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Discover the Exciting World of Thai Food

Discover the Exciting World of Thai Food

I love Thai food, but then again so does most of the world. Fresh and fragrant, famous for its balance of sweet, sour, bitter and salty, a visit to Thailand is as much about the food as it is about the country.

There is enough variety and food experiences from buzzing local markets to posh culinary schools, restaurants and street markets to keep every kind of person sated. In fact there is a lot of merit in following your nose and the rumbles of your tummy and discovering Thailand through its food.

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The Best Beach Bars in the Caribbean

The Best Beach Bars in the Caribbean

Beach bars in the Caribbean have three things in common: “cold beer, a potent rum punch, and a killer view of the sea.” Nothing beats sipping a cocktail with your feet in the sand and a live band competing against the roar of the ocean.

From crowded dive bars where the cocktails are cheap, to the laid back and low-key, these are the Caribbean beach bars we’re raising a glass to. Did someone say cocktails?

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Australian Wine Producing Regions Along the East Coast

Australian Wine Producing Regions Along the East Coast

When it comes to Australia’s best wine producing regions, Western Australia’s Margaret River or South Australia’s Barossa Valley may come to mind. However Australia has more than 60 designated wine regions across the country and many regions on the East coast have also developed a worldwide reputation for award-winning wine.

So while the largest wine production region is South Australia, and Western Australia receives similar fame, don’t discount wine regions along the East Coast. Remember these names!

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Your Guide to Dining in London

Your Guide to Dining in London

Unlike Paris, for most, a night dining in London doesn’t come with a language barrier. Yet that doesn’t make eating out in London any easier. True, there aren’t too many customs and you’ll be able to order simply enough, so why then is an evening in London so daunting?

Well, you see, London is a huge metropolitan city that is saturated with wonderful and intriguing restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world. On one side of the street you might see an American-style diner serving Man vs Food style burgers, yet on the other you’ll find a Michelin star restaurant where food is art – literally.

Although London might not have the same overwhelming foodie identity as cities like Paris, it’s a city where nothing is off limits, where the street food is just as amazing as a restaurant experience and where the world is your oyster with such a grand selection of culinary delights.

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What and Where to Eat When Staying in the Maldives

What and Where to Eat When Staying in the Maldives

Vacations bring to mind adventure, fun, and importantly: good food. Travel brochures will give you an idea of where to go when you arrive, but it’s best to get perspective before you arrive. You’ll often find suggestions on arrival are the most expensive. Such lists also lack suggestions on other criteria like the type of food served and the location from where you’re staying.

The Maldives is home to some of the best cuisine in the world and it would take pages to list every choice. Below however, you will find some of the highest-rated places to dine at when visiting.

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Your Guide to Dining Out in Paris

Your Guide to Dining Out in Paris

Entering into a restaurant in Paris can be a formidable experience for uninitiated travelers. Not only do they have to contend with trying to make their wishes understood by a waiter who may or may not speak their language, but they must learn quickly how to adapt to local dining customs.

The Paris dining scene can be bewildering for those first time travelers who have no idea where to start, though if you’re confused about the difference between a bistrot and a brasserie, or if you feel intimidated by the prospect of going into any French restaurant and ordering a meal, then you’ve come to the right place!

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There’s More to Argentine Cuisine Than Beef and Malbec Wines

There’s More to Argentine Cuisine Than Beef and Malbec Wines

When it comes to Argentinian food, your first thought may be of succulent steaks accompanied by full-bodied Malbec wines. But what if you’re not one of those steak lovers? Or if red wine is not your go to drink?

Rest reassured, there is more to Argentinian cuisine than beef and Malbec wines!

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4 Reasons to Visit Jakarta, Indonesia

4 Reasons to Visit Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta is a dynamic city, and one of the world’s greatest megalopolises. At first sight it can appear to be a crowded and confusing city, and it can be difficult to look past the maddening traffic and pollution for which it is known. Many tourists choose to take in other destinations throughout the archipelago instead. Their loss.

Missing out on Jakarta on a visit to Indonesia is a mistake. Underneath what is often perceived as an unappealing facade are plenty of unexpected surprises; an exciting nightlife and vibrant shopping scene, and a melting pot of Indonesian culture and cuisine.

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The Time I Ate Thai Food in the Arctic

The Time I Ate Thai Food in the Arctic

Tucked away far to the north of Norway next to Greenland there lies a spit of land and ice in the Arctic Ocean. When I visited this archipelago, Svalbard, I expected to find a barren land of tundra, research stations, polar bears, arctic foxes, and ice floes. And in part, I was right.

