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Tempts even the most seasoned traveller to take a braver culinary step
on 13 May 2013
In Down and Out, would be chef Lenny navigates a precarious path in his quest to set up his own restaurant in a place in the sun.
Whilst this travelogue follows the usual backpacker circuit of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, (the standard destinations for those 'doing Asia'), Down and Out stands out in that it takes you well off of the culinary beaten track and the staple dishes that feature in your Lonely Planet guide food section. Your taste buds tingle from the exotic flavours and street foods that Lenny seeks out with sweaty determination, tempting even the most seasoned traveller to want return to take a braver step in their digestive exploration of this part of the world.
But as always, the longer you stay, the more you see and Lenny has his mettle tested in this seemingly exotic idyll by its less attractive underbelly made up of a strange collection of misfits who have long since lost their grasp of reality and in some cases, their moral compass, if they ever had one.