A Must-Do Foodie Tour in New York


Doing food tours is one of my absolute favourite things to do when travelling, and you bet I did one in New York! I had heard such great things about Foods of New York tours and I couldn't wait to try some of the very best food on offer from their original Greenwich Village tour.

This is a food and culture walking tour in the historic west village of Greenwich, an old Italian neighbourhood. As you can imagine, there are some amazing food establishments here and we were taken around the charming neighbourhood to their favourite Mom and Pop restaurants and speciality food shops.

Read on to find out what mouth-watering Italian-themed cuisine we tried and why you should totally do one of their tours too if you're coming to New York.


Original Greenwich Tour

Our group met inside Murray's Cheese shop, an easy to find location in the heart of Greenwich. We were warmly greeted by our guide Marie who handed us each a bottle of water and information about the tour.

Once all of our party had arrived (a small group of around 12), Marie introduced herself and told us some interesting history of the 18-year-old Foods of New York company and what to expect from our upcoming tour.

We had 8 delicious stops ahead of us in total, beginning at the famous Joe's Pizza for their classic New York slice.


Established in 1975 by Joe who is originally from Naples, Joe's Pizza is now a "Greenwich Village institution" and is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike.

It tasted like true authentic Italian pizza (my fave) and I rate it very highly. After a mouth-watering slice, the tour was off to a fantastic start. 


Next up, we went to nearby Oliviers & Co, a boutique store specialising in gourmet Mediterranean products.

We began with a tasting of their basil-infused extra virgin olive oil on Tuscan bread which had an incredibly delightful flavour.


We were then presented with a cup of Truffle popcorn each - which was outstanding! It was so moreish, I could have kept eating that forever.

Thirdly, the lovely shop owner gave us a lesson on how to tell the difference between true aged balsamic vinegar. We tried two kinds of theirs, one of which was aged 8 years.


Our next foodie stop was at Faicco's Italian Specialties - the oldest establishment in the neighbourhood that's been there for over 100 years.

We got to try the most popular item on their menu - Sicilian Rice Balls as well as a tasting of their Italian salami. 


Rice balls, or Arancini, originating in Sicily, are balls of rice that are coated with breadcrumbs and fried. Inside was a mixture of rice and cheese and it was so creamy and delicious - the best I've ever tried in my life! The salami, too, was top-notch.


We then had a little break from eating and Marie showed us some points of interest around the neighbourhood.

We were taken inside a beautiful restaurant Palma that has a secret back dining room. We were told some very famous politicians and celebrities often dine here, including the Rolling Stones.

Next up, we had our first seated tasting at Trattoria Pesce Pasta. We were each presented with a lovely plate with an eye-poppingly large Italian meatball with sauce.


The meatball was tender and the sauce tangy and delicious. The grated parmesan cheese was the perfect addition and it was a delightful tasting in the classic looking restaurant specialising in Northern Italian cuisine.

Our next foodie stop was another seated tasting at Rafele Ristorante, and we had twenty minutes to enjoy the food and order a beverage if we pleased.


I ordered a cappuccino which was very good and enjoyed it with a great view of the chef working in front of the wood burner.

We were presented with a plate of Eggplant Rollatini and freshly baked focaccia bread. The Rollatini was creamy and cooked to perfection and the bread was springy and full of flavour.


Feeling a tad full now, I was glad we were off for a little walk again. We stopped by a few notable buildings before heading to a spot I was so happy about - the famous Friends building!

Being a big fan of the show and being in Greenwich, I was planning on finding this spot after the tour. Those of us who wanted one got their photos before heading to the next stop.


Milk & Cookies Bakery was our next visit and we each got one of their large Chocolate Chip Cookies, still hot from the oven. I couldn't even save it for later, once I had a bite I had to keep eating it all - it was so good!


We went back to where we first met at Murray's Cheese shop where we tried a selection of different cheeses including cow, sheep and goat. They were accompanied with apricots and cheese puff bites which complimented the cheese tastings very well.


The cheese shop is foodie heaven offering an abundance of fine cheeses plus bread, cured meats, olives & other deli items. I would be in there all the time if I lived nearby!


Our final stop of the day was at Rocco's Pasticceria where we had a fresh-filled Cannoli. I'm glad it was small because I was quite full by then but it was lovely and sweet and the perfect way to finish off the tour.


I was incredibly impressed by the amount of high-quality food we tried and there was a good amount of walking to balance it out. It was such a fantastic tour and each and every stop was well-thought out and delicious.


Details

Tour: Original Greenwich Village Food and Culture Walking Tour

Time: The 3-hour tour runs daily every half hour from 11 am - 1:30 pm

Cost: $54 US per person

Reviews: 5/5 stars out of 5,574 reviews on Trip Advisor (the highest rated tour)


Final Thoughts

I couldn't recommend this tour enough, I had such a great time in Greenwich Village, eating my way around the best foodie spots in the neighbourhood.

We learned so much about the history and culture of Greenwich and what makes it so unique from the rest of New York.

I loved the variety of tastings we tried and it was amazing value for how much you get. You certainly don't need to eat breakfast or even dinner after such a substantial tour.

Our guide Marie was very friendly and a fantastic guide. She gave us great recommendations for other places to eat in the area as well.

Foods of New York also offer many other neighbourhood food tours, including in Chelsea, Chinatown, Little Italy, Brooklyn and more. I would definitely love to do all of them when I get a chance.

Their tours are perfect for any type of visitor and locals alike, from families, couples and friends to solo travellers like me. Vegetarian and gluten-free are easily accommodated on their tours, just let them know when booking.

I thoroughly enjoyed the food tour, it was one of my top highlights from my time in New York.

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The Ultimate Pizza Tour in Chicago


There were two big reasons why I wanted to visit Chicago on my recent trip to North America:
1. To experience St. Patrick's Day in Chicago and see the famous green river (it was truly spectacular).
2. To eat aaall the pizza.

Pizza has to be one of my all-time favourite foods (which is saying a lot) and I was incredibly excited to try all the different kinds in Chicago, including the famous deep-dish pizza.

Typically, I researched to see if there were any good tours that would take me around to all of the best pizza spots and lo and behold - there was!
Chicago Pizza Tours were exactly what I was looking for and they had excellent reviews. It was a match made in heaven.

Read on to find out what delicious pizzas we tried all over Chicago and why you should 100% do this tour too if you're visiting the third largest city in America.


Original Chicago Pizza Tour

I chose their original pizza tour (they also do one paired with cocktails) which is a daytime bus guided tour around to some of the most significant pizzerias in Chicago.
There were five different styles of pizza to try in four neighbourhoods; naturally, I didn't have breakfast.

Stop #1

Our meeting point and first tasting of the day was downtown at Pizano's Pizza & Pasta. It is claimed to be the best pizza in Chicago and even the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton say it's their favourite.


We had several tables for us reserved downstairs and the restaurant had a very nice and cosy atmosphere. We had a full group of about twenty people - clearly a popular tour.

Our guide for the day Danny introduced himself and began with some tour information. 
He said every place we were going to was chosen because of how different each style of pizza is from each other - so we get to try a really good range.
He also told us we would eat about 2.5 pounds of pizza per person on this tour (he wasn't kidding!).

