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Recipe: Pickled Mustard Greens – Dưa Cải Chua

by Helen Le @ Danang Cuisine

Recipe: Pickled Mustard Greens - Dưa Cải ChuaBy Helen Le Published: November 26, 2017Prep: 20 minsCook: 10 minsReady In: 72 hrs 30 minsYield: 8-10 ServingsThis simple pickle will help you digest all the heavy food you’ll consume during these upcoming festive days. Picked mustard greens (dua cai chua) with its lovely crunchiness and tartness is […]

Coming To Netflix: David Chang Gets Ugly Delicious

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

David Chang, the man behind Momofuku and subject of the first season of Food Republic parent company Zero Point Zero’s Mind of a Chef, is back on screens. Ready for his new show, Ugly Delicious? Premiering on February 23, the eight-episode series follows Chang as he travels, eats and hangs out with notable food personalities like Jessica Koslow, […]

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Regional Differences in Vietnamese Cuisine - North, Central and South - The Christina's Blog

Regional Differences in Vietnamese Cuisine - North, Central and South - The Christina's Blog


The Christina's Blog

How do the tastes & cuisines of different regions in Vietnam differ? Is it sweeter in the South? Spicier in the middle? Why? Read on & find out!

7 Vietnamese Noodle Dishes That Are Better Than Pho

7 Vietnamese Noodle Dishes That Are Better Than Pho


Spoon University

When you're phở-king tired of phở.

Recipe: Grilled pork sandwich -Bánh mì thịt nướng

by Helen Le @ Danang Cuisine

Recipe: Grilled pork sandwich - Bánh mì thịt nướng By Helen Le Published: December 30, 2017Prep: 20 minsCook: 30 minsReady In: 50 minsYield: 3-5 (3 Servings)"Banh mi thit nuong" which is Vietnamese sandwich with grilled pork, is the special version of "banh mi". This is one of the most popular breakfast in Vietnam. Bánh mì […]

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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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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The Best Unique Food Gifts for Food Travelers

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Minds of Chefs: Comida’s Brad Sappen-Berghs

by John Dexter @ The Adelaide Review

Lauded as “the perfect stall” by The Australian, Comida’s tapas bar in the Central Market is well-known for its Spanish fare of tapas, pinxtos, bocadillos (sandwiches) and its paella, but Comida’s chef and proprietor Brad Sappen-Berghs has a surprising confession to make about the famous one-pan dish.

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Top 5 must do in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

by @ Serenity International Dental Clinic Vietnam

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Punch Up Your Steak With Homemade Korean Ssamjang

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

We know, we know. You were about to say, “Good steak doesn’t need sauce.” But you’d be missing out on an extra tasty, spicy, funky sauce if you didn’t marinate and dress your beef with homemade Korean ssamjang. Our friends at ChefSteps partnered with Portland, Oregon chef Gregory Gourdet on this recipe for sauced-up steak to […]

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Vietnamese Cuisine

Vietnamese Cuisine


Backroads Blog

Backroads trip leader Austin Render eats his way through Vietnam, with its remarkably unique and diverse cusine: pho ga, ca phe me trang, bahn mi, bun bo Hue and even grilled chicken feet, all washed down with a cold Tiger beer.

How To Dine At Noma’s Last Available Reservation For As Little As $10

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

There’s just one last table available at Noma’s re-opening night on February 15! And it could be yours for as little as $10. Noma is partnering with Omaze to offer a trip for you and a guest to Copenhagen to dine at one of the world’s best restaurants. But it gets better! Return the next […]

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Vietnamese Meals - Eating Etiquette

Vietnamese Meals - Eating Etiquette

by Tan Pham @ Blog - Cuisine Adventure Tours

During your visit to Vietnam, you'll be exposed to a variety of foods and beverages, in both formal, and more casual settings. Read this blog post to learn the proper way to comfortably enjoy a meal - from how to sit, to which utensils to use (and how).

What to eat in Vietnam - Travel Hysteria

What to eat in Vietnam - Travel Hysteria


Travel Hysteria

Would you like to know what to eat in Vietnam? Follow us in our culinary trip! Discover the best dishes, our favourites restaurant and what to do not miss!

Cooking for the Prime Minister of New Zealand

by PA @ Danang Cuisine

  Recently, I had the honor of serving Vietnamese food at my Nén Restaurant to H.E Ms Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand during the #APEC2017 week in Da Nang. She is the world’s youngest female head of government, having taken office at age 37. As I am also working in an extremely […]

Ho Chi Minh City Walking Tour – You’ll find it’s more than a modern city

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Ho Chi Minh City – also known as Saigon – is no longer a strange destination for travellers visiting Vietnam. Arriving at Tan Son Nhat Airport, you are free to venture and explore a number of destinations in Vietnam, but believe me, don’t mistake Ho Chi Minh as another sprawling modern city without personality. With […]

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

by @ Serenity International Dental Clinic Vietnam

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A Vietnamese Food Guide from North to South

A Vietnamese Food Guide from North to South


Be My Travel Muse

Vietnamese food is as diverse and delicious as the cultures that influenced it. Click for a guide to the best dishes that Vietnam has to offer!

A perfect itinerary for your two-day Mekong Delta tour suggested by a local

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

The Mekong Delta, otherwise known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, is a colourful display of various shades of green. Here in this water world, boats float in the lazy rivers, buffalos wander in the rice fields and ripe fruits adorn the trees. It is also here that visitors will get a true taste of […]

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Recipe: Toasted garlic chili peanuts- Đậu phộng cháy tỏi ớt

by Helen Le @ Danang Cuisine

Toasted garlic chili peanuts- Đậu phộng cháy tỏi ớtBy Helen Le Published: December 16, 2017Prep: 10 minsCook: 10 minsReady In: 20 minsYield: 6-8 ServingsToasted garlic chili peanuts is a new and trendy snack in VN, very addicting. It’s a great drinking food, or to serve with rice or porridgeĐậu phộng cháy tỏi là món snack […]

Vietnamese Cuisine

Vietnamese Cuisine


Official Webpage of Signature Halong Cruise - Best Luxury Cruise, Best 5 Stars Cruise

  Vietnamese Cuisine, one of the most healthy and tasty food in the world. In every part of our country ,from high mountain till deep down of sea, from North to South of Vietnam, each location carry different unique traditional taste style, all contributed to the rich and diverse food culture for Vietnam If North …

9 Unique Ilocos Food to Delight on in the Philippines

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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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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5 Marvellous Things To Do In Auckland This Week

5 Marvellous Things To Do In Auckland This Week

by Bella Ramdhanie @ The A List | The Urban List

January is in full swing and that means a new year is upon us. Rather than get glum about the fact that Christmas is over, we suggest you seize the opportunities provided by a fresh start. This year we are choosing to stick to our resolutions (eeep!), continue to embrace challenges and of course, have a whole lotta good times.

