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Top interesting places for Christmas and New Year Holiday in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city

by Thu Hà Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Blog

Having a buffet, listening to music and drinking wine in the West Lake (Hanoi) and being lost in the real snow garden in Saigon are the interesting experiences for you in Christmas.

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10 Most beautiful beaches in vietnam you should visit at least one

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Vietnam has a long coastline more than 3,400 kilometres, which is favourable for sea tourism. The beauty and tranquility of the beaches in Vietnam is one of Asia’s best kept secrets. Vietnam is one of the best beach holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. Here is the list of best 10 beaches in Vietnam, South to […]

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4 Fundamental Flavors to Try if You Love Chinese Food

by admin @ Lotte Plaza Market

One of the best things about experiencing any world culture’s cuisine is the blast of flavor that might surprise you, especially if you’ve never had it before. Wherever you go in Asia, whether it’s Korea, China, Vietnam, or elsewhere, you... Read More

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A Thrilling Hai Van Pass Adventure With Onetrip

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Vietnam is a fabulous country that sings harmonies of the wild jungle and the people that venture through it. That is a destination that you must visit at least once in your life if you seek adventure. One of the most desired places to stay in Vietnam for both foreigners and locals alike is Da […]

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Must-Eat Vietnamese Dishes That Aren't Pho

Must-Eat Vietnamese Dishes That Aren't Pho


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There's more to Vietnamese cuisine than just phở, we're showing you three must-eat Vietnamese dishes at some of the best, authentic restaurants in North Texas.

2-day-1-night in FLC Luxury 5 star + dinner + breakfast only 900,000 VND / guest

by upbai @ Vietnam Travel Blog

The best in the North, soft price, excellent service, ... and many other reasons for you to carry your bags and go to FLC Luxury Sam Son immediately.

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The Top 9 Popular Vietnamese Dishes You Must Try - The Christina's Blog

The Top 9 Popular Vietnamese Dishes You Must Try - The Christina's Blog


The Christina's Blog

Vietnam has many beautiful landscapes and unique cultures. But just as amazing are the delicious Vietnamese dishes available throughout the country.

Eat Local: Muslim-Friendly Vietnamese Dishes and Where to Get Them

Eat Local: Muslim-Friendly Vietnamese Dishes and Where to Get Them


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Muslim travellers don't have to worry about missing out on local Vietnamese food. Fly with AirAsia and enjoy these Muslim-friendly Vietnamese dishes.

How to Appreciate Durian Taste in Southeast Asia

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Getting Around in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Hue is the famous Imperial city of Central Vietnam, the throne of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Old and tranquil, Hue is frozen in time, standing amongst the remnants of a once glorious Asian empire. Because of this, getting around Hue is intriguing with many options available, and sights to see. A major […]

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Mieu Noi – the destination for Tet holiday in Saigon

by upbai @ Vietnam Travel Blog

Located in Vam Thuat river, belonged to Go Vap district, Ho Chi Minh city, Phu Chau Mieu, also known as Mieu Noi (thanks to its unique position and construction) is a sacred and famous site in Saigon.

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Where to Eat Vietnamese Food in Minneapolis

Where to Eat Vietnamese Food in Minneapolis


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Gia Vien tiny shrimp sauce

by upbai @ Vietnamese Style

As a plain district. Gia Vien's locals have long been fond of making " mam tep ", which is processed from tiny shrimp.

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5 Benefits of Staying at hotels in Danang beach

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Danang is a popular destination for both domestic and international visitors with magnificent beaches and majestic natural scenery. It attracts tourists year-round and summer is the time to have the most visitors. Staying at the best beach resorts Vietnam is a great thing for those who come to Da Nang. Experience of many visitors is […]

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Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi

Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi


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Many of the popular Vietnamese dishes are from Hanoi. Here is the top 10 local Vietnamese food you must eat in Hanoi including Pho, Bun Cha, and more!

4 attractive destination for the New Year Holiday 2018

by Thu Hà Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Blog

The travel season at the end of the year is very busy because of the wonderful days in the New Year Holiday. The weather at the end of the winter all over the country is characterized by drizzly rains, so what is the best place to go?

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Vietnamese Noodles with Lemongrass Chicken | RecipeTin Eats

Vietnamese Noodles with Lemongrass Chicken | RecipeTin Eats


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This Vietnamese Noodles with Lemongrass Chicken (Bun Ga Nuong) is fresh and loaded with bright flavours. Drizzled with Vietnamese dipping sauce Nuoc Cham.

The most attractive places for New Year Holiday 2018

by upbai @ Vietnam Travel Blog

The list of great tourist destinations below will help you to choose the most appropriate and exciting destination in the upcoming New Year holiday.

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The top tourist attractions in Yen Bai province

by Thanh Nguyen @ Halong Viola Cruise

VietNamNet Bridge – Yen Bai, a province in northern Vietnam, has many beautiful landscapes, such as Mu Cang Chai and Thac Ba reservoir, Giang stream, Ta Xua, Pu Nhu waterfalls … Mu Cang Chai terraced fields Mu Cang Chai is a renowned district of Yen Bai, winning praise for the creative and heavenly terraced rice

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10 Travel Destinations To Put On Your 2018 Bucket List

10 Travel Destinations To Put On Your 2018 Bucket List

by Sarah Joanna Pope @ The A List | The Urban List

Glaciers, thermal baths, island vibes, majestic mountains, exotic frankincense and kitschy K-pop—there are so many reasons to take to the skies and go exploring this year.

So stop travelling vicariously via an Instagrammer’s thigh gap and add these travel destinations to your 2018 bucket list.

Seoul, South Korea

In Seoul, the ancient coalesces with ultra modern design, high-speed Internet and catchy K-Pop to create something truly unique. Here, temples sit alongside high-rise buildings and neon, all under the watchful eye of its surrounding mountains. Hang at the Gyeongbokgung Palace, visit temples and shop yourself silly at the traditional Gwangjang markets or Myeongdong Shopping Street. Re-fuel after long days exploring with some stuffed chicken in broth at Tosokchon Samgyetang or with a session at one of the city’s tent bars. Steam and soak your hangover away in a jjimjil-bang (sauna and spa) and visit the fascinating Demilitarised zone, which splits North and South Korea.

Iceland

Iceland is the Promised Land for bibliophiles, nature lovers and those who just love a good chunky knit. Spend time exploring the country’s devastatingly beautiful landscapes—glaciers that cut through mountains, active volcanoes, spectacular waterfalls, gushing geysers and impossibly green hills alongside dark volcanic sands. Settle into the 5 Million Star Hotel for front row seats to the electric skies of aurora borealis, soak in the steamy blue waters of the Blue Lagoon and behold the eerie Midnight Sun. And Iceland’s cultural life is just as rich in its offering—the city of Reykjavik is a hub for artists, authors, epicureans and musicians. Expect lots of live music, book festivals, art and crafts. Bliss.

Budapest, Hungary

Hungary’s capital city is a wondrous mash-up of history, natural beauty and grand architecture—from neoclassical to baroque to art nouveau. It’s pretty much the stunt double of Paris. Walk through this exciting city and see the reminders of it’s past at every turn, including Roman ruins and bullet holes from WW2. Visit Millennium Underground, the 100 year old train station and UNESCO World Heritage Site, walk the cobbled streets of the charming Castle Hill, learn how to say ‘cheers’ in Hungarian (Egészségére) at ruin-style bar Szimpla Kert or unwind in one of the city’s many thermal baths and spas. And of course, no visit to the ‘Queen of the Danube’ would be complete without a sunset stroll along its namesake river.

Myanmar

Myanmar, formerly Burma, has tradition and culture in spades. This sacred land is a fresh breath of air for the soul, even for the world-weary traveller. Here there is a reverence for Buddhist history and tradition that can be seen at the city’s many temples and effigies. Hop on a steamer or luxury cruiser through the Bay of Bengal, kick back at the pristine Ngapali Beach, see the standing fisherman on Inle Lake, grab a snack at the colourful Nyaung U market, hike through the small villages in Shan Hills and visit the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. And don’t forget to stop and meet some of the famously friendly locals, who are not yet weary of finding a traveller on their doorstep.

British Columbia, Canada

There are few places where you can feel like the only person on this earth but this slice of land between the Pacific Coast and the Rocky Mountains may well be one of them. Hiking, fishing, biking, skiing, canoeing, zip lining—BC offers ever kind of off-the-beaten path adventure. Just bring your bear spray.  Here, the green mountain ranges and ice fields are teeming with wildlife—orcas, moose, sea otters, humpbacks and grizzlies. Kayak with orcas on the frigid waters of Canada’s West Coast or explore the Great Bear Forest and mirror-like lakes. You could hop in a float plane and visit Lake Lovely Water, rent a cute lakeside cabin and finish off that novel or discover remote islands like a true explorer.

Havana, Cuba

Since the economic embargo was lifted, the doors to Cuba have swung wide open, and travellers have been enticed in by the promise of white sands, island rhythms, mojitos and hot, steamy nights. Take a trip back in time to Habana Vieja (Old Havana), where vintage cars rumble by colourful buildings, saunter down the El Malecón Boardwalk for spectacular ocean views or the buzzing Calle Obispo for live music and souvenirs. Of course, nighttime is when the city really comes to life. Get things started with a few Cuba Libres from art/live music bar Fabrica de Arte Cubano before dancing the night away at one of the city’s many salsa bars.

Lisbon, Portugal

The Mediterranean sun, bleached limestone buildings, cobbled streets and the haunting sounds of Fado music – Portugal is a juicy fruta that’s ripe for the picking. Here, tourists are welcomed to the city by the open arms of the Cristo-Rei Monument, where you and giant concrete statue Jesus can enjoy impressive views. Visit the Hieronymites Monastery in Belém and say to a passerby ‘you know, this is a great example of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style.’ Then hightail it to the water for a sunset cruise on the Tagus River.  Spend your nights being a little bit wild as you street-drink sangria down cobbled lanes, hopping in and out of tapas bars – or dance until dawn at the salacious cocktail bar Pensao Amor.

Oahu, Hawaii

Still, clear waters, tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches, hippie shacks, watering holes and palm trees—it’s hard not to feel like you’re in a postcard in Oahu. There’s so much to do on land or in water in this tropical paradise.  Explore the turquoise waters of the islands many beaches or settle into the sand at North Shore to witness world famous surf. Get your thrills cliff jumping at Waimea Bay, swim with turtles in Hanauma Bay or snorkel in Sharks Cove (for free!). Sunset cruises and Pina Coladas in Waikiki are a good time too. Head for the hills and hike to Lulumahu Falls, passing through verdant rainforest and the King Kamehameha Summer Palace Ruins along the way.

New York, New York

They don’t call it the centre of the universe for nothin’. NYC still offers a plethora of big city delights, and there’s always something exciting happening on every corner of this concrete jungle. Stay high above the High Line at the iconic Standard Hotel, snag some tickets to see Book of Mormon on Broadway (they’ll be harder to lock down than your flights), line your stomach at Crif Dogs before entering the phone booth to undercover cocktail bar Please Don’t Tell (oops). Frequent local live-music venues like Rockwood Music Hall as well as museums and galleries. Shop in stylish Soho or cruise by Lady Liberty on the Staten Island Ferry. Head to Brooklyn to hang with the hipsters at McCarren Park or Let the good times roll at Skee ball bar Full Circle. Catch a Yankees game at Yankee Stadium or karaoke on St. Marks – GAH! There’s just so freaking much to do and not enough money time. Most importantly, walk around—because NYC is a living, breathing movie set.

Oman

Located just south of Dubai, Oman is by turns cosmopolitan and ancient. It’s a treasure trove of natural wonders—seas, mountains, natural springs, sinkholes, hot springs, coral reefs and stunning dessert landscapes. But the wild and diverse terrain is also part of a rich culture that can be explored within its ancient forts, colourful mosques and art. Take a camel ride through Wahiba Sands, kick back poolside at Luxury resorts like Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, explore the majestic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, swim in the aquamarine waters of the Bimah sinkhole, dive into the coral reefs of Muscat and fall in love with this magical place.

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Healthy Vietnamese dishes

by Saigon Xpress @ Saigon Xpress of Longmont

      At SaigonXpress we established with the goal of providing healthy Vietnamese dishes using the freshest ingredients. We are proud of our simple presentations accentuating the very best home made Vietnamese cusine.

10 Best Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam

10 Best Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam


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Vietnamese food is known to be both healthy and robust in flavour, thanks its generous combination of fresh herbs and greens, paired with rice, noodles, seafood, pork and beef. While many cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City offer plenty of fine-dining venues and five-star

Friday Photos: Chroma Heads to Completion

Friday Photos: Chroma Heads to Completion

by Jeramey Jannene @ Urban MilwaukeeUrban Milwaukee

Final phase of The North End moves towards completion.

13 Epic Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

13 Epic Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

by Hana Okada @ The A List | The Urban List

Whether you’ve just tackled the first work week of 2018, or you’re basking in the final weekend before it all begins again (or you’re in neither camp—lucky you!), the weekend has rolled right around and it’s time to make the very most of it! If you’re anything like us, you’ve promised yourself to make 2018 the biggest year yet, and what better way to start than seizing the weekend for all it has to offer?! This weekend Auckland’s serving us some of the very best in tennis, theatre, and most importantly—food! Get your stretchiest pants on and round up the squad for a cracker of a weekend ahead at these wonderful events!

All Weekend

Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival

Takapuna is the ultimate place to be allll weekend long! This FREE event will be hustling and bustling with events perfect for everyone, including chowing down some stellar nosh from one of the food vendors or space to set up a picnic! Friday is music and movie night, with easy-listening tunes from 4pm and catch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at 9pm! It’s a lazy Saturday with the groovy Jazz on the Green for a chill arvo, and Sunday is Family Beach Day with all-day acoustic jams, food trucks, and heaps of entertainment—round up the fam for a fun filled weekend on the shore!

Where: Gould Reserve, Takapuna When: Friday 12 January—Sunday 14 January For more info, click here

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Auckland summer staple Pop Up Globe is back for another stand out season! Regarded as Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will enchant you with side-splitting comedy with a dash of beautiful poetry only Shakespeare could achieve. Fusing Jacobean costumes, lyrical poetry with Maori folklore and language, Pop-up globe introduces this flagship production to you with pride. Transport back 400 years into the past and sit amongst the space the plays they were written, whether its your first time or hundredth, it’ll be a night to remember.

Where: Pop Up Globe Theatre, Ellerslie When: Saturday 13 January—Saturday 31 March, 7:30pm—10:15pm For more info, click here.

Auckland Live Summer in the Square: Latin Fiesta Weekend

¡Vamos a la fiesta! Get ready to party because Aotea Square is transforming into a Latin Fiesta for Auckland Live Summer in the Square! There’s celebrations all weekend long, where the food will be delectable and the outfits delicious—we expect nothing less from our vivacious friends across the other side of the world! There will be two stages sizzing with Latin music and feel-good rhythms, including an authentic Mexican mariachi band and Cuban band Ashé Cuba’s high-energy tunes!

Where: Aotea Square, Auckland CBD When: Friday 12 January—Sunday 14 January For more info, click here

The Merchant of Venice

Pop-up Globe is back and better than ever, presenting you with one of Shakespeare’s classics The Merchant of Venice. Already deep in debt to his best friend, Bassiano requires one more loan to woo and win the wealthy heiress Portia, unaware that when the due date comes to repay the debt, he will be gambling for his life! Full of wit, drama and disguise that Shakespeare has become legend for, this is based on the performance tradition going way back to 1614, performed by the Buckingham Company—an all-male company of actors and musicians around the world.

Where: Pop-up Globe Theatre, Ellerslie When: Friday 12 January—Thursday 29 March, 7:30pm—10:15pm For more info, click here.

Zirka Circus

Back with its fifth tour of New Zealand, Zirka Circus is bringing even more mind-boggling, spectacular entertainment to our shores! Their new show Send in the Clowns is more spectacular than ever, with performing arts, theatre, and hilarity all wrapped up in a world-class performance! Whether you’re all about the action-packed daredevil acts or beautiful ballet, there is something for everyone in this stellar show! This is one adventure-filled (and animal-free!) circus for the whole family to love.

Where: Stella Maris Catholic School, Silverdale When: Monday 1 January—Sunday 31 January For more info, click here

Friday 12 January

ASB Classic

The ASB Classic is returning to Auckland as the highlight on every Aucklander’s January calendar. Bringing back more world-class tennis, food and drink, fashion and entertainment, expect two weeks of stellar tennis action right in our city! Forget Wimbeldon, you’ll be served up a fantastic line up of women’s and men’s players on-court, as well as some of the country’s most sought-after musicians and chefs delivering deliciousness and entertainment off court.

Where: ASB Tennis Centre, Parnell When: Friday 12 January—Saturday 13 January For more info, click here.

Bug Lab Lates

Cocktails, street foods, and… bugs? Yep, you heard that right—this adults only (a.k.a kids at heart) event starts with a complimentary cocktail and a fabulous selection of Auckland street food faves with live entertainment. Then enter the magical world of Te Papa and Weta Workshop’s thrilling science exhibition, discovering the genius of bugs bound to fascinate and delight even the harshest bug critics and scaredy cats!

Where: Auckland Zoo, Western Springs When: Friday 12 January, 6pm—9pm For more info, click here

Lion—Friday Films

Armed with only a few memories, determination, and Google Earth, this true story follows a quest to find a young boy’s roots in India. End your work week and say hello to the weekend with food truck delights, a themed drink from the pop-up bar and this stellar movie under the stars. The lip-smacking line up of food trucks include Crepes a Go Go, Fritz’s Weiners, Judge Bao, Puha & Pakeha and so much more! Bring a beanbag and maybe some tissues, too—this one is going to pull at the heartstrings!

Where: Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter When: Friday 12 January, 4:30pm For more info, click here

Saturday 13 January

The Extravaganza Fair

Roll up, roll up to the largest and newest travelling event, The Extravaganza Fair, making its way to Matakana this summer. Bringing a whole lot of market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, circus shows, performers and kids shows! Bringing back some old school nostalgia with sack races, tug of war and musical bean bags, this fair is your childhood dream come to life! Foodie delights include the Steampunk Food Truck, Dickinson’s Gastronomic Emporium, Lucky’s Fresh Juice Joint and Havana Coffee Works—even the names have us excited! Get ready for a full day of jam-packed fun for the whole family!

Where: Matakana Country Park, Matakana When: Saturday 13 January—Sunday 14 January, 9am—5pm For more info, click here

The Möet Ice Brunch  

This is the ultimate luxe brunch! The drink of the summer, Möet Ice, is hosting a brunch to kick off the ASB Classic Men’s Final off in style! Join this glamorous all-white brunch within the Champagne Lounge at the ASB Classic. Kick off the day right, sipping on Möet Ice and indulge in a Sugar Club inspired menu designed by Peter Gordon himself. The resident Möet DJ will be there to get the party started before the highly-anticipated ASB Classic. In true tennis and Möet Ice fashion, make sure you don your best tennis whites for a day of sunshine and the ultimate day of tennis!

Where: ASB Tennis Centre, Parnell When: Saturday 13 January, 10am For more info, click here

Matakana Village Farmer’s Market

Our fave escape from the hustle and bustle of Auckland is where you’ll find artisans, growers and farmers in the Matakana region who have a passion for all things produce. You’ll find fresh, yummy goods to stock up on as well as artisan baking, Italian sausages, organic chocolate, flowers, fine wines, olive oil and the all-important freshly brewed morning coffee—with locally roasted beans nonetheless. Live music will be keeping you company in this picturesque wee spot for a perfect morning market. It’ll be all about “me time” with their dog sitting service—for just a gold coin donation, you can have your pooch looked after for a whole hour of silent bliss!

Where: Matakana Village Market Square, Matakana When: Saturday 13 January, 8am—1pm For more info, click here

Moveable Feast Matakana

Make a day of it in Matakana! Hosted by Matakana’s Te Rata Wine, this scrumptious festival brings some of Auckland’s best street food right to the heart of Matakana village! There’s an unreal line-up of fabulous food—where the hardest thing you’ll be doing is choosing your feast—served alongside Te Rata’s beautiful natural wines, handmade sodas and cider, as well as craft beer on tap! Hit it up after nursing your food coma from the scrummy offerings at the morning markets.

Where: Matakana Valley, Matakana When: Saturday 13 January, 5pm—9pm For more info, click here.

Sunday 14 January

Sandringham Food and Spice Tour

Discover the hidden delights of Sandringham Village with this delicious walking food tour. Over three hours of goodness, stop and savour a variety of flavours at six different Indian and Sri Lankan restaurants—for those days you just can’t choose. You’ll even be taken through three markets brimming with authentic spices, vegetables and ingredients to recreate these scrumptious dishes at home! Come hungry and in your stretchiest pants—you’ll need it!

Where: Sandringham Community Centre, Sandringham When: Sunday 14 January, 2:30pm—5:30pm For more info, click here

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Authentic Quiche Lorraine

by Analida @ Analida's Ethnic Spoon

One of the first French dishes I ever tasted was an authentic quiche Lorraine. My young taste buds embraced the flavors with gusto. At the tender age of 12 I felt like a sophisticated woman for having experienced French food, albeit a simple dish. From that day on, there is and was only one quiche...

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Banh Pia – A cake from a land of cultural confluence

by upbai @ Vietnamese Style

The confluence of three ethnicities in Soc Trang Province, that of the Kinh, the Hoa and the Khmer, makes it a great place to discover the beauty of different cultures and observe distinct customs.

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Dumplings – How To’s and Recipes

by Emily Stephens @ MyGreatRecipes

You must have tried dumplings from the store at least once and you probably found them tasty. But wait till you prepare homemade ones! Round, chewy, and packed with your favorite sweet or savory filling – you just won’t be able to stop eating! DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS! We find these Asian cuties […]

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50 Life Hacks To Make 2018 The Best Year Ever

50 Life Hacks To Make 2018 The Best Year Ever

by Olivia Atkinson @ The A List | The Urban List

Now that the festivities are over (booo!), it’s time to throw ourselves into what will hopefully be an incomprehensibly epic 2018. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed about tackling the next 300 days or so, do not fret. We’ve complied a list of handy life hacks to get you through. 

Freeze grapes, pop them into your wine glass and you’ll be treated to an ice-cold, undiluted vino. Put whisky in your hot chocolate so you can drink away your problems while still maintaining the allure of childhood innocence. Sprinkle sugar on your tongue when it gets burnt from being too impatient to let food cool down. Facebook has a ‘tag review’ option, which lets you approve tags before they’re posted to your wall. No more unflattering group shots for you. Put money in your winter coat pocket. It will be a welcome surprise the following winter when you’ve spent all your money on pizza. Chill your drink quicker by wrapping the bottle in wet paper towels and sticking it in the freezer for 10 mins. Don’t leave it in for any longer, beer explosion may ensue. If your dog makes a run for it at the park, roll over and play dead. They’ll wander back to make sure you’re okay…then you can pounce. Mwah ha ha ha. Keep track of your pet turtle by tying a helium balloon to it. A good day is a good day. A bad day is a good story. At the end of the day, it’s all good. Keep that in mind. When you’re at the beach this summer, place your thongs/jandals facedown. Then when you’re ready to roll, your feet won’t get cooked. The ability to respond to a stupid question with sarcasm is an indictor of a healthy brain. Bring on the sarcasm. If you ever need a dose of fun in your life, gather your homies and play Cards Against Humanity. Thank us later. Don’t let your expectations kill your vibe. Still tired after a solid night’s sleep? You’re probably dehydrated. Guzzle some H20 and you’ll be good to go. When you and your boo argue, make it a rule that you have to wear clown noses. If you can’t continue without laughing then the row isn’t worth having. Starting today make a second Snapchat account. Every time you go somewhere or do something awesome, send a snap to that second account. At the end of 2018, look back at all the good times you had. Genius. If you keep forgetting to take the pill, set an alarm with the sound of a crying baby. You’ll never forget again. Don’t fill out the recipient address until you finish the email. This will save you from sending half-written yarns and “Whoops! Accidently clicked sent too early” follow up emails. Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people—The Breakfast Club. Try single tasking. It will put a stop to unfinished business and help you nail everything you do. BAM! While on vacay, send yourself a postcard every day from wherever you are and write what you did that day on it. Bind them when you return to have a journal of your trip. Get out of the house, go for a walk, get a bagel. It’s never too early for ice cream. Or wine for that matter. Keep a box of office things in your car so if you get pulled over, you can tell the cop you’re having a bad day. There is no right way to do life. There’s only stuff that works and stuff that doesn’t. Whenever you’re curious about something, write it down. This way, whenever you’re bored out of your mind, you’ll have an entire list of things to learn about. If you find yourself constantly trying to prove your worth to someone, you have already forgotten your value. Try your hand at origami, a de-stress technique set to booty bump colouring to the sidelines this year. It helps get rid of anxiety, and unlocks memories of childhood and simpler times.  When you find the perfect pair of jeans, buy two. When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, clean. You’ll feel more accomplished for doing something productive than letting your thoughts take over. When you’re going through self-checkout at the supermarket, scan your avocado as a brown onion. Want more toilet paper? Pull the two-ply apart to get twice as much. Keep your hipster beard trimmings out of the sink by lining it with newspaper. Order two drinks at a time so both your hands are full and you can’t text boys you shouldn’t. The trick is to not let people know how weird you really are until it’s too late from them to back out. Awesome things will happen if you choose not to be a miserable cow. Think of five things you're grateful for every day. Put some time into building a network. A lot of the time it’s who you know, not what you know. When you need to get shit done, wear headphones. People will be less likely to approach or interrupt you. Write things down. Don’t rely on your memory to pull through, because a lot of the time, it won’t. If you’re missing someone, let them know. Unless, of course, it’s your now happily married, father-of-three ex-boyfriend from high school. Don’t be that person who Snapchats an entire concert. Disconnect and be in the moment. This applies for several life scenarios. Read more books. You owe it to that mind of yours. If someone cramps your style, brings you down, or smashes you with negativity on the reg, then they gotta go.   Visit your Gran. She misses you. It’s okay to say ‘no’ to Friday night drinks. Sometimes you need downtime. Talk less, listen more. We all tend to babble on about our problems more than we should. If you’re trying to save a bit of moolah, do it in small doses. By putting $3 into a savings account every day, you’ll end up with over $1000 at the end of the year, and you probably won’t even notice the automatic payment coming out. Get your booty moving. Whoever says they feel worse after a workout is lying. Without going ultimate cheeseball on you...do things that make you happy, carpe the hell out of the diem, and keep your head up. 

Make your year even better by taking up one of these 18 hobbies!

10 important notes for trekkers

by Thu Hà Nguyễn @ Vietnam Travel Blog

With a suitable way of packing the luggage, you can bring “all the world” along with you while it does not take too much effort when you trek.

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Vietnamese Festival 2017 is Coming!

Vietnamese Festival 2017 is Coming!


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Interested in cultural exploration? Fancy some delicate Vietnamese dishes? Or just want to have some Friday fun?  

Da Lat’s largest flower village in early morning dew

by Thanh Nguyen @ Halong Viola Cruise

Thai Phien, Ha Dong and Van Thanh are the three largest flower villages in Da Lat city and top flower providers to southern provinces or flower festivals. Some photos of Thai Phien flower village: The road from Tran Hung Dao street to Thai Phien flower village in thick morning dew Tranquil and peaceful landscape of

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Travel tips in Lunar New Year 2018

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Do you intend to visit Vietnam on Lunar New Year 2018? The following notes will help you during this trip.  Choose your destination The tourist attractions waiting to welcome the new year and the most interesting things that tourists should visit on the occasion of the first year are: Hanoi ancient capital with the ups […]

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Bún Bò Huế Recipe – Spicy Beef & Pork Noodle Soup

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

Bún bò Huế is a hidden Vietnamese gem that has yet to “make it” in mainstream American cuisine. It’s a rich and spicy soup with deep layers of flavor. This Central Vietnamese soup is paired with tender slices of beef and pork, then topped with lots of fresh herbs. Phở has made its way in and has grown popular quickly, so why […]

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Dining review: Fresh, authentic Vietnamese dishes can be found at Saigon Café

Dining review: Fresh, authentic Vietnamese dishes can be found at Saigon Café


Colorado Springs Gazette

Authentic Vietnamese food and linen tablecloths are unlikely cohorts, unless you're dining at downtown's Saigon Cafe, where the cuisine transports you to another continent without having to pack a suitcase. All dishes are listed in English, along with their Vietnamese names: pho (beef noodle soup), com chien (fried rice), and cha gio (Vietnamese egg roll), among others. They feature bright, distinct ingredients, such as basil, cilantro and mint. They augment traditional rice noodles and grilled proteins including pork (Heo), chicken (Ga), beef (Bo) and shrimp (Tom). The herbs and vegetables evoke just-picked-from-the-garden flavors. Yet, the sleek, contemporary décor reminds diners they haven't left town. The shrimp

You Can Now Get Real Fruit Ice Cream On Mt Eden!

You Can Now Get Real Fruit Ice Cream On Mt Eden!

by Jaiden Bhaga @ The A List | The Urban List

Aucklanders, are you ready for this? Real fruit ice cream has hit Mt. Eden, and we couldn’t be more psyched. Quite literally taking ice cream to new heights, Walt’s Real Fruit Ice Cream can be found on the mount itself at the Mt. Eden Kiosk.  

