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Can you retire cheap in Mendoza, Argentina?

Mendoza is known for it’s great meat and wine but can you retire cheap here?

The short answer is no you cannot retire cheap here.

If you retire cheap it won’t be in Mendoza, Argentina.

You will however think you’ve died and gone to heaven if you like beef, wine and bicycles.

Getting here from Valparaíso, Chile is easy.

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You just have to get a comfy bus from CATA. They sell the tickets online, and at Terminal Sol.

TIP: The CATA bus you can buy the CAMA levels, which is a 160 degree reclining seat. They don’t have a full recline bed seat, but it’s pretty comfy.

On the bus you’ll get a meal box, so you don’t have to bring food …. maybe a few snacks

Then the dreaded border crossing occurs.

Not too bad, more of a boredom crossing.

You’ll wait about 5 hours, behind all the other busses as you exit the Chile crossing. Then you’ll drive a bit, and get to the Argentina entry point.

They’ll unload the bus, and check random passenger bags.

TIP: The people who are unloading all the bags will expect some small change as a tip. Have some pesos readily available.

Then after a few more hours you’ll be in Mendoza!

Mendoza has one of the most beautiful bus terminals I’ve ever seen.

I cannot think of a better one. Unlike most of the bus terminals I’ve seen, this one is super safe and clean with lots of stores. (Unlike the one in Arequipa, Peru which looks like you’ll be murdered getting in.) It looks like a modern airport terminal, rather than a decrepit bus terminal from the 80’s.

TIP: Get a phone card here. There’s a kiosk that will sell you a prepaid phone card. About $12 should do it.

TIP: Change money here. Argentina even though it’s super developed is oddly not that credit card friendly. Chile is much more so. In Chile we could use credit cards 50% of the time. Here it’s 20% of the time. You can change money at the Turbus kiosk. You’ll have people asking to change your money inside the terminal, go with one you trust, with the best interest rate.

TIP: They offered the same rate as the real cambio downtown, it was 43:1 USD:Peso if you gave them big bills.

If you are giving them small bills 20’s and under they give you 40:1. Obviously don’t do that.

You’re going to want to change money because the ATMS are brutal. Huge fee’s and low withdrawal limits.

The banks are even worse.

We tried twice to get money exchanged. It’s awful. Long lines, and all in bad. They close at 1pm, and don’t do money exchange.

(We tried HSBC and Bank of Argentina.)

Eventually we found a Cambio house to exchange our cash.

FOOD IN MENDOZA:

The food here is wonderful, but it’s not cheap. The price of a cheese pizza is $8 (all prices in Canadian).

The cost of this meal was $30 for 2 ribeyes and a bottle of wine. (Don’t forget the tip here is expected at 10%.)

I know this is super cheap compared to Canada.

And the beef and wine are really really good.

I’m from Alberta and know my beef. The Argentinian beef is great. And if you love wine? The $7 bottle was the equivalent of $20 bottle back home.

Saying that though, my budget for daily living is $15 a day, so I can’t afford steak and wine every day.

(Here’s how to order your doneness level in Spanish)

I found a brand of cheap wine I loved, that I bought at VEA (like a Walmart), it was under $3 for a 1.2 liter bottle.

Cooking meat at home also was much cheaper.

You can see that it averages out at about $5 for one of these packages.

Vegetables are pricier, almost the same price as back home.

There are lots of vegetarian restaurants and gluten friendly choices in Mendoza.

There aren’t cheap menu del Dias meals though, unlike in Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru.

On average I’d say the food here is 50% more expensive than those countries.

TOTAL COST? (THE PRICES BELOW ARE IN ARGENTINIAN PESOS)

These were the itemized costs. One thing to note, taxis, I used Cabify, versus the normal taxis. Also all meals and things should be divided by 2 because I was traveling with my travel buddy.

SAFETY

Mendoza is super safe. I don’t see any problems here. Obviously, take common sense precautions, but it’s just like back home.

ENGLISH

Non existent, just like the rest of South America. They also speak a strange dialect of Spanish, so even though I can speak a basic travel Spanish, it was really difficult here.

GYMS

This is another area where Mendoza stands out. I signed up for the Mendoza tennis club. It allows access to a great gym and tennis for $40 a month.

