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HA FOOD TOURS offers the most popular food tours available in Hanoi Old Quarter. Food tours are a great way to learn about Hanoi's diverse cultural history.

(Tajikistan) Cycling just across Afghanistan and greeting to Afghan People!

by Spacetraveler @ Cycling Around The World

I had worst stomachache in my life from last night. I was not sure which food was wrong. From the midnight, I had to go out for a toilet endlessly. In the morning, it was still too bad that I tried to hitchhike to go back to the city for a hospital. But it was […]

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

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

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

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05 Best Spas in Saigon

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

When in Saigon and getting tired after the long adventure, we’ve all been there! Finding a nice place to relax, treating yourself with nice massage and sauna seems kind of difficult as Saigon has too many places to choose from. Thus, with that in mind, we present to you 05 top spas so you can have easy time picking the suitable choice without wasting too much time and effort. Temple leaf Spa – 32 Thai Van... read more

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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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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.

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How to Spend Valentine’s Day in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Hanoi Street Food - Classic Hotel & Spa

Hanoi Street Food - Classic Hotel & Spa


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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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Why You NEED To Do A Street Food Tour in Hanoi

Why You NEED To Do A Street Food Tour in Hanoi


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

Hang Trong Folk Painting Exhibition In Hanoi

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Ca Chep Bookstore at No.115 Nguyen Thai Hoc street, Hanoi will hold an exhibition on Hang Trong folk painting from January 10th to 25th. Apart from outstanding Hang Trong folk paintings on three topics, including New Year, worshipping and state of affairs, the exhibition will introduce […]

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Quiz: What Kind of Food Traveler Are You?

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Everything You Should Be Binge Watching This Month

Everything You Should Be Binge Watching This Month

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

Here’s everything worth streaming this February.

Stan

UnREAL

Season 3

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

Ash VS Evil Dead

Season 3

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

Reign

Season 3

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

Everything else worth catching:

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

Netflix

Altered Carbon

Season 1

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

Seven Seconds

Season 1

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

Ugly Delicious

Season 1

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

Black Lightning

Season 1

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

Coach Snoop

Season 1

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

Other shows worth catching:

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

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TOP 13 FASCINATING MUSEUMS IN HANOI FOREIGNERS SHOULD NOT MISS

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

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

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Food culture in Hanoi: How to find the best Vietnamese street food

Food culture in Hanoi: How to find the best Vietnamese street food


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There’s just something about scurrying your way through an intersection swarmed with hundreds of motorbikes to order a bowl from a busy vendor.

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

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

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

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(Tajikistan) It was time to do wild camping alone in Pamir Highway

by Spacetraveler @ Cycling Around The World

Before pedaling again in the morning, I bought foods on the market in Murgab, last city in Tajikistan. I had cycled with other cyclists more than one week. Although it was a really tough road, I didn’t feel hard because I shared a hard time with them. But I felt sorry that I was too […]

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

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

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

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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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Hanoi Noodle is more than Pho Hanoi| Restaurants Recommendation

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

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

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

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


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

The best Instagram locations in the USA!

by Petra @ The Global Couple

Do you love Instagram? I do! There are so many epic places in the USA to share on Instagram, so we have picked our favourites. Check out our list here!

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Hanoi’s BBQ Chicken Street

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

BBQ Chicken Street  The BEST BBQ chicken in Hanoi – maybe in the world!  Also you must order the BBQ ban mi and BBQ sweet potatoes. Everything is delicious here!  The BBQ sauce is perhaps the best you’ll ever have!  On Ly Van Phuc just off Nguyen Thai Hoc. Go all the way to the [...]

Thailand isn't the only Asian country to crack down on street food

Thailand isn't the only Asian country to crack down on street food


Good Food

In trying to modernise, these cities risk diluting their local flavour.

The 15 Culinary Destinations in Europe That Will Make You Hungry! (Foodie Vacations)

by Pretty Wild World @ Pretty Wild World

Do you want to go on a foodie vacation? Here are the top culinary destinations in Europe you can eat your way through during your travels!

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The Best Hanoi Street Food Tour - The Foodie Dietitian

The Best Hanoi Street Food Tour - The Foodie Dietitian


Kara Lydon

Hanoi, Vietnam is the place to go for delicious, authentic street food and Hanoi Street Food Tours is the company to book with. Recapping the best Hanoi street food tour!

The best food and drink in Queenstown, New Zealand

by Petra @ The Global Couple

Eat the best food in Queenstown and Arrowtown with this guide. Featuring everything from food truck tacos to winery lunches, you'll find something you like!

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Where are the best local street food in Hanoi Old Quarter? | ALO Travel Asia

Where are the best local street food in Hanoi Old Quarter? | ALO Travel Asia


ALO Travel Asia

Hanoi – Heaven of street foods ranging from the snacks to main dishes that get you full up all night or sweet deserts for desert lovers. Everyone can find their favorite when strolling around Hanoi’s Old quarter. All the best street food are being sold here and you can’t try it all in one day I’m sure of this since there are too many good things to choose from. Let’s see some of our picks  and... read more

First Danang Night Market Is Developed

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

The city plans to turn its An Thuong quarter in coastal Ngu Hanh Son District into first Danang night market and entertainment area to offer more activity for locals and tourists. This project might be cover four main streets – Vo Nguyen Giap, Hoang Ke Viem, Chau Thi […]

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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

Hanoi Coffee | About The Best Coffee in Vietnam

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

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

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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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30 Best Vietnam Street Foods & Local Dishes - CamEscapes

30 Best Vietnam Street Foods & Local Dishes - CamEscapes


Cam Escapes

Vietnam Street Food & Local Dishes are some of the most dynamic and delicious in the world. They also differ by region. Find new favorites here!

