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The Tiger’s Eye, Phnom Penh

A year or so ago I wrote about the amazing food over at The Common Tiger. Since then, The Common Tiger has sadly permanently closed its doors – but the same team are still creating the same stunning dishes at a new location, The Tiger’s Eye on Sotheros Boulevard.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom PenhTiger's Eye, Phnom PenhI say ‘same stunning dishes’ loosely, as the menu is still seasonal, but each dish is still as jaw-droppingly beautiful as it is delicious – just as it was back in BKK.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: BreadTiger's Eye, Phnom PenhTiger's Eye, Phnom PenhBooking in advance is strongly recommended (it’s very popular) – and you seriously don’t want to miss out on this tasting menu.

I opted against the paired wines, as I’m quite a slow drinker – and downing several glasses of wine in the heart of the Christmas season is just asking for trouble.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: White Onion Panacotta, Caramlised Cashew Nut Pesto, Herbs & Goats CheeseThe first course after the bread was a white onion pannacotta served with a caramelised cashew nut pesto and goats cheese. It was as mouthwateringly delicious as it sounds – I really enjoyed the texture of the savoury pannacotta.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: White Onion Panacotta, Caramlised Cashew Nut Pesto, Herbs & Goats CheeseTiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: White Onion Panacotta, Caramlised Cashew Nut Pesto, Herbs & Goats CheeseNext up was a pork course – pork crackling and a terrine of braised head, served with Kep crab, leek and avocado.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Pork, Terrine, Kep Crab, Leek, Avocado, Pork CracklingTiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Pork, Terrine, Kep Crab, Leek, Avocado, Pork CracklingTiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Pork, Terrine, Kep Crab, Leek, Avocado, Pork CracklingIt was all so beautifully presented, and the braised leek with the crab pate was sublime. The pork crackling was my favourite part of this course, reminding me of the one from Kurobuta – flavourful, crisp, and light as air.

This was followed by pan-roasted seabass served with a northern Thai style curry, aubergine, and rice.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Pan Roasted Sea Bass, Thai Curry, Aubergine, RiceAlthough pleasant, this course didn’t blow me over the way the first two did – saying that, it was still really tasty, and I enjoyed the vegetables with the rich sauce in particular.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Tenderloin, Peppercorn, Mushroom, PotatoTiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Tenderloin, Peppercorn, Mushroom, Potato Penh:The final main was truly incredible, and really showcased what the team behind The Tiger’s Eye really excel at – the use of Cambodian flavours and ingredients in a modern and imaginative way.

The beef tenderloin and short rib were served with green Kampot peppercorns, mushrooms and potato.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Tenderloin, Peppercorn, Mushroom, PotatoThe steak was cooked to perfection, in my opinion, and the mushroom was flavourful and meaty in texture – just the way I like it.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Pumpkin Creme Caramel, Meringue, Sticky Rice and Cashew NutThe final course was also inspired by local cuisine – a delicious pumpkin creme caramel, served with sticky rice and cashew nut.

You really can’t fault The Tiger’s Eye for their food or service. It is without a doubt one of my favourite restaurants, and the only drawback for me is the fact that it isn’t in London!

The Tiger’s Eye is located at 49 Sotheros Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

What about you? What are some of your favourite restaurants abroad that you wish were in the UK? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

Farm to Table, Phnom Penh

Farm to Table, Phnom PenhIf you’re looking for fresh, delicious and organic food in Phnom Penh, then I highly recommend heading on down to Farm to Table.

Farm to Table, Phnom PenhFarm to Table, Phnom PenhThe same team running the popular clean eating shop Artillery are behind Farm to Table, a tranquil eatery in the heart of the trendy Boeung Keng Kang (BKK) neighbourhood.

Farm to Table, Phnom PenhFarm to Table, Phnom PenhFarm to Table, Phnom PenhAll of the food is reliably sourced, and deliciously fresh – the salads are safe to eat too, something I usually avoid when I’m traveling in the region.

The courtyard is charming, shaded by the trees – and the makeshift toy kitchen and tractor make it perfect for taking little ones along, too.

Kid's Meal Quesadilla, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhThe Cobb Salad, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhThe Cobb Salad, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhThe food is absolutely gorgeous. The Cobb Salad above is topped with a fried egg, and they have a great selection of fresh juice, including coconut water and sugar cane.

Full Breakfast, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhFull Breakfast, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhThey also do a mean breakfast, served with what is described as a salsa, but is actually more like a flavoured oil – the only thing I wasn’t a fan of in the whole place.

Duck Confit, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhDuck Confit, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhI went for the duck confit, served with a fried egg, blistered tomatoes, baby potatoes and a balsamic vinegar reduction.

Grilled White Tuna, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhThe grilled white tuna salad was served with crushed potato, fresh herbs and ratatouille, with fish sourced from Sihanoukville.

Farm to Table, Phnom PenhFarm to Table, Phnom PenhThe dishes are simple – but perfectly done, of really high quality, and are delicious. Farm to Table often do great lunch deals, too, so it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. You can be sure to tuck into a satisfying, tasty and filling lunch at Farm to Table (without any of the regret).

