Outdoor dining is on everybody’s mind when its nicely warm outside and a fresh breeze blows through the city. Combined with a nearby beach, nothing beats the feeling of relaxing in a lounge chair, drinking a cocktail or having a fresh bite and watching the ocean. Here are three great restaurants to wine and dine alfresco in Nha Trang Vietnam….
A trip to the beach never fails to spark anticipation and excitement. Whether you want to worship the sun, go surfing or build a sand castle, beach vacations have all the ingredients for a good time. But not every beach can be a postcard. I have recently been to Nha Trang in Vietnam to enjoy a couple of days at the beach. Before booking my flight I did some research on where to find the best beaches in Vietnam. Let me just say this, I wouldn’t agree with any of the sides that call Nha Trang a beach gem. But well, I have learned my lesson and I know better next time.
With that in mind, here are some tips on how to pick the best beach for your vacation….
Hong Kong is home to some of the best and priciest restaurants in Asia but everybody likes to keep it simple from time to time. When you are on a budget there are plenty of tasty and wallet-friendly local eats. However, cheap and cheerful Western food is often hard to come by. But don’t despair; you don’t have to visit McDonalds every time you crave something else than Dim Sum and noodle soup. I picked 11 casual places where you can dine on comforting Western cuisine for 100 HKD/ 10 EUR/ 13 USD a head….
Tokyo had been on my bucket list for quite some time and so I was super excited to visit Japan’s capital for a long weekend beginning of August. Despite the heat, I loved every single minute of my sightseeing tour not least because of my hotel room in the The Prince Park Tower Tokyo.
Before arriving in Tokyo I was afraid that the city would quickly overwhelm me. I had heard of its many people and lack of English signs. As I entered The Prince Park Tower Tokyo hotel after a flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo and quite a journey on public transport (taxi prices are insane in Tokyo), the lobby and welcome of the staff felt quite relaxed and comforting. To my surprise it was very quite in the lobby in spite of the hotel’s 33 floor-size and the fact that it was almost fully booked. Yet, The Price Park Tower Tokyo has a strong focus on business traveler and even though I saw a handful of tourists, most people were wearing suits, among them a very few Westerners.
The hotel itself has several restaurants on different floors specialising in various cuisines (American, Japanese, sushi etc.). My personal highlight is certainly the bar on the top floor with an amazing view over the city and the Tokyo Tower….
It is hard not to think of food when thinking about Portland. Before I even knew that I would go and visit Portland I already heard about its food-obsession. Having arrived on the foodie world map a few years ago I was curious to explore every little part of it. I currently live in Hong Kong where local food is rare and molecular cuisine is often favoured over slow cooking organic meals. Yet another reason to be super excited to visit one of the if not even the best destination for food lovers in the Pacific Northwest.
I had arrived in Seattle just a week before to visit friends of mine who recently moved to this wonderful and tasty city (check out 6 Delicious Pastries to Try in Seattle). As Portland is only a short drive away, two of my girlfriends and I decided to head south to Portland and the Oregon wine region for the weekend. Lucky me, I was not the only one looking forward to Portland’s culinary scene. So we decided to get up very early Saturday morning, skip breakfast, do the 2.5 hours drive and start our 24 hours food journey properly…meaning on an empty stomach….
When I think about Australia, I think about delicious food – colourful salads, fresh fish, artisan snacks, dreamy desserts and great cocktails. The Great Ocean Road is no exception. Apart from the beautiful landscape, winding streets and ocean air, there are many great choices for food lovers.
During the summer months the Great Ocean Road and its hotels and little B&Bs can be really crowded. Since food options are limited because there are no big cities but only small towns on the road I was afraid that most restaurants would be tourist traps. We still found three amazing and partly off-the-beaten-path food experiences that I can recommend.
There is not much information online about the Great Ocean Road. Once you hit the Great Ocean Road and look for a place to stay or a good restaurant close by I suggest to check out the Tourist Information Centers. You find one in every town and sometimes in between. They regularly stock up on a lot of informative leaflets about attractions, activities, hotels and the culinary scene. Their staff members are also extremely helpful and competent. This is how we found the first two restaurants….
End of May I passed my one year mark of living in Hong Kong. There were ups and downs, excitement and confusion, culture shocks and happiness. In the end, it has been one great learning challenge and I wouldn’t want to miss any second.
When I think about Hong Kong there are many things that come into my mind. The impression I have of Hong Kong now is very different to the one before I moved here. My perception of Hong Kong has completely changed throughout the moths and I absolutely love that I am able to understand Hong Kong and its people more and more. It still is a very different culture and I dare to say that it is almost impossible for a western mind to completely grasp the emotional and intellectual world that Hong Kongers live in and for. However there are some major misconceptions that many people have of Hong Kong and I would like to dispel the myths.
Hong Kong is a very attractive destination in terms of vacation planning. You can do some sightseeing in this lively city for 3-4 days and then head out to one of the neighbouring countries like the Philippines or Vietnam for some time at the beach. At least, this is what most of our family and friends did. Why just going to Thailand if you can do a quick stopover in Hong Kong. Aside from the fact that Hong Kong is an 11-14 hour flight away from Europe, we had so many visitors as never before. Lucky us because I really miss my friends and family and love them having here with me. So, when people visit us they bring lots of questions and surprisingly we usually get the same questions aka misconceptions about Hong Kong….
I am starting to think that I only know three things once I visited a new city: Where to drink the best coffee, where to get the best pastry and where to eat the best food. I promise I am a very interested sightseer as well. When I went to Seattle a month ago I spent 5 days walking the streets from morning to early evening. I have seen most of it or at least the things that I found exciting.
As you might imagine, sightseeing can be exhausting and one needs some good treats in between to keep up the spirit and the blood sugar curve. So while wandering around I found some pretty awesome pastry places that I would like to share with you today….
We have all been there. You are on a sightseeing trip and feeling absolutely overwhelmed with emotions of joy and interest. You don’t want to waste any second on anything other than soaking in the city’s sights and you feel like there is no time to have a proper meal.
Now imagine you are in Tokyo where not many people speak English, almost all signs and labels are in Japanese and you have never seen or heard of most of the foods. It is that moment when Starbucks or McDonald’s offer a quick fix for an empty stomachs. I have been there but let me tell you that Japan offers one of the world’s best snack foods and there is something for everybody….
It is no secret, I have two passions. I love to travel and I love food and each deserves to be a topic by itself. I am addicted to check my favorite foodiegrammers posting mouth-watering images and I can’t get enough Instagram’s travel photographers capturing beautiful photos from around the world. The icing on the cake however is both genres combined. So here are 10 Instagrammers that share the love for food and travels and are worth following.