Kyoto, Japan: Honke Owariya

This establishment has a lot of history, over 550 years worth, to be exact. To say that they serve delicious soba noodle is an understatement. It’s an artform that has been perfected through hundreds of years of effort. The secret to their soba, water. It’s the one thing that cannot be duplicated, even if you…

Shanghai, China: Bo Shanghai

Chef Alvin Leung is no stranger to thinking outside the box. His innovative technique and unconventional flavor combination is what made him an overnight success. Having gained 3 Michelin stars in Hong Kong with Bo Innovation, it was only natural that he extended his repertoire into a city that is booming in the F&B scene,…

Osaka, Japan: Fujiya 1935

Fujiya 1935, as the name implies, had its humble beginnings back in 1935 as a simple udon restaurant. It had changed concepts through the years. Fast forward to present time, this place now serves Japanese kaiseki with a modern approach. Upon entry, we were greeted in a quiet zen-like room, where the host served us…

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,…