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Top 10 Pork Dishes of 2017

by Joshua Lurie @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

Every Tuesday, the Dose of Vitamin P column celebrates my favorite pork dish from the previous week. I live in L.A. and was lucky enough to visit places like Paso Robles, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and Vancouver Island (Tofino and Victoria). Along the way, I took hundreds of hopeful bites. Look back at my 10 top pork dishes from 2017. Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below for easy reference. Click on each link or photo to learn more about each pork dish in the Top 10. 10. Garlic & Chives Caramelized Catfish & Pork Belly 9. Verlaine Pork Chop 8. Tumaca Truck Lomo Con Queso 7. Twohey’s Tavern Ham Steak 6. Manhattan Beach Post Porchetta MORE PORK PICKS ON THE NEXT PAGE

Top 10 Pork Dishes of 2017

The most popular Saigon street food – Bánh mì

The most popular Saigon street food – Bánh mì


Eating Saigon!

Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa 26 Le Thi Rieng Street District 1 ***** Where is the best Bánh Mì in Saigon? I think I know. Bánh mì is among the most popular and ubiquitous street foods in Saigon. Walk any stre…

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

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


Orange County Register

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

Bánh xèo Vietnamese pancake with fillings

by Digital Marketing @ Hop On Hop Off Viet Nam – Most convenient city tour bus services

Banh Xeo 1. The Origin of Ban xeo. Apart from other famous foods in vietnam ,Banh xeo Vietnamese pancake also in Japan and Korea with powder outside, inside with shrimp , meat and bean sprouts.   Types of Banh Xeo

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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.

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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The Best Chicken Wings in L.A. Make Our Sauciest Snack Dreams Come True

by Brittany Martin @ Los Angeles Magazine

Gather the wet wipes

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Recipe: Grilled pork sandwich -Bánh mì thịt nướng

by Helen Le @ Danang Cuisine

Recipe: Grilled pork sandwich - Bánh mì thịt nướng By Helen Le Published: December 30, 2017Prep: 20 minsCook: 30 minsReady In: 50 minsYield: 3-5 (3 Servings)"Banh mi thit nuong" which is Vietnamese sandwich with grilled pork, is the special version of "banh mi". This is one of the most popular breakfast in Vietnam. Bánh mì […]

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 […]

Hoian cooking class – best way to explore Hoian’s cuisine

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

With uncountable restaurants, no matter what their location or size, offering courses lasting from an hour to a day long, with the prices significantly ranging, it is not hard to join a Hoian cooking class. The luxury Indochina tours ThuanTinh island cookery class Joining Thuan Tinh cooking class, you will experience a few additional activities.

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Mr. Lew’s in the new

by humin @ The Tender

Last night we stumbled upon not only the newly renovated and fully finished Brenda’s, but also the new half of Mister Lew’s Win Win Bar & Sazerac Emporium. As we mentioned when they first opened back in March, the bar was a temporary incarnation until they renovated the space next door and decided on a concept for the two spaces that they planned to fully link together. On November 5th they closed down the space at 441 Jones that we all knew, and a few days later opened the space next door that they had been renovating for the last few months and you can see below. Meanwhile the work... read more >

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!  

24 Geelong Brunch Dishes You Need To Try This Summer

24 Geelong Brunch Dishes You Need To Try This Summer

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

Sometimes our readers like to *kindly* request we explore ‘happening’ food scenes a little further outside of the inner Metro Melbourne bubble. Well, how do you like us now?? We’ve fuelled up the car, popped a pack of Allen’s Strawberries & Cream in the glove box, and driven no less than 75 kilometres from the CBD to taste test the thriving metropolis of coastal Geelong.

And here are 24 brunch dishes worth leaving Fitzroy for this summer.

The Green Breaky with seed toast, kale pesto, wilted spinach, avocado & poached eggs & pepitas at the James Street Bakery. The Brekky Nasi Goreng with fried eggs, chilli, spring onions, peanuts & housemade nam jim from Go Cafe. The peanut butter waffle with peanut butter mousse, strawberry jam, salted peanuts, chocolate crumble & strawberries at Freckle Duck. The Benedict Trio with three golden muffins, three poached eggs & house-made hollandaise, topped with smoked salmon, spinach & champagne ham at Sailors’ Rest. The Bear Bowl with coconut oil, sauteed Asian greens, kale, purple cabbage, lemon, asparagus, chilli, free range fried egg, sesame seeds & pickled pink onion at Bear & Bean. The Okonomiyaki with Japanese-style savoury cabbage & vegetable pancake, topped with a fried egg, nori, pickled ginger, kewpie mayo, okonomiyaki & sriracha sauce from Down The Alley. Persian waffles with yoghurt cream, Turkish delight, pistachios, rosewater honey & fairy floss at A Spot For Joe. The Brekky Panini with ham, cheese, tomato & seeded may from Fuel: Coffee + Food. The vegan Choc Lamington Waffle with coconut, strawberry jam, chocolate sauce & raspberry sorbet from The Backyard. The Spring Vegetable Omelette with miso & bacon from Little Green Corner. The BBQ Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict at John Doe Speciality Coffee. The Spanish Baked Eggs with tomato concasse, roast capsicum, cannellini beans, onion & chorizo, served with Zeally Bay Sourdough at Black Cup Cafe. The Haloumi & Corn Fritters with avocado, yoghurt, dukkah & poached eggs at Chapel On Little Ryrie. The Matcha Vegan Waffle with fruit sorbet, strawberry compote, banana chips & pana chocolate at King Of The Castle Cafe. The Oreo Pancakes with whipped vanilla bean creme, dark chocolate biscuit, vanilla ice cream, warm fudge syrup & strawberry compote at 63 Degrees. The Cinnamon Crumpets with roasted pears, walnut granola, maple & mascarpone at Three Little Figs. The Brioche French Toast with seasonal poached fruit, mascarpone, maple syrup & roasted almonds at Two Sugars on Pako. The Warm Almond & Brown Rice Pudding with poached rhubarb, chia, sunflower crunch & Alpine Coconut Yoghurt from The Pickers Union. The Sri Lankan Eggs Benedict with two poached eggs on hoppers, ham, spinach & hollandaise sauce at Rook: Sri Lankan Fusion. The Spanish Churros with fresh berries & rich chocolate sauce at Wharf Shed Cafe. The Burrito Bowl with wild rice, sweetcorn & onion fritters, cucumber & tomato salad, seeds, raita & grilled lime at Sticks & Grace. The Eggs Benedict on potato rosti with bacon & hollandaise sauce at Eddy & Wills. The Ricotta Hotcakes with blackberry mascarpone, seeds, pistachio, berries & maple syrup at Winter’s Cafe. The Corn & Black Bean Fritters with avocado, tomato & radish salad, ricotta salata, mojo verde & poached eggs at House Iberia.

While you're down in Geelong you should check out Rone's latest work.

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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!

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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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

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Bill Murray Just Announced He’s Touring Australia This Year

Bill Murray Just Announced He’s Touring Australia This Year

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Pinch us, because we might be dreaming. Bill Freaking Murray, AKA the greatest legend ever to grace God’s green earth, has just announced he’ll be touring Australia this November.

Yep, really.

The tour sounds pretty interesting actually. In classic Murray style he’s opted for something a bit stranger than a simple ‘Night With Bill Murray’ Q&A sesh. He’ll be touring with German-born classical cellist Jan Vogler, mixing Vogler’s classical music with readings from literary greats like Ernest Hemingway and Walt Whitman to create some sort of Murray-esque meta-performance.

There’ll be a small classical ensemble on stage, including Vogler’s wife, the famous violinist Mira Wang, plus pianist Vanessa Perez. The whole thing is being spruiked as a ‘spirited night of music and literature’. We might just die.

Want to get your greedy mitts on tickets? You and every other sentient being in Australia. There’s a pre-sale this Wednesday which kicks off at 9am SHARP. Tix will go on sale to the general public on Monday 19 February at 9am.

This probably goes without saying, but don’t play coy. These will sell out faster than your browser can refresh.

The Details

What: New Worlds, featuring Bill Murray & Jan Vogler When: Perth, November 7. Sydney, November 9 & 10. Wellington, November 14. Brisbane, November 16. Melbourne, November 17. To register for pre-sale tickets, head here. Cost: $99.90 - $249.90, depending on how close you get to Murray’s earthly essence.

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Our Favourite Lingerie Boutiques in Hong Kong

by Sassy Girls @ Sassy Hong Kong

Ooh La Bra!   It’s a well-concealed secret that every day is a little more fabulous with the addition of beautiful lingerie. And make no mistake, ladies, special lingerie is all about how it makes you feel. When shopping for intimates, the combination of comfort and style are on the top of our priority list. […]

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10 Best Authentic Food Travel Experiences in 2017

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Busy Dojo, Playcation + Near Beer in Santa Ana

by Sean Inman @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

Last week’s beer Homework assignment was to check out the new Dankness Dojo from Modern Times Beer that opened in Downtown Los Angeles. Well, I walked the walk and visited for myself. Twice. You can’t miss the sign out front on Olive Street. Once inside, the décor certainly sets the mood. There is a coffee area right up front of the skinny space where you can pick-up cans of Modern Times cold brew coffee to-go, order up a pour over, or just buy beans for home use. I would recommend reservations; the booths and tables were filled and the bar was jam-packed on a late Saturday afternoon and even early on a Sunday, the seating was limited. Bar seating is in the back and the skinniest part of the space. The menu board, in contradiction of the meticulous décor choices, seemed pedestrian and a bit hard to read unless you were up close. For a brand that is know for having three simple words on the can that denote the flavor profile of each beer, the menu seemed to be shoehorning words into a small menu board. I had Havnor IPA on the first visit, which was fine as IPAs...

Busy Dojo, Playcation + Near Beer in Santa Ana

South Melbourne Market’s Mussel And Jazz Festival Is Back Next Month

South Melbourne Market’s Mussel And Jazz Festival Is Back Next Month

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

Six tonnes of mussels. That’s what is promised at the fifth-annual Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival.

If you’re not familiar with the annual 2-day mussel festival at South Melbourne Market, here’s a rundown. The event is designed to showcase mussels that have been harvested from Port Phillip Bay, along with live jazz performances from some of Australia’s best jazz musicians.

Expect food from the likes of South Melbourne Market’s own Claypots Evening Star, Köy, Paco y Lola, Simply Spanish, and Bambu along with some other great pop-up restaurants.

If you’re not keen on mussels (what’s wrong with you) there are plenty of other seafood options to choose from like oysters, prawns, bugs, and calamari from Aptus Seafood, or for something a bit extra go for the raclette poured over crunchy potatoes.

The event takes places on March 10 and 11, and entry is free.

The Details

What: Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival When: March 10 & 11, 12pm until late Where: South Melbourne Market, corner Coventry & Cecil Streets, South Melbourne For more info head to southmelbournemarket.com.au

The Spice Girls have just announced a world tour, all of our dreams have come true. Read more about it here.

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Meet Melbourne’s Richest, Most OTT Burger

Meet Melbourne’s Richest, Most OTT Burger

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Want to know how the other half live? Specifically the half that puts expensive, ridiculously OTT, uber-rich stuff on their burgers? Take a gander at this monstrosity.

It’s called the Foie Gras Goldger (oof), and you can get it at any White Mojo cafe in Melbs. Remember, these are the guys who gave us the Croissant Burger, so they know what they’re doing when it comes to unconventional stacks.

But let’s break this bad boy down. Long story short: this is probably the richest thing you will ever put in your mouth. Every pound weighs approximately 10 pounds. The only thing missing are crushed up diamonds. It starts with two Wagyu patties, then a hefty slab of Foie Gras (if you know how to pronounce this properly, please DM us), then Avruga caviar, saffron aioli, a truffle oil snow, fresh tomato, onion rings, cheddar cheese aaaaaaand a 24K gold sesame seed bun. Jonathan Livingston Seagull...

If you want to say you’ve eaten Melbourne’s most ridiculous burger, get on down to White Mojo in Glen Waverley, Balwyn or the CBD. They’re all slinging this thing on the 16th Feb.

The Details

What: We don’t even know... Where: White Mojo Balwyn, CBD & Glen Waverley When: 16 February 2018 For more info, click here.

Did you hear? Thornbury's getting a new boutique cinema inside an old motor garage

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Here’s How a Former Bachelor Contestant Could Make $1 Million This Year

by Marielle Wakim @ Los Angeles Magazine

From reality TV personalities to animal celebs, Instagram influencers are making bank

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Melbourne’s Best Bagels

Melbourne’s Best Bagels

by Ellen Seah @ The A List | The Urban List

If you’re afraid of carbs, cold cuts and/or cheese, look away now. Some of Melbourne’s best bagels are loaded with carbs and sandwiched between one of the most calorie-heavy bread options in the world. Needless to say, this isn’t diet-friendly food (but we don’t care). Here are Melbourne’s best bagels.

5 & Dime

CBD

A hop away from Southern Cross station, 5 & Dime cafe is a pint-sized bakery. Bagel varieties are plentiful, with most sold out by the end of the CBD lunch rush. Spreads vary from seasonal fruit to bacon maple chipotle, and pre-designed bagel combinations are available for those overwhelmed with hole-y choices. You can watch these chewy, dense breads as they’re handcrafted, boiled and baked in the glass-walled kitchen.     

Mile End Bagels

Fitzroy

You could argue Melbourne’s demand for bread doesn’t have room for another bagel-specialised bakery, but owners Ben Vaughn and Michael Fee aren’t scared of a little competition. There are no shortcuts here: Mile End Bagels are baked in a wood-fired Canadian stonemason and boiled in honey water for a slightly sweeter aftertaste. We’ve got a hole-lotta love for the bacon, egg salad, butter lettuce and tomato combo. It’s like the childhood lunch we never had.

Glick’s Bakery

Balaclava, Bentleigh, Caulfield South & Malvern

Glick’s Bakery produces some of Melbourne’s best bagels, hands down, full-stop. Operating for over 40 years, their five locations (and persistent lines) are a testament to Melbourne’s love for these gloriously chewy goods. Prices will barely make a dent in your purse, but if you’re too lazy to gather bagel supplies, head to Five Points Cafe in the CBD for Glick’s Bakery bagels with ingredients like pulled pork, Asian slaw and tangy BBQ sauce.

Bowery To Williamsburg

CBD

If you’re in need of a hump day morning boost, make a beeline for Bowery To Williamsburg. Home to the inaugural haloumi bagel, with a fried egg, swiss chard and salsa verde, no one can have a bad day when it starts off this delicious. DIY bagels like pumpernickel and the “everything” bagel are also available, with a wide spread of schmear options.

Schmucks Bagels

CBD

Despite America’s borderline obsession with bagels, these circular baked goods are widely considered to have origins from a Jewish community in 17th century Poland. For traditional Polski bagels, head to Schmucks Bagels. The menu reads like a classic Melbourne cafe—with the addition of bagels (of course). Take the Avo Our Way, with smashed avo, lemon, picked red onion, capers and herbs. 

Brown Bagels

CBD

This small cafe has just two communal tables, but patrons don’t seem to mind come lunch hour. With lines stretching onto the pavement, Brown Bagels keeps their menu short ‘n sweet for a focus on takeaway. From the never-fail smoked salmon and chive cream cheese, to a classic BLT bagel, Brown Bagels is some hole-y takeaway. 

Huff Bagelry

Carnegie & Mentone

They keep it pretty simple at Huff Bagelry, and with stores in both Carnegie and Mentone, you're pretty well covered in the south east. With a massive range of house-made bagels, and tons of ingredients to throw on them, you'll never go wanting after a visit.

home.one

Brunswick

home.one is a micro cafe doing good things for the community, and it's brought to you by the team from Crêpes For Change. Get a load of their stuffed-to-the-brim bagels, which cop a schmear from a rotating selection.​

Round The Way

Ballarat

If you like your bagels with a side of good old-fashioned truck-stalking, Round The Way bagels is for you! This four-wheeled food truck dishes out some of the freshest New York-style bagels in Melbourne. Fillings are unapologetically rich, like their double trouble Czech 1-2 bagel burger (goodbye diet), served with Cevapi beef and lashings of American cheese. The permanent Round The Way cafe is located in Ballarat, when you’re inevitably addicted.

Want more bagels? Search our directory!

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The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

by Brittany Martin @ Los Angeles Magazine

Your best bets for February 12 to 16, 2018

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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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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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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 L.A. Ceramicists You Need to Follow on Instagram

by Andrea Alonso @ Los Angeles Magazine

Your mug collection is about to double

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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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Top 5 islands you must visit in Nha Trang

by IV Blogging Team @ Vietnam Private Tours

Nha Trang, Vietnam is one of the 29 most charming beaches in the world. Come to Nha Trang, you can not only lie under the sun, enjoy the picturesque sceneries and peaceful atmosphere but also have a nice tour around a lot of pretty islands. Here are the most beautiful islands that you cannot miss

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A very tender update

by humin @ The Tender

Greetings all, we’ve been enjoying the view of San Francisco from the peanut gallery and it’s a strange fucking sight with all the Google rage, tech blow up (again), and crazy rents. At least some things never change. Oh, that and Nevius pimping Shaw’s museum thing. That, much like the OCs, is eternal and like a Kardashian/HPV, will never go away. It’s a bit bittersweet to not be in San Francisco anymore. We passed through a little while ago, enjoyed New Koko’s or as the tech newbies know it, Hi-Lo. It was good to see that finally come about. Not so good to see was that people still do enjoy... read more >

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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Melbourne’s First Rooftop Hotel—St. Jerome’s—Is Shutting Up Shop

Melbourne’s First Rooftop Hotel—St. Jerome’s—Is Shutting Up Shop

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

Sad news just across the desk, Melbourne’s OG rooftop glamping hotel St Jerome’s is shutting up shop in April.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 3 years and don’t know anything about this amazing hotel, here’s a rundown.

St Jerome’s – The Hotel opened up back in May 2015 on the roof of Melbourne Central—setting the scene for other rooftop hotels to follow their lead. The world-first concept has 21 excellent canvas bell tents which were filled to the brim with luxe items, including a double bed, air con, and even a stocked Esky for you to tear into on a perfect night.

The site also features a General Store that doubles as a bar exclusive to campers, as well an infrared sauna and 24-hour reception.

The last day the hotel will be taking bookings is April 25, 2018, so you better get in fast to get an experience you won’t forget.

Australia's first ever streetwear expo is coming to Melbourne, find out all about Ego Expo here.

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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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Best bánh mì sandwiches survey

Best bánh mì sandwiches survey


The Tender

Baguette Express & Saigon Sandwiches comparison by dacbietfoodAfter getting a bit of traffic to our announcement of the sudden shuttering of beloved Ba

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.

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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Tatler Tastes: Le Petit Saigon’s Brand New Banh Mi Thit

Tatler Tastes: Le Petit Saigon’s Brand New Banh Mi Thit


Hong Kong Tatler

Le Garcon Saigon’s little sister joins this summer battle for the city’s best Vietnamese sandwich

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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BonBon Residence

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

BonBon Residence 2C8 Trường Sa Street P. 19, Bình Thạnh District **************************************** Let’s get this out of the way right up front.  I hate the name BonBon Residence.  Sounds like an assisted-living home for expired frozen treats. And, I want to be clear that Eating Saigon! is not in the business of reviewing the Saigon hotel/housing [Read on ...]

