ID Café

Jacklynn Blanchard takes a stroll down the café corridor of District 3’s Tu Xuong to get caffeinated with the cool kids. Photos by Alexandre Garel

The Vietnamese Pastry Championships

Armed only with an empty stomach, cavity-prone teeth and a fork, Ed Weinberg gets a plate on the frontlines of the pastry wars. Photos Francis Xavier


Thanks to our friends at the Japanese-language magazine, Sketch, we have come up with a list of what we believe to be the top 10 Japanese restaurants in town. With so much competition in this city, and well over 200 eateries proclaiming to sell dishes with some sort of Japanese influence, Saigon is a gold mine for anyone who enjoys eating cuisine from the Land of the Rising Sun. In fact, so good is our experience of the cuisine in this country, that when various members of our team have tried sushi, sashimi, ramen and all sorts of other Japanese fare in Europe or North America, they've come away disappointed. So, here goes. Time to get the saliva running and the juices flowing.

Supersize Me

Forget eating McDonald’s three meals a day for a month. Seamus Butler agreed to do the opposite and dosed up on a diet of Ben Style food for weightlifters and two weeks’ worth of daily workouts at the Sofitel Gym. Here’s what happened. Photos by Francis Xavier


Bun Cha

Oodles and oodles of noodles are the key to truly knowing Vietnam, as Harry Hodge explains. Photos by Kyle Phanroy and Alexandre Garel. Additional reporting by Nick Ross

Drink with Compassion

Help those less fortunate. Give back. Be the change you wish to see in the world. We have all heard these chestnuts. Probably some of us have quoted them. They are words with the purpose of sculpting us into better people. It's time to add another to this list on improving humanity — Drink with Compassion.

Rules of Thirst

There’s a man at your wedding table with a slightly manic look on his face. His eyes are fixed on the plate and upturned bowl contraption that he’s shaking in a frenetic ellipse before the fixed, lusty gazes of everyone else at the table. Something is knocking about inside.

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