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Playa Del Carmen Cooking School

by Jen @ Venturists

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We love to take cooking classes whenever we travel to a new place. It’s a great way to get to know a destination as food, history and culture are all tightly bound together. Plus, cooking the food after the class brings back wonderful memories of the places that we’ve been. So when we decided to Playa del Carmen, […]

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Dalat Street Food Tour – A Taste of Dalat Style Vietnamese Street Food

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

A Dalat street food tour is a must when you visit Vietnam’s southern Central Highlands city. Famed for its fertile volcanic soil, beautiful fresh local produce, and coffee, tea, and wine, the former French colonial hill station is a fantastic foodie destination, and its street...

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Hanoi | Tonkin Travel

Hanoi | Tonkin Travel


Tonkin Travel

With more than a thousand years of rich history and beauty at every turn, brace yourself as you experience a bird’s eye view of Vietnam’s capital. You will bring your camera home full of wonderful memories! Choose from the two options: HANOI (Half day) HANOI CLASSIC TOUR (Full day)   HANOI IN-DEEP (Full day) VESPA …

5 Best Vegetarian Thai Dishes

by Cookly @ Cookly Blog

When one thinks of Thai food, flavors such as spicy and zesty often come to mind. However, one component that remains in the majority of Thai food is meat. The Cookly team has decided to write this article to raise awareness about the delectable vegetarian Thai dishes. Even though most of these dishes contain some meat, they […]

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The Best of Georgian Cuisine

by Jen @ Venturists

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Knowing just three things about the former Republic of Georgia will explain all you need to know about why it is gaining momentum as an up and coming foodie destination. The first notable reason is its location. Georgia sits directly in the intersection of Europe and Asia. If you have traveled in Asia but found […]

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Boulder is considering purchasing historic, 110-acre Poor Farm property for $5.2 million

by Alex Burness @ The Denver Post

The Boulder City Council soon will vote on whether to approve, for $5.2 million, the purchase of the historic, 110-acre Boulder County Poor Farm property on 63rd Street.

16 Vietnamese Food Souvenirs

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I often receive emails from friends, and friends of friends, asking for food and travel tips when visiting Vietnam. I have a standard Word document I refer to and then customize it based on where they’re visiting. I’ll sometimes suggest … Continue reading

Green and Red Chicken Enchiladas

by Jen @ Venturists

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One of my favorite things about eating at restaurants while traveling trough Mexico is being offered several types of salsas. After being seated a variety of salsas are often placed on the table, and they can widely depending on the region. Each sauce has a different level of heat and complexity that can completely change the […]

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How to Experience the French Side of Siem Reap – A Local Guide, Ooh La La!

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

How to experience the French side of Siem Reap is a question we get asked by French travellers and Francophiles on holiday in Cambodia. Siem Reap based French expat Christine Gleizes, owner of chic concept store Christine’s shares her local tips. How to experience the...

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Jewelry

by humphry @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

Hello- Does anyone have suggestions for reputable jewelry stores in Playa Del Carmen? We are looking primarily for items in 925 silver. Thank you...

Best Pizza in Playa del Carmen – Don Chendo

by Sean @ Venturists

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When planning a trip to the beach community of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, finding the best pizza probably isn’t on the top of your priority list. But maybe it should be. There are plenty of places to find great tacos, seafood, and margaritas (I’ve included a few of my favorites at the end of the post). […]

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Victoria Falls – What We Wish We Knew Before Visiting

by Jen @ Venturists

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Victoria Falls are arguably one of the worlds most beautiful natural wonders. We stayed in the area, on the Zimbabwe side of the falls, for four days. Before we arrived, we did some research and had decided that we were also going to visit the falls from the Zambia side, as well as doing a […]

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Georgian Spicy Beef Ribs in Ajika Sauce

by Sean @ Venturists

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We like spicy food. A lot. But, we’ve found in our travels that different places in the world have have various approaches to spiciness and heat. In Thailand or Mexico, spicy salsa or Nam Pla are always available to heat up a dish. Other cultures don’t enjoy spiciness as much as we do. We’ve even […]

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Lokrum “Peacock” Island Day Trip from Dubrovnik Croatia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Lokrum (or Lacroma) Island is the closest island to Dubrovnik, Croatia. Beyond its proximity, there are several reasons to consider visiting during a trip to Dubrovnik. Lokrum is home to a large national preserve where local wildlife runs free. Well, if you consider hoards of bunnies and peacocks wildlife. Particularly after the many years and […]

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Halong Bay Full Day Tour – US$

by Lucy Vu @ Centre Point Hanoi Hotel

Halong Bay one day tour will to discover Halong Bay, this one day cruise allows visitors admire the natural beauty of the Bay and experience kayaking in a limited time. You get the chance to get “off the beaten track” and explore the secrets of the sea within Halong Bay area. After breakfast, our guide [...]

Reasons to Visit One of Europe’s Smallest Countries – San Marino

by Jen @ Venturists

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San Marino is the third smallest country of Europe. And that’s not the only distinction – the tiny country is perched on the Apennine mountain range and is completely surrounded on all sides by Italy. They have maintained this precarious position since 301 AD, earning themselves the bragging rights as being one of the world’s oldest independent constitutional republics. […]

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Rượu Cần – Stem Wine Or Tube Wine

by admin @ Vietnam Food Trips

Rượu cần (literally "stem wine" or "tube wine") is a fermented rice wine produced in Vietnam, especially in mountainous areas like Central Highlands or Northwest. It is made of cooked glutinous rice (nếp) mixed with several kinds of herbs (including leaves and roots) in the local forests. The types ...

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Day Trips from Tbilisi Georgia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Tbilisi Georgia is beginning to show up on the not-to-be-missed destination lists for more and more travelers. This Eurasian country, seated between Turkey, Russia and the Black Sea, has much to offer a would-be visitor. It has an ancient old town with steamy sulfur baths, a rich wine-making tradition, fascinating history including a fairly recent […]

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New England Style Seafood Chowder

by Jen @ Venturists

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Having grown up in Maine, I often crave a creamy bowl of chowder. We Mainers have entire festivals devoted to finding the best recipe. Some prefer a thin broth, and others are so thick that you can pile up a chunky bite full on your spoon. Some recipes call for bacon which adds a subtle smoky […]

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Four people killed in late-night crash near Sterling as Chrysler hits jacknifed semi-trailer head on

by Elizabeth Hernandez @ The Denver Post

Four people are dead after a late-night crash near Sterling involving a semi-trailer and a Chrysler Pacifica.

Stellenbosch – Uncorking a Luxury Travel Destination For Less

by Jen @ Venturists

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Stellenbosch is becoming known as South Africa’s premier world-wide travel destination for a number of very good reasons. It is located just east of Cape Town, so it’s easily accessible as a day trip from the growing metropolitan area. But my first and best advice is to give the area a few days or you’ll […]

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Alex Elliott-Howery

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Alex Elliott-Howery is the co-founder of what has become a thriving and boundary - breaking food community in inner Sydney. She runs the Cornersmith cafes, renowned for their big hearts and strong conscience when it comes to sustainably sourced food. Alex teaches pickling and preserving workshops at the Cornersmith cooking school, the Picklery.

Chicken Enchilada Soup

by Jen @ Venturists

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Chicken Enchilada is one of my favorite soup recipes for a few reasons. A nice basic vegetable and chicken soup is nice, but add to that a little bit of spice, a thicker consistency with the addition of corn flour, and a good dose of cheese. The soup just gets better by piling on the […]

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Hanoi Cooking Class – US$ 55

by Lucy Vu @ Centre Point Hanoi Hotel

Getting to know the food is also a great way of learning about the country. Vietnamese food is healthy, simple to cook, delicious, and forms a large part of the culture. This half day tour gives you a hands-on lesson on how to shop for fresh ingredients and cook authentic Vietnamese food. Our Cooking classes [...]

Aomori Japan

by zwho @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

I am on a cruise that has a stop in Aomori. The things I want to see are the Museum with the festival floats, the castle and the area around it. I...

Bánh Cuốn – Rice Noodle Rolls

by admin @ Vietnam Food Trips

Bánh cuốn is made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed fermented rice batter filled with seasoned ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and minced shallots. Sides for this dish usually consist of chả lụa (Vietnamese pork sausage), sliced cucumber, and bean sprouts, with the dipping sauce called ...

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Vietnamese Spices and Herbs to Know While Cooking The Local Food

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Vietnamese spices and herbs are important things when you want to cook the real Vietnamese food. Come to Vietnam, foreign tourists are not only impressed by a small country with

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So, why Taiwan?

So, why Taiwan?

by Jannell Lo @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

Ooof. We're settled at last. It's been a crazy busy/really relaxed couple of weeks of hanging with the Lo fam while we settled into our temporary home, but we've finally got a bit of time to breathe and to write. For those of you who care enough about us to notice the drop in content, but don't know where we've gone, the answer is Taiwan. 

Authentic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

by Jen @ Venturists

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  This Chicken Paprikash Recipe is a staple dish in Hungary. Make sure to use the freshest Hungarian Sweet Paprika you can find in order to get the full authentic flavor of this dish. One taste and you’ll understand why this is a favorite dish in Hungary – classic comfort food at it’s finest! Chicken […]

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Tania Sibrey

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Founder and Hostess, Food I Am Throughout my whole life, I have always had great experiences centred around food shared with family and friends. My craving for foods of the world and good quality produce came from my food obsessed mother. An amazing cook and teacher, my mother cooked meats and traditional fare beautifully but really came into her own when cooking Chinese banquets in the 1970s better than most local Chinese restaurants. What followed next was an obsession with Lebanese, Indian, Thai, French cuisine and the list goes on. We travelled the globe in Mum’s kitchen! Food I Am was born in 2011 out of simple frustration that we were not able to access great food experiences created by accomplished chefs in the Riverina.

Jamie Shepley

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Guest Chef After completing his apprenticeship Jamie travelled to Canada where he worked as sous chef at various resorts including The Hilton at Whistler, Canada.

What do you want to eat next?

by Jannell Lo @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

That's the most common question we've asked each other in the last week. For us, this trip is less about the sights and more about the smells, tastes and textures. Don't get me wrong, the sights are important and beautiful, and we've loved learning more about Cambodian culture and history, but that's just the side dish. The main course is the main course.

Restaurant Review: Brunch at Alice’s Arbor in Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

by The Culture Mom @ The Culture Mom

This past weekend my teenage daughter and I decided to take some time out of our daily routine and head to Bed Stuyvesant, Brooklyn for brunch. Our destination: Alice’s Arbor. It had been years since I’d been to Bed Stuy, and I always knew even then it was on the brink of gentrification and change, […]

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Kalsarikännit – A Foreigner’s Tale

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

Featured in SAA Sawubona Inflight Magazine   Pantless drinking at home – Ishay Govender-Ypma gets to grips with kalsarikännit in Finland. Written for  SAA Sawubona inflight magazine, July 2017.   You’ll remember this. Opening credits roll to Bridget Jones’s Diary. Renee Zellweger’s character sits on the couch in her Christmas PJs, glugging wine, [...]

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5 Best Northern Thai Dishes

by Cookly @ Cookly Blog

The Northern provinces of Thailand are known for breathtaking landscape panoramas, but you’ll be equally amazed with the Northern Thai Dishes that you consume up north. The Cookly team have rounded up the top five Northern Thai Dishes that you must try on your trip! You will be able to find most of these dishes […]

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22 Best Egg Recipes for Breakfast for Dinner, Supper and Lunch

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

Our best egg recipes were concocted for breakfast and brunch in kitchens around the world for our Weekend Eggs series. As Easter is ending, we still have eggs on our minds, and the breakfast for dinner trend isn’t going anywhere, I thought it time to...

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A Cheese Excursion Through Cape Town & Surrounds

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

South Africa’s food capital offers wheels, wedges, and wine aplenty. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for Culture Cheese Magazine , July 2017. A Cheese Excursion Through Cape Town. [Note this article is written in American English] Feature in the Culture Cheese Magazine For visitors and armchair travellers alike, Cape Town conjures visions of majestic Table Mountain, [...]

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More about Vietnamese Summer Rolls!

by @ Cooking Classes Auckland | Sachie's Kitchen | Team Building Auckland

This blog post is going to be centred around the iconic Vietnamese Summer Rolls! These are not to be confused...

Burned Rice Ninh Binh – Vietnam Food Specialty

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Com Chay (Burned rice) is it is one of the most famous specialties of Ninh Binh cuisine.

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Nem Cuốn – Rice Paper Rolls

by admin @ Vietnam Food Trips

Nem cuốn, Bánh tráng cuốn, or Gỏi cuốn, (Literally, nem rolls, rice paper rolls and salad rolls in the northern, central, and southern Vietnamese dialect, respectively), Vietnamese Spring Roll, summer roll, or salad roll, is a Vietnamese dish traditionally consisting of pork, prawn, vegeta...

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Discovering the Medieval Hill Towns of Central Italy

by Sean @ Venturists

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In Italy, about midway between Florence and Rome, lies the province of Viterbo. The region doesn’t receive a great deal of attention from travel sites and guidebooks, but it is dotted with small cities and towns with history that extends back well before Roman times. Many of these towns were built on top of high rocky hills, […]

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Exploring the Caves of Barac

by Jen @ Venturists

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We discovered the Caves of Barać while visiting the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. We arrived later in the day than originally planned during an overnight trip from Split. The caves and the national park are an easy three hour drive from Split and we should have gotten there about mid-morning. Word to the wise, […]

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Dominique Rizzo

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Guest Chef One of Australia’s Greatest Culinary Chef's - Dominique Rizzo exclusively at Food I Am Dominique Rizzo, author and regular guest on many of Australia’s top TV cooking programs brings her brand of healthy but irresistible cooking to Wagga.  Dominique has left the kitchen for the classroom and now presents workshops on cooking with seasonal, local produce for better health, vitality and flavour.

Finding the World’s Best Street Food

by Sean @ Venturists

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It doesn’t take long reading this blog to realize that we love discovering and sampling new street foods. Whether it’s stumbling across a vendor serving up sizzling snacks in a local market, or taking guided tour with a local who knows the best hidden spots, we’re up for it. Over the course of our travels, […]

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Top Places to Eat Bun Cha in Hanoi

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

It’s the go-to lunch for many Hanoians, worth braving the stifling humidity, the hazardous road crossing, and definitely worth fighting for space on a little plastic stool. Bun Cha has become synonymous with Hanoi gastronomy culture, even more so since former U.S. President Barrack Obama was famously pictured chowing down on a bowl of his […]

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Hot Cross Buns Recipe for Easter with a Spicy Fruity Southeast Asian Twist

by Terence Carter @ Grantourismo Travels

My hot cross buns recipe makes a delightful dough that’s rich, spicy and fruity. As I’ve been baking these hot cross buns for Easter in our Cambodian kitchen I’ve given this Good Friday treat a Southeast Asian twist yet still kept the traditional taste. This...

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Hanoi Bike Rental

by Stephen @ Hanoi Tours

No dust, no refuel cost in combination with strength training – cycling around town perhaps has become the pleasure of many people when visiting Hanoi. Leisurely streets sightseeing and relax [...]

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Roasted Eggplant with Tomato and Feta

by Jen @ Venturists

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Roasting eggplant (or aubergine) is my favorite way to prepare it. The more I travel the more I find new ways to cook this versatile fruit. Find my recipes for Sausage Stuffed Eggplant from Italy and Turkish Eggplant with Onions and Fresh Herb on this site for example. This recipe, Roasted Eggplant with Tomato and Feta, was inspired by […]

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Easy Grilled Oysters on the Half Shell

by Sean @ Venturists

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I love oysters. But I almost never have them at home. It’s just too much work opening the shells, and I’ve sliced up my fingers multiple times trying to replicate the process that the experts at the oyster bar make look easy. During a recent trip to Maine, my father-in-law shared his recipe for grilled […]

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Favorite Places // Afuri

Favorite Places // Afuri

by Kate Bitner @ Nomad in Nihon

The place you'll most often find me slurpin'.

