The best vegan cafe in Santiago (loved by non vegans alike)

This is probably my favourite cafe in Santiago. Chances are it’s yours too. I held off writing about this place for sometime, because quite frankly everyone knows this place. But in case you’re new in town, or have been living down a rabbit hole, then allow me to enlighten you. Quinoa is a charming, sun drenched oasis of calm in…
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Hanging out with an Expater in Mumbai

Meet Richa, an Indian girl who’s lived across much of Europe and India and now calls Germany home. While all these places have contributed to her identity, a piece of her heart will always be reserved for her beloved city of Mumbai. Here she shares a slice of life in the Indian City of Dreams. Foodie fun You can never…
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Time out with an Expater in Manila

Going to the Philippines? Many travellers forego the capital for its lush islands, but it’s an opportunity wasted if you know where to look. Meet Mei, a Filipino repat who’s lived in Cambodia and Bangladesh, but now calls Manila home. Here she shares her top tips on life in the intoxicating, chaotic and wholeheartedly charming city. Manila for foodies Firstly…
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The best play cafes in Santiago

Recently we’ve been making use of Santiago’s fabulous play cafes. In case you’re new to the concept: you pay an entrance fee per child so they can play in a safe zone full of toys for an unlimited time. If you’re lucky you’ll get a moment of peace to yourself to enjoy a coffee, catch up on emails or chat…
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#KeepFamiliesTogether fundraiser brunch

Hey lovely Santiago based moms! Who’s up for a #KeepFamiliesTogether fundraiser brunch on Wednesday 27th,10am at Lobo Brasserie in Lo Barnechea? I know Trump has signed an executive order reversing the policy but the last I heard around 2,000 kids still haven’t been reunited with their parents and in any case this mess is going to have a long term impact on…
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Father’s day brunch at the W Hotel

Father’s day brunch at Noso, W Hotel. $39,900 CLP per person, paid in advance (children from 0-5 years do not pay, children from 6-10 years pay 50%). Email yasna.bascunan@whotels.com to reserve.
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The most instagrammable breakfast cafe in Santiago?

Update: Bistro Botanico in Vitacura has now closed. The owners will be opening a new joint, ‘even prettier and bigger’, in Lo Barnechea. Watch this space…   Last week was fun, but sad. A friend who helped me immensely when I first moved to Chile is moving back to the UK. She’d organised a breakfast meet up for a few…
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Top tea rooms and cafés in York

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a tea obsessive. I’m actually a certified tea taster, for what that’s worth. I drink tea with friends and when enjoying time alone, to wake me up and to help me sleep. Needless to say, I’ve drunk my fair share of brews in my time here in York. Here are my top tearooms…
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Sunday with a local in Moscow

A couple of months ago my brother won the lottery. Well, the lottery of life. Somehow he managed to persuade one of the kindest, most thoughtful and friendly girls I have ever met to be his wife. I get to share in my brother’s spoils too – I get a lovely sister-in-law. As an additional bonus Marina is from Moscow,…
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The lighter side of Brussels (no eurocrats included)

In my youth I lived in Brussels for a few years. By day I was a respectable assistant to an MEP. By night I danced, drank and feasted at a flatshare which fondly became known as The Duplex. One guy I met was very surprised I lived there. ‘Oh really? I thought that place was a bar,’ he said. Whether it was tango nights, group…
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