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Cooking with Poo — A Walking Tour of Klong Toey Markets

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“Isaan people eat everything!” Poo tells our small group as we negotiate the muddy paths of frenetic Klong Toey market on a walking tour to purchase ingredients for our Cooking with Poo experience and the Thai cooking lessons to follow at Saiyuud Diwong’s Helping Hands Thai Cooking School in Bangkok. ‘Poo’ is the nickname of Saiyuud Diwong, our ...

The Best Phnom Penh Markets

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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 ...

Bangkok Shopping Malls: Monsoon Havens & Modern Town Squares

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The much-maligned shopping mall makes sense in steamy Bangkok, especially during monsoon season* — just as it does in the oppressive heat of Dubai. Whereas the gritty streets of both cities offer few opportunities to escape the elements, air-conditioned shopping centres provide a respite from the humidity and, in Bangkok’s case in particular at this time ...

Bangkok Shopping List — what things cost in Bangkok

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Bangkok is a fun place to shop. For most visitors that means buying cheap hippy clothes and skimpy stuff for the beach holiday they’re about to have on a Thai island or a resort on the coast. And then buying even more revealing gear once they’re back in Bangkok before they fly home to show ...

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

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Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of ...

Local Produce: Edinburgh Farmer’s Market & Specialty Shops

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We must admit that we were pretty spoilt for good local produce to cook on our stay-at-home nights in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. When we checked into our elegant apartment the owner told us there were a few speciality food shops worth visiting in our neighbourhood, as well as a Farmer’s Market held beneath Edinburgh Castle every ...

Sustainable Shopping: Guide to Stockbridge Charity Stores Edinburgh

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The first time we strolled down Stockbridge’s high street, we couldn’t help but notice the abundance of charity shops. There are literally dozens of the things. Here's our guide to Stockbridge charity stores. And these are no dusty old stores crammed to the rafters with junk either. They’re smart, and sometimes chic, shops, some with polished ...

An Edinburgh Shopping List

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When we arrived at our 'home away from home' in Edinburgh, we soon found there were enough supplies in the fridge and in the cupboards to delay our usual initial shopping trip until our second day in Stockbridge. The next day, as we wandered around the handsome village, we noted a number of wonderful specialty ...

Price Check: a Berlin Shopping List

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It’s always a bit of a shock to the wallet going to Western Europe after spending time in Central or Eastern Europe, where the prices are significantly lower. Berliners swear their city is cheaper to live in than other European capitals, but while rents, utilities and transport might be lower – and we certainly found ...

Price Check: a Kraków Shopping List

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  We're bringing our latest edition in our Price Check series* to you from Poland with our Krakow shopping list, which has been a fun one to research. We were last in Krakow four years ago on a trip around Central and Eastern Europe and we found it so affordable back then that we decided ...

A Vienna Shopping List

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The duration of most of our stays this year has been two weeks. Apart from our pre-departure preparations for Grantourismo and soiree in Dubai and the days leading up to our launch party in London, only on two occasions on the trip have we stayed in places for only a week each, in Italy and in ...

European Winter Treat in Vienna: Fresh Black Winter Truffles

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Ever since I first tried truffles in a restaurant in Zurich, I get excited when the Northern Hemisphere winter comes around and I can look forward to fresh black winter truffles. Many years ago, when I worked in publishing in Sydney, my right-hand-man had a tempestuous relationship with his girlfriend who was head chef for one ...