Archive for the 'Food & drink' Category

May 16 2012

Wine in Siem Reap

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When it’s as hot in Siem Reap as it has been lately (though do we dare for a respite after the last few days of storms), there’s not a great deal you can do except restrict movement as much as possible (mainly so that you don’t skid in great lakes of your own sweat and … read the full post

May 02 2012

Air-con in Siem Reap

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The English have a quaint little phrase to the effect that horses sweat, men perspire, but women glow. Which is all very well if your name happens to be Fanny or Violet, but I actually thought I might be the first person in history to be electrocuted by their own body fluids as I slaved … read the full post

Apr 26 2012

The best Caesar salads in Siem Reap

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It’s possible that Caesar salad may be the first truly globalised recipe (provided one excludes the fat, salt, sugar and multiple-chemical delivery systems marketed by fast food dealers). The popular assemblage, once the preserve of restaurants with Maitre d’s that let you know you’d failed by the precise way they called you “Sir” or “Madame”, … read the full post

Mar 26 2012

Fruits in Cambodia

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When it comes to fruit, it seems that someone forgot to tell nature that no-one likes a show-off. Such a huge, kaleidoscopic, wild variety of redolent, multi-textural glories is clearly the work of an over-achieving braggart. More than 3,000 fruits have apparently been identified, though we consume only a handful (or three) of them. The … read the full post

Mar 07 2012

Getting to know The Lane, Siem Reap

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A couple of years ago the once dark and dingy Lane in Siem Reap looked like not much more than a decent prospect for a drugs score. Today it’s developing into a trendy little enclave, home to many an expat’s favourite hangout, with an atmosphere a world apart from tawdry Pub Street only a few … read the full post

Feb 29 2012

Siem Reap’s top dining establishments

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If you want to get the best eats in Siem Reap, you’ve got to get out of town. It’s true there are some lovely restaurants in the heart of Siem Reap, and some truly excellent ones too (Il Forno, for one example). But if you’re looking for a real treat, then you’d better grab a … read the full post

Feb 26 2012

Tapas in Siem Reap

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For many people searing Asian temperatures are something of an appetite killer (would that I were one of them). Even after a day of meandering around temples or browsing markets, come dinnertime the ravening hunger that one might look forward to satisfying on a cold winter’s day just isn’t there, and the idea of sitting … read the full post

Jan 25 2012

Italian restaurants in Siem Reap

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Cambodia may be a Johnny-come-lately on the Southeast Asia tourist trail, but there’s one area where they’ve already caught up with, even exceeded, their neighbours. The restaurants here (in both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh) are fantastic. The Cambodian culinary scene has developed in less than ten years, yet has managed to set high standards … read the full post

Jan 23 2012

Coffee in Siem Reap

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I know some prefer it cool, smooth and slow, but I have to confess I’m a major fan of hot and steamy. Of course, this does usually result in short lived affairs, but I don’t know anyone who could handle that much intensity for longer anyway. Especially with the Italians, God do the Italians really … read the full post

Dec 23 2011

Siem Reap’s night food stalls

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You wouldn’t believe they were hardly here only two years ago. There’s something about night food stalls in Asia that makes you feel you’ve tapped into something ageless, but in Siem Reap the bustling, sizzling, richly aromatic grills are relatively recent additions. For a long time, a sad line of stalls faced Molly Malone’s and … read the full post

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