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Ve Village’s Fried Egg Dumplings

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

The exact name of fried egg dumplings is “cha day”, a rustic name that people in Ve village gave to this traditional food.

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Best Value Hotel Bangkok – Review: Pinnacle Bangkok

by Nadia & Mike @ Couple Travel The World

Pinnacle Lumpinee Park is well known as one of the Top 10 3 star hotels in Bangkok as it is one of the best value hotels in Bangkok. Not only does the hotel boast gorgeous rooms but it located 200 meters from the city’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system where you can access any destination that you wish […]

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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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Hanoi, Vietnam-Bun Cha(BBQ Pork)Revisiting The Famous Obama/Bourdain Meal-2016

Hanoi, Vietnam-Bun Cha(BBQ Pork)Revisiting The Famous Obama/Bourdain Meal-2016


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https://www.patreon.com/FarEastAdventureTravel Get access to exclusive content and insider info on my travels! Become a patron now! Visit my Patreon page and check out the offers! I had the pleasure of meeting Phuong and Cuong from Hanoi Free Tour Guides last year while visiting the capital. Hanoi Free Tour Guides is a fantastic organization that offers free tours for anyone visiting Hanoi. It's a wonderful way to connect with the local culture as all guides are local students studying English eager to meet foreigners and show them around their city. You can basically ask for any kind of tour for the whole day if you like. You only have to pay for transportation if required and meals or drinks for your guide. There is no need to tip, in fact they will refuse any money offered.Only a few months earlier in Hanoi famous TV travel host and chef Anthony Bourdain hosted a special dinner with President Obama. The featured dish? A bowl of bun cha, the famous bbq pork meal of Hanoi.Although I do not eat pork myself I thought it would be interesting to talk about the dish that had gained so much attention in the United States and around the world from this famous meeting.We walked to a restaurant in the old quarter of Hanoi famous for bun cha. Phuong actually theorized that the Obama/Bourdain meal wasn't hosted here because of the logistics of trying to protect the president in such a tight space.We had so much planned for this walk of the old quarter that was originally a Facebook live broadcast but only minutes after visiting the restaurant a huge tropical downpour started so we were forced to find refuge in a cafe. The rain lasted so long we were unable to continue the broadcast and were left with some interesting talk about bun cha and later a short conversation about ancestor worship in Vietnam.Thanks so much for listening!

5 Best Streets for Street Food in Saigon

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

Vietnamese street food is so good, it’s made it’s way across the whole world. There isn’t a city you can go to in the world where you won’t find a local take on the ubiquitous pho, or traditional spring rolls. Vietnam’s southern city, Saigon, is home to some of the country’s most delicious street eats; […]

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The Best Unique Food Gifts for Food Travelers

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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

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

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

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

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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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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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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Five Types Of Vermicelli Feature Hanoi Cuisine

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Vermicelli is a rustic dish but holds the soul of Hanoi cuisine. There are five types of vermicelli that the tourist joining Hanoi local food tours all want to try.

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

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

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

6 Reasons To Love Hanoi's Old Quarter - Wanderluluu

6 Reasons To Love Hanoi's Old Quarter - Wanderluluu


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Hanoi's Old Quarter is a must when visiting the beautiful unofficial capital of Northern Vietnam. In this post, I'll give you 6 reasons to love it!

Bun Thang – Hanoi Quintessential Cuisine

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Bun Thang (Hanoi vermicelli noodle soup with chicken, egg, and pork) is one of the traditional dishes that shows the sophisticated and elegant style of Hanoi cuisine. It is the harmonious combination dish of color, flavor, and nutrition.

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Chopsticks: Modern Methods, Traditional Recipes

Chopsticks: Modern Methods, Traditional Recipes


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We sat down with veteran chef Gillan Kingstree at his latest venture, Chopsticks, to find out how he plans to take Vietnamese cuisine to the next level.

Family Package with Aphrodite Cruise (4D3N)

by tmihung @ Meracus Hotels

Make your trip to Hanoi and Ha Long become a valuable memory for your family with our family package which include 2 nights in Family room at our hotel(s) and 2D1N trip to Ha Long Bay with a new, top10 ranking on TripAdvisor Aphrodite Luxury Cruise. Meracus 1 Meracus 2 $255+ $265+ Inclusions 2-way airport […]

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...

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. 

Hot Breads, Austin (Northwest)

by Boots in the Oven @ Boots in the Oven

Oh my glarb, you guys, we've been so sick here! The Mother of All Colds set up residence in Logan's lungs, and then jumped to mine after a week. Lo, the house has echoed these many days with the racking coughs of an unhappy couple. Basically, it's been disgusting here for, like, three weeks, and we are SO ready to be DONE. A couple of weekends ago, we were really feeling something comforting. And the dish we find most comforting on the weekends is Hot Breads' pesarattu upma. Hot Bread's version is a dosa, or Indian crepe, made from a...

Top Places to Eat Bun Cha in Hanoi - Vietnam Street Food Guide

Top Places to Eat Bun Cha in Hanoi - Vietnam Street Food Guide


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It’s the go-to lunch for many Hanoians, worth braving the stifling humidity, the hazardous road crossing, and definitely worth fighting for space on a little plastic stool. Bun Cha has become synonymous with Hanoi gastronomy culture, even more so since former U.S. President Barrack Obama was famously pictured chowing down on a bowl of his …

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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Exciting news!

by Boots in the Oven @ Boots in the Oven

This will be a slightly different announcement than you're perhaps used to with this blog. (That's American Thanksgiving for our Canadian friends.) Yes! We're having a baby girl! I'm due November 29th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. So far all is well, though definitely strange. April was... tough. May was slightly better. And now I have a bit of a bump and am feeling good! We've also bought a house, though we won't be moving in until mid-August. There's a lot of change around here! I'm hoping to start posting a bit more now that the news is out. We went...

Meracus Hotel 2 – 10% off when book direct

by tmihung @ Meracus Hotels

Proudly be #21 Best Service hotel in the world; #1 Romance hotel in Vietnam with spacious and luxury rooms

Top 5 exciting shopping experiences in Hanoi

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

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

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How To Spend Valentine’s Day Based On Your Star Sign

How To Spend Valentine’s Day Based On Your Star Sign

by Phoebe McRae @ The A List | The Urban List

Ahhh Valentine’s Day: one of the most controversial days of the year. Whether you love or hate it; are very, very single or majorly loved up; there’s no way around it, and you kinda definitely need to know how you’re going to handle it.

Lucky for you, we’ve teamed up with the legends at The Star Sydney to demystify V-Day with the perfect date night idea for each sign. Just between us though, if you aren't into the whole astrology thing, just shut your eyes and opt for where ever your finger lands on this list—these spots are all seriously that good. According to the stars, this Valentine's Day will be less arguing about where to eat and more staring longingly into each other's eyes over some next-level eats. 

Tag your crush and let's do this!

Aries

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Sashimi Everything

Aries are the real deal when it comes to all things love. They're not afraid of diamonds, roses, teddy bears or chocolate but we're telling you now—sashimi is all you need. It's basically the food of love and for one night only Sokyo will be serving delectable Tasmanian lobster sashimi along with binchotan grilled pacific oysters with caviar dressing and champagne with roasted stone fruit and pomegranate. Droooool.

Taurus

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Home Cooked Meal

If you’re a true Taurus, you love cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Go super gourmet and treat your tastebuds to a home cooked feast to beat all home cooked feasts (microwave anything doesn’t count). Oh, and a bottle of vino = mandatory. Go on, you (and your S.O.) deserve it.

Gemini

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Act Like Royalty

Geminis love any reason to frock (or suit) up and Valentine’s Day is yet another reason to add to the list. Throw on your snazziest outfit, book a table at Black Bar & Grill and prepare to be showered in champagne and caviar on arrival. Dishing up a special set menu, you’ll be flooding your Insta followers’ feeds with ridiculously lush pics for a week.

Cancer

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Staycay

The unofficial Cancer mantra is go big or go home. On Valentine’s Day this obvs translates to staycay. Book a room at one of the best hotels in town (we’re thinking The Darling in Pyrmont) and make the most of the room service menu and big fluffy robes.

Leo

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Netflix And Chill

As the oh-so fabulous Leo legend J-Lo once said ‘love don’t cost a thing’. Netflix and chill is a thing for a reason and it’s made even better when you’re not the one footing the bill. It’s probably best to treat your bae right and splurge on popcorn though. If you’re by yourself, bring on a 12-hour binge.

Virgo

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Romantic Stroll On The Beach (Yes, Really)

Virgos are usually all work and no play but when it comes to Valentine’s Day you’re the biggest advocates of all (weirdos). Romantic strolls on the beach are right up your alley, so you do you. We don’t judge.

Libra

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: A Day At The Zoo

Let's be honest, you Libras are some of the most indecisive people in the world. You don’t realllly know what you want, but lucky for you, we do. The perfect date for you is a trip to the zoo where you can hop between different animals and keep that attention span of yours sated. Bonus tip: finish off the cutest Valentine's Day ever with dinner at Momofuku Seibo, aka, the iconic David Chang's first restaurant outside of New York City. So, perfect for wow-ing your SO. 

Scorpio

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Dinner With An Epic View

You Scorpios are battlers, which is exactly why you need to treat yo’selves to a 5-course feast at Balla overlooking the harbour. Stuff yourself silly with yellowfin tuna, risotto, octopus, wagyu sirloin AND bacio semifreddo (aka Tuscan chocolate and hazelnut ice-cream) then roll on home. FYI, you don’t need a plus one to do this.

Sagittarius

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Absolutely Nothing At All

Ohhhh Sagittarius. You’re probs going to want to spend the entire day pretending love doesn’t exist. We get it. Do absolutely nothing at all and enjoy every minute of it.

Capricorn

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Novelty Pizza Party

While Capricorns are known for their self-control, it can all fall apart when it comes to pizza. Let loose at Pizzaperta and order yourself heart-shaped everything (yes, we’re talking about heart-shaped pizza, people). For only 30 bucks you can score a heart-shaped Margherita pizza, two heart-shaped Nutella bombolonis AND two glasses of bubbles. You don’t even have to share it if you don’t want to.

Aquarius

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Picnic With Your Whole Squad

You kinda hate Valentine’s Day but you kinda still want to do something for it. Are we right, Aquarians? Round up your whole squad and set up an OTT picnic overlooking the water. Friendship is love. We don’t care how lame that sounds.

Pisces

Best Valentine’s Day Idea: Luxe Pamper Sesh

Obvs we’re going to recommend a luxe pamper sesh for the dreamers. There’s nothing you gentle souls love more than sleeping, and an ultra-relaxing couple’s massage (with a full body exfoliation!) at The Darling Spa is the next best thing. Bring your best mate if you don’t have a date, duh.

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

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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

10 Best Authentic Food Travel Experiences in 2017

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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World's best dishes: Bun cha - Discovery

World's best dishes: Bun cha - Discovery


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IAN PAYNTON travels nearly 6,000 miles from London to Hanoi to find this meaty noodle treat

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

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

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

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There’s A Luxe AF Doggy High Tea & Where Do We Sign Up?

There’s A Luxe AF Doggy High Tea & Where Do We Sign Up?

by Jessica Best @ The A List | The Urban List

If you’ve pledged to live your best life vicariously through your furry companion, then this article is for you. Ohhh yes, doggy high tea is a glorious thing that every pooch deserves and let’s face it, you’ll get a kick out of seeing your pup live their absolute best life. Cue your dog’s Instagram account building more of a following than you ever could and having puppuccinos every morning because why not?