As I’ve travelled the world looking for the best countries to retire cheap, I’ve noticed that I’ve been in 3rd world countries a lot.

(I know it’s not really politically correct to use that term anymore, vs developing nations.)

Mendoza is a 2nd world vs 1st world or 3rd world. And is priced accordingly.

I’d say it would be a great transition city versus Medellin, Colombia if you are coming to South America for the first time.

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WHO SHOULD RETIRE HERE?

  • You love BBQ
  • You love safety
  • You love bicycles (lots of bike lanes here), and lots of parks.
  • You love wine
  • Great bus system
  • Cabify exists here
  • Great gyms
  • Red clay tennis courts
  • You can order food delivery

WHY YOU SHOULD NOT RETIRE HERE

  • Cost of living is more that $1000 a month. $1500 is a better budget
  • You don’t want to learn Argentinian Spanish. It’s annoying.
  • Not that walkable, the city is big. If you’re in one area, near the center, it will still be about 10 000 steps a day to get around.

I loved Mendoza, and will 100% recommend staying here for a visit, but it’s too expensive for this budget traveler. (Also, if you come to Mendoza, stay far away from Casa del Park Hostel, worst place I’ve stayed in the world.)

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Can you retire cheap in Mendoza, Argentina?2019-08-06T21:47:53+00:00

Breakfast in Saigon

Waking up to the sounds of humanity and the hum of my air conditioner (It’s 28 degrees in my apartment without it.) I go to the balcony.

Seeing that the ubiquitous rain has stopped, I go out for breakfast.

Breakfast in Saigon, is not what you’d be used to. Instead of eggs, toast and a sausage, it usually involves rice of some kind.

There’s a little family shop around the corner from me, I can’t give you it’s name as it doesn’t have one.

Many of the little shops are shops/houses. They work in it, until they want to then shut the gates. What you might find open at 8am is very different from what is open at 8pm. (It’s like a quest!)

This shop opens in morning at around 6am and then shuts down in the late afternoon.

The mom is washing dishing in the back, while the dad is up front grilling the pork.

The smell of the charcoal bbq was what had me stop in the first place, and I’m glad I did.

There’s no sign or menus. But, with my non existent Vietnamese and signing, I just order 1 of something. I have no idea what I’m ordering or how much it will be but that pork smells delicious.

The breakfast turns out to be a mix of savory rice, the bbq pork, a fried egg and some mixed vegetables.

The meal is delicious, as I carefully work my way around the plate, taking little bites of grilled meat, rice and then some egg.

Breakfast at this little place is 25,000 dong (1.50 CDN). If you see me alive in the morning, this is where you’ll find me. I love supporting small family owned business and this is local as it gets.

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Breakfast in Saigon2018-07-25T04:28:18+00:00

Is This The Best Oyster Bar in Saigon?

Travel blogging is suppppeeerrr tough work, flying to exotic locations, eating delicious food and then blogging about it.(hehehhee). The quest was to find the BEST oyster bar in Saigon. Did I succeed? Read more BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com fans!

Kau Ba Oyster bar is a brand new oyster bar in Saigon. Above a seedy Japanese Karaoke bar in District 1, I had a hard time actually locating the space, but once I found it I was glad to go in. It’s all the way at the top of a multistory building. (Tip: If you’re cabbing to it just type in Kau Ba into the GRAB app). Here’s the contact info (also they did not pay me for this review in any way).

Why did I go there? I heard that there was an all you can eat oyster buffet! I’ve travelled far and wide and while I’ve had oysters at buffets, I’ve never gone to an oyster buffet.

I love oysters, and the thought of an all you can eat place with a variety of ways to eat oysters is exactly what this blogger needed.

How were they though? From the minute I stepped in, I loved it.

The staff spoke English fluently, and had no problems answering any of my questions. (It helps that Talor the bar manager was from New Orleans).

My first question when I’m eating fancy pants oysters is always, “where are these oyster from?” The answer was Ha Long Bay, in the North East of Vietnam it’s known for it’s emerald waters and thousand of towering limestone islands.

Kau Ba Oyster bar, has more than oysters on it’s menu, but hey, if you go to an oyster bar and eat anything but oysters, you are mucho loco.

