Food in the Philippines: A Lingering Taste of Salty Disappointment

Food in the Philippines

“Food in the Philippines isn’t very good,” they were words from a fellow traveller and they came as a crushing blow. How could that be? I was in Asia – one of the cornerstones of the spice trade, a region that had sent its cuisine global with pandemic success.  The Philippines had to have good … Read more

Okonomiyaki: One of Japan’s Best Food Inventions

What to eat in Japan Okonomitaki

It’s been too long since I wrote about eating in Japan – this time, my favourite discovery: okonomiyaki. What is okonomiyaki? Some describe it as Japanese pizza, others say it is more like a crêpe or pancake. I’m not sure I can accurately describe it in words…so I will describe it in pictures instead. The … Read more

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

what to eat in Japan fugu

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

Turreted chateau of montsoreau before the loire valley river France

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 my very first set of posts, way back when. I was toying with a festive theme for this post given the proximity of Christmas but I suspect everyone is nearly up to their ears with the one day event that is celebrated … Read more

Quick & Easy Brazilian Caipirinha Recipe

Brazilian Caipirinha Recipe

Back when I was a lawyer, before I became a travel, food and drink writer, hosting cocktail nights was one of my favourite ways to pass the weekend. The more elaborate the cocktail, the better. Then I took a round the world trip, which included months in South America, where I met Brazil’s national cocktail … Read more