Category Archive: Memoirs from abroad

Pintxos heaven in San Sebastian

How do you not fall head-over-heels in love with San Sebastian? With one of Europe’s best city beaches on its doorstep… rolling jade-green hills in the backdrop…  more Michelin star restaurants per square… Continue reading

Snö @ Pavillion KL

It takes some serious guts and enterprise to wave goodbye to the comforts of a stable day job and go-it-alone in starting up a new business venture. For most people (myself included), the… Continue reading

In Bruges

I’m back from a long Easter weekend in Belgium and in withdrawal mode having had almost 20 different beer varieties, heaps of heavenly chocolate and loads of crisp, beef-dripping-fried Belgian fries. Our first… Continue reading

Cilantro vs. Sage: Battle of KL’s fine dining sister restaurants

Having been away from home for some time, I’ve been wanting to check-out what the fine-dining scene in KL has become. For some years, the restaurant to beat in my eyes (until it shut… Continue reading

Ngau Kee Beef Noodles @ Tengkat Tong Shin

In spite of its overstated neon sign proclaiming its infamous Beef Ball Noodles, Ngau Kee has been operating in this tiny, unglamorous 5-foot alley way at the top of Tengkat Tong Shin for… Continue reading

Ipoh Old Town – a culinary tour

I was back in Ipoh last week to visit Jo and her family which meant it was that time of the year again to quell my cravings for Ipoh’s regional street food specialities.… Continue reading

Chilli Pan Mee @ Super Kitchen

I’m told by my sister and her boyfriend C that this is the latest must-have street food craze to seize KL… a fiery bowl of Chilli Pan Mee. And one of the places to sample… Continue reading

Manchester Christmas Markets.

With X’mas only a few weeks away, it’s that time of the year again where I need my annual fix of Gluhwein, Bratwurst and all things Christmas Market-y. And if there is one… Continue reading

Padstein.

Padstow, Cornwall | 50.5° N, 4.9° W | July 5th 2010 If you have spent as many hours watching the goodfoodchannel as I have, you will no doubt be able to recognise the unmistakable charm of… Continue reading

Le Restaurant @ L’Hotel

L’Hotel, 13 Rue des Beaux-Arts, 75006 Paris |www.l-hotel.com | ingested 12th Mar 2010 Formerly a sous chef at the 3-Michelin-starred Ledoyen, Le Restaurant’s Head Chef Philippe Belissent is said to be one of… Continue reading

Beer?… Czech.

Prague, Czech Republic, 50° 5′ N 14° 25′ E | May 2010 Prague really is a beer drinker’s wildest fantasy. When beer is cheaper than water, it would be a serious crime not… Continue reading

Mei Keng Fatt.

Lorong Awan 6, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia | http://www.meikengfatt.com When a restaurant business goes to the extent of buying-out its neighbours to convert the land into much needed car-spark space for its growing… Continue reading

Disneyland!

  Marne-la-Vallee-Chessy, Paris 48°85’N, 02°77’W | disneylandparis.co.uk | Jan 2nd-4th 2010 I’d never been to Disneyland before. The truth is that I’ve never been big on theme parks since being traumatized as a… Continue reading

BirminghamX’masMarkets.

52°29’N, 01°52’W | http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/frankfurtmarket | Saturday Dec 19th’ 09 With Christmas just round the corner, it was that time of the year again to quell the Bratwurst and Gluhwein cravings. Why Birmingham you… Continue reading

PignaSecca Market.

  Montesanto, Naples | 40°51′N, 14°17′E | November 2009 Naples is a love it or hate it city. Don’t expect to find the usual archetypal piazzas, flower-lined verandas or quaint, world heritage sights.… Continue reading

Flavours of the Aegean.

Santorini, Greece | 36°23’N, 25°27’E | August 2009 As the days get shorter and a little colder in London, I’m finding myself looking back at the summer that’s come and gone for some… Continue reading

Noma

  | Strandgade 93, Copenhagen | http://www.noma.dk | ingested 8th June ’09 | There are only a small handful of restaurants in the world which are regarded as true temples of gastronomy. In… Continue reading