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Where to Go for a Drink in Ubud

Where to Go for a Drink in Ubud

Let’s face it, health-conscious Ubud isn’t the number one place you’d choose to go for a drink. Bali’s spirituality capital seems to pretty much shut down come 9pm, even at the busiest times. Yet, surprisingly, over the last couple of years, Ubud has managed to […]

Six of the Best Bars to Visit in Singapore

Six of the Best Bars to Visit in Singapore

Almost out of nowhere, staid, sleepy Singapore has grown the best cocktail scene in Asia. And, with all the money that’s washing around them there shores, that’s no surprise. Here’s six of the best bars to visit in Singapore, from speakeasy to dive bar to […]

Tea Tourism in Bandung

Tea Tourism in Bandung

European thirst for tea shaped history in bizarre ways. That’s because, for centuries, all the tea that came to Europe was made in China, where tea has been cultivated for thousands of years. During the nineteenth century, tea caused two wars: the Opium Wars. At […]

The Belgian Monk: The Best Value Pub Lunch in Norwich

The Belgian Monk: The Best Value Pub Lunch in Norwich

Before the Beer Orders of 1989, almost every British pub was tied to a brewery, and British pub food and beer made your average German beer garden seem a pinnacle of culinary variety, craft and innovation. Then the gastropub revolution happened. And, although behemoth chains […]

Five Ways to Enjoy Coffee

Five Ways to Enjoy Coffee

Cold Brew Cold brew coffee is brewed, well, cold. And, if that’s not enough to love, you can choose it fizzy or foaming. In theory, the brewing reduces acidity and produces a smoother coffee, making it a definite step up from the clichéd café frappé. […]

Why the Negroni is MY Drink

Why the Negroni is MY Drink

I adore Negronis. And, when it comes to travel, they’re one of the perfect cocktails. Why? Because they’re pretty much impossible to screw up. Of course, they can be made stunningly well. But they’re not like Martinis or Old-Fashioneds, the kind of cocktail you really […]

Sea Buckthorn Juice: the Ultimate Vitamin C Drink?

Sea Buckthorn Juice: the Ultimate Vitamin C Drink?

One great food find from Everest Base Camp? Sea buckthorn juice. I knew about this lovely stuff, of course. Sea buckthorn berries are famous for containing more Vitamin C than either cranberries or oranges — 400mg for every 100g of raw berries, although of course […]

Hot Beer? It’s a Thing!

Hot Beer? It’s a Thing!

Unbowed by my experiences with yak butter tea, a flavour which, while not as bad as you’d think, definitely falls under the rubric of “acquired” (I’ll write it up for you at some point, I promise), I decided to brave another Tibetan winter warmer: hot […]

A Curious Tale: Who Invented the Singapore Sling?

A Curious Tale: Who Invented the Singapore Sling?

Raffles Hotel, Singapore, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this month. (This despite the fact that the hotel didn’t open until 1 December 1887.) And, perhaps predictably, they’re celebrating with an anniversary cocktail, the 1887, based on the iconic Singapore Sling, with added champers, reduced pinkness […]

I Don’t Know You, But I Blame You Very Much

I Don’t Know You, But I Blame You Very Much

Somebody, somewhere in Beirut – and that someone probably knows who he is – has been doing a lot of cocktail training. And that somebody, somewhere, who’s done a lot of cocktail training should not ever, ever, ever be allowed behind a bar again. Anywhere […]