La Maison du Chocolat Summer Collection

La Maison du Chocolat Summer Collection

Summer of (Brittany) Love  Can’t make it to France this summer? Fear not, as the esteemed La Maison du Chocolat – with locations in Europe, North America and Asia – is bringing the sumptuous taste of Brittany to your doorstep. This year’s “Summer in Brittany” collection captivates the tastebuds with five new interpretations of old(…)

Sotheby’s Champagne

Sotheby’s Champagne

This one’s not for auction World-renowned auctioneer Sotheby’s has added another string to its bow, by introducing its very own brand of top-class wine. The first champagne ever to be issued by an auction house comes courtesy of R&L Legas, the 204-year-old doyen of the industry associated with many a three-starred Michelin restaurant, including La(…)

Travel Guide to Hanoi, Vietnam

Travel Guide to Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam’s small, charming capital, is situated in the heart of the Red River Delta. Founded in 1010, this ancient city of lakes became the center of government under French colonial rule in 1888. Hanoi served as the capital of French Indochina for over fifty years and evidence of this regime can be seen all(…)

Travel Guide to Xian, China

Travel Guide to Xian, China

About Xian Modern-day Xian, a rather gritty, industrial city located in central, north-west China has, in recent years, become a major tourist hotspot in the country. Hordes of tourists flock to Xian all year round, to take in the awe-inspiring site of the army of terracotta warriors housed in underground vaults, which were unearthed in(…)

Travel Guide to Nha Trang, Vietnam

Travel Guide to Nha Trang, Vietnam

The stunning city of Nha Trang, located on Vietnam’s southeast coast, is the capital of the country’s Khanh Hoa province. This immensely popular tourist destination is renowned the world over for its fabulous shimmering white sand beaches, enveloped by crystal blue seas. Divers, back-packers, affluent pleasure-seekers, and locals, head to the beach-side paradise of Nha Trang(…)

Borneo for Families – the Insider Guide

Borneo for Families – the Insider Guide

Malaysian Borneo boasts some of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant coastal cities but it is the dense jungle interior that really fires the imagination. In many parts, the impenetrable rainforest is only accessible by riverboat, yet there is still much to see and do without arduous travel, even for young families. Borneo’s ethnic tribes are among(…)

Travel Guide to Shanghai, China

Travel Guide to Shanghai, China

The glamorous, sprawling city of Shanghai is located at the mouth of the Yangtze River where it flows into the East China Sea. This energetic city, which is today regarded as a world-renowned center of finance and trade, is China’s largest city and home to more than 13 million people. Shanghai, which is traversed by(…)

Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with Shrimp and Spicy Dipping Sauce

Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with Shrimp and Spicy Dipping Sauce

Yield: 4 Servings Ingredients: 2 ounces rice vermicelli 8 rice wrappers (8.5-inch diameter) 8 large cooked shrimp – peeled, deveined and cut in half ¼ cup fresh Thai basil leaves ¼ cup fresh mint leaves ¼ cup fresh coriander leaves 8 fresh thyme sprigs (optional) 1 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and sliced ½(…)