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Celebrating Vietnam’s Lunar New Year – 2018

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

Once again, Hai and I are in Saigon preparing for the main festivity of this year, or any year … TET, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year! The Year of the Dog I thought it would be fun to look back & remember our preparations last year for the Tet Holiday. *************************************** TET – 2017 (re-post) [Read on ...]

Hong Kong’s favourite places for banh mi  – Vietnamese sandwiches

Hong Kong’s favourite places for banh mi – Vietnamese sandwiches


South China Morning Post

Vietnamese bakers took the French baguette, adapted it to the humid southeast Asian climate, and filled it with local flavours. For Hong Kong’s burgeoning banh mi brigade, success is all about the quality of the bread

Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

by Kate Bartels @ The A List | The Urban List

Will it be money? Love? Will you score an UberEATS discount code? We've got all the big answers this week, guys. 

Our advice is to never upset the universe—it can be preeeety brutal if it wants to be. So sit down, strap yourself in and listen up as we tell you what’s *really* written in the stars this week.

Aquarius

Unfortunately, the hot weather has gotten to the people around you, and you’re gonna have some pretty heated arguments this week. We recommend staying out of it though—take a walk home instead and pump out those frustrations. If the temptation of a quarrel gets the better of you, just blame it on being the sassy little Aquarius that you are. 

Pisces

We know we could literally take 100% of the blame for you being constantly broke and never in shape (sorry, not sorry) but this week the universe wants you to hone in the cocktails and the burgs. By all means, treat yo self—just don’t go overboard.

Aries

It’s no secret that your usual gym routine is probably thrown out by the disgusting weather we've been having (it's basically only good for frosty fruits and friends with pools). So this week it’s (unfortunately) time to get back on that horse. Good news though Aries, there’s signs of some serious coin in the stars for you.

Taurus

This week you’ve got the charms of Venus and the sun working in your favour, making you extra charming and irresistible. That means it's a great week to use your ASSets to your advantage and help push certain agendas. You might find yourself in the limelight this week too, so brush up on your Insta poses and don’t forget your fave MAC lip shade.

Gemini

Hello, feisty little nuggets. This week we have one challenge for you—keep a lid on it and try your very best to keep your opinions to yourself. We can see you rolling your eyes, but trust us on this one. Upsetting the stars is the last thing you want to do. If you’re good this week, there’s some sort of tropical vacay on the cards for you.

Cancer

Things are looking lucky for you this week, Cancers. Finally! You should either enter one of those multi-million dollar lotteries or buy a ton of Bitcoin. Whatever you decide, it'd be wise to spread the love (read: the sweet cash) to keep the cosmos happy and the good vibes rolling. We think a round of Cosmopolitans is in order.

Leo

If bae wakes up on the wrong side of the bed this week, try not to let it get the better of you (or throw a tantrum). Remember, not everything is about you— the cosmos recommend taking your morning coffee to go and giving them some space to cool off. Maybe suggest you’ll cook dinner tonight...or at least shout UberEATS.

Virgo

It’s time to stop avoiding all responsibilities and get s**t done.  We know that the hot balmy nights are good enough to make you forget you have a life away from rooftop bars, but the universe is begging you to snap out of it. Put the savvy b down and go to a pilates class.

Libra

Time to stop the FB essays and keep the #blessed Insta posts to a minimum—your friends are o.v.e.r it. All the stars say your successes are going to your head, and people have had enough of seeing it all over your feed. We know what you’re thinking (“jealous much?”) but just for a little while, give it a rest. 

Scorpio

Uh oh, your tinder date hasn’t called you back They haven’t even opened your Snapchat. (We know, they were pretty easy on the eyes). Pretty or not, it’s best to not plan an accidentally-on-purpose run in at the local coffee shop. They aren’t worth it. Grab some mates and head out instead.

Sagittarius

You are killing 2018, Sagi’s, but remember—slow and steady wins the race. You don’t want to use all the gas in the tank before the year has even started. This week, chill out and settle in on the couch. Netflix and chill never sounded so good.

Capricorn

Does “new year, new me” sound familiar? Give it up, Capricorns. Those 5am gym sessions are doing nothing accept tiering you out. You rock the way you are, so take this week to grab a giant slice of cheesecake, sleep in and forget you ever knew what HITT meant.

Image credit: Gabrielle Stjernqvist

Traveling to Vietnam during Tet Holiday – should you?

by Định Nguyễn @ KIM TRAVEL

Traveling to Vietnam during Tet Holiday – should you? You might have heard that most business close during Tet, and that you won’t find a place to enjoy a slow dinner over the grill, experience the charms of the city. But take it from a local, don’t worry. You will have a wonderful experience to […]

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Celebrating Vietnamese Lunar New Year In Hanoi – A Comprehensive Tet Guide

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

You might have heard that most businesses close during Tet in Hanoi, and that you won’t find a place to enjoy a slow dinner over the grill, let alone the charms of the city. But take it from a local, don’t worry! This thousand-year-old capital can show you a traditional Tet in Vietnam if you […]

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Trying Out Food Tours in Southeast Asia

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

Eating your way through Southeast Asia requires planning. Thailand is a must-visit for any food lover, with its curries and salads, not to mention streetside vendors; banh mi sandwiches and pho in Vietnam are also required eating, as are the grilled meats and fried insects of Cambodia. On this edition of The Feed Podcast, I […]

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Philly Cheesesteaks Found All Over Chicago, Suburbs

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

Italian beef is a Chicago icon, but there’s another sandwich making inroads here lately: the Philly cheesesteak. I found five great spots to get a good one — four in the city and one in the western suburbs. MOJO’S EAST COAST EATS 2758 Maple Ave, Downers Grove (630) 796-2832 http://www.mojoseastcoasteats.com/ PHILLY BROS. 734 W. Fullerton Ave., […]

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BÁNH MÌ HỒNG HOA

BÁNH MÌ HỒNG HOA


BÁNH MÌ HỒNG HOA

BÁNH MÌ HỒNG HOA

Kylie Jenner Finally Confirmed She Was Pregnant & We Have A Lot Of Feelings

Kylie Jenner Finally Confirmed She Was Pregnant & We Have A Lot Of Feelings

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

After months of every single person in the entire world speculating that Kylie Jenner was pregnant, we finally have answers. And thank God for that—seriously, we’re tired. It started with an Instagram post (that’s already had a cool 6.2 million liked by the way) where she basically apologised for keeping us in the dark and fiiiiiine we’ll forgive her.

 

♥️

A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 4, 2018 at 12:27pm PST

Now there’s a video documenting her entire pregnancy and we have a lot of feelings. The video starts with Kris giving birth to Kylie and I don’t care what this says about me, but I had chills. It’s also a little chilly in Sydney this morning but really, we know it was the DRAHMA. 

The story of her pregnancy is then told by her two best friends. Cue cute footage of Travis (AKA baby daddy) showing his mate an ultrasound image and all of us wondering how the hell they kept it all so quiet. We’ll admit, it’s all a lot cuter than we thought it’d be. 

Seriously, Kardashian home videos get us every freaking time. 

Image credit: YouTube account | Kylie Jenner

The best breakfasts in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

If you’re like us and got the Vietnamese habit of waking up with the sun and a cup of cà phê sữa đá, you probably have already your favorite Phở or Bánh Mì joint that will help you start the day in ease. For most...

Taco Ranch from P. Terry’s will open in old Taco Cabana spot on MLK Boulevard

Taco Ranch from P. Terry’s will open in old Taco Cabana spot on MLK Boulevard

by Matthew Odam @ The Feed

You can almost see the lines forming now. Taco Ranch from P. Terry’s will open this summer in the former Taco Cabana at 517 W. MLK Blvd., Patrick Terry said this weekend. Terry ...

The best cheesesteak in Austin and 11 other places to get the Philadelphia specialty

The best cheesesteak in Austin and 11 other places to get the Philadelphia specialty

by Matthew Odam @ The Feed

The Super Bowl is Sunday, and to help you get in the spirit, I’ve compiled a list of a dozen places in Austin to eat a Philadelphia cheesesteak, in honor of the underdog Eagles, ...

Where to get a banh mi done right in the Twin Cities

Where to get a banh mi done right in the Twin Cities


Twin Cities

During trips to visit family in Vietnam, one of my favorite food traditions is grabbing a banh mi sandwich. They can be found easily at market stalls or roadside carts, making it convenient to pull…

Best of November

by clotilde @ Chocolate & Zucchini

Buy Clotilde's latest book, The French Market Cookbook!

How did your November turn out? Mine has been a little bit of a blur. 2017 has been a year […]

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Pre-Theater Dining in The Loop, Part 1

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

The Oriental, the Goodman and the Cadillac theaters draw many people to Chicago’s Loop during the holiday season, so I wanted to offer a few good options for places to go before (or even after) a show. You’ll be able to eat well in an abbreviated amount of time. Next week, I’ll offer up part […]

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Places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City: Don't miss these 5 restaurants - The Blond Travels

Places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City: Don't miss these 5 restaurants - The Blond Travels


The Blond Travels

I love food and local cuisines always shape my opinion about places I visit. My experiences with Vietnamese food wasn’t always great and I decided that before I leave Vietnam I will find places, where I can really enjoy local dishes. In Ho Chi Minh City I managed to find a couple of bars and restaurants, …

Saigon Sandwich: Best Banh Mi in Paris | Chocolate & Zucchini

Saigon Sandwich: Best Banh Mi in Paris | Chocolate & Zucchini


Chocolate & Zucchini

Looking for the best banh mi in Paris? Look no further than Saigon Sandwich, a tiny shack in the Belleville neighborhood!

Therapy in Saigon

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

Shannon Brown looks at a centre offering psychological and behavioural services in Ho Chi Minh City. Photos by Romain Garrigue. Azrael Jeffrey moved to Vietnam from ...

Banh Mi Saigon, the best banh mi in Manhattan? - what shi eats

Banh Mi Saigon, the best banh mi in Manhattan? - what shi eats


what shi eats

Banh Mi Saigon is a small Vietnamese restaurant bordering Chinatown and Little Italy. It's interestingly enough run by Cantonese (southern Chinese) people. I couldn't tell you if this has affected the sandwich's authenticity because I have never been to Vietnam

Coffee Libre 커피리브레 – Hidden Award-Winning Cafe At Myeongdong Cathedral, Seoul

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

[Seoul] When I needed a good coffee recommendation, food blogger Daniel (yeah, same name) from Seoul Eats took me to Coffee Libre 커피리브레at Hong Dae near Hongik University Station. The thing that makes Coffee Libre stand out from other coffee shops in the city is the fact that the owners are dedicated to coffee. This is from sourcing the best coffee beans in the world, and choosing to have different brewing methods. Established in 2012, Coffee Libre 커피리브레 is an independent coffee shop in Seoul with branches in Yeonnam-dong, Yeongdeung-po, Shinsegae, and Myeongdong. The name of the coffee shop comes from the Spanish word “libre”, which translates to Mexican luchador wrestlers. The icon on the cup did remind me of Jack Black’s character from the Mexican-American sports comedy film Nacho Libre. Coffee Libre grinds beans for every single cup of coffee, and they have participated in dozens of coffee-related events in the country. I have been to 3 different branches of Coffee Libre. Hong Dae’s branch has more indie vibes for coffee aficionados; Time Square has a much bigger space and appeals more to the young; while Myeongdong’s outlet is a hidden spot right in the middle of a tourist hub. This small branch of Coffee Libre in Myeongdong boasts a quite unusual location, as it is situated within the Myeong-dong Cathedral complex. Yes, right in front of the famous church. The interior is simple and cozy with several tables and a long bar. Guests can choose to either drink their coffee indoors or take it to go. They are especially known for sourcing their single-origin coffee beans via fair-trade directly, and obtaining highly regarded CoE (Cup of Excellence) beans as well. As one of the top independent roasters they participate in various coffee-related events in Korea, and top baristas...

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Wow, Vegan Ramen? You Betcha!

Wow, Vegan Ramen? You Betcha!

by zoomeboshi @ zoomeboshi

Any pretensions I had that a good vegetarian ramen could never be made was dashed recently. The revelation happened when my sister-in-law had me sample her OG Ramen from Ramen Hood, a completely vegan stall in Los Angeles’ Grand Central Market. Visually, it looks like a ‘typical’ ramen, broth like milky tonkotsu, slices of chashu floating on […]

The Best Sandwich in the world: Saigon's Banh Mi Thit

The Best Sandwich in the world: Saigon's Banh Mi Thit


Back of the Bike Tours

Put some Pate on It : The Banh Mi and Where to find the best In Saigon

Which California destination topped Lonely Planet’s must-go list?

by Jackie Burrell @ BayArea

Lonely Planet’s new list of the nation’s top destinations came out this morning and sitting atop the list:  California’s Redwood Coast, the 175-mile stretch of glorious coastal and forested terrain that includes Redwood National Park and Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The criteria? The travel guide experts say they were looking for the top 10 most […]

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25 Amazing Things To Do In Perth This Weekend

25 Amazing Things To Do In Perth This Weekend

by Emma Pegrum @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s already the second weekend of February so it’s time to get your act together and start soaking up all that the remainder of summer has to offer! Fringe Festival is in full swing (yes, I know we keep going on about it, but srsly) and Perth Festival kicks off this weekend too!

From open-air cinemas and sunset hawkers to sports games of historic proportions, dance parties and music festivals, there’s so much to do in Perth this weekend that it’s slightly overwhelming. Get your yet-to-be-used diaries out and start locking in some pals: here are 25 amazing things to do in Perth this weekend!

All Weekend

Fringe Festival

You all know how much we love Fringe—it’s no secret that we think it’s the absolute best time of year to be in Perth. If you’re anything like us, you’ve got the sudden urge to become a lifelong supporter of fringe theatre and the arts and are striving to get along to as many shows (on as tight a budget) as you possibly can. We’ve already made it easy for you by compiling our list of top picks at this year’s Fringe—many of which are on this weekend—but we’ve highlighted a couple of must-see’s for you specific to this weekend, too!

Club Swizzle In Northbridge

There are still some tix available for this absolute blockbuster of a show from the guys behind La Soiree but we are sure they’ll be gone soon, so if you haven’t caught a show yet (or even if you have!) head along to Club Swizzle this weekend for an otherworldly experience! You absolutely will not regret it!

Hot Brown Honey In Northbridge

This hotly anticipated show opens tonight and has already sold out quite a few shows so you need to get on it ASAP! Shake what your mama gave you and laugh ’til you cry with the genre defying, fiercely resilient, and theatrically gifted cast from Hot Brown Honey, performing all weekend and onward.

Studio Ghibli Fringe Flicks At Northbridge Piazza

For a more mellow evening, head along to the Northbridge Piazza to catch one of the beautiful Studio Ghibli films playing over the weekend. You’ve got a choice from Porco Rosso on Thursday night, Kiki’s Delivery Service Friday, personal fav Spirited Away on Saturday night, and My Neighbour Totoro to wrap things up on Sunday night. It’s a dream come true I tell ya.

Dome Date Night At Scitech

Celebrate the ever-closer looming V-Day a bit early at Dome Date Night, a uniquely romantic experience that we promise isn’t just for science nerds. It’s a film and multimedia show that captures the vastness of our universe at Scitech’s planetarium! Tickets include a complimentary beverage and a tonne of brownie points from bae. P.S. The actual Valentine’s Day show is sold out so, yeah, this is kinda’ your only option.

Perth Festival

Jeez’ Louise, where do we even start when it comes to Perth Festival happenings this weekend! It’s the first weekend of the festival so things are going pretty all-out, but there are some definite highlights worth hitting up above all else, IMO. See below…

Museum Of Water at Fremantle Arts Centre

The Museum Of Water is a total reimagining of what a museum can be, showcasing WA’s relationship to the most essential life force—water—as the driest state in our country. The water sources and stories that go with them have been collected from all over the state, including from someone’s laundry and a Paralympian’s swimming pool!

God’s Own Country At ECU Joondalup Pines

If you haven’t yet heard the hype about this film, you must have been living under a seriously big rock. Following the story of an angry young man from bleak ol’ Yorkshire who’s path intersects with a Romanian seasonal worker who changes his life, the film is moving and tender. The perfect palette warmer leading into Valentine's Day!

Ballet At The Quarry

Opening on Friday 9 February and running all weekend, the West Australian Ballet and guests from the Larrakia and Yorta Yorta nations ballet and opera come together to deliver Milnjiya, Milky Way (River of Stars), a sensory, dance-based delight under the stars at Quarry Amphitheatre. If this amazing venue and the promise of an incredible dance performance alone isn’t enough to entice you, there will also be food, so go.

Thursday 8 February

Scarborough Sunset Markets

Delicious food, cold bevs, pop-up stores and live music by the sea at sunset—why not? Park up on the beautiful beachside lawns with a glass of wine or peruse the stalls showcasing locally made bits ’n’ pieces at the Scarborough Sunset Markets. What better way to wind down before heading into the joke of a work day that is Friday?

Pasta Workshop At Perth City Farm

If tonight calls for a carb-overload (you’ll need some serious energy for the weekend ahead, trust me), then go hang out with Sophie Budd and learn how to make pasta at this Pasta Making Workshop. Sophie has trained under Jamie Oliver and ran the pasta section at his Cornwall restaurant ‘Fifteen Cornwall’, soo, you know, she’s pretty good.

Hip Hop Kara”Yo”ke At The Bird

Back at it again is everyone’s favourite karaoke night, Hip Hop Kara”Yo”ke, with a special love edition in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. Think Jay Z and Bey, Kelly Rowland and Nelly, and Rhi Rhi & herself: this is an all-out love fest celebrating or saying ‘cya later’ to the lovers, haters and heartbreakers of this world. Stretch your vocal chords and don your dancing shoes, this one’s a vibe.

Friday 9 February

Electric Fields At Chevron Gardens

Promising to be one of the best acts on the festival’s line up, Electric Fields are a duo of electro-pop splendour, with angelic, Sia-like vocals and stereotype-defying performances. They’ve been stunning audiences around the nation lately and we are psyched to have them here in Perth tomorrow to open proceedings for the Perth Festival! Oh and don't eat beforehand, The Standard, Sauma and Lalla Rookh will all be there dishing out the goods.

Perfect Strangers At Cottesloe Film Festival

Stretch out on the Civic Centre lawns with beautiful ocean views and a drink in hand (read: Aperol Spritz) to watch Perfect Strangers, a highly acclaimed Italian film about a dinner party turned deep-dark-secret-revealing-nightmare. Best put your phones away for this one so as to avoid any ironic mishaps.

Sunset Sessions At Claremont Pizza

Giant tipi village? Check. Pizza? Check. BYO? Check. Live music? Check. What better place to kick the night off or wind down the week than at Claremont Pizza’s Sunset Session, enjoying delicious pizza and pasta under the starry tipi village with BYO or seriously cheap ($5) wine and beer?

BYO Event At Fremantle Markets

Guys, we can’t keep banging on about this—but we will if we have to. The Fremantle Markets now have BYO every Friday night and it’s freaking awesome! Think of all those tantalising, mouth-watering, delicious eats. Think of the atmosphere, the buzz, the characters that you see wandering around the market stalls. Think of the limited impact the whole thing has on your bank account. Now add in BYO drinks and live DJ’s. Done!

Mount Hawthorn Hawkers Market

For the perpetually hungry, you can’t go past a good suburban hawkers market and this might just be the one to satisfy the cravings. The Mount Hawthorn Hawkers Market is set at the beautiful Axford Park, with fairy lights galore and a lot of food to be eaten. With the list of food stalls changing a bit from week to week, there is always something new and delicious to feast on!

Saturday 10 February

Block Party At Chevron Gardens

Eat, drink and dance the night away down at the spectacular Elizabeth Quay venue at Block Party, a party put on by DSB and Lab Six showcasing the best local up-and-coming DJ’s and producers. The food on offer promises to be above your usual ‘pop-up’ standard, coming from Lalla Rookh, Sauma and The Standard—so be sure not to eat beforehand ‘cos yuuuuum. 

AFLW At Optus Stadium

Guys, they have already sold more than 45,000 tickets to the first ever footy game to be played at our brand new Optus Stadium—and it’s the AFLW! The Freo Dockers are coming up against Collingwood, and the event is set to become the most attended standalone women’s sporting event in Australian history which is downright fantastic, so you better get there and be part of history.

Closing Night | Three Summers at Cottesloe Film Festival

Enjoy the closing night of the Cottesloe Film Festival by curling up to watch Three Summers, an Australian made, awkward romantic comedy with a twist about two rather contrary musicians who flail in love after meeting at a summer music festival. A film that embraces the modern diversity of Australia, it’s perfect for viewing beside our beautiful Indian Ocean.

Sunday 11 February

Laneway Festival

If you’ve watched Anderson .Paak’s performance at the Adelaide instalment and somehow resisted the urge to buy tickets to Laneway Festival, we applaud you, but we also seriously encourage you to drop the act and reconsider your frugality. This is one year of Laneway not to be missed with a seriously impressive line-up and a bloody Perthect day forecast!

LeedyPalooza Unfair Day

This is Fringe Festival’s market day with a rather dark (yet still family friendly) twist, featuring all things ‘unfair’ like including unlucky dips, bad family portraits and misfortune cookies. We’re sure there’ll be lots of other weird and wonderful stuff on offer (knowing Fringe), not to mention the whole of Leederville at your very fingertips.

Oceanic Sessions | Sunday Music at Fremantle Arts Centre

Perth Festival’s Oceanic Sessions are here to delight and surprise, with rich musical flavours from all over the globe. This Sunday see South Africa’s Bongeziwe Mabandla singing in both English and Xhosa, sharing his unique Afro-folk sounds with elements of hip hop, dub and soul. Citing Tracy Chapman as a key influencer, we are sure Bongeziwe won’t be a disappointment, and what better way to wind down a busy weekend?

Harbour Sundays at The Maritime Museum

Hosted by RTRFM and the WA Maritime Museum, Harbour Sundays are also here to bring your weekend to a slow and relaxing close. This Sunday you will be blessed with sounds from Human Contact, De Cuba Son and DJ Claude Mono, who are, in all honesty, completely unbeknown to us but apparently extremely good and rather eclectic. Take a musical excursion through the worlds of jazz, Cuban beats and salsa all while enjoying a refreshing beverage on the beautiful Museum balcony, overlooking the stunning docks and ocean at sunset.

Noodle Sundays At Elizabeth Quay

Finish the weekend off right with seriously chill vibes at Noodle Sundays, enjoying $8 drinks and eats from Feral Brewing Company, Bao Wow and What The Cluck, along with live DJ’s and a coupla’ surprise pop-up Fringe shows. Yas please!

Kalamunda Farmers Market

If you are pretty serious about your fresh produce and like to stock up for the week, there is seriously no better place to do it than at the Kalamunda Farmers Market. If you’re not local, it does take a bit of getting to—but bet your bottom dollar that it’s worth it. There’s brekky eats, coffee, juice and smoothie aplenty, plus a whole host of fresh and local produce for sale at unbelievably good prices.

Growers’ Green Farmers Market

For those living at the opposite end of our fine city: don’t worry, there’s a Sunday farmers’ market for you too. Held at what used to be South Fremantle High School, Growers’ Green is refreshingly spacious as far as farmers’ markets usually go. Get all your goods for the week and chow down on some seriously delicious brekky (we recommend Shak Shuka or The Crepe Cart!) before sprawling out on the mats in the sun and enjoying live, local tunes.

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The Surprising Role Of Land Commissioner, Launchpad Of Texas Politics

by Ben Philpott, KUT @ Houston Public Media

The Texas land commissioner’s job is to help fund public education

City Reports Weekend Rainfall Caused Wastewater Spills In Houston

by Al Ortiz @ Houston Public Media

According to the Public Works Department, the potentially impacted areas are near the University of Houston-Downtown and the intersection of Washington Ave. and Milam St.

Down On The Farm And At The Gas Pump: A Day On The Job Of Texas’ Agriculture Commissioner

by Ben Philpott, KUT @ Houston Public Media

Texas' agriculture, crops and cattle are known across the country and around the world

Disadvantages of teaching English online

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Teaching English online has many advantages. You can live anywhere you want, travel and earn money at the same time. Thanks to it I’ve managed to live in Thailand, Vietnam and Poland and soon I’m going to be travelling again. So far I’ve only told you about the good side of online teaching, but what […]

Mazaite shifting roles at LaV, leaving daily operations to focus on new festival

Mazaite shifting roles at LaV, leaving daily operations to focus on new festival

by Matthew Odam @ The Feed

One of the city’s best service professionals is shifting gears. LaV’s Vilma Mazaite will leave her position as director of wine and take on the role of executive consultant. In her new position, Mazaite will ...

Where's the best banh mi in Hampton Roads? Here's our pick.

Where's the best banh mi in Hampton Roads? Here's our pick.


Virginian-Pilot

The banh mi is Vietnam’s iconic sandwich. Made properly, it’s built on a baguette with a soft center and a delicate crust, a smear of pâté, a protein, pickled vegetables

The Best Value Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

After the best boutique hotels in Saigon, we decided to have a look at a cheaper selection of accommodation in our city. As always this is only based on our opinion nor this is a sponsored article/video by any of these hotels. Check out the...

8 Hacks For A Better Night’s Sleep

8 Hacks For A Better Night’s Sleep

by Georgia Jayne Young @ The A List | The Urban List

Oh how we love sleep. We would even go so far as to say there is literally nothing better than a great night’s sleep and nothing quite as terrible as a shitty night’s sleep. Waking up feeling refreshed and well rested is the absolute best way to start the day. Try adding these eight super simple sleep hacks into your bedtime routine and prepare to slay the day!

Limit Caffeine

This one’s pretty obvious, to be sure. We all know that drinking coffee right before bed is not conductive to a good night’s sleep, but did you know that you should be avoiding all forms of caffeine four - six hours before bed? Yup, that includes post-dinner special hot chocolates.

Have A Cuppa

We’re talking the herbal kind of cuppa, specifically camomile tea as when you drink this tea your body experiences an increase in the chemical glycine which is known to relax nerves and muscles, acting as a mild sedative. We are obsessing over the delish Lemon & Honey Camomile Tea with Manuka Leaf from Ti Ora, helping us off into a blissful slumber each and every night. 

Control Exposure To Light

So, we know you may be used to scrolling through the entire internet each night while lying in bed but, believe it or not, this is probably not helping you to get the best sleep ever. Try limiting your exposure to light leading up to sleep time and if you aren’t prepared to give up your nightly Insta-stalking regime, at least turn the brightness down on your phone.

Use A Sleeping Mask

Complete darkness is the ideal condition for a great sleep, so channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and find a stylish eye-mask to block out the world and sleep the night away.

Journal

We don’t know about you, but our lives are hectic af and sometimes we have approximately 127 thoughts flying around our minds the minute the lights go out. The best way that we’ve found to deal with this annoying phenomena? Write that shit down. You’ll be surprised how much emptier your brain feels.

Avoid Naps

Okay, so naps may be one of our absolute favourite pass time activities (what’s more luxurious than sleeping in the day time?!) but they are definitely not good news when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, sadly.

Take A Supplement

Magnesium is definitely our go-to supplement for a great night’s sleep as the mineral helps to relax muscles and ease nervous tension. We are loving Go Healthy’s Go Magnesium Sleep which has been formulated specifically to support a deep and relaxed sleep—yes please!

Sleep With Your Dog In Your Room

If all else fails, sleep with your dog in your room. Yup, you heard us right: a recent study has shown that people who sleep with their dogs in their room (but not their beds) have a better night’s sleep. We’re assuming that the participants’ dogs didn’t snore.

Want more? Here's how to become a morning person with these ten easy hacks!Image Credit: Breakfast At Tiffanys 

Perth’s Best Dessert Cocktails

Perth’s Best Dessert Cocktails

by Elena Mauen @ The A List | The Urban List

Cocktail? Yes please! Dessert? Always. Combine the two and we're sold! But where to find the best dessert cocktails in Perth you ask? Well, we’ve done the hard yards and drank our way through the city so you don't have to.

Here are Perth's best dessert cocktails. 

Tavolo | Hot Chocolate Martini

Belmont

Italian restaurant Tavolo serves delicious pizzas, pasta, desserts and coffee, but if you need one reason to go, it's the cocktails. Their hot chocolate martini is made with chocolate (obvs), marshmallow syrup and Baileys and is topped with toasted marshmallows! If that's not enough, their white hot chocolate martini comes finished with dehydrated raspberries and Nutella.  

Bar Lafayette | Nuts And Berries

Perth

Bar Lafayette's Nuts & Berries is made with cream, berries and spices, then shaken with Frangelico and Joseph Cartron Mure liqueur and finished with a shaving of nutmeg. Just what the doctor ordered.

Varnish On King | Dessert Old Fashioned

Perth

Whiskey, food, wine and more whiskey. This is exactly what's on offer at Varnish on King and their collection of booze would make Winston Churchill absolutely wild! If you're after a classic with a twist, the Dessert Old Fashioned is for you. Hudson Manhattan Rye, Averna, black walnut, and cold drip coffee finished with a twist of orange. If Christmas was a cocktail, this would be it.

Bobeche | Genesis 4:1

Perth

If you haven't been to Bobeche, what have you been doing with your life? This 20s style speakeasy is well known for their teapot cocktails to share, but their menu also has a few modern takes on old classics. The Genesis 4:1 is made with Bulleit Bourbon, honeycomb, chocolate and rosemary and is the perfectly-balanced drink for a serious sweet-tooth.

The Dominion League | Grasshopper

Northbridge

The Dominion League's take on  the Golden Gaytime ice cream is a thing of beauty. Their Grasshopper is made with coffee infused vodka, muscatel liqueur, Golden Gaytime stout reduction, branca menta, choc bitters and a quail egg. Crazy? Yes. But Amazing? Definitely.

Sweetwater Rooftop Bar | Bounty Martini And Espresso Pop

East Fremantle

Sweetwater Bar is rooftop goals and their cocktails are so good we couldn't choose just one. If you don't mind a bounty from time to time, get your hands on their Bounty Martini—Bobmay Sapphire, cocnut and chocolate bitters—or if you prefer your cocktails with a kick of caffeine, their Espresso Pop made with buttersctoch schnapps, barcardi, espresso and walnut bitters and topped with popcorn will do the job.

Halford | The Pink Squirrel

Perth

When we tasted Halford's Pink Squirrel for the first time, it was love at first taste. Invented in the 50s by Bryant Sharp at Bryant's Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, The Pink Squirrel is a glamorous cocktail with a hint of girliness brought back to life by Halford, and you need it now.

