A Gin fit for a Sling

March 27, 2016 Darren Gall 1

London Gin has come a long way since the early 1700’s, when London Town was awash with cheap and nasty versions of a spirit nicknamed ‘Mother’s ruin’, portrayed as the wrong side of the tracks […]

Legends Lunch

February 23, 2016 Darren Gall 0

Friday the 19th of February 2016 will always be a memorable day, mostly because of a rather remarkable lunch. A small band of industry rouges and reprobates like myself gathered at midday at Le Royal […]

Old Spice -Part Two

February 20, 2016 Darren Gall 0

  Kampot: I am sitting under an impossibly large sky, the few errant clouds merely faint wisps on a canvas of clear, perfect blue. From high up on Starling Ridge I gaze out over the […]

Up to the Sun and Around the Moon

February 13, 2016 Darren Gall 0

In the year 1543, the same year as its author’s demise, a revolutionary paper was published that would become known as the ‘Copernican Revolution’. The paper was written by a Polish mathematician, (a mere amateur […]

French Sense and Cambodian Sensibility

January 31, 2016 Darren Gall 0

  Khema is the name given to the beautifully appointed and delightfully sophisticated French restaurant, café, wine bar, boulangerie, patisserie, charcuterie and fromagerie that is the epicurean heart and soul of the Arunreas Hotel. The […]

High Water Mark

January 17, 2016 Darren Gall 0

  Sevensea, (sic) is the latest culinary concept of Cambodia’s most accomplished and celebrated chef Luu Meng, the stated aim is to combine popular Asian cooking styles with the finest seafood available. Specializing in Cambodian, […]

The Mexican coming up Trumps in Cambodia

November 4, 2015 Darren Gall 0

Question: what do Angkor Wat and Mexican cuisine have in common? Answer: both are on Unesco Heritage Lists, Angkor on the ‘World Heritage List’ and Mexican Cuisine on its ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage List’ oh, and […]

Memory of an Elephant

July 6, 2015 Darren Gall 0

There was a time when European merchants, writers, adventurers and those out for a grand tour would travel throughout South East Asia by steamer, going about their business, enduring their hardships and either building up […]

The Tao of Jiaozi 

January 18, 2015 Darren Gall 0

     “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”  Lao Tzu   After queuing out on the sidewalk for an age, patiently day-dreaming about the magic going on […]

Hanoi by the Glass

December 6, 2014 Darren Gall 0

  “In a city one thousand years old, everyone is a visitor.” I have been ‘dropping’ in to Hanoi for over a dozen years, for the past 9 months I have found myself a resident. […]

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