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Our Favourite Local Noodle Shop In Hoi An

Our Favourite Local Noodle Shop In Hoi An

“Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me…” blares at life-threatening volume from a people-carrier that has stopped outside the restaurant we’re in. It’s a rather incongruous aural assault in this quiet lane that is home to our favourite local noodle shop in Hoi An. This modern...
The Pups of Hoi An

The Pups of Hoi An

“Do people in Vietnam like pups?” a traveller asked us during a market tour in Hoi An recently. I guess it’s probably a fair question in a country where dog meat might appear on a menu. But the cute fluffy puppy that prompted the question...
When Is Cooking At Home A Waste Of Time?

When Is Cooking At Home A Waste Of Time?

Regular readers are well aware that we endlessly encourage you to live like locals when you travel by doing a cooking class to learn to make the local cuisine, by shopping at the markets, and by cooking a meal or two at ‘home’, wherever that...
Chef Peter Gilmore and Quay Restaurant in Sydney

Chef Peter Gilmore and Quay Restaurant in Sydney

We spent much of our time in Australia last year writing about the fantastic food scene and formidable restaurants and talking to the finest chefs, from Dan Hunter to Ben Shewry – as well as great global chefs, from Rene Redzepi to Massimo Bottura. One...
A Taste of Orange

A Taste of Orange

Orange FOOD Week is underway in the rural town of Orange in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, a fabulous food and wine destination that we visited last year. The food festival runs until 21 April if you’re in Australia at the moment. We...
Celebrating Songkran in Thailand

Celebrating Songkran in Thailand

If you’re going to be in Thailand soon, prepare to get soaked! Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year water festival that takes place in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand from the 13th to 15th April in 2014, although some cities celebrate over a longer period. A...
Monday Memories: A Moment at Hoi An Market

Monday Memories: A Moment at Hoi An Market

We’ve been working on some food stories here in Hoi An and that translates to eating oodles of noodles, averaging one bowl of the local favourite, cao lầu, per day (more on that dish in upcoming posts). Having worked our way through all the street stalls,...
Absorbing Australia through Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW

Absorbing Australia through Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW

Last week the winners of Australia’s most important and most-talked about annual art contest, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, were announced and the exhibition of finalists opened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW), Sydney’s and possibly Australia’s premiere art museum. We were in...