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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Which is the best street food tour in Hanoi?

Which is the best street food tour in Hanoi?


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After four tours, approximately 13 kilometres of walking, three portions of banh cuon, a kilo of extra weight and enough sugar to dissolve a few dozen

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

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

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

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Best Cities To Visit In Germany In Spring

by Corinne Vail @ Reflections Enroute

 Where Are The Best Places To Visit in Germany in Spring? Germany is a fantastic destination no matter the season. Whether you are visiting in spring, summer, fall, or winter there are plenty of things to do and see. We’ve [...]

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep: My Favorite Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai may not be as unique as Chiang Rai's White Temple, or as grand as Wat Pho in Bangkok, but for me, it's the most beautiful. It's a striking temple and my favorite thus far in Thailand.

How to Make the Best Chilaquiles in the World

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

Cinco de Mayo is just a few days away. Why not ditch the Old El Paso this year and upgrade your fiesta with these maximum flavor chilaquiles instead.

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Bãi Rạng Beach, Quy Nhon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

A small crescent of toast-gold sand lined with coconut palms & casuarina trees, Bãi Rạng Beach is squeezed between two rocky bluffs, 15km south of Quy Nhon. It's still a local, working beach & remains undeveloped.... Continue reading

HCMC Opens Pedestrian Streets For Lunar New Year

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Ho Chi Minh City wants to turn De Tham and Do Quang Dau Street into pedestrian streets for entertainment activities during the Lunar New Year festival (Tet). A representative from HCM City’s People Committee said the two new walking streets are expected to create more space for cultural […]

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Non La – Symbol of Vietnamese charm and romance

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Non la (palm-leaf conical hat) is a traditional symbol of Vietnamese people without the restriction of age, sex or racial distinctions Origin of Non la Like every custom of Vietnam, Non la has its own origin, coming from a legend related to the history of rice growing in Vietnam. The story is about a giant woman from the sky who has protected humankind from a deluge of rain. She wore a hat made of four round shaped... read more

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

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Hanoi's Best (Vegan) Street Food - Vegan Travel Blog on VeganTravel.com

Hanoi's Best (Vegan) Street Food - Vegan Travel Blog on VeganTravel.com


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Following along with Lucas as he goes behind the scenes and into the kitchen of Hanoi, Vietnam's only 100% vegan street food vendor - Món chay hè phố!

Tomb Rider: Hue to Dong Hoi on Back-Roads

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Covering nearly 200km of completely empty beach, coastal back-roads lead from the old imperial capital of Hue to the beach city of Dong Hoi. Scattered with thousands of traditional-style tombs, this coastal region is rarely explored by foreign visitors... Continue reading

5 Amazing Street Food in Vietnam You Must Try!

5 Amazing Street Food in Vietnam You Must Try!


Pretty Wild World

Interested to know what are the street food in Vietnam? Here're five amazing dishes you must not miss out especially if you visit Hoi An!

TOP 5 Hanoi's Best Street Food - Republik Backpackers' Hostel

TOP 5 Hanoi's Best Street Food - Republik Backpackers' Hostel


Republik Backpackers' Hostel

A list of most popular local foods that should not be missed in Hanoi, take a look and find more about this cheap & delicious all day meals.

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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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.

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PSA: Sydney’s Massive Sunflower Field Is Officially In Bloom

PSA: Sydney’s Massive Sunflower Field Is Officially In Bloom

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

There are a few things we consider big news here at The Urban List. You know the drill: rooftop bars, cocktails, insane burgers and, oh yeah, big, huge fields of Sunflowers that you need to run through (and take a million photos of) right now. You know it’s been on your Insta bucket list for, well, probably five minutes, and you owe it to yourself to live out that dream. 

You can find this literal sunflower heaven at Liverpool Plains. For some background, late last year we heard truly devastating news that the sunflowers wouldn’t be making an appearance this year. But it’s time to get excited, because they’ve replanted the crop (!) and they’re officially in bloom. We can hear your dreams coming true from here. 

Finding your way to the actual fields is a bit of a (very worthwhile) mission, so we recommend that you head to their website for all the detailed, well, details on how to find this spot. 

Please, please, please remember that the sunflower crops are on a working farm and (believe it or not) weren’t planted purely to up our Insta-game. So be respectful, ask permission to enter and hit up the Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre before embarking on your way-too-beautiful adventure. 

Here are some OTT burgers, if you're feeling hungry right now.

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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

Image credit: Federica Portentoso

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi


My Five Acres. Travel. Adventure. Yoga.

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

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

2 Weeks in Chile

by Sophie @ Vegan Travel

Chile was an adventure, shared with my best friend, two weeks full of laughs and avocados and empanadas and sunburns and bus rides and the kind of talk you can only have with that person that knows you since you […]

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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. 

