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Tango in Saigon

    Octo bills itself as a ‘restobar’ -having weaved down a small alley, climbed a rickety staircase, up past multiple, mixed businesses on each floor until lost, deep in the bowels of a decaying remnant, (this is a quintessential Sai Gon experience I never tire of)- I finally enter to find the pata negra […]

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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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Straight Up, No Chaser

  Phnom Penh, late morning and I have an audience with the ruling monarch of Phnom Penh’s cocktail society, Jen Queen. The café is Feel Good, I get a sense we both come here regularly, to heal and seek redemption. The coffee is strong, the conversation unfiltered. Jen Queen is the driving force behind the […]

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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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Through the Sands of Time

The great sand dune of Pyla, sometimes called the ‘Dune de Pilat’ is the tallest in Europe at over 100 meters high. At present it is three kilometers long and five hundred meters wide and lies just an hour’s drive, (60 kilometers) west of the famous wine region Bordeaux. However, Pyla is a world away […]

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Le Bouchon

  Last week was ‘Good France’ week in Cambodia, seven days spent celebrating the French ‘joy for life’ and the art of the French table. With a vast array of events, dinners and promotions, Phnom Penh’s French community, restaurants, brasseries and bistros did themselves proud. Given the sense of occasion, I thought it only fitting […]

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Est-essential

    A new cocktail lounge and supper club in Phnom Penh, simply named Est bar, blends great style with a certain comfortable panache. Medieval legend has it that before Italian monks would set out on journeys between monasteries, they would first send forth a scout, whose sole task was to go on ahead and […]

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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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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 […]