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Hip To Be Square

Conquering Novotel Saigon Centre’s Seafood Buffet

There are two kinds of people in life—those who plan and those who embrace the spontaneity of the unexpected. I fall into the first category and on a warm Friday evening, find myself mapping out a strategy to conquer the wonderfully formidable […]

By |May 17th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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A Body at Rest

Searching for serenity in the city of Hue

Between frazzled expats trying to balance work and the stresses of life in a tropical country and visitors looking to cram an impossibly long list of must-sees into a three-week itinerary, Vietnam is not exactly known as a […]

By |May 15th, 2018|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Rice is Life

Highlighting the pure, delicious simplicity of rice and comfort food

In Vietnam, rice is life. Even a map of one of the world’s top rice-exporting countries looks like two rice baskets hung on a long pole, anchored by the rice-growing regions of the Red River Delta in the […]

By |April 26th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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The Chocolatiers of The Mekong Delta

Exploring the past and future of Vietnamese chocolate

The Vietnamese have a saying: Phi cua Troi, muoi doi chang co, meaning “Waste what God gives you and the next ten generations will go without.” Likely no one has mastered the art of multi-purposing quite like the humble people […]

By |April 20th, 2018|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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How To Beach in 6 Easy Steps

Getting away to the Beach Club at The IMPERIAL Hotel Vung Tau

Most of us who choose to call Saigon home have learned not only to live with its quirks—the incessant traffic, the shark-plagued internet, late-night, off-key karaoke from the neighbors, and the heat and humidity that’s especially intolerable this […]

By |April 11th, 2018|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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It Takes a Village

The ubquitous bamboo is forever tied in to Vietnamese culture and identity

For centuries, the Vietnamese have seen themselves in the hardy, strong, ramrod straight plant, a fitting symbol for the strength and resilience of the people. The fact that bamboo grows in clusters speaks of the nation’s solidarity.

Throughout the […]

By |April 9th, 2018|Features|0 Comments
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Skin Deep, Dark & Delicious

The skinny on chocolate’s therapeutic benefits

Ever since the first Europeans encountered cacao, they’ve been documenting its use as medicine. The Badianus Manuscript (dating back to 1552) recorded that Mesoamericans used cocoa derivatives as remedies for everything from angina and constipation to gout and hemorrhoids.

As it made its way over to […]

By |March 19th, 2018|Features|0 Comments
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Detox for Tet

Explore Spa by Le Méridien Saigon harnesses the healing powers of the sea

While Saigon has a million things going for it, including world-class street food, a vibrant nightlife scene and parks and rivers galore, life here can hardly be considered relaxing. With Western New Year and […]

By |December 19th, 2017|Health, Spa & Health, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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A Gesture of Goodwill

Blanc’s hearing impaired staff combine gestures with gastronomy

I usually bristle when my requests directed at Vietnamese service staff fall on deaf ears, but for once, I don’t mind. I’m at Blanc, the five-month old restaurant that features almost all hearing-impaired waiters. Co-owned by Vu Anh Tu and […]

By |December 13th, 2017|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Seafood BBQ Buffet at An Lam Retreats Saigon River

So often, the phrase “culinary experience” is used to describe what turns out to be a simple meal.

However, An Lam Retreats Saigon River’s newly announced Seafood BBQ Buffet is truly a “culinary experience” in every sense of the phrase.

Organized every […]

By |September 29th, 2017|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments