Culture

Culture discovered through travel, including food, drink, traditions, festivals & celebrations.

Asia Pacific Culture
Foreign Cuisine Finder: Singapore
March 23, 2017
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Foreign Cuisine Finder: Singapore
During a three-year expat stint living in Singapore, I had a lot of mealtimes to spend investigating the local food scene. The gastronomic offering is as diverse in flavour as it is in price. Here I reveal my top three local dishes that will tantalise your tastebuds, while being gentle on your wallet.
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Foreign Cuisine Finder: New York City
February 16, 2017
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Foreign Cuisine Finder: New York City
You would be hard pressed finding a cuisine that isn’t available in New York City. One of the most diverse and interesting aspects of the melting pot city is the array of international influences. In the Foreign Cuisine Finder series I share all the delicious discoveries I make on my global adventures, and while in NYC I […]
Culture North America
What to See in New York City (The Second Time)
February 9, 2017
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What to See in New York City (The Second Time)
On your first trip to New York City you went to the top of the Empire State, wandered Wall Street, cycled Central Park, saw a Broadway show, marveled at The Met and probably got up-close and personal with the Statue of Liberty. Now you‘re fortunate enough to be returning to NYC, so what will you […]
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Foreign Cuisine Finder: Australian Edition
January 26, 2017
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Foreign Cuisine Finder: Australian Edition
Being an Aussie expat that has lived in the U.S. and Asia, I sometimes get questions about Australian food. In this post I will make my recommendations for travellers heading Downunder and the four foods I think are worth sampling while you are visiting the Great Southern Land.
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Foreign Cuisine Finder: Louisiana Edition
August 4, 2016
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Foreign Cuisine Finder: Louisiana Edition
Food, glorious food, is a fun way to delve into the roots of a culture; to peel back the layers of influence and taste the history of a destination. The American South possesses a cuisine all of its own that reflects its climate, resources and varied residents over history, including Native Americans, European colonial powers […]
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Foreign Cuisine Finder: The Chinese Connection
February 25, 2016
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Foreign Cuisine Finder: The Chinese Connection
Eating is an essential ingredient in the immersive travel experience. I try to sample local cuisine for at least two meals a day while I am abroad. In the first edition of Foreign Cuisine Finder, I shared foods from Ireland, the Cook Islands and Cambodia, that made a seriously good impression on my taste buds. […]
Culture North America
Beads, Blues & Bourbon: New Orleans
February 18, 2016
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Beads, Blues & Bourbon: New Orleans
“B” is for Big Easy. It’s also for beads, Bourbon St, blues, beignets and all manner of good things to be found in New Orleans. Here are a few…
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Peranakan: A Colourful Cultural Collision
May 14, 2015
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Peranakan: A Colourful Cultural Collision
Peranakan culture evolved from foreign traders settling in South East Asia between the 14th and 19th centuries, particularly major ports such as Singapore, Sumatra, Penang and Malacca. Here they married local women and the new generation born of these unions were known as Peranakan, meaning “locally born” in the Malay language of Bahasa Melayu. While […]
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Faces of Thaipusam
February 8, 2015
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Faces of Thaipusam
More images of my day spent with the Tamil Hindu’s of Singapore, celebrating Thaipusam. If you missed the post earlier in the week, get all the details of this incredibly unique spectacle by clicking here. Enjoy the many faces of Thaipusam…
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Thaipusam: Pins and Needles
February 5, 2015
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Thaipusam: Pins and Needles
You have never had pins and needles like this! Thaipusam, a festival commemorating the feats of Hindu God, Lord Subramaniam, is notable for the sacrificial piercing of devotees flesh. Thaipusam is celebrated by the Tamil people who originated in southern India. It generally takes place around January or February, during the full moon of the tenth […]