Thanks to the legends at The Egerton House Hotel in London who’ve thought up this epic Doggy Afternoon Tea which includes endless (near enough) pooch-pleasing treats. We’re talking about chicken and beef meatloaf, homemade dog biscuits, dog ice-cream (!!) and a super, duper special chew toy to take home. Because they’re worth it, okay.

And don’t worry, there are feeds to fill your belly too with finger sandwiches, pastries, freshly baked scones with thick cream and fruit preserves. But we all know you’ll be too busy racking up ’happy snaps’ of Pickles livin’ it up in full glam to even care.

The Details

What: Doggy Afternoon Tea Where: Drawing Room, The Egerton House Hotel, London Cost: Around $30 per dog 

Prefer to take your pooch camping? Here are the best spots in NSW.

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What’s the Deal with Kombucha?

by Julia Solervicens @ HOTTABLE

If that mouth-watering description hasn’t convinced you yet, many have hailed it to be the ultimate health brew.

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The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Chiang Rai, Thailand

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

Chiang Rai is regarded as the northernmost "large city" in Thailand, though it isn't actually that big. It's much smaller and less developed as a tourist destination than neighboring Chiang Mai. It's perhaps best known for Wat Rong Khun, a striking all-white structure that serves as both a Buddhist temple and an art exhibition.

Nuoc Voi – The Simple But Elegant Drink Of Hanoians

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Nuoc voi was popular in every family in Hanoi. Every house has a basket to hold the hot teapot to make this drink.

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Sydney’s About To Score A Great Gatsby Mansion Party

Sydney’s About To Score A Great Gatsby Mansion Party

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

If the thought of jumping aboard the Titanic got you a little hot under the collar last year, you’re about to reach a whole new level of heat. You can now join the Great Gatsby and we’re gutted Leo won’t be there too (or will he?*). 

Just like the movie, this will be a next-level mansion party and that means you, all your mates and a bunch of actors (because #authentic) will be living large pool-side, for one epic night. Details are pretty slim at this stage, so we suggest you re-watch the movie and assume it’ll be exactly like that, but better. 

For more details and to register for pre-sale, head here

*He absolutely won’t be there. 

Meanwhile, a new all-you-can-eat dumpling feast is coming. 

Image credit: Warner Bros

How to Best Prepare for Your First Silent Retreat

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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

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

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

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A Ballistic Bowl of Bun Cha - Roads & Kingdoms

A Ballistic Bowl of Bun Cha - Roads & Kingdoms


Roads & Kingdoms

The story behind the dish Obama and Bourdain shared in Vietnam.

Best restaurants in Hanoi: Wander in the map of tastes

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

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

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The Vietnamese Dishes Eaten By the Rich and Famous

by Peter Cowan @ HOTTABLE

If a $6 dinner was good enough for a sitting US President, what do the rest of the world’s good and great eat when visiting Vietnam?

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taking notes

by graham @ noodlepie

It is always interesting to hear how other writers work. This is a very good post by Tracy Chevalier on her note-taking process. A couple of points jumped out at me. Whenever I’m writing a novel and arrive at a point where I’m not sure about a detail and have to check it in the […]

The Best Tofu Dishes In Sydney

The Best Tofu Dishes In Sydney

by Sarah Hilton @ The A List | The Urban List

Everyone’s favourite little soy bundles of joy are just so good that Sydney is legit obsessed. Our fair city has gone and invent just about a tofu everything, and we mean everythingggg. From burgers to nuggets, and soups to salads, we just can’t seem to get enough of the fluffy stuff.

We’ve rounded up the best of Sydney’s tofu scene, so you can eat your way through it with stretchy pants at the ready. We present to you, the best tofu dishes in Sydney.

Agedashi Tofu

Sake, multiple locations

What’s wrong with sticking with the ol’classics? TBH, they’re a classic for a reason, so we suggest Sake’s epic agedashi tofu with shimeji mushroom, ginger and daikon sprouts makes it to the top of your new tofu list. In true Sake style, the quality and flavour is top notch, meaning you might not want to share.

Satay Tofu Burger

Soul Burger, Glebe

So, remember when we proved vegetarian food doesn’t have to suck? And by that we mean there’s some legit delish plant-based burgers out there—oh hey, Soul Burger. With a satay tofu burger finished with aioli, shredded carrot, veggie slaw, smashed avocado and tomato relish, it will make you re-think whether we even need meat anymore.

Sundubu

Paper Bird, Potts Point

Our old favourites at Moon Park opened up last their newest addition, Paper Bird, and you’ll want to wrap your laughing gear around this special tofu dish. They call it Sundubu, and it’s the goods wtih fresh tofu, spicy mussel broth and enoki (picture the long skinny mushrooms that taste oh-so-good). It may be a bit spicy but it’s definitely worth sweating over #sorrynotsorry.

Mapo Tofu

Mr. Wong, Bridge Lane

Picture all the trendy vibes synonymous with Mr. Wong and a tofu dish of epic proportions—now that we have your attention. ICYMI, Mr. Wong can do no wrong and their mapo is stuffed with stir fried pork mince, chilli and Sichuan pepper, then served on freshly steamed soy milk custard #yass.

Age Tofu

Yume Sushi, Drummoyne

How do noodles, tofu and some delicious broth sound? Thought so. You need look no further than Yume Sushi’s Age Tofu dish. Yume brings a Japanese soy base soup with thick wheat noodles and perfectly deep fried soft tofu that practically melts in your mouth like a damn yummy chunk of deep fried tofu should.

Rainbow Roll

Sunset Sabi, Manly

Like your mumma, this dish from Sunset Sabi is beautiful inside and out #naw. The inside is stuffed with tofu, truffle slaw, avocado, carrot and potato crunchies to give you a stupendously special sushi taste. On the outside, you can count on more flavour with pickled daikon, we know, it’s almost too much.

Jazy-Z

KingFish Poke, Bondi

If you got 99 problems and some of them include the struggle to find a good tofu dish in Sydney, then boy have we got a goodie. With their hip-hop themed menu, KingFish in Bondi shows that tofu can be cool AND tasty. Their Jay-Z poke bowl includes tamari tofu, cabbage, beetroot, mixed sprouts, green onion, pickled carrot, chilli puffed rice and black vinegar tamari dressing. If you didn’t think it could get any better, did we mention it’s dairy and gluten free? Well BAM here you go.

Tofu Nuggets

Butter, multiple locations

Praise be to the crispy deep-fried gods because our prayers have been answered—in butter form. Our new best friends at Butter have heard the call for vegetarian food that caters to all of our best (and worst) cravings, to bring fried tofu nuggets into all of our lives. Whether you’re soothing a broken heart, cheating your fitness regime or simply enjoying fried indulgence with the gals, this dish is delish.

The ASAP and RZA Burger

4 Ounces, Alexandria

The RnB themed foodie legends at 4 Ounces can make a mean burger—tofu style of course. These guys are so good they have two great burger options on offer. Try the ASAP with deep fried smoked tofu, deep fried truffle mac and cheese, Westmont pickles, American cheese, liquid cheese (yep double the cheese = double the tasty), wild mushroom duxelle, house sauce and a milk bun. Woah, that’s a big ol’burger. They’re also known for the RZA, a wonderfully vegan creation with southern fried smoked tofu, Westmont pickles, chilli and golden turmeric kraut, smoke sesame, cheese, vegan house sauce and a vegan bun. The RnB queen Bad Gal RiRi would definitely approve this one.

Tofu + Wok Veggies

Daniel San, Manly

FYI Daniel San in Manly serves up loaaads of tofu dishes, but one of the best has to be their tofu + wok veggies dish with seasonal vegetables and tofu that’s lathered in teriyaki sauce. Don’t worry, it’s GF, DF and vegetarian so you won’t need to worry later on when you’re tearing up the d-floor post those dinner cocktails—no judgment we do this every other Sunday too.

Chilled Silken Tofu

Tobikiri, Neutral Bay

Tucked away in an unconventional spot in Neutral Bay, this place is worth scouting out. With warm and homey vibes, Tobikiri provides all the goods Japanese cuisine has to offer. Oh, and the tofu? Try their chilled silken tofu with tempura scraps—it’s much better than it sounds. This dish is both soft and crunchy with fancy garnishes and all the yumminess.

Spicy Tofu and Eggplant Donburi

Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar, Sutherland

Shire locals fear not, we have your tofu needs covered too. Kuroneko Ramen Noddle Bar specialises in ramen but their other eats are more than satisfactory. Try their tofu donburi with eggplant cooked with spicy minced pork served on steamed rice and yummy sauce. Ramen has met its match.

Salt n Pepper Tofu

Queen Chow, Enmore

Queen Chow keeps it simple with their salt n pepper tofu that embodies what you see is what you get—and trust us this dish looks oh-so-good. Set in a restaurant focusing on Cantonese classics you can be sure that the quality is high and the tastes are legit, as you meet the culture of cool right on the doorstep of Sydney’s inner west.

Raw Rad Thai

Verd, Barangaroo

Our lovely friends at Verd always know how to provide tofu-tastic goodies. Try their raw rad thai with greens, tofu, shredded vegetables, sprouts, peanuts, coriander and mint with a zesty coconut satay dressing. BTW this is deliciousness minus the guilt—are we in heaven?

Energy Bliss Salad

Greenhouse Asian Salads, Lane Cove

Let the superfoods continue with this epic salad packed with tofu, crispy egg noodle, pomegranate, pineapple, melon, green papaya, cherry tomato, cucumber, red onion, white sesame and creamy coconut dressing. If clean eating is not exactly your thing, this salad tastes so good you’ll forget you’re eating greens at all.

Fancy a wine? These are Sydney's Best Wine Bars.

Image credit: 4 Ounces

Goodbye, Liz

by Boots in the Oven @ Boots in the Oven

Family and friends said goodbye to our cousin Liz today in Tallahassee, Florida. Liz was the wife of Logan's cousin, Dusty. She was born and raised in Chicagoland (like me), moved to the South for college (like me), met a charismatic Southern man (like me), and decided to remain in the South (like me). They were married in 2004 (like us). They had two completely charming little blonde daughters, and Liz went back to graduate school. Logan and I were only lucky enough to meet Liz a few times, at family gatherings, but she was always so kind and sweet,...

These Geniuses Invented A Nutella Slurpee—And We’re So Here For It!

These Geniuses Invented A Nutella Slurpee—And We’re So Here For It!

by Jessica Pridmore @ The A List | The Urban List

In case some of life’s key milestones (read: completely unimportant but nevertheless celebrated in dramatic fashion) have a habit of passing you by, we’re here to remind you that World Nutella Day is just around the corner. (Literally, it’s next Monday people!)

And, while those among us who do not share the same obsession for the famous hazelnut spread will give precisely zero fucks about February 5, the rest of us will be eating tubs of Nutella with a spoon (the 3kg, just so we’re clear) spreading it on toast, shoving it in sandwiches, while sipping on goddam Nutella Slurpees! Where has this been all our lives??

Created by Nutella-obsessed team at Tella Balls Dessert Bar, this is a mashup for the ages. Crushed ice, vanilla gelato and lashings of Nutella spread all whizzed up, creating a frothy, decadent, ice cold beverage. And yeah, we’re really, really in to it.

The Nutella Slurpee will be available for a limited time only. People, you know what to do…

The Details

What: Nutella Slurpee Where: Tella Balls Dessert Bar, Gold Coast and Sydney locations When: From Monday February 5

Not in to Nutella (shame on you!)? Australia's best burgers ought to sort you out.