Georgian Stuffed Mushrooms with Sulguni Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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When I told friends and family that I planned to visit the Republic of Georgia, many admitted that they had either never heard of it and or needed to look on a map to figure out where it was. Georgia is a Eurasian country nestled between Russia, Armenia, Turkey and the Black Sea. It was […]

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Havana – Dining on Nostalgia

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

Nostalgia, for a homeland long departed, lies at the core of the Cuban diaspora’s quest for cultural identity. Dishing out memories at the kitchen table is one way that the legacy is passed on. Written for Financial Mail Travel Magazine, May 2017

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Amsterdam to Bruges - best direct way to travel

by gd_smith @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

We arrive in Amsterdam by plane at 10:15 am on a Monday and need to get to our hotel in Bruges the same day. There are 4 seniors travelling and want...

Ultimate Puglia, Italy Wine Guide

by Sean @ Venturists

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We recently finished a six month tour through Italy. This was our third trip to this beautiful country. On this visit we decided to travel to some lesser known areas, and one of our favorites was Puglia (or Apulia). It was there that we met our friend Andrea De Carlo. He is a fellow foodie […]

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Trà Việt – Vietnamese Tea

by admin @ Vietnam Food Trips

Traditionally, Vietnamese tea drinking is considered a hobby of the older, more learned members in households and in society in general. Tea drinking would accompany aristocratic activities such as composing poems, tending flowers, or simply appreciating nature. Vietnamese people generally favor lig...

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Top 10 Interesting Things to Do in Hanoi

by Stephen @ Hanoi Tours

When you travel to Hanoi, besides the trips to famous sites such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi Old Quarter where you experience a bustling and hustling atmosphere of Hanoi [...]

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Barbecue Chicken with Pineapple and Chipotle Sauce

by Jen @ Venturists

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I’m always looking for new recipes for chicken. This baked and then grilled bone-in chicken recipe with a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce is a winner! The chipotle peppers (smoked jalepenos) in adobo sauce give the sauce a slightly smoky and a kick of spice. The flavor is rounded out with sweet fresh pineapples joined […]

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8 Best Cooking Schools in Hanoi - Cookly Blog

8 Best Cooking Schools in Hanoi - Cookly Blog


Cookly Blog

We have the best cooking schools in Hanoi here for you. Read more to choose the right cooking class for you and your friends!

Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats

Hanoi Vietnam Street Eats


Venturists

This street food tour of Hanoi took us took us all the way from tame to adventurous sampling of the flavors that have made Vietnam a foodie destination.

Ryan Dedini

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Guest Chef Early in Ryan's career he gained a position at SMH two hatted Waters Edge and then moved onto two hatted Aubergine, where he worked for the man who dished up two of Canberra's finest restaurants, James Mussilon.. During his time in Canberra Ryan also spent time teaching at Hotel Kurrajong (International Hotel School).

Cooking Class Review: Pea's Homestyle Thai Food

by Jannell Lo @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

Pea’s course is a great way to learn simple, delicious homestyle Thai food. It’s not fancy, it doesn’t require a gazillion ingredients, and it won’t take hours to prepare. She’s also well aware of what ingredients most Westerners can and can’t source, and has chosen her menu accordingly. If you want to know what Thai people are likely to eat on a day-to-day basis, this is the course for you!

13-Day Vietnam and Laos Tour In Focus

by Viet Long @ Vietnam Tours, Indochina Tours to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

This 13-day Vietnam and Laos Tour in Focus starting from Saigon via Hoi An, Halong bay till Hanoi then onward to Luang Prabang, Vientiane allows you to visit the most attractive places in each country

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Japanese Food in Tokyo – Motsuyaki, Yakitori and Yakiniku are What You Need to Eat

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

Japanese food in Tokyo for most culinary travellers means sushi, soba, tempura, and ramen – fish, seafood and noodles – but when I fantasise about eating Japanese food in Tokyo, unlike Jiro I’m not dreaming of sushi. I’m thinking grilling and barbecue. While Jiro dreams...

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Cooking Class Review: Hanoi Cooking Centre

Cooking Class Review: Hanoi Cooking Centre

by Jannell Lo @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

The people behind Hanoi Cooking Centre not only know Vietnamese food, they also know Western palates and pantries. The instruction is very clear, with great demonstrations and lots of hands on time. The biggest drawback in our course was that we didn't get to personally grill our food, but it by no means ruined the experience. The classes at Hanoi Cooking Centre are a great way to learn how to cook the food that regular Vietnamese people eat both at home and on the streets. 

10 things must do when visit Hanoi

by hoang @ Hanoi food tour

Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake in early morning or going around Hanoi by motorbike are just 2 of 10 things visitors should try when visit Hanoi, the city with thousand years of civilization. 1. Go to marker in early morning Quang Ba Flower Market and Long Bien wholesale market are two places tourists should visit […]

Top Souvenirs to Buy When Traveling in Hanoi, Vietnam

by Stephen @ Hanoi Tours

After a trip to Hanoi, spending time buying some souvenirs for friends and families is always the important consideration. Where and what visitors should buy are big questions, however, in [...]

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Food and beach escape - Sicily 3wks in June -help!

by klabarba @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

It�s our second time in Sicily and I need serious help with the itinerary!! We love good authentic food, not being in a swarm of other tourists and...

Justin North

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Guest Chef Justin North is no stranger to awards. Becasse, Surry Hills, his first restaurant with wife Georgia was opened in 2001; it met with instant critical and public acclaim. Becasse held on to two coveted Chef’s Hats from 2003 – 2011 and won Best European Restaurant in Australia many times. Justin was also named as Chef of the Year 2009 by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and GQ Chef of the Year 2010.

Curried Vegetables in a Tomato Gravy with Poached Eggs

by Jen @ Venturists

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This recipe is inspired by the flavors of the middle east. I really enjoy shukshuka, an Israeli recipe with poached eggs in a tomato sauce served with fresh bread for dipping. This version adds more vegetables and curry for a heartier dish that’s bursting with flavor. If you enjoy curry and are looking for a […]

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Kylie Kwong – Australia-on-a-plate

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

Kylie Kwong, seasoned chef and TV celebrity is loved for her Australian-Chinese food and her Australia-on-a-plate approach. We caught up with her recently. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for Fine Dining Lover, 15 June 2017. Sydney-based chef and restaurateur, Kylie Kwong, opened her famed Billy Kwong restaurant in 2000. Since then, she’s appeared regularly on Australian [...]

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No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

The Indonesian Government recently announced citizens of forty five countries no longer need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Indonesia Immigration Stamp How Does Visa Free Entry To Indonesia Work? If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, arrive at one of the entry points below and proceed to Passport Control. […]

Cooking Class Review: We's Kitchen

by Jannell Lo @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

We’s class is a sneak peak into the lesser known Northern Thai cuisine. Northern Thai food is heartier, more rustic, and packed full of herbs. If you know what you want to learn, you can customize 3-4 dishes for her to teach. If you don’t have suggestions, she can either design a menu to showcase Northern classics, or she can teach you some classics like panang or massaman curry, pad thai, or whatever else you can dream up! As it was private, it cost more than other classes, but was still a reasonable price for North American standards. 

Hanoi Travel in Winter

by Stephen @ Hanoi Tours

Hanoi comes into the winter from December until February, with an average temperature of about 15-17 degrees. In the days of monsoon, temperatures can be below 10 degrees which make [...]

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Exploring Parma – A Culinary Road Trip

by Sean @ Venturists

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Anyone familiar with Italy knows that Parma is a foodie mecca. The region is well-known as the home to Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham). The city of Parma has also recently been named a “City of Gastronomy” by UNESCO, further highlighting the region (and the city) as a food destination. So, […]

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Vietnam Cambodia Family Tour – 14 Days

by Viet Long @ Vietnam Tours, Indochina Tours to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

This 14-day Vietnam Cambodia Family Tour Of Highlights allows your family not only to discover the most stunning landscapes like Halong bay, Mekong delta but also many other attractive ancient cities of Angkor Wat, Hoi An, Mekong and Hanoi ...

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Discovering Orange Wine at Gravner Winery

by Jen @ Venturists

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Today I drank wine – not unusual for me, but there were many things about today that were. Unusual, touching, heartbreaking, inspiring, and unforgettable are all words that come to mind. As I look back through the events of the day, I can feel myself begin to smile. At the start of the day, as […]

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Top 5 most popular fruits in Vietnam

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

One thing that Vietnam has to offer is fruit. This is very nearly the perfect place to grow fruit with the abundant sunlight and moist, tropical air, it’s a fruit growers paradise. All the tropical fruits are found here, and many fruits that are only found in South East Asia as well. There are even […]

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Scenes from: Salt Point State Park

Scenes from: Salt Point State Park

by Kate Bitner @ Nomad in Nihon

Coastal California at its finest.

Netflix: My Year in Review and Shows I am Thankful For

by The Culture Mom @ The Culture Mom

Disclosure: As part of Netflix’s Stream Team, I get inside access to Netflix’s programming and share my thoughts on their programming with my readers often. But as always, my thoughts are my own. Netflix just gets better and better. I’ve been a member since its humble start and am continuously impressed with its original and […]

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Bún Bò Huế – Hue Rice Vermicelli

by admin @ Vietnam Food Trips

Bún bò Huế or bun bo is a popular Vietnamese soup containing rice vermicelli (bún) and beef (bò). Huế is a city in central Vietnam associated with the cooking style of the former royal court. The dish is greatly admired for its balance of spicy, sour, salty and sweet flavors and ...

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How to Get to Hoi An Vietnam – Ways to Beautiful Ancient Town

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

How to get to Hoi An Vietnam provides open ways to Ancient Town inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. This is amongst the oldest and most idyllic towns

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Wanderlust Wednesday: 5 Must-Try Dishes Hanoi, Vietnam | Root + Revel

Wanderlust Wednesday: 5 Must-Try Dishes Hanoi, Vietnam | Root + Revel


Root + Revel

Wanderlust Wednesday explores the top five must-try dishes in Hanoi, Vietnam with restaurant recommendations, food tours and delicious tips!

Perfect Italian Meatballs

by Jen @ Venturists

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There’s really nothing more delicious and homey than a plate full of spaghetti topped with homemade meatballs and sauce. We’ve been making meatballs this way for years, inspired by the secret recipe of a family of Italian chefs we met in San Diego. Of course, we’ve made our own modifications over time. The real secret for moist, […]

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Soon Lee Low

by Tania Sibrey @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Guest Chef After completing his apprenticeship at Madam Fang & Shakahari (modern Asian), Melbourne, Soon then went on to work at Ishmus Of Kra (Thai), Chef de Partie at the NOBU Crown (Japanese & Peruvian) before travelling globally and working as Chef De Partie -  Beach House Maldives, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel (French Cuisine and Maldivian Cuisine), London

Gambas Al Ajillo (Shrimp in Garlic Sauce)

by Jen @ Venturists

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Gambas Al Ajillo (shrimp in garlic sauce) was one of our favorite dishes while traveling in Spain. It was served as one of many selections of tapas, or small plates, served in restaurants and designed to be shared with friends. The smell of garlic filled the air when waiters rushed by with sizzling plates of […]

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Pavement café

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

In an expensive place like Hanoi, it is easy for visitors of food walking tour to find restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, hotels with affordable price and high quality.

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A Taste of Southeast Asia - A Night at the Depanneur

by Jannell Lo @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

Reid and I hosted our first supper club event as My BF and GF this past Saturday, July 9th at the Depanneur in Toronto. I first heard about the Depanneur from my sister who is also in the food industry. She told me about their drop-in dinners, where any chef can make a dish to sell on Friday nights, and some workshops she had taken such as cheesemaking. It really is a place where "interesting food stuff happens".

Insight | Hidden Art in Rome

by mcyoda @ Travelspective

As if to underscore that point, we ran into Fulvi de Bonis, a local art historian, who led us on a back alley tour the likes of which would rival any guide’s itinerary.
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5 Finnish Delicacies You Must Try If You Visit Finland

by Sean @ Venturists

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Ok, we’ve never been to Finland, but we know many people who have and rave about the country, the people, and the amazing outdoor activities. We don’t, however, usually hear too much about the food of Finland. So, when Evan Kristine offered to give us a primer on her favorite foods of the region, we happily […]

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Fruit Tray In Tet Holidays Of Vietnamese

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

The Lunar New Year has become a beautiful cultural tradition of the Vietnamese people from many generations.

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Zagreb, Croatia: Broken Relationships and Bloody Bridges

by Sean @ Venturists

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Split and Dubrovnik get much more attention than Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Sure, Zagreb doesn’t have the coast, but this city has a complex history, incredible architecture, some strange museums, and a lively and friendly atmosphere. We spent a week exploring the city, and have outlined our favorite things to see, most of them […]

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Washoku Club Review

by Cookly @ Cookly Blog

3 Highlights from Washoku Club  We’ve taken and tested out Washoku Club in Tokyo for you. Our Washoku Club review is based on our fantastic sushi cooking class that we took. Read on to find out the 3 highlights in our Washoku Club review. Watch our Washoku Club Review Video here! 1. Learn how to make Sushi […]

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Cape Malay Lamb Curry

by Sean @ Venturists

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South Africa is a blend of cultures. Over centuries of colonization and immigration, the indigenous cultures were influenced by Europeans from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal, and Great Britain. Europeans, in turn, brought slaves from Asia, including India, Malaysia, and Indonesia, which also had a unique influence on the culture. Each population brought their own […]

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Easy Stove Top Eggplant Parmesan

by Jen @ Venturists

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While traveling through Italy, eggplant Parmesan became one of my favorite dishes. Whether in Northern or Southern Italy, a version of this dish is on most menus. Interestingly though, eggplant Parmesan (or melanzane parmigiana) is typically served as an appetizer dish. It is most often baked in the oven like a lasagna, but I’ve adapted […]

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Mì Quảng – Quang Style Noodle

by admin @ Vietnam Food Trips

Mì Quảng or Quang style noodle is a Vietnamese noodle dish that originated from Quảng Nam Province in central Vietnam. In the region, it's one of the most popular and nationally recognized food item, and served in various occasions such as family party, anniversary, and Tết. Mì Quảng can a...

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16-Day Myanmar & Vietnam Family Tour

by Viet Long @ Vietnam Tours, Indochina Tours to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

This Myanmar & Vietnam Family Tour For 16 Days takes you to visit best travel attraction of Yangon, Began, Mandalay & Inle cum Hoi An, Halong bay, Mekong Delta, Hanoi... Through this tour, your family takes a chance to experience typical cultures, traditions & lifestyles of its own country

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Caldo Verde – Portuguese Kale, Sausage and Potato Soup

by Jen @ Venturists

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  Caldo Verde is a popular Portuguese soup recipe whose name translates simply to “green broth.” The soup gets its characteristic green color from hearty green leafy vegetables in the cabbage family (forms of kale or collard greens are often used). It gets its rich creamy texture from potatoes and a spicy punch from the […]

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Young Green Sticky Rice: Autumn’s Arrival in Hanoi

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A quick glance at the fruits and vegetables stacked in the baskets of roaming food vendors in Hanoi reveals what season it is.  Now in early autumn, you can find a couple handfuls of such vendors wandering the streets of … Continue reading

Top Best 7 Travel Destinations in Myanmar

by Stephen @ Hanoi Tours

Let’s discover top 7 best travel destinations, tourist spots, attractions for your holidays in Myanmar. This country is one of the most mysterious nation in Southeast Asia due to its [...]

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Visiting Saiho-ji, Kyoto's Moss Temple

Visiting Saiho-ji, Kyoto's Moss Temple

by Kate Bitner @ Nomad in Nihon

How to secure the most coveted ticket in Kyoto.

Must-try Sapa Street Food for Memorable Vietnam Food Tours

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Sapa Street Food is on the list of discovery things for adventurers traveling to the North of Vietnam. Sapa is so lovely and scenic that enchants photographers, nature lovers, adventurers,

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Light Up The Table This Valentines Week!

by @ Cooking Classes Auckland | Sachie's Kitchen | Team Building Auckland

It’s Lantern Festival and Valentine’s Week, so we’re helping you celebrate!       To set up the best home...