Image credit: Supplied

Vietnamese Theatre: A Traditional Water Puppet Show in Hanoi

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

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

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Tet Vietnam

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

The festival is the best epitomizes Vietnam’s cultural identity Meaning of Vietnamese New Year The festival which best epitomizes Vietnam’s cultural identity is Vietnamese New Year or Tet. “Tet” is the phonetic deformation of “Tiet”, a Sino Vietnamese term which means “Joint of a bamboo stern” and in a wider sense, the “beginning of a [...]

Top 5 delicious vegetables in Vietnam

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

Water spinach- morning glory (Rau Muong) Water spinach is the most common vegetable in Vietnam as the tropical climate creates favorable conditions for its growth and the veggie does not require much care. Water spinach has become an integral ingredient in some Vietnamese cuisines such as sautéed garlic spinach. In the south, morning glory is […]

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Best Hanoi Street Food Tour - Hanoi Free Local Tours

Best Hanoi Street Food Tour - Hanoi Free Local Tours


Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Street Food Tour is a tour organised by Hanoi Local Free Tours to help tourists get the best local experience during their trip in Hanoi. Book a Hanoi Street Food Tour, tourists will have a chance to explore best food stops that only local knows, share local tips with our enthusiastic student guides.

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.

Non-stop Flight To US Plans To Open In 2018

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

The new Non-stop flight to US route is hoped to help to increase number of foreign visitors arrive Vietnam up to 50 percent in next two years. A plans to expand air network was approved by Vietnam’s government which will help to bring major markets includes Australia, China, Europe […]

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Bottoms Up – Budapest Ruin Bars and Beyond

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

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

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Life List: 100 Amazing Things To Do Before You Die

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

What's on your life list? This is the best 100 things to do before you die. Float in the Dead Sea, see a broadway musical, stand in front of the Taj Mahal, trek to Mount Everest Base Camp and so much more.

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36 hours in Hanoi, Vietnam - a street food experience

36 hours in Hanoi, Vietnam - a street food experience


The Global Couple

Hanoi is one of the world's great food cities - the street food is to die for. Eat yourself silly with this itinerary for 36 hours in Hanoi!

Hanoi Nightlife Old Quarter| Hanoi Night Life Tips| Best Night Clubs

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

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

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Ha Long Bay among Top 3 places to visit in Southeast Asia

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Ha Long Bay has been ranked third in a list of the 29 Best Places to Visit in Southeast Asia by Touropia, an international travel website featuring the most amazing sights around the world divided into various “Best of” lists. “Located in northeastern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay resembles a scene from a fantasy story with its thousands of limestone karst islands of different shapes and sizes,” the website explained. “Some of the islands contain lakes while... read more

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

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


The Straits Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Culinary Travel Guide

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

Philadelphia cheesesteak wars: 12 hours, 4 cheesesteaks

by Anna @ slightly astray

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



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

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

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

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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 

Hanoi Street Food - Best Vietnamese Eats!

Hanoi Street Food - Best Vietnamese Eats!


Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

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

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

Image credit: The Star

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

Xoi Xeo

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

Xoi Xeo A popular lunchtime at “Xeo Xen”. I think best served with chicken (I order with no skin) and with pate. (I always cancel the crispy onions on top – but maybe you’ll like that). Located on the corner of Nguyen Huu Huan and Hang Bac streets at the edge of Hanoi’s Ancient Quarter. [...]

If You’re Going To Eat Tide Pods, At Least Eat Edible Ones

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

The Tide Pod Challenge is somehow still alive and well. We provided cute and colorful alternative bite-sized snacks, but to no avail. That pretty much seals the deal: the urge to eat Tide Pods must be so strong that not even industrial-strength detergent can quell the cravings of the soap-addicted masses. Trick your favorite pod-zombie into believing it’s the real […]

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Street food isn't as scary on a guided food tour in Hanoi

Street food isn't as scary on a guided food tour in Hanoi


chicagotribune.com

An unadventurous eater dives into Hanoi's sidewalk street food scene on a guided food tour.

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)

Want more dumplings (and beer)? Read this

Image credit: Caitlin Hicks

Food culture in Hanoi: How to find the best Vietnamese street food (without being run over by a motorbike)

by Tim @ Truly Traveled

Pho became a hot food item in my hometown of Denver seven or eight years ago. The neighborhood around Federal Boulevard and Alameda had long been home to a thriving Vietnamese community, but around 2009 pho restaurants started popping up all over town. I first tried the light, refreshing soup that year after when a […]

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Up in the Air, Down to Earth: Our 2016 Travel Year in Review

by Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market

By Audrey Scott

When 2016 first began, I imagined it to be a relatively quiet year for us, at least in terms of travel. However, in these final flickers and embers, I peer back in reflection over our Instagram feed and photo stream and am struck by breadth and depth in turns that we've known over these last […]

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

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


slightly astray

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

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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Changchun World Sculpture Park: A Guide

by Alice Chen | Wherever I Want @

I traveled to China’s northeast for one reason – ice and snow sculptures. (Okay, that’s technically two but go away!) Despite that, I might have had the best experience at the Changchun World Sculpture Park! It’s a 5A tourist attraction in Changchun, China because it’s littered with sculptures. The whole park is 92 hectares (0.92km2)

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Melbourne: a foodie’s paradise

by Petra @ The Global Couple

Melbourne is one of the world's great cities - the vibe is great and so is the architecture. But the food in Melbourne is what you go there for!

