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Meet the Local Behind The Hunt Singapore Guide

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If we’re going to use a guidebook when we travel, our preference will always be themed, quirky little guidebooks written by locals or expats like The Hunt Singapore guidebook. As you know, we used to write guidebooks. We worked for all the big publishers: Lonely Planet, Footprint, Dorling Kindersley, Rough Guides, Thomas Cook, Hedonist’s etc. ...

A Chat with Chef David Thompson at Nahm Restaurant, Bangkok

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Chef David Thompson's Bangkok restaurant Nahm was named Asia’s Best Restaurant at the San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in February this year by the global restaurant industry — chefs, restaurateurs, hospitality professionals, gourmands, and food media — and in May it placed at #13 on the global edition, the World’s ...

Asian Travel Etiquette — Greetings, Gestures and Good Manners

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Asian travel etiquette is not so complicated to understand, nor is it mysterious. Almost every Asian guidebook, travel website and those free little tourist magazines seem to have a section on etiquette — how you should greet people, how to conduct yourself, what’s considered good manners and what’s not, and what you should wear. Yet we’re ...

Chef Peter Gilmore and Quay Restaurant in Sydney

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Chef Peter Gilmore and Quay Restaurant in Sydney are two icons of the city's gastronomic scene. The chef is one of the most passionate and inventive of Australia's cooks, while the restaurant with its spectacular harbour views that sweep from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Opera House would be the place to eat even ...

Local Knowledge: Richard Graham from Sydney

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Richard Graham is the kind of traveller we identify with. Since the age of five, Richard has travelled to at least one new country every year. Every year. Before starting his tour company, My Sydney Detour, Richard did a 14-month overland trip from Mexico down to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina in 2007–08, spending as ...

Will Studd, the Cheese Guy and the Story of Australian Cheese

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When chatting with chefs around Australia for the feature stories we’ve been working on, one man’s name comes up repeatedly when talk turns to cheese — Will Studd. Or, Will Studd, "the cheese guy". Studd arrived in Australia in 1981 after establishing delicatessens in central London in the 1970s with the goal of concentrating on importing ...

Matt Skinner on Melbourne, Wine, Bars and Food

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Melbourne wine guy Matt Skinner may be a comparatively young bloke as far as Australian wine icons go, but with a handful of wine books, an annual wine guide and a television series under his belt, he’s fast become something of an Aussie wine legend and an inspiration to young Australians developing an interest in wine and ...

Local Knowledge: Kenneth Meow from Melbourne

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In our latest edition of Local Knowledge from Melbourne, Australia, Kenneth Meow shares his insider tips to experiencing the Victorian capital. Kenneth is a Hong Kong-born Australian who is impossible to describe in a nutshell. He's a restaurant owner, community volunteer, philanthropist, strategic advisor, social media consultant, and coffee lover. Phew. We first 'met' Kenneth online, in the ...

A Local Guide to Vintage Shopping in Melbourne

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That we needed to provide you with a local guide to vintage shopping in Melbourne quickly became apparent after spotting some Melbourne locals in beehives, cats eye glasses and bobby socks. After meeting vintage princess Danielle Pumo on our Hidden Secrets tour, it was obvious she should be our vintage expert. Interview with Danielle Pumo ...

Jess Ho’s Guide to Eating and Drinking in Melbourne

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We first met Jessica Ho aka That Jess Ho, girl-in-the-know, food blogger, and face of Melbourne Asian restaurant Chin Chin, when we were photographing the funky eatery for our Mouthwatering Melbourne story. If you know Jess Ho, enough said. If you don't, here's one of the most local guides you're going to get to eating and drinking ...

How to Meet Locals When You Travel — Start By Saying Hello

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How to meet locals when you travel — does the world really need another story on the subject? Surely we’ve written enough on the topic? We’ve said before that what we love most about travel is meeting locals and we’ve shared tips on how to meet locals. Is there anything more to be said? How can ...