NYC vs Chicago – Noodle fight

NYC : Hide-Chan Ramen The entrance to the restaurant is very reminiscent of the queuing process at a “fun” park! The stairs that leads up to the restaurant has signs indicating the estimated wait time given your distance from the ramen! Luckily for, there’s no queue on a Monday afternoon at 5pm. However, within 10…

DAISHO Hakata Ramen

So, it’s Friday and the turn of the DAISHO Hakata Ramen.  Hakata ramen is supposed to be similar in nature to Tonkotsu; as in they’re both supposed to soup that is made from pork bones.  The Daisho noodles are much thinner that those you’d normally get with a Tonkotsu dish but complement the soup base.  However,…

Summer lightning

After a barmy hot day in Prague (38° C/ 101° F), along came the inevitable lightning and downpour.  Luckily, my Canon 7D had miraculously risen from the dead so I was able to capture a few of the good lightning strikes over the Church of Mother of God before Týn. The photos were taken with…

Packet noodles – round two with NONGSHIM Kimchi Ramyun

NONGSHIM Kimchi Ramyun Continuing on from the last noodle tasting post (Build or Buy – the ramen noodle paradox!), next up was the Nongshim Kimchi Ramyun.  The noodles are a little thicker and chewier than the Nissin Raoh variety.  However, the soup base is unsurprisingly kimchi in flavour.  There’s a good kick from the spice…

Build or Buy – the ramen noodle paradox!

On returning from a recent trip to the US, I decided to research a little more about 1) making home made ramen noodles & broth, and 2) what would be the best packet ramen noodle as a substitute! So, a quick search on the web and I came across the recipe from luckypeach.com – a quick…

Good eats and sights in Chicago, IL

Sights A short trip to Chicago is always fun – not quite as busy as New York but it’s got a charm of its own.   Staying at the historic Hilton Chicago on South Michigan Ave is very handy for easy access to all the key sights.  Firstly, the lakeside view from the hotel is…

River ride to Zámky-Podhoří.

When the tourist number swell in the centre of Praha it’s time to get out along the less well beaten river path to Zámky-Podhoří. The route takes you out of town past the White Water Sport centre, the Praha Zoo and a significant number of riverside bars.

Melbourne, Australia

The end of April isn’t the best time of year for a week in Melbourne. Just as the Northern Hemisphere is creeping into summer, the Southern Hemisphere is sprinting into winter. So with a few breaks in the rain and extremely high winds, I managed to get the DJI Mavic Pro up at St Kilda…

Noodles in NYC

Following the sweet Arsenal win against Man U (May 7, 2017), lunch beckoned.  So, on a typical spring sunday in SoHo NYC – i.e. it was raining, I headed to MewMen on Cornelia Street. Tori Tantan with Kara Age was the recommendation of the day – and it was absolutley delicious! The chicken was crispy but…

Winter Herb Garden

Growing plants during the winter while living in an apartment is almost impossible.  Issues with varying temperatures, watering and light make things even more difficult! Enter the Lilo – a Kickstarter funded project to provide and easy way of lighting, watering and growing herbs indoors. Apart from the inevitable Kickstarter delay, the Lilo really does…

Sunrise over Ulaanbaatar

To say Ulaanbaatar is ugly would be quite right. The influence of Soviet architectural and town planning is evident. It seems that very little thought has been given to people and the environment. Factories, probably unregulated, are only separated by waste ground and opportunistic housing. Even the Mongolian ger makes a sporadic appearance. Whether or…

One afternoon in San Francisco

During a recent trip to San Francisco, I spent the afternoon walking around the city to tick off the must see sights – Alcatraz, Lombard Street, China Town and a cable car ride.  San Francisco is quite a good city to walk around, albeit a little steep in places! The starting point for my afternoon…