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est! est!! est!!!

Est! Est!! Est!!! A Legend of Monte Fiascone The following excerpt is from The New Monthly Magazine & Humorist, -edited by Thomas Hood Esq. and published by Henry Colburn, Great Marlborough Street, London. 1841 –part the third, page 538   Did you ever, good reader, forsake your snug home, And start off on your travels […]

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Here’s to the Lucky Bastards

                                                                                                                   Photos Courtesty of Leboost cambodia Che Culo #6B Street 302 BKK1.   Firstly, there is that name, let us attempt to deal with it straight off the bat. The term Che Culo comes from Northern Italy, Che, (pronounced as a hard ‘K’) means ‘what’, Culo means ‘ass’, the literal name of the bar in […]

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Memory of an Elephant

There was a time when European merchants, writers, adventurers and those out for a grand tour would travel throughout South East Asia by steamer, going about their business, enduring their hardships and either building up or depleting their family fortunes.   Stoic traders and intrepid travelers would seek respite from the oppressive jungles, the stifling […]

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The Blue Dragon

    The Blue Dragon Despite millions of T shirts to the contrary, there is no hard evidence to suggest that Tin Tin ever did make it to Phnom Penh. However, if by some chance he ever managed to jump a barge up the Mekong, it is inevitable his adventure would have unfolded from one […]

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Soul Kitchen

  An Bang Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam As I sit on the grass perched over the beach, staring out to sea, sated and listening to the vibes of the house blending in with the gentle roll of ocean onto sand, it occurs to me that if I turned to stone and sat here for a […]

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Hanoi by the Glass

  “In a city one thousand years old, everyone is a visitor.” I have been ‘dropping’ in to Hanoi for over a dozen years, for the past 9 months I have found myself a resident. Hanoi has always intrigued me, drawn me, a visually beautiful city with a certain charm and character, it smiles at […]

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The Speakeasy – part one, Prohibition

The modern day Speakeasy is typically a small, urban bar tucked into an out of the way and sometimes unlikely space; it is usually an establishment that specializes in the serving high quality spirits, liqueurs and cocktails to a sophisticated and discerning clientele. The contemporary Speakeasy looks to combine a stylish, urban chic with an […]

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Lost & Found

  Small, urban dining rooms are becoming incredibly fashionable in large capital cities around the globe. Intimate eating spaces where passion, quality, expressionism, creativity, individualism and imagination-in-dinning make a local stand against fast food, franchising and disingenuous, feed-lot, number-crunching monoliths; a feel-good antidote to the soulless rotation of bums on seats and production line cooking. […]

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Armand’s Bistro

Armand’s Bistro -in the words of its inimitable owner, Khmer born, French raised, Armand Gebrié- is a simple French Bistro. Perhaps Gebrié felt he’d earned some simplicity, to date he has managed a rather adventurous life, at times complicated -anything but simple. As Author Clive Graham-Ranger noted, “Cambodian-born Armand Gerbie’s life and loves read like […]

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On a Sour Note

    “Pisco is compounded of the shavings of cherubs’ wings, the glory of a tropical dawn, the red clouds of sunset, and the fragments of lost epics by dead masters.”         -Rudyard Kipling Pisco is the key ingredient in what is arguably Peru’s National drink, the now world famous cocktail the ‘Pisco Sour’. It […]