I spent two weeks on a boat charging through ice that cracked and crumbled under the weight of the hull, met polar bears wandering over icy landscapes, spotted a tiny arctic fox from afar, and visited colonies of arctic birds that spun around cliffs in great restless flurries of activity.

However awe-inspiring the landscape of this forgotten land is, though, Svalbard is so much more.

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The Best Food Cities in the World

The Best Food Cities in the World

Travelers love to eat, and one of the most unique aspects of travel is the luxury to sample great restaurants and exotic cuisine from all around the globe. The excitement is in experiencing new tastes that broaden your culinary horizon, and new flavors that calibrate your taste buds.

There are many, many, reasons to travel the world, though for a growing number of travelers, food is one of the biggest ones. And whether you’re interested in hitting up the best markets, dessert spots, cafes, fine dining or even street stands, the joy for many people is returning home with new recipes in place of souvenirs!

The following are the world’s premiere food destinations. If you’re a foodie and you love to travel, you should consider the following destinations for your next trip.

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A Travelers Guide to Tap Water: Countries Where The Drinking Water is Unsafe

A Travelers Guide to Tap Water: Countries Where The Drinking Water is Unsafe

People often take their drinking water for granted. In most western countries we don’t think twice before grabbing a glass and sticking it underneath a tap. But when you’re traveling the tap water may not be safe to drink.

You need drinking water no matter where you go, but with travellers diarrhea, giardia, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water, it pays to know which parts of the world guarantee clean, safe tap water, and where you should be sourcing bottled water instead.

The water you need to be most concerned about is water that might contain microorganisms that will make you sick, and in less developed countries, you are more apt to run into water that contains a variety of microorganisms you want to avoid. But according to the CDC (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), you may be drinking bottled water more often than you think.

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An Authentic 13th-century Tuscan-Inspired Castle in Napa Valley. Visting Castello di Amorosa.

An Authentic 13th-century Tuscan-Inspired Castle in Napa Valley. Visting Castello di Amorosa.

Heading north along the St. Helena Highway it’s difficult not to be enamored by the sheer beauty of Napa Valley. Having just left the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, we felt transported to another country far removed from the hectic city life.

With so many wineries in the region however, it can be overwhelming when it comes to selecting one to actually spend your time. But then we then stumbled upon a winery which instantly demanded our attention. An authentic 13th-century Tuscan-inspired castle nestled in the western hills on 171 acres of land.

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Would You Eat Live Monkey Brain? Albert Podell’s Adventures in Eating Abroad

Would You Eat Live Monkey Brain? Albert Podell’s Adventures in Eating Abroad

From North Korea to Benin, from Mongolia to Madagascar, Albert Podell is one of the few people to have visited every country on earth. It took him fifty years and during his travels, he blasted his way out of minefields, came within seconds of being lynched, and coped with riots, voodoo priests, trigger happy child soldiers and Cape buffalo – all of which is recounted in great detail in his exciting new book “Around the World in Fifty Years: My Adventures to Every Country on Earth”.

He has eaten everything from old camel meat and rats to dung beetles and the “pulsating brain of a live monkey.” These are Albert Podell’s absolutely incredible tales from his adventures in eating abroad.

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Road Trip Rules: Why We Travel With a Microwave

Road Trip Rules: Why We Travel With a Microwave

We’re pretty much the poster children for packing everything bar the kitchen sink, and despite fervent vows that the next trip will be different, that we’ll learn to travel light, this never ends up being the case. In fact, we travel so light that we even travel with a microwave!! For cross country road-trips at least.

It was a during recent road-trip throughout the US that we realized a portable microwave could come in incredibly handy. With the amount of time we were spending in the country to explore, we figured the time and money having a microwave would save would prove to far outweigh it’s initial cost.

We hit up Walmart to invest $40 and haven’t looked back since. The following explains exactly why our microwave now rides shotgun on each of our epic trips.

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Tips for Eating Out in Dubai

Tips for Eating Out in Dubai

Dubai is an absolute haven for foodies, and visitors from all over the world flock here for some of the finest restaurants on earth. And with over 200 different nationalities represented, the choice in this truly multicultural destination is often overwhelming.

From world-class food festivals to international food chains, gourmet dining in Dubai Marina Restaurants, and small “mom and pop” restaurants serving authentic cuisine from all around the globe, Dubai really has something to suit all tastes.

These are our top tips for eating out in Dubai.