We have the driven twenty-year-old Walt Todd to thank for the sweet new spin on the usual running trail.

“I wanted to bring real fruit ice cream central,” says Walt. “We couldn’t have asked for a better location.” 

He’s not wrong, with views stretching far and wide, it’s no wonder Walt’s has fast become a summer hotspot. Starring berrylicious flavours like strawberry, boysenberry, blueberry, and even matcha, there’s every excuse for a repeat visit.

And just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, Walt’s even has a dairy-free option using Little Island ice cream. YUM. Not one you want to miss, Walt's will be here serving sweet treats right through until April.

We'll see you there! 

The Deets

What: Walt’s Real Fruit Ice Cream When: 11 am - 6 pm Monday to Sunday Where: The Mt. Eden Kiosk, 250 Mt Eden Road. Why: Epic views AND sweet treats? Why not!

Image Credit: Jaiden Bhaga

Budapest snow turns Normafa into a winter wonderland

by @ WeLoveBudapest EN

WeLoveBudapest EN
Budapest snow turns Normafa into a winter wonderland

As winter hits Budapest, snow around the city has been creating fascinating scenes in the Buda Hills. A just-released series of aerial images by Hungarian photographer Bálint Hirling portrays popular hiking destination Normafa blanketed in frosty flakes, making it the perfect playground for sledding and snowball fights. One picture shows a pair trekking in a whitewashed tableau, another captures the milky haze enveloping Elizabeth Tower atop János Hill. If you want to enjoy all this for yourself, take bus 21 or 21A from Széll Kálmán tér and alight at the Normafa stop.

Budapest snow turns Normafa into a winter wonderland

Fall in Love with the Best Authentic Khao Soi in Chiang Mai

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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11 Amazing Hispanic Recipes

by Analida @ Analida's Ethnic Spoon

Take a look at these 11 amazing Hispanic recipes. Why 11, and not 10 or 12? I don’t know, it just seemed like an OK number. I’ve tried to give you a good smattering of food items. There are desserts, drinks, appetizers, and a couple of main dishes. There is something for everybody in this...

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10 delicious Vietnamese dishes - Vietnamese Style

10 delicious Vietnamese dishes - Vietnamese Style


Vietnamese Style

Vietnamese cuisine doesn't win any points for complexity. Many of the most popular dishes can be made just as well on the side of the road as in a top-end restaurant.But it's precisely this simplicity, the subtle variations by region and the fresh ingredients that keep us pulling up a plastic stool for more.

Welcome to SaigonXpress of Longmont

by Saigon Xpress @ Saigon Xpress of Longmont

We invite you to come in and get a taste of the traditional, authentic home made vietnamese food. Enjoy our popular springrolls, eggrolls, pho, noodle bowls and many more… with friendly service and in a a casual atmosphere.

Ultimate Barbecue Recipes From Across Asia

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

If you think Australia has the monopoly on barbecue cooking, think again. Asian nations have elevated barbecuing to an art form, using mouth-watering marinades, affordable cuts of meat, and an open flame to create tantalising grills. This summer, update your alfresco menu with authentic barbecue recipes from across Asia, and you’ll never …

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Bún Thịt Nướng Recipe (Vietnamese Grilled Pork & Rice Noodles) - HungryHuy.com

Bún Thịt Nướng Recipe (Vietnamese Grilled Pork & Rice Noodles) - HungryHuy.com


HungryHuy.com

This is love in a bowl. If you’ve had bún thịt nướng you know what I’m talking about. You have your sweet bits, sour bits, caramelization, some crunch, and aromatic herbs in a single, colorful arrangement. Depending in which restaurant you order your grilled pork with noodles (bún thịt nướng), you’ll find that it’s presented …

Bestia’s Uni Pasta: Spaghetti Rustichella with Sea Urchin recipe

by The Ravenous Couple @ The Ravenous Couple

Ever since having Emi, our 2 year old daughter, blogging unfortunately has been on the back burner. While we still cook frequently, photographing the cooking in a stylistic step-by-step way for the blog has becomes almost impossible. But regardless we love her to death and wouldn’t have it any other way.   While she brings us […]

Saigon Jalan: Hearty And Authentic Vietnamese Dishes That Will Transport You To Saigon Instantly

Saigon Jalan: Hearty And Authentic Vietnamese Dishes That Will Transport You To Saigon Instantly


SETHLUI.com

It's pretty common to find Vietnamese food stalls or restaurants in Singapore offering various interpretations of Pho, Banh Mi, Broken or Sticky Rice, Vietnamese spring rolls, Curries and so on. With a cuisine so deeply steeped in

Peaceful beauty and fragrant tea in the highlands

by Thanh Nguyen @ Halong Viola Cruise

VietNamNet Bridge – 800m above sea level, Bao Loc is not as hot as Sai Gon or as cold as Da Lat. Instead, the little city has an average temperature of 21-23 Celsius degrees all year round. Little sunshine, much rain and a lot of fog typically color a week in Bao Loc. This combination,

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Bánh Xèo – Savory Vietnamese Crêpes

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

Bánh xèo seems to be designed to be eaten as a family. The batter, filling ingredients, and veggies aren’t complicated to prepare, but they don’t make sense to be bought or made to be eaten by yourself. You don’t just buy 1/4 pound of pork, 8 shrimps, or buy 1/4 head of lettuce. You kind […]

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How to Best Prepare for Your First Silent Retreat

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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13 Marvellous Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

13 Marvellous Things To Do In Auckland This Weekend

by Hana Okada @ The A List | The Urban List

Heads up, guys. There’s so much to see and do in Auckland this weekend, the hardest part will be deciding where to begin. Get ready to plan wicked times with your best friends/family/SO/dog etc, eating delish food, watching some epic theatre and getting some Shakespeare.

Here's 14 awesome things to do this weekend in Auckland.  

All Weekend

The Merchant of Venice

Pop-up Globe is back and better than ever, and this weekend they're rocking The Merchant of Venice. Full of wit, drama and disguise, it's a Shakespearean classic, and it's performed in a replica of the 1614 Globe Theatre. It'll be performed by the Buckingham Company—an all-male company of actors and musicians from around the world.

Where: Pop-up Globe Theatre, Ellerslie When: Friday 19 January—Thursday 29 March, 7:30pm—10:15pm For more info, click here.

Sawmill, Snacks and Sounds Takapuna

Burger Burger’s bringing all of the live tunes, refreshing beers and deliciousness to Taka all summer long, and you’re all invited. Joined by the good people at Sawmill Brewery, you’ll be treated to their thirst-quenching pilsners, Crystal Lager, XPA and Hoppy Hibiscus Gose. There'll be live music all weekend long, too. Bring it on. 

Where: Forteith and Hurstmere, Takapuna When: Every weekend until January 28 For more info, click here

Zirka Circus

Back with its fifth tour of New Zealand, Zirka Circus is bringing even more mind-boggling, spectacular entertainment to our shores. Their new show, Send in the Clowns, is more spectacular than ever, with performing arts, theatre, and hilarity all wrapped up in a world-class performance. This is one adventure-filled (and animal-free!) circus for the whole family.

Where: Stella Maris Catholic School, Silverdale When: Monday 1 January—Sunday 31 January For more info, click here

Friday 19 January

I Am Not Your Negro—Friday Films

Head to Silo Park for a perfect way to bring in the weekend. Round up the troops for a night of food trucks galore, drinks flowing from the Silo Bar, and a great movie! They’re bringing you one of the most loved and acclaimed films from 2017’s NZIFF, I Am Not Your Negro. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, this documentary takes inspiration from James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript and recounts the lives of his close friends and civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evans. The delish food trucks include Fritz’s Wieners, House of Dumplings, Philppe’s Poutine. Niiiice. 

Where: Silo Park, Auckland CBD When: Friday 19 January, 4:30pm—11:30pm For more info, click here.

Classical Weekend: Auckland Live Summer in the Square

This is the perfect symphony for a chill Friday hang, with a range of musical talent and classical experiences for some orchestral bliss! Be serenaded by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Achievers, the Royal New Zealand Navy Band and New Zealand Opera. You can even sneak a peek inside the Auckland Town Hall Organ. 

Where: Aotea Square, Auckland CBD When: Friday 19 January—Saturday 20 January, 12:30pm—4:30pm For more info, click here

Movies in Parks: La La Land

Did you miss one of the biggest movies of 2017? Not to worry—watch this all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy back on the big screen and under the stars! Following a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles, La La Land swooped up six Academy Award wins in 2017. Get to Mairangi Bay Park early to snag a fab viewing spot. The event kicks off at 7pm. 

Where: Mairangi Bay Park, Mairangi When: Friday 19 January, 5pm—10pm For more info, click here

Bug Lab Lates

Cocktails, street foods, and… bugs? Yep, you heard that right—this adults-only (a.k.a kids at heart) event starts with a complimentary cocktail and a fabulous selection of Auckland street food faves, plus live entertainment. Then enter the magical world of Te Papa and Weta Workshop’s thrilling science exhibition, discovering the genius of bugs. It's bound to delight even the harshest bug critic. 

Where: Auckland Zoo, Western Springs When: Friday 19 January, 6pm—9pm For more info, click here.

Saturday 20 January

Moveable Feast Matakana

Hosted by Matakana’s Te Rata Wine, this scrumptious festival brings some of Auckland’s best street food right to the heart of Matakana village. There’s an unreal line-up too—served alongside Te Rata’s beautiful natural wines, handmade sodas and cider, as well as craft beer on tap! Hit it up after nursing your food coma from the scrummy offerings at the morning markets.

Where: Matakana Valley, Matakana When: Saturday 20 January, 5pm—9pm For more info, click here

Fat Freddy’s Drop

This is one of the first times you’ll see these Kiwi legends since they officially sold out their largest headlining show in 2017! You’ll have a chance to see Fat Freddy’s Drop live in the beautiful surroundings of Villa Maria Estate, where you’ll experience brand new songs off the upcoming album, as well as our fave summer classics we can’t get enough of. Special guests include Ladi6 and Salmonella Dub!

Where: Villa Maria Estate, Mangere When: Saturday 20 January, 5pm For more info, click here

House of Vans

It’s been just announced that House of Vans is hitting our shores! This is one of the biggest skating events, making its home in Shed 10 for a day packed full of skate-based events. This day-long community event, spread over two sessions, is absolutely FREE—you’ll find skating by the Vans team, a skate-inspired marketplace, live grip tape application, DJs after hours and even tattooing (if you’re feeling adventurous). After 4pm the event transforms into an epic R18 party with some sick international bands.

Where: Shed 10, Auckland CBD When: Saturday 20 January, 10am—10pm For more info, click here.

Auckland Live Summer in the Square: Grand Opening

The Barbarians, celebrated freedom-fighters from Wellington’s theatre scene, have got hold of the keys to one of Auckland’s most beloved venues—The Civic. This is a tour-de-force celebration of the world of performing arts, featuring a host of local collaborators. It's gonna be one hell of an immersive and interactive show where you’ll be walking through the theatre and getting up to no good.

Where: The Civic, Auckland CBD When: Saturday 20 January—Sunday 21 January For more info, click here.

Sunday 21 January

Absolut Summer

Sunday sessions done right! Experience the Absolut Summer Pop-Up at Regatta, featuring Rob Martyn with Kareem LIVE, in a lush resort-style beach bar full of palm trees and greenery! Come in off the beach, sip on some Absolut cocktails and catch the last rays of the weekend. There’s premium Absolut cocktails, the Dinghy bar, VIP Platinum and Gold Cabana experiences to take that drinking sesh to the next level.

Where: Regatta Bar and Eatery, Takapuna When: Sunday 21 January, 2pm—7pm For more info, click here

Vegan Street Food Fair

Calling all vegan food lovers! One of our fave health hubs, Wise Cicada, is transforming into the ultimate vegan foodie experience this weekend. The menu stars delish dishes like Indonesian Mee Goreng, Persian Gormeh Sabzi, Indian puffed rice, Mexican chimichangas and even an organic vegan smoothie bowl bar! There’s live music from midday too. 

Where: Wise Cicada, Newmarket When: Sunday 21 January, 11am—3pm For more info, click here.

Cheers to summer! Here's a champagne series you won't wanna miss

Savory Brunch Recipes We Love

by Honest Cooking @ MyGreatRecipes

We’re looking forward to New Year’s and a big, lazy brunch the morning after watching the ball drop. After all of the cakes and cookies, we need a break from the sweet and are keeping things savory. Check out our favorite savory brunch recipes. DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS! Huevos Rancheros This breakfast loaded […]

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Indian Food in Santa Clara: Try Something New Delivered Right to Your Door!

by Shelly @ Waiter.com Food Delivery Blog

When you want food that is a cut above the ordinary, you want to order Indian food in Santa Clara. North and South Indian food is full of culinary treasures. Treat yourself to your favorite dishes or discover something new with the help of delivery. Here are some of the restaurants that Waiter.com will deliver […]

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Vietnamese Chicken Soup (With Elbow Macaroni)

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

It has been getting coooold lately, cold for Southern California anyways! This is perfect weather for you to cook up some soup. If you haven’t built up the courage to try the bitter melon soup I posted the other week,  Vietnamese chicken soup with elbow macaroni might be a simpler start :). What’s that you […]

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6 Classic Vietnamese Dishes | Lotte Plaza Market

6 Classic Vietnamese Dishes | Lotte Plaza Market


Lotte Plaza Market

Vietnamese cuisine is rich, flavorful, versatile and easy on the wallet. Here are some classic Vietnamese dishes to get you started.

Shank & Bone Bringing Vietnamese Dishes to North Park

Shank & Bone Bringing Vietnamese Dishes to North Park


Eater San Diego

San Diego restaurant vets aim for December open

Onion Rings Recipe [Easy & Super Crispy]

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

Making onion rings at home is SUPER easy. It’s much more fool-proof than when I made sweet potato fries (<–Even though I eventually found a way!). I’ve been munching on a lot of onion rings lately and I blame it entirely on my girlfriend. Well…I do take some blame too, but they really are delicious. A crunchy, warm onion ring fried […]

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Spicy Lamb Stew: Rogan Josh

by Analida @ Analida's Ethnic Spoon

One of the specialties of Kashmir, a northern region in India, is a rich and hearty spicy lamb stew: rogan josh. This delicious dish, of Persian origin, is cooked in a curry like sauce that is both spicy and aromatic. The name rogan josh comes from two Persian words: rogan which means oil and josh: heat. Some linguists...

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20 Vietnamese Foods You Really Should Be Trying

20 Vietnamese Foods You Really Should Be Trying


BuzzFeed Community

You may know PHO but you don't know genuine Viet food until you've tried some of these!

