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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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Itinerary: Hits and Misses of 2 Days in Changchun, China

by Alice Chen | Wherever I Want @

I visited Changchun City in the Jilin Province of northern China because I was already in the area. I had heard of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, the largest and (arguably) most famous winter festival in the world! It sounded awesome, so I planned a trip there. I didn’t want to spend too much

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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.

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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New Opening: The Mad Samurai

New Opening: The Mad Samurai

by Jaiden Bhaga @ The A List | The Urban List

The CBD just got a whole lot more mad! Say hello to The Mad Samurai, a rad central hub of deliciousness set to take the town by storm. 

Found in the brand spanking new and totally on-the-scene Snickel Lane, The Mad Samurai is brought to us by dream team Andrew Niven, Andy Ellies, Arato Tsujno and Makihisa Shimzu. Featuring a slick modern fit-out not to mention a welcoming team, this inner-city gem is not one you want to miss. 

Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, it seems like there’s nothing they can’t do! And with a quick glance at the menu, you’ll be salivating for a bite.

Designed to kick start your day right, the breakfast menu offers a selection of a craze currently taking over Japan. With each jam-packed with rice, miso soup, fresh fruits, early risers will have the choice between steamed pork, chicken, salmon, vegetarian gyoza. But wait there’s more! All day long diners will be treated to the bottomless elixir of life a.k.a green tea.

When lunch and dinner (finally) roll around, there’s no doubt The Mad Samurai will be your new go-to. If you’re after the sushi roll to end all rolls, look no further than the Mad Samurai. A jumbo serving featuring wagyu beef topped with barbecue and mayonnaise, this bad boy is definitely one for the 'gram. With all the wagyu beef farmed locally and from their very own wagyu farm down in Christchurch you can count on getting authentic flavour with every bite. 

Feeling down in the dumps? The wicked pork gyoza dumplings will only put a smile on your dial. Or, if you’re feeling particularly ballin’ opt for the crowd-pleasing wagyu meatballs in teriyaki sauce. Sweet-sour and totally binge-worthy, one taste will have you quickly planning round two. 

Because fried chicken is life, you can bet we tried the karage chicken. Just think, juicy golden and tender pieces of crunchy chicken in an epic wasabi aioli sauce.. YUM

You didn’t think we forgot about dessert, did you? Just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, we tried the house-made green tea cheesecake. Smooth, sweet and indulgent, you won’t be able to stop at just one bite. Served alongside ice cream and cream this masterpiece is definitely one for the foodie bucket list. 

Featuring a whirlwind of flavours, superb steaks and sweet treats to rave about, be sure to pay a visit to The Mad Samurai, and experience the wonder for yourself!

For more information about The Mad Sumarai, including opening hours, click here. 

Image Credit: Jaiden Bhaga

Activities in Hoi An (Part2)

by Fiona @ Travel information for Vietnam from local experts

1. Book the boat tours Cam Thanh Coconut Village in Hoi An It will be a refreshing trip to water coconut village in Cam Thanh which is just 7 convenient kilometers away from Hoi An old town. The place was once a shelter for locals and soldiers during war, now is a famous tourist destination …

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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5 Fun Things To Do In Auckland This Week

5 Fun Things To Do In Auckland This Week

by Bella Ramdhanie @ The A List | The Urban List

A new week is upon us, and luckily for us, this week entails a holiday on Monday and a large list of fun-filled events for us to attend.

We can hardly believe it but February is just around the corner and we’re counting on 2018 being our best year yet. And what better way to do so than by getting amongst the epic line-up of events that Auckland has in store? So get your party pants on and hop to it! Here are five fun things you don’t want to miss this week.

Monday 29

WATERFRONT AUCKLAND ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

This weekend is the Anniversary Weekend which means that there are heaps of awesome ways to spend your Monday! Get the fam together and head to the New Zealand Maritime Museum to explore their epic waterfront event. Whether it be the interactive gallery, watching the Auckland Anniversary Regatta or designing your very own boat (uh, awesome?!), you’re in for a very good time. This weekend is looking like it’s gonna be a stunner, so what better way to spend your day off than at our wonderful waterfront?  

Tuesday 30

WHISKEY MASTERCLASS

It’s the start of your four-day week and we’re voting that you opt for treating yourself. The Whiskey is hosting a masterclass tasting and we can’t think of anything we would prefer to be doing. Kicking off at 7pm, with canpaés on arrival, this event will present a selection of brands from the Peated Malts of Distinction range and will have you feelin’ ever so fancy. Be sure to get your booking in and secure yourself a spot! This is one you won’t want to miss out on.

Wednesday 31

ROMEO & JULIET

Shoreside Theatre is putting on a performance this Wednesday that is bound to brighten up that mid-week slump! Head to The Pumphouse Amphitheatre to watch the classic Romeo and Juliet being brought to life. With the script, cast and settings as Shakespeare intended it, this is truly a magical performance. Get yourself the best seats in the house and book now!

Thursday 1

DINNER IN THE SKY

The night we’ve been waiting for is officially here! Kicking off this Thursday, you have the chance to dine amongst the stars. Literally. Dinner in the Sky is an event we are naming unmissable! Enjoy mouth-wateringly good food cooked up by Auckland’s renowned chefs and sip on award-winning wine and cocktail flights. Forget Netflix and chill, dining amongst the stars is where it’s at. We’ll see you there!

THE FASHION COLLECTIVE

For all our fashion fanatics, there’s another awesome event on this Thursday just for you! Brought to you by Longroom and Red Eleven Agency, Ponsonby will be hosting an event for those of us with a passion for fashion. The Fashion Collective will have collections from Emma Ford and Virtue Swim, and if you get in early you can get your hands on a delish ‘Absolut Cocktail’. Yasss. Sounds like the right way to spend your night to us!

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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


tour in Hanoi

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

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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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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Outstanding tours in Hoi An

by Fiona @ Travel information for Vietnam from local experts

Vespa Adventures | http://vespaadventures.com/ Add: 134 Tran Cao Van, Hoi An Tel: • From outside Vietnam: +84 1222993585/ +84 938500997 • From within Vietnam: 01222993585/ 0938500997 Vespa Adventures offers some really interesting motorbike tours from Hoi An, and of course, on their chic-looking Vespas. The tours are varied from countryside to food tour and even …

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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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!

HOI AN STREET FOOD DISHES YOU SHOULD TRY AND WHERE TO TASTE THEM

by Fiona @ Travel information for Vietnam from local experts

Hoi An is a street-food sanctuary where food is not only various, abundant, delicious, authentic but most important very cheap. Check out now the best street foods and where to find them. Cao Lau Cao Lau is the pride of Hoi An cuisine, one of the most popular dish in the old town. Many have …

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…

Why You Need to travel to Myanmar

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

The people of Myanmar have adapted well as the country transforms from colonial rule to military rule to now, a society with more freedom where the people and government balance control. My recent travel to Myanmar opened my eyes to many things that are happening in the country.  Myanmar reminds me of my childhood days in Thailand. Myanmar, like Thailand …

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Street food | About Hanoi and around

Street food | About Hanoi and around


Rough Guides

For sheer value for money and atmosphere your best option is to eat either at the rock-bottom, stove-and-stools food stalls or at the slightly more upmarket...

Top Hanoi Street Food You Must Know the Taste

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

Hanoi travel often treats you well with happy and full stomach thanks to a wide range of delicious street food in almost every corner. As Hanoi cuisine is diverse and

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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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The Best Places to Eat in Seattle Washington

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

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

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7 winter warmers to ward off the cold in Hanoi

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

Follow the locals to nameless roadside eateries as the cold snap bites in Vietnam’s capital. Snails Unlike the spicy snails that are carefully fried or grilled in Saigon, the snails served on cold days in Hanoi are simply boiled. Feel the steam from the snails served with ginger sauce and lemongrass. Snails tend to appear in the rivers around Hanoi between autumn and winter. Try the tasty treats in small restaurants at 5 Tong Duy Tan, 1 Dinh Liet, 34A Tran Phu and 88 Cua Bac. Sweet dumplings These dumplings are made from sticky rice stuffed with mung beans or black sesame. The rice balls are then soaked in ginger syrup and served hot. Head to Hang Dieu, Quan Thanh or Tay Ho far a sample of these sweet balls from either age-old eateries or street vendors. Rib porridge Hanoi people love rib porridge and it’s needless to say why this hot congee with quay(fried dough) is a perfect choice for a cold day. There’s a nameless roadside stall at 2A Ly Quoc Su Street that man locals say serves the best rib porridge in Hanoi. You can also find this hot treat in Dong Xuan Market. Cassava dessert Cooked cassava paired with...

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Vietnam Travel Guides

by sub_admin @ Vietnam Travel & Cruise

1. Key facts: Area: 331,210 sq km (127,881 sq miles). Population: 94,444,200 (UN estimate 2016). Population density: 284.9 per sq km. Capital: Hanoi. Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND) Government: Socialist republic. Head of state: President Trần Đại Quang since 2016. Head of government: Prime Minister...

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What to Wear in Morocco: The Sahara

by Amanda Mouttaki @ MarocMama

MarocMama - A Fearless Guide to Food and Travel

Some Common Causes for Which the US Passport Application Might Get Rejected

by Sam Cohen @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

  By Sam Cohen Had you applied for the US passport? Did you just get news that the passport application has been denied and rejected? Well, it is needless to say that the feeling at that moment is quite excruciating. It is true that getting a new US passport is not that difficult a job. The Department of State has …

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Traditional Food for Vietnamese Lunar New Year – Delicacies for Tet Celebrations

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

In the event of Tet holiday, what traditional food for Vietnamese lunar new year? To celebrate the most important holiday in the country, generations of the Vietnamese have been following

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

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

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

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

by Lê Hoàng @ Hanoi Free Local Tours

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

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Bottoms Up – Budapest Ruin Bars and Beyond

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

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

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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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29 Keto-Friendly Moroccan Recipes

by Amanda Mouttaki @ MarocMama

MarocMama - A Fearless Guide to Food and Travel

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

What 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 year 4 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 Spark 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 The Edge 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 Bay of Islands 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 New World 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.

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14 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

14 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

by Hana Okada @ The A List | The Urban List

Hellooo February, and more importantly, hello weekend! Friday is looking better than ever with the start of all these epic events. Calories don’t count on the weekend, and thank goodness for that because you’ll be sipping cocktails 50 metres in the sky and carefully assessing every food truck menu… before choosing something from each of them #balance. Not only that, but its celebrations galore this weekend, from the beloved pride fest to Chinese New Year, you’ll be partying all weekend long in one way or another! Make the most of this fabulous weekend ahead—you deserve it!  

All Weekend

Dinner in the Sky

Be one of the first in the country to experience this unreal dining experience—suspended 50 metres up in the sky! Taking the world by storm, Dinner In the Sky will be one of the most iconic pop-ups of the year. Take in the views of Auckland Harbour like never before, and feast on a gastronomic treat. You’ll have the choice from seven flights all by different Auckland hospitality heroes, including Simon Gault, Fraser Shenton and Phil Clark! This is taking brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails on a whole new level… literally!

Where: Queens Wharf, Auckland CBD When: Thursday 1 February—Sunday 18 February For more info, click here

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Auckland summer staple Pop Up Globe is back for another stand out season! Regarded as Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will enchant you with side-splitting comedy with a dash of beautiful poetry only Shakespeare could achieve. Fusing Jacobean costumes, lyrical poetry with Maori folklore and language, Pop-up globe introduces this flagship production to you with pride. Transport back 400 years into the past and sit amongst the space the plays they were written, whether its your first time or hundredth, it’ll be a night to remember.

Where: Pop Up Globe, Ellerslie When: Thursday 1 February—Saturday 31 March For more info, click here

American Express Openair Cinemas

American Express Openair Cinemas launches their season with a bang tomorrow night. Get ready for delicious Italian eats provided by Toto Pizza, craft beers from Kaiser, Giesen Wines and, of course, some of the best flicks of the year. We've already bought our tickets for The Post, Coco and I, Tonya, so get yours now before they sell out!

Where: Western Springs Park, Western Springs When: Friday 2 February—Sunday 4 March For more info, click here

Auckland Pride Gala

The Auckland Pride Gala is bringing you the most dramatic performances and breathtakingly talented performers, as well as a secret line up of guest appearances by Rainbow community icons! Moving into its sixth year, this is New Zealand’s largest and loudest social and cultural programme of events for the Rainbow community of New Zealand! Welcome to each and every New Zealander, there are more than 10 crazy, wonderful events for you to get amongst to celebrate diversity, individuality and being proud of who you are.

Where: Various locations When: Friday 2 February—Sunday 18 February For more info, click here

Zirka Circus

Back with its fifth tour of New Zealand, Zirka Circus is bringing even more mind-boggling, spectacular entertainment to our shores! Their new show Send in the Clowns is more spectacular than ever, with performing arts, theatre, and hilarity all wrapped up in a world-class performance! Whether you’re all about the action-packed daredevil acts or beautiful ballet, there is something for everyone in this stellar show! This is one adventure-filled (and animal-free!) circus for the whole family to love.

Where: Auckland Netball Centre, St Johns When: Thursday 1 February—Tuesday 6 February For more info, click here

The Merchant of Venice

Pop-up Globe is back and better than ever, presenting you with one of Shakespeare’s classics The Merchant of Venice. Already deep in debt to his best friend, Bassiano requires one more loan to woo and win the wealthy heiress Portia, unaware that when the due date comes to repay the debt, he will be gambling for his life! Full of wit, drama and disguise that Shakespeare has become legend for, this is based on the performance tradition going way back to 1614, performed by the Buckingham Company—an all-male company of actors and musicians around the world.

Where: Pop Up Globe, Ellerslie When: Friday 2 February—Thursday 29 March For more info, click here

Friday 2 February

The Dystopian Film Festival

Transport yourself into the strange, spooky and scarily relatable at Academy Theatres, with some of the most memorable dystopian classics in movie history. The future looks bleak in these epic flicks, including Alphaville by Jean-Luc Goddard, The Trial by Orson Wells, Strange Days by Kathryn Bigelow and so many more. Pick up the passport program and get a stamp for every film you attend—you can score a double pass after four stamps! How many can you get through?

Where: Academy Cinemas, Auckland CBD When: Friday 2 February—Sunday 11 February For more info, click here

Auckland Night Market CBD

If you haven’t heard yet, here’s a newsflash for you—the iconic Auckland Night Markets has hit the heart of the city! It’s sure becoming a hot spot for locals and tourists alike, and we can see why—from stuffing your face with dumplings to entering pure bliss with churros and every other street food imaginable, this is a food lovers’ dream! There’s something for everyone from all around the world for a global feast, good luck choosing your food for the night! Not only great food, but there’ll be wonderful live music, performances, buskers and magicians to keep the whole family well-entertained.

Where: Carpark between Shortland and Fort Street, Auckland CBD When: Friday 2 February, 5pm—11pm For more info, click here

Bug Lab Lates

Cocktails, street foods, and… bugs? Yep, you heard that right—this adults only (a.k.a kids at heart) event starts with a complimentary cocktail and a fabulous selection of Auckland street food faves with live entertainment. Then enter the magical world of Te Papa and Weta Workshop’s thrilling science exhibition, discovering the genius of bugs bound to fascinate and delight even the harshest bug critics and scaredy cats!

Where: Auckland Zoo, Western Springs When: Friday 2 February, 6pm—9pm For more info, click here

Friday Films: La La Land

Did you miss one of the biggest movies of 2017?! Not to worry, watch this all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy back on the big screen and under the stars! Following a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles, La La Land swooped up six Academy Award wins in 2017 and it’s not to be missed! Some food trucks you have to look forward to include Judge Bao, Paella Pan, Taco Loco, Puha & Pakeha and so much more! You’ll be well-fed, well-hydrated from the Silo Bar and all cosied up ready for a great movie!

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter When: Friday 2 February, 4:30pm—11:30pm For more info, click here

Saturday 3 February

Movies in Parks: Wonder Woman

Ready for some kick-ass girl power? Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, a trained warrior and princess of the Amazon. Learning of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars and discovers her true destiny. This iconic superhero comes to life in this phenomenal flick featuring certified badass Gal Gadot, and you’re invited to watch it under the stars! Get there early, find a cosy spot and enjoy all the pre-movie entertainment from 6:30pm!

