My Son, Vietnam

5 tips for travel in Vietnam

5 Tips for Travel in Vietnam Vietnam is fast becoming one of southeast Asia’s most popular tourist destinations. Low prices combined with beautiful landscapes, vibrant cities, long stretches of sandy beach, and enough cultural and historic sites to satisfy even the most avid historian all cry out to those travelers on the cusp of each new travel wave. If you are planning to travel in Vietnam, here are five tips to help you navigate this[…]

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Hoi An Roastery in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An Roastery

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club (Hoi An, Vietnam) Friday, 18 December 2015 Hoi An Roastery (135 Tran Phu Street)   Hoi An Roastery Hoi An Roastery is a locally-sourced, fair-trade coffee shop and roastery at the heart of Hoi An’s famous old town. The coffee shop is is crowded but my friends and I find a place at the long table that stretches between two wooden support columns in a back covered courtyard area.  This is the[…]

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Sand Dune Cafe Runam

Cafe Runam, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club (Saigon, HCMC) Sunday, 13 December 2015 Cafe Runam (96 Moc Thi Boui Street – map)   Cafe Runam Jazzy Christmas carols play as I climb the steps to Cafe Runam’s 2nd floor patio. It is deserted when I arrive and I choose the prettiest spot – a seat in a verdant alcove overlooking the street. I take a look at the menu, it’s a tough choice between a Vietnamese Iced Coffee with[…]

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Cafe Tazza, Shekou

Cafe Tazza, Shekou

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club Sunday, 6 December, 2015 Cafe Tazza (No.9-2 Yanshan Road, Shekou – map) Cafe Tazza Dense grey clouds hung over the city like a dark blanket. There is no threat of rain, just a grey pall that slows everything and everyone into a dull lethargy. Cafe Tazza is a quiet part of Shekou and the street outside lacks the chaos and the cacophony of the ballet of bikes, scooters, and auto’s that performs[…]

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La Patisserie in Shekou, China

La Patisserie, Shekou

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club Sunday, 29 November, 2015 La Patisserie (Gongye 2nd Road and Taizi, Shekou) La Patisserie   It was the large, Lavazza sign on the fence just outside an otherwise very ordinary looking apartment block that first caught my eye.  Lavazza coffee is not always easy to find here, and seeing a shop advertise my favorite of the Italian coffee brands is a great way to get me in the door. So when I[…]

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Barista Jam, Hong Kong

Barista Jam, Hong Kong

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club (Hong Kong) Saturday, 7 November 2015 Barista Jam (Sheung Wan – map)   Barista Jam I finally got my passport back from immigration with my residence visa – an event that means I can make the 1 hour trip over to Hong Kong at my leisure. My priority in Hong Kong? Tasting the brew at Barista Jam. Barista jam is a tiny, hole-in-the-wall place on a typically tiny Hong Kong Street lined[…]

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HH Gourmet, Shekou

Sometimes-Sunday Coffee Club Saturday, 24 October 2015 HH Gourmet, (Nanhai Rose Garden Phase 2, No. 1089-29 Wang Hai Road – map)   HH Gourmet   HH Gourmet advertises “Bagels & More” – but I’m here for the bagels. The coffee is fine, but bagels – that elusive food from my homeland – are the real draw.  The Television is showing baseball and an American man – thin, bearded and engrossed smiles as I check out[…]

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