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 ...]

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.

Canteen gradually updates its interior, limits brunch to Sundays

by humin @ The Tender

Neighborhood stalwart and original keystone in the Dennis Leary empire, Canteen has been around for… what, 6 1/2 years already? Apparently Leary decided that it was time to dust off the old green counter and other interior elements. He’s now shifted it to a red counter with plywood paneling and this red light setup you see in the photo above. This has all been done without any closure to the restaurant though as it has been worked on during the day when they’re not serving and on Mondays when they’re not open. Just yesterday when we walked by we saw a lot of activity with several workers busy finishing up... read more >

Saigon Seductions

Saigon Seductions


The Traveler's Lunchbox

Would you believe a sandwich brought us to Saigon?

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

How to Make a Day of the 4-Mile Stroll From Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach

by Marielle Wakim @ Los Angeles Magazine

There will be barhopping

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YACHT’s Lastest Music Video Is an Ode to the Happy Foot/Sad Foot Sign

by Marielle Wakim @ Los Angeles Magazine

See the world premiere right here

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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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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.

The A-Z Of Awkwardly Responding To Valentine’s Day

The A-Z Of Awkwardly Responding To Valentine’s Day

by Hilary Simmons @ The A List | The Urban List

Valentine’s Day is probably one of the most awkward holidays in existence. If you’re single, it’s annoying. If you’re loved-up, it’s stressful. And if you’re someone who finds it hard to articulate their exact position on capitalist scams, rampant commercialism and exorbitantly overpriced floral arrangements – because while all that Valentine’s Day criticism is probably valid, flowers are nice, aren’t they?—it’s exhausting.

Whatever your position on Valentine’s Day, we’re here to help you respond awkwardly to it. Because life isn’t all roses, chocolates and sexually-suggestive cards. It’s also uncomfortable conversations, complicated relationships and insensitive f*#kwits.

Yes, we mean of both the male and female persuasion.

is for “Awkward together or awkward alone, I’m still awkward.” is for “I don’t have a bae, my baeloved is a baegel.” is for commitment-phobes, co-dependents and chocolate. Only one of these will never let you down. is for delicate dance of protocol for those in undefined relationships. Or divorce, always a great topic of conversation on Valentine’s Day. is for eligible. “I’m one of Australia’s most eligible bachelors or bachelorettes and Osher Gunsberg told me not to say any more at the present time.” is for forced laughter. “Hahahahaha, yep, forever alone”—*cries in the corner* is for “Good luck with focusing on every little thing that’s not perfect in your relationship today.” is for “Holiday created by Hallmark? Actually, no. Valentine’s Day has roots in an ancient Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia, which involved wine, nudity and slapping women with strips of goat hide drenched in sacrificial blood. Sexy, huh?” is insult to one’s dignity or “I don’t like you in that way.” is for Jabberwocky. Start to recite this nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll if you find yourself trapped in a conversation you don’t want to have. is for Kanye, the ultimate example of self-love. Tell people, “I’m taking my inner Kanye out for Valentine’s Day” and get yourself some tasty Uber Eats. is for ‘like’, the low-maintenance term for people in a relationship tiptoeing around that big four-letter word. Unfortunately, it looks pretty shit on a greeting card. is for messy. “My room, my weekends, my love life.” is for Netflix and kill the next person who asks about your relationship status. is for “Okay, cupid, you psycho.” is for putting up with intrusive questions and impossible pressure. Also pizza. Delicious pizza. is for quaffing wine. In response to, “What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?” Works a treat for both single and coupled-up. is for roses. Not the flower, this song. Consider it your anthem if you’re single and apply it to a suitable ex. is for ship. If you’re not being ‘shipped’ with anyone right now, dedicate this day to your friendSHIPS and remind your mates you love them. is for “Tis a pity he’s/she’s a whore.” It’s a quote from a sixteenth-century play AND a song by David Bowie. is for untag, e.g., when the person you’re seeing tags you on Facebook but you’re not really comfortable taking your relationship public just yet. is for “Vomiting in my mouth a little bit listening to you talk incessantly about your bae.” is for “Will you accept this rose?” is for “X-tremely sorry but I have a date at the X-treme screen for a viewing of Jumanji.” is for “You’re not bad!” Repeat it to yourself or give it as a backhanded compliment to your lover on Valentine’s Day. is for zzzzzz aka pretending Valentine’s Day is over already.

If you're looking for the perfect date night for Valentine's Day, this list will help.

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

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

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

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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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?

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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Bánh mì thịt nguội Ô Môi – OMBM17

by admin @ Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Tiệm Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Bánh Mì Ô Môi Lê Thị Riêng

+ Bánh mì: Thịt nguội + Nước sốt: Gà + Chất lượng: Như hình + Giá: liên hệ + Nhận cung cấp bánh mì cho các bửa tiệc, đại hội, sinh nhật… đảm bảo về sinh an toàn thực phẩm. + Bánh mì Ô Môi – Thương hiệu bánh mì ngon nhất Sài Gòn

What’s New in the 852: Fat Legs’ BBQ at PMQ, The Envoy’s New Brunch and more

by Sassy Girls @ Sassy Hong Kong

Promos, Deals and New Places To Eat   In keeping up with our ever-changing culinary landscape, we want to keep you up to date on all the new restaurants, lunch and brunch menus and pop ups in Hong Kong. Mark your diaries, because this week has some amazing new offers you won’t want to miss. And […]

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Andrea Nguyen shows what makes banh mi so special

Andrea Nguyen shows what makes banh mi so special


SFGate

Somewhere around the 11th sandwich in an afternoon's tour of Bay Area banh mi shops, it's clear that Andrea Nguyen is a little obsessive about what makes this Vietnamese staple great or not. Fingers plunged deep into the bun, she's pulling out excess meat, rearranging the cucumber, spreading pickles and herbs evenly across the bread. Nguyen, the Santa Cruz author of "Into the Vietnamese Kitchen" and "Asian Tofu," has spent months developing recipes for "The Banh Mi Handbook" (Ten Speed Press, $16.99), published this month. Few people pack for a road trip by slipping a bottle of Maggi Seasoning into their purse, but Nguyen figures that if she's going to hit a half dozen places with a reporter, she needs insurance. "Most banh mi shops in America forget the Maggi sauce," she says of the hydrolyzed vegetable protein condiment, ubiquitous in Vietnam, which delivers a more potent jolt of salt and umami than soy sauce. The guardians of the gate nod to Nguyen as she enters the cafe, where the back room rings with the slap of cards against tables, and an altar presides over a refrigerated display of sandwich fixings - pale steamed-pork sausage called gio lua, leopard-spotted panes of headcheese and slow-roasted pork belly with edges tinted pink. Cook Dung Tran takes her time making each sandwich, earning a nod from Nguyen; so does the savory blend of soy sauce, mayonnaise and pate smeared on the bun. [...] you'll understand, perhaps, why she dissects her lunch, or why she hunted around two countries for a baker willing to teach her how to replicate the light rolls with paper-thin crusts that mopeds deliver to banh mi shops in Vietnam many times a day. Tradition overratedOver lime-doused "shaking beef" and tuna salad sandwiches at Dinosaurs in the Castro, she points out that American cooks are getting most creative with the protein at the core of the sandwich.

Le Petit Saigon: Brightening Up Lunchtimes in Wan Chai

Le Petit Saigon: Brightening Up Lunchtimes in Wan Chai


Sassy Hong Kong

With one thing on the menu, you're sure to fall in love with the Banh Mi at Le Petit Saigon, the latest offering from Black Sheep Restaurant Group.

Treat Yourself to The Best Pizza in Oaxaca At La Matatena Pizzeria

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A profile of a new restaurant serving the best pizza in Oaxaca, with both gluten free and vegan pizzas in addition to regular thin crust, crunchy pies.

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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!

Why Home-Based Recording Studios Are Becoming an L.A. Cottage Industry

by Chris Martins @ Los Angeles Magazine

With equipment and budgets shrinking, studios like Ricky Reed's in Elysian Park are booming

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Breaking Down the Banh Mi | XO Tours Blog

Breaking Down the Banh Mi | XO Tours Blog


XO Tours Blog

The Banh Mi is the iconic fusion Vietnamese food, but many travellers avoid it simply because some of the ingredients are unfamiliar. Here is a simple guide to understanding all the fillings and condiments in Banh Mi.

The Five Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

by Marielle Wakim @ Los Angeles Magazine

Starting with free entry to more than 30 museums

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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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The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

by Brittany Martin @ Los Angeles Magazine

Your best bets for January 22 to 26, 2018

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Your Guide to 20 Weird and Wonderful Walks and Hikes in L.A.

by Los Angeles Magazine @ Los Angeles Magazine

Put on some sneakers and start exploring the best city in the world

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Shake Shack is Coming to Hong Kong this Spring!

by Sassy Girls @ Sassy Hong Kong

Sun’s out, buns out!   THIS JUST IN: Shake Shack is set to open in ifc mall this spring! We’ve haven’t heard an official date yet, but the burger shop is getting set to take over what used to be Red’s on the fourth floor rooftop. As soon as we hear more, we promise that […]

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5 Places to Get your Banh Mi Fix

5 Places to Get your Banh Mi Fix


Foodie

Stuff me with some banh mi

Everything Glitter That You Need For Music Festivals

Everything Glitter That You Need For Music Festivals

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

As you may bloody well know, we're in the midst of festival season here in the great land of Oz. And we're well aware that it’s social suicide if you don’t rock up to an Aussie festival without looking like Tinkerbell threw up on you.

We love glitter and sparkle just as much as the next unicorn, mermaid or fairy princess, and we live for the excuse to wear it on a daily basis. So if you want to be seen from space, here’s every glitter item you need for festivals to help you shine from head to toe.

Sequin Bodycon Dress

Alright, ladies, we know you secretly want to be mermaids. Who wouldn’t want to have perfectly long, flowing hair that doesn’t seem to tangle while mysteriously being able to breathe underwater without gills? That’s what we thought. Lucky for you, we found a sequin, sparkly, mermaid-approved bodycon dress from Pretty Little Thing that’s perfect for festival season. Ain’t losing your friends in this flashy outfit!

Glitter Bass Speaker

Alright, you can’t technically wear this one, but it’s still part of the look. We know you want to keep the party going after the festival, so might as well keep with the theme and use the most shimmery speaker that you can shimmy to. (Too much?) Anyways, check out this glitter bass speaker from Cotton On. Go on, shake it like a salt shaker.

Frank Body Magic Shimmer Oil

Forget the Insta filter, Frank Body magic shimmer oil will make your skin shine bright like a diamond. Lather this stuff allllll over your body to get a better glow than J.Lo. PSA: Go easy on the free hugs. We know that festivals make you feel some type of way…but your glow could end up on someone else. AS IF.

I Scream Nail Polish

You can’t rock up to a festival without a proper manicure (even though it's bound to be ruined anyways). I Scream Nails polish offers heapppsss of different glittery, magical, sparkly, unicorn-like colours to paint on your nails for your next festival pass. If you’re anything like us, you’ll paint each nail a different, obnoxiously bright colour. Go big or go home.

Yippy Whippy Zig Earrings

Ladies, it’s alllll about the earrings. Like, we know this can make or break the festival outfit. Do yourself a favour and get these gold glitter acrylic earrings from Yippy Whippy to show off at your next bumpin' gig. Can you handle all that funkiness? Of course, you can.

Black Milk Bralet

It seems like no one wears bras nowadays (not that we’re complaining), but if it’s a teal sequin bralet from Black Milk that a mermaid might wear, then maybe make an exception. You’ll be doing a lot of jumping and dancing at festivals (if you’re not, check yourself), and this baby will keep the tatas in place. Pair it with some high waisted black denim shorts and this sparkling kimono and we’ll nominate you best dressed at the next festival.

Swell Water Bottle

You know as much as we do that it’s important to stay hydrated at festivals. So why not bring a glimmering, shimmering (running out of adjectives here!) gold Swell water bottle to match your dazzling outfit. Just, you know, EMPTY it before entering the festival or they might take it away. That would be an absolute tragedy.

Big Sequin Mini Skirt

We know, we know. Looking like a rainbow fish is the ultimate goal at a festival. We get you. So we found a mini skirt that will rival the bright coloured, cute little sea creature with this Missguided big sequin outfit. Pretty rad, amiright? Ugh, you are SO welcome.

Glitter Cat Eye Sunglasses

Sunnies are just as much of a statement as the earrings, and you want a pair of hater blockers that will turn heads and get you hella noticed. Fear not! We found these Dolls Kill glitter cat eye sunglasses that are fierce, fun, flirty, fantastic, fabulous and freakkkkyyyy. Mmmhhmm, throw us some shade. We’re too busy blockin’ out the haterzzz.

Dr Martens Boot

You don’t know annoying until your friend Amber is crying during The Jungle Giants set because her heels are too painful to wear. Ugh. Skip the sob sesh and just bloody wear Doc Martens. THEY HAVE A GLITTER COLLECTION. That’s right. Jump around, run around, be comfortable and enjoy looking like a unicorn ready for combat.

Rainbow Sequin Fanny Pack

You know what you’re really missing in your life? A rainbow sequin fanny pack that a Leprechaun would approve of. You need your hands-free during festivals so you can wave them around, do the Jersey Shore fist bump, raise the roof, all that good stuff. And a fanny pack is the way to go. Make this baby part of your insanely luminescent attire.

Feeling a little wanderlusty? Book a flight to one of these Insta-worthy destinations.

Image credit: Michael Benz 

Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

by @JeetKuneBao @ Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

@JeetKuneBao wrote:

This is a pretty epic thread on Banh Mi’s.

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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?

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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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...

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.

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…

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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Kitchenette Pork Posole Verde (Dose of Vitamin P)

by Joshua Lurie @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

Bishop-born brothers Michael Kobayashi and chef Chris Kobayashi opened Artisan in Paso Robles, setting the bar for seasonal comfort food in the then-sleepy Central Coast town. In the past decade-plus, the area’s shown a far deeper culinary commitment level. Competition has grown, but Artisan continues to thrive. The brothers moved Artisan to Paso’s main square in 2013 and extended south in 2015, opening a cafe-bakery called Kitchenette in neighboring Templeton. Kitchenette limits their menu to breakfast and lunch. From 8 a.m. to noon, the Kobayashi brothers serve great versions of American classics like ricotta pancakes and corned beef hash, plus several Mexican dishes. I enjoyed their play on pork posole verde, a hearty Mexican hominy stew. They favor a thicker broth with a moderate amount of spice and tang. They pile on juicy seared pork chunks, quarter-sized cuts of linguica, creamy avocado, crunchy cabbage, savory crumbled feta, punchy jalapeño, and clipped chives. A crispy fried soft-boiled egg is sliced in half and sports gooey a yolk that draws the eye. Not all ingredients are Mexican, but it’s clear the Kobayashi brothers are familiar with the dish, and represent it well. Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from...

Kitchenette Pork Posole Verde (Dose of Vitamin P)

Best Gifts for Creatives

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The Cu Chi Tunnels – A testament to Vietnamese resilience

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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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TV show host Sara Moulton tweets about our banh mi!

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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!

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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 ...

What’s On This Valentine’s Day In Melbourne

What’s On This Valentine’s Day In Melbourne

by Kate Bartels @ The A List | The Urban List

Valentines Day. The day of love, the day of expensive flowers and the day of desperate, last-minute dinner reservations. As much as some of don’t want to admit it, we ALL love the idea of a romantic dinner, mid-week bubbles and being spoilt like a rock star. 

For those hopeless romantics with no idea where to even begin wooing your Valentine, check out this list of what’s on in Melbourne this Valentines Day.

Vaporetto Venetian Bar

Yeah sure, who doesn't want to be whisked away to Venice for V-day (or any other day for that matter), but the chances of that happening are slim to none—so we’ve got the next best thing. Treat your loved ones to a four-course menu and a sneaky glass of prosecco at Vaporetto. Choose from Italian good stuff like basil pesto risotto. Nom. 

Where: 681 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn For more info, click here.

Mr Miyagi

Our favourite Japanese hang has a menu full of all the favourites we know and love, like a salmon nori taco and MFC (Miyagi fried chicken). If there was ever a guaranteed way to keep your bae happy, it’s heading here for their special V Day set menu. You can book your place, too—because there’s nothing romantic about waiting two hours for a table.  

Where: 99 Chapel Street, Windsor For more info, click here.

GALentine's Day 

Wine! Cheese! Fun! Chapel Street Precinct and The Lonely Hearts Club are dedicating this V-Day to your mates before dates mantra. There'll be guest speakers, a life drawing class, and did we mention the wine? 

Where: Market Gallery, Prahran  For more info, click here.

Pizza E Birra

Two words: FREE PIZZA. The guys at Pizza E Birra know that our eternal one true love is the doughy, slathered in prosciutto kind. The only prerequisite to redeem your share? Be single. Herd all of your friends and get them on the mozarella, pronto. 

Where: 60 Fitzroy St, St Kilda  For more info, click here

Gift Flick 

Stuck for V-Day present ideas? It's not too late! Online gift service Gift Flick is doing some pretty snazzy Valentine's specials that will score you major brownie points. Think 3-month 'gin guzzler' gin subscriptions, matching human & dog outfits (yep, really), or even your very own custom street art in Hosier-lane. How's that for thoughtful. 

Mr Ottorino

Have a slice of Amalfi and be wined and dined by your Italian lover, Mr Ottorino. Live La Dolce Vita with a three-course Valentine's feast as your date pours the vino and majorly third wheels it.

Where: 122 Johnston Street, Fitzroy For more info, click here.

The Queen Victoria Market 

Love is in the air at the Queen Vic Market. Picture sitting at a table with your hot date and poring over one of Melb's most iconic foodie hubs. The live stage will be pumping up the romantic jams while you sip on a complimentary bottle of bubbly. 

Where: Queen St, Melbourne  For more info, click here.

Garden State Hotel

This one sounds kind of cool. From 12 Feb to 14 Feb, Garden State Hotel are collab'ing with Mary Mary Studio to create an in-house florist shop inside the bar. The front windows are going to transform into a flower wonderland, and you'll be able to pick up handmade bouquets for your SO. If you can't make it in person, you can pre-order arrangement online too. Check Mary Mary for all the deets. 

Where: Garden Stat Hotel, CBD When: 12 February - 14 February 

El Tumi 

Singles and couples are all welcome at El Tumi this Valentine's Day. In fact they're running two distinct events—one for those who want to impress Bae, and one for people who just want some damn good Peruvian food. Oh yeah, and they've got a live Salsa band. Job done, guys.

Where: El Tumi, 59 Church St Richmond When:Wednesday Feb 14 from 6pm (check event pages for all the deets).  For more info, click here or here

Luna Love at Luna Park

Nothing’s more romantic than a ferris wheel right at sunset, right? Luna Park is offering unlimited rides for Valentine's Day this year, plus fairy floss (to eat extra seductively).

Where: 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda For more info, click here.

Manflower Co.