Farm to Table, Phnom PenhAnd who knows, you might even make a couple of friends when you’re there, too!

Farm to Table is at No 16, Street 260, BKK1, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Have you ever been to a Farm to Table restaurant before? What are some of your favourite organic eateries? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

Where to Buy Souvenirs in Phnom Penh

I always like bringing back a little gift or two when I’ve been on holiday. I’ve found there’s a pretty fine line, though – there are only so many tacky keyrings you can stomach (especially from places you haven’t been before).

Where to Buy Souvenirs, Phnom PenhWith this in mind, I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite places to buy souvenirs in Phnom Penh. Hopefully this should have something for everyone – from tchotchke lovers (you know who you are), to foodies, the fashion conscious and the socially and environmentally conscious, too.

For Foodies

You can’t really go wrong with a edible gift – it won’t take up space, and it’s always pretty exciting to try new flavours. A gift of Kampot pepper is definitely the way to go – whether they use it in their pepper grinder, or make a delicious seafood sauce with a bit of lime juice. You can pick this up absolutely everywhere, but I got mine in this cute package below from one of the stores along Street 240.

Kampot PepperIf they’ve got more of a sweet tooth, I’d strongly recommend swinging by The Shop on Street 240 for Chocolate. They’ve got some really unusual chocolate flavours, like Mondulkiri Honey and Sesame, Kampot Pepper, and Keffir Lime, and package them beautifully, too.

For Arty Types

Trunkh, Phnom Penh, Where To Buy SouvenirsTrunkh, on Street 13, has some amazing things – I really have to reel myself in whenever I’m in there. They’ve got an eclectic mix of homewares and clothing inspired by Cambodia, but with a very contemporary feel. It’s a little pricier than some of the other places on this list, but you’re really paying for quality – and some of the items are really beautiful, like my tiger painting above!

Trunkh, Phnom Penh, Where To Buy SouvenirsTrunkh, Phnom Penh, Where To Buy SouvenirsTrunkh, Phnom Penh, Where To Buy SouvenirsTrunkh, Phnom Penh, Where To Buy Souvenirs If you’re looking for more traditional Cambodian print and art, then Le Lezard Bleu on street 240 have a great selection of vintage prints, as well as silver artworks, photographs, and paintings, too.

For Fashion and Beauty Lovers

I recently popped into one of the  A.N.D. stores, and was really impressed – they are a fair trade brand, and work with local artisans. I bought a black cotton crop top which I ended up wearing pretty much everyday this trip, I loved it so much – and it was made by a landmine victim, too. They have a great selection of handwoven clothes, bags and accessories, as well as wood carved accessories and notebooks, too.

ArtisansDesigners, A.N.D., Where to Buy Souvenirs, Phnom PenhArtisansDesigners, A.N.D., Where to Buy Souvenirs, Phnom PenhFor beauty lovers, it’s worth going to Senteurs D’Angkor on Street 13 to stock up on natural soaps, oils, candles, and lotions.

For the Socially or Environmentally Conscious

A lot of these boutiques tend to have a social good element to them, but none more so than Friends ‘N’ Stuff or Mekong Quilts.

Friends N Stuff, Phnom Penh, Where to Buy SouvenirsFriends N Stuff, Phnom Penh, Where to Buy SouvenirsThe Friends N Stuff shop is next to their restaurant, which is well worth going to – you can check out my previous review on it here. All of their products go to support great causes, and they have a nice selection of notebooks and accessories made with recycled materials with profits going back into the community. I picked up this cute pillow cover while I was there – I just really liked the contemporary and fun design.

Friends N Stuff, Phnom Penh, Where to Buy SouvenirsMekong Quilts is a non-profit organisation that supports women in Vietnam and Cambodia. They also have a lovely range of items, from bunting and Christmas decorations to magnets, keyrings, duvet covers and laptop bags!

Mekong Quilts, Where to Buy Souvenirs in Phnom PenhSmateria have some great items – brightly coloured bags and accessories made from upcycled and repurposed materials.

For the Tchotchke Lovers

Central Market, Where to Buy Souvenirs, Phnom PenhCentral Market, Where to Buy Souvenirs, Phnom PenhSome people just can’t get enough of hilariously awful souvenirs and tat – elephant earrings, magnets, ‘Same Same But Different’ T-Shirts, you know the sort. For you lot, you should just head to the Central Market, as you’ll find everything there. But remember, don’t take the first price they offer you!

Do you buy a lot of souvenirs? Where do you pick up your favourite items when you’re abroad? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

Jack Daniels Tour – Lynchburg, Tennessee

I just want to start the post off by saying that I am not a whiskey fan. I just don’t get it, really – the overpowering smell and taste really doesn’t do it for me. Having said that, I absolutely love knowing how things are made – so for someone that hates whiskey, I was probably more excited about this tour than I thought I would be.

