Waverley Hills estate

The Gardens of Waverley Hills estate

A while ago, while my parents and I were touring the wine district of the Western cape, we had lunch at the Waverley hills estate situated between Tulbagh and Ceres, close to Wolseley, South-Africa. This estate entered the organic wine market in 2002 and now has hectares of vineyards and olives they grow organically. We had lunch in the beautiful restaurant with its views over … Continue reading The Gardens of Waverley Hills estate

Wellington’s Tranquil Dunstone winery

Dunstone, Wellington’s Tranquil winery

My parents and I went wine country exploring in the Western Cape and spent a very relaxing evening on the Dunstone estate in Wellington, South-Africa.  We spent most of our days wine tasting and exploring the tranquil scenery. In-between we were also looking at different properties available in the wine country. Trying to get a head start for when my parents retire and move to the … Continue reading Dunstone, Wellington’s Tranquil winery

Chinese cooking class

Attending a local cooking class in China was a highlight!

One of my most memorable experiences in China was getting to attend a Chinese cooking class with my mom. We got to make 3 different Chinese dishes, of which, only 2 of ours were actually edible. Our first dish, some kind of egg plant and veggie dish was so oily that neither one of us could stomach it. We definitely learnt the hard way that … Continue reading Attending a local cooking class in China was a highlight!

Charly's Bakery

The colourful Charly’s Bakery, right out of Alice in Wonderland

While walking through Cape Towns District 6 now known as the Fringe I came across some colourful street art but my best find was the beautiful Charlys Bakery. It is like something straight out of Alice in Wonderland. Not just the outside which has cupcakes and cakes running around but even the inside reminded me of Alice in Wonderland. They specialise in making designer cakes … Continue reading The colourful Charly’s Bakery, right out of Alice in Wonderland

Edible Rice Paper

Watching the making of Edible Rice Paper

While travelling through Vietnam I had the opportunity not only to taste fresh edible rice paper but also to watch how it is made. In Vietnam edible rice paper is used for making fresh or fried spring rolls and is called bánh tráng  I couldn’t believe the ingredients for rice paper is only white rice flour, tapioca flour, salt, and water. It shouldn’t be hard to make then should it? But … Continue reading Watching the making of Edible Rice Paper

Sihanoukville beach

Fresh Squid on Sihanoukville beach

On the long white beaches of Sihanoukville, yoke-basket women trudge across the hot, blinding sand, their silhouettes etched against the shimmering sea. These woman shield their faces from the tropical sun with palm hats and their limbs with long-sleeve blouses and pants. They look as if they have just walked out of the rice paddies. Scintillating aromas of grilled squids waft from their swaying baskets. … Continue reading Fresh Squid on Sihanoukville beach

Food Market of Phnom Pehn

The local Food Market is a Colourful, Noisy and Smelly Asault on the Senses

Asian food markets are the best places to experience the culture and the people. It is here that you get to shop and eat like the locals. The local Food Market in Phnom Pehn is not aimed at tourists so you don’t find any souveniers here but what you do find is way more interesting. The market is filled with colourful fruits and vegetables, second hand clothes, fresh meat, eggs … Continue reading The local Food Market is a Colourful, Noisy and Smelly Asault on the Senses

Vietnamese Street Food

The tastiest Vietnamese Street Food ever!

Street food is an important part of every day life in Vietnam and the tastiest way to get to know the culture. 1. The best place in Ho Chi Ming City to try street food is at the Pham market. One of the first dishes you have to try is “Ban Xeo”, which is a large crispy omelet with prawns, pork, beansprouts, spring onions and … Continue reading The tastiest Vietnamese Street Food ever!

The colourful Markets of Vietnam

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Split Second of Laughter

This Split-Second story captures a moment at a food market in Vietnam where the woman smile and laugh as they go about their daily shopping. For this week’s challenge,attempt to capture a candid moment of a person, place, or thing.  Tell a story by documenting a moment in time through a single image.  Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: A Split Second of Laughter

The colourful Markets of Vietnam

The colourful Markets of Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh city is filled with street markets filled with everything from fruit to live fish, from meat and dried squid to beautiful fabric. The food markets in Vietnam have some of the freshest and tastiest tropical fruit that I have ever tasted. Smelly, chaotic, people grabbing at you and people shouting in a language you don’t understand…..sounds horrendous, but it’s actually an amazing … Continue reading The colourful Markets of Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

Top 5 Restaurants and dishes to try out in Ho Chi Minh City

The food in Vietnam is delicious!! If you ever get the chance to go to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam you definitely have to try the following dishes or places. 1. “Wrap and roll”, on 62 Hai Ba Trung Street, in District 1, this is my favourite spring roll place in the whole city. Their fresh spring rolls are served with a peanut dipping … Continue reading Top 5 Restaurants and dishes to try out in Ho Chi Minh City