While our pizza was being made fresh for us, we learned some important facts like how thin crust is actually the most popular pizza in Chicago - three times more so than deep-dish. 

Our first tastings arrived and we were presented with two smaller slices of thin crust and one larger deep-dish.


The thin crusts were one mushroom, one pepperoni and they were both outstanding and full of flavour.
The deep-dish was sausage and the toppings and mozzarella cheese were absolutely delicious, but I definitely preferred the thin crusts. I'm not a crust fan personally, and I found the deep-dish to be a bit too thick and crunchy.

Great start to the tour though and we went back upstairs where outside our own personal minibus and driver Jonathan was waiting.


We all fitted comfortably onboard and were off to our next destination.


Stop #2

We drove south to Flo & Santos, a Polish-Italian restaurant, pub and pizzeria. As we found out, Chicago is the biggest Polish-speaking city in the world outside of Warsaw.


There was a really cool casual and industrial style setting inside and we sat at long tables. With some great local beers on tap, we had the option of ordering a beverage if we pleased. (Every stop also always came with plenty of water).

While our pizzas were being prepared we learned the history of how pizza came to be so popular in the United States (they eat 60% of the world's pizza!).

Here we got to try three types of thin crust. The first was Polish sausage which was my favourite, it was so tasty!


The second one was Italian beef, which was also very good. The flavours of both were incredible and (spoiler alert) they ended up being my top picks of the day.


Third, we were very spoiled and got to try their special dessert Smores pizza. It was very indulgent and nice to mix things up and have something sweet.


I really enjoyed the atmospher of Flo & Santo's and I would definitely be a regular if I lived in Chicago. Pizza and pierogis? Yes please.


Stop #3

Next up we had a 25-minute drive north to Lincoln Park which was perfect to digest a little.
We drove by the scenic Lake Michigan and Danny pointed out some popular spots and destinations to visit along the way.

We arrived at Pequod's Pizza, a very popular joint that was full of people. Luckily we always had a reserved table for us!


Here we were trying the biggest slice of the day and one that they are famous for - their deep-dish sausage and pepperoni. They were even named 2018's Best deep dish pizza in Chicago.

We were told the crust handle looks burnt but it's not, and it's the best part of the pizza - so we had to try it! The slice was absolutely enormous.


I really liked the sauce, it was fresh and tangy and it was true - the crispy crust was the best part. I tried to tackle it as best I could, but I couldn't even eat half of it!



Stop #4

Our final stop west was at Coalfire, where they specialised in traditional thin crust, coal-forged pizza. 


Their interior was trendy and modern, with an open kitchen to view into.
We had a choice of choosing either their White or Lasagna pizza, I chose the latter. I still photographed both as boy, they were beautiful.


I particularly liked how thin the crust was - it was so nice and light. The topping flavours combined on the Lasagna pizza was perfection and I loved the creamy whipped ricotta on top.


I was officially full to the brim with pizza after that one! After a quick drive back we were dropped off downtown where our first stop was.
Everyone was very happy and satisfied after an excellent afternoon of eating some of the very best pizza Chicago has to offer.


The Details

The tour: Original Chicago Pizza Tour

Time: Starts at 11 am and goes for 3.5 hours

Price: $60 USD for an adult, $36 for a child

Reviews: 5/5 stars out of 285 reviews on Trip Advisor




Final Thoughts

If you are a pizza fan then this tour is unmissable. It was a truly fantastic way to discover the best pizza spots in town.
What separates Chicago Pizza Tours from the rest is that they don't just stay downtown - we got to explore the best from different unique neighbourhoods all over the city.
I loved the variety of places we went to at authentic local businesses with stark differences between each pizza styles.

What made the tour all the more special was our wonderful guide Danny, he was such a fantastic and friendly guide and I learnt so much from him that day.
He is a local Chicagoan and has a wealth of knowledge to share. He has been doing this tour for five years and is very passionate about his pizza!
He also gave us plenty of recommendations for other great pizza joints and popular Chicagoan food to try and top things to do.

This tour is perfect for all types of travellers, whether with family, friends or solo (like me) or it would even be a great way for locals to show off their city's best pizza to visitors.
They can cater for allergies and vegetarians, you just have to let them know in advance.
It's excellent value for money; with very generous servings of delicious pizza - you don't even need to eat anything else that day (and I recommend wearing your stretchy pants!).

As a first time visitor to the city I really appreciated getting out from the centre and seeing more of Chicago.
It was a very enjoyable experience and I couldn't recommend this tour enough to all the great pizza lovers of the world out there - it will blow your mind!

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A Must-Do Foodie Tour in Las Vegas


If you know me, then you'll know I love my food tours and I have partaken in many all over the world. I was most excited to jump onboard one in Las Vegas - known to be an absolute haven for foodies (there's more to Vegas than just gambling you know!).

As this was also my first trip to North America, I was looking forward to seeing what tantalising delights the United States would throw at me.

Upon doing some research, I came across Taste Buzz Food Tours, a highly rated Las Vegas Food Tour company that offers three types of tours.
I opted for the Foodie Tour on the Las Vegas Strip, as it promised a culinary adventure along with seeing some of the top attractions - a win-win for a first time visitor.

Read on to find out what mouth-watering dishes we tried and why every visitor to Las Vegas should put this outstanding tour on their must-do list.

An epic foodie tour

Stop #1

Our group's meeting point was at The Cosmopolitan - a luxurious hotel and casino on The Strip. It was also where our first three tastings of the day were located.

Kathryn, founder of Taste Buzz and our guide for the day greeted us outside and introduced the tour. We all introduced ourselves and went around and shared our number one favourite food (mine was German pork knuckle) before heading inside for the first bite of the day.

The first stop was at the very trendy Eggslut, which I had noticed when I was in Los Angeles by the long line of people waiting outside down the street for it.
My LA tour guide had told me they do the best breakfast sandwiches so I looked up whether there was one in Las Vegas. Funnily enough, the very day before this food tour I was one of those people in this very long line (and it was so worth it!).


But anyway - back to the tour (and this time we did not have to wait in line).

We got to try their signature dish named 'Slut' which is a cage-free coddled egg on top of a smooth potato purée, poached in a glass jar, topped with salt and chives and served with slices of toasted baguette.


You whisk the contents of the jar very quickly, where it turns into the most perfect and delicious scrambled eggs on toast you've ever had.

The potato combined with the egg made it extra creamy and it was just fantastic, I could have easily eaten the whole lot myself (but a lot more food to come).


Stops 2 & 3

Our next tasting was at The Juice Standard where we got to try a variety of their freshly pressed, all-natural, vegan and organic juices and nut milk.
Their range combines super healthy ingredients to create different flavours and benefits. 

Their Cosmopolitan juice, for example, is perfect for detoxifying the body and Bee Resilient gives you two days worth of greens. 
My favourite was called Bee Vibrant which tasted like a spicy lemonade. The ingredients were alkaline water, lemon, agave and cayenne.

You could taste how fresh each one was and that it was really good for your body.
They also do superfood smoothies which sound amazing as well.


Next up, we were taken to the third floor of The Cosmopolitan which is dedicated to dining.
Kathryn told us about some great choices up there including an exclusive restaurant with a 15-course tasting menu.

