My first meal in Kyoto

  My first meal in Kyoto was dinner at this small homey Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) restaurant on Sanjo-jingu-michi. The owners were two lovely elderly couple.  The menu was simple with a variety of Okonomiyaki, noodles, and stir fried dishes. There is no English menu available. Luckily, my sister could read and speak Japanese. My sister … Continue reading My first meal in Kyoto

Iced Coffee recipes

Hello, everyone! I recently stumbled upon this list by the folks over at Brit + Co & I’m so excited to share it with you today. Even though coffee rules everything around me, I’m always willing to experiment & try out ways to make it even better. The few that I picked out really seemed … Continue reading Iced Coffee recipes

Al Safir, Middle Eastern Cuisine

Al Safir is my go-to place for middle eastern food  - good value for good food. The restaurant is not big; there are 6 tables inside. When the weather is warmer, there will be tables outside to accommodate more customers. Al Safir is not as fancy as the other middle eastern restaurants in Beijing, but … Continue reading Al Safir, Middle Eastern Cuisine

Meijiken, Osaka

Meijiken is a Western Japanese restaurant located in Shinsaibashi. This restaurant serves omu rice (omelet rice), cutlets, curry rice, soups, and steak. There are English menus available but it does not consist all the dishes that are on the Japanese menu, and they do not accept credit card. When we were there, there was a … Continue reading Meijiken, Osaka

Japanese confections

Here are a few Japenese confections that I liked during my trip to Osaka and Kyoto:-   Warabi mochi This is one of my favorite confection to eat when I was in Osaka. Unlike the traditional mochi which is made of glutinous rice, warabi mochi is made of bracken starch covered in kinako (toasted soybean … Continue reading Japanese confections

Wired Cafe, Osaka

  The Wired Cafe is located on the 7F of the Lucua mall at Osaka station. It is a vibrant, cozy, and work-friendly cafe, also a perfect place to chill and hang out. There are power sockets and free WIFI available. There is also an outdoor smoking dining area which overlooks the inside of the station. The … Continue reading Wired Cafe, Osaka

Brunch at Toast, The Orchid

My friend and I had brunch at this lovely rustic boutique hotel restaurant tucked away in a hutong located in the 'old city' part of Beijing (Gulou). This hotel is pretty hidden, so I had to use a map on my phone to locate it.  The hotel also has a pickup service for a fee … Continue reading Brunch at Toast, The Orchid

Marufuku coffee (Sennichimae branch), Osaka

Marufuku coffee is one the oldest coffee shops in Osaka. I found this place by chance. I was getting some groceries the night before at life foods market near Namba walk. Before heading over to the cashier, I stopped by the pudding section to pick up some pudding. A particular one stood out - Marufuku coffee … Continue reading Marufuku coffee (Sennichimae branch), Osaka

Fukiageya (Oyakodon), Osaka station

My sister and I had lunch at the Fukiageya restaurant.  Fukiageya is located on the 12th floor of the Hankyu Umeda Main Store at the Osaka station. This restaurant serves various Oyakodon (chicken and egg rice bowl) with high quality locally bred chicken. It was stated on the menu what type of chicken they use and where … Continue reading Fukiageya (Oyakodon), Osaka station

Tsuruhashi Koreatown, Osaka

Tsuruhashi Koreatown in Osaka is the largest Koreatown in Japan. You can pretty much find anything Korean there. It was not part of my itinerary to visit this place because there are many Korean shops and restaurants in the city where I currently work (Beijing) due to the large population of Koreans working and residing … Continue reading Tsuruhashi Koreatown, Osaka