10 Must-Try Foods Around Asia [Scoopon Blog]

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A few weeks ago, I took you on a foodie tour of Europe. We dined on raclette, drooled over waffles, tucked into traditional Austrian schnitzels, and munched on Portuguese tarts. Now, it’s time to move on from pastries and cheese as we head to the vibrant, tastebud-tantalising Asian continent. Shall we?

1. Indonesia – Rendang

If you’ve ever been to Bali (let’s face it, 80% of Australia’s population practically lives there), you’ve probably tried rendang – but if you haven’t, it’s time to put it on the bucket list. This iconic dish features beef, lamb, goat, or chicken, cooked in coconut milk and all the spices you could ever want. It might not look the most appetising, but trust us, it more than makes up for its appearance with rich flavours.

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11 Must-Try Foods Around Europe [Scoopon blog]

I don’t care about shopping. Or museums. Or even getting that all-important Instagram photo. At least, not that much. No, for me the best part about travelling is the food. Each nation seems to have its own unique flavours and dining customs, and there’s nothing I want to do more than try every single one of them.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be taking you on a tour of all the essential foodie experiences every traveller must try around the world. Up first, it’s the land of cheese and wine, Europe.

1. Switzerland – Raclette

You thought I was going to say fondue, right? Don’t get me wrong, I’d never turn away a big vat of melted cheese, but some raclette would go over even better. For the uninitiated, raclette is a type of Swiss cheese, traditionally heated over a fire or on a specially-designed hotplate. The melted, gooey goodness is then scraped onto potatoes, gherkins, dried meats and more. Pair it with a glass of white wine and you’re pretty much in heaven.

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8 Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in Bali [Scoopon blog]

When the time comes to choosing their next holiday destination, millions of Aussies are drawn to Bali’s stunning beaches, bustling nightlife, and vibrant culture. But let’s not lie to ourselves, one of this Indonesian island paradise’s biggest draw-cards is its seemingly endless Instagram opportunities.

Speaking of which, here are eight of the most picture-perfect places to add to your Bali bucket list.

1. Wanagiri Hidden Hill

Located in Munduk, a quiet mountain village about two hours from Ubud, Wanagiri Hidden Hill’s giant swing and human birds’ nest were reportedly built by the locals to attract Insta-obsessed tourists in mid-2017, and judging by the thousands of photos snapped there, we reckon it’s been pretty successful!

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7 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas [Cudo blog]

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and even though you told yourself you wouldn’t let it happen (again), you’ve left it so late that all the good stores have been cleared out and online shopping is no longer an option.

Sound familiar? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! From thoughtful handmade pressies to unforgettable experiences, here are our picks for the best last-minute gifts – and there’s not a tie in sight.

1. Event Tickets

Is dad crazy about footy? Or does he prefer the deafening rumble of amplifiers at live shows? Whatever it is that tickles his fancy, a ticket to a sporting event, theatre performance, or live gig is sure to make his day. The best part? Most are print-at-home or delivered straight to mobile, meaning there’s no waiting around for the ticket to arrive in the letterbox. Too easy!

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6 International Dishes You’ve Been Pronouncing Wrong [Cudo blog]

A few weeks ago, I went out for lunch with a friend to our local Vietnamese restaurant and asked for my usual – a hearty bowl of rare beef phở. After I ordered, my mate turned to me and scoffed, “It’s not ‘foe’, it’s ‘fuh’.”

pronouncing foods wrong

Yep, just like that.

Much to my annoyance, Hermione my friend was right. But I’m not the first person to make that mistake, and I definitely won’t be the last.

And, as it turns out, it’s not the only menu item that’s been tripping people up. Chances are we’ve all been mispronouncing dozens of international favourites. Here are some of the biggest offenders…

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7 Little-Known Aussie Music Festivals Everyone Needs to Experience [Scoopon blog]

Sure, Splendour’s great, and Falls Festival always has a killer line-up, but nowadays, they’re so popular and crowded that if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, whatever ripper tunes are blasting are usually overshadowed by the mass of sweaty, smelly, drunk 20-somethings blocking your view and recording the whole fezzy on their Instagram story.

So, if you’re aching for a smaller, more enjoyable festival, look no further than these stellar events.

1. Strawberry Fields (Tocumwal, NSW)

For the past 10 years, three-dayer Strawberry Fields has been delighting the hippie in all of us with its eclectic lineup and activities – think yoga, swimming, hidden bush tea houses, and more. Past lineups have included Oscar Key Sung, Willow Beats, Hiatus Kaiyote and plenty of other great homegrown and international acts. They’ve also got the coolest festival policy we’ve ever heard – if your birthday falls during the festival dates, you enter free. Win!

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Your Guide to the Best Markets Around Australia [Scoopon blog]

When it comes to markets, we’re pretty blessed here in Australia. Fresh, locally-grown produce, world-class arts and crafts, creative gifts and souvenirs… you name it, our markets have got it in spades. And while they’re all worth a visit, we reckon these ones are extra special.

1. The Rocks Markets (Sydney, NSW)

Every Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm

Located (unsurprisingly) in Sydney’s historic Rocks precinct, here you’ll find 200 stalls lining George Street, Playfair Street, and Jack Mundey Place offering everything from handmade jewellery to gourmet treats. And be sure to check out the Friday Foodie Markets every Friday from 9am till 3pm. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you!

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Streaming services guide in TechLife 79

I recently had an article published in TechLife issue 79 – a superguide to all things streaming services. Check it out!

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Everything you need to know about vitamin intake

We all know that vitamins and minerals – whether we get them from fresh fruit and vegetables or supplements – are essential for our health. But how do we know if we’re not getting enough? And how can we be sure our medications aren’t affecting our vitamin absorption?

Lucky for you, we’ve got the answers to all your questions.

1. Signs of deficiency

Vitamin deficiency can manifest itself in a number of ways that can mimic symptoms of other conditions, so if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s worth a visit to your GP.

  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Small wounds that take a long time to heal
  • Unexpected bruises
  • Dull, brittle nails
  • Spots, stripes and ridges on the nails
  • Brittle hair
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Poor concentration
  • Lack of energy

2. Which vitamin does what

We all know the basics, like that calcium is essential for healthy bones and that beta carotene (which turns into vitamin A) is good for eyesight, but what do the rest do? Let’s find out.

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