We were taken down a cool vinyl-lined hallway which led to what is known as 'Secret Pizza' - there are no signs or advertising for this place. Apparently many locals don't even know about this hidden hole-in-the-wall spot that does amazing New York Style pizza.

We tried a slice of their signature White pizza which came with ricotta, mozzarella and herbs and it tasted amazing! I loved the New York style thin crust and the cheese combination was very delicious.


The place had a very casual but cosy atmosphere, with places to sit and enjoy your pizza or you can even have a go on their pinball machine while you wait.

I will definitely be back to try more of their menu the next time I'm in Las Vegas.


The Bellagio

It was time to pop next door to the world famous Bellagio. We first marvelled at the ceiling of glass flowers in the lobby that cost 12 million dollars to install before heading to the indoor Conservatory & Botanical Garden.


This is a huge Las Vegas attraction and the display is redesigned for each season and Chinese New Year. We were lucky to witness the newly installed Spring Celebration design which was a fantastic showcase of nature, colour and sounds.


We were then led to any chocolate lover's dream - to see the world's largest chocolate fountain!
It is 8 metres tall and circulates 2 tonnes of chocolate at a rate of over 100 litres per minute. It was a truly magnificent sight.


Stops 4 & 5

After that little break from eating, we headed outside and crossed the road to our next foodie stop at Dirt Dog.
We got to try two items off their menu - their signature bacon-wrapped hot dog and a deep-fried Oreo with Horchata whipped cream.

That hot dog was, I kid you not - the best hot dog I've ever had in my life. Just thinking about it now is making me drool. It is a mouth-watering flavour explosion and I even had to go back that same evening to get another one for dinner!
The deep-fried oreo too was very delicious and went perfectly with the Horchata cream.


On our way to the next destination, we passed through The Flamingo Hotel where they actually have real live flamingos - just to make our day that little more extra.


Our last savoury bite of the day was at Off the Strip, known to be the best steakhouse in Las Vegas.
We got to try their Rolled New York Strip with Asparagus - the strip was stuffed with Provolone cheese, basil and sun-dried tomatoes, wrapped with asparagus spears and smothered in Marsala mushroom sauce.

It was very juicy and tender and the flavours were wonderful. Being a Bistro and Bar there was an opportunity to order a beverage if we wished and the group had a great time sitting at our reserved table eating and chatting away.


Stop #6

Next up, we were off to the nearby Amorino, an Italian dessert shop specialising in gelato and sweet treats.
We got to have their 'Hot Chocolate Experience' which was a cup of their Cioccolata Calda - a traditional recipe for a smooth and flavourful chocolate drink, which is then topped with whipped cream, marshmallows and grated chocolate.


I am not one to order hot chocolate myself (I would order a coffee drink instead) - but oh my giddy aunt, this experience completely changed my mind!

It was one of the most decadent and delicious things I've ever tried and I fell completely head over heels. You chocolate lovers out there - this is your dream beverage.


I'm also totally keen to return and try their amazing looking Italian gelato as well.

Heading towards our final tasting of the day, Kathryn showed us Sprinkles Cupcake's ATM machine - something I had never seen before.
(I ended up walking past one later when I was in New York and tried it out - they are very fresh and tasty!).



Stop #7

Our final stop was at Honolulu Cookie Company, a Hawaiian based company who freshly bake their gourmet shortbread cookies.
They use the finest ingredients, natural Hawaiian fruit flavours and hand-dip and package each premium cookie individually.


We got to sample each flavour and try as many as we pleased. They were all fresh and crunchy and melt in your mouth good. 
My favourite was the White Chocolate Coconut and I loved the Pineapple Macadamia as well.


I adored their packaging and pineapple-shaped cookie tins. Most of the cookies come pineapple shaped as well.

We were each given a goodie bag to take home with three of their full-sized cookies in different flavours which was a very nice surprise!


That was the conclusion of our epic foodie tour. Everyone was very content and full after a fantastic afternoon of eating our way around some amazing highlights of The Strip.


The Details

The tour: Foodie Tour on the Las Vegas Strip

Time: 11 am and 7 pm (Summer schedule). Tours run for 3 hours.

Price: $89 USD per person

Reviews: 5/5 stars out of  85 reviews on Trip Advisor


Final Thoughts

I was thoroughly impressed by the food tour and I couldn't recommend it enough to visitors and even locals of Las Vegas. It is the perfect way to explore some of the very best culinary delights this exciting city has to offer and see some incredible photo-worthy attractions along the way.

There was a great variety of foodie stops and each one was carefully thought out - being a local and an expert foodie herself, Kathryn sure knows her stuff!

There was a perfect balance of salty and sweet and a good amount of walking and pauses to break it up. Not only was each tasting finger-licking good, we also learned a lot of great information and history about each place and we got plenty of worthy recommendations along the way.

What is most impressive is that this tour is only one year old and it is doing so well, as it rightly should be.
Kathryn was an excellent host and guide, her passion for food really shone through and she had a wealth of knowledge to share.

The tour is great value for money with the diverse and generous servings included and all of the highest quality.

It was a super fun and satisfying way to spend the afternoon and be introduced to some of the very best foodie hotspots of Las Vegas.

Kathy and I after the tour

Pro Tip: If you plan on doing one of their tours (which you totally should), don't have breakfast and wear your stretchy pants!

Happy Travels,
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Best Places to eat in Hoi An, Vietnam


Following on from my Top Things to do in Hoi An post, here is the promised best places to eat. This is my third post of my where to eat in Vietnam series, the first two being in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

I spent a wonderful week in Hoi An and finding the best local food on offer has to be one of my favourite activities while travelling. I certainly wasn't able to try everywhere and I don't claim to be a food expert. However, I did a lot of my own research as well as stumbled randomly across some of these fine gems while exploring.

Here are my top recommendations of some of the best local dishes that are a must-try (some are special to the region) that I thoroughly enjoyed if you are heading there yourself.


The Best Banh Mi



This famous Vietnamese baguette is an excellent option for lunch (I had one almost every day!). The sandwich is packed with a choice of fillings including meat, pate and greens.
The perfect Banh Mi should have slightly warmed and crunchy bread and fresh, flavourful fillings. I specifically looked up on Trip Advisor to see where I could find the best.

Pictured above, one of the best Banh Mi I've ever had was at French Bakery and Restaurant, located at An Bang Beach. I had the special pork with chilli jam which was incredibly tasty! For only 40,000 VND ($1.70 US) it was also a great price for the location.

One of the top-rated ones, I just had to try Phi Banh Mi and it did not disappoint.
I had a traditional pork and pate and it was one of the cheapest at 15,000 VND (US 0.66 c).
It was a slightly smaller size, perfect for a snack or light lunch but the flavours were all there.



I also heard that Banh Mi Phuong is 'the best place for Banh Mi in Vietnam,' however the long lines every time I walked past kind of put me off! Also, some of their reviews said it was way too overhyped and touristy now. Feel free to wait in line and check it out yourself though if you're game!


The Best Cao Lau


One of the most famous dishes, this noodle speciality has been eaten in the city since the 17th century. The hand-cut noodles are tossed with sliced pork, crunchy rice crackers, spices, big handfuls of fresh herbs and a small amount of super-tasty broth.