Manflower's motto is pretty simple: give beer, make memories. If you don't know what to get that special man in your life, a boutique bouquet of local craft beer should do the trick. Check out the new range online. There's still time to book!

For more info, click here

St Ali

They say that couples who taste coffee together, stay together. St Ali’s ‘learn to taste coffee’ course is the perfect way to woo the coffee lover in your life. It’s take home, too, so you can do it in your undies.

Where: 12 Yarra Place, South Melbourne For more info, click here.

DenDeke

Fancy spending Valentine's in a rock n' roll 1970s Japanese izakaya bar? Hell yeah you do. DenDeke in Preston is rocking a 5-course set menu, and $20 will get you matching sakes to boot. Save room for dessert too—they're serving up a Yuzu granita.

Where: 51 Plenty Rd Preston For more info, click here

Lona

If you’re lucky enough to score a day off, treat yourself and your loved one to a boozy brunch at Lona, which will be sure to leave you feeling all bubbly and gushy on the inside and out. Think poached eggs, crispy pork belly, smashed avo and quince chutney paired perfectly with a Bloody Mary or some Frozé.

Where: 64 Acland Street, St Kilda For more info, click here.

Supafish 

Everyone's favourite floating, pop-up giant fish bar is celebrating Valentine's Day in style this year. There are DJs spinning love tunes throughout the night, plus a range of food specials, designed for two. Think antipasto and wine sets, or a plate or artisan cheeses.

Where: Supafish, Southbank Promenade, For more info, click here. 

Holey Moley

Melbourne's mini-golf maestros are teaming up with Bumble this V Day to offer a buy-one-get-one-free deal. All you have to do is flash your Bumble profile on arrival. There's also gonna be a few custom cocktails on the night, including the gin, honey and ginger-infused ‘Bumble Bee Sting’. Noice.

Where: Holey Moley, 590 Little Bourke St For more info, click here

Rochford Wines

Nothing says “Love ya darl” quite like a bottle of wine from one of our best winemakers. Step it up a notch and head out to the Rochford winery for dinner. The set menu has been designed for the occasion, and you can look out over the vineyards while you sip your vino.

Where: Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley For more info, click here.

Valentines Day On The Mornington Peninsula

Grab your special someone and head down to the Mornington Peninsula for a private soar over the ocean on the Arthurs Seat Eagle. There’s something truly special about dangling from a cable high over the peninsula. There’s also a live band and a glass of sparkling up for grabs.

Where: Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula For more info, click here.

Entrecote

If jetting off to Paris is more your style, the four-course Valentine's menu at Entrecote is the key to your best V Day ever. Paris is the city of love, after all. There are tables overlooking the botanical gardens and a glass of fancy wine on arrival. 

Where: 131 Domain Road, South Yarra For more info, click here.

Lizard Island Tropical Paradise

If you're really in the dog house and looking for a way to redeem yourself, sending you and your bae to the Great Barrier Reef to the uber-exclusive Lizzard Island resort sounds like a good place to start. They are offering up a whopping 500 bucks to spend at the hotel on things like spa treatments and dives.  

Where: Lizard Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef For more info, click here.

Joseph Vargetto's Valentine's Dinners

Much loved Melbourne Chef, Joseph Vargetto, is throwing TWO epic Valentine's dinners this year. One at Mister Bianco and one at Massi. Beautiful set menus, bubbly on arrival and even a chance to WIN a trip for two to New York. Check out the websites for all the deets.

Where: Mister Bianco and Massi For more info, click here or here

Alone

We know what you’re thinking, “alone on v-day?” but trust us on this one. If you’re a sucker for a mind-blowing experience that will knock your socks off and freak you the f**k out, you’re going to want to check this out. It’s a cool date idea for those who are sick and tired of expensive dinners. Read all about it here.

Where: Secret Location. For more info, click here.

Flos Botanical Studio & Workshop

You know the old saying ‘It’s the thought that counts’? Well being handed a handmade nugget bouquet is the number one way to win the heart if your valentine, this comes pretty close. Not only does Flos Botanical Studio have some of the best darn flowers, they are offering workshops to teach you how to put together a beautiful bunch.  

Where: 250 Johnston Street, Abbotsford For more info, click here.

O'Connell's

Our favourite South Melbourne gastropub is putting on a pretty speccy Valentine's Day feast. $65 gets you a three-course set menu plus a glass of Chandon on arrival. Head chef Tom Brockbank is pulling out all the stops—think dry aged rump cap, lobster ravioli and a decadent chocolate torte. This is why they call them love handles. 

Where: O'Connell's, 407 Coventry St, South Melbourne For more info, click here. 

Daily Blooms

If you’re strapped for time, Daily blooms also have some of the most #instaworthy flowers we've ever seen. If you’re looking for a simple way to knock your valentines socks off, get some of these bad boys delivered.

Where: Delivery all over Melbourne For more info, click here.

Village People

This hawker-style food hall wants to celebrate lurrrve with you this Valentine's Day with some good old-fashioned  South East Asian food. Sounds good to us.

Where: 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy For more info, click here.

Upside Rooftop Bar

You didn’t need an excuse for Wednesday cocktails, but since it’s a special day and all, now you have one. The team at Upside have put together a yummy list of V Day cocktails, especially for the occasion.

Where: 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy For more info, click here.

Eau De Vie

For those of you in the mood to splash your cash, Eau De Vie is the one for you. On offer is a three-course dinner complete with a specially designed cocktail and a glass of bubbles. You’ll be treated to options like a chocolate fondant vanilla mascarpone with white chocolate. Worth it.

Where: 1 Malthouse Lane, CBD For more info, click here.

Balgownie Estate

Prepare your sick call voice, because you’re gonna need it. Grab your valentine and head to the Yarra Valley’s Balgownie Estate where you’ll be treated to a pretty sweet accommodation and spa deal...with a romantic dinner thrown in.

Where: Yarra Glen, Victoria For more info, click here.

Oriental Teahouse Dumplings For Dating

This one is pretty cool, and a great option for people who have just started getting to know each other.  Oriental's custom 4-stage board game is riddled with questions designed to spice up date night. From icebreakers like 'What is your favourite dessert?' to serious ones like 'How many kids do you want?'. If things get awkward, there’s always the option of stuffing your mouth full of dumplings to break the tension.

Where: 455 Chapel Street, South Yarra For more info, click here.

If you're looking for a more low-key date idea (literally), check out Northcote's new brew bar, Low Key

Image Credit: Mr Miyagi

Australia’s First Streetwear Expo Is Coming To Melbourne

Australia’s First Streetwear Expo Is Coming To Melbourne

by Kate Bartels @ The A List | The Urban List

Calling all lovers of streetwear. If high fashion runways have you scratching your head or yawning, you’ll be thrilled to know Australia’s very first streetwear runway, Ego Expo, is coming to Melbourne.

On February 17 and 18, streetwear lovers can check out the designs of twelve labels like Diamond Kicks and AS colour, who'll be bringing their threads to the runway and showcasing the best of their season's collection. You can then buy the clothing through Brauz App, an app designed to help you shop online using geo-location technology. Nice.

The guys behind Ego Expo have teamed up with heaps of other awesome Melbourne groups to bring you an exclusive shopping-spree experience, live street art, street food, skateboard and basketball action. Even a few break dancers and hip-hop performances.

Bonus: the event will sponsor Beyond Blue, with founder Mel Yu telling us, “Ego Expo will also be the platform where we explore the culture of the streets and address all the underlying issues the streets face, including suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety and depression.” 

So let’s get this straight—awesome street clothes, delish food AND raising awareness for a good cause? Where do we sign?

The Details 

Where: Shed 14, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands When: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February For more info, click here.

Heads up: we just found the coolest General Store in Melbourne. (Trust us on this one.)

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TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT HO CHI MINH CITY DURING TET

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

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

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Vegan Flautas

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Just because you're vegan doesn't mean you can't dig into some fried goodness.

Recipe: Pickled Mustard Greens – Dưa Cải Chua

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Recipe: Pickled Mustard Greens - Dưa Cải ChuaBy Helen Le Published: November 26, 2017Prep: 20 minsCook: 10 minsReady In: 72 hrs 30 minsYield: 8-10 ServingsThis simple pickle will help you digest all the heavy food you’ll consume during these upcoming festive days. Picked mustard greens (dua cai chua) with its lovely crunchiness and tartness is […]

L.A. Beer & Food Festival, Kool Kief + The Rake

by Sean Inman @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

The Los Angeles beer festival calendar starts with a bang as the second annual L.A. Beer & Food Festival returns to Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake on Saturday, January 27, 2018. This was a fun and more intimate festival than others with beer and food booths snaking through rooms and outdoors. This year the L.A. County Brewers Guild event features 50 of L.A.’s independently-owned craft brewers pouring beers that you can then pair with food. It is a wonderful way to quickly and easily see and test how beers taste before, mid-bite, and after. On the beer side of the equation, I am looking forward to two groups of breweries. One category involves breweries that I haven’t had a beer from yet, and the other features breweries in which I need to get re-acquainted. In the former category are Zymurgy Brew Works and Pocock Brewing and in the latter are Mt. Lowe Brewing and Five Threads Brewing. Since there are so many breweries to choose from, you had better come with at least a bit of a game plan. You can drink by style or by geography or just pick the beers that have the best hop-related puns. This...

L.A. Beer & Food Festival, Kool Kief + The Rake

From French Baguettes To Today's Banh Mi - Vietnam Track

From French Baguettes To Today's Banh Mi - Vietnam Track


Vietnam Track

       Speaking of Vietnamese food, most people immediately think about Pho, the national dish of Vietnam, but there is one rising

10 Movies From Your Childhood That You’ve Completely Forgotten About

10 Movies From Your Childhood That You’ve Completely Forgotten About

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

Once upon a time you actually had to leave the goddamn house just to have talking animals trot around your 20” Panasonic flat screen. Now that Blockbuster has gone A over T and you don’t even need to leave the couch to cast something from your phone onto the 70” curved-mirror-3D-smart-HD-interactive TV that takes up a whole wall in your bedroom, it’s easy to forget about the cheeky flix that first made you fall in the love with the silver screen.

So, here are 10 movies from your childhood that’ll have you hunting for your old Girlfriend magazines before you can say talking-cats-wearing-human-clothes.

The Adventures Of Milo & Otis

1986

This absolute tear-jerker was the anthem of our childhood. The story revolves around an unlikely pair of friends—an orange tabby cat and a smol pug—who go on a series of adventures after the box Milo is playing in falls into a gushing stream. After a few close calls involving ten-foot mammals, the two are reunited with their animal lovers, because it was the 80s. Whatever you do, DO NOT Google how many kittens were killed in the making of this film.

Napoleon

1995

This bad boy is a little closer to home. Filmed in Sydney, a little pupper called Muffin (BE STILL MY BEATING HEART) lives with his human family and rejects his sweet dessert name, insisting on referring to himself as Napoleon. It’s basically a coming-of-age story for Labradors and it’s the cutest bloody thing anyone has ever seen. Twelve stars.

The Indian In The Cupboard

1995

This family fantasy drama film is a bit of stretch in terms of plot line but basically follows the narrative that a boy gets a cupboard as a sort of shit birthday prezzie from his brother and later discovers that if he puts toys in it, the cupboard brings them to life. It’s your classic Harry met Cupboard scenario. The fine line between fantasy and reality adds the main rift in the storyline as Omri tries to hide the full grown Native Indian from his dad. While there are many things wrong with this movie, it’ll slap you with a fair whack of nostalgia.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

1993

Basically in the nineties, there were no humans, which is why every protagonist was a golden retriever. It was a simpler time. Anyways, this little kid flick is no different. Narrated by a naughty American Bulldog called Chance (and voiced by Michael J. Fox), Homeward Bound is the story of learning to love the family you’re in, while also learning to swim and not drown in a river. A common plot point in nineties dog movies apparently. Moral of the story: don’t try and befriend a porcupine.

Casper

1995

You probably have thought about Casper in the last decade, but have you really *thought* about it? This little computer-animated fantasy number was ahead of its time. Set in the town ‘Friendship’, two small boys are scared out of a mansion by a ghost called Casper and you know the rest. Casper falls in love with a chick on telly and hatches a plan to get her into his ghost dungeon and basically it was the soundtrack to many birthday sleepovers.

Fly Away Home

1996

Released the following year was non-dog film, Fly Away Home. Loosely based on a true story, the film follows a young Anna Paquin, who recently lost her mother, as she finds a bunch of geese eggs, raises them to lil hatchlings and teaches them to follow planes. Classic. This feel-good sad-com probably wasn’t at the top of your Blockbuster pile but it definitely got a fair run in the VCR in its heyday.

MouseHunt

1997

If you don’t remember this classic, you didn’t live through the nineties. To refresh your memory - basically, the master and overlord of string dies and leaves his dilapidated old factory to his two sons. They are literally the most incapable human beings in the entire world and eventually the house is destroyed by a small rat. It’s kind of a painful movie to watch but it’s worth it for the #mems.

Coneheads

1993

If, like me, the trailer to this movie gave you nightmares well into your teens, then you’re still a little frightened to hit it up on Youtube so I’ll give you a brief rundown. This early-nineties science fiction comedy is based on the old SNL sketches and features real-life aliens who are stranded on earth with MASSIVE heads. It’s literally what nightmares are made of and it’s probably not worth a re-watch but enjoy a few mental throwbacks before you put that back boy to bed for another two decades.

A Bug’s Life

1998

Another animated classic that probably filled your fair share of afternoons is A Bug’s Life. This insect extravaganza is some tidy little subliminal messaging about standing up to your bullies and not dropping your lunch in the river. It’s also the most recent movie in this list and will probably trigger memories of the other bug movie released in the same year - Antz.

The Swan Princess

1994

Speaking in pure bias, this is the only movie on the list that matters. If you weren’t shipping Odette and Derek from the ripe old age of three, then you don’t believe in true love. And if you weren’t mimicking Jean-Bob’s accent until your mum locked you in your bedroom and confiscated your Baby Born, then you weren’t living your best life. Bonus points for also having the soundtrack memorised and written on the inside of your year one maths book.

Looking to watch something a little more current? Here's everything you should be binge-watching this February.

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Best Vietnamese food and beverages

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Recipe: Fish sauce glazed pork belly- Thịt rang cháy cạnh

by Helen Le @ Danang Cuisine

Recipe: Fish sauce glazed pork belly- Thịt rang cháy cạnhBy Helen Le Published: December 5, 2017Prep: 20 minsCook: 50 minsReady In: 1 hr 10 minsYield: 3-4 ServingsFish sauce glazed pork belly becomes a tasty addition to family meals. Although the fish sauce amount is much less now, this is still one of the dishes that […]

Dave’s Hot Chicken Has a Welcoming East Hollywood Space and Really Good Nashville-Style Chicken

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Three buddies are serving up mammoth chicken tenders that'll leave a red ring around your mouth

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Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

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OMG! The Saigon egg banh mi is one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had! The runny yolk with the pickled vegetables and jalapeño was so good! I should have ordered two. Thanks @Chowseeker1999 !

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Recipe: Satay Beef Noodle Soup – Hủ Tiếu Sa Tế Bò

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Recipe: Satay Beef Noodle Soup - Hủ Tiếu Sa Tế BòBy Helen Le Published: February 5, 2018Prep: 20 minsCook: 30 minsReady In: 1 hr 5 minsYield: 3-4 ServingsSatay beef noodle soup is one of the lesser known specialties of Saigon esp. in Cholon ( Big Market) area where the Chinese community gather. The dish originated […]

Highlight of Vietnam_12 colorful flower seasons

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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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This Is How You Taste All L.A.’s Best New Restaurants in One Night

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We've curated an event no food-lover should miss

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Where to go for breakfast in Hanoi

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A steaming bowl of beef noodle soup for breakfast is not bad. But it is not everyone’s idea of an ideal breakfast, especially foreigners, whose tastes, lie more in the direction of waffles or croissants, eggs and bacon. If you want to give noodle soup a break, let’s check out some options below. Let’s go

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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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5 World Nutella Day Creations You Need To Eat In Melbourne Today

5 World Nutella Day Creations You Need To Eat In Melbourne Today

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

If you didn’t know (and why would you, really) today is World Nutella Day. The one arbitrary day of the year that we celebrate the sweet, spreadable goodness that is Nutella. AKA The God Condiment

You can celebrate Nutella Day however you want. Go down to the supermarket, buy a big tub and smear it all over your body. Bake Nutella brownies. Dilute with water and bathe in it. We don’t really mind. But there are a few Melbourne venues who are getting in on the hazelnut action. Here are 5 Nutella celebrations happening in Melbourne today.

Free ‘Nutella Creations’ At Brunetti

CBD

If you haven’t checked out Brunetti’s new CBD cafe yet, this is a good excuse. They’ve created a custom menu of Nutella treats to celebrate World Nutella Day, and they’re giving them all away for FREE (to the first 1000 customers). We’re talking pancakes (with Nutella), croissants (with Nutella), Boombe (with Nutella), even Nutella cannoli (shotgun those). The giveaway starts at 7:30am and runs until they’re out of stock (so probably, 8am). Leave the gun, take the cannoli.

Where: Brunetti, 250 Flinders Ln When: From 7:30am For more info, click here.

Nutella Gelato At Piccolina

Collingwood & Hawthorn

This one isn’t free, but it IS delicious. It’s Piccolina’s cult favourite, Better Than Nutella gelato. A gluten-free ice-cream made from roasted hazelnuts, chocolate and cocoa powder. You can get it today at either the Hawthorn store or the new Collingwood digs. If you drop by Collingwood, you can even get liquefied Better Than Nutella, which is constantly flowing from the chocolate tap behind the pozzetti bar.

Where: Piccolina Gelateria, Collingwood & Hawthorn When: Monday 5 February For more info, click here.

Nutella Doughnuts At Doughnut Time

Various

Doughnut Time celebrates World Nutella Day like it’s a religious experience. Last year their Montella Jordan sold out in hours, and this year they’ve created something new—Tella She’s Dreaming. A Nutella-filled, chocolate glazed, Nutella drizzled, Nutella brownie, with red, white and black sprinkles, topped with gold leaf and a mini Nutella jar. This thing sounds like it should be illegal. You can get them in-store until EOD today. Check Doughnut time’s website for various locations.

Where: All Doughnut Time stores When: Monday 5 February For more info, click here.

Free Nutella Hot Cross Buns At Oasis Bakery

Murrumbeena

Three words: ‘brioche Nutella hot cross buns’. Two more words: ‘totally free’. Yep, that’s what’s happening at the famous Oasis Bakery in Murrumbeena today. The first 100 people through the door will get their hands on a fresh-baked brioche Nutella hot cross bun. These things sold like hot cakes last year (very like hot cakes really....exactly like hot cakes) so get in quick. Don’t stress though—if you miss out on a freebie you can still buy a pack to take home. Oasis are baking plenty.

Where: Oasis Bakery, 993 North Rd When: From 8am, Monday 5 February For more info, click here.

