Bovec, Slovenia: White Water Rafting

Slovenia is blessed with beautiful snowcapped mountains and crystal clear rivers running down from the Alps. To fully appreciate such pristine resources, one activity that any first time visitor must do is white water rafting. The most popular river is the Soca, with its water as green as emeralds. We booked a half day excursion,…

Shantou & Xiamen, China: Coffee Shops

It was a pleasant surprise we found quite a few quality coffee shops in Shantou and Xiamen. Many of these shops are owned and run by young enthusiasts, who are internationally certified. Soga Lab A petite coffee shop with only 6 seats Very affordable and a wide range of single-origin coffees (using clever-dripper Friendly staff…

Shantou, China: Beef Hotpot

China is famous for its hotpot, and the style of hotpot varies from region to region. Sichuan is notorious for its lethal spiciness and numbness. Beijing takes pride in its lamb hotpot. Chaoshan hotpot might not have the same level of international fame amongst its fellows, but its beef hotpot has long gained popularity within…

Osaka, Japan: Columbia 8

Japanese curry has it’s own distinct flavor profile different from those of SE Asia and India. It does not contain coconut milk, and it tends to be sweeter and less spicy. So when we stumbled across a Michelin recommended curry shop, we had to see how they stood out from the rest. Like most restaurants…

Kyoto, Japan: Hirokawa

Set besides the pristine bamboo forest of Arashiyama, a legendary restaurant of immense popularity resides in this quaint quiet town. People flock from all over the world, and wait for countless hours, just for a chance to savor their signature dish. Hirokawa’s specialty is grilled unagi, a freshwater eel. This is not to be confused…

Osaka, Japan: Taian

When we envision a Michelin 3 star restaurant, we typically think of an impressive venue dressed in a million dollar design concept, along with a personal server at your side awaiting to fulfill your every dining request. But Taian was far from this grandiosity. The décor at this restaurant was not worth the megabyte of…

Kobe, Japan: Steak Aoyama

You don’t travel to Kobe for sushi or yakitori. No, you go there for one thing, and one thing only, beef! So it’s no wonder that this city is overrun with steakhouses on every corner. But finding one that serves actual Kobe beef requires careful scrutiny. In order for a restaurant to sell Kobe beef,…

Osaka, Japan: La Cime

La Cime, headed by Chef Yusuke Takada, is the latest entry into Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. In fact, it won the “Highest New Entry Award” for 2018. Chef Takada began his culinary studies in Japan. Afterward, he spent years in France, sharpening his skills. The menu is a modern representation of traditional Japanese kaiseki. His…

Hoi An, Vietnam: Madam Khanh

Growing up in Los Angeles, I’ve had my share of Vietnamese food, especially banh mi. I went through a banh mi phase, eating at least 2 a day, everyday, for 3 months. So when we heard about a famous lady, a self proclaimed “Banh Mi Queen” who makes the best banh mi in Hoi An,…

Amalfi, Italy: Da Gemma

After being in Amalfi for three days, we were beginning to crave for something other than pasta and pizza. But seeing how this is a small seaside town, our choices were either Italian, or Italian. Don’t get me wrong, the food here was amazing. But our taste buds were yearning for something different. Regardless of…

Menton, France: Mirazur

It seems nowadays, many of the best restaurants in the world are located in small towns or countryside that no one can locate on the map. Such is the case for Mirazur. Hidden in a tiny seaside town called Menton, in the French Riviera, this beautiful restaurant sits on the edge of the France-Italy border….