Category Archives: Europe

Nordic Food in Vietnam


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Fred Wissink

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with a couple of visiting chefs from Sweden during the Equatorial Hotel‘s Nordic Week. At the start of the event, I had swung by for a press dinner and left utterly smitten. Executive chef Niclas Wahlstrom of Stockholm’s Den Gyldene Freden and Magnus Johansson, past winner of the Culinary Olympics and Nobel Prize dinner pastry chef, were good enough to give me some of their time between lunch and dinner services to teach me about the New Nordic Cuisine movement. Tuoi Tre‘s picked up my story on the culinary movement after it ran in AsiaLIFE HCMC. If you haven’t gotten the skinny on New Nordic Food yet, read about it here.


Photo by Fred Wissink

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New European Hostel Booking Website

I’m very happy to report on the official relaunch of EuropeanHostels has existed for some time as a hostel directory — since before Over There Interactive founder Tom Meyers devised the company’s flagship website — but the new EuropeanHostels features a totally rehauled search engine powered by a “top secret algorithm”, a free trip manager for members, newly pruned editor’s picks, user reviews, smart maps and revamped hostel and city guides.

Why does this relaunch tickle me so? I pitched in on the EuropeanHostels redevelopment last year and still have fond memories of editorial jam sessions over Israeli sandwiches and European and Carib candy binges (courtesy of former EC editor Alex Robertson Textor) between research and copy editing. Ah, those were the days.

But in all honesty, the brothers Meyers and their accomplices have put together a bang on way to search for cheap hostels in Europe.

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A Spendthrift You Can Count On

It would be difficult to find a travel writer with so comprehensive an understanding of European budget airlines, better experience penetrating local Caribbean culture, and more evolved opinions on Europop than Alex Robertson Textor.

For these, and many more reasons, any budget traveler looking for cheap flights in Europe or an affordable Caribbean getaway should bookmark Alex’s blog, Spendthrift Shoestring. Alex is just recently back from the Caribbean, where he was scouting out travel gems for Rough Guides, and he’ll soon be off for an extended summer stay in England.

Expect top-notch UK dispatches and cheeky humor à go-go.

The best thing about the blog is the mix of the practical — like a rundown of French-style Gites in Martinique and Guadeloupe — and the peripheral — like Alex’s unbelievable visit to time-frozen (and way off-limits) volcano-ravaged Plymouth. And you’ll quickly find yourself hooked on Alex’s short lists.

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