Postcards: Zaanse Schans & Haarlem

For those with a little time in their hands, a day trip to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam might be worth your while if getting your eyes on the iconic Dutch windmills is on your bucket list. It is a touristy destination, but where else are you going to see people make clogs, Delft ware and … Continue reading

Guide to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Finishing up in Copenhagen, my next stop would be Amsterdam where I would stay for close to a week in my sister’s apartment, before we jet off to the sands of Morocco. I came to Amsterdam this time round with fairly low expectations, with my first visit 2012 leaving behind an imprinted generalisation of a … Continue reading

Eating in Copenhagen: Kokkeriet

This will be a photographic reel of my meal at Kokkeriet in Copenhagen. [Kokkeriet] Where: Kronprinsessegade 64, 1306 København K When: Tues – Sat (dinner) Contact: +45 3315 2777 World ranking: 1 Michelin star. Menu: Small menu 11 courses (900DKK, approx. $170AUD). The larger menu is available at $1200DKK, for additional 4 courses. P.S. this … Continue reading

Guide to Copenhagen, Denmark

The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen would be the second leg of my most recent European escapade. In all honesty Copenhagen was at first not on my list of top places to visit – for what reason I do not know. The lure of exciting world class Nordic cuisine (see: Geranium), flashy architecture, and being home to centuries old fairy … Continue reading

Brae Restaurant – degustation dinner in the little town of Birregurra

“…The entire day was to be a grand lead-up to what would emerge as the highlight experience of the weekend. Dan Hunter’s (ex-Royal Mail Hotel) newest venture – Brae – was one of the reasons the Great Ocean Road was the destination elected for this road trip…” [Great Ocean Road – A weekend Getaway] The drive inland to … Continue reading

Great Ocean Road, Victoria – A weekend getaway.

Now that the winter chill is in full swing with the mercury barely hitting the low teens, what better time to plan ahead for a weekend getaway in regional Victoria. Spring is only just around the corner, right? A few months ago over the Easter holidays, three friends embarked on a 3 day road trip … Continue reading

France through a viewfinder: Paris

Note. Postcard shots from each stop on my trip in France will follow as a parallel series alongside Devouring France. Whilst winter may have dawned on Paris, with a cloudy gloom veiled over the streets for much of the days, one will never grow tired of its beautiful canvas. Although I did revisit some of the … Continue reading

Devouring France: Paris

Quoting my own new year resolutions for 2014 – to eat better (*cough, healthier), be less stressed, be more industrious and write more – I have certainly ticked the first 3 items, but have taken quite a long break from blogging (3 months to be exact), for which I largely blame on writer’s block and … Continue reading

Queenstown: Top things to do during Summer

Having spent a fair while exploring Wellington and *ahem* visiting my sister (Travel & Food guides to Wellington), I then took a detour down to Queenstown, hired a car and thus began my northward travel back towards Wellington along South Island’s stunningly diverse west coast. A few travel details: How did I get there? I … Continue reading

Food Guide to Wellington: Logan Brown, Tatsushi, Charley Noble, Ortega.

This shall be a brief run down on several favourite places I managed to dine at during my short stay in Wellington. As I have said previously in my last post – Travel guide to Wellington – this smallish city is a melting pot for food. Read about brunch options, Wellington’s Sunday food market, and … Continue reading

Travel guide to Wellington – Top things to do

Wellington may be known for its volatile weather, at times crossing several seasons – hurricane winds, flash rain, and sunshine all in a day, but this harbour city is full of character. The pristine water glistens, the air breathes of the surrounding lush hills (acting like the lungs of the city), and yet for such … Continue reading

Paris: snapshots of nostalgia, Europe 2012

It has been some time since I trekked around Europe. Being busy and all, *ahem I only got around to posting half of the locations I had visited back in 2012. I have since been on several other trips (Vietnam & Japan), which makes it difficult to attempt any form of catchup. Not to mention … Continue reading

Singapore airline | first class cabin menu

If you already haven’t noticed, I absolutely love travelling. Travelling is not a cheap experience on any measure, especially if you enjoy the finer things in life – aka expensive food, and comfort travel. Yet I was yet to experience first class flying, and probably a good thing for my wallet that I hadn’t. That … Continue reading

Kyoto, Japan | food highlights

As promised here is my attempt at rewiring the remnant food memories largely corrupted by intermittent inebriation and the crumbling weight of time. So this will be more of a photo essay than a piece of prose on a select few places that I thoroughly enjoyed in Kyoto. For the short amount of time spent … Continue reading

Kyoto, Japan (central & western districts)

Previous chapters in my Japan travels: Tokyo part1, part2 // Yokohama // Nara // Kyoto part1. My exploration of western Kyoto (Arashiyama area) began at Otagi Nenbutsu Ji – a short bus ride north of Arashiyama – which is a little known temple on the outskirts decorated with more than 1200 Buddhist statues, most of which are more cartoonish … Continue reading

Kyoto, Japan (Eastern district)

It is the general rule that I am terribly slow at writing up my travel posts. They come at a snail’s pace and with vast gaps of time. But better late than never… It is only now that a few friends are currently eating their way around Japan, I have been enviously and rather eagerly … Continue reading

Guide to Vietnam – Hanoi day 3

Aside from all the activities revolving around food and eating, I did visit landmarks scattered around Hanoi. Today’s focus lay west of Hoan Kiem Lake. First stop: Thang Long Royal Citadel. Several Vietnamese dynasties have resided here in this royal palace. The glory days of the palace have certainly passed, with prevalent marks of gunshots … Continue reading

Guide to Vietnam – Day 2 in Hanoi

Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot … there would be much pavement pounding yet ahead… It is surprising how quick your mind adapts, and stops worrying about the potholes ahead of you or darting your eyes frantically to avoid traffic catastrophe. It all slowly blends into the backdrop of your mind, as you … Continue reading

Guide to Vietnam – Day 1 in Hanoi

Have you been wondering where has Almost Always Ravenous been since April (aka my last post)? I have taken a breather away from blogging and given myself a little headspace to reshuffle and rationalise my career calling. Of course there would be no moping around feeling depressed; rather there is no better way to get … Continue reading

A Day in Nara, Japan

If one can draw your memory far back enough to when I first started posting my travels to Japan, it has in fact been almost one year. Time does fly. I have since unpacked, repacked, gone and come back from Europe – which is similarly overdue for completion. Whilst the majestic scenery, bustling city life … Continue reading

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