Wildflower | Pavlova Smash

Perth

Wildflower might be one of Perth's fine dining institutions, but at their core they just love Aussie classics—hence the Pavlova Smash. A beautiful combination of vodka, chocolate, wattle seed, lime, mint and passion fruit, this is the perfect drink to sip on their rooftop.

Measure Bar | Lemon Meringue

Mount Lawley

Specialising in all things sweet Measure Bar offers an array of delectable desserts in food and cocktail form. The Lemon Meringue—a blend of limoncello, vodka, Cointreau, Drambuie and lemon—made quite an impression on us. 

Percy Flint | Oh Behave

South Fremantle

Percy Flint's Oh Behave is an almighty dessert cocktail if there ever was one. A caramel espresso martini made with spiced rum and topped with toasted marshmallows. Heck yes!

Wolf Lane | Fluffed Up—Sprinkle Me Sweet

Perth

Another one topped with toasted marshmallows, Wolf Lane's delightful mix of vodka, Chambord, Granny May’s secret bubble gum mix and cranberry topped with toasty marshmallows is a drink you have to try at least once. Think summer meets s’mores.

Once you're finished with these, check out these Perth bars you should have been to.

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Top 5 Children Activities in Saigon, Vietnam!

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

We’re quite proud to say that we had our tours customers aged from 1 to 95 years old, and they all enjoyed it! Though parents are often quite scared to let their children on a motorbike in busy Saigon, we believe that is also a...

American Olympians Made History This Weekend. Here’s What To Watch Next

by Courtney Norris, PBS NewsHour @ Houston Public Media

A preliminary round Tuesday features the Olympic Athletes of Russia head to head with Team USA

Heads up, salad lovers: Sweetgreen opens in San Mateo

by Linda Zavoral @ BayArea

Sweetgreen, a restaurant that specializes in customized salad and grain bowls, has expanded its Bay Area presence. The newest location opened today in San Mateo, at the corner of East 3rd Avenue and El Camino Real. It’s the sixth in the Bay Area for the chain founded a decade ago in Washington, D.C. Sweetgreen’s menu changes […]

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Mr R Drinks 雨田先生手冲饮品吧 – Instagrammable Fox And Rose Milk Tea, At Zhongxiao East Road Taipei

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

[Taipei] Instagram has certainly changed consumer habits and how coffee shops keep themselves abreast in a very challenging market. Mr R Drinks 雨田先生手冲饮品吧 at Zhongxiao East Road got into the social media limelight with its very photogenic drinks of Rose Milk and Marsh Milk Tea aka Mr Fox Milk Tea. Sometimes, you get other animals on the drink. Do not discount Mr R Drinks, or “Yu Tian Xian Sheng” as another one of those just riding on the Instagram trend. The barista-owner is serious about his coffee, importing coffee beans from various parts of the world, offering hand-drips and takeaway cups. Until he was overwhelmed with orders. When I visited, the shop had a limited menu of Marsh Milk Tea (NT$180, SGD$8.10), Rose Milk, Strawberry Milk and Baileys Milk (NT$150, SGD$6.80), Apple Cider (NT$150, SGD$6.80), Umeshu Soda (NT$140, SGD$6.30), Pikachu Soda (NT$65, SGD$2.90) and… Miso Soup (NT$90, SGD$4). As this is a one-man-show operation and lines can be long, every customer is limited to buying just one cup. During peak hours, you have to get a ticket first before queuing. The barista was seen frothing and making his drinks cup by cup, so wait can be rather long. Each cup took at least 5 to 10 minutes to make. I ordered the Marsh Milk Tea (NT$180, SGD$8.10) only because I was intrigued at the cute fox on the drink. Like how it got there? However, I was slightly disappointed when he handed me a hot frothy cup of milk tea on one hand, a fox on the other enclosed in a plastic packaging, and told me to put it on myself. I see. There wasn’t any 3D latte art involved. For the Rose Milk (NT$150, SGD$6.80) drink though, he helped to carefully place the rose ‘biscuit’ made of egg white...

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5 Awesome Things To Do In Perth This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Perth This Week

by Tina Varghese @ The A List | The Urban List

If you thought your calendars were already full with Fringe shows, you’d better think again. We’ve lined up a bunch of things for you to do this week, including shaking and swinging through a swing dance class, celebrating Queen Bey and a wine-fuelled art session—you’d better make some extra room in your iCal.

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

Monday 12 February

Swing Swing Swing! At the Perth Swing Dance Academy

Swing away your Monday blues at the closing night of the Big Swing Weekend at Perth Dance Academy. With a throwback 40s theme, you’ll be swingin’ along to Perth’s best swing DJs and enjoying an authentic lindy hop swing dance class as well as a performance so you can watch the pros in action! You’ve gotta dress vintage, so you better fish out something swing-tastic from your gran’s closet. 

Tuesday 13 February

Jessie Gordon At The Flour Factory

If you’ve ever heard Jessie Gordon sing you’ll know this is one not to be missed. A Perth local, Jessie is one of our best jazz and blues singers and her voice will make you swoon. She’s encouraging a bit of audience participation at this show so get your thinking cap on and request away! 

Wednesday 14 February

Beyonce Beats No Lights No Lycra In Leederville

As part of Leedy Palooza, and to celebrate Bey Day, No Lights No Lycra is holding a verrrry special Beyonce beats night. Forget about Valentine's Day and head into the darkness to dance your night away like no one is watching—because no one is. 

Valentine's Day: Bromance or Romance at Brotzeit

Whether it’s a buy-one-get-one-free beer for your bro or a dessert for your SO, Brotzeit has got you covered this Valentine’s day. There’s also a $50 set menu which includes herb & pepper crusted beef short ribs, pork cutlet with mashed pumpkin, and an incredibly tempting black forest ice cream sandwich. If you don’t have a valentine, you’re in luck since you don’t have to share all this delish food with anyone (whoop-whoop).

Thursday 15 February

Wine & Design in Maylands

You know what’s better than busting out your creativity on a relaxed artsy evening? Getting a little bit buzzed while doing it. Get your artistic juices flowing outside and alcoholic juices flowing inside at this Wine and Design sesh. Paint anything, heck, paint the half-emptied bottle of vino if you like, as long as it takes away your weekday worries. 

Want more? Check out all the non-excruciating things to do on Valentine's Day in Perth.

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Pick Up These 7 Habits To Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever!

Pick Up These 7 Habits To Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever!

by Georgia Jayne Young @ The A List | The Urban List

We’ve all heard of New Year’s resolutions and to be honest, we’ve probably all failed them at some point in our lives because well, often they can be a little on the unrealistic side. It’s time to ditch the resolutions and make a commitment to developing a few, easy habits in 2018 that can improve your life but are so simple to incorporate, you’re bound to succeed!

Read More

It’s no surprise that the most successful people in the world are always educating and developing themselves by reading as many books as possible. Bill Gates has said that he reads 50 books a year to keep him at the top of his game. If one book a week doesn’t sound realistic for you, start with trying for 20-30 minutes a day or download an audible book app and listen while you are driving to and from work each day.

Start A Gratitude Journal

It might sound cheesy (okay, it definitely sounds cheesy), but an attitude of gratitude is a great way to live a happier life so grab a journal and write a list of everything you are grateful for each day. It’s a lot harder to get in a negative mind-set when you are constantly reminding yourself of everything you have in your life to be grateful for. 

Drink More Water

Roughly 60% of your body is water which means drinking enough water to maintain your body’s fluid balance is super important. Staying hydrated also helps with keeping your skin clear and your kidneys functioning optimally. Try to find a large drink bottle and fill it up in the morning and make sure to finish it before refilling, that way you will know exactly how much you have had to drink that day. 

Meditate

It’s safe to say that many of us feel stressed out on a daily basis due to the fast-paced lifestyle that we lead. One way to counter balance this stress is meditation. It has been shown that when we practice meditation, the pituitary gland found in the brain secretes endorphins that help to elevate your mood. Basically it makes you feel happy as well as reduces stress and improves sleep. Why wouldn’t you get on board?

Be Nice To Others

A random act of kindness goes a long way whether we’re talking just simply smiling at a stranger or buying flowers for a friend or something bigger like donating your time to working at a charity each week. Whatever you do make sure to add a little kindness into your life every day. 

Be Nice To Yourself

Don’t forget to show a little kindness to yourself as well! It’s much easier to be kind to others when you are being kind to yourself. Treat yourself to a hot bath or a massage on the reg and bask in the gloriousness of not having to do anything except relax.  

Get Enough Sleep

A few too many late nights up late bingeing that TV series to your heart’s content? We’ve all been there, but sleep is super important for immunity, energy, weight maintenance and your overall health so make sure you get into the habit of prioritising your sleep over your Netflixing. 

Want more? Here are 10 wellness trends you'll be seeing in 2018.

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Who’s Got Seattle’s Best Banh Mi, Seattle Deli or Saigon Deli?

Who’s Got Seattle’s Best Banh Mi, Seattle Deli or Saigon Deli?


zoomeboshi

We’re fortunate here in the Seattle area to have several delis and bakeries that serve good bánh mì sandwiches, Vietnamese inventions that transform a version of the French baguette into a sa…

Hàn Phố – Mì Quảng at its Best

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

Hàn Phố 14/40d Kỳ Đồng Street P.9, Q.3 08.22470550 0913106700 ******************************** SETTING: It’s a new year (2018 Western calendar). It’s Hai’s birthday (he won’t let me give you his exact age, but he’s not in his 30’s anymore). It’s just 24 hours into our return to Saigon after many months away.  And now, it’s time [Read on ...]

Ukrainian International Airlines: Why I don’t want to save money on flights anymore

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Ukrainian International Airlines are one of the top airlines that fly between Thailand and Europe and because of their prices many people choose to holiday in the tropics. Expats from many countries very often use deals and promotions from UIA to visit their families, or to go for a short break to their home countries. Prices are […]

Interview with teachers in Thailand: Bob and Corona from the States

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

It’s been almost 5 years since I did my TEFL course with SEE TEFL in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wow! I can’t really believe it. Time goes fast. I still think that the month I spent training to become a teacher was one of the best times in my life. I really got to learn a […]

Chris Coleman suspends campaign for Minnesota governor

Chris Coleman suspends campaign for Minnesota governor

by Frederick Melo @ Twin Cities

Former St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has suspended his campaign for Minnesota governor. In a statement Monday, Coleman thanked supporters who have encouraged him over the past 15 months as he has crisscrossed the state trying to drum up support in a crowded DFL and GOP field. “Hearing your stories, your hopes and fears was an […]

MRT in Bangkok: Practical information

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Apart from the famous Skytrain, buses, boats and taxis – Bangkok has also a very good metro system. The MRT, or Mass Rapid Transit, is proof that transport in Thailand can be modern and fast. With 18 stations and 20 km of tracks, Bangkok’s metro is modern, cheap and stops at the main attractions of […]

SBCD Korean Tofu House – Korean Soontofu Restaurant Offers NEW Unagi (Jang-Eo) Dishes, Starting from $5.90

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

The one Korean dish that I enjoy for the level of comfort it brings is the Soontofu, the soft tofu stew with ingredients such as seafood and vegetables in a spicy broth. “Soon” in Korean means “soft”. SBCD Korean Tofu House is one of the few Soontofu specialty restaurants in Singapore, with branches at Tanjong Pagar Centre and a newly opened outlet at Millenia Walk. The Millenia Walk branch was HUGE (at least in Singapore’s context), with spacious interior, tall ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and open kitchen concept where you can observe the team of chefs preparing the soups. Don’t have to worry smelling like Korean stew as you walk out as the space is ventilated enough. One important highlight: At the back of the Korean restaurant is where the soft and silken tofu is made FRESH daily. The tofu you are eating is made right in the morning. The chefs from SBCD use special soybeans imported from Paju, South Korea. The area is said to be close to Korea’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and contains the freshest-tasting produce due to the untouched nature. Surprise, surprise. The Korean restaurant has also introduced NEW Jang-Eo (장어) dishes – fresh water eel imported from Korea. While the Jang-Eo is popular during the hot summer days in Korea, you seldom see it in Singapore, at least not yet. The NEW menu will comprise of 4 new Jang-Eo dishes including three under the dine-in menu and one for takeaway. Here are the food items you can expect: Unagi Main on Hotplate ($19.90++, with Soju $29.80++) The Koreans love their Jang-Eo – freshwater eel marinated in novelty sauces, with savoury and delicate taste. Called the “Jangeo-gui” which literally translates to “grilled eel”, the Koreans believe that eating this dish can help improve stamina and prevent heat...

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Texas Democrats Who Worked For Obama See Their Ties As Midterm Election Strength

by Christopher Connelly, KERA @ Houston Public Media

Republicans say they’re more than happy to have Democratic challengers embrace their Obama connections

Bone Broth Basics

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

On this edition of The Feed Podcast, we’re talking about the basics of any good bowl of soup – by digging down to the bones, or rather, the broth they create. We talk to some entrepreneurs focusing on broth production in Portland, OR and Chicago, as well as the Chef/Owner of Strings Ramen in Chicago, […]

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Two new restaurants coming to Lamar Union on South Lamar

Two new restaurants coming to Lamar Union on South Lamar

by Matthew Odam @ The Feed

There always seems to be something going on at Lamar Union.

Mandala Kitchen & Bar, which the first-time owner describes as a Vietnamese-Thai restaurant, will take the place of the short-lived El Burro, with ...

Mexican Chocolate Discs Recipe

by clotilde @ Chocolate & Zucchini

Buy Clotilde's latest book, The French Market Cookbook!

You have no idea how excited I am about this. What I have for you today is a recipe for […]

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You’d Be Upset Too if You’d Missed Out on Beach-Side Donut Delivery

by Ishay Govender-Ypma @ Roads & Kingdoms

Did Portugal come up with the best food-delivery app in the world?

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Detroit-Style Pizza Makes Inroads in Chicago

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

We all know how serious Chicago is about its pizza, but there’s a relatively new type of pizza making inroads here: Detroit-style. It was created just a few years after Uno’s launched deep dish here, back in the 40s, and while the Motor City’s version has some similarities with our deep style, there are plenty of […]

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Our RTW Travel Essentials

by Minh and Tiffany @ Two Peas in a Plane

Early on in our travel planning, we made the decision to travel carry-on only.  Knowing that we were going to be moving from place to place pretty often, we knew that having to lug around big suitcases with us was not something we wanted to do.  Similar with our Tech travel essentials, we were very deliberate […]

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Travel to Vung Tau, Vietnam: Where to find the best noodle soups

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

During this particular trip to Vietnam, my family and I took a road trip to Vung Tau, a beach town not far from Saigon but is made to seem far because of traffic. You can find very affordable vacation packages through travel agents in Vietnam (or at least that’s what my family tells me). On […]

White House Plans Private Funding For The International Space Station By 2025

White House Plans Private Funding For The International Space Station By 2025

by Ed Mayberry, Marcia Dunn, AP @ Houston Public Media

The Trump administration wants NASA out of the International Space Station by 2025, and private businesses running the place instead

What Your Favourite Summer Drink Says About You

What Your Favourite Summer Drink Says About You

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

As Ghandi once said, Friday knockoffs are the window to the soul. It’s the perfect opportunity to size up a potential date or m8, because you can tell a lot about a person from what bev they choose to wrap their lips around in the warmer months. Something flat? Something bubbly? Something brewed? Something aged? Are they living at home? Do they have a successful career? Would they be comfortable sharing a bowl of beer battered chips? Have they done a murder? We can answer all of these important questions and more.

Don’t believe us? Read on.

Rosé In A Can

When people ask you what three things you’d take to a desert island, you’re the kind of person who says ‘a speedboat, a life jacket and a mobile phone’. You floss twice a day, you stay on the line to answer short customer support surveys and you take coffees back when they’re not made with skim milk. If your dog needed surgery, you’d take a day to first way up if the return on investment was worth it and you once sent a video of a cop car driving through a pedestrian crossing on your street to the Federal Police.

Aperol Spritz

You got back from your gahp yaah four years ago and everyone hates you now because you still can’t sit through dinner without bringing up all the huts you built and ‘theoretical’ lives you saved in 2014. You once took someone else’s dog home from the supermarket because you thought it was yours and you have ‘Not all those who wonder are lost’ tattooed on your collarbone and your friends are too scared to tell you it’s spelt wrong.

Frosé

In Grade 3 you had the biggest Beanie Kids collection at your school, you once got a lifetime ban from Club Penguin for excessive swearing and you got your belly button pierced at sixteen after seeing Britney Spears’ music video ‘Lucky’. When you’re not calling Telstra to contest phone bills you definitely deserve, you’re either Googling ‘how to get abs in two weeks’ or vehemently defending Taylor Swift on Instagram.

Espresso Martini

You’ve been to court over rental bond disputes on more than three occasions, you once won $300 on Deal or No Deal and you insist on calling your parents by their first names in social situations. When you’re not at home watching Charmed and eating hummus and carrots, you’re misspelling your favourite beverage as ‘expresso martini’ in your Insta-story every Saturday night.

Craft Beer

You can’t tell the difference between a lager and a pale ale, but you once ordered a cappuccino at a Maccas drive-thru and you’re still getting shit for it from your friends. Behind closed doors you enjoy reading tennis players’ autobiographies, playing internet poker and doing ‘girls pushups’ in front of the hallway mirror while your mum’s at the supermarket. Technically your family doesn’t know you dropped out of uni in 2013, but you’re hedging your bets on it being a funny anecdote you’ll bring up at Christmas in fifteen years.

Frozen Margarita

Recently you entered into a new relationship but you’re considering ending it because you miss getting messages from strangers on Tinder. When you go on your annual week-long holiday to the Whitsundays with ‘the girls’, you leave your ragdoll Theresa six cans of cat food in a mixing bowl. Your biggest crime to date is regularly scanning avocados through as white seedless grapes at the Woolies self-checkout. You still haven’t realised that they’re triple the price per kilo.

A Shoey

You’ve had Mi Goreng and a piece of toast for dinner every night for the last four years. Two years ago you were on Today Tonight because you swapped all the welcome mats in your street. You currently hold the Asia-Pacific record for the most cans of Fanta drunk in one hour, you’ve had the chicken pox three times and technically you never received your pen license.

Maybe kombucha is more your thing? Here are some kombucha cocktails worth trying.

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Traif: Asian Influenced Tapas & Bacon Donuts =O

by tshi @ what shi eats

Traif 229 S 4th St Brooklyn, NY 11211 (South Williamsburg) I had been wanting to go to Traif for a long time. It’s consistently rated as one of the best places to eat in Williamsburg (4.5 stars on Yelp O.O and wow two billyburg restaurants in a row for me). Traif is a “new American” … Continue reading Traif: Asian Influenced Tapas & Bacon Donuts =O

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Milktooth: Delicious Breakfast in Indy

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

  As we indicated in our post about the best places to eat and stay in Indianapolis, Milktooth Restaurant stood as

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Top 5 Banh Mi in Chicago

Top 5 Banh Mi in Chicago


Steve Dolinsky

Truly great sandwiches are studies in contrast. The soft chew of a Leidenheimer French bread encasing warm, fried shrimp, crisp lettuce and tomatoes in a N

Best Time to Visit Vietnam Beaches

by admin @ Explore SonDoong Cave

Vietnam generally has a tropical climate, therefore the best time to travel here would be in spring (february to april) and autumn (august to october), when the temperatures are moderate and rainfall is lighter. In the dry season, the perfect weather is suitable for island hopping, diving, and general beach bumming. To get more information,

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Meet Phil, the man behind Thailand’s #1 TEFL website

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Before I moved to Thailand I had done a lot of research about the country and teaching opportunities. I was a complete newbie. All I knew was that I really wanted to live in the Land of Smiles. I had no idea how much a teacher could earn, how to find a job and what […]

Suggestions and reviews for Mekong Delta Tour – Vinh Long

by Admin @ Vinaday Travel – A Leading Tour Operator

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn River rounded landscape is a unique point that makes Vietnam one of the most worth-arriving place in the world. And the most fantastic river rounded view point in Vietnam is Mekong Delta. With these suggestions and reviews about places, services,… about Mekong Delta, we promise you to have the best on-river […]

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Flood Control Bond Could Prove Tough Sell For Harris County Voters, Survey Says

Flood Control Bond Could Prove Tough Sell For Harris County Voters, Survey Says

by Andrew Schneider @ Houston Public Media

The poll, by University of Houston and Rice University researchers, demonstrates broad support for flood control measures in the wake of Harvey, but minimal backing for tax increases to pay for them

Where to Find Denver's Best Bánh Mi Sandwiches

Where to Find Denver's Best Bánh Mi Sandwiches


Eater Denver

A good bánh mi isandwich is a real work of art

The top-notch restaurants to enjoy sushi in Ho Chi Minh City

by Định Nguyễn @ KIM TRAVEL

The top-notch restaurants to enjoy sushi in Ho Chi Minh City  It is no secret many of us love eating sushi today. Sushi seems to be as popular as McDonalds. Sushi shops are literally located all over the world. Sushi is believed to have originated in Southeast Asia where people fish with rice in order […]

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Fonda San Miguel’s guest chef series Sunday night welcomes one of Mexico’s best chefs

Fonda San Miguel’s guest chef series Sunday night welcomes one of Mexico’s best chefs

by Matthew Odam @ The Feed

Fonda San Miguel owner Tom Gilliland will open his trailblazing Mexican restaurant once again, as he continues his guest chef series Sunday with celebrated Mexican chef Pablo Salas.

Chef Salas has come to acclaim for the ...

Eye Checks in Saigon

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

Lauren Cameron looks into ocular health in Ho Chi Minh City. Photos by Romain Garrigue. Ensuring proper eye health is important wherever you are in ...

Kazo – Taiwanese Kazu Kazu, Lava Polo Buns And ‘Sexy’ Matcha Latte Bottles, At Chinatown Point

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

Taiwanese Bakery Kazo has opened at Chinatown Point (nearer Hong Lim Food Centre side), offering a selection of Polo Buns, Cream Puffs, and Kazu Kazu which are long choux pastries. The brand is supposedly popular in Taiwan, with a different name of Nichifu 日芙洋菓子 with stores in Taichung. (My Taiwanese friends have never heard of it though.) Having just returned from Taiwan, I was inevitably curious towards Kazo and its products. Offerings included Premium Ice Cream Polo ($5.50 for 2 scoops, $3.80 for 1), Hokkaido Cream Golden Lava ($3.00), Crispy Cream Puff ($1.80), Kazu Kazu ($3.50), Cheese Tart ($3.00 for original, $3.20 for chocolate or matcha) and Kazoman Beverages ($3.00 – $3.50). This is like many things trending / instagrammable all in one store. The Premium Ice Cream Polo ($5.50) could remind some of Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff, in which you could choose from Hokkaido Cream, Matcha, and Chocolate. The former boosted a more crusty puff pastry and creamier quality ice cream, but lacked of that buttery fragrance. While I wished I could eat the Polo with my hands (like how the photos featured). In reality, the ice cream would start dripping within seconds and scooping from the provided plastic box would be cleaner. I was curious how the Kazu Kazu would match up with the famous Japan’s Zaku Zaku – which by the way has opened in Taipei and ‘inspired’ many other versions. This Kazu Kazu had a firmer crusty outer layer which I did not mind, though its filling of Hokkaido cream was mild and pale in comparison. My sense is the Hokkaido Cream Golden Lava ($3.00) could land up being its most popular item, as local consumers are still fascinated by the idea of flowing lava. Mine was indeed very molten. Though I suspect some might come...

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Something you need to know to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi

by admin @ Explore SonDoong Cave

Famous for honoring the father of Vietnam: President Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which is an important historical site of Hanoi, is visited by an endless stream of tourists on their holidays in Vietnam. Besides visiting the embalmed body of Uncle Ho, which is protected by a military honor guard standing at each

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Celebrating Tet in Saigon (Including What to Do & A List of Places That Are Open)

by Eleanor Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Tet is just around the corner! To the Vietnamese, Tet (A.K.A Lunar New Year) is as important as Christmas is to Westerners. However, because Tet is a family holiday, many people will leave the big city like Saigon to return to their hometown for a reunion. As a result, many restaurants, shopping malls, and attractions […]

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Land Commissioner Says ‘Doctored’ Audit Critical Of His Agency’s Management Of The Alamo Is Under Investigation

by CLAIRE ALLBRIGHT/ Texas Tribune, Jay Root, Texas Tribune @ Houston Public Media

George P. Bush, whose agency took over running the iconic Texas landmark from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in 2015, says a "doctored" audit led to the investigation — but won't say how it was doctored

The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

If you are following us on our YouTube Channel (and you should!) you probably would have watched all of our top 5 already. Our goal as always is to provide travelers with the best spots, according to us, for various Vietnamese street food or activities here...

The Best Banh Mi Sandwiches in San Francisco - BayArea

The Best Banh Mi Sandwiches in San Francisco - BayArea


BayArea

San Francisco is blessed with many varieties of sandwiches, from Italian to Asian. Here's where to find the best banh mi in San Francisco.

Chè Chuối Nướng Út Lúa

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

Chè Chuối Nướng Út Lúa 115 Phan Đăng Lưu Street, P.7 Phú Nhuận District DT: 0915 762 076 DT: 0121 547 3763 Facebook:Chuối Nếp Nướng Nam Bộ *************************************************** If you’re in Saigon, and can’t quite make it to the Mekong River Delta countryside, don’t despair. There’s still a way to find yourself inside a Mekong [Read on ...]

Jai Thep Festival in Chiang Mai: A day filled with fun, love and music

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Jai Thep Festival is the newest addition to Chiang Mai’s event calendar. A group of like-minded people got together and decided to do something amazing – they created a music festival unlike any other that has taken place in Northern Thailand before. I love everything about music festivals: the happy atmosphere, crazy people dressed up especially for […]

Two of Texas' Best Vietnamese Sandwich Shops Share a Garland Parking Lot

Two of Texas' Best Vietnamese Sandwich Shops Share a Garland Parking Lot


Dallas Observer

Two of the best banh mi shops in the Dallas region — indeed, arguably two of the best banh mi shops in the United States — make their homes in Garland.

The Road Trip Across America – #JimmyEatsAmerica

by Jimmy @

“A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is not what it is built for.” ― Albert Einstein I’ve just reached a three month milestone in Sydney, where I haven’t had to jump on to a long distance plane, … Read all about it!

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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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9 Traditional Activities on Tet Holiday Lunar New Year in VietNam

by Định Nguyễn @ KIM TRAVEL

9 Traditional Activities on Tet Holiday Lunar New Year in VietNam Lunar New Year  or  Tet Nguyen Dan is the biggest traditional festival, the oldest, has the widest popular range in Vietnam. Tet Holiday in Vietnam usually falls in late January or early/mid February. The dates vary from year to year as it is based on […]

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Re-Examining Relationships Between African-Americans & Law Enforcement

by Abner Fletcher @ Houston Public Media

How has the relationship between African-Americans and Houston law enforcement changed since 2016?

Banh mi: The best places in Tokyo to taste Vietnam in a baguette

Banh mi: The best places in Tokyo to taste Vietnam in a baguette


The Japan Times

Remember that rumor about “Mama” Cass Elliot from the Mamas and Papas? The one about how she died in bed while munching on a sandwich? I heard that as a ch

Best of January

by clotilde @ Chocolate & Zucchini

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How are things? I hope this fresh new year is smiling its freshest, brightest smile at you already. That’s how […]

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EN ESPAÑOL: Qué hay detrás de la polémica de LULAC y la reforma inmigratoria de Trump

by HPM Digital Team @ Houston Public Media

¿Por qué las palabras del presidente de una de las organizaciones latinas con más historia de EE.UU. apoyando el plan de inmigración propuesto por el gobierno ha desatado semejante controversia?

WATCH: The Legacy Of Texas Southern University

by Tomeka Weatherspoon @ Houston Public Media

When established, it was the only public higher learning institution for African Americans within Houston's city limits

How to Have a Hot Dinner Date with Yourself

How to Have a Hot Dinner Date with Yourself

by Alison Stevenson @ Munchies

Why go through the experience of an awkward first date, worrying about whether or not your suitor might be a serial killer when you can date yourself? Who says you can't have a romantic meal all alone?

Black Bean Challenge

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

On this edition of The Feed Podcast (where you’ll find the recipes), a Black Bean Challenge with the Chef and Owner of May Street Café & Steakhouse in Chicago.  Chef Mario Santiago joins Rick Bayless in the test kitchen to come up with an easy weeknight meal in 15 minutes or less, using a can of […]

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9 Books That Will Become Movies in 2018

9 Books That Will Become Movies in 2018

by Bella Ramdhanie @ The A List | The Urban List

2018 is set to be an epic year for seeing all of your favourite books come to life on screen. Even though us reading enthusiasts will often agree how good the movie was whilst secretly agreeing with ourselves that the book was better, we could not be excited.

Hollywood is bringing many beloved characters to the big screen this year and there’s nothing quite like seeing the stories you created in your imagination become reality. So, get your popcorn ready and prepare yourself for those conversations where you compare all the differences between the book and the movie. Here are some of the best books that will become movies in 2018!

Red Sparrow

Jason Matthew’s novel Red Sparrow is a movie that should not be missed this March. The flick is set to tell the tale of a Russian spy who is also a ballerina (yas?!), played by none other than the gorgeous, Jennifer Lawrence. For those of you who have read the book, you know you’re in for a great watch and if you haven’t had the chance… trust us. You won’t regret it!

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A Wrinkle in Time

The magical narrative, A Wrinkle In Time, is also coming to life this March. Aaand we could not be more excited! Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s imaginative novel, the movie’s stellar cast includes Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling and Storm Reid. Okay… we are officially counting down the days until the 9th!

Mary Poppins

Musical theatre fans rejoice! Starring the extremely talented Emily Blunt, a childhood favourite is being brought back to the big screen. Mary Poppins Returns will be released in December, and this is one worth waiting for. This uplifting tale will be one for the whole fam to enjoy! In fact, we’re thinking it’s gonna be practically perfect in every way.

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The Black Hand

Leonardo DiCaprio is back on the big screen in 2018 (!!!). Recreating Stephen Talty’s spectacular novel, The Black Hand, combined with the inclusion of our beloved Leo, means that clearly, this one is gonna be great. Taking the audience on a journey of crime and intrigue, the movie follows the story of Joe Petrosino, a New York police officer. The release date has not been announced yet, so we are pretty much forced to be patient (groan), but it’s set to be released this year! So… we’ll see you then (whenever that may be). 

