Imahan Sukiyaki

Tokyo, June 2016 – Ningyocho Imahan Ginza (“Imahan”) is my all-time-favorite sukiyaki restaurant in Tokyo. Over the past decade or so, Mr. King and I have visited Imahan on every trip. Imahan specializes in wagyu beef, and is traditional, rustic and decadent, all in one. The branch I like most is located on the fifth…

Ume No Hana

Tokyo, June 2016 – Mr. King and I made it a point to squeeze in an omakase dinner featuring yuba (湯葉) or tofu/bean curd skin. Yuba is a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine, but a yuba course meal is only found in traditional Japanese restaurants or temples. Ume no Hana is one of the most famous yuba…

L’Art de Vivre at Metropole Hanoi

Hanoi (post in French & English) – Mr. King took our son and me to Hanoi for a weekend. While Hanoi has become more developed over the past decade, the city still retains its charms. Our journey starts upon our arrival at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, which is a historic sight in itself. Numerous famous…

Bali’s Paddy Fields & Crispy Duck

Bali, March 2014 – The most interesting dining experience in Bali must have been at Bebek Tepi Sawah’s Ubud restaurant. Tables are placed inside pavilions, in the midst of paddy fields. The ambience is rustic, and perfectly compliments the Balinese cuisine here. Mr. King ordered a few dishes for us to savour.   Every dish…

Beef Culture at Schloss Aigen

Salzburg, June 2015 – We found that “beef to perfection” traditional Austrian dining experience at Gasthof Schloss Aigen in Salzburg. Located inside the 15th century castle Aigen, the elegant restaurant is ran by the Berger family. Mr. King and I enjoyed a relaxing evening there – good food and excellent service. We were seated under…

Café Tomaselli

Salzburg, June 2015 – If there were an Austrian café institution, it would be the 300-years old Café Tomaselli. If it was good enough for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, it is good enough for Mr. King and me.  Café Tomaselli was a favorite hangout for the prodigy composer. Speaking of Wolfgang, it was another Wolfgang and…

Café Sacher Salzburg

Salzburg, June 2015 – During my recent family vacation in Salzburg, we enjoyed several meals at the Café Sacher. Situated inside the legendary Hotel Sacher, the Café is decorated in Sacher’s signature burgundy red upholstery, crystal chandeliers – exerting old world charms. Aside from their famed pastries and cakes, they serve excellent savory dishes as…

Hotel Sacher Salzburg

Salzburg, June 2015 – Being a big fan of “The Sound of Music”, I made it a family vacation to visit Salzburg – home of this fantastic musical film. My 3-year old son, Little K enjoyed Salzburg, and he loved Hotel Sacher. Everyone was attentive, and unexpectedly, the hotel was very kid-friendly. Hotel Sacher is…

Roast Chicken at The Wolseley

London, September 2014 – On my last trip to London, I was on a roast chicken binge. In my humble opinion, I have to say that the best roast chicken is at The Wolseley, a café-restaurant in grand European tradition situated in St. James’. I always make my way there for breakfast or lunch whenever…

Open Farm Community

Singapore, April 2016 – In a fast-paced city like Singapore, Open Farm Community (OFC) is a breath of fresh air. It is the first Farm-to-Table dining concept in the Lion City. OFC is all about “spearheading local farming, connecting the community to nature and celebrating local spirit….OFC unites local farmers, creative chefs and an innovative spirit…

Banyan Tree Breakfast & Spa

Phuket, March 2016 – What would resort life be without a sumptuous breakfast and a spa sanctuary.   Mr. King and I found both at Banyan Tree Resort Phuket. After a recent renovation in 2015, a new culinary team was also assembled, with Spanish Chef Alfonso De La Dehesa at the helm. The new breakfast buffet…

Banyan Tree Resort Phuket

Phuket, December 2015 – Summer is fast-approaching, and that got me to thinking about our family vacations. One of the best places to bring children of all ages is a resort. For me, Banyan Tree Resort in Phuket, Thailand is an ideal place for kids, but also for Mr. King and me. Banyan Tree Resort…