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How Green Are Green Wines?

Clearing the confusion and mystery around what makes a wine environmentally friendly and qualify as “green”

Over the past few decades we have had an explosion of what I like to call “green wines,” which, depending on the country where they are produced, may be labeled as organic, […]

By |June 20th, 2018|Cheers, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Xin Ciao

Two classic cuisines—Italian and Vietnamese — come together beautifully at this charming eatery in District 2

We headed over to Pho Ong Tay (39 Vo Truong Toan, Thao Dien, D2; 090 246 2934), for a late lunch. I knew little about Pho Ong Tay, only […]

By |June 11th, 2018|Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Let’s Go For Dim Sum

Gather a hungry crew to feast on dumplings, steam buns, egg tarts and more

In her 2010 article for the Wall Street Journal, Samantha Cooper wrote of exploring Saigon’s Chinatown, a part of the city that even today is rarely ventured into by fine diners for its culinary […]

By |June 7th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Let’s Do Brunch

Brunch is no longer reserved for Sundays

I booked the Craft Beer Brunch at Rbar at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (8-15 Ton Duc Thang, D1) as a treat to ourselves at the end of a hard week, hoping beyond hope that it would live up to expectations. […]

By |May 29th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Small is The New Big

Saigon’s newest restaurant serving creative Italian cuisine and big dreams

It’s often true that the most memorable dining venues aren’t the ones that are easiest to spot. You won’t walk past Small Vacancy – Lounge & Dining —it’s hidden away in the corner of the alley at 178/4B Pasteur, D1—but this […]

By |May 28th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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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