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Alba White Truffle Fair

The Langhe region of Piedmont, famous for Barolo wines

Alba, in Piedmont, is Italy’s white truffle mecca and main market. My trip to Europe this year had one main intention – The White Truffle Fair in Alba. Each weekend of the month-and-a-half long fair in October and November every year draws thousands of visitors by the bus loads into this charming town; everyone with the common objective of indulging in white truffles and the region’s cuisine and wines. Continue reading

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White Diamonds, Alba, Italy

Much like mold, with a crush of garlic, tossed in newly ploughed soil and kissed by burrowing earthworms, a scent so bewildering yet so intoxicating I would gladly wear as a perfume. The aroma of the white truffle, Tuber magnatum, one of the most expensive foods in the world, is simply heavenly.

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Albania: “New Mediterranean Love” Part 2

Perhaps not so much of a secret anymore, the stretch of beach in south Albania facing the Ionian Coast is a Club Med-ish paradise. Read that there are plans for the resort chain to set up one soon, which would just mean prices will sky rocket as more foreign tourists stream in. Already in the past decade, the scene has changed drastically as restaurants and guesthouses line the beaches, aided in part by the new mountainous road joining Vlora to Saranda that follows the coast, making it accessible for anyone whose stomachs can take a bit of motion sickness. Continue reading

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Albania: “New Mediterranean Love” Part 1

Truth be told, when I first met my boyfriend about a year ago and he told me he was from Albania, I was trying hard not to let my face give away my cluelessness about the country. Where? Oh, next to Greece? Ahh okay..Mediterranean. Not that I’m all that familiar with the Mediterranean, other than hummus. And couscous! 😛 Continue reading

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Mumbai, City of Dreams

Colonial relics and modern high-rise, mayhem and order, flashy and modest, rich and poor. They all have a place in a city called Mumbai. A city that pulsates to the rhythm of your heart as you dodge two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers from all directions; it’s a place you will need to see, smell and hear to fully experience. I got to spend a day in Mumbai, this restless, turbo-charged city where millions chase their dreams. Continue reading

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The Faces of Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai

Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai is the world’s largest outdoor laundry. Mundane as it may sound, this is a fascinating industry where Mumbai’s traditional washerfolk (“dhobis”) engages tirelessly in an invaluable service for the city – collecting dirty laundry, washing it, and returning it neatly pressed. We take a look at this amazing trade and the faces behind the activities. Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland Niseko

Snow sports fashion is mind-blowingly awesome; the variety of designs and styles out there are certain to awaken your inner shopaholic. A trip to a few snow sports shops to browse last year very quickly turned into an uncontrollable shopping frenzy. After three hours…jacket, check. Pants, check. Inner wear, check. Goggles, beanies, socks, all check. All that remains now is just some snow. Not so easy if you live in the tropics or suck at predicting weather! Continue reading

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Death by Kohii

Flying red-eye into Tokyo is not much fun, especially when you arrive groggy, water-retained and not able to check into your hotel just yet. Such was my predicament last Sunday morning; I figured there was perhaps one thing that could solve all these problems for me.

Coffee.coffee.coffee

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Best of the Fest

Hellloooo Beerfest Asia 2011! Today was Day One of the third annual Beerfest Asia in Singapore and what a start it was! We headed down to the Marina Promenade earlier today to catch a sneak preview of this year’s awesome line up of some of the world’s best beers all under one roof tent. All we can say is that we left extremely happy, high and satiated…here are some highlights! Continue reading

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Durians in Singapore

We were struck by a severe durian craving last night. Thankfully for us, Dempsey is only a 5 min drive away from home and right at the fringe of Holland Road is the Wan Li Xiang make-shift durian stall which has been around for the last 20 something years. Continue reading

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