Ordering in batches of six, I went through their entire oyster buffet selection. (I did have help though).

What are the highlights?

Oysters in the half shell: Obviously these were a must try. They come several ways. With cocktail sauce, with butter, with scallions. All of them are good.

Oysters with shrimp roe and a raw quail egg: Served in a shot glass. Delicious. The smooth taste of the oyster, blends well with the creamy quail egg. The shrimp roe give it a satisfying crunch as well.

Oysters with flame grilled cheese. I love grilled oysters, but if you go to a buffet, normally they are cold and gross. Not here. It’s grilled as you order. (Tip: If you order the grilled dishes, order a raw dish at the same time, the timing works well). The grilled oysters with cheese are probably worth going to this bar by themselves. The cheese is real, not processed, and it’s good! Asia is not known for it’s cheese, so it’s really nice to get some while I was in Vietnam.

The whole buffet menu is here. By the way it’s $395k ($23 CDN)for this experience .

Besides stuffing myself with oysters. They had fantastic drink specials.

They give you the option of a shot and a beer for 50,000 Dong ($4 CDN)! This is a fantastic deal, because most of the bars within spitting distance are 50,000 dong for just the beer. (In a fancy oyster place. I’d imagine a minimum price of 100,000 dong per beer.)

I think I might try the Deluxe Bloody Mary next time, but this first time it was shots of house whiskey and Heineken for me. (Odd fact…they charge 100 000k if you want draft vs 50 000 for the can?)

This is the best meal I’ve had in Saigon, Vietnam. If you come to Saigon to visit me I’m bringing you here!

The bill for 3 people, with tip and tax was roughly 500,000 k ($25 CDN). This was with 10 shots and 10 beers that we split. Also if you look at the photo you can see that I only paid 290,000. That wasn’t because I was going to write this review, but because they had a grand opening special. (Funny note, they charged us 6000 dong (30 cents CDN) for wet wipes. Lol!)

Is this the best oyster bar in Saigon?

I haven’t been to every one in this city of food, but I can guarantee you that if you love oysters, you’ll love this place. First class all the way, and reason #4345 to travel and find the best countries to retire cheap. If you want more articles on food? Check out my blog here. LINK TO TRAVEL BLOG ARTICLES

Is This The Best Oyster Bar in Saigon?2018-06-28T05:42:48+00:00

D’Maris Buffet in Saigon Review

I love buffets and have been to them all around the world. (The only reason I’m not 500 lbs and the star of my own reality show is because I also love going to the gym).

Seriously, every country I go to I try to find at least one buffet that will amaze me. Sometimes I’m successful. Other times not so much….feel free to read about a few of them below.

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How does D’Maris buffet in Saigon stack up? First of all you’re lucky you’re reading this page. For a chain buffet restaurant , D’Maris has one of the WORST online presences I’ve ever seen. Literally the worst. I think their facebook page is a flash mini game. Not even kidding. The info they do have is all Vietnamese as well.

The address of it is

469 Nguyễn Hữu Thọ, Tân Hưng, Quận 7, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

It’s on the 3rd floor of the mall there.

The cost for dinner on a Wednesday night was 517,000 Dong ($29 CDN).

Is that expensive? Cheap? From my perspective having literally just come from Bangkok, the buffet prices in Vietnam are uniformly overpriced.

The fancy hotel buffets usually range from 800,000 dong to 1.2 Million ($45 to $55 CDN). I chose D’Maris because it was one of the cheaper ones.

But, let’s get down to how the buffet actually is!

HIGHLIGHTS (AKA WHY I WOULD TELL VEGETARIANS TO COME HERE)

  • This is the best buffet for vegetarians I’ve ever seen in the world. Normally if you’re a vegetarian at a buffet, your choices are very very limited. And you KNOW you’re being ripped off. Here they actually have fancy vegetable based things for you to eat.
  • A non vegetarian highlight is odd things you can choose from to eat that I’ve never seen. Some of them include Crocodile ribs, and steamed ray!
  • The non alcoholic drink area also included fresh sugar cane juice which again I’ve never seen in the world.
  • The Japanese area had a surprising amount of sashimi available for choice, normally at medium class buffets you’ll only see tuna/salmon. Here they had halibut as well.
  • The desserts were also not too bad.
  • Deep fried soft shell mini crabs were available.
  • Good service

