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Portraits of Northern Laos | Kaipen – Lao crispy river weed

Browse a menu in Luang Prabang, Laos and there’s a good chance you’ll see kaipen. The main ingredient of this delicious snack is almost unbelievable. Kaipen – also spelled khaiphaen or khai pene – is made from river weed harvested from the Mekong and other rivers in northern Laos.

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Baracoa, Cuba – Wildly weird and wonderful

One hundred years of solitude? How about 453. Baracoa, a town near the eastern tip of Cuba in Guantánamo province, was cut off from the rest of the island for 453 years. Now as Cuba begins to open up to the world, a look at this unique isolated little town. This story was originally published in The Toronto […]

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Khao poon | The noodle soup of Laos

A mouthwatering look at khao poon, the noodle soup of Laos. A glance through my Instagram feed reveals my daily obsession in Laos: noodle soup. For me, there’s nothing better than a bowl of noodle soup to start the day, to cure a hangover or meditate over the next story idea. In fact, noodle soup […]

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Recipe for Nam Khao – Lao Crispy Rice Salad

Nam khao, Lao crispy rice salad, is a popular local dish eaten with your fingers and shared with family and friends. I’ve written all about this tasty eat HERE – and now I’ve got a recipe for nam khao. 

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Tasty Laos Eats | Nam Khao – Lao Crispy Rice Salad

Nam khao or naem khao is Lao crispy rice salad, a flavourful dish eaten with your fingers at a family feast or with friends after work over beer. Nam khao is laborious to make, but luckily it’s sold ready-made at street stalls and markets throughout Laos.

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Friends-International restaurant Khaiphaen opens in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, LAOS – Cambodia-based NGO Friends-International has opened Khaiphaen restaurant, its sixth training restaurant and vocational school, their second in Laos.

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Luang Prabang Salad

At first glance, “Luang Prabang Salad”, one of Luang Prabang’s local signature dishes, looks rather ordinary. It doesn’t have an insane amount of chili on top, nor does it contain water buffalo skin, fermented fish or animal paws. Called yam salat in Lao, this delicious fusion salad is made with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, watercress, mint, coriander and […]

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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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