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French Quarter Hanoi | Map and Guide for First Time Visitors

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

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

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must eat: Northern Vietnamese Street Food + Urban Adventures

must eat: Northern Vietnamese Street Food + Urban Adventures


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

Vietnamese Street Food: A way of Life for Millions

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

Vietnamese street food is famous throughout the world, here in Vietnam it is simply a way of life. The vast majority of the indigenous population eat on the streets every day. In recent years government intervention has resulted in higher hygiene standards and a general improvement in the way the food is presented. Generally speaking […]

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7 Best Banh mi Hanoi – TripAdvisor highly recommended

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

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

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Are You Hungry for Adventure and Exotic Food? Here Are Some of the Top Choices!

by Pretty Wild World @ Pretty Wild World

Everyone loves to travel and to try out new and exciting foods. Sometimes people purposely take a trip to awaken their taste buds; here are some great choices to review.

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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).

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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

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.

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

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

by Ange Law @ The A List | The Urban List

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

 

♥️

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

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

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

Seriously, Kardashian home videos get us every freaking time. 

Image credit: YouTube account | Kylie Jenner

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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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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8 Destinations In Vietnam To Visit In January

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

January is the right time in year for a trip to these 8 destinations in Vietnam to celebrate your New Year Vacation with family or friends. Sapa The town of Sapa is home to Fansipan Peak, the roof of Indochina, has its best landscape in January, […]

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Eating Hanoi!

Eating Hanoi!


Eating Hanoi!

~ Hanoi Street Food Adventures ~ Hidden Hanoi Restaurants

Street Food Guide: Harbin, China

by Alice Chen | Wherever I Want @

Harbin City in the Heilongjiang Province of China probably isn’t the first place you think for street food. It is most well known for the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival – which is INCREDIBLE – but on your way through town I highly recommend the street food. There aren’t any restaurant foods that are must-tries,

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

by Elena Ferranto @ I Like Local Blog

I Like Local Blog

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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10 Surprising Facts You Need to Know About Food in Portugal

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Vietnamese Restaurants and Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnamese Restaurants and Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam


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

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 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 …

How to Save on Your Next Hotel Bookings with Nustay

by Pretty Wild World @ Pretty Wild World

Planning to travel but don't know where to get the best hotel prices for your trip? Nustay is going to be your new favorite!

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Best pizzas of New York City

by Anna @ slightly astray

I’m throwing out this bold statement: New York had the best pizza in the world. By the time I left New York, all my clothes were feeling much much tighter. Poor Ray and Carmela, they felt the weight gain too, and it’s probably mostly because of me. All I wanted to eat was pizza. Pizza is one of my biggest guilty pleasures. I love a good pie. But I’m super picky about it, so it’s hard for me to find...



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20 Things You Must Eat In Hanoi - Food Republic

20 Things You Must Eat In Hanoi - Food Republic


Food Republic

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

There’s A New Spot To Gorge On Saganaki In Sydney

There’s A New Spot To Gorge On Saganaki In Sydney

by Hannah Caldwell @ The A List | The Urban List

Attention all Inner Westies, there is a new spot to get your saganaki fix in Sydney and you should be all over this one. Opa Greek Mezze Bar is everything its name suggests, with a menu packed full of Greek fan faves like taramasalata (we could bathe in the stuff), grilled BBQ octopus and that saganaki brilliance we mentioned earlier. 

Head Chef David Fyfe is topping this melted cheesy deliciousness with wild rocket, pistachio and pomegranate and yeah, it’s the dream. Opa Greek Mezze Bar has just opened in Rozelle and the fit out is just like a traditional Greek tavern for that peak homeliness.

Now back to the food (the reason you’re all really here). Follow up your saganaki with the baked lamb shoulder because it’s a damn classic, served simply with lemon and tzatziki. And you know us well enough by now; order dessert, always. Order the bougatsa custard-filled filo, served with pistachio and vanilla bean ice cream, then thank us later. 

You can track Opa Greek Mezze Bar down at 679 Darling Street, Rozelle (and you should).

Meanwhile, lasagne nuggets now exist

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

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

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

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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. 

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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

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT VIETNAM?

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

One of the safest and cheapest destinations in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is an incredible year-round destination. Whether you are traveling solo or with friends, this is definitely a place that you wouldn’t want to miss. Below here, we have prepared a detail article for you to know when are the best time to visit each region of our country. Northern Vietnam Hanoi Hanoi has 4 seasons with each season had its own traits of beautiful. Summer... read more

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Hải Đăng Vegetarian Restaurant, Saigon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Hải Đăng is a simple, local, informal vegetarian restaurant in Saigon's Binh Thanh District. The sheer variety and freshness of vegetable dishes on offer (not just tofu and 'fake meat') sets it apart from other Vietnamese vegetarian eateries in the city.... Continue reading

8 Korean Bites To Usher In The Olympics Opening Ceremony

by Food Republic @ Food Republic

The Olympics debut this Friday, February 9th, with an opening ceremony in PyeongChang. Plan your menu accordingly, because if you’re anything like us, you’ll be craving kimchi and rice the moment the announcer says “South Korea.” Here are our favorite Korean bites to keep you fueled through what we’re certain will be a memorable performance. […]

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Going Wild: 15 Treks in South America | South America

