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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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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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Ham & Sherry

Ham & Sherry   “Just to eat is a gift.”                                      Ferran Adria A small, hole-in-the-wall ‘Bodega’ down a little lane in Wan Chai -noticeable by the Catalan style blue and white wall tiles on its exterior- is home to Hong Kong’s largest selection of aged hams and its most impressive list of Sherries. Ham […]

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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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Modena Anima

The Po River basin is the food bowl of Italy, in its heart is the region of Emilia Romagna and it is here you will find ‘Il cibo di re e angeli’, (the food of kings and angels). This is a region where the names of its towns and villages have become as internationally famous […]

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Penh and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – (Updated)

      Tim Belcourt looks the part of an outlaw biker, a long white handlebar moustache gives him the appearance of a grizzled walrus, tattoos cover his forearms, there are lasting scars, on the inside as well as out. A veteran Harley rider who would regularly do a solo run from Singapore to Cambodia, […]

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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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A Penis Story

  In researching my latest book on Cambodian Street Food, I have headed out on numerous expeditions to visit food stalls, roadside restaurants and pavement kitchens all over the capitol. Usually the modus operandi is that we out head before dawn in order to catch the many breakfast vendors and then we will often continue […]

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Soba Thoughts

  I could be sitting in one of those little hole-in-the-wall noodle bars in the subterranean arteries of the Tokyo Metro subway, instead I am seated in a concrete box that abuts the pavement on Street 334 in Boeung Keng Kang 1, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; a Japanese restaurant not much larger than a shipping container. […]

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The Tiger’s Tale and the Psychophysics of Taste

        “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ― Pablo Picasso Prologue: Having eaten an incredible meal prepared for me by a friend, I was tasked with writing about it and I knew there would be questions of bias and impropriety, that my integrity […]