Where: Centreway Reserve, Orewa When: Saturday 3 February, 6:30pm—11:00pm For more info, click here.

The Extravaganza Fair

Roll up, roll up to the largest and newest travelling event, The Extravaganza Fair, making its way to Orewa  this weekend! Bringing a whole lot of market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, circus shows, performers and kids shows! Bringing back some old school nostalgia with sack races, tug of war and musical bean bags, this fair is your childhood dream come to life! Foodie delights include the Steampunk Food Truck, Dickinson’s Gastronomic Emporium, Lucky’s Fresh Juice Joint and Havana Coffee Works—even the names have us excited! Get ready for a full day of jam-packed fun for the whole family!

Where: Western Reserve, Orewa When: Saturday 3 February—Sunday 4 February, 9am—5pm For more info, click here

2018 Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day

Celebrate the Year of the Dog at this the 2018 Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day touching down at ASB Showgrounds! Get amongst all of the traditional festivities including the Lion/Dragon dance, cultural songs and dances, outdoor martial arts and tai chi and games for the kids! And, we know you’re holding out for deets on the food—you’ll be stoked to hear that there will be more than 200 (!) stalls serving up Chinese delicacies, traditional New Year groceries, as well as arts and crafts! This is a FREE event for you to learn more about Chinese culture here in our city over food, performances and presentations!

Where: ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane When: Saturday 3 February For more info, click here

Sunday 4 February

Summer Markets

An Auckland morning done right—with a market, of course! Grab a coffee and start your morning meandering through the variety of stalls right by the Skytower. You’ll find a tasty bite for brunch, or a perfect gift for that person that has literally everything. It’s all lovingly New Zealand made by the great people behind the stands, and feature homemade preserves, gourmet treats, jewellery and so much more. Enjoy the live beats from DJ Karn Hall and Anthony Rima and make the most of your Sunday!

Where: SKYCITY Auckland Main Plaza, Auckland CBD When: Sunday 4 February, 10am—2pm For more info, click here

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What and where to eat in Koh Samui?

by Aisha Dao @ Exotic Voyages

We might not need to talk more how beautiful the beaches of Koh Samui are, they are famous worldwide. Besides beach activities such as scuba diving, surfing, swimming,… Koh Samui holidays are about eating: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Cafe or anytime you want to grab something to eat. This island’s food options have something for everyone. So good news is you won’t starve in Koh Samui. But the bad news is you might get FAT. It’s a common joke that Thai food is the same anywhere either it is served in a high-end restaurant or a simple stall by a side of...

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Hanoi’s BBQ Chicken Street

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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 [...]

9 Books That Will Become Movies in 2018

9 Books That Will Become Movies in 2018

by Bella Ramdhanie @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

Red Sparrow

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

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A Wrinkle in Time

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

Mary Poppins

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

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The Black Hand

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

Dumplin’

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

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms

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

Love, Simon

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

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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

Crazy Rich Asians

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

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The Ultimate Hanoi Street Food Guide - I Like Local Blog

The Ultimate Hanoi Street Food Guide - I Like Local Blog


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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 …

6 Groovy Things To Do In Auckland This Week

6 Groovy Things To Do In Auckland This Week

by Bella Ramdhanie @ The A List | The Urban List

Another four-day week has arrived... aren’t we lucky?! And as we embark on the adventure that is 2018, we can only expect the best from the month of February. Why is this you ask? Well, Auckland continues to line up crazy-cool things for you to do, that’s why.

From marveling at the Auckland Harbour Bridge Vector Lights to zip-lining your way around Waiheke island, the options are well and truly varied, and pretty damn groovy. You can thank us later, here are five things to do in Auckland this week!

Monday 5

MAKE GIVE LIVE POP-UP

A pop-up shop worth showing some love to is kicking off this Monday! The Make Give Live pop-up is an event that will be held at Ponsonby Central from Monday 5th – Sunday 11th. Make Give Live is a business that offers local fashion and proceeds go on to benefit mental health and wellbeing for fellow Kiwis. The pop-up will include finished products, DIY kits and New Zealand yarn that will be on sale! The central group will be at Bird On A Wire this Wednesday morning at 10am teaching knitting and crochet to any eager learners. Get yourself ready for winter and help out an awesome cause! Yas!

VECTOR LIGHTS

The Vector Lights and all their awesomeness are almost at an end. So, what better way to spend your Monday night than by whipping together a picnic, roundin’ up your loved ones and marvelling at the epic display? You do have a day off tomorrow after all (thus, a glass of wine or two wouldn’t hurt).

Tuesday 6

ZIPLINING IN WAIHEKE

It’s your day off! And it’s a Tuesday! Yes, we are just as enthusiastic about this as you are. We’re recommending that you mix things up this Waitangi Day and opt for enjoying a mini break high in the sky. Those feeling like a bit of adventure can hop on the ferry and make their way over to Waiheke before being picked up by the EcoZip Flying Fox crew. After a day ziplining and taking in all that is the breathtaking view, you’ll head to an island winery for a superb dinner and glass of wine. Ah, pure bliss and an exciting way to make the most of your Tuesday!

Wednesday 7

WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE FILM FESTIVAL 

Forget the clichés this Wednesday and head to a film festival that will not only push boundaries but inspire. The We’re All Going To Die film festival kicks off this Wednesday, and aims to challenge themes of fear and death in an empowering way. Intrigued? You should be. Founder, Stefan Hunt, explains that the film festival was inspired by his own anxiety and fear of the unknown. Head to Devonport for the festival’s debut and feel yourself become empowered to fear less and live more. Cheers to that! 

Thursday 8

VERONICA MAINE VIP EVENT

This Thursday, glam queens and trendsetters alike are invited to an exclusive one day only event! Head to Milford for the Veronica Maine VIP event for an inside scoop into what the Autumn Winter collection will look like. Early access will include the chance to be at the forefront of trends, exclusive shopping rewards all day long and a cheeky glass of prosecco! Don’t mind if we do.

VEGAN TRUCK STOP

Yes, it’s clear we have a thing for food-trucks and food pop-ups. Why wouldn’t we? The best of food that Auckland has to offer for a limited time only, has a certain ring to it, don’t you think? Well, have we got some fantastic news. Kicking off this Thursday, brought to you by the Food Truck Collective and La Cigale French Market & Bistro, is The Vegan Truck Stop. Some of the finest vegan food trucks will be around one day a month, accompanied by funky live tunes and a range of delectable bevvies. Expect to see some of the trucks that have a special place in our heart, including Judge Bao, Double Dutch Fries, Wise Boys Burgers and Lalele Organic Gelato. Mmmmmm.

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Ha Noi ready for Huong Pagoda Festival 2018

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The three-month-long Huong Pagoda Festival will be kicked off in Huong Son commune of My Duc district, Ha Noi, on February...

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The Best Top 10 Tips For An Awesome Fishing Trip

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By Rebecca: Are you planning for another good time? Want to know more about how to enjoy your much-needed R and R? Do you need to find out more about fishing trips and how to enjoy them? Allow me to help you with that! A fishing trip is a great experience! I was lucky to have such a supportive family; …

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21 Fantastic Things To Do In Auckland This February

21 Fantastic Things To Do In Auckland This February

by Hana Okada @ The A List | The Urban List

Peel yourself away from the air-conditioning and iced Americanos, because February is here looking like all kinds of wonderful. We hope you’re ready for another scorcher of a month, and we’re not just talking about just the temperatures, either—there’s so much to see and do and they’re all guaranteed to be mind-blowingly epic. From an extravagant fortnight of Rainbow pride, both vegan and meat-lover celebrations, to more festivals than you ever thought possible, Auckland is coming to life this month. You’re sure to find something for everyone, so get ready for a wild and wonderful February ahead!

Vegan Truck Stop | 1 February

Can you say best start to the month ever? La Cigale is back for another epic Vegan Truck Stop for all you plant-based foodies—but even the biggest steak lovers are guaranteed a scrumptious feed here! Explore some of the finest food trucks dishing up 100% vegan, plant-based goodness for one night, with live music and a bar to boot. The line up is looking nothing short of spectacular, with trucks like Mama Tahina, Otherside, Wise Boys Burgers, Double Dutch Fries and so many more to get excited about!

Dinner in the Sky | 1 February—18 February

Be one of the first in the country to experience this unreal dining experience—suspended 50 metres up in the sky! Taking the world by storm, Dinner In the Sky will be one of the most iconic pop-ups of the year. Take in the views of Auckland Harbour like never before, and feast on a gastronomic treat. From Wednesday to Sunday, you’ll have the choice from seven flights all by different Auckland hospitality heroes, including Simon Gault, Fraser Shenton and Phil Clark! This is taking brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails on a whole new level… literally!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream | 1 February—31 March

Auckland summer staple Pop Up Globe is back for another stand out season! Regarded as Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will enchant you with side-splitting comedy with a dash of beautiful poetry only Shakespeare could achieve. Fusing Jacobean costumes, lyrical poetry with Maori folklore and language, Pop-up globe introduces this flagship production to you with pride. Transport back 400 years into the past and sit amongst the space the plays they were written, whether its your first time or hundredth, it’ll be a night to remember.

Zirka Circus | 1 February—6 February

Back with its fifth tour of New Zealand, Zirka Circus is bringing even more mind-boggling, spectacular entertainment to our shores! Their new show Send in the Clowns is more spectacular than ever, with performing arts, theatre, and hilarity all wrapped up in a world-class performance! Whether you’re all about the action-packed daredevil acts or beautiful ballet, there is something for everyone in this stellar show! This is one adventure-filled (and animal-free!) circus for the whole family to love.

The Merchant of Venice | 2 February—29 March

Pop-up Globe is back and better than ever, presenting you with one of Shakespeare’s classics The Merchant of Venice. Already deep in debt to his best friend, Bassiano requires one more loan to woo and win the wealthy heiress Portia, unaware that when the due date comes to repay the debt, he will be gambling for his life! Full of wit, drama and disguise that Shakespeare has become legend for, this is based on the performance tradition going way back to 1614, performed by the Buckingham Company—an all-male company of actors and musicians around the world.

American Express Openair Cinemas | 2 February—4 March

Back for another season of blockbusters under the stars, American Express Openair Cinemas’ movie line up is looking all too exciting! From the latest Oscar nominees to the must-see classics, there’s something for everyone. You’ll get to catch I, Tonya, Thor Ragnarok, Pitch Perfect 3, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and so many more over a pizza and a wine (or two!). What’s more, American Express cardholders have a range of extras like loungers and blankets they can score as a cherry on top of a perfect night!

Auckland Pride Gala | 2 February—18 February

The Auckland Pride Gala is bringing you the most dramatic performances and breathtakingly talented performers, as well as a secret line up of guest appearances by Rainbow community icons! Moving into its sixth year, this is New Zealand’s largest and loudest social and cultural programme of events for the Rainbow community of New Zealand! Welcome to each and every New Zealander, there are more than 10 crazy, wonderful events for you to get amongst to celebrate diversity, individuality and being proud of who you are. 

2018 Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day | 3 February

Celebrate the Year of the Dog at this the 2018 Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day touching down at ASB Showgrounds! Get amongst all of the traditional festivities including the Lion/Dragon dance, cultural songs and dances, outdoor martial arts and tai chi and games for the kids! And, we know you’re holding out for deets on the food—you’ll be stoked to hear that there will be more than 200 (!) stalls serving up Chinese delicacies, traditional New Year groceries, as well as arts and crafts! This is a FREE event for you to learn more about Chinese culture here in our city over food, performances and presentations! 

Waitangi Day | 6 February

On the 178th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty, Orakei Domain is celebrating the occasion with a fun day out at Okahu Bay! Waitingi Day is sorted with this FREE community event bringing fantastic local musicians on the main stage, as well as delish food stalls, an arts and crafts lane as well as a games zone for the little ones! Learn more about the Treaty and how it shaped New Zealand today with the mobile Treaty exhibition from Auckland Museum. 

The Another Frickin’ Festival Auckland Showcase | 8 February

Yep, that’s right—it’s Another Frickin’ Festival, and a bloody good one at that! Presented by Comedy Central and hosted at the ASB Theatre, keep the laughs going at one of the hottest comedy tickets of the year! Providing you with enough belly laughs to skip a core session, this show is filled to the brim with the most talented international and local comedians. Featuring Alice Snedden, Guy Montgomery, Ray Badran, Rose Matafeo and more, round up the crew for big night of frickin’ comedy!

Mardi Gras | 9 February

This celebration is all about good food, good liquor and the best party. Round up your best party squad and prepare for an amazing attack by colourful beads, delicious cocktails, live music for Mardi Gras. Orleans is arguably the closest place you’ll get to the colourful streets of New Orleans, Louisiana without the hefty price tag—and dare we say it, you might have an even better time! Bringing the party with a stacked line up of music, dancers, drink and food specials, all packed into Roukai Lane’s legendary venues including Orleans, REC and Racket Bar!

Takapuna Food, Wine and Music Festival | 10 February

Promising a vibe like no other, Takapuna Food Wine and Music Festival is bringing the best of this trio of goodness we all love. A taste of the music line up is looking like The Jordan Luck Band, Nathan Haines Live Band, Latin Aotearoa and Karn Hall! You’ll be dancing to all of them with few tipples from Villa Maria, Cloudy Bay, Man O War, Hallertau, Garage Project and so many more. And, your belly will be well-looked after with the delights from the likes of Miss Moonshines, Urban Escargot, Black Stag Deli, Double Dutch Fries, and The Tinman! You can even treat yourself to a next-level experience with the VIP ticket, including an exclusive zone, private bathrooms, top-shelf beverages and floating food platters!

Moveable Feast Matakana | 10 February

Make a day of it in Matakana! Hosted by Matakana’s Te Rata Wine, Moveable Feast is one scrumptious festival brings some of Auckland’s best street food right to the heart of Matakana village! There’s an unreal line-up of fabulous food—where the hardest thing you’ll be doing is choosing your feast—served alongside Te Rata’s beautiful natural wines, handmade sodas and cider, as well as craft beer on tap! Hit it up after nursing your food coma from the scrummy offerings at the morning markets.

Sabato Market Day | 11 February

Quickly becoming a hot favourite in Auckland’s food truck events, Sabato Market Day knows how to please an Aucklander! With loads of food truck faves on board like Very Good Dumplings, Wise Boys Burgers, Philippe’s Poutine, Double Dutch Fries, Temaki Truck and so many more, your stretchiest pants will be put to the test. Cheesemonger Calum will also be doing a Parmigiano cracking at 12:30pm which is not to be missed—it’s cheese! There will also be in-store specaisl and tastings from all your fave New Zealand suppliers for a feast of epic proportions. 

Julius Caesar | 13 February—31 March

The world’s greatest empire is compromised when the wildly unpredictable yet wildly popular leader Julius Caesar can no longer be tolerated. Based on true events in Roman history, let the Pop Up Globe transport you 400 years into the past in the space for which the play was written. Working with top theatre experts worldwide, this gender exploration and role reversal sees the Pembroke’s Company have men play women, and even women playing men for a powerful performance you don’t want to miss. 

Urban Street Fest Milford | 15 February

Bringing a night of gourmet street food and dance-worthy live music, Urban Street Fest is ready for a good night, and you should be too! Making its home at Milford Shopping Centre, the food trucks include Double Dutch Fries, The Rolling Pin, Play Dough Pizza, Wise Boys Burgers, and Organic Knowledge just to name a few! This will be matched perfectly with live music from Lee Gray, as well as a tipple or two from the good people at Brothers Beer!

Dunkirk—Friday Films | 16 February

Friday night, a cinematic masterpiece and delish food and drink under the stats sounds like our kind of bliss. If it’s yours too, head down to Silo Park for Friday Films! You’ll have a chance to blow off some steam with a drink or two at the Silo Bar, chow down on some delectable treats from food trucks like Crepes Creations, Kraken Crumpets, Fritz’s Weiners and so much more. Settle in on the green with your creature comforts to watch Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s WW2 masterpiece. One of the great films of 2017, Dunkirk weaves an intricate tale connecting soldiers, civilians and families that is nothing short of epic.