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The oldest places to taste Bun cha in Hanoi

The oldest places to taste Bun cha in Hanoi


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Bun cha” is a popular and traditional dish of Hanoian. Many people and visitors hardly forget its taste after trying once. It is easy to see and smell the small vendors which offer this delicious dish in many corners of Hanoi streets and alleys every day, even in bad weather. However, only a few of these restaurants still preserve a long history of maintaining and processing for many generations. ...

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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Kayaking In Halong Bay: Ban Lifted Or Still Illegal?

by Bun Bun @ Bun Bun Makeup Tips and Beauty Product Reviews

One day before the 2D1N Halong Bay cruise, I called the tour company to clarify some details on the kayaking segment and was told that there would be no kayaking due to a ban imposed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. I was like “WHUUTTTT?!” The itinerary clearly stated kayaking, the tour agent […]

A Muddy Good Time With Tsururi Mineral Ghassoul Clay

by Bun Bun @ Bun Bun Makeup Tips and Beauty Product Reviews

When it comes to getting rid of the grossness that is blackheads on our noses, most of us reach for pore packs, which are basically adhesive-coated strips that yank the debris out of our pores, decorating the strip with dislodged evidence and leaving us with a sense of unparalleled satisfaction. However as my skin became more sensitive, […]

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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Banh dom – Another gift from Phu Nhi Village

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Banh dom is a kind of glutinous rice flour cake with bean paste which is the common and rustic cake in the North of Vietnam.

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Banh Da Ke – Simple Flavor In The Bottom Of Heart Of Hanoians

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

The simple dish contains a culture, attached to the childhood of many generations growing up in the ancient streets of Hanoi.

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Cruise promotion packages

by paloma @ Paloma Cruises Official Website: Discounted Cruise Deals in Halong Bay

Paloma Cruise offers you Halong Bay cruise deals and daily Hanoi-Halong tours at special price. It is an amazing opportunity for you to experience the highlight part of your trip in Vietnam and witness all of the major points of this unique location. Our cruise combines with 3 stars hotels in Hanoi. They are located … Continue reading Cruise promotion packages

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Best of 2017 – Our Food and Travel Favorites

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

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

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Top 5 popular rice dishes in Vietnam

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

Of course rice is the most popular food by far in Vietnam and is eaten everyday by the majority of the population, so suffice it to say the number of rice dishes in Vietnam are nearly uncountable. However the list below should give you a pretty good idea of the variety and creativity that the […]

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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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Best things to do in Bali: experience it the local way!

by Elena Ferranto @ I Like Local Blog

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There is certainly no shortage of things to see and do in Bali, but how do you make sure you leave this culturally rich island with the feeling that you truly saw it rather than being just another tourist doing touristy things? While being one of the top travel destinations and seeing millions visitors a year, Bali […]

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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

Unique Things To Do In Hanoi - Food, History and Chaos

Unique Things To Do In Hanoi - Food, History and Chaos


Journalist On The Run

One of the most laid back and picturesque capitals in Asia, here are the top things to do in Hanoi for your next visit. Food, fun and chaos guaranteed!

Bun Cha Hanoi - Top 5 Places to Try - Hanoi local food

Bun Cha Hanoi - Top 5 Places to Try - Hanoi local food


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Bun cha is a well-known local food in Hanoi. It is made of grilled pork and noodle, often thought to have been originated from Hanoi, Vietnam. This dish is served with grilled fatty pork (cha) over a plate of white … read more

5 best restaurants in Saigon

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

This is not really an easy list to compile, as there are many great restaurants in Saigon. In fact Saigon is famous for it’s restaurant culture and for the excellent selection of top tier restaurants. Saigon is the perfect place for excellent eateries, nestled along the Saigon river and boasting excellent weather all the year […]

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6 Things You Absolutely Must Eat This Lunar New Year

6 Things You Absolutely Must Eat This Lunar New Year

by Phoebe McRae @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI it’s the Year of the Dog and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate 2018 and eat alllllll the best new food in town. Come 15 February, it’s the start of Lunar New Year festivities in Sydney and we’ll be following the good fortune ribbon to The Star to eat ourselves into a complete food coma.

There’ll be aerialists, lion dancers, ribbon dancers, a wishing tree (so you can guarantee yourself good luck and prosperity for 2018) and food, glorious food. Here are the 6 things you absolutely must eat this Lunar New Year.

#1 Stir Fried Pacific Clams in XO Sauce

Fact: Beyoncé loves XO and so do we. Clams with XO sauce are one of the most popular things on China’s menu and for good reason. A fancy take on your everyday stir-fry, this dish is super salty with just the right amount of spice.

#2 Congee

What is congee, we hear you ask? Think savoury rice porridge that’s surprisingly delicious. If you haven’t tried it, you need to. There’s never been a better time than now.

#3 Salmon Yu Sheng Salad                                                         

Believe it or not, this raw salmon salad with pickled beetroot dressing is considered to be particularly lucky. A combination of shredded vegetables, pickled ginger and (you guessed it) salmon, apparently the higher you toss it, the more luck you’ll have.

#4 Pan Fried Pork & Shrimp Dumplings With Szechuan Chilli Sauce

No explanation needed.

#5 Crispy Whole Barramundi

According to LNY traditions, nothing screams wealth like a crispy whole barramundi. Paired with golden pumpkin sauce and stir-fried mushrooms, this super fresh and tasty dish is the absolute bee’s knees and there's no way you could ever regret it.

#6 Wok Tossed Shanghainese “Nian Gao”

“Nian Gao” translates to sticky fried rice cakes (read: totally drool-worthy). Wok tossed with spinach gravy, this dish is made especially for Lunar New Year and is said to set you soaring high for the next 12 months.

You can find these 6 dishes at Fat Noodle and Food Quarter at The Star Sydney from 1 February to 4 March. If you want to try one of everything (guilty), book yourself into Harvest Buffet, STAT.

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

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Sydney’s Set To Score A Pop-Up Island Hotel Complete With Latin Eats

Sydney’s Set To Score A Pop-Up Island Hotel Complete With Latin Eats

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

Sydney + Summer = sleeping on an island in the harbour, amirite? Thought so. In your latest edition of ‘that’s so Sydney’ news, a pop-up hub of food, dranks and boutique accommodation is setting up home on the harbour and our filters are ready.

Cockatoo Island will host Contained on Bolt Wharf, where you and your crew can laze about, stuffing yourself silly with latin eats courtesy of chef Don Tapa. The food here is even created with fresh produce from Urban Farm, so it’s a big delicious tick from us, and it will only set you back $60 per person for their set shared menu. 

Seeing as you’re on an island, you’ll need a cocktail, and they’ve got those too with gin by Archie Rose Distillery along with beer and wine (you’ve fired up the group chat already, haven’t you?).

Now for the accommodation; Contained is bringing a luxe, adults-only boutique hotel to sit alongside the restaurant, so you can kick back on the water’s edge. Expect a repurposed shipping container, with all the comforts you’d expect—queen bed, air con (praise be) and even a container plunge pool. 

The Details

What: Contained Cockatoo Island Where: Bolt Whard, Cockatoo Island When: Launching Thursday 8 February, open Wed-Thurs 11am – 9pm, Fri-Sat 11am – 10pm Cost: Varies, to book head here 

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Vegan Flautas

Vegan Flautas

by Ben Dawson @ Munchies

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

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.

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

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

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

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Eating Bun Cha in Hanoi Vietnam

Eating Bun Cha in Hanoi Vietnam


2foodtrippers

See why we love Bun Cha Hanoi, the iconic noodle dish invented and perfected in Vietnam's capital city.

5 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Week

5 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Week

by Mathew Trenear @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s the start of the week that sets you up for success, right? Well, if eating out every night is what it takes, then that’s what we plan to do. If you’re on board with our plan, kick off your week with an art exhibit, then dive head first into a Nutella bomb, free burgers,  and wine. So much wine. We know you want in on this one. 

Here are five awesome things to do in Sydney this week.

Monday 5 February

Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean

The MCA has done it again, bringing to us one damn incredible exhibition, this time by experimental video artist Pipilotti Rist. Her installations make use of video and sculpture, completely submerging the viewer (ahem, that’s you) into a kaleidoscope of projections, so you’ll feel like you’re on another freaking planet. She explores the connection between nature, the body and technology, and thanks to her recent immersive environments installations this has never been more awesome. Head over here for more info on this insane exhibition. 

When: Until 18 February Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks Cost: Adults: $22

International Nutella Day

Without doubt Nutella is the downfall for most, if not all of us. Whether it is by the spoon, on toast or in shakes, the hazelnut spread is the stuff of Gods and we can’t get enough of it. The guys at Salt Meats Cheese seem to agree because they’ve invented a menu completely focused on the good stuff. We’re not joking around when we say you can get a Nutella espresso martini to go with your Nutella Oreo calzone. This is madness. Just about all Salt Meats Cheese locations will have the limited edition menu so there’s no reason why you can’t get your hands on it. 

When: Monday 5 – Wednesday 28 February Where: All Salt Meats Cheese Sydney locations

Tuesday 6 February

Free Burgers At Foxhat Burgers

In celebration of passing 1000 likes on Facebook, Foxhat will be giving back to their oh-so-loyal customers by putting on $1000 worth of free burgers this Tuesday. Now that is a LOT of patties. What’s even better, they’ll be making their classic bacon cheeseburger and fried chicken burger for only 10 bucks a pop. We did the maths and that means 100 of you will score a free burger #winning. To wash down all of the free eats, $5 schooners, house wine and mixed spirits will be flying over the bar. There isn’t much we can fault with this situation—head here for more info. 

When: Tuesday 6 February Where: Foxhat Burgers, Newtown Cost: Free

Wednesday 7 February

Simpsons Trivia Night

The time has come to bring back all those many hours of watching The Simpsons—a trivia night all about the people of Springfield. Test your knowledge, or test your friends’ knowledge to see who comes out on top after finally putting that useless (definitely not useless) information to good use. Because when it comes down to it, who knows Bart’s middle name? More details here

When: 7:30-9:30pm Wednesday 7 February Where: Summer Hill Hotel Cost: Free, registration is essential

World’s First Wine Temperature Pop-Up

In a world first, Taylors wines has joined forces with Duncan Welgemoed, Executive Chef of Africola, to create a dinner like never before. The evening is putting all the focus on temperature, of both the wine and the food, with guests visualising the night through smartphone aided cameras that are able to show temperature through low-light and infrared technology. Mind. Blown. Forget what you know about cold whites and room temp reds, these wines will be served at their own peak temperatures to get the max flavour, and we’re all about that. Head here to book.

When: 6pm and 8pm seatings from 7-10 February  Where: Commune, Waterloo Cost: $99

Here are even more things happening this month.

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The 5 best multi-country holidays in Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

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

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

Go Temple Hopping in Chiang Mai Old City, Thailand

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

Many people who visit Chiang Mai do bucket-list-worthy activities like visiting an elephant sanctuary or attending the Yee Peng or Songkran festivals. But there's a lot you can do within the Old City as well, less epic but equally memorable things like cafe hopping or conversing with monks.

13 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

13 Awesome Things To Do In Sydney This Weekend

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Can we all just agree that January was a free trial month and 2018 doesn’t start till, well, right now? Actually, let’s just give those pesky resolutions up all together because we’ve just found cheeseboard deliveries, all the happy hours, and a BBQ festival. And we expect you to knock off every single one this weekend.  

Cancel out all that excessive eating and drinking with some cheeky sunset yoga and finally find out what the mean of life is. Here is everything you need to do this weekend in Sydney.

