Entries Tagged as 'Places'

Silk Island

posted on: March 3, 2014

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I have been awfully busy the last few months, living and working between Cambodia and Australia, that my poor little blog has suffered.  So, seeing as though today will be my first post in months, I thought I’d share with you not one, but two, new post.  I’m quite excited by this first one. I took these pictures last year on a tip to Silk Island.  Silk Island is home to scores of artisans who make their living hand-weaving beautiful silk wares.  Like most things made by hand, silk production is a slow and fastidious process.  The techniques of mulberry growing, silkworm breeding, harvesting of the silk thread and weaving can take weeks, if not months, to complete.  It’s a tradition that is passed down from mother to daughter and witnessing the production process is a meditation in itself.

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Friends The Restaurant / st 13

posted on: October 8, 2013

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It might come as a surprise, but for a person new to Cambodia it can be rather difficult finding really good Cambodian food.  If you are lucky enough to have a Khmer mother (like me), or be invited to dinner with a local family then you won’t struggle.  If not, then unless you know where to look and what to look for, you’ll find many places promising Khmer food will only offer the more common dishes such as Lok Luk, Amok, Nom Bachok and not much more. However, there are a handful of restaurants offering more then just your regular dishes. Exemplum: Friends the Restaurant, located on street 13 near the beautiful National Museum. Run as a training restaurant by former street youth and their teachers, Friends the Restaurant is a must-visit place for anyone living in or visiting Cambodia. The menu, which consists of delicious Khmer and Western style tapas is creative Cambodian cooking at its best.

Kep Crab Market

posted on: October 5, 2013

If you happen to find yourself in Kep, a quaint coastal town 3 hrs south of Phnom Penh, I would highly recommend a visit to the crab market. Every morning fishing boats arrive from nearby waters and islands and offload their catch onto the edge of the market, so not only is it buzzing with life and activity, it offers some of the best seafood in all of Cambodia.

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The Common Tiger / st 294

posted on: September 12, 2013

Embracing the principles of slow cooking with a focus on fresh local produce, Chef Timothy Bruyns, and his lovely team at The Common Tiger have crafted a menu that takes eating to a whole different level.  The food, like a good painting, requires you to sit with it and contemplate.  Each part of the dish has been carefully thought about.  From the colours and the flavours to the textures and the presentation, this food is something that needs to be appreciated fully, first by its beauty then by its taste.  Bruyns, who’s style of cooking cannot fully be boxed up (although some have tried to call it fine dining) is all about taking an holistic, intuitive approach to cooking.  Like an artist who learns all the techniques first and then moves away from those rules to follow their intuition, Bruyn’s approach, while technically amazing, is all about following the heart.  The result?  A meal that speaks to all the senses.

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Public House / st 240 and a half

posted on: September 7, 2013

If food, like fashion, goes in and out of style then gastropubs are the new black.  Gastropub, a portmanteau of “gastronomy” and “pub, is a culinary trend that has gained popularity in the west over the last decade.  Originating in the UK in the late 20th century, gastropubs are a British hybrid, offering a casual-meets-refined atmosphere that welcomes beer drinkers and wine connoisseurs, non-fussy eaters and foodies alike.  Public House, the brain child of brothers, William and George Norbert-Munns, is Cambodia’s answer to this trend, and since its inception earlier this year it has become a regular eating spot of mine.

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Botanico / st 29

posted on: September 3, 2013

Phnom Penh is a great city to live in.  The food is cheap, the rent is low, the people are friendly,  the weather is warm, and for dreamers like myself, the opportunities are endless. However, for all of its greatness there is one thing this city lacks, and that is green space. With this in mind, the owners of Botanico, created one of the only green spaces in the city…and thank god they did, because without it I actually think I’d go slightly insane.

Since discovering it, Botanico, has become my favourite spot in Phnom Penh.  So much so, that there isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t visit at least once.  The service is excellent, the food is great, the setting, with its lush plants and bungalow-style arrangement, is infallible…and the coconut juice is hands down the coldest, most refreshing in all of the city.  In the dry season Botanico also hosts Sunday afternoon music sessions as well as market days for crafters selling their wares. Really, what’s not to love?

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Doors / cnr st 84 & 47

posted on: September 3, 2013

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to a Moet & Chandon dinner at Doors.  The evening consisted of music by my husband’s very-talented band, Kin, and a 5 course dinner, by the equally-talented, Aitor Olabegoya.  Olabegoya, who flew from Beijing especially for the event, is the Time Out Chef of the Year 2013 and judging from the dishes on the menu that evening (sweet potato foam, pickled scallops, chilly pineapple frappe / smoked chicken traveler infusion with foie gras / Iberico pork steak with red wine marinated onions) it’s easy to understand why.
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Trunkh. / Cnr st 294 & Sotheros Blvd

posted on: August 8, 2013

When I first moved to Cambodia two and a half years ago, I found it rather difficult to find cute boutiques that stocked quirky gifts and bric ‘a’ brac for the home.  However, in the last year there have been a number of places that have opened up, Trunkh being one of them.  Trunkh, as its name suggests, is a ‘trunk of treasures’ sort of place.  They sell everything from textiles, jewellery, games, furniture, home wares, hand-painted signs and more, all of which are Cambodian or Cambodian inspired.

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Sesame Noodle Bar / st 460

posted on: August 1, 2013

Sesame noodle bar is one of those places I wish I had thought of.  It’s a great concept.  Offer a small menu of no more then 6 dishes.  Let those dishes be clean and nourishing.  Serve it up in a cute hole-in-the-wall place, and there you have it… a perfect little eatery.

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Ngon / Sihanouk Blvd

posted on: July 25, 2013

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