Dumplin’

The #1 New York Times best-seller, Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, is set to release in cinemas this year! Yas! The story follows Willowdean Dickson, a self-proclaimed “fat-girl” who enters the small town’s beauty pageant. The crazily cool cast includes Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston and Dove Cameron. Making it just that little bit more awesome, Dolly Parton is writing new, original music for the film?! Dumplin’ is not only a good laugh, entertaining and inspirational but, body positive. Damn right!

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms

E.T.A Hoffman lovers, ballet lovers, and Barbie lovers, this one is for you. Disney is releasing The Nutcracker this year, starring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley and Morgan Freeman! The story is being recreated by the studio that brought you Tarzan and Beauty And The Beast. Trust us when we say it’s going to be magical.

Love, Simon

The charming story displayed in Love, Simon is based on Becky Albertalli’s Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. The movie follows Simon (played by Nick Robinson) who is yet to tell his friends and family that he is gay and that he has fallen for an anonymous classmate online. The flick also stars the stunning actresses Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why) and Jennifer Garner (Alias). Said to be hilarious and dramatic, this sounds like a flick that we will not be missing.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette, the story written by Maria Semple and we are ever so interested in what the film version will entail. The novel itself follows an agoraphobic architect and mother, Bernadette Fox, who goes missing. We can’t wait to see how Hollywood brings this one to life! Making it even more exciting, the cast is incredible and includes Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Troian Bellisario, and Judy Greer.

Crazy Rich Asians

The movie adaption of Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians looks like it’s gonna be one of the top movies to see in 2018. The massive hype around the book has led to this highly-anticipated movie. The brilliant cast includes the likes of Constance Wu (Fresh Off The Boat), Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8) and Gemma Chan (Humans). The story follows Rachel Chu who learns that her longtime boyfriend is extremely wealthy and she realises that she must now deal with jealousy and Nick’s quirky family! Get your diaries out because this is one movie release you don’t want to miss! 

Looking to bury your head in a book instead? Here's the best books to read this summer.

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Coming up with a plan for New Year’s Eve in Ho Chi Minh City

by Editor Content @ KIM TRAVEL

Coming up with a plan for New Year’s Eve in Ho Chi Minh City  New Year’s Eve is the last hurrah of the holiday season. People throughout the world hit the streets in order to enjoy the day. Their goal is to celebrate life and to watch one year end and another begin. It is […]

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The best ‘Phở’ stands in Ho Chi Minh City

by Editor Content @ KIM TRAVEL

The best ‘Phở’ stands in Ho Chi Minh City  What list of Vietnamese cuisine would be complete without Phở? It is almost impossible to walk a block in Vietnam’s major cities without bumping into a crowd of hungry patrons slurping noodles at a makeshift pho stand. This simple staple consisting of a salty broth, fresh […]

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Chicago Restaurant Group Opens The Aviary in NYC

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

The team behind restaurants such as Alinea, Next and the Aviary has launched its first project outside of Chicago, in New York City. They’ve taken over the lobby of a mid-town hotel, and have transplanted their cutting edge cocktails, as well as their friendly Midwestern service to the Big Apple.

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An unexpected dining experience in Saigon.

by Jimmy @

“Is this a restaurant or somebody’s home?” I asked a stranger inside as I stood at the apartment doorway. He looked at me oddly and replied that it indeed was somebody’s home. From the sounds of the conversations echoing from inside, deep down, … Read all about it!

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Mellow Pan。メロ Singapore – 1st Japanese Melonpan Specialty Shop With Ice Cream At Our Tampines Hub

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

The melonpan with ice cream, a Japanese sweet bun, reminded me of our popular local street food: Ice Cream Sandwich. The $1 Ice Cream Sandwich sold along the streets in pushcarts had always been one of Singapore’s Must-Eat items, so popular that it made into one of BuzzFeed’s listicles in 2016, which (unfortunately) went viral for the wrong reason. The Japanese melonpan (also known as melon bun) was named due to its outward appearance which resembled that of a rock melon, but in fact doesn’t taste like one traditionally. Located at the basement level of Our Tampines Hub is Singapore’s first melonpan specialty shop, offering Plain MelonPan in 2 different sizes: Small (1 for $2.60, 5 for $10) and Large (1 for $3.40, 3 for $9), MelonPan Gelato with 3 options: Small melon pan with 1 choice of flavour ($4.80), Small melon pan with 2 flavours ($6.80) and Large melon pan with 2 flavours ($7.80). Order and payment is first made at the casher before proceeding to the right for selection of gelato flavours from their wide selection on display. Interesting flavours include Avocado, Chendol, Honeycomb, Yuzu and D24 Durian, which are local and relatable. Toppings such as Sunflower seeds, Rainbow sprinkle and Peanuts are available at an additional $0.60 whereas durian toppings are priced at $2.50. I chose the Avocado and Black Sesame Gelato to go with my Large MelonPan Gelato ($7.80) that came with 2 rusks (twice-baked bread). The rusk actually acted as a “spoon” to scoop the gelato instead of licking or biting directly into it. I made the mistake of eating my “spoon” (accidentally) and ended up in a mess while licking the gelato though. The generous amount of gelato (which tasted more like ice cream with a harder texture and more solid shape) was actually...

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Banh Mi Hoa Ma – Best Banh Mi In Ho Chi Minh? Crispy Vietnamese Baguette Stall Opens Only Till 10AM

Banh Mi Hoa Ma – Best Banh Mi In Ho Chi Minh? Crispy Vietnamese Baguette Stall Opens Only Till 10AM


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Subscribe: [Ho Chi Minh] Due to the strong influence from French Colonial times, Banh Mi which is also known as Vietnamese Baguette has then been passed down and evolved. It is now the iconic identity of Vietnam’s local food which can be found on almost every street in Saigon. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); While I would usually think twice when it comes to street food, Banh Mi Hoa Ma was highly recommended by a friend who loves to travel to Vietnam. It also received many positive reviews online. Many also claimed that this is one of the best Banh Mi in Ho Chi Minh. A humble shop which lacks in its own space, many of the locals would usually just come here for takeaways. Due to its blooming business, the owner has then expanded (illegally?) their seating space along the roadside. People would then sit on stools and dine on low tables, while breathing in exhaust fumes from motorcycles zoomed by. *cough cough* For first-hand experience dining like a Vietnamese local, this would be the place to visit. Ordering was easy as there were only two items on the menu; Banh Mi Kep Thit & Banh Mi Op La. Banh Mi Kep Thit (VND 30k, SGD$1.80) is the usual kind of Banh Mi which we would find in Singapore. Baguette with Pâté (pork liver) and butter spread, stuffed with pork and chicken ham as well as pickled vegetables, spring onions and chilli. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); While they are just simple ingredients, the combination of thick cuts of meaty ham and refreshing pickled vegetables turned out to be quite a heartening meal for breakfast. Interesting to note, I found Vietnamese baguette lighter and airier with crispy exterior. So much... Continue Reading

The Best Place for Shopping in Saigon

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

Everyone likes to go on a shopping spree sometimes, and Saigon is definitely one of the best place for this. Through a quick Google search will help you find countless of high end shopping malls (Vincom A and B, and the most recent Takashimaya), we...

Awestruck! Paul Giamatti in Da House!

by admin @ Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich

  ritically acclaimed actor Paul Giamatti filmed a scene of the hit show “Billions” in our deli!  Always been a fan.  (Sideways!)   He was neighborly.  He was sociable.  He was classy!   Don’t miss this Wall Street drama on Showtime!

TV show host Sara Moulton tweets about our banh mi!

by admin @ Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich

hef, cookbook author, and TV show host Sara Moulton tweets:   Just had the best banh mi with my brother, the judge, at this place on Broome St – fresh! But add hot sauce. Absolutely Sara!  Sriracha makes everything perfect!

Best Gifts for Creatives

by clotilde @ Chocolate & Zucchini

Buy Clotilde's latest book, The French Market Cookbook!

A love of cooking and baking often goes hand in hand with a creative streak. It’s certainly what drew me […]

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A Banh Mi Quest in Vietnam - Jimmy Eats World

A Banh Mi Quest in Vietnam - Jimmy Eats World


Jimmy Eats World

I had a mental image of Vietnam being in the home of the banh mi, and that on a pilgrimage to pay my respects and to try one "at the source"

Spending Christmas in Saigon, Vietnam

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

Christmas is nearly a month away, and can be trully a magical time in Vietnam (minus the snow). If you decided to spend our favorite holiday in the South of Vietnam, make sure to check out our video on what Xmas is really like like...

Monthly Update: Saigon – January 2016

by Jimmy @

Holy shit! Where did 2015 go? It feels like the past five months have been quite the whirlwind. You may notice that I’ve been super lazy in making any attempt at making updates here as well as my other blog. I’ve spent the … Read all about it!

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Enjoy a Cultural Tet in Central Vietnam: Hue, Da Nang, & Hoi An.

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

The North celebrates the Spring of 2018 with many unique festivals such as the Hai Ba Trung Festival, the beautiful pink peach-blossoms that line the streets, and a slight breeze that is both warming and reminiscent of home. The South, on the other hand, greets Tet with the charming yellow apricot-blossoms and joy in the […]

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Pastrami sandwiches and craft cocktails at Better Half’s pop-up Saturday

Pastrami sandwiches and craft cocktails at Better Half’s pop-up Saturday

by Matthew Odam @ The Feed

Better Half, the forthcoming all-day restaurant from the owners of Brew & Brew, is hosting a pop-up today at 2 p.m. at Brew & Brew. Chef Rich Riembolt will be taking his housemade ...

Delicious pork and won ton noodle soup at Mi Thay Nghiep Ky in Vung Tau, Vietnam

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

If I had to pick my top five noodle soup dishes, won ton noodle soup would definitely make the cut, along with pho, ramen, and bun bo Hue. (I know that’s only four noodle soups—I’m not sure which would be the fifth.) There is something so comforting, savory, and yet so simple about a bowl […]

Austin restaurants with dine-in and carry-out specials for Super Bowl Sunday

Austin restaurants with dine-in and carry-out specials for Super Bowl Sunday

by Matthew Odam @ The Feed

Are you ready for some football? And maybe some beer and queso? There might not be a Texas team in the Super Bowl, but football fans will still be celebrating in Austin-area bars and restaurants. ...

Bobii Frutii Singapore – Colourful Bubble Tea From Taiwan Opening At The Clementi Mall, 10 Jan 2018

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

The Return Of The Taiwanese Bubble Tea craze in Singapore sees old players such as Gong Cha, Singapore brand LiHo and Taiwan’s PlayMade 丸作, all of them with difference in their areas of specialty. Let’s just say Gong Cha is known for their Alisan Milk Foam, LiHo for Cheese drinks (which is now everywhere) and PlayMade 丸作 for their freshly made pearls. Bobii Frutii will be opening its first store in Singapore at The Clementi Mall. I first tried Bobii Frutii 珍珠水果特調 in Taipei which attracted a crowd initially due to its distinct coloured and “Instagram-worthy” layers. Each cup is made using milk, tea and colourful pearls, with no artificial flavourings, man-made essences, creamer or preservatives. The menu in Singapore features a total of 37 drinks in a single cup size and divided into 5 different categories – Tea/Au Lait aka “served with milk” in French ($2.50 – $3.90), Ice Blended ($5.90 – $6.90), Matcha ($4.90 – $6.50), Fruit Tea ($3.90 – $5.90) and Cheese Tea, exclusive to Singapore ($4.50 – $5.90). Pearls aka bobii (Taiwanese slang for tapioca pearls) that are preservative-free come in 3 different flavours: Original ($0.60), Butterfly Pea ($0.90) and Brown Sugar ($0.90), are made in Taiwan and air-flown to Singapore to ensure freshness and consistency. One thing to note, the bobii in each cup is considerably less compared to other competitor brands out there. Apart from their aesthetically pleasing appearance, each of their signature items have funky names that made me wonder what the flavours are, so I gave up on their names and ended up ordering by colours. “Hi, can I have the blue and yellow layered drink?” “Oh, you mean Mermaid’s Tears?” “Ya, that one.” I cried. The names included Don’t Want To Work, Pandora Treasures, Childhood Memory, Green Romance, and Don’t Want...

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Vietnam in spring – Best places to go

by Phuong Nguyen @ Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

You will never regret when visiting Vietnam in spring! If you wonder which places are the most beautiful in our country during this season, don't hesitate to collect all information in this article.

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Cooked It | How To Make The Perfect Goon Punch At Home

Cooked It | How To Make The Perfect Goon Punch At Home

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

Sometimes it can be hard to transform three litres of Coolabah Crisp Dry White into something that doesn’t taste like it could remove stubborn mould from bathroom grout. Unfortunately, if you’ve spent all your money on Falls tickets and parking fines like the rest of us, then you don’t really have a choice when it comes to wetting your whistle. You can, however, choose to make it taste less like bathroom cleaner.

Here’s how to make the best, most delicious Goon punch at home.

Ingredients

1 white Goon bag 2 bottles of mixed berry Passion Pop 1 bottle of vodka 2 tins of pineapple juice 1 bottle of mango juice 1 bottle of lemonade 1 mango, sliced and diced 1 punnet of raspberries 1 tin of passionfruit pulp

Method

First, replace the pillows on your bed. If you’re drinking boxed wine then you probably have no idea that the shelf life of a run-of-the-mill polyester pillow is six months. So you’ve probably been sleeping on a bag of dead skin cells for three years. Pop to the shops to grab the all-important Gunch ingredients. Make sure there’s a bottle-o nearby as 80% of the ingredients will get you arrested at a Wiggles concert. Head home and slice the mango. Take the lids off all the cans and bottles. Break the seal on the Goon box. POUR EVERYTHING INTO A LARGE LAUNDRY BUCKET TO THE TUNE OF GIVE ME EVERYTHING TONIGHT BY PITBULL. Take a picture of it with a Kodak and Instagram it with the caption #tookmylifefromnegativetopositive.

Hungry for more? Check out all of our other rad recipes here.

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What Best Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam – The Best of Saigon

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

The collection of the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam promises to call you to this ideal city. Formerly called Saigon and famed as “The Pearl

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11 Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask a Male Nurse

by Rachel Lau @ RICE

Time to say goodbye to the stereotypes.

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Monkey Chocolates by Godiva

by tshi @ what shi eats

I interrupt my Hawaiian adventures with a brief commercial break. My favorite holiday, Lunar New Year, is coming up in just two weeks and Godiva was gracious enough to send me their Lunar New Year Collection again this year. I’ve been lucky enough to have sampled their last two LNY Collections as well as one of … Continue reading Monkey Chocolates by Godiva

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The best bowl of Vietnamese cake soup/banh canh is at Banh Danh Long Huong near Vung Tau, Vietnam

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

Before ringing in the new year with a healthy vegan recipe, telling you about my recent snowboard trip to Whistler, and filling you in on our Christmas plans, I was narrating my last travel to Vietnam where I finally found the best bowl of pho in Saigon. During this vacation, my family and I also […]

PSA: Vegan Camembert Exists And No, We’re Not Kidding

PSA: Vegan Camembert Exists And No, We’re Not Kidding

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

What is the number one thing people say when you tell them you’re vegan? Say it with me team: ohhhh, I could never give up cheese. Well, guys, now you don’t have to give up cheese because a couple of geniuses have gone and invented camembert that looks exactly like, well, camembert. 

We know vegan cheese isn’t really a new thing, but vegan cheese that’s genuinely good? Now that’s something worth talking about. It looks like this bad boy is only available in France but we still see this as a sign that the tides are a-changin’ and it’s really only a matter of time until this beauty is available in Australia. Right? Not only does Les Petits Veganne sell camembert (although, that’s clearly what we’re most amped for), they also boast an entire range complete with blue cheese, turmeric cheese, and a fresh garlic cheese too. 

What are you still doing here? You have a cheese board to make (and a flight to book). 

Meanwhile, these Japanese foot-long fries just landed as well. 

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Must-See Movies This February

Must-See Movies This February

by Grace Noles @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s that time of the month again: new films are on the way for your viewing pleasure! There’s romance, adventure, horror, comedy and tragedy heading soon to a theatre near you.

Head to the airconned cinemas, grab a frozen coke, and escape the summer heat by watching one of the great flicks coming out in February!

Black Panther

Marvel is back with their latest blockbuster, Black Panther, featuring a star-studded cast of Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o and Martin Freeman. Heir to the Wakanda throne, T’Challa must face treachery and danger as the Black Panther to take his rightful place as King and protect the safety of his people. If Black Panther is half as good as Marvel’s previous work then this one will be a not to miss movie of the year!

Game Night

Any movie with Rachel McAdams is going to be good and we’re sure this one is no exception. Game Night is an action-packed comedy featuring McAdams and Jason Bateman who have their game night flipped upside down and thrown into real life danger when a murder mystery game turns all too real. Book yourself in for Game Night if you’re up for a dark humour and an adventure-filled watch.

Molly’s Game

Jessica Chastain is hitting our screens portraying Molly Bloom who was the world’s biggest poker entrepreneur from 2003 to 2013 with a ring including people like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, and Macaulay Culkin. Think female Wolf of Wall Street and you’re on the right track. Starring alongside Chastain to tell Molly’s growing empire and ultimate downfall is Michael Cera, Idris Elba, and Chris O’Dowd—so you know it’s gotta be good!

Fifty Shades Freed

The much-anticipated third instalment of the Fifty Shades of Grey saga is finally hitting the big screen in February. Fifty Shades Freed will see Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey dealing with married life and the new relationship dynamic that comes along with it. We say get out the popcorn and binge the first two films for a refresher before booking your tickets ASAP!

Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built

Horror movie lovers rejoice, February has delivered with the thriller Winchester! Helen Mirren plays a grieving widow that builds a house to home all the spirits she believes she’s being haunted by. When visitors start to come by the mansion and pick up on the weird happenings, things get intense fast. For the thrill seekers and psychiatrically spooked folk out there, Winchester will be right up your alley!

Lady Bird

Following its initial release overseas in November, Lady Bird has gone on to win multiple best picture awards, making it one of the most talked about films of this awards season—so naturally we’re very excited for this one! It’s a coming of age movie featuring Saoirse Ronan in the lead role as hard headed “Lady Bird” and Laurie Metcalf as her pleading mother. If Perks of Being a Wallflower or Juno were amongst your fave films then Lady Bird will be perfect for you.

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Lucky Charms Is Discontinuing What Is Objectively Its Least Identifiable Marshmallow

Lucky Charms Is Discontinuing What Is Objectively Its Least Identifiable Marshmallow

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Cost of living in Thailand: Can you afford it?

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Thailand is not only popular because of its weather, food and smiling people, but also because of relatively low prices. You can live here comfortably on around $500 a month. It all depends on which part of the country you want to live in and what kind of lifestyle you prefer. Expats, who have been […]

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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What Does It Take to Be Seattle's Best Banh Mi?

What Does It Take to Be Seattle's Best Banh Mi?


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Five Seattle Locals Put Nine Vietnamese Sandwiches to the Test

Thin Mint Cookie Sundae: Creamery’s Girl Scout creation

by Linda Zavoral @ BayArea

You already know you can support the Girl Scouts — and all of their STEM, camping and other activities — by buying boxes of cookies at a local stand. But you can also pitch in by eating ice cream. In Oakland, the legendary Fentons Creamery has created the Thin Mint Sundae. It’s made with scoops of chocolate and mint […]

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

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Highlight of Vietnam_12 colorful flower seasons

by admin @ Explore SonDoong Cave

If it is easy to recognize cherry blossom and mickey-mouse as queens of January, Hoa Sua as a princess of February, it is harder to tell who the most beautiful one is in March. Since this month is the time of many pretty flowers, I think I can only choose some outstanding candidates based on

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A Whale of a Journey: Eco-Tourism Along Dominican Republic’s North Shore

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

  I had already gotten a full dose of the natural beauty and adventure along the North Coast of the

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Best Banh Mi in Saigon - 3 Places You Must Try!

Best Banh Mi in Saigon - 3 Places You Must Try!


Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

If you're looking for the best banh mi in Saigon, the famous Vietnamese baguette sandwich, here are three street food stalls you don't want to miss.

The Best Unique Food Gifts for Food Travelers

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Banh Mi Little Saigon, Southern CA

Banh Mi Little Saigon, Southern CA


Banh Mi Battle

Since Little Saigon is our backyard, we are able to share a more comprehensive breakdown of the banh mi scene.  This listing is mostly focused just on the baguettes, since that is such a crucial pa...

Tasting Paris Pre-Order Bonus!

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Buy Clotilde's latest book, The French Market Cookbook!

My new cookbook TASTING PARIS: 100 Recipes to Eat Like a Local will be coming out in North America* on […]

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All The Best Free Things To Do In Perth This February

All The Best Free Things To Do In Perth This February

by Emma Pegrum @ The A List | The Urban List

Kind of like the little sister of January, February often gets a bad wrap. You’re back at work, it’s the last month of summer, you're broke as anything and reality is setting in. But alas, do not despair. We Perthites have absolutely zero to complain about in February—in fact, it could be fair to say it’s the single best month to live in this glorious city.

With Fringe World and the Perth Festival happening throughout the entire month, there are plenty of free events to get along to, and there’s still so much more—festivals, markets, the first footy game to be played at our new stadium (yeah the girls!), concerts and surf. 

So before you bury your head in your desk once and for all, here’s to one last hurrah—here are all the free things to do in Perth this February.

Fringe World | 26 January—25 February

The weird and wonderful Fringe World Festival needs no introduction. You absolutely cannot let February go by without carving out a couple of nights with friends or fam to soak up all that this homegrown festival offers. While you could spend an absolute bomb on Fringe shows, head right this way to find all the free events on offer this year.

Perth Festival | 9 February—4 March

It goes without saying that you absolutely must attend at least one event on the Perth Festival calendar, if not multiple. There’s so much happening, we can’t even begin to sum it up. There are plenty of amazing ticketed events worth your hard earned dollies, but if you're not willing to part with them (we geddit), check out these free events

Hayao Miyazaki Studio Ghibli Film Festival | 1 - 25 February

Northbridge

If you missed out last year, the Miyazaki Film Fest is back, alongside Perth Festival. With free screenings almost every night of Feb at the Northbridge Piazza, you can catch all your Studio Ghibli faves with either English or Japanese audio! If you aren’t sure what the heck we’re talking about, take your first step on your journey as a life-long addict of these films here.

Scarborough Sunset Markets | Every Thursday Night In February

Scarborough

Welp, there’s not much convincing necessary for this one—delicious food, thirst-quenching bevs, live music and pop-up stores, all by the sea at sunset? Why would you want to spend your Thursday night anywhere else? The construction site that has been Scarborough beach has taken a bit of a toll on local businesses and the lifestyle itself, so it’s time to get back out and about and make the most of summer at one of Perth’s most iconic beachfronts!

BYO At Fremantle Markets | Every Friday Night in February

Fremantle

If you haven’t heard, you can now BYO to the Fremantle Markets every Friday night. Yes, you'll have to splurge on a $10 bottle of wine and buy some dinner, but getting to fill your belly with all your favourite eats and enjoy the sweet sounds of vinyl with a live DJ while sipping on your reasonably priced, store-bought vino is priceless. 

Mount Hawthorn Hawkers Market | Every Friday Night in February

Mount Hawthorn

We Perthies just can’t go past a food market, can we? There’s nothing like satisfying the watering tastebuds that come from lining up for food by inhaling your freshly made, delicious eats while still standing. The Mt Hawthorn Hawkers Market is no exception, with some of our faves showing up like What The Bao, Shak Shuka and Simply Paella. If you're really trying to pinch your pennies, share some food and then sit back and enjoy this beautiful pocket of Perth with live music.

Harbour Sundays | Every Sunday Night in February

Fremantle

If you haven’t yet realised how damn beautiful the WA Maritime Museum is, now is the time to get down to Harbour Sundays and appreciate. RTRFM is bringing us four free shows in Feb out on the museum’s balcony at sunset, featuring music from a diverse array of genres—they’ve got soul, jazz, Cuban salsa, folk, rock and reggae. What a way to prepare for Monday…

Inglewood Night Markets | Every Monday Night in February

Inglewood

There’s something about ‘that end’ of Beaufort street—it just keeps getting better and better. There’s no better way to enjoy it than wandering through the Inglewood Night Markets on a slow Monday evening, with tasty eats galore. This really is one of the best food markets in Perth and who wants to cook on a Monday, anyway?

AFLW at Optus Stadium | 10 February

Burswood

Guys, the bloody AFLW is opening footy’s proceedings at the brand new Optus Stadium, with the Fremantle women’s team versing Collingwood in the first ever game of footy the stadium’s seen. With a $2 entry fee that goes straight to charity (seriously women are great), we reckon this is as good as free. 

Let’s Go Surfing Day | 17 February

Leighton Beach

Anyone who’s been down to Leighton to volunteer in the water for the Disabled Surfers Association knows how much fun this is. What better way to spend a beautiful, sunny February morning than down at the beach, helping improve the quality of life of disabled Australians through surfing? Stay for the BBQ and awards ceremony and watch the smiles on everyone’s faces grow to breaking point!

Chinese New Year Fair | 18 February

Northbridge

Celebrate all the best our multiculturalism has to offer at this Chinese New Year celebration put on by the Chung Wah Association. Taking up basically all of Northbridge, this party has lion and dragon dancing throughout the day and night on James Street, Lake Street and Roe Street, plus a parade, food stalls and pop-ups and a concert. A great way to set the night off to a roaring start!

Rottnest Channel Swim | 24 February

Cottesloe/Rottnest

Yes, we know, a ferry ticket to Rottnest is not even close to being free. But you've got two options, my frugal friends. Find someone who owns a boat and score a ride over there, or just head down to Cott beach to watch the swimmers take off, then go and treat yourself a coffee—because $4 is much cheaper than a ferry ticket. 

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The best western food in Chiang Mai

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

If there’s one thing in the world everyone can mutually agree on it’s this: Thai food is delicious! And while every tourist who visits Thailand to devour pizza, steak and other western dishes should be ashamed of themselves – as an expat it’s good to know where to go when that craving for western food […]

Whataburger giving away free meals for a year to winning couples in Valentine’s Day contest

Whataburger giving away free meals for a year to winning couples in Valentine’s Day contest

by Matthew Odam @ The Feed

Ah, who doesn’t remember the thrill of reading flirtatious notes of Valentine’s-driven affection from your sweetheart or secret admirer as a kid?

Whataburger is tapping into our love of nostalgia (and Whataburger) by

While fancy ...

The Sandwich That Ate the World - Roads & Kingdoms

The Sandwich That Ate the World - Roads & Kingdoms


Roads & Kingdoms

On the hunt through Saigon, in search of the past, present, and future of the banh mi.

Recipe: Easy green chili with chicken in the Instant Pot | Chili verde con pollo

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

Sunday is the Super Bowl, and if you’re hosting or going to a potluck, here’s an easy, game-worthy dish. Even better, it’s healthy for those of you who are trying to eat less carbs this year. Best yet, you can pull the whole thing together in less than an hour in your Instant Pot. I’ve […]

Winter Carnival drew more than half a million to Rice Park and towering Ice Palace

Winter Carnival drew more than half a million to Rice Park and towering Ice Palace

by Kathy Berdan @ Twin Cities

More than a half-million people visited Rice Park and the seven-story ice palace towering over festivities during the extended 132nd St. Paul Winter Carnival, which wrapped up Sunday. “We’re very happy with how the 17 days went,” said Deb Schaber, president of the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, which sponsors the annual winter festival. […]

Melbourne’s Cult Burger Joint Huxtaburger Is Coming To Perth This Year!

Melbourne’s Cult Burger Joint Huxtaburger Is Coming To Perth This Year!

by Anna Franklyn @ The A List | The Urban List

2018 is set to be a big year for Perth burger fans. We've already had Short Order Burger Co set up shop in the city, then we had In-N-Out pop up for a day, and now we're getting Melbourne's cult burger joint Huxtaburger in Perth this year!

After opening six restaurants in Melbourne, Huxtaburger has chosen P-town as the home for its next burger joint and it will be joining the legions of amazing restaurants set to open in Hibernian Place on Hay Street in the CBD. 

If you haven't had the pleasure of visiting Huxtaburger in Melbourne, then let us tell you what you've been missing out on. Think sweet bread buns filled with grass-fed beef, jalapenos, sriracha mayo and all the other good stuff, or go for the fried chicken with jalapeno mayo and slaw. Of course, they do your classic burgers and cheeseburgers—and gosh darn they are good—and if you're vego they've got you covered too with a couple of killer veggie options—spicy bean and quinoa patty anyone?

But the burger that will have you lining up on opening day has got to be the cheesus—double grass-fed beef patty, double cheese, cheesy mayo, mustard, tomato sauce and pickles.

We're keeping our fingers crossed that they'll be bringing their ice cream burger and, more importantly, their happy hour to Perth, because $5 beers and wines are what we're all about.

While you wait for these guys to arrive, here are Perth's best burgers.

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One Big Family

One Big Family

by zoomeboshi @ zoomeboshi

Brent Jones is a friend who takes his Canon EOS 5D Mark IV on all his outings. He uses a telephoto lens quite a bit, taking pictures of many animals ‘up close.’ His recent visit to Woodland Park Zoo here in Seattle a week ago had many excellent subjects, none more endearing than the orangutan, […]

Minneapolis woman ordered detained on St. Kate’s arson, terror charges

Minneapolis woman ordered detained on St. Kate’s arson, terror charges

by The Associated Press @ Twin Cities

A Minnesota woman who is accused of trying to travel to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida was “self-radicalized” and intended to kill people when she set several fires on a college campus last month, a federal prosecutor argued Monday. Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 19, of Minneapolis, was arrested last month after allegedly setting nine fires at St. […]

Get Your Sweat On | Where To Workout Down South

Get Your Sweat On | Where To Workout Down South

by Rosie Gregory @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s likely that when you head down south for a getaway the last thing on your mind is getting sweaty—unless it’s while tanning on one of the epic surf beaches or cruising around on a cellar-door crawl that is. But our very own adventure playground is home to a growing number of incredible yoga, Pilates and fitness studios that are well worth checking out. So, when you’re not hitting the surf, hiking the coastal tracks or taste tasting some vino, here’s your guide on where to workout down south.

The Movement South West

Dunsborough

Owners Shelby Walsh and Callum Foster are the dynamic duo behind The Movement South West—our favourite spot to swing by for a sweat session down south. With HIIT, strength and conditioning, functional fitness and RPM classes on offer, there is always space for another player in this team. Just expect to sweat bucket loads.