All Weekend

White Label Supper Club

The legends behind Bulletin Place are here to make your snacking dreams come true with White Label Supper Club, a new three-hatted restaurant-quality delivery service. Now you can pack a killer picnic (without the work), head to your local park, and enjoy top-notch cheese and charcuterie board, nibbles and desserts to boot. It’ll definitely impress your date. These guys are on Uber Eats, so if you’re lazy like us, this one’s right up your alley. 

When: Right now Where: via UberEats Cost: Varies

East Side Sessions

Not only has a brand spankin’ new sun-filled venue landed at Bondi Beach, they’re cranking it up a few extra notches by bringing you East Side Sessions. Kicking off this month, Upper East Side will have DJ’s on the decks and exclusive food and drink offerings from midday every weekend. There’ll be bar food, banquets, oversized cocktails, and drink packages along with all the tropical vibes you could want. 

When: Saturday & Sundays, from 12pm Where: Upper East Side, Bondi Cost: Free entry

Can Cava 1st Birthday Menu

You favourite beachside pintxos bar just turned one, and that means only one thing—it’s time to nibble on all the Spanish snacks and sip a few cocktails along the way. They’ve introduced tapas-style dishes too (slightly bigger than pintxos but equally delicious), plus nightly specials. Think bottomless lunch every weekend (2pm – 5pm) and live music on Sundays. Oh, and $10 cocktails alllllll day on Sundays. 

When: Saturday & Sundays, ongoing. Where: Can Cava, Bondi Beach  Cost: Varies

Restaurant Hubert Happy Hour

If you’re searching for a luxurious, European vibe making you feel as though you've been transported to Paris (but without the jetlag and post-plane skin), head down to Restaurant Hubert for Aperitif from 4-6 with offerings like $10 negronis, $5 gin & tonics and house wines, $3 deviled eggs and much much more. Sip the night away in true 1930’s inspired style. 

When: Daily, 4pm – 6pm Where: Restaurant Hubert, CBD Cost: Varies

Thursday 8 February

Harbour Sunset Yoga Series 

Free downward dog while the sun sets over the Harbour Bridge? Yee-ah, it’s happening this weekend. It’s all thanks to the guys at Pier One, who are teaming up with Lululemon (of course they are) to launch a free yoga sunset series. The sessions run for 50 mins in Pier One’s Marquee, which (if you’ve ever been inside) you’ll know has some killer views. Bonus points: after the sesh there’ll be DJs and Kombucha cocktails. Namaste as f*ck, people. Grab your tix here

Where: Pier One, 11 Hickson Rd Dawes Point When: Every Thursday till 8 March, 6:30pm – 7:20pm Cost: FREE  

Friday 9 February

Carriageworks Night Market

For one night only, Carriageworks will transform into a total foodie mecca curated by Carriageworks regular, Kylie Kwong. FYI, that means some of Sydney's best chefs coming to the table. Some of the best in the biz (we’re talking Fratelli Paradiso, Nomad, Stanbuli, Fred's and Continental Bar & Deli and more) will be embracing the theme of using Australian and Indigenous ingredients, grilling, roasting, baking and barbequing up a storm to create a special menu you’ll be dying to get your laughing gear around. Details here.

When: Friday 9 February Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh Cost: $10 entry (+bf)

RIVERSIDE THEATRES PRESENTS QUEERSTORIES

In honour of this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ 40th Anniversary, Riverside Theatres is presenting Queerstories. This storytelling night will dive deep into the lives of stars and strangers alike—the good the bad and the downright hilarious. More details here

When: Friday 9 February, 8pm Where: Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Cost: $20 - $25 

International Pizza Day

We know you guys don’t need any more excuses to spend your Friday night scoffing your weight in pizza, but hey, we’re about to give you one anyway. This Friday is International Pizza Day, and to celebrate, Salt Meats Cheese is releasing two limited edition pizzas: carbonara and Bolognese. We know. Get on it, team. 

When: Friday 9 February Where: Salt Meats Cheese locations Cost: $20 per pizza

Saturday 10 February

Sydney International Wine Competition Top 100 Wines Exhibition

We love wine. Like, we reallllyyy love wine. And if you want to sip Australia and New Zealand’s best tipples (and love wine as much as we do), you’ll want to be at this event. It’s a freaking wine exhibition after all. This Saturday, head to Novotel Sydney Central to taste over 250 award-winning food-friendly wines (challenge accepted) and we will not be impressed if you leave empty-handed. Details here

When: Saturday 10 February Where: Novotel Sydney Central

Yaks BBQ Festival

It’s time to stuff the car full of CC’s and head up the Central Coast—the Yak Ales BBQ Festival is on this weekend. Two days of no-holds-barred mouthwatering barbecue from international award-winning Pitmasters (that’s their official title). There’ll be BBQ demos, cooking classes, a BBQ cook-off (sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society—a real thing, appaz) and live tunes galore. Vegetarians, fun for your life. Check out all the deets here

Where: Central Coast Stadium When: 10 & 11 February Cost: $15 for a single day pass, $25 for both days  

Guide Dog Activity Zone

Could this weekend GET any cuter? The legends at ACT are running a puppy photography fundraiser at Market City on Saturday and Sunday, and it’s your one chance (probs ever) to get snapped with a real-life Guide God NSW puppy! Take a moment to ‘Nawwwwww’ if you want. All you need to do is rock up, donate $10 and get smooched by a Labrador. You’ll get a keepsake pic to take home—plus enough good cuddle vibes to get you through Monday). Event info over here

Where: Market City, Lvl 1 When: 10 & 11 February, from 10am  Cost: $10 

Sunday 11 February

Irvin Yalom On The Meaning Of Life

The School of Life have gone and planned another life-lesson event, and this time it’ll be Irvin Yalom teaching you about the meaning of life. Prior warning: he won’t be making an appearance on the actual stage; he’ll be streamed via a live video feed but it’ll be worth it to hear this legend speak about fulfilment and the greatest struggles of human existence. You know, life’s small questions. Tickets here

When: Sunday 11 February, 12pm Where: The Concourse, Chatswood Cost: $55

Don’t Miss…

VALENTINE’S DAY AT HUNTER & BARREL

Ahhhh Valentine’s Day. You either love it or you hate it. We obvs are allllll about it because it gives us yet another excuse to eat delicious food and drink alllllll of the wine. This year, we’ll be spending the night at Hunter & Barrel. For only $75 a pop (that’s per person, people!), you can stuff yourself silly with a three-course feast and Chandon Brut on arrival. The best part? You don’t need to be in a lovey dovey relationship to do it. Grab your bestie and make a night of it. Get all the deets here

Where: Hunter & Barrel When: 14 February  Cost: $75pp

Here are even more things happening in Sydney this month

Editor’s Note: Hunter & Barrel’s event is proudly sponsored by Seagrass and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Guy Davies for Pier One

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.

A Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale Is Coming To Sydney

A Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale Is Coming To Sydney

by Sarah Hilton @ The A List | The Urban List

Sydney is officially getting its own indoor plant party (AKA a massive warehouse sale) and for reals, it's the plant sale to end all plant sales. Grab all your mates because The Jungle Collective have loaded up the truck and are heading up from Melbourne to show us that indoor plants are cool. Like really, really cool. But you already knew that, didn’t you?

If you think you read wrong, this really is an indoor-indoor-pot-plant-sale (repeated indoor on purpose). Held at a secret location in Sydney’s inner city, you’ll find plants left, right and centre of all sizes and you’ll be shopping up a storm to the soundtrack of tropical tunes. 

If you didn’t already know, this is a MEGA mega sale so you’ll, no doubt, see a green blur of goodies bustling out the door before you know it (so we suggest getting in early). If you’re a bit of an “oh I forgot to water my plant so it died” kind of person (guilty) they’re even bringing in an on-site horticulturist who can teach how to care for your new tropical pet. There’s really no excuses now #soznotsoz.

The prices are cheap but your house will look ultraaaa expensive with these potties so its time to fool your friends into thinking you’ve got your life together—at least for a little while. 

PS If own something tropical (‘cause who doesn’t?) then wear it! You get $5 off your purchase and some mad respect from other visitors.

More info here.

The Details

What: The Jungle Collective Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale When: Saturday 17 February, 10am – 4pm Where: Secret Location Cost: plant costs vary

Here are even more things happening this month in Sydney. 

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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

Instastalkers Beware, Instagram Is Testing Screenshot Notifications

Instastalkers Beware, Instagram Is Testing Screenshot Notifications

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

If taking a screenshot of your (future) bae on Insta and flicking it out to the ol’ group chat is your idea of a hobby—listen the hell up.

In terrifying news to Instastalkers everywhere, Instagram is rolling out a screenshot notification function. Set to hit a select group of detectives users, your actions could soon send a cheeky FYI to the person you’re currently stalking the shit out of IRL.

Before you throw your phone out the window, it’s only affecting Instastories. And if you’re one of the lucky few affected, you’ll be shown a notification the next time you go to take a cheeky screenie for laters. And before you freak out even more, future bae won’t be sent an instant notification (yet), rather they’ll see your creepy ways in their view tab with a cute AF camera emoji next to it.

What even is the future of stalking in 2018? Well, this. Apparently.

Image credit: Selena Gomez Wolves Promo

The Best Eco Yoga Mat to Energize Your Practice in 2018

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

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

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A guide on choosing a hotel around Hanoi Old Quarter

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

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

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Hip YunLin in Taiwan is a must visit for any solo female traveler

by Cynthia Lin @ I Like Local Blog

I Like Local Blog

Yunlin is one of my favorite getaway places in Taiwan, as this was where I spent most of my childhood with my loving grannies. The place has changed a lot since I last visited it a couple of years ago. A city once considered the most underdeveloped area is now becoming a trendy hotspot and […]

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The Best Cha Ca In Hanoi Old Quarter: Cha Ca La Vong VS Cha Ca Thang Long

by Bun Bun @ Bun Bun Makeup Tips and Beauty Product Reviews

“Cha Ca! Fried fish!”, exclaimed the hotel receptionist with much enthusiasm when we asked her to recommend her favorite food in Hanoi Old Quarter. She specifically mentioned Cha Ca Thang Long at 21 Duong Thanh and mapped it out for us, reminding us, “MUST GO!”. Cha Ca is Vietnamese Style Fish with Turmeric & Dill, and […]

Recapping Anthony Bourdain ‘Parts Unknown’ in Hanoi

Recapping Anthony Bourdain ‘Parts Unknown’ in Hanoi


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Featuring one-liners, streetside noodles, and Barack Obama

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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Sydney’s Best Natural Adventures

Sydney’s Best Natural Adventures

by Jessica Best @ The A List | The Urban List

We hate to say it, but Sydney does have its limits (albeit nothing to do with food or wine). We’re talking about hella big adventures, guys. These bad boys require ditching the the big smoke to appreciate what Mother Nature has to offer and we promise they’re all worth the lack of WiFi. Swear.

If you’re looking to step up your coastal walk game (perhaps from a more elevated vantage point) or switch your CBD staycay for something a little more… outback-y, then you have come to the right place my friend.

Here are the best natural adventures around Sydney.

Camping In Australia’s Only Dark Sky Park 

Think stars people. And no, not the peasant spotting of Ryan’s Belt or the Southern Cross. We mean a clear (and ‘grammable), panoramic view of the entire milky way above your head. Checking in at around the six-hour drive mark north-west of the big smoke, you’ll be in prime stargazing territory within Warrumbungle National Park. And let’s be honest, camping overnight here will be the peak of your adventuring life.

