As an avid follower of the Top 50 restaurants list each year (even though I disagree with quite a few of the rankings!), the Test Kitchen in Cape Town had been on my radar long before we planned our trip to South Africa. As is common for places on “the list”, reservations require some planning. […]
Having booked a last minute trip to Edinburgh for Dean’s birthday, my thoughts quickly turned to a special restaurant for the occasion. After a quick google, it transpired that Edinburgh has four one Michelin star restaurants and the only one with availability was very conveniently Number One, attached to the hotel we had booked.
After spending a week in Rio for the Olympics, we knew that we would want the second week of our holiday in Brazil to be about pure relaxation. We asked a Brazilian friend for her tips and she recommended we visit Pipa, a small relaxed beach town in the North East, close to Natal. The […]
Over the last few years as we’ve got more and more into our food, paying attention to the top 50 list and the michelin guide, its been hard to miss the prevelance of the Basque region in Spain, and in particular the town of San Sebastian. After Kyoto, San Sebasitan has the second highest number […]
When you want to eat some of the best food in the world, especially to build a trip around eating, you would often think just to head to the big cities, Tokyo, Paris, New York and London all have far too many Michelin stars to chose from and plenty of restaurants in the Top 50 […]
There was a time when I never considered that I would ever visit Asia, let alone SE Asia. Since childhood, I’ve been allergic to all kinds of nuts, although I’ve only had serious reactions to peanuts. I’d always thought – Asia – lot’s of peanuts. There’s no way I can go. As most of the […]
Last summer we started to watch a Netflix show called Chef’s Table, a documentary profiling one world famous chef per episode. The first episode was our favourite, telling the story of Massimo Botura and his 3 Michelin star restaurant in Modena, Osteria Francescana. Along with a couple of friends we decided we really wanted to […]
We found it difficult to book hotels for the weekend at short notice in any of the towns we fancied visiting so our last three nights before heading back to Tokyo were spent in three different hotels, with lots of train journeys in between.
Next on our Japan itinerary was a few days in Nagasaki on the island of Kyushu (so far we’d been on Honshu island). Like Hiroshima, Nagasaki is pretty famous for being bombed, but we found there was a lot more to the city. We didn’t actually visit any of the A-bomb memorial sites here.
Seoul is another destination that wasn’t on our original itinerary, but Dean is trying to close the gap on the countries we’ve each visited so as in Japan we were only a 1 hour flight away, we decided to pop over for the weekend.
Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1000 years and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan due to the high density of temples and other sights.