Silo Farm | 18 February

Dust off your gum boots and get out your Swanndri for an escape from the city… right in the heart of it! Silo Park is transforming into Silo Farm for one day only, where they’re giving us city slickers a taste of the farm! From a petting zoo, the finest sheepdogs in town, to a classic gumboot toss and a bicycle-powered saw, expect something for the whole family! It’s not all work down at the farm, ‘cause you’ll be enjoying some ice cold brews and a dance or two with DJ Tido on the decks!

Auckland Fringe | 20 February—4 March

The feisty, independent open-access arts festival is back for a kick-ass two weeks! Auckland Fringe is open to anyone and everyone who wants to get involved, celebrating inclusivity in this wonderful city of ours. From main stage to floating theatres, fancing with cats to dental hygiene talks (very important), immerse yourself in the weird, wacky and wonderful Auckland arts scene.

Meatstock | 24 February—25 February

Reckon you’re the biggest and baddest meat lover around? Meatstock is where you need to be this February for all things juicy, tender meat! See the pros battle it out at the NZ Butcher Wars, or nail the perfect chicken and ribs from five-time World Barbecue Champion Tuffy Stone. If you reckon you’re a bit of a master on the grill, you can even register to be part of the King of the Cue and NZ Barbecue Awards for a chance to score some top-tier prizes. And, if you’re just there to eat, come well prepared—there’s more than ten stallholders serving up all things meat, as well as pros in the industry giving you all the tips and tricks for the perfect cut. Bring on the meat sweats!

Wigging Out | 27 February

Who’s better to peer into the world of female friendships than two men in wigs? Wigging Out brings you Auckland’s hottest new drag sisters, sashaying into your lives quick stat! Anne Ziety and Dee Pression were high school frenemies with more beef than a Taylor Swift, and reunite in a doctor’s waiting room. Starring Tom Sainsbury, the Snapchat Paula Bennett, and Hamish Russell, Drag Wars 2016 Winner, this extravagant show promises lip-syncs, monologues and self-deprecating asides. Let’s not forget the sequins, slipping false eyelashes, and more costume reveals than you can shake ya tail feather at! 

Image Credit: Lantern Festival 

Free Things To Do In Auckland This February

Free Things To Do In Auckland This February

by Bella Askelund @ The A List | The Urban List

January is a financial downer: You're still recovering from the burden of Christmas presents, and that $300 a pop ticket to your New Years bash—let alone all the bills that seem to suddenly appear on January 5... but don't worry, we have your back.

Grab a pen and a calendar friends, here’s all the free things to do in Auckland this February. PSA: the end of summer has never looked so good. 

Om Community Potluck 

Back in action for 2018, the Om Community Potluck is the easiest, tastiest (and cheapest) foodie event of the season. Held on February 5, it’s BYO everything, from your own plant based dish to your cutlery and your favourite blanket to sit on. Throw together a dish from whatever you’ve got in the kitchen—hey, potato salads are vegan—and enjoy a cruisey evening filled with all the best vibes. You’ll be guaranteed to see an abundance of incredible looking dishes lining the rugs. Why is it that vegans seem to make food that’s so damn presentable? Meanwhile, we’re over here with our #basic eggs on toast.

Walk up Mount Eden 

Exercise isn’t the best free thing one can do—but it’s one that will make you feel a million dollars afterwards. If you’re stuck at home with time to spare but not dollars to spare, head to Mount Eden for a leisurely stroll. It’s the perfect inner-city escape, with a view that will blow your stresses out the front door. And, if you decide to have a YOLO moment at the top, grab a real fruit ice cream from Walt’s. They’ve got dairy free if you wanna keep with the health fix. 

2018 Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day 

Celebrate the Year of the Dog on February 3 at the 2018 Chinese New Year Festival & Market Day touching down at ASB Showgrounds. Get amongst all of the traditional festivities including the Lion/Dragon dance, cultural songs and dances, outdoor martial arts and tai chi and games for the kids. Yep, you guessed it, it’s a free event too—that is if you can hold out on all the stalls serving up the very best of Chinese cuisine… Pro tip: Have an all-you-can-eat toast competition with your BFF at home beforehand. The thought of eating will be so far from your mind, you’ll simply enjoy the cultural antics. #YoureWelcome.

Chase Waterfalls 

While TLC told us not to, sometimes it’s good to venture away from the rivers and lakes that you’re used to. Lucky for us, there are a fair few waterfalls to chase near Auckland. We’ve tested the water (falls) around the city to bring you a list of the best in Auckland. Dive in! The only cost will be a little bit of petrol but hey, that doesn’t count when you’re about to have this much fun. 

Dunkirk at Silo Park 

On February 16. head to Silo Park to watch the renowned film Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s WW2 masterpiece. Pull up one of the bean bags or bring along your picnic rug and have yourself the perfect date night under the stars. To avoid spending your hard earned dollars, pack some nibbles from home and enjoy an evening of fabulosity (for free!). It’s the perfect way to kick back and indulge in a movie night that doesn’t involve Netflix and chill. 

Waitangi Day 

For the 178th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty, Orakei Domain is celebrating the occasion with a fun day out at Okahu Bay! Waitingi Day is sorted with this free community event bringing fantastic local musicians on the main stage, all the best food stalls, an arts and crafts lane as well as a games zone for the little ones. This is one of those events that leave you feeling as proud as they come. 

Music In The Park 

The Auckland Council is hosting a bunch of epic Music In The Park events this Feb and if there's one thing for sure, it's that they are not to be missed! From Brendon Thomas and The Vibes, The Nukes and crazy good summer jam sessions, a free event has never looked so good. Chuck on your favourite festy outfit, pop a little glitter on your face and crack a cold one—you'll be reliving New Year's in a jiffy. 

Sunrise Yoga 

Sunrise yoga is back on February 7 and better than ever before because—you guessed it—it’s free! Located at the end of Queens Wharf, swap the BYO wine with a BYO yoga mat and embrace your every Zen vibe. You can’t get much better than starting the day with yoga at the seaside. Hey, you may even meet some likeminded pals while you’re there. Not bad, Auckland City, not bad. 

Auckland Art Gallery 

With more than 15,000 works of art and free entry, visiting the Auckland Art Gallery is a no brainer. The beautiful venue features ever-changing exhibitions of both local and international artists. They also regularly run both paid and free talks, so make sure you keep an eye on their website for what’s on. It’s a sure fire way to have a fab day out without breaking the bank. 

Auckland Pride Gala

The Auckland Pride Gala is bringing you the most dramatic performances and breathtakingly talented performers, as well as a secret line up of guest appearances by Rainbow community icons. Moving into its sixth year, this is New Zealand’s largest and loudest social and cultural programme of events for the Rainbow community of New Zealand! Welcome to each and every New Zealander, there are more than 10 crazy, wonderful events for you to get amongst to celebrate diversity, individuality and being proud of who you are. Runs from 2 - 18 February. 

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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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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.

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Fancy one of the world’s greatest food experiences? Try Hanoi

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

                                       Tourists eat out late at night in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy The Telegraph gets its teeth into Hanoi cuisine, and it’s not the famous ‘pho’ or Obama’s ‘bun cha’ Many people are drawn to a destination just because of how well it triggers their appetite, and for that reason, Hanoi is one of the world’s greatest cities to visit, The Telegraph recommends. The U.K. newspaper published a list of “the world’s 17 greatest cities for food” on Sunday and the Vietnamese capital grabbed second spot, after Tokyo. “Hanoi’s compact old center is arguably the better place to sample the balance of salt, sweet, sour and spice in Vietnamese cuisine,” it said, comparing the city with the popular southern metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, which is “more international”. Hanoi is where one can take to the streets and eat like a local, it said. The city offers some of the most popular Vietnamese dishes such as “banh mi”, a baguette usually filled with grilled pork, meatballs or cold cuts, cucumber, cilantro, pickled carrots, liver pâté and a swipe of mayonnaise, or “com...

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Nuoc Voi – The Simple But Elegant Drink Of Hanoians

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

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

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Tet Food

by admin @ Vietnam discovery Travel

Banh Chung and banh Tet (Boiled rice and pork cakes) Boiled rice and pork cakes are usually cooked 2-3 days before...

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How To Manage Time Like A Pro

How To Manage Time Like A Pro

by Nina Franklin @ The A List | The Urban List

Eat, sleep, work, repeat… sound familiar? For most of us it seems there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Time is precious and whether you’re a student, a boss or a nine-to-fiver, managing your time can be a stressful task, but it can be done. It’s all about simplifying tasks, prioritising your time and making time for people, play and rest.

With a bit of planning and rearranging, you can relieve your stress, increase your productivity and get things achieved and it’s really not that hard!

So, here’s a list of seven steps to help you manage your time like a pro, so you can have more time spent drinking wine and watching Netflix, coz, priorities.  

#1 Plan And Prioritise Your Day

Setting aside a little bit of time the night before or, taking a few minutes in the morning to plan your day, can be the difference between a clear focus or feeling overwhelmed and flustered.

Firstly, take a look at what you need to achieve. Start with the most important or time sensitive task first and work your way down to the least important or pressing. Prioritisation is key here, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get everything done. There are only so many hours in a day and there is a big difference between getting everything done and getting everything done well. If you’ve finished the essential, then consider your day a success.

#2 Set Reminders On Your Phone

Utilise that phone of yours and set reminders for yourself. It’s a psychological fact that on average the human brain can only really remember seven (or less) things at once. So, if you’ve got an important meeting, phone call or appointment, set the reminder to give you enough time to get to or prepare for your engagement.

Reminders can also make good note pads. If you’re in the middle of something important and a thought pops into your head, jot it down quickly into your phone and set a reminder for later so you can come back and give it some more thought. This is a good way to avoid trying to multi-task and distracting you from the task at hand.

#3 Get Rid Of Distractions

Social media is a nightmare for productivity and a trap for procrastination. To avoid any kind of unnecessary distractions, think about doing things like—deleting the social media bookmarks from your task bar, switching off your phone and shutting down any online chat conversations you have going. Without these distractions, you’ll find yourself getting through tasks quicker and more efficiently.

#4 Take Breaks

Don’t be a hero, make sure you take breaks—especially if you’re run off your feet. Some people often feel guilty about stepping away from their desks to take breaks but studies have shown that taking breaks at work can actually prevent us from getting bored and unfocused, help us retain information and help us to re-evaluate our tasks.

There are a few different break methods you could consider for taking breaks—The Pomodoro technique goes in short bursts of time, suggesting you should work for 25 minutes then take a break of five minutes to stretch your legs or grab a drink of water.

Working in 90-minute work blocks is said to work with your body’s natural rhythm and that after 90 minutes we need to renew our energy levels by taking a break.

The 52-17 method suggests you should work for 52 minutes at a time, and then take a 17-minute breaks to achieve maximum productivity. But, if you think you really don’t have enough time to take a time block break then you should try taking two 15-minute breaks during your work day—one mid-morning and one around 3pm—which is said to be the least productive time of the day.

#5 Be Early

If you plan to be somewhere on time, there are two ways this can turn out—you will either be on time or be late. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances can get in the way of you being on time, so to avoid the stress and rush and plan to be earl. 15 minutes is usually a good rule of thumb.

#6 Make Leisure Time

Having leisure time in your day is an absolute must to maintain a clear frame of mind. None of us are super human, we can’t be working machines all day long, so—take some time for yourself to do things you enjoy. Whether it is reading a book, watching some Netflix, grabbing a coffee or visiting a friend, make sure you plan for leisure time in your day to keep that brain of yours ticking away in tip top shape.

#7 Download A Time Management App

In this day and age, you can download an app for pretty much anything. Downloading one will help you delegate your time like a pro and make sure you’re getting the maximum productivity out of your day.

Here are a couple of top rated apps we’re loving— Clear app organises your life into simple to-do lists using themed categories. It’s fully customisable and super easy to use. Clara is an email app that schedules and co-ordinates your meetings for you. RescueTime is a time tracking app that records where and how you are spending your time online. Timely is a time-tracking app that keeps tabs on how long projects take and helps you to organise your workweek. Finally, Trello is a project management app that lets you sort through tasks and lays them out on a bulletin board using editable cards, letting you collaborate with your team members.

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19 Out-Of-The Box Date Ideas For Valentine’s Day

19 Out-Of-The Box Date Ideas For Valentine’s Day

by Martha Brooke @ The A List | The Urban List

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock since Christmas Day, you will have noticed the ginormous teddies, the elaborate carnation bunches and heart-shaped everything's starting to fill the shelves in stores everywhere.

Love it or hate it, people, Valentine’s Day is back. Instead of embracing the cliché of spending far too much money and having a ‘meh’ time, let’s show some love in some of the more unconventional ways instead. Pull your other half close and get ready to create some utterly unforgettable memories, with our lust-worthy list!

Build a secret fort, stick on The Walking Dead and pretend you’re in a Zombie Apocalypse. Nothing says I love you like Neegan’s love for Lucille. Or, why not take it one step further and head to Spookers. Use fear as an excuse to cuddle together.  Go on a group date. BYO gallons of cheap plonk and your cute-as-a-button couple crew. What more could you possibly want? Well, maybe a diamond encrusted jet-ski, but who’s fussy? Partake in an old-school gaming marathon. We’re talking Mario, Crash Bandicoot and friends. Make your own forfeits and get that game face on! Or hit Timezone. The more tickets, the more chance of winning that Pokemon keyring. #Baller Forget watching The Notebook. Reenact the famous boat scene instead! Hire a boat/canoe and recreate Noah and Allie being everything we’ve always wished to be. Better yet, get stuck into a pottery class. Careful, we don’t want Ghost round two happening! Thrash it round Laser Tag, where chasing someone you fancy is totally acceptable. Go on a second first date. Wear the same outfits, head to the same restaurant and recreate those initial first special moments. Nawwww. Wine crawls are where it’s at! Enjoy a few tipples around some of the city’s finest vino joints. Taxi! Drive each other up the wall at rock climbing. Bulge flattering harnesses included. Go to a random gig. Close your eyes and point—where your finger lands, that’s where you’ll go! A one-man, jazz and heavy metal band, should be good, right? Confuse the heck out of people and celebrate on a different day. Create your own signature fragrances at Jo Malone and pick scents that remind you of your other half. No, they don’t do damp, soggy under-the-bed socks, unfortunately. Kayak Rangitoto at dusk. Sunset, sea and a whole lotta memorable moments. *Mic drop Have a pool or darts competition at your local. Proper pints, bags of chips and a hopeful victory! Go skinny dipping. We won’t judge and we won’t tell! Just do it. No! We don’t mean that you dirty beggars! Squeeze into your Nike gear and hit the gym. Do you really know true love until you’ve seen their sweaty bum imprint on the rowing machine? Oh f**k it, just do it. Bow chicka wow wow!

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Hanoi Street Food - Best Vietnamese Eats!

Hanoi Street Food - Best Vietnamese Eats!


Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

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

The New Vegan Bar And Eatery You Need To Know About

The New Vegan Bar And Eatery You Need To Know About

by Jaiden Bhaga @ The A List | The Urban List

Auckland, prepare to freak out. The eatery you’ve been waiting for is here. Say hello to The Butcher's Son, a one-stop shop for some of the best plant-based eats in town. 

Found on Jervois Road, this new gem is set to change the vegan food scene one scrumptious creation at a time. Brought to us by James and Louise Logan alongside Chris Kinnell The Butcher's Son features a hip modern fit-out,  boasting plenty of space adorned with cool earthy tones. From neon-lit signs to a fully stocked cabinet, it seems there’s nothing this gem can’t do!

“There’s something for everyone,” says James. “Everything is super approachable, you might not even realise we’re fully vegan.” 

He’s not wrong, a quick glance at the menu will have you spot faves including tacos, nachos, burgers and even a big breakfast! 

Currently serving breakfast and lunch, the menu is the work of head chef Angus McLean. Putting his experience of working alongside the likes of Peter Gordon and Yotam Ottolenghi to good use, the extensive menu will easily leave you spoilt for choice. 