There’s plenty of awesome ways for you to kick off the new year, so keep your party pants on and hop to it! Here are five marvellous things to do this week.

Monday 8

ASB CLASSIC

As you’ve probably heard, the ASB Classic has returned to Auckland and we could not be more excited. The event will be runs  from the 1st – 13th of January and is a highlight on Aucklander’s calendars for a reason. Think world-class tennis, scrumptious food and drink, live entertainment and groovy tunes. It sounds like a bit of us, and it’s one that should not be missed. Tennis action, being served up the finest eats and drinks and enjoying the loving touch of the New Zealand sun. Sounds heavenly to us.​

Tuesday 9

FLEET FOXES

Auckland’s arts are coming to life this week, so get ready! Indie-folk group, the Fleet Foxes, are taking over the Powerstation to give us lucky Aucklanders another epic performance. Showcasing their acclaimed third album, Crack-Up, the concert is the first time the group has been in New Zealand in six years. Be sure to check them out when they’re around!

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE  

Performed by Buckingham Company, the Pop-up Globe presents Shakespeare’s classic, The Merchant of Venice. The plot tells the tale of a man named Bassiano, who is drowning in debt to his best friend and as the story unfolds he learns that he is gambling with his own life. Kicking off this Tuesday and running across the next few months, the performance will take the audience on a journey of drama and excitement. Get yourself down there ASAP, you won’t regret it.

Wednesday 10

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Speaking of pop-up globes, another favourite is back! Auckland’s summer staple, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be around for another stellar season and you’re guaranteed a good time at this one. Known as Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece, the performance enchants its viewers by combining a talented cast, a witty script and comedy and romance captured in the beautiful way that only Shakespeare could portray. It’s gonna be a cracker!

Thursday 11

THE XX PERFORMANCE

Back for their first show in New Zealand in eight years, The XX is performing at The Trust Arena this January! They have also partnered with PLUS1, so that $1 from every ticket purchased will go towards local LGBT+ programs in each city of the tour. Seeing one of the music industry’s most in-demand bands sounds like a pretty good way to spend a Thursday night to us. It’ll be a night to remember!

Have a nifty fifty in your pocket? Here's 50 things to do in Auckland for less than $50. 

34 Vietnamese Dishes To Try Apart from Phở and Bánh Mì

34 Vietnamese Dishes To Try Apart from Phở and Bánh Mì


KCET

We asked Chef Diep Tran of Good Girl Dinette to give us a rundown of Vietnamese dishes we should try aside from the usual pho and banh mi.

The French Influence On Vietnamese Cuisine

The French Influence On Vietnamese Cuisine


Epicure & Culture

The French have played an enormous role in influencing Vietnamese cuisine. Here's why (and how to savor it for yourself). 

Hue: The (secret) king of Vietnamese cuisine

Hue: The (secret) king of Vietnamese cuisine


G Adventures Blog

National Geographic Travel's Digital Nomad Robert Reid shares his insider knowledge on the food of Hue. Grab those chopsticks and soup spoons, hungry readers.

Socially Responsible Travel in Hanoi (Travel and Give Back)

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

The phrase “socially responsible travel” is a new trend followed by travelers all over the world, in the context that traveling and experiencing new cultures is popular nowadays. Hanoi, renown for the chaotic Old Quarter, many little temples, Dong Xuan Market that sells household goods and street food, already has so much to offer. However, […]

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A Vegetarian Guide to Vietnamese Food - The Next Somewhere

A Vegetarian Guide to Vietnamese Food - The Next Somewhere


The Next Somewhere

Vietnam is a paradise for herbivores. Our vegetarian guide to Vietnamese food will help you navigate the menus for the most animal-friendly dishes around!

Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi

Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi


Authentic Food Quest

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!

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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Vegan Breakfast Burritos

by Lisa Le @ The Viet Vegan

The post Vegan Breakfast Burritos appeared first on The Viet Vegan.

The older I get, the more I crave foods that I connect with nostalgia for some reason. I’m not even that old but it’s still something that draws me to the kitchen. My tastebuds crave these foods I had when I was younger, and they weren’t even really associated with good or fond memories, just […]

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Social media allows mum to share Vietnamese food journey

Social media allows mum to share Vietnamese food journey


ABC News

Michelle Huynh's family knows not to touch their dinner until the Vietnamese-born home cook has taken a photo for her 50,000 followers on social media.

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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Listen To Food Republic Today: Phil Rosenthal

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Be sure to subscribe to Food Republic Today on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. And please rate the podcast and leave comments! Subscribe: Apple | Stitcher | Spotify | TuneIn The creator of Everybody Loves Raymond loves food, but you may have known that if you caught James Beard Award-winning I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, Phil Rosenthal’s first venture into food television. He’s back with Somebody Feed […]

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An exploration of Vietnamese Food from North to the South

by Jimmy @

Vietnamese food is simple, yet exciting and loved by millions around the world – me especially. After the first year of travel primarily through Latin America, I felt that I should spend the majority of the second year in the country of my heritage. What I … Read all about it!

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How to Best Prepare for Your First Silent Retreat

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

The post How to Best Prepare for Your First Silent Retreat appeared first on Authentic Food Quest.

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.

Orange County vs. Houston: Two Vietnamese-Food Meccas In America. Two Very Different Menus. - Food Republic

Orange County vs. Houston: Two Vietnamese-Food Meccas In America. Two Very Different Menus. - Food Republic


Food Republic

Of all the places to find good Vietnamese food across the United States, two particular hotbeds stand out — Houston, Texas, and the wide swath of Orange Co

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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National Popcorn Day, Free Dumplings, Cochon555: This Week In Food Events

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Happy National Popcorn Day! Find out which movie theater in Brooklyn is celebrating with a fancy bowl. Heading out to the Women’s March tomorrow? There’s a bar is hosting a charity happy hour! Looking to celebrate the Grammy’s return to New York City? Chef JJ Johnson knows exactly the place. All that and more in this […]

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Vietnamese Meals - Eating Etiquette

Vietnamese Meals - Eating Etiquette


Cuisine Adventure Tours

During your visit to Vietnam, you'll be exposed to a variety of foods and beverages, in both formal, and more casual settings. Read this blog post to learn the proper way to comfortably enjoy a meal - from how to sit, to which utensils to use (and how).

