A few years ago, I spent a month backpacking Vietnam and just fell in love with their fragrant, spicy, and often very healthy food. After going through some old photos I found and feeling the pang of wanderlust again, I thought I would put together this round up* of five Vietnamese dishes which stand out in my memory the most.

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It was through a friend that I was first recommended Forest Holidays, and from the off, it sounded absolutely wonderful. Turns out, a cosy log cabin in the woods is the perfect setting for a grown up weekend away with friends. Oh, and did I mention the hot tub?

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It’s not very often that I actually feel a little sad to leave a place that I’ve spent less than 24 hours in, but it was with a heavier-than-expected heart that we packed up the car and drove away from La Fosse. Owners Mark and Emmanuelle have created such a cosy, comfortable retreat in this idyllic part of the English countryside, it’s impossible not to be charmed by everything it has to offer.

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During the two weeks I recently spent eating my way around NYC, New Orleans and Florida, I sampled the very best of real American food – proving that there’s much more to the good old USA than cheeseburgers, cookies and milkshakes.

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