How To Start Your Work Year Like A Boss

How To Start Your Work Year Like A Boss

by Tennille Ziegler @ The A List | The Urban List

Ahh, it's 2018. Another new year, another new you, riiiiiight? Sure, we’ve heard that one before. Chances are you made a New Year’s resolution promising yourself that 2018 will be the year your career takes off. But let’s be honest—it can be pretty tough keeping that easy breezy mentality, especially the first week back. 

Don’t let your confidence to be knocked. Throw back those shoulders, stand tall and read on for some pro tips to help you start your work year like a boss.

Create The Perfect Workspace

Take things up a notch and create a new workspace. If you're anything like us, an organised life results in an organised mind. Add a little nature to your space with a cute indoor plant or two from Monstera, and why not get inspired with a little mood board. Surround your desk with images that inspire you—and if that inspiration be Justin Beebs, so be it. 

Take Breaks Throughout The Day

They say that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and this is especially true for people who think that being glued to a chair in front of a computer means you’re working hard. It turns out that taking five minutes of ‘me’ time throughout the day helps clear your head and actually makes you more productive. Ever been sitting at your desk and stuck on something? Go for a quick walk and get some fresh air outside. We promise you’ll be better for it.

Learn To Work Smarter, Not Longer

Did you spend your working days pulling long hours and slogging away at your desk last year? If so, it’s time to embrace a new philosophy: work smarter, not longer. Instead of wasting away your day frantically answering emails and sipping coffee after coffee after coffee, use your time wisely. Plan your day before you start work, and be realistic about how much you can get done in your set hours.

Write A To-Do List The Night Before

This leads to our next point: write a to-do list the night before. Ever spent the evening in bed trying to sleep while going over everything you have to do when you get back to work? Instead, try writing your to-do list the night before so you can put it aside until you’re ready to tackle the tasks in the morning. It’ll also allow you to hit the ground running as soon as you arrive at the office.

Start The Day With Your Most Dreaded Task

Have you heard the saying ‘eat the frog first’? While you don’t have to literally eat a frog, make it a priority to do the task you’ve been putting off the most first. Once it’s done you can move onto the fun stuff—scratch that—slightly less awful stuff...

Log Off At Home

Ok, so we know it’s not possible to log off in the evenings every day of the week, but how about just once? Leave your laptop at work and try to stay away from checking your phone as well. You’ll have a much better sleep and will be so much more productive the next day.

Start Your Day With Gratitude

It may sound a bit corny, but studies show that starting your day with gratitude will set you up right for the rest of your day. Wake up and be thankful for at least one thing that will relate to the day ahead. Try it and see how your mindset changes. Chances are you'll be feeling like Gandhi in no time. 

Embrace Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism is all about how you take it—some people thrive, while others…well let’s just say they feel like crawling into a hole and crying. No judgement either way, but you CAN start your work year with a different mindset. Look at it as a learning experience, because we’re all about learning right? You paid a trillion dollars at uni to learn, and now someone's paying you to do it.

Sort Your Summer Work Wardrobe

There’s nothing we dread more in the new year, when it’s the peak of summer, than trying to figure out what the f*** to wear in the sweltering heat. Getting flustered over trying to find an outfit can be a huge time waster, and won’t help you roll into work like a boss. So, plan your outfits in advance to avoid the post-traumatic stress of not having anything to wear.

Sit Down With The Team And Brainstorm

There’s nothing like getting the creative juices flowing by having a brainstorm meeting with all the ideas you’ve stewed up. Creative ideas can come when you’re doing the most random things…or nothing at all. You were probably pushing your luck and draining all your creative energy at the end of 2017, so now's the time to sit down with your team and have a brainstorm session on how to make 2018 the best year yet.

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10 Vietnamese foods you need to try | Travel Feature

10 Vietnamese foods you need to try | Travel Feature


Rough Guides

Vietnamese food is very distinct, and can be the highlight of a visit. These are 10 essential Vietnamese foods everyone should try.

The Must-Eat Vietnamese Dishes that Muslim Visitors Should Try

The Must-Eat Vietnamese Dishes that Muslim Visitors Should Try


HalalTrip

Experience Vietnamese food while visiting the country. Check out must-try Halal-friendly food including Halal meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes.

Yen Mac Fermented Pork Roll

by upbai @ Vietnamese Style

Nem Chua – a highlight in Ninh Binh cuisine, has been made for such along time. The number of locals in Yen Mac who can make this kind of nem chua is not large because the work requires not only secret formule but also passion for the work.

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Discover Lunar New Year Celebrations Around the World

by Holiday Beach Danang Hotel & Resort @

Traditional New Year or Lunar New Year is a great holiday of many countries in the world. Follow us to discover the culture of Lunar New Year. 1. The Vietnamese Lunar New Year Lunar New Year (or Tet Nguyen Dan or Tet ) is Vietnam’s most important festival and holiday time. It is the Vietnamese […]

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10 Noodle Dishes Not to Miss in Vietnam

10 Noodle Dishes Not to Miss in Vietnam


SAVEUR

Chef Leah Cohen of Manhattan's Pig and Khao spent weeks chasing the best noodle dishes in Vietnam. Here, she shares her ten favorites with us.

Bun Cha: Vietnamese Pork Meatballs - Analida's Ethnic Spoon

Bun Cha: Vietnamese Pork Meatballs - Analida's Ethnic Spoon


Analida's Ethnic Spoon

Bun cha: Authentic Vietnamese grilled pork meatballs is a delicious traditional dish typical in Hanoi. It is served with a traditional broth of fish sauce, lime, sugar, rice vinegar, flavorful herbs and rice vermicelli noodles.

Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam

Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam


vietnam-guide.com

In the past few years Vietnamese food has become more and more popular around the world. Food lovers may have tried the two best known Vietnamese dishes – spring rolls and bread rolls. Rice, noodles, fresh vegetable and herbs all play big roles in Vietnamese food, making it

Deep-Fried Nian Gao With Sweet Potato And Yam

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. Mix flour, oil and water until mixture is smooth. Set aside for 30 mins.
  2. Sandwich a slice of nian gao in sweet potato and yam. Then, coat with batter.
  3. Deep fry in a wok over medium to low flame till golden brown and crispy.
  4. Serve warm.

*Nian Gao can be bought from …

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Guys, Humans Of New York Is Coming Down Under!

Guys, Humans Of New York Is Coming Down Under!

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

The man who created the Facebook page Humans of New York that became a social media phenomenon—and paved the way for our very own Humans Of Aotearoa and subsequent brances—is coming Down Under. And, while it's across the ditch, we reckon with Sydney only a three-hour flight away, this is great news for New Zealanders, too. For one day only Brandon Stanton will be here IRL to discuss all things Humans of New York, and we expect all of you to fan boy and girl accordingly.

Part of the Talks & Ideas program at the Sydney Opera House, settle in for a firsthand account of how one bloke’s hobby of taking photos of strangers became a movement followed by more than 20 million people across the globe.

This February Brandon will take us behind the scenes of what goes in to creating HONY, and how he created pretty much all of our dream jobs with just a camera and internet connection.

Tickets go on sale Friday 12 January.

THE DETAILS

What: Brandon Stanton creating Humans of New York

When: Saturday 10 February 2018

Where: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

Cost: $29 + booking fee

Image credit: Humans Of New York

Gochujang Saewu Gui (Spicy Grilled Prawn Skewers)

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

  1. Soak wooden skewers in water while preparing the prawns. Rinse the prawns and drain. Thread the prawns on to the skewers.
  2. Mix all the marinade ingredients well in a bowl.
  3. Spoon (or brush) the marinade over the prawns to coat evenly. Let stand for 20 to 30 mins.
  4. Preheat a lightly oiled

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How to Spend Valentine’s Day in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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The Internet Reckons This Cheap AF Cream Will Cure Your Insomnia

The Internet Reckons This Cheap AF Cream Will Cure Your Insomnia

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

Welcome to reality guys—2018 is here. 

Let’s get one thing straight, we’re not talking about those ‘new year, let’s make a jug of margaritas’ type feels, because newsflash team—we’re half-way through January. Read: when your body clock is so messed up because you’ve been bingeing Netflix till 1am, and now you have to be up (and functioning) by 7am. We. Feel. You. 

So, we thought we’d share some wisdom we found on the ol’ internet. There is a budget AF body cream that’s all but guaranteed to put you straight to sleep.

Introducing Sleepy Body Lotion by Lush. It sent beauty bloggers and media the world over a little cray late last year, with its calming lavender flower and oatmeal infusion super powers. And because it’s by Lush, you’re guaranteed that it is animal friendly and organic (they’re legends like that), as well as being super affordable (another win for the ol’ 2018 budget) with a little pot of magic retailing for under $20. 

Sweet dreams.

Image credit: Lush

Experience the Red River cruise

by upbai @ Vietnamese Style

The Red River, running through northern Vietnam, offers the chance to discover a rural way of life that has hardly changed for centuries. For those with one more day to spare in Hanoi, a cruise along the Red River is the perfect city escape. Pham Ha, CEO of Luxury Travel explores.

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60 Thoughts And Feelings We All Have On New Years Eve

60 Thoughts And Feelings We All Have On New Years Eve

by Sarah Joanna Pope @ The A List | The Urban List

2017, the end is NYE.

New Years Eve, the countdown to disappointment. Second worst only to Valentine’s Day and it’s empty set-menu promises.

With expectations set to an all-time high, what starts off with so much potential quickly deteriorates into a scene from the Walking Dead—as you join the throng of glassy-eyed zombies lumbering around the dance floor.

But don’t worry because next year will be better, right?

Probably not.

But at least you’re not alone! Here are 60 things everyone will be thinking and feeling at this year peters out in unspectacular fashion.

Tonight is going to be #thebestnightoftheyear. I’m so glad I got tickets before it sold out! I’mma gonna kiss someone tonight! This outfit was so worth every single hundreds of dollars Oh, Uber is charging 10x its normal rate, that’s cool. Woah ok, this line is a little long to get in, but that’s cool. My pre-drinks have worn off. My feet hurt. Let’s get a seat and drink! Oh shit. I just spent $200 dollars on a drink. That’s cool. Where did all my friends go? Why doesn’t my phone have reception? Shiiiit, I just spent another $300 on some wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli. Tra-la-la-la-la. Must write #blessed post for Instagram and tell people how much I’ve grown, like, emotionally, during the year. What time is it? My feet hurt. I need to get drunker. Who is going to kiiiss me?? I just tripped into a stranger. I should make out with him so he doesn’t think I’m too drunk to stand. I’m too drunk to stand. Oh god, how am I going to get home? I don’t know if I can stay awake until midnight. I fucking hate New Years, why am I out? Everyone here is feral. OMFG—this is ma song! SOMEONE JUST WIPED THEIR SWEATY ARM ON ME! If I leave now it’ll cost me $1200 to get home. How do I public transport? Why am I wearing heels? Whyyyyyyy? Must write #bringon2018 Facebook post to let everyone know about all the bad things that have happened to me this year. And how I’m a SURVIVOR. The line to the girl’s toilet hasn’t moved for an hour. When it’s my turn to pee, I’m going to exact my revenge by taking twenty minutes. I wonder what my cats are doing right now? I’m going to see what my ex is doing on Instagram. HehasanewgirlfriendIwanttomurderthemboth. I’m going to text all my exes and wish them a Happy New Year. In 45 days I’ll be alone on Valentine’s Day too. I’m going to drink less next …. Hahahaha. Lol. I’m going to save more and be better with my mo–pfffttt bahaha. What time is it? Where’s Kelly? None of my exes have messaged back. I want to eat McDonalds and DIE. I’m a really ordinary person who’s always going to live an ordinary life. What time is it? Everyone here is younger than me. One day I too shall die. What time is it? OMG they’re playing Peter motha flippin’ Aaandre! I wish I studied harder in school, that’s where it all went wrong. I’m going to make better decis–‘Let’s do a shot!!’ I want to go home and stalk people online while I cry. I’m going to start lining up now for a drink in case I finish this one. I’m going to start lining up now for the toilet in case I have to go. I think I could pee in a urinal. I can do anything a man can do. Let’s line up in the taxi queue now and do the countdown there. I wish someone would touch me. Ew, not you. Maybe you … I’ll go home with you if you pay for the Uber. Is it acceptable to take my shoes off? Too late. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Now that's over, here are 20 things to do when you're hungover AF.

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Restaurant Owner Notices Fish Is Still Alive, Releases It Back into Ocean

Restaurant Owner Notices Fish Is Still Alive, Releases It Back into Ocean

by Jelisa Castrodale @ Munchies

"I've never seen a fish so tenaciously attached to life," Braghieri said.

10 Most beautiful culture in Vietnam’s Lunar New Year

by Brandee brande @

The Lunar New Year (Tet, Lunar New Year, Lunar New Year) is considered the most important holiday and festival of the year by the Vietnamese Lunar calendar. This is the family reunion, the children gathering, and so many cultural features are handed down through generations. In this articel, we would like to introduce to you […]

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Sea travel in the winter on the New Year Holiday

by upbai @ Vietnam Travel Blog

The New Year Holiday falls in the late winter with light rains in the north and a little cold in the south. Speaking of the sea at this time, it can make many people shiver, but in fact winter sea brings a very poetic impression.

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CNN recommends 10 Vietnamese dishes - Halong Viola Cruise

CNN recommends 10 Vietnamese dishes - Halong Viola Cruise


Halong Viola Cruise

Bot Chien: Ho Chi Minh City’s favorite street snack, bot chien is popular with both the after-school and the after-midnight crowd. Banh mi. The French may have brought with them the baguette, but Vietnam takes it to a different level. In the north, chefs stick to the basic elements of carbohydrate, fat and protein —

Fall tours of northeastern and northwestern Vietnam

by Thanh Nguyen @ Halong Viola Cruise

As from September when the rice fields in the northeast and northwest regions turn yellow, travelers who prefer to discover natural beauty should prepare for a trip there. In October, pink and while buckwheat flowers bloom in the mountainous province of Ha Giang. On the occasion, Saigontourist Travel Service Co. has rolled out “Hunting flowers,

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How to Do Mount Fansipan Right

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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Onigirazu Chicken Katsu (Sushi Chicken Katsu Sandwich)

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

Prepare the Chicken Katsu

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper on a baking tray.
  2. Heat up frying pan on medium heat and combine the panko and toast until golden brown. Transfer panko into a shallow dish and allow to cool.
  3. Butterfly and cut the chicken

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Our 12 Very Best Pork Chops Recipes

by Emily Stephens @ MyGreatRecipes

Pork chops are one of those versatile dishes that taste great every time – oven-roasted, grilled, pan-fried, slow-cooked, or breaded. However, having a great pork chops recipe is not enough. Beginner cooks often end up with an overcooked or rubbery final product. DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS! Luckily, with a few precautionary steps, everyone […]

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Discovering the best Vietnamese dishes

Discovering the best Vietnamese dishes


Inspired Adventures

Vietnamese food is among the healthiest in the world, get to know some of these popular dishes before you go on your adventure.

