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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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Fortify my Soul

  Captivated by the golden era of British film, when gentleman would retire to the library for port and cigars, I eagerly accepted an invitation to La Casa del Habano for an evening pairing various port wines with a selection of fine Cubanos. My head was filled with visions of Sidney Greenstreet, resplendent in velvet […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]