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Zero Waste Wine

How to become a wine without waste drinker

It seems that finally the zero waste movement is taking off in Saigon with some great people working very hard, and usually for free, to change minds and habits in Vietnam, and turn this lovely country into a […]

By |May 21st, 2018|Cheers, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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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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Chicken Biryani – Recipe of The Month

Chicken biryani brings back memories from my initial days of being married. My mother-in-law was very fond of chicken biryani, and whenever my husband and I would step out for dinner alone she would ask us to get a take away of the biryani, and soon […]

By |May 13th, 2018|Wine & Dine|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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Luxury Lunches

The perfect excuse to skip work and while away a Saigon afternoon

For any foodies in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll definitely want to check out Saigon Kitchen located in the beautiful Hôtel des Arts Saigon (76-78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, D3; www.hoteldesartssaigon.com). Saigon Kitchen focuses on serving […]

By |April 17th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Hanoi, Haiphong in Hong Kong

In search of the flavors of Vietnam within the bright lights of Hong Kong

You’ll find little Saigons and Little Hanois all over the US, Europe, Australia and Singapore, but not in Hong Kong. A punishing immigration policy that favors those who will contribute significantly to the economy, coupled […]

By |April 10th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Hybrid Haven

Saigon’s newest restaurant dishes up the best blend of French and Vietnamese cuisines

Local childhood friends Phuong and Long have teamed up to introduce Saigon’s latest fine dining restaurant The Haven (37A Tran Khanh Du, D1), an experimental French/Vietnamese fusion venue inspired just as much by Long’s […]

By |April 4th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Buon Appetito

Come for the wood-fired pizza, stay for the barbecue ribs and wings

Italiani’s Han Thuyen (17 Han Thuyen, D1) is just a short walk from the tourist and selfie mecca of Notre Dame. The un-prepossessing exterior belies an achingly cool interior—the bare brick cladding, exposed lightbulbs and a […]

By |March 15th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Crazy for Crustaceans

Outbound to District 11 for possibly Saigon’s biggest and most succulent lobsterfest

It takes a lot to drag cuisine lovers out of their comfort zones and steer them toward venues far from the central districts, but sometimes that long Uber ride across town is richly […]

By |March 11th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|1 Comment
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Dine by the Waterside

A rustic riverside restaurant that majors in delicious Vietnamese barbecue.

Perched conveniently on the northeastern shore of the Thao Dien peninsula, The River Restaurant (199 Nguyen Van Huong, D2) is District 2’s newest Vietnamese riverside eatery. With a fully-stocked bar and an […]

By |February 17th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|1 Comment