A Bordeaux Tasting April 2014

  Have spent the past two evenings tasting the latest Bordeaux shipment with Hanoi’s finest from the trade and thought I would share some of my highlights here with you. ...

The Song of Teng – Part Two

  Song Teng estimates that he cooked under eighteen French chefs during his formative years at the Cambodiana Hotel. Some stayed the full one year term, many left a lot ...

The Song of Teng – Part One

  At night his family would dig a hole in the ground, then they would all climb in and attempt to go to sleep -essential bedding arrangements to avoid stray ...



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Old Spice – Part One

  When the three of us arrived to pick up Mark 1, ...

Lost & Found

  Small, urban dining rooms are becoming incredibly fashionable in large capital ...

Dinner with the League of Extraordinary Gentleman

  Dinner with dear friends last night, a veritable League of Extraordinary ...

Give Pais a Chance

Pais is an oft forgotten but still widely planted red grape variety ...

La Boheme – Act 4

  Rebirth of a Wine Region The Yarra Valley wine region is ...

When We Were Kings

  Otres, stretched out on a quiet beach, forced to lie there ...


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