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Arizona’s Best Food Tours

Arizona’s Best Food Tours

My mouth started watering to the point where I was literally drooling as he placed a plate of street tacos in the middle of our table. My mind started racing. “How long do I have to wait before I can grab one without looking rude?” “Can I stuff the whole thing in my mouth in one go?” “Do you think the group would notice if I stole more than one?”.

The tender, succulent meat had been smoked & slow braised for 12 hours, and was sitting in plated of me with pineapple and habanero glaze on a hand-made corn tortilla. Nothing this sensational had touched my lips in well, forever…don’t tell my husband!

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The Gluten Free Guide to Travel

The Gluten Free Guide to Travel

While recently traveling throughout Central and South America, we discovered Mike had developed a fairly severe intolerance to gluten, and this can be a fairly difficult challenge to conquer while traveling abroad. Difficult, though not impossible.

Our 4 months jumping between South American bucket list destinations was largely hit and miss with what he could and could not eat, required a lot of google translation of the back of supermarket packets, and meant some days his diet consisted exclusively of boiled eggs smuggled out of the hotel breakfast hall earlier that morning because getting sick in a remote location was not an option. We struggled often struggled with the scenario of “get sick, or go hungry”.

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Flavors of Indonesia: Traditional Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali.

Flavors of Indonesia: Traditional Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali.

A town located in central Bali, Ubud is popularly known as ‘The Center of Art of Culture’.

It was described to me as a town made up of small villages, each of which specializes in a different creative art: silver and jewelry, basket weaving, oil painting, batik and textiles, and some seriously amazing wood carving.

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5 More Mouth-Watering Korean Foods to Try

5 More Mouth-Watering Korean Foods to Try

People often ask what my favorite thing is about living in South Korea, and time and time again I can’t help but say the food! I love it! I already know that I’ll miss it once I’ve gone.

As a whole, Korean food is well balanced, full of variety, and usually pretty spicy – perfect for a spice-addict like me. Though while some Korean food might take a little getting used to, I believe there is something for everyone – the options are as varied as they are delicious.

You recently read about 5 mouthwatering Korean foods to try; well, here are five more!

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6 of the Most Adventurous Eating and Drinking Experiences in the World

6 of the Most Adventurous Eating and Drinking Experiences in the World

When most people think of adventure travel, their minds immediately go to extreme sports, extreme conditions, or unstable environments. And while skydiving over mountains and traveling to war-torn countries certainly qualify as adventurous — even dangerous — some of the most adrenalin-producing experiences in the world can come for the traveler at mealtime.

From experimental cuisine that involves insects to a terrifying ascent to a Chinese teahouse, here are six of the most adventurous eating experiences in the world.

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Eating Withlocals in Thailand

Eating Withlocals in Thailand

“What do you suppose they call Thai food in Thailand” she asked as we made our way through the marketplace. “Probably just “food”, I replied, laughing. It’s a well known fact that Thai food is absolutely to die for, and you can order it all over the world. It’s infiltrated the Australian dining scene, you can find restaurants all across Europe; you can even eat Thai food in the Arctic! You may think you know Thai food, but you would be wrong: until you have eaten authentic Thai cuisine from the local streets of Thailand, you haven’t tasted anything yet! Think streets lined with local vendors selling fruits and vegetables of every size, colour and strange, exotic taste. It took a sharp knife and a lot of determination to get to the edible parts of a Mangosteen, but we accepted the challenge and finally came out with a victory. It tasted like an incredibly juicy peach. Think meat hanging from racks as pork rinds sizzle and pop in hot oil. Think local vendors offering their own twist on traditional noodle recipes, and chicken fried in huge woks in front of you. Our tastebuds truly exploded, sampling flavors which were sweet, sour, spicy and salty, as well as what was once considered the hottest chilli on earth!  We loved the local recipes, and the chance to experience authentic Thai food straight from the woks of the locals themselves. Only one experience could have topped this. Eating with locals. Eating Withlocals in Thailand Finding a local to invite you into their home for dinner is a lot harder than the documentaries and travel memoirs make it sound. Though this is truly the best dining experience you could ever hope for! In fact, during my extensive travels around the globe I have never once been offered an invite to dine in a homely setting, but then again, before now I hadn’t heard of Withlocals. Withlocals is a fantastic new service which connects travelers with locals through food and experiences. They offer travelers the chance to eat with locals, tour with locals, and complete activities with locals; after-all, who knows a regional area better than the locals themselves?! Withlocals eliminates the overcrowded tour buses, cliche dining options and stereotypical...