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Lynchburg, Tennessee was a two-hour drive away from Nashville. It’s very much Smalltown, USA – it’s absolutely tiny, and the entire town revolves around the Jack Daniels distillery.

Jack Daniels Tour, Lynchburg, Tennessee
Jack Daniels Tour, Lynchburg, TennesseeJack Daniels Tour, Lynchburg, Tennessee

It’s located in a really beautiful part of the countryside, so we had a little wander of the grounds and the local shops before we set off on the tour.

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Our group was number 7, rather fitting really, as the No.7 is their signature whiskey (although no one knows why it’s that number in particular!)

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The tour was really enjoyable – it was great seeing how the barrels were made, and I liked seeing the process, and other touches like how they have their own fire brigade. How adorable is that truck?

We went on the tasting tour, which meant we could sample a few of their whiskies for an extra $10. It’s well worth doing, because who would want to do a whiskey tour without getting to drink some after?

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Out of the three we tried, I like the Gentleman Jack, and the latest release – The Tennessee Fire. I was really excited to have brought back a bottle of the latter for my boyfriend as it wasn’t coming out in the UK for another couple of months!

After the tour, we went back into Lynchburg proper to have a wander and get some food.

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I had some of the most delicious pulled pork nachos I have EVER had in my life. Although I did have to ask for more jalapenos about three times – not because the service wasn’t excellent (man, I miss that Southern service) – but because I like A LOT of jalapenos.

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In the town, we did a little souvenir shopping – make sure you go to the official Jack Daniels store as their prices are a lot more reasonable than the smaller stores there (a mistake I made!)

They also had a Jack Daniels ice cream – a twist on the classic rum and raisin – which I got stuck into. It was really delicious, and perfect for the warm weather!

Jack Daniels Ice Cream, Jack Daniels Tour, Lynchburg, TennesseeJack Daniels Tour, Lynchburg, Tennessee

It was a really lovely way to end my fleeting visit to Tennessee, and a great experience that I would thoroughly recommend!

Jack Daniels Tour, Lynchburg, Tennessee

Have you ever been to the Jack Daniels distillery? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

Bournemouth #Bloggerlodge

Despite having lived in London for three years now, I still don’t feel as though I’ve seen as much of the rest of the UK as I would like.

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So the invitation from Travelodge to stay at the seafront hotel in Bournemouth was a welcome one – and a month ago, my boyfriend and I jumped into the car and made our way to the seaside.

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By the time we got there it was pretty late – around 10pm, and there wasn’t much parking to be found at the hotel itself, so I’d recommend trying to get there early if possible. The staff were incredibly accommodating, however, and we were able to find parking just a street away, which was fantastic.

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The original plan had been to go out for a few drinks, and do a little exploring, but we were absolutely knackered so made our way up to the room. It was clearly one of the nicest ones in the place (third floor, room 306, I believe), and after a night in one of the most comfiest beds I’ve ever slept in, we woke up to an amazing view of the sea.

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Over a full English breakfast we got out our phones to plan our day. My boyfriend had come prepared, of course, with his swimming trunks, for a dip in the sea but luckily didn’t make good on his promise to swim while we were there!

Russell-Cotes Museum #Bloggerlodge, Bournemouth

After a walk across the seafront, the city centre and through the gardens (and a game of Dance Dance Revolution in the arcades, which I lost so IT NEVER HAPPENED) we went to the Russell-Cotes museum.

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The Russell-Cotes house and museum looks like its straight out of an episode of Poirot. There are some incredible views from inside of the sea, and I really liked how the museum had a pianist playing live. It was a really nice way to spend a few hours – especially as the Russell-Coteses have a massive collection of Japanese art.

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After a couple of hours we began to feel peckish, and so we made our way to Frieda’s Tearoom, which was a very sweet little place. I had a lovely butternut squash soup, followed by some macarons and a pot of tea.

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There were a few things we wanted to do, like going up the Bournemouth Balloon, or do the amazing zipline from the end of the pier to the beach, but the weather was really terrible, which meant a lot of things had shut.

So we want back into our warm and cosy room for a little while, and got ready for dinner at The Crab, which was walking distance from where we were staying.

Prosecco, The Crab at Bournemouth, #Bloggerlodge

All the food at The Crab was delicious, but the starters were really fantastic. My boyfriend had the soft shell crab tempura (always a winner) and I had scallops topped with Gruyere. It was sublime.

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I had the signature crab for my main, followed by a mousse and meringue dessert, both of which were also amazing.

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We spent our next day driving to the New Forest, exploring the beautiful village of Beaulieu for a few hours. As we were in ancient woodlands, we put our new found foraging skills to the test, and recognised and picked a lot of amethyst deceivers, which went into another risotto later on that week.

We stopped off for fish and chips, and I had a stem ginger ice cream before we got back in the car and headed back to London. All in all it was such a lovely weekend – many thanks to Travelodge for such a comfortable and enjoyable stay!

Have you ever been to Bournemouth? What attractions are your favourite? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!