Gifting Wine

The art of getting it right With several festive seasons around the corner many companies and people are browsing wine lists, considering wine to buy as present for their clients and loved ones, but what should they buy? Giving wine as company present for Christmas or Tet is very common in Vietnam. When giving a

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Sugar High

If dessert is your favorite part of the meal, then this collection is for you My return to The Little DOOR Bistro & Bakery (949 Ton That Thiep, D1; www.facebook.com/thelittledoorbymrsimple) had always been imminent, something I greatly looked forward to. This time I return with the privilege of tasting a selection of their desserts and housemade

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Dinner at Grandma’s

Traditional Vietnamese home-cooked food inspired by grandmother’s recipes Entering Ngoc Chau Garden (116 Ho Tung Mau, D1) is like walking into a Vietnamese home, specifically the owner Mr. T’s family’s home. Mr. T grew up in a traditional household in southern Vietnam with his grandmother’s cooking being a staple of his childhood. Named after his

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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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