James' top pick is the epic taco loco. Picture two corn tacos jam-packed with spicy crumbed crispy cauliflower, chipotle aioli topped with a refreshing charred pineapple salsa so good, it’ll drive you loco for sure. 

Soon to be the talk of the town is the epic beet burger. Featuring a beetroot, mushroom and tempeh patty, tangy pickles, ‘cheddar’, aioli, tomato jam all on a house-made brioche. Served alongside fries and salad, you won’t even miss the meat after a bite into this bad boy. 

Who needs to buy a house in Auckland when you can Avo Good Day? The Butcher's Son’s take on the brunch staple puts the rest to shame.  Loaded with smashed avocado, edamame, house-made beetroot sauerkraut and organic sprouts all rye, this little masterpiece is definitely one for the gram. 

Just when you think they can’t get any better, the eatery also caters for kids! From smoothie bowls to not dogs, you can rest assured even the fussiest foodies-in-training will leave with a smile on their dial. 

From house-made pressed juices to whizz-bang smoothies, you can rest assured all bevvies are freshly made to ensure you’re only slurping up the good stuff. Or, if you’re craving something a little stronger the eatery from next week onwards will also be offering a killer range of vegan craft beers, wines and cocktails. 

If you find yourself on the go, The Butcher's Son has you covered. The jam-packed cabinet features a stellar range of sweet treats from nutritionist sous chef and qualified naturopath Amy Lynn. Using only plant-based, eco-friendly packaging and napkins you can snack rest assured your eats are completely guilt-free. 

Currently serving only breakfast and lunch service, the team also plan to expand into dinner service in the near future. Keep an eye on site as we bring you the latest and greatest on all things The Butcher's Son.

With smoothie bowls, big breakfast and burgers to boot, The Butcher's Son is the approachable plant-based eatery we’ve been waiting for. We’ll catch you there! 

For more information about The Butcher's Son, including opening hours, click here. 

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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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10 things to answer the question: “Why is Vietnam attractive?”

by sub_admin @ Vietnam Travel & Cruise

Beautiful natural landscape and scenery, pristine charming beaches, friendly locals or delicious street food, there are so many reasons for Vietnam tourism to be highly scored in the eyes of international travelers. Today, we reveal top 10 reasons that attract world-wide travelers to Vietnam Scenery...

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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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10 Best Places to Visit in Vietnam

by sub_admin @ Vietnam Travel & Cruise

A long, narrow country squeezed in between the South China Sea and the Laos and Cambodia borders, Vietnam is a land of striking landscapes that range from the lush rice terraces and forested mountains in the north to the picturesque valleys of the Central Highlands and the fertile delta and beautifu...

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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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Bun Thang – Hanoi Quintessential Cuisine

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

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

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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.

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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Top 10 things to do in Hanoi, Hanoi Street Food, Thing to do in Hanoi

Top 10 things to do in Hanoi, Hanoi Street Food, Thing to do in Hanoi


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Top 10 things to do in Hanoi, Hanoi is one of South East Asia’s most mysterious and culturally rich cities. With over 1000 years of history, exploring Hanoi in the open air by motorbike is one of the best ways.

Reference options for your stay in Hoi An

by Fiona @ Travel information for Vietnam from local experts

Under $200/night 1. Hoi An Chic Hotel – 1.928.408 VND/night Add: Nguyen Trai Street, Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An Phone: 0235 3926 799 5-star Free Wi-Fi Free Parking Breakfast Included Air-con Pool 2. Little Hoian Boutique Hotel & Spa – 1.116.241 VND/night Add: Song Hoai Square, 02 Thoai Ngoc Hau, Cam Pho, Hoi An Phone: …

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.

Myanmar Travel – An Overview Itinerary

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Initially, I was reluctant as I’m used to managing my own itinerary. Also, I would be traveling without Lora. With her encouragement and my curiosity for a country which I know nothing about, even-though Myanmar is located next door to the country of my birth Thailand, I decided to embark on this adventure to learn about the foods, culture, people …

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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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Cudweed Sticky Rice Balls – Passionate Flavor of Hanoi Autumn

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

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

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How to Appreciate Durian Taste in Southeast Asia

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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La Vong Grilled Fish – The Lesser-Known Origin

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

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

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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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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

Cherry blossom festival to take place in Ha Noi in March

by admin @ Vietnam discovery Travel

A cherry blossom festival will take place in Ha Noi from March 23-26 as part of a cultural exchange to mark...

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Unique Styles of Bun Cha in Hanoi

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

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

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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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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!

Perfectly Festive Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

by Honest Cooking @ Honest Cooking

Whether you are hosting a girls' night or spending an evening with someone special, celebrate Valentine's Day with these easy cocktails that are delicious and festive. Plus, they're way cheaper than going out for overpriced drinks at a super busy cocktail bar.

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Clam Worm Season in Hanoi

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

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

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HCM City prepares for massive tourism

by admin @ Vietnam discovery Travel

Based on its 2017 success, Ho Chi Minh City aims to attract between seven and eight million international visitors and a...

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A Guide to Vietnamese Spices and Their Usage You Should Know

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

Vietnamese Spices are put into food to make it flavorful and fragrant which have been passed from generation to generation. Sometimes, the secrets of the delicious Vietnamese food lie on

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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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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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Water Puppetry – Vietnamese Soul In Each Play

by admin @ Vietnam discovery Travel

Water puppetry ( Mua roi nuoc ) is one of the typical types of the theatrical scene for the Vietnamese national...

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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 [...]

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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STREET FOOD IN HANOI - Indochina Travel Services

STREET FOOD IN HANOI - Indochina Travel Services


Indochina Travel Services

Famous Street Food in Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam, just like most of the cities in Vietnam, offers a wide variety of food to those who visit it. Overall, the food in Hanoi was sweeter than that in Ho Chi Minh city, and it also tended to be more fragrant as opposed...

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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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 [...]

Wonderful Hanoi Golf Tour 1 Day

by admin @ Indochina Travel Services

Hanoi Golf Tour 1 Day – Play Golf at King's Island Golf Club Hanoi is not only wonderful place for cultural and history exploring but it is also a great golfing destination in Vietnam. There are many amazing, luxury and high quality golf courses around Hanoi. With recently built golf...

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Dining Guide to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam

Dining Guide to the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam


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

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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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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Explore Vietnam At Lowest Price From 85 Usd

by admin @ Indochina Travel Services

Explore Vietnam – Low Price Tours in Vietnam Vietnam is wonderful place for holidays. Vietnam has something for everyone. Vietnam has long coastline which is wonderful for travelers who would like to enjoy beach tours in Vietnam, relaxing and enjoy top beautiful beaches in the world. Vietnam also owns stunning...

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Hanoi’s notorious black market, where anything goes

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

Don’t expect a receipt if you’re looking to buy anything from this market. Most Hanoians would be flummoxed if you asked them where Hoa Binh Market is, but if you asked them about Chợ Giời, it would be a different story. The name Chợ Giời tells a story itself as its earliest vendors used to gather in an open-air spot to sell pretty much everything they owned, hence the name “Giời”, meaning sky, God and outdoors in Vietnamese. The market is believed to have opened in 1955 on the corner of two streets, but since then it has expanded to more than four streets and two big alleys along the busy thoroughfares of Hue and Hang Bai. In Chợ Giời, vendors sell everything from car parts and metal springs to TV remotes. Some old, some new, some possibly stolen. The majority of the goods are mechanical items, and here you can find the tiniest screwdrivers to rare 1980’s amplifiers all under the same roof. Following the war and the subsidy period, Chợ Giời was split down into different departments. Yen Bai 2 Street was known for its CDs and DVDs  —  before the Internet and Youtube changed all that. Nguyen Cong Tru Street draws vendors selling...

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Top 10 street foods you should try to become Hanoians » Exotic Voyages

Top 10 street foods you should try to become Hanoians » Exotic Voyages


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Named in the list of best cities for sweet food by CNN travel magazine, Hanois is really a haven of awesome street foods. A famous American author, James Michener says “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” So don’t miss your unique chance to explore the old city of Hanoi in your Vietnam trips through its delicious traditional street foods. Below is the top 10 street foods you should try in Hanoi, a list of recommended street restaurants and suggested direction from Hoan Kiem Lake. 1-...

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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21 Epic Play Dates For Grown-Ups

21 Epic Play Dates For Grown-Ups

by Nina Franklin @ The A List | The Urban List

Remember when your mum used to tell you not to grow up too fast? “Enjoy being a kid!” she’d say and you were all like…“yeah, yeah mum.” Well, we bet you wish you had listened to her now, because let’s face it, sometimes being an adult sucks! With all the pressures and responsibilities that come along with being a grown-up, sometimes you just gotta take off your adult hat and indulge your inner kid.

So, to help you do just that, we’ve come up with 20 play date ideas for you and your pals, that will have you forgetting about your day-to-day stresses and feeling like a big little kid in no time.

So, leave the kids at home, shut that laptop and go and have some fun. Go on, you deserve it!

#1 Laser Tag

Nothing gets the LOL’s rolling out quite like running around a room decked in armour and shooting at your mates with laser guns. Luckily for us, Auckland has a bunch of laser tag establishments. You can check them out here, here and here!

#2 Tree Adventures

Not only is this activity super fun but it’s great exercise and will test your hand-eye coordination, too! Tree Adventures courses range from three to 14-metres off the ground and are set to get the blood pumping. Head out to West Auckland’s Woodhill Forest to check it out.

#3 Odyssey Sensory Maze

Tucked away in the basement of the Metro building on Auckland’s Queen Street is Odyssey Sensory Maze, a super fun and interactive journey. The maze will challenge all of your senses as you make your way through different rooms. Check them out here!

#4 Escape Rooms

This physical adventure game is another great idea for a group date with your pals. You’ll be put into a locked room and to solve a series of puzzles in order to escape. These rooms are fun, interactive, get your brain pumping and Auckland has many to experience! 

#5 Karaoke

Who doesn’t love a bit of karaoke—especially after a cocktail or two?! Hit up The Vodka Room, for starters. It’s classy, has great food AND has more than 150 different types of vodka behind the bar! This place is guaranteed to set you up for a super fun night out! Or, make your way through our list of the best places for karaoke in Auckland. 

#6 Spookers

Keen for a bit of a scare? Situated out in the former psychiatric hospital, Kingseat, you’ll find Spookers, a super fun but super scary haunted house attraction. Spookers will get the screams happening, the blood pumping and all the LOL’s for sure.

#7 Fly A Jet

Ever wanted to fly a plane? Well, now you can…well, kind of! Fly A Jet Flight simulator is an Auckland attraction where you can sit in a simulator and feel like you’re flying a real-life plane with realistic day and night-time visuals as well as real-time weather and flight condition reports. And the best part? No experience necessary!

#8 Virtual Reality Studio

Fancy yourself a bit of a gamer? Get your buds together and check out the Virtual Reality Studio, where you can choose different rooms with different gaming experiences, including virtual reality headset games and a retro room-filled with ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s era games!

#9 Blastacars

Another one to get the blood pumping. Unlike other go carts, Blastacars are designed to be drifted., Hand crafted and are super-fast, it’s perfect for the adrenaline junkie in you.

#10 Comedy Night

Laughter certainly is the best medicine and the perfect way to de-stress from all of those adult responsibilities. For a fun night out with your pals, head into the city, grab a bite to eat and a drink (of course) then head on in for one of the Comedy Club’s comedy nights. They’re a laugh and a half!

#11 Rainbows End Night Sessions

Grab your friend and head along to the funnest place in Auckland…… Rainbows End. And, if you’re wanting to avoid large school groups and loooooong waits in lines, then check out one of their night sessions for all the action after dark!

#12 Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy

We’ve all seen it catapulting people into imminent fear on the corner of Victoria and Albert Street….so why not pluck up the courage to actually try the Sky Screamer Reverse Bungy? What better way than to make you lose your shit and feel like a big little kid all over again. Check it out here.

#13 Bungy Jumping

Another one for adrenaline junkies. Bungy jumping off the Harbour Bridge is the perfect adult play date for you and your bud. What better way than to unleash your inner child and forget about all the stresses of adult life than facing your fears and throwing yourself off a bridge? Go on, we dare ya!

#14 Sky Diving

And if you’re going to bungy jump, then why not take it a step further and jump out of a plane? Sky diving is a must-do for everyone. So, pluck up the courage and give it a try. It might just be the ideal way to make you forget about your adult woes and we can guarantee you’ll have so much fun doing it!

#15 Ponsonby Pool Hall

Beers and pool. It’s a simple yet easy way to take a load off and have some fun with your mates. Open seven days a week and open late, duck in after a long day at work. Check them out here.

#16 Paintball

Paintball is another adventure game that promises to get the adrenaline pumping and the laughter flowing and with plenty of adventure courses scattered around Auckland, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice. Take a group of friends and get amongst it with a paintball adventure! Check out the options here, here and here.

#17 Arena 149

This is a simulated military action game, set across a 2000-square-foot warehouse space in West Auckland. Another great way to unleash your inner child and what’s more fun than running around, shooting at your mates!? Check them out here.

#18 Cork And Canvas

If you’re not so much of an adrenaline junkie and looking for a little more relaxed mate date, then check out Cork and Canvas! It’s a paint and wine night, where you can drink to your heart’s content while unleashing your inner artist. Auckland’s Cork and Canvas nights are hosted at REC bar in Britomart.

#19 24-Hour Driving Range

Feelin’ a bit frustrated? Why not head out to the 24-hour driving range and bash some balls around!? It’s a wonderful way to de-stress and have a laugh with your mates at the same time.

#20 Go White Water Rafting

Get your adrenaline pumping at Vector Wero in Manukau. The epic whitewater park offers white water rafting, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. It’s also home to an exhilarating 4.5-metre waterfall and guess what? You can totally raft down it!

#21 AWOL Adventures

Our final pick for your fun-filled adult playdate is AWOL Adventures. This canyoning adventure is in Piha and has different levels with abseils, jumps, caves and waterfalls to explore. You can choose to do a half day, a full day or a night time trip, with gear and training included.

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Visit These Top Pagodas in Myanmar (Burma)

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Growing up as a small child in Thailand, I routinely visited Thai Buddhist Temples wherever my family and I went.  This tradition remains with me to this day. Whenever and wherever I travel to a place that practices Buddhism, I make an effort to explore the spiritual sanctuaries of the area. Myanmar is one of the most devout Buddhist countries …

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Chasing Dreams of Southeast Asia and the Twenty-Something Adventures

by Exotic Voyages Customer @ Exotic Voyages

Last November, Jamie and Rachel had a tour with us to Thailand and Bali, Indonesia. This amazing trip was recaptured by stunning photo and especially, through the real words of Rachel, one of two gorgeous girls. Now, take a  closer look and read her story of the 20-year friendship with Jamie and how her dream came true as follows: We quit our jobs, invested our savings and decided it was all or nothing. Jamie and I have been best friends for 20 years. Since the age of three, we have been adding, and checking off, adventures on our Best Friend...

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Gastronomic gastropods- Vietnamese loves snails !

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

From Michelin-starred fine dining, to chili-laden, beer-swilling, street-food staple, the humble snail takes many forms. Oysters, lobsters, sushi and snails; all now “posh” and expensive elements of global food culture. They were, however, once all considered to be the food of the lower-classes. In fact, oysters were so plentiful during the European colonization of the Americas that their crushed shells were a common component in brick making. Likewise, the practice of wrapping raw fish (and other meats) in rice was, many centuries ago, a common way for Japanese farmers and fishermen to preserve food for several months at a time. And then there’s lobster, that ubiquitous element of modern fine dining. According to a report on the creature’s recent popularity by the U.K.’s Telegraphnewspaper, the clawed crustacean was “once not deemed worthy for anything other than the ‘lowest of the low.’” It’s funny how things change. Add a bit of gold leaf, a smear of pureed veg, a froth of salty foam, and a jacked-up price tag, and suddenly the cuisine of the working classes jumps a few steps up the social ladder. As with bread, beef, carrots and coffee, it would be easy to assume that the practice of...