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

Let’s think of South America as the world’s playground. Everyone has heard of the Inca Trail, but when it comes to treks in South America, that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. You can get the most from your time on the continent by exploring its limits. You can cross borders on your own two feet or be at the top of a volcano before the sun has even peeked over the horizon. And that, guys, is what adventure travel is all about. There are thousands of trails to choose from in South America. Knowing just which trek to pick can be your first big challenge. I collaborated with some extra rad adventure travelers to detail the best treks in South America so you don’t miss a single one. Let’s get to it! Some photos have been edited by me and may not reflect the style of the photographer.  The Best Hikes & Treks in South America Huemul Circuit | Argentina Nearest City: El Chaltén, Argentina // Difficulty: Hard // Duration: 4 Days The Huemul Circuit may just be 63km, but it’s considered one of the most challenging treks in South America. The first day’s scenery is forests and hanging glaciers with a night spent […]

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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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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.

Image credit: Tella Balls Dessert Bar

The Best Unique Food Gifts for Food Travelers

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Whatever Happened To Shrimp Scampi?

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Shrimp scampi is the undisputed king of seafood pasta dishes, and deserves all the room in your stomach. But is it just us, or are we seeing the disappearance of this simple shellfish perfection from Italian menus? Once a reliable staple of red-and-white checkered tablecloth joints famous for chicken parmesan and fettuccine alfredo, this dish of shrimp, lemon, garlic, shellfish […]

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Sichuan Magic Dust Popcorn Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Since late November, my friend Andrew Janjigian and I have made a total of about 55 batches of this popcorn. It’s his recipe, which he shared with me after I wrote about MSG in pho. When he realized that I was open to tinkering with monosodium glutamate in cooking, he sent the recipe to me....

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Top 9 Best Hanoi Vietnamese Street Foods Tour in Vietnam 2017 - Cycling Around The World

Top 9 Best Hanoi Vietnamese Street Foods Tour in Vietnam 2017 - Cycling Around The World


Cycling Around The World

<Hanoi street food map> Vietnam has amazing street foods. If you love food, you must try best Vietnamese street foods. Banh Cuon  – [Thin Rice sheet with meat or shrimp] (Address – 14 B bao khanh ko) It is made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed fermented rice batter filled with a mixture of cooked seasoned …

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

Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi| Opening Hours – Schedule – Address

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

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

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Raw vegan retreats in Samana, Dominican Republic

by Edit Horvath @ Vegan Travel

Travelling around the Dominican Republic, searching for the best places where you can eat vegan dishes. I was not expecting to find my best raw experience ever in a remote corner of the Samana area.  Comparing the crowdies of the […]

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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.

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

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

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

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

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Phorrito Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

  My husband and I were both skeptical, but for the sake of pho, we went to try the phorrito at Komodo in Los Angeles. It was December 2016, a couple days before Christmas. I posted a photo of myself eating the unusual noodle soup wrap on Instagram. There was curiosity, some disbelief, and a...

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Taxi in Vietnam

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Moving around Vietnam by which means of transport will give you the easiest and relaxed time ever? The answer will be sure taxi even though it can be a bit pricey right? However, compared to money you have to pay back when you’re in your country to Vietnam, sure, you will think it’s not so expensive anymore. However, we still need to be aware of the rip-off taxi scam which can make everyone shock when open... read more

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Let Alexa’s Gordon Ramsay Feature Ruin Your Meal

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Have you ever watched one of Gordon Ramsay’s acclaimed cooking shows and thought “man, I wish he’d scream at my risotto?” Good news! From the people who brought you such voice-activated entertainment experiences as “Biden’s Briefing” and “Sounds Fun with Mike Epps,” comes “Gordon Ramsay.” The program brings the distinct personality of the Hell’s Kitchen host right […]

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Lasenta Boutique Hotel, Hoi An

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

A comfortable & aesthetically pleasing synthesis of the exotic & the familiar, the modern & the traditional, and Asian & European elements, Lasenta Boutique Hotel is yet another addition to Hoi An's list of excellent value, mid-range accommodation... Continue reading

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

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

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

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Top Places In Europe To Visit In Spring

by Corinne Vail @ Reflections Enroute

Travel Bloggers Reveal the Best European Spring Spots Traditionally folks travel to Europe in the summertime, but visiting some of the hot spots in July or August means lines, crowds, and lots of waiting. I’ve found that traveling to Europe [...]

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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!

51 Unique + Fun Things to do in Chile | Chile

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

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

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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

Ho Chi Minh City Hosts 12th Taste of The World Festival

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Excellent cuisines of Vietnam and foreign countries will be introduced at 100 booths at the 12th Taste of the World festival scheduled for January 11-14 in Ho Chi Minh City. The event, jointly held by the municipal Department of Tourism and the Viet Nam Tourism Association, […]

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Amazon Prime Benefits Now Include Free Two-Hour Delivery From Whole Foods

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Amazon Prime members in four U.S. cities can order groceries from Whole Foods through the company’s two-hour delivery service, Prime Now. As of now, speedy Whole Foods delivery will grace the cities of Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach, with plans to expand nationwide this year according to reports that surfaced late last week. Up until now, […]

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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

7 of the Best Yoga Travel Destinations for Your 2018 Adventures

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

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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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How to Eat Your Way in Sintra in One Day

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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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 