Cattle Driving In Glenworth Valley

Yep, this is exactly what it sounds like. Mustering a herd of cattle on horseback mightn’t have ever been on your bucket list but the legends at Glenworth Valley have made this adventure possible for even the most uncoordinated of us (that means beginner riders are totally able to jump on board). And trust us, there’s really no other way to see 3,000 acres of untouched hinterland. Trust us. You’ll work as a team and finish off the day by kicking back and enjoying all the beer and one epic BBQ. 

Canyoning In The Grand Canyon

Okay, so it’s not the actual Grand Canyon (this one’s located in the Blue Mountains) but unlike its US counterpart, this little wilderness is not accessible by car. Try canyoning instead. Yep, this is way more exciting. For starters, entry into the canyon is via a 20-metre overhanging abseil straight into a black hole. A black hole, people. We promise you won’t be slipping into the Upside Down (Stranger Things ref. for anyone who’s been living under a rock) but you’ll sure feel like you’re in another world with the insurmountable level of moss, trickling waterfalls, lookouts and deep pools to swim through. We can also confirm you don’t have to be a pro to do this but if you’d prefer to know what you’re getting yourself into first, check out this virtual reality canyoning experience

Watch The Sunrise From Mount Kaputar

Bearing the brunt of setting that alarm clock to an ungodly hour to catch the sunrise will be well worth it once you reach the top of Mount Kaputar (sleepy eyes and all). Because a 360-degree uninterrupted view of the national park is something Google Images could never match. There and back, it’s about an hour and a half hike which is totally doable even for the strictest of city-slickers.

Take A Vintage Plane Ride Down The Coast

Grab a leather flying helmet, pull down your goggles and throw your fear of heights away. There’s only one way to see the scenic Illawarra coastline (excluding by wheels along the Grand Pacific Drive) and that’s via a Tiger Moth flight. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely airborne path across the region or you’re keen to make air hoops and take the flight through some aerobatic paces, this will be one hell of an adventure your mates will be well jealous of. Or you could just take them with you—the choice is yours.

Here is your ultimate Australia and New Zealand adventure bucket list. 

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Exciting news!

by Boots in the Oven @ Boots in the Oven

This will be a slightly different announcement than you're perhaps used to with this blog. (That's American Thanksgiving for our Canadian friends.) Yes! We're having a baby girl! I'm due November 29th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. So far all is well, though definitely strange. April was... tough. May was slightly better. And now I have a bit of a bump and am feeling good! We've also bought a house, though we won't be moving in until mid-August. There's a lot of change around here! I'm hoping to start posting a bit more now that the news is out. We went...

Colorful Mid-Year Beauty Wishlist 2017

by Bun Bun @ Bun Bun Makeup Tips and Beauty Product Reviews

COLORS!! Just looking at my beauty wishlist makes me feel more alive. It’s mid 2017 and I feel like I lived the past 3 years blearily. What used to be bold, strong colors on my eyes gave way to the unyielding power of the NAKED trend. Naked 1, Naked 2, Naked Basics. I was going […]

5 best buffet restaurants in Hanoi

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

One of the most popular restaurants in Vietnam is the buffet. A restaurant where you can go and choose from a variety of food all laid out on different tables. You can eat as much as you want and there is usually quite a lot of food to choose from. There are different buffets, seafood […]

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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

Where To Celebrate Lunar New Year In Sydney

Where To Celebrate Lunar New Year In Sydney

by Phoebe McRae @ The A List | The Urban List

Prepare to unbuckle your belts and make way for all things delicious because Lunar New Year is almost here. It’s one of our absolute fave times of the year—there ain’t no party like a Lunar New Year party—and luckily for you, we’ve hunted down the best festivities in town. If you want to guarantee yourself some luck, good fortune or, at the very least, a complete food coma, the only place to be is The Galeries.

From 15 to 28 February, your fave CBD complex will transform into party town, complete with lucky laneways (featuring art by locals Alex Lehours, Nastia Gladushchenko, McDermott Baxter and Leona Fietz) and live music by Milan Ring. To kick things off, funny man Matt Okine will host the inaugural Lunar New Year Taste Tournament on 15 February, where you can expect to see Grill’d, Lotus, Chat Thai and Jimmy’s Recipe battle it out to take on the flavour of Good Fortune. The best part? You get to taste their creations. Find it on the Galeries ground floor from 11:30am. BYO stretchy pants. 

There’ll be a HUGE ramen-eating competition hosted by Ichiban Boshi and SBS Pop Asia, plus an Instagram filter workshop (!!) run by Andy Trieu and DIY lunar lanterns at Books Kinokuniya. Whatever you do, make sure you don’t go home without stopping by The Kusuka Pop Up so you can score yourself one of their unconventional fortune cookies (when you spend 25 bucks or more). Get all the deets here.

The Details

What: Lunar New Year at The Galeries Where: The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney  When: 15 – 28 February Cost: Entry is free

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

Image credit: The Galeries

Top Places to Eat Bun Cha in Hanoi

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

It’s the go-to lunch for many Hanoians, worth braving the stifling humidity, the hazardous road crossing, and definitely worth fighting for space on a little plastic stool. Bun Cha has become synonymous with Hanoi gastronomy culture, even more so since former U.S. President Barrack Obama was famously pictured chowing down on a bowl of his […]

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5 Best places to buy beer in Saigon

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

One of the great things about Saigon is that it’s got lots of great places to drink beer. Drinking beer is almost as much a part of the culture here as drinking coffee. In fact you could almost say that the woman here like drinking coffee and then men like drinking beer. It really is […]

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An Epic Outdoor Swimming Pool Is Opening At Green Square

An Epic Outdoor Swimming Pool Is Opening At Green Square

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI, there’s a lot of redevelopment happening in Sydney at the moment. Let’s take a moment to quietly reflect on all those journeys down George Street in the last couple of years. 

Luckily, we can bring you some seriously epic news, that won’t put you out in the meantime (we know, that’s not the typical Sydney way). 

Green Square is copping a really, really, really, ridiculously good-looking pool and all of your inner west dreams are coming true. It’s been inspired by some of Sydney’s fave ocean pools except now you won’t have to battle the ‘locals’ at North Bondi to cool off. 

Plus, there’ll also be an indoor leisure pool, a heated hydrotherapy pool, 25m heated indoor program pool and a 50m heated outdoor pool set sitting inside the ocean-style pool. Word on the street is that this is the largest pool complex built since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. 

Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre is set to open in 2020 so you’ve got a bit of a wait on this one but if you want even more details, head here. Watch this space. 

In the meantime, do one of these waterside runs.

Image credit: City of Sydney

TOP 3 Must Try Street Food In Hanoi

TOP 3 Must Try Street Food In Hanoi


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Hanoi is a street food paradise. The mazelike alleys of the tourist-heavy Old Quarter and the more traditional Truc Bach lake area are crammed with stalls and makeshift storefronts, all bearing toy-sized plastic stools and advertising what they sell with

Celebration in the Oaks (and a HUGE BURGER), New Orleans

by Boots in the Oven @ Boots in the Oven

When we were in Louisiana in December, it was actually COLD. This was refreshing, as some holiday seasons it's downright balmy there, which makes it difficult to sit in front of the fireplace enjoying a nice hot cup of cocoa. (PITY US.) A couple of nights before Christmas, we all bundled up in our warm clothes and hopped in the car to check out Celebration in the Oaks. Celebration in the Oaks is a yearly lights festival that takes up acres and acres of City Park. Logan and I had never been before and were super excited to take in...

Top 10 Things To Do & Places To Go When You Visit Hanoi

by Bun Bun @ Bun Bun Makeup Tips and Beauty Product Reviews

VIETNAM. Yay! Finally struck Vietnam off my list of places to visit in Southeast Asia. That leaves me with Myanmar and Laos. This trip happened on a whim, I booked and confirmed this trip 3 days before the departure date without telling my mum where I’m taking her haha. (Eventually I did coz I didn’t want […]

A Sky High All-You-Can-Eat Dumpling Challenge Is Happening In Sydney

A Sky High All-You-Can-Eat Dumpling Challenge Is Happening In Sydney

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

Chinese Lunar New Year has done it again. Every damn year there is almost too much delicousness to handle, and guess what? 2018 is no exception.

Dumpling masters, New Shanghai, are headed to Sydney Tower Eye for 12 days of dumpling feasts and you’ll want to fire up the group chat STAT. 

This is a definite BYO stretchy pants kind of situation, with three dumpling-filled sessions each day. But there’s a catch—you’ll only have 30 precious minutes to eat as many dumplings as your belly can handle. You got this.

The Details

What: Dumplings In The Sky When: Mon 12 February – Sat 24 February Where: Sydney Tower Eye Cost: $40 (hot tip, arrive half an hour early to this one)

Check out the Best Lunar New Year Feasts In Sydney.

Image credit: Sydney Tower Eye

Weather and how to explore Hanoi in January

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

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

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Why Halong Bay attracts tourists year-round

by paloma @ Paloma Cruises Official Website: Discounted Cruise Deals in Halong Bay

While Halong Bay is often known by its sunny and sparkling image of a summer destination, the scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site in winter has a totally different charm that stole the heart of many tourists around the world. This is the reason why Halong Bay attracts tourists year-round, no matter the season and … Continue reading Why Halong Bay attracts tourists year-round

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The Mona Lisa Of The Middle Ages Is Showing In Sydney

The Mona Lisa Of The Middle Ages Is Showing In Sydney

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

ICYMI, February is the month you up your culture game. Just when we thought our iCal was filled with enough epic arts events, the Art Gallery of NSW has gone and done it again.

French national treasure, The Lady and the Unicorn, is considered in the art world to be the ‘Mona Lisa of the Middle Ages’, and it’s headed to Sydney this month. Direct from the Musée national du Moyen Âge in Paris, you can save yourself the plane ticket and see this masterpiece IRL down under for the first time ever.

Expect six large scale tapestries, circa 1500, depicting a fantastical world with a lady (obvs), unicorn (yeah, yeah), lions, and thousands of flowers. The works represent the senses, and our soul’s desires, and you might even recognise them from the walls of Gryffindor house. See, you’re totally all over this art game. 

The details:

What: The Lady and the Unicorn Where: Art Gallery of NSW When: 10 Feb – 24 Jun Cost: Varies, purchase your ticket here

Image credit: The Art Gallery Of New South Wales  

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 

A Blind Bakery Worker Tells His Story

by Catherine @ HOTTABLE

We speak with Tran Quoc Hoan, a delightfully chatty customer service officer at Donkey Bakery and one of its longest service team members.

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

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

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

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

Villa de Leyva: A Relaxing Weekend Trip From Bogotá

by Lauren Mae Pelkey @ Wanderluluu

I read that visiting Villa de Leyva was like taking a time machine back to the 16th century, and seeing it with my own eyes confirmed that statement for sure. Charming and quaint are the first two adjectives that come to mind when describing this colonial town outside of Bogotá, largely in part due to … Continue Reading

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

by Didi Kader @ Roads & Kingdoms

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

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10 reasons to visit Vietnam during Tet Festival

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

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

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

Bun Cha 34 in Hanoi - Restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam - Justgola

Bun Cha 34 in Hanoi - Restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam - Justgola


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Bun Cha 34 is well known for its special Bun Cha, a great cuisine of Hanoi. Enjoy the food to complete your experience in this lovely city.

