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Insider’s Guide to Ho Chi Minh City’s Street Food

Posted on April, 25 2014

street food Insiders Guide to Ho Chi Minh Citys Street Food

Ho Chi Minh City will challenge your perception of proper sidewalk usage: A simple stroll down the street requires dodging parked and moving motorbikes while also tripping over food carts and customers seated in plastic chairs. But the fragrant aromas of grilled meats and simmering soup just might tempt you to abandon any restaurant plans and join them.

The owners of Saigon Street Eats, Barbara, an Australian, and her Vietnamese husband, Vu, specialize in shepherding hungry tourists through their city’s overwhelming selection of street food. Their strategy for choosing might seem counterintuitive. “Paradoxically, if a place looks a bit run-down, it’s usually a sign the vendor has been in business a long time and is therefore very good,” Barbara explains. She also recommends seeking places busy with locals. “You should also look for a lot of rubbish on the floor,” she adds “This is a sign of a popular street food place.” The language barrier will ultimately present another challenge, so adventurous eaters should just point at a dish that looks good and go for it.

Eating at busy street food stalls is also safer from a health standpoint. As most stalls don’t have refrigeration, sticking to freshly cooked or steaming-hot food is a good precaution.  But keep in mind that it’s common to get an upset stomach when your diet changes dramatically. “People often think they have food poisoning when their bodies are reacting to a change in their eating habits, often including a lot of cheap beer,” explains Barbara.

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Category: Vacations

Win $1,000 for Travel in the Expedia Surprise Storybook Vacation Giveaway

Posted on April, 25 2014

Surprising my husband with a last-minute trip to Cabo San Lucas was a dream come true. When I told him to pack his bags at 7 p.m. on a Saturday night, he had no idea we’d be sipping cervesas on the beach in the Baja Peninsula less than 24 hours later. He was so appreciative of my efforts to create a wonderful romantic getaway for the two of us, and we both had a ball exploring a new-to-us destination.

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Beach resort vacations make marvelous romantic surprise trips, if I do say so myself.

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Category: Vacations

London: Browse & Buy Banksy Street Art at ME London

Posted on April, 25 2014

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You’ve already had a chance to browse street art at ME London last year, but while at the time you were able to make some yourself, this month you can browse and buy: from today, an exhibition entitled “Stealing Banksy?” will display over $ 8 million of Banksy artworks in the hotel’s Norman Foster-designed space-age pyramid atrium.

The exhibition, “exploring the social, legal and moral issues surrounding the sale of street art”, includes pieces like ‘No Ball Games, ‘Liverpool Rat’, and ‘Balloon Girl’ (check them out here), which will all be auctioned off on April 27, with profits going to local charities.

Tickets are still available through this website and cost £17.50 ($ 25), which includes a charitable donation and a copy of ‘The Banksy Bulge’, a one-off Banksy newspaper created for the occasion.

We found a Vibe Room for just over $ 500 this coming Saturday, but special offers should be available if you are going to the exhibit by contacting the hotel directly.

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Category: Hotels

Top five luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean

Posted on April, 24 2014

All-inclusive resorts used to be synonymous with buffet overload, bottom-shelf drinks and boorish behavior. Times have changed, and today’s all-inclusive resorts have continually raised the bar in an effort to attract a well-heeled clientele. Top of the line all-inclusives now offer such luxe perks as butler service, pillow menus and private plunge pools. Here are some of the finest in the Caribbean.

Sandals is a company that is constantly reinventing itself. This time they’ve come up with an all-inclusive resort that is a real game-changer. One look at the balcony plunge pools at Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa will tell you this isn’t your grandma’s all-inclusive. Sea-view Skypool Suites also include such perks as butler service, expansive balconies and floors of Turkish travertine. The resort has nine dining venues, including the brand’s first steakhouse.

When an all-inclusive resort says everything is included, there are usually some caveats, such as spa treatments. The beachfront Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic meets its guests half way on that one, by offering a mini 20-minute spa treatment, obviously in the hope they come back for more. There are four restaurants, including Piragua, serving Creole Fusion cuisine. Rooms feature such luxe touches as Frette linens, Bvlgari amenities and three-times-daily maid service. All the accommodations are suites; up the ante and book one of the freestanding villas. The resort is on Uvero Alto Beach, about an hour’s drive from the airport. This extra bit of travel time also provides an extra measure of seclusion, which contributes to the calming Zen-like ambience of the resort.

