from 10am Cost: Free entry

The Butler

Potts Point

Operating per usual, this is perf spot to gather the squad and watch the day pass. Jugs of rosé sangria will definitely be on our table plus all of the share plates we can get our hands on. Kick off the day with a plate of rock oysters with pickled cucumber, lime and Guajillo oil—it’s a must.

When: 26 January Cost: Free entry

Hacienda

Circular Quay

Sitting smack bang in the middle of all the Australia Day action (AKA Darling Harbour), Hacienda has one of the best views of the Aussie Day fireworks. Live the luxe life as you look out of The Quay and have more than a couple cheeky cocktails. Our pick of the lot is the the chairman’s plane, made with Chairman’s Reserve spiced rum, Aperol, pink grapefruit and lime juice. We’ll take four, thanks.

When: 26 January, 10am – 10pm Cost: minimum $100 spend for table bookings

The Botanist

Kirribilli

The Botanist will be open all Australia Day long weekend with every delish thing you love about them on offer. They’ll be serving up delish eats all day long and they’ve even thrown a few specials on the menu especially (hint: one of them involves kangaroo). Plus, did we mention cocktail jugs? They’ll have those too.

When: 26 January Cost: Free entry

Coogee Pavilion 

Coogee

As we said, Australia Day on a rooftop is obviously a no-brainer and you know Coogee Pav has the goods. They’re slinging prawn sandwiches with potato scallops, leamington ice cream sandwiches and $10 glasses of Chandon. 

When: 26 January Cost: Free entry

The Newport

Newport

If you’re wanting #ultimatesydneygoals this Friday then kick it all off with yoga at The Newport (9.30am - 10.30am), SUP! Fridays from 10.30am - 11.30am and later in the evening (AKA after 4pm) there’ll be live entertainment. You’re already there, aren’t you?

When: 26 January, alllllll day long Cost: Free entry

Prefer to spend your weekend on the couch? Check out this month's must-watch.

Image credit: Coogee Pavilion

Dining Guide to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam

Dining Guide to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam


pastemagazine.com

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

Getting Around in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Hue is the famous Imperial city of Central Vietnam, the throne of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Old and tranquil, Hue is frozen in time, standing amongst the remnants of a once glorious Asian empire. Because of this, getting around Hue is intriguing with many options available, and sights to see. A major […]

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cooling fans and great little restaurant

by john @ Bluebutterfly Restaurant

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

GREAT VIETNAMESE BREAKFAST

by Hanoifreelocaltours @ food in Hanoi – Hanoi Free Local Tours

Tell about Vietnamese breakfast of Hanoi Free Local Tours: As far as you might know, the breakfast is the most important meal in a day. It plays an indispensable role in supplying all the necessary nutrients for body for a day of hard work. It is said that a suitable breakfast will help your body create energy for a new day with vitality as well as supplement nutrients consumed after a long night. According to nutrient experts, the first meal occupies 25-30 percent of the energy sum of all day. Understanding of the significance of having a sufficient breakfast, Vietnamese […]

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9 Must Eats in Hanoi, Vietnam - Foodie Flashpacker

9 Must Eats in Hanoi, Vietnam - Foodie Flashpacker


Foodie Flashpacker

Check out this guest post from my friend Jason at Edible Adventure Travel covering the nine best dishes you must try when in Hanoi, Vietnam.

A Huge Outdoor Filipino BBQ Is Headed To Sydney

A Huge Outdoor Filipino BBQ Is Headed To Sydney

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

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

The Details

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

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

Image credit: Hoy Pinoy

BEST PHO HANOI

by Hanoifreelocaltours @ food in Hanoi – Hanoi Free Local Tours

  Someone said “Food reflects not only the material world but also the spirit world of a country.”  Therefore, for foreigners, enjoying food in another country is one of the most special ways to explore its culture. According to CNN Travel “What list of Vietnamese cuisine would be complete without best pho hanoi? It’s almost impossible to walk a block in Vietnam’s major cities without bumping into a crowd of hungry patrons slurping noodles at a make shift pho stand”. And  you, have you tried Best Pho Ha Noi yet? If not, don’t worry because Ha Noi Free Local Tour […]

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

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

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

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Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Located on the bank of Perfume River, this city is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Although you can visit Hue at any time of the year, the most charming season is surely from March to August, especially March through April when the temperature is at its […]

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9 Must-Try Street Foods in Hanoi

9 Must-Try Street Foods in Hanoi


Fodors Travel Guide

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is famously home to some of the most incredible street food in the world.

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

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

by Mikaela Burnett @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

Lavender

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

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

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

Frankincense 

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

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

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

Lemon

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

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

Peppermint

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

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

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

Orange 

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

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

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

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