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These posts are about the local people we meet, with insider tips we gather from locals, Q&As with locals, as well as great local spots and hidden gems we discover.

Local Knowledge: Chef Bo from Bangkok

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We first met Thai-born chef Duangporn 'Bo' Songvisava, better known as Chef Bo and her Australian chef husband Dylan Jones — protégés of the legendary master of Thai cuisine, David Thompson, at Nahm London — after eating a very memorable meal at their restaurant Bo.lan, just after it opened in Bangkok. In the last 18 months or so, ...

Chef Ian Kittichai’s Guide to Eating and Drinking in Bangkok

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Chef Ian Kittichai, celebrity chef, Thailand’s Iron Chef, and a global ambassador for Thai cuisine, has restaurants in Bangkok, Mumbai, Hong Kong, and New York City, and does a weekly television cooking show Chef Mue Thong, which has been broadcast since 2001 in 70 countries around the world. Somewhat surprisingly, Chef Ian Kittichai (whose full Thai name is ...

Footpath Feasting: From Street Food to Soul Food

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As travel and food writers we have to eat out every day, sometimes two or three times a day. In Bangkok one of those meals will involve street food. That means we've eaten a lot of street food. That doesn't mean we don't reach out to people like Jarrett Wrisley of Soul Food Mahanakorn for street food ...

A Local Guide to Eating and Drinking in Edinburgh

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To get the lowdown on the foodie scene in Edinburgh, we consult Donald Reid, the eating and drinking editor of The List, the city’s homegrown version of Time Out magazine, over whisky at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Here's his guide to eating and drinking in Edinburgh. A Local Guide to Eating and Drinking in Edinburgh ...

Local Knowledge: Owen from Edinburgh

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We’ve resisted using mainstream guidebooks on our grand tour this year, choosing instead to rely on local people for advice. However, wherever possible we’ve sought out local guidebooks written by residents of the places we’ve visited. In Venice, we used the illustrated My Local Guide to Venice, and in New York City we used the ...

A local Guide to Berlin

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We met Berlin local Gerd Tepass in Buenos Aires about four years ago when we were writing a guidebook to the city. Now back in his home city, he gives us a local Guide to Berlin. Gerd owned a funky boutique in Buenos Aires, with a good little restaurant and a bar. It was the kind ...

Local Knowledge: Kaska from Kraków

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When we met Kaska from Crazy Guides, when she came to collect us from our apartment for the Communist Tour in Kraków, I felt like I’d met her someone else before... Later, on our drive, she mentioned that she had an additional job bartending to put herself through university. Do you work at Dym? I asked. She did! Dym ...

A Local Guide to Budapest

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When we first arrived in Budapest, we took to Twitter to get some local tips. One person really gave us the goods, as you can see below. @mhovorka@gran_tourismo Have you visited the Holocaust Memorial Center? It's relatively new, very interesting and well done. @mhovorka @gran_tourismo But for fun, ice skating, or the most luscious hot ...

Local Knowledge: Ayşe from Istanbul

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In every place we’ve stayed so far this year, we’ve interviewed someone for our Local Knowledge series who we thought would offer great local insight and a special perspective on the place. In Istanbul, we sought insider tips from designer Ayşe Bali. Often our Local Knowledge candidates have been people we’ve met in the place who have helped ...

Local Knowledge: Caroline and Tira from the Masai Mara

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In our latest interview in our Local Knowledge series, we get insider advice from locals Caroline and Tira, a guest relations manager and guide from the Sarova Mara Camp in the Masai Mara in Kenya. After spending 10 months in holiday rentals, it made a nice change to stay in a hotel again — especially a ...

African Safari Tips

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I had read so much advice on safaris before coming to the Masai Mara – when to go, what to wear, what to take, what to do, etc. However, some of the African safari tips were conflicting. Nearly everything I read said to wear camouflage safari clothes to blend in, yet a few people we ...