Image credit: supplied

Eating Bánh Khọt in Vũng Tàu

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Bánh Khọt are delicious gems: crispy discs of rice flour batter & coconut milk, fried until they’re crunchy on the outside but moist on the inside, then wrapped in herbs & dipped in a sweet-spicy sauce. Here are 7 places to eat bánh khọt in Vũng Tàu... Continue reading

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

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


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

Colorado’s Milkshake IPAs Sweeten Up The Craft Beer Scene

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Milkshake IPAs may not sound like a beer genre you’d gravitate towards, but this new craft style out of Colorado successfully straddles both worlds. Grab a long straw (if you have to), because this marvel of chemistry just might be here to stay. What is a milkshake IPA exactly? It’s a beer brewed with milkshake flavors like chocolate, vanilla and […]

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10 Best Authentic Food Travel Experiences in 2017

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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September 2017 travel re-cap: family time in China

by Anna @ slightly astray

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but October has seriously been a whirlwind so far. And now I can’t believe it’s already the end of the month. So let’s hurry and re-cap September! August 25 – September 12: Shanghai, China September started on the happiest note with a trip to the new Shanghai Disneyland with my cousin!! September 1 is the first day of school in China. And so it’s also the first day of reduced Disneyland ticket prices....



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10 things to know before you go to Cambodia

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Cambodia is a beautiful country, rich in culture, customs and religion. Here are a few tips you should know before packing that will help enhance your trip to the Kingdom of Wonder. Buddhism Rules Monks walk through the streets of Phnom Penh |© Aleksandr Hunta / Shutterstock By nature, Cambodians are gentle so when you’re walking through the capital inappropriately sporting a bikini top or no shirt for men, don’t expect to be confronted. However, do... read more

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Australia, Canada among 6 countries now eligible for Vietnam E-Visa program

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Citizens from six more countries will be able to apply for Vietnam visas online, according to new government decree. The updated policy was approved on November 29. According to VnExpress, travelers from Australia, Canada, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are now eligible to apply for an e-visa. The scheme is already available for tourists from 40 countries. The news source also added that the decision was made since arrivals from... read more

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Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide


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

Drone photography in New Zealand – a new perspective

by Petra @ The Global Couple

New Zealand has some spectacular landscapes, and we think that there's no better way than to photograph it from the air with a drone!

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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

What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide

What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide


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

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 Floating Forest of Long An

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Only 100km west of Ho Chi Minh City, Tan Lap Floating Forest is an enchanted patch of wetland where cajeput trees rise from the black, swampy waters, creating beguiling corridors through which canoes glide and raised walkways wind.... Continue reading

Where to Get The Best Cebu Lechon: 3 Local Restaurants Not to Miss

by Rosemary Kimani @ Truly Traveled

In a country made up of over 7000 islands, there are only a few specialities that can be thought of as “national dishes”. Lechon is one of those specialities, that plays a special role in the Filipino culture and traditions. Lechon is a Spanish word for suckling pig. It is a whole pig, roasted for […]

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Figs, Cacao Nibs, Super Pigs: 10 Hot Topics On Food Republic

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

We’re psyched about the Winter Olympics this week, so we rounded up some great Korean dishes to enjoy during the opening ceremony. We also showed San Francisco some love with news about chef Dominique Crenn’s upcoming dinner series and Dandelion Chocolate’s guide to using cacao nibs at home. Down South, one of our editors learned to […]

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National Pizza Day: This Week In Food Events

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Happy National Pizza Day! While we would like to argue that you can celebrate pizza on any day you please, we can’t argue with the idea of a special occasion prime rib pizza. Need last-minute plans this weekend? Check out some of the events below! Dale Talde’s Massoni in New York is celebrating National Pizza Day with a Detroit-style […]

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7 Great Streets for Street Food in Saigon

7 Great Streets for Street Food in Saigon


Vietnam Coracle

Saigon is arguably the best place to explore Vietnam's extraordinary street food scene. The city boasts so many street food outlets that it feels like a gigantic open-air restaurant. This is my guide to 7 of the best streets for street food in Saigon... Continue reading →

How to Appreciate Durian Taste in Southeast Asia

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Sister photoshoot in Kuala Lumpur

by Anna @ slightly astray

When my sister came to visit me in Malaysia back in June, I wanted to plan something special that will make her visit memorable. Like I’ve said before, photos are the best souvenirs, so I asked a local photographer in Kuala Lumpur (meet James in this post!) to take some shots of us. I had also planned on leaving Malaysia shortly after my sister’s visit. KL has been a very special place to me for the past year. I had...



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Metallica's James Hetfield to Make Acting Debut in Ted Bundy Biopic

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Metallica's James Hetfield to Make Acting Debut in Ted Bundy Biopic

What to Say and How to Say It (advice for Hanoi Tourists)

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

What to Say?  …  and How to say it ! Okay, you read about a great new Hanoi street food vendor or Hanoi eating adventure (presumably here at Eating Hanoi!).  You decided to take on that adventure by jumping onto one of Hanoi’s possibly air-conditioned buses, figuring out how to find your way and pay [...]

