Food & dining

Munnar: Greenland spice & Ayurvedic garden

Posted on April 14, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
Munnar is not only famous for tea, you can also find abundance of spices here, and prices are much cheaper than Kochi. I asked the driver to take me to a spice garden, and he said he knew just the place. Greenland spice and ayurvedic garden is located in Thekkady, and it [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Gardens & parks, India, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, nature, eco living, gardens, India, sustainability, Kerala, wild foods, plants, Munnar, spice garden, spices, ayurveda


Kerala's picturesque Hill station: Munnar

Posted on April 8, 2020 by Toothpicker

A view from the Top station in Munnar
 
Situated 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above sea leverl, Munnar is a famous hill station in Kerala, and known as the 'Kashmir of South India'. It is not only popular with foreign tourists but also with the locals. From 1880 onwards, Munnar flourished as a tea-producing region [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Travel, Nature, India, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, nature, trees, Kerala, Munnar, tea plantations


Broadway and Ernakulam market in Kochi

Posted on April 3, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
I love visiting local food markets when I travel, so I asked my homestay host to recommend one. She recommended Broadway and Ernakulam market, where there are fresh fruits and vegetable stalls, as well as shops selling spices, fashion, fabrics, and homeware etc. I took a ferry from Vypin island to Ernakulam [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Photography, Shopping, Travel, Markets, Street life, India, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, shopping, Food markets, street life, India, Kerala, Kochi


Cooking & homestay on Vypin Island, Kochi

Posted on March 30, 2020 by Toothpicker

Chinese fishing nets at Vypin Island
 
I think the rise of Airbnb has contributed to how we travel these days. Now even traditional b & b and homestay have opted to list their accommodations on Airbnb to increase competitiveness. I have had both positive and negative experiences using Airbnb, and the negative experiences [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Cookery, Travel, Street life, India, Colonial architecture, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, architecture, cookery, Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, street life, India, Kerala, Kochi, churches, Vypin Island


Eat and shop in Fort Kochi

Posted on March 26, 2020 by Toothpicker

Kashi Art Gallery
 
Prior to my visit to Fort Kochi, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Yet after I arrived, I felt very at ease and safe. Despite the hot weather, it was pleasant to stroll around and enjoy the Bohemian atmosphere. There are many art galleries/cafes, heritage accommodations, churches and [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Food & dining, Shopping, Shopping guide, Fashion, Travel, books, India, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, shopping, fashion, Shopping guide, cafes, bookshops, India, Fort Kochi, Kerala


Winter soup dinner diet & comfort homecooking

Posted on February 25, 2020 by Toothpicker

Autumn/winter vegetables bought from the organic farmers market
 
Last winter, I embarked on a 'soup dinner diet' for a few months during the autumn/winter period, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I did it again this year. Oddly enough, I don't actually believe in diets, and have only been on diets a few [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Cookery and was tagged with London, Food & dining, cookery, soup diet


London's new street food halls & markets

Posted on January 25, 2020 by Toothpicker

Flat Iron Square in Southwark
 
Once upon a time, visitors to London used to tell me that London rarely changes, especially when you compare to cities in Asia. Well, you can't really compare London to cities like Beijing or Shanghai, but as a Londoner, I feel that London has changed immensely over the [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Markets, Architectural conservation and was tagged with London, Food & dining, architecture, Architectural conservation, Food markets, street food, street food markets


One winter's day in Brighton

Posted on January 10, 2020 by Toothpicker

 
Not surprisingly, I have never visited Brighton in the winter, but an exhibition on my wish list brought me to the coastal city in January. Obviously, I had to check the weather forecast before booking my train ticket, and it was lucky that the forecast was correct for a change.
Sunshine and blue [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Shopping, Britain and was tagged with Food & dining, shopping, graffiti/ street art, Brighton, seaside, beach, Winter sun


Autumn/winter wild food foraging in Hampstead Heath

Posted on December 8, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Although wild food foraging is nothing new, it has become quite popular in recent years. I think this is due to our growing interest in sustainability and back-to-basics lifestyle after decades of consumerism. As we know, endless purchase of consumer goods and fast fashion does not fulfil our lives, nor does it [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks and was tagged with London, Food & dining, walks, nature, eco living, Hampstead, trees, workshop, foraging, wild foods, plants


Hong Kong heritage: old Tai Po Police station/ Green Hub

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Even though Hong Kong is a small city, there are many hidden gems that are off the beaten track, and Green Hub is one of them. I only discovered this place via google map while I was in Tai Po after a visit to the Tsz Shan Monastery. Originally I was simply [...]

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