Wellgevity

Dunsborough

From her in-house custom built studio (or outdoor ballet barre if you’re lucky!) Bec Dewar runs Wellgevity—a small group, semi-private and 1-1 studio that specialises in Pilates, Barre and mindful movement modalities. Aiming to create wellness through movement, this is the place to come if you want a workout that will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised! She also specifically caters for peeps who are visiting the region for events like weddings and girls' getaways.

OM Time Yoga

Dunsborough

Far removed from the trending “workout focused” yoga classes creeping into gym timetables OM Time Yoga focuses on nourishing, restorative yoga practices so you know you'll leave feeling zen. Based in the Pranayama (that's the yogi term for the practice of breath, FYI) and with experience in Ashtanga, Vinyassa, Reiki and Quantum Touch, Mel’s classes are designed to help you tune inwards, and let's face it, we could all use a bit of that. 

Aerial Physio At Movement Solutions

Margaret River

For a unique experience in Margaret River, you might fancy Aerial Physio. The classes combine yoga, Pilates and a little bit of circus for a workout that enhances your flexibility, strength and coordination! Never been suspense mid-air in an aerial hammock before? No worries! You will be fully supported in the non-impact but core-burning workout, which helps reverse the effects of gravity. 

Yoga By The Bay

Dunsborough

Capitalising on the beauty of the South West coastline, Yoga By The Bay runs daily sessions on the Dunsborough foreshore and Sunday sessions at Eagle Bay community hall. As you soak up the ocean vibes and breathe deeply into the salty air, these seaside classes will have you flowing, stretching and strengthening with a mix of Hatha and Vinyassa Yoga practices. 

Yoga South West

Dunsborough

Sharing the same site as The Movement South West sits one of the most popular yoga studios in the region. Yoga South West offers classes entrenched in the authentic yoga lineages of Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Yin, so you can select your session depending on the time of day and your holiday mood.  Just remember to get in early though, the studio packs out with devoted regulars and holidaymakers eager to get bendy and it isn’t uncommon for the class to hit capacity well before the first sun salutation of the morning.

New Life Reformer Pilates

Dunsborough

New Life Pilates Studio owner, Andree Lupton, has a weaponry of knowledge behind her and an eagle eye for picking out any cheating on technique! In her small group circuit classes, you'll work your entire body as you activate, flex, stretch and tone. As she hones in on your alignment and function, you’ll be sweating up a storm (didn’t we tell you those small Pilates movements can be seriously hard!)

Down South Physio And Sports Rehab

Dunsborough

If you've got an injury and thought you could use that as an excuse to chill out, sorry, but you can't. The team at Down South Physio and Sports Rehab facilitate specific physio-led rehabilitation sessions to get you back up and running, or hitting the surf, ASAP. Offering sport/surf specific sessions, alongside classes suitable for the over 60s and “prehab” conditioning (that’s bullet-proofing your body before injury strikes) a heap of the treatment options may also be covered by private health insurance. Win.

KT Personal Training

Dunsborough

KT Personal Training has long been one of the most popular Dunsborough personal training facilities for 1-1, duo or small group personal training sessions, as well as outdoor boot camps. With a multifaceted approach—your training session might cross between strength and conditioning drills to specific rehabilitation on the Pilates reformer—the focus here is on helping you achieve your long-term health and fitness goals, even if you're only down south for a couple of weeks.

ZenDen Yoga

Dunsborough

The Zen Den Collective is a collaborative studio of independent yogis and teachers who offer a whole spread of classes from dynamic flow classes and naturopathy to crystal bowl healing and chakra dancing. There’s even a Yoga for Blokes class. If you’re looking for something a little different, you can always try out a SUP yoga session in the pristine Geographe Bay!

CrossFit Margaret River

Margaret River

CrossFit Margaret River offers strength and conditioning group classes, personal training and nutritional guidance for all fitness levels. Regardless of your experience, there is a crew of qualified trainers on hand to coach you through the challenging workouts and weekly beginner’s classes on offer specifically for first timers. The community of friends sweating through the WOD’s are constantly encouraging each other and the doors always open for experienced or travelling CrossFit athletes dropping by.

Mocean Fitness

Margaret River

Ninja Warrior fans listen up! Janet Smith—she reached the Australian semi-finals FYI—is the head coach at Mocean Fitness! Running the only licensed workouts on the River Mouth Beach, you’ll be flipping tyres on the sand, running sprints or carrying pine poles above your head. Back in the gym, you can try out functional fitness circuits, boxing fusion classes or a ZUU session—a programme using bodyweight exercises to hone your primal movement skills. For something truly unique, try testing your own ninja skills in the custom created Ninja Fit class—maybe we’ll be seeing you on TV next?!

F45 Training

Margaret River and Vasse

Fan of the sweeping success that is F45? Then you’re in luck as the franchise now has an official outpost in Margaret River and one in Vasse. Boost your fitness levels, sculpt out lean muscle and lower body fat percentage, all in just 45 minutes! But the deal gets even sweeter, with a seven-day free trial available for all F45 first timers, so you can kick into beast mode for a week of workouts down south!

Looking for workout classes in Perth? Click here.

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Celebrating Tet in Saigon

by Jimmy @

As a child, every year we always celebrated Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) as it was the most important date in the yearly calendar. It was also be a date that I would dread yet enjoy at the same time. The day would start my … Read all about it!

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One Day in Da Nang: The Essential Guide

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

My digital nomad life led me to Da Nang – one of the rapidly developing cities in Vietnam. I chose it mostly because it was by the sea and the internet was supposed to be good. I expected it to be different than Thailand, but I didn’t expect it to be so fascinating and beautiful. […]

Marina Square – 1-For-1 Buffets, Chirashi, Oysters, Amazing Dining Discounts And FREE E-Vouchers

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

1-for-1 Buffets, 1-for-1 Chirashi Don, 1-for-1 Oysters, $5 off your favourite meal, 10-20% OFF your dining bill… these are just some of the incredible dining deals found at Marina Square. Marina Square has just launched an all-NEW app, which includes over 100 dining and shopping deals exclusively via the app (download from App Store or Google Play). If you are going to dine at Marina Square, I would encourage you to use the app to enjoy all the cost-savings. Redemption of the deals is extremely easy: just open the app, click on “Deals”, scan the QR code and enjoy the promotion! Here are 10 Restaurant & Cafes found at Marina Square, and the Special Dining Deals they offer: reDPan #02-03/04 Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm, extended till 11pm on Fridays Marina Square App Deal: FREE house beverage with every main purchase Set up by DP Architects and The Food Explorer Group behind Cookyn Inc and Grub, redpan is all about “local fun dining”. Their best-selling dish continues to be the Prawn & Hae Bi Hiam Pasta ($19), tossed with sakura ebi and sautéed prawns, using a house-made paste from Chef Mervyn Phan’s (from Cookyn) grandmother’s recipe. Also look out for the Bak Chor Foie Gras Pasta ($19) which provides a new interpretation to one of our favourite local dish, added with foie gras; and Cold Pasta with House-Cured Salmon ($20) aromatic with a touch of truffle oil. Get the house-concocted beverage such as the refreshing Roselle Sour Plum Soda, Lychee Earl Grey Tea, or Lemongrass with Gula Melaka. Emporium Shokuhin – Senmi Sushi #01-18 Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Marina Square App Deal: 1-for-1 Chirashi Don & Hokkaido Don Freshness is the key to all the thick-cut sashimi slices and sushi offered at Senmi Sushi. I am a personal fan...

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Finding the best Banh Mi of Saigon - Vietnam Travel Tips

Finding the best Banh Mi of Saigon - Vietnam Travel Tips


Vietnam-Visa.com: Vietnam Visa on Arrival

If Pho is to Hanoi, Banh mi is to Ho Chi Minh City. Check it out here with travel news on Vietnam-visa.com

10 #Fitspo Health Nuts To Follow On Instagram RN

10 #Fitspo Health Nuts To Follow On Instagram RN

by Rosie Gregory @ The A List | The Urban List

If we're going to spend five hours a day on our phone, we might as well spend a couple of those stalking some #fitspo bosses and *trying* to get motivated. We're a bit over the photo-shopped, booty shots touting yet another brand of protein shaker, so this year, we’re all about following relatable, positive and uplifting peeps in our feeds.

From the resident big names to micro influencers changing up the online scene, here is our list of the top fitspo Instagram accounts to follow right now.  

Sarah’s Day

Handle: @sarahs_day Follow for: Pure Positivity, Holistic Fitness And Lols.

She’s YouTube's holistic health princess and with a devoted #sezzysquad of 360k following her every move on Insta, this lifestyle and fitness star will make you want to put down the chocolate and reach for a bliss ball. From her HIIT workout e-book to teaming up with The Health Lab to release her own range of protein balls, this is one fit chick on a mission to inspire—all while keeping up a wild sense of humour and refreshingly positive outlook. Always aiming to stay relatable and down to earth, she has also been documenting her struggles with hormonal health issues lately and we love her even more for it.

 

And this, my sissy’s... THIS is how I maintain my healthy diet. Sure I overeat and struggle with portion control every now and then, but I genuinely LOVE my diet and get excited over food. I hear so many people opening up about their struggles in sticking to their ‘diet’ or trying to eliminate junk food. I used to think that eating healthy just meant chicken, greens and brown rice ����‍♀️ #yawwwwnnn I eat a highly Paleo, plant-based diet which changes with the season and whatever produce is available. I love trying new veggies, fruits and salad combos to keep it fresh and exciting! Pretty much every ingredient here is classified as a superfood in its own right. Purple cabbage and cacao nibs are loaded with antioxidants which fight free radicals and promote cell regeneration. Brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds will help bring a radiant glow to your skin and the salted caramel @loving_earth chocolate which is predominantly virgin cacao butter, an ingredient known to help prevent aging, skin issues and hair loss (I actually use raw cacao butter in the shower as a full body moisteriser ����) If you’re feeling demotivated or bored with your healthy diet, I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and try a brand new vegetable or fruit. Enjoying your meals and being excited about food is honestly the one major tip I could give you in terms of maintaining a healthy diet✨

A post shared by Sarah (@sarahs_day) on Jan 27, 2018 at 8:43pm PST

Want more? Here's the lazy person's guide to fitspo.

Image credit: Sjana Elise

Our Hunt For The Best Banh Mi In HCMC - NGJUANN.COM

Our Hunt For The Best Banh Mi In HCMC - NGJUANN.COM


NGJUANN.COM

These 3 are places where most people online recommend we go to. They say it’s the “Best 3 Banh Mi In HCMC”. Well, we, with our chinese tastebuds went on a little banh mi marathon one day and tried them all. Here’s the verdict. First thing to note. Out of the 3 featured here, only 1 opens in the morning and the other 2 opens in the evenings only. So be sure to check the operating hours before going. All…

Suggestions and reviews for Mekong Delta Tour – My Tho in 1 day

by Admin @ Vinaday Travel – A Leading Tour Operator

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Peaceful and poetic, My Tho is a favorite destination for anyone who seeks for refreshment and recharging after relentless working days. Going on this My Tho 1 day tour, we’ll make sure to give you good impression about Vietnamese landscape, people and culture. Mekong Delta Tour (My Tho) in 1 day […]

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Best banh mi in Saigon

by admin @ Explore SonDoong Cave

Having earned a place on the global food map, the simple Vietnamese banh mi, whose fillings include grilled pork, liver pâté, cold cuts and cucumber slices, Vietnamese pickles and cilantro coated with a swipe of mayonnaise sauce, gives you a real taste of Vietnam. To get more information, you can click: boat ho chi minh to

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Sweet pick-me-up: Free tiramisu for Panino Giusto anniversary

by Linda Zavoral @ BayArea

Let’s see, the traditional gift for a 25th anniversary is silver. And for a 40th, ruby. So one must celebrate a 39th anniversary with, uh, tiramisu? At least that’s what they’re doing at Panino Giusto. And you don’t have to bring the tiramisu to them. They will give it to you, for free. On Thursday, Feb. 8, […]

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is co-owner of this downtown Austin restaurant

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is co-owner of this downtown Austin restaurant

by Matthew Odam @ The Feed

Tom Brady might not eat dairy or fruit or bread or anything else fun, but something tells me Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has an appreciation for some savory food. Not only did he ...

Shopping in Chiang Mai: The Best Markets, Boutiques and Malls

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

One of the reasons why tourists visit Chiang Mai is shopping. The city is known mainly because of the Sunday and Saturday markets and the Night Bazaar, which spread across the main streets. These are usually very busy and crowded affairs. It is worth going to one of them to see the great selection of […]

Banh Mi Blind Taste Test at Christina’s Headquarters - The Christina's Blog

Banh Mi Blind Taste Test at Christina’s Headquarters - The Christina's Blog


The Christina's Blog

Christina’s held an extremely important, once in a life time event on the 24th of March, 2017. A Banh mi blind-taste test to find the best banh mi in town.

The Yummiest Nha Trang Street Food – Nha Trang What to Eat Tips

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Nha Trang Street Food Guide : Nha Trang is a leading beach city in Vietnam, being well-known for enthralling beaches, fantastic scuba diving, and yummy delicacies with the freshest seafood

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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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How to travel from Hanoi to Hue by bus

by admin @ Explore SonDoong Cave

If you are not going on a generous budget, bus should be the best means of transportation to get from Hanoi capital city to Hue City in the Central Vietnam – the city of many historical monuments, spectacular beaches and romantic landscape. To get more information, you can click: Indochina tours and Vietnam From Hanoi

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Midnight at Cuppage Plaza: Where Japanese Salarymen Keep Loneliness at Bay

by Benjamin Lim @ RICE

Along Orchard Road lies a faux Little Tokyo that is known for its racy activities.

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The Only Perth Gig Guide You Need This February

The Only Perth Gig Guide You Need This February

by Pim Pattanasuk @ The A List | The Urban List

February might be the shortest month of the year but hooly dooly, it sure isn’t short of A-grade gigs for y’all to attend. From intimate shows to concerts and festivals, these are just some of the many reasons we adore our wonderful city and all the local, national and international talent it brings!

Here is the only Perth gig guide you need this February!

Hidden At Belvoir Amphitheatre

Upper Swan, Saturday 3 February

Boy oh boy this one is set to be a belter. With heavy weights such as Wiley, Joyryde, Shockone, Megalodon B2b Skism, Dirtyphonics, P Money, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Twerl and Avance on the line up, the vibes will be oh so real inside that bowl come opening weekend of February. If you’re a fan of bass, this will be the peanut butter to your strawberry jam. Get tix here

James Zabiela At The Blue Flamingo

Leederville, Sunday 4

One of our treasured courtyards will turn into a Sunday fun day for all house heads to unite. James Zabiela is no stranger to the wonderful team at Habitat, his talent in mixing genres has earnt a whole lot of respect so come check this legend out. Get tix here

Kaitlin Keegan At The Bird

Northbridge, Friday 9

Perth-bred babe Kaitlin Keegan is putting out her debut EP and she’s launching it at The Bird! We absolutely love local talent, especially when they've got a voice like Kaitlin's. Find more info here

Block Party: Perth Festival // Lab Six at Chevron Gardens

Elizabeth Quay, Saturday 10

If you’ve been to a block party, you know the lads know how to throw a heaver. Supporting all things local and fun—the beatmakers behind this event will be local legends Aidan McGrory, Ludovic, Soulsby, Hann, Ishka, Kid Caird, Maxwell, Midsole, Kayote, VK, Jeremy Smith and Chang. Hangry? Thirstyyy? There’ll be eats from some of Perth’s go to venues such as The Standard, Lalla Rookh and Sauma which you can pair with drinks from Vasse Felix, Feral Brewing Company, Coopers & more! Hells yeah! Buy tix here.

Preditah At Tetsuo NC

Northbridge, Saturday 10

Grime, Garage, House—this UK producer is a man who likes to stretch his talents, and he does not fail. Preditah is the official DJ for UK label Boy Better Know (BBK) and has worked with the likes of Skepta, JME, Wiley, P Money and just about every other grime lord you can think of. If you’re game, get down to Tetsuo to spit some bars. Get tix here

Laneway Festival 

Fremantle, Sunday 11  

We enjoy a festival as much as the next person but when you have names like Amy Shark, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Bonobo, ODESZA, POND and TOKiMONSTA gracing Perth with their divine presence, it’s just too hard to say no. Not mention Perth champ T$oko added to the bill! Happening in beautiful Freo, a sunny Sunday spent in the pretty town grooving to sick tunes, there is no better end to the weekend. Get tix here

Tribute to Adele At Ellington Jazz Club

Northbridge, Monday 12

Helllllooooo from the otherrrrr sideeeee! If it isn’t a whole evening dedicated to one of the greatest voices of our generation. Our vocal cords are so ready to do their best in TRYING to match Adele’s (praise her). Come roll in the deep with us! Get tix here.

Hot Dub Wine Machine At Oakover Grounds

Upper Swan, Saturday 17

We low-key freaked out when we heard Hot Dub Time Machine was coming back and get filthy smack bang in one of our beloved wine regions #WestIsBest. Bringing along other cool friends such as Sneaky Sound System, The Kite String Tangle, Touch Sensitive, Luke Million, Owl Eyes, Luen Jacobs, Falcona Djs and host, Tom Tilley, this is probs a party you’re not going to want to miss. It's gon’ get cray’ all up in the hills. Get tix here

One Day Sundays At Noodle Palace

Elizabeth Quay, Sunday 18

Look, noodles may be lacking in this palace but there’s oodles of bangers to make up for it. Perth’s fave Hip Hop party is locked and loaded to throw their biggest yet! With a series of sold out events, DJs Joyride and Nick Lupi (Spit Syndicate) Aslan, Gravy, Amber Akilla and Klean Kicks will be pumping out jams left, right and centre for you animals. With a combo of city and river views, plus delish eats and pop up bars for us thirsty lot, there really isn’t a greater combo. Get tix here

Franky Rizardo, Sam Divine And Low Steppa At Coast Port Beach

North Fremantle, Sunday 18

Why go to Europe when the talent is coming here? Right on charming Port Beach, imagine some of the best house music on offer playing in the background whilst you enjoy a few too many cold ones with your mates as you watch our unbeatable sunset before dancing your way into the night. Add Franky Rizardo, Sam Divine and Low Steppa into the mix, would be rude not too? Get tix here

George Maple At Villa Nightclub

Northbridge, Saturday 24

Perthies, prepare to be spellbound by this striking, sultry and hypnotizing soul as she casts her magic upon us. Having collaborated with names such as What So Not, Tkay Maidza, Flume, Bauuer, Rome Fortune, GoldLink and DJ Snake, just to name a few, it’s no wonder this Aussie beauty has created a magnificent wave for herself. With a voice that enthrals an audience, she’s been one to follow and we’re more than in love with her album ‘Lover’. Get tix here

Laurent Garnier And Pan-Pot At Old Swan Barracks

Perth, Sunday 25

PSA to house and techno heads! After a ripper debut last summer in Sydney and Melbourne, Tell No Tales is venturing over to our fine city for its debut edition, and where else than at the Old Swan Barracks? Stunning we know. Bringing seriously cool friends with them to set all the vibes and play all the tunes, Laurent Garnier and Pan-Pot, we’re doing our due diligence in giving y’all a heads up as this will be one hell of a shindig. Get tix here

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The Savory 16: Vote for your favorite tacos in this round

by Jessica Yadegaran @ BayArea

Whether you’re a San Jose taqueria fan or a Concord carnitas devotee, there’s no question that the Bay Area’s taco scene rocks. But which one is the Top Tortilla? On Sunday, we asked readers to be judge, jury and eater — and help us choose the best of the Bay Area’s tacos, bracket-style. We offered up 32 […]

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Hyde Park Gets First Neapolitan Pizza Option

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

Neapolitan pizza joints have been cropping up all over Chicago the past few years, but none had opened in Hyde Park, until recently. One of Lincoln Park’s best pizza makers closed her shop a few months ago, re-opening in a brand new dorm on the University of Chicago campus, where they’ve expanded their menu. Nella […]

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Happy Farm Tien Giang

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

Barbara Adam and her kids explore a family-friendly homestay in the Mekong Delta, Happy Farm Tien Giang. Within three minutes of arriving at Happy Farm ...

Okonomi: a perfect Japanese breakfast

by tshi @ what shi eats

Okonomi 150 Ainslie St Brooklyn, NY 11211 We were told the wait was two and a half hours. We waited two full hours. And. It. Was. Worth. It. Okonomi is a tiiiiiny little Japanese restaurant tucked away on the north side of Williamsburg. It opens from 9am-3pm on weekdays, and 10am-4pm on weekends (at night, … Continue reading Okonomi: a perfect Japanese breakfast

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As It Recovers From Harvey, Montgomery County Looks For Regional Solutions To Ease Flooding

As It Recovers From Harvey, Montgomery County Looks For Regional Solutions To Ease Flooding

by Gail Delaughter @ Houston Public Media

The City of Houston got lots of media attention after Harvey’s floods but other places are also still recovering. That includes Montgomery County, where officials say they need over a billion dollars for rebuilding and storm mitigation

A short guide to Had Rin

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Had Rin is a small town, located on thee beautiful island of Koh Phangan, in the south of Thailand. It is mostly famous for its full moon parties – monthly events, frequented by thousands of young people looking for cheap booze, loud music and good fun. I have been coming to Had Rin every year […]

Southern Food Inspired by Mississippi Delta in Wicker Park

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

There are, of course, restaurants in the Chicago area that specialize in Southern food, but most of them tend to stick to the same script: fried catfish or chicken, biscuits and a plate of shrimp and grits. However, there’s a new restaurant in Wicker Park, The Delta, where they’re focusing in on the food from the […]

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In His First Year As Attorney General, Sessions Transforms Justice In Key Ways

by Carrie Johnson, NPR @ Houston Public Media

In one year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has managed to transform the Justice Department in the areas of civil rights, immigration and drug policy

How to throw a Galentine’s Day party for your best pals

by BayArea.com team @ BayArea

Sure, Valentine’s Day and its hearts and lacy cards are just around the corner. But we have always loved Galentine’s Day — and especially this year, when the once-fictional holiday comes in the wake of massive women’s marches and the launch of the #TimesUp movement. The once-fictional holiday — which has become a real thing, complete with […]

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The Chill Riverside Town of Kampot, Cambodia

by Tiffany @ Two Peas in a Plane

The beauty of having a flexible schedule when traveling is being able to discover towns you wouldn’t have visited otherwise.  As we were planning our route throughout Cambodia, Sihanoukville was a town that was mentioned a lot within the backpacking circuit and we were getting a lot of mixed reviews about the place.  With the […]

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5 of the tastiest banh mi sandwiches in Seattle

5 of the tastiest banh mi sandwiches in Seattle


Seattle Refined

Trying to determine the best banh mi sandwich in Seattle can inspire a lot of debate. Soft bread or crunchy? Meat or tofu? Lots of jalapeños or no? No matter what your favorite style is of banh mi, here are five sandwiches that are sure to leave you satisfied.

Best Danang Seafood Restaurants – Where to eat in Da Nang

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Best Danang seafood restaurants is one of the most wanted information since 5 years. With the rapid development, Danang becomes not only the most-worth living city but also a very

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Ladyboys: The third gender in Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

What comes to your mind when you think of Thailand? I know what you will say. You will probably tell me about paradise beaches, palm trees, good food, temples, Buddha statues and scooters. Then, with a bit of irony and humour, you will mention go – go bars and ladyboys. You might even wink at […]

How to find an apartment in Chiang Mai

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Chiang Mai is the most popular location for expats in the north of Thailand. It is full of hostels, hotels and apartment buildings, which are available to rent in different prices. A room in a condominium can cost only 4,000 Baht per month, plus bills. But how to find an apartment in Chiang Mai if […]

Street Food: Best Banh Mi in Ho Chi Minh City - The Mad Traveler

Street Food: Best Banh Mi in Ho Chi Minh City - The Mad Traveler


The Mad Traveler

Among the list of best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City over at TripAdvisor is a street food cart. But

Episode 3: Fashion Experts And The Best Banh Mi In Saigon | Houston Public Media

Episode 3: Fashion Experts And The Best Banh Mi In Saigon | Houston Public Media


Houston Public Media

Day three in Saigon was a study in contrasts: hi/lo shopping, street food and even portable karaoke.

How To Learn A Language In Perth

How To Learn A Language In Perth

by Lisa Fromont @ The A List | The Urban List

Whether we’re ordering some exotic food, mingling with tourists, or if just want to order a coffee while in Europe, branching out from English has muchos beneficios. There’s no such thing as one-language-fits-all, and nothing makes a person more interesting than when they can roll their R’s when they need to. With this in mind, we’ve put together six ways to learn a new language in Sydney.

#1 Let Your Language Teacher Sleep On Your Couch    

You’ve heard it a hundred times: practice makes perfect! But, chances are, you’re living with people who have no idea what to say when you ask them “Parlez vous francais?” (stating the obvious a bit here, but the answer would be “Non”). The good news is, there are travellers out there whose first language is the one you want to learn—and they’re looking for somewhere to stay. TalkTalkBnb lets you connect with such travellers. They get a place to crash, and your French skills become magnifique!

#2 Download An App

Bless smartphones. Like everything in our lives, learning a language can be cheap, fun and easy, thanks to genius apps. Duolingo, Babbel and Memrise are just three interactive language classes that’ll fit in your pocket—and they’re always ready when you are. We’re a city of busy folk, so scheduling in language lessons ain’t always an option. Having an app means you can slip a lesson into any free slot in your timetable, and most have features that let you track your progress and learn with friends.

#3 Get Some Amigas Into It

If you know a special multilingual someone, keep in mind that every Perthling will help you out if you shout them a coffee. Swap a chai latte for some “parler”, and let them make fun of you when you pronounce things wrong—you’ll never stuff it up again. Alternatively, start from scratch with a fellow monolingual friend and learn together. A bit of competition will keep you motivated and very soon you’ll know all the swear words! Whatever the lingo-level of your buddy, they’ll be great for practising with and are guaranteed to keep it fun.

#4 Take A Class

A bit like a gym membership, signing up for classes means you actually have to get off Instagram and get your ass into gear. From Cantonese to Portuguese, there are classes for all sorts of languages in Perth. The Multicultural Language Centre has courses for Italian, French and Portuguese, UWA's Confucius Institute offers courses in Chinese language and culture and Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth offers Indonesian language classes. For those who need a little discipline to keep up with lessons, signing up for a class will keep you on track, and you know they’ll teach you what you really need to learn (how to order fried chicken, hopefully).

#5 Set Some Goals

Most of us want to learn a language because we dream of travelling, but it’s hard to keep our lessons on track when we have no use for our newly-learned phrases. Turn your dreams into boarding passes—there’s nothing like being plopped in the middle of a foreign country to improve your language skills. Seriously though, if you can, make some travel plans. Tourists get mega brownie points if they’ve made an effort to learn the local language and being in a country where it’s a necessity means you’ll pick it up fast. Set a date, and learn as much as you can before you fly out. Once you’re there, mingle with the locals and watch the conversation get better every day.

#6 Ask Ricky Martin For Help

Why do we remember all the lyrics to Party In The USA but we forget how to count past 10 in Spanish as soon as we leave school? Music is the key to memory, folks and, potentially the key to multilingualism. Listen to your favourite songs translated into the language you wanna learn (you can start with nursery rhymes) or you can be your own Ricky Martin and put the phases you want to learn into your favourite songs. For example, want to learn how to flirt with Italian people? Change the words to that iconic Miley ballad from “yeeeeeah it’s a party in the USA” to “yeeeeeah posso unirmi a te?” and you’ll always remember how to flirtatiously ask someone if they come here often. Sparks will fly.

For travel inspo, head here.

Image Credit: Alexandre Godreau

The Best Desserts in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

  It’s not always easy to explore Saigon under this unbeatable heat, and sometimes a quick ice cream stop can be the best way to refresh yourself and have enough energy for your adventures here. Fortunately, with a summer all year round, Ho Chi Minh...

My Cheap Eats From New York

by Jimmy @

New York is huge. With the title of  most expensive city to live in the world,it also is America’s most densely populated city. With limited space within resident’s homes for kitchens, you’ll find most people either eating or “taking out” from … Read all about it!

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The Coffee House

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

The Coffee House 14B1 Ngô Tất Tố, Phường 19 Bình Thạnh District 02871 087 088 www.thecoffeehouse.com ********************** OK, so I was ready to strangle someone at my apartment house. Today’s plan was to relax, enjoy my jet-lag in the quiet air-conditioned comfort of our new apartment here in Saigon; update some Eating Saigon! posts; and [Read on ...]

Alice Waters Talks About Her Life, New Book

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

On this week’s edition of The Feed Podcast, Rick Bayless and I sit down with the legendary chef, author and activist, Alice Waters, to talk about her storied career, how she launched Chez Panisse 46 years ago, and her new book, “Coming To My Senses.” Hope you enjoy the show.

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Somerset’s Vegetarian Tartar a Stunner

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

The team behind restaurants such as Boka and Momotaro has opened Somerset, its latest project next to the gleaming new Viceroy Hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The restaurant features an all-American menu, but I thought two dishes in particular stood out. I asked Chef Lee Wolen to show me how, exactly, he makes them.

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Correction: Yes, the Holy Rollers are still a Texas Roller Derby team

Correction: Yes, the Holy Rollers are still a Texas Roller Derby team

by Matthew Odam @ The Feed

In my positive review of chef Callie Speer’s diner Holy Roller last week, I made the mistake of saying that the restaurant shared a name with a defunct roller derby team. The team is not ...

Full Show: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan, And Law Enforcement And The Black Community (Feb. 12, 2018)

by Abner Fletcher @ Houston Public Media

On Monday's Houston Matters: We learn how Pres. Trump's infrastructure plan could affect Houston. The Texas Railroad Commissioner talks about oil and gas expanding to new parts of the state. Then, we revisit the relationship between Houston's African-American community and the police. We get answers to your pet care questions. And MK Bower discusses the latest Houston sports news.

The Best Banh Mi in Saigon - Did You Know All Of Them?

The Best Banh Mi in Saigon - Did You Know All Of Them?


Vinaday Travel - A Leading Tour Operator

Vietnam Travel is always a must-visit destination of many tourists who love to discover and get interesting experiences of cultures in Asia.