Fascinating Harajuku Culture

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Harajuku Culture on the Access Trips Japan Tour How do we put into words the fascinating world of Harajuku? A lifestyle? Cultural phenomenon? Fashion era?  In Japan, it is all of those things and more. Uniquely Japanese and cultivated in Tokyo, Harajuku fashion is a combination of childlike fantasy, anime, and expressive other-worldly wear that [ ... ]

Insight | Vietnamese Food in Hanoi | Travelspective

Insight | Vietnamese Food in Hanoi | Travelspective


Travelspective

Vietnamese food in Hanoi is more than a meal, it's a rampant abundance of choice. Foodies who haven't been should sincerely consider it.

Top 5 delicious vegetables in Vietnam

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

Water spinach- morning glory (Rau Muong) Water spinach is the most common vegetable in Vietnam as the tropical climate creates favorable conditions for its growth and the veggie does not require much care. Water spinach has become an integral ingredient in some Vietnamese cuisines such as sautéed garlic spinach. In the south, morning glory is […]

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A Day in Split, Croatia: Beyond Diocletian’s Palace

by Jen @ Venturists

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Split sits on the Adriatic coast in the Dalmatian region of Croatia. We tried to explore most of this beautiful seaside destination on foot. Winding our way through its narrow streets, we gazed at the massive limestone rocks that were installed by slave labor as early as 284 AD. On foot we could explore the corners where countless battles were fought, both […]

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Feedback on Europe itinerary

by MaryAlex @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

Please help critic my itinerary. Also Please note that I can not change the dates or the start or end location as I fly into Barcelona and out of...

Things To Do in Curacao

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Situated in the southern Caribbean Sea north of the Venezuelan coast is the fascinating island of Curacao.  It actually consists of the main island as well as the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao.  This beautiful island nation is the perfect place to go for that dream vacation or to spend an extended period of time. […]

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Gio Cha Uoc Le – Delicious Important Dish On Tet

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Just like chicken and banh chung, gio cha Uoc Le is a must-have item for Tet.

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World Wildlife Day – A Day to Reflect Upon the Value of the World’s Wildlife

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

World Wildlife Day is a global observance day designated by the UN as a day dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants on the brink of extinction. This year’s theme is Big Cats: Predators Under Threat but all the...

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Colorado lawmaker Paul Rosenthal loses re-election bid after accusations of sexual harassment

by John Frank @ The Denver Post

Democratic state Rep. Paul Rosenthal's re-election bid came to an end Saturday after he failed to qualify for the primary months after allegations of sexual harassment. The three-term incumbent's defeat is the first in Colorado for an accused lawmaker amid the #MeToo movement.

Day Trips in Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Xcaret

by Sean @ Venturists

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You can’t visit Mexico’s Riviera Maya without hearing about Xcaret. You’ll see the eco-archaeological park advertised in flyers, on billboards, and particularly, on the whimsical and colorful park transport buses. Advertisements told tales of underground rivers, a Vegas-style cultural show, relaxing beaches, water sports and animal exhibits – all in one huge tropical jungle environment. […]

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Overcoming Jet Lag During International Travel

by Meloni @ Access Culinary TripsAccess Culinary Trips

Jet lag: A temporary sleep disorder brought on by travel across time zones. Regardless of how well we prepare our bodies for travel, a disruption in our circadian rhythms is, for lack of a more appropriate description, the pits. Sleeplessness, exhaustion, inability to focus your attention, and even gastrointestinal problems are all symptoms of the [ ... ]

Seed to table – sustainable and traditional agriculture

by huyenchi11 @ Viet Food Channel

Last Sunday, The Hanoi Chef Community and the Japanese NGO were together organising a co-event: SEED TO TABLE  – To educate people about slow food and sustainable agriculture – To support local farmers create dishes from local ingredients which in turn, they can develop their food business.       We prepared food from ingredients that […]

Visit Vietnam for the street food, cooking classes, sweet iced coffee

Visit Vietnam for the street food, cooking classes, sweet iced coffee


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Visit Vietnam for the street food, cooking classes, sweet iced coffee

5 Best places to buy beer in Saigon

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

One of the great things about Saigon is that it’s got lots of great places to drink beer. Drinking beer is almost as much a part of the culture here as drinking coffee. In fact you could almost say that the woman here like drinking coffee and then men like drinking beer. It really is […]

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Ideal Da Nang Vietnam Travel Guide – Know What to Do and See

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

You might be in search of Vietnam’s cleanest and most worth-living city, then the Da Nang Vietnam Travel Guide below to discover the attractive destination better than ever. The tips

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Croatian Bean and Sausage Soup (Grah)

by Jen @ Venturists

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We came across this thick smokey bean soup when traveling through Croatia. Grah translates literally to “bean” which is the principle ingredient. The soup (or stew) gets its rich flavor from smoked meat and paprika. and has is a thick consistency (like a chili). It can be made in about 45 minutes if you save a little […]

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Hungarian Egg Noodle Dumplings – Nokedli (Spaetzle)

by Jen @ Venturists

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Nokedli are fluffy Hungarian egg noodle dumplings that are commonly used when making one of the country’s favorite dishes, Chicken Paprikash. The dumplings are also often used in German Cuisine where they are known as “spaetzle“ or “Spätzle.” The primitive shape of these homemade Hungarian dumplings give an idea of how long they have been […]

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Cheese Ravioli with Creamy Walnut Parmesan Sauce

by Jen @ Venturists

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We first sampled pasta with walnut sauce during a trip through Italy, where walnuts are a prized ingredient. There are many versions walnut sauce (salsa di noci) – including very simple preparations where pulverized walnuts are added to milk and breadcrumbs and then tossed with pasta. I prefer to use granule sized walnut chunks to […]

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Bún Chả – Grilled Pork Noodle

by admin @ Vietnam Food Trips

Bún chả is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork & noodle, which is thought to have originated from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Bun cha is served with grilled fatty pork (chả) over a plate of white rice noodle (bún) and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce. The dish was described in ...

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Cốm – Green Rice

by admin @ Vietnam Food Trips

Cốm, or green rice, is a dish in Vietnamese cuisine. It is not dyed green, as can be done with pandan, but is immature rice kernels roasted over very low heat then pounded in a mortar and pestle until flattened. Cốm is seasonal dish associated with autumn. It can be eaten plain or with coconut. The ...

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Playa del Carmen Restaurant Recommendations

by Jen @ Venturists

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Good Choices Near the Condo Las Hijas de la Tostada This place is right on 5th Avenue about 2 blocks from the condo. It’s frequently packed with locals and tourists alike. They have fantastic ceviche and seafood tostadas. If you aren’t into ceviche, they also have a nice cooked shrimp taco with cheese (holbox taco) […]

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Colorado State basketball completes coaching staff with Dave Thorson

by Kyle Fredrickson @ The Denver Post

Colorado State men's basketball coach Niko Medved's assistant coaching staff is complete.

48 Hours in Hanoi

48 Hours in Hanoi


Nomad in Nihon

If you're someone - like me - who travels to eat, it's hard to imagine a better destination than Vietnam. And while I knew to expect a vibrant street food scene in the country's capital, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Hanoi also boasts a cafe culture comparable to what

Ultimate Guacamole Dip

by Jen @ Venturists

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The first time I had guacamole, I really wasn’t a big fan. That is probably because the dip was either store bought or made in a blender so the consistency was runny. Then I had my first guacamole made table side at a restaurant and the whole flavor was completely different. The dip was thick […]

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Ragu alla Bolognese Recipe – How to Make a Traditional Bolognese Sauce

by Terence Carter @ Grantourismo Travels

This Ragu alla Bolognese recipe is based on the traditional recipe for this classic meat sauce from Bologna, Italy, used for both pasta and lasagne. Follow my exacting ingredient list and cooking directions and the result will be a perfect ragù alla Bolognese. This Ragu...

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London with Locals

London with Locals

by Kate Bitner @ Nomad in Nihon

Six days in England's capital with the people who know it best.

Hanoi Cooking Centre: A Yummy Morning Cooking Vietnamese Cuisine - Sunkissed Suitcase

Hanoi Cooking Centre: A Yummy Morning Cooking Vietnamese Cuisine - Sunkissed Suitcase


Sunkissed Suitcase

Hanoi Cooking Centre is both a restaurant and a cooking school run by an Australian expat who has lived in Vietnam for roughly ten years. All the chefs are Vietnamese and trained at KOTO, a hospitality training center and restaurant in Hanoi and Saigon. The centre is located in Truc Bach, a popular area of the Ba Dinh district that is about 10 minutes north of the Old Quarter. Last Thursday morning I attended the “Hanoi and Northern Highlands” cooking class and had a splendid morning… Chau Long Market Tour The class began with an hour-long market tour of Chau Long Market. I had been in a wet market in Hanoi before I did this class. However, it was a great way to learn more about how the market functions, where the produce is from, when the busiest time of day is and what various food products are that I …

Simple Tomato Sauce

by Jen @ Venturists

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Everyone needs a good basic tomato sauce recipe. We’ve experimented with our version over the years and perfected it during a recent trip through Italy. We took a lot of cooking classes during our time there including this one in Rome – Cooking with Nonna (Grandmother). In each region that we visited, Nonnas were cooking […]

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Hanoi Street Foods and Cuisines

by hoang @ Hanoi food tour

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and the second largest city after Ho Chi Minh City. It is argued that the best place to find the most cherished Vietnamese cuisines is on Hanoi streets. It is almost a fact that the entire Hanoi Street is carpeted with food restaurants. One therefore finds almost any […]

Grocery Shopping in Hanoi

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Grocery shopping in Hanoi is like participating in a daily scavenger hunt. It requires you to make a handful of stops to gather all of the items on your grocery list. This is especially the case when you, as an … Continue reading

Five Reasons to Visit Naples Italy

by Sean @ Venturists

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Fellow traveler Paolo Barissano offers up his reasons why we should have considered a visit to Naples during our last trip to Italy. Unfortunately we didn’t make it that time, but a visit to the city is definitely on our wish list. We have some mixed reviews about Naples. First, that it has a grittier side, but also some of the […]

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12 Years Of Travel: Bangkok Canal Bike Ride

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

One of the best ways to see everyday Bangkok is to take a bike ride into the sprawling suburbs Bangkok Canal Bike Ride 21 June 2014, 1 Year Ago This Week: Most people greet the idea of cycling in Bangkok with some variation of “Are you insane?”. And while the city’s traffic can be dangerous, […]

A rooted connection to a foreign land

A rooted connection to a foreign land

by Jannell Lo @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

As you've seen from Reid's previous post, we made it to Taiwan!  The first two weeks with my family were a great introduction to the island. We ate and shopped our hearts out in Taipei, caught waves in the coastal region of Kenting, then harvested tea and soaked in the sunrise in the mountains around Alishan. I'm really lucky to have the family that I do. 

Vegetarian ‘Chicken’ Phở

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Boston’s weather these past couple of weeks has deliciously hinted that warm spring days are imminent. Some days the temperature has risen into the low 70Fs bringing everyone out in t-shirts and shorts playing tennis or going for bike rides. … Continue reading

More About Pad Thai

by @ Cooking Classes Auckland | Sachie's Kitchen | Team Building Auckland

Pad Thai is one of the most famous Thai dishes that Kiwis recognise and love, and it’s no wonder- it’s...

Aomori Japan

by zwho @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

I am on a cruise that has a stop in Aomori. The things I want to see are the Museum with the festival floats, the castle and the area around it. I...

5 Romantic Streets in Autumn of Hanoi

by Stephen @ Hanoi Tours

Hanoi not only attracts visitors by the delicious food or entertainment spots, but it also attracts tourists to visit the beautiful and romantic streets carpeted yellow leaves and the scent [...]

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10– DAY TOUR IN CAMBODIA ONLY

by Viet Long @ Vietnam Tours, Indochina Tours to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

This 10-Day Tour in Cambodia from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is a lifetime journey to discover best highlights of Cambodia at the lowest cost with best services.

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Fun Things to do in Prague

by Jen @ Venturists

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Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. As a city that’s rich in history, food, and architecture, Prague attracts over 6.4 million people every year. From museums to historical attractions to churches and theaters, there’s a seemingly never-ending number of things to see […]

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No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

Harvest Salad with Fresh Horseradish

by Jen @ Venturists

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This warm harvest salad recipe was inspired by our first visit to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in Italy. We visited several vintners during our stay, including the Gravner Winery, on the border between Italy and Slovenia. Here we learned about their unorthodox methods for producing wine. While we sampled their spectacular wine we were also […]

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Strasbourg Bistro for Lunch

by kfusto @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

We will be in Strasbourg for several days next month and I have begun my research for restaurants and bistros. It has been 2 years since our last...

Favorite Places // Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience

Favorite Places // Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience

by Kate Bitner @ Nomad in Nihon

Tea tasting for non-traditionalists. 

Wine Tasting in Lisbon Portugal

by Jen @ Venturists

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While Porto in Portugal is known as a popular destination for wine lovers (or more specifically, Port lovers), Lisbon Portugal should not be overlooked as a fantastic destination to partake in the grape. There are quite a few establishments that specialize in the wines of Portugal. If you love wine, it’s a good idea to […]

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Martin Dulke

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Team Building Chef Martin’s world of gastronomy has seen him doing stints in the kitchen with Paul Bocuse and Rick Stein, working in radio as an on air presenter with Larry Emdur, Food editor for 9-5 magazine, chef on Channel 10’s Cheez TV, involvement with Channel 9’s Burkes Backyard and Today Show.

Travel Resources

by Jen @ Venturists

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Our collection of posts to help you travel less expensively and more comfortably based on our 4 years of traveling full-time.  Do You Need Proof of Onward Travel?    How We Save Thousands on Airfare   Language Learning on a Budget   How We Afford to Travel Full-Time Getting to Know a New City Digital […]

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Cinque Terre Photo Journal {And A Few Tips}

Cinque Terre Photo Journal {And A Few Tips}

by Kate Bitner @ Nomad in Nihon

Postcards from the rugged Ligurian coast.

Hanoi Cooking Centre, Part Two: In the Kitchen!

Hanoi Cooking Centre, Part Two: In the Kitchen!


Apples Under My Bed

And so here we are, in the kitchen of the Hanoi Cooking Centre . In case you missed it, here is Part One of this fabulous day of market touring, chef observation, learning, cooking and feasting! It all sounds rather grand doesn't it?...well it kind of was. We were presented with a little gift up

Nem Rán – Spring Rolls

by admin @ Vietnam Food Trips

Spring rolls, alternatively Nem rán or Chả giò "minced pork sausage" in the Southern Vietnamese dialect, is a popular dish in Vietnamese cuisine and usually served as an appetizer in America and European countries, where there are large Vietnamese communities. In Northern or standard Vietn...

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Italian Potato Focaccia Bread

by Jen @ Venturists

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Focaccia bread is a standard in the homes of Italian’s living in the Pulgia area of Italy. Here in the heel of the boot of Italy, Focaccia bread is made fresh every few days and used as a snack, with meal or sliced and stuffed to make delicious sandwiches. This version uses lots of olive […]

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Feedback on Europe itinerary

by MaryAlex @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

Please help critic my itinerary. Also Please note that I can not change the dates or the start or end location as I fly into Barcelona and out of...

Where to eat in Hue Viet Nam

by huyenchi11 @ Viet Food Channel

Finally, I managed to go back to Vietnam on a culinary trip; I had longed to try the food of my homeland, of three regions from North to South. Imperial Hue is the first place on my list. Some people might argue with me, Hue is not the best place. Most of my international friends […]

5 street food tours in Hanoi - Vietnam Street Food Guide

5 street food tours in Hanoi - Vietnam Street Food Guide


Vietnam Street Food Guide

Hanoi like Saigon is famous for its street food. And in some circles it might be argued that Hanoi has even better street food than Saigon, though most would agree that both cities are superb when it comes to street food. The street food in Hanoi is a bit different than Saigon, so it’s definitely …

Romantic Retreat At Alila Villas Uluwatu

Romantic Retreat At Alila Villas Uluwatu

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

The last stop on my work trip to Bali last December, Uluwatu, was new to me. I’d been in the area before for the famous kecak dance at the Uluwatu Temple – a must for any first time visitor to Bali that are interested in learning about Balinese culture – and spent an afternoon on one of the little beaches there. However, I had never stayed in Uluwatu before. Although I stayed with a group of travel advisors for work, I couldn’t help but imagine staying for a romantic retreat at Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali. In general, Alila is quickly becoming one of my favorite hotel brands. I recently stayed at the newly reopened Ventana in Big Sur and at Alila Seminyak (also in Bali). The Alila hotels are sleek, sexy and modern while still feeling extremely comfortable. Alila Villas Uluwatu is entirely composed of villas ranging from one […]

Denver Nuggets preparing to play rest of regular season without Gary Harris

by Gina Mizell @ The Denver Post

"Right now, I’m not expecting Gary Harris back," coach Michael Malone said during his pregame media availability.

