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

2019-01-28T12:46:41+07:00By |

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

2019-01-28T12:39:59+07:00By |

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 [...]

Best Melbourne Markets — the Markets You Need to Browse, Shop and Tour in Melbourne

2019-01-28T12:47:33+07:00By |

The best Melbourne markets warrant more that just browsing or even buying the beautiful fresh produce and local specialties. Do a food tour of the Queen Victoria Market, South Melbourne Market, and Prahran Market to learn the stories behind the markets and their passionate stallholders and fabulous products. Melbourne is blessed with brilliant fresh produce [...]

Learning About Lao Cuisine on a Market Walk in Luang Prabang

2019-09-11T16:03:07+07:00By |

Learning about Lao cuisine in Luang Prabang was a priority for us on our first trip to the charming Mekong River town in Laos. So one of the first things that we did when we arrived in the UNESCO World Heritage listed town was to book a market walk and cooking class with chef Joy [...]

East Meets West at Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre in Luang Prabang

2019-09-11T19:57:48+07:00By |

Ock Pop Tok weaving centre in Luang Prabang, Laos, is the product of a collaboration between Laotian weaver Veomanee Duangdala and English photographer Joanna Smith. Ock Pop Tok may mean 'East meets West' in Lao but the beautiful fabrics produced on the looms are distinctly local. Click clack. Click clack. I love the sound of a loom being worked [...]

Eric Raisina’s Guide to Siem Reap Style — Where to Find Cambodian Chic

2019-07-09T21:10:12+07:00By |

Eric Raisina is something of a celebrity in Siem Reap, a city the fashion designer finds inspirational and integral to his work. We talked to Eric Raisina about his inspiration, his work, Cambodian fashion, and Siem Reap style. We first met Madagascar-born fashion designer Eric Raisina at his atelier when researching shopping in Siem Reap on our first trip to [...]

Shopping the Gorgeous Stores of Siem Reap — an Itinerary

2018-11-27T14:15:47+07:00By |

For most travellers, Siem Reap has been little more than a departure point for exploring Angkor Wat and the other Angkor temples. Yet it hasn’t always been that way. And once again the riverside city is offering visitors more to do than scramble archaeological sites. Until the Khmer Rouge seized power in 1975, Siem Reap [...]

Shopping the Chicest Boutiques in Phnom Penh – An Itinerary

2018-05-14T12:53:07+07:00By |

We flew to Phnom Penh from Bangkok to do a story for an Asian travel magazine for a section called The Buzz, which meant we had to cover places that hummed – the best, busiest, most talked-about spots in the city. These are the chicest boutiques in Phnom Penh right now and here's the best way to shop [...]

The Best Phnom Penh Markets

2018-01-05T13:44:25+07:00By |

Like all South East Asian cities, the Cambodian capital has a few standout markets that are worth a wander to soak up the atmosphere, snack at the food stalls, and, naturally, shop for souvenirs. Here's our mini-guide to the best Phnom Penh markets for visitors to the city. The Night Market – Phsar Reatrey  We [...]

Thai Cooking Class at the Mandarin Oriental Cooking School

2018-12-17T17:09:35+07:00By |

We like to think that if discovering the food of a destination is a way into the heart of a place, then learning to cook the cuisine is the route into its soul. That’s why a cooking class at the Mandarin Oriental Cooking School in Bangkok was high on my agenda. In the last 18 [...]

Traditional Vietnamese Iced Coffee and Saigon’s Best Cafes

2019-01-29T16:48:48+07:00By |

We’re espresso people: we like our coffee short, black, strong, and hot, Italian-style. Yet in Saigon we found ourselves stopping often for tall, sweet, cold glasses of traditional Vietnamese iced coffee, called cà phê đá or ‘coffee ice’, or cà phê sữa đá when it’s with milk. Made from Vietnamese-grown dark roast coffee beans, the [...]

Saigon Shopping: the Most Beautiful Boutiques Of All

2019-01-29T16:49:45+07:00By |

Saigon has undergone a style revolution in recent years, so much so, that for Asian-based travellers who think nothing of hopping on a flight for a weekend break (or visa run), the city’s beautiful shops, along with its stylish restaurants and bars, are proving as alluring as the historical sights and street life. Saigon’s shopping [...]

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