The best lobster rolls in Austin will help get you ready to cheer the Patriots in the Super Bowl

The best lobster rolls in Austin will help get you ready to cheer the Patriots in the Super Bowl

by Matthew Odam @ The Feed

Yesterday

More solid lobster roll options in Austin:

Clark’s Oyster Bar. 1200 W. Sixth St. 512-297- 2525, clarksoysterbar.com. The jewel box seafood restaurant from McGuire Moorman Hospitality serves a lobster roll dressed with mayo and ...

13 Amazing Things To Do In Perth This Weekend

13 Amazing Things To Do In Perth This Weekend

by Fran Walker @ The A List | The Urban List

We’re back to two day weekends (for a few weeks anyway) but we’ve got some bangin’ events to kick off February. We’re talking chilli festivals, beer clubs, national pet adoption days and more.

Here are 13 amazing things to do this weekend.

All Weekend

Araluen’s Chilli Festival

Can you handle the heat? Araluen’s Chilli Festival returns for another year with endless amounts of chilli. Chilli sauces, chilli beers, chilli wines, chilli cocktails, chilli doughnuts, chilli chutneys—you name it, they’ve chilli-fied it. There will also be live music and entertainment, including celebrity chef Vince Garreffa who will be on stage showing you how to add some spice to your life at home. Tickets are sold online only so get yours here now.

Gary Tro-ke Karaoke At Fringe World

After selling out time and time again at the Edinburgh Fringe, UK stand-up comedian Gary Tro makes his Australian debut at Fringe World with his hilarious show about his longing to be able to sing. Side note: he can’t. Prepare to leave this show with killer abs from non-stop laughter. Click here to get your tickets.

Fish And Sips Festival At Port Beach

This festival is here to fill your first weekend in Feb with flavour as it celebrates our fresh seafood, award winning wine and a coastline that never gets old. Happening at the beautiful Port Beach, there’ll be live music, wine tastings, seafood masterclasses, cooking demos and, obvs, lots of pop-up seafood eateries that you can chow down at. With the weekend events opening up to an 18+ crowd only into the night, and names like Swings & Roundabouts on the sponsor list, you can probably expect a good time! Get your tickets here.

Thursday 1 February

Blood, Sweat And Fears At Circus WA

Ever since The Greatest Showman came out, we have been seriously considering joining the circus, so it’s not surprising that we’re pumped about Blood, Sweat and Fears presented by Yip Yip Circus. But this isn’t your usual glam circus show. It’s an introspective look into the life of a circus artist, from everything to spinal injuries, broken wrists, dropping with sweat, the adrenaline and more—so it might be just what we need to remind us we’re not quite ready to join the circus. Get your tickets here.

Beer Club At The Left Bank

What better way to kick off February than with the first Beer Club of 2018. Sit back, relax and listen to beer stories, taste the wide range of beer on offer and enjoy some eats, what more could you want? Oh, you want a beer glass? No problem, you get to take your own beer glass home—because who doesn’t love free stuff? Tickets are only $10 so what are you waiting for? Book your spot here now.

A Table To End Hunger 

This foodie initiative is making big moves to end world hunger, and it all starts today! How does it work? Well, The Hunger Project's A Table To End Hunger has teamed up with a selection of Australia’s best restaurants to save you a (usually very tricky to lock down) seat—all you have to do is bid for it! So yep, turning your V-Day date into a noble act of charity is straight-up that easy: bid on a table, eat, change the world, and don’t forget to take your make up off before bed—all in a day's work, really. Start bidding here.

Friday 2 February

Green Day’s American Idiot At Crown Theatre

Green Day’s American Idiot national tour finally comes to Perth this weekend. The award-winning Broadway phenomenon is one not to be missed and will be showing at Crown Theatre until Sunday 11 February. Don’t know what the musical is about? Well, in a nutshell, it’s about three boyhood friends who are searching for meaning in a post 9/11, ‘Trumpian’ suburbia, and yes, of course, features the music of Greenday. Grab your tickets here now.

The Edison Bar And Eats First Birthday

Join the team at The Edison tomorrow night to help celebrate their first birthday! There will be half price cocktails, wine, bubbles and beer from 6pm and free canapés until 10 pm, and of course, free entry. Friday night plans sorted. For more information, click here.

Saturday 3 February

The Waifs And Kasey Chambers At Kings Park

Enjoy a night under the stars with The Waifs and Kasey Chambers performing an exclusive show at Kings Park. Special guests Lior and Stella Donnelly will also be performing, so you better believe this will be one chilled out Saturday night. Click here to get your tickets.

Doggie Dinner Movie Night In Maylands

Yep, that’s right, dreams do come true. Maylands Sports and Recreational Centre will be hosting a doggie dinner movie night to help raise money for the Shenton Park Dog Shelter. There will be a dog-themed market, doggie mocktails and Italian food vendors for non-doggies, plus free dog spaghetti when you purchase your movie ticket. There will also be an attempt to break the world record for the largest dog grooming session—and who wouldn’t want to be part of that?!  Lady and the Tramp will be starting at 7:30pm so make sure you’re not late! Grab your tickets here now.

Sunday 4 February

Hello Sunday Morning Dance Party At Pioneer Reserve

What better way to start your Sunday morning than a dance party, right? Hello Sunday Morning is bringing a series of Sunday morning dance parties across Australia, with their newest ambassador Tommy Franklin. The party starts at 10am and its free, so why not skip your last couple of drinks on Saturday night and get up early on Sunday instead. For more information click here.

National Pet Adoption Day

If you’ve been begging your parents for a new family member for a while, this may be the opportunity you’ve been looking for. National Pet Adoption Day is here and not only can you get involved in-store, you can also search for your new furry friend online. Learn about fostering and supporting homeless pets and you can also meet the local community rescue organisations. For more information on the day and which of your local PETstock stores are involved, click here.

De Lish Dessert, Coffee And Gourmet Food Expo At Crown

A day revolving around sweets and coffee, what more could you want in a Sunday? Tickets are only $12.50 and include live cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, a barista challenge, opportunities to try and buy from a range of exhibitors—don’t miss the Crown Cube—chances to win amazing prizes throughout the day, and FREE coffee when you visit the Blacklist Coffee Roasters stand, um yes please! To get your tickets click here.

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Everything You Should Be Binge Watching This Month

Everything You Should Be Binge Watching This Month

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

We’re currently knee deep in awards seasons, but while everyone’s going mental for the latest film to hit the big screen, there’s plenty to watch on the small screen from the comfort of your couch as well. And the best part is, nobody is judging your snack choices at home.

February is going to be hot, so why bother sweating it out at the beach? Work your way back into that couch groove and get watching.

Here’s everything worth streaming this February.

Stan

UnREAL

Season 3

UnREAL is switching it up this season with a Bacheloret…….’Suitress’, so who knows what scandal will unfold.

Ash VS Evil Dead

Season 3

Bruce Campbell is back as he takes on the Evil Dead. Get ready for the usual amount of blood and guts here.

Reign

Season 3

What on earth is Mary Queen Of Scots up to this season? Keep an eye out for when she goes head to head with Queen Elizabeth.

Everything else worth catching:

Will & Grace Taxi Driver RuPaul's Drag Race | Season 3 Inside Llewyn Davis

Netflix

Altered Carbon

Season 1

Based on a novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is about a prisoner who’s consciousness is brought back after laying dormant for 250 years to solve a murder. Some sharp looking sci-fi.

Seven Seconds

Season 1

Follows the story of the hit-and-run of a black teenager by a police offer and the following cover-up.

Ugly Delicious

Season 1

Momofuku owner—and noted Australian burger hater—David Chang travels the world eating weird and wonderful dishes.

Black Lightning

Season 1

A school principal leaves his life behind to return to a life of fighting crime in New Orleans. Interesting?

Coach Snoop

Season 1

Follows Snoop Dogg as he coaches a team of teenagers in the Snoop Youth Football League.

Other shows worth catching:

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction | Part 2 Everything Sucks! | Season 1 Damnation | Season 1 Queer Eye | Season 1 Riverdale | Season 2 The Joel McHale Show | Season 1

Image credit: Netflix

Purist Patisserie – Exquisite Entremet Cakes Found In the Heartlands. Hidden Gem At Kovan

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

It was quite a journey to locate Purist Patisserie, for it was smack right in the middle of a Kovan private housing estate, with no direct train or bus services. Situated at the end of shop houses of The Promenade @ Pelikat, it may be easy to overlook the shop if not for its bright pink interior and rose gold chandelier which caught my attention. Also note its rather limited opening hours, from Fridays to Sundays noon to 6pm. Not the most ideal location to set up a patisserie, but that does not deters Patissier Joanne from pursuing her dreams and setting up a place of her own to showcase her creations. Joanne’s forte lies in French entremet, which her meticulous crafting skills can be observed from the exquisiteness and aesthetic details of every entremet. But when it comes to taste evaluation, it is usually based on Patissiers’ concept as well as individuals’ preference due to the complexity and various components that go into the dessert. I took a liking to the Cebu Sunrise [$8] which consisted of coconut, mango and jasmine rice. The light coconut mousse was well complemented with sweet mango gelatin fillings and added rice cracker base for that crunch. The most aesthetical pleasing award would go to Fleur ($8), layered with thin waffle biscuit base, raspberry mousse and white chocolate. It was further topped with freeze-dried fruits, popping spheres and edible flowers for elevated appealing factor. I also liked how various components blended well to give an overall tangy note. While I usually love matcha desserts, the Zen Garden ($8) slightly fell short of my expectation. Layered with matcha, black sesame and yuzu, I found the citrus flavor of yuzu slightly overwhelming and outshone the other two components. For alcohol lovers, go for the Whiskey Bar...

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All you need to know about Thai spirit houses

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Thailand is a country, where Buddhist philosophy blends with mysticism and superstitions. Faithful gather in golden temples to pray to Buddha statutes and offer money and food to different gods to get rid of misfortunes and attract good luck. Thais are very superstitious and they strongly believe in ghosts and mystic energy, which is everywhere and […]

Recipe: Uni carbonara

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, and though the hubs and I never celebrate with much fanfare, sometimes it’s a good excuse to cook a nice meal together at home. Everywhere I go, people often ask if the hubs cooks at all. The truth is, he is a great cook. He is the workhorse behind all of […]

Where to Eat Somali Food in Minneapolis

by Frank Bures @ Roads & Kingdoms

Forget Buffalo wings and chili. Bring on the goat meat and chapatis.

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25 Bars You Need To Visit In Berlin

25 Bars You Need To Visit In Berlin

by Emma Pegrum @ The A List | The Urban List

When you land in a city dominated by its late-night, food, drink and fashion scenes, it is hard to go wrong with any bar you might stumble into as you wander the winding streets. But with so much on offer, it can be overwhelming arriving in Berlin and attempting to find the best spots. You sit in one bar, struck with FOMO that you might be missing out on another that’s slightly cooler.

So whether you want to immerse yourself in the raw edge of Berlin’s up and coming east side or admire the minimalist chic of the old west, we’ve got you covered with this by no means exhaustive list of the best bars in Berlin.

Mitte

Kaffee Mitte

Located close to Rosenthaler Platz, nestled among some of Berlin’s best vintage and antique haunts, Kaffee Mitte is modern, chic and minimalist. Think light pine, polished concrete, clean lines and dangling light globes. Serving up fresh pasta and great coffee by day, and wine, beer and cocktails by night, you won’t be disappointed with the offerings. Far from the electronic beat that seems impossible to escape in Berlin, this is the perfect way to wind down after a long day sight-seeing or shopping.

Common Ground

Not only is Common Ground one of the most conveniently located spots in town (right at Rosenthaler Platz, next to the underground), it is also one of the most stylish. Spacious and with a relaxed atmosphere, you can easily chill here for hours with a delicious cocktail or one of the many international and local beers on offer. The biergarten is a particularly good hang out in summer!

Ballhaus Berlin

This place is truly a piece of Berlin’s old west preserved. Unique in kind in the city, the Ballhaus Berlin is a dance hall paying revived homage to its tradition of hosting ballroom dance parties in the twenties. Steeped in elegance with tall ceilings, beautiful arches and dangling lightbulbs that perfectly diffuse the otherwise red glow of the ballroom, Ballhaus is a step back in time to the raucous nightlife of the 20’s. Stop in for a drink in the gorgeous biergarten or book a seat for an event; either way you will leave feeling dreamy!

Tausend

We seem to love anything with the mystery and allure of the unmarked entrance, and Tausend is undoubtedly the best in Berlin when it comes to nailing that brief. With a beautiful iron door sitting under a train overpass, this very adult bar is about as exclusive as Berlin gets. Contrary to basically everywhere else in Berlin, you’ll need to dress up to get in, but it’s worth it. The tubular, steel-clad bar will transport you and the drinks are both innovative and delicious—wasabi cocktail, anyone?

Bar 3

The best spot for a sneaky celebrity sighting in Berlin, Bar 3 packs out with slick clientele who roam the streets of Mitte and call this place a favourite. The large, horseshoe shaped bar fills the space out, meaning you can only park up on a bar stool or choose to stand. Order the Kölsch beer from Cologne (a city in Germany’s west) and settle in for the night. Kölsch is served in small glasses and tradition dictates that the barman will continually refill or replace your drink until you abandon it or lay a coaster over the top. Be careful (or don’t be!)

Altes Europa

The simplicity of this place is what makes it so divine. With big front windows that let in all the natural light, basic furnishings and interesting old prints on the walls, this low-key, local favourite is perfect for a mid-afternoon drink that meanders into the night. You can treat yourself to some rather non-low-key Ukrainian vodka, or enjoy the blonde draught beer for something a bit less hectic.

Kim

Almost everywhere you go in Berlin, you’ll feel as though it’s unfinished—yet uniquely sexy (as far as construction sites go…). Kim Bar is the epitome of this, which makes it unsurprising that it’s a favourite for the 20-something art crowd that populate the city after dark. Draped in your most nonchalant loose-fitting, monochrome attire, you simply enter, grab a seat from stacked piles and arrange yourselves as you like. The drinks are cheap and you can catch local DJ’s most nights!

Newton Bar

For something on the fancy side, head to Newton Bar, sitting near to what is basically Berlin’s business district. Rich red leather chairs and heavy, dark oak tables lend themselves to a mature crowd—heck, there’s even a private cigar lounge upstairs if you want to get really proper. The real draw of this place is the chance to be surrounded by the work of fashion photographer Helmut Newton, with an entire wall dedicated to his black and white nudes of statuesque models reminding you it’s ok to eat that next Currywurst (though, you probably won’t be able to order it here).

Friedrichshain

Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke

If you love being part of a good story, you won’t want to miss Monster Ronson’s. Owner Ron Rinek moved to Berlin in 1999 with $7,000 to his name, purchased a karaoke machine, and started hosting karaoke parties in squat houses all over Europe somehow getting paid to do it. Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke is the brick-and-mortar proof that dreams do come true, and is no place to hold back your inner diva. With several different karaoke booths—some small, others with their very own stages and hosts—this place will not disappoint.

Urban Spree

A dedicated art space, Urban Spree is best known for it’s ever-changing gallery which famously features an ‘Artist Wall’, fronting onto Warschauer Strasse and rotating the works of some even better known artists. But, this place doubles as a great place to stop for a drink or three, immersed right in that Friedrichshain buzz of art, music and grunge. It’s also an excellent spot to catch live music, with a busy program featuring a broad spectrum of genres! Look out for their special events, festivals and workshops.

Timber Doodle

If you’re after a good cocktail fix but want to return to the bustle of Friedrichshain’s streets afterward, Timber Doodle is the place to find it. The chandelier that hangs elegantly over the bar and the 1930’s jazz music that’ll surely be playing eases you into a slightly more up-market experience for the area, and the cocktails on offer are of the upmost quality and taste. Their signature drink which shares the name of the bar is worth trying, but the recipe is secret!

Supamolly

This is the ultimate piece of Berlin ‘90s squat-house history wrapped up in a great place to drink. After the fall of the Berlin wall, Friedrichshain and the surrounding areas were largely abandoned by then-residents and repopulated by punks, anarchists and activists who went about carving out space for themselves in the crumbling walls of Berlin’s east. This place is one of few squats that isn’t now a tourist site, and offers dimly-lit grimy charm. If you’re not into punk music, the extremely cheap beer will come in handy.

Hops & Barley

As the name would suggest, Hops & Barley is a place for beer aficionados (self-proclaimed or otherwise!). These guys are reinventing traditional German beer, and have shot to the top as a hub for local beer lovers. The interior feels clean and moder—think heavy wood and dark leather meets detailed white and green tiling and metal finishings. This is the place to take your time over a few beers and good conversation.

Kreuzberg

Luzia

If you’re looking for somewhere to really kick the night off, this is it. Perfectly located where Kreuzberg meets Mitte on Oranienstrasse, Luzia offers up all your favourite drinks at affordable prices and heats up with a pretty rowdy crowd looking to party. Keeping you firmly grounded in Kreuzberg style is the bric-a-brac interior, with murals and ornaments landing the vibe somewhere between gothic and kitsch. Get a seat up front by the windows or on the street to really get the juices flowing!

BRLO Brwhouse

Adding to Berlin’s long list of breweries is this urban favourite, BRLO Brwhouse. This place absolutely heaves through summer, with a massive and impressively modern outdoor drinking area that redefines the typical German biergarten. The interior architecture of this place has almost as many layers as the beer they brew, so you can carve yourself out a spot and then drink your way through the taps.

Bateau Ivre

Set in one of Berlin’s many squares right where Friedrichshain meets Kreuzberg, this place is where you feel the subtle change in tone between the two neighbourhoods. Still raw, eclectic and packed with locals, Bateau Ivre has a bit more of the modern, cleanly charm that’s known to Kreuzberg. You’ll love the retro tables and mix ’n’ match chairs almost as much as you’ll love the beverage selection!

Ora

It might be an outrageous call to make, but we’re doing it: this is the prettiest bar in Berlin. Set in what used to be a pharmacy, Ora has retained most of the original furnishings and interior making it actually to-die-for in terms of beauty. Think row upon row of tiny pigeon-holes and wooden drawers that once would have contained medical concoctions, now housing the many alcoholic offerings that are whipped together by friendly bartenders into some of Berlin’s best and most insta-worthy cocktails. An absolute must-visit for anyone who loves Berlin’s drool worthy interior architecture, or anyone who loves a cocktail that’s far too easy to drink.

Schwarze Traube

For only the truest lovers of cocktails (think seriously about that), this place absolutely can’t be missed. Owner and mixologist Atalay Aktas became a Berlin legend when he won ‘Germany’s Best Mixologist’ in 2013. This place is tiny and you have to knock to enter, so a bit of German won’t go astray here—a great excuse to make a local friend. Our favourite part? There’s no menu. Simply tell the waiters your favourite flavours and wait to have your mind blown.

Nest

Opening as a bar only on weekends, Nest is fascinating, beautiful and a whole lot of fun all at once. The place is stacked full of incredible retro furnishings and finishings, with beautiful old leather chairs sprawled through multiple rooms making for the most comfortable cocktail in Berlin. The tiny bar is entirely covered in chrome, and the dim lights and flickering candles set the mood to something sultry. With delicious cocktails and easily the friendliest service in town to boot, you mustn’t miss it.

John Muir

Set on Berlin’s long strip of bars, Skalitzer Strasse, John Muir is bringing a bit of the Brooklyn vibe to Berlin. Cosy and smoke-free inside, the spirits bar is enchanting—detailed brickwork, hand-chalked menus, and a good selection of gin. The cocktail menu is seriously experimental—the names will sell you on the drinks before the ingredients do!

Bellmans

If you happen to be in Berlin during winter, you might be disappointed that you can’t experience the world of leafy biergartens dotted throughout the city. Enter Bellmans: the perfect winter hidey-hole, this place feels invincible to whatever Mother Nature is brewing outside. Opened by a well-known sommelier, there’s also no shortage of good vino (and tequila, gin and whiskey) to keep you warm and, let’s be real, buzzed, as the rain continues to pour outside.

Neuköln

Bei Schlawinchen

This is a must-visit if you want to experience something Berlin is famous for—the Kneipen, best likened to a ‘working man’s club’. Many of these types of places cater to sports fans or speed metal addicts, but this one is just a cosy, local haunt where people happily congregate. Bordering on being a dive bar, this place is kind of so bad that it’s good. With an eclectic interior featuring bizarre toy dolls, old bicycles and random instruments, you will not be short on conversation here. The walls also proudly wear a badge proving the bar’s 30 years of never closing—and they seriously mean never. Open all the time and offering up cheap and plentiful beer (naturally), this place will top your Berlin experience right off.

Muted Horn

If you don’t like craft beer, turn back now. Jokes, they also have cider, wine and a whole host of other liqueurs. But seriously, with 22 taps and a list of bottled beers too long to even scroll to the bottom of, Muted Horn is not mucking around in bringing the best of craft beer to Berliners and travellers alike. Clear your itinerary and settle in for this one, you are gonna wanna taste them all.

Lager Lager

Another of Berlin’s craft beer shops that doubles as a bar, Lager Lager is not to be missed if you love craft beer. With an appealing interior featuring beautiful exposed brick, refurbished steel stools and farmhouse-style tables, you won’t want to forget your camera. Lager Lager has eight taps and a rotating tap list showcasing local and international favourites, which you can bottle up and take with you or enjoy in house. You can even sign up for an informal beer tasting if you’re after an early-evening activity

Jaja Wine Bar

If natural wine is your thing, this place is dedicated to it—so be sure not to miss it. Set just outside the first ring, Jaja feels far away from the busyness of Berlin, making it the ideal place to enjoy quality wine and a fine meal. It’s also a wine shop with an extensive offering, so you can take something home with you to enjoy for the remainder of your visit. 

While you're in Europe, check out these six off the beaten track spots to visit.

Urban Spree | Image credit: Berlin Art Institute

The most popular Saigon street food – Bánh mì

The most popular Saigon street food – Bánh mì


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Celebrating Vietnamese Lunar New Year in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

by Định Nguyễn @ KIM TRAVEL

Celebrating Vietnamese Lunar New Year in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Tet is the Lunar New Year for Vietnam and falls on the same day as the Chinese New Year. For the Vietnamese, Tet is like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve all rolled up in one. Tet, shortened from Tet Nguyen Dan, is the most […]

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Let’s hunt for the best banh mi in Ho Chi Minh City | KIM TRAVEL

Let’s hunt for the best banh mi in Ho Chi Minh City | KIM TRAVEL


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Let’s hunt for the best banh mi in Ho Chi Minh City One of the greatest joys of travel is being able to sample local cuisine. There is nothing quite like it and frankly it is one of the many things I look forward to when in a new city. Eating your way through the …

The Ultimate Guide to Banh Mi in Ho Chi Minh City

The Ultimate Guide to Banh Mi in Ho Chi Minh City


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Vietnamese Any Day – A New Book Coming Up!

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You’re looking at the draft of my sixth cookbook! This week, I sent the manuscript to my editor, Kelly Snowden. Vietnamese Any Day is all about helping American cooks work Viet flavors into their regular rotation. Many people who are new to Vietnamese food do not know where to begin. They’ve been seduced by the...

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All The Best Things To Do In Perth This February

All The Best Things To Do In Perth This February

by Emma Pegrum @ The A List | The Urban List

It's Febraury—the most wonderful time of the year (if you live in Perth)! Fringe World and Perth Festival are here, the weather is (mostly) glorious and you're almost back into some sort of routine that resembles adulting after the Christmas holidays.

If you're still completely broke, check out all the best free things to do in Perth this February here, but if you've got some dollariedoos to play with, read on!

Fringe World | 26 January - 25 February

You absolutely cannot let February go by without carving out a couple of nights with friends or fam to soak up all that this homegrown festival offers—grab a drink or two at the Pleasure Garden, catch a cheap show, catch an expensive show, laugh, cry and go ‘woooooah’. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our top picks at this year’s Fringe World.

Perth Festival | 9 February - 4 March

There’s so much happening at Perth Festival this year, we can’t even begin to sum it up. There are events at Chevron Gardens—with names like A.B. Original, Dizzee Rascal, The Avalanches, Electric Fields and Wafia making the line up one of the best the festival’s ever seen. Catch a Lotterywest Film at UWA Somerville or ECU Joondalup Pines, soak up some culture during Writers Week or head to the Museum of Water.

Blooms & Bubbles | 4 & 10 February

Scarborough

At this Summerset Arts Festival event, Stacey from one of our favs Beans & Bunches is going to be guiding you through floral design techniques across three different classes—and you can sip on some beautiful bubbly the whole time. Sound good? Yeah, we thought so too.

Fish & Sips Festival | 2, 3 & 4 February

North Fremantle

This festival is here to fill your first weekend in Feb with flavour as it celebrates our fresh seafood, award winning wine and a coastline that never gets old. Happening at the beautiful Port Beach, there’ll be live music, wine tastings, seafood masterclasses, cooking demos and, obvs, lots of pop-up seafood eateries that you can chow down at. With the weekend events opening up to an 18+ crowd only into the night, and names like Swings & Roundabouts on the sponsor list, you can probably expect a good time!

Araluen’s Chilli Festival | 3 & 4 February

Roleystone

If you really want to spice things up and give February a bit of a zing, this is the place to do it. Araluen’s Chilli Festival offers up all kinds of spicy goodness including everything from sauces to beers or chutneys to doughnuts. You’ll also be able to shop for your own little plant to take home and love, and pick up some tips on how to bring that chilli into your kitchen from an on-stage celeb chef. Hold on to your hats!

Laneway | 11 February

Fremantle

If your inbox isn’t already flooded with marketing emails entitled, ‘What to wear to Laneway 2018’ like ours are, then you may need a bit of a reminder to get your darn Laneway ticket. If Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals aren’t enough of a reason to part with your well-earned dosh, don’t forget about Amy Shark, Basenji, Client Liaison, POND, Mac De Marco, The Internet and Odesza… among others. Seriously though guys, what am I wearing?

TLC At HBF Stadium | 14 February

Mount Claremont

Don’t even try and tell us you don’t want to go sing and dance along to ‘No Scrubs’ and ‘Waterfalls’ with the queens from TLC. We know you do. P.S. Shaggy is supporting… what a great opportunity to find out whether it was indeed him?

Beyonce Beats No Lights No Lycra | 14 February

Leederville

You might be beginning to notice a pattern here. We love 90’s RnB, whatofit? All the single ladies need to give Valentines Day the middle finger and go dance in the dark at this pitch-black, fully sober dance party where you can move the way you feel. Ladies, leave your man at home/fellas leave your girl with her friends ‘cos this is a No Lights No Lycra not to be missed!

Hot Dub Wine Machine | 17 February

Swan Valley

Crack open the chardy because Hot Dub Wine Machine is coming back to the Valley to turn your February on its head. New venue, same deal—think spanning hills and grapevines, towering trees, a huge lake and that fresh country air, all with wine flowing, food a’cooking and tunes abound. If you missed the last edition, make it your business to get a ticket to this one because boy oh boy is it going to be a big one.

Sunset Wine Festival | 17 & 18 February

Scarborough

If sunset wines at the beach is your thing (isn’t it everyone's thing?) then you won’t want to miss this. The perfect place to unwind and let the week fall away, the Sunset Wine Festival is offering live music, wine, craft beer and cider, gourmet food and good ol’ sunset vibes. This is the place to really soak up those last few weeks of summer before you have to start wearing pants to work again.

Vino Vinyasa | 22 February

Fremantle

Yoga and wine might not always go together, but when they do you know we’ll be there. Pairing your favourite yogi poses with the wine of the month (we’re hoping for a dry white), Marg will take you through an all-levels practice at this class designed to put a smile on your dial.

Concrete Pot Workshop | 22 February

Scarborough

It’s fair to say that Scarborough’s proving itself to be a bit of a February hot spot. Join the Succulent Sistas at this workshop to learn how to make those urban/contemporary concrete pots that you always see for like $60 in boutiques. You’re making money! You can even enjoy a cheeky glass of wine as you put your green thumbs to work.

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Hot Dub Wine Machine | Image credit: Patrick Stevenson

Discovering the Food Scene of Prague with Pragusto

by Minh @ Two Peas in a Plane

Our visit to Prague led us to some amazing attractions that the city had to offer. We strolled through the touristy historic center of Old Town, watched the Astronomical Clock as it struck at the top of the hour which put on a small show for the crowd to admire, strolled across historic Charles Bridge, […]

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All The Documentaries You Should Be Watching This Month

All The Documentaries You Should Be Watching This Month

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

They say truth is stranger than fiction, but those people probably never watched Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. Nonetheless, there are a stack of excellent docos around right now. Maybe it’s the whole true crime trend, or the fact the world is slowly melting, but people seem to care more about real stuff now. That’ probably a good thing.   

Grab the popcorn, guys. These are all the documentaries you should be watching in February.

Icarus

This story is weird. Icarus follows the film’s maker, Bryan Fogel, as he tries performance-enhancing drugs to try and dope his way through a local cycling event (for research purposes, obvs). It ends with him uncovering a world-shaking drug scandal and helping the head of Russia’s anti-doping program flee to America. 91% on Rotten Tomatoes says it all.  

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

An oldie, but a goodie. If you haven’t seen this one yet, let’s make this the month, eh? Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (great title) follows 85-year-old Tokyo sushi master Jiro Ono, who set up what’s got to be the smallest and the most exclusive Michelin starred restaurant in the world: a 10-seat sushi-only restaurant in a Tokyo subway station.

Faces Places

Faces Places is the story of two French artists (director Agnes Varda and photographer JR) who travelled ‘round rural France, meeting people, taking their photos, and then blowing them up and plastering them in unlikely locations. Part experimental art, part heart-warming tale. It’s also sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is unheard of (even Finding Nemo is on 99% FFS).

Strong Island

Strong Island picked up a Jury Award at Sundance and a swag of other nominations, and it’s generating some serious Oscar Buzz. The film follows the Ford family and their three kids as they navigate the geography of race in modern-day America. Probably not going to have you rolling in the aisles, but it IS essential viewing.

Abacus: Small Enough To Jail

Abacus sounds absolutely insane. It’s the story of a small, family-run Chinese bank in midtown Manhattan, which became the ONLY financial institution to face criminal charges as a result of the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Basically the big banks were ‘too big to fail’ and these guys were ‘small enough to jail’. Go and get woke.

Last Men In Aleppo

Another Oscar nominee, Last Men In Aleppo is the work of Syrian documentary maker Feras Fayyad. This thing is classic boots-on-the-ground reporting—an inside look at the so-called White Helmets, a Syrian civilian organisation who follow military attacks to try and save lives. Confronting, but the reviews are stellar.

