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The Gruen Transfer

  On The Table – Tokyo Café AEON Mall II – Sen Sok City, Phnom Penh I’ve never been big on Mall restaurants, eateries or bars, the whole concept just seems like it’s all faux atmosphere, cooking by numbers and service with a feeding-the-masses kind of vacant smile. It’s not a destination where I go […]

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The Exciseman

    The Exciseman Whisky Bar, Singapore exciseman (British) noun plural -men A government official who collects excises and enforces the laws concerning them For over two hundred and fifty years, from the early 18th century through to the mid-20th century, excise officers cast a long shadow over the Scotch whisky industry. These were the […]

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Natural History part 5. ‘The One Straw Revolution’ On Man and Nature

Nature never deceives us; it is we who deceive ourselves. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau  Masanobu Fukuoka (1913 –2008) was a Japanese farmer and philosopher, he was a trained microbiologist and agricultural scientist and after completing his education he worked at the Yokohama Customs Bureau. In 1937 he was taken to hospital with pneumonia and whilst there had […]

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Natural History Part 4. ‘Voltaire’s Bastards’ On Reason and Nature

I noted with interest that a special 20th anniversary edition of John Ralston Saul’s jeremiad, ‘Voltaire’s Bastards’ had been released, a book that provoked in me a great deal of thought when I first read it, (ironically) almost twenty years ago. The tome is a sustained, agitated and sometimes aggressive tirade; a rant, an anatomy […]

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Natural History Part 3. The Opimian Falernian, One Wine to Rule Them All

  “In vino veritas, (in wine, truth)” ― Pliny the Elder As we approached the end of the second millennium, huge growth in wine production in some countries saw a sort of industrialization of grape growing, of the farming of grapes: hand picking, hand pruning, hand tending was out and mechanization, irrigation and the use […]

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Natural History -part 2. A Hegelian Dialectic

  “Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Consumer preferences in wine are a bit like hem-lines in the fashion industry, just as sure as they will rise, they will one day come back down again, for every action there is an opposing reaction. In fact, it seems […]

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Natural History part 1. Desire

A list of the requirements to live a happy life: Freedom Self Sufficiency Friendship Thought Wine Bread & Cheese -Epicurus, (#Note: Epicurus was an avowed teetotal, the author here has substituted wine for water) The Ancient Greek philosopher and founder of the ‘School of Hedonism’, Epicurus, (341–270 BCE) realized there was a problem with desire. […]

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Chive Talking

In 2013, the tranquil little expanse of lawn in front of the National Museum and beside the Royal Palace was transformed into its ceremonial function as a funerary complex called Veal Preah Meru, the sacred ground where the King’s of Cambodia are cremated so that their souls may transcend to the temple of heaven. In […]

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Bean Streets

The modern concept of café culture is alive and well in Cambodia with the emergence of the successful local café chain Browns and the invasion of international franchises like Costa and Starbucks. There is also a burgeoning local roasting industry with companies such as Rumble Fish in Kampot, Feel Good in Battambang and Three Corner […]

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The El Carnicero of Phnom Penh

  The country of Uruguay in South America sits on the northern bank of the River Plate, there are four cows, (12 million) to every one person, (3 million) in the country. Uruguayan cattle is free range, grass fed and tended by the legendary Gauchos, (cowboys). Not surprisingly Uruguayans love their beef, eating more per […]