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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 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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Lunar New Year Flower Festival 2018 in Ha Long City

by admin @ Vietnam discovery Travel

The festival “Wonders – Colorful Flowers” has been organized since 27 January 2018 in Sun World Ha Long Complex, Ha Long...

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15 Dates You Should Have This February

15 Dates You Should Have This February

by Sarah Downs @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s February, which means it’s officially the month that celebrates luuurve. Okay, maybe not, but it is the month that contains Valentine’s Day, plus, there’s no harm in spending time with bae. So, in the spirit of romance and in the spirit of spending time with loved ones we have got some ideas to up your dating game!

Here’s every date you should have this February!

 1. Have a non-awkward gallery date by visiting some of the interactive exhibitions. Jae Kang’s ‘Knot Touch’ at the Maritime Museum and Yayoi Kusama’s The Obliteration Room at The Auckland Art Gallery both, thankfully, invite audience participation so you won't be left with silent room chit-chat.

2. Bond by listening to an album you both like, then go to a see it performed live together (if it’s worth the investment).

3. Get #fitspo this month and check out some of the incredible waterfalls close to Auckland. A magical fall could just entice a movie moment.

4. Have a late-night dessert date at one Auckland's best spots. Pick from Miann, Milse, Giapo or The Fed and at least the dessert can’t go wrong.

5. What’s better than a movie date at the Outdoor Cinema? Screenings are running all summer long at Western Springs Park. You can snuggle up under the stars on rented bean bags - compatibility can be tested based on film feedback.

6. Feelin’ like getting out and about? Rent a tandem bike and cycle along Mission Bay, reward yourselves with fish on chips on the beach afterwards!

7. Go to a cool party. Splore Festival is on in February and it's a line up you don't want to miss. Dizzee Rascal, Chronixx and Ria Hall are just some of the musicians performing. If your dates not going well, at least the music will be.

8. If you both like a bit of culture, then go see a live Shakespearean performance at the much-loved Pop-Up Globe. This season has productions of Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors and Julius Caesar.

9. Have a picnic at one of Auckland’s best picnic spots! Cornwall Park is a fave, wander the pretty grounds and head to the cafe for a drink.

11. Take a stand-up paddleboard lesson together at Mission Bay and test your balance and your compatibility.

12 Want things to get a little... saucy? Meatstock could be for you. The carnival for carnivores is back this February and celebrates all things BBQ. Top chefs and pit-masters fly in for the festival, which offers all the brisket and burgers you can handle. This date is not for the dainty and BYO face wipes.

13. Have a summery day date at the Takapuna Food, Wine and Music Festival. The acts include the likes of Sneaky Sound System and The Jordan Luck Band, so, you can check out each other's dance moves. Food options include Double Dutch Fries, Wise Boys Burgers and Napoli Central—a cute picnic is guaranteed.  

14. Spend a wonderful day in Waiheke. Grab a gelato and hop on the ferry! Wander the local market, walk the sandy shores of Onetangi beach and then go for a fancy dinner at The Oyster Inn (note: must be able to last at least 18+ hours with date).

15. Wander the La Cigale Market. All the mouth-watering pastries will make you think you're in France…and everyone looks hotter in France.

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Michelin Stars – Tales From The Kitchen: A Grand New Dining Documentary You’ll Eat Up

by Annelise McAuliffe @ Honest Cooking

Filmed over two years, Michelin Stars - Tales From The Kitchen, gives us a behind the scenes look at the lives and stresses of starred chefs with a tale woven together by food critics and diners.

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Capital connection: The 7 bridges of Hanoi

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

Nhat Tan Bridge Nhat Tan Bridge, also known as the Vietnam – Japan Friendship Bridge, was inaugurated in January 2015. It is the first cable-stayed bridge in Hanoi with a total length of 8.9km (5.5 miles) with five spans, representing the capital city’s five ancient gates, crossing the Red River. The project had total investment of VND13,600 billion ($598 million), split between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Vietnamese government. The bridge was opened for public together with Nhat Tan – Noi Bai Highway which helps shorten travel time between Noi Bai International Airport and Hanoi’s center. Dong Tru Bridge Dong Tru Bridge opened to traffic in October 2014. The 1.1km bridge crossing the Duong River in Long Bien District cost VND882 billion and has eight lanes. It is 55m wide and has two 80m side-spans and a 120m central span. The bridge was built using concrete-filled steel arches, the first time this technology had been used in Southeast Asia. It is also the widest bridge in Vietnam. Thang Long Bridge Thang Long Bridge was built from 1974 to 1985. The 3,250-meter long bridge connects the city with Noi Bai Airport and was considered a symbol of Vietnam-Soviet relations....

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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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The Strand Hotel Yangon, Myanmar A Review

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Experience: Upon my arrival, I was impressed with the colonnaded entrance at The Strand. The architecture and furnishings transported me to era of colonial opulence. Elegant black and white color palette set the backdrop. Rattan furniture, Burmese antiques, and marble flooring create a lovely historic feel to this recently renovated property. The hotel is quite intimate with only 31 suites. …

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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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Bookless in Tangier: Reading Morocco

by Amanda Mouttaki @ MarocMama

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

Thailand Itinerary for Beach Lover

by Aisha Dao @ Exotic Voyages

You have heard about the numberless exotic beaches in Thailand but have only a 10-day vacation? Don’t worry, you still can get a good taste of this country islands in such that short amount of time. The key here is choosing either the north or the south Thailand beaches. Too greedy for all of the famous destinations might make you exhausted than relaxed. Below, you will find an itinerary that is special for beach lovers. You will start at Bangkok (Of course, who don’t like Bangkok?), experience around this bustling hub, play with the elephants and yes, spend your rest...

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10 Surprising Facts You Need to Know About Food in Portugal

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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10 Best Authentic Food Travel Experiences in 2017

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New Opening: Bacio

New Opening: Bacio

by Jaiden Bhaga @ The A List | The Urban List

A charming new cafe has just opened its doors on Jervois Road and we couldn’t be more excited.

Say hello to Bacio (pronounced like nacho, with a b) the new kid on the block taking Ponsonby by storm. With a simple, hip fit-out, you need only follow the sweet sweet scent of freshly baked goods and mouth-watering sweet treats. A step inside will see you faced with a full table decked out with baked goods. From loaves and slices to brownies and even kisses you’ll find yourself quickly making a beeline for the deliciousness.

Brought to us by foodie extraordinaire Logan Harris, the legend has worked tirelessly to craft an epic menu and offering that’s gaining fans, fast.

“We’re a bit old-school with a lot of our cabinet food and baking,” says Logan. “We have a bit of a rustic, homemade vibe with a focus on classics done right.” 

The Italian term for ‘kiss’, it’s hard to not fall in love at first bite with Bacio's scrumptious goodies.

The front-of-house cabinet features an offering of interchanging salads, roast ham, and epic club sandwiches. From pies and pastries to quite possibly some of the best scones in town, it’s no wonder Bacio already has a number of dedicated regulars. 

That being said, the full menu is not one to miss. Our top pick is the scrumptious fried chicken burger. Just think, two perfectly steamed buns encasing golden succulent crunchy fried chicken, topped with a fresh pineapple salsa and drizzled with chipotle aioli you won’t be able to stop at just one bite. Served alongside fries and pickled onion, we’re picking this gem as a crowd favourite.

If you’re craving something a little sweet, look no further than the grilled banana bread. House-made and served with bacon, maple, mascarpone and raspberry this creation kicks your average pancake to the curb. 

For those feelin’ clean and green, the grilled halloumi and dukkah salad are for you—it's a scrumptious bowl with mushrooms, broccolini and poached egg. 

Bacon lovers, this one's for you. Atop a moreish potato hash, alongside leafy greens, slow roasted tomato and poached eggs you’ll find a thick cut rasher of bacon you can really sink your teeth into.

Roasting only Supreme coffee, this gem is sure to be your one-stop spot while on the go. Of course…what’s a morning coffee without a sweet little something? Grab a box and head to the treats table and load her up with goodies. You won’t regret it.

After a brunch at Bacio, not only will the squad be singing your praises but you’ll all leave simply wondering what you did without it! 

For more information about Bacio, including opening hours, click here. 

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Changchun’s Jingyuetan National Scenic Area: A Guide

by Alice Chen | Wherever I Want @

If you are in northern China, don’t underestimate Changchun! The capital of China’s Jilin Province is underrated, and visiting was a fantastic choice for me. It’s a nice, small city with *only* 8 million (8 times larger than my hometown of Austin HA), at least in comparison to Beijing, my current home. The most famous

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Vietnamese’s Coffee – The Charm of little Hanoi

by sub_admin @ Vietnam Travel & Cruise

Travelers come to Vietnam with the desire to explore the beauty of the country from the blue sea with long white sand beaches along the coast, through the ancient town covered by the bustling city and up North to the magnificent mountains with tribe hill villages. The charm of street food is also on...

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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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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 Weird Foods to Try in Hanoi, Vietnam!

Top 5 Weird Foods to Try in Hanoi, Vietnam!


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

10 Must-Try Vietnamese Foods

10 Must-Try Vietnamese Foods


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

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

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


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

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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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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Must-try Sapa Street Food for Memorable Vietnam Food Tours

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

Sapa Street Food is on the list of discovery things for adventurers traveling to the North of Vietnam. Sapa is so lovely and scenic that enchants photographers, nature lovers, adventurers,

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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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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

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


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

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. [...]

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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7 Paradises in Asia for Foodie Travelers

by Aisha Dao @ Exotic Voyages

For traveling foodies nothing seduces them than a tasty local dish. Exploring the cuisine is a must-do ‘mission’ which is as important as visiting the iconic landmarks of the country. From the flavor Bun Cha in Vietnam to the diversity of Dimsum in Hong Kong, Asia is absolutely the paradise of food with the endless list of dishes to try. 1. Bangkok, Thailand In 2017, CNN held an online poll of 35,000 people to figure out a list of “World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods”. 7 of Thailand’s dishes appeared on the list, more than any other countries. The result didn’t...

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All The Documentaries You Should Be Watching This Month

All The Documentaries You Should Be Watching This Month

by James Shackell @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

Icarus

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

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

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

Faces Places

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

Strong Island

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

Abacus: Small Enough To Jail

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

Last Men In Aleppo

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

Knife Skills

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

Edith + Eddie

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

Heroin(e)

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

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

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

...it was us. 

Image credit: Andy & Jim | Netflix 

Hanoi street food tour

Hanoi street food tour


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Phnom Penh Tours: A Revealing Exploration of Cambodia’s Most Famous Buildings

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

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Architecture fans won’t want to miss the Phnom Penh tours run by the team at Khmer Architecture Tours. This post will show you exactly what you can expect from the 1960s New Khmer Architecture Tour. For me, half the pleasure in visiting a city comes from looking up at buildings that make up its landscape. […]

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Auckland’s Getting A Vegetarian Dumpling Tour!

Auckland’s Getting A Vegetarian Dumpling Tour!

by Albert Cho @ The A List | The Urban List

With the colder season kicking in and Chinese New Year around the corner, Eat Auckland Food Tours is giving everyone the chance to move away from their smoothie bowls and get a taste of authentic Chinese cuisine.

The Auckland Vegetarian Dumpling Tour will be held along Dominion Road on Saturday 17th February. They will cater to all the herbivores and dairy free people out there so as many as possible can enjoy this afternoon of food and culture!

The three-hour tour will have up to almost 10 stops and won’t stop at just providing us with amazing flavours. There will be tour guides so we can learn and truly understand the history behind these traditional dishes which, in our opinion, makes the food taste that much more special. The tour kicks off at the slurpalicious Shaolin Kung Fu Noodles and finishing at the ever-popular

Just a heads up guys, the food tour does cater to all our vegetarian and dairy-free friends but the food will contain eggs and gluten ie. Not vegan.

The Deets:

What: Vegetarian Dumpling Tour

When: Saturday 17 February, 3 – 6pm

More info: here

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Must Eat Food in Hoi An – Tips on Hoi An Cuisine

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

Discover some of must eat food in Hoi An and know why the local cuisine is one of reasons for people travel to Hoi An
There is a saying that

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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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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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Hanoi’s lantern festival

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

An exhibition has revived the old spirit as Vietnam counts down to the full moon on Wednesday night. Lanterns for sale on Hang Gai Street during the Mid-Autumn Festival in 1926. The festival peaks on the full moon of the eighth lunar month, which falls on Wednesday this week. Children are drawn to a fish lantern outside a shop on Hang Gai in the Old Quarter. Star-shaped lanterns, the most popular toy during the festival, are made on the sidewalk. A wooden fighting roosters toy in a photo captured in 1937. Animals made from rice flour were popular in Hanoi nearly a century ago. These toys are still on sale in Vietnamese cities, but they now appeal more to nostalgic adults. A lion dance troupe prepares for their performance on Hang Thiec Street. Women make mooncakes on Hang Duong Street, known as the city’s sweets street, in a photo in 1928. A family offers a festival feast on their altar. A crab lantern. The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences is displaying the photos at the Hanoi Ancient House, 87 Ma May, Hoan Kiem District. Source: vnexpress

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Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi


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

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

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

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

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Five Types Of Vermicelli Feature Hanoi Cuisine

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

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

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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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Here’s Where To Watch This Super Blue-Blood Moon In Auckland

Here’s Where To Watch This Super Blue-Blood Moon In Auckland

by Bella Askelund @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s not everyday that a giant, cosmic entity lights up the sky with an intergalactic aura—completely kicking a regular full moon to the curb. To tell you the truth, it’s been a good 150 years since a moon was packing this much heat at one time… reow. It’s no surprise then that despite having zero expertise in science—or space—we are completely and utterly amped to watch this cosmic light show! It’s simply one of those evenings that cannot be missed.

So to ensure you have the best solar viewing spot possible, here’s the best places to watch this super blue-blood moon eclipse in Auckland. #noted. 

Stardome Observatory Planetarium

Cornwall Park

To celebrate this celestial phenomena, the Auckland Stardome is hosting a Lunar Eclipse Special Sighting event. This, my friends, is going to be rad on so many levels. They’re hooking it up with NASA live streams, moon astrophotography workshops, chances to look through the Zeiss telescope as well as an entire room dedicated to the Lunar Exhibition. Opening at 8pm on the tonight, the Stardome ain’t shutting it’s doors until 3am—inviting everyone to come in their PJ’s! Sorry Blare Waldorf, but your infamous sleepovers are now officially second best. 

Tawharanui

Tawharanui Peninsula

When something this big is about to happen, why not make an evening of it? Pack up your car with blankets, pillows and all the picnic essentials and begin the roadie to one of Auckland’s most-loved beaches. What’s hard to beat during the day, Tawharanui is equally as exceptional at night. This may just be the perfect spot to sit back, soak up the views and watch the wonderful moon do it’s thang. P.S. We may have just gifted you with the perfect ingredients to an evening of utter romance. Any opportunity to impress, right? 

Great Barrier Island

Hauraki Gulf

Considering Great Barrier is one of three Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world, we are absolutely #blessed to have it at our doorstop. This is the spot where the sky meets the ocean, away from the big city where light pollution is minimal and dark skies are shining. On a normal visit to Great Barrier, the views are out of this world, we literally cannot fathom this spot with a frickin’ super blue-blood moon! If a cheeky mid-week getaway is on the cards, make sure it’s en route here. 

Anawhata 

West Coast

Located en route to Piha, Anawhata makes for a more secretive moon gazing spot. Away from the hustle and bustle, take your pick between a spot on the raised hill or head for the chilled out beach below. Our West Coast beaches are known for showcasing some of the best cosmic shows. All it takes is a short drive out of the City to see what the galaxy has to offer. We’re thinking a gigantic takeaway order of Fish and Chips alongside a few cold brews could take this starry-eyed sitch to the next level. Duh, food makes everything more enjoyable. 

Waiheke Island

Waiheke

A ferry ride is the perfect addition to a cosmic light show, so why not head to Waiheke for an evening of delicacies. Book a table at one of the island's restaurants and dedicate the evening to good food, great wine and a sensational galactic show. Grab a BnB for the evening, pitch up a tent or time your returned ferry ride with the Moons peak moment. However you choose to spend the evening, Waiheke Island has you covered. 