I tried this dish special to the region a few times and the best I had was at a hole-in-the-wall type of place called Com ga Ba Nga. They also specialise in chicken rice, which is what the name means. I was walking past and noticed the place packed with locals and a big sign saying 'Cao Lau' which drew me in. The service was definitely not the best and the floor wasn't the cleanest but the food was exceptional.


 The Best White Rose


Banh Bao Vac (White Rose) is a popular symbol of food in the ancient town and only found in Hoi An. These are special shrimp dumplings made from translucent white dough bunched up to look like a rose. It takes three years to learn how to master them and apparently, there is only one family in Hoi An that produces them and distributes them to all the local eateries.
So the answer to where is the best place to get them - anywhere! Because they are all the same and come from the same place.


The Best Places for Lunch/Dinner

My favourite restaurant in Hoi An was Morning Glory, where it was so good I ate there twice. It is very popular and busy in there, and that's because it has a great reputation and the food is always good.


I forgot to write down the names of what I ate specifically, but they have an extensive menu with so many options, full of local specialities. Here is what I ordered the two times pictured below:



It is very reasonably priced too for what you get. On our final night, my husband and I's order was: three large beers, one large bottle of water, 1 shared entree, 2 mains and 1 shared dessert. All of that came to a whopping 519,000 VND ($22 US) - not bad at all!

(Tip: Call or go in earlier and make a reservation to avoid waiting in a line).

Another restaurant I highly enjoyed was called Cafe 43. I had a delicious chicken and lemongrass curry and chilli chicken and pork fresh spring rolls.



They made their own fresh beer which was only 3000 VND a glass! (US 0.13 c). All up our two mains, entree, water and beers came to only 189,000 VND ($8 US) - incredible! The service too was excellent.

Another spot I would recommend for dinner or even an after-dinner snack is from the Night Markets across the central footbridge to An Hoi islet. Here you can find an abundance of street food carts selling Banh Mi, fresh fruit, chocolate pancakes etc.

One bite I particularly enjoyed was called Banh Trang Nuong, a Vietnamese style pizza, folded in two. It is made with grilled rice paper and lots of fun and delicious toppings.
For only 20,000 VND (US 0.88 c), it makes for a perfect budget meal or snack.



The Best Cooking Class

I normally love doing street food tours and did in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, however, I found the ones in Hoi An to be far too pricey. I instead invested in my first Vietnamese cooking class and researched the best place to do it.
It seems like every other restaurant is offering one, but I went for one that was one of the first original family cookery schools in Hoi An, Gion Cookery Class, who had an excellent reputation.

I had the best day learning how to make all my favourite things including fresh Vietnamese spring rolls with dipping sauce, Banh Xeo, chilli chicken and lemongrass stirfry and beef Pho.



With the included trip to a local market, full recipe book and a funny and easy-going teacher, it was one of my favourite things I did in Hoi An and the feast we got to enjoy at the end was incredible!
I highly recommend doing this cooking class and it is a great investment learning how to make all of these wonderful dishes yourself at home.


There we have my top favourite things to eat and where to get them in Hoi An. I'll throw in a couple more extras just for fun:

Best Places for Coffee: 11 Coffee and Mia Coffee, both do excellent traditional Vietnamese ice coffee.

Best Sports Bar: If there is a game you just can't bear to miss, head to 3 Dragons Sports Bar & Restaurant. We watched an All Blacks game here and the atmosphere was amazing! There is also a really nice riverside view for even if you don't want to watch the telly.

Best Party Bar: If you are a fan of Mr Bean (like me), then don't miss the Mr Bean Bar! Wildly and accurately themed, it's an amusing place to have a drink to say the least.

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Let me know if you are heading to the lovely Hoi An yourself or if you have any other favourite places of your own to add - I'd love to check them out next time!

Happy Travels,

Canberra’s Must-Do Food Tour


I recently ticked off another big-ticket item off my Canberra wish-list and that was to join the Eat Canberra Walking Food Tour.

Canberra was recently named by Lonely Planet as the third best city in the world to visit in 2018, which is a very impressive achievement for Australia's modest capital city.

I have no doubt the rising restaurant and hospitality scene has an important part to play in what makes Canberra so outstanding.

As many know, I love nothing more than to explore a new city's culinary delights and trying the very best it has to offer, and a walking food tour is a perfect way to do just that.

Read on to find out all about the fantastic foodie gems we visited and the unique and mouth-watering dishes we tried:


The ultimate foodie tour

Stop #1

Our group's meeting point and first place to visit was BentSpoke Brewery, a popular pub for a drink and meal alike in the heart of Braddon. 

Amelia, founder of Eat Canberra and our guide for the day met us outside and warmly greeted us. Our table was reserved upstairs and everyone introduced themselves.


Amelia introduced the food tour and told us a bit about herself and our first location. They brew their award-winning beers on site and do a modern twist on the classic pub menu.

First, we had a choice of two sampler drinks, either two kinds of beer or their apple cider and ginger beer. I opted for the latter but also tried the beers, all of which were distinctively delicious.

Our first eats for the day arrived and certainly ensured the tour started with a bang! 
We sampled their Smoked Mac 'n' Cheese Balls which were crumbed and served with roasted corn and chilli salsa jam, along with their Hop Potatoes, which were hop and malt dusted chips served with brewery-made sauces.


Their dishes incorporate hints of their own beer to compliment the flavours, making them extra tasty. The macaroni and cheese balls were absolutely fantastic and are one of my favourite things I tried that day, which is saying a lot. The accompanied chips were also very good and hard to resist reaching back for more when you know there's going to be a lot more food to come!

I will without a doubt be back to try more of their menu in the future.


Stops 2 & 3

After almost a full hour at the first stop enjoying the food and good company of fellow food-lovers we were next off to a nearby food hotspot The Hamlet.

The Hamlet is a paradise for foodies with a collection of food trucks offering street food from multiple cuisines. Here we got to sample from two different little eateries: 10" Custom Pizzeria and Mr Papa.


We began with the Pizzeria that has been accredited by the pizza association in Naples, which means you know it's going to be good.

We tried two kinds of their woodfired pizza: a vegetarian Haloumi and potato which is their most popular and Romana, a special with mozzarella, smoked pancetta, cherry tomatoes and red onions topped with shaved parmesan.
Both of them were heavenly and took me right back to Naples! It's definitely the best pizza I've had outside of Italy.


Second, we had two items from Mr Papa's menu, who do traditional Peruvian street food. My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw a whole tray of Chanchitos coming towards us!

The sandwich is pork belly, sweet potato and salsa served on a crusty bun. The meat was melt-in-your-mouth tender and the flavour combinations were very delicious.


We also indulged in their Alitas chicken wings which were sticky and finger-licking good and we even got to try Chica Morada which is Peruvian purple corn juice - which I rather liked! 


It was great to try something new and out of the ordinary and I can't wait to go to Peru one day and try more local delights.


Stop #4

We were off to our next destination Tipsy Bull, a local gin bar with over 80 varieties of gin on offer who also do "Friendly fine-ish dining."


We were each presented with a beautiful Seasonal Gin Sour cocktail which was incredibly fruity and delightful. It tasted to me like peaches and cream and the entire group couldn't stop raving about how delicious it was!