Nutella Martinis At Hu Tong

Prahran

Hu Tong Prahran have taken a slightly different tack for World Nutella Day. They’ve decided to combine Nutella with booze to create a Nutella-tini. Basically, Nutella mixed with Frangelico, vodka and Baileys, complete with a hazelnut rim. Nutella for adults, essentially, and further proof that adding ‘tini’ to anything makes it at least 60% more delicious. The Nutella-tini is best enjoyed with a small plate of dumplings, and then several more plates of dumplings.

Where: Hu Tong, 62 Commerical Rd, Prahran When: Monday 5 February For more info, click here

Feel like some health after all that Nutella? You can get these Kombucha cocktails at the Garden State Hotel. 

Image credit: Hu Tong

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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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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10 Vietnamese Dishes Other Than Pho That You Absolutely Must Eat When In Ho Chi Minh City

10 Vietnamese Dishes Other Than Pho That You Absolutely Must Eat When In Ho Chi Minh City


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Vietnam is an Asian paradise for delicious food that is astoundingly cheap. Also, as compared to food in the neighbouring countries, Vietnamese food is a lot healthier (think soups, salads, wraps, etc). I actually lost two

Top 6 luxurious all-inclusive resorts in Phan Thiet

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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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There’s An Anti-Valentine’s Day Singles Party On Next Week

There’s An Anti-Valentine’s Day Singles Party On Next Week

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Staying home and watching Bridget Jones with a bottle of gin is tempting, but we have a better Valentine’s Day solution for singles. Presenting the Bumble Single Mingle at Hawker Hall.

This thing is basically a big middle finger to Hallmark. From 6:30pm next Wednesday, Hawker Hall on Chapel St is going to be turned into one giant cauldron of sizzling sexual potential. There’s going to be kissing booths, speed dating round robins, a photo-booth (with obligatory props), matchmaking experts and ‘Super Like’ drink cards.

And for tunes? Hawker Hall has booked DJ CC Babcock (great name), who’ll be making sweet musical love to your earbuds throughout the night.

Because the night is sponsored by Bumble, ladies get a free drink voucher and must use it to buy a potential suitor a drink (it’s all about making the first move). We’re not sure what the guys do in the meantime—probably stand next to whatever door canapés emerge from.

Here’s the cherry on top: your $45 ticket includes entry and food, and everyone goes in the draw to WIN a night for two at St Jerome’s in the CBD. Score.

The Details

Where: Hawker Hall, 98 Chapel St Windsor When: 6:30pm – Late, Wednesday 14 February For more info, click here. 

Did you hear? Kylie Jenner confirmed she is pregnant and we have a lot of feelings. 

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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...

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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Michelle McNamara’s Book on the Golden State Killer Comes Out This Month

by Marielle Wakim @ Los Angeles Magazine

Read her original story, "In the Footsteps of a Killer," here

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An Early Look at All the Artwork Coming to the Metro Crenshaw Line

by Neal Broverman @ Los Angeles Magazine

Westchester, Inglewood, and Hyde Park are getting more than a train

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Vietnamese Any Day – A New Book Coming Up!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

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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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...

Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

The universe is going absolutely apesh*t this week, and we don’t blame it. Did you happen to see that Super Blue Blood Moon last week? Yeah, it’s getting a lil weird up in here.

You may be feeling moody, romantic, energetic or all of the above. It’s all the Stars’ fault, so you just have to deal with it. Here’s what your horoscope has in store for you this week.

Aries

The first week of February has you feeling pretty cheeky, Aries, and you should WERK. IT. Use this attitude to your advantage and get shit done. Set up a Tinder date and don’t cancel, commit to a work deadline (for once) and feed your cat. You’re doing great, sweetie.

Taurus

This is your week to embrace Rihanna's words and work, work, work, work, work. Get the point? Keep your eye on the prize and get shit done. Make that cash monnnaayyy.

Gemini

You’re turning up the heat, Gems! Feeling a little saucy, are we? Ow, owww. Your focus is on romance and travel this week, so why don’t you plan a little trip with your lover and hit the road. Spice things up a bit, eh?

Cancer

Feeling a little all over the place, Cancer? Aw, it’s all good. Just write out down your priorities for the week and take a little ‘me’ time. But don’t totallyyyy cut yourself off, we wanna hang out!  

Leo

The Cosmos think this is going to be a love-filled week for you. LUCKY YOU. If you’ve been thinking about taking your relationship to the next level, now’s the time to do it. So why not look into where to find some new lingerie and get freakyyy.  

Virgo

Oi! Calm down, Virgo. What has your pants in a ruffle this week? Whatever it is, why don’t you put that angsty energy into something productive like taking a sweaty cycle class or telling Karen at work that her top looks nice (it’s okay to stretch the truth).  

Libra

Whoa, trim the sails! You’re feeling pretty on top of the world right now, Virgo! If you’re single, let your freak flag fly this Thursday and Friday night. If you’re in a relationship, maybe take date night to a new level *wink, wink*. This week is all about you doing you. We’ll try to keep up.  

Scorpio

The cosmos thinks you’ve been going out and having too much fun recently. Time to reel it in (their words, not ours). Enjoy a few nights in this week and catch up on Netflix. Although, we won’t stop you if can’t control this fun streak. Hey, maybe invite us out every once in a while, Scorp?

Sagittarius

Ugh, Sag you’re caught in a routine and we know you’re squirming. The Stars think you should keep at it *sigh* (but we’re here for you if you wanna let loose). Knowing you, you’ll probably defy the Stars and break free of your day-to-day work. We’ll play the demon on your shoulder and support you.

Capricorn

In the words of this year’s Hottest 100 winner, Kendrick Lamar, money trees is the perfect place for shade. And you are balliiinnnn in the green stuff this week, Cap. The Cosmos don’t think you should make it rain but rather make some investments instead. (It’ll pay off in the long run.)

Aquarius

Your energy and charisma are at its peak this week so use it wisely. Put that ambition into achieving an important goal, like eating your way through your city's best chicken wings. Duh.

Pieces

Roll up your sleeves and get shit done this week, Pieces. Soz to break it to you, but there’s no time for rest. You have deadlines to meet and Tinder dates to cancel. Take it as a positive that your boss is piling work on your desk. That means they like to think you’re really good at what you do. Grab a coffee and keep at it.

Image credit: Gabrielle Stjernqvist

The Legal Nomads Guide to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A Puerto Escondido guide, including where to eat, the best spots to swim, where to stay, and how to get there and away from Oaxaca and elsewhere.

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Enjoy Small Business Saturday in the Tenderloin

by humin @ The Tender

New York-based PAPER Magazine has just published a guide to enjoy Small Business Saturday in San Francisco. This day, which was apparently declared to be the Saturday after Thanksgiving last year by American Express, is a day to support small businesses around the country. This is how they described the guide in the first page: San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods are all packed to the brim with a wonderful and eclectic mix of local owner-operated businesses. It’s these family-run bars and cafés, the chef-run artisanal food shops and the designer-owned fashion emporiums that are at the core of what defines the communities in this world-class city. Small Business Saturday, held on... read more >

Top 10 Hopon-Hopoff tours in Ho chi minh city

by Digital Marketing @ Hop On Hop Off Viet Nam – Most convenient city tour bus services

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

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


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

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 […]

Bánh mì thịt nướng Ô Môi – OMBM21

by admin @ Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Tiệm Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Bánh Mì Ô Môi Lê Thị Riêng

+ Bánh mì: Thịt nướng + Nước sốt: Gà + Chất lượng: Như hình + Giá: liên hệ + Nhận cung cấp bánh mì cho các bửa tiệc, đại hội, sinh nhật… đảm bảo về sinh an toàn thực phẩm. + Bánh mì Ô Môi – Thương hiệu bánh mì ngon nhất Sài Gòn

7 of the best banh mi around metro Atlanta

7 of the best banh mi around metro Atlanta


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I love the little rebellion that is the banh mi, a Vietnamese sandwich built on a French baguette.

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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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...

[HCM] Banh Mi Crawl in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh)

[HCM] Banh Mi Crawl in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh)


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Do not tell people that you’ve been to Vietnam if you did not have, at least one, banh mi! “Bánh mì” means bread in Vietnamese, but people used it to refer the banh mi sandwich, w…

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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The word bánh mì in Vietnamese refers to bread generally, as well as a range of baguette-style sandwiches. Vietna

Recipe: BUTTER BEEF – Bò Lăn Bơ

by Helen Le @ Danang Cuisine

Recipe: BUTTER BEEF - Bò Lăn BơBy Helen Le Published: December 11, 2017Prep: 20 minsCook: 10 minsReady In: 30 minsYield: 1 (1-2 Servings)Butter beef seems to be widely known among the overseas Vietnamese but is not a popular dish in Vietnam. However, it's a worth-trying appetizer with easy-to-find ingredients. Let give it a try!Bò lăn […]

The 5 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

by Marielle Wakim @ Los Angeles Magazine

A history class on chocolate where you get to eat the chocolate? Yes, please

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Bánh mì thịt nướng Ô Môi – OMBM23

by admin @ Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Tiệm Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Bánh Mì Ô Môi Lê Thị Riêng

+ Bánh mì: Thịt nướng + Nước sốt: Gà + Chất lượng: Như hình + Giá: liên hệ + Nhận cung cấp bánh mì cho các bửa tiệc, đại hội, sinh nhật… đảm bảo về sinh an toàn thực phẩm. + Bánh mì Ô Môi – Thương hiệu bánh mì ngon nhất Sài Gòn

Japanese Foot-Long Fries Just Landed In Australia

Japanese Foot-Long Fries Just Landed In Australia

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI, Japanese food is trending so hard right now. The fact that said trend has delivered gooey cheese tarts, burnt miso ramen, soufflé pancakes and now foot-long fries, makes it one that we want to hang around for a little bit longer. 

Now, back to the foot-long fries that we need in our bellies right now. You can pick these bad boys up at Harajuku Gyoza and they're exactly what you’re picturing, these not-so-little sticks of goodness are created by sending potatoes through a Japanese-imported potato press before being thrown into the fryer. They’re then served with one of their seriously freaking great dipping sauces—think house-made shiitake mushroom and Katsuobushi salt or Japanese mayonnaise. They’re so golden that they kind of look like doughnut fries and honestly, we just need them in our bellies right now. 

And before you ask, yes, these are the same guys that brought Nutella gyoza, the raindrop cake and Japanese soufflé pancakes into our lives. AKA, they’re just legends, alright. 

In other news, this is what your favourite summer drink says about you. 

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L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

by Joshua Lurie @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

The L.A. Beer Blast lets Food GPS readers know what’s new at select L.A. bars and restaurants with great beer selections. You’ll also discover beer-related events in the area. Busy Dojo, Playcation + Near Beer in Santa Ana Sean Inman takes a first (and second) visit to the Modern Times Dankness Dojo in DTLA. Take a Playcation with Portland’s HUB. Enjoy Bravus near beer from Santa Ana. Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below. Please note: craft beers rotate frequently at these establishments, and kegs might kick between the time we update the Blast and the time you arrive. 1. Tuning Fork (Studio City) Beers of the Week: 1. MacLeod Grasshopper 2. King Harbor Brew Doughty 3. Iron Triangle Gold 4. 2 Towns Ciderhouse Rhubarbarian 5. Bear Republic Mosaic Rebellion 2. Southland Beer (Koreatown) Beers of the Week: 1. Mumford Brewing Laces Out (draft) 2. Cellador Ales Septem (draft) 3. Fort Point Beer Company Resonance (draft) 4. Alesmith My Bloody Valentine (draft) 5. Eagle Rock Brewing El Cadejo (draft) Upcoming Event: Saturday, February 10 – A Cellador Ales Happening! Join us for a day of wild and sour beer with Cellador Ales. We’ll have four beers on tap,...

L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

Recipe: Combo dessert soup- Chè thưng

by Helen Le @ Danang Cuisine

Recipe: Combo dessert soup- Chè thưngBy Helen Le Published: January 10, 2018Prep: 40 minsCook: 60 minsReady In: 1 hr 40 minsChe Thung is a popular Vietnamese sweet soup with coconut milk soup base and various kinds of beans, lotus seeds, and peanuts etc. There is also another dessert called Che Ba Ba, which is very […]

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 […]

This Boozy Stroll Through Old Hollywood Is a Must for History Buffs

by Chris Nichols @ Los Angeles Magazine

See Hollywood like Hemingway did—sloshed

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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...

Things to know about Saigon

by Digital Marketing @ Hop On Hop Off Viet Nam – Most convenient city tour bus services

Ho Chi Minh City  Saigon has exotic food, colonial architecture, and memories. If you’re looking for Top 10 restaurants to see and enjoy in Ho chi Minh city, check out this topic … to discover little-known sites, talk

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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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Thornbury’s Getting A Cinema In An Old 1920s Motor Garage

Thornbury’s Getting A Cinema In An Old 1920s Motor Garage

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Man, have we ever written a more northside headline than that? Well, it’s true, guys. The news just broke this week that Thornbury Picture House will be opening in March.

What is Thornbury Picture House? It’s a new boutique cinema and bar that’s opening inside an old 1920 motor garage. It’s the latest project from independent cinema guru Gus Berger (the guy responsible for the 2013/14 George Revival Cinema in St Kilda—remember that one?)

Anyway, this one promises to be even more ambitious. We’re talking 57 seats, a big 6m screen, state-of-the-art Krix 5.1 sound system and loads of aesthetic touches scattered around the place. Stuff like old film canisters, classic Cuban film posters, 8mm and 35mm film cameras, set-lights and 16mm projectors.

The program is obviously a bit hush hush at the moment, but Gus says there’ll be a good mix of well-known faves, docos, late night cult films, kids’ classics and some more niche, local independent stuff.

The bar is being designed by Julian Beattie of Makestuff (AKA the brains behind Saving Grace, Uncle Joe’s Bar, Cure Bar). Expect the usual summery smash of G&Ts, craft beers and locally sourced wine. You’ll also be able to nibble on shared plates of calamari and antipasto from nearby Umberto Espresso Bar.

Watch this space. We’ll be covering the opening in more detail come March.

The Details

What: Thornbury Picture House Where: 802 High St Thornbury When: Bookings will be available from early March For more info, click here

Heads up—there's a secret rooftop foodie party in Melbourne this month. 

Image credit: Jake Hills 

Thrillable Hours: Karen Walrond, Speaker, Photographer & Bestselling Author

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

New Thrillable Hours Q&A about life after law with Karen Walrond, a former lawyer. Now, Karen is a public speaker, photographer, and bestselling author.

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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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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 […]

The MSO Are Chucking A Massive Studio Ghibli Performance

The MSO Are Chucking A Massive Studio Ghibli Performance

by Gen Phelan @ The A List | The Urban List

Good news, guys! Melbourne has a new concert gracing its Hamer Hall stage this April, courtesy of the MSO. It’s a little reminiscent of our fave 2002 anime flick, Spirited Away. Just not in the people-turning-into-pigs sense. (Damn).

Instead, scenes from this movie and other Studio Ghibli classics will spill onto a mahoossive screen. Against this backdrop, master composer Joe Hisaishi is going to corral the MSO into auditory glory. Think of the beats behind Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke and My Neighbor Totoro and you'll know what to expect.

As long-term BFFs, Hisaishi and Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki have an impressive history of movie-music collaboration—over thirty years’ worth. But hey, who’s counting. They're officially our second favourite kind of m&m.

Melbourne has been chosen for the debut performance of this concert (outside Japanese borders). Cue general cooing and smugness directed at Sydney. Consul-General of Japan, Kazuyoshi Matsunaga, even said he was honoured Melb’s world-class orchestra had been chosen for this gig of gigs.  

"These performances will be the perfect way to showcase Japanese culture here in Victoria. The works of Studio Ghibli and Mr Hisaishi’s iconic scores are already known and loved throughout Australia, and I know this will be a highlight of Melbourne’s cultural calendar this autumn," said Mr Matsunaga.

You’ll be chanting encooore until that curtain levitates just one more time.

THE DETAILS

What: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Presents: Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert, Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki When: Friday 27 and Saturday 28 April at 7.30pm Where: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne For more info (and to book), click here.

Heads up: we just found Victoria's best little-known foodie destination

Image credit: Studio Ghibli 

Little Saigon Banh Mi Bender - Food GPS

Little Saigon Banh Mi Bender - Food GPS


Food GPS

We based our Little Saigon banh mi bender on Amy Scattergood's LA Times round-up. Overall, we consumed 10 sandwiches. This is the product of our “research.”

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 […]

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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Toll road agency report criticizes San Clemente’s campaign against toll road, city fires back

Toll road agency report criticizes San Clemente’s campaign against toll road, city fires back

by Fred Swegles @ Orange County Register

The chairman of the agency that governs the 241 Toll Road directed agency staff on Feb. 8 to send inside information about San Clemente’s anti-toll road campaign to the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency Chairman Ed Sachs of Mission Viejo did that, after a lively discussion at a Transportation Corridor Agency […]

You Can Now Stream Thousands of Free Movies Thanks to the L.A. Public Library

by Brittany Martin @ Los Angeles Magazine

Excuse us while we curl up and watch documentaries for the rest of time

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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...

Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

by @TheCookie @ Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

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[quote=“linus, post:65, topic:2911, full:true”]
i’m not quite sure why you’re lol-ing canned sardines. they’re a wonderful thing.
[/quote]When my cat won’t come home I stand on the patio and open a can… It works like a charm.

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VIDEO: Paddleboarder has close encounter with gray whale off the coast of Laguna Beach

VIDEO: Paddleboarder has close encounter with gray whale off the coast of Laguna Beach

by Erika I. Ritchie @ Orange County Register

LAGUNA BEACH —  Environmental activist Rich German recently got up close and personal with a gray whale while paddleboarding along the Laguna Beach coastline. “To have a whale that close and that calm and interactive, puts that experience up there as one of the best encounters,” he said On Friday. Feb. 9, German first encountered […]

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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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...

Banh Mi Thit Nuong – Don't Miss To Try

Banh Mi Thit Nuong – Don't Miss To Try


Vietnam Private Tours

Banh Mi Thit Nuong – don’t miss to try when you have a trip to Saigon. List down 3 places that serve the best baguette with grilled pork and come to testify!

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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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 ...

Bánh mì gà xé Ô Môi – OMBM19

by admin @ Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Tiệm Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Bánh Mì Ô Môi Lê Thị Riêng

+ Bánh mì: Gà xé + Nước sốt: Gà + Chất lượng: Như hình + Giá: liên hệ + Nhận cung cấp bánh mì cho các bửa tiệc, đại hội, sinh nhật… đảm bảo về sinh an toàn thực phẩm. + Bánh mì Ô Môi – Thương hiệu bánh mì ngon nhất Sài Gòn

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

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Bánh mì thịt nướng Ô Môi – OMBM24

by admin @ Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Tiệm Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Bánh Mì Ô Môi Lê Thị Riêng

+ Bánh mì: Thịt nướng + Nước sốt: Gà + Chất lượng: Như hình + Giá: liên hệ + Nhận cung cấp bánh mì cho các bửa tiệc, đại hội, sinh nhật… đảm bảo về sinh an toàn thực phẩm. + Bánh mì Ô Môi – Thương hiệu bánh mì ngon nhất Sài Gòn

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, […]

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 ...]

