Japan, Part 3: Tokyo

My self-guided food trip around Japan led me to my final destination, and capital of Japan; Tokyo. Tokyo is an eclectic city, filled with a mix of old and new, high tech gadgets and cartoon mascots. It was even more crowded than Osaka and Kyoto (probably combined) and it’s wackyness never leaves you bored. A … Continue reading

Japan, Part 1: Osaka

I am still surprised I haven’t slipped into a food coma. I’m alive and well and I am able to tell the tale of my gastro tour to Japan. My trip there wasn’t so much planned as it was spontaneous especially in terms of eating. People go to Japan for several reasons, to hike mountains … Continue reading

French Basque Country

The French Basque Country, also known as “The North Side” (Iparralde” in Basque), is situated within the western part of the French department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, and is equally part of the northeastern part of Basque country. Stretching from the border of Bilbao, Spain, French Basque country begins at the border with Spain until Bayonne and Biarritz, both … Continue reading

Peru: Land of the Inca

As my plane took off from Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport, the night was clear, house lights were lit up and I could see mini fireworks throughout the entire city of Lima being sprung to the sky. It was midnight, on December 24th. It was something that I had never come across; coming from Hong … Continue reading

Marché d’Aligre

It has been a long time since I last went to a proper market and the Marché d’Aligre is one of Paris’ best; located just behind Bastille. It holds both an outdoor and indoor section. This market stands out compared to other of Paris’ outdoor markets because it appears to be living in its own little … Continue reading

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges (“ Market of the Red Children”) is the oldest food market in Paris. Marguerite de Navarre (sister of King François the 1st) was a charitable member of the royal family who in 1534 built an orphanage constructed in what is now the Marais. The children were dressed in red as a symbol of … Continue reading

Rien d’Impossible en Brest

For our Anglo voyage, we went on a 3-day school trip to Bretagne (Brittany) in north-western France, particularly around Brest (the most western tip of Europe, also known as in the Finistère department). Though Brittany is best known for its Breton crêpe, its main culinary feature is seafood…and we ate a lot of seafood – scallops especially…actually, we … Continue reading

Bowrington Wet Market

A 5 minute mini-bus drive down/10 min stroll to Causeway Bay leads me to Bowrington Market. A local Hong Kong wet market that has existed for years. I almost grew up going to this market many times a week.Here, there are local fruits, vegetables, meat and fish street stalls being sold to the public. It’s … Continue reading

A Visit to Rungis

On a cold winter morning, the Anglophone program (both Cuisine and Pastry) headed to Rungis market at 4am because this is when the trading/buying/selling period begins for most produce, apart from fish and seafood which ends around this time (and started at 10pm the previous night). Rungis market is the largest wholesale food market in the … Continue reading

Le Comptoir and more…

This weekend was filled with tasting and trying new ingredients and dishes. First off, on saturday late morning, I paid a visit to the market in Alma-Marceau. The market is covered with store tents and is about 500 m long, up Avenue du President Wilson. There you can find every sort of produce: fruits and … Continue reading