The Delicious History of Pad Thai

by admin @ Lotte Plaza Market

This past Tuesday was National Pad Thai Day, celebrating one of the most popular dishes to come from the country formerly known as Siam. But how much do you know about pad Thai? When you go to a Thai restaurant,... Read More

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Heo Quay Sous Vide Crispy Pork Belly

by The Ravenous Couple @ The Ravenous Couple

Instead of holiday leftover recipes we’re going to post a recipe that’s been sitting in our queue for quite a long time, heo quay Vietnamese roasted pork belly.  Pork belly is beloved ingredient on our blog, from braised and caramelized pork belly (thit kho to thit rang) to our Asian inspired porchetta. While all of […]

A Foodie’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Come to Hue and Eat like a Local Hue City is the old capital of Vietnam. Despite its location – next to Da Nang – the new economic center, Hue is calm and peaceful in a unique way. If you want to have a truly relaxing travel experience, Hue is definitely the city you must […]

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Best street foods in Hanoi

by upbai @ Vietnamese Style

Cotton candy bikes, Fried ball-cake vendors... many of Hanoi street cuisines remind tourists and local about their dreamy childhood.

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Three Vietnamese Dishes in San Bruno CA That Will Knock Your Socks Off! - Waiter.com Food Delivery Blog

Three Vietnamese Dishes in San Bruno CA That Will Knock Your Socks Off! - Waiter.com Food Delivery Blog


Waiter.com Food Delivery Blog

Want to enjoy terrific Vietnamese dishes in San Bruno at work? Waiter.com can bring items from countless local restaurants and eateries right to your office.

Why Is It Worth Discovering Authentic Nyonya Food ?

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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6 things to do in Danang on Lunar New Year 2018

by Holiday Beach Danang Hotel & Resort @

Danang is the third largest city in Vietnam where Lunar New Year (or Tet Nguyen Dan) is celebrated grandly. If you are planning to celebrate the New Year of the Chicken at the beautiful beach city in Central Vietnam, we would suggest several venues and events for you to take part. Bach Dang Flower Street […]

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Vegan Peach Pie Dumplings

by Lisa Le @ The Viet Vegan

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These vegan peach pie dumplings are little bites of sweet sunshine, especially when the weather is bleak and dreary in the winter! Disclaimer: This recipe is sponsored by the California Cling Peach Board! I’ve worked with them to make a bunch of other peachy recipes, like my BBQ Peach Tofu and these Hand Pies! Thanks for reading and […]

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Vietnamese Beef Jerky Vua Kho Bo recipe

by The Ravenous Couple @ The Ravenous Couple

There’s really only one name in the Vietnamese beef jerky game in America and everyone knows it: Vua Kho Bo. Literally and figuratively, it’s the king of Vietnamese style beef jerky. While there are a few imitators, ask Vietnamese-American loving beef jerky enthusiast and that’s the top of the list. Maybe their popularity is because […]

Classical: The New Leonard Bernstein?

Classical: The New Leonard Bernstein?

by Marguerite Helmers @ Urban MilwaukeeUrban Milwaukee

Milwaukee Symphony’s guest conductor Teddy Abrams also composes and plays piano.

The Best Unique Food Gifts for Food Travelers

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Our Resident Vietnamese Person Judges All The Dishes from Last Night’s Top Chef

by Tina Nguyen @ Our Resident Vietnamese Person Judges All The Dishes from Last Night’s Top Chef – Mediaite

Or: How Bad Did The Top Cheftestants F*** This One Up? Let Me Count The Ways

Unique cafe in Hanoi: “There is no wifi here, let’s talk like in 1992!”

by upbai @ Vietnamese Style

For the time being, it is familiar for a cafe with wifi network. However, there is a small cafe in Hanoi firmly say "no" to wifi with the aim of providing a truly “friend zone”.

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Australia’s Best Under-The-Radar Beach Towns

Australia’s Best Under-The-Radar Beach Towns

by Shannon Coward @ The A List | The Urban List

Summer is officially here and that means only one thing: a trip to the beach is definitely on the cards. But who wants to share their hard-earned time by the ocean with the rest of the population? Certainly not us, which is why you need to cast your net a little further afield and check out Australia’s best under-the-radar beach towns.

Think golden sand, palm trees, turquoise waters and ample opportunity for a cheeky bit the eat beachside—all without sharing the experience with a crowd of strangers and their six kids. Oh, we think we just described what heaven looks like.

What can we say, we’re givers.

Queensland

Marcoola

Nestled on the Sunshine Coast between Mudjimba and Noosa, Marcoola is the quiet beach town you didn’t know still existed in Queensland. Providing the perfect blend of blissfully tourist-free beaches with a thriving organic foodie culture and accommodation that won’t cut into your retirement fund, Marcoola is a well-guarded local secret for a very good reason. Our recommendation: start your weekend getaway with perfectly fluffy lemon pancakes at The Grilled Gecko Café, stock up on produce from the attached organic grocer and then head to the beach for a picnic next to the sea. If you’re feeling up for it after that feast to remember, you could always make the two kilometre journey along the beach to nearby Mudjimba and finish the afternoon with a tipple at the High Tide Bar & Grill. Queensland, you spoil us.

Agnes Water and 1770

Located about 6 hours north of Brisbane, the twin beach towns of Agnes Water and 1770 mark the northernmost surf beaches in Australia. They also happen to be situated on the southernmost point of the Great Barrier Reef and all the beauty that entails. So, basically, they’re a little slice of tropical beach heaven without the exxy resort fees. These quaint coastal towns offer the opportunity for visitors to surf, swim and snorkel—all in the same place—while getting some much needed r&r against a stunning coastal backdrop. Sounds rough, right? 

New South Wales

Eden

Any beach town with a name like Eden has to be pretty dang idyllic, and it more than lives up to the hype. Eden is a nature lover’s paradise characterised by a sweeping, rugged coastline, golden sand dunes and ancient forests all within a hop, skip and jump of the town’s centre at Twofold Bay. If you’re planning on spending any time in Eden, expect to end up in a boat as this beachside escape is home to the deepest natural harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. It also happens to be smack bang in the middle between Sydney and Melbourne—making it a perfect destination for any coastal road-trip dreams (don’t lie, we all have them). Oh and did we mention Eden is one of the best locations to spot humpback whales during migration season? Need we go on, friends.

South West Rocks

Another beachside pleaser for every type of traveller, South West Rocks has all your needs covered. From foodie delights to exploration opportunities to beachside chilling, this coastal town has got ‘em all. A typical day in South West Rocks could look like fuelling up on maple-glazed bacon French toast at Malt & Honey, making the trek to the gorgeous Mermaid Pools and then trying your hand at one of the world’s best cave dives at Fish Rock Cave. The next day, hike up to the Smoky Cape Lighthouse and drink in those sweet, sweet ocean views. Think clear waters, a dramatic, lush headland and sand for days. It’s official: we’ll see you at the airport.

Victoria

Wye River

If tiny beach towns sound like your kind of jam, Wye River is set to be right up your alley. Nestled along one of the most beautiful strips of the Great Ocean Road, Wye River has a permanent population of only 66. While this number does increase during the tourist season, if you’re looking for a beach escape far from the madding crowd Wye River is just about perfect. The landscape is the ideal ratio of rugged cliffs and lush mountain foliage with a sandy beach peppered by rock pools providing for plenty of opportunities to go exploring. A trip to the Wye Beach Hotel will net you not only a surprisingly gourmet dinner, like the vegan and gluten free Nepalese aloo chop, but also a chance to walk away with new friends in the form of the locals. See, we told you it ticks all the boxes.

Lorne

Can’t get the idea of sipping ouzo by the Mediterranean out of your head but also can’t afford it after the damage you did to your credit card last Black Friday? Why not give Lorne a try instead. Located only a 2-hour drive from Melbourne, this coastal town is Australia’s very own slice of Mediterranean vibes, helped along by a thriving arts community and beach views to die for. The beach is peppered with rock pools while the iconic Lorne Pier is the perfect spot for keen anglers to let loose a line. If you can tear yourself away from the beach for long enough, Lorne’s main shopping strip is a quaint collection of boutiques and killer restaurants worthy of any Instagram feed. Just don’t forget to head up to Teddy’s Lookout in between all that relaxing for truly ‘gram worthy views.

Western Australia

Broome

Set on the Indian Ocean, Broome provides more than your typical beach holiday experience. Its rich multicultural heritage, symbolised by the many Aboriginal monuments and places of interest sprinkled across town, provides the chance to learn something about Australia’s first people while you sip piña coladas by the sea-shore. But it’s the beach where Broome really shines. Think turquoise waters, uncrowded shores, palm trees and a stunning red-dirt backdrop. Hopping on a sunset camel ride across the golden sand is a must, of course, and you can also embark on a cruise to a local pearl farm for a peek inside Broome’s history as the pearling capital of Australia. Getting to sunbathe under a palm tree AND getting up close and personal with Australia’s answer to wild horses? Sign us the heck up!

Margaret River

A little bit further inland than you’d expect from a typical beach town, Margaret River offers all the perks of beachside living in combination with a booming craft brewery and winery culture. The Margaret River itself feeds into the nearby Indian Ocean, meaning that you get the best of both worlds by dining next to a gently lapping river before working off your meal with a hike down to the beach—which is only a ten minute jaunt away. Margaret River is also home to the Cape to Cape Track; a long-distance trail that stretches between two lighthouses at either end of the town and winds through the limestone caves and dramatic sea-cliffs of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Inside tip: start your day with a coffee and breakfast at White Elephant Café, which just so happens to back directly onto the beach. Weekend plans = sorted.

South Australia

Second Valley

Located only 90 minutes from Adelaide, Second Valley is a small coastal town that packs a punch in the scenic department. Like many of the beaches in this part of the world, Second Valley features pristine white sand, a coastline boasting colourful rock formations and accommodation that spans everything from five-star house rentals to traditional beach shacks. The beach is secluded, meaning you can enjoy that hard-earned ocean-time without having to worry about being swarmed by a horde of tourists. Second Valley is also close to Deep Creek National Park so you can break up your beach hangs with a ramble through the bush. Just remember to head to the Second Valley jetty afterwards and keep your eyes peeled for the tell-tale splash of the leafy sea dragon, which can only be found in the southern waters of Australia. 

Really feeling those beach vibes? Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Noosa.

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Vietnamese Banana, Coconut & Tapioca Dessert (Chè Chuối)

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

Chè chuối is a warm, Vietnamese pudding-like dessert featuring bananas and rich coconut cream. You can easily make this at home in less than an hour! Chè in Vietnamese, refers to sweet desserts which are liquid such as drinks, pudding, or even types of ‘soup.’ So chè chuối you could say is a type of pudding, made of coconut […]

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Make Action Bronson's Szechuan-Style Honey-Glazed Ribs

Make Action Bronson's Szechuan-Style Honey-Glazed Ribs

by Munchies Staff @ Munchies

If these sweet, spicy, smoky, juicy ribs are good enough for Action Bronson, you know they're gonna be delicious.

Comfort Foods Made Healthy AF

Comfort Foods Made Healthy AF

by Georgia Jayne Young @ The A List | The Urban List

There are times in all of our lives that comfort food is absolutely necessary but you’re trying to be healthy, right? Never fear, our healthy swaps are here! Try these healthier versions of your faves next time you need a lil’ comforting.

Chocolate Mousse

Yes, chocolate mousse is healthy people! Well, avocado chocolate mousse, that is. Don’t be alarmed that by the key ingredient—you can’t even taste the avo. It basically just tastes like a super creamy, decadent chocolate mousse except you don’t feel like you’ve been hit by a sugar coma after demolishing it. Winning!

Lasagne

If lasagne isn’t on your comfort food list then who even are you? There is literally nothing more comforting than a hot, delicious dish of freshly baked lasagne. Wanna know how to make it healthy? There are sooo many ways—switch out the mince for lentils and veggies, use gluten free pasta sheets or sliced eggplant in place of regular pasta or try this pumpkin, spinach and feta lasagne with allll the hidden veggies. You’ll be in love at first bite.

Corn chips And Guac

A summertime classic that is definitely a step up on the health-front from regular chips and store bought dip. Another bonus is that making your own guac is super quick and easy and everyone at the BBQ will love you for it.

Chocolate Thickshake

There really isn’t anything like a chocolate thickshake on a hot summer’s day, right? Well, the good news is that this total indulgence doesn’t have to be so indulgent after all. Instead of ice cream, milk and sugar laden choc syrups, switch it up with a frozen banana, coconut or almond milk, raw cacao powder, a plant based protein powder and some chia seeds to make it nice and thick. Mmmmmm.

Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Mac ‘n’ cheese—aka gooey, golden deliciousness—can indeed be made healthy and we are very happy about it. Try out a creamy vegan version of your old favourite comfort food. We know, cheese-less mac ‘n’ cheese sounds weird af but just trust us, it’s yum once you get over the cheese-less-ness.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Now you can have your pizza and eat it too! What more could you ask for in life really? Yeah you heard us right – a pizza base made from cauliflower but, don’t be fooled by the healthy exterior, it tastes just as fabulous as the real thing and won’t leave you with a pizza food baby. Always a good thing in our opinion.

Sweet Potato Fries

Love chips? Make your own with sweet potato which is packed with vitamin C, D, B6, potassium and magnesium, plus a ton of fibre! Just chop your sweet potato into chips, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake in the oven until crispy and amazing.

Banana Bread

Just the smell of banana bread is comforting, right? But just because it’s called ‘bread’ doesn’t mean it’s healthy and you can eat an entire loaf for breakfast. Unfortunately, normal banana bread is basically banana cake in the shape of a loaf—sorry for the truth bomb, we know it hurts. Luckily for you, you can switch the sugar and gluten for healthy options and you have a just as delightful (but healthier) version. You’re welcome.

Nice Cream

If you haven’t gotten on the banana ‘nice’ cream buzz yet, then this summer is your chance. Super easy, super healthy and it tastes just as good as the original, tbh. Literally blend a banana in a food processor and voila. Or try one of these insane (and healthy) flavours!

Want to hold onto the health buzz? Here's 13 ways to psych yourself up before exercising. 

Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Located on the bank of Perfume River, this city is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Although you can visit Hue at any time of the year, the most charming season is surely from March to August, especially March through April when the temperature is at its […]

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Two Days in Hanoi – How to Make the Most of It

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Small alleys crammed with food stalls, delicious smells filling the air of the quaint Old Town streets and imposing monuments honoring Vietnam’s rich and turbulent history— all that and more is Hanoi. If you are planning a short trip here and want to see all the main attractions, this two-day itinerary of the capital is […]

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Best Vietnamese food in Little Saigon: The top 25 dishes to eat

Best Vietnamese food in Little Saigon: The top 25 dishes to eat


Orange County Register

The scent of Little Saigon hits me in the face. An intoxicating perfume of jackfruit and bananas and the vanilla-y scent of pandanus leaves wraps itself around me in a warm, tight embrace. It’s a s…

Banh uot – the famous delicacy in Dien Khanh, Nha Trang

by upbai @ Vietnamese Style

Nha Trang delicacy banh uot Dien Khanh is often missed by visitors, who often only know of the province for its numerous beaches.