It was accompanied by a tapas sharing plate of Betel Bites which was caramelised pork belly, cashew nuts, chilli and lime on a betel leaf. It was a sensational pop of flavour in your mouth and the perfect amount.


I was starting to feel the teensiest bit full prior so it was nice to switch things up a bit and enjoy a nice cocktail and small bite. The entire tour was very well paced and balanced.

As a side-note, I ended up coming back to the Tipsy Bull straight after the tour and enjoyed one of their G&T's!


Stop #5

Floating on a food cloud we were off to a Canberra favourite Akiba, an Asian-fusion restaurant with compelling food and cocktail menus. I loved their modernly designed interior and the atmosphere was noticeably great.

We got to pick a cocktail of our choice and try two different popular menu items. I ordered a passionfruit vodka that was refreshing and zingy.



To eat we enjoyed a moreish pulled beef bun with kimchi and peanut soy which was soft and exquisite, a very comforting food.


We also had their prawn and chicken dumplings with a ginger and black vinegar dressing.
They were light and delectable and the flavours shone through brilliantly.


It was a fantastic stop and I had some very enjoyable chats with the other members of the group.


Stop #6

Our final savoury stop of the day was at the delightful Sanya Bar, who specialises in authentic Beijing-fusion tapas and street food with an edge.

They also have an exciting cocktail menu of which we got to try Revolution. This was a delicious Beijing mule drink with vodka, peach liqueur, ginger beer, mint and lime with my favourite part - a pang of chilli.


Everyone really enjoyed the cocktail and the unique decor of the bar. Their artwork across the walls and even the ceiling was made up of tiny little tiles which is super cool.


On the menu for this stop, we got to try something we had all never tried before: Crispy Banana Chicken Wings. They were crunchy and tasty but it was quite strange to me having mashed banana with chicken; it was like it was both savoury and a dessert - so unusual!


Again, I really appreciated trying something I wouldn't normally pick off a menu and it's another little gem of a place that I will definitely come back to in the future.


Stop #7

Our final place to visit was the sweet and sensational Frugii Dessert Laboratory, the only non-chain dessert place in Canberra. Their products are made by them in-house and with all natural ingredients.

There is something to please everyone with ice cream, gelato and sorbet, chilled and frozen dessert, chocolate, drinks and caterings for any dietary requirements.

From the freezer, we got to try a selection of different flavours on the menu including Lemon Myrtle (probably my favourite one - absolute heaven!), Dark Chocolate, Black Currant, Vanilla Bean and Salted Caramel as well as some very interesting limited edition ones like Blue Cheese and even Bacon! We were also offered a Durian flavoured one but nobody was quite game enough.


They were all so creamy and delicious and the flavours really stood out. I'm pretty sure they are right up there with some of the best ice cream I have ever tried.

We also got to try the Hazelnut mousse choux accompanied with a squirt tube of Frangelico which was a-ma-zing.


This little dessert shop was the perfect place to finish and everyone was fantastically full and content after a brilliant afternoon eating our way around the highlights of Braddon.


The Details

The tour: Eat Canberra Braddon/City Walking Food Tour

Time: Starts at 1 PM and finishes around 5:30 PM

Price: $135 pp including all food and drink at 7+ stops

Reviews: 5/5 stars on Trip Advisor

Final Thoughts

I couldn't have imagined a better food tour, Eat Canberra ticked all the boxes and went above and beyond. We got to try such a great variety of incredible dishes and tastings and discovered a multitude of fantastic eateries. Each place visited was well thought out from start to finish, with prompt service and unique and exciting cuisine.

What made the tour all the more special was our amazing guide Amelia who is so talented and passionate about what she does.
She comes from a hospitality background, studied journalism and communications at University and has more than six years experience working in marketing, communications and events roles.
She combined her passions when she started Eat Canberra which she impressively runs all by herself while managing multiple side projects.

Her infectious enthusiasm and love for food shone through and she was a delightful host with a wealth of knowledge to share. At each place, Amelia interacted with each and every person and ensured everyone was having a great time.
All throughout the tour she stopped and pointed out recommended places along the way such as excellent Italian food, Indian, burgers and more. She also happily answered any questions we had about Canberra and the best places to eat.

As well as the Braddon Walking Food Tour, she also has a second Sweet Tooth Tour, especially for dessert-lovers! (I am so keen to join one day soon!).

Eat Canberra food tours are perfect for visitors and locals alike. It's a great way to be introduced to the city, for a special event or occasion, to discover more or show off what a fantastic place Canberra is for food-lovers.

I only wish I had done this tour sooner as I cannot wait to return to all of these foodie gems and hotspots again (and I sadly only have three weeks left here!).

Needless to say, I didn't even need to have dinner that night! The tour is excellent value for money with the diverse and generous servings included and all of the highest quality.
It was a fun and satisfying afternoon in great company and I highly recommend Eat Canberra to all.

Be sure to follow along on their Facebook and Instagram for the latest Canberra eatery news and events, drool-worthy pictures, tips, recipes, guides and major food inspiration.

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Pro tip: If you plan on doing one of Eat Canberra's tours (which you should), don't have breakfast and wear stretchy pants!

Happy Travels,

Incredible Canberra Winery Tour with Vines & Wines


Being based in Canberra - the capital of Australia this year, one of the things I was most excited to do in the area was indulge in the surrounding award-winning wineries.
The Canberra District Wine Region is home to 140 vineyards and over 30 cellar doors, creating distinct top quality Australian wines.

My husband and I wanted to jump on board a proper wine tour, one where we can learn all about and be expertly shown around some of the very best wineries Canberra has to offer, with transportation and a nice lunch included.

Vines & Wines is a leading Canberra Wine Tour group that was exactly what we were looking for in a perfect day out of wine-tasting.
They handpick their favourite wineries in the region to visit, all of which showcase fabulous wine and warm Australian hospitality.

Here is what we got up to on their Lake George Uncorked Tour:


Winery #1: Mount Majura Vineyard

We were warmly greeted on Saturday morning and picked up directly from our house at 9:45 am by Elouise, the lovely owner and our guide for the day.

There were three other local girls on the tour so it was a nice and small cosy group.
In the van, we were handed the day's itinerary with our schedule and information about each winery we were going to.

Elouise gave us an overview of the Canberra wine region as we drove to our first stop, which was less than ten minutes from where I lived.

Mount Majura Vineyard was one I had been meaning to visit all year! The outdoor area at the foot of the vineyard was beautiful, filled with seating that would be perfect for wine tasting on a warm day and enjoying one of their delicious cheese and regional tasting plates on offer.


We headed inside to the tasting room where there was a table already set up for us.
They have an impressive range to try, from sparkling wine and dry whites to reds and dessert wines. There was a sheet provided with tasting notes and we learned a lot about the differences between each kind.


We tried a total of 13 different wines! They particularly specialise in Spanish varieties such as Tempranillo. There was not a single wine I didn't like and my husband and I happily walked away with a couple of bottles to take home. I know we will certainly be back for more and to try their platters next time!



Winery #2: Contentious Character

Our next stop was about a twenty-minute drive away, out further in the countryside.
Elouise taught us a bit more about the region on the way, and how Canberra has a perfect cool climate for wine-making. This is because they have a much longer season (about six weeks) than other regions, due to having warm days but cooler nights, which leads to more developed flavours.

