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Mexico – Amazing Fish Tacos

    Tucked away in Tulum, some 45 mins or so from Playa Del Carmen, is El Camillos.  Simply furnished (mostly with plastic chairs and tables) it’s more hole in the wall than upscale restaurant, but being packed at 3pm in the afternoon was a great sign I thought.  The extensive, very reasonably priced menu…

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The Cuban Sandwich

  The Cuban Sandwich, stuffed full with layers of ham, roast pork and cheese, makes for an awesome quick bite.     I’ve never really been a salad sandwich type of girl so the meaty goodness, in what was once a common lunch for the masses in cigar factories and sugar mills, suited me right down to…

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Magnificent Mojitos

Cuba is the home of the Mojito and what better place to indulge in a couple of these refreshing, minty treats than a visit to what is reckoned to be their birthplace – La Bodeguita del Medio. Said to have also been one of Hemingway’s favourite bars back in the day, this atmospheric haunt makes…

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Lao Food, Luang Prabang

Lao food has an incredibly fresh taste largely influenced by the wonderful use of herbs that transform simple ingredients into delicious meals. The beef Laap dish served in most restaurants these days is made a little more palatable for westerners with the meat now being cooked rather than its traditional raw version.   Herbs gave the…

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Dim Sum in Melbourne

If there is one thing you may have noticed about me and food is that I love Dim Sum!  Of course there are so many fantastic Chinese dishes that I miss now that I am back in Melbourne for a while but I can say without a doubt that the Shark Fin House has sensational…

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Magical Afternoon of Cantonese Opera & Delicious Dim Sum

I have written about dim sum on this site a few times now and actually, if I haven’t mentioned it already – I love dim sum!!! So the opportunity to sit around eating dim sum and drinking tea in the city that spawned these tasty little morsels was just too much to resist.  Especially, since…

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Margaritas on Boracay

I don’t know if it was the gorgeous sweeping beach views under vibrantly coloured sunset skies, the light balmy sea breeze or the sparkling, clear turquoise waters that lap gently against the shores but the Margaritas at the bar on the far northern end of White Sand Beach were some of best to ever pass…

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Drifters in Yangshuo Closed Down

An era came to an end in Yangshuo with the popular café and hang out joint of Drifters being closed down. It has always been one of my favourite places in town and was almost an institution during my tour leading days. While I was unfortunately not in town for the final party, I was…

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The Curious Persimmon

  It is persimmon season throughout the Yangshuo region.   I find this fruit quite a curious one as it more than just a pretty orange ball crowded onto bare branches.  With a skin smooth like a tomato and a fleshy, fibrous inside when very ripe it’s slightly sweet in taste.   On doing a little…

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Bananas

Hundreds and thousands of banana trees seem to stretch for miles and miles heading south out of Nanning.   Making this uniform blanket of verdant trees that roll across the landscape a very colourful scene are the large piles of harvested yellow and green fruit lying stacked on the roadside and in trailers.    Despite late November/early…

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Dim Sum Restaurant in Hong Kong

Dim Sum is a must do when visiting Hong Kong.   However the challenge for travelers is knowing where to go to get a taste of some consistently great food.   This place in Mongkok doesn’t have an English name and isn’t big, but it does have fantastic food.     Specialty dishes include: Steamed glutinous…

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New Restaurant in Yangshuo – Ryleys

  Now this is something to get excited about!   Mick from Drifters and his lovely girlfriend, Riley, have opened a new restaurant on West Street opposite the Stone Rose.     The food is fantastic and the best Western food I have had for quite some time in Yangshuo.   The menu has a number of…

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Yangshuo Specialties – Li River Stuffed Snails

  The abundance of waterways in the local area results in a good supply of snails which have long been a food source in the Yangshuo region.     The fleshy insides of the snails are scooped out, mixed with pork, chilli and green vegetables, then stuffed back inside the shell before being cooked.  Boiled, stir fried…

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Yangshuo Specialities – Beer Fish

  One of the most famous dishes in Yangshuo is Beer Fish (pijiu yu 啤酒鱼) and mustn’t be missed if you are into sampling the local cuisine.   Braised in beer, tomato, peppers, garlic, ginger and oyster sauce the dish is delightfully fragrant with the fish usually ending up deliciously tender pieces of flesh that…

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Yangshuo Specialities – Guilin Mifen

  A very popular local dish, “Mifen (米粉)” means rice noodles.   The noodles are quickly boiled and served with a few slivers of cooked pork either with or without soup/stock depending on the restaurant.   Various condiments and a basic “soup” or stock can be added according to your own taste.   Condiments usually include fried…

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Great New Bar in Yangshuo

  There is certainly no shortage of bars in Yangshuo.   What has been missing though is a relaxed bar that takes advantage of the sheer natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.   Superbly situated with fantastic views, the River Bar has certainly filled this void.  Indulge in a delicious fresh fruit cocktail as you drift…

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Pure Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, Yangshuo

  After spending a bit of time in Yangshuo you might notice that although there are many places to eat, often the dishes end up being quite similar.   One of my personal favorites is Pure Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, next door to Magnolia Hotel in Diecui Road, Yangshuo.   Their menu is full of highlights…

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West Street – Avoiding the Tourist Masses in Yangshuo

  West Street is a tourist magnet.    Everyone who comes to Yangshuo visits at least once and travelers often hang out in the cafes and bars in and around West street.    It is also the prime place for shopping in town for all tourists.  The result of all this – people.   West Street is…

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Ribs in Yangshuo

I love the idea of restaurants who thoroughly experiment to perfect a dish prior to it being introduced to the permanent menu.   To be included as a taster or tester definitely has benefits.   So, the opportunity to bite into a slab of glistening, full sized ribs, disproportionately endowed with thick, juicy chunks of meat…

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