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Mark and Anna, Sept. 30//Oct. 1

I keep waking up in the middle of the night. Sometimes from the acid ravaging my esophagus from some annoying ailment, sometimes from the jet lag that sits heavy on my eyelids at two in the afternoon and pries them awake at four in the morning. I tell myself that first thing in the morning, I will finally compile all of the golden thoughts and sparkling experiences- and predictably, this will vanishes as soon as the sun’s morning rays streak through the window. But after fingers fluttering around my neck and keyboard and apartment for several days, it’s time to write of the past two weeks. My past two weeks in Australia. Our past two weeks in Australia.

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Cambodia, Expat, Food, Phnom Penh

DNAK Square.

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If a deli or grocer sells meat- and quality, rich, well cured meat at that- I will be a loyal patron.

I had my first experience at DNAK Square for the first time last night and was extremely and pleasantly surprised.

Even the exterior aesthetic is impressive with a covered outdoor patio, reminiscent of the tropics in Thailand with details down to the rope wrapped around the banisters and lit up in BKK, DNAK Square shines brightly atop a modern and somewhat eerily familiar building.

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Cambodia, Expat, Food, Phnom Penh

The Common Tiger.

Ever changing quotes in the menu.

Ever changing quotes in the menu.

After imbibing in a smorgasbord of exquisite cuisine, it’s very safe to say The Common Tiger is anything but common. From my experience, it was extraordinary.

When meeting Timothy and Christina, the owners of The Common Tiger, they seem much like oil and vinegar; very different but together create the perfect combination. Timothy is a busy bee, always on his feet and running about to find the best of what’s the on the menu. Christina is laid back, soothing, yet full of warmth and life.

I had the pleasure of lunching at The Common Tiger with my friend and co-worker, Lyda, last Thursday. Part business, all delicious- it was definitely one of the favorable perks of my job.

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“The city’s top 30 dining deals for budget gourmands”

ILLUSTRATION by DAVID PINHO

ILLUSTRATION by DAVID PINHO

My friend Chad sent me this link this morning to The Phnom Penh Post’s 7 Days section of their site for “The city’s top 30 dining deals for budget gourmands” , saying it “seems up your alley“, which he was indeed correct about.

The title of the post speaks for itself, but it’s a long list of delectable spots to check out when your purse strings are tight-or when you just feel like doing a little exploring outside of your favorite haunts.

I’ve only managed 13 of the spots on the line-up-but with the help of this little beaut of a guide I’ve got my eyes set on some Chive Cakes on Street 178.

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Siem Reap. August 4, 2013.

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I had the enjoyment of spending a few days this past week with friends (Jesse, Ritchie, Duncan, Steve, newly friended Eric and a few Scottish gals whose names I unfortunately don’t remember) and family (mom and Rachel)  in Siem Reap. Full of relaxation, naps, entertainment, loads of good food, and several Indiana Jones-like tuk tuk rides: it was a weekend away to be remembered.

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WUPP.

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When I first jetted into Phnom Penh, I remember seeing a little magazine called ‘Whats Up Phnom Penh’, better known as WUPP, with it’s hot pink letters, black background, and stark cover photo all over the place.

I had the chance to meet with Antony, one member of the WUPP team, when I was working at .BEYOND (interiors) and eventually began writing for them. On their third month in publication- I was on board.

Now that we (WUPP and I) have been in Cambodia for almost a year or longer, I’ve got a special place in my heart for the teensy magazine, doing big work covering a lot of businesses and staying as up to date as possible with all things happening on the PP scene.

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Little Kitchen: Basque. From June 22, 2013.

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A fantastic evening with Little Kitchen full of mouthwatering Basque fare supporting M’Lup Russey was enjoyed on June 22nd for yet another successful and enjoyable Little Kitchen event at Meta House.

“Revenues benefit M’Lup Russey- LNGO which works on providing emergency foster-care to children who have been separated from their families, with the aim of supporting their reintegretion into their biological families where appropriate, as well as supporting young people who leave orphanages to start a safe and independent life.” –Little Kitchen

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Winging It. May 9, 2013.

Wild Wings.

 

After months of harried schedules, my friend Chad and I were finally able to hold down a day for lunch.

While I pitched the usuals- Sushi Bar, Vego, Pho, etc etc. I nearly jumped out my seat with excitement when he mentioned a new place in town called Wild Wing. He informed me that the restaurant, fittingly, served wings. He hadn’t heard anything about it from anyone else and there was nothing online to share about it other than the address so obviously, this was the first choice.

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Snack Attack.

It’s been a hot minute since I last posted on my favorite spots in Phnom Penh. Although the pool generally stays small, there are always new places opening up, improving their crafts, and offering fresh options. I remember when I first decided to move and the numerous questions I had. Although I knew the city had a vibrant nightlife, a multitude of dining options, and plenty of bars to sip at it was difficult to know exactly where the desirable places would be.

While Cambodia Pocket Guide and Door2Door certainly helped, I was disappointed in the lack of blogs sharing information about the local gems. Maybe this will reach a questioning soul somewhere off in the wild West or one of my pals back home who have been saying they’ll come visit.

Post note: after writing the post, I found the entire thing to be about food. So there you have it.

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