Psst! We Have The New Dates For Dinner In The Sky

Psst! We Have The New Dates For Dinner In The Sky

by Jaiden Bhaga @ The A List | The Urban List

Aucklanders, are you ready for this? Dinner In The Sky is officially hitting our shores in two weeks. 

Yes, you just read that correctly. From February 1 - 18, you’ll have the chance to literally dine in the sky!  Launching 11 years ago it has taken the world by storm, and now, finally Aucklanders can indulge in this experience. Trust us when we say this will be the most iconic pop-up of the year. 

Every Wednesday to Sunday during the event, there will be seven flights available. 

Helmed by four Auckland hospitality heroes: Simon Gault, Gareth Stewart, Fraser Shenton, Gavin Doyle and Phil Clark, the out-of-this-world experience will be literally taking brunch, lunch, dinner and even cocktails with the squad to the next-level this is an event that’s set to be a culinary masterpiece. 

“Unlike most restaurants where chefs are hidden away in the kitchen our chefs cook and create their food right in front of the guests, providing a rare opportunity to see these masters at work," says founder Steve Chung. "You may have some of our chefs demonstrating their skills on TV, but rarely will you get to see them cooking for you in the flesh.”

And, they will also have daily wine tastings featuring a selection of winning Air New Zealand wine awards wines and cocktail flights for some next level nights out.

To infinity and beyond! We’ll see you there.

The Deets:

What: Dinner In The Sky

When: 1 - 18 February

Where: Queens Wharf

Get Your Tickets Here!

Nanny’s Christmas Cherry Balls – So Retro So Delicious

by Ayngelina @ Bacon is Magic – The Best Food Around the World

One of my grandmother's best recipes, cherry balls are surprisingly easy to make but are always a crowd pleaser.

Nanny’s Christmas Cherry Balls – So Retro So Delicious is a post from: Bacon is Magic

Where You Should Travel In 2018 Based On Your Star Sign

Where You Should Travel In 2018 Based On Your Star Sign

by Marina Nazario @ The A List | The Urban List

It’s a new year, and that means a clean slate. This year could be anything, guys. We know you’re already strategically planning where and when to travel, but before you make any destination decisions, let’s see what the stars have to say. Crack open your diary and make room for one of these epic trips in 2018. Because, obviously, if a city is compatible with your zodiac, you have to go there. 

Here’s where you should travel in 2018, based on your zodiac sign. Bon voyage!

Aries

Queenstown, New Zealand

If anyone is going to bungee jump off in Queenstown or go zorbing down the hills of Rotorua, it’s you, Aries. You’re pretty freaking fearless and we can totally see you renting a kombi and road-trippin' your way through the North and South Islands of New Zealand. You don’t need much—just some comfortable clothes, your confidence and an optimistic attitude. Oh, and make sure you come back alive.  

Taurus

Utah, USA  

Taurus, fly on over the American Southwest and explore the beautiful and underrated state of Utah. You’ll appreciate that it’s pretty easy to travel through—especially if you visit during April-July for glorious weather and Bucket List adventure out the wazoo. Be sure to check out the mind-boggling beauty of Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon and Arches National Park. Pro tip: One of the world’s most epic slip ‘n slides opens on an Olympic ski slope during the (American) summer months. If you don’t do it, we will. 

Gemini

Djibouti, Africa

Oh Gemini, we know that you get bored easily. You can’t be bothered seeing another city with the same old H&M’s and Ralph Laurens. So you need somewhere unexplored. You need to go somewhere like Djibouti, a tiny corner of the world in East Africa. Lonely Planet reckons this is the #4 country to visit in 2018. We know you’re intrigued. And good news, there’s plenty to do in Djibouti. Whale shark diving or hike extinct volcanoes? Visit the salt lakes or the canyons?! You’re curious, like George. Go out and explore.

Cancer

Tokyo, Japan

Take your highly imaginative personality onto a plane, then take that plane straight to Japan. You need to let your creativity soar in a country that’s booming with color. Tokyo moves quick, but you can handle it. You, of all people, lurrrrv food, and Japan is the perfect place to stuff your face with all sorts of goodness. So slurp on ramen and nom on REAL sushi. You haven’t had a modern restaurant experience until your meal slips out of a machine #onlyinjapan.

Leo

Cape Town, South Africa  

Leo, you might not like taking holidays, but if you muster up a speck of wanderlust you're going to go somewhere that’s worth your time. And in 2018, it’s South Africa. (And no, not just ‘cause your star sign is a lion). You’re energetic, fearless and up for anything. Shark cage dive with Great Whites, visit the duck army winery and go on a safari. Simba wants to meet you.  

Virgo

Toronto, Canada

Virgo, step away from the office and onto a plane to Canada. You need a break! Toronto is calling your name. It’s a clean and artsy city, and Drake is from there—so, like, yeah. Go to the top of the CN Tower and splurge on a meal at the revolving restaurant. The city is thriving with music and art, so why don’t you exercise the right side of your analytical brain and let loose. Pro tip: if you can, catch a Raptor game in Jurassic Park (just Google it). 

Libra

Cinque Terre, Italy

Libra, you of all people know that balance equals a lot of walking plus heaps of pizza. That’s why you should go to the Cinque Terre in 2018. Being around friendly and freakishly attractive Italians meshes well with your gracious and social attitude. You like sharing and bringing balance to your surroundings, so gather some peeps and enjoy delicious antipasto and vino, plus a few clifftop hikes. 

Scorpio

Lahaul, India

ALLLL the way in the tip-top corner of India is the remote region of Lahaul and Spiti. If you haven’t heard of this place, look it up. Bet you didn’t think it would look like that! Small villages, large mountains, medieval monasteries and brilliant blue lake water is practically untouched by mass tourism, according to Lonely Planet. Use your resourcefulness to your advantage and navigate your way through this part of the world in 2018. There will be language barriers, exotic food and vibrant culture. Good thing you're up for a challenge, right? 

Sagittarius

Santiago, Chile  

Gear up for an adventure, Sag! You need to visit Lonely Planet’s number one destination of 2018: Chile! This is the year to do it, because the country is celebrating its 200th anniversary of independence, so there will be plenty of festivities to go around, especially in its capital, Santiago. Seriously, this country will keep you on your toes. You can explore one of the driest deserts on earth or freeze your butt off navigating your way through the glacial fields. Raise a glass of pisco sour and let’s go!

Capricorn

Mykonos, Greece

Turn off your emails and give your never-ending to-do list a break. It’s time to let loose in Greece, Capricorn! This country provides a great combination of history, relaxing on the beach and partying till the sun comes up (especially on Mykonos—AMIRIGHT?). Take a load off and come back to the office with an envious Mediterranean tan. You deserve it.  