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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Top 5 most popular fruits in Vietnam

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

One thing that Vietnam has to offer is fruit. This is very nearly the perfect place to grow fruit with the abundant sunlight and moist, tropical air, it’s a fruit growers paradise. All the tropical fruits are found here, and many fruits that are only found in South East Asia as well. There are even […]

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The 10 best family-friendly destinations in Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

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

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

Tran Quoc Pagoda: How to explore the cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Known as the Buddhist center of Thang Long citadel during the Ly and Tran dynasties with historical and architectural values, Tran Quoc Pagoda attracts many Buddhists, visitors, and both domestic and international tourists. In 2016, the Daily Mail (UK) listed Tran Quoc, the oldest temple in Hanoi at over 1,500 years old, in Top 16 […]

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The Perfect Winter Getaway to Burlington, Vermont

by Lauren Mae Pelkey @ Wanderluluu

Although Burlington isn’t the capital of Vermont, this earthy-crunchy, uber-hip, progressive city seems to steal the spotlight within the state. With hundreds of restaurants, micro-breweries and live music venues, there’s a bustling food and entertainment scene, and with Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains nearby, there are tons of outdoor activities to enjoy as well. … Continue Reading

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Celebration in the Oaks (and a HUGE BURGER), New Orleans

by Boots in the Oven @ Boots in the Oven

When we were in Louisiana in December, it was actually COLD. This was refreshing, as some holiday seasons it's downright balmy there, which makes it difficult to sit in front of the fireplace enjoying a nice hot cup of cocoa. (PITY US.) A couple of nights before Christmas, we all bundled up in our warm clothes and hopped in the car to check out Celebration in the Oaks. Celebration in the Oaks is a yearly lights festival that takes up acres and acres of City Park. Logan and I had never been before and were super excited to take in...

Unique Styles of Bun Cha in Hanoi

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Bun cha, which is the familiar dish on the Vietnam food map, has long been become a Hanoi traditional food. This is also the gift that Hanoians proudly introduce to the foreign friends.

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The Best Places to Eat in Seattle Washington

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

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

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

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

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

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

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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A Silent Disco Is Happening Under The Sea

A Silent Disco Is Happening Under The Sea

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

For anyone planning on skipping Valentine’s Day altogether this year, listen up. We’ve found one good reason you should just ditch the whole week and wake up once it’s all over. In honour of International Singles Awareness Day (next Saturday, FYI), Sea Life is throwing a good old fashioned traffic light party and it’s the best chance you’ve got at dancing away those V-Day blues (or celebrating the shit out of being single). 

You’ll literally be partying under the sea, with marine life swimming around you while you effectively cut shapes in a giant fish tank. Now, for the traffic light rules. If you’ve only got eyes for one special someone, wear red; if things are a bit complicated but you could be, ahem, persuaded otherwise, wear orange. And if you’re single AF, green is your go-to. 

There’ll be three DJs playing hot hits, old school favourites, power ballads and tragic love songs. Basically, all the good stuff. Grab your tickets here

The Details

What: Sea Live Silent Disco  When: Saturday 17th February 2018 Where: Sea Life Sydney Cost: $40

Meanwhile, Manly's Inflatable Boat Race is back on for 2018. 

Image credit: via cornel1801.com

Cudweed Sticky Rice Balls – Passionate Flavor of Hanoi Autumn

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Cudweed sticky rice balls, whose folk name is banh khuc, have captured the heart of Hanoians although they are only the rustic dish among many of Hanoi street food.

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Best Dentist Bangkok – Review: Bangkok Smile & Zoom Whitening

by Nadia & Mike @ Couple Travel The World

If you are looking for a high quality, clean & sanitary dentist in Bangkok, we would highly recommend paying a visit to Bangkok Smile – we were beyond impressed by the quality of dental services we found at this clinic. We are coffee and red wine lovers so we felt like our teeth needed a […]

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Meracus Hotel 1 – 10% off when book direct

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Proudly be #7 Romance hotel, #18 Best service hotel in Vietnam with reasonable budget.

Restaurant review: The Old Quarter is thoroughly modern

Restaurant review: The Old Quarter is thoroughly modern


Stuff

There's nothing old-fashioned about The Old Quarter.

Hello world!

by sinuous @ Hidden Hanoi

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! Preparing to solo travel. First time for you? Over on the How to Travel society On Facebook, there are many experienced solo travelers as well … Continue reading

PSA: A Night Market Is Headed To The Sydney Fish Market

PSA: A Night Market Is Headed To The Sydney Fish Market

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

This Friday, Sydney is about to get something she’s never had before—a night market at the Sydney Fish Market.

Happening for (ICYMI) the first time ever, the folks over at the Sydney Fish Market will swing open their doors into the night to celebrate Lunar New Year. You can expect all the eats, and lobster, along with dessert.

The fun starts at 4pm and there will be lion dancers, ‘nuff said.

The details

What: Chinese New Year Night Market Where: Sydney Fish Market When: Friday 16 February 4pm – 10pm Cost: Entry is free

Head here for all the Best Feasts Happening This Chinese New Year In Sydney.

Image credit: Elle Borgward

Hot Breads, Austin (Northwest)

by Boots in the Oven @ Boots in the Oven

Oh my glarb, you guys, we've been so sick here! The Mother of All Colds set up residence in Logan's lungs, and then jumped to mine after a week. Lo, the house has echoed these many days with the racking coughs of an unhappy couple. Basically, it's been disgusting here for, like, three weeks, and we are SO ready to be DONE. A couple of weekends ago, we were really feeling something comforting. And the dish we find most comforting on the weekends is Hot Breads' pesarattu upma. Hot Bread's version is a dosa, or Indian crepe, made from a...

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

Exciting activities you should not miss to add in your Hanoi city tour

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

At over 1,000 years old, Hanoi is not only home to precious historical and spiritual relics, but also remained deeply connected to its culture and unique characteristics. The old quarters feature ancient architecture across dozens of city streets, historic monuments throughout the city will help paint the picture of Vietnam’s history, and sprinkled throughout the […]

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How to make Bun Cha-Ha Noi(Grilled Pork Noodle)

How to make Bun Cha-Ha Noi(Grilled Pork Noodle)


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How to make Bun Cha-Ha Noi(Grilled Pork Noodle)

Is This Where We Find The Best Makeup Artists In Singapore? – Cosmoprof Academy Singapore

by Bun Bun @ Bun Bun Makeup Tips and Beauty Product Reviews

It’s the time of the year again! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cosmoprof Academy’s annual makeup show, and being in the same arena as these talented artists is incredibly inspiring. Last year, I was invited to be a guest judge for the makeup show and I had a blast! 😁  It was so nerve-wrecking for me – all I […]

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

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

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

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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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Hidden places in Nairobi, Kenya that few travelers know about

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

I Like Local Blog

Nairobi is not so straight forward when visiting as a traveler. How should you spend 2 days in Nairobi? Most travelers look at TripAdvisor that offer a handful of things to do in Nairobi, but they don’t give a good impression of Nairobi as a city or of the Kenyan culture, in my opinion. This […]

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Take Your $10 Cold-Pressed Juice and Shove It, We Know a Guy With a Trunk Full of Herbal Remedies

by Kamakshi Ayyar @ Roads & Kingdoms

For a second I wonder how prudent it is to drink something sold out of the back of a stranger’s car.

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Nem Cua Bien – Crab spring rolls

by skyhubuser @ Skyhubvn

Spring roll is one of the popular in Vietnamese cuisine. It is one of of  Normally, there are two kind of spring rolls : deep fried spring rolls ( “cha gio”)  and fresh spring...

The Ultimate Hanoi Street Food Guide - I Like Local Blog

The Ultimate Hanoi Street Food Guide - I Like Local Blog


I Like Local Blog

Hanoi is a food heaven if you are a food lover. It provides you with the opportunity to spend at least 10 days eating your way through the city without having the same meal twice. Same with the number of great restaurants and street food stalls. You can eat the best food, more often than …

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

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


The Christina's Blog

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

Ultimate Travel Guide to Hanoi, Vietnam - Drew Binsky

Ultimate Travel Guide to Hanoi, Vietnam - Drew Binsky


Drew Binsky

I lived in Hanoi for 4 months and I absolutely love this city! In this blog post, find out my best tips for what to do, eat and see in Vietnam's capital!

We Just Found Sydney’s Most Expensive Margarita

We Just Found Sydney’s Most Expensive Margarita

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Calling all budget ballers, it’s time to break the bank and we promise it’ll be worth it. We just found Sydney’s most expensive margarita and we know you’re just extra enough to order a round for your mates. 

Named the Patrón Millionaire Margarita, this beauty will set you back a chill $100 and like we said, you’re just extra enough to care. 

Available exclusively at Neil Perry’s brand new tequila bar, aptly named Bar Patrón, this 90-seat Mexican restaurant will be selling a whole lot more than margaritas. Expect all of your old faithfuls like seared tuna tostadas, enchiladas and mole chicken, plus Mexican-style sandwiches (because ‘Straya). 

Now, back to that margarita. It’ll be served up table-side in a glass, with a sugar and salt dusted rim, filled with a Platinum Patrón marg and fresh-squeezed lime juice.

But before you run out of the house with your life savings in tow, this one isn’t opening until 8 March (let’s just call it bonus saving time) and we’ll meet you at the bar. 

These are the other delish margaritas in Sydney, FYI.

Image credit: Jenna Fahey-White

13 shopping malls in Hanoi giving best value for your money

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

When it comes to shopping in Hanoi, visitors generally imagine the traditional shops of the old town. But the capital has so many other attractive aspects, one of which is the emerging modernism of a quickly developing city. Experiencing this city, definitely, should include a visit to the lively shopping malls. Aeon Mall Long Bien […]

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When I Fell in Love with Travel: As Told By Female Travel Bloggers

by Lauren Mae Pelkey @ Wanderluluu

Have you ever wondered how globetrotters fell in love with traveling in the first place? For me, I think back to one specific life-changing experience that sparked my love affair with traveling the world. This first experience eventually led me to quit my 9-5 job to move across the world and ultimately led me to … Continue Reading

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Places to eat in Hanoi, Vietnam. Travelfish.org

Places to eat in Hanoi, Vietnam. Travelfish.org


Travelfish

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

Family Package with Marguerite Garden Cruise (4D3N)

by tmihung @ Meracus Hotels

Together with your family, experience a thousand-year city and unforgettable Ha Long Bay trip – a Natural World Heritage, a new Wonder of Nature – with one of the best standard cruise Marguerite Garden Cruise. Save at least 30% than usual. Meracus 1 Meracus 2 $219+ $229+ Inclusions 2-way airport transfers; 2 nights in Family […]

La Vong Grilled Fish – The Lesser-Known Origin

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

One of Hanoi traditional food that people should try when coming to this capital city is Cha Ca La Vong or La Vong Grilled Fish.

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Clam Worm Season in Hanoi

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

To the people who love Hanoi traditional food, not eating the dishes made of clam worm at the end of autumn is an incompleteness.

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The Best Markets To Visit In Sydney This February

The Best Markets To Visit In Sydney This February

by Sophia Richardson @ The A List | The Urban List

TBH the best part about markets is they can be as cheap as you make them, literally costing you zilch to stroll through and enjoy the bustling vibes. The other side of the coin is rocking up to the markets with a wad of cash and spending big on clothing, chutney and candles that you probably would never find again, being oh-so #handmade.

Either way, we love em’. We’ve scoured Sydney for the best night, produce and lifestyle markets and we’re (almost) 110% sure you’ll be able to score a steal.

Here are the best markets to visit in Sydney this February.  

Night Markets

When late night shopping and eating collide.

PADDY'S NIGHT FOOD MARKET

Paddy’s Night Market has jumped on the food truck bandwagon and brought some of your faves along for the ride (get it—ride). Expect cheesy knafeh desserts served by the bearded bakers at Knafeh Bakery, crispy fried chicken burgers from the legends at Dirty Bird and big fat American Burgers from ex-St Leonards locals, Chef’s Kitchen, among others.

