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…

Prague Metronome from above

Letná Park is a great place for early morning walk, afternoon stroll or a beer. Site of the rather confusing Expo 58 Restaurant (the actual expo was in Brussels), a number of odd art installations (one below) and the Prague Metronome, Letná is a great place to relax and take in the wonderful views of Prague Old Town….

Blink and you won’t miss it!

Finally, another Kickstarter campaign has delivered on their promise – Blink.  The Blink camera package consists of one or more battery-powered home security and video monitoring cameras and a base “Sync Module” that proxies the camera to home wifi to online service.  With both iPhone and Android apps, set up is very easy.  Install and connect the Sync…

Gili Islands and Technical diving

Picture an idyllic island beach setting and then add one of the best technical dive clubs in the world!  That’s Gili Trawangan..  one of the three small islands off the north coast of Lombok. Accessible by local boat from Lombok or by speed boat from Bali (I recommend Blue Water Express), Gili Trawangan is an…