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Fit for a King

Yu Chu gives comfort Cantonese cuisine a royal makeover

Chances are that if you’ve had Chinese food outside of China, it’s been a version of Cantonese cuisine. In the 1800s, a large number of mainly Cantonese immigrants journeyed overseas to work on the railroads in America or to […]

By |March 19th, 2019|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Repast Hoi An

Uncovering Hoi An’s fascinating history through food

While Hoi An is firmly on the tourist map for a lot of things—a ridiculously photogenic Old Quarter replete with colorful Insta-ready lanterns and artfully faded walls, an absurd number of tailor shops churning out designer-inspired garments in a day, […]

By |March 2nd, 2019|Features|0 Comments
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The Champa Kingdom

Cham-inspired travel combining culture and comfort

Known as intrepid seafarers, the Champa Kingdom developed international trade routes that allowed them to accumulate wealth and political power as well as forge ties with other regional kingdoms and with South Asia and China. Together with the Khmer and […]

By |March 2nd, 2019|Destination, Travel|0 Comments
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Hoi An on a Plate

Spice Viet Restaurant serves up lighter, fresher fare

One of the joys of Hoi An is uncovering its surprisingly robust culinary scene. While part of the foodie experience is wandering down alleyways in search of a single-dish food stand that may or may not […]

By |February 28th, 2019|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Blueprint to Paradise

Can conservation and tourism co-exist in Coron?

We slip into the glassy, emerald waters of one of Asia’s cleanest lakes, our hands feeling our way past smooth underwater boulders. Crystal clear visibility reveals a moonscape beneath the surface of Coron’s Kayangan […]

By |February 10th, 2019|Destination, Travel|0 Comments
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Pretty Betty

Tam Le is set to make her mark on Saigon’s food scene

Everything about the night so far has been surreal. Our table comprised of furloughed Americans, cousins from London, a PhD student from Hue and a Saigonese photographer are listening to […]

By |February 8th, 2019|Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Fire Power

Quince Saigon serves up simple, smoky goodness

The dictionary lists at least ten definitions for the word “simple”. Some carry a negative connotation (think: stupid, unsophisticated, or basic) whereas others are more positive (humble, unpretentious, the opposite of what kids mean […]

By |January 6th, 2019|Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Street Art

On creating an artists’ community in Hoi An
The fate of Hoi An’s craftsmen and artists has long waxed and waned with the prosperity of the town itself. Starting in the 15th century, artists from all over the country moved to […]

By |January 6th, 2019|Art, Destination, Travel|0 Comments
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Chengdu & Chill

Why the capital of Sichuan is China’s happiest city

There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says “the young shouldn’t go to Chengdu, and the old shouldn’t leave,” speaking to the laid-back lifestyle of this city of 10 million. The gateway to […]

By |December 28th, 2018|Destination, Travel|0 Comments
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When “Less Is More” Is More

Everyone gets a dream vacation at InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort

A romantic getaway for two. A few leisurely weeks by the beach to truly unwind. A raucous family holiday filled with waterslides and edutainment activities. A luxe retreat where […]

By |December 20th, 2018|Destination, Travel|0 Comments