Knife Skills

Imagine you’re trying to build a world-class French restaurant in Cleveland. Now imagine most of your staff just got out of prison and have never cooked before. Now imagine you’re opening in two months. Knife Skills is the story of what happened next—the launch of social project Edwin’s Restaurant in Cleveland, USA.

Edith + Eddie

Pro tip: don’t wear mascara to this thing. You will cry. A lot. Edith + Eddie is the story of America’s oldest interracial couple and the family forces trying to tear them apart. Edith (96) and Eddie (95), found love late in life, but now their court-appointed guardians are trying to keep them apart. It’s a confronting look at love, loss and guardianship abuse.

Heroin(e)

The thing about Heroin(e) is it’s NOT your typical drug doco. Sure, it looks at the little town of Huntington, West Virginia, whose heroine abuse rate is 10x the national average. Poverty, crime and health issues are out of control. But Peabody Award-winning director Elaine McMillion Sheldon takes a deliberately hopeful angle. This isn’t a story about how a town fell apart, it’s the story of how it’s going to pick itself up.

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

You might have noticed this one floating around your Netflix homepage. Jim & Andy follows the production of the 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic, Man On The Moon. Specifically how Jim Carey drove everyone bonkers by staying in character at ALL times. In a way, he kind of became Andy Kaufman (it’ll make sense when you watch it). Warning: prepare to spiral down a three-hour Andy Kaufman-Jim Carey-REM Wikipedia rabbit hole after watching. We know someone who did this...

...it was us. 

Image credit: Andy & Jim | Netflix 

Chen Ji Intestine & Oyster Taiwanese Vermicelli Shop 陳記專業蚵仔麵線 – Possibly The Best Mee Sua In Taipei

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

[Taipei] Ah Zong Mian Xian, otherwise known as Ay Chung Rice Noodles 阿宗麵線 used to be my favourite Mee Sua from Taipei. When I say “used to”, it could be as far a decade back when it was crowded, but not flooded with tourists like now. Unfortunately, the standard and consistency was not like in the past as the store gets more commercialised. I was recommended to Chen Ji Mee Sua 陳記專業蚵仔麵線, or Chen Ji Intestine & Oyster Taiwanese Vermicelli Shop. Many call it the “Best Mee Sua in Taipei”, with “original local taste without over promoting”. Mee Sua is a Taiwanese dish that is basically a vermicelli soup included with large pork intestine or oysters. The noodles served with the soup should never fall apart or stick together. At least, this is what the general rule is. Chen Ji Mee Sua looked like an average Taiwanese food stand. No fanciful interior, just a counter where you can order food, and a couple of tables outside the shop. A large bowl大碗is priced at NT$65 (SGD$2.90), smaller bowl大碗at NT$50 (SGD$2.25), with clear vermicelli soup清麵線at NT$35 (SGD$1.60). If you like your pig’s intestines, then you would love the Mee Sua here. I found the pieces extremely soft, tender, and flavourful, and as a friend @eileen_eats_alot described, ”clean unlike some that have strong porky flavour”. I bought both large and small bowls to compare, and found the large bowl to be a lot more generous in ingredients. For the amount of oysters given, this bowl is reasonably priced. The consistency was smooth and thick without being sticky. Tip: Have it plain before adding some chilli and vinegar for more layered taste. I tried about 8 different bowls of Mee Sua in Taipei, this ranks as my top so far. In order to reach...

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Things you need to do before you move to Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

I know that you’re dreaming of moving to Thailand. No wonder! A lot of people want to live in a country where the sun always shines, people are nice and costs are low. Moving to the Land of Smiles isn’t difficult at all. That is when you prepare accordingly, of course. I lived in Thailand […]

Best banh mi in Saigon

Best banh mi in Saigon


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To Saigonese, banh mi is not only for breakfast but actually for all meals of the day. Follow them, check out their favorites and find out the best banh mi.

How to Best Prepare for Your First Silent Retreat

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Back with the Twins, ageless Jim Kaat offers wit, wisdom and an alternative viewpoint

Back with the Twins, ageless Jim Kaat offers wit, wisdom and an alternative viewpoint

by Mike Berardino @ Twin Cities

@KaatJim: “When a pitcher goes 2 wins, 2 losses in 4 starts and gets a $200K raise and every team gets a $50 million windfall from advanced media, why should there be tension? Be happy. Enjoy the ride.” When the Twins brought back Jim Kaat as a special assistant last month, they didn’t just hire […]

Game Of Thrones’ S8 Release Date Is Out—Cue The Hysteria!

Game Of Thrones’ S8 Release Date Is Out—Cue The Hysteria!

by Jessica Pridmore @ The A List | The Urban List

Confession: we’re still not over the fact that Game of Thrones will not be returning to our screens in 2018 (you cried too, right?). While others have been filling the void with the Graces and Frankies of the world, others—read: me—have been hanging out in sketchy GoT internet group chats and scouring Facebook pages (if none of you are following Game Of Laughs I suggest you do so, pronto) waiting, sort of patiently, for a teaser to drop. Something. Anything.

And guess what? It finally bloody happened!

Yesterday evening, amongst some controversy might we add, the internet became abuzz with news that the release date for GoT S8 had been accidentally leaked, and by a cast member no less. Cue mock horror.

Upon further investigation, it seems Maisie Williams, aka Arya, has not, in fact broken the deafening silence of HBO’s strict contracts, and tbh, we’re pretty torn up about it.

So, what do we know? It is confirmed, however, that Game of Thrones S8 will return in 2019—we’re just not sure when, ffs. There is likely some truth in Maisie Williams’ claimed misquote and that’s that filming will likely wrap at the end of 2018, and that there is generally a lead time of four months for editing and special effects. April. April 2019, guys! There, we said it. It’s happening. FACT.

After the speed of which 2018 is already whizzing by, we’re totally here for it—it’ll fly by. Reality, or our own version of it. Whenever John Snow and co returns to our screens, we’ll be ready.

Want something to get stuck in to that's 100% happening this year. All these awesome movies, that's what!

Castro Eyeing 2020 Presidential Run, But Isn’t Ready To Committ — Just Yet

by Ryan Poppe, TPR @ Houston Public Media

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10 NEW Restaurants Singapore January 2018 – Hawaiian Pancakes, German Burgers, And Korean Grill Meats

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao Ngee Ann City #B2-36A, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873 (Orchard MRT) Tel: +65 6733 3229 Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm Daily NEW Outlet At Ngee Ann City B2 Great to have Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao back at Ngee Ann City, which is a constant favourite for family meals. This is especially when we need to satisfy Xiao Long Bao cravings in the heart of town. In terms of food choices, the restaurant continues to specialize in Northern Chinese specialties – as its name suggest La Mian and Xiao Long Bao dumplings; along with meat and seafood dishes from around the Jiangnan region. The specialty is the Hainanese Chicken Xiao Long Bao ($6.80) which incorporates the Singapore signature dish of Hainanese Chicken Rice into their famed Chinese dumplings. To complete the experience, I would recommend dipping the dumpling into the specially made ginger paste, then let the entire piece burst in your mouth. Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Ngee Ann City) Food Exchange Novotel Singapore On Stevens, Orchard District, 28 Stevens Road, #01-01, Singapore 257878 Tel: +65 6491 6100 Impressive International Buffet At Novotel Singapore on Stevens The international buffet restaurant is located on the 2nd storey of the new hotel located in the prestigious Stevens Road neighbourhood. Ready for some fresh sashimi and seafood, hot cooking stations serving up Eggs Benedict, Risotto, Foie Gras, and BBQ and Grill? You must leave some room for the roast meats, which I thought was a cut (pardon the pun) above the rest. The Sunday Family Brunch from 12:00pm – 3:00pm is priced at $78++ or $128++ with free flow Moet Champaign, Rose wine, Red wine, White wine and Draft Beer. HSBC Card Holders enjoy 50% OFF the 2nd diner till 28th...

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There’s A Kitten Kissing Love Shack Happening In Perth This Weekend

There’s A Kitten Kissing Love Shack Happening In Perth This Weekend

by Anna Franklyn @ The A List | The Urban List

Calling all crazy cat ladies (and gents); if you're firmly on the 'I hate Valentine's Day and everything it stands for' train, you might want to reconsider. Why, you ask? Because this Saturday, in honour of Valentine's Day, the guys down at Cat Haven are putting on a Kitten Kissing Love Shack.

What the heck is a kitten kissing love shack? Don't worry, we asked the same thing. Basically, there's going to be a shack full of kit cats (real ones, not the chocolate kind) and for a measly gold coin donation, you can cuddle them (and kiss them, if that's your thing) until your heart's content!

If you happen to take a particular liking to one of those kittens, well we'd encourage you to get yourself a kitten for Valentine's Day—you deserve it. 

If you'd prefer to go head first into a relationship with an older cat, you'll be able to adopt any of the cats who are older than one year for just $14 from Saturday until Wednesday 15 February.

Happy Valentine's Day!

The Details

What: Kitten Kissing Love Shack When: Saturday 10 February, 12pm—2pm Where: Cat Haven, Shenton Park Find out more here.

Prefer dogs? Here are our favourite dog friendly cafes in Perth.

Image credit: Grace Elizabeth Images

Overland from Chiang Mai to Vientiane: A cheap and easy way to get from Thailand to Laos

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Travelling overland from Chiang Mai to Vientiane is an easy and cheap way to get from Thailand to Laos. It is a very popular way of doing visa and border runs for many backpackers and expats, who want to stay in the Land of Smiles a bit longer. Ticket prices are reasonable – for only 750 […]

What The Heck Is The Railroad Commission Of Texas?

by MOSE BUCHELE/ KUT @ Houston Public Media

Settling disputes between drillers is just one of the commission's functions; it also regulates huge swaths of the Texas oil, gas and mining industries

Sugar Miss – Popular Instagrammable Marble Cube Cake And Marble Cheese Cake At Taipei

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

[Taipei] One of Taipei’s most instagrammable dessert café of late has to be Sugar Miss, with photos of their famed Marble Cube Cake trending in several social media feeds (at least the Chinese ones). The Marble Cube Cakes come with varied fillings of matcha, raspberry and taro, available in very limited quantities. Each is priced about NT$240 – 265 (SGD$10.80 – SGD$11.90), considered on the higher side for Taiwan, though Singaporeans should be used to these prices for cakes. Do note there is a minimum expenditure of NT$200 required for each customer, which should be easily met as long as you get a drink. Reservations are recommended, as the café can get very popular during the weekends. As I arrived about 2pm, there were just 2 Marble Cube Cake left. The décor looked rather “Lady M” – all clean, white with marbled tables, and ironically Lady M Taipei is just located a short distance away with a moderately long queue. The entire vibes felt rather ‘cold’ though, without the extreme friendliness you see at other Taipei café places. Other offerings included the best-selling Marble Cheese Cake (NT$190 per slice, SGD$8.50), and Mille Crepe Cakes with flavours of Matcha Milk, Earl Grey, Valrhona Chocolate, Taro and Seasonal Fruit (NT$180 – 230, SGD$8.00 – 10.30). The Marble Cube Cake was certainly a good-looker, different from other conventional cakes, placed on a marbled plate on white table. This café certainly knows about how to get good lighting for optimal photos. Unfortunately, taste wise, it wasn’t the most impressive. It was OKAY. While the top molten layer looked melty, it was solidified and didn’t add much taste wise. Beneath was a chiffon layer and raspberry fillings that didn’t quite flow at all. It was probably just this cake, as I have seen other versions...

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Pierre Png and Rebecca Lim: Stop Looking Down on Local TV!

by Benjamin Lim @ RICE

One's a star in an upcoming Hollywood film. The other could be the next queen of Caldecott.

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Saigon street names

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

Barbara Adam investigates what the names of some of Ho Chi Minh City’s streets really mean. Photo by Romain Garrigue. It doesn’t take very long for ...

The Vietnamese Sandwich | Banh Mi in America

The Vietnamese Sandwich | Banh Mi in America


T Magazine

A writer explores the question: who makes the best Vietnamese banh mi sandwich in America?

Construction on Woodbury’s first solar garden could begin in spring if approved

Construction on Woodbury’s first solar garden could begin in spring if approved

by Bob Shaw @ Twin Cities

Construction of Woodbury’s first solar garden could begin this spring if final approval is given this week. GreenMark Solar is proposing a 35-acre array of solar panels at 6820 Military Road. The City Council approved the project in August, and is now being asked to grant the final authorization for the project to begin. According […]

A Brand New Korean Restaurant Is Opening In Mount Lawley Next Week!

A Brand New Korean Restaurant Is Opening In Mount Lawley Next Week!

by Anna Franklyn @ The A List | The Urban List

Korean food is trending hard in Perth right now and we're pretty happy about it. With the clean flavours and healthy crunch of Japanese, China’s heat and zing, plus some of the best fried chicken you’ll find outside the States, we don't know why Korean eateries haven't taken over the whole of Perth yet. But don't worry, they're on their way!

Seoul In is the newest of the bunch, opening on Wednesday 7 February in Mount Lawley in the spot that used to be Ramen Lab. While we're a bit sad about Ramen Lab closing, we're 10 times more excited to check out the menu at Seoul In. The chef has over 30 years of experience so you'd better believe you'll be drooling over the Korean fried chicken wings, kimchi dumplings, traditional bibimbap and sizzling bulgogi! 

But that's not all. The guys behind Seoul In will also be opening Hyun, which will be a bit more of a refined authentic experience—think of it as casual fine dining. Hyun will be opening on Stirling highway in Claremont this March, stay tuned for details!

The Details

What: Seoul In Grand Opening When: Wednesday 7 February Where: 602 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley

Can't wait until Wednesday? Check out these Korean BBQ spots in Perth.

Image credit: Griffin Simm

Eating Like a Local in Saigon, Vietnam

Eating Like a Local in Saigon, Vietnam


Two Peas in a Plane

Food has always played a major part of our travels. We have an unofficial motto that the food of the destination makes or breaks our trip in that particular city/country. With Vietnam, it was definitely the food that will keep us coming back. Landing in Saigon was the first Asian city of our RTW tr

One of the “Best Sandwiches in NYC”! Who? Us?

by admin @ Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich

urray! We got a “Best Sandwiches in NYC” write-up on REFINERY29!   “The house special (bánh mì đac biêt ), spicy, from Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich Deli. It was the first non-American sandwich I ever had when I moved to New York, and the combo of fresh herbs, fatty pork, and the perfect roll (with a […]

Cu Chi tunnels by boat – Something a little different

by Christopher Barker @ Vinaday Travel – A Leading Tour Operator

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn A trip to Ho Chi Minh City would not be complete without a trip to the incredible Cu Chi tunnels. Most people travel to the Cu Chi tunnels by bus. But, there is a more stylish way to make the 70km journey north west of Ho Chi Minh City. Travel to […]

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The Sweat-Out-Your-Sins Power of Meaty, Starchy Stew

by Gautham Krishnaraj @ Roads & Kingdoms

If you can keep your spoon holstered long enough for the various elements of the urojo to mix, the flavors become more complex.

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The best places for some tea and pastries in Kuala Lumpur that the Queen would approve

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

This post is brought to you by Traveloka  When you are in Kuala Lumpur but you’ve covered everything this city has to offer, all its touristic attractions and glory, what else can you do? If you are a person who enjoys their siesta time with the perfect cup of English tea and some scones to […]

Chiều Cháo Lòng

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

Chiều Cháo Lòng 26 Huỳnh Mẫn Đạt Bình Thạnh District 0934 324557 ******************************* One of my favorite memories from my years living in Hanoi (already 10 years ago now), is a small cháo lòng eatery just a few blocks from my apartment there. On a chilly Hanoi winter morning, there was nothing better for breakfast than [Read on ...]

Denver's Best Bánh Mì and a Few Modern Takes on the Vietnamese Sandwich

Denver's Best Bánh Mì and a Few Modern Takes on the Vietnamese Sandwich


Westword

Bánh mì are more than just sandwiches; they're proof of a Vietnamese bakery's dedication to housemade ingredients. The best shops, like Vinh Xuong Bakery, New Saigon Bakery & Deli and Baker's Palace, bake their own baguettes and make all the meats themselves, from rich pork pâté to barbecued meats to thin-sliced deli cuts. Many bánh mì outposts serve as marketplaces for...

Wakanui Grill Dining – Steakhouse Using Meats From New Zealand And Cooking Techniques Of Japan, At Marina One

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

On the 4th level of the rather futuristic looking (like off a Hollywood set) of Marina One lies two glass capsules. One of them contains Wakanui Grill Dining, an 86-seater restaurant which features steak and lamb from New Zealand. Wakanui, a New Zealand term meaning “to canoe over the land of plenty”’ is a grill restaurant concept that showcases the best available meats from the country. Its first outlet opened in Tokyo in 2011, and its success soon meant the opening of its second outlet there, focusing on lamb chops. Therefore, you could also find some Japanese influences in the menu over in Singapore’s outlet. The stars and the essence of the restaurant are therefore the New Zealand Ocean Beef and Wakanui Spring Lamb, which are grilled over Japan-sourced Binchotan charcoal in the centrally-placed, open kitchen. Starters included Neck Clam Soup ($12), Steamed Green Lip New Zealand Mussels ($22), Hot Smoked Salmon ($24), Seasonal Hassun ($32), Kikorangi Blue Cheese Caesar ($22) and Green Salad ($16) I was recommended by the service manager the Wakanui Spring Lamb Chop ($8) as the starter, and it turned out to be quite exceptional. The lamb had intense flavour and retained its natural juiciness, without the usual gaminess lamb would have. In fact, this would count as one of the most tender lamb chops I ever had. The Wakanui Spring Lamb are raised for approximately six months on the lush and highly nutritious spring pastures, with meat then aged for around four weeks until reaching its peak flavour. This process would ensure that the optimum flavour and texture of the lamb can be enjoyed year-round. In terms of the Ocean Beef, there were choices of 21 Days Dry-aged Bone-in-Ribeye ($199 for 1000g), Ribeye Cut ($79 for 350g, $109 for 500g), or Sirloin ($72 for 350g,...

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2017 Gift Guide for Curious and Obsessive Cooks

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Looking for last-minute ideas for a favorite cook? That may entail gifting yourself (!), a friend, or family member. This year, I found myself obsessing about certain kitchen tools and cooking appliances. Maybe it was an escape from the political roller coaster that we’ve all been on — no matter what your affiliation or inclination...

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20 Things Only Parsley Haters Understand

20 Things Only Parsley Haters Understand

by Anna May @ The A List | The Urban List

Coriander haters are a privileged bunch.

Everyone understands, or at least sympathises with their detest for the food. They have their own Facebook group dedicated to their common hatred. But what about the rest of us that shudder at the mere thought of a rogue sprig of slutty parsley in our food, or worse, mouth? Where’s our political campaign to ban a piece of greenery? Not anywhere I can see right now from my comfortable spot on the couch, that’s for sure.

Sing it with me, fellow parsley haters. You know the tune.

Parsley is disgusting. It’s coriander’s bitchier, more hideous sister. She is often overlooked, but don’t let her fool you.

As a direct result, you strongly believe that ALL garnishes should be listed on menus.

Because you’ve lost count of the times when you’ve ordered a seemingly delicious dish and been met with a forest of parsley on top. Why didn’t you just sneeze on it, mate?

You’ve taken to telling people you’re allergic to it, just to ensure none of it ends up in or around your mouth.

Nothing upsets you more than biting into an innocent-looking salad and then realising those leaves were actually parsley.

And then you realise they’re all chopped up and thrown throughout your lunch because some selfish, careless hooligan went all Parsley Bae when making it.

Drunken kebabs are a minefield when it comes to the risk of tabbouleh.

“Why don’t you just pick it off?” BECAUSE I CAN STILL TASTE THE POISON, SUSAN.

The world understands, nay, sympathises with coriander haters. But parsley haters are met with confusion.

“What do you mean? It’s tasteless!” they will cry, speaking a language of the perpetually wrong.

“No, Grandma, it tastes like old grass, with notes of ruining my day”, you scream before storming out of the retirement home.

You’re considering adding “well-versed in the ability to tell flat-leaf parsley from coriander” on your CV.

You’ve reported at least five people on Instagram for posting otherwise delicious dishes that are topped with pars-*pauses to gag*-ley.

Speaking of which, you’ve seriously considered writing a strongly-worded letter to Woolies to inform them that a sprig of parsley on the steaks in their butcher counter doesn’t make them any more appealing.

Your Bumble profile specifically states that anyone who enjoys the P-Monster should immediately swipe left and then enter therapy.

You’re aware that there’s a Parsley Bay in Sydney. And you boycott it. For good reason.

People always tell you that chewing on parsley can freshen your breath.

But you tell them you’d rather smell like Hagrid’s toe cheese that chew on it like some commoner.

Green juices are mostly off limits. For many reasons, but mostly because parsley is green and it’s too much of a risk.

Remember Lurleen Lumpkin from The Simpsons? The country singer Homer manages? Whenever someone questions your hatred for parsley, think of her song, ‘No-one Understands You, But I Do’, and remember this article. Parsley haters unite.

Hate coriander too? Then, you'll love this

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The best places to live in Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

You have been thinking of living in Thailand for a long time now. You read forums, reviews, take part in discussions on Facebook groups, calculate the costs of living and wonder how to live in Thailand permanently. This type of decisions is not easy. Among of all other things, you need to make a decision […]

Another Bingo Rave Is Coming To Perth And This Time Boyzlife Is Coming Too!

Another Bingo Rave Is Coming To Perth And This Time Boyzlife Is Coming Too!

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Yes, you read right Perth—another bingo rave night is coming, and this time they're bringing the Boyzlife boyz Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy to P-town! In case you missed the first Bongo's Bingo last year, we’re here to teach you what a bingo rave actually is. You’re probably picturing your nan right about now, but put that out of your mind, because poor nan probably wouldn’t enjoy this one.

The concept is pretty simple: it’s a bingo night slash rave. So you play bingo...while you rave to those sweet Boyzlife tunes. Or perhaps rave while you bingo. We’re not 100% sure. What we DO know is that the last shows in Australia sold out in under five minutes flat, so you’ll probably want to hover over that ‘Buy’ button like a vulture over a wildebeest when the tickets go on sale.

There’ll be rave intervals, dance-offs, cash prizes, non-cash prizes and a hell of a lot of bingo. Bongo’s hosts will preside over the game, calling out numbers, playing sing-a-long tunes, and generally getting into mischief. Food and booze will both be flowing with the show kicking off at 6:00pm. Basically, grandma’s bingo night down at the RSL this is NOT.

Tickets will be available online on Monday 5 February at 6pm, so you'd better bookmark this link and put a reminder in your calendar. You can get a taste of what you’re in for here

THE DETAILS

What: Bongos Bingo Down Under When: Thursday 29 March from 6pm Where: Metro City, Perth

In the meantime, you might want to check out this ball pit party that's coming to Perth this year.

Image credit: Bongos Bingo UK

The Spice Girls Have Announced A World Tour!

The Spice Girls Have Announced A World Tour!

by Urban List Writers @ The A List | The Urban List

We’re getting what we want, what we really really want. When we heard the worldwide phenomenon that is The Spice Girls was getting back together we couldn’t contain our excitement, and you can only imagine the full-on frenzy following the announcement by TMZ of a world tour.

Yes, you read that correctly, they’ll be spicing up our lives—IN PERSON. Though still in the planning stages, we can rest assured knowing all members are fully committed to a tour going ahead—let's just hope they put Down Under on their list of places to visit!

 

Love my girls!!! So many kisses!!! X Exciting x #friendshipneverends #girlpower

A post shared by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on Feb 2, 2018 at 8:27am PST

So what are you waiting for? Dust off the old platforms, whip out the crop tops, lollipops, U.K. flag attire, and scrunchies—Spice mania is officially taking over and we are not complaining.

Be sure to check back as we bring you all the latest and greatest on the tour. We are living in a spice world after all! 

In the meantime, relive the girl power for a minute or two. 

The Spice Girl reunion may not be the only thing making you feel old. Here are 29 things that will make you feel old AF. 

Bánh Mì: the Best Vietnamese Sandwich to Fall in Love With

Bánh Mì: the Best Vietnamese Sandwich to Fall in Love With


Authentic Food Quest

The iconic Vietnamese sandwich bánh mì has been consistently ranked as one of the best sandwiches in the world. Our best bánh mì were in Hoi An and Saigon.

10 Best Bánh Mì Sandwiches in Los Angeles

10 Best Bánh Mì Sandwiches in Los Angeles


L.A. Weekly

The banh mi is a delicious byproduct of French colonialism in Vietnam (which officially lasted from 1887 to 1954). The French brought baguettes to help fuel sandwiches, which were filled with French meats like pates and eventually incorporated Vietnamese proteins and flavors.  The prototypical banh mi incorporates a crusty baguette with...

10 Best Authentic Food Travel Experiences in 2017

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Truffle Hunting Tour in Prague

by Tiffany @ Two Peas in a Plane

When researching things to do in Prague, there were a lot of different options and tours offered – bike tours, food tours, walking tours.  It started to all sort of blend together, and Prague Truffle Tour caught our eye as something unique that we wouldn’t be able to experience back home.  Minh and I don’t […]

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My Immigrant Family’s Obsession with Paul Bocuse’s Soup with Truffles Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

“If you want to impress jaded Vietnamese guests, make French food,” my mom frequently told me while I was growing up. That’s among the reasons she made puff pastry when we came to the United States. It was as if she had been waiting all her life to knead excess moisture out of butter to...

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Homemade Pastrami All Over Chicago

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

The thought of turkey sandwiches for the next few days doesn’t seem all that appealing, which is why I’m thankful for the city’s myriad (homemade) pastrami options. There are several places now brining, curing and smoking their own briskets, much like they do in New York or Montreal.

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2018 Primaries: General Land Commissioner Race Is About ‘Republicanism,’ Says Expert

by Ryan Poppe, TPR @ Houston Public Media

Since 2015, the Texas legislature has approved $106 million towards rebuilding and expanding sections of the Alamo

Trekking to Wat Pha Lat in Chiang Mai

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Wat Pha Lat, also known as Wat Sakithaka, is a small gem on the map of Chiang Mai. This quiet temple is hidden in the forest and is very often omitted by travellers, who head straight to the nearby Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – one of the most famous temples in the north of […]

The Best Banh Mi in Chicago

The Best Banh Mi in Chicago


Thrillist

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On National Pizza Day, My Favorite Chicago Thins, A to Z

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

Tavern-style thin from Villa Nova, in Stickney   I realize there are pizza joints on nearly every corner in practically every neighborhood and suburb in Chicagoland. When a metropolis of some seven million people spreads across the plains, they sprout like tribbles on the Starship Enterprise. But I didn’t have all year, and my doctor […]

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Maison Marou – Best Chocolate in Saigon, or Anywhere?

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

Maison Marou 167-169 Calmette Street District 1 +84-873005010 09:00 am – 22:00 pm ************************************************************************ Fifteen years ago, when I first began traveling back and forth between Vietnam and California, there were two predictable requests by my Vietnamese friends about what items I must buy in the USA and bring back for them upon my return [Read on ...]

Plan to travel Son Doong cave

by admin @ Explore SonDoong Cave

Are you planning to join a 7 day and 6 night-trip to explore Son Doong? Then you must have the best stamina. However, this wasn’t a fun experience for you to come and enjoy but a real journey of discovery. During the adventure, like any participant, you need to walk over 50 kilometers past through

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Best Mekong Delta tour – So many tours, so little time

by Christopher Barker @ Vinaday Travel – A Leading Tour Operator

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn With so many options to choose from when visiting the Mekong Delta. Here we will checkout the various tours on offer so you can decide which is the best Mekong Delta tour, for you or your group. Best Mekong Delta tour: Mekong Delta – 1 Day (Cai be – floating market […]

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Christmas 2017: What’s on my holiday menu this year?

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

Our family celebrates Christmas, and that’s less than a couple of weeks away. My, how time flies. Following the likes of my post on our Thanksgiving menu last month, I thought I’d share with you what I’ll be making in our kitchen for this year’s Christmas dinner. Since the hubs and I hosted his family […]

Ice, Ice Baby – S. Side Business Crafting Cool Cubes

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

If you’ve ever been to a great cocktail bar, you may have noticed how perfectly geometrical the ice cubes are. They just barely fit into the glass. In Chicago, there is a good chance the bar outsourced the job to someone else. Bars are turning to ice experts to get the job done. On this week’s […]

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As Penance for Our Last Story, We Found Singapore’s Best Chicken Rice Soup

by Pan Jie @ RICE

You were upset. We listened.

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Drop Everything: Lush Just Dropped A Bunch Of New Fragrances!

Drop Everything: Lush Just Dropped A Bunch Of New Fragrances!

by Catherine Blake @ The A List | The Urban List

Purveyors of soaps, bath bombs, and that sleepy-time lotion that became a viral sensation, Lush are in the business of pretty things that smell nice. In keeping with that mission statement, Lush are also master perfumers and have just released a slew of new fragrances. 

The new spritzables are available in a White Label Range and a Black Label Range, totaling 26 perfumes all up. Each scent is inspired by different art, experiences, emotions or memories of the perfumers and are designed to be gender neutral.  

Besides a reputation for good-smelling things, Lush is also one of the more ethical cosmetic companies in Australia and New Zealand, with all vegetarian, cruelty-free, handmade products cluttering up their shelves, and their perfume is no different. Made using pure essential oils and mixed in small batches in Sydney you can rest easy knowing your new scent isn’t a soulless potion.

Because mass-produced fragrances are usually made using solvents, you’ll generally find yourself forking out a packet in order to get a fragrance made with proper essential oils. But in Lush’s case, you can get yourself a premium bottle of fragrance made with bona fide essential oils for a super affordable price.

And in case you hadn’t noticed, this new release of fragrances has landed just in time for Valentine’s Day. Throw in a lip scrub and a long-stemmed rose and he/she’ll be yours for life.

Unfortunately, digital platforms do not lend themselves to sharing olfactory sensations, so you’re just going to have to trust us that this is worth checking out and make sure you linger at the tester bottle. If there’s any left by the time you get there…

All Lush scents are available all year round and via their online store

If you have NFI what this sleepy lotion commotion is, check it out. Your sleep life will thank you...

Thai charities that are worth supporting

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Thailand is an amazing country. Its culture, people, food and weather attract millions of visitors every year. Only here you can sip on an exotic cocktail while laying on a beautiful, paradise – like beach one day and trekking in the mountains, meeting minority tribes and learning how to cook the next day. Holidays in Thailand […]

Best Banh Mi in Saigon - 3 Places You Must Try!

Best Banh Mi in Saigon - 3 Places You Must Try!


Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

If you're looking for the best banh mi in Saigon, the famous Vietnamese baguette sandwich, here are three street food stalls you don't want to miss.

The Moulin Rouge's Sexy Floorshow Now Includes Good Food in Addition to Tasteful Nudity

The Moulin Rouge's Sexy Floorshow Now Includes Good Food in Addition to Tasteful Nudity

by Vivian Song @ Munchies

Also, inexplicably, a tank full of giant snakes.

The Year in Pho: Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Family Stories from 2017

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

| Wouldn’t you know it, there was a lot of pho fervor this year, especially at Viet World Kitchen! Instead of doing a year-end summary of the most popular recipes on the site, I decided to round up all the pho-related content that published during the past twelve months. I published tips, tricks, and recipes...

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Eggslut, More Than a Fatuous Name

Eggslut, More Than a Fatuous Name

by zoomeboshi @ zoomeboshi

It’s pretty much a sure thing that where there is a line out a restaurant’s door, therein lies good food. The first two times I walked past Eggslut in L.A.’s Grand Central Market (GCM), the queue was astonishingly long. No other food establishment in the Market came close to being as popular. I’m not particularly keen […]

The Best Boutique Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

While it is quite easy for anyone to look up on TripAdvisor or Agoda for the best hotels in Saigon (and get some great deals), we have decided this time to search some accommodations here that stands out (to us) for their decor and style....

Chen San Ding 陳三鼎青蛙鮮奶 – Best Bubble Milk Drink In Taipei, Near Gongguan Night Market

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

[Taipei] Chen San Ding 陳三鼎青蛙鮮奶 has been widely reviewed to be the best bubble milk drink in Taipei. It is located near Gonguan Night Market, an area where the university students typically hang out. What? Not 50嵐, Chun Shui Tang 春水堂, ShareTea, 丸作 which all have more swanky shops and long list of beverages. While Chen San Ding is widely known to serve “bubble tea”, there is no tea in any of its offerings. The signature drink is called 青蛙撞奶, directly transported to “frog knocking against the milk”. No frogs are harmed in the process, as the boba (tapioca pearls) used are thought to resemble frog’s eggs. What you get is a cup of boba pearls, caramel, cold milk, with choice of ice. All drinks are affordable priced at TWD40, which works out to be SGD$1.80. This is what you call cheap and good. Upon holding the cup, I couldn’t help noticing that the bottom was warm while the top layer was cold. That is because the tapioca pearls are cooked on the spot in brown sugar, giving them the soft texture and lingering sweetened and caramalised taste. The pearls were indeed soft, sweet, chewy and you just couldn’t resist having more. Like having a mini-party in your mouth. It felt like a kind of stress-relieving munching on them. The milk itself was not that sweet, which made the entire cup kind of balanced. Other drinks such as Ai Yu Glass Jelly, Brown Sugar Glass Jelly, Lemon with Pearls, Green Bean with Pearls are available, all priced at TWD40. While you cannot choose your sugar level, you can have an option of with or without ice. I went early in the morning, and was faced with a queue of about 5 to 10 people. But it quickly got longer, though...

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Where is the best bánh mì in Austin?

Where is the best bánh mì in Austin?

by Matthew Odam @ The Feed

What makes a great bánh mì? You need a baguette with a shattering crunch and soft, flossy interior. The mayonnaise should be tangy, homemade and cover the entire surface of the bread. You want creamy pâté ...

How many ways can you choose to go from Hanoi to Sapa?

by admin @ Explore SonDoong Cave

With picturesque landscapes, hospitable locals, colorful weekend markets, Sapa has been an attractive site in Vietnam. If you are in Hanoi, do not hesitate to make your own way to this charming mountainous town.There are several ways to get from Hanoi to Sapa for you to choose from: private car, bus, train or even motorbike

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Luke Nguyen's passion for Saigon

Luke Nguyen's passion for Saigon


Good Food

The Vietnamese chef calls Ho Chi Minh his second home so he ought to know where to get the best banh mi.

The Real Dubai

by Govind Dhar @ Roads & Kingdoms

An Iranian family run-restaurant retains the old-world customs of a yesteryear culture, now almost lost in the modern metropolis of Dubai.

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The Best Antidote to the Scourge of Pumpkin-Spiced Hot Drinks

by Didi Kader @ Roads & Kingdoms

A coffee that socks you in the nose and then delivers a foamy smooch to make it all better.

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Trump Nominates Abbott Adviser Oldham To The 5th Circuit Court Of Appeals

by Emma Platoff, Texas Tribune @ Houston Public Media

For the second time in a matter of months, a top legal adviser to Gov. Greg Abbott has been named to a prominent judicial post

Spiced Persimmon and Ginger Muffin Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

My parents adore bargains, especially the ones at their local Salvation Army on Wednesdays, when seniors receive a 25 percent discount. On October 12, 2016, they scored a charming set of English Royal Wessex Red Willow dishes for about $22 (discounted from the original $29.50). They bought it with the intention of gifting it to...

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City Hacks: A Non-Banh Mi Guide to Saigon's Best Breakfasts (Part Two) - RICE

City Hacks: A Non-Banh Mi Guide to Saigon's Best Breakfasts (Part Two) - RICE


RICE

In this pressure cooker of a town, breakfast comes in many forms.

Texas Regulator: Oil Markets Should Remain ‘Relatively Stable’ Through 2018

Texas Regulator: Oil Markets Should Remain ‘Relatively Stable’ Through 2018

by Travis Bubenik @ Houston Public Media

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton spoke with Houston Public Media about a variety of issues that will affect the future of the state's energy industry.

The best vegetarian banh mi in Ho Chi Minh City (PHOTOS) | Coconuts Travel

The best vegetarian banh mi in Ho Chi Minh City (PHOTOS) | Coconuts Travel


Coconuts

Before you say it, we know a vegetarian banh mi is not a true version of the sandwich but we found something pretty impressive nonetheless.

The Best Lunch Foods in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

What to eat for Lunch in Ho Chi Minh City a.k.a Saigon? Entering the world of Vietnamese food can be a daunting task for a beginner out there on their own. What is it? Where is it? Is it the best? These are the questions...

Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice 金峰魯肉飯 – Popular Lu Rou Fan Eatery In Taipei

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

[Taipei] Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice is a well-known eatery (at least among the locals) in Taipei that serves one of the most popular Taiwanese dishes, “Lu Rou Fan” otherwise known as Braised Pork Rice). There are several other places in the Roosevelt Road (Luosifu Lu) neighbourhood that serve braised pork rice, but this hole-in-the-wall dining spot has a reputation for being the best in town. The good news is that this place is budget-friendly with reasonably priced dishes that come in big portions. Keep in mind that there is usually a line in front of Jin Feng Braised Pork Rice, especially during lunch hours. Do not expect too much from the interior, as this place is more like casual local eatery than an actual restaurant. The tables are close to one another, and there is a chance that you will have to share a table with other guests. If you are in a hurry, you can always take your food to go. The Braised Pork Rice, priced at NT$30, NT$40, NT$50 (SGD$1.30, SGD$1.80, SGD$2.50) for their small, medium and large bowls, is definitely the signature dish here at Jin Feng in Taipei. The dish is served with a large amount of rice and topped off with a slice of bitter melon and braised pork. One thing to note is that while Singaporeans are used to bowls with loads of meat with less rice. The reverse seems to apply to many Lu Rou Fan stalls in Taiwan where there is very little meat in contrast to rice. I also noticed that other restaurants that offer this dish tend to serve it with more fat than meat, which is not the case here. The draw to me was the savoury sauce on the fluffy rice, when paired with hot soup was...

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Siwash Rock, Vancouver Seawall

Siwash Rock, Vancouver Seawall

by zoomeboshi @ zoomeboshi

The Seawall is the best walk in all of Vancouver, B.C. Siwash Rock is only one of many splendiferous views along the way.

The Hills Are Alive … in British Columbia

The Hills Are Alive … in British Columbia

by zoomeboshi @ zoomeboshi

Talk about alpine scenery, the Fitzsimmons Range in British Columbia has it in spades. A hike along the high trails will have you singing ‘The Sound of Music’ in spite of yourself. Whistler and Blackcomb, the two most well known mountains, not only have the best skiing in North America but are a major attraction […]

15 Non-Excruciating Things To Do On Valentines Day In Perth

15 Non-Excruciating Things To Do On Valentines Day In Perth

by Emma Pegrum @ The A List | The Urban List

Ahh, Valentine’s Day. The day we all love to hate and hate to love. The day couples awkwardly manoeuvre a half-hearted Hallmark celebration, unsure of its Australian protocols, and the day singles are reminded of all the reasons they remain single (it’s a choice, obvs).

Whether you’re a cynic or an eccentric, we’re sure you’ve got some love to give this Valentine’s Day—even if it’s just to your mum. From dancing the night away at the disco, to love-themed dinners, to all out fancy degustations, there’s so much to do on Valentine’s Day in Perth that even the coldest hearts won’t be able to resist an outing. So brush your hair back and get ready to celebrate love: here are all the most non-excruciating things to do this Valentine’s Day in Perth.

Fringe Festival

F**k Tinder At The Brass Monkey Hotel

Northbridge

The only comedy event exclusively for singles, there are only two dates left to experience the hilarity and one of them conveniently happens to be Valentine’s Day. This show, hosted by high-energy comic Chris Henry, is all about getting singles off their phones and back in the pub meeting potential lovers face-to-face. They’ll provide the conversation, all you need is the good looks!

Cupid’s Wheel Of Tantric Fortune For Couples At Belgian Beer Cafe

Perth

Don’t be scared by the name, guys. On the other hand, please don’t get too excited. From Cupid’s School of Tantric Lapdancing, it’s time to up the relationship-ante by heading along to this show and taking a spin of the wheel. Who knows what you might end up with—will it be fur suit stroking, lap dancing or something involving cake?

(Not) The Bachelor Live On Valentine’s Day At the Hellenic Club Of WA

Perth

For those who love watching The Bachelor/ette at home on TV, imagine if you could just see it all unfold over one, hilarious evening, no ads, no interruptions, and most importantly, no script. Well, now you can at this show on Valentine's Day in Perth. Watch in horror and awe as three singles and a Bachelor or Bachelorette are taken and made into a match by Perth’s own Luke Bolland.

Beyonce Beats No Lights No Lycra At YMCA HQ

Leederville

Decisively say ‘no thanks’ to Hallmark this V-Day and, instead, mark Bey-Day, which is every day, because Beyonce is Queen. Enter the darkness at this No Lights No Lycra and dance the way you feel, with no high heels, no judgment, no inhibition, and most importantly: no lights. Ladies, leave your man at home and fellas, leave your girl with her friends because this is a no-corny-stuff zone.

Everything Else

Whack-It Wednesday At Caballitos

Perth

While the name might suggest something slightly more untoward, on Whack-It Wednesday at Caballitos you get a shot at whacking the piñata with every lagerita you purchase! The special V-Day edition features adult prizes awaiting inside, with oversized $30 lageritas for sharing between two. Better start warming up the shoulders now! Oh and P.S. You get a free ‘love potion’ on arrival, so you’ll be under the Valentine spell in no time.

SWOON At Late Night Valentine

Highgate

Bowled Over Dating is teaming up with everyone’s favourite late night spot, Late Night Valentine, to put on this singles mingler that promises not to be awkward. Avoid the sorry sights of couples feeding each other across the table and the pink and red streamers that hang in your eyes as you try to eat and dance the night away instead, surrounded by potential (and eligible) mates. There’ll be eats, drinks and old school soul-n-funk!

Lover’s Melt At Late Night Valentine

Highgate

Late Night Vals is really bringing us the goods this Valentine’s Day! Outside in the starry courtyard you’ll find Lover’s Melt, a groovy little shindig featuring the sounds of love. With all the best love-themed music from throughout the decades being curated by some of Perth’s cutest DJ couples, you can be sure to feel the love on V-Day, without the cringe.

Burning Love At Varnish On King

Perth

Guys, book yourselves in for dinner at Varnish On King this V-Day if you want your relationship to burn a little hotter. Offering up a bacon and whiskey mini-cocktail on arrival alongside their usual menu of seriously good, Kentucky-inspired eats (think cold cuts with pickles, juicy onion rings, lamb ribs and pork knuckle!). And for those left questioning: yes, the bacon and whiskey combo is a thing, and if you haven’t tried it, this is the place.

Mate Night At The Windsor Hotel

South Perth

This one really is for the non-believers—but hey, love for our mates is just as important as any other kind of love! Enjoy ‘anti-Valentine’s night’ at Mate Night at The Windsor. For all the single pringles, desperately undesirables, and forever spinsters, bring your mate along for a free dinner and send some love and appreciation where it’s needed.

Swipe Right Tinder Party At The Aviary

Perth

If you need someone to play cupid, look no further than the crew at The Aviary. In true modern romance style, this Tinder Party features DJ beats, drink specials and free entry, so you can come meet your soulmate (or something like that)—as long as you have a smartphone.

Feed Me Menu At Market Grounds

Perth

Ok, this one’s serious (and it’s a seriously good deal). Celebrate the day of love at Market Grounds with a delicious feed me menu curated by their head chef, which will feature a couple of starters to share, mains and a ridiculously drool-worthy dessert, for just $40 per person. Did we mention you also get champagne on arrival? 

Three Course Dinner At Bib & Tucker

North Fremantle

Another good deal for you and your sweetheart, Bib & Tucker is offering up a three course share-style menu for $75 with million dollar beachfront views. The main share is a slow roasted beef fillet served pink—assumedly in keeping with a love theme—and for dessert? Bib's Banoffee Bombe Alaska, which comes with lashings of banana and toffee, biscuit and meringue!

Valentine’s Day Mystery Dinner At The Old Laundry

North Perth

For the couples who love food and adventure, or a bunch of friends who just want to show how much they love each other (and food), put your trust in the chef at this Valentine’s Day Mystery Dinner. For $60 you get, well, no information, no clues and no idea what you’re in for except for a satisfied palette and a full belly!

Three Course Chocolate Degustation At Measure Dessert Bar

Mount Lawley

If you’ve been a bit inattentive this year and really need to indulge your honey this Valentine’s Day, Measure is offering up what sounds like death by chocolate at this three course degustation. With paired alcoholic drinks designed by expert bartenders to compliment the chocolatey goodness, we are pretty sure you’ll be rolling out of here in all kinds of good moods.

Two Course Dinner At The Garden

Leederville

For those who really couldn’t care less about Valentine’s Day but are looking to take advantage of the meal specials, here’s a cracker for you: two courses and a glass of vino for $22 at The Garden Leederville. Take your sweetheart, your best friend, your mum or your virtual companion down to enjoy a delish meal on the cheap—just be careful not to accidentally celebrate love while you’re doing it, that would be tragic.

Want more things to do this Valentine's Day in Perth? Check out our Fringe Festival guide.

Image credit: Nancy Hanna

Awesome Travel Experience | How To Choose Good Homestay in Sapa

by admin @ Explore SonDoong Cave

Are you traveling solo to Sapa now? But you remain confused about hotel or homestay in the region, don’t you?Once coming here, you’ll face a handful of treks, so we recommend you to choose the ones that must have a homestay. To know how to choose good homestay in Sapa, we’ll reveal you great tips

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Sriracha Pimento Cheese Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Many people from the American South are familiar with pimento cheese but I didn’t try it until 2013. It was so fun and addictively good to eat that I been making it ever since. The cheese was properly cut into small dice so you could taste its flavor. I’ve made it from a recipe in...

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St. Paul seeks to recognize seven businesses

St. Paul seeks to recognize seven businesses

by Frederick Melo @ Twin Cities

This is the second year of the St. Paul Business Awards — an effort started by St. Paul City Council members Jane Prince, Dai Thao and Rebecca Noecker in 2017 to recognize businesses with strong community ties. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 24. Anyone can nominate a business, including customers, neighbors, employees and owners. […]

4 awesome rooftop bars in Chiang Mai

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Chiang Mai is a place where it’s good to slow down and relax. During the day you can spend your time shopping in various boutiques and malls, or drink coffee in a beautiful and stylish cafe. And when the sun sets you can head to one of the bars in the city and mingle with […]

What made the banh mi the world's best sandwich

What made the banh mi the world's best sandwich


Traveller

A quiet war is raging in the streets of Hoi An, on Vietnam’s central coast. And it’s all over a sandwich.

Perth’s Best Sausage Rolls

Perth’s Best Sausage Rolls

by Kirsty Petrides @ The A List | The Urban List

Is there anything better than a fresh sausage roll? For breakfast, for lunch, for dinner, for hangovers—they hit the spot every single time.

If you’re in need of some perfectly cooked meat, seasoned with flavour and encased in fresh crispy pastry, look no further—here are some of Perth’s best sausage rolls.

Chez Jean Claude Patisserie

Various Locations

This patisserie is an institution, and rightly so—their baked goods are some of the best you’ll find in this fair city of ours. And none more so than their mini German sausage rolls. As if the authentic German sausage wasn’t enough, when it’s encased in Jean Claude pastry, it’s a next level sossie roll.

The Woodfired Baker

Maylands

The Woodfired Baker makes some very unique and tasty sausage rolls for its loyal following. Flavour combinations include pork, apple and fennel; or lamb and harissa sausage rolls. Whichever one you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Joe’s Bakery

West Perth

Joe's Bakery is a popular lunch spot for West Perth office dwellers, and you can understand why—all their savouries are made fresh in-house from absolute scratch using top quality ingredients. So next time you’re in West Perth, treat yourself to one of Perth's best sausage rolls at Joe's.

Bakers Hill Pie Shop

Bakers Hill

Obviously, a town called Bakers Hill is going to have some decent bakers. While the Bakers Hill Pie Shop specialises in pies (the clues were there) they also dish up some incredible homemade sausage rolls that are pretty much worth the road trip.

The Olde Shed Cafe

Balingup

Ok, again, it's not in Perth, but if you're a pastry fan willing to go the distance, make The Olde Shed Cafe in Balingup your next destination. They’ve got all the savoury pastries you can imagine, and their sausage rolls will be your new favourite food group.

Mary Street Bakery

Mount Lawley, West Leederville & Allendale Square

Do we even need to justify why Mary Street is on this list? Probably not. Arguably one of the most popular bakehouses in Perth, the team here know what they’re doing when it comes to pastry and their sausage rolls sitting pretty behind their front counter are no exception.

Pinjarra Bakery

Maddington, Pinjarra and Waroona

The people at Pinjarra Bakery claim their sossie rolls are like no other sausage roll you’ve ever had. Big call? Yes, but they are backing it up big time. Theirs are filled with rich beef sausage mince, onions, special secret seasoning and all wrapped up in their own flaky pastry.

Fremantle Bakehouse

Fremantle

When somewhere specialises in sausage rolls, you can be confident that your mind is about to be blown. The team at Freo Bakehouse create all their sausage rolls daily in-house and serve them with a side salad and home-made dressing for diners.

New Norcia Bakery

Subiaco, Claremont and Mount Hawthorn

New Norcia Bakery in Mt Hawthorn (where it all began) have not one but two ovens working in tandem to produce a range of bread, pastries, biscuits and cakes. Such is the demand for their baked goods! They use time honoured baking practices and have a very strict policy of only hiring skilled bakers, so you know the sausage rolls are going to be great.

Abhi’s Bakehouse

South Fremantle

Abhi’s have been providing the people of Perth with amazing baked goods since the 90’s. Among all the amazing items they offer like bread, sourdough, sweets and pastries, they also do one of Perth's best sausage rolls.

Wild Bakery

South Fremantle

The hip team at Wild Bakery claim to have the hottest bread in Fremantle, so we aren't surprised by how good their sausage rolls are. The people in the kitchen are all about true flavours, wild fermentation and enjoyment of real food, so you know you won’t be disappointed.

Want more? Here are Perth's best pies.

Woodfired Bakery | Image credit: Nancy Hanna

Harlem Reimagined: San Jose exhibit examines changing neighborhood

by Linda Zavoral @ BayArea

What’s next for Harlem? A team of photojournalists — students from San Jose State University, George Washington University and other schools — spent four days in New York City’s black mecca to capture the pulse of the neighborhood as residents grapple with gentrification. The result is “Harlem Reimagined,” a 100-image exhibit that will open Feb. 8 at […]

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Recipe: Vietnamese New Year square rice cakes in the Instant Pot | Banh Chung

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

This year, I got my banh chung practice in a month early because I was asked to do an interview with Vietnam Television for a Lunar New Year special feature to air around Tet, which is February 16th. After the usual sit-down interview, we shot some B-roll of me making banh chung with Alvin, my […]

Tempesta Brings Locally-Made Italian Meats to West Town

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

Italian delis are all over the region, but a new one in West Town is unique, because they make pretty much all of the cured meats themselves. The family is originally from Calabria, and one of their beloved, spreadable sausages is the star of a number of items they now carry in their store. There are […]

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Attention Gin Lovers: A Gin And High Tea Event Is Coming To Perth!

Attention Gin Lovers: A Gin And High Tea Event Is Coming To Perth!

by Dominique Shields @ The A List | The Urban List

If there’s one undeniable fact in the world right now it’s that gin is having a moment in a big way and, IMO, it’s about damn time. Gin always keeps it classy, gin has never given us a heinous hangover (here’s looking at you, tequila) and gin has never let us down. That’s why when we heard that Pan Pacific Perth is combining our two favourite things—gin and high tea (because the smaller the cake the more you can eat, right???)—we appropriately lost our shizz.

Alas, this won’t be just any old high tea, no no. Because gin is best served with, well, everything, all of your fave snackos adorning the gorgeous three-tiered cake stands will be infused with a hint of this botanical tipple. Please take a moment to let this sink in.

And as if this couldn’t get any better (spoiler: it does) there will be gin cocktails too, crafted by the masters at West Winds, Archie Rose, Giniversity and Bombay Sapphire so you know that it’s going to be legit.

Gin & High Tea will be kicking it off this weekend and continuing every Saturday and Sunday until 11 March with four seatings a day so yeah, it’s kind of the ultimate girls day out. And for just $65 per person, this is an absolute steal.

If you’re a massive gin lover like us, or just really love a good high tea, then you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss out on this amazing experience.

The Details

What: Gin & High Tea Where: Origins Restaurant When: Kicking off Saturday 3 February and then every Saturday and Sunday until 11 March Book by emailing Pan Pacific

Image credit: Provided

31 Relationship Deal Breakers For Every Perth Foodie

31 Relationship Deal Breakers For Every Perth Foodie

by Ellen Seah @ The A List | The Urban List

Some people consider not wanting tiny humans a relationship deal breaker, others won't date a person that can't make them laugh. But committing these deadly sins will see you swiftly kicked to the curb if you're dating a foodie. Here are the 31 relationship deal breakers for every Perth foodie. 

#1 They don’t share food.

#2 The words “I’m not hungry” are uttered more than once a year, the only acceptable occasion being post-Christmas lunch, dinner, and dessert. Even then we’d prefer not to hear it.

#3 They don’t plan dinners 24-hours in advance. Who doesn’t know what they’re eating for dinner when they wake up in the morning?!

#4 They don’t like waiting more than 15 minutes for a table.

#5 They’re not willing to wait more than an hour for a table because that’s (air-quote) “ridiculous”. Pssht.

#6 They tell you that you spend too much money on food. Don’t tell me how to live my life.

#7 They criticise you for eating authentic street food when you travel, and throughout the next day when you inevitably regret eating that dish which possibly had some kind of meat in it and possibly didn’t.

#8 They don’t like chocolate. Just leave.

#9 They say, “but you just ate”. So what?

#10 They order the first thing they see on the menu. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

#11 They ask you if you’re “seriously going to eat that”.

#12 When you offer them the last bite of your amazing meal, they eat it.  

#13 They eat any of the following: low-fat frozen meals, beef instant noodles, and/or home brand vanilla ice cream.

#14 They don’t eat out at least once a week.

#15 They don’t understand how the highlight of your day can be eating dinner and then sleeping.

#16 They don’t understand what “the hype is about cheese”. You realise they’re not so grate.

#17 They don’t consider dessert a necessity. But then what are you supposed to look forward to after dinner?

#18 They get embarrassed when you take pictures of food.

#19 Sometimes they skip meals because they “just forget”.

#20 They gift you things that don’t involve eating food, being around food or making food.

#21 They don’t understand the brilliant concept of snacking.

#22 They don’t understand your obsessive-compulsive checking of the fridge when you’re at home. Obviously, you’re just seeing if anything has changed in there.

#23 They only ever order salad.

#24 They incorrectly pronounce name’s of dishes, and then get annoyed when you try to helpfully correct them. Because you’re a caring, loving person.

#25 They believe that Subway/McDonalds/other fast food chains are acceptable Friday night date spots.

#26 They order steak well done.

#27 They remove cheese from their burgers.

#28 They don’t eat food that everyone should definitely eat all the time, like pizza, ice-cream, and cake.

#29 They only ask for a “sliver of cake”.

#30 They ask if you “really need another glass of wine”.   

#31 They buy hot anything from a 7/11 or servo. 

Dear foodies, here are 20 things you've probably said

Image Credit: Griffin Simm

Philly’s Little Africa

by Annie Risemberg @ Roads & Kingdoms

A community of immigrants from all over West Africa has grown into a permanent piece of the city’s cultural landscape.

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The 10 Best Dive Bars in Washington, DC

The 10 Best Dive Bars in Washington, DC

by Munchies Staff @ Munchies

From blues bars to Midwest-vibes watering holes to low-ceilinged cellars with top-notch jukeboxes, here are the best places to get divey in DC.

An Aussie Island Is Throwing A Crayfish Festival

An Aussie Island Is Throwing A Crayfish Festival

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Deep breaths team. We’ve just found the food festival of your dreams. This April, some of Australia’s best chefs (and foragers, we might add) are heading to Flinders Island. Where the heck is Flinders Island? Let us tell you. It’s a small island off the coast of Tasmania and if fresh seafood, native produce and a cheeky tipple sounds like your ideal weekend situation, you’ll want to buy tickets to this one right now.

Longsong chef, David Moyle has enlisted some of Australia’s best native chefs for the island’s inaugural Food and Crayfish Festival which will culminate in a beachside long table lunch on 14 April. We’re talking about James Vile (Biota), Mark LaBrooy (Three Blue Ducks), and Matt Stone and Jo Barrett (Oakridge Wines). They’ll even be showing up a week early to source the local ingredients personally. 

Oh, and by the looks of things, you’ll even be able to glamp on the island and yeah, this festival just got even more beautiful (we weren’t sure it was possible either). Also (yes, there’s more), because the islanders are just all ‘round great humans, they’ll be lending chairs from their own dining tables so you have somewhere to park it while you feast. 

There is literally nothing more Australian that heading to a secret beach on a lush island and scoffing shellfish all day long. You know it’s true. More details here

The Details

What: Flinders Island Food & Crayfish Festival When: 14 – 15 April Where: Flinders Island Cost: $240 pp

We also just found a luxe doggy high tea (we know).

Image credit: Michelle Tsang

There’s A Pop Up Bar Out The Back Of Connections For Three Weeks Only!

There’s A Pop Up Bar Out The Back Of Connections For Three Weeks Only!

by Anna Franklyn @ The A List | The Urban List

Everyone loves Connections, and everyone loves a pop-up bar, so we're willing to bet you're all going to flipping adore Joan, the brand-spankin' new pop up bar out the back of Connections.

Joan popped up last night in the warehouse off Nick's Lane in Chinatown (opposite the back entrance to the Standard) and let's just say, Joan is fabulous. The team at Connections has built the bar from scratch with recycled, repurposed and re-loved furniture and a whole lot of love, so it'd be rude not to go and visit before she closes up shop in three weeks.

Kapitol P will be spinning yacht rock, blue and brown eyed soul, funk, soul and disco on the decks, and the guys behind the bar will be slinging drinks all night, including the delicious Campari Sunrise cocktail as well as gin & juice and a good ol' mojito.

She'll only be around until the end of Fringe on Sunday 18 February, so get down there ASAP for a good time.

Want to catch a show while you're there? Here's what we think you need to see at Fringe.

Image credit: Joan

A banh mi crawl leads to some sumptious Vietnamese sandwiches - The Boston Globe

A banh mi crawl leads to some sumptious Vietnamese sandwiches - The Boston Globe


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A quick trip to Chinatown for banh mi quickly turned into a crawl to six places. We discovered in our travels that the heat, juicy meat, crusty bread, crisp vegetables, creamy mayo, hot chilies, and spicy sauce are an addictive combination.

Discover Trang An in a day

by admin @ Explore SonDoong Cave

Anyone who decides to plan a visit to Vietnam must obviously catch sight of Halong Bay on the list. Yet, they might not know about the terrestrial Halong Bay which is located about 100 km away from the capital. It is Trang An, a fascinating location that arrests a huge number of tourists every year.

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Here’s Where To See This Super Blue Blood Moon From In Perth

Here’s Where To See This Super Blue Blood Moon From In Perth

by Emma Pegrum @ The A List | The Urban List

If you’re like me and completely fascinated by things you have no scientific or technical understanding of, then you’ll be absolutely psyched for this cool space phenomenon that’s about to occur which is unofficially known as the ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’. If you haven’t heard about it by now, well, to be honest, you’ve come to the wrong place for the proper rundown on what the heck is actually happening.

To give it my best crack, the event we shall be #blessed with tomorrow night will see three lunar events coinciding to form one gigantic lunar event that’s not to be missed. It’s a full moon, but it’s the second one in a month, which makes it a blue moon. Yes, as in, ‘once in a blue moon’, which in reality is a weird saying because these are apparently not that uncommon. Then it’s also a super moon, which is a full moon at it’s closest point to Earth in a single orbit, making it look huge. And, finally, it’s a blood moon, which is basically a fancy word for a full lunar eclipse, coined because Earth casts a red shadow onto the moon as they come into alignment with each other. Or something.

While my explanation of this rare and exciting event might be sub-par, I promise I’ve got the goods when it comes to where and when to watch it. We Perthites are going to be able to see ‘totality’ (the part where the moon is red) start at 8.51pm, ending at 10.08pm. If you want to see the part where Earth’s shadow creeps on the moon, get there at 7pm. So get your tripods out and schedule your dinner in early: here’s where to lay down your picnic rug for the Super Blue Blood Moon in Perth.