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 […]

Bánh mì chả thịt Ô Môi – OMBM18

by admin @ Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Tiệm Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Bánh Mì Ô Môi Lê Thị Riêng

+ Bánh mì: Chả thịt + Nước sốt: Gà + Chất lượng: Như hình + Giá: liên hệ + Nhận cung cấp bánh mì cho các bửa tiệc, đại hội, sinh nhật… đảm bảo về sinh an toàn thực phẩm. + Bánh mì Ô Môi – Thương hiệu bánh mì ngon nhất Sài Gòn

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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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....

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. 

Image credit: Jez Timms

Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

by @A5KOBE @ Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

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The non egg ones are decent, I have had the BBQ pork and thought it was good but not outstanding. A bit too sweet for my taste. Haven’t had any of their other offerings. The egg is just awesome, something about the combo of their bread with jalapeño and egg that just is awesome.

I do like the SPAM, egg and pork banh mi at Tam Thanh. I believe it is called dac biet. Not too far and a nice alternative.

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Sweet and Sour Shrimp

by Rasa Malaysia @ Rasa Malaysia

Sweet and Sour Shrimp with plump and juicy shrimp in mouthwatering sweet and sour sauce. This easy recipe is amazing with steamed rice or noodles and ready in 20 minutes.

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Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

by Gen Phelan @ The A List | The Urban List

Hey guys, this just in: following the Last Quarter Moon, the stars are pointing to a serious crisis of consciousness. Ga-reat. With V-Day just around the corner, the cosmos are plotting some total eclipses (of the heart). Wanna know what else is in store? We’ve got a few ideas...

Aries

Okay, Aries, enough is enough. It’s time to stop putting off that dentist appointment, and those Euro2k18 accom bookings, and that call you never returned from last month. Procrastination station, so long.

Taurus

When an opportunity arises, a true Taurus grabs it by the horns. Take a stand, and kiss the spectating duties goodbye. It’s been too long—get your head back in the game.

Gemini

You can’t be everyone’s everything, Gems. We get it, you’re only trying to help, but what’s ‘helping’ your nearest and dearest is inadvertently bringing you down. Throw a life jacket into the water instead of jumping right in. People treading water will only drag you down with them.  

Cancer

Nothing seems to be holding your attention span for too long, and TBH, you’re acting kinda Crabby. It’s time to stop fighting the restlessness, Cancerians. Let your hair down. We know you want to.

Leo

Leos, put that pride aside. We get that this is no mean feat for you guys. But, if you’d just admit to the emotions that you’re so damn determined to suppress, a flood of relief will come your way.

Virgo

They’re not worth your time, Virgo. We’re here to remind you that love is a two-way street, not a battlefield. Stop selling yourself short when second-best has never been your style.  

Libra

Libra, look at you go! Those New Year’s resolutions are being ticked off at lightning speed. You’re emanating positive vibes right now, and they’re contagious. Just don’t get complacent, keep hustling.

Scorpio

Scorpio, how does a getaway sound? A week, a weekend, or perhaps even a night away from the hustle and bustle of Big City Life could give you the fresh perspective you’ve been so wistfully longing for. Roaaaaad trip.

Sagittarius

You’re lacking inspiration, Sags. Settling back into the groove of work this year has left you feeling a little uninspired. You’ve maxed out on your coffee intake by 10am each day for the past fortnight. It’s time to chase a new perspective.

Capricorn

Tidy space, tidy mind. It’s a mantra you’ll need to adopt if there’s any hope of making it through that colossal to-do list you have mounting. Inhale. Exhale. Ensure your surroundings are in top shape before embarking on your next day of work.

Aquarius

Ctrl + Alt + Del the negative opinions bringing you down. If you keep listening to what everyone else is telling you to do/say/feel, you’re going to lose sight of what really matters to you most. March to your own drum, Aquarius. 

Pisces

Pisces, you’re all work no play. Get back into the groove of that favourite hobby. Your ‘pause’ turned into fully-fledged retirement from doing what you love. The call to action? Find a new outlet, or rekindle an old passion. 

Image credit: Gabrielle Stjernqvist

Everything We Know About the “Lego”-Themed Pop-Up Bar Coming to L.A.

by Brittany Martin @ Los Angeles Magazine

Because nothing says “childhood nostalgia” like cocktails

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The Best of Saigon Street Food: What To Eat And Where to Find It

The Best of Saigon Street Food: What To Eat And Where to Find It


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Eat your way through Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon's streets with this guide to the best dishes and where to find them. Bonus section on visas, taxis, and more!

3 Restaurants You Have to Try This February

by Garrett Snyder @ Los Angeles Magazine

Hungry? You will be

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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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Where to go in Ha Giang

by IV Blogging Team @ Vietnam Private Tours

Ha Giang is the province in the North of Vietnam with many beautiful destinations. With the epic landscapes here, it is very worth being discovered. Coming to Ha Giang, tourists can see the endless roads, unique terraces and more than that. Therefore, you shouldn’t miss Ha Giang in your holiday. The followings will help you

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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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The Official Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama Are So Stunning

by Brittany Martin @ Los Angeles Magazine

L.A. native Kehinde Wiley depicted the former president in grand style

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The 5 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Pre-Valentine’s Day Weekend

by Marielle Wakim @ Los Angeles Magazine

Whether you love love or hate love, there’s something for you

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Melbourne’s Third Burger Invitational Is Back This Weekend

Melbourne’s Third Burger Invitational Is Back This Weekend

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s the question that keeps us up at night: who makes the best burger in Melbourne? We’ve actually recruited a professional burger eater to try and find out—but every year Melbourne’s burger scene evolves. New burgers emerge, old burger favourites bite the dust. It’s a never-ending quest.

But this weekend, Welcome To Thornbury are going to settle the issue once and for all. The annual Burger Invitational is back. And you’re all invited.

This is your chances to try burgers from Melbourne’s most famous burger bars. Guests can taste a little of everything, vote on their favourite stacks, and go in the draw to win a cool $300 Welcome To Thornbury voucher. (Think how many food truck burritos that could buy...)

The Burger Invitational battle will run over two days, and so far the line-up is looking pretty nuts. On Saturday you’ll taste the best from Betty’s Burgers, LA Burger, St. Burgs (we hope they bring their Doughnut Burger), Skipping Girl Takeaway and Benny Burger. On Sunday, you’ll get Leonard’s House of Love (represent), Burgertory, Gorilla Grill, Between 2 Buns and Betty’s Burgers.

Bonus: the guys from Bluebonnet BBQ will be slinging their famous ice-cream sandwiches across the two days. There will also be the usual range of craft beers and cocktails available from the bar.

So who will it be, Melbourne? Who’s cuisine reigns supreme? Only you can decide.

The Details

What: Melbourne Burger Invitational When: Saturday 10 February & Sunday 11 February For more info, click here

Hungry for more? Here are all the burgers you need to eat in Melbourne

Image credit: Gorilla Grill | Michelle Jarni

Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

by @Bookwich @ Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

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One time I was meeting some friends at a beach bonfire, and everyone was bringing their dinner, and all I had was a couple cans of sardines (one spicy and one tomato) and half a baguette, so I brought them. I was kind of hesitant about opening the cans, because I thought people wouldn’t like the smell.

I ended up having to pass them around; people’s ears perked up when I popped the first can. Apparently, if your parents were Italian, Colombian or Japanese, you really, really like sardines. Who knew?

Now I must try a sardine bahn mi, ASAP.

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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 […]

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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Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

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@Chowseeker1999 You are a badass eater and reporter! I’ve been wanting banh mi all week, and now just might have to adjust my schedule today to roll down to Little Saigon for some egg banh mi.

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

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

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

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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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Beer History, Ignorant DIPA + Selling Out

by Sean Inman @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

It is easy to think that independent beer is currently making history and to forget the long timeline prior to 2018, but two books are currently available that shed light on the events in brewing that led to today’s scene. First up is Trappist Beer Travels by Caroline Wallace, Sarah Wood and Jessica Deahl. Follow this intrepid trio as they visit each and every official Trappist brewery from Belgium to the U.S. and countries in-between where they learn the back story on each monastery and learn about the how and why each one brew beer. More importantly, what they want their beers to stand for. The heavy book is chock full of photos of monastery grounds, religious artifacts, and the near religious shiny copper brew kettles that are used to make such famous beers as Orval and Westvleteren as well as, gasp, IPA at Spencer Brewery in Massachusetts. Next is Beeronomics: How Beer Explains the World. Authors Devin Briski and Johan Swinnen go the route of tracing the economic impact of beer throughout time. Starting way back with the Epic of Gilgamesh. Just four chapters in and there is mention of Pliny the Elder, the Hanseatic League, The Glorious Revolution...

Beer History, Ignorant DIPA + Selling Out

Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

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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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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 ...]

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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There’s A Huge Ice Cream Festival In The Yarra Valley Next Week

There’s A Huge Ice Cream Festival In The Yarra Valley Next Week

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

We’ll take two scoops of the Hell Yes, please. The Chocolaterie’s annual Ice Cream Festival is launching next week (on Valentine’s Day) and it’s looking freaking delicious.

There are some things in life that are worth love handles, and this is one of them.

For 12 calorific days, the Yarra Valley & Great Ocean Rd Chocolateries will be pumping out a whopping 144 artisanal ice-cream flavours, hand-churned by expert chocolatiers.

They’re going to release 12 new flavours each day of the festival, and some of them are definitely NSFM (not safe for minors). We’re talking the Dark Horse (a malty combo of dark chocolate and Coopers stout) and the Gin & Tonic (literally G&T ice cream, served with a twist of orange).

There’s also plenty of ice cream that won’t blow you over 0.05. The Bush Tucker Cheesecake caught our eye (finger lime cheesecake with a strawberry gum ripple...wtf). And definitely get the kids sugar’d to hell on the Magical Unicorn (blue banana and pink bubblegum ice cream swirled with freckles and topped with unicorn dust, made from 30% hand-ground unicorns).

Need a kicker? This year the Chocolaterie is releasing a range of handmade cones to compliment the ice cream selection. You can get milk, white or dark choc-dipped cones, rolled in stuff that’ll make your dentist cry. Think Oreo crumbs, freeze-dried strawberry dust or crushed honeycomb.

I scream, you scream etc.

The Details

What: The Chocolaterie Ice Cream Festival Where: Yarra Valley (35 Old Healesville Rd) and The Great Ocean Rd (Elkington Rd, Bellbrae) When: 14 – 25 February For more info, click here

Speaking of treats, we've found the ultimate Treat Yo' Self getaway

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The Best Parks To Eat Cheese And Drink Wine At This Summer

The Best Parks To Eat Cheese And Drink Wine At This Summer

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

Warning: VERY important list.

Now that sitting in an open-air field in Melbourne won’t give you pneumonia, it’s time to make use of its flora-rich spaces for some good old fashioned picnicking. Because when the weather isn’t putting on a tuneful medley of reasons to stay indoors (think Melbourne’s greatest hit single: ‘It Was 38 Degrees 5 Minutes Ago, Why Is It Hailing Now?’), the only thing to do is pull up a patch of grass, smear some Mersey Valley cheese on a piece of Baker’s Delight herbed focaccia and sip from a plastic cup of Oyster Bay Chardonnay.

So, here are the best parks to eat cheese and drink wine at this summer.

Town Hall Reserve

South Melbourne

If you’re more of a secret garden person than a ‘so packed people are literally laying picnic rugs on other people’ kinda person then the Town Hall Reserve is the place for you. This little patch of turf is just outside the South Melbourne Town Hall and it has just enough room for you, several wheels of cheese, an esky of wine and half a dozen of your closest friends and cheese platter accompaniments.

Edinburgh Gardens

Fitzroy

If you’re an Offspring (the TV show) fan, you’re going to love settling into one of the Proudman’s favourite filming locations. It makes frequent appearances on national telly for one reason and one reason only—it’s a bloody good park. Edinburgh Gardens has a tonne of open space for little kiddies and adult kiddies to roam, as well as an abundance of prime picnic-blanket-laying lush grass. There’s also picnic tables, playgrounds and barbecue facilities if you like your camembert crumbed and fried.

Carlton Gardens

Carlton

The Carlton Gardens are an absolute classic and you’ve no doubt sunken a few tinnies under its sprinklers in the past. This tidy little stretch of greenery is home to the Melbourne Museum AND the Royal Exhibition Centre, plus it has tennis courts! There are heaps of beautiful trees to park under as well as a stunning pond and infinite beautiful garden beds. Each picnic comes with a bonus life-affirming epiphany in this little park haven.

Heide Museum Of Modern Art, Sculpture Park

Bulleen

You probably haven’t heard of the Heide Museum which is the exact reason it needs to be near the top of your outdoor wine and cheese tasting list. This gorgey park isn’t only the perfect spot for a picnic but it’s also home to an art museum—bonza! You can trot around the grounds admiring some spectacular sculptures by Australian artists in between kilos of Brie and litres of savvy b.

Fawkner Park

South Yarra

This big ol’ park is so yuge you could picnic there every day and lay your rug down in a brand new spot each time. Fawkner Park is filled with activewear and #fitspo galore gals and boys, this park may make you feel a little guilty for shovelling all those cheesy carbs, but the shade-bearing oaks make for the best picnic spots. There are barbecue facilities available as well as complimentary games of cricket and tennis to watch if you park yourself in the right location.

Women’s Peace Garden

Kensington

Need an excuse to head west? Look no further than the adorable hidden Women’s Peace Garden in Kensington. This little beauty is framed in olive trees and colourful garden beds, not to mention it is literally set out in a peace sign. You can’t see it from the road, which means people on the road can’t see you because this little hot spot is completely secluded.

Werribee Park

Werribee

If you head even further west you’ll hit Werribee Park, home to the glorious Werribee Mansion. This guy is often referred to as an ‘Australian pastoral empire’ and you can see why when you park yourself on a sweet patch within its ten outrageously beautiful hectares. This is truthfully perhaps the most spectacular park on the list, and as it’s only a thirty-minute drive from the city, it would be insane not to put it at the top of your cheese-nibbling wine-tasting summer list.

Need to know where to buy the best cheese in Melbourne? This list will help you out.

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Must-try dishes before leaving Ha Giang

by IV Blogging Team @ Vietnam Private Tours

Ha Giang is one of the most beautiful places in northern Vietnam. With 90% of the population are ethnic minorities, Ha Giang is diverse in the culture. It offers visitors interesting experiences not only by its majestic natural landscapes but also a lot of culinary specialties. Visiting this mountainous province, it would be a miss

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Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

by @attran99 @ Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

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@Ns1 That’s one banh mi, I’ve never tried buying. My Mom’s is so good…thinly sliced white onions sautéed in butter, and then open the cans of sardines in tomato sauce…perhaps add more tomato sauce and a TON of black pepper. So simple and so good…I have an extra helping when she makes it.

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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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What to do in Lebanon: A Guide for First Time Visitors

by Pearl Yan @ Sassy Hong Kong

What to do in the ‘Paris of the Middle East’   Lebanon, a beautiful country that’s often overlooked when planning a holiday, should be on everyone’s bucket list in 2018. You simply won’t find delicious hummus (and Lebanese mezzes), Roman ruins, fun nightlife, stunning mountains and beaches, awe-inspiring mosques and churches, all in one place anywhere […]

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Chicken Karaage (Sesame Fried Chicken)

by Rasa Malaysia @ Rasa Malaysia

Chicken Karaage - crispy Japanese sesame fried chicken, the best chicken karaage recipe that is better than Japanese restaurants.

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All The Movies You Need To Watch Before Oscar Night

All The Movies You Need To Watch Before Oscar Night

by Pippa Knight @ The A List | The Urban List

It happens every year. The Oscar nom's come out and all of a sudden we're expert film buffs. The list of flicks to watch spirals out of control, and inevitably we don't watch them all before the big Red Carpet. But this year's gonna be different. This year we can all be winners with this comprehensive list of the movies you definitely need to see before the Oscars air on 4 March (mark it in your diary now). 

Get comfortable. We have trailers. 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Plot in one Sentence: A grieving mother rents out three billboards to call attention to her daughter's unsolved murder.  

Nominated for: Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role: Woody Harrelson, Actress in a Leading Role: Frances McDormand, Writing (Original Screenplay): Martin McDonagh, Music (Orginal Score), Film Editing.

Why it’s so good: It’s not an uplifting film, but it’s got the performances and the dabbling of black comedy to stop you feeling quite so bad. Plus Frances McDormand. Now and for all time. 

Lady Bird

Plot in one sentence: A coming of age story about a girl’s turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother during an eventful senior year of high school.  

Nominated for: Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role: Saoirse Ronan, Actress in a Supporting Role: Laurie Matcalf, Best Director: Greta Gerwig, Writing (Original Screenplay): Greta Gerwig).

Why it’s so good: With two strong female characters as the lead roles, and the directorial debut of Greta Gerwig, the story is strengthened by great writing and a powerful central relationship. Look at the reviews. It’s hard to find a bad one.

The Shape of Water

Plot in one sentence: An other-worldly fairy tale about a woman and a ‘sea monster’ thing falling in love against the backdrop of the Cold War. There's a perfectly ordinary English sentence. 

Nominated for: Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role: Richard Jenkins, Actress in a Leading Role: Sally Hawkins, Actress in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer, Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, Writing (Original Screenplay): Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, Music (Original Score), Cinematography, Film Editing, Costume Design, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing.

Why it’s so good: On paper, this isn’t a story or a film that should work at all—and yet it does. It's engagingly romantic and incredibly special. With 13 nominations this year, it's a safe bet it'll be winning something

Get Out

Plot in one sentence: It’s a creepy thriller/horror that begins with a guy going to meet his girlfriend’s parents for the first time and turns into your ultimate nightmare.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Kaluuya, Best Director: Jordan Peele, Writing (Original Screenplay): Jordan Peele.

Why it’s so good: It has changed people’s opinions of horror films as a genre. It came out almost a year ago and this movie still remains vividly in our minds. 

I, Tonya

Plot in one sentence: The dark yet comedic tale of figure skater Tonya Harding, and the lengths she would go to to win. 

Nominated for: Actress in a Leading Role: Margot Robbie, Actress in a Supporting Role: Allison Janney, Film Editing.

Why it’s so good: You may leave the film feeling a bit melancholy, but the black comedy will give you a giggle. Full marks for performances by Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. It's hard to believe this actually happened.

The Post

Plot in one sentence:  The relationship between the Publisher and Editor of the Washington Post as they intend to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep.

Why it’s so good: It’s a fantastic story, made enthralling and consuming by an Oscar-winning cast of Steven Spielberg directing Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. If you've seen the film poster, you'd be forgiven for thinking the name of the movie is 'Streep Hanks'. 

Darkest Hour

Plot in one sentence: The story of Winston Churchill’s courage to lead against incredible odds that would change the course of history. No biggie. 

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role: Gary Oldman, Cinematography, Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling.

Why it’s so good: Gary Oldman gives a highly impressive performance of a multi-dimensional character, and it encompasses a film that will grip your attention until the very end. A proper WWII classic. 

Call Me By Your Name

Plot in one sentence:  An engaging and enthralling tale of first love. 

Nominated for: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role: Timothée Chalamet, Writing (Adapted Screenplay): James Ivory, Original Song.

Why it’s so good: This is the sort of movie you’ll find yourself thinking about for days to come. It'll leave a melancholy feeling in the pit of your stomach, but the acting is out of this world. 