Khao Soi Gai Recipe – How to Make Chiang Mai Curry Noodle Chicken Soup 

by Terence Carter @ Grantourismo Travels

This khao soi gai recipe makes the delicious Chiang Mai curry noodle chicken soup that is as beloved by foreign visitors as much as locals in the Northern Thailand city. Slurped at market stalls, simple eateries and fancy restaurants, khao soi gai quickly becomes addictive....

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Hanoi City Tour – US$ 28

by Lucy Vu @ Centre Point Hanoi Hotel

Hanoi, a city of lakes, shaded boulevards and verdant public parks - the capital of Vietnam and the city’s most interesting places for tourists are all relatively close to each other, which makes it easy to enjoy the best parts of the city on foot or by cyclo. You could probably explore the Ancient Quarter [...]

Mexican Charro Beans (Frijoles Charros)

by Jen @ Venturists

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What are Charro Beans? Charro beans (also called Ranchero Beans or simply Mexican Bean Soup) are a simple dish of slow cooked Pinto beans flavored with bacon and chiles. A charro is a traditional horseman from Mexico, originally from the Jalisco region of the state of Mexico. The Spanish terms vaquero (cowboy) and ranchero (rancher) reference […]

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Cambodia in Review - Choose Your Own Adventure

by Reid Witzel @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

From the moment we landed in Phnom Penh to the last meal in Siem Reap, Cambodia showed us a world of opportunities and paths less travelled. The country hands you endless new smells, tastes, and sights that you turn into your own adventure - sometimes it works out for the better and sometimes it doesn't. But that's the fun of it! You really learn to be spontaneous here. 

Where You Can Find Me

by The Culture Mom @ The Culture Mom

I apologize for my silence here on the blog as of late. Call it a combination of working full time and raising kids. Then there were the holidays. We went to Montreal and Vermont for a week, for a bit of skiing, spa’ing, and relaxation. Stay tuned for more on that in future articles and […]

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Lake Bled – A Storybook Day Trip from Ljubljana, Slovenia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Lake Bled is one of those places that you visit and wonder, “how long have I been walking around with my eyes wide open and my jaw on the ground?” It’s simply stunning, or at least during the summer when we were there. We visited the picturesque lake with its backdrop of stark mountains and hillsides […]

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Private Island Paradise in Belize

Private Island Paradise in Belize

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine myself on a private island paradise in Belize. The Central American country had been on my travel list for years since I’m a certified scuba diver – did you know that the second largest barrier reef in the world (after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia) is just off the coast of Belize? My company (I’m a travel advisor!) was lucky enough to receive an invite for 3 nights on Royal Belize Private Island…I’m still in disbelief that I got to go! Royal Belize is a private island buyout which means that only one party can use it at a time, whether it’s one couple (hello unbelizeable honeymoon!) or a multi-generational family or group of friends. The island can easily accommodate 10 adults and varies when kids are thrown into the mix. There are various ways to get to the island depending […]

Special Hanoi Street Food Tour – US$ 25

by Lucy Vu @ Centre Point Hanoi Hotel

Travelling to Hanoi city – Vietnam capital, you may be surprised by Hanoi street food – it is plentiful at everywhere that you look and is an integral part of the livelihoods of many locals. With the balance between fresh herbs and meats and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, the [...]

Comburger Rice Burger Cooking Class Review

by Cookly @ Cookly Blog

3 Highlights from Comburger Cooking Class  We’ve taken and tested out Comburger Cooking Class for you. Read on to find out the 3 highlights in our Comburger Cooking Class review. We also have a video review of our class at Combuger with Sato-san where we learned how to make rice burgers! Watch our Comburger Cooking Class review below! 1.Meeting […]

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Hanoi Cooking Classes - Travel Happy

Hanoi Cooking Classes - Travel Happy


Travel Happy

Vietnamese cuisine is one of Asia's most fantastic foods, and there are several places in Hanoi where you can learn to cook like a local without it costing a fortune If you are a fan of Vietnamese food you should definitely take a cooking class while you are in Hanoi. It is hard not to fall in love with the spring

Food and beach escape - Sicily 3wks in June -help!

by klabarba @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

It�s our second time in Sicily and I need serious help with the itinerary!! We love good authentic food, not being in a swarm of other tourists and...

Christine Manfield

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Guest Chef Christine Manfield is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs who is also an author, food and travel writer, food manufacturer, presenter, teacher and gastronomic traveller whose culinary work draws on the exciting tastes and flavours of many cultures, whose passion and commitment to culinary excellence are world renowned.

Mussels with Leeks, Garlic, Tomato and Wine

by Jen @ Venturists

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Mussels are one of my favorite things to share. It’s rare that I ever eat them alone. A pot of mussels in a savory sauce is meant to be shared. One of my favorite memories of sharing mussels is finding a restaurant in Sydney, Australia that served an all-you-can-eat mussels special on Tuesday nights. They […]

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Honeymoon Anniversary – 3 Days US$172

by Lucy Vu @ Centre Point Hanoi Hotel

Delighting your honeymoon/anniversary vacation at Centre Point Hanoi Hotel with our special package – ONLY USD 172 for a couple booking directly on our website INCLUSIONS IN DETAILS: Hotel room: Stay 02 consecutive nights in a Executive Balcony room or Executive Room with lake view, with room benefits as below: + Daily complimentary buffet breakfast [...]

International Cuisine and Recipes

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Welcome to our collection of International Recipes inspired by our ongoing travels around there world. In our experience, the best way to learn about a new culture is to understand, and savor, it’s cuisine. We began collecting and developing recipes as a way to remember and celebrate each that we have visited. We have been […]

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Cold Curried Rice and Shrimp Salad

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If you are a fan of yellow curry, then this recipe belongs in your collection. This cold rice salad pairs together spicy yellow curry with crunchy cauliflower and sweet poached shrimp.  It’s an ultimate make-ahead recipe because the flavors combine together and taste even better after spending a night in the fridge. Serve it as either a main […]

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Delicious Daiquiris with Guest Blogger Allison Levine

by Julia Houghton @ Access Culinary TripsAccess Culinary Trips

Allison Levine of Please the Palate has shared a bit about her recent experience in Cuba on an Access Trips tour. She’s written a superb post about a quintessentially Cuban libation, the daiquiri! We loved reading her Pick of The Week, and can’t wait to share it with you. Thanks, Allison! Please The Palate Pick [ ... ]

Nerida Babic

Nerida Babic

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

EVENT MANAGER/JACK OF ALL TRADES, FOOD I AM Nerida is our resident events guru.  With an intimate understanding of what it takes to plan and stage a great event, Nerida has her eye on every last detail of your special occasion to ensure it runs smoothly.  Nerida's career began in magazine publishing. It was while working at House & Garden that her eyes were opened to the world of gourmet food, wine and travel.

Traffic in Vietnam

by Stephen @ Hanoi Tours

Vietnam is the second largest motorcycle ownership in the world after Taiwan. According to statistics in early 2016, the number of registered motorcycles in Vietnam is over 37 million. During [...]

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15 – DAY TOUR IN CAMBODIA – VIETNAM – LAOS

by Viet Long @ Vietnam Tours, Indochina Tours to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

This Best Laos Cambodia Vietnam Promotion tours to Luang Prabang, Angkor Wat, Saigon, Hanoi, Halong is a lifetime journey to discover best highlights of three countries at lowest cost with best services.

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Getting a Local’s Perspective in Venice

by Sean @ Venturists

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One thing you can be sure of when you visit Venice is….crowds. People flock to the city of canals during the high season, and for good reason. Venice is like no other place on earth, with the maze of waterways, crooked streets, and fascinating history. But the crowds can be stifling too. Massive St. Mark’s Square (Piazza […]

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Alentejo Portugal

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

Featured in the SAA Sawubona inflight magazine Across an enchanting landscape of mountains, plains, rivers and ancient ruins, Ishay Govender-Ypma feasted on the flavours of the Alentejo, the breadbasket and wine barrel of Portugal. Written for SAA Sawubona inflight magazine, 21 July 2017   Acorns and Pastries “At one time we only fed [...]

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Hanoi street food walking tour

by huyenchi11 @ Viet Food Channel

Discover hanoi street food with us … You love food and wish to taste local food wherever you go. The pain is – a right local guide is hard to find. A right person must be the one who understand about food and they must be able to explain it to you. Well, at least, […]

12 Years Of Travel: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall, UK

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous for its burgeoning surfing scene, Newquay also has some stunningly beautiful scenic walks along its cliffs too. Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall 21 May 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Less than fifty miles from where I grew up, I’d never been to Newquay until this visit to see a friend who I’d first met in […]

The Perfume Pagoda Day Trip – US$

by Lucy Vu @ Centre Point Hanoi Hotel

The Perfume Pagoda (Chùa Hương) is a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountains. The Perfume Pagoda one of the most important religious sites in Buddhist Vietnam. Every spring, after the Lunar New Year, thousands of Vietnamese pilgrims come here to pray for all the health and prosperity [...]

Cochinita Pibil – Yucatan Slow Cooked Pork

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Cochinita pibil, also known as puerco pibil or cochinita con achiote, is a traditional slow cooked pork dish from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. While it is available in many restaurants, the best cochinita is often found in small street stands throughout Yucatan cities. Due to the long cooking time of the dish, stands will […]

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Best Danang Seafood Restaurants – Where to eat in Da Nang

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Best Danang seafood restaurants is one of the most wanted information since 5 years. With the rapid development, Danang becomes not only the most-worth living city but also a very

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What is bún đậu mắm tôm?

by huyenchi11 @ Viet Food Channel

  Vietnamese language break down: Bún means rice vermicelli Đậu means tofu Mắm tôm is fermented shrimp paste     Bún đậu mắm tôm is a “dip noodle” dish which consist of rice vermicelli, fragrant herbs, fried tofu and/or boiled pork, fried pork terrine served with shrimp paste dipping sauce. This is a very popular […]

5 Best Streets for Street Food in Saigon

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

Vietnamese street food is so good, it’s made it’s way across the whole world. There isn’t a city you can go to in the world where you won’t find a local take on the ubiquitous pho, or traditional spring rolls. Vietnam’s southern city, Saigon, is home to some of the country’s most delicious street eats; […]

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Hanoi Cooking Centres, Cooking Classes at Hanoi Cooking Center Tour

Hanoi Cooking Centres, Cooking Classes at Hanoi Cooking Center Tour


Vietnam Tours, Indochina Tours to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

Hanoi Cooking Centres, Cooking Classes at Hanoi Cooking Center Tour will teach you many dishes of Vietnam culture and more...

A Guide to Vietnamese Spices and Their Usage You Should Know

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Vietnamese Spices are put into food to make it flavorful and fragrant which have been passed from generation to generation. Sometimes, the secrets of the delicious Vietnamese food lie on

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Visiting David Gareja – Best Day Trip from Tbilisi, Georgia

by Jen @ Venturists

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David Gareja is a cave monastery near Tbilisi, Georgia. We visited similar sites during a trip to Cappadocia, Turkey, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see this one. Particularly since it was so close, and that there is now a shuttle bus that travels there every day. According to their website, the bus leaves […]

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What is a Dassie?

by Jen @ Venturists

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It looks like an over-sized guinea pig but the “dassie” is actually more closely related to the elephant. Say what?!? We knew we’d encounter amazing wildlife while traveling in South Africa, but when we learned this interesting fact about the “dassie” we were all the more curious. Dassies, or Rock hyrax, have enlarged front teeth, like […]

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2 Week Itinerary - Return to the South Island

by AussieHubbyWife @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

In October/November we plan to return to the South Island for a 2-week self drive holiday. We owe the success of our last trip to the knowledgeable...

Chorizo Cheese and Egg Stuffed Potato

by Jen @ Venturists

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During a recent visit to Mexico I found my new guilty pleasure – Chorizo sausage and cheese stuffed potatoes. While my husband drooled over street tacos and grilled meat I only had eyes for the potato. So one morning I decided to turn my new obsession into brunch – that way I didn’t have to […]

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Hanoi Cooking Classes

by Stephen @ Hanoi Tours

Eating is not only to satisfy basic needs, the indispensable needs of human, but also it is upgraded into food culture and culinary arts. Hanoi has been famous for the [...]

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Cheese Stuffed Albondigas in Tomato Chipotle Broth

by Jen @ Venturists

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Meatballs, or albondigas in Spanish, are a favorite comfort food in almost ever culture. This version is a recipe adapted from a friend in Mexico, who makes them at the request of her family at least once a month. After preparing them together with her in our kitchen in Playa del Carmen, we can understand […]

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Visiting San Miguel de Allende after Oaxaca

by chicago2europe @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

We recently visited Oaxaca and loved its culture, its architecture, its art, its intimate feel, and most importantly, its people. We are considering...

Things to do in Bologna, Italy

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Bologna is located in northern Italy and is the largest city and the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. Similar to other Italian cities in that it’s known largely for its food and architecture, Bologna sets itself apart by being relatively unexplored by the average tourist. This means there are plenty “off the beaten track” places […]

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Reflecting on Meeting Some of the Cast and Crew from “The Greatest Showman,” a Musical Feast

by The Culture Mom @ The Culture Mom

Disclosure: I attended a screening and press junket hosted by 20th Century Fox. I was not paid to write this post. It’s so crazy that two weeks ago I knew very little about Phineas Taylor Barnum. I knew he started the circus I grew up with, but little more. Since seeing the upcoming Christmas motion picture “The […]

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Hot Pot Asian Soup (Shabu-Shabu)

by Jen @ Venturists

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Hot Pot (or similarly Japanese Shabu-Shabu) is actually a fondue. Vegetables, thinly sliced meats and often noodles and/or dumplings, are added to a fondue pot with boiling broth. Each person sharing the fondue adds their own ingredients to the broth. Food can be rescued by using a small wire basket or just cooked by “swishing” […]

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Bonding with My Son at Keystone Resort

by The Culture Mom @ The Culture Mom

A few weeks ago, I was invited to experience Keystone Resort with a child. The goal was for myself and other writers to experience and cover Kidtopia, a series of events offered all year long for kids of all ages, both on and off the snow. My son, who just turned 13, was just at […]

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The Beauty of Southwest Vietnam

by Stephen @ Hanoi Tours

Southwest of Vietnam has long been renowned as the land of verdant, fertile, the preferential tropical nature creates cultural features attractive gardens. The set of 13 provinces and cities to [...]

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Hanoi Cooking Class – US$ 55

Hanoi Cooking Class – US$ 55


Centre Point Hanoi Hotel

Getting to know the food is also a great way of learning about the country. Vietnamese food is healthy, simple to cook, delicious, and forms a large part of the culture. This half day tour gives you a hands-on lesson on how to shop for fresh ingredients and cook authentic Vietnamese food.Our Cooking classes are

Getting from Lecce, Italy to Rome Airport (FCO)

by prmbrown @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

If anyone can comment on traveling from southern Italy to the USA I would be very grateful. I'm finishing a bike tour in Lecce, Italy (Puglia) on...

Cooking Class Review: Sela's Homestyle Food Experience

Cooking Class Review: Sela's Homestyle Food Experience

by Jannell Lo @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

Sela’s class is a great way to get an in depth look at Cambodian food and culture in a family setting. He’s knowledgeable, passionate and on a mission to help his community and nearby farmers. We loved the opportunity to hang out with his wife, kids and dogs while cooking up some interesting dishes not found at standard tourist-friendly cooking classes.

Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia

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Plitvice Lakes National Park is an absolute “must visit” place in Croatia. That is, if enjoying a day discovering one beautiful waterfall after another all nestled into a forest surrounding a crystal blue lake sounds like your kind of day. It certainly is for me. It was a day I won’t forget and would gladly […]

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Browse DK's award-winning travel content on a range of top travel destinations. Discover all you need to know to plan your next trip with DK Eyewitness Travel.

Croatian Food: Things to Eat and Drink in Croatia

by Sean @ Venturists

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Croatian food is as complex and varied as the many cultures that have influenced its evolution. Easily recognizable Italian, Middle Eastern and Ottoman influences intermingle with Croatia’s Balkan staples. Several distinct regions in Croatia reflect their own influences on the cuisines.The county’s long coastline gives it access to a wide range of seafood, making fish and shellfish very […]

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C�zanne tours in Provence

by elberko @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

Has anyone done a day tour in Provence of C�zanne sites that they would recommend? I'm considering this one, but it will depend on others signing...

Sopa de Lima – Mexican Chicken Lime Soup

by Jen @ Venturists

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Sopa de Lima is a traditional soup from Mexico’s Yucatan region. It is similar to the better known Tortilla Soup but adds a fresh citrus flavor with the liberal use of fresh lime. The limes used in the Yucatan Peninsula are often a variety called “lima agria,” which are slightly sweet and bitter at the […]

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Ao Quán – A touch of rural Vietnamese food and scene in Hanoi Centre

by huyenchi11 @ Viet Food Channel

Authentic food, affordable price, the rural scene and atmosphere here remind us of where we were and have been – Nostalgia. Ao Quán became our another favourite spot in town. I’ve been here 4 times and will be back again.     I first came to this place beyond my friend Khu’s recommendation – a […]

Booked Tokyo over Golden Week. Hotel questions.

by luvtotravel @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

I just booked a two-week tour that starts in Tokyo on May 4, 2019. Learned about Golden Week after booking the tour. Cannot switch tour dates as all...

David Bitton

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Guest Chef Australian Celebrity Chef's David Bitton exclusively at Food I Am Celebrity French chef David Bitton is a name you no doubt know well.  From Bitton Gourmet, his best selling line of gourmet products, to his status as Executive Chef at many of the world's best five star restaurants.   The day David arrived in Sydney he commenced work at The Intercontinental Hotel. 

How Travel Advisors Benefit The Traveler

How Travel Advisors Benefit The Traveler

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

One of the biggest lesson I’ve learned about my job is that people have a common misconception about travel advisors and are unaware of the benefit to working with one to plan their travels. In this day and age, there is a wealth of information on the internet at our fingertips so a lot of people plan their own travels. Which begs the question: “Why pay someone to plan a trip when you can do it on your own?” Believe me, I was asking the same question less than two years ago so when I was looking for a job, the title of “Luxury Travel Advisor” didn’t appeal to me until I started doing my research. Not only did I find that it is an extremely fun and fulfilling career to have, but I also learned that Luxury Travel Advisors benefit the traveler in a number of unknown ways. First-hand […]

Why Your Travel To Cuba Matters Now

by Meloni @ Access Culinary TripsAccess Culinary Trips

Travel To Cuba Now It doesn’t seem all that long ago that travel to Cuba was near impossible for the average American tourist. In 2014 President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro took historic steps to lessen the gap between the Cuban people and Americans however, and in the last two years travel to Cuba [ ... ]

Featured In December Issue of Atlanta’s Jezebel Magazine!

Featured In December Issue of Atlanta’s Jezebel Magazine!

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

At the end of 2017, I was so flattered and excited to be featured in the December issue of Atlanta’s Jezebel Magazine. I shared my picks for the top 5 destinations millennials should travel to this year. In today’s post, I’m tickled to reveal more of why these five wanderlust-worthy destinations are not to be missed so keep on reading… Iceland Iceland has become a major bucket list destination within the last few years for those who want outdoor adventure and sweeping views of amazing landscapes. It’s easy to get to and flights are cost-effective. … Depending on time of year and hours of daylight, you can easily visit Iceland over a long weekend making it manageable with busy work schedules. Pro Tip: Visit the Blue Lagoon directly upon arriving in Iceland before checking into your first hotel. Be sure to book the VIP ticket to have access to the…… […]

Georgian Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad with Walnut Dressing

by Jen @ Venturists

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Dishes from the country of Georgia, which is situated above Turkey between Europe and Asia, tend to be on the heavy side. Fans of comfort food will find plenty to enjoy during a visit to this beautiful Caucasus region of Eurasia. Georgian tables are often filled with dishes meant to share, such as freshly baked […]

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Guanajuato, Mexico Street Food Tour

by Jen @ Venturists

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When we were recently invited by our friend and fellow travel writer, Tim Leffel, to visit the city of Guanajuato, Mexico, of course we happily agreed. Even better though, the plan was to spend a day with Tim and some other blogger friends sampling street food with Mexico Street Food Tours. You don’t have to read many […]

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Hanoi Cooking Centre

Hanoi Cooking Centre


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With street food being such a defining feature of Hanoi, it’s no surprise that a variety of tours here explore the world of the 10-inch plastic stool.

Amy Dewhirst

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Guest Chef Amy's credentials from hatted establishments are many, afterspending three years with Frank Comorra “Movida” as Senior Chef de Partie she then moved onto her current position with Matt McConnell as Sous Chef at award winning “Bar Lourinha”.

Georgian Chicken in Blackberry (Rachuli) Sauce

by Jen @ Venturists

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Savory Blackberry (Rachuli) Sauce was one of the first sauces we tried when we arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia. For those that are unfamiliar, Georgia (formally the Republic of Georgia) is a post-Soviet country nestled between Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and the Black Sea. Before we arrived, we knew about the cheesy bread (khachapuri) and the […]

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How Much Money Do I Need For Hong Kong?

by Guest Travel Writer @ Travel Happy

Hong Kong has it all – heavenly food, high-octane nightlife, striking architecture and top shopping all laced with heaps of culture and tradition. There are plenty of ways to spend a fortune, but Lee Cobaj explains how Hong Kong doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive Hong Kong © barbara-pictures Compared to its SE Asian neighbours, […]

See Inside Project | Stop Rhino Poaching

by mcyoda @ Travelspective

The idea of being a voyeur of beautiful animals in their natural habitat seems like a dream. The reality is that being able to go on a vacation like this is from the work of the reserves and organizations like Stop Rhino Poaching in South Africa.
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Perfect Cooking Class in Hanoi - Vietnam Food Travel Blog

Perfect Cooking Class in Hanoi - Vietnam Food Travel Blog


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The ingredients, and how to cook some of the most iconic Vietnamese foods, though, remained elusive. That is, until we attended a cooking class in Hanoi.

What Best Things to Do in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam – The Best of Saigon

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

The collection of the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam promises to call you to this ideal city. Formerly called Saigon and famed as “The Pearl

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Special Offers: Long term stay (only for booking directly via our website)

by Lucy Vu @ Centre Point Hanoi Hotel

Option 1: Stay 4 nights get FREE airport drop-off         Option 2: Stay 4 nights get FREE Water puppet ticket  (VIP tickets)

12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

London is steeped in history, but it’s also shaping the future of how we control the landscape Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London 10 June 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: I spent a few days in Greenwich for my 40th birthday – it seemed appropriate to go back to the Source Of All Time as I […]

Go Thai Cooking School Review

by Cookly @ Cookly Blog

We took a cooking class at Go Thai Cooking School and reviewed it for you! The three things that we liked best about our Thai food cooking class made it onto our review. 1. Market Tour Before our class we were able to take a tour of a local Thai market, Bang Rak Market. We got […]

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Pink Sands Club: The Height of Luxury

Pink Sands Club: The Height of Luxury

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

The Pinks Sands Club on Canouan Island was such a surprise to me! This was my second work trip (my first was to Uruguay, Chile and Chilean Patagonia) and it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet that I get to travel to some pretty fantastic places, The Pink Sands Club included. Snuggled on a private beach on an island in St. Vincent and The Grenadines in the Caribbean, the hotel is white with splashes of bright pink and blue – a favorite combo of mine. Each room is slightly different but all in the same style. Each room in the hotel has a large terrace overlooking the ocean – my sister came with me on this trip and we liked to sleep with the door open to the terrace so we could hear the ocean as we went to sleep. Canouan Island has a population of roughly 2,500 people. The […]

Salad with Fruit, Walnuts and Feta Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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I first made this salad when trying to figure out what to do with a fig flavored balsamic vinegar that I received as a gift. Since then it has become a household favorite, even when I only have regular balsamic on hand. The fresh bright flavors make a wonderfully refreshing appetizer or light meal, especially on hot […]

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Nuoc Voi – The Simple But Elegant Drink Of Hanoians

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Nuoc voi was popular in every family in Hanoi. Every house has a basket to hold the hot teapot to make this drink.

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Weekend in Havana – You Should Book Now!

by Meloni @ Access Culinary TripsAccess Culinary Trips

Weekend in Havana: too good to pass up! Topping the list of off the beaten path travel, a weekend in Havana still reigns supreme. Never has a destination been so sought after. But, recent policy issues have left many travelers with legitimate concerns over how, if or when they can go to Cuba. Never fear, [ ... ]

Kangaroo Island, South Australia – Wildlife Watching on Australia’s Galapagos Island

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island with 450 kilometres of wild coast, a pristine undeveloped interior, and an abundance of animal and marine life, making it the perfect place for some wildlife watching. Australia’s third largest island after Tasmania and Melville Island north of Darwin,...

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What Da Lat Street Food to Eat for Your Vietnam Food Discovery

by adminict @ Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

Da Lat Street Food is one of the most wanted things for people traveling to this beautiful city on a Vietnam food vacation. Da Lat is one of the ideal

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A Japanese Guesthouse in Naoshima

A Japanese Guesthouse in Naoshima

by Kate Bitner @ Nomad in Nihon

Found: shoji heaven.

Cooking Class Review: Hanoi Cooking Centre

Cooking Class Review: Hanoi Cooking Centre


My BF is GF

The people behind Hanoi Cooking Centre not only know Vietnamese food, they also know Western palates and pantries. The instruction is very clear, with great demonstrations and lots of hands on time. The biggest drawback in our course was that we didn't get to personally grill our food, but it by no

Italian Fresh Herb Frittata

by Jen @ Venturists

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  The fresh herb frittata is a typical dish from Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. It was prepared for us by a local chef who used herbs that he found growing in the surrounding farm. He used a combination of fresh fennel, dill, mint, hops, sage and chives to make the simple dish as an appetizer. […]

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Getting from Lecce, Italy to Rome Airport (FCO)

by prmbrown @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

If anyone can comment on traveling from southern Italy to the USA I would be very grateful. I'm finishing a bike tour in Lecce, Italy (Puglia) on...

Cooking Class Review: Nary's Kitchen

Cooking Class Review: Nary's Kitchen

by Jannell Lo @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

This class is indicative of what you'll find across Cambodia: a good introduction to accessible Khmer food at a very reasonable price. All of the menu items are very Western-palate-friendly, the kitchen is clean, and the instruction is good. The available menu, however, is not unique to this class. It features the same 5-10 options found around the country, though they are done quite well here.

Strasbourg Bistro for Lunch

by kfusto @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

We will be in Strasbourg for several days next month and I have begun my research for restaurants and bistros. It has been 2 years since our last...

Modena, Italy – Fast Cars and Slow Food

by Jen @ Venturists

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When you hear the words “Modena, Italy” what immediately comes to mind depends on your passions. If what pops into your mind is a flashy red sports car, then you know this to be the birth place of the Ferrari. If, on the other hand you enjoy a good balsamic vinegar or dream of sitting […]

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Cooking Sun Japanese Cooking Class Review

by Cookly @ Cookly Blog

3 Highlights from Cooking Sun Japanese Cooking Class We’ve taken and tested out Cooking Sun Japanese Cooking Class for you. We took a Kaiseki Wagyu class and learned so much about Japanese food culture during our class. Read on to find out the 3 highlights in our Cooking Sun Japanese Cooking Class review cooking class review. Watch our […]

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Ta Hien Street – the original place of Hanoi

by hoang @ Hanoi food tour

Located in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, Ta Hien Street, in the French colonial time called Géraud, is two-hundred-meter street, intersect with Hang Bac Street and Hang Buom Street. This street was named the “international crossroads” because there are many foreign tourists and has been included in the list of “places have to go […]

Help me plan our 3 week trip to Portugal !

by allyboy @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

I just booked our flight to Portugal for a 3 week trip! We are leaving in earl May and fly in and out of Lisbon from JFK. While I haven't booked any...

18 – Day Vietnam Cambodia Laos Family Holiday

by Viet Long @ Vietnam Tours, Indochina Tours to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

This Vietnam Cambodia Laos Family Holiday For 18 Days covers up almost the best highlights, wonders of 3 countries including Halong bay, Hoi An, Luang Prabang, Angkor Wat and many other famous travel sites...

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Cooking Class Review: Kangaroo Restaurant

by Jannell Lo @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

Kangaroo class is exactly the type of class that we typically try to avoid: it caters to larger groups, it has a set menu of tourist favourites and it came recommended by our hotel. However, we found ourselves liking the class much more than we expected and we think you might too! The focus is on very Hue-centric food, which you aren’t likely to learn about in other parts of Vietnam and the instruction is very clear. Give it a go if you’re passing through Hue! If you’re as lucky as we were, you might even get the class to yourself.

Guide to Buying Tea in Taipei

Guide to Buying Tea in Taipei

by Reid Witzel @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

You've just arrived in Taipei and you want to get your hands on some of the best oolong tea on the planet. You go online and do some searching but can't find any conclusive information. The stores you check have wildly different prices and you don't know why. Which stores can you trust? Is it better to buy at a farmer's market? Do you buy the nicely packaged tea with beautiful labels, or will all that packaging just artificially inflate the price?

2 Week Itinerary - Return to the South Island

by AussieHubbyWife @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

In October/November we plan to return to the South Island for a 2-week self drive holiday. We owe the success of our last trip to the knowledgeable...

Japanese Bath Etiquette

by Meloni @ Access Culinary TripsAccess Culinary Trips

A Must-Know: Japanese Bath Etiquette Japan, a culture wrapped in history, ancient customs and respect. Our Japan tour is not only a cuisine adventure, it is a cultural immersion. From temple visits to Soba lessons, lively market tours, a traditional Japanese bath experience and overnights in Ryokan, Japan will open your senses. One of our [ ... ]

Aboriginal Cooks on Bush Tucker

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

Aboriginal cooks and chefs weigh in on the native ingredients made popular by famous restaurants in Australia. Written for Fine Dining Lovers, 1 June 2017.   Rayleen Brown A Café Up North At Kungas Can Cook, a café in Alice Springs serving food like burgers, salads, ice teas, pies and brownies, Aboriginal owner [...]

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Singapore Laksa Recipe – How to Make a Spicy Coconut Curry Noodle Soup

by Terence Carter @ Grantourismo Travels

This Singapore laksa recipe is the rich coconut milk-laced version of this Southeast Asian classic noodle soup dish. A great laksa is not made starting from a jar of paste, a great laksa starts with curry paste made from scratch in a mortar and pestle –...

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MAYA CRUISE HALONG BAY TOUR – 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT

by Ha Nguyen @ Vietnam Tours, Indochina Tours to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

DAY 1: HANOI – HAI PHONG  – LAN HA BAY – HALONG BAY (L/D) 09h00: You will be pick up  from Hanoi Old Quarter to take the highway to Got Port, Haiphong where we arrive at around 11h30 12h00: Transfer by tender to the MAYA CRUISE. On the way to the main boat, you will have a chance to see […]

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Locals Circle | Monti in Rome

by mcyoda @ Travelspective

The neighborhood of Monti is just one of Rome’s many hidden gems. Visitors will make it a point to see its famous landmarks such as the Colosseum and Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica, but often neglect the spaces between them.
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Annette Fear

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Guest Chef One of Australia’s Greatest Culinary Chef's - Annette Fear - Spirit House Restaurant & Cooking School - Exclusively at Food I Am Originally from Sydney, Annette moved to the Sunshine Coast in the 1980’s where she was chef at various Noosa restaurants such as Bistro C and Lindoni's.