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Discovering Sapa: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Vietnam’s Northern Hill Station

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes full of verdant rice patties, rolling hills, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and hidden trails in overgrown valleys. While the idea of coming here for a trek far off from the noise and pollution of the big cities inspires wanderlust, organizing it all can be a bit daunting, especially for […]

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10 Places You Wish You Were Instead Of At Your Desk RN

10 Places You Wish You Were Instead Of At Your Desk RN

by Shannon Coward @ The A List | The Urban List

Welcome to 2018. We bet you're wondering why the hell you're sitting at your desk right now, as your other (some might say, smarter) colleagues took an extra week to lounge around eating the last of the leftovers, or to swan off overseas to top up their tan. We feel you. The real world has rolled back around—and it feels remarkably like work in 2017...

Instead of doing actual work, spend your precious brain space fantasising of the 10 places you wish you were instead at your desk RN. 

#1. Whitehaven Beach

Australia

If there’s anything that screams perfect daydream material, it’s sitting on 98% silica sand while the crystal clear ocean laps at your feet. The incredible Whitehaven Beach, located a short boat ride from Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays Queensland, has all your tropical island dreams covered and then some with its mind-boggling beauty and location on the edge of the Great  Barrier Reef. There’s a reason this stunning natural wonder is plastered across every Australian tourism campaign and it really needs to be seen to be believed. Plus, you could totally combine your trip to Whitehaven with a stay at luxe accommodation on nearby Hamilton Island for the ultimate island escape. Throw in a palm leaf and we’re sold.

#2. Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia

A hidden gem more than worthy of a shout out, Croatia’s Plitvice Lake National Park is a nature-lover’s dream come true. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes National Park marks the point where 16 crystal-esque lakes flow into each through a series of waterfalls and cascades. An 18km wooden footbridge meanders through the water and butterflies do their thing all over the heavily-forested area. The water is so turquoise you’ll find yourself questioning whether they secretly dyed it and if you visit in winter, you might just find an ice-covered wonderland that would make for one sick ‘gram picture. Plitvice Lakes might also be as close as you’ll get to steeping onto the set of a real life Disney movie. Talk about magical AF.

#3. Gion

Japan

Located in Kyoto, Japan’s cultural hub and former capital, Gion is a must-see on any Japanese adventure. Referred to informally as the geisha district, Gion is a gorgeous slice of the Japan of ages past, nestled smack bang in the middle of a bustling, thriving city that effortlessly blends modern and traditional. Think wooden buildings, winding alleyways, traditional gift shops and the chance to spot a geisha or maiko (a geisha’s apprentice) making their way between appointments at the myriad teahouses dotting the district. Gion is also home to a number of sights, including the famous Kiyomizu-dera temple which offers to-die-for views over Kyoto, if you can’t get your fill just by wandering the stone pathways. BRB, looking up when the next flight leaves for Japan.

#4. The Alhambra

Spain

Topping many a “things you have to see before you die” list, the Alhambra is, well, actually something you have to see before you die. Let’s just say, it makes sitting at your desk sound pretty dang boring. Drawing heavily on its Arabic ancestry, the Alhambra is a fortress complex located in Granada that manages to blend historical significance with stunning architectural brilliance in all the right ways. To start with, the Alhambra offers killer views over the city of Granada and the surrounding meadows. It was built primarily in the 13th century when the first king of the Nasrid dynasty decided to make the fortress the royal residence. It’s from this period that much of the architectural elements –including wooden filigree archways and that iconic central fountain – that make the Alhambra so gorgeous are from. Oh and did we mention that the aim of the architects designing the Alhambra was to cover every single space with decoration, no matter how big or small said space was. Leave work early, head to the airport, fly to Spain, go to the Alhambra, thank us later.

#5. Edinburgh

Scotland

Ah Scotland, we might just have a tiny crush on you after binge-watching Outlander on Netflix. Which is why we just had to put Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city and voted the most walkable city in the U.K. (take that, London), on this list. Edinburgh is home to many a cultural monument, including the perfectly medieval Edinburgh Castle and the Museum of Edinburgh - which just so happens to be located inside a 16th-century house. If you’re more the type to emerge after the sun has gone down, spend your time exploring the haunted alleyways of Mary King’s Close or hit up the local pub for the best whisky you’ll ever taste. Just don’t forget to head out of town and climb Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano that also offers gorgeous views over the city below. Ugh, why can’t we be working in Scotland right now.

#6. Skaftafell National Park

Iceland

And here we were thinking that the rock formations of Ireland’s Giants Causeway were impressive when Skaftafell National Park came onto the scene and blew us all away. Located in gorgeous Iceland, Skaftafell is the epicentre of the largest national park in Europe, Vatnajokull National Park, and lies on the southern edge of the breathtaking Vatnajokull Glacier. The park is a land of contrasts, promising you the chance to see everything from active volcanoes to glaciers to flat, sandy plains to glacier rivers – all in the same place. Skaftafell is also home to the Kristinartindar Peaks, a dramatic rock formation from which a waterfall plummets one metre into the lush park below. And that’s all before we get to the variety of hiking trails that wind through the 5000 square kilometres of natural beauty that the park claims as its own. Psh, who needs a job anyway, if you need us we’ll be adventuring in Iceland.

#7. Old Havana

Cuba

Okay, okay, so the pinnacle of chilly northern wandering isn’t really your thing. What about the colourful, bustling, tropical flair of Old Havana, in Cuba? Old Havana is the second most populated borough of modern Havana and is contained within the original Havana city walls. It is also the best placed to be completely immersed in the Havana of long ago. This is a Havana where rumba music floats through cobbled streets, where narrow lanes meander past Cuban-Baroque-meets-Art-Nouveau buildings and where the locals sip coffee and chat like they’ve been doing for many a-year. In other words, it’s pretty wanderlust inducing. Stay in a hotel that once played host to Winston Churchill, explore the brightly hued Plaza Vieja or spend the day exploring Havana’s revolutionary past at Museo de la Ciudad. Whatever you choose, it’s got to be better than staring gloomily out the window at all the not-Old Havana you’re surrounded by. Yes, you can thank us later.

#8. Banff National Park

Canada

Located in the iconic Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park and is home to some breathtaking examples of that alpine beauty we all know and love about Canada. Lake Louise, a turquoise pool of pure postcard perfect beauty, serves as the park’s main jumping off point before you move on to the too-pretty-to-be-real Sunshine Meadows (the name, guys, the name) or the jagged peaks of the Icefields Parkway. To help with painting the picture of how freaking incredible Banff National Park is, imagine that scene in The Sound of Music when Maria is singing her heart out to the rolling green hills around her. Banff makes that scenery look like your attempt at Pictionary after a few too many drinks. So, what are you waiting for?

#9. Chiang Mai

Thailand

Chiang Mai is a beacon when it comes to sought after travel destinations at the moment but the temple city of Thailand is attracting so much buzz for a very good reason. Serving as the hub of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is the perfect place to kick back and get some much needed R&R while remaining in close proximity to activities galore. Pick from one of the many temples peeking out from behind every corner, thanks to the city’s position as the former seat of the Lanna kingdom, or spend your time wandering the backstreets and sampling the many flavours of Thai cuisine. Did someone say authentic pad Thai and grilled pork in banana leaf? Drool. Uh yeah, you can totally get away with chucking a sickie for a whole week (or four). We’ll see you at the airport.

#10. Ggantija

Malta

An underappreciated hidden gem good for more than just filming locations for a bunch of hit TV shows (Game of Thrones, anyone?), Malta is well-worth an addition to any perpetual wander-lusting daydreams. Malta, an island located between Malta and the North African coast, is home to a number of historic sites that remain as evidence of its former rulers, including the Romans, Moors, French and British. The most famous of these has to be Ggantija, a temple complex on the Mediterranean Island of Gozo that is older than the pyramids of Egypt. They are also the world’s second oldest existing manmade religious structures, losing out only to Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. You can actually wander through the ruins of the complex, marvelling at the ingenuity of construction from before society was really a thing. Getting to explore the almost-oldest structure in the world AND having the chance to live your best life on a Mediterranean island? Sign us the heck up!

Ready to pack your bags and get exploring? Make sure to check out our travel page for all the destinations worth knowing about.

Image credit: Augustin de Montesquiou

Dining: Benji’s, the Last Word on Corned Beef

Dining: Benji’s, the Last Word on Corned Beef

by Cari Taylor-Carlson @ Urban MilwaukeeUrban Milwaukee

So many ways to eat it, though other dishes are tasty, too.

San Mateo Chinese Food: Order Meals to the Office or Home for Lunch Today!

by Shelly @ Waiter.com Food Delivery Blog

Chinese is a popular type of cuisine, as there is a variety of dishes and flavors that will please everyone. If you are at work and would prefer to have the food sent to you, you are in luck. San Mateo Chinese food can be brought right to your office so you can enjoy a […]

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Dining: Pho Viet Is Authentic Vietnamese

Dining: Pho Viet Is Authentic Vietnamese


Urban Milwaukee

The dishes are tasty.

Vietnamese Beef Stew (Bo Sot Vang)

by Analida @ Analida's Ethnic Spoon

This post for Vietnamese Beef Stew (bò sốt vang) was created in partnership with Ninja® Cooking System with Auto IQ™. I received  complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions are mine. The rich aroma of Vietnamese beef stew (bo sot vang) is filling my house. I am so hungry that I...

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The most famous waterfalls in Lam Dong

by Thanh Nguyen @ Halong Viola Cruise

VietNamNet Bridge – The waterfalls of Dambri, Dalanta,and Prenn enchant visitors with their wild beauty and grandeur. Dambri Dambri waterfall is located in the Northwest of Bao Loc town. It is the highest waterfall in the province (57m). It is surface width is 30m. Pouring down from a vertical height of 70 meters, Dambri waterfall

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Vietnamese Green Mango Salad with Shrimp (Gỏi Xoài)

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

Vietnamese mango salad (gỏi xoài) is a vibrant dish featuring green mangoes, shrimp, and is highlighted with fresh herbs like mint, thai basil and cilantro. It’s a mouth-watering combination of sweet, sour, salty with lots of contrasts in texture. Disclaimer: this is supposed to be a very simple salad. The one we’re making here has a bit of […]

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To find out an interesting paradise at The Garden Mall Saigon

by upbai @ Vietnam Travel Blog

Located in the heart of district 5, The Garden Mall is becoming the center of the dating space of young people in Saigon.

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Snow Town in Saigon

by upbai @ Vietnamese Style

Those wishing to get a feel of Western winter in the heart of HCM City should drop by Snow Town, an entertainment venue which has come into operation early this month in a new residential area in District 2.

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21 Fabulous Things To Do in Auckland This January

21 Fabulous Things To Do in Auckland This January

by Hana Okada @ The A List | The Urban List

Congrats, you’ve made it to 2018—we hope you’re ready to tackle on another year full of scrumptious new openings, exciting events and very, very unpredictable Auckland weather. There’s no time to waste, you promised yourself you’d make the most of every moment 2018 has to offer and if this list is anything to go by, there’s so much to get amongst! From carnivals of every kind to free events you won’t want to miss, kick off 2018 the right way and jam-pack your January with all these delightful things to do!

Highlife New Year’s Day | 1 January

Kick off the New Year with Highlife at Smales Farm for a party of epic proportions! Get there early and suss your dance floor spot for the day, ‘cause you won’t wanna miss any of the acts lined up! You’ll be dancing to the beats of Scotty Mayes, Murry Sweetpants, Mr and Mrs Haines, TAI, Ron Carroll, Cam Harris and so many more. You’ll be kept well-fed from the legends at Miss Moonshines, Double Dutch Fries and Lalele Organic Gelato—you’ll need it from all that dancing! Set to be a day of good vibes and even greater tunes, the party doesn’t stop once the clock strikes 12am—in fact, it’s just begun! 

ASB Classic | 1 January—13 January

The ASB Classic is returning to Auckland as the highlight on every Aucklander’s January calendar. Bringing back more world-class tennis, food and drink, fashion and entertainment, expect two weeks of stellar tennis action right in our city! Forget Wimbeldon, you’ll be served up a fantastic line up of women's and men’s players on-court, as well as some of the country’s most sought-after musicians and chefs delivering deliciousness and entertainment off court. 

Christmas Carnival—New Year’s Day Races | 1 January

Dust off from the night before and get on down to the New Year’s Day Races—carpe diem, right?! New Year's Day Races is the perfect way to welcome in 2018 and set your intentions for the year ahead—by seizing every opportunity for fun! Spend the day in the heart of the action in the glamourous Cuvée area where you’ll be treated to Champagne on arrival and a buffet lunch. For something more low-key, the alfresco BBQ lawn will be pumpin’ with a—you guessed it—sizzling gourmet barbecue.

Zirka Circus | 1 January—7 January

Back with its fifth tour of New Zealand, Zirka Circus is bringing even more mind-boggling, spectacular entertainment to our shores! Their new show Send in the Clowns is more spectacular than ever, with performing arts, theatre, and hilarity all wrapped up in a world-class performance! Whether you’re all about the action-packed daredevil acts or beautiful ballet, there is something for everyone in this stellar show! This is one adventure-filled (and animal-free!) circus for the whole family to love. 

Wonder Woman—Friday Films | 5 January

Enjoy some sundowners at the pop up Silo Bar and a stumptuous bite food truck style before you nestle in for Wonder Women at Silo Cinema! This blockbuster hit is one not to be missed, with its action-packed scenes and girl-power galore, there’s something for everyone! Your dinner plans are looking like a bit of everything from Crepes A Go Go, Double Dutch Fries, Kraken Crumpets, Mr Dog Frites, Rack n Roll Ribs and so much more! Bring a blanket and a rug and park up for the night for a stellar movie sesh under the stars. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream | 5 January—31 March

Auckland summer staple Pop Up Globe is back for another stand out season! Regarded as Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will enchant you with side-splitting comedy with a dash of beautiful poetry only Shakespeare could achieve. Fusing Jacobean costumes, lyrical poetry with Maori folklore and language, Pop-up globe introduces this flagship production to you with pride. Transport back 400 years into the past and sit amongst the space the plays they were written, whether its your first time or hundredth, it’ll be a night to remember.

