London has the biggest, but there are Chinatowns in most large cities. Here is a brief guide to Birmingam’s Chinese Quarter.
The best thing about travelling to Asia are some of the amazing food stands selling things you can’t find anywhere else. Whenever I go to a new city I can’t wait to sample all of the snacks from the street vendors. Sometimes these are as good as dinners in restaurants at a much cheaper price,Continue reading “Hunting for snacks on Hong Kong’s Cheung Chau Island”
I stayed in large countryside home with traditional shoji paper screens. For contrast, I also slept in a one-room studio apartment in a suburb of Tokyo. Somehow I managed my 20-kilo bag inside Ryo’s place, using his bed whilst he slept on the floor. All this is to say that while it might not beContinue reading “New experiences in Japan”
If you check out out any tourist guide to Busan, you will find this place mentioned as one of the best places to visit for what Koreans call ‘Night View.’ Every time I ask for recommendations of where to go I’m always told that this or that particular place has the best night view ofContinue reading “The Bay 101: Favourite tourist attraction in Haeundae”
In no particular order: Bars and restaurants One of the worst things is going to restaurants and bars on your own. Koreans have a hatred of doing things on their own. Don’t expect to be welcomed by other Koreans when you go to restaurants as a foreigner, they will completely avoid any interaction with you.Continue reading “Ten things I hate about South Korea.”
‘Finding the perfect coffee in Jangyu Cafe Street Besides being home to Busan’s International airport , Gimhae has many other things to recommend it as a place to visit. There is the excellent Gaya museum and the tomb of King Suro. For shoppers, there is a large Shinsegae department store and next to the LotteContinue reading “Jangyu Cafe Street, Gimhae”
Hochi Bochi restaurant Sometimes restaurants deliver in some unexpected ways and I react in different ways to how I imagined I would. Like when I went to Hochi Bochi restaurant in Chiba recently. I was lured in by the varied Okonimiyaki on offer restaurant. The restaurant has a very unique atmosphere With low level tablesContinue reading “Hochi Bochi – Restaurant review”
Recently I have been thinking a lot about my diet. It’s hard to say why, but I’m beginning to lose interest in meat. Although I’ve eaten meat my whole life, I find myself questioning whether I should continue to do so. But in Korea at least 90% of the restaurants serve meat, and it’s hardContinue reading “Vegan restaurant in Busan: review”
I ‘review’ Giles Coren’s review of London restaurant Sosharu.
The Bright Courtyard, London W1 What’s the most romantic cuisine you can think of? It used to be French cuisine. All those rich dishes and so-called aphrodisiacs like oysters. Or maybe Italian? Ever since the cute couple in The Lady and The Trump slurped on a spaghetti strand there has been an allure about ItalianContinue reading “The Bright Courtyard”