Stuffed Eggplant with Sausage and Provolone Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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Stuffed eggplant (or aubergine) is a very popular dish in Italy. We made them together with Chef Gianna Greco in her cooking school in Lecce, the Pulgia region of Italy in the heel of the boot. I’ll have to admit, however, that Chef Gianna would not approve of my version. There are a lot of […]

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Ultimate Sangria with Red Wine Rum and Brandy

by Jen @ Venturists

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When I arrived in Seville, Spain, I had visions of enjoying a lovely glass of Sangria while sitting at an outdoor cafe while lazily watching the world go by. I quickly learned that Spaniards aren’t as enamored by Sangria as I had thought, and that many restaurants peddle overprices glasses to tourists. Instead, locals in […]

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Cooking Class Review: Dewa and Jero's Bali Hideaway

by Jannell Lo @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

Dewa and Jero’s class is a true taste of Balinese food and culture. A short motorbike away from the cramped Ubud centre, you’ll find yourself in a lush and beautiful hideaway for a couple of hours to taste, smell and eat traditional homestyle food. This class is the perfect combination of a beautiful setting, welcoming and instructive hosts and delicious food. Don’t miss out on it if you find yourself in Ubud!

Thailand in Review: Even the 'bad' food is good

Thailand in Review: Even the 'bad' food is good

by Jannell Lo @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

There is no such thing as ‘bad’ food in Thailand. While it's true that there are both tourist-Thai and local-Thai restaurants, even the tourist ones serve up pretty exceptional food. One week into our trip and we were still expecting disappointment every time we opted for a sit down meal rather than a take-away local meal from a market, but every time we were shocked by the results. Whether we ordered pandan-wrapped fried chicken, a classic curry, or some cashew chicken cooked on an open fire, there was no such thing as a bad meal. 

Chicken Caesar Salad Crostini with Pepitas and Cilantro

by Jen @ Venturists

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Chicken Caesar Salad is one of those staple recipes that I’ve found, in one form or another, on restaurant menus around the world. According to legend, the dressing was originally made by an Italian chef who had immigrated to the United States but was working in Mexico to avoid prohibition in the 1920’s. During a busy day […]

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Beers Around The World: UK [Video]

Beers Around The World: UK [Video]

by noreply@blogger.com (Liz) @ The Gross Travel Chronicles

While this is a blog about the our travels together, you generally only hear from me (Liz). I'm the writer. Aaron is the photographer (I hope you enjoy his photographs) and the videographer. His videos are mainly focused on beer, and are made for a small circle of friends—the nerds—that are really interested in the intricacies of beer around the world. He compiled all his videos he made on this trip (London, Cardiff, Bath, Yorkshire). If you're a beer nerd, you may find it interesting. It's 17 minutes of beer talk.



Travelogue | South Africa

by mcyoda @ Travelspective

South Africa is a destination that is constantly making 'top 10' lists to visit, and we finally understand what all the fuss is about after spending two weeks traveling through your country.
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The Oysters and Walls of Ston, Croatia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Ston and Mali Stone are two small villages located in the Pelješac peninsula of Croatia, less than 60 kilometers from Dubrovnik. We hadn’t heard of them before we came to Croatia, but that soon changed. When we checked into our Airbnb in Dubrovnik, our host was curious about us. “No one stays two weeks in Dubrovnik,” he told us. […]

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Hanoi street food walking tour | Viet Food Channel

Hanoi street food walking tour | Viet Food Channel


Viet Food Channel

explore Hanoi Street Food with Vietnamese food experts and/or chefs

One Day in Dalat – An Itinerary for a Heady Day in Vietnam’s Coffee Capital

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

One day in Dalat in Vietnam’s Southern Central Highlands most definitely isn’t enough time for this former French colonial hill station and tea, flower and coffee-producing centre, set amidst pine-forested mountains, rolling green hills and serene lakes. But sadly that’s all most travellers allow. Here’s...

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Bun Thang – Hanoi Quintessential Cuisine

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Bun Thang (Hanoi vermicelli noodle soup with chicken, egg, and pork) is one of the traditional dishes that shows the sophisticated and elegant style of Hanoi cuisine. It is the harmonious combination dish of color, flavor, and nutrition.

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Water Filtration Guide: The Dangers of Tap Water + Bottled Water

by Kate Kordsmeier @ Root + Revel

Unfortunately, almost everyone around the world is exposed to dangers in tap water – including the majority of homes in the USA! Find out what’s really in your tap water, why you need an at-home water filtration system (NOT bottled water!), and practical solutions that ensure optimal health for you, your family, your friends and...

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8 Healthy Mother’s Day Recipes: From Breakfast to Dessert!

by Kate Kordsmeier @ Root + Revel

We’ve rounded up 8 healthy Mother’s Day recipes for all occasions – from breakfast all the way to dessert – that are not only delicious, but easy to make. Celebrate at home this year and delight the special mom in your life with a home cooked, nourishing meal! Mother’s Day is May 13th, and most...

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Zayaan Khan – Food Activist

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

  Featured in Kulula's inflight magazine, Khuluma.   Food activist, seed librarian and community-driven leader, Zayaan Khan is changing the foodscape from the ground up. Written for Kululu's inflight magazine, Khuluma, 21 June 2017   Food As Sustenance, Knowledge, Life “Try this,” Capetonian Zayaan Khan (32) says, a headscarf draped loosely bandana-style over [...]

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Mayuko’s Little Kitchen Japanese Cooking Class Review

by Cookly @ Cookly Blog

3 Highlights from Mayuko’s Little Kitchen Japanese Cooking Class We’ve taken and tested out Mayuko’s Little Kitchen Japanese Cooking Class in Tokyo for you. We think that you will enjoy these cute panda bento boxes (we sure did!). Read on to find out the 3 highlights in our Mayuko’s Little Kitchen Japanese cooking class review. 1. Meeting Mayuko and […]

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Cao Lầu – Hoian Vermicelli

by admin @ Vietnam Food Trips

Cao lầu is a regional Vietnamese dish made with noodles, pork, and local greens, that is only found in the town of Hội An, in the Quang Nam Province of central Vietnam. Its unique taste and texture is achieved by using water from an undisclosed ancient Cham well, just outside of the town. This story...

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Countryside Coziness at Manoir Hovey

Countryside Coziness at Manoir Hovey

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I was in eastern Canada for a long weekend with my sister a month ago. We spent two nights in Quebec City, one might in the countryside, and one night in Montreal. It was so easy to get to from Atlanta and I would highly recommend the area! The highlight of the trip for me was our short, but sweet stay at Manoir Hovey. The countryside coziness at Manoir Hovey was at an all time high, especially with the chilly 20°F weather. We rented a car in Quebec City and drove 2.5 hours to North Hatley, a small little town in the countryside, in order to reach Manoir Hovey for the night. Manoir Hovey sits on the edge of Lake Massawippi so it’s absolutely stunning and the lake provides plenty of activities to keep you busy in the countryside. I […]

Keeping It Together With the Demi Hugger – Travel Better!

by Sean @ Venturists

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One of my new favorite travel accessories is a little handy gadget called the Demi Hugger. This slick device attaches my bulky backpack to the top of my suitcase securely so it no longer falls off when I’m getting on and off subways, running through the airport to catch a flight or traversing up and down […]

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Mini Crustless Quiches with Zucchini and Swiss Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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Having these little mini crustless quiches around is a delicious way to make sure you have a good high protein snack ready whenever you need one. I like to pop one in the microwave in the morning or grab one for a quick lunch when I’m in a hurry. They are filling and so delicious! […]

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Hello world!

by sinuous @ Hidden Hanoi

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! Preparing to solo travel. First time for you? Over on the How to Travel society On Facebook, there are many experienced solo travelers as well … Continue reading

Ajarian Khachapuri – Georgian Cheese and Egg Bread

by Jen @ Venturists

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New visitors to the Country of Georgia will quickly discover that the people of this region have a vast love of bread and cheese. Restaurant menus are loaded with several kinds of fresh baked bread, with he most popular stuffed with cheese. We sampled all kinds during our visit to the Caucasus country, and found […]

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Around the World in 10 Cultured Dairy Products

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

A selection of popular and lesser-known cultured dairy for Fine Dining Lovers, 21 March 2016. Icelandic Skyr There’s renewed enthusiasm about the cultured dairy products of our forefathers. Food historian Anne Mendelson (Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages) thinks the interest in ancient milkways may stem from the “growing “know [...]

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What is Authentic Cooking?

by @ Cooking Classes Auckland | Sachie's Kitchen | Team Building Auckland

The term ‘authentic’ is one that is used in the cooking world a lot, and everyone has their own definition...

Things to do in Bandung Indonesia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Cover photo by Ana Espino If you’ve never heard of Bandung, Indonesia, you have been missing out. With its volcanoes, hot springs, stunning natural beauty, and bargain shopping, Bandung has lots to offer every visitor. Here are a list of top things to do in Bandung that might just get you packing your bags. A […]

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Food Issues | Il Convivo in Rome

by mcyoda @ Travelspective

The entrance to Il Convivo Troiani may be plain and without fanfare, but when you ring the doorbell, what you’re greeted with is a warm welcome what seems to be a secret door. White linen and soft lighting combine to highlight its sublime glow, and that’s just the first of many pleasant surprises Il Convivo has up its sleeve.
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No-Bake Cheesecake

No-Bake Cheesecake

by Heidi Apples @ Apples Under My Bed

My brother would have liked the cheesecake I made for Christmas Eve brunch. He liked most foods, though particular enjoyed slow-cooked meats and good cheese. I remember how he would make the most epic toasted cheese sandwiches using all the fancy cheese in the fridge. The smell would fill the house and linger long after his meal was finished, as he would invariably leave the dirty sandwich toaster on the bench.

That cheese memory is important to me, because when I think about my brother I mostly think of his death. I remember the look on Ben's face when he came to pick me up from work the evening of December 22nd, telling me that David had had another seizure and was being air-lifted to the hospital. I remember the black t-shirt I was wearing, which I still cannot bring myself to wear or throw out. I remember the room Mum, Ben and I sat in, and the way in which we were seated on the couch when the doctor told us that David wouldn't recover from his head injury. I remember the feeling in my chest and the anger I felt towards the doctor, like, "How dare he say that". I remember telling my younger brother that our big brother was going to die, and I remember holding him and crying together. I remember sitting in my car and screaming. I remember Ben sitting beside me. I remember going down to the cafeteria with my Dad and trying to eat. I remember that my Mother would not leave his side, and I remember bringing her biscuits and cheese. I remember the Christmas decorations hanging around the bed he was transferred to, while machines kept him breathing and we completed the paperwork that would allow us to donate his organs. I remember our family and friends arriving to say goodbye. I remember my Mother stroking my brother's hair. I remember the staff wheeling him down a corridor away from us, and knowing it was the last time I'd ever see him.

I don't want to forget any of this. While those memories are painful, they're also really precious. But I do want my other memories to be front of mind. When I think of my brother, I don't want my mind to instantly go to the hospital. I want to first remember his laugh, the way he took FOREVER to open his Christmas presents, his enthusiasm when discussing things he liked and things he didn't, and his toasted cheese sandwiches. I want to remember his life more vividly than I remember his death. Because there are so many good memories tucked away behind the curtain of grief. 

If he were alive and here today, my brother would have congratulated me on my first attempt at a cheesecake. He would have suggested variations and asked for a second slice. No, he would have taken a second slice. And then he would have complained about the Christmas carols I was playing before sitting on the floor with Joan to make a duplo house, or taking her outside to play soccer. The "he would have" game is a dangerous one to play, because the fact is he won't ever be able to, and the reality of that is crushing. Every now and then, though, I find joy in imagining what David would have thought. And I know he would have liked my cheesecake. 

Nigella Lawson's No-Bake Cheesecake (note: we skipped the conserve topping and added fresh berries).

Heidi xo

11 must try noodles in Hanoi

by huyenchi11 @ Viet Food Channel

List of must try noodles in Hanoi 1. Phở – Phở noodle soup 2. Bún chả – Chargrilled pork and rice vermicelli 3. Bún riêu cua – Crap noodle soup 4. Bún ốc – Snail noodle soup 5. Phở xào – Stir-fried pho noodle 6. Bún cá – Fish noodle soup 7. Bún bung – […]

Welcome to Our Window Into Travel

by mcyoda @ Travelspective

This year, over a billion people around the world will travel outside of their countries this year. That's billion with a 'b'!
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Do You Need Travel Insurance or International Health Insurance?

by Jen @ Venturists

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When we tell people that we are full-time travelers, inevitably someone asks us about health care or travel insurance. It’s an important question. We, like everyone, get sick and injured at times. We worry about getting the proper care if something does happen. And, over the years, we’ve definitely had damage and losses to equipment […]

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Jewelry

by humphry @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

Hello- Does anyone have suggestions for reputable jewelry stores in Playa Del Carmen? We are looking primarily for items in 925 silver. Thank you...

Ban Flower – The Symbol Of Love

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Spring is the beginning of a year with the hope of a good thing and happiness. This is also when many local spring festivals are organized for people to pray for bumper harvests.

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Our Recommendations – What We Have In Our Pack

by Jen @ Venturists

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After 2 years of traveling full-time, we have more travel under our belts than most. And during that time we’ve come up with a few things that make travel easier and more convenient for us. Below are links to products that we use and recommend.  Jen: The primary bag that we both use is the eBags […]

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Frank Camorra

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Guest Chef Multi award winning Movida, Next Door, Aqui, Paco's Tacos & recently opened Movida Sydney are all synonymous amongst any food lover! Frank Camorra trained under the Grossi family at their original Café Grossi in Toorak.

Hanoi Cooking Class Tour - 4 hours Cooking Lession

Hanoi Cooking Class Tour - 4 hours Cooking Lession


Day Tours in Hanoi

Learn to cook Hanoi food with our 4 hours cooking class tour at our scenic restaurant in Hanoi, enjoy what-you-have-made for your delicious lunch or dinner

Review: The Parisian Woman at the Hudson Theater

by The Culture Mom @ The Culture Mom

Beau Willimon wrote “The Parisian Woman, now playing on Broadway in NYC. He is also the creator of Netflix’s “House of Cards” and the upcoming series “The First” on Hulu. From what I understand, he is constantly making changes to his new play, which takes place in contemporary Washington, D.C. and revolves around an uncannily familiar President […]

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The Art of Wine Split Croatia Food Tour

by Jen @ Venturists

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Our one regret in taking this food tour of Split, Croatia is that it wasn’t the first thing that we did when we arrived. Instead, we spent our time in Split clueless about the craft beer, hadn’t known about the walnut infused grappa and had no idea that we walked by the best bakery in the area over […]

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Beef, Chorizo and Guacamole Sliders

by Jen @ Venturists

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Looking for a change from your typical everyday cheeseburger? Adding chorizo (spicy sausage) takes the flavor of an average burger to a whole new level. There are several varieties of chorizo to choose from, such as smoked Spanish-style sausage made with paprika or spicy Mexican-style sausage spiked with chile peppers. The consistency of the chorizo […]

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Mini Spanish Tortilla (Tortilla Española)

by Jen @ Venturists

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A Spanish Tortilla is a deceptively simple dish. This potato, onion and egg dish has just a few very familiar ingredients. One taste will tell you all you need to know about why you will find this dish in most restaurant menus when traveling throughout Spain. The technique for cooking the potatoes and onions together […]

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Black Bean Dip With Cheese and Cilantro

by Jen @ Venturists

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After spending several months traveling through Europe last year, we decided to hop over to Mexico to ride out the winter. And we very quickly started making some of our favorite dishes with one of my favorite spices (which was difficult for us to find in Italy and Eastern Europe) – fresh cilantro (or coriander). I […]

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Take the Dubrovnik Cable Car or Hike Croatia’s Mount Srd?

by Jen @ Venturists

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During a recent visit to Dubrovnik, Croatia, we were enticed by the sight of the Dubrovnik cable car running up to the top of Mount Srd (or Srd Hill). The enormous hill is a backdrop looking above the city. It’s also the home of the Dubrovnik Imperial Fortress which was famously built by Napoleon. We imagined […]

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Banh Khuc – A Rustic Dish Of Hanoians

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Banh Khuc is a special Hanoi traditional food. It not just contents high nutrients but show the elegant style of Hanoi cuisine, as well.