Aquarius

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Aquarius, you’re a humanitarian, and San Juan needs your help. It got hit hard by Hurricane Maria and tourism will only help the country move forward. Go to San Juan in 2018 and explore this beautiful, Caribbean island. Hang out with the locals, eat your weight in Arroz con dulce and dance the night away in one of the crazy-good nightclubs. Heck, we’ll come with you. 

Pisces

Seville, Spain

Get out of bed and put on your dancing shoes, Pisces, it’s time to do the flamenco around Seville. Good thing you're go-with-the-flow (like most Spaniards) because it will be easy for you to make friends here. At home, you like your alone time, so why not challenge yourself and make this a solo trip. Meet people (maybe the love of our life), dance, eat good food and admire Seville's beautiful architecture. Let loose, Pisces, you gentle thing.

Now that you know where to go in 2018, the stars will tell you which dog to get.

Image credit: Benjamin Voros

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. 

Steve Cahalan: Former refugee starts Vietnam tour business

by Tan Pham @ Blog - Cuisine Adventure Tours

Article written by Steve Cahalan of the La Crosse Tribune and published by the La Crosse Tribune.  Learn more about Cuisine Adventure Tours.

Why a Vietnamese food journey tantalises diners from north to south

Why a Vietnamese food journey tantalises diners from north to south


South China Morning Post

The love of homestyle cooking permeates Vietnamese cuisine regardless of the region

Justin Timberlake Served (And Ate) Insects At His Album Launch

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Pop singer Justin Timberlake is a woodsman now, everyone! If the album art for his latest release, Man of the Woods (out February 2nd), didn’t tip you off immediately, the menu for yesterday’s launch party in New York City should do the trick. The AP reports that partygoers enjoyed “ants coated in black garlic and […]

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Unley Gourmet Gala

by John Dexter @ The Adelaide Review

South Australia’s food, wine, fashion and cycling enthusiasts enjoyed 18 years of success of the much-loved Unley Gourmet Gala street party on Tuesday, January 16.

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Top 5 exciting shopping experiences in Hanoi

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Besides visiting famous places or trying authentic cuisine, shopping is one of the activities everyone should have on their list while traveling. Hanoi offers so many shopping options for any kind of interests. Find out more what you buy and where to shop in Hanoi. Hanoi Shopping Malls Keangnam Hanoi  Shopping malls are the best […]

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Pronouncing Viet Food!

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Pho ever and ever. Eating right and eating healthy can be quite a challenge for most of us. Admittedly, we enjoy the grease and fat that come with our favorite food. But undeniably, we still need to…

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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.

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Dave nearly always plan and book all trips on his own.  This was his first trip to Asia, so given the unfamiliarity and the language barrier, he was willing to hire a tour.  Read more about Dave's experience with Cuisine Adventure Tours.......

8 Unforgettable New Zealand Road Trips To Take In 2018

8 Unforgettable New Zealand Road Trips To Take In 2018

by Sarah Downs @ The A List | The Urban List

If it's about the journey, not the destination, then a 2018 road trip is probs a good idea. Lucky for us, our stunning country is what classic road trips are made of.

From golden-sand peninsulas and snow-capped mountains to lush native forests, the open road in Aotearoa is the place you want to be. So grab your friends and snacks, buckle up and hit the road! 

Nelson to Queenstown 

Start in sun-drenched Nelson and make your way along the rugged West Coast. First stop is Punakaiki to explore the famous Pancake Rocks. This limestone labyrinth is made up of hundreds of slices of stone that really do look like pancakes. At high tide, the seawater geysers put on their very own water show. Then it’s on to the glaciers of Franz Josef, with pit stops in Greymouth and Hokitika on the way. Be sure to embark on the West Coast Treetop Walk over the Hokitika Gorge, 20-metres above the forest floor. Once you’re in the lakeside town of Wanaka, there’s no shortage of activities. Think hiking, skydiving and of snowplowing down a mountain in your final destination of Queenstown. 

Auckland to Cape Reinga

First, make your way to the seaside town of Paihia—it’s known as the gateway to The Bay of Islands. It’s made up of 144 islands, all complete with green countryside and sparkling blue waters. At Paihia, explore the historic Waitangi Treaty grounds, take a sailing tour and swim with the dolphins.  Make sure you stop for a meal at Charlotte’s Kitchen. From there, take the ferry to the historic island town of Russell, and then onto 90 Mile Beach and Cape Reinga, the very tip top of New Zealand! Take a walk to the iconic lighthouse and gaze over the Pacific Ocean. There are also ancient kauri forests to explore, waterfalls and natural rock pools for hopping. For more inspo, here’s our guide of 30 things to do up north this summer

Rotorua to Waitomo to Taupo 

Head west from Rotorua. Your first stop is New Zealand’s surf capital, the rugged beauty of Raglan! After carving those waves, travel a few hours south to Waitomo, home to the famous underground limestone caves which are illuminated with thousands of tiny glowworms. You can tube, abseil or take a boat ride and drift underground. Then, carry onto to Taupo—the home of Aotearoa’s largest lake. Hike the Tongariro Crossing (allow a day) and then check out Hidden Valley to see hot springs, mud pools and caves. On the way back, see the Huka Falls. This waterfall is pretty special, mostly due to the 220,000 litres of water that gush every second. 

Queenstown to Milford Sound

Picture Milford Sound and mostly you imagine deep inky waters, high mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls. But one of the best things about the trip to Milford is the drive. The route from Queenstown to Milford is as much a scenic experience as the fiord itself—it's been called one of the best road trips on the planet! Past mirror lakes framed by the rugged façade of the magnificent mountain range, aptly named The Remarkables. The drive can be done in a single day, but it’s best to split it up and stay in Te Anau, the perfect stopover. The cute town’s main attraction is Fiordland National Park, so schedule in time for a hike. It's really a bonus that you end your journey at the 8th wonder of the world. 

Queenstown to Dunedin via the Caitlins

This epic roadie is more commonly known as the ‘Southern Scenic Route’. Head south from Queenstown to the ‘real New Zealand’, a.k.a Invercargill, and from there make your way to the stunning Caitlins. You really could spend several days here exploring the native forest, high cliffs and golden beaches. Make sure to stop at Nugget Point to spot fur seals, sea lions and penguins and also see the Purakaunui Falls. This three-tiered cascading waterfall is one of Otago’s most loved treasures. Then, on your way to Dunedin, Tunnel Beach is a must visit. Descend the track to a magnificent outlook of rugged sandstone cliffs, arches and a man-made tunnel to the isolated sandy beach. 

