Category Archive: Memoirs from abroad

The Medoc Marathon diaries: I take on Bordeaux’s world famous wine marathon

Bordeaux’s Marathon du Medoc has long had a place towards the very top of my bucket list. The first I heard of it was over 10 years ago when I came across an… Continue reading

Mirador de Ulia: Marvellous Modern Basque cuisine with views to match

As far as destination restaurants with a view go, it doesn’t get any better than Mirador de Ulia for me. The setting here which overlooks San Sebastian, the Basque coastline and surrounding hills gets… Continue reading

Konnichiwa Fukuoka!

Fukuoka. The birthplace of Tonkotsu Ramen. Land of mentaiko, sushi, sashimi, sake, strawberries and all things delicious. I recently struck gold and won the grand prize of an Instagram photography competition put on by… Continue reading

My 18 eats of 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s that time of the year again where I recap my favourite eats over the past 12 months. This year’s line up spans from London to Lisbon to KL.… Continue reading

R.I.P. sensei: in memory of Anthony Bourdain

It’s been almost a week since your passing. Frankly I’m still reeling from the tragic news, trying to process having to write this in the past tense. Nobody out there has inspired me… Continue reading

Pintxos Heaven: a round up of the best Pintxos in San Sebastian

San Sebastian. Quite simply, my favourite city in the whole wide world. My first visit to this gem on Spain’s North coast was in 2011. 7 years and 6 visits later, I’ve been… Continue reading

BAR-BAR-BARCELONA: 10 OF THE BEST TAPAS BARS IN THE CATALAN CAPITAL

Whether you are party-goer or beach bum, art-buff or foodie, Barcelona has a little something for everybody. Awash with architectural masterpieces, world-class museums, rolling green hills and not to mention one of Europe’s… Continue reading

My 17 eats of 2017

As 2017 winds down, it’s that time of the year again where I recount my top eats over the past 12 months. This year’s stand out dishes span from London to Lisbon… San Sebastian… Continue reading

The Laksa Diaries II: the search for the best Sarawak Laksa in Kuching

“Breakfast of the Gods…” – Anthony Bourdain on Sarawak Laksa Laksa is one of the most popular dishes in Malaysian street food culture. You will find many versions across the country’s 13 states,… Continue reading

EATING CHICAGO: where to eat in the Windy City

Chicago. Land of Obama, towering skyscrapers and the reigning World Series winning Chicago Cubs. Home to awe-inspiring architecture, world-class museums and one of America’s most dynamic food scenes. It’s rare that such a… Continue reading

Logrono: Tapas crawling in the capital of La Rioja

Logrono. Capital of La Rioja. The gorgeous River Ebro running through its heart. Awash with green spaces and quaint squares aplenty. Heaving with tapas bars and restaurants. It was the perfect base for… Continue reading

Olá Lisboa! Where to eat in Lisbon

Out of all of Europe’s capital cities I’ve visited, few have exceeded expectations quite as much as Lisbon did on our recent trip. The contrast between Lisbon’s hilly landscape, historic architecture and Rio Tejo in the… Continue reading

Hej hej Stockholm! Where to eat in the Swedish capital

Effortlessly stylish, Stockholm’s elegant buildings, cobblestone streets and vast open spaces make for one of Europe’s best looking cities. Despite numerous islands and connecting bridges, the city still feels very compact and is… Continue reading

Roaming the Northern Rhone Valley: wining & dining in Tain L’Hermitage & Tournon

The terroir of the Northern Rhone Valley is one to behold. How winemakers manage to grow vines on the ultra steep banks surrounding this part of the Rhone is simply astounding. Roaming around… Continue reading

Kotteri Ramen Naritake: the best Ramen in Paris?

It was a bitterly cold, late December evening. And there we found ourselves – the better half and I – stuck at the end of an hour long queue which snaked from the… Continue reading

Chasing Char Koay Teow: the search for the best Char Koay Teow in Penang

Out of all of Penang’s countless street food dishes, few require more skill and technique than a plate of Char Koay Teow. I love the stories and idiosyncracies behind each plate of this… Continue reading

My 15 Eats of 2015

2015. What a ride it has been! Thanks to all of you, what began as a fortnightly hobby of cooking for friends a couple years ago is now a fully fledged, sold-out fixture… Continue reading

The allure of Asturias: sights & eats in Spain’s best kept secret

If there was one thing which really struck me as I set foot in Asturias for the first time this summer, it was just how incredibly green it was. This lush strip along… Continue reading

Akelare, Arzak or Berasategui: Which 3 Michelin star restaurant in San Sebastian is the one for you?

Those of you who’ve been following this blog for a while will know how much I love the town of San Sebastián in Spain’s Basque country. In the past 5 years, I’ve been… Continue reading

Spectacular Sarawak: The Kuching Chronicles

Despite growing up in Malaysia’s capital of KL, I never quite got round in my younger days to discovering what Sarawak and the rest of East Malaysia had to offer before moving over… Continue reading