We arrived at Contentious Character Vineyard, which is set in the hills with a spectacular view. The stunning scenery can even be enjoyed from inside the large and open tasting room and restaurant.


Our group stood at the counter to sample 13 more delicious wines, from whites and rosé to reds. They were very different from the last vineyard; each winery has their own distinct characters and skills, along with different elemental properties and terroirs.

It was now lunch time which we were all very excited about. We got to pick our favourite wine we tasted to have a glass with our two-course lunch.
The main course was a selection of shared plates, which each and every one of was divine.
The artisanal bread, in particular, was seriously the best bread I have had in the southern hemisphere.


We also enjoyed fresh lamb ragu pasta, a smoked ham hock salad, a beetroot, feta and walnut risotto (incredible!) and a chicken and roasted vegetable dish. 
All incorporated gentle notes of their own wines which complimented and brought out the flavours.
I chose the 2015 Pinot Gris to go with my lunch and it was a stand-out meal for me during my time here in Australia. I was extremely impressed by the freshness, quality and flavours of every dish and I am already planning my next visit back!



To cap it all off we had a choice of two desserts and everyone in the group chose the brown sugar blondie with salted caramel ice cream. It was very sweet and decadent!


Contentious Character was probably my favourite vineyard of the day, the surroundings were gorgeous, the food and wine were fabulous and it had a great atmosphere, full of people enjoying a fun Saturday outing.



Winery #3: Summerhill Road Vineyard

We slipped into a bit of a food coma on the way to our next stop, Summerhill Road Vineyard. Owned by a couple following their dreams of buying a vineyard, we were lucky enough to be able to sample their wines outside amongst the vines which was a really cool experience.


I loved their story of the past owners giving them their tractor and dog to seal the deal, which is now a part of their label. The vineyard produces Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Pinot Noir which are all handpicked. My husband and I especially loved their 2017 Riesling.



Winery #4: Gundog Estate

Last but not least, Gundog Estate Cork Street Cellar was our final stop of the day in the small quaint town of Gundaroo. We sat on stools around the tasting station in the historic stables, turned boutique winery.


The girls indulged in a shared locally sourced cheese platter which looked amazing.
If I wasn't still so full from lunch I would have loved to try some too. Gundog Estate produces a large range of wines from Semillon, Riesling and Rosé to Shiraz.


I particularly loved their dessert wine NV Muscat which tasted like Christmas in a bottle!
As well as wine tastings and platters, they have a gourmet pantry selling local products that are perfect accompaniments for their wine.


Sadly, our tour had come to an end, and we were dropped off at home at around 4:30 pm after an excellent day out, our arms hugging a box of delicious local mementoes to fill our now, not so empty wine rack.


The Details

Tour: Vines & Wines Lake George Uncorked Tour (they also run a second tour called Murrembateman Uncorked).

Times: Pick up time can be between 8:30 - 10 am depending on where you live and drop off is between 4 - 5:30 pm.

Dates: Tours run every second Saturday or more, depending on demand.

Reviews: 5/5 stars on Trip Advisor.

Price: $165 per person, which includes all tastings, transportation, two-course lunch with a glass of wine and a friendly expert guide.




Final Thoughts

My husband and I both had a fantastic time on our tour and it was my favourite day I've had in Canberra this year. Elouise was the perfect host and guide, she was always happy to have a chat, answer any questions and share her knowledge.
She and her husband have been running Vines & Wines for three years and the passion for what they do really shone through.

The whole day was extremely well organised and each stop was highly enjoyable.
I loved how different all four wineries were from each other and they offered a good variety of tastings. As well as having a guaranteed good time it is also a great educational experience (if you want it to be!).

Vines & Wines Winery Tours are perfect for everyone from the wine novice to the serious connoisseur. It is ideal for all occasions from a couple new to the area wanting to explore the beautiful Canberra winery region (like us), to a fun outing with friends, be it a birthday or hen's party, or simply an enjoyable Saturday out, filled with top quality wines and a delectable lunch.

I couldn't recommend this tour more if you are passing by the capital of Australia, it's one not to be missed!

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Five Places to Eat in Siem Reap


I had the pleasure of visiting Cambodia for the first time recently, beginning with a fantastic week in Siem Reap. Being a huge foodie, I was so excited to try local Khmer dishes and eat my way around a city known for amazing food.

As much as I love trying as many eateries as I can in a new place, I ended up loving five in particular that I regularly frequented over the course of seven days.

Being 10 weeks into my Southeast Asian trip at that time, in Siem Reap I started craving really fresh and healthy wholesome food. I was temporarily chockablock full of rice, curries and noodle dishes.

Enter visiting my first ever vegan cafe.

Vibe Cafe

I first heard of Vibe Cafe through travel bloggers Aggie Lal and Lisa Homsy (who happened to be in Siem Reap just before me).

Their dishes they were showing off on their Instagram stories were exactly what I felt like, so off I went to Vibe on my first day for lunch, in search of some nourishing soul food.





The cafe was modern, spotless and beautifully decorated, with two levels to choose from.
The menu had so many delicious plant-based options, all nutritious, fresh and well balanced.

I ordered my first ever acai bowl with a fresh coconut and a side of sweet potato fries.


Together, this was one of my favourite meals of all time! All of this came to only $10 US, which is a stunning price for such good food.

I loved their message of 'Good Vibes All Day Every Day' and they donate 10% of their profits to the Good Vibe Foundation which supports the local community.

On my second visit a few days later, I ordered the Raw Zucchini Pasta which was so nutritious and an explosion of flavour.


I was incredibly full afterwards and basically super impressed with vegan food, I know I'm going to have it a lot more often now.

Khmer Kitchen

My dinners, however, were reserved for trying local food only! Khmer Kitchen is on a pedestrian alley that runs parallel to Pub Street. The tables spilled out onto the sidewalk and it was the full restaurant that drew me in.


I ordered Fish Amok, a popular Khmer dish that I was very keen to try and it did not disappoint. The fish was fresh and the flavours were delicious.


Despite being so busy, the service was very fast and friendly. Together with rice and a draught Tiger beer, it came to $6.50 US.

On my second visit, I ordered the Khmer Curry, which was equally as good and very tasty.


Sister Srey 

Sister Srey is another excellent and popular cafe I visited for lunches. They were also recommended by word of mouth and have a fantastic menu full of healthy and nutritious options.

It was so hard for me to choose from all of the amazing choices (oh, how I missed avocado!) but I was very happy with what I had in the end.

I ordered a fresh mango and pineapple ice blend juice and a Bodia Bowl.



It was absolute perfection in a bowl and I felt so good for the rest of the day after eating such a healthy meal. Both came to only $9 US.

The cafe was a great place to hang out and chill, it was bright and cosy, well-decorated and had a great atmosphere.

The second time I ordered the same juice as it was so delish, and I had the stacked corn fritters with a poached egg which was a-maz-ing.

Sister Srey helps and supports Khmer students and to make a sustainable impact on the community. They also boast the best coffee in town and have freshly baked goods (which I had to restrain from!).


Khmer Family Restaurant

Located directly on Pub Street, I browsed around a few menus in the area first before deciding on Khmer Family Restaurant. Their prices were a lot more reasonable and it was a very large place and full of people.

