Category Archives: TRAVEL: AROUND THE WORLD

Soda Bottle Openerwala, Gurgaon, India

Soda Bottle Openerwala, Gurgaon, India

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The Flying Elephant at The Park Hyatt, Chennai, India

The Flying Elephant at The Park Hyatt, Chennai, India

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Mathsya, Chennai, India

Mathsya, Chennai, India

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For over two decades, Mathsya located near the Egmore railway station, has been serving up authentic Udidpi cuisine to loyal customers who keep coming back for more.

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Kudumbam, Chennai, India

Kudumbam, Chennai, India

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If you are looking to explore some Kerala cuisine whist in Chennai then Kudumbam offers a really nice alterative to the now jaded Ente Kerelam. Housed in a quaint bungalow with touches of a traditional Kerala home, Kudumbam is a restaurant cum boutique all wrapped in one.

 

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Rayar’s Mess, Chennai, India

Rayar’s Mess, Chennai, India

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China Club, Gurgaon, India

China Club, Gurgaon, India

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China Club is a popular destination for authentic Chinese food in Gurgaon. Housed in the bustling Global Business Park, this restaurant has a glassed enclosed kitchen where one can watch the Sichuan chefs churning out their fiery delights.

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Cheffette, Bridgetown, Barbados

Cheffette, Bridgetown, Barbados

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Cheffette is Barbados’s version of McDonalds but with many local menu options factored in. Started by a Syrian businessman, Assad John Haloute, Cheffette now is the largest fast food chain in Barbados with 14 restaurants, 9 drive-thrus, 7 playgrounds and a manufacturing plant, employing almost 800 Barbadians.

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Brown Sugar Restaurant, Barbados

Brown Sugar Restaurant, Barbados

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Brown Sugar Restaurant is nestled amongst lush tropical ferns in a charming traditional Bajan home. This delightful spot serves some of the most authentic Bajan and Caribbean cuisine on the island.

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Just Grillin’ – Quayside, Christ Church, Barbados

Just Grillin’ – Quayside, Christ Church, Barbados

 

Just Grillin’ in Barbados is a casual, open-air restaurant where the focus of the menu is primarily on all kinds of fresh grilled meats and seafood.

 

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Mustor’s Restaurant, Bridgetown, Barbados

Mustor’s Restaurant, Bridgetown, Barbados

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Looking for a great place for home-style Bajan food in Bridgetown? Then Mustor’s on McGregor street is a must do for you!

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Cuzz Fish Shack, Needham’s Point, Barbados

Cuzz Fish Shack, Needham’s Point, Barbados

 

Ever heard of a fish cutter?

 

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Viroths, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Viroths, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sightseeing in Siem Reap can be an endless day of spectacular sights. Angkor Vat is stunning in it’s majestic expanse and beauty as are other nearby temples.

 

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At the end of a long, tiring day – the perfect way to unwind is to dine on a meal that is comforting and delicious. A perfect place for this is at Viroths.

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Srey Koulen Restaurant, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Srey Koulen Restaurant, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Our first full day in Cambodia was spent hiking through the jungle, up a hill to Kbal Spean or the ‘River of a Thousand Lingas’.

 

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This magnificent spot is home to a sacred river that gushes over a river bed into which thousands of Lord Shiva’s Lingas have been carved and other deities have been carved.

 

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On our way back we stopped of for a much need break at a restaurant called a Srey Koulen, a typical tourist trap type spot which served decent enough Khmer cuisine.

 

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Kitchen Angkor Chey, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Kitchen Angkor Chey, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Kitchen Angkor Chey is tucked away down a long narrow driveway, away from the hubbub of the main town.

 The place was tacky at best – everything about it from its service to the food to the facilities was subpar.

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Nest Angkor Cafe Bar, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Nest Angkor Cafe Bar, Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

My favorite temple in Siem Reap was the Bayon Temple which is within the Ankor Thom set of temples. To look at those gigantic, majestic faces that were carved atop the stone temples is quite breathtaking.

 

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Just as spectacular was where we ate dinner that night in Siem Reap which just bettered our already perfect day.

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Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is a gorgeous property in Siem Reap, which is a well located between the monuments and the center of town.

 

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Khmer Kitchen, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Khmer Kitchen, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm in Siem Reap is probably the most well known of all the temples because of Angelina Jolie swinging through its ruins as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider.

 

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This temple is truly spectacular with magnificent tree roots growing and twisting within and through the walls of the ancient stone temple.

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Pub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Pub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Pub Street in Siem Reap is where the party is happening every night until the wee hours of the morning.

 

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Floating Villages of Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

Floating Villages of Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

Our first evening in Siem Reap was spent on a boat tour of the amazing floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake.

 

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Lake Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. What is unique about this lake is that this body of water is constantly affected in size throughout the year by the rains and as it gets flooded with water from the Mekong River.

 The floating villages basically follow the water for sustainability as they are all primarily fisherman who depend on their catch for their livelihood.

 

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Khmer Food in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Khmer Food in Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

Cambodia is a country with such rich heritage, amazing beauty and the most delicious food.

 

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One can get lost amongst the grandeur of the vast temple complexes of Angkor Wat and of Angkor Thom and so much more that dots this landscape.

 

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Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand

Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand

 

Chiva-Som, in Hua Hin, Thailand is one of the most beautiful holistic spa destinations.

 

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Nara Thai Cuisine, Bangkok, Thailand

Nara Thai Cuisine, Bangkok, Thailand

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Nara is one of the few remaining full-fledged Thai restaurants at the massive Central World Mall in Bangkok.

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Thip Samai, Bangkok, Thailand

Thip Samai, Bangkok, Thailand

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Pad Thai is probably one of the best known dishes in Thai cuisine worldwide. So ofcourse the burning question would be – Where does one get the best Pad Thai in Bangkok?

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Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok, Thailand

Raan Jay Fai, Bangkok, Thailand

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If there is one thing I think of almost every day since I left Bangkok – it is the meal I had at Jay Fai’s!

 

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Din Tai Fung, Bangkok, Thailand

Din Tai Fung, Bangkok, Thailand

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Din Tai Fung is an extremely popular dim sum house at the Central World Plaza shopping mall. This Taiwanese based dumpling house has other outlets in parts of South East Asia with the one in Hong Kong having earned a Michelin star.

 

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