The Merchant of Venice | 9 January—29 March

Pop-up Globe is back and better than ever, presenting you with one of Shakespeare’s classics The Merchant of Venice. Already deep in debt to his best friend, Bassiano requires one more loan to woo and win the wealthy heiress Portia, unaware that when the due date comes to repay the debt, he will be gambling for his life! Full of wit, drama and disguise that Shakespeare has become legend for, this is based on the performance tradition going way back to 1614, performed by the Buckingham Company—an all-male company of actors and musicians around the world. 

The Extravaganza Fair | 13 January

Roll up, roll up to the largest and newest travelling event, The Extravaganza Fair, making its way to Matakana this summer. Bringing a whole lot of market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, circus shows, performers and kids shows! Bringing back some old school nostalgia with sack races, tug of war and musical bean bags, this fair is your childhood dream come to life! Foodie delights include the Steampunk Food Truck, Dickinson’s Gastronomic Emporium, Lucky’s Fresh Juice Joint and Havana Coffee Works—even the names have us excited! Get ready for a full day of jam-packed fun for the whole family! 

Auckland Live Summer in the Square: Latin Fiesta Weekend | 12 January—14 January

¡Vamos a la fiesta! Get ready to party because Aotea Square is transforming into a Latin Fiesta for Auckland Live Summer in the Square! There’s celebrations all weekend long, where the food will be delectable and the outfits delicious—we expect nothing less from our vivacious friends across the other side of the world! There will be two stages sizzing with Latin music and feel-good rhythms, including an authentic Mexican mariachi band and Cuban band Ashé Cuba’s high-energy tunes! 

The Möet Ice Brunch | 13 January

This is the ultimate luxe brunch! The drink of the summer, Möet Ice, is hosting a brunch to kick off the ASB Classic Men’s Final off in style! Join this glamorous all-white brunch within the Champagne Lounge at the ASB Classic. Kick off the day right, sipping on Möet Ice and indulge in a Sugar Club-inspired menu designed by Peter Gordon himself. The resident Möet DJ will be there to get the party started before the highly-anticipated ASB Classic. In true tennis and Möet Ice fashion, make sure you don your best tennis whites for a day of sunshine and the ultimate day of tennis!

Movies in Parks: La La Land | 19 January

Did you miss one of the biggest movies of 2017?! Not to worry, watch this all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy back on the big screen and under the stars! Following a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles, La La Land swooped up six Academy Award wins in 2017 and it’s not to be missed! Get there early to snag a fab viewing spot and join in on the family activities starting at 7pm!

Fat Freddy’s Drop | 20 January

This is one of the first times you’ll see these Kiwi legends since they officially sold out their largest headlining show in 2017! You’ll have a chance to see Fat Freddy’s Drop live in the beautiful surroundings of Villa Maria Estate, where you’ll experience brand new songs off the upcoming album, as well as our fave summer classics we can’t get enough of. Special guests will be joining the tour including Ladi6 and Salmonella Dub! 

House of Vans | 20 January

It’s been just announced that House of Vans is hitting our shores! This is one of the biggest skating events, making its home in Shed 10 for a day packed full of events and activities made of every skater’s dreams. This day-long community event, spread over two sessions, is absolutely FREE—you’ll find skating by the vans team, a skate-inspired marketplace, live grip tape application, DJs after hours and even tattooing if you’re feeling adventurous! After 4pm the event transforms into an epic R18 party with some sick international bands which will be revealed in no time. Get ready for an epic skate adventure like you’ve never seen it!

Titanic Live | 24 January—25 January

Near, far, wherever you are—Titanic Live is a must-see on the January bucket list! Celebrating the 20th anniversary of this absolute classic in style, relive the most iconic moments in cinema history like never before. Titanic will come to live at Auckland’s Civic Theatre as its screened with its original musical score performed LIVE by a symphony orchestra choir, vocal and Celtic soloists! Featuring an incredible list of talents in the music biz, including vocal soloist Clara Sanabras whose voice features in Hollywood epics including The Hobbit and The Hunger Games. The original piper in the film and American pipes and whistles soloist Eric Rigler will also be joining the musical crew. On for two nights only, this is not to be missed!

Dinner in the Square | 25 January

Waste not, want not! Using food that would otherwise go to waste, Everybody Eats is whipping up some beautiful meals for the whole community to enjoy for Dinner in the Square! Take some time to chill out and enjoy some great company in the heart of our wonderful city over a fab meal. It’s even offered on a pay as you feel basis—a good time doesn’t have to break the bank or hurt the environment!

Spookers—Friday Films | 26 January

Celebrate Auckland with some good ol’ NZ cinema this anniversary weekend! Silo Park is doing exactly that in gloriously spooky fashion with Spookers, the documentary filmed in Auckland and no points for guessing where! This charming documentary was a crowd fave and breakout hit at the 2017 NZIFF, and it’s your time to watch it (if you dare) under the stars! Taking a peek behind the gory curtain of Spookers, the horror theme park we love to hate, shows us the real lives of the actors and close-knit community that works within the spooky attraction. Grab a feed from one of the glorious food trucks including Crepes Creations, Go Go Mexico, Langos, Melt, Toro Churro and Wise Boys Burgers for a perfect night out!

Auckland International Busker’s Festival | 26 January—29 January

Back for its eighteenth time, vibrant international street performers will be hitting the streets of Auckland! Bringing acrobatics, magic, comedy, dance and unicycles to the masses, the Auckland International Busker's Festival is four days of unmissable street theatre for the whole family! It’s time to empty your piggy bank, pockets and swear jar for a handfuls of loose change because these performers will seriously blow you away with their madness and mayhem! 

Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival 2018 | 27 January—28 January

It’s time to get up close and personal with Auckland’s unique Māori heritage and culture at Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival hitting Auckland’s waterfront! Tāmaki Makaurau is linked to 19 different mana whenua groups, and you’re invited to delve deep into these rich Māori connections in our brilliant city. Enjoy live traditional and contemporary music, kapa haka, crafts and of course, delicious kai! You can even have a go at palling waka, or get out on the harbour on a sailing waka! 

New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million | 27 January

Auckland’s most nail-biting racing event is back for another year. We’re talking about none other than the highly anticipated Karaka Million. The international glam event is sure to be a sell-out, making it the place to be this Auckland Anniversary Weekend. Ellerslie Racecourse will be bustling with live music, mouth-watering food, million-dollar horse races and, of course, plenty of Champagne. Toast to the long weekend in style at the on-course Garden Party—it’s the place to be!

Ice Cream Sundae | 28 January

Spend your Sunday… with a sundae (or several)! Auckland’s top ice cream legends are all coming together to be scooping up all of the deliciousness for a whole day at Ice Cream Sundae! You’ll be in absolute ice cream heaven, but that’s not all—alongside your fave icy delights, you’ll find other desserts, a scrumptious selection of Auckland’s finest food trucks, some ice cream inspired drinks, coffee and super rad tunes from the DJs. Sign. Us. Up!

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival | 29 January

An Auckland January staple for music lovers, Laneway Festival is back with a sick line up ready to have you jamming the day away! Moving to the dreamy location of Albert Park for the second year, there’s tons of shade to relax and take in all of the vibes right in the city. This is one full sensory experience not to be missed, with food galore, tunes, and good vibes all around to start your year right. The killer line up includes Aldous Harding, BAYNK, Mac DeMarco, Melodownz and so much more! 

Image Credit: St Jerome's Laneway Festival

CNN recommends 10 Vietnamese dishes

by Thanh Nguyen @ Halong Viola Cruise

Bot Chien: Ho Chi Minh City’s favorite street snack, bot chien is popular with both the after-school and the after-midnight crowd. Banh mi. The French may have brought with them the baguette, but Vietnam takes it to a different level. In the north, chefs stick to the basic elements of carbohydrate, fat and protein —

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My Vietnamese Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Fresh Vietnamese Dishes

My Vietnamese Kitchen: Authentic Recipes for Fresh Vietnamese Dishes


Barnes & Noble

Uyen was born in Saigon and spent her childhood there before leaving Vietnam in the aftermath of the war. She regularly travels back there to visit family and pick...

CNN recommends 10 Vietnamese dishes - Vietnam Travel Blog

CNN recommends 10 Vietnamese dishes - Vietnam Travel Blog


Vietnam Travel Blog

US famous chef Anthony Bourdain has introduced 10 essential dishes every visitors should try in Vietnam like pho, Bun cha, Xoi, Banh xeo

Hanoi Style Salmon with Turmeric and Dill

by The Ravenous Couple @ The Ravenous Couple

Cha Ca Thanh Long is one of our favorite Vietnamese dishes and we’ve already wrote about it here, but this time we’re back with similar recipe but a slight twist. Traditionally this dish is made in small portions with cut filet of snakehead or catfish cooked table side or on a sizzling fajita style pan, […]

5 Vietnamese dishes you need to try

5 Vietnamese dishes you need to try


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Chef Vu Dinh Hung picks his favourites

Tourism development to contribute more to Vietnam’s GDP growth

by Thanh Nguyen @ Halong Viola Cruise

Tourism products will be high-quality and able to compete with other countries. Tourism will become a hard currency earner contributing to national economic growth. The draft project on tourism development has set a target of attracting 15 million foreign tourists and achieving an average annual growth of 12 to 14% until 2020. The sector also

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Authentic Lithuanian Cookies

by Analida @ Analida's Ethnic Spoon

I found out about these authentic Lithuanian cookies from two Lithuanian girls, Gierdre and Gerda, who were working at the guest house where I stayed this summer. The two young women were part of an exchange program, at Chautauqua Institution. I met up with them one evening when I ran down to the kitchen to get...

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Food Near Me in Foster City: Dishes for Every Palate!

by Shelly @ Waiter.com Food Delivery Blog

Foster City is home to many delectable meal choices featuring a variety of cuisines. Narrowing down your personal preference when searching for food near me in Foster City can be surprisingly challenging. Whether you love robust Thai curries or classical American dishes delivered straight to your door, there is something for every taste in Foster […]

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Pan Seared Black Cod with Miso Butter and All-Clad d3 Armor Fish Pan Giveaway!

by The Ravenous Couple @ The Ravenous Couple

Eating a filet of fish without skin is like eating a skinless lechon or porchetta. It’s a travesty to miss out on the crispy skin and one we simply refuse to do. But it’s also a travesty to have the skin break and stick when cooking.  Which is why we love to prepare our fish […]

Review: BBQ with The Pit Barrel Cooker

by The Ravenous Couple @ The Ravenous Couple

Let’s put this out here front and center. We’re gluttons for good smoked bbq (we’ve had a bbq caterer smoke bbq for 3 parties!) but have always been too intimidated to make it at home—until now. Yes, we’ve spent hours making complex soups such as bun bo hue and other seemingly difficult Vietnamese dishes, but […]

Bún Thang – Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Chicken, Pork, & Egg

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

What Is Bún Thang? My knowledge of the Vietnamese language is about on par with my grandma’s English, so this gives us lots of opportunities to learn from each other. She watches Viet news and Korean dramas which have a surprising amount of English in them. The latest term I explained to her was “poker face” hah! […]

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Auckland’s Best Beach Day Trips

Auckland’s Best Beach Day Trips

by Olivia Atkinson @ The A List | The Urban List

There’s no shortage of stunning beaches for dips after work in Auckland. But it’s summer, and summer calls for road trips. So we’ve located the best beach day jaunts for picnics, frolicking, sunshine and swimming, not too far from our fair city. 

After all, what better way to embrace the hot, hot weather than with sand between your toes?

Locate the hamper, slap on the sunscreen and prepare yourself for a hoon out to some of the best day trip beaches from Auckland. 

Bethells Beach 

This wild, rugged beach is an Auckland favourite—a little piece of untouched beauty less 50-minutes drive from the city. Bethells is a great activities beach, whether it's surfing, fishing, strolling along the Te Henga Walkway, or building the obligatory beach day sandcastle. 

Mercer Bay 

On the drive to Piha, keep an eye out for the Te Ahuahu turnoff and you’ll come across a serious gem of an adventure spot—Mercer Bay. Not for the faint hearted, pay strict heed to the barriers provided as these are Auckland's tallest cliffs and can be dangerous. With powdery black sand, warm rock pools and a massive cave that’s accessible during low tide, Mercer Bay is the ideal day trip for adventure lovers. 

Mangawhai 

Just 80-minutes from Auckland, Mangawhai is a great beach town to spend the day in. It’s a popular spot with surfers but is an equally as idyllic spot for laxing on the beach. Splash around in the waves before popping into Sandbar for lunch and a coffee.  

Palm Beach 

Jump on the ferry and head out to Waiheke for a day on an island. Palm Beach is on the northern side, boasting white sandy beaches and safe swimming. Sheltered from any nasty south-westerly winds, Palm Beach has two barbecue areas (that’s lunch sorted) and a pirate ship playground for when or if the sprogs get bored. Oh, and ‘Nudey Bay’ is situated at the far west end, if you’re that way inclined. 

Anchor Bay 

Nestled within the Tawharanui Regional Park lies a golden beach called Anchor Bay. Fill up the tank because this spot is an 80-minute drive from Auckland, making Anchor Bay the perfect day trip to get away from it all. This pristine slice of Kiwi beauty has golden sand, the cleanest and clearest of water, and a rock pool deep enough for bombs. A truly awesome beach.

Muriwai 

Every Aucklander should spend a day at this beautiful West Coast beach. From surfing to lounging under an umbrella or rolling down the dunes, Muriwai has a lot to offer. Surf lifesavers are on patrol at peak times as the rips can get a bit full on, and the black sand can be absolutely scorching so be sure to utilise our jandal life hack! On your way back to the big smoke, don’t forget to have a nosy at the gannet colony. 

Karekare 

Another impressive West Coast nugget, Karekare is a breathtaking and unique beach—the kind that makes us feel damn lucky that we call this country home. Several movies have been shot here including The Piano, and it’s less chaotic than beaches closer to Auckland. With a long stretch of sand, Karekare is a great walking beach and a wander to the Karekare Falls will make your day trip one to remember. 

Keen to get your walk on? Take one of Auckland’s Best Weekend Walks And Hikes.

50 Summer Date Ideas In Auckland

50 Summer Date Ideas In Auckland

by Dasha Koryagina @ The A List | The Urban List

Dating in summer is all about spending time in the great outdoors, soaking up the sunshine and indulging in activities limited to the warmer months of the year. Social psychology insists that doing fun activities with your SO is guaranteed to increase the attraction. It’s all about association—participate in thrilling activities with someone, and that excitement will become associated with them. Whether you’re looking to impress a new date or want to inject some excitement into a long-term relationship, these 50 summer date ideas are guaranteed to get the romance going!  

