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Independence Day

    From Lost World to Last Hope   ‘Where the Mind is Without Fear’ Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where […]

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Bistronomy

Les Années Folles “But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong, nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition During the […]

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Truffle Hog

  “Whosoever says truffle, utters a grand word, which awakens erotic and gastronomic ideas” Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), preface to ‘The Physiology of Taste’ (1825) Truffles, those incredible little culinary luxuries that almost defy description, one should never pass up an opportunity to smell, taste and commune with the plump little balls of ectomycorrhizal fungi found […]

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French Cheese Diplomacy

It was fifty years ago last month that French President, General and Statesman Charles de Gaulle made his famous speech at Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh in front of an estimated crowd of 100,000 people. In his address de Gaulle praised Prince Sihanouk for his ambitious development and modernization policies and for his neutral stance […]

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Spaghetti Eastern

It has long been accepted history that Venetian trader Marco Polo brought noodles from the Silk Route to Italy and thus introduced Italians to an Eastern staple that would become their national dish. Marco Polo, his father Niccolo and his uncle Maffeo are said to have traveled throughout Asia, meeting the Great Kublai Khan on […]

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The Midnight Special

The ‘Misnomer of the Year’ a friend called it, indeed brunch is supposed to be about sleeping in very late on the weekend and then having a relaxed, decadent and somewhat boozy meal between breakfast and lunch that can (and often does) roll on until late in the afternoon. According to the August 1896 edition […]

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This Negroni Life

The bitter and twisted Negroni has somehow become the trendiest cocktail of the decade, with Conde Nast Traveler magazine suggesting it is to New Millennials what the Cosmopolitan was to Yuppies way back in the last decade of the last century. In fact, the Negroni it is so trendy right now it should have its […]

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Lost World

  Sometimes, there are certain moments, certain meals that can be so serendipitously excellent you become convinced that unknown forces have conspired to bring you to a particular place, at a specific time, for a single moment of sheer perfection. My mother and I are sitting at table on an old stone terrace on the […]

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A Gin fit for a Sling

London Gin has come a long way since the early 1700’s, when London Town was awash with cheap and nasty versions of a spirit nicknamed ‘Mother’s ruin’, portrayed as the wrong side of the tracks in William Hogarth’s famous prints of Beer Street and Gin Lane (1751). When the British government began allowing unlicensed distilleries […]

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Legends Lunch

Friday the 19th of February 2016 will always be a memorable day, mostly because of a rather remarkable lunch. A small band of industry rouges and reprobates like myself gathered at midday at Le Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh to gorge, graze, guzzle and to generally stick our snouts in -all the way down to […]