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5 Mouth-Watering Korean Foods to Try

5 Mouth-Watering Korean Foods to Try

The food in Korea is often overlooked by other Asian cuisines such as Japanese, Indian or Thai. With that being said, I am here to tell you that Korean food is nothing short of amazing!

I’ve been living and teaching English in Korea since August 2013, and I eat Korean food everyday. There’s not doubt that it’s my favorite cuisine in the world!

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International Intoxication: Advice On Getting Drunk Abroad

International Intoxication: Advice On Getting Drunk Abroad

International Intoxication: Advice On Getting Drunk Abroad It’s happened to the best of us – one too many drinks in a foreign country, and then next thing you know you’re letting girlfriends cut your hair after finishing a whole bottle of absinthe. Or stumbling through a park in the Czech Republic at 10am the next morning, trying to find your hostel, only to be approached by a creepy middle aged man asking for your “rate”. Getting drunk abroad can often be a recipe for disaster. You’re in a foreign country, potentially with little knowledge of the local language, customs and laws, with people you may have only just met, and it’s very likely you have no idea where you’re staying. But drinking while socializing is the norm in most parts of the world. From the beer gardens of Munich, to the Guinness factories in Ireland, and local pubs across Britain and Australia, discovering local drinks is one of the best parts of traveling. Like anything though, you should know your limits, and drink within reason. Abuse of alcohol abroad makes my list of the 5 biggest mistakes made while traveling; don’t make it one of yours. Every Sunday travelers from all over the world get together on twitter to discuss everything travel – a recent topic was “International Intoxication”. If alcoholism is an issue, please seek help, no matter where you are abroad. There are fantastic facilities which offer individualized treatment all over the world, like this drug rehab in Thailand.  Here is some advice on getting drunk abroad from trending travelers on twitter. Is drinking abroad a good idea? View the full chat transcript courtesy of Travelogx. Hear about new posts on Facebook: Please click “like”! If You Liked This Post You May Also Like: A Girls Guide to Oktoberfest in Munich What You Should Know Before Attending Oktoberfest Blazed Backpacking: Tips and Tricks for Stoner Travellers Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home. Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around...

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Taste Buds Will Travel: The Single Foods You Must Try In South America

Taste Buds Will Travel: The Single Foods You Must Try In South America

South America is a diverse continent comprising of some truly phenomenal cultures, each with their own authentic, local cuisine. And from Guinea Pig in Peru to Frogs Legs in Bolivia, it’s the food that travelers tend to remember the most during their time here.

There are many books to learn about traditional food of South America, though to start you off, here are the single foods you must try while traveling through South America!

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A City Which Revolves Around…Cheese!

A City Which Revolves Around…Cheese!

Having never written about food before, and having noticed how well received my recent posts on international cuisine have been, I have decided to go in search of more interesting and amazing blog topics on food! Europe’s public theatricals centre around their cheese, and their passion for locally produced cheese is rather comical to the eyes of someone coming from a part of the world where cheese is, well, insignificant. The smallest of regions in Europe produce marvelous and unique cheese in cheese factories no bigger than a couple of car parking garages! From grandparents to grandkids – they all seem to be actively involved in the process, be it manufacturing, marketing or sales. Talking about their craft brings them joy, evident from the sparkle in their eyes. Now cheese making is a serious business, however the passion that engulfs the cheese making community is one I have never seen anywhere else. Holland is one such country. During the summer, towns such as Alkmaar, Gouda, Edam and Hoorn host traditional cheese markets. Here, they enact the day-to-day scenes of cheese markets of bygone eras. The customer (i.e. the wholesale merchant) arrives, wanders the periphery of the many stalls carefully inspecting the produce, he approaches the dealer; they don’t necessarily make eye contact but slap each other’s right hand; the dealer quotes his price, slaps the customer’s hand, the customer negotiates, slaps the dealers hand in return, and the process continues until they agree on a price and shake on it.  The cheese weighers are then summoned.  They carry the cheese to the weighing room and then to the horse carriage or nearby boat.  In the mean time, the dealer has already started slapping hands with another customer, perhaps successfully. I have been to Alkmaar and Edam. Cheese market or no cheese market, I highly recommend a visit. Edam grew on me every time I went there. A few months ago, I received a comment on a blog post that I’d done about Edam, it read: Hello you on the other side of the world. It’s nice to read such lovely comments of our little beautiful city Edam. I’m living in the street on the picture with the water and the...

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