It was artfully decorated, with unique lanterns and bicycles hanging against the brick walls.


My Angkor Wat tour guide that day had told me to try one of their traditional mixed spicy sour soups, so I ordered the Somloo Mjour Kreung.


It was such an interesting mixture of flavours that truly tantilised the tastebuds. Together with steamed jasmine rice and an Angkor draft beer, it came to $5.75 US.

They offer both traditional Khmer food as well as Western options and have daily drink specials including draft beer for only 50 cents.


La Boulangerie Cafe

Walking around one day, I stumbled across this little gem, La Boulangerie, a French cafe. They serve French, European and local dishes.

On my first visit, I was wanting to try another Khmer speciality - Beef Lolak and was glad to see it on their menu. It amusingly came out with french fries (not exactly traditional), but I wasn't really complaining!


The complete dish was absolutely delicious, the tomato-rich beef was so tender and all together it tasted like I was eating a hamburger! That with a drink came to $5 US.

On my second visit, I couldn't resist stopping by to pick up a fresh croissant I had spied in their cabinets the time before. There was no chance of me taking a photo, as down the pie-hole it went as soon as I left the shop.


If I can add in a sneaky sixth suggestion, that would be to try the banana and chocolate pancakes from street food carts down Pub Street (at night only).


They are made fresh, right in front of you and are the most delicious and indulgent dessert you can get for only $1 US.

Continuing on with one final suggestion is a particular place that was great for a drink.
The Sun was a perfect spot in the middle of Pub Street to people-watch and sip on one of their $1.50 US daily cocktail specials.



I hope you enjoyed my suggestions for great places to eat in Siem Reap and got some inspiration if you are heading there yourself! If you have any of your own to add, please comment below, I'd love to read them.

As a side note, I always do food research online and browse through the best-recommended restaurants on Trip Advisor, and most of them in Siem Reap tended to be in the Old Market area and on the outskirts of the city centre.
In this instance, I preferred to find places that were within walking distance to where I was staying, which happened to be close to Pub Street. The majority of places I walked into were chosen by their appeal at the time, by their menu, look and feel.

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Happy Travels,

7 Delicious Must-Try Dishes in Thailand


Thai cuisine is my ultimate favourite and I recently spent seven happy weeks in Thailand eating my way around the country.

Thai food is an explosion of flavours and often showcases a perfect balance of salty, sweet, sour and spicy. The best part is you can easily find cheap, tasty and readily available street food on practically every corner.

Here are seven of my personal favourite Thai dishes that I would highly suggest trying if you are ever in the land of smiles, trust me - you will love them!

Geng Kheaw Wan (Green Curry)



Green Curry is my number one favourite dish! Delightfully rich and aromatic, it can be ordered with either chicken, beef, pork, tofu and vegetables.
The paste is made of ground green chillies and together with coconut milk, Thai eggplant, fresh coriander, lime leaves and basil it's a flavour bomb in your mouth!
It comes very spicy (like most of my favourite dishes) so if you aren't a fan you can request a milder version by asking for 'not spicy'.
In my opinion, there's nothing better than soaking up the rice in the curry and washing it all down with a cold Thai beer. Hashtag perfection.


Pad Thai (Stir-fried rice noodles)


Pad Thai is my favourite quick street food meal and at 40 Baht ($1.20 USD) made fresh from a cart, it's one of the cheapest too.
This famous stir-fried rice noodle dish is eaten with chicken, seafood or just tofu and vegetables. It's usually served with ground chilli, fresh lime, sugar and a sour sauce for you to add the flavours as you please to suit your taste buds.


Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad)


Som Tam is another dish combining all five tastes: hot, sour, sweet, salty and savoury and packs it all together in a flavour punch.
It's a delicious and fresh zingy papaya salad that is a popular staple of street food and dining alike. Again, it comes very spicy so do ask for mild if you aren't a fan!


Tom Yum Goong (Spicy seafood soup)



Tom Yum is a local favourite hot and sour soup, with 'Goong' meaning shrimp or prawn.
It's the perfect dish for seafood and chilli lovers and again it is so full of flavour, your taste buds will be dancing!


Pad Krapow Moo Sap (Basil Pork)


Pad Krapow Moo Sap is one of my favourite quick go-to meals. Minced pork is flash-fried with holy basil and a generous helping of garlic and fresh chillis. Served with rice, it often comes with a fried egg on top, making it a perfect Thai-style one dish meal.


Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry)


My second favourite of the curries is the Red Curry, of which the paste is commonly made with twenty ground red chillies (so it is again super spicy!). Served usually with chicken, beef or duck, this smooth curry is topped with finely sliced kaffir lime leaves and is deliciously fragrant.


Khao Niaow Moon (Mango Sticky Rice)


Last but not least is the most perfect traditional Thai dessert: Mango Sticky Rice is a staple of my diet when I'm in Thailand (I quite often have it for lunch) and it is an absolute must-try for all sweet lovers.
The cool, glutinous sticky rice is smothered in sweetened coconut cream and served with freshly cut ripe mango. To add a crunch it is sprinkled with what I call 'golden nuggets', which are actually crunchy toasted mung beans.
It can be picked up cheaply from street food stalls and in a fancier restaurant setting (such as in the picture above) it is often served with coconut ice cream, which makes the entire dish basically the definition of heaven on earth.

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Those are my top seven incredibly delicious and ultimate favourite Thai dishes. There are a million reasons to visit Thailand and food is one of the top ones!
It is miles better in its motherland than anywhere else and there is so much to choose from, it will blow you away (you and your taste buds).

Do you have a favourite Thai dish not included here? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to read them!

Happy Travels,

The Most Magical Place in Bangkok


Last week I visited a very special cafe in Bangkok that had long been on my bucket list.
It is a place of wonder and imagination. An eruption of pastels and splatters of rainbows.
It is a place like no other...  it is The Unicorn Café.

If you used to like My Little Pony and are still a twelve-year-old trapped inside an adult's body (like me) then you will adore this cafe. Located in Silom, it is a fairly small cafe with a whole lot of fun packed inside.


As soon as you step into this magical wonderland your eyes will instantly be feasted to a colourful explosion from top to bottom. The walls and ceiling are decked out with unicorns and ponies splashed in every direction.


There are plenty of cute pastel coloured tables, chairs and sofas to hang out on and enjoy the large selection of rainbow themed food on the menu.


Line up at the counter to order before heading to a seat with your number. There is a section to the left with pony and unicorn dolls and soft toys to grab and hang out with and you can even rent unicorn onesies for 100 BHT ($3 USD).


The amusing menu offers a selection of savoury as well as sweet options. From rainbow spaghetti carbonara and a rainbow cheeseburger (which admittedly looks rather disgusting yet entirely intriguing) to unicorn waffles, crepes and brownies.

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The front cabinet is also full of their signature Instagram-perfect rainbow layered cake and cupcakes. There are fun frozen ombre galaxy drinks on offer too which come in star shaped glasses.


I ordered a 'Galaxy Star' which was a frozen vanilla frappe and the 'Unicorn Waffle Choco Banana', which came complete on a cute plate with star utensils.

Both were delicious and a very reasonable price at 340 BHT for both ($10 USD) and the portions were enormous! I definitely should have shared as I struggled to eat half of it.