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Hanoi Food Guide - a taste of North Vietnam | Food and the Fabulous

Hanoi Food Guide - a taste of North Vietnam | Food and the Fabulous


Food and the Fabulous

The food in Hanoi, a food guide and what to try on a first visit. My selection of the best street food meals I enjoyed.

Beef Borscht – Beetroot and Cabbage Soup

by Jen @ Venturists

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Borscht is one of those dishes that I honestly thought I wouldn’t like. When I was first introduced to the dish as a kid, the idea of a soup made out of beets just didn’t appeal. At all. Mostly likely because my introduction was likely those canned beets that you find on salad bars. And […]

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Escape to Yakushima

Escape to Yakushima

by Kate Bitner @ Nomad in Nihon

The mysterious mythical island that should be on your Japan itinerary.

Twice-Baked Potatoes with Goat Cheese

by Jen @ Venturists

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Whenever I make twice-baked potatoes, they are typically everyone’s favorite item on the days menu. Mine included! I love potatoes in general, but mostly as a vehicle for whatever I put on them. Whether it’s dipping french fries in aioli sauce or topping a potato with sour cream, the meager spud with its creamy texture […]

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6 Best Cooking Classes In Hanoi, Vietnam Cooking Class Guide

6 Best Cooking Classes In Hanoi, Vietnam Cooking Class Guide


Vietnam Culinary Travel Agency: Vietnam Food Tour Packages

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Vietnam Culinary Tour & Foodie Vacation | Access Culinary Trips

Vietnam Culinary Tour & Foodie Vacation | Access Culinary Trips


Access Culinary Trips

Explore Vietnam's culture through it's mouth-watering cuisine on our Vietnam culinary tour. Sample street food, cook with top chefs, and connect with locals to understand Vietnam's past, present, and future. Our award-winning, small group tours are hand-crafted by the experts in culinary travel.

Things to do in Catania, Sicily

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Catania, the second largest city in Sicily, is situated on the east coast between the notorious Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea. A deep-rooted history, rich culture, and some of Europe’s most fascinating architectural structures combine to ensure there is never of shortage of things to do in Catania. Catania sits atop the ancient cities […]

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An Insider’s Tour of Italy’s Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia Regions

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Like many people who have visited Italy, our first visit has not been our last. In fact we’ve been to Italy three times so far, and are now spending a few months slowly touring our way through the country. This has given us the opportunity to explore beyond the top destinations that come to mind, […]

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Best Highlights of Vietnam & Myanmar Tour

by Viet Long @ Vietnam Tours, Indochina Tours to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

This 17-day Best Highlights of Vietnam & Myanmar Tour brings you a chance to explore famous travel attractions of Halong bay, Hanoi, Hoi An, Mekong, Bagan, Inle, Yangon, Mandalay to know more about authentic cultures, traditions and landscapes of each country

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An Oceanfront Yurt in Isumi

An Oceanfront Yurt in Isumi

by Kate Bitner @ Nomad in Nihon

Glamping it up on the Chiba coast.

Georgian Spinach Cilantro and Walnut Salad – Ispanakhis Pkhali

by Jen @ Venturists

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This Georgian Spinach Salad (Ispanakhis Pkhali) absolutely saved our waistlines during our time in Tbilisi, Georgia. Here there is a bakery and a cheese shop on almost every corner, and when putting them together, some of the best cheese bread (called Khachapuri) that we’ve even eaten. Georgian’s are also very fond of plump pasta dumplings […]

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Food Issues | The Shortmarket Club in Cape Town

by mcyoda @ Travelspective

Cape Town is becoming an epicenter for great culinary talent and experiences. Chef Wesley Randles of Test Kitchen fame has taken his talents and put them on display at Shortmarket Club where they aim to give guests, night after night, a literal feast of the senses.
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MAYA CRUISE HALONG BAY TOUR – 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHT

by Ha Nguyen @ Vietnam Tours, Indochina Tours to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

Those who choose Maya for a Halong Bay cruise can expect the experience to include more than mere scenery, as impressive as that is in Halong. We provide our clients opportunities to learn about Vietnamese culture while on board, including the popular cooking demonstration where you can make your own spring rolls. Maya passengers can […]

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The Rewards of Traveling Outside of Your Comfort Zone

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I became passionate about travel after my (now) husband took me on my first trip abroad. Instead of planning a typical vacation that involved lying in the sun and getting the darkest tan possible (which i have since grown to regret for so many reasons), he suggested that we plan a trip to Europe. That […]

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Top 3 Hai Duong Specialties

by Admin @ Hanoi Food Tours, Hanoi Street Food Tours, Hanoi Local Food Tours, Hanoi Food Walking Tours

Located within the Hanoi Metropolitan Area, as well as the Red River Delta in Northern Vietnam, Hai Duong is a city which is famous for the sophisticated and savory specialties that attracted a lot of visitors on Tour of Vietnam. What is a pity if you visit this land without spending the time to enjoy […]

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Villa Lante di Bagnaia, Viterbo Province Italy

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Bagnaia is a little gem of a village just 78 kilometers (48 miles) north of Rome. There are several reasons to consider a visit to this small village in the Italy’s Viterbo province, including the important fact that very few people do. After fighting the crowds to get a peek at Italy’s most visited attractions, a […]

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Request advice on walking rural roads

by Jim143 @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

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Chimichurri Sauce

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We discovered chimichurri sauce when traveling in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This herbaceous sauce, which features parsley, cilantro and oregano, is is most frequently used as a flavor enhancer for grilled meats. You won’t get a famous grilled steak in Argentina without a dish of chimichurri sauce along side it. However, this versatile sauce isn’t just […]

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February 2017 Credit Card Bonuses to Earn Free Travel

by noreply@blogger.com (Liz) @ The Gross Travel Chronicles

Hi Folks!

I'm taking a break from my (long overdue) trip reports to provide some links to great credit card sign up bonuses.

100% honesty: If you use these links, the Grosses will be getting some sort of points bonus in return for your signup. What that means, however, is that we hold each of these cards (we even pay the annual fee on one), and have gotten good value out of it. In 2016 we took 2 business class flights and 4 economy flights (all international) and stayed used over three weeks of free hotel nights, in part because of these cards. If you're looking to pick some up, peruse these links.

Fantastic Sign Up Bonuses


Chase Sapphire Preferred (Visa)
This is a card you should get sooner rather than later if you're looking to earn points and miles. The signup bonus is 50,000 Chase Ultimate Reward points after spending $4,000 in three months. Add an authorized user, get an extra 5,000 points. You'll also earn two points per dollar on travel and dining. If you eat out and or travel a lot, you'll probably have at least 60,000 points when your sign up bonus hits. I like to transfer my Ultimate Reward points to United Mileage Plus (here's their frequent flyer award chart) or Hyatt, where I can often get great hotel rooms for 8,000-12,000 points per night. You can also use these points to book travel through the Ultimate Rewards portal. Aaron and I love this card, and will continue to pay the annual fee each year. For new applicants, the fee is waived the first year, so you could always choose to cancel the card or downgrade to a no annual fee Chase card after the first year if you don't want to pay the annual fee.

You will only be approved for this card if you have opened less than 5 new credit card accounts in the last 24 months. To check this, pull your credit report (you can do it for free on Credit Karma) and count the number of new credit card accounts over the last 24 months. Even if a card is closed, or if it's an authorized use of someone else's card, it will count in Chase's 5/24 formula. Less than 5 accounts? Great! Go for this card right now and you'll have enough points to transfer to United for a round-trip flight to Europe from the US!

If you're still under 5/24, it would be smart to also get the United Mileage Plus Explorer card while it has a 50,000 mile bonus.  You can combine that bonus with the Chase Sapphire Preferred bonus to have even more miles! I don't hold this card anymore, so I don't have a referral link. Google it and you'll find it. Another good bonus (and card benefits) is available for the Chase Sapphire Reserve (the bonus is double if you apply at a Chase Bank branch before March 12), but make sure you understand the annual fee, which is not waived the first year.

Starwood Preferred Guest (American Express)
For a limited time, there is an increased sign-up bonus on this card: 25,000 SPG points after you spend $3,000 in three months, and another 10,000 SPG points when you spend an additional $2,000 within the first six months. SPG points are great because they're incredibly versatile. Of course, you can use them to book SPG hotels (e.g., Westin, Sheraton) at just a few thousand points per night. Or, you can transfer them to Marriott at a rate or 1:3, making this 35,000 point signup bonus worth 105,000 Marriott points. Or, you can transfer the points to Delta, American, or many other airlines, and get an extra 5,000 points for every 20,000 points transferred. So, the 40,000+ points you'll have after meeting the minimum spend will be worth 50,000 airline miles. (Note: SPG points do not transfer to United.) The annual fee on this card is waived the first year.

I love SPG points because they're so flexible. I'd definitely recommend signing up for the personal card while the bonus is high. If you also happen to have a business (even as a sole proprietor with small side income), you can also sign up for the SPG business card from Amex, which has a slightly higher minimum spend to receive the same bonus.

Low Minimum Spend Requirements


Hilton Honors Card (American Express)
If you're not able to spend $3,000-$4,000 in three months but want to dip your toes into points/miles, consider this card. The minimum spend is $1,000 within three months, and the signup bonus is 75,000 Hilton points. There is no annual fee on this card, ever. 75,000 points should get you a couple nights at a full-service Hilton in mid-size cities (I paid 30,000-40,000 per night in Germany) or up to seven nights at limited service properties in small towns off the interstate, say....on a road trip. In April, Hilton is changing their award program so that family members can share accounts...making this a great card for both you and your significant other (or parents!) to get, so you can pool your points. Here's my link to sign up. We get bonus points if you use it before February 27.

Amex Everyday (American Express)
This is another low minimum spend, no annual fee card. Spend $1,000 in three months and get 15,000 Amex Membership Reward Points. This is another good flexible point currency - it can transfer to Delta, Aeroplan, Hilton, or many other travel partners. You can also redeem points for Amazon gift cards or for AirBNB. If you happen to have an American Express card that earns Membership Reward points that you're looking to cancel (say, because you don't get enough value to pay the annual fee), you can add this card to your wallet and keep your Membership Reward Points balance active. Here's my link to sign up.


Questions?


If you have questions about these cards, let me know. The least I can do is be helpful if you're nice enough to use my links!

Krka National Park, Croatia

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Croatia is home to some incredible national parks, some particularly known for waterfalls. Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is probably the most famous of these. A smaller park, Krka National Park, is arguably a more accessible version of a park filled with waterfalls. During our recent stay in Split, Croatia, we decided to check […]

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Hotel Life: COMO Hotels in Ubud, Bali

Hotel Life: COMO Hotels in Ubud, Bali

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

Ubud, Bali is such a magical place. And as such, it’s a must on any Bali itinerary. I visited Ubud the very first time I was in Bali in July 2016 as one of my last Southeast Asian destinations before returning home from my year as an expat in Vietnam. When I had the opportunity to go back to explore Bali on a work trip, I jumped at the chance and was thrilled I’d be returning. Since it is a such a popular Balinese destination for travelers, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of hotels to choose from. I have my favorites after my visit – of course every client is different, so one person may love hotel A, while another client loves hotel B. While I can count a handful of Ubud hotels I love for clients, two of my favorite hotels are the COMO […]

Solta Island Day Trip from Split Croatia

by Jen @ Venturists

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Šolta is a Dalmatian island located a mere 9 nautical miles from Split, Croatia. It is a lesser chosen destination in comparison to more mainstream islands like Hvar and Brač. That honestly was part of the reason we opted to visit Solta. Split is a beautiful place to explore, but during mid-summer, when we were there, […]

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Cambodia Wildlife Experiences – Where to Enjoy Ethical Animal Encounters

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

Cambodia wildlife experiences include everything from spending time with rescued sun bears and moon bears at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre near Phnom Penh to volunteering at the Elephant Valley Project in the Mondulkiri jungle. Cambodia wildlife experiences don’t get the attention they deserve....

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Giovanni Pilu

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Guest Chef Giovanni is the Executive Chef and owner of Pilu at Freshwater which was recognised in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide as ‘Best New Restaurant’ in its first year of opening and has received two chef’s hats every year since then.

South African Culinary Tour – Wine!

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South Africa Tour It is with absolute delight that we at Access Trips announce the launch of our newest exotic culinary destination! A South Africa tour is just what the doctor ordered for the cuisine savvy adventure seekers who love all that Access Trips has to offer. Our newest tour is sure to dazzle you, [ ... ]

Braised Pork Cheeks (Carrilladas)

by Sean @ Venturists

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Slow cooked pork cheeks are a Spanish secret that I can’t believe we hadn’t discovered before a recent trip to Sevilla, Spain. We had ordered Cola de Toro, which is a braised oxtail that is cooked until it’s falling apart, at a small but well-reviewed tapas restaurant. The waiter explained to us that if we […]

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Bernard Hoff

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Artisan Baker - So French So Fresh! Bernard learnt all the tricks of his trade in the east of France before heading to Londons Harrods Patisserie then bringing his artisan skills to Wagga and opening Boulangerie Patisserie. 

Hanoi street food tour, Vietnam | Audley Travel

Hanoi street food tour, Vietnam | Audley Travel


Audley Travel

Enjoy Hanoi street food tour as part of your tailor-made holiday to Vietnam. Get in touch with one of Audley's specialists to start planning your perfect trip

Request advice on walking rural roads

by Jim143 @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

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Know the foods – Where to go

by hoang @ Hanoi food tour

You will be amazing that’s some streets in Hanoi that its name is also brand street foods name. So you only need to know what you want to taste so you will know where you will to go. Get there and taste your favorite foods. Sweet soup at Dao Duy Tu street Sweet soup is […]

Hanoi Cooking Classes - Hanoi Tours

Hanoi Cooking Classes - Hanoi Tours


Hanoi Tours

Eating is not only to satisfy basic needs, the indispensable needs of human, but also it is upgraded into food culture and culinary arts. Hanoi has been famous for the [...]

Nem – famous crispy spring rolls – 117 Bui Thi Xuan street

by huyenchi11 @ Viet Food Channel

  NEM is well-known among local people for its square crispy crab spring rolls – the crispiness that is hard to achieve even for an experience cook like me.    This morning, as I woke up: – Would you go with me for the wedding dress? – I texted my fiance – Uh ok – […]

Charred Salsa Verde

by Jen @ Venturists

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Charred Salsa Verde, or Green Salsa, combines roasted vegetables with fresh herbs and lime juice to create a sauce that adds depth and freshness to even the “heaviest” Mexican dishes. The base of the sauce is the humble tomatillo, a green fruit covered in a thin husk that must be removed before eating. The flavor […]

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Destinations

by Jen @ Venturists

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After 4 years of full-time travel, we have covered a lot of territory! Here is our collection of articles about our adventures and interesting experiences and people that we have encountered along the way. It is our hope to help our readers find a new location or off the beaten track activity to improve your […]

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Food of Puglia, Italy with Cooking Experience in Lecce

by Sean @ Venturists

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Of course, we had to take a cooking class in Puglia, Italy. We have spent a significant amount of time traveling around Italy, but before this trip hadn’t made it to this region located on the “heel” of the boot that is Italy. And, our Italian friends from the region wouldn’t let us forget this. We were […]

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Tokyo Video Food Guide

by Cookly @ Cookly Blog

We have a food guide of the top 6 dishes that you need to try when you are in Tokyo. Our Tokyo food guide will show you what you need to eat so that you don’t miss out on the best that the city has to offer! Cookly’s Tokyo Food Guide 1. Okonomiyaki This is one […]

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Colorado State forward Nico Carvacho will return next season

by Kyle Fredrickson @ The Denver Post

Colorado State forward Nico Carvacho, the Mountain West’s leading rebounder last season (12.3) during league play, will return to the Rams next season after exploring his transfer options.