LOWLIGHTS (AKA WHY I WON’T BE BRINGING MY UNCLE OLIVER HERE)

  • No shrimp. They have shrimp as an ingredient in some dishes, and fried shrimp, but no ready to eat cooked shrimp mountain. Why? I don’t know. Vietnam has millions of shrimp everywhere.
  • No carving station. They do have a steak to order section, but they serve it as paper thin 2 oz slices. Basically, not a steak, but grilled meat. It’s not possible to get a big hunk of meat here.
  • No oysters on the half shell. Just sad.
  • Poorly replenished. The key to a good buffet is hot, and readily available food. The food here looked like it had been sitting a while. And the heating bins were usually about 10% full.
  • The sashimi was served in thumbnail sized portions. I’ve never seen such small cuts.

WOULD I GO BACK?

No. I love buffets, and while the price of D’Maris buffet wasn’t bad, it wasn’t the experience you’d want to go for. A better use for your money would be to go to a restaurant and order the items you liked instead.

All in all, I’d give D’Maris a D rating. Not a Fail, but definitely not a pass.

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D’Maris Buffet in Saigon Review2018-06-21T21:50:32+00:00

Best Big Buffets of Bangkok 2018

Hi BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com fans, as you know this blog is all about finding the BEST countries to retire cheap in 2018. For me, the word best includes buffets. Bangkok is always one of my favourite stops for flavourful buffets.

This trip I found a couple of buffets I wanted to let you about. (I know my job is sooooo tough!)

Bangkok has a lot of buffets at the hotels. Here’s my rundown on the four I went to this year.

The most expensive: Amaya Food Gallery

This is the fanciest one I went to. It’s 1300 thb/$52 CDN. The reason I went? Lobster! Included in this beautiful buffet is a half lobster per person. Everything else is unlimited as per normal buffets, but you get half a lobster per person as well. They have sirloin and tenderloin, so if you want surf and turf, this is your place.

This buffet is the most expensive one I went to and even with the eatigo discount, it’s almost double. Is it worth it? Yes if you are dying for lobster. The only problem with lobster in Thailand, isn’t the lobster…..it’s the butter.

I like my lobster steamed with butter. Thailand has odd tasting butter, and they serve the lobster grilled. So, while it did fill the hole in my stomach that wanted lobster, it wasn’t perfect.

Highlights here included: Steaks, lobsters, rock lobster, sashimi, sushi, pasta, Indian food, oysters, cheese, crabs, river prawn.

One other let down here, is the dessert. For the high price, it has a limited amount of desserts.

Who would I recommend going here? Families, groups and singles. Great service!

The best bang for your buck: ZETA at the Holiday inn

This was my favorite buffet for bang for your buck. Not the cheapest one I went to, but definitely a great value. At 750 thb/$30 CDN, this buffet has a great selection.

My favorite here, was the oysters and shrimp. Delicious! (Bonus: cheese includes Brie.) They also have smoked salmon, and ritz crackers. I made myself little appetizer sized bites with smoked salmon, ritz crackers, a slice of Brie and capers! So good. They also have a variety of cooked oysters for those who like their seafood cooked.

What’s missing here? A steak or carvery station. While there are several cooking stations, none of the meat available was beef. I like getting some prime rib or steak at my buffets.

Highlights? Oysters, river prawn, smoked salmon, Brie cheese.

Again just like every buffet I went to on this trip. The service was amazing.

The cheapest buffet? BEST BEEF

This teppanyaki style buffet is a little different from the other ones. It’s a grill your own at your table buffet. The service was good though, they always brought what you ordered. (A lot of times with table service buffets, the service is so slow, that you literally do not get enough to eat.)

This buffet has a neat range of prices 269-438 thb/$10-$17 CDN. The price difference as you can see in the picture, is whether you drink beer or not. The beer is big bottles of Chang (usually 60 thb/$3 CDN in store). So if you like beer and buffet like I do, this is good choice. If you do decide to go here, the restaurant does ask you to pick the same option for the whole table. So, if you go with somebody who doesn’t drink? Then you’ll either pay for 2 drinking packages, or both of you don’t drink.