It was a wholly lighthearted experience enjoying the surroundings and sitting amongst like-minded giggling and snap-happy girls (and yes we were all adults).

I felt like it was my birthday having chocolate waffles and ice cream for lunch!


The Unicorn Café has become my new favourite place in Bangkok (hence why I had to write about it!) and if you are passing through it is a must-visit for those wanting to go back to those magical feelings of childlike wonder and euphoria.

I wanted to go back the very next day. I would definitely hire a unicorn onesie next time and get a slice of that rainbow cake!


Warning: Sugar high and a massive afternoon crash is inevitable but entirely worth it.
It's a whole lot of fun and you will leave with a bright smile on your face (accompanied with a possible stomach ache).

Also warning: No, this isn't really a place guys will enjoy unless you are one of the few cool pony-loving ones out there.

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The Unicorn Café is located at: 44/1 ซอย สาทร 8 สีลม Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak.
The closest BTS (Bangkok Sky Train) is Chong-Nonsi Station, Exit 2.

They are open every day except Mondays from 12 - 8 PM.
For more information check out their Facebook page.

Happy Travels,

My Highlight of Phuket: A Cooking Class to Remember!


If you couldn't tell by my multiple pictures of food and specific food-related posts - I am a huge foodie and Thai cuisine is my ultimate favourite in the whole world.
I knew during my second visit to Thailand I wanted to do a local cooking class and learn how to make some of my all-time fave dishes.

Doing some research, when I came across Kata Thai Cooking by Sally in Phuket, I knew I had found the one! For starters, one of their slogans is 'Food Coma' hahaha.
Seriously though, this was my favourite day of my week in Phuket; we went to a local market, I was made to eat bugs (ew!), I tried so many local delicacies and then back in class I learnt how to whip up first-hand three dishes: Red Curry, Pad Kra Prow and Pad Thai.

It was a fantastic and informative class that I will never forget! Sally was an absolutely fantastic (and patient) teacher and her humour and good nature was the icing on top.
Read on to hear all about the superb cooking class in detail:


The Classroom

I arrived at Kata Thai Cooking Class at 3:30 PM on a Saturday for the dinner with market tour session. It was easy to find and well signposted at the front of the building.



Inside, the classroom was spacious, bright, well-decorated and clean. I already knew it was going be a great class by the vibrant atmosphere and how well set-up and organised the room was.




Everything was all laid out and prepared for the lesson ahead. I was the only one there so far and was warmly greeted and given a cold bottle of water (which was very welcome).



We waited for a while for two others who had booked to show up but they never did, so I basically got my own private cooking class!


Market Visit

Sally and I jumped into her car and we went to a local market about ten minutes drive away.
We started by walking through the fruit and vegetable sections where I got quizzed on my shocking knowledge of the names of them!
We also went through the different parts of meat, fish, many spices and common ingredients. As we went Sally picked up different fresh bits we needed for our class.




Next, we passed by the uh, local 'delicacies' section. We started at a table full of different bugs like crickets, silk worms and frogs. Sally said the silk worms were her favourite and I was peer-pressured into trying one! It wasn't as bad as I thought, just the idea of it of course. I also nibbled on a frog leg which was crunchy and salty (I had tried it once before).


I also got to try a bunch of other Thai snacks at the many market stalls. We tried fried chicken, salmon and egg-white mousse crackers and a very spicy and delicious rice dish.



I hadn't tried or even heard of half of the fruit I was shown so Sally picked some up for me to try. Back in the classroom, she chopped up for me: farang, custard apple and starfruit.



Time to Cook

As I was the only student I luckily got to choose the dishes I wished to make. I picked three of my favourites Red Curry, Pad Kra Prow (Thai Basil Chicken) and Pad Thai.
We started with preparing all of the ingredients for the red curry paste. I loved learning all about each fresh ingredient as at home half of them come in jars.



I was shown first how to chop, slice and dice each ingredient and then did it all myself (a lot more slowly!). I am a complete novice at cooking but Sally and her lovely assistants were very patient with me.


After everything was prepared it was time to turn the heat up. We started with the Red Curry and Pad Kra Prow.  Again, I was shown first exactly how to make it and then got to do it all myself (which is the best way for me to learn). 
I somehow managed to burn my Red Curry and accidentally put a tablespoon of soy sauce instead of a teaspoon into my Pad Kra Prow (doh!) but they both still ended up tasting good.


I got to sit down and enjoy the first two dishes with freshly made rice and it was quite a feast. I got to make my Red Curry super spicy, just the way I like it - it was sublime!
I only had a small portion of each as I still had the Pad Thai to come.


I was most excited to learn how to make this dish, as I love it so much. Watching Sally first was a joy, she is such a pro at cooking and makes it look very easy. When it came to my turn I'm afraid I failed miserably, I just couldn't do it fast enough.


Once the ingredients go in one at a time you have to scoop, turn and scoop so quickly to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan.


I got there eventually (with Sally's help!) and sat down to eat it, still pretty proud of myself. It might not have been as pretty as Sally's one but I made it myself and that's something!


Just to cap off already a fantastic class we finished with my all-time favourite Thai dish - Mango Sticky Rice! I got to see how the rice is steamed in a traditional basket and learnt the ingredients for it. It was the perfect way to end and of course, I had room to eat all of that one. 😋


The leftovers were packaged up for me to have for lunch the next day. I also got to keep my chef's bandana as a souvenir and all of the recipes in detail were emailed to me.
Feeling extremely full and satisfied I was even dropped off to my hotel by Sally herself.
She was so generous and warm and I absolutely loved my class with her.


The Details

Cooking Class: Kata Thai Cooking by Sally

Times: Two classes run six days a week from Monday - Saturday for lunch and dinner.
Lunch classes start at 11 AM and dinner classes at 3:30 PM as it includes a market tour beforehand (except for Wednesdays, which starts at 4 PM).
Classes run between 2.5 - 4 hours.

Recipes: The recipes include three popular main Thai dishes and are different every cooking session, so choose the day depending on what you would prefer to make.

Location: 5 Ket Kwan Road, Karon, Kata Beach, Phuket 83100

Reviews: 5/5 stars out of 702 reviews on Trip Advisor and is #1 for Food & Drink in Phuket.

Price: Lunch and Wednesday dinner class 1,900 THB ($56 USD), Dinner class with market tour 2,200 THB ($65 USD).



Final Thoughts

Kata Thai Cooking Class by Sally is a definite must-do if you are in Phuket and love Thai cuisine. The class is so informative, fun, easy-going and would suit a wide range of people, from solo-travellers like me, to friends, families and couples.
Sally has been running her school for six years and is an absolute expert in her field. She is an incredible chef and her classes are very well organised. From start to finish, there was a perfect balance of verbal teaching and hands on learning, as well as a multitude of great tips and important facts about Thai cuisine and cooking.

I learned so much that day and it was a class I will remember forever. The dishes made were all excellent quality and delicious, I can't wait to impress the socks off my family and friends when I get back home!
I would 100% recommend this class to anyone visiting, even if you have no cooking skills whatsoever (cough, me), you will still have a fantastic time.
If I am ever back in Phuket I would do this class again in a heartbeat.
Thank you so much to Sally and her team for having me, it was a real pleasure.


Happy Travels,
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