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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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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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