In October 2017, The New York Times announced they were hiring a “writer at large” for an ambitious stint: to visit every single destination on their list of 52 places to travel in 2018, producing stories about each location and life on the road. Continue reading Essay: The journey so far and the most interesting place in the world
A mouthwatering look at khao poon, the noodle of Laos.
Tunisia’s Mediterranean island delights with seaside promenades, desert landscape, old souks and traditional handicraft.
It’s safe to say that I am in love. In three years I have travelled to Ernen and Mühlebach four times. These two small villages in the Upper Valais region of Switzerland have me bewitched I describe why I return again and again in my story published in The Australian. Continue reading Guide to Ernen and Mühlebach
Switzerland is famous as a winter playground but for ardent hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, summertime is when Switzerland really shines. Continue reading Hiking in Switzerland: the Binntal / Binn Valley
I can’t quite believe I’m knee deep in s*** with Susan and having a blast. Susan seems indifferent – not that you’d expect much emotion from a water buffalo. She’s been teaching visitors to The Living Land Organic Farm in Luang Prabang how to plow rice fields for three years and today is just another day at the office. Continue reading The Living Land Organic Farm in Luang Prabang
In Laos, sticky rice is the main staple — but if sticky rice is the president of the Lao diet, then noodles are like its running mate. Fresh or dried, wide and flat or thin and round, morning, noon or night, noodles can be eaten as a meal in itself or as a side dish. Continue reading Noodles of northern Laos
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. Continue reading Portraits of Northern Laos: Kaipen – Lao crispy river weed
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 nam khao in a previous post, and now here’s the recipe for this tasty eat. Continue reading Recipe for Nam Khao – Lao crispy rice salad