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  • Sole Focus

    Sole Focus

    On the banks the Day River, Chuong village in Phuong Trung commune, Thanh Oai district in Hanoi has been famous for more than 300 years thanks for its production and trade of conical hats.

  • In the Frame October 2016

    In the Frame October 2016

    Around Vietnam

  • Nadia Lim in Vietnam

    Nadia Lim in Vietnam

    The well-known New Zealand food author and cook, visits Hanoi and HCMC from 4-8 May 2015.

Bits & Pieces

  • Metropole Hanoi Appoints New Executive Sous Chef

    Metropole Hanoi Appoints New Executive Sous Chef

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    November 07,2018 02:22 PM

    Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has named Raphael Kinimo as the hotel’s new Executive Sous Chef. The French national has worked in some of the world’s top kitchens and hotels and brings more than two decades of culinary experience to Vietnam’s most storied hotel. In his role as Executive Sous Chef, Raphael will help oversee the culinary team, under the helm of Executive Chef Paul Smart at the hotel’s iconic upscale French restaurant Le Beaulieu.

    Raphael began his career at the three Michelin-starred Paul Bocuse restaurant in Lyon, before continuing his apprenticeship in a number of award-winning restaurants around France, including Jour de Marche in Lyon and The Yoann Conte Restaurant (or L'Auberge de l'Eridan) by Marc Veryat in Annecy.

    In 2006, Raphael moved to London where he worked under master chef Joel Robuchon at the three Michelin-starred l’Atelier de Robuchon in Covent Garden before relocating to Dubai to work as Head Chef for La Maison.

    In 2009, Raphael moved to Thailand to work as the Executive Head Chef at the French fine-dining establishment, Artur, which was awarded the ‘Best Restaurant in Bangkok’ by Thailand Tatler in 2011 and 2012. Raphael was previously also Chef Patron at Brasserie 9 in Bangkok.

    Most recently, Raphael worked as Chef de Cuisine at the Ritz Carlton Café in Macau where he specialized in classic French fare with a modern twist and fresh seafood.

  • Opera "Maria De Buenos Aires"

    Opera "Maria De Buenos Aires"

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    November 07,2018 02:53 PM

    Artistic Director Tran Ly Ly together with artists from  Vietnam National Opera & Ballet will hold a night of Opera – "Maria De Buenos Aires" at Hanoi Opera House at 8pm on 15 November.

    Maria de Buenos Aires is a Tango Opera. It is a story of Maria in the underworld of Buenos Aires. Born in a poor suburb of Buenos Aires on “… a day when god was drunk”, Maria lives out a brief, violent existence and tumultuous streets of Buenos Aires - marginalized as an object of sexual desire but well aware of her powers of seduction. Working as a prostitute and in a whirlpool of a lost love, she eventually falls in love with Tango. The story follows her life and death, dissolves into the beauty of the Buenos Aires women and the immortal Tango dance, forever in love.

    The opera is also considered as a declaration of “New Tango”, written by composer Astor Piazzolla, who uses Tango as musical material to make the Opera. The accompanying ensemble - including strings, guitar, piano and copious percussion - is based on the traditional tango orchestra.

    Reviewing about Maria de Buenos Aires, Emeritus Artist Tran Ly Ly, Director of VNOB, stated: “Maria is the tango. She is the history and heart and soul of Argentina. She is the subject that inspires and animates the poetry of Horacio Ferrer and lives vibrantly in tandem with the inventive and inspired music of Astor Piazzolla”

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  • CRAFT LINK’s Handicraft Bazaar 2018

    CRAFT LINK’s Handicraft Bazaar 2018

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    November 07,2018 11:09 AM

    The annual bazaar by Craft Link will be taken placed next Saturday, on 17 November. Ethnic minority people from all over Vietnam will come to sell products which utilize their traditional skills. Selected artisans from around Hanoi and disadvantaged groups will also present their products. All presented producer groups provide fair wages and good working conditions to their artisans.

    The bazaar is an event producers look forward to and carefully prepare for. Hanoi residents as well as tourists find the November bazaar an ideal place to shop for Christmas.

    Craft Link is a Vietnamese not – for – profit Fair trade organization which helps traditional craft producers to revive their culture and improve their livehoods through handicraft production and marketing. The organization gives preference to producers who are marginalized or disadvantaged, such as ethnic minority people in remote areas, street children, and people with disabilities.

    Producer groups, organizations, or small businesses that are investing in the handicraft producers' social welfare and not simply treating them as a means of production are given preference.

  • Crowne Plaza® West Hanoi Won the 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards

    Crowne Plaza® West Hanoi Won the 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    November 16,2018 09:47 AM

    The hotel is honored to be awarded as "Best Luxury Business Hotel - South East Asia" at the 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards organized in Bali, Indonesia with the participation of 1000 hotels all over the world

    "Luxury Business Hotel" is one of categories of the “World Luxury Hotel Awards” which is the pinnacle of achievement by a luxury hotel, offering recognition for gaining the respect of guests and industry players alike. Winners were determined based on votes of travellers, hotel guests, hospitality experts and general public during 4 weeks.

    “To be considered for "Luxury Business Hotel, Regional Winner of South East Asia" is a great honor and a privilege for Crowne Plaza® West Hanoi,” says Mr. Barun Jolly, General Manager of Crowne Plaza® West Hanoi, “It reaffirms ourselves that our hotel has been successfully delivering the outstanding services to our customers, especially as the recognition goes beyond the country, reaching out to the region for the first time.”

    Crowne Plaza® West Hanoi, an IHG® hotel, located in the business district of Hanoi, is only minutes away from the National Convention Center, National Stadium and 30 minutes away from Noi Bai International Airport. This 5-star Hotel & Residences complex boasts of 524 premium hotel & residence rooms as well as other multi-purposed restaurants and bars offer a wide range of international and local cuisines. The hotel also has an extensive relaxation zone in the 4th floor, inclusive of fitness, steam, sauna, jacuzzi, spa treatments, outdoor swimming pool, allowing guests to truly make the most of their stay.



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