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….
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….
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….
Living in Hong Kong where food choices are sometimes limited, metropolitan cities like Vancouver mean foodies heaven. There are many things to love about Vancouver but food definitely makes it to the top of the list of many. Before planing my journey to Vancouver, before even looking for a hotel, I was diving right into Vancouver’s food scene. Where to find the best food market, the best brunch cafe, the best food truck, the best vegetarian restaurant. What are the newest food trends and how has Vancouver culinary evolved as a city for food lovers. I was eager to get to know Vancouver so I set for a 2.5 day, 2 night jaunt. I have only scratched the surface and my stomach didn’t have enough space for all the ‘to eats’ that I had on my list but I was still well impressed of Vancouver and its culinary scene….
Beginning of this year Felix and I went to Australia for 2 weeks. Coming from Hong Kong and haven’t been and lived in a western environment for about a year, Australia felt like a fresh breeze to us. We immediately feel in love with the fresh and warm (but dry) summer air and the healthy and oh so yummy food. Our journey was two-split. We spent a week in Sydney staying at a friend’s place and one week in Melbourne and surrounding. It felt like we saw half of Australia because each day was full of new impressions and crammed with sightseeing tours. In the end we realised that we only traveled maybe 5% of the country. It is a place where we will definitely come back to soon again as there is so much more to explore….