Where: Austin Avenue, Flemington When: Every Saturday, 6.30pm — 10.30pm

CHINATOWN NIGHT MARKET

Muse over local designers and dig your teeth into some damn delicious Chinese street food at the Chinatown Night Markets. This tasty precinct is really getting its hustle and bustle on and is an epic (not to mention drool worthy) way to celebrate those TGIF feels.

Where: Chinatown, Haymarket When: Every Friday night, 4pm—11pm

EASTWOOD NIGHT MARKETS

Happening every single Saturday, the Eastwood Night Markets dish up a huge number of food and drink stalls, kids activities and fashion stalls to boot. Bring the family for some seriously good eats and vibes, before rolling home (you know it’s true).

Where: Eastwood When: Every Saturday night, 4pm-11pm  

Produce Market

Naturally, producing all the yummy goods.

SYDNEY VEGAN MARKET

Hold onto your kale, vegan friends, there’s a new market in town and it’s got your animal-loving names allllllll over it. In case you weren’t already spoilt enough living in such a vegan-friendly city like Sydney, a monthly market launched in November and it’ll be wall-to-wall cruelty-free goodies errry month. Where: Portuguese Community Club, Marrickville When: Third Sunday of every month, 9am-4pm

KINGS CROSS ORGANIC MARKET

All the locals know that kicking it in Kings Cross every Saturday is a no brainer. From local bakeries, restaurants and (obviously) cafes coming to the party, this one is about to become your new weekly must.

Where: Macleay Street, Potts Point When: Every Saturday, 9am-2pm, from 13 January 2018.

PYRMONT GROWERS’ MARKET

The Pyrmont Growers Market is sprouting back into action. We’re so grateful because we’re kind of (ok, seriously) in love with their top quality food straight from the field and farm.

Where: Pyrmont Bay Park, Pyrmont When: Fourth Saturday of the month, 7.30am—12pm.

DOUBLE BAY ORGANIC MARKET

Drop by the Double Bay Organic Market to stock your pantry this month. This classic little market in the park has organic produce, crafts, plants, flowers and eco products.

Where: Guilfoyle Park, Double Bay When: Every Thursday, 9am—12pm from 13 January 2018.

CARRIAGEWORKS FARMERS’ MARKETS

When a market is an award-winning market, you go to that market, period. Many NSW and ACT farmers bring in fresh, seasonal and homemade produce they grow, rear and make. It’s too good to miss.

Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street When: Every Saturday, 8am—1pm

MARRICKVILLE ORGANIC MARKET

These markets have a pretty good record for churning out the largest amount of fruit and veg in Australia. This means you can load up on your vitamins and antioxidants with ease. Who says we’re not (trying to be) healthy?

Where: Addison Road Centre, Marrickville When: Every Sunday, 8am—3pm.

PALM BEACH MARKET

Fresh produce, homewares, ceramics, fashion and jewellery—sounds simple, but we guarantee you’ll be walking home with an empty wallet after these markets. Where: Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach When: Fourth Sunday of the month, 9am—3pm

CASTLE HILL FARMERS & FINE FOOD MARKETS

If you’re from The Hills district, there’s a good chance you’ve checked out these farmers’ markets before. There are over 80 stalls (yep) with just about everything your fridge needs:, cheese, cakes, honey, jams, fish, duck, veggies and gluten-free goodies. Go all out, obviously.

Where: Castle Hill Showground When: Second and fourth Saturday of the Month,8am - 12pm

CAMDEN FRESH PRODUCE MARKETS

Hit up the Camden Produce Markets for eats set against the picturesque backdrop of the Macarthur Region. You’ll score everything from locally grown fruit, veg and flowers, to meat, eggs, artisan products and homemade baked goods. Is there anything better? The short answer is no, there’s not.

Where: Camden Town Farm, 40 Exeter Street When: Every Saturday, 7am—12pm

PARRAMATTA FARMERS’ MARKET

These markets are artisan AF. Coconut Coffee with coconut oil extract, fresh sugar cane juice from Juice Mia and even goose eggs arranged on request from Totally Free Range. Gozleme King is also known to pump out a seriously good gozleme (you’re welcome).

Where: Centenary Square Parramatta When: Every Friday 8.30am—2:30pm

MOORE PARK FOODIES AND FARMERS MARKET

Stock up on your locally sourced fruit and veggies for the week AND indulge in a delicious market lunch, all with two free hours of parking at the Moore Park markets.

Where: EQ Showring, Moore Park When: Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8am-2pm

FRENCHS FOREST ORGANIC MARKET

For all things organic on the Northern Beaches, make the Frenchs Forest markets your go-to. Fill your bags with locally sourced fruit and veg, as well as a bunch of gluten free goodies, organic beauty products and cute AF plants.

Where: 5 Frenchs Forest Road, Frenchs Forest When: Every Sunday

THE BREWERY YARD MARKETS

Inner city markets are a thing (finally) and these markets not only offer an epic array of NSW produce, you’ll find florals, fashion and food too!

Where: Central Park Green, Chippendale When: First & third Sunday of the month,10am - 4pm  

Lifestyle Markets

The places to get presents for your mates, family, dog and kind of work buddies… oh and presents for you too!

Rock n Roll & Alternative Market

A huge selection of records, Rock ‘n’ Roll vintage fashion, jewellery, cult DVDs, posters and collectables are all up for grabs at this badass market. 

Where: Manning Bar, University of Sydney When: Sunday 25 February,10:30am till 5:30pm

Hardtofind Market

It’s back baby, it’s back. The Hardtofind Market returns to Sydney acting as your one-stop shop for super unique gifts (that will make you everyone’s favourite gift giver, guaranteed). With live music and food stalls too, the Hardtofind Market is one to mark in your diary. 

Where: The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park When: Sunday 25 February,10am till 4pm

Sydney Props Garage Sale

Sydney Props are having their annual garage sale this February selling loads of old stock at super reasonable prices. Pick up some items for yourself or for your business, you’ll never know what deals you’re missing if you don’t go!  

Where: Sydney Props Warehouse, Marrickville When: Thursday 15 February – Saturday 17 February,8:30am till 5pm

RANDWICK ARTISAN MARKETS

Don’t let the weather get in the way of your market-browsing plans. This indoor artisan market is filled with plenty of handmade goodies to brighten any day.

Where: Royal Randwick Shopping Centre When: Sunday 4 February, 10am-4pm

TGM EAST LINDFIELD MARKETS

This family-run market celebrates and encourages community connection on the North side, so come along for the best coffee and live music around, along with a bit of shopping (obvs).  

Where: East Lindfield Community Hall, East Lindfield When: Third Sunday of the month, 10am-2pm

ROZELLE COLLECTORS’ MARKET

The Rozelle Collectors’ Market is a biggie for every small find you could hope for. Think second-hand bric-a-bracs, collectables, fashion and antiques.

Where: Rozelle Public School, 663 Darling Street When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 9am—3pm

BALMAIN MARKET

These markets are the stomping ground for all things homemade. Here is where you’ll find those little gems that will have everyone asking where on earth you scored such a find, and you get to reply with a smug smile on your face, “Balmain Markets”.

Where: St Andrews Congregational Church When: Every Saturday, 9am—3pm

GLEBE MARKETS

If gourmet food, live music and basking on the lawn after some serious retail therapy sounds like your thing, then the Glebe Market is your jam.

Where: Glebe Public School When: Every Saturday,10am—4pm

THE GROUNDS MARKETS

Bakers, creators and all of the clever little makers assemble each week at the markets at The Grounds of Alexandria, so head here to stock up for the week and pick yourself up something pretty while you're there.

Where: The Grounds of Alexandria When: Every Saturday & Sunday, 9am - 3.30pm

BONDI MARKETS

Seaside shopping anyone? The Bondi Markets host the ultimate lazy market atmosphere with bits and bobs so good it’s like raiding your Mum’s wardrobe.

Where: Bondi Beach Public School When: Every Sunday, 10am—5pm January.

PADDINGTON MARKETS

Home creatives, this market plays host to local fashion designers, craftspeople, jewellery makers and artists with many products exclusive to this retail haven.

Where: Paddington Public School, 395 Oxford Street When: Every Sunday,10am—4pm

THE MAKERS MARKET LANE COVE

Nestled in the centre of Lane Cove comes the Makers Market, complete with hand-made everything and a whole lot of market spirit.

Where: Lane Cove Plaza When: Third Sunday of the month, 9am—3pm

KIRRIBILLI ART, DESIGN & FASHION MARKET

With a title like that, you just know that these markets are bursting at the seams with, well, pretty much everything. With 100 vintage fashion stores as well as the art, designs and ceramics, there is plenty to see and way more to buy. Walk over the Harbour Bridge for that guilty pleasure thrill of being a tourist again, and you’ll land smack bang into this hub. You’re welcome.

Where: Alfred Street and Burton Street, Milsons Point When: Second Sunday of the month,9am3pm

KIRRIBILLI GENERAL MARKET

New businesses, second-hand fashion, homewares, collectables and antiques all for affordable prices live here. As the name suggests, this market has a bit of everything and we guarantee you won’t leave empty-handed.

Where: Alfred Street and Burton Street, Milsons Point When: Fourth Saturday of the month, 8.30am-3pm

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Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi

Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi


Authentic Food Quest

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

old school korean food blog

by graham @ noodlepie

I came across this Korean language, Korean food blog yesterday. It appears to be written by someone who is particularly keen on old school Korean restaurants. Places like the ones in these two photos from this post are not so hip with young Koreans, rapidly disappearing and yet are often more interesting than many new Korean restaurants. There are […]

7 of the Best Yoga Travel Destinations for Your 2018 Adventures

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

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

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

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Travel Guide - Hanoi (Top 10 Things to Do) - Couple Travel The World

Travel Guide - Hanoi (Top 10 Things to Do) - Couple Travel The World


Couple Travel The World

Hanoi, the Vietnamese Capital city is definitely worth a visit. This travel guide details the top 10 Things to do in Hanoi as well as the best places to eat and where to stay in the city. Top 10 Things to Do in Hanoi Despite being hot as hades in the summer, the city boasts a beautiful lake, …

A Mean Girls Brunch Is Heading To Sydney

A Mean Girls Brunch Is Heading To Sydney

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

In case you’re still recovering from the news that a boozy Harry Potter brunch is coming to Sydney, you might want to take a seat. Because now a Mean Girls brunch is on its way and it’s going to be the pink party of your God damn dreams. 

The details are pretty slim right now but what we do know is this: you’ll be wearing pink, sipping prosecco (and cocktails, duh) and scoffing breakfast goodies while quoting your way through what is arguably the best movie of our time. 

The brunch will be happening in April in both Sydney and Melbourne, and you can grab your tickets here

Meanwhile, Kylie Jenner just confirmed she was pregnant the whole time and we're done. 

Image credit: Mean Girls

Quan Lan – A quiet charm in the East sea

by skyhubuser @ Skyhubvn

Quan Lan is located in Quang Ninh province, about 200 kilometres from Hanoi. The island is not as busy as Cat Ba or Ha Long, and has a distinct inner charm. The beautiful white...

