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Where's Jonny? Care to dine with me? You would think that 11 years of daily food tasting for a living might put me off?......au contraire! Chomp away with me across 6 continents. Seduced like a bloodhound to the scent of good food, I anticipate the misty waft of steaming broths, the satisfying crunch of mudbugs and the vibrant aroma of freshly pulverised lemongrass. Buon appetito

The Vietnamese Highway Code

VIETNAM | Sunday, 20 May 2007 | Views [2917] | Comments [3]

The rules of driving in Vietnam differ somewhat from the UK.  Here, through use of a translator is the Vietnamese Highway Code. Motorcyclists 1a There is no legal limit on the number of persons on one bike.  However, if you do exceed 18 people ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


Gallery: Swinging through Singapore

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 19 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

Call me Tiger
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Fasten your seatbelts

SINGAPORE | Friday, 18 May 2007 | Views [990]

There were many sad Vietnamese girls in Saigon this morning when they heard I was leaving, but like Californias governor, "I'll be back!"  Vietnam has been my favourite country so far.  Its culturally rich with amazing people, phenominal girls, dramatic ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


The worlds best diet? a synopsis of Vietnamese food

VIETNAM | Thursday, 17 May 2007 | Views [5056] | Comments [1]

A monk (Nguyen Thanh Nam) living on an (Pheonix) island in Ben Tre province survived for 81 years eating and drinking coconuts alone!!!!!  "Poor bugger," I thought, he must have been a regular vistor to the toilet....but what an age!  I can ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


(you drive me) CRAZY

VIETNAM | Monday, 14 May 2007 | Views [928]

On the road to Ben Tre in Vietnam, my motorbike driver failed to slow down for a dog sitting in the road which we subsequently hit.....hard.  Swerving violently left and right, it was a miracle we stayed on the bike.  The dog buckled under the wheels ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures


The best meal yet?

VIETNAM | Sunday, 13 May 2007 | Views [1128]

Ben Tre in the Mekong is the coconut capital of Vietnam.  I can testify that the coconuts I drank there were the best in Asia.  On the day I arrived I met "Hung," (and no, his surname was not "Low.")  He would be my guide for the ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Rat for two - How romantic!

VIETNAM | Friday, 11 May 2007 | Views [1253] | Comments [1]

" I would like to eat local food please ," I said to my (female) Vietnamese guide jotting notes in my book as we ate.  It was 7.45am in the already bustling Vinh Long market and we were eating steaming bowls of Bun bo hue.  "Boy, thats ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Shot in Vietnam

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 9 May 2007 | Views [836]

After several late nights with Thai and Tom, scootering, drinking Saigon beer, eating boiled peanuts on bridges and riding boats on the Mekong I was looking forward to a lie in. At 8am there was a knock on my door.  Opening it in my boxers, it was Thai ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Thai in Vietnam

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 8 May 2007 | Views [936]

Tired of eating alone in the Mekong Delta I asked the guest house matron if she could sort me out with a partner for dinner. (she might know a petite Vietnamese model)  I was prepared to pay for the meal and pay a tip for acting as my guide. The only ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


smiley happy people on lethal missions

VIETNAM | Sunday, 6 May 2007 | Views [786]

There was blood all over, liver, tongue and intestinal tract.......and that was just my first Vietnamese breakfast.  Complimented with beansprouts and chopped spring onion in a rice soup this dish of liberally applied black pepper, was quite delicious.... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Gallery: New roots to Vietnam

VIETNAM | Sunday, 6 May 2007 | Photo Gallery

eat yourself thin - these guys do
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Delta farce

VIETNAM | Saturday, 5 May 2007 | Views [758]

Its an unfair title really as the Mekong is a haven of life, good food, ever so smiley people and adventure.  Its very poor here but welcoming.  The farce bit was the trip from Phnom Penh which took well over 8 hrs but never mind. My first contact with ... Read more >

Tags: Laughter


ghostly associations

CAMBODIA | Friday, 4 May 2007 | Views [746]

It began when I stumbled upon a dusty book at the guesthouse hidden behind piles of well worn Lonley Planets. An unreadable front cover, I inquisitively opened the brown marked, ruffled pages.  As the text opened out I felt a sudden gust of cold wind ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Jonny's Top 10 cambodian dishes

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | Views [3302]

1. Fish Amok- you have to try the national dish served in a hand-stiched banana leaf bowl -  but beware, I have found huge variances in the standard.  A good one is thick (traditionally eaten with fingers) balanced with noticeable galangal and lemongrass.... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Prahok, Palm sugar and Phnom Penh

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | Views [1073]

I never intended to stay longer than 5 days in Phnom Penh.  The cruel combination of choking heat, traffic fumes and a million voices saying, "My friend, Tuk Tuk - moto-bike??" were wearing my cranial Pirellis down. Even my snots were becoming ... Read more >

Tags: Friends


Restaurant review - Romdeng

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | Views [1727]

Like Jamie Olivers "Fifteen," in London, Romdeng offers street children an opportunity to acquire new skills.  Impressed by my first visit with Ian", I returned alone to examine the cooking and hang with the expats.  Maybe listen to ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


the spy who loved food

CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | Views [787]

Although a British Ambassador on a covert mission to unearth cultural learnings from food; on occasion, one requires a part of Britain that made us Great. One such necessity is an English breakfast tea that Roger Moore would approve of. Tracking this ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Restaurant review - Ian and Jonny do Malis

CAMBODIA | Monday, 30 Apr 2007 | Views [1266]

Just off the Independence monument, in the heart of Phnom Penh lies a classy building of white pillars, warm teracotta coloured walls, airy spaces, water features and fig trees.  "Malis," promotes itself as contemporary Khmer food but would ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


The Deadly viper hit squad

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 29 Apr 2007 | Views [1586]

The Mission Track down a Cambodian delicacy prized for its health related benefits.  Devour the reptile cooked two ways, drink the blood mixed with wine and swallow the pulsating heart, whole. The squad   Mr C. - laddish Cambodian guide keen on ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Rabies shot number 4

THAILAND | Wednesday, 25 Apr 2007 | Views [3402]

I departed the Germanically infused Ao Nang (even the menus are in German) on a much more serious scooter than on Koh Lanta. With flames licking my bum hairs I roared off in the direction of Krabi hospital some 10 kilometers away. (Born to be wild ringing ... Read more >

Tags: Doctors, hospitals & health


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