Archive For The “Far Eastern Travel” Category

WSET Japan Tour Winter 2014 – travel review

WSET Japan Tour Winter 2014 – travel review

Sake is more popular than ever outside Japan. There is a growing body of beverage professionals who are now turning their attention to Japan’s iconic national drink and they are proving their sommelier credentials via the WSET® Level 3 Award in Sake. Winter 2014 presented a group of enthusiastic future-Sake Educators with the unique opportunity…

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Art on the Plate – Styling Traditional Food from the Punjab – travel review

Art on the Plate – Styling Traditional Food from the Punjab – travel review

I am, at first sight, overwhelmingly English. Yes, well, no, not quite. I have a family connection to India which is distant yet strong. That little bit of sub-continental exotica manifests itself in the guise of a passion for Indian food and that of the Punjab. One might assume that I have spent endless time…

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Discover Japanese Sake with Discovery Channel – travel review

Discover Japanese Sake with Discovery Channel – travel review

We are invited to ‘Travel with Sam to Japan and uncover the secrets of sake’. But the first questions are likely to be ‘Who is Sam?’ … and ‘What is sake?’ …and Discovery Channel? Sam Harrop, Master of Wine, is a leading consultant winemaker with clients all over Europe. He is also co-chair of the…

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Koichi Saura – Samurai for Sake – interview

Koichi Saura – Samurai for Sake – interview

We, at least in London, are becoming more familiar with Japan’s iconic national beverage. We are tempted to take our first sips in the increasingly numerous Japanese restaurants in the capital. Sake is new to us but it’s been around for a couple of thousand years in some form or other, and there are families…

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Washoku – Japanese cuisine recognised by UNESCO – travel review

Washoku – Japanese cuisine recognised by UNESCO – travel review

We in the West might consider that we know all about Japanese food and indeed all about Japan. It is, I guess, a consequence of globalisation. We see Japanese tourists on our streets, sushi fast food cafés are now common, and there are more Japanese restaurants in our larger cities. Yes, we know all about…

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Toshie Hiraide, Sake Samurai Japan – interview

Toshie Hiraide, Sake Samurai Japan – interview

Japan has many icons. Sumo, sushi, kimonos are among the first that spring to the non-Japanese mind …along with sake! Japanese food and sake are becoming more common all over the world and London has a growing list of good restaurants serving sake to an increasingly knowledgeable audience. Toshie Hiraide is the Japanese Sake Samurai…

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Luke Nguyen in London – interview

Luke Nguyen in London – interview

He is, for many of us, the face of Vietnamese food and travel. His easy manner allows him to present informative yet engaging TV programmes showing Vietnam, its food and its people in a positive and inclusive fashion. Luke was in London to promote his latest book, The Food of Vietnam (see my review here),…

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Alvin Leung – Bo Innovation Hong Kong, and Bo London – interview

Alvin Leung – Bo Innovation Hong Kong, and Bo London – interview

Bo London will be the next venture headed by “demon chef” Alvin Leung. He could just as easily be described as “the Man in Black” due to his habitual costume, although not his personality. He is an easy chap to like, with a dry sense of humour and engaging manner. He was in the UK…

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Peranakan in Malacca, Malaysia – travel review

Peranakan in Malacca, Malaysia – travel review

In the 15th century some city-states on the Malay Peninsula paid taxes to China and Siam, now Thailand. There is a legend that the Emperor of China sent a princess, Hang Li Po, to the Sultan of Malacca as a token of appreciation for his tribute. The 500 nobles and their servants who accompanied the…

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Train2e@t Local Foodbook – Kuala Lumpur by Danny Chen – review

Train2e@t Local Foodbook – Kuala Lumpur by Danny Chen – review

Danny Chen is the author of Train2e@t, this small yet deliciously stuffed book. He is the complete modern man, being a lover not only of Malaysian cuisine but of music and travel too, and well placed to pen a volume that considers one of the best things in life: Food. Danny isn’t a full-time food…

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Peranakan Food and Culture, and The Blue Ginger Restaurant – review

Peranakan Food and Culture, and The Blue Ginger Restaurant – review

In the 15th century some city-states on the Malay Peninsula paid taxes to China and Siam, now Thailand. There is a legend that the Emperor of China sent a princess, Hang Li Po, to the Sultan of Malacca as a token of appreciation for his tribute. The 500 nobles and their servants who accompanied the…

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Park Regis Hotel, Singapore – travel review

Park Regis Hotel, Singapore – travel review

Singapore is blessed with hotels of every comfort hue. There are a few cheap and cheerful (if you are lucky) small hotels and a wealth of high-end spots to lay one’s travel-weary head. But as with property of any kind, it’s location, location, location that adds the word ‘memorable’ to ‘comfort’. Park Regis Singapore is…

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Willin Low – Wild Rocket, Singapore – interview

Willin Low – Wild Rocket, Singapore – interview

He hasn’t got a ‘serious’ chef persona. Willin rushes in and tells me to wait right there. He has some curry puffs that he wants me to taste. Just simple food and not even his, but Willin Low has not only talent but real passion for taste and texture. We settle in the courtyard of…

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Tasting India by Christine Manfield – review

Tasting India by Christine Manfield – review

I enjoy almost every book that crosses my desk (now a uni-leg computer stand from a Swedish lifestyle emporium). Some are simple but informative volumes, others are attractive and what I would describe as gift quality. Tasting India is in the second category but has raised the bar on that little phrase. It truly is…

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Ignatius ‘Iggy’ Chan – Singapore’s Sommelier – interview

Ignatius ‘Iggy’ Chan – Singapore’s Sommelier – interview

There are few restaurants owned, run by, and named after a sommelier but Singapore’s iconic “Iggy’s” is just that. Ignatius ‘Iggy’ Chan is an immensely likable, warm and animated restaurateur who has given his name to one of the most celebrated destinations for food lovers across Asia and indeed the world. “When I’m in a…

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Singapore – A moving story – travel review

Singapore – A moving story – travel review

One huge flyer, 2 feet, 3 small wheels and 4 F1 tyres Singapore is my destination of choice. It offers everything for which any civilised traveller could hope: vibrant and delicious food (eating is a universal hobby here), friendly locals and a rich and diverse heritage. Singapore has a wealth of contemporary design and fashion…

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Visiting and sharing Japan – travel review

Visiting and sharing Japan – travel review

Planning a trip to Asia? I can almost guarantee that Japan isn’t first on most people’s destination list, if indeed it is a part of the list at all. We are ignorant of a country that still seems mysterious and exotic, and one which we assume is still inaccessible to a regular tourist. Japan isn’t…

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André Chiang – Interview

André Chiang – Interview

He is handsome and tall with casual-chic attire, and has a winning smile, but when he talks about food his visage changes to reflect a serious regard for his art and passion. Although still a young man André Chiang has had a lifetime filled with food and restaurants. His Mum was a chef and had…

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Maharaja – The Spectacular Heritage of Princely India – review

Maharaja – The Spectacular Heritage of Princely India – review

Thames and Hudson are famed for their high-quality books and this is another fine example of the style of book we have come to expect. It’s large format, full colour and stunning but more than that, it’s an archive of a disappearing world. India is a confident country with high expectations. It is growing and…

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Gardens of Delight – Indian Gardens Through the Ages – review

Gardens of Delight – Indian Gardens Through the Ages – review

We British tend to think that we invented gardens and the concept of those spaces as areas of leisure. English gardens are mimicked the world over and even in countries whose climates are unsuitable for even the notion of a cottagey, green and lush space. In horticultural terms India would be the head gardener and…

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