Category Archives: Restaurant

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

Many societies live their life on the streets, they eat on the streets, they conduct business on the streets, they socialise on the streets, they educate and raise their children on the streets. They embrace street life.

If you click on the photos you will see a short explanation of each photo, if you are interested.

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The Don’t Forget Travel Group is taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge with the added challenge of trying to make all photos travel related. #postaday

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Happy Pizza, Happy Place

Went to my Happy Place….I think?

All in the name of client research, I tried a Phnom Penh Pizza. While it may not sound very “local” or Khmer, it’s not just an ordinary pizza, it’s a happy pizza.

In Cambodia, marijuana is illegal to smoke, but not illegal to use as a herb in cooking, apparently, so these happy pizza have a sprinkle of happy herbs on them.

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Down the road from the hotel there are 3 in a pizza restaurants row, Happy Herb Pizza, Pink Elephant Pizza and Happy Pizza. Ok, I decided to give it a go and I picked the restaurant in the middle, The Pig Elephant as they offered “super Happy Pizzas”. The menu said “Non Happy, Mildly Happy or Very Happy”. I didn’t want to be maniacally hysterical so I went with mildly happy ham and pineapple.

What arrived was a thin crust pizza with sprinkles of green herbs on top. Enough that you could see them, but not enough to make you worried. The pizza itself tasted quite nice while the marijuana tasted a bit like, dare I say it, grass! The weedy flavour (there I did it again, the puns are flowing) was not strong enough to really add any additional flavour to the pizza.

After lunch I went to the nearby Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. I certainly wasn’t tripping, in fact not sure I felt anything at all, other than mildly happy. IMG_0343Stopped off for a coffee and all of a sudden a wave of pure exhaustion overcame me mixed with tingles and a slight hint of paranoia. I had lost all motivation and all I wanted to do was go back to the hotel for a lie down. Did it have anything to do with the happy pizza, or was it due to the fact that I had been up at 4am that morning to catch my flight?

I can tell you one thing, I certainly haven’t experienced an attack of the munchies.  In fact it has been quite the opposite as I haven’t felt like any food since lunchtime 10 hours ago.

Would I do it again? Probably, only because the pizza was very nice, it didn’t feel sleazy, but it really isn’t my thing.  A Johnnie  Walker soaked pizza base,  now you’re talking.

The Don’t Forget Travel Group

 

RUNNING AMOK AND TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF

Today I fell in love!

After being recommend by my cousin to try this restaurant in Siem Reap, and without any other researched options, I thought I’d give the New Leaf Book Café a go. After all, how bad could it be? I was assured that my cousin knew the person who, as recent as 6 months ago, established this cafe that gives 100% of its profits to education based projects in ordeImager to

“provide sustainable income to support the development and growth of the disadvantaged and vulnerable in Siem Reap”.

Apparently this former banker based in Singapore had decided that making obscene amounts of money was no longer fun.

 What ever his altruistic motivation, I had a philanthropic hunger the size of Greece’s debts.

Despite being quite close to my hotel, I took a tuk tuk, which turned out to be a good move as the cafe wasn’t located where I thought is was. New Leaf Book Cafe was just around the corner from Pub Street away from the chaos in a peaceful little side street. The “book” part must come from the fact that you can buy pre-read, pre-travelled pre-owned books. It seems that Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler and Joan Colins still rule the tourist’s book-list.

This is where I met my new love of my life, which happens to be Cambodia’s national dish, Amok. Amok is a dish of steamed fish cooked in coconut milk in banana leaves. Three parcels of goodness arrived at my table to complement the Angkor Beer that I had already half consumed. One mouthful and I was hooked. My tastebuds were doing a Khmer cancan – sheer delight.Image

It was all I needed. That, and another beer, plus a sweet condensed milk latte (that might take some getting used to). While my tastebuds were surprised, the other surprise was to my wallet….the total bill was $12!!

So the next time you are in Siem Reap and if you are ever in the neighbourhood, I thoroughly recommend New Leaf Book Cafe. You will be doing not only your tastebuds and wallet a favour, but also helping out the disadvantaged local population. Everyone wins.

The Don’t Forget Travel Group