Postcards: Zaanse Schans & Haarlem

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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

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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

Guide to Copenhagen, Denmark

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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

Eating in Copenhagen: Geranium

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Nothing in Scandinavia is cheap, especially and most certainly not food. But that did not stop Ravenous and his partner in crime from dining on some of Copenhagen’s finest food, from sleek Nordic cocktail bars, to the infamous open sandwiches, Danish butter creations and of course some Michelin starred institutes. This first post on Geranium, … Continue reading

Devouring France: Paris

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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

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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

Ravenous Memoirs of 2013

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In retrospect 2013 has been an incredibly hectic year filled with an unbelievably gluttonous quantity of food related activities and excessive imbibing, which has inevitably meant I have remained in a perpetual blogger backlog going as far back as May. It has also been a year of much hair wrenching work stress, setting in motion … Continue reading

Paris: snapshots of nostalgia, Europe 2012

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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

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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

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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)

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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

Guide to Vietnam – Day 1 in Hanoi

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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

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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

Driving through the Italian countryside

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Driving through the northern Italian countryside we bask in the warm spring sun, and take in the rolling hills and lush greens. On our way to Venice we pass through the little town of Sirmione residing on the southern shoreline of Lake Garda. For a long time, Sirmione was a favourite resort for rich families … Continue reading

Postcards from Liechtenstein to Munich

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A very quick and sweet postcard post driving through a tiny landlocked German-speaking country of Liechtenstein stopping briefly for a pitstop, before then heading for the second time into German terrain – the capital of Germany: Munich. We last saw Germany at Cologne and the small town St Goar on the Rhine. Munich is home to the … Continue reading

Postcards from Swiss Alps!

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Switzerland is an incredibly picturesque country, with its beautiful towns,  mountainous terrain, lush vegetation and very deep blue skies. Everything ticks like clockwork, yet everything seems to inspire relaxation. I could really live here. A quick pitstop at the lakeside city of Lucerne and a sip of coffee, before heading up to Engelberg – one of … Continue reading

Espai Sucre – dessert degustation (Barcelona, Spain)

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Imagine this… You have just finished an incredible Spanish feast, stand up with a plump satisfaction to complete the monetary exchange. You wind around the narrow cobblestone pathways of the old Gothic quarter, sidestepping the occasional intoxicated rambler, and reminiscing on the still tangible flavours lingering on your palate. Turning a few corners, the well-trodden … Continue reading

Snapshot of Europe: Barcelona!

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In line with the string of Spanish themed posts this month, I shall dislocate the chronology of my Europe travel posts and bring on the Barcelona series. It was only a very brief few days in Barcelona, but felt like I ate a tonne of food, walked a million miles under the warm-almost-sweltering Spring weather, … Continue reading

Snapshot of Europe: Cologne & St Goar

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To give myself a little break from writing and showcase how pictures truly can be worth a thousand words, here is a reel of the beautiful German metropolitan of Cologne and small town Sankt Goar seated on the breathtaking tide of the Rhine river. Inside the beautiful Kolner Dom. German pretzels anyone? And schnitzels of … Continue reading

Snapshot of Europe: Brussels & Amsterdam

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One of the first stops after London, would be a short ferry ride across the English channel to Brussels and Amsterdam. Part of this trip I took was with a tour, so things were a little rushed and I may not have eaten all the things or all the places on my checklist, but there … Continue reading

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