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Khao nom kok – Lao coconut cakes

Luang Prabang, LAOS – As you stroll through the night market, there’s a good chance you’ll end up gobbling down khao nom kok, bite-sized Lao coconut cakes. Made with rice flour and coconut cream, these sweet street treats are ridiculously tasty, addictive and easy to make.

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10 reasons to love Bern

As I uncovered, Bern has an abundance of enviable B’s: bears, bike paths, botanic gardens, brains, bars, beers, bridges, best quality of life and Begegnungszonen (yeah, see #6). Here are 10 reasons to love Bern.

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The best noodle soup in Luang Prabang

LUANG PRABANG, LAOS – I’m going to let you in on a secret. A delicious, delicious secret. For years I’ve kept the best noodle soup in Luang Prabang to myself. I’ve carefully guarded this place – I didn’t want tourists who wear elephant pants to find out. Once someone won my love, trust and affection (and once […]

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Of Lobsters and Men in Maine

MT. DESERT ISLAND, MAINE — A charming smile helps, when trying to get onto a lobster boat. That, and a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. This winning combination is how I found myself on the Linda Sea out on the Atlantic one fine September day, clumsily trying to put elastic bands on lobsters.

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Facing the Cambodian Genocide

My story about the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia was originally published in The Toronto Star in April 2012. At the time, the trials for four senior Khmer Rouge leaders were underway. Last week on August 7th, 2014 – 35 years after nearly 2 million people were murdered – two were convicted of crimes against humanity […]

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The Seychelles on a Budget

The Seychelles conjures up images of white sand beaches, windswept palms and turquoise waters, a postcard perfect tropical paradise. Having spent five weeks exploring the islands, I can tell you: it’s true. It also brings to mind the ultra-luxurious resorts with a price tag that would send the average person reeling. Travelling to the Seychelles on a budget […]

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Affordable Accommodations in the Seychelles

If you thought the Seychelles only had ultra-luxurious 5-star resorts, think again. This island paradise has the most expensive resort in the world but you may be surprised to learn that the Seychelles also has many affordable accommodations in the form of self-catering chalets, villas and apartments, some with prime beachfront locations.

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How to get to La Digue in the Seychelles

Travel tips: How to get to La Digue in the Seychelles

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The Seychelles – an intro to Seychellois Cuisine at Chez Batista Restaurant

MAHÉ, THE SEYCHELLES – An enormous red snapper – all 15 pounds – lords over the table, its mouth agape, under-bite protruding over the edge of the platter, sharp little teeth conveying his displeasure over his situation. He was baked.

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Journeys in Iran: Persia, picnics, pomegranates & poetry

From historic silk road desert towns to modern metropolises to remnants of the glorious ancient Persian empire, Iran will amaze even the most intrepid of travellers. My journey through the authoritarian country, finding laughter and hospitality at every turn.

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