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

by The Culinary Travel Guide @ The Culinary Travel Guide

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

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Bali off the beaten track: itinerary for the true wanderer

by Sanne Meijboom @ I Like Local Blog

I Like Local Blog

Bali just made it to the number one global travel destination in 2017  in TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards ahead of London, Paris and Rome. What makes Bali truly unique and popular among travelers is that it combines all things many travelers are looking for. It has a tropical climate, delicious food, a vibrant culture, stunning […]

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Market Moves: NYC’s Food Scene Gets Big News

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

New York’s food scene has no signs of stopping. It was announced yesterday that tech-giant Google is buying its New York neighbor, Chelsea Market for $2.4 billion. While no plans have been drawn up, The New York Times reports that this addition to Google’s real estate makes New York’s presence similar to that of the company’s […]

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Top 5 Foods I Ate in NYC

by Anna @ slightly astray

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



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Sriracha Pimento Cheese Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

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

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

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


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 …

What to Eat When You Get to Peru – 5 Local Dishes Not to Miss

by Rosemary Kimani @ Truly Traveled

In 2016, Peru was designated as the best country in the world for gastronomy. This honor was bestowed by The World Travel Awards (WTA) or the “Oscars” of tourism for the 5th year in a row. This means that Peru edged out other world renowned cuisines such as French, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Thai, among […]

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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.

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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Street Food Vendor Hanoi, Vietnam - Reflections Enroute

Street Food Vendor Hanoi, Vietnam - Reflections Enroute


Reflections Enroute

Places like Hanoi, where street food vendors carry full meals through the streets, it's hard not to try some. My body reacts just like Pavlov's dog, and before you know it there go a few dong!

Best of 2017 in travels (and plans for 2018)

by Anna @ slightly astray

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



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TOP 5 Hanoi’s Best Street Food

by republikbackpackers @ Republik Backpackers' Hostel

A list of most popular local foods that should not be missed in Hanoi, take a look and find more about this cheap & delicious all day meals.

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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.

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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8 Best Vegan & Vegetarian Cafés in London

by Lei @ Truly Traveled

If eating vegan is your cup of tea – London is the place to be. Whether you’re starting your day off with delicious vegan breakfast or you’re just looking for a quick vegan brunch – London has it all. As always with this city, it’s the vegan cafes that will meet and exceed your expectations. […]

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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,

Read The 12 best hikes in Southeast Asia on Backyard Travel.

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.

Is This the Best Pho in Hanoi?

Is This the Best Pho in Hanoi?


SAVEUR

The search for Vietnam's best pho leads to one back-alley street bowl in Hanoi that promises noodle-soup nirvana.

Be The Best Valentine And Make Your Own Chocolates

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Strap on your heart-shaped apron, it’s time to get romantic. And what could be more romantic than making sweets for your sweet with your own two hands? Our friends at ChefSteps wrote in this week with tips to tempering chocolate to ensure ultra smooth silkiness. This recipe is a little more involved than the usual sous vide […]

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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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Hanoi’s Weather

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

  DOES VIETNAM HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST CORRUPTION RATINGS IN THE WORLD? Ahhhhh …  Let’s Talk about the Weather   🙂 To best understand Hanoi’s weather, it’s important to consider the interplay of HEAT, RAIN, and the amount of  SUNSHINE each month. (NOTE FOR EXAMPLE: Little rain in Hanoi in January through April, but [...]

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

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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Foreigners find best street food in Vietnam via social media

Foreigners find best street food in Vietnam via social media


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Noey Neumark sits on a miniature blue stool – Hanoi’s classic throne – admiring the bowl of banh da tron (flat noodles) she ordered from a food vendor.

Top Things to do in Hanoi

by Hanoifreelocaltours @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

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

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Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Just a couple hours' drive from Saigon, Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa has improved it's facilities and aesthetics in recent years: it's now a lush, relaxing and satisfying retreat from the city.... Continue reading

10 reasons to visit Vietnam during Tet Festival

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

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

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

5 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.

Image credit: Federica Portentoso

Top Ten Cultural, Sport, Tourism Events In 2017

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

On 10th January the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced the top ten cultural, sport, tourism events in 2017. Following is the list of standout events: * Outstanding cultural events:  -Xoan singing and the art of Bai Choi were added to the UNESCO Representative List of […]

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Hanoi’s best boutique hotels

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Hanoi might be famous for its impenetrable walls of Vespas, but the city isn’t quite as chaotic as it’s chalked up to be. Wandering about the capital of Vietnam, travelers expecting a wild urban adventure might be pleasantly surprised to also find quiet, leafy streets and hidden coffee shops. One of the most charming aspects of the city is the plethora of restored neoclassical and Gothic architecture — a holdover from the city’s stint as a... read more

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The 17 Best Road to Hana Stops on the Hawaiian Island of Maui

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

Map your route with these best Road to Hana stops in Maui. A tour of the famous Hawaiian Hana Highway will take you through the curvy road along the northeastern shore where mile markers will guide you to waterfalls, a bamboo forest and black beaches.

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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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Floating Lotus Lake Homestays, Mekong Delta

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

In the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, a collection of bamboo & palm-thatch huts on wooden stilts above a sea of lotus flowers, offer a night in a hammock or on a futon under a mosquito net, just a few feet above the frogs, the fish & the flowers... Continue reading

Ho, Over and Pygmy Caves Open To Visitors

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Jungle Boss, a local tour operator in Quang Binh Province had announced that they will run new tour to  Ho (Tiger), Over and Pygmy Caves. Since the beginning this year, Quang Binh authorities allowed open exploration tours to Pygmy, the fourth largest in the world in the […]

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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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Top 15 Places to visit in Vietnam (from iconic destinations to beautiful countryside)

by Pretty Wild World @ Pretty Wild World

Do you want to know the best places to visit in Vietnam? We got you covered! Check this post out to learn more where to go and with extra tips on visa.

