• Wild picked Sansho at the local market Sansho and Togarashi | Spicing up your palate

    Spicing up your palate Japanese food stresses the freshness and simplicity of cooking and ingredients alike, so ingredients are usually not smeared with a huge amount of sauces. They prefer subtlety so anything added to complement the food would only be a sprinkle and should never be so strong as to overwhelm the main dish but to raise […]

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  • Takayama Takayama | Ryokan experience

    Takayama Ryokan experience Takayama is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. To differentiate it from other places named Takayama, the city is also commonly referred to as Hida-Takayama. It has the nickname “Little Kyoto of Hida” as it has managed to retain a traditional touch especially in its beautifully preserved old […]

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  • Shinano cuisine Nagano | Traditional Shinano cuisine

    Nagano and traditional Shinano cuisine Zenkoji Temple is the heart and soul of Nagano City. It is one of the most important and popular temples in Japan. It was founded in the 7th century and stores the first Buddhist statue ever to be brought into Japan when Buddhism was first introduced in the 6th century. Similar […]

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  • Sample Kobo Sampuru | Replica food making experience

    Sampuru, Replica food making experience Whenever we go to a Japanese restaurant, the first thing we do is marvel at the fake food in the front window. My kids are very intrigued by them. So real, so fake, so detailed! Restaurants throughout Japan display these plastic food replicas as a sort of menu or in-the-street […]

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  • Tohoku | A humbling experience

    Tohoku-A humbling experience When I got to know that we were suppose to cover Tohuku region specifically Miyagi and Sendai, I admit I was very apprehensive. Not that long ago in 2011, the great Tsunami destroyed a great part of Tohoku and caused a nuclear meltdown of the nuclear reactors in Fukushima. The government of […]

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  • Dragon Ume SouperchefannatravelsxJapan | Cultural highlights

    Cultural Highlights Most of the time at the mention of Japan, what comes to mind are hot springs, sakura blossoms, Mount Fuji, Kyoto and Tokyo. Indeed, few step off the tourist path. But those who do, will be greatly rewarded. There are entire prefectures waiting to be explored bringing along with it, its own history, […]

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  • Heirloom tomatoes Souperchefannatravels | Take Me To Spain

    Souperchefannatravels Take Me To Spain Hola! This series documents my travels and the inspirations and the stories behind the creation of the healthy innovative soup souperinspirations for TssTakeMeToSpain campaign. Indeed, I feel very blessed to be able to travel to many parts of the world and experience the different cultures and foods. As it has […]

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  • Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa Basque Country | Pintxos crawl

    We love red eye flights and we love road trips! Weird it may seem, but it is the most optimised. On arriving Barcelona early in the morning, we took the car, and headed straight on the road towards San Sebastian. Holidays are bonding time together as a family with the kiddos. We always discover little […]

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  • Cathedral of Burgos Burgos | Way of St.James

    Our travels took us from Bilbao inland into Burgos Way of St.James. We can’t help but feel in awe when we saw huge amount of land dedicated to the growing of wheat extending as far as the eye could see. Castile-Leon with its vast expanse of land is greeted by bitterly cold winters and blazing […]

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  • Cordoniu Estate, Sant Sadurni D Anoia Sant Sadurni | Cava Capital of the World

    Our first stop in Catalunya was to Sant Sadurni cava capital of the world. Cava is a sparkling Catalan wine made by adding sugar and yeast to Penedès wine which is then stored in traditional bottles to produce a second fermentation.  It is a municipality in the comarca of the Alt Penedès in Catalonia, Spain at the […]

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  • Park Guell Barcelona | Bucket list | Where to go?

    Barcelona Bucket list Where to go? From Sant Sadurni d’ Anoia, we proceeded to Barcelona. Blessed with warm weather more than six months a year, flanked by the ocean and the Pyrenees, great nightlife and culture, dozens of parks, good museums, and a very cosmopolitan population,  Barcelona is a true metropolis. This timeless Mediterranean city is also […]

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  • La Boqueria Barcelona | Bucket list | Comfort eats

    Barcelona bucket list of comfort eats On the spectrum of food, Barcelona will go down in the history of high cuisine thanks to universally-known chef, Ferran Adria, propelling Barcelona at the forefront of of gastronomic revolution. However, Barcelona goes back much further. As the capital of Catalunya, it was an important centre for Catalan medieval cuisine in the Middle […]

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