Faces Places

Plot in one sentence: Agnus Varda and JR, the director of this documentary, explore rural France creating portraits of all the peoples they come across. Giant portraits. 

Nominated for: Documentary Feature.

Why it’s so good: Charming and powerful, this film is a delightfully arty road trip that's not quite like any other film/doco out there. It skilfully finds the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Coco

Plot in one sentence: Young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Coco is an adventure to find out about a family history, learning the values of life, death, family and culture.

Nominated for: Original Song, Animated Feature Film.

Why it’s so good: An exceedingly beautiful visual journey with a story that makes us feel all the feels. Limited to one animated film a year? Make it this one.

Blade Runner 2049

Plot in one sentence:  A futuristic tale uncovering a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into turmoil. 

Nominated for: Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects.

Why it’s so good: It's a chilling view of what’s yet to come, but those who are fans of the original are really going to gravitate to this story. For the others, it is a triumph in visual effects, music, direction and camerawork. 

Phantom Thread

Plot in one sentence: A dressmaker, at the centre of British fashion, finds himself swaying from his usual bachelor life for a new strong-willed muse and lover.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, Actress in a Supporting Role: Lesley Manville, Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, Music (Original Score), Costume Design.

Why it’s so good: Set in post-war 1950’s London, the costume design in this film is impeccable. It’s a film with beautiful attention to detail, breathtaking in many ways, that tells a story of undefended deep desires.

More of a doco person? We've got all the documentaries you should be watching right now over here

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Here Are the 12 Best Things to Do in February

by Marielle Wakim @ Los Angeles Magazine

Your guide to the month’s can’t-miss events in and around L.A.

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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 ...

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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Best Picture Oscar Films as Cocktails, from the Bartender Who Makes Cocktails for the Oscars

by Brittany Martin @ Los Angeles Magazine

Cocktail Academy’s Matt Landes translates movies into booze

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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 ...

7 Reasons to Check Out Downtown L.A.’s Newest Dining and Shopping Destination

by Linda Immediato @ Los Angeles Magazine

ROW DTLA is coming into its own

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This Guy Stayed in SoCal’s Most Haunted Hotels to Separate Fact From Fiction

by Gwynedd Stuart @ Los Angeles Magazine

Hotel Alexandria, Hotel del Coronado, the Mission Inn, and more

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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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Burgers and Beer, Van Ice + The Dankness Dojo

by Sean Inman @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

There are plenty of fancy beer-pairing dinners, but there is nothing like the classic burger and beer combo. It’s better, in my mind, than a burger and side of fries. Two Southland spots offer up the combo in ways you may want to check out. District Pub is across the street from the Laemmle NoHo. Walk over the tile that betrays its past life as the Treasure Trove and head to the counter to pick up the menu and peruse the taps. Select from 10 burger options (plus any specials). The Big Boy is comprised of Creekstone Angus beef, andouille sausage, Cheddar cheese. An Aioli Burger includes cheddar cheese, arugula, tomato, red onion, and garlic aioli. Or you can get the basic burger and dress it up with two items of your choosing. District Pub’s beer list doesn’t have Whalez on it, but the choices are solid and included many beers (on my visit) that I hadn’t had on draft in a long time, choices like Allagash White, Racer 5 and Firestone Walker Union Jack. You can also order a flight and find out which beer works the best with your chosen burger. Lincoln Kitchen & Tap is a new...

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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

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.

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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Banh mi mania rolls from the suburbs to the city

Banh mi mania rolls from the suburbs to the city


Good Food

If ever there was a sandwich to launch a thousand ships, banh mi thit, or more simply, banh mi (also known as Vietnamese pork roll) would be it.

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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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.

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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The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

by Brittany Martin @ Los Angeles Magazine

Your best bets for January 29 to February 2, 2018

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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 […]

Garlic Butter Sauteed Zucchini

by Rasa Malaysia @ Rasa Malaysia

Garlic Butter Sauteed Zucchini - skillet zucchini with garlic lemon butter. Easy, healthy and takes 15 mins from prep to dinner table.

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Top 10 things to see in Ho Chi Minh City Tour

by Digital Marketing @ Hop On Hop Off Viet Nam – Most convenient city tour bus services

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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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Mekong & Phu Quoc island (5 days, 4 nights)

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

Starts in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Finishes in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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These Fancy Hush Puppies Are More Than Just Fried Cornmeal

by Garrett Snyder @ Los Angeles Magazine

Your mouth is about to head to the South

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Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

by @Happybaker @ Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

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At Saigon Bakery, if we can eat it right then and there? The egg Banh Mi. Definitely.

If we want to take it home for later? Yay them, they will pack up the veggies separately. We’ll get the roast beasts (aka pork and chicken.) Then assemble at lunch.

If you get three banh mi, you get a free baguette to take home. They freeze wonderfully but are also fab just nibbled on as a snack : )

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Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral

by Hiep Pham @ Hop On Hop Off Viet Nam – Most convenient city tour bus services

Situated right in the heart of Hochiminh City is the most famous landmark as well as core Cathedral of the city, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral (translated as “Nhà thờ Đức Bà Sài Gòn). Notre-Dame Cathedral, or

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Bánh mì thịt nguội Ô Môi – OMBM16

by admin @ Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Tiệm Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Bánh Mì Ô Môi Lê Thị Riêng

+ Bánh mì: Thịt nguội + Nước sốt: Gà + Chất lượng: Như hình + Giá: liên hệ + Nhận cung cấp bánh mì cho các bửa tiệc, đại hội, sinh nhật… đảm bảo về sinh an toàn thực phẩm. + Bánh mì Ô Môi – Thương hiệu bánh mì ngon nhất Sài Gòn

Recipe: Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice- Cơm chiên trái thơm chay

by Helen Le @ Danang Cuisine

Recipe: Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice- Cơm chiên trái thơm chayBy Helen Le Published: December 12, 2017Prep: 20 minsCook: 30 minsReady In: 50 minsYield: 1-2 ServingsVegan Pineapple Fried Rice is a quite popular dish in Asian regions. It’s a healthier alternative to takeout, because it’s lower in sodium, vegan and gluten-freeCơm chiên trái thơm là món […]

The Best Unique Food Gifts for Food Travelers

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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A Fifty Shades Pop-Up Experience Is Coming to L.A. and We Need a Safe Word

by Lisa Beebe @ Los Angeles Magazine

It's like the Museum of Ice Cream, but BDSM-ier

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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 

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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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 ...]

A Mexican Experimental Artist Needs You for a Project

by Gwynedd Stuart @ Los Angeles Magazine

Carmina Escobar is staging "Passing Through Dimensions" at Art Los Angeles Contemporary this weekend

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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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Special photo sale to help ‘Up from the deep’

by humin @ The Tender

We just got word that Tender friend and neighborhood documentarian Mark Ellinger of Up from the Deep may be evicted from his Tenderloin Housing Clinic low-income studio. In order to avoid finding himself homeless again, he’s doing some fundraising to remain in his current home. So he’s having a special sale of some of his photographs of the Tenderloin and Mid-Market for $100 each. All prints are museum-quality gicleé prints, printed on 13″x19″ fine art paper. There are a lot of great prints prints to choose from (such as the one below), so contact him at tobemarx@gmail.com to purchase or for further details.

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.

In a West Adams Backyard, the Duo Uno+Ichi Is Creating L.A.’s Cutest Ceramics

by Gwynedd Stuart @ Los Angeles Magazine

Hana Ward and Joanna Lee's tiny indie operation has gone worldwide

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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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Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

by @PorkyBelly @ Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

@PorkyBelly wrote:

love how you get around @Chowseeker1999, thanks for the report.

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Recipe: Beef Tendon and Green Fruit Salad- Gỏi Gân Bò Hoa Quả Xanh

by Helen Le @ Danang Cuisine

Recipe: Beef Tendon and Green Fruit Salad- Gỏi Gân Bò Hoa Quả XanhBy Helen Le Published: February 6, 2018Prep: 30 minsCook: 30 minsReady In: 1 hr 10 minsYield: 3-4 ServingsBeef Tendon and Green Fruit is one of the most delicious salads in Vietnam. It is particularly popular with Vietnamese men as a great appetizer to […]

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. 

Recipe: Toasted garlic chili peanuts- Đậu phộng cháy tỏi ớt

by Helen Le @ Danang Cuisine

Toasted garlic chili peanuts- Đậu phộng cháy tỏi ớtBy Helen Le Published: December 16, 2017Prep: 10 minsCook: 10 minsReady In: 20 minsYield: 6-8 ServingsToasted garlic chili peanuts is a new and trendy snack in VN, very addicting. It’s a great drinking food, or to serve with rice or porridgeĐậu phộng cháy tỏi là món snack […]

Inside a Banh Mi Sandwich

Inside a Banh Mi Sandwich


SAVEUR

Originating on the streets of Saigon, the Banh Mi sandwich is a French-Vietnamese hybrid consisting of an airy baguette, sour pickled daikon and carrot, crisp cilantro, spicy chilis, and a cool sliver of cucumber surrounding any number of protein options, from sweet minced pork to fatty pate to sardines.

Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

by @Chowseeker1999 Chow Seeker @ Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

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At Saigon Bakery? The usual default (if we just order as is) has never been Scrambled Eggs; usually ranging from barely runny Sunny Side Up, to more cooked-through.

I just ask one of the people taking the order for “softer / less cooked” and it works for me.

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The Best Korean Barbecue on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon

by Kei Wa Lee @ Sassy Hong Kong

Fire up the grill!   There is no other dining experience that can quite compare to a sumptuous (yet affordable) feast at a Korean barbecue joint. From the moment you enter the restaurant, you will be greeted by the enticing aromas, curling up from sizzling tabletop grills and hitting your nose at full speed. Diners […]

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5 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Week

by Gen Phelan @ The A List | The Urban List

Now that Melb’s has had its mandatory mid-summer hissy fit, it’s time to get back to business. The call to action: dismiss the brollies, grab those togs, assemble your mates, deploy the bevs. We’ve got a lineup of free concerts for the musos, plant sales for the green thumbs, and prime destinations to watch (imbibe and pretend to understand what's going on) Superbowl showdown. Get ready to reclaim the sunshine season.

Here’s 5 awesome things to do this week in Melbourne.

Monday 5 February

Superbowl at the Waterside Hotel

It’s game time at the Waterside Hotel. We’re talking live and loud coverage of America’s favourite match of the year, ever-flowing booze and free half-time wings (!!). For more viewing hotspots check out this definitive Melbourne Super Bowl guide.

Where: 508 Flinders St When: From 9am, Monday 5 February For more info, click here.

Wednesday 7 February

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Free Concert Series

Move along, Coachella. The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is hosting a series of free concerts for all the classical cats out there. Bring a picnic blanket, get cosy and indulge in the string-centric score of this Summer.

Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Kings Domain Gardens, Linlithgow Ave When: 7:30pm (Gates open at 4:30pm), Wednesday 7 February, Saturday 10 February, Wednesday 14 February For more info, click here.

Thursday 8 February

Cooking with Food Waste at the Queen Victoria Market

If you’ve just thrown out your fourth carton of milk for the New Year, the Queen Victoria Market’s Cooking with Food Waste demonstrations are your one-way ticket to ending a guilty conscience and getting the most bang for your weekly shopping buck.  

Where: The Queen Victoria Market, A Shed, Corner of Peel St and Victoria St When: 1pm-2pm, every Thursday, from 1 February-22 February For more info, click here.

HWKR Launch Party

A devilishly tasty lineup of Asian-style cuisine is in store as Melbourne’s CBD cuts the ribbon on our newest foodie haven: HWKR Food Centre. It's gonna change the foodie game in the city, and they're throwing the launch party open to the public! Cut the red ribbon and unbutton those jeans.

Where: Eq. Tower, Ground Floor, 137 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne When: 8pm-late, Thursday 8 February For more info, click here.

Friday 9 February 

Taco & Tequila Festival

Whatever you were gonna do on Friday night, cancel that sh*t. Preston's Food Truck Park is throwing a huge taco & tequila festival. Entry is free, puppies are welcome, and there may or may not be a mariachi band. 

Where: The Food Truck Park, 518 High St Preston When: From5pm, 9 - 11 February For more info, click here

Deep in a food coma? Claim the couch and make your way through these docos

Image credit: Polymu Photography 

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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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

BÁNH MÌ HỒNG HOA

BÁNH MÌ HỒNG HOA


BÁNH MÌ HỒNG HOA

BÁNH MÌ HỒNG HOA

The Best Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day—and Why You Really Should

by Brittany Martin @ Los Angeles Magazine

Celebrating female friendship has never felt more essential

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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✨

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

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Coconut Milk: 10 Irresistible Ways To Use It

by clotilde @ Chocolate & Zucchini

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

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There’s Gonna Be A Love Actually Pop-Up Cinema On Valentine’s Day

There’s Gonna Be A Love Actually Pop-Up Cinema On Valentine’s Day

by Kate Bartels @ The A List | The Urban List

You may have noticed that Barefoot Cinema is back for another year, which means live music, good food, plentiful wine and movies on the grass at Rippon Lea Estate. 

It’s one of the best ways to spend a summer night, and this Valentine's Day they’re making it extra special. Because they're screening bloody Love Actually on the big screen. Cue hysteria. 

Not too far from the city and overlooking the bay, you can settle in with a picnic blanket, something delish from the food trucks and all the lovey-dovey feels. If you’re feeling fancy, treat yourself and Bae to the VIP experience— reclining seats, popcorn, a drink and your very own waiter. All while watching Hugh Grant dance around (the best part of Love Actually, you know it’s true).

Christmas flick? Valentine's Day flick? Who cares. it's a good movie and it's on next week.

The Details

Where: Rippon Lea Estate, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick When: Wednesday 14 February For more info, click here.

That's not all that happening this V day. In fact, there's a bucketload of stuff going on in Melbs. Check out our ultimate Valentine's Guide over here

Image credit: Love Actually

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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This Conservation Expert Is Keeping L.A. Connected to Nature

by Zoie Matthew @ Los Angeles Magazine

Joe Edmiston of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has protected thousands of acres from development

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These Classic Photos Capture the Feel of Vintage L.A.

by Brittany Martin @ Los Angeles Magazine

The upcoming art fair Classic Photographs Los Angeles includes some choice snaps of the L.A. of yore

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Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery


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With the recent chatter about Banh Mi sandwiches (most notably about Little Sister Downtown L.A.'s new entry (and its price tag)), I got the urge to try a few Banh Mi around L.A. Gjusta I’ve seen the Banh Mi on Gjusta’s menu from way back when, but have always avoided it. I had zero expectations that Gjusta would be able to deliver a classic Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich. But with all the talk recently about that sandwich, and considering almost everything else I’ve tried at Gjusta has rocked, I...

How To Have A Golden Time At This Year’s Gaytimes

How To Have A Golden Time At This Year’s Gaytimes

by Stephen A Russell @ The A List | The Urban List

What better way to celebrate Australia’s long-overdue embracing of marriage equality than by escaping two hours north east of the city to the lush surrounds of Marysville’s Lake Mountain Alpine Resort for the third annual Gaytimes festival?

Taking the term ‘camp’ to the next level, the three days, two nights-long celebration of all things LGBTIQ encourages you to pack a tent, let it all hang out and sleep under the stars (or wuss out and opt for fancy pants glamping).

Organised by the team that brings you Melbourne’s monthly Closet party, the Gaytimes music line-up is unsurprisingly slick. New York producer and rapper Le1f, who slew with ‘Wut’, has never shied away from singing out loud and proud in a hip-hop scene that’s infamously homophobic.

He’ll be joined by homegrown legends including Sydneysider Alex the Astronaut, who came out spectacularly with track ‘Not Worth Hiding’, penned while she was on a soccer scholarship in New York.

Dapper ‘Free to Love’ singer Brendan Maclean raised more than a few eyebrows with his seriously NSFW video for Funbang1 single ‘House of Air’ (we dare you to check it out, prior warning given). He’ll no doubt bring his irreverent charms to Gaytimes.

With Bec Sandridge, Tigertown, Froyo and Ladyhood all on board, Sydney’s Stereogamus and US star Chrissy will be pushing house and disco beats that will see you through the eve in Gaytimes’ late-night club.

We’re also massively psyched for Brisbane-based rapper and trans woman of colour Miss Blanks.

Last year she told last year told i-D magazine, “For so long, women of colour, especially trans women of colour, have been seen as an inconvenience and for the first time in Australian music I get to be highly visible. I get to say what I wanna say.”

We can’t wait to hear her roar. And it’s not just the live music that will have Gaytimes rocking, there will also be self-love master classes run by sexperts (and cousins) Rural Ranga and burlesque queen Strawberry Siren, bringing their handy guide that won rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Speed dating, fortune telling and life drawing classes will also contribute to the gay abandon, and yoga session to limber up. Gay Stuff, the monthly LGBTIQ-made goodies marketplace usually held at Fitzroy institution Hares & Hyenas, will also decamp to Gaytimes for the weekend, so you can stock up on t-shirts, stylish homewares to pimp out your tent and add a bit of bling to your fierce festival look.

With the festival serious about welcoming folks from across the rainbow spectrum, there will also be a dedicated Transgentle space for gender diverse campers and their allies who just want to chill out. LGBT giving circle The Channel will have volunteer safety ambassadors on site all weekend to make sure everyone’s doing a-ok.

You won’t go hungry either with Taco Truck and Toasta on hand to feed the masses, washed down with Brunswick mob Wide Open Road’s coffee, or Coldstream cider and cold tinnies of Sample Brew beer. A volunteer-run breakfast bar Canteen will help raise funds for LGBTIQ charities.

There will also be a dedicated cocktail bar, Priscilla’s, serving up espresso martinis, Aperol spritz, peach Bellinis and blackberry sours because when in the country, queer folks need to stay suitably lubricated. Emergency Bloody Marys will be available for recovery sessions.

If you’re planning to drive home, safety campaign Vanessa will breath test happy campers as well as sponsoring the Gaytimes Shuttle Bus to get you to and from the fest if you’re minus wheels. But get in quick because final tickets, glamping tents and bus seats are flying out the door faster than a drag queen spurned.

Single and wondering what to do on Valentine's Day? Check out this anti-Valentine's Day singles party.

Image credit: supplied

Potstickers

by Rasa Malaysia @ Rasa Malaysia

Potstickers are Chinese dumplings with ground meat, veggie, pan-fried and then steamed. Easy and the BEST potstickers recipe you can make at home.

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Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

by @ipsedixit @ Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

@ipsedixit wrote:

Lovely review as always.

Too bad about the egg banh mi, but for some reason I think that most sandwiches at that place will be a letdown after the lingcod, which to me is uber killer stuff.

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Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

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

Top 10 restaurants to see and enjoy Ho chi Minh city best price

by Digital Marketing @ Hop On Hop Off Viet Nam – Most convenient city tour bus services

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Best Photos of 2016 & Plans for the Coming Year

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

11 of my best photos this year, as decided by readers.