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

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

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

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The Coast Road: Saigon to Hoi An & Beyond

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Thanks to new coastal roads, it's now possible to ride from Saigon to Hoi An, and beyond to Dong Hoi, following the coast all the way & avoiding the busy main artery of Highway 1 for the vast majority of the route. This is a salty, sunny, sandy & scenic road trip.... Continue reading

Sapa-Y Ty Scenic Motorbike Loop

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Sapa's dramatic mountainous landscape continues north of town, via Y Ty Village, all the way to the Chinese border. Several small roads penetrate deep into steep, terraced valleys & climb high above ferocious rivers creating a scenic loop.... Continue reading

Homemade, bio vegan dishes in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

by Edit Horvath @ Vegan Travel

I love eating. For me trying new dishes, new flavour combinations and local cuisine have always been part of travelling. After turning to be vegetarian, my options became less and turning to vegan even less. If you just want to […]

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(Tajikistan) Cycling At Toughest Road With Good Friends

by Spacetraveler @ Cycling Around The World

I went deep into the heart of Wakhan Valley. I could see far road which I would pass soon. The road was so bumpy to cycle, but it was really beautiful. If I took M41 highway which was main road, it would be less hard. But I liked to have challenging sometimes because I loved […]

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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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Best budget eats in Hanoi

Best budget eats in Hanoi


the Guardian

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

Dining Guide to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam

Dining Guide to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam


pastemagazine.com

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

Vietnamese Any Day – A New Book Coming Up!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

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

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Have Your Own Super Bowl: Host a Cookbook Club Pho Party!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Meet Kristin. She’s sitting in front of four (4!) bowls of homemade pho. How did she manage to score that kind of jackpot? She and her husband Eric, along with a group of friends, have a private cookbook club. “Most of us went to college together so it’s a great way to stay connected,” she...

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

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

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

Ingredients

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

Method

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

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

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Changchun’s Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue Guilin Road: A Review

by Alice Chen | Wherever I Want @

After the disaster of housing in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, I was glad to have this booking. The Jinjiang Inn is a nationwide brand in China. Because of that, they are both mid-tier and can accept foreigners – thank goodness. Not all nonluxury hotels can accept foreigners, so call ahead to confirm! Changchun’s Jinjiang Inn, Renmin Avenue is

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The weird and wonderful of China

by Anna @ slightly astray

Every time I go to China, I make more interesting observations about the culture there. I absolutely love some of the traditions and customs, and some completely baffle me. About 1.5 years ago, I wrote a heartfelt piece about Lessons From Time Spent in China. This time, I thought I would put together a fun little list of the weird and wonderful things I’ve discovered about China, accompanied with some of my favorite photos from the past 1+ year. If...



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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

Bun Moc

by admin @ Eating Hanoi!

Bún Mọc My #1 favorite breakfast in Hanoi – maybe anywhere in Vietnam! A small bún mọc shop on the west side of Ta Hien Street, 4 or 5 doors north of the intersection with Luong Ngoc Quyen.

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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The Grounds Markets | Image credit: Jackielyn Powell

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

by Taylor Record @ Travel Outlandish

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

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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.

Image credit: Nancy Hanna

How to Best Prepare for Your First Silent Retreat

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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10 Bold Recipes For A Japanese Fusion Feast

by Food Republic @ Food Republic

Feel like Japanese food tonight but aren’t so great at making sushi? We gathered up our favorite Japanese fusion recipes — no sushi-making skills required — for a dinner that hits every flavor note you’re craving. Soy and yuzu? Check. Uni and rice? You bet! Noodles, rice bowls, salads and tasty fried things? Right this […]

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Photo Blog; Backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala, India

by The Spindrifters @

Cruising The Backwaters of Alleppey in Kerala, India  

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The World’s 15 Most Beautiful Mountains

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Here is list of 15 most beautiful mountains which not only have impressive height but also have majestic scenery, attracting visitors from all over the world. Kirkjufell, with a height of 463 m, is one of the most famous mountain peaks in Iceland. An impressive mountain in […]

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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.

Image credit: Pete Bellis

Danang Open-top Bus

by Long Ha @ Ha Food Tours

Second Danang open-top bus is planned to serve for tourists between the international airport and Son Tra peninsula by central coastal city of Danang. The city’s Department of Transport said the new service would begin later this month. It said it would be run by the Empire […]

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9 Best Vietnamese Street Food Experiences - Backstreet Academy

9 Best Vietnamese Street Food Experiences - Backstreet Academy


Backstreet Academy

Wherever in Vietnam you go, you should definitely try out these 9 Best Vietnamese street food experiences. We promise you won't regret it.

Review: A Wonderful Cultural Experience of TEH DAR

by Quynh Anh @ ALO Travel Asia

Last Friday, 4 members of our team had been invited to watch the Teh Dar show – an art performance depicts the lifestyle and culture of South West Vietnamese – an another version of the famous Ah Oh Show by Lune Production.   Teh Dar is described as a version of A O Show which features an exotic Vietnamese tribes life with the untold stories from the mountains and jungles. The performance exhibits an enchanting stage craft... read more

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