Island Creek Oyster Bar: my seafood fix in Boston

It seemed I couldn’t scroll through my Facebook or Instagram feed without feeling a pang of seafood envy as friends from New England relentlessly posted photos of meaty scallops, giant buttery steamers and the ever gorgeous sunburnt Maine lobster throughout the summer.  During my two week stay in Boston, loading up on seafood was a high priority.

ICOB assorted east coast oysters

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That time of day, Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Visual storytelling with Steller

I’ve been raving about the Steller visual storytelling app on my social media channels over the last two weeks and thought it’s about time I do the same on my blog.  As someone who constantly relies on photos to convey a story you can imagine why I’ve become addicted to Steller & its community.  It’s a wonderful resource for inspiration, memory preservation & information. Continue reading


Rail travel & wine routes of France

Just as I was beginning to look into planning an adventure for a semi big birthday next year I received an invitation to a wine tasting event hosted by Voyages-SNCF (previously Rail Europe).  Located in Piccadilly, Voyages-SNCF is the rail expert in European train travel.  For the event they brought in wine experts, Taste of the Grape, to run a no fuss, educational session on European wines.  It was perhaps the best cheese & wine pairing  I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting, my favorite being a sharp goat’s cheese with a depth that was heightened by the level of acidity of the sauvignon. Continue reading

London ramen chronicles: Tonkotsu in Soho

When it comes to ramen it’s best to pull your hair back, tilt forward and start slurping… loudly.  Even better, go solo to avoid awkwardness about breaking the western protocol for good table manners or make polite conversation mid slurp.

I recently made my way to Dean Street in SoHo, perhaps one of my favorite streets in London, where I know something utterly satisfying is just around the corner.  It was my 5th visit to Tonkotsu and my 3rd visit going alone.  I read somewhere, probably in one of the two ramen books I just finished reading: The Ramen King & I and Ivan Ramen, that in Japan many people enjoy their ramen in silence so as to take it in as quickly as possible (it’s best while still piping hot) and many eat on their own.

Pan-fried shiitake and bamboo shoots gyoza

Pan-fried shiitake and bamboo shoots gyoza

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