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Melbourne’s Coolest Gift Delivery Services

Melbourne’s Coolest Gift Delivery Services

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Brownie points. We’re all searching for them. Little gestures that stamp our names in the good books (and mean we won’t have to touch the vacuum for at least two weeks). Well good news, guys—we found a way to score the brownie points mother load. And the only finger you’ll need to lift is the muscular one that controls your mouse. Introducing Melbourne’s coolest gift delivery services.

Gift deliveries are appropriate for the following occasions: anniversaries, apologies, getting busted skipping ahead on Netflix seasons you promised to watch together, the birth of your first child, world peace, snoring too loudly, leaving tiny amounts of milk in the bottle and then putting it back in the fridge, or because you want a foot massage. Let's do this:

Hello Botanical

Everyone loves a good old-fashioned indoor plant, and that's where Hello Botanical comes in. Hello Botanical deliver for free Melbourne wide, and you can select from indoor plant hits such as the Monstera, Umbrella Tree, Variegated Jade, or String of Beans. It all turns up beautifully presented in a hessian pot holder. Ideal for the home, or even to brighten up that office space for someone.

As a special for Valentine's Day the Hello Botanical Team are offering $10 off their large plants. All you have to do is enter the code HELLOVALENTINE.

Manflowers

Manflowers’ tagline is “beer delivered to babe”, which pretty much sums up their business model. You get online and order a rotating bouquet of Australian craft beer (at the moment it’s four varieties of Sample), and Manflowers delivers it to your babe, who then drinks the beer and loves you for all time. The packaging is all class, and you can even attach a little message.

Daily Blooms

There are a bunch of flower delivery services in Melbourne (see what we did there?) but our pick is Daily Blooms. Owner and entrepreneur Courtney hits Melbourne’s finest flower markets early each morning, picking what’s in bloom, and then sculpts an original flower arrangement based on her daily finds. Flowers plus delivery will set you back $30, and you can check today’s arrangement each morning on Instagram.

Vinomofo

The guys that took the stuffiness out of wine, Vinomofo are one of the fastest growing companies in Australia (they’ve actually just expanded into Singapore). Their ethos is pretty simple: delicious wine, zero wank, and cheap deliveries from some of Australia’s best vineyards to your mouth. There’s a range of prices and varieties, but the guys at ‘the ‘Fo’ only sell the wines they love, so you know you’re getting a curated selection. Love the attitude too.

Magnum & Queens

Another online wine merchant that’s popped up in the last few months. Magnum & Queens is run by top Melbourne sommelier Virginia Selleck, so you know they’re only stocking the good stuff. Each month they release a beautifully packaged selection under a new theme, boxed up and delivered to your nearest and dearest. You can order three, six or a mighty 12-bottle pack, and each wine comes with a handy cheat sheet, detailing any relevant tasting notes (if you’re lost, just say ‘oaky’) and a wine-based recipe.

Little Cupcakes

Gorgeous cupcakes with same day delivery? F*ck yes. Little Cupcakes do little cupcakes (go figure), and the flavour range is pretty impressive. You can order a simple selection, or pick out individual sweets like Belgian Chocolate, Cherry Ripe, Oreo and Dark Horse Coffee. Gluten intolerants can cheer up too—there’s a stodge-free range on offer, along with brownies and cookies if cupcakes aren’t really your jam. There’s even a couple of vegan flavours (think Black Velvet or Blueberry Pistachio).

Bellabox

Beauty sample boxes are all the rage at the moment, and Bellabox is probably the best of the bunch. You can sign up your partner for a monthly pamper pack that includes five or so beauty samples from various on-trend brands. If you like what you try, you can shop Bellabox’s online store and buy the real deal. You can tailor a plan to suit your giftee, and they’ll deliver the box wherever you want. It’ll sit you back just $17.95 a month, which is a steal when you consider the number of brownie points on offer.

Sorry Thanks I Love You

Says it all, doesn’t it? Whether you’re apologising for eating the last slice of cheesecake or expressing love through the medium of buying expensive stuff, Sorry Thanks I Love You has you covered. You can everything delivered through this thing. A selection of Bruny Island cheeses? Done. Smoked Tasmanian salmon? Sure thing. Gorgeous homewares, bespoke flower bouquets, craft beer—the sky’s the limit. The site helpfully arranges their gifts into different categories, depending on the power of your love, or the size or your f*ck up. Nice one.

Sweet Mickie

Love this idea. Delicious home-baked cinnamon and ginger cookies, covered in icing and stamped with any message you can think of. That’s the thinking behind Sweet Mickie, a tongue-in-cheek cookie delivery service based right here in Melbourne. You can order cookies with pre-prepared messages (‘Oral pleasure’ and ‘I f*cking love you’ caught our eye) or tailor your own cookie-message (you have to order 30+ cookies to get a custom quote, but hey, having too many cookies is low on the list of life’s Big Problems).

Manrags

Socks and jocks have become a bit of a gag gift in recent years, but that's only because we didn't have Manrags. They're a premium socks and undies subscription service, and the only one that uses 100% Egyptian cotton. You can order a combo of socks and jocks, or just focus on the one (if, like us, your socks disappear regularly into some mysterious dimension beyond the regular boundaries of time and space). The colourful goods come packaged and delivered right to your man's door, and you can sign him up for month-by-month, 6-month or yearly packages. Nice.

Flowerfox

A new bouquet delivery service that hooks you up direct with florists all over town. Apparently a lot of online flower sites just use stock photos and you don't really know what you're getting. Not these guys. Flowerfox also stock everything from $8 soaps and $25 succulents through to $100+ hampers and bouquets (you fancy fox, you). 

Brewquets

These guys have a motto: no more cellophane. Brewquet are an online beer delivery service that's trying to shake up the traditional 'gifting' industry (you know, the one that uses cellophane). The team handpicks some craft beers, throws in a pack of jerky or two, wraps the whole thing in a classy hessian bag, and delivers it straight to your loved one. You can even attach a cut note for that personal touch. 

Sweet Bouquets

Prepare to become an office legend. Just imagine how your significant other will react when a giant bouquet made from nothing but doughnuts arrives at their work? You'll go down in history as the greatest partner of all time. Sweet Bouquets can pick n' mix you a bespoke doughnut bouquet, or you can just sign up for a half dozen Nutella. Everyone loves Nutella, right?

Little Box Happiness 

Seasonal gift boxes full of happy products. That's kind of the thing at Little Box Of Happiness. There's a bunch of different themes and sizes to choose from, ranging from Bridesmaids packs to French drinking chocolate bath salts and organic basil seeds. All the things that make you go mmmm. 

Need some more inspo? (Or have a LOT of apologising to do?) You need our Ultimate Melbourne Gift Guide.

Image credit: Manflowers

The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

by Brittany Martin @ Los Angeles Magazine

Your best bets for February 5 to 9, 2018

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8 Signs a Bachelor Contestant Is Losing It

by Gwynedd Stuart @ Los Angeles Magazine

From feigning an injury to becoming violent, there are all sorts of tells

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5 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Week

by Gen Phelan @ The A List | The Urban List

This week goes out to the lovas. For some, the idea of the ultimate V-Day is wining and dining with a dreamboat SO. And for the rest of us, nothing beats rounding up the gang and celebrating singledom over some good grub and grog. Whatever the verdict, we’ve got your Feb 14 plans covered.

If you blatantly refuse to embrace the occasion, there’s a bunch of other things to beef up the agenda this week. Ice-cream by the truckload? A Docklands-based event series? Yes pa-lease. It’s gonna be a big one.

Monday 12 February

Food For Thought At Arbory Afloat 

Our favourite floating bar is whipping up a funky cocktail shindig to raise awareness and funds for mental health. As if we needed another reason to go and have a few (okay 10) pomegranate G&Ts on the dock, they’re about to break down stigmas, serve up canapés and just generally kick all of the goals.

Where: Arbory Afloat, 1 Flinders Walk When: 6pm-9pm, Monday 12 February For more info, click here.

Wednesday 14 February 

The Ice Cream Festival

It’s back again. The Chocolaterie's annual Ice Cream Festival—or as some may know it, Christmas in February. There are over 144 artisanal different scoops set to kick your sugar cravings, from Chocolate Crackle to Match Chai. Even G&T ice-cream for us big kids. Get spooning.

Where: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery - 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen When: Wednesday 14 - Sunday 25 February For more info, click here.

Summer By the Dock

City of Melbourne knows how to summer. This week they’re throwing a series of sun-soaked, waterfront activities in the Docklands precinct to do the season justice. Four whole days of festivities are coming in red hot.

Where: Docklands waterfront precinct When: (Times vary) 14-15 & 21-22 February For more info, click here.

Flickerfest

BAFTA-approved and Academy® Accredited, this short film fest has got it going on. The National Tour of Flickerfest is holding Melb’s screens hostage for two blockbuster nights, and we’re not mad about it. Popcorn at the ready, people.

Where: Palace Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St When: From 7pm, 14-15 February For more info, click here.

Valentine's Day Done Your Way

Forget the foiled choccies. Drop the red roses. We’ve Melbourne’d the hell out of your Feb 14. There’s dumpling dating games, free pizza and a lotta pinot noir. You can lust over our definitive guide to the big day right here. Single, taken or it's complicated, there's something in here for every Hopeless Romantic.

Big bagel fan? Have a read of Melbourne’s crème de la crème of the hole-y feed here.

Image credit: Arbory Afloat 

Bánh mì chả bò Ô Môi – OMBM15

by admin @ Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Tiệm Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Bánh Mì Ô Môi Lê Thị Riêng

+ Bánh mì: Chả bò + Nước sốt: Gà + Chất lượng: Như hình + Giá: liên hệ + Nhận cung cấp bánh mì cho các bửa tiệc, đại hội, sinh nhật… đảm bảo về sinh an toàn thực phẩm. + Bánh mì Ô Môi – Thương hiệu bánh mì ngon nhất Sài Gòn

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 […]

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. ...

Best banh mi in Saigon

Best banh mi in Saigon


Explore SonDoong Cave

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.

This Group Art Show in Chinatown Has No Art

by Zoie Matthew @ Los Angeles Magazine

It might be the least Instagrammable exhibit in Los Angeles

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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…

Tasting Paris Pre-Order Bonus!

by clotilde @ Chocolate & Zucchini

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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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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The Best Day Trips from Hanoi

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

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

20 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Melbourne

20 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Melbourne

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

Ready to blow off some steam this weekend? Us too. As always, there's A TON of events happening in Melbourne—most of which are either free or have something to do with music. So, like...pass the Champagne.

Prepare your liver, gather your mates and put on your dancing shoes. We found 17 awesome things to do this weekend in Melbourne.

All Weekend

Falsettos Chapel Off Chapel

Wanna see something really moving? Head to Chapel Off Chapel to catch a glimpse of the Tony award-winning Broadway show, Falsettos. StageArt is partnering with the Victorian Aids Council to tell the story of the life of a neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist and the lesbians next door. Whoa, dude, that’s a lot to wrap our head around. 

Where: 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran When: All weekend For more info, click here.

Movies Under The Stars

We’re all about outdoor movies and we’re all about free things (like, duh). Our friends at MIRVAC are hosting a weekend of “Movies Under The Stars” at Yara’s Edge. FOR FREE. Yasss. They’ll be playing movies from the big screen like The Greatest Showman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 and Ferdinand. It's just a short stroll from CBD, but if you’re feeling lazy, they’re offering FREE return ferry rides from Fed Square starting at 6pm. Pack a picnic and get there early. They’ll also be providing free bean bags to the first 100 moviegoers. Beat ya there!

Where: Point Park Crescent, Melbourne Docklands When: 6:30pm, Thursday 9 February - Saturday 11 February For more info, click here.

Vinomofo's Perfect Match 

Looking for some good value vino for Valentine's Day? The guys at Vinomofo have got you covered. They've put together a limited-edition case called 'The Perfect Match'—basically a combo of reds/ whites/ blends and everything else delicious. You get 12 bottles for $135 (RRP $320). The special is going live tomorrow, so check The 'Fo's website for all the details.

When: From Friday 9 February Where: Available online For more info, click here

Wurstfest

Calling all wiener lovers! There’s a month-long salute to the sausage happening at Munich Brauhaus and The Bavarian from 5 February to 4 March! Their menus will be stacked with TWENTY different sausages, including beef, chilli and chocolate (um….), beef, Vegemite and cheese (getting worried…), a two-foot Bavarian wiener (yikes), and the ‘hottest sausage’ incorporating a mix of pork and habanero (pass the milk). They’ll also be hosting tons of specials, plus an eating competition for the meat lovers out there. Why don’t you check it out for yourself…

Where: Munich Brauhaus and The Bavarian When: All weekend For more info, click here.

Big Weekend Sustainable Living

Alright you Earth lovers, this one’s for you. As part of the National Sustainable Living Festival, Big Weekend is a huggeeee program featuring workshops, talks, and performances on the topic of—you guessed it—sustainability. They’ll be hosting over 100 events to challenge your eco-thinking. Go celebrate the planet this weekend. It's giving us life after all.

Where: Fed Square and Birrarung Marr When: All weekend For more info, click here.

Cobs Peninsula Film Festival

More free movies? What a weekend. Check out Australian filmmakers showcasing their work in front of a panel of judges, and watch them win money and awards (just like at Sundance). Yes, it’s free but soz, no BYO wine (darn it).

Where: Rosebud and Queenscliff When: Friday 9 February and Saturday 10 February For more info, click here.

Doggie Dress Up Nights

Dress up your pup and take them out for date night at Queen Victoria Cinemas this Friday and Saturday. They’ll be screening Red Dog 2 and A Dog’s Purpose, so ask your pup what they’d rather see. They’re also offering free pet photography over the two nights, so you can take the perfect pic with your pooch and frame it on your wall. And on Friday, they’re hosting singles mingle, so you can meet the next love of your life in the form of a dog. 

Where: Queen Victoria Market When: Friday 9 February and Saturday 10 February For more info, click here.

Waterfront Festival

Hop on the train to Frankston this weekend and celebrate summer at the annual Waterfront Festival. They’ll be throwing down two full days of food, rides, market stalls, a beer garden and live music. Plus fireworks on Saturday night! They’ll also be celebrating the 2018 Commonwealth Games, as local legends carry the Queen's Baton through Frankston on it’s way to Gold Coast. Pretty epic.

Where: Pier Promenade, Frankston Waterfront When: Saturday 10 February and Sunday 11 February For more info, click here.

Friday 9 February

Collins Place Design Market

We lovessss a good market, and lucky for us, the Collins Place Design Market is on this weekend. Sift your way through handmade treats and crafty gifts while trying not to spend your entire paycheck. (We know it’s not easy at these things). Can’t help it when it looks like Pinterest threw up on the place.

Where: Collins Place When: 10am - 6pm, Friday 9 February For more info, click here.

Saturday 10 February

Caulfield Racecourse Carnival 

Just when you thought 2018 couldn’t get any better: Caulfield Racecourse dishes out its line-up for C.F. Orr Stakes Family Day on Saturday 10 February. Chauffeuring in a line-up of rides, activities and family-friendly entertainment all day, you can expect superhero strength tests and fresh goodies from local favourite The Royale Brothers. Check out all the details here.

St Kilda Festival

If you haven’t had this in your diary for the past month, here’s your last reminder. ST KILDA FEST IS HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND. And you’ll get a chance to catch live music FOR FREE. Bless our souls. There will be 8 stages (including a kidz stage, what's up nuggets), over 60 bands and DJs sets, and 40,000 of your closest Aussie mates (yeah it’s going to be packed). Check out the full lineup here.

Where: Next to the Sea Baths, Jacks Blvd St Kilda When: Sunday 11 February For more info, click here.

The Classics at Stonnington

More Broadway! Head to Ardie Park to swing your hips to songs from classic Broadway shows like Hamilton, The Producers, Wicked, and Billy Elliott. This is an outdoor event in the park, hosted by theatre star Rob 'Millsy' Mills, so you know it’s going to be entertaining. Grab your mates and check it out!

Where: Ardrie Park, Malvern East When: 7:30pm, Saturday 10 February For more info, click here.

Yoga at Queen Vic Market

Nothing like a good Savasana to start your day. Melbourne-based wellness hub, Twosix Wellness, are encouraging healthy habits (drop the doughnut) with a FREE yoga sesh this Saturday morning. They've also curated a self-guided Market Wellness Trail to show you where to find all those gewd wholesome products at QVM. Spaces are limited so arrive early...and BYO mat. Namaste, friends.

Where: Queen Victoria Market When: 9am – 9:30am and 10am – 10:30am For more info, click here.

More Than A Mile Screening

What’s with all these FREE movie events this weekend?! We must have done something right. Drumroll please! This Saturday is the screening of Australia’s first beer mile doco. What does that mean exactly? We aren’t quite sure. We’ll make a far-flung assumption that it has something to do with one man, four beers and four laps around a track *shrugs shoulders* Whelp, in any case, it’s free (the first 40 RSVPs get seating plus a free beer) and you know it’s gonna be entertaining if it involves beer. Wouldn’t hurt to take a gander.   

Where: Temple Brewing Company When: 6pm, Saturday 10 February For more info, click here.

Sunday 11 February

Launchfest at The Hack Bar

You know that anything with the word “fest” in it is worth your time. March on over to Launchfest at the newly opened Hack Bar for a wild Sunday Funday. To celebrate its opening, they’re giving us live music by local blues musician, T.K. Reeve, and while keeping the drinks flowing with $16 jugs, plus Pimms and Espresso Martinis on tap. That’s dangerous.

Where: The Hack Bar, Port Melbourne When: 2pm-5pm, Sunday 11 February For more info, click here.

Piknic Electronik

Bob your head to some sick beatz at Sidney Myer Music Bowl this Sunday. It’s the second of nine events throughout February and March. This weekend will be kicking off with headliners Steve Rachmad, Deetron, Katie Drover and Scott Freedman. They’ll be throwing down rad dance music that will seriously increase your step count. Groovyyyy.

Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl When: 2pm - 9pm, Sunday 11 February For more info, click here.

Suitcase Rummage

Eager to make a few quick bucks? Pack a suitcase full of stuff you don’t want and bring it to the Suitcase Rummage at Princes Walk. As another part of the Sustainable Living Festival, you can bargain, swap, or haggle for other peoples’ vintage, artwork, records, jewellery and bags. If you want to sell your things you gotta register here, otherwise it’s free to attend and it’s up to your bargaining skills to get the best price for that old Beatles record.

Where: Princes Walk When: 11am - 4pm, Sunday 11 February For more info, click here.

Oter Kitchen Takeover 

Here's one for you fancy foodies. You know Oter? The CBD's premier fine dining hot spot? Well it's hosting legendary chef hosting Sebastian Myers, fresh off his residency at Paris’ Fulgrance l’Adresse, for two days (11 Feb & 12 Feb). Sebastian is whipping up an exclusive, limited-edition a la carte menu. Swing by for a long lunch (12pm – 3pm) or a dinner sesh (from 5:30pm).

Where: Oter, 137 Flinders Ln When: 11 & 12 February For more info, click here

For The Diary

Irvin Yalom On The Meaning of Life

WTF is life? Actually, save the life-pondering questions for globally-renowned existential psychotherapist, Irvin Yalom. He’ll be speaking at the Melbourne Convention Centre next weekend as part of a School of Life special event. What's on the agenda? The greatest fears of humanity: isolation, meaninglessness, freedom and mortality (yikes). You’ll need to snag tickets to the event, so get them here before they sell out. 