5 best restaurants in Saigon

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

This is not really an easy list to compile, as there are many great restaurants in Saigon. In fact Saigon is famous for it’s restaurant culture and for the excellent selection of top tier restaurants. Saigon is the perfect place for excellent eateries, nestled along the Saigon river and boasting excellent weather all the year […]

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100 Essential Asia Pacific Experiences Named and Our Culinary Tour is One of Them

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

100 essential Asia Pacific experiences for your 2018 travel bucket list have been named by DestinAsian in the travel magazine’s latest issue and we’re excited that our Cambodia Culinary Tour Handmade, Homecooked and Hands-on edition has been named as one of them. To celebrate their 100th...

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Things to do and see in Trieste Italy

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Trieste is the capital of Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in the North-east of Italy, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Taking advantage of its perfect location on the sea, Trieste used to be a very prominent port city. Remnants of the past can be seen in piazzas (squares) along the water’s edge. Present day locals are more […]

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We’ve been on lots of wine tours. Traveling and sampling local wines just goes together so well, and as anyone who knows us can attest to, we love wine. But even more so than the wine itself, we love learning about the stories and history of a region’s wine. Winemakers are typically passionate about their […]

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While traveling through South Africa I become totally enthralled with Peri-Peri or (Piri-Piri) Sauce. The spicy condiment, made with birds-eye chili peppers, is a favorite hot sauce in Africa. The peppers are grown in Africa but were embraced by the Portuguese who are credited for inventing the sauce. There are many versions of Peri-Peri sauce, but […]

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Rome is a wonderful city that has plenty to offer all kinds of visitors, including people who are food fans. If you are planning a visit to the city, we strongly suggest that you add a few of the ideas below to your itinerary. Enjoy a Guided Food Walk Combining a walk with tasting local […]

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Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits, partially because of its association with a warm summer day. There is nothing refreshing than a fresh cold slice of dripping watermelon with plenty to share with friends. This grown up way to serve watermelon is also nice to share with friends. Add a nice glass of sparkling […]

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Bacon and Egg Spaghetti is a twist on the classic Italian dish, Spaghetti all Carbonara. I use standard strips of bacon (rather than pancetta bacon) and partially cook the eggs in order to add texture. The result is a rich, creamy pasta dish along with savory smoky bacon. The dish comes together very quickly, which […]

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Rome is an open-air museum that dates back to the beginning of the 6th century. Anyone who comes for a visit and runs into a local like Paolo Ferrini, should count their lucky stars and follow the old saying “when in Rome.”
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Barbacoa is one of our favorite slow-cooked beef recipes – with a Mexican accent! Barbacoa is actually a dish that comes from the Caribbean, where the term “barbecue” originated. Over time the recipe has evolved. In Mexico, where we became acquainted with the dish, barbacoa refers to meat that was originally slow cooked in clay […]

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When I first heard about Mexican Chilaquiles, I wasn’t so sure about them. A breakfast food made with tortilla chips and eggs, like breakfast nachos, could be either amazing or a complete disaster. As it turns out, they are delicious and are now one of my favorite brunch dishes. The tortilla chips become slightly softened […]

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Gelato is synonymous with Italy. While some Italian food dishes are very regional, you’ll find gelato shops throughout all of Italy. On a sunny afternoon in any Italian city, I challenge you NOT to find someone walking along, eating a few scoops out of a cone or cup. And, you’ll be drawn into shops by […]

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Pasta with Lemon & Creme Fraiche

Pasta with Lemon & Creme Fraiche

by Heidi Apples @ Apples Under My Bed

The house is quiet. It's 11:40am and all I can hear are the birds chirping outside. Joan went to bed very early last night, conking out at 6:30pm after a long day in the hot city. So it was inevitable she'd wake early this morning. And inevitable she'd nap early today. She'll be in bed early tonight, too, which means another early start tomorrow, but that's fine with me. I quite like the pattern of snoozing and waking that comes with a child who is early to bed and early to rise. You just need to be sure to take yourself off to bed early, too. And to know how to make a good cup of coffee.

Yesterday afternoon, after arriving home, Joan and I began to pack for Hong Kong. Well, I did. Joan preferred to jump on the bed while I selected clothes, then folded and and placed them on her dresser, ready for the suitcase I must get out of the storage cupboard. During this packing process I dressed Joan in different outfits, ensuring we had suitable clothes for the wedding we'll be attending ("Pink dress, Mummy, a pink one!"), as well as general adventuring and dumpling-eating. Oh, the dumplings. Ben taught her to say "won ton min, please!". I expect she'll be repeating those words a lot over the next two weeks.

After I wrangled Joan out of the pink dress, the two of us went into the kitchen to prepare dinner. Whenever I cannot be bothered cooking anything elaborate, my mind wanders to pasta. In my fridge I had a tub of creme fraiche that needed to used, along with a bounty of lemons from our tree, and so I googled "creme fraiche lemon pasta sauce" and one recipe in particular caught my eye. It was from the River Cafe, so I knew it would be excellent. Feeling confident and energetic enough to tinker with it just slightly, I added some zucchini noodles to make it a more satisfying and colourful meal. A few Christmases ago, I was gifted a vegetable spiralizer - this one, to be precise. Soon afterwards I discovered I was pregnant and developed a strange aversion to zucchini (uhhh the very thought of it would make me gag), so for a long time the spiralizer sat unused in the cupboard. Recently, though, I remembered how much I enjoy the addition of vegetable noodles to pasta dishes, so I dusted it off. 

In terms of ratios, I prefer the bulk of the noodles to be regular pasta, with about a quarter zucchini noodles. To "cook" them, I usually put the zucchini noodles in a colander and pour the cooked pasta + pasta cooking water over the top. I find that by blanching the zucchini noodles in boiling water, they can make your sauce very wet. On this occasion, however, I had the idea to cook loads of crushed garlic in a skillet, with a little extra virgin olive oil and a lot of butter, before adding the uncooked noodles and quickly frying them over high heat. And they were really, really good. Though it seems I won't be making many more zucchini noodles, because the handle broke halfway into spiralizing this batch of zucchini. Drat. If you have a spiralizer or similar contraption to make veggie noodles, I encourage you to add them to this dish in the manner I describe below. For those of you who will be using solely regular pasta, stick to the River Cafe recipe. Though you could easily add cooked broccoli, broccolini, asparagus or peas to the mixture. I find a little extra green is always welcome.


Pasta with Lemon & Creme Fraiche

Adapted from the River Cafe recipe. Here's a video of the dish being made!

Serves 2-4, depending on your appetite

Ingredients
300g pasta*
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
A generous pat of butter
3 garlic cloves (less if you're not keen on garlicy flavour)
1 large zucchini
250ml creme fraiche (1 tub)
2 unwaxed lemons (for juice and zest)
1 handful of baby spinach or rocket (or peas)
1 generous handful gated parmesan, plus more for serving
Dried chilli flakes, to serve
Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

* as the River Cafe recipe suggests, it's bets to use fresh pasta in this recipe. You want the noodles to be soft and yielding. Though when making this dish, I used Guzzi's fettuccini, which  worked brilliantly. 

Method:
1. Put a pot of salted water on the boil for the pasta and when boiled, cook it according to packet instructions, reserving 1 cup of starchy cooking water before draining. 
2. Meanwhile, crush the garlic cloves and set aside (leaving them for 10 or so minutes before cooking helps make the powerful stuff heat resistant - see this article for more details). 
3. Spiralize the zucchini. If you have a choice, select the thicker noodle setting.
4. Heat the olive oil and butter in a skillet. Add the garlic and cook until it begins to colour and become really fragrant. Add the zucchini at this point and cook for a minute to coat it in the buttery garlic goodness. Set aside to cool slightly.
5. To a large pot add the creme fraiche, zest and juice of lemon, spinach/rocket and parmesan. Give it a good stir and then add the cooled, garlicky zucchini, as well as the cooked pasta. Give everything a good toss with tongs, adding a dash of pasta cooking water if you need to thin the sauce a little. Season to taste and serve, with extra parmesan and chilli flakes.

Heidi xo

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Lyndey Milan

by Cristy Houghton @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

Guest Cook LYNDEY MILAN OAM, Australian home cook hero, combines a thirst for life and a sense of fun with a love of good food and sparkling shiraz. A familiar face on television and in print, she been instrumental in changing the way Australians think and feel about food and wine for thirty years.

Cooking Class Review: The Hill Station

Cooking Class Review: The Hill Station

by Jannell Lo @ My BF is GF - Travel - My BF is GF

The Hill Station runs a great series of cooking demos, though we’d hesitate to label it a cooking class since the hands on time is limited to basic chopping. Still, it's a very cool experience and if you're willing to put in the effort you can take some new techniques back home.

Hanoi Cooking Centre

Hanoi Cooking Centre


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Hanoi Cooking Centre (HCC) is a cooking school, retail outlet and cafe. It offers daily hands-on workshops in Vietnamese and international cooking, as well as street eats and market tours and cooking classes for kids. The courtyard cafe is open from Monday to Sunday, 9.00am to 5.30pm.

D.J Pieroway

by Tania Sibrey @ Team - Food I Am Cooking Classes and Wedding Venue Wagga

D.J. Pieroway, a.k.a. The Drinks Professor, has been involved in hospitality for over 30 years. Her passion for the industry has led to her working in locations such as her native Newfoundland in Canada, Toronto, Hong Kong, Tokyo and London. She is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and is in the final stages of completing her Wine, Spirits and Education Trust Diploma.

Hoa Lu Tam Coc Tour – US$

by Lucy Vu @ Centre Point Hanoi Hotel

Ninh Binh is the best choice for busy travelers. Our one day tour package includes dozens of must-see sites. Ninh Binh now draws more and more attention to its tourism activities. The day tour includes religious worship, boating, history, excavation learning and an optional cycling choice for those who loves biking. DETAILED ITINERARY 07:45 - [...]

Things We Can Do To Save Wildlife from Extinction and Save the Planet

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

Things we can do to save wildlife from extinction include everything from symbolically adopting an animal and donating to established wildlife protection and conservation organisations to learning a bit about endangered species and sharing what you learn on social media. I spent some time on...

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Visiting San Miguel de Allende after Oaxaca

by chicago2europe @ Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

We recently visited Oaxaca and loved its culture, its architecture, its art, its intimate feel, and most importantly, its people. We are considering...

GPSmyCity: Lose Yourself Without Getting Lost

GPSmyCity: Lose Yourself Without Getting Lost

by Kate Bitner @ Nomad in Nihon

A partnership and giveaway announcement!

Panama – It’s A Jungle Out There!

Panama – It’s A Jungle Out There!

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

I recently made my first trip to Panama on a work trip with 12 other travel advisors from around the United States. It such a fun way to travel because I get to meet new interesting people who also have a passion for travel, and because I can learn from other travel advisors in the industry that may have more experience in a certain destination or have a different way of approaching a trip. My absolute favorite day exploring Panama was our jungle boat adventure (we also hiked, did a Panama Canal Transit, enjoyed the beach and explored Panama City’s Old City – Casco Antiguo). Our jungle day was my favorite day in country because jungle’s excite me – the landscape is gorgeous, I always find it interesting that you are surrounded by wildlife – much of which you probably can’t see at any given moment. Panama – it’s a […]

Exploring Bali While Mt Agung Erupted

Exploring Bali While Mt Agung Erupted

by Sarah Attaway @ Sunkissed Suitcase

Hello everyone! Since returning from my trip to Indonesia in December, I’ve had a few client requests for Bali trips. I’ve had even more clients interested in Bali but who are worried about safety due to Mt. Agung’s recent activity. I was en-route from Eastern Indonesia (Raja Ampat!), to Bali when the volcano woke up, sending a huge cloud of black ash into the air for days. Thankfully, I was on the ground with my Indonesia ground operator – the company who I go to in order to put together client itineraries filled with guiding, authentic experiences and the best hotels. They handled absolutely everything (Wondering what I’m referring to? Read more about my job here!). And I mean everything! I didn’t lift a finger to switch my flights – we were rerouted to a neighboring island and took a ferry to Bali. We had to be creative in order […]

Table Mountain Hikes: Platteklip Gorge vs Skeleton Gorge

by Jen @ Venturists

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A trip to Cape Town isn’t complete without a visit to the top of Table Mountain. The large flat peak dominates Cape Town’s landscape from below and offers stunning views of Cape Town from above. There are many ways reach the top, including riding up in the cable car, or selecting from several hiking trails with […]

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The oddest items in Russell Crowe’s divorce auction

by The Washington Post @ The Denver Post

People have made a fuss about Russell Crowe's leather jockstrap, which is coming to auction with an estimate of up to $461 (A$600), but probably the most esoteric lot in a sale of the actor's belongings is a dead horse.

5 Must-Eat Foods in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

by vietnamstreetfood @ Vietnam Street Food Guide

A walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter can quite quickly turn into an impromptu food tour thanks to the narrow alleys and bustling streets jam packed with food vendors, each offering up a dazzling variety of local flavors. And in case you didn’t already know, everything tastes better when it comes from a no-frills, hole in […]

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Cooking Classes and Food Tours Around The World

by Jen @ Venturists

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Our review of food tour and cooking classes around the world. We do one (or even better, both) in most places that we travel. Why? Because people who are passionate about their cuisine will also be able to point out the best places to eat when visiting the place that they love. This is the […]

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Bulgarian Meatball Soup – Supa Topcheta

by Jen @ Venturists

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Supa Topcheta, or Bulgarian Meatball Soup, is a favorite traditional dish and comfort food at its best. The hearty soup is filled with vegetables and meatballs made with a combination of pork and beef. Then it’s thickened with egg yolks and Greek yogurt spiked with fresh lemon juice. The resulting soup is creamy without being overly heavy. […]

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5-DAY SPECIAL PACKAGE TOUR WITH FLAMINGO CRUISE

by Viet Long @ Vietnam Tours, Indochina Tours to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

This 5-DAY SPECIAL PACKAGE TOUR WITH FLAMINGO CRUISE is a great combination to discover the best highlights of Northern Vietnam with World Wonders, natural landscapes, people

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Khinkali – Georgian Beef and Pork Soup Dumplings

by Jen @ Venturists

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Khinkali (also known as Chinkali or Xinkali) are stuffed pasta dumplings that are a favorite dish from the Country of Georgia. They are similar to Chinese Soup Dumplings, (Xiao Long Bao), but are much larger than their bite-sized cousins. These hearty little bags of goodness are typically served up on large platters and shared with […]

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Hanoi favourite desserts in summer

by hoang @ Hanoi food tour

Hanoi ancient cuisine has long been famous for the richness and diversity. At any time, visit the bustling and crowded streets, tourists can find attractive and characteristic food of each street easily. Hang Than Crème caramel Referring to Hang Than Street, many people will think about the famous Crème caramel and vice versa, when refer […]

Stuffed Deviled Eggs with Bacon

by Jen @ Venturists

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Making stuffed eggs (or deviled eggs) are an American Classic. Making them always reminds me of summer. We always had them with picnics or especially on the 4th of July. Stuffed eggs typically weren’t an everyday dish – when Mom started making the eggs it meant we were getting ready for a party. Summer wouldn’t […]

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Cheese Bread and Dumplings! Making Khachapuri and Khinkali in Tbilisi

by Jen @ Venturists

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If you have never heard of Georgia, formally known as the Republic of Georgia, you aren’t alone. Similarly, if you have no idea where it is, and why you should be interested in the food in this place, then you are in for a treat. Lesser discovered places are some of the best to visit. […]

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Everybody Loves Skyr

by Ishay @ Food and the Fabulous

skyr breakfast bowl This cultured dairy just might be Iceland’s most adored export.Written for Culture Cheese Magazine, for the Wheys Less Traveled column, July 2017. (This article is written in American English) With its coal-black volcanic rock beaches, bright blue glaciers, steaming hot springs, and thundering waterfalls, Iceland is stunning. Most of its 325,000 [...]

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Pickled Red Onions with Habanero Peppers

by Jen @ Venturists

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While traveling through the Yucatan area of Mexico, we found one local condiment that made most local dishes that we tried just that much better. In the Yucatan almost every taco and most sandwiches are dressed spicy pickled onions – Escabeche de Cebolla. The idea is to enhance the flavor of grilled and slow cooked meats, […]

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