5 Best Local Restaurants in Hanoi - Hanoi's Top Restaurants for Local Dishes

5 Best Local Restaurants in Hanoi - Hanoi's Top Restaurants for Local Dishes


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The best local restaurants in Hanoi are budget-friendly options within the Old Quarter where you dine on low stools and tables that often spill out onto the pavement. Hanoi’s dining scene is undoubtedly diverse, with fine-dining eateries and hipster cafes mushrooming all over Hanoi, but these humble-looking restaurants

10 #Fitspo Health Nuts To Follow On Instagram RN

10 #Fitspo Health Nuts To Follow On Instagram RN

by Rosie Gregory @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

Sarah’s Day

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Sydney, You Can Now Stuff Yourself Silly On Cheesy Lasagne Nuggets

Sydney, You Can Now Stuff Yourself Silly On Cheesy Lasagne Nuggets

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

Unbutton those pants and settle in team. Lasagne nuggets officially exist in our fine (and now significantly more delicious) city—this is most definitely not a drill. And we’ll just back that news up with the fact that they’ll be available at Milky Lane’s second and long-awaited outpost in Cronulla. Yep, Shire peeps, you now have crazy ridic foodie creations in your hood.

They’re everything you’re picturing and twice as delicious, with literal cubes of cheese-filled lasagne battered, crumbed and deep fried to golden perfection. Oh, and the fun doesn’t stop there. These legends then throw on a slice of American-style cheese, melt that baby in the oven, then serve them up with a side of pesto mayo and napolitana sauce. Because cheese + dips = you living your best life. 

Milky Lane will officially launch on Monday 12 February (with a more chill soft opening this weekend) at 20 Gerrale Street, Cronulla. So you’ll want to clear your cal for next week and try errrything else they’re serving up. Hint: it involves dipping a cheeseburger into cheese. 

On another note, here is a foolproof recipe for goon punch

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The Androgyny Palette: Jeffree Star’s Idea Of A Neutral Palette

by Bun Bun @ Bun Bun Makeup Tips and Beauty Product Reviews

It’s been a while since I’ve been THIS excited over an eyeshadow palette! After one too many nude palettes, things were getting darn boring. Don’t get me wrong, nudes and neutrals will always be staples. Different intensities of a champagne, of a burnt orange, of a matte chocolate create looks from simple to vampy; and […]

A New Weekly All-You-Can-Eat Dumpling Feast Is Coming

A New Weekly All-You-Can-Eat Dumpling Feast Is Coming

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

If you’ve been a little lost since a certain Manly restaurant wrapped up their weekly dumpling feasts, listen up. Because Happy D’s is picking up the baton and hosting a weekly dumpling extravaganza of their own, and you need to be there. 

The fact that this place is known for combining two of our favourite loves—dumplings and beer—is only a huge bonus. We’ll make this real simple for you; you’ll head here, order the dumpling feast for you and your entire crew then happily fork out the extra dosh for a couple of cheeky schooners of Asahi. Sounds like a damn good plan, no?

We’ll meet you there. Every. Week.

The Details

What: Weekly All-You-Can-Eat Dumpling Feast When: Weekly, starting Saturday 17 February, 12pm – 3pm & 5.30pm - Close Where: Happy D’s, Redfern Cost: $30 (food only)

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Filandia: The Hidden Gem of Colombia’s Coffee Region

by Lauren Mae Pelkey @ Wanderluluu

Although Salento is the golden child of Colombia’s coffee region, there’s a little underrated town about 45 minutes away that deserves much more attention. This quaint pueblo is called Filandia, and is a must for anyone looking for an authentic experience in the Zona Cafetero region. It’s also much less frequented by foreigners than other … Continue Reading

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Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi


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

IBiero: A Craft Beer with a Vietnamese Twist

by Peter Cowan @ HOTTABLE

Hanoi’s IBiero Craft Beer Station is one of the latest additions to the capital’s craft beer scene, and with a forward think focus on local drinkers, the future is bright.

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

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

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

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The Best Places To Propose In Sydney

The Best Places To Propose In Sydney

by Sophia Richardson @ The A List | The Urban List

From super casual to super fancy, your proposal doesn’t have to be stressful (save that for the actual wedding). We’ve got all kinds of memorable proposals that will knock the god damn socks off your bride or groom to be, so just make sure you take 1000+ snaps, bring plenty of champagne, rose petals and the ring—do not forget the ring.

Horse Riding in Centennial Parklands

What better way to announce your complete and utter love for somebody while on top of a majestic steed, in one of Sydney’s most beautiful parks. No matter your skill level, you can hire a horsey and gallop (more like trot very slowly) around the park. Our hot tip: hit up the horses in the arvo so you can watch the sun set over Sydney city (romantic or what?). 

Wendy’s Secret Garden

Pack a picnic, some vino and (the engagement ring) and get on down to Wendy’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay. The public garden is owned by Wendy Whiteley, Brett Whiteley’s wife, who has transformed this space into an immaculately, curated lush AF garden, with harbour and bridge views. The garden is honestly so damn beautiful you’ll 100% definitely be able to get the perfect, engagement snap (for Instagram obvs). 

Blue Sky Helicopters

If popping the question on top of the world sounds like the extreme length you’re willing to go to for your lover, a trip with Blue Sky Helicopters is the perfect place to do so. You can choose a 30-minute flight, a city to surf flight, a fly and dine package, or a totally necessary 7-hour Hunter Valley heli-tour. While getting down on one knee might be a tad difficult in a helicopter, the panoramic areal views of Sydney will not disappoint.

Italian Speed Boat

Soooo proposing on an Italian speed boat kind of sounds freaking amazing. Impress your babe on Sydney harbour watching the sunrise or set (or just shine), while digging into a picnic basket and sippin’ on champagne. The Italian speed boat option is a mix of fun, thrill and romance—the ultimate proposal combo.

Pier One

Pier One is the closest pier to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, so you can imagine the view along it. You can plan the ultimate proposal at Pier One with breathtaking accommodation, two luxe restaurants and private dining and drinking options available. Organise rose petals, French cheese and some wine, all under the Harbour Bridge and BAM your proposal is already going to trump all your other married friends.

Hunter Valley

You can find the ultimate proposal spot in any of the vineyards and wineries in the Hunter Valley. If you’re partner loves a bit of the ol’ cheese and wine (we mean, who doesn’t), popping a kneel in a row of vines would be the cutest proposal ever, like it’s a yes from us obvs. 

Bubble Tent

Don’t be confused, because a bubble tent is exactly how you imagine it—a huge, clear tent with a bed and bathroom in the shape of a freaking bubble, overlooking rural NSW. You’ll need to book this one in advance because it’s unsurprisingly super popular. Wake up with your fiancé in a secluded 1000 acre property, overlooking a legit unbeatable country view (probably about as romantic as it can get). 

Kayaking Beach Picnic

Fool your babe into thinking you’re simply going on a kayak around Manly Wharf, only to kayak to a secluded and hella romantic beach about 30 minutes away. When you arrive at the shore, a picnic set up with rose petals, chocolate and champagne will be waiting for you. Bring on the antipasto boards and seafood platters, followed by an oh-so-adorable “will you marry me?” message in the sand. Yes please!  

Lunar Park Ferris Wheel

Asking the big question overlooking Sydney harbour in your own private Ferris Wheel carriage is bound to have your partner saying yes before you’ve even finished your sentence. Night or day, you’ll get city views and plenty of time on the Ferris Wheel to convince your partner on why they should spend eternity with you (no pressure or anything).

Blu Bar Shangri-La

You can totally understand why proposing at Shangri-La’s Blu Bar on the 36th level is a mighty fine idea. Let’s just reiterate that you’ll be 36 stories above errrything. Sip on cocktails overlooking Sydney harbour, and pose that daunting question you’ve been sweating over for the past few hours.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Face your fears and get into that sexy blue and grey bridge climbing one piece, it’s time to propose, people. While you can’t exactly bring your own ring onto the bridge itself, you can use their engagement ring device which is still equally as romantic, as you propose at the summit of the bridge, overlooking the Sydney skyline.

Sokyo

If your soon to be fiancé is a bit of a Japanese foodie fanatic (we all know one), heading to Sokyo and proposing after a Wagyu flank steak, sea scallops and fresh sashimi will not disappoint. Sokyo dishes up some of Sydney’s best and finest Japanese food with an impressive cocktail bar too—and being in The Star, you can easily pre-book one of the luxe rooms for the night to pop some champagne and also just endure your food coma together.

Sydney Observatory

You’re not alone if you’ve driven past the Sydney Observatory many a times, but never actually checked it out. Now’s your chance to plan a casual stroll through Sydney’s most iconic hillsides, just when your partner is admiring the harbour view, you sneakily whip out the ring, a rose and a passionate kiss. See, peeps? Easy as pie.  

Sydney Harbour Cruise

Hire out a super boujee boat with outdoor lounges to make your day or night oh-so-magical. Many of the boats are BYO with options for food and other drinks too, all while you sit back in the sunshine with your soon to be fiancé. Cue 10,000+ photos. 

Lane Cove National Park

Calling all nature loving folk. A proposal can never go wrong in the Lane Cove National Park, surrounded by water, trees, birds and bush. Take a peaceful walk and picnic, or give canoeing a go. Either way—the national park is your ideal casual yet romantic proposal hot-spot.

Feeling pretty damn single right now? We got you.

Image credit: Natalia Horinkova | Blu Bar 36

Bun Cha - Hanoi Local Food Tours

Bun Cha - Hanoi Local Food Tours


Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Nowadays, Bun Cha is a familiar food of street food in Hanoi. You very easy get Bun Cha dishes at some streets of Hanoi Old Quarter.

Goodbye, Liz

by Boots in the Oven @ Boots in the Oven

Family and friends said goodbye to our cousin Liz today in Tallahassee, Florida. Liz was the wife of Logan's cousin, Dusty. She was born and raised in Chicagoland (like me), moved to the South for college (like me), met a charismatic Southern man (like me), and decided to remain in the South (like me). They were married in 2004 (like us). They had two completely charming little blonde daughters, and Liz went back to graduate school. Logan and I were only lucky enough to meet Liz a few times, at family gatherings, but she was always so kind and sweet,...

Where to Eat in and Drink at the the Best Turku Restaurants

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Wondering where to eat and drink when you visit Southwest Finland? Start with these top Turku restaurants and then go to the Finnish Archipelago for more great food.  Turku Finland is a city that takes its food seriously.  From super fresh salmon at the city’s historic market to chef-driven dishes at the best Turku restaurants, the food in Turku impressed us with every bite during our recent visit. This shouldn’t be a shock since Turku, Finland’s oldest city and original capital, was named a European Capital of Culture in 2011. As ...

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Eating in Hanoi I

Eating in Hanoi I


Gastronomy

After living in Vietnam for over 7 months without traveling north of Hue, I finally made it to Hanoi recently for a business trip. With no appointments on my first day, I was free to tour the city …

Best 5 Star Hotel in Copenhagen – Review: Skt. Petri

by Nadia & Mike @ Couple Travel The World

If you are looking for the best 5 star hotel in Copenhagen with world class architecture, look no further than Skt. Petri Hotel, a top notch luxury hotel in the very heart of Copenhagen. We had previously seen amazing pictures of this hotel so we were very excited to stay and experience a romantic winter […]

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5 Must-Eat Foods in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

A walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter can quite quickly turn into an impromptu food tour thanks to the narrow alleys and bustling streets jam packed with food vendors, each offering up a dazzling variety of local flavors. And in case you didn’t already know, everything tastes better when it comes from a no-frills, hole in […]

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The 12 best hikes in Southeast Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

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

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Bun Cha Hanoi - Top 5 Places to Try - Hanoi local food

Bun Cha Hanoi - Top 5 Places to Try - Hanoi local food


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Bun cha is a well-known local food in Hanoi. It is made of grilled pork and noodle, often thought to have been originated from Hanoi, Vietnam. This dish is served with grilled fatty pork (cha) over a plate of white … read more

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