Shakespeare Regional Park

Whangaparaoa

The spot to be for those embarking on a nomad lifestyle, Shakespeare Regional Park is our inner-city escape we can’t get enough of. A short 45-minute drive out of the city lands you at this ideal star gazing spot. Boasting one of the best camp grounds in Auckland, pitch up your tent, chuck some bangers on the BBQ and lax out with the moons beauty at your fingertips. What’s best, the surrounding beach makes for the perfect morning shower—it’s a win-win. 

Mount Eden

Mount Eden Village

Seeing this solar light show doesn’t have to mean travelling far. Simply go for a stroll up Mount Eden as the sun goes down and prepare to have your mind blown. It’s no secret that Circus Circus do some of the best hot drinks in town, and it’s just our luck that their doors are open until the late evening. Pick up some takeaway lattes and a cheeky slice of their infamous choccy cake and watch the nights action without the admin of driving far. Lazy persons guide, right here. 

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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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Great Sapa Trekking Tour in 4 Days

by admin @ Indochina Travel Services

Sapa Trekking Tour in 4 Days Sapa Trekking Tour in 4 Days is great trekking tour in Sapa which is really wonderful adventure trekking tour in Sapa. Enjoy trekking through wonderful landscapes, nature and rice terraces as well experience daily life of local people while enjoy Sapa Trekking Tour. This...

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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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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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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.

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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You Can Now Get Cheese And Wine Delivered To Your Door—Life #Goals

You Can Now Get Cheese And Wine Delivered To Your Door—Life #Goals

by Albert Cho @ The A List | The Urban List

Wine and cheese is a combo that is SO right, it’s on the same level as milk and cookies. But wine and cheese might have become a little better now that Picnic Box delivers it straight to your doorstep.

Whether you need to spice up a date, host an event or just have a mad craving for the godly combo, Picnic Box has a huge range of different platters of premium quality food and beverages on their website for you to choose from.

Not a savoury kind of person? No worries, they’ve got fudge and brownies for those with a sweet-tooth as well. Also, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, they can even deliver a bouquet of flowers!

On behalf of all the cheese lovers and lazy people out there, we’d like to take a little moment to thank the people from Picnic Box for blessing us with their service and for making our lives easier.

The Deets:

What: Cheese and wine delivered to your door

Where: Auckland

More info:  Check out their range and place an order 

Six reasons why summer (kinda) rhymes with sugar in Vietnam

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

There are millions of ways to enjoy the cool, sweet taste of summer in Vietnam, so here are some of our favorites. Che The sweet, slippery soup is one of the most iconic Vietnamese desserts. There are dozens of versions, ranging from a simple glass of just lotus seeds to a rainbow of beans, roots, cassava and jelly cubes. Crowded che stands can be found in most big markets across the country, including Nam Dong in Hanoi and Ben Thanh in Ho Chi Minh City. For something different, tourists can try the one served at the Cambodian market in the southern city. The shop is owned by a Vietnamese man who grew up in Cambodia but returned in the 1970s, serving the best of both Cambodian and Vietamese desserts. A serving usually costs $1 or less. Ice-cream in a coconut shell One scoop of ice-cream for the summer, or two? Well, it might be easier if you just have it all in a coconut. Kem dua is a special Vietnamese version of ice-cream served in a coconut shell topped with coconut strips, peanuts and chocolate sauce. The best way to eat it is to dig the spoon deep and take a full bite...

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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


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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.

2018 spring calligraphy festival set for February

by admin @ Vietnam discovery Travel

The 2018 spring calligraphy festival will be held at Ho Van in Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature) from...

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Mai Chau – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay Tour 5 Days

by admin @ Indochina Travel Services

Mai Chau – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay Tour 5 Days The tour from Hanoi to Mai Chau – Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay offers great tour to explore wonderful countryside in Mai Chau, Ninh Binh; enjoy cruising in beautiful Van Long Natural Reserve as well as relax on...

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Childhood nostalgic with Hanoi's street food

Childhood nostalgic with Hanoi's street food


Vietnam Investment Review - VIR

<p>Cotton candy bikes, Fried ball-cake vendors... many of Hanoi street cuisines remind tourists and local about their dreamy childhood.</p>

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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Banh dom – Another gift from Phu Nhi Village

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

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

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Honeymoon Hideaway Package (4D3N)

by tmihung @ Meracus Hotels

Celebrating your honeymoon or anniversary with our special hideaway package. This package entitles you to 2 nights at our suite room and 2D1N trip on Paradise Priviledged 5-star luxury cruise on Ha Long Bay. The cruise is one of the famous Paradise 5-star Ha Long Bay cruise family. It offers only 03 marvelous cabins to […]

Moroccan Spiced Tea – Khunjul

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MarocMama - A Fearless Guide to Food and Travel

What Not To Miss At This Year’s Pride Festival

What Not To Miss At This Year’s Pride Festival

by Bella Askelund @ The A List | The Urban List

Here at TUL we are celebrating with a very large Y E S as Auckland’s Pride Festival is officially back for 2018! Pop the vino and put on your disco pants—the line-up for this year's festival boasts two full weeks of inspiring antics and epic festivities. From black-tie extravaganzas to full-blown DJ sets and an infamous march set to unite Auckland City, here is everything you cannot afford to miss during Feb’s iconic Pride Festival.

Naturally, Pride and Peace is the theme for 2018. An idea which not only celebrates how far we’ve come as a country but recognises the ongoing sufferance's the global LGBTQIA+ community faces. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, the Auckland Pride Festival is all about peaceful protest—inviting anyone and everyone to take part. 

Kicking things off in style is a best-of-the-fest black-tie extravaganza at Auckland’s Q Theatre. For those of you into showbiz, you need this event in your life. Here you’ll witness dramatic performances all evening long plus a myriad of guest appearances from rainbow community icons.

Next is the return of the Ending HIV Big Gay Out—an epic day of celebrations hosted by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. Acts from MAALA to Openside will be jamming out on the main stage while the Big Gay Out Market Area features more than 100 stalls boasting delicious food, cold bevvys and other groovy goods. For those over 18, you’ve got your own dance tent and garden bar fitted with all the finest luxuries—Champagne anyone?

Arguably the most iconic event of the festival is the Rainbow Warriors' Pride Parade, where Ponsonby Road is transformed into a rainbow of colour in celebration of diversity and equality. Whip out that '80s fluro, there's never been a better time to flaunt that ol' school attire. Saving the best for last as per, the festival's closing celebration PROUD is pretty much just a giant frickin’ dance party. With some of the word’s most in-demand gay DJ’s such as Dan Slater, there’s everything from live music, burlesque acts, Brittany Spears remixes and everything in between. This is going to be goooooood.

So, to spread a little love this summer, this is where you must be.

The Deets

What: Auckland's Pride Festival returns for 2018.  When: Friday 2nd Feb - Sunday 18th Feb.  Where: Auckland City.  Click here for more deets. 

Image credit: Auckland Pride Festival

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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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...

What Da Lat Street Food to Eat for Your Vietnam Food Discovery

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

Da Lat Street Food is one of the most wanted things for people traveling to this beautiful city on a Vietnam food vacation. Da Lat is one of the ideal

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Hanoi’s Pavement Food Culture: Pro Tips for Digging In - Travel4FoodFun.com

Hanoi’s Pavement Food Culture: Pro Tips for Digging In - Travel4FoodFun.com


Travel & Food Adventures - Travel4FoodFun

A few weeks ago, I had a friend ask me for advice on planning his week-long visit to Hanoi, a place I’ve called my home for over three years. After pulling together his list of must-see spots from the rounds on Google, he had a few extra days to spare and asked for my “local opinion” on what else would …

Hanoi street food tour, Vietnam | Audley Travel

Hanoi street food tour, Vietnam | Audley Travel


Audley Travel

Enjoy Hanoi street food tour as part of your tailor-made vacation to Vietnam. Get in touch with one of Audley's specialists to start planning your perfect trip

Saigon to Hanoi by Motorbike: 5 Suggested Routes

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

Riding from Saigon to Hanoi by motorbike is probably the most popular road trip in Vietnam, and it’s unquestionably one of the best ways to experience the country. For years, travellers simply took the most obvious route: Highway 1. Today, however, thanks to ambitious road building programs, there are far more scenic, pleasant and less trodden ways to ride between the country’s two main cities. Having ridden south to north on numerous occasions (the first time, predictably, on Highway 1), I’ve put together the following 5 suggested motorbike routes from Saigon to Hanoi, so that travellers who are planning this road trip have more of an idea of the kind of options available to them. 1. THE CLASSIC: Total Distance: 2,770km Average Duration: 2-4 weeks Road Conditions: paved rural & coastal back-roads, new & old highways Navigation: mostly simple, some tricky bits in central areas Scenery: coast, highlands, mountains, limestone, cities, villages, cultural sites DESCRIPTION: Weaving a course between coast and highlands, The Classic route is equal parts beach and mountain. Quiet, stunning coastal roads in the south and central provinces yield to a mighty landscape of limestone karsts on the Ho Chi Minh Road in the north-central region. Popular towns and sights, such as Mui...

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Eating All the Food in Hanoi (And Another Street Food Tour!) - Trailing Rachel

Eating All the Food in Hanoi (And Another Street Food Tour!) - Trailing Rachel


Trailing Rachel

Hanoi’s food scene was everything I’d expected it to be. I tried SO much new stuff in the week that I was there. Though with how crazy plentiful the street food is, the lack of sidewalk space to maneuver around on, and the absolute chaos of motorbikes zipping by, it can be a little overwhelming to decide what your next meal will be. So the solution is simple: eat all the food in Hanoi. Of course, I’m exaggerating. But really, what you should do is try everything you see that looks good (or smells good – literally, sometimes we just followed delicious smells to find the snacks we wanted). You’re never too full for another spring roll, or banh mi… or egg coffee. The best food I’ve had so far has been on the street or at a small place that specializes in only a few or maybe even just one dish. Don’t, just don’t enter a proper restaurant with closed doors or a man out front waving a menu and yelling at you. A big thanks to Anna at Slightly Astray for providing me with what turned out to be a pocket guide (more like a Bible, really) to the food in Hanoi, both in …

Krispy Kreme Is Giving Away FREE Doughnuts Today!

Krispy Kreme Is Giving Away FREE Doughnuts Today!

by Bella Ramdhanie @ The A List | The Urban List

If there’s something we appreciate here at The Urban List, it’s mouth-wateringly good food. So, we’re incredibly pleased to share with you the news that has made our day… while we've heard all the rumours, it's now official: the famously epic Krispy Kreme will be gracing our shores, giving us the chance to experience the delish doughnuts for ourselves.

And, even more exciting is that today they're giving away FREE doughnuts today! Ummm...what is this deliciousness? According to their Facebook page, they've teamed up with Ford and will be handing out the Original Glazed Doughnut near Victoria Park between 12 and 1pm and then again at Quay St between 4pm and 6pm. YUM!

The first New Zealand Krispy Kreme joint will be located in Manukau and will be opening its glorious doors at 8am, Wednesday 28th of February.

“Once our renowned Krispy Kreme ‘Hot Now’ sign is switched on, our Auckland store will be open for business,” says CEO of Krispy Kreme, Andrew McGuigan. “Customers can expect to enjoy the authentic Krispy Kreme experience—warm, melt-in-your-mouth doughnuts, barista-crafted coffee and much more.”

Making the opening even more exciting (if humanly possible) the store will offer Aucklanders not only the new retail shop but a drive-through. Yes, you read that correctly. A. Drive. Through. Struggling to get out of your beloved pajamas on Sunday will no longer remain a problem. So, the doughnuts will be made fresh, daily from its on-site factory, and you have the heavenly option to drive by to get your hands on one.

Sweeten up your Sunday by attending the opening of the year! Be sure to get there early, these are doughnuts worth waiting for and the store will be expecting one hell of a crowd!

THE DEETS:

What: Krispy Kreme Opening

Where: 3 Ronwood Avenue, Manukau

When: 8am – Late, Sunday 28 February 

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

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

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Ve Village’s Fried Egg Dumplings

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

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

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How To Plan The Perfect Bachelor And Bachelorette Party

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

By John Homan           Visiting Las Vegas for a bachelor or bachelorette party is a time-honored tradition many young people choose to take part in. As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Las Vegas has so many activities, foods, and excitement to offer. So, what does it take to plan the perfect bachelor …

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9 Must-Try Street Foods in Hanoi

9 Must-Try Street Foods in Hanoi


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

Eating Hanoi!

Eating Hanoi!


Eating Hanoi!

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Fitness Classes To Try Before The End Of Summer

Fitness Classes To Try Before The End Of Summer

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

Summertime is upon us and that means making the most of every single opportunity to soak up the sunshine, vitamin D and fresh air and what better way than ditching the gym and getting out and about while the beautiful weather lasts. Obviously, you can take yourself off for a walk or do your normal workout in the sunshine anytime you like but why not try something new like one of these fitness classes? Here’s to getting toned and tanned at the same time!

Dragon Boating

If you are a water lover this could be one for you! Believe it or not dragon boating is a full body workout, despite the fact that you are sitting for the duration. Your legs are working hard as the anchor, the muscles in your back, shoulders and arms do the obvious paddling work while your abs and core are used to stabilise and sit up right—meaning you’re probably going to be super sore all over after your first session, but don’t worry, it will get easier! With each boat having a crew of around 20, Dragon Boating is a great way to make some new besties and is perfect for all levels of fitness.

SUP Yoga

AKA Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga. Yup, you read correctly, you know those yoga poses that sometimes feel hard enough doing on dry land? You can do them on the water! But in all seriousness, you don’t have to be an advanced yogini or SUP’er to give this one a try. With SUP Yoga, simple is best and you will surprised what a great lesson in mindfulness it is as well as a fab workout. Plus if you start to work up a sweat from the yoga, you can cool off instantly in the water below! It’s a win-win whatever way you look at it.

Running Club

If you are the type of person who needs a little external motivation to workout, joining a running club could be a great way to stay accountable. It’s much easier to flag your afternoon run if there isn’t a whole group of other people expecting you to turn up. This is also a great opportunity to make some like-minded friends and to get some running tips and advice from runners who may be a little more experienced than you. Don’t think you are fit enough? Don’t worry, running clubs are always looking for new members and you are bound to find a local one that is the perfect fit for you.

Bootcamp

If you’ve been training at a gym by yourself for awhile, there’s a chance that you have been doing the same old exercises over and over and you have gotten to a point where they just aren’t challenging you anymore. If you wanna break through that plateau it is essential to change it up and do something that challenges you and that, my friend, is where the bootcamp comes in. Yes, bootcamps are hard AF and that is why they ultimately get results. Let’s face it, some of us actually need a person standing in front of us yelling to “DO ONE MORE BURPEE” cause we just wouldn’t do it otherwise.

Hiking/ Tramping Club

We live in a spectacular country and if you haven’t had your breath taken away by some of the scenic wonders New Zealand has to offer then you need to go exploring asap. Getting involved in a hiking or tramping club is an amazing way to get fit and see some amazing scenic views all at once. Being part of a club makes it super easy, you don’t have to plan or worry about looking at a single map. Plus, you’re bound to meet a load of different people who you might never have encountered otherwise.

Yoga In The Park

Combining nature and yoga, why didn’t we think of this sooner? Taking your yoga practice outdoors is the perfect way to add some extra mindfulness, reconnect to nature and centre yourself for the week ahead. Plus you’ll get all of the usual benefits that come with yoga, like strengthening, toning, increased flexibility and balance. The best thing is many outdoor yoga classes are actually free or simply ask for a small donation to attend. We think that’s plenty of reasons to get our Namaste on.

CrossFit

CrossFit is not just a workout, it’s a community, which is what any loyal crossfitter will tell you. If you are new to the city or are just seeking that feeling of community, look no further than your local CrossFit club. Whether you are competing against your own previous score, a friend in your class, or in an actual CrossFit competition, you will discover a drive that you never knew was in you that will see your fitness and strength levels accelerate super fast.  Plus many CrossFit clubs do at least part of their WOD (workout of the day) outside – perfect for summertime!