Highlights: River prawn & Beer. Even though it’s got the name of best beef. It’s only thinly sliced teppanyaki style, so you don’t fill in your meat hole.

But at $17 for just those 2 items, I still think it’s a great deal. There’s nowhere in Canada where it’s all you can drink and all the river prawn you want.

What’s missing: Because it’s a teppanyaki style restaurant, you have to grill all your food. Even though they give you sauces, the food starts tasting pretty much all like grilled meat.

Who should go: Guys on a night out. Instead of thinking of it as a buffet. It’s better to think of it as a bar with all you can eat free shrimp. This way you won’t be disappointed.

THE BEST BUFFET IN BANGKOK: Westin Grande Sukhumvit Seasonal Taste

How did this buffet win my award for best buffet in Bangkok? Value. Selection. Service.

The Westin Grande Sukhumvit is located literally outside of the ASOK station on the BTS, which saves any walking and reduces taxi fees. So, that’s already a big bonus. After a buffet, I know the last thing you want to do is walk anywhere.

The lunch buffet itself is 750 THB/$30 CDN. At this price, I expected a solid buffet, and I was pleasantly surprised. The selected choices for food was bountiful.

HIGHLIGHTS: Prime rib and BBQ spare ribs. While other buffets had steak, having a good prime rib took this place way over the top. Beef and ribs are very pricey items in Asia.

So, I definitely relished the fact they had succulent ribs and oven roasted prime rib. River prawns, cheese and sashimi were all included in this generous buffet.
They also had a seafood mixed grill that was a nice example of cooked seafood. The desserts were also quite plentiful. I loved the creme brûlée, to make it extra decadent I added crumbled bacon and brie cheese. Another big highlight they had ice cream that they made on the cold plate. Delicious!

Smoked salmon, french onion soup and various Thai dishes also wound their way into my belly.

SERVICE: While the other buffets all had good service, this one had exceptional service. I swear my empty plates didn’t stay longer than the time it took me to get me back from my next trip to the buffet station. They also were super quick on the coffee and water refills.

WHO SHOULD GO THERE: Everyone. This buffet, hits all the high notes and none of the low. Great value, exceptional service and large amounts of premium food. This is the buffet I’ll recommend EVERYONE to visit if you are in Bangkok for one day. I definitely will be back.

WHAT’S MISSING: The lunch buffet, is missing crab, lobster or oyster. So, if you’re needing these items, consider one of the other ones on my list. To be honest, by the time I hit this buffet, I was kind of sick of oysters, so it didn’t affect me too much.

BUFFET BONUS TIP: If you’re thinking of going to any of these buffets, I highly recommend using the Eatigo discount. Eatigo is an amazing app for South East Asia. Basically, it allows you to make reservations and gives you a discount based on what time you go. Normally I booked for 8pm at night and got a 50% discount. (All the prices I’ve given you in this article are at the discounted rate).

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Best Big Buffets of Bangkok 20182018-05-12T09:52:54+00:00

I tried Colombian Poutine and it’s amazing….

Meeting new people around the world is part of the charm of wandering the globe looking for the best place to retire cheap. People ask me all the time, what’s the most Canadian food to eat. I actually have to say, Alberta beef and Poutine.

Obviously wandering the world isn’t for everybody Are you ready?

But, if it is….you get to try some crazy good food….

I got to try the best version of Colombian poutine I’ve seen yet. Colombia has an odd way of putting strange things on fries.

I’ve seen cut up cocktail sausages (salchipapas), chicken wings, nuggets all thrown on some fries….then drenched in ranch sauce.

The best Colombian fries style dish I’ve seen yet was at Amelie’s in Cali.

A 8 seat restaurant nestled in a non descript alley, the best way to find it is to follow your nose.

They smoke the meat all day. 

The pork is a pork belly and the beef ribs are done like a brisket.

After the smoking they’ll chop it up fine, add some pickled onions and serve it in a cone of garlic fries.

To make it fun, you can get stabby chopsticks, or for the non adventurous a fork.

My first bite of this dish was amazing. The sweet rib meat, mixed with the crunchy juiciness of the pork belly and the tartness of the onions were all perfectly balanced by the the garlic fries.

