Honey, you so fine

The good thing is, you’re not alone wondering just what “fine wine” means. It’s still debated by wine critics and buffs too; they can’t agree either If you ask people about fine wine, whether they are experts or not, their minds automatically jump to either Bordeaux or Burgundy. For over 100 years, these two places

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Turkey For The Soul

Giving thanks at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon It’s about this time of year when North Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday borne out of a tradition of communal feasts following the fall harvest. Many families have the custom of relating what they’re thankful for while enjoying a cornucopia of home- cooked favorites. However, in an

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Drink To Your Health

Treat what ails you at this moody, apothecary-themed speakeasy Up until recent history, apothecaries in the West offered alcoholic concoctions in the hopes of remedying what ails you. Everything from headaches to joint pain to stomach issues to dental hygiene were “cured” with booze. For one to get a proper stiff drink, one would not

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Legend Dining

For an evening of surf-and-turf dining, head no further than OGGI One of my favorite movies is Lost in Translation. Melancholic and lonesome, but funny, beautiful, and fulfilling at the same time. It has the strange ability of making me yearn to feel alone and out of step with the rest of the world. The

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Anything But Simple

Located on one of Saigon’s most coveted downtown streets, a new bistro pairs romance with fusion fare The Little DOOR Bistro (49 Ton That Thiep, D1, www.facebook.com/thelittledoorbymrsimple) welcomes diners with a soft, warm glow from inside. Stark white tables illuminated by vintage bulbs, a sleek espresso bar and a display of delicate baked goods greet us

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Four By Four

For amazing views of the Saigon’s cityscape and delicious sharing plates, head to the top at OnTop Bar Opened in 2012, OnTop Bar located on the 20th floor of Novotel Saigon Centre (167 Hai Ba Trung, D3, opens at 5:30pm), has breathtaking views of Ho Chi Minh City. On a clear night this is a

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Juicy Grilled Glory

Meat-lovers will not want to miss the beer and barbecue at The Rooftop BBQ in District 1 Opened in June, what sets The Rooftop BBQ (2nd floor of M Plaza at 39 Le Duan, D1; www.facebook.com/therooftopbbq or therooftopbbq.com) apart, an open-air restaurant, are a few distinct features. First, unlike other BBQ places where you cook

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Saigon’s Super Bowl

The C-note pho hits all the right notes It’s hard to imagine a dish more humble than pho—a peasant soup of stewed bones a la the French pot-au-feu combined with Chinese-style fan noodles and topped with fresh herbs. You can still find the rare bowl for less than USD1, but only at a mom-and-pop cart

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Rediscover A Classic

A long-time favorite, Xu is still going strong with its ambitious, mostly assured nouvelle Vietnamese cooking Xu Restaurant Lounge (71-75 Hai Ba Trung, D1) is in the heart of the upscale area of District 1. Xu is trendy and a place filled to the brim with the hopes that something story-worthy will happen that night—similar

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New Wave Whites

Spain is doubtless a red-wine country, but don’t dismiss the country’s other white wines If you’ve ever had Spanish white wines, it’s likely that they were made from one of the three better-known Spanish grapes. If you had a white Rioja, one of the most internationally popular Spanish white wines, you were enjoying the juice

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