Kuala Lumpur’s 9 Best Artisanal Coffee Shops

There’s just something about artisanal coffee that beats the regular cup of coffee you make at home — coffee aficionados would agree. Whether you are starting your day or needing a little pick-me-up to get you through the afternoon, nothing beats a good cup of coffee to reset your mind and give you that boost of caffeine-fuelled energy. And thanks to the thriving third-wave coffee culture in Kuala Lumpur, speciality coffee shops can be found peppered in the city in growing numbers. Here are a few spots we would recommend for the avid coffee-lovers. 1. Artisan Coffee Bar Take a break from strolling along the alleyways of Bangsar’s Jalan Telawi and make your way to the neighbourhood’s shopping mall for

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The Best Hong Kong Hotel Staycations To Book This Chinese New Year

If you’re planning for a stay with a great meal, then these staycation packages in Hong Kong will turn your stay from bland to grand Eat, sleep, repeat—with international travel mostly out of the question for 2021, a staycation in the city is more attractive than ever; and if you’re the type to examine the in-room dining options more than the thread count of the bedsheets, there are plenty of gourmet-centric staycation packages to whet your appetite. It’s especially true these days, when staying in is the new going out, and there is nothing more indulgent than rolling out of your king-sized bed to lope off to the award-winning restaurant downstairs for an early dinner and drinks, and then retreating

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Tips for Surviving Dry January

  Le Crocodile outdoor seating Are you familiar with Dry January? It’s a concept that sprang to life in full force in 2014, first in the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland, and later in the United States. The concept is simple: reinvigorate a healthy lifestyle for a month by abstaining from alcohol. The timing is obvious: it follows the mad holiday season started on Thanksgiving and ending on New Year’s Eve. Dry January is something I dread every year but after a year like no other, we should all probably dry out for a month. You know, cleanse and get back on track with “better living” and a bit more discipline. I failed last year, but this year I’m determined

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An enchanted summer lunch on Kangaroo Island

Take a leap of taste with Kangaroo Island’s mysterious new dining experience. On the menu? Large helpings of theatre and anticipation, writes Dilvin Yasa. The inaugural Gastronomo wilderness dining experience is all about being pleasantly blindsided, transported back to a time and place where the Internet didn’t exist and every meal, every experience, was a surprise. It’s a dip back into your childhood and, the best part of it all, is the journey is only a quick ferry trip away from Cape Jervis (two hours’ south of Adelaide). The inaugural Gastronomo wilderness dining experience is all about being pleasantly blindsided. (Image: South Australian Tourism Commission, Adam Bruzzone) The concept of eating, barefoot, in a tree, or playing with pelicans on

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Bangkok’s Top Chefs are Throwing the Ultimate Dinner Party on Koh Samui

What Makes A Great Group Trip? This season, when we traditionally gather family and friends to celebrate what’s really important, seems an opportune moment to pose the question. But the answers are, of course, timeless: they involve good food, low stress and lots of laughs. A common cause coupled with the freedom to float along in the collective adventure at your own pace. Reasons to reminisce. No, the best of pals don’t need an excuse to get together, but it’s always nice to go on tour with the band. Pranna Residence at Panacea As it turns out, a very merry band of Bangkokians is heading on tour to Koh Samui in a few weeks, and we’re all invited. December 22-24

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Where to eat at Australia’s Central Coast

Central Coast has emerged as one of the state’s culinary stars. There’s many reasons to visit the Central Coast, from the 41 golden-sand beaches that stretch along the coastline from Patonga to Lake Munmorah and the rewarding hiking trails found within its five national parks to the numerous Indigenous cultural experiences on offer. But it’s the up-and-coming collection of cafés, restaurants and bars tucked away within each of the laidback seaside villages that are really creating buzz in the region. Here, find our curated list of top spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Breakfast Bellyfish, Terrigal Find Bellyfish situated in a sun-drenched position on the esplanade right across the road from Terrigal Beach. The father and son

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A Roadtrip in Search of Thailand’s Best Khao Soi

Khao soi and Royal Enfields combine for the perfect breath-of-fresh-air roadtrip in northern Thailand. Every princess knows that snaring a perfect suitor can be a frustrating endeavor. And I’m beginning to show the surly characteristics of a jilted debutante as I pilot my motorbike fruitlessly around the nether reaches of Chiang Mai. We’ve been searching in vain for a legendary venue named Khao Soi Prince, known for its nomadic tendencies and irregular opening hours. It can be “hard to track down,” in the words of American chef and Chiang Mai food authority Andy Ricker, understating the point. After a voyage of thwarted hope to an out-of-date location pin, we are no closer to hunkering down to an aromatics-infused, coconut-milk-rich bowl

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