Whakatane to Gisborne

Escape to East Cape for a rugged scenic drive, with plenty of Maori history to take in along the way. Interesting fact: this region is where the first Maori settlers arrived. Along the Pacific Coast Highway, you’ll pass through remote country, empty coves and bays galore, plus many Marae, with beautifully carved gateways. See the St Mary’s Church in Tikiti and meet the laid-back locals. Once you hit the surfing mecca of Gisborne, make sure to spend the night and catch the morning sunrise on the beach. It's the first place in the world to see it!  

Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula 

It wouldn't be a complete list without ticking off the incredible Coromandel. The North Island peninsula boasts some of the best beaches in the country, along with bluffs, lookouts and lush native bush. Head straight for Hahei to visit Cathedral Cove, where you'll find it’s ‘gram-worthy naturally-formed archway and golden bays. Also visit nearby Hot Water Beach to soak in its geothermically heated water. Then drive on the northeast coast of the Coromandel, where you'll find the untouched paradise that is New Chums. It's been voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world. 

Waiheke Island 

If all the active adventuring sounds too much, this foodie road trip on Waiheke is for you—and you only have to drive to the ferry terminal! Be sure to summon those island vibes immediately with a gelato from Island Gelato’s newly-opened ferry terminal store. Then enjoy a cheeky Peroni on the ferry while soaking in the views of Rangitoto Island. Once on Waiheke, wander the local market on Ostend Road for locally-made delicacies. There’s a jaffle truck, crepes and Hungarian fried bread on site, so make sure to pack an appetite. Spend the day at Onetangi Beach splashing your way through its tranquil shallow waters and stroll along the fine-grained sand. Have takeaway pizzas on the beach or, for glam dining, Oyster Inn Restaurant, located in the heart of Oneroa Village. Start with mandatory fresh Te Matuku oysters and local tipples for the ultimate Waiheke experience.

Image credit: Sara Orme

Dark Bars In Auckland To Escape The Heat

Dark Bars In Auckland To Escape The Heat

by Nina Franklin @ The A List | The Urban List

Summer in Auckland brings not only sweltering heatwaves but the tendency to want to throw back a cocktail or two. Now that the sun is out, you’d think that us JAFA’s have nothing more to complain about…wrong! We went from willing the chill of winter to end to complaining that “it’s toooo hot!” So, this time we’ve put together a list of bars to hide away in so that there’s no more melting make-up and squinty sun-in-our-eyes expressions. These are the bars that are cool, calm and collected and just what we need to escape the heat this summer.

Caretaker

Britomart

There’s a reason why this New York-style cocktail bar has a place on our list for dark bars to escape the heat this summer. Caretaker is hidden away in Britomart—you’ll find it down a dimly-lit staircase and through what looks like a janitor’s door. Here, you will find plenty of dark corners to hide away from the sun and the cocktail list is pretty damn impressive, too! Or, if there’s nothing on the list that quite tickles your fancy then you’re in luck, because custom-made cocktails are their specialty. Just pull up a seat at the bar and let the mixologists whip you up something special. It’s a win-win sitch, really.

Whammy And Wine Cellar

K’ Road

Whammy and Wine Cellar are probably the King and Queen of dark bars. K’ Rd is where you’ll find this double “whammy” duo, who are home to an eclectic mix of people and live music almost every night of the week. With a grunge-chić, dive-bar feel, Whammy and Wine Cellar are the perfect places to meet some interesting folk and rock out to some super cool music. With an ever-changing roster of Kiwi and international bands, you might just discover your new fave and cool down at the same time!

The Jefferson

CBD

Taking it downtown to Fort Lane is where you’ll find The Jefferson—Auckland’s premium whiskey bar. This 1920’s-styled bar is visually pleasing with bright cobalt blue couches and an edgy, industrial feel. Not only is The Jefferson a fantastic retreat from the sun, it also has more than 500 types of whiskey on offer. Now how bout’ that!? Sticky ribs are another specialty of this dark bar and so with whiskey, ribs AND an escape from the sun… what more could you want?

1885 Basement

Britomart

Another dark bar to add to our list is the 1885 Basement bar, another gem amongst the Britomart district. Hidden away downstairs from the main bar of 1885 is the basement bar. Here, you will find plush leather sofas and an aesthetic reminiscent of your rich, grandmother’s house from the ‘70s. Think crystal glassware and a retro tiled bar, with the best of the best bartenders, serving up equally luxurious cocktails. 1885 basement bar is the perfect excuse to hide away from the heat and indulge in a cocktail or three.

Racket

Britomart

Think exposed concrete and brick walls, wood and leather furnishings and a charming, rustic vibe and you’ve got Racket Bar, another on our list of dark bars to escape the heat. This oasis from the sun is hidden away down an alleyway in Britomart. Rum, cocktails and cigars are this bar’s specialty and, if you love live music, then this is the place to be. They’ve got live bands and DJ’s playing six nights a week. So, for an epic night of dancing and drinks, look no further than Racket, the self-proclaimed ‘most expensive fire hazard in Auckland.

Win-Win

Ponsonby

Bringing the vibe of Vegas to Ponsonby, Win-Win offers a sanctuary from the bright summer days. Step inside its doors and you’ll find murals by local legend Ross Lewis and portraits of the odd and uncelebrated. Here, cocktails are where it’s at. With mixologist mastermind Bence Harangozo working his magic behind the bar, you’ll find some of the best cocktails in our fair city!

The Gin Room

CBD

For all things luxurious and gin tasting, head to The Gin Room to escape the heat this summer. Situated on the first floor of one of Auckland’s oldest buildings—The Queens Ferry Hotel, The Gin Room is where you want to be for a gin cocktail list that could put any other bar to shame. This 1920’s-style cocktail lounge is adorned with red velvet curtains, dark wooden furnishings and dimly-lit tables made for sharing an intimate drink or two. So, if you’re wanting to indulge in the finer things in life and be transported to another century, we suggest you give this little wonder a visit.

Pineapple On Parnell

Parnell

Hidden away behind a single brass pineapple doorknocker, is Pineapple on Parnell— Auckland’s exclusive, ‘80s-inspired cocktail lounge. It’s the definition of sophistication! Pineapple on Parnell is another top pick of ours for bars to escape the heat this summer. Not only do they have a cocktail list fit for royalty but if you pop on down on the right night, you might just find the pianist throwing down some tunes on the ivory keys.