The House of J.C. Le Roux

Drinking Bubbly and tasting Nougat at The House of J.C. Le Roux

There is no better way to start a new year than with a tantalising sensory experience at The House of J.C. Le Roux in Stellenbosch. They carefully pair their Méthode Cap Classique and sparkling wines with a selection of tempting sweet treats from nougat to marshmallows and meringues, making it an unforgettable experience. The House of J.C. Le Roux, South Africa’s leading home of sparkling … Continue reading Drinking Bubbly and tasting Nougat at The House of J.C. Le Roux

Small cafe across from our hotel

Super fresh handmade pasta in Suzhou, China

One of my most tasty noodle dishes was having fresh rice noodles with vegetables at a small local cafe in Suzhou. This small local place was situated across the street from our hotel where we were spending the night. After spending the day exploring Suzhou by braving the Typhoon we were chilled to the bone and didn’t want to venture too far for dinner. With … Continue reading Super fresh handmade pasta in Suzhou, China

Rows of buckets filled with live produce

Squirming eels, frogs, snails and even skinned dogs at the local Yangshuo market

A visit to the local market meat and vegetable market is the best way to get to know the smells and tastes of the local place you are exploring. Yangshuo’s local market was tucked away in a warehouse-like building off the main road.   Walking in I was assaulted by the chaotic visual delights and smells that filled the market place. In one direction were fresh … Continue reading Squirming eels, frogs, snails and even skinned dogs at the local Yangshuo market

Chinese fisherman with his trusty cormorant birds.

Rice Noodles and Cormorant birds in mountain surrounded Yangshuo

Yangshuo is surrounded by Karst Mountains, winding rivers and beautiful scenery. The area around Yangshuo is renowned throughout China, if not the whole world, (even making it into the backdrop of Star Wars Episode 3), for its karst landscape where there are hundreds upon hundreds of limestone hills dotting the countryside. The beautiful scenery here is a common subject of Chinese paintings as well as the … Continue reading Rice Noodles and Cormorant birds in mountain surrounded Yangshuo

La Piojera one of the largest traditional pub restaurants in Santiago

Browsing through fresh food Markets and drinking my first “Earthquake”

I think that you learn a lot about a country and its culture through its food and local drinks. The best place to actually “experience” the food of a different country is definitely at its markets. Visiting different fresh food markets is definitely one of my favourite things to do when visiting a new country. Santiago has a couple of interesting product markets that are … Continue reading Browsing through fresh food Markets and drinking my first “Earthquake”

Having a crepe filled with Manjar up in the beautiful Andes

10 Ways I tasted my way through Santiago and experienced the Chilean culture

I love trying out the different dishes and drinks that each country has to offer. You learn so much about the culture of a country through their food and drinks. I think the one drink that Chile is really famous for is that they produce great quality wine. The wine in Chile is quite affordable and I learned that even a cheap bottle can taste … Continue reading 10 Ways I tasted my way through Santiago and experienced the Chilean culture

The guards in front of the Palacio de La Moneda

Santiago, deserted and closed on Labour Day and eating weird burgers

I arrived in Santiago, Chile 2 days before the Labour Day holiday. I haven’t had a chance to explore the city before then and what I found scared me a bit. As I walked through the deserted streets it felt like I was walking through a ghost town! All the shops were closed and there were nearly no people out on the streets. The first … Continue reading Santiago, deserted and closed on Labour Day and eating weird burgers

A pity Santiago is covered in smog during winter

Walking through the ghost town that is Santiago before 10am

The streets of Santiago are quiet and deserted before 10am on a weekend and even more so on a public holiday. It felt like I was walking through a ghost town as I walked from Bellavista to Santa Lucía Hill in the center of the city.   I walked through Parque Forestal next to the Mapocho River. The park was created on reclaimed land from the Mapocho River and … Continue reading Walking through the ghost town that is Santiago before 10am

Having a salmon sandwich before my Une sushi experience

Eating Sea Urchin sushi, an experience I don’t want to repeat

I LOVE sushi and while living in Japan I made a point of eating sushi at least once if not twice a week! My favourite sushi bar in Japan was a conveyor belt sushi restaurant in Machida named Daikokusan, a couple of metro stops from where I lived.  I love these places where you sit at the bar and just take sushi off the conveyor belt. All the … Continue reading Eating Sea Urchin sushi, an experience I don’t want to repeat

Fresh Oysters while watching the sun set over Knysna lagoon

Knysna is one of the Southern Cape coast’s best known holiday destinations, situated between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful lagoon – it offers many activities and attractions of a wide variety. The name Knysna is a Khoi word but it’s uncertain as to its exact meaning. It could mean ‘place of wood’, or it could mean ‘fern leaves’, but its most probable … Continue reading Fresh Oysters while watching the sun set over Knysna lagoon

Christmas Day at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Day 2: Sunday 25 December 2011  It rained all day long and was about 15 degrees and very foggy. The city was covered in a white mist. I took the tram to the Holocaust museum, it is a stunning building and everything was so well presented. It was a stunning yet very depressing experience. Yad Vashem is Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of … Continue reading Christmas Day at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.