Makanan enak

    I expected most of the Balinese dishes I would eat to be variations upon Malaysian and Indonesian dishes. To a point I wasn’t wrong, but must confess that my knowledge of the regions food is not extensive enough to identify the subtle differences geography instils. I had hoped to try more Balinese dishes…

Beach side

Jimbaran was the perfect place for me to finish up my time in Bali, to spend some time with sand beneath my toes, reclined on a well shaded sun lounger with an ice cold bottle of beer. I could splash in gently lapping water or a stroll along golden sands if I wished, all I…

Lesung kayu

This Balinese cookery experience was quite fun, held within a lovely open air courtyard, the unobstructed views of tropical forest made a lovely backdrop. The entertainment value of the whole experience was quite high due to the hosts character filled performance, one of my favourite things was the hosts’ use of the word “honey” she…

Batur

One of my Balinese highlights is the sunrise hike to the top of mount Batur. At the time this activity was mooted I didn’t like the idea of a 2am hotel departure, yet the idea of climbing Mt. Batur in the dark in time to catch the sunrise from the peak didn’t appal me. I…

Bali

Bali presented me with an excellent opportunity, the chance to meet up with a friend from London who was vacationing in Indonesia and to visit a tropical holiday destination that I never considered visiting. I was incredibly happy to visit my friend, but having done no research about Bali whatsoever, I genuinely had no idea…

The final meal

I’ve had a wonderful time exploring parts of Japan, although I feel like I could travel in this fascinating country for a little longer here I know after 6 weeks that it’s time to go. I am genuinely sad to be leaving, but I am also fully resolute in my desire to return here and…

Saigo no bitto

In spite of being busy with these last few days in Tokyo and having little time to sit down for a proper meal I had no concerns about what I was going to eat. Tokyo was never going to disappoint me with the food selection available from grab and go counters and casual eateries, if…

One last ride…

These last few days in Tokyo have had me running all around town desperately trying to scratch off the list of things I still had to do, or redo before I left. Another ride on the sushi train is most definitely on the list. Mentally I know I should have gone a bit higher brow…

Ramen it home

I was very pleased to secure a lunch time seating for a suburban Michelin starred ramen venue on the second attempt. Having to wake long before 6am to make the slog across town to join the queue before 7am, without success again would have been gut wrenching, at least a failure this time wouldn’t have…

Overnight

The izakaya where I had dinner was a great find, from the street I could see a few red lanterns hanging in the 2nd story window, giving away little about the space behind them. I felt pretty lucky to get a pair of bar side seats, not only because of the top notch food and…

Tokyo

My intention during this final visit to Tokyo was to revisit the fish market, to explore a few new areas of Tokyo a little more, and possibly to undertake a day trip away from Tokyo. I had just three full days left in Japan, and true to form had left much of the last minute…

Yakitori

I enjoy eating things on sticks, especially when the things on sticks are cooked over coals, ideally I like it when the items are a bit larger than the usual yakitori size, just so they take longer to cook and have more time to absorb the smoky aroma. At least I knew the yakitori I…