Monument Hill

Mosman Park

The highest point of Buckland Hill in Mosman Park, Monument Hill provides sweeping views to the east which is where you’ll see the moon commence totality, low in the sky not long after sunset. With views of the city and the ocean you’ll feel totally immersed, and the best part is there shouldn’t be too much ‘city light’ around which is apparently ideal conditions for viewing this bad boy.

Bay View Park

Mosman Park

For the water babies among us, Bay View Park provides some of the most secluded and, more importantly, some of the darkest spots along the river for your Super Blue Blood Moon picnic. Who’s bringing the moon-themed cupcakes?

Bayswater Riverside Gardens

Bayswater

Seeing as we are getting slightly stitched up in Perth and seeing the moon quite early, the east side of the city is probably going to allow for better viewing than anywhere. The Bayswater Riverside Gardens with its big grass areas has some pretty damn good picnic spots, and it’s also got a bunch of interesting walking and cycle tracks if you want to incorporate some exercise into the whole outing.

Point Walter Sandbar

Point Walter

If you just wanna do the ‘pop out and see it for ten minutes’ job, then the Point Walter Sandbar might be a good spot for you to see this Super Blue Blood Moon in Perth. Take a walk out as far as the river’s tide will allow, check the moon with its reflection on the water in full glory, then scurry back to the car. There are plenty of spots to park up along the river there too, if you decide it’s worth staying for.

Kings Park

Perth City

Kings Park is a never-fail when it comes to seeing anything in the sky. The best spots to see this particular event are right along the Fraser Avenue lawns with city views galore, or you could venture up the DNA tower if you’re feeling the cosmic energy. Either way, we’re sure the night will be filled with lots of gushing and the old chorus of ‘we should really come here more often!’

Lesmurdie Falls National Park

Lesmurdie

If you’ve been meaning to get out to the Darling Scarp, now’s the time, because there will probably be no better place to see this galactic spectacle than on our eastern escarpment. Lesmurdie Falls National Park is a particularly good spot because there’s nice open parkland with BBQ’s if you wanna’ make a night of it, and it’s only a short walk up to the viewing platform so you can boost your views.

Hertha Reserve

Stirling

If you want to make it to the official Stargazer’s Party—that’s what I’m calling it—this is the place to be. The GDC Observatory and the Astronomy Education Services are teaming up to put on a free community event for the people of Perth to really soak in all this event has to offer. They’ll even have telescopes and big screen TVs!

Yokine Hill

Yokine

Yokine locals are gifted with one of Perth’s highest points—Yokine Hill reaches 83m above sea level and is the perfect spot to watch the moon paint our beautiful sky red! While not allowing for much picnicking, it’s a great spot to set up a tripod or stand with a craned neck, iPhone in hand and capture the moon in full view.

Reabold Hill

Floreat

The highest natural point on our metro coastal plain, you can’t go past Reabold Hill as a spot to watch the Super Blue Blood Moon. You get incredible views from up here, especially—and we’re not condoning it—if you climb up onto the roof of the viewing platform. You can see the ocean—sometimes Rotto—the city skyline, darling scarp and glimpses of the Swan River. It’s crazy. The big red moon’s just gonna be the cherry (ha! cherry) on top.

Prince Lane

Perth City

If you want to take in the lunar views with a cocktail in hand, this beaut rooftop haunt is the spot. If you haven’t made it there yet, the Prince Lane rooftop bar is a literal urban oasis, with glittering lights and greenery set against the backdrop of the city. You could grab one of their dee-licious frozen blood orange martinis to match the moon!

The Standard

Northbridge

If, again, you’re like me, and you’ve already booked Fringe tickets for the night without realising that it’s actually the universe who’s putting on the show, never fear: let The Standard’s rooftop bar be your urban vantage point. Offering up pretty wide open views of the sky as far as Northbridge bars go, The Standard will easily double up as a great viewing platform and a place to enjoy a champas before your show or a nightcap after it.

If none of those are going to work for you, head to the outdoor cinemas and pray you can catch a glimpse.

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Banh Mi in Saigon

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

I just returned from an intensive eating vacation that meandered through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. One of the highlights, without a doubt, were the delicious banh mi sandwiches we ate in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). To call them simply Vietnamese subs would be an insult. They begin with the greatest French bread – much […]

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Sara Moulton films an episode of her show

by admin @ Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich

amous cookbook author and TV personality Sara Moulton featured our sandwich on her show.   Sara to her brother Judge Moulton:   “the best restaurant … the most incredible banh mi.” Aww, thanks Sara!  

Exploring Kep, Cambodia by Motorbike

by Tiffany @ Two Peas in a Plane

From the chill town of Kampot, we took a 30 minute bus ride to neighboring seaside town Kep.  Although we had a great time in Kampot, we were looking forward to our next stay which would finally have Air Conditioning! To recap, our stay in Kampot was our first attempt at “roughing it” to try […]

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The Best Hairdressers In Perth City

The Best Hairdressers In Perth City

by Holly Nicholls @ The A List | The Urban List

Trialling a new hairdresser is a lot like getting on a suspiciously cheap flight—there’s always a possibility of permanent damage or disaster. But if you're working in the city, we're willing to bet you've considered cheating on your hairdresser from the burbs with someone in the city, just to get your precious Saturday mornings back!

If you’re planning on going under the knife (cough scissors), we’ve rounded up the best hairdressers in Perth city!

Head Studio

Probably one of the most well-known hair salons in Perth, Head Studio has got the goods to whip your mane into shape. Leaders in the Perth fashion world, the Head Studio stylists love creating new trends and have been decorated with many awards, plus, the uber trendy King Street salon will have you feeling like you have escaped to New York.

Tao Of Hair

When you think of Tao of Hair, the words cutting edge come to mind. The King Street salon is edgy with a minimalist feel to it, while the hairstyles that come out of the doors are downright amazing. The team here will help you rock any crazy colour you can think of and if you need a bit of inspo, their pics on Facebook are a great place to start!

Peggy Sue's Parlour

If you feel like shaking things up, book yourself an appointment with Bee at Peggy Sue's and let her work some magic on your locks. She's a total fashion and beauty queen and isn't afriad of a bit of colour. Be careful, once you step inside, you'll never let anyone else touch your hair again.

Turner Hairdressing

Feel like a post work Friday treat? This Hay Street salon is where it’s at for a wash and blow dry before heading out with the girls. Whether you’re in need of an updo, redo or just a standard cut and colour, you can rely on Turner. Using the Spanish colour Lakme, they’re pumping out dreamy creams and moody browns and all in a super beautiful, chilled environment.

Aradise Hair Salon

Aradise is the luxury salon making (blow) waves in Brookfield Place. Pumping out all the best locks until late from Monday to Friday and stocked with the divine Aveda products, you know you’re in for a couple of hours of plant based, environmentally friendly goodness. We also heard along the grapevine that they offer a blow dry for $40 from 9am to 2pm every week day. 

Toni & Guy

There's a reason this international brand is so well known, they know hair. Period. The Perth CBD salon boasts a team of award-winning hairdressers who will cut and colour your hair to perfection every single time. 

Want more? Here are the best hairdressers in Perth that are open late.

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Mermaid Lattes Exist In Perth And We Are Swimming With Excitement

Mermaid Lattes Exist In Perth And We Are Swimming With Excitement

by Anna Franklyn @ The A List | The Urban List

Move over turmeric, matcha and beetroot, there’s a new kid on the coffee alternative block and it's going by the name of the Mermaid Latte.

Pengos Cafe down in Shoalwater has just introduced the mermaid latte to their customers and the people are loving it for a whole sea of reasons.

This bright blue drink is packed full of herbs and minerals which are said to lower stress and support adrenal function, plus it's organic, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free and everything else you can think of, so it's basically health in a cup!

But don't go thinking it's taste free. While it might be the not-so-tasty-on-its-own blue spirulina giving the drink its blue colour, it's also packed full of coconut milk, manuka honey, ginger, cinnamon and other delicious flavours to make sure you'll be hooked after just one sip.

Shoalwater a bit far to travel for a cuppa? Why not make a day of it and jump on one of the five minute cruises across the sea to Penguin Island so you can try and spot a mermaid, or perhaps just a dolphin or two.

Want more? Here are Perth's best cafes for non-coffee drinkers.

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Saigon Restaurants up the ante

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

Peter Cornish looks at what it takes to make it and make it last in Ho Chi Minh City’s food and beverage sector. Despite being ...

Immigration Debate To Start As A Jump Ball In The Senate

by Kelsey Snell, NPR @ Houston Public Media

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is launching an unpredictable process Monday, affording lawmakers the chance to bring any ideas to the floor. "Whoever gets to 60 [votes] wins," he said

Scooters in Chiang Mai: How to drive safely around the city

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Scooters are everywhere in Chiang Mai. Just like anywhere else in Thailand, they are used for transportation of people, goods and even animals. For expats living in Chiang Mai they are a necessary tool to get to work quickly and to see places further away from the city, which often cannot be found in any […]

5 Awesome Things To Do In Perth This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Perth This Week

by Tina Varghese @ The A List | The Urban List

We're five days into February already? While you’re busy trying to figure out how to slow down time, we’ve lined up some pretty cool stuff for you to this week to help you cheer up in the meantime.

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

All Week

CLASSIC MOVIES AT NEVERMIND SMALL CLUB

There's nothing like turning around a sad ol' weekday with a good #throwback movie. Nevermind Smallclub & Deliveroo have joined forces to bring you Smallclub Movieclub as part of Fringe. They’ll be serving up cult classics all week from Monday through Thursday, and $20 will get you a beanbag, popcorn and a drink (an alcoholic one, because you deserve it). If you’re still hungry, Deliveroo is offering free delivery from a bunch of places around Northbridge. You know that Netflixing at home won’t get you free delivery, so you'd better get yourself to Nevermind. Click here for more details.

Monday 5 February

ALL YOU CAN EAT CHICKEN WINGS AT CAPTAIN STIRLING

Play some pool, chug down some $5 tins, and inhale some chicken wings because Captain Stirling is doing unlimited chicken wings for just $20. We say take up the challenge and try to get crowned the king of the roost. Click here for more details.   

Wednesday 7 February

ENDLESS TAPAS AND LIVE JAZZ AT LANEWAY LOUNGE

Holy smokes! This Wednesday night, $49 will get you endless—yes, ENDLESS—tapas as Laneway Lounge AND a cocktail. Talk about good value! There's also live jazz from 7:30pm so you'll be hard pressed not to have a good time. Get more info here.

GIN MASTERCLASS AT THE MAYFAIR LANE

Let’s talk about gin. Grin away while making gin at this gin masterclass (Is the wordplay too much? We were just be-gin-ing). Get a chance to make your own bespoke gin while learning about the different gins around the world. Once your done, take home a jar of your own creation and celebrate gin-o-clock every day. 

Thursday 8 February

RAW COMEDY AT THE COMEDY LOUNGE

Get yourself to the Comedy Lounge in Perth for the final heat of Raw Comedy. Tickets are only $20 and you all know a night of laughter is priceless, so get down there and start your weekend early.

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The Cu Chi Tunnels – A testament to Vietnamese resilience

by Christopher Barker @ Vinaday Travel – A Leading Tour Operator

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn The Cu Chi Tunnels A sprawling network of tunnels spanning nearly 200km, The Cu Chi tunnels expand from close to the border of Cambodia to the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. The tunnel system also included hospitals, schools, dormitories and strategy rooms. The scale of the network was underestimated by […]

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Honey Season is Over, But You’re Just in Time for Honey Vodka Season

by Troy Nahumko @ Roads & Kingdoms

We had left Baku to return to northwestern Azerbaijan in search of the best honey we had ever tasted.

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Pandanmodium | Perth’s Best Pandan Everything

Pandanmodium | Perth’s Best Pandan Everything

by Annalise Bolt @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s mean, it’s green and it’s popping up in dishes all over Perth. This bright South East Asian ingredient will give your fave foods a sweet twist. For the uninitiated—pandan comes from a tropical plant found in South East Asia and creates a bright green colour that looks straight out of Wonka’s factory. There’s good reason this fun food is known as the Asian vanilla—it’s delicious.

Here is Perth’s best pandan everything.

Pandan Brownies | Fatboi Brownies

Cafes across Perth

Why have a plain brownie, when you can add some bright green goodness to that delicious morsel? Let’s be honest, brownies don’t need improving on but this interesting flavour combo will leave you one happy camper. Fatboi Brownies have taken a white chocolate blondey, infused it with pandan and topped it with a layer of coconut jam custard (i.e. kaya). You can find these bad boys at The General Sherman in Murdoch, So They Say in Fremantle and Someday Coffee Co in Floreat.

Pandan Crepes | Chapels on Whatley

Maylands

This cosy Maylands teahouse is the perfect setting to try all things pandan—with pandan leaf tea, sponge cake, lamingtons, crepes and if you’re lucky, even cheesecake. The best of the bunch is the Malay green pandan coconut crepes served with a mango and passionfruit coulis and drizzled with palm syrup and coconut cream. If tea is your thang, you’ll be sipping to your hearts content with an impressive selection of brews imported from across the globe. The blooming teas (flowers that unfurl as you brew the tea) are absolute beauties. It’s almost inevitable you’ll get completely sidetracked in their shop of Asian antiques.

Coconut Pandan Ice Cream | Bites By D

Mount Hawthorn

Coconut and pandan—what a dream combo. Get around it at Bites by D with their coconut pandan ice cream. It’s served with jackfruit so you’re in for some great South East Asian flavours. It’s impossible not to be caught staring into the desserts cabinet, everything is handmade in store and absolutely stunning.

Pandacotta | Neho

Victoria Park

You’ll be green with envy if you miss out on Neho's pandacotta. It’s topped with salted coconut crumble and comes with a fresh lime coconut granita on the side. This unique dish is the best way to round out a meal of Asian tapas, but if one dessert is never enough give in to that sweet tooth and try all three with the dessert trio.

Pandan Coconut Rice | Nasi Lemak Korner

Como & Mosman Park

Prepare yourself for the ultimate Malaysian feed. Nasi Lemak Korner's pandan coconut rice goes well with umm, everything on the menu and trust us, you’ll tempted to order the whole lot. Their talented team of chefs also teach roti making classes.

Black Rice Pudding With Pandan And Lime Syrup | Sage Cafe

Victoria Park

Summery and sweet, this brekky is best enjoyed soaking up in the sun in their lovely courtyard. Sage Cafe serves up black rice pudding with pandan and lime syrup, coconut cream, summer fruit, macadamia and honeycomb. If you’re dreaming of green, you might find more pandan in their weekend specials and freshly baked muffins.

Vegan Coconut Pandan Ice Cream | Gelato101 Vegan Artisan

Cottesloe

Vegans rejoice! You too can enjoy some coconut pandan gelato from the team at Gelato101 Vegan Artisan, a vegan ice cream shop in Cottesloe. These guys also do the beloved doughnut cone from time to time so keep an eye on their Facebook page to find out when it will come back next!

Coconut Pandan Sago | Measure Dessert Bar

Mount Lawley

When you find a place devoted entirely to dessert and drinks, you know you’re onto a good thing. Order the coconut pandan sago at Measure and impress your date with your adventurous palate #socultured. It’s guaranteed to be presented like no other dessert you’ve had and is served with watermelon granita, guava sorbet, coconut gel and dragonfruit.

French Toast With Coconut Pandan Custard | Frisch and Barc

Como

Simply delightful. Frisch and Barc serve up a pretty plate of brioche French toast with mix berry and apple compote, coconut pandan custard and topped with crushed pistachio and shortbread crumble. It goes without saying, this is best paired with a big mug of coffee.

Pandan Rice Dumplings | PappaRich

Various Locations

Be brave and muster up the courage to dig into the exotic dessert at PappaRich. Brace yourself, you’ll be trying organic soy milk with pandan tong yuen (pandan rice dumplings) and longan (a tropical fruit). Trust us, it’s an interesting taste and worth it just for bragging rights. If you prefer your dessert bite-sized (and can’t fit anything else in after your Malaysian feast), try the pandan sesame balls.

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Letters from Arakan

by Adib Chowdhury @ Roads & Kingdoms

Finding the Rohingya’s own voices lacking in coverage of the migration crisis, a photojournalist gathers handwritten letters from survivors.

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There’s A Big Gay Pop Up Wedding Poppin’ Up In Perth

There’s A Big Gay Pop Up Wedding Poppin’ Up In Perth

by Tina Varghese @ The A List | The Urban List

There’s another big (and quite frankly, more important) wedding happening before the upcoming #RoyalWedding—YOURS! Well, yours if you're part of a same sex relationship and want to get married anyway. Ask your mum for your something borrowed, slide on your garter, grab your best man or maid, and tell your squad you need a ride to the aisle!

You and your bae are graciously being invited to your own beautiful pop-up wedding this autumn, because ‘Straya said YES and now it’s time for you to do the same! Wedding celebrant, Weddings by Kate is hosting a super cost-effective Big Gay Pop Up Wedding for all you lovebirds at the Riverbrook Restaurant at Upper Reach Winery on Friday 27 April.

For just $1550 (plus GST) per couple, the pop-up wedding will tick all of the boxes on your Pinterest wedding checklist, complete with a breathtaking view of the lush vineyard overlooking the Swan River, premium venue décor with rainbow touches (which can be personalised), music of your choice, a wedding photographer, a delicious wedding cake and some bubbly to get the party started! The dedicated teams at Weddings by Kate and Riverbook will take care of everything down to the last detail, and all you have to do is show up with your wedding party, dressed to impress.

Once you’ve said your I Dos, you can head over to the reception of your choice or chose an upgrade to have your reception at the venue with options from tapas and cocktails to a sit-down dinner.

The Details

When: Friday 27 April Where: Riverbrook Restaurant, Upper Reach Winery, Swan Valley Click here for more details

Not sure what to do for the Honeymoon? Check out the best affordable luxe honeymoon destinations!

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Taking the Ferry from Greece to Turkey (to Greece)

by Kevin Revolinski @ The Mad Traveler

Long historical enemies, the Turks and the Greeks, especially along the Aegean Sea, have more in common than many will

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Monthly Update: Saigon, Bangkok, Melbourne – March 2016

by Jimmy @

Greetings from Melbourne! After a three month road trip across America and two months in Saigon, I am finally back in Australia. I spent a week in Melbourne in late August prior to leaving for America and couldn’t wait to … Read all about it!

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Madame Vo for Bun Bo Hue and Pho

by tshi @ what shi eats

Madame Vo 212 East 10th St (2nd Ave) New York, NY 10003 Quick post for a place that deserves a quick bite. Madame Vo is one of two new vietnamese restaurants to open in East Village this year (the other is Hanoi House). I promise to try Hanoi House soon to do a comparison, but first up … Continue reading Madame Vo for Bun Bo Hue and Pho

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The Best Spots To Watch The Sunrise In Perth

The Best Spots To Watch The Sunrise In Perth

by Alexis Donkin @ The A List | The Urban List

Even if you're a morning person, you probably don't take the time to enjoy a sunrise over Perth enough—it's hard to get out of bed in the dark, we get it. But as the sky turns a crisp orange or beautiful soft pink, it's pretty special and totally worth setting the alarm for, even if it's just once this year.

That's the hard part, so now to the easy bit. We've done the research for you and these are the best spots to watch a sunrise in Perth—we're pretty sure you won't be disappointed. Remember, the early bird catches the worm...

Frasers Avenue

Kings Park

It offers one of the best views in Perth no matter what time of day it is, and come sunrise it's nothing short of spectacular. An uninterrupted view of the hills, our city skyline, the iconic Swan River and of course, Elizabeth Quay. If you haven't been up there for a while, head up there for sunrise. Try and grab a spot near the State War Memorial, it offers the perfect backdrop for a photo or two. Just remember to take a blanket—it can be pretty chilly up there in the wee hours.

Parliament House

West Perth

Now, this is not a place many of us frequent, but we guarantee you can catch a pretty spectacular view of the sunrise here. There is parking for members of the public, although if you're heading up there that early we doubt you'll be fighting for a spot. For those keen to get some photos, this is the place to be. With the gorgeous high-rise buildings in the foreground and a stunning sunrise emerging behind it—just wow!

Claisebrooke Cove

East Perth

Park up on Royal Street and find a spot along the waterfront to watch the sunrise, or for those of you who are fortunate enough to have a boat, you might want to spend the night on it and wake up here! The sky from this viewpoint is nothing short of breathtaking in the early hours. And don't forget there are loads of fantastic cafes around for a post-sunrise coffee or breakfast date. 

South Perth Foreshore

South Perth 

Early risers south of the CBD, this one's for you. Find a spot along the banks of the Swan River somewhere near the Narrows Bridge for the one of the best views of the Perth sunrise. Take a picnic rug and find a spot on the grass, bring along a hot coffee and simply enjoy one of the most beautiful times of the day. And then why not dig into a hot breakfast afterwards? Win win.

Matilda Bay

Crawley

Matilda Bay offers a stunning view and a great walking track, so you can kill two birds with one stone and get some exercise in after you watch the sunrise. Or you could just go to Bayside Kitchen for a coffee. Try and choose a still morning when the water is like glass for some epic photos.

Old Swan Brewery

Crawley

Another beautiful waterfront location that is totally worth setting the alarm early for. Again, if you can get a still morning, you'll get some seriously Insta-worthy pics. And before you panic, there is parking, you can access it just east of the Old Swan Brewery. From there, you can walk down to the good ol' blue boat shed to get that iconic Perth shot. Remember, the earlier the better to really capture all the of the colours.

Rottnest Island

Rottnest

Okay, okay. We know you're not exactly going to board a ferry to get to Rottnest and watch the sunrise. But, if you are planning a little getaway on the island at some point, then you must get really early at least once to capture the exceptionally pretty sunrise. Pinkies Beach offers the best viewpoint, although there's nothin' wrong with a hot cuppa from the verandah of your cabin (or tent for the campers out there) to watch the sunrise. 

Hillarys Marina Lighthouse

Hillarys

If you make your way to the end of North Mole (with your camera handy of course) you'll find the perfect setting for a sunrise. This spot is particularly popular for sunsets, but we're here to tell you the other end of the day is just as speccy. Not overly busy, this is a must for anyone keen to witness a stunning sunrise. 

Lions Lookout

Lesmurdie

We love this stunning spot for sunset, but we'll have you know that sunrise is just as gorgeous here. Perched up on the hill in Perth's eastern suburbs, you're right in the thick of the action here. It is a drive for anyone who doesn't live near the hills, but coffee vans are known to frequent the area to help keep you wide awake. While you're up that way maybe check out the Carmel area and make a day of it. 

Jorgensen Park

Kalamunda

This is a beautiful spot for early risers who want to take their pooch for a morning walk. It doesn't offer panoramic views, but nestled amongst the trees you can witness all of the colours of a beautiful sunrise here. It offers plenty of stunning photo opportunities, and dog lovers may want to include their favourite four-legged friend in the photoshoot. There’s parking off Crescent Road near the Learning Centre.

As The Beatles would say… “Here comes the sun, doo doo doo doo…”

Prefer to watch the sunset? Check out these incredible spots.

Image credit: Alvin Balemesa via Unsplash

6 Adventurous things to do in Chiang Mai

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Northern Thailand, is truly rich in culture, nature and food. Attested by more than 300 Buddhist temples, numerous historical sites, 4 colourful festivals and uncountable markets, Chiang Mai cannot be missing on your Thailand itinerary. It’s also a playground for adventurers, thrill-seekers, and adrenaline junkies. Chiang Mai will […]

An exploration of Vietnamese Food from North to the South

by Jimmy @

Vietnamese food is simple, yet exciting and loved by millions around the world – me especially. After the first year of travel primarily through Latin America, I felt that I should spend the majority of the second year in the country of my heritage. What I … Read all about it!

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7 of the best banh mi around metro Atlanta

7 of the best banh mi around metro Atlanta


myajc

I love the little rebellion that is the banh mi, a Vietnamese sandwich built on a French baguette.

Home sweet home: Find your dream place in Thailand

by Joanna @ The Blond Travels

The first thing which you need to do when you come to live in Thailand is to find a good place to stay. It’s a stressful process for those, who want to settle here for the first time, but despite what you might think, finding an apartment, or a house in the Land of Smiles […]

Top 6 luxurious all-inclusive resorts in Phan Thiet

by admin @ Explore SonDoong Cave

Rock Water Bay Beach Resort in Phan ThietIt takes around 20 minutes from the south of Phan Thiet City, the Rock Water Bay Beach Resort in Phan Thiet stands out as a shinning pearl in the middle of the Ke Ga Beach. Spreading over 4 hectares of coast, 86 rooms of Rock Water Bay Beach

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Best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City VietNam

by Định Nguyễn @ KIM TRAVEL

 You have to know the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City VietNam for a good holiday time Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is Vietnam in high gear. Paying a visit to Ho Chi Minh City is to be introduced to a dramatic meeting of old and new culture, a dynamic […]

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Tea Fanatic Geoff Hopkins

by AsiaLIFE @ AsiaLIFE Vietnam

London-born Geoff Hopkins spends a few months every year searching for wild tea trees in Vietnam’s misty mountainous regions. For Geoff is a tea obsessive. ...

Coconut Milk: 10 Irresistible Ways To Use It

by clotilde @ Chocolate & Zucchini

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This post is made possible by the support of La Maison du Coco. More info below! My pantry doesn’t feel […]

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Trump Administration Plans To Defang Consumer Protection Watchdog

by Chris Arnold, NPR @ Houston Public Media

The new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is making the agency less aggressive in its mission. An internal memo obtained by NPR says the CFPB will unveil a strategic plan to that end

The Carry-On Luggage We Used To Travel The World for a Year

by Minh and Tiffany @ Two Peas in a Plane

Figuring out what luggage we wanted to bring on our RTW trip was a whole task in itself.  There are so many options to choose from, and having never been on a long-term trip ourselves, we weren’t sure where to even start.  We did a lot of research scouring many travel blogs, forums, reviews of […]

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Yong Kang Beef Noodles 永康牛肉麺館 – One Of The Best Taiwanese Beef Noodles In Taipei

by admin @ DanielFoodDiary.com

[Taipei] Yong Kang Beef Noodles 永康牛肉麺館 is known to be one of the best Taiwanese beef noodle joints in Taipei, well-known for its spicy soup. This two-level restaurant serves up signature Beef Noodles with tender Australian beef and chewy noodles in a flavourful broth, definitively a winner judging by the line in front of this dining establishment. (The other famous shop in the neighbourhood is 老张牛肉麵店 Lao Zhang Beef Noodles.) I went at about 10:45am and there were about 2-3 people in the line. Thinking that it should be okay if I take a stroll around the neighbourhood, I returned at 11:00am only to see about 30 – 40 people in the queue already. Many of them brought along their luggage or entire families. Lesson learnt: Come early. Yong Kang Beef Noodles was founded back in 1963 by Mr. Cheng who originally from Szechuan in China. After he finished his military duties, Mr. Cheng decided to open a small stall at Yong Kang Street and sell beef noodles. The stall became an instant hit and started to attract both locals and people from China who moved here to Taipei City. After Mr. Cheng retired in the 1970s, the place was handed over to his protégé, Mr. Luo who is the current owner. As for the interior, it has not much changed over the years. There are dozens of tables and they are usually packed with customers. You will also see the counter with a menu to choose from. There is also a tourist-friendly English and Japanese menu with photos. Most of the tables are round and can accommodate up to 6 people. If you come solo or in a pair, you are likely to be seated with other patrons. Their signature dish is the Braised Beef with Noodles in Spicy...

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10 important travel tips in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam for travelers

by Định Nguyễn @ KIM TRAVEL

10 important travel tips in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam for travelers  Vacations are for reducing stress, not adding to it. Unfortunately, things can happen to make any vacation a stressful experience, no matter how beautiful the locale and destination. Some things you are not able to control, such as the weather or flights delayed. Other things, such […]

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PSA: Bivouac Is Doing Yum Cha Again For Three Sundays Only

PSA: Bivouac Is Doing Yum Cha Again For Three Sundays Only

by Tina Varghese @ The A List | The Urban List

Sunday session just got sorted y’all! Chicken feet, goat chops, squid tentacles and radish cakes are just some of the exciting ~yums~ you can try at Bivouac Canteen & Bar’s Bivcha Sunday sessions!

In true yum cha style, Bivouac will be serving up scrumptious food and bubble tea cocktails for your boozy Sunday needs—all served off a traditional yum cha trolley of course. The Bivcha sessions will be held over THREE SUNDAYS while Fringe and Perth Festival are running, so you have plenty of opportunities to take out your bae, bestie and your bubs for that overdue brunch you’ve been planning since forever.

If you wanna beat the every-hungry crowd, best to book ahead, but don’t stress, we’ll always save you some delish egg tarts.

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When: 10am-2pm, Sunday, 4 & 18 February and 4 March Where: Bivouac Canteen & Bar, 198 William St, Perth WA 6000 Click here for more details

While you're in Northbridge, check out a Fringe show or two.

Image credit: Bivouac

8 best Vietnamese eateries in Singapore, picked by ST's food critics

8 best Vietnamese eateries in Singapore, picked by ST's food critics


The Straits Times

There's no need to travel to Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi for a good bowl of pho, or your favourite banh xeo Vietnamese pancake. Singapore now has plenty of Vietnamese eateries with a range of food offerings from across Vietnam. Take your pick from salads and spring rolls, to noodles and banh mi, as well as other main dishes and desserts.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Best Banh Mi: Saigon Cuisine | Best of Broward-Palm Beach® 2015: Your Key to the City

Best Banh Mi: Saigon Cuisine | Best of Broward-Palm Beach® 2015: Your Key to the City


New Times Broward-Palm Beach

Once you experience a proper/authentic Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, there is no going back — every sandwich you taste thereafter is judged upon th...

Banh Mi – The Best Saigon Street Food You Must Try

Banh Mi – The Best Saigon Street Food You Must Try


Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Banh Mi is one of the most delicious sandwiches in the world which can even urge people to travel to Saigon. Let's taste the best Saigon street food Banh Mi

WATCH: Paintings Of Barack And Michelle Obama Unveiled At Portrait Gallery

by Camila Domonoske, NPR, PBS NewsHour @ Houston Public Media

The former president and first lady chose artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald — the first African-American artists to receive such a commission — to paint them for the museum's collection

Some of Our Favorite Cookbooks from 2017

by Steve Dolinsky @ Steve Dolinsky

For the last three years, Rick Bayless and I have set aside a week in early December to talk about some of our favorite cookbooks from the past year. There were some dynamite books released in 2017, so on this edition of The Feed Podcast, we first talked to Chef Paul Kahan (avec, Blackbird, The […]

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