Over the last 10 years, staff editor Jon Aspin has been producing ‘sparkling’ copy for everyone from mega rich beer companies and consumer electronics giants to local caravan dealers and Swedish Phd students. Born in the North East of England but raised in Australia, Jon has now worked on three continents, and remains curious about the others. Arriving in Vietnam 'on sabbatical' sometime during 2013, Jon soon got appointed ‘captain’ on a movie about a war and has tried not to look back since.
If you like history, check out my friend’s You Tube channel called Objectivity — it’s amazing. If you like beer, there’s a chance you were at Ho Chi Minh City’s first ever* Craft Beer Festival, where a little bit of history was made.
Mark Gustafson might be the most popular man in town right now. Everywhere he goes he keeps getting thanked. Thanked for helping bring craft beer to Ho Chi Minh City, thanked for opening up a location in Thao Dien, and thanked for giving an opportunity to new brewers. It’d be sickening if he didn’t deserve it.
When their founder, Trish Franklin, left Vietnam during the summer, rather than falling apart, Loreto have accelerated forward. Words by Jon Aspin. Images provided by Loreto
If you haven’t been to Badhja yet, you won’t know that I’m paraphrasing their menu when I write: “If you’re someone who likes a mix of flavours, you will appreciate Algerian cuisine. It represents a fusion of North African, Arabic, Spanish, Moorish, Italian, Turkish, Jewish, Catalan, Sicilian and French influences.
Walking into TAPS is impressive. The place is huge, like, airport-hanger huge. Open for around six weeks on Truong Dinh by the time you read this, TAPS is about carving out a middle ground between the beer clubs and the high street.