Lovebucket

Ponsonby

If you find yourself on K’ Road one day and you need to get away from the sweltering heat, then head on down to the K’ Road Food Workshop and out the back you’ll find Lovebucket, a perfect little oasis away from the sun. Lovebucket is renowned for their gin cocktails on tap and a pretty epic back bar, filled with pretty much every spirit imaginable… well, all the good one’s anyway. It’s dimly lit and has a cool 70’s vibe and did we mention it has gin cocktails on tap? Yup, that’s a thing and they’re pretty damn awesome!

Grand Central

Ponsonby

Our final pick for dark bars to escape the heat is Grand Central, Ponsonby Road’s most unpretentious live music bar! Named after the iconic Grand Central Station in New York, this is the place to go for live music EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT! If you’re in the mood to bust out the chops, they’ve got an open night mic on Monday or, if you’re just down for some chill vibes and a bit of a boogie, then pop on down any other day and hide away from the sun.

Image Credit: The Jefferson 

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Chicken Pho - hearty Vietnamese chicken noodles soup, hearty and super delicious. Get the easy recipe

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Mooncakes: Celebrating The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

by Izzy Pulido @ The Next Somewhere

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, known as “Tet Trung Thu,” is Vietnam’s second most popular holiday. In Ho Chi Minh City, the appearance of pop-up yellow and red stalls announces the coming of the Moon Festival, a lesser-known holiday to foreigners, yet the second most widely celebrated Vietnamese holiday. Traditionally falling on the 15th day of the […]

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23 Vietnamese Dishes to Celebrate Tet - Bacon is Magic

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Celebrate Vietnamese Tet with Food! Here are 23 Vietnamese foods you should try during Tet, the most important holiday in Vietnam.

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Recipe: Combo dessert soup- Chè thưngBy Helen Le Published: January 10, 2018Prep: 40 minsCook: 60 minsReady In: 1 hr 40 minsChe Thung is a popular Vietnamese sweet soup with coconut milk soup base and various kinds of beans, lotus seeds, and peanuts etc. There is also another dessert called Che Ba Ba, which is very […]

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The 2017 Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide Part One

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Three years and counting! The third annual “Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide” is here for the year of 2017 with twenty brandspanking new holiday gifts to fill our hearts with good tidings for our fellow neighbors, fill our homes with one-of-a-kind ornaments, and fill our bellies with foods from around the world. There’s more coming your […]

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Child Prodigy Chef Flynn McGarry Documentary To Debut At Sundance

Child Prodigy Chef Flynn McGarry Documentary To Debut At Sundance

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Flynn McGarry has cooked at some of the country’s top restaurants like Alinea, Alma and Eleven Madison Park, created supper clubs and hosted numerous pop-ups in Los Angeles and New York City all before the age of 17. Now at 19 years old, McGarry’s back in the headlines, this time to star in the documentary Chef Flynn. […]

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Vietnamese family dinners go viral

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How You Can Support Refugees Through Food In NYC

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Helping refugees comes in many forms. In NYC, you can support these displaced people by attending a special dinner they prepare. Here's how.

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Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Vietnamese Cuisine

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Top 10 Vietnamese Foods You Cannot Afford To Miss

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Crab with Tamarind and Chili (Cua Rang Me)

by Rasa Malaysia @ Vietnamese Recipes – Rasa Malaysia

Crab with tamarind and chili or Cua Rang Me is a coastal Vietnamese recipe. Easy recipe with step-by-step photo guide how to prepare live crab.

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How To Indulge In Turkey’s Delicious Culinary Culture

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Food in Turkey is a reason to visit the country in itself. Here's how to enjoy the country's best flavors, including recipes dating back hundreds of years!

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Tide Pod Challenge, Movies, Super Bowl: 10 Hot Topics On Food Republic

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Film and television award season is upon us, which got us thinking about all the movies we saw in 2017. We also got excited for the documentaries and television coming in the near future. We’re also getting on some winter travel: New York wasn’t cold enough for us so we checked out some of the […]

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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.

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Believe it, bagnet is the one. Aaah, bagnet. This deep-fried crispy pork belly always hits the spot whether you eat it as is, cooked in kare-kare style, sinigang, pakbet, dinuguan, and more. It may be sinful, but it’s always worth it. Just make sure the skin is crispy down to your last bite. Update: Check […]

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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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Lemongrass grilled shrimp with Sriracha and fish sauce. Delicious Vietnamese-style lemongrass grilled shrimp recipe that takes only 30 mins to make.

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Lunch On The Run With The Best Asian Meals In Jars

by Sindhu Bharadwaj @ Asian Inspirations

Say goodbye to tired old sandwiches and expensive take-away meals with five easy recipes for lunch on the run. Send your kids off to school with flavour-packed salads and sushi bowls, and dine ‘al-desko’ in the office on nutritious Asian soups. With a bit of preparation over the weekend, you and your …

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How to Appreciate Durian Taste in Southeast Asia

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Roasting Agave & Eating Tacos: A Oaxacan Adventure With Mezcal Unión

by rmartin @ Food Republic

People talk about Oaxaca like it’s a mystical place. Like on your first night there you’ll experience some hint of magic and it’ll guide your journey and you’ll go home feeling not so much refreshed but changed. Maybe the world will be a little clearer. Maybe you’ll see in the Technicolor of the craft-made spirit […]

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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…

An exploration of Vietnamese Food from North to the South - Jimmy Eats World

An exploration of Vietnamese Food from North to the South - Jimmy Eats World


Jimmy Eats World

An exploration of Vietnamese food, as I spent eight months traveling from North to South of Vietnam. There's more to Vietnamese food than just Pho.

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!

Summer Rolls

by Rasa Malaysia @ Vietnamese Recipes – Rasa Malaysia

Healthy and delicious Vietnamese Summer Rolls made with rice noodles, lettuce, carrots, shrimp with hoisin-peanut sauce. So good!

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Quiz: What Kind of Food Traveler Are You?

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Top Five Things To Do in Hanoi, Vietnam

by Izzy Pulido @ The Next Somewhere

Ho Chi Minh City may have eclipsed Hanoi as Vietnam’s most populace city, but one cannot forget that Hanoi, Vietnam is the political heart of the nation, the capital of one of the world’s last communist fronts. They say that Hanoi is the most Asian city of all Asian cities. Personally, it’s hard to dictate […]

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10 Delicious Traditional Vietnamese Food You Must Try While In Vietnam - Inspitrip Blog

10 Delicious Traditional Vietnamese Food You Must Try While In Vietnam - Inspitrip Blog


Inspitrip Blog

Traditional Vietnamese food are all about the balance of fresh ingredients, intense flavours, and ease of cooking and preparation.

