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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 […]

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Style with Substance – Deco-dence Pt. 2

  Deco restaurant is situated in a large house built sometime in the early 1960’s, very modern for its time and built in the Corbusian modernist and modern Bauhaus style introduced to the country by Vann Molyvan. This style would become extremely popular during Cambodia’s golden era of independence and development during the 1950’s and […]

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Bar.Sito

    “The Streets were dark with something more than night”  Raymond Chandler Move briskly along the outer wall of the Royal Palace, quietly past the machine guns, which always look alert and mischievous, whilst their owners are usually sound asleep. Navigate the unlit Street 240 -large trees casting ominous shadows in the moonlight- leave […]