A Visit to Kanazawa’s Omicho Market

The city of Kanazawa is probably not on everyone’s Japan itinerary list.  Most people just use the city as a transportation hub heading to Takayama or Shirakawa-go.  Some include is as a day trip to visit Japan’s third most beautiful garden Kenrokouen.  If you spend more than a day here, you’ll realize the town is full of surprises and perfectly preserved because it escaped the air raids during World War II.  Kanazawa is close to the ocean and located in the Ishikawa prefecture.  It boasts with a wonderful fresh food market, Omicho.

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Down Town Ramen

 

During my preparations for my trip to Japan in next week I’ve looked at many, many websites and blogs stating where to find the best Japanese cuisine.  This includes sushi, ramen, oden, udon, okonomiyaki, hot pot, izakaya (bar) snacks, kaiseki, tofu, street food, wagashi, desserts and many more.  With each new review I read an increasing crave for all these delicious dishes started to appear as I scrolled through my notebook screen.  One particular dish that I plan to eat bowls of in Japan is…RAMEN.  Finding a place to inhibit my craving until April proved difficult, until I came across the hip and somewhat secretive little joint, Downtown Ramen, in the Cape Town Fringe District.

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Croatian Adventure: Picnic at sundown on the island of Rab

When you think about Croatia, you think about islands, sunshine, old red-roofed towns and vividly blue beaches.  A visit to one of Croatia’s smaller islands in the Northern Gulf of Kvarner, Rab, surprised me with its pine forest inlets and light spring drizzle.  What better way to celebrate the reappearance of the sun (just in time for sunset) with a quick improvised picnic?

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Complete bliss at Jason’s Bakery

Located on the corner of Bree and Bloem street in the Cape Town CBD, is the hugely popular Jason’s Bakery. What differentiates Jason’s Bakery from many of the other eateries in the area, is the sheer creativity of @captainbreadza, always keeping his customers on the tips of their toes with the menu.

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Cheese and Wine tasting at Fairview

Fairview wine estate is located in the Paarl wine region of the Western Cape.  I recently had the opportunity to do a bit of barrel tasting during a wine festival in Autumn.  Fairview also specializes in cheese, especially goat’s cheese which are delicious.  If you’re traveling on the Cape Wine Route, this is one wine estate you just have to visit!

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Relaxing at a rooftop bar with a view of Barcelona

Barcelona has many things on offer for every type of visitor that pranced through its city streets.  It can take more than a few visits to this diverse city to truly get the most out of all it has to offer.  On my third visit here, my friend suggested that we go look for the rooftop bar in La Rambla that someone had told her about.  I found myself thinking: In La Rambla?  Where all the gazillion tour groups wander through and immigrant hawkers hound you around every corner?  Boy was I surprised at what we found!

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A Historic Chocolateria in Madrid

I enjoy visiting the historical places of the world.  Every now and again one comes across such an establishment that not only provides you with a bit of history, but also a wonderfully delicious culinary treat.  San Ginés is a chocolateria in the heart of Madrid making chocolate y churros for over 200 years!

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Comfort food at a Slow Market: Belgian flavours

Slow food markets has become a huge trend over the last few years in South Africa.  Exploring different artisan foods is a brilliant way for me to spend some of my weekends.  The food quality and locations of the markets are excellent.  Some are held in the city center of Cape Town while others lurks on the outskirts at small bay towns or deep in the wine country on some of the most pristine wine estates.  You can taste flavors from all over the world.  I usually enjoy Asian with freshly made dim sum and soft pork buns.  The other day I had a toasted haloumni wrap of sorts made Cretan style.  Lately I have noticed a pattern though.  I always seem to track down the same BELCROQ stall and end up with a delicious cheesy Belgian croquet on my plate…The last time this happened, at the Blaauwklippen family market on the Blaauwklippen wine estate in Stellenbosch, I made a few notes.

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Three memorable Mediterranean seafood dishes

I am a lover of all things ocean-like.  Beaches, rolling waves and generous helpings of little gems from the ocean on my dinner plate.  Seafood, simply and deliciously cooked, is one of my favorite culinary pleasures.  During my travels in Europe I’ve had some good food, bad food, expensive food, supermarket food, street food and simple Mediterranean food.  There are three dishes that pops into my head first, when someone asks me what dishes I’ve loved most from my travels.  Coincidentally, they’re all from the ocean.

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Beijing Opera: Where they don’t sing opera and you can eat dim sum

Sometimes my soul craves for something different, foreign, new or strange.  I then tend to react impulsively and go off in search for some unique experience to satisfy my wandering whims.  When I don’t have the chance (or leave) to travel to some exotic location, I tend to search for local places I haven’t discovered yet.  More often than not, I get satisfaction through enticing views or in this case…food.

I love Asian food.  I’m definitely not an expert in it though, but I know what I like.  I’ve had dim-sum before, but nothing remarkable enough for me to remember.  Steamed Asian food, instead of fried is a concept I have only come to terms with the last year.  So on a chilly winter afternoon in the Mother City of Cape Town, I went to search for something interesting and flavorful to brighten up my day (and my off weekend).

 

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