Amelie only serves these fries cones, and they aren’t quick. It took roughly 30 minutes to get our cones. The reason for the long wait? They keep pulling smoked meat out, and serve it to you super hot. They don’t have it in a warmer….

Don’t underestimate the fries though. I know it’s the crazy rib/pork combo that is going to stick out in your mind, but the fries are perfect.

How can you tell if a fry is perfect BEFORE you eat it?

You listen for it. When they lower the fries into the oil, the crackling of the fryer tells you the whole story. Sharp, crisp and loud, the fries go in, and then come right out. Perfect. 

Only perfectly fried fries, could withstand the greases and juices of the meat. And by the end of my massive fry cone, they were starting to get limp.

How much is a 1400 calorie fry cone at Amelie’s? It’s 12000 COP ($6 CDN) with tip! If you’re in Cali check it out. Cali Review

If you do want to check out this little hole in the wall restaurant the best way is to head to el viajero hostel, and ask. I don’t think Amelie’s has a registered address or phone number.

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I tried Colombian Poutine and it’s amazing….2017-08-19T19:29:12+00:00

How much are groceries in Medellin, Colombia 

Even though eating out isn’t expensive here in Medellin, I like to buy groceries for cooking and eating at home. Is it cheap here? I know if you’re looking for the best country to live cheap you are both smart and frugal. Here’s what I paid for my latest groceries

  • Spaghetti sauce 4450 COP ($2.25 CDN)
  • Sour Cream small 2350 COP ($1 CDN)
  • Cheese slices (they are not near as good as Kraft Singles) 4450 COP ($2.25 CDN)
  • Loaf of white bread 1750 COP (80 cents CDN)
  • Spaghetti (1/3 of regular Canadian size) 700 COP (30 cents CDN)
  • Squeeze Cheeze like the stuff you get on Stadium Nachos or at 7/11 3150 COP ($1.50 CDN)
  • Vegetable Oil small bottle 8450 COP (4.25 CDN)
  • Chorizo sausage package 7400 COP (3.75 CDN)
  • 30 Eggs 8300 COP ($4 CDN)

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How much are groceries in Medellin, Colombia 2017-05-01T22:01:17+00:00

Eating Organic, Gluten Free & Vegan in Asia

Eating organic, gluten free & vegan in Asia

One of the most interesting problems I’ve found when travelling the world looking for the best places to retire cheap is eating. Eating itself is easy. There’s food every where, street food, restaurants and markets are all plentiful.  I love food and I’ll eat just about anything. I’ve had balut in the Philippines, BBQ toad in Bangkok and roast goat in Kuala Lumpur (I’ll never eat this again!)

Food here is tasty, plentiful and cheap. As long as you are eating what the locals eat you’ll have no problems. Bowls of pad Thai in Thailand are $1! The biggest problem occurs when you have any sort of dietary restrictions or concerns. I was traveling briefly with a vegetarian yoga instructor in Malaysia and we often had to go 3 or 4 restaurants to find a vegetarian dish. Some countries are definitely better than this than others. The language barrier also makes it tough to determine if what you’re eating is vegetarian or vegan. You will quickly learn all the local words for chicken, pork, beef. The hard part is asking if it’s “meat free”.

A vegan friend of mine in the Philippines has just adopted a “sigh you got me this time” attitude. She’ll be out having noodles, and after checking that it has no meat, will discover the broth is pork based. Being vegan for her is a moral choice not a dietary allergy luckily.

If you have any severe allergies, you already know how difficult it can be to eat out in restaurants. Take those difficulties and multiply it by a hundred. You’d literally be taking your life into your own hands eating random street food in Asia.

Retiring cheap with dietary concerns is doable though, there are lots of local markets where you can buy your own food.  It definitely changes your experience though. After traveling with that vegetarian yoga instructor for a few days, I knew I’d never want to do that again. The pain in the ass factor of scouring for vegetarian dishes was super high.

Myself, my main dietary restriction is low carb and high protein. It’s not hard, but this makes food and eating more expensive. Bowls of $1 noodles now become occasionally eaten items. I also have to have supplies of protein powder with me. Can you retire cheap if you have these concerns? Yes, but it will definitely be harder. I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Eating great things while traveling is a huge pleasure for me. So I hope this helped you out. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!)