Things to Do in Puerto Escondido — Fun Things to Do in Oaxaca, Mexico’s Southern Port

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Out of all the things to do in Puerto Escondido, sunsets may be our favorite, but there’s much more to this sleepy Mexican beach town than that. Much more. Beautiful beaches, fantastic food, incredible wildlife, and a laid-back surfer vibe. There are lots of reasons to visit Puerto Escondido, in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca. […]

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Your Vietnamese Street Food Guide to the San Gabriel Valley

Your Vietnamese Street Food Guide to the San Gabriel Valley


L.A. Weekly

The best food in Vietnam is found not in Michelin-approved establishments but on dirty street corners, where stray dogs linger at your feet carefully gnawing at scraps. Each tiny street stall will most likely specialize in one single dish; maybe bánh mì, maybe pho. That stall’s dish has inevitably been...

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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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!

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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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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Recipe: BUTTER BEEF – Bò Lăn Bơ

by Helen Le @ Danang Cuisine

Recipe: BUTTER BEEF - Bò Lăn BơBy Helen Le Published: December 11, 2017Prep: 20 minsCook: 10 minsReady In: 30 minsYield: 1 (1-2 Servings)Butter beef seems to be widely known among the overseas Vietnamese but is not a popular dish in Vietnam. However, it's a worth-trying appetizer with easy-to-find ingredients. Let give it a try!Bò lăn […]

Ho Chi Minh vs Hanoi: 6 highlights and you’ll get your perfect choice

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Finding reasons to love Vietnam is not a difficult task, especially when you look at the charming landscapes, sprawling beaches, mesmerizing mountains and unique scenery only found in Vietnam. With all this, it is easy to forget the big cities of Vietnam, such as Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. We are going to compare and […]

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Grilled Chicken Banh Mi

by Rasa Malaysia @ Vietnamese Recipes – Rasa Malaysia

Hanoi grilled chicken Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich filled with chicken and herbs. Delicious chicken banh mi from The Banh Mi Handbook by Andrea Nguyen.

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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.

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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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​The best places to order to fulfil your Vietnamese dish cravings

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There’s nothing quite as soothing as a steaming bowl of pho – with slippery rice noodles, beef broth and vegetables – to really satisfy those pesky […]

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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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Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam

Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam


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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

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

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Vietnamese Caramel Chicken

by Rasa Malaysia @ Vietnamese Recipes – Rasa Malaysia

Vietnamese Caramel chicken - skillet chicken recipe with sticky, sweet, savory, and mildly spicy sauce. So good with steamed rice.

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18 Hobbies To Start In 2018

18 Hobbies To Start In 2018

by Olivia Atkinson @ The A List | The Urban List

Well, well, well. 2017, has ditched us. Where did the year go?! As 2018 graces us with its presence, we’ve got a whopping 365 days to fill with whatever we choose (apart from the compulsory job, study, family, friend and general life commitments, of course) and what better way to get started than with sussing out a new hobby or two.

Hobbies can often get a bad rap. We get it. Sometimes there’s an underlying pressure to excel at your chosen hobby rather than have it purely for enjoyment, which makes the whole concept of picking up a hobby from scratch kinda intimidating.

Let us remind you, dear readers; having a ‘hobby’ basically means doing something for yourself because you find it really frickin’ fun. Kapeesh?

Without further ado—and without pressure to take any of these on board if they don’t tickle your fancy—here are 18 hobbies to start in 2018.

Start a wine tasting group. Once in awhile, gather some fellow vino-lovin’ friends and partake in a spot of wine tasting. Everyone has to bring a bottle but keep it in a paper bag. You’ll taste all the wines, make individual notes and then all will be revealed. It’s basically a learn-as-you-go wine tasting course and a solid excuse to get on the grape with your mates. More of a beer person? Start home brewing like you said you would in 2017. Get your camp on. If the only time you’ve slept in a tent is at a music festy, you’re really missing out. Our pretty country is home to some of the world’s best camping spots. Bring the marshmallows and get amongst. Keep track of your finances. We can almost see the eye rolls. If budgeting is your worst nightmare, it’s time to trick your brain into thinking that it’s somewhat enjoyable. Avoid those ghastly spreadsheets and download a nifty app. Trust us, you’ll end up having more moolah for the things you actually want to do. Start selling your shit and/or stop buying shit. You probably don’t need half the stuff you own, y’know? Learn how to not kill an indoor plant. Read up on our guide. Good luck. Make quilts. Quilts are just the best. They keep you warm, look great on a bed or couch and make for an excellent gift. Yep, they’ve made a comeback—type ‘hipster quilts’ into Google and you’ll get the idea. Give bullet journalling a crack. Yeah, yeah, we know no one really has time to jot down all their thoughts/feelings/shit they need to do, but most people have also never tried bullet journalling. It’s as if a to-do list, weekly planner and personal diary had a baby. Read all about it here. Try cooking for fun. If you’re one of these people who reluctantly whips up half-arsed meals during the week, we’re going to let you in on a secret. The more you cook, the better the meals will become. The end result? You’ll begin enjoying cooking because you’ll know that the end product will be epic instead of passably edible. Truth. Pick up a couple of disposable film cameras and go silly. Because of the limited number of shots, you’ll really have to think about what moments you capture. 36 selfie retakes ain’t going to cut the mustard. Become a wedding celebrant. Marriage is as trendy as ever so you’ll be in high hobby demand. Learn how to DJ. There’s an 82-year-old Japanese lady who rips up the decks in some of Tokyo’s best nightclubs proving to all of us that you’re never too old to pick up a new passion. Try your hand at pottery...literally. There’s something about pottery that looks so damn therapeutic. Watch these vids and tell us that you don’t want to give it a go. Become a fiercely competitive Scrabble player. You won’t regret it. Become a food mash-up inventor. Cronuts, sushi burgers and pizza cones are, like, ancient now. Just think of the endless food baby possibilities… Take up woodworking. It’s pretty badass and could lead to some awesome pieces of DIY furniture. Get really freakin’ good at stone skipping. Perfect the art of doing nothing. This might just be the best hobby ever.

Want to hang out with your friends while taking on your new hobby? We reveal Who Should Be Your BFF Based On Your Star Sign

Smile Makeover Vietnam Package Tour for 07 Nights & 08 Days

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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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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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Must-Try Food in Vietnam for Kids: Vietnamese Food for Picky Eaters - Family Travel Blog: An Epic Education

Must-Try Food in Vietnam for Kids: Vietnamese Food for Picky Eaters - Family Travel Blog: An Epic Education


An Epic Education

There is so much delicious food in Vietnam for kids. Here I list up some of the best Vietnamese food for picky eaters: fruits, desserts & main dishes.