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Category: Vacations

Montmajour, the Oldest Abbey in Provence

Posted on April, 24 2014

Published/Revised on April 23, 2014·

Vincent Van Gogh visited Montmajour Abbey at least fifty times, he wrote, just to look at the view across the plain.  Today’s visitors to Provence, France, are drawn to the abbey for the same reason and to see the impressive old ruin in stone, a French historical monument and the oldest abbey in Provence. It was a significant site from the time construction began in the tenth century, even playing a minor role in a mystery that involved a fabulous diamond necklace, Marie Antoinette, and a cardinal in exile.

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Montmajour Abbey

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Category: Lodging

Toronto: Where the Interactive ‘Game of Thrones’ Exhibit is Heading Next

Posted on April, 24 2014

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gotvirtualelevator Toronto: Where the Interactive Game of Thrones Exhibit is Heading Next

Game of Thrones fans are getting a chance to immerse themselves into the world of Westeros through a new touring exhibit.

The exhibition has already stopped in NYC, Mexico City, Austin, and Rio De Janeiro. Next, it will hit Oslo (4/26 – 4/30), Toronto (5/14 – 5/18), Belfast (6/11 – 6/15), and Vancouver (8/16 – 9/1).

Category: Attractions

Koblenz – three travel tips | Discover Germany

Posted on April, 24 2014



Malte Schreer enjoys being on the water. So it’s no surprise that he likes living in Koblenz, where the Moselle River meets the Rhine. He recommends visiting…

Category: Travel Tips

8 Must-Try Dishes in Cambodia

Posted on April, 24 2014

The flavors of Khmer cuisine are bold, rich, and surprisingly different from the well-known dishes of its neighbors. The food is heartier than typically delicate Vietnamese cuisine, and not nearly as sweet and spicy as Thai food, but Chinese and Indian influences are also evident in the curries and stir-fries. Below are eight dishes that you’ll likely see if you travel to Cambodia—be sure to try each of them at least once.

Fish Amok

fish amok 8 Must Try Dishes in Cambodia

Most popular in northwest Cambodia, mild white fish is cooked in a coconut milk base, flavored with fresh turmeric paste, lemongrass, and fingerroot, then steamed in a bowl made of banana leaves. Chicken sometimes stands in for the fish, especially on menus in tourist areas, but fish is the authentic way to go.

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Category: Vacations

Eiffel Tower Paris – Amazing Monument of France to Visit

Posted on April, 24 2014

With magical name the most tourist attraction of the world, eiffel tower is more than any other landmark, designed with elegant architecture & structure which show the contemporary history & culture of paris, france.

The most enthralling allurement in Paris is the Eiffel Tower; the quintessential monument which finds its place among the Seven Wonders around the world. No visits to Paris would be complete without an ascent to the summit of the Eiffel Tower. Named after its designer, the tower is definitely the tallest building in Paris.A masterpiece of architectural excellence, the Eiffel Tower is a must-see attraction in Paris. The 120-year-old Eiffel Tower is the international symbol of France along with a “must-see” when you are traveling to Paris. It is difficult to visualize that the Parisians planned to dismantle the Eiffel Tower after it served its purpose within the Universal Exhibition in 1889. When going to the tower, the big scale from the monument is breathtaking. Stand under the legs of the tower and visualize the 7300 tons of iron necessary to create this monument. At night, consider the elevator to the peak for a stunning panoramic look at the skyline to understand why Paris is referred to as the “City of Lights.”Erected between 1887 and 1989, using as material puddle iron, the tower was the entrance arch for your Universal Exposition and a landmark to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. Today, the monument is the most visited monument all across the globe. At the end of 2007, it had totaled 236.445.812 visitors.

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Category: Nightlife

Jaunted Gets Up Close and Personal with ‘Boston Strong’

Posted on April, 24 2014


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Category: Hotels