A Life Changing Experience: Eating Kobe Beef in Japan

I’d heard that eating Kobe beef in Japan can be a life changing experience but as much as I love a good portion of rare, red meat, I didn’t have full faith in its power to alter my life…until I tasted it. It was a cold, wet day in Kyoto and knowing that the Golden … Read more

I Ate Fugu in Japan and Lived to Tell the Tale

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One of my personal highlights when travelling is trying new food and I’ve eaten many curious items over the years – so it seemed only natural for me to want to try fugu in Japan. What is fugu? For those who don’t know, fugu is the Japanese word for pufferfish. Not so remarkable, you might … Read more

Finding Cheap Food in Kyoto

Japan is renowned for being one of the world’s most expensive countries. Fortunately, of all the things you’ll pay a lot of yen for in Japan, food doesn’t have to be one of them. Of course, there are endless opportunities to spend big on food in Japan (a recent trip to Kobe and a $135 … Read more

Guide to Visiting Montsoreau: Loire Valley, France

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It seems a little premature, but as I saw blossom sprouting on the trees this weekend I couldn’t help but feel that spring is in the air and if, like me, that prompts thoughts of travel, perhaps for a short break, I have just the place in mind: Montsoreau in France’s beautiful Val d’Loire (Loire … Read more

Earth Lodge Antigua: An Avocado Farm in Guatemala

Earth Lodge Antigua

This post about Earth Lodge Antigua, an avocado farm in Guatemala is part of my First Time Around The World Series (my very first set of posts, way back when) which you can read in this section here. I was toying with a festive theme for this post given the proximity of Christmas but I suspect everyone … Read more

Something for the Weekend: Brazilian Caipirinha Recipe

The Brazilian Caipirinha After months of blogging I thought I’d do a post to inspire you for the weekend….a recipe for my favourite South American Cocktail – the Brazilian Caipririnha.   The Caipirinha is made from Cachaca (pronounced Ka-cha-sa – I didn’t know that!) a brazilian rum made from sugar cane.   Ingredients 2 limes … Read more