Load up on snacks and snuggle up with your special someone under a blankie at an outdoor cinema.   Stargaze in one of these mind-blowing spots.  Pack a picnic and hit up mother nature for a stunning walk, hike or a waterfall or caving adventure. Spend a day in the sun at one of Auckland’s stunning city beaches. If you’re ready to spice things up a little, opt for a nude beach—Ladies Bay is a goodie.  Hit up one of Auckland’s farmers’ markets for an early morning weekend adventure. Load up on the groceries while strolling the rows, handfeeding each other samples and meeting the stallholders.  Rent a two-person kayak or go sailing through the Waitemata Harbour in an authentic America’s Cup yacht. Head to Eden Park, load up on beer and enjoy the lively atmosphere of a sporting match, yelling occasional profanities at the opposition.  Grab a couple bottles of wine and cosy up in the spa pool. Spend a day hopping through some of Auckland’s best wineries. Enjoy the views, sample the goods and load up on the faves.  Hire some rollerblades and skate the Mission Bay coastline. Visit Rainbows End for some teen-style date action. Make out on the roller coaster, stuff your faces with cotton candy and try your hand at a shooting game to win a cutesy teddy for your other half. Go biking together. Hit up the pink or rainbow cycle paths, try mountain biking or, if teamwork is your forte, opt for tandem.  Spend a day splashing in the water at the outdoor pools of Parnell Baths or soak your bones in the thermal springs of Parakai or Waiwera. Head to JK’s World Of Golf for a late night session at the driving range, smashing out your frustrations and getting boozed. Eat your way through some of Auckland’s best food trucks.  Romance 101: start the day with a cup of coffee and an epic sunrise at one of these stunning locations. Alternatively, end the day with a picnic and glass of vino at one of these beautiful spots to watch the sun set.  Take your date for a fishing adventure—off the rocks or off the boat, either way you’re in for a tranquil experience and a little bit of competition. Summer means strawberries and there’s nothing like picking them fresh. Stuff yourself full and take a bunch away at these strawberry picking farms.  Take a romantic stroll through some of the most stunning gardens of our city. Enjoy live music in an Auckland park near you. Curl up on a blanket or boogie by the stage at one of these 24 free gigs hosted by the council this summer.  Invest in a kite or two and fly them at your favourite park, beach or mountain top. Try not to get tangled. Channel your inner child and have a good ol’ fashioned water balloon fight in the back yard. Hit the road and enjoy the scenery, meanwhile chatting away and playing car games. Go for a fabulous day trip to a beach or a nearby town.  Visit the Auckland Zoo and admire all the varied life forms our beautiful planet has to offer. If you’re feeling super adventurous, stay for a safari-style sleep over. Check out the local flea markets together. Look through the offerings and welcome the accompanying nostalgia reminiscing about the simplicity of the days long gone. Go camping for a super chill, romantic getaway. Check out some of these camping sites near Auckland or venture a bit further. If camping is a little extreme, perhaps go for the glamping option, instead.  Get competitive with a good ol’ game of mini golf. Soak in the sun while sipping on a refreshing cocktail at one of Auckland’s glorious rooftop bars.  Load up on grains and stroll through the Western Springs, feeding the local residents of ducks, geese and swans. Participate in the annual colour run on March 11th. Run, skip or dance with your special someone as you’re doused in paint from head to toe. Dive in to the deep blue sea and observe all its beautiful inhabitants at these snorkelling spots.  If you’re both into your occasional adrenaline rush, take a walk up the Harbour Bridge and go bungee jumping together! Take in all the views from up high on a hot air balloon ride. Or, do the same from the comfort of a helicopter cabin. Fulfil your need for speed with a trip to a go-karting track. If you’re both dog crazy and have a four-legged member in the family, hit up one of these dog parks or participate in the big dog walk.  See Shakespeare the way it was meant to be seen at the Pop-up Globe theatre. Hit up the Auckland Night Market and enjoy the lively atmosphere, street food and cheap buys. Learn to surf together and laugh at each other’s bails. Take a day trip to Wild On Waiheke where you will be able to enjoy a brew and a range of outdoor activities such as archery, clay-bird shooting and giant chess. Play a game of lawn balls together! It really is not just for old people and boy does it get competitive! Surf the sand-dunes at Bethalls before cooling off in the lake. Cool down from the heat with the help of beer. Take a beer tour and jump through a range of breweries sampling the best of the best. Scale the treetops at a high-wire, tree adventure park. Check out Tree Adventures or Rocket Ropes. Spot the dolphins and whales of Hauraki Gulf with a four-and-a-half hour adventure with Auckland’s Whale and Dolphin Safari. Visit the Vector Wero Whitewater Park for a whitewater rafting or kayaking adventure. True adrenaline junkies, bond over the terror of jumping out of a plane with Skydive Auckland. Don those cowboy boots and hit up a horse trek with your date, riding beachside through Muriwai. Speaking of Muriwai, check out the love birds of the Muriwai gannet colony with about 1200 pairs of gannets nesting over summer! Go for a midnight swim and go skinny dipping! Nothing like a little mischievous fun to get those endorphins flowin’.

Why not take things next level with a romatic getaway?

“Vit nau chao” and “Chuot dong chien nuoc mam” – 2 delicacies in Can Tho

by upbai @ Vietnam Travel Blog

Coming to Can Tho, the visitors cannot miss the soft duck meat with the featured smelling of “Chao” (the fermented tofu) or the special flavor of vole meat with green mango. Below are 2 simple dishes you should try when traveling to Can Tho.

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8 Unique Ways to Use Sweet Potatoes

by Honest Cooking @ MyGreatRecipes

It’s the perfect time of the year to remember to be a little sweeter. Whether it’s dropping off dinner for a neighbor or bringing in a treat for your coworkers, let’s be sweet more often. We’ve partnered with the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission to bring you some sweet inspiration. DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS! Not only […]

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10 Best Authentic Food Travel Experiences in 2017

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Authentic home made vietnamese food

by Saigon Xpress @ Saigon Xpress of Longmont

Hours: Mon – Sat 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sunday – Closed 1225 Ken Pratt Blvd Unit #110 (303) 774-8555

Vietnamese Papaya & Beef Jerky Salad – Gỏi Đu Đủ Khô Bò

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

This is an easy 3-ingredient papaya salad you can throw together in a few minutes. There’s t the cooking required, just easy prep so you can get to snacking. Green papaya and beef jerky salad is a light appetizer, a great choice for a snack or appetizer. My mom says she used to buy this from food carts in Vietnam. […]

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Quiz: What Kind of Food Traveler Are You?

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Top 5 Vietnamese dishes you should sample

Top 5 Vietnamese dishes you should sample


One Travel

After the Nam' war of '68, the Vietnamese did a lot of soul searching and decided to start a new prosperous country. The Vietnamese cuisine is a reflection of this vibrant and growing economy. It mixes the culinary exploits of the old and sprinkles some mo

Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon (and Where To Try Them)

Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon (and Where To Try Them)


Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

Vietnamese food is an insanely delicious cuisine. Here are 25 Vietnamese dishes you need to try, and restaurants to eat them in Saigon.

Pork Belly Recipe for Bánh Mì (Vietnamese Sandwiches)

by Huy @ HungryHuy.com

At Vietnamese sandwich shops, you’ll find a dizzying number of meat options like grilled chicken, grilled beef, sardines, and even some Chinese influenced options like xíu mại. However, with Vietnamese sandwiches, pork seems to be king–you’ll always see pork options like chả lụa (meat loaf), thịt nướng (grilled pork), nem nướng (ground & grilled pork), bì […]

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CELEBRATING NEW YEAR 2018 WITH OUR SPA PROMOTION

by Holiday Beach Danang Hotel & Resort @

A GREAT NEW YEAR 2018 BY PAMPERING YOURSELF WITH THIS SPA HOT DEAL ONLY AT “THE HOLIDAY SPA & MASSAGE” Holiday Beach Danang Hotel & Resort -Discount up to 40% for the Himalayan Salt Rock Sauna package of 5 authentic sauna rooms. -Discount up to 30% for the Full body massage treatment 60mins and 90mins […]

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This Camera Is Taking Your Travel Pics 360

This Camera Is Taking Your Travel Pics 360

by Simone Jovel @ The A List | The Urban List

We hate to break it to you guys. But a selfie is no longer enough to guarantee that double tap. Why? Because 360-degree photography is officially a thing and everything you thought you knew about your feed has changed. Enter: the GoPro 360-degree Fusion camera.

So why is this latest camera so great? Let us tell you. Fusion will capture everything, we’re talking 360-spherical content, that your single-lens cam simply can’t.

It’s also nice and easy to edit with Mobile OverCapture editing for iOS so that even your mum can now make epic travel vids. You can even re-frame and save old school-style videos from the 360-degree vid, we know. It’s (almost) too much.

GoPro Fusion has dropped a limited release and support for Android devices will be coming soon.

Go on. Your followers deserve this.

Still struggling to picture it? Check it out below.

Image credit: Sam Evans for GoPro

It Snowed In The Sahara Desert This Week

It Snowed In The Sahara Desert This Week

by Ben Tyers @ The A List | The Urban List

Australian cities have copped their fair share of big ol’ storms in the past couple of months, from the dumping of rain in Victoria in late November, Auckland's massive tropical storm, or the superstorm that Sydney didn’t actually cop this week—weather just keeps getting crazier and crazier.

Well, this week, to make things even a bit more wild. It snowed in the bloody Sahara Desert. Yep, a desert.

In case you’re not familiar with where the Sahara Desert actually is, you’ll find it right at the top of Africa and covers a whopping 9,200,000 square kilometres. To put that into perspective it’s a comparable area to both China and the U.S.A.

This isn’t the first time snow has fallen in the desert; it’s actually the third time that it’s happened in the past 40 years.

Check out some of the amazing photos captured of the event below.

15 inches of SNOW blankets the Sahara,the hottest desert in the world, for the second time in 40years pic.twitter.com/2fVI6ylTiH

— MURTALA (@MurtalaIbin) January 9, 2018

A foot of snow in the Sahara desert...breathtaking contrast between sand and snow. pic.twitter.com/7cnYEUjl2S

— Jonathan Arnott MEP (@JonathanArnott) January 9, 2018

Rare icy weather has brought snow to the Sahara Desert in Algeria. pic.twitter.com/7ha2UbkAvz

— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 9, 2018

Start of 2018 marked by extreme weather - searing heat and unusual warmth, bitter cold, winter storms, heavy precipitation and snow (incl in the Sahara!. Updated roundup https://t.co/Tk2DphLltS pic.twitter.com/PCIp8iaNwG

— WMO | OMM (@WMO) January 9, 2018

Image credit: World Meteorological Organisation

7 famous restaurants of celebrities in Saigon

by upbai @ Vietnam Travel Blog

The dishes such as Bun dau, Nem chua ran and Bun oc with the northern style in the restaurants of celebrities make the customers living away from hometown satisfy because they can enjoy the featured taste of their home.

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9 Unique Ilocos Food to Delight on in the Philippines

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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The Best Vietnam Dishes To Try | Wendy Wu Tours Blog

The Best Vietnam Dishes To Try | Wendy Wu Tours Blog


Wendy Wu Tours Blog

To experience the heart of Vietnam you have to try its foods and here we take you through some of the most well-known and most popular meals

Travel to Sapa – Homestays and More

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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Pöriző brings stew in pancakes to Budapest

by @ WeLoveBudapest EN

WeLoveBudapest EN
Pöriző brings stew in pancakes to Budapest

Hungarians just love their saucy stews, be it chicken or beef-based, as long as it is generously sprinkled with paprika. Pörkölt is a traditional dish often devoured at family dinners, but now two talented chefs came up with an extraordinary idea: pörkölt as street food, filled into savory pancakes. It may sound strange at first, but with pörkölt a mainstay of Hungary’s culinary culture, why not try it on the go?

Pöriző brings stew in pancakes to Budapest

Pho Xinh offers authentic Vietnamese dishes

Pho Xinh offers authentic Vietnamese dishes


Eastside

Nothing compares to a savory bowl of hot Vietnamese Pho (pronounced “fuh”) noodle soup on a chilly winter night. With the popularity of Pho restaurants on the rise, Pho Xinh is located in the Short Hills Plaza on Evesham Road in Cherry Hill, NJ. If you did not know, Pho is a traditional Vietnamese noodle...

Vietnamese Food – 10 Vietnamese Dishes You Have to Try | MyGreatRecipes

Vietnamese Food – 10 Vietnamese Dishes You Have to Try | MyGreatRecipes


MyGreatRecipes

If there is one word that perfectly summarizes Vietnamese food, that’s ‘flavorful’. Vietnamese cuisine represents a perfect combination of sweet, savory, sour, and hot flavors, achieved by combining a plethora of fresh herbs & spices (Vietnamese mint, cilantro, lemongrass ginger, coriander, Saigon cinnamon, tamarind, chili, lime, and Thai basil leaves); sauces, especially fish sauce in …

Traditional craft villages in Hanoi

by upbai @ Vietnamese Style

It’s essential to explore Hanoi’s craft villages when come to this thousand-year-old city.

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Straight to the summit: A step forward or back?

by Thanh Nguyen @ Halong Viola Cruise

VietNamNet Bridge – At 3,143m, Fansipan, commonly revered as the Roof of Indochina, is located in the northern Vietnamese province of Lao Cai. I have always dreamed of visiting it. The peak is famous for not only its glorious dreamlike mountain scenery, but also for the arduous trek to get there. My dreams are now

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Dua Mon Recipe Vietnamese Brined Vegetables

by The Ravenous Couple @ The Ravenous Couple

Dưa món is a mix of brined vegetables,  a Vietnamese version of an Italian giardiniera that is ubiquitously found on tables of feasting Vietnamese families during lunar new year celebrations.  It’s commonly eaten with traditional banh chung and banh tet, but can really be used as a vegetable side for a meat entree. Each family may […]

Vietnamese rice paper rolls recipe

by Jennifer Keyes @ Inspired Adventures

San Jose Food Near Me: Try Something New With These High-Quality Restaurants!

by Shelly @ Waiter.com Food Delivery Blog

San Jose has no shortage of restaurants offering fare that’s pleasant to your palate. With a wide range of cuisine types, it can be hard to pick a quick dish for a satisfying lunch or a hearty dinner at home or the office. Thankfully, many local eateries provide plenty of pickings for simple dishes, good […]

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New Meatless Dishes for the New Year

by Honest Cooking @ MyGreatRecipes

Step up your vegetarian recipe game with these flavorful meatless dishes that will win over your tastebuds this new year.   DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS!   Zucchini Pancakes Serve these pancakes for breakfast or with a scoop of yogurt for a mid-afternoon snack. This recipe comes from 8fit, be sure to check out their […]

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Radish and Chicory Glass Noodle Salad

Radish and Chicory Glass Noodle Salad

by Dalad Kambhu @ Munchies

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Ninh Binh Burned Rice

by upbai @ Vietnamese Style

Burned rice is made from steamed rice sliced into flat round shapes. After drying, slices of steamed rice are fried in hot oil pan until they turn yellow and crisp.

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