Eating Organic, Gluten Free & Vegan in Asia2017-02-24T22:51:56+00:00

Best food in Sanur, Bali!

Retiring cheap in Bali means finding the best places to go out and grab a meal. Are there cheap places to eat and are they good? I’ve explored a ton of restaurants in the Sanur area in Bali, near the beach that you should check out! Each of these are great deals and 100% worth going to!


The fire station: Fantastic burgers, believe it or not this is the best burger I had in my entire trip in Asia. The priciest place on my list its $13 (130,000 idr) for a towering burger and fries. Seriously good! Everything is exactly what you want in a classy burger place. Great ambience, fantastic service and everything made fresh!

Warung Java & Seri Rundo Java


These two places are side by side. They both specialize in Indonesian food, and have the best curries I’ve ever tasted. Seriously, I must have eaten at these two places 50 times!  At $2 (20,000 idr) a meal, I ate a lot of curries. If you get the chicken curry at Warung Java it’s only $1 (10,000 idr). There are a lot of vegetarian options as well. It can be a little intimidating ordering there because they don’t really speak English. But if you can do the pick from random foods game, worth it. Catering to mainly locals, both of these places are must try spots.


Baby Monkeys: My favourite breakfast place! $6.50 (65,000 idr) gets you a Balinese coffee, toast, sausage, bacon and eggs.


They’ve also got fluffy American style banana pancakes for $2 (20,000 idr). Sanur has a ton of places which sell Indonesian (aka German/Dutch) style flat pancakes. These are great (see picture below), but Baby Monkeys is one of the only ones that sell the fluffy ones. Playing Bob Marley in the background this little restaurant is chock full of cute signs, worth it for the relaxed atmosphere alone.


You can definitely eat in Sanur for $5 a day but sometimes you’ll splurge! I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding some great food while you look for the best country to retire cheap. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!)

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3 things you have to eat in Taiwan! 

I wouldn’t consider Taiwan a great place to retire cheap, but its definitely worth of being a visa run country. Taiwan is a heavily Japanese and Chinese influenced country. The history of Taiwan has led to a blended people and culinary experience. Here’s a list of 3 things you need to eat!

XIAO LONG BAU (SOUP DUMPLINGS)


Each one of these tasty dumplings contains a morsel of stuffing and a savoury soup. Depending on the restaurant the stuffing can be anything from pork (the standard), to seafood or beef. The broth will always be custom per restaurant. Like a croissant the wrapper of these dumplings require a lot of folding. The dumplings I ate in Taiwan had 18 folds each. I love xiao long bau! Accompanied by red vinegar, you’ll dip your little dumpling into the vinegar and very carefully bite into them. I say very carefully because each of these dumplings come out piping hot, and the soup inside is mouth scorching if you aren’t careful. A good xiao long bau isn’t overstuffed. The proportions of soup, and stuffing should be equally measured. The wrapper should be thinner than a wonton. Like a good spaghetti there will be regional differences, try them all!

STINKY TOFU 


This is a fermented tofu that smells like a cross between stinky feet and sewage. If you’re brave try it. And if you’re not brave, take the punge it’s worth it. The smell, while repugnant enhances the taste of this dish. Stinky tofu can be served cooked in a soup, or deep fried. It’s consistency reminds me of a firm cottage cheese. Stinky tofu is actually not that strong tasting, and if you have a chance to try it, get the original flavour with no spices. Hot spice actually detracts from its repugnant original flavour. Most places that serve this dish are little mobile carts. Just follow your nose to find a cart!

BEEF BROTH NOODLES


You’ll see these noodle places everywhere and there’s a good reason why. The hand made noodles soak up the meaty flavour of the beef broth, and each bite is savoury combination of beef and noodle flavour. You can get this dish as just beef broth or with beef. I’d recommend only getting the beef broth because they use the beef that has been boiling in the soup all day. This perpetual boiling of the beef makes a delicious beef broth, but makes the beef into dried unappealing nuggets. Beef broth noodles in Taiwan are some of the best noodles in the world.

Taiwan is full of delicious food, go there and eat it all. I hope this foodie article helped you with your goal of finding the best country to retire cheap. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!)

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