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Places to eat in Hanoi, Vietnam. Travelfish.org

Places to eat in Hanoi, Vietnam. Travelfish.org


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

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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Autumn spirit served up in the form of rice flakes by Hanoi village

by Thuc Nguyen @ Paloma Motorbike Tours

Like pumpkins and candy at Halloween, rice flakes are a must during the fall in the capital. It is an unwritten rule that when you talk about autumn in Hanoi, you have to mention rice flakes. No one knows when the flat sticky rice first became an autumn delicacy in the capital, but the art of making the tasty snack has been well-preserved for more than a century in Me Tri Village. More than 50 households in this village have their fires burning for rice flakes twice a year, depending on the harvest season. Experience shows that rice picked during fall makes the best rice flakes because it is sweeter and more aromatic. The sticky rice used for rice flakes should come from young plants. Me Tri Village in Nam Tu Liem District and Vong Village in Cau Giay District are the most famous places in the north for this treat. These women are removing the grains from paddy flowers. The grains are soaked in water. The tailings, which float to the surface, are removed. The grains are roasted for two hours.  Then they are ground under a wooden pestle, and the ground grains are screened again to remove all the husks. The final product is wrapped in lotus leaves, and these green-yellow...

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20 Things Only Parsley Haters Understand

20 Things Only Parsley Haters Understand

by Anna May @ The A List | The Urban List

Coriander haters are a privileged bunch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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Hanoi Street Food Tour

Hanoi Street Food Tour


Mum on the Move

A fabulous street food tour of Hanoi, featuring mouthwatering local Vietnamese street food dishes such as Bun Cha, Bahn Cuon and Ca Phe Trung.

Family Package with Aphrodite Cruise (4D3N)

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

All Of The Markets You Need To Visit This February

All Of The Markets You Need To Visit This February

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

Warmer weather and longer days are among us with summer in full force! It's peak season for hitting Auckland's fabulous markets and enjoying lazy yet luxuriously indulgent mornings. Get ready for all the tropical fruit juices, fresh strawberry smoothies, and handpicked flower bouquets coming your way. Break out those sunnies, sandals and summer dresses and make sure you tick off all these markets in February. 

Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market

Take a scenic drive out Whitford ways to the little hidden Clevedon Showgrounds where you’ll find the Clevedon Village Farmers' Market. Filled with top quality local produce, it makes the drive worthwhile. Think fresh fruit, veges, meats, fish, cheeses, yoghurts, bread, chutneys and more deliciousness to try while taking in the authentic farm set-up. The market is also animal friendly, with pony rides for younger market-goers. So, grab a coffee and some pastries for brunch and take home some homemade spreads and baked goods for later.

When: Sundays 8:30am-1pm

Where: Clevedon Showgrounds, 107 Monument Rd

Matakana Farmers’ Market

Why not make a day out of your market trip and hit up the Matakana Farmers' Market? With a place to sit by the river, take in the peaceful surroundings, and enjoy the sun, the Matakana Markets are a firm favourite. The stalls feature Italian-style sausages, locally-brewed beer, fine wines, and organic chocolate, as well as live music and fresh ground coffee to really kick-start your weekend. Don’t forget to take a wander around the town centre and see everything artisan Matakana has to offer.

When: Saturdays 8am-1pm

Where: Matakana Square, 2 Matakana Valley Rd

The Factory Market

The self-described “funkiest boutique market in the world” is back for another instalment of The Factory Market. With all things vintage, delish, arts, crafts, and otherwise ~funky~, this is one market you will not want to miss! The February edition has a focus on clothes plus a major line up of more than 40 deliciously good food trucks! The Factory Markets are only on a few times a year, so support local businesses and head on down to Albany to get amongst the funk.

When: February 18. 10am - 2pm. 

Where: 31 Arrenway Dr, Albany

La Cigale French Markets

Have we really compiled the best Auckland Markets for you to visit if we haven’t included La Cigale? No, of course not. Remaining one of our absolute top picks, La Cigale in Britomart and Parnell transports you to France—minus the expensive plane ticket! Think buttery croissants, melting pan au chocolat, aged cheeses, fresh seafood paella, smoked salmon, cream eclairs—the list goes on but we’re sure you’re already drooling. If you haven’t already visited these legendary markets, make sure you head down to La Cigale in Britomart and Parnell on Saturday mornings for all these French delicacies (and lucky for us, Parnell is open on Sundays too, in case you’re needing a double hit!)  

When: Britomart  - Saturdays 8am - 1pm             Parnell – Saturdays 8am – 1:30pm Sundays – 9am – 1:00pm

Where: Takutai Square, Britomart              69 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell

Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market

For a real sense of community, head on down to the Grey Lynn Farmers Market and take in all the local produce that is so loved by the people of Grey Lynn. Priding themselves on being green, the zero waste market regularly offers gardening and preserving workshops to build up an appetite for all the mouth-watering pastry, coffee and fresh fruit stalls. Yum! This one is the perfect market for a quiet breakfast to start your Sunday.

When: Sundays 9am-12:30pm

Where: 510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn

Urban Street Fest

Gourmet street food and live music is the definition of Urban Street Fest. The line-up of stalls has sky rocketed this event to the top of the Auckland market scene, just wait for it. There's Double Dutch Fries, RAWE Organic Smoothies, Judge Bao, Wise Boys Burgers and so many more epic stalls! The February addition sees live music from the wonderful Lee Gray, making the perfect backdrop for devouring your weight in food. 

When: 15 February. 4pm - 9pm. 

Where: Milford Shopping Centre, 24 Milford Road

Devonport Craft & Fine Food Market

Devonport’s once-a-month market offers the highest quality food and crafts with a short walk to a waterfront view of the city. Pick up some ultra special gifts from the craft stores and then treat yourself at the food stalls with some baked goods, locally grown macadamia nuts, pressed olive oil, jams and pickles. This is the perfect brunch spot to hit up on a Sunday. After filling your bellies with pastries and coffee, take a leisurely stroll along the beach, or even up Mount Victoria if you’re feeling brave.

When: Sunday 11 February

Where: Harmony Hall, 4 Wynyard Street

Auckland Night Markets

Sometimes you crave those delicious market treats at night…and we don’t blame you. And that’s why the Auckland Night Markets are one of our fave spots to hit when we get a little bit hangry. With seven different locations full of every type of food stall you can imagine, the Auckland Night Markets make it so easy to beat your hunger! Grab some friends and make a night out of food-truck-hopping this month.

When: Various dates in February.

Where: Various locations

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Wonderful Vietnam Tour in 13 Days

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Vietnam Tour in 13 Days Explore Wonderful Vietnam Vietnam tour in 13 days are great tours to explore Vietnam, visit all major parts of Vietnam, enjoy cruising in Mekong Delta, explore Saigon, visit Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi. Vietnam tour in 13 days will also take you to Ha Long...

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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.

Tour Hanoi – Tam Coc 4 Days

by admin @ Indochina Travel Services

Tour Hanoi Tam Coc 4 Days Explore Northern Vietnam NEW INDOCHINA TRAVEL Tour Hanoi Tam Coc 4 Days is wonderful to explore fantastic Northern Vietnam, discover Hanoi – the capital city of Vietnam, enjoy cyclo ride to explore Hanoi Old Quarter and treat yourself the famous water puppet show. You...

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9 Ways to Spark Your Creativity in Marrakech

by Amanda Mouttaki @ MarocMama

MarocMama - A Fearless Guide to Food and Travel

Marrakech has called to bohemians, artists, and wanderers for generations. Today it’s no different. People arrive everyday seeking inspiration for their creative pursuits. If this is what you’re seeking, look no further. These nine suggestions will help you plan a creativity induced Marrakech holiday! Maison 28 Creative Arts Retreats I’m mentioning this first because if ... Read More about 9 Ways to Spark Your Creativity in Marrakech

How to Eat Your Way in Sintra in One Day

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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New Opening: Monzú

New Opening: Monzú

by Jaiden Bhaga @ The A List | The Urban List

Auckland’s latest new opening is changing everything we thought we knew about Italian cuisine. Say ciao to Monzú, a restaurant that’s set to transform the way Auckland foodies eat. 

Brought to us by renowned chef Gaetano Spinosa, Monzú can be found on Dominion Road. Featuring a hip, slick fit-out, diners are set to be whisked away to the streets of Napoli, Gaetano’s hometown for a taste of truly authentic southern Italian cuisine. Drawing inspiration from the flavours of his childhood, it’s easy to see the passionate Gaetano is excited to share his culinary creations with the foodie scene.

“This is the time in my life to make something that truly makes me happy,” says Gaetano. “I still feel like a child playing in the kitchen.” 

After a lengthy career, Monzú is truly a project of passion. Along with longtime friend and kitchen-partner Faria Nascimento, Gaetano has ensured no two visits will be the same. 

While there is an a la carte menu available, you’ll find you won't need it. With a focus on ‘giving the people what they want’ Gaetano aims to deliver an immersive dining experience discussing options with diners in addition to an ever-changing menu.

“Whatever you like, we are here to accommodate you,” says Gaetano. “I want to make every night about the diners. We are happy to cater to any requests.” 

So what can you expect from a true taste of Italy? One not to miss is the O Rraù, a traditional slow-cooked beef-style stew dish that will have you falling head over heels for it at first bite. 

Or if, like us, you can’t look past a big bowl of pasta, the gnocchi con crema is for you. A mammoth sized serving of creamy homemade gnocchi infused with black truffle, this bad boy is big enough to share! Or not.

With nothing but masterpiece leaving the kitchen and no one night the same, Monzú is a new concept restaurant that’s set to take Auckland by storm. 

For more information about Monzú, including opening hours, click here. 

Image Credit: Jaiden Bhaga

The best Asian destinations for 12 months in 2018 revealed, and they are all perfect

by Aisha Dao @ Exotic Voyages

Wondering where to go in 2018? Travel today is much easier than ever before. Whether you are a food lover, a history explorer or an outdoor adventurer, Asia has so many destinations to offer. But the more you search, the more you are confused with dozens of names coming up from the internet. Aware of that, we are having a list of destinations for you to discover in 2018, in every month. Start packing your suitcase now. JANUARY Burma, Myanmar Is there any time in a year we need a vacation more than in January? Getting fat by New Year...

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

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


Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

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

Best Danang Seafood Restaurants – Where to eat in Da Nang

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

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

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Street Food and Hanoi Market Adventure Night Tour with Dinner, Hanoi tours & activities, fun things to do in Hanoi | VELTRA

Street Food and Hanoi Market Adventure Night Tour with Dinner, Hanoi tours & activities, fun things to do in Hanoi | VELTRA


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Discover Hanoi through a delectable street food night with dinner! Learn about Hanoi's culture through a guided street food adventure. Observe how the locals go about their lives.

Vietnamese Spices and Herbs to Know While Cooking The Local Food

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

Vietnamese spices and herbs are important things when you want to cook the real Vietnamese food. Come to Vietnam, foreign tourists are not only impressed by a small country with

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Top Hanoi Street Food You Must Know the Taste - Vietnam Street Food

Top Hanoi Street Food You Must Know the Taste - Vietnam Street Food


Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Hanoi travel often treats you well with happy and full stomach thanks to a wide range of delicious Hanoi street food in almost every corner. Read more...

Belmond Governor’s Residence Yangon Myanmar

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Myanmar is a country that intrigues me.  Although it is now open for tourism, very little is written about the country formerly known as Burma.  During my time in the country, I learned a lot about Myanmar and am thankful I get to share my experience with others. One thing that travelers must know prior to traveling to Myanmar is …

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Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

Horoscopes | Your Co(s)mic Week Ahead

by Gen Phelan @ The A List | The Urban List

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

Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

Image credit: Gabrielle Stjernqvist

Harbin’s Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair: A Guide

by Alice Chen | Wherever I Want @

The most famous Winter Festival in the world happens in Harbin, China in the Heilongjiang Province. That all started with the Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair! Though it is not quite as impressive as the Ice and Snow World, or even the Sun Island Snow Sculpture Art Expo, the Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair is worth a

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How to Best Prepare for Your First Silent Retreat

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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10 must-try hotels with stunning swimming pools in SEA

by Aisha Dao @ Exotic Voyages

Beaches are one thing, but the serenity of dipping in a perfect pool is quite another. From the vistas to the green forest to the dizzying panoramas of skyscrapers, here are 10 eye-popping hotel’s swimming pools in Southeast Asia that will turn your stay from memorable to unforgettable. 1. Topas Ecolodge, Vietnam Located 18km from the town, Topas Ecolodge places on a Sapa’s hilltop, surrounded by the stunning terrace fields. 33 white granite bungalows, roofed with palm leaves overlooking the lush mountain and rice fields. The cozy interior is made of wood, rattan, and bamboo making it environmentally friendly.  ...

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Must-See Movies This February

Must-See Movies This February

by Grace Noles @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

Black Panther

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

Game Night

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

Molly’s Game

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

Fifty Shades Freed

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

Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built

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

Lady Bird

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

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Linh An Pagoda – Color of Vietnam

by admin @ Vietnam discovery Travel

Linh An Pagoda or Linh An Tu is one of the most beautiful pagodas in Lam Dong. From Linh An Pagoda,...

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Cultural, sports, tourism week opens in Can Tho

by admin @ Vietnam discovery Travel

The Cultural, Sports and Tourism Week opened in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on February 8 in celebration of...

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Planning a Perfect Girlfriend Getaway in London

by Amanda Mouttaki @ MarocMama

MarocMama - A Fearless Guide to Food and Travel

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

3 famous street food stalls in Hanoi - Travel information for Vietnam from local experts

3 famous street food stalls in Hanoi - Travel information for Vietnam from local experts


Travel information for Vietnam from local experts

You are a tourist? You like to explore culture of Vietnam? So, the most interesting as well as the f

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 [...]

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

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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7 Must-Eat Vietnam Street Food | BEFORE Travel

7 Must-Eat Vietnam Street Food | BEFORE Travel


BEFORE Travel

Food, glorious food! Food has the ability to bring people and cultures together, and Vietnam street food does not disappoint. It’s fresh, fragrant and fabulous. Vietnam street food is so good, you’ll never want to step foot in a restaurant. Selecting safe and delectable foods in foreign countries can be unnerving, so we’ve done the hard …

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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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

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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Five Popular Exotic Wedding Destinations to Say ‘I Do’ in Style 

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

By Becky D Ziemba There was never a bride who did not dream of a perfect wedding —a beautiful dress, three-tiered creamy white cake, and that perfect kiss, which binds her with the love of her life. The trends in the wedding market indicate that one in every four weddings happening all over the world is opting for a destination …

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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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HANOI STREET FOOD - LOCAL FOOD - HANOI CUISINE

HANOI STREET FOOD - LOCAL FOOD - HANOI CUISINE


Vietnam Travel & Cruise

Discover Hanoi’s cuisine! We start our Street food walking tour from Hanoi’s largest covered market, Dong Xuan from 17.00 PM. Your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. We eat as we go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling some tasty snack from a street cart. Banh cuon – If the French has this famous delicious crepe made of wheat, egg and dairy products; Vietnamese and particularly Hanoian is proud of their steamed crepe from rice flour and water. A savoury meal, the inside stuffing contains ground pork, wood-ear and seasoning. Most street chefs make the dish right at door so look for a place that steams are coming up high. Banh cuon is served with nuoc mam, a mixture of fish sauce, sugar and lime. Bun rieu cua – Freshwater crabs flavor this tangy tomato soup that’s made with round rice vermicelli and topped with pounded crabmeat, deep-fried tofu and, often, congealed blood. An odoriferous purple shrimp paste is offered on the side -it tastes delicious. Chilies and fresh herbs are the finishing touches for a complete one-dish meal. Pho – or rice noodle soup- is omnipresent in Hanoi, appearing anywhere from street vendors to high end restaurant chain Pho 24 This universally famous food is best enjoyed in Hanoi, where it was “invented” in the early 20th century. Some is served with chicken and some with beef. Each type of meat entails a variety of sub-dish, using from beef tenderloin to beef brisket, chicken wing to chicken thigh. You can choose among three light dinner dishes, from the extremely popular “Phở” (Noodle soup), “Bún chả” (grilled pork vermicelli soup) and lastly, our personal favorite “Bún Bò” (Beef rice vermicelli soup). In the end, the guide will take you to Ta Hien street where is one of the hot spots for beer, sitting at a street corner in Hanoi old quarter with a beer glass. The Food tour is end at 20.30 PM in Hoan Kiem Lake, our tour guide will take you back to your hotel and say goodbye. Tour inclusion: Tour as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers. Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times. Meals listed in the itinerary. Expert English-speaking local guide. Service charge and government VAT tax. FACEBOOK COMMENTS

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!

