Food & dining

Kaikado tea caddies shop & cafe in Kyoto

Posted on September 7, 2018 by Toothpicker

Since I only had four days in kyoto (including a day out at Miho museum with my friend), I didn't manage to fit much shopping in. Hence I targeted a few shops either close to where I was staying or near a sight I wanted to visit. One of the shops that [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Food & dining, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Contemporary craft, Design, Japan and was tagged with Japanese designs, Kyoto, traditional crafts, contemporary crafts, Shopping guide, cafe, Kaikado


Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail (last day)

Posted on August 30, 2018 by Toothpicker

Japanese breakfast at Minshuku Momofuku in Koguchi
 
After having a big Japanese breakfast at Minshuku Momofuku, I was ready for my last hike of the pilgrimage trail. Mr Nakazawa warned me about the first stretch of the hike, which requires a steep climb of 800 metres in elevation over 5km. This [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Nature, Markets, Anything Japanese, Hiking & walking, Japan and was tagged with hiking, nature, Japan, Kumano Kodo, fish market


Christmas in London

Posted on December 30, 2017 by Toothpicker

Regent Street's Christmas lights
 
Apparently, the British are the most Christmas-obsessed people in the world, according to the results of a recent research. This doesn't seem to surprise me judging from shoppers' behaviour before Christmas. However, there is also a large population of people here who, under different circumstances, do not have families [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Street art & graffiti, Hiking & walking, Street life and was tagged with London, architecture, Food & dining, street life, street art, walking, Christmas, Christmas lights


Myanmar's food markets & vendors

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Toothpicker

Bagan
 
Food markets in Asia are always vibrant, colourful and stimulating. In Myanmar, we visited several village and town food markets, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experiences. Aside from food like fish, meat, vegetables, eggs, chilies and dried herbs, we also saw some unusual stuff like the addictive betel leaves and thanaka [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Photography, Travel, Markets, Street life, Myanmar and was tagged with shopping, Food markets, street life, Myanmar, street food


The gentrification of Brixton

Posted on October 9, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

   
The restored grade II* listed Ashby's Mill, also known as Brixton windmill (1816) & a trendy cafe nearby
 
Due to rapid urbanisation around the world, major urban cities are struggling to cope with the influx of migrants for the past few decades. Housing shortage is one of the biggest challenges [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Markets, Street art & graffiti, Social issues, Street life, British heritage, gentrification and was tagged with London, architecture, shopping, graffiti/ street art, Food markets, Brixton, gentrification


Food, wine & markets in Portugal

Posted on January 31, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mercado da Vila, Cascais
 
When I travel, if possible, I would always try to visit a local food market as I believe it is the most authentic place to be in any city/town/village. At the food market, not only you would find the best local produce, but you would also see how [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Markets, Portugal and was tagged with Food & dining, Portugal, Food markets, Lisbon


Rooftops and outdoor dining in London

Posted on September 18, 2014 by Toothpicker

Dalston's Street Feast
 
This blog entry was meant to be published in the summer but somehow I got distracted and left it unfinished. Now that the sun has returned after the awful rainy and cold August, perhaps we can still take advantage of the rooftops and outdoor dining venues during our last days [...]

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Street life in Paris

Posted on September 4, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
This summer, a few overseas friends who visited both Paris and London told me that they enjoyed London much more than Paris. When I asked them the reasons, they said that the streets of Paris feel unsafe and chaotic, whereas London feels more vibrant and safer. I wasn't surprised by this as [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Photography, Travel, Paris, Markets, Films & documentaries, Street art & graffiti, Social issues, Street life, Homelessness and was tagged with paris, Markets, graffiti/ street art, short films, cycling, street life, homelessness


Winchester - England's ancient capital

Posted on August 16, 2014 by Toothpicker

Winchester Cathedral
 
It is so easy for us Londoners to be absorbed in our lifestyle and become London-centric. We forget that London is not the centre of the world and there is 'life' beyond the city. Sometimes I am shocked to hear that many foreigners who move to London for work have [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Travel, Gardens & parks, Britain, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, gardens, heritage, Winchester, Food & dining


Revisiting Hong Kong's Western district

Posted on June 8, 2014 by Toothpicker

The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences 
 
Last year I wrote about Hong Kong's mid-levels and Sheung Wan districts, and within a year, the streetscape has changed immensely in this rapidly-changing city, so I have returned to see what is new and how things have changed.
My journey began from Mid-Level's Caine Road, the [...]

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