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre When: 12:00pm, Sunday 18 February 2018 For more info, click here.

GALentine's Day

Mates before dates? Celebrate being single this Valentine’s Day with wine, cheese and your best gal pals at The Lonely Hearts Club. They’ll be teaching you how to get date-fit (didn’t know this was a thing) and how to deal with being ghosted in the super choppy waters of dating. Whatever your status may be, come drink wine with girls and talk about how great it is to be single *hair flip*.

Where: Market Gallery, 205 Commercial Road, Prahran When: 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Wednesday 14 February For more info head to The Lonely Heart Club or Chapel Street Precinct website.

Did you hear? Real-life Mario Kart is coming to Melbourne! 

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Top dineL.A. Lunch + Dinner Picks for Winter 2018

by Joshua Lurie @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

dineL.A. celebrates their 10th anniversary from January 12 – 26, 2018, featuring over 375 options for lunch and dinner. American Express is sponsoring an Exclusive Series of restaurants starring deluxe menus that start at $95. You’ve only got 30 meals to work with. Discover my recommendations for 10 lunches and all 15 dinners, not including Hall of Fame choices like Craft, Fogo de Chao and Lawry’s The Prime Rib, which still warrant consideration. Make your calendar count. Numbers on the map correspond to listings below and appear in alphabetical order instead of order of preference. LUNCH 1. Chao Krung Thai ($15) Chao Krung is so old school that the owners still call their food “Siamese.” Thailand hasn’t been called Siam since 1949. This restaurant isn’t quite that old – 1978 – and has a strong legacy, but it took a trusted friend’s recent recommendation to put them on my radar. dineL.A. sure seems like a good time to visit. Must Order Dishes (aka what I’d order): Isaan Sausage (“Sister A’s Homemade Thai Sour Sausage”) • Khao Mok-Kai (“Thai Chicken Biryani”) • Sticky Rice w/Coconut Custard 2. Baldoria ($15) David King, a Mozza alumni, hosts an “over the top party” (baldoria)...

Top dineL.A. Lunch + Dinner Picks for Winter 2018

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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Homestay- a good choice among kinds of accommodation in Hanoi

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam- a wonderful destination for you in the Indochinese Peninsula. About Hanoi, maybe you can hear about traffic jam, noise and so on. However, a lot of foreign tourists come here every year. So, why? Over those, Hanoi still contains many traditional beauties and characteristics. They can be small ancient

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Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

by @attran99 @ Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

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@A5KOBE Didn’t have enough time today. Thinking of doing it for breakfast tomorrow. I will eat it in the parking lot. Will likely pick up some non-egg ones to take home for lunch, too…or should I go somewhere else?

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What You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening

by Sassy Girls @ Sassy Hong Kong

Smile Center debunks the myths   Teeth whitening is a hot topic. Strips and gels are bought mercilessly in an effort to achieve a whiter, brighter smile and we’re forever opting for a brand of toothpaste which claims to whiten our smile in a matter of weeks. There’s no harm in trying, right? But with […]

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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 […]

Here Are Melbourne’s Best Wood Fire Pizzerias

Here Are Melbourne’s Best Wood Fire Pizzerias

by Millie Lester @ The A List | The Urban List

If you’ve ever been on a ‘gahp yah’ to ‘Europa’, you know what it’s like to return home from Napoli, where you paid four euros for an authentic wood-fired pizza the size of a tractor wheel, and now have to pay $25 for a ‘deep dish’ meat lovers Dominos pizza. Admit it, you know the pain I’m talking about. Fortunately, Melbourne has a crazy good Italian food scene (as well as whispers of a crazy Italian mafia…), which means you don’t have to travel far for an authentic Napoli pizza. You will, however, typically have to fork out an alarming amount of money to do so. But you can’t win them all.

Here are Melbourne’s best wood-fired pizzerias.

Supermaxi

Fitzroy North

Joining the ranks of some of Melbourne’s best pizzerias is Supermaxi in Fitzroy North. Owned by the OG chef and co-owner of Ladro, Rita Macali, this place serves wood-fired pizza that looks fresh off a pizza peel in Naples. While their cheesy slices are downright delicious, their menu also features some equally enticing homemade pasta which makes a visit to this simplistic and modern Italian restaurant an absolute must.

Woodstock

Brunswick East

One of three venue locations these days, Brunswick East’s local pizza institution is none other than Woodstock, which was one of the first to bust out the wood fire pizza oven in Australia. The family behind the name have not only been tossing bases in Melbourne since the nineties, but they’ve been mastering authentic wood-fired pizzas for three generations. Their bases use four different kinds of flours and very precise positions in the oven, which means there’s no way you can recreate bad boys of this calibre at home.

D.O.C

Carlton

Looking for a little slice of Italian and not a deep pan Aussie pizza with bacon stuffed crusts? Then it’s time to hit up Carlton-based pizza institution, D.O.C. Here, pizza is the crown jewel of the menu. They have the thinnest and crispiest bases (but with the right amount of bend) and the freshest authentic Italian ingredients, plus a freaking mozzarella bar in-house that has an incredible selection of cheese that’ll put you into a dairy coma within minutes. The venue is usually packed and buzzing, because the secret’s well and truly out, so try popping down for a weekday lunch if possible.

400 Gradi

Carlton

Just around the corner is another faultless Italian haven, 400 Gradi, which churns out some of the best wood-fired pizza in the entire city (you HAVE to try their margherita). Named after the former reigning monarch of Italy, this pizzeria has been cleaning up Melbourne pizza awards for years, in fact, it was once voted the world’s best pizza! With a focus on authentic Napoli-style pie, as well as its extensive menu of pasta and nibbles, 400 Gradi is literally the only excuse you’ll need to leave the house these days.

Shop 225

Pascoe Vale South

Lorenzo Tron and Roberto Davoli’s Pascoe Vale South pizzeria has a straight-up down-to-business vibe about it. They know pizzas, and they know how to make them damn well. When they first opened, Shop 225 didn’t even offer salads or pasta via the logic that it wasted precious stomach room (YES YES YES). While they do now have a selection of non-pizzas, don’t do it to yourself, not when it means digesting a smaller portion of their incredible pizzas. The fare is very much Neapolitan style with its thin and crunchy crust, plus they have gourmet toppings like truffle oil, stracciatella di bufala and artichokes. They even have a killer vegan and vegetarian selection so no one has to miss out.

SPQR Pizzeria

CBD

With a convenient CBD location, SPQR is the obvious choice for an authentic Italian lunch in the city. Leading the charge towards more authentic-styled pizzas in Melbourne is their enormous custom-built wood fire oven, converting ~basic~ Hawaiian pizza lovers to authentic margherita admirers each and every day. In fact, this bad boy can cook a pizza in under sixty seconds flat. They offer all the traditional toppings, like salumi, calabrese and margherita, but they also have a jazzed-up selection that includes the more gourmet variants. If you’re looking to spice up your life even further, there’s live music every Wednesday to Saturday evening.

Lazerpig

Collingwood

Over on the East Side, Peel Street pizza parlour, Lazerpig, is stacking up to be one of our favourite all-rounder pizzerias of the age. It’s a casual diner with a killer atmosphere, plus incredible wood-fired pizzas (get your taste buds on the Queen Margherita ASAP) and deliiiish chargrilled meats that are sliced to order. You can also choose to enjoy a slice of pizza (or eleven) with one of Victoria’s best local craft beers. Helping yourself to a slice at Lazerpig is helping small local business, or at least that’s what you’ll tell yourself when you eat their four nights in a row.

Scoozi

Ascot Vale

Do yourself a favour and head out west-ish next time you have a hankering for wood-fired pizza. This Ascot Vale pizzeria offers truly authentic and traditional style pie (think: thin and crispy hand-stretched bases oozing with fresh napoli sauce), alongside yummy pasta and a crazy good wine list. Tick this one of the bucket list toot sweet, you won’t regret it.

+39 Pizzeria

CBD

The name of this pizzeria may ring a bell, mainly because it’s the OG creator of the Nutella donut (shiiiiiiit), but also because it dishes up some of the tastiest wood-fired pizza in the CBD. Boasting a long list of authentic pasta, desserts, cheese boards and Italian style cocktails (spritz, anyone?) there’s little wonder why the place is always so damn packed. The pizza bases are divinely thin, the toppings are fresh and flavoursome and even the service is authentic and friendly. Plus, they deliver. It’s a yes from me.

If you're not picky and love a pizza out of a gas-fired oven just the same, check out our full list of Melbourne's best pizza.

Image credit: Shop 225 | Jenna Fahey-White

Which Food in Ho Chi Minh City Should You Try?

by Vietnam Track @ Vietnam Track

Tell me, my fellow readers, what is it that keeps you alive until today? What is irreplaceable and is the

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How to get around Saigon on the cheap!

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

As tourists, Ho Chi Minh City can seem very centralized because not only are many of the tourist attractions around District 1, the centre of the city, but this district is also quite compact.  However, with 24 districts, the city is actually very spread out and some of the other districts are more than twice…

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.

Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

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Definitely hit that up. The egg banh mi is amazing.

I recommend eating it right there in the parking lot though if possible.

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Banh mi is the most popular Saigon street food

Banh mi is the most popular Saigon street food


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Where To Find Vegan Ice Cream In Melbourne

Where To Find Vegan Ice Cream In Melbourne

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

Listen up vegan plant-lovers, we just upgraded your summer. No, not with Melbourne's best secret vegan menus or a dedicated vegan pub, but with dessert! Just because all your non-vegan friends are cooling off with ice cream, doesn’t mean you can’t either.

We understand your need for a creamy dessert, especially during those hot summer days, so we made a list of where to find vegan ice cream in Melbourne. You're bloody welcome. 

Ms Bean

Box Hill

Our homegirl, Ms Bean, is all about being vegan. So she opened a completely vegan dessert shop, devoid of all animal products. That’s commitment. Ms Bean uses a fancy Italian gelato machine to churn fresh vegan ice cream daily. So you can bet that sh*t is as creamy and delicious as the traditional stuff. If you don’t believe us, ask your non-vegan friends to do a blind taste test. 

Fritz Gelato

Various locations

Um, did you know that most vegan varieties are also gluten-free? So what would such a product look like, you ask? It'd look like the best damn gelato in Australia, duuuhhh. Fritz is known for getting wild and crazy with their flavours, and if you’re vegan, they’ll give you 37 flavours to choose from. THIRTY-SEVEN. Who knew? We have our eye on Tequila Sunrise.

Pidapipo

Carlton & Windsor 

The crew at Pidapipo churn out some of the best damn ice cream in Melbourne, and there's no reason vegans can't join in the fun. Just stick to the sorbet range—it's 100% animal-friendly, and comes in tangy summer flavours like peach (nom) and watermelon (double nom). 

7apples

St Kilda

Why go to Italy for perfectly good gelato when you can just go to 7apples? The owner of this shop lived in Tuscany for a few years, learning all the tricks of the ice cream trade. After soaking up all that Italian knowledge, he opened up shop in St Kilda and brought us creamy artisan gelato, complete with vegan flavours so we can all indulge. That’s amore!  

Billy Van Creamy

Fitzroy North 

Yep, it's true. The guys from legendary food truck Billy Van Creamy just created a 100% vegan ice cream range, made from housemade cashew milk and organic coconut milk. The flavour range isn't as extensive as your cow varieties (yet), but damn do they taste good. 

Piccolina

Hawthorn & Collingwood

It's worth dropping into Piccolina every now and then to check on the vegan goodness. Most of their range does include dairy, but they usually have at least one or two plant-based flavours rotating through the mix. FIngers crossed they're churning the famous vegan, gluten-free chocolate brownie ice cream. That sh*t is the bomb. 

N2 Extreme Gelato

Fitzroy

Our friends at N2 Extreme Gelato are seriously committed to surprising your taste buds. And they go to dangerously great lengths to do this—using liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream (yes, it’s safe to eat). It adds a nice bit of theatre to your vegan ice cream experience. The scientists at N2 change up their flavours every two weeks and always include one vegan offering. Get around it, science nerds. 

Ben & Jerry’s

CBD

Of course the OGs of ice cream do vegan! And they make four extremely Ben & Jerry flavours that have us frothing at the mouth, including peanut butter and cookies, caramel almond brittle, coffee caramel fudge and coconut seven layer bar. Winning! You can get these glorious vegan flavours in-store at their digs on Flinders lane, or just grab a pint from 7-Eleven and take it home with you while you binge watch Suits.

Mister Nice Guys

Ascot Vale

Our friends at Mister Nice Guys definitely live up to their name. They’re an all-inclusive bakery whose products are 100% egg-free, dairy-free, lactose-free, cochineal & gelatine-free, with soy-free, gluten-free, wheat-free and corn-free options. Phew. Love a good vegan bakery. But they also make the meanest vegan freakshakes around, with flavours like Chocolate Lochness, Salted Caramel Pretzelstein and Boo-Nana Split. Yum.

Girls & Boys

Fitzroy

Obviously, Fitzroy has its fair share of vegan eats. And Girls and Boys is the place to go if you’re a vegan craving dessert, especially ice cream. And none of that sorbet crap either, we mean real, creamy, soft serve ice cream and gelato made for vegans. They make their ice cream and gelato with a blend of coconut and soy milk, sweetened with rice syrup. And then they go crazy with the flavours. Bless our souls.

Gelato Messina

Various locations

The ice cream at Messina may not be vegan, but the sorbets sure as hell are. Who needs white stuff that comes out of cows when you've got all-natural, plant-based flavours like salted coconut and mango salsa, blood orange, chocolate sorbet and pandan & coconut? 

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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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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 ...]

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

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

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

Yes, you read right Melbourne—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: Bongo's Bingo Down Under When: Thursday 5 April Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda

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

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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

by Mayukh Sen @ Munchies

It will be missed by the three people in the world who could tell what it was.

How Monday Became the Best Night to See Live Music in L.A.

by Gwynedd Stuart @ Los Angeles Magazine

From Hollywood to Highland Park, local bands and bookers have turned a school night into a weekly tradition

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Southern Vietnam Discovery (6 days, 5 nights)

by admin @ Vietnam Private Tours

Activities: cruises, history, culture
Starts in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finishes in Ho Chi Minh City

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Best of January

by clotilde @ Chocolate & Zucchini

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

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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Impress this Valentine’s Day at Two of the Cities Best Restaurants

by Sassy Girls @ Sassy Hong Kong

Eat your heart out at Bibo and The Ocean   Are you looking to up the ante this Valentine’s Day? We’re spoiled for choice in our city, so we’re helping you out, and giving you the low-down on two of the finest romantic dining spots in the 852. With a menu full of French favourites, […]

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The Feed | All The News You Missed This Week

The Feed | All The News You Missed This Week

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

This week flew by faster than Ricky Bobby in a racecar. And we’re okay with that, because that means it’s the weekendddd. Time to crack open a beer.

In case you’ve been a good employee and haven’t been distracted by the deep, dark depths of the Interwebs, we made a list of everything you missed this week. Hey, we get it. If you ain’t first, you’re last.

ICYMI the Altman brothers, aka stars of the TV show Million Dollar Listing, are coming to Australia. So California Burgers created a limited edition, all-American burger just for them (where’s our burger?!). Let’s give ‘em a big Aussie welcome.  

Laneway is keeping the party rolling with Sommersby cider by giving us Musical Shares. Get amongst it.

Sound the alarm! Frank’s Cafe just dropped a Golden Gaytime pannacotta. Beat you there!

CBD's premier fine dining hot spot, Ôter is hosting legendary chef Sebastian Myers, fresh from his residency at Paris’ Fulgrance l’Adresse, for two days. Be there or be square.

Yoooo! Asahi Premium Beverages just launched Nikka Whisky’s Coffey Range in Australia. You’re gonna wannna to try this. Pro tip: take the Nikka Coffey Grain and pour it over vanilla ice cream. Officially NUTS. 

Write this in your diary with big bold letters: There’s an ice cream festival coming to the Yara Valley next week.

We got to check out a new Aussie gin bar, and you need to try the Sheila Margarita before summer ends.

THIS IS NOT A DRILL: There’s a pop-up carnival coming to Melbourne this weekend!

We turned into mad scientists to figure out how to make the best damn goon punch in Australia.

After looking into the magic, crystal ball, we predict that this will be your new, Saturday morning breakfast spot.

A pup-friendly outdoor cinema is coming to Melbourne so you don’t have to experience separation anxiety from your dog. 'Bout time.

The next best thing to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory just opened in Cremorne and we just gained 5 kilos.

Dust off the dancing shoes. A mussel and jazz festival is coming to South Melbourne Market

Pssttt. There’s a top-secret Rose rooftop party happening this month #TrendyAs

Eat your weight in weiners at Wurstfest this weekend for no reason at all.  

Looking for something to do? Here're 20 things happening in Melbs this weekend

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The Definitive List of Where to Get Flowers for Valentine’s Day—Or Any Day

by Kari Mozena @ Los Angeles Magazine

Your guide to the best in blooms

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Bánh mì, queen of street food

Bánh mì, queen of street food


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“Vietnamese sandwiches” are what foreigners sometimes call these delicious handheld meals. But for those who have visited the country, they may not forget the street food’s Vietnamese name: bánh mì. 

This Banh Mi Sandwich Is Possibly The Best in L.A.

This Banh Mi Sandwich Is Possibly The Best in L.A.


Los Angeles Magazine

Annnnnd it’s under $4

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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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

How to Best Prepare for Your First Silent Retreat

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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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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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 […]

Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

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@Chowseeker1999 You are a badass eater and reporter!
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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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Bánh mì chả Ô Môi – OMBM22

by admin @ Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Tiệm Bánh Mì Ô Môi - Bánh Mì Ô Môi Lê Thị Riêng

+ Bánh mì: Chả + Nước sốt: Gà + Chất lượng: Như hình + Giá: liên hệ + Nhận cung cấp bánh mì cho các bửa tiệc, đại hội, sinh nhật… đảm bảo về sinh an toàn thực phẩm. + Bánh mì Ô Môi – Thương hiệu bánh mì ngon nhất Sài Gòn

Exploring Banh Mi - The Vietnamese Sandwich Interpreted, Overkilled and Sublime - Gjusta, Little Sister, Baguette City & Saigon Bakery

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i’m not quite sure why you’re lol-ing canned sardines. they’re a wonderful thing.

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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 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...

This Local Denim Line Invited Real L.A. Girls to Try Out as Models

by Brittany Martin @ Los Angeles Magazine

Over 20,000 women responded to a Kardashian's open call

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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 ...

Recipe: No-Escape Chicken- Đùi gà bó xôi

by Helen Le @ Danang Cuisine

Recipe: No-Escape Chicken- Đùi gà bó xôi By Helen Le Published: December 15, 2017Prep: 30 minsCook: 40 minsReady In: 2 hrs 10 minsYield: 1 (2-3 Servings)No-escape chicken is normally served at big ceremonies like wedding, engagement or house-warming parties. It is a whole chicken wrapped in cooked sticky rice and deep-fried which looks like a […]

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