Ohn No Khao Swe Recipe – Burmese Chicken Coconut Noodle Soup

2019-04-07T17:15:05+07:00By |

This ohn no khao swe recipe for Myanmar’s beloved Burmese chicken coconut noodle soup, a distant relation to Chiang Mai's khao soi, is one that Terence has been making since we first became enamoured with the dish in Yangon on our first trip to the country. Our ohn no khao swe recipe for Myanmar’s much-loved …

Our Home Away from Home in Khon Kaen in Thailand’s Isaan

2018-11-26T16:25:04+07:00By |

Set among luxuriant gardens on a sprawling property in Khon Kaen, in Thailand's northeastern Isaan region, Lom Laeng Villa, a modern interpretation of a traditional Isaan house, was our ‘home away from home’ at boutique hotel Supanniga, a Secret Retreats member. We only stayed a night in Khon Kaen on our Isaan road trip, however, we …

Bangkok Shopping List — what things cost in Bangkok

2015-08-24T22:48:00+07:00By |

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 …

Tips to Saving Money When Self-Catering

2018-11-26T11:00:57+07:00By |

In our last post on What Things Cost Around the World, we compared the dockets of our Price Check shopping lists from some 24 destinations we stayed at around the world on our yearlong grand tour. Our goal was to give self-catering travellers who like settling into places for a while an idea of what …

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

2018-11-26T16:21:29+07:00By |

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 …

Have You Ever Wanted to Hug Your Concierge?

2018-11-26T16:21:03+07:00By |

Staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while offers opportunities to get close to people in ways that a hotel can't. Don't believe us? These are some of the special people we befriended who touched our souls over the last year in some way. 1. Jamila from Marrakech The manager, housekeeper and …

Weekend Oats: Savouring Porridge in Scotland

2018-11-26T11:00:56+07:00By |

There’s no dish that reminds me more of my childhood than porridge. This humble and much-maligned breakfast of oats, soaked and cooked in milk or water, was a winter favourite for my family growing up in Australia. While we had no ties to Scotland, where porridge is probably the country's most quintessential dish after haggis, …

Cullen Skink, Venison loin, Scottish Dinner Party

2018-11-26T19:59:48+07:00By |

When I put out a call on Twitter for ideas as to what I should make in Edinburgh for my series The Dish, about the quintessential dishes of the places we visit, Scottish chef Gary Robinson (former personal chef to Prince Charles and former chef of Mezzanine, one of our favourite restaurants in Dubai) suggested that I …

Local Produce: Edinburgh Farmer’s Market & Specialty Shops

2018-11-26T19:59:48+07:00By |

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 …

An Edinburgh Shopping List

2018-11-26T11:00:55+07:00By |

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 …

Our Home Away from Home in Edinburgh

2014-09-24T02:45:19+07:00By |

Located on an elegant crescent, a stone’s throw from the centre of Stockbridge, a ground floor apartment in a row of imposing Georgian residences is our latest ‘home away from home’ holiday rental in Edinburgh. It may be just a ten-minute stroll from the centre of Edinburgh, and a further five-ten minutes to The Royal …

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