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

by Claire @ Authentic Food Quest

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Fourteen Reasons Why I Love Vietnam

by Jimmy @

This is the second successive year that I’ve returned to Vietnam. The first stint lasted nearly nine months that took me from the north to south; with my recently stay only lasting a quick two months. What can I say – I just love the place! Vietnam is a popular … Read all about it!

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Celebrating Tet in Saigon

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As a child, every year we always celebrated Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) as it was the most important date in the yearly calendar. It was also be a date that I would dread yet enjoy at the same time. The day would start my … Read all about it!

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Vietnamese Cuisine

Vietnamese Cuisine


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Rice is the staplefood in the Vietnamese cuisine as well as noodles made of rice. The rice noodles can be served from breakfast to dinner in the Vietnamese diet. The rice noodles are prepared in soups or even in meat dishes served served fresh or dried and may have different shapes. The Vietnamese diet is rich in vegetables and herbs such as cucumbers, bean threads, sprigs of basil, hot pepper, mint and coriander. Vietnamese cuisine is a reflection of its culture, traditions and history. In...

Vietnamese Chicken Curry

by Rasa Malaysia @ Vietnamese Recipes – Rasa Malaysia

Best Ca Ri Ga recipe ever, with tender chicken, rich curry with potatoes and carrots. This chicken curry is so good.

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We Dig The Ludlow’s Guide To Eating In NYC’s Lower East Side

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

If there’s one thing New York City hotels all need, it’s a friendly, concise, expertly curated guide to the neighborhood’s best eats. Lower East Side mainstay The Ludlow is handing out these cool little maps to make sure you end up exactly where you want. Here’s the map’s legend — check out all these great […]

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Where to Get Vietnamese Food in Austin

Where to Get Vietnamese Food in Austin


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A great Vietnamese meal sticks with you... And no, we don't mean in your teeth. The lingering pleasure that a well made Bánh mì sandwich or a plate of perfectly wrapped spring rolls provides is culinary nourishment at its best. We're of the belief that a

Best restaurants in Hanoi: Wander in the map of tastes

by Phan Len @ Inspitrip Blog

Hanoi has complex layers of culture to distinguish itself from others big cities in Vietnam. The border between the ancient Hanoi and the Hanoi of modernity and luxury one is not chaotic but unusually remarkable: With a walk down the same street, one can admire an antique Buddhist temple and soon after, the French architecture […]

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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?

How Adelaide’s Best Vietnamese Food Came to Hanson Road - The Adelaide Review

How Adelaide’s Best Vietnamese Food Came to Hanson Road - The Adelaide Review


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The Hanson Road strip is the heart of Adelaide’s Vietnamese community, so it makes sense that it boasts the best traditional Vietnamese food in the state. But Hanson Road wasn’t always home to the Vietnamese.

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 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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Why Is It Worth Discovering Authentic Nyonya Food ?

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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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The Best Health Food Trends Of 2018

The Best Health Food Trends Of 2018

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

Last year featured a delicious array of health food trends, but it’s time to say goodbye to 2017...and with it the poke bowls, activated charcoal lattes, smashed avo toast, blue smoothies and fermented everything.

It's 2018 now, and we're making way for a whole new range of health fads. Bring on the mushroom lattes!

Adaptogens

With the fast-paced lives we all seem to lead, most of us need a little stress relief from time to time. And that’s why we're predicting adaptogenic herbs like ginseng, holy basil, ashwagandha and licorice root are going to be on-trend in 2018. Adaptogens work to lower cortisol levels (a stress hormone) and recharge your adrenals. Yes please!

Collagen

If you’re not yet on the collagen buzz, you probably will be soon—it feels like collagen powders are becoming more and more popular every week. Simply pop a spoonful into your morning smoothie and see thicker hair, stronger nails, better skin and even improved immunity.

Functional Mushrooms

It’s time to say goodbye to your turmeric/charcoal/beetroot latte and say hello to 2018’s new trend: the mushroom latte. Functional mushrooms such as Chaga, Lion’s Mane and Reishi are known to have an abundance of benefits—warding off a common cold, promoting thick shiny hair, increased concentration and high energy levels. Get on it. 

Plant-Based Diets

It’s no secret that going vegan has become a huge trend in the last few years, with the number of vegans raised by 360% in the last decade. And that number is only going up. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that we're going to see a major plant-based food trend in 2018. Think pulled jackfruit and other plant-based meat replacements hitting the shelves.

Intermittent Fasting

Yup, the intermittent fasting trend is here to stay, and it’s all about when you eat, not what you eat. Basically, you go without food for around 16 hours and then have a period of eight hours where you eat your entire day’s worth of food in order to lose body fat. We are going to sit this one out and stick to our 16 hour eating period...and 8 hour fasting period.

Middle Eastern

We've definitely loved the Hawaiian poke bowls that went off in 2017, but we're super excited about 2018's Middle Eastern food trend. I mean, who can resist halloumi, falafel, hummus, dates and pomegranates?

Root-To-Stem

Move over, ‘nose-to-tail’, root-to-stem is here to join the plant-based party! We're looking forward to seeing this trend take off, with inventive ways to eat your potato skins, broccoli stalks, carrot tops and everything you usually chuck out when preparing your veggies.

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Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide


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“An com chua?”If you’re going to understand Vietnam and the Vietnamese, this three-word phrase is key. A friendly greeting exchanged throughout the day, it poses a seemingly mundane question: “Have...

Tips for Cooking Vietnamese Food

Tips for Cooking Vietnamese Food


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You can't cook well without advice from someone who's been around the block several times. I'm talking grandparents, parents, aunties and uncles. Though my mom and dad both have plenty to say on Vietnamese food and traditions, this section is dedicated to my mama who's our family's kitchen maven. (That's her photo above!) Check the "Cooking Tips and Tools" section for more! lengthier blog postings. And, use the comment function below to add your own kitchen wisdom to this list that I've started. Freezing cha gio (fried imperial rolls) Make a double or triple batch of the Vietnamese classic, cha gio, and freeze them for another day. The technique I learned from my mom is to fry them until they're set but not fully or...

Food for Hanukkah: 17 Things You’ll Want to Eat

by Ayngelina @ Bacon is Magic – The Best Food Around the World

The festival of lights, there is so much delicious food for Hanukkah you need to try.

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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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Finally, A Home Biogas Converter That Won’t Break The Bank

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

When it comes to gas for heating your home and cooking, you’re pretty much tied to the utility company. HomeBiogas is a new home biogas converter and digester Kickstarted by 677 backers who pledged nearly half a million dollars to bring the idea of a waste-reducing independent fuel supply into fruition. What’s more, perks included donations to areas in need of steady […]

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