The Best Unique Food Gifts for Food Travelers

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Cruising on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar

by T4FF @ Travel & Food Adventures – Travel4FoodFun

Prior to my most recent trip to Myanmar, I had never been on a cruise; nor did I have a desire to ever cruise.  Reluctantly, I agreed to travel to Myanmar on a tour that includes a 3-day cruise along the Irrawaddy River between Bagan to Mandalay.  Although I had no intention to ever cruise, I’m sure glad I did. …

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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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The Beaches in Dhërmi, Albania are Amazing!

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

Wait… Albania? Easily one of my favorite experiences from the past year and a half was an impromptu trip to the Balkans at the end of the summer. When Western Europe was getting a little harsh on the budget and same-y, the Eastern Bloc countries with their unpretentious vibes and complicated history provided a much-needed reprieve. Especially Albania. There’s incredible scenery, great hospitality, an interesting mix of Islam and Christianity, shockingly good food, and uhhh Albanian beaches are like whoa. At the risk of sounding cheesy and all “I’m out here finding myself,” have you ever been somewhere you just felt instantly comfortable and at ease? That’s how I felt in the little coastal village of Dhërmi. Like I’d returned to a past life. Okay, now we’re getting really heavy. I’ll stop. It was so calm and stunningly gorgeous, and the people were so welcoming and friendly that I genuinely felt like I could just stay there. I’d read, I’d sit on the beach, I’d learn to make sheep’s cheese and bread from the lady who owned the small hotel where we stayed. All that is to say… I’ll have to return. It was the epitome of laid back. And that’s probably due to the fact […]

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The 12 best hikes in Southeast Asia

by Maeve Nolan @ Backyard Travel

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

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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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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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Nguyen Hue Flower Street – a must-see destination during Tet

by admin @ Vietnam discovery Travel

Set to be opened for public viewing in seven days, Nguyen Hue Flower Street in 2018 will be one of the...

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10 #Fitspo Health Nuts To Follow On Instagram RN

10 #Fitspo Health Nuts To Follow On Instagram RN

by Rosie Gregory @ The A List | The Urban List

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

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

Sarah’s Day

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

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

 

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

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14 Totally Epic Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

14 Totally Epic Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

by Hana Okada @ The A List | The Urban List

Round up the troops—the weekend is here and it’s time to start planning if you want to get to all these wicked events! There will be no time wasted during this jam-packed weekend full of all of the good stuff, with epic theatre, a brand-new champagne and delicious dinners all on the agenda. Without further ado, here’s your handy guide to everything to do, see and eat this weekend in Auckland.

All Weekend

Dinner in the Sky

Be one of the first in the country to experience this unreal dining experience—suspended 50 metres up in the sky! Taking the world by storm, Dinner In the Sky will be one of the most iconic pop-ups of the year. Take in the views of Auckland Harbour like never before, and feast on a gastronomic treat. You could be treated to lunch by Chef Fraser Shenton of Fish, sip on cocktails by Bellini of the Hilton Hotel, or brunch away your morning—the sky’s your limit!

Where: The Cloud, Auckland CBD When: Thursday 1 February—Sunday 18 February For more info, click here.  

The Merchant of Venice

Pop-up Globe is back and better than ever, presenting you with one of Shakespeare’s classics The Merchant of Venice. Already deep in debt to his best friend, Bassiano requires one more loan to woo and win the wealthy heiress Portia, unaware that when the due date comes to repay the debt, he will be gambling for his life! Full of wit, drama and disguise that Shakespeare has become legend for, this is based on the performance tradition going way back to 1614, performed by the Buckingham Company—an all-male company of actors and musicians around the world.

Where: Pop Up Globe, Ellerslie When: Until Thursday 29 March For more info, click here

American Express Openair Cinemas

Back for another season of blockbusters under the stars, American Express Openair Cinemas’ movie line up is looking all too exciting! From the latest Oscar nominees to the must-see classics, there’s something for everyone. Catch the funny ladies of Hollywood in Pitch Perfect 3, treat the kids to Paddington 2, or immerse yourself in a strange new land in The Rock’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle! What’s more, American Express cardholders have a range of extras like loungers and blankets they can score as a cherry on top of a perfect night!

Where: Western Springs Park, Western Springs When: Sunday 4 February—Sunday 4 March For more info, click here

Macbeth

It’s the starting weekend for this timeless tragedy put on by the masters of Shakespeare. Presented to you by the Pop-up Globe’s Southampton’s Company, this classic explores the darkest corners of the human mind, set in a world where the supernatural comes to life and the quickest way to the top is murder. Darkness, chaos and conflict will unfold through one of Shakespeare’s most haunting tragedies. Bringing together male and female actors and musicians, Southampton’s Company is Pop-up Globe’s resident mixed company and are ready to transport you 400 years back in time to see this evocative play in the space for which they were written.

Where: Pop-up Globe, Ellerslie When: Friday 9 February—Friday 30 March For more info, click here.

Friday 9 February

Bug Lab Lates

Cocktails, street foods, and… bugs? Yep, you heard that right—this adults only (a.k.a kids at heart) event starts with a complimentary cocktail and a fabulous selection of Auckland street food faves with live entertainment. Then enter the magical world of Te Papa and Weta Workshop’s thrilling science exhibition, discovering the genius of bugs bound to fascinate and delight even the harshest bug critics and scaredy cats!

Where: Auckland Zoo, Western Springs When: Friday 9 February, 6pm—9pm For more info, click here

Labyrinth: Friday Films

It’s that time of the week again for a wonderful flick under the stars. This weekend you’ll be treated to one of the all-time classics, Labyrinth! Starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connolly and a cast of the most mystical and downright weird creatures to be captured on film, this one’s not to be missed. Join Sarah’s adventure as she attempts to solve the Labyrinth in 13 hours, as you chow down on one unreal food truck offering including Crepes A Go Go, Judge Bao, Kraken Crumptes, Paella Pan, Puha & Pakeha and so much more!

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter When: Friday 9 February, 4:30pm—11:30pm For more info, click here

Mardi Gras

This celebration is all about good food, good liquor and the best party. Round up your best party squad and prepare for an amazing attack by colourful beads, delicious cocktails, live music for Mardi Gras. Orleans is arguably the closest place you’ll get to the colourful streets of New Orleans, Louisiana without the hefty price tag—and dare we say it, you might have an even better time! Bringing the party with a stacked line up of music, dancers, drink and food specials, all packed into Roukai Lane’s legendary venues including Orleans, REC and Racket Bar!

Where: Orleans, Britomart When: Friday 9 February, 6pm—3am For more info, click here.

Chinese New Year Night Markets

One of Auckland’s greatest food markets is coming to Skycity to celebrate Chinese New Year! The Auckland Night Markets is bringing its scrumptious street food to the heart of Auckland, including some of the most popular stalls like Dumpling Box, Taste of Japan, Yoshi’s Sushi, and so much more! Pick and choose a delicious dinner to your heart’s content—or at least until your pants allow! Get ready for an amazing Asian feast, street food style.

Where: SKYCITY, Auckland Central When: Friday 9 February, 5pm—10pm For more info, click here.

Saturday 10 February

Takapuna Food, Wine and Music Festival

Promising a vibe like no other, Takapuna Food Wine and Music is bringing the best of this trio of goodness we all love. A taste of the music line up is looking like The Jordan Luck Band, Nathan Haines Live Band, Latin Aotearoa and Karn Hall! You’ll be dancing to all of them with few tipples from Villa Maria, Cloudy Bay, Man O War, Hallertau, Garage Project and so many more. And, your belly will be well-looked after with the delights from the likes of Miss Moonshines, Urban Escargot, Black Stag Deli, Double Dutch Fries, and The Tinman! You can even treat yourself to a next-level experience with the VIP ticket, including an exclusive zone, private bathrooms, top-shelf beverages and floating food platters!

Where: Smales Farm, Takapuna When: Saturday 10 February, 11am—7pm For more info, click here

Moveable Feast Matakana

Make a day of it in Matakana! Hosted by Matakana’s Te Rata Wine, this scrumptious festival brings some of Auckland’s best street food right to the heart of Matakana village! There’s an unreal line-up of fabulous food—where the hardest thing you’ll be doing is choosing your feast—served alongside Te Rata’s beautiful natural wines, handmade sodas and cider, as well as craft beer on tap! Hit it up after nursing your food coma from the scrummy offerings at the morning markets.

Where: Old Creamery Market, Matakana When: Saturday 10 February, 5pm—9pm For more info, click here.

Grand Cordon Launch Party

Feelin’ fancy and ready to get dancy? Champagne Mumm is bringing the celebrations as they launch Grand Cordon by Champagne Mumm for one night only at 1885 Britomart! Bringing a slew of international and local acts including ARONA MANE, Jetski Safari, BAVHU and more will keep you on that dancefloor into the hours of the early morning! Help bring Grand Cordon to life at this party of epic proportions!

Where: 1885 Britomart, Britomart When: Saturday 10 February, 10pm—3am For more info, click here.

Queens of SKYCITY

What would pride parade be without some queens gracing our presence?! Prepare to be dazzled by performances from three of New Zealand’s top drag queen entertainers: Kita Mean, Cindy of Samoa and Victoria Secretzz! This show is two hours jam-packed with glitter, hilarity and OTT costumes—just the way it should be. Sing along to some classics with these queens of pride, including YMCA and Shake Your Groove Thing!

Where: SKYCITY, Auckland CBD When: Saturday 10 February, 8pm—10pm For more info, click here.

Sunday 11 February

Car Boot Sale of the Future

Silo Park is back at it again to make our weekends epic! This Sunday brings a car boot sale, well, without the cars. Claiming to be the greatest car boot sale in history, expect big things as you rummage and rustle through trinkets, treasures and gems from the garage and beyond. It’s a guaranteed fun-filled afternoon for any market lover with something for everyone. Some of Auckland’s finest DJs will be providing the tunes, and Auckland’s fave food trucks will be providing for your belly. The food lineup includes the best from Kraken Crumpets, Temaki Truck, The Marilyn and more!

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter When: Sunday 11 February, 12pm—6pm For more info, click here.

Sabato Market Day

Quickly becoming a hot favourite in Auckland’s food truck events, Sabato Market Day knows how to please an Aucklander! With loads of food truck faves on board like Very Good Dumplings, Wise Boys Burgers, Philippe’s Poutine, Double Dutch Fries, Temaki Truck and so many more, your stretchiest pants will be put to the test. Cheesemonger Calum will also be doing a Parmigiano cracking at 12:30pm which is not to be missed—it’s cheese! There will also be in-store specaisl and tastings from all your fave New Zealand suppliers for a feast of epic proportions.

Where: Sabato, Mount Eden When: Sunday 11 February, 10am—2pm For more info, click here.  

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Auckland’s Getting An Oyster Festival!

Auckland’s Getting An Oyster Festival!

by Grace Noles @ The A List | The Urban List

We all know Aucklanders have impeccable taste and one thing we go crazy for is some damn good seafood. So, we’re sure you’ll be stoked to find out an oyster festival is hitting our shores very soon.

March 1st marks the start of Bluff oyster season in New Zealand and Auckland’s Nourish Group believes that is something to celebrate­­—and so do we! The Princes Wharf festival will be happening throughout March with events and special offers happening in downtown Auckland.

Teaming up with some legendary restuarants along the likes of Euro, The Culpeper, Coley & Punch, and The Crab Shack, Nourish Group is bringing us all-you-can-eat oysters, bargain priced dozens, live music, masterclasses, and more.

Kicking off the festival will be The First Haul: All You Can Eat Bluff Oysters on Friday 2nd of March at Euro. But don’t worry, if you don’t catch this one each restaurant will have specials running every day of March along with extra special events popping up throughout the festival.

Get shucking team!

The Deets:

What: An Oyster Festival happening right here in Auckland!

When: 1st March – 31st March  

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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.

Quiz: What Kind of Food Traveler Are You?

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My 2017 Travel Recap – Month by Month

by Rachel @ Trailing Rachel

Oh man, I think I’ve missed the whole New Year’s resolution and recap-of-the-past-year blog post bandwagon. But just for giggles, I’m gonna try it. Since I’ve been so slack giving you the latest on my life, here’s what I got up to this year… 2017 was all about making that change from full-time, carefree, backpacker-style traveling to freelancing. That meant camping, housesitting, and having our own car and (at times) our own temporary home. It came with some struggles and rough edges, and it was not always as pretty as these photos entail. But the flexibility to live in a different country every other month is just incredible. Destination wise, while it was awesome and beautiful, I found that New Zealand isn’t my most favorite travel destination in the world, that I’m still in love with Southeast Asia, that Portugal is really all it’s cracked up to be, and that it’s still good to go home occasionally. January Marko and I rang in the New Year sending off a paper lantern into the unbelievably beautiful night sky of Chiang Mai, Thailand surrounded by tons of other glowing lanterns. We ate great tons of khao soi and fried chicken, joined a […]

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

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

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5 Splendid Things To Do This Week In Auckland

5 Splendid Things To Do This Week In Auckland

by Bella Ramdhanie @ The A List | The Urban List

The month that includes celebrating luuurve is upon us, which means, we are well and truly back into our routines. Ah, the holidays, a distant memory. Yup, it’s February! And whether you are spending your week doting on your SO or catching up with the squad, we wanna make sure this week is a great one!

Coincidently enough, Auckland has lined up a whole lot of things for you to do to make this week great. Good vibes — guaranteed. Here are five splendid things to do this week in Auckland.

Monday 12

VALENTINES POP-UP GIFT STORE

Procrastinators, this one is for you. In keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s, we’re here to let you in on where you can get a prezzie for the SO this year. We know, you’ve left it to the last minute. Head to Takutai Square this week for the pop-up Valentines store! A selection of Valentine’s gift ideas from around the Britomart precinct have been rounded up, making the gift-giving process just that lil bit easier. You’re welcome!

Tuesday 13

PARAMORE

Even though it’s a Tuesday and even though we approve of a little Netflix and chill, we are opting to take a break from the sweatpants and enjoy Paramore live. This week at Spark Arena, Paramore is coming to Auckland for a live show. So, make a night of it —hit a cocktail bar with the squad and dance like it’s a Friday night!

Wednesday 14

CELEBRATE LURVE

The day to celebrate romance has come around once again and we thought it would only be fair to let you in on aaall the best spots to wine and dine. There are several mighty-fine places to take bae this Valentine’s Day, from the likes of Cibo, Sails Restaurant and The Fed, we Aucklanders sure are lucky. These hot spots promise you a deliiish dining experience as well as gorgeous aesthetic so that you can #getthatgram.

Thursday 15

ONE NIGHT IN MOSCOW AT THE VODKA ROOM

Spend your thirsty Thursday the right way this week, at The Vodka Room! One Night in Moscow is an event being held this Thursday night that we have deemed unmissable. Step over a threshold into Mother Russia’s red-cloaked embrace and find yourself feasting on caviar, smoked salmon and Uzbek spiced lamb ribs. Watch as Russia’s musical underground comes to life, with a glass of a top-notch bevvy in hand (naturally).

URBAN STREET FEST

What’s that? Street fest you say? Yes, that’s right, this Thursday you can head to Milford and get amongst quality food trucks, a great atmosphere and of course, a dash of live music. Urban Street Fest is an event we are recommending, if not for their large selection of gourmet food trucks, then for an afternoon enjoying the live tunes of Lee Gray Music and some quality time with your loved ones. Yasss!

Image Credit: Paramore